Gilead Sciences could make a profit on its new treatment for Covid-19 if it costs around $4,500 per patient, according to analysts at Piper Sandler and SVB Leerink.That’s the maximum price that the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review recommended for a 10-day treatment of Gilead’s remdesivir, which received emergency approval from US regulators on Friday. Gilead has so far been quiet on its pricing plans and didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.A number of Wall Street analysts have been getting more cautious on Gilead’s ability to make a profit from remdesivir amid the pandemic, spurring several downgrades last week. The Food and Drug Administration clearance followed results from a US-led study suggesting the drug shortened hospital stays, conflicting with results from China that showed remdesivir had no effect on preventing deaths. At $4,500 per patient, remdesivir “would have a gross margin and overall profit contribution that is below the company’s other products, but not highly dilutive to the company’s future profitability outlook,” Leerink’s Geoffrey Porges wrote in a note to clients Monday.ICER’s estimate rests on remdesivir showing a mortality benefit. The nonprofit agency said if the company is looking to simply recover the costs of producing it, a 10-day treatment regimen should cost about $10. That figure doesn’t include the cost of research and development as remdesivir was previously developed for hepatitis C, ICER said.Gilead is no stranger to drug-pricing debates after political scrutiny over the price of its HIV medicines. The company has said it may spend $1 billion on remdesivir this year.Even after a promise to give away the first 1.5 million vials, the drug could generate more than $2 billion in sales by the end of the year with a $4,500 price tag, according to Piper Sandler analyst Tyler Van Buren. And “several billion in sales are easily achievable” with the number of hospitalized Covid-19 patients remaining high for the foreseeable future.Topics :
INTRO: Richard Hope reports on the reopening of a three-line network partially abandoned since 1959 which forms one of the biggest current commuter rail projects around US cities NOVEMBER 30 saw all day service introduced on 106route-km of the former Old Colony Railroad to the southeast of Boston after a two-month start-up phase.From September 29, four morning peak trains running at 40min intervals had been carrying commuters into Boston South terminus from newly built stations along each of two routes commencing at Middleborough/ Lakeville and Kingston/Route 3; the pattern was reversed in the evening (RG.10.97 p646). Since the CTC signalling became fully operational in November, peak service has been stepped up to five trains on the Kingston line. Off-peak frequencies are generally 90 to 120min. Plymouth, close to Kingston/ Route 3 but served only during off-peak hours, also opened on November 30. Journey times from Boston are 65min to all three end points.The number of one-way journeys each weekday quickly reached 8000 during the start-up phase. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority was projecting 5000 daily one-way trips on each route, and is confident this will be achieved now that the full service has started. This will lift the steadily expanding weekday total for commuter services into Boston’s South and North termini from 100000 to 110000.Work is expected to start soon on the third Old Colony route to Greenbush, which should add a further 5000 trips when it opens in 2001-02.MBTA expands rail networkRail commuter services operated or funded by regional public transport authorities like MBTA are being introduced around an increasing number of North American cities. Typically they use track owned by private freight railways, but where substantial investment in upgrading track or signalling is necessary the authority will sometimes purchase the route and grant operating rights for freight service to continue.MBTA, already responsible for buses, trams and a three-line metro, has been active since the 1960s in developing commuter services on existing railways radiating from Boston.Services are currently provided by a fleet of 325 cars and 54 diesel locomotives. These are formed into 54 push-pull trainsets (22 northside and 32 southside). They are operated under contract by Amtrak to five destinations out of Boston North and eight from South station, operating a total of 450 trips per day. There are long term plans to join the two networks by a cross-city tunnel adjacent to a road tunnel now under construction (p30).What puts the Old Colony project in a different league to previous commuter lines is the heavy engineering work necessary to restore passenger service on routes that were partially abandoned. This has lifted the total cost to $530m, with a further $200m to be spent when the go-ahead is received for Greenbush.Southeast gapOpened in 1845, the Old Colony Railroad linked historic communities such as Plymouth along the southern shore of Massachusetts Bay with Boston until completion of the Southeastern Expressway in 1959 led to wholesale abandonment. A few months later, a trestle bridge over the Neponset river was destroyed by fire, severing the four-track Main line out of Boston South.However, other connections allowed limited local freight (now operated by Conrail) to continue over parts of the Old Colony network. Rights-of-way were largely preserved intact although track was removed in places, notably on the Greenbush branch beyond West Hingham.As MBTA gradually restored passenger service to other railways out of Boston in response to spreading road congestion, the decision was taken to use the vacant Old Colony trackbed as a way of extending the Red line of the metro to Braintree, 20 km from the city centre. Widely spaced stops permit higher-than-average speeds on this section, encouraging car users to park and ride.Despite this, commuters from the Old Colony sector face severe road traffic congestion in the morning peak, with 12 km tailbacks from central Boston. Car parking at Red line stations fills in a cascade, rippling outwards until space at the Braintree terminus is typically exhausted by 07.30.To plug the gap, MBTA was asked by the state legislature in 1984 to investigate complete restoration of the Old Colony Railroad between Boston South and Middleborough, Plymouth and Greenbush. With federal and state funding in place, the project to restore the Main (20 km to Braintree), Middleborough (40 km) and Plymouth (43 km) lines was launched in June 1992.The 27.3 km Greenbush branch was put back because of concerns about the impact on historic sites, notably at Hingham where the residual track through the town centre was barely visible. After considering alternatives such as tunnelling under Hingham, or commuting by boat into Boston, the then Massachusetts Governor William F Weld announced in November 1995 that surface rail was the best option.MBTA expects to complete its final environmental impact report in May. If state funding is forthcoming, construction could begin later this year – leading to a start of service to Greenbush and the six intermediate stations at the end of 2001 or early in 2002. Squeezing in the Main lineThe biggest challenge facing engineers was how to restore a single track between Braintree and Boston South, including two 3 km double-track sections where opposing trains could be scheduled to pass on the move.Fortunately, the need to continue freight service to industries north of the Neponset river prevented Red line construction from blocking surface access to Boston South.Ernest Deeb, Project Manager Design & Construction, explains that ’although the Red line has only two tracks, they were spread across the original four-track right-of-way. However, there was generally enough space on the west side for a new track once signalling equipment and power cables had been moved.’ Where the Ashmont and Braintree branches of the Red line run parallel for 2 km south of JFK/ UMass station, the single Old Colony track was squeezed in between them.Construction work has been required at Quincy Centre station to create a single platform for Old Colony trains below the concourse spanning the Red line’s island platform. Quincy Centre is the only interchange with the Red line between Boston South and Braintree. Greenbush trains will join the Main line 2 km north of Braintree and will thus call only at Quincy Centre.At Braintree, a new island platform for the Old Colony services has been built a short walk from the Red line terminus, displacing various freight sidings. A new three track yard has been created alongside the station for use by Conrail, which will continue to serve industries along the Old Colony routes.Civil engineeringAbout 1 km from Boston South, the Main line crosses the Fort Point Channel on one of three parallel through girder bridges originally designed to be opened for shipping. These are currently being refurbished.The largest structure on the whole project costing $20m carries the Main line over the Neponset river 8 km from Boston South. The 10 spans totalling 360 m of weathering steel beams have been built for double track so trains can pass on the bridge; concrete piers line up with those of the Red line bridge alongside.The second largest bridge is a parallel pair of single track spans to replace a level crossing with Pearl Street, just beyond the Red line stabling sidings south of the Braintree platforms, and close to the junction where the Plymouth and Middlesborough lines diverge. To achieve the required headroom, the track had to be raised 2.4m and the road surface lowered by 4.1m.Beyond Pearl Street, track has been almost entirely renewed using continuously welded 66 kg/m rail on concrete or timber sleepers, and 51 existing bridges and culverts were refurbished. A total of 45 road crossings have been provided with lifting barriers and flashing lights.At the outer end of the Plymouth line the decision was taken to construct a 3 km branch to reach a site closer to Kingston where sand and gravel extraction had created space for parking 1000 cars. Provision has been made for a total of 8000 parking spaces to be created at various stations.All trains likely to be used by commuters start from this station, named Kingston/Route 3 to emphasise its good highway access. Alternate off-peak and weekend services run to Plymouth, which is intended to tap the leisure and tourist travel markets.Five intermediate stations have been constructed on each of the two branches. Most are on or close to the sites of original Old Colony stations. Seven consist of a single platform constructed from precast concrete elements, with a centrally supported galvanised steel canopy matching the length of two coaches. They are unmanned, but equipped with remote public address and telephones. Both the Middleborough and Plymouth lines have three 3 km double track sections sited so that trains can pass; Montello, Brockton and Halifax stations each have two platform faces for this reason.Even before the service started, developers saw the new stations raising property values. Lakeville Corporate Park & Retail Centre is being constructed near Middlesborough/Lakeville station to exploit this opportunity, which could result in reverse commuting.Refurbished trainsMany of MBTA’s commuter services are now equipped with double-deck coaches to maximise capacity, and Kawasaki is currently delivering a further 17. However, single-deck cars will be adequate for Old Colony trains in the first year, so a fleet of 56 built by Pullman-Standard in 1979 have been heavily refurbished.Traction is provided from MBTA’s fleet of GP40PM-C diesel locomotives, 25 of which are currently being delivered by GEC Alsthom. These are 3200hp units remanufactured in Montréal by the company’s Canadian subsidiary AMF Transport. Each refurbished single-deck car seats 114, and the Old Colony lines are currently worked with five sets of six cars. Minimum length of platforms as constructed is 252m, which would accommodate nine-car trains.As all the Old Colony stations have been provided with high platforms, it has been possible to fit remotely operated sliding doors which enhances safety and reduces the number of crew members required.Trains are stabled and cleaned overnight at the Kingston and Middleborough layover sidings, but maintenance is carried out at Amtrak’s existing facilities for south side commuter services. A major traction and rolling stock maintenance centre was opened in November at Somerville, on the north side of Boston.Maintenance of the Old Colony infrastructure will eventually be based in a converted warehouse that MBTA has acquired alongside the line at Abington. This will complement two other modern maintenance-of-way facilities at Readville and Salem, of which the Readville office is currently managing the work on the Old Colony routes.CAPTION: Dignitaries at the Old Colony line inauguration on September 26 included Massachusetts Governor Argeo Paul Celluci (at stand), Boston Mayor Thomas M Menino (right), MBTA Chairman Patrick J Moynihan (third from left) and General Manager Robert H Prince Jr (fifth from left)CAPTION: Left: With two Old Colony routes now operational, MBTA hopes to start renovation of the Greenbush line before the end of this yearCAPTION: Three 3 km sections of double track have been provided on each branch as extended crossing loops; pedestrian access between platforms at double-track stations such as Montello (above) is by foot crossings protected with flashing lights (inset)CAPTION: Seven of the 10 intermediate stations comprise a simple 252 m long single platform with canopies, waiting shelters and car parking, as at South WeymouthCAPTION: On the approach to Boston’s South Station, a third span of the Fort Point Channel bridge is being refurbished to provide extra capacity to handle Old Colony servicesCAPTION: Space constraints mean a long walk for passengers interchanging between Red line and Old Colony platforms at the metro’s Braintree terminusNorth-South Link on the agendaThe Commonwealth of Massachusetts has invested heavily to create a modern rail network serving Boston, but it suffers from the fundamental disadvantage that many commuters must change at the rebuilt South and North termini on to crowded metro or light rail services before reaching their place of work.The need for a North-South Rail Link has long been recognised, but attempts in the 1970s to tie it in with the Central Artery road tunnel now under construction failed. The Central Artery is currently the largest public works project in the USA, and it passes close to both rail termini.With electrification of the Northeast Corridor into Boston South and the introduction of high speed tilting trains in prospect, there is pressure to extend Amtrak service at least to the north side of Boston, if not further. MBTA estimates that the Rail Link would at least double the patronage of its commuter services, many of which would be paired up to run through the city centre.Current plans favour four tracks in bored tunnels driven below the Central Artery, and efforts are being made to ensure that the two projects are compatible. Trains heading north would enter the tunnels east of Bay Back station, and emerge north of the Charles river to join tracks fanning out from Boston North station which cross over the river. There would be underground stations linked to the North and South termini, and another in between close to the waterfront. The cost is put at $2.6bn but this figure is likely to rise. Trains would have to be electrically powered, although electro-diesel traction such as is used for access to Penn station in New York is feasible.The Central Artery is not expected to be finished until 2004. Work on the Rail Link is unlikely to commence before then, so it remains a distant objective. Meanwhile, MBTA presses on with expansion of commuter service, with extension of the Ipswich line to Newburyport later this year.La Old Colony comble la carence en services d’abonnés à BostonLe 30 novembre a vu l’introduction de services ininterrompus pendant la journée sur la ligne de 106 km de l’ancien chemin de fer Old Colony au sud-est de Boston après une phase de mise en marche de deux mois. A partir du 29 septembre quatre trains d’heures de pointe transportaient des abonnés à partir de gares nouvellement construites le long des lignes de Middleborough et de Plymouth. Richard Hope parle de la réouverture du réseau, partiellement abandonné depuis 1959, qui représente l’un des plus grands projets courants de services ferroviaires de banlieue autour des villes d’Amérique du NordOld Colony stopft Pendlerlücke in BostonNach einer zweimonatigen Anlaufphase wurde am 30 November auf einer Strecke von 106 km der ehemaligen Eisenbahn Old Colony der ganztägige Betrieb in den Südosten von Boston aufgenommen. Seit dem 29 September hatten vier Züge, die in den Hauptverkehrszeiten eingesetzt wurden, einen Pendlerverkehr von neu errichteten Stationen entlang der Middleborough- und Plymouth-Strecke bereitgestellt. Richard Hope berichtet über die Neuer
Government proposals to introduce collective defined contribution (CDC) schemes to the UK have been welcomed by pensions industry professionals responding to the consultation, which closed earlier this month.The plans were published by the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) last November following months of campaigning, led by Royal Mail and the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU). The two parties agreed a CDC framework to replace the company’s defined benefit scheme and have been lobbying ever since for appropriate legislation. In order to allow the Royal Mail model and other CDC schemes, new primary and secondary legislation will have to be taken through the UK parliament. The DWP said the rules could then be adapted if other employers came forward with alternative models.The topics addressed by the consultation document included: The Royal Mail and its union have led the campaign for CDC legislation in the UKKevin Wesbroom, senior partner at Aon and a vocal supporter of the CDC concept, said: “We firmly believe that CDC plans can improve retirement outcomes for many UK workers via collective investment by professionals, not members; by having benefits expressed in income terms not capital accounts; by the pooling of longevity risk; and by individuals not having to buy an annuity at poor times in the market.”However, several issues were still of concern.“We believe the full potential of CDC to improve retirement outcomes will require decumulation-only vehicles,” Wesbroom said. “They would provide a much-needed alternative option for the spending phase of conventional individual DC schemes.”Decumulation-only vehicles would not be permitted under the proposals put forward by the DWP. The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) said: “The Pensions Regulator should be given relevant powers to apply appropriate scrutiny and intervene if it suspects the scheme has become unsustainable or there are issues with its governance.”It also warned that the governance process for determining the valuation assumptions and pension increases needed to be well designed to ensure fair outcomes.The IFoA – reflecting a widely-held view – also said that communication to scheme members would be critical to the success of CDC.“Every effort must be made to ensure that members understand the risks and advantages of the scheme they are in,” it said. “It should be clear that benefit levels are not guaranteed.” Meanwhile, the Association of Consulting Actuaries (ACA) expressed support for the CDC concept, but highlighted the importance of the investment strategy to the success of future CDC arrangements.“The key drivers of adequate pension provision are the level of contributions paid into the scheme and the way that those contributions are invested, rather than the form of the pension arrangement,” the association said. “The Royal Mail proposals target a certain level of benefit but will sacrifice indexation if the investment returns do not prove sufficient to provide that target given the level of contributions paid.”In the Netherlands – widely cited during UK industry discussions on CDC as a template to follow – several major schemes have not paid inflation-linked bonuses for several years and face having to cut member benefits if funding levels do not improve substantially in the next few months.The DWP has said the necessary legislation will be presented to parliament “as soon as parliamentary time allows”. * Risk-sharing and intergenerational issues;* Whether CDC members should be allowed to transfer out in the decumulation stage;* Requiring CDC schemes to publish their rules for calculating and distributing member benefits, and communicating the risk of benefit reductions to members;* Whether CDC schemes will need sufficient scale to pool longevity risk across the membership; and* Trustee duties and requirements.The document included a series of questions for the industry in an attempt to frame responses.Reaction
VolleyballBatesville Varsity defeated South Dearborn 25-9, 25-9, 25-8.Batesville vs. South Dearborn Varsity (9-26)Batesville JV won 25-14, 25-8.Batesville vs. South Dearborn JV (9-26)Batesville Freshman winners 25-14, 25-5.Submitted by Batesville Coach Jody Thomas with Max Preps.Girls SoccerFranklin County and Greensburg battle to a 1-1 tie.Greensburg at Franklin County (9-26)Submitted by Var Vee.Middle School Cross CountryBatesville Boys victorious against Shelbyville 23-36.Batesville Girls won 23-32.Batesville vs. Shelbyville MS CC (9-26)Submitted by Batesville Coach Derek Suits.Middle School SoccerMadison defeated Jac-Cen-Del 7-0.JCD vs. Madison MS Soccer (9-26)Submitted by JCD Coach Larry Hammond.Freshman FootballEast Central beat Batesville 14-6.Batesville vs. EC Freshman Football (9-26)Submitted by Batesville Coach Eric Feller.
Carol Shackelford nee Flannery, born July 26, 1941 in Lecher County, KY, daughter of Edna and William Flannery, dedicated wife to James Shackelford, passed away on Monday, March 12, 2018. The Batesville resident was 76 years old.Carol was an avid lover of animals, particularly her beloved dog, Newman. A well-known decorator, real estate connoisseur, and friend to many, Carol was best known as the great matriarch to her very large family. She always loved having her family and friends stop over for a cup of coffee and good conversation.Loving mother to Edward (Donna) Burdett, Rick (Sherry) Burdett and Star Shaw. Along with step sons, Clyde, Dennis, Jerry and Wayne Shackelford. Grandmother to Tabby Stoeppel, Taylor and Talyn Shaw, Chad and Ben Burdett, 8 step-grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Carol also leaves behind five sisters, Mae (Ed) Baldrick, Helen (Steve) Carder, Rhonda (Jude) Belter, Joan (Dan) Schornick, Terry (Paul) Messerschmidt and five brothers, Virgil (Holly), Bill (Ginger), Jake (Nancy), Don (Teri) and Jim (Kathie) Flannery, as well as, many nieces and nephews.Visitation will be Friday, March 16, 2018 from 10am -12pm, immediately followed by funeral services at 12:00 noon, all at Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville. Pastor Clyde Shackelford officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Sunman, IN.Memorials may be given to Newman’s Dog Fund or Phi Beta Psi Sorority in their support of local charities and cancer research, by bringing or mailing to the funeral home.Online condolences at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.
McIlroy did suggest, though, that there may be a few “interesting pairings” in Paul McGinley’s line-up. The four-time major winner, who has won five points from his nine Ryder Cup matches, said: “I’m very lucky that I get on well with a lot of the guys. Graeme McDowell obviously is a big friend of mine, Poults (Ian Poulter) I’ve played with before, Sergio Garcia’s another one where we’ve got a good chemistry. “So there’s a few guys I can play with. You might see a few interesting pairings next week, I’m not going to give much away here… “I think we’ve got a good mix of guys and I think the pairings that we’re going to have are going to be very very strong.” McDowell, meanwhile, admits he would love to link back up with McIlroy – but concedes he will not be the only one. He wrote in his BBC Sport column: ” Myself and the other 10 guys would all love to be paired with the world’s number one player. There would be a queue out of the door of players wanting to partner Rory and, absolutely, I would be among them. “Yes, it has been a rough time over the last couple of years on the business side of things for both me and Rory because he has been involved in a lawsuit with my management company. “And it certainly has put a stress on our relationship, but we have put those things behind us this year. If anything, our friendship has been strengthened by what we have experienced. “We have talked about it and we would certainly love to renew our partnership again.” It has been confirmed that McIlroy’s charitable foundation, The Rory Foundation, will become the official tournament host of the Irish Open from next year. The event is due to be held from May 28-31 in McIlroy’s native Northern Ireland at Royal County Down, the venue of his final appearance as an amateur, in the 2007 Walker Cup. The Rory Foundation, set up at the start of last year to raise funds for children’s charities across the world, will also become the tournament’s official charity, with the beneficiaries to be chosen by the Foundation in conjunction with the European Tour. He said: “Since making my debut in 2005, the Irish Open has always been a special tournament to me. “I am excited to be partnering with George O’Grady and the European Tour, especially for next year’s tournament at Royal County Down.” One of the major beneficiaries of The Rory Foundation, the Cancer Fund for Children, is located just a few miles from Royal County Down, in Newcastle. O’Grady said: ” The European Tour is thrilled that Rory and his Foundation would wish to partner with the Tour and become more closely involved in the development of the Irish Open. “Today’s announcement further demonstrates Rory’s uniquely special qualities and his commitment not simply to his national Open, but also to the European Tour.” Rory McIlroy says winning the Ryder Cup would be “the icing on the cake” of an incredible year for him. McIlroy heads to Gleneagles with his European team-mates this week sitting at number one in the world rankings and having won four tournaments in the last five months, including the Open and the US PGA Championship. It has been a stunning return to form for McIlroy, who had slipped to as low as 11th in the rankings following a disappointing 2013, and now the Northern Irishman is looking to add another Ryder Cup success to his list of triumphs. He said on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday programme: “Personally for me it would just be the icing on the cake of what’s already a fantastic year. “It feels like everyone involved is just so passionate about it, and even the public get so much more passionate about it than the majors or individual tournaments. “So it’s great to be a part of; I’ve been a part of two winning European teams and obviously would love to make that a third this week.” McIlroy helped Europe lift the cup in 2010 and 2012 and the 25-year-old revealed they were the best experiences of his career as he was able to celebrate victory as part of a team. However, McIlroy acknowledges that playing in a team brings different pressures and he also understands just how much will be expected of him – as the world number one – in Scotland this week. He said: “I’m gonna have to be one of the leaders and be expected to lead by example, and that’s a big responsibility, but one I want to try and handle and try and get a few points on the board early for the team. “It’s way better to win as part of a team. The best experiences in my golf career have been the Ryder Cup and to be able to celebrate with all these guys. It’s very special.” McIlroy has been almost exclusively paired with countryman Graeme McDowell in his previous two Ryder Cups but it remains to be seen if the duo will link up again this week. Press Association
Press Association Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini backed goalkeeper Joe Hart after a late error by the England number one almost cost his side victory against Norwich. “Norwich played very well because they defended very well with 11 players near their box. “It was very difficult for us to create space but we created three or four chances that we missed. “Finally, we opened the scoring with a beautiful goal from Nicolas Otamendi. “Unfortunately they drew level with a very unlucky goal but in the last 10 minutes the team demonstrated its personality and character.” Norwich boss Alex Neil also had to deal with a goalkeeping mistake after John Ruddy lost the ball in the build-up to the decisive penalty incident. Neil said: “I thought we limited Man City to very little but if you’re going to lose a goal away to the top teams, you want it to be from a bit of quality, so to lose one to a set-piece is disappointing. “Then we made mistakes at the back for the second goal and it cost us the game. It is just disappointing. He (Ruddy) knows he has made an error. “But it won’t take us long to get over it. We will analyse it, we will get through it. There is a lot of positive stuff. “It is the first time I have played three at the back, with two wing-backs dropping in to make five. I think it worked really really well. Manchester City struggled to break us down.” Hart gifted the Canaries an 83rd-minute equaliser in their clash against the Barclays Premier League leaders at the Etihad Stadium as he dropped a cross and Cameron Jerome pounced. But City snatched a 2-1 win with a Yaya Toure penalty in the 89th minute after Norwich captain Russell Martin was sent off for blocking a Raheem Sterling shot with his arm. Pellegrini said: “It was unfortunate. Sometimes these things happen. Joe is human and he can make mistakes. “Apart from that error, there were only two shots at him in the game and he saved those because he is a very good goalkeeper. “We played against a difficult team that played very well.” City were frustrated by the resilient visitors until finally breaking through with a Nicolas Otamendi header from a corner midway through the second half. They then looked to be cruising towards victory until Hart’s blunder precipitated a chaotic finish out of keeping with the rest of the game. Hart atoned for his mistake with a fine save from Martin Olsson after Toure had levelled and City missed a second penalty stoppage time, Aleksandar Kolarov firing wide after Sterling was tripped. By then Toure had been substituted but had not gone quietly. The Ivorian seemed annoyed to be taken off and exchanged words with Pellegrini as he left the field. Of the overall performance, Pellegrini said: “I think we deserved to win the game. We started from the beginning to try and score.
Despite divergent views by members of the National Council of Sports which held yesterday, the general consensus has remained that the National Sports Festival should hold this year.An 11-man committee has been set up to inspect all heath facilities for the festival in Edo StateThe Commitee is made up of members of the Covid- 19 Task Force, NCDC, Commissioners of Sports from the six geo-political zones of the country and representatives of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development. Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare Speaking during the virtual meeting chaired by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare, contributors said although the Covid-19 pandemic was a source of concern, the sports Festival can go ahead if certain measures are put in place.According to the Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee who also doubles as Edo State Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shuaibu: ” We are ready to host the Festival, but other states may not be ready.“The issue of health is something that we all take seriously. Isolation centres have been further expanded to bigger capacities. We have set up many testing centres that would screen athletes before and during games.”The Minister said: “After more than more month of uncertainty, we need to chart a new course for our sports just like is been done globally.“Our final decision will be based on consultations with the Ministry of Health and the National Task Force on Covid-19.A representative of the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Sports, Mr. Paul Bassey also shared the position of getting health officials involved in deciding if the Games should hold.“A health committee should be set up to work with the NCDC and the Ministry of Health to determine the possibility of the Festival taking place,” observed the veteran sports journalist.While some members of the online conference were of he views that the Festival should hold before the Edo State election, others insisted that it should be moved till after the election.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Jill Burke is a senior writing about sports in relation to current issues. Her column, “Out of Bounds,” runs every other Friday. Monumental steps like Sensory Inclusive stadiums are awesome, but even modest changes can make a difference. We can make sports inclusive in more ways than just how we equip stadiums. From now on — and especially this football season — let’s all make an effort, no matter how small, to welcome everyone into the special community that is the sports world. The Eagles aren’t the only NFL team to take this step. At the Buffalo Bills’ New Era Field, fans can rent sensory inclusion bags free of charge from any Guest Services booth, making the stadium a “certified Sensory Inclusive space” this season. The bags contain materials similar to those at Lincoln Financial Field. Part of why billions of people across the world enjoy being a fan and going to games is that it provides a sense of community and aids social integration. Studies have found that suicide rates temporarily dip every year around Super Bowl Sunday and the final game of the World Series. These are times when people typically gather to watch games and feel a sense of belonging. The suite is essentially geared toward young fans with sensory processing disorders like autism or PTSD. It’s equipped with noise canceling headphones, verbal cue cards, fidget tools, weighted lap pads and much more. Beyond that, Eagles and Lincoln Financial Field employees have been trained to “recognize guests with sensory needs and … quell sensory overload situations.” As college students, we don’t necessarily have the means to help design sensory suites at major stadiums, but there are still things we can do to welcome others into the sports community. Sports are often seen as a common ground for everyone. I’ve even heard the phrase “everyone speaks ball.” But sports, often known as the one thing that unites the world, can be ostracizing. Even beyond the challenge of loud stadiums that can be overwhelming for people with autism, not everyone feels welcome in the sports community. It should be celebrated that NFL teams are making strides toward a more inclusive game experience while also normalizing these needs. All other sports teams should take note. If you mention an upcoming USC game to an acquaintance in your class and they seem a bit awkward about it, encourage them to come with you and your friends. I know if someone had done that for me three years ago, it would have meant the world. If you mention the recent Dodgers loss to someone and they seem confused, they might not follow baseball or might not have grown up in a family that follows sports at all. Rather than shaming them, even unintentionally, briefly fill them in in a way that’s not condescending. Too many times, I’ve watched people get embarrassed when someone quizzes them on their sports knowledge and they get labelled as being “not a true fan” when they fail. For one thing, you don’t have to know everything to be a fan and a part of the community. Rather than shaming people for what they don’t know, let’s instead make them excited about how cool sports can be. For example, if you find out that someone doesn’t know who Matt Barkley is, don’t say, “What? You’ve never heard of him?” Say something like, “Oh you’ve gotta look him up some time, he’s awesome!” I’ve strayed a bit from my opening thoughts on the progressive new things the Eagles and Bills are doing, but my point is that sports can be inaccessible or overwhelming to some. To others, the sports community can simply be intimidating. Sports seem very inclusive on the surface, and in general they are — but they can also feel isolating when you’re on the outside. I didn’t understand it at the time. I had only ever seen construction workers with power tools wear those before. But when I recently learned that the Philadelphia Eagles opened up a sensory suite at Lincoln Financial Field for fans with sensory challenges and their families, I thought of that boy. Sports accessibility goes beyond simply having handicap-accessible seating in stadiums. There are families all over the country with children or adults living with sensory challenges. These new accommodations allow those people and their families to experience the joy of going to a sports game with less strain. Let’s talk about a more surface level topic. When I first transferred to USC, I struggled to find people to go to football games with. I remember feeling so friendless knowing that everyone else was at the game in groups, and I didn’t even have someone to walk with me to the stadium. I felt like I couldn’t go to the Coliseum and sit in the student section by myself, and I know I’m not the only one who has ever felt that way. Growing up visiting my relatives in upstate New York during the summer, we would frequently go see the Auburn Doubledays — the local minor league baseball team. Sitting in the bleachers at those games, I’d often see the same little boy wearing noise reduction ear mufflers at every game.
ZENITH B/BALL LEAGUEDolphins and IGP Queens basketball teams have continued their winning streak in the ongoing Zenith Bank Women Basketball League taking place in Kaduna.Taking the court first in the morning, Dolphins coached by founder, Wale Aboderin, recorded their second victory at the second phase by defeating vastly-improved Sunshine Angels of Akure 68 – 44.The Aboderin ladies displayed supremacy in all the departments of the game.Speaking after their encounter, Aboderin said he was impressed with the performance of his girls but they did not obtain an optimum level. “The girls normally raise their games depending on the strength of their opponents. I am happy with this performance. They took things easy to get the result. Our target is to get to the final and get a continental ticket,” he said.In the third game of the day, IGP Queens whitewashed Ekiti Angels 96 – 23 points to also maintain their 100 per cent record in Kaduna.Also victorious on Thursday were Benue Princess who humiliated Oluyole Babes 70 – 36 and AHIP who defeated First Deepwater 54 – 50 in a keenly contested encounter.At a post match chat, AHIP coach John Wilson said their target was to qualify for the final eight slot billed for Lagos in August.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram