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CDC, CSTE release online H5N1 readiness course

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first_imgMay 15, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) today released a 3-day online course to teach state and local public health officials how to respond to human cases of H5N1 avian influenza.The course, titled “CDC/CSTE Rapid Response Training: The Role of Public Health in a Multi-Agency Response to Avian Influenza in the United States,” is available on the CSTE Web site. It consists of six modules that cover surveillance, case management, personal protective equipment, poultry farm investigation, management and public health action, and laboratory issues. The downloadable materials include lectures, presentations, case studies, tabletop exercises, and other items.Jennifer Lemmings, deputy director of programs for the CSTE, told CIDRAP News the materials are freely available to individuals or groups and are designed to meet the multidisciplinary needs of a wide range of public health professionals. Though the course is intended to provide 3 days of group instruction, the modules can be shortened or modified to meet the needs of different public health workers.The online course was developed from courses that the CDC and CSTE conducted early this year in Washington, DC, Denver, and Atlanta. A key component of the training is coordination between veterinary and human public health agencies at all governmental levels, the CDC said in a press release today.”The unique aspect of the training is that it brings together human and animal health professionals, who would work together as part of a multidisciplinary response to an avian influenza threat,” said Joshua Mott, an epidemiologist in the CDC’s influenza division who led the course development. “Importantly, this training also teaches public health response skills that are applicable to other emerging diseases.”The CDC and CSTE developed the online curriculum with educators at the North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness. Support for the regional courses and the online adaptation came from a $2 million grant from the CDC.No human or avian infections with the lethal strain of H5N1 have been reported in North America. Birds in 58 countries have tested positive for the virus, while 12 countries have reported human H5N1 cases.See also:May 15 CDC press releasehttp://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2007/r070515.htmlast_img read more

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More Gains for the NPFL as La Liga Partnership Yields Early…

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first_imgThe recently-signed partnership between the Nigerian Professional Football League and the Spanish La Liga is beginning to yield gains just a couple of months after both parties sealed the landmark deal in Abuja. The Spanish League Association Foundation has already voted 54,000 euros, as well as sporting materials, including training shirts, official balls and other equipment, to El Kanemi Warriors in a bid to help assuage the problems faced by the Borno State club as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency. Also an All-Star team of the NPFL will head to the European nation in August where they will played friendly games with top-flight outfits Malaga and Valencia. The matches, which will be beamed live, will help to further promote the Nigerian league and open new opportunities abroad for our players.One fully expects that more encouraging yields will be coming through from this partnership and this would no doubt enhance the marketability our players, clubs and league. In the ultracompetitive world we live in today a country like Nigeria with a population size of 180m, lots of oil and an abundance of mineral resources, should be an irresistibly beautiful bride, if we know how to apply our make-up properly. I have often maintained that if we get our act together, the money to run football and other sports would come in from overseas. This La Liga deal shows that if we keep our standards, the big players in the global sports industry will be keen to get a piece of the action, which then translate to foreign direct investments, jobs for Nigerians, and more wealth, peace and unity in society.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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F-M girls, J-D boys indoor track win at Constantino meet

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first_imgEach of the area’s four top indoor track and field teams found themselves competing in the same morning session of Saturday’s George Constantino Memorial Invitational as SRC Arena.This proved beneficial for two of the sides in particular as Fayetteville-Manlius dominated the girls meet with 166 points and Jamesville-DeWitt, second on the girls side, won the boys team honors with 99 points.In a 1-2-3 sweep of the girls 600-meter run, F-M had Phoebe White prevail in one minute, 37.70 seconds, with Maddy Duggleby second in 1:45.90 and Isabelle Adrian (1:49.07) third. White went on to win the 1,000-meter run in 3:04.01, far clear of Amelia Amack (3:18.23) in second place and, as part of a Hornets relay sweep, helped Claire Walters, Fiona Mejico and Samantha Pynn win the 4×200 in 1:51.08.Mejico, in 43.05 seconds, was just ahead of Skaneateles’ Emme Conan (43.44) to win the 300-meter dash, with Walters going 9:38.15 to dominate the 3,000-meter run, Ani Sydorowych third in11:38.16.In the 4×400 relay, Isabelle Adrian, Julia Egnaczyk, Maya McKenzie and Elizabeth Bansbach won in 4:30.92 for F-M as Mejico, Maddy Duggleby, Hannah Kaercher and Grace Kaercher went 9:37.48 to win the 4×800. Isabel Zuber added to the Hornets’ win total when she went 16 feet 2 ½ inches to take the long jump, with Elina Cabrera fourth here and fifth in the triple jump as Pynn was third with 31’8 1/2”.Harper Stoppacher, in the high jump, cleared 5’2” to edge East Syracuse Minoa’s Rhiannon Butchko, who was second with 5’1”. Wren Usiatynski then cleared 9’6” to win the pole vault, with J-D’s Eva Wisniewski second by topping 8 feet and teammate Lucy Heflin fourth.J-D’s girls featured Monica Hernandez edging F-M’s Natalee Barber, 9.62 seconds to 9.69, to prevail in the 55-meter hurdles, with Laeticcia Bazile fifth. Grace Bridge was third in the 1,000 in 3:20.85. Rainer Yeager was third in the long jump with 15’8 1/4”, while Bazile was third in the high jump, topping 5 feet.The J-D boys earned a victory in the 4×200 as its sprint quartet of Josh Duby, Haberle Conlon, Joe Staples and Nick Dekaney went 1:36.88 to beat out runner-up Cazenovia (1:37.90) and the field.James Richer, throwing the shot put 44’4 1/2”, beat out F-M’s Dan Sokolovic (44’4”) by half an inch as Ben Staples was third with 39’5 1/2”. But Sokolovic won the weight throw by going 50’7 1/4” as Staples (43’2 3/4”) was fourth.Duby would beat the field in the 300 in 36.99 seconds, with Conlon fifth. Staples also was second in the 55-meter dash in 6.86 seconds, with Josh Duby seventh. Sam Smith finished fifth in the pole vault.Conlon, Nate DiDomenico, Caleb Smith and Aniket Maini were second in the 4×400 in 3:47.51 as Smith took fourth in the long jump with 19’9 1/2” and Maini was fifth in the triple jump.F-M was fourth with 71 points in the boys meet and ESM was fifth with 42 points, including Rocky El rolling to victory in the triple jump when he went 40’7 1/2” after he was third in the 300 in 39.44 seconds. The Spartans’ Michael Parks cleared 5’8” in the high jump to finish third.Michael Berg got second place in the 55 hurdles in 8.29 seconds, with El in sixth place behind J-D’s Nick Dekaney in fifth. The Rams also had Reinaldo Colon take sixth place in the 600.Meanwhile, F-M went 1-2 in the 1,600-meter run, Sam Otis winning in 4:25.22 and Peyton Geehrer second in 4:29.32 as ESM had Nick Berg finish fourth in 4:33.35.Geoff Howles, in 9:39.84, was victorious in the 3,200-meter run, and paired with Otis, Geehrer and Trevor Kurkin to win the 4×800 in 8:43.05, with J-D third in 9:30.84.Christian Brothers Academy had 23 points in the girls meet, most of them from the 1,500-meter run, where Olivia Morganti won in 4:43.45.Isabella Cannizzio was fourth, with F-M’ s Debbie Lucchetti second in 5:10.27 and ESM’s Rachael Ladd third in 5:12.27 to go with her fourth in the 1,000. Canizzo, Morganti, Talia Cannizzio and Isabella Cannizzio were second in the 4×800 in 10:33.08.On the boys end, CBA had 29 points as Joel Gaffney won the 600 in 1:27.71, with F-M’s Mark Hanlon fifth.Zach Medicis got second in the 1,000 in 2;41.71, just behind Baldwinsville’s Jack Michaels (2:41.57) as Michael McMahon got second place in the 3,200 in 10:15.44 behind Howles.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: CBAESMF-Mindoor trackJ-Dlast_img read more

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