States to share $100 million for pandemic planning

first_imgJan 12, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The federal government today announced the release of $100 million appropriated by Congress recently to help states prepare for a potential influenza pandemic.The money is the first installment of $350 million included in the $3.8 billion emergency appropriation for pandemic preparedness that Congress passed in late December, said Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt.Leavitt has been stressing the message that state and local governments must take the lead in dealing with a pandemic at ground level, and he did so again in announcing the funding. “Pandemics happen globally but must be managed at the state and local level, and these funds will help communities meet that responsibility,” he said in a news release.The $100 million will be divided among the 50 states, the District of Columbia, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles County, and the seven US territories. Each state will get $500,000 plus an additional amount based on population.The state shares range from $622,102 for Wyoming to about $6.7 million for California, according to the HHS release.”The remaining $250 million from the appropriation will be awarded later this year in accord with guidance that will require progress and performance,” HHS said.The agency said states and cities will use the money to step up their planning and to conduct drills to test the plans. “The focus is on practical, community-based procedures that could prevent or delay the spread of pandemic influenza, and help to reduce the burden of illness communities would contend with during an outbreak,” the statement said.Leavitt made the announcement today at pandemic planning “summit” meetings in Vermont and West Virginia. The meetings are part of a series of forums that are expected to be held in every state over the next few months.The recent appropriation came in response to President Bush’s request on Nov 1 for $7.1 billion for pandemic preparedness. That included $100 million for state and local preparedness, an amount that some public health organizations criticized as too small.The pandemic planning money is in addition to federal funds to help state and local governments prepare for bioterrorism and other public health emergencies. For fiscal year 2006, Congress recently appropriated about $824 million for that purpose, according to the “CSTE Washington Report” of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists.See also:Jan 12 HHS news releaseDec 28, 2005, CIDRAP News story “Pandemic funding, liability shield clear Congress”last_img read more

Sky Betting & Gaming seeks talent for Sky Bet Deutschland expansion

first_imgShare Jochen WeinerUK independent bookmaker Sky Betting & Gaming (SB&G) is preparing for the next phase of its international expansion, as the operator looks for new talent to join its Munich office for the launch of new asset ‘Sky Bet Deutschland’.Updating the market, SB&G CEO Richard Flint detailed that the bookmaker was recruiting a number German focused employees to be managed by Sky Bet Deutschland Managing Director Jochen Weiner.SB&G detailed that it seeks four Munich-based roles in the marketing and legal teams, nine German-speaking contact centre positions and a possible four new technology roles who will work with the rest of the 50 strong international team in Sheffield.“We are really excited about the opportunity available within the German market. These new hires will allow us to press ahead with our plans to launch there later this year. The fact that we are in a position to do so, so soon after looking into the market, is a testament to our international team and the positive relationship they have developed with Sky Deutschland.” Flint commented.Last September SB&G confirmed its new market expansion into Germany, appointing former Scientific Games and Bwin executive Jochen Weiner as Managing Director.Commenting on SB&G’s German market plans, Weiner stated: “Since joining I’ve been impressed with the way colleagues have pulled together to get us ready to launch a real money product so quickly. There is clearly a healthy market in Germany and we look forward to entering it soon.” Share Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020last_img read more

MLB rumors: Much-maligned pitcher Matt Harvey to sign with Athletics

first_imgHarvey, 30, was designated for assignment and released by the Angels in late July after going 3-5 with a 7.09 ERA in 59 2/3 innings pitched.He initially came up with the Mets after being selected in the top 10 in the 2010 draft and was a revelation to New York’s pitching staff. Related News Angels designate Matt Harvey for assignment He went 3-5 with a 2.73 ERA in 10 starts as a rookie and followed that up with an All-Star appearance his next season. He also finished fourth in the National League Cy Young voting in 2013.That is when his troubles began.Harvey was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery and missed all of the 2014 season. He then came back and was very good for New York in 2015 as the Mets made it to the World Series and lost to the Royals in five games.During that series, he became a big story when he refused to come out after tossing eight shutout innings in Game 5, only to allow two runs in the top of the ninth as the Royals tied the game. New York would go on to lose 7-2 in extra innings. Harvey never found his best form again after that, posting a 4.86 ERA in 2016 with his season being cut short due to surgery to repair thoracic outlet syndrome.He then posted a 6.70 ERA in 2017 and a 7.00 ERA in 27 innings with New York in 2018 before he was traded to the Reds following a demotion to the bullpen and a reported evening at a nightclub before a start. He then finished out his season well but did not re-sign in Cincinnati and signed a one-year deal with the Angels this offseason.The A’s are clearly hoping they’ll be able to find the Harvey closer to what showed up in Cincinnati to end the year last season. He posted a 4.50 ERA in 24 starts in one of the best hitter parks in all of MLB. If that Harvey shows up then Oakland will have found a viable starter down the stretch. Matt Harvey has found a home.The much-maligned starter who was once one of the best pitchers in baseball will sign a minor league deal with the Athletics, according to multiple outlets. He will report to the team’s Triple-A Las Vegas club.last_img read more