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March 2, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgOn Saturday night, fans at Lollapalooza Brazil were treated to a memorable headlining set from Pearl Jam. In addition to two-plus hours of the band’s extensive catalog of originals, the band had a couple surprises up their sleeves in the form of two ultra-rare covers.Midway through their set, Eddie Vedder welcomed Lollapalooza founder/former Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell onstage to have the crowd sing him a happy birthday. Following the sing-along, Farrell remained onstage for a rendition of Jane’s Addiction’s “Mountain Song”, marking just the second time Pearl Jam had played the song live and the first since Austin City Limits 2009, when they were also joined by Farrell. Watch the “Happy Birthday”/”Mountain Song” segment with Perry Farrell below:Pearl Jam – Mountain Song with Perry Farrell (live @ Lollapalooza Brazil 2018)[Video: Vinicius Souza]Two songs later, Vedder took a brief solo interlude, in which he played a wistful re-imagining of the first verse and chorus of Talking Heads‘ “Pulled Up” before sliding into “Unknown Thought”. This marked just the second recorded time the song has appeared at a Pearl Jam show, and the first since their set at Pinkpop Festival in 1992. You can watch Vedder’s “Pulled Up” [at 54:28] in the full-show video below.Pearl Jam – Full Pro-Shot Video – Lollapalooza Brazil – 3/24/18[Video: gotsome2016]Pearl Jam will now take a brief hiatus from the road before heading out to Europe for a run of early-summer dates. See below for a full list of upcoming Pearl Jam tour dates. For more information, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Pearl Jam | Lollapalooza Brazil 2018 | Sao Paulo, Brazil | 3/24/18Set: Wash, Corduroy, Do The Evolution, Why Go, Mind your Manners, Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town, Can’t Deny Me, Even Flow, Happy Birthday (sung to Perry Ferrell), Mountain Song*, Breath, Pulled Up^, Unthought Known, Jeremy, Sirens, Down, Better Man, Hold On, Black, Once, Lurkin, PorchNotes: *Jane’s Addiction cover, with Perry Farrell | ^Talking Heads coverPearl Jam 2018 Tour Dates:06/12 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome06/15 – Landgraaf, NL @ Pinkpop Festival06/18 – London, UK @ O2 Arena06/19 – London, UK @ O2 Arena06/22 – Milan, IT @ I-Days Festival at Area Expo06/24 – Padova, IT @ Stadio Euganeo06/26 – Rome, IT @ Stadio Olimpico07/01 – Prague, CZ @ O2 Arena07/03 – Krakow, PL @ Tauron Arena07/05 – Berlin, DE @ Waldbuhne07/07 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter07/10 – Barcelona, ES @ Palau St. Jordi07/12 – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival07/14 – Lisbon PT @ NOS Alive Festival08/08 – Seattle, WA @ Safeco Field08/10 – Seattle, WA @ Safeco Field08/13 – Missoula, MT @ Washington Grizzly Stadium08/18 – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field08/20 – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field09/02 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park09/04 – Boston, MA @ Fenway ParkView Tour Dates…And if you’re still in the mood to rock, you can also watch full pro-shot video from Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ headlining performance at Lollapalooza Brazil from the previous day:Red Hot Chili Peppers – Full Pro-Shot Video – Lollapalooza Brazil – 3/23/18[Video: Ladydarkness]last_img read more

March 1, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img“Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China,” by Ezra F. Vogel, published by Belknap Press/Harvard University Press, has been shortlisted for the 2012 Lionel Gelber Prize. Vogel is the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus.The Lionel Gelber Prize is a literary award for the world’s best nonfiction book in English on foreign affairs that seeks to deepen public debate on significant international issues. It was founded in 1989 in the memory of Canadian diplomat Lionel Gelber and awards $15,000 to the winner.last_img read more

March 1, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgLiterary scholar Roger Chartier took on the question of “When and Why Do Literary Manuscripts Matter?” at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study on Oct. 18, exploring the creation of literary archives and the appearance in the 1750s of authorial manuscripts.A French historian and historiographer, Chartier, whose talk was co-sponsored by Radcliffe and Harvard’s Mahindra Humanities Center, is directeur d’études at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, professor in the Collège de France, and Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. His work examines the history of books, publishing, and reading, with a recent focus on the intersection of written culture and literature.In opening remarks, Harvard’s Ann Blair, the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, who helped organize the event, called Chartier “deeply historical in his thinking, always sensitive to the gap between then and now.”Chartier explored the history of the autograph manuscript, the kind written by the author, and the reasons behind its absence prior to 1750. “The decisive role of scribes in the publication process is one of the reasons for the loss of authorial manuscripts in early modern times,” he said.Offering Golden Age Castile as an example, Chartier said manuscripts that made their way to the royal council for “license and privilege” had in fact been written by professional amanuenses, or transcribers, and simply corrected by the authors. Those versions were then further modified by censors, and ultimately sent to printers, where additional changes were made.“Once the scribal copy of the autograph manuscript entered the printing shop, it was further prepared by the corrector, who added accents, capital letters, punctuation, and casting-off marks. … Thus prepared and corrected, the manuscript copy was composed and printed. After these textual interventions made by the copyist, the censor, the copy editor, and the compositors, the autograph manuscript lost all importance.”Chartier spent a week at Harvard, where he met informally with faculty, students, and Radcliffe fellows. The timing of his visit and talk was ideal, said Radcliffe Dean Lizabeth Cohen, who introduced the event. Cohen said that the humanities program at Radcliffe has long been exploring the subject of books and manuscripts. The institute’s 2010 conference, “Why Books?,” examined the history and future of the book in the digital age, and its upcoming two-day session on Nov. 1 and 2, titled “Take Note,” will “consider the past and future of note taking and the critically important way that individuals make new knowledge their own.”Following the talk, Chartier took part in a discussion with Harvard faculty, moderated by Homi Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities and director of the Mahindra Humanities Center.Panelists included Blair; Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and director of the Harvard University Library; David Hall, Bartlett Research Professor of New England Church History at Harvard Divinity School; and Leah Price, professor of English.last_img read more

January 26, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgMembers of the Saint Mary’s community heard author James Carroll speak at the 2012 Christian Culture Lecture on Tuesday night. The Christian Culture Lecture series, held in conjunction with the Department of Humanistic Studies, presents a preeminent figure in the humanities. The speaker explores an aspect of the Christian dimension of Western culture. Carroll, an award winning nonfiction and fiction writer, gave a lecture titled “The Reforming Dimension of Christianity in Western Culture and Beyond.” Carroll has written many notable books; among them are his memoir, “An American Requiem” and his novels, “The City Below” and “Secret Father,” both of which were named Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times. In the most current version of “Vatican II: The Essential Texts,” published earlier this month, Carroll and Pope Benedict XVI wrote introductions to the text. In the lecture, Carroll addresses the need for reform that the Second Vatican Council addressed, as well as the role of Vatican II 50 years later.   “We must reconcile the challenge of bringing one’s traditional faith with all its treasures into the age of reason,” Carroll said. Carroll explored the reformations brought out of Vatican II and the place the council holds in today’s world, not only for Christians but for all people. “Believers of all stripes have a moral obligation to examine that ways that religion abets violence and to change these ways,” Carroll said. “The obligation to do this is universal.” Carroll explored the way secular culture can trivialize belief. He said the reforms in Vatican II were needed “to the core of the Church.” Carroll said Vatican II represented a landmark shift in the Church’s attitudes. “The Church’s worldview changed and static scholasticism developed into active participation and exploration of faith,” Carroll said. “The doctrine was extensively developed and the Church’s perspective of truth changed.” The 50th anniversary of Vatican II, Carroll said, still marks a beginning and not an end. “The changes Vatican II brought to our Church go deep into the Christian imagination. When there is resistance to Vatican II, this is good news because people understand how deep the changes to our faith go,” he said. Carroll closed with a call for Christians to follow the authentic and loving Jesus. “The first followers of Jesus did not follow doctrine, but discipleship. [The disciples] imitated Jesus more than worshipped him,” he said. “The key to the true meaning of Christianity and the reform of Christianity is through the imitation of Jesus. The capacity for transcendence lies in every human person.”last_img read more

January 26, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgEditor’s Note: A version of this report appeared in the March 6 edition of The Observer.Commencement Day at Saint Mary’s celebrates more than just the graduating class of 2014 — this year, the College will honor several alumnae and other women who have made a difference around the world.Judith Mayotte will deliver the Commencement address, according to a College press release. The humanitarian, professor, author and Emmy Award-winning producer will receive an honorary doctor of humanities degree at the ceremony.“Judith Mayotte is an internationally recognized humanitarian who has spent her life working to affect positive change for refugees and others,” College President Carol Ann Mooney said in a statement.Mayotte has served on several human rights-activist boards, including Refugees International, the Women’s Refugee Commission as chair, the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation, the International Rescue Committee, Visionaries and the Global Ethics and Religion Forum, the press release stated.The Clinton administration appointed Mayotte in 1994 to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration as a special adviser on refugee issues and policy. She has earned recognition from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, which honored her with the Foundation’s World Citizenship Award in 2009, according to the press release.Chemist Helen Murray Free will also receive an honorary doctorate at Commencement. Free conducted research on diagnostic testing that resulted in improvements for products in laboratory and home settings, according to the press release.“I am delighted to recognize two exceptional women this year with honorary degrees from Saint Mary’s College,” Mooney said in the release. “Their backgrounds and achievements fit perfectly with our dreams for our graduates.”Free and her late husband, biochemist Alfred Free, worked in medical diagnostics. Together, they researched and developed the first dip-and-read diagnostic test strips that quantify glucose levels in urine, the press release stated.Free has obtained seven patents and has received awards ranging from the 1980 American Chemical Society’s Garvan Medal to the 2010 National Medal of Technology and Innovation and the American Chemical Society’s 66th National Historic Chemical Landmark designation in 2010, according to the press release.Sara Belanger, a 1971 alumna, will receive the President’s Medal at Commencement, which “is presented rarely and exclusively to those who have offered exceptional contributions to the life of the College and the community,” the release stated. Belanger served on the Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees and the Alumnae Association Board of Directors.“Sarah has demonstrated her devotion to and love for Saint Mary’s College throughout the many years she has served the College as a valued member of the Board of Trustees and the Alumnae Association Board of Directors,” Mooney said.Earley is one of three chairs directing the College’s $80 million “Faith Always, Action Now” capital campaign. She and her husband, Notre Dame alumnus Tony Earley, agreed to match $1 million in the fundraising to renovate and expand Angela Athletic Facility.“The gift has been a catalyst for additional gifts toward what will be called the Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex, a facility that will be a central gathering spot that provides space for fitness and wellness, classes, varsity teams, intramurals and the Women’s Health Center,” the press release stated.Tags: 2014 Commencement, Awards, saint mary’slast_img read more

January 26, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgAs some Saint Mary’s students review old notes and tests in preparation for finals in the Cushwa-Leighton Library, some students are making markings to remove words out of old books. On a table on the first floor, torn pieces of paper are being edited by adding black lines to mark out unnecessary words. This is the process of blackout poetry, brought to the library as part of a class project.Three students, junior Dalanie Beach, and first-years Hannah Toepp and Hannah Kornfeld, completed this project as part of an assignment for their Design Lab I class.“This Design Lab I course really covers all the bases,” Kornfeld said. “We did a lot of different projects — everything from painting, to making videos and learning how to use certain design software. At the end of each project, we had class critiques where we discussed how we can improve on each of our pieces. This project is a group landmark installation, meaning we have to install some sort of art project anywhere on campus that the people can interact with. Therefore, we created this project.”The project, titled Landmarking, asked that students come up with their own definition or what a landmark could be. Using this definition, groups then had to devise and design an installation-based piece as a representation. There were no limitations on how the project must be represented, giving limitless possibilities to students.“I was always familiar with blackout poetry, and so were the other members of my group,” Toepp said. “Blackout poetry is a creative way to make poetry with the words you are given. The requirements for the project were to be creative and create a piece that has an impact on your audience. So we had to choose a place, an audience, and how to speak to that audience. Our blackout poetry calls for our audience to participate in our art.”Krista Hoefle, professor of Design Lab I, said the course allows students who are interested in art and design the opportunity to explore creative forms of research. This gives students the opportunity to choose how they represent the topic of each project.Beach echoed these sentiments, saying her goal was to invoke creative expression in participants.“My group’s goal was to encourage creativity,” Beach said. “Since I am a writer, I wanted to incorporate words in our project. Poetry seemed the best way to go, and blackout poems are an easy and fun way to encourage creative thinking. The professor encouraged the idea of the anthology, and since I have experience with self-publishing, we decided on creating a self-pub book of the poems.”Students completed their submissions for the “BlackOut Poetry Anthology” the week of Nov. 29. The three students are working on the publishing process of the book — to be available for online purchase at the beginning of the spring semester.Tags: anthology, blackout poetry, design lab, Design Lab Ilast_img read more

December 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Peter StrozniakFederal investigators allege a potential theft of $1.7 million occurred at the $10.4 million Centra Health Credit Union, according to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Roanoke.Claudia A. Rawes, manager/CEO of the Lynchburg, Va.-based cooperative, and two other employees were placed on administrative leave following a state and federal examination in January, according to a prepared statement on the credit union’s website. continue reading »last_img read more

December 8, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgChesna says while the traditional open enrollment period for health insurance in New York State ended in January, the state is offering a special open enrollment period for anyone needing health insurance during the pandemic. The new open enrollment period will last until May 15. Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network of Binghamton wants to help you put that worry to rest. If you have lost your health insurance and are in need of assistance you can contact Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network of Binghamton at (607) 772-0517. While Mothers and Babies started out offering services for new families nearly thirty years ago, they have since expanded their focus to include a variety of health related services. That includes helping people through the process of applying for insurance. “It allows anyone who has lost their coverage or anyone who did not have coverage even before COVID-19 to apply for their health insurance,” she said. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Nearly seventeen million Americans have applied for unemployment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and with many of them relying on employment based health insurance, that has people in the Southern Tier concerned about their health coverage. “Our navigators are trained and they are certified through New York State to assist anyone through the marketplace,” said Chesna. “Say they are provided a prescription and they have a high copay they can’t really afford especially if they’ve just lost their job – we can work with them and try to get them some coverage for whatever it is they may need,” she said. “If someone has lost their health insurance especially in this period of time it’s critical that they can get coverage immediately and be able to access whatever care they need,” said Sharon Chesna, Executive Director of Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network of Binghamton. She also says this is far from the only service the organization is offering the community during this difficult time. If you would like to apply on your own, you can do so by clicking here.last_img read more

November 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgEleven-year-old budding footballer Imogen Papworth-Heidel has completed her target of 7.1 million keepy-uppies – and has raised thousands of pounds for charity in the process.Imogen, from Hauxton, near Cambridge, wanted to do a keepy-uppie for every key worker in the United Kingdom, and she completed the final 3,000 at Cambridge United’s Abbey Stadium on Wednesday.- Advertisement – “So many people have supported her and it really shows the warmth of humanity during a really difficult time for people.“The amount of support from such a vast variety of people has been amazing – a grandad just out from Covid, first thing he does out from hospital is go in his garden and do some keepy-uppies for her!“We have had amputees and blind people doing keepy-uppies, so it has been absolutely fantastic.“And it has also inspired people to go out in the garden and be active – many people have said that to us and how it has helped them with their own mental health.”Imogen added: “We have raised over £11,100 and my original target was £1,300.“We smashed that target, which is so amazing!” Imogen Papworth-Heidel completed her 7.1 million keepy-uppie challenge on WednesdayImage:Imogen completed her 7.1 million keepy-uppie challenge on Wednesday – Advertisement – “He inspired me to do the challenge, he was raising so much money, and I even met him, which was amazing, and give him his Pride of Britain award.“I told him about the challenge and he said it was ‘quite cool’ – and that is quite a cool thing!” Imogen trains with Cambridge United’s youth academy and Essex County FA Girls Regional Talent Club and, asked if she would like to play for the Lionesses one day, she said: “That is one of my dreams.“Going there (St George’s Park), inspired me even more.”The Arsenal and Cambridge fan has been inspiring others this year – and her amazing efforts have raised money for the NHS, Mind, The Fire Fighters Charity, Police Care UK, The Care Workers Charity, SSAFA – The Armed Forces Charity, Education Support, East Anglian Air Ambulance, and Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust.At the time of writing, she has raised over £12,000 and donations continue to arrive on her JustGiving page. She said: “Going to see the England players was so amazing, we met Tammy Abraham, he did some keepy-uppies, and I met Lucy Bronze. “I also met Isobel Christiansen and Georgia Stanway, and they were all really lovely.“I haven’t got a favourite but Marcus Rashford did some [keepy-uppies] as well and that was quite cool.”Imogen’s parents both work with the NHS in the field of patient safety, and her dad Karl was the official counter for the challenge.He said: “We are really proud of her, we thought it was going to take years.“I wasn’t sure I would be around for it! “It was really amazing to complete the challenge in under seven months,” Imogen told Sky Sports.“At the beginning, we thought it would take 97 years to actually finish this – I would be older than Captain Tom!- Advertisement –center_img Imogen Papworth-Heidel shows off the skills she hopes may lead to an England Lionesses call-up one dayImage:Imogen shows off the skills she hopes may lead to an England Lionesses call-up one day 0:44 preview image Imogen has been helped along the way to her incredible final total by keepy-uppie ‘donations’ from approximately 2,000 people across the globe, including some well-known faces, who she bumped into at England’s St George’s Park training complex.- Advertisement – Imogen has completed her challenge to reach 7.1 million keepy-uppies – with a little help from those around the world inspired by her fundraising efforts. Pictures from @CUCTrust Captain Sir Thomas Moore poses after being awarded with the insignia of Knight Bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor CastleImage:Captain Sir Thomas Moore completed 100 laps of his garden earlier this year and inspired Imogen into the bargain She started her challenge back in April, inspired by Captain Tom Moore, who raised £33m for the NHS when he completed 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.last_img read more

November 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgMay 23, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that $1.33 billion will be available in this year’s round of funding to states to improve preparedness for terrorism and other public health emergencies.The total includes $862.8 million in funds administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to boost preparedness for bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks, and public health emergencies. Another $471 million will be passed out by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to improve hospitals’ ability to cope with events that cause large numbers of casualties.The total amount is down about $14 million from last year’s total, which included $849.6 million in CDC grants and $498 million in HRSA grants. The money goes to states, territories, and four metropolitan areas: Los Angeles County, Chicago, New York City, and Washington, DC.The package is the fourth in a series of large federal allocations for public health preparedness that began in 2002, following the terrorist attacks and anthrax mailings of 2001.HHS said the funds will be used to upgrade infectious disease surveillance and investigation, prepare the healthcare system to deal with mass casualties, expand public health laboratory and communications capacities, and improve disease-reporting communication between hospitals and city, local, and state health departments.Setting specific objectivesOne important new wrinkle in the process this year is that the CDC is making an earnest attempt to define preparedness in terms of specific goals and performance capabilities.The CDC released a document May 13 to guide jurisdictions through the application process. The document includes a lengthy set of goals, under the headings Prevent, Detect/Report, Investigate, Control, Recover, and Improve. The guidelines spell out particular outcomes, tasks, and measures of performance under each goal.”The preparedness goals or measurements—that is a new piece to the cooperative agreement,” CDC spokesman Von Roebuck told CIDRAP News. “They have not been in there before. They do build a bit up on the past recommendations as far as key points that we wanted to have covered. They actually are a work in progress. . . . We’ll listen to what states have to say, and they’ll be modified in some way if necessary.”Last year the CDC guidelines were framed in terms of focus areas or activities, such as planning, epidemiology and surveillance, biological laboratory, risk communication, and training, according to Aggie Leitheiser, assistant commissioner for the Health Protection Bureau in the Minnesota Department of Health.”It was focused much more on tasks,” Leitheiser told CIDRAP News. “This year they’ve switched to identifying the goals that we’re trying to achieve with this work. They’ve identified nine, and in that, I believe, are over a hundred critical tasks or subtasks.”The goals and tasks have performance measures linked to them. For example, the prevention goal includes planning for all kinds of public health emergencies. For one of the performance measures in that category, Leitheiser said, “We are to measure the time it takes to get our initial wave of personnel to a staging area to staff emergency operations, and the target is 90 minutes.”For another example, the “investigate” goal calls for speeding up the identification of causes, risk factors, and appropriate interventions for those affected by threats to public health. One of the related performance measures is to be able to start an epidemiologic investigation within 3 hours after an unusual pattern of disease cases is detected.Another goal is to speed up the detection and reporting of dangerous agents in tissue, food, or environmental samples. One of several associated performance measures is the ability to send a sample potentially containing an infectious agent to a reference laboratory within 60 minutes after collecting it.”We’re very pleased to see the switch” in approaches, Leitheiser said. “Rather than ‘How many meetings did you have?’ [the CDC is asking], ‘Can you show you’re able to act effectively?'”Questions raised about progressShe said many groups, including Congress, the CDC, and state health departments, have been asking how much progress has been made in bioterrorism preparedness with the money that’s been spent in recent years. “I think the CDC is moving in a deliberate way to answer those questions,” she said.Not that the new guidance is flawless, Leitheiser said. “Some of them [performance goals] are frankly a little unrealistic. For example, that we be able to handle 1% of the population calling in for information. That would be 50,000 people, which would probably take down the phone system.”She also said that with the new approach, applying for the funds will probably take more work this year. Officials will have to write a description of how they plan to develop the ability to handle each of the critical tasks in the guidance.”I think it’s very good, but change is always hard,” she said.Leitheiser said the guidelines for HRSA funding for hospitals didn’t change as much as the CDC guidelines did this year. “The HRSA grant I think has been more focused from the beginning,” she said. “They are trying also to be aware of measurement and impact, but they didn’t go to the same format that CDC did.”The CDC money includes a base grant of $3.9 million for each jurisdiction, plus an additional amount based on population, according to Roebuck of the CDC. The amounts range from $4.9 million for Wyoming to $61.3 million for California. Thirty-one states and cities are due to get more money this year than they did last year, while 23 will receive less.The HRSA funds are allocated much the same way as the CDC money, with a base grant plus an amount based on population. David Bowman, a HRSA spokesman in Washington, DC, said the base grant this year is slightly lower than the $1 million used last year. Sums range from about $1.3 million for Wyoming to $39.2 million for California.Health departments have until Jul 13 to apply for the CDC funds, and the money will be available for spending starting Aug 31, Roebuck said.Bowman said the deadline for applying for HRSA funds is Jul 1, with the money becoming available after Aug 31.Program for cities expandsWith the CDC funding, HHS is expanding a program to help major cities develop the ability to quickly provide oral drugs to the entire population in a public health emergency. Last year 21 urban areas received funds under the program, called the Cities Readiness Initiative. This year, the CDC is increasing the total funds for those 21 areas by $10 million and is adding another 15 metropolitan areas in 15 states, HHS reported.Funds for the program this year will total $40.18 million, officials said. The largest sums are slated to go to New York City ($5.1 million) and Los Angeles ($3.44 million).The CDC is also continuing a program begun last year to strengthen infectious disease surveillance in states bordering on Mexico and Canada. A total of $5.44 million will be available for the Early Warning Infectious Disease Surveillance Program in the border states.The money is for developing and implementing a program to detect, investigate, and report unusual infectious disease cases in the border regions, HHS said. Twenty states are to receive shares of the money, but most of it will go to Texas (about $2 million) and California ($1.5 million).The CDC’s guidelines also ask states to take steps to prepare for an influenza pandemic. One suggestion is that states use CDC funds to buy supplies of the antiviral drug oseltamivir and store them in hospital-based caches funded by HRSA. Health departments could then use the drug to treat their own staff members if needed in a pandemic, the guidelines say.See also:May 13 HHS news releasehttp://archive.hhs.gov/news/press/2005pres/20050513.htmlCDC’s “Cooperative Agreement Guidance for Public Health Emergency Preparedness”http://www.bt.cdc.gov/planning/guidance05/index.asplast_img read more