Month: November 2020

 

‘Chicago Fire’ Season 9 Will Finally Tackle Brett, Casey’s Relationship

first_imgFor more from Haas and for even more exclusive TV news and interviews, subscribe to the “Watch With Us” podcast.Chicago Fire season 9 premieres on NBC Wednesday, November 11, at 9 p.m. ET. “I think we’ve extended the ‘will they or won’t they?’ as far as it possibly could go,” cocreator Derek Haas said during the Tuesday, November 2, episode of the “Watch With Us” podcast. “That ‘will they or won’t they?’ will be answered in the first couple of episodes.”Chicago Fire Season 9 Will Finally Give an Answer on Brett and Casey's Relationship Kara Killmer Jesse SpencerKara Killmer as Sylvie Brett and Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey on Chicago Fire. Adrian Burrows/NBCThe characters, who are both part of Firehouse 51, have been through a lot and have grown closer through the years. Fans have wondered for quite some time if their friendship will turn into more. Whichever way it goes, Haas added, “I always want everyone to be happy,” even though he knows that doesn’t make the best TV.The showrunner also noted during the interview that romance scenes will be done “in the same way that we’ve always done them,” despite the coronavirus pandemic.- Advertisement – Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news!Things are heating up on Chicago Fire in more ways than one. When the NBC drama returns with its ninth season on Wednesday, November 11, the writers aren’t wasting any time before diving into Matt Casey (Jesse Spencer) and Sylvie Brett’s (Kara Killmer) relationship.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “I’m crazy nervous about it, but we are testing like crazy, and we would never ask actors to do anything that they don’t feel comfortable with. That’s been our policy for nine years,” he told Us. “If we ever have an issue, we’ll adjust accordingly. We’re all figuring it out together, and I do trust my cast. I can’t say enough about how great our cast and crew are.”Earlier this year, Spencer, 41, revealed to Us exclusively that he hopes the Brett and Casey coworker relationship grows into something romantic.“I would like to see them get together because what they’re building right now is a friendship and it feels organic. They had different situations, but they’re quite similar, and they both have a bit of an ugly past,” the Australia native told Us in January, noting that their tough histories — his ex-wife left him and her boyfriend (his ex-wife’s brother) broke her heart — brought them closer together. “They’re healing and healing together. I think it’s an organic way for it to happen.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

 

MITILLY Ruffle Swing Dress Is a Piece of Polka Dot Perfection

first_imgClothing can and should be fun! Maybe it makes you feel bouncy and light, or makes you want to twirl and pose. Any of the above is a sign of a great piece that probably belongs in your wardrobe. If you want to fill up your closet with pieces that put a smile on your face — and have all of your friends asking where you bought it — then come with Us. We have just the dress to get you started!MITILLY V-Neck Ruffle Polka Dot DressAmazonSee it!Get the MITILLY V-Neck Ruffle Polka Dot Dress now starting at just $21 at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 2, 2020, but are subject to change.- Advertisement – Us Weekly has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services.When you shop for new clothing, what is on your checklist? Does it have to be comfortable? Does it have to be flattering? Does it have to be pretty, or flashy, or muted, or flowy, or tight? These are all valid features to want. We want you to consider one more though. Is the piece you’re trying on…fun?- Advertisement – This pull-on mini dress is definitely the type of piece that might elicit a “whoa” or a “wow” out of you at first glance. And second glance. And third. It’s so easy to just slip on, but it’s a serious stunner. The all-over polka dot print is pure loveliness, and the ruffle details? We can’t get enough!Starting up at the notched V-neckline, this dress has an adorable ruffle collar. Below, you’ll find a flattering ruffle trim detail falling toward both hips from the center of the chest. It looks like an extra layer of fabric, but it’s just for show. Considering how big the tiered trend is right now, this is a huge bonus! And this dress isn’t done there. There are also ruffle bell sleeves hitting right around the elbow, as well as a ruffle hem that hits mid-thigh! And did we mention there are pockets? They’re not ruffled, but, come on. They’re pockets!MITILLY V-Neck Ruffle Polka Dot DressAmazonSee it!- Advertisement – Get the MITILLY V-Neck Ruffle Polka Dot Dress now starting at just $21 at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 2, 2020, but are subject to change.This super popular dress comes in a total of 10 variations. There are seven colors of the shorter-sleeve versions, including a couple of solids with no polka dots, plus three long-sleeve versions if that’s more up your alley or if you need more fall and winter dresses!This is the type of dress you can wear either casually or to a nicer occasion. Wear it with canvas sneakers or with patent leather heels. Wear it with a knotted headband or a golden barrette. Wear it today, wear it tomorrow, wear it always! See it!Get the MITILLY V-Neck Ruffle Polka Dot Dress now starting at just $21 at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 2, 2020, but are subject to change.Not your style? Shop more from MITILLY here and see more dresses here! Don’t forget to check out all of Amazon’s Daily Deals for more great finds!Check out more of our picks and deals here!This post is brought to you by Us Weekly’s Shop With Us team. The Shop With Us team aims to highlight products and services our readers might find interesting and useful, such as face masks, self tanners, Lululemon-style leggings and all the best gifts for everyone in your life. Product and service selection, however, is in no way intended to constitute an endorsement by either Us Weekly or of any celebrity mentioned in the post.The Shop With Us team may receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. In addition, Us Weekly receives compensation from the manufacturer of the products we write about when you click on a link and then purchase the product featured in an article. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product or service is featured or recommended. Shop With Us operates independently from advertising sales team. We welcome your feedback at ShopWithUs@usmagazine.com. Happy shopping! – Advertisement –last_img read more

 

Postexposure Marburg vaccination protects monkeys

first_img The authors conclude, “These results evidently have important clinical implications, and offer a new treatment approach for [Marburg] haemorrhagic fever and perhaps for other viral haemorrhagic fevers.” The Marburg vaccine is based on a modified version of the vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV), which causes mouth inflammation in livestock. Researchers made the vaccine by inserting a surface glycoprotein gene from the Marburg virus into a live but weakened recombinant form of VSV (rVSV). In a previous study, the vaccine protected four monkeys when they were exposed to the virus 4 weeks after vaccination. May 2, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – An experimental vaccine protected monkeys from the deadly Marburg hemorrhagic fever virus even though they weren’t vaccinated until after exposure, according to a report published in the April 29 issue of The Lancet. The finding suggests that the vaccine could be effective for postexposure protection of laboratory or healthcare workers accidentally exposed to the Marburg virus, says the report by a team of US and Canadian researchers. In assessing immune responses after 10 days, the researchers found low to moderate amounts of immunoglobulin M (IgM) against Marburg in four of the five treated monkeys and moderate amounts of IgG in all five. However, no cellular immune response was detected. The authors write that the Marburg virus dose they used represents a worst case for a needlestick accident. Because many human exposures probably involve much smaller amounts of virus, the “window” for postexposure immunization is probably longer than 20 to 30 minutes, they suggest. Future animal studies, the report says, should focus on how long after exposure the vaccine can be used successfully and whether the vaccine used in this study, based on the Musoke strain of Marburg, will work against other strains. There is no licensed vaccine and no specific treatment for Marburg fever, which resembles Ebola hemorrhagic fever and is fatal in most cases. A Marburg epidemic in Angola in 2004 and 2005 killed 227 of 252 people infected, according to Angolan government figures. The vaccine’s protective mechanism in rhesus macaques remains to be determined, the article says. However, the same is true of postexposure protection conferred by rabies and smallpox vaccines in humans. See also: Although three of the five immunized monkeys had a fever by the sixth day after exposure, all five of them survived, the report says. In contrast, the three control monkeys all died by the 12th day, after showing signs of Marburg fever. The controls all had high levels of Marburg virus in their blood by day 6. Polymerase chain reaction testing showed transient viremia in four of the five treated monkeys on day 3, but plaque assays revealed no Marburg virus in their plasma at any point. Jun 7, 2005, CIDRAP News story “Ebola, Marburg vaccines work in monkeys” Daddario-DiCaprio KM, Geisbert TW, Stroher U, et al. Postexposure protection against Marburg haemorrhagic fever with recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus vectors in non-human primates: an efficacy assessement. Lancet 2006 Apr 29;367:1399-404 [Abstract] In the new study, eight rhesus macaques were injected with 1,000 plaque-forming units (pfu) of Marburg virus. About 20 to 30 minutes later, five of the monkeys were injected with the experimental vaccine, and the other three were injected with nonspecific rVSV formulations for control purposes. The time interval was assumed to be about how long it would take to vaccinate someone after an accidental needlestick exposure. The experiment was conducted in a biosafety level 4 lab at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Maryland. The research team included Kathleen M. Duddario-DiCaprio of USAMRIID as first author, along with other scientists from USAMRIID, the Uniformed Services Universtiy of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md.; Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Man.; the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg; and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda, Md. May 25, 2004, CIDRAP News story “Russian scientist dies of Ebola after lab accident”last_img read more

 

CDC, WHO experts visit Indonesia to inspect H5N1 cluster

first_imgMay 18, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – An international team of scientists from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) arrived today on Indonesia’s Sumatra island to investigate the largest cluster to date of confirmed human cases of H5N1 avian influenza, according to news services.In addition, the WHO reported today that a 75-year-old Egyptian woman died of H5N1 infection, becoming the sixth fatality in Egypt.In a news release about the Indonesian cluster today, the WHO said the source of infection was not yet known for any of the cases. “The possibility of limited human-to-human transmission cannot be ruled out,” the agency said.”A cluster is always serious,” the WHO’s Thomas Grein told Bloomberg news today after visiting North Sumatra. “This one by its sheer size and that it has occurred in an area where there have been no confirmed outbreaks is of course of interest.”In its statement today, the WHO gave some details on the cases in six extended family members from Kubu Sembelang village in the Karo district of North Sumatra—five of whom died—as well as on another Indonesian woman who died of avian flu in Surabaya in East Java. Her death was reported by news media yesterday.In North Sumatra, the outbreak may have begun Apr 27 when a 37-year-old woman contracted a respiratory disease, which took her life May 4. However, no specimens were obtained from her body for confirmatory testing, but the WHO said she is considered the initial case in the cluster.Her relatives, according to the WHO, constitute the six who tested positive for H5N1. The woman’s 15-year-old son died of avian flu May 9, her 17-year-old son died May 12, her 10-year-old nephew died May 13, and her 28-year-old sister died May 10. The sister’s 18-month-old daughter died May 14. In addition, her 25-year-old brother tested positive for H5N1 but is still alive.These latest WHO confirmations raise Indonesia’s case total to 40 (23 in 2006), with 31 deaths (20 in 2006), according to WHO data. Indonesia has reported by far the most cases and fatalities this year. Egypt has the second-most cases with 14 (6 deaths), and China has the second-highest death rate, with 7 deaths in 10 cases.Although the WHO release about the cluster states that “If human-to-human transmission has occurred, it has not been either efficient or sustained,” officials are concerned about the lack of an identified source for the virus.”The source of exposure for the initial case is still under investigation, with exposure to infected poultry or an environment contaminated by their faeces considered the most plausible source,” the agency said.”The likely source of infection for the additional cases has not yet been determined,” the statement continued. “Multiple hypotheses are being investigated. Apart from living in close proximity to each other, the cases in this cluster are known to have participated in a family gathering around 29 April. The cases may have acquired their infection from a shared environmental exposure yet to be identified.””We have not yet found any evidence of the ongoing transmission among chickens in that area,” said Shigeru Omi, WHO director for the Western Pacific region, as quoted in the Bloomberg story today. However, the story quoted Indonesia’s agriculture minister as saying that 10 of 11 pigs tested in the district had antibodies to avian flu in their bloodstream, and about half of the 400 households in Kubu Sembelang raise pigs, chickens, and ducks.Although the presence of antibodies in the pigs could signal a previous infection, “If the virus is in pigs, that would be a major concern,” said Ton Schat, professor of virology and immunology at Cornell University, according to Bloomberg. Pigs are susceptible to both human and avian strains of influenza, and simultaneous infection with both types could allow viruses to trade genetic material, potentially giving rise to a hybrid that could spread among humans.According to the WHO, instances of human-to-human H5N1 transmission have occurred, but in no case has the virus spread beyond people who have had close contact with an infected person, like family members.In a Washington Post story today, Sari Setiogi, spokesperson for WHO’s Indonesia office, said, “We are taking this very seriously. The good news is that, from our investigation to date, there’s no evidence of further spread of the virus beyond the family.”Egyptian caseIn Egypt, WHO officials confirmed that a 75-year-old woman became Egypt’s sixth death among 14 human cases of avian influenza, an AFP article said today.The woman, from Al-Minya in southern Egypt, contracted the disease from infected birds, according to WHO regional health regulation officer John Jabbour. “She was admitted into the hospital yesterday, and she died today,” Jabbour said in the AFP story.See also:WHO Indonesia reporthttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_05_18b/en/index.htmlWHO Egypt reporthttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_05_18c/en/index.htmlMay 17 CIDRAP News story “WHO confirms avian flu case cluster in Indonesia”http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/avianflu/news/may1706indo.htmllast_img read more

 

Eight-state E coli outbreak strikes 50, kills 1

first_img “Given the severity of this illness and the seriousness of the outbreak, FDA believes that a warning to consumers is needed. We are working closely with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local agencies to determine the cause and scope of the problem,” said CFSAN director Robert Brackett, PhD, in yesterday’s FDA release. Sep 15, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – People should avoid eating bagged fresh spinach after an outbreak of the virulent Escherichia coli strain, O157:H7, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned yesterday. Of the 20 Wisconsin cases, 11 occurred in Milwaukee County, according to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story yesterday. No details have been reported on the Wisconsinite who died, but the Journal Sentinel article said that the person is not from Milwaukee County. See also The outbreak has affected 50 people in eight states, including 20 in Wisconsin, which also reported the only death, according to news sources. And in eight people, the infection led to hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can cause kidney failure and even death. “To date,” yesterday’s FDA release says, “preliminary epidemiological evidence suggests that bagged fresh spinach may be a possible cause of this outbreak. Based on the current information, FDA advises that consumers not eat bagged fresh spinach at this time.” The first case was reported Aug 23, and the most recent Sep 3, according to the FDA. The federal investigation into the outbreak is ongoing. In addition to Wisconsin, other affected states include Utah, Oregon, Indiana, Idaho, Michigan, New Mexico, and Connecticut, according to the FDA. The news comes less than 3 weeks after the FDA and California health officials launched a probe focusing on Salinas Valley in California, the nation’s main producer of leafy green vegetables and the source of at least eight E coli outbreaks since 1995 (see yesterday’s CIDRAP story). No growing region, grower, brand, or retail store has been implicated in the current outbreak, according to news sources.center_img Commenting on the scope of the outbreak, Acheson said in the Times story, “It’s increasing by the day. We may be at the peak; we may not. We’re giving preliminary data here.” Editor’s note: The following story was published the morning of Sep 15 with current FDA data. During the day more cases were reported in the news media. The numbers as of late afternoon stand at almost 60 cases in 10 states (Ohio and Kentucky are the additional states). FDA Sep 14 releasehttp://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2006/NEW01450.html O157:H7 produces a toxin that causes diarrhea—often bloody—and abdominal cramps, but typically no fever. The illness usually resolves in 5 to 10 days but causes HUS in 2% to 7% of patients. Christopher Braden, MD, a medical epidemiologist at the CDC’s National Center for Infectious Disease, said in a Washington Post story yesterday, “I think we will see quite a few more cases. And I think we will see them from other states.” A New York Times story yesterday reported that federal health officials are not certain that bagged spinach is to blame, but it is the only food that all the patients have in common, according to David Acheson, MD, of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). CIDRAP E coli overviewhttp://fever.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/causes/ecolioview.htmllast_img read more

 

Pitney Bowes: Using fresh memories, history to get the preparedness message across

first_img(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the Sep 11 attacks, and Hurricane Katrina have given many senior executives a small taste of the economic devastation that unforeseen localized events can wreak on a company.Likewise, the 2001 anthrax attacks, in which letters containing anthrax bacteria were anonymously sent to news media offices and two US senators, had primed the pump for Brent Pawlecki, MD, to paint a picture of the global devastation that could result from an influenza pandemic. Pawlecki is associate medical director of the mailstream solutions and services company Pitney Bowes.Pawlecki, who leads pandemic preparedness initiatives for the Stamford, CT–based company, approached members of the senior leadership team 1.5 years ago, handing them each a copy of John Barry’s book The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History. The book gives a graphic overview of the global devastation of a pandemic.He scheduled an hour with each of them. “The first thing I did was to sit down and describe life in a pandemic,” he says. “What it really took was an understanding of the risks that were involved from the business perspective. It’s really important to think of this as a crisis of its own, but it does fall under the heading of business continuity.”Pawlecki had a plan and was able to overcome concerns about funding by keeping the plan pervasive but low-tech and by leveraging existing resources. “When you face the CFO, the first thing they’re going to say is ‘there’s no money for this,'” he says. “[But] you don’t have to spend a lot of money.”He assembled 20 representatives from across the company for his team—including in-house business continuity experts from Pitney Bowes Management Services—which came up with a plan based on the World Health Organization’s pandemic phases. Examples of measures the team set up include:A 20-minute online training module for the firm’s 34,000 employees in 130 countries describing life in a pandemic, what Pitney Bowes was doing to prepare for it, and how they could prepare themselves and their familiesHygiene measures such as handwashing and social distancingInstructions directing employees to online individual planning guides”It’s a lot of work on the front end,” says Pawlecki, who hardly slept during the first 4 months of planning. “But I think people need to realize the risk of not doing this.”last_img read more

 

Germany, Vietnam battle H5N1 in poultry

first_imgAug 27, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – German agriculture officials confirmed an outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza at a poultry farm in Bavaria Aug 25, as officials in Vietnam reported fresh outbreaks at farms in three more provinces.About 400 ducks on a farm near the southern city of Erlangen, about 120 miles north of Munich, died in a short time, prompting authorities to test for the virus, according to news services. An H5N1 virus was detected in three young ducks that were delivered to the farm about 4 weeks ago from a farm in the northern state of Lower Saxony, which is also being inspected for the disease, an agriculture ministry spokesperson in Berlin told Agence France-Presse (AFP) Aug 25.Authorities culled 160,000 remaining birds and set up a 3-kilometer protective zone around the farm, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.Contaminated straw was the probable source of the outbreak, Ottmar Fick, Erlangen’s chief veterinarian, told the AP. Though it’s unclear how the straw could have become contaminated, wild birds are one possibility authorities are considering, he said.In July the virus struck wild birds, mainly swans, near Nuremberg in Bavaria, and infections were also confirmed in wild birds in Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt provinces, both in central Germany, according to reports from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).In Vietnam, animal-health officials recently confirmed H5N1 outbreaks at poultry farms in Dong Thap province in the south and Thai Nguyen province in the north, the Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported on Aug 25. And today, officials announced the virus had spread to Tra Vinh province in the Mekong delta, according to an AFP report.The outbreak in Thai Nguyen affected ducks and young chickens, while the Dong Thap outbreak struck chicks, the Xinhua report said. In Tra Vinh the outbreak involved unvaccinated ducklings, AFP reported.In mid August the country reported an H5N1 outbreak in chickens and ducks in Cao Bang, a northern province that borders China.Vietnam has reported seven human H5N1 cases this year, which include four deaths. However, five of the cases have not yet been confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), whose current avian flu tally for Vietnam is 95 cases with 42 deaths.See also:OIE reports on H5N1 outbreaks in Germanyhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2007_AI.php#Aug 15 CIDRAP News story “Vietnam, France report more H5N1 in birds”last_img read more

 

Report suggests wastewater link to Taco John’s E coli outbreak

first_imgFeb 26, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Officials from California and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a final report on a 2006 Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak associated with iceberg lettuce from Taco John’s restaurants in Iowa and Minnesota, revealing that wastewater from nearby dairy operations might have contaminated irrigation water.The 41-page FDA/California Department of Public Health report, released on Feb 15, linked the outbreak to a ranch in Buttonwillow, Calif., that is located about 126 miles northwest of Los Angeles.The outbreak occurred in the fall of 2006 and sickened about 80 people, according to the report. No deaths were reported. E coli O157:H7 produces a toxin that causes diarrhea—often bloody—and abdominal cramps, but typically no fever. The illness usually resolves in 5 to 10 days, but it can cause hemolytic uremic syndrome, potentially leading to kidney failure or death, in 2% to 7% of patients.Investigators from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Iowa Department of Public Health had identified shredded iceberg lettuce served at the restaurants as the likely cause of the E coli outbreak. The FDA, working with Minnesota and California officials, had traced the lettuce the restaurants received from a Minnesota distributor to growing regions in California’s Central Coast and Central Valley areas.Further trace-back studies by the FDA and California authorities steered investigation and sampling to two growing areas, but investigators focused their efforts on the Wegis Ranch in Buttonwillow after 10 of the 32 samples from the site matched the Taco John’s outbreak strain, according to the report.Four of the samples matching the outbreak strain came from two dairies located near the lettuce fields.After analyzing water systems in the area and at the ranch, investigators found several confluence points between the local water district’s system and those of the ranch and the two dairy operations.”A key finding in this investigation was the dairy wastewater blending and distribution system used by the Wegis Ranch to irrigate crops and distribute water,” the investigators wrote. They also reported that the system had inadequate backflow devices, which might have contaminated the growing fields with wastewater.The report also said numerous signs of wildlife were observed near and on some of the ranch’s growing fields.See also:Feb 15 FDA/California Department of Public Health final report on E coli O157:H7 outbreak in lettuceJan 12, 2007, CIDRAP News story “FDA finds Taco John’s E coli strain on California farms”last_img read more

 

Japan set to begin prepandemic vaccination

first_imgApr 15, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Japan’s health ministry today said it was on the verge of approving a plan to administer prepandemic vaccine to healthcare workers, which would make it the world’s first country to tap its national stockpile for this purpose.Kishiko Yamaguchi, an official from Japan’s health and welfare ministry, said the plan, which awaits approval tomorrow, would allow the vaccination of about 6,000 quarantine officials and healthcare workers by the end of the year, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.Japan has already approved and stockpiled pandemic vaccines for 10 million people that are based on H5N1 viruses from China, Indonesia, and Vietnam, according to a report today from Reuters. The health ministry said the vaccines were made by the Research Foundation for Microbial Diseases of Osaka University and the Kitasato Institute, the report said.In a November 2005 presentation for the World Health Organization (WHO) that summarized clinical study results for Japan’s pandemic vaccine, Masato Tashiro, MD, PhD, with the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo, revealed that the project is supported by the government, and the same formulation of the alum-adjuvanted whole-virus vaccine is produced by all of the manufacturers.Yamaguchi told the AP that if initial tests show that the prepandemic vaccine is safe and effective, the ministry would consider vaccinating 10 million more people, including such vital workers as lawmakers, police, and other healthcare workers. Reuters reported that the second vaccination wave would also include those who maintain infrastructure networks such as gas and electricity.International health officials have been cautious about taking steps toward vaccination in advance of a pandemic, because researchers are uncertain if vaccines that are currently in national stockpiles will offer cross-protection against a future pandemic strain. Also, it’s not clear if any adverse events would arise from the use of the vaccine, which makes it difficult to weigh the usefulness of the strategy.In a May 2007 bulletin, the WHO acknowledged that as prepandemic vaccines become available they could be used in poultry workers, healthcare workers, and whole populations. However, the WHO did not recommend that countries undertake the strategy.Gregory Hartl, a spokesman for the WHO, told the AP that prepandemic vaccination is “a big roll of the dice” but said the WHO doesn’t oppose countries using the vaccines.The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in 2007 praised the development of prepandemic vaccines but said it did not support countries using them until the WHO elevates its pandemic phase to 5 or 6 (from the current phase 3), which would indicate significant human-to-human transmission is occurring.See also:May 10, 2007, CIDRAP News story “WHO equivocal on prepandemic use of H5N1 vaccines”Oct 31, 2007, CIDRAP News story “The Pandemic Vaccine Puzzle: Part 5, What role for prepandemic vaccination?”Presentation to the WHO on Japan’s pandemic vaccineMay 2007 WHO pandemic influenza bulletinlast_img read more

 

A meeting was held with American investors who want to invest in the Pašman Riviera

first_imgLast week, Zadar County Prefect Božidar Longin and his associates hosted a delegation of American investors at the County House, led by Jeffory D. Blackard, a representative of the Blackard Global consortium. The aim of the meeting was to present the tourist development project “Pašman Riviera”, estimated at 500 million euros, which is individually the largest greenfield investment in Croatian tourism.”We held a very constructive meeting. These are serious investors who intend to invest in the Pašman Riviera project. It would be the largest tourist investment in Zadar County and certainly the largest American investment in Croatia”, Said the prefect of Zadar County Božidar Longin, adding that the county services and the Municipality of Pašman will be maximally available so that the investment can be realized as soon as possible.”We are extremely pleased with yesterday’s meeting and the support expressed by the Zadar County Prefect Božidar Longin. The preparation of this project was a very long and detailed process, we took special care of the environment and the authenticity of the location, our goal is to satisfy the local community and all future guests. We will create a large number of permanent jobs and we believe that this project will bring great economic prosperity to Pašman and its surroundings.Said Jeffory D. Blackard, CEO of Zero Global Waste and Blackard Global Inc.Pašman Resort – EUR 500 million investmentIn the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”The goal of the Pasman Resort project is to develop a top and attractive tourist destination of the highest category with an innovative marketing concept that should enable sustainable tourism development on the island of Pasman while preserving the natural features of the area and respecting local tradition and cultural heritage.The Project area has untouched nature, does not contain buildings and is located along the 8 km long coast, with a total area of ​​approximately 260 hectares, of which about 100 hectares represent construction area, and about 160 hectares represent the planned potential area of ​​recreation and agriculture. The project would include the construction of hotels, tourist apartments, villas, berths, beaches, etc.… with a capacity of up to 4.000 beds in the final stages of development, including ancillary facilities and the necessary utilities in the project area.An additional goal of the Pašman settlement project is the construction of a bridge that will connect the northeastern part of Pašman with the mainland (in the area of ​​Biograd na Moru), 2,2 km long. The bridge, which has already been determined in the spatial plans of the Republic of Croatia, should provide further positive effects for tourist resorts as well as for the overall development of economic and social categories on the islands of Pašman and Ugljan.The land of 260 hectares is not for sale but would be leased for a period of 99 years, and according to some estimates, the investor will pay the Municipality of Pašman about 4,2 million kuna a year for the land.Find out more about the whole project on the official ones investor websiteslast_img read more