Processors’ School.

first_imgFederal regulations require certified supervisors to safeguard food safety in processing plants that are canning low-acid or acidified foods.These supervisors must pass rigid guidelines in “better process control” schools. To make sure the foods are safe, the schools must cover all of the critical factors supervisors must know in these canning processes.The University of Georgia’s Better Process Control School will be March 6-9 at the UGA Center for Continuing Education in Athens. The school is sponsored by the UGA Department of Food Science and Technology and the Food Process Research and Development Laboratory.The $500 fee covers training materials, supplies, refreshment breaks, three lunches, tuition and certificates. Preregistration is required.To learn more about the school, or to sign up, contact Marian Wendinger at (706) 542-2574.last_img read more

WHO expects pandemic vaccine capacity to soar

first_imgOct 23, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today estimated that by 2010 the world may be equipped to make enough pandemic influenza vaccine to immunize 4.5 billion people—vastly more than in previous projections, though still well short of the world’s population of 6.7 billion.”Experts now anticipate that global production capacity will rise to 4.5 billion pandemic immunization courses per year in 2010,” the WHO said in a statement. By comparison, last spring the WHO and manufacturers estimated that only about 100 million courses of flu vaccine based on the H5N1 avian flu strain “could be produced immediately with standard technology,” the statement said.The new projection assumes that the demand for seasonal flu vaccines will continue to grow, stimulating vaccine producers to add capacity, and that adjuvants will make it possible to use less antigen (active ingredient) per dose of vaccine, stretching the supply. Adjuvants are chemicals included in some vaccines to provide a general stimulus to the immune system.”With influenza vaccine production capacity on the rise, we are beginning to be in a much better position vis-à-vis the threat of an influenza pandemic,” Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, director of the WHO’s Initiative for Vaccine Research, said in the WHO statement. “However, although this is significant progress, it is still far from the 6.7 billion immunization courses that would be needed in a six-month period to protect the whole world.”Manufacturers this year have increased production capacity for trivalent (targeting three viral strains) seasonal flu vaccine to 565 million doses, compared with 350 million last year, the WHO said, citing the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations. Experts in the field predict that the seasonal flu vaccine production capacity will rise to 1 billion doses in 2010, “provided corresponding demand exists,” the WHO says.”This would help manufacturers to be able to deliver around 4.5 billion pandemic influenza vaccine courses because a pandemic vaccine would need about eight times less antigen, the substance that stimulates an immune response,” the statement continued.Noting that production capacity depends on how much antigen is required for each dose, the agency added, “Scientists have recently discovered they can reduce the amount of antigen used to produce pandemic influenza vaccine by using water-in-oil substances that enhance the immune response.”The statement apparently refers to adjuvants like that of vaccine producer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). In August GSK reported good results in a clinical trial of an H5N1 flu vaccine containing a proprietary oil-in-water adjuvant. The adjuvanted vaccine induced an acceptable immune response in amounts as low as two 3.8-microgram doses, or about half the 15-mcg dose used for each viral strain in seasonal flu vaccines.The WHO said the progress in production capacity was reported Oct 19 at a meeting of the agency’s Global Action Advisory Group on pandemic vaccine production and supply, an independent 10-member committee.The new WHO projections were greeted with skepticism by some experts.”It’s a bit breathtaking, this projected increase, and as I read it, it is a really best-case scenario,” said William Schaffner, MD, professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University and a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.”I think part of what it requires would be for manufacturers to continue to gin up their capacity based on the acceptance of annual influenza immunization,” he added. “If the world doesn’t continue to use annual vaccine in an increasing fashion, the capacity won’t be there to produce pandemic vaccine, should it be necessary.”Influenza and the flu vaccine supply “are both known for their surprises. So we’ll take this with a grain of salt, perhaps,” Schaffner said. He added that the optimistic forecast makes him “feel good, but I won’t hold them to the last dose of the 4.5 billion.”Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, was more critical, calling the WHO projection unrealistic.”What the WHO is trying to do is have industry not be industry,” said Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of CIDRAP News. “In a free market industry, there is no way they’re going to pick up the cost of all this surge capacity, only to be used very rarely, if ever.””We need international governments to support this surge capacity, or it’s not going to happen,” he added. “And putting out these kinds of plans is really nothing more than a distraction. I think this is unfortunate and does nothing to really further the overall preparedness worldwide.”Osterholm also said it’s unrealistic to expect the demand for seasonal flu shots to grow at the pace implied by the WHO projections. Noting that fewer than half of US healthcare workers get a flu shot each year, he said, “As far as trying to get that many doses of vaccine into people, it’s so unrealistic as to be almost a fairy tale.”See also: Oct 23 WHO news release 10 CIDRAP News story “WHO equivocal on prepandemic use of H5N1 vaccines”last_img read more

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s Remarks at Independence Hall

first_imgPennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s Remarks at Independence Hall Papal Visit,  Remarks For pictures from the governor’s World Meeting of Families 2015 weekend, visit the official Governor Tom Wolf Flickr account.Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf today welcomed Pope Francis at the airport and attended Pope Francis’ mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Prior to Pope Francis’ arrival at Independence Hall for the Moment of Religious Freedom event, Governor Wolf delivered the following remarks:Thank you very much, Father, and welcome, everyone. What a joyous day. Welcome to Pennsylvania. All of you back there, too. Welcome. I am so proud to welcome all of you to this great commonwealth, and I am especially grateful to the Holy Father for coming here for these two days to Pennsylvania. By his visit – and by his many actions as Pontiff – he is reaffirming the noble values that this place symbolizes.Behind me is Independence Hall. This was the home of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for many years. The Liberty Bell once rang out from its tower. The second Continental Congress met here. The Constitution of 1787 was drafted here. This is a place of freedom. It is also a place of welcome.The Commonwealth whose government met here was founded, as the mayor said, by William Penn. Its very existence was premised on the idea of freedom of conscience. Pennsylvania was established by Penn as a refuge for people who wanted to escape the oppression of the Old World.It was a place that welcomed people looking for somewhere to worship God in their own way and Pennsylvania grew as a result.We Pennsylvanians showed that granting freedom of religion was not simply sound from a moral point of view. It was also smart public policy.Pennsylvania’s economy flourished as a result and so did its religious institutions. This place, Pennsylvania, became a magnet for great leaders with visions that transcended time. As the mayor said, John F. Kennedy spoke here in 1962. Nelson Mandela spoke here. Abraham Lincoln stopped here on his way to his 1861 inauguration. And in fact, as the mayor pointed out, he spoke from that lectern when he delivered the Gettysburg Address just a few miles west of here in 1863.This is an important neighborhood too. The National Constitution Center is back there. The African American Museum is over here . The National Museum of American Jewish History is over here. And of course the present home of the Liberty Bell is right here.It is therefore fitting that Pope Francis makes this one of his new world destinations. This is a place of history and significance. But more than that, it is a place of strong values, high ideals and values that pay tribute to the Holy Father’s focus on justice, fairness, openness, and welcome.Pope Francis reminds us all of what it is to be human in its most exalted ways. And so does this place.The Holy Father suggests that we should organize our lives in ways that promote fairness and justice. This place tells us that we should govern ourselves according to those very same values.The Holy Father tells us that the world is potentially very, very noble precisely because it is made up of ordinary souls. This place tells us that a government so founded should aspire to that same nobility.The Holy Father tells us that we can be better than we often are. This place tells us that our government can be better, too.So, I am honored and proud to welcome all of you to Pennsylvania and the Holy Father, too. This is a big event for all of us in Pennsylvania, and I know it is a big event for all of you.In a few moments, Pope Francis will give his message. He will inspire us with his thoughts on freedom and justice and welcome, and he will reaffirm the commitment each of us must make, as he did this morning at mass, to the better world it is our job, individually, to build. *These remarks have been slightly edited for clarity.For updates on Governor Wolf’s WMOF weekend, follow @GovernorTomWolf on Twitter.For pictures from the governor’s World Meeting of Families 2015 weekend, visit the official Governor Tom Wolf Flickr account.### September 26, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Grace Dunaway, age 78

first_imgGrace A. Dunaway, age 78 of Harrison, OH passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at Shawneespring Care Center in Harrison. Born August 21, 1937 in Batesville, IN she was the daughter of the late Noah & Dorothy (Patterson) Hacker.Grace graduated from William Henry Harrison High School in 1956, was a member of the Church of Christ on Sunset in Harrison and she worked retail at McAlpins.Grace is survived by her children Julie Gabbard (Randy) of Cedar Grove, IN; Ronnie Dunaway of Harrison, OH; Brian Dunaway (Mary) of Aurora, IN and David Dunaway of Winchester, KY. She will also be missed by her grandchildren Ryan, Noah, Seth, & McKenna Dunaway, Anna, Adam, Chris & Shawn Gabbard and Kevin Noyes along with her great grandson Cash Noyes, her sister Mert Gulley (Lloyd) of Bright, IN and her brother Noah Hacker (Janet) of New Haven, OH.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters Rose Neukam, Bernice Jackson & Marcella Grubbs.Visitation will be Friday, June 24, 2016 from 5:00pm until time of services at 7:30pm all at Jackman Kercheval Meyers Funeral Home, 215 E. Broadway St., Harrison, OH  45030  with Brian Dunaway officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Glen Haven Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. c/o the funeral home.  Online condolences at www.jkmfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Ruth Elizabeth (Richmond) Fehling

first_imgRuth Elizabeth (Richmond) Fehling, 97, of Greendale, Indiana, formerly of Aurora, IN, passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2018 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.She was born June 18, 1920 in Aurora, IN, daughter of the late Reuben and Gertrude (Marble) Richmond.She worked as a legal secretary for the Law Office of L.E. Davies.She was a past member of the First United Methodist Church of Aurora, as well as a past board member of the Aurora Public Library. Ruth enjoyed reading, gardening, serving her church and being with family.Surviving are children, Theresa (Fehling) Canfield (Husband, Bruce) of Greendale, IN, David Fehling (Wife, Christine Gabriel) of Houston, TX; Grandchildren: Lauren (Canfield) Allhands (Husband, Evan) and Drew Canfield.She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Charles W. Fehling, and brothers, Ernest and Marshall Richmond.Private Life Celebration Gathering will be held at the convenience of the family. Favorite memories of Ruth, which will be shared at a family dinner, may be sent to Theresa Canfield at 57 Oakey Ave., Greendale, Indiana 47025.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Aurora Public Library, Hillforest Historical Foundation or P.A.W.S. of Dearborn County. Please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Aston Villa show up as Leicester City listen to offers for Iheanacho

first_imgBarely some hours after Leicester City dragged Nigeria’s forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, into the transfer market, Aston Villa showed interest in obtaining the Super Eagles striker. The Daily Mail of UK reported that the 23-year-old joined Leicester from Manchester City for £25m in 2017 and has been used predominantly from the bench by manager Brendan Rodgers. He still managed ten goals in 26 appearances but Leicester want to strengthen their forward options and are willing to sell Kelechi to fund their plans.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan6 Best 90’s Action Movies From Your Childhood5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At Longer10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Did You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?What Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People Live Loading… center_img read also:Iheanacho faces Leicester exit as Foxes hunt for suitors Selling Iheanacho can help offset their spending with midlands neighbours Aston Villa among those showing an interest. The Nigerian managed a respectable 10 goals in all competitions this season and is bound to have suitors. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Eagles Defeat Raiders In Junior High Soccer

first_imgThe JCD Eagles traveled to Versailles on Monday (9-16) to play the South Ripley Raiders in Jr. High Soccer winning 7-1.Scoring for the Eagles: Caleb White 5 goals, 1 assist, 9 shots; Carson Hughes 1 goal, 4 shots; Brady Comer 1 goal 5 shots; Warren Boor 4 shots; Berkley Williams 2 shots; Jonathan Norman 2 shots; Sam Simon 2 stops; Sam Schwering 4 stops; Clark Dwenger 3 stops; Ben Schoettmer 5 saves. With 6 games in the season left Caleb White has passed the previous single-season record (23) of goals made with currently 24.Courtesy of Eagles Coach Larry Hammond.last_img

Video: Kobe Bryant said he wanted to die young — Tony McGrady

first_imgRelatedPosts Kobe Bryant honoured in Bosnia with giant mural Kobe Bryant helicopter crash post-mortem released Kobe Bryant’s wife files claim against LA County sheriff over crash photos Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady, has revealed that his close friend and Los Angeles Lakers legend, Kobe Bryant used to say he wanted to die young and be immortalised. McGrady said this in an interview following the death of Bryant in an helicopter crash. “(Kobe Bryant) used to say all the time: ‘I want to die young… I want to be immortalized…I want my career to be better than Michael Jordan’s,’ and I used to just think he was so crazy for saying that.” Bryant gave McGrady a huge compliment in his book titled: “The Mamba Mentality.” Bryant said McGrady, who averaged 19.6 points per game during his illustrious career, might have been his hardest matchup during his playing days. Before injuries took a toll on his body, McGrady was a walking bucket. He was a two-time scoring champion and seven-time All-Star. The Florida native averaged 32.1 points per game during the 2002-03 season with the Orlando Magic. McGrady scored an amazing 13 points in 33 seconds against the San Antonio Spurs in 2004. Just like Bryant’s 81 points versus the Toronto Raptors, McGrady’s performance that day will live in infamy. Bryant and McGrady are two of the greatest scorers in NBA history and often worked out with each other during their playing days. Bryant had career numbers of 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists with the Lakers. He was an 18-time All-Star, five-time NBA champion, two-time Finals MVP and won the regular season scoring title twice as well. Tags: Kobe BryantTracy McGradylast_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img4 international players added to NFL rosters for 2020NEW YORK (AP) — Each of the NFC East teams will carry an international player on its practice squad in the upcoming season.As part of its developmental program, the NFL has assigned Mexico’s Isaac Alarcon to Dallas, Germany’s David Bada to Washington, Australia’s Matt Leo to Philadelphia, and Austria’s Sandro Platzgummer to the New York Giants. The division was chosen as part of a random draw.The clubs will carry these players on their roster through training camp, after which they will be eligible for an international player practice squad exemption, granting the team an extra practice squad member.Of course, any of these players could actually make the team’s roster. Elsewhere around the NFL:— The Cleveland Browns have exercised the fifth-year contract options on star defensive end Myles Garrett and tight end David Njoku. The decision on Garrett was no surprise. He was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft. He’s developed into one of the NFL’s premiere pass rushers and was on his way to another big season in 2019 before he was suspended for striking Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head with a helmet. Njoku missed 10 games last season after breaking his wrist.— The Washington Redskins have exercised the fifth-year option on defensive lineman Jonathan Allen’s rookie contract. The team announced the expected move in the aftermath of the NFL draft. Allen was Washington’s first-round pick in 2017 and has started 36 games. The Alabama product has 139 tackles and 15 sacks so far as a pro. He was voted defensive captain in his third season and has emerged as one of the Redskins’ leaders in his mid-20s.— Patriots fullback James Develin is retiring from the NFL because of complications from the neck injury that caused him to miss the final 14 games of last season. He announced his decision in an Instagram message. The 31-year-old has been a staple of both New England’s offense and special teams since joining the team in 2012. He was selected to his first Pro Bowl in 2017 as a fullback. — The Atlanta Falcons have added more help on offense in reaching agreements with 20 college free agents. The Falcons focused on defense in the NFL draft. Among the college free agents who agreed to terms were three wide receivers, two tight ends, one fullback and five offensive linemen. Jalen McCleskey of Tulane, Chris Rowland of Tennessee State and Juwan Green of Albany are the three wide receivers in the group. The Falcons also reached deals with tight ends Jared Pinkney of Vanderbilt and Caleb Repp of Utah State. — The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to terms with 18 undrafted free agents. The list includes running backs James Robinson and Tavien Feaster. Robinson or Feaster should have a decent shot at making the team’s 53-man roster because Jacksonville didn’t address the position in free agency or the NFL draft. Robinson ran for 4,444 yards and 44 touchdowns during four seasons at Illinois State. Feaster played three years at Clemson before transferring to South Carolina. He was the Gamecocks’ leading rusher last year, finishing with 572 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.— The New York Giants have agreed to contract terms with 15 players who were not taken in the NFL draft this weekend. Among the players who reached agreements were two Ohio State receivers, Austin Mack and Binjimen Victor.— The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms on contracts with 12 college free agents. That’s after the record haul of 15 draft picks they made over the weekend. Texas A&M wide receiver Quartney Davis was one of the priorities, as one of the top-rated undrafted prospects. The 6-foot-1, 201-pound Davis skipped his final season with Texas A&M to turn pro. He had 616 yards and four touchdowns in 11 games for the Aggies in 2019.NHL NEWSBlackhawks fire team president McDonough in surprising move UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have fired team president John McDonough, ending a wildly successful run that included three Stanley Cup championships.The surprising move comes with the NHL season on pause because of the coronavirus pandemic. And it raises questions about the direction of one of the league’s marquee franchises. McDonough had been supportive of general manager Stan Bowman despite three straight seasons of lackluster results.Owner Rocky Wirtz says it was a difficult move, but he thinks it’s the “right decision.” The owner’s 43-year-old son Danny Wirtz is replacing McDonough on an interim basis. Danny Wirtz is a vice president with the team.In other NHL news:— Longtime NHL forward Joel Ward has retired. The 39-year-old Ward last played in the NHL in 2018 for the San Jose Sharks. He went to training camp with Montreal the following season but was unable to get another shot. Ward started his career with Minnesota and also played for Nashville and Washington in his 11-year career. — FIFA wants to let soccer teams use five substitutes to cope with expected schedule congestion caused by the coronavirus pandemic. FIFA says the temporary plan could help prevent more injuries due to “potential player overload” as soccer competitions catch up with a backlog. The proposal gives competition organizers the option of letting teams use five substitutes in 90 minutes and a sixth in knockout games that go to extra time. FIFA says the rule could be used by all competitions finishing this year and next and all national team games through 2021.— Formula One chairman Chase Carey says he is “increasingly confident” the season can start in July despite the first 10 races being canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The French Grand Prix decided to call off its race on June 28 rather than postponing it. That means the earliest start date is now the Austrian GP on July 5. F1 plans to start racing in Europe “through July, August and beginning of September, with the first race taking place in Austria.” Carey expects the early races to be without fans but hopes they “will be part of our events as we move further into the schedule.”,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 MIAMI (AP) — The NBA has pushed back plans that would allow teams to reopen their practice facilities for at least one week.The NBA had decided over the weekend to have teams open their gyms for voluntary player workouts on Friday, if local and state laws made such a move permissible. But on Monday the league revised that potential opening date until May 8, at the earliest.The NBA says the May 8 date is far from firm, warning teams that it “may push this timing back if developments warrant.” VIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALLNew Rangers park among possible MLB ideas for season start UNDATED (AP) — The new Texas Rangers ballpark is among possible venues Major League Baseball could use if it decides to start the season with groups of teams in different areas.Among the different plans looked at by Major League Baseball is to use Texas as a mid-American hub.Having all 30 teams based in Phoenix has been examined. So has having groups of teams in Arizona, Texas and Florida.All of those areas have climate-controlled MLB stadiums, and other nearby ballparks. The Rangers still haven’t played a game in their new stadium with a retractable roof.NFL NEWS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLAKERS-CORONAVIRUS LOANLakers return $4.6 million from stimulus loan programLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have repaid a loan of roughly $4.6 million from a coronavirus relief program after learning the program’s funds had been depleted. April 27, 2020 Associated Press NASCARAll eyes on NASCAR as it races toward restartCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR is racing toward a restart that could come as early as mid-May.The stock car series is trying to put together a schedule that allows it to race in states that have started re-opening without spectators. The series is working on safety protocols that other racing leagues will be watching.Teams could be back at work in North Carolina race shops by the end of the week when local stay-at-home orders expire.  — Clemson has canceled all of its in-person, on-campus athletic and academic camps due to the coronavirus pandemic and will remain closed until May 8. The cancellations include two weeks of coach Dabo Swinney’s football camps, which have been popular stops for young people eager to gain instruction and contacts with Clemson coaches in all sports. Swinney and his staff have done well in attracting some of the nation’s top players.— There won’t be any sun or sand for beach volleyball pros amid the coronavirus pandemic. The AVP tour has created a public service announcement to urge its fans to stay home to help fight the spread of the disease. Olympic medalists April Ross and Todd Rogers and a handful of the tour’s other stars recorded videos at home that were assembled for the spot that debuted on Monday.— The title sponsor of New Orleans’ canceled PGA Tour event is donating $1.5 million to the tournament’s primary charitable foundation. The donation matches the amount raised during the 2019 Zurich Classic, which was played in a team format and won by the tandem of Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm. For more than six decades, the New Orleans-area PGA Tour event’s primary charity has been The Fore!Kids Foundation, which raises money through golf events and distributes funds to area children’s service organizations.— USA Swimming has announced its plans for a return to competition, beginning with a series of regional events in August before the national schedule begins in early November at Richmond, Virginia. The governing body is canceling all national events in July and early August because of the coronavirus pandemic. The regional events will be held in August, with an eye toward limiting the need for travel and promoting a safer environment for athletes, coaches, officials and families.— UEFA is paying $255 million in advance to its national federations and easing requirements on how they spend it during the pandemic. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the money “can be used as our members see fit to rebuild the football community.” Ceferin says “this is a responsible decision to help as much as we can.” SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKRemainder of AHL season “likely” to be canceledUNDATED (AP) — The American Hockey League is “quite likely” to cancel the rest of its season because of the new coronavirus pandemic. That’s according to a person with direct knowledge of league discussions who commented anonymously because the person was not authorized to discuss the plans of the NHL’s top minor league. The AHL responded by saying there’s “nothing imminent” in terms of calling off the remainder of the season. Last week, AHL President and CEO David Andrews said the league was “pivoting” to the 2020-21 season but added nothing was official. The season has been suspended since March 12.In other coronavirus-related sports developments:— Arsenal has reopened part of its training ground for players to run alone as the English Premier League accelerates planning for “Project Restart” with the British government. It comes amid increased scrutiny of Downing Street downplaying the potential for sports to exacerbate the coronavirus outbreak seven weeks ago. It took Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea player Callum Hudson-Odoi testing positive for COVID-19 on March 12 for the league to be suspended. Now the decision to allow sports to restart will be informed by experts who said there was “no rationale” to closing them down in the first place. The Lakers applied for the loan under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, and they received it in the first round of distribution.The team returned its loan after the fund ran out of money in less than two weeks. So did several wealthier business that had applied for the funds, including Shake Shack and AutoNation.The Lakers qualified for the program because they have only about 300 employees. But the team is thought to be the NBA’s second-most valuable franchise, with Forbes estimating a value of $4.4 billion.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NBA FACILITIESNBA pushes plan to reopen facilities until May 8 at earliest Update on the latest in sports:last_img read more

TENNIS : Syracuse exploits opponents’ weaknesses in wins over Temple, Rutgers

first_imgUp 8-7 in games and tied 30-30 in the deciding No. 2 doubles match against Rutgers, Maddie Kobelt failed to complete a quality return serve over the net, putting Syracuse in a 30-40 hole. If Kobelt and Aleah Marrow lost the next point, the match would go to a 10-point tiebreaker, with the doubles point on the line.But they got some help from the Scarlet Knights.RU’s Stefania Balasa and Noor Judeh botched the return on the next point, hitting the net and squaring the game at deuce. Rutgers made the same mistake for the next two points, giving Syracuse the doubles point and momentum going into singles play.‘That was definitely really big for us to pull that out,’ Kobelt said. ‘I knew it was close, and it was a big help for us to have that doubles point.’With the doubles point secured, Syracuse went on to split the singles matches and win 4-3, avenging last season’s loss at Rutgers. On the heels of a 6-1 victory over Temple on Saturday, the Orange is now on a five-match winning streak, which helps justify its new national No. 73 ranking.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse may not have dominated with its play this weekend, but the team repeatedly demonstrated an ability to outlast the opposition. For a nationally ranked team, that is expected.For head coach Luke Jensen, the Temple and Rutgers matches showed the team’s capability to win without its A-game.‘We’ve got to start out quick, and we’ve got to start out confident, and we’ve got to finish that way,’ Jensen said. ‘We’ve got to be better. We’ve been playing down to the level of our competition.’Although Kobelt took control of her singles match from the beginning, she was forced to play a variety of shots to wear down her opponent, Morgan Ivey. Kobelt won 6-1, 6-2, staying in control by hitting low liners that kept Ivey close to the ground and combining precision with power.Up 5-2 in the second set, Kobelt’s last game was a microcosm of her match. After being caught out of position on the first point, Kobelt won four points in a row to win the match. After an ace made it 40-15, Kobelt closed out Ivey by driving a low, hard serve that forced a long return.‘Working on early adjustments here and there, and trying new strategies, has helped me,’ Kobelt said. ‘We keep winning our matches here, and it will carry over.’Emily Harman continued her hot play of late, winning her ninth consecutive match at No. 1 singles, 6-3, 6-3 over Jennifer Holzberg. By the end of the match, Harman’s strategic expertise wore on Holzberg. Harman’s constant change of direction kept Holzberg moving around, and Holzberg was forced to play from the backcourt for the majority of the second set.Going into the Rutgers match, Harman said she wanted to focus on hitting different areas of her opponent’s court to keep Holzberg guessing.‘I just wanted to keep the ball low, keep the ball high, go in, stay back,’ Harman said. ‘I didn’t want to give her the same thing twice.’Rather than give in to the tempo of her opponent’s game, Harman maintained her mentality of finding control of the match on her own and not relinquishing it. As long as she could play the way she intended, coming out with a victory was an attainable goal.‘I wanted to focus on my shots today and not really worry what she was doing,’ Harman said. ‘I knew if I made the shots that were on my mind, that I wanted to do, then it wasn’t going to be too much.’Syracuse lost to Rutgers last year in its only Big East defeat of the season. As a result, Sunday’s match became a little more personal than most, Jensen said.‘For Rutgers it is extremely personal,’ Jensen said. ‘We’ve gone back and forth, and they’ve ripped our guts out a couple times, and we’ve ripped out theirs.’Last year, the Scarlet Knights won the doubles point and went on to win 4-3. This year, the Orange did the same.Jensen said the team’s ability to persevere and fight for the last few points will serve it well in the coming weeks and will prove beneficial with formidable opponents ahead.‘When you get in these competitive situations, it’s the team that’s going to be able to come through in the critical points,’ Jensen said. ‘Here, the sophomores came through in the clutch. Even though we didn’t play our best tennis, you’ve got to win and move on.’ Published on February 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Kevin: Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more