Coronavirus updates: After Trump officials turned down Pfizer offer, US may not get more vaccines doses until June

first_imgMyriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 67.1 million people and killed over 1.5 million worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news developed Monday. All times Eastern:Dec 07, 8:28 pmUS hospitalizations reach new record of 102,000The number of Americans hospitalized with COVID-19 related issues rose to another record high Monday, according to the COVID Tracking Project.There were 102,148 patients in hospitals, 20,098 of whom were in ICUs and 7,073 who were on ventilators, according to the project.The seven-day average of hospitalizations is also at a record, with 100,814, the health data showed.“Hospitalizations are rising in 31 states from 2 weeks ago,” the tracking project tweeted.By comparison, hospitalizations previously peaked around 60,000 in April and late July, according to the health data.The country recorded 180,193 new cases on Monday, the tracking project reported. The seven-day average of new cases is at a record high of 196,882, according to the health data.There were 1,347 new deaths recorded Monday, according to the tracking project. The seven-day average of daily deaths also reached a record high at 2,204, the health data showed.“The 7-day average for deaths are at record levels in the Midwest, South, and West,” the tracking project tweeted.Dec 07, 7:48 pmUS saw dramatic increases in cases, deaths last week: HHSAfter a slowdown in reporting and testing over the Thanksgiving holiday, week-over-week data shows dramatic increases in new cases and new deaths in the U.S., according to an internal memo from the United States Department of Health and Human Services that was obtained by ABC News.From Dec. 1 to Dec. 7, the country recorded 1,341,309 new cases, which was an 18.8% jump from the previous seven-day period, according to the memo.During that same period, the U.S. saw 15,202 new coronavirus related deaths, which was a 50.6% increase compared with the previous week, HHS said.About 29% of the nation’s hospitals have more than 80% of their ICU beds filled, the memo said.-ABC News’ Josh MargolinDec 07, 5:40 pmTrump officials passed when Pfizer offered US more vaccine doses this summerThe Trump administration declined additional doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine late this summer when the pharmaceutical company offered them to the U.S. government, a senior Trump administration official familiar with the matter confirmed to ABC News.Pfizer may be unable to produce more of the vaccine for United States citizens until June 2021 because it has committed those doses to other countries.“The U.S. government placed an initial order of 100 million doses for Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, and Pfizer is ready to begin shipping initial doses soon after receiving an Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA,” Pfizer told ABC News in a statement.“Any additional doses beyond the 100 million are subject to a separate and mutually-acceptable agreement. The company is not able to comment on any confidential discussions that may be taking place with the U.S. government.”The development was first reported by New York Times.-ABC News’ Josh Margolin and Eric Strauss contributed to this report.Dec 07, 3:49 pmMassachusetts to halt elective surgeries due to COVID-19On Friday, hospitals in Massachusetts will stop offering elective surgeries that can be safely postponed, Gov. Charlie Baker said at a press conference Monday afternoon.“This action will free up unnecessary staffing and beds,” Baker said. “We all know we’re in the midst of a second surge. We’re seeing a higher number of new cases each day. And in turn, an increase in hospitalizations statewide.”On Sunday, Massachusetts reported 4,747 new infections and a seven-day average testing positivity rate of 5.3%. There are 1,416 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19.Despite the worsening statistics, the state is better prepared this time around, Baker insisted. In addition to reallocating hospitals resources, the state is ramping up and winterizing testing sites, stockpiling PPE and preparing two field hospitals in Worcester and Lowell.-ABC News’ Kelsey Walsh contributed to this report.Dec 07, 2:31 pmNavajo Nation begins 3-week stay-at-home lockdownNavajo Nation begins a three-week emergency lockdown on Monday, during which residents are required to remain at home 24 hours a day, seven days a week.Essential businesses, including grocery stores, gas stations, laundromats, hay vendors and restaurants providing drive-thru or curbside service, may remain open on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Off-reservation travel is not permitted and on weekends, a full lockdown will be in place.“The Navajo Nation’s health care system is in a state of major crisis,” Myron Lizer, vice president of Navajo Nation, said in a statement. “We cannot be careless and we have to stay the course.”The rules include exceptions for essential workers and emergency situations. Residents are permitted to leave their homes for essential food, medicine and supplies, as well as outside exercise within the vicinity of their homes and wood gathering.The lockdown rules will be in effect until Dec. 28.Dec 07, 1:10 pmOrdinary New Yorkers may get vaccines by early April: FauciOn Monday, Dr. Anthony Fauci painted a grim future for the United States if Americans don’t adhere to public health measures during the holidays. “Without substantial mitigation, the middle of January can be a really dark time for us,” Fauci said during a news conference held by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.Americans need to keep social distancing until 75% to 80% of the population can get the COVID-19 vaccine, which would provide an umbrella of community-level protection, Fauci explained. “By the time you get to the beginning of April, you’ll start getting people who have no high priority, just the normal man and woman, New Yorker in the street who’s well, has no underlying conditions [getting the vaccine],” he added.As of Monday, New York State’s testing positivity rate was 4.7%, according to Cuomo. The governor estimated that more than 70% of infections spreading in the state were connected to small gatherings.-ABC News’ Rachel Katz contributed to this report.Dec 07, 10:52 amUS averaging nearly 2,200 COVID-19 deaths per day for 1st timeFor the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the United States is reporting an average of nearly 2,200 deaths from the disease per day, according to an ABC News analysis of data collected and published by The COVID Tracking Project.The national seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths per day day is currently 2,171. That figure has increased by 139% in the past month.Last week, there were nearly 15,000 fatalities from the disease recorded nationwide, including five days where the daily death toll surpassed the 2,000 mark. That’s roughly equivalent to 88 COVID-19 deaths reported each hour.Meanwhile, the U.S. has reported over 100,000 new cases of COVID-19 every day for more than a month straight, including three consecutive days where the daily count topped 200,000.Just in the last month, the national seven-day average of daily new cases has doubled, now averaging 191,736 — the highest it has been since the beginning of the pandemic.There were 1,018,657 cases recorded nationwide in the first five days of December. To put that in perspective, it took nearly 100 days from the first recorded COVID-19 case in the U.S. for the country to surpass 1 million confirmed cases.Hospitalizations continue to surge to unprecedented levels, with over 101,000 patients currently hopitalized with COVID-19 across the country — a new national record.In the past two months, current hospitalizations have more than tripled, increasing by 223%.ABC News’ Benjamin Bell, Brian Hartman, Kim Soorin and Arielle Mitropoulos contributed to this report.Dec 07, 10:23 amSouth Africa urges students to quarantine after ‘super-spreader’ partiesSouth African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has called on final-year students who attended end-of-year parties to immediately self-quarantine for 10 days to prevent spreading the novel coronavirus.Mkhize made the plea to students and parents on Sunday, after numerous people who recently attended “Rage” parties in Ballito and Jeffrey’s Bay tested positive for COVID-19. The events are hosted every year in South Africa as thousands of students celebrate the end of matriculation.“We confirm that we have now identified a number of COVID-19 confirmed cases arising from these super-spreader events,” Mkhize said in a statement. “This therefore means that if you attended any of these Rage events, you are now regarded as a contact.”In addition to quarantining, Mkhize also urged attendees to get tested as soon as possible.South Africa has the highest tally of COVID-19 infections in all of Africa, with more than 814,000 confirmed cases including over 22,000 deaths.Dec 07, 9:14 amUK prepares for Tuesday’s rollout of COVID-19 vaccinationsDoses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech have been delivered across the United Kingdom, ahead of the launch of the country’s immunization program.The potentially-life saving vaccine will be administered nationwide starting Tuesday morning, and some 800,000 doses were expected to be in place for the first day of what will be the largest-scale immunization program in U.K. history.Vaccinations will be rolled out in phases, with elderly care home residents and their carers first on the priority list, followed by anyone else aged 80 and over, as well as frontline health and social care workers.Last week, the U.K. became the first country in the world to authorize the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for emergency use. The vaccine was shown in late-stage clinical trials to be more than 95% effective in preventing COVID-19.Dec 07, 8:26 amBiden transition team says Trump administration still hasn’t shared vaccine distribution plansU.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team said the Trump administration still has not shared its distribution plans for COVID-19 vaccines.“We have yet to see any kind of detailed plan,” Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease specialist who is a member of Biden’s transition COVID-19 advisory board, said in an interview Monday on CBS This Morning.“We really need to understand what their plan for distribution is,” she added. “We’ve already been trying to get a handle on how many doses will be available to us from each of the companies and by when, but we do need some internal information on that from the federal government. We also need to understand where they are with their plans.”Dec 07, 8:07 am‘My colleagues are dog-tired,’ US surgeon general says in plea to AmericansU.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams urged people to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously and follow public health guidelines as infections and hospitalizations soar across the country.“I want the American people to know this virus is incredibly unforgiving, cases are going up, hospitalizations are going up, my colleagues are dog-tired and we need you to hang on just a little bit longer because we’ve got vaccines coming but we want as many people to be alive to get them as possible and a lot of that is going to depend on your behavior,” Adams told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Monday on Good Morning America.Although “more people than ever are wearing masks,” Adams said he’s “very” concerned by the number of people who still “don’t understand how much spread is occurring by people who don’t have symptoms.”About 20 million “full doses” of COVID-19 vaccines will be available by the end of the year, according to Adams, who urged every American to be immunized against the virus as soon as a vaccine is authorized and made available.“It’s a way that we can ultimately end this pandemic, but it doesn’t matter if people won’t get the vaccination,” the surgeon general said. “We know that vaccine levels are only about 50% for adults for flu and they go down to about 40% for African-Americans.”Adams said he is working with historically black colleges and universities as well as faith communities to bolster vaccine confidence among all populations. The White House is also hosting a vaccine summit Tuesday, he said.“One thing you can all do right now, it’s national flu immunization week, get your flu shot because half a million people were hospitalized last year with the flu,” Adams said. “We simply can’t afford for that to happen this year with hospitals being overwhelmed.”The surgeon general said the current surge in infections across the country “is different than earlier surges,” because it’s not about a lack of masks or personal protective equipment, nor is it due to a lack of testing.“It’s really about health care capacity, and certain places are just being overwhelmed,” he said. “So we know that we can actually help them with their health care capacity by immunizing their health care staff. We’re going to leave it up to the states, but we’re going to give them guidance.”Adams noted it’s also important to vaccinate those who are most likely to die from COVID-19.“We know that 40 to 50% of the deaths are occurring in people who are in longterm care facilities who are older,” he said.Dec 07, 7:29 amHong Kong installs vending machines for COVID-19 test kitsHong Kong has installed vending machines for COVID-19 test kits in 10 subway stations across the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.The regional government said it will be supplying about 10,000 self-administered test kits to the mass transit authority for distribution to the vending machines across all 10 stations daily, according to a press release.Hongkongers can purchase the kits using their Octopus transit card.A recent surge in COVID-19 cases has prompted Hong Kong authorities to tighten restrictions, including banning most social gatherings to just two people. Another 95 new cases were confirmed on Sunday, bringing Hong Kong’s total to 6,898 cases with at least 112 deaths.Dec 07, 6:57 amBiden announces key members of health teamU.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Monday announced key nominations and appointments of his health team, a slate of experts and public officials who will lead his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.“This trusted and accomplished team of leaders will bring the highest level of integrity, scientific rigor and crisis-management experience to one of the toughest challenges America has ever faced — getting the pandemic under control so that the American people can get back to work, back to their lives and back to their loved ones,” Biden said in a statement. “This team of world-class medical experts and public servants will be ready on day one to mobilize every resource of the federal government to expand testing and masking, oversee the safe, equitable and free distribution of treatments and vaccines, reopen schools and businesses safely, lower prescription drug and other health costs and expand affordable health care to all Americans, and rally the country and restore the belief that there is nothing beyond America’s capacity if we do it together.”California Attorney General Xavier Beccera is nominated to serve as the Secretary of Health and Human Services.Dr. Vivek Muthy, a physician and research scientist, is nominated to be the Surgeon General, a role he served during the Obama administration.Dr. Rochelle Walensky, an expert on virus testing, prevention and treatment, is nominated to serve as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, an expert on health care disparities, will serve as the COVID-19 Equity Task Force Chair.As Biden said last week, Dr. Anthony Fauci will stay on in his current role as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Fauci will also serve as Biden’s chief medical adviser on COVID-19.Jeff Zients, co-chair of Biden’s transition team who led the Obama administration’s National Economic Council, will serve as coordinator of the COVID-19 Response as well as counselor to the president.Natalie Quillian, a national security expert, will serve as deputy coordinator of the COVID-19 response.Dec 07, 6:14 amGermany to begin COVID-19 vaccinations in early JanuaryCOVID-19 vaccinations are expected to begin in Germany “in the very first days” of 2021, according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff.In an online interview Sunday with German newspaper Bild, Helge Braun said he and Merkel will get vaccinated “when it’s our turn.” The trained doctor also noted that he’s prepared to help vaccinate people himself.“That won’t work at every hour of the day or night as chief of staff, but at the weekend I’m prepared to join in,” Braun told the Bild.The European Union’s drug regulator is expected to make a decision by Dec. 29 on approving the first COVID-19 vaccine for use. In the meantime, Germany is preparing special vaccination centers.Dec 07, 4:41 amUS reports over 175,000 new casesThere were 175,663 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Sunday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the 34th straight day that the U.S. has reported over 100,000 newly diagnosed infections. Sunday’s tally is less than the country’s all-time high of 227,885 new cases confirmed on Dec. 4, according to Johns Hopkins dataAn additional 1,114 deaths from the disease were also registered nationwide on Sunday, down from a peak of 2,879 fatalities on Dec. 3, according to Johns Hopkins data.COVID-19 data may be skewed due to possible lags in reporting over Thanksgiving followed by a potentially very large backlog from the holiday.A total of 14,760,627 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 282,312 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up over the summer.The numbers lingered around 40,000 to 50,000 from mid-August through early October before surging again to record levels, crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4 and reaching 200,000 for the first time on Nov. 27.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Region 16 Cross Country Roundup: Monticello Boys/North Summit Girls Take Team Titles

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailROOSEVELT, Utah-Monday, Gunnison Valley and North Sevier competed in the Region 16 boys and girls cross country championships at Consitution Park at Roosevelt.North Sevier’s boys finished fourth with a score of 79 with the Gunnison Valley boys placing sixth with a score of 180.The Monticello Buckaroos’ boys took the team title with a score of 40.For the girls, North Sevier placed third with a score of 47. Gunnison Valley does not have a girls cross country squad.The girls region champion was North Summit with a score of 23.The boys individual champion is Monticello senior Cory Bunker (15:31.30).For the North Sevier boys, sophomore Keaton Hallows (16:56.70) placed third. The other Wolves placed as follows: junior Tate Goble (12th place, 17:52.80), senior Kelby Bosh (13th place, 17:54.20), senior Larry Crane (22nd place, 19:07.30), freshman Braxton MacArt (30th place, 19:46.80), sophomore Ayden Crane (37th place, 20:24.30), freshman Jacob Johnson (42nd place, 20:33.90), freshman Kamden Saling (52nd place, 22:02.50) and freshman Braygan Maxwell (60th place, 23:49.20).For the Gunnison Valley boys, sophomore Jacob Brown led the way, finishing in 39th place at 20:29.50.Other Bulldogs finished as follows: senior Spencer Overly (41st place, 20:31.90), junior Caleb Matthews (46th place, 21:11.60), senior Connor Monroe (47th place, 21:11.90), sophomore James Willden (49th place, 21:38.60), freshman William Jackson (50th place, 21:58.50).For the North Sevier girls, freshman Ciarra Anderson (9th place, 21:57.20) led the way for the Wolves.Her teammates finished as follows: junior Avery Smith (13th place, 22:32.30), freshman Hannah Riggs (15th place, 23:01.10), freshman Brooklin Goble (23rd place, 26:02.00) and freshman Sydney Bosh (24th place, 26:47.70). Tags: Cross Country Written by October 12, 2020 /Sports News – Local Region 16 Cross Country Roundup: Monticello Boys/North Summit Girls Take Team Titles Brad Jameslast_img read more

Weekend Poll: Which Tabloid Star Should Join Broadway’s Chicago?

first_imgHotcha! Chicago, now in its 19th year on Broadway, is celebrating another momentous milestone this weekend—the Tony-winning revival is surpassing Cats to become the second longest-running show in Broadway history! A whole slew of Chicago alums are returning to celebrate on November 23, including original stars Ann Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth, James Naughton and Joel Grey, as well as John O’Hurley, Marilu Henner and Michelle Williams. Tons of celebrities have done stints in Chicago over the years, but isn’t it time a real-life tabloid star stepped into the cellblock? So meta! Cast your vote for your favorite tabloid sensation below. View Comments Chicago Related Shows from $49.50last_img read more

Ronaldo agrees new five-year contract with Real Madrid

first_img(REUTERS)-Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to extend his contract with Real Madrid until 2021, the European champions confirmed yesterday.Ronaldo, Real’s all-time top scorer with 371 goals in 360 games, will sign the new deal today at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium before giving a news conference.Ronaldo is reported to be in line for an increase on his current salary, estimated to be 21 million euros ($23 million), making him the highest-paid player at Real Madrid.The Portuguese has collected one La Liga title, two King’s Cups and two Champions League titles since joining Real from Manchester United in 2008 for a then world record 96 million euros but has had an inconsistent start to the current campaign.The forward failed to hit the target in a near anonymous display in Real’s 3-0 win over Leganes yesterday to mark five games without scoring at the Bernabeu, his longest run without a goal in front of Real’s fans since he joined the club.Ronaldo’s last goal at the Bernabeu came against Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Sept. 14. His only goal there in the league was against Osasuna on Sept. 10.Ronaldo has scored seven goals in the league and Champions League this term and made amends for his worst start to a season since joining Real by hitting a hat-trick in last week’s 4-2 win away to Alaves.The 31-year-old missed a series of chances against Legia Warsaw on Wednesday, however, and was seen venting his fury at Bale for not passing to him in the second half against Leganes.“Nothing is up with Cristiano, we always want him to score and at Alaves he scored three and that’s that,” said Zidane.“He always wants to score but it doesn’t matter if he doesn’t once in a while. I think he’s playing well, working hard for the team. He obviously always wants to score but I think he’s relaxed about it.”Despite the player’s current inconsistency, Zidane expressed his delight at Ronaldo extending his stay at the club.I’m happy because he’s the type of player who deserves to finish his career at Real Madrid,” said Zidane, who saw out his playing days at the Bernabeu and was infamously sent off for France in the 2006 World Cup final in his last ever game.“He’s unique. His dream is to retire here, wearing this great white shirt, just like I did.”last_img read more

Real Madrid to Set up Santiago Bernabeu as Covid-19 Supplies …

first_imgReal Madridhave announced their intention to set up the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium as a hub for storing medical supplies, and for organisations and businesses to make monetary or material donations in the ongoing fight against the coronavirus pandemic.Spainhas been hit hard by the Covid-19 outbreak, with reports on Thursday putting the number of confirmed cases over 56,000, with fatalities now having breached the 4,000 mark.As a result of the aggressive spread, Spain extended their countrywide lockdown until April 12 at the earliest. With football on hold for the foreseeable future, various clubs and players have been making donations or personal sacrifices to do their bit in the fight against the illness, and Madrid’s latest gesture should go some way to helping curb the spread in and around the Spanish capital.A statement released on Thursday read: “Real Madrid, in collaboration with the High Council for Sport (CSD), has launched a project in Madrid to supply and distribute strategic medical supplies to be used in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic.As a result of the close collaboration between the two institutions, the Santiago Bernabeu will offer a space that is equipped to store the donations of medical supplies required in the fight against this pandemic.“All of the stored supplies will be passed on to the Spanish health authorities, under the authority of the Spanish government, so that the resources, so necessary in the current health emergency situation, are employed in the best and most efficient manner.“In addition, Real Madrid will provide a facility for organisations and businesses, particularly those belonging to the sports sector, to leave money or material donations that they wish to make to the Ministry of Health. This initiative is in addition to those which, pursuing similar outreach aims, may be established by the government.“Through the mechanisms already in place and under the constant supervision of the lead medical supplies centre in the Madrid town of Valdemoro, the Ministry of Health will be responsible for allocating the donations to the centres and organisations in greatest need.“The contact telephone number of this large medical supplies centre at the Santiago Bernabéu is 900 100 688.“The centre can also be contacted via the following email address: [email protected]“Donations can be made to the following current account, which belongs to the Real Madrid Foundation: ES17 2100 5731 7802 00320934 (Caixabank).”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Sunday’s special: A big helping of Pot Roast

first_imgDenver Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton talks with reporters during a news conference Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J. (AP Photo)JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — When defensive end Jeremy Mincey signed with Denver last month, he couldn’t believe defensive tackle Terrance Knighton had tried to ditch his nickname “Pot Roast.”“I’m like, ‘Dude, that’s a great name. Like, it makes you seem colossal,” Mincey recounted.The 6-foot-3 330-pound Knighton has sure come up huge for the Broncos in the playoffs.Knighton, who was teammates with Mincey in Jacksonville from 2009-12, helped hold New England’s bruising running back LeGarrette Blount to 6 yards on five carries in the AFC Championship a week after his four-TD game against Indianapolis.Knighton also dumped Tom Brady for a sack on a crucial fourth down, then busted out some smooth dance moves.“He had an outstanding game,” Mincey said. “He’s a good player, man. Listen, he’s always been like that. It didn’t surprise me. It might have surprised a lot of people, but it didn’t surprise me.”The Broncos could use an encore performance out of Knighton against Seattle Seahawks running back Marshall Lynch and elusive quarterback Russell Wilson in the Super Bowl so that Peyton Manning and his record-shattering offense can get on the field to do their thing.Mincey said he expects a gargantuan game out of his buddy, big enough, he said, to make “Pot Roast” as much a part of Super Bowl lore as William “The Refrigerator” Perry.“Dude, dude, there’s no limits to this kid, man. He’s phenomenally athletic. He can run for his size. He’s very intelligent. I mean, he’s basically built for this game,” Mincey said. “I don’t know what other way to put it, he’s built for this game.”As for his nickname, Knighton, a fifth-year pro out of Temple, said he was so ready to start anew after so many losing seasons in Jacksonville that when he signed his two-year, $4.5 million deal in Denver, he even wanted a new moniker.At his introductory news conference, he asked for suggestions on Twitter. Nobody came up with anything better, but some of his teammates in Denver did start calling him T-Knight — until Mincey arrived in mid-December after his release from the Jaguars.“I didn’t know he was re-establishing himself or trying to get away from that name,” Mincey said. “I think they got back to it when I first got here and I’m like, ‘Yeah, it’s an honor playing with my boy Pot Roast again.”Mincey told him to embrace it.“I said, ‘Dude, you get a nickname in the NFL, man, take it and run with it.”And so he has — even though he’s not really a huge fan of the dish. He said he’s only had it twice, once during his rookie season in Jacksonville in 2009 and again earlier this month when he took Denver’s entire defensive line out to dinner.Like any good nickname, Knighton didn’t get to choose it himself. It was bestowed upon him by former Jaguars linebacker Clint Ingram on a flight home from Seattle his rookie year.“It was a six-hour flight, guys are tired, plane is dark and the lady is walking down the aisle saying, ‘Pot roast? Pot roast? And I’m like, ‘Right here. My teammate behind me was like, ‘You’re saying that like that’s your name. I’m going to call you ‘Pot Roast.’ And then it stuck with me,” Knighton recounted.“It was either that or shrimp alfredo. So, I’m glad I got that.”___AP NFL website:  www.pro32.ap.org___Follow AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapletonlast_img read more

No luck Wildcats have little to show after hockey weekend

first_imgby Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsIf the Kootenay Wildcats didn’t have bad luck the team would have no luck at all.Despite being in every game, even out shooting the opposition by a wide margin during one of the losses, the Cats came away with a 1-3 record during the B.C. Female Midget AAA Hockey Super Weekend this past weekend in Nelson.
“I’m happy with how we came out of the weekend and what we learned and now we have something to focus on for the next few weeks,” said Kootenay coach Mario DiBella.“What I’m not particularly happy with is the results. We get an “A” for effort and a “C” for results,” DiBella added.Kootenay finished the weekend losing 4-1 to Fraser Valley Phantom at the NDCC Arena.Trailing 2-1, Kootenay saw its bad luck grow after missing two glorious scoring chances that would have evened the contest. As luck would have it, Fraser Valley came back to score the next goal to win the contest. Aimee DiBella’s shorthanded tally had given the Wildcats a brief 1-0 lead in the first period. Brianne Burns was in goal for Kootenay.The Wildcats opened the round robin tournament that included teams from Vancouver, Prince George, Thompson/Okanagan and Fraser Valley, Friday dropping a 4-2 decision to Vancouver FusiomDespite out shooting the Fusion 45-19, it was the Lower Mainland squad coming away with the victory.“We out shoot Vancouver by a wide margin but get a bad bounce when our goalie goes out to clear the puck . . . it hits the heel of her stick and goes right to the opposition who shoots it into the empty net,” DiBella explained. “We press for the tying goal but (Vancouver) gets an empty net goal and we lose 4-2.”Aimee DiBella and Christina Bonacci scored for the Wildcats.Kootenay then dropped a tough 9-2 decision to Thompson/Okanagan Rockets. Stephanie Schaupmeyer scored three times for the winners. Shea Weighill and Kiana Strand replied for Kootenay.Kootenay’s lone trip to the win column came later Saturday when the Cats dumped Prince George Cougars 5-1. Bonacci led the attack with two goals and two assists. Aimee DiBella also scored twice with Randi Brown adding a single.Thompson/Okanagan came away undefeated during the weekend with wins over Vancouver Fusion (8-2), Fraser Valley (2-1) and Prince George (4-3).The other scores had Prince George edging Vancouver 4-3 and Fraser Valley blasting the Cougars 10-2.Kootenay, 4-4 has a week break before returning to action November 6-7 with a two-game series against Fraser Valley in Pitt [email protected]last_img read more

FAVORED BAL A BALI BURSTS CLEAR LATE TO WIN GRADE III, $100,000 AMERICAN STAKES AT MILE ON TURF; MANDELLA & PRAT TEAM FOR VICTORY

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 9, 2015)–Favored Bal a Bali burst clear with a furlong to run and went on to a convincing one length victory in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 American Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Flavien Prat and conditioned by Richard Mandella, Brazilian-bred Bal a Bali made an impressive U.S. debut as he covered a mile on turf in 1:35.69.Idle due to a case of laminitis since winning a Group I in Brazil 11 months ago, Bal a Bali, a 5-year-old horse by the Honour and Glory stallion Put It Back, was off as the 3-2 favorite in a field of eight horses aged 3-and-up and he paid $5.00, $3.80 and $3.00.“He did a great job today,” said Prat, who split horses three off the rail a furlong out en route to winning his second race of the day in combination with Mandella and his third overall. “He’s just a really good horse. I had a little trouble on the turn because it was his first time on a short turn like that, but he can run longer than this. He can run a mile, he’s a great horse.”Owned by Fox Hill Farms, Inc. and Siena Farms, LLC, Bal a Bali, who won four Group I races last year, including the Brazilian Triple Crown, got his 12th win from 13 starts and with the winner’s share of $60,000, increased his earnings to $570,078.“It really is fulfilling to get his first race in the U.S. under his belt, because he really had a serious problem coming out of quarantine when he had laminitis,” said Mandella. “The podiatrist at Rood and Riddle (in Lexington, Ky.) named Vernon Dryden (DVM) did an unbelievable job of getting him back like this…I can’t say enough about the job he did.”Talco, who made an eye catching run around the far turn under Victor Espinoza, settled for second, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Gabriel Charles. Off at 9-2, Talco paid $4.80 and $3.20.“My horse ran an awesome race,” said Espinoza. “I decided to make a run around the turn and he was really running, but the winner got through inside of us and he was too much.”Gabriel Charles, who was full of run around the far turn under Tyler Baze, angled off the rail a furlong from home and was a clear third, finishing one length in front of second choice Winning Prize. Off at 8-1, Gabriel Charles paid $5.40 to show.First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. BRAZILIAN-BRED OVERCOMES LAMINITIS TO REGISTER IMPRESSIVE U.S. DEBUTlast_img read more

LEADING DONEGAL CHEF IN OBESITY WARNING: ‘STOP FEEDING YOUR KIDS PROCESSED RUBBISH’

first_imgTOP Donegal chef Martin Anderson has issued an obesity warning, saying parents of children here are feeding them ‘rubbish’ – and there are no excuses for it.In his column for Donegal Daily today the French-trained cook says good healthy food is easy to make – and warns of the junk served up by outlets styling themselves as ‘family restaurants’.“I recently saw a Facebook advert for a family restaurant and I took a look at their menu. Every item is deep fried, served with high calorie sauces, a half litre of high sugar drink and for just a few cent more sure you could make it bigger and really go to town on your waistline,” says Anderson. “The thing about food like this is that it is cheap, it’s easy to eat, no preparation required and you just throw the plates in the bin.”He said he has seen what is being offered to families in some local shops – and it’s even more rubbish.“On a recent trip to a local supermarket I noticed that the freezer was stacked to the lid with chips and other various frozen foods and potato items. There were at least six varieties of chips all requiring cooking in deep fat,” he says in his Donegal Daily column.Some children in Donegal, he said, get chips with every meal. He goes on: “Another item I noticed was frozen stir fry vegetables. I’ve never used them in my life. It’s hard to beat buying real vegetables and taking 10 minutes to slice them, it’ll take you as long getting the bag open and trying to defrost them, never mind trying to get the thick bits cooked before the rest turn to mush.Cheap“Processed foods are an easy way out for a lot of folk, ” I don’t have time” “they won’t eat this” “they only eat sausages” – how do they know what cheap sausages taste like, someone fed them to them.”The chef has held cookery demonstrations for parents in Donegal interested in providing healthy lunch boxes for their children.“Why? I’ll tell you why – because your kids are getting obese, you are reaching into the freezer and the processed food shelves and feeding them rubbish and that’s why,” he fumes. “An adult can make a conscious decision about what they want to eat or cook but a junior member of the family has no choice , STOP feeding them the easy options and start cooking real food, there is no excuse! Who is in charge?“I’m amazed to see ready-made mashed potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower in cheese sauce, a wide range of European and Asian meals just sitting with best before dates that makes me wonder how long it’s been made in advance.“There are €4.00 for a tub of soup that wouldn’t feed one person, high calorie and full of additives.”He urges readers to make your own food. “You will see a world of difference,” he says.You can see Martin’s recipe on Donegal Daily today…..LEADING DONEGAL CHEF IN OBESITY WARNING: ‘STOP FEEDING YOUR KIDS PROCESSED RUBBISH’ was last modified: October 23rd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:chefMartin AndersonobesityWarninglast_img read more

Zuma assigns ministers to deal with xenophobic attacks

first_img2 April 2015President Jacob Zuma has assigned three ministers to attend to the xenophobic attacks in KwaZulu-Natal, the Presidency said on Sunday.Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko and State Security Minister David Mahlobo would work with the provincial government to try to put an end to the violence that had broken out in the province, spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.“The president strongly condemns violence against foreign nationals as well as the destruction of property and the looting of shops in Durban and in any part of the Republic.“President Zuma has emphasised that government is addressing the issues that are being raised by citizens nationally, in particular, complaints about illegal and undocumented migrants, the takeover of local shops and other businesses by foreign nationals, as well as perceptions that foreign nationals perpetrate crime.”Shop petrol-bombedThe attacks, which started in Isipingo on March 25, spread to other areas around Durban, including Chatsworth and Umlazi.Ethiopian Tescma Marcus (22) died after suffering third degree burns when his spaza shop in Umlazi township outside Durban was set alight. He had been in South Africa for only four months.His brother Alex, 24, was also burnt when a mob locked them inside the container in which they had set up their shop and torched it.More police officers have since been sent to the area.Zuma said all spheres of government had been directed to enforce laws and by-laws to curb illegal trading and stop the spread of unlicensed shops.‘No justistification’“We urge citizens to allow government to attend to these and other immigration challenges and to not take the law into their own hands,” he said.He called on South Africans to remember that not all foreign nationals were in the country illegally, and that many contributed to the economy.“We reiterate that there can be no justification for attacking foreign nationals. Those who are in the country illegally should be reported to the police and they will be returned to their countries of origin in a lawful manner,” Zuma said.“Citizens should also provide information to the police if they know of foreign nationals who are engaged in criminal activities. They should not be attacked. We wish to emphasise that police will also take action against all people who engage in violence, including foreign nationals as well if they attack citizens,” he said.He said the government would help refugees and asylum seekers in terms of international law and the country’s Constitution.news24.com and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more