News Scan for Oct 01, 2015

first_imgBARDA exercises $18 million option for Ebola vaccineNewLink Genetics today announced that the federal government has exercised an $18 million option to ramp up the production of its experimental Ebola vaccine VSV-EBOV, according to a statement from the company. The company has licensed the vaccine from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the developer of the vaccine, which is furthest along in clinical studies in the West African outbreak region.The additional funding comes on top of a $30 million contract awarded at the end of 2014 by the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). NewLink, based in Ames, Iowa, in late 2014 licensed the vaccine to Merck to speed its development.Charles Link, the company’s chief executive officer and chief scientific officer, said the additional funding will help the two companies accelerate large-scale manufacturing of VSV-EBOV and shows federal commitment to the important project. “In collaboration with Merck, we will continue to work diligently to bring this vaccine candidate to patients in need as quickly as possible.” A ring vaccination trial in Guinea recently reported good results, and the vaccine is being used in both Guinea and Sierra Leone to vaccinate contacts of new cases.Today’s announcement is the federal government’s second in a week for VSV-EBOV. On Sep 24 the company announced that it had received an $8.1 million award from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), part of the US Department of Defense, to support the development of the vaccine. That contract came with a $5.2 million option to support future development. Oct 1 NewLink genetics press release Sep 28 CIDRAP News scan “Sierra Leone begins Ebola-free countdown” HHS launches disaster preparedness resource systemHHS yesterday unveiled a resource system designed to help communities prepare for and manage health issues related to disasters.Under the acronym TRACIE (technical resources, assistance center, and information exchange), the resource system sponsored by HHS’s Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) includes resource materials, a help line, just-in-time suggestions, and information-sharing tools learned from previous disaster experiences.Nicole Lurie, MD, MPH, ASPR at HHS, said in a statement yesterday, “TRACIE can help health and emergency management officials across the country learn about, share, and apply best practices and experiences before, during, and after disasters to protect health and potentially save lives.”An expert group helped ASPR identify the needs of public health and medical systems, and the new system represents collaboration between stakeholders at many levels, from federal to nongovernmental, the agency said. HHS added that registration is free, and users can get advice from hundreds of health, disaster medicine, and public health experts and rate the usefulness and access to the resources.Sep 30 HHS press release TRACIE Web portal Bronx Legionnaire’s outbreak grows to 13 cases, 1 deathAn outbreak of Legionella infections has increased to 13 cases in the Bronx, with 1 death, while the bacterium has been detected in cooling towers in two Long Island high schools, according to media reports.All patients have underlying conditions, USA Today reported yesterday. Nine of them remain hospitalized and three have been released, the office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said yesterday.The legionellosis outbreak is not as serious as one in South Bronx in the summer, which sickened 128 and killed 12 people, the story said. The current outbreak is in the Morris Park neighborhood. There have been no new cases in the past 9 days, de Blasio’s office said.In related news, two cooling towers in Smithtown, near Stony Brook on Long Island have tested positive for Legionella, according to a CBSNewYork/AP report. Cooling towers at Smithtown East and Smithtown West high schools both had evidence of the bacterium.No cases have been reported in that school district, the story said.Sep 30 USA Today story Oct 1 CBSNewYork/AP reportlast_img read more

Round-up: Knee problem keeps Hall sidelined

first_imgEmbed from Getty Images Conte says Chelsea’s FA Youth Cup triumph showed they have players with real potential.Conte watched alongside club owner Roman Abramovich as Chelsea won the trophy for the fourth season in a row, beating Manchester City in a one-sided second leg at Stamford Bridge.The Blues boss was encouraged by what he saw but acknowledges it remains difficult for players at top clubs to make the step up from youth level.“We watched the game together. It is always good to see Mr Abramovich and to see our team win for the fourth time in a row – it was good,” Conte said.“In this team I saw four or five with good prospects for the future, but you know that it is not easy for them to be Chelsea players in the first team.“Because of this gap, it is not simple, not only for Chelsea but also other teams. But we must be proud of our work in the academy.“We have four players (in the first-team squad) from the academy in Nathan Ake, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathaniel Chalobah and Ola Aina and I think this is great.” Weather frustrates Middlesex Half-centuries from Paul Stirling, John Simpson and James Franklin – plus some brilliant late hitting from Ryan Higgins – proved fruitless as bad weather prevented a result in the opening Royal London One-Day Cup match at Lord’s.Stirling (71), Franklin (69), Simpson (82 not out) and Higgins (48 not out) propelled Middlesex to a challenging total of 341-5 in their 50 overs.But the rain arrived with Sussex 26-1 from four overs in reply, meaning both teams take a point each. Antonio Conte says he is well aware of the threat Romelu Lukaku will pose to Chelsea when the Everton striker faces his former club on Sunday.Lukaku, who has been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge, has scored 25 goals this season.He will come up against a Chelsea side that leads the Premier League table but has shown some of vulnerability at the back.“Lukaku for sure is a really good player and is scoring a lot of goals. We must pay great attention,” said Blues boss Conte.“As always, we study the opposition to try to find the best solution to stop them – single players and the team.” ‘Four or five’ good Chelsea prospects Embed from Getty Images  Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Thanks To Our New System, UK Citizens Can Return To A Stable Economic Situation x Easy Way to Generate Extra Income x Last Nights Episode Left Viewers Speechless! x 20 Heartbreaking Photos North Korea Didn’t Want Released x Mom Has No Idea Why Vacation Photo Went Viral, then She Looks in the Background x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Alex Smithies has been named QPR’s player of the year.The goalkeeper won the Supporters’ Player of the Year, Ray Jones Players’ Player of the Year and Junior Hoops Player of the Year awards. Ryan Manning has won the Daphne Biggs Supporters’ Young Player of the Year award. Holloway’s plea to fans Embed from Getty Images Ian Holloway has urged QPR fans to get behind their team in Saturday’s game against fellow strugglers Nottingham Forest.“The lads have lost a bit of confidence, and we need the crowd to help us,” manager Holloway told the club’s website.“That’s all I’m asking – if you see the effort you demand, please keep on encouraging the players.“If you don’t, you can hammer them and you can hammer me, because that’s not right.“But I’m telling you, they’ll be at it – and they won’t let you down.” Chelsea set to face Lukaku Embed from Getty Images Grant Hall is set to miss QPR’s game against Nottingham Forest.Rangers hoped Hall would return from a knee problem in time for the game at Loftus Road, where a win would guarantee their Championship status. But his season is almost certainly over as he is still recovering from the injury and is also expected to miss the match at Norwich on the final day of the campaign.AdChoices广告 Smithies wins awards last_img read more

Steelworks Krajíček ended his rich career due to problems with the…

first_imgThe Extraliga is losing another big name. Defender Lukáš Krajíček decided to end his rich playing career at the age of 37 due to health problems. The Steelmen informed about it on their Facebook page. The Třinec captain played only 19 matches in the last extra-league season due to problems with the esophagus, and in January he announced that he was interrupting his playing career, which he has now issued a definitive stop.“I have been worried for a long time. After a consultation with those closest to me, my health problems overtook me to decide that it would be the most sensible end to end my career and start pursuing a normal life, ”says Krajíček.For the last four years, he worked under Javorový, where he played in the 2010/11 season after returning from overseas. He immediately helped the Třinec hockey players to the title, which he subsequently celebrated with them last year as well.The offspring of Prostějov hockey recorded a total of 203 extra-league starts in the Steelmen’s jersey, collecting 96 points for 24 goals and 72 recordings and a great 38 positive points in the +/- balance.He spent more than five years in Minsk, working in Minsk, playing 266 matches in the Continental League with a score of 68 points for six goals and 60 assists. He played an even bigger portion of duels in the NHL.He jumped into the best league in the world in the 2001/02 season, gradually playing for Florida, Vancouver, Tampa Bay and Philadelphia. To sum up: he has played off 362 starts and 77 points (11 + 66).Photo: Aleš Krecl, cslh.czHe played a lot in the rep. He presented himself at two junior and three senior World Championships, winning silver and two bronzes. In 2014, he also played under five rings at the Sochi Olympics.Now Lukáš Krajíček’s rich career is coming to an end. There will also be a farewell to the former defender of the Steelmakers, which should take place at the beginning of the upcoming season at the Werk Arena in Třinec. Share on Facebook Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Where Next for Mikel Obi ?

first_imgMikel Obi Since leaving Turkish Super Lig club Trabzonspor by mutual consent in March, former Super Eagles Captain, Mikel Obi had been linked with several clubs from Europe to South America and even Africa. The latest of them being newly promoted Serie A club Benevento. The former Chelsea midfielder has however not given an inkling to his next move, but said he was open to the right opportunityNewly promoted Serie A club Benevento is the latest club side to have been linked with a move for former Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi in an effort to gain stability in the midfield having won the 2019/20 Serie B.The Wizards are hoping to add Mikel who is a free agent after leaving Turkish Super Lig club Trabzonspor in March to bolster their squad for the 2020/21 campaign. reported that the club was showing no sign of slowing down in the transfer market this summer in its on-going effort to beef up the squad with tested and quality players.Towards this end, the club has also made an inquiry for Juan Iturbe, currently a free agent after his latest stint at Pachuca to bond with Mikel.Brazilian Serie A side, Botafogo, had led the race to clinch the signing of former Nigerian captain back in April this year.Globo Esporte says the Rio de Janeiro club turned their attention to Mikel after failing to agree on a deal with Manchester City legend, Yaya Toure.The Chelsea icon was pleased with the approach from Botafogo but talks broke down because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Mexican clubs C.F. Monterrey and Tigres UANL also entered the race to sign him too.Former Chelsea midfielder has said he intends to continue playing football and is open to any offers following his departure from Turkish side Trabzonspor.The 33-year-old is not ready to hang up his boots yet and in an interview with Egyptian media outlet OnTime Sports, he said he was willing to consider any offer to continue his career.“Playing in the Egyptian Premier League? Why not?” said Mikel in response to a query about playing in Egypt.“I am a professional footballer and everything is possible. I never ruled anything out.“My goal is to continue playing football, and I hope I will have the opportunity, I do not reject any offers made to me, but rather study them well until I make the right decision.”Following his departure from Stamford Bridge in January 2017, Mikel spent two seasons at Chinese side Tianjin Teda and half a season at Middlesbrough before he joined Trabzonspor last year.In March, the former Nigeria national team captain refused to play for his Turkish club, arguing that league should have been postponed like its European counterparts as a safety measure against the deadly Coronavirus.Mikel parted ways by mutual consent with Trabzonspor in March after expressing his concerns about the Turkish Super Lig continuing amid the global Coronavirus pandemic.The 33-year-old played a crucial role in helping Trabzonspor soar to the summit of the Super Lig after joining Black Sea Storm as a free agent on a two-year deal last summer, at the end of his brief stint in the Championship with Middlesbrough.Obi’s refusal to play in the top of the table clash between Trabzonspor and Istanbul Basaksehir was said to be the reason for the mutual termination of his contract and the Nigerian midfielder gave up his remaining wages.The former Super Eagles captain had criticised Turkish football authorities for not suspending the Super Lig season despite the spread of the Coronavirus across Europe, stating he did not feel comfortable during the COVID-19 outbreak and called for the season to be cancelled.He has been a free agent after his contract ended with Chinese side, Tianjin TEDA.Trabzonspor was Mikel’s sixth club in his professional career which started at Nigerian side Plateau United, but it was At Chelsea that the midfielder enjoyed huge success winning two Premier League titles, three FA Cup trophies, a Football League title, the Champions League and Europa League.The midfielder made 368 appearances for Chelsea between 2006 and 2017.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Ute happy to play second senior season

first_imgE-mail: [email protected] After you’ve played your senior season of football and you come back and play another season, what do you call it?Utah receiver Travis LaTendresse doesn’t care what you call it, he’s just thrilled to be putting on a Ute uniform again after being a big part of the Utes’ 12-0 BCS-busting season.You can call LaTendresse a second-year senior if you want, after the NCAA granted him an extra year of eligibility earlier this year.”I’m excited to be back,” said LaTendresse, who has been a starting receiver for two seasons, “really excited to be back.”The 23-year-old from El Dorado Hills, Calif., had missed two seasons with injuries, but only played parts of three seasons before this year. The first season was at Linfield College, where doctors “mis-diagnosed” a back injury.It’s a complicated matter, but with the help of the U.’s associate athletic director, Doug Archie, LaTendresse appealed to the NCAA with letters and a notebook of evidence and was granted one more year last March.”It was just before my birthday, so it was an early birthday surprise,” he said.Ute coach Kyle Whittingham said the chances of LaTendresse returning were “50-50,” although LaTendresse put it at 70 percent. Still as confident as he was at the time, LaTendresse said he heard recently that he is fortunate to be granted another year because the NCAA has been stricter in the past.”This year, from what I hear, they’ve been a little more lenient,” he said, “and it went in my favor.”Ute coaches are excited to have LaTendresse back, especially after losing both Paris Warren and Steve Savoy, who accounted for more than 60 percent of the receptions in 2004.”It was huge for this football team to get him back, not only from an ability standpoint, but from a leadership standpoint,” Whittingham said. “It gave our receiver corps an instant boost the day he came back.”New receivers coach Aaron Roderick calls LaTendresse the “unquestioned leader of the group” of receivers, which includes mostly underclassmen.Roderick acknowledges LaTendresse’s great hands, but says it’s a bit unfair to label him a “possession receiver.””He may not be our fastest receiver, but he can get down the field,” Roderick said of LaTendresse’s 4.5 speed.Roderick also said it’s more than speed and hands that makes LaTendresse a great receiver.”It’s effort,” he said. “Travis plays hard every snap. He’s a good finisher — he plays through the whistle on every play. He’s going to fight for every ball in the air.”LaTendresse started at the “Z” position last year but will play the”X” position that Savoy played last year. That will likely mean more passes coming his way since Savoy caught 67 passes last year, compared to 27 for LaTendresse.”I should get a lot more chances this year,” LaTendresse said.And for those who think of LaTendresse as a possession receiver whomostly catches short passes over the middle, look at this surprising fact: He led all Ute receivers in yards per catch last year at 15.2, ahead of Savoy (14.3 yards per catch), John Madsen (14.0 yards) and Paris Warren (13.4 yards).As far as LaTendresse is concerned, the Ute offense shouldn’t miss a beat under new offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig, new quarterback Brian Johnson and the talented group of receivers. “It’s a young offense,” he said. “We’re definitely going to do exciting things on offense. We’ll be a mixture of what we did last year and what coach (Andy) Ludwig was running at Fresno State and Oregon. We’re going to throw the ball even more than last year.” last_img read more

USU basketball season likely over after first-round loss in WAC tournament

first_img Aggies fall to UT Arlington LAS VEGAS — Teams from Texas are taking over the Western Athletic Conference basketball tournament, and one of the victims Thursday was Utah State, which lost to UT Arlington 83-78 at Orleans Arena.Earlier in the day, the top two seeds in the tourney, Louisiana Tech and Denver, were shocked by No. 9 seed UTSA and No. 7 seed Texas State and eliminated from the tournament. It was a golden opportunity for the Aggies to perhaps get to the finals and even win the tournament and earn an unexpected NCAA berth, but they couldn’t pull off the victory.“They’ve gotten us three times, so you’ve got to say they’re the better team,’’ said USU coach Stew Morrill after losing to the Mavericks for the third time this year. “We shot a high percentage, but we turned it over too much. It was frustrating that we came all the way back and couldn’t finish it off. We were just not quite good enough tonight.’’The loss eliminates the Aggies (21-10) from the WAC tournament and leaves them to await a possible invitation to a postseason tournament other than the NCAA tournament, although Morrill isn’t expecting one.“I think we’re done,’’ Morrill said. “I don’t think we’ll be given an opportunity and on the slight chance that we are invited with all the injuries and everything … maybe we should just shut it down.’’Morrill said his team would have been excited to play in the NCAA or perhaps the NIT, but doesn’t think his squad would consider the CBI or CIT tournaments, “even though the CIT has been great to us.’’For UT Arlington, a semifinal date awaits against UT San Antonio on Friday at 9 p.m. Coach Scott Cross got a kick out of the fact that the three WAC teams from Texas all won Thursday.“It’s a great thing for us all to advance, but who would ever have expected that?’’ he said.Kevin Butler led the Mavericks with 23 points and made a big steal with just under 10 seconds left, anticipating a pass by Roland and scoring a layup in the final seconds when the Aggies were hoping to put up a tying 3-pointer.Karol Gruszecki added 17 points for the Mavericks, including four 3-pointers, while Jordan Reves and Cameron Catlett added 12 points apiece.The Aggies had a balanced attack, led by Jarred Shaw with 20 points and Spencer Butterfield with 19. Ben Clifford and TeNale Roland each finished with 16.USU actually had an outstanding night shooting, with 58.1 percent from the field on 25 of 43, and also made 9 of 19 from 3-point range. However, turnovers, especially early in the game, really hurt them. The Aggies had five turnovers on their first six possessions and fell into a big hole that took much of the game to climb out of.The Aggies, who came into the tournament as the No. 5 seed, got off to a horrible start, with all those turnovers off pressure from the Mavericks and fell behind 10-2. Meanwhile the Mavericks were hot from the field making 11 of their first 18 shots and pushing the lead to 27-9 at the 9:28 mark when Reves made a layup.USU started clawing its way back into the game behind Butterfield, who scored 14 first-half points, as the Aggies closed within 11 at 40-29 at halftime.The Aggies started fast in the second half to cut the lead to six in the opening two minutes and pulled within two at 50-48 on an inside basket by Clifford. A couple of minutes later Clifford gave the Aggies their first lead of the night with a 3-pointer from the right corner to make it 53-52 with 11:50 left.Gruszecki hit a pair of 3-pointers to stake the Mavericks to a 60-56 lead with just under 10 minutes left.After that, the lead went back and forth four times before the Mavericks went ahead permanently, 72-70, on a 3-pointer by Shaquille White-Miller with 2:48 left. Then Gruszecki drained a 3-pointer to extend the lead to five.A three-point play Shaw cut USU’s deficit to two points, 77-75, with 1:04 left, but Catlett and Butler hit free throws to make it 80-75. Clifford sank his fourth 3-pointer of the night to cut the lead to 80-78 and after Butler made one of two free throws, the Aggies had a chance to tie it. However, Butler then made the game-clinching steal.“I’ve never seen a year like this,’’ said Morrill, who lost two of his top players, Preston Medlin and Kyisean Read, to injuries in January as well as Danny Berger to a heart problem in November. “It has been a trying season on all of us, but we didn’t go away and hide. We had injury after injury and hopefully we’ve got our share of injuries out of the way for the next several years.’’ Relatedlast_img read more

Mattes stars on Lamlukka road trip

first_img2nd John batty (6) 30pts3rd Sang Roach (12) 29pts4th Mick Beresford (15) 27ptsB Flight1st Bob Mattes (18) 37pts2nd John Stafford (17) 32pts3rd Gerry Roach (22) 31pts4th Stefan Hoge (19) 31ptsLast week was our Lam­lukka trip with 17 players.  Day one was the mighty championship course of A & B, most players had never played it but A flight was playing off the yellow tees at 6,666 yards and thought they could conquer it.  B flight went off the whites at 6,229 yards and the low scores in both flights said it all: great track in fantastic condition but very difficult.Wednesday, Sept. 6, Lamlukka G.C. – StablefordA Flight1st Steve Mann (12) 35pts2nd Phil Mitchell (6) 32pts3rd Paul Pavloff (7) 32pts4th Martin Grimoldby (5) 31ptsB Flight1st Bob Mattes (18) 33pts2nd Gerry Roach (22) 31pts3rd Stefan Hoge (19) 31pts4th Tim Knight (25) 29ptsMark Watkins thought he would be in the frame today with 17 points on the front nine but the wheels came off the back with only 10 on the inward half.  Mick Beresford’s caddie forgot his putter on the second green and things went rapidly downhill for him from there.Steve Mann top scored for the day with 35 points and was three ahead of his closest pursuers in A flight.  Bob Mattes took first place in B flight with 33 points with Gerry Roach taking the silver.Near pins went to John Stafford, Mark Watkins and Phil Mitchell. The Players Lounge Golf SocietyTuesday, Sept. 5, Lamlukka G.C. – StablefordA Flight1st Martin Grimoldby (5) 32ptslast_img read more

Terry Walgren Tournament kicks off play Friday

first_imgThe Lakeside Pitches will be filled with excitement as the Nelson Youth Soccer hosts the annual Terry Walgren Tournament beginning Friday. Teams from Creston, Fernie, Invermere, Cranbrook, Salmon Arm and Kelowna join the host Nelson Selects for three days of action.The tournament kicks off Friday with play in the U16 and U18 divisions.Saturday is a full slate of games before the tourney concludes Sunday with divisional finals.All action is set for the Lakeside playing fields.last_img

2017 Galway Hurling Championship Draws

first_imgThe Salthill Hotel Senior A Hurling Championship Draw:Group 1CraughwellLoughreaLiam MellowsTommie LarkinsCappataggleMullagh The Salthill Hotel Senior B Hurling Championship Draw:Group 1CarnmoreBeaghArdrahanTynagh Abbey DuniryCastlegarClarinbridgeGroup 2MoycullenAthenryKillimordalyAhascragh/FohenaghKilnadeema/LeitrimAbbeyknockmoy The McGettigans County Intermediate Hurling Championship Draw:Group 1KilconieronMeelick/EyrecourtClarinbridgeCastlegarKinvaraOranmore/MareeKiltormerGroup 2An SpidéalAnnaghdownKillimorBallindereenKilbeacantyRahoon Newcastle The Pier Head Minor A Hurling Championship Draw:Group 1BallygarTurloughmoreCastlegarLiam MellowsKilnadeema/LeitrimGroup 2KilconieronClarinbridgeAthenryMeelick/EyrecourtTynagh Abbey/DuniryMinor B Group A                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ardrahan Craughwell                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              St. Thomas’Mullagh/KiltormerKillimordalyMichael CusacksGroup B                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   CappataggleLoughreaPortumnaKillimorPadraig PearsesMoycullenMinor B1Group A                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             BallindereenKinvaraCarnmoreAnnaghdownSylaneCois FharraigeTommy LarkinsGroup B                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sarsfields                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             AbbeyknockmoyMountbellew/SkehanaOranmore/MareeGortAhascragh/FohenaghMinor CGroup A                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Salthill/KnocknacarraMichael BreaneachsRahoon/NewcastleBallinasloeJunior A 1Group A                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Salthill/KnocknacarraMichael BreaneachsBallygar                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Skehana                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            SylaneGroup B                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Bearna Na ForbachaMenlo EmmetsBallinasloeMountbellew/MoyloughTuamJunior AGroup A                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               AthenryLiam MellowsSylaneMellick/EyrecourtBearna na ForbachaTurloughmoreSarsfieldsGroup B                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ArdrahanBallygarSalthill/KnocknacarraCraughwellTynagh/Abbey-DuniryLoughreaGroup C                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                GortSt. Thomas’KinvaraSkehanaMichael BreaneachsTommy LarkinsJunior BGroup A                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       KiltormerCappataggleBeaghBallinasloeAbbeyknockmoyClarinbridgeMullaghPadraig PearsesGroup B                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BallinderreenKillimorAhascragh/FohenaghCraughwellKilnadeema/LeitrimKillimordalyMountbellew/MoyloughGroup C                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        CastlegarOranmore/MareeMoycullenAnnaghdownPortumnaCarnmoreKilconieronprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Group 2Padraig PearsesPortumnaSarsfieldsGortTurloughmoreSt Thomaslast_img read more