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

Cazenovia ice hockey takes trio of defeats

first_imgTrailing 2-0 through two periods due to goals by Joe McLaughlin and Andrew Schneid, Cazenovia got on the board with John Dudrick’s goal with 11 minutes to play, only to have the Wildcats answer it when Patrick Quinn converted, the first goal of his varsity career.Jake Owens kept things alive when he found the net with 1:30 left, but WG held on, despite Cy McCrink’s 24 saves as Jack Donlin and Forrest Ives earned assists on the Lakers’ goals.Cazenovia then made its way to Lysander Arena to face Baldwinsville last Friday, and it proved a far different game, the Lakers overwhelmed as it lost to the Bees 8-1. Then, back at the IcePlex on Saturday, the Lakers hosted New Hartford, and those struggles on the defensive end continued during an 8-3 defeat to the Spartans.Two road games take place this week for the Lakers, including a Tuesday trip to Fulton and a Thursday visit to Cicero Twin Rinks to face Fayetteville-Manlius.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Had the Cazenovia ice hockey team tried to match itself against the well-established Division I powerhouses earlier this season, it may not have proved encouraging.But with all the improvement the Lakers had shown going 4-1-1 in its previous games, it entered back-to-back contests against West Genesee and Baldwinsville with a real belief that it could stay right with them.Cazenovia and WG met last Tuesday at the Morrisville State IcePlex, and it never got away from the Lakers as it made a spirited late push before taking a 3-2 defeat to the Wildcats.center_img Tags: Cazenoviaice hockeylast_img read more

Every playoff scenario for Cardinals, Brewers on the final Sunday of MLB’s regular season

first_imgThe National League Central race between the Cardinals and Brewers is going down to the last scheduled day of the 2019 MLB regular season. So is the race for the second NL wild-card spot.St. Louis (90-71) leads Milwaukee (89-72) by one game heading into the finale of the 162-game schedule. Both teams have already clinched playoff berths, so their primary concerns Sunday will be avoiding a one-game division tiebreaker on Monday and the wild-card game on Tuesday. St. Louis loses, Milwaukee winsThe teams finish tied in the division. They meet in a one-game playoff Monday in St. Louis to determine the Central champion. The loser heads to Washington for the wild-card game.The Central Division champion will advance to the NL Division Series vs. the Braves.Washington (92-69) clinched home field in the wild-card game Saturday by beating the Indians at home. The Nationals are back in the playoffs after a one-year absence. MORE: When does the MLB postseason begin?The Cardinals led the Central by 3 1/2 games after games of Sept. 23, but four consecutive losses, including two to the Cubs in their current weekend series, opened the door for the Brewers, who charged into contention after losing star outfielder Christian Yelich to a leg injury. Milwaukee, however, has lost its first two games against the Rockies after a 17-4 start to September.Here are all the ways the division and wild-card races could be settled (or not) when the teams take the field Sunday afternoon. Cardinals-Cubs will begin at 3:15 p.m. ET in St. Louis and Brewers-Rockies will start at 3:10 p.m. ET in Denver.Cardinals, Brewers playoff clinching scenariosSt. Louis wins on Sunday (regardless of what Milwaukee does)The Cardinals win the division and the Brewers head to Washington, D.C., to play the Nationals in the wild-card game on Tuesday. St. Louis loses, Milwaukee losesAgain, the Cardinals win the division and the Brewers play in Washington against the Nationals in the NL wild-card game. last_img read more