Congress approves $2.3 billion for pandemic readiness

first_img The measure also authorizes HHS to build or renovate private facilities for producing pandemic flu vaccines or biological products, if the secretary finds such steps necessary to secure supplies. Enhancing the pandemic influenza regulatory science base The legislation authorizes HHS to reimburse states for “a portion” of the cost of antiviral drugs they may buy under HHS-negotiated contracts with private companies. The conference committee report notes that HHS plans to subsidize up to 25% of the cost of 31 million courses of antiviral treatment. The committee suggests that HHS consider increasing the subsidy for states hit by Hurricane Katrina or other hurricanes last year. House and Senate conferees had stripped a number of items out of the bill in response to Bush’s promise to veto it if it totaled more than $92.2 billion, not counting the pandemic funding. Full text of the bill on the Library of Congress’s Thomas site (search “HR 4939”) Mike Leavitt, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), commended Congress for approving the pandemic money. “These funds are a second installment in response to the President’s requests and will be allocated in the most effective manner possible,” he said in a statement yesterday. Accelerating” pandemic flu surveillance Jun 16, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – An emergency appropriations bill that cleared Congress yesterday provides another $2.3 billion for pandemic influenza preparedness, including $250 million for state and local efforts. The $2.3 billion was part of a $94.5 billion bill, with most of the money going to finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and to repair hurricane damage on the Gulf Coast. The Senate passed the measure on a vote of 98-1, sending it to the White House, according to newspaper reports. The bill specifies that $250 million is for “upgrading state and local capacity” and that at least $200 million is to go to the CDC for “global and domestic disease surveillance, laboratory capacity and research, laboratory diagnostics, risk communication, rapid response and quarantine.” The money is intended to augment the CDC’s fiscal year 2006 appropriation, according to the House-Senate conference committee’s report on the bill. Developing registries to monitor influenza vaccine distribution and use “We will continue our essential work to increase our domestic capacity to produce pandemic influenza vaccine and antiviral medications,” Leavitt said. “These funds will also enable us to further enhance federal, state and local preparedness efforts and to further strengthen the international public health infrastructure, which is a critical component of our global surveillance efforts.” Nov 1, 2005, CIDRAP News story “Bush asks $7.1 billion to prepare for flu pandemic” Supporting pandemic flu research, including clinical trials With this measure, Congress has now provided $6.1 billion of the $7.1 billion President Bush requested for pandemic preparations last November. Congress approved a $3.8 billion package in late December. Developing and buying vaccines, antivirals, and medical supplies The funds are to be used to develop and buy vaccines, antiviral drugs, and medical supplies and provide for a variety of other preparations, according to the bill. The measure earmarks $200 million for surveillance and other activities by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It excludes a vaccine injury compensation fund that the Senate had proposed earlier. Left out of the bill is a Senate proposal to establish a $289 million fund to compensate people for any injuries caused by pandemic flu vaccines, according to the conference committee report. According to the text of the bill, the money can be spent on: Bill Hall, an HHS spokesman in Washington, DC, said he couldn’t’ give any details today on how the money will be divided between different programs. “Probably just about all the money is coming to HHS, with a small amount to other departments,” he told CIDRAP News. Dec 28, 2005, CIDRAP News story “Pandemic funding, liability shield clear Congress” International activities See also:last_img read more

Canada authorities had expected coronavirus spike, fret about young victims

first_imgCanada’s recent increase in coronavirus infections was expected as the economy reopens, a senior medical official said on Tuesday, while expressing concern about young people contracting the virus.Howard Njoo, Canada’s deputy chief public health officer, said the success of efforts to combat the outbreak was fragile and could be undermined by complacency.The daily case count across Canada is around 460, compared with 300 earlier this month. The 10 provinces are gradually lifting restrictions imposed in March. The premier of Ontario, the most-populous Canadian province, said he was concerned by an uptick in cases among people under 39, blaming a small number of young people “going hog wild.””Just don’t go to a party, simple … you’re hurting people by doing this,” Premier Doug Ford said.The western province of Alberta is also seeing a spike in cases. Premier Jason Kenney said, however, that it would fully reopen schools this autumn.“Evidence is overwhelming that schools can be operated safely and with little health risk for children and teachers, and low risk of causing outbreaks,” Kenney said.Canada has recorded 111,124 cases and 8,858 deaths, far fewer per capita than in the United States.”All of us in Canada … are looking very carefully and I think with some alarm, at what’s happening in the United States,” said Njoo.Topics : “Provinces [are]… trying to reopen at I think a very prudent pace. But everyone recognizes we would expect to get clusters of cases,” Njoo said.Officials in major cities attribute the spike in part to young people gathering in bars and at parties.Njoo said young adults made up around 55% of new cases, compared with one third in May.”That is concerning,” he said, blaming fatigue after months of lockdown and a feeling among the young that they are invincible.last_img read more

Legal duties ‘not enough’ to guarantee DC pensions invested in members’ interests

first_imgExamining the importance of fiduciary duties to trust-based DC funds, it said: “It appears that, on their own, legal duties are insufficient to ensure pension schemes work in the interests of their members.“Legal duties need to be embedded in an industry structure that provides the expertise and resources for good governance, and duties must be enforced by efficient regulation.”The Commission also remarked that the regulatory split – whereby trust-based funds are overseen by the Pensions Regulator, while  the Financial Conduct Authority monitors contract-based arrangements – could cause problems.“This dual regulatory system allows possibilities for ’regulator shopping’, enabling providers with less capital to choose a scheme with lower prudential requirements,” it said.It also expressed concerns that trustees in master trusts, potentially paid by the provider maintaining the scheme, may suffer from conflicts of interest and could “lack the power” to appoint a new investment manager if in-house funds were underperforming.Addressing the potential introduction of governance committees for contract-based arrangements, recommended by the Department for Work & Pensions earlier this year, it argued that any committee should be subject to “clear legal duties to act in the interests of members”.However, it added: ”We appreciate, however, that if members carry unlimited personal liability for breaches of those duties it may be difficult to find individuals willing to carry out the task.”Will Pomroy, corporate governance lead at the National Association of Pension Funds, welcomed any attempts to “increase the clarity and understanding” of legal responsibilities stemming from investors’ fiduciary duty.“The Law Commission recognises that the duties on contract-based pension providers are much less certain and need reviewing,” he said. “We agree much of the apprehension concerning contract-based schemes could be addressed more directly through clear standards of conduct applicable to employers and providers in those areas in which they exercise discretion.”The Commission also seemed to consider the codification of fiduciary duties, noting its interest in the approach taken by Australian legislators in regulating the domestic Superannuation market.“We note that, in Australia, fiduciary duties are set out in statutory ‘covenants’,” the consultation said.“We are interested in whether any specific issues in the UK would benefit from similar types of statutory clarification.”The consultation will close 22 January, and the report will be submitted to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills by June 2014. A review of how fiduciary duties impact pension funds and trustees has suggested the current legal duties appear unable to guarantee that defined contribution (DC) funds act in the best interest of members.According to the Law Commission, the UK may also wish to consider the introduction of statutory covenants for those investing pension assets, mirroring a similar system in place in Australia.The Commission earlier this year announced it would launch a review examining whether the current understanding of fiduciary duties stopped pension managers from committing to long-term or environmentally themed projects.The review said it had already come to a number of tentative conclusions following debate with the industry.last_img read more

Opinion: Single parents struggle to move families out of poverty

first_imgStuff 4 June 2016Family First Comment: Someone who actually read the report BEFORE commenting: “I got obsessive. I read the whole document from start to finish. Then I read what the critics had to say. Then I researched the research related to the criticisms. Then I read other reports about poverty in New Zealand. And I have come to an astonishing conclusion; they’re right. Family structure is the elephant in the room when it comes to the causes of poverty.”  The laundry was piling up, and the dishwasher hadn’t been emptied. But I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the screen.Surprisingly, I wasn’t watching the NBA semi-final that featured our hairy, 7-foot lad. I’m talking about Family First’s Child Poverty and Family Structure report by Lindsay Mitchell.I got obsessive. I read the whole document from start to finish. Then I read what the critics had to say. Then I researched the research related to the criticisms. Then I read other reports about poverty in New Zealand.And I have come to an astonishing conclusion; they’re right. Family structure is the elephant in the room when it comes to the causes of poverty.  Also, I obviously have too much time on my hands.But back to Family First and the endless parade of papers from the MSD or SuperU or The Treasury relating to poverty.All of them talk about the same “risk factors”; like unemployment, being Maori or Pacifica, and renting a home. They all also mention being a sole parent. Strangely, trying to support strong, healthy relationships doesn’t come up later among the policy suggestions.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Rape suspect falls

first_imgBACOLOD City – A rape suspect was arrested in Barangay Oringao, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. Fernandez – resident of Barangay Busay, Bago City – was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 11:20 a.m. on June 24, it added. Police officers served the warrant issued by Judge Frances Guanzon of the Regional Trial Court Branch 62 in Bago City dated Feb. 24, 2020. The suspect was detained in the custodial facility of the Bago City police station./PN No bail bond was recommended for the temporary liberty of 63-year-old Paquito Fernandez, a police report showed.last_img read more

Jeremy Fasbinder, 37

first_imgJeremy Fasbinder, 37, Greensburg, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Born, December 7, 1980 in Batesville, Indiana, he was the son of Scott Fasbinder and Lisa (Marshall) Eddelman. Jeremy graduated in 1999 from Greensburg High School and then later graduated from Ball State University.  He had recently work as a desk clerk at the Holiday Inn Express.  Jeremy enjoyed all sports, especially basketball, golf and fishing.  He loved to watch movies at night with his dad after work.  He was a huge University of Michigan fan and the New England Patriots. He is survived by his father and step mother, Scott & Dea Fasbinder, Batesville, his mother, Lisa Eddelman, Greensburg, his step father, Fred (Nikki) Eddelman, Greensburg; grandparents, Beverly Marshall, Greensburg, Marcia Fasbinder, Batesville, Bernadine Eddelman, Westport; sisters, Keri Fasbinder, Hope Mills, NC, Jami Fasbinder, Fayetteville, NC; step sisters, Kelli Pinson, Broken Arrow, OK, Krissi Snellenberger, Indianapolis, Angie Cummings, Wake Forest, NC; step brothers, Kyle Weber, Batesville, Kris Weber, Rising Sun, Korey Weber, Indianapolis; several Aunts, Uncles and cousins.  He was preceded in death by grandparents, Jerry Fasbinder and Charles A. Marshall; three aunts, Debra Land, Crystal Michael, and Cathy Marshall; one uncle, Kevin McKenzie.  Visitation will be at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 27 from 10 -1 pm.  Funeral services will be held at 1 pm on Wednesday at the funeral home with Pastor Jon Porter officiating. Memorials may be made to the Greensburg High School for at need student athletes. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

QPR get training ground permission

first_img Ealing Council granted planning permission for the development, which is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2015-16 season. The complex will feature grass pitches as well as both indoor and outdoor 3G artificial surfaces and expanded gym and sport science facilities. Chief executive Philip Beard told “This is a landmark day for Queens Park Rangers Football Club. “We are hugely grateful for the support shown by all parties, especially the local residents, who we hope will benefit extensively from the range of facilities and activities that will become available over the course of the coming years. “There is a lot of hard work ahead of us as we finalise the design details and tendering of the project, but today’s news is a massive step forward and a significant milestone for the club.” QPR have been given the go-ahead to develop a new training ground at Warren Farm which will enable them to meet category one Academy standards.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

UWI criticizes EU over blacklisting

first_imgThe European Union has been criticized by the Vice Chancellor of the UWI for blacklisting some Caribbean counties as tax havens. UWI   The University of the West Indies (UWI) has criticized the European Union over its decision to blacklist a number of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries as tax havens. The university warns the unilateral move could have a deleterious effect on the economies of these countries.“This latest decision by the EU is based on new, unilaterally-determined and unclear criteria that differ significantly from the currently accepted international standards of tax transparency, anti-money laundering and accountability,” said UWI Vice-Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles.CARICOM countries met standards “These universally accepted standards were established by the Financial Action Task Force and the OECD Global Forum and demanded by the very EU,” Sir Hilary said, noting that CARICOM countries had either met or exceeded these accepted international standards and best practices over many years.Earlier this month, EU finance ministers meeting in Brussels named St. Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, and Trinidad and Tobago among a list of 17 countries considered to be global tax havens. They said the new list had been drawn up after 10 months of investigations by EU officials.Not doing enough to crackdown on tax avoidanceThe ministers said the countries on the blacklist were not doing enough to crack down on offshore avoidance schemes. Potential sanctions that could be enforced on members of the list are expected to be agreed in the coming weeks.The EU said that as a first step, a letter will be sent to all jurisdictions on the new list, explaining the decision and what they can do to be de-listed.CARICOM has strongly objected to the listing with its Secretary General Irwin la Rocque said the decision by Europe had ‘been based on new and unilaterally-determined criteria that go beyond the generally accepted international tax transparency and accountability standards which our countries have been diligently meeting over the past several years.“CARICOM strongly objects to this listing of our member states and calls on the EU to remove our member states from this pernicious list,” he said, noting that the 15-member grouping stood ready to discuss the matter with the European Council.“A de facto derailing”The UWI Vice Chancellor said the unilateral EU blacklisting was “de facto a derailing of these standards and undermine the entire process of accountability and fairness in financial matters carefully constructed by the world community”.He warned that this “unfavorable and unfair categorization of certain CARICOM countries is likely to result in reputational damage, encouragement of de-risking, including the withdrawal of correspondent banking services and the imposition of costs in the adjustment to new onerous regulatory requirements.“Further, whether intentional or accidental, this action is tantamount to creating a competitive advantage for offshore financial centers operating within the national jurisdiction of European Union member states.“The UWI stands with the governments of the Caribbean in protesting the recent actions by the EU and calling for a more transparent and equitable regulatory system and joins the call for the EU to enter into a process to resolve the issue.“To this end The University of the West Indies . . . will continue to put its expertise and research capacity at the service of governments, the private sector and regional organizations to craft appropriate policy responses,” he added.last_img read more

German Bundesliga Latest: Bayern Extend Lead With Augsburg Thrashing

first_imgChampions Bayern Munich have extended their lead at the top of the table to six points following the dominant win they recorded against Augsburg at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.In-form Polish striker Robert Lewandowski scored a brace to add to Arturo Vidal’s opener for a comprehensive 3-0 victory over the visitors thus maintaining the 100% record club manager Jupp Heynckes has since he took charge of his third spell at the club.The win takes Bayern six points clear after nearest challengers RB Leipzig could only muster a 2-2 draw at 10- man Bayer Leverkusen. Timo Werner and Emil Forsberg scored for the away side.Matchday 12 Results:Mainz 05 1-0 CologneBayer Leverkusen 2-2 RB LeipzigBayern Munich 3-0 AugsburgTSG Hoffenheim 1-1 Eintracht FrankfurtHertha Berlin 2-4 Borussia MoenchengladbachVFL Wolfsburg 3-1 FreiburgMainz 05 1-0 FC Cologne RelatedGerman Bundesliga Wrap: Bayern Extend Lead With Hannover WinDecember 3, 2017In “Europe”German Bundesliga Recap: Gladbach Beat Augsburg To Secure Top Four Place; Leverkusen Into Second Spot After Emphatic WinJanuary 21, 2018In “Europe”German Bundesliga Wrap: Bayern Extend Lead After Slim Victory Over Bottom Club CologneDecember 14, 2017In “Europe” Standings (Top 4):1. Bayern Munich 29 points2. RB Leipzig 23 points3. Borussia Moenchengladbach 21 points4. Borussia Dortmund 20 pointslast_img read more

Tottenham announce new deal for Brad Friedel

first_imgThe veteran United States international, 43, moved to White Hart Lane from Aston Villa on a free transfer in July 2011, but has often been used as back-up for France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, making just one Premier League appearance last season.Spurs are also keen for Friedel to help promote the club in America in an ambassadorial role.The club confirmed on their official website: “Brad Friedel has put pen to paper on a new one-year contract with the club, which will also see him become a club ambassador with a particular focus on our work in his native United States.”Our goalkeeper’s ambassadorial role will have a wide-ranging remit that will include greater involvement in our global coaching programme and engaging with our 30 supporters clubs from across North America as we continue to increase our global presence and bring our international fanbase closer to the club.”Brad has enjoyed an impressive 17-year career in the Premier League to date, representing Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa before joining us in the summer of 2011.”Capped 82 times by his country, including appearing in two World Cup finals, he has currently made a total of 67 appearances in goal for us.”last_img read more