CDC: save flu vaccine for high-risk groups till Oct 24

first_imgSep 1, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Because of continuing uncertainty about the supply of influenza vaccine this winter, federal health officials said today that inactivated flu vaccine should be reserved for high-risk groups until late October.”Beginning October 24, all persons will be eligible for vaccination,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.The groups recommended to get first use of inactivated vaccine include people aged 65 and older, those with chronic illness, nursing home residents, children aged 6 to 23 months, pregnant women, healthcare workers who provide direct patient care, and household contacts and caregivers of children younger than 6 months.However, people need not wait until Oct 24 to receive MedImmune’s live nasal-spray vaccine, FluMist, the CDC said. FluMist is licensed for healthy people between the ages of 5 and 49, except for pregnant women.The recommendation comes a day after the flu vaccine supply picture improved with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) approval of a GlaxoSmithKline vaccine and a positive report on Chiron’s progress in addressing problems at its flu vaccine production plant in England. The CDC said the recommendation was necessary because the overall vaccine supply and the timing of distribution remain uncertain.In today’s article, the CDC gives estimates of flu vaccine supplies for the United States that add up to a range of 89 million to 97 million doses. That includes 60 million doses from Sanofi Aventis, 18 million to 26 million from Chiron, 8 million from GlaxoSmithKline, and 3 million from MedImmune. (Yesterday, as reported here, a CDC spokesman had listed Sanofi Aventis’s expected production at 50 million doses instead of 60 million, yielding a total production estimate of 79 million to 87 million doses.)Last fall and winter, the loss of 48 million doses of vaccine expected from Chiron prompted an effort to reserve vaccine for high-risk groups until late in the flu season. Ultimately, 57 million Americans were vaccinated and about 3 million doses went unused. In the 2003-04 season, which also saw some shortages, about 87 million doses were available in the US market. The US supply in 2002-03 totaled about 95 million doses, according to the CDC.Yesterday the FDA said Chiron had made “significant progress” in addressing the contamination problems that had forced the company to cancel delivery of doses to the United States. But the agency said more work is needed to determine how many doses the company will be able to supply this year.CDC. Update: influenza vaccine supply and recommendations for prioritization during the 2005-06 influenza season. MMWR 2005 Sep 2;54(34):850 [Full text]See also:CDC’s Aug 6, 2005, recommendations on tiered use of flu vaccine in the event of a shortage read more

GOP, Trump pull off the Great American Tax Heist

first_imgIt was only added during the reconciliation process, gives owners of income-producing real estate holdings a way around that safeguard, effectively creating a new tax break for large landlords and real estate moguls.”This specifically lines the pockets of the ecosystem of corruption that Trump calls a family.It also lines the pockets of people like Sen. Bob Corker, who mysteriously “coincidentally” switched his vote from a no to a yes on the bill after the language was added.America must make an honest appraisal: Donald Trump is a plutocrat masquerading as a populist.He is a pirate on a mission to plunder.Trump is milking the American presidency for personal gain.If he can give the impression of compassion on his mission to cash out, all the better for him, but the general good, the health of the nation and the plight of the plebeians is not now nor has it ever been his focus. And yet in this budget, they willingly, willfully exploded the deficit, not for public uplift or rebuilding America’s infrastructure but rather on the spurious argument that giving truckloads of money back to businesses will spark their benevolence.According to the government’s own nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the tax bill will lead to “an increase in the deficit of $1,455 billion over the next 10 years.”But be sure, when this bill leads to these predicted deficits, Republicans will return to their sidelined deficit rhetoric armed with a sickle, aiming the blade at the social safety net, exacerbating the egregious imbalance of the tax bill’s original sins.That’s the strategy: Appease the rich on the front end; punish the poor on the back. Feed the weak to the strong.The callousness of this calculation is hidden in the arguments over estimates and evidence, but it is not lost Most Americans see through this charade.According to a CNN/SSRS poll released this week, most Americans disapprove of the tax bill. Furthermore, most believe the bill will benefit the wealthy, in general, and Trump and his family, in particular. His ego is too big for egalitarianism, and his heart too small for it.So he sticks closely to what he knows, the brand of Trump: promoting it, positioning it, defending it and enriching it.Republicans in Congress rushed the bill through for other reasons: to combat the fact of their own legislative incompetence, to satisfy their donors and to honor their long-held belief that the rich are America’s true governing force.The middle class and the poor were never at the heart of this heartless bill.They are simply a veneer behind which a crime is occurring: the great American tax heist.Charles M. Blow is a columnist with The New York Times.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists That, too, was a lie.In September, The New York Times estimated that “President Trump could cut his tax bills by more than $1.1 billion, including saving tens of millions of dollars in a single year, under his proposed tax changes.”That was before the bill was passed and reconciled, when the deal got even sweeter for Trump.As The International Business Times reported this week:“The reconciled tax bill includes a new 20 percent deduction for so-called pass-through entities, business structures such as L.L.C.s, L.P.s and S corporations that don’t pay corporate taxes, but instead ‘pass through’ income to partners who pay individual tax rates on that money.The Senate version of the bill included safeguards that would only allow businesses to take advantage of the new break if they paid out significant wages to employees.But the new provision, which wasn’t included in either version of the bill passed by the House and Senate.center_img Make no mistake: No matter how folks try to rationalize this bill, it has nothing to do with a desire to help the middle class or the poor.This is a cash offering to the gods of the Republican donor class.This is a bill meant to benefit Republicans’ benefactors. This is a quid pro quo and the paying of a ransom.Trump promised to drain the swamp. That was another lie among many.He and the Republicans are in fact feeding us to the gators.Last month at a rally in Missouri, Trump said of the tax bill, “This is going to cost me a fortune, this thing, believe me.” He continued:“This is not good for me. Me, it’s not so — I have some very wealthy friends. Not so happy with me, but that’s OK. You know, I keep hearing Schumer: ‘This is for the wealthy.’ Well, if it is, my friends don’t know about it.” Categories: Editorial, OpinionWith their tax bill, Donald Trump and the Republicans are raiding the Treasury in plain sight, throwing crumbs to the masses as the millionaires and billionaires make off with the cake.America should be aghast not only at the looting but also at the brazenness of its execution.It seems that for as long as I can remember, Republicans have been wringing their hands about deficits.last_img read more

Japan welcomes Olympic flame as doubts swirl over Games

first_imgTopics : But some 200 local children that were due to welcome the flame were kept away as part of what organizers called the “heartbreaking” decision to pare back events as the world battles the virus that has killed nearly 10,000 people.After a speech by chief organizer Yoshiro Mori, the former Olympians lit the cauldron with the torch, also designed to represent Japan’s cherished cherry blossom.”Children had planned to welcome the Olympic flame, but we decided to scale it down, giving priority to their safety,” Mori said.The actual torch relay begins on March 26, starting from the J-Village sports complex in Fukushima that was commandeered as a base by workers scrambling to contain the fall-out from the nuclear meltdown. “The Olympic flame relay is the biggest event ahead of the Olympics. It is very important for us to carry it out at any cost,” said Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto ahead of the ceremony.But organizers have been forced to scale back what should have been a key event to raise awareness and excitement ahead of the July 24 opening ceremony.While spectators are allowed to watch from the roadside, fans have been urged to “avoid forming crowds”, with organizers warning there could be a change of program in the event of “excessive congestion”.Daily arrival and departure ceremonies are closed to the public and all torch-bearers will have their temperatures taken before participating in the relay, which is scheduled to visit every part of Japan on a 121-day journey before entering Tokyo. The Olympic flame arrived in Japan Friday to a muted reception, what should have been a joyous celebration dramatically scaled down due to the coronavirus pandemic that has cast doubt over whether the Tokyo Games can even go ahead.The flame landed on a special charter flight into Matsushima Air Base in Miyagi province, chosen as part of the “Recovery Olympics” to showcase the region’s revival after the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.Former Japanese Olympians Saori Yoshida and Tadahiro Nomura collected the flame from the aircraft and took it to a cauldron in the shape of a cherry blossom on a stage in front of selected guests. ‘Bigger than the Olympics’ The virus has already played havoc with the traditional early stages of the torch relay in Greece — the lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia took place without spectators and was watched by a severely reduced delegation from Tokyo.Organizers were then forced to scrap the Greek leg of the relay after large crowds mobbed Hollywood actor Gerard Butler as he lit a cauldron in the city of Sparta.With borders shut in Europe — which has become the epicenter of the crisis — Tokyo officials did not travel to collect the torch, with former Olympic swimmer Naoko Imoto representing Japan at the official handover.As the flame arrived, there are increasing clouds over the Games, with some athletes past and present attacking the International Olympic Committee for insisting there is no need for “drastic” action such as postponement or cancellation.Japan Olympic Committee member and former Olympic judoka Kaori Yamaguchi was the latest prominent figure to suggest a postponement in a newspaper interview published the day the flame landed.”It should be postponed under the current situation where athletes are not well prepared,” Yamaguchi, a JOC executive board member, told the Nikkei daily.As well as wiping out the global sporting calendar, the coronavirus has also put paid to many athletes’ training schedules, leading some to propose a postponement.The IOC, which will take any decision over the fate of the Games, has encouraged all athletes to train for the Games “as best they can”, stressing it is “fully committed” to holding the event as planned.Nevertheless, IOC president Thomas Bach has admitted that qualifying is becoming a problem as competitions are scrapped.He said in an interview with the New York Times published Friday that the IOC was “considering different scenarios” for the Games but stressed that the Olympics were still four and a half months away.last_img read more

A luxury Kenmore Hills estate has hit the market

first_img99 Tinarra Cres, Kenmore HillsOutside there are lush established gardens, which are fully reticulated with the ability to switch from mains water to the three 22,000L water tanks. Modern conveniences include ducted airconditioning, intercom and an alarm system, while the residence also features a golf chipping green and bunker, double garage and three gated entries. Agent Michelle McLeod said the outstanding federation house in one of the Western suburb’s most prestigious streets, was timeless in both design and its superior finesse. 99 Tinarra Cres, Kenmore Hills“This is an individual home boasting livability and lifestyle for the modern Queensland family, elegant with federation flair and exuding a tranquil ambience throughout,” she said. 99 Tinarra Cres, Kenmore HillsSET on acreage adjacent to a State Forest and picturesque Mt Coot-tha, this estate offers a tranquil lifestyle about 10km from the city. The house, which sits on 1.01ha and was crafted by Courage Homes, has a flowing single-level floorplan with a mix of colonial and contemporary features throughout its four bedrooms and living and leisure areas.The attractive gable facade complete with fretwork and white pillars sets the tone for the interior, and leads into a tiled foyer. From here, formal lounge and dining rooms sit on either side, both with carpet flooring, large windows and decorative archways. In the heart of the house is a light-filled casual living hub, featuring warm, terracotta-toned floor tiles and a neutral colour palette. A fireplace and chandelier add charm to the space, while two sets of doors provide a seamless indoor-to-outdoor flow to a wraparound terrace, gazebo and the gardens.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 201999 Tinarra Cres, Kenmore HillsBack inside, the kitchen occupies the corner of the floorplan and includes white provincial-style cabinetry, quality appliances including an integrated dishwasher, sleek benchtops and an abundance of natural light. Bedrooms are spread across the layout for space and privacy; the main bedroom offers retreat-style luxury with its french doors to the outdoor terrace, walk-in wardrobe, and a stylish ensuite with a corner spa bathtub. The three other bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and are serviced by a central bathroom.last_img read more

ABP to raise contribution to 22.9%

first_imgThe €403bn Dutch civil service scheme ABP has announced a contribution rise of 1.8 percentage points to 22.9% in 2018.The increase follows a decision made to annually raise premiums over the period 2017-19, as pensions have become more expensive as a consequence of low interest rates and rising longevity.ABP again refrained from granting indexation, which would only be allowed if its coverage ratio was at least 110%. At October-end, funding was 100.2%.The scheme said it did not expect to be able to grant any indexation for the next five years. It said indexation in arrears – based on the consumer prices index – since 2009 has accumulated to 13.5%.According to ABP, the possibility of pension benefit cuts in 2018 had become slim, but it conceded that the possibility still existed further into the future.If its coverage ratio was still short of the required minimum level of 104.2% in 2020, a cut to pension rights would be inevitable, the scheme said.Earlier this month, the €189bn healthcare scheme PFZW decided to keep its contribution for 2018 at 23.5% of pensionable salary.The three other large Dutch pension funds, the metal schemes PMT (€68bn) and PME (€46bn) and building sector pension fund BpfBouw (€55bn) are expected to announced their contribution rates for 2018 in December.ABP and PFZW were among the schemes highlighted by supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank earlier this month as still in danger of having to cut pensioner benefits.last_img read more

Armed in the classroom

first_imgHerald on Sunday 9 Oct 2011Teachers are trying to fathom why an increasing number of kids, some as young as 5, bring weapons to school. Teachers are allowed to search children for weapons and drugs, but many are nervous of doing this one-on-one. Children as young as 5 are among the alarming number of pupils who have been suspended or stood down for having weapons at school. Figures the Herald on Sunday obtained through the Official Information Act show more than 1000 students have been removed from schools for possessing or using a weapon in the past two years. At least 700 cases involved knives, blades, hammers, scissors and guns, including replicas.FAVOURITE WEAPONS* Knife: 450* Gun, including toy: 219* Scissors: 36* Blade: 12* Hammer: 11 read more

William F. Fay

first_imgWilliam F. Fay, of Sunman, was born on April 23, 1962 in Cincinnati, the son of James E. and Billy Ann Cato Fay.  He married Nancy L. Schaft on July 25, 1986 in Lawrenceburg, and she survives.  William was chief of operations for Kerkan Commercial Roofing in Wyoming, Ohio and also ran his farm full-time.  William was a member of the NRA, the FOE in Batesville, and active in FFA.  In his spare time, he and his wife enjoyed riding their Harleys. William will be remembered as a dedicated family man who would do anything for anyone, anytime.  On Friday, December 16, 2016, at the age of 54, he passed away at his residence, surrounded by his family. A memorial service will be held for William on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman.  Friends may visit with the family following the service till 6:30 p.m.  In keeping with William’s wishes, cremation was chosen. Those surviving who will cherish William’s memory include his wife, Nancy Fay; children, Ronnie (Brooklyn Meyer) Miller, and Shannon (Ryan) Schorsch, both of Sunman, and Michael (Holly) Miller of Westport; grandchildren, Hannah, Emma, Lane, Alisha, Meredith, Logan, James, Tessa, and future grandchild, William Ryder Schorsch.  Also surviving is brother, James (Dolly) E. Fay of Sunman.  He was preceded in death by his parents.center_img In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be given to the family.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of William Fay.last_img read more

Ralph F. Schaefer

first_imgRalph F. Schaefer, of Sunman, was born on May 6, 1933 in New Alsace, the son of Alfred and Bertha Brickler Schaefer.  After graduation from Sunman High School he served his country in the United States Army.  Ralph married Gayle Hornberger on September 17, 1956 at St. Paul Catholic Church in New Alsace and she survives.  He worked in carpentry and concrete construction for Floyd Werner, and was a member of the St. Leon Post #464 American Legion, and the North Dearborn Conservation Club.  He also served on the Dearborn County Beverage Board and was an active member of the Democratic Party, helping with voter registration and polling.  His family fondly remembers stories about their Dad playing football in the Army and his secret fishing holes.  Ralph had a wonderful goetta recipe, liked planting potatoes and could easily be found since he was always humming.   He loved frying chicken, playing cards, golfing, hunting and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.   On Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the age of 83, he passed away at his residence.  Those surviving who will cherish Ralph’s memory include his wife of over 60 years, Gayle Schaefer; children, Kristy (John) Miller of Brookville, Lisa (Ken) Mosmeier of Sunman, Kim (David) Craig of Lawrenceburg, Shari (Jeff) Sterwerf of Sunman, and Kelley (Randy) Fuernstein of Brookville; grandchildren, Jonathan Mosmeier, Joshua Craig, Brittany Craig, Aaron Sterwerf, Kaitlin Sterwerf, and Colton Fuernstein; siblings, Harry Schaefer of Weisburg, Robert Schaefer of Batesville, Rosemary Conrad of Cincinnati, Lester Schaefer of Milton, and Ray Schaefer of Batesville.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Alfred Schaefer, Jr., John Schaefer, Elmer Schaefer, Eugene Schaefer and Bertha Mae Pfliegel. Friends may visit with the family on Monday, April 3, 2017 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman.  Rev. John Kamwendo will officiate a Mass of Christian burial on Tuesday at St. Peters Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m.  Burial with military honors provided by the St. Leon Post #464 American Legion will follow in St. Jacob’s Church Cemetery.   Memorial contributions may be directed to the Sunman Life Squad or the North Dearborn Conservation Club.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Ralph Schaefer.last_img read more

Iheanacho vows to work harder

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Foxes attack Burnley Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says David Silva recovers from COVID-19 Kelechi Iheanacho is determined to make the most of opportunities that come his way in the Leicester City starting 11. The former Manchester City striker has had to play second fiddle, perhaps unsurprisingly, to Jamie Vardy, who has shone since Brendan Rodgers replaced Claude Puel last season. Vardy has 17 goals in 24 appearances in all competitions this season and leads the Premier League scoring charts, but Iheanacho’s record isn’t all that bad, either. Iheanacho has six goals in 10 appearances in all competitions and has featured regularly under Rodgers since the back end of the year. “It’s been a good season, to be fair,” Iheanacho told Leicester’s club website. “Pre-season and getting the work done in pre-season (and) getting into the season, it’s not been easy, but I need to keep working hard and I’ll get my chance. “It’s a good group of boys, they’re like family, with everyone together and the staff as well. Everyone is happy doing well. (When) the chance comes, you have to take it.” The 23-year-old scored in the 2-1 win over the Hammers at the London Stadium on December 28. Since then David Moyes has replaced Manuel Pellegrini. “In the Premier League, when there is a change of manager, you will see a difference from the previous one,” said Iheanacho. “It’s always going to be a difficult one. No game is easy in the Premier League, so every game is hard. It’s going to be a tough one because they have become stronger, there’s something that has sparked them at the moment because of the way they are playing now.”— Tags: Kelechi IheanachoLeicester CityManchester Citylast_img read more

Supreme Court notice to Centre, states on plea to make sports part of fundamental right

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to Centre, state governments, and Union Territories on a PIL seeking directions to make sports a part of the Fundamental Rights as well as the promotion of sports education in the country.A bench of Justice S.A. Bobde and Justice L. Nageswara Rao sought a response within four weeks on the Public Interest Litigation filed by a law student.Kanishka Pandey approached the top court seeking direction to the government “not to make any discrimination between the education and sports” and to treat sports as part and parcel of sports curriculum.Advocate Rajeev Dubey, counsel appearing for Pandey, contended that the government and various stakeholders evolve a sporting culture in the country.The government has to strive for promotion of sports education, sports values and sports culture as part of education, Dubey said.The PIL said that sports should be included among academics from “nursery to post-graduate level and to fundamental right to education.””Sports should be included in the curriculum from nursery to secondary level and education with sports subject should be imparted to the child from the very beginning of education. Children’s talent and sports aptitude should be tested from the elementary school days itself so that the talent of a child can be improved and developed through training and education,” said the PIL.There should be a compulsory provision for sports in the school budget which should be utilized for sports activity only. Also, there should be one post of sports secretary in students unions, it added.”Issue direction to constitute a high-level committee of parliamentarians, academicians, and sportspersons to make appropriate suggestions to amendment in the Constitution of India to include sports as a Fundamental Right in Part III, especially in Article 21A of the Constitution of India,” stated the plea. IANSlast_img read more