DHS aims for faster detection of airborne pathogens

first_img “We can’t afford to put a system out there that’s going to make a mistake, because the [response] actions of that mistake are tremendous,” he said. The equipment is part of DHS’s BioWatch program, which involves continuous testing of the air in 30 major cities for pathogens such as anthrax. The program was launched in the wake of the anthrax letter attacks of 2001, which killed five people and sickened 17 others. “Operational testing and evaluation of this technology is scheduled for April 2009, about a year later than initially planned,” Jenkins reported in written testimony. The reason for the delay is that DHS’s OHA revised the functional requirements for the equipment in January, about 4 months before the science and technology division was scheduled to complete the “Generation 3.0 prototype detector,” he said. Although the new equipment will be used in some indoor locations, Jenkins said, “No procedural guidance exists for responding to positive results from detectors placed indoors. According to OHA officials, they plan to develop this guidance by October 2008 and apply it to all future BioWatch detectors deployed indoors.” “This interim system will be deployed in high-consequence indoor environments to provide coverage of the highest risk facilities before the Generation 3 system will be ready for deployment,” Hooks said in his written statement. The time savings “will potentially save thousands of lives each day an attack, such as anthrax, is detected ahead of human syndromic surveillance and other public health indicators,” Robert Hooks, deputy assistant secretary for weapons of mass destruction and biodefense in DHS’s Office of Health Affairs (OHA), told the subcommittee in written testimony. The Generation 3 detectors are expected to cost considerably less: $80,000 to 90,000, with yearly operation and maintenance costs of $12,000 to $41,000, Jenkins said. Under questioning by a subcommittee member, Hooks said the original schedule for setting up the new system was too optimistic. “Over a period of time as we managed the program, we looked optimistically at deploying the equipment earlier than was actually realistic,” he said. (A recording of the hearing is available from the Homeland Security Committee Web site.) Hooks said the automated equipment will be tested at two BioWatch sites for 3 to 6 months. If DHS then decides to proceed with the system, initial deployment will begin in the fall of 2010. The program has detected “dozens” of pathogens of concern, or “BioWatch actionable results,” over the years, Hooks reported in his written statement. “These valid laboratory findings have been attributed in all cases to naturally occurring environmental sources,” he said. Jenkins, in his written statement, said DHS officials told him they plan to start operational tests of the Generation 2.5 detectors in November. If they pass the tests, the agency plans to buy more than 100 of them, at a cost of $120,000 each, plus annual maintenance costs of $65,000 to $72,000, he reported. No false-positivesIn other comments at the hearing, Hooks said the BioWatch program has analyzed more than 7 million samples without generating a single false-positive result since its inception in 2003. See also: Interim system for indoor sitesIn the face of that time lag, DHS is working on setting up an interim automated system to provide fast detection of pathogens in certain high-risk indoor locations, DHS officials told the subcommittee. The interim system, called Generation 2.5, is designed to identify pathogens in 4 to 6 hours, but it is more costly than the Generation 3 equipment and will not test for as many different agents. Jenkins said plans call for the new detectors to replace all the current detectors by 2013. Jul 22, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to adopt new automated equipment that will be able to detect dangerous airborne pathogens in major US cities in as little as 4 hours, with a goal of starting deployment in the fall of 2010, DHS officials told Congress last week. In response to questions about DHS’s ability to start operational testing of the new detectors in April 2009, BioWatch Director Dr. Jeffrey Stiefel said DHS expects to meet that schedule, but stressed that the equipment must be tested thoroughly because of the high stakes involved. Currently, filters from collection equipment are removed manually, taken to a laboratory, and tested, a process that takes from 10 to 34 hours, officials told the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology. The new equipment will collect and test air samples automatically, reducing detection time to between 4 and 6 hours, officials said. The new system is also designed to test for more pathogens than the existing system. Stiefel told the subcommittee in response to questions, “We are operational in New York City in a couple of venues with Generation 2.5.” However, development of the automated sampling equipment is about a year behind the original schedule, said William O. Jenkins Jr., director of homeland security and justice issues for the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Congress’s investigative arm. Statement by the GAO’s William O. Jenkins Jr. to the House subcommitteehttp://www.gao.gov/new.items/d08960t.pdflast_img read more

Indonesia calls for ‘collective response’ as UN passes COVID-19 resolution

first_img“In particular, the resolution also gives appreciation to healthcare workers, medical professions and researchers that are continuously doing their job under a difficult situation,” the release states.The resolution, cosponsored by 188 member states, was significant and the first of its kind in UN history, Indonesian Permanent Representative to the UN Dian Triansyah Djani said, highlighting that even during a pandemic was Indonesian diplomacy at the UN ongoing.Read also: UN Security Council resumes activities under shadow of COVID-19The voting of the resolution was conducted virtually as New York had imposed a statewide lockdown, Triansyah said.There are more than 1 million COVID-19 cases and over 53,000 fatalities worldwide.In the realm of global health, Indonesia has stepped up its role by chairing the Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative – a multilateral forum that discusses and initiates actions on health issues. The forum consists of Brazil, Norway, France, Senegal, Thailand and Indonesia. Indonesia is also a member of the WHO executive board.Topics : Indonesia has applauded the United Nations General Assembly for passing a resolution on global solidarity in the fight against COVID-19 and is calling on member states to organize a collective response to the pandemic.The resolution, titled “Global Solidarity to Fight COVID-19”, was passed by the UN General Assembly by acclamation on Thursday in New York and is the first UN resolution on COVID-19 since the World Health Organization declared the disease a pandemic on March 11. It was initiated by Indonesia, together with Ghana, Liechtenstein, Norway, Singapore and Switzerland, and cosponsored by 188 countries.In a press release on Friday, the Foreign Ministry stressed the importance of international cooperation in dealing with the pandemic. “In a worrying situation like this, we need unity, solidarity and international cooperation to give a fast and collective response toward the COVID-19 pandemic,” Foreign Ministry Retno LP Marsudi said, adding that there was no country that was immune to the virus, which has caused thousands of deaths worldwide.Read also: Indonesia calls for support for first UN General Assembly resolution on COVID-19The resolution sends a strong message to the international communities that the UN as a “universal organization” has a pivotal role in coordinating a global response, the release says, and that the UN must be able to communicate to the global communities that, without cooperation, solidarity and effective policy, no country will be able to survive the global health crisis.Under the leadership of the UN, a number of global collective actions were drawn up in the resolution, including international cooperation to curb the spread of the virus, impact mitigation through information exchange and research cooperation. It also mentioned the importance of good governance of all countries in handling the crisis and emphasized the leadership of the WHO in coordinating with international communities.last_img read more

UAE postpones Mars mission due to weather at Japan launch site

first_imgThe United Arab Emirates has postponed to July 17 the launch of its mission to Mars due to weather conditions at the launch site in Japan, the UAE government communications office said on Tuesday.The UAE’s Hope Probe was due to set off from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center at 12:51am UAE time on Wednesday (2051 GMT Tuesday) for a seven-month journey to the red planet where it was due to orbit and send back data about the atmosphere.”The UAE’s space mission, the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission, will launch on Friday July 17, 2020 at 12:43am UAE time (July 16, 2020 at 8:43pm GMT) from Tanegashima Space Center,” the government communications office tweeted. There are currently eight active missions exploring Mars; some orbit the planet and some land on its surface. China and the United States will send another two this year.The UAE, an oil-exporting nation, first announced plans for the mission in 2014 as part of efforts to diversify away from hydrocarbons and develop a knowledge economy, aiming to reach the planet by 2021.With a population of 9.4 million, most of whom are foreign workers, the UAE lacks the scientific and industrial base of the big space-faring nations. It launched a National Space Program in 2017 to develop expertise in space science among Emiratis.Emirati Hazza al-Mansouri became the first Arab in space in September 2019 in a flight to the International Space Station.To develop and build the Hope Probe, Emiratis and Dubai’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) worked with US educational institutions with space science expertise.The UAE government has announced an ambitious goal of a Mars settlement by 2117. Topics :last_img read more

LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill lists Brinsmead home with granny flat

first_imgThe kitchen“We entertain and sit out there most nights before we head to bed. It is a very relaxing and quiet suburb.“The neighbours are enduring friends, and not too many people in the street move. We’re downsizing and having a treechange and moving to the Tablelands to enjoy our retirement.”With three children to raise, the owners constructed the home to provide some privacy for young adults.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoA bedroom downstairs comes with its own toilet and kitchenette and gave the kids “a point to leap from into their own lives”. Relax while looking out to the pool“The house lends itself to people who might have an elderly parent or older teenagers who are staying at home because of the cost of living. It give them the ability to live their own lives, or others who want to host Airbnb guests,” the owner said.The home has been recently repainted inside and out, and over the years, renovations of the bathrooms, ensuite and kitchen have helped the property remain fresh and attractive.A stone benchtop and soft-close drawers have also been installed in the kitchen.Access to back of the property is provided along what used to be a fire break for the cane fields and sitting up high on the hillside, the home always receives cool breezes during the height of summer. The yardOpen plan, the practical layout and multiple internal living zones ensures easy living, according to agent Kim Ryan from LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill.“The vast timber deck is the ideal spot to entertain with easy access to the downstairs section where you can relax poolside all year round and soak in the leafy surrounds,” she said.“Banks of louvres give ample natural light and cross-ventilation and there is internal access to the main garage. There is side vehicle access to a separate workshop area and plenty of off-street parking.”Ms Ryan said the home was close to Redlynch Central Shopping Centre, local shops, St Andrews Catholic College and Freshwater Christian College and within the catchment areas for Freshwater State School and Redlynch State College.Offers will be considered prior to auction.The home goes to auction on Saturday at 12pm. The deck at 21 Feeley Cl, BrinsmeadThe upfront cost of investing in solar power cannot compete with the immediate savings already built-in.The owners bought the land in 1989, drawn to Brinsmead for its safety, peace and protection from cyclones.Building began in 1990 and it the balcony which is by far the star of the immaculate home.“The balcony is probably where we spend the most of our time,” the owners said. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:06Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:06 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHouse prices: Australia’s property market facing longest downturn in decades01:07BUILT in the early 1990s, 21 Feeley Cl, Brinsmead was ahead of its time.The five-bedroom, four-bathroom home on 1037sq m tucked in behind Mt Whitfield is wired to take advantage of off-peak power providing an economical investment for a savvy buyer.The house was fitted with a 400L hot water system using tariff 31 electricity and wired so the pool, dishwasher and laundry use tariff 33 power.last_img read more

Weekly IMCA Late Model point season ends this weekend

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – The 2018 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season for Late Models ends this weekend, with final point races on Sunday, Aug. 26.National and state points for the division will be given through the final Deery Brothers Summer Series event, now scheduled on Sept. 21.The point season for all other IMCA divisions ends Sunday, Sept. 30.last_img

David Beckham wanted Roy Keane to play in charity match

first_img Beckham will captain a Great Britain and Ireland XI, managed by Ferguson, against a Rest of the World team coached by Carlo Ancelotti on November 14 at Old Trafford. A number of Beckham’s former Manchester United team-mates will take part in the match, which aims to raise funds for UNICEF, but Keane will not be one of them. “That is part of the problem with some of the other players we wanted to play. “We have to pick a weekend where we felt we would get a lot of support and 3pm on Saturday does not happen very often.” Had Keane been able to accept the offer, it would have been just the second time the former midfielder had played for Ferguson since their famous bust-up in 2005. Keane had been an integral part of Ferguson’s team for 12 years, but Ferguson became angry with his captain after he delivered a damning critique of his team-mates on the club’s in-house TV station MUTV following a defeat to Middlesbrough. The Scot was unhappy about Keane’s brutally honest assessment of his team-mates and shortly afterwards he was sold to Celtic. Keane played again under Ferguson during his testimonial between United and Celtic in 2006, but the pair have had something of a frosty relationship since. Ferguson and Keane traded jibes about each other in their respective autobiographies. :: The UNICEF game featuring Beckham, which pits a Great Britain & Ireland XI v a Rest of the World XI is on 14 November, 3pm, at Old Trafford. Tickets available from manutd.com Beckham wanted Keane to play, but the former United captain had to turn the offer down because he is busy that week due to his commitments with the Republic of Ireland. “We have asked Roy but obviously he is on international duty,” Beckham said of Keane, who is assistant to Republic manager Martin O’Neill. David Beckham has revealed he wanted Roy Keane to return to Old Trafford and play under Sir Alex Ferguson in his charity match next month. Press Associationlast_img read more

Younis returns with classy century on opening day

first_imgABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Younis Khan, the veteran Pakistan batsman, proved his recent bout of dengue fever was no hindrance, as he hit a classy century against West Indies on the opening day of the second Test at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.The 38-year-old showed no signs of lethargy or sluggishness as he crafted his 33rd Test century – 127 quality runs as the home side ended the day on 304 for four.The other senior statesman in the team – Misbah ul-Haq closed the day unbeaten on 90, as Pakistan thrived on two dropped chances by the West Indies.A half-century from Asad Shafiq also added to the punishment as the West Indies continued their struggle for success in this series. Shannon Gabriel bowled his heart out to finish with two for 43.Earlier, Misbah who was captaining Pakistan for a record 48th time in Tests – to equal Imran Khan’s record – won the toss and predictably took first strike.Preferring not to bat last on this pitch and with the average first-innings score here on this piece of mud being 394, Misbah was smiling from ear to ear. However, that soon turned to sadness, as his triple centurion in the first Test in Dubai, Azhar Ali, was bowled by Gabriel with only six runs on the board.The right-hander got one that cut back into him, taking an inside edge and crashing into his sticks for a duck.Within the first hour skipper Jason Holder decided to play his trump card and went to leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo. He struck almost immediately bowling Sami Aslam with a big leg-spinner for six.Younis returning from a bout of dengue fever was next in and he looked like he never left. Within minutes his bat started to broaden and the runs began to flow. Shafiq, who was timing the ball beautifully from ball one, continued his good work and reached his half-century of 68 balls with six fours.When lunch was taken, the score on the dusty scoreboard out in the middle of the desert read 95 for two, with Shafiq on 54 and Khan 29. The session was two and a half hours long to facilitate Friday pray Jumma Salah. They were then given an hour-long break to allow the Muslim players to pray and then have lunch.After the resumption, Younis continued to look good but soon lost Shafiq, who was bowled of an inside edge by Gabriel, playing away from his body.He faced 121 balls and struck seven fours. Misbah joined in and gave the crowd on hand lots to cheer about. He looked in supreme form and, with Misbah batting so beautifully at the other end, the West Indies looked incapable of getting the breakthrough.A chance came with Khan on 84 but Kraigg Brathwaite was unable to hang on to a caught- and-bowled chance. Misbah brought up his half-century off 93 balls with two fours and two sixes and soon after he was dropped by stand-in wicketkeeper Shai Hope off the unlucky Gabriel.The burly pacer got one to square up to Misbah on 54, which found the outside edge but the Barbadian failed to hold on to the one-handed effort. Hope replaced fellow Barbadian Shane Dowrich who broke down before the start of play with a ligament strain on his right shoulder.After the let off both men continued to plunder runs and targeted leg-spinner Bishoo who claimed a Test-best eight for 49 in the last game, bowling them out for just 123.Time and time again they employed the slug-sweep against him and this killed his effectiveness, as he had to adjust to a more defensive approach.Khan brought up his century off 169 balls with eight fours and a six. The Pakistan 300 was also raised and the two looked inseparable.However, just before the end of play which was called six overs early, due to fading light, Khan fell, again playing the slug sweep, but this time against part-time off-spinner Brathwaite. His final stats read 127 runs, 205 balls, 10 fours and one six. PAKISTAN 1st inningsSami Aslam b Bishoo 6Azhar Ali b Gabriel 0Asad Shafiq b Gabriel 68Younis Khan c Chase b Brathwaite 127Misbah-ul-Haq not out 90Extras: (lb-6, nb-7) 13Total: (4 wkts, 84 overs) 304Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-42, 3-129, 4-304.Bowling: Gabriel 14-1-43-2 (nb-7), Cummins 15-1-43-0, Holder 14-4-31-0, Bishoo 20-0-92-1, Chase 12-0-53-0, Brathwaite 9-0-36-1.last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgThe proposal by the players’ association, given to Major League Baseball Tuesday evening without a negotiating session, was detailed to The Associated Press by a pair of people familiar with the negotiations. They spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcements were authorized.MLB did not appear to view the proposal as productive but made no comment. MLB has said that absent an agreement it could go ahead with a shorter schedule of perhaps 50 games.Players made their move one day after management cut its proposed schedule from 82 games to 76.VIRUS OUTBREAK-TAIWAN BASEBALLMore fans, fewer restrictions: Games go on Taiwan ballparks Gurley’s $6 million, one-year deal with Atlanta was made official on April 6. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL didn’t allow players to report to their new teams immediately for physicals.Gurley’s physical was notable because he has a history of knee problems, including an injury while a standout for the Georgia Bulldogs. A persistent left knee injury limited his effectiveness late in 2018 with the Los Angeles Rams. He played in 15 games last season.The Falcons expect the 25-year-old Gurley to replace Devonta Freeman, who was released, as the leader of the Falcons’ running attack.NFL-BROWNS-DIVERSITY PROGRAMBrowns welcome 6 coaches as part of diversity program Associated Press NASCAR says all fans will be screened before entering, required to wear face coverings, mandated to social distance at six feet, and will not have access to the infield, among other revised operational protocols.NFL-FALCONS-GURLEY PHYSICALTodd Gurley passes physical with Falcons, impresses RyanATLANTA (AP) — Running back Todd Gurley has passed his physical, clearing the final hurdle for his return to Georgia with the Atlanta Falcons.The Falcons say Gurley passed his physical on Monday in Atlanta. UNDATED (AP) — The familiar scene of Confederate flags waved by fans at NASCAR tracks could soon be a relic of racing’s good ol’ boy roots.Bubba Wallace — the lone black driver in the sport — this week declared it is time for the stock car series with deep ties to the South to ban the flag at its properties and formally distance itself from what for millions is a unwelcome symbol of slavery and racism.The signs are everywhere that NASCAR could do so. As the nation grapples with social unrest largely tied to the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, the predominantly white field of drivers united for a video promoting social change. A black NASCAR official took a knee before Sunday’s race near Atlanta in what may have been a first and the governing body vowed to do a better job of addressing racial injustice.Wallace – who wore a black T-shirt with the words “I Can’t Breathe” at Sunday’s race — seized the moment and issued his most compelling comments yet on the often thorny nature of race and racing: “My next step would be to get rid of all Confederate flags.”There was no immediate statement from NASCAR. The series in 2015 asked fans to “refrain from displaying” the flag at its facilities and events. WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) — Midwestern State women’s basketball coach Noel Johnson has died from ovarian cancer at age 47.Johnson was also the point guard for Texas Tech’s 1993 national championship team.Her 159 wins in 12 seasons as Midwestern’s coach were the most in program history. As a Texas Tech player from 1991-95, Johnson helped the Lady Raiders to four consecutive Southwest Conference championships and the NCAA Sweet 16 each of those four seasons.A memorial celebrating Johnson’s life is scheduled for June 20 on the Midwestern State campus.JORDAN-A BIG FISH TENNIS-US OPEN-DJOKOVICDjokovic may skip US OpenBELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Top-ranked Novak Djokovic is thinking of skipping the U.S. Open — if it is played — and instead returning to competition on clay ahead of the rescheduled French Open.Djokovic tells Serbia’s state broadcaster RTS that the restrictions that would be in place for the Grand Slam tournament in New York because of the coronavirus pandemic would be “extreme” and not “sustainable.” He says that “as things stand,” he would skip the U.S. Open and return to action in September on clay ahead of the rescheduled French Open.Djokovic says most players he has talked to were “quite negative” about going to New York. DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee is creating an athlete group that will look into loosening restrictions on protests at the games.CEO Sarah Hirshland tweeted the plans for a new group, which is being formed in response to George Floyd’s death last month and the worldwide protests that followed.The USOPC put out a statement last week signaling its solidarity with black athletes. But the federation received blowback from several athletes, most notably hammer thrower Gwen Berry. Berry is serving a 12-month probation for raising her fist on the medals stand at the Pan-Am Games last summer.NASCAR-CONFEDERATE FLAGBan the Confederate flag? NASCAR could see the end of an era VIRUS OUTBREAK-NASCARNASCAR set to allow fans back in Florida, AlabamaDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR is set to allow fans back at the track for races this month at Homestead-Miami Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.NASCAR will allow up to 1,000 Florida service members, representing the Homestead Air Reserve Base and U.S. Southern Command in Doral, to attend the Cup Series race Sunday as honorary guests and view the race from the grandstands.Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama will allow up to 5,000 guests in the frontstretch grandstands/towers for the June 21 Cup race. There will be limited motorhome/camping spots available outside the track. TENNIS-OLYMPIC QUALIFYINGRankings after next year’s French Open will determine Olympic qualifyingLONDON (AP) — The tennis rankings that come out after the 2021 French Open ends will be used to determine who qualifies for the postponed Tokyo Olympics.The International Tennis Federation says its eligibility rules will be the same as originally set up for Tokyo, with requirements related to minimum participation in Fed Cup or Davis Cup — and an appeals process for players who do not meet those standards.The cutoff for ATP and WTA rankings points for the 2020 Games originally had been Monday. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Olympics were pushed back a year to July 2021. Update on the latest in sports: Los Angeles is among the seven teams that won’t be returning to action when the NHL resumes competition this summer amid the coronavirus pandemic.Elsewhere in the NHL:— Buffalo Sabres defenseman Lawrence Pilut is forgoing a chance to continue his NHL career by signing a two-year contract with Russia’s Chelyabinsk Traktor. The signing was announced by the Kontinental Hockey League team Tuesday and comes after Pilut had difficulty establishing a regular role over the past two years in Buffalo.FEDERER INJURYFederer out for remainder of 2020 after injury setback PGA Tour to hold minute of silence at 8:46 to honor FloydFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The PGA Tour is leaving the 8:46 a.m. tee time vacant this week at Colonial. It’s part of a tribute to George Floyd and to support efforts to end racial and social injustice.Authorities say 8 minutes, 46 seconds is how long Floyd was pinned to the ground under a white Minneapolis police officer’s knee before the handcuffed black man died.Commissioner Jay Monahan says the tour will have a moment of silence and reflection at 8:46 a.m. in each of the four rounds at the Charles Schwab Challenge. The moment of silence will start with three short blasts of the horn.FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME LONDON (AP) — Roger Federer will be out competitive tennis until the start of the 2021 season because of a setback in his recovery from surgery on his right knee.The 20-time Grand Slam champion has posted a statement on Twitter to confirm he’ll be out of action for the rest of 2020.The 38-year-old Federer had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in February. He had initially planned to be sidelined for at least four months but has barely missed any elite tennis because the tour was suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic.OBIT-NOEL JOHNSONMSU coach, former Texas Tech title guard Noel Johnson dies No fish story: Michael Jordan’s boat nabs 442-pound marlinUNDATED (AP) — Apparently, Michael Jordan is pretty good at fishing, too.Jordan and the crew of his 80-foot fishing boat named “Catch 23” hauled in a blue marlin weighing 442 pounds at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament on Tuesday. It’s an event held annually at Morehead City, North Carolina, that attracts anglers from across the world.Jordan’s is the sixth-largest blue marlin caught so far during the tournament, which boasts a $3.3 million overall purse.The fish wasn’t enough to place in the top three, so it is not eligible for prize money. But Jordan and his crew still have two more days to catch a bigger marlin. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-MLBAP sources: MLB players cut to 89 games, want prorated moneyNEW YORK (AP) — Baseball players have moved toward teams but remained far apart economically in their latest proposal for starting the pandemic-delayed season, adamant they receive full prorated salaries while offering to cut the regular season to 89. HORSE RACING-SANTA ANITA FATALITIES2-year-old filly dies after training injury at Santa AnitaARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A horse broke down during a workout at Santa Anita and was euthanized, making it the 14th fatality at the track since late December.Lightsaber, a 2-year-old filly who had yet to race, died Sunday in what the California Horse Racing Board called a training-related death. She sustained a left hind leg fracture and attending veterinarians found the injury was unrecoverable, which led to Lightsaber being euthanized.Santa Anita resumed live racing on May 15, although it is closed to the public and media. The Arcadia track closed on March 27 because of the coronavirus pandemic, although training was allowed to continue. Football Hall of Fame reopeningCANTON, Ohio (AP) — The Pro Football Hall of Fame will reopen Wednesday after nearly a three-month closure caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The hall closed on March 16, but permission has been granted by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine for museums, science centers and zoos to open.There will be several health and safety guidelines in place for visitors and workers at the Canton shrine. All employees must wear face coverings and visitors are encouraged to do so as well.The hall is making both masks and disposable gloves available. It also will hand out a stylus to anyone wanting one for the interactive displays. CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have welcomed six young coaches, including two women and former NFL player Leonard Hankerson, to take part in the final three weeks of their offseason program.As part of the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship, the team brought in the coaches so they can gain experience while working with an NFL team and potentially land full-time jobs in the league.Hankerson played four seasons with Washington. He’s in his second season coaching wide receivers at Stephen F. Austin.Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said diversity will always be an important component for Cleveland’s organization.GOLF-COLONIAL-FLOYD TRIBUTE NHL-KINGS-CARTER SURGERYLA Kings’ Jeff Carter has surgery on core muscle injuryLOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter has undergone surgery to repair a core muscle injury.The Kings say Carter had surgery last week. The veteran Stanley Cup winner is expected to be fully healthy for next season.Carter was injured in a game at Winnipeg on Feb. 18, and he missed the final 10 games of the Kings’ season. The six-time NBA champion and owner of the Charlotte Hornets says he’s hoping to reel in a “little bit bigger fish” later this week. June 10, 2020 NEW TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan (AP) — The Taiwan baseball league is continuing as a trailblazer for sports resuming after the lockdown in the coronavirus pandemic.An easing of restrictions by the government last weekend allows more fans at the ballparks and allows them to sit closer together while they’re supporting their teams in the Taiwan-based CPBL. Spectators are only required to wear face masks when they’re not in their seats and ball parks are allowed to be up to 50% capacity.The Taiwan league resumed play in April in empty stadiums. Last month the CPBL started allowing up to 1,000 fans to attend games.AMERICA PROTESTS-USOPCUSOPC forming group to look into Olympic protestslast_img read more

Minute’s silence, red cap tribute for Lauda in Monaco

first_imgMONACO (Reuters) – Formula One will hold a minute’s silence in memory of triple world champion Niki Lauda before tomorrow’s Monaco Grand Prix, with a noisier salute to the Austrian after the race.Lauda, one of the sport’s greatest heroes and characters who came back from a fiery crash at the Nuerburgring in 1976 to win two more titles after a first with Ferrari in 1975, died on Monday at the age of 70.Formula One said the silence would be held at 14.53hrs local time, 17 minutes before the start of the race in the principality.The 20 drivers and dignitaries who normally stand at attention on the starting grid for the national anthem will be joined by a group of Lauda’s contemporaries and peers each holding a red cap in tribute.Lauda, Mercedes team’s non-executive chairman, was known for the trademark red cap he wore to hide his burns from the 1976 accident.Fans in the grandstands were invited to pay their own tribute to the two-time Monaco Grand Prix winner on the in-lap after the finish.“They can wear either a red cap, display a message on a banner, or simply applaud, while those watching from the yachts in the harbour are invited to sound their klaxons,” said a statement.Mercedes, McLaren and Ferrari already have stickers on their cars in tribute to Lauda.Mercedes team members are also wearing black armbands.last_img read more

Canadian Badgers bring home gold

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)We’ve all heard about the Wisconsin women’s hockey players who represented the United States in the Olympics last year, but with six players who call Canada their home, USA hockey isn’t the only national organization taking notice of the Badgers.Over winter break, forwards Mallory Deluce and Carolyne Prevost, along with defensemen Brittany Haverstock and Stef McKeough, joined Team Canada’s under-22 team in the MLP Nations Cup.With Team Canada these four Badgers played against teams from Switzerland, Germany, Sweden and Russia. Not only were they playing against the other countries’ senior teams, they brought home the gold medal for the eighth time in the last nine years.“It was definitely a lot of fun,” McKeough said. “I mean every time you’re able to put on a Team Canada jersey it’s a privilege. Then when you come back here it’s a privilege to wear the Wisconsin one. I guess hard work always pays off. When your dreams, in a sense, are starting to come into reality, it’s a relief almost and it’s really exciting at the same time.”While all four have played for one of Canada’s national teams at some point, Deluce and Prevost each played in the MLP Cup a year ago with similar success.With two more Badgers on the roster this year, they were more than thrilled to share the experience.“Obviously it’s always an honor when you play for your own country,” Haverstock said. “It was awesome. When I found out I was really excited, and to get to play with some of the Badgers was an even better experience.”“It’s always a great honor to be a part of that team,” Prevost added. “It was good to have a chance to play three other of my teammates. It made it a lot more pleasant to be out there. A lot of the times we were out on the ice at the same time, there was a little Wisconsin line going on. It was really fun.”Through four games Prevost, McKeough and Deluce each netted a goal. While Prevost and McKeough ended the tournament with four points, Deluce had five.Regardless of their individual stats, the four Badgers were proud to help bring the gold back to Canada and show what women’s hockey is capable of.“It’s a good experience obviously to play against the best players from other countries,” Prevost said. “It was our under-22 team, and we’re playing against other countries senior teams. It tells a lot about the development of hockey. It’s really fun obviously to win the tournament. We’re just trying to get women’s hockey to develop, that’s pretty much the primary goal of the tournament. It’s coming along in a big way too.”“It means a lot,” Deluce added. “You really work hard, and to win gold is a big accomplishment for us.”Skating for Team Canada was an honor for the four Badgers, but they weren’t the only WCHA representatives. Jessica Wong from Duluth as well as Laura McIntosh and Natalie Spooner from Ohio State also represented the WCHA.Going from friends on one team to rivals on the next may not seem like the easiest transition, but it is simply a mutual understanding.“We definitely still talk during the year, but I think we’re all pretty competitive people and we know that when we step on the ice, it’s time to play hockey and put the friendships aside for awhile,” Haverstock said. “But we definitely continue them after the game.”Prevost also noted that despite the rivalries, they respect each other and know that it is just part of the world of hockey.“When you’re part of a team obviously you have set goals as a team. You focus on the task at hand with the team that you’re with. That’s what we all try to do,” she said. “There’s different players from college teams that we play here and there’s rivalries when we play each other, but when it comes down to it, when we’re playing for Team Canada, we’re all a team. We respect each other and have fun.”Having fun and representing your country is really what it’s all about. “Anytime I play hockey I have fun,” McKeough said. “When you’re there it’s just another step, and it really pushes you to try to prove to the rest of the players who you are and where you come from. Then again you also see how hard everyone else works so it’s doubly motivating in a sense.”last_img read more