first_imgMar 17, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – In the early stages of an influenza pandemic, cases are spreading among migrant workers in Michigan. The state’s health department has a supply of antiviral drugs from the federal stockpile and is using them to treat the sick, but, concerned about breaking federal rules, is withholding them from others exposed to the virus—thereby missing a chance to help contain it.Meanwhile, cases are spreading among homeless people in Washington, DC, and authorities are getting ready to close the schools, but they want to know what to do about children who depend on the school lunch program and those whose parents can’t take time off work to care for them.Those were two of the many dilemmas raised in a major pandemic simulation exercise staged at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta last week. Others included how to keep travelers from spreading the virus and what to do in the face of serious side effects caused by the leading antiviral drug.It was the fourth in a series of exercises based on a scenario that puts the United States at the epicenter of an evolving pandemic featuring an H5N1 strain of flu. Instead of watching anxiously as a pandemic emerges on some other continent, the scenario goes, the United States has about 75% of the world’s cases, all stemming from a traveler from Southeast Asia who brought the virus into the country. The series of exercises began in January 2007.Although the event was only an exercise, it offered a close-up look at the CDC’s expectations about the kinds of challenges it will face in the early stages of a real pandemic and how it might be likely to respond.The simulation involved a total of roughly 1,000 people, most of them from the CDC but also a number from other government agencies, according to Von Roebuck, a CDC spokesman who hosted reporters witnessing the drill.CDC emergency center buzzingThe 2-day event took place in the Director’s Emergency Operations Center (DEOC) on the third floor of the gleaming CDC headquarters building on the Atlanta campus. There, specialists from many CDC branches and a few other agencies staffed computer stations laid out in long rows, with 60 stations in all, most of them occupied. They faced a wall filled with a dozen or more electronic displays that charted data on influenza cases and deaths, distribution of antivirals, deployment of CDC personnel, CDC goals and objectives, and various other dimensions of the pandemic and response. Flanking the data displays were two TV news feeds.A similar but smaller control room a couple of buildings away was occupied by the CDC’s Exercise Control Group, consisting of 51 people who designed and monitored the exercise, adding new wrinkles that the CDC had to respond to as it evolved. Some played roles as representatives of other federal agencies or state health departments.As played out in the first exercise last year, the pandemic scenario began with an apparently healthy but infectious man from Southeast Asia who traveled to the United States, exposing other travelers on the way. After falling ill, he exposed household contacts, healthcare workers, and some members of a university sports team.Soon, as depicted in subsequent exercises, cases linked to the index patient surfaced in 10 states, plus Washington, DC, the Marshall Islands, Guam, and several foreign countries, including Australia, India, the United Kingdom, Panama, Japan, and Canada. Early on, the CDC determined that the prepandemic H5N1 vaccine in the US stockpile was not of much use against the pandemic strain. But the agency began shipping antivirals, mainly oseltamivir (Tamiflu), to the states, allocating them in proportion to population.By the time last week’s exercise opened on Tuesday, which was termed the sixth day of the CDC’s emergency response, there were 273 US cases and 27 deaths. The exercise began with a meeting involving CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding and about 25 senior staff members in a glass-walled conference room adjoining the DEOC. Sound from the meeting was piped—not always very audibly—into the main room.As the exercise unfolded over the 2 days, cases mounted, slowly here, in spurts there. CDC officials hashed out responses in the early morning briefings and in conference calls with state officials; they announced decisions and recommendations at mock press briefings each morning and afternoon.School closing confusionThe question of school closings and related “community mitigation” (CM) measures (also known as nonpharmaceutical interventions, or NPIs) arose early and often. At the first morning press briefing, Gerberding said, “As of this morning we’re not recommending widespread school closures or other measures to reduce spread in crowds, but those measures are likely.” She added that actual closings would be local decisions.When she was asked what should trigger CM measures, Gerberding said, “When a community begins to see acceleration in the number of cases that suggests that transmission is really taking off, that’s when closing schools and avoiding crowds can help. It’s important to do it early, because if you wait till you have 1,000 or 10,000 cases, it’s too late.”Hesitation and concerns about CM measures emerged in an hour-long Tuesday afternoon teleconference between senior CDC staffers and health officials from states affected by the pandemic. (The state officials were mostly played by CDC staffers in the Exercise Control Group, but three people from state health departments had joined the group for the exercise, according to Jerry Jones, director of the group.)The Michigan official wanted to know if the CDC could recommend any particular NPIs as better than others. He said the state had a case-fatality rate of 7% in its 100 cases, signaling a severe pandemic under the CDC’s community mitigation plan, so the state needed to launch mitigation steps. “But the local health departments are telling us they don’t want to do all that work,” he said. “So if there’s one thing working better than others, we’d like to recommend it.”The answer from the CDC team was negative. “We need to really discourage people from picking and choosing different things. They need to be implemented simultaneously,” said one official. However, the officials said mitigation steps could be limited to specific communities rather than covering the whole state.Another official cited last year’s report in the Journal of the American Medical Association on the effectiveness of NPIs in the 1918 pandemic, including school closures, banning public gatherings, isolation of patients, and quarantine of contacts. “If you need ammunition, that’s what to use,” he said.A few minutes later, a Washington, DC, official raised concerns. “We get a lot of pushback about the need to wait to work on these school closures,” she said. The three main issues, she said, had to do with children dependent on the school lunch program, children whose parents can’t take time off work, and what to do about teachers’ salaries.The CDC officials deferred to others on that issue, saying the Department of Education was supposed to be developing relevant guidance. “These problems require resources that we don’t have authority over,” said Dr. Stephen Redd, the CDC’s influenza team leader.School closures came up again on Wednesday, the second day of the exercise.In response to questions at the morning press conference, Redd said, “There will not be a federal decision on school closings. This needs to be a local decision.” He added that schools were already closed in affected areas of Michigan and Arkansas.But in another conference with state health officials that afternoon, uncertainty was still evident. Ohio, which was reporting 18 cases, was getting a lot of questions and concern about whether schools would close, especially in Toledo, a state official reported. He expressed concern that parents would start keeping their children home and said he wasn’t sure what the state’s trigger for closing schools was.CDC officials responded by repeating the criteria for launching NPIs and said a document explaining them would be posted on the government’s pandemic flu Web site later in the day.Debating guidance on antiviralsWith no effective vaccine available, health authorities were forced to rely on antiviral drugs to fight the virus, under the scenario. Earlier chapters in the exercise brought the news that the prepandemic H5N1 vaccine in the US stockpile was too poor a match for the pandemic virus to be of much use. The CDC decided to distribute antivirals from the national stockpile to all the states in proportion to population. Roebuck, the CDC spokesman, said the real stockpile currently contains 39.8 million treatment courses of oseltamivir and 9.9 million courses of zanamivir (Relenza).The drugs were being shipped to the state health departments in stages, with each state first receiving 25% of its share and then getting another 50% later. The CDC planned to hold the last 25% in reserve. At the Wednesday news briefing, Redd said about 30% of the stockpile had been delivered so far, and the expectation was that the 75% mark would be reached within the ensuing week. In a real pandemic, state health departments will be responsible for distributing the antivirals to healthcare providers according to their preexisting plans, said Dr. Richard Besser, director of the CDC’s Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response.Because of the limited supply, the CDC’s recommendation was to use the antivirals to treat sick people, not to prevent flu in their contacts, although small amounts could be used for “initial containment in some locations,” Gerberding said at the Tuesday morning news conference. “The deployment is to make sure that hospitals have drugs available when people are sick,” she said.Whether to use antivirals for prophylaxis sparked a lively discussion at the Wednesday teleconference of CDC leaders and state health officials. A Michigan official said the state was calling for community mitigation measures in affected migrant worker camps and neighboring towns, but some of the neighboring towns were reluctant to take those steps. As a result, he said, state officials were worried that the virus would move from the camps to the nearby communities and start spreading. In response, a CDC official recommended that the state use antivirals for prevention in those areas.”We’ve been using them only for treatment so far,” the Michigan official replied. “We would be happy to use them for prophylaxis at this time, but we need more clarification from the SNS [Strategic National Stockpile]” on policy.Another CDC official observed that the official guidance was that the antivirals should be used only for treatment. But in further discussion the CDC conferees agreed it would be appropriate for Michigan to use the antivirals for prophylaxis under the circumstances.”I’ll make a decision,” one CDC official volunteered. “Go ahead and give them some.””Can I get that in writing?” the Michigan official asked. He was assured that he would, and the CDC officials concluded it was time to issue specific guidance to the states on how and when to use their antivirals.A few minutes later, two other states reported no hesitation in using antivirals preventively. An Ohio official reported “a lot of success” in treating both the sick and their healthy contacts with the drugs. And an Arkansas health official told the CDC people that state authorities had decided several days earlier to give preventive antiviral treatment to everyone in the town of Pea Ridge, where the state’s cases were concentrated.But the prophylactic use of antivirals had a serious downside in the exercise scenario. At the Wednesday morning press conference, Dr. Carolyn Bridges of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases reported that two Arkansas teenagers had committed suicide after receiving oseltamivir.She noted that a label warning about possible neuropsychiatric side effects of oseltamivir had been added after reports of such events in young patients in Japan, though there has been very little information to directly link the drug with such reactions.Calling the suicides “tragic,” Bridges urged healthcare providers to report any adverse events through the MedWatch system. But in the face of a rapidly spreading virus that causes severe illness, the CDC was not changing its recommendations on the use of oseltamivir, she said.A plan to screen travelersAnother containment strategy invoked in the exercise, though in a limited way, was to screen incoming travelers in areas not yet affected by the pandemic. At the Tuesday afternoon press conference, Dr. Francisco Averhoff of the CDC Division of Global Migration and Quarantine announced a screening program designed to slow the spread of flu into Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico, which were not yet reporting cases.The plan, he said, was to funnel all airline flights to one airport for each of those jurisdictions—Anchorage, Honolulu, and San Juan—and to screen all arriving passengers with a visual check, health questionnaire, and physical exam. Sick passengers were to be isolated and treated, and their contacts quarantined.This plan had aroused considerable concern in state officials when it was described at the CDC conference call with state officials earlier the same afternoon. The Department of Homeland Security was to conduct the primary visual check of incoming passengers, and the CDC was to do the medical screening, with an interview and physical exam. Each state health department was asked to provide 20 staffers to help out with evaluating passengers, isolating and treating patients, and quarantining contacts, CDC officials said.”You’re asking us to give up 20 of our staff?” replied a Dr. James from Alaska. “That’s just not realistic for us to give up that many. That’s practically our whole staff.” Similarly, a Hawaiian official added that it would “extremely difficult” for his state to provide the help the CDC was requesting.The state officials said they would try to assign staff members to help with the effort, but they needed information on what kinds of workers the CDC wanted. CDC officials promised to send a list.At the news conference, a “reporter” asked how much good the screening program could do, given that the virus had a 2-day incubation period and apparently healthy travelers could be infected.”The screening isn’t foolproof,” acknowledged Dr. Stephen Redd, the influenza team leader. “What we’re trying to do is decrease the numbers and the burden of disease in a community. We know it’s not going to completely keep the virus out of these areas. We know that complete closure of the borders does not work. You would only slow the introduction.”When he was asked about screening at land border stations, Redd said the government had no major plans for enhanced screening. “We’re working in collaboration with Canada and Mexico. We feel that activities at land ports of entry would not be effective. It would be a misuse of our resources,” he said.Similarly, at the Tuesday morning news conference Gerberding reported there were no plans for increased screening of incoming international travelers other than places like Alaska and Puerto Rico. “The fact is we have the most cases of anywhere in the world. It’s not likely that doing things to keep people out will make much difference,” she said.However, the CDC was taking action when incoming international travelers with suspicious symptoms were identified during normal screening. At the Wednesday afternoon teleconference with state health officials, Averhoff said 300 airline passengers from Europe had been quarantined on arrival in Georgia after three people on the flight were found to be ill with possible pandemic flu.At the Wednesday morning news conference, Redd was asked about screening of travelers leaving the United States. He replied that the CDC was consulting with the WHO about exit screening at airports, adding, “We think the measures we’re using in the U.S. would be more effective than exit screening, so we hope not to go that way.” He explained that self-isolation of patients and voluntary quarantine of contacts seemed to be paying off in Michigan and Arkansas.Other observationsThe exercise covered many other issues and concerns. Here are a few:The 10% case-fatality rate in the scenario was worse than in the 1918 pandemic and “out of bounds of our planning scenarios,” said Gerberding.While noting the high fatality rate, Redd said, “Really the question is how widespread is this going to become?” Would it spread fairly slowly, like SARS, or would it travel much faster, like seasonal flu? “There’s kind of a sense that in some areas the local control measures are being effective,” he said.In the scenario, the pandemic virus was spreading while seasonal flu was still active. However, not much was said about how clinicians might distinguish the two illnesses, aside from laboratory testing. One official said current tests can identify an H5N1 virus in 3 to 4 hours after a sample reaches the lab.In one of the staff conferences, Gerberding called for creation of a video on how to use a simple face (surgical) mask, recommended for flu patients to protect others from their respiratory droplets. She also said the CDC should advise the public what could be used as a substitute if masks run short. “We need to lean forward with the expectation that we’re going to run out of masks,” she said.At one of the news conferences, Redd advised the public to stockpile enough food and water to last 2 weeks. The scenario did not include any major economic repercussions such as shortages of food, fuel, medicine, or other commodities.last_img read more

first_imgMany changes are needed in our immigration laws. But we’re disgusted, ashamed and horrified by the actions taken by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the treatment of families who have applied for refugee status at our southern border. These are people (not animals) who are fleeing intolerable and unsafe conditions in their own countries. It’s our understanding that the procedure is to house them in detention centers (prisons) while their refugee status is verified by a slow-moving court system. Because children aren’t supposed to be held in a prison, they’re forcibly taken from their parents and moved thousands of miles and placed in foster homes with no contact with their parents. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion This is the deliberate and stated policy of the Trump administration to discourage immigration. It has been reported that the government has lost track of at least 1,500 of these children after placement in foster homes. How does this increase our security? As these kids grow up, will they not be embittered and want to strike out at the country that made them orphans?The words on the Statue of Liberty are: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”Why haven’t all of us called for an end to this inhumane process? Where is the outrage from the so-called moral majority, Vice President Pence and the other Evangelicals?Dorothy HorstkotteEd HorstkotteNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

first_imgThe home had not undergone a major renovation in a long time.Agent Tom Uhlich from Place – Bulimba said Tarragindi might not be as well knows as its neighbouring suburbs like Stones Corner, but there was a lot of interest when things do go on the market. “I’ve lived there for 15 years and when I mentioned it a lot of people did not even know where it was,” Mr Uhlich said. “I think it is getting a lot more recognition.”He pointed to a recently renovated five-bedroom home just two streets over at 20 Landor St that went for $1.63 million in January as an example of the surging interest in the area. Two bidders put their money on the line when it came time to bid. LUCKY NUMBERS: Glen Hazlett and Amanda Hanaghan turned to numerology to help sell this home. Pic Mark Cranitch.GETTING the bidding underway at exactly 11.14am might seem unconventional, but for the owner of a rundown property at Tarragindi there was a method behind this.A follower of numerology, Glen Hazlett picked the precise time as the numbers 1, 1, 1 and 4 added up to 7, which was a lucky number for himself and his partner.He hoped the precise timing might give a numerological boost to the auction proceedings for his home at 10 Weal Avenue.But he was unlucky with the home passing in after bidding stalled at $725,000.The three-bedroom weatherboard house was far from the most attractive home in the street, and had not been significantly renovated since it was built in the 1970s.Mr Hazlett picked up the home just before his 21st birthday in 1990 for just $103,000, and planned to sell it to raise funds to help children with ADHD and other learning difficulties. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago“It would make a massive difference,” Mr Hazlett said. For the bidders and the crowd watching the auction, the state of disrepair of the home was not important – it was all about location.last_img read more

first_img Share Share NewsSports Dominica Shines With Their First Win At Windsor Park by: – May 27, 2011 39 Views   no discussions The Dominica National cricket Team is well on their way to regain their title as the 2011 Winlott Windward Island T20/20 Champions as they won their first game against St. Lucia by seven (7) wickets yesterday evening.The games which commenced at 4 o’clock was about an hour after the opening ceremony of the 20/20 Tournament.The Dominican team won the toss and sent St. Lucia to bat. After 6 overs rain stopped play and the Dominican team had the St. Lucians at 27 for 2.St. Lucian Batsman Louis was the only scorer for his side with 44 runs. Wicket takers for the Dominican Team  were captain Liam Sebastian with 2 for 19 runs in 4 overs, and Ray casimir with 1 wicket for 27 runs in 4 overs.The visitors were at 116 for 7 at 20 overs.The Dominican side who started reply at bit slow comfortably won by 7 wickets with 118 for 3 in 18. 5 overs with Tyrone Theophille who was looking for a half century was beaten by only 6 runs and only scoring 44 runs. Captain Liam Sebastian sscored 23 runs and Ray Casimir 17.The St. Lucian side bowled 21 extras to the Dominican team total.Captain Liam Sebastian says although the team drop a few catches they were always on top of the game.Click here to listen to interview with Mr. Sebastien: The best bowler trophy went to Jean Paul, the Best fielder went to Samuel Mitchel, the best batsman and Man of the match went to Tyrone Theophille.Meantime, in the 2nd match, St. Vincent against Grenada, St. Vincent scored a brilliant 143 in their 20 overs and without no doubt at ease wiped out Grenada with a mere 78 runs all out.The next games are between St. Lucia and St. Vincent this afternoon and Dominica and Grenada this evening.News reporter: Ms. Grace HendersonDominica Vibes Newscenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharelast_img read more

first_imgWhen the Badgers took down Iowa and headed into the bye week, we all saw four games left on the schedule, four games UW needed to win to make a run at a BCS bowl.But there was one game that stood out above the rest.Michigan.After wins over Purdue and Indiana, that critical matchup now looms.The Wolverines are 7-3 on the year. They are coming off two straight wins. They’ve got one of the most explosive players in all of college football in dual-threat quarterback Denard Robinson and they play in front of more than 110,000 fans.Oh yeah, and the Badgers haven’t won in Ann Arbor since 1994.Now that’s exactly what they’ll have to do to keep their Big Ten title hopes alive.Throughout Wisconsin’s long football history, the program only has six wins on the road against Michigan. Six.In 2008, it looked like the Badgers were on their way to No.7… until the unthinkable happened.After entering the locker room with a commanding 19-0 lead at halftime, the Badgers imploded. Michigan scored 27 second half points and took a 27-19 lead but the Badgers scored a touchdown with 13 seconds left.They needed a two-point conversion to tie the game and they got it. Then everyone in the stadium realized there was a flag lying on the field.Tight end Travis Beckum was lined up incorrectly and called for illegal formation. The Badgers missed their second two-point try. Game over.I sat just yards away from the action, a couple rows back in the Michigan student section, and watched that all unfold.Every Michigan fan I passed on the way out of the stadium made sure I remembered it, but they didn’t need to. That’s a game I’ll never forget and I’m not the only one.“We all know what happened the last time we went to Michigan,” Bielema said after the beatdown of Indiana Saturday. “We let something happen up there that was embarrassing to me, embarrassing to our program and put us on a little bit of a tailspin for a while.”It was one dreadful tailspin. That 2008 UW squad – a group Bielema said could have been his most talented team – went on to lose three straight after that defeat at the Big House.That loss ruined the 2008 season and a loss in Ann Arbor Saturday would have the very same effect.So Badger fans are justifiably nervous. History tells us how hard it’s been for Wisconsin to beat the Wolverines in their house. Don’t forget it was Michigan who gave UW its one and only loss in the 2006 season (a loss that kept UW from the BCS with an 11-1 record).But despite all that history, all those haunting memories, the Badgers should control the game and walk away with a win against the Wolverines.Here’s a side story to help explain.My sister is a freshman at the University of Michigan and I like to think I’ve taught her a thing or two about football. Here is a piece of a conversation we recently had.Me: Just so you know, if Michigan beats Wisconsin I’ll never forgive you (maybe a little harsh but this is a sibling rivalry we’re talking about).Her: Just so you know, I think that will be impossible.A surprising response and while a Michigan win is certainly possible, that statement isn’t that far-fetched.Why? Because in case you haven’t noticed, UW is playing great football. Top-10 football. BCS-caliber football.And Michigan? Well, like my sister pointed out, they’re just not that good.Robinson is electric and he’s put up insanely good statistics. But he’s turnover prone, (two fumbles and two interceptions against Purdue last week) which caused a momentary benching, and he’s struggled to throw the ball against tough competition (three picks against MSU and 11-of-23 against PSU).Come to think of it, the entire team has struggled against good opponents, losing to Michigan State, Iowa and Penn State. The Wolverines’ three conference wins came over Indiana, Illinois and Purdue. UM squeaked out a win over the Hoosiers, topped the Illini in an overtime shootout and fought off the Boilermakers for a tough road win.The Badgers demolished Indiana while setting a record for points and beat Purdue with a three-touchdown margin.But the Wolverines’ glaring weakness and the biggest reason for Badger optimism is UM’s defense.It’s the last-place unit in the Big Ten, allowing over 433 yards a game. It’s atrocious.Wisconsin should be able to run at will, like it has done each of the last two weeks. And if they force a couple turnovers, something Robinson is known for and something the Badgers have started to create, (seven forced in the last two games alone) UW should be fine.And yeah, there is a lot of motivation for Wisconsin heading into this one.“The guys that were there [in 2008], if that doesn’t have a place in your stomach there is something wrong with you,” Bielema said.It’s got a place in a lot people’s stomachs coach and it’s going to take a win Saturday, with so much at stake, to completely digest that memory and make it go away.Because Wisconsin is closing in on a Big Ten title.Close enough to taste it.Max is a senior majoring in journalism. Think the Badgers’ will finally get a win at the Big House? E-mail him at or tweet @maxhensonlast_img read more

first_imgWilliam Ehart | Daily TrojanStudents enjoy a ride on a USC-themed float as part of the homecoming parade on Thursday afternoon. The parade started at Hahn Plaza and circled around McCarthy Quad and the VonKleinSmid Center.last_img

first_imgPaschal Chukwu out “a long time” following eye surgery A graphical breakdown of Syracuse’s 78-71 loss Tyler Lydon’s offensive breakout ‘was just a matter of when’ Gallery: The best photos from Syracuse-Georgetown Comments Vote for player of the game and grade SU’s performance Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse honored Pearl Washington during game on Saturdaycenter_img Superlatives from Syracuse’s fourth loss of the season Syracuse fans react to loss to Georgetown What we learned from Syracuse’s 78-71 loss to Georgetown Tyus Battle didn’t practice all week until Friday. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said he didn’t want to have to use the freshman guard, who was cleared to play just one day before SU’s matchup with Georgetown.Battle’s been receiving treatment for a left foot injury over the past several weeks. Against South Carolina State on Nov. 22, he sat on the bench toward the end of the game with ice on his left foot. He played just 13 minutes in the following game against South Carolina, but said he was fine afterward.While Battle said the injury is minor after the Orange’s 78-71 loss to Georgetown (7-4) on Saturday, it affected SU’s lineup permutations. Syracuse changed its starters again, with Boeheim plugging in John Gillon at the shooting guard spot instead of Battle, who started the previous three games. Since Gillon and Howard weren’t producing, Boeheim eventually turned to Battle for a boost.Boeheim has said that Syracuse is relying on Howard to distribute and Gillon to score. With both point guards playing at the same time, defenses are off balance, Gillon said, allowing him opportunities to drive to the basket. While he scored 13, Gillon still missed 10 shots, going 4-of-14 from the field against the Hoyas.“Just getting in the lane, didn’t finish it well today,” Gillon said. “Gotta get in the gym, work on that. But as a whole, I think we just need to get better all around.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHoward also struggled, committing a season-high six turnovers and racking up just four points and four assists.In the Orange’s four losses, Howard and Gillon have combined to go 15-for-55, averaging 12.5 points, 5.8 assists and 4.5 turnovers per game among both players.“We’re just not playing well at the guard spot I don’t think at all,” Boeheim said. “I think we’re making too many mistakes, we’re not getting the ball in the basket from the guard spot, haven’t had any in the four losses. We’ve got to play better there.”The versatile duo evident in the Orange’s first four games of the year has disappeared. And without Battle at 100 percent, Gillon and Howard have been exposed.Battle said he should be good to go against Eastern Michigan on Monday and his contributions can only help a currently weak guard unit.Here’s a look back at the rest of our Syracuse-Georgetown coverage from Saturday.***Frank Howard’s offensive struggles continue in loss to Georgetown Published on December 18, 2016 at 10:19 am Contact Paul: | @pschweds Podcast: Beat writers discuss the Orange’s loss to the Hoyaslast_img read more

first_imgProminent video entertainment company MultiChoice Nigeria, the provider of digital terrestrial television platform GOtv, is bringing leading Spanish outfit Atletico to Nigeria for a special visit and to play in the maiden edition of the GOtv MAX Cup.The fixture, which will take place at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, will allow Nigerian fans to enjoy an array of some of the stars of the world’s best league up close, and watch one of its most iconic clubs, Atletico Madrid. Diego Simeone’s side have been one of the best-performing teams this season and sit in second place in the table.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram This is the first time that a LaLiga team have travelled to Nigeria for a friendly match, which will be against the Nigerian Super Eagles on May 22nd.Spanish Top Flight LaLiga outfit Atletico Madrid will play a friendly match in southern Nigeria on May 22nd in the town of Uyo against the Nigerian Super Eagles. The fixture was announced this morning in Lagos at a press conference involving the relevant parties: LaLiga delegate in Nigeria, Javier del Rio, Vice President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Mallam Shehu Dikko; President of Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick; General Manager Sales & Marketing Multichoice Nigeria, Martin Mabutho; and General Manager Supersport Nigeria, Felix Awogu, as well as LaLiga Broadcaster GOtv.This landmark announcement signals the first time that a LaLiga team will travel to the African country to play in a friendly match. The historic contest will take place thanks to SuperSport, the LaLiga broadcaster in most African countries, while both LaLiga and the Nigerian Football Federation have been heavily involved in organising the event.last_img read more

first_imgOn Twitter, a tourist asked Deputy Chairman of Sandals Resorts, Adam Stewart, who has rallied for the reopening of Jamaica’s borders, about the protocols. He responded by saying, “No testing, no quarantine, only standard airport physical observations for symptoms and thermal temperature checks.” As the Jamaican government rolls out the protocol for the reopening of its borders, many Jamaicans are calling for a re-evaluation of the measures that will dictate re-entry. “Why are Jamaican nationals being subject to testing and quarantine when non-Jamaican tourists get to choose?”, is the question that many nationals still stuck overseas have posed. According to Jamaica’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Kamina Johnson-Smith, Jamaicans that want to come home will still have to apply for authorization by using the website or app. The Jamaican returnees coming from a country within a constituted “travel bubble” (yet to be outlined) may not be tested for COVID-19 but would be subject to health status screenings. They will also be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Jamaicans returning from countries outside of the bubble will absolutely be tested. In the meantime, the government has said tourists will undergo VOLUNTARY testing. center_img There is much much confusion surrounding the re-entry requirements for Jamaican nationals and those which have been dictated for non-Jamaican tourists, who will be allowed to visit beginning June 15. As Prime Minister Andrew Holness pushes for greater personal responsibility, he must also realize that not every visitor will understand that it is in the best interest of the Jamaican people to be tested for the virus. “We are still in a pandemic. We are intent on allowing more flights to bring J’cans home and therefore also moving to partial home quarantine. You still need Jamcovid Travel Authorization to be landed so your airline may cancel or refuse boarding if you dont have it”, a tweet from Johnson-Smith read. Thus given the choice, many will opt not to be tested and run the risk of spreading the virus among Jamaican citizens.last_img read more