Sep 25, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today hosted a live webcast to teach laypeople and community groups how to prepare their homes and families for a pandemic, and they fielded a range of questions, from the size of food stockpiles to elbow bumps versus high fives in sports settings.The HHS program was the sixth in a series that began in March with sessions aimed at state pandemic planners. Other webcasts have addressed topics such as school closures and implications for home healthcare organizations.Admiral Joxel Garcia, assistant secretary of health for HHS, and Richard Benjamin, MD, chief medical officer for the American Red Cross, warned that a pandemic is unlike any other disaster, because the disease strikes many locations simultaneously. “It’s like 50 hurricane Katrinas happening at the same time,” Benjamin said.Benjamin urged those who haven’t begun their personal pandemic preparations to start by thinking through four scenarios: if schools closed, if a family member was ill, if wage earners couldn’t work, or if people were urged to stay in their homes. He said government and nonprofit groups have useful resources that cover personal pandemic preparation; for example, the Red Cross has a guide for caring for sick family members.The Red Cross’s role now is to build awareness, but during a pandemic the organization plans to help distribute food and supplies to the homebound and ensure an adequate blood supply, Benjamin said. A pandemic will diminish the blood supply, and he said the Red Cross will continue to rely on donors. “You can help by getting used to giving blood now,” he added.Two members of PandemicPrep.org, a nonprofit group based in St Louis, told viewers that grassroots pandemic preparedness organizing doesn’t need to take a lot of time or expense, but it can yield benefits beyond just pandemic preparedness.Tim Woerther, the group’s co-chair and mayor of Wildwood, Mo., said, “This brings together people who don’t normally talk,” such as people from faith-based organizations, education, government, and business.Near the end of the webcast, the speakers fielded questions submitted by online viewers. One viewer asked why different groups recommend different stockpiling amounts; some recommend 2 weeks’ worth of food, water, and supplies, while some advise up to 6 months.Benjamin said the Red Cross advises at least 2 weeks, “but if you could do more, that would be a wonderful thing,” he said. Coming up with a stockpiling recommendation is difficult, he said; a pandemic wave lasts up to 3 months and stores would be severely affected, but probably not as long as the entire 3 months.”Six to 12 months would be wonderful, but that’s probably not practical for most people,” Benjamin said.Another viewer asked if the new ritual of athletes trading elbow bumps rather than high fives might reduce the spread of flu and cold viruses. Garcia said, “That’s a good question. Just make sure you wash your hands after sports.”
Grace Obour grabbed Team Ghana’s 6th medal in the African Games after she finished 3rd in the finals of the women’s 400m.She ran a time of 51.86 seconds to finish behind Nigeria’s Favour Ofili (2nd) and Botswana’s Galefele Moroko of Bostwana.Mohammed Abubakar and Hammoud Jeff qualified for the finals of the men’s long jump after leaping 7.71 metres and 7.66 metres respectively in Wednesdays’s qualifiers.Regina Yeboah finished 7th in the 100m hurdles of the women’s heptathlon with a time of 15.23 seconds but she topped the high jump event clearing a height of 1.71 metres. She was tied in top spot with Egypt’s Hoda Hagras.She placed 7th in the shot put of the heptathlon.TABLE TENNISIn the men’s singles table tennis, Derek Abrefa lost 4-3 to Gedoen Kassa of DR Congo while Felix Lartey 4-0 also lost to Sami Kherouf of Algeria.BOXINGSamed Shakul lost 4-1 to Peter Pita of DR Congo in the semi-finals of the men’s light heavy weight.CYCLINGIn the women’s road race event, Ghana’s Clementina Ayoung, went over the stated time limit and placed 34th overall.FENCINGIn the men’s epee individual, Eric Mallick lost 5-3 to Alex Beugre of Cote d’Ivoire, 5-4 to Khaled Budheima of Libya, 5-1 to Mahmoud Nashat of Egypt, beat Robert Gandon of Senegal 5-3 and Jolan Andriamonjy of Madagascar 5-4.Isaac Teinor lost 5-3 to Oumarou Diarrassouba of Cote d’Ivoire, 5-1 to Abdel-Karim El Houari of Morocco, Houssam El Kord also of Morocco, and 5-3 to Satyadev Gunput of Mauritius. He beat Mukawa Mongwassa of DR Congo 5-3 and Gueye Salisou of Senegeal 4-2.Iddrisu Bashiru lost 5-3 to Mohammed Bashiru of Egypt, 5-3 to Jens Pinsenschaum of Namibia, 5-1 to Senegal’s Keba Sagnan.WEIGHTLIFTINGJeremiah Teng-gbul Benye finished 9th with a total of 122 in the men’s 81kg snatch competition.He recorded 150 in the clean and jerk to finish with a total of 272 to finish 8th
— N.C. State’s Dave Doeren might be a touch underrated knowing the Wolfpack have a .641 winning percentage the last three seasons and have done an excellent job producing NFL talent.— Mad about your coach’s ranking? Don’t be. Eight coaches are ranked from No. 34-49, starting with Syracuse’s Dino Babers and ending with first-year Louisville coach Scott Satterfield. There’s not much separation between those coaches and they likely will shuffle in this range again in 2020.— Among returning coaches, Babers jumped 47 spots from last year’s overall rankings for the biggest gain. Virginia Tech’s Justin Fuente had an 14-spot fall for the biggest drop. Mack Brown is back in the ACC with North Carolina. Is he really the No. 2 coach in the conference? Sporting News answered that question in its annual 1-130 coach rankings. Today, we’ll dig a little deeper into our ACC coach rankings. Brown is ranked No. 2 among ACC coaches behind Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, who has won two national championships in the last three years. Swinney is the runaway at No. 1 in this year’s rankings. Brown, 67, is back after a five-year hiatus following his stint at Texas. We can defend this ranking, too.MORE: ACC 2019 early conference primerBrown is one of just five FBS coaches with a national championship. Brown made aggressive coordinator hires in getting offensive coordinator Phil Longo from Ole Miss and defensive coordinator Jay Bateman from Army. We have the feeling he’s out to prove the game hasn’t passed him by. That will translate to the Tar Heels competing for ACC Coastal Division championships sooner rather than later.Plus, the rest of the field is lumped together. With that in mind, here is a look at our ACC coach rankings: 2019 ACC Coach Rankings RankNameSchoolWLPCT.OVR1Dabo SwinneyClemson11630.79522Mack BrownNorth Carolina244122.667243David CutcliffeDuke111101.524274Dino BabersSyracuse3628.563345Dave DoerenNorth Carolina State6638.635356Justin FuenteVirginia Tech5138.573387Pat NarduzziPittsburgh2824.538428Dave ClawsonWake Forest6066.476459Bronco MendenhallVirginia11565.6394710Willie TaggartFlorida State5257.4774811Scott SatterfieldLouisville4716.7464912Steve AddazioBoston College3838.5006114Manny DiazMiami00.0006813Geoff CollinsGeorgia Tech1510.60069MORE: SN’s post-spring preseason top 25Quick reads — There is a strong argument to be made for Duke’s David Cutcliffe in the top 25 (or even higher) knowing he has led the Blue Devils to five winning seasons in the last six years.
They’re the regular clubs: Madang Fox FC, Admiralty FC, last season’s minor premier team Hekari United FC, champion Lae City Dwellers FC and FC Port Moresby.Newcomers on board are Lae United FC, Erema FC from Kerema, Huawei PS FC and Rapatona.Ten spaces are available this season, limited to only five for the Southern Region and five for Northern Region with preference to those that address all affiliation criteria.Criteria include franchise clubs must be incorporated as a company and be registered with IPA and there is to be no conflict of ownership.Clubs must either have their home ground or demonstrate their ability to have their own ground within 3 years.They must also be able to adequately demonstrate their ability to meet all financial commitments during the season.Oro FC and PNG Football Association development team Besta United FC that participated last season are yet to indicate interest.NSL urges clubs to submit their expression of interest with a fee of K5000 by mid this week.
Participants with some of the officialsAgriculture Minister Dr. Mogana S. Flomo Jr. has extolled the Chinese Government for investing in the sector to improve Liberia’s quest to become self-sufficient in food production.Minister Flomo spoke at the inauguration of the Chinese hybrid rice extension and demonstration site on Saturday, June 9, in Foya, Lofa County.Flomo described China as one of the biggest contributors to Liberia’s post-war development drive, most importantly in the agricultural sector.He said that the Chinese have immensely contributed to the country’s infrastructure development over the last 13 years, resulting to increased access to basic social services across the country mainly through grant support to the Liberian government.Minister Flomo specified that key areas of Chinese support to Liberia include health, education, agriculture, science and technology, road and electricity restoration.“As part of support to agriculture development, China-Liberia signed a memorandum that aims to establish a framework for cooperation and understanding, to promote agricultural technology and further strengthen bilateral cooperation and technical training, demonstration, extension and farm development at the Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI) in central Liberia,” Flomo said.Under the scheme, the Kpatawee Farmer Based Organization, a local agriculture production group, is being assisted with advanced Chinese technology, to improve agricultural production and increase food yield in the country.At present, according to Minister Flomo, Chinese agriculture technicians are aiding local farmers in rice and vegetable in Kpatawee on the 50 acres of land the local community set aside for the project.Since the establishment of the China-Liberia Agricultural Technology Demonstration Center, there have been training opportunities for Liberians in the areas of rice, vegetable, cassava, animal husbandry, machine operation and other agriculture related entrerprises.In August of 2005, lawmakers of the 52nd Legislature jointly passed a Resolution No. 001, which confirmed and reaffirmed the government’s total and unwavering commitment to the one China policy, a resolution which made the policy irreversible, according to Flomo.Ming, a Chinese interpreter, said that the program covers 50 hectares of land, including 22 and 28 hectares of lowland and upland respectively.The program, accordingly, focuses on providing technical support through training and field technical advice to farmers.“We provide rice production technology training, including water control, weeding, fertilizer application and pest and disease control for the farmers in order to have good yield,” Mr. Wing said.He disclosed that his organization has conducted technical training to 77 participants mainly farmers and field technicians under the program in Lofa County. The training mainly concentrates on hybrid rice nursery technology, hybrid rice transplanting technology and rice field maintenance technology.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)