Local Hospitals Running Low on COVID-19 Drug Remdesivir

first_imgRubio went on to say that some Florida hospitals received two shipments of remdesivir from the federal government in the last week, but are already running short.“We cannot wait until July 27 when the next shipment is expected,” he said. “Hospitals are still seeking additional supplies of Remdesivir, as well as better communication with the federal government and a shorter lag time between submitting requests and having those requests fulfilled.”Dr. Sam Fahmy, chief medical officer of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, says, ”We are in a difficult position trying to use a small supply for way more patients who need it than the supply we have to treat them.”That hospital is not expecting another shipment until July 27. “That’s too long to wait. We have patients who need and can’t get it. We have to be judicious who we give to,” Fahmy adds.Boca Raton Regional Hospital is owned by Baptist Health South Florida.“We are urgently working with state and federal officials to identify additional avenues for more remdesivir. This is a critical need across our hospitals and others around the state,” Baptist Health, which owns hospitals in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, said Thursday.New York promised to help states in need as we were helped when we needed it.Today we pay it forward.Tomorrow we will deliver Remdesivir to Florida to help care for COVID patients.The people of NY stand shoulder to shoulder with Americans fighting this virus. pic.twitter.com/PXi8m3BYAo— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) July 10, 2020 As more patients head into local emergency rooms, numerous South Florida hospitals say they are dangerously low on remdesivir, a drug that has been shown to help some patients with COVID-19.The drug has been stockpiled by the federal government, which purchased large supplies of it from manufacturer Gilead Sciences. American hospitals may purchase the drug in amounts that are allocated by the U.S. Health and Human Services, based on a hospital’s size.Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday during a news conference that he has asked Vice President Mike Pence for more of the drug for hospitals in our state that are facing a shortage of it.“They are working on that,” he said, adding he had spoken to Pence about the issue on Wednesday night. “We want to get it there [to the hospitals] as soon as possible.”He added that the federal government is now sending shipments directly to hospitals, instead of to state health departments.In addition, Florida is among the states considered a priority. “This has become the default for standard of care and we want to help with that,” according to DeSantis.U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio says he is also assisting:Over the last 24 hours I have received reports from several #Florida hospitals concerned about their potentially critical shortage of Remdesivir. I am in contact with federal officials in hopes of addressing this matter immediately.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 13, 2020 On the west coast of the state, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System’s President and CEO, David Verinder, says that his hospital is completely out of remdesivir.The shortages come as the drug’s maker released preliminary data which suggests that remdesivir could speed recovery and cut the chance of dying from COVID-19.Hospitalized people taking remdesivir had a 7.4 percent death rate two weeks after they started treatment, while those who were not taking the drug had a 12.5 percent mortality rate.Dr. Stanley Marks, chief medical officer for Memorial Healthcare System, said his hospital received some about 140 doses this week. “When you put that in context of how many are in our hospitals, that’s not a lot of medicine,” he said.On Thursday, state data showed that Memorial Healthcare System had 77 percent of its 1,049 total staffed beds filled and 84 percent of its 130 ICU beds.Florida has had more than 19,800 hospitalized for the coronavirus in recent months. There are 315,775 positive cases and 4,677 deaths related to COVID-19.last_img read more

Kenya name London lineup after meeting anti-doping deadline

first_imgNAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya announced the final list of competitors heading to next month’s world athletics championships in London, with double Olympic 800 metres gold medallist and world champion David Rudisha flying the flag.The announcement came after Kenya failed to meet two deadlines to submit anti-doping materials, under a strict new testing regime, because some athletes were racing in the Diamond League circuit.They were given a final deadline of Saturday, according to the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya.“We are happy to announce that all the doping procedures have been completed today (yesterday) and we are ready to depart for London on Tuesday,” Jackson Tuwei, Athletics Kenya chairman, told reporters.Kenya’s reputation for middle and long distance running has been tarnished by failed doping tests among its elite athletes, including former three-time Boston and Chicago marathon winner Rita Jeptoo and Jemimah Sumgong, the first Kenyan female to win an Olympics marathon gold medal.The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has demanded that each Kenyan athlete submit to three urine tests and one blood test.Middle-distance runners Ferguson Rotich, Kipyegon Bett and Emmanuel Korir will be heading to London but Michael Saruni will not.“Technical officials have advised us that his form is wanting,” Tuwei said.Another to miss the trip is Nicholas Bett, the defending 400-metre hurdles champion who was ruled out due to injury.last_img read more

Bennett in line for Tour de France start.

first_imgThe 24 year old is the German teams main sprinter and will be hoping to rub shoulders with some of the sports other fast men in the 102nd running of the Tour.This year’s race starts in the Netherlands and also includes stages in Belgium before getting back to France. Carrick on Suir could have its second competitor in the Tour de France this year.The organisers today announced their wildcard invitations for the event which starts on July th next.Among them is the Bora Argon 18 team of Carrick on Suir’s Sam Bennett who will be hoping to follow in the wheel tracks of the legendary Sean Kelly.last_img read more

Hewitt closes in on 600th career win

first_imgFormer world No 1 Lleyton Hewitt survived an “awkward” all-Aussie encounter at the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday, holding off Matthew Ebden 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 6-3.Hewitt, who won back-to-back Indian Wells titles in 2002 and 2003, said all of his clashes with younger compatriots feel awkward now that he’s something of an elder statesman in the sport, closing in on his 600th career match win.”It’s not something I look forward to at all now, playing the other Aussies,” Hewitt said. “I’m trying to help these guys out now … I hit with these guys all the time.”In fact, Hewitt had to cancel a planned practice session with Ebden when the two were drawn to face each other in the first round.The victory over the 26-year-old Ebden was number 599 for Hewitt’s career. He’ll get a chance to reach number 600 against 17th-seeded South African Kevin Anderson in the second round, but Hewitt places little stock in the milestone.”It means I’m getting old, that’s all,” said the 33-year-old, who would become just the third active ATP player, along with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, to notch at least 600 match victories. “Obviously, it means I’ve had a lot of success, but it’s not something I’m focused on at all,” he said.Hewitt will likely have to step it up against Anderson to get that victory here.He let a 5-1 first-set lead slip against Ebden, and also served for the match at 5-1 in the third only to drop his serve before finally putting the match away with a love game.”Whenever I was up in sets I didn’t put my foot down,” Hewitt said.Hewitt said he’s still feeling the effects of the right shoulder injury that forced him out of a second-round match against compatriot Marinko Matosevic in Delray Beach in February after one set. Hewitt said he had aggravated a shoulder injury the previous week in Memphis, and since Delray Beach had been receiving treatment.”It’s not 100 percent yet,” he said. “If it was a smaller tournament, I don’t think I’d be playing.”last_img read more

NFL Draft trade value chart: What each 2020 pick is worth based on the Jimmy Johnson model

first_img135514 208295 67869 152454 331228 56960 216276 PickValue PickValue 103651 65885 256190From Over The Cap: 124557 161425 179371 60925 247208241389 254194311260 125553 241220181535 139499 100666 22625332443 214281 391143 99671 215278 111613 195328 223260 165412 136510 401131 174386 164416 119578 461060 PickValue 81773 82767 23124281946 137507 117587 112609 169400 “First, we found the average of the top five average per year (APY) contracts at each position in each year. For example, the top five QB APYs are $35 million, $34 million, $33.5 million, $33.5 million, $32 million. The average of these five APYs is $33.6 million. An APY of $16.8 million would thus be 50 percent of top five APY. We then converted every new contract in each year into a percent of the top 5 APY average at the respective position.”In order to get a more accurate representation of the expected performance of a particular draft pick and increase the sample size, we smoothed the data by averaging out the post rookie-contract APY amounts for a few picks before and after each draft pick. The grouping of a few draft picks within a small range removed a lot of the variance that occurs in large part due to “busts” and generated more realistic projections, as the range more accurately reflects the quality of talent available to a drafting team.”The ranges start very small (e.g. examining picks No. 1 & No. 2 for the No. 1 slot) and expand in the later rounds of the draft.” 102656 134518 96687 88731 168403 421106 220267 166409 221264 246210231411 PickValue 194330 146474 140496 471049 201312 238227151628 200315 104646 184357 191338 242218191508 93703 219269 83761 89725 115595 74819 248206251369 211288 170397 501018 105642 57951 236231131700 145478 129537 341213 144481 209293 59934 185354 58942 123561 132526 162422 75812 158434 148468 106637 113604 173388 481038 237229141663 222262 108627 114600 142489 235233121741 205302 251200281311 23224091887 79786 351198 183360 130533 431094 151457 171394 160428 128541 203307center_img 206300 52998 240223171564 98676 94698 22525522649 107632 177377 23024472014 70847 76805 126549 101661 97682 491028 116591 PickValue13000 244214211457 54979 224258 147471 64892 133522 95692 252198291294 84755 193333 55969 255192321244 153451 22725142297 411118 90720 197323 149464 189344 143485 245212221434 68862 86743 157438 150461 218271 187349 180368 121570 239225161595 167406 250202271330 78792 361184 243216201482 110618 196325 120574 62909 212285 371170 PickValue 109623 22924662092 131529 234235111785 204305 217274 127545 141492 156441 172391 154447 163419 PickValue 441082 22824952184 159431 87737 155444 53988 77799 175383 253196301276 213283 178374 80779 188346 249204261349 71840 61917 186352 198320 66877 381157 Referenced every April is the Jimmy Johnson NFL Draft trade value chart that wasn’t actually created by Jimmy Johnson. The coach who led the Cowboys to a pair of Super Bowls after the 1992 and 1993 seasons deserves credit for a lot of what that Dallas dynasty was able to accomplish, but not for this.The NFL Draft trade value chart technically was Johnson’s idea, as he and team owner Jerry Jones wanted to assign numerical values to draft picks in order to make more clear the viability of trades. But they enlisted Mike McCoy, then a Cowboys minority owner, to create the chart. 199318 92709 138503 122565 202310 451071 91714 69854 63900 118582 MORE: The 8 most likely trade scenarios for the 2020 draft”Jerry and Jimmy both liked to trade from Day 1,” McCoy told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 2007. “I was always in the draft meetings. So I said I would give it a try. It took only two days and a few tries. I started out with the basic assumption that a second-round pick is worth two third-round picks. That was the rule of thumb that owners and coaches used for a long time. It wasn’t hard once you figured out how to do it.”Added Jones: “He thought you could quantify something that was not numerical just on the face on it. That’s a value of trade, and anybody that has ever been around Mike McCoy knows that he is a genius when it comes to his being able to work with numbers. The engineer in him makes him very practical, very practical, and so he was the perfect guy for the job.”Almost 30 years later, NFL teams are still using a variation of the trade value chart the Cowboys created.Variation is the key word, because teams now used a revised version of the chart to account for the ability to trade compensatory picks (which was not allowed in the early 1990s), the rookie wage scale and a bigger sample size of the success of draft picks.2020 NFL DRAFT:Top 100 players | SN’s latest mock draftAs Patriots coach Bill Belichick explained prior to last year’s NFL Draft, teams used to argue about whose chart was more accurate when discussing trades. For the most part, that’s no longer the case.”I would say that, in general, the trades over the last several years for the most part have been, let’s call them within five to 10 percent, pretty equitable trades,” Belichick said (via Pro Football Talk). “So, for you to have a chart that’s different than the other 31 charts isn’t really that productive because now we’re just arguing about which chart — ‘My chart says this. Your chart says that.'”I would say everybody probably uses about the same value chart. I’d say in our draft trade negotiations through the years, especially the last two or three years, there hasn’t been a lot of, ‘My chart says this. Your chart says that.’ Now, 10 or 15 years ago there was some of that. ‘Oh, here’s what we think it should be.’ Well, the other team’s in a different ballpark because they’re looking at a different chart.”Below are a couple examples of current NFL Draft trade value charts, starting with the model McCoy created.MORE NFL DRAFT:Read the latest NFL Draft news at SN’s draft HQNFL Draft trade value chart (Jimmy Johnson)Below is the 2020 NFL Draft value chart based on what has become known as the Jimmy Johnson model. Because teams were not able to deal compensatory draft picks when the model was created in the early 1990s, it includes only 224 of the now-customary 256 draft picks.(Included are the teams that entered the 2020 NFL Draft with each pick.)RoundPickValueTeam113000Cincinnati Bengals122600Washington Redskins132200Detroit Lions141800New York Giants151700Miami Dolphins161600Los Angeles Chargers171500Carolina Panthers181400Arizona Cardinals191350Jacksonville Jaguars1101300Cleveland Browns1111250New York Jets1121200Oakland Raiders1131150San Francisco 49ers1141100Tampa Bay Buccaneers1151050Denver Broncos1161000Atlanta Falcons117950Dallas Cowboys118900Miami Dolphins119875Oakland Raiders120850Jacksonville Jaguars121800Philadelphia Eagles122780Minnesota Vikings123760New England Patriots124740New Orleans Saints125720Minnesota Vikings126700Miami Dolphins127680Seattle Seahawks128660Baltimore Ravens129640Tennessee Titans130620Green Bay Packers131600San Francisco 49ers132590Kansas City Chiefs233580Cincinnati Bengals234560Indianapolis Colts235550Detroit Lions236540New York Giants237530Los Angeles Chargers238520Carolina Panthers239510Miami Dolphins240500Houston Texans241490Cleveland Browns242480Jacksonville Jaguars243470Chicago Bears244460Indianapolis Colts245450Tampa Bay Buccaneers246440Denver Broncos247430Atlanta Falcons248420New York Jets249410Pittsburgh Steelers250400Chicago Bears251390Dallas Cowboys252380Los Angeles Rams253370Philadelphia Eagles254360Buffalo Bills255350Baltimore Ravens256340Miami Dolphins257330Los Angeles Rams258320Minnesota Vikings259310Seattle Seahawks260300Baltimore Ravens261292Tennessee Titans262284Green Bay Packers263276Kansas City Chiefs264270Seattle Seahawks365265Cincinnati Bengals366260Washington Redskins367255Detroit Lions368250New York Jets369245Carolina Panthers370240Miami Dolphins371235Los Angeles Chargers372230Arizona Cardinals373225Jacksonville Jaguars374220Cleveland Browns375215Indianapolis Colts376210Tampa Bay Buccaneers377205Denver Broncos378200Atlanta Falcons379195New York Jets380190Oakland Raiders381185Oakland Raiders382180Dallas Cowboys383175Denver Broncos384170Los Angeles Rams385165Detroit Lions386160Buffalo Bills387155New England Patriots388150New Orleans Saints389145Minnesota Vikings390140Houston Texans391136Oakland Raiders392132Baltimore Ravens393128Tennessee Titans394124Green Bay Packers395120Denver Broncos496116Kansas City Chiefs497112Cleveland Browns498108New England Patriots499104New York Giants4100100New England Patriots410196Seattle Seahawks410292Pittsburgh Steelers410388Philadelphia Eagles410486Los Angeles Rams410584Minnesota Vikings410682Baltimore Ravens410780Cincinnati Bengals410878Washington Redskins410976Detroit Lions411074New York Giants411172Arizona Cardinals411270Los Angeles Chargers411368Carolina Panthers411466Arizona Cardinals411564Cleveland Browns411662Jacksonville Jaguars411760Tampa Bay Buccaneers411858Denver Broncos411956Atlanta Falcons412054New York Jets412152Oakland Raiders412250Indianapolis Colts412349Dallas Cowboys412448Pittsburgh Steelers412547New England Patriots412646Los Angeles Rams412745Philadelphia Eagles512844Buffalo Bills512943Baltimore Ravens513042New Orleans Saints513141Arizona Cardinals513240Minnesota Vikings513340Seattle Seahawks513439Atlanta Falcons513539Pittsburgh Steelers513638Green Bay Packers513738Jacksonville Jaguars513837Kansas City Chiefs513937Tampa Bay Buccaneers514036Jacksonville Jaguars514136Miami Dolphins514235Washington Redskins514335Baltimore Ravens514434Seattle Seahawks514534Philadelphia Eagles514633Philadelphia Eagles514733Cincinnati Bengals514832Carolina Panthers514932Detroit Lions515031New York Giants515131Los Angeles Chargers515231Miami Dolphins515330Carolina Panthers515430Miami Dolphins515529Minnesota Vikings515629San Francisco 49ers515729Jacksonville Jaguars515828New York Jets515928Oakland Raiders516027Indianapolis Colts616127Tampa Bay Buccaneers616227Washington Redskins616326Chicago Bears616426Dallas Cowboys616525Jacksonville Jaguars616625Detroit Lions616725Buffalo Bills616824Philadelphia Eagles616924New Orleans Saints617023Baltimore Ravens617123Houston Texans617223New England Patriots617322Miami Dolphins617422Tennessee Titans617521Green Bay Packers617621San Francisco 49ers617721Kansas City Chiefs617820Denver Broncos617920Dallas Cowboys618019Cincinnati Bengals618119Denver Broncos618219Detroit Lions618318New York Giants618418Carolina Panthers618517Miami Dolphins618617Los Angeles Chargers618717Cleveland Browns618816Buffalo Bills618916Jacksonville Jaguars619015Philadelphia Eagles619115New York Jets619215Green Bay Packers719314Indianapolis Colts719414Tampa Bay Buccaneers719513New England Patriots719613Chicago Bears719713Indianapolis Colts719812Pittsburgh Steelers719912Los Angeles Rams720011Chicago Bears720111Buffalo Bills720211Arizona Cardinals720310New Orleans Saints720410New England Patriots72059Minnesota Vikings72069Jacksonville Jaguars72079Minnesota Vikings72088Green Bay Packers72098Green Bay Packers72107San Francisco 49ers72117New York Jets72127New England Patriots72136New England Patriots72146Seattle Seahawks72155Cincinnati Bengals72165Washington Redskins72175San Francisco 49ers72184New York Giants72194Minnesota Vikings72203Los Angeles Chargers72213Carolina Panthers72223Arizona Cardinals72232Jacksonville Jaguars72242Tennessee TitansNFL Draft trade value chart (Over The Cap)A few years ago, OverTheCap.com’s Jason Fitzgerald and Brad Spielberger built an updated NFL Draft trade value chart to account not only for the addition of compensatory draft picks, but also the context of rookie contract salaries.Below is the chart they created, followed by their process and reasoning.PickValue 182363 73826 192336 181366 207298 233238101833 190341 85749 72833 176380 210290 511007last_img read more

‘Perfect’ Rabada destroys Lankans

first_imgCAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP):Young pace bowler Kagiso Rabada completed what his captain termed “the perfect performance” by South Africa after his 10-wicket haul for the match bowled them to a 282-run victory over Sri Lanka in the second Test yesterday.Rabada claimed four of the six wickets South Africa still required for victory on day four to take six for 55 and bowl Sri Lanka out for 224 in their second innings.In the process, he recorded figures of ten for 92 in the match as South Africa’s dominant victory gave them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.”It was pretty much a perfect performance. Everything was planned and everything worked out perfectly,” South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said.Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal had hinted that Sri Lanka could put up a fight in their second innings by batting out the final hour on day three, but they did not last long after resuming on 130 for four.Chandimal (30) was the first to go in the sixth over of the day when he chipped Rabada tamely to square leg, before the seamer’s next over claimed both Upul Tharanga and Mathews (49).When Suranga Lakmal edged through to the wicketkeeper soon after, Rabada had his second 10-wicket haul in just his 13th Test.The 21-year-old was then removed from the attack after a seven-over spell that brought four for 33, leaving Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander to grab the final two wickets of the match.REPEAT OF MISTAKES”It’s disappointing to repeat the same mistakes over two Test matches,” Mathews said.”You need long hours of concentration against a quality attack like South Africa. They give you a very rare loose ball, and if you try to score runs off the good balls, you end up nicking off to the slips or the keeper.”South Africa had set up the match on the opening two days.Opener Dean Elgar battled through seam-friendly conditions to score a century as South Africa reached 392 in their first innings, despite losing the toss and being asked to bat first.Rabada and Philander then took four wickets apiece to bowl Sri Lanka out for just 110, after which the result appeared a formality.The third and final Test gets under way in Johannesburg on January 12.last_img read more

June Weather Update

first_img– Advertisement -The average daytime high for June is 19 point two degrees and, so far this year, we’re averaging 19 point four.The warmest day so far this month was the 2nd, when we reached a high of 25 point two degrees.However, that’s still well off the record high for the month, set onthe 17th, in 1969, when the temperature rose to 31 point sevendegrees. We’re already through more than a third of June but, theprecipitation total for the month is less, than 20 percent of the localarea norm.The official Environment Canada total through yesterday was 14 millimeters, in a month when the average is 71 point four.However, temperatures are running right in line, with the monthly norms.Advertisementlast_img read more

Moscow students make rare protest against World Cup

first_imgThe area will have concerts and entertainment for up to 25,000 fans as well a giant interactive screen for those without tickets to watch matches.It is being built in the park below the main building of Moscow State University — one of the city’s seven Stalinist skyscrapers — which overlooks the Luzhniki stadium where the opening match will be played on June 14 as well as the final on July 15.Many of the university’s over 6,000 students and employees are not thrilled about their campus hosting the fan zone because of the disruption and damage it will cause.“We started the protest when they told us last year our semester would be cut short because of the fan zone,” said Maria Shekoshkhina, a 26 year-old PhD student.Security services, she said, maintain that the university labs have to close for the World Cup period because of their work with radioactive materials.“There was also a risk that students will be moved out of their dorms to make way for the National Guard, like in other World Cup cities,” she added.– Cleaning up dissent –The protesting students won what appeared to be a partial victory earlier this year when Moscow authorities assured them this will not happen and moved the fan zone 300 metres (1,000 feet) further from the university.But Shekoshkhina said the university and city authorities have not fulfilled their promises and gone to “absurd” lengths to stop the student protests.When over 200 students protested on May 22, the university “spontaneously deployed” dozens of cleaners to disrupt the event.“There were also lots of FSB (the successor agency of the KGB) there,” Shekoshkhina added. “We’ve started to recognise them,” she laughed.Two students were arrested that day, though they were released shortly afterwards.When a sign directing visitors was recently defaced with a graffiti tag reading “No Fan Zone”, the police opened a criminal investigation instead of a usual administrative case.They said the damage came to over 65,000 rubles ($1,050, 900 euros).Three students were arrested, with social media saying one was taken by officers during an exam, but they were subsequently released.The university has taken to social media urging students not to take part in protests.– A protected area –Students are also worried that the fan zone will damage the university’s protected historic park in an area known as Vorobyovy Gory, or Sparrow Hills.“We’re not saying all football fans are wild animals, we just think putting 25,000 people in an area with protected nature is not a good idea,” said Ekaterina Palmina, a 19 year-old student wearing a “Stop the Fan Zone” badge.She pointed to areas where trees have been cut down and historic granite-lined walkways destroyed.Local green activists and ordinary Muscovites have supported the protest, with a petition addressed to Putin requesting the fan zone be moved reaching 14,000 signatures.The university’s biology department has been organising walks for Muscovites to see the damage already inflicted on the park.“Vorobyovy Gory to Muscovites is like the Bois de Boulogne for Parisians,” said Moscow urban activist Pavel Gnilorybov.“The work on the fan zone was rushed, even though Moscow has several other places that are better suited for this,” he added.– ‘Illegal’ construction –A month ahead of the opening of the games, two of Moscow’s local municipal councils called for the urgent relocation of the fan zone.Yelena Rusakova, an opposition deputy, said the fan zone is “completely illegal” as it lies within two protected areas: the university park and a city forest.“Authorities are ignoring its protected status,” Rusakova said.“FIFA says the World Cup should not damage the nature of the country that is hosting it,” she said.“That is exactly what is happening here.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The fan zone is being built in the park below the main building of Moscow State University — one of the city’s seven Stalinist skyscrapers — which overlooks the Luzhniki stadium where the opening match will be played on June 14 © AFP / Andrei BORODULINMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 8 – Construction of the World Cup fan zone outside Moscow’s top university is fuelling a rare protest in Russia as students worry thousands of partying football fans will destroy one of the capital’s few green spaces.The row pits students at Moscow State University against a recently re-elected President Vladimir Putin whose administration does not easily brook dissent and has gone all out to ensure the month-long football extravaganza goes off without a hitch.last_img read more

Cardiff’s Caulker set for medical at QPR

first_img Steven Caulker [right] 1 Steven Caulker will undergo a medical at Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday, talkSPORT understands.The Cardiff defender had been stalling on a switch to Loftus Road after QPR agreed a fee with the Championship side last week amid interest from a host of other Premier League teams.Crystal Palace, Southampton had Liverpool have all been linked with the 22-year-old.However, he has now made up his mind to join Harry Redknapp’s newly-promoted side.The former Tottenham centre-back, who worked under Redknapp at White Hart Lane, will put the finishing touches to the move today.He will become QPR’s second summer signing, following the free transfer arrival of Rio Ferdinand.last_img read more

Burbank sad to see `Tonight Show’ leave

first_img“Certainly they’ve been an important employer in our community,” City Councilman Dave Golonski said. “And I think it’s fortunate that they’re not going very far, so the Burbank residents who are employed by them are not going to be displaced.” The “Tonight Show” moved from New York to Burbank in 1972. Carson soon started calling the show’s new home “Beautiful Downtown Burbank,” borrowing a phrase from “Laugh-In” star Gary Owens. After NBC’s announcement that it will move the show, Owens, 70, was already musing about what the new line could be in Universal City. “They will have to say something like: the new NBC building, right across the street from Universal,” Owens said. Famous for cupping his ear during announcements, his ear was imprinted in concrete at NBC Studios, and Carson sidekick Ed McMahon would always park over that earprint. And Owens recalls reminiscing with Carson about their years in Omaha, Neb. Over the show’s Jay Leno years, Burbank residents have gotten used to seeing the car buff tooling around town or stopping for a bite to eat at a local restaurant. A park across the street from NBC is named after Carson, and Burbank has come to rely on the tourism dollars spent by those who come to watch the tapings. While standing in line for the show Wednesday, Richard Lyons of Westlake Village said while there might be more to see in Universal City, “What we’ll miss is using the old Johnny Carson stage and all the history behind that.” And Vicky Starkweather of Rancho Cucamonga said the show should stay in Burbank. “Carson was here,” she said. “It’s, like, tradition.” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre That troubles him, he said, because in 1997, the city gave NBC the right to expand its Burbank facility by nearly 2 million square feet over 25 years. NBC never followed through, but if the company moves out of its 35-acre Burbank site, the new property owner could build it up using NBC’s master plan development rights. “None of this was anticipated when NBC was granted these entitlements for development,” he said. Its total number of workers varies with the seasons, but NBC has between 1,700 and 2,000 employees in Burbank, said Scott McGookin, the city’s economic development manager. It’s unclear how many of those jobs could leave town. BURBANK – The city known far and wide as the place former “Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson called “Beautiful Downtown Burbank” could be losing some of its name recognition. After NBC’s announcement Wednesday that it will move the show down the road to Universal City, locals in town reacted with disappointment. “The `Tonight Show’ … is a big deal to us and it’s a big part of our identity,” said City Manager Mary Alvord. With other parts of NBC also moving, City Councilman David Gordon said he anticipates that the entire operation will eventually leave Burbank. last_img