Marguerite Littman, the Inspiration for Holly Golightly, Dies at 90

November 20th, 2020

first_img“She wove legends while you were with her,” said Ben Brantley, the former chief theater critic for The New York Times and a longtime friend. “I remember someone saying you can’t take her seriously, but there was such seriousness in her frivolity. It was an existential choice.“If you were sick, she was there,” Mr. Brantley continued. “She didn’t push darkness into a corner. She once said relationships should be ‘as light as a butterfly, a pale, pale shade of beige.’ Life was somber enough.”In 1986, at the peak of the AIDS epidemic, Ms. Littman, who was then living in London, wrote to 100 friends asking them each to contribute 100 pounds to become a founding member of what would become the AIDS Charitable Trust, a powerhouse of fund-raising in Britain for more than a decade. Those famous friends all kicked in, and would continue to do so.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – One bonanza was the sale of “Hockney’s Alphabet,” with letters drawn by the artist and essays by authors like Iris Murdoch, Ian McEwan and Kazuo Ishiguro, edited by the poet Stephen Spender. (Mr. Vidal, writing about the letter E, began his essay with typical acidity, “I never liked the look of E. …”)And just before her death in 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales, long a supporter of AIDS organizations, donated her wardrobe to be sold at an auction to benefit the trust, among other charities. It raised more than $3 million. In 1999, Ms. Littman stepped back from the trust, and it was rolled into the Elton John AIDS Foundation.“Marguerite was a true vanguard in the war on H.I.V./AIDS,” Mr. John and David Furnish, the organization’s chairman, wrote in an email. “In the ’80s, people dying of AIDS were treated like lepers — shunned from society because of fear, ignorance and bigotry. With her customary wit and indefatigable life force, Marguerite steamrollered in where others feared to tread and raised millions.”Marguerite Lamkin was born on May 4, 1930, in Monroe, La. Her father, Ebenezer Tyler Lamkin II, known as Ebb, was a prominent lawyer. Her mother, Eugenia Layton (Speed) Lamkin, known as Layton, was a homemaker.Marguerite studied philosophy at Newcomb, a women’s college that is now part of Tulane University in New Orleans, before attending Finch College in New York City. When her brother, Hillyer Speed Lamkin, a playwright and novelist, headed to Los Angeles with a contract from the producer Jerry Wald, she followed him. Marguerite Littman, a honey-voiced Louisianian and literary muse who taught Hollywood to speak Southern, but who left her most enduring legacy as an early force in the fight against AIDS, died on Oct. 16 at her home in London. She was 90.Peter Eyre, a longtime friend, confirmed the death. He said she had been ill for some time.- Advertisement – Mr. Wald, she told Ms. Horyn of The Times, thought she looked like a young Susan Hayward, and sent her to a vocal coach to erase her accent. When that exercise failed, she became a coach herself, stretching the vowels of Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”She was briefly married to Harry Brown, a screenwriter and a friend of her brother’s who was said to be an alcoholic. When he threatened her with a gun one night, she fled to Mr. Isherwood and Mr. Bachardy’s house, saying she was going out for lamb chops, and never came back. Another brief marriage, to Rory Harrity, an actor, ended in divorce. By that point, Ms. Littman had moved to New York City and was working for Glamour magazine as an advice columnist.She also worked for the photographer Richard Avedon as an all-around fixer, cajoler and aide-de-camp when he was putting together “Nothing Personal” (1964), his searing portfolio of American identity, with his high school friend James Baldwin. The book’s portraits of civil rights workers, segregationists, children of slaves, Daughters of the American Revolution and lunatic asylum inmates offered a startling collision of humanity, and Ms. Littman’s overwhelming charm and persistence helped Mr. Avedon secure most of them. Yet, Ms. Horyn recalled in a phone interview, “She was always comfortable in her skin, comfortable in the places she landed. She could navigate in a lot of circles and not boast about it. I don’t think she had anything to prove. For all her zest, there was a seriousness about her. She had missions to accomplish.”In 1965, Ms. Littman married Mark Littman, a British barrister, and they settled in a house on Chester Square in London, the Belgravia neighborhood that has also been home to Margaret Thatcher and Mick Jagger. There Ms. Littman gave what became storied lunch parties that began with Champagne laced with orange liqueur, moved onto jambalaya made with apricot jam and ended with a nap. “It was great for starving artists,” the Swedish photographer Eric Boman said.Her house “was like a fantasy world, with all these paintings by Hockney,” Mr. Eyre said. “You could say she was sort of fantastic herself. A fantasist. Her mind and her memory and her accent. Her husband said to me one day, ‘Do you find Marguerite’s accent has gotten heavier?’”Ms. Littman’s brother died in 2011, and Mr. Littman died in 2015. She leaves no immediate survivors.“I would say Marguerite had many talents and did many things, but her greatest achievement was her AIDS advocacy,” said Ms. Blair, whose decades-long friendship with Ms. Littman deepened through their AIDS work. “I would also say she was someone, how shall I put it, who lingered in people’s minds.” “She rang me in the morning,” Ms. Littman told Cathy Horyn of The New York Times in 1999, when she was honored for her AIDS philanthropy by the Harvard AIDS Institute alongside the boldfaced names Judith Peabody and Deeda Blair. “She said: ‘I have a wonderful idea. I’m going to give you all of my dresses.’ I didn’t know quite what that meant. I thought, Oh, God, do I dress that badly?” “Nobody could resist her,” said Neil Selkirk, a photographer and filmmaker who interviewed Ms. Littman for a documentary about Marvin Israel, the painter and art director who designed “Nothing Personal.” “She also knew everyone. She knew the head of the asylum.” She also knew the terrifying Democratic Party boss and segregationist Leander Perez — whom Mr. Avedon captured pumped up with aggression, teeth clamped on a fat cigar — because he had shot pigeons with her uncle.They received death threats on their Southern tour. “We’d been run out of every town in Louisiana,” Ms. Littman told Mr. Selkirk. “We were scared the whole time.” – Advertisement – By all accounts hypnotically charming, Ms. Littman, who landed in Los Angeles at midcentury, counted among her closest friends the writer Christopher Isherwood and his partner, the artist Don Bachardy, as well as Gore Vidal, David Hockney and, famously, Truman Capote, who is said to have distilled that charm into his most famous character, Holly Golightly of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”“She was a rarefied creature — generous, restless,” the Irish novelist and memoirist Edna O’Brien wrote in an email, adding, “She was like a character in fiction.”An oft-told story about Ms. Littman goes like this: Mr. Capote and Ms. Littman were sitting at the pool at Cipriani’s in Venice in the late 1970s when Ms. Littman pointed out an extremely thin woman. “That is anorexia nervosa,” she declared. And Mr. Capote replied, “Oh Marguerite, you know everybody.”last_img read more

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Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday

November 20th, 2020

first_imgPersonally, I prefer to drink mine.  Mainly because noshing on healthy food gives my liver a false sense of hope.–Ten years ago in C&J: November 11, 2010CHEERS to green shoots.  Are ya ready for some Good Newwwwwws???!!!  Okay, perhaps that build-up was a bit excessive but, hey, it’s kinda hope-inducing:The nation’s economic stress fell in September to a 16-month low, thanks to more hiring in New England, fewer foreclosures in the mid-Atlantic and declining bankruptcy filings in the Southeast, according to The Associated Press’ monthly analysis of conditions around the country.  Eighty percent of the nation’s 3,141 counties enjoyed some month-over-month easing of economic pain, the AP’s Economic Stress Index shows. Meanwhile, at the center of the universe, Goldman Sachs was fined $650,000 for assorted non-disclosure skullduggery, after they failed to convince the SEC of their innocence with the excuse “My dog ate my business ethics.”  As usual, the fine will be paid out of the petty cash drawer’s petty cash drawer.–And just one more…CHEERS to the playthings of our lives.  Lost in all the hubbub over the elections, the Covid vaccine news, and other assorted headline stealers is the biggest story of the month.  I’m speaking, of course, about the 2020 inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame. The winners:Baby Nancy  In 1968, Shindana produced Baby Nancy, a baby doll with a dark complexion and textured hair. By Thanksgiving, she was the best-selling Black doll in Los Angeles, and before Christmas, she was selling nationwide. The following year, Shindana gave the baby doll an Afro, challenging white beauty norms and making her the first toy with authentic Black hair. The popularity of Baby Nancy exposed a long-standing demand for ethnically correct Black dolls that the mainstream market had failed to deliver previously.2020ToyHallofFameinductees.jpgSidewalk Chalk  Historians have every reason to believe that the earliest people played with chalk, and traces of Paleolithic cave art executed in chalk have been found throughout the world. Chalk that was used on early boards was made of gypsum, the dihydrate form of calcium sulfate. Great masterpieces, clever doodles, informational expressions, educational lessons, and games like tic-tac-toe, hopscotch, and four square all dance together on the tip of a piece of chalk, waiting to be freed by a child’s whim.Jenga Englishwoman Leslie Scott created Jenga based on wooden blocks from her childhood in Africa. The word jenga is the imperative form of kujenga, the Swahili verb “to build.” Curator Nicolas Ricketts says, “Fans say that much of Jenga’s success lies in its simplicity and ability to be played by almost anyone. It is one of the rare games that’s equally fun for two people or a bigger crowd.”Our downstairs neighbors have a homemade game of Jenga that shakes the whole house when the tower falls because they made it out of blocks of wood that weigh about two pounds each. Or, I should say, they used to. Best twenty bucks I ever spent on the local neighborhood unemployed termite guild.Have a happy humpday. Go play. Floor’s open…What are you cheering and jeering about today?–Today’s Shameless C&J Testimonial“As you can imagine, we’re very excited to be here in the Cheers and Jeers kiddie pool.”—Crew Dragon Commander Michael  Hopkins– More Vonnegut…✌  Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead.✌  “Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith. I consider the capacity for it terrifying.”Author Kurt Vonnegut“So it goes…”✌  “A show of hands, please: How many of you have had a teacher at any stage of your education, from the first grade until this day in May, who made you happier to be alive, prouder to be alive, than you had previously believed possible? Good! Now say the name of that teacher to someone sitting or standing near you. All done? If this isn’t nice, what is?”✌  “As for preparing this country against an attack from anti-missile anti-missile anti-missiles by developing an anti-missile anti-missile anti-missile anti-missile, I may be in the minority, but I think the American people should spend the money on hospitals and housing and schools and Ferris wheels instead.”✌  “Simplicity of language is not only reputable, but perhaps even sacred. The Bible opens with a sentence well within the writing skills of a lively fourteen-year-old: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”✌  No matter how corrupt, greedy, and heartless our government, our corporations, our media, and our religious and charitable institutions may become, the music will still be wonderful. If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: The Only Proof He Needed For The Existence Of God Was Music.And, of course, my personal adopted motto:✌  I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.- Advertisement – The front of the new $20 will feature the portrait of Harriet Tubman, whose life was dedicated to fighting for liberty. The reverse of the new $20 will depict the White House and an image of President Andrew Jackson. I’m not a fan of keeping “Genocide Jackson” on the twenty, but there’s a positive way to look at it: when the new 20s go into circulation, Trump’s favorite POTUS will forevermore be kissing Harriet’s ass.CHEERS and “Alki!” to the Evergreen State.  Washington was admitted as our 42nd state on November 11, 1889. It’s a very cool state—pot has been legal for a long time, the government is Big D, and Seattle is like the upper-left thumbtack that keeps our country’s map from curling down towards the red states in the middle.  To mark the occasion, some people might enjoy biting into a nice juicy Washington apple.  Here, help yourself…WashingtonApples.jpg Note: Due to the Veterans Day holiday, there is no bus service today.  However, volunteers from the American Legion will be available to fire you out of a cannon to within a hundred yards of your destination.  —Mgt.–By the Numbers:Generic graphic for open enrollment on the Healthcare.gov exchangeEnrollment ends in 34 days!!!- Advertisement – CHEERS to staring down tyranny right to its big stupid orange face. There’s been a lot of concern the last few days about a “slow-motion coup” being perpetrated by the impeached, twice-popular-vote-losing lame-duck one-term president. Senators aren’t congratulating Joe Biden! Bill Barr is telling U.S. Attorneys they can do investigations that they won’t end up doing! The GSA isn’t letting the incoming administration see how badly the current one fucked everything up! Auntie Em, Auntie Em, it’s a twister, it’s a twister!!! Relax, everybody. Breathe in…breathe out…and listen to guy-who-knows-stuff Ben Wittes of the Lawfare blog:Hold tight, people. Keep your hand on the plow. Don’t panic. Republican elected and appointed officials are behaving terribly. It is democratically corrosive. It is very bad. But here is what’s going to happen.trumpboat.pngIt is, as they say, over.States are going to finish counting their votes. Litigation challenges to their efforts to do so are going to fail. States will certify their results within the safe harbor deadline—making them dispositive for congressional purposes. Electors, having been elected, will vote and send their votes to Congress. Congress will count the votes, entitling Joe Biden to become president.A lot of bad and scary things will happen along the way, but don’t lose sight of that trajectory. … The electors are party activists and loyalists. There is no way—and I mean ZERO chance—that 20-35 of them will defect. There is a certain automaticity to the process once the votes are cast. Let that automaticity play itself out. The president actually has no control over the process from here.Here’s how I look at it. It’s like putting a gremlin in the microwave. Kinda gross and scary but intensely satisfying when the damn thing finally goes Pop. (Although, admittedly, with one big difference: the gremlin makes less of a mess.)CHEERS to Abrams’ Army. For the first time since 1992—Bill Clinton’s first time at bat—Georgia went blue in a presidential election. A slim but insurmountable lead that won’t change much in either direction during the inevitable recount. A huge amount of credit for the organizational skills that led to President-elect Biden’s victory goes to Stacey Abrams, and Reuters has a nice write-up on her efforts, which will now continue as the Senate leadership hangs in the balance:Years of get-out-the-vote efforts spearheaded by Abrams and a legal onslaught against voter suppression from legions of community groups and activists, are behind the Democratic shift, experts say. … “Stacey Abrams made it her business to go out and register people of color,” said Andra Gillespie, a professor of political science at Emory University. “She went out and registered thousands of people to vote and then created the tools to help remind them about the election process.” […]stacey-abrams-scaled.jpgLook up “fearless freedom fighter” in the dictionary…She co-founded the New Georgia Project in 2014 [and] registered 500,000 Georgians to vote, a spokesperson said.After the 2018 election, she and former campaign manager Lauren Groh-Wargo also started Fair Fight, an anti-voter suppression group, and sued not just her opponent, but brought voter protection efforts to over a dozen U.S. states. Abrams’ team identified the need to tap into Georgia’s pool of Black voters, which make up 33% of all registered voters, the largest of any battleground state. But Democrats also need to reach out to about 1.7 million new voters, including young Georgians and those new to the state who are twice as likely to vote Democratic than Republican.Voter turnout in Georgia was more than 74%, Kemp’s office said this week, boosted by early voting by Black Georgians here, up 40% from 2016.Abrams is gearing up to seize this extraordinary moment in her state and win the two U.S. Senate seats that could tip the balance of power in our favor. You can donate to Fair Fight here. And while you’re at it, put a hex on the traitors carved into Stone Mountain and let’s turn them into a lovely bowl of peaches. Who knows? We’ve never tried it before.–BRIEF SANITY BREAK––END BRIEF SANITY BREAK–CHEERS to modernizing our money. Lest we forget, during the last year of President Obama’s two unimpeachable popular-vote-winning terms in office, his Treasury Department made some big modifications to our paper currency that were supposed to go into effect this year. The Trump administration put the brakes on the effort because they honor women and Black people. President-elect Biden will put the new designs back on the front burner, and soon enough these historic rectangular pieces of cotton-linen blend will be vexing America’s racists and misogynists to no end. From a 2016 Treasury Department release Steve Mnuchin has since deleted: The new $5 will honor historic events that occurred at the Lincoln Memorial in service of our democracy, and will feature Martin Luther King, Jr., Marian Anderson, and Eleanor Roosevelt. The front of the new $5 will retain the portrait of President Lincoln.The new $10 will celebrate the history of the women’s suffrage movement, and feature images of Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul, alongside the Treasury building. The front of the new $10 will retain the portrait of Alexander Hamilton.Tubman, $20 bill, $20, currencycenter_img Days ’til the end of the Obamacare signup period: 34Date the last taped episode of Jeopardy! with Alex Trebek will air: 12/25/20Percent of Americans who do not want the Affordable Care Act to be overturned, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey: 58%Number by which Joe Biden’s popular vote is expected to top Trump’s: 7 millionPercent of the vote that Trump got in D.C. on November 3rd: 5%Cumberland County, Maine (home of Bill in Portland Maine) vote tally for Biden and Trump, respectively: 129,000 / 59,500Number of steps on the stoop of 123  Sesame Street: 6–Mid-week Rapture Index: 181 (including 5 Marks of the Beast and several dozen demonic Ha-Ha-Ha’s for Jesus). Soul Protection Factor 24 lotion is recommended if you’ll be walking amongst the heathen today.–Puppy Pic of the Day: Good morning, everyone…–CHEERS to our men and women in uniform.  Today is Veterans Day. The memory of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the latter of which we’re still technically fighting, have burned into this country’s brain the fact that military service is a grueling, unpredictable and uncompromising challenge that often means paying a heavy and unexpected price in the pursuit of politician-selected goals that are not always noble or necessary. The military is where we go to become trained killers-of-bad-people and destroyer-of-bad-things in defense of our country, while at the same time serving as de facto U.S. ambassadors when we’re on foreign turf. And while we could go on and on about how our armed forces have been kicking ass for over 244 years—not to mention how we’re about to replace a Commander-in-Chief who referred to our military as “losers” and “suckers” with a new one who ends his speeches with “God bless our troops”—we’ll leave it, as always, at a simple…VeteransDaydogtagscartoon.jpg Happy Birthday, Kurt.  And now, our feature presentation…–Cheers and Jeers for Wednesday, November 11, 2020- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Biden Plans as Trump Holds Out

November 20th, 2020

first_imgTrump talked with advisers in the Oval Office yesterday.Drudge drags Trump.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – On Politics is also available as a newsletter. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox.Is there anything you think we’re missing? Anything you want to see more of? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at onpolitics@nytimes.com. We spoke to Tiffany about the evolution of Trump and Drudge’s relationship, and why it appears to have gone south.When Donald Trump entered the Republican primary race via escalator in 2015, he was seen as a heterodox conservative, an outsider and a pot-stirrer — not unlike the persona Matt Drudge has cultivated online. What do you think Drudge saw in Trump?It’s more what they saw in each other. Matthew Lysiak, who published his book “The Drudge Revolution” this year, wrote that Drudge “had long known that Donald Trump translated into page views” and that “no one in the Republican primary better understood the extent that Matt controlled the conservative echo chamber better than Donald Trump.” They knew from the get-go that there was a mutually beneficial relationship to be had.- Advertisement – We wrote to you in this space yesterday about how Trump has fallen out of favor with Rupert Murdoch, whose news outlets — including Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post — have begun to accept the reality of Biden’s victory.There’s another influential conservative media impresario who has soured on Trump — albeit a far more insurgent one. That’s Matt Drudge, who has aggregated news articles on the home page of his influential website, Drudge Report, since 1995.He had been a Trump enthusiast from the early days of the 2016 campaign, but he appears to have turned on the president well before Trump lost the election to Biden, as our media reporter Tiffany Hsu writes in a new article.center_img Biden names a chief of staff as his lead only widens — but still Trump insists, “WE WILL WIN!” It’s Thursday, and this is your politics tip sheet. Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox every weekday. – Advertisement – You wrote about how crucial Drudge’s support was to Trump’s rise. Twenty-five years after he started drudgereport.com, how strong does his influence remain today?He has more than half a million Twitter followers and just one tweet. Several conservative news sites emerged recently that mimic the look and voice of Drudge Report. This is clearly a guy who holds substantial sway, though data suggests that his readership has declined in recent months.When does Drudge appear to have turned against Trump? Do we have any idea why?People really started to notice the rift in the summer of 2019, when Drudge Report posted a headline about the slow progress on Trump’s border wall. Lysiak reported that Drudge has a habit of cutting ties with people in his life, including falling out with Ann Coulter in 2017 and ignoring Laura Ingraham when she started a website in 2015.Maybe Drudge is used to relationships ending. Maybe he wanted to generate attention by breaking with Trump. It’s unclear.last_img read more

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PROMISING PRACTICES FOR PANDEMIC PLANNING North Carolina fosters preparedness with the touch of a finger

November 18th, 2020

first_imgEditor’s Note: CIDRAP’s Public Health Practices online database showcases peer-reviewed practices, including useful tools to help others with their planning. This article is one of a series exploring the development of these practices. We hope that describing the process and context of these practices enhances pandemic planning.May 5, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Prodding citizens to prepare for pandemics and other disasters is a constant challenge, but public health officials in North Carolina have a creative approach that didn’t require thinking outside the box, but rather inside of it—in the form of touch-screen computer kiosks.In North Carolina, natural disaster isn’t just an abstract concept to the state’s residents, said Bill Furney, communication coordinator of North Carolina’s office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR), which resides in the state’s division of public health and is funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”North Carolina is an equal-opportunity state for disasters. We have everything—tornados, landslides, flooding, and hurricanes,” he said.PHPR developed the “Be Ready!” disaster preparedness kiosks in 2006 as a way to help the state’s seven Public Health Regional Surveillance Teams spread the message about emergency preparedness, said Furney. The seven surveillance teams were created after the Sept 11 terrorist attacks to respond to terrorism activities, infectious disease outbreaks, and natural disasters.Why kiosks?He said PHPR needed a way to stir more interest in emergency preparedness brochures. “We could have printed a bazillion materials, but what is it that makes people want to read?” he said, adding that offering a kiosk component could grab the public’s attention and lure them to look at the collateral materials.According to PHPR, kiosks are a useful educational tool because they:Provide an interactive experience, which can help users retain the informationAllow users to select information they want at their own paceServe a range of languages and reading levelsEncourage action with a clear, consistent messageBring critical information to citizensWith an initial budget of $50,000, PHPR selected SmartVista, a technology company based in Morrisville, NC, to provide the hardware, which consists of portable, touch-screen computers, then worked with the company on the content, which includes some materials from federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and a series of public service announcements on disaster preparedness that had just been released by the Ad Council, Furney said.Pandemic influenza is covered, along with several natural and manmade disasters. The presentation is offered in both English and Spanish.High engagementPHPR has eight kiosks, one for the main office and one for each of the seven regional surveillance teams. The kiosks are available to county and city public health departments, which use them at health fairs, county fairs, conferences, clinics, and other events. The devices are especially popular during the fall county fair season and during spring observances for public health month and week.”This gives us the ability to provide a service to counties, which wouldn’t necessarily be able to afford or coordinate this on their own,” Furney said.Furney said it’s rewarding watching people use the kiosks. “The kids love it, and their parents will follow up on what they’re doing,” he said. “It really is a ‘gee whiz’ kind of technology that people will gravitate toward, but it’s also functional.”The kiosk devices allow public health officials the opportunity to cost-effectively offer interactive presentations on other topics, and Furney said that PHPR has recently installed a pandemic-specific module on the machines.So far, the biggest obstacle to using the kiosks in the field is keeping all of the devices maintained and repaired, Furney said.North Carolina’s PHPR was recognized for its “Be Ready!” kiosks when the National Public Health Coalition awarded the group its 2006 silver excellence award in the new media (outsourced) category.See also:View tools and reviewers’ comments from the “Be Ready! Kiosks” practicelast_img read more

CDC awards funds for new pandemic planning approaches

November 18th, 2020

first_imgSep 25, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday announced the awarding of $24 million to fund state and local projects aimed at innovative approaches to boost the nation’s readiness for an influenza pandemic.The 1-year grants will fund 55 projects in 29 state and local health departments, according to a CDC press release. The $24 million award pool is part of $600 million in Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Cooperative Agreement funding approved by Congress in 2006.Richard Besser, MD, director of the CDC’s Coordinating Center for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response, said in the statement, “What is learned from these projects can benefit everyone, because it could improve national, regional, and local public health detection and response to a pandemic involving influenza.”The 55 projects were selected from 184 funding applications, the CDC said. Eligibility was limited to 62 state, local, and territorial public health departments that receive funding through PHEP cooperative agreements. Recipients have 1 year from Sep 30 to complete the projects.The recipients’ pandemic preparedness projects focus on seven main areas:Public engagement during public health decision-makingElectronic exchange of laboratory data to improve influenza pandemic monitoringIntegration of state immunization information systems to track countermeasure distributionDevelopment of statewide electronic death reporting systems that are compatible with the Public Health Information NetworkCoordination among healthcare providers to deliver essential servicesInterventions to promote preparedness among vulnerable populationsDistribution of antiviral drugs to people who stay in their homes as a social distancing measureStatewide totals for the awards range from $144,000 for projects in Ohio that address one of the focus areas to more than $2 million for Minnesota efforts that address five of the areas.The CDC said the $24 million is part of $600 million in PHEP supplemental funding that was distributed in three phases beginning in 2006. The agency said the funding focus has been “practical, community-based procedures that could prevent or delay the spread of an influenza pandemic.”Rich Hamburg, director of governmental relations for Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit health advocacy group based in Washington, DC, told CIDRAP News that the projects are appealing because they’re geared toward sharing ideas with a quick research turnaround. “This is a key piece on CDC’s end,” he said.However, Hamburg said the $24 million in grants represents the final installment of pandemic planning support to states and localities from the fiscal year 2006 PHEP funding.”The last of the money is going out the door for state and local pandemic planning. The well has dried up,” he said. Compounding TFAH’s ongoing concern about federal support for pandemic planning is that all-hazards preparedness funding has been shrinking over the past few years, Hamburg added.Of the $7 billion in total pandemic preparedness funding over the past 3 years, about $870 million remains for measures such as vaccine research and development, he said. “But whatever advocacy we do—and vaccines and antivirals are important—we need to talk about other things, too. We need more resources,” Hamburg said.See also:Sep 24 CDC press releaselast_img read more

Successfully held Evening of Croatian vi (zio) nara

November 18th, 2020

first_img“Evening of Croatian (zio) pomegranates”, a promotional project of the Croatian Tourist Board in Munich and tour operator ID Riva, which is an introduction to the promotion of Croatian tourism in Bavaria for 2018, was successfully held in the restaurant of the Ledić family “Gasthof in der Au” in Starnberg.The presentation was held in cooperation with the Tourist Board of Istria, IDRiva and Mrs. Christine Hinkofer, editor-in-chief of the Travel Journal. The aim of this event is to introduce German guests to Croatian treasures from wine cellars, archives and vineyards with an emphasis on Istria as a region. As part of this event, Agrolaguna, Benvenuti, Matošević and Meneghetti wineries presented their wines. These wineries also held meetings, talks and wine tastings for distributors and caterers who sell wines from Croatia throughout Germany, and in addition to wine, other indigenous Croatian products and oils were presented.During the presentation, Istria was especially presented as a gastronomic destination with an attractive year-round offer. The presentation was also attended by the famous German sommelier Paula Bosch, who recognized the quality of Croatian wines and awarded Croatian winemakers with great praise, according to the CNTB. Also, the mentioned events were held with the aim of gathering young ambassadors of Croatian tourism in Bavaria (Germany), with which it is planned to continue cooperation through a number of activities in the future.last_img read more

Preference for accommodation capacities in individual clusters 2017

November 18th, 2020

first_imgThe Croatian National Tourist Board published an analysis of accommodation capacity preferences in individual clusters in 2017.As pointed out by the CNTB, given the specific structure of tourist accommodation in Croatia, which is dominated by accommodation in households with a small share of hotel accommodation and different habits of tourists in terms of duration of stay in certain accommodation facilities, it is necessary to observe at the same time and arrivals and overnight stays of foreign tourists by type of accommodation capacity, as knowledge of one measure (arrivals) does not necessarily reflect the proportional value of another measure (overnight stays).For example, accommodation in campsites results in a higher number of overnight stays with fewer arrivals than hotel accommodation. Side dish: Preference for accommodation capacities in individual clusters 2017 The analysis provides an overview of the turnover by type of accommodation capacity for each of the clusters, and then an overview from the position of each of the major emitting markets. Only commercial accommodation capacities were included in the analysis, and indicators related to non-commercial accommodation were not analyzed.last_img read more

The toll for the Krk bridge goes to the Constitutional Court

November 18th, 2020

first_img” From my data, 90 million is the annual revenue on the bridge, and about 10 million is the annual cost. It is also a waste of income. We know that revenues from toll facilities must be spent solely on maintaining and repaying the loan. In this case, it is the repayment of the loan for HAC, and not for the Krk Bridge, which was paid off a long time ago. ” Darijo Vasilić, president of PGS, told HRT. The PGS and the Kvarner Union have been warning the Ministry of Transport for a long time that the collection of tolls on Krk is unconstitutional, illegal and discriminatory for residents who go from the mainland to the island. They waited for the Ministry’s response until the end of last year, and since they did not receive it, they sent a request for the abolition of the toll to the Constitutional Court. The Krk Bridge is the only one in Croatia to collect tolls Cover photo: Srđan Hulak, www.srdjanhulak.comcenter_img Thus, citizens traveling from the mainland to Krk are in an unequal position in relation to others, since the crossing over any bridge is not charged.The Ministry of Transport issued a statement. They point out that this decision would have an impact on the restructuring process that is currently being carried out for 5 and a half billion euros of “heavy” debt in the road sector. They note that islanders and legal entities have been released from collection, and that discussions on a decision on the possible abolition of collection for all are still being held with international creditors. The request for the abolition of toll collection on the Krk Bridge was sent to the Constitutional Court by the leaders of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar Association and the Union of Kvarner, reports HRT. For two years now, these two political options have been insisting on abolishing tolls, among other things because Krk Bridge is the only one with toll collection in Croatia.last_img read more