Coronavirus vaccine distribution challenges lie ahead

first_img Google+ WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp By Network Indiana – October 21, 2020 1 293 Coronavirus vaccine distribution challenges lie ahead Pinterest Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNews (Photo supplied/Centers For Disease Control and Prevention) Even when there’s a coronavirus vaccine, it could be another six months before you’re able to take it:Different vaccines are produced in different ways, and factories are likely to be starting from scratch in ramping up production. Purdue virologist Suresh Mittal says how long that takes depends in part on how similar the eventual vaccine is to existing ones. For instance, many drug companies are exploring the use of adenoviruses as a gene therapy for cancer. Some of the COVID-19 vaccine trials underway use adenoviruses in a similar way. If that’s a vaccine that makes it to approval, Mittal says some of the manufacturing infrastructure would already be in place.There are additional hurdles. Many of the vaccine candidates are two-dose vaccines, given a few weeks apart. That would double the amount of vaccine needed. And along with testing vaccines’ safety and effectiveness, Mittal notes drug companies are testing how they would need to be stored — whether they would need to be refrigerated or frozen. The more precautions have to be taken to keep the vaccine usable, the more difficult distribution will be.Once a vaccine is approved, Mittal says frontline workers like doctors and nurses, nursing home staff, and police and firefighters are likely to get priority for the first few thousand doses. He estimates it’ll take three months to have enough vaccine for a majority of people, and another three months to have the millions of doses needed to cover everyone. Pinterest Previous articleBenson: “Return your absentee ballots in person.”Next articleAMBER Alert for 5-year-old girl missing from Huntington Indiana canceled Network Indianalast_img read more

Florida lawyers report on workplace stress and vacations

first_imgFlorida lawyers report on workplace stress and vacations Florida lawyers report on workplace stress and vacationsMark D. Killian Managing Editor Almost half of Florida lawyers say they experience a lot of stress in their practice and that time constraints and financial limitations keep them from taking much-needed vacations.Of 2,650 lawyers randomly selected to take part in the Bar’s 2001 Membership Opinion Survey, 44 percent of respondents say they experience a “great deal of stress” in their practice, while just about two-thirds (66 percent) reported taking annual vacations of two weeks or less. August 1, 2001 Managing Editor Regular Newscenter_img And while the survey found 73 percent of all respondents were either “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with their careers as lawyers, the seven percent who say they are “very unsatisfied” cite stress (22 percent) and salary (20 percent) as the major culprits. The survey also notes that those who say they are satisfied with their careers report a median income of $75,000, while those who are not satisfied with their careers report a median income of $55,000. For the 17 percent of lawyers who listed “job burnout” and the 14 percent who listed “hours required at the office” as the source of their job dissatisfaction, 75 percent took two weeks or less of vacation in 2000.In addition to the 44 percent who said they experience a great deal of stress, 51 percent of those surveyed this year say there was “some stress” related to their practice, and five percent reported “very little or no stress” associated with their jobs.Fifty-three percent of managing partners report a great deal of stress on the job, followed by partner/shareholders (48 percent), practitioners with one or more associates (48 percent), sole practitioners (44 percent), associates (43 percent), state government attorneys (39 percent), corporate counsels (35 percent), federal government attorneys (28 percent), judges (27 percent) and local government attorneys (25 percent).The younger attorneys are, the more stress they are likely to experience, according to the survey. The study found 54 percent of lawyers 35 or younger report a great deal of stress in their practice, compared with 51 percent of those from 36 to 49 years old, 37 percent of those 50 to 65, and 16 percent of those lawyers over 65.In fact, 21 percent of lawyers over 65 say there is “very little or no stress” in their practices.The survey also found that a slightly higher percentage of women lawyers (50 percent) report experiencing a great deal of stress in the daily practice of law than male lawyers (46 percent).The survey showed no statistically significant difference between race and ethnicity and the amount of stress experienced in the practice of law. Forty-four percent of Hispanic lawyers say they experience a great deal of stress in their practice, compared with 43 percent each for white, black, and Asian lawyers.The level of stress in the practice of law is higher for out-of-state members of the Bar than in-state members, and those in the southeastern part of the state experience more stress than in other parts of the state, according to the survey. Forty-nine percent of out-of-state members report a great deal of stress in their practice, compared with 46 percent of lawyers in Southeast Florida. That’s followed by 41 percent of those who practice in Central or Southwest Florida, and 40 percent of those in North Florida.Vacations When it comes to taking time off, 66 percent of all lawyers surveyed say they took two weeks or less of vacation in 2000, with 11 percent reporting they took no vacation at all.Thirty-one percent of lawyers surveyed say they took two weeks of vacation last year, while another 24 percent took one week. Nineteen percent of those surveyed say they took three weeks off, and nine percent say they took four weeks of vacation. Six percent of lawyers say they took more than four weeks off.The primary reason for not taking more vacation in 2000 was time constraints (47 percent), followed by financial limitations (17 percent), no need (13 percent), pressure from employer (10 percent), pressure from clients (seven percent) and family scheduling problems (six percent).employment category, 61 percent of judges reported taking at least three weeks off last year, with 35 percent of judges taking at least four weeks. With the exception of judges, well over half of all employment classifications report taking two weeks or less vacation in 2000. More than four-fifths (81 percent) of all associates took two weeks or less vacation last year, with 70 percent of lawyers with one or more associates and 69 percent of partners/shareholders reporting taking two weeks or less off. Fifty-six percent of managing partners also report taking two weeks or less vacation time.Copies of the 2001 Membership Opinion Survey are available from the Research, Planning and Evaluation Department for $25, plus local sales tax, from Bar senior planning analyst Mike Garcia at 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300.last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img May 11, 2020 The All-Star Game, scheduled for Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 14, likely would be called off.In other MLB news:— Under 1% of Major League Baseball employees tested positive for antibodies to COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Results were based on 5,603 completed records from employees of 26 clubs. The total testing positive was 0.7%. Samples were obtained on April 14 and 15. Stanford University, the University of Southern California and the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory in Salt Lake City led the study. Data for players was not broken out. The study was not representative of the overall population, given 95% of the participants were under 65 and few reported comorbidities.— A person familiar with the planning tells The Associated Press that the World Baseball Classic will be postponed from 2021 to 2023 because of the new coronavirus. The decision must be approved by the WBC board of directors, which is expected. The fifth edition of the tournament was scheduled for next March in Taiwan, Tokyo, Phoenix and Miami. The decision to postpone was first reported by ESPN Deportes.VIRUS OUTBREAK-THE LATEST While the Calder Cup will not be handed out for the first time since 1936, the 31-team AHL hopes to return next season. That remains uncertain; one possibility is that no fans would be allowed in arenas.Incoming president and CEO Scott Howson, who will take over for David Andrews this summer, said the AHL is still planning for a full 2020-21 regular season running from Oct. 9-April 18. But it also is working on schedules that start in November, December or January.NFL-PANTHERS-OKUNG APPEALPanthers’ Okung appealing NLRB decision on labor practicesCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Russell Okung says he’s appealing a decision that denied a claim he brought against the National Football League Players Association alleging unfair labor practices. The National Labor Relations Board last week dismissed Okung’s claim against the NFLPA. Okung has been outspoken against the new collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA that was ratified in March by players. He says union voting procedures were not handled correctly and that the union tried to silence his right to speak on the matter. In other NFL news:—The Baltimore Ravens have signed free agent guard D.J. Fluker. Fluker is expected to compete for the opening on the offensive line created by the retirement of Marshal Yanda. Fluker has 92 games of NFL experience over seven years with three teams, most recently the Seattle Seahawks. He has played primarily at right guard. The Ravens announced Monday that Fluker signed a one-year contract.PGA-RYDER CUP-ASSISTANTSStricker appoints Love, Zach Johnson as Ryder Cup assistantsPALM BEACH GARDEN, Fla. (AP) — Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker has asked two-time U.S. captain Davis Love III and Zach Johnson to be his assistants for the upcoming matches at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound forward from Pittsburgh had 10 goals and 42 assists for 52 points during his sophomore season at Providence College. Dugan was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the nation’s top college player.Dugan, 21, led the NCAA this season with 1.53 points a game, 1.24 assists a game, 22 power-play points and 30 even-strength points.AHL-VIRUS OUTBREAK-AHL CANCELEDAmerican Hockey League cancels rest of season, playoffsThe American Hockey League canceled the rest of its season Monday because of the coronavirus pandemic, shifting its focus toward an uncertain future. Ravens sign Fluker, who will seek to replace Yanda at guardOWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) —The Baltimore Ravens have signed free agent guard D.J. Fluker, who is expected to compete for the opening on the offensive line created by the retirement of Marshal Yanda.Fluker has 92 games of NFL experience over seven years with three teams, most recently the Seattle Seahawks. He has played primarily at right guard, the position Yanda manned for the majority of his 13 seasons before retiring in March.Fluker signed a one-year contract, the Ravens announced Monday. He has 88 career starts, the last 57 of them at guard. The 6-foot-5, 342-pound Fluker started in 14 regular-season games and had two playoff starts for Seattle at right guard last season.In other NFL news: —The Las Vegas Raiders have agreed to a deal with former Denver Broncos running back Devontae Booker. The 5-foot-11, 219-pound Booker was a fourth-round pick by Denver in 2016 and played four seasons with the Broncos. Booker rushed for 1,103 yards in 61 games over his career. He wasn’t re-signed by Denver in the offseason. The Raiders also waived linebacker Derrick Moncrief.NHL-GOLDEN KNIGHTS-DUGANNCAA leading scorer Dugan agrees to join Golden KnightsLAS VEGAS (AP) — NCAA leading scorer Jack Dugan agreed Monday to turn pro and join the Vegas Golden Knights.Dugan was a fifth-round pick of the Golden Knights during their first draft in 2017. Because of his age, his NHL entry-level contract beginning next season would be for two years. A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. Spring training would start in early to mid-June.MLB officials are slated to make a presentation to the union on Tuesday. An agreement with the players’ association is needed, and talks are expected to be difficult — especially over a proposal for a revenue split that would be unprecedented for baseball.Each team would play about 82 regular-season games: against opponents in its own division plus interleague matchups limited to AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central and AL West vs. NL West.Postseason play would be expanded from 10 clubs to 14 by doubling wild cards in each league to four.Teams would prefer to play at their regular-season ballparks but would switch to spring training stadiums or neutral sites if medical and government approvals can’t be obtained for games at home. Toronto might have to play home games in Dunedin, Florida. —The coronavirus pandemic is impacting how college athletic programs make their travel plans as they budget for the upcoming year. The cancellation of the NCAA Tournament has produced a budget crunch that leaves colleges looking for cost-saving measures. One simple step is to cut back on travel. Chattanooga took a creative approach by announcing that any 2020-21 away games that hadn’t already been scheduled must be played within 150 miles of its campus. Other schools also are trying to make their trips as short as possible without instituting any specific limits.— Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ is using his love of coffee to help raise money for COVID-19 relief charities. The 25-year-old Happ is partnering with Connect Roasters for Quarantine Coffee. It costs $15 per bag, and $3 from every sale goes to virus-related causes.— The Big Sky Conference is leaving the decision of when to return to sports up to its member schools.The Big Sky’s President’s Council voted to allow schools in one of the nation’s largest geographical conferences to make decisions based on NCAA and state guidelines. The conference also adjusted the schedule of volleyball, track, women’s soccer, softball and tennis for the 2020-21 school year in an effort to limit travel as schools face mounting budget issues.— Canada’s National Bank is offering cash grants to each of 23 tennis players from the country who are facing financial issues because of the coronavirus pandemic. Tennis Canada announced the grants of $10,000 to $20,000 in Canadian dollars, or about $7,000 to $14,000 in U.S. dollars, from National Bank on Monday, saying the amounts will depend on a player’s ranking.NFL-RAVENS-FLUKER Update on the latest in sports: Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALLAP source: MLB owners approve plan to start season in JulyNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball owners gave the go-ahead Monday to making a proposal to the players’ union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans, a plan that envisioned expanding the designated hitter to the National League for 2020. Stricker previously appointed the last captain, Jim Furyk, to be one of his assistants. The Ryder Cup is still on schedule to be played Sept. 25-27 — one week after the rescheduled U.S. Open.Love was captain at Medinah in Illinois in 2012 when Europe rallied from a 10-6 deficit on the final day, the largest comeback by a visiting team in Ryder Cup history. He was appointed captain again for the 2016 matches at Hazeltine in Minnesota, the first Ryder Cup since players were given more control over decisions. The Americans won for only the second time in eight matches.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Anthony Davis explains why LeBron James should win MVP

first_img“I let my teammates decide and the fans decide, but I just go out there and play hard every night,” Davis said. “My biggest impact that I think I have is defensively. I love playing defense, I love stopping other players, making it tough on other players, so that’s my case in a nutshell. But I’m pretty sure coach has some good things, and I’m pretty sure if you guys ask LeBron he’ll have a whole list for you guys. I just go out there and try to be great and lead my team on the defensive end, and the guys get better each and every night.”Lakers coach Frank Vogel also supported James for MVP and Davis for Defensive Player of the Year.”Nobody impacts winning more than LeBron James,” Vogel said. “I do believe that he should be the MVP this year. I believe he should be the MVP and I believe Anthony Davis should be the Defensive Player of the Year. I hope those awards go to our two players.” James, reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and others in the conversation will consequently not have the opportunity to enhance their claims when the season resumes at the NBA’s bubble at Walt Disney Resort.MORE: Magic Johnson supports LeBron James for MVPPrior to the NBA being halted, 35-year-old James was averaging 25.7 points, 10.6 assists and 7.9 rebounds per game. Davis has had a close-up view of playing with James and thinks his teammate has strong claims for the prize. “The thing’s he’s doing at his age [make it a good argument],” Davis told reporters of James, who is a four-time MVP. “He’s playing probably one of his best years, we’re the top team in the west, the things he’s able to do on the floor, especially when everyone says he’s washed and should hang it up and all these things he came back with a dominant performance. Then just to be in the race at his age, this part of his career, for me to see it every night, and on a consistent basis, not just three or four games here, he does it every night, he’s been doing it all his career, it’s a good argument for him to be MVP.”MORE: Key dates, schedule & more to know about NBA seasonDavis is in also in the race for individual honors, with the 27-year-old among the favorites for the Defensive Player of the Year award. However Davis said “I don’t have a case” when asked about his chances to win MVP. LeBron James’ remarkable consistency and the way he has silenced his detractors are the main arguments why he should be the NBA’s MVP, says Lakers teammate Anthony Davis.It was decided the 2019-20 award would be decided on performances prior to the league’s suspension in March as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more