CDC’s Cox honored as top federal employee

first_imgSep 28, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Influenza expert Nancy Cox, PhD, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was named federal employee of the year yesterday by a nonprofit group.Cox, 58, director of the CDC’s Influenza Division, received the award in Washington, DC, from the Partnership for Public Service, a nongovernmental organization that promotes excellence in government employees. She was honored for her work to help the United States and the world prepare for an influenza pandemic, according to a CDC news release yesterday.”Nancy Cox embodies the best of what CDC is about—world-class scientists serving on the front lines each and every day to protect America’s health,” said CDC Director Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, in the CDC release. “Her dedication and leadership of CDC’s influenza activities are truly making a difference in the country’s fight against seasonal influenza as well as in the world’s preparation for the next influenza pandemic.””I’m very honored to receive this award,” Cox said in the CDC release. “I feel like it’s a reflection of the excellent work done by many, many people who’ve worked on influenza at CDC—both in the past and present—and have helped build our influenza program into what it is today.”An Iowa native, Cox received a bachelor’s degree in bacteriology from Iowa State University and a doctorate in virology from the University of Cambridge, England. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, before joining the CDC in 1975.Cox assumed leadership of the CDC’s 14-person influenza group in 1992. The division now comprises more than 100 staff members.Under Cox’s direction, the Influenza Division monitors for new influenza strains or outbreaks that could signal a pandemic, assists countries around the globe in investigating flu outbreaks, recommends strains for the seasonal flu vaccine, and conducts a variety of influenza virus studies, according to the CDC news release.Cox has received numerous scientific and achievement awards, the CDC said. In addition, she was recognized by Time magazine as one of 2006’s 100 most influential people and by Newsweek as one of the “15 People Who Make America Great.”See also:Sep 27 CDC news releasehttp://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/r060928.htmlast_img read more

Chelsfield fails to attract bidders

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Ireland to ease travel restrictions with some countries from July 9

first_imgIreland plans to lift from July 9 a 14-day quarantine for people arriving from countries that have also suppressed the coronavirus, acting prime minister Leo Varadkar said on Thursday.Ireland will produce a “green list” of countries where the 14-day quarantine will not apply by the July 9 resumption date, Varadkar told a news conference, approving Ireland’s move to the third of the four-phase plan for reopening its economy.Varadkar said the list of countries and criteria for so-called “air bridges” would be coordinated at an EU-level but also cautioned prospective holiday-makers that the list would be reviewed and may change every two weeks. Topics : Ireland has reported an average of nine coronavirus cases a day for the past seven days, representing the biggest drop in new cases across the European Union over the last two weeks, Health Minister Simon Harris said.So far, 1,727 people have died in Ireland from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.Asked if the quarantine measures would remain in place with Britain, Varakdar said that while the incidence of the disease seemed to be going in the right direction there, its larger neighbor would not currently meet the criteria.”That’s going to depend on the numbers but at the moment the incidence is very high in Great Britain, so if it was today, we would not be removing the 14-day requirement. We’ll see where we stand on July 9,” he said.Varadkar made clear that the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland would remain open as it has been throughout the pandemic. last_img read more

WHO says reviewing NYT article on concerns over airborne spread of COVID-19

first_imgThe World Health Organization (WHO) is reviewing a report that suggested its advice on the novel coronavirus needs updating, after some scientists told the New York Times there was evidence the virus could be spread by tiny particles in the air.The WHO says the COVID-19 disease spreads primarily through small droplets, which are expelled from the nose and mouth when an infected person breaths them out in coughs, sneezes, speech or laughter and quickly sink to the ground.In an open letter to the Geneva-based agency, 239 scientists in 32 countries outlined the evidence they say shows that smaller exhaled particles can infect people who inhale them, the newspaper said on Saturday. “Especially in the last couple of months, we have been stating several times that we consider airborne transmission as possible but certainly not supported by solid or even clear evidence,” Benedetta Allegranzi, the WHO’s technical lead for infection prevention and control, was quoted as saying in the New York Times.WHO guidance to health workers, dated June 29, says that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is primarily transmitted between people through respiratory droplets and on surfaces.But airborne transmission via smaller particles is possible in some circumstances, such as when performing intubation and aerosol generating procedures, it says.Medical workers performing such procedures should wear heavy duty N95 respiratory masks and other protective equipment in an adequately ventilated room, the WHO says.Officials at South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control said on Monday they were continuing to discuss various issues about COVID-19, including the possible airborne transmission. They said more investigations and evidence were needed. Because those smaller particles can linger in the air longer, the scientists – who plan to publish their findings in a scientific journal this week – are urging WHO to update its guidance, the Times said.”We are aware of the article and are reviewing its contents with our technical experts,” WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said in an email reply on Monday to a Reuters request for comment.The extent to which the coronavirus can be spread by the so-called airborne or aerosol route – as opposed to by larger droplets in coughs and sneezes – remains disputed.Any change in the WHO’s assessment of risk of transmission could affect its current advice on keeping 1-metre physical distancing. Governments, which also rely on the agency for guidance policy, may also have to adjust public health measures aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Police have dispersed more than 4 million gatherings nationwide since March

first_imgIn an edict issued by Idham on March 19, the police urged the public to refrain from organizing gatherings in public places or on private property, including social meetings, workshops, music festivals, sporting events, mass protests and family receptions. Since the edict came into force, police officers have been dispersing gatherings and crowds during patrols throughout the country.One of the latest operations occurred on Monday when the police dispersed an event organized by the Save Indonesia Coalition (KAMI) in Surabaya, East Java, because a large crowd had formed. Former TNI commander Gatot Nurmantyo, a member of the organization’s presidium, had planned to give a speech at the event.Idham added that the police had investigated other cases related to the pandemic, namely 104 cases of alleged fake news, 36 cases of food hoarding and 18 cases of medical equipment hoarding.”Since March, we’ve conducted preemptive and preventive measures against hoaxes. We’ve conducted 23,830,650 cyber patrols,” he added.Topics : The police have dispersed more than 4 million gatherings nationwide since authorities first instated bans on public gatherings in March in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.“We’ve dispersed 4,091,339 public activities,” National Police chief Gen. Idham Azis said during a hearing with House of Representatives Commission III overseeing legal affairs on Wednesday.”The police have continued to patrol in areas prone to the spread of the coronavirus, but we pay attention to human rights principles.”last_img read more

ICI Pension Fund secures record-breaking £3.6bn of liability insurance

first_imgThe decision to use two insurers was made after a lengthy competitive tender process and led the scheme, with advisers LCP, to negotiate preferable agreements with both parties.Despite the addition work involved in the use of two insurers, the arrangement still offered the best overall value, and puts it in good standing to insure further tranches of liabilities in future.Heath Mottram, chief executive at the fund, said the insurance contracts further build on the fund’s strong de-risking foundations.“The transactions are the result of significant work by the Trustee over the last six months, including a thorough selection process and negotiation of competitive pricing and terms,” he said.The ICI fund’s move to insure £3.6bn of liabilities overhauls the previous UK record of £1.5bn in a single scheme transaction, which was between the EMI Pension Fund and Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC).Clive Wellsteed, partner at LCP and lead adviser to the trustee on both deals, said the fund used its scale to negotiate the very competitive terms agreed by the insurers.“It demonstrates the appetite of mature final salary schemes to de-risk their pensioner liabilities and shows how transactions can be successfully structured at a scale not previously seen,” he said.Wellsteed also highlighted the significant interest of insurers operating in the market, with both Legal & General and Prudential outstripping their entire volume of bulk annuity business from the previous two years in this single deal.Legal & General wrote just over £2.3bn of buy-in and buyout business since the start of 2012, according to LCP, although it did conclude the purchase of Lucida, adding a further £1.4bn of written policies. Prudential wrote £566m over the two years, as the total bulk annuity market reached £11.8bn.“This is certainly a statement of intent by the insurers as well, who will have had their appetite wet by last week’s Budget, and will now consider diverting their focus from individual annuities towards the bulk annuity space,” Wellsteed said.Last week, the UK government announced plans to overhaul the at-retirement DC market, removing compulsory annuitisation for defined contribution savers, potentially hitting the sale of individual annuities by insurance companies.This led to several calls from industry experts that the bulk annuity market would see additional competitive pricing, particularly from those insurers with a heavy reliance on individual annuity sales, such as Prudential and Legal & General. ICI Pension Fund has moved to insure £3.6bn (€4.3bn) of its liabilities, securing contracts with Legal & General and Prudential as pricing and appetite in the market continues to benefit larger schemes.In a novel deal, it sees ICI insure a significant chunk of its £10bn in relatively mature liabilities, with its membership split between 50,000 pensioners and 10,000 active and deferred members.Two insurers will take on the buy-in tranches, with Legal & General taking on £3bn and Prudential the remaining £600m.The scheme, and its sponsor AkzoNobel, which merged with ICI in 2007 to form the current company, said the deal was struck to improve the security of member benefits and reduce risk in the fund.last_img read more

Bells still ring for traditional weddings

first_imgNZ Herald 27 April 2013New Zealanders are putting off getting married longer and longer – but a new study has found that most end up having surprisingly traditional weddings eventually.Even though the vast majority of couples have lived together for some years, most brides still want diamond engagement rings, wear white dresses on their wedding day and walk up the aisle with their fathers to be “given away” to their husbands.The cultural power of marriage extends to gay couples, who have kept many of the same traditions in their civil union ceremonies.The study, by Auckland University sociologists Professor Maureen Baker and Dr Vivienne Elizabeth, helps explain why gay couples have pushed so strongly for the right to marry even though they have been able to have civil unions since 2005 and have been treated the same as heterosexual couples under relationship property law since 2002.“One of the puzzling questions is why long-term cohabiting couples bother to legalise their relationships,” the study says.“In New Zealand, these couples are considered by the state to be in a ‘marriage-like relationship’ after they share a residence for three years, or earlier if they reproduce together.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10880039last_img read more

Trump Again Calls Out Democratic Congresswomen on Twitter

first_imgThat message came one week after the President stated that the women, who are all minorities, should “go back” to the “corrupt and inept” countries from which they came.Three of the women – Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Representative Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — were born in the U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota was born in Somalia and immigrated to the U.S. as a child.The President last week distanced himself after supporters attending his campaign rally in North Carolina started a “send her back” chant in response to his criticism of Omar.Since then, he has reversed course, calling the people at the rally “incredible patriots.” President Trump on Sunday resumed his criticism of the four progressive Democratic congresswomen now known as “The Squad.”He tweeted:I don’t believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country. They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said. They are destroying the Democrat Party, but are weak & insecure people who can never destroy our great Nation!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2019last_img read more

ICC World Cup Sachin Tendulkar reveals how his ‘batting hero’ changed his mind to quit cricket in 2007

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Bangladesh defeated South Africa by 21 runs in their opening encounter of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. When last time they did that was during the 2007 World Cup. In the same tournament, they also ended India’s world cup hopes by defeating them in a must win league game. While the abysmal performance of the team was disappointing for many, it broke the moral of cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar, who started thinking of quitting the cricket.This has been well-documented that Sachin wanted to quit cricket and his elder brother Ajit Tendulkar changed his mind reminding him that the next world cup final would be in Mumbai and he must think of holding that coveted trophy in his home ground. However, there was more to the story, which Sachin himself revealed on Sunday during an ‘India Today’ programme in London.“I felt that was it. At that stage lot of things happening around Indian cricket were not at all healthy. We needed some changes and I felt if those changes did not happen then I was going to quit cricket. I was almost 90 per cent sure of quitting cricket. But my brother told me in 2011 there is World Cup final in Mumbai, can you imagine holding that beautiful trophy in your hand?” Sachin recalled one of the worst phases of his career.“After that I went away to my farmhouse and that is when I got a call from Sir Viv, saying I know there is plenty of cricket left in you. We had a conversation for about 45 minutes and that was so heart-warming because when your batting hero calls you it means a lot. That was the moment things changed for me and from that moment onwards I also performed much, much better,” Tendulkar said.Richards, who was also present in the programme, pointed to Tendulkar and said he had “always believed on this little guy”.“I have had the opportunity to play against Sunny Gavaskar, who I have always felt would be the godfather of Indian batting. Then came Sachin, then you now have Virat. But the fact which amazed me the most is how such a small guy be so powerful,” Richards said.Talking about the prospects of the current Indian side in the ongoing World Cup, Sachin said that ‘men in blue’ were the among the favourites to win the tournament along with England and Australia.(With inputs from agencies) last_img read more

The Latest: Ravens tell ticket holders no seats this year

first_imgThe Chicago White Sox are giving fans the opportunity to purchase cardboard cutouts of themselves that will be displayed at Guaranteed Rate Field during the team’s season-opening homestand.The cutouts cost $49 and will be available while supplies last. Proceeds will benefit the team’s charitable arm.The White Sox open with a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins starting on July 24.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Northwestern’s game against Wisconsin scheduled for Nov. 7 at Wrigley Field is being moved on campus to Ryan Field because of uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Northwestern announced the decision Wednesday after consulting with the Chicago Cubs, state and local authorities and the Big Ten Conference. Athletic director Jim Phillips cited the possibility of a limited crowd at the famed ballpark even if fans were allowed. He called it “a disappointing conclusion to reach” and said the Wildcats hope to play there again “with a packed house.”In 2010, Northwestern played Illinois in the first college football game at Wrigley Field since 1938. The Wildcats have since played baseball and lacrosse games there.___ The team kept Reyes away from Progressive Field as a precaution after he attended a holiday gathering without wearing a mask. The Indians learned of Reyes’ off-field actions from social media.Manager Terry Francona says Reyes was re-tested for the coronavirus and may now participate in training camp. He is scheduled to take batting practice Wednesday and speak to the media on Thursday.Also, Indians outfielder Delino DeShields Jr., who tested positive for COVID-19, is traveling to Cleveland after he had one negative test. The team says DeShields experience minor symptoms from the virus. He’ll be tested again when he arrives and can rejoin his teammates as long as he doesn’t test positive again.DeShields is in his first season with the Indians, who acquired him in December from Texas in the trade involving ace Corey Kluber.___ Stanford has announced it’s eliminating 11 varsity sports programs after the 2020-21 academic year.Programs affected include men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling. The university is the first Power Five school to cut any sports programs. It also said Wednesday that it’s eliminating the jobs of 20 support staff as part of the realignment. ___Cleveland Indians outfielder Franmil Reyes has been cleared by the team’s medical staff to return to the field after being isolated for attending a party over the July Fourth weekend. Associated Press The Latest: Ravens tell ticket holders no seats this year July 8, 2020 The team says season ticket holders will be offered the same seats in 2021, and money already spent for this season can be used for next year or refunded upon request.Because of the coronavirus pandemic, NFL games this season are expected to be held without fans or in front of a greatly reduced audience.According to an email sent Wednesday by the Ravens to the owners of Personal Seat Licenses, the team speculated that stadium capacity — if fans are allowed — would be fewer than 14,000 seats per game.If fans are permitted to attend, seats would be sold on a game-by-game basis with season ticket holders receiving a priority opportunity to purchase in advance of any public sale.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Baltimore Ravens have informed season ticket holders that their seats will not available this year.last_img read more