FDA unveils pandemic preparedness plan

first_imgMar 14, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued a pandemic influenza preparedness plan that defines the agency’s current role in federal pandemic planning, such as expediting the review of new vaccines and antivirals, and spells out work it will do in areas such as food safety and targeting counterfeit drugs.The lengthy plan, posted on the FDA’s Web site, addresses six major areas: vaccines, antiviral medications, medical devices, food and feed safety, emergency preparedness and response, and enforcement.Though the FDA has already accomplished several pandemic-related tasks, such as approving a pediatric indication for the antiviral oseltamivir, other tasks are ongoing. The plan details steps needed to improve the surge capacity for producing products that will be crucial during a pandemic, such as antivirals, diagnostic tests, personal protective equipment, and other medical equipment.On the food safety front, the FDA said it is identifying a list of regulated foods and animal feeds that are at increased risk for contamination from a pandemic virus strain. The list would include products that contain poultry ingredients. The agency also said it would gauge the risk of food contamination from infected waterfowl and the possibility of contamination of ready-to-eat foods by infectious respiratory droplets from humans.In addition, the FDA said it is investigating which food-processing practices can kill influenza viruses. The agency will conduct its own research on the effectiveness of processing methods, and also monitor the scientific literature on the survivability of viruses in various foods and conditions.Though the FDA has already prohibited the use of human antiviral drugs in poultry and is currently educating groups about the rule, it said the next step is to provide a test for antiviral drug residues in products that contain poultry. The FDA said it expects to provide testing capability sometime during the 2007-08 fiscal year.The agency reported it is already pursuing actions against fraudulent or counterfeit pandemic-related products, particularly those that are risky to consumers. One of the next steps, officials said, is to draft a plan to expand investigations and prosecutions of such cases and intercept product shipments at US borders.In other news related to flu viruses and food safety, scientists at the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory in Athens, Ga., recently tested whether cooking chicken at the USDA-recommended temperature kills the H5N1 virus. The researchers used heavily contaminated meat from 4-week-old White Leghorn chickens that they infected with a 2003 Korean strain of the H5N1 virus.Their study, described in the March issue of the Journal of Food Protection, showed that cooking the meat at the recommended 165ºF killed the virus with a large margin of safety. The USDA made the 165ºF recommendation in April 2006, on the basis of advice from its National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods. Some previous federal recommendations called for slightly higher temperatures.See also:Thomas C, Swayne DE. Thermal inactivation of H5N1 high pathogenicity avian influenza virus in naturally infected chicken meat. J Food Protect 2007 Mar;70(3):674-80 [Full Text]April 6, 2006, CIDRAP News story “USDA: 165 degrees is magic number for safe poultry”http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food/news/april0506cook.htmllast_img read more

DSWMC wants public to respect the smart bins

first_img Share 10 Views   no discussions LocalNews DSWMC wants public to respect the smart bins by: – February 7, 2012 Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share DSWMC Public Relations Officer, Jeno Jacob.A month after the launching of the “Adopt –A-Block” initiative in Roseau the Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation (DSWMC) is making a special appeal to citizens to respect the smart bins and refrain from damaging them.The initiative gives businesses within the City the opportunity to take ownership of the various “blocks” around the city which they believe will enable business owners to feel a sense of pride for their respective blocks; thereby ensuring its cleanliness and general upkeep with the understanding that cleanliness also translates into good business.To date, several businesses have supported the initiative and a total of 60 smart bins have placed within the City; however Public Relations Officer of DSWMC, Jeno Jacob has reported that one of the bins has been vandalized.Smart Bin outside the All Saints University in Roseau“The Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation is seeking support from the general public to protect the Adopt-A-Block bins in the City of Roseau especially during the Carnival season. Over the weekend one of the litter bins sponsored by Jays Bookstore on Independence Street in Lagon was set ablaze.”Jacob is asking the public to “respect the bins to claim them as their own” as they have been erected as part of the initiative in ensuring a cleaner City of Roseau.He further warns that the smart bins should be used to disposing of litter such as snack wrappings and not tree cuttings or dead animals.“We’re also asking them not to throw cigarette butts in them, grass, tree cuttings, dead animals etcetera.These smart bins are only for litter such as snack wrappings, cans, tins, bottles and such items.” He complimented and thanked the business owners who have supported the initiative thus far and cautioned people “who are bent on destroying the bins and are saying to them that if they are caught they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law”. Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

IOC initiates International Safeguarding Officer in Sport Certificate

first_imgAs part of its ongoing efforts to promote athletes’ safety and wellbeing, the Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has  approved the establishment of the International Safeguarding Officer in Sport Certificate. The course leading to certification is set to commence in September 2021. This is the first of its kind because there is currently no certificate or minimum standard of education or training for safeguarding officers in sport on an international level. The five-month education course will be developed by an International Advisory Board of experts, under three Programme Directors, and will be fully aligned with other international efforts to protect athletes and align sports policies and programmes with the United Nations 2030 Agenda. It will be hosted on sportsoracle. The course will include a final examination, which must be passed in order to receive the certification. Registration for this course which will be open to anyone, but aimed in particular at International Federations (IFs), National Federations (NFs) and National Olympic Committees (NOCs)  will incur a fee. Successful candidates proposed by the NOCs will be able to apply for Olympic Solidarity scholarships to enrol in this course. The safety and wellbeing of athletes are paramount to the IOC and the Olympic Movement. We need to make every effort to keep athletes safe and to guard their rights. I am pleased that we can today initiate this certificate to enhance awareness and education in this important area of athlete welfare, reinforcing the stance against all forms of harassment and abuse in sport, said IOC President Thomas Bach. In another effort, 11 additional webinars for NOCs will be available in four different languages from October 2020 onwards. This series intends to address cultural challenges faced by NOCs in developing and implementing athlete safeguarding initiatives, enhance their capacity in athlete safeguarding, facilitate the sharing of best practices and provide access to a group of experts who can offer further support. It builds on the success of a webinar series organised for IFs in 2019. Additionally, the IOC is planning a safe sport digital education and awareness campaign starting in the fourth quarter of 2020. This Athlete365 campaign will look to build global awareness around safe sport in the run-up to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The overarching principle of the safe sport digital education and awareness campaign is to safeguard athletes, protect the integrity of sport and promote sporting values, through: – Educating and empowering athletes with knowledge of what safe sport means. – Removing the stigma surrounding this topic and moving the conversation towards a positive message of support and solidarity. – Encouraging action by providing easily understood education, and awareness of reporting frameworks and procedures such as the IOC Games-Time Framework, during the Olympic and Youth Olympic Games. The IOC has been raising awareness of athlete safeguarding globally by encouraging every sports and sport-for-development organisation to tackle this issue and improve athlete protection. This new initiative further strengthens the IOC’s commitment to educating and making the Olympic Movement aware of the importance of safeguarding. read also:Over 160 rights groups call on IOC chief to revoke 2022 Beijing Winter Games As of Rio 2016, an IOC Safeguarding Officer has been present and available to all athletes competing at the Olympic and Youth Olympic Games. Through the work of its Prevention of Harassment and Abuse in Sport (PHAS) Working Group, the IOC has been striving to guide and assist the IFs and NOCs in developing their own policies to prevent harassment and abuse. In 2017, the IOC launched the “IOC Athlete Safeguarding Toolkit” in collaboration with over 50 stakeholders, including athletes, IFs, NOCs and subject-matter experts. Previously, in 2016, the “IOC Guidelines for IFs and NOCs related to creating and implementing a policy to safeguard athletes from harassment and abuse in sport” were released. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World6 Unusual Facts About Bollywood, Pollywood And Tollywood6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Toplast_img read more

GSC Tournament Berth on the Line for Argonauts

first_img Share GSC Tournament Berth on the Line for Argonauts April 26, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – As the final weekend of the regular season approaches, West Florida is still alive for a berth in next month’s Gulf South Conference Tournament. West Florida (29-22, 9-9 GSC) will be on the road at North Alabama (31-16, 10-7 GSC) and Alabama-Huntsville (39-13, 12-7 GSC) this weekend for their final six games of the regular season.West Florida is currently tied with West Georgia for the fourth and final post-season seed from the GSC East Division. West Georgia will complete their regular season on Friday at West Alabama. West Florida is looking for their 13th consecutive GSC Tournament berth. The Argonauts have never missed the tournament since entering the conference prior to the 1995 season.The following is the playoff scenario for West Florida this weekend: If West Georgia sweeps West Alabama, West Florida needs to go at least 5-1 to win a playoff berth or 4-2 to tie. If West Georgia splits with West Alabama, West Fla. needs to go at least 4-2 to win a playoff berth or 3-3 to tie If West Alabama sweeps West Georgia, West Florida needs to go at least 3-3 to win a playoff berth or 2-4 to tie.The tie breakers are: (1) head-to-head record; (2) record against highest seeded team not involved in the tie and continue until the tie is broken; coin toss by the commissioner.West Florida is coming off a 2-2 record last weekend against West Georgia and West Alabama. Taren Walton (Pensacola, Fla./Daytona Beach CC) tossed two complete game shutouts for the Argonaut wins: a 2-0 victory over West Georgia, and a 1-0 triumph over West Alabama.North Alabama, who is currently in third place in the GSC East Division, is ranked eighth in the latest NCAA Division II South Region poll. The Lions are coming off a double header sweep over Albany State on Monday.West Florida holds a 45-6 advantage in the all-time series, but North Alabama split a four-game regular season series in Pensacola last season. The Lions have not defeated the Argonauts in Florence, Ala. since Apr. 6, 1996.Friday’s double header will be the make-up games for the double header that was rained out in Pensacola on Apr. 1. Even though the double header will be played at North Alabama, West Florida will be the home team on Friday. First pitch of Friday’s double header is set for 5 p.m. CST, while Saturday’s first pitch is set for 1 p.m. CST. West Florida will finish the season on Sunday at Alabama-HuntsvillePrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more