NEWS SCAN: Food safety grants, universal flu vaccine, Benin’s polio drive stalls

first_imgJun 3, 2009Three states win FDA grants to boost food-testing capacityThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday that it awarded $350,000 grants to Arkansas, Nebraska, and Wisconsin to fund Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) laboratories. In return for the grants, the states may be required to analyze food samples collected by the FDA or other agencies in case of a large-scale contamination event. In Arkansas, the funds will enable the state health department to increase its ability to test for toxic or unknown substances, support national surveillance efforts, and boost response capacity. In Nebraska, the funds are earmarked to allow the agriculture department to add more testing backup and capacity. In Wisconsin, the agriculture department will use the funds to add reserve testing capacity for FERN during events that threaten the nation’s food supply.[Jun 2 FDA press release]Vical receives patent for universal flu vaccine technologyVical, a biopharmaceutical company based in San Diego, announced today that it received a US patent for use of influenza virus gene sequences in a “universal” vaccine, designed to protect against seasonal and emerging pandemic flu strains. The company’s DNA vaccine involves portions of the virus that are consistent among different strains: nucleoprotein (NP) and ion channel protein (M2). The company said it derived its gene sequences from flu strains that have circulated over the past 10 years. Vical has developed an H5N1 flu vaccine, with support from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), that showed broad protection against other strains in preclinical studies. In 2007 Vical received a $6 million NIAID grant to develop a process to speed DNA vaccine production. In early May, the company said it had signed an agreement with the US Navy to speed the development of a DNA vaccine against the novel H1N1 virus.[Jun 3 Vical press release][Jun 14, 2007, CIDRAP News story]Healthcare strike stalls Benin’s polio vaccination driveA polio vaccine drive in Benin that was set to begin May 29 has been indefinitely suspended because of a health worker strike, according to Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), part of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Polio eradication efforts lost ground in 2008, with African countries bearing the brunt of the disease. A World Health Organization official said Benin, Burkina Faso, and Cote d’Ivoire have had new cases since the last immunization campaign in February and March. Health officials said the timing of the vaccine drive is crucial, because the approaching rainy season will make it difficult to reach some children and will intensify virus circulation.[May 29 IRIN story]last_img read more

Afelokhai wants NPFL players to be careful and prayerful

first_img “This is very bad and imagine it’s not up to 2 months that three Nigerian league players died which is very bad. We just need to be very careful in whatever we do and also very prayerful that’s the truth. Read Also:NPFL:Rangers tame Rivers United “They gave us this break for us to be careful, for us not to contact this disease and we don’t need to go anyhow place, know the kind of people you be with, know the kind of place you go. Be professional, you just need to be careful with so many things.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Enyimba goalkeeper, Theophilus Afelokhai, has called on Nigerian league players to simply be careful and prayerful amidst the spate of deaths recorded in the league and the latest kidnap case involving teammate Dayo Ojo. Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsTop 10 Disney Male Role ModelsA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearFans Don’t Know What She Looks Like Now7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith Afelokhai speaking in a chat with brila, he condemned the sad happenings and stressed the need for players to be careful and prayerful and professional in their conduct during the league break occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more

Ryan and O’Donnell included in Munster team

first_imgThe Reds have won 4 out of 5 games so far under new Director of rugby Rassie Erasmus says he’s pleased with their form.Robbie Henshaw will make his Leinster debut in tomorrows clash with Munster.The former Connacht player forms an exciting centre partnership with Gary Ringrose.Tonight Connacht host Ulster at the Sportsground.Kick off is at 7.35 Tipperary’s Donnacha Ryan and Tommy O’Donnell are in the starting 15 for Munster’s Pro 12 encounter with Leinster tomorrow.Back row Peter O’Mahony has also been incuded for the game at the Aviva.Rory Scannell partners Keith Earls in the centre while Ronan O’Mahony is on the winglast_img read more

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel wins the Canadian Grand Prix

first_imgFerrari’s Sebastian Vettel of Germany crosses the finish line to win the Canadian Grand Prix Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)MONTREAL — Sebastian Vettel led from the pole to the checkered flag — and then some — to claim a long-awaited Ferrari victory at the Canadian Grand Prix.The four-time world champion sped on after the checkered flag was waved one lap too early, finishing his wire-to-wire victory at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Sunday to claim his third win of the year and the lead in the Formula One standings.ADVERTISEMENT “I was a bit confused. I told them I don’t think the race is over yet,” said Vettel, who confirmed on the counter in his car and with his team that he was only completing his 69th of the scheduled 70 laps.“Some of the marshals were already celebrating,” he said. “I was just worried that people don’t jump on the track and start celebrating. We’re still going at full pace.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownCanadian model Winnie Harlow blamed race officials for telling her the wrong time to wave the flag. Formula One regulations say that if a checkered flag is waved too early, the race is over as of the last completed lap, making the results official as through 68 laps.F1 spokesman Matteo Bonciani said there was confusion getting the message from a course official to Harlow on the platform. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES “WHEN THEY TELL YOU TO WAVE THE FLAG A LAP TOO EARLY!” Harlow wrote on Instagram. “You had one job sir!!! Hahaha but so grateful everyone was safe today and no one got hurt!”Had any passing occurred on the 69th or 70th laps, it would not have counted, Bonciani said. But there was not, and Vettel picked up the 50th win of his career, his second in Montreal and the first for Ferrari at the track since Michael Schumacher won three in a row from 2002-04.Mercedes was second with Valtteri Bottas — not erstwhile championship leader Lewis Hamilton — about six seconds back after never really challenging for the win. Max Verstappen was third and the other Red Bull car, driven by Daniel Ricciardo, was fourth.Hamilton, who was fifth on Sunday, fell from the top of the Formula One standings and now trails Vettel by one point, 121-120. He had been going for a record-tying seventh victory in Montreal and a third win in four races.“I’m the opposite of confident,” said Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff, whose team failed to deliver with an engine upgrade in time for the weekend and also botched its tire strategy in practice.ADVERTISEMENT With 11th French Open, Nadal not obsessed with Federer’s 20 Grand Slams “I think this is a major wake-up call for every member of the team,” he said. “Everybody needs to assess how to improve performance. … Those marginal gains are going to make all the difference.”Starting cleanly, Vettel was pulling away from the field when a crash between Brendon Hartley and hometown favorite Lance Stroll brought out the safety car in the very first lap. On the restart, Sergio Perez skidded onto the grass but managed to straighten himself out and rejoin the race.Vettel had no such trouble, leaving the jostling behind him as he steered through the 2.71-mile (4.36-km) track named for the Ferrari driver and Montreal native who earned his first Formula One victory here 40 years ago.“Grazie,” the German said to his Italy-based team before grabbing a red and yellow Ferrari flag and waving it on his way to the podium.“They’ve been waiting long enough for Ferrari to win here,” Vettel said. “Forty years after Gilles won his Grand Prix here, it’s nice to show Ferrari is still alive. It’s nice to become part of that story, hopefully a little bit more in the future.”Bottas finished second for the fourth time in seven races this season. The fifth place finish was Hamilton’s worst of the year, but he said his engine was giving him problems all season and he was happy he was even able to finish.“It could get a lot worse. I could have had a DNF (did not finish)” which would have put him another 10 points behind Vettel, he said. “I’m just grateful the engine made it.”Verstappen’s podium was his second of the year, and it eases some of the pressure he has felt with a series of mistakes that cost him and the Red Bull team in Azerbaijan and Monaco. After arriving in Montreal, Verstappen half-jokingly threatened to head-butt any reporter who asked about the crashes.The day was less positive for two-time world champion Fernando Alonso, who was celebrating his 300th Formula One race. He retired to the garage after 43 laps — the eighth time he failed to finish in Montreal.It was also a short day for Stroll, a Montreal native who locked up with Hartley heading into Turn 5 on the first lap. A year ago, Stroll picked up the first Formula One points of his career in his hometown. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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