Citing personal reasons, Lyndon State College President Carol A. Moore announced her resignationfrom the college, effective July 1.‘President Moore has served Lyndon State College and the community with distinction. Over the course of the thirteen years she has been at Lyndon, she has worked through some significant challenges and sustained the mission of delivering a high quality, accessible and affordable education to its students,’ commented Vermont State College Chancellor Tim Donovan.Moore came to Lyndon State College in 1998 from Mercy College in New York City, where she servedas Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. During her time at Lyndon, Moore focused onincreasing enrollment, building an institutional development effort and strengthening the fiscal health of the college. Moore launched the college’s first major capital campaign, developed seven new undergraduate programs, led the construction of a new residence hall and community center, as well as the Academic and Student Activity Center, which was recently certified as LEED Gold. Moore also guided the campus through two successful New England Association of Schools and Colleges reaccreditation visits.‘Presiding over the college has been exciting and at times challenging. Throughout my time here, I have been sustained by the energy and diligence of our students, the commitment of our faculty and the effort of our staff and administrators. I am taking this action today in the interests of my family, and in the interests of allowing the institution to commence its second century with new leadership,’ said Moore.Source: Lyndon State College
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The total number of confirmed cases has doubled to 7.7 million in slightly over a month and the disease is now spreading most rapidly in Latin America, where it is threatening healthcare systems and sparking political turmoil.Brazil now has the second-highest number of virus deaths after the United States, surpassing Britain’s toll, and the Chilean health minister resigned on Saturday amid a furore over the country’s true number of fatalities.There is still no treatment for COVID-19, but pharmaceutical group AstraZeneca said it has agreed to supply an alliance of European countries with up to 400 million doses of a possible vaccine.German government sources told AFP a vaccine could be developed by the end of the year.Europe reopens Many European nations are further lifting painful lockdowns that have saved lives and forced caseloads down, but have also caused their economies to shrink and caused misery for millions.After the European Commission urged a relaxation of restrictions, a number of nations are preparing to reopen borders on Monday — while some like Poland have done so already, with people from other European Union countries allowed to visit.Germany said it would end land border checks on Monday, and France said it would gradually reopen its borders to non-Schengen countries from July.Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis travelled to picturesque Santorini island on Saturday to open his country’s tourism season.”Greece is ready to welcome tourists this summer by putting safety and health as our No. 1 priority,” he said in English in front of a spectacular sunset.Venice sprang back to life Saturday, as hundreds of tourists flocked to the city for the reopening of the iconic Doge’s Palace.”It’s a very strong emotion, like the first day of school,” said Maria Cristina Gribaudi, who heads the city’s Civic Museums Foundation.In another joyful return to semi-normality, football superstar Lionel Messi took to the pitch again in Spain as Barcelona resumed their La Liga title challenge and thumped Real Mallorca 4-0 in an empty stadium.Live sport also returned on Saturday to New Zealand, which has gone 22 days without new coronavirus cases, as 20,000 fans watched rugby’s Otago Highlanders edge the Waikato Chiefs.But even in the much-awaited global sporting revival, there are wobbles — Australian rugby league officials postponed a top-level game on Sunday hours before kick-off due to a coronavirus scare.The World Health Organization said this week the pandemic is accelerating in Africa. Botswana’s capital Gaborone was locked down Saturday after new cases were detected.And in the US, which has seen the most COVID-19 deaths with over 115,000, more than a dozen states — including populous Texas and Florida — reported their highest-ever daily case totals in recent days.The rise comes as huge anti-racism protests rage across America and the world, with many demonstrators wearing masks to protect against the spread of the virus.Topics : Of the 57 new cases logged by Chinese authorities, 36 were domestic infections in the capital, where a large wholesale food market at the centre of the outbreak has been closed and nearby housing estates put under lockdown.”People are scared,” a fruit and vegetable trader at another local market in central Beijing told AFP.”The meat sellers have had to close. This disease is really scary,” said the man surnamed Sun, adding there were fewer customers than normal.At least 429,000 people worldwide have died from the respiratory illness, nearly halfway through a year in which countless lives have already been upended as the pandemic ravages the global economy. China reported its highest daily number of new coronavirus cases in months on Sunday with parts of Beijing still under lockdown, offering a second wave warning to the rest of the world as the pandemic rages in South America.The shock resurgence in domestic infections has rattled China, where the disease emerged late last year but had largely been tamed through severe restrictions on movement that were later emulated across the globe.It also provides a bleak insight into the difficulties the world will face in conquering COVID-19 — even as countries in Europe prepare to reopen borders at the beginning of the summer holiday season after an encouraging drop in contagion.
The US has begun late stage clinical trials into a drug formulated to fight COVID-19, officials said Tuesday.The medicine is an antibody against the new coronavirus called LY-CoV555, which was identified in the blood sample of a recovered patient by Canada’s Abcellera Biologics. It was then developed synthetically for mass production by US-based Lilly Research Laboratories in partnership with Abcellera. The trial’s main goal is the patients’ sustained recovery for 14 days after release from the hospital.At the same time, the new drug is also being tested on people with mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19 who have not been hospitalized, as part of a parallel middle-stage trial also announced Tuesday.”Studying the impact of this investigational therapeutic on multiple patient populations at the same time is critical to determining whether it can help COVID-19 patients with differing levels of disease severity,” said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergies and Infectious Diseases.Antibodies are infection-fighting proteins made by the immune system that can bind to the surface of viruses and prevent them from invading cells.Vaccines work by teaching the body to make its own antibodies, while scientists are also testing ready-made antibodies from the blood of recovered patients, called convalescent plasma. But it is not possible to make convalescent plasma a mass treatment.Researchers can also comb through the antibodies produced by recovered patients and select the most effective out of thousands, and then manufacture it at scale.Topics : The Phase 3 trial will initially enroll some 300 volunteers around the world who have been hospitalized with mild to moderate COVID-19 with fewer than 13 days of symptoms.Each will be assigned either the medicine, which will be injected intravenously, or a placebo.Patients will also receive standard care for COVID-19, including the antiviral remdesivir.The new Phase 3 trial is being led by Jens Lundgren, of the University of Copenhagen and Rigshospitalet, and could expand to up to 1,000 people, including the more severely ill, if LY-CoV555 appears safe and effective after the fifth day.
A.J. Ward was the $1,500 IMCA Modified feature winner Friday night at I-96 Speedway. (Photo by Becky Herrington)LAKE ODESSA, Mich. (May 12) – A fast trip to Iowa earlier in the week helped put A.J. Ward in victory lane Friday back in his home state of Michigan.After a wreck left his car totaled, the defending Dirt Works Eastern Region champion went on line to find a new IMCA Modified ride. Adam Larson’s 2015 BMS caught his eye, the deal went down Tuesday and Ward picked the up the car on Wednesday.After a long day and a half in the shop, Ward was off to I-96 Speedway, where he got the best of Gary VanderMark in a back-and-forth battle for the $1,500 checkers Friday night.“We had half an hour to scale the car. We loaded up at 7 p.m. and missed hot laps, but we won the heat by a straightaway. That was our hot laps,” he said. “We made a couple adjustments, then drove the heck out of the car and ended up in victory lane.”Ward started the 20-lapper from fourth and was in the lead by lap six.VanderMark wouldn’t let Ward get away after a late caution. They’d swap the front spot numerous times over the final five circuits before Ward was able to get a three car-length advantage at the end.Mitchell Hunt, Shannon Fisk and Johnny DeYoung completed the top five.The victory was Ward’s career 66th in the division and second this season. Five of his 24 wins last season came at Lake Odessa.Feature results – 1. A.J. Ward; 2. Gary VanderMark; 3. Mitchell Hunt; 4. Shannon Fisk; 5. Johnny DeYoung; 6. Brenton DeYoung; 7. Cody Johnson; 8. Calvin Stemler; 9. Chad May; 10. Nick Stormzand; 11. Austin Wonch; 12. Chad Maurer; 13. Mark Davis; 14. Myron DeYoung; 15. Lucas Krick; 16. Timmy Near; 17. Mickey Carman Jr.; 18. Aaron Atkinson; 19. Troy Ziegler.
CHAMPION SONGBIRD IS STILL ‘PERFECT’ AFTER OAKS ROMPKENTUCKY AWAITS SANTA ANITA DERBY KING EXAGGERATORD’AMATO HONORED TO WIN HIS FIRST-EVER TRAINING CROWN John Sadler9614111115%38%$907,814 Jeff Bonde4575716%42%$201,895 FINISH LINES: Trainer Richard Baltas, who saddled Mokat to a runner-up finish behind Songbird in the Santa Anita Oaks: “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Songbird is a champion. We ran into a horse that’s a true champion, it’s that simple. There aren’t many like her, and you can say the same the same thing about Nyquist. “We’re in a year where we have two juvenile champions and they’re both going into the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby undefeated. It’s very exciting. Mokat ran her race and we’re very happy running second to Songbird. Flavien (Prat) said she wasn’t really handling the track, so if she comes back good, we’ll try Songbird one more time in the Kentucky Oaks.” . . .Congrats to Peruvian sensation Rafael Bejarano, who entered today’s card with 74 wins, enabling him to win his fourth consecutive Winter Meet riding title and his seventh overall. Along with his seven Golden Whip Awards, Bejarano, dating back to 2007, now has a staggering 24 Southern California riding titles to his credit . . . Phil D’Amato, on winning his first-ever training title: “It’s an honor, and I have to give a lot of the credit to my owners and my crew. Without the horses, I couldn’t do this. I have a great bunch of hard-working members of my staff, from my assistants down to my grooms. Everything’s jelled and they get just as much credit for the success as I do.” . . . Congrats to Jesus Camacho on winning the Men’s Division of Santa Anita’s 5K Derby Day run Saturday in the time of 21:09 over runner-up Aaron Galvan, and Lulu Joko in 29.09 over Christine Beer in the Women’s Division . . . Santa Anita’s 63-day Winter Meet ends today. Live racing returns to The Great Race Place May 5 and runs through July 10. Mark Glatt10711121010%31%$525,575 Doug O’Neill20534302617%44%$1,645,662 Jerry Hollendorfer15825161816%37%$2,008,048 Agapito Delgadillo10814121113%34%$406,157 Flavien Prat28750544417%52%$3,106,466 Victor Espinoza10312131012%34%$969,825 Philip D’Amato16639252723%55%$2,068,665 Martin Garcia14421161715%38%$1,236,631 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Mike Puype881013611%33%$457,975 Martin Pedroza12618141114%34%$551,565 Steven Miyadi7913171116%52%$456,427 Carla Gaines5586315%31%$654,045 (Current Through Saturday, April 9) Jeff Mullins37109427%62%$295,039 Michael Machowsky4488518%48%$322,731 SONGBIRD CONTINUES TO FLY ABOVE THE REST Superstar filly Songbird, who soars over her prey like a raptor, won her seventh straight race with consummate ease Saturday, taking the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks by 3 ¾ lengths, leading throughout the 1 1/16-mile race as is her wont despite breaking from the rail and running over a sloppy track.Now, it’s on to Kentucky for the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms for her next major goal, the $1 million Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 6.“Songbird came out of the race in perfect order,” Jerry Hollendorfer said on an overcast but rain-free Sunday morning at Santa Anita, where it was business as usual for the Hall of Fame trainer, assistant Dan Ward, and their team, despite the fact that the main track was closed for training for the second straight morning due to a spate of rain that had begun early Thursday morning but abated to typical Southern California status Sunday, sunshine and all.“She seems very good this morning,” Hollendorfer went on. “We have to wait to make shipping plans because there will be a lot of horses going back and forth at that time (for the Kentucky Derby May 7 and the Oaks).“We’ll try and make the most advantageous arrangements. Songbird will stay here and likely have her last work at Santa Anita before the Oaks and then ship.”Many in yesterday’s on-track crowd of 27,821, obviously diminished due to rainy weather that resulted in a “sloppy” but sealed main track throughout the 12-race program, came to see Songbird, who is joining Zenyatta, California Chrome and American Pharoah as recent fan magnets in a game that welcomes them like a bettor treasures a Pick Six score.“She has a pretty good fan base,” Hollendorfer said of last year’s Eclipse Award winner as champion two-year-old filly who has won her races by an average margin of more than five lengths. “We’re very pleased about that.“A lot of the horses from California are doing pretty good right now, so we’ll see what happens in Kentucky.” David Lopez19025172413%35%$812,121 Gary Stevens7212131417%54%$1,914,058 Santiago Gonzalez26947343317%42%$1,898,601 Vladimir Cerin5397817%45%$365,974 Tiago Pereira138816136%27%$585,478 Alonso Quinonez9971167%24%$357,880 Art Sherman4272417%31%$354,700 Richard Baltas13322221617%45%$1,531,054 Hector Palma4775615%38%$193,462 Joseph Talamo26833283212%35%$2,260,638 Fernando Perez20020222610%34%$1,130,302 -30- Drayden Van Dyke18419183010%36%$1,152,987 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won J. Keith Desormeaux531071019%51%$1,046,919 Brice Blanc7077910%33%$584,555 Rafael Bejarano31274583524%54%$3,506,841 George Papaprodromou6297815%39%$322,710 Tyler Baze30434484811%43%$1,779,991 Kristin Mulhall56138423%45%$471,190 Ron Ellis39103626%49%$267,555 Bob Baffert11223191921%54%$1,897,075 Mike Smith1041391813%38%$1,984,165 Peter Miller14922152215%40%$892,030 William Spawr44107623%52%$294,612 Robertino Diodoro3478321%53%$210,390 ON TO KENTUCKY FOR BROTHERS DESORMEAUXJohn Keith Desormeaux and Kent Desormeaux are down home guys from Louisiana, far removed from Philadelphia, the so-called City of Brotherly Love, but if the brothers make it to Kentucky with Exaggerator on May 7, everything will be, um, relative, when they take on the likes of champion Nyquist and 18 others in the 142nd Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs.Trainer Keith was realistic bordering on ecstatic this morning discussing Exaggerator’s 6 ¼-length triumph in the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby Saturday, earning the son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin 100 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby.“Here’s a news flash,” Keith said by phone after attending church, a Sunday ritual: “Everything looks good this morning. I said after he was third in the San Felipe that maybe the reasons he didn’t finish were that maybe he was a miler, maybe it was one of those crazy bounce theories, but not now.“I think his impressive win can be attributed to a combination of several things: his fitness, his pedigree, but most of all, his demeanor before the race. He’s never been a fidgety horse, but yesterday before the race he was calm and never turned a hair.”Kent, at 46 three years younger than Keith, enjoyed a banner day, winning two other stakes, the Grade III Providencia on Decked Out trained by Keith and the Grade III Thunder Road on What a View, conditioned by Kenny Black.Overall, horses Kent rode Saturday earned $759,910, boosting his meet total to $2,512,694.Said Keith said of his kid brother, a member of racing’s Hall of Fame and a three-time winner of the Run for the Roses, with Real Quiet (1998), Fusaichi Pegasus (2000) and Big Brown (2008): “He just keeps coming back.”In other post-Santa Anita Derby news:Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. said Danzing Candy came out of his fourth-place finish after leading past the three-quarter mark in the 1 1/8-mile race in good order but had “no plans” on what might be next for the San Felipe Stakes winner.Trainer Gary Sherlock had no word the next race for Uncle Lino, who outran his odds in the Santa Anita Derby by finishing third at 26-1, other than “he won’t run in the Kentucky Derby.”Sise called Exaggerator’s powerful rush from next to last after a half mile to a runaway victory in the Santa Anita Derby “an Arazi-type move.”Meanwhile, in the What-Have-You-Done-For-Me-Lately Department, Brian Beach, agent for Victor Espinoza, winner of five of the last six Triple Crown races who was seventh, beaten 37 ½ lengths on Smokey Image in the Santa Anita Derby, said his rider is “now officially open in the Kentucky Derby.” Brayan Pena8075149%33%$217,625 Stewart Elliott544647%26%$221,231 Peter Eurton10416251415%53%$1,254,397 Kent Desormeaux15126282317%51%$2,512,694 Abel Lezcano969759%22%$624,144 Edwin Maldonado21244222221%42%$1,427,680 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Mario Gutierrez18821342511%43%$1,320,514