Spring stopover routines in Russian Barnacle Geese Branta leucopsis tracked by resightings and geolocation

first_imgBy attaching 9-g loggers (recording dusk and dawn times to a memory chip) to the coded leg rings of Barnacle Geese Branta leucopsis caught in a breeding colony at Tobseda (68°35’N, 52°20’E) on the arctic coast of the Russian Federation in 2003 and by their recapture and retrieval in the 2004 season, we reconstructed the year-round movements of 19 females. We analysed spring migration movements of logged birds until they entered the zone of continuous daylight (c. 20 May), supplemented by ring reading in the colony. The technique also enabled description of incubation rhythm in these arctic breeders, allowing inferences about attempt and timing of breeding without the necessity of direct observation. Although the birds did not necessarily travel together, most travelled on 14–15 (9 individuals) and 17–18 May (10 birds) when favourable conditions for long-distance flights prevailed. The majority of birds remained in the Wadden Sea well into May, and only 6 staged more than a week anywhere in the Baltic (median staging period 4 days). The majority reached the White Sea by mid-May (latest 23 May) after which near-continuous light precluded further locations. Most tracked individuals spotted in the colony arrived during 6–11 June (mean 8), on average 4 days before first egg date. The median laying date for 17 ‘logger’ birds (from direct observation or backdating from start of incubation) was 13 June (range 5–19), the same as for the colony as a whole in 2004 (n = 385). We conclude that most Tobseda birds tend to overfly the Baltic, and eastern White Sea staging areas are used for on average three weeks before arrival at the breeding colony. Judging from the timing in 2004, rapid follicular development must commence at pre-colony staging sites, and from observations in 2002 we suspect these to be on the Kanin Peninsula 360 km W of the nesting area. The Barnacle Geese from the newly established Tobseda colony have apparently pioneered a modified spring migratory routine, possibly partly under the influence of their shorter travel distance. The extended stay in the Wadden Sea fits with the trends in May census data over the past 15 years and may indicate that spring feeding conditions are better than formerly, that the Baltic staging sites are filled to capacity, or some combination of these factors.last_img read more

Clippers beat Jazz 143-137 in OT to stop 3-game skid

first_imgThe Clippers snapped a three-game skid to end the regular season, although the losses had already dropped them from the sixth seed to No. 8. Lawler, who turns 81 on April 21, plans to end his 60-year broadcasting career whenever the Clippers are eliminated from the playoffs. He’s handled their games for 40 years. The Clippers shot 71 percent in the first quarter when they led by 17. The Jazz earned the fifth seed and they’ll play No. 4 Houston in the first round. “When you get an opportunity to play postseason basketball you’re excited, but we’re even more excited because they knocked us out of the playoffs last year,” said Georges Niang, who added 24 points. “It’s a whole new season,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “Time to get going.” Jazz: Meet Houston in first round of Western Conference playoffs. The Warriors won the season series 3-1, with the Clippers’ lone victory coming in overtime at home on Nov. 12 with some players who are no longer on the team. They even obliged his trademark Lawler’s Law, which states the first team to 100 points wins. Against the Jazz, the Clippers had seven players in double figures. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers won 48 games and made the playoffs without any current or former All-Stars on the roster. Written by LAWLER’S NIGHT Associated Press April 11, 2019 /Sports News – Local Clippers beat Jazz 143-137 in OT to stop 3-game skid The Clippers dominated overtime, 17-8. Zubac had back-to-back dunks and rookie Jerome Robinson scored six of his seven points. Ralph Lawler called his 3,229th and last regular season game for the Clippers.center_img His free throws put Utah ahead 126-124, but the Jazz fouled Sindarius Thornwell, who made both to tie it up and force overtime. “It feels good to get out there and play, and have some success scoring and to feel good about my game and how I’m playing,” Allen said. “It’s something I can look back on a little bit later and see how I improved from the beginning of the year.” UP NEXT Rivers joked, “If we could take (Stephen) Curry, (Kevin) Durant and (Klay) Thompson away that would be terrific.” Clippers: Meet defending champion Golden State in first round. Their reward? Getting the defending champion Golden State Warriors in the first round. The Jazz outscored the Clippers 29-24 in the fourth after Los Angeles led by nine. Allen had 14 points in the quarter. “We got a battle ahead of us and it’s about locking in,” said Montrezl Harrell, who scored 24 points to lead seven players in double figures in a 143-137 overtime win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night. “We can’t be in awe.” Jazz: F-C Derrick Favors (back spasms) missed his fifth straight game. … C Rudy Gobert (left ankle soreness), G Kyle Korver (right knee soreness), G Donovan Mitchell (thoracic spasm), G Ricky Rubio (left quad contusion) and G Raul Neto (left ankle soreness) sat out. … They have won eight of 10. … They lost the second game of their final back-to-back. “The pressure is on them, of course,” Beverley said of Golden State. “Understanding we have to do everything the right way to beat this team.” Ivica Zubac added 22 points and 11 rebounds and Patrick Beverley had 14 points in his return from injury. Tags: Los Angeles Clippers/NBA/Utah Jazz TIP-INS Grayson Allen led Utah with a career-high 40 points. The rookie made 13 of 14 free throws and five 3-pointers, but was limited to four points in overtime. Clippers: Beverley returned after missing the last three games with a right hip pointer. … They lost the season series 2-1.last_img read more

Bayonne Little League Major Championship Series Semifinals

first_imgGame 2Mackenzie Post defeated Unico, 12-6. Mackenzie advanced to the final round. Mackenzie took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Jack Kelly walked and scored on two-bagger by Nico Chairavollati, Nico scored on a passed ball Joe Ashe doubled, stole third and scored when Jayshaun Foster reached on a throwing error. Unico closed the gap to 3-2 in the second inning. Steven Kass lead off the inning with a single and scored on double by Mike Wermann, Mike scored the second run on a ground out. Mackenzie took a 6-2 lead in the third. Kelly and Justin Arbelo both singled and scored on Nico’s second double of the game, Chairavollati scored the third run of the inning on a base hit by Tyler Essex. Mackenzie added two more runs to their lead in the fourth when Kelly and Chairavollati both walked and came home on passed balls. Mackenzie clinched the game in the fifth with two runs. Kelly lead off with a walk and scored on a single by Arbelo, Justin scored on Nico’s triple. Unico closed the gap to 10-5 in the bottom of the fifth. Christian Hampton reached on an error, Nick Ponczek walked, and they both scored on a double by Aiden Milachouski, Aiden scored on Steven’s base hit. Mackenzie scored two insurance markers in the top of the final inning on base hits by Connor Weening and Essex. Unico closed the gap to 12-6 on a single by Mike Cordero, Mike completed his tour of the sacks on a stolen base and two passed balls. Game 1Attisano Electric beat J & J Printing, 13-8. Attisano advanced to the championship series in the Major Division at Volunteer Stadium. J & J took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Nikko Sanchez drew a walk, advanced to second and third on a wild pitch and a passed ball, then scored on a passed ball. Attisano tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Logan Chi singled stole second and came home on an overthrow. Attisano broke the game open in the second when they scored five runs. Anthony Devaney, Chi and Jake Sullivan loaded the bases on free passed. Devaney and Chi both scored on a base hit by Adrian Pardo, Sullivan and Pardo both scored on a single by Justin Perry, Justin scored the fifth run when he was forced home on a hit batsman.J & J closed the gap to 6-5 in the third stanza. Chris Cena reached first on a fielder’s choice, Nikko reached first on an error by the centerfielder, then they both scored on a series of throwing errors, Jason Villacorta and scored on a double by James Fowler, Fowler scored the fourth run of the inning on a fielder’s choice. Attisano put the game in the win column by scoring six runs. Joey Jasinski walked and scored on Logan Chi’s second hit of the game, Sullivan reached first on a walk and Adrian reached on a fielder’s choice load the bases, Logan and Jake both rode home on Justin’s second hit of the game, Aiden Rosario drew a free ticket and Javier Garcia got a base hit to plate Perry and Rosario. Attisano added another run in the fifth. Chi drew a free pass and advanced to second and third and stole home. J & J scored the final three runs of the game on base hits by Cena, Sanchez and Villacorta. Garcia got another hit for Attisano. last_img read more

Have you downloaded your Bakery Market Report yet?

first_imgBritish Baker’s Bakery Market Report is a unique snapshot of Britain’s retail bakery market, offering details of the ‘BB75’ – the country’s 75 largest bakery-focused operators – and much, much more.The report is available free of charge to all British Baker subscribers by following this link (you will need to log in to download the report).If you are not a subscriber, you can purchase the report for £250, or sign up for a year’s subscription to British Baker here.This year’s report introduces innovations that we hope will make it even more valuable and informative than previous editions.For the BB75, we have added a graphic of the UK, highlighting in which geographic regions that firm operates, as well as key contact information, including a head office telephone number and web address for each business.Elsewhere, infographics reveal the retail performance of key bakery categories and brands, and what bakery shoppers are seeking from convenience stores.The Bakery Market Report 2018 also includes long-established elements, such as the Bakery Business Survey in which British Baker readers reveal what the past year has meant for their business, and what they expect this year to bring.last_img read more

Bernstein analyst: 100% renewable energy transition looking more and more feasible

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Barron’s:Electricity generation is the largest single contributor to the carbon emissions that are warming the planet. It accounts for 42% of global emissions, and that share is likely to grow as transportation increasingly is powered by batteries instead of oil.As countries announce ambitious plans to wean their economies from fossil fuels, their efforts to shift how they generate electricity will determine whether they can hit those goals. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which helps governments come up with plans to shift to renewables, has estimated that 86% of electricity can be generated with renewables by 2050.That number might seem high, but more data is now supporting the potential for an aggressive shift in power generation. In a new report, Bernstein analyst Meike Becker examined how countries can get to 100% renewable electricity generation by 2050, and the analysis has some good news about the potential for renewable generation.Becker’s report found that countries will take widely different paths to renewable generation, based on their natural resources. If coal and oil deposits determined a country’s fate in the 20th century, the force of its rivers and strength of its sunshine will likely determine its path in the 21st. Countries that generate hydroelectric power are way ahead in terms of producing clean power. Norway generates 98% of its electricity from renewable sources, largely because of hydro power. As of 2015, Brazil got 75% of its power from hydro sources. Canada relies on renewables for 67% of its electricity.But even in countries without rushing water generating much electricity, Becker sees a feasible path to renewable generation. In Belgium, for instance, hydro accounts for just 7% of generation. What’s more, Belgium depends on nuclear power for about 30% of its electricity, and the country plans to phase nuclear out by 2025. Nonetheless, Becker expects Belgium can generate at least 75% of its electricity with renewables by 2050 by relying on solar, wind and a variety of other technologies, including so-called “combined cycle gas turbines” that use gas and steam for power. The key to doing this is being able to generate and store power at times when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing, using batteries and technologies that can use other fuels more efficiently.The chances that countries can generate all their electricity with renewables by 2050 are “at this point very close to 100% for countries with good resources and a bit further away if conditions are less favourable,” she wrote in an email to Barron’s. Nonetheless, countries without the same resources can still generate “very high share, and usually higher than what most people currently think, I would say.”More: The path to 100% renewable power is looking more achievable Bernstein analyst: 100% renewable energy transition looking more and more feasiblelast_img read more

Dominican Military and Police Seize Large Volume of Drugs

first_img Costa Rica captures 8 alleged narco-traffickers Saona Island is a government-protected nature reserve located off the country’s southeast coast. The Public Ministry did not immediately disclose the names of the eight suspects, which include seven Costa Ricans and a Nicaraguan national. They have been charged with international narco-trafficking and money laundering. Law enforcement authorities also seized ten vehicles. Nearly 90 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. Costa Rica captures 8 alleged narco-traffickers The Dominican Republic’s Navy, Air Force, and National Drug Control Police (DNCD) captured two suspected narco-traffickers in connection with the seizure of 926 packages of cocaine aboard two boats in separate operations near Saona Island earlier this month. In another operation to fight drug trafficking, Dominican law enforcement authorities incinerated 251 kilograms of narcotics at an Army base in the municipality of Pedro Brand in the Province of Santo Domingo last week, including cocaine, marijuana, and crack. Counter-narcotics agents seized the drugs at the Las Américas International Airport in Punta Caucedo and in other localities between February 2-8. In Costa Rica, the office of the Deputy Prosecutor for Organized Crime recently captured eight suspected narco-traffickers who are allegedly part of an international ring that brings cocaine into the country and transports large amounts of the drug to Honduras and Guatemala. The suspects, who have only been identified publicly as being from the Dominican Republic, are suspected of working for the same international narco-trafficking organization that operates out of the coastal cities of Bayahibe and La Romana, according to Dario Medrano, a DNCD spokesman. They were headed for land at the time of the arrests, which occurred after the Dominican Navy seized all of the cocaine. Nearly 90 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. The Dominican Republic’s Navy, Air Force, and National Drug Control Police (DNCD) captured two suspected narco-traffickers in connection with the seizure of 926 packages of cocaine aboard two boats in separate operations near Saona Island earlier this month. In Costa Rica, the office of the Deputy Prosecutor for Organized Crime recently captured eight suspected narco-traffickers who are allegedly part of an international ring that brings cocaine into the country and transports large amounts of the drug to Honduras and Guatemala. Costa Rican counter-narcotics agents have seized 767 kilograms of cocaine and $440,000 since they began investigating the narco-trafficking network in August 2013, according to Deputy Prosecutor Miguel Abarca. Drug traffickers smuggled the cocaine from Nicaragua through the Peñas Blancas border crossing, hiding the cocaine inside the compartments of custom trucks, which transported the cocaine into North America through Central America. The drug trafficking ring allegedly transported some of the cocaine to Europe. The Public Ministry did not immediately disclose the names of the eight suspects, which include seven Costa Ricans and a Nicaraguan national. They have been charged with international narco-trafficking and money laundering. Law enforcement authorities also seized ten vehicles. Costa Rican counter-narcotics agents have seized 767 kilograms of cocaine and $440,000 since they began investigating the narco-trafficking network in August 2013, according to Deputy Prosecutor Miguel Abarca. Drug traffickers smuggled the cocaine from Nicaragua through the Peñas Blancas border crossing, hiding the cocaine inside the compartments of custom trucks, which transported the cocaine into North America through Central America. The drug trafficking ring allegedly transported some of the cocaine to Europe. Saona Island is a government-protected nature reserve located off the country’s southeast coast. The suspects, who have only been identified publicly as being from the Dominican Republic, are suspected of working for the same international narco-trafficking organization that operates out of the coastal cities of Bayahibe and La Romana, according to Dario Medrano, a DNCD spokesman. They were headed for land at the time of the arrests, which occurred after the Dominican Navy seized all of the cocaine. By Dialogo February 17, 2015 In another operation to fight drug trafficking, Dominican law enforcement authorities incinerated 251 kilograms of narcotics at an Army base in the municipality of Pedro Brand in the Province of Santo Domingo last week, including cocaine, marijuana, and crack. Counter-narcotics agents seized the drugs at the Las Américas International Airport in Punta Caucedo and in other localities between February 2-8. last_img read more

Sustaining the ‘Trump Bump’

The S&P 500 and NASDAQ hit record highs the week of May 8, and the Dow closed over 21,000. The “Trump Bump” (as the run up in capital markets is called) remains in full force. In all, I believe the business environment will be more favorable under the Trump administration.Some factors make maintaining a favorable environment for business less likely, however. For example, the current run up is premature given we are still lacking specifics on many aspects of the new administration’s fiscal policy. In addition, predicting when the new administration’s fiscal measures (and in what final form) will be passed and become effective is problematic.Another concern for businesses in the current economic climate is the Federal Reserve’s rate-raising intentions. The decisions and narrative of the Federal Open Market Committee demonstrate a heavy bias toward employment measures at the expense of GDP, inflation, the nuances of employment (like participation rate), and even a full appreciation of the unique circumstances of rates near zero for seven years. Notably, the FOMC’s rate forecast has been widely off for five years in a row. In all, this doesn’t lend confidence that the Fed will make the right decision about interest rates during its remaining meetings in 2017. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr read more

Public hearing on industrial zoning code in Endicott postponed

first_imgThe public hearing is expected to be held through a Zoom call on Monday, Mat 4, since this pandemic has prohibited people meeting in groups. In the Zoom meeting on Monday, dozens of people joined in on the call to hear what the Village of Endicott board was ready to address. However, it was quickly announced that the public hearing on additions to zoning codes regarding recycling and other guidelines will be postponed to Monday, May 4. Questions can be submitted to [email protected] before and during the meeting. Endicott Mayor Linda Jackson says the board received information on regarding the addition to recycling and guidelines to the village’s existing industrial code just shortly before the meeting. Jackson said because the information came so closely before the hearing, there was very little time to review and rescheduled it to have a more thorough hearing in May. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — Village of Endicott’s board meeting was ready to hold a public hearing regarding newly recycling and guidelines additions to the village’s industrial zoning code. last_img read more

Panel faults NIH risk assessment for Boston biodefense lab

first_img Klare Allen, a community organizer who has led opposition to the lab’s construction, told the Washington Post that she was pleased with the NRC’s findings. “The NRC pretty much confirmed everything we’ve been saying for the last 5 years,” she said. Dec 5, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Amid controversy around the construction of a biodefense laboratory in Boston, a project risk assessment from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is funding the lab, has been condemned as unsound by the National Research Council (NRC). An NRC committee was named to look into the NIH’s risk assessment of the biosafety level 4 lab, which will be located at Boston University, in response to a request from the state of Massachusetts, according to the NRC report. The state made the request after a court challenge invalidated the state’s finding that the NIH’s draft environmental impact report was adequate. See also: The NRC report will be among other public comments the NIH will review as it finalizes its risk analysis, according to a Nov 30 Washington Post report. The Post story, published Nov 30, said the lab is 70% complete. Federal officials have said that if they lose court battles over the lab, it will be used to study less dangerous pathogens, according to the story. Nov 29 NRC press release “Environmental justice communities are often faced with environmental stressors that wealthier communities do not face,” the committee wrote, adding that the South End neighborhood where the new lab is located could face extra health challenges if residents’ health is poor, public health services are lacking, or insects or rodents are common in the area. Besides voicing several detailed concerns about the NIH’s risk assessment methodology, the advisory committee said the agency’s report glossed over “environmental justice” issues related to the lab’s inner-city setting. Also, the committee faulted the NIH report for focusing mainly on a single individual or a small number of lab workers in analyzing the probability of a release of a lethal agent. The NIH should have included other possibilities, such as equipment failure, security breaches, and malevolent action, the report states.center_img “The NIH draft report has serious weaknesses, in particular regarding selection of pathogens and lack of transparency of the modeling, leading the committee to conclude that the draft is not sound and credible,” said NRC committee chairman John Ahearne, executive director emeritus of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, in the NRC press release. One of the advisory committee’s criticisms centers on the pathogens the NIH selected in the scenarios modeled and described in the risk assessment: Ebola hemorrhagic fever virus, monkeypox virus, Sabia hemorrhagic fever virus, and Rift Valley fever virus. The findings from the NRC, an arm of the National Academies, were released on Nov 29 in a 28-page report posted on the NRC’s Web site. The National Academies consist of four private, nonprofit, congressionally chartered institutions that advise the US government on science, technology, and health policy issues. After it lost the court challenge, the state asked the NIH to produce a risk assessment addressing additional worst-case scenarios, alternative sites for the lab, and mitigation issues in the event of a pathogen release from the lab. NRC report on NIH risk analysis of Boston BSL 4 laboratory “The committee acknowledges the need for biocontainment laboratories in the United States, including BSL 4 laboratories, and recognizes that BSL 4 laboratories are being operated in other major urban areas,” he wrote. In a letter to Massachusetts officials that accompanies the report, Ahearne emphasized that the report focuses only on the quality of the NIH risk assessment and shouldn’t be viewed as a statement about the risk of a biocontainment facility in Boston or any other city. The committee said that worst-case scenario planning should have involved agents, such as those that spread by aerosol droplets, that have higher person-to-person transmission rates than most of the agents the NIH included.last_img read more

Sebelius expects launch of H1N1 vaccination drive in fall

first_imgJul 9, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – If an effective vaccine for pandemic H1N1 influenza is available, the federal government expects to mount an H1N1 vaccination campaign this fall, initially targeting schoolchildren, adults with health problems, pregnant women, and healthcare and emergency workers, a top US official said today.Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discussed the vaccination plans at the Obama administration’s H1N1 Influenza Preparedness Summit, a one-day meeting designed to stimulate preparedness nationwide. The session drew about 500 state, tribal, and territorial health and education officials to Bethesda, Md., and was streamed over the Web.”While we have made no final decisions about its scope, and have ‘off ramps’ built into our decision making process if the circumstances change, at this point, we expect to initiate a voluntary fall vaccination program against the 2009 H1N1 flu virus,” Sebelius said in her prepared remarks.She commented that the risk of increased antiviral resistance in the H1N1 virus is a “serious consideration,” underlining the importance of vaccination.Sebelius said the current estimate is that some vaccine will be ready for distribution in mid-October.HHS is working with its advisory committees to decide which groups will be offered vaccine and in what order, but added, “We know that young people have been disproportionately impacted by this virus, and we anticipate that school-aged children, non-elderly adults with underlying health conditions, pregnant women, and healthcare and emergency workers who are likely to come in contact with the virus will be priority groups to whom vaccine will be offered.”The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) hopes to evaluate the first candidate H1N1 vaccine in early August, said NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, who preceded Sebelus on the summit program.”This information will be critical to decisions about how and if to start a vaccination program this fall,” Fauci said.$350 million to statesWhile urging states and other jurisdictions to help prepare for the potential vaccination drive, Sebelus promised that some money will be available to support those preparations. Tomorrow HHS will formally announce the availability of $350 million for preparedness grants to states, money that Congress included in the recently passed 2009 supplemental appropriation bill.The sum includes $260 million to go to state health departments “to support your ongoing work and to prepare for the vaccination campaign, while $90 million will help hospitals prepare for the surge of patients they will treat if an outbreak impacts their community,” Sebelius said.In response to questions, she said HHS plans to provide information this week on how to apply for the grants and that applications will be due Jul 24. “We hope to push the money out the door by July 31,” she added.Vaccination planning starts nowShe urged state and local health officials to begin planning now for the likely vaccination campaign. “It may not be possible, at least in the early stages, to use the standard channels to distribute the vaccine,” she said. “We will need your assistance to identify vaccination sites.”The federal government will pay for the vaccine, Sebelius promised: “The vaccine will be purchased by the federal government and made available for distribution by state and tribal governments, and we will provide financial and technical assistance all along the way.”Responding to questions, she said Congress has already approved about $1 billion to buy the bulk vaccine ingredients and that another $7.5 billion will be available for the program.”This will be a federally funded program that may have an opportunity to recover some funding back from folks with private insurance,” she said. “But don’t expect this will be done through private sources as seasonal flu vaccination is; this will really be a public effort funded by the federal government.”HHS expands flu Web siteOutlining other HHS efforts to strengthen preparedness, Sebelius said the agency is upgrading and expanding its flu Web site, flu.gov. She urged the public to use the site to learn how to prepare for the flu season.In another step to raise public awareness, HHS is inviting Americans to record and submit their own short public service announcements (PSAs) about the H1N1 virus, Sebelius announced.An HHS news release said the agency will pick the best PSAs and let the public vote on them. The winning announcement will be shown on national television, and its creator will win $2,500.Today’s meeting also included speeches by other federal officials, a short talk by President Barack Obama via telephone, and presentations on school closures and state, tribal, and local experiences with H1N1 to date.Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gave a short update on the H1N1 situation. He stressed, among other things, the widely varying dimensions of the epidemic in different places, saying, “There’s actually a 100-fold difference in the level of documented infections in different states in the US, and even within states and within cities there are differences.”Obama, echoing comments from Sebelius and others, stressed the importance of state and local preparations for the likely vaccination drive and for good communication.”We’ve looked at past cases of this [a flu pandemic] being properly handled and improperly handled, and one of the most important differences is that where it’s well handled, state and local officials have complete ownership over the issue,” he said.See also:Jul 9 HHS news releasehttp://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2009pres/07/20090709a.htmllast_img read more