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

Bailey shines in second half filling in for Carter

first_imgEven as Ryan Nassib watched Antwon Bailey shine in his new role, he knew what the loss of Delone Carter meant for his Syracuse offense. ‘Delone is such a big part of our offense,’ Nassib said. ‘Antwon was getting a lot of carries and a lot of touches. It was disappointing.’ Carter hurt himself in the first half of SU’s 16-7 loss to Boston College Saturday. He left the game with six carries for 30 yards and one reception for 8 yards. All of those came in the first half. Carter could be seen visibly limping at points in the second quarter. But he was never removed in the half, and his last carry came on a 3-yard rush late in the quarter. ‘He got nicked up,’ SU head coach Doug Marrone said after the game when asked about Carter’s status. ‘Injury.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Marrone would not elaborate on Carter’s status. But his absence — during which he was noticeably still seen on the sideline in uniform — cost the Orange its two-headed threat at the running back position. Bailey filled in admirably for Carter, carrying the ball 18 times for 72 yards and punctuating his efforts with a 5-yard touchdown. Bailey was most impressive during the Orange’s 12-play, 80-yard drive to open the second half. That drive was also easily the most impressive of Syracuse’s day as a team. After Nassib opened up the pass game with three passes of 10 yards or more in a row, all he had to do from there was give the ball to Bailey. In five plays — the last four of which were on rushes — Bailey took the ball 20 yards into the end zone to give SU a temporary 7-6 lead. He converted on a crucial third-and-1 from the BC 11-yard line. And two plays later, he finished the drive with the 5-yard touchdown scamper. ‘Every man did his job,’ Bailey said of the drive. ‘We were all focused. Whatever was called, we were making it work.’ But it wasn’t that easy the rest of the way for Bailey, just like it wasn’t for the rest of Syracuse’s offense. On SU’s next drive, he broke out for a 15-yard run but was stuffed on three more chances. Prince-Tyson Gulley wasn’t a factor as a second option, making Carter’s loss hurt even more. And in the end, despite the individual success, it only led to the collective feeling of disappointment for Bailey. ‘It’s definitely disappointing,’ Bailey said. ‘We wanted to send the seniors out the right way.’ Sale-ing Marcus Sales’ presence has been felt at times this season — most notably in his game-winning touchdown catch Oct. 9 at South Florida. But on Saturday against Boston College, Sales was finally the man. He was the go-to receiver for Nassib, hauling in five catches for 73 yards. ‘He has been able to really get open and separate,’ Marrone said of Sales. ‘He has been consistent. He has really risen above. … I’m happy for Marcus Sales.’ Sales was a consistent threat from the start. His 26-yard catch on the Orange’s opening drive was a career-long. And on SU’s touchdown drive, Sales caught three passes, all of which were for 10 yards or more. After a holding penalty, Sales’ catch on first-and-18 gave the Orange its momentum back. ‘What he has done is something for us to look forward to,’ Marrone said, ‘and something for us to build upon as we get ready to start practicing and move on to win more football games.’ This and that The Syracuse defense has allowed the opposing running back to gain 80 yards or more in eight of its 12 games this season. … SU senior linebacker Derrell Smith had 12 total tackles in the game, including four for a loss of yardage. Smith now has 24 tackles for loss in his SU career, which is tied for 10th on the program’s all-time list. … Kevyn Scott intercepted his first career pass in the game. Published on November 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

Dodgers’ Trayce Thompson trying to use his wingspan to his advantage

first_imgANAHEIM >> When Dodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson was a senior at Santa Margarita High, he was invited to work out at Angel Stadium. Another invited guest was Aaron Altherr, now an outfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies. In Altherr, a tall and slender outfielder, Thompson saw a kindred spirit.Thompson inherited the wingspan of his father, former Lakers big man Mychal Thompson. So did his brother, Golden State Warriors guard Klay. Long arms are an indisputable asset on a basketball court, but in a batter’s box they can be a burden. There are solid hitters taller than Thompson – Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees rookie Aaron Judge, Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger – but few have limbs as long as his.That’s why Thompson studies all of them. “When you have long arms, your levers are longer,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “To try and manage an entire strike zone with the velocity it’s tougher. To look at comparables as far as physique makes sense.”That’s what made Thompson’s home run Wednesday – his first hit in the majors in nearly a year – so satisfying.Angels pitcher Keynan Middleton pitched Thompson by the book, pounding a 96-mph fastball over the inner half. Thompson got around on the pitch quickly, launching it 413 feet to left field for a home run.“You look at a lot of bigger guys around the league, a lot of pitchers attack them on fastballs inside,” Thompson said. “That’s something I had to work on, especially when I first got to the big leagues, then last year. It’s something I work on every day. It’s definitely something that I have to cover and I’ll probably have to work on the rest of my career.”Injury updatesX-rays on Hyun-Jin Ryu’s left foot were negative, and the pitcher said he would not need to visit the 10-day disabled list one day after he was struck by an Andrelton Simmons line drive on Wednesday.Ryu pitched another two innings after suffering the injury, lasting into the sixth inning of the Dodgers’ 3-2 loss to the Angels. He conceded feeling some pain in his foot while walking Thursday but was not wearing a walking boot. When would he be able to pitch again?“I assume four days,” Ryu said through his interpreter, adding that the front office hadn’t discussed a possible trip to the 10-day disabled list with him.Pitcher Brandon McCarthy, on the 10-day DL with right knee tendinitis, played catch but hadn’t scheduled a bullpen session as of Thursday afternoon. In his last start Sunday against Colorado, McCarthy suffered through a case of the yips that led to three wild pitches and a pair of walks in three innings.“Mentally I think he’s in a good place,” Roberts said. “I think the first thing would be to set up a bullpen, then probably the next piece would be to get a simulated situation where it’s controlled and he can work through some things, then a potential rehab game. With that, there’s really no definitive start date for him because there are things that he personally would want to get through, to feel really confident about taking the mound in a major league game.”Scott Kazmir threw a bullpen session for Roberts and Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt at Angel Stadium. His next rehab start, expected to be a three-inning outing, is Sunday for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.Kazmir is on the 60-day DL with a left hip strain.AlsoDodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to start Tuesday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. That would line him up to start a week from Sunday, which might in turn rule him out from pitching in the All-Star Game on July 11. “When we get to that point I think that he’ll make a decision that benefits him,” Roberts said of Kershaw. … Triple-A outfielder Alex Verdugo and Class-A pitcher Yadier Alvarez were selected to the World team for the Futures Game on July 9 in Miami. … Oklahoma City Dodgers coach Luis Matos was also selected for the World staff. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “I remember when I first got drafted, Stanton’s a Southern California guy so a lot of the scouts talked to me about him,” he said. “I watched a lot of video of Matt Kemp. A-Rod. Guys that are of that stature. I tried to pick up on some habits, some stuff that works for them. At the end of the day, I’m myself. I’m still learning what works best for me.”For Thompson, that’s a process that takes time. After missing the entire second half of last season with a back injury, he suffered through a miserable April at the plate. Shuttling between the majors and Oklahoma City to begin the season, Thompson didn’t collect a hit until his 30th at-bat. He didn’t find any consistency until May.The trick, Thompson said, was doing drills designed to corral his long swing into something more efficient and effective.“We found a pretty good routine that’s helped me the last couple weeks,” he said.Long arms make outside pitches easier to reach for Thompson than most hitters, but a good test is his ability to hit pitches on the inner half of the plate. The same holds true for baseball’s other long-limbed sluggers.last_img read more