None of Chiron’s flu vaccine is safe, FDA says

None of Chiron’s flu vaccine is safe, FDA says

first_imgOct 15, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials today ruled out using any of Chiron Corporation’s influenza vaccine in the United States this year, following the completion of inspections at the company’s plant in Liverpool, England.Shipment of Chiron’s 48 million doses of vaccine was halted last week when the British government shut down the plant because of concerns about contamination. US officials had held out little hope that any of the Chiron vaccine could be used, and today’s announcement confirmed the bad news.”Today we’re announcing that none of the flu vaccine made by Chiron for the US market is safe,” Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Lester Crawford said at a news briefing late this afternoon. The announcement confirms the disappearance of nearly half of the previously projected US supply of 100 million doses.Crawford said FDA officials who finished inspecting Chiron’s Liverpool plant this afternoon found violations of “good manufacturing practices.” “We did enough testing to conclude that we couldn’t guarantee the safety of any of the vaccine,” he said. “The contamination appears to be from the filling of the vials; that has to be done in a sterile way, and we’re not sure that was the case.” He said the contamination involved the bacterial species Serratia marcescens.About a million doses of Chiron vaccine that had already been shipped to the United States probably can’t be used either, Crawford said. “Our inclination and intention here is to test and retest those lots and see if some of it can be used. We are not optimistic about that and in fact do not believe it can be used,” he said.The Chiron disaster has left Aventis Pasteur as the only supplier of injectable vaccine for the US market. Aventis has produced 55.4 million doses, about 33 million of which have already been shipped to customers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Because of the shortage, the CDC has recommended that healthy people forgo flu shots so the doses can be saved for people at high risk for flu complications, such as the elderly, infants, and people with chronic illness. The agency is working with Aventis to assure that the remaining doses go to those groups.Crawford said the Department of Health and Human Services is hunting everywhere for more vaccine. “Literally every flu vaccine manufacturer in the world is being contacted, and some progress is being made,” he said, without giving specifics.The CDC said today that Aventis shipped more than 2 million doses of flu vaccine this week to providers serving high-risk groups, including the Veterans Administration, long-term care facilities, hospitals, state public health agencies, the Vaccines for Children Program, and private providers who care for young children.”More doses of vaccine will be going out over the next 6-7 weeks so there will be more opportunity for those who need this vaccine to get it in time for this year’s influenza season,” CDC Director Julie Gerberding said in a news release.Amplifying this message at the news briefing, Gerberding said, “We recommend that people not wait in long lines [for vaccine] but rather call ahead to make an appointment. . . . We have very limited flu activity in the US right now, so there is still time for us to get these vaccine doses out and for people to receive them without having to wait in long lines.”Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, urged providers not to give flu shots to healthy people in low-risk groups. “It’s a numbers issue,” he said. Roughly 45 million people in the high-risk groups are expected to seek flu shots, which means there are just enough doses for them, he explained.Gerberding said the CDC has a stockpile of antiviral drugs that can help the nation cope with the vaccine shortage. “We’ve gotten 5 million doses of rimantadine for the stockpile. . . . We also have a stockpile of oseltamivir which would be used for treating influenza,” she said. She added that the CDC will be providing more information soon and will look into whether production of antivirals can be increased.In other developments, reports of exorbitant prices for scarce flu vaccine prompted HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson yesterday to urge states to prosecute price gougers.”I am encouraging the attorney general of each state to thoroughly investigate reports of price gouging and prosecute those engaging in this immoral and illegal activity to the full extent of the law,” Thompson said in a letter he sent to attorneys general and released publicly.At the same time, Thompson said it was “doubtful” that the United States would be able to buy significant supplies of flu vaccine from Canada or other foreign sources, according to the Associated Press (AP) and other news services.The FDA has been talking with two companies that sell flu vaccine in Canada and other countries and have “a few million” unsold doses, the AP reported. But the vaccines are not licensed in the United States, and Thompson said it was unlikely the producers could meet FDA requirements in time for this season, according to the report.Thompson’s comments came a day after President Bush, in the Oct 13 presidential debate, said Canadian supplies might ease the US vaccine shortage.According to the AP, hospitals have reported distributors offering flu vaccine for as much as $100 per shot, compared with normal retail prices of $12 to $20. In his letter to attorneys general, Thompson said the CDC is collecting reports of price gouging and sharing them with the National Association of Attorneys General and state prosecutors.One sign of the surging demand for flu vaccine came from Denver, where someone stole 780 doses from a clinic in suburban Aurora, according to a report in yesterday’s Denver Post. The doses were taken from a refrigerator at Kids Aurora, a private, two-doctor pediatric clinic, the story said.last_img read more

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AGO uncovers millions of suspicious transactions involving Jiwasraya’s investment instruments

first_img“There are so many of these transactions made between 2008 and 2018. Investigators and the BPK [Supreme Audit Agency] need to work hard,” he said on Tuesday as quoted by kontan.co.id.He said that given the sheer number of such transactions, the investigation would no longer focus on the value of the transactions, but rather on discovering any indication that the transactions were deliberate efforts to cause Jiwasraya’s financial losses.“Investigators will need ascertain who made the transactions, as well as to determine what type of stocks were being traded,” Febrie said.Jiwasraya failed to pay out on customers policies, worth up to Rp 16 trillion (US$1.2 billion), that fell due in December, prompting the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) to launch a corruption investigation.Authorities estimate the alleged corruption caused Rp 13.7 trillion (US$1 billion) in state losses. The estimate, however, might yet increase during the ongoing investigation. (rfa)Topics : The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has uncovered millions of suspicious transactions involving state-owned insurance company Jiwasraya’s investment instruments, lending credence to accusations of investment mismanagement that led the insurer into serious liquidity issues.Deputy attorney general for special crimes Adi Toegarisman said the AGO had initially uncovered 55,000 suspicious transactions among Jiwasraya’s stock investments. However, as the investigation progressed, the office discovered millions of such transactions, according to AGO director of investigations Febrie Adriansyah.Febrie went on to say that the office had also discovered questionable transactions in the mutual funds Jiwasraya invested in.last_img read more

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Luxury Gold Coast apartment on the beachfront stands out from the crowd

first_imgThe Palm Beach apartment at 602-2 Twenty Third Ave in the Pacific Palm Beach building has hit the market.GONE are the days when the properties that lined the beachfront were shacks and cottages.Many are being demolished to make way for luxury residences much like those in the new Pacific Palm Beach development.A sixth floor apartment, which will go to auction on March 4, is one of the boutique development’s standouts.Walls of wide windows frame picture-perfect ocean views while timber, stone and sheer floor-length curtains offer an air of sophistication.If that’s not lavish enough, a feature fireplace and glass-encased wine cellar add a touch of class. MORE NEWS: Why there are fewer properties on the market MORE NEWS: Jaw-dropping asking price for vacant blocks A glass-encased wine cellar is a highlight. What a bath!Entrepreneur Adam Hudson, who runs online business training program Reliable Education, bought the apartment off-the-plan in February, 2018.He was attracted to its position in Palm Beach and its breathtaking views.“I just think it’s one of the best views on the Gold Coast,” he said.“We did a lot of upgrades in there and we did a lot of planning through the whole process.”He didn’t get the chance to live in the property like he had planned but made sure he enjoyed a drink inside the residence with his brother before listing it for sale.While reluctant to sell, Mr Hudson said business opportunities arose that he couldn’t pass up. “I’m going to be spending more time overseas,” he said.The residence has three bedrooms, all of which have ensuites while the main has a walk-in wardrobe.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago Not a bad view to wake up to every day.The kitchen, living and dining areas are open and flow onto a wraparound balcony overlooking the coastline.The kitchen has a butler’s pantry, stone features and quality appliances while a built-in barbecue outside makes for easy entertaining.Other features include a powder room, video security access as well as two car spaces and storage space in the basement.The luxury development, which was finished recently, has 15 apartments with two per floor.Residents of the building can enjoy all of its facilities, including a heated pool, sun deck, and alfresco barbecue terrace. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59last_img read more

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Inner Brisbane pad Australia’s hottest house right now

first_img34 Mareeba Road, Ashgrove, is just 5km from the Brisbane CBD.This inner Brisbane home is the hottest house in Australia right now, jam-packed with so many luxuries it even has a heated indoor pool that can host its own movie nights.MORE: Iconic Brisbane castle sells to developerProperty guru Andrew Winter on why the SEQ market is so strongQLD Reds rugby star James O’Connor finally makes Brisbane homeIndoor heated, pool, an ice bath, movie screen and full length glass mural.No need for social distancing when you’re at the movies at home.Located in Brisbane’s inner suburbs, just 5km from the CBD, the property was the most viewed on realestate.com.au in the past week. It was designed to be an escape that the whole family could settle into with entertainment options galore.By far, the most outstanding feature is the 11.5m by 3m heated Ozone indoor tiled swimming pool.The home looks deceptively modest from the road.The kitchen is just a joy.It comes with a movie screen so you can watch the game or catch a movie with the comfort of a heated pool and there’s even a full length glass printed mural.The property also has a hot tub that can take six people, an amazing recovery ice bath and a fully equipped gymnasium.An abundance of light with huge windows and high ceilings.The gym is fully equipped.The billiards room comes complete with a bar, lounge area and fireplace, perfect for winter evenings.The six bedroom, five bathroom, five car space home sits on a massive 1,128sq m block at 34 Mareeba Road in Ashgrove.Agents Leo Liu and Mandy Finlay of NGU Real Estate Toowong listed it as a “an idyllic sanctuary for families of all ages”.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoOpen plan perfection.One of the five luxurious bathrooms.The extensive list of features includes a gourmet kitchen with two marble island benches, a spacious, fully equipped scullery, massive storage room and full-size cold room.The house has oversized windows and soaring double ceiling voids while the master suite has a luxury ensuite, walk-in robe and hand-carved solid stone bathtub.The home could even be party central with speakers throughout the house and into the yard, gardens, basketball hoop and a play court.There’s even a 10m attic and a nine-seater home cinema room.FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:56Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCOVID-19: Spring property predictions 202002:57last_img read more

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I am Dominica. Are you? Scrapbook competition for preschoolers during Preschool Month

first_img Share 56 Views   no discussions Share Roseau, Dominica – (November 24, 2011) – The Leo Club of Dominica in collaboration with Discover Dominica Authority will involve preschoolers in the I am Dominica. Are You? Campaign during Preschool Month 2011. Preschoolers in the north of the island will take part of the scrapbook competition as they portray through pictures, photos and drawings what they love about Dominica, and how they can help to develop and promote Dominica. Scrapbooks will be judged for neatness, applicability to the theme and creativity. The judging of the scrapbooks will take place on November 25, 2011 by Community Leaders of the north and representatives of the Leo Club of Dominica and Discover Dominica Authority. The I am Dominica. Are You? Campaign seeks to showcase the natural attributes of Dominica, increase Dominicans awareness of the tourism product and the role they can play in the development of tourism.The Pennville Preschool, Thibaud Preschool, Paix Bouche Preschool and Sunflower Preschool will take part in the competition. The closing ceremony and prize giving will take place on Friday December 2, 2011 at the winning school. The Leo Club of Dominica sees this initiative as key in involving children in educational activities at this early stage. Winners will receive school supplies and certificates of participation. The overall winner of the competition will have his/her school fees paid for one year. The Leo Club is a non–profit service club which relies on the help of local businesses and civic minded persons willing to give as they continue to promote leadership in our country and carry out services to those in need. For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.discoverdominica.com or follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.Press ReleaseDiscover Dominica Authority Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews I am Dominica. Are you? Scrapbook competition for preschoolers during Preschool Month by: – November 24, 2011last_img read more

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Two Officers, Suspect Die in Ambush Attack in Texas Border Town

first_imgCourtesy: McAllen Police Department/Facebook “We have lost two brave public servants who sought only to keep peace in our City,” McAllen police Chief Victor Rodriguez told a newspaper via text message.Officials with the City of McAllen posted: Two police officers were killed in the Texas border town of McAllen on Saturday, in what authorities are describing as an ambush shooting.According to reports, the gunman later killed himself after a shootout with other responding officers.The slain officers have been identified as 45-year-old Edelmiro Garza and 39-year-old Ismael Chavez.They were responding to a domestic disturbance complaint.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted:Two of our finest were killed in the line of duty while working to protect residents in their community.I’ve spoken with McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez and offered the full support of the State of Texas.We unite to #BackTheBlue.#RGVhttps://t.co/lm5DWQJSVC— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 11, 2020center_img Officials identified the suspect as 23-year-old Audon Ignacio Camarillo. He was most recently arrested last month on assault charges, according to The Monitor.last_img read more

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Woods looks to reassert himself

first_imgIt came as a surprise to many — most everyone, in fact.Just one game removed from passing for a single-game school record 468 yards against Arizona, junior quarterback Matt Barkley and the rest of the Trojans’ offense visibly struggled at California last Thursday.Barkley finished just 19-of-35 for 195 passing yards — his lowest output through the air all year for the Trojans. He did, however, throw two  touchdowns against the Golden Bears.Just off · Sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods finished with a season-low five catches for 36 yards and no touchdowns at California. The second-year wideout has 60 receptions for 783 and six touchdowns on the year. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanDespite winning the game 30-9, USC understands it has a lot of work to do before facing Notre Dame on Saturday in South Bend, Ind., in what will be the first night game at Notre Dame Stadium since a 1990 game against Michigan.“We’re going to get ready for everything, whether it’s press [coverage] or off [coverage],” sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods said. “We [have to] be ready for whatever they throw at us.”On the season, the Trojans average almost 300 yards per game through the air, and Barkley remains among the nation’s leaders in touchdown passes, as well as passing yards.The rather ho-hum performance against Cal came as a surprise to everyone, including Barkley.In the moments following the game, Barkley and Woods noted it wasn’t so much the scheme Cal employed that stifled the offense. It was USC’s own offensive miscues that threw it off in San Francisco.“When it comes down to it, I don’t think it comes down to what they showed us,” Barkley said in the aftermath. “It’s us not making plays tonight, especially myself. Just little things were off.”The lack of an explosive passing game has to be disconcerting — at least to some degree — for the Trojans, given on the season they average just more than 133 yards per game on the ground, which ranks 77th in the country.Woods also noted the offense’s lack of firepower was self-inflicted and just seemed a bit “off” on the night.“I’m not really sure [what happened],” Woods said after practice Sunday. “It was just a lot of timing, [being] slightly off. We just got to get better. They ran a Cover 2, but I was behind the secondary a lot, so it wasn’t anything that they were doing.”The players understand the offensive game — not just the passing game — will need to be clicking on all cylinders against the Fighting Irish.“[We need to be] consistent and get the timing down with no turnovers,” Woods said. “We had one last week. And [we need to] keep getting turnovers on defense.”Notre Dame does present a few challenges of its own.The Irish defense gives up just a 58 percent completion percentage to opposing quarterbacks and allows 21 points per game. The Trojans, however, might be without the services of freshman wide receiver Marqise Lee, who suffered a shoulder injury against the Golden Bears.Lee, who has emerged as a consistent offensive weapon alongside Woods, finished with 81 yards receiving and a touchdown before leaving the game Thursday.If the 6-foot wideout, who has four touchdown catches this season, is unable to play, senior wide receiver Brandon Carswell, who caught his first touchdown of the year against California, is expected to fill his spot. Junior wide receiver Brice Butler could also see playing time.No matter who lines up next to him, Woods hopes to have a better game than he did last week, where he only caught five passes for 36 yards.On the season, Woods is fifth in the country in receiving yards (783) and averages just more than 130 receiving yards per game.The game against Notre Dame begins a tough stretch for the Trojans, as they will face Stanford, Colorado, Washington and Oregon in the coming weeks.Woods, however, is looking forward to the challenges that lie in South Bend, hostile crowd and all.“I’m excited,” Woods said. “First Notre Dame game in South Bend, first night game in I think 22 years. It’s going to be a big one.”last_img read more

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EDITORIAL: A hearty welcome Mr. CG

first_imgFollowing a still inexplicable delay of over 6 months Jamaica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has announced the appointment of a Consular General to the Southern US. The new Consul General (CG) to be posted at the Jamaica Consulate General in Miami is Mr. Oliver Mair, age not given, a businessman with marketing management experience at Jamaica Broilers and the former Air Jamaican.Although news reports refer to Mair as being assigned to the Jamaica Consulate in Miami, his responsibility as the Jamaican diplomat in the Southern US is to some 600,000 Jamaicans residing in some ten Southern US states including Florida, Georgia and Texas, and also the Bahamas.Concerns The appointment of Mair who is married with a young daughter, succeeds the tenure of Franz Hall who demitted office at the end of February.  Jamaicans in the region have been concerned as to why it took the Jamaican government so long to find a successor to Hall, especially as not only is the Southern US region one of the largest populated Jamaican regions in the US, but the region compromises a very important trade hub with Jamaica.Expected to hit the ground runningMair must therefore be aware that with the region not having had a CG for so long, the Jamaican community, especially in South Florida, expects him to hit the ground running and running energetically.  He will hardly have enough time to catch his breath around his new desk in the consulate.Perceived as the community’s leaderRegardless of what description the Jamaican diplomatic handbook gives to Jamaican consul generals, the individual is perceived as the leader of the Jamaican community in the region in which he/she is assigned. There’s no two ways about that.A CG many be quick to describe his or her role as primarily the representative of the Jamaican government.  That may be so on paper, but to Jamaicans in the region he is seen as their representative in matters related to the Jamaican government and, for that matter, the US government.Despite the presence of a very capable Jamaican Ambassador to the US in Washington DC, the new CG will quickly learn that Jamaicans in Florida and the other southern states under his responsibility, will look to him as their liaison with Jamaica.Expectations The CG is expected to be the front man, the primary representative, in matters related to US immigration policy; in protecting Jamaicans from US law enforcement and judicial injustices; to improve trade between Jamaica and the southern states; to encourage the development of a vibrant Jamaican business community; spearhead the spread and influence of the Jamaican culture; while being the patron and guest of honor at almost every event held in the community.Must prioritizeIn fairness, no one person can realistically meet all these expectations, regardless of how much one tries. The new CG will need to be very skillful at prioritizing his community commitments, so as not to offend individuals and groups. This has been a major challenge for his predecessors. Nonetheless, the presence of a CG who’s visible and accessible does give a sense of comfort and security to the Jamaican community.Suggested: Community committee Since it’s not expected for the CG to be everywhere or give constant access to those who want access to him, he would be best advised to establish a community committee. Such a committee would meet periodically, and should consist, for example, of representatives of key sectors of the community like health, education, law enforcement, immigration, religion, media, business, etc.  The interaction between the CG and this committee would provide him with critical information related to the pulse and needs of the community, and provide the community with necessary feedback and input from the CG. In general, this should improve the relationship and communications between the CG and the community.The CG will also realize that despite efforts to build an autonomous Diaspora organization, it’s the Consul General who is still regarded as the head of the Jamaican Diaspora in the respective communities. Even in an informal manner, his involvement in the Diaspora organization and functioning will be anticipated and expected. He would be best advised to take a leaf from the book of Audrey Marks, Jamaican Ambassador to the US, who although she cannot officially head the Diaspora is assiduously working towards building coordination within the Diaspora and its relationship with Jamaica.On behalf of South Florida’s. and the Southern US, Jamaican community, a hearty welcome is extended to Orville Mair, and his family, on his new assignment. Please bear in mind, sir, much is expected of you during your tenure. God bless you.last_img read more

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FIFA announce tougher sanctions for racism

first_imgFIFA’s Congress in Mauritius on Friday adopted a resolution that will lead to tougher sanctions in cases of racism, including points deductions and even relegation for repeat offenders.The Congress voted overwhelmingly in favour of the resolution, with 204 votes for and just one against.“For a first infraction or a minor infraction, a warning, fine and/or ordering to play games behind closed doors should be sufficient punishment,” read a text put together by a FIFA task force against racism.“For a repeat offence or a serious infraction, the deduction of points, exclusion from a competition or relegation are the recommended punishments,” added the resolution.“Any person (player, official, referee etc…) committing an infraction should be suspended for at least five matches, including being banned from entering a stadium.”Football’s image has been tainted by several high-profile incidences of racism in the recent past, from Liverpool striker Luis Suarez’s abuse of Manchester United’s Patrice Evra in October 2011 to AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng’s decision to walk off the field following abuse from the stands during a friendly game in January this year. FIFA president Sepp Blatter urged the Congress to “send a strong signal to the racists that their time is up”.“There have been despicable events this year that have cast a long shadow over football and the rest of society,” he said. “I am speaking of the politics of hate – racism, ignorance, discrimination,intolerance, small-minded prejudice. That uncivilised, immoral and self-destructive force that we all detest.”last_img read more

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Crusader preview: Wellington starts the Zane Aquilar football era

first_img165 165 5 12 10 51 Braden Struble 53 71 170 Deyton Araujo 10 1 79 Gabe Smith 190 180 Chris Kop 11 160 10 6 170 10 Caleb Alcorn Dylan Goodman 22 Trayson Probst 42 135 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down soreloser · 206 weeks ago I thought taylor zeka was qb in 2001 and 2002? Report Reply 0 replies · active 206 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Alum · 206 weeks ago No, Taylor’s senior season was 2001. Zane was qb his junior year and senior year. The 2002 & 2003 seasons. Report Reply 0 replies · active 206 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Brayden Higginbotham 25 190 11 Jason Jeffrey 130 240 12 Tyler Murray 220 Jack Walton 10 10 21 180 Caleb Reichenberger 72 160 12 Matthew Mason 11 185 140 Lukas Soria 11 165 12 Julian Jiminez 10 11 18 10 10 190 84 230 12 Ian Groom 270 De’ Andre Washington 215 Joe Ybarra 33 Dylan Ferguson 12 15 150 10 Cody Metz Nic Reyes 10 65 85 60 50 155 11 170 54 61 11 2 10 10 10 Chance Wilson 10 10 Kyle Parson 63 66 12 This is the first year of a Zane Aguilar coached team.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – 10 things to know about the 2016 Wellington High School football team…1. The essentials…Zane AguilarHead coach: Zane Aguilar, first year. Record last year: 4-5. No. of starters returning: 4 offensive and five defensive. No. of seniors: 10. Assistant football coaches…Tim Lra-RB/LBRick Phelps-OL?DLJohn McComb-TE/DENick Wellington-OL/DLRyan Elder-QB/DBTony Ybarra-WR/OLBRoss Foley-OL/DL.2. The new coach…To say Aguilar knows Wellington football is an understatement. Growing up a Crusader, Aguilar was a quarterback for some of Wellington’s best football teams ever. From 2001 to 2003, Aguilar threw for 2,360 yards. During his junior year, he ranks 12th in passing with 1,167 yards in 2002.“I was lucky to be part of those teams,” Aguilar said.Aguilar joined the football staff behind Linn Hibbs in 2007, and has been an assistant since. In 2016, when Tyler Ryan resigned after four years at the helm, Aguilar was named the WHS head coach.One can see some of the football traditions returning: the workouts, the two-a-days, the speed tests on the Saturday before the official start of practice.But Aquilar emphasizes it isn’t the past that drives him, but the present and future. He is eager to put his imprint on WHS football. That starts Friday night when Wellington hosts Clearwater.3. The quarterback.Cade PhelpsWellington has some holes to fill. There are four offensive and five defensive starters. But there is also some very good experience coming back in key positions.Junior quarterback Cade Phelps (185, jr.) is one of those starters. Phelps in his sophomore year didn’t accumulate a lot of stats. He passed for 308 yards in an offense that wasn’t conducive to passing in 2015.Aguilar sees Phelps role in both passing and rushing growing exponentially in 2016.“I hope we are a team that can establish the run first,” Aguilar said. “But I am confident that Phelps has the mindset to lead us down the field. The difference between this and last year with Phelps has been tremendous.”4. Running backs.Wellington will be spending much of its time in an I formation. Aguilar hopes to rotate two tailbacks and two fullbacks. Wellington lost its primary tailback in Connor Phelps, who rushed for 1,211 yards. But to fill the void, Wellington is looking to rotate Colton Glover (170, sr.) and Dayton Araujo (185, jr.). Both have shown exceptional speed, as far as practice goes anyway.The two fullbacks will include Chris Kop (220, sr.) and Trayson Probst (165, so.).5. Wide Receivers.Wellington only had 321 yards receiving in 2015, something that must improve in 2016. It will for the most part be an inexperienced group which only recorded a cumulative of six passes caught in varsity competition in 2015.Look for five primary targets for Phelps including Dylan Goodman (160, sr.), De’Andre Washington (150, so.), Julian Jimenez (155, so.), Matthew Mason (135, sr.), and Chi Barton (150, so.) rotating into the starting formation.At weak side tight ends, Aguilar is looking at a couple of sophomores: Joe Ybarra (165, so.) and Brayden Higginbotham (160, so.). Jack Walton will likely start at strong side tight end.6. The offensive line.This might be the position that could be Wellington’s greatest strength if everyone gels.Connor Burnett“I think everything starts out in front,” Aguilar said. “I believe we will be pretty physical. But we have a lot of young players who are stepping up to the varsity role for the first time.”Look for Aaron Schoemann (190, jr.) to start at left tackle. Left guard appears to be Logan Jones (215, jr.). Gabe Smith (220, jr.) is slated in as center. The right guard will be Ian Groom (220, sr.), and the right tackle is Connor Burnett (228, sr.). Look for Braiden Buresh (240, jr), Tyler Jimenez (270, so.) and Chance Wilson (180, sr.) to also see playing time on the line.Burnett and Groom are the only returning starters.But Burnett has been there for three years, and he is the catalyst to the line’s success.7. The Defense.Aguilar said there is enough depth on the offensive and defensive line to give the coaching staff some options. The defense could have five, even six, down linemen on any given formation. The defensive ends will rotate Schoemann, Groom and Walton. Interior line will include Burnett, Kop, Jones, Buresh and Jimenez.The two inside linebackers will be returning starters: Dylan Ferguson (180, sr.) and Lukas Soria (160, sr.).“They have definitely progressed this season and I expect them to rock come Sept. 2,” Aguilar said.The outside linebackers include Colton Weber, Julian Jimenez (155, so.), Caleb Reichenberger (160, so.), and Michael Ledbetter (165, so.).Cornerbacks will include Goodman, Phelps, Washington, and Mason. Safety starters could be: Barton and Ybarra, Tyler Murray (140, so.).8. The schedule and competition.Wellington’s 2016 schedule looks like this:Week #1 —  Clearwater, home, youth football night. Week #2 — El Dorado, away. Week #3 — Rose Hill, away. Week #4 — Andale, home. Week #5 — Collegiate, away.  Week #6 — Scott City, home, WHS homecoming. Week #7 — Winfield, home. Week #8 — Mulvane, away. Week #9 — Ulysses, away. The first three games will be key to how the rest of the season pans out. This marks the first season that there are seven Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV teams are playing. Wellington defeated both Clearwater and Rose Hill in 2015, and has not seen El Dorado in several years. The next three games leading up to district play will be brutal. Andale, Wichita Collegiate and Scott City are all teams accustomed to deep runs into the playoffs and state championship aspirations.That leaves the final three district games. Wellington will be hosting Winfield, which will be the return of former head football coach Linn Hibbs. The Crusaders then goes to Mulvane, a traditional achilles heal for the Dukes. And then to end the season, Wellington travels to Ulysses – not an easy trip.9. Predictions.Wellington was recently picked to finish sixth out of seven teams in the AV-CTL CIV in the preseason YYPE Magazine. Just this morning, the Wichita Eagle picked Wellington to place fourth. The prediction order is as follows:Vype Magazine — 1. Wichita Collegiate, 2. Andale,  3. Mulvane, 4. El Dorado, 5. Clearwater, 6. Wellington, 7. Rose Hill.Wichita Eagle — 1. Collegiate, 2. Andale, 3. Mulvane, 4. Wellington, 5. Clearwater, 6. El Dorado, 7. Rose Hill.The Crusaders haven’t been to the playoffs since 2010. That will be a tall order to return this year with Winfield, Mulvane and Ulysses. The Crusaders will need to win two out of three games to get into the playoffs.10. The roster. 220 77 165 Michael Ledbetter 140 4 8 9 160 180 David Matlock 11 10 68 Drake Alcorn 24 Bailey Etter 220 Aaron Schoemann Eric Kop 150 190 62 70 240 10 10 11 280 12 Cade Phelps Conner Burnett 10 Logan Jones Tyler Jiminez 11 10 78 Michael Billington 150 Bonus: Odds and ends. The Wellington freshmen, unlike last year, will not be on the sidelines on Friday nights. However, Aguilar said, he would not be adverse to playing a freshman if he felt they are ready for varsity… There has been some questions on whether KLEY-KWME would be broadcasting Crusader football in lieu of recent changes. The answer is yes, but Garrett Wilson, the voice of the Crusaders, has decided to look elsewhere for employment opportunities… This marks the first year in about four that Sellers Park does not have any major improvements to the field. As people saw on Thursday night’s scrimmage, the field is looking very nice thanks to the care of groundskeeper Steve Gill.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. 12 Caleb Fowler 185 Braiden Buresh Chase Pfalzgraf Chi Barton Colton Glover 3 12 160 230 220 74 16last_img read more

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