HHS to buy two anthrax drugs for testing

first_imgOct 6, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Recent US government contracts to test two experimental anthrax drugs could lead to the purchase of up to 100,000 doses of each.Cangene, based in Winnipeg, Man., has received a contract from the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to supply its anthrax immune globulin (AIG) for preliminary efficacy testing, according to a company news release. The company describes AIG as a hyperimmune product for treating or preventing inhalational anthrax, caused by Bacillus anthracis.HHS has the next year to decide whether to purchase from 10,000 to 100,000 doses of AIG over three years. If that happens, Cangene must seek Food and Drug Administration approval of the product.HHS has awarded a similar contract to Human Genome Sciences Inc. (HGS) of Rockville, Md. In the first phase of the contract, worth $1.8 million, the company will sell the government 10 grams of ABthrax, a human monoclonal antibody for treating anthrax, the company announced on Oct 3. The government then will have the option to buy up to 100,000 doses of the product within a year.B anthracis is considered a category A bioweapon. Four years ago this month, soon after the Sep 11 attacks, anthrax spores sent through the US mail caused a series of anthrax cases that eventually totaled 22 (11 cutaneous and 11 inhalational). Five patients with inhalational anthrax died. The case has never been solved.See also: CIDRAP anthrax overviewhttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/anthrax/biofacts/index.htmllast_img read more

The fifth edition of a unique walk through the vineyards of northwestern Istria with a top gourmet offer

first_imgThe fifth edition of one of the best tourist stories in Croatia – Istria Wine & Walk has been announcedThe traditional spring Istria Wine and Walk, organized by the cluster of northwestern Istria, brings its new edition. The fantastic Istrian story, which has been taken over by other parts of Croatia, will once again provide pleasure for all the senses.”We are especially proud that our Istria Wine and Walk has become a kind of benchmark in the organization of similar eno-gastronomic events. We have prepared another top wine adventure for our guests, with a handful of fun surprises that will surely result in a great atmosphere.”, Milovan Popovic points out, Director of the Tourist Board of the City of Umag.The start is scheduled for the morning from Trg Sv. Servula in Buje, where all participants will receive the necessary instructions, and embark on this unique adventure. Every 20 minutes, the bus takes the gathered for an enticing walk and gourmet pleasure. The refreshment stations will offer wines from Istrian winemakers: Kozlović, Celega, Ravalico, Coronica, Cattunar, Cuj, Veralda, A. Bassanese, Franković, and the gourmet part will be provided by: Oštarija Rondo, Restaurant Oliveto, OPG Radošević, OPG Buršić, OPG Duniš, Primizia food & wine, Konoba Morgan and Veralda. At the finish, Trg Sv. Servula in Buje, is expected to continue eno-gastronomic gathering for all participants of the event, but also other visitors, with live music and a party until the night.So simple, authentic and great. And yes, all tickets are sold out long before the start online.Related news:last_img read more

Public space a ‘lifeline’ for post-lockdown cities

first_img“Public space has emerged as a critical lifeline for cities and their residents,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.The city of Braga in northern Portugal has opened public squares, sidewalks, parks and more throughout the city to restaurants and local businesses seeking to reopen to customers while maintaining social distancing.”This is almost a ‘must-do’,” said Mayor Ricardo Rio, noting that the move can be an “accelerator” to the economic recovery and that a few hundred businesses have already taken advantage of the opportunity.Research from a University of Massachusetts professor has found that outdoor activities are far less likely to transmit the coronavirus than indoor ones, a sense that is driving both policymakers and consumers. Public and outdoor space has been at a premium during the coronavirus pandemic: bike sales have leapt, park use is way up, and even pavement chalk drawing appears to be having a moment.Now as many cities start to reopen, some are looking at their sidewalks, squares, parking lots and even streets as a hidden asset in boosting their economies.”The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed our relationship with our streets, open public spaces and public facilities,” said Laura Petrella, chief of planning, finance and economy at UN-Habitat. In Tampa, Florida, for instance, Jeff Gigante’s Forbici Modern Italian restaurant had to weather seven weeks of relying solely on sales of takeout food.Even when he was allowed to reopen in early May, he could only do so at 25% capacity, including his staff — hardly a solution, Gigante said, until the Tampa mayor announced emergency policies allowing the new use of public space.That meant the street in front of Forbici was closed down, and Gigante was allowed to put up a tent that can seat 72 at well-spaced tables.”This really gave us our life back,” he said in a phone interview.While the restaurant screens both staff and diners for symptoms of COVID-19, Gigante said the establishment is bustling again: “It feels very similar to pre-COVID. People are very appreciative, grateful that we’re open.”Underutilised spaceThroughout the world, public space is playing a quiet but key new role amid coronavirus upheavals, said Petrella.In Kisumu, Kenya, she said, local authorities have converted public spaces into open-air markets — similar to Kalaw, Myanmar, where streets have been closed to allow for social distancing at vegetable markets.And many cities worldwide are expanding options for walking, running and bicycle riding, she noted.Indeed, the need for recreation and new transit options has dominated much of the discussion around public space, said Phil Myrick, head of the Project for Public Spaces, a Philadelphia-based NGO.But, he said, the potential for use of public space is far greater.”As we think about ways to reopen during this pandemic, it’s staring us in the face: Sidewalks and street spaces are right there outside of every business, restaurant, hairdresser, dry cleaner,” Myrick said.Particularly in the developed world, these spaces have long been underutilized, and are far more equitably distributed across cities, he said.With traffic levels far lower than normal, “we can create more space for those businesses to start to move outside”.That is the idea in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania.The city had encouraged residents to use parks and forests for recreation purposes throughout the pandemic, but something was missing, said the city’s mayor, Remigijus Simasius.”The feeling of city life — people were hungry for this,” he said by phone.So officials allowed businesses to expand into the city’s historic squares, parks and sidewalks, and closed some streets to allow businesses to use these, as well.About 400 businesses have done so thus far, Simasius said, and as competitions arose, the city even had to come up with metrics for deciding which establishment would have access to which piece of public space.The difference in the city was instantly noticeable, he said: “There was unimaginable enthusiasm on the first day.”That is part of a broader strategy, the mayor said, aimed at drawing in young families and new talent: “This is an important factor of economic recovery, but we were thinking even more about the spirit of the city.”Permanent changesWhile many new policies were developed under emergency circumstances, some cities are already seeking to make these changes permanent.For instance, Simasius said that while aspects of how the city permits outdoor use will go back to normal next year, the general aim of allowing more outdoor space and street closures will remain.Mayor Rio of Braga agreed, although he noted restaurants and other shops would probably have to start paying to occupy this public space.And in Tampa, discussions are already underway to maintain the current policies indefinitely in the area around Gigante’s restaurant, according to city spokeswoman Ashley Bauman.In the past, opening outdoor space for bars and restaurants has been complicated, said Travis G. Hill, chief executive at the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority, the state regulator that is overseeing the approvals process for expanding outdoor use.”The outdoor space comes into conflict because people say it’s too loud, or it’s interfering with my use,” Hill said.But the pandemic has upended some of those regulatory assumptions, he said: “Local jurisdictions may see that people are more accepting of using these spaces with proper guidelines. It will be interesting to see what changes may remain.”In Seattle, officials have already announced that at least 23 miles of residential road closures will be made permanent.The closures, which allow local residents access but discourage through-traffic, were initially announced as a way to relieve crowding in local parks and to equitably spread out recreation opportunities, said city transportation director Sam Zimbabwe.Now, he said, the city is anticipating the prospect of changed transportation demands for the foreseeable future.”This is an example of the variety of approaches we think we can use over the next year of moving into recovery, and to think about how the city recovers stronger than before,” he said.Some residents say they look forward to the closures being made permanent.”It’s quite pleasant — we’ve definitely been enjoying walking and riding our bikes,” said Michal Waldfogel, 35, who lives with partner Ezra Cooper just off one of the Seattle streets affected by the new policy.”You definitely see more people out walking,” said Cooper, 42, noting the closure has brought a new energy to what had been a “sleepy” residential street.”I enjoy seeing people moving around,” he said. “I like the street to feel lively.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

July 8, 2018 Police Blotter

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Week 13 FanDuel Picks: NFL DFS lineup advice, strategy for daily fantasy football GPP tournaments

first_imgOur FanDuel core plays for Week 13 start where they often do lately, with Panthers star RB Christian McCaffrey. Paying up for him still returns value almost every week, so it’s worth doing whether playing in a cash game or tournament. In our Week 13 GPP lineup, we stack the Tampa Bay-Jacksonville battle of Florida to try and win an NFL DFS tournament.If you’re new to this article, we pick four players every week we’ll be overweight in our lineup builds. Then, we give an example of how we’d fill in around them in tournaments. Our “Core Four” this week is Christian McCaffrey, Jonathan Williams, DJ Chark and Tyler Boyd. This isn’t an “optimal lineup”; rather, it’s an example of one you could build if you start with our “Core Four”. If you’re looking for more great NFL, NBA, or MLB, or PGA DFS advice, check me out on Twitter (@DFSBenj). This lineup build doesn’t leave us a ton of salary for our FLEX position, so we are going to take a shot on Guice at $5,400. Guice has looked good since coming back from a knee injury, and you would have to think that if the Redskins were smart (very questionable), they would give Guice the bulk of running back work over Adrian Peterson. Guice saw his touch share rise from 8 in Week 11 to 12 in Week 12, and a 20-touch week is not out of the question if the Redskins are in a competitive game. Guice is a GPP long shot play only, but I want to be on him before the breakout comes to raise his price rise above $6,000.MORE WEEK 13:Waiver pickups | FAAB budget | Snap counts | Stock watch | Fantasy playoff SOSD/ST: Arizona Cardinals vs. Rams ($3,500)I love the Cardinals D/ST at only $3,500, and their price is what allows you to jam Christian McCaffrey into your cash game lineup. They have a matchup at home against Jared Goff, who has severely regressed this season. Targeting defenses against the Rams when they are on the road has been profitable all season. WEEK 13 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerFanDuel Picks Week 13: NFL DFS example lineup for GPPsQB: Jameis Winston, Buccaneers @ Jaguars ($7,600)Winston is someone I play heavily in my GPP pool every week, and this week will be no different against a Jaguars defense that is struggling without Jalen Ramsey. While Jacksonville still has a great pass rush, their secondary, especially their safeties, has been exposed since the Ramsey trade. CORE PLAY RB: Christian McCaffrey, Panthers vs. Redskins ($11,000)I have no regrets about leaving McCaffrey out of my core plays last week, with Leonard Fournette and Derrick Henry being better point per dollar plays. However, he makes a triumphant return to my core four this week despite a price rise up to $11,000. What’s interesting about his price this week is that while it is extremely high, there are plenty of great value wide receivers and a very cheap tight end – more on him later – that make his price tag easily affordable. In addition to that, I believe that the price tag will hold McCaffrey’s ownership down well below 20 percent despite a prime matchup at home against a pathetic Redskins team that ranks 28th in defensive DVOA. I like McCaffrey in cash games, but love him as a high leveraged GPP play. CORE PLAY RB: Jonathan Williams, Colts vs. Titans ($6,800)Finding value at RB on FanDuel is always difficult, but one player who is standing out is Williams at $6,800. Williams stepped in for injured Marlon Mack over the last two weeks and has looked every bit as good behind one of the league’s best offensive lines as Mack did. Williams saw 29 touches in his first start last week, and I’m projecting him for at least 20 touches yet again in a good matchup against a Titans defense that has struggled to contain opposing running backs this season. Williams isn’t a top-end talent, but the Colts offensive line is a mismatch for virtually every opposing defensive line in the league, and he should see all of the work around the goal line. WEEK 13 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPCORE PLAY WR: Tyler Boyd, Bengals vs. Jets ($6,000)There are a few great options at wide receiver below $7,000 on FanDuel, and one of the best mid-range values on the entire slate is Boyd at $6,000. Boyd complained about his role in the offense last week and was rewarded with nine targets, which he parlayed into five catches for 101 yards and a touchdown. This was all with noodle-armed Ryan Finley in at quarterback. The Bengals have seen enough from Finley and will turn back to Andy Dalton at QB, which should pay off for Boyd and the rest of the offense. There is also a chance that A.J. Green returns to the lineup this week. While common sense would suggest that Green’s presence would hurt Boyd’s production, Boyd actually has much better splits with Green in the lineup soaking up more attention from opposing defenses. The cherry on top is a prime matchup against the Jets, who rank in the bottom-10 in passing defense DVOA this season. CORE PLAY WR: DJ Chark, Jaguars vs. Buccaneers ($6,900)We’ve looked to target opposing wide receivers against the Buccaneers all season long, and this week it’s the Jaguars who get the matchup. Jacksonville’s offense has struggled since Nick Foles returned from injury, but this is an ideal get-right game against a Bucs defense that is one of the most extreme passing funnels that we have seen in a few seasons. DJ Chark has established himself as one of the best wide receivers in the AFC, and his large frame is a mismatch for any of the corners that Tampa is likely to throw at him. The total in this game sits at 48.5, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the game fly over the total with Jacksonville’s defense struggling since the Jalen Ramsey trade and Tampa leading the league in overs this season with nine. I want as many pieces to this game as possible, and Chark is the best value at $6,900. WEEK 13 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWR: Mike Evans, Buccaneers @ Jaguars ($7,700)You can pair Winston with Evans or Chris Godwin, but we are going to take the savings of Evans since we are playing McCaffrey. TE: Jack Doyle, Colts vs. Titans ($5,000)Tight end is going to be extremely chalky this week with Doyle. Not only is he priced way down at $5,000, but he should also see an increased target share with Eric Ebron placed on IR and T.Y. Hilton questionable to play after aggravating his calf injury. I expect Doyle to be extremely popular, but he could legitimately see 10-plus targets at home against a middle of the road Titans defense. MORE WEEK 13 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderFLEX: RB Derrius Guice, Redskins @ Panthers ($5,400)last_img read more

Gutsy Atletico given hope after surprise win over Liverpool

first_imgMadrid, Spain | AFP | Liverpool were the victims of an old-fashioned Atletico Madrid masterclass on Tuesday as Diego Simeone’s side ground out a 1-0 win in Madrid to give themselves hope of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals.Saul Niguez raised the roof at a bouncing Wanda Metropolitano by scoring in the fourth minute before Atletico’s defence kicked in, suffocating the European champions and denying them a single shot on target.“Tonight is one of those nights you don’t forget,” said Simeone. “We haven’t gone through but we have beaten the best team in the world.”If Alvaro Morata had not slipped at the crucial moment, Atleti might even have taken a two-goal lead to Anfield, where they can expect an onslaught next month.“We are not 5-0 down,” said Jurgen Klopp. “We don’t think it will be easy but as long as we can get 11 players in Liverpool shirts we will give everything we have. And for all the Liverpool fans that can get a ticket — welcome to Anfield.”If Liverpool remain favourites to go through, the roar from the Atleti fans at the final whistle, aimed at their fist-pumping players on the pitch, suggested Simeone’s team now have belief.Few had tipped them to keep this tie even alive for the second leg given their own stuttering form, in contrast to Liverpool, unbeaten in the Premier League, and gunning for a treble.Jurgen Klopp said on Monday Atletico were a “results machine” but the temptation was to see his words as platitudes, not an accurate reflection of a side that sits 13 points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid and had already lost six times this season.Yet Atletico under Simeone have also become synonymous with upsetting the odds, just as they did when winning the Spanish title in 2014 and then twice reaching the Champions League final.For all their failings this season, they summoned that spirit here to produce a throwback performance full of tenacity, resilience and guts that was always going to be needed to give them any chance of success.Before the match, Atletico’s team bus had arrived at the stadium under plumes of red smoke. “We started to win the game when the bus came around the roundabout and we saw our fans,” said Simeone.He sprung a surprise by starting Thomas Lemar for the first time this year while Alvaro Morata and Diego Costa both returned from injury, the former from the start and the latter off the bench in the second half. – Atletico snapping at heels –Liverpool, who began with their expected eleven, have blitzed numerous opponents with explosive starts but they were the ones rocking early on as Atletico snapped at their heels, pressed hard and relished being first to every loose ball.They took the lead, aided by a hint of fortune as Liverpool failed to clear the corner and the ball cannoned back off the foot of Fabinho for Saul to stab in from three yards.On the sideline, Simeone beckoned his players to stay calm but they were celebrating in the corner while in the stands, the fans were delirious and given hope.Atletico were given a lead to defend and the rest of the half was largely a picture of Liverpool dominating the ball but failing to break down the 10 red and white shirts in front of them.Their best chances fell to Mohamed Salah but he passed Jan Oblak’s mishit clearance to the offside Firmino before sidefooting into an open net and then saw a deflected shot fly over.Oblak’s error came shortly after an equally unusual mistake from Virgil van Dijk, whose poor header might have proved costly, only for Morata to miss the chance from the angle.Sadio Mane, on a yellow card, was replaced at half-time by Divock Origi while Lemar made way for the more conscientious Marcos Llorente.Simeone could sense Liverpool’s momentum and he responded by frantically flapping his arms to demand more support.Salah drifted into space at the back post but headed wide and Atletico came through another spell of pressure unscathed. Morata should even have made it two but slipped when about to pull the tigger on Lodi’s cut-back.He was taken off with 20 minutes left, along with Salah, and Costa made his return shortly after to a wave of approval from the home support. The roar was even bigger when the final whistle blew.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more