Alpine challenge for Tour de France riders

first_imgStage 17 is the first of this year’s Alpine stages, with the main rivals to yellow jersey holder Chris Froome running out of stages to try and reduce his lead of over three minutes.Today’s stage will feature five categorised climbs, as well as a potentially decisive descent before the final climb to Pra Loup.last_img

Former NBA players share thoughts on LeBron James’ latest free agency decision

first_img Clippers rookies key overtime victory over Oklahoma City Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWallace was a teammate of LeBron during the 2007-08 season in Cleveland.“I don’t know (what LeBron’s decision will be),” said Latrell Sprewell, a former Golden State Warriors and New York Knicks player. “We will have to see what he does but he has every option open to him.”In the past, it would be several days after the start of free agency that the basketball world would hear about LeBron’s decision.ESPN’s Brian Windhorst mentioned on the “The Lowe Post” podcast that LeBron’s decision could come sooner than expected.Related Articles PreviousCleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James celebrates after scoring during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, March 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 116-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reaches to try to intercept an inbound pass during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, March 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) warms up prior to Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals in Boston, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket defended by Jordan Bell #2 of the Golden State Warriors during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.LeBron James could stay in Cleveland or leave for somewhere like Los Angeles, but do fans know how that might go? (Tony Dejak/The Associated Press)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is guarded by Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball in the first half. The Los Angeles Lakers played the Cleveland Cavaliers in a regular season NBA game on Sunday, 3/11/2018 in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by John McCoyRumors of LeBron James landing in Los Angeles gained more momentum Monday after former NBA point guard Gary Payton said that James’ son, LeBron James Jr., left, has “committed” to attend Sierra Canyon High in Chatsworth. (Photo by Getty Images)Cavaliers forward LeBron James wipes his face during a news conference following the Game 4 loss in the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. (Carlos Osorio/The Associated Press)What’s his next move? LeBron James is believed to be contemplating a change of teams, and breathless NBA fans await his decision. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James walks to the bench during the first half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND, OH – JUNE 08: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on in the second half against the Golden State Warriors during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James takes questions at a press conference after the basketball team’s practiced during the NBA Finals, Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors lead the series 3-0 with Game 4 on Friday. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James drives against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Joshua Gunter/Cleveland.com via AP)Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James shoots against Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via AP)Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue talks with LeBron James during the second half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, right, is defended by Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green during the second half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James speaks at a news conference after Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 3, 2018. The Warriors won 122-103. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 116-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James salutes after his team was presented the trophy for beating the Boston Celtics 87-79 in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)LeBron James has led the Cavaliers to their eighth consecutive NBA Finals, which start Thursday against the favored Golden State Warriors. (Tony Dejak/The Associate Press)LeBron James de Cavaliers participa en el día de prensa del equipo en las finales de la NBA hoy, miércoles 30 de mayo de 2018, en Oakland (Estados Unidos) . Los Warriors enfrentarán a los Cavaliers en las finales de NBA. EFE/JOHN G. MABANGLOCleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James walks off the court after hitting the game winning shot to defeat the Toronto Raptors 105-103 in Game 3 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)LeBron James (AP)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is approaching the latest major free agency decision of his career, and he has the league’s and the Lakers’ full attention. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James celebrates after scoring during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, March 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 116-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reaches to try to intercept an inbound pass during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, March 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 24Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reaches to try to intercept an inbound pass during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, March 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandThe NBA Awards put a bow on the 2017-18 season and the basketball world has wasted little time talking about the upcoming offseason.Free agency begins at midnight at 9:01 p.m. PT on June 30, but that didn’t stop the media from asking players for comments and predictions about the frenzy during the red carpet event.The hottest free agency topic involves LeBron James and his upcoming decision once again. Ben Wallace isn’t willing to make a bold prediction on LeBron’s next move.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“I have learned not to partake in this type of conversation about LeBron because I didn’t think he was going to leave the Cavs and he left,” said Wallace, a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year when he starred for the Detroit Pistons. “I didn’t think he was going to leave Miami and he left. I am going to follow along like everyone else.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Ryan Hollins, who played at UCLA and with the Clippers, believes the four-time MVP will switch teams once again.“My assumption is why not (leave Cleveland),” Hollins said. “I think he is coming to the Lakers. It just makes sense.”Other players shared a different opinion and believe LeBron should remain in Cleveland.“I hope not,” seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady said.“I hope players come to him,” said Kenny Smith, a TNT broadcaster and former NBA player. “It would be exciting to see people come to him instead of him going to someone else. He is a magnet and should be able to have people come play with him (in Cleveland).” “Everybody will be on holiday on July 4,” Windhorst said. “It will be over by then.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers last_img read more

Thurston County Public Health Successfully Leads Critical COVID-19 Containment Efforts

first_imgFacebook132Tweet0Pin0Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Thurston County Public Health (Public Health) has proven that its systems and planning efforts are effective in keeping our county’s residents safe and healthy. Working closely with Thurston County Emergency Management (EM), Public Health and their team of infectious disease experts have directly contributed to keeping our case count relatively low compared to other Washington counties during the first few months of the pandemic.The Thurston County Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) has been activated in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic since January. The ECC is used as an administrative and logistical hub for natural disaster response such as flooding. Although the ECC has had far fewer people physically in the building during the COVID-19 response, the work is no less urgent. Photo courtesy: Thurston County“One of our primary roles is to ensure our healthcare system is ready and has the capacity to meet the needs of the community,” says Schelli Slaughter, director of Thurston County Public Health and Social Services. Her team has been working closely with hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities and medical first responders to be sure they have the equipment and capacity to meet potential demand. This includes making sure our hospitals had enough ventilators, ICU beds, and personnel. “All local hospitals are committed to reserving bed capacity in the event we need it” explains Slaughter.Early on in the response, there were not enough face masks for front line workers. The Thurston County acting Health Officer, Dr. Diana Yu had the difficult task of allocating available resources to the entities that needed them most. As Thurston County forged on through the crisis, residents took the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” orders seriously and the supply chain improved. “It was really helpful for us to be able to catch up and make sure our medical facilities had what they needed to prepare for a potential surge,” explains Slaughter.Public Health is also responsible for ensuring that everyone in the county who has been exposed to COVID-19 has a safe place to stay in isolation or quarantine. They have worked closely with Thurston County Emergency Management to secure a contracted care facility with over 100 beds where any individual who has been exposed to COVID-19 can stay in isolation or quarantine depending on their circumstances. Quarantine is for individuals who have been exposed to the disease but are awaiting test results. Isolation is required for all confirmed cases. This level of preparedness is essential for people who live with a high-risk individual and for people who are otherwise unsheltered.All staff and visitors arriving at the ECC must pass through a screening check point where a staff member takes their temperature. Visitors must also verbally confirm they have no symptoms of COVID-19. If an individual has a fever, they must leave immediately. Photo courtesy: Thurston CountyKurt Hardin is the director of Emergency Services, the department where Emergency Management is housed. He oversees the functionality of the Thurston County Emergency Coordination Center (ECC), which has been in an activated state since February for the Nisqually Flooding with a transition in March to serve as a logistical and administrative hub for the local pandemic response. His team is expandable, with 20 personnel working during normal times and up to 200 when there is a demand like we have now. This includes medical, logistical and administrative personnel, as well as PPE distribution for local healthcare. “It’s important that we have the capacity available in case we see a surge,” Hardin explains. “We can’t wait until the need is there to coordinate this system.”Preparedness is a key component of Public Health’s work supported by EM. Another vital aspect of Public Health’s work is contact tracing. Public Health’s team of disease investigators and contact tracers has swelled from 3 staff to 40 in the last 2 months. “This is a small but mighty team of dedicated, inspiring, hardworking individuals with a single purpose of protecting the health of Thurston County,” says Jeanie Knight, division director of disease control and prevention at Public Health.When a person tests positive for COVID-19, Knight’s team of infectious disease experts are responsible for collecting information from that person to aid in the prevention of spreading the disease. Individuals are asked to identify anyone who has been within 6 feet of them for longer than15 minutes in the 48 hours prior to showing symptoms. They are also asked to remember and share every place they have been outside their home. Once the infectious disease team has this information, they can start to determine where the individual contracted the disease and who else needs to be alerted to the possibility of infection. It is extensive investigative work that takes time. “We take this work really seriously and we do it as quickly as we can,” says Slaughter.Among the most important goals of Public Health is ensuring the public has access to reliable information from vetted scientific sources. If you have questions about any aspect of this outbreak or our county’s response, start by visiting the Thurston County Public Health website on COVID-19.One of the challenges Slaughter has observed is that because Thurston County has had a relatively low number of cases, there may be a false sense of security as we move into recovery. “We’ve seen smaller communities around the state be hit with some of the most devastating instances of loss and we don’t want to see that happen here. We don’t want to take that risk. The economy can come back but people cannot,” says Slaughter.Hardin, Slaughter and Knight all reiterate what an incredible team effort this has been on the part of the entire community. “We feel lucky to have the community we do here in Thurston County. I think it’s why our community is doing so well, because we can come together in a time of need,” says Slaughter. “I’m proud of every single person that has been a part of this response.”Sponsoredlast_img read more

Mason Rudolph: ‘I Think We’re Resiliant’

first_imgMason Rudolph joined Brandon Weeden as the only QBs in the multiple 400-yard games club on Saturday. He spoke afterwards about how sweet the win was.“It’s a great feeling any time you keep that zero in the right-hand column,” said Rudolph. “You make adjustments every game and we were just trying to take what Kansas State was giving us.“The plan was to throw it a little more just because of what they were giving us with looks. They’re very sound on defense and don’t give up a lot of big plays. We were just kind of dinking and dunking down the field.”Yeah, dinking and dunking 55 times and throwing monstrous 4th down passes to Marcell Ateman late in the fourth quarter. Still, No. 2 deflected the praise.“We love our fans and they’ve done a great job all year supporting us,” he said.“Credit to the coaches and how they’ve taught me and trained me to never get too high or too low. I think we’re resilient and we know how to fight back against adversity when we’re in a bad situation.”That much is true. OSU led for a total of three minutes and 37 seconds on Saturday. It was enough (barely) to eke out its seventh straight W.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more