WHO has draft agreement in virus-sharing dispute

first_img May 15 CIDRAP News story “Indonesia: H5N1 samples going to WHO again” The Reuters story said the draft resolution is the product of “arduous” negotiations among the WHO member countries. A draft resolution passed by a WHO committee today says the agency will develop rules to ensure timely sharing of viruses with the WHO and “fair and equitable distribution of pandemic influenza vaccines at affordable prices in the event of a pandemic,” the Associated Press (AP) reported. A proposal from developing countries led by Indonesia had called for the WHO to supply H5N1 virus samples to vaccine makers only with the consent of the donor country. But the resolution adopted by the WHO committee says that during “public health emergencies of international concern,” manufacturers should have “full access” to viruses from the WHO, the AP reported. The agreement doesn’t precisely define a public health emergency, but WHO officials said a flu pandemic would qualify, according to the story. While the new rules are being developed, countries are expected to continue sharing virus samples with the WHO, Reuters reported. Researchers use the samples to develop vaccines and to monitor the viruses’ spread, its ability to infect humans, and its resistance to drugs. May 14 CIDRAP News story “Virus sharing high on agenda as WHO meeting begins” The negotiations were chaired by Viroj Tangcharoensathien of Thailand. He commented, “Trust has now gradually been regained in the work of the WHO’s Global Influenza Surveillance Network, which is the backbone of influenza containment.”center_img The draft agreement is a response to Indonesia’s complaint that drug companies can use H5N1 avian flu viruses provided by Indonesia to make vaccines the country can’t afford. In protest, Indonesia stopped sending virus samples to the WHO last December. Last week the Indonesian government said it had resumed sending specimens. But WHO officials said only three have been sent so far, according to Reuters, despite a string of more than 15 human H5N1 cases in Indonesia since the start of this year. But the resolution, which is expected to be approved by the World Health Assembly of 193 WHO members tomorrow, does not define “timely sharing” of samples or fair distribution of vaccines, the AP said. The WHO has coordinated the international sharing of flu virus samples by national and WHO collaborating laboratories for more than 50 years. Samples of both seasonal flu viruses and novel strains like H5N1 are analyzed. May 22, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has negotiated a preliminary agreement designed to maintain the international sharing of influenza virus samples while ensuring that developing countries can obtain pandemic flu vaccines, news services reported today. See also: Reuters reported that the resolution calls for setting up a working group to revise the “terms of reference” for WHO-affiliated laboratories that analyze viruses and to write rules for sharing them with other parties, including researchers and vaccine makers. The resolution sets a year-long timeline for completing those steps, with a goal of getting the plan approved at next year’s World Health Assembly.last_img read more

Rare materials make Gold Coast mansion unique

first_img An intricate floating staircase connects the two levels.Topping off a long list of features is the home gym room, an office, an ecosmart fireplace, an intricate floating staircase and a pontoon with power and water connected. Besides the house, Mr Mann said they appreciated the sense of community and convenience of life in Isle of Capri.“We’re just down the road from Capri on Via Roma and spend half our time down there every weekend, we love it,” he said.“Isle of Capri is the sort of place where people know each other, you can easily walk to the beach, and it’s just a really family-friendly place to live.”Kollosche agents Eddie Wardale and Michael Kollosche are marketing the property in an expressions of interest campaign closing on April 22. On the market: 85 Gibraltar Drive, Isle of Capri.IF recent global events have taught us nothing else, it’s that life is full of surprises that may lead us down a different path than the one we had planned. Such is the case for the Manns, who are selling their dream home to find more space for their growing family — and their friends. The two-level home is an imposing sight at night.“Baby number three wasn’t part of the plan,” said Ben Mann, who purchased 85 Gibraltar Drive, Isle of Capri with wife Jane in June, 2018 as a then family of four.“Our house is the centre of activity with the kids’ friends over all the time so we’re now needing something bigger.”Parting will be sweet sorrow for the Manns who fell in love with the detailed design and unique features inside this remarkable waterfront home. The media room features carpet from Monte Carlo Casino and tiny fibre optic lights.But it’s the media room, featuring carpet from the Monte Carlo Casino, that the Manns have enjoyed the most.“We’ve really loved the movie room, it’s a great place for the family to hang out,” he said.“We also like how every room has its own ensuite so you’ve all got your privacy.“Even though it’s a big house, it’s still cosy and you feel like you’re all together.”“Full kudos to the previous owners, they’ve done an amazing job.” Mr Mann said they had made some minor changes to suit their own tastes and lighten up the colour palette.“We engaged a designer to create a more coastal feel,” he said.“We changed the kitchen benchtops and updated the kitchen to lighten the area up a bit and make it more family friendly.” Views of the water and the city skyline.The spacious lounge room flows onto an alfresco terrace and undercover area overlooking the heated pool and spa with a sandy beach beyond.Entertaining is easy thanks to the built-in outdoor kitchen and a servery window connected to the main kitchen inside. MORE NEWS: Backyard bungalows offer an ideal escape More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago Rents slashed on luxury holiday homes The home features 120-year-old telegraph poles from a NSW mill.No expense was spared by the previous owners who took two years to build the house, hand-picking materials including 120-year-old, eight metre-high telegraph poles from a mill in rural NSW and spotted gum timber flooring, ceiling and cabinetry.Award-winning designer Tony Dowthwaite was commissioned to design the lighting, which includes rare fittings imported from Italy.last_img read more

Know the 2019 March Madness field: How many teams, where they come from, who is left

first_imgThe 2019 NCAA Tournament bracket is set and, aside from the schools people are used to hearing about year after year, you can’t forget about everyone else.The tournament field is made up of 68 teams and that’s a lot of programs from all across the nation to keep track of basic information on each school. Here’s the guide to everything you need to know about each school in March Madness. Whether it be for one game or all the way leading up to the Final Four, we’ve got your powerhouse teams, mid-majors and, of course, the Cinderellas that continue to bust brackets year after year.MORE: Odds for every team to win the NCAA TournamentEast RegionDuke Blue DevilsLocation: Durham, North CarolinaSeed: No. 1, East RegionEnrollment: 6,692Notable Alumni: Richard Nixon (President)All-time Record: 108-36VCU RamsLocation: Richmond, VirginiaSeed: No. 8, East RegionEnrollment: 24,010Notable Alumni: Jay Pharoah (Comedian)All-time Record: 13-16UCF KnightsLocation: Orlando, FloridaSeed: No. 9, East RegionEnrollment: 56,972Notable Alumni: Daniel Tosh (Comedian)All-time Record: 0-4Mississippi State BulldogsLocation: Starkville, MississippiSeed: No. 5, East RegionEnrollment: 18,312Notable Alumni: Dak Prescott (NFL Quarterback)All-Time Record: 11-10Liberty FlamesLocation: Lynchburg, VirginiaSeed: No. 12, East RegionEnrollment: 45,754Notable Alumni: Samantha Ponder (ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown)All-Time Record: 0-3Virginia Tech HokiesLocation: Blacksburg, VirginiaSeed: No. 4, East RegionEnrollment: 27,193Notable Alumni: Dell Curry (Former NBA)All-Time Record: 6-10Saint Louis BillikensLocation: St. Louis, MissouriSeed: No. 13, East RegionEnrollment: 7,502Notable Alumni: George Michael (Musician)All-time Record: 6-10Maryland TerrapinsLocation: College Park, MarylandSeed: No. 6, East RegionEnrollment: 26,889Notable Alumni: Scott Van Pelt (ESPN and SportsCenter)​All-Time Record: 40-25Belmont BruinsLocation: Nashville, TennesseeSeed: No. 11, East RegionEnrollment: 5,933Notable Alumni: Brad Paisley (Country artist)All-Time Record: 1-7LSU TigersLocation: Baton Rouge, LouisianaSeed: No. 3, East RegionEnrollment: 24,904Notable Alumni: Shaquille O’Neal (NBA Hall of Famer)All-Time Record: 24-24Yale BulldogsLocation: New Haven, ConnecticutSeed: No. 14, East RegionEnrollment: 5,528Notable Alumni: George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton (Presidents), Meryl Streep (Actress)All-Time Record: 1-5Louisville CardinalsLocation: Louisville, KentuckySeed: No. 7, East RegionEnrollment: 14,844Notable Alumni: Diane Sawyer (ABC World News)All-Time Record: 61-40 (Louisville forfeited 123 wins during 2011-2014)Minnesota Golden GophersLocation: Minneapolis, MinnesotaSeed: No. 10, East RegionEnrollment: 30,511Notable Alumni: Bob Dylan (Musician)All-Time Record: 7-9 (tournament appearances from 1972, 1994, 1995, 1997 have been vacated)Michigan State SpartansLocation: East Lansing, MichiganSeed: No. 2, East RegionEnrollment: 38,853Notable Alumni: Magic Johnson (Retired NBA), Nick Foles (NFL Quarterback)All-Time Record: 65-31Bradley BravesLocation: Peoria, IllinoisSeed: No. 15, East RegionEnrollment: 4,436Notable Alumni: Kirby Puckett (MLB)All-Time Record: 11-8North Dakota State BisonLocation: Fargo, North DakotaSeed: No. 16, East RegionEnrollment: 11,984Notable Alumni: Carson Wentz (NFL)All-Time Record: 1-3N.C. Central EaglesLocation: Durham, North CarolinaSeed: No. 16, East RegionEnrollment: 8,207Notable Alumni: Kim Coles (comedian, actor)All-Time Record: 0-2West RegionGonzaga BulldogsLocation: Spokane, WashingtonSeed: No.1, West RegionEnrollment: 4,965Notable Alumni: Bing Crosby (Musician)All-Time Record: 30-20Fairleigh Dickinson KnightsLocation: Hackensack, New JerseySeed: No. 16, West RegionEnrollment: 8,214Notable Alumni: Seth Greenberg (ESPN personality)All-Time Record: 1-5Syracuse OrangemenLocation: Syracuse, New YorkSeed: No. 8, West RegionEnrollment: 14,620Notable Alumni: Taye Diggs (Actor)All-Time Record: 68-39Baylor BearsLocation: Waco, TexasSeed: No. 9, West RegionEnrollment: 14,139Notable Alumni: Chip and Joanna Gains (HGTV’s Fixer Upper)All-Time Record: 13-13Marquette Golden EaglesLocation: Milwaukee, WisconsinSeed: No. 5, West RegionEnrollment: 8,143Notable Alumni: Dwyane Wade (NBA)All-Time Record: 40-34Murray State RacersLocation: Murray, KentuckySeed: No. 12, West RegionEnrollment: 7,891Notable Alumni: Justin Fuente (Virginia Tech Head Coach)All-Time Record: 3-16Florida State SeminolesLocation: Tallahassee, FloridaSeed: No. 4, West RegionEnrollment: 32,229Notable Alumni: Brooks Koepka (Professional Golfer), Buster Posey (MLB catcher)All-Time Record: 19-16Vermont CatamountsLocation: Burlington, VermontSeed: No. 13, West RegionEnrollment: 10,081Notable alumni: Ben Affleck (Actor)All-time record: 2-6Buffalo BullsLocation: Buffalo, New YorkSeed: No. 6, West RegionEnrollment: 19,693Notable alumni: Khalil Mack (NFL linebacker)All-time record: 1-3Arizona State Sun DevilsLocation: Tempe, ArizonaSeed: No. 11, West RegionEnrollment: 41,222Notable alumni: Phil Mickelson (Professional golfer), Jimmy Kimmel (Television personality)All-time record: 11-15 (1995 tournament appearance was vacated by the NCAA)St. John’s Red StormLocation: Queens, New YorkSeed: No. 11, West RegionEnrollment: 11,244Notable Alumni: J. Cole (Rapper)All-Time Record: 27-30 (2002 tournament appearance was vacated by the NCAA)Texas Tech Red RaidersLocation: Lubbock, TexasSeed: No. 3, West RegionEnrollment: 28,868Notable Alumni: Patrick Mahomes (NFL Quarterback)All-time record: 9-16 (1996 tournament appearance was vacated)Northern Kentucky NorseLocation: Highland Heights, KentuckySeed: No. 14, West RegionEnrollment: 11,302Notable Alumni: George Clooney (Actor)All-time record: 0-1Nevada Wolf PackLocation: Reno, NevadaSeed: No. 7, West RegionEnrollment: 17,295Notable alumni: Colin Kaepernick​ (NFL)All-time record: 2-1Florida GatorsLocation: Gainesville, FloridaSeed: No. 10, West RegionEnrollment: 32,367Notable alumni: Tim Tebow (MLB), Erin Andrews (Television personality)All-time record: 43-17 (1987 and 1988 appearances have been vacated by the NCAA)Michigan WolverinesLocation: Ann Arbor, MichiganSeed: No. 2, West RegionEnrollment: 28,120Notable alumni: Tom Brady (NFL), Gerald Ford (President)All-time record: 52-23 (1992 Final Four and all 1993, 1996 and 1998 games have been vacated by the NCAA)Montana GrizzliesLocation: Missoula, MontanaSeed: No. 15, West RegionEnrollment: 10,175Notable Alumni: Jeannette Rankin (First woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives)All-time record: 2-12South RegionVirginia CavaliersLocation: Charlottesville, VirginiaSeed: No. 1, South RegionEnrollment: 16,665Notable Alumni: Tina Fey (comedian, actor), Katie Couric (journalist)All-Time Record: 29-21Gardner-Webb Runnin’ BulldogsLocation: Boiling Springs, North CarolinaSeed: No. 16, South RegionEnrollment: 2,207Notable Alumni: Blake Lalli (MLB catcher)All-Time Record: 0-0Ole Miss RebelsLocation: Oxford, MississippiSeed: No. 8, South RegionEnrollment: 18,737Notable Alumni: Eli Manning (NFL quarterback)All-Time Record: 5-8Oklahoma SoonersLocation: Norman, OklahomaSeed: No. 9, South RegionEnrollment: 22,819Notable Alumni: Olivia Munn (actor), Baker Mayfield (NFL)All-Time Record: 41-30Wisconsin BadgersLocation: Madison, WisconsinSeed: No. 5, South RegionEnrollment: 32,196Notable Alumni: J.J. Watt (NFL)All-Time Record: 38-22Oregon DucksLocation: Eugene, OregonSeed: No. 12, South RegionEnrollment: 19,340Notable Alumni: Ty Burrell (actor)All-Time Record: 23-14Kansas State WildcatsLocation: Manhattan, KansasSeed: No. 4, South RegionEnrollment: 18,488Notable Alumni: Darren Sproles (NFL)All-Time Record: 34-33UC Irvine AnteatersLocation: Irvine, CaliforniaSeed: No. 13, South RegionEnrollment: 29,307Notable Alumni: Scott Brooks (NBA coach)All-Time Record: 0-1Villanova WildcatsLocation: Villanova, PennsylvaniaSeed: No. 6, South RegionEnrollment: 6,966Notable Alumni: Bradley Cooper (actor)All-Time Record: 58-36St. Mary’s GaelsLocation: Moraga, CaliforniaSeed: No. 11, South RegionEnrollment: 2,658Notable Alumni: Patty Mills (NBA)All-Time Record: 5-9Purdue BoilermakersLocation: Lafayette, IndianaSeed: No. 3, South RegionEnrollment: 31,006Notable Alumni: Neil Armstrong (astronaut), Drew Brees (NFL)All-Time Record: 37-29Old Dominion MonarchsLocation: Norfolk, VirginiaSeed: No. 14, South RegionEnrollment: 19,540Notable Alumni: Nancy Lieberman (WNBA), Justin Verlander (MLB pitcher)All-Time Record: 3-11Cincinnati BearcatsLocation: Cincinnati, OhioSeed: No. 7, South RegionEnrollment: 26,608Notable Alumni: George Clooney (actor)All-Time Record: 45-30Iowa HawkeyesLocation: Iowa City, IowaSeed: No. 10, South RegionEnrollment: 24,503Notable Alumni: Gene Wilder (actor)All-Time Record: 29-27Tennessee VolunteersLocation: Knoxville, TennesseeSeed: No. 2, South RegionEnrollment: 28,894Notable Alumni: Peyton Manning (NFL), Candace Parker (WNBA)All-Time Record: 19-21Colgate RaidersLocation: Hamilton, New YorkSeed: No. 15, South RegionEnrollment: 2,873Notable Alumni: Bob Woodruff (journalist)All-Time Record: 0-2Midwest RegionNorth Carolina Tar HeelsLocation: Chapel Hill, North CarolinaSeed: No. 1, Midwest RegionEnrollment: 18,862Notable Alumni: Michael Jordan (retired NBA), Mia Hamm (retired soccer), Ken Jeong (actor)All-Time Record: 123-45Iona GaelsLocation: New Rochelle, New YorkSeed: No. 16, Midwest RegionEnrollment: 3,178Notable Alumni: Don McLean (musician)All-Time Record: 1-13Utah State AggiesLocation: Logan, UtahSeed: No. 8, Midwest RegionEnrollment: 24,618Notable Alumni: Chris Cooley (retired NFL)All-Time Record: 6-22Washington HuskiesLocation: Seattle, WashingtonSeed: No. 9, Midwest RegionEnrollment: 31,331Notable Alumni: Hope Solo (retired soccer)All-Time Record: 18-17Auburn TigersLocation: Auburn, AlabamaSeed: No. 5, Midwest RegionEnrollment: 23,964Notable Alumni: Lionel Richie (musician)All-Time Record: 12-8New Mexico State AggiesLocation: Las Cruces, New MexicoSeed: No. 12, Midwest RegionEnrollment: 11,713Notable Alumni: Alan Hale (astronomer)All-Time Record: 10-25Kansas JayhawksLocation: Lawrence, KansasSeed: No. 4, MidwestEnrollment: 19,338Notable Alumni: Paul Rudd (comedian, actor)All-Time Record: 103-45Northeastern HuskiesLocation: Boston, MassachusettsSeed: No. 13, Midwest RegionEnrollment: 13,825Notable Alumni: LL Cool J (rapper, actor)All-Time Record: 3-8Iowa State CyclonesLocation: Ames, IowaSeed: No. 6, Midwest RegionEnrollment: 29,621Notable Alumni: George Washington Carver (scientist, inventor)All-Time Record: 19-19Ohio State BuckeyesLocation: Columbus, OhioSeed: No. 11, Midwest RegionEnrollment: 45,946Notable Alumni: R.L. Stine (TV producer, novelist, screenwriter)All-Time Record: 55-30Houston CougarsLocation: Houston, TexasSeed: No. 3, Midwest RegionEnrollment: 37,215Notable Alumni: Chamillionaire (rapper)All-Time Record: 26-24Georgia State PanthersLocation: Atlanta, GeorgiaSeed: No. 14, Midwest RegionEnrollment: 52,814Notable Alumni: Ludacris (rapper)All-Time Record: 2-3Wofford TerriersLocation: Spartanburg, South CarolinaSeed: No. 7, Midwest RegionEnrollment: 1,592Notable Alumni: Craig Melvin (journalist)All-Time Record: 0-4 Seton Hall PiratesLocation: South Orange, New JerseySeed: No. 10, Midwest RegionEnrollment: 5,969Notable Alumni: Dick Vitale (sportscaster)All-Time Record: 15-11Kentucky WildcatsLocation: Lexington, KentuckySeed: No. 2, Midwest RegionEnrollment: 22,425Notable Alumni: Anthony Davis (NBA)All-Time Record: 126-57Abilene Christian WildcatsLocation: Abilene, TexasSeed: No. 15, Midwest RegionEnrollment: 3,670Notable Alumni: Bernard Scott (NFL)All-Time Record: 0-0last_img read more