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first_imgCongratulations to Rushville, South Ripley, and Jac-Cen-Del for winning the local girls’ sectionals.  In 3A Rushville defeated Lawrenceburg 53-31.  Both Greensburg and Batesville lost tough semi-final games to be eliminated from the tourney.In 2A South Ripley defeated Austin 50-33.  The Lady Raiders breezed through the tournament. Jac-Cen-Del repeated as 1A champs by defeating the Oldenburg Academy Twisters 68-30.  The Lady Eagles will be trying to win a second state championship.Good luck to all the area teams in their regionals this Saturday!last_img read more

first_imgChimpanzees are coming to the rescue of those looking for a COVID-19 vaccine, and our area is at the center of all the activity.A coronavirus drug trial that is set to begin next week in Palm Beach County will test a vaccine that supposedly triggers the body’s immune response by using a chimpanzee cold virus as a Trojan horse.The trial is seeking up to 1,600 volunteers to participate in the test, which is being conducted by international pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, in collaboration with Oxford University in England.“We hopefully will be able to vaccinate by the end of the week,” said Dr. Larry Bush, the primary principal investigator who is leading the trial.Bush is known for his work fighting several highly infectious diseases, including the anthrax threat that took place two decades ago.JEM Research Institute is responsible for carrying out the trial.Palm Beach County was selected as one of the first to do the study on the AstraZeneca vaccine since it is in a hot spot for the coronavirus, Bush said.This will be a Phase III trial, which is the last stop before the Food and Drug Administration conducts its review.Our dedicated employees across Operations are working at speed to expand manufacturing capacity for the potential #COVID19 vaccine, while continuing to drive efforts toward our sustainability targets under Ambition Zero Carbon.— AstraZeneca (@AstraZeneca) August 3, 2020 If the vaccine proves effective with no serious side effects, it will hit the market with the title of ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (AZD1222).In explaining how the vaccine works, Bush says the engineered chimpanzee adenovirus that participants will receive contains the spike protein necessary for COVID-19 to infect the body.He goes on to explain that the vaccine then creates neutralizing antibodies as it kickstarts the body’s T-cells. However, trial participants will not become ill from the chimpanzee cold virus.Antibodies are blood proteins that can counteract an invading antigen, such as a virus. T-cells kill the cells infected with COVID.According to Bush, the vaccine works through two shots that are given 29 days apart. Side effects have reportedly been mild, and include irritation around the shot location and a low-grade fever for about one day.Two-thirds of the participants are slated to receive the vaccine, while the other third will receive a placebo.After the study, those participants who received the placebo will be given the option of receiving the actual vaccine.Those interested in participating in the study may call (561) 770-7370.last_img read more

first_imgGARY Kirsten is the “right man” to become England’s next head coach, according to former South Africa team-mate Lance Klusener.Kirsten, who has had spells in charge of India and South Africa, is reportedly in talks with England director of cricket Ashley Giles.“What is he going to bring? Loads and loads of experience,” Klusener told Stumped on the BBC World Service.“He brings winning, so that for me is vitally important.”Former opening batsman Kirsten, 51, led India to their World Cup triumph in 2011 and was in charge of South Africa when they went top of the Test rankings the following year.He has also coached Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Hobart Hurricanes in Australia’s Big Bash.“Gary’s won the World Cup. He’s the right man for the job,” said former all-rounder Klusener, who was appointed Afghanistan head coach last week.“He brings experience in coaching the big T20 leagues around the world. He’s one of those guys that when they do stand up and speak, people tend to listen, and he’s had that ability since I used to play with him.”England are looking for a replacement for Australian Trevor Bayliss, who left after four years in charge at the end of the summer.Under Bayliss, England won the World Cup for the first time but their performances in Test cricket stagnated.Giles has said that he wants a renewed focus on red-ball cricket.“Can you lift England white-ball cricket much more?” Klusener said. “What they’ve done is fantastic but their challenge is in Test cricket.“Kirsten was a phenomenal Test cricketer himself, so he knows exactly what’s needed.”England begin their tour of New Zealand later this month, playing five Twenty20s and two Tests in November. (BBC Sport).last_img read more

first_imgBosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) handball team suffered a 20-25 loss to Czech Republic in the second round of the 2020 European Men’s Handball Championship qualifier tournament in Tuzla on Saturday evening.In the full Mejdan Hall in Tuzla, a city located some 120 kilometers northeast of BiH capital Sarajevo, both teams played well tying at 1-1 in the 2nd minute after which the visiting team continued the lead and in 22ndminute, visiting team lead 10-7. One minute later, BiH head coach Bilal Suman called a time-out after which the visiting team took a 12-10 lead before the break.Both teams played defensively during the beginning of the second half, after which the visiting team scored 3 goals and Suman called a time-out again at 15-11. The rest of the second half was a splendid show by the visiting team to take a 25-20.The qualification will continue in April 2019 when BiH handball team will play two matches against Finland.2020 European Men’s Handball Championship will take place in Jan.2020 and be co-hosted for the first time in three countries: Austria, Norway and Sweden.last_img read more

first_imgHaven’t we learned anything from the Patriots? Or at least from Star Wars? The Evil Empire can reinvent itself as long as coach/general manager Bill Belichick, a master motivator and brilliant schemer, is still around pulling all the strings like Emperor Palpatine.MORE: Where will Tom Brady play in 2020?Of course, what we know as the Patriots’ version of the Empire might be finished. The greatest quarterback of all time, Tom Brady, is coming off a season of decline at age 42. He wants to keep playing and leading a team to big things in 2020, but there’s a growing chance that team won’t be the Patriots.But we also know when the Empire dies, there’s always room for a First Order to rise. In the case of Belichick’s Patriots, that means doing what they’ve always done with Brady at a necessary higher level of evil — surviving, adapting and adjusting to stay one step ahead of the rest of the league. The Patriots’ NFL playoff run in 2020 was finished as soon as it began. Once 8-0 and looking unstoppable, New England dropped to 12-4 and the AFC’s No. 3 seed before it was promptly eliminated by Tennessee in Saturday’s 20-13 wild-card loss.So the Patriots are no longer alive in the postseason, and their latest chance at repeating as Super Bowl champions is dead. Before they lost to the Titans, everyone was ready to dance on their grave to fit the convenient narrative that their six-ring dynasty will no longer be breathing. The Patriots have had their share of Death Stars blow up, including Spygate and Deflategate. They have been gutted with mass departures before. They are facing more fallout from Spygate 2, Bengate, Bengalhazi or whatever they’re calling this Cincinnati videotaping thing. They’ll simply try to blast the league more with Star Destroyers instead of archaic battle stations. (Getty Images) In addition to Brady, Belichick could move on from or lose a few key players from his critical linebacker corps. There’s a real chance, after losing assistants Matt Patricia and Brian Flores to head-coaching jobs in consecutive years, that offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels once again will follow suit.This time, Belichick might need to go through personnel and staff changes he has never before endured. Then again, when the Patriots were winning their first three Super Bowls, they were doing it with completely different coordinators and players around Brady.The NFL is typically cyclical for contention. The Patriots have defied that trend by consistently staying on top for so long, a stretch in modern American pro team sports that may never be duplicated. Having Brady excel year after year has been a big part of that. But so has been Belichick’s ability to keep finding the kind of role players to “do their jobs” at every other position.MORE: Brady-led Pats will leave complicated legacyFans of the Ravens, Chiefs and Texans, three teams that beat the Patriots late in the regular season to derail New England’s playoff hopes, might be first in line to pay their last respects. They hope to become the new Colts, Steelers and Broncos, the three AFC teams that most interrupted and thought they ended the Patriots’ run of rings.But those teams can relate to the challenges Belichick faces. The Ravens flipped to become a different kind of contender under John Harbaugh, with Lamar Jackson’s team not resembling the one of Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Joe Flacco. Andy Reid, who got his Eagles to the Super Bowl against the Patriots, has found his new muse with the Chiefs in Patrick Mahomes. The Texans had their playoff moments with a Matt Schaub-led offense and are now carried by Deshaun Watson.There’s no indication that Belichick, 67, plans to hang up his hoodie anytime soon. He loves coaching and competition too much. He embraces challenges and will work even harder to prove his immense, unprecedented coaching success is not solely tied to Brady. (Getty Images) In the 100-year history of the NFL, few teams have dominated as much as these Patriots. That success naturally has led to more people wanting to bury them than caring to praise them. Beyond the perception of cheating the system in some form, part of the former is the fact that the Patriots can be, well, a bit Belichickian boring.Don’t expect the Patriots to conveniently roll over and die. Save the eulogies until the Emperor has vanished. Because this Patriot Way may not go away as fast as you would like.It’s more likely to find a new way to compete for a ring that makes us all hate and appreciate Belichick at a new level.last_img read more

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Judy Casner · 234 weeks ago Congrats to Baylee and all the team. We loved watching the game! Jack & Judy Report Reply 0 replies · active 234 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Sandy Meridith · 234 weeks ago Argonia, great High School, great Players and great coach, Dixie Report Reply 0 replies · active 234 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down shawn · 233 weeks ago Nice! How exciting for Baylee. Way to go coach for keeping with the records . Report Reply 0 replies · active 233 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down clash royale apk 34p · 232 weeks ago Argonia, great High School, great Players and great coach, Dixie Report Reply 0 replies · active 232 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Baylee Booker during her performance against Flinthills. Photo by Jessica Tracy McCue , Sumner Newscow — In basketball, they call it “getting into the zone” — that rare occasion when a basketball player gets so hot he/she can’t miss. But Baylee Booker, an Argonia freshman girls basketball player, wasn’t just hot last Friday night – she was record-setting, unstoppable, smoking, burn-the-gym-down hot.And she appears to be on her way to making the state record books.On Friday night, when the Argonia girls upset Flinthills 65-54 at home, Booker went 8-for-8 from beyond the 3-point line. She had scored 26 points for the game including a layup. After review of the books and looking at both the game films of Argonia and Flinthills, it was determined Booker never missed.Argonia girls head coach Dixie Brewster called the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame this week, and officials there say that there has never been a girl basketball player who has shot more than five three-pointers without missing.“You see players go 1-for-1 or 2-for-2 on 3-pointers a lot,” Brewster said. “But it is highly unusual to get one girl hitting 4-for-4. Baylee had eight of them. Incredible.”The girls basketball record for 3-pointers is 12, Brewster said. But even that girl wasn’t shooting 100 percent.The thing is, nobody realized such a record was happening at the time.Oh, everyone knew Booker was hot that night, for sure. And she was nailing her outside shots despite being sick with a stomach virus. She had to leave at one point in the fourth quarter to vomit in the locker room.But Booker came back and asked the coaches if she could play again. Brewster put her back on court and she hit another 3-pointer.“We were talking about it after the game and my husband, Dean, does books,” Brewster said. “I asked him if she had four or five 3-pointers, not really keeping track. We looked at the book, and holy cow she hit eight shots.”Then after some more talk, nobody could remember if she actually missed a shot.“We started looking at the film and the answer was no,” Brewster said. “She never did.”The thing is, there was no game plan to give Booker the ball and let her shoot. Jessie Tracy, a junior, is the team’s best 3-point shooter.“They were more focused on her,” Brewster said. “We have always told our girls, if there is a hot shooter, get her the ball. Baylee was hot that game, but never was that really the focus. It just happened.”Flinthills was in a zone defense most of the evening, and there was no box-and-one defense implemented on her when she started scoring. Booker is only 5-0 and her being a freshman may have made the opponent overlook her, Brewster speculated.For the Argonia girls, it was a huge win. The Lady Raiders knocked off the No. 2 team in the SCBL, which up to that point hadn’t lost in league play. The Red Raiders were 6-11 at the time and are now 8-11 after another win Tuesday against Oxford.Booker, who averages six points a game, had two points on Tuesday night against Oxford. Like getting that hole in one in golf, getting in a record setting zone doesn’t happen every ball game.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgMASON CITY — The pandemic is causing critical shortages for the sole supplier of blood and blood products to more than 120 hospitals in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.Claire DeRoin, spokeswoman for LifeServe Blood Center, says they urgently need help making up for the thousands of blood donations lost due to COVID-19-related cancellations.  “We have seen more than 500 blood drives cancel,” DeRoin says. “That’s due to factors like it’s a school and the students weren’t there, or it’s a business where the people are working remotely.”The loss of 500-plus blood drives translates to missing out on more than 13,000 blood donations. As we approach the summer season, the demand for blood typically increases as more people are traveling and taking part in outdoor activities, elevating the possibility for accidents and injuries.  “Since hospitals are also ramping back up their elective surgeries, that need for blood is rising in that aspect as well,” DeRoin says. “Quite a few of our blood types are either in the ‘critical’ or ‘urgent’ need this week, which is not great. We would love to have a five-day supply of every blood type on our shelves at all times but some of them are dwindling below two.”Walk-in blood donors are -not- being taken due to the pandemic, but people are very much encouraged to call and make an appointment to donate blood.  “If you are eligible to donate or if you’ve never given it a try, now is an excellent time to do so,” DeRoin says. “We have donor centers in Des Moines, Urbandale, Ames, Mason City, Marshalltown, Sioux City and Fort Dodge, so we have a lot of donor centers around the state. We’re also looking for folks to host a blood drive.”Organizations, businesses, churches and community groups that have a space and can provide donors are urged to contact LifeServe to set up a blood drive — which is free.Learn more by calling 800-287-4903 or visit read more

first_imgBoth leaders reaffirmed that “it is time to respect and respond to the dictates of the health authorities” and explained that for the last few weeks they have been working “to be able to face the various sports venues that may come with the maximum guarantees.” At the same time they asked for “patience and understanding during these times of uncertainty.” Regarding basketball, the entity from Vitoria recalled that “once the possible scenarios for the return to competition were approved, both in ACB and in the Euroleague, in any event, the remaining matches of the season were held behind closed doors and in a single headquarters “, they will not be able to count on the presence of their fans in the stands of the Buesa Arena. “We are saddened and saddened, but it is a necessary measure at the moment,” said Josean Querejeta.Also, from the Alava side, they assured that “everything seems to indicate that, unfortunately, if the competition is completed, it cannot be” with the presence of its people in the stands of Mendizorroza. In both cases, they added that those fans who had bought their tickets for any of the remaining matches at the Buesa Arena and at the Babazorro stadium “will also have different options for returning the amount of tickets purchased.” “The moment we have outlined all the return options for both subscribers and ticket buyers, we will bring it to your attention,” they stressed. Deportivo Alavés and Baskonia announced this Monday that they will reimburse their followers the proportional part of the subscription corresponding to the matches not played in the Fernando Buesa Arena and in Mendizorroza during the end of the 2019/20 campaign. The president of the Barça entity, Josean Querejeta, and the president of the blue and white, Alfonso Fernández de Trocóniz, sent letters to their subscribers to send them this information and to send them a message of support in these difficult times that society is going through due to the crisis of the coronavirus. Both clubs conveyed their “love and affection to all those who are suffering the crudest side of this exceptional situation,” as well as “condolences to all those who have lost a loved one during these weeks.”last_img read more

first_imgTo reduce so-called chain immigration, the bill makes it more difficult for citizens to bring in family members other than their spouse or minor children. It also proposes to cap the number of visas given to parents of U.S. citizens at 40,000 annually. “We know that people are not going to stop wanting to be with their family members,” Huang said. “All they’re really going to do is create a new category of undocumented immigrants.” Area representatives appeared to tread carefully on the subject. Rep. David Dreier, R-San Dimas, stressed in a statement that he would not support the Senate-White House compromise if it includes amnesty for the nation’s estimated 10 million to 12 million illegal immigrants. Many immigration hard-liners consider any path to citizenship for those already in the country illegally to be a form of amnesty. Calls to Dreier’s office to clarify whether he sees the bill’s legalization plan as amnesty were not returned. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, called the bill a “promising breakthrough” on a controversial issue. “How we deal with people who are already here without rewarding their illegal entry is very tough,” Schiff said, adding that be believes “making it a long and earned process of legalization is the right approach. A lot of the details \ are going to be very important.” Schiff said the Senate will likely have an easier time reaching a compromise than the House of Representatives. “A lot of the conservatives in the House are very dug in,” he said. “Anything short of deportation of the 12 million people that are here is going to meet with opposition.” Activists in favor of tighter border controls criticized the proposal as being too lenient on people who have violated immigration laws. Reform is not needed, said Andy Ramirez, chairman of Friends of the Border Patrol in Covina. Existing laws need to be enforced, he said. With the bill, “Illegal immigrants get the gold mine and Americans get the shaft,” Ramirez said. “It basically is going to make Uncle Sam the new coyote.” To address those already in the country illegally, the bill allows them to apply for a green card under the merit-based system provided they are employed and pay $5,000 in fees and penalties. Ramirez criticized the Dream Act component of the bill, which stipulates that immigrants under the age of 30 who arrive in the United States as minors are eligible to receive their green card after three years rather than eight. “You are rewarding lawbreakers,” he said, noting that such individuals will be eligible for perks such as in-state tuition at public universities. On the flip side, others said the proposal was not doing enough for immigrants. The bill does not create a path toward permanent residency for guest workers, which they deserve, said Randy Jurado Ertll, executive director of El Centro De Accion Social in Pasadena. “They want them to work here for two years and then go back to their native country,” he said. Legislators must craft something that “would help individuals obtain permanent residency and come out of the shadows so that people don’t have to live in fear.” Without legal status, those workers will continue to be exploited by employers and receive less than minimum wage, he added. “Neither party wants to take responsibility for \, but both parties need to resolve it,” Jurado Ertll said. “It’s only going to get worse if they don’t.” Staff Writer Fred Ortega contributed to this story. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Area advocates on both sides of the immigration debate had something in common Friday – their dislike of the immigration-reform bill put together this week by a bipartisan group of senators and the White House. Depending on who is asked, the bill either fails to do enough to protect hardworking undocumented workers, or it penalizes tax-paying American citizens. Immigrant-rights groups say the bill attacks the long-standing family-based visa application system and deprives immigrants of a key support network. “This bill proposes to do things that tries to control immigrants in very unrealistic ways,” said Daniel Huang, a policy advocate with the Asian Pacific American Legal Center in Los Angeles. “Unless it’s amended drastically, it will be something that hurts the immigrant community more than it helps.” last_img read more

first_img1 Petr Cech is second-choice at Chelsea Tottenham Hotspur may be growing wary of the interest surrounding Hugo Lloris, with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain reportedly keen, but could they find a replacement even better than the Frenchman?In recent weeks, Spurs have been loosely linked with a move for out-of-favour Chelsea ‘keeper Petr Cech, available for nothing at the end of the season and someone who, according to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS), is better than the north Londoners’ current shot stopper.In their annual ranking of the world’s best goalkeepers – compiled by editorial staff and experts from 60 countries – the organisation rank Chelsea’s back-up higher than Lloris, a conclusion that certainly raises a few eyebrows.Even at 32 years old, Cech still remains one of the finest ‘keepers around and should Lloris finally call it at day at White Hart Lane, he would represent an excellent signing for any Premier League side with Champions League aspirations.Below is the IFFHS list of the ten best goalkeepers in the world currently:=9. Hugo Lloris and Vincent Enyeama8. Petr Cech7. Guillermo Ochoa6. Sergio Romero5. Claudio Bravo4. Gianluigi Buffon3. Keylor Navas2. Thibaut Courtois1. Manuel NeuerSpurs fans, do you think Petr Cech would be a good replacement for Hugo Lloris? Comment below…last_img read more