North American pandemic plan takes shape

first_imgAug 23, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Leaders of Canada, Mexico, and the United States who met at a security summit in Montebello, Quebec, on Aug 21 unveiled a North American pandemic influenza plan designed to share expertise, coordinate public health messages, and overcome anticipated obstacles at national borders.The plan evolved from the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, a trilateral effort launched in 2006 to enhance collaboration on security and economic issues. At the 2006 summit, leaders vowed to develop a pandemic plan and establish a senior-level coordinating body to work on preparedness issues, according to a US State Department fact sheet.Though the plan covers traditional areas such as information sharing, surveillance, and medical resources, it emphasizes preserving the three countries’ economies in the event of an influenza pandemic.”Although influenza will not physically damage critical infrastructure, systems may be weakened by the absence of essential personnel in the workplace or the diversion of resources,” the 44-page report states. “The Plan, therefore, extends beyond health and medical sectors to include provisions in relation to critical infrastructure and the movement of goods and services across our borders.”Kim Elliott, deputy director of Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit public health advocacy group based in Washington, DC, said TFAH welcomes the release of the pandemic flu plan. “The flu virus doesn’t respect borders, so it’s incumbent upon every country to plan for coordination,” she told CIDRAP News.A pandemic plan is meaningless unless it stipulates that participants hold exercises to test it, Elliott said. The North American plan includes provisions for bilateral and trilateral pandemic response exercises, with a target date of December 2008.Among the challenges North American pandemic planners will face, Elliott said, is vastly different healthcare systems—particularly Canada with its more centralized approach, and the United States with a more privatized healthcare model. “So it’s good to test operations and different strategies,” she said.The plan spells out the triggers that would prompt one of the three countries to request assistance from its neighbors: when human or material resources are scarce, when a pandemic event in one country threatens the others, and when an outbreak requires robust coordination of responses by all three countries.In several areas, the plan calls on the countries to address obstacles that could hamper outbreak containment. For example, authorities should ensure rapid cross-border movement of diagnostic materials and reagents, as well as specimens, isolates, and vaccines. Also, the document specifies that countries should ease the way for veterinary and medical personnel to respond to emergencies in other countries.Sharing information and best practices is another theme of the plan. For example, it says countries should share information about how they plan to use nonpharmaceutical interventions and communicate public health messages to their citizens.Regarding stockpiling of vaccines and drugs, planners acknowledge that though the countries have different goals, it is useful for them to share their strategies for shelf-life extension, vaccine and antiviral allocation, and mass distribution.Though border restrictions are not a centerpiece of the plan, the document does address international arrivals. The three countries will share and coordinate triggers, criteria, and protocols for screening international travelers, the report says. “These . . . should be balanced against the necessity to maintain the flow of persons, cargo, and trade across North American borders,” it states.The plan advises countries to adopt a layered passenger-screening approach consisting of predeparture, en route, and arrival checks.Because the infrastructures of the three countries are highly interrelated, the plan suggests that infrastructure sectors in each country, such as agriculture, transportation, and utilities, join with their counterparts in the other countries to assess their risks and share their resiliency strategies. The United States has already identified how it would protect critical infrastructure and key resource sectors, and Canada and Mexico are both finalizing similar plans, the report says.Greg Dworkin, MD, one of the editors of the FluWiki, an interactive pandemic planning Web site, told CIDRAP News that one element that seems missing from the North American plan is a strategy to inform citizens of the countries about, and involve them in, for example, community mitigation plans.Dworkin, who is chief of pediatric pulmonology at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Conn., said a recent study from the Irish Council for Bioethics suggests that global pandemic planners need to do more to teach citizens about their pandemic risks. The study found that 7 in 10 Irish people were unaware of the flu pandemic risk and that three-fourths weren’t fully aware of avian flu risks.last_img read more

Boys’ soccer: Bucksport, MDI and DI-S fall in prelims

first_imgELLSWORTH — Three Hancock County boys’ soccer teams lost their bids for a playoff spot this week in the North preliminary rounds.Bucksport, Mount Desert Island and Deer Isle-Stonington all fell out of the postseason running while Ellsworth and George Stevens Academy both advanced to the quarterfinals with bye weeks.The No. 1 Ellsworth Eagles are scheduled to host ninth-ranked Foxcroft on Wednesday in a Class B quarterfinal game.In the Class C quarterfinals, the No. 5 GSA Eagles are scheduled to play at fourth-ranked Orono on Wednesday.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textHoulton 1, Bucksport 0Houlton’s Pat Howe scored just one minute into Saturday’s Class C prelim against Bucksport.It was all the No. 7 Shires needed to beat the No. 11 Golden Bucks.Cody Larsen made 11 saves on 15 shots for the Bucks. AJ Henderson stopped four of five shots for the Shires.Bucksport ended its season with a 2-12-1 record while Houlton improved to 9-4-2.Erskine 3, MDI 0The No. 7 MDI Trojans ended their season Saturday in a loss to 10th-ranked Erskine in the Class B prelims.Erskine improved to 11-4 and MDI finished with an 8-6-1 record.Penobscot Valley 1, DI-S 0The No. 6 Penobscot Valley Howlers escaped with a hard-fought win over the No. 11 DI-S Mariners in Friday’s Class D prelim at Howland.Jarrett Priest scored the lone goal unassisted with 16:44 left in the first half. Penobscot Valley had numerous close opportunities, but the DI-S defense, and especially goalkeeper Ethan Shepard, denied the Howlers any other goals.PVHS’s Jaeden Folster stopped all three shots he saw for the 11-4 Howlers. Shepard saved 17 of 26 shots for the Mariners, who finished at 6-8-1.last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgThe outcome puts the Coyotes within two points of first-place Edmonton in the tightly-packed Pacific Division.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Evgenii Dadonov (dah-DAH’-nahv) notched his 24th goal and Mike Hoffman added his 22nd as the Panthers downed the Sharks, 5-3 in San Jose. Anton Stralman and Vincent Trochek (TROH’-chehk) added goals in the final three minutes to secure Florida’s first win in three games. Aaron Ekblad had two assists and Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHF’-skee) stopped 29 shots for Florida.— Andrew Mangiapane (man-jah-PAN’-ee) had three goals and an assist in leading the Flames to a 6-4 victory over the Ducks. Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and an assist for Calgary, which trailed 3-1 early in the third period. Sam Bennett and Sean Monahan also scored to back Cam Talbot, who made 26 stops.NBA-NEWS The ACC issued a statement saying the league had “unanimously concluded that as a matter of principle we support a one-time transfer opportunity for all student-athletes, regardless of sport.” The conference added that it looks forward to continuing the discussion nationally.CBS Sports reported last month that the Big Ten had proposed legislation in October that would allow undergraduates in any sport to transfer without sitting out to satisfy the typical requirement that they spend a year in residence at their new school.The NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors implemented a moratorium Nov. 1 on transfer-related proposals for the 2019-20 legislative cycle while additional data was gathered for review, meaning any proposals likely couldn’t be adopted until 2021.NHL-NEWSSabres suspend Bogosian Associated Press Browns cut Carrie, 3 othersCLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns new general manager Andrew Berry cleared $13 million in salary-cap space Monday by releasing veteran cornerback T.J. Carrie and three others signed by former GM John Dorsey.The 29-year-old Carrie played in all 32 games over the past two seasons after being signed as a free agent. He had 125 tackles, two interceptions and two sacks.Along with Carrie, Cleveland terminated the contracts of tight end Demetrius Harris, guard Eric Kush and linebacker Adarius Taylor.LPGA-OBIT-MICKEY WRIGHT NHL-SCHEDULECoyotes nip bumbling IslesUNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders began their four-game road trip within five points of the NHL’s Metropolitan Division. There are now in danger of returning home on the outside of Eastern Conference playoff positioning.The Islanders are 0-3 on the trip after Antti Raanta (AN’-tee RAHN’-tah) stopped 25 shots and Conor Garland scored his team-leading 20th goal in Arizona’s 2-1 victory over New York. Garland became Arizona’s first 20-goal scorer of the season with a one-timer in the third, giving the Coyotes a 2-0 lead.The Isles hadn’t scored on the trip until Anthony Beauvillier (boh-VIH’-lee-ay) beat Raanta with 13:18 remaining. The goal didn’t stop the Islanders from suffering a third straight regulation loss for the first time this season. Hamlin joined six Hall of Fame drivers as winners of three or more Daytona 500s. This victory came after just the second rain postponement in 62 years, a pair of red flag stoppages and two overtimes.As Hamlin went door-to-door with Ryan Blaney for the finish, Ryan Newman took a wild ride along the track when he was crashed trying to hold onto the lead. Newman’s car flipped several times and was engulfed in flames as it crossed the finish line on its roof.Newman’s condition was not immediately known as safety workers rolled his car back onto its wheels before he was removed. Newman was taken by ambulance to a hospital.The 0.014 margin of victory was the second closest in race history.Chris Buescher finished third, followed by Dave Ragan and Kevin Harvick. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-DAYTONA 500Racing at DaytonaDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Denny Hamlin has become the first driver to win back-to-back Daytona 500s since Sterling Marlin in 1994 and ’95. The top-ranked Bears claimed 48 of 63 first-place votes, the No. 2 Bulldogs picked up 14 and the third-rated Jayhawks claimed the other No. 1 vote. Kansas and Baylor will square off Saturday in Waco.Dayton, Duke, Maryland, Florida State, Penn State and Kentucky round out the top 10, with Louisville dropping from fifth to 11th with Saturday’s 15-point loss at Clemson.COLLEGE SPORTS-TRANSFERS-ACCACC supports one-time transfers without sitting outGREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference has joined the Big Ten in saying it supports one-time transfers without sitting out for all sports. February 17, 2020center_img Also around the NBA:— Ratings for the NBA All-Star Game were up 8% over last year, with an average of 7.3 million viewers watching Sunday night’s broadcast on TNT. About 8 million viewers were tuned in for the end of the game, where LeBron James’ team defeated Giannis Antetokounmpo’s team 157-155 in the first target-score format in All-Star history. The fourth quarter was untimed and was broadcast commercial-free.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-POLLBaylor, Gonzaga, Kansas still lead the wayUNDATED (AP) — Baylor, Gonzaga, Kansas and San Diego remain the top 4 teams in the newest Associated Press men’s basketball poll. UNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have extended the contracts of manager Brian Snitker and general manager Alex Anthopoulos.Anthopoulos also has been given an additional title of president, baseball operations, while his contract is extended through the 2024 season.Snitker and his coaching staff have received extensions through the 2021 season.The Braves have won two consecutive NL East titles under Anthopoulos and Snitker.Also around the majors: Former LPGA golfer Mickey Wright dead at 85FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Hall of Fame golfer Mickey Wright has died. Her attorney says she died Monday of a heart attack at the age of 85. She had been hospitalized in recent weeks because of a fall.Wright won 82 LPGA tournaments, including 13 majors. She joined the fledgling LPGA in 1955 and her 82 wins place her second on the all-time list behind Kathy Whitworth, who won 88. She retired from the tour in 1969 because of foot issues.MLB-NEWSBraves extend contracts of Snitker, Anthopoulos Beilein pondering future with CavsUNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein (BEE’-lyn) has discussed with team officials the possibility of him stepping down before the end of the season.ESPN.com first reported the possibility of Beilein leaving the team before the end of the season on Sunday night as the All-Star Game wrapped up in Chicago. The team is 14-40 amid reports that players have not been pleased with Beilein’s coaching style, calling it simplistic with too much emphasis on fundamentals.Beilein went 829-468 as a college coach. He won 428 games at Michigan, leading the Wolverines to nine NCAA tournament appearances and two Final Fours in his 12 seasons.If Beilein does step down, associate head coach JB Bickerstaff would likely replace him. UNDATED (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have suspended defenseman Zach Bogosian for failing to report to the minors.The team announced the suspension two days after the 12-year NHL veteran cleared waivers and was assigned to Buffalo’s AHL affiliate in Rochester, New York.Bogosian now risks losing out on what’s left of the $6 million he is owed in the final year of his contract.The developments come a little over a week before the NHL’s trade deadline on Feb. 24, and some three months after Bogosian requested to be traded.NFL-BROWNS Update on the latest in sports: — Astros pitcher Francis Martes has been suspended for the 2020 season following his second positive test for a performance-enhancing substance. The 24-year-old right-hander is on the Astros’ 40-man major league roster but hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2017. He was suspended last March 12 for 80 games following a positive test for Clomiphene.— Houston backup infielder Aledmys (ah-LEHD’-meed) Díaz has gone to arbitration seeking $2.6 million compared to the same $2 million salary he earned last year. Díaz hit .271 for the AL champions with nine homers and 40 RBIs in 247 plate appearances over 69 games last season.— Angels owner Arte Moreno acknowledges he scrapped the proposed trade that would have landed Joc Pederson and Ross Stripling from the Dodgers. Both veterans likely would have played immediately for the Angels, but Moreno called off the talks around the deal while the Dodgers’ blockbuster deal with Boston was delayed for several days. Moreno also says the Angels can make an even bigger trade for an elite starting pitcher if they get a chance this season.last_img read more

Tottenham and England sweat on Kane injury

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane receives medical attention during the match against Bournemouth on March 11, 2018 © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 12 – Tottenham and England face an anxious wait to find out the full extent of Harry Kane’s ankle injury, saying they will not know the severity of the damage until Tuesday at the earliest.The England striker, 24, was due to undergo a scan after limping off during the first half of Spurs’ 4-1 win at Bournemouth on Sunday, just three months before the start of the World Cup in Russia. Reports said that swelling around Kane’s right ankle needs to reduce before the extent of the injury can be determined.Spurs play Swansea in the FA Cup quarter-finals at the weekend while England manager Gareth Southgate will on Thursday name his squad for forthcoming friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy.Kane, who has 39 goals for club and country this season, left the stadium in Bournemouth on crutches and wearing a protective boot after sustaining the injury in the process of scoring a disallowed goal in the first half.He hobbled around the side of the pitch and appeared to be preparing to come back before disappearing down the tunnel to be replaced by Erik Lamela.Kane suffered ligament damage to the same ankle twice last season.He was sidelined for seven weeks and missed 10 Spurs games due to the initial injury, picked up against Sunderland in September 2016.However, he then returned to action within a month of sustaining a similar problem in an FA Cup tie with Millwall last March.Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, whose side are chasing a top-four finish in the Premier League, was optimistic about the latest injury setback and said Kane remained upbeat.“We hope that it’s not a massive issue,” said the Argentine coach. “He felt that when he ran and twisted his ankle that it was impossible to stay on the pitch.“Harry has a great character and is always positive, happy with the victory for the team, of course disappointed with his problem. But if you’re positive you start the recovery from injury from now.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more