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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


Lisa Curry and Mark Tabone list Mount Mellum property

first_imgLisa Curry. Picture: Dylan RobinsonMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoFRESH from the I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here jungle, Lisa Curry and her Elvis impersonator fiancee Mark Tabone have listed their undeveloped Mount Mellum property.The couple paid $550,000 last year for the 14-hectare parcel in Queensland but haven’t found time to develop the site. Theo Grigoriou at Ray White Beerwah is asking $679,000 for the property, 35km southwest of the Sunshine Coast.Curry is one of Australia’s most decorated female athletes, having won 15 gold, seven silver and eight bronze international swimming medals.last_img read more


Lampard: We won’t copy Liverpool or Man City

first_img Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You6 Of The Best 90s Shows That Need To Come Back ASAP10 Dystopian Movie Worlds You’d Never Want To Live In7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyThe Best Cars Of All TimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way Chelsea manager Frank Lampard does not see his side copying Liverpool or Manchester City in the pursuit of success. Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is hopeful of shocking Bayern Munich again in the Champions League Lampard has enjoyed a decent first season with the Blues, as they are in fourth position in the Premier League. He knows that he will be expected to challenge for the title next season, but he does not want to copy any other club’s blueprint to get there.Advertisement Speaking on Sky Sports, Lampard said: “I don’t want to jump the gun because what Liverpool and Manchester City have done has been clear; I’d be a fool to suggest we can bridge that gap quickly because there has been a lot of hard work at those clubs in terms of recruitment of top players, of great coaches. “We have to be part of that process. We have to do it our way, we can’t try to copy. We have had experienced players around this year to help the youngsters but we know there are little areas within the squad… some of that’s what we have on the ground here already, some of that is how we might look to recruit. read also:Lampard refuses to ‘push’ Chelsea players “What’s going on in the world has made it very difficult to plan on that front. But going into this break I certainly felt we were moving in the right direction and with continued progress and work on the training ground, as well as potentially bringing in some players in key areas to try and help us bridge that gap, yes, I’ve got a strong belief that we can [challenge].” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more


Antique kicks off ‘One-Time, Big-Time’ Medical Mission

first_imgCheyfrah Rumbines, a 20-day-old baby with a respiratory problem, avails her free laboratory tests at the Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital in Antique last Jan.30. PIO ANTIQUE SAN JOSE,Antique – A 20-day-old baby named Chefyrah was the youngest patient to availhealth service during the two-day medical mission held at the Angel SalazarMemorial General Hospital (ASMGH) last Jan. 30.“My child has a respiratory problem, weight loss and no bowel movement for fivedays already, so I decided to bring her to the ASMGH,” Sarah Grace Rumbines,27, the mother of the child from San Fernando, San Jose de Buenavista said inan interview.“I am still waiting for the laboratory result to find out what is really wrongwith my child,” she added.Rumbines, a housewife with two other kids, said that she could not afford themedical treatment and laboratory test required by the doctor,ASMGH Hospital Systems manager Dr. Eliza Valdez stated that although there werepatients who were already listed before their scheduled dates, the medical teamwas still able to accommodate more persons who came since the medical missionlasted till Jan.31.“There is no limit for a day,” Valdez said.Dr. Valdez, who was formerly affiliated with the hospital, added that themedical mission was held in partnership with the Jose Reyes Memorial MedicalCenter. “The doctors of the Memorial Medical Center were able to come through thishumble representation,” she added.(With areport from PNA/PN)last_img read more


Greensburg man arrested for domestic violence

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — A Greensburg man was arrested after police say a domestic violence altercation left a woman with potentially permanent vision damage.According to police, Jesse King, 33, told his neighbor that he killed his girlfriend.The neighbor then called police. Greensburg police along with the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department responded to King’s residence, and ordered King to come outside, but King refused the order and slammed the door shut.Officers decided to enter the residence to keep the victim safe.A male witness in the home told police that he broke up the fight between King and the woman.Police say that King told them that the 2 had been suffering from extreme anger issues, and had been having several arguments over a period of 5 days.The woman was transported to the Decatur County Memorial Hospital where police say she showed signs of intoxication.King was arrested on an Aggravated battery charge.last_img read more


Pardew not expecting more signings

first_img Pardew had also been linked with his captain at Newcastle, Fabricio Coloccini, but after previously revealing his pessimism about his chances of securing the central defender’s arrival, he said that his only expectation now was that some players would leave. “I’m pretty much happy with what I’ve got,” Pardew said. “There’s one or two players who need to move on from here, because our squad is heavy now. “We’ll look at the window. Someone might come to our attention as we go so we never say ‘never’, but I’m pretty confident we’re there. “I can’t ask for more than the chairman’s given me at this football club, he’s given me everything. The training ground is a massive improvement. “I’m trying to build a strong Premiership club. We’re getting there and I’m very pleased with the improvements and the improvements in the squad. Now the team and myself have to deliver.” Pardew was appointed Palace manager in January, after leaving Newcastle, and inspired them to a 10th-placed finish when they had previously been at serious threat of relegation. The combination of their promising form after his arrival and the money spent on new players has increased expectancy levels surrounding the club. After Saturday’s trip to Norwich, however, Palace’s following five fixtures are against Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham, and the manager is aware that the way they start the coming season could be vital. The Crystal Palace manager, who on Saturday takes his side to newly-promoted Norwich in their opening Barclays Premier League fixture, has significantly strengthened his squad. Pardew has recruited £10million club-record signing Yohan Cabaye, £9million Connor Wickham, goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and forwards Bakary Sako and Patrick Bamford. “I like to think we’re an exciting team,” he said. “It’s dangerous to say that at the start of the season but I think we are, I think we’re good to watch. Hopefully we can get the results that get us a good position in the league. “The crux of our season may well be the start, because our first period is very, very tough. Probably the toughest of any Premiership side, in my opinion. We really have to be ready. “We won’t know that, really, until we come out of Norwich, and maybe even Arsenal, to know exactly where we are. That is going to be a critical part of our season. “[Norwich] have an exciting manager because [Alex Neil’s] really on an upward curve. He hasn’t put a foot wrong since he started managing. “A real test for him, the Premier League, tactically, and media-wise he’s gonna find some tough days, but we know this first game is not ideal for us. The club are on the up. We know we’re in for a very, very tough game.” Alan Pardew does not expect to make any further signings before the end of the summer transfer window. Press Associationlast_img read more


USC students compete in environmental hackathon

first_imgUSC students competed to use transmedia storytelling strategies to raise environmental awareness in South Los Angeles communities at CRUNCH Hackathon over the weekend.The 24-hour event was organized by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism’s Innovation Lab, and held at WeWork, a co-working office in Hollywood. Co-working offices are spaces where mobile employees can go to work with others who do not work in their companies’ offices.The hackathon was divided into two parts. For the first part, on Friday afternoon, participants formed teams and came up with transmedia storytelling designs.For the second part of the event on Saturday morning, participants presented their environmental protection projects and competed to win the final prize. Their projects were judged according to several criteria including the originality and creativity of their proposal, the integration of transmedia storytelling strategies and how much the project would increase awareness of the environmental issue at hand.The judges for the event were Aaron Koblin, creative director of the Data Arts Team at Google and innovator-in-residence at the Annenberg Innovation Lab; Kamal Sinclair, senior manager of the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Story Lab; Shauna Nep, social innovation manager at the Goldhirsh Foundation and Erin Reilly, creative director of the Annenberg Innovation Lab.“It’s a value exercise. It allows you to quickly think about a lot of different things,” Koblin said of the event. “It’s an opportunity to try something you might not otherwise.”The winning team was made up of four USC students: Alex Zelenty, a senior majoring in film and television production; Sonia Guggenheim, a sophomore majoring in film and television production; Althea Capra, a junior majoring in film and television production and Luna White, a junior majoring in sociology.The group’s design was a game for children, in which players build their own communities and raise their environmental awareness by planting, watering and fertilizing plants virtually.“I think the most interesting and challenging part is that you have to incorporate a story across different media and that is the core of the event,” White said.The first-place prize was a  six-month membership to the WeWork co-working space, three Google Nexus 7 tablets, and priority admission to next spring’s Digital Design and Innovation course.Other groups’ projects included a “Disaster Strikes L.A.” game, in which only Metro bus riders survived an apocalypse and had to build a new Los Angeles, a “Four Colors of the L.A. River” game that incorporated the viewpoints of Native Americans, and a game in which users played as Johnny Appleseed to remove graffiti and plant trees.Andrew Schrock, head research assistant of this year’s hackathon, explained the origins of the event.“The [Annenberg Innovation] Lab is really interested in engaging with the local community, and transmedia storytelling is something that would be helpful to address the environmental problems in South Los Angeles,” Schrock said.The hackathon also attracted professionals in the media industry. Attendees found the topics of the event applicable to many different fields.“I am a public policy student, so I will think more creatively about what is the policy planning behind urban development,” said Kim Kweder, a second-year graduate student in public administration. Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more


Matt Lane settles in at midfield after career at attack

first_imgJust last year, Matt Lane wasn’t exactly himself. He played attack for most of his lacrosse career. He was his high school’s all-time leader in points. But none of that is what Syracuse needed. SU needed him to act out the playing styles of physical midfielders like Duke’s Myles Jones, Notre Dame’s Sergio Perkovic and Cornell’s Connor Buczek, among others. “I realized that I really wanted to play midfield,” Lane said of imitating those players, “because I was doing it for the scout team and I kind of liked more of the dodging perspective.”While Lane mimicked some of the best players in the country, Syracuse toyed with moving him to the midfield. Although it wasn’t a defining factor, Lane knew he wanted to play like Jones as he watched the Duke midfielder’s tape last season. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis season, the move to midfield has benefited Lane and No. 3 Syracuse (4-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast), which hosts St. John’s (1-5) on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. He’s started two games this season and played in two others. To make the move, Lane spent more time in the weight room and changed his diet. By Lane’s estimation, he’s gotten to play in his first meaningful games since he played at Montclair Kimberly (New Jersey) Academy. So far, the 6-foot-7 sophomore has scored two goals and assisted on four others. “This year we felt his strength, especially with his outside shooting, would be in front of the goal, head coach John Desko said. “So we thought his best opportunity for him to play would be in the midfield right now.”On the scout team, Lane was tasked with translating film on bigger midfielders into his play in practice. He watched Jones and took note of his physicality. Jones showed Lane how to use his body and get into the defender early to set up a dodge.He watched Perkovic and took note of his shot. Perkovic showed Lane not to hesitate before shooting.He watched Buczek and took note of his ability to shoot on the run. Buczek showed Lane pairing an on-the-run shot with a long frame makes him even more dangerous.Lane was one of a few players to stay in Syracuse during Winter Break to get extra reps and work out. He said he mentally shut off any thoughts that were telling him he was out of shape when he got to Syracuse, but he flipped that last season. “I really realized that my body style and my playing style wasn’t going to be able to be effective if I was playing midfield the whole time,” Lane said. “I went to (assistant strength and conditioning coach Matt Mancz) and I told him I would do anything he felt possible.”He worked with Mancz, who helped Lane take carbohydrates out of his diet and add protein. Lane slimmed down 20 pounds and would run on the treadmill until he couldn’t run anymore. Now with his size, Lane has become more fit. He was a matchup problem before, but has become even more of one now.“You’re used to playing smaller quicker-type guys,” defender Brandon Mullins said. “So when you go against a bigger guy like that … you have to get into him a little earlier.”Lane’s biggest adjustments have taken place off the field — in the weight room and film room, particularly — and his production has helped Syracuse in games against Albany and Army, in particular. He no longer gets gassed on the field or so tired that it hurts his ability to think on the field. Desko called him “lean and mean.” And the work he put together off the field has helped Lane figure out his place on it. “When I was redshirting and last year, I was like, ‘Wow, I should be playing right now. I could help the team this way,’” Lane said, “and now that I actually am in that role, it’s really … come full circle.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 9, 2016 at 10:37 pm Contact Chris: | @ChrisLibonatilast_img read more


Syracuse needs to get Ervin Philips the ball

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 11, 2017 at 10:02 pm UPDATED: Sept. 12, 2017 at 1:23 a.m.Ervin Philips ran off the field toward the sideline as freshman fullback Chris Elmore came on to replace Syracuse’s speedy slot receiver. The Orange, at that point, faced a third-and-two midway through the second quarter and struggling on offense.The tactic worked on that particular play, because Eric Dungey called for the ball while Middle Tennessee State was trying to counter SU’s switch and drew an illegal substitution penalty.But that play aside, the Syracuse (1-1) offense was not effective in Saturday’s 30-23 loss to MTSU (1-1). The pressure brought on by former SU head coach Scott Shafer’s MTSU defense clearly disrupted whatever Syracuse was trying to do. But the most concerning aspect from Saturday is Philips’s lack of involvement in the game. Philips was making the plays, but his number just wasn’t called enough.The senior finished with seven catches for 36 yards and a pair of rushes for 15 yards. SU had five possessions in the first quarter and, while one ended in a field goal, it lost yardage on each one. Philips was not targeted once during the period. Yet for the Orange to succeed moving forward, it will need to ensure that its primary playmaker is more involved.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We were just trying to do some other things,” head coach Dino Babers said about Philips’ lack of early looks. “Obviously if you watch some of the plays we were doing earlier, we had some of those plays there. We just weren’t making the plays.”Todd Michalek | Contributing PhotographerPhilips faced several double-teams early, which forced SU to look elsewhere, Babers said. Philips noted that through two games, he has noticed a difference in the way he’s being guarded.Last year, when the Orange almost exclusively ran four-wide receiver sets, Philips said he would regularly get matched up with a linebacker. This year, he has faced more coverage from nickel cornerbacks. Still, he rightfully isn’t using that as an excuse, saying that the plays are still there to be made, and that he has to work harder to make them. He also attributed his slow start to game flow.“Whatever the coaches see out there. They call out the play whatever they see,” Philips said. “So it just happened that I wasn’t really in the mix until so far in the game.”It was clear, though, that Syracuse’s offense was most effective when Philips was in the mix. His first target and catch, which came third-and-three in the second quarter, went for 11 yards.Philips also turned out to be the Orange’s most effective rushing threat, while the traditional running game struggled mightily for the second straight week. Moe Neal and Dontae Strickland struggled to find many running lanes, combining for 42 yards on 17 carries, good for a paltry 2.5 yards per carry. Junior quarterback Eric Dungey has found success running, but he was also battered for much of the game and left one series after taking a shot to the head that was ruled targeting.Although Philips was officially credited with the seven catches, most of them weren’t typical receptions. Three of them — two with Dungey and one with backup quarterback Zack Mahoney — were quasi-handoffs in which Philips would run a sweep play from his position in the slot. The quarterback took the snap and underhand shoveled it to Philips, who cut across the field looking for blockers. Those passing plays were basically runs, and they proved effective as Philips racked up 19 yards on the three attempts.“When Erv has his number called, he makes the most out of his plays,” senior wide receiver Steve Ishmael said. “You don’t really get caught up into who’s getting the ball. It’s just whenever your number is called, you’ve got to make the play.”Andy Mendes | Digital Design Editor PhotoRemove those three sweep plays and Philips ended the day with only four catches. This isn’t to say that SU should stop getting creative with Philips and letting him run the ball, but he needs to get more opportunities overall.The Orange ran 93 plays on Saturday. Dungey dropped back to pass 42 times, 40 minus the two times he pitched the ball to Philips. And Philips, who did have one drop, was targeted only five times outside of sweep plays. That’s simply not enough.In fairness, Philips accounted for only 16 yards on four catches. Credit should be given to the Blue Raiders defense, but without a consistent deep threat to take the cover off the defense, Philips is Syracuse’s most dynamic playmaker. He will need to be the one making plays to keep this offense moving.“He’s one of those guys you always want to try to get the ball to,” Babers said Saturday.SU needs to get the ball in Philips’ hands more. It’s not a matter of trying.Tomer Langer is an asst. digital editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at or @tomer_langer.This story has been updated with appropriate style. Commentslast_img read more


Women’s hockey: Season of shattering records, national praise comes to familiar end

first_imgDespite a stellar season for University of Wisconsin women’s hockey, it came to a bitter end which the Badgers are all too familiar with.Wisconsin was on top of the world when the 2015-16 season started, beginning with nine shut-out wins. Even when the shut-outs ended, the Badgers kept their momentum going when they won seven more games, including a sweep against rival University of Minnesota-Twin Cities for the first time since 2009.Going undefeated proved to be quite a challenge, though. During a difficult weekend against the University of North Dakota, the Badgers suffered their first loss of the season and lost their first place ranking in the NCAA polls.But the Badgers didn’t let it get them down and came roaring back from a month-long break with new-found determination; the team seen earlier in the year were back in action.The first test of Wisconsin’s strength came when the Badgers faced North Dakota for their second series. Since North Dakota was the only team to hand Wisconsin a loss up to that point, junior Mellissa Channell knew the team had to put it in the past if they wanted to emerge victorious.“It’s not fun losing,” Channell said. “Especially against a team that we have such a big rivalry with, but we’re just going to go out and act like that didn’t happen. We’re just going to go out and play our game and hope for a different outcome.”Wisconsin defeated North Dakota in both games, proving the first series was a fluke, but the best of the season was yet to come.It seemed as if the season couldn’t get any better than it did on Feb. 14, when the Badgers not only celebrated senior day, but clinched the WCHA regular season title as well. Wisconsin felt as if nothing could bring the team down.But Minnesota had another idea and made sure Wisconsin’s celebration was cut short. The Gophers handed the Badgers two losses the following weekend, dampening the Badgers’ cheer.Wisconsin wouldn’t focus on it for long though, with its first WCHA playoff game the next weekend. In hindsight, it wouldn’t appear that UW had just loss to their rivals the week prior to the game, sweeping Minnesota State twice in the series.Junior goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens went on to do something that hadn’t been done by any man or woman in NCAA history during the series. She set the NCAA record for the most single-season shut-outs at 21 this season.Wisconsin was rolling at that point, when they set a team record for shut-outs (23) and won both the WCHA’s regular season and tournament titles.But with their win over Mercyhurst University came a demon from previous seasons that Wisconsin still needed to face: the semi-final round of the NCAA Frozen Four Tournament.For the previous two years, the Badgers had faced Minnesota in the semi-final. Both years, they suffered two-point losses to the Gophers and found their season come to an abrupt end. The kind of ending, according to sophomore Emily Clark, that helped to motivate the team this season.“Last season [was] a hard pill to swallow,” Clark said. “Especially when you’re ending your season with a loss and not with your goal accomplished. [Taking] the positive spin off of it, you remember that feeling, it’s not fun, and you don’t want to feel it again. I think it’s extra motivation for every one that was there last year.”With a 2-2 score at the end of the third period, and the game moving into overtime, it seemed like Wisconsin could finally shake the semi-final curse and move on to the final game. That was, until Gopher forward Sarah Potomak found a way to slide the puck past Desbiens and ended the game as well as the Badgers’ season.The loss pushed Wisconsin’s streak to a three-year drought.While Wisconsin might be down right now, this season showed that some of Wisconsin’s darkest nights have been followed by its finest hours through their constant resiliency when faced with adversity.Now, the Badgers have a year until the next semi-final round potentially comes back around. Wisconsin proved this year that it does not simply lay down and count itself out; they have shown they have the potential to make history.It is only be a matter of time before they overcome the semi-final curse.last_img read more