Month: November 2020

Lea Michele’s Sweetest Moments With Her, Zandy Reich’s Son Ever: Pics

Lea Michele’s Sweetest Moments With Her, Zandy Reich’s Son Ever: Pics

first_imgReed commented, “He sure is delish,” while Jamie Lynn Sigler wrote, “That’s what it’s all about right there.”Us confirmed in April that Michele and Reich were expecting their first child. “They’ve always wanted to be parents,” an insider told Us at the time.- Advertisement – The Glee alum went on to post a black-and-white photo of herself holding the infant’s bare foot. “ForEver grateful for this true blessing,” the actress captioned the social media upload.The New York native has continued to document her life with her newborn, from celebrating her 34th birthday later that same month to photographing him asleep on her chest in September 2020.The following month, Twilight’s Nikki Reed snapped sweet shots of Michele cradling Ever. The Scream Queens alum called her baby boy “the sunshine of [her] life,” writing, “Me and my boy.”- Advertisement – After the Emmy nominee confirmed the news with a baby bump photo, she received a slew of support from her friends and followers. “Crying! Screaming!!! Love you!” Emma Roberts wrote, while Maren Morris commented, “Aw congratulations.”The Brunette Ambition author wed Reich in March 2019, one year after their engagement. “I get to be married to my best friend, which is the greatest thing in the entire world,” Michele exclusively told Us in July 2019. “At this point in my life, I feel the most grounded — and happiest — I ever have.”Five months later, the “Run to You” singer reflected on her ceremony. “I started the year with not one but TWO amazing bachelorette parties in Hawaii and Arizona with the greatest girlfriends in the entire world,” she wrote via Instagram in December 2019. “And then the most amazing dream came true and I got married to the most amazing man in the world. … Our wedding weekend was so perfect and amazing. We had an incredible honeymoon in Bora Bora. We lived bicoastal most of the year enjoying both East and West coasts and spent great times with our families.”Keep scrolling to see sweet shots of Michele and Ever, from cuddles to birthday celebrations. Mother-son moments! Lea Michele welcomed her and Zandy Reich’s baby boy in August 2020 and has been sharing sweet shots of him ever since.When Us Weekly confirmed the little one’s arrival, a source shared, “Everyone’s happy and healthy, and they’re extremely grateful. He’s been an easy baby so far.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

macOS Big Sur Rollout Affected By Slowdown Issues, Mac Users Face Delay in App Launches

macOS Big Sur Rollout Affected By Slowdown Issues, Mac Users Face Delay in App Launches

first_imgSome users who’re attempting to download macOS Big Sur also reported massive delays. As per the details available on Apple’s System Status site, the issues impacted iMessage and FaceTime alongside the macOS Software Update service. The site also shows that Apple Maps faced a couple of outages as well. Furthermore, some users reported problems accessing Apple Card and Apple Pay as well as the Apple Developer site.- Advertisement – macOS 11 Big Sur downloads appears to have been marred by slowdown issues. Shortly after Apple released macOS 11 Big Sur, a large number of Mac users today reported issues in downloading the latest update. Several users started seeing a delay of over a fortnight in getting macOS Big Sur downloaded on their machines. In some other cases, Mac users on an existing macOS version reported unexpected issues and lag in launching of apps. Those issues impacted users of macOS 10.15 Catalina and even macOS 10.14 Mojave. Major Apple services including Apple Pay and iMessage also faced slowdowns and outages in global regions.The sudden rush for downloading macOS Big Sur seems to have resulted in the crash of Apple’s online certificate status protocol (OCSP) service. That apparently caused systemwide slowdowns on Mac machines and impacted app launches even on existing macOS versions. The issues lasted for several minutes as the OCSP service wasn’t able to establish a connection with Mac devices, as reported by ArsTechnica.- Advertisement – “My MacBook slows to a crawl when Wi-Fi is enabled,” one of the affected users wrote on the MacRumors forum. “I’m not talking about Internet speed, that is fine. But simply launching or using apps becomes extremely slow.”Users found temporary disabling the Internet connectivity acted as a workaround to resolve app slowdown issues. However, Apple took some time to fix the problems from the backend. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Apple identified the issues at around 1:30am IST and resolved most of them in a couple of hours, according to the System Status site. However, the issues impacting macOS Big Sur update took some time and were addressed finally at 6:45am IST.Exact cause behind the issues is still unclear. Nonetheless, the problems seem to have resolved to a large extent by now.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.last_img read more

Hays Travel founder, John Hays, dies aged 71 | News

Hays Travel founder, John Hays, dies aged 71 | News

first_imgHays Travel specialises in providing good value, quality holidays alongside excellent customer service.Commenting on the passing of John Hays, Andy Cohen, head of ATOL, said: “I’ve had the pleasure of knowing John for over 30 years. “He was a man of integrity and a very successful businessman who loved the travel industry. “I spent many hours over the years talking sport, travel and many other subjects with John, who would often offer me advice. “He was always a pleasure to be around, and I know he will be missed by many.” Before it took on hundreds of Thomas Cook shops last year, Hays Travel had 190 shops, 1,900 staff, and sales of £379 million, reporting profits of £10 million.Mark Tanzer, chief executive of travel trade organisation ABTA, said: “We were shocked and saddened to hear this afternoon’s news that John Hays has passed away. “John was a major figure in the travel industry over many years, and created one of the industry’s most successful companies.” John, who with his wife and co-owner Irene Hays bought the Thomas Cook retail estate a year ago, was at Sunderland head office of the company when he collapsed.The couple built Hays Travel into the largest independent travel agent in the UK, providing jobs and careers for thousands of young people over 40 years.Throughout the past year they did everything possible power to save jobs and protect the travel industry for the impact of Covid-19. – Advertisement – OlderLeone takes up leadership of Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort A statement from the company said: “He was held in immense respect by his staff, colleagues, family and friends and was recognised throughout his life for his many achievements.“He was equally proud of his loyal staff who, under the direction of the board and senior management team, will ensure that the business continues to serve the customers of the largest independent travel agent as he would have wanted.”Hays Travel took over parts of Thomas Cook last year- Advertisement –center_img The travel industry is mourning the passing of John Hays, the founder and managing director of Hays Travel, who died today at the age of 71.A statement from the company said he died at work, doing “the job he loved”.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

HHS awards contract for H5N1 avian flu vaccine

HHS awards contract for H5N1 avian flu vaccine

first_imgSep 21, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – In a bid to limit the threat of an influenza pandemic, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is awarding a contract to Aventis Pasteur Inc. to make 2 million doses of a vaccine for humans to protect against H5N1 avian influenza.”The vaccine that is being made is designed to match the H5N1 influenza virus that has killed 29 people in Thailand and Vietnam this year,” HHS officials said in a news release. “If a pandemic of avian influenza virus H5N1 occurred in humans, the new vaccine would be used to protect laboratory workers, public health personnel, and, if needed, the general public.”The H5N1 virus caused widespread poultry outbreaks in East Asia this year. Disease experts fear that if the virus infected humans or pigs already carrying a human flu virus, the viruses might combine to form a new strain that could spread easily from person to person. All of the 40 human cases of H5N1 infection this year are believed to have resulted from exposure to birds, not from person-to-person transmission.”This is an important step toward preparing our nation to respond to a pandemic influenza outbreak,” HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson stated in the news release. “The reemergence of the avian flu in Asia this year is another sign that we have to develop and produce vaccines against the threat of a pandemic flu. The United States is the first nation to undertake this preventive measure on this scale.”HHS and Aventis listed the amount of the vaccine contract as “nearly $13 million.”The virus used to develop the vaccine was isolated from a human case-patient in Asia this year, according to Bruce Gellin, MD, MPH, director of the National Vaccine Program in Thompson’s office. The vaccine involves a weakened form of the virus that triggers an immune response but does not cause disease, he told CIDRAP News.Gellin said the contract is being awarded now so that Aventis Pasteur can make the vaccine during the lull between production periods for the regular annual flu vaccine. “We’re taking advantage of the off-season of production of flu vaccine,” he said. The season for preparing and producing regular flu vaccine, which has to be made each year to match circulating strains, runs from January to September, he noted.”Basically they’re making this the same way they would make any component of the annual vaccine,” Gellin said.Gellin said the dose size for the H5N1 vaccine has not yet been determined. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is developing pilot lots of the vaccine for use in clinical trials that will start later this year or early next year, he explained. “The results [of the trials] will tell us how to formulate the bulk vaccine that’s being manufactured now,” he said.Since the H5N1 virus might have to change before it could trigger a pandemic, Gellin acknowledged that there’s no guarantee that the new vaccine would be effective against a pandemic strain. “There may be a need to have further refinement and have a different vaccine down the line,” he said. But he added that because the vaccine is based on a virus isolated from a recent human case-patient, it should offer the best possible defense at this point.Infectious disease expert Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, commented, “We don’t know if this vaccine will offer any protection, should there be additional changes in the virus. But I think this is a very prudent and appropriate step to take at this time, and it reflects the importance we all place on the possibility of a pandemic strain.” Osterholm, a longtime consultant to HHS, is director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of this Web site.Aventis Pasteur will produce and store the new vaccine at its facility in Swiftwater, Pa., according to a company news release. “The H5N1 vaccine will be manufactured from a seed virus provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID),” part of the NIH, the statement said. “The seed virus is a weakened version of the wild type virus and was extensively tested prior to delivery to Aventis Pasteur.”The company said it signed an agreement with NIAID earlier this year to produce 8,000 doses of the H5N1 virus strain for use in the clinical trials.The HHS announcement noted that a pandemic flu virus results from a major, sudden shift in the virus’ structure that increases its ability to cause illness in a large share of the population. Most of the time, flu viruses evolve gradually, making it possible to keep up with them through minor modifications of vaccines.Today’s announcement comes less than a month after HHS released a draft plan for coping with a flu pandemic. The document, released Aug 26, warned that if a pandemic began today, the nation would not be ready with an effective vaccine or adequate supplies of antiviral drugs.The HHS announcement also comes little more than a month after the NIH awarded Chiron Corp., Emeryville, Calif., a contract to make an investigational vaccine based on an H9N2 strain of avian flu. That virus infected three people in Hong Kong in 1999 and 2003 and also has the potential to evolve into a form that could spark a pandemic, according to the NIH.Chiron will produce up to 40,000 doses of the H9N2 vaccine for clinical trials that the NIH plans to launch early in 2005.See also:Sep 21 HHS announcementhttp://archive.hhs.gov/news/press/2004pres/20040921a.htmlAug 17 NIH news release on contract for H9N2 avian flu vaccinehttp://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2004/Pages/h9n2.aspxHHS pandemic influenza response and preparedness plan (released Aug 26)http://www.hhs.gov/pandemicflu/plan/last_img read more

Marburg outbreak jumps to 200 cases

Marburg outbreak jumps to 200 cases

first_imgApr 8, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The toll in Angola’s epidemic of Marburg hemorrhagic fever has continued to climb sharply, reaching 174 deaths out of 200 cases, according to the latest reports. The WHO recommended yesterday that Angola’s four immediate neighbors—Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Namibia, and Zambia—go on alert because of the outbreak, the AFP story said. Apr 7 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_04_07/en/ The outbreak has reached into seven of Angola’s 18 provinces, but it has attained epidemic proportions only in northern Uige province, the origin and epicenter of the outbreak, an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report said. WHO officials in Geneva today put the death toll at 174 and warned that it will take a determined effort to stop the disease, several news services reported. “The situation in Angola is not under control yet,” Dr. Mike Ryan, director of WHO’s alert and response operations, was quoted as saying. “This is still a crisis, and a health crisis at the national level, and requires a profound commitment from national authorities and the international community.” A network of five international labs is providing support “for situations in which exceptionally precise diagnostic results are important because of the implications for control measures,” the agency said. Those labs are in the United States (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta); Winnipeg, Man., Canada; Hamburg, Germany; Marburg, Germany; and Sandringham, South Africa. Ryan said international and local health agencies will need to work hard for the next 4 to 6 weeks to stop the epidemic, AFP reported. Another WHO official, Anarfi Asamoa-Baah, told AFP in Angola yesterday that the outbreak is “going to get worse before it gets better.” Yesterday’s WHO statement said a portable field laboratory is operating in Uige and a second one should soon be operating in Luanda, the capital, to provide rapid diagnostic tests.center_img Scientists from the international labs are sharing test results and information on techniques in a virtual network and during weekly teleconferences, the WHO said. In a statement released late yesterday, the WHO said the outbreak had increased to 200 cases with 173 deaths as of Apr 6, an increase of 19 cases and 17 deaths since the day before. Epidemiologists have been puzzled as to why about 75% of those infected by the deadly virus, at least until very recently, have been children under age 5. Pierre Formenty, a WHO expert on hemorrhagic fevers, said investigators suspect that the hospital in Uige might have contributed to spreading the virus among children, according to a Reuters report today. “There is a possibility . . . that the hospital served to infect children who came to be treated there,” Formenty was quoted as saying. “It is not confirmed, but it is a hypothesis.” See also: Ryan said it is essential for health workers to gain the trust and cooperation of Angolans so that they will heed warnings not to touch sick people or the bodies of victims, according to the AFP story. He said local people appear to have lost confidence in the medical system, which is weak in the aftermath of 27 years of civil war.last_img read more

WHO to report on ethical issues in pandemic planning

WHO to report on ethical issues in pandemic planning

first_imgOct 27, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) plans to issue a report in January on ethical issues raised by pandemic influenza planning, such as how to provide fair access to available drugs and vaccines, WHO officials said today after 2 days of meetings in Geneva.More than 30 leading experts on pandemic flu, ethics, and public health attended the meetings Oct 24 and 25, WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said at a news teleconference today.”This was not designed to reach any conclusions, but to raise issues,” Hartl said. “The idea was to get people talking about these issues before the pandemic started.”Dr. Alex Capron, a professor of law and medicine at the University of Southern California, said the discussions focused on four main topics: equitable access to therapeutic and prophylactic measures; ethical aspects of interventions such as quarantine and social distancing; what healthcare workers should be expected to do during an outbreak and what obligations are owed them; and issues that arise between governments when developing a multilateral response to a pandemic.The WHO report will stress the need to have broad public involvement in decisions and to base choices on an accurate understanding of the pandemic, officials said.”The recognition that emerged very strongly [at the meetings] was that it was going to be essential to have public engagement in all aspects of planning and a frank and candid recognition that the questions of the pandemic are going to be not just technical questions, but also ethical questions,” Capron said.He said the WHO is not aiming for “a single set of prescriptions for all circumstances.” Instead, everyone involved in planning will be dealing with “the need for trading off among a number of different ethical values.”He cited several examples: the principle of utility, which stresses the need to “maximize welfare”; the principle of fairness, which emphasizes justice; the principle of liberty, which says individuals should be able to make their own choices as much as possible; and the principle of reciprocity, which says that people who contribute to the public good are owed something in return.”These may point in different directions,” Capron said.In response to a question about vaccine rationing, Capron said, “One of the things that emerged very strongly is the necessity for good ethics to rest on good facts.” Some at the meeting challenged the assumption that children and elderly people will be at greatest risk, and suggested, he said, that health agencies may need “contingency plans depending on what the virus turns out to be like, how it behaves.”In an apparent reference to suggestions that the pandemic may hit young, healthy adults hardest, as occurred in the 1918 pandemic, Capron added, “The assumption that the youngest or oldest are most at risk is the assumption that applies to seasonal influenza, [which] may or may not be the case here.”Dr. Elaine Gadd, a senior medical officer and ethics specialist with the United Kingdom Department of Health, seconded Capron’s comments. “It’s very important that any plans are responsive to the actual characteristics of the pandemic, which we do not know in advance. Any plan must be capable of amendment in light of the actual facts.”In response to another question about vaccine allocation, Dr. Richard Heymann, the WHO director-general’s acting special representative for pandemic flu, said the groups that will most need protection include health workers and their families along with police and fire fighters.As for journalists, Heymann said he hopes they can be protected too. “But it has to be decided by the local community and the countries,” he added. “WHO just meets and makes broad recommendations and studies the issues.” (Experts say no vaccine well-matched to the pandemic virus will be available for at least the first several months of a pandemic, and after that it will be in short supply.)A report on the ethics meeting will be drafted and circulated to participants and other stakeholders in November, with a goal of publishing the report and some “guiding points” in January, said Dr. Andreas Reis, a WHO technical officer for ethics and health.See also: May 25, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Pandemic planning puts ethics in spotlight”last_img read more

Congress passes public health preparedness bill

Congress passes public health preparedness bill

first_imgDec 15, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Just before adjourning on Dec 9, the US Congress passed a bill to establish a new biodefense research and development agency and tune up the nation’s public health emergency preparedness programs in a number of other ways.The legislation sets up an agency called the Biodefense Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The agency represents an attempt to revive the languishing Project BioShield, established in 2004 to develop countermeasures against biological weapons and other threats.The legislation, called the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (S 3678), was passed by the Senate Dec 5 and cleared the House in the early morning hours of Dec 9. It now awaits President George W. Bush’s signature.”We’re anticipating that he will sign it,” Marc Wolfson, a spokesman for the HHS Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness, told CIDRAP News today.”I think people were surprised it made it through in the last hours there,” Wolfson said. “There was a lot of negotiation that went into seeing it happen.”The final version combines a wide-ranging bill introduced in the Senate in July with a House measure calling for the BARDA. The House unanimously passed the BARDA bill, offered by Reps Anna G. Eshoo, D-Calif., and Mike Rogers, R-Mich., in September. The Senate added the house measure to its bill (S 3678) before passing it Dec 5; the House passed the combined bill just before adjournment.Sen. Richard Burr, R-S.C., author of the original Senate bill, praised his colleagues of both political parties who worked for 2 years on the legislation. “This bill will help improve our preparedness and response to emergencies and disasters be they a terrorist attack or caused by Mother Nature,” Burr said in a Dec 9 press release. “It will also help improve our ability to create new drugs and vaccines to fight against emergencies like a flu pandemic.”The bill reauthorizes the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, passed after the terrorist attacks of 2001. Besides setting up the BARDA, the legislation does the following, among other things:Clarifies that HHS, not the Department of Homeland Security, is the lead federal agency for health and medical response to public health emergenciesRequires HHS to set general preparedness standards and pandemic influenza preparedness standards for states and to penalize states financially for failure to meet themRequires states to match federal preparedness grants at the 5% level initially and at 10% in later yearsCalls for establishing within 2 years a nationwide electronic information-sharing system to enhance detection of and response to disease outbreaks and other public health emergenciesRequires HHS to study the possibility of providing local communities with additional medical surge capacity in an emergencyMakes political subdivisions of states and groups of states eligible for federal assistance for public health preparednessCodifies and expands the Medical Reserve Corps, a community-based network of volunteers who provide assistance in public health emergenciesThe BARDA aims to boost Project BioShield, which was set up to nurture the development of vaccines and other medical countermeasures against biological, chemical, radiological, and nuclear agents. Major pharmaceutical companies have shown little interest in pursuing BioShield projects.An online report this week by Government Executive magazine said past efforts to create a BARDA were hamstrung by controversies about whether it would be subject to the Freedom of Information Act and other disclosure laws. Most provisions to circumvent those laws were stripped from the bill, except for one that allows HHS to withhold information that might expose public health weaknesses, the report said.Eshoo, coauthor of the House version of the BARDA bill, said in a Dec 9 statement that the lack of commercial demand for drugs to counter bioterrorism-related diseases creates a funding gap known as the “valley of death.” She said the BARDA will bridge the gap by making interim payments at key development milestones, which will give companies incentives to pursue products that show promise in early research.HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt, in a Dec 5 statement after the Senate approved S 3678, said the legislation complements work that is already being done to improve the BioShield program. He said HHS is taking steps to streamline countermeasure development by making the process more transparent and predictable. The new legislation will allow HHS to make milestone-based advance payments to companies, rather than withholding payment until the product is delivered, Leavitt said.The text of the bill says that the HHS secretary can pay up to 10% of a contract amount in advance if it appears necessary to ensure the project’s success. Also, a contract can provide for additional advance payments of up to 5% each for meeting milestones specified in the contract, up to a total of 50%.Lance Ignon, vice president of corporate affairs at VaxGen Inc., a Brisbane, Calif., company that has been struggling to fulfill an $877.5 million government contract to supply anthrax vaccine, told CIDRAP News that the legislation is a step in the right direction. “But what’s needed is a fundamental cultural shift to a more open and transparent dialogue between government and industry,” he said. “Unless that happens, this won’t succeed.”VaxGen’s anthrax vaccine has been delayed because of potency problems, and in May, the Government Accountability Office said the government’s contract with VaxGen was too rigid and might discourage other biotechnology companies from pursuing Project BioShield contracts. Developing new vaccines is expensive, difficult, and often hampered by testing and production delays.”Getting across the valley of death is not necessarily about money, but involves a true partnership between government and industry,” Ignon said.The new legislation authorizes spending of $1.07 billion for BARDA for fiscal years 2006 through 2008.In an August report, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the original Senate bill—which did not include the BARDA provision—would cost $297 million in fiscal year 2007 and about $6 billion for the period 2007 through 2011.See also:Government Printing Office text of billhttp://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=109_cong_bills&docid=f:s3678enr.txt.pdfDec 9 press release from Sen. Richard BurrDec 9 statement from Rep. Anna EshooDec 5 HHS press releaseJul 19 story CIDRAP News story “Broad health preparedness bill advances in Senate”last_img read more

White House issues 1-year status report on pandemic planning

White House issues 1-year status report on pandemic planning

first_imgJul 17, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The White House Homeland Security Council today released a 1-year update on the federal government’s pandemic influenza preparedness strategy, reporting that it has met 86% of the objectives it set for itself a year ago.The 41-page report details work completed on the goals federal officials outlined when they released the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza: Implementation Plan in May 2006. Today’s report is also a follow-up to a status report released on Dec 18, which reported that the government had completed more than 90% of the 6-month benchmarks it had set.Work on the remaining 14% of the actions is in progress and should be completed by the 18-month mark, the White House said in a press release today.Jeff Levi, PhD, executive director for Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a Washington, DC–based nonprofit health advocacy group, in a statement released today, lauded the government for its progress toward pandemic preparedness.”The transparency with which the Administration has set its pandemic flu preparedness goals and then held itself accountable for achieving them is a model for how public health policy should be made,” Levi said in the statement. “The American people rightly expect this level of openness in their government, and the cabinet agencies reporting today should be commended for achieving it.”Global effortsThe United States has spearheaded several efforts to control the international spread of the H5N1 avian influenza virus, the report says. Among them, the US government has provided H5N1 surveillance and response training to more than 129,000 animal health workers and 17,000 healthcare workers. The United States has donated 300,000 personal protective equipment kits to surveillance and outbreak response workers in more than 70 countries, and it has prepositioned overseas stocks of protective supplies, decontamination kits, and antiviral medication.In terms of technical expertise, the report says the United States has provided assistance to 39 of 60 countries that have been affected by H5N1 outbreaks. Seventy-five countries have received US support for improved laboratory diagnosis and early warning networks.To track genetic changes in the H5N1 virus the United States has sequenced more than 2,250 human and avian isolates, according to the report.Domestic issuesIn the past year, the United States has invested more than $1 billion to develop new vaccine technologies, such as cell-based vaccine production and research on new adjuvants. In April, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first prepandemic H5N1 vaccine, and federal officials have stockpiled enough doses to treat 6 million people, according to the report.Since last May the government has invested $600 million for state and local preparedness efforts, which support the development of community mitigation strategies, medical surge plans, and mass vaccination strategies. The government says it has launched new guidelines to improve emergency medical service delivery and 911 service in a pandemic setting.Federal officials have released major pandemic planning guidance reports in the past year that addressed three key categories: community mitigation, mass medical care with scarce resources, and response and recovery for critical infrastructure.Ongoing tasksThe report says despite notable progress over the past year, work must continue in several important areas, such as strengthening disease detection and biosurveillance.”We must redouble efforts to develop ‘real time’ clinical surveillance in the United States, so that we are able to target and refine our efforts more effectively during a pandemic,” it states.Despite investment in medical surge capacity, more work is needed to ensure that communities can treat the high number of sick patients in a severe pandemic, federal officials said.Globally, the US government can still do more to collaborate with pharmaceutical companies, international partners, and the World Health Organization (WHO) to boost global vaccine development and improve nations’ access to vaccines.Also, federal officials need to continue working with nongovernmental stakeholders to implement community mitigation strategies and build community resilience. For example, in June the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hosted a summit on pandemic readiness for leaders in business, faith, healthcare, and civic communities.Based on the feedback it received at the conference, HHS officials said they would develop toolkits, tailored to four community sectors, that leaders can use to teach people more about pandemic flu and what they can do to prepare. In the fall, the HHS will launch more intensive communication preparedness campaigns tailored to 10 to 15 diverse communities.Levi agreed that the government still has much pandemic planning work to do. “This report demonstrates that the federal government has made major strides in preparedness for a pandemic, but as the Administration also recognizes, there is still a long way to go before all levels of government and all sectors of society are fully prepared,” he said in the TFAH statement.He pointed out three critical areas that need more intensive federal efforts: assuring that states and localities develop medical surge capacity, helping many community sectors adapt to community mitigation guidelines, including those that address respirator use, and providing a steady funding stream for state and local pandemic preparedness efforts.See also:Jul 17 White House press release on pandemic planning statusNational Strategy for Pandemic Influenza 1-year summary reporthttp://www.whitehouse.gov/homeland/pandemic-influenza-oneyear.htmlNational Strategy for Pandemic Influenza: Implementation Planhttp://www.whitehouse.gov/homeland/nspi_implementation.pdfDec 29, 2006 CIDRAP News article “Feds detail progress on pandemic preparedness”Jul 17 TFAH press releaselast_img read more

Bergamo Airport announced new flights to Croatia

Bergamo Airport announced new flights to Croatia

first_imgOrganized by Bergamo Airport, a business workshop was held for representatives of airlines, tour operators and travel agencies, as well as foreign travel agencies operating in Italy.The aim of the business workshop was to present the potential of tourist destinations and their offer, new flights of airlines and additional connection of partners in the market, with emphasis on the region of Lombardy, which is one of the most developed regions in Italy. It is on that occasion Giacomo Cattaneo, commercial director of ZL Bergamo, presented the news and business of this airport, and also pointed out that this is the third airport in terms of the number of passengers in Italy with more than 12 million a year.He also announced new direct flights of Volotea on the route ZL Bergamo-Zl Split (from May 25 to October, Tuesdays and Fridays) and ZL Bergamo-ZL Dubrovnik (from May 28 to October, Mondays and Wednesdays). Valeria Rebasti, commercial director of the airline Volotea, pointed out that the new flights will increase the presence in Croatian airspace.Director of the Representation of the Croatian National Tourist Board in Italy Viviana Vukelic stressed that these are Croatian destinations that are in demand in the northern part of Italy, so the new routes will allow Italian guests easier and faster arrival in Croatia, Vukelic announced a presentation of the Split-Dalmatia and Dubrovnik-Neretva counties, which will be held in Milan for travel agencies, tour operators and associations (CRAL) from the Lombardy region and the Swiss canton of Ticino.last_img read more

470 km of cycling routes through the Krka National Park presented

470 km of cycling routes through the Krka National Park presented

first_imgThe project was presented in the newly renovated visitor center in Laškovica Krka bike: 470 km of cycling routes through the Krka National Park.With 29 kilometers of existing hiking trails, NP “Krka” becomes a recreational area for locals and an unavoidable destination for all lovers of active stays in nature, especially in the middle and upper reaches of the river Krka, which, thanks to terrain configuration and natural phenomena in the environment, provide numerous opportunities to play sports.Each visitor can create their own itinerary for touring the Park: cycling, boat trips or hiking educational trails. HRK 454.250,00 was allocated for the entire Krka bike project, which includes, among other things, the preparation of a risk study and GPS tracks of bicycle paths and the development and installation of cycling tourist signs. “The project of bicycle routes is a long-term vision of the Public Institution ‘Krka National Park’, which, to our great satisfaction, has now been realized. Our desire was to offer a variety of content, new forms of visiting, especially those related to active stays in nature. Krka National Park has great potential as a recreational area. We need to be a motivator to move all the people who live there and develop a form of visiting that is compatible with the resource we manage, and that is precisely hiking and biking, which have the least impact on nature. We believe it will Krka bike extend the stay of visitors to a few days, which will contribute to the sustainable development of the whole area”, Said the director of the Public Institution” National Park Krka “mr. sc. Krešimir Šakić. There are a total of fourteen cycling routes in the Park, of which five MTB or mountain bike, three Road or road and six Track a route for a pleasant family ride. The longest is the so-called “royal route”, a 95,1 km long route that starts in front of the branch office of the Public Institution “NP Krka” in Skradin, passes through Rupe and Kistanje and ends in Burnum (Roman military amphitheater). On the way back to Skradin, it descends twice into the Krka river canyon (to the Brljan and Roški waterfalls), and after Laškovica it returns to Skradin by the same route. The shortest cycling route, 8,6 km long, from Skradin along the Krk leads upstream to Skradinski buk, the most beautiful and most visited waterfall on the river Krka. Routes are formed as circular to allow the user to return to the starting point. Trails in some locations intersect or run parallel, but cyclists are not expected to cross from one trail to another.”There are three starting and starting points of all routes: the branch office of the Public Institution ‘NP Krka’ in Skradin, the visitor movement center in Laškovica and the Eco campus ‘Krka’ in Puljani. Road route characterized by riding sports road bikes on quality paved roads, on routes of above-average overall length and different height profiles. It is intended for active athletes looking for physically demanding sports challenges. Trekking & family route represents driving trekking, hilly or City bicycles on paved roads and quality macadam roads, with gentle ups and downs, without technically demanding parts, and is intended for families with children and less active recreationists of all ages who want to enjoy nature. Mountain bike route includes riding mountain bikes on arranged and unarranged forest paths, different paths, with ascents and descents that may have a higher slope. It is intended for cyclists with good physical condition and advanced cycling skills“, Marko Fržop, external associate on the project, explained the routes in detail. In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”The prescribed cycling tourist signs have been set up on the routes, and brochures with a detailed description, photographs, maps and GPS coordinates of the routes are available to visitors.On each of the cycling routes, visitors are shown spectacular scenes of the river, lookouts from which the view is breathtaking and leads to thinking about the power of nature and the importance of its preservation. #you sometimes drive for hours to experience something spectacular, like the scene from the picture above. All in all a great rounded story.Attachment: KRKA Bike – a catalog of cycling routeslast_img read more