Barack Obama writes to Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez on engagement

first_imgMarch 22, 2019 /Sports News – National Barack Obama writes to Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez on engagement Beau Lund Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC/Kelsey McNeal(NEW YORK) — Everyone was excited after one of Hollywood’s favorite couples, Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez, made it official earlier this month and got engaged. And “everyone” even included former President Barack Obama.Obama sent a handwritten note to the couple, which the former MLB champion shared on Twitter early Friday morning. This means the world to us. #44— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) March 22, 2019“This means the world to us,” the former New York Yankee wrote. In the card, Obama penned some advice about facing whatever challenges life brings with someone you love.A-Rod broke the news of the engagement two weeks ago on Instagram, sharing a picture of Lopez’s ring with the caption, “She said yes.”J.Lo posted the same shot on her Instagram account for her 88 million followers to see. The actress and retired New York Yankees legend began dating last winter and made their red carpet debut at the Met Gala later that year. They seem to have been inseparable ever since.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Rand report proposes standards for mass antibiotic dispensing

first_img The standards are geared toward 72 cities that take part in the federal government’s Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI), a program launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2004 to prepare major cities and metropolitan areas to distribute antibiotics from the Strategic National Stockpile within 48 hours of a federal order to release them. Though federal law mandates that the standards be evidence-based, the Rand authors pointed out that the rarity of large-scale public health disasters means there is little evidence to base the standards on. Instead, the authors developed the standards by talking to practitioners, reviewing existing literatures, using mathematical modeling, and seeking feedback from an expert panel. Next stepsThe Rand authors suggest that HHS officials review the suggested standards, consider if changes are needed, then move forward to enact the standards. They also suggest that HHS consider whether the standards should apply to all locations that would receive antibiotics from the SNS, not just the 72 cities that participate in the CRI program. Oct 15, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The Rand Corp., responding to a request from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), recently unveiled a set of proposed standards for cities to use as they establish plans to distribute antibiotics to the public in the event of a bioterrorist attack or other public health emergency. The 133-page technical report, which appears on Rand’s Web site, covers four main topics: the number and location of points of dispensing (PODs), internal POD operations, staffing, and security. PODs are places where members of the public would go to receive antibiotics or other countermeasures in an emergency. See also: Internal operationsThe scale of the public health emergency will likely guide the selection of a dispensing protocol, and the report acknowledges the need for flexibility as cities make their operational plans. But the standards would require cities to establish and exercise at least one rapid-dispensing protocol that minimizes the need for licensed medical workers and gives instructions for directing recipients through the process, selecting the medication to dispense, releasing information about the medication, and dispensing the medication. The standards are designed to allow communities to be flexible and innovative in how they meet the 48-hour dispensing goal, the report says. “Moreover, the standards are intended to provide minimal requirements and should not discourage CRI sites from exceeding them,” it states. Instead of setting targets for numbers of PODs, the standards call for cities to estimate the number of people who would go to individual  PODs seeking antibiotics. Officials would then use a formula supplied in the report to determine how many PODs would be needed. Number and location of sitesThe authors recommend that the first planning step be to estimate the overall number of people who will likely come to PODs to pick up their medications, which will help them determine the number of PODs they will need. Estimating the number of people will likely depend on several factors that vary by location, such as tourism levels and the size of the urban workforce. Staffing provisionsThe authors predicted that recruiting adequate staffing for the PODs would probably be the most difficult aspect of conducting a mass dispensing operation and would present diverse challenges in different cities. “The standards development process revealed concern that uniform, one-size-fits-all staffing standards would fail to account for community differences, unnecessarily require jurisdictions to undo work already completed, and stifle innovation,” they wrote. Because rapid drug-dispensing actions are likely to push legal and liability boundaries, the standards require city officials to identify such conflicts and communicate them to those who have the authority to initiate legal changes. Another suggestion is that HHS establish an oversight committee to regularly review the standards in a way that engages stakeholders, seeks public input, and includes an appeal process. Security concernsThe standards would require cities to assess security at each POD, involve local law enforcement agencies in developing security plans, and provide for law enforcement presence at each site. In another nod to varying local needs, the authors give cities some leeway in the form of alternative standards regarding security staffing and formal law enforcement approval of security plans. For example, cities could use trained volunteers of private security firms if having sworn officers at every site were not feasible. “The standard assumes that individual jurisdictions are in the best position to define the scope of the population for whom they will be responsible for administering prophylaxis,” the Rand authors wrote. They also advised planners to factor in 12 hours for the CDC to get the drugs to warehouses and 12 hours to get the drugs to PODs. The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act of 2006 requires HHS to develop performance standards for public health preparedness, and the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) asked Rand to develop the proposed standards, according to the report. Public health officials will also need to recruit enough staff to operate the PODs and perform quarterly drills to keep in contact with them. The authors said the staffing requirement may be very large for some locations—as many as 6,000 in some metropolitan areas—so they offered an alternative standard under which officials would recruit and regularly contact only the core staff. Rand report on proposed antibiotic dispensing standardslast_img read more

IHOC : Orange, Mercyhurst resume heated rivalry in conference tournament

first_imgMegan Skelly dejectedly watched as the Mercyhurst players celebrated by thrusting the College Hockey America championship trophy high above their heads.The sting was a familiar feeling for the deflated Syracuse team, which lost to the Lakers in the title game for the second consecutive season.‘During the game I actually thought we were going to win. It was such a heartbreaker,’ Skelly said. ‘It was so hard to watch them get a trophy, standing there and celebrating on the ice. We’ve had some very chippy, tough games, and to see them win for so many years definitely fuels the fire.’SU (10-21-3, 1-8-3 CHA) is set to renew its rivalry with Mercyhurst (22-6-3, 8-1-3 CHA) when the team travels to Moon Township, Pa., to square off against the top-seeded Lakers at noon Friday in the first round of the CHA tournament. Mercyhurst has won all nine conference championships since the CHA began in 2002, so the Orange needs a well-balanced effort to spark an upset and end the Lakers dominant run.Head coach Paul Flanagan has had reason to cringe when his team faces Mercyhurst. The Orange has never recorded a win against the Lakers in its four-year program history, going 0-17-1 all-time against the Lakers. SU’s narrow 5-4 loss in last year’s CHA tournament championship was one of the closest games it has ever played against the Lakers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe heartbreak remains with the SU players. Visions of the hoisted, beaming trophy remind them of what could have been. But the Orange geared its anger toward its struggles this season to try to avenge its losses to Mercyhurst and finally dismiss its bad fortunes.Junior defender Jacquie Greco said Syracuse will use that championship loss as a source of motivation when the puck drops.‘Every time we play Mercyhurst we use that (anger) to our advantage,’ Greco said. ‘We know how they play, we hate how they play and we would like nothing more than to beat them, especially in a playoff game when it really counts.’The rivalry between the two programs has raged all season. During a regular-season matchup Feb. 10, emotions quickly escalated.With time winding down in the third period and a probable 6-2 win at hand for the Lakers, senior Kelley Steadman reached over and ripped off an SU player’s helmet as she skated to the net. The Orange immediately retaliated and a scuffle broke out.It was a cheap play by Steadman. But Flanagan said that his team will need to prove its toughness by taking those blows and earning the respect of the Mercyhurst players.‘The penalty was a complete lack of sportsmanship on their part, but our team has to garner that respect,’ Flanagan said. ‘We shouldn’t be worried about what they might do. Instead, we need to worry about taking care of business ourselves. We need to beat this team.’Strategically, the Orange will rely on short bursts of momentum to capitalize against the Lakers. That starts with sacrificing their bodies on defense. Blocked shots by defenders and big saves from sophomore goaltender Kallie Billadeau are small things that SU must do to win.Beating Mercyhurst for the first time in program history will require the ultimate sacrifice. But Skelly said her moment of celebration against Mercyhurst is long overdue.‘I’ve wanted to beat Mercyhurst for four years,’ Skelly said. ‘To beat them would be a huge relief. It’s like a stepping stone for the program of the future. We’re only focusing on one game at a time, but if we can get a win, it would be amazing.’[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 29, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more