Bid out Puerto Rico work to get it done

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNow that an obscure Montana contractor with suspicious political connections has been dismissed as the developer for a new power system in devastated Puerto Rico, I think it’s time for Congress to seek bids for the contract. This would legitimize the entire project and give GE, among others, the opportunity to do what they do best and the reconstruction would be done right. At what cost? Well, at least at the cheapest available. And it would save our neglected territory, as well as our reputation.How this will fare, as well as that of needed national infrastructure spending, in the face of the proposed corporate tax cuts remains to be seen.David ChildsJohnstownMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFeds: Painting stolen by Nazis and found at Arkell Museum returned to familyTroopers: Colonie man dies in Montgomery County Thruway crashEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Chinese vaccine approved for human testing at virus epicenter

first_img“You’re planning on administering it to a healthy person who may or may not ever be exposed to the infectious disease agent you’re trying to protect them against,” said Rajeev Venkayya, president of the global vaccine unit at Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., said in a separate interview Tuesday. “There’s very little margin for a safety problem.”CanSino’s trial involves injecting the experimental vaccine into 108 healthy adults, aged 18 to 60, in three different doses, according to data from the Chinese Clinical Trial Registry. Tests will start this month and continue through year’s end. The vaccine was tested on animals and proven safe and capable of eliciting immunity against the virus, CanSino said in its statement.As the outbreak spread around the world, more than 100 clinical trials were launched in China to study the effectiveness of everything from anti-flu drugs and antibody-containing plasma from recovered patients, to traditional Chinese herbal medicine. A smaller number of trials have been announced in countries including the US, South Korea and Thailand.In normal circumstances, a vaccine could take years to reach human clinical trials as scientists conduct substantial amounts of animal testing first before drug regulators greenlight further trials to determine its safety and efficacy on humans. CanSino Biologics Inc. said it received Chinese regulatory approval to start human trials of a vaccine against the novel coronavirus, another example of a potential weapon against the illness being fast-tracked for testing as the global death toll escalates and nations impose lockdowns on their citizens.The vaccine, co-developed by the Hong Kong-listed company and China’s Academy of Military Medical Sciences, will undergo clinical trials in Wuhan, CanSino Biologics said in a statement to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Wednesday. Wuhan is the epicenter for the pandemic that has spread to all corners of the planet, infecting more than 190,000 people and killing more than 7,800.Progress is occurring at unprecedented speed in developing vaccines as the highly infectious pathogen that causes the respiratory ailment known as Covid-19 looks unlikely to be stamped out through containment measures alone. US President Donald Trump’s administration is pressuring American drugmakers to develop a vaccine: Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Moderna Inc. received regulatory approval to move quickly to human trials last week, skipping the years of animal trials that are the norm in developing vaccines. GlaxoSmithKline Plc said last month it was working with China-based Clover Biopharmaceuticals on an experimental vaccine. Also, the US government’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority is working with Sanofi and Johnson & Johnson on potential vaccines.Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group Co. also licensed a vaccine that’s now being developed at the pre-clinical stage by Mainz, Germany-based BioNTech SE.Despite the rapid introduction of human trials, the earliest available vaccine is at least six months away, according to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said it would take about a year-and-a-half to complete trials, scale up production and make a vaccine widely available.Topics :last_img read more

Thornton goes 9-for-9 at Arizona Speedway

first_imgAPACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (Aug. 29) – Ricky Thornton Jr. capped off a perfect season at Arizona Speedway with his ninth Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified victory in as many events Saturday evening.With a maximum possible 360 points, Thornton led Brian Schultz, Chaz Baca Jr. and John Morris Jr. in the top four standings.Thornton has plenty of racing left in the 2015 season as there are still six races left in the 2015 San Tan Ford Modified Championships.He’ll compete at the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. Thornton will start the Sept. 11 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.last_img read more

Bonus points to be added, unofficial IMCA standings announced next week

first_imgVINTON, Iowa (Oct. 5) – Track championship bonuses will be added to point standings for the eight IMCA divisions to be released next week.Unofficial national and regional champions and rookies of the year will be announced after bonuses and resulting point totals are verified.IMCA Modifieds – 1. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 1,199; 2. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn., 1,194; 3. A. J. Ward, Ionia, Mich., 1,190; 4. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M., 1,182; 5. Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev., 1,177; 6. Bricen James, Albany, Ore., 1,170; 7. Anthony Roth, Columbus, Neb., 1,162; 8. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 1,157; 9. Jay Noteboom, Hinton, Iowa, 1,150; 10. Drew Armstrong, Alexander, Ark., 1,149; 11. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 1,147; 12. Tyler Limoges, Redwood Falls, Minn., 1,146; 13. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., and Matt Szecsodi, Clio, Mich., both 1,145; 15. Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas, 1,143; 16. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa, 1,138; 17. Bryce Garnhart, Shannon, Ill., and Joel Rust, Grundy Center, Iowa, both 1,132; 19. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,130; 20. Clint Hatlestad, Glencoe, Minn., 1,119.IMCA Late Models – 1. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 789; 2. Todd Cooney, Pleasant Hill, Iowa, 788; 3. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa, 787; 4. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 782; 5. Rob Toland, Colona, Ill., 763; 6. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, Iowa, 758; 7. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill., 741; 8. Darrel D. DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 731; 9. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, Iowa, 697; 10. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, Iowa, 685; 11. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, Iowa, 680; 12. Shawn Cooney, Bondurant, Iowa, and Curt Schroeder, Newton, Iowa, both 669; 14. Justin L. Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 650; 15. Joe Ross, Thomson, Ill., 646; 16. B.J. Jackson, Clinton, Iowa, 641; 17. Terry Neal, Ely, Iowa, 640; 18. Nick Marolf, Moscow, Iowa, and Eric Sanders, Sherrard, Ill., both 634; 20. Chad Coyne, Orion, Ill., 571.IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Kevin Ramey, Fort Worth, Texas, 794; 2. Tyler Drueke, Eagle, Neb., 769; 3. Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pa., 766; 4. Mike Houseman, Des Moines, Iowa, 765; 5. Austin Mundie, Carrollton, Texas, 746; 6. Kenneth Duke, Selinsgrove, Pa., 745; 7. Matt Richards, Lincoln, Neb., 744; 8. Kyle Smith, South Egremont, Mass., and Trevor Serbus, Olivia, Minn., both 743; 10. Dusty Ballenger, Harrisburg, S.D., 739; 11. Austin Bishop, Elverson, Pa., 737; 12. Jake Martens, Fairview, Okla., 736; 13. Ethan Barrow, Bloomington, Ind., 732; 14. Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan., Jeff Wimmenauer, Greenwood, Indiana, and Brandon Allen, St. Peter, Minn., each 723; 17. Elliot Amdahl, Flandreau, S.D., 711; 18. Colin Smith, Sheldon, Iowa, 709; 19. Jason Martin, Lincoln, Neb., and Chip Graham, Lewisville, Texas, both 707.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 1,200; 2. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 1,187; 3. John Oliver Jr., Danville, Iowa, 1,176; 4. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,153; 5. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., 1,144; 6. Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 1,143; 7. Mark Adams, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,127; 8. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan., 1,125; 9. Matt Speckman, Sleepy Eye, Minn., 1,124; 10. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, 1,122; 11. Travis Van Straten, Hortonville, Wis., and Troy Burkhart, Hays, Kan., both 1,121; 13. Derek Green, Granada, Minn., 1,118; 14. Devin Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,114; 15. Colin Heim, Hoxie, Kan., and Brian Blessington, Breda, Iowa, both 1,113; 17. Chris Heim, Hoxie, Kan., 1,112; 18. Luke Sathoff, Jackson, Minn., 1,107; 19. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 1,106; 20. Kyle Pfeifer, Hill City, Kan., 1,103.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Shannon Anderson, New Virginia, Iowa, 1,200; 2. Cory Probst, Brewster, Minn., 1,192; 3. Luke Wassom, Broken Bow, Neb., and Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb., both 1,182; 5. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 1,168; 6. Tim Gonska, Brainerd, Minn., 1,160; 7. Brady Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 1,156; 8. Cameron Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 1,155; 9. Tathan Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 1,154; 10. Roy Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., 1,150; 11. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 1,138; 12. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 1,133; 13. Garrett Hager, Hays, Kan., 1,128; 14. Shay Simoneau, Damar, Kan., 1,119; 15. Adam Goff, Minot, N.D., 1,118; 16. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 1,110; 17. Chanse Hollatz, Clear Lake, Iowa, 1,108; 18. Allyn Myers, Berwyn, Neb., 1,103; 19. Drew Barglof, Sioux Rapids, Iowa, 1,102; 20. Adam Ayers, Adair, Iowa, 1,101.Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods – 1. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 1,186; 2. Rodney White, Ector, Texas, 1,159; 3. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 1,154; 4. Tyler Bragg, Springtown, Texas, 1,113; 5. Trevor Raney, Sherman, Texas, 1,096; 6. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 1,095; 7. Kyle Wilkins, Italy, Texas, 1,069; 8. Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, 1,039; 9. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 973; 10. Chris Cogburn, Robinson, Texas, 956; 11. Ryan Thomas, Lubbock, Texas, 952; 12. Cory Williams, Tahoka, Texas, 927; 13. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 904; 14. Brayden Wyatt, Wichita Falls, Texas, 896; 15. Steve Gray, Vernal, Utah, 889; 16. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 881; 17. Jason Reese, Spanish Fork, Utah, 873; 18. Chase Vineyard, Davis, Okla., 864; 19. James McCreery, Midlothian, Texas, 843; 20. J.P. Vasquez Jr., Lubbock, Texas, 833.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Matthew Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 1,196; 2. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,181; 3. Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis., 1,179; 4. Chase Alves, Chandler, Ariz., 1,177; 5. Austin Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 1,175; 6. Austen Becerra, Carthage, Ill., 1,172; 7. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, 1,170; 8. Austin Svoboda, David City, Neb., 1,161; 9. Dakota Sproul, Hays, Kan., and Jason George, Laveen, Ariz., both 1,160; 11. Lance Borgman, Beatrice, Neb., 1,155; 12. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1,153; 13. Tony Rialson, Cottonwood, Minn., 1,148; 14. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, 1,147; 15. Colby Fett, Algona, Iowa, 1,145; 16. Johnathon D. Logue, Boone, Iowa, 1,144; 17. Jorddon Braaten, Central Point, Ore., 1,142; 18. David Siercks, Princeton, Minn., 1,137; 19. Gage Neal, Ely, Iowa, 1,136; 20. Kelly Jacobson, Fargo, N.D., 1,126.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 1,196; 2. Dustin Virkus, Clarkfield, Minn., 1,179; 3. Alex Dostal, Glencoe, Minn., 1,163; 4. Barry Taft, Argyle, Iowa, 1,159; 5. Oliver Monson, Clear Lake, Iowa, 1,154; 6. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,153; 7. Bubba Brown Jr., Jackson, Minn., 1,149; 8. John Martinez, Beatrice, Neb., and Curtis Miller, Lewis, Iowa, both 1,142; 10. Andrew Harris, South Sioux City, Neb., 1,127; 11. Terry Tritt, York, Neb., 1,097; 12. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,093; 13. Shawn Hein, Beatrice, Neb., 1,085; 14. Howard Watson, Weatherford, Texas, 1,067; 15. Brock Klaith, Marshall, Minn., and Jeff Klinkefus, Golden, Colo., both 1,064; 17. Austin Friedrich, St. James, Minn., 1,056; 18. Scott Newbury, Rhome, Texas, 1,053; 19. Joshua Young, Beatrice, Neb., 1,051; 20. Julia Childs, Weatherford, Texas, 1,050.last_img read more

Sherwood: No Lescott bid

first_img When asked about stories linking Lescott with Spurs, manager Sherwood said: “He is a good player, but there are a lot of good players at different clubs. He is at Manchester City at the moment so I can’t comment on that.” Having spent £107million in the summer, Tottenham are unwilling to shell out big fees again in January. The squad at Sherwood’s disposal is already huge and he is also committed to giving the youth players he looked after in the development squad a chance. It is for that reason that he has not met with chairman Daniel Levy and technical director Franco Baldini to discuss any potential moves in the current window. It seems only a big player at a knock-down price will be of appeal to the north London club. “I have not sat down and spoke to (Levy and Baldini),” Sherwood said. “I don’t think we need players. We need to get the ones we have fit. “If there is anyone who springs up who could really make us better – our 11 – then possibly we will go in. “The club have notoriously backed their managers and I don’t think it will be different with me. I really think we will be fine once we have anyone fit.” There has been more talk of departures than arrivals at Spurs. Erik Lamela has struggled to adapt to the pace of the Barclays Premier League since his £30million move from Roma, but Sherwood looks unlikely to allow him to leave for Atletico Madrid, who reportedly want the player on loan. “He has not mentioned (going out on loan) to me,” Sherwood said of Lamela, who is expected to miss Saturday’s game at Arsenal because of a thigh injury. “He just needs to settle like a lot of the (new signings do). “He needs time for me to recognise what he can do, what he can produce and when I get the comfort in him then he will play, but he is injured at the moment.” Forward Simon Dawkins, meanwhile, has left Tottenham for Derby. Dawkins signed a professional contract at Tottenham at the age of 17, but he did not make a single first-team appearance during his nine-year spell at the club. Injury blighted the 26-year-old’s time at Spurs, but he has impressed while on loan at Derby this term and he has now been allowed to stay at the Sky Bet Championship club on a permanent basis. Tottenham also announced that 19-year-old striker Shaquile Coulthirst has joined League One side Leyton Orient on a month’s loan. Lescott has been linked with a move away from Manchester City after falling down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium. Tottenham and Besiktas have been mentioned as possible destinations for the centre-back, who wants regular first-team football to aid his remote chances of making the England World Cup squad. Tim Sherwood has professed his admiration for Joleon Lescott, but denied having already held talks with the Tottenham hierarchy over the Manchester City defender – or any other potential transfer targets. Press Associationlast_img read more

Boys’ soccer: Bucksport, MDI and DI-S fall in prelims

first_imgELLSWORTH — Three Hancock County boys’ soccer teams lost their bids for a playoff spot this week in the North preliminary rounds.Bucksport, Mount Desert Island and Deer Isle-Stonington all fell out of the postseason running while Ellsworth and George Stevens Academy both advanced to the quarterfinals with bye weeks.The No. 1 Ellsworth Eagles are scheduled to host ninth-ranked Foxcroft on Wednesday in a Class B quarterfinal game.In the Class C quarterfinals, the No. 5 GSA Eagles are scheduled to play at fourth-ranked Orono on Wednesday.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textHoulton 1, Bucksport 0Houlton’s Pat Howe scored just one minute into Saturday’s Class C prelim against Bucksport.It was all the No. 7 Shires needed to beat the No. 11 Golden Bucks.Cody Larsen made 11 saves on 15 shots for the Bucks. AJ Henderson stopped four of five shots for the Shires.Bucksport ended its season with a 2-12-1 record while Houlton improved to 9-4-2.Erskine 3, MDI 0The No. 7 MDI Trojans ended their season Saturday in a loss to 10th-ranked Erskine in the Class B prelims.Erskine improved to 11-4 and MDI finished with an 8-6-1 record.Penobscot Valley 1, DI-S 0The No. 6 Penobscot Valley Howlers escaped with a hard-fought win over the No. 11 DI-S Mariners in Friday’s Class D prelim at Howland.Jarrett Priest scored the lone goal unassisted with 16:44 left in the first half. Penobscot Valley had numerous close opportunities, but the DI-S defense, and especially goalkeeper Ethan Shepard, denied the Howlers any other goals.PVHS’s Jaeden Folster stopped all three shots he saw for the 11-4 Howlers. Shepard saved 17 of 26 shots for the Mariners, who finished at 6-8-1.last_img read more

Gayle makes shock move to St Kitts Patriots

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – St Kitts Patriots announced yesterday their stunning acquisition of Twenty20 batting sensation Chris Gayle from the Jamaica Tallawahs for the next season of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).The transfer means that the talismanic left-handed opener has cut ties with the Tallawahs, the CPL franchise based in his native Jamaica, which he has twice led to the title, including last year.It is a move that is likely to shift the balance of power in the fledgling T20 league and gives the Patriots the competitive edge they have lacked since they replaced the Antigua Hawksbills in the league two years ago.There was no hint that such a seismic shift was about to happen, as Gayle was essentially billed as the heart and soul of the Tallawahs over the previous four seasons and he expressed his gratitude to the franchise for the support it had given over the last four years.“I am a proud Jamaican and I loved representing the Tallawahs,” said Gayle. “I would like to thank the owners and management who have been brilliant to work with, my teammates who always gave me 100 per cent support, and of course, the Jamaican fans who made Sabina Park such a special home ground for me.”Gayle is the biggest box office draw in the shortest version of the game, with his 9 777 runs for West Indies, Tallawahs, Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League and other teams around the world, the most of any player in the format.“Moving to St Kitts is a move which hugely excites me at this time,” he said. “As with all franchise leagues, there is always the opportunity to move from one team to another and I am looking forward to joining the Patriots for the upcoming season.”No doubt his move to the self-titled ‘Sugar City’ of Basseterre, the capital of the island federation of St Kitts & Nevis, has the owners of the Patriots cock-a-hoop.“We are overjoyed to have Gayle join the franchise,” said Uday Nayak, part owner and team principal of the Patriots. “I would like to welcome one of the world’s greatest batsmen to the Patriots squad for the forthcoming CPL season. This is a transfer I am certain will capture the imagination of our many fans in St Kitts, the Caribbean and beyond.“Chris’ record is phenomenal, not just in the West Indies, but across the cricketing world. He has a reputation that is revered everywhere and is the kind of player who will drive our team forward.“This is one of the biggest transfers in CPL history and I know from speaking with Chris that he is motivated to do well for his new franchise. Success has followed Chris throughout his career and we as owners will give him and the team our full support to achieve similar success for the Patriots in 2017.”The next CPL season is scheduled for between June and August next year.last_img read more

Cricket News James Anderson ruled out of Lord’s Test vs Australia due to calf injury

first_imgAustralia won the first match of the Ashes series after 2005.Australia won a Test in Edgbaston after 2001.James Anderson could bowl just four overs in Edgbaston Test. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: England suffered a massive blow in the Edgbaston Test when James Anderson, the leading wicket-taker in Tests could bowl only four overs due to hamstring tightness. Without his consistency, England were blown away by the brilliance of Steve Smith and Nathan Lyon as Australia won a Test in Edgbaston for the first time after 2001. Now, Joe Root’s side have been dealt a big blow ahead of the Lord’s Test which begins on August 14 with the pacer ruled out of the Test as well. Anderson suffered a calf injury after undergoing two MRI scans. It was same calf muscle which he tore against Durham in a County Championship match for Lancashire on July 2 and scans revealed it has been damaged further. In Anderson’s absence, Jofra Archer, who had a sensational World Cup with 20 wickets could likely make his debut. After the Edgbaston Test defeat, skipper Joe Root had defended Anderson’s inclusion in the side. “It was a group decision in terms of the selection of him,” said Root. “He passed all the fitness tests. and it’s just one of those freak things that can happen in in cricket. It’s disappointing, but we’ve got to try and respond to that and make sure that we get things exactly how we want them at Lord’s,” Root said.Steve Smith’s centuries in the Edgbaston Test were the key in Australia breaching the fortress of Edgbaston since 2001. Smith blasted 144 and 142 and he became the first Australian player since Steve Waugh to hit two centuries in a Test in England, having achieved the feat in 1997 in Manchester. Australia beat England by 251 runs to win the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston on Monday. England, set a target of 398 to win, collapsed to 146 all out on the last day, with Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon taking 6-49 and fast bowler Pat Cummins 4-32. Victory gave Australia a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. Lyon’s haul got him past 350 Test wickets and this was the first time Australia had won the first Test of the Ashes in England ever since 2005.center_img highlightslast_img read more

Video: Boeheim, Triche, Southerland discuss Syracuse’s victory over Pittsburgh in Big East tournament

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Victim killed in non-USC shooting near campus

first_imgThe Los Angeles Police Department responded to reports of shots fired Tuesday night at Jesse Brewer Park at the intersection of Vermont and Exposition Boulevard. The suspect fled on the Metro and was taken into custody by the Sheriff’s Department shortly after. One victim, not affiliated with the University,  suffered gunshot wounds and was transported to the hospital, where they passed away, Department of Public Safety Deputy Chief David Carlisle said. Both the shooter and the victim have no connection to USC. DPS issued a Trojan Alert to students and faculty in case the LAPD investigation caused an increase in traffic at the intersection. However, there was never a cause to issue a campus lockdown.“There was an investigation at the crime scene so we expected that the area would be impacted,” Carlisle said. “We were told early on that the suspect had fled and that later on he was captured so at no time did we see a direct threat to USC.”last_img read more