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

Bosch sees ‘remarkable’ potential in German pension-reform proposal

first_imgAt Bosch Group, the concept of zero-guarantee pensions for new entries into its €3.2bn Pensionsfonds was introduced last year and then expanded to cover people retiring from 1 January 2016.Müllerleile said Bosch founded its change of the pension plan on a solid agreement with worker representatives.The legal framework for the amendments were later to be known as “Lex Bosch”; it is, in fact, an amendment to the law governing Pensionsfonds from 2015, allowing these vehicles to offer non-insurance-based plans for retirees.  “We have used the same cooperation between employer and employee representatives in amending our pension promises, which is now under debate for industry-wide pension plans at the federal level,” Müllerleile said.He said the changes to the Bosch pension plan had been well received by workers and highlighted the importance of “proper communication”.In a statement on the legal changes in 2015, Bosch pointed out that, if guarantees for new retirees were not made more flexible, workers would face a 17% cut in their pensions due to lower guaranteed returns in the current market.Müllerleile said the government’s new proposal was “well-balanced”, as a pure defined contribution approach, combined with supervisory measures and a collective vehicle, would serve the needs of both companies and workers.He added one note of caution, however, on the new law’s implementation. “With regard to the exceptionally important implementation of IORP II for occupational pension vehicles, it has to be made sure that in the final law that no guarantees could trigger the application of Solvency II regulations to occupational pensions,” he said. The association for company pension plans (VFPK) voiced similar concerns when the government first presented its ideas last year.However, in its statement regarding the most recent draft for the new law, it said its initial fears had been allayed. Hansjörg Müllerleile, director at Bosch Group, has welcomed German government reform proposals calling for the introduction of pensions without guarantees into the country’s second-pillar system.“The draft,” he told IPE, “opens up remarkable ways for expanding occupational pensions without abandoning trusted principles.”Last week, the government put its reform proposal (Betriebsrentenstärkungsgesetz) out for consultation.The draft outlines plans for industry-wide pension funds without guarantees, either within existing schemes or new vehicles to be set up by social partners.last_img read more

If we can pick our gender, why not our age?

first_imgDisclaimer: Hat Tip (and a fair bit of cut and paste) from: http://thefederalist.com/2014/03/27/if-we-can-pick-our-gender-can-we-pick-our-age-our-race/Facebook offers a mass selection of more than 50 genders to choose from when you sign up.So why doesn’t Facebook let us select our date of birth as well? After all, both our sex and our age are “assigned” to us at birth. If you “identify” yourself as younger or older than the “official” calendar says you are, you face discrimination by the state, by employers, by schools, and the whole array of ageist organisations and clubs and restaurants, etc., that provide you only one option when it comes to age or date of birth.And they stick you with it for life.Your gender identity – apparently – is your perception of yourself as either “male, female, or something else.” All backed up by the American Psychological Association. In fact, some activists will say that gender identity means your perception of yourself as “male, female, both, or neither.”Yet there are no doubt millions of people who perceive themselves a different age than what was assigned to them at birth. Every single NZ’er must abide by the age assigned to them by their birth certificate. This perpetuates continued discrimination in the workplace, at schools, and in all areas of life where people might look at us funny or make unfair assumptions when we say we’re one age and they see us as another.And while we’re there, what about individuals who are discriminated against on the basis of their racial or ethnic identity. Should those who perceive themselves as Maori or South African be discriminated against just because the world perceives them as white or Pacific Islander?Over 99% of the population is born with distinctive physical characteristics that are either male or female. But 100% of the population is born at a distinct time that forces an identity of age on them, whether they like it or not. Worse, we are not permitted to change that date on our birth certificates. This puts us all at a definite disadvantage with transgendered individuals who are already given the privilege of determining their gender on their NZ passport or driver’s licence or which prison you serve your time in.Do you feel you need an example of age identity discrimination? I’m what some people would call “old.”That’s a slur.Hate speech.I identify as younger than the age I was assigned at birth. A couple of decades actually.So I’ll be sending out invitations for my 21st shortly.Again.last_img read more

DAPD to host national consultation on Monday

first_img 12 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img LocalNews DAPD to host national consultation on Monday by: – April 28, 2012 Share Participants during the National Educational Campaign held in Roseau on March 14th, 2012.The Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD Inc.) in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs will on Monday host a national consultation on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This national consultation is part of the organization’s public education drive to inform citizens of the importance of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and to urge the Dominica government to ratify that convention.A press release from the organization indicates that the objectives of the national educational campaign which began in September of 2011 were to; • To enable persons with disabilities to understand the various articles and other components of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the Optional Protocol.• To sensitize the general public on the need to promote and protect the human rights and dignity of persons with disabilities, as provided for in the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.• To solicit support from the Dominican citizenry for government’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The organization has invited persons with disabilities, agencies working with persons with disabilities, civil society organizations, faith based organizations, the private and public sector and political parties to the consultation which is scheduled to commence from 9am at the Public Service Union Centre on Valley Road.The DAPD intends to me with the Cabinet to formally request that the Convention be ratified.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Inter ready to bring Nainggolan back

first_img “We were convinced that with him, we could recover the money spent by the improvement his presence would bring in the other players. “There’s no point talking about whether or not Radja will be with Cagliari next season, because he still has two years on his contract with Inter and it’s not up to us.” read also:Nou Camp clash: Roma suffer Nainggolan injury blow Meanwhile, there are numerous reports in Italy that Antonio Conte is ready to give Nainggolan another chance, having frozen him out of the squad with Mauro Icardi in pre-season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Multiple reports suggest Radja Nainggolan will be welcomed back to Inter next season, as Cagliari director Marcello Carli admits ‘it’s not up to us.’ Promoted Content8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Most Evil Female Characters In Disney Movies20 Historical Things You Won’t Believe Actually HappenedBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World Loading… The midfielder was purchased from Roma for €38m plus Nicolò Zaniolo in the summer of 2018, but sent out on loan to Sardinia only a year later. “Bringing in Nainggolan was outside of the usual plans because we considered him a show-stopping player who could help raise the overall level of the squad,” director of sport Carli told Sky Sport Italia.Advertisementlast_img read more

Three area schools receive top rankings nationally

first_imgMilan High School, Batesville High School, and North Decatur Jr./Sr. High were all recently named in the Best High Schools Nationally for 2020 by US News and World Report and the top 100 in the state. U.S. News ranked approximately 17,790 public high schools out of more than 24,000 reviewed. This is the count of public high schools that had a 12th-grade enrollment of 15 or greater or otherwise had sufficient enrollment in other high school grades during the 2017-2018 school year to be analyzed. Each of these schools received this designation based on how well students performed academically, their exceptional graduation rate, and how well the school prepared students for college based on AP testing.last_img

Breaking: Nigeria Para-Powerlifting Federation President resigns

first_imgRelatedPosts Suspended President of Nigeria’s Para-Powerlifting Federation banned for life Sports Minister, others caused my resignation, World Cup hitches — Ex- NPPF President Enugu emerges host of 2020 Para-Powerlifting World Cup Queen Uboh, President, Nigerian Para-Powerlifting Federation, has resigned after successfully hosting the Abuja 2020 Para-Powerlifting World championship. Uboh announced her resignation on Friday night during the closing ceremony of the World Championship at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. Efforts by journalists to speak to the President on the reasons behind her resignation were unsuccessful as officials of the body denied journalists access to her. She promised to issue a statement at a later date to explain reasons for her action. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the seven-day Abuja 2020 Para-Powerlifting World Championship, which ended on Friday in Abuja, featured athletes from Georgia, Ghana, Egypt, Cameroon. Others came from Italy, Libya, Maldova, Ivory Coast Guinea Bissau, Kenya and Brazil.Tags: Nigeria Para-Powerlifting FederationQueen Ubohlast_img read more

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Okowa adopts Okagbare, Ese Brume, four others

first_imgRelatedPosts Oginibu: How Gbagi was vindicated at last, by Efe Nathaniel Akpobome Delta speaks on ‘new academic calendar’ for schools Case for Kenneth Gbagi: Connecting the dots for a greater Delta, by Godspower Michael-Eyakwaire The Adopt-an-Athlete initiative of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development under the leadership of the Minister, Sunday Dare, has continued to attract more private and public sector partnerships. The latest of such is the Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, who has opted to sponsor six Olympic-bound Nigerian athletes. This multiple adoption has become the single biggest boost to the campaign of the ministry to seek support for Nigeria’s athletes to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The athletes are Ese Brume, Blessing Okagbare, Divine Oduduru, Raymond Ekevwo, Itshekiri Usheorise, Ogho Oghene Egwero and Divine Oduduru. The Governor of Delta State was recently decorated with an award of honour for his support for sports development. The state had before now hosted the Africa Senior Athletics Championship in 2018 and the qualifying series of the Super Eagles of Nigeria and as well the Olympic team under Imama Amapakabo to mention but a few. The state also remains at the forefront of sporting excellence in the country, emerging overall champions in the last sport festival held in Abuja.Tags: Blessing OkagbareDelta StateEse BrumeIfeanyi OkowaTokyo 2020 Olympicslast_img read more

Ancelotti: Title is big ask for LVG

first_img “They signed really good players this year but to build a team is not so easy,” Ancelotti told a press conference on the eve of Real’s friendly against United in Ann Arbor. “The Premier League is a very competitive league and it will not be easy to win it the first year because there are a lot of teams who are really competitive and they want to win.” Ancelotti dodged a question on whether he was approached by United following Moyes’ sacking. “These are rumours that usually happen to the manager,” he said. The former Chelsea manager thinks the United hierarchy chose wisely when they appointed Van Gaal, though. “He is a good, very experienced manager,” Ancelotti added. “He had a fantastic experience in all the countries he worked in and he will do a fantastic job at Manchester United. “He had a fantastic World Cup with Holland and is a manager that doesn’t have anything to learn.” Van Gaal has been tasked with bringing the glory years back to United following last year’s seventh-place finish under David Moyes. Ancelotti did the double in his first season at Chelsea but, even though he rates Van Gaal highly, the Italian thinks it will be difficult for the Dutchman to lift the trophy at the first time of asking. Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has told Louis van Gaal he will find it extremely hard to win the title with Manchester United next season. The build-up to Saturday’s game has been dominated by talk of potential incomings and outgoings at the European Champions. Ancelotti said there was “no news” about Angel Di Maria, the Argentina winger who has been linked with United and Paris St Germain. “Angel will come back on August 5 as was scheduled before the World Cup,” Ancelotti said. The Italian dodged questions about the futures of goalkeeper Diego Lopez, who could leave if, as expected, Keylor Navas signs for the European champions. The former Chelsea boss also refused to give any details about Raul, Real’s record-appearance maker, who is reported to on the verge of rejoining the club in an executive role. “I don’t have any news about Raul or this topic,” Ancelotti said. Ancelotti did, finally, relay some information to the gathered media – about Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese will not play against his former employers, Ancelotti said, as he is still lacking fitness following a month off. “We want to use him in the Super Cup so we won’t risk him (on Saturday),” the Real Madrid manager said. Saturday’s game against the Red Devils on the outskirts of Detroit seems somewhat inferior to the clashes Ancelotti has enjoyed against United with Chelsea, Juventus and AC Milan. But, given that over 109,000 are expected to attend, Ancelotti is looking forward to what he expects to be a tough match. “It is never a friendly with Manchester United,” the 55-year-old said. “We are happy and honoured to play. It’s the last game of our tour. “We want to go finish well and go back to prepare for the Super Cup. “We need to play a good game on Saturday because we are playing a really fantastic team.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Anthony Martial at the double as Manchester United come back for victory

first_imgAnthony Martial continued his dream start to life at Manchester United as he scored twice in their comeback victory at Southampton. Press Association David De Gea, so nearly a late departure in the transfer window, also shone for United, with one save from Jose Fonte in particular key to the win. The visitors started poorly as their defence failed to cope with the movement from Southampton’s front four and it was only a matter of time before they were made to pay. The challenge for Daley Blind at centre-back was always going to come from Pelle, so good in the air, and the Italian got the better of their first aerial dual to set away a Southampton attack that ended with Dusan Tadic firing just wide. Marcos Rojo did well to clear a Tadic cross away from the onrushing James Ward-Prowse as Saints started to turn the screw. And it was from the very next attack that the home side opened the scoring as Ward-Prowse’s perfect centre was turned towards goal by Sadio Mane, with De Gea only able to push his save into the direction of Pelle who made no mistake in tucking away the rebound. United were in no way a cohesive unit in defence and more sloppy play saw Pelle played in behind but this time his effort came back off the post. Morgan Schneiderlin’s aimless header was collected by Mata, who was in an offside position, and as he ran into the box he was well challenged by Yoshida with the ball falling to Martial – who showed composure to control and finish well to level the game. A short corner routine saw Schneiderlin get away a shot that was deflected behind as United began to enjoy a sustained period of pressure for the first time in the game. Last year it was Robin van Persie who scored twice in a narrow win for Louis van Gaal’s side at St Mary’s but now United supporters have a new hero as their £36million deadline-day signing continued his impressive start to life in the Premier League. Graziano Pelle scored the first and last goals of the game but Martial levelled before the break and benefited from a lapse in concentration from Maya Yoshida to put United in front early after the break, with Juan Mata also on the scoresheet in the 3-2 win. Van Gaal’s side were ahead five minutes into the second half as Yoshida played a tame back-pass towards Maarten Stekelenburg which Martial latched onto before slotting home to turn the game around. The mistake from the Japan defender seemed to breed indecision in the Saints back four and it was skipper Jose Fonte who was next to surrender possession – with Memphis Depay screwing a shot just wide. Fonte came close to drawing the hosts level but his near-post header from Tadic’s corner was superbly pushed away by De Gea. And it proved to be a timely save as United began to show that Van Gaal’s possession-based football does have its benefits as they kept the ball well and were soon two goals clear. Depay found space in the box after the visitors had passed Southampton to death, drilling an effort off the post with Mata on hand to convert the rebound and all but kill off the contest. Mata and Depay both missed the target with free-kicks won by the bustling Martial and the final four minutes was made more interesting as Pelle headed home his second after smart work from Mane. With five minutes of injury time remaining there was still time for De Gea to again show why he is so vital to United as the Spaniard palmed Victor Wanyama’s shot behind for a corner while at full stretch. That was the last chance for Southampton who could not muster up another – with the three points taking United up to second place in the table with only neighbours Man City ahead of them. TWEET OF THE MATCH @usainbolt: “ManUtd don’t play with the game.. We need these 3 points” – sprint ace and United fan Usain Bolt was edgy in the closing stages. PLAYER RATINGS Southampton – Maarten Stekelenburg: 6 (out of 10) Maya Yoshida: 5 Jose Fonte: 6 Virgil van Dijk: 6 Matt Targett: 6 Victor Wanyama: 7 Oriol Romeu: 7 James Ward-Prowse: 7 Sadio Mane: 7 Dusan Tadic: 6 Graziano Pelle: 8 Substitutes – Cuco Martina: 6 Steve Davis: 6 Shane Long: 6 Manchester United – David De Gea: 9 Matteo Darmian: 6 Chris Smalling: 6 Daley Blind: 5 Marcos Rojo: 6 Michael Carrick: 6 Morgan Schneiderlin: 7 Memphis Depay: 7 Wayne Rooney: 6 Juan Mata: 7 Anthony Martial: 9 Substitutes – Antonio Valencia: 6 Bastian Schweinsteiger: 7 Paddy McNair: 6 STAR PLAYER Anthony Martial: Kept his role as United’s main striker despite the return of Rooney and continued where he left off against Liverpool. Was not always involved in the contest but showed such composure to draw United level before being alert enough to add his second shortly after half-time. Starting to pay off that hefty transfer fee already. MOMENT OF THE MATCH David De Gea: Some blamed Sergio Romero for both goals United conceded in defeat at Swansea but De Gea is now back between the sticks and his save from Fonte in the second half showed why he is considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world. As good as a goal for the Red Devils, who again had their Spanish number one to thank for playing a key role in a win. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Neither Louis van Gaal nor Ronald Koeman has ever tasted home league success over the other and their simmering rivalry continued with old master van Gaal coming out on top. Koeman would have been disappointed to surrender a lead his side should have built upon whereas the United boss saw his side move up to second in the table after a comeback victory. MOAN OF THE MATCH Wayne Rooney still is not quite at it for United this season. Van Gaal deployed his skipper in the hole behind Martial but he was a peripheral figure for much of the game and was never a goal threat. The pressure of getting the goals has been taken off of his shoulders but he will need to show he still contributes to the side in other ways. WHO’S UP NEXT MK Dons v Southampton (Capital One Cup, September 23) Man Utd v Ipswich (Capital One Cup, September 23) United’s former Southampton midfielder Schneiderlin said: “It was strange to go to the away dressing room but I’m a Manchester United player today and I’m very happy with the victory. “We know Premier League games are never finished and we could have done better with the second goal – but Anthony is an amazing talent.” Saints defender Fonte, denied by De Gea, added on Sky Sports One: “I thought it was in but unfortunately he showed why he is considered one of the best in the world. “I’m disappointed with the way we conceded the goals. I thought we could have done better with the first and the second was a mistake – it can happen but we lost our way a little bit after that.” last_img read more