More than 22,600 cases of WNV in horses were reported between 1999, when the virus first surfaced in North America, and the end of 2004, the USDA said. About a third of horses that fall ill with the mosquito-borne virus die or must be euthanized. The DNA technology used to develop the vaccine is serving as the foundation for an experimental human WNV vaccine, the CDC said. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) announced the launch of a small clinical trial of the vaccine in April of this year. The NIAID is developing the vaccine in collaboration with Vical Inc. of San Diego. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said it issued a license for the vaccine to Fort Dodge Laboratories, Fort Dodge, Iowa. The CDC helped the company develop the vaccine. “This is truly an exciting innovation and an incredible scientific breakthrough that has potential benefits far beyond preventing West Nile virus in horses,” CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding said in a news release. “This science will allow for the development of safer and more effective human and animal vaccines more quickly.” DNA vaccines are less vulnerable to changes in temperature, a major asset for vaccination campaigns in developing countries. The CDC said DNA vaccines offer important advantages over traditional vaccines: Apr 20 CIDRAP News story on human trial of WNV DNA vaccinehttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/other/wnv/news/april2005westnile.html Fort Dodge expects to make the vaccine commercially available to veterinarians early in 2006, the CDC reported. The USDA said researchers are continuing to assess how long the protection afforded by the vaccine lasts. Once a vaccine model for an organism is developed, it can be adapted fairly quickly for similar organisms, which can be a major advantage in an emerging epidemic. Jul 21, 2005 (CIDRAP News) Federal officials say a new West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine for horses, licensed this week, represents a breakthrough that may lead to important benefits for human vaccine development. Work on the new vaccine began about 5 years ago at the CDC’s branch in Fort Collins, Colo. In clinical studies, the vaccine protected horses from WNV-related illness without causing any major side effects. The USDA’s Center for Veterinary Biologics determined that the vaccine’s safety and efficacy have been satisfactorily demonstrated. The way the USDA explained it, “Traditional vaccine development involves either passing a disease-producing virus through a different species or cell type until it no longer causes disease but does create immunity, or by killing the virus in such a manner that allows it to produce immunity but no disease in the recipient. DNA vaccines, by contrast, use specific fragments of a pathogen’s unique genetic material to stimulate a targeted immune response from the host.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the vaccine is the world’s first licensed DNA vaccineone that uses small pieces of the target virus’s genetic material instead of using a weakened or killed form of the whole virus. Two other WNV vaccines for horses are licensed and commercially available now, according to the Center for Equine Health at the University of California, Davis. Fort Dodge Animal Health makes an inactivated (killed virus) vaccine, while Merial makes a live vaccine based on a canarypox virus. See also: USDA announcementhttp://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/news/2005/07/wnvdna_vs.html In addition, horses that have received a DNA vaccine can be distinguished from those that have been naturally infected, which is helpful for disease surveillance, the CDC said. CDC news releasehttp://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/r050718.htm
Over the past year, Google has introduced more of its own travel brands into search results, directed more traffic to its consolidated travel sites, and integrated most of its travel products into Google Maps. Shift. When asked about Google’s influence on Expedition, Okerstrom explained how Google is installing new modules in its search engine, thus directing more and more users to brands such as Google Hotel and Google Flight, which has not been the case so far. He added that the moves resulted in “traffic changes“For the Expedition. Source / photo: Skift Last week, TripAdvisor commented on the fact that revenues in most of their business, officially called “Hotels, Media and Platform”, fell 12 percent in the third quarter, compared to last year, to $ 238 million. “We believe that our biggest challenge is Google’s ‘pushing’ its own hotel brands into search results, thereby diverting quality traffic that would otherwise find its way to TripAdvisor via free links and generating high earnings from click-based ads.”, They said from TripAdvisor. For its part, Expedia Group intends to encourage direct booking – new Instagram and Facebook influencer campaigns have been mentioned, as well as brand advertising – and strengthen its loyalty programs. TripAdvisor, on the other hand, plans to limit costs and develop hotel and media products that are not based on click revenue, and step up personalization development. Expedia Group CEO Mark Ockerstrom said Google is taking over “more and more revenue per visitor and I think that’s the reality of the world on the Internet and the importance of Google at the top of that funnel”. Both Ockerstrom and Kaufer complain that their organic and free links are falling further and further on the list of search results on Google because the largest Internet search engine favors their own travel brands. The CEOs of TripAdvisor and Expedia Group last week discussed how Google’s practice of directing search traffic negatively impacts their business in the third quarter.
Topics : Garcia is one of over 70,000 medical workers to catch the coronavirus in Mexico, where the pandemic death toll is now the third-highest worldwide, behind the United States and Brazil.Government data indicates that healthcare workers’ risk of dying is four times higher than in the United States, and eight times higher than in Brazil.”The coronavirus has hit healthworkers all over the world, but it’s been especially bad in Mexico,” said Alejandro Macias, an epidemiologist who spearheaded Mexico’s response to the 2009 swine flu pandemic.Staff have had to buy their own equipment, often in informal marketplaces and of substandard quality, Macias said. The government has said there were shortcomings in equipment provision early on but says it has worked hard to protect workers and flown in vital equipment from China and the United States. It also accuses past administrations of letting the health service deteriorate.Mexico’s deputy health minister and coronavirus czar, Hugo Lopez-Gatell, said in July that many of the nurses and doctors who died of the virus had pre-existing medical conditions, and that some did not use protective gear in “optimal fashion.”In Mexico, 19% of confirmed infections are of medical staff, almost three times the global average, according to figures from the International Council of Nurses and the Mexican National Association of Doctors and Nurses.The plight of healthworkers is complicating efforts to contain the outbreak, which has killed close to 50,000 people in Mexico, battered the economy and cost millions of jobs.Garcia, 48, said in an interview that he believes he was one of about a dozen medical staff indirectly infected by a patient who arrived at the Lomas Verdes hospital with coronavirus symptoms and later died.”They’ve been very irresponsible with us,” he said, referring to his employer and its alleged failure to provide protective equipment.The hospital’s director, Gilberto Meza, said that 213 Lomas Verdes staff had contracted the virus. Citing an epidemiological study he said the hospital had conducted, he said that all were infected outside the facility.He said all staff had received goggles, face shields and masks. He declined to say when they were provided.Garcia and his family survived and he is now back at work. But the two weeks they had coronavirus symptoms were, he said, “hell”: headaches, fever, diarrhea and shortness of breath.As of July 24, 72,980 Mexican medical staff had caught the coronavirus, and 978 died, government figures show.In the United States, which has a population 2.5 times that of Mexico, 123,738 medical personnel have tested positive for coronavirus and 598 have died, according to the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) figures.The health ministry of Brazil, which is about two-thirds more populous than Mexico, had reported 189 deaths of medical practitioners by end-July. Some private data in Brazil give higher figures, but still well below Mexico.Over a dozen nurses and doctors interviewed by Reuters said they got the virus in part because they did not receive timely information or protective equipment.Many have protested about having to reuse disposable gear and launched petitions for better kit.In one public hospital in northern Mexico, medical workers told Reuters in April their managers told them not to wear protective masks to avoid unsettling patients.Zoe Robledo, head of Mexico’s main public health service, IMSS, said in April that it had suffered equipment shortages, as well as “delays, oversights, and errors that needed correcting.”Low spendingMexico’s spending on health as a share of gross domestic product (GDP) is one of the lowest in the 37-member Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).A recent study by the OECD put Mexico’s health spending at 5.5% of GDP, compared to 9.1% in Chile and 7.3% in Colombia in 2019. In Brazil it was 9.4%, though the latest data available were from 2017.Nurses often work in multiple hospitals to supplement wages of about 8,500 pesos ($377) per month, according to Mexico City’s government. Movement between hospitals heightens the contagion risk, said Oliva Lopez, the city’s health minister.”Our health personnel combine multiple jobs and are exposed in multiple spaces,” Lopez told Reuters, saying her ministry had gone to great lengths to get staff protective equipment, and blaming previous governments for “pauperizing” the profession.More than 600 nurses had died by the end of June in some 30 countries surveyed by the Geneva-based International Council of Nurses. Mexico accounted for 160 of the deaths, or over a quarter.Speaking on condition of anonymity, one nurse at a Mexico City public hospital said she felt “abandoned” by authorities.”But we can’t say: ‘Now I can’t work, or don’t want to’,” she said. “This is what we trained for.” When the coronavirus epidemic began to intensify in Mexico at the end of March, Doctor Jose Garcia said his bosses at a public trauma hospital in Mexico City denied his request for masks, gloves and disinfectant.They argued such protective equipment was only necessary for those working directly with coronavirus patients, Garcia said. Unconvinced, he bought it himself.The hospital’s director disputes this, saying all staff received protective equipment. Either way, Garcia had already contracted the virus and infected his wife and one-year-old daughter.
Governor Wolf Announces New State Funding for Development of Mixed-use Building on Vacant Lot in West Philadelphia
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces New State Funding for Development of Mixed-use Building on Vacant Lot in West Philadelphia Economy, Infrastructure, Jobs That Pay, Press Release Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined state and local leaders for the official groundbreaking ceremony of the future home of New Market West, a hub for retail and community services for distressed communities in West Philadelphia. While on site, the governor announced the approval of $10.5 million in tax credits to support the project, accompanying the state’s $5 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program investment announced in December.“This project will turn a vacant lot into a centerpiece of this community – giving our families a place to get access to critical services,” said Governor Wolf. “The strength of this project is the partnerships between groups that will bring much needed educational, workforce development, and other services to this building to assist people and families living in the area and I am proud that the commonwealth has invested the New Market West project.”The New Market West project includes the construction of a four story, 135,700 square foot hub for retail and community services on a 1.5-acre vacant site near the 60th and Market Street El stop in West Philadelphia. The building will bring high quality early childhood education; workforce development, educational and emergency support services; behavioral health services; and community-serving retail to this transit-accessible location.This project is expected to create 120 temporary full-time construction jobs. The project’s construction costs are expected to support 135 indirect and induced jobs. Additionally, once completed, the project will create 94 full-time permanent jobs and retain another 263 positions. Activity at the new building is expected to provide $1.385 million in new state and local taxes.New Market West is a joint venture between Mission First Housing Group and Horizon House, two organizations with a long history of creatively using their expertise in affordable housing and human service delivery to make a difference to people in need across Philadelphia. Now, with the strength of community-based partner ACHIEVEability, the organizations have an opportunity to bring this work to the Haddington-Cobbs Creek community.“Mission First is grateful to Governor Wolf for his leadership and his strong support of New Market West,” said Alfredo de la Pena, CEO, Mission First Housing Group. “This unique development is a testament to the power of nonprofit partnerships. Mission First, Horizon House and ACHIEVEability are excited to break ground today on New Market West, which will be a game-changer for West Philadelphia and will serve as a springboard for further revitalization in this community.”The project is supported by a $5 million RACP grant and $10.5 million in New Markets Tax Credits through the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.“This New Market West project is taking an empty city lot and transforming it through this construction into a terrific resource for people in the surrounding neighborhoods,” said Brian A. Hudson Sr., CCG chair and executive director of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. “We’re hopeful that nearby families will not only take advantage of its many services but will embrace the facility as a community meeting place.”Construction on New Market West is expected to be complete by fall 2019. February 16, 2018
Crisis Text LineCrisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text “PA” to 741741 to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Pennsylvania Student Assistance ProgramSearch for services in your county here. Governor Wolf Reminds Pennsylvanians of Support Available for Mental Health Needs Healthcare, Press Release, PSA, Public Health Harrisburg, PA — Recent data released by the CDC indicates suicide rates are rising across the U.S., including Pennsylvania, where the rate of suicide among people of all ages increased by 34 percent from 1999 through 2016.Governor Tom Wolf today reminded all Pennsylvanians that mental health resources and support are available throughout the state, and that seeking help for mental health disease should not be considered a weakness.“We all know people who may be suffering and may not know where to turn for mental health services,” Governor Wolf said. “Each of us can take the step to reach out to a friend if they are in need and let them know that help is available. There are numerous caring organizations and resources here to help and support and I want to be sure that information is readily known.”The Department of Human Services Advisory Committee of the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) prioritized a state suicide prevention plan as one of their major goals to prevent suicide in Pennsylvania.PreventSuicidePa.org was created to support those who are affected by suicide, and to provide education, awareness, and understanding by collaborating with the community to prevent suicide, and reduce the stigma associated with suicide.Also, state health agencies recommend the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:1-800-273-8255, which provides urgent needs and direction to help in every area of the state. A text option is also available via the Crisis Text Line, offering free 24/7 support by texting “PA” to 741741 to, in turn, text with a trained Crisis Counselor there to support people in crisis.According to the CDC date, more than half of those who died by suicide did not have a diagnosed mental health condition, a possible indicator of people not seeking mental health services because of the negative stigma associated with a mental health diagnosis.“Depression and mental health conditions affect many Pennsylvanians, with nearly 40 percent of Pennsylvanians reporting having poor mental health at least once a month,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “There are medical professionals available to treat these conditions. It is important that people realize that help is available for those who need it.”Mental health services in Pennsylvania are administered through county Mental Health and Developmental Services (MH/DS) program offices and the actual mental health services are delivered by the county or local provider agencies under contract with the county MH/DS office.Insurance coverage should not be a barrier to seeking treatment. Gov. Wolf expanded Medicaid to cover an additional 700,000 Pennsylvanians, with more people seeking treatment for mental health services. In addition, The Pennsylvania Department of Insurance is strongly enforcing state and federal laws requiring insurance to cover mental health treatment at parity – the same level – as medical coverage with the same deductibles, co-pays, number of inpatient or outpatient visits. The department also is currently conducting market-conduct exams of major health insurers to make sure they are complying with the parity requirements.“I know all Pennsylvanians share my goals of a commonwealth where everyone has the support necessary to get help when needed, and that everyone knows they have somewhere to turn for that help,” Gov. Wolf said.Suicide Prevention Resources in PA:Prevent Suicide PANational Suicide Prevention LifelineIf You Are Thinking About Suicide: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. If you need help, please dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255). June 08, 2018
This five-bedroom house at 216 Beachmere Rd, Caboolture, is currently for sale.In regional Queensland, housing affordability is even greater, with most areas from the Darling Downs to Cairns much cheaper to buy in than rent.Over the past decade, median dwelling values across the state’s regions have lifted by just 4.4 per cent, while household incomes have increased by a much greater 28.9 per cent. It is now significantly cheaper to buy a home than rent one in Biloela, with the report estimating it would take only 2.5 years to save a 20 per cent deposit.“Anywhere around the mining areas have seen steep value declines and that has impacted affordability,” ANZ managing director of consumer banking Kate Gibson said.“It doesn’t mean it’s a great idea to go rushing in, but we’re starting to see locals who had been priced out (of the market) now in a position to get back in.” Housing affordability in Brisbane is the best it has been in 10 years, according to a new report. Image: AAP/Darren England. The Reserve Bank cut interest rates by 25 basis points to a historic low of 1.25 per cent. (Photo: Peter Parks/AFP.WHERE IT’S CHEAPER TO BUY THAN RENTSuburb % of income needed to service mortgage % of income needed to rentBeenleigh 29.9% 31%More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoBiloela 10.3% 19.1%Bowen Basin – North 11.2% 19.4%Browns Plains 26.3% 26.3%Bundaberg 27.6% 30.8%Burnett 21.2% 28.8%Caboolture Hinterland 31.4% 31.5%Cairns – North 27.4% 28.5%Cairns – South 26% 30.2%Central Highlands 12.9% 18.9%Charters Towers 17.2% 23.6%Darling Downs – East 18.5% 22.5%Darling Downs – West 13.6% 20%Far North 25.2% 29.7%Gladstone 17.9% 18% Granite Belt 24.5% 26.8% Innisfail 19.8% 27.7%Ipswich Hinterland 26.5% 27.8%Mackay 23.9% 28.5%Maryborough 28.1% 33.2%Outback – North 11.6% 19.7%Outback – South 8.2% 18.6%Port Douglas 25% 27.6%Rockhampton 21.8% 25.4%Surfers Paradise 34.1% 40%Springwood-Kingston 25% 28.1%Tablelands (East) 28.9% 32.6%Townsville 21% 24%Whitsunday 29.6% 31.2% (Source: ANZ/CoreLogic)YEARS NEEDED TO SAVE A DEPOSITSuburb Years to save a 20% depositNoosa 13.1Bribie Island 10.8 Sunnybank 10.7Cleveland-Stradbroke 9.1Brisbane inner 7.3 Browns Plains 6.5 Ipswich inner 6.1Springfield-Redbank 5.8 Townsville 5.2Biloela 2.5(Source: ANZ/CoreLogic) Ms Gibson said the older, more established suburbs were usually the hardest to buy into in most capital cities, but the report showed areas by the water were the most sought-after.“If it’s a nice area to retire to or a nice place to have a beach house, we’ve found housing values have been driven more by people buying from outside the area than local residents,” she said.In Noosa, the report estimates it could take 13 years to save for a 20 per cent deposit for a home, while in Burleigh Heads and Southport, would-be buyers are looking at needing to save for at least 10 years.Ms Gibson said the report was designed to help potential buyers find opportunities to get into the market at a price point they could afford. Brisbane homeowner Rachael Tickner and her sons Oscar, 18 months and Ollie, 3. Photo: AAP/Megan Slade.HOUSING in Queensland is more affordable than it was a decade ago, with many areas now cheaper to buy a property in than to rent one.A new report by ANZ and CoreLogic reveals household incomes have risen at a faster rate than home values in the Queensland capital — particularly in the last quarter of 2018.It means the housing market is more affordable for those buying or saving for a deposit. RELATED: How homeowners can take action on RBA cut Greater Brisbane suburbs like Beenleigh, Caboolture, Springwood and Ipswich are now more expensive to rent in than to pay off a mortgage. MORE: How rate cut will impact housing Kate Gibson, ANZ general manager, consumer banking. Picture: Hollie Adams.The average household income in Brisbane has jumped more than 31 per cent in the past 10 years, while median home values have increased by 25.8 per cent.It takes eight years for an average household to save a 20 per cent home deposit, based on a median home value of $493,568 and saving 15 per cent of their income.But it can take significantly less, or more time, depending on which suburb you are looking to buy a property in.In Ipswich and Jimboomba, it takes about six years to save for a deposit, while in Bribie Island and Sunnybank, it is likely to take more than a decade to come up with enough money to buy a home. It takes an average of eight years to save for a 20 per cent deposit for a home loan in Brisbane, according to a new report.Homeowner and mother-of-two Rachael Tickner said she and her husband, Brent, had considered upgrading to another home, but would need to save for a few more years to get into the suburb they would like to live in.They currently own a four-bedroom house in Nudgee. “In my heart I definitely want to live somewhere else … it would be lovely to be more inner city,” Mrs Tickner said.“I’d love to live in Ascot, but we’re looking at a good 10 years of saving and going without before we can afford that!”But she said they would be more open to buying an investment property in a less desirable suburb.“We’d be open to researching the areas that do have a lot of growth and good return and wouldn’t rule out any suburbs,” she said.It comes in the wake of the first cut to interest rates in almost three years, with the Reserve Bank of Australia slashing the official cash rate to 1.25 per cent this week.
Same-sex couples may soon legally wed in Indiana after a federal judge ruled against the states gay marriage ban on Wednesday.U.S District Judge Richard Young said Indiana’s law violated the equal protection clause in the Constitution.“It is clear that the fundamental right to marry shall not be deprived to some individuals based solely on the person they choose to love,” Judge Young said in his ruling. “In time, Americans will look at the marriage of couples such as Plaintiffs, and refer to it simply as a marriage- not a same-sex marriage.”“These couples, when gender and sexual orientation are taken away, are in all respects like the family down the street. The Constitution demands that we treat them as such.”It was not immediately clear how soon same-sex couples can receive a wedding license after the ruling was made. Ripley County Clerk Mary Ann McCoy said she hasn’t received any indication from the state as of Wednesday afternoon.The Indiana Attorney General’s Office is likely to appeal the ruling.
St. Nicholas 7th and 8th graders beat Brookville on Thursday, September 17 at Brookville.The St. Nick 7th graders won in 3 sets with scores of 21-25, 25-14, and 15-5. They started slow, but they stepped up to play their game and never quit. Jessica Rees served 17/18 with 5 Ace serves; Ella Fledderman served 10/12 with 2 Ace serves; Katie Johnson also served 6/8 with 2 Aces.The St. Nicholas 8th grade team won in 2 sets with scores of 25-7 and 25-13. Ella Fledderman served 16/17 with 1 Ace serve; Molly Gregg served 13/14 with 3 Aces, and Katelynn Bischoff served 10/11 with 2 Aces. The girls continue to play as a team. They pass well which leads to the setters being able to run the offense. All of the girls are hitting the ball well and playing smart volleyball.They play Sunman-Dearborn Middle School on Monday at Sunman-Dearborn.Courtesy of STN Coach Debbie Gregg.
Batesville Area CYO Basketball Tourney ChampionshipAll Saints 47 St. Louis-1 44The Batesville CYO Deanery championship game was a battle between the 2 best teams is the league and St. Louis would come up 3 points short of taking the title. All Saints would jumped out to earlier lead and led 15-10 after 1 quarter. We didn’t shoot the ball well and we weren’t able to keep them off the boards. In the 2nd quarter All Saints would extend their lead to 9 and lead 26-17 at halftime.St. Louis would come in the 3rd quarter with more intensity and would outscore All Saints 18-7 and take 35-33 lead going into the final period. The 4th quarter say the lead change hands several times. In the end, St. Louis would come up a little short.‘ We settled for jump too many jumps and didn’t get the ball inside enough. We needed to be more aggressive if we were going to win. If we would have played the 1st half like we played the 2nd half the outcome would have been different. These kids played their hearts out and I feel bad for them. They had a great season and unfortunately, we come up 3 points short. This was really a good group of kids and I enjoyed coaching them.’ Bruins Coach Roger Dietz.Bruins Scores. Alex Westerfeld 12, Cooper Williams 10, Lane Oesterling 10, Kyle Siefert 7, Sam Giesting 5.Making The All Deanery Teams. Lane Oesterling – MVP/All Sportsmanship, Alex Westerfeld – 2nd Team, Kyle Siefert – 3rd Team, George Ritter (St. Louis-2) – 3rd Team.
… Aussie Stuart Law is new head coachPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Former West Indies batsman Jimmy Adams is the new director of cricket for the West Indies Cricket Board, according to regional media reports.Adams, who represented West Indies as player and captain during his career, replaces Englishman Richard Pybus who did not seek to renew his contract, the Trinidad Guardian reported.There are also reports that a new head coach, Australian Stuart Law, has been appointed to fill the position left vacant by Phil Simmons who was fired in September.The decision to fill the two positions were reportedly taken at the weekend at the WICB’s final quarterly meeting which took place in St Maarten.Jamaican Adams resigned as head coach of English county side Kent earlier this year after serving five seasons between 2012 and October 2016.Pybus is expected to remain for a while to ease Adams into the position.Law, 48, is the former coach of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh who played one Test and 54 one-day internationals for Australia.His first assignment will be to lead the regional team in February when England visits the Caribbean for a series of three one-day internationals.