Dr Levine: COVID-19 vaccine development and distribution

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Vermont Commissioner of Health Mark Levine, MD, issued the following statement about the development and future distribution of a possible COVID-19 vaccine: While we look forward to a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, we hear the fears expressed by many that political pressure is being applied to rush approval of a vaccine before it has been properly tested.Let me be clear. We stand with science.The Vermont Department of Health is keeping a close watch on the vaccine development process to be sure we can trust that science – not politics – governs the process.Even though we do not yet know when a safe and effective vaccine will be widely available, we are doing everything in our power to plan now, so when the vaccine is provided, we will be ready to deliver it to Vermonters quickly and equitably.This unprecedented global pandemic has all eyes focused on finding a vaccine as quickly as possible. But the tremendous pressure to rapidly do so must not outweigh the importance of its efficacy and safety.We stand together with health departments across the country, as well as with the national Association of Immunization Managers, in our insistence that any vaccine made available to the public must first meet all U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety standards, and be recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), an independent national advisory committee.In a recent phone call with members of our department, representatives of the FDA, CDC and the Surgeon General’s Office, reaffirmed their commitment to a process that respected scientific integrity and will be trustworthy.It is my position that we “trust but verify.” All newly developed vaccines must be continually monitored for safety and efficacy. A comprehensive system must be fully utilized to ensure the safety of any COVID-19 vaccine.As we wait for a vaccine, we must keep up our prevention practices – especially as we come into the fall and flu season: keep those masks on, keep a 6-foot distance, avoid crowded spaces, wash your hands a lot, stay home and away from others when you’re sick.Source: BURLINGTON, VT – Vermont Department of Health. 9.11.2020last_img read more

If You’re Fed Up with Your Job, Try Working More Pauses into Your Day

first_imgHarvard Business Review:More than half of Americans feel “overworked or overwhelmed at least some of the time” and 70% say “they often dream of having a different job,” according to a recent study by the Families and Work Institute. That’s a lot of unhappy people at work, and many of them may choose to resign. But my research shows that quitting can be premature; what you might need to do instead is pause and recalibrate.Chances are that if you were to jump into a new role or organization, whatever is causing you to leave may follow you. Taking a pause — which I define as any intentional shift in behavior — allows you to lift your head up, assess your situation objectively, and change your attitude, thoughts, or emotions. It doesn’t have to be a major break in your routine; it might be that after you get home from for work, you intend to spend 20 minutes of quality time with a partner or loved one. Or you intend to show up fully present every morning at the office by taking six deep breaths before you walk in. Even small pauses can help.…Next, set an intention. What do you want to get out of this pause and how do you want to feel at the end of it? One study published in Psychological Science showed that by distancing yourself from a challenge and taking the perspective of an observer, you can enhance your reasoning, leading to insights and new solutions that hadn’t occurred to you before.Read the whole story: Harvard Business Reviewlast_img read more

Leadership proved key to Tide’s success this season

first_imgTUSCALOOSA – Leadership from the Alabama football team’s upperclassmen has been repeatedly cited by coaches and players as the reason for the success this season.The players decided to cement their feelings about the leaders on the team with their annual vote for the program’s permanent captains.Seniors quarterback Blake Sims and fullback Jalston Fowler and juniors wide receiver Amari Cooper and safety Landon Collins were named the honorary captains for their contributions to the team this season.“It mean a lot, it lets me know that my team really believes in the words that I say, they trust me 100 percent,” Sims said. “I’m just glad I can be a leader for this team and lead these guys the right way.”They’ll have their hand and footprints cemented into the Denny Chimes monument on campus during the A-Day festivities around the spring game.“It’s special because it means your teammates look up to you, they acknowledge you as a person, they listen to (you) and want to follow in your footsteps and want to be just as great as you,” Collins said.While all four of them played significant roles with the team, on and off the field, there was some anticipation as to who would win.They were all thrilled and some surprised when their names were announced during the team’s season-ending banquet.Fowler’s name was the last called. He was nervous waiting for the result.“I was hoping to win that award, it’s something very dear to me to be voted by your teammates as the team captain,” Fowler said. “I was so happy at the moment just to win that award.”Fowler doesn’t have big numbers like the other three captains. He’s a role player who mostly blocks for the primary ball carrier. He does run the ball on occasion and catches a few passes.His main contribution is being a locker room leader. Teammates listen to him for being around five years and overcoming a devastating knee injury.“It meant a lot to me,” Fowler said. “Just for your teammates to think of you as a captain. I mean, some guy they look up to and listen to all the time. So that was really big.”Sims made his impact as a one-year starter. He put up big numbers, but he couldn’t have done it without teammates following his lead. They respected how he waited for his opportunity and was ready when it came.He took control of the offense in the offseason, and it grew each week as the team matured.“I didn’t expect it, so many great leaders on this team that worked their butt off and are very outspoken and made big plays throughout the season that have us where we’re at today,” Sims said.Collins and Cooper were leaders from their productivity since their freshmen seasons. They were the stars off the offense and defense.Both are ranked the top NFL prospect at their position for the May NFL draft. They are not expected to come back next season.“All four of those guys have had great careers at Alabama,” junior center Ryan Kelly said. “Those guys are always there when we needed them the most. They’re guys that we can count on.”Cooper is a shy person, even around teammates. So when he spoke up, everyone listened.And all that mattered to him was improving and winning. Most of his leadership came from his actions.“I feel like when we speak, everybody just listens to us,” Fowler said. “That’s just a big part of being on the team and being a team leader.”Kelly enjoyed working with the team captains and learned from them. He’s also a current leader and another one of the future.Honoring players this way makes them work to be the kind of person to earn the captain honor in the future so the team’s success continues year to year.“To get your cleats and your hand print by Denny Chimes, that’s something you can always bring your kids back to, or grand kids,” Kelly said. “That will be there forever. Those are the leaders of the team, leaders that year. I don’t think there’s any greater accomplishment than being looked upon by your peers as a team captain.”last_img read more

NFF’s Game Of Thrones With Gernot Rohr Risks Burning Eagles AFCON Chances

first_imgWith less than 10 days to Nigeria beginning their march to Cameroon for a second consecutive Africa Cup of Nations appearance (a feat the nation hasn’t achieved since 2010), uncertainty lies over the future of German coach Gernot Rohr.Appointed in August 2016 to steady the ship after a tumultuous period in Nigerian football wherein the nation failed to qualify for the 2015 and 2017 continental championships, had three managers (Stephen Keshi, Samson Siasia and Sunday Oliseh) take charge of the Super Eagles in the space of 18 months and witnessed the “angered retirement” from the national team by the country’s most capped player Vincent Enyeama, Rohr has indeed coped fairly well in charge of the high demanding African nation.His immediate task, on assuming the role, was to qualify the three times African champions for the 2018 World Cup, a task he managed to pull off superbly especially considering the quality of opposition in Nigeria’s group.Nigeria under Rohr’s tutelage finished highest in a group consisting of then Africa’s highest-ranked side – Algeria, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon who were reigning African champions and 2012 Africa Cup of Nations winners, Zambia.This great achievement coupled with the introduction of young exciting players, the seeming togetherness of players in the camp and a new footballing philosophy introduced by the former Gabon manager seemed to endear him to football lovers around the country and members of the top echelon of his employers, the Nigerian Football Federation.His initial 2-year contract was quickly extended by a further two years, his needs were met on request; one such wish was his insistence on quality build-up games ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Fast forward to the World Cup proper and after picking up 3 points from his first two games, Rohr and his Super Eagles charges could have masterminded one of the shocks of the tournament.But, somehow, inexperience on his part, especially in terms of game management and impactful late substitutions coupled with the naivety of his players, most of whom were playing on the world stage for the first time, cost Nigeria a place in the second round as they crumbled in the final stages of the final group game against Argentina.The Nigerian press began questioning his tactical ability although he still retained the same levels of pre-World Cup backing from his employers, the NFF who gave him a vote of confidence to carry on preparations towards a first Nations Cup appearance in four years for Nigeria.Again, he delivered in excellent fashion in qualifying for the continental showpiece.Despite Nigeria finishing in third place in Egypt, Rohr’s reading of the game, his game management and penchant for delaying the substitution of flagging and spent players were brought to the fore and cries for him to quit and be replaced with a more tactically proficient manager got louder.Rohr has always insisted that he wants to be in the job long term saying he desires to build a team that will be ready to conquer the world at the Qatar 2022 World Cup.He has, however, come under increasing fire in recent weeks and looks to have fallen out of favour with his employers and reports point to several reasons why he may not be retained beyond the expiration of his current deal – a bizarre situation given his current deal expires halfway through the qualification process for Cameroon 2021.The NFF bigwigs are said to be displeased with Rohr for failing to honour certain parts of his contract (mind you, when the going was rosy, most of these terms were ignored).A few of them include him continuing to live outside the country and only “visiting” when Nigeria have engagements, his failure to watch and follow domestic league matches and integrate most of the players into the national team – 99% of Rohr squads since 2016 have always had foreign-based professionals and the straw which broke the Camel’s back was him reportedly applying for the vacant Cameroon and DR Congo jobs despite being under contract with Nigeria.Gernot Rohr meanwhile has his grievances with the NFF, one of which has been the reported delay in his wages recently, a report the NFF vehemently denies.But the question which begs an answer is why is the NFF taking a coach who they most likely won’t extend his deal into a qualifying series?With the players knowing their gaffer will depart in a few months, will they be willing to give a 100% and listen to his instructions?Also, why don’t you let Rohr go now (if you’ll eventually let him go in 6 months’ time) and employ a new manger to instil his fresh footballing philosophy in the team through the qualifying phase leading up to the Nations Cup, instead of employing a coach with just about 10 months and a handful of games to a major championship.A new coach will certainly come with a few new faces which will unbalance the current squad so why not give this “new coach” two full years to integrate these fresh faces and ideas into the Super Eagles fold?These are some of the questions the NFF hierarchy should ask themselves before embarking on making any decision on the Super Eagles’ handler.Whatever the case may be, Nigerian won’t be quick to forget the man who brought stability to the Super Eagles and returned Nigeria to their first Nations Cup since 2013 and who currently has one of the best win percentages of any Super Eagles manager in history. 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After directors object, Sony changes plan to sell “clean” versions of movies

first_imgSony Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — Sony Pictures has relented — at least partially — on its plan to offer consumers “clean versions” of previously released movies.Last week, Sony announced that it would make its cleaned-up broadcast TV or airline versions of 24 movies available to consumers who purchase films on various download and streaming sites.  But that plan faced strong objections from some filmmakers and from the Directors Guild of America, reported Variety. “Directors have the right to edit their feature films for every non-theatrical platform, plain and simple,” the Guild said, adding that releasing a cut made for one platform on another violates the Guild’s agreement with the studio.Judd Apatow, producer of one movie on Sony’s list, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, had particularly not-clean words for the plan on Twitter, writing, “This is absolute bulls*** and @sony and @SonyPictures is gonna get hell for F****** with our movies. Shove the clean versions up your a****!”On Wednesday, Sony announced a change in its plans, saying the studio won’t sell clean versions of the movies against directors’ wishes.“Our directors are of paramount importance to us and we want to respect those relationships to the utmost,” Man Jit Singh, president of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment said in a statement to Variety on Wednesday. “We believed we had obtained approvals from the filmmakers involved for use of their previously supervised television versions as a value added extra on sales of the full version. But if any of them are unhappy or have reconsidered, we will discontinue it for their films.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more