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MLB NOTEBOOK Clemens says he’s ready after a workoutMLB NOTEBOOK Clemens says he’s ready after a workout

first_imgGuillen takes new deal Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and the team agreed to a contract extension through the 2012 season. Guillen managed Chicago to a World Series title in 2005 and was voted AL Manager of the Year, but the White Sox slid from contention early this season and were 61-83 entering play Tuesday, tied with Florida and Tampa Bay for the poorest record in the major leagues. He was hired as manager in November 2003. Glavine unsure about 2008 New York Mets left-hander Tom Glavine is pleased with his pitching and his health. His club also is poised to make the postseason for the second straight year. What Glavine isn’t sure of is whether he wants to return for a 22nd season in the majors. “I know that I can’t honestly answer that question from a physical standpoint or an emotional standpoint until I get home and get away from baseball, and assess how important baseball is to me versus how much I want to be home,” Glavine said. Musser sidelined Neal Musser, a rookie left-hander, will miss the remainder of the season after breaking his right little finger punching a chair in the Kansas City Royals’ clubhouse after a poor relief outing. Musser gave up a go-ahead double to Justin Morneau, the first batter he faced, and retired just one of the four batters in the Royals’ 4-2 loss to Minnesota on Monday night. AL playoff shuffle The team with the American League’s best record will decide whether it wants an extra day off during its first-round playoff series. In recent years, one of the four postseason series had an extra off day between Games 1 and 2, and it alternated leagues in the series that didn’t involve a wild-card team. Because there is an extra off day between Games 4 and 5 under the new postseason television schedule this year, it means that the series with the extra off day between the first two games would be played over eight days. Because of that, teams in that series would be able to use their Game 1 and 2 starters on full rest for Games 4 and 5. Around the leagues Astros: Former Houston general manager Bob Watson interviewed for his old job along with current assistant GM David Gottfried. … The club acquired pitcher Dennis Sarfate from the Milwaukee Brewers for cash. The 26-year-old right-hander was 2-7 with four saves and a 4.52 ERA in 45 games, including one start, for triple-A Nashville this year. Blue Jays: Shortstop John McDonald agreed to a $3.8 million, two-year contract extension through the 2009 season. … Outfielder Vernon Wells will have surgery after the season to remove a cyst caused by a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Braves: Chipper Jones was out of the lineup for the second straight game because of a strained muscle on his right side. Cardinals: Outfielder Chris Duncan will be sidelined for at least 10 days with a hernia that likely will need surgery. … Third baseman Scott Rolen had surgery to clean out his left shoulder. Pirates: Frank Coonelly, a top labor lawyer in the commissioner’s office, has been selected to become the team’s next president, according to the only other known finalist for the job.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Wearing an ice pack on his elbow, Clemens said he had two cortisone shots when he was examined in Houston last week by Astros team physician Dr. Thomas Mehlhoff. Clemens intends to throw another side session Thursday. Ban on fertility drugs? Baseball management and players are considering adding fertility drugs such as Clomid and Nolvadex to their banned list. The drugs can be used to stimulate testosterone production after steroid use. Clomid usually is used as a female fertility medication and Nolvadex is a breast cancer treatment. The players’ association confirmed the possibility of banning the fertility drugs, which was first reported by the New York Daily News, but said talks are ongoing. From news services Roger Clemens threw a bullpen session, pronounced himself ready to return to the mound Sunday night at Boston and revealed tests showed ligament damage in his sore right elbow. Clemens threw at about 80 percent before Tuesday’s series opener at Toronto. New York Yankees manager Joe Torre already had tentatively slotted him in for the series finale at Fenway Park. “Right now I expect to,” Clemens said when asked if he would make that start. last_img read more

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FRUSTRATION AS DONEGAL BUILDING SUPPLIERS CLOSES ITS DOORSFRUSTRATION AS DONEGAL BUILDING SUPPLIERS CLOSES ITS DOORS

first_imgOne of Donegal’s biggest building suppliers has closed its doors.McMahon’s of Ballyraine, Letterkenny fininshed trading last Thursday.The company had previously traded as James Johnston and Sons but was bought out by the McMahon Group a number of years ago. It is understood a number of jobs have been lost as a result of the closure.The company says that it will continue to trade at its branch in Derry and that all existing customers will have any contracts honoured.It is understood the company in Letterkenny has suffered as a result of the downturn in the building trade for some time.One building source told Donegal Daily that stock in the shop has been at a minimum for a number of months. “It’s a pity because Johnston’s were a hugely respected business and McMahons took up where they left off.“Unfortunately this is just a knock-on from the recession,” he said. FRUSTRATION AS DONEGAL BUILDING SUPPLIERS CLOSES ITS DOORS was last modified: September 10th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:James Johnston and SonsletterkennyMcMahonslast_img read more

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Trebek has attack, is in hospitalTrebek has attack, is in hospital

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“Thankfully it was a minor heart attack,” Ritter said. He did not give other details. A post on the official “Jeopardy!” Web site said Trebek was “resting comfortably in a Los Angeles hospital, and he will be back in the studio for the next scheduled tapings in January.” His heart attack was first reported by “Entertainment Tonight.” Trebek escaped a car crash unhurt in 2004 when he fell asleep at the wheel, sideswiped a string of mailboxes and wound up in a ditch, according to the California Highway Patrol. The Jan 30, 2004, accident happened in Templeton, near Trebek’s thoroughbred horse ranch. “Jeopardy!,” which bills itself as “America’s favorite quiz show,” has been one of television’s top-rated syndicated programs for more than 20 years. The Canadian-born Trebek has been its host since 1984. He has been nominated numerous times for daytime Emmy Awards for game show host, winning twice, according to the “Jeopardy!” Web site. By Robert Jablon The Associated Press Longtime “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek was hospitalized Tuesday after a minor heart attack, a spokesman for the game show said. Trebek, 67, was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center late Monday night and was expected to remain there about two days for tests and observation, said show spokesman Jeff Ritter. Trebek, who holds a philosophy degree from the University of Ottawa, was a TV and radio reporter for the Canadian Broadcasting Company before moving to the United States. He became a U.S. citizen in 1998. He launched his U.S. game show career in 1983 as host of a show called “The Wizard of Odds.” Other shows he’s hosted include “Pitfall,” “Battlestars,” “The $128,000 Question,” “Double Dare,” “High Rollers,” “Strategy” and “Reach for the Top.” He also hosts the annual National Geography Bee in the U.S. and Canada. Trebek and his wife, Jean, have two children.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Chelsea player ratings: who starred and who flopped in the Community ShieldChelsea player ratings: who starred and who flopped in the Community Shield

first_img 11. Pedro (left attack), 5/10 – His performance has inevitably been overshadowed by his dismissal towards the end of the contest. It was obvious the Spaniard was tiring late on, and a weary challenge from behind on Mohamed Elneny was met with a red card and an equalising goal for Arsenal from the subsequent free kick. Despite the sending off, Pedro will be available for Chelsea’s opening league game next weekend. 13 13 13 8. Marcos Alonso (left wing-back), 5/10 – It was one of Alonso’s poorer games in a Chelsea shirt, with a number of his clearances and attempted passes letting his team-mates down. It’s a surprise Conte hasn’t signed cover in this position over the summer. Chelsea’s season hasn’t got off to the best of starts, with rivals Arsenal clinching the Community Shield at Wembley Stadium.The contest went to penalties and the Gunners scored four out of four to seal the win, leaving Antonio Conte, the Blues manager, with a few questions to ask his players ahead of the opening weekend of the Premier League.So how did the Chelsea players perform in the defeat?Scroll through the gallery above to take a look at talkSPORT.com’s rating of each Chelsea player to feature in the 2017 Community Shield. 5. Victor Moses (right wing-back), 6/10 – Just as fans became accustomed to last season, it was a tireless performance from Moses, with his goal typical of his hunger to get forward. 3. David Luiz (centre back), 7/10 – The Brazilian remains at the heart of Chelsea’s back three, continuing to play with the confidence fans have grown familiar with. He’ll be crucial again this coming season. 4. Gary Cahill (centre back), 7/10 – It was a largely excellent performance from Cahill, who won’t be giving up his place to new arrival Antonio Rudiger any time soon. 1. Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper), 6/10 – click the arrow above, right, to take at our rating out of 10 for each Chelsea player – It was a solid afternoon of action for Courtois, with a fine save to deny Granit Xhaka a personal highlight. The Belgian was, however, stranded for Sead Kolasinac’s equalising goal just after the 80th minute mark, let down by a combination of poor marking from his defence and his own positioning. And the least said about his penalty in the shootout, the better. 13 13 13 9. Willian (right attack), 5/10 – A challenging afternoon for Willian, who was booked for simulation in the box and struggled to get the better of Sead Kolasinac, when the Arsenal defender came on. The Blues will miss Eden Hazard. 13. Antonio Rudiger (substitute), 4/10 – Few expected Rudiger to start, and he didn’t cover himself in glory for Arsenal’s equalising goal. It’s unlikely he’ll be in the starting line-up next weekend. 13 2. Cesar Azpilicueta (centre back), 5/10 – Azpilicueta started in a back three before moving to left wing-back following Antonio Rudiger’s introduction, and wasn’t hugely effective in either position. He was the weak link in defence. 10. Michy Batshuayi (centre forward), 5/10 – It’s still difficult to envisage Batshuayi replacing Diego Costa as Chelsea’s leading goal scorer. He offered little in the final third and wasn’t too difficult to contain for the Arsenal defenders, losing the majority of his aerial duels. Alvaro Morata took his place in the final quarter of the game. 13 13 13 13 12. Alvaro Morata (substitute), 5/10 – Morata replaced Batshuayi in the final quarter of the match and his confidence will have taken a hit at his penalty, in the shootout, hitting the post. It remains to be seen if Conte believes he’s ready to start in their league opener against Burnley. 13 13 6. Cesc Fabregas (centre midfield), 5/10 – With Nemanja Matic sold to Manchester United and new signing Tiemoue Bakayoko recovering from knee surgery, Fabregas was guaranteed to start in midfield. He looked to dictate Chelsea’s play, but wasn’t at his influential best, struggling with the pace of Arsenal’s forwards. 7. N’Golo Kante (centre midfield), 6/10 – Kante was typically effective in midfield, but he did look somewhat exposed without Nemanja Matic. He is left a little vulnerable alongside Fabregas. last_img read more

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Things To DoThings To Do

first_img160Want 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 MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“Black Comedy” and “The Real Inspector Hound” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 2 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Verizon-USA Luge Slider Search will seek kids aged 11-14 who want to experience the thrill of luge and train with the USA Luge national team, 9 a.m.-noon and 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Centre Pointe Parkway near Ferry Court, Santa Clarita. Cost: $15. Call (800) 872-5843 to register. Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Film historian Marc Wanamaker will speak on the history of movie making in the Santa Clarita Valley, 2 p.m. Saturday at the Saugus Train Station in Heritage Junction, 24101 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call Pat Salatore at (661) 254-1275. Santa Clarita Pop Star competition, 6 p.m. Thursday at Panera Bread, 24133 Baywood Lane, Valencia. Visit www.santaclaritapopstar.com. Tom Nolan Band will perform as part of the Jazz & Blues Concert Series, 7-9:30 p.m. Friday outside the Hyatt Valencia on the corner of Town Center Drive and McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 290-2911. Hot Nights, Cool Tunes dance, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. “Meshuggah-Nuns” will be presented, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $11-$17. Call (661) 799-2702. last_img read more

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Cllr Gallagher calls for better Back to School supports for struggling familiesCllr Gallagher calls for better Back to School supports for struggling families

first_imgNot enough is being done by the government to support parents in meeting the costs of sending their children to school, according to Donegal Councillor Marie Therese Gallagher.The Sinn Féin Councillor has reacted to the recent St Vincent de Paul report on Back to School costs, which found a 20% increase in demand from parents for back-to-school help this summer.Cllr Gallagher said: “Education is a fundamental human right and must be accessible to all irrespective of their economic or social background.” Cllr Gallagher said the SVP report is ‘evidence that the government is failing families that are struggling to ensure their children receive a high quality education.’She said: “SVP, Barnardos, and the Irish League of Credit Unions have all released reports this summer that lead to similar conclusions.“I myself have spoken to parents locally and throughout Donegal each of whom share a similar story while stating that the cost associated with sending their children to school is hugely burdensome on a family’s finances.“And while costs are spiraling, the fact that existing supports such as the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance are not being paid on time, as has been the case in so many households this year, is only causing further suffering to parents as school terms resume. “Sinn Féin has consistently shown how government could improve and bolster existing state supports, while we’ve also sought rates for school capitation to be enhanced.“Similarly, we’ve shown how contribution levies could be eliminated, yet government has continued to ignore these proposals, meanwhile children and families continue to bare the burden of the excessive cost of education.”Cllr Gallagher calls for better Back to School supports for struggling families was last modified: August 29th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Back to schoolCostsSVPlast_img read more

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South Africa’s newest national parkSouth Africa’s newest national park

first_imgThese two parks will retain their identities and become camps within the greater Garden Route National Park. It will also facilitate the regional implementation of fire management and alien clearing programmes, enable land consolidation, and improve the protection of important ecosystems. The diverse biomes in the Garden Route include indigenous forests, the Knysna estuary, the Wilderness lake areas, marine protected areas, lowland fynbos and mountain catchment areas of national importance. SANParks is the second-largest employer in the region, and its total economic contribution to the local economy is estimated to be almost R95-million per year. South African National Parks (SANParks) has established the new Garden Route National Park as part of its long-term strategy to expand official conservation areas from 6% to 8% of the country’s total land area. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Tourist facilities at the park will include camping decks, chalets, mountain biking trails, hiking trails, canoeing, diving and history and adventure activities. “The Garden Route is one of the most important conservation areas in South Africa, and one of our crown jewels in terms of biodiversity and its attraction of both foreign and local tourists,” Environment and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said at the park’s opening in Knysna last week. Critical focus area “The Garden Route is fortunate to be part of this process, and I believe we will be coining a new conservation model for South Africa,” Soundy said. “The park is unique and will require unique management, which we will have to drive. According SANParks, the new park covers approximately 121 000 hectares, consisting of about 52 500 hectares of newly proclaimed conservation area as well as 58 500 hectares of the existing Wilderness and Tsitsikamma National Parks. SAinfo reporter 30 March 2009 SANParks chief operating officer Sydney Soundy said the Garden Route was host to the largest continuous complex of indigenous forest in South Africa, spanning approximately 60 500 hectares, while its fynbos fell within the Cape Floristic Region, a designated global biodiversity hotspot. Garden Route National Park To manage such a unique combination of diverse biomes with strong tourism and developmental interest would be a big challenge, he said, adding that the term “conservation without boundaries” needed to become a way of life, not just for major stakeholders, but also for all residents in the areas surrounding the park. “We are looking forward to this challenge.” According to Van Schalkwyk, the new park will allow for the sharing of resources and management experience and the integration of current management units to achieve greater economies of scale. The new park will straddle two provinces, namely the Eastern and Western Cape; two district municipalities, namely Eden and Cacadu; and four local municipalities, namely George, Knysna, Bitou and Koukamma.last_img read more

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Judge agrees to delay in city, county fire disputeJudge agrees to delay in city, county fire dispute

first_imgA disagreement between the city of Columbia and the Boone County Fire Protection District is on hold.A judge on Monday approved a motion by both sides to have the next status hearing in June.The city and county don’t agree on how to respond to fires on each others turf, even if a county station may be closer to a fire in the city, for example. They canceled an agreement about a year ago.State lawmakers passed a bill last year saying Boone County Fire would cover new Columbia annexations, and get paid based on an old property tax plan. The two sides are now waiting to see if state lawmakers will pass an amendment they both support.(This story was last updated at 7:44 a.m. Tuesday.)last_img

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Here’s what the likely new FDA director has in mind for the nation’s medicine cabinetHere’s what the likely new FDA director has in mind for the nation’s medicine cabinet

first_img By John Carroll, Endpoints NewsMar. 10, 2017 , 2:45 PM Read more… The U.S. Food and Drug Administration/FLICKR Here’s what the likely new FDA director has in mind for the nation’s medicine cabinetcenter_img Other potential reforms include the possible quick adoption of new devices that could be used to  improve the kind of medtech Apple, Verily and others have been working on.Gottlieb has also backed the publication of the FDA’s complete response letters, detailing the reasons why the agency rejects a drug. Over the years regulators have routinely complained that many companies have been less than honest in recounting the FDA’s position on a drug. The FDA is currently restricted by law in its public discussion about a new drug approval.The move could also spell relief for Amicus Therapeutics and CEO John Crowley, who personally lobbied the president on the FDA’s decision to delay any final decision on their drug for Fabry disease so they could see the results of a safety study in 2019.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Left out in the move: Jim O’Neill. The close associate of Peter Thiel, O’Neill famously suggested that drugs should be approved based on safety alone, letting consumers sort out what works. That left many fearing that Trump intended to toss out the regulatory framework for new drug approvals, raising fears that his idea of competition would allow de facto placebos to compete for market share.Trump has repeatedly criticized biopharma for outrageously high drug prices, vowing to simplify the drug development process as he also sought to dramatically lower the price of drugs.Reprinted from Endpoints News. Copyright 2017. Endpoints News reports and analyzes the top global biotech and pharmaceutical R&D news of the day. Sign up for its free reports at https://endpts.com Originally published by Endpoints NewsCiting sources, Reuters reported Friday afternoon that President Trump is close to naming Scott Gottlieb as the next FDA commissioner. The news could come any moment, according to the wire service, resolving an issue that has huge implications for biopharma.If the story holds up, Gottlieb’s nomination would be widely applauded by the biopharma industry, which would likely see the move as a commitment for continued reform without the kind of wholesale deregulation that would scuttle the agency’s gold standard for drug reviews.As I reported two weeks ago, Gottlieb has mapped out an aggressive reform agenda in anticipation of this appointment.According to his statements as well as comments to people familiar with his thinking on the FDA, Gottlieb intends to shoot for the rapid approval of complex generics, ushering in a wave of less expensive rivals to some of the biggest blockbusters on the market. He’s also likely to spur the FDA to follow the course laid out by agency cancer czar Richard Pazdur in speeding new approvals, possibly setting up a special unit aimed at orphan drugs to hasten OKs with smaller, better designed clinical trials.last_img read more

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Split Captaincy is working beautifully for South Africa: Faf Du PlessisSplit Captaincy is working beautifully for South Africa: Faf Du Plessis

first_imgLike India, their opponents South Africa, who are getting ready for a 72-day-long-tour in the sub-continent country, have different captains for different formats.For the hosts, MS Dhoni will be at the helm during the T20 and the ODI series and Virat Kohli will lead the country in Tests.South Africa have also tried split captaincy with Hashim Amla in Tests and AB de Villiers in ODIs and Faf Du Plessis in T20s.The T20 skipper says the concept is working beautifully for the team.Also read: Dharamsala conditions will help our pacers – SA skipper Du Plessis”I think it is working beautifully. Probably, the question mark was there from the management point of view. It is working great at the moment.Someone like AB with a lot on his plate can sit back and enjoy during T20s. That enables him to always remain in fresh mind. Hashim, as the Test captain, has extra responsibility and in T20s, he gives that over to me,” Du Plessis said in quotes published by PTI.Du Plessis also said he never had any clash of ideas or perspective with the other two leaders.Also read: SA skipper Du Plessis to rely on CSK model to beat India in T20s “There has not been one instance that one has had different perspective. We have worked together and continue to learn from each other.”On a personal front, the dashing right-hander’s injured knee is healing well as he also had a net session.advertisement”My knee is looking good. I am very excited to be playing again. It was unfortunate that I missed the series against New Zealand.”For Du Plessis, the biggest challenge is to be ready for the first game of a 72-day long tour.”The challenge for a long tour is spending too much time — 72 days. Relying on guys what they need to do to be ready for first game.last_img read more

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