Enacted bill includes pandemic, food safety money

first_imgMar 12, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – In passing a huge spending bill this week to cover the next 6 months, Congress approved pandemic preparedness funds that had been proposed by former President Bush and increased appropriations for food safety, according to a health advocacy group.The $410 billion bill was passed by the Senate Feb 10, following earlier House approval, and signed by President Barack Obama yesterday. It funds numerous government agencies for the rest of fiscal year 2009, which ends Sep 30.The measure includes more than $700 million in pandemic spending that Bush had sought for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), but none of that is for state and local public health agencies, according to Richard Hamburg, government affairs director for the nonprofit group Trust for America’s Health.The bill also includes $648.7 million for food safety efforts at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which represents a $141 million increase from the 2008 level, Hamburg reported. In addition, Congress approved $971.5 million for the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), an increase of $41 million over the 2008 amount, he said.The HHS pandemic funding includes $425 million for vaccine production capacity, $42 million for production of egg-based vaccines, and $40 million for medical countermeasures for HHS staff members and contractors, according to Hamburg.Also included is $156 million for ongoing pandemic-related activities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is $1.4 million more than the agency received in 2008, he said. In addition, the office of the HHS secretary is to receive $78 million for pandemic activities, up from $75 million in 2008, he said.Hamburg said he hadn’t seen the breakdown of amounts for other agencies, but he expects that the FDA and the National Institutes of Health will get about the same amounts of pandemic-related funding as in 2008—$38 million and $34 million, respectively.Also included in the legislation is $3 million for research by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on flu transmission and respiratory protection from flu viruses, Hamburg reported. The bill calls for NIOSH to evaluate filtering facepiece respirators and other types of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers and to work on designing the next generation of PPE, he said.He noted that the allocation follows an Institute of Medicine report in 2008 that cited a critical need for more information on airborne transmission of flu. He didn’t think the money was part of the Bush administration’s 2009 budget proposal.On the food safety front, the $141 million increase for the FDA goes mainly to the agency’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), according to Hamburg. Overall, the FDA is getting a $325 million budget increase from 2008, which raises its total funding for 2009 to nearly $2 billion, he said.A CFSAN spokesman said today he had no information yet on how the increased funding for food safety will be spent.As for the proposed 2010 budget, the Obama administration has released only a general outline so far; said Hamburg: “We expect to see more detailed information on pandemic [funding] in early April.”Pandemic preparedness advocates had hoped Congress would include pandemic funds for state and local health departments in the economic stimulus bill passed in February. The House approved $900 million for that purpose, but it was stripped from the final bill.See also:Feb 13 CIDRAP News story “Stimulus bill headed for passage minus pandemic funds”last_img read more

Dungarven Dr, Brinsmead home ready for new family to move in

first_img17 Dungarvan St, Brinsmead.“I’ll miss everything about the place. We have such a nice family space and wonderful neighbours. Brinsmead is a lovely area. I used to go walking a lot and felt completely safe.”LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill agent Kim Ryan said a separate rumpus room with both internal and external access was also a key feature of the home.“There is a well-appointed kitchen with an abundance of storage and quality appliances including an induction cooktop,” she said.“The generously sized bedrooms each have built-in wardrobes and the master bedroom is complete for any couple with a walk-through robe and ensuite. The main bathroom also has shower over a deep spa bath.”Other features of the house include an internal laundry with additional storage, a separately fenced 70,000L swimming pool and spa which is solar heated, lush landscaped grounds, and a level lawn complete with pop up lawn sprinklers.Other practical features include full airconditioning, security screens, fenced sides and a 791sq m rear yard with added bonus of no rear neighbour. 17 Dungarvan St, Brinsmead.A STUNNING family home in one of Cairns’ leafiest suburbs is set to attract plenty of interest when it goes up for auction next month.Leonie Lindner has lived in the 17 Dungarvan Dr property for 17 years and while the decision to downsize from the family home was difficult, she said it would be a perfect place to raise young children.“We are staying in Cairns, but my husband has retired, the kids have grown and we thought we’d get an apartment because we want to travel,” Ms Lindner said.“The best part of the house is probably the pool area and the back veranda. 17 Dungarvan St, Brinsmead.There are 18 solar panels which help keep electricity bills down, plenty of off-street parking and a double garden shed.The home will go to auction on site on Saturday, March 10, at 10.30am, but offers will be considered before that date.center_img 17 Dungarvan St, Brinsmead.“We have had lots of parties there and celebrated the kids’ birthdays. We just had my family up and we had a gathering there.“It’s a lovely area, too. I love the neighbourhood. It was a big decision to make. It’s definitely a family home.”Within walking distance to Goomboora Park, park, and other neighbourhood parks just a stone’s throw from Dungarvan St, any family would appreciate the chance to let the kids or dog run wild nearby.The four-bedroom, two-bathroom, two-car garage property looks deceiving from the front.A sprawling living, dining and kitchen area spills out onto an entertaining area and the single-level home has been completely modernised. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“Don’t be put off by the front – the house goes a long way back,” Ms Lindner said. “You don’t have a to do a thing to it, we’ve completely done it up. last_img read more

The top 100 funniest fantasy football team names

first_img Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/dd/6d/juan-mata-man-utd-2018_1nbxurxy2bvim1jr9a4nyx4yy5.jpg?t=-1903419841&w=500&quality=80 49. Silence of the Lahms48. Hit Me Bebe One More Time47. Pjanic at the Disco46. You Petr Cech Yourself45. Pepe Pig44. For Fuchs Sake43. Tinchy Sneijder42. Obi-Wan Iwobi41. One Flew Over Lukaku’s Nest40. When Harry Met Alli 39. Expected Toulouse38. Dukes of Hazard37. Willian Dollar Baby36. Enter Shaqiri35. Chicken Tikka Mo Salah34. Game of Stones33. Giroud Let the Dogs out?32. Fiorentina Turner31. All the Smallings30. Gylfi Pleasures As Premier League fantasy football games get under way ahead of the new season, Goal is here to save you some time and energy.We’ve collected the 50 funniest (family friendly) fantasy football team names. Have a quick read of these and you’ll have your fantasy football side sorted in no time!100. Teenage Ninja Skrtels99. Only Kruls & Horses98. Purple Reina97. Hakuna Juan Mata96. Top Dier95. Bony & Clyde94. Ibe Gotta Feeling93. Batshuayi Crazy92. My Little Bony91. Two’s Kompany90. Best Ings In Life Are Free89. Delph & Safety88. Earth, Wind & Maguire87. Citizen Kane86. Krul Intentions85. Giroud Awakening84. Sarri, Not Sarri83. Goals Aloud82. Cry Me a River Plate81. Dynamo Chicken Kiev80. Cameroon Diaz79. Ivory Toast78. Diego Costa Coffee77. Lads On Toure76. No Kane, No Gain75. Luke KyleWalker74. Obi Wan-Bissaka73. Krul and the Gang72. Jurgener Believers71. Alisson Wonderland70. Dolly Barton69. Gangster’s Allardyce68. Crouch Potato67. The Big Lewandowski66. Olympique Mayonnaise65. Chiellini Con Carne64. Bilbao Baggins63. Top of the Klopps62. Come Digne With Me61. Kings of Leon Osman60. Curious Jorginho59. Deeney in a Bottle58. Turkish De Ligt57. Tea & Busquets56. Pique and the Bruyne55. Dzeko and the Bunnymen54. The Cesc Pistols53. TAA Very Much52. Moves Like Agger51. Sonic Huth50. Neuer Gonna Give You Up 29. Kroos Control28. Murder on Zidane’s floor27. The Zarate Kid26. Bacuna Matata25. Pique Blinders24. Baines on Toast23. Blink-1 Eto’o22. The Passion of the Cruyff21. Egg Fried Reus20. How I Met Your Mata 19. Dirty Sanchez18. Absolutely Fabregas17. Cesc and the City16. Balotelli-Tubbies15. Boom Xhakalaka14. Neville Wears Prada13. Klopps and Robbers12. No Weimann No Cry11. Lord of the Ings10. Guns ’N Moses Getty https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/d3/0/manuel-neuer-germany_1m5vs5sfucd2m1bo0vaw3x7mg1.jpg?t=-2021173533&w=500&quality=80 Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/8e/81/adam-lallana-liverpool-2018-19_oyxtf1qlmjnz19ezitdrzlu3h.jpg?t=-1521985739&w=500&quality=80 Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/5e/d1/victor-moses-chelsea_lvduj1zq57p51ocvq8fpr1l9o.jpg?t=2072531096&w=500&quality=80 9. Ayew Ready?8. The Wizard of Ozil7. Flying Without Ings6. Benteke Fried Chicken5. Show Me Da Mane4. Game of Throw-ins3. Ctrl Alt De Laet2. Who Ate All Depays?1. Lallanas in Pyjamas Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/bf/6f/dele-alli-harry-kane-tottenham_18a4p3xyydp8y1tfpbs3zbpu4g.jpg?t=-1635364589&w=500&quality=80 You’ve signed up to play fantasy football, carefully selected your squad, designed a kit and then… the dreaded team name screen hits you.We’ve all been there – spending far, far longer than is healthy trying to devise some kind of witty football-related pun with which to draw a laugh or two from the rest of the league. Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/4b/3e/gylfi-sigurdsson-everton_ut7i6yu5y3m51xwqs7mp4nj1w.jpg?t=514856439&w=500&quality=80last_img read more