CDC predicts record flu-shot supply, decries low coverage

first_imgSep 19, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Predicting that this year’s supply of influenza vaccine will be the largest ever, national health officials today called on healthcare professionals and the public to improve the “alarmingly low” vaccination rates of recent years.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said up to 132 million doses of flu vaccine are expected to be available this year. Last year about 121 million doses were produced, of which 102.5 million were distributed, leaving at least 18 million unused, CDC officials said.”We expect to have the largest supply we’ve ever seen,” CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding said at a news conference today from the National Press Club in Washington. She said the production and distribution delays that hurt vaccination coverage last year are not expected this year.CDC officials complained of persistently low vaccination coverage rates in many groups who should be immunized. In 2005-06, for example, only 18% of children aged 6 to 23 months received shots, and the immunization rate for healthcare workers has been stuck at about 40% for the last 10 years.FluMist approved for small childrenThe call for broader flu immunization came as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the nasal-spray flu vaccine FluMist for children aged 2 to 5 years, except those who have asthma or wheezing. Until now, FluMist has been licensed only for healthy people between the ages of 5 and 49.Three clinical trials involving a total of 6,400 children showed the effectiveness of FluMist, made by MedImmune, the FDA said. But the vaccine was not approved for children younger than 2 years, because the trials indicated an increased risk of hospitalization and wheezing for that age-group, the agency said.At today’s news conference, Gerberding said, “Year after year we come together knowing that we have not achieved the vaccination coverage rates that we need. . . . We’re still failing to protect a large proportion of people, not just our seniors, who are at highest risk, but people of every age” who have a high risk of serious flu complications.The CDC specifically recommends flu immunization for children from 6 months to 5 years of age; people with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and HIV; pregnant women; people age 50 and older; healthcare professionals; and anyone who has close contact with high-risk groups.Surveys show low coverageJeanne Santoli, MD, MPH, of the CDC reported some flu immunization survey data for the 2005-06 flu season. She said only about a third of children aged 6 to 23 months received at least one dose, and only about two thirds of those were fully immunized (two doses). “So only about a fifth of them were protected fully against flu,” she said.Santoli, deputy director of the CDC’s Immunization Services Division, said 69% of people over 65 reported getting a shot, adding, “That’s a high level, but it’s far below our national goal, which is 90%.”She said 37% of 50- to 64-year-olds and 31% of high-risk people between ages 18 and 49 received shots. And the coverage among healthcare workers has remained at about 40% for the last 10 years, she added.”It’s unconscionable that a healthcare worker would not receive this vaccine,” commented Gerberding.During the question-and-answer part of the conference, a man who identified himself as a Service Employees International Union member said more education is needed to promote flu immunizations among healthcare workers.”The biggest issue for our members is the education piece, and we don’t really see it happening in a lot of places,” he said. “There’s a lot of fear about this among our members.”He added that many healthcare workers were fearful of the hepatitis B vaccine, but education efforts helped to boost the vaccination rate above 70%.Helathcare workers have influenceArdis Hoven, MD, a Kentucky infectious-disease specialist and board member of the American Medical Association (AMA), said healthcare workers should use their influence to persuade patients to get flu shots.”Studies show that a healthcare worker’s recommendation is one of the strongest factors influencing a person to get vaccinated,” she said. The AMA and other medical societies “urge healthcare personnel to use every interaction to talk to people about flu vaccine,” she added.As in past years, officials spoke of the goal of stretching the flu vaccination season well beyond its traditional end at Thanksgiving in order to get the vaccine into more people. On average, US flu activity peaks in February.Santoli said the CDC is designating the week after Thanksgiving—Nov 26 to Dec 2—as “National Vaccination Week.” “We must use opportunities in December, January, and beyond in order to protect more Americans against flu,” she said.”The message to providers is, don’t go cold turkey and stop vaccinating” after Thanksgiving, said William Schaffner, MD, of Vanderbilt University, vice president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. “The message to patients is, give thanks that you can still get the vaccine in December and January.”Staying home isn’t enoughSchaffner said some people think staying home from work when sick with the flu is sufficient for protecting others from the virus. He warned against that assumption: “The day before you become sick, when you’re still feeling robust, you’re already excreting the virus. So you’re inoculating your family and your colleagues at work.”Gerberding noted that the flu vaccine works better some years than others, depending on how well the strains used in the vaccine match circulating strains. “But even when it’s not a perfect match, we still see protection.”One strain that is now circulating in the southern hemisphere but is not in the northern hemisphere vaccines is an H3N2 strain called the Brisbane-like lineage, she said.”It’s very unpredictable as to whether that’s important or not important,” Gerberding said. “Picking the future strains is an art, not a science. The one thing we don’t have in our Strategic National Stockpile is a crystal ball.” But in 15 of the last 18 years, all three strains in the vaccine have been excellent matches with circulating strains, she added.Shots free for Medicare patientsAlso at the press conference, Kerry Weems, acting administrator of the US Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, stressed that both flu and pneumococcal pneumonia shots are free for Medicare recipients.”In this case, free should be cheap enough,” Weems said. Yet, “In any given state, at least 20% of people with Medicare aren’t getting the flu shot.”Pneumococcal pneumonia is the most common bacterial pneumonia, Weems noted. People over age 65 need to get the pneumococcal shot only once, and they can do it when they get their flu shot, he added.Those who have flu have a much higher risk of contracting pneumococcal pneumonia, said Dr. Robert Hopkins Jr, MD, of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. “When deaths due to flu and pneumonia are combined, it’s the eighth leading cause of death in this country,” he said.Antiviral drugs continue to play an important role in treating and preventing flu, the CDC said. For this season, the agency recommends use of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza), the newest of four available flu antivirals. The two older flu drugs, amantadine and rimantadine, are not recommended because of high levels of resistance. The CDC first made this recommendation in January 2006, after finding that more than 90% of H3N2 isolates were resistant to the two older drugs.See also: CDC recommendations on flu prevention and control for 2007-08http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/acip/index.htmSep 19 FDA news release about FluMist for small childrenhttp://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2007/NEW01705.htmllast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Jan. 21

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Schenectady homeless assistance program Street Soldiers dealing with surge in needEDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationHIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspections Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNAACP needs to update its name Regarding the Jan. 15 Gazette article “NAACP calls for city to employ diversity training.” We notice that nowhere in this article is the full name of the NAACP spelled out. Is that because “National Association for the Advancement of Colored People” contains the very phrase at the heart of the current controversy embroiling the City Council?It is ironic, if not downright hypocritical, that Councilman John Polimeni is being lambasted for almost-but-not-quite saying “colored people” while actually lauding the council’s diversity as a positive development. He quickly corrected his verbiage, to no avail.In the meantime, perhaps that venerable organization should consider changing its name to “National Association for the Advancement of People of Color.” At the very least, this would avert misunderstanding among the ill-informed, and tidily bring the nomenclature in line with the tenor and temper of the times.Mike FoleyRotterdamRestore Crosstown blood donation siteI was a long-time blood donor, giving 20-1/2 gallons. I quit giving because they closed the donor office in the Crosstown Plaza. I have to stop one medication for 30 days before I give. I need a stable time and place. That is why I don’t give, as I now have to go to different places and I never know when or where. My wife and I would preregister when we gave blood that way. We gave five or six times a year. A lack of giving may be your own doing.David CaseScotiaArena football can still thrive in AlbanyOn Aug 21, 1999, my friends and I were among some 13,000 Albany Firebirds fans cheering them to victory in Arena Bowl XIII. Little did we know that would be their next-to-last season in Albany.The Arena Football League of the early 2000s could never leave well enough alone and had to move any remaining mid-level market teams to major markets, in the quest for the almighty dollar.The Firebirds’ ill-advised move to Indiana came to their inevitable folding in 2004. Meanwhile, we waited 18 years for the return of top-level arena football.And after two years … poof. It was a sad, but predictable end for the AFL. But to those current and prospective sports franchise owners in the Capital Region, I ask, why let Albany’s arena football history die with the AFL?The National Arena League is an East Coast league with seven teams, including former AFL teams in Jacksonville and Orlando. There is even a team in Worcester. Just a thought.Any takers?Michael FondacaroAlbanyGrateful for donors adopting soldiersOn behalf of the non-profit Operation Adopt A Soldier (OAAS), my sincere thanks to all who donated during the run-up to the holiday season. Your concern and love for our troops represent the best in America, and everyone should be proud they brought them some Christmas cheer.We sent more than 1,000 comfort kits to soldiers so they’d arrive before Christmas, and each included a greeting card from area residents — from young students to senior citizens.We informally adopted sailors on a U.S. battleship, whose commanders via social media said the ship couldn’t find even basic necessities at their ports of call. We sent everything from cases of toilet tissue to toothpaste and toothbrushes to snacks, food, games and sports gear.It would be impossible to list all the caring citizens, businesses, organized groups, schools and others that donated.For example, Walmart on Route 9 in Queensbury, in cooperation with OAAS sponsor Nemer Ford, graciously allowed our volunteers to twice collect money and material donations from shoppers. Every donation was accompanied with a smile, holiday wishes and a thank you from the donors. It was especially touching to see parents provide their children with a teachable moment.A special thank you to the Gansevoort post office branch for collecting packages and sending them on a timely basis.Please continue helping OAAS in its year-round effort on behalf of our soldiers, because we’ll be here “until they all come home.”Cliff SeguinSaratoga SpringsThe writer is founder and chairman of OAAS.center_img Get yourself tested for cervical cancerJanuary is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, Cancer Prevention in Action Program (CPiA) wants you to take action against cancer.Cervical cancer screening begins at age 21 and is covered under most health plans. But one key reason women don’t get screened is that it’s too difficult to take time off from work.HPV causes nearly all cases of cervical cancer and several other cancers. HPV vaccine prevents about 90% of HPV-related cancers, including cervical. The vaccine is recommended for boys and girls beginning at nine through age 26.CPiA works to increase cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination rates in our community. We help employers develop a paid time off benefit allowing employees time off for screenings such as cervical, breast, and colon cancers without having to use accrued time. Studies show this type of benefit is cost-effective; helps employers with a healthier, more productive workforce; lowers direct medical, workers’ compensation and disability costs; and has fewer costs with recruitment and training of new workers.CPiA provides education about the importance of the HPV vaccine to health care providers, dental professionals, parents, and young adults. Since the HPV vaccine has been in use, HPV-related cancers have dropped 71% among young adult women.Learn more about the CPiA program, which is supported with funds from the state of New York and how you can take action against cancer, contact 518-770-6815.Kelsey CarpeAmsterdamThe writer is health education promotions coordinator, Community Cancer Prevention in Action of Fulton, Montgomery & Schenectady Counties.Everyone should reread Trump letterOn Jan. 17, the Gazette printed a letter by Mr. Don Demarco entitled “Trump rescued us from sleazy politics.” It is truly a letter worth rereading.I, for one, was impressed by Mr. Demarco’s sophisticated mastery of the gray area between good and evil in politics, his appreciation of nuance and, of course, his firm grasp upon, and analysis of, the whole host of relevant facts which bear upon the current political situation.I urge The Gazette to reprint the letter in full so that we, the unenlightened, can learn from Mr. Demarco’s stunningly lucid statement.Bill MacTiernanSchenectadyForgiving student debt raises issuesBased on a Jan. 6 column on Betsy DeVos (“Why is it so hard for DeVos to offer relief to students?”) I would ask, is the forgiveness of a debt an act of kindness, relief from the pressure of predatory lenders, a way to make life easier on the borrower that got in over their head, or simply another way for the IRS to declare the debt relief as income to the borrower and tax it as such?Just because it’s student debt doesn’t really differentiate it from any other debt at all. You can argue they were trying to build their future, but isn’t that the same as defaulting on a loan to start a business and having the lender forgive your debt? They are both for building a future.Here’s an example: Let’s say I own a business, buy a building and rent out my business to myself under another corporate name. I charge rent to myself, but in the course of a year things didn’t go as expected and I decided not to pay the rent. I then decide to forgive myself of the debt and move on. No money has ever changed hands, yet it becomes income to me on my tax return.Why should it be any different for student debt? In my opinion it shouldn’t. However, could this be part of the ramifications of forgiving student loans and what is making the whole issue so complicated? There’s more to this issue than meets the eye.Bob BeliveGlenvillelast_img read more

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Arsenal scouting 16-year-old sensation Eduardo Camavinga who bossed it against PSG

first_imgArsenal scouting 16-year-old Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga but face competition from Premier League rivals The teenager looks set to be one of Ligue 1’s next big talents (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are keeping tabs on Rennes teenage sensation Eduardo Camavinga and sent scouts to watch his eye-catching performance against Paris Saint-Germain at the weekend.The 16-year-old, who made a handful of appearances last season, is extremely highly rated and showed exactly why as he bossed the PSG midfield in a surprise 2-1 win for Rennes on Sunday.According to the Daily Mail, he is already on the radar of a host of Premier League clubs, including Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 20 Aug 2019 11:20 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Comment ‘We are talking to him. He is someone who is also very well-constructed intellectually, who knows how to question himself, who knows how to ask the right questions.‘Many of the pros have taken him under their wing, because he is very respectful in the dressing room and very attentive to their advice. He blossomed with us this summer.’It is not just Premier League clubs who are interested in Camavinga, though, with his performance against PSG also making Barcelona and Real Madrid stand up and take notice.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenalcenter_img Camavinga didn’t look at all out of place up against PSG’s star-studded midfield (Getty)All three sent scouts to Roazhon Park to watch his display against PSG, while Spurs even tried to sign him over the summer off the back of just seven senior appearances.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTCamavinga was the star of the show on the night, hustling in midfield, showing poise on the ball, bursting forward and setting up a goal with a perfect cross.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Angolan-born midfielder has started all three of Rennes’ Ligue 1 matches so far this season and is the process of gaining French nationality.Rennes manager Julien Stephan said of his performance afterwards: ‘He played a match, indeed, like the whole team – very interesting.• 16 years old• Making third Ligue 1 appearance• Dominated the PSG midfieldEduardo Camavinga is a seriously special talent!Remember the name 🙌 pic.twitter.com/i2yfhnmHH9— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 19, 2019 Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Kenya’s SGR project addresses environmental concerns

first_imgSGR: Kenya biggest project since independence set for grand launch Kenya President: SGR will help transform Kenya’s economy Kenya’s flagship project, the standard gauge railway, is set to pass through one of Kenya’s oldest and largest national parks and conservationists argue it will restrict wildlife movement. But the  government and China road and bridge corporation, the main contractor say the design of the rail line takes those concerns into account. CCTV’s Robert Nagila reports Related Kenya Railways introduces second SGR triplast_img

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After 12 years of hiding: Murder suspect nabbed

first_imgThe 44-year-old Ornadan Gumban was arrested around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, a police report showed. ILOILO City – He had been hiding from the police for about 12 years. Gumban – resident of the village – was nabbed on the strength of an arrest warrant in relation to murder a charge he faces, the report added. He was detained in the lockup cell of the municipal police station. The court recommended no bail bond for the suspect’s temporary liberty./PNlast_img

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The Latest: Tour or Denmark in September canceled

first_img Associated Press The government allowed a maximum of 150 people at Teplice’s stadium on Saturday even though current restrictions limit gatherings to 100 people. That number will increase to 300 next week.Six rounds of games in the regular season and the playoffs remain in the league, which is scheduled to be completed by July 15.___The soccer league in Spain will be allowed to resume from June 8, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said Saturday. While the top tier, La Liga, can play from this date, it has already said it wants to resume play on June 12. It is unclear when the first games will be held. May 23, 2020 The Czech league restarted under strict conditions on Saturday.Teplice beat visiting Liberec 2-0 without spectators as the First League resumed after a 73-day stoppage. The teams entered the stadium separately and players were not allowed to shake hands or celebrate goals together.The restart was made possible after the government eased restrictions that contained the coronavirus outbreak. The Czech Republic has not been as badly hit by the pandemic as the likes of Italy, Spain, France and Britain.One player from league leader Slavia Prague and another one from Mlada Bolestav tested positive for the coronavirus in a mandatory initial round of testing and were quarantined. All the tests in the second round of testing were negative. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Tour of Denmark in September has been canceled because organizers feared the best Danish cyclists, at least, would be committed to the Tour de France on at the same time. The British Horseracing Authority is hoping to get government approval to return on June 1 for the first time since March.Completion of an online education module and screening of all participants before they can attend an event are among the initial protocols. They will include health-related questions and temperature checks before people are allowed to enter racecourses.Social distancing restrictions will be employed, along with face coverings for those likely to get closer than two meters, including jockeys, trainers, stalls handlers, stable staff and valets.The BHA is also planning an ongoing surveillance program to monitor the coronavirus, including some testing.___ The Latest: Tour or Denmark in September canceled The Tour of Denmark was originally in mid-August, and requested new dates from the International Cycling Union. The governing body moved the tour to Sept. 1-5.But the UCI also agreed to move the Tour de France to Aug. 29-Sept. 20.Denmark has been reopening schools, shops, restaurants, and churches in the last two weeks, but the border remains closed to foreigners, and tour organizers aren’t certain when they will reopen. The organizers also say they aren’t able to test all participants for COVID-19, and prevent crowds along the route.___Jockeys and stalls handlers in Britain will be required to wear masks when horse racing hopes to resume next month during the coronavirus pandemic. There has been no play in the top tier due to the coronavirus crisis since March 12. Teams have recently returned to training at club facilities, but with players practicing individually. Barcelona is top of the league with a two-point lead over Real Madrid after 27 of 38 rounds.___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 6last_img read more

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The Latest: UNLV suspends on-campus workouts after positives

first_imgMatches were scheduled for this September and the Davis Cup finals were set for November in Madrid.Now the World Group I and World Group II preliminary matches will be played in various sites in either March or September 2021. The finals will be in Madrid during the week of Nov. 22, 2021.The International Tennis Federation says the 18 nations that already qualified for the 2020 finals will get a spot in 2021.The ITF has also scrapped the women’s Fed Cup finals for this year and says they will be played April 13-18 in Budapest, Hungary.The Fed Cup originally was supposed to be played this April but was initially postponed because of the pandemic. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___UNLV has temporarily stopped all voluntary on-campus workouts after four athletes tested positive for COVID-19. Ivanisevic won the Wimbledon title in 2001. He says he twice tested negative for the virus over the past 10 days but has now tested positive.Ivanisevic says “I would like to inform everyone who has been in contact with me that I tested positive and ask them to take extra good care of themselves and their loved ones.”The Croat says he has no symptoms but will self-isolate.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The positive tests were detected as part of the screening process for returning to campus.The athletes were placed in isolation and several others who came in contact with them were placed in quarantine as a precaution.The workouts have been halted until at least July 5.___Cleveland Indians president Chris Antonetti said a “couple” of staff members have chosen not to take part in the resumption of training camp due to COVID-19 concerns. ___Virginia says its football players can begin returning to campus on July 5 if they participate in a voluntary workout period under protocols set by the school’s health system.The school says all student-athletes and staff will receive COVID-19 specific education through a variety of print and video media, utilizing CDC and NCAA resources. The UVA Health System will administer and coordinate testing of student-athletes and staff.The voluntary workouts will go from July 5-14, followed by required activity for up to eight hours a week including weight training, conditioning and film study from July 15-25. The program will then transition into a two-week period of required activities for 20 hours a week including walk-through sessions before fall training camp opens on Aug. 9.The UVA Health System also will be required to report positive tests or cases to the local health district and to the athletics program’s team physicians. The Fed Cup finals feature 12 national teams competing in a new format.___Tennis great Goran Ivanisevic says he has tested positive for the coronavirus.The former Wimbledon champion coaches top-ranked Novak Djokovic and was at the recent Adria Tour exhibition series in Serbia and Croatia.Djokovic and three other players have also tested positive for the virus after playing in the events. Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki are the others. The Cavaliers are scheduled to open the season against Georgia on Sept. 7 in Atlanta.___Brewers general manager David Stearns says no Milwaukee players have opted out of playing this season for personal reasons. He says “a small number of individuals in our organization” have tested positive for COVID-19 but were asymptomatic. He didn’t specify the number or say whether these individuals were players, other team employees or both.___The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association say 16 players tested positive for coronavirus in the first wave of mandatory tests done in preparation for the restart of the season. Tennessee’s athletic budget for 2020-21 assumes the Volunteers will have fans in the stands for football season but still includes a $10.1 million cut in overall revenues. University of Tennessee President Randy Boyd says reducing the number of fans further because of the coronavirus pandemic would have a “significant impact” on the budget. But Boyd said Friday that Tennessee is financially prepared to handle any problems.Tennessee projects a drop of 19.4% with $29.8 million in revenue from athletic ticket sales. That would be down $7.1 million from the $37 million taken in over 2019-20. John Compton, chairman of the UT Board of Trustees, says that estimate is appropriate for now. He also says Tennessee will be able to handle if ticket revenue winds up even 50% lower.The Volunteers won their final six games last season under coach Jeremy Pruitt. They are scheduled to host Florida and Alabama, which are traditionally big draws for fans.Athletic director Phillip Fulmer has said Tennessee is expecting to fill Neyland Stadium this season and will adjust as needed. Speaking on a Zoom call Friday, Antonetti did not identify the staffers who have opted out or specify their roles in the organization. He added that he’s unaware of any players declining to participate because of health reasons. Antonetti said the club has spoken to “every high-risk individual” about the risks of returning.The Indians are scheduled to re-open camp on July 1 in Cleveland.“We would be fully supportive if anyone felt this wasn’t the right environment for them to participate,” he said.Antonetti added that the club has “had a few isolated cases” of players testing positive for the coronavirus. He said there were cases in the Dominican Republic as well as at the team’s training facility in Goodyear, Arizona. He said all of the infected individuals have recovered or are only showing mild symptoms.___ June 26, 2020 ___World Triathlon has resurrected a second race in its world series, in Montreal in October.The pandemic shelved the seven-race series, and the finals in Edmonton in August were canceled.But the Hamburg stop in July was postponed to September, and the Montreal leg in June will race on Oct. 4.A new date for the World Cup leg in Arzachena, Italy that was postponed in May was also found — Oct. 10. Those 16 players were part of a pool of 302 tested on Tuesday. Tests are continuing for all 22 teams that will be participating in the restart at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida, next month. The player names were not disclosed; some, such as Malcolm Brogdon of Indiana and Sacramento teammates Jabari Parker and Alex Len have publicly acknowledged they have recently positive.That was a 5.3% rate of positive tests leaguewide. The league did not announce results of testing on staffers and other members of team travel parties, all of whom are also part of the mandatory testing program.The league and the union say that “any player who tested positive will remain in self-isolation until he satisfies public health protocols for discontinuing isolation and has been cleared by a physician.”___The Carolina Hurricanes will begin “voluntary small-group training” at PNC Arena on Tuesday. The Latest: UNLV suspends on-campus workouts after positives ___Diamond League track meets in France and the United States have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.Organizers say the Sept. 6 event in Paris and the Prefontaine meet on Oct. 4 in Eugene, Oregon, cannot be held because of the current restrictions on mass gatherings and international travel.A meet in Gateshead, England, has been postponed from Aug. 16 to a possible date in mid-September.The next possible Diamond League meet is scheduled for Aug. 14 in Monaco. The team said Friday those sessions will be closed to the public and media. Sixteen players, divided into two groups, are expected to participate.Players and staff permitted inside the arena will be tested for COVID-19. Team personnel will follow safety guidelines outlined in the second phase of the NHL’s return plan, as well as those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services.The team says the arena has received “extensive cleaning” during the suspended NHL season and there will be “enhanced cleaning and sanitation efforts” going forward.___The Davis Cup men’s tennis competition has been canceled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic and will pick up again in 2021. The baseball Hall of Fame museum has reopened after being shut for more than three months.Closed on March 15 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Hall welcomed visitors on Friday in Cooperstown, New York. Face masks are required from all staff and guests.The shrine is selling tickets that permit visitors to reserve a specific date and time to enter, reducing congestion in the front lobby and throughout the museum. Some of the Hall’s bigger gathering spots will remain closed. The popular plaque gallery is open.The Hall announced earlier that this year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremonies had been canceled because of the virus outbreak. Derek Jeter, Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons and Larry Walker will be enshrined next year, on July 25, 2021.___ ___This year’s Fed Cup finals have been rescheduled for 2021 because of “challenges” related to the coronavirus pandemic.The International Tennis Federation says the women’s team competition will take place April 13-18 in Budapest, Hungary.The 2020 event was originally scheduled for April but was postponed because of the pandemic. Officials had hoped to squeeze the competition in this year.The ITF says there are “significant logistical and regulatory challenges” to holding “an indoor mass gathering” at the Laszlo Arena. The tennis body says “guaranteeing the health and safety of all involved will not be feasible.” Two more players on the PGA Tour have withdrawn from the Travelers Championship because of COVID-19. Denny McCarthy told Golfchannel.com that he withdrew after feeling sick Thursday night and testing positive for the coronavirus on Friday. Bud Cauley, who played with McCarthy on Thursday, also withdrew before Friday’s second round. McCarthy became the third PGA Tour player to test positive for the virus since its restart and the second this week, joining Cameron Champ who withdrew on Tuesday. Nick Watney withdrew just before the second round of last week’s RBC Heritage Championship. Webb Simpson, Graeme McDowell, Brooks Koepka and his brother Chase also withdrew from the Travelers after coming into contact with people who had the virus. The caddies for McDowell and Brooks Koepka both tested positive. Simpson cited the positive test of a family member.___last_img read more

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Marrack brings Canadian skills to Madison

first_imgWhen he arrived in Madison last fall, freshman Peter Marrack took to the courts of the Nielsen Tennis Center with an already impressive r?sum?, having played in professional international tournaments and earning top junior rankings in Canada.Born in Ontario, Marrack was aggressively recruited by UW head coach Greg Van Emburgh. Marrack came to Wisconsin with a chance to make an immediate impact with the Badgers. Although many players are redshirted as freshmen, Marrack’s skill and experience allowed him to contribute to the team immediately as the team’s only true freshman last fall.?Peter?s the type of player and person that you want on your team and every coach is excited to have,? Van Emburgh said. ?[He] practices hard, competes hard, does whatever you want, loves to be out there, loves getting better. He?s just a work horse.?Being a freshman in a new environment, combined with a new and heightened level of competition, can be extremely stressful. However, Marrack?s focus has allowed him to juggle the challenges of being a college freshman and varsity tennis player.?[I have] conditioning in the morning, then I go to class, then [practice], then eat, shower, then off to do all my work, and not to mention every weekend [there are matches],? Marrack explained.The Wisconsin men?s tennis team enters the spring season with a very talented roster and its highest ranking in years: 28th in the country. The addition of Canadian-born Marrack only adds to the Badgers’ powerful returning lineup.Van Emburgh believes it is important to reach out and recruit international players like Marrack who possess the skill and willingness to learn if the Badgers are going to consistently be a top team in the nation.?This is probably our best team in a very long time,? Van Emburgh said. ?We?re deep, and depth is a plus. And [Marrack’s] one of those players that makes us real deep in singles and doubles.?Before coming to the Badgers, Marrack was featured as one of the best junior tennis players in Canada, as he topped the Canadian National Rankings in both singles and doubles. He also played in professional events, such as Canada Futures, which gave him the chance to get used to the high-pressure situations he now faces in college.?I?ve had a lot of match experience before, playing some professional tournaments,? Marrack said. ?I guess I was just used to the pressure in playing in a higher level and having just a lot of close matches too.?As a freshman, Marrack still has had to get used to the style and skill NCAA players possess.?In the college tournaments, there is never an easy match,? Marrack said. ?Everyone is there, ready to play, and you have to fight for every match no matter who the opponent is.?Fighting for every point is something Marrack brings to the table for UW. In the Big Ten Indoor Championships last fall, Marrack was one of eight Badgers to compete in the tournament. With the stage set, the true freshman rose to the spotlight by advancing to the Round of 16.?I played the first [match] and won in two tiebreakers,? Marrack said. ?And the next one, I won in three tiebreakers. I?ve played in so many long matches, and just so many tiebreakers, which I think will help me later on.?Marrack?s determination on the court is complemented by a forehand he said has gotten increasingly better during his rookie season.?[T]hat?s the thing I feel has improved the most since I?ve been here,? Marrack said of his forehand.From beginning as a player who liked to hover by the net, Marrack’s game at Wisconsin has expanded and developed, which his teammates hope will pose a threat to his future opponents.?He?s gotten a lot, lot better even through this first semester,? senior Nolan Polley said. ?He?s really talented, and if he continues to work on it, I don?t see why he can?t be No. 1 or No. 2 [in the lineup] in his junior or senior year.?Marrack continues to be focused on taking his game to the next level every time he steps out on the court and is looking to secure his spot in the lineup, which allows for only six singles spots and six doubles pairs per match. The freshman said he is ready to do whatever is asked of him so he can look even farther down the road in hopes of advancing his play.?That?s another one of the reasons I came [to UW],? Marrack said. ?Our coach really supports that. He?s developing us for college and beyond that as well.?last_img read more

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Volleyball struggles to find a win in Milwaukee

first_imgJunior outside hitter Khalia Lanier has dominated so far this season with a total of 138 kills and 89 digs. (Sinead Chang | Daily Trojan)The No. 9 Women of Troy had a tough weekend at the Milwaukee Invitational where they took two losses against No. 15 Brigham Young University and host Marquette but ended the tournament  on a strong note with a 3-2 victory over Syracuse. USC opened up the weekend with a Friday morning match against BYU. The Cougars swept the Trojans, out-hitting them .287 to .242 and collecting nine aces to USC’s two throughout the match. USC fought hard in the first two matches (28-30, 21-25) before falling in the third set 25-14 despite impressive performances from the Women of Troy outside hitters. Junior outside hitter Khalia Lanier had a powerhouse performance, boasting a double-double with 13 kills and 15 digs. Junior outside hitter Emily Baptista also recorded 13 kills, along with three blocks and two digs. As the third Trojan to collect 13 kills in the match, sophomore outside hitter Brooke Botkin added six digs and one block. Freshman setter Raquel Lázaro pieced together the offense with 35 assists and eight digs. These shiny numbers weren’t enough to take down a top-ranked team that managed to avoid any errors in the third set. Senior outside hitter Veronica Jones-Perry lead BYU with 26 kills, two blocks and three digs throughout the match, while senior setter Lyndie Haddock-Epich added 34 assists, 11 digs, four kills, three blocks and one ace to seal the win. The Women of Troy had to move on from the loss quickly, facing tournament host Marquette that same night. After a hard fought battle, the Trojans fell in a five-set loss. They took the first set, but the Golden Eagles responded by winning two in a row. USC forced a fifth set after a 33-31 fourth-set win but ended up losing 11-15. Lázaro made her mark with 46 assists, 16 digs, six blocks, two aces and one kill. Lanier had another double-double with 17 kills and 11 digs, and Botkin delivered once again with 17 kills, six digs, four blocks and an ace. Junior middle blocker Jasmine Gross showed up with 10 blocks and seven kills. The defense was led by senior libero Victoria Garrick’s 21 digs and two aces. For the Golden Eagles, Hope Werch recorded 17 kills and 14 digs and junior outside hitter Allie Barber lead with 29 kills. USC led the match in blocks and made less errors, but Marquette’s .286 hitting percentage to the Trojans’ .243 made all the difference. Driven by 71 total assists, their offense was more productive throughout the five sets. Coming off of two losses, the Women of Troy walked into their last set against Syracuse on Saturday afternoon, and they took a much-deserved five-set victory. They ended the weekend with a win after starting the match down two sets with close scores (22-25, 25-27) and finishing with three dominant wins in a row to claim the match (25-14, 25-14, 15-13). The Trojans found their sense of urgency on offense, starting with Botkin’s career-high 28 kills, nine digs, two blocks and two aces. She finished with a .400 hitting percentage. Gross and Lanier continued to deliver against the Orange, with seven and 18 kills, respectively. Lázaro showed why she is already a two-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week winner this season with 53 assists, seven digs, six blocks and two aces. Senior defensive specialist Reni Meyer-Whalley added 10 digs to Garrick’s 14 to complete the win. On the Orange side of the net, freshman outside hitter Polina Shemanova led the offense with 20 kills and 10 digs. Senior setter Jalissa Trotter had a dominant performance with 35 assists, 11 digs, five kills and three blocks. However these key players weren’t enough to stop the Women of Troy on their determined quest for a victory in the tournament. USC will head to San Diego this weekend to take on Louisiana and host San Diego in the SDSU/USD Challenge before returning home next week to open Pac-12 play against UCLA on Sept. 19.last_img read more

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Grammy-Award Winners Morgan Heritage to Release New Album and Video

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – Gramps, Peetah and Mr. Mojo are the holy trinity comprising the iconic reggae based, Grammy-winning family band Morgan Heritage.Their brand new album, ‘Loyalty’, was created across several continents and completed in unorthodox fashion with the three brothers all in different locations – Mojo in Kenya focusing on the group’s philanthropic efforts, Gramps travelling the world healing people with the Masaya CBD products created by his wife Dr. Annabelle Manalo, and Peetah in Miami anchoring the production.This meant utilizing technology to bring them together virtually in one studio to orchestrate the finishing touches to their new masterpiece.Twelfth studio record‘Loyalty’ is the trio’s twelfth studio record and is set for release in August on their CTBC (Cool To Be Conscious) Music Group label in partnership with Membran.Known worldwide for their riveting stage presence and exciting showmanship, Morgan Heritage is scheduled to travel globally from Africa to Europe, North to South America and beyond during 2019 and 2020.Their itinerary not only embodies the group’s global citizenship but is a testament to the sibling’s embrace of unifying cultures that is prominent in their music, with the brothers stating: “The new album showcases the universal state of Reggae and Jamaican music today. Our music is not one dimensional and we’re not loyal to one dimension of the music, rather we’re loyal to our genre.”Eclectic fusion of sounds Personified by an impressive discography with each release displaying the eclectic fusion of sounds that have influenced each member, including Reggae, Rock, Hip-Hop, Jazz, R&B and Afrobeat, the common thread throughout has been authentic original Reggae.‘Loyalty’ can certainly be defined as a globetrotting work of art and offers 16 diverse songs produced by Morgan Heritage with co-production from fellow GRAMMY award winners such as Jerry Wonda, Jason ‘J-Vibe’ Farmer, Shane Brown and Aston Barrett Jr.The album also features star-studded appearances from African superstars Diamond Platnumz, Stonebwoy and Patoranking, Reggae Rock stars Pepper and Iration, Dancehall sensation Popcaan, plus the voice of Emmy Award-winning journalist and broadcaster Jeff Koinange on the album intro track.‘Loyalty’ truly delivers the Morgan Heritage sound that fans recognize as ‘Rockaz’, the outstanding production embracing instrumental breaks that allow individual artists to shine in their own right while still being geared towards further elevating the music.The lyrical prowess of the songs will also captivate listeners, touching on love on ‘All For You’, social commentary on ‘The Awakening’, relationships on ‘Pay Attention’, while also including motivational songs such as ‘The World is Yours’.They embrace and pay homage to their African and Jamaican roots with the hard-hitting ‘Africa x Jamaica’, while the gentle, acoustic ‘Home’ is an ode to all travelling parents who work hard for their families and was actually penned on Father’s Day by Mr. Mojo and his son Esh.The video – Beach and CountryTJugglerz, Haegi and Morgan Heritage produced the video related to the song, Beach And Country. The video was filmed on location in Sao Vicente, Cape Verde and directed by Mojo Morgan & Adilson Ramos.The group says; “‘Beach And Country’ is a song to take away musically any time of the year to a tropical oasis. Music has a way to contribute to our emotions and we hope our new single takes everyone on a journey down memory lane for those that don’t live in a tropical destination.” The new video for ‘Beach And Country’ with the album pre-order became available July 12.last_img read more

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