HHS advisor fields online pandemic preparedness queries

first_img On another antiviral topic, the FluWiki community asked if federal efforts to induce states to build their own antiviral stockpiles by purchasing the drugs with federal subsidies amount to an “unfunded mandate.” Sharing responsibilityOne of the themes that emerged from the dialogue is that federal officials strongly believe that pandemic planning should be a shared responsibility. Leavitt has often warned against total reliance on the federal government in the event of a pandemic. Responding to questions about vaccine development, Raub wrote that most experts believe that a viable pandemic vaccine using DNA or other emerging technologies is more than 5 years away, but that HHS is currently reviewing contract proposals for advanced development of a DNA vaccine. Another query dealt with how local groups can promote community mitigation plans without clear messages from the government about the importance of measures such as school closures. Raub responded that the challenge in engaging the public is more difficult than it was 2 years ago, because the public’s’ interest in avian flu seems to have diminished. Greg Dworkin, MD, one of the editors at FluWiki, in January urged participants to compile a list of questions and offered to forward them to HHS. Dworkin told CIDRAP News that the online “interview” with Raub was an outgrowth of the HHS Leadership Blog and Summit, events held last May and June that were designed to encourage public engagement in pandemic planning efforts. FluWiki members asked Raub if funeral directors and other mass-casualty personnel, as well as their families, would be considered a priority in the federal vaccine allocation plan. He responded that a federal working group is evaluating public comments it received, which included concerns about mass-casualty workers, and that the group will release an updated plan within the next several months. Raub wrote, “To the extent that potential partners refuse to apply their talents and assets unless the federal government foots the bill, they are abdicating their responsibility and thereby placing their communities at higher risk than need be.” “The Web site Pandemicflu.gov will remain the lynchpin of our messaging machinery. But we recognize that we need multiple modalities to promulgate and reinforce preparedness messages,” Raub responded. He added that HHS values the input from FluWiki’s online community. Blogs and online forums offer two-way communication improvements to fill the gap, but the efforts require work from both sides to be successful, Dworkin commented. “We have a long way to go, but it is a worthy long-term goal,” he said. Flu Wiki Q & A with William Raub, PhD Raub has participated in the HHS Leadership Blog and Summit, and Dworkin said HHS has wanted to monitor the concerns of the online community of flu watchers. Antiviral stockpilingWhen questioned about the government’s stance on antiviral stockpiling by individuals, Raub wrote that HHS has concerns about misuse of the drugs and the possibility of greater use leading to antiviral resistance. However, he said an experiment with antibiotic medical kits for bioterrorism events produced promising results and that HHS would assess the design and feasibility of a similar antiviral medical kit. HHS pleased with resultsStephanie Marshall, HHS director of pandemic communications, said HHS is pleased with the question-and-answer discussion between Raub and the FluWiki community, and that she believes this is the first time HHS has participated in this type of online discussion.center_img “States . . . can provide antiviral drugs for their citizens at 30 cents on the dollar,” Raub wrote. “Some see the offer as being 30% empty. I see it as 70% full.” Dworkin said FluWiki’s goal has always been to “put the ‘public’ back into public health, by helping to close the gap between the often invisible public health folks and the communities who under-appreciate what they do.” Online forums can also help messages filter down from the federal level to families and individuals, as well as offer important feedback on the practical aspects of pandemic planning, he said. Dworkin said he was impressed by the level of detail in Raub’s responses. “From our perspective, the two-way dialogue and the involvement of the community in posing the questions were important,” he said. “Dr Raub took the assignment very seriously, which we greatly appreciate.” He pointed out that six HHS-funded companies are developing cell-culture vaccines and said work is on schedule toward the government’s goal of achieving by 2011 the industrial capability to produce 600 million doses of vaccine within 6 months after a pandemic flu strain is identified. “It’s an opportunity to reach a very interested and engaged audience and it’s something we’re considering doing more of in the future,” she told CIDRAP News. William Raub, PhD, science advisor to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt, fielded six multipart questions from the FluWiki community, covering issues such as vaccine prioritization, food and medication stockpiling, the federal government’s role in pandemic planning, and how HHS plans to publicize the role of community mitigation measures. Jun 14, 2007, CIDRAP News story “HHS hears community leaders’ ideas on pandemic readiness” However, he also wrote that citizens can expect the federal government to play a prominent role in pandemic planning, focusing on areas that it is uniquely positioned to manage, such as vaccine and antiviral stockpiling, providing financial and technical assistance to states, and boosting domestic vaccine development and production. Feb 19, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – FluWiki, an online resource and community forum, has its finger on the pulse of pandemic influenza planning issues and avian flu news, but today it featured something unusual: a dialogue with a top federal science advisor who’s directly involved in the government’s pandemic preparations. Apr 17, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Pandemic planners urged to tap grass roots” See also:last_img read more

Benteke lifts Liverpool

first_imgSUNDERLAND, England (AP):Christian Benteke scored a winning goal for the second straight game as Liverpool beat Sunderland 1-0 in the English Premier League to stay in the hunt for Champions League qualification yesterday.The striker pounced on a flicked pass from Adam Lallana to place a low finish into the bottom corner, just 22 seconds into the second half. Benteke earned Liverpool a 1-0 victory over Leicester on Saturday, too.Liverpool climbed to seventh in the standings, tied for points (30) with Manchester United but behind their great rivals on goal difference, and five points off the top four with exactly half the season gone.Sunderland stayed next to last with their fifth straight loss in December, and fell seven points from safety as recently hired manager Sam Allardyce struggles to turn around the fortunes of the perennial relegation contenders. Sunderland’s home game against last-place Aston Villa on Saturday assumes even greater significance.It was Benteke’s sixth goal in seven career games against Sunderland – more than he has scored against any other club.”I came to Liverpool to try to score a lot of goals; I’m in good shape,” said Benteke, who has six league goals this season. “I hope I can keep it up.”last_img read more

Naomh Colmcille accept loss of home games, club confirms

first_imgNaomh Colmcille have confirmed they will not be appealing the verdict of the Donegal Hearings Committee, who ruled that they forego home advantage in their adult games for the next 12 weeks.Last Tuesday, Naomh Colmcille members met with the Hearings Committee in Ballybofey to contest a proposed eight-week club suspension that was put forward by the Donegal GAA Management Committee.Naomh Colmcille was charged with staging ‘an unauthorised tournament’ at Pairc Colmcille in February. The club expressed ‘regret’ at being charged with any rule breach. A fundraising tournament – organised by an external committee – was held in aid of Paul Dillon, a former player and coach at the club, who has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.Paul Dillon. (North West Newspix)While the Management Committee’s hands were tied and bound by the terms of the Official Guide, the Hearings Committee has plenary powers in determining sanctions.The Hearings Committee, while agreeing that Naomh Colmcille were in breach of rules 5.1 (a) and 6.40, sanctioned the club with the loss of its home adult games for the next 12 weeks – a total of five games – and issued a fine of €500.In a statement issued this morning, Naomh Colmcille said: “Regarding the sanctions imposed against CLG Naomh Colmcille by the Hearings Committee following the alleged Breaches of Rules 5.1(a) and 6.40;“The committee of CLG Naomh Colmcille wishes to indicate that it accepts both the findings of the Hearing Committee and the sanctions imposed against the club.“The committee of CLG Naomh Colmcille would like to express its regret that it was deemed necessary for the club to be charged with a breach of the said rules as it was never the intention to contravene any rules of the Association.“In the interests of the club and the Dillon family we now wish to move forward and we consider this matter to be closed. We therefore will not be making any further comment.” Advertisement Naomh Colmcille accept loss of home games, club confirms was last modified: May 8th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal GAA Management CommitteeDonegal Hearings CommitteeMotor Neurone DiseaseNaomh ColmcillePaul Dillonlast_img read more

Your iPhone Is Tracking Your Every Move

first_imgaudrey watters Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Apple#NYT#web The Guardian cites Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant at the security company Sophos as saying, “if the data isn’t required for anything, then it shouldn’t store the location. And it doesn’t need to keep an archive on your machine of where you’ve been.” But rather than ascribing it to any sort of malicious intent he said it’s likely a “cockup rather than a conspiracy.”Conspiracy or not, it still doesn’t reflect well on Apple’s concern over its users’ privacy. We have reached out to Apple for comment on this file but we have not heard back at the time of publishing.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Disclosure: Pete Warden is a contributor to ReadWriteWeb. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Researchers have discovered that the iPhone is keeping track of where you go and storing that information in a file that is stored – unencrypted and unprotected – on any machine with which you synchronize your phone. It is not clear why Apple is collecting this data.Data scientists Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden came across the file – “consolidated.db” – while they were thinking about the potential trove of mobile data stored on a cellphone and thinking about ways to visualize this data. Allan and Warden will present their findings today at the Where 2.0 conference.While it is not unusual for cellphones to track users’ location, that information is typically kept behind a firewall and it requires a court order for others to be able to access it. This isn’t the case with this particular file, raising serious questions about privacy and security.Tracking Your Coordinates Since iOS4The file contains longitude and latitude data, recording the phone’s coordinates along with a timestamp. This recording process seems to have started with Apple’s iOS 4 update, which means that there could be almost a year’s worth of location data stored – literally hundreds of thousands of data points. While the coordinates aren’t always precise, they are nonetheless incredibly detailed. It appears that the location is determined via cell-tower triangulation, but the timing of these recordings varies.It isn’t clear why the iPhone is tracking this data, although the possibilities for location-based features are endless – location-based advertising, geofencing apps, and so on. Although the iPhone data is stored on back-up files when the phone is synced to another computer, it doesn’t appear that the data is transmitted to Apple. Nevertheless, the iPhone appears to be unique in this type of tracking, and according to Warden, other phones do not record user’s location in the same way; the two researchers have not been able to find comparable tracking systems on Android phones. Although Google’s Latitude, for example, can track your location and lets you give that information to your contacts, it is something you need to opt in to. With the iPhone, you have no such option. There is no way to delete the file, as it will simply be restored, but you can encrypt your iPhone back-ups to make the information somewhat less accessible.Your Location Data – Unencrypted, VisualizedAnd that is another crucial part of this problem: in addition to the existence of the tracking mechanism, the information is incredibly accessible. To demonstrate this, Warden and Allan have created a simple downloadable app that will let Apple users check to see what location information has been stored. The app is fascinating, but also pretty frightening as it demonstrates that anyone with access to your phone or to your back-up files will be able to see where you have been since you installed iOS 4 on your phone.last_img read more

Stephen Curry, Warriors finalize $201 million, 5-year deal

first_imgSure, Durant’s spectacular postseason may have shined brighter as he hoisted his MVP hardware, yet Curry did so much on the way to his second title in three years. From his dazzling dribbling, shot-making and the way he dishes off, Curry has been brilliant — but what he does for the Warriors as an ambassador in the community is as much a part of what makes him special as anything else.He is the face of a franchise that has become the standard by which every other organization is measured.When coach Steve Kerr was asked in early April about how Curry had taken on more of the load with Durant nursing a left knee injury, the 2016 NBA coach of the year touched on his point guard’s unfailing ability to guide Golden State.“I don’t think he’s been any different with KD out in terms of his leadership. He’s still just Steph,” Kerr said. “He’s humble and cocky at the same time, which is why we like him. He’s a very humble, modest human being, which the guys respect. And he’s an arrogant basketball player, which is what you need to be a superstar. He believes in himself and he goes out there looking to light it up every night. You take him off the floor you won’t find a kinder, gentler human being. It’s a pretty powerful force.”Curry is getting paid for all of those things. He has led the turnaround of a franchise from longtime laughingstock to regular championship contender.ADVERTISEMENT Considered overlooked and undersized when he arrived on the NBA scene after being drafted seventh overall out of Davidson College in 2009, Curry has silenced the doubters with every spot-on heave from half-court.The two-time NBA MVP, who earned $12 million this season as one of the league’s biggest bargains, averaged 28.1 points in the playoffs while also contributing 6.7 assists and 6.2 rebounds. Now, he will earn $40 million per season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Just happy to be a leader on this team that can understand the goals that we set out for ourselves and try to get it done the best way we could,” Curry said immediately after the Game 5 title clincher in the NBA Finals last month.NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant also signed his new contract worth approximately $53 million over the next two years as Golden State announced its deals with returning free agents. LATEST STORIES Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Mayweather-McGregor to be shown live in movie theaters View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games FILE – In this Nov. 10, 2016, file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates after hitting a 3-point basket and drawing a foul from the Denver Nuggets during the second half of an NBA basketball game, in Denver. The 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors signed Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, Zaza Pachulia and David West to contracts, the team announced Tuesday, July 25, 2017. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)OAKLAND, California — Stephen Curry has delivered his share of success already to a franchise that desperately needed it. Now, he’s being paid for all he has done — and certainly will do.Curry finalized his new contract on Tuesday, signing a $201 million, five-year deal with the champion Golden State Warriors that initially was the richest ever, until James Harden topped it with a $228 million extension from the Houston Rockets.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Now, he wants to build a dynasty with KD by his side. Durant accepted less money for the coming season so the Warriors’ core could remain intact.From spending an off-day at an inner-city elementary school to donating three bed nets for every 3-pointer he makes to fight malaria through Nothing But Nets, Curry is as comfortable hanging with kids — hat on backward, of course — as he is intensely dueling Durant in 3-point shootouts on the practice floor or driving past LeBron James to score on the NBA’s biggest stage.Curry never worried about his own production, the scrutiny of his diminished points or shooting percentages playing alongside fellow superstar Durant this season.A year after breaking his own NBA record with 402 3-pointers, Curry rarely finished quarters with those jaw-dropping 3s that were so memorable from the previous season — and that was fine, because Golden State kept winning. The Warriors were sharing the ball in Kerr’s deep rotation, developing into a close-knit group with great chemistry despite all the new faces.But it wasn’t until the Warriors blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter of a demoralizing 109-108 loss at Cleveland on Christmas Day that Curry reached the realization he must do more.“I learned a lot about myself,” he said. “After that Christmas Day game I kind of understood that we have such high-IQ players that if I could be aggressive, do what I do and need to do every single night, everything will kind of flow from that.“The proof is obviously in what we were able to accomplish from that point on in the regular season, being 16-1 in the playoffs, everybody being the best version of themselves and putting all the puzzle pieces together.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

NU crushes FEU for 13th straight, Ateneo gets 3rd seed

first_imgNU Bulldogs. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—National University Bulldogs claimed its 13th straight win after blasting second seed Far Eastern University, 25-13, 25-23, 25-18, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The top-seeded Bulldogs ended the elimination campaign with a 13-1 record while the Tamarawas saw their three-game winning streak end as they settled for an 11-3 slate.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew UST’s depleted state fuels Eya Laure ahead of UAAP Final Four MOST READ Ron Medalla had 17 points for Ateneo while Ishmael Rivera and Luis Ligot finished with 16 and 14 points, respectively.George Labang led the Falcons with 11 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Angelo Almendras scored 19 points to lead the Bulldogs while Bryan Bagunas and James Natividad had 16 and 11 points, respectively.Redi John Paler had 12 points for FEU.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn the first game, Ateneo ended the eliminations as the No. 3 team after taking down Adamson University 25-23, 30-28, 25-19.The Blue Eagles head to the Final Four holding a 10-4 record and will face the Tamaraws while the Soaring Falcons, at 9-5, will take on the Bulldogs in the semifinals. View commentslast_img read more

Richard Branson To Join The Elders In South Africa For Nelson Mandelas

first_imgA delegation of The Elders is travelling to South Africa this week to honour the memory of their founder Nelson Mandela.The delegation, led by former UN Secretary-General and Chair of The Elders Kofi Annan, also includes former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, veteran UN diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi, former US President Jimmy Carter and former Irish President Mary Robinson.As part of the official state funeral, they will attend the memorial service for Nelson Mandela at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday 10 December 2013, where they will join fellow Elders Graça Machel and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.The entrepreneur Richard Branson and the musician Peter Gabriel, who brought the idea of The Elders to Nelson Mandela, will travel to South Africa with the delegation.“Nelson Mandela redefined leadership,” said Richard Branson in his blog. “He showed that great things can be achieved by leading through wisdom, empathy and integrity, with no other agenda than humanity. He taught the world about the power of forgiveness and the importance of treating everyone equally. His strength was in his compassion, moral courage and a wonderful ability to bring light into any situation. I was fortunate to see the human side of Madiba and his joyous, infectious character.“He and Graça created The Elders so that his legacy and wonderful works can live on for hundreds of years to come. For as he said: “It is a mistake to think that a single individual can unite the country (or the world).”“Everyone can keep his spirit alive and spread his unique vision of leadership through wisdom and love, rather than politics and personal agendas.“Madiba, thanks for your leadership, inspiration, friendship and the joy you brought into our lives. You will be greatly missed.”Nelson Mandela founded The Elders in Johannesburg on his 89th birthday, 18 July 2007. With the help of Graça Machel and Desmond Tutu, he brought together ten ‘Elders’ – independent, progressive leaders committed to peace, justice and human rights – to work together on global problems including peace-building and reconciliation in war-affected regions, sustainable development and equality for girls and women.last_img read more

RCMP constable faces charge over alleged beating of teen

first_imgAPTN National NewsProsecutors have approved a charge of assault against an RCMP constable.Const. Andy Yung was accused by Abbotsford police of assaulting a woman who called 911 looking for help.The police force recommended a charge of assault against Yung.The assault charge stems from a complaint from a 17 year-old girl. She said that RCMP officers responded to her call for help by handcuffing her and putting her into the back of a police car.Yung allegedly jumped into the back seat of the car and struck her six times in the face, leaving her battered and severely bruised.The BC Civil Liberties Association says the family are pleased with the charges.last_img