Sept Drug Bust: USS Vandegrift Seizes 750 Pounds of Cocaine

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Sept Drug Bust: USS Vandegrift Seizes 750 Pounds of Cocaine Sept Drug Bust: USS Vandegrift Seizes 750 Pounds of Cocaine View post tag: USS Vandegrift View post tag: Sept View post tag: USCG View post tag: Naval View post tag: Seizes View post tag: Bust Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) and U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET), in support of Operation Martillo, intercepted approximately 750 pounds of cocaine being smuggled aboard a fishing vessel while on routine patrol off the coast of Central America, Sept. 14.The 11th Coast Guard District directed the Vandegrift to deploy its joint Coast Guard LEDET/Navy visit board search and seizure boat crew to intercept the vessel. Upon boarding, the LEDET searched the vessel and found approximately 350 individually wrapped packages of cocaine hidden within the ship.This marks Vandegrift’s third successful interception in recent months, disrupting an approximated 4,950 pounds of cocaine shipments off the coast of Central America.Vandegrift is currently deployed to the 4th Fleet area of operations in support of Operation Martillo, which began in January 2012.Press release, Image: US Navy November 14, 2014 View post tag: americas View post tag: News by topic View post tag: $750 View post tag: pounds View post tag: Cocaine View post tag: Navy Authorities View post tag: Drug Share this articlelast_img read more

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RECAP OF THREE 2015 CITY COUNTY OBSERVER 2015 “COMMUNITY SERVICES AWARD” WINNER

first_imgBRAD ELLSWORTH SELECTED CITY COUNTY OBSERVER 2015 “COMMUNITY SERVICES AWARD” WINNERBrad EllsworthBrad EllsworthThe City-County Observer is excited to announce that Brad Ellsworth the former Vanderburgh County Sheriff’, past member of the U.S. House of Representatives and President of Vectren- South. as our next “Outstanding Community Services Award” winner for 2015.This years awards luncheon will be held at Tropicana-Evansville Walnut rooms A and B. The registration begin at 11:30 am, the event officially starts at 12 noon on October 26, 2015. Reservations for this event may be obtain by calling Mollie Drake Schreiber at 812-760-4233 or e-email her at [email protected] Deadline for registration is October 15, 2014. Last years event was a sellout.So far the “Outstanding Community Services Award” winners for 2015 are: Vanderburgh County Commissioner Joe Kifer, well respected local Attorney Joe Harrison, Jr and Indiana State Auditor Suzanne Crouch .ATTACHED IS THE PROFILE OF THE HONORABLE BRAD ELLSWORTHEducationUniversity of Southern Indiana, Bachelor’s Degree Sociology/Criminal Justice (81)Indiana State University, Master’s Degree Criminology (93)Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (95)University of Southern Indiana Certificate in Management (98)National Sheriffs Institute (99)Law Enforcement Executive Development School, Washington D.C.Professional ExperiencesVanderburgh County Sheriff’s OfficeServed with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s office from April of 1982 until December of 2006. During this time I served in every merit rank and in every capacity. In 1998 I was elected as Sheriff of the County and served two terms (term limited)Patrolman-1982-87 detention division, motor patrolCorporal -1987-89 supervised detention division, narcotics investigator, K-9 handlerSergeant-1989-93 supervised narcotics division, implemented DARE program county wideLieutenant-1993-95 shift commander in patrol divisionCaptain-1995-96 Field operations and Support Services CommanderChief Deputy -1996-98 Executive Commander of the Administration and Detention DivisionsSheriff-1999-2006 elected to 2 terms as Sheriff (Indiana is limited to 2 terms)U.S. House of RepresentativesElected to represent the 8th district of Indiana. Served two terms on the Armed Services, Agriculture and Small Business Committees.In 2010 made an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate, when then Senator Bayh chose not to run.President of Vectren- South.working for Vectren Energy Delivery, a combined gas and electric utility, serving 1 million customers, based in Evansville, IN.Awards/AccomplishmentsIndiana Law Enforcement Academy Class President (82-71)FBI Director’s Community AwardSons of American Revolution Police Officer of the Year (96)Sheriff’s Silver Merit Award-rescuing elderly woman from a burning house.Sheriffs Silver Merit Award- physically preventing suicidal subject from driving vehicle into the Ohio River.1999 Spirit of the Eagle Award- USI2002 USI Alumni of the Year2003 President of the Indiana Sheriff’s AssociationCurrent Boards and Community ServiceUnited Way of Southwest Indiana- Board MemberStatewide 211 Board MemberRADIUS Indiana Board MemberBattery Innovation Center (BIC) Board MemberBRIDGELINK Board MemberEvansville Brownfields Board MemberWNIN Board MemberChamber of Commerce Board MemberG.A.G.E. Board MemberAssociation for the BlindYouth First Advisory BoardJOE HARRISON JR. CCO SECOND “MOLE AWARD” WINNERTHIS YEARS SECOND OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICES (MOLE AWARD) WINNER is Vanderburgh County Commission Attorney Joe Harrison Jr.Harrison-1-15 (1)EDUCATION:* Reitz Memorial High School – Evansville, IN (1977)* B.A., DePauw University, B.A. (1981)* J.D., Indiana University School of Law, J.D. (1984)LEGAL BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCES:* Attorney/Of Counsel, Massey Law Offices, LLC (September 2010 to Present)* Partner, Bowers Harrison, LLP (2000 – August 2010)* Partner, Bowers Harrison, Kent & Miller (1993 – 2000)* Associate, Bowers, Harrison, Kent & Miller (1985 – 1993)BAR ADMISSION:* Indiana Supreme Court (1985)* United States District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana (1985)* United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit (1999)PRACTICE AREA:* Business and Corporate Matters* Civil Litigation and* Wills and Estates* Personal Injury Law* Zoning Matters* Employment Law* Governmental LawCOMMUNITY AND GOVERNMENTAL INVOlEMENT* Attorney, Vanderburgh County (1997-2001, 2012 to Present)* Attorney, Evansville – Vanderburgh County Building Authority (2002 to Present)* Commissioner, Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (2014 to Present)* Attorney, Area Plan Commission of Evansville – Vanderburgh County (2002 to 2012)* Attorney, Evansville – Vanderburgh County Building Authority (2002 to Present)* Attorney, City of Evansville (2002 – 2009)* Attorney, Vanderburgh County Election Board (2001- 2002)* Attorney, Vanderburgh County Council (1991 – 1997)* Chairman, Vanderburgh County Republican Central Committee (1993 – 1997)PERSONAL:Joe has one son, Joseph, III, a law student at Indiana University.THE THIRD WINNER IS  TRACY ZELLER A GIA DIAMOND GRADUATE  AND OWNER OF TRACY ZELLER ENTERPRISES, INC.tracyTracy Zeller is a lifelong Evansville resident. After graduating from the University of Southern Indiana with a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, Tracy completed her Diamond Graduate certification through the Gemological Institute of America. In 2004, with nearly two decades of experience she opened the Tracy Zeller Jewelry showroom, offering the Tri-State a unique jewelry shopping experience. With an unwavering commitment to the principles of trust, quality, value and integrity and by surrounding herself with a terrific team of people, Tracy has grown her business exponentially.Tracy’s faith is an important part of her life. She is dedicated to a personal calling she describes as “live to give,” by fulfilling donation requests from numerous community and charitable organizations. In addition to financial contributions, Tracy gives generously of her time on various committees; specifically, she has served as President of Kiwanis and a Business Network International chapter, Board Member for Community Marriage Builders, Vice President and President of A Network of Evansville Women (ANEW), currently serves on the board of the Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana and is a member of USI’s Accounting Circle. She also supports many local organizations including Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County, Leadership Evansville, the Vanderburgh Humane Society and Keep Evansville Beautiful, just to name a few.Along with many fundraising events and speaking engagements throughout the year, Tracy is a regular guest on WFIE’s Ask the Expert segment with Mike Blake. She is the jewelry spokesperson on Local 7’s Tri-State Professionals and Lifestyles programs. Evansville Living magazine readers have twice voted her among the Best of Evansville. Southwest Indiana Chamber recognized her three times in the last decade; as Entrepreneur of the Year, a finalist for the Small Business of the Year award, and most recently, as Businessperson of the Year. The ANEW organization hailed her as a Woman of Action. The University of Southern Indiana acknowledged her as an Alumnus in Residence and Distinguished Alumni; the Indiana Women’s Jewelry Association nominated her Entrepreneur of the Year. The Women’s Council of Realtors awarded her the Affiliate of the Year designation. Tracy was named one of the YWCA’s 100 Years / 100 Women and her business was nominated as an Indiana Small Businesses to Watch. In addition, in both 2012 and 2014 she was honored as an ATHENA Award finalist.From the Courier & Press Readers’ Choice Awards, Tracy Zeller Jewelry was awarded Gold for Best Locally Owned Store in 2012, 2013 and 2014, Gold for Best Jewelry Store in 2012 and Platinum for Best Jewelry Store in 2013 and 2014. The store also received the 2013 Business of Integrity Torch Award given by the Better Business Bureau.In January 2013, Tracy and her team launched a free Community Calendar, developed and funded by the company, as a gift to the Tri-State.  Also in 2013, Tracy Zeller Jewelry hosted and underwrote the first Tracy Zeller Open. The all female golf event collected over $51,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Evansville Women Build. This years awards luncheon is held at Tropicana-Evansville Walnut rooms A and B. The registration begin at 11:30 am, the event officially starts at 12 noon on October 26, 2015. Reservations for this event may be obtain by calling Mollie Drake Schreiber at 812-760-4233 or e-email her at [email protected] Deadline for registration is October 15, 2014. Last years event was a sellout.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Snow during a heat wave North Bergen holds winter-themed pool party

first_img ×  1 / 11    2 / 11    3 / 11    4 / 11    5 / 11    6 / 11    7 / 11    8 / 11    9 / 11    10 / 11    11 / 11  ❮ ❯ North Bergen provided the perfect antidote to sweltering summer heatwaves with its “Winter Wonderland”-themed pool party on Friday, Aug. 24 – complete with real snow, an ice skating rink, snowman, ice sculpture, holiday decorations and gifts, and more.About 1,000 residents and guest attended the annual event, with a long line forming well before the gates opened at 7 p.m. Once inside, they were treated to DJ-curated holiday music and dance favorites, with plenty of activities for kids and teens, including a bounce house and obstacle course, a train ride, a green-screen photo booth complete with wacky props, and various sports on the courts.Free transportation was provided for seniors courtesy of the township’s Community Service buses.Of course, nobody went hungry, with a spread of food donated by more than a dozen of the area’s finest dining establishments.The event was hosted by Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Commissioner Hugo Cabrera with the goal of providing fun and entertainment to community residents, whether they are pool members or not.For more than 10 years the annual event has been a highlight of the summer season for locals, with many of the township departments pitching in to ensure its success.As a special surprise, a unique ice sculpture honoring the mayor and commissioners was unveiled at this year’s event.Among the restaurants and vendors that contributed food and support were Aumm Aumm, The Corn Guy, Dunkin Donuts, Franks Pizzeria, Frank Gargiulo, GP’s Restaurant, Hudson Bread, Lido Restaurant & Bar, Pat LaFrieda, Rancho Mateo, Roses Deli, Rumba Cubana, Sabor Latin Bistro, Tapas de Espana, and Waterside Restaurant.Whether one was looking to eat, swim, play, or just hang out with friends, everyone had a great time. 1 / 11    2 / 11    3 / 11    4 / 11    5 / 11    6 / 11    7 / 11    8 / 11    9 / 11    10 / 11    11 / 11  ❮ ❯last_img read more

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Press release: Government improves life chances across the country

first_img Funding is provided through Social Impact Bonds The money will go towards tackling social issues and help people reach their full potential We are committed to building a fairer society that works for everyone and social impact bonds are already having a transformational impact on people’s lives. This next round of funding will help make a difference to many more lives and I am looking forward to working alongside local councils to deliver projects and new services that help people reach their full potential. A Social Impact Bond is an innovative funding model, where a socially-minded investor provides up-front funding to an organisation such as a charity or social enterprise to deliver a service. Once this service achieves results, government will make payments and the social investor will be reimbursed. The Life Chances Fund supports local councils and other commissioners to develop social impact bonds and is structured around six key themes: drug and alcohol dependency, children’s services, early years, young people, older people’s services, and healthy lives. Full list (PDF, 87.6KB, 3 pages) of successful applicantscenter_img Examples of the projects that will receive funding are:Age Concern South Gloucestershire will receive £1,181,570 for its Personalised Integrated Care programme which brings together voluntary, health and social care services to provide personalised support to older people with multiple long term conditions.Kirklees Council will receive £6,600,000 to support people with vulnerabilities into independent living by addressing and combating issues that affect their health and wellbeing, such as domestic violence or substance misuse.Staffordshire County Council will receive £3,497,520 for its children’s services, providing therapeutic services and support to looked after children across the West MidlandsThe money is the third and final round of funding from the £80 million Life Chances Fund, which opened in July 2016, with the aim of tackling entrenched social issues to help people lead happy and productive lives.The Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, is delivering the Life Chances fund on behalf of the DCMS.ENDSNOTES TO EDITORS People and communities across the country are set to benefit from up to £48 million from the Life Chances Fund, the Minister for Sport and Civil Society announced today.The money will be distributed to 22 projects including those that boost young people’s employability through work experience, help older people live enriched lives through tailored health plans, and support former drug and alcohol dependent people as they reintegrate into their communities.Each project will be funded through a Social Impact Bond, meaning external investors will provide up-front funding for projects and get reimbursed by government when projects meet previously agreed targets.The £48 million is in addition to money from local authorities and other funders who are planning to provide a combined £148.9 million to the successful projects.Minister for Sport and Civil Society, Tracey Crouch, said:last_img read more

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Phish Redeems Forgettable First Set With Stellar “Everything’s Right” > “Down With Disease” In Austin

first_imgFollowing a first frame that offered little to write home about, the burning question that loomed over the setbreak chatter asked if this show was bound for mediocrity, or if it would be A Tale of Two Sets, with the second half coming in strong to relieve a forgettable set one. When Phish returned from the intermission and launched into new-ish tune “Everything’s Right”, the question still lingered. But as the band drove the song deeper and deeper, all doubts quickly dissipated.Over the course of the jam’s nearly 20 minutes, the band explored a number of major-key spaces, briefly hinting at a segue into “What’s The Use?” before continuing to forge ahead, blazing to a peak and, finally, dropping somewhat awkwardly back into the song’s final refrain. This rendition of “Everything’s Right” marked Phish’s 7th rendition of the tune since its pre-Dozen debut last year, and easily eclipsed the previous 6 as the deepest and most interesting version to date.“Down With Disease” was up next, marking its third outing of the summer. It may be worth noting that every “Disease” this summer has now appeared on the setlist alongside “Everything’s Right”, and vice versa (Tahoe 2, L.A. 1)—not that it holds any particular significance, but Phish kids do love looking for trends. Most shows spell something, after all. Clocking in at just over 17 minutes in length, this “Disease” stacked up admirably against this summer’s prior two run-throughs. Gordon handled the heavy lifting as the band jettisoned into Type II space. Around the 8-minute mark, the jam settled into an ambient quiver, Mike laying the foundation while Trey painted in the lines with frugal guitar ornaments. The jam got darker from there as Fish showed off his technical prowess behind the kit, bolstering the Baker’s Dozen-style cocktail lounge groove with a relentless, complex backbeat while the band settled in around him.After several more minutes of eerie ambience, the jam faded out around Fishman’s cymbal-heavy drum pattern, giving way to the pulsing bounce of “Steam”. The song built rapidly with some Haunted House scream samples, Trey wailing away with abandon. Before long, the jam disappeared as steam, giving way to “Seven Below”, another tune not played since the Baker’s Dozen’s coconut-flavored opening night. On this hot Texas night, “Seven Below” turned the heat up even higher, pushing through major-key space to an anthemic climax before petering out into “Dirt”. This “Dirt” came just four shows after its 2018 debut on night one at the Bill Graham, marking the shortest gap between “Dirts” in 15 years.Another recently played tune, “The Wedge”, came in next after a 3 show gap, marking its third performance of the summer. After a quick bob along the surface, the second “Wilson” of the summer provided the set with a fourth-quarter espresso shot. The band maintained that energy for an always-welcome “Run Like An Antelope” set closer, before rounding out the show with a sing-along “Loving Cup” encore.Phish summer tour continues this weekend as the band heads to Alpharetta, GA for their sold-out three-night run at Verizon Amphitheatre. For a full list of Phish’s upcoming tour dates, head to their website.Setlist: Phish | Austin360 Amphitheatre | Del Valle, TX | 7/31/18Set 1: Sample in a Jar, Light, The Moma Dance, Funky Bitch, Heavy Things, Theme From the Bottom, Brian and Robert, Halfway to the Moon, The Line, I Didn’t Know, 46 DaysSet 2: Everything’s Right > Down with Disease[1] > Steam > Seven Below > Dirt > The Wedge, Wilson > Run Like an AntelopeEncore: Loving CupA full soundboard recording of the show is available to stream now via LivePhish. On Tuesday night, Phish tour rolled into Texas for a one-off performance at Austin360 Amphitheatre, the 10th show on their ongoing 2018 summer tour.After the tour’s ”front nine” produced notably strong first frames across the board, Austin’s first set played much more like, well, a first set. “Sample In A Jar” got the evening started—as it so often does—making its first live appearance since it opened the now-storied “Jam-Filled” show at last summer’s Baker’s Dozen. This 26-show gap marked the longest stretch of shows without a “Sample” since the song’s debut in 1993, setting a trend that would continue throughout the night. “Light” got a somewhat surprising nod in the two-spot, the go-to 3.0 jam vehicle appearing in the first set for the first time since Mexico 2016. After a brief flirtation with some Type I improv, the band opted for “The Moma Dance”, their third version of the summer. While this version failed to reach the heights of the set one “Moma” from the tour opener in Tahoe (or, for that matter, the rendition that kicked off a top-notch set two at BGCA night 1), it did provide a fun, funky interlude paired with the short but searing “Funky Bitch” that followed.Following “Funky Bitch”, guitarist Trey Anastasio, who himself was born Texas, took a moment to address his fellow Texas natives in the audience. “Thanks, everybody. We’re so happy to be in Texas,” he mused. “I gotta ask one question before we go on here. I know a lot of people move to Austin from different parts of the country. I’m just curious: How many, um, real Texans—meaning you were born in Texas—are in the audience? Put your hands up! Thank you. Real Texans. 1964. Fort Worth Children’s Hospital. Texas…in the house.”After a long pause, the band opted for “Heavy Things”, Page McConnell highlighting this mostly straightforward reading on the piano. From there, “Theme From The Bottom” bubbled up to the surface, offering some well-wrangled instrumental conversation between Page and Trey as the song patiently built to its a cappella bridge. The set continued relatively unremarkably with a trio of tunes not played since the Baker’s Dozen, “Brian and Robert”, “Halfway to the Moon”, and everyone’s favorite Fuego pariah, “The Line”. Like the “Sample” that opened the set, this “Line” ended the longest gap the song has seen since its debut (23 shows), a year and two days after its last showing on Cinnamon night.Yet another “not seen since the Dozen” tune came next in “I Didn’t Know”, giving Jon Fishman (and “Moses Heaps, Moses Brown, and Moses DeWitt”) an opening for his (their?) first vacuum solo of the summer. As the Electrolux sucked Fish’s face, Mike Gordon amusingly executed an onstage wardrobe change, losing his shoes and, subsequently, his pants (don’t worry, he had shorts on underneath) before re-tying his shoes and making it back to the mic in time for his vocal cue. Finally, “46 Days” brought the set to a close, the coals smoldering behind dextrous guitar work from Trey but never quite igniting in earnest.last_img read more

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Winners give just a little bit more

first_img 92SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Olympics offers us innumerable lessons on leadership and winning.Watching some of my favorite competitions, I am once again reminded of the razor-thin margins that separate the top from the bottom.“A winner is just a loser who tried one more time.” –George Augustus MooreIn many events, the difference between the treasured gold medal and not placing at all is nearly undetectable. A first-place finish often can be measured only by going out into the hundredth of a second. Many of us remember watching Michael Phelps win his 7th Gold medal by a finger tip. Without the power of technology, and slow motion replays, it can be questionable who won an event. continue reading »last_img read more

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When fintechs attack: One more thing for credit unions to worry about

first_imgGenerally speaking, fintechs are friends, not threats. Most fintechs just want to make people’s financial lives a little easier. Fortunately, they often hit the market with help from community financial institutions like credit unions.But sometimes fintechs aren’t so friendly. Sometimes they see an opportunity and they go for it. And there are two fintechs that are shoehorning themselves into the traditional banking space:Are you ready to see what happens when fintechs attack?Are Fintechs a Threat to Credit Unions?If you keep up with our blog, you’ve probably seen our Fintech Friday series. Each week, we highlight a new or established fintech. Sometimes we spotlight a technology company that supports credit unions and community banks. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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COVID-19 loan accommodations continue

first_imgHappy Middle Child Day! You’re not the wise elder, nor the adorable baby of the family but we still appreciate you!Speaking of appreciation, thousands of borrowers are grateful for the efforts of credit unions as the pandemic continues. Over the past few months, many credit unions have been offering loan modifications and accommodations for members affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These options have included renewable forbearance periods, elimination of fees, reduction of interest rates, reduction of payment amounts, increased lines of credit and more. Unfortunately, with the continued impact on the economy, many credit union members are still out of work or facing financial hardship.Last week, NCUA along with other federal regulators, issued a joint statement on additional loan accommodations related to COVID-19. Regulators encourage credit unions and other financial institutions to continue offering accommodations for affected borrowers. The statement describes principles for working with borrowers in a safe and sound manner to reduce the long-term impact of current financial challenges: prudent risk management practices, well-structured and sustainable accommodations, consumer protection, accounting and regulatory reporting and internal control systems. These are all important for credit unions, but I will narrow today’s discussion to consumer protection and internal control systems. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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Flu vaccine makers get HHS funds to prepare for pandemic

first_imgJun 20, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials last week announced the awarding of contracts totaling $132.5 million to help two vaccine producers get ready to start churning out vaccines in the event of a flu pandemic.The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $77.4 million to Sanofi Pasteur and $55.1 million to MedImmune Inc. to retrofit existing vaccine production facilities and keep them in ready condition for 2 years to produce pandemic flu vaccines, with an option to extend the time to 5 years.The goal is that when the retrofitting is done, the facilities together will be capable of producing about 100 million doses of a pandemic vaccine within 6 months of the start of a pandemic, according to Marc Wolfson, a spokesman for HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (formerly the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness).That amount represents about 16% of the HHS goal of having enough domestic capacity to make 600 million doses of pandemic flu vaccine—enough for 300 million people—within 6 months after a pandemic hits, Wolfson told CIDRAP News.The renovations also will equip the two companies to produce prepandemic vaccines year-round, HHS said. Currently production of prepandemic vaccines is limited to the 3 months each year when facilities are not tied up with making seasonal flu vaccines, HHS officials said.The HHS contracts call for the two companies to maintain “warm base operations” in the renovated facilities for 2 years, meaning they will not be shut down. The contracts include options for another 3 years of warm-base operations, which would require more money, the agency said.Sanofi Pasteur, located in Swiftwater, Pa., has been the leading producer of seasonal flu vaccine for the US market in recent years. MedImmune, based in Gaithersburg, Md., makes the nasal-spray seasonal flu vaccine FluMist, which uses a live, attenuated virus.Sanofi makes the only prepandemic H5N1 flu vaccine licensed so far by the Food and Drug Administration. HHS has stockpiled the equivalent of 14.5 million 90-microgram doses of the vaccine, according to Wolfson. That’s enough for about 7.25 million people at two doses each. HHS has a goal of stockpiling enough prepandemic flu vaccine for 20 million people.Wolfson said the current US annual production capacity for prepandemic flu vaccines is 16.5 million doses. Besides Sanofi, he said, GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis are also making prepandemic H5N1 vaccines for the US stockpile. Both companies also market seasonal flu vaccines in the United States.Sanofi is building a new flu vaccine plant in Swiftwater and hopes to have it completed in time for the 2008-09 flu season, company spokeswoman Patty Tomski told CIDRAP News. The company will contribute about $25 million to the renovation of its existing plant scheduled under the HHS contract.”The contract covers costs for design, retrofit and the maintenance of the facilities at a state of readiness so the company can switch to pandemic influenza vaccine manufacture at the HHS’s request,” the company said in a news release. Tomski said the plant will be able to start producing a pandemic vaccine at any time of year.The retrofitting is expected to be completed in late 2010, according to Tomski. The renovated plant will use the conventional production method of growing flu viruses in eggs, she reported.With the renovation, the company expects to maintain the plant’s existing production capacity of about 50 million doses a year, Tomski said. The new plant is designed to add capacity for another 100 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine annually.MedImmune will contribute about $14 million to the retrofitting of its facilities under the HHS contract, the company said in a news release.The work will affect MedImmune’s manufacturing and testing facilities in Santa Clara and Mountain View, Calif.; its blending, filling, packaging, and warehousing facilities in Philadelphia and Salem, Pa.; and a storage and distribution center in Louisville, Ky., according to company spokeswoman Karen Lancaster. As part of the renovation, she said, facilities will be expanded to maintain capacity for making seasonal flu vaccines.MedImmune uses an egg-based system to make its intranasal vaccine. The same approach will be used to make pandemic vaccines, though the company is developing a cell-based production system, Lancaster said.See also:Jun 14 HHS news releasehttp://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2007pres/06/20070614a.htmlJun 14 Sanofi news releaseJun 14 MedImmune news releaselast_img read more

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Breaking the monopoly

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