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

Stril Server Bags Beatrice Contract

first_imgSiem Offshore Contractors (SOC) has awarded Møkster with a new contract for its vessel Stril Server to be deployed for walk-to-work activities at the Beatrice offshore wind farm in Scotland.The new contract has been signed for 21 days, plus options, and will “fill the gap” until Stril Server starts its next walk-to-work project for VBMS in mid-August.According to a Notice to Mariners recently issued by the Beatrice marine coordination team, Stril Server has mobilised on 3 July to replace Siem Aimery, which had been on site acting as an accommodation vessel for Siem Offshore Contractors technicians, who have been carrying out testing and remedial works on various strings of the inter-array cable infrastructure.Siem Aimery left site on 2 July to demobilise in Peterhead and sail for Hartlepool to load cable for the next inter-array cable installation campaign.Offshore WIND Stafflast_img read more

Big East hires CBS executive vice president Mike Aresco as commissioner

first_imgThe Big East finally found its new leader.The conference announced Tuesday it has hired CBS Sports executive vice president Mike Aresco as its next commissioner.University of Cincinnati president Greg Williams, who served as chair of the commissioner search committee, said in the conference’s press release that Aresco was the best candidate to help the conference transition to its next chapter.“We had many outstanding candidates, but we are fortunate to have Mike Aresco as our new commissioner,” Williams said in the release. “His breadth of experience and depth of knowledge in intercollegiate athletics will continue to move the Big East forward on a successful path.“The Big East has enjoyed a great history. Mike Aresco will help assure the conference of a vibrant future.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFormer commissioner John Marinatto resigned in May after the Big East lost four schools to other conferences beginning last fall. Syracuse and Pittsburgh left for the Atlantic Coast Conference and West Virginia joined the Big 12. Texas Christian agreed to join the Big East, but then broke that agreement and joined the Big 12.As commissioner, Marinatto failed to secure a long-term television deal for the conference, which served as one of the primary reasons for the departures of the some of the Big East’s most high-profile members.Marinatto oversaw the addition of eight schools, with Temple joining for football this season and six more programs beginning competition in the conference in 2013.Boise State and San Diego State will join for football only, while Central Florida, Memphis, Houston and Southern Methodist will be members in all sports. Navy will join the Big East in 2015.Joe Bailey took over as interim commissioner, but he said from the start he had no interest in holding the position permanently.“The Presidents have acted very responsibly,” Bailey said in the release. “They have appointed a leader with integrity, intelligence and energy. ”In June, the Big East hired the search firm Russell Reynolds Associates to find a new commissioner. The conference wanted in a new leader who was experienced in handling television contract negotiations, and Aresco fits that description.Aresco, who has been CBS’ vice president in charge of programming since 1996, handled all college programming for the network.He led the negotiations that gave CBS and Turner Sports exclusive rights of NCAA men’s basketball tournament through 2024. Aresco also negotiated CBS’ 15-year television deal with the Southeastern Conference.Aresco previously worked for ESPN, where he oversaw long-term strategies for ESPN and ESPN2 college sports properties.The Big East and ESPN will begin a 60-day negotiating period on Sept. 1. If they fail to agree on a contract, the conference will be able to negotiate with any media company.Aresco’s background made him the most appealing candidate to bring stability to the Big East and help it thrive in the future, said Judy Genshaft, South Florida president and chair of the Big East CEO executive committee, in the release.“He has all of the characteristics that we need in a commissioner,” Genshaft said.  “His career has been filled with achievement and success in intercollegiate sports. Mike Aresco knows the Big East and he has a great vision for our future.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 13, 2012 at 7:26 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemanlast_img read more

Windies improving – Charles

first_imgSHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Power hitter Johnson Charles has described the West Indies as an improving side, with less than a week before the start of the ICC T20 World Cup in India. Charles played a brilliant match-winning knock as West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 10 wickets to win their two-match T20 Series 2-0 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday night. The powerful opener smashed 92 not out off just 48 balls with six big sixes and 10 boundaries to be named Man-of-the-Match. “Tonight (Monday) I had a good batting pitch. The ball was coming on nice. Not much sideways movement. I just decided to stick to what I know. I am a power hitter so I did just that,” Charles explained. “We have moved from strength to strength. From the first game we have been improving in this game we have improved a lot more. We just look to improve as the games go by and hopefully we can go into the World Cup with everybody in form and we could win this World Cup,” he said. Windies motored to a victory target of 154 without loss after the Zimbaweans made 153-7 off 20 overs. The best bowler was seamer Carlos Brathwaite with 3-23, which helped to restrict the innings after a solid start. Charles’ opening partner, Andre Fletcher, made 56 not out off 35 balls with three sixes and five fours, on a good batting surface. “We are best friends and we come from the same team,” said Charles. “We always speak to each other at the wicket and keep complimenting each other. We just motivated each other to do the best that we can.” The St.Lucian cricketer was a member of the West Indies Cricket team which captured the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka four years ago. He was not named on the original squad, but was called up as a replacement for Darren Bravo, who pulled out citing the need to focus on developing his game in the longer format. “I just see it as me coming back for my place and that’s just how I see it,” said Charles. “With that said everything is left to the Almighty Father and that is what he saw as fit and that’s what happens. So I am just going to do what I have to do now that I am here.”last_img read more

Kandakai in Sectional Q-Finals

first_imgLiberia’s 13-year-old tennis gem, Saah Kandakai has reached the quarterfinals in his first Sectional Tennis Tournament in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States.Saah’s participation in the Sectional Tournament is owing to his ability level.Prior to his sectional tennis debut, New Jersey.com said in March-2014, Saah participated in the National Junior Tennis & Learning of Trenton (NJTLT), sponsored by Noah Lilienthal, a 14-year-old nationally ranked tennis player.According to the website, Lilienthal expressed his elation of helping Saah who he described as his friend.“I realize how much opportunity I have, because my parents help me around to play tournaments,” Lilienthal said. “Some kids don’t have that opportunity. The goal was to take him to tournaments with my mom and I, so he could have opportunities that he would otherwise not have.”The NJ.com said: “With the help of NJTLT staff, he (Saah) is driven to a Princeton University clinic twice a week with Lilienthal and supplements that with the NJTLT’s Ashe program.”Saah, an eighth-grader at the St. Michael Catholic High School, left for the USA on June 26, 2013 for tennis training at the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Naples, Florida through the help of the Mamba Point Hotel and the Oceano Casino.In 2012, Saah was also sent to Sanchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona, Spain.Mamba Point Hotel manager, Bsaibes Thawty said his support to Saah is aimed to help him become a professional player.Mrs. Anna Bsaibes, of Mamba Point Hotel, also said: “We are going to develop this young and talented tennis star’s skills at one of the world’s best tennis academies where such great stars like Roger Federar, Rafael Nadah and Andy Murray attended.”Saar’s father is International Tennis federation, ITF Level 2 coach. He introduced his son to the sport at age 5, at the Buduburam Refugee Center in Ghana.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more