DoD to resume giving anthrax shots

first_imgMay 4, 2005 (CIDRAP News ) – With a federal judge’s permission, the US Department of Defense (DoD) has announced it will resume giving anthrax shots to military personnel, but on a strictly voluntary basis.The DoD’s mandatory anthrax immunization program had been suspended since October 2004, when US District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not follow proper procedures in approving the vaccine for inhalational anthrax.In January the FDA issued an “emergency use authorization” (EUA) permitting DoD to resume the vaccinations, but only on a voluntary basis. On Apr 6, Sullivan granted a DoD request to resume giving the shots under the terms of the emergency authorization.Yesterday the Pentagon announced it was ready to resume giving anthrax shots. Officials said the vaccinations would mostly be limited to military units assigned to the Central Command area, which includes the Middle East, and to troops serving in Korea and in homeland bioterrorism defense.”The implementing program requires commanders to follow EUA conditions very carefully, providing members of the armed services both education on the program and an option to refuse the vaccination without penalty,” the DoD announcement said.Dr. William Winkenwerder, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, called the immunization program a “vital protection measure for military personnel, who are at increased risk of exposure to an anthrax attack.”A DoD policy memo about the program says the EUA is scheduled to expire on July 27, less than 3 months away. “At that time, other initiatives may result in resumption of the normal AVIP [Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program], including mandatory vaccinations for selected personnel,” the memo says. “Alternatively, the EUA may be extended or other direction may be provided.”Perry Bishop, a Pentagon spokesman, said DoD will continue to press for mandatory vaccination, according to an Associated Press report published yesterday.The DoD memo says all personnel eligible for anthrax vaccination must be told they may refuse the shots and will not be punished. Troops must be told they will not be discharged for refusing and they can still be deployed. However, personnel must also be told, “Your military and civilian leaders strongly recommend anthrax vaccination,” the memo states.Personnel will be given a brochure that explains the known and potential benefits and risks of vaccination as well as the alternatives to vaccination.Before Sullivan’s ruling, anthrax shots were mandatory for personnel serving in areas where the risk of anthrax attack was considered high. More than 1.3 million troops had been vaccinated in the program, which began in 1998. But hundreds of troops refused the shots because of concern about side effects, and some were disciplined or discharged from the service.Sullivan’s ruling came in a lawsuit filed by six DoD personnel and civilian contractor employees who objected to the shots. In an initial ruling in December 2003, the judge ordered DoD to stop requiring the shots on the ground that the FDA had never specifically approved the vaccine for inhalational anthrax. The vaccine was originally licensed in 1970.The FDA responded immediately by declaring that the vaccine was safe and effective for all forms of anthrax. Sullivan then lifted his injunction in January 2004. But in his subsequent ruling in October 2004, Sullivan said the FDA had failed to follow its own rules in declaring the vaccine safe for all forms of the disease.Last December, military officials asked the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for emergency authority to resume the vaccination program. Under the Project Bioshield Act of 2004, the FDA, in a declared emergency, can authorize the use of a medical product that has not gained ordinary FDA approval. The FDA then issued the emergency authorization on Jan 27, but said the shots had to be voluntary.The anthrax vaccine used by DoD requires six shots over a period of 18 months, followed by annual boosters. Last November HHS awarded an $877 million contract for a new anthrax vaccine that officials hope will require fewer doses and have fewer side effects, but that vaccine is intended to go in a stockpile for civilian use.See also:May 3 DoD news releaseDoD policy memolast_img read more

Hakim Ziyech wants Arsenal transfer but Unai Emery not interested in Ajax star

first_imgHakim Ziyech wants Arsenal transfer but Unai Emery not interested in Ajax star Hakim Ziyech has been linked with a move to Arsenal after starring for Ajax last season (Picture: Getty)Arsenal will not pursue a move for Ajax star Hakim Ziyech after the club carried out a detailed analysis of the player and will focus on alternative targets.The Morocco international played a pivotal role in the Dutch side’s success last season as an exciting young side came within seconds of reaching the Champions League final after landmark wins over Real Madrid and Juventus.Ziyech scored 19 times and registered 16 assists in all competitions and would offer the creativity and versatility Unai Emery appears to be seeking to bolster a midfield and forward line which will not be able to call upon the services of Aaron Ramsey this season following his move to Juventus.AdvertisementAdvertisementAccording to David Ornstein, via the Arseblog podcast, however, Emery is not interested in the 26-year-old, who reportedly has a £25million release clause in his contract, and will pursue alternative targets.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 12 Jul 2019 10:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.8kShares Advertisement Arsenal’s hopes of signing Wilfried Zaha appear remote after seeing an opening £40m bid rejected (Picture: Getty)Ziyech is said to be keen on a move to Arsenal and when asked which club he would like to join back in 2017, he told Ajax TV: ‘Well, I have two clubs. They are Arsenal and Barcelona. That is my ultimate dream.’When asked if he has a footballing idol, Ziyech replied: ‘Yes, I actually do have one. [Mesut] Ozil.’Arsenal have already seen a £40million bid for dismissed out of hand by Crystal Palace for Wilfried Zaha with the Eagles also indicating they have no interest in an exchange deal that could involve the likes of Carl Jenkinson, Calum Chambers and Mohamed Elneny.Unsettled Barcelona star Malcom is understood to be an alternative target but the Spanish giants are hoping to recoup the £36,500,000 they paid to sign him from Bordeaux last summer, whcih could represent a significant obstacle for cash-strapped Arsenal.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal  Advertisementlast_img read more

60s Palm Beach shack, stone castle and Boho retreat to shake up auction weekend

first_imgMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago45 Murlong Cres, Palm Beach.“About 15 people have said they will be at the auction to compete for the house.”Auctioneer Nigel Long is calling the auction for the 655sq m property on Saturday at 11am.Meanwhile, in Southport at 10am a French, Asian and Indian fusion home has four registered bidders who are ready to battle it out. Harcourts Coastal managing director Dane Atherton will take the four-bedroom home at 15 Skiff St to auction.Oozing style from every corner, the home has red entry doors, stone and pearl basins, checkerboard tiles, white timber shutters and Carrara marble. A castle-like home at 52 Royal Albert Crescent, Sovereign Islands, is set for auction.WHETHER it’s a renovated 60s shack, jaw-dropping stone castle-like residence or a bohemian retreat, the Gold Coast has a home for every taste going under the hammer on Saturday. Corelogic revealed the Gold Coast was the busiest non-capital city region last weekend, with 49 homes going to auction and a clearance rate of 43.6 per cent. Among the 23 properties to be auctioned this weekend, the standout is a Palm Beach creekfront home.The three-bedroom 60s house at 45 Murlong Cres is being offered for sale after homeowners, Ursula and Ben Watts were prompted by their neighbour’s impressive shack sale of $2.55 million last month. 45 Murlong Cres, Palm Beach.Ray White Broadbeach marketing agent Troy Fitzgerald said he had shown 62 groups through the property since it went on the market.“As the only home left on the waterside of Murlong Crescent, it is hot property,” he said.“I’m hoping the weather doesn’t deter crowds.“It directly faces Tallebudgera creek and has a really beautiful outlook to Burleigh Headland.“I have had a mix of people interested, especially boutique developers. 15 Skiff Street SouthportHarcourts Coastal agent Emma Hoger-Jefferies was confident the house would have a sold sign up by lunch time.“It is in a really sought-after pocket of Southport and the home itself has spectacular presentation,” she said. “I would not be surprised if we get a few spectators who sense a good buy.”On the prestigious Sovereign Islands, a castle-like mansion poised on an 815sq m block will go under the hammer at 2.30pm.Italian travertine marble combines with 200 tonnes of stone masonry and a stone turret in the five-bedroom home at 52 Royal Albert Crescent. 52 Royal Albert CrescentRay White marketing agent Edin Kara said the home was “Feng Shui approved”.“The home has been approved by Hong Kong Feng Shui Master, Tinming Yeung,” Mr Mian said.“He said that the house offers tremendous prosperity and wealth.”last_img read more

Albany Creek acreage gem is hotly contested at auction

first_imgREAL ESTATE: 22 Alpinia Court Albany CreekA LOT of people wanted to get their hands on this acreage Albany Creek home.The five-bedroom home at 22 Alpinia Court in Albany Creek was sold at auction for $1.4 million in what is one of the biggest sales ever for the suburb.Very modern and stylish inside.With a tennis court, swimming pool and an acreage property that overlooks a nature reserve, there was heated bidding between 12 people on auction day.Perfect for tennis lovers.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoAccording to agent Sonya Treloar from Ray White Bridgeman Downs, the successful bidder was a husband and wifethat wanted to move back to Queensland after some time away from the Sunshine State.“The husband was bidding and the wife was on FaceTime during the auction,” Ms Treloar said.“She was crying when the hammer came down.”Made for entertaining.At 0.80ha it is one of the larger properties in the suburb.Although the home was less than 20 years old, it was completely renovated last year.The street is behind the Bunyaville Conservation Park, giving the home a tree line across the backyard.The sellers planned to move to a smaller property as well as do some travelling.last_img read more

Ørsted to Compete for Hollandse Kust Zuid I and II

first_imgØrsted, previously DONG Energy, will participate in the Dutch tender for the Hollandse Kust Zuid (South) I and II offshore wind farm zones.Ørsted has already issued a tender for cable lay services at the site. If the developer does not win the tender, the contract will be cancelled.In October, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs published the Ministerial Order for permitting offshore wind energy for the site, with the application period starting on 15 December and closing on 21 December.The contract for the Hollandse Kust Zuid site I and II is expected to be awarded in the first quarter of 2018.One permit is granted for each wind farm site, with applications allowed to be made for a permit for each of the two wind farm sites. The total installed capacity will be around 700MW, with 342MW minimum for each of the two sites and 380MW maximum.The projects planned under the Dutch Government’s current offshore wind programme include 2,100MW at the Hollandse Kust zones. Of this, 1,400MW is planned in the Hollandse Kust Zuid: 700MW at sites I and II, and further 700MW at sites III and IV.  An additional 700MW is planned to be tendered in 2019 in the Hollandse Kust Noord zone.TenneT will build the grid connections and construct two offshore substations at the Hollandse Kust Zuid wind farm zone. According to current plans, the four wind farms will be connected to the grid between 2018 and 2021.last_img read more

US Elba Island LNG export project pushed back again

first_imgElba Island LNG (Image courtesy of Kinder Morgan)US energy company Kinder Morgan said on Wednesday that the start-up of its Elba Island liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project near Savannah, Georgia had been pushed back, again.“Our Elba liquefaction project, we now anticipate that it will be in service in the first quarter of 2019,” Kim Dang, President of Kinder Morgan said during a conference call discussing the company’s third-quarter results.Dang added that Kinder Morgan does not expect the new delay to have a “material impact on our construction costs, given the way our construction and commercial contracts are structured.” He did not discuss the reasons behind the newest delay.To remind, Kinder Morgan said earlier this year that the in-service date for the liquefaction facility located near the existing import facility at Elba Island was pushed back to the fourth quarter of this year. The original start-up of the facility was expected in the third quarter of this year.Kinder Morgan said previously that delays in getting the liquefaction units assembled and then delivered to the site as well as some construction delays had contributed to pushing back the in-service date.The nearly $2 billion Elba liquefaction project’s EPC contractor is IHI E&C while the project is supported by a 20-year contract with the Hague-based LNG giant Shell.The project is currently building a total of ten liquefaction units with a total capacity of 2.5 million tonnes per year of LNG.The first of the ten units is expected to be placed in service in the first quarter next year, with the remaining nine units scheduled to come online throughout 2019, according to Kinder Morgan. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

U.S. weekly offshore rig count down to 21

first_imgThe number of rigs in the U.S. dropped by two units last week, according to weekly rig count reports by Baker Hughes, a GE company. Author: SP MacBaker Hughes Rig Count: U.S. -21 to 991 rigsU.S. Rig Count is down 21 rigs from last week to 991, with oil rigs down 20 to 805, gas rigs down 1 to 186, and miscellaneous rigs unchanged at 0.U.S. Rig Count is down 30 rigs from last year’s count of 1,021, with oil rigs down 20, gas rigs down 9, and miscellaneous rigs down 1.The U.S. Offshore Rig Count is down 2 rigs to 21 and up 3 rigs year-over-year.Baker Hughes Rig Count: Canada -3 at 63 rigsCanada Rig Count is down 3 rigs from last week to 63, with oil rigs unchanged at 19 and gas rigs down 3 to 44.Canada Rig Count is down 22 rigs from last year’s count of 85, with oil rigs down 14 and gas rigs down 8.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more

Ruth Kieffer, 55, Friendship

first_imgRuth Kieffer, 55, of Friendship passed away at 10:52pm, Friday, August 17, 2018 at her home. She was born at Cincinnati on May 6th, 1963 the daughter of Henry and Thelma Sieverding. She was married to Mark Kieffer at the St. Charles Catholic Church on June 2nd, 1984 and he survives. Other survivors include son Jason (Lauren) Kieffer of Versailles, and one daughter; Cassie (Adam) Hunger of Versailles; three grandchildren Madelynn and Addison Hunger and Levi Kieffer, three sisters Maria Sieverding of Farmers Retreat, Teresa Meyer of Milan and Ann (Brian) Vogel of Versailles; three brothers Keith (Beth) Sieverding of Friendship, Ben (Karen) Sieverding of Versailles and Mike Sieverding of Millhousen; two sister-in-laws, Regina (Doug) Buckler of Madison and Debbie Kieffer of Crestview Hills, KY, one brother-in-law; Greg Kieffer of Madison and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, a sister Diane, a brother Francis, a nephew Jacob Vogel. Mrs. Kieffer was a 1981 graduate of South Dearborn High School. She was primarily a homemaker, but worked 37 years at Beverley industries in Dillsboro. Ruth loved to camp, ride Rangers, and dance, she was always the life of any gathering with family or friends. She was a member of the St. Charles Catholic Church where taught Sunday school and was a past president of the Ladies Society. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 21st at 10:00am at the St. Charles Catholic Church in Milan with Father Frank Eckstein and Father Adam Aherns officiating. Burial will be in the St. Charles Cemetery in Milan. Visitation will be on Monday from 5pm to 8pm with Rosary at 4:30 at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the Friendship Fire Department or St. Charles Catholic Church for Mass intentions in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Let Spurs fans say Yid – Cameron

first_img In an act of defiance, some fans started using the word ”Yid” themselves, and chants of ”Yids”, ”Yid Army” and ”Yiddos” are regularly sung in the home stands at White Hart Lane. Mr Cameron told The Jewish Chronicle: “There’s a difference between Spurs fans self-describing themselves as Yids and someone calling someone a Yid as an insult. “You have to be motivated by hate. Hate speech should be prosecuted – but only when it’s motivated by hate.” The north London club responded to the FA warning by announcing they would send a questionnaire to all season ticket holders asking if the practice should stop. Fans reacted defiantly to the FA’s statement on Saturday as they chanted ”Yid Army” and ”We’ll sing what we want” throughout the 2-0 win over Norwich. The same happened last season after Peter Herbert, the head of the Society of Black Lawyers, threatened to report anyone using the phrase to police. Press Association The Prime Minister entered the row after the Football Association issued a statement warning supporters that use of such words could result in either a banning order or even criminal charges. For years Tottenham, who have a strong Jewish following, have been on the receiving end of anti-Semitic abuse from opposition fans. center_img Tottenham Hotspur fans who use the word “Yid” in chants should not face prosecution, David Cameron said.last_img read more

Students work to balance internships and school

first_imgAs Internship Week ends, many students have worked to secure part-time positions to gain work experience and boost their resumes.Students must be careful, however, to maintain their GPAs if they add an internship to their schedule during the school year, according to Career Center Executive Director Carl Martellino.Studious · Uzair Chaudhury, a freshman majoring in business administration, hits the books. Maintaining a high GPA while interning requires managing time well. – Engie Salama | Daily Trojan“You need to have your grades high and you need to have your internships too,” Martellino said. “If students were letting their grades go in lieu of internships, then if they decide to go to grad school it will hurt them.”Maggie Burkhead, who received a bachelor’s degree in communication in 2011, said she had internships during the school year at a public relations company and at a television production company. She said taking classes while working made her feel pressured.“I remember being really stressed out about how I was going to do both,” Burkhead said. “My first internship was really demanding because I was doing things outside of work. I never changed my courseload, but I certainly got stressed out trying to manage my time in the most efficient way.”Burkhead said she wished she had received more advice on how to manage her time.“One class in particular definitely did suffer just because the work I needed to do for the class always coincided for things I needed to do for the internship,” Burkhead said. “My grade got bumped down a few points, mostly as a result of me not knowing how to manage my time better.”On the other hand, Mike Sullivan, a senior in public relations and cinematic arts critical studies, said his GPA improved when he had an internship at Variety last fall.“The internship sort of breathed some kind of vitality in my activities,” Sullivan said. “I was more driven to get things done. I don’t know if that specifically bled over into my schoolwork, but I was more driven during that semester.”Martellino said there are several ways for students with internships during the academic year to manage their time, including regular exercise and time management.“There is no simple answer,” he said. “We always recommend that students take some time for health, exercise and taking breaks. By trying to be strategic with work, student can make sure not everything piles up because that might be overwhelming.”He said students can group classes so one full day has no classes or do part of their internship online to lessen travel time for an off- campus internship.“I don’t think there is necessarily any easy answer,” Martellino said. “It becomes the way real life is going to be after graduation. Balancing commute, family, life and a full-time job is not unlike what the rest of real life looks like.”Diana Tay, a sophomore majoring in English and communication, takes classes only in the morning so she can go to her internships at Fox and ABC during the afternoon.“It’s easy to handle because I’m the type of person who likes to be busy all of the time,” Tay said. “Last year I planned my schedule in a way so I could do internships.”Tay said she hasn’t had trouble with time management.“I enjoy it because it keeps me busy,” Tay said. “If I didn’t have an internship, I would be sitting in my room watching TV anyway, so it’s kind of for my own benefit.”Martellino said having an internship while classes were in session could be a good thing because many internships relate to students’ majors.“Having [an internship] as a part of the course work is great [because] you can apply that to the real world and bounce it around with peers, and that has tremendous value,” Martellino said.Sullivan said his internship experience added to what he learned in school.“The experience I’ve had has been more valuable to me after what I’ve learned in school,” Sullivan said. “I learned by example what it is to be a good publicist or bad publicist by having to deal with good and bad publicists.”last_img read more