Jan 22, 2013 (CIDRAP News) – The risks in working with potentially dangerous pathogens in US labs are low to the scientists involved as well as to the general public, according to two recent reports on safety incidents. USAMRIID reports no illnessesUSAMRIID said it posted the data on safety incidents to make information about potential threats more available. It said no illnesses were reported for 2010 and 2011. See also: Kanabrocki said another encouraging finding was that the CDC report found only one pathogen loss during shipment, a step in the process that is sometimes seen as the weakest link in the security chain. Joseph Kanabrocki, PhD, assistant dean for biosafety and associate professor of microbiology at the University of Chicago, told CIDRAP News that taken together, the two reports are good news, showing extremely low levels of incidents compared with the number of lab workers in the US who handle select agents each year. “There is no such thing as no risk. Accidents do happen,” he said. USAMRIID safety report information for 2010 and 2011 Putting lab infections in an occupational exposure context could also go a long way in encouraging a culture of reporting, he said. The number of reports submitted to the CDC increased over the study period from 16 the first year to 269 in 2010. The authors wrote that the increase probably reflects more outreach and education about the TLR reporting requirements, including guidance that was released in early 2008. About half of the reports over the time period were submitted by registered facilities, but in 2009 and 2010 reports from unregistered labs slightly exceeded ones from registered labs. Most incidents at registered labs occurred in biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) conditions, and most at unregistered labs occurred in biosafety level 2 (BSL-2) facilities. Most of the reports from both types of labs involved bacterial agents. In 2010, of 40,631 entries into BSL-3 labs, there were 34 safety incidents, including 15 with potential biological exposure, which required precautionary medical surveillance. For BSL-4 labs that year, with 11,011 entries there were 6 incidents, including 3 possible exposures. Overall, the incident rates were .084% for BSL-3 labs and .054% for BSL-4 labs. The select agent TLR reporting requirement is designed to help track pathogen inventories, their movements that could results in a theft or loss of the materials, and the public health threat of a release of the agents from the facilities. The rules apply to labs registered by the CDC and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and to others, primarily diagnostic labs, that aren’t registered to handle the agents, but occasionally encounter them during testing. “The biomedical science enterprise has a very good track record as an industry, but sometimes people have the impression that the scientists are cowboys doing sloppy work,” he commented. Of the 11 lab-acquired infections that were linked to select-agent releases, none were fatal and none resulted in secondary infections. Four cases were related to exposure to Brucella melitensis, two to B Suis, four to Francisella tularensis, and one to C immitis/posadasii. The officials estimated that about 10,000 lab workers had approved access to the agents during each year of the study period. In 2011, there were 9 potential biological exposures at BSL-3 labs and 1 at a BSL-4 lab. The respective rates of incidents were .081% and .261%. The increase in incidents at BSL-4 labs that year stemmed from a change in internal reporting requirements after USAMRIID began tracking information on small pin holes and tears in the outer layer of gloves in an effort to identify poorly performing ones and to standardize the ones used across all of its labs, according to the report. One of the reports details theft, loss, and release (TLR) of select agents and toxins that occurred at US labs from 2004 through 2010. It says that 11 lab-acquired infections were linked to select-agent releases that were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but none were fatal or spread to others. He said he was surprised at the number of reports that came from unregistered labs, though it isn’t unusual for diagnostic labs to stumble upon a select agent in the hundreds to thousands of samples they process each year. When a select agent is identified, it is reported to the Select Agent Program and then destroyed. The findings might be useful for guiding future training activities, Kanabrocki said. The other report is a compilation of data from safety reports related to work conducted in the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases’ (USAMRIID) high-containment labs in 2010 and 2012. USAMRIID posted the information on its Web site in early January. Though TLR reporting seems to be geared toward tracking any possible threats to the public, Kanabrocki said he supports the idea of separating out occupational exposures from the TLR paradigm, because they are bound to occur occasionally and they don’t represent an uncontrolled, unmanaged release, such as agent theft or loss, he said. One loss during shipmentBased on their review, the CDC officials found no reports of theft of select agents. They found one confirmed loss during shipment among 3,412 transfers—a Coccidioides immitis sample. FBI agents concluded it was apparently destroyed during processing at a commercial shipping facility in the United States. Henkel RD, Miller T, Weyant RS. Monitoring select agent theft, loss and release reports in the United States—2004-2010. Applied Biosafety 2012;17(4):171-80 The report is the first accounting of TLR events since Congress passed laws in 2002—in the wake of the 2001 anthrax attacks—requiring the government to regulate the possession, use, and transfer of the potential bioterror agents. Authored by CDC officials, the report appears in the latest issue of Applied Biosafety, the journal of the American Biological Safety Association. The CDC researchers, in their discussion of the findings, said the average rate of laboratory-acquired infections in registered facilities of 1.6 per 10,000 authorized workers is low compared with occupational illness rates in other scientific research and development facilities. According to Department of Labor statistics, the latter ranged from 22.3 illnesses per 10,000 workers in 2006 to 15.9 illnesses per 10,000 workers in 2009.
Jul 2, 2020 CARIFESTA XV in Antigua and Barbuda postponed to 2022 Antigua and Barbuda Still Committed to Hosting CARIFESTA in… Oct 9, 2020 Jul 28, 2020 You may be interested in… Cultural traditions, country colours, costumes on show as CARIFESTA XIII opensAfter having to be rescheduled due to Tropical storm Harvey, CARIFESTA XIII officially opened Sunday evening in Bridgetown, Barbados. The Caribbean Region’s premier festival was declared open by Barbados Culture Minister, the Hon. Stephen Lashley at a ceremony held at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown. Prime Minister of Barbados, the Right…August 21, 2017In “General”CARIFESTA XIII ends in true Regional integration styleThe Region’s cultural performers transformed the Kensington Oval in Barbados into a sea of Regional integration as they brought the curtains down on CARIFESTA XIII, Sunday night. The Closing Ceremony for the ten-day festival featured performances from some of the region’s top music and dance groups, steel bands, and individual…August 28, 2017In “Barbados”CARIFESTA XIII Grand Market gets underway todaycomo poner me gusta en mi pagina web Powered by flickr embed. The Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in Barbados was a buzz of activity on Friday in preparation for the opening of the CARIFESTA XIII Grand Market which will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017, at noon. Vendors and…August 19, 2017In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApp Prime Minister Mottley Salutes Sir Everton Weekes May 21, 2020 Barbados Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, the Hon. Stephen Lashley (Photo via Barbados Government Information Service –FP) The Opening Ceremony of CARIFESTA XIII, scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, August 18, at Kensington Oval, has been postponed due to the approach of Tropical Storm Harvey. Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, made the disclosure this evening, and explained that the preparations for the impending weather system had greatly impacted the arrangements for the opening ceremony. CARICOM looking to Creatives For Input, Ideas to Bolster… “The national response ahead of the system has forced the cancellation of the mandatory dress rehearsal which was scheduled to be held at Kensington Oval this evening… Immediate measures have also had to be taken to safeguard equipment at the venue,” Mr. Lashley stated. In addition, the Minister noted that due to the expected inclement weather, some flights would be impacted, and some of the delegations due to arrive in Barbados would be delayed. Mr. Lashley said that a new date for the opening ceremony would be announced “very shortly”, and all tickets and arrangements for entry to the event would be honoured. (Barbados Government Information Service Press Release) Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading…
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Have you ever met a man that swallowed PAS 1192:2:2013 whole, there are a few of them, I promise. Or a man who swallowed PAS 1192:2:2013 and then regurgitated his own version, “we just tweaked it”? (Don’t you love that term?).When you design, you design with flair, passion and heart, to achieve your objectives. Then you check it against a code of practice, the standard should not drive the process. Why is BIM not the same?There are less than 365 days till the public sector is mandated to function at maturity Level 2 and already we can see the emergence of certification systemsConsider the world of the private sector, which is now driving BIM hard and fast, focusing on adding value. This is a world that is clear cut, either BIM adds value or it does not, the PAS swallowers stand out like sore thumbs.Don’t get me wrong I applaud the development of the PAS suite and I cannot wait for DPoW, yes I’ve read them, I just didn’t swallow them. But the fact is that if you deploy dogma on a project you will slow the process down, add cost and probably miss the wood for the trees.So it’s complicated because it is new and we have not learned to handle it. In the beginning the promoters are not practitioners and over complicate with one-size fits all, quickly followed by the opportunists who live in the confusion. That’s ok we’ll out-stay them.There are less than 365 days till the public sector is mandated to function at maturity Level 2 and already we can see the emergence of certification systems. Can I dare to suggest that a single organisation cannot declare itself as being Level 2 compliant, as this implies that every project, every activity and those of the organisations it liaises with are also compliant. This is not the case, at best you can be Level 2 ready. It is the projects or developments that should be considered as Level 2, not the suppliers.Level 2 will come and go, so let’s work together to deliver value through projects, taking a holistic approach to the delivery of assets and consequently developing an integrated approach.Frank McLeod is UK head of project technology for WSP
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KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s outstanding athletes shone brightly on the world stage yet again after copping a dozen medals—three gold, five silver, and four bronze—at the just-concluded IAAF World Athletics Championships in the searing desert heat in Doha, Qatar.In terms of sheer quantity, it was the second-best ever medal haul, only behind the exceptional 2009 edition led by the great Usain Bolt, as well as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Melaine Walker, Veronica Campbell-Brown, and others.Two years ago when Bolt called time on his illustrious career at the London edition, it brought with it much trepidation, and especially after the team performed so badly with a mere four medals, well short of the standard that the world had become accustomed to over the previous decade.And although talent in the sprints on the men’s side seems to have deserted the nation at present, talent in the field events has come to the fore in a most authoritative manner and has thus rendered the team a lot more balanced, as was cited in this space prior to the Doha meet.Tajay Gayle leapt to a world-leading 8.69 meters for a surprise gold medal in the men’s long jump competition and he was quickly followed by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce with her fourth 100m gold in a world-leading 10.71 seconds, and on the penultimate day of the event, the women’s 4×100 meters relay team romped home to a gold medal in another world-leading 41.44 seconds.It was the first time Jamaica was winning a gold medal at a senior global championship, and the first medal since James Beckford earned a podium spot over two years ago.That team comprised Natalliah Whyte, Fraser-Pryce, Jonielle Smith and Shericka Jackson.Fedrick Dacres then landed a historic silver in the men’s discus with a throw of 66.94 meters, the first-ever medal in this discipline at a senior global event.There was another first when Danniel Thomas-Dodd copped silver in women’s shot put with 19.47 meters, and Shaneika Ricketts also got a silver in women’s triple jump with 14.92 meters.The mixed 4×400 meters relay team earned a silver medal in a national record 3:11.78 minutes, having been contested for the first time. That team comprised Naton Allen, Roneisha McGregor, Tiffany James, and Javon Francis.The fifth silver medal was won by the men’s 4×400 meters relay team of Akeem Bloomfield, Nathon Allen, Terry Thomas and Demish Gaye in a season’s best 2:59.70 minutes.The bronze medallists were Rushell Clayton in the women’s 400m hurdles in a personal best 53.74 seconds; Shericka Jackson in the women’s 400 metres in a person best 49.47 seconds; Danielle Williams in the women’s 100 meters hurdles in 12.47 seconds, and the women’s 4×400 meters relay team comprising Anastacia Le-Roy, Tiffany James, Stephenie Ann McPherson, and Shericka Jackson in a season’s best 3:22.37 minutes.It was a remarkable achievement when one considers that pre-race favorite in the women’s 100 and 200 metres, reigning Olympic sprint double champion Elaine Thompson fared no better than fourth in the 100m final, and was forced to withdraw from the semi-finals of the 200m.Also, Jamaica would have won the women’s 4×100 meters relay without Thompson and young Briana Williams, the first and third-placed finishers at the Jamaica National Championships in the summer.And Yohan Blake could only finish fourth in the men’s 100 meters final, while there was no representative in the men’s 200 metres final, or the men’s 4×100 meters relay final.And in the women’s triple jump, Kimberly Williams was in third (bronze medal) position for much of the way before being relegated to fourth place.So with a little bit of luck, Jamaica could easily have surpassed the best-ever medal haul.So after the doom and gloom of two years ago, Jamaicans and indeed Caribbean nationals can look forward to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games with hope of the black, green and gold being proudly represented.But even so, on his return from Doha a few days ago, MVP Track Club head coach Stephen Francis blasted the country’s male sprinters, claiming that the cupboard is bare at present and those around appear unfocused, lacking proper guidance, and the tools to succeed. He said they should consider taking up scholarships because at least they would have something to fall back on because they are not going to make it as top flight pros. REGGAE BOYZMeanwhile, the Reggae Boyz will look to tighten their grip on their group of the Concacaf Nations League when they face Aruba inside National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday evening.The Theodore Whitmore-guided Reggae Boyz have so far easily dispatched Antigua and Barbuda and Guyana with 10 unanswered goals to lead the group with six points.The team will head to Curacao on Sunday for the return game with Aruba next Tuesday. Winning the group would set Jamaica up beautifully for a spot in the final round of World Cup qualification, as well as securing a spot for the next Concacaf Gold Cup Tournament.We wish the Boyz well.
Egypt has for a while now been dealing with a shortage in medicine supply.The ongoing economic crisis has made it difficult for pharmaceutical companies to import life-saving drugs. More and more Egyptians are turning to herbal remedies as an alternative. CGTN’S Susan Mwongeli reports
Share Tweet LocalNews FAO to provide emergency support to Dominica by: Dominica Vibes News – October 15, 2015 Share 169 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! FAO Programming Officer, Anthony KelmanThe Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations will provide emergency support of three hundred thousand U.S dollars to assist Dominica in restoring agricultural productivity.FAO’s Programming Officer, Anthony Kelman made the announcement on Thursday 15 October 2015, while addressing a national stakeholder’s consultation for the formulation of the country programming framework for Dominica for the period 2016-2019.“These resources have been assigned to support the efforts of the government in the recovery of the country,” Kelman said. “We are happy to see that the government is focusing its attention on the medium and long term on agricultural development,” he added.Farming families and fisher folk were both subject to significant loss of livelihood assets as a result of Tropical Storm Erika.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, in an address to the nation on 29 September 2015, said on the one hand, many farmers experienced losses of crops; livestock; land, in some cases; fishing boats and engines, nets, fishing gear and fish pots.While on the other hand, their homes were damaged or destroyed, farm vehicles were destroyed or damaged, and small-scale, rural-based cottage industries and agri-businesses were also terminated (e.g. coconut oil, roasted corn, and plantain). He said in many cases losses were sustained in both livelihood assets and households and represent the most vulnerable group for consideration in the recovery process. Share
A popular image on Vanderbilt‘s Memorial Gym videoboard is a promotional photo of five freshman players posing for a selfie.It’s fitting that it’s a group shot.“They are naturally and inherently unselfish,” said Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings, whose freshman-laden squad is one win away from the Commodores’ first trip to Madison Square Garden in 21 years in the NIT.“(The five freshmen) haven’t worried about themselves. That’s been the most shocking, surprising, pleasant thing for me. It’s a group that’s truly wrapped up in the team, not themselves.”Vanderbilt (21-13) plays at Stanford (21-13) in the NIT quarterfinal at 8 p.m. Tuesday (ESPN). The winner advances to New York for the tournament’s round of four, where the Commodores last finished as an NIT runner-up in 1994.Vanderbilt rolls into NIT quarterfinalsThis year’s team is among the youngest in the country, playing five freshmen in the eight-man rotation. But the Commodores will play on the latest date (March 24) for a Vanderbilt team since an NCAA Sweet 16 run in 2004.The freshmen said their close-knit bond away from the game has bolstered their on-court chemistry.All five freshmen are in the same physics class, and they spend most of their free time together. Guards Matthew Fisher-Davis and Wade Baldwin are almost inseparable.“Matt and I calculated it, and we are only apart three hours total during the day in a whole week,” Baldwin said. “And with all the freshmen, anytime there is off-the-court stuff, we travel in packs.”Added Fisher-Davis: “You never see one freshman without another. We have unity off the court, and we carry it over to practice and games.”But if the Commodores didn’t perform well on the court, their friendship would be of little value to the team. Instead, their on-court chemistry has become an extension of their relationships.Baldwin (154), Shelton Mitchell (99) and Riley LaChance (96) are on the verge of becoming only the third trio in program history to reach 100 assists in the same season. Only one freshman had reached the mark before this season.“We are all unselfish. We all understand each other,” Mitchell said. “We can be a goofy group, but we are all one.”Vanderbilt’s season rolls on after NIT winSuccess is widespread across the freshman class. LaChance leads all SEC freshmen in scoring, and his 423 points rank third all-time among Vanderbilt freshmen. Fisher-Davis leads all SEC freshmen in 3-pointers made per game.Baldwin has broken Vanderbilt’s freshman assists record by a wide margin, and Mitchell is about to move into second on that list.The five freshmen have combined to make 193 3-pointers, but defensive specialist Jeff Roberson actually ranks 11th on Vanderbilt’s single-season list in 3-point percentage.They have helped the Commodores win 10 of their last 13 games heading into the NIT quarterfinal. Stallings said unselfish play has been the source of staying power for this squad.“Not one guy has pouted about playing time all season long,” Stallings said. “They have been completely supportive of their teammates. All they care about is how the team is doing.”Vandy hopes NIT present leads to NCAA futureStallings brought in the five freshmen, in part, to replace six players who left the program early over the previous year and a half. He said this class touts more complete players.“We tried to make an effort to recruit good basketball players (in this class), guys who could pass, dribble and shoot and had a feel for the game,” Stallings said. “We had gotten away from that a little bit. We had tried to recruit better athletes (with previous players). We tried to recruit better basketball players with this group, and we got them.”Reach Adam Sparks at 615-259-8010 and on Twitter @AdamSparks. NIT QUARTERFINAL VANDERBILT (21-13) at STANFORD (21-13)When: 8 p.m. TuesdayTV/radio: ESPN/1510-AM, 560-AM, 95.9-FM, 98.3-FM