Locals Ross Guignon and Olivia Sneed lost in the mixed doubles semi-finals at last year’s USTA Missouri Valley Sectional Qualifying Tournament.Registration deadline for USTA tournament at Homestead is May 13. Local lobsters looking to test their talent against some of the best amateur players in the Kansas City area — and the country — have until next week to register for the 2015 US Open National Playoffs USTA Missouri Valley Sectional Qualifying Tournament. The tournament, which will be played May 28 through 31, will again be held at Prairie Village’s Homestead Country Club. For registration information, visit the USTA’s site here.Lancer tennis heading into regionals looking to for return to champion status. SM East will enter this weekend’s Kansas 6A boys tennis tournament in unfamiliar territory, having for the first time in 12 years lost the Sunflower League title. But number one singles player Jack Santilli and his teammates will be focused on returning to podium forum as play begins at Rock Chalk Park Sports Pavilion in Lawrence. [Five things to watch at Kansas boys tennis regionals — Kansas City Star]Johnson County DA warns about driveway resurfacing scam. The Johnson County District Attorney’s office has alerted local law enforcement about a scam to get area residents to hire fly-by-night contractors to perform driveway resurfacing. According to the DA’s office, the scam typically involves a contractor telling a homeowner he has “leftover” asphalt that he needs to get rid of, so he’s offering the work for cheap. The DA says the work is “typically overpriced substandard jobs done quickly.”Leadership Northeast graduation May 21. The 26th class of Leadership Northeast (LNE) which is sponsored by the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, will have its graduation luncheon 11:30 a.m. May 21 at theOverland Park Marriott. Reservations can be made with the Chamber.Eleven entrants in park naming. The City of Mission is taking names for its new park at the corner of Broadmoor and Martway until June 1. So far, eleven people have submitted park names for consideration. The park committee will narrow the names to three at its June meeting and bring those finalists to the city council to pick the winning name for the park. The person with the winning submission will win an annual family membership to the community center.Sign inventory starting in Mission. The Mission planning department is beginning an audit of the signs in the city to create an inventory of signs on commercial property and to analyze which signs are in violation of the city’s sign codes. The department will then get input from the planning commission and city council on best ways to address the problems that have been identified.The Northeast Johnson County morning roundup is brought to you by Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop on Johnson Drive. For updates on the latest blends and specialty drinks available, follow them on Facebook.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released interim guidance on Zika virus for clinicians with pregnant patients returning from or considering visiting countries where it is circulating, a move that comes on the heels of its Jan 15 travel advice for pregnant women and those trying to conceive.The CDC’s warning a few days ago—urging pregnant women and those planning pregnancies to temporarily shelve their travel plans—was underscored by an announcement only hours later of a microcephaly case in a baby born in Hawaii.Today’s guidance for clinicians and the stepped-up travel advisory from a few days ago come during the winter vacation travel season to tropical climates and ahead of Brazil’s pre-Lenten Carnival celebrations next month and the Summer Olympics that get under way in August.Meanwhile, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said the mosquito-borne virus has expanded its reach, which came with a request for countries to look for unusual rises in cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), and officials in Brazil announced funding to fast-forward vaccine development.Health provider guidanceThe CDC published its interim guidance today in an early-release report in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Health providers should ask all pregnant women about recent travel, and test those with a history of travel to the affected areas who have two or more symptoms consistent with Zika virus infection within 2 weeks of travel or who have ultrasound findings suggesting fetal microcephaly (small head size) or intracranial calcification.So far no commercially available test for Zika virus is available, with tests needing to be performed by the CDC and several state health departments.For pregnant women with positive Zika virus tests, clinicians should consider serial ultrasound to monitor fetal growth and referral to an obstetrics or infectious disease specialist with expertise in pregnancy management.Several questions remain about the Zika-microcephaly connection, as well as the range of outcomes for pregnant women infected with the virus, the CDC said.The CDC specified testing steps for babies with known intrauterine Zika virus exposure, and it said it is developing guidance for treating infected infants.Because there are no vaccines or treatments for the illness, all pregnant women should consider postponing travel to areas reporting ongoing Zika virus transmission, the CDC said. Those who must travel to the areas should take extra precautions to avoid mosquitoes during the entire day. The CDC said insect repellent use is safe for pregnant women when used according to label directions.Travel warningsThe CDC’s level 2 travel warning—to practice enhanced precautions—that was initiated on Jan 15 applies to those traveling to 14 regions or countries where Zika virus transmission is occurring. The advisory is thought to be the CDC’s first to recommend pregnant women avoid travel to a specific part of the world.Spread by Aedes mosquitoes, Zika virus causes a relative mild illness that resembles dengue fever, but it has been linked to a surge in microcephaly cases in Brazil. Recent lab studies have strengthened the link between maternal Zika virus infections and microcephaly, but health officials have said more evidence is needed to show a definitive connection.Until more is known and out of an abundance of caution, the CDC said pregnant women in any trimester should consider postponing travel to Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico. The CDC urged pregnant women who must travel, as well as those trying to get pregnant, to talk to their health providers in advance and strictly follow recommended steps to avoid mosquito bites.Because of the rapidly evolving situation and unknowns about the transmission area, the CDC said it will update the travel advisory when it has more information. Travelers should follow the CDC’s Web site closely for updated recommendations, the agency said. The CDC had already issued a level 1 travel notice for the affected areas, which urged pregnant travelers to take extra precautions to avoid mosquito bites.The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) on Jan 15 also issued a level 2 Zika virus travel notice, which encouraged pregnant women and those considering becoming pregnant to talk to their health providers about any plans to travel to the affected areas and to consider postponing their trips.Hawaii microcephaly caseShortly after the travel announcements, the Hawaii State Department of Health (HDOH) announced a Zika-linked microcephaly case, in a baby born to a mother who was likely infected with Zika virus while she lived in Brazil in 2015. State officials said CDC tests on samples from the baby, born at an Oahu hospital, and the mother suggest that both had been exposed to the virus, and that the baby was probably infected while in the womb.The case is the first known Zika-linked microcephaly case in the United States.Hawaii officials added that neither the mother nor the baby is currently infectious and that there was never a risk of transmission in Hawaii. No local transmission has been reported in Hawaii, though since 2014 the state has recorded six cases linked to travel in other countries. Infected returning travelers can transmit the virus to local Aedes mosquito populations.Sarah Park, MD, Hawaii’s state epidemiologist, said authorities are saddened by the infections in the mother and baby.”This case further emphasizes the importance of the CDC travel recommendations released today. Mosquitos can carry serious diseases, as we know too well with our current dengue outbreak,” she said, adding that an astute physician recognized the possible Zika link to the microcephaly case and immediately notified the HDOH.PAHO: Zika in 18 countries, GBS riseMeanwhile, PAHO said in a Jan 17 update that Zika virus is now circulating in 18 countries and territories in the Americas. In addition to the 14 locations noted by the CDC, PAHO said local transmission has also been reported in Barbados, Ecuador, Guyana, and St. Martin.The agency also said it is investigating an unusual rise in GBS in some of the affected countries. A possible link between GBS and Zika virus infection was reported in the wake of an outbreak in French Polynesia in 2014.PAHO said that since last July Brazil has been reporting neurologic complications in some patients who had recent Zika infection. Authorities in El Salvador this month reported an unusual increase in GBS since early December, according to PAHO. Typically the country reports 14 GBS cases per month, but from Dec 1 to Jan 6 it recorded 46 cases, 2 of them fatal. Of 22 patients with available information, 12 had been sick with a febrile rashlike illness 7 to 15 days before the onset of GBS symptoms.Other countries in the Americas are reporting similar patterns, and investigations are under way, PAHO said. It also urged countries to look for other neurologic conditions reported by French Polynesia in its outbreak, which included meningitis, meningoencephalitis, and myelitis.Also, PAHO described ocular problems affecting the macular area with loss of foveal reflex in three microcephalic babies from Brazil who had presumed intrauterine Zika virus exposure. One had well-defined macular neuroretinal atrophy.Brazil to speed up vaccine developmentIn its latest step in the Zika battle, Brazil’s health ministry on Jan 15 announced funding to develop a vaccine against Zika virus “in record time,” according to a Jan 16 Associated Press (AP) story.Jorge Kalil, MD, PhD, director of the Butantan Institute, which received the funding, predicted that it could take 3 to 5 years to develop a vaccine, the AP said.In other developments, a program to control Aedes populations through the release of genetically modified mosquitoes is expanding in a part of Brazil, after showing promising results. Oxitec, based in Oxford, England and Germantown, Md., said in a press release today that, because of increased demand based on results from a project in Piracicaba, Brazil, it will launch a new mosquito production facility in that southern city that has the potential to protect as many as 300,000 people. The city is in Sao Paulo state.The country’s government has already approved release of the genetically modified mosquitoes, and a project to reduce A aegypti mosquito populations began in part of the city in April 2015, Oxitec said.See also:Jan 19 MMWR reportJan 15 CDC press releaseJan 15 PHAC travel health noticeJan 15 HDOH press releaseJan 17 PAHO epidemiologic updateJan 16 AP storyJan 19 Oxitec press release
I see from your story ‘Compensation fund levy set to treble?’ that the SRA is trying to justify a large increase on the basis that, if the Law Society had accepted their advice last year, the rise would have been less this year (see  Gazette, 21 May, 1). When the 2008/09 compensation fund contribution was set by council, the decision was based on the lower of two recommendations from the SRA (£150 rather than £300) to maintain the level of reserve that the SRA recommends. Council’s decision was proved right because the extra money the SRA was seeking was not needed. The picture for 2009/10 may be different because of the difficult economic circumstances and so the contribution might be higher. This approach, reacting to the realities of the market, might mean that the contribution goes up and down from year to year, but in this case the profession will have had the benefit of the £150 in their pockets for a year, and it is surely better there than in an SRA account. Desmond Hudson, Chief executive, the Law Society
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Alabama shortstop Mikey White was drafted by the Oakland A’s in the second round of Monday’s baseball draft.Alabama shortstop Mikey White was selected 63rd overall by the Oakland Athletics in the second round of the baseball draft.First and second-round selections took place Monday.He started all 60 games of his junior campaign and closed out the season as the team’s overall leader in average (.339), triples (6), runs scored (48), walks (31), hit-by-pitch (13), slugging (.537) and on-base percentage (.444), and multi-hit efforts (24). White topped the squad with 177 assists from the shortstop position.The Birmingham native started all 184 games at shortstop during his three-year career with the Tide. He finished his career at Alabama with a .308 average, while adding 132 runs and 98 RBIs. He was named a 2013 All-SEC second-team member while also being honored as a 2013 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American.Also, West Alabama right-handed pitcher Tanner Rainey was selected in the second round by the Cincinnati Reds (No. 71 overall).The baseball draft will continue at noon today with rounds 3-10 and wrap up with rounds 11-40 at noon Wednesday once again. The picks can be followed live online at MLB.com. GOLF Auburn’s Barber qualifiesfor U.S. OpenGERMANTOWN, Tenn. – Former Auburn All-American and current PGA Tour player Blayne Barber qualified for his first U.S. Open by finishing in a three-way tie for first at 9 under on Monday.Barber and his wife, Morgan, just gave birth to a baby girl, Emma, last week in Auburn.Barber, who has won $678,871 and is ranked 112th in the FedExCup, has had three top 10 finishes this season in his first full season on the PGA Tour, including a tie for eighth at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in late April. He tied for ninth in both the Sanderson Farms Championship and the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in November.Two former Auburn All-Americans will be playing in this year’s U.S. Open in Barber and 2013 PGA Champion Jason Dufner. Both Barber and Dufner reside in Auburn.Barber will play in the FedEx St. Jude in Memphis, Tennessee, Thursday through Sunday before traveling to the Pacific Northwest for the U.S. Open. Tide’s Talley wins a Honda Sports Award Alabama junior Emma Talley was named a Honda Sports Award winner for golf on Monday.The Honda Sports Award is presented annually by the Collegiate Women’s Sports Awards to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports.Talley becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the Honda Cup, which will be presented June 29.Talley became the first NCAA medalist in Alabama golf history, winning by one stroke with a 3-under 285.She earned first-team Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-America honors this season, making her a three-time All-American after garnering second-team honors as a freshman. She is just the fifth player in history to win both an NCAA championship and the U.S. Amateur (2013).Troy football opener a 6 p.m. kickoffTroy’s home opener against Charleston Southern on Sept. 12 is slated for a 6 p.m. kickoff in Veterans Memorial Stadium.Season tickets for Troy’s five home games, as well as tickets for away games, are available for purchase online, via telephone or in person. Season ticket prices start as low as $50 for general admission seats and $100 for reserved seats.Fans can either purchase season tickets online at TroyTrojans.com, by calling 1-877-878-WINS (9467) or in person in the Tine Davis Fieldhouse. — From staff reports Go Mobile, Montgomery! Download our apps here
By Jeremy FoxOSKALOOSA, Iowa (May 18) – Kelly Shryock was the driver in victory lane following the green, white, checkered finish that brought Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified main event to its conclusion Wednesday at Southern Iowa Speedway.Jason Hall grabbed the initial lead in the 20-lapper ahead of Dennis LaVeine. Josh Foster made it a three-car battle for the top spot before causing a seventh circuit caution.Hall had LaVeine and Shryock right behind him on the ensuing restart. Shryock took second from LaVeine and then passed Hall for the lead on lap nine. Cayden Carter worked his way into the runner-up spot at midway.Shryock and Carter were running a close 1-2 before the caution that came out just after the completion of lap 18 that forced the green, white, checkered finish.Shryock held off Carter to take the win. Colt Mather edged Zack Vander Beek out for third and LaVeine came home fifth.Other winners were Carter in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Dustin Griffiths in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Colton Livezey in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Bill Whalen in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.
Peter LeNoury.PSC Golf from The Players’ Lounge Golf SocietySunday, March 25, Silky Oak – Stableford1st Peter LeNoury (17) 42pts2nd Mark Walters (15) 39pts 3rd Tom Gorey (18) 39pts4th Peter Taylor (13) 38ptsA fair sized field took on the formidable Silky Oak instead of our regular Sunday bash at Green Valley. The course was not in its usual good condition due to the greens being repaired after the removal of unwanted weeds, which made it very tough with the putter. That being said, some extremely good scores were recorded and the best of the day came from Peter ‘the right honorable’ LeNoury with a splendid 42 points.Peter was joined on the podium by Mark Walters and Irishman Tom Gorey, both with 39 points and a count-back dictated that they climb the podium in that order. Peter Taylor closed the flight with a half share of the ‘2’s pot, the other half going to Billy ‘the hat’ Eyles.Tuesday, March 20, Green Valley – Stableford1st Steve Mann (14) 43pts2nd Stuart James (21) 39pts3rd Pat Regan (15) 38pts4th Peter Terry (19) 35ptsIt was a small but spirited field that took to Green Valley to play our mid-week stableford comp. Steve Mann played it best as he returned an excellent 43 points for the man of the match honours. Steve was four strokes clear of Stuart James while Co. Dublin’s on form Pat Regan took the third step on the podium with a steady 38 points. This left Peter Terry to close the flight with 35 points.