Wooster races goal to boost cash for sustainable agriculture in Ethiopia

Most people may never have heard of Waliso, also written Woliso or Wolisso, but three Wooster races aim to raise money for the South Ethiopian community in the name of sustainable agriculture.

The Bethel Agriculture Association will hold a 5k and a 10k on Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Secrest Arboretum and the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute.

Warren Dick, the president and director of Bethel Agriculture, organized Running for Agricultural Resilience in Africa in hopes of raising $ 25,000 for the construction of two buildings in the Ethiopian city.

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“We want to build four buildings on the property, but these two will be built with donations from this race,” said Dick.

The buildings will include a guest room, computer and reading room, kitchen and dining area. The rooms will be designed for international workers and local community members who need the space.

Land for an office building and analytical laboratory has already been acquired and is being funded elsewhere, Dick said.

Sustainable agriculture

While Dick said Waliso was spared the worst civil war between the Ethiopian government and the armed forces in Tigray, the region has seen a lot in terms of drought, floods and locusts.

This has sometimes culminated in famine and regions with no food or clean water, he said.

Dick and Bethel Agriculture aim to educate Waliso residents about how to best manage the land and produce food for their community in a sustainable and effective way.

“Ethiopia is currently the worst case scenario for food security in the world,” said Dick, who has visited the East African country several times. “It is good to distribute food, but our project is to help the people of Ethiopia develop their own food production system.”

The site on which the buildings will be erected will serve as an agricultural extension, similar to the OSU extension in Wayne County.

Aim to create a self-sustaining industry

Once built, Dick aims to create a self-sustaining industry that doesn’t rely too heavily on food donations, if at all.

Climate change is another factor affecting food production in the region, he said.

“The rapid population growth in Ethiopia, the scarcity of land and a changing climate have put increasing pressure on the land, especially in the highlands, which comprise 95% of the country’s cultivated land”, The Bethel Agriculture Association website reads.

Not only do Dick and his team hope to create a better farming system and educate people, but they also want to mitigate the impact of agriculture on climate change on a global and local level.

Anyone who wants to take part in the 5k and 10k can register or sponsor a participant at MidOhioRaceManagement.com.

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Hronis Racing Main Del Mar Proprietor For Races And Cash Gained – Horse Racing Information

Hronis Racing of Kosta, Stephanie and Pete Hronis of Delano, California were the leading owners at the 2021 Del Mar Summer Meet in terms of both money won and number of wins on the Del Mar, California coastal track.

This is the sixth time the Hronises have been the leading owner of Del Mar for the money won. They did it previously in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2014, and 2013.

Hronis Racing made $ 1,020,440 during the season, a large portion of that – $ 600,000 in fact – when their horse Tripoli won the TVG Pacific Classic on August 21. Hronis Racing also had eight wins, the most from all owners.

Second in cash were Red Baron’s Barn and Rancho Temescal for $ 499,951. Third was Reddam Racing for $ 442,140.

Nick Alexander and Kaleem Shah finished second in the victory division with seven first places each.

owner Starts 1 purses
Hronis Racing 37 8th $ 1,021,440
Red Baron’s Barn & Rancho Temescal 48 5 $ 520,852
I will be returning to racing 42 5 $ 442,140
Downstream racing 16 6th $ 424,890
LNJ Foxwoods 16 4th $ 406,320
Gary barber 39 6th $ 395,740
SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables,
Masterson, Stonestreet, Schönfarber, Waves Edge Capital,
Donovan, Golconda & Siena Farm
11 5 $ 393,200
Nicholas B. Alexander 25th 7th $ 392,800
My racehorse & Lavish farm 5 2 $ 316,500
CRK stall fifteen 5 $ 292,580
Kaleem Schaha 7th 3 $ 233,332
Willow Grace Farm & Petersen 2 2 $ 222,000

Large Cash Brings In Large Races at Macon Speedway

The third annual Diane Bennett Memorial Race at Macon Speedway did exactly what it did for the first two years, adding bonus money to the prize pools of the racing divisions and bringing exciting races. 104 entries in six racing divisions on Saturday night paid homage to a woman who has spent more than 30 years judging races at Macon Speedway and other racing events and facilities.

One of the top races of the evening was the $ 1,550 BillingsleyRewards.com Modified Feature Racing 25-lap special race. Guy Taylor and Rodney Standerfer, former track champions of the division, stood in the front row, Tommy Sheppard Jr., defending champion, and Curt Rhodes, another former champions, started from the second row. The early part of the race was controlled by Sheppard, with Taylor and Standerfer staying close. As Taylor took corner three on lap nine, Taylor overtook Sheppard for the lead and things looked good for Taylor. A mistake at the top of corner two changed things, however, as Sheppard not only regained the lead, but Taylor fell into the middle of the field and eventually went off the track four laps later. Sheppard returned to winning ways and took home the big payday.

The Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Model class was also a special 25-round event with a purse of $ 1,270. Jose Parga went on for the win, but it was a pretty close race between him and runner-up Braden Johnson. Parga kept Johnson about the length of a car for most of the race, leading all 25 laps. Dakota Ewing, who rode in Storm Beilers 33B instead of his usual 25, would move from pole to third place after starting.

Jeremy Nichols won from pole position at Archer’s Alley Street Stocks, but it wasn’t a typical starting gun for a winning race. Darrell Dick, Guy Taylor, Nick Macklin and Terry Reed kept it tight and made for a fun 15 lap race.

The Pro Modified feature was full of unique settings. The start of the race began with a warning flag. Minutes later, when the race restarted and the drivers made the first lap, Billy Justice, Jr. and Chris Erwin were standing on top of the third wall of the curve, rolling their cars. Justice’s car parted in a fiery mess and the crew members ran to help with fire extinguishers and to get Justice out of his racing car. All parties would be safe, even though Justice’s car would be dragged back into the pit area. As soon as the race got back on track, Kyle Helmick would move from the outside starter in the third row to the front row outside and drive away from Kevin Crowder and Nick Justice. While Helmick was leading and pulling away, the course of the race was between Crowder and Justice, who swapped back and forth and side by side until the two-person race ended and Justice afterwards fell victim to a broken racing car colliding with Crowder.

There were no warnings in the 15-lap function for the micro sprints presented by Bailey Chassis. Jeremy Camp started from pole position in the lead and all 16 cars kept things moving as the entire race was over in 3 minutes.

The night was rounded off by the 4-cylinder Hornet class when Eric Vanapeldoorn from Clinton won the 14-car race. Similar to his 6 lap heat race, he had to keep Jeremy Reed from taking the lead and he was successful both times.

Thousands of dollars donated to the 104 submissions on Saturday night was an amazing feat by Kellie Bennett and her family to honor her mother Diane and create another event and evening. Instead of arranging money for the winner, the idea came up to offer money to all positions in all classes. The idea worked and many drivers benefited from the night and were able to continue their racing program in the second half of the racing season.

Next Saturday evening, the HART micro-sprints without wings will be held at Macon Speedway for the first time this season. Also on the program are the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models, the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Archer’s Alley Street Stocks, Pro Modifieds and Hornets. August continues with the annual POWRi Midgets and Micro Sprints Camfield Memorial Night with special guest Jack Hewitt.

Decatur building Trades Big Ten Pro late models

  1. 6P-José Parga[New Berlin, IL]; 2. 14J-Braden Johnson[Taylorville, IL]; 3. 33B-Dakota Ewing[Warrensburg, IL]; 4. 27-Colby Sheppard[Williamsville, IL]; 5. 10-Blake Damery[Blue Mound, IL]; 6. Huffman 33H robes[Midland City, IL]; 7. 122-Timmy Dick[Monticello, IL]; 8. 11-Ryan Miller[Lincoln, IL]; 9. 14-Derek Smith[Decatur, IL]; 10. F15-Bob Sidener[Springfield, IL]

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

  1. T6-Tommy Sheppard Jr[New Berlin, IL]; 2. 28-Rodney Standerfer[Summerfield, IL]; 3. 87C-Alan Crowder[Elwin, IL]; 4. 10R-Curt Rhodes[Taylorville, IL]; 5. 18-Jarrett Stryker[Millstadt, IL]; 6. 98-Danny Smith[Argenta, IL]; 7. 24B – Brent Weaver[Godfrey, IL]; 8. 78-Maxx Emerson[Taylorville, IL]; 9. 7B-Jeremy Nichols[Lovington, IL]; 10. 27X-Kyle Helmick[Smithton, IL]

DIRTcar Pro Mods

  1. 27X-Kyle Helmick[Smithton, IL]; 2. 15C-Kevin Crowder[Argenta, IL]; 3. 52-Billy Gag[Pocahontas, IL]; 4. 24-man Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 5. 33-Josh Robb[Mt. Zion, IL]; 6. Z-Larry Bunning[Decatur, IL]; 7. 3X-Justin Reynolds[Hillsboro, IL]; 8. 116-Kevin Rench[Hillsboro, IL]; 9. 10-Adam Rhoades[Clinton, IL]; 10. 24M Matt Milner[Chatham, IL]

Archers Alley Big Ten street shares

  1. 67R-Jeremy Nichols[Lovington, IL]; 2.22-Darrell Dick[Monticello, IL]; 3. 16 Nick Macklin[Argenta, IL]; 4. 11 terry reeds[Cerro Gordo, IL]; 5.53R-Jeff Reed Jr[Blue Mound, IL]; 06.08 – Brian Dasenbrock[Decatur, IL]; 7. 21-Jaret Duff[Maroa, IL]; 8. X7 Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 9. 21R-Dustin Reed[Decatur, IL]; 10. Z24-Zach Taylor[Springfield, IL]

DIRTcar hornets

  1. T82 Erik Vanapeldoorn[Clinton, IL]; 2. 34-Jeremy Reed[Decatur, IL]; 3. 357 Billy Mason[Brownstown, IL]; 4.324-Shelby Beiler[Macon, IL]; 5. J13-Justin Coffey[Stonington, IL]; 6. 1-Crawford boil[Lincoln, IL]; 7. 3H-Allan Harris[Chatham, IL]; 8. 9B-Brandon Miller[Broadwell, IL]; 9. 187 – Korey Bailey[Stonington, IL]; 10.313-Gabe Rusher[Stonington, IL]

Micros by Bailey chassis

  1. 23-Jeremy Camp[Sullivan, IL]; 2. 55S-Daryn Stark[Springfield, IL]; 3. 21-Aarik Andruskevitch[Riverton, IL]; 4. 68-Devin Feger[East Peoria, IL]; 5. 27-Kyle Barker[Cooksville, IL]; 6. 10-Jacob Tipton[Decatur, IL]; 7. 8B-John Barnard[Sherman, IL]; 8. 17 Molly Day[Allerton, IL]; 9. 83- Jeff Beasley[Urbana, IL]; 10. 87-Collin Shain[Sullivan, IL]

Macon Speedway PR

2021 Oregon college board races draw candidates, cash, and nationwide consideration

When COVID-19 caused school closures around Oregon and around the country in 2020, everything went virtual, including school board meetings.

Meetings typically hosted in boardrooms moved to Zoom and YouTube, where anyone could watch the decisions and conversations around schooling.

“So we’re streaming, they become more accessible, parents way more engaged in the decisions around the system of education …. clearly it’s across the state, it’s across the country,” said Maureen Wolf, chair of the Tigard-Tualatin school board and president of the Oregon School Boards Association board.

At the same time, there has been ongoing recruitment in the last several years to add more people of color to school boards, to better reflect school communities and the students they serve.

School boards around the country have been meeting virtually since March 2020. Some board members say the accessibility of meetings has increased interest in joining the board.

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Because of all of these factors, as well as pressing issues that emerged during the pandemic, there are more candidates and more interest in school board elections than in the past.

“There’s all these different reasons, and motivations for board candidates, and then all the sudden you see an explosion of those that are running,” Wolf said.

Wolf decided not to run for reelection this year. She’s been actively recruiting candidates of color to diversify the board and fill her seat. The five-member Tigard-Tualatin board currently consists of five white people: four women and one man.

OSBA’s Get on Board campaign, started in 2017, aims to keep sitting board members engaged, and get new candidates, particularly people of color, interested in running for school board.

These efforts and others seem to have paid off.

By OSBA’s own count, reaching out to boards of elections in Oregon’s most populous counties, there have more candidate filings than open positions in Clackamas, Washington, Marion, Lane, and Multnomah counties.

In Lane County, with 57 open board positions, 82 candidates have filed. In Clackamas County, 66 candidates have filed for 37 open positions.

OSBA keeps historical data on past school board elections. From 2005 to 2017, races lacked competitiveness, with returning or unopposed candidates dominating the field. OSBA data show the majority of races with one candidate, and the majority of incumbents filing for their board positions. In 2013, for example, 84% of races had only one candidate and 80% of incumbents filed for re-election.

This year, some incumbents are facing candidates who have disagreed with them over an issue that’s caused deep divisions throughout the pandemic: whether school buildings should be open or closed.

In the Sherwood School District, Duncan Nyang’oro, an auditor with no prior government experience, is running against incumbent Patrick Allen, chair of the school board and director of the Oregon Health Authority.

On his campaign website, Nyang’oro claims Allen and the school board “chose politics over our kids.”

Nyang’oro’s leading priority is “five full days in school.” The rest of his platform is vague, with additional priorities to “focus on the basics” and engage with parents.

Elsewhere, in Portland Public Schools, another candidate committed to reopening is challenging an incumbent. Caterer and president of a local PTA, Libby Glynn is running against incumbent Julia Brim-Edwards. Glynn has been endorsed by ED300, a group formed in the last year to fight for “full reopening” of Oregon schools.

The group formed a political action committee in March and has endorsed 28 candidates across the state who commit to “full reopening,” “science-based decision-making,” and reject union dollars. ED300 also said its endorsed candidates avoid “inflammatory rhetoric on issues (i.e. race and gender-matters) unrelated to our primary purpose.” One of its founders is running as a write-in candidate for a Lake Oswego school board seat.

ED300 director Rene Gonzalez said candidates accepting money from teachers’ unions kept the organization from endorsing more candidates.

“We are ecstatic with our slate of candidates,” Gonzalez said. “Sadly, in 2 of our larger districts – Beaverton and Portland – we could find only 1 candidate in each district that met our criteria.”

According to the Oregonian, two Portland Public Schools board candidates received a total of $26,000 from the Portland Association of Teachers.

Leaders at both Portland and Sherwood school districts have said they plan to have schools open full-time next year, if allowed by state rules.

In the Newberg School District, Renee Powell is running for the Zone 5 seat. Powell, an artist and design consultant, is advocating for a full-time reopening too.

She said that although the district has plans to reopen, if elected she will “be in a position to see that they’re implemented.”

When asked what else is a part of her platform, she said she will be focused on curriculum, “with an eye toward back to basics, academic excellence and CTE [Career Technical Education],” she wrote. “Also, I’ll be making sure anti-American, anti-family subject matter is not part of that curriculum.”

While some of the interest in local school board races has been a clear reaction to how school operations have changed during the last year of the global pandemic, other seats are drawing interest as a result of years of recruitment and advocacy.

In Newberg, Powell’s opponent is Tai Harden. Harden is Black, and she runs a consulting firm helping companies with diversity, equity, and inclusion work.

Her two children have attended Newberg schools, and experienced racism according to Harden. Serving as an advisor for the district’s Black Student Union, she heard about an incident she said inspired her to run for school board.

“A Black male student shared that he is called the ‘N-word’ at school so often that he requested from his teachers to leave class five minutes early so he didn’t have to be called that when passing between classes, or hear that word being said when passing from class to class,” Harden said.

“I thought to myself, this student is missing out on valuable learning time, every day, because they’re hearing this word, or being called this word.”

She said she is running to make sure all students, not just Black students or students of color, receive “an education free of harassment and discrimination.”

If elected, Harden said she would be the first Black person to serve on the Newberg school board.

She’s part of a growing number of candidates of color running in this cycle.

In 2017, Color PAC, a political action committee supporting candidates of color supported nine candidates. In 2019, that number was 24. This year, it’s 49.

“We believe those who have the richest lived experiences, who live at the intersections of multiple intersecting oppressions, identities, are most and best equipped to solve many of the systemic and structural problems facing its communities,” said Ana del Rocio, executive director of Oregon Futures Lab and Color PAC, and former school board member for the David Douglas School District.

Color PAC is focused on elections and the “pre-candidacy” stage. Oregon Futures Lab is more focused on what happens after Election Day, and how candidates are supported.

The groups have expanded their support to include candidates in 10 counties, and are seeing more parents and caregivers running for office this year.

At first, del Rocio said the organization was unsure what impact COVID-19 might have on their efforts, but she concluded the pandemic may have inspired people to run.

“I think this was a time for people to see the worsening impacts of not having people who look like them, and who have lived lives like them, at decision making tables in moments of crisis,” del Rocio said.

“… A lot of it was about resisting the powerlessness that I think a lot of people have felt in COVID, experiencing people being sick, people’s lives being lost, and not have any power to do anything about it.”

Del Rocio said COVID-19 made running digital campaigns easier, and more accepted by the public. She also said training and information sessions that explain the role of school boards helped get more candidates into the field.

If candidates win, del Rocio said her organization is planning for training as soon as this summer to build support and develop a sense of belonging among school board members across the state.

But with the increased number of candidates running comes an increase in threats, intimidation, and harassment, del Rocio and Wolf said.

Harden has been accused of stealing signs from her opponent’s supporters, with one suggesting pressing charges, according to a story from the Newberg Graphic. She called it “undercover” racism.

“To call me out and accuse me of a crime with absolutely no evidence was, to me, rooted in racism,” Harden said.

Hoa Nguyen, a candidate running for a seat representing the David Douglas School District, found a racist note on her door last month.

The Oregon School Board Members of Color Caucus, an OSBA-affiliated group, sent a letter to candidates of color welcoming them and explaining the role of school boards before telling them how to report incidents of harassment.

“You are not alone and the leadership of the OSBMCC is here to be a resource and means of support,” the letter read.

Sonja McKenzie serves as vice president of the OSBA board and treasurer of the OSMBCC. She chairs the board of the Parkrose School District in east Multnomah County and is running unopposed this May.

“It is intimidating and it is hard sometimes to be the only voice of color on boards or at conventions, but it’s an opportunity,” McKenzie said.

Del Rocio said candidates speaking out against incidents now may help candidates in the future.

“That to me is just a really good indicator of changing the campaign culture, so that people who run in the future will hopefully have a less harmful experience,” del Rocio said.

A small number of candidates in this year’s Oregon school board elections have received national attention for views on topics like comprehensive sexual education, and “critical race theory,” an analytic framework that examines systemic racism and inequality as inherent in society’s institutions. School board candidates running for seats in Bend-La Pine and Beaverton have both received attention from conservative outlets locally and nationally.

Jeanne Schade, a certified teacher running for the Beaverton school board, appeared on Glenn Beck earlier this month, saying “antifa” was coming after her. She recounted a conversation with a mother.

“She wants her kids to be safe in schools, she wants them to learn correct history… that’s what schools are meant to be, educational facilities and not ideological camps where propaganda is pushed,” Schade said.

Several Bend-La Pine candidates recently appeared on Fox News, talking about what prompted them to run.

“If you look at what the Oregon Department of Education is posting on their website about what they’re teaching kids, it’s all about divisiveness, and it’s dangerous.” said candidate Maria Lopez-Dauenhauer.

Lopez-Dauenhauer and three other Bend-La Pine candidates have been endorsed by ED300.

McKenzie, with OSBA, is concerned that school board races are becoming overly politicized.

“School board work is not political work,” McKenzie said. “It is community work, it is driven by the desire to have good student outcomes, it’s a way to engage in your community, support your community.”

School boards are tasked with three general charges: setting policy, hiring and evaluating superintendents, and passing a budget.

McKenzie said those parameters, along with the collaborative nature of being a part of a school board, are not political in nature.

“You’re not a legislator, for those people thinking they’re running on school boards with a political platform, that they’re going to come in and bring their political agenda, there’s no place for that,” McKenzie said.

For Tigard-Tualatin school board chair Maureen Wolf, she said some of this pushback is expected from years of working on equity policies and community engagement. She cites the district’s anti-bias hate speech policy and listening sessions after the death of George Floyd as examples.

“What you’re seeing is a result of that,” Wolf said. “Some that believe that school should be reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic, and that’s all that school’s about.”

But Wolf defends what Tigard-Tualatin, and other districts are doing, as focusing on the “holistic child,” with strategies like social-emotional learning.

“We’re pushing it, and we’re really trying to move this work forward.”

In Oregon, turnout for May elections like these is typically low. In Multnomah County, about 16% of registered voters sent in their ballots in May 2019.

With days until May 18, there is hope that an increased number of candidates and interest in school board races will lead to an increase in turnout.

“I’m hopeful that people are paying attention to this active campaign season, and that they vote,” Wolf said.

“Vote. This matters, this is your community, this is making big decisions for the future of Oregon.”

Put together for each surprises, predictability in Golden Globe races | Leisure

The Golden Globe Awards, which will air on Sunday at 7 p.m. on NBC, will be unique in the 78 years of Hollywood Foreign Press Association history.

While I can predict who I think should win, who knows exactly what will happen at the hybrid awards show that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the event on two coastlines.

Starting from the top, the best motion picture drama “Nomadlands” is to be lost. While “The Father” (opening March 12 in the Houston area) is usually the kind of contender the HFPA leans towards, the lack of a nomination for the film is an indication that it did not appeal to everyone. “Nomadland” enchants almost every viewer and has won countless previous awards.

With the Globes being the first major televised awards show of the season, this is where some films will gain or maintain momentum and others will lose it. Netflix’s racist courtroom drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7” appears to be in second place, while “Promising Young Woman” and “Mank” are the controversial third choice.

The second most important award of the night is given to the best director. With three record breaking women in this category, the undisputed front runner Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”) is another sure bet. It’s true that the globes love Aaron Sorkin (“The Chicago 7 Trial”) and David Fincher (“Mank”), but Zhao’s popularity for her work on “Nomadland” has nearly dwarfed the recognition for the film itself .

In a normal year, the award for Best Musical or Comedy will have at least one nominee, who will likely later be nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture. This year the five competitors reflect a real “scraping of the barrel bottom”. The likely winner, “Hamilton”, isn’t even a movie – it’s a recorded play.

The winner here doesn’t usually matter to the entire prize race, and while “Palm Springs” is the most creative of the five, ironically, it’s the sequel to “Borat” (another entry I’d say isn’t a real movie is), this is the only real competition to “Hamilton”.

Best Actress in a Cinema Musical or Comedy will likely go to Maria Bakalova to see Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm, the obscure, head-scratching critic’s favorite. Still, I think if the globes decide to take a higher position here, they could give Rosamund Pike that accolade for her diabolical twist on “I Care a Lot,” which hit Netflix last weekend and got everyone talking. Michelle Pfeiffer is also out of the question, the Globes prefer megastars and comeback kids.

Best actor in a film musical or comedy is again between “Borat” and “Hamilton”. So here the optics could influence the winner. Sacha Baron Cohen is also nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for “The Trial of the Chicago 7”. If he wins there, Lin-Manuel Miranda will likely win the best actor for “Hamilton” (again not a film, just a video play). If anyone other than Baron Cohen wins the supporting actor, they will likely win the best actor for “Borat”. It is doubtful that he will win both of them.

Best Actress in Film Drama is probably the most anticipated award of the evening because it’s everyone’s game. In my opinion, Vanessa Kirby (“Pieces of a Woman”) is the most impressive performance, but the film didn’t do well among critics. Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”) starred in the top film, but the fact that she recently won for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” in 2018 may hurt her chances.

Andra Day (“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”) is, like Kirby, a newcomer. Their film debuted late and hasn’t been able to build up much momentum, but the Globes pride themselves on sparking momentum. Viola Davis takes second place for her larger than life performance in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”.

The likely winner, however, is Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”). Not only is your film nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay, the recent widespread controversy over a certain derogatory film critic and the fandom surrounding the film have driven her to the liveliest performance in the group.

The best actor in a drama movie might as well have just two nominees. It’s Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Butt”) or Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”). I think it’s Boseman to lose here, and so every award in that category this year will go up to an Oscar.

Best Supporting Actress is a rematch between Glenn Close (“Hillbilly Elegy”) and Olivia Colman (“The Father”), whom Close defeated with a real shock at the Oscars two years ago. However, that year’s Globes honored both women who competed in separate categories (meaning that unlike the Oscars, the Globes don’t have an IOU for Close). “The Father” is the acclaimed film, but a win for Close in the more transformative role in the critically planned Hillbilly Elegy (I loved it, by the way) would get the most publicity. I predict Close.

The best supporting actor will be Baron Cohen for “The Trial of the Chicago 7”. The best foreign film will be “Minari”. The best script is a real problem, but I’m going with The Trial of the Chicago 7. The best result could go to “Mank” just to win something. The same goes for Best Original Song. “One Night in Miami” could win just so they don’t send it home empty-handed.

Dustin Chase is a film critic and associate editor for Texas Art & Film, based in Galveston. visit texasartfilm.com.

AstraZeneca races to adapt Covid vaccine as South Africa halts rollout

The dose of Oxford University / AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine will be displayed from its box on January 2nd, 2021 at the Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, UK.

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Drug user AstraZeneca is trying to adjust its Covid-19 vaccine in the face of new variants of the virus, with the process becoming more urgent after a small study found it was less effective at protecting against the more virulent strain discovered in South Africa.

The country said it would stop using the shot in its vaccination program According to a study published on Sunday that has not yet been peer-reviewed, the vaccine was found to offer “minimal protection” against mild to moderate illnesses caused by the South African variant.

Researchers from the University of Witwatersrand and others in South Africa, as well as the University of Oxford, found the study was small, with only about 2,000 volunteers, with a mean age of 31. Oxford University said: “Protection from moderate to severe illness, hospitalization or death could not be assessed in this study because the target group was exposed to such a low risk.”

The vaccine manufacturers had already started developing second-generation Covid vaccines, which will target new variants of the virus. Experts say it shouldn’t be too difficult to tweak existing vaccines to cover mutations, and that they could be adjusted within six weeks.

Sarah Gilbert, professor of vaccinology at Oxford University who developed the vaccine with AstraZeneca, said Sunday that “efforts are being made to develop a new generation of vaccines that will allow protection on new variants as booster jabs redirect if this is the case. ” it turns out that it is necessary to do so. “

“We are working with AstraZeneca to optimize the pipeline that would be required for a strain change should one become necessary. This is the same problem all vaccine developers face and we will continue to monitor the emergence of new variants that arise in the readiness for a future change of burden.

The variant, officially known as the B.1.351 mutation, was first detected in South Africa in October 2020 and has since become dominant in the country.

Several cases have also been found elsewhere of health officials making efforts to stop the spread of the mutation, which has been found to be more contagious. There were already concerns that this variant might be more resistant to coronavirus vaccines developed last year.

With the use of the AstraZeneca-Oxford University jab stopped, the South African government will instead offer vaccines made by Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer.

Johnson & Johnson reported in late January that his single-dose shot was 57% effective in one of his clinical studies in South Africa, in which almost all cases of Covid-19 (95%) were due to infection with the variant from the B.1.351 line. For comparison, the vaccine was found to be 72% effective in the US arm of the study.

Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna both reported early indications that their vaccinations provide protection against new known variants of the virusfound in South Africa and the UK

On Friday, Oxford University released details of a separate study showing the vaccine was effective against a variant of the virus that was first discovered in south-east England and has now become the dominant strain in the UK

Andrew Pollard, professor of pediatric infection and immunity and lead investigator of the Oxford vaccine study, said data from studies of its vaccine in the UK “shows that the vaccine protects not only against the original pandemic virus, but also against the novel variant B.1.1 .7, which caused the rise in disease across the UK from late 2020. “