HHS adds new anthrax drug to national stockpile

first_img Oct 6, 2005 CIDRAP News article “HHS to buy two anthrax drugs for testing” The HHS had previously awarded Cangene and another company, Human Genome Sciences, Inc., of Rockville, Md., contracts to test two experimental anthrax drugs. “Our first line of defense against anthrax is antibiotics,” said HHS assistant secretary for public health emergency preparedness Craig Vanderwagen, MD. “While additional studies are underway to determine its efficacy and ultimate role in treatment, AIG may have the potential to provide physicians with a source of human antibodies against the anthrax toxin that could improve the management of patients with the life-threatening toxemia associated with severe anthrax.” B anthracis is classified as a category A bioweapon. Anthrax spores sent through the US mail in the fall of 2001 caused 22 cases of anthrax,11 cutaneous and 11 inhalational. Five patients with the latter form died. The source of the anthrax has never been identified. Jul 28 HHS press release on adding AIG to the national stockpilehttp://archive.hhs.gov/news/press/2006pres/20060728.html See also: Jul 31, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US government announced Jul 28 that it will add 10,000 courses of anthrax immune globulin (AIG) to the strategic national stockpile. Toxins produced by the anthrax bacteria are believed to be a major cause of mortality in infected patients. The HHS says AIG is a potentially promising addition to the options physicians have to prevent and treat anthrax infections. In a press release Jul 28, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said it awarded a $143,833,719 contract to Cangene, based in Winnipeg, Man. Deliveries of AIG, used to prevent or treat inhalational anthrax cause by Bacillus anthracis, to the stockpile are expected to begin in 2007. Full payment to Cangene hinges on the product being approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA); however, the contract permits delivery of the product before FDA approval in an emergency.last_img read more

Jamal Adams ‘trying’ to force trade to Cowboys, putting Jets in impossible situation

first_imgI love Jamal Adams. He’s a phenomenal player but this is such nonsense.There is a global pandemic. Nobody is signing extensions right now.Why can’t he just trust Joe Douglas?“The plan is for Jamal to be a Jet for life.”pic.twitter.com/moz6LBumvt— Jake Asman (@JakeAsman) June 18, 2020Had the Jets truly wanted to trade Adams, he would have been gone by or during 2020 NFL Draft, when the organization certainly would have had suitors; that New York held onto Adams after the draft should tell you that the organization has minimal inclination to trade him.After all, various reports — and Douglas himself — have said that the team has no plans to trade Adams. Will that mean they’ll satiate his contract demands? Or just continue to play hardball? While Adams’ camp reportedly said it was expecting a contract offer to come from the Jets early in 2020, it sounds like he’s going to have to wait longer.Adams has made the situation more complicated than it needed to be. Players certainly deserve to find the best situation for themselves, but maybe Adams should showcase as much awareness at the negotiating table as he does on the football field. Adams’ response: “I’m trying, bro.”@dallascowboys I got proof that Jamal Adams wants to come to Dallas pic.twitter.com/g398Wmqsft— Jakson 🇸🇻 (@JaksonVelasquez) June 22, 2020A move to Dallas won’t be easy, as the Cowboys are going to be up against the cap number. And with Dak Prescott and Dallas reportedly negotiating a long-term contract extension, it’s unclear where Adams is going to get his big payday. MORE: The inside story on the ‘Madden 21′ coverThe Jets-Adams breakup has been brewing since late 2018, with Adams openly criticizing the Jets’ roster and the powers that be for having a weak roster devoid of “dogs.” The team went to great lengths to get Adams those “dogs” in Florham Park, signing C.J. Mosley, Le’Veon Bell and Jamison Crowder before the 2019 season.The relationship between player and team was further fractured around the trade deadline in 2019, when Jets general manager Joe Douglas reportedly answered trade offers for Adams, but put the price so high that he was considered virtually untouchable.Really, to a certain point, you understand Adams’ frustrations. He’s been a winning player his entire football life, a vocal leader on the front lines of championship-caliber teams through college. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case with the Jets, as they’ve finished under .500 for the three seasons he’s been on the team. The Jets are a “maybe” playoff contender for the upcoming season, which clearly isn’t good enough for Adams, whose desire to be traded to a championship contender is apparent.Here are the seven teams to which Jets’ Pro-Bowl safety Jamal Adams would welcome a trade, per source:🏈Ravens🏈Cowboys🏈Texans🏈Chiefs🏈Eagles🏈49ers🏈Seahawks— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 18, 2020While the Jets aren’t contenders, Douglas has never been short to praise Adams in public when it comes to his talents and has been adamant that the plan is for Adams to stay a Jet for life.It certainly seems like Adams hasn’t read the situation well. Good NFL general managers answer calls for players all the time. Douglas is in Year 2 of his plan to build a title contender, and the team has little impetus to rush a contract extension with a less-than-premium defensive position on the field.Of the 2017 draft class, not even Deshaun Watson or Patrick Mahomes has received a contract extension yet, and Mahomes just came off a Super-Bowl winning season and is a former league MVP. Only Christian McCaffrey has gotten an extension, and even that was met with some skepticism.For a player who has often said he loves facing adversity, it’s certainly a message to send when you want to be the first sailor jumping off a sinking ship. Even then, equating the Jets to a sinking ship — or a crashing plane, if you want to stay on brand here — is inaccurate.In a 7-9 year, the Jets finished strong, going 6-2 in their last eight games with quarterback Sam Darnold showing flashes of being the answer to the quarterback question the Jets have been asking for decades. Douglas has garnered praise from all corners of the NFL sphere for his approach to roster building, including his handling of the Adams situation. And even Adam Gase — who certainly has critics and deserves criticism — deserves a small bit of credit for helping navigate a team from a 1-7 start to a 7-9 finish.So either there’s a massive disconnect between the public, front-facing persona that a first-time GM is displaying or Adams just wants to wear a new uniform in 2020.It’s not going to be easy for either side, though: Adams wants to be paid top dollar, upwards of $17 million per year (and some reports have said Adams wants more than $20 million per season), while the Jets have little reason to pay him that money in the immediate. While Adams is two-time All Pro, he’s under team control for two more seasons, giving the Jets all the leverage in the world.To that end, it’s apparent that Adams has put the Jets in an impossible situation: The organization clearly admires, respects and appreciates Adams and his talents, but given the uncertainty of the future salary cap, Adams’ reported exorbitant contract demands and his apparent desire to escape from New York, there’s no clear flight path for New York moving forward. Jamal Adams is dead-set on Dallas.In an Instagram video posted over the weekend, someone had spotted the All Pro safety (and potential future former Jet) in his car, when the person asked Adams whether he was “coming to Dallas.”last_img read more

D-Day: Key Ugandan facts ahead of Rio opening ceremony

first_imgGamesGoldSilverBronzeTotal  BronzeLeo Rwabwogo 1968 Mexico City BoxingMen’s flyweight Joshua Cheptegei wins at the World Juniors in 2014. He is one of Uganda’s main medal hopes.PHOTO CREDIT Erik van LeeuwenThe world’s focus turns to Brazil from Friday 23.00GMT (Saturday 02.00am Uganda) when the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics starts.Even though the nations will be read out in Portuguese alphabetical order, Uganda will still be among the last nations to enter the Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro – in 200th place out of 209.The event will combine a formal ceremonial opening, including welcoming speeches, hoisting of the flags and the parade of athletes and an artistic spectacle to showcase the host nation’s culture.Under the games’ protocol, Greece always marches first while  the host country always goes last. For the rest, the parade follows alphabetical order in the local tongue—in the case of the Rio games, Portuguese. South Africa (“Africa do Sul”) moves up to the front while Uganda moves into an even later position.Swimmer  Joshua Ekirikubinza Uganda’s flag bearerUganda will have a lean team at the opening ceremony, as the bulk of the team, the track and field team are still in Uganda. The second batch of 14 leave on Sunday, while the marathoners including Olympic gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich leave a week later. Total2327 Uganda’s best bet for medalsCheptegei – Uganda’s former World and African junior 10000m champion Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei will have two chances to win his first senior medal.Cheptegei together with Juliet Chekwel, are the only Ugandan athletes doing a double and have been blessed by a  well spaced schedule. The 10000 metres finals are among the first events at Rio – with the 5000m starting four days later.Nineteen-year-old Cheptegei, has one of the fastest times in the world this year in the 5000m of 13:00.60 .Kiprotich – He travels to Rio as defending champion and although he does not hold one of the fastest times in the past year, he is in exactly a similar position he was before London.Kiprotich ended Uganda’s  40-year wait for an Olympic gold medal when he stunned Kenyans Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang to win the Marathon in London. Kiprotich became only the second Ugandan to win an Olympic gold medal after John Akii-Bua in Munich 1972. Boxing0314 First Ugandan in actionFirst in action for team Uganda will be light heavyweight boxer Kennedy Katende who climbs into the ring on Sunday August 7 (7pm Uganda time) against Joshua Buatasi of Great Britain. He will be followed 40 minutes later by swimmer Jamila Lunkuse who dives into the pool for the 100m breaststroke Heat 2 on Sunday August 7. 1960 Rome0000  SilverEridadi Mukwanga 1968 Mexico City BoxingMen’s bantamweight 2012 London1001 1968 Mexico City0112 1956 Melbourne0000 1976 Montrealdid not participate  SilverLeo Rwabwogo 1972 Munich BoxingMen’s flyweight Uganda’s history at the game SportGoldSilverBronzeTotal Uganda’s schedule in RioOpening ceremonyFriday, August 5 2016 (Saturday 2.00am Uganda time)Uganda’s flag bearerSwimmer – Joshua EkirikubinzaUganda’s Boxing scheduleKennedy Katende Men’s light vs Britain’s Joshua Buatazi  heavyweight August 7Ronald Serugo Men’s flyweight vs Narek Abgaryan of Armenia August 13Uganda’s Swimming scheduleSunday August 7Jamila Lunkuse 100m breaststrokeThursday August 11Joshua Ekirikubinza Men’s 50 m freestyleUganda’s Athletics scheduleFriday August 12 Day 7Women’s 10000m women finalSaturday August 13 Day 8Women’s 3000m Steeplechase round 110000m men finalSunday August 14 Day 9Women’s marathonMonday August 15 Day 10Men’s 3000m steeplechase round 1Women 3000m steeplecahse finalTuesday August 16 Day 11Women’s 5000m round 1Men’s 1500m round 1Wed August 17 Day Day 12Men’s 5000m round 1women’s 800m round 1Men’s steeplecahse finalThursday August 18 Day 13Men’s 1500m semifinalMen’s 800m semifinalFriday August 19 Day 14women’s 5000m finalSaturday August 20 Day 15Men’s 1500m finalWomen’s 800m finalMen’s 5000m finalSunday August 21 Day 16Men’s Marathon final List of medalists Medals by sport 2004 Athens0000  BronzeDavis Kamoga 1996 Atlanta AthleticsMen’s 400 metres ****What others are up to:China’s policemanChina has sent a policeman to the Rio Olympics to help protect its sporting delegation, media and travelling spectators, state-media said Thursday, after a Chinese hurdler said he had been robbed.The policeman named Shao Weimin, whose official title is temporary police communication officer, arrived in Rio two months ago to prepare for his role, the Beijing News reported.No Pele showBrazil football legend Pele said poor health will prevent him from lighting the Olympic cauldron at the Games’ opening ceremony on Friday as he had hoped to do.“Dear friends, only God is more important than my health!” the 75-year-old said in a statement published by Brazilian media.ProtestsThousands of Brazilians launched angry anti-Olympics protests hours before Friday’s Rio Games opening ceremony in fury at political scandals rattling the host country and the billions spent on the event.Waving signs reading “No to the Olympics!”, a crowd of about 3,000 blocked an avenue outside the luxury Copacabana Palace Hotel where many Olympic athletes are staying.Moroccan boxer heldBrazilian police arrested a Moroccan Olympic boxer on Friday for allegedly sexually assaulting two female cleaners in the athletes’ village in Rio de Janeiro.Officers arrested Hassan Saada, 22, from Casablanca, on suspicion of committing the assault on Wednesday, said a police statement released hours ahead of the Games’ opening ceremony. Uganda’s team of 21Uganda’s team to Rio comprises 17 track and field athletes, two swimmers and two boxers.  Swimmers are Jamila Lunkuse 100m breaststroke, Joshua Ekirikubinza Men’s 50 m freestyle and boxers Kennedy Katende light heavyweight, Ronald Serugo flyweight.Athletics has Juliet Chekwel 5000m/10000m; Stella Chesang 5000m; Peruth Chemutai 3000m steeplechase;  Halimah Nakaayi, Winnie Nanyondo 800m; Adero Nyakisi marathon; Jacob Araptany and Benjamin Kiplagat 3000 m steeplechase; Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei 5000m/ 10000 m; Phillip Kipyego and Jacob Kiplimo 5000m; Jackson Kiprop, Stephen Kiprotich,  Solomon Mutai Marathon;  Ronald Musagala 1500m; Moses Kurong and Timothy Toroitich 10000m  SilverJohn Mugabi 1980 Moscow BoxingMen’s welterweight 2008 Beijing0000 Athletics2013 1988 Seoul0000 Total2327 1984 Los Angeles0000  GoldStephen Kiprotich 2012 London AthleticsMen’s marathon 1980 Moscow0101  GoldJohn Akii-Bua 1972 Munich AthleticsMen’s 400 metre hurdles 1992 Barcelona0000 MedalNameGamesSportEvent 1972 Munich1102 1964 Tokyo0000 2000 Sydney0000 1996 Atlanta0011 US agents all eyesThey stand discreetly in the shadows, eyes keenly on the look-out, as women’s world number one tennis star Serena Williams perfects her blistering forehand at the Rio Olympics.Their presence is low key, but the United States has a team of Diplomatic Security (DS) personnel in Brazil serving in support roles with under-the-cosh local forces.Security has been a major talking point at the Games, which officially open on Friday, with athletes, officials, fans and media from numerous countries reporting they have been victims of crime.LIVEOpening ceremony#OpeningCeremony TweetsShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

USGA Announces Parking and Spectator Guidelines for 115th U.S. Open

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by United States Golf AssociationIn its preparation to conduct the first U.S. Open in the Pacific Northwest, the United States Golf Association has released detailed spectator information that will assist anyone who plans to attend the championship.To be held June 15-21, 2015 at Chambers Bay, a municipal course in University Place, Wash., the 115th U.S. Open Championship will welcome an anticipated 250,000 weekly spectators. The course is located 9 miles west of Tacoma and 39 miles south of Seattle.Included in the 2015 Spectator Guide, found at usopen.com/knowbeforeyougo, is a detailed transportation plan prepared in conjunction with the lead law enforcement agency, the Pierce County Sherriff’s Department, and other local and state agencies. More than 21,000 satellite parking spaces have been secured in the local area, providing the public with free parking and complimentary shuttle service directly to the championship grounds.“The transportation plan for the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay is the result of countless hours and an 18-month collaboration with community officials,” said Hank Thompson, director of U.S. Open administration for the USGA. “We are confident, after hosting many championships in small communities, that this plan will minimize delays for local residents while ensuring safe and orderly parking and shuttle services for all attendees.”Event Parking and Routes to the ChampionshipThe spectator routing system will use more than 150 trail signs deployed throughout the area and 290 shuttle buses to help ensure trouble-free travel to and from the championship.For the week of the U.S. Open Championship, all general spectators traveling by car should follow signs to one of two local, complimentary general spectator parking lots. The RED lot will be located at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup, Wash., and the BLUE Lot will be located at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, Wash. Shuttles will run continuously beginning at 5:30 a.m. each day, and continue for one hour following the conclusion of play.Spectators traveling from points north and east of the City of University Place will be directed to I-5 South, I-405 South and WA-18 West, following championship trail signage to the RED Lot. The shuttle commute to and from the RED Lot and Chambers Bay is expected to take 30 minutes, based on traffic.Spectators departing from points west (Gig Harbor/Key Peninsula) or from points south utilizing I-5 North are advised to proceed to the BLUE Lot, with an anticipated 25-minute commute to and from the course.Spectators and local residents wishing to be dropped off near the championship will utilize the Passenger, Taxi or Limousine Drop-Off Zone, located at Sunset Primary School, accessed via Beckonridge Drive. Only 12-passenger and smaller vehicles are permitted to utilize the Drop-Off Zone. From the school, spectators will have a short five to10-minute walk to access Gate 2.No spectator or disabled spectator parking will be available in the immediate vicinity of the golf course. All other parking is by permit only. Parking restrictions surrounding the championship grounds and within the City of University Place will be closely monitored and enforced. Information on road closures will be released at a later date.Handicap-accessible parking spaces will be available at all championship parking areas for vehicles displaying appropriate HP/DP license plates or placards. Individuals requiring lift-equipped transportation are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office at 1-800-698-0661 to obtain additional information.Groups of spectators arriving at the championship by private coach bus or mini bus will be directed by law enforcement personnel to drop off passengers at the RED Lot (Washington State Fairgrounds), where U.S. Open shuttles will be available for transportation to and from the championship.2015 U.S. Open Spectator GuidelinesApproximately 18,000 grandstand seats will be located at strategic viewing areas throughout the golf course. Due to limited viewing along rope lines, spectators will be encouraged to utilize grandstand seating to view golf rather than following a specific group. The championship grounds at Chambers Bay have significant elevation changes and uneven surfaces, and proper footwear will be recommended.All spectators and championship attendees will go through security screening prior to entering the championship grounds. A detailed list of prohibited items is included within the 2015 U.S. Open Spectator Guide, such as signs, food and beverage containers, oversized chairs and coolers. Bags or backpacks should be no larger than 6 inches wide by 6 inches tall by 6 inches deep in their natural state. Transparent bags no larger than 12 inches wide by 12 inches tall by six inches deep will be permitted.Mobile devices smaller than 7 inches will be permitted inside the championship grounds, as well as empty transparent, clear plastic water bottles no larger than 24 ounces in capacity. Cameras can only be used during practice rounds, Monday through Wednesday. Spectators can review course maps and complete guidelines in the 115th U.S. Open Spectator Guide.Limited Tickets Still Available.Tickets remain for all practice-round days, including a three-day Gallery practice-round ticket package for $100 per person. Daily Gallery practice-round tickets start at $50 for Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday and range up to $250 for a daily 1895 Club ticket. Buyers can purchase up to four tickets per day. Limited corporate hospitality packages are available for all championship days.More information about the championship can be found on the recently redesigned usga.org. The official championship website, usopen.com, will launch on April 27, and the official U.S. Open app on June 12. The championship will be broadcast live on Fox and Fox Sports 1 in the United States.About the USGAThe USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches, attracting players and fans from more than 160 countries. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, equipment standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s reach is global with a working jurisdiction in the United States, its territories and Mexico, serving more than 25 million golfers and actively engaging 150 golf associations.The USGA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and its ongoing “For the Good of the Game” grants program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org.last_img read more