Obama names FDA chief, creates food safety panel

first_img Obama also announced the creation of a new Food Safety Working Group to advise him on ways to improve food safety laws and to promote cooperation among the multiple government agencies that oversee food safety. The group will be led by the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the secretary of the Department of Agriculture (USDA). In his weekly radio address Mar 14, the president said the nation is battling nearly 350 foodborne disease outbreaks a year, compared with 100 a year in the early 1990s. He blamed outdated laws, the diffusion of regulatory responsibilities across many government agencies, and underfunding that leaves the FDA unable to inspect more than 5% of food processing plants and warehouses each year. Weicker said Obama’s choice sends “a strong signal that the public’s health and safety will be the top priorities of the nation’s largest regulatory agency.” He called Hamburg “a proven manager, having turned around an ailing and under-resourced health department in New York City, where she restored both morale among workers and the agency’s credibility among its citizens.” “Her appointment signals a commitment to protecting consumer health, and we are confident that under her leadership there will be a concerted effort to support scientific independence and ensure that politics will not influence agency decisions,” he added. “That is a hazard to public health,” Obama said. “It is unacceptable. And it will change under the leadership of Margaret Hamburg, whom I am appointing today as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.” The president also noted the USDA’s implementation on Mar 14 of a complete ban on the use of disabled cattle for food. The new rule, which closes a loophole that allowed some downer cattle to be slaughtered for food, was proposed last August. In announcing the Food Safety Working Group, Obama gave few details. He said it would “bring together cabinet secretaries and senior officials to advise me on how we can upgrade our food safety laws for the 21st century; foster coordination throughout government; and ensure that we are not just designing laws that will keep the American people safe, but enforcing them. And I expect this group to report back to me as soon as possible.” Confirming reports that leaked out several days ago, Obama on Mar 14 announced the appointment of Hamburg, a biodefense expert and former New York City health commissioner, as FDA commissioner. The announcement has drawn praise from an array of consumer and public health advocacy groups. Mar 14 White House press release and transcript Hamburg’s appointment was also praised by Lowell Weicker Jr., former Connecticut senator and a board member at the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit, nonpartisan public health advocacy group. Hamburg also has served on the group’s board for the past 5-1/2 years. Mar 14 statement by Weicker of TFAHhttp://healthyamericans.org/newsroom/releases/?releaseid=162 The nutrition watchdog group Center for Science in the Public (CSPI) Interest praised both Hamburg and Sharfstein. “While most past commissioners have focused primarily on the drug side of FDA, Drs. Hamburg and Sharfstein are both well aware the FDA also regulates foods. They will have additional resources and, I hope, new statutory authorities to improve on,” CSPI Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson said in a statement. Mar 14 APHA statement “Dr. Hamburg is well-respected, smart, tough and effective and knows the full spectrum of issues related to public health,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director of the American Public Health Association, in a statement.center_img Obama also announced the appointment of Dr. Joshua Sharfstein as principal deputy commissioner at the FDA. “As Baltimore’s health commissioner, Dr. Sharfstein has been recognized as a national leader for his efforts to protect children from unsafe over-the-counter cough and cold medications,” Obama said. “And he’s designed an award-winning program to ensure that Americans with disabilities had access to prescription drugs.” During her service in New York, Hamburg sent health workers to tuberculosis patients’ homes to help manage their drug regimens, which reduced TB rates there by 45% from 1992 to 1997, according to a biography on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Web site. The approach became a model for health departments around the world. “We are also strengthening our food safety system and modernizing our labs with a billion dollar investment, a portion of which will go toward significantly increasing the number of food inspectors, helping ensure that the FDA has the staff and support they need to protect the food we eat,” Obama said. Mar 16, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – President Barack Obama has promised that his new commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dr. Margaret Hamburg, and a new cabinet-level panel will revitalize the federal government’s food safety efforts in the wake of a troubling string of foodborne disease outbreaks. See also: Several public health and consumer groups welcomed the choice of Hamburg to lead the FDA, whose reputation has been tarnished by the nationwide Salmonella outbreak linked to peanut products, among other recent problems. Hamburg and Sharfstein also were hailed by Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, and the Consumer Federation of America, an association of 300 consumer groups. “Their resumes are extremely impressive and both are familiar with the FDA’s failure to protect the public from foodborne illness,” the federation said. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a Connecticut Democrat who chairs the FDA Appropriations Subcommittee in the House, called Hamburg “the right choice at this critical time in food safety.” Hamburg also instituted needle-exchange programs to combat HIV infection and set up the nation’s first public-health bioterrorism defense program during her work in New York, according to the NIH. Hamburg comes to the FDA from the Nuclear Threat Initiative, an institute focusing on defenses against nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, where she has been vice president of biological programs since 2001. She previously served as assistant secretary for policy and evaluation in President Bill Clinton’s HHS, which followed her stint as New York City health commissioner from 1991 to 1997. Mar 14 CSPI statementhttp://www.cspinet.org/new/200903141.html Mar 11 Consumer Union statementhttp://www.consumersunion.org/news/obama-picks-hamburg-sharfstein-for-fda/last_img read more

SWINE FLU: CAREC assures no outbreak of HINI in the Caribbean

first_img Share NewsRegional SWINE FLU: CAREC assures no outbreak of HINI in the Caribbean by: – April 29, 2011 Share 52 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – On the heels of a Swine Flu alert by the Pan America Health Organization (PAHO), the Trinidad and Tobago based Caribbean Epidemiology Center, CAREC, on Thursday assured that there was no outbreak of the H1N1 virus commonly known as Swine Flu in the Caribbean.CAREC’s Advisor on Disease Surveillance, Dr. Eldonna Boisson told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that sporadic outbreaks reported across the Americas have led PAHO to call on its member countries to be prepared to respond to a possible outbreak of the influenza virus.But she explained that while swine flu has remained present since it surfaced in 2009, there is no need to be alarmed at this stage.“What has happened is that Pan American Health Organisation has put out an alert that we are still seeing H1N1 circulating in the region which we have been seeing ever since the pandemic in 2009 and it is reminding countries to remain prepared because an outbreak can occur at any time,” Dr. Boisson said.“We don’t have any indication that one is occurring at this time but H1N1 is still a relatively new virus to the world and therefore countries need to remain prepared.”    Swine flu is an acute viral infection with common symptoms including fever, coughing, lack of appetite and aching joints.Now that the alert has been issued, Dr. Boisson said health authorities should re-activate their National Preparedness Plans for the pandemic employed during the 2009 outbreak.“What countries should do is to make sure that they continue to implement whatever measures that they have in their national preparedness plans for prevention of an outbreak of the influenza,” she said. “They must keep their public informed, have a good risk communication plan, to prevent or reduce population anxiety. They should continue to promote health promotion messages. “They need to continue to make sure that they have access to laboratory services and their health care practitioners also need to pay special attention to any groups like pregnant woman or persons with chronic conditions who may need some special attention because of the conditions they have,” Dr. Boisson added. Cana News Tweetlast_img read more

GCC cricketers Lord and Shun lead Red Star CC to another win

first_imgGEORGETOWN club cricketers Devon Lord and Ryan Shun were instrumental in leading their team, the Red Star Cricket Club to another victory when the Etobicoke and District 50-Over Cricket League continued on Sunday in Toronto, Canada.Lord, who is the GCC second-division captain, and Shun, who is a batting all-rounder for GNIC, both made runs, while the former also spun his way to three wickets.The pair travelled from Guyana for the league, which is scheduled to conclude in late October.POSITIVE BATTINGRed Star batted first against 4REIGNAZ CC and scored 304 before they were bowled out in 50 overs. Shun, who has been in form, steered the team back from a wobbly start of 3-8.Batting at number three, the 23-year-old slammed three consecutive boundaries to start his innings. In total, he struck six fours and a six in a score of 61.Lord, who batted at ten, then played a few shots to push the total past three hundred.  The all-rounder struck three sixes and a four in an unbeaten score of 41.Needing 305 for victory 4REIGNAZ were somewhat stable at 77-3 before the left arm spin of Lord destroyed the middle order, which resulted in them folding for 128.  Lord nabbed 3-23 from 10 overs.On Saturday against the Melbourne CC, both cricketers had contributed to the win.Shun had scored an unbeaten 63 in a rain-reduced clash, while Lord had spun his way to four wickets. This is Lord’s second year playing for Red Star, while Shun is playing for the first time this season.last_img read more

Redskins appoint former Panthers coach Ron Rivera on reported five-year deal

first_imgAlso Read | Cowboys Focus On Redskins, Need Help To Save Lost SeasonRon Rivera is a two-time NFL Coach of the Year and was recently fired by the Carolina Panthers. A former Philadelphia Eagles linebackers coach, Rivera spent nine seasons with the Panthers. He guided the team to four playoff appearances and one trip to the Super Bowl.Rivera will conduct his first press conference as the head coach of the Redskins on January 2, 2:00 PM ET (January 3, 12:30 AM IST).Also Read | Redskins Fire President Bruce Allen, Eye Ron Rivera To CoachMore info on Redskins – Ron Rivera deal Social media reacts to Redkins hiring Ron RiveraHigh hopes for Washing Redskins LIVE TV Sujay Chakraborty Also Read | Ron Rivera To Meet With Redskins About Coaching VacancyWashington Redskins endured a difficult season in the NFL after they finished bottom in the National Football Conference Eastern Division (NFC East) with a 3-13 (win-loss) record. The Redskins fired their previous coach Jay Gruden on October 7, 2019, after the 52-year-old led a disastrous 0-5 start to the season. Bill Calahan was hired as the interim coach until the end of the campaign. With the Redskins looking for a major rebuild, they fired president Bruce Allen on Monday. Now the Redskins have acted quickly to hire Ron Rivera – who was also linked to the Cleveland Browns – as their head coach.  According to reports in the US, the Redskins have offered him a five-year deal. The details of the deal are yet to be disclosed. Redskins have also confirmed the hiring of former Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio as their defensive coordinator.  #NFL Head Coach Hire Grades: #Redskins Ron RiveraHiring a defensive minded Coach and a very good leader were the top two qualities they needed to hire in a HC and Rivera processes both of them. Really good Coach and has a nice young roster to work with.Grade: B+— Grant Sports 🏈 (@CoachesTalk) December 31, 2019 Last Updated: 2nd January, 2020 14:43 IST Redskins Appoint Former Panthers Coach Ron Rivera On Reported Five-year Deal Washington Redskins appoint former Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera as their new head coach. Also, confirm the hiring of Jack Del Rio as their new DC COMMENT Written By Also Read | Redskins Hire Ron Rivera As Coach The Washington Redskins have hired Ron Rivera as their new head coach, the NFL has confirmed. Earlier in December, Rivera was relieved from his duties as head coach by the Carolina Panthers and has wasted no time in landing another major coaching role. First Published: 2nd January, 2020 14:43 IST Congratulations to Hayward High Alumni and Hayward Football supporter, Coach Jack Del Rio. The Washington Redskins defense is going to be tough in 2020. Hayward Farmers doing big things.— Farmerpride (@HaywardFootball) January 2, 2020 SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Anthony Joshua’s aura gone for good in Andy Ruiz Jr. loss

first_imgAnthony Joshua took his New York humiliation under Andy Ruiz Jr.’s heavy fists very well, with customary class and good grace.After visiting the canvas four times inside seven rounds, a dream American debut at Madison Square Garden unraveling into an unforeseeable nightmare, the former IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight champion emerged for a delayed post-fight news conference with a smile and good manners. Despite everything, Joshua will enter any rematch as favorite, probably at a packed football stadium in the sort of mega event he incredibly made a staple of the sport in his homeland.Mandatory obligations mean Ruiz is likely to have to relinquish portions of his crown to face Joshua again, meaning the path to an undisputed champion — and the window of clarity that would give to the division — has probably closed for this generation.When it happens, that outing will feel so different to previous nights of delirium at Wembley and the Principality Stadium, where everything felt possible for a genuine superstar. Ruiz took that aura from Joshua and, unlike alphabet belts, you never get that back. Join DAZN and watch Gennadiy Golovkin vs. Steve Rolls on June 8″I’ve dealt with some real big losses in life and bounced back. I feel like this is just part of a journey that I’m on,” he said, having warmly embraced Ruiz in the ring afterwards.”This is boxing. What I have to do is re-evaluate the situation, make it better and go again. We didn’t come this far to stop, to fold under pressure. We came this far and I feel we can definitely go a lot further.”Unlike what unfolded for most of a stunning main event, it was classic Joshua. Talk of the “journey,” of boxing’s inextricable link to redemption stories. When the dust settles and the senses are unscrambled, it would be surprising if the 29-year-old remains so philosophically on-message.Your favorite fighters and motivational posters will tell you setbacks pave the way for comebacks. That might sometimes be true, but it is rarely the case of setbacks like the one Joshua suffered against Ruiz.This is Andy’s night, congratulations Champ 🇲🇽 pic.twitter.com/5gE8uFx4MG— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) June 2, 2019History tells us the 2012 Olympic champion’s career is now heading in a different direction to the one that signposted undisputed dominance.Ruiz’s victory is heavyweight boxing’s biggest upset since James “Buster” Douglas dethroned Mike Tyson in Tokyo in 1990. Like the then-undefeated Tyson, Joshua has been robbed of his fear factor.Vulnerability being laid bare in public — Joshua’s up-and-down thriller against Wladimir Klitschko two years ago means this type of defeat felt possible, if not against Ruiz — is not an insurmountable problem.Fellow Briton Lennox Lewis was sensationally stopped by both Oliver McCall and Hasim Rahman, responding to avenge those losses and regain his titles.Joshua is likely to have the same chance in a rematch against Ruiz in the UK before the end of this year, but the manner of his loss is more troubling than when Lewis was dethroned.McCall and Rahman both landed booming shots to earn stoppage wins. Such losses damage both ego and reputation, but can be shrugged off in a way Joshua’s collapse cannot.After being dropped by a fierce left hook, Ruiz arguably threw his own lucky shot when he caught Joshua on the temple, robbing him of his equilibrium and planting seeds of doubt to shackle him the next time he goes for the big finishes that were the foundation of a sparkling career.The vision remains the same! Thank you to everyone who traveled, MSG was lively! #TeamAJ pic.twitter.com/vVVgmXcyXw— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) June 2, 2019While Klitschko let his moment pass at Wembley, Ruiz boxed with both skill and intelligence to take the beleaguered champion apart.He launched calculated body attacks to sap his wounded foe. After his trips to the floor in the seventh, Joshua stood propped up in his corner with nothing left.That meant the defeat had more in common with Tyson’s against Douglas, a reverse where rivals can take note of the path laid out by an underdog outsider.WBC king Deontay Wilder undoubtedly enjoyed witnessing Joshua’s questionable punch resistance, Tyson Fury will have observed his struggles with Ruiz’s deceptively fast hands and Dillian Whyte will wonder why he did not bring his “Body Snatcher” nickname to bear when he was knocked out by Joshua in 2015.All should rue not putting themselves in the position to snaffle the division’s most valuable “0” as the affable Ruiz — a late replacement for Jarrell Miller — did.Tyson’s Tokyo torment came as his private life descended into a bleak soap opera, while Lewis fought Rahman at altitude with a woeful lack of preparation.Excuses may emerge over the coming days and weeks, but Joshua was in fine condition and the star of his own lucrative show as it hit boxing’s money market. The lack of mitigating circumstances is another damning element.last_img read more

36 of 5160 year olds have no pension plans

first_imgOver a third (36%) of 51-60 year olds have no pension provision, according to research by the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP).Its survey of 2,010 employees also revealed that around a third (30%) of respondents are not sure if their pension savings are enough to retire on.The study also found:66% of respondents aged 20-24 have no pension plans.Around a quarter (24%) of respondents believe they are too young to be thinking about their pension.Over half (55%) think saving through payroll would be a good idea.Lindsay Melvin, chief executive officer of the CIPP, said: “In these uncertain economic times we would hope most people are thinking about their future, but these results show over a third of those towards the end of their working lives are not planning financially for their retirement and some are not even sure they will have enough to live on.“It is clear to see the nation has a long way to go, but we must also consider the vital role employers play. By educating and offering solutions, such as saving through credit unions and paying into a pension via your payroll, employers can help their workforce become more financially savvy.“These problems will not disappear overnight, but if boardrooms take notice of this warning we can all help tackle this ‘sleeping giant’ of a problem.”last_img read more