PAHO rejects report of resistant H1N1 cases on US-Mexico border

first_imgAug 4, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – A Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) official today rejected a media report that quoted her as saying that antiviral-resistant cases of novel H1N1 influenza had been found along the US-Mexican border.Details in the original article, published by Agence France-Presse (AFP), were sketchy and at times confusing. The report, which quoted Maria Teresa Cerqueira, PhD, chief of PAHO’s US-Mexico border office in El Paso, Tex., said a few oseltamivir (Tamiflu)-resistant cases had been detected in El Paso and near McAllen, Tex.The story quoted her as saying one patient diagnosed with a resistant strain had been treated with zanamivir (Relenza) and that “another was given no alternative treatment.” The article didn’t say if either of the patients was initially treated with Tamiflu.But in an e-mail message today, Cerqueira said she was misquoted. She sent the message to PAHO, which shared it with CIDRAP News.Cerqueria wrote that she mentioned McAllen and El Paso as being among the border towns where novel flu virus has been detected. She said that in response to a question about resistant cases, she told the writer she was concerned and that PAHO has recommended surveillance for such cases, especially since people go back and forth across the border for medical care and to buy medicine.Cerqueira said she repeated several times that she had no information on any antiviral-resistant cases in the border area. “It is an unfortunate misinterpretation that needs to be clarified,” she wrote.She wrote that she has heard about two antiviral-resistant cases from a physician in Colombia, but that the source did not say they were near the US-Mexico border.So far, isolated oseltamivir-resistant novel flu cases have been confirmed in Denmark, Hong Kong, Japan, and Canada. All of the patients had a history of oseltamivir prophylaxis or treatment, except for the patient in Hong Kong, a girl who was visiting from the United States, where health officials believe she was exposed to the virus.A spokesman for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today referred questions about the alleged border antiviral-resistant cases to PAHO, and a World Health Organization spokesman said its experts were following up on the claims in the report. A PAHO spokeswoman said the group was working on a statement to clarify the comments attributed to Cerqueira.See also:Aug 3 AFP storylast_img read more

Indonesia reports higher COVID-19 death rate among children than United States

first_img“That means that 145 of 16,007 infected children of the age group have died,” Ainun told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.Read also: COVID-19 infections among children overshadow plans to reopen schoolsIn comparison, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Thursday that 0.02 percent of all child COVID-19 cases resulted in death, or 82 children had died from a total of 355,123 COVID-19 cases in children aged 0-17 years in the US.According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the US is still the world’s coronavirus epicenter with more than 6.1 million cases and 185,000 deaths, while Indonesia recorded more than 184,000 cases and 7,700 deaths.  In a separate statement issued on Monday, the Indonesian Pediatric Society (IDAI) noted that the country’s rate was higher than the rates in China and Italy, each of which stood below 0.1 percent, as well as Europe, where the rate was 0.3 percent.The percentage of child deaths per total COVID-19 deaths is also high in Indonesia. Children accounted for 1.9 percent of all COVID-19 deaths in which victims’ age were provided, which exceeded 7,000 on Thursday, official data show.Child deaths in the US, meanwhile, only accounted for 0.06 percent of 136,683 COVID-19 deaths, the CDC reported.IDAI chairman Aman Bhakti Pulungan said most of the child deaths in the country occurred because of late treatment and comorbidity factors.Aman said that, because COVID-19 symptoms may resemble those of other illnesses common among children, like diarrhea and pneumonia, and because of a lack of awareness, among other factors, such cases ended up being treated like other diseases.Read also: Grim picture as Indonesia enters sixth month of COVID-19 outbreakGiven the high share of children among COVID-19 fatalities in the country, concerns have been raised over the government’s plan to allow more schools in low-risk areas to reopen.“[The situation] is not yet safe for children to go back to school. Many schools are not ready with the health protocol, not to mention that many people are still not complying with the health protocol,” said Ainun.According to a Federation of Indonesian Teachers Associations (FSGI) survey published in June, around 53.4 percent of schools in 34 provinces across the country say they are not ready to resume face-to-face teaching due to a lack of infrastructure and funds.For the reopening, the Education and Culture Ministry requires that schools have clean toilets, handwashing facilities, disinfectant, infrared thermometers and access to health facilities.Schools are furthermore required to limit the number of students per classroom to 18, or roughly 50 percent of the normal capacity. Meanwhile, students have to adhere to physical distancing measures and wear masks.Topics : Indonesia is reportedly among the countries with the highest COVID-19 death rate among children, surpassing the United States, the world’s worst-hit country by the pandemic.  KawalCOVID-19, a volunteer group that independently records virus case numbers and deaths in Indonesia, recorded a case fatality rate (CFR) among children, or people aged 17 years and younger, was currently at 0.9 percent, or 45 times higher than in the United States, which was at 0.02 percent.The CFR is defined as the proportion of infections resulting in death. KawalCOVID-19 co-founder Ainun Najib said that, according to national COVID-19 task force data, the CFR among Indonesian children aged 0-17 years was 0.9 percent.last_img read more

Edelbrock supports claim engine drivers, returns to IMCA Stock Car decal program

first_imgEdelbrock gives 2975 Victor Jr. intakes to highest finishing claim engine drivers in each of the five Modified regions and 2701, 7121 or 2176 intakes to both Stock Car regional champions. Top claim engine drivers in both Hobby Stock regions and in Northern and Southern SportMod national standings also receive their choice of 2701, 7121 or 2176 intakes. All Edelbrock awards will be presented during the IMCA national banquet in November or mailed beginning the fol­lowing week from the IMCA home office. Information about Edelbrock products is available by call­ing 310 781-2222, at the website and on Facebook.  TORRANCE, Calif. – Edelbrock continues its support of IMCA drivers competing with claim engines for a 23rd season, renewing product and product certificate awards in five divisions.  Regional Modified and Stock Car rookies of the year receive $25 product certificates. The Torrance, Calif., high performance parts manufacturer and distributor gives IMCA Modified, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod awards, while returning to the Stock Car national decal program for the second yearcenter_img Stock Car drivers are required to display two Edelbrock decals on their race car to be eligible for national and regional point fund shares.  Fifty dollar gift certificates go to second through fifth place claim engine competitors in each Modified, Stock Car and Hobby Stock region, and to second through fifth place claim engine drivers in national point standings for both Northern and Southern SportMods. “The key to this program is to fill out the online contingency sign-up form for your division and submit it along with your car photo,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Our tracking of claim engine drivers is dependent upon those forms and we want to make sure the most deserving drivers are rewarded at the end of the year.”last_img read more

Fantasy Injury Updates: Is Lamar Jackson playing Thursday night? (Updated)

first_imgMORE TNF: DraftKings Showdown | Ravens-Jets start ’em, sit ’em | Betting previewIs Lamar Jackson playing Thursday night?OFFICIAL UPDATE: Lamar Jackson is officially ACTIVE for Thursday Night Football.Every sign points to Jackson playing. Multiple reports indicated an improvement in Jackson’s movement from Monday to Tuesday at practice, and Jackson told reporters he’d just had a little scare after taking a hit to the quad on his 61-yard touchdown pass to Hayden Hurst last Sunday. WEEK 15 NON-PPR RANKINGS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerAfter Tuesday’s practice, Jackson confirmed to reporters that he’ll play Thursday, saying “I’ll be out there Thursday night.” WEEK 15 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endIf that wasn’t enough confirmation for you, Jackson’s full practice participation Wednesday basically sets it in stone. Barring some weird pregame tweak potentially stopping him from playing and forcing Robert Griffin III into a starting role, Jackson will be out there.Regardless of whether Jackson can move around as well as he normally can, you’re starting him in every fantasy league once his active status is made official at about 6:50 p.m. ET on Thursday night. Lamar Jackson (quad) is questionable for Ravens vs. Jets on Thursday Night Football. Jackson apparently sustained the quad injury last Sunday against Buffalo. He was a limited participant on the Ravens’ practice report Monday and Tuesday before being a full participant Wednesday. With Week 15 being right in the middle of the fantasy playoffs, Jackson’s fantasy football owners need him starting and will surely be checking for updates until the official active/inactive is released. We’ll have updates below in the meantime and right up until kickoff. For more fantasy news, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.last_img read more

LIVE: Joshua to play it cool in Klitschko super-fight on now

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Britain’s Anthony Joshua says he is prepared to play the waiting game in his world heavyweight super-fight against veteran Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday.Joshua, 14 years Klitschko’s junior, is expected to attack the 41-year-old with the same explosiveness that has seen him win all 18 of his professional contests to date.But while many observers believe the longer the fight goes on, the more it will play into Klitschko’s hands, Joshua says he is prepared to wait for his moment.“He’ll probably start fast because he won’t be able to keep up the pace,” said Joshua, who hopes to add the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) title to his International Boxing Federation (IBF) crown.“Father Time is a genetic thing. It’s something no-one can deny and it’s just part of life. I don’t think he’d be able to cope in my training camp.“How I’ve been taught to win is to box off the line, set it up, and then come forward, defend, and try and come forward again.“So it’s what opportunities are there, rather than being aggressive and missing shots because I’m just hungry for a knockout.“I just have to create opportunities and when they come, I’ll explode then and take him on.”Joshua, 27, will confront Klitschko, the former world heavyweight number one, in front of 90,000 fans in the biggest fight the division has seen in years.It is the most significant heavyweight fight ever to be held in Britain and will reportedly earn the pair upwards of £10 million ($13 million, 12 million euros) each.Britain’s largest attendance for a boxing event since 1939 is expected beneath the Wembley arch, with millions more watching on television in over 140 countries.Yet Joshua, the London 2012 Olympic gold medallist, does not even see this as being the most important fight he will ever have.“I don’t think so, because it won’t be the end of my career,” said Joshua, who was born in England to Nigeria-born parents.“When he gets beat, that could be the end of him. That’s why it could be defining for him.” – ‘Crumble like a cookie’ –Joshua was seven years old when Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) turned professional in 1996 following his Olympic gold medal success in Atlanta earlier that year.The Ukrainian was last seen in a ring in November 2015 when he was outboxed in a defeat by Joshua’s burly compatriot Tyson Fury, ending his nine-and-a-half-year reign as champion.Klitschko, who saw Fury twice pull out of a re-match, is banking on his greater experience being a decisive factor.While Joshua has never been beyond seven rounds, Klitschko has fought 12 rounds nine times.“Experience is something that you cannot buy in a shop. You gain it over the years,” Klitschko said.“People could be in great preparation and great spirit and I’ve seen that they crumble like a cookie right before the first bell.”Klitschko is bidding to become a three-time world heavyweight champion like his older brother, Vitali, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis and Muhammad Ali.Joshua tipped the scales at 17 stones 12lbs 2oz (113.4 kg) — 10 pounds more than Klitschko and his heaviest ever pre-fight weight — at Friday’s weigh-in.It prompted Klitschko to compare him to an over-muscled body-builder.“I’ve never seen AJ as big as he is right now,” he said. “He is as big as Arnold Schwarzenegger at his best.”Klitschko even went as far as predicting the partisan British crowd will be cheering for him by the end of the bout.“I was booed at the beginning (of his open workout), but cheered at the end, when I finished,” said the Ukrainian.“I’ve seen it with my brother (Vitali) and Herbie Hide here years ago. If you perform well, people will accept you with cheering.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

RB Says Goodbye to Beloved Police Chief

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – Police Chief Stephen G. McCarthy had a life that made a difference in the lives of so many others.The late Red Bank Police Chief Stephen G. McCarthy, shortly after becoming chief almost four years ago.On Monday a borough worker draped purple and black memorial bunting over the entrance of police headquarters and members of the department placed black ribbons across their uniform badges. As word spread that McCarthy had died earlier that morning, there was a palpable pall that seemed to spread over the department and community.Mayor Pasquale Menna saw it, felt it.“There was a real sense of loss” everywhere and with everyone he spoke, the mayor said, especially with members of the department who “were lost.”Menna, who seemed shaken by the chief’s death, went to headquarters later in the day, after conceding he wasn’t going to get any work done at his law office. He sat with those coming on duty for the night shift. “They seemed lost. I mean, they’re grown men; they know they have a job to do. But they didn’t know what to say, to do,” he said.Menna knew how they felt. “I can’t believe it. I never anticipated it would come this fast.”McCarthy, 50, had been chief since 2010. He had been battling a reoccurrence of thyroid cancer and was being treated at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, Menna said.McCarthy had been with the department for 27 years, coming up through the ranks, first as a patrolman. He headed the criminal investigation and detective bureaus before being named chief of the 40-member department.Red Bank Police Chief Stephen G. McCarthy is shown in this January 2010 file photo being sworn in as chief by Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mellaci Sr. as McCarthy’s wife Maryellen and children Matthew and Jenna look on. McCarthy lost his battle with cancer on Monday, Sept. 23.“Not only was he the best of any of the chiefs I had the privilege to work with – and we’ve had good ones in the 25 years I’ve been on the council and as mayor – but he was also, in my opinion, the poster of what chiefs should be throughout the whole state,” Menna said.Borough Council Presi­dent and Police Commis­sioner Arthur V. Murphy III stressed, “He was a gentleman before he became chief.“He had a real decency,” Murphy said. “You don’t replace a guy like that.”Murphy and Menna met with McCarthy at the mayor’s home, some months back when it appeared the chief’s cancer had returned. McCarthy told the officials about his condition – and prognosis.“We spent much of the time crying like children,” Menna said.“We all knew what was coming,” Murphy said. “I couldn’t keep it in.”It was McCarthy who reached out and grabbed Murphy’s shoulder, asking, “Are you all right?”“He knew he was going down that path and “he asked me, if I was all right,” Murphy remembered.“We lost a really good individual, not only as a father and husband, but as a really great police officer,” said Mark Fitzgerald, who was chief and retired prior to McCarthy taking over and now is head of security for Riverview Medical Center. “He was a really decent individual.”Fitzgerald and McCarthy worked together in the police department for many years. “It was easy to tell from my position that, when he joined the police department, he had the capabilities of rising to the top and being a leader,” Fitzgerald said. “He was that type of person.“He was a natural leader – that was apparent from the beginning,” he said.Fitzgerald recalled when he told McCarthy’s father that one day his son would become chief. The senior McCarthy remembered that and reminded Fitzgerald of it when McCarthy was sworn in.“He was like a brother to many of us,” Monmouth County Acting Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni aid.Gramiccioni first met McCarthy when the prosecutor was with the U.S. Attor­ney’s Office and he and McCarthy were working on a case that had overlapping federal and local jurisdictions. “He was great at his job,” he said.The prosecutor was always struck by McCarthy’s diligence, but more profoundly, Gramiccioni said, “He had a real good heart.“We may be all good at our jobs but we all can’t be equally good-hearted people,” Gramiccioni said. “He was that double-whammy.”Police Captain Darren McConnell, a department veteran and friend called McCarthy “the picture of what you’d want a police officer, police chief and a person in general to be in the way he conducted himself every day.”McCarthy’s manner of dealing with people and situations was “in such a calm and compassionate way … that spread through the department,” McConnell said. “People looked up to him, the way he conducted himself.”Board of Education Presi­dent Ben Forest agreed. Forest knew McCarthy since they both attended Mon­mouth Regional High School, though a year apart. When he became chief, McCarthy reached out to Forest and his wife Amy Goldsmith, president of the West Side Com­munity Group, asking to meet with some west side residents and hear their concerns. He came to Forest’s home. “He sat and listened and I never had a police chief do that before,” Forest said. “Amy and I were very moved by that.”“He was bright, articulate; he had a quiet but strong presence,” Menna said. “One of the good ones is gone.” Stephen G. McCarthy, 50, of West Long Branch, and the chief of police for Red Bank, died Monday, Sept. 23.His accomplishments in law enforcement started in Rutgers University graduating with a degree in criminal justice. Later, he attended Kean University, obtaining a master’s in public administration. He was a graduate of the 2004 FBI National Academy (235th class), 2004 West Point Command and Leadership Program and The National Training Center of Polygraph Science. In 2010 he became the chief of police of Red Bank.Stephen was a member of numerous associations, including the Monmouth County and New Jersey State Associations of Chiefs of Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He was an active member of the PBA Local 39.Above all, he was a devoted family man to his wife, children and parents. Stephen never missed one of his children’s games, one of his greatest joys.He is survived by his beloved wife Maryellen; his loving children, Matthew and Jenna; a brother, Robert; his parents Elizabeth and Stephen; his mother-in-law, Teresa Ferrigno; his in-laws, Chrissy and Jim Mellaci, Rob and Lisa Ferrigno; and numerous other relatives.Visitation was held at the John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, on Thursday, Sept. 26. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at St. Michaels R.C. Church, West End. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown.Donations in Stephen’s memory may be made to the Red Bank PBA–McCarthy Children’s College Fund at PO Box 39, Red Bank, NJ 07701 or online at: pbalocal39s-mccarthyschildrenfund.Please visit Stephen’s memorial website at www.johne read more

Officials Try To Clear the Air on Cell Tower in Little…

first_imgBy Jenna O’Donnell |LITTLE SILVER – It was standing room only on Monday night when several hundred Little Silver residents filled a school auditorium to ask their mayor and council why they had allowed Verizon to build a cell tower right in the center of town – less than 500 feet away from Markham Place School.As part of an agreement made with residents at last month’s borough council meeting, Mayor Robert Neff Jr. and members of the council shared an account of how and why they had agreed to build the tower with Verizon and brought in a telecommunications engineer, who showed measurements of radiofrequency waves emitted by the tower to be well within range limits. Still, most residents remained skeptical of the tower’s safety and questioned the potential impacts on health, property value and the limits established by the FCC, which is not a health organization.One resident, Michael Goldfarb, M.D., pointed out that other things like lead, asbestos and cigarettes were once deemed safe before, only to later be proven otherwise.“I lived in an era where smoking was good for your throat,” Goldfarb said. “I’ve lived through these other things that were supposed to be no problem. Well, they are problems.”The 95-foot cell tower was erected by Verizon last month in a parking lot behind borough hall, and turned on at the end of May. More carriers are expected to install cellular “nodes” in coming months. The monopole replaced an aging communications tower that had been used by police, fire and emergency responders and was meant to be a fix for spotty coverage.Verizon became involved after moving to install its equipment on the roof of a nearby CVS Pharmacy in June of 2014. At that time, the borough was budgeting to replace the existing communications tower and negotiated with Verizon to install the cell tower on borough property, where it would be combined with the antenna needed by police and emergency services. Verizon, which funded the construction of the tower, will sell it to the borough for $1 upon completion and has a 25-year lease that will pay the borough $1.3 million. Part of the thinking in zoning borough property to allow cell towers had been that this would give the borough more control over location, height and use, said Councilman Don Galante, who read a statement summarizing the process that lead to the tower.Once Verizon demonstrated a demand for service in the downtown area, Galante said the borough had little choice in the matter. As per the Telecommunications Act of 1996, local governments cannot block the installation of telecom infrastructure, no matter how unsightly. Galante, who has a grandchild in Little Silver schools and a daughter-in-law teaching at Markham Place, said he wasn’t too fond of the aesthetics either.“Federal law is federal law,” he said. “Do I want a tower in downtown Little Silver? No. I can’t stop it. All I can control is where it goes.”Still, dozens of residents stood up during a lengthy public forum with questions about what the borough was doing to remove or relocate the tower.Borough officials could not go into specifics as to what actions were being taken legally, but told residents that all options were being explored.“Our goal is to understand all of our possible solutions and resolutions to this problem,” said Neff, noting that the borough had met twice with Verizon to understand what the company was willing to do. He added that while local government does not typically move very quickly, they had been working nonstop to try to address concerns. “We did not anticipate the volume of discontent,” he said.That discontent has manifested in “Get the Cell Out” lawn signs across the borough and a grassroots community group known as Little Silver Against the Cell Tower, which has two members as part of a cell tower committee with Neff, two council members and the board of education president.Politicians have also grabbed hold of the issue, with Sen. Richard Codey (D-27) planning to draft a bill that requires cell towers to be located at least 2,500 feet away from schools. Christopher Healy, a candidate for borough council, proposed a November ballot referendum to move the tower to a more suitable location.Where and how the nearly complete cell tower might be moved is still unclear, as the borough is legally bound to a 25-year lease agreement. But some residents were hopeful that something could be done.“There’s communication happening now,” said Marc Gasperino, one of the community members on the cell tower committee. “I think there’s a lot of good people who love this community pushing forward on this.”This article was first published in the June 15-June 22, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Why hockey and Viagra ads don’t mix

first_imgIt’s been 18 years since I’ve been a serious hockey fan. In 1993, the Montreal Canadiens went to the Stanley Cup – and won against Los Angeles. Back in those days, I was a big time Habs fan–something I got into when I was 14 and bored. And I was into it big time.   I knew all the stats and I watched the Saturday night games in French because Radio Canada always had a Habs game on on Saturday, even when the CBC did not. It actually helped my French a lot, which I was a nice fringe benefit.   By 1994, my life had changed. I actually got a life by going to university, and I became distracted by school life. I still followed hockey, but only peripherally. By the time I left school in 1998, I had transitioned from hockey fan to someone pretty indifferent about the sport. I guess it was just one of those teenage phase things.   But it was about to bite me in the butt. I moved to Ottawa in 1998, and our nation’s capital has two things going on in it: politics and hockey. You cannot escape either of these things living in that city. Initially, I thought that perhaps living in a hockey town would reignite my passion for the sport. I did a bit of following (it was hard not to) but I found the game had changed, or–more realistically–my attitude towards it had changed.   I got to attend one Senators game, against Buffalo, and found it to be a mildly interesting evening. Being there live in the crowd didn’t do much for me, and I found I missed the commentating because all I did was swivel my head from side to side during the game, and that was kind of boring. So, this experience confirmed for me that my teenaged passion for hockey was indeed a phase.   Also, while I lived in Ottawa, I was an NFL widow, and if anything can turn one off of any professional sport at all, it’s watching a grown man have mock NFL drafts, accompanied by an online NFL draft clock, on the coffee table every evening, complete with potential draftees’ names on little bits of paper so that they could be easily moved around depending on where they might or might not be picked and by what team. It made me wish it was summer, so I could spitefully put the fan on and smugly watch the little bits of paper scatter all over the room.  But I digress.   I don’t live under a rock most of the time, so I am of course aware of the Canucks’ current pursuit of the coveted Stanley Cup. Because most of my favourite shows have gone on summer hiatus in the past few weeks (and some have been permanently cancelled, which is another rant for another time), I found my TV schedule needed some holes filled in. I found myself curious about the success of the Canucks, so I turned on game two of the Vancouver-San Jose series.   Voluntarily!   Now, I am a CBC Newsworld addict, but I am much chagrined lately over the recent spate of absurd Cialis ads that have pervaded their commercial breaks lately. Nothing ticks me off more than these ads featuring a happy-looking middle-aged dude getting patted on the back from other middle-aged dudes who can’t figure out why Mr. Happiness is looking so happy. Meanwhile, in the background, Mrs. Happiness (one hopes!) is looking all demure as she quietly makes a nice little floral arrangement while the kudos pour in.   I guarantee you this: Mrs. Happiness isn’t that happy. She is probably suffering from hot flashes and would rather be featured in an HRT commercial advertising a drug that eases some of her hormonally-induced suffering.   So, I turn on that game between San Jose and Vancouver, and within three seconds, what do I see? A huge Viagra ad on the boards of GM Place!   I was immediately disgusted and disgruntled. I know advertising and hockey go hand in hand–I’ve lost track of the names of the facilities that Canadian NHL teams play in because they are constantly changing to pander to corporations!–and of course I am used to seeing ads along the boards at arenas. But when I spied that Viagra logo and the blue pill I nearly lost it.   And the irony was too much: here we are at a huge sporting event watching men participate in a testosterone-driven sport, everyone’s going crazy, the Canucks are on the verge of making history, the blood is theoretically flowing though everyone’s veins like a tropical storm surge, and there, amongst all this masculine excitement, is a Viagra ad! I couldn’t believe it.   I was so annoyed to be assaulted by yet another ED advertisement that I nearly turned off the TV. There’s only so much of this ridiculousness a woman can take. Snarkily, I almost wished they’d make a drug to get me interested in hockey again after this huge turn-off. I can see a female market for that for sure. But I didn’t change the channel. Instead, I kept it on and read a book so I could listen to the game but not have to be confronted by that Viagra ad.   The next two games were in San Jose, and there were no Viagra ads there, thank God. Game five was in Vancouver, and I kept the sound off, which kind of sucked when that overtime goal was scored. I was on the throne and wondered what all the honking and cheering I could hear outside was all about, then I figured it out.     Not surprisingly, the Golden City Cynic is not a bandwagon-type of person. While I do plan on watching the Stanley Cup finals, and while I will root for Vancouver, I’m not going to be waving any flags, wearing any T-shirts, or painting my face any funny colours. (By the way, when did the Canucks change their colours from the orange and black? Now I always feel like I’m watching the Hartford Whalers!) I have no desire to reignite the hockey passion I had in the days of yore.   It’s undeniable that this in an exciting event with some historic significance to it, but I’m not going nuts. I suspect I’ll be watching with a sense of detachment more than anything. And I do hope GM Place gets some new advertising on the boards, ones that are a little more inclusive of women’s needs, like ads for chocolate, fleece jammies, and movies featuring Johnny Depp and cuddly kitties.last_img read more

Nelson Clubsters open Spring hoop season in Salmon Arm

first_img“We are often physically outmatched by older U17 teams,” said coach Jeremy Phelan.Despite the size and age discrepancy, Nelson jumped to a 4-1 lead with baskets from Colton Jones. However, at the three- minute mark our starting center Vinnie Watson went down with a dislocated knee and we had to wait for the ambulance to take him to the hospital.Nelson lost its momentum and were outmatched without Watson’s size in the post. After a short break Nelson played the Synergy U15 squad.The Grade 8 twin duo of Brock and Dyllen Dixon controlled the back court along with Jared Martin against the junior Synergy opponent.The tables turned against the U15 Synergy, as Nelson had the overall size advantage and were able to out-rebound and out-muscle the slighter U15s.The line of Rob Dixon, Matosevic, Stryder Scott, Teja Legare, and Colton Jones managed to score at will and maintain leads through each quarter and finally secure the 41-34 win. Nelson Club Basketball team traveled to the North Okanagan to begin the spring lead against teams from Salmon Arm.Josh Matosevic led the U17s in scoring in a 59-27 defeat against a much bigger and stronger Synergy U17’s.Nelson has no U17s on the team as the club is filled with younger players.last_img read more