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Lobster Feast: It’s Showtime
By Laura Mullaney Actors Theatre’s Board of Directors and committee co-chairs Wendy Sirchio and Stewart Lussky announce the annual fundraiser
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Inauguration For Mayor Greg Fischer And Other Local Elected Officials Is Set For January 7
Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville Metro Council members and other elected officials will be sworn in for new terms of office
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Christmas Tree Disposal Options
Metro Public Works will provide curbside pickup of Christmas Trees within the Urban Services District (the old City of Louisville
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  • World experts and funders set priorities for COVID-19 research (2/13/2020)

    Leading health experts from around the world have been meeting at the World Health Organization’s Geneva headquarters to assess the current level of knowledge about the new COVID-19 disease, identify gaps and work together to accelerate and fund priority research needed to help stop this outbreak and prepare for any future outbreaks.

    The 2-day forum was convened in line with the WHO R&D Blueprint – a strategy for developing drugs and vaccines before epidemics, and accelerating research and development while they are occurring.

    “This outbreak is a test of solidarity — political, financial and scientific. We need to come together to fight a common enemy that does not respect borders, ensure that we have the resources necessary to bring this outbreak to an end and bring our best science to the forefront to find shared answers to shared problems. Research is an integral part of the outbreak response,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “I appreciate the positive response of the research community to join us at short notice and come up with concrete plans and commitment to work together.”

    The meeting, hosted in collaboration with GloPID-R (the Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness) brought together major research funders and over 300 scientists and researchers from a large variety of disciplines. They discussed all aspects of the outbreak and ways to control it including:

    • the natural history of the virus, its transmission and diagnosis;
    • animal and environmental research on the origin of the virus, including management measures at the human-animal interface;
    • epidemiological studies;
    • clinical characterization and management of disease caused by the virus;
    • infection prevention and control, including best ways to protect health care workers;
    • research and development for candidate therapeutics and vaccines;
      ethical considerations for research;
    • and integration of social sciences into the outbreak response.

    “This meeting allowed us to identify the urgent priorities for research. As a group of funders we will continue to mobilize, coordinate and align our funding to enable the research needed to tackle this crisis and stop the outbreak, in partnership with WHO,” said Professor Yazdan Yazdanpanah, chair of GloPID-R. “Equitable access – making sure we share data and reach those most in need, in particular those in lower and middle-income countries, is fundamental to this work which must be guided by ethical considerations at all times.”

    During the meeting, the more than 300 scientists and researchers participating both in person and virtually agreed on a set of global research priorities. They also outlined mechanisms for continuing scientific interactions and collaborations beyond the meeting which will be coordinated and facilitated by WHO. They worked with research funders to determine how necessary resources can be mobilized so that critical research can start immediately.

    The deliberations will form the basis of a research and innovation roadmap charting all the research needed and this will be used by researchers and funders to accelerate the research response.

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Kentuckiana News Headlines


WaterStep Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary, Has Ambitious Plans for 2015
WaterStep is proud to announce that the organization successfully met the full amount of the Living Water Fund, a $100,000
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Radio Hobby Going Strong in Kentuckiana
Imagine being able to talk to someone across town or on the other side of the planet – without cell
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Metro Council President Jim King Dies at 63
Louisville Metro Council President Jim King died at age 63 late Wednesday night after battling an undisclosed illness since last
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Two Apartment Fires in Fern Creek
At 11:15 AM, a fire was reported in the 7000 block of Wildwood Circle in the Fern Creek area of
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Louisville Tire Fire Still Smoldering
As of Monday, regulators say that the tire pile that caught on fire in southwest Jefferson County last November is still smoldering. The
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Louisville Announces Detailed Plan to End Veteran Homelessness by 2016
Fifteen local agencies collaborate to find housing for 360 homeless veterans Mayor Greg Fischer and The Coalition for the Homeless
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Clifton Center to Host Concert by Mike Tracy Brazilian Ensemble on January 29th
The Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street, will host a concert by the Mike Tracy Brazilian Ensemble on Thursday, January 29th
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Improvements Coming to SDF
The Louisville International Airport has plans for safety upgrades to an older runway, adding flights, and allowing ride-sharing companies (e.g.
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Consumer Electronics Show This Week is a Sign of Things to Come in Tech
The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, kicks off this week in Las Vegas Running from Tuesday, January 6, through
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City Officials to be Sworn In Today
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will be sworn this morning for his second term.  Also taking the oath of office today
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First Baby of 2015
The first baby born in Louisville on New Year’s Day arrived at exactly midnight to parents, Victor and Cherie Edwards
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Varanese to Host Russell’s Reserve Bourbon Dinner on January 15
Special event will honor legendary Master Distiller Jimmy Russell with Wild Turkey “Diamond Anniversary” bourbon Louisville, Ky (December 30, 2014) –
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Plastic Yard Waste Bag Ban Goes into Effect Today
A new city ban goes into effect today. The ban prohibits the use the plastic bags for yard waste, which
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Local District Judge Reprimanded
Jefferson County District Court Judge, Sandra McLaughlin, has been publicly reprimanded by the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission for comments that
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LMPD Seeks Help in Identifying Bank Robber
LMPD is asking for helping in identifying a bank robber. Yesterday, around 2:00 pm, a man robbed the Stock Yards
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Pedestrians Stop Hit-And-Run Driver
Early yesterday morning, John R. Cecil, Jr. was arrested on Frankfort Ave. after hitting a pedestrian in a crosswalk. The
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UPS Security Employee Arrested
Dalton E. Anderson was arrested this morning for stealing over $500 worth of goods from packages UPS shipments between 12/9/2014
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Flu Season Is Here
Colder weather means a lot of things: Super Bowl, Christmas-time, sledding, and influenza.  Feeling under the weather is obviously unpleasant,
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Pet Safety: Winter Tips
Since dogs and cats already have beautiful fur coats, it is easy to forget that they can suffer hypothermia, frost-bite,
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Louisville Area Law Enforcement Agencies Receive US Government Equipment
The 1033 Program was created by the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 1997 as part of the US
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