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

Cricket News WATCH: Shehan Jayasuriya, Kusal Mendis Collide Near Boundary During T20I Match Against Kiwis

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Sri Lanka cricketers Shehan Jayasuriya and Kusal Mendis collided during the second T20 International match against New Zealand. It was the final over where New Zealand requires seven runs of the six balls.The collision was such drastic that both the players instantly fall on the ground while trying to catch the ball at the long-on. It was Mitchell Santner who lofted the delivery for a boundary, however, Shehan took the catch but his body touched the rope and it was declared four runs by the field umpire.The official Twitter handle of New Zealand Cricket wrote, “Drama in the deep! A great catch from Jayasuriya but he collides with his teammate and goes over the boundary. Santner awarded SIX. Receiving medical attention now, hopefully all ok’’.This is not the first time that these two players and suffered injuries on the field, recently, both Mendis and Jayasuriya fell of the bikes while taking a victory lap inside R Premadasa Stadium.The guards and groundsmen on the stadium rushed to the cricketers because the duo struggled to get well from the autumn.The third T20I between Sri Lanka and New Zealand to be played on Friday in Kandy.last_img read more

Syracuse football: Beat writers predict outcome of game vs. Connecticut

first_img Published on September 23, 2016 at 10:56 pm Syracuse (1-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) goes on the road to face Connecticut (2-1, 0-1 American Athletic) on Saturday at 1 p.m. Here’s how our beat writers think the game will unfold.Tomer Langer (0-0)Syracuse 28, Connecticut 27Survive and AdvanceThe Orange has had two beatdowns in the past two weeks, leaving head coach Dino Babers to say he was feeling down after the rough stretch. The Orange’s offense was disappointing last week, scoring 17 points in the first quarter and then just three the rest of the way. I think SU’s offense will still be a bit inconsistent in its first road test, but it’ll do just enough to escape Connecticut with a win.Chris Libonati (3-0)Syracuse 31, Connecticut 17Dog FightThis is a bit of a toss-up for me, but I think Syracuse’s offense is better than Connecticut’s defense. Essentially, I think this becomes Dino Babers’ coaching strengths against Bob Diaco’s. So far, no one’s been able to 100 percent shut down Syracuse (USF came closest in the final three quarters). Although SU should be expected to win this game, it’s also not a gimme, and if it does win, it should at put SU on the very fringe area of bowl contention.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJon Mettus (3-0)Syracuse 24, Connecticut 17UConn’t do itWhile Syracuse hasn’t played a game closer than 25 points, each one of Connecticut’s games has come down to the final minutes and been decided by six or less. Ultimately, these two teams are pretty even when you consider SU’s injuries and propensity for mistakes. Call me crazy, but I think Syracuse’s defense will hold up for the most part and the offense will be able to do enough in the first half to get a lead big enough to keep. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Related Stories Syracuse football opponent preview: What to know about Connecticutlast_img read more