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Secret Service increases protection on Joe Biden as he unofficially becomes president-elect

first_imgAdditional agents are reportedly being added Friday to the team protecting Biden.That full protection may still be delayed if Donald Trump refuses to concede, though: “If Biden is considered the clear winner and Trump does not concede, the Secret Service could wait under agency protocol until the electoral college meets in mid-December to certify the vote results before officially treating Biden as the president-elect,” the Post reports.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The airspace over Biden’s home in Delaware is now considered National Defense Airspace, however. So things appear to be moving in the right direction for Biden to get the protection his position merits, and the threat of Trump’s supporters demands.last_img read more

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Broad health preparedness bill advances in Senate

first_imgJul 19, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A US Senate committee today approved a bill packed with a wide variety of provisions designed to improve the nation’s ability to handle public health emergencies, including pandemic influenza.The bipartisan “Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act” was unanimously approved by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, according to Laura Caudell, a spokeswoman for Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the bill’s author.”We passed it unanimously this morning out of committee, and now it’ll be put on the legislative calendar in the Senate,” Caudell told CIDRAP News.Among other things, the bill names the secretary of health and human services as the government’s leader for health emergencies, requires states to meet preparedness standards and to share some of the cost of preparedness, seeks to coordinate and strengthen the nation’s system of medical volunteers, and calls for tracking of influenza vaccine supplies so that doses reach high-risk groups.The measure reauthorizes the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, which was passed following the terrorist attacks of 2001. That law is set to expire at the end of September, according to a Jul 18 news release from Burr’s office.Burr, chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness, said discussions with New Orleans health officials last week about Hurricane Katrina underscored for him the need for the legislation.”Everyone I met agreed we must ensure our hospitals and health care facilities are better prepared to respond to a disaster,” he said in the news release. “This legislation is a first step toward making sure our federal, state, and local governments and public and private health care systems have more tools to better manage an emergency be it a hurricane, a terrorist attack, or a pandemic.”The bill, introduced yesterday, is cosponsored by Sens. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.; Tom Harkin, D-Iowa; and Ted Kennedy, D-Mass. Caudell said the sponsors consulted with the Bush administration in developing the legislation and that it has the administration’s support.Enzi, chair of the Senate committee that approved the bill today, said in a news release that the measure “would integrate local, state, and federal public health infrastructures and create a clear chain of command.”Burr’s office cited five major objectives of the bill:To “put someone in charge” by designating the HHS secretary as the lead official for responding to public health emergencies. Caudell said current law doesn’t specifically assign that job to anyone.To “speed up coordinated responses to medical emergencies” by improving training, logistics, and planning for healthcare providers and by promoting the use of “mobile medical assets and alternative federal facilities” for accommodating surges of patients.To establish standards of preparedness for states. “The legislation requires individual states to meet performance standards developed by the Secretary of HHS to ensure all states have a basic level of preparedness for disasters,” the release states.To fund public health and medical preparedness. The bill authorizes $824 million for state and local preparedness and $474 million for hospital preparedness for fiscal year 2007, plus “such sums as may be necessary” for 2008 through 2011.To create a system to promote, organize, train, and support healthcare volunteers for emergency response work.Regarding funding, the legislation requires states to match federal preparedness grants at the 5% level starting in 2009. The states’ share would increase to 10% and then 20% in the two following years.To improve state accountability, the bill calls on HHS within 6 months to develop “measurable evidence-based benchmarks and objective standards that measure levels of preparedness.” In addition, HHS is directed to provide the states with criteria for an effective plan for responding to pandemic influenza.States that fail to meet standards or submit a pandemic response plan would lose 10% of their annual grant the first year. With continuing failures, the penalty would rise to 15%, 20%, and 25% in the second, third, and fourth years.Concerning flu vaccine supplies, the legislation directs HHS “to track and facilitate the distribution” of vaccines so that supplies can go to high-priority groups. It does not suggest how this should be done. The information gathered by HHS for this purpose must remain confidential.The legislation also calls for some changes in lines of responsibility for emergency response. In particular, it transfers the National Disaster Medical System from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) back to HHS, where it was before the DHS was established in 2002.In addition, the bill moves the management of the Strategic National Stockpile of drugs and medical supplies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the office of the HHS assistant secretary for public health emergency preparedness, according to Caudell. The name of the latter position would change to “assistant secretary for preparedness and response” under the bill.Concerning medical volunteers, the legislation “codifies” the existing system of local Medical Reserve Corps teams and puts them under a director appointed by the HHS secretary. The bill sets standards for the composition of the corps and the training and certification of its members.Also under the bill, HHS would tie existing state volunteer verification systems into a nationwide network of systems that could quickly verify volunteers’ credentials in an emergency.Sen. Enzi’s news release cited two other provisions of the bill as important:A clause promoting “public health situational awareness with a nationwide, near real-time network, built on existing surveillance systems, to detect and contain public health threats”A provision for grants to people who agree to serve in a state or local public health department in an underserved area.See also: Jul 19 news release from Sen. Richard BurrJul 18 news release from Sen. BurrNovember 2002 CIDRAP News article on establishment of the DHShttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/bioprep/news/homelnd.htmlCDC information on the Strategic National Stockpilehttps://www.cdc.gov/phpr/stockpile/index.htmlast_img read more

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Arsenal legend Paul Merson digs out eight Manchester United players and slams Ed Woodward

first_img View 3 comments Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is fighting to save his job at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)‘Daniel James needs to come out of the team for a breather because his confidence looks shot, and as for Jesse Lingard – where have the goals gone?‘People say United miss Scott McTominay when he doesn’t play. But how many top clubs are lining up to try and sign him? It’s sad how far United have dropped.‘Never mind the top two. Look how far behind Leicester they are! This is Manchester United. They shouldn’t be playing for fourth place.’Manchester United face League One side Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup on Sunday.MORE: Dimitar Berbatov urges Man Utd to re-sign Carlos TevezMORE: Man Utd make approach to sign Islam Slimani on loan Metro Sport ReporterFriday 24 Jan 2020 7:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.7kShares Advertisement Arsenal legend Paul Merson digs out eight Manchester United players and slams Ed Woodward Arsenal legend Paul Merson has criticised eight Manchester United players (Picture: Sky Sports)Paul Merson has criticised eight Manchester United players and says he feels ‘sad’ and ‘uncomfortable’ watching Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s struggling side.The Red Devils have won just nine of their 24 league fixtures this season and fell a staggering 33 points adrift of leaders Liverpool after losing at home to Burnley on Wednesday.Solskjaer is fighting to save his job at Old Trafford but Merson says a number of Manchester United players are not pulling their weight.And the Arsenal legend also slammed Red Devils executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who has been the subject of much criticism from fans in recent months.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMerson told Starsport: ‘How can Ed Woodward keep getting away with it at Manchester United?‘I keep hearing that their squad cost £100m more than Liverpool’s. How is that possible! It’s unbelievable.‘I watch United sometimes and it’s sad to see. I feel uncomfortable watching them. This is not Manchester United.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘So many players are not good enough. Fred has got better but let’s face it, he couldn’t get any worse. Anthony Martial doesn’t seem to realise who he’s playing for.‘I’m not sure Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire are good enough to play in a back four.‘They suit a three better. And Aaron Wan-Bissaka has hit a massive brick wall. Burnley were targeting him. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Mississippi State’s Reggie Perry bosses Russia, advances USA Basketball to FIBA U19 World Cup semis

first_imgReggie Perry showed Russia who’s in charge.A sophomore at Mississippi State, Perry scored 11 of the first 21 points for the United States junior national team on the way to a 28-point performance that delivered a comfortable 95-80 victory over Russia and a spot in the FIBA U19 World Cup semifinals. MORE: NBA Summer League 2019: Schedule, how to watchPerry’s early outburst and consecutive 3-pointers by Iowa State guard Tyrese Haliburton advanced the U.S. to a 31-14 lead on the way to a lead that grew as large as 28 points in the first half and settled to 51-27 at halftime.The Americans relaxed a bit in the third quarter and allowed the Russians to close to a 66-57 deficit with 52 seconds left on a 3-pointer by Zakhar Vedishchev, who led his team with 24 points. But the U.S. tightened its fullcourt press at the start of the final period, forcing three turnovers — two on steals by Haliburton — and three missed layups in the first 2 minutes. The lead quickly grew back to 17 points, and there never again was a threat.Perry finished with eight rebounds, three steals, three assists and two blocks, the most dominant performance of any U.S. player in the tournament to date. He was among the players who entered the NBA Draft but chose to withdraw, and that turned out to be great news for all of America, not just that portion of Mississippi that favors the Bulldogs. Through five games, he leads the team in scoring at 14.8 points per game and rebounding at 7.4.Haliburton scored 10 points for the U.S. to go with his seven assists and five steals. Villanova-bound Jeremiah Robinson-Earl scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Prospect Scottie Barnes of Fort Lauderdale scored 13 on 6-of-8 shooting. Of the 26 turnovers committed by Russia, 17 were on steals by U.S. defenders.The Americans again were not effective from 3-point range. Haliburton was 2 of 4 and Perry 1 of 2, but the rest of the squad went 0 for 10.They will play Lithuania in the semis Saturday. They were in the same pool earlier in the tournament, and the Americans won the game 102-84, with Haliburton scoring 21 points on 4-of-5 long-distance shooting.last_img read more

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Hospital ICUs Reach Near-Capacity Across Parts of South Florida

first_imgAs cases of the coronavirus continue to increase throughout South Florida, health officials are growing concerned over hospitalizations and the numbers of intensive care unit beds that are, or are not, available.Last week, the state reached more than 1,800 hospitalizations, marking the highest single-day since the beginning of the pandemic, according to state records.Some area hospitals are now taking steps to increase the amount of available ICU beds.Bethesda East, Bethesda West and Boca Raton Regional Center are rescheduling elective procedures that require overnight stays in order to help free up space for COVID-19 patients.In Broward, Memorial Hospital West in Pembroke Pines reported only two of its 40 adult ICU beds were left Tuesday, according to state records.Meanwhile, Memorial Hospital Miramar reported none available, with all 18 of its ICU beds occupied.Broward Health North in Deerfield Beach reported that it had one of 32 beds available, while Baptist Hospital of Miami reported that six out of 88 beds remained open.Throughout Florida, 56 hospital ICUs have reached capacity, while another 35 hospitals report ICU bed availability of 10 percent or less. As of Wednesday morning, many Palm Beach County hospital ICUs were also reportedly near capacity.According to the state’s hospital bed census, Bethesda West and Wellington Regional Medical Center both reported they only had two beds available for ICU patients.Gov. Ron Desantis said this week that hospitals are seeing more patients for other issues, and then learning they also have coronavirus. The governor added that is part of the reason the positive numbers are rising.“People didn’t all of the sudden stop having heart attacks,” DeSantis said. “People were not as comfortable seeking medical care then, so we’ve been stressing, and every hospital we’ve talked to is stressing, ‘Hey, we’re open for business.’”last_img read more