Vaccine rollout faces challenges in France’s poorest region

first_imgSAINT-DENIS, France (AP) — Many people lining up for vaccines in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis are particularly grateful for the injections. The surrounding region is the poorest in mainland France, with 130 languages spoken and the country’s highest rise in mortality last spring. Up to 75 percent of the population is made up of immigrants and those with immigrant roots. France’s already troubled vaccine campaign faces special challenges in this region. So officials are sending out a special bus to visit street markets and assigning “vaccination ambassadors” who speak several languages to provide vaccine information — and fight disinformation that spreads fast.last_img read more

Schrader takes on Salina Speedway foes tonight

first_imgBy Dusty WiegertSALINA, Kan. – Every once in a while, a new face will show up and immediately make an impact at the Salina Speedway on any given Friday.Tonight (Aug. 14) the new face is a familiar one to race fans around the country as former NASCAR driver and dirt enthusiast Ken Schrader will tackle the central Kansas 3/8-mile oval.It will be the first time that a NASCAR star past or present has visited the track to compete. Current Sprint Cup driver Kasey Kahne visited almost 16 years ago to the day, but was still a few years away from beginning his NASCAR career.Schrader will be piloting his own car in the 1st Class Chassis IMCA Modified division, in a battle that pits the four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup winner against the local contingent of hot shoes.Drivers in the IMCA Modified division are eligible for some special perks as well. If 30 or more cars sign in to face off against Schrader the main event for the division will pay a cool $1,000 to win and be a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier.If that isn’t enough incentive, Gary Cornelison with Good Ole Boys Racing Photos has posted $100 for the winner of a special cash dash featuring the top two drivers from each qualifying heat race in a six-lap dash for the Benjamin.There’s also a little something special for heat race winners in every division this week. Each winner will receive a free 6-pack of their favorite frosty ice cold beverage courtesy of the Salina Speedway. Another 6-pack is also up for grabs to the hard charger in each feature event on the night as well, granted the driver advances at least five positions.Including the Modifieds, all five IMCA divisions will be in action on the night: the Coors Light IMCA Stock Cars, Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Northern SportMods, Budweiser IMCA Hobby Stocks, and M&H Motors IMCA Sport Compacts.The night’s special theme is in honor of Jaxson Fuller, who passed away in an accident in August of 2012. A Youth Racing Fund was established in his memory to help local racing kids get their start and pursue auto racing. The night’s fundraising activities will go towards this special fund, intending to keep kids in racing and to grow the sport from the bottom up for the future.A dunk tank featuring some of Salina Speedway’s drivers will be up for entertainment before the races, and anyone wearing a Jaxson Fuller Youth Racing Fund T-shirt will receive $2 off their admission price.Everything kicks off with the pit gates opening at 5 p.m., followed by the grandstand gates at 5:30 p.m. and hot laps at 7:15 p.m. with racing to follow.Adult admission will remain the same as weekly events at $10, with kids 15 and under free with a paying adult. Seniors 55 and up are $5 and military both current and retired are free with ID.For more information about the Salina Speedway visit or call 785 292-9220last_img read more

No. 3 Syracuse’s shutout streak and seven-game win streak snapped by No. 16 Wake Forest in 2-1 loss

first_img Published on September 16, 2017 at 3:12 pm Contact Matt: Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse walked off the field in silence. One by one the players filed into their meeting space behind the bleachers at J.S. Coyne Stadium. As Lies Lagerweij crossed the field at the end of the line, Wake Forest took a picture on the field. Every Demon Deacon pumped its first in the air.“They were a good team,” goalkeeper Borg van der Velde said. “But we could’ve won.”The last time No. 16 Wake Forest (4-3, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) entered Syracuse, it knocked off the reigning national champions in the first round of the ACC Tournament. This Saturday, coming off a win against then-No. 4 North Carolina, the Demon Deacons snapped the country’s longest active shutout streak en route to a 2-1 overtime win against No. 3 Syracuse (7-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast). The Orange hadn’t given up a goal in the first 541 minutes of play this season.In the opening minutes, SU pressured its opponent heavily. For every Wake Forest pass, an Orange defender blocked its path. The game appeared to be the same as the Orange’s first seven wins this season, with the opponent overmatched and overwhelmed.But Wake Forest quickly settled in. The first half proved to be a defensive stalemate and the Demon Deacons held SU to just two shots, the Orange’s lowest first-half total this season. Wake Forest added two shots of its own, marking the first time an opponent matched SU’s total in the first half.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It was a matter of who would break open who,” Syracuse head coach Ange Bradley said. “They were more clinical today.”At the onset of the second half, the physicality remained but opportunities appeared. Both sides earned penalty corners in the first five minutes, and within the first 12, Syracuse had more shots than it did in the first half.After 48 minutes of action, the Orange finally broke through. Lagerweij rifled a pass down the right sideline for Jennifer Bleakney who wove through the defense and paced her way inside the arc. After a quick nutmeg, she slid a cross for Elaine Carey. Diving out in front, Carey lifted the ball past Wake Forest goalkeeper Isla Bint and into the right corner.The way SU’s defense had played this season and through the first half on Saturday, the lone goal seemed to be enough for the Orange. But Wake responded within three minutes.Jule Grasshof received a pass in front of SU’s arc. She rolled right and tried to race by Roos Weers who flung the ball out of bounds. When Grasshoff began the play again, she faked left and fooled Weers, sending the ball between her legs. As van der Velde charged toward Grasshoff, she lifted the ball over the diving goalkeeper and into the back of the cage. Syracuse’s shutout streak ended with 18:16 left in the second half of its eighth game.“They were very effective,” Weers said. “Any team can beat anyone and today they beat us.”As the whistle sounded to end regulation, the country’s best defense had to make an adjustment. Bradley switched the offense around for the ensuing 7-on-7 overtime period with Lagerweij playing forward instead of back.Lagerweij threaded passes to the rest of the offense, drawing the defense’s attention and opening up the field. Forty five seconds in, she advanced a ball to Laura Hurff with Carey darting into the arc. Hurff launched a pass for Carey, just outside of the cage, but Carey couldn’t get there in time.And the move cost SU. On Wake Forest’s next possession, the Orange couldn’t command its focal point, stopping Third-Team All-American Nicola Pluta. The sophomore who tied the ACC lead in goals last year (17), matched up against Weers.“We knew she has a good backhand shot,” van der Velde said.Pluta faked right and rolled left with Weers pushing her toward her backhand. Pluta swung back and rifled the ball. The ball echoed off the back of SU’s cage, ending the game and handing Syracuse its first loss of the year.“You can’t leave a player like that,” Bradley said. “She’s going to finish.” Commentslast_img read more

Discounted Bus Pass Program Accepts Applications for 2018

first_imgFacebook22Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Intercity TransitIntercity Transit is accepting applications for the 2018 Discounted Bus Pass program. The program discounts the price of adult and youth bus passes for qualifying local non-profit and human service agencies, who pass them on to their clients. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m., Friday, November 17. Applications are available on the Intercity Transit website or by calling 360-786-8585. Awards will be made on December 6, 2017. The program begins January 2018.Qualifying agencies must serve clients within the cities or urban growth areas of Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, or Yelm, demonstrate a direct link between transportation and the provision of agency services, and address how using the transit pass program benefits the overall community. Once selected, organizations can purchase passes at half price, good for transportation on Intercity Transit local fixed-route bus service. Intercity Transit will discount up to $300,000 worth of monthly bus passes in 2018.Twenty-two organizations took advantage of the program in 2017. They include: Catholic Community Services, City Gates Ministries, Olympia Union Gospel Mission of Olympia, South Sound Parent-to-Parent Tumwater School District, and more. The passes are good for transportation on Intercity Transit local fixed-route bus service.Our community has many worthy agencies doing important work. Supporting these agencies helps everyone,” says Ann Freeman-Manzanares, Intercity Transit General Manager. “It’s one more way we work with local partners to help address the community’s unmet transportation needs.”last_img read more