Patrol Agent – Kansas City

first_imgEqual Opportunity EmployerKCU is committed to promoting an equal employment opportunityworkplace. Equal opportunity is and shall be provided for allemployees and applicants for employment on the basis of theirdemonstrated ability and competence without discrimination on thebasis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, geneticinformation (GINA), physical or mental disability, pregnancy,sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, familialstatus, ancestry, military and/or veteran status, and/or any otherstatus protected by applicable Federal, state or local law.Annual Security ReportKCU is committed to providing a safe campus for students, faculty,and staff. Our annual campus security report lists campuscrimes and statistics for the campus and public areas around campusfor the last three years, in accordance with the Jeanne CleryDisclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime StatisticsAct.Thank you for your interest in a career at KCU! Physical dexterity sufficient to use hands, arms, and shouldersrepetitively to operate a keyboard and other office equipment, usea telephone, access file cabinets and other items stored at variouslevels, including overheadAbility to speak and hear well enough to communicate clearlyand understandably with sufficient volume to ensure an accurateexchange of information in normal conversational distance, over thetelephone, and in a group settingAbility to continuously operate a personal computer forextended periods of time (4 or more hours)Mental acuity sufficient to collect and interpret data,evaluate, reason, define problems, establish facts, draw validconclusions, make valid judgments and decisions Job Type:StaffJob Description:The Patrol Agent is primarily responsible to ensure safety andprotects University property; executes appropriate action whendealing with problems, incidents, and/or safety hazards orconcerns; and maintains accurate and current records.This position is Tuesday-Saturday, 1:00pm-9:00pm (days off:Sunday & Monday)Effectively patrols campus and monitors surrounding neighborhoodactivity; responds to call/ incidents, providing direction,guidance, and/or assistance, serving as liaison to and reportinginformation to KCPD. Thoroughly conducts investigations and takescontrol of situations when they arise.Enforces parking rules and regulations which include: patrollingthe lots, identifying non-compliance, issuing tickets to violators,and removing non-authorized personnel. Maintains accurate andcurrent records and files by updating log book, preparing writtenreports, and completing data entry.Represent department and the University favorably and in accordancewith established Core Values and expectations. Perform other dutiesas assigned or directed to meet the goals and objectives of theorganization.Other administrative tasks (i.e., filing, preparing documentation).Participate in developing department goals, objectives, andsystems. Actively participate in team and University meetingsQualifications: High school diplomaMinimum of one (1) year of security and/or law enforcementpreferred. Military security experience is acceptable with proof ofhonorable discharge (DD214).Requires qualification for armed patrol agent commission issuedby the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners.Valid driver’s license, with driving record acceptable tostandards set by KCU’s commercial insurance carrierExcellent interpersonal skills, with ability to interact andwork effectively with people at all levels in an organization andoutsideDemonstrate ability to make good judgments and independentdecisionAbility to quickly respond to emergenciesStrong attention to detailExcellent verbal & written communication skills ​ Physical Requirements:last_img read more

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US Factories, Builders Lift Economy: New July Reports

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe U.S. economy looked more resilient Wednesday after reports showed factories produced more goods in July and homebuilders grew more confident in the housing recovery. Industrial output expanded at the fastest pace since April.Other encouraging gains included July reports that showed consumers stepped up retail spending and employers created the most jobs since February. (READ the AP story at ABC News)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Welcome

first_imgWelcome to Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado The daily mission here takes the 50th Space Wing to all parts of the world and deep into space. The wing operates satellite operations centers at Schriever AFB and remote tracking stations around the world. Colorado Springs, the second largest city in Colorado, boasts long and proud traditions with the military bases that are established here. They are the U.S. Air Force Academy, Fort Carson Army Post, Peterson AFB, Cheyenne Mountain AFS and Schriever AFB. The information in this base guide will help make your assignment or visit a pleasant one. Everyone here is ready to answer your questions and eager to help you in any way possible. We are happy you have joined us. Reporting In Report to or call the installation Military Personnel Section to schedule an in-processing appointment. Our technicians will coordinate with your squadron’s POC to ensure that we can align you into the correct position number, AEF alignment, rater, AFSC, and office symbol. During the actual in-processing we will coordinate the schedule for your base in-processing actions (Right Start brief, finance, medical, etc). Call the Military Personnel Section at (719) 567-5900 or DSN: 560-5900 or visit us at Bldg 210, Room137. Pass and Registration Everyone assigned to Schriever AFB will need to report to Pass and Registration, Bldg. 15, just northwest of the North Gate on Enoch Road. You will need a copy of your orders, driver’s license, auto insurance and registration. Temporary passes are issued in some cases. Also, please note that Schriever AFB, like all Department of Defense installations, does not permit drivers to talk on cellular phones without a hands-free device. Billeting No accommodations are available on Schriever AFB for visiting or permanently assigned personnel. Peterson AFB, located approximately 10 miles west of Schriever AFB, provides support to Schriever AFB for billeting. To make reservations, call (719) 556-6293 or DSN: 834-6293. Housing Schriever now offers Privatized Housing for all ranks. Visit http://www.schriever.af.mil/housing/ for more information on amenities to the homes and community, as well as any updates to the availability of housing. Tierra Vista Communities Property Management Office as well as the government housing staff is located in the community center within the Privatized Housing area. Tierra Vista Property Management can be reached at (719) 597-7200 and the government housing office can be reached at (719) 567-2884/2683 or DSN: 560-2884/2683. Dormitories There are no dormitories for single Airmen at Schriever AFB. All single E-1 to E-4s (with less than three years of service) must reside on Peterson AFB. Transportation between PAFB and SAFB is provided. For more information, contact the unaccompanied personnel housing manager at (719) 556-1409. Incoming Personal Property Those expecting a personal property shipment to arrive in the Colorado Springs area may call the inbound branch of the Joint Personal Property Shipping Office at (719) 554-9298 or DSN: 692-9298. Making immediate contact with JPPSO can help disperse property more quickly and may alleviate the need for storage. Please note that due to the security posture at Schriever AFB, the military member or authorized personnel/dependent must sponsor all moving vans onto the installation at the West Gate on Curtis Road. Firearms 50th Space Wing Security Forces does not courtesy-store privately owned fire-arms. Special arrangements to bring ­privately owned weapons on base for special situations can be made on a case-by-case basis. For more information, call Security Forces at (719) 567-3900 or DSN: 560-3900. Speed limit Unless otherwise posted, the maximum speed limit at Schriever AFB is 25 miles per hour. Pedestrians have the right of way in all cases. All base traffic regulations are strictly enforced. Photography Photography is not permitted on most parts of Schriever AFB without prior coordination. For more information, contact the 50th Space Wing Public Affairs Office, Building 210, Room 316 at (719) 567-5040 or DSN: 560-5040. Police Assistance For non-emergency police assistance on Schriever AFB, contact (719) 567-5643/5642/5641. For emergency assistance on Schriever AFB, dial 911 from any base phone and 567-3911 from cell phones. Note: If you dial 911 from your cell phone, you will be transferred to the nearest off base 911 center. Safe Highway Program While the Safe Highway program is designed as an avenue for the base populace to report unsafe driving acts, Security Forces has no jurisdictional control or enforcement authority over acts committed off the installation. Security Forces recommends that if you see an unsafe driving act or condition off Schriever AFB, contact the Colorado State Patrol free of charge from any cell phone at *CSP (277).last_img read more

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NAHBS 2011 Roundup – Priority Cycles, Retrotec-Inglis and Ti Cycles

first_imgFounder Dave has a design and art background, so some of the design is for aesthetic purposes. They build with Ti because it won’t rust and is fairly indestructible, good for their hometown of Portland, OR. What Ti Cycles’ bikes lacked in total refinement they made up for with creativity. Perhaps the most shining example is their 69er double-forked mountain bike concept:The 69er is a concept bike. The long top tube lets the seat tube pierce it so there are two continuous tubes. The fork is designed to give solid control and directional stability. The triangle space frame creates stability; since the fork blades are supported by the triangulation, they could use thinner tubes. Total fork and stem weight is just a hair over 1 pound! The other half of the brand, Inglis, produces more traditional looking road bikes and such.Probably the most interesting suspension design, if that were a category, would be won by Priority Cycles. The rear triangle is closedThe design has a 2:1 ratio and all frames have 142×12 thru axles. Single Pivot design puts the pivot forward of the chainrings and low. They had a small chain demo that let you spin a crank with their design versus others and, assuming no suspension interference, demonstrated a relative lack of pedaling impact on suspension movement. The same arch is repeated on both fork crowns and on the seatstay for visual continuity. This is absolutely not the best picture to lead with, but I just had to put it first. Titanium front end, Santa Cruz Blur XC carbon rear triangle = one sweet hack. Ti Cycles put this together with their custom built front end, and wasn’t the only “different” thing in their booth.We’ve also got some crazy-linkage mountain bikes from Priority Cycles and more traditional looking fare from Retrotec-Inglis, all right behind the break… To get the belt drive into the frame, there’s a break on the chainstay just fore of the dropout. The chainstay break uses male/female tubes that carry the load, so there’s no load on the screw, which is accessible behind the the skewer’s nut (click to enlarge…it’s pretty ingenious). This was probably the cleanest frame break I saw for using a Gates drivetrain.Retrotec has this surprisingly elegant mixte step-thru bicycle alongside their usual designs.center_img This is a new frame design for them, and they’ve already made four of them. Pricing starts at $1,550 for a tig welded frame, fillet brazed is $300 more ( like shown).Retrotec’s better known for their beach-cruiser style mountain bike frames. This one’s decked out with a Shimano Alfine 11 speed internally geared rear hub and EBB. . “We’ll see if it holds up, if not I can just run it as a single speed,” said Curtis Inglis. Wheel size is 650B. Ti Cycle’s commuter bike had matching titanium racks with built-in lights, and the front rack had a nice little trick up its sleeve:U-Lock storage made super simple! The blue 29er has 5″ travel and comes in around 33pounds as shown. It has a shortish 17″ chainstay. Can be built for front derailleur or Hammerschmidt. Frames start at $1800 with shock and Maxle.The green one is made for trail riding shown is beefed up a bit for super D and has a longer fork.While the design appeared more for DH/Freeride bikes, they did have a 4″ travel XC/AM bike on display, too:last_img read more

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Lee Wilkof & More to Join Michael Stuhlbarg in Socrates at the Public

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 2, 2019 Lee Wilkof(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Broadway.com) View Comments Socratescenter_img Casting is complete for Tim Blake Nelson’s world premiere play Socrates at off-Broadway’s Public Theater. The previously announced production, directed by Tony winner Doug Hughes, will begin previews on April 2 ahead of an opening night set for April 16.Newly announced cast members include Tony nominee Lee Wilkof (Waitress, Little Shop of Horrors) as Megasthenes/The Archon, David Aaron Baker (The Merchant of Venice) as Anytus, Teagle F. Bougere (The Crucible) as Plato, Niall Cunningham (Ah, Wilderness) as A Boy, Peter Jay Fernandez (Red Speedo) as Thrasymachus/Polus, Karl Green (Eve’s Song) as Lamprocles/Aenesidemos, Miriam A. Hyman (Vietgone) as Xanthippe, Robert Joy (Side Show) as Crito/Chaerephon/Meletus, Alan Mendez (Once) as Andromachus/Aetios and Tom Nelis (Indecent) who has replaced the previously announced Andrew Weems as Proxenus/Gorgias/Aristophanes. The ensemble comprises Ro Boddie (The Agitators) and Daniel Reece (The Infinite Hotel).They join the previously announced Tony nominee Michael Stuhlbarg (The Pillowman) in the title role, with Dave Quay (The Low Road) as Diokles/Meletus, Austin Smith (Hamilton) as Alcibiades and Joe Tapper (You Can’t Take It With You) as Agathon/Meno.Nelson’s Socrates follows the philosopher’s growing prominence in democratic Athens through the military and social upheavals that led to one of the most infamous executions in Western history.The production will feature scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau and sound design/original music by Mark Bennett.Socrates is scheduled to play a limited run through May 19. Related Showslast_img read more

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Argon 18 rolls out new line of triathlon bikes

first_img Related High-end bike manufacturer Argon 18 has revealed its new line-up of triathlon bikes, including four new frames: the E-119 Tri and the E-117 Tri, as well as their enriched counterparts the E-119 Tri+ and the E-117 Tri+.These bikes are billed as the culmination of Argon 18’s passion, dedication and know-how. Thanks to input from IRONMAN triathlon champions, the Canadian manufacturer notes that it has ‘once again pushed the boundaries of performance, aerodynamics and technology to create these powerful winning machines.’“We created this new line of triathlon bikes with the entire cycling equation in mind: the cyclist and his or her bike during the race,” explained Martin Faubert, Argon 18’s Director of R&D. “These bikes have been first and foremost designed to renew and enrich the racer’s experience by supplying him with simple and clever solutions for hydration and nutrition, while transcending expectations in terms of performance, comfort, and aerodynamics.”E-119 Tri – ‘for the serious, performance-driven and competitive triathlete’With ‘a significant improvement in aerodynamics’, the E-119 Tri is the successor to the company’s flagship E-118 Next, a bike that has made its mark on the international IRONMAN circuit. Argon 18’s newest powerhouse is positioned as a ‘blend of exceptional aerodynamics, light weight and flawless integration, with proprietary brakes concealed on both fork and seat stays to minimize frontal area while improving ease of access for maintenance.’Wind tunnel tests have reportedly demonstrated the aerodynamic advantage of the E-119 Tri compared to many competitors’ models that have been historically cited as references.E-117 Tri – ‘a tri bike for the devoted, self-empowered triathlete’This bike is designed to meet the needs of all triathletes – young or old, experienced or novice. With aerodynamics and triathlon-specific geometry, Argon 18 notes that ‘the E-117 Tri will help you rise to your every challenge and overcome any and every obstacle in your path.’The Tri+ concept from Argon 18 is a holistic approach that provides a complete racing solution for the most demanding of athletes. Tri+ bikes are equipped with integrated storage solutions for hydration, nutrition and survivability. What’s more, these accessories are aerodynamic and customizable to meet every racer’s unique needs and preferences.E-119 Tri+ – ‘for triathletes whose will to win knows no bounds’Billed as ‘the ultimate triathlon bike’, the E-119 Tri+ aims to yield the absolute maximum aerodynamic advantage, like its E-119 Tri counterpart, while boasting an even lighter carbon lay-up. The shape of the frame was fine-tuned; and the development of the E-119 Tri+ frame’s form was driven by complex computational fluid dynamics (CFD).Argon 18 added that the CFD results were validated by wind tunnel tests and ‘true-wind conditions’ (yaw angles from 5° to 20°). Both cockpit and triathlon-specific geometry aim to allow perfect aero positioning, while the proprietary and concealed brakes, identical to those of the E-119 Tri, are synonymous with state-of-the-art integration.E-117 Tri+ – ‘the definitive triathlon beast for your inner warrior’Featuring a symbiosis of aerodynamics, handling, light weight, stiffness and comfort, the brand-new E-117 Tri+ was designed to ‘help you give the best of yourself’. This machine belongs to the next generation of Argon 18 bikes. All tried-and-tested features and characteristics have been reworked and refined. Furthermore, its aerodynamics, taken from the E-117 Tri, and its comprehensive integration, identical to that of the E-119 Tri+, aim to ensure that the rider is in full control when on the bike course.Gervais Rioux, Argon 18’s founder, emphasized that the development of a full line of triathlon products was the obvious next step. “Winning a prestigious Eurobike Award for the innovative E-114 proclaimed loud and clear to the triathlon world our firm commitment to the sport.”He continued, “With the simultaneous launch of these four new models we are hoping to reaffirm and reinforce our status as a world leader in bicycle manufacturing for both amateur and professional athletes. In this sport, every second counts and nothing can be left to chance.”Argon 18 has been an innovator in triathlon racing for over a decade. Driven by a commitment to continually push the envelope, the company introduced the ONEness concept in 2008. This concept, which fully and symbiotically integrates the fork, stem and handle bars, is positioned as a truly versatile solution to optimizing aerodynamics.Argon 18 adds that the ONEness revolution has had a huge impact on the industry and its main players. The company goes on to cite that ‘over 30% of all triathlon bikes used in the Kona IRONMAN World Championship have integrated Argon 18’s innovative concept.’www.argon18bike.comlast_img read more

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Westwood governing body candidates on the issues: Next steps for ‘The 47’

first_imgA rendering of a proposed bike lane on 47th Street produced by BikeWalkKC.Last month, we asked our readers what issues they wanted to hear the candidates running for local office address ahead of this fall’s local elections primary. Based on the input we received, we developed a three-item questionnaire for candidates running for governing body in Westwood.Today we publish the candidates’ responses to item one:Westwood, Roeland Park and KCK have been collaborating on ways to continue revitalization of the 47th Street corridor for a few years now. What next steps do you think are most crucial to that initiative? Why?MayorDavid WatersPrior to my time on the Westwood City Council, I served on the 47th Street Committee for five years. I have been thrilled to see the cooperative work of our three cities continue to grow. With the rollout of “The 47” initiative, new street banners, and the Foodie Fest, we are truly creating a sense of place around 47th Street.Our next step is to implement the street, sidewalk, and bike lane improvements for 47th Street that the 47th St. Committee has spent so much time planning. Westwood is set to receive a $250,000 Transportation Improvement Plan grant from the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) for a “Complete Street Action Plan” for 47th Street from Rainbow Boulevard to just west of Mission Road. This project is part of a “Planning Sustainable Places” initiative and will include a new street design and a “road diet” from four lanes of vehicular traffic to three (with one being a center turn lane). This will allow our City to provide painted bike lanes on both sides of the street, while also reducing vehicle speed and allowing for a more pedestrian-friendly corridor.In future years, our cities expect to receive additional local construction grants and Federal construction funds totaling over $1.5 million to make even more permanent improvements. Westwood is also working closely with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) on new facilities and routes to better connect people and the City of Westwood itself to the metro area through reliable public transportation.This reinvestment in one of Westwood’s primary corridors, and with the invaluable work of the 47th Street Committee, will help bring new and expanded business opportunities to Westwood, expand our tax base, and even more firmly establish Westwood as THE place to live, work, and visit.City Council (at-large)Laura SteeleMulti-modal transportation options. With the hope that this corridor becomes a destination spot for the audience beyond Westwood, Roeland Park and KCK, I think it’s time to consider how people are going to want to get there as well as the impact an influx of cars will have on the infrastructure, noise, traffic congestion, safety and accessibility of the area. Part of my love for Westwood is the fact that it’s a very walkable and bike-able area and it would be great to see more people walking and biking to our local shops through a corridor that encourages public and active transportation options. With two small kids it’s so much easier to get the stroller out and walk to the different restaurants, parks, grocery stores and other amenities without fighting traffic, parking or car seats. The other benefit is that we get to know our neighborhood on a more intimate level while getting in some physical activity and a wave or two at a neighbor. I also believe that reinforcing and strengthening the collaborations and work that were forged due to the revitalization process will be crucial to the continued success of the 47th Street corridor. Those relationships are the perfect example of the type of cross-municipality/cross-county alliances that need to be cultivated and broadened and that I’m excited to work on. Westwood is stronger because of these partnerships. They are vital to opening our community up to further opportunities. Jayme TebowDid not respond.Holly WimerI love the collaboration that is happening between Westwood, Roeland Park and KCK on the development of 47th street corridor. To continue this development, it is crucial to increase the safety of pedestrians and bike riders using this area. In “47th Street Complete Street Plan” there are many great recommendations that will enhance the safety, accessibility and livability for all people to enjoy this area. In addition to seeing this plan through, I see it as crucial to maintain great working relationships with the current businesses in this district, and to also engage potential business owners who are considering operating here. There are many businesses that enhance the lifestyles of the community in this area, and doing what we can to work towards maintaining and growing a thriving and community oriented business district is important.Tomorrow we’ll publish the candidates’ responses to item two:The Westwood City Council has been exploring the idea of adopting a non-discrimination ordinance that would provide legal protections for LGBTQ+ individuals. Do you support the idea of a non-discrimination ordinance in Westwood? Why or why not?last_img read more

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Minnesota senior beats two personal records at U.S. Nationals for women’s swim and dive

first_imgMinnesota senior beats two personal records at U.S. Nationals for women’s swim and diveDanielle Nack earned personal bests in two events.Niti Gupta, Daily File PhotoSophomore Danielle Nack competes in the Women’s 100 Yard Backstroke during the 2016 Minnesota Challenge at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. Jack WarrickJuly 3, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintGophers senior Danielle Nack accomplished two personal bests at the USA Swimming’s World Championships trials on Tuesday and Thursday. Nack broke two of her own long-course program records with the 200-meter and 100-meter butterfly, and three other Minnesota records were beaten during the five-day event in Indianapolis.“Personally, I think I did pretty well, I finally got a best time in one of my events,” Nack said. “I’m super excited about [the time].”Nack clocked in at 2:13.10 seconds in the 200 meter fly prelims on Tuesday, and she placed seventh in the 100 meter with a time of 58.98 seconds. Sophomore Tevyn Waddell broke the women’s long course 200-meter backstroke record in the prelims, and broke that same record in the finals with a time of 2:10.86, giving her a third place finish in the B finals. She also got 14th place in the 50-meter backstroke final.Brooke Zeiger placed sixth in the A final for the women’s 400-meter individual medley with a 4:44.57 time. It was the highest finish by a Minnesota swimmer at the event.Lindsey Horejsi also placed in the finals, with a 15th place swim in the 50 meter breaststroke and a time of 32.02.last_img read more

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FLU NEWS SCAN: Pandemic vaccine uptake, vaccine doses pulled, virus-related patents

first_imgApr 4, 2011Pandemic vaccine coverage in Germany was lowGerman uptake of the 2009 H1N1 vaccine was low in people older than 14, standing at about 8% for the general population and at almost 13% in healthcare workers and those with underlying medical conditions. Researchers reported their findings in an Apr 2 online article in Vaccine. They based their study on 13 telephone surveys that were conducted between November 2009 and April 2010. During the pandemic the German government purchased an adjuvanted monovalent vaccine (Pandremix, made by GlaxoSmithKline) for high-risk groups and the general public and an unadjuvanted vaccine made by CSL for pregnant women. They found that people who received seasonal flu immunizations were more likely to receive the pandemic vaccine. The authors concluded that pandemic vaccine uptake was low when compared with that in some other industrialized countries. For example, the coverage for healthcare workers was about 37% in the United States and 85% in the Netherlands. The researchers concluded that the low pandemic vaccination rates are a concern, particularly for at-risk groups, and signal the need to improve future pandemic vaccination and communication strategies.Apr 2 Vaccine abstractWHO details virus-related patents in pandemic preparedness reportThe World Health Organization (WHO) on Apr 1 released a report compiled by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), another United Nations agency, on flu pandemic preparedness patents and patent applications. The report’s purpose is to assist the WHO’s virus-sharing working group, which over the past several years has been grappling with how to assure that developing countries that share influenza viruses with the international research community and pharmaceutical industry benefit from the resulting vaccines, medications, and diagnostic tests. The WIPO report covers patents related to the H5N1 avian influenza virus and the 2009 H1N1 virus. The group identified 27 “patent families” clearly relevant to H5N1 and four patent families relevant to H1N1, all of them involving viral components or derivatives thereof. The authors found 35 more H5N1 and eight more H1N1 patent families that may be relevant. Of the patents that were relevant, 73% were vaccines, 24% were diagnostics, and 3% were therapeutics. None of the patents consisted of a sole element, such as a native virus. They also identified some patents that included known viral sequences. They found a number of patents from developed-world companies that are now co-owned by companies in developing countries, which they said could be an emerging model for ensuring broader access to new technology. The WHO’s virus-sharing working group is slated to report on its latest developments at the World Health Assembly, scheduled for May 16 to 24 in Geneva.Apr 1 WHO/WIPO pandemic influenza patent reportNarcolepsy concern prompts Ireland to pull remaining Pandemrix dosesIreland’s health ministry has decided to pull all remaining supplies of Pandemrix, the monovalent pandemic H1N1 vaccine, from general practitioner (GP) offices because of the suspected link to narcolepsy cases, the Independent newspaper reported yesterday. Eight narcolepsy cases have been reported in Pandemrix recipients in Ireland, most of them in young people. An increased risk of narcolepsy has also been reported in vaccinees in Finland and Sweden. Dr. Kevin Kelleher of the Irish Health Service Executive advised physicians in January not to use Pandemrix unless there was a shortage of seasonal flu vaccine (which contains the 2009 H1N1 strain). In a recent letter, Kelleher told physicians that remaining supplies of Pandemrix would be picked up from GP sites in the next few weeks, the newspaper reported. He said there has been no need to use the monovalent vaccine because extra supplies of seasonal vaccine were delivered.Apr 3 Independent storylast_img read more

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FDA identifies common grower in romaine E coli outbreaks

first_imgThe Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has identified a common lettuce grower connected to three ongoing but separate outbreaks of Escherichia coli O157:H7: an outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California, an outbreak tied to bagged Fresh Express salad mixes, and one linked to a restaurant chain in Washington state.”The FDA, CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention], and our state partners have identified a common grower between each of the outbreaks,” the FDA said.”It’s still too early to conclusively determine whether other sources may have also been involved in the outbreaks. However, progress is being made, and the FDA is actively investigating other traceback leads identified to determine if we can triangulate a more precise location of the contamination.”Complex trace-back effortsThe FDA, which did not specify the Salinas-area grower, said investigations into these outbreaks are challenging.”Since it is common for people who become ill from a leafy green like romaine lettuce to eat the food frequently, a solid traceback investigation requires specific details about all the food exposures a person had prior to becoming sick,” the agency said. “This means the critical elements of a successful traceback—identifying which exposures most likely led to illnesses, and which to trace back to—is complex.”Health officials in Washington state say 13 people have gotten sick with E coli O157:H7, and 3 have been hospitalized, with all reports of exposure in early to mid-November at six locations of Evergreens restaurants in Seattle.Field inspections conducted at Evergreens restaurants did not show environmental or behavioral risk factors associated with the spread of E coli. This means a contaminated product served at the restaurants could be the cause of the outbreak, Washington officials said.Bagged lettuce connected to 2 other outbreaksIn Wisconsin, an E coli outbreak has been connected to romaine grown in Salinas, California. Thirty-three people have been sickened so far in this outbreak in that state, and the outbreak strain was identified in a bag of chopped Fresh Express brand Leafy Green Romaine lettuce with a use by date of Nov 14, 2019, and lot code of Z301 A05B, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services said.Illness-onset dates range from Nov 7 to 19, and 14 of 33 cases have been hospitalized, state health officials said, including 2 people who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure.As of Dec 4, the CDC said 102 people in 23 states (including 31 of the Wisconsin cases) had been sickened in this outbreak associated with romaine grown in Salinas. Of the 58 people hospitalized in this outbreak, 10 had HUS.The third outbreak also involves a Fresh Express product—with this one being a bagged salad mix, Sunflower Crisp—and has sickened 16 people in Canada and 8 in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Romaine is an ingredient in the Sunflower Crisp salad mix, but this outbreak is caused by a different strain than the aforementioned 102-case outbreak.One person in this outbreak has developed HUS.See also:Dec 12 FDA statement Seattle King County statement Dec 10 Wisconsin Department of Health Services statement Dec 4 CDC updateDec 12 CDC updatelast_img read more

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