Coronavirus updates: US clinches deal with Johnson & Johnson for potential vaccine

first_imgnarvikk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 702,000 people worldwide.Over 18.6 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 4.7 million diagnosed cases and at least 157,186 deaths.Here’s how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. 1:30 p.m.: US cruises suspended until at least Oct. 31 Cruise operators have agreed to voluntarily suspend U.S. cruises until at least Oct. 31, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) said Wednesday.“This is a difficult decision as we recognize the crushing impact that this pandemic has had on our community and every other industry,” CLIA said in a statement.“CLIA cruise line members will continue to monitor the situation with the understanding that we will revisit a possible further extension,” the statement said. “At the same time, should conditions in the U.S. change and it becomes possible to consider short, modified sailings, we would consider an earlier restart.”12:35 p.m.: Florida has 50 hospitals with no open ICU bedsFlorida has 50 hospitals with no available ICU beds, the state’s Agency for Healthcare Administration reported.Two counties — Jackson and Nassau — have no open ICU beds, the agency said.In Hillsborough County, which includes Tampa, only 13 ICU beds remain, the agency said.These numbers are expected to fluctuate throughout the day as hospitals and medical centers provide updates. 11:58 a.m.: Biden won’t travel to Milwaukee for Democratic National ConventionFormer Vice President Joe Biden and all convention speakers will not be traveling to Milwaukee for the Democratic National Convention, according to a statement from the DNC Committee. “After ongoing consultation with public health officials and experts — who underscored the worsening coronavirus pandemic — the Democratic National Convention Committee announced today speakers for the 2020 Democratic National Convention will no longer travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in order to prevent risking the health of our host community as well as the convention’s production teams, security officials, community partners, media and others necessary to orchestrate the event,” the statement said.Biden will now give a speech accepting the nomination from Delaware.11:40 a.m.: NYC to begin checkpoints enforcing state quarantine ordersNew York City is beginning traveler registration checkpoints at some entry points to the city to make sure visitors and returning residents are complying with quarantine rules, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday.The “Sheriff’s Office in coordination with other law enforcement agencies will undertake traveler registration checkpoints at major bridge and tunnel crossings into New York City,” said New York City Sheriff Joseph Fucito.New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have a travel advisory in place for states with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a week average, or any state with 10% of higher positivity rate over a week average. Travelers arriving in the Tri-state area from those states must quarantine for two weeks.Those coming to New York must also complete a traveler form.Nonessential workers who do not follow quarantine orders could be fined $10,000. People who do not fill out New York’s travel form could be fined $2,000.States on the list as of Wednesday are: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.11:02 a.m.: US clinches deal with Johnson & Johnson for potential vaccineJohnson & Johnson has agreed to supply 100 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate to the United States for more than $1 billion.Both the American pharmaceutical company and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the deal in separate statements Wednesday.The agreement will support the company’s efforts to scale up doses of the experimental vaccine through large-scale domestic manufacturing; the U.S. government will own the first 100 million doses. The federal government also has an option to purchase an additional 200 million doses under a subsequent agreement, according to a press release from Johnson & Johnson.and second phases of clinical trials. The company, which has committed to making the drug available on a “not-for-profit” basis, said it will launch a phase three study by September.U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement that the Trump administration is assembling a “portfolio of vaccines” which will increase “the likelihood that the United States will have at least one safe, effective vaccine by 2021.”10:32 a.m.: Chicago Public Schools will start with all-remote learning, officials sayAll of Chicago’s public school students and teachers will begin the new school year at home next month due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced Wednesday.Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson said at a press conference that remote learning will be conducted for at least the first quarter of the school year, which runs through Nov. 6.“By that point,” Jackson said, “we will evaluate the situation and make a determination about how we will move forward.”Jackson noted that the students will be engaged for the entirety of a normal school day — from their time with teachers, independent studying and small group learning.Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the decision to start remotely “makes sense for a district of CPS’s size and diversity.”The move comes on the heels of protests across the country held by teachers and activists demanding adequate classroom safety measures as schools debate reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic.9:44 a.m.: Moderna on track to enroll 30,000 people in phase 3 trialAmerican biotechnology company Moderna announced Wednesday that it’s on track to recruit enough volunteers for the third phase of clinical trials for its potential COVID-19 vaccine.The phase three study of Moderna’s vaccine candidate, mRNA-1273, began on July 23 and is being conducted in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health as well as the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority.The trial will ultimately include 30,000 volunteers and Moderna said it expects to complete enrollment by September. It’s the final stage before the vaccine candidate could potentially be authorized for use by the Food and Drug Administration.Each volunteer will be given either a dose of the vaccine candidate or a placebo. Researchers will monitor whether the drug protects the group from getting infected.8:30 a.m.: Fourth-graders to be quarantined after student tests positive in North CarolinaA fourth-grade student at a private school in North Carolina has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a report by Durham ABC station WTVD-TV. Thales Academy said it was notified Monday that one of its student at its Wake Forest campus had tested positive after being exposed by a family member. The school then sent a letter home to parents explaining what happened and how it planned to move forward, WTVD reported. The last time the infected student was on campus was Friday. The student was asymptomatic throughout their time at school, passing the temperature check and symptom-screening checklist for entry, according to WTVD. Students potentially exposed have been contacted and will be quarantined for 14 days along with the teaching staff, WTVD reported. Thales Academy welcomed students back to its campuses for the new school year in July.7:50 a.m.: Bolivia cancels the rest of its school yearSchools across Bolivia will remain closed for the rest of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Interim Bolivian President Jeanine Anez announced the decision earlier this week. “Today we make the decision to close the school year,” Anez wrote in Spanish on Twitter. “It is very hard, but we do it to take care of the health of Bolivians, especially our children. Health is the most important thing, especially at this time.”Last week, the South American nation’s highest electoral authority postponed the presidential election from Sept. 8 to Oct. 18 due to the pandemic, marking the third time the vote has been delayed. More than 83,000 people in Bolivia have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and at least 3,320 of them have died, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.7:09 a.m.: Democratic and Republican governors band together to fill testing voidA bipartisan group of at least seven governors has teamed up with the Rockefeller Foundation to try to expand the use of rapid antigen tests to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, clinched the deal with the New York City-based private foundation in “the first interstate testing compact of its kind among governors during the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to a press release. The governors of Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia have all signed on to the agreement.The governors are now in talks with the U.S. manufactures of the Food and Drug Administation-authorized fast-acting tests, which deliver results in 15-20 minutes, to purchase 500,000 per state, for a total of three million tests.“With severe shortages and delays in testing and the federal administration attempting to cut funding for testing, the states are banding together to acquire millions of faster tests to help save lives and slow the spread of COVID-19,” Hogan said in a statement Tuesday night. “I want to thank my fellow governors for signing on to this groundbreaking bipartisan agreement, which we have just finalized after weeks of discussions with the Rockefeller Foundation. We will be working to bring additional states, cities, and local governments on board as this initiative moves forward.”5:14 a.m.: Global death toll tops 700,000More than 700,000 people around the world have now died from the novel coronavirus — another grim milestone in the pandemic.As of early Wednesday morning, the global death toll from COVID-19 was at 700,741, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University. 3:37 a.m.: US daily case count shoots back up over 50,000More than 57,000 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in the United States on Tuesday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.The latest daily caseload is about 10,000 more than the previous day’s increase but still lower than the country’s record set on July 16, when more than 77,000 new cases were identified in a 24-hour reporting period.A total of 4,771,519 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 156,830 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July.Many states have seen a rise in infections in recent weeks, with some — including Arizona, California and Florida — reporting daily records.However, an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News on Monday night shows an 8.8% decrease in new cases across the United States over the past week compared with the previous week. That same seven-day span saw a 24% increase in deaths, according to the memo. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Research project to lower fire risks

first_imgScania, the Swedish Association of Vehicle Workshops (SFVF), NEVS, Fogmaker and Dafo Vehicle Fire Protection are all contributing to a new research project funded by Sweden’s innovation agency Vinnova – Strategic vehicle research and innovation (FFI), where risks posed by lithium-ion vehicle batteries will be addressed and investigated.RISE Research Institutes of Sweden initiated the project, focusing on how fire risks posed by lithium-ion batteries in vehicles should be managed.It comes against the backdrop of the growing number of electric and hybrid vehicles, where the knowledge on the risks associated with these vehicles with ‘new energy carriers’ is limited.Dafo says: “A vehicle fire is often extremely intense and can have significant safety and environmental consequences.“The risk of vehicle fires, when considering the prevalence of road tunnels and underground garages, means that questions concerning rescue operations and societal costs are becoming increasingly important.“With this new project –– we will map the fire risks associated with lithium-ion batteries and mitigating the consequences of fires in electric and hybrid vehicles.“The big increase in electric vehicles and the transition to renewable fuels means that this is a very important and exciting project,” says Johan Balstad, Business Area Manager, Dafo Vehicle Fire Protection AB.“Our focus of this project will be to investigate the extent to which fixed/integrated fire suppression systems, that are widely used to protect engine compartments on heavy vehicles, can be applied to vehicles powered by li-ion batteries, as well as how the systems should be designed.”“Fire risks related to battery spaces, including specific risks when charging and procedures for handling electric vehicles and batteries after a crash, bearing in mind the risk of fire at a later stage, will be studied. This work will lead to future safety solutions, including system design and battery placement.“We hope that it will be possible to leverage existing resources to reduce the fire risks – as an example, 94% of all public transport buses in Sweden already have fixed fire suppression systems installed.”last_img read more

Groves pecan cookbook entries are in

first_imgThe recipes are in, even one for Elephant Stew. Groves Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Center have collected 190 recipes with pecans as the main ingredient for inclusion in a special cookbook to be showcased during the 2006 Texas Pecan Festival. Barbara Smithy with the Chamber of Commerce said there is something submitted in every category including appetizers, salads, breads and rolls, main dishes and vegetables, candy and cake, pies and desserts and miscellaneous. The special stew recipe falls into the miscellaneous category, she said. The tongue-in-cheek recipe comes from former Groves Mayor Jack Dorgan. “Cut elephant into small pieces and cook until tender. This will take about two months. Add enough gravy to cover. Simmer on kerosene stove for about four weeks at 465 degrees. Best cooked in September or October when you can sit around the fire and crack pecans. Roast pecans on side of fire to be added with the stew is served. Yield: About 4,000 servings. If more people are expected, add two rabbits. (This should only be done if absolutely necessary because most people do not like to find hare in their stew). Note: Especially good to serve at the Groves Pecan Festival, church gatherings and family reunions. Roasting pecans on the fire makes everyone hungry,” Dorgan concludes in his recipe. “I’m a hunter, I hunt up in Colorado and east Texas mostly and at deer camp I could always cook for 10 but not for two. That’s my wife Elizabeth’s job,” Dorgan said via telephone. “That’s how the elephant recipe came into being.” The comical recipe has been around for about 20 years, the couple said, and has been included in church cookbooks and other community cookbooks in Sam Rayburn and Jasper. Dorgan added pecans to the fictional recipe to tailor it to the submission requirements. “This has been a fun joke recipe,” he added. The real deal Smithy said persons submitting recipes were given a number and recently officials picked numbers at random for prizes. The winners of gift certificates were: Elizabeth Hollier, Helen Landry, Mary Lynn Showalter, Doris Thomas and Christa Hollier.  They will also receive a copy of the cookbook when it is published.  The gift certificates were given courtesy of The Courtyard Cafe, The Collection and Le Belle Maison. Besides the Elephant Stew recipe, other miscellaneous pecan recipes to be included in the book are for candied pecans, party pecans, fairy dust pecans, spice holiday pecans and Swedish pecans. Cookbooks will be sold for $10 with the anticipated date of arrival near Labor Day. Chamber officials plan to sell the book at the annual Texas Pecan Festival in late September. For more information, call the chamber office at 962-3631.last_img read more

Gophers dominate in season opener

first_imgGophers dominate in season openerMinnesota beat Cal State-Bakerfield 31-9 on Saturday night. Josh KatzensteinNovember 29, 2009Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAfter two open meets, the Gophers started their dual-meet season in dominant fashion with a 31-9 victory over Cal State Bakersfield. The contest did not start how No. 4 Minnesota had hoped, with the Roadrunners taking the first two matches âÄî 197-pound and heavyweight âÄî but the Gophers stormed back to take seven of the remaining eight affairs en route to the victory. A few of the matches were close, including the three which Minnesota lost, but the Gophers controlled most matches from the first whistle. Senior Jayson Ness , who is ranked No. 2 in the nation at 133 , earned a fall just 2:20 into the match. Cal State BakersfieldâÄôs Justin Durham scored the first takedown, but Ness almost immediately escaped before a takedown of his own which he turned into a pin and six points for the Gophers. Sophomores Zach Sanders (125) and Sonny Yohn (184) both dictated the plot in their matches as well, resulting in two technical falls for Minnesota. YohnâÄôs win was all the more impressive because he had been battling the flu in the days leading up to the match. He said he was unable to practice Friday, but thought he could wrestle hard for seven minutes, which proved to be true in the 15-0 technical fall. Yohn beat the RoadrunnersâÄô Mike Larson , a redshirt freshman in the first match of his collegiate career. Yohn had surgery on his left shoulder last season and only wrestled in 16 matches. After winning titles at both the Bison Open and the Kaufman-Brand Open, Yohn said he has a lot of confidence, and head coach J Robinson is taking notice. âÄúHeâÄôs gaining more and more confidence the more and more he wrestles,âÄù Robinson said. The Gophers managed to win with four of their starters sidelined. Mario Mason (149), Jake Deitchler (157), Dustin Schlatter (165) and Scott Glasser (174) were all sidelined Saturday. Without specifying names, Robinson said three of the four had injuries while the other was sick. The lineup changes hardly hurt Minnesota as three of the replacements won, and Robinson was impressed with how his team handled the adversity. âÄúAny time your guys can come off the bench, so to speak, and do what they need to do for your team, I think thatâÄôs pretty impressive, and I think thatâÄôs what they did,âÄù he said. Sophomores Luke Mellmer (149), Joe Grygelko (157) and redshirt freshman Cody Yohn (174) all took victories. Mellmer and Cody Yohn both had major victories while Grygelko had the closest fight of the meet. Grygelko had three takedowns in the first round to jump out to an early lead. But over the next two rounds, he only managed one takedown and had to hold on to an 8-7 victory over Cal State BakersfieldâÄôs redshirt freshman Andrew Balch . When Grygelko held an 8-5 lead, he landed awkwardly and had to wrestle with a hurt left ankle. Balch scored another takedown, but Grygelko pulled out the win. The fourth replacement, sophomore Brian Peterson , wrestled in place of Schlatter at 165. Peterson is listed at 149 and weighed in at 157 for the match. Robinson said he was undersized but went with Peterson because he had some experience from last season. MinnesotaâÄôs Joe Nord (197) and Ben Berhow (heavyweight) both fell to the Roadrunners as well. Nord lost to junior Riley Orozco , who is ranked 19th nationally. Berhow, ranked 8th, fell to No. 4 Mitch Monteiro in a battle of two of the top national heavyweights. The match went pretty slowly with an end score of just 4-1. He said he will work on his conditioning this week and try to focus on keeping guys from scrambling, which helped Monteiro walk away with the win. âÄú[Berhow] waits around a little bit too long, that first takedown was everything,âÄù Robinson said. âÄúHeâÄôs got to score first, and then heâÄôs got to keep the pressure on those guys.âÄù This win surely will boost the GophersâÄô confidence as they prepare for next weekâÄôs match at No. 5 Oklahoma State. Minnesota heads to Stillwater, Okla., next Friday to meet with the Cowboys at 7 p.m.last_img read more

Indians Beat Writer Paul Hoynes Admits He Was Wrong; Twitter Has A Field Day

first_imgIf you’re not familiar with the saga of Paul Hoynes in 2016, it is a tale of despair, hope, and redemption.Hoynes declared the Indians’ hopes of having a successful postseason dead and buried on Sept. 17.He received criticism from fans and even players, like Jason Kipnis and Trevor Bauer.The Indians proved all the doubters wrong, including Hoynsie, with a three-game sweep over the Red Sox.Now they have home field advantage for the rest of the playoffs and host the Toronto Blue Jays in the ALCS.All of this led Hoynes to make the following revelation.When you’re wrong, you’re wrong and I was wrong about demise of Cleveland Indians— paul hoynes (@hoynsie) October 11, 2016It takes a big person to admit a mistake.It then takes the world of Twitter five seconds to remind the person of that mistake in a hilarious manner.Enter: @HipsterTitoThis guy literally started the “Party At Napoli’s” movement, which now transcends baseball and is a universal sign of solidarity from Cleveland to Boston and beyond for all members of Tribe Nation.It probably only took him three minutes to put this masterpiece together. Watch below:The healing can now begin.— ht. (@HipsterTito) October 11, [email protected]_18 added this to the conversation:It took a big man to admit this, @hoynsie. #RallyTogether— McNeil (@Reflog_18) October 11, 2016 Matt Medley Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.center_img Related Topicslast_img read more

Antisipasi Gangguan Kabut Saat Musim Dingin, Ini Yang Disiapkan Perkeretaapian India!

first_imgSumber: Dalam upaya untuk menjaga On Time Performance (OTP) selama musim dingin yang hampir tiba, perkeretaapian India telah berencana untuk menggunakan perangkat keselamatan tambahan untuk mengantisipasi turunnya kabut yang akan mengganggu pengoperasian dari kereta di sana. Perangkat keselamatan ini menganut sistem GPS yang dapat digunakan dalam kondisi berkabut, yang akan berguna untuk memberikan tanda kepada masinis ketika mendekati mendekati sinyal atau rambu.Baca Juga: Setarakan Kaum Minoritas, Formulir Tiket Kereta di India Akan Tambah Kolom T Untuk TransgenderDilansir dari laman (13/11/2017), seorang pejabat kereta api mengutarakan rencananya untuk menggunakan perangkat berbasis GPS ini bertujuan untuk memberikan peringatan dini kepada masinis. Ia juga melanjutkan bahwa perkeretaapian India telah menyediakan sekitar 2.400 perangkat yang rencananya akan dipasang di India sebelah Utara. Daerah tersebut dinilai sebagai tempat yang paling parah jika kabut tebal musim dingin mulai turun. Lebih lanjut, pejabat kereta api ini mengatakan bahwa sekitar 900 perangkat berbasis GPS ini telah diedarkan ke zona Delhi. Selain itu, Perkeretaapian juga akan menyebarkan fogmen untuk menempatkan detonator di beberapa jalur. Ini bertujuan untuk memberi tahu masinis jika kereta yang mereka kendalikan tengah bergerak mendekati sinyal atau rambu. Jika masinis tidak bisa melihat sinyal atau rambu karena tertutup kabut, dikhawatirkan ini akan menimbulkan sebuah kecelakaan.Pejabat perkeretaapian India juga akan melakukan pemeriksaan pelat secara intensif dan mendeteksi isu yang beredar mengenai fraktur pada rel, karena ini merupakan penyebab utama kereta tergelincir selama musim dingin. Sistem auto signaling juga akan dikonversi menjadi semi otomatis dan pembatasan kecepatan akan diberlakukan selama situasi berkabut yang intens.Baca Juga: Atasi Lonjakan Penumpang Kereta di Musim Libur, India Siapkan Skema VikalpUntuk mengantisipasi sistem komunikasi yang terganggu, perkeretaapian India juga berencana untuk menyediakan walkie talkie bagi awak kereta dan petugas di stasiun. Selain itu, petugas stasiun juga akan melengkapi masinis dengan buklet indikasi sinyal dan melakukan penyuluhan dalam bekerja selama musim dingin.Beberapa masalah yang kerap kali muncul di perkeretaapian India selama musim dingin adalah kekurangan petugas di lapangan yang mengakibatkan mobilitas menjadi menurun, disorientasi pada jadwal, lonjakan penumpang yang menunggu di stasiun, hingga beberapa jalur yang tidak bisa dilewati akibat kapasitas petugas di lapangan yang tidak memadai.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedCegah Kecelakaan di Perlintasan Sebidang, Indian Railways Adopsi Teknologi Satelit29/11/2017In “Darat”Tak Mau Kalah dengan Eropa, India Kini Hadirkan Kereta Cepat29/04/2018In “Darat”Untuk Pertama Kalinya Mumbaikars Merasakan Layanan Kereta Ekonomi AC27/12/2017In “Darat”last_img read more

Deflate gate – Good for business, bad for Brady

first_imgAll this “Deflate Gate” hoopla is actually good for the NFL. I believe it was Mae West who first coined the phrase “bad publicity is good publicity.” It’s not only good, in fact it is downright brilliant. The Super Bowl matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots would have probably been the most watched event in television history – that’s before the “scandal.” The story lines were plentiful without the added drama.Not only were the Seahawks in position to win back to back Super Bowls – which is a rare and difficult feat in and of itself – but the Patriots’ Tom Brady and Bill Belichick had worked themselves in position to win a fourth Super Bowl title. Think about that for a minute. A victory by the Patriots puts Brady right on top of the Mt. Rushmore for quarterbacks, right there with Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana, and also one more Super Bowl ring away from being the greatest of them all. I rank my QBs by championships and not by statistics, and he would have been in that conversation.A victory this Sunday by the Patriots also puts Belichick right there with Chuck Knoll and Bill Walsh, the Mt. Rushmore of Super Bowl winning coaches, and one more Super Bowl win away from being hailed as the greatest coach of all time. The sad part is that I can’t root for them, and I would love to. As a football fan, I really enjoy history, and records when they are broken. But I want them broken honestly, without a shadow of a doubt. Brady’s and Belichick’s first 3 Super Bowl wins should carry an asterisk next to the Patriots’ name. They were illegally taping practices, something that Belichick has quickly dismissed as “everybody else was doing.” What Wild Bill doesn’t get is that not “everybody got caught.” That’s noteven getting in to the “tuck rule” fiasco, which is another conversation in and of itself.The way they got to this Super Bowl should carry an asterisk as well. Deflating footballs below league standards is cheating. To think that anyone but Belichick and Brady are responsible is foolish. The notion that a ballboy deflated the balls all on his own is laughable. What’s not laughable is that the Patriots, ever since the tuck rule, have had the least amount of fumbles than any other team in the league. Is that a condition of “good coaching” or more a symptom of something else. Running backs are much less likely to fumble a football that has less air in it, as it is easier to grip. What’s more is that weather has a less adverse effect on deflated footballs, versus fully inflated slick ones’. Belichick and Brady know this. They’ve been at their craft for a long time, and they leave nothing to chance. To insult the intelligence of the American public is unforgivable. Belichick does not have an answer as to why the balls on the Colts sideline were not affected by the weather, but on his sideline they did.So the entire world will be tuning in this Sunday, and not just football fans. There will be a large segment of non-football fans who will tune in just out of curiosity, to see what this deflate gate is all about. Commercials cost $4.5 million per 30 seconds, so business must be good. Our Sunday Sports Voice show hereon WNST is trying to raise money so we can get a 30 second commercial. We’re about $4,487,312 short.last_img read more

Nationals Minor League Report 4-15

first_imgPlease follow and like us: AAA-Norfolk at Syracuse   ppdAA-Bowie at Harrisburg   ppdHigh-A  Potomac  (6-5)  5  at  Frederick   6Blake Perkins  2-4, run scored, RBICarter Kieboom  1-5, 2 RBIJakson Reetz   2-5, HR, RBIRhett Wiseman  1-4   HR, RBIEdwin Lora  2-4, run scoredMatthew Crownover  5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 KLow-A  Greensboro at Hagerstown    ppdlast_img

Local windsurfers win 2 silver 1 bronze at Asian Beach Games

first_imgHeading the welcoming committee was Pattaya Mayor Ittipol Kunplome, who also doubles up as the President of the Thailand Windsurf Association, along with Sonthaya Khunplome, President of the Chonburi Sports Association, who presented cash bonuses to the successful young sailors.Pattaya Mayor Ittipol Kunplome, President of Thailand Windsurf Association, and Sonthaya Khunplome, President of Chonburi Sports Association, seated center, chair the welcoming committee for the successful Thai windsurfers, standing rear. Nawin Singhsart won the silver medal in Male Big Techno category in China ahead of compatriot and teammate Nattapong Pothinparat who took the bronze.  Meanwhile, Siriporn Kaewduangngam claimed a well deserved silver medal in the Female Big Techno category 293 Division.The two silver medalists were rewarded for their efforts with cash bonuses of 20,000 baht each while Pothinparat received 15,000 for his bronze.The Olympic Games begin in England next weekend with the windsurfing event taking place in Weymouth, Dorset, on the south coast.  Thailand is sending representatives Aek Bunsawat to compete in RSX Male and Napalai Thansai in RSX Female divisions with both sailors confident of putting on a good performance against the world’s best.Local windsurfing star Aek Bunsawat will be representing Thailand at the 2012 Summer Olympics in England.Bunsawat, a former student from Garden International School (GIS), qualified after a fantastic performance at the 2012 RS:X World Windsurfing Championships in Spain.  He finished 57th in the Men’s RS:X after four races.  Both Bunsawat and Thansai departed for England on July 10 to give them time to acclimatise to the testing wind and sea conditions at the competition venue.Siriporn Kaewduangngam, meanwhile, is currently in Dublin, Ireland taking part in the ISAF Youth World 2012 championships which are due to end July 21. A press conference was held on July 3 at the Kura Serf Restaurant in Jomtien to officially welcome home and congratulate the successful Thai windsurfing team that garnered 3 medals at the recent Asian Beach Games held in Hai-yang, China, from June 16-23.last_img read more

Levy worry

first_imgBy Jade LawtonA NEW business levy proposed for Berwick Village has sparked controversy among traders. About 50 businesspeople attended a…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img