Panel faults NIH risk assessment for Boston biodefense lab

first_img Klare Allen, a community organizer who has led opposition to the lab’s construction, told the Washington Post that she was pleased with the NRC’s findings. “The NRC pretty much confirmed everything we’ve been saying for the last 5 years,” she said. Dec 5, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Amid controversy around the construction of a biodefense laboratory in Boston, a project risk assessment from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is funding the lab, has been condemned as unsound by the National Research Council (NRC). An NRC committee was named to look into the NIH’s risk assessment of the biosafety level 4 lab, which will be located at Boston University, in response to a request from the state of Massachusetts, according to the NRC report. The state made the request after a court challenge invalidated the state’s finding that the NIH’s draft environmental impact report was adequate. See also: The NRC report will be among other public comments the NIH will review as it finalizes its risk analysis, according to a Nov 30 Washington Post report. The Post story, published Nov 30, said the lab is 70% complete. Federal officials have said that if they lose court battles over the lab, it will be used to study less dangerous pathogens, according to the story. Nov 29 NRC press release “Environmental justice communities are often faced with environmental stressors that wealthier communities do not face,” the committee wrote, adding that the South End neighborhood where the new lab is located could face extra health challenges if residents’ health is poor, public health services are lacking, or insects or rodents are common in the area. Besides voicing several detailed concerns about the NIH’s risk assessment methodology, the advisory committee said the agency’s report glossed over “environmental justice” issues related to the lab’s inner-city setting. Also, the committee faulted the NIH report for focusing mainly on a single individual or a small number of lab workers in analyzing the probability of a release of a lethal agent. The NIH should have included other possibilities, such as equipment failure, security breaches, and malevolent action, the report states.center_img “The NIH draft report has serious weaknesses, in particular regarding selection of pathogens and lack of transparency of the modeling, leading the committee to conclude that the draft is not sound and credible,” said NRC committee chairman John Ahearne, executive director emeritus of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, in the NRC press release. One of the advisory committee’s criticisms centers on the pathogens the NIH selected in the scenarios modeled and described in the risk assessment: Ebola hemorrhagic fever virus, monkeypox virus, Sabia hemorrhagic fever virus, and Rift Valley fever virus. The findings from the NRC, an arm of the National Academies, were released on Nov 29 in a 28-page report posted on the NRC’s Web site. The National Academies consist of four private, nonprofit, congressionally chartered institutions that advise the US government on science, technology, and health policy issues. After it lost the court challenge, the state asked the NIH to produce a risk assessment addressing additional worst-case scenarios, alternative sites for the lab, and mitigation issues in the event of a pathogen release from the lab. NRC report on NIH risk analysis of Boston BSL 4 laboratory “The committee acknowledges the need for biocontainment laboratories in the United States, including BSL 4 laboratories, and recognizes that BSL 4 laboratories are being operated in other major urban areas,” he wrote. In a letter to Massachusetts officials that accompanies the report, Ahearne emphasized that the report focuses only on the quality of the NIH risk assessment and shouldn’t be viewed as a statement about the risk of a biocontainment facility in Boston or any other city. The committee said that worst-case scenario planning should have involved agents, such as those that spread by aerosol droplets, that have higher person-to-person transmission rates than most of the agents the NIH included.last_img read more

Sebelius expects launch of H1N1 vaccination drive in fall

first_imgJul 9, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – If an effective vaccine for pandemic H1N1 influenza is available, the federal government expects to mount an H1N1 vaccination campaign this fall, initially targeting schoolchildren, adults with health problems, pregnant women, and healthcare and emergency workers, a top US official said today.Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discussed the vaccination plans at the Obama administration’s H1N1 Influenza Preparedness Summit, a one-day meeting designed to stimulate preparedness nationwide. The session drew about 500 state, tribal, and territorial health and education officials to Bethesda, Md., and was streamed over the Web.”While we have made no final decisions about its scope, and have ‘off ramps’ built into our decision making process if the circumstances change, at this point, we expect to initiate a voluntary fall vaccination program against the 2009 H1N1 flu virus,” Sebelius said in her prepared remarks.She commented that the risk of increased antiviral resistance in the H1N1 virus is a “serious consideration,” underlining the importance of vaccination.Sebelius said the current estimate is that some vaccine will be ready for distribution in mid-October.HHS is working with its advisory committees to decide which groups will be offered vaccine and in what order, but added, “We know that young people have been disproportionately impacted by this virus, and we anticipate that school-aged children, non-elderly adults with underlying health conditions, pregnant women, and healthcare and emergency workers who are likely to come in contact with the virus will be priority groups to whom vaccine will be offered.”The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) hopes to evaluate the first candidate H1N1 vaccine in early August, said NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, who preceded Sebelus on the summit program.”This information will be critical to decisions about how and if to start a vaccination program this fall,” Fauci said.$350 million to statesWhile urging states and other jurisdictions to help prepare for the potential vaccination drive, Sebelus promised that some money will be available to support those preparations. Tomorrow HHS will formally announce the availability of $350 million for preparedness grants to states, money that Congress included in the recently passed 2009 supplemental appropriation bill.The sum includes $260 million to go to state health departments “to support your ongoing work and to prepare for the vaccination campaign, while $90 million will help hospitals prepare for the surge of patients they will treat if an outbreak impacts their community,” Sebelius said.In response to questions, she said HHS plans to provide information this week on how to apply for the grants and that applications will be due Jul 24. “We hope to push the money out the door by July 31,” she added.Vaccination planning starts nowShe urged state and local health officials to begin planning now for the likely vaccination campaign. “It may not be possible, at least in the early stages, to use the standard channels to distribute the vaccine,” she said. “We will need your assistance to identify vaccination sites.”The federal government will pay for the vaccine, Sebelius promised: “The vaccine will be purchased by the federal government and made available for distribution by state and tribal governments, and we will provide financial and technical assistance all along the way.”Responding to questions, she said Congress has already approved about $1 billion to buy the bulk vaccine ingredients and that another $7.5 billion will be available for the program.”This will be a federally funded program that may have an opportunity to recover some funding back from folks with private insurance,” she said. “But don’t expect this will be done through private sources as seasonal flu vaccination is; this will really be a public effort funded by the federal government.”HHS expands flu Web siteOutlining other HHS efforts to strengthen preparedness, Sebelius said the agency is upgrading and expanding its flu Web site, flu.gov. She urged the public to use the site to learn how to prepare for the flu season.In another step to raise public awareness, HHS is inviting Americans to record and submit their own short public service announcements (PSAs) about the H1N1 virus, Sebelius announced.An HHS news release said the agency will pick the best PSAs and let the public vote on them. The winning announcement will be shown on national television, and its creator will win $2,500.Today’s meeting also included speeches by other federal officials, a short talk by President Barack Obama via telephone, and presentations on school closures and state, tribal, and local experiences with H1N1 to date.Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gave a short update on the H1N1 situation. He stressed, among other things, the widely varying dimensions of the epidemic in different places, saying, “There’s actually a 100-fold difference in the level of documented infections in different states in the US, and even within states and within cities there are differences.”Obama, echoing comments from Sebelius and others, stressed the importance of state and local preparations for the likely vaccination drive and for good communication.”We’ve looked at past cases of this [a flu pandemic] being properly handled and improperly handled, and one of the most important differences is that where it’s well handled, state and local officials have complete ownership over the issue,” he said.See also:Jul 9 HHS news releasehttp://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2009pres/07/20090709a.htmllast_img read more

COVID-19: Indonesian nurses, ministers pay a tribute to fallen healthcare workers

first_imgMeanwhile, as of Sunday, the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) had recorded 115 doctor deaths due to COVID-19.Also speaking at the event, the state-owned enterprises minister and COVID-19 response and national economic recovery committee chairman, Erick Thohir, vowed to prioritize medical workers.“If a COVID-19 vaccine is found, medical workers will be prioritized. It is part of the state’s strategy to provide total protection for medical workers,” he said.He also said the government would come up with a better system in handling the COVID-19 pandemic, by involving doctors and nurses in the joint forces.COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo also expressed his condolences to the families of the victims.“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the nurses, our heroes, who died in their duties,” he said.Read also: COVID-19: Concerns mount as medical workers suffer pandemic burnoutHe went on to say that the community-based Pentahelix circle — a model comprising businesspeople, the government, community, academics and the media — must be incorporated into the nation’s main strategy to curb the spread of the virus. “Nurses, doctors and medical workers should be the last fortress in battling this pandemic,” Doni added.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto, Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy and People’s Consultative Assembly Speaker Bambang Soesatyo also delivered their condolences to the families, calling medical workers heroes and applauding their efforts. Topics : Given the fact that one nurse can provide medical care to tens of sick people, losing thousands of competent nurses would be a huge loss to the country, Harif said, suggesting the government give more protection to medical workers.According to data recorded by the PPNI, 78 nurses nationwide have reportedly died from COVID-19. “It’s already a huge loss to all of us, especially to the PPNI,” he said.Read also: IDI urges better protection for medical workers as five more doctors die of COVID-19 The Indonesian Nurses Association (PPNI) hosted an online gathering Tuesday to honor medical workers who have lost their lives during the battle against COVID-19.“Medical workers have vital roles in battling COVID-19. They don’t even know when to feel tired, even though they are supposed to be tired [from the relentless work],”PPNI chairman Harif Fadhillah said in Tuesday’s event, entitled Pray for Nurses.“This event is to remember our friends who died because of the virus. We also want to honor their lives and provide a little solace to their families,” he added.last_img read more

Hidden retreat on Sapphire a rare gem

first_imgEach room in the home has cathedral ceilings.“It was quite a unique property and a bit of a sanctuary,” Mr Whitehouse said.“It needed a lot of work but we could see there was potential.” One of the bedrooms in the “secluded bungalow”.“It’s almost a bit of a secluded bungalow,” he said.“It’s very private, which is unusual and finding something like that in Holland Park is a bit of a rare gem.”Mr Whitehouse said the property would be suited to a number of buyers, from first homeowners like they were, to someone looking to expand the home or even a tradesman. The kitchen has had a renovation and there is a bench seat.The modern kitchen flows through to a dining room, which has a bench seat along louvred windows.The home is tucked away from the road and is on a 577sq m block. The bathroom has had a modern revamp.The couple got to work, replacing floors, fencing and the roof, as well as installing a new kitchen and bathroom.Outside they focused on creating an oasis, something Mr Whitehouse credits to his partner.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“I owe all that to Amanda, she’s the green thumb, not me,” Mr Whitehouse said.The residence opens to a large living space through double doors.The floors are polished timber, and the home has timber cathedral ceilings.center_img The hidden urban oasis at 18 Sapphire St, Holland Park, is for sale.A HIDDEN sanctuary awaits behind the gate at 18 Sapphire St.Ed Whitehouse and Amanda Lusty bought the Holland Park property as their first home just over six years ago, and saw it as a project they hoped to turn into something special. Ms Lusty put blood, sweat and tears into creating the garden, her partner has said.“It’s got concrete pillars so it could easily be lifted and you could build a second story to accommodate families,” he said.“It’s also got dual access, so it would be easy for a tradesman to access with their trailer.”The couple are moving to be closer to their parents.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 10:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -10:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenJune, 2018: Liz Tilley talks prestige property10:02last_img read more

Maersk Line Returns to CentrePort Wellington

first_imgDanish container shipping giant Maersk Line has decided to resume its weekly container shipping service to Wellington, New Zealand.The service will return once CentrePort, Wellington port operator, has completed works that will allow its ship-to-shore cranes to operate.These works were required following damage sustained in the November 2016 Kaikoura earthquake which made the port’s gantry cranes inoperable. They are expected to be largely complete by September.Jens Maersk, deployed on Maersk Line’s Northern Star service and capable of carrying 3,000 TEUs, is scheduled to make its first call at CentrePort on September 18.Gerard Morrison, Maersk Line Oceania’s Managing Director, applauded CentrePort’s efforts to complete the structural repairs needed to become fully operational again.“CentrePort has kept us fully informed of its progress over the last nine months and we are very pleased to return to Wellington with our weekly Northern Star service,” Morrison commented.Derek Nind, CentrePort Chief Executive, welcomed the return of Maersk: “We look forward to working with Maersk in the future as we resume our strong growth in container shipping volumes.”Maersk Line’s Northern Star service deploys six 3,000 TEU vessels. The service makes six weekly port calls around New Zealand each week.Earlier this year, regular container shipping returned to Wellington, with weekly visits by a geared ship linking the port with Australia.last_img read more

Weekes calls for a multispectral approach towards fighting crime in Dominica.

first_img Share Share Share Sharing is caring! Inspector Claude Weekes. Photo credit: GIS NewsPolice Inspector Claude Weekes is calling for a multispectral approach towards fighting criminal activities in Dominica.While he admits that there are several areas of improvement which need to take place within the police force in fighting crime and the drug trade on the island, Mr. Weekes says it is also the responsibility of the communities to assist the police in addressing the problem holistically.He says some parents encourage the use and misuse of drugs when they are fully aware that some of their children are involved in the act.Weekes says the police are doing their best but it is the duty of all and sundry to assist the police in stamping out illicit drugs and crime in the countryWeekes is therefore recommending that a plan of action be put in place to address crime in Dominica.Police Inspector Claude Weekes was speaking at a recent seminar on crime and violence in Paix Bouche.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img 11 Views   no discussions LocalNews Weekes calls for a multispectral approach towards fighting crime in Dominica. by: – July 13, 2011 Tweetlast_img read more

Young Windies to begin Super50, World Cup preparation

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – West Indies Under-19s will gather in Grenada next week to begin preparation for the Regional Super50 which bowls off next January.A 20-member preliminary squad will undergo training from December 9 to 20, and will also receive physical assessment along with life-skill sessions and mental preparation.A management team, led by head coach Graeme West and comprising Dwain Gill, Anthony Gray, Khevyn Williams and Zephyrinus Nicholas, will oversee the camp.This initial camp is to prepare a team for the Regional Super50 as was done the last two years and we will also have a pre-tournament camp for the final team January 17-21,” said West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) project officer, Rawl Lewis.The Under-19s will do battle in Group A of the Super50 which runs from January 24 to February 18 in Antigua and Barbados.Title-holders Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Windward Islands Volcanoes and visiting English County, Kent Spitfires, have also been installed in Group A.Group B, meanwhile, comprises last year’s losing finalists Barbados Pride, Guyana Jaguars, Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners, Jamaica Scorpions and ICC Americas.The tournament will serve as a part of the build-up for the Under-19s as they ready themselves for the defence of their ICC Youth World Cup title, captured earlier this year in Bangladesh.However, Lewis said the Super50 was only a small part of the intended preparation for the squad.“A comprehensive programme has been developed for the 2018 World Cup preparation which started with the regional Under-17 and U-19 tournaments over the summer,” the former West Indies player said.“The 23-month programme will include a mini-series with New Zealand (three-match series) in January 2017, just before the World Cup.”SQUAD – Keagan Simmonds, Kirstan Kallicharan, Cephas Cooper, Navin Bidaisee, Matthew Patrick, Te-Shawn Alleyne, Johann Jeremiah, Emmanuel Stewart, Johnnel Eugene, Daneal Dupigny, Alick Athanaze, Jerellius Louis, Javier Spence, Kian Pemberton, Joshua Persaud, Bhaskar Yadram, Jeavor Royal.last_img read more

The Latest: Mahomes to celebrate virtual grads at Texas Tech

first_imgThe first division will revert to 12 teams the following season with four teams relegated and two teams promoted.___The Russian soccer league will restart on June 21 after a break of more than three months because of the coronavirus pandemic.The league intends to pack eight rounds of games into just over one month to finish on July 22. League president Sergei Pryadkin says all games will be held in empty stadiums.The Russian Cup will also continue with the final on July 25. That means some clubs face up to 11 games to finish the season. The fund will give about $400,000 to various groups in hopes of easing what FIG President Morinari Watanabe calls a “grave crisis.”This fund will be managed by the FIG’s Foundation for Solidarity. The foundation supported hundreds of athletes and federations in need through scholarships, financial aid following an accident and equipment donations since its inception in 2002. The criteria for applying for a grant will be released soon.The federation also said member organizations will not be required to pay 2020 dues. The FIG takes in about $120,000 from dues.___Miami Dolphins fans will be given a chance to view Don Shula’s statue at their stadium in the first of a series of events to celebrate the late coach. Associated Press The sports car series had completed just one event, the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, before the coronavirus pandemic. IMSA now has nine upcoming events on its revised schedule that is set to conclude at Sebring in mid-November.___Lionel Messi says the long stoppage of play caused by the coronavirus pandemic could be a boon for Barcelona.Messi tells Sport on Friday, “maybe this stoppage will end up benefiting us.” Bowling Green’s move came one day after Akron, another member of the Mid-American Conference, dropped three sports because of fiscal hardship caused by the virus outbreak. Earlier this week, the MAC announced it is eliminating postseason tournaments in eight sports, including baseball and softball, to save money.___The IMSA sports car series will resume racing on July 4 at Daytona International Speedway.The track and the series are both owned by NASCAR, which is resuming its season Sunday in South Carolina. The IMSA race will be without spectators and technically fills a void created when NASCAR this season ended its annual holiday race weekend in Florida for Indianapolis Motor Speedway.IMSA will then go to Sebring International Raceway July 17-18 for another race in Florida without fans. Gov. Tom Wolf says he spoke to NASCAR officials about the status of the June 27 and 28 races at Pocono Raceway. The stock car series announced this week it will stick to Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, Florida and Alabama for June races — all of them without fans. NASCAR has now set plans for 20 races — including nine in the elite Cup Series — as it returns to the tracks after being shut down for more than two months by concerns about the coronavirus. The revised schedule didn’t address the scheduled doubleheader weekend at Pocono and the rest of season.“We actually had conversations with NASCAR and I told them Pennsylvania is not ready to make a decision,” Wolf said. “The area that they want to have this gathering in is actually in the red right now, red zone, red phase, so I told them Pennsylvania is not ready to make a decision.”The Cup Series is scheduled to resume this Sunday at Darlington Raceway and run four times in 11 days at the South Carolina track and at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.___ May 15, 2020 Access to the statue by vehicle will be permitted next Friday and Saturday. Fans will be required to practice social distancing and are discouraged from bringing any items with them.The Dolphins will host a public memorial for Shula at the stadium once coronavirus concerns ease.Shula led the 1972 and 1973 Dolphins to Super Bowl championships. He died on May 4 at the age of 90.___The Michigan tournament where the LPGA Tour hoped to resume has been canceled. The letter asks the House and the Senate to pass the HEROES Act, which would secure internet access for millions of economically disadvantaged students during the pandemic. The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act proposed by the House would provide nearly $60 billion in relief funding to kindergarten through high school districts, as well as funding for schools and libraries to provide internet services for students and families.“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the existing digital divide as millions of students struggle to get online, adjusting to distance learning without internet access,” said McCourty, a safety with the New England Patriots.___NASCAR has yet to receive the green light to race in Pennsylvania. Atlético Madrid defender Renan Lodi has returned to training after having reportedly been cleared following a previous positive test for the coronavirus.The Spanish soccer club says Renan trained on his own.Spanish media reported that Lodi had tested negative after spending several days confined following an initial positive result.Spanish teams have returned to training at club facilities but players must respect social distancing.___ World Rugby has postponed July test matches involving southern and northern hemisphere nations because of ongoing restrictions on international travel during the coronavirus pandemic.The sport’s international governing body issued a statement Friday saying the mid-year test window will be rescheduled when cross-border travel and quarantine regulations are relaxed.New Zealand had been scheduled to play Wales and Scotland, Australia was set to play Ireland and Fiji and South Africa had planned to host Scotland and Georgia. World Rugby said the postponement is due “to ongoing government and health agency COVID-19 directives.”___Aussie rules football will kick off again on June 11, with the second round of the Australian Football League to be played almost three months after the competition was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. A planned promotion-relegation playoff has been dropped with only the bottom two clubs in the top division relegated automatically as usual.The league has also adopted a rule change allowing up to five substitutions per match.___The German soccer federation has delayed the restart of the men’s third-division because it doesn’t have political approval.The third division was scheduled to resume on May 26 amid the coronavirus pandemic but the federation says that can’t happen without the go-ahead from authorities around the country. Games in the first and second divisions will resume Saturday. In a statement, the EFL says League One clubs had not yet reached an agreement on whether to curtail or not, while the Championship teams were committed to resuming the season.___An unnamed Werder Bremen player must go into quarantine for two weeks after a close family member tested positive for COVID-19.Bremen is due to host Bayer Leverkusen on Monday in its first Bundesliga game back since the league was forced to take a two-month break due to the coronavirus outbreak.The club says the affected player has consistently tested negative for COVID-19, but “the decision to place him under quarantine was made in conjunction with the Bremen health authorities.” The third division still has 11 rounds of games to play.The pandemic has put several third-division clubs under strain.Leader MSV Duisburg has financial problems and second-place Waldhof Mannheim told local newspapers on Thursday that it stopped training because it doesn’t have coronavirus tests.Two teams are barred from playing until May 27 by the state of Saxony-Anhalt and can train only in small groups.___ Messi didn’t cite his reason for thinking the stoppage would be good for Barcelona, but the return of strike partner Luis Suárez from injury will surely be a lift.Barcelona and the rest of Spain’s soccer league hasn’t played since March 12, when La Liga halted action because of the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Over 27,000 Spaniards have died from the disease.Teams have recently returned to practice at club facilities, but they are training individually and undergoing tests to make sure there is no spread of the virus.The Spanish league says it wants to return to playing matches on June 12, but it will depend on the public health situation.___center_img The induction was scheduled at the Hall in Newport, Rhode Island, for July 18. That is the same day the tournament was supposed to finish.But the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in the suspension of all sanctioned tennis competition since March and at least until the end of July.Ivanisevic and Martinez now will be honored alongside any Class of 2021 inductees in July 2021.The Hall of Fame announced the cancellations and says ticket-holders can use their tickets in 2021, convert them into a tax-deductible donation to the Hall or get a refund.___ ___Bowling Green has dropped baseball as part of a move to ease financial stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The school says it’s reducing its athletic budget by $2 million.“This is a very difficult, but necessary, decision,” athletic director Bob Moosbrugger said. “As a baseball alumnus, my heart breaks for the families affected by this decision.”Moosbrugger added the school will honor scholarship agreements through graduation and will assist student-athletes who want to transfer. Mahomes was a record-setting passer for the Red Raiders before the Chiefs drafted him 10th overall in 2017. He just finished his second season as Kansas City’s starter by leading a fourth-quarter comeback in a 31-20 victory over San Francisco in the Super Bowl in February.The 24-year-old Mahomes is the son of former major league pitcher Pat Mahomes. The younger Mahomes was a two-sport standout in high school in East Texas and briefly played baseball at Texas Tech before focusing on his football career.Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec says, “Patrick’s story and his rise to stardom, both here at Texas Tech and in the NFL, have been a great source of pride for Red Raiders and an inspiration for thousands.”___The IndyCar race in downtown Toronto has been postponed. The race was scheduled to be held July 12 on a street course at Exhibition Place. The LPGA says the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational will not be played July 15-18 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The tour did not offer any other specifics except for Commissioner Mike Whan emphasizing the long-term health of the tour is paramount.This is the only team event on the LPGA schedule. Whan says Dow has extended its title sponsor contract and the LPGA will return to the Great Lakes Bay region next year and beyond.The cancellation means the LPGA now hopes to return July 23-26 with the Marathon LPGA Classic in Ohio.___The International Tennis Hall of Fame’s 2020 induction ceremony for Goran Ivanisevic and Conchita Martinez has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. So has the annual men’s grass-court Hall of Fame Open tournament. All players and staff members of the club have undergone five rounds of testing with no positive results so far.Bremen sporting director Frank Baumann says, “As a result, our team and our staff are not under any risk. This shows that the medical protocol is working and that infected individuals can be identified early on.”The Bundesliga is due to resume on Saturday with six games. All matches are to take place without spectators and with strict hygiene measures in place for the rest of the season. ___The International Gymnastics Federation is creating a fund to financially assist athletes and national federations struggling amid the pandemic. Australian Football League chief executive Gillon McLachlan on Friday announced the matches for the next four rounds of the condensed season would be released within 10 days. The AFL, Australia’s most-watched sports league in terms of attendance and TV audience, was suspended on March 22 after one round.Quarantine requirements and travel restrictions from some states means players and staff from the four AFL clubs from Western Australia and South Australia — the West Coast Eagles, Fremantle Dockers, Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide — will be temporarily be relocated to hubs on the Gold Coast, an hour south of Brisbane. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The National Women’s Hockey League has canceled the Isobel Cup championship game between the Boston Pride and Minnesota Whitecaps.The game was scheduled March 13 in Boston, before the initial postponement because of the coronavirus pandemic.NWHL founder and commissioner Dani Rylan calls the decision “disappointing” while adding “this global health crisis transcends sports.”The league is focused on preparing for next season. Its scheduled to open in mid-November, with a sixth team after the addition of an expansion franchise in Toronto.Ticket holders can request a refund or choose to apply their payment toward Pride tickets for next season. Soccer clubs in England’s professional fourth tier league are backing the season being prematurely ended.The English Football League say that’s the “preferred direction of travel” of League One clubs but the decision requires approval from the footballing authorities.If the season is abandoned, the final standings would be determined by a points-per-game system. The clubs want to scrap relegation this season, so two sides don’t drop into the semiprofessional fifth tier.But the top three teams would still be promoted automatically to League One. Playoffs between the next four sides would still be required to determine the final promotion spot.The EFL says its “board will now consider the implications of the division’s preferred approach at their next meeting.” The Cypriot soccer federation has called off the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.The decision came after a team of medical experts rejected a set of health protocols drawn up by the federation and insisted that its own guidelines are followed.The federation said it couldn’t overcome the expert group’s demand that an entire team be quarantined for two weeks if any player tests positive for the virus.Omonia Nicosia, Anorthosis Famagusta, APOEL Nicosia and Apollon Limassol were the top four teams in the standings when the league was suspended and will represent Cyprus next season in European tournaments.The federation also decided that the number of teams in the first division next season will increase by two to 14. There will be no relegation this year but two teams from the second division will move up. Event organizers said they have been in discussions with city officials about an alternate date later in the year for the popular race.IndyCar has yet to start its season. It is scheduled to race June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway for its opening event. The Indianapolis 500, held on Memorial Day weekend every year since 1946, has been moved to August.___A coalition of players is urging Congress to pass a coronavirus relief bill that would provide critical funding for elementary and secondary education. Among the signers of the letter from the Players Coalition are NFL players Devin McCourty, Kelvin Beachum and Sebastian Joseph-Day. The coalition was formed in 2017 and aims to advance social justice and racial equality. The Latest: Mahomes to celebrate virtual grads at Texas Tech Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes is set to be part of the virtual graduation ceremonies for Texas Tech, his alma mater.The star quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs will address the graduates along with two students receiving their degrees in a ceremony to be livestreamed on May 23. Commencement ceremonies normally held at Texas Tech’s basketball arena were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The professional tennis tours are extending their suspensions caused by the coronavirus pandemic through at least the end of July.The total number of tournaments scrapped by the ATP and WTA since March now tops 40.Both tours say they will make further scheduling announcements in June.The top tours already had been on hold at least until July 13. That was announced on April 1 on the same day that the All England Club said it would be canceling Wimbedon for the first time in 75 years because of the outbreak.___last_img read more

MYO crush Third Class in 40-over clash

first_img… Wins for Everest and GNIC THE MUSLIM Youth Organisation (MYO) registered a crushing 10-wicket win over Third Class in their New Building Society (NBS) Second Division 40-over cricket competition yesterday at Georgetown Cricket Club ground, Bourda. In addition, Everest Cricket Club (ECC) and GNIC registered victories against Transport Sports Club (TSC) and Sophia Cricket Club (SCC) respectively.At the world-famous Bourda ground, a short-handed Third Class side (eight batsmen) won the toss and opted to take first strike, but they crumbled to the pace bowling of MYO. No batsman reached double digits.Chien Saheed Gittens led the attack for the eventual winners. The all-rounder took 2-2 from 5.3 overs (four maidens). Jamal Major, Bryion Bowen and Naveed Ali all supported with a wicket each. MYO then cruised to victory in 4.2 overs. Richard Latiff finished with 18 and Rudolph Singh with 12.At the Everest ground, the home team recorded a five-wicket victory against TSC.TSC won the toss and batted first, but they were restricted to 132 just short of their allotted overs. Devaughn Nandan showed some resistance with 29 runs (4×4), while A. Azeez supported with 24. Raylex Payne was the pick of the ECC bowlers. He finished with 3-22, while Richie Looknauth and David Williams finished with two wickets each.In reply, ECC used just 23 overs, but lost five wickets to reach the target.Saheed Mohamed led the attack with 63, while Looknauth supported with an unbeaten 26. Joel Spooner and Otis Batson led TSC with two wickets apiece. Meanwhile at QC ground, SCC won the toss and opted to take first strike, but they were bowled out for 106 in 16 overs. V. Barrow (18) and Malcolm Morris (15) had starts, but the off-spin bowling of Trevon Jones undermined the batting side. Jones finished with 6-21 from four overs while Dwain Dick picked up 2-20 before he struck a half-century to lead his side to 112-2 in 11 overs.The teenager hit five fours and a similar number of sixes in his 58. Support came from Premchand Sookdeo who scored 30 (five fours).last_img read more

Barcelona’s Unbeaten Run Ends in Nine-goal Thriller

first_imgBarcelona’s 36-game unbeaten run this season came to a stunning end yesterday evening as Levante claimed all three points from the nine-goal thriller, spilt 5-4.An Emmanuel Boateng hat-trick and an  Enis Bardhi brace put  Granotas in a commanding and mesmerising 5-1 lead before the hour-mark after Coutinho had rescued one back in the first half with the scores at 2-0.However, a superb second half fight-back, which saw the former Liverpool man seal his trio for the evening, was followed up by a Luis Suarez penalty, but it proved not to be enough to halt the Seville side recording the most famous night in the club’s history and ending Barca’s history-making hopes. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Welcomed to the field via a guard of honour, Barcelona looked as though they were keen to establish themselves as the dominant force early on, with control in possession and sighters towards  Oier Olazabal’s goal frequent during the opening exchanges.However, it was the hosts who took the initiative inside 10 minutes, as following a superb solo J ose Luis Morales run, Levante went ahead.The 30-year-old, who has found spectacular form since the appointment of Paco Lopez midway through the season, was fed possession around the centre of the area before a sharp change of pace allowed the Spaniard the opportunity to drive towards the byline.And after dragging Yerry Mina – who was making only his third La Liga start – out of position, the winger laid-up a simple tap-in for Boateng from close range, although the 21-year-old seemed to do his best to try and miss the target as his attempt cannoned in off the woodwork.Just three minutes later, remarkably, the hosts, who looked destined for relegation earlier in the season, came inches away from doubling their advantage, as  Bardhi found himself with the goal at his mercy, yet could only clatter the crossbar – affording Ernesto Valverde’s much-changed backline a huge let off.After going behind, the Catalonians posed very little in an attempt to claw themselves back level, and their challenge was doubled on the stroke of the half-hour mark as  Boateng slammed home his second of the evening from close range.Yet another defensive mix up – while  Thomas Vermaelen was off the pitch due to injury and Gerard Pique waited in the wings to replace the Belgian – left  Marc-Andre ter Stegen exposed one-on-one with the young  Ghanaian , who stumbled around the German goalkeeper before shrugging off the last-ditch efforts of Nelson Semedo and blasting into an empty net.However, unlike after going one down, Levante’s second of the evening seemed to stir up a response in Barcelona, and within eight minutes the Spanish champions had a lifeline.Pique, whose primary duty of the evening was presumably to tighten things up at the back following his introduction, found himself in  possession inside the  Granotas half before enjoying one of his typical winding but clumsy-looking runs.After dribbling his way into the opposition’s final third, the centre back handed the ball to Coutinho, whose right-footed strike from the edge of the area took a wicked deflection before nestling into the back of  Oier’s net.But again, despite finding their way back into the contest, Barca seemed comfortable to see out the remainder of the 45 at half-speed, with very little created before  Mario Melero Lopez’s half-time whistle.After the break, and despite Valverde’s words of wisdom still ringing in their ears, it took just 30 seconds for the Catalans to be undone once again – even though they were the ones who were in charge of possession from the restart.An aimless clearance up the field from Mina found only  Campana , whose drive towards the Barcelona defence allowed  Bardhi to find space on the edge of the area, and the 22-year-old did not need a second  invitation to curl a stunning strike past the outstretched T er Stegen to give Lopez’s side the perfect start to the second half.And their position was improved further still less than five minutes later as  Boateng became the first player this season to score a hat-trick against Barca after being played in behind the champions’ defence and coolly slotting past the German goalkeeper.However, the mighty B laugrana’s humiliation was far from over, as with another five-minute interval came the same outcome; a Levante goal.Roger was given the chance to take his time in possession before spotting the run of  Bardhi on the right-hand side ahead of the Macedonian flicking back onto his left foot and curling his effort into  Ter Stegen’s net for the second time of the evening.But moments later, there was the smallest glimmer of hope handed to the visitors, as Coutinho reduced the deficit to three after eventually bundling the ball home from close range following inside-the-area pinball as  Granotas attempted to clear their lines.And the Brazilian somehow managed to make the idea of a Barca comeback  plausible 25 minutes from time as he sealed his hat-trick in similar fashion to his opener after a wicked deflection, this time from Suarez, did enough to wrong-foot  Oier – closing the gap to two.last_img read more