CDC requests funds to build new maximum-security laboratory

first_img A CDC researcher works in a BSL4 laboratory, where the most dangerous pathogens are studied. CDC By Helen Branswell Feb. 23, 2018 Reprints About the Author Reprints Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking Congress for money for a new building to house the laboratories that work on the deadliest pathogens known to humankind. The existing building, which went into service in 2005, will need to be replaced by 2023 or so to avoid major disruptions in the work, senior agency staff told STAT.“The concerns are that the facility we’ve been in now is beginning to show signs of age,” said Dr. Inger Damon, head of the division of high consequence pathogens and pathology. That division works on viruses like smallpox and Ebola, which can only be studied in laboratories of the highest biosafety and biosecurity ratings, BSL4.The request, which is currently in the proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, is for $350 million. But more will be needed later; the new high containment continuity laboratory, as it is called, would be built on the site of one of only a few parking facilities on the CDC’s main campus.advertisement In the LabCDC requests funds to build new maximum-security laboratory Trending Now:center_img Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson (The main campus is in a part of the city not served by the Atlanta subway system; parking on the site is already inadequate for the number of people who work there.)The existing facility contains a number of BSL4 labs and labs that are one step down the biosafety and biosecurity ladder, BSL 3 enhanced. That’s where research on dangerous avian influenza viruses like H5N1 and H7N9 is conducted.advertisement Buildings that house these types of labs simply require a lot of maintenance, explained Dr. Dan Jernigan, head of the CDC’s influenza branch.“We’re just faced with the realities of what it takes to maintain something as complex as the high containment lab,” he said.These types of buildings incorporate complicated air filtration and other systems designed to allow the researchers to work safely as well as to ensure that the bad bugs they contain stay on the inside.The CDC’s goal is to have the new facility built in time to ensure the transition from the current labs to the new ones is seamless, Damon said. It will take a number of years to build the new facility and have it certified for select-agent research.“We’ve always tried to maintain that continuity. I think there’s just too much that’s unpredictable,” Damon said. “When you need that facility … you want to have it available. You don’t know when the next SARS is going to happen, or the next large Ebola outbreak.” Helen Branswell @HelenBranswelllast_img read more

Marco police chief has texts reviewed after misuse of COVID vaccine registration

first_imgTour guides work to reduce trash on Dickman’s Point May 19, 2021 Missing Marco Island man found safe May 26, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementTags: marco islandMarco Island Police Department RELATEDTOPICS Police search for Marco Island credit card thieves May 19, 2021 WATCH: Plane caught on video getting very close to Marco Island beach May 19, 2021center_img AdvertisementIn a text sent to her husband about 15 minutes before the site went live, Chief Frazzano told him he was registered. She said she spoke to the people who run the site and he was fine. McNees confirmed she was referring to speaking with Fire Chief Byrne.McNees he re-closed the investigation after looking over the texts. He did not find any additional wrongdoing. Advertisement Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments MARCO ISLAND, Fla.– Marco Island City Manager Mike McNees announced Police Chief Frazzano and Fire-Rescue Chief Byrne would be suspended for 30 days for misuse of the COVID-19 vaccine registration system on February 3.McNees reopened the investigation on February 8 when he became aware of text messages between Frazzano and her husband. He compared the information he found out during his interview with Frazzano to the texts to see if all the information lined up. After reviewing the messages, McNees said he still believes Frazzano and her husband were both under the impression that the website would not go live until 2 pm.last_img read more

Canadian banks’ outlook remains negative on lowered government support assumptions: Moody’s

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The credit rating agency’s outlook for Canada’s seven largest banks is negative, the report says, due to expectation that the banks are facing lower prospects for government support under the proposed new bail-in regime that is currently being finalized. The Canadian government has introduced rules to enhance the powers of the Canadian Deposit Insurance Corp. to serve as the resolution authority for domestic systemically important financial institutions (D-SIFIs), the report notes, and to establish the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institution’s powers to impose requirements for D-SIFIs to maintain a minimum capacity to absorb losses when they are being wound up. “We believe the new Canadian regime will maintain the critical services of the D-SIFIs, while imposing by statute explicit burden-sharing on eligible liability holders,” says David Beattie, senior vice president at Moody’s, in a statement. In addition to the evolving regulatory environment, Moody’s expects a more challenging operating environment for Canadian banks in the months ahead, which could erode the banks’ asset quality and increase their sensitivity to external shocks. In particular, mortgage debt levels remain a key vulnerability to the Canadian banks, the report notes. “Nonetheless, Canadian banks’ overall asset quality remains superior to that of peer systems, as demonstrated by a very low level of problem loans,” Beattie adds. “While banks are extending their lending into higher-risk non-mortgage lending, we do not expect an overall shift from their current very high underwriting standards.” The banks have solid capital levels and strong earnings, the report notes, which would buffer banks against unexpected losses in a stress scenario. “Canadian banks system-wide capital levels are average by international standards, but are supplemented by the banks’ strong internal capital generation,” it says. Photo copyright: macfromlondon/123RF G7 tax pledge may be upstaged by CBDC work James Langton High debt levels threaten banks’ strong results: Fitch Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Banking industry U.S. action on climate benefits banks, asset managers: Moody’s Q3 results from Scotiabank, BMO beat analyst expectations Related news As the federal government implements a regime to protect against taxpayer bailouts, the credit rating outlook for the big Canadian banks remains negative, says Moody’s Investors Services in a report published Wednesday. last_img read more

Think traffic is bad now? Canada’s population could double by 2068

first_imgTypical yellow taxi in Manhattan street, New York city. william87/123RF It offers a wide range of possible scenarios, however.In the low-growth scenario, the population would reach 44.4 million by 2068; in the medium-growth scenario, 55.2 million.In all three scenarios, Canada’s population growth will be powered primarily by immigration, StatsCan says.It also expects the population to grow older in each scenario, putting “additional pressure on pension and health care systems and decreasing the share of the working-age population.”By 2068, StatsCan says that the proportion of the population aged 65 and older will reach between 21.4% and 29.5%, depending on the scenario — up from 17.2% in 2018.In the medium-growth scenario, the number of Canadians aged 80 and older would reach 5.5 million, StatsCan reports, compared with 1.6 million in 2018.Those aged over 100 would be the fastest-growing age group between 2018 and 2068 (although they remain a tiny portion of the population — 0.2% or less in all scenarios).“Population aging is projected to remain a prominent and inevitable feature of population change in Canada in the coming years,” the agency says. “These demographic changes will alter the composition and distribution of the Canadian population, and are therefore likely to have economic, political and social consequences.”By province, Ontario is expected to remain the most populous province, and Alberta is seen as having the fastest growth rate (surpassing British Columbia by 2043 in most scenarios). Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Companies Statistics Canada James Langton Canada’s population could almost double over the next 50 years — and will certainly grow older, according to the latest projections from Statistics Canada.While the Canadian population has grown significantly from 30.7 million people in 2000 to 37.1 million in 2018, the population could nearly double in the next 50 years, reaching 70.2 million by 2068, StatsCan says. last_img read more

Land Registration Process to be Accelerated – Clarke

first_imgLand Registration Process to be Accelerated – Clarke UncategorizedMay 4, 2006 RelatedLand Registration Process to be Accelerated – Clarke Advertisements RelatedLand Registration Process to be Accelerated – Clarkecenter_img RelatedLand Registration Process to be Accelerated – Clarke FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Land and Agriculture Minister, Roger Clarke, has said that the Ministry would be moving to “rapidly and significantly increase the pace at which new parcels of land are brought under registration”.To this end, he informed that the Ministry and the National Land Agency (NLA) “are finalizing arrangements to undertake a diagnostic look at the entire land titling process with all stakeholders, with a view to substantially increase the number of titled properties in the country”.“My first priority is to make a significant difference in the area of providing titles for the over 20,000 parcels of land islandwide in land settlement schemes, some of which date back to the 1940s and some of these persons have already paid for their land and cannot access their titles. We have to do something about that”, Minister Clarke said in his contribution to the 2006/07 Budget Debate in Gordon House yesterday (May 3).He noted that of the 650,000 parcels of land on record in Jamaica, 50 per cent were unregistered and in reality, the number might be greater, based on the large number of informal subdivisions.Meanwhile, the Minister disclosed that some 54 schemes across the island, totaling 3,277 lots, were awaiting parish council approval and the process of obtaining the necessary approvals would be expedited, so that the titles could be released within this financial year.In addition, he informed that an additional 75 properties, comprising 8,871 lots, would be surveyed and subdivision approval obtained. Noting the “slow pace at which the surveys have been carried out over the years,” Minister Clarke said some $5 million had been identified in the current budget to commence the surveying work in some of the more critical schemes.“I am prepared to do all in my power to obtain titles for these lots within the shortest possible time including invoking the provisions of the Special Provisions Act,” he told the House.In the meantime, Minister Clarke said there were a total 6,500 titles in respect of land settlement schemes, which could not be issued, because the allottees could not be located or have died, and the beneficiaries have not obtained a grant of probate or letters of administration in their estates.To solve this problem, the NLA would be extending its pilot programme to assist land settlement scheme beneficiaries to administer their estates, which was instituted in St. Thomas in 2005.On the matter of squatting, Minister Clarke said the “problem had become too pervasive for the government to ignore” and posed environmental problems and security risks. He noted that in Clarendon alone, there were more than 120 informal settlements.To address the problem, he said that the land management division has already mapped all known informal settlements and established the “critical ones for which immediate action will have to be taken”. In the meantime, interim guidelines have been formulated and approved by Cabinet to deal with the problem.Meanwhile, Minister Clarke said that interviews were being conducted to fill vacancies in the new Squatter Management Unit and the unit “will commence working on some of the most critical informal settlements, which might have to be removed because of threat to the environment and vulnerability to natural hazards”.While informing that the unit will coordinate with stakeholders to regularize the settlements where appropriate, he said, it “will not have resources to upgrade squatter settlements in terms of providing expensive infrastructure. Our role will be to coordinate.mindful of the contribution that informal settlers must make to their own salvation”.The Land and Agriculture Minister further called on “all important land owners on the side of the state to be vigilant in monitoring their portfolio of land, to ensure that they are kept free of squatters and that at the first hint of illegal occupation, the matter is dealt with swiftly and humanely”.He also emphasized the role of local authorities in preventing such settlement, noting that every building required a permit.last_img read more

No Need to Revisit Cable Licence Granted to Flow

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Broadcasting Commission is dismissing the call to revisit the national cable licence granted to Columbus Communications Jamaica Limited, operating as FLOW.Responding to the view, Chairman of the Broadcasting Commission, Dr. Hopeton Dunn said that the licence granted to FLOW provided all the safeguards and care that are necessary in pursuit of public policy.“In fact, the provisions within the Television and Sound Broadcasting regulations, also speak to that and that is why we were able to take the action we did today [February 20],” he said at a press conference held on February 20 at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge on the campus of University of the West Indies, Mona, to announce an injunction against the sale of assets of Entertainment Systems Limited to FLOW.The news of the latest acquisition, which is one of the major operating companies in the Corporate Area by FLOW, marked one of the important developments in the sector as it heightened concerns about a potential monopoly by the telecommunications giant. The acquisition of Entertainment Systems Limited marked the eighth such acquisition by FLOW, three of which received permission by the Broadcasting Commission.Dr. Dunn also reminded that before FLOW was granted a licence, the records indicated that the Commission invited the operators of the smaller cable companies to come together and do whatever was necessary to present a proposal or application for a national operator licence.“I do not believe that was forthcoming and in any event, the government of the day [the People’s National Party] took the view that there was a need for additional capital investment in the sector and that it was not unusual to have a dual level of operations with a national player and the other players on the ground,” he pointed out.In addition, Dr. Dunn mentioned that as long ago as 2002, the Commission had granted a wireless licence to an operating company in Jamaica called N5, which did not perform, leading to the revocation of their licence and then the incoming licensing of FLOW.”So you can see that we have taken a very broad and democratic approach to this question of recommending licensing and that many different players have had an opportunity to enter into the framework,” he informed.“I think we need to continue aggressively to monitor and manage the way in which the undertakings are carried out and the extent to which the regulations and laws are fulfilled, which are the responsibilities of the Broadcasting Commission,” Dr. Dunn added.Meanwhile, in relation to the specific provisions in the Broadcasting and Radio Re-diffusion Act on the consequences that would flow from a breach of licence, regulations and Act, the highest level of action that may result is the cancellation of the licence, which is one of the sanctions available to the Minister responsible. RelatedNo Need to Revisit Cable Licence Granted to Flow RelatedNo Need to Revisit Cable Licence Granted to Flow No Need to Revisit Cable Licence Granted to Flow UncategorizedFebruary 24, 2008center_img RelatedNo Need to Revisit Cable Licence Granted to Flow Advertisementslast_img read more

7 items to check off your to-do list

first_img Published: Feb. 4, 2021 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail This week, complete your Buff Pass check-in before coming to campus, apply for UROP student grant funding, find your study spot and more. Get your questions answeredThe Buff Info Team can help answer questions on a variety of topics related to CU Boulder and connect you with the right resources. Send a question or call 303-492-INFO (4636). Apply for UROP student grant fundingUndergraduates of all majors are encouraged to apply for grants of $1,000 to $3,000 through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). Grant applications are due Feb. 12. Meet with your academic advisorMeet with your academic advisor to explore interests and opportunities specific for you. Student organizations: Apply for UMC office space, lockers by Feb. 5The UMC is accepting applications from student organizations for free office space or lockers for the fall 2021 semester. Apply online by Friday, Feb. 5. Take a free mental health assessmentTake a free mental health assessment to help you prioritize your needs. Find your study spotStudents can use the campus scheduling system, EMS, to book classrooms for studying (up to three hours) or eating (up to 30 minutes). This and other options for finding space on campus are available on the Find Your Study Spot page. Complete your Buff Pass check-in before coming to campusFor each day you intend to be on campus, remember to complete your Buff Pass—CU Boulder’s confidential and easy-to-use daily health check-in system. Set a daily reminder on your calendar and create a shortcut on your phone. Learn more about Buff Pass.Categories:CU Boulder LifeCampus Communitylast_img read more

Jamaica Observes World Day against Child Labour on Saturday, June 12

first_imgJamaica Observes World Day against Child Labour on Saturday, June 12 LabourJune 10, 2010 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica will join the world in observing World Day Against Child Labour on Saturday, June 12, 2010 as the International Labour Organization (ILO) continues its campaign to eliminate the worst forms of child labour by 2016.A press conference to officially launch the Day will be held on Thursday, June 10, 2010 at the North Street offices of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, starting at 10: 00 a.m.Drawing inspiration from the current World Cup football competition, the day is being commemorated under the theme, “Go for the goal – end child labour” and will be using sports to support work on child labour elimination projects.Continuing the football analogy, a new initiative, the “Red Card Against Child Labour”, will be promoted which includes a resource kit produced in collaboration with FIFA.According to ILO Director-General Juan Somavia, “While billions are caught up in the excitement of the football World Cup, some 215 million children are labouring for survival, and education and play are luxuries for them. Progress towards ending child labour is slowing down and we are not on course to end its worst forms by 2016. We have to get the momentum going again. Let us draw inspiration from the World Cup and rise to the challenge with the energy, the right strategy and the commitment it takes to get to the goal.”At the press conference, officials from the Labour and Social Security Ministry’s International Programme for the Elimination of Child Labour will provide update on findings relating to child labour in Jamaica and the Government’s response to this growing problem.Minister of State, Hon Andrew Gallimore, will be in attendance along with representatives from the Ministry of Education, RISE Life Management Services and non-governmental organizations, Children First and People’s Action for Community Transformation (PACT) and other interest groups.Based on Jamaican laws, it is illegal for children under 15 years to be engaged in any form of work. A Youth Activity Survey conducted in 2002 by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) estimated that there were 8,600 child labourers under age 15 in Jamaica. The results of the research indicated that youth (under age 18) involved in economic activity accounted for 3.8% of 10-17 population.According to the survey, the main forms of child labour included:Street children (including market vendors, mainly in urban areas) Commercial agricultural labourers Domestic helpers (household & subsistence agriculture) Urban formal sector workers The three largest metropolitan areas of Kingston, Spanish Town and Montego Bay are the epicentres of commerce as well as urban child labour.There is some research to suggest that many children, particularly boys living in harsh urban communities, are pressed into gangs for whom they provide labour and many young girls are pushed into domestic servitude to older lovers.Many of the children who are at risk or are currently child labourers in urban areas can best be reached through direct action in their communities. Thus, activities in Jamaica aimed at eliminating child labour will focus on raising awareness and promoting behaviour change in children (10-16) and their guardians, utilizing trusted mechanisms rooted in sports which have traditionally been an avenue of escape from poverty for many young Jamaicans.Events for the World Day Against Child Labour are being organized in more than 60 countries involving governments, employers, workers, and United Nations, non-governmental and civil society organizations. The Day comes one month after more than 450 delegates from 80 countries met at a conference in The Hague convened by the Government of the Netherlands to agree on a Roadmap to accelerate progress to reach the goal of eliminating the worst forms of child labour by 2016.The Roadmap sets out a number of guiding principles and identifies action to be taken by governments, social partners (workers and employers), civil society, non-governmental and other civil society, regional and international organizations. RelatedJamaica Observes World Day against Child Labour on Saturday, June 12 RelatedJamaica Observes World Day against Child Labour on Saturday, June 12center_img Advertisements RelatedJamaica Observes World Day against Child Labour on Saturday, June 12last_img read more

Gov’t Earmarks $350m for Community Tourism Projects

first_imgRelatedMen Over 40 Urged To Get Screened For Prostate Cancer Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of State in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Damion Crawford, emphasises a point during a presentation at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank held on Tuesday (August 27), at the agency’s Half-Way-Tree Road offices. RelatedFocus on Good Nutrition in Anti-Doping Initiative in Schools Gov’t Earmarks $350m for Community Tourism Projects JIS Think TankAugust 30, 2013Written by: Rodger Hutchinsoncenter_img Gov’t Earmarks $350m for Community Tourism ProjectsJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Story Highlights$350 million allocated towards the development of community tourism projects22 communities have applied for consideration and projects are being appraisedThe aim is to develop a more strategic approach to community tourism RelatedCelebrations to Rekindle Spirit of Patriotism The Government has allocated $350 million towards the development of community tourism projects as the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment continues its drive to encourage communities to improve their product and attract more visitors to the island.Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, Minister of State in the Ministry, Hon. Damion Crawford, informed that 22 communities have applied for consideration and projects are being appraised.Mr. Crawford said the aim is to develop a more strategic approach to community tourism that will position communities as attractions rather than attractors.He said the country, given its unique cultural and historical offerings, is ripe for such projects, and there is need to take advantage of the opportunity to boost the tourist numbers.He noted that greater emphasis will be placed on facilitating and encouraging visitors already in the island, to visit communities of interest and to experience firsthand, the way of life of ordinary Jamaicans.Mr. Crawford said efforts will be made to have dialogue with hoteliers to engage and encourage visitors to enhance their vacation experience by making a trip to a designated community event.“One thing we’re looking at is a ′meet the people′ day, where once a week, we organise for tourists to visit communities that have salability either through their history, nature or church.  I feel that the communities should organise their activities and then have this meet-the-people day where the visitor, on a set day, could come out and meet the people,” he said.He said it is easier and less expensive for visitors, already here, to visit these communities.“So persons who are already here might want to visit Trench Town to see where Bob Marley came from. Communities will generate a list and if persons are interested in historical sites they can go look at our churches, if you’re interested in entertainment they can go look at that, if they’re interested in nature, gastronomy, food, they will have a community to go,” he added.last_img read more

A message to the membership from President-elect Foster-Morales

first_img The online portal is now open for electronic Bar fee payments, including an installment payment plan option Dear Fellow Florida Bar Member:These are the most uncertain of times. While we all recall difficult times, none compare to the way in which this pandemic has impacted almost every aspect of our lives and will require true resilience and reliance on our support systems in equal measure. It is my prayer that you weather these times by focusing, as best possible, on the needs of your family, friends, colleagues, and clients.Perhaps now more than ever, The Florida Bar is here to help you. In these uncertain times, here is what you can expect from The Florida Bar:Unwavering advocacy for the legal profession and the Third Branch;Staunch protection of access to justice;Prioritizing and supporting your mental health and wellness with resources that will soon include a 24/7 confidential helpline for crisis intervention with referral to a licensed mental-health professional to provide free mental-health sessions remotely. Additional mental health and wellness resources are available at on the Bar’s website, including a coping with COVID-19 page with links to videos, articles, and other sources to support your well-being;Excellent, free accessible continuing legal education not only to help you during the pandemic, but year-round including many free programs to complete the ethics, professionalism, and technology CLE requirements. The recent free webinar on the CARES Act, drew more than 1,700 live participants and, like many others, a recorded version is posted at LegalFuel.com along with dozens of practice resources and the assistance of on-staff advisers by chat, email, and telephone;Direct support with personal assistance via the Ethics Hotline and programs like Lawyers Advising Lawyers; andDiscounts and member benefits that will immediately save on expenses and provide you with what you need, especially as you practice remotely.Today marks the beginning of membership renewal in our mandatory Bar. As long as I have been a Florida Bar member, our leadership has increasingly focused on enhancing member services and running an efficient organization that meets the mission of promoting professionalism, protecting the public, and pursuing justice. Florida’s annual Bar fees remain among the lowest among other states’ licensure and bar association costs and we have not had a fee increase since 2001.Understanding that these are also difficult financial times for many, The Florida Bar is providing an installment payment plan option that needs to be elected no later than August 15.The online portal is now open for electronic fee payments, including voluntary section memberships and voluntary contributions.Section membership and involvement is an excellent way to access current information and education on practice areas and to develop a network of diverse and like-minded practitioners across the state with opportunities for business relationships and referrals. Sections provide great opportunities for leadership experience that can help you grow personally and professionally while working collaboratively to improve the practice of law.Through the fee statement, you also have an opportunity to financially support the work of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, The Florida Bar Foundation’s Children’s Legal Services program, and Florida Lawyers Association for the Maintenance of Excellence (“FLAME”), which advances our profession.My heartfelt thoughts go out to you in these challenging times. I hope you are finding some opportunities among the many challenges COVID-19 is creating. Along with your other Bar leaders, I am committed to doing everything we possibly can to help you. Please visit FloridaBar.org/covid19 for the latest information, resources, and services.This message from Executive Director Joshua E. Doyle provides details on this year’s fee payment options.Sincerely,Dori Foster-Morales2020-21 Florida Bar President Apr 20, 2020 News in Photos A message to the membership from President-elect Foster-Moraleslast_img read more