WHO adopts resolution on flu virus sharing

first_imgMay 23, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – As expected, the World Health Organization (WHO) approved a resolution on the sharing of influenza viruses and access to pandemic vaccines just before adjourning its annual meeting of member countries today.The resolution calls on the WHO to establish “an international stockpile of vaccines for H5N1 or other influenza viruses of pandemic potential, and to formulate mechanisms and guidelines aimed at ensuring fair and equitable distribution of pandemic-influenza vaccines at affordable prices in the event of a pandemic,” the WHO said in a news release.The resolution also calls for creation of an interdisciplinary working group to draw up new “terms of reference” (TORs) for the sharing of flu viruses by WHO collaborating centers and reference laboratories, the agency said.”The new TORs will take into account the origin of influenza viruses going into the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance Network and will make their use more transparent,” the WHO said. “Once finalized, these TORs will be submitted to a special Intergovernmental Meeting of WHO Member States and regional economic organizations.”The resolution is a response to Indonesia’s recent withholding of H5N1 influenza virus samples to protest the high cost of commercial vaccines derived from such samples. Breaking with a long tradition of free international sharing of flu virus specimens, Indonesia stopped sending samples to the WHO last December. Last week the country said it had resumed supplying viruses, but the WHO has said it has received only three samples so far.Countries are expected to continue sharing viruses while the new WHO rules are hammered out, news reports have said. But Dr. David Heymann, the WHO’s head of communicable disease control, said today that the new agreement is voluntary, according to the Associated Press (AP).”If countries wish to make exceptions, they will make exceptions,” Heymann told the AP. “We will have an opportunity to see over the next few weeks, as we begin to request the viruses, if there are any conditions on [using] the viruses as they are sent in.”Indonesia and other developing countries had proposed that the WHO supply H5N1 virus samples to vaccine manufacturers only with the consent of the source country. But the adopted resolution, which emerged from a WHO committee yesterday, says that vaccine makers should have full access to viruses from the WHO during a public health emergency, the AP reported yesterday.WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, in closing remarks, reminded the delegates of their responsibilities under the revised International Health Regulations (IHR), according to the WHO release. The revised regulations, which take effect in June, are designed to stop the international spread of infectious diseases.”When collective security is at stake, public opinion can carry great weight,” Chan said. “After very considerable discussion, you have adopted a resolution on the sharing of influenza viruses and access to pandemic vaccines and other benefits. I want to underscore the importance of this decision. My responsibilities in implementing the IHR depend on this sharing.”In a statement today, US Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said he was pleased that the WHO resolution makes clear that member states must continue to share flu viruses with the agency’s flu surveillance network.”Withholding influenza viruses from the Global Influenza Surveillance Network greatly threatens global public health and is inconsistent with the spirit of the legal obligations we have all agreed to undertake through our adherence to the International Health Regulations,” Leavitt said.As the 10-day WHO meeting ended, Heymann warned that current global vaccine production capacity remains far from adequate to protect the world’s population in the event of a pandemic.According to a Reuters report, Heymann said vaccine makers can produce enough vaccine for only 1.5 billion of the world’s 6.2 billion people. It will be “a five-year maximum before we believe we will have enough vaccine to begin to talk about equitable sharing,” he said.In a report last October, the WHO estimated world flu vaccine production capacity at 350 million doses of trivalent (three-strain) vaccine, which could possibly be pushed to 500 million trivalent doses in an emergency. That would be the equivalent of 1.5 billion doses of single-strain vaccine.In other action, the World Health Assembly of WHO members approved a record budget of $4.2 billion for 2008-09, up from $3.3 billion for 2006-07, the agency said. “The new budget highlights the continued trend of increased investment in global public health,” the statement said.The members also approved resolutions dealing with the prevention and treatment of malaria and tuberculosis and the eradication of polio, among other actions.See also:May 23 WHO news releasehttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2007/wha02/en/index.htmlMay 23 United Nations news releaseOct 23, 2006, CIDRAP News story “WHO seeks urgent push for pandemic flu vaccines”last_img read more

Antique health office warns public vs dengue, leptos

first_imgFarmers were also advised to wear bootsand not wade in water contaminated by urine of rodents especially if they haveopen wounds.  “The people could also ask for theprophylaxis at the rural health units if they have the intention to wade in thewater,” Rojas said. Last year, he said the provincerecorded nine cases with no deaths. SAN JOSE, Antique – The integratedprovincial health office (IPHO) here urged residents to remain vigilant againstdengue and leptospirosis as these diseases recently recorded three deaths inthe province.  “Both had history of wading incontaminated water,” he added, saying that 13 others were recorded to havedeveloped the same bacterial infection. Rojas said since last Aug. 21, theyhave not monitored dengue fatality. But on Oct. 2, a three-year-old boy fromBarangay Villaflor, Tobias Fornier reportedly died from the mosquito-borneillness. Early signs and symptoms ofleptospirosis include headache, muscle pain and fever. If not treatedimmediately, the affected person could experience bleeding from the lungs ormeningitis and other severe health conditions.center_img Mark Rojas, nurse assigned with theIPHO, said on Thursday that leptospirosis claimed two lives on Sept. 24 andOct. 3. Meanwhile, dengue claimed another lifein the province based on the 40th Morbidity Week or from Sept. 29 to Oct. 5surveillance report.  The Antique Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) warns the public anew against dengue and leptospirosis on Thursday. IPHO Nurse Mark Rojas says leptospirosis recently claimed two lives in the province and dengue with one. ANNABEL CONSUELO J. PETINGLAY/PNA The latest fatality brought to 11 thetotal deaths due to dengue in the province this year. Rojas said the 57 new cases that weremonitored during the 40th Morbidity Week were from Culasi with 24; Hamtic,seven; Tibiao, six; Barbaza, five; San Remigio, four; Sibalom, three; two eachfrom San Jose de Buenavista and Libertad and one each from Anini-y, Patnongon,Sebaste, and Tobias Fornier.(With areport from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Hart-Valencia one to remember

first_img As he lay on the turf, the roar of the crowd left no doubt, and the echoes of cheers and applause undoubtedly is still ringing through his head. The bleachers were filled well before the 7 p.m. kickoff as fans on both sides crammed in for an epic rematch, as Valencia had defeated Hart 29-10 a year earlier to snap Hart’s 65-game league winning streak. Among Hart’s most loyal supporters was junior Bill Caprine, a member of Hart’s track team. Caprine painted his face red and black and wore a custom suede Indian suit. “I just love our team, and I’m out here to show them by being one of the leaders of the crowd,” Caprine said. “You always have to encourage the team.” Underneath the Indian suit, Caprine wore a self-made T-shirt that depicted an Indian killing a Viking. He made seven of the shirts and handed the others out to his friends. “Some of the players like my get-up, and others think I’m a little goofy,” Caprine said. There were a few glitches beforehand. A fire alarm accidentally rang – which proved especially loud and annoying in the press box – and wasn’t turned off for about 45 minutes, finally stopping toward the end of the first quarter. And a fight nearly broke out in the press box after someone from Valencia turned up the P.A. music to drown out a Hart cheer that Valencia’s announcer deemed inappropriate. However, there were no problems with crowd control thanks to heavy security. “Everything is running smoothly. It’s a good crowd, and everything looks good,” Valencia principal Paul Priesz said a few minutes after the kickoff. Priesz said the fire alarm was not a prank but was instead caused by too much shower steam in Hart’s locker room, triggering a heat sensor. There were also some problems with parking, as Valencia never had accommodated such a large crowd. Some latecomers had to park at the Wal-Mart parking lot, which is quite a trek. But as things turned out, the long walk was certainly worth it. This was a game for the ages that won’t soon be forgotten. Gerry Gittelson, (661) 257-5218 gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I was a little nervous,” Weinstein said. At the time, Weinstein had converted just 4 of 10 field goals this season – a few of the misses, admittedly, because of bad snaps or holds – in what has amounted to an up-and-down senior year for a kicker many consider the league’s best. “After he missed that first one, we knew he had to be tough and come back, and he made it look easy,” said quarterback Tyler Lyon, as Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust” blared in the background. “You say he was nervous? Well, anyone would be in that situation.” The snap was perfect, the hold was clean, and Weinstein’s kicked sailed beautifully, crossing midway through the uprights with plenty of room to spare. “Actually, I never saw it go through because I got hit once I kicked it,” Weinstein said. VALENCIA – After a week filled with more pregame pageantry than anyone has ever seen for a Foothill League regular-season football game, how refreshing it was to see the highly anticipated showdown between Hart and Valencia actually live up to the hype on Friday. In a matchup filled with twists and turns in front of a sellout of more than 5,500, Hart’s 17-14 victory wasn’t secure until the final minute, and Hart fans poured onto the field in a massive red-and-black celebration immediately after the final whistle. “This was the game of my life,” said Paul Weinstein, who kicked a game-winning 45-yard field goal with just over four minutes remaining. “But it wasn’t about me. It’s about the whole team. I was just there to finish it. I love Hart football.” A few minutes earlier, Weinstein had missed a 36-yarder, so his heart must have been beating out of his chest as he lined up for the potential game-winner. last_img read more

Bulldog Days Of Summer Coming to Des Moines Metro Area

first_imgStory Links July 11 Star 102.5 Summer Block Party Winfield Park – Waukee 5:30 – 8 p.m. June 17 Green Days Parade Johnston 10 a.m. Drake Athletics is hitting the town this summer at various events in Des Moines and central Iowa. Be sure to visit with Drake coaches and staff at one of the many events listed below and receive complimentary Drake items. Check back throughout the summer, as more events are added to the schedule. Live Results Date Event Location Time July 9 Ankeny SummerFest Ankeny 1 – 4 p.m. June 27 Star 102.5 Summer Block Party Adventure Ridge Park – Johnston 5:30 – 8 p.m. June 26 Happy Hour Rookies Sports Bar & Grill (2180 NW 156th St.) 6 – 8p.m. July 4     Urbandale 4th of July Parade Urbandale 10 a.m. June 14 More 104.1 Lunch in the Park Western Gateway Park 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. July 22 Paul Morrison 100th Birthday Celebration Shivers Basketball Practice Facility – Courtside Club 4 – 7 p.m. July 14 Iowa Games Athlete Jamboree Ames 5 – 7:30 p.m.  Print Friendly Version Live Video August 1 National Night Out Beaverdale 6 – 8 p.m. August 11 Iowa State Fair Des Moines – VI Building 5 – 9 p.m. August 12 Des Moines Farmers Market 3rd Street – south of Court Ave. 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. July 17 Happy Hour Jethro’s BBQ – Drake 6 – 8 p.m. Use #BulldogDaysOfSummer to follow our appearances throughout the summer and to let us know you’re at the event! August 26 Ingersoll LIVE 2017 2800 block of Ingersoll Ave. 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.last_img read more

Tuesday’s QPR quiz

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How Minnesota Became the Land of 10,000 Startups

first_imgTags:#minnesota#startups#twin cities What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… How to Get Started in China and Have Success Minnesota is no stranger to big business. It’s home to such names as Target, Best Buy, General Mills, and Ecolab — all of which have made their homes in Minnesota for generations and have become a source of pride. But a new industry — technology — is taking Minnesota by storm, boosting the local economy and putting the state on the global map once again.Minnesota has long been known for its high standard of living, agriculture industry, and flourishing community of performing arts. But over the past decade the Twin Cities area has made great strides to become a forward-thinking place for startups, small businesses, and entrepreneurs.The number of tech businesses in Minnesota has grown exponentially since 2010, adding more than 500 startups since 2015 alone. Following the charge, venture capitalists now invest more than $200 million in the region annually.That Cool Minnesota LifestyleWhat attracts people to Minnesota? “Incredible career options with a world-class quality of life you can actually afford,” says Matt Lewis, Director of Make It. MSP., a collective that helps Minneapolis-St. Paul attract and retain top talent.“It’s no coincidence that data-point groups like WalletHub and U.S. News rank Minnesota a best state or tops for working moms and dads. With Fortune 500 companies, amazing parks, a growing arts scene, and more, this place really surprises people.”A strong city ambassador who knows what it’s like to be new, Lewis has moved to Minnesota twice, and now works to help welcome the 30,000+ working professionals who relocate to MSP each year.But aren’t the winters cold? Absolutely. Luckily, Minnesotans are hearty folks who take pride in braving the elements. They bundle up for business, sporting, social events. It’s the same never-say-die spirit that makes them strong entrepreneurs.A Collaborative CommunityThat enterprising attitude also drives groups like Forge North, a collective of entrepreneurs, investors, collaborators, and allies from all sectors working together to grow Minnesota’s startup ecosystem. The collaborative Forge North umbrellas smaller ventures like startup accelerator gener8tor and tech community Minnestar.“Minnestar has grown steadily since we started in 2006. Now we have nearly a thousand attendees at each of our events; that’s a real testament to the strength of the tech community here,” says Maria Ploessl, Minnestar’s Executive Director.And don’t overlook the MN Cup, a startup competition that seeks to bind Minnesota’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, create technology jobs, and grow the state’s innovation footprint.“MN Cup is an effective way to bring ideas to life — but to us it’s more than a competition. Yes, we’re trying to fuel interest in entrepreneurship, but we’re ultimately focused on creating jobs and using technology to solve meaningful problems that impact lives,” says John Stavig, Director of the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Minnesota. “It’s our way of putting Minnesota on the map as an innovation state.”Startup Success New and OldIt’s supportive groups like those that lead to the success rates and growth at companies like Foodsby, a startup that recently raised nearly $14 million to roll out its office lunch catering and delivery service. Food delivery groups have been big ventures, but their fragmented locations give Foodsby a leg up in the growing Minneapolis market.But the new companies aren’t the only ones grabbing headlines. There’s also WolfNet, a 22-year-old real estate data aggregation company which was just acquired by OJO Labs, showing that growth and innovation is pervasive for longtime Minnesotan tech companies, in addition to the fledgling startups.“WolfNet was early to the real estate data and tech scene in Minneapolis, and it’s been fun to watch the industry grow and change here. Now we have the chance to use what we’ve learned from decades of experience to create a ‘next level collaboration’ with OJO Labs’ incredible AI technology. It really is an amazing opportunity.” says Jennie MacIntosh, Chief Operating Officer at WolfNet.Even old-school startups are joining the scene. On November 7 tech darling Salesforce brings its popular Growth Camp series to the Twin Cities. The free tech conference for small businesses and startups features local speakers, 1:1 tech tutorials, a keynote from acclaimed marketing evangelist Mathew Sweezey, and a networking happy hour. Perhaps best of all, this event is free for all registrants.“One of the core values of our company is innovation, so we love the great things we’ve seen in the Twin Cities market,” says Marie Rosecrans, SVP of SMB Marketing at Salesforce. “We’re committed to entrepreneurs and small businesses, and we look forward to helping more of them use technology to grow and succeed.”The influx of successful startups has even brought opportunities in the form of coworking spaces. The original player, COCO used coworking as a vehicle to build a grass-roots, authentic community of entrepreneurs; its success lead to a joint venture earlier this year, a national franchise play called Fueled Collective.Don Ball, Co-Founder and Chief Social Officer at Fueled Collective, has experienced Minnesota’s growth firsthand and has a finger on the pulse of what might be the clearest sign of Minnesota’s entrepreneurial prowess: “Since 2010, we’ve been practically the only coworking game in town. But since 2017, the amount of coworking space has quadrupled with the addition of WeWork, Industrious, Spaces, Novel, and many more.” The growth of these tech-minded communities offers hard proof of a strengthening market in Minnesota as well as nationally.Growing in DiversityAn increasingly diverse population also plays a part in Minnesota’s boom, and with new demographics come the added diversity of thought. Some people now refer to Minneapolis as a Hipster Haven, while others celebrate its efforts to host WE18, the largest conference and career fair for women engineers.“New cultures and diversity of thought are huge drivers of innovation on a regional level,” says Jeff Lin, CEO of Bust Out Solutions. “Our increasingly diverse population only adds to our ability to attract and retain great people.”The Land of 10,000 StartupsMinnesota will always be the land of 10,000 lakes, but thanks to the influx of technology, it’s now also the land of 10,000 startups. A welcoming vibe and generous spirit make it an ideal place for a new venture. Thinking of joining the in crowd? Just check out the resources from 2018 Twin Cities Startup Week or find expert help at that free Salesforce Growth Camp. Related Posts China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWritelast_img read more

Cinema 4D Video Tutorial: 3D Billboard

first_imgLearn how to create a 3D billboard with lights in our exclusive video tutorial.Creating textures that interact well with lights is extremely important for anyone looking to become a master at Cinema 4D. Just like in real life, textures need to be able to interact with light in order for them to be perceived as more believable.In today’s Cinema 4D tutorial we will show you how to create some of these textures as we model a 3D billboard in Cinema 4D. We will cover a variety of Cinema 4D techniques including:Luminance TexturesGlobal IlluminationPostioning LightsThis tutorial also comes with free Cinema 4D project files:[maxbutton id=”22″]If you have any questions regarding this tutorial or Cinema 4D in general go ahead and ask in the comments below. I would be happy to answer them!If you are interested in learning more about Cinema 4D check out the Cinema 4D section of the PremiumBeat blog. We have dozens of Cinema 4D tutorials with new exclusive tutorials every Thursday.Have any questions about this tutorial? Know of any ways to make it better? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

The Elders Condemn Libya Slave Auctions Demand Migrants Rights Respected

first_imgThe Elders today strongly condemned “slave auctions” of African migrants in Libya and urged the international community to take all necessary steps to protect the rights and dignity of all people, especially vulnerable foreigners, in the conflict-wracked country.They shared the concern and dismay expressed by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and called for an immediate end to these practices and other criminal acts of human trafficking.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said: “I am shocked and angered by the recent media reports of African migrants being sold as slaves in Libyan auctions. The Libyan authorities must take urgent steps to eradicate these abuses, and the international community must provide necessary political and logistical support to bring criminals to justice.”The Elders reiterated their call for increased legal pathways for migration so displaced people do not have to rely on smugglers and organised crime networks.Hina Jilani, Elder and human rights advocate, added: “The slave auctions in Libya are a horrifying symptom of the failure both to agree international response mechanisms to large flows of people, and to ensure that the human rights of all people on the move are protected. The European Union and its member states, which have struck deals seeking to prevent refugees and migrants from crossing the Mediterranean, must insist Libya ends these abuses, which constitute an attack on the common values of our shared humanity.”last_img read more

Cant wait for Meghan Markles wedding You can check out the TV

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook “I’m going to help you kick that Mike Ross wannabe’s ass!” she says enthusiastically in an upcoming episode of the legal drama previewed by the Star.Suits returns March 28 at 9 p.m. on Bravo after a midseason break. But after seven seasons, it has pretty much run out of plot and the inherent tension of the show has vanished. You could argue that Meghan Markle studiously prepared for a life as a princess through her character, lawyer Rachel Zane on the popular Toronto-shot drama Suits.Rachel is bright, but not brighter than her boyfriend Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams).When he’s got a big case she plays loyal backup. And, of course, she rarely takes credit for anything. Unlike the brazen Princess Diana, this future bride will not outshine her man under any circumstance. The conceit of the series had a top corporate lawyer (Gabriel Macht) hiring fake Harvard-educated hotshot Ross (Adams). But Ross, a genius with a photographic memory and no legal training, has served time for practising without a licence. The jig is up when everyone knows Superman is Clark Kent as the show dissolves into yet another legal drama.The real reason for watching Suits now, of course, is princess-in-waiting Markle, who’s to marry Britain’s Prince Harry at Windsor Castle on May 19.The American actress might be fourth on the call sheet as Zane, but she is now the show’s best known cast member globally. And the most anticipated television wedding of the season will be Zane’s screen marriage to Ross. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane in the TV drama Suits. Her character is expected to wed Mike Ross, played by Patrick J. Adams, in the Season 7 finale, less than a month ahead of Markle’s real-life wedding to Prince Harry. (USA NETWORK / BELL MEDIA)last_img read more

Alberta advocate says province not doing enough fast enough to protect children

first_imgChris StewartAPTN NewsIn Alberta, there are too many children in the child welfare system and too many who are trying to take their own lives says the provinces child and youth advocate.“One of the things we are quite concerned about with Indigenous young people is the number of people in care of the government,” said Del Graff. “They are vastly over-represented in Alberta.“We’ve addressed that through a number of reports and we are pushing the government to develop a plan in concert with Indigenous leadership and communities to try to change that tide.”Graff just released his 2016-17 annual report.According to the reports, 69 per cent of the young people in the care of the province are Indigenous.Last year his office made 12 recommendations to the Alberta government to reduce the number of Indigenous youth attempting suicide.In Alberta, Indigenous young people are six times more likely to die by suicide.One key recommendation is to work with First Nation communities to develop their own youth support system.“Certainly a mechanism to enable Indigenous communities, in particular, to be able to attend to the needs of their youth members,” he said. “Through some type of suicide prevention plan – one that’s in the community, built by the community.”Graff said the provincial government is moving slowly toward implementing his recommendations.“From my point of view, they are not doing enough fast enough – but the fact that they are taking some action,” he said. “They are putting a framework together. They are trying to address those needs in Indigenous communities, it is an important development. It’s one we are quite pleased about.”Graff said his office worked with the Alberta government on the Child Protection and Accountability Act which may become a law next year.The law will allow the Advocate’s office the ability to review every death under 20 years old who were part of the child welfare systemThe hope is that the number of children being taken into care, and the attempted suicides will drop.“My office worked very hard to try to make it so that we can reduce the likelihood of trauma for young people that can lead to circumstances like them dying by suicide,” he said.last_img read more