Red-hot Kevin Harvick sees night end early in Charlotte

first_imgKevin Harvick’s dominant march from the rear met an early — and surprising — end Sunday night during the Coca-Cola 600. The driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford appeared to blow a front tire on Lap 83 while running fourth, which sent him careening into the outside wall and sending sparks flying into the evening air.Harvick’s car did not pass pre-qualifying inspection on Thursday night, forcing him to start last in the field Sunday in the longest race of the year. It took fewer than 70 laps for him to work his way into the top five. He was running fifth at the time of the incident, which relegated his car to the garage and out of the race.PHOTOS: Military honored at Charlotte “This was going to be fun,” Harvick radioed dejectedly to his team.Harvick will finish 40th in the 40-car field, stunningly the first time in 623 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts that he’ll finish last.The incident may have been the first thing to go wrong for Harvick all year. The No. 4 team won five of the first 12 races to start the year, and was considered a favorite to win Sunday night on Memorial Day weekend despite starting from the rear.Harvick entered the event on a two-race win streak, and he already had won three consecutive races earlier this year.“It never gave any warning,” Harvick told FOX Sports. ” … We had a lot of issues this weekend and to come back and have the fastest car there basically, it was just an honor to drive. One of those deals. You have to take the good with the bad, and this weekend was part of the bad.”last_img read more

Law School Grads Mentor Juveniles Before they Become Adult Criminals

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTwo young women, American University Law School graduates, launched a Washington, DC program where volunteers are mentoring juveniles, trying to keep them from returning to jail in the future.The two women had bonded over an unconventional vision: to help young men in jail leave Washington’s juvenile justice system and find their way to productive, fulfilling lives.Five years later, Mentoring Today now has a solid track record, inspiring mentors to donate more than 1,800 volunteer hours, which have helped more than 30 young men to remake their lives. Last year, the nonprofit raised more than $350,000 from donors and grantmakers to fund its services.(READ the story at CS Monitor)Brandon graduated HS after his mentoring and enrolled in college AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

FLU NEWS SCAN: High-dose flu vaccine safety, H1N1 and pregnancy, IOM on crisis care standards

first_imgMar 23, 2012Adverse-events surveillance finds high-dose flu vaccine safeInvestigators monitoring adverse events after the introduction of high-dose trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV-HD) found no new serious safety concerns, but some reported that serious events were higher for TIV-HD than for the standard trivalent inactivated vaccine (TIV), according to a report in Clinical Infectious Diseases. TIV-HD was licensed for adults 65 and older in December 2009. The authors, from the US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, analyzed data from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) in that age-group from Jul 1 through Dec 31, 2010, and found 606 reports for TIV-HD and 1,227 reports for TIV. Of those, 51 (8.4%) in the TIV-HD group were serious, compared with 123 (10.0%) in the TIV group. Among the serious events reported, recipients of TIV-HD had higher rates of gastrointestinal (9.8% vs 0.8%; 5 cases vs 1 case) and cardiac (17.6% vs 4.9%; 9 vs 6 cases) events. However, TIV-HD recipients had a lower incidence of Guillain-Barre syndrome (9.8% vs 31.7%; 5 vs 39 cases) and neurologic events as a whole (13.7% vs 43.9%; 7 vs 54 cases). The authors conclude, “During the first year after US licensure of TIV-HD, no new serious safety concerns were identified in VAERS. Our analyses suggested a clinically important imbalance between the reported and expected number of gastrointestinal events after TIV-HD receipt. Future studies should assess this potential association.” They also note that any finding from VAERS data should be interpreted with caution because of the inherent limitations of passive surveillance.Mar 22 Clin Infect Dis abstractH1N1 vaccination, infection yield similar antibody response during pregnancyAntibody response in pregnant women was the same whether they were vaccinated against pandemic 2009 H1N1 (pH1N1) or contracted the disease, and both routes conferred immunity to the women’s newborns, according to a small study in PLoS One yesterday. Researchers from the University of Colorado and vaccine maker Novartis analyzed blood from 16 women with confirmed pH1N1 infection, 14 women who received the pH1N1 vaccine, and 10 women without infection or vaccination. They performed hemagglutination inhibition (HAI) assays and linear regression analyses and determined that vaccination did not differ from infection during pregnancy with respect to (1) HAI titers at delivery, (2) HAI antibody decay slopes over time, and (3) HAI titers in cord blood. They conclude, “Vaccination against pH1N1 confers a similar HAI antibody response as compared to pH1N1 infection during pregnancy, both in quantity and quality. Illness or vaccination during pregnancy confers passive immunity to the newborn.”Mar 22 PLoS One studyIOM offers guidance for providing healthcare in catastrophesThe Institute of Medicine (IOM) this week published a resource manual to help healthcare organizations and other stakeholders determine how to make healthcare decisions in emergencies that overwhelm normal medical capacity, such as widespread epidemics and devastating earthquakes. The report, titled Crisis Standards of Care: A Systems Framework for Catastrophic Disaster Response, recommends a systems-based approach to allocating resources and provides templates and tools to help different stakeholders identify their core functions and responsibilities, the IOM said in a press release. It explained that a systems-based approach underscores the importance of coordination and integration across the full spectrum of stakeholders, such as healthcare organizations, public health agencies, first responders, and other government agencies. To be ready to shift quickly and effectively to crisis standards of care, the IOM said, each organization needs to identify in advance the core functions it must carry out in a crisis and who will be responsible for each task. The report’s templates are designed to help stakeholders define these responsibilities and to guide them in defining their criteria and process for shifting from usual to crisis standards of care. Also included are tools to help agencies get public input on crisis planning and disaster response. The report was sponsored by the US departments of Health and Human Services, Transportation, and Veterans Affairs.IOM report home pageReport briefMar 21 IOM press releaselast_img read more

WHO Chief Points to ‘Green Shoots of Hope’ in COVID-19 Pandemic

first_img Action by leaders and citizens CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Tedros underlined two elements for addressing the pandemic effectively, namely that “leaders must step up to take action and citizens need to embrace new measures.” The UN’s top official also commended nations in Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific, which took early action to suppress the virus. You may be interested in… Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC “But I want to be clear, there are green shoots of hope and no matter where a country, a region, a city or a town is – it’s never too late to turn the outbreak around.” Oct 16, 2020 (United Nations News) Although COVID-19 cases are on track to hit 20 million worldwide this week, and 750,000 deaths, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has pointed to “green shoots of hope” amidst the global crisis, while urging both governments and people everywhere to work to suppress the new coronavirus. Read more at: United Nations News Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… center_img More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… “I know many of you are grieving and that this is a difficult moment for the world”, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday, in his latest briefing to journalists. CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Oct 15, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 He praised New Zealand as a “global exemplar” in the pandemic. This weekend the country celebrated 100 days with no community transmission of the virus, while Prime Minister Jacinda Adern has also stressed the need to remain cautious. WHO Stresses Need for Quick Action Amid Reports of Fresh COVID-19 Outbreaks(United Nations News) With several countries experiencing fresh COVID-19 outbreaks after periods of little or no transmission, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday highlighted the need for authorities to be able to move quickly to prevent further spread of the disease.  These nations provide a cautionary tale because they show how “progress does not mean victory”, said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom…August 24, 2020In “CARPHA”COVID-19 Pandemic ‘Not Even Close to Being Over’, WHO Chief Warns(United Nations News) Nearly six months after the new coronavirus first emerged, the COVID-19 pandemic is “not even close to being over”, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday. Speaking on the eve of the grim milestone, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for renewed global commitment to save…June 30, 2020In “CARPHA”Kickstarting Economies Without COVID-19 Plan, ‘a Recipe for Disaster’: Tedros(United Nations News) Eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic, countries want to “get their economies going again”, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, advising on the measures that governments, communities and individuals should take, to do so safely. “If countries are serious about opening, they must be…September 1, 2020In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

UGA picks up top wideout

first_imgRandrecous DavisRandrecous DavisATHENS, Ga. – One of Georgia’s bigger goals for the Class of 2016 has been to improve its depth at wide receiver.Monday, the Bulldogs were able to do just that, earning a verbal commitment from four-star receiver Randrecous Davis out of Mays High School.“I have officially committed to Georgia and I’m proud to be a Bulldog,” the 5-foot-11, 180-pound prospect said. “I was going to do at Dawg Night but he said he didn’t have my grades on file yet so my coach had to email it over today and I had to send them my ACT score. They just needed that for me to commit and I went on and did it.”A strong performance at Dawg Night last Saturday helped Davis cement his standing in the eyes of Georgia coaches.“They just really wanted me to come out there and work out and do what I do regularly,” Davis said of the camp. “What I do all the time and that’s it. I did good, making people fall, getting open, making plays, I did all that and then I held it down.”One of the state’s more highly recruited wide receivers, Davis holds over 18 offers and chose the Bulldogs over such schools as Alabama and Florida.He credits his longtime friendship with another Bulldog commitment and a number of friends currently playing for the Bulldogs for making his decision an easy one.“A lot of it had to do with Julian Rochester, we played middle school together on the same team so we’re like brothers and he had a big part in it,” Davis said. “My former teammate Natrez Patrick is up there, so are other guys I’ve known forever like D’Andre Walker, Jayson Stanley, Aaron Dowdell, they all had a part in it. We’re all close and we all want to play together again.”More stories from the UGA InsiderLIKE 11Alive’s Facebook page to get the latest breaking news and weather alerts, plus discuss trending topics!Download the 11Alive News app to get the latest news while you’re on the go! It’s free! iTunes | Android<!–iframe–>last_img read more

Chiefs bring back wide receiver Robinson on 1-year deal

first_img The Chiefs and wide receiver Demarcus Robinson have agreed to terms on a one-year deal that helps the reigning Super Bowl champions keep their top four receivers under contract heading into next season.Tyreek Hill has signed a long-term deal and Mecole Hardman is coming off a strong rookie season, while Sammy Watkins is in the fold for next season but may be asked to restructure his hefty contract or take a pay cut in the coming days.The NFL Network was first to report Sunday that Robinson was returning to the Chiefs.The 2016 fourth-round pick played mostly on special teams as a rookie but has seen his role steadily expand. He was the No. 2 option when Hill was hurt this past season, catching six passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns in a win over the Raiders, and finished the year with 32 catches for 449 yards and four scores. WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 30th March, 2020 10:45 IST Chiefs Bring Back Wide Receiver Robinson On 1-year Deal The Chiefs and wide receiver Demarcus Robinson have agreed to terms on a one-year deal that helps the reigning Super Bowl champions keep their top four receivers under contract heading into next season. First Published: 30th March, 2020 10:45 IST Associated Press Television News COMMENTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US LIVE TV Written Bylast_img read more

Watson stars as Bears fold

first_imgBy Nick Creely DDCA TURF 1 & 2 – REVIEW – ROUND 2 (DAY TWO) TURF 1 BERWICK v BUCKLEY…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Three PH clubs in Asian tilt next year?

first_imgTaiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Dimakiling, Nouri shock Foreign GMs as Pinoy bets start strongly in Subic int’l tourney Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports The Philippines could have three clubs playing in Asian Football Confederation competitions next year, following the AFC’s decision to allot one slot to the country in the AFC Champions League preliminary round.Reigning United Football League champion Global FC will vie in the top club competition—the AFC Champions League—in the continent starting in January, while Ceres-La Salle will once again compete in the AFC Cup group stage.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH among economies most vulnerable to virus MOST READ Senators to proceed with review of VFA View comments Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PHcenter_img Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter EDITORS’ PICK Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine We are young Global won’t have the luxury of time to prepare as it starts its bid against Singapore side Tampines Rovers on Jan. 24 at Rizal Memorial Stadium. The winner of the clash will travel to Australia for a Jan. 31 knockout match with A-League side Brisbane Roar. Chinese giants Shanghai Shenhua await the survivor of the game in Brisbane on Feb. 7 with the winner moving on to the main draw of the Champions League.Wanted: Foreign playersPalami said the club is still in the process of acquiring foreign players, as the likes of Omid Nazari, Milan Nikolic and Ivan Petrovic left Global after their championship winning season last October.If Global ends up playing in the second-tier competition, the AFC Cup, the Filipino side will be in Group F alongside Malaysian champion Johor Darul Tazim, Magwe of Myanmar and the winner between Boeung Ket Angkor of Cambodia and Lao Toyota of Laos in a playoff.Ceres landed in Group H with Vietnam league champ Ha Noi T and T, Felda United of Malaysia and Tampines Rovers of Singapore. If Tampines makes the Champions League main draw, Geylang International will take its place in the group.ADVERTISEMENT A third Philippine club—the Loyola Meralco Sparks—could make the AFC Cup, if Global qualifies for the main draw of the Champions League, where some of the biggest clubs in Australia, Japan, China, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates see action.The Sparks finished third in the UFL league competition this year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliHonor“It’s a huge honor and a responsibility at the same time being the pioneering Philippine club in the Champions’ League,” said Global chief executive Dan Palami, who is also manager of the national men’s football team.“It’s going to be a tough journey since we’ll have to win three games before reaching the group stages. But I’m happy for Philippine football. Having a Philippine club in the Champions League is a testament to the growth and development of the sport in the country.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exerciselast_img read more

Mongabay investigative series helps confirm global insect decline

first_imgIn a newly published four-part series, Mongabay takes a deep dive into the science behind the so-called “Insect Apocalypse,” recently reported in the mainstream media.To create the series, Mongabay interviewed 24 entomologists and other scientists on six continents and working in 12 nations, producing what is possibly the most in-depth reporting published to date by any news media outlet on the looming insect abundance crisis.While major peer-reviewed studies are few (with evidence resting primarily so far on findings in Germany and Puerto Rico), there is near consensus among the two dozen researchers surveyed: Insects are likely in serious global decline.The series is in four parts: an introduction and critical review of existing peer-reviewed data; a look at temperate insect declines; a survey of tropical declines; and solutions to the problem. Researchers agree: Conserving insects — imperative to preserving the world’s ecosystem services — is vital to humanity. Read the entire series by Mongabay senior contributor Jeremy Hance hereAs night falls, numerous insects still fly to the artificial lights of homes in the Kenyan bush. But entomologist Dino Joseph Martins vividly recalls a time when the numbers swarming nightly above his outdoor table were staggering.“You would struggle … to eat your supper because you would have endless beetles and [flying] things falling in your … soup,” he recalls. Today, “that happens far less,” making outdoor dining more pleasant, but far more disquieting.Now Mongabay, in an exclusive four-part series, “The Great Insect Dying,” takes a deep dive into the so-called “Insect Apocalypse.” Interviews with 24 researchers on six continents, and working in 12 nations, are at the heart of the report — likely the most in-depth published on the looming insect abundance crisis by any news media outlet to date.Answers, so far, rest on the hard evidence found in a mere handful of studies, and on the anecdotal, though expert, observations by scientists. Despite limited peer-reviewed research, the scientists interviewed are in near consensus, agreeing that insects are very likely in significant decline globally.Part One of the series, an introduction to the issue, looks at the hard evidence. First news of a possible “Insect Apocalypse” broke in 2017 with groundbreaking research in temperate Europe, where researchers were stunned to learn that flying insect abundance fell by 75 percent in just 27 years in Germany’s nature reserves.Then, in 2018, tropical researchers reported that total arthropod biomass had plunged by 10 to 60 times in just 40 years in a Puerto Rican rainforest (arthropods include insects, arachnids and similar invertebrates).The rush to find evidence was on: A recent, but controversial, meta-study points to a serious decline, with insect abundance possibly falling at a rate of 2.5 percent annually. While most entomologists debate this finding, the majority interviewed believe a large-scale decline is underway.The big question: how bad is it?Ant drama unfolding on the ground beneath one of the caterpillar rearing barns run by Daniel Janzen and Winnie Hallwachs’ team of parataxonomists in Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica. Shortly after this photo was taken, the small ants brought the larger one down into their colony. Image by Timothy Treuer.Part Two of the series looks at declines in the temperate zones of Europe and North America, regions where we know the most about insects, but have little data on abundance trends.However, as each new data point is added to the picture, the news isn’t good: In a Scottish study, moth abundance dropped by 46 percent in just 25 years; in the Netherlands, an 84 percent decline in butterflies was detected between 1890 and 2017. Still-unpublished U.S. research in Ohio may tell a similar story, with butterflies there declining by about 2 percent per year.Part Three offers a survey of the tropics, where insects have the greatest diversity of any animal group on Earth. But studies are scant there, with the Puerto Rico research and a Mexico study providing the only major data points on abundance.Tropical researchers have, however, anecdotally observed big declines, and say they expect large-scale population decreases driven by climate change, wholesale habitat loss and deforestation (especially due to the meteoric growth of industrial agribusiness in the tropics), along with excessive pesticide use.This doesn’t mean all insect groups in every region are, or will be, in free fall. Declines will likely be uneven and family-specific. Some insects may even benefit, especially those able to live in highly degraded habitats — but most won’t, say the experts. Survey projects like the Arthropod Initiative and the Global Malaise Trap Program could soon begin offering much-needed data on tropical insect trends.In Part Four, the researchers offer solutions. Despite the lack of data, they say, we know enough already to start taking aggressive global action to save insects — and ourselves — now.last_img read more

Connecticut Apportionment and Market-Based Sourcing Changes Addressed, Sourcing Rules Established

first_imgThe Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) has issued a special notice that addresses legislative changes to the apportionment of income by taxpayers computing:corporation business tax (CBT) liability, effective for income years beginning on or after January 1, 2016; andpersonal income tax liability, effective for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2017.The notice contains procedures intended to help taxpayers source their receipts under the market-based sourcing rules. In addition, examples illustrate the application of the sourcing rules.Sales FactorThe legislation replaced the three-factor apportionment formula consisting of property, payroll, and sales factors with a formula based solely on the sales factor. In addition, the legislation adopted market-based sourcing rules for receipts from transactions involving services and intangible property. Receipts from the sale of certain property must be excluded from both the numerator and denominator of the sales factor if the property is not held by taxpayers primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of the taxpayer’s trade or business.Sourcing ProceduresUnder market-based sourcing, receipts from the sale of services and the rental, lease or license of intangible property must be sourced to Connecticut if, and to the extent, a business or individual customer uses the services or intangible property in the state.In general, use occurs at the location(s) where the taxpayer’s business or individual customer either directly or indirectly receives value from the service or intangible property. Taxpayers must follow procedures to identify where a customer receives value from a service or intangible property. The procedures, which depend on the  facts and circumstances of the transaction, include:sourcing receipts based on the location of the customer’s billing address;the location indicated in the contract between the taxpayer and customer or the taxpayer’s books and records; orthe location where the customer placed the order for a service.The sourcing rules for determining the location where a business customer uses intangible property also distinguish between marketing intangibles, non-marketing and manufacturing intangibles, and mixed intangibles. If the location at which a customer uses a service or intangible property cannot be determined by the taxpayer after making reasonable inquiries, the taxpayer may reasonably approximate the location where the service or property is used. Finally, a taxpayer may petition the DRS for permission to source its receipts on an alternative basis, if, after a diligent effort to apply the procedures outlined in the notice, a taxpayer still cannot determine the proper sourcing of its receipts.Taxpayers Required to Use Market-Based SourcingThe apportionment and sourcing rule changes apply to taxpayers, including manufacturers, that are doing business in, or have economic nexus in and outside, Connecticut. CBT taxpayers engaged in certain activities, including air carriers, broadcasters, securities brokerages, and financial service companies, must continue to use industry specific apportionment and sourcing rules.Special Notice 2017(1), Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, April 17, 2017, ¶401-824Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.Need to learn more about market-based sourcing? Check out CCH CPELinklast_img read more