NEWS SCAN: Pandemic library, business preparedness, TB and HIV, global malaria map, antibody production

first_imgMarch 24, 2009Pandemic flu resource library launched onlineTo improve the nation’s preparedness for pandemic influenza, a clearinghouse of pandemic communication materials was launched yesterday by the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC), a group of more than 400 communication specialists from public health agencies and some private groups. The Pandemic Influenza Resource Library offers a wide variety of materials for state and local pandemic planning, such as fact sheets, posters, public service announcements, guidebooks, and questionnaires, the group said. Visitors to the site can add their own pandemic materials.[Pandemic flu library home page]British report finds business preparedness nearly staticThe business sector in the United Kingdom has improved little in the past decade in its preparedness for disasters and disruptions, including those caused by epidemics, according to a recent report by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Cabinet Office. The report, based on a survey of 1,012 senior executives, says that 52% of organizations have a business continuity plan, up from 47% in 2008, but overall preparedness is “near-stagnant,” the CMI said in a news release. The two top concerns facing organizations were electronic attacks and human disease, such as pandemic influenza, cited by 58% and 57%, respectively.WHO says 25% of TB deaths are HIV-relatedIn its annual report on tuberculosis (TB), the World Health Organization (WHO) said the number of new TB cases was stable in 2007, but one out of four TB deaths was related to HIV, twice as many as previously recognized. There were an estimated 1.37 million new cases of TB among HIV-infected people, with 456,000 deaths. The report also reveals that the proportion of African TB patients who were tested for HIV in 2007 was 37%, compared with just 4% in 2004. The annual report was released to mark World TB Day today.[WHO statement on TB death rates][WHO statement on World TB Day]Researchers create global map of malaria prevalenceResearchers have created a global map of malaria prevalence, based on 8,000 local surveys of Plasmodium falciparum infection rates, and published it in PLoS Medicine. The researchers report that the global level of malaria endemicity is much lower than indicated by historical maps. Nevertheless, in 2007, 2.4 billion people still had some level of risk for the disease, and 60% of them were living in areas with a stable risk of transmission. That included 690 million people in Central and Southeast Asia, 660 million in Africa, and 40 million in the Americas.[PLoS Medicine press release][Full text of report]Company wins DoD contract for fast antibody, vaccine productionXcellerex, Inc., of Marlboro, Mass., today announced its receipt of an $11 million phase 2 contract from the US Department of Defense to develop technology for accelerated manufacturing of monoclonal antibodies and vaccines. The new contract follows successful completion of a 12-month phase 1 contract, said the company, which is collaborating with Dowpharma, Biopharm Services, and deltaDOT on the project. The aim of the project is to help protect the US military from biologic threats.[Mar 24 Xcellerex statement]last_img read more

Haye: Fury vs Joshua would be ‘biggest heavyweight fight ever’

first_imgDAVID Haye believes the potential bout between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury would be the biggest fight in the history of heavyweight boxing.The former heavyweight champion fought Wladimir Klitschko for the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles in 2011 – losing on a points-decision in what was a hugely anticipated bout at the time.However, despite experiencing some big fights of his own, the 39-year-old revealed there is no better time to crown the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis beat Evander Holyfield in 1999.“I believe the fight with AJ and Tyson Fury will happen in 2021, and it will be the biggest ever heavyweight championship fight. Numbers-wise I can’t think of a bigger fight,” said Haye, speaking as a SportsAid ambassador at an event dedicated to championing the parents and guardians of talented young athletes.This will be two prime champions going at it, it goes beyond all expectations for numbers. Wherever it will be it will make significant money and it will be a fight that every single sports fan will want to be a part of.”“He (Joshua) will want his chance, he will want to get in there and prove that he’s number one, he wants to prove he’s the best in the world.“He jumped back into the ring with Andy Ruiz after his one and only loss and proved that the first fight was a bit of an anomaly, and he was significantly better than what that performance suggested in Madison Square Garden.”Despite deafening calls for the fight to be organised by Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn after Fury’s victory over Deontay Wilder, both boxers have mandatory fights pencilled in for this summer.Joshua will face IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20, while Wilder-Fury III has been organised for July after the American triggered a rematch clause in his contract.  “I didn’t think Wilder would want to jump back in there again but thinking about it where else is there for him to go?” Haye added.“He got so conclusively beaten, I had Fury winning every second of the fight. From the very first bell he ran across and took control and he systematically broke him up and basically forced his corner to make him quit.”“I believe once the Wilder rematch is concluded with, I’m pretty sure, Fury winning the third fight of theirs, and Anthony Joshua fights Pulev, and the winner of Usyk and Chisora, I think we’ve got ourselves some very interesting contests.” (Yahoo Sport UK)last_img read more

Ambode, Udom, for Nigerian Sports Award

first_img“I am very excited to announce that two of our sports loving governors, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and Governor Emmanuel Udom have confirmed to be at the event on Friday,” Idowu said.Mr. Idowu stated that the organisers and the award panel are very excited that the two governors will be available to grace the occasion.He also revealed that several other dignitaries have also given their words to grace the prestigious awards ceremony including the Minister for Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, captains of industries, past and present athletes who were also present at the last edition.The 2017 edition of the Nigerian Sports Award ceremony is scheduled to hold at the Banquet Hall, Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.This year, a total of 16 categories of the award are to be won and these include the Sportsman of the Year Award, Sportswoman of the Year Award, Footballer of the Year Award (Male & Female), Ball Sports Person of the Year Award, Coach of the Year, Team of the Year, Discovery of the Year, Wrestler of the Year, Special Sports Person of the Year, Sports Administrator of the Year, Photo-Journalist of the Year, Journalist of the Year (Radio, TV & Print) and Sports Governor of the Year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Emmanuel Udom are among dignitaries that have been confirmed to grace the 2017 edition of the Nigerian Sports Award slated to hold on Friday, November 17, 2017.The spokesman for the award who is also the Executive Director, Unmissable Incentives Limited, Mr. Kayode Idowu, disclosed this immediately after the final meeting of the panel held on Tuesday in Lagos.last_img read more