FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail IS IT TRUE yesterday Republican Vernon Stevens announced that he will run for the District 2 Vanderburgh County Commission seat? … Mr. Stevens said “he will focus on making things more affordable for county residents”? …Vernon Stevens public service in Evansville and Vanderburgh County spans nearly 30 years with involvement in several community clubs, festivals, and the Chamber? …the other announced candidate for the District 2 County Commission seat is well known businessman Steve Hammer?IS IT TRUE the City County Observer is somewhat distressed over the number of shootings and beatings that are happening in Evansville that are being reported?…nary a day goes by that some poor soul gets shot in either the South Side or downtown Jacobsville? …our local first responders are doing one heck of a job in chasing down the bad people that are responsible for these criminal acts?IS IT TRUE that the latest dream of professional sport in Evansville is that maybe, just maybe a professional soccer team would draw enough fans to make an impact?…last year around 60 soccer enthusiasts gathered to watch a big game at RiRa’s and someone hatched the idea of an Evansville based pro soccer franchise?…if the group grows to around 600 enthusiasts it may be the start of something good?IS IT TRUE soccer is an international sport and the Evansville area has enjoyed some very good high school teams and even several state championships?… it would cost very little to start a semi pro soccer team, but we had better knock those “we gotta build a new soccer stadium” smiles off the faces of the elected officials before they jam another wasteful taxpayer financed dream team down the people’s throat? …it just might be time for area soccer enthusiasts to start discussing this idea in earnest?IS IT TRUE that an indoor and a outdoor football has failed twice due to excessive expenses?…the indoor Evansville Bluecats were a respectable team that failed due to financial problems?…the outdoor football Evansville Vipers were championship contenders but couldn’t draw a paying crowd?IS IT TRUE that there have been plenty of different semi pro and even pro sports franchises in Evansville?…the most recent examples of attempt at being a sports centric metro took a back seat when the Evansville Icemen contract was not renewed? …then followed the Evansville Thunderbolts that is seemly is slipping on the ice at the $127 million downtown hockey rink?IS IT TRUE the Evansville Otters Otters continue to provide very good sports entertainment but are dependent on the generosity of the sponsors to sustain themselves?Todays “READERS POLL” question is: Do you feel that a semi pro soccer team could be successful in this area?Please take time and read our feature articles entitled “CHANNEL 44 NEWS, STATEHOUSEFILES, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections. You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted by our reader’s in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisers. We hope that todays “IS IT TRUE” will provoke “honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way”? IS IT TRUE that the Evansville city employees hospitalization fund has being insufficiently funded over several years? …the city’s hospitalization fund, from which city employee medical claims are paid, could have a negative balance of several millions of dollars at the end of this year? …we can’t wait to read the “question costs” comments concerning this issue in the soon to be published Indiana State Board Of Accounts Audit review?IS IT TRUE that the City of Evansville has allowed the EPA to pussyfoot around with the lead contamination issue in the Jacobsville area for 18 years? …the real tragedy is that lead poisoning can be treated, but any damage caused by contaminated lead cannot be reversed?IS IT TRUE the Evansville/Vanderburgh County Convention and Visitors Bureau funds from the Innkeepers Tax which is paid by people when they stay at our local hotels? …this fund generates many millions of dollars a year? …these funds are easy pickings for the fun and games crowd because the people of Evansville don’t even think about what could be done with this money? …we are told that Convention and Visitors Bureau board didn’t donate any money towards the funding of Trolley of Evansville Districts campaign? …that Convention and Visitors Bureau board did not allow members of the Franklin Street Events Association or GAGE to present there funding request to their board?…Its time that members of our local media start paying closer attention to the financial activities of the Convention and Visitors Bureau board?
April 1, 2004 Regular News Pariente to lead court Pariente to lead court In the 1970s, she was one of South Florida’s pioneering women trial lawyers in a profession then almost entirely controlled by men. In 1997, she became only the second woman justice named to the Florida Supreme Court.Barbara J. Pariente, 55, advanced that career to the highest judicial office in state government March 17 when the members of the Florida Supreme Court announced that they had unanimously elected her chief justice for a two-year term beginning July 1.Pariente will be Florida’s 51st chief justice since statehood was granted in 1845 and only the second woman to lead the Florida State Courts.She takes office on a day historic for yet another reason: July 1 is the day when, under a 1998 constitutional amendment, funding for the state courts will be largely unified within the state budget. This replaces an earlier funding system in which county governments picked up a substantial part of the bill.“Of course, the first priority of my administration necessarily will be to ensure that the shift to unified funding goes as smoothly as possible with minimum disruption to what already is an outstanding trial court system,” Pariente said. “That is why, instead of being sworn in on July 1, I intend to join with my predecessor that day to honor the many judges, staff members, and others who have worked so hard over so many years on such a monumental shift in the State Courts’ operations.”Pariente will take the oath of office at an official “Passing of the Gavel” ceremony that will be held the morning of July 2. She replaces current Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead.Other issues on the future chief justice’s agenda include an interest that has spanned her entire career — her passionate concern for assisting families and children in the courts. Since joining the Supreme Court, Pariente has worked with or led a number of committees and projects concerned with the legal needs of families, children who come to courts on juvenile or other matters, and successful alternatives to incarceration such as treatment-based drug courts that have aided families in getting help for addictions.“Families are the basis of our communities and the most important part of most everyone’s life,” Pariente said. “But sometimes troubled families can be genuinely helped by court processes that take into account the multitude of the family’s underlying problems.”Pariente is actively working to promote the concept of a unified family court based on management techniques adapted from private-sector models and promoted by organizations like the National Center for State Courts. These techniques include using case managers to coordinate cases and ensure that they progress at a reasonable rate, as well as more intensive management of more complex cases. The unified family court managers also help ensure that a single family’s cases are heard by the same judge to minimize conflicting results.“In a phrase, the unified family court ensures that the lines of communication between the court, the family, and the community do not fail,” she said. “This is important because a single family may have one member with an addiction problem, another with a juvenile problem, and other problems such as domestic violence or the need to place children into temporary state care. In the past, these different aspects of a single family’s overall problems were not always well coordinated.”The unified family courts already in place in Florida have demonstrated that they can be far more efficient both in terms of the use of judicial resources and impact on the quality of life of the family itself, Pariente said.“But it is important to understand,” she added, “that the unified family court is not a specialized or separate court but rather a method for judges and their staffs to better handle cases involving families and children.”With an undergraduate degree in communications, Pariente also plans to work during her administration to improve communications between all three branches of government.Justice Pariente was born in New York, New York. She graduated from Boston University in 1970. She then attended George Washington University Law School, graduating in 1973 and then moving to Florida.Pariente is married to Judge Frederick A. Hazouri of the Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach. Together, they have three grown children and six grandchildren.
In 2004 Acambis temporarily halted one of its phase 3 trials comparing ACAM2000 with Dryvax, the currently licensed smallpox vaccine that is no longer produced, after myopericarditis developed in at least three of the research subjects. The HHS, in an Apr 20 release of its plan for developing and buying medical countermeasures against a range of biological, chemical, and other threats, said it was planning to stockpile a weaker version of the smallpox vaccinemodified vaccinia Ankara (MVA)for certain groups, such as pregnant women and immuncompromised people, who can’t receive the conventional smallpox vaccine. The agency “is well advanced in the pre-award stage” of a program to buy an MVA vaccine. Two companies have developed MVA vaccines: Acambis and Copenhagen-based Bavarian Nordic. Acambis has a contract with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to make 209 million doses of smallpox vaccine for the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) to use in the event of a terrorist release of smallpox virus. Marc Wolfson, a spokesman for the HHS Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness in Washington, told CIDRAP News in an e-mail that the company has delivered 192.5 million doses of ACAM2000 so far and has been paid $573,650,000. May 18, 2007 (CIDRAP News) A US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel yesterday recommended that the agency approve a smallpox vaccine made by British biotechnology company Acambis plc that is currently being stockpiled for the US government. “This vaccine should not be used lightly,” said Pamela McInnes, a panelist who directs the Center for Integrative Biology and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. See also: Panel members said if the FDA approves the vaccine it should require the company to continue clinical trials and other measures, Reuters reported. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Acambis are discussing an arrangement for Acambis to provide long-term production of the vaccine using a US-based supply chain and production (ie, warm-base manufacturing), Acambis said in its press release. Having an FDA-licensed product is a prerequisite to finalizing a warm-base manufacturing contract with the CDC, Garland said. HHS countermeasures implementation planhttp://www.hhs.gov/aspr/ophemc/enterprise/strategy/strategy.html Panelists said they had to weigh the risks of heart inflammation, which would be unacceptable for routine vaccination, against the threat that US military personnel and others in high-risk settings face regarding smallpox exposure, Reuters reported. Ian Garland, Acambis’ chief executive officer, said in a company press release that the FDA panel’s recommendation reinforces the company’s confidence that ACAM2000 will be licensed. The FDA told Acambis its target date for an approval decision is Aug 31, 2007. The panel unanimously voted 11 to 0 that ACAM2000 is both safe and effective, Karen Reilly, an FDA spokesperson, told CIDRAP News in an e-mail after the meeting. The FDA is not bound by the advisory panel recommendations but usually follows them. The positive recommendation came despite some concerns panel members raised about the side effects of the vaccine. Some outside experts who spoke at the meeting said the risk of heart inflammation in people who had been vaccinated warranted further review, according to a Reuters report yesterday. May 17 Acambis news releasehttp://www.acambis.com/default.asp?id=1893 ACAM2000 uses vaccinia virus, a close relative of smallpox, and is grown in cell culture. It is derived from Dryvax, a first-generation vaccine that was used in global smallpox eradication programs. The newer vaccine is grown in cell culture rather than on the skin of calves, which is thought to produce a purer and safer vaccine that has less risk of rare but serious complications.