Oleksii Liskonih/iStockBy ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC News(MONTGOMERY, Ala.) — Alabama continues to struggle with its vaccine rollout, with less than half of the COVID-19 vaccines delivered to the state making it into arms, according to health officials.While there’s a discrepancy between the vaccine data the state health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are reporting, both datasets depict a sluggish rollout, with far more doses distributed than administered.According to the state health department, Alabama has received 772,275 vaccine doses and administered 323,875. The CDC reported that 655,275 doses have been delivered and 278,993 of them administered.That translates to just 5,690 doses given for every 100,000 people, according to the CDC data, and puts Alabama last in the nation for vaccine distribution. As a point of comparison, West Virginia, which has among the best COVID-19 vaccination rate per capita in the country, has vaccinated 12,533 out of every 100,000 residents as of Jan. 29, according to the CDC.“We talk to the CDC every day and I stress that even though we might have a difference on data, we are still working together,” Dr. Karen Landers, assistant state health officer for the Alabama Department of Public Health, told ABC Birmingham affiliate WBMA. According to Landers, the state dashboard updates quicker than the CDC’s website.Landers said that part of Alabama’s problem is that certain medical facilities ordered too many vaccines, a misallocation that means roughly 4,000 doses need to be moved to facilities in need of that supply. Another issue is that Alabama’s public health infrastructure is notably sparse, experts say. One county in the state has neither a hospital, nor a health department. Then there’s lingering distrust of the medical community linked to the infamous Tuskegee experiment, where doctors denied Black patients treatment for syphilis as part of a medical study in Tuskegee, Alabama.“That still haunts us today,” Benard Simelton, president of the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP told the Washington Post late last year.Like many governors around the country, Gov. Kay Ivey said Alabama needs more vaccine supply to improve its rollout.“We have all been frustrated that the supply of vaccine coming from the federal government hasn’t kept up with the demand,” Ivey said in a statement Friday. “To be blunt, we simply haven’t gotten the vaccine that we’ve been promised, and this has created a major backlog of aggravation.”Dr. Scott Harris, state health officer, responded to criticism from Alabama residents last week about the pace of the rollout. Many of the vaccines that haven’t been administered are reserved for people waiting for their second dose, he explained during a Jan. 21 press conference.“I think we can also do things faster,” he said. “People certainly have a right to expect that we can do things faster.”ABC News’ Meredith Deliso contributed to this report.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Gloucestershire struck the first blow in today’s tense showdown at the English Women’s County Finals, beating Yorkshire 2-1 in the foursomes.The South West champions lost the top game 3/2 to Yorkshire champion Megan Garland and Curtis Cup player Rochelle Morris. But they held their nerve to win the other two games, which both finished on the 18th green.Both games unfolded in similar fashion. First, Alex Giles and Claudia Ovens halved the 16th in birdie to get to dormie two up, but lost the 17th. On the 18th Giles played a superb shot to within 5ft of the pin which was eventually conceded for the win.Behind them, England international Bethan Popel and Alex Saunders also birdied 16 to be dormie two up and also lost 17. But they too held on to their advantage, helped by an excellent long approach putt from Popel which finished close to the hole. It was the first time this week that their opponents, international Olivia Winning and Alison Knowles, had been beaten in the foursomes.The teams now head into the afternoon singles and the winners of the match will take become English County Champions.The other four teams at County Finals are battling for places in the table. Surrey lead Staffordshire 2.5-0.5 after the foursomes. Martha Lewis and Alice Spani-Molella halved with Staffordshire’s Emily Brennan and Gina Wilkie; Lauren Horsford and Nicola Taylor won 6/5; and the final game was conceded to Surrey after Staffordshire’s Morgan Thomas hurt her back.In the third match Norfolk and Gloucestershire shared the foursomes points. Tracey Williamson and her daughter, Amelia, won the first point 3/1 for Norfolk; the bottom game was won 2up by Buckinghamshire’s Lucy Matthews and Lizi Sweetnam and the middle game was halved.Click here for full scoresCaption: Gloucestershire’s Bethan Popel and Alex Saunders (image © Leaderboard Photography) 16 Sep 2016 Gloucestershire strike the first blow in title showdown
4. The quarterback problem is a problem we created. We should have never gone to training camp with two guys whose careers are all but over. And knowing that “Big Ben” does get hurt…I mean hurt! Okay that was just a little slip off the tongue humor because Ben said his broken rib was going to puncture his heart…yeah right! 5. Good news. James Harrison and the defense are back. And remember no matter how ugly it was it only counts as one loss!:09 Speaking of defense, and I was, TROY WHO?! That’s right, I said it. If you got the #1 defense in the league without him, then why do we need him? I’m just saying.:08 The Rivers family still does it better than anybody when it comes to the holiday hook-up. The reining patriarch of the family J.R. and his beautiful wife Shiela had enough food to feed a bus full of homeless people. And I mean a Mega-Bus. Good food, good family, good friends, football, Bey-Bey kids everywhere, “Mark” and his hate the Steelers non-stop noise (although the word on the street is that Mark sleeps in a Steelers T-Shirt.) All that and you add one of Pittsburgh’s finest, Mike Logan, to the family mix and it just doesn’t get any better. I can still hear mom and dad Rivers in the background spreading the good old family love around…The tradition continues with Gena all grown up, “Looking like the Hollywood star we knew she would be,” Ron’s baby girl Reece a mom, and did I mention the food? Thanks Maryellen for bringing me into the family. We’ve had some great times, I love you all. (P.S. Mary Ellen, you know Darlene should have won!):07 Where is the good music? I mean the really good stuff? Babyface—Roberta Flack—Peabo Bryson—Issac Hayes—Barry White—The Main Ingredient—Natalie Cole—Patti LaBelle…C’mon y’all, remember!!!!:06 The Lakers will be just fine. When Nash returns the offense will too. Kobe will have to score less and Dwight Howard and Gasol will form an inside force to deal with. Take it to the bank!:05 Pitt took #4 Michigan to the wire after leading most of the game. Yea they’re for real!:04 Speaking of Pitt, and I was. (See how this works. You Wilkinsburg Grads aren’t as slow as people say.) Does anybody remember Mike Booker and the King Twins; some of the Burgh’s finest runners? Anyways, don’t miss “The City Game” coming up Dec. 5 at Consol. I can remember when that Pitt/Duquesne match up was the game of the year and an annual sell-out that never disappointed.:03 Ms. Johnnie Howard, thanks for reading. You’re now “In The Locker Room.”:02 Hey Today’s Hunting Season…….. That’s all I got.:01 At the buzzer HEEEEEERRREEE WE GO.1. Rayco “War” Saunders goes to battle next week. I predict a knockout. What we gonna do, champ? Rumble young man, rumble.2. The Pittsburgh United Rays Corvette Club invites you to their annual Christmas party Dec. 8 at Three Lakes Golf Club in Penn Hills from 9 p.m until midnight, and its free. Old School DJ, cash bar, free parking. And it’s free to get your free ticket. Call 412-287-8610.3. You’ve been waiting for it. Here it is. The 2012 Awardees’ for the 37th annual Willie “Pops” Stargell Pittsburgh/Allegheny County MVP Awards Banquet, Dec. 9 at Three Lakes Golf Club, 6700 Saltsburg Rd. in Penn Hills. 6:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception—7:30 Yolanda Barber in Concert—8 Dinner—9 Awards Presentation—Free Parking, Cash Bar and Special Celebrity Guests Chanel Smith (former Ms. Pittsburgh), Rita Gregory (actress), Jacquet Bazemore (Karate Grand Master), Rick Coleman (Pittsburgh basketball legend), and Michael Moorer (former World Heavyweight Boxing champion), just to name a few. Awardees Include: Michael Moorer—Wes Lyons—Terry Smith—Harvey Smith—Calvin Clinton—Coach Gary Ingelido—Kevin Howard—Charles “Buddy” Allie—Donna Baxter—Ulish Carter—Eric Gaines—Octavia Greswold—Reggie Dukes—Coach Chad Walsh—Donna Bey—Heath Bailey—Nicco Pryce—“Londoun” Gloria Schifino—Thomas Woodson—Carly Seneca—Akil Young—Kalia Rose—Anne Carter and Mike Booker Jr. For ticket information, call 412-628-4856.“It’s the Nite Of The Champions”~GAME OVER~ BILL NEAL :10 Let’s get right to it. The faster you swallow the medicine the better it tastes. 1. Coach ‘T’ I know you get paid a lot of money to know these things but chances are if you go with one running back, you would only have one fumble. Not six from four different backs. 2. Just let Plaxico go 10 yards, turn around and catch the ball. 3. I don’t care if you throw Heath Miller the ball 10 times in a row. If he keeps catching it, keep throwing it.
by Maria MulleveyThere’s an “other” Red Bank? Yes, that’s correct, but this “other” Red Bank has little in common with the thriving hub on the Jersey Shore that is rich with shopping, restaurants, arts and culture.Several years ago, I was studying a map of New Jersey and quite by accident I discovered the “other” Red Bank in Gloucester County. It is located in the shores of the Delaware River across from Philadelphia and south of Cherry Hill.An on-line search revealed a story of our American history that neither I, nor my family and friends, had any knowledge of.The Red Bank Battlefield was the location of a significant Revolutionary event.With my curiosity, and now my husband’s, piquing, we planned our trip to the “other” Red Bank on the “other” Jersey Shore.The autumnal weather was sunny and glorious as we traveled on the Garden State Parkway and the Atlantic City Expressway. The fall foliage didn’t disappoint us and either did our lunch at the Westville Diner, a should be-destination for **ITALSDiners, Drive Ins and Dives.***ENDWithin minutes after lunch, we crossed over a small bridge to National Park, New Jersey, home of the Red Bank Battlefield. We were greeted with signs that told of the history of Red Bank as we drove on Red Bank Road.Our arrival at Red Bank Battlefield and Whitall House was breathtaking with the magnificent Delaware River as backdrop. A spacious and beautifully designed park complete with rolling lawns, gazebos, memorial benches and promenade lay before us.Red Bank was the location of a plantation owned by James and Ann Whitall, wealthy Quakers who built their home in 1748. Peace and tranquility did not last for long. The Continental Army seized the property and Fort Mercer was constricted as a defense for Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War.In October 1777, the British sent the Hessians, German mercenaries, to attack this small garrison at Red Bank. The battle lasted less than an hour, during which only 400 Americans remarkably defeated 1,200 Hessians. The American Revolution literally came to the Whitall’s doorstep at Red Bank.A reenactment of the battle is presented every year around October 22. You can tour the beautiful Whitall House and view its lovely period rooms. Is that old blood I see? The “other Red Bank is not like “our” Red Bank, but certainly worth the ride.
Leafs get roster help with acquisition of D-manNelson coach Dave McLellan acquired another defenceman for the Leafs earlier this week in a deal with the Columbia Valley Rockies.Coming to Nelson is 6’6”, 220-pound defenceman Joel Huber for future considerations.In 20 games this season with Columbia Valley, the Grande Prairie, Alberta product had two assists.Huber practiced with Nelson Wednesday night and is expected to be in the lineup for the weekend series against Castlegar.Huber joins a defensive core that includes Austin Seaman, Robson Cramer and Darnel St. Pierre.McLellan said a forward, most likely Nolan Percival, would drop back to help the defence.More deals to come?McLellan is working on a couple other deals but could not reveal the details.Monday (December 1) is the BC Hockey deadline when all junior teams must reduce to not more than 25 players of registered or unused registration certificates.Leaf injury list continues to growDefenceman Patrick Croome is the latest Leaf player to join the injured reserve list.Croome played hurt in Saturday’s 4-1 home loss to Beaver Valley.Croome joins forwards Dylan Williamson, Timothy Nichols, Michael Crawford and Blair Andrews on the injury list.Leaf coach Dave McLellan is in the process of assessing to see if any of the players would be out for the season. How long can the Nelson Leafs keep winning with an injury-depleted roster of players?Hopefully a little while longer as Leaf coach and GM Dave McLellan continues to work the phones looking for prize prospects to fill in the injury-depleted lineup.Nelson managed, with the help of a few affiliate players from the Kootenay Ice of the BC Major Midget Hockey League, to keep pace in the Murdoch Division by edging the Grand Forks Border Bruins in overtime during a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League mid-week Murdoch clash in the Boundary City.But the Bruins are last in the division and the first-place Castlegar Rebels, winners of four straight games, are next up on the schedule — with a home-and-home series beginning Friday in the Sunflower City.The return contest is Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.“I think we outplayed (Castlegar) the last time we played them,” said McLellan. “We just had a couple of soft goals early but after that we controlled the game so I hope we can pick up where we left off.”“However, it’s undetermined what our lineup is going to look like with all the injuries but we’ll just adjust our systems to fit our lineup,” McLellan added.Nelson, trailing the Rebels by one point in the Murdoch standings, will need to control the KIJHL’s leading scorer Bryan Lubin, who leads the league with 23 goals and 21 assists.Lubin, who had a six-game point streak snapped Tuesday against Spokane, holds a five-point lead over Rainer Glimpel of Osoyoos Coyotes.Nelson’s top scorer is defenceman Robson Cramer, with 13 goals and 18 assists.Cramer scored the overtime winner Tuesday against Grand Forks.