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USPS hopes to install 100 anthrax detectors this year

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first_imgJun 10, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The US Postal Service (USPS) has begun installing anthrax-detection systems in major mail-processing centers and hopes to have the equipment in 100 facilities by the end of this year. After testing the Biohazard Detection System (BDS) for nearly 2 years in Baltimore, the USPS began installing the system in major processing and distribution centers in March, said Bob Anderson, a USPS spokesman in Washington, DC. See also: The detection system includes an air-collection hood over machines that handle “raw” mail collected from mailboxes, Anderson said. Air samples are drawn to a cabinet where they are tested automatically for anthrax. The system can be expanded to test for other pathogens, but currently it only tests for anthrax, he said. Besides testing the system initially in Baltimore, the Postal Service ran one-month tests of the equipment at 14 facilities last summer, Anderson said. The equipment was removed from those plants after the tests. “Equipment has been installed and I believe it’s up and running in six of those facilities,” Anderson told CIDRAP News. “I believe the equipment is arriving at the seventh tomorrow.” He said installation of the system is moving generally from east to west, with Pittsburgh and Cleveland among the first cities to get the equipment. He said no evidence of anthrax has been detected by any of the systems so far.center_img He said plans call for installing the system in about 100 facilities by the end of November of this year and completing the project with another 183 installations in 2005. Northrop-Grumman, primary contractor for the project, is doing this year’s work under a $175 million contract, he said. The amount for next year’s work has not yet been determined. USPS news releases (click on Jun 4 release, “Biohazard Detection System Deployment Resumes”)http://www.usps.com/communications/news/press/welcome.htm USPS officials are meeting with local and state health officials in each city before the equipment is installed, Anderson said. “We have to meet with those officials and first responders and work out an emergency response plan in case we do detect anthrax in the mail,” he said. The inconclusive results “meant that a small, but unacceptable, number of tests had to be rerun to obtain conclusive results,” Azeezaly S. Jaffer, USPS vice president for public affairs, said in the news release. “Had anthrax been present, it would have been detected by the BDS. BDS has proven that it consistently and reliably detects anthrax in the mail.” The USPS decided to add the equipment after the anthrax-by-mail attacks in the fall of 2001. The attacks killed five people, including two postal workers, and caused 17 other cases of illness. The installation begun in March was suspended Apr 28 for testing to find out why some systems were yielding “inconclusive” results, the USPS reported. The project resumed Jun 4 after the problems were identified and corrected, the agency said in a news release.last_img read more

Juventus Football Camp to be held in Sarajevo in August

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first_imgFor the first time, Juventus Football School will come to Bosnia and Herzegovina as well. From 17th August, children will have a chance to play their favorite sport wearing the colors of this club at the Juventus Camp that will last until 22nd August.This is the official camp of the Juventus Football School from Italy that begin work in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the first time. Juventus Football School is the project created in 2004 with the signing of a contract between the NIKE company and the Football Club Juventus.In the previous month, Birr Group company signed an agreement with the Juventus Football School and thus became the owner of the Juventus license for the region of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey. This camp is just one more step towards the ultimate goal, which is the Juventus Football Academy in Sarajevo.Every participant will get the equipment of the famous Italian club and the finalist of this year’s Champions League. The professional staff of Juventus Football School will provide an unforgettable experience to children with lots of  fun  that will significantly improve their football skills and athletic readiness.Trainings will be held at the stadium of the International University of Sarajevo which caters for and has all the required facilities to make possible the organization of quality sports events.(Source: faktor.ba)last_img read more