Brickyard 400 postponed to Monday, setting up NASCAR doubleheader

first_imgThe Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard has been postponed to Monday due to inclement weather. The race is now scheduled for 2 p.m. ET with coverage on NBCSN, IMS Radio Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.It will be part of a unique Monday doubleheader with the Xfinity race, the Lilly Diabetes 250, which is set for 10 a.m. ET.Rain has been steady throughout the weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, washing out practices and qualifying and postponing the NASCAR Xfinity Series race originally scheduled for Saturday.RELATED: Full Indy schedule | See how field lines up | Starting lineupThe wet weather continued Sunday, dampening the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular-season finale. Green flag was scheduled for 1:06 p.m. ET.A Toyota Tundra track-drying team of 19 vehicles is on hand to dry the track if still needed Monday, along with 10 jet dryers and four vacuums.Kyle Busch is on the pole for Monday’s Monster Energy Series race with Kevin Harvick joining him on the front row. Busch is a two-time winner at the Brickyard. There will be two competition cautions on Lap 10 and 30. Teams will not be allowed to take fuel until after the second of those competition cautions.Fourteen of 16 spots in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs are set, with two still up for grabs when we go racing Monday.last_img read more

Three decades after founding, Tour de Shawnee Bike Ride continues to celebrate cycling

first_imgThe Tour de Shawnee Bike Ride has offered family-friendly routes for the past 20 years. This photo was taken in 2003. File photo from city of Shawnee photo archivesThe city of Shawnee is celebrating three decades of cycling with the 30th annual Tour de Shawnee Bike Ride.Tonya Lecuru, deputy parks and recreation director for Shawnee, said the tour first started to introduce residents to cycling as an alternative form of transportation to move about the city. City staff had mapped out particular routes to introduce cyclists to various parks and amenities in Shawnee as well.Lecuru said she definitely thinks the city has accomplished its goal of introducing cyclists to on-street bike lanes, Share the Road, off-street trails and other bicycle-friendly options for motorists and cyclists alike.“It’s helped us receive our bicycle-friendly designation,” she said. “We were the first in the state of Kansas to receive that, and it’s because of our commitment to the bicycling community.”The Tour has also engaged residents in the city’s process for developing future bike lanes and bicycle-friendly streets as Shawnee plans for future road infrastructure upgrades, Lecuru added. The city has established 9.23 miles of bike lanes and 72.26 miles of Share the Road streets, and 12.31 miles of trails.Here’s a look at the city’s future plans for bicycle accessibility:“There’s a lot more bicyclists than people are aware of, and we want to make it safe by incorporating it into the design of the roads and the routes, being able to plan that far in advance,” Lecuru said, citing the city’s bicycle master plan. “It’s really made a difference.”As to the Tour itself, the routes have evolved over the years, with the shortest route being 25 miles and the longest at 50. City staff found they wanted to create a more family-friendly experience, so they created a shorter route at 5 miles and made the longest route be 25 miles.“For some folks, 12 miles, 25 miles is intimidating; the 6 miles is a little more doable,” Lecuru said. “However, when we got rid of the 50-mile route, a lot of our hardcore distance riders, we lost those because even for them, 50 miles was a shorter option.The Tour de Shawnee Bike Ride in 2009. File photo from city of Shawnee photo archives“Over the years, we’ve evolved to something that’s more family focused so that all riders of a variety of different abilities can participate,” Lecuru added. “Those riders who do ride a lot, it’s kind of a way for them to be able to share their passion of riding with their families that maybe don’t want to go out and ride. It’s also a way to introduce kids to the sport.”Each intersection is monitored for safety of the cyclists, and there are four rest stops with refreshments to keep cyclists fueled up. Average participation is about 400 cyclists, with as many as 700 participating one year. Since its inception in 1989, total attendance has reached 10,000.This year’s Tour de Shawnee takes place Sunday, Aug. 25. The event is sponsored by the Shawnee Parks and Recreation Department and benefits the JDRF, a nonprofit for type one diabetes research.Riders can choose from three routes: 5-mile, 12-mile or 25 mile route. Check in begins at 6:30 a.m. and the ride will start at 7:30 a.m. The tour will start and end at Power Play Family Entertainment Center at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Pflumm Road.Riders who wish to continue on to the 12-mile route must reach 61st and Rosehill by 8:15 a.m. All riders who wish to continue on to the 25-mile route must reach Midland and Maurer by 8:40 a.m.Registration and additional information is on the city’s website. Helmets are required for participants.last_img read more

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Apr 23, 2018

first_imgGlobal hospital survey highlights antibiotic Rx, high guideline complianceThe first data published by the Global Point Prevalence Survey reveal that penicillins with beta-lactamase inhibitors, third-generation cephalosporins, and fluoroquinolones were the most frequently prescribed antibiotics, and guideline compliance was 77.4%. The data, from 2015, were published Apr 19 in The Lancet Global Health.The researchers used a standardized web-based surveillance method to gather data from 303 hospitals treating adults in 53 countries, including 8 lower-middle-income and 17 upper-middle-income nations. Of the 86,776 patients, 29,891 (34.4%) received at least one antimicrobial. Of the 41,213 prescriptions for antimicrobials, 36,792 (89.3%) were for systemic use. In addition to the data on the three most popular antibiotics, the authors reported that carbapenems were most frequently prescribed in Latin America and west and central Asia.Of patients who received at least one antimicrobial, 5,926 (19.8%) received a targeted antibacterial for systemic use, and 1,769 (5.9%) received a treatment for multidrug-resistant organisms. The reason for treatment was recorded for 31,694 antimicrobial prescriptions (76.9%), and a stop or review date was specified in 15,778 (38.3%). Local antibiotic guidelines were missing for 7,050 (19.2%) of the 36,792 systemic antibiotic prescriptions, and guideline compliance was 77.4%.The authors conclude, “The Global Point Prevalence Survey complements WHO’s [World Health Organization’s] Global Antimicrobial Surveillance System (which provides a standardised approach for collection, analysis, and sharing of data for antimicrobial resistance) by providing a validated method for measuring the quality of antimicrobial prescribing and the effect of interventions to improve prescribing.”They add, “These data will help to improve the quality of antibiotic prescribing through education and practice changes, particularly in low-income and middle-income countries that have no tools to monitor antibiotic prescribing in hospitals.”The study was funded by France-based biotechnology company bioMerieux.Apr 19 Lancet Glob Health study Study: Nitrofurantoin beats fosfomycin for uncomplicated UTIA 5-day course of nitrofurantoin resolved a higher rate of uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTIs) than one dose of fosfomycin, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Both antibiotics are first-line therapies for UTIs.In the multicenter international study, 377 women with a confirmed UTI were randomly dosed with either a 5-day course of nitrofurantoin (100 mg three times a day) or one, 3-gram dose of fosfomycin. The primary outcome was clinical resolution at day 28. Seventy percent of patients who received nitrofurantoin were clinically cleared of their UTIs by day 28, compared with 58% of patients who received fosfomycin.Nitrofurantoin was particularly effective in treating infections caused by Escherichia coli, with 78% of patients being cured by day 28, compared with 50% in the fosfomycin group.An accompanying editorial in JAMA said the study uses a rigorous study design to reaffirm nitrofurantoin’s place as the preferred first-line choice in treating UTIs, which accounts for approximately 10 million ambulatory visits and an estimated $2 billion in total costs each year in the United States. Apr 22 JAMA study Apr 22 JAMA editorial French case study shows evolution of colistin-resistant bacteriaFrench researchers tracked the evolution of a Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC) strain of bacteria for more than 4.5 years in a patient who ultimately died from sepsis. The case study, published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, shows the bacteria is capable of several genomic and phenotypic diversifications and mutations in a relatively short period, even from drug resistance to susceptibility.The patient contracted the bacterium via a contaminated endoscope at a French tertiary care hospital in 2009. The patient was seeking treatment from chronic infection in the liver’s bile ducts.Researchers collected 17 isolates until the patient died in 2014. All 17 isolates were subjected to whole-genome sequencing. During the study period, a total of 98 genetic events occurred, and the average evolutionary rate of the KPC strain was 7.5 single nucleotide polymorphisms per year per genome.Most interestingly, the researchers reported, “The contaminating strain was colistin resistant but after two years of carriage, all isolates became susceptible to colistin.” Apr 21 Clin Infect Dis study   Study finds regional antibiograms may benefit community hospitalsA study of 20 community hospitals in North Carolina and Virginia determined that a regional antibiogram can provide useful information to these hospitals even for low-prevalence pathogens, according to a study today in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.Antibiograms are profiles of antimicrobial susceptibility testing results of a specific pathogen to a battery of antimicrobial drugs. To determine the feasibility and value of developing a regional antibiogram for community hospitals, Duke University scientists analyzed data on 69,778 bacterial isolates across 13 gram-negative pathogen-antibiotic combinations. Combinations ranged from 174 to 27,428 results, for a median of 1,100.The team found that, across all pathogen-antibiotic combinations, 69% of local susceptibility rates fell within 1 standard deviation (SD) of the regional mean, and 97% fell within 2 SDs. But no individual hospital had more than 1 pathogen-antibiotic combination with a local susceptibility rate of more than 2 SDs of the regional mean, and all local susceptibility rates were within 2 SDs of the regional mean for low-prevalence pathogens.The authors conclude, “Small community hospitals frequently cannot develop an accurate antibiogram due to a paucity of local data. A regional antibiogram is likely to provide clinically useful information to community hospitals for low-prevalence pathogens.”Apr 23 Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol abstractlast_img read more

SRA bans litigator who falsified documents

first_imgA former employee at a top-25 firm has been barred from working in legal practices after he was found to have falsified documents.Brendan Ferris, a litigation executive at the DAC Beachcroft office in Bristol, was found by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to have misled clients.In a statement published on its website on Friday, the SRA said this included misleading clients about the status of court proceedings and in particular the service of two claim forms. He also misled a client in relation to whether an enquiry agent had been engaged.According to the statement, Ferris, of Southville, Bristol, was dismissed by the firm in October 2014 after working there for more than five years.The SRA has already issued a written rebuke for his conduct and has now stated it would be ‘undesirable’ for him to be involved in a legal practice.He may not be employed in any solicitor’s practice or by any solicitor without SRA permission in future.Ferris, who is not currently involved in a legal practice, was subject to an investigation by the SRA with an internal report from DAC Beachcroft also produced as evidence.last_img read more

LSU collapses down the stretch

first_imgPITTSBURGH – LSU was roaring and rolling. Then it choked and died.North Carolina State forward BeeJay Anya, who had four points on the night, hit a jump hookin the lane with 0.1 seconds remaining to give North Carolina State its first lead since 8:42 of the first half – and the last lead of the game- for a 66-65 victory over the Tigers in their NCAA Tournament opener at the Consol Energy Center Thursday night.LSU led 40-26 at the half and looked very much in control with a 62-48 advantage with 9:15 to go, but the Tigers surrendered a 10-0 run to allow the Wolfpack to get within 62-58 with 5:48 to go. Then from the 3:59 mark until 1:03 remained, LSU missed six consecutive free throws to keep N.C. State in the game. After Tim Quarterman made a free throw for a 65-60 lead with 3:59 left, he missed the second one. Then he missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw opportunity with 2:51 to go.North Carolina State cut it to 65-62 with 2:35 to play on a jumper by guard Trevor Lacey, who had missed 11 of his previous 14 shots. Forward Jordan Mickey thenmissed two free throws at the 1:25 mark and two more with 1:03 left. Anya closed the Wolfpack to within 65-64 just past the one-minute mark on a tip-in for his first points of the game.Mickey had a chance to give LSU a 67-64 lead, but he missed a very short shot in the lane. The Wolfpack rebounded with 13.9 to go and called timeout to set up the game winning play. Anya’s shot completed an 18-3 Wolfpack run that ended the game.“It’s heartbreaking just to come to the tournament,” said Quarterman, who led LSU with 17 points, but was 1 of 4 from the free throw line. “We were up for most of the game. I think just to lose like that is just a heartbreaker.”Guard Anthony Barber led North Carolina State with 17 points. Forward Abdul-Malik Abu scored 13, and former LSU guard Ralston Turner added 10. Anya scored his average with four very big points – all in the final 45 seconds.“Relief,” Anya said when asked what he was feeling after the game. “I mean, I don’t take that many shots during the game. So I try to contribute in other ways. I just saw an opportunity for me to score, and I took it.”It was not the play North Carolina State coach Mark Gottfried planned. Anya, a right-hander, shot his game winner left-handed. “Well, not the shot we would have drew up to try to win a game with Beejay shooting a left-handed jump hook from about eight feet,” Gottfried said. “That probably wasn’t the one.”North Carolina State (21-13) advances to play Big East champion and No. 1 seed Villanova (33-2) on Saturday. Villanova beat No. 16 seed Lafayette, 93-52, Thursday afternoon. LSU finishes 22-11 after reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009. The Tigers went 0-1 in the Big Dance for the first time since the 2005 season.“I hurt for LSU and Johnny,” Gottfried said of LSU coach Johnny Jones, an old friend of his since the 1980s when Jones was an assistant at LSU and Gottfried played at Alabama. “I hurt for those guys. But very, very happy for our team.”LSU simply outplayed the Wolfpack, a sixth place finisher in the powerful Atlantic Coast Conference, on both ends of the floor in the first half to take a 40-26 lead with a 22-12 rebounding advantage and just five turnovers to 10. LSU even hit 4 of its 5 free throws with Mickey going 3-for-3. But he went 1 for 6 in the second half at the line.“It was just tough for him at the end,” said LSU forward Jarell Martin, who had 16 points and 11 rebounds. “I know he’s hurt right now. We’re going to make sure we encourage him, keep him lifted.”Mickey finished with 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. He and Martin dominated in the first half, combining to score 20 points with 13 rebounds.North Carolina State appeared to not know what was hitting it as the Tigers outscored the Wolfpack 9-2 over the final two minutes of the half to take their biggest lead of the game at 40-26. Martin powered in for a layup and a 33-24 lead as red and gray bodies fell by the wayside. Then Martin grabbed a missed 3-pointer by Jalyn Patterson with one hand and slammed that home for a 35-26 advantage with 1:14 to go. Martin powered inside for a layup and was fouled. He made the free throw for a 38-26 lead with 47 seconds to go. Martin added a dunk with nine seconds left for the two-touchdown advantage.The game was basically even through the first 12 and a half minutes as neither team led by more than four points. The Wolfpack led for the last time at 20-19 with 8:42 to go in the first half on a short jumper by Abu. But then LSU went on a 12-0 run featuring five scorers to take a 31-20 lead with 4:45 to play, courtesy of a dunk and two free throws by Mickey, a dunk by Martin, a layup by Quarterman, a layup by Patterson and coast-to-Atlantic-coast layup by Gray.“There were times in that game that I’m sure it didn’t look real optimistic for our group, but our guys just kept battling,” Gottfried said.“Thought our guys did a terrific job of getting off to a great start in their first opportunity to be playing in an NCAA Tournament,” Jones said.In the end, though, it did not matter how great LSU looked through the first 36 minutes because the Tigers blew another one in the same manner they lost several games throughout the season – at the line and by missing their last 12 field goals. The Tigers finished 12 of 22 on free throws, including just 8 of 17 in the second half. LSU missed 19 free throws in its loss to lowly Auburn in the SEC Tournament last week.“They gave a lot of positives in a lot of other areas. Unfortunately, we didn’t execute at the line and missed 10 free throws tonight. At the end of the day, it could have been a difference maker in the game,” Jones said.“It definitely was a heartbreaking moment – very emotional,” Martin said. “We weren’t ready for our season to end right now.”last_img read more

SCSU Tops Bemidji

first_img About Connatix V56892 The St. Cloud State University women’s basketball team extended their win streak to two games by taking down Bemidji State on Saturday afternoon.The Huskies got out to an early lead, scoring on each of their first three possessions. The Beavers fought back and scored five unanswered points of their own. SCSU hit a three at the end of the first quarter to go up 21-20. In the second quarter, they put up 20 points and held Bemidji to only 10. Entering the half up 41-30, St. Cloud State let the Beavers go on a 15-5 run that cut the lead to 46-43. The Huskies squeezed out a few more points and ended the third up 50-45. In the fourth, SCSU blew the door back open. They scored 24 points and secured the 74-56 win.Tori Wortz led the team in scoring became just the third player in program history with 40 points in a single game. Madelin Dammann scored 14 points, Brehna Evans scored seven, and Nikki Kilboten added six.The Huskies improve to 8-4 and 5-3 NSIC. They will return to the court on Friday, Jan. 11th when they host Minot State University. Pre-game starts at 5:00 p.m. on AM 1390 Granite City Sports. 1080p HD 1/1 About Connatix V56892center_img 720p HD 360p Auto (360p) Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip last_img read more

Gossai wants CWI president to stop DCB, GCB elections

first_imgAttorney-At-Law for the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB), Arudranauth Gossai has written the president of Cricket West Indies Ricky Skerrit seeking his intervention in Guyana’s cricket administration. Gossai, who also represents the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA), East Coast Cricket Board (ECCB) and the Upper Demerara Cricket Association (UDCA), said his clients, who represent a majority stakeholder in the administration of cricket in Guyana, “have instructed me to write to you seeking the urgent intervention of the WICB/CWI into the grave travesty that is ongoing, unabated, in the administration of cricket in Guyana.”Gossai wrote extensively, going into detail about the many court actions that continue to plague the administration of cricket in Guyana. In some instances he sent supporting documents.Gossai said he wanted the CWI president to intervene in the plans by some cricket administrators to stage elections of the Demerara Cricket Board and the Guyana Cricket Board today and tomorrow. He noted that a notice in the classified section of a local newspaper, advertised for the staging of elections of the Demerara Cricket Board today and elections of the Guyana Cricket Board tomorrow.He described as flagrant disrespect, the decision to stage the annual general meeting of the Guyana Cricket Board even though, the  Court of Appeal is yet to rule whether the order suspending the Cricket Act should be set aside.“My clients sincerely believe that your office can and should intervene to prevent the unlawful and illegal elections which are scheduled for January 25th and 26th, 2020,” Gossai wrote adding..”My clients have successfully approached the High Court to stop the illegality.”last_img read more

Darwin lands hippest city Lonely Planet

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J The Northern Territory has struck the travel jackpot after winning a top ten spot in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 cities to see in 2012.Announcing the win today, Darwin ranked alongside other popular cities including London, Muscat, Bengaluru, Cádiz, Stockholm, Guimarães, Santiago, Hong Kong and Orlando. Describing the region as hosting the special X-Factor for travellers, Northern Territory Tourism Minister Malarndirri McCarthy said the selection will usher travellers in to see the “must visit holiday destination”.“Our modern multicultural city boasts a vibrant waterfront development and an easygoing outdoor lifestyle. Our myriad of al fresco bars and restaurants, wharf eateries and local beach-side markets feature a melting pot of Asian foods, Aboriginal and Tiwi Art, fragrant flowers and tropical fruits,” Ms McCarthy described. “Darwin’s attractions include an inner city nightlife – famous for thousands of visitors partying in the streets – and a gateway to world famous national parks and cultural heritage sites.”An excerpt from Lovely Planet’s Best in Travel 2012 publication read that Darwin offers a “nocturnal scene” with “magical markets and restaurants”. “It’s now a hip city to visit,” it read.Also making the list for Top 10 regions is New Zealand’s very own Southern Lakes. Ranking eight on the list, Lonely Planet described the southern region of New Zealand as an “adventure play land”.“There’re nonstop outdoor activities year-round in the resort towns of Queenstown, Wanaka and Te Anau, as well as the surrounding mountains, lakes and parks… Where else can you ski in the morning and golf or water ski in the afternoon?” an excerpt read. “Add excellent wineries and superb restaurants and what more is there to say?”last_img read more