Eastern Washington’s population and economic center is Spokane County. Spokane’s economy survived the Great Recession and emerged more diversified. Spokane’s recovery is being led by five industries: advanced manufacturing, health services, finance/insurance, transportation/warehousing and education. Without the advantage of mega employers, these five industries have medium-sized employers that are flexible and efficient in their markets. The region is home to more than 500 manufacturing businesses; distribution centers for PepsiCo, American Tire Distributors and Caterpillar Logistics Services Inc.; and health care providers such as Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital. High-tech companies in manufacturing, scientific and technical industries are creating new jobs and expanding the economic base. Steady growth is predicted to continue in the near future.Spokane County is also home to Greater Spokane Inc., which connects businesses to valuable relationships and resources. GSI provides a wealth of information and resources to entrepreneurs, including a relocation guide, data and statistics, educational and networking events, and ambassadors. For more information on the economy in Spokane and other business resources, visit www.greaterspokane.org.The median age in Spokane County is about 37 years old, which means the workforce skews slightly older. Median household income in the county is $50,550, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. There is no state income tax.Rail and Transit AccessThe Greater Spokane area’s highway and rail infrastructure connect it to the global marketplace. Interstate 90, which runs through the heart of Spokane, is a major commuting route for eastern Spokane County and northern Idaho. This strategic freight corridor is the northernmost east-to-west, coast-to-coast interstate. The North Spokane Corridor is a nonstop arterial across the city linking Interstate 90 to the south with U.S. Route 395 to the north. Additional major highways that connect the region to outside markets include U.S. Highway 2 (to Everett and Newport, Washington), U.S. Highway 95 (to Canada and Mexico), U.S. Highway 195 (to Lewiston, Idaho) and U.S. Highway 395 (to Canada).Rail access is provided by the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroads. These rail services ship nationally from the shipping yard in Spokane Valley. The area serves as a gateway to and from the interior U.S. and Pacific Rim, with east-west access and reciprocal switching capabilities that few other regions can offer.Natural ResourcesWith agriculture as one of the region’s most important industries, it’s not surprising that nature itself is one of Spokane’s most valuable natural resources. In fact, Washington is the nation’s leading producer of apple juice and the second-largest wine producer. Spokane County boasts the second-highest number of farms in Washington, with about 2,500.The climate and geography are ideal for agriculture but also offer numerous recreational pursuits. The area has miles of trails for hiking and biking, many in lush forests; rock formations perfect for climbing; lakes and rivers ideal for water sports; and more than 30 golf courses, surrounded by stunning landscapes.Fairchild Air Force BaseWith thousands of employees, Fairchild AFB is the largest single-location employer in the region, according to Greater Spokane Inc. The workforce includes more than 6,000 active-duty personnel, Air National Guard, Army National Guard members and civilian members. The base had a total economic impact of nearly $420 million and created more than 2,300 jobs, according to its 2015 Economic Impact Statement.
This one’s made with aggressive, racing geometry and 700×42 tire clearance. But all of those metrics can be whatever you want, they’re all made custom. You could even build it for belt drive, or choose between mechanical or electronic (or both) groups.The other big new feature debuting on the SL models is it’s their first thru-axle design, which stiffened up the rear end enough that they could eliminate the seatstay bridge.It’s built around a Santa Cruz Bicycles’ rear derailleur mount and Syntace X12 thru axle. They use a dummy axle during construction so they can mold the rear dropout structure directly around the hanger, so there’s no extra metal used in the dropouts, it’s all bamboo and carbon fiber. The only other metal on the frame are the water bottle bosses.It’s also their first post mount brake design, which further cleans up the bike and drops weight.The SL moniker will refer to all top level bikes, and they’ll only be available as full custom. This one’s the SLG, for Super Light Gravel. There’ll also be an SLX (cross) and SLR (road). Retail is $4,495, a thousand dollar premium over the standard bamboo and carbon frames. This brings with it a stiffer carbon layup, too, making the front end laterally stiffer. All told, the thru axle dropouts save about 80g, and tube saves about 100g, but you add a bit back with the actual thru axle compared to a QR skewer.The gravel bikes will also get a smaller diameter seatstay to add more compliance. That wasn’t done on Nick’s bike because he’ll be doing a lot of road riding, too.Another cool thing they figured out with this build was that you can hack XX1 rear derailleurs to work with CX1 drop bar shifters. Nick wanted the wider gear range for the Crusher in the Tushar, where there are bigger climbs, but the CX1 rear derailleur won’t clear the larger cogs on an XX1 cassette. But, the XX1 derailleur’s movement didn’t jibe with the CX1 shifters…until they found you could determine the pull ratio by putting the CX1’s derailleur cable loop and mounting it on an XX1 rear derailleur. By swapping that piece (the black plastic bit that the cable wraps around between the adjustment bezel and the derailleur’s pinch bolt), you get the XX1’s bigger pulley offsets with CX1 shifter compatibility.The one above is shown in stock formation, but he’ll be switching things over based on the next race’s elevation profile.They also figured out you can combine XTR Di2 shifting with an XX1 cassette and get the best of both worlds: crisp, motorized shifts with a wider range cassette. They said it worked perfectly with no modifications to either group’s parts.Below the SL is the RS, which uses the standard alloy dropouts, regular seatpost, no internal Di2 wiring, and is offered in stock sizing.The beauty of custom is you can get things like this awesome monster crosser/off road touring bike.BooBicycles.com Boo Bicycles has been making carbon fiber-and-bamboo bicycles for years now, but they keep refining the process. The latest iteration becomes the new premium SL offering, which not only drops weight from the frames, but makes them stiffer and stronger, too.Above is the new SLG top-level gravel road bike, and this one’s built for Boo’s Nick Frey to race at this year’s Dirty Kanza and Crusher in the Tushars.The upgrade is a new way of forming the top and downtubes. On their normal tubes, they hollow out the bamboo. On these, they hollow it out even more, making it lighter, then an S2 fiberglass load dispersion material is placed on the inside of the bamboo tubes and is cured while under compression from the inside. The result is a tube that’s much more impact resistant. Frey told us there tends to be a lot of downtube damage on composite frames in events like the Dirty Kanza, coming from really sharp gravel flying off the front wheel. Frey says they took a normal bamboo tube and smashed it on a table corner and it cracked, but repeated blows with the new S2-enhanced tubes didn’t show any damage.But those aren’t the only changes growing on this bike…
SunCommon,Vermont Business Magazine SunCommon, a Waterbury Center-based solar installer, has joined California’s Sunpreme Channel Network — a strategic partnership program designed to deliver the most advanced solar products and expertise to residential, carports and commercial clients through leading solar installers. Sunpreme carefully selects its strategic channel partners, awarding the distinction only to installers that consistently put customers first with high quality solutions.As Vermont’s largest solar company, SunCommon provides the residential, carports and commercial solar markets with the best and most reliable solar packages while delivering the highest level of installation quality. “Our customers trust us to provide technically superior products with compelling value, and know that they can count on years of our experience to deliver results. Sunpreme represents everything we look for in a premier product to inspire the customer’s enthusiasm and drive customer delight,” said James Moore, President at SunCommon. “We are honored to be recognized by Sunpreme as a Channel Partner after successfully installing projects using Sunpreme Solar Technology. Their global reputation and high standards are an endorsement of SunCommon’s commitment to our customers and to superior quality,” added Moore.”Sunpreme Channel Partnership recognizes exceptional installers for their relentless focus on providing high end solar products, superior installations and customer satisfaction. Vermont and New York Solar market are of strategic importance, and we warmly welcome SunCommon to Sunpreme Channel Partnership. We congratulate them on their commitment to high standards and helping clients reach their energy goal,” said Surinder S. Bedi, Executive Vice President for Global Quality & Reliability, System Products and Market Development at Sunpreme. “Sunpreme bifacial smart panels are an industry game changer offering customers the highest performance solar panels — with impedance matching technology and its improved lifetime yield. This complements a highly compelling product offering that integrates bifacial technology, robust product reliability and most cost effective solar electricity solution available to their strong customer base,” added Bedi.About SunCommonAs Vermont’s largest solar business, SunCommon believes that everyone has the right to a healthy environment and brighter future – and renewable energy is where it starts. Energy from the sun can power our lives and build vibrant communities. Our mission is to tear down barriers to clean energy and use our business as a force for good. SunCommon has helped over 3000 Vermonters and New Yorkers go solar at home or join a Community Solar Array and nearly 30 businesses power with solar and save.SunCommon was chartered as one of Vermont’s pioneering Benefit Corporations and is a Certified BCorp based on a rigorous third party assessment of our commitment to the triple essential point of people, planet and profit. The business is headquartered in Waterbury where most of our 70 workers operate out of Vermont’s largest net-positive office building, which produces more energy than it uses. In our first three years, SunCommon earned distinction as one of Vermont’s Best Places to Work, from the US EPA with an Environmental Merit Award, and with a Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. For more information, please visit www.suncommon.com(link is external).About Sunpreme, Inc.Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, Sunpreme is a global solar photovoltaic company that designs, develops, and manufactures its innovative bifacial double glass panels utilizing a proprietary Hybrid Cell Technology (HCT), with efficiencies from 21.5% to 23.5%. These panels deliver the best cost performance value to clean-tech customers, worldwide. Sunpreme’s Bifacial, Smart panels are among the world’s most powerful, with STC outputs ranging from 310 to 510W before the bifacial boost of up to 15% with superior product reliability and environmental stewardship. Sunpreme was ranked among the top three performers in the entire global PV market. It has won 7 of the top 10 rankings among thin-film PV products. Sunpreme solutions are deployed in 25 countries around the world. For more information, please visit www.sunpreme.com(link is external) or contact Samantha Lam email@example.com(link sends e-mail).SOURCE SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Sunpreme, Inc.
What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? Don’t answer – it’s a trick question. The only appropriate response is: all of them. Preferably all of them at once.I was reminded of this during a recent trip to Syla and Maddys, the amazing ice cream shop on Mass. Street in Lawrence. They have something called the 5 Flavor Sampler. Five different mini scoops in a cup or a cone – it’s what dreams are made of (you can see Daisy eating it in the picture above).So it should come as no surprise that my new favorite dessert includes many flavors of ice cream at once. Open my freezer on any given day and you will see a quart of Breyers Neapolitan – my all-time favorite store-bought ice cream. I recently sandwiched all three flavors between brownies, whereby creating what I believe to be the perfect summer dessert. The recipe can be found here. Warning – it will be next to impossible for you not to make this if you click on it!
Lauren Cole helps feed a child at Avenue of Life in KCK for her SME Senior Service Day project.This year’s annual Senior Service Day event at Shawnee Mission East prompted 85 percent of the class to spread out across the metro Wednesday for service projects ranging from running a field day for special needs kids to sorting onions at Harvesters.Danny Tapp arrived at East at 7 a.m. and traveled to Harvesters in Kansas City with 25 other seniors to help package 1,000 pounds of onions.“We had to sort out the rotten ones and make bags of 20 each that went out to families,” he said.“It was hard work,” added Clayton Phillips. “It felt good making sure the food was safe for those who needed it.”Krissie Wiggins, coordinator of the SHARE program at East, said about 340 seniors participated in this year’s event. Many left school early in the morning to do service projects at more than a dozen places.Stanley Morantz and Ellie Booton helped harvest vegetables at Hillcrest Transitional Housing in KCK for their SME Senior Service project.Gretchen Crum and Ragan Rapp were among those who visited seniors at Brighton Garden in Prairie Village. They played games with the residents, painted nails and made Halloween crafts.“I thought it was really nice, I got a day off school and talked to different people,” Crum said. “The ladies were interested in what we were going to do after high school.”Rapp added, “it was interesting to talk to them and see how in tune they are. One lady used to be a camp counselor and did crafts with kids.”Cody Mason was among the seniors who stayed at East to help run what was called “Anna’s Special Field Day.” It was a series of activities for special needs kids. Among the activities were hula-hoops, bowling and jump roping.“I really hadn’t interacted with special ed kids that much,” Mason said. “It was cool to hang out with them.”Cameron Collins, another field day volunteer, enjoyed one boy who was into super heroes and pretended to be The Hulk.“I got to meet kids I never met before,” he said.Wiggins said the key lesson she wanted all the seniors to learn was the continuing need for their service in the community.“I got on the bus and told kids to listen to these organizations, how they started and the work they do,” she said. “This is your future. The populations these organizations serve will never go away.”SME seniors returning from the service projects were treated to a picnic lunch at Harmon Park.
This is the AquaClimb Classic Plus 4×2 Panel the pool committee recommended for Roeland Park.Roeland Park councilmembers on Monday approved spending up to $12,000 on a 16-foot climbing wall feature for the Roeland Park Aquatic Center. The city will split the cost of the $21,650 wall with the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.The climbing wall was introduced as a replacement option for the pool’s 3-meter high dive, which was identified as potentially unsafe for recreational use in the November 2018 Waters Edge report.“Having the ability to provide an amenity yielding a similar experience to the removed 3m diving board, yet offering a safer experience for users was very attractive,” the Roeland Park Aquatic Center Advisory Committee said in their recommendation report.The 16-foot feature will be attached to the side of the pool and is intended for use by one person at a time. The Roeland Park Aquatic Center will be the only facility in northeast Johnson County to offer the amenity.The pool advisory committee also considered modifying or replacing the high dive so that it met Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) standards, but decided the climbing wall was the best option.JCPRD Project Manager Marshall McKinney said Lenexa and Gladstone pools replaced their high dives with climbing walls and have been happy with the results.McKinney also pointed out the expected cost of the climbing wall is less than the cost of replacing the high dive.“We still are actually saving money and providing, what I think, is a better amenity,” McKinney said.
October 15, 2008 Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Regular News Should Floridians care about court system funding? Senior Editor“Fee justice” is creeping its way back into the money-strapped criminal justice system, and Second Circuit Chief Judge Charlie Francis is worried that the “haves” will unfairly get better deals than the “have nots.”“I’m very, very concerned we are going back to what we eliminated in 1972, and that was called the justice of the peace. Remember the old stories about the constables? If you had money, you could get out of any trouble. There’s a lot of room for abuse here,” Francis, co-chair of the Trial Court Budget Commission, told 21 print, radio, and television reporters gathered at the Florida Supreme Court September 23 for the annual Reporters’ Workshop sponsored by the Media & Communications Law Committee of The Florida Bar. Francis urged reporters to look for more diversions and plea deals without jail tied to who can pay fees up front, driven by the shortage of money in the court system.“You all need to be watching that. I think we are already seeing it across the state, as the pressure is on the state attorneys and public defenders trying to get their funding. And where do they get their funding? From collections of the public defender application fee. From the public defender lien for services. The prosecutor gets it from the $100 assessment on the cost of prosecution. And they only get that if they collect it from the defendant,” Francis explained.The judge gave the example of college kids who “make plea deals that if you pay this up front, you don’t have to go to court. You don’t even get near a court.”Acknowledging he has no statistics and doesn’t know how many times it happens, Francis predicts the incidents of “fee justice” are rising.“I don’t control the arrests. I don’t control the diversion statute. That is the state attorney. I do know if you watch the amount of money going into diversion programs this year — and I’d be interested to see the increase — but I bet you it is going to be substantial, probably in the 25 to 40 percent range from a year ago.”The range of cases, Francis said, includes civil citations, a straight diversion with no charge up front, or a charge is filed and adjudication of guilt is withheld at the plea.“You are seeing it already: the cost of prosecutions at the time of plea and you don’t have jail time,” he said.Even though it concerns him, Francis said, “I can either accept or reject the plea. And you will find out the public defender says, ‘We want you to accept this, because we don’t want the defendant to sit in jail five more days.’“So it’s a real touchy thing. It’s getting back to fee justice, all driven by the shortage of money in the system. That should not be what drives those kinds of decisions.”Francis’ comments were delivered during a panel discussion on “Funding Florida’s Courts,” joined by Jordana Mishory, a reporter for the Daily Business Review in Miami, and State Courts Administrator Lisa Goodner. Afterwards, many reporters praised the panel for delivering important information on the court budget crisis that would generate good stories for them to cover. Overall, reporters rated the session on court funding a 4 on a scale of 1 to 5.But one reporter commented, “It was a little sales-pitchey, like sitting through an infomercial,” and another said, “It bordered on lobbying for more court funds and became a bit of advocacy.”Judge Francis said he was recently given a heads up from Second Circuit Public Defender Nancy Daniels that her office will no longer take misdemeanor cases because of the effects of the budget crisis on her overburdened staff.“Who is going to take them? We will have to have a hearing on that, just like they did in Miami,” Francis said, referring to the recent court ruling that 11th Circuit Public Defender Bennett Brummer may stop accepting new third-degree felony cases because of the budget crisis (see September 15 News ). Goodner explained how increased fees through SB 1790, passed during the 2008 legislative session, brought in $150 million in court-related revenue, but the courts only received $14 million, including $8.6 million for mediation. “Isn’t it logical if fees are coming in order to get access to the courts, then fees could be tied to the court budget?” she asked. “Why wouldn’t you? If you pay a fee to file a case, why wouldn’t that money go to help process that case?”Currently, 92 percent of the courts’ budget is funded from state general revenue, and the challenge is “how to stabilize the court funding from the ups and downs of the economy,” she said.All general revenue budget reductions made since July 1, 2007, total $43.7 million — a 9.8 percent reduction in the state court system’s total budget. The net impact of reductions to the salary budget equals 282.24 full-time positions, or 6.8 percent of the work force that supports the judicial branch.A reporter asked where the Legislature would get the money without shortchanging someone else or raising taxes.Judge Francis responded: “This is not just anybody else. This is the third branch.”The bottom line, he said, is “the money is in the system. It’s a priority issue. I’m not here to say you should take it away from so and so. I’m here to say that there is a million dollars on the table, what do you fund first?”Francis told the reporters it is their job to question whether legislators are funding the right things, in light of the budget crisis.But he did say the cuts on the courts are already affecting people on a daily basis.“If you have a waitress who is asking for child support, and she’s going to take a day off, and not get paid, to come up to the courthouse to have that child support matter heard, don’t you think it’s important that it takes place when she takes the day off?” he asked.But, Francis said, because of the budget crisis and layoffs of case managers who serve the important function to look over the files of pro se litigants, that waitress’ case is postponed for another day because she didn’t file the affidavit required for the judge to rule.The judge also gave the example of a landlord he has breakfast with regularly, who owns 14 apartment complexes in Tallahassee.“He tells me in light of the new costs they’ve added to landlord-tenant evictions, and the delay in getting in front of a judge, they are paying their tenants to leave. They are giving the deposit back, even if they are in default, and told to leave. They sign a release — ‘don’t sue me and I won’t sue you’ — because it’s cheaper than going to court.“That might be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on if you are a landlord,” Francis said.He also pointed warily to the example of the “two-minute foreclosure docket” cranking out cases in Lee County.“They are doing two-minute dockets, all day long, on foreclosures. Think about that. You think the quality is being affected or not? You think they are really being able to study these files, to really know what is going on in a foreclosure, to determine whether or not a house can be lost or not, because somebody missed something in the file? Because there is no case manager to look at it before they hand it to the judge for that two-minute hearing?”It’s a quality of justice issue, Francis said.“What sort of decision do you want a judge to make? Just anything to move the case through as quickly as you can? Or do you want a judge to actually make a decision that is reasoned and reasonable and done after the judge actually reviews the issue?”Francis said court representatives have been meeting with the leadership of the Bar and the business community to educate them about the need.“Believe it or not, it’s the business community that is the first to react. Last year, that $150 million in extra fees came out of the business community, not the Legislature. Remember, they didn’t want to do the fees. We went out to the business community and said, ‘You have to have these new fees come into the system somehow.’ They went and did it. And they all thought the fees went to save the courts.. . . They didn’t realize all we got was $7 or $8 million for the mediation trust fund. Now it’s a trust fund. It’s good if the money comes in. If it doesn’t, we lose mediation.”Goodner shared a quote from the Statement of Intent by the 1998 Constitution Revision Commission members Alan Sundberg and Jon Mills, which eventually became the constitutional amendment passed by the voters in 2004, regarding the Article V funding shift of the trial courts from counties to the state:“It is further the intent of the proposers that the Legislature ensure that the state courts. . . are protected from across-the-board reductions, which have been the traditional response to revenue shortfalls.”Goodner said she will be armed with that quote as part of her political strategy with legislators.“We will tell legislators that we need to honor the full intent of the amendment,” she said. “It is constitutionally premised for us to have some safeguards against across-the-board budget reductions.” Should Floridians care about court system funding?
The steady rise in H7N9 influenza cases saw no let-up today, with seven new infections reported, including a fatal case from Hong Kong, the first case detected in China’s Guangxi province, and five cases reported from the country’s other hotspots.Health officials today also reported the first known family cluster in the outbreak’s second wave, involving a couple who worked a vegetable stall in a market in Zhejiang province and their adult daughter.Cases in Hong Kong and four provincesThe patient from Hong Kong, its fourth so far, is a 75-year-old man who got sick on Jan 26 while visiting the city of Shenzhen on China’s mainland and was hospitalized in Hong Kong yesterday, according to a statement today from the Centre for Health Protection (CHP). The man, who had multiple underlying health conditions, died this morning.He had traveled by himself to Shenzhen, where he spent 6 days at the home of a relative who lived close to a live-poultry market, the CHP said. So far the patient’s five family contacts in Hong Kong are asymptomatic.The man’s H7N9 case is the fourth to be detected in Hong Kong, and so far all had a history of recent travel to the mainland. Three of the patients died from their infections.Elsewhere, Guangxi province (Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region) announced its first H7N9 case today, in a 56-year-old woman who is in serious condition, according to a translation of a China News Network story posted by Avian Flu Diary (AFD), an infectious disease news blog.The detection of the case pushes the range of the known cases south and west of the main outbreak area and near the border of northern Vietnam.The woman is a farmer and had been exposed to live poultry before she got sick, according to the story. She is hospitalized in the city of Hezhou in critical condition.The five other new cases reported today are from Zhejiang, Guangdong, and Fujian provinces, all of which have already reported cases. Two of the patients are young and appear to have milder illnesses.According to translations of provincial health statements posted by AFD, three patients from Zhejiang province are a 37-year-old man in critical condition and two men ages 60 and 63 who are in severe condition. Guangdong province’s case-patient is a 17-year-old boy listed in stable condition, and Fujian province’s case involves a 2-year-old boy who is hospitalized with a mild infection.The seven new cases today lift the outbreak total to 267, according to a case list compiled by FluTrackers infectious disease message board. and the Hong Kong man’s death raises the unofficial fatality count to 58. They also bump the number of illnesses reported in the second wave to 131, just five shy of matching the 136 cases reported during the first wave last spring.Family cluster investigationThe family cluster reported today involves three people from Zhejiang province, a 49-year-old man, his wife, and their 23-year-old daughter, according to a report from Xinhua, China’s state news agency. All three cases were previously reported.The man’s infection, which ultimately proved fatal, was confirmed on Jan 20. His daughter got sick 3 days after taking her father to the hospital, and she is in serious condition.The man’s wife’s infection was confirmed on Jan 27, and her illness is mild, according to Xinhua.Media reports in China yesterday, citing officials from China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said the parents are from Xiaoshan and worked as vegetable dealers in a live-bird market before they got sick and that their daughter had worked at the market for a short time, the South China Morning Post, an English-language newspaper based in Hong Kong, reported today.Health officials investigating the infections aren’t sure if the cases reflect human-to-human spread or if all involve exposure to a live-poultry source, the report said. A few family clusters were reported during the first H7N9 wave last spring, and health officials have said limited human-to-human transmission could occur, especially during prolonged unprotected contact with sick people.However, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other health groups have said so far there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human spread, and scientific studies suggest that so far the virus doesn’t transmit easily through airborne spread.WHO releases more case detailsIn a related development, the WHO today released new information on six H7N9 reports, including one death, that it received from China on Jan 27. Patient ages range from 58 to 77, and all had been exposed to live poultry before they got sick. Their illness onsets range from Jan 15 to Jan 21.The patient who died is a 68-year-old man who worked as a farmer in Guangdong province. The five survivors are all hospitalized in critical condition.The WHO said the report of H7N9 in live poultry in Hong Kong that was imported from the mainland shows the potential for the virus to spread through live poultry, but so far there is no sign of international spread through humans or animals.More sporadic cases are expected in affected and possibly neighboring areas, due to increased trade and transport of poultry around the Lunar New Year, the agency added.China H7N9 vaccine developmentIn other developments, Sinovac Biotech, Ltd., a pharmaceutical company based in Beijing, announced today that it has submitted a clinical trial application with China’s Food and Drug Administration to launch a human clinical trial of its H7N9 vaccine.The company said in a press release that the H7N9 vaccine is being developed using the same platform and production system as its seasonal flu, H5N1, and 2009 H1N1 vaccines. Sinovac said it has completed its preclinical studies, has prepared different vaccine candidates for clinical testing, and will start the human trials in a timely manner, once its application is approved.See also:Jan 29 CHP statementJan 29 AFD post on Guangxi caseJan 29 AFD post on Zhejiang, Guangdong, and Fujian casesFluTrackers human H7N9 case listJan 29 Xinhua storyJan 29 South China Morning Post storyJan 29 WHO statementJan 29 Sinovac press release
U.S. Sen. Tom UdallU.S. SENATE News:SANTA FE — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement Friday after the Indian Health Service (IHS) announced it is distributing $600 million of the $1.032 billion appropriated by Congress for the IHS in the recently passed CARES Act, the emergency COVID-19 legislative package enacted last week.Earlier this week, Udall led a bicameral, bipartisan group of lawmakers in writing to the president urging him to get CARES Act Tribal resources into the hands of those that need them. “Following my call for swift action, I am relieved that the Indian Health Service is moving quickly to distribute the critical funding we secured in the CARES Act. We must ensure these life-saving resources quickly get to the field for Tribes, Indian Health Service facilities, and urban Indian health organizations. Tribes have been very clear that COVID-19 will be devastating for their communities if they do not get the necessary public health resources. That is why I fought hard to significantly increase funding for IHS in the CARES Act negotiations, nearly doubling what the administration initially proposed,” Udall said. “But this funding is only useful when it actually gets on the ground in the communities that need it, so today’s announcement is a very positive step forward. My staff and I are working around the clock to conduct oversight over the distribution of these resources, pushing the administration to swiftly and effectively distribute this funding in a manner that respects tribal sovereignty and self-determination. I will continue to fight in Congress to provide the necessary resources and policies for Tribes and all Native communities to face down this pandemic and protect their communities.” For more information on the Tribal provisions of the CARES Act Udall fought for, click HERE.
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