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Dutch officials approve publication of Fouchier’s H5N1 study

first_imgApr 27, 2012 (CIDRAP News) – The Dutch government has granted virologist Ron Fouchier, PhD, an export license that allows him to submit his much-debated H5N1 transmissibility paper to Science, according to a ScienceInsider report published today.”Now we can move on,” Fouchier told ScienceInsider.His report details how he and his colleagues developed an H5N1 virus capable of airborne spread among ferrets. Since the study was first described in general terms last September, it has been controversial because of concern that the findings could be exploited to unleash a virus that could spark a human pandemic.The Dutch government’s decision was made by Henk Bleker, minister for agriculture and foreign trade, and announced in a press release (in Dutch) today, according to ScienceInsider. It follows an Apr 23 meeting in The Hague at which government officials discussed the research with scientists and security experts.The announcement came exactly four weeks after the US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) reversed an earlier recommendation and, on a 12-6 vote, endorsed publication of Fouchier’s report in full. The US National Institutes of Health endorsed the board’s recommendation on Apr 20.According to ScienceInsider, the Dutch announcement states, “Minister Bleker has weighed all of the benefits and risks of publication of the avian influenza research, and has especially looked at the freedom of research and publication, health, and safety. He has also taken into consideration insights from national and international experts in the areas of security, health, and research; the positive advice of the U.S. National Science Advisory Board on Biosecurity to the US government about publication of the research; and the US government’s decision to follow that advice.”Fouchier had opposed the export-permit requirement and at one point vowed he would submit his manuscript without applying for one. But more recently he agreed to apply for the license, while protesting the need for it.The scientist said he was pleased but not surprised by the government decision and commented that it would have been “strange” if the government had ruled the other way in the wake of the NSABB’s recommendation and other developments, according to ScienceInsider.His revised manuscript will still need to go through peer review at Science, according to previous reports.When the NSABB endorsed full publication of Fouchier’s study, it also voted for full publication of a similar study led by Yoshihiro Kawaoka, DVM, of the University of Wisconsin. The vote on Kawaoka’s study, expected to be published in Nature, was unanimous, unlike the decision on Fouchier’s.See also: Apr 27 ScienceInsider storyApr 17 CIDRAP News story “Fouchier plans to flout Dutch export law, publish H5N1 study”last_img read more

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Forecast Products Names Michael Bland Vice President of Sales

first_imgLSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — Michael Bland has joined Forecast Products Corp. as vice president of sales. An industry veteran with more than 30 years of aftermarket experience, Bland will head the sales effort at Forecast, focusing on aggressively growing the company’s traditional business both with its Original Engine Management (OEM) brand and in the private-label channels. Most recently, Bland headed the aftermarket initiative at Prestolite Wire for the past eight years. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementForecast has been an industry leader in engine management, ignition and filters for more than 25 years. With more than 5,000 SKUs, its on-line catalog (oemautoparts.net) covers more than 95 percent of the most popular import and domestic applications. Working with Vertical Development, Forecast is able to tailor and customize specific catalog needs for any customer, as well as map to all electronic platforms. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

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Cat rescued from derelict Lockerbie building

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInThe Scottish SPCA has reunited a cat with his worried owner after he was rescued from a derelict building in Lockerbie by a Scottish SPCA officer.Scotland’s animal welfare charity was alerted on Sunday 14 August by a neighbour after distressed miaows were heard coming from the house next door.Animal rescue officer Jade Cumming said, “This house was in a terrible state and hadn’t been occupied for years.“I could see a sky light on the roof was damaged and that a cat could have fallen in and would never manage to get back out.“With the help of a locksmith, I gained access to the house and the cat practically jumped into my arms.“He had a pouch of whiskers and a very large drink of water and I was able to return him to his owner a few doors up.“This was a lovely, happy ending and I’m so glad we were able to help.”Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed animal should call the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.last_img read more

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Akron Zips Win MAC Shootout Over Ohio Bobcats 37-34

first_img NEOSI Staff Related TopicsAkron ZipsKato NelsonNathan RourkeOhio Bobcats By Corey PerezAKRON, OHIO – MACtion was on full display Tuesday night in Akron, Ohio when the Akron Zips hosted the Ohio Bobcats in a pivotal MAC East showdown, pulled out by the Zips 37-34. The Bobcats got off to a quick start as Sophomore Quarterback Nathan Rourke rushed for a 68 yard Touchdown on Ohio’s second offensive play.Akron scored the next 10 points in the ballgame as true Freshman Quarterback Kato Nelson found his footing in just his second career start. Nelson finished the first quarter with 67 yards and another 25 on the ground. The first quarter was highlighted by a trick play touchdown by Ohio, when Rourke walked up to the line of scrimmage as if he was barking out signals, next thing you know the ball was directly snapped to running back AJ Ouellette who flipped it Brendan Cope, Cope then tossed the ball to a wide open Nathan Rourke for a touchdown. Cope actually finished the first quarter with more passing yards than Rourke, but the Bobcats still held a 14-10.Ohio started the second quarter by blocking an Akron punt and quickly capitalizing with a Dorian Brown 5-yard touchdown. Bobcat fans had to feel pretty confident at this point with a 21-10, little did they know that Nelson’s night was just beginning. The Akron offense began seizing the momentum on the next series, starting with a 71-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Kwadarrius Smith, and when Ohio fumbled on the ensuing kickoff the Zips started to believe they could win this game. Akron again capitalized on a Ohio mistake when Nelson hit Austin Wolf on a 25-yard pass, taking a 24-21 lead. Ohio would tie the game at 24 before Akron regained a 30-24 Halftime lead. The Zips relied on big plays and Ohio mistakes to set up scoring opportunities and then Nelson did the rest. As Nelson tossed 4 touchdowns for 268 yards in the first half. After combining for 54 points in the first half both Akron and Ohio struggled to get into the same offensive rhythm early on in the second half. Ohio did cut into the Akron lead when kicker Louie Zervos nailed a 46 yard field goal, and just like that the Zips only held a three point lead heading into the fourth quarter. A lot was on the line when the fourth quarter began, specifically MAC East title implications, as Ohio would earn the right to play for the MAC championship, but if Akron won they would control their own destiny and just have to beat Kent State on Tuesday for the opportunity to play in Detroit for the MAC title. Ohio started with the ball and appeared to be driving down the field to at least tie the game, when again the Bobcats made another mistake, as Rourke threw his second interception of the night. Rourke clearly knew his pass was off the mark because he immediately began running after Akron defender Jordan George.The Bobcat sideline appeared to be defeated following the pick, especially once Akron scored 5 plays later on an 8 yard rush by running back Manny Rush. With just under 12 minutes left the Akron lead was 10 points, but Ohio kept fighting as they used a 5 minute drive to cut the lead back to 3 with just under 6 minutes to play. The two teams traded drives the rest of the way as Akron was able to hang on and take control of the Eastern division . After the game when asked if Akron beat them tonight or if they beat themselves Ohio strong safety Javon Hagan “ We definitely beat ourselves, they are not the better team.”In college football a lot of games come down to two things 1) limiting your mistakes 2) capitalizing on your opponent’s mistakes. When you look at why the Zips won the game the first stat you have to look at is the 21 points they scored off the three Bobcat turnovers.While Akron was able to capitalize off of Ohio’s mistakes, Ohio on the other hand as they did not force any turnovers, in the 3 games the Bobcats have lost they are negative six in the turnover ratio. Akron did have 16 penalties for 167 yards, two of which were targeting calls resulting in the Zips losing two defensive starters, but still the Bobcats were unable to make the Zips play for their mistakes. Akron now holds the tiebreaker over Ohio as both teams sit at 5-2 in the MAC with one game remaining, Akron hosts Kent State next Tuesday night while Ohio travels to Buffalo for a Black Friday matchup with the Bulls. With a victory against rival Kent State the Zips will represent the MAC East in Detroit, and with an Akron loss Ohio can still win the MAC East with a road victory. last_img read more

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