Fujifilm says COVID-19 drug research may drag on into July

first_imgFujifilm Holdings Corp’s research on Avigan as a potential treatment for COVID-19 may drag on until July, the company said on Sunday, a further setback for the Japanese firm’s effort to prove the drug’s effectiveness against the virus.”There is a possibility that clinical trials will continue in July,” a Fujifilm spokesman said, responding to a Nikkei report that any approval will be delayed until July or later, due to a lack of patients for trials.After the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave up on getting approval for the drug by the end of May, the aim was to complete clinical trials this month. But researchers have only been able to get around 70% of the patients needed for the trials, and because it takes 28 days to get results, the process will continue until at least July, the Nikkei business daily said, citing an unnamed source.The spokesman said Fujifilm does not make public details of the progress of clinical trials but it has expanded the number of medical institutions that are cooperating in the trials. “We aim to complete clinical trials as soon as possible.”Drugmakers around the world are scrambling to develop treatments and vaccines for the new coronavirus, which has infected 7 million people globally, while the disease it causes, COVID-19, has killed nearly 400,000.Many countries are focusing on drugs like Gilead Sciences Inc’s antiviral remdesivir and some are using the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, touted by US President Donald Trump. Abe’s government has championed Japanese candidate Avigan, also known as Favipiravir.Countries that have succeeded in curbing infections have sometimes paradoxically found it difficult to sustain clinical trials because of dwindling sample sizes for patients.Japan has avoided the explosive outbreaks seen in some other nations, with about 17,000 infections, and the number of daily infection has been falling, according to public broadcaster NHK and the health ministry. Topics :last_img read more

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Some countries using virus curbs to ‘silence critics’, ex-leaders warn

first_img“There are legitimate reasons to invoke emergency powers. However, it is always problematic when a government uses emergency powers to clamp down on independent media and other fundamental rights,” said Kevin Casas-Zamora, also a former vice-president and government minister in Costa Rica.”We want to draw attention to the plight of democracy in the midst of this crisis. It’s not protecting democracy for its own sake; it’s that democracy has an inherent value in dealing with this pandemic and preparing for the next one.”The outbreak has already led to the postponement or cancellation of 66 elections worldwide, a third of them national polls, according to IDEA. Nearly 50 countries have imposed some form of restriction on press freedom, 21 of them democracies.For the signatories, including Fernando Henrique Cardoso, the former president of Brazil, and Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, a fundamental concern is that citizens begin to accept more authoritarian behavior.”Democracy is under threat, and people who care about it must summon the will, the discipline, and the solidarity to defend it. At stake are the freedom, health, and dignity of people everywhere,” they wrote. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in authoritarian behavior by governments around the world, posing a growing threat to democracy, hundreds of former prime ministers, presidents, Nobel laureates and lawmakers have warned.The virus was first identified in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December and has since spread around the world, prompting countries across Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa to step in, many limiting free movement, free speech, public assembly and other civic rights.”Authoritarian regimes, not surprisingly, are using the crisis to silence critics and tighten their political grip,” wrote some 500 signatories, including more than 60 former leaders, in an open letter organized by the Stockholm-based Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA). Topics :center_img “Even some democratically elected governments are fighting the pandemic by amassing emergency powers that restrict human rights and enhance state surveillance without regard to legal constraints (or) parliamentary oversight.”More than 80 countries have enacted emergency measures, according to the U.S.-based International Center for Non-Profit Law, ranging from curfews and fines for those who breach the rules to extra surveillance, censorship and increased executive powers.The overall impact has been a dilution of democratic norms, which has implications for political freedom as well as the ability of governments to handle the crisis and future health emergencies, said IDEA’s secretary-general.Among the countries he cited as having introduced authoritarian measures or having fallen short on accountability were the Philippines, Hungary, El Salvador and Turkey.last_img read more

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Government set to operate sections of toll roads in Aceh, Manado amid pandemic

first_imgPublic Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono has approved the operation of 35 kilometers of two strategic toll roads, namely the Banda Aceh-Sigli in Aceh and the Manado-Bitung in North Sulawesi, to boost economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic.In Aceh, a 14-km section has been opened connecting Indrapuri and Blang Bintang, where Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport is located. Meanwhile, two toll road sections in North Sulawesi, spanning 21 km, which will connect Manado, Airmadidi, and a part of Kauditan, are also set to operate soon.“The toll roads connecting productive regions will reduce logistics costs and improve the competitiveness of local products. They will also boost regional economic growth and establish new economic centers,” Basuki said in a statement released on Sunday. COVID-19 restrictions, which are now being phased out in some places, have caused logistical disruptions along the supply chain by limiting mobility. Meanwhile, the economy grew 2.97 percent in the first quarter of this year, the lowest in 19 years.However, the government is committed to continuing the development of strategic national projects during the COVID-19 health crisis with the addition of 89 projects with an estimated investment value of Rp 1.42 quadrillion (US$96.8 billion).Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto stated recently that the new projects were an addition to the existing 223 strategic national projects and were expected to employ about 4 million additional workers each year from 2020 to 2024.The Banda Aceh-Sigli toll road, stretching for 74 km in total, is the first-ever toll road in Aceh. Construction started in 2018 by state-owned construction firm Hutama Karya. The investment in the project, with a total of six road sections, is estimated at Rp 12.35 trillion, with a construction cost of Rp 9 trillion.It is expected to cut the journey between provincial capital Banda Aceh and Sigli to one hour from the previous three hours.Meanwhile, the 46-km Manado-Bitung toll road is estimated to cost Rp 6.19 trillion. The government is set to build the first section, while the second section will be constructed using a public-private partnership (PPP) scheme with PT Jasa Marga Manado Bitung.The toll road will provide a boost for the region’s tourism, especially the Manado-Bitung-Likupang area, which has been listed as one of the five priority tourism areas to be developed this year.Topics :last_img read more

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Mr. Kenneth D. “Sonny” Chatham, Jr.

first_imgMr. Kenneth D. “Sonny” Chatham, Jr., age 86, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on March 4, 1932, in Jefferson County, Indiana, the son of the late, Kenneth Chatham, Sr. and Edna G. (Moore) Chatham. He was raised in Jefferson County, Indiana where he attended Central High School. Sonny was inducted into the Army National Guard of Indiana on March 15, 1949 to November 5, 1957. Sonny was united in marriage to Ruth Evelyn Leach and to this union arrived a daughter, Valerie and three sons, Kenneth, Jerry and David to bless their home. He was later united in marriage to Nina K. (Peak) Scudder and to this union arrived a son, Shane to bless their home. Sonny owned and operated the Vevay Body Shop where he enjoyed auto body repair and working on cars for several years. He also was a truck driver for Grote Manufacturing in Madison, Indiana and for Baylor Trucking in Milan, Indiana, for several years. Sonny was a member of the Jefferson Post #9 of the American Legion and was a former member of the Vevay American Legion Post #185. He was also a member of the Ryker’s Ridge Baptist Church in Madison, Indiana. Sonny resided in the Vevay community since 1964. Sonny enjoyed playing card games, especially euchre and solitaire, guns, race cars and sports of all kinds. Sonny passed away at 8:34 p.m., Friday, April 27, 2018, at the King’s Daughter’s Hospital in Madison, Indiana. Sonny is survived by his daughter, Valerie Chatham of Hanover, IN; his sons, Kenneth L. “Kenny” Chatham of Vevay, IN, Jerry Chatham and his wife: Betty of Florence, IN, Shane Chatham of Vevay, IN and David Keith Chatham of Indianapolis, IN; his step-children, Gene Ray Scudder of Florence, IN, Sherry Wainscott of Vevay, IN, Randy Paul Scudder and his wife, Peggy of Vevay, IN, Harlan Dale Scudder of Vevay, IN and Monte Scudder of Vevay, IN; his grandchildren, Travis Chatham, Lilly Chatham, Kobe Chatham, Rachel Chatham, Jillian Gregory and Scotti Sullivan; his great-grandchildren, Wyatt Chatham, Natalie Sullivan and Jessica Dickey; his several step-grandchildren; his great-great-grandchild, Bentley Kiser; his several step-great-grandchildren; his sisters, Mary Shaw of Madison, IN and Kathleen Roberts and her husband: Billie of Frankfort, KY; his brother, Jon “Ted” Chatham and his wife: Lynda of Lexington, IN and his several nieces, nephews and cousins.He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth Chatham, Sr. and Edna G. (Moore) Chatham; his grandson, John Paul Jewell; his companions, Anna Jean Harsin Baker and Juanita Scudder.Funeral services will be conducted Friday, May 4, 2018, at 11:00 am, by Bro. Anthony Wilks at the Truth Apostolic Church, 6160 Highway 56 Vevay, Indiana 47043. Full military rites and interment will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 3, 2018, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bennington United Methodist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

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Chelsea’s Willian move news to AVB

first_img Press Association Mourinho claimed earlier this summer that Wayne Rooney was his only remaining transfer target, but the Chelsea boss now appears to have had a change of mind. Villas-Boas, speaking just after Tottenham’s 5-0 Europa League play-off win over Dinamo Tbilisi, said he knew nothing about Chelsea’s apparent approach for Willian, but he conceded anything was possible regarding the transfer. “We were just involved in a game so unfortunately I can’t give you further information,” the Tottenham manager said. “I confirmed our interest in the player. Everything is possible, but I’m not aware of the circumstances because of our involvement in the (Dinamo) game. I don’t want it to be a distraction over what we achieved here.” Madrid, meanwhile, seem so confident they are going to sign Bale that they appear to already be stocking replica shirts bearing the Tottenham forward’s name. The Spanish giants kept the number 11 free when they announced their squad numbers in pre-season and screen grabs of the club’s official online shop appeared to show the option to buy a Bale replica shirt for 73 euro (£62). Shortly after the screen grabs went viral, the site was down for maintenance. Andre Villas-Boas admits he is in the dark over reports that Chelsea are set to pip Tottenham to the signing of Willian.center_img Willian is the club’s top target to replace Gareth Bale, who was edging closer to a world-record move to Real Madrid on Thursday after Franco Baldini held discussions with the nine-time European champions. Willian underwent a medical at Spurs earlier this week, but reports on Thursday night claimed that Jose Mourinho has attempted to gazump his former protege by bidding for the Brazil international. last_img read more

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Basil Butcher Trust Fund, Mike’s Pharmacy donate to Berbice Sports Award programme

first_imgTHE very popular Basil Butcher Memorial Trust Fund continues to make a positive difference in the county of Berbice, as the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTYSC) and the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) continue to pay tribute to the legendary West Indies Test player whose 87th birthday would be celebrated on the September 3.BCB president and RHTYSC Secretary/CEO, Hilbert Foster, along with a delegation, visited several public institutions over the last weekend to donate dozens of clocks under the fund.The clocks were donated to the RHTYSC by popular businessman, Lakeram Singh, of Mike’s Pharmacy of Bel-Air, Georgetown.Among the recipients were Port Mourant Public Hospital, Rose Hall Town Police Outpost, Rose Hall Post Office, Rose Hall Town Fire Station and Rose Hall Town Council. Plans are also being finalised to provide clocks for every police station and fire station in Region Six.Foster stated that the donations were made as visits to most government offices revealed the absence of clocks, with workers and visitors depending on their cell phones to know the time.The fund also donated a large amount of children’s medicine to Port Mourant Hospital, which would be used in its out-clinics. Foster urged the management of the different recipients to take care of the clocks and promised more assistance in the near future. Most of these institutions had already received cleaning detergents from the fund.Assistant Secretary/CEO, Simon Naidu, disclosed that items worth over $3M have been distributed so far under the fund, including 960 food hampers, cricket gear to 67 young cricketers, cleaning detergents, scorebooks, footwear, clothing, household utilities, educational materials and bicycles. The fund would shortly visit Linden to share cricket gear and cycles to young cricketers and students.Meanwhile, the Fund would also sponsor the Annual Gregory Gaskin Region Six Sports Award Programme. Foster disclosed that five awards would be presented: Sportsman-of-the-Year 2019; Sportswoman-of-the-Year 2019; Sports Association-of-the-Year 2019; Lifetime Achievement Award and Sports Personality-of-the-Year.No ceremony will be held due to the COVID-19  social-distancing guidelines, but the awardees would receive their awards at home.Awardees would receive trophies, medals, certificate of excellence and a collection of gifts.last_img read more

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MLAX : Georgetown goalie Winter produces best performance of season in win over Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Matt Winter turned in his best performance of the year Saturday. From start to finish, the Georgetown goaltender was sharp in net.Winter made a slew of spectacular saves to keep the Hoyas within striking defense in the first half and added a few more in the second half to preserve a crucial victory for his team.‘He’s a young man that’s been a backup goalie for us for four years and has earned the opportunity to be the guy this year, and he’s responded big time,’ GU head coach Dave Urick said. ‘And I think this was probably one of his finest, if not his best, effort throughout the whole game.’Winter finished with 12 saves to lead the Hoyas to a 10-8 upset of the Orange in the Carrier Dome on Saturday. The senior goaltender was tested early as SU controlled possession and fired 15 shots in the first half. Winter proved up to the challenge, turning away six shots to help the Hoyas go into the break down just 3-2.Early in the first quarter, Winter made a brilliant kick save on a wide open opportunity for Henry Schoonmaker. With the game tied 1-1, Schoonmaker took a pass from SU attack Tim Desko only to see his shot attempt bounce off Winter’s leg and back onto the field.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMidfielders Bobby Eilers and Ryan Barber fired shots right into his stick for easy saves. Syracuse head coach John Desko said he thought his players rushed a few shots, but Winter played an impressive game for the Hoyas.‘Some of it’s shot selection, but I got to give credit to him. He’s the one who stood in there and made those saves,’ Desko said. ‘Some shots when you throw at his stick, he’ll move his stick and dip and he didn’t. He made those.’Winter was tested twice in the final 30 seconds as Syracuse No. 14 (7-6, 3-2 Big East) made its final desperate attempts at a comeback. Tim Desko had a chance in close, but was turned away with 26 seconds left. Tommy Palasek’s shot with three seconds left was also blocked by the goaltender.The complete performance earned him praise from both Desko and Urick after the game.‘He played the best four quarters I think he’s played,’ Urick said. ‘He’s had great halves before, but I think this is the best complete game.’Loss creates uncertain postseason chancesWith Syracuse’s 10-8 loss to Georgetown, its postseason hopes became considerably murkier.The Orange does not have a quality win on its schedule that would likely impress the NCAA tournament selection committee. A win over Notre Dame next week would certainly improve SU’s chances of earning an at-large bid, but that is far from a guarantee.That means No. 3 seeded SU will need to, in all likelihood, win the Big East tournament to earn an automatic bid. That’s no small task, considering it would probably have to beat Villanova, which beat SU earlier this season, or take down the Irish, who are currently undefeated in conference play.‘I think we have to go out and win a game and play well so that we can get another good win and get into the Big East tournament to play a couple of games there,’ Syracuse head coach John Desko said. ‘We just have to take care of business ourselves, right now.’If Syracuse doesn’t win the conference tournament, it will have to rely on the selection committee to earn an at-large bid, and there are not too many available. Nine teams will be given bids, but four of them will likely go to teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference, which boasts some of the best programs in the country.That leaves five open spots, and SU has plenty of competition against teams with solid wins on their schedules.After his team’s loss to the Hoyas, Desko said he expects the Orange to come to practice focused and ready to work on its game plan of beating ND to wrap up its regular season. The effort and intensity of his players have never been a problem this season, he said, and both of those will need to be at a premium throughout this week.‘I think we’re going to educate them on Notre Dame, and there’s no way we can downplay the importance of it,’ Desko said. ‘… I think when you focus on the mental parts, the X’s and O’s, it helps take away the thought of the pressure and what the games mean. I think we’ll be fine with it.’rjgery@syr.educjiseman@syr.edu Published on April 21, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

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Syracuse works around faceoff troubles entering rematch with Duke

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Week after week, Syracuse’s problems at the faceoff X are talked about ad nauseam. The Orange continues to struggle, and more and more questions are asked. SU has only won more faceoffs than its opponent in just two games this season and at this point, it’s about becoming more methodical and successful in every other facet of the game. “You have to be efficient offensively, and when we do get our stops on defense, we’ve got to clear the ball,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said following last weekend’s 12-10 victory over Johns Hopkins. “Every possession becomes important to us when the other team is winning faceoffs like that.”Offensive and defensive efficiency will be a focal point this weekend when the Orange (4-2, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) faces Duke (7-2, 1-1) on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in a rematch of last year’s national championship game. The Orange will look to manage the nation’s premier faceoff specialists, Brendan Fowler, who set the NCAA single-season faceoff record with 339 victories last season and is winning 60.9 percent of his draws this year.Derek Maltz, Kevin Rice and Brandon Mullins agreed with Desko that there’s more of an emphasis on the other areas of the field when the team is struggling at the X. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite losing 21-of-25 draws against the Blue Jays, the Orange still managed to pull out a win because it scored on more than half of its possessions. Syracuse’s 38.9 percent shooting percentage ranks second nationally, and only eight teams in the country turn the ball over less. “I think we have a pretty good offense, but we’re efficient because we have to be, and our guys know we have to be,” Desko said. “Sometimes we need to get into a flow on the offense to rest the defense. “When you haven’t won faceoffs and the defense on the other end is playing defense after every goal, we need some possessions just to give them a little break.”Maltz said the SU coaching staff has harped on taking care of the ball and valuing possession this week. It’s always an emphasis, but especially this weekend against Fowler, who dominated the second half of the title game. “He’s excellent, as we’ve seen in the past,” Desko said. “We have to make sure that we’re efficient in all other aspects of our game.” Not having the ball as much also changes the mind-set of the SU attack. Syracuse is more selective in its shot attempts, and has held the ball for longer stretches to give the defense a rest. They’ve also, at times, held back from pushing fast-break opportunities. “There’ll be times where we can push a four-on-four or a five-on-five, but if it’s really not that great of an opportunity, we’re going to have to pull it out,” Maltz said. “If we take a shot that misses and we don’t get the backup, or the goalie makes a save or we throw the ball away, Duke’s getting the ball right back.”Winning 39.5 percent of faceoffs also means the Syracuse defense is being tested often. But the unit has caused 40 turnovers, and cleared at nearly an 86 percent rate at Johns Hopkins. Mullins said SU’s defense has been working on clearing the ball so that when they do get stops, the offense will have opportunities. “At this point, it’s nothing new to us. Whatever happens in the game, we’re ready for it,” Mullins said. “If we’re not winning faceoffs, we’ve got to get the ball back by playing defense. That’s definitely an emphasis.”But the Orange sees the bigger picture. Desko talked about how frustrated he is knowing that the Orange could have won more games by winning just a few more draws, especially against the country’s best teams.This weekend will arguably be the team’s biggest test, and Maltz knows the long-term significance the contest could have.“We realize how important this game is for the conference,” Maltz said. “As talented as a conference as the ACC is, I don’t think a team that goes 0-3 in the conference will be a part of that top four. “We want to make it to the end of the season and play in the ACC playoffs.” Comments Published on March 19, 2014 at 10:55 pm Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edulast_img read more

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Nottingham beats Baldwinsville, 20-0, behind pass rush and big plays

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Nottingham showed no sign of complacency in the second half, returning the opening kickoff to its own 45. That opening drive stalled, but the Bulldogs defense didn’t relent. Later in the third quarter, it was Baldwinsville’s Michael Letiza trying to will some life into his team with one hard run after another. Letiza picked up a first down in the red zone right before the quarter expired, setting up a tight final quarter. Bulldogs’ head coach Fred Wheeler knew he needed to adjust. Nottingham put five players on the defensive line instead of their standard four defenders. Letiza was stuffed on three consecutive runs, followed by a sack of Baldwinsville’s backup, Trey Blasi, with 9:52 to go. “It really played into our hands being able to do different things,” Wheeler said. “That’s football.”Dixon knew then that this was the Bulldogs’ game to win, and he sensed a similar feeling from his teammates. “The huddle was hype,” Dixon said. “Everybody was full of energy. They had my back and I definitely had their back.”That energy culminated with an 18 yard touchdown run for Brown with 3:07 left. Brown finished with 115 yards and two scores.As the clock wound down, the Bulldogs’ sideline was full of life. Coaches and players were high-fiving, hugging and dancing. The postgame celebration featured a backflip from Xavion Walker-Pickard — in full pads. Dixon hopes this win Nottingham on the right path. “Into next game, we’re gonna go out, still got that chip on our shoulder,” Dixon said. “We’re one of the lesser teams right now, but we’re gonna prove everybody wrong. This is our season.” Comments Published on September 7, 2018 at 11:16 pm Contact Tim: tnolan@syr.edu Nashon Ash from James Dixon III for a 40 yard touchdown. It’s 13-0, Bulldogs time-out before the XP attempt. @NottinghamSCSD @NHamAthletics pic.twitter.com/LMtiNze66Z— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) September 7, 2018 Nottingham’s home opener wasn’t going to be an easy task. The Bulldogs started its backup quarterback, James Dixon III, and his go-to wide receiver, Nashon Ash, was playing his second ever game on offense. On top of that, they had to face the reigning sectional runner-up, Baldwinsville. And yet it was the Bees that appeared more inexperienced. “We played with a chip on our shoulder,” said Kias Boatwright, a Nottingham linebacker. “We knew they were gonna run power football, everybody stuck their head up, everybody head got on the ball. We just played Nottingham, we just played defense, that’s all we did.”Boatwright led the Bulldogs’ pass rush with three sacks. Dixon connected twice with Ash on game-changing deep balls. That added up to Nottingham (2-0) winning convincingly, 20-0, over Baldwinsville (0-2) on Friday night at Nottingham High School. Dating back to 2007, Baldwinsville had been 5-0 against Nottingham, according to Maxpreps.com.Since the Bees couldn’t muster any points, all the Bulldogs needed was a couple of big plays. And that’s exactly what they got. After throwing an interception with 7:42 remaining in the second quarter, Dixon rebounded on the next drive with an 84-yard strike to his inexperienced counterpart, Ash. The first-year offensive player lined up in the left slot and ran a go down the seam. Dixon’s pass beat the safety and Ash did the rest, carrying a defender to the four-yard line. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I thought I was down,” Ash said. “So I kind of slowed down but I kept it pushing. But then I felt someone on my back and then he just got me.” Two plays later, Nottingham’s Jadda Brown pounded it in from two yards out to put the Bulldogs on the board first, with 3:50 left in the first halfNottingham kept the momentum going, sacking Baldwinsville quarterback Patrick May for a loss of 12 yards on third down to force a three-and-out before the half. May left the game after that play with an apparent shoulder injury. After Nottingham worked the clock with Brown and its other back, Jamel Nellons, Dixon found Ash on another deep ball, a 40 yarder. This time it was for six, and it put the Bulldogs ahead of the Bees, 14-0. Ash finished with three grabs for 129 yards and that score.“I’ve been waiting for two years to get on offense,” Ash said. “And now I’m on offense and I’m showing what I can do.”last_img read more

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Racing action in Thurles.

first_imgThe Willie Mullins-trained “Sir Des Champs” finally returns to action in the feature race, the Boomerang Animal Bedding And Boomerang Horse & Country Store Chase, which is a Listed contest worth €26,000 in prize-money.But Bryan Cooper’s mount will face stiff competition from the Gordon Elliott-trained “Mala Beach”last_img

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