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GAO cites barriers to antiviral, vaccine roles in pandemic

first_imgJan 23, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Antiviral medications and vaccines are two tools that many government and health officials hope will stall the spread of an influenza pandemic, but each strategy has daunting challenges, according to a new report from Congress’s Government Accountability Office (GAO).The report, Influenza Pandemic: Efforts Under Way to Address Constraints on Using Antivirals and Vaccines to Forestall a Pandemic, was requested by four members of Congress who head various health and homeland security committees. It was released this week on the GAO’s Web site.In its report, the GAO acknowledges that national governments and international organizations are working with pharmaceutical manufacturers to expand global production of antivirals and vaccines. However, it cites a US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) caveat that a pandemic vaccine might play little role in the early phases of a pandemic, because it will take 20 to 23 weeks to develop and produce a targeted vaccine. Also, the GAO says it would be difficult to quickly expand antiviral production, because of the need to build new facilities, obtain production materials, and gain regulatory approval.Weaknesses in international surveillance systems are hampering the detection of influenza outbreaks, which the GAO says could limit the ability to promptly administer or develop antivirals or vaccines.”WHO has noted that to increase the likelihood of successfully forestalling the onset of a pandemic, surveillance in affected countries needs to improve, particularly concerning the capacity to detect clusters of cases closely related in time and place,” the report states. “If early signals are not identified, the opportunity for preemptive action will be missed.”Indonesia’s reluctance to share human H5N1 samples with the international community, because of its concerns that the country will not have access to the resulting pandemic vaccines, has further weakened global surveillance efforts in humans, the GAO authors write.Likewise, surveillance of influenza in animals also has shortcomings, the GAO reports. For example, outbreak definitions and reporting methods vary by country, and some countries, such as Djibouti and Uganda, lack the capacity to collect, transport, or identify animal influenza samples.The GAO notes that the WHO’s revised International Health Regulations, which for most countries took effect in June 2007, are aimed at improving global surveillance. The regulations spell out basic public health capacities countries must have and set a June 2012 deadline for nations to develop them. Also, the GAO lauds the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) for its support of influenza research and surveillance and highlights the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) role in characterizing and tracking the global spread of the H5N1 virus.Nonexistent or poor distribution networks in many countries will hamper the release of antiviral or vaccine stockpiles, the GAO warns, citing one of its earlier investigations that found 10 of 17 countries reviewed didn’t have plans for mobilizing medical countermeasure stockpiles. A lack of distribution networks is particularly an obstacle to antiviral utilization, because experts recommend that the drugs be taken within 48 hours of symptom onset, the GAO says.To best utilize antivirals and vaccines, health officials need a reliable, fast diagnostic test to identify patients who have H5N1 infections, the report states. Though the CDC awarded four companies $11.4 million to develop new diagnostic tests, the agency estimates that approval and commercialization of the devices will take 2 or 3 years.More international support for clinical trials is needed to spur the development and evaluation of antivirals and vaccines, the GAO says. The report notes that most of the support for these studies comes from only four countries: the United States, Australia, Japan, and the United Kingdom.Health officials have hoped that establishing greater global demand for seasonal influenza vaccines could help build greater vaccine production capacity, but the GAO says some countries are too overwhelmed to participate.”Seasonal influenza programs compete with many other public health priorities for limited budgets in developing countries,” the report states. “Citing Vietnam as an example, NIH officials told us that countries may have been too overwhelmed with H5N1 outbreaks to accept offers of assistance to develop vaccine production infrastructure.”The WHO, HHS, and the US State Department were asked to review the GAO report in draft form. The GAO said the WHO commented in an e-mail that the report was “comprehensive and useful.” HHS, in a letter accompanying the GAO report, emphasized that vaccines and antivirals are only one part of the government’s pandemic response plan. The State Department and HHS both questioned the GAO’s use of the term “forestall” when referring to using antivirals and vaccines during a pandemic.”While preventing a pandemic from occurring is the goal that all strive for, whether it can actually be achieved is not known,” wrote Vincent J. Ventimiglia, assistant secretary for legislation at HHS, in a letter accompanying the report.However, the GAO said its use of the word “forestall” is consistent with the WHO’s usage of the term.See also: January 2008 GAO reporthttp://www.gao.gov/new.items/d0892.pdfCIDRAP News article series published in 2007: “THE PANDEMIC VACCINE PUZZLE”last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, May 8

first_imgPoliticians are not upholding their oathWell, Gov. Andrew Cuomo lies and is trying to shut down the NRA. He says all the NRA wants to do is sell guns. First of all, the NRA is not a store; it doesn’t sell guns. What it does is protect our right to bear arms. Gov. Cuomo, when he was elected, took an oath to serve and protect the Constitution of the United States of America and this he does not do. Also, what he is doing is  taking away the right to free speech. Another one doing the same thing is Mitch O’Farrell of California. I wonder, do these politicians laugh at us when they take the oath and say to themselves, “Ya right, I’ll do whatever the hell I want.” The only way I can get this message to people is if you share my message.Anthony G. MontePrincetown Jansson will be an advocate for kids The quality of any school is more than the advance-placement opportunities that it offers its students or its average state testing scores. An environment of care and compassion is equally important.Niskayuna had a spectacular public failure in that domain when our students hurled racial insults at the guest team during a varsity soccer game in the fall of 2018. Past N-CAP surveys have shown unacceptably high rates of substance use and anxiety among Niskayuna students.Happily, the school district is making an effort to improve the environment through various measures, and that’s why it’s critical that we elect school board members who have shown a commitment to helping Niskayuna school students become compassionate and caring citizens of this world.School board candidate Greta Jansson has exemplified that commitment in her years as an active Niskayuna parent. Whether it’s as a volunteer for Friends of Music and youth athletic events or as an advocate for diversity in the school district, she has been a committed advocate for Niskayuna families. The Niskayuna school district will be a better place with Greta Jansson on its board.Aliya SaeedNiskayuna Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionGroup seeks rational approach to safetyIn response to the April 28 Gazette article, Saratoga Parents for Safer Schools (SPFSS) remains a grassroots organization, founded with the intention of restoring previously effective safety to our schools. The mission of SPFSS is transparent, despite attempts to muddy the waters with false information. SPFSS did not hire Go Right Strategies in the capacity of “political consultant.” They were highly recommended by a friend and offered to assist with content creation at cost.  They don’t profit from this endeavor. It goes directly towards marketing and advertising online. We’ve paid $3,200 for content development, $5,000 for social media and $800 for voter identification data. The $5,000 for social media is a pass through they pay to Facebook and Google.Similarly, we have costs associated with a printing firm. The printer will be paid  $15,000 for its services, with money passed through to the USPS.Not having experience in graphic design or implementation, the expertise of outside companies was sought. Any attempt by opposing candidates or the media to sully this effort is done in hopes of distracting the community from the issue of safety. SPFSS has endorsed Dean, Ed and Shaun because they believe in a common sense approach to safety, security and prevention. They understand that the retired law enforcement officers’ help is essential in mitigating a 7-minute response time in the event of an emergency. They have the experience, skill set and commitment to community that the teachers, students and staff deserve, and SPFSS is hopeful that the focus going forward will remain on the candidates and their myriad qualifications.Kara RosettieWilton Vote for candidates who are fair and careAccording to The Gazette’s April 27 article, “Saratoga Springs school board candidates tap national GOP political consultant,” a political group has raised over $33,000 for the upcoming Saratoga Springs Board of Education election. Of that, $12,000 came from a single donor and  $9,000 of the group’s war chest is going to pay for a professional political marketing firm that has worked for clients like Ted Cruz. What the heck?Do we want to be the kind of community that has an arms race of political spending in our local elections? Do we really want Saratoga Springs to descend into the kind of divisive, politically polarized stand-off we see in so many other places?I say no. Let’s be a community where we can have reasonable, civil debates without all the partisan venom. Let’s be a community where we spend our money on strengthening learning, the arts, athletics and mental health resources. Let’s have a school district where we care more about students than about pushing a political agenda.Throughout this campaign, John Brueggemann, Natalya Lakhtakia, and Heather Reynolds have shown that they will be board members who act like neighbors. I will be voting for them on May 21 because they are independently minded, willing to listen and fair. A vote for them is a vote for a better community.Andrew LindnerSaratoga Springs Need president who upholds our valuesWe Americans must address the problem of favoring a candidate because of his/her stance on a single issue, even if that issue is very important. The environment is one such issue, as are reproductive rights, the economy and gun safety, to name a few.Yet, the best candidate is one with the vision and capacity to deal with the whole spectrum of challenges that beset a nation as vast and diverse as ours. He or she won’t be an authority on every issue, but will have the humility and foresight to choose and then listen to wise and competent advisers. And while there is no “perfect” candidate, the ideal is to have one whose personal philosophy and political agenda reflect the highest of human qualities: a true desire to serve, compassion for the most vulnerable, a thirst for justice for all and an enduring trust in the basic goodness of humanity.Democracy honors the dignity and value of every human being, and the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights are the standard-bearers of these concepts. The best president understands and holds precious these documents that define and support the moral fiber of our country. As we continue to weigh our options for the 2020 election, we must take very seriously our responsibility to choose that person who has intellectual and moral breadth and who can give us hope for the future.Patricia S. JohnsonBallston Spa Protect wetlands from developmentI appreciate The Gazette’s continued emphasis on environmental protection and safety (Time to Get Busy on the Environment, April 28 editorial). But in terms of greatest bang for the buck, you missed an important bill that saves land, water and money. Avoiding unnecessary damage to lands, such as wetlands, that ought not to be developed in the first place saves a lot of money from being spent on remediating pollution and other damage after development occurs.Your editorial ought to have championed, therefore, Assembly bill 3658 (Mr. Englebright, et. al.), which redefines freshwater wetlands in state law from 12.4 acres down to 1 acre, affording much more state protection to smaller wetlands, many thousands of which have been dredged, filled and paved over.Protecting smaller wetlands upstream means more protection of sensitive species like salamanders, more water storage and fewer stormwater events, flooding and remediation of our waterfronts, lakes, and rivers.In the longer run, that means less public expenditures on costly infrastructure after damage has occurred, especially in a time of much more intense rainfall.This expanded wetland protection makes a great deal of sense and the bill ought to have The Gazette’s full support.David GibsonBallston Lake Trump, not Russia, responsible for winLet me see if I understand that Russian influence in 2016. The facts are that Mrs. Clinton gathered 65,844,954 votes and Donald Trump gathered 62,979,879 votes. If the Russians favored Trump and disliked Mrs. Clinton, they failed miserably by 2,865,075 votes. Democrats need to get off the Kool-Aid and look at the facts of the popular vote and the Electoral College vote. Trump’s brilliant strategy to garner electoral votes gave him the win. Russian influence had nothing to do with it. How could it? But Democrats hate our president and will not let it go. I say let’s vote in 2020. No contest for Trump to be re-elected, in my view.James M. Schaefer, Ph.D.SchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccinelast_img read more

Far East giant plans £300m UK assault

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Hungary, Slovenia report first coronavirus cases

first_imgHungary and Slovenia reported their first confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday in two Iranian students and a third patient who recently travelled back from Morocco via Italy. “Two patients have been taken into medical care due to coronavirus infections,” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in a Facebook video message.”Two foreigners, students studying in Hungary, Iranians, they are currently symptom-free it seems, but confirmed as infected,” he said. While caseloads have steadily declined in the virus epicentre China, infections and deaths are rising in Asia and Europe, with cases appearing in new countries almost every day.More than 90,000 people have been infected and around 3,200 have died worldwide from the virus, the vast majority in China where COVID-19 first emerged late last year. The World Health Organization (WHO) has so far stopped short of declaring a pandemic, though has said the world must prepare for the possibility.  The virus has reached over 80 countries and territories around the world, with South Korea, Iran and Italy emerging as hotspots outside China. Topics : Dr Janos Szlavik at the Central Hospital of Southern Pest told reporters at a news conference that both patients had visited family in Iran recently and that their roommates were being taken into quarantine.Authorities were making efforts to establish their travel history within Hungary and who they had been in contact with, Szlavik said.In neighbouring Slovenia, Health Minister Ales Sabeder told reporters the country’s first case involved a “patient, aged around 60 who returned from Morocco via Italy” a few days ago.The patient had visited a family doctor before being tested and was currently in hospital in the capital Ljubljana, he added.last_img read more

Hamptons style just at home in the country as on the coast

first_imgMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours agoIt’s coastal Hamptons in the country.CoreLogic property records show the vendors bought the land for $500,000 at the start of 2016.“The pool and that amazing view is my absolute favourite feature,” vendor Jade Manning told the Gold Coast Bulletin when the finished property was listed late in 2017. One of the 100-year-old barn doors is a feature in the games room. How’s this for a pool setting?Ms Manning and her husband adapted crisp contrasts, neutral palette and earthy tones from the Hamptons style, along with bright, open interiors and statement pieces.A pair of 100-year-old timber barn doors were the perfect rustic touch to divide off part of the games room and section off the pantry, while a freestanding claw foot tub and beaded chandeliers added laid-back luxe. 584 Austinville Rd, Austinville has sold for $1.48 million.A GOLD COAST couple has proved Hamptons style is just at home in the country as along the coast, with the sale of their gorgeous property.The four-bedroom, two-bathroom acreage abode changed hands for $1.48 million after the vendors brought coastal style inland to build on a vacant block in Austinville. The kitchen features a four metre Calacatta Smartstone island bench.Outside, the sprawling 7ha block is dotted with a sunken fire pit, motocross track, play equipment and an in-ground trampoline.last_img read more

Police Blotter 04-23-2020

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Joshua will be ‘guvnor’ again — Promoter

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Anthony Joshua has his “blinkers on” despite Tyson Fury’s latest jibe as he prepares for his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr, promoter Eddie Hearn has said.Fury claimed “if he gets knocked out again there’s no chance” of an all-British battle against long-time rival Joshua, which Hearn admits “will always be a big fight”.“This is the first time that we have ever gone into a fight where we couldn’t care less about Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “The only thing that matters is beating Ruiz Jr.“Once you do that, everything will take care of itself because you’re the guvnor of the division.“Can he come back from defeat? Yes of course he can. But it is so important to bounce back and beat Ruiz Jr, and go down in history. He is so focused, and so is Ruiz Jr.“Joshua has become a real student of the game in this camp, and he needs to do that to beat Ruiz Jr who is going to be confident, fast, powerful.“This will be a historic moment for the heavyweight division.“Those other guys can say what they want because, right now, we have our blinkers on.”Joshua aims to avenge defeat to Ruiz Jr and claim back the IBF, WBA and WBO titles on December 7 in Saudi Arabia.It has been clarified to Sky Sports in the past week that a Saudi commission, featuring representatives from Ruiz Jr and Joshua’s teams, will select judges and a referee from a list of neutral options and then have the right to object to a final decision.Fury, who appears at WWE Crown Jewel on Thursday night against Braun Strowman but plans to return to the boxing ring to rematch Deontay Wilder in early-2020, dismissed hopes that he might face Joshua eventually.“Well, if he gets knocked out again there’s no chance, is there, that’s for sure,” Fury told Sky Sports.“If we were to fight, if he did win this fight, then all my fights have to be in America now, so unless they’re willing to travel to the US, which after his last visit I don’t think he’ll be too happy on going, then it’s not happening any time soon, that’s for sure.“Not very near future no, but never say never.”Tags: Anthony JoshuaEddie Hearnlast_img read more

Indian Premier League KL Rahul ton in vain, Kieron Pollard freak knock propels Mumbai Indians to unbelievable win

first_imgKL Rahul scored his maiden century in the Indian Premier League.Mumbai Indians secured their highest IPL chase at the Wankhede stadium.Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard continued West Indies’ domination in IPL. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Hardus Viljoen leaked 15 runs in the 13th over thanks to some wides but the game was poised on a knife-edge when Pollard smashed two sixes off Ashwin. Kings XI Punjab fought back in the 16th over when Shami, the best bowler of the day, got rid of both Hardik and Krunal Pandya in the same over. Pollard, though, continued to hit sixes for fun and he deposited Curran for two more sixes to bring up his fifty off 22 balls. Alzarri Joseph gave Pollard company with a couple of boundaries and in the 19th over, the game swung Mumbai Indians’ way when the West Indies all-rounder blasted two sixes and a four off Curran to bring the equation down to 15 in the last over.Rajpoot, who had struggled all day, bowled a no-ball and the free-hit resulted in 10 runs but the bowler had his revenge when the Mumbai Indians skipper holed out to deep midwicket. With two runs needed off one ball, Joseph struck a firm blow to long on and a misfield resulted in Mumbai Indians securing a big win and it also put in vain KL Rahul’s brilliant knock.Rahul ton in vainKings XI Punjab batted first and started slowly but Chris Gayle broke the shackles by clobbering three sixes and a four off Jason Behrendorff as the bowler leaked 23 runs in the fifth over. Rahul slammed a four and a six off Joseph as the partnership went past 50. Mumbai Indians’ bowlers were struggling to break the stand and Gayle continued on his merry ways, depositing Hardik Pandya into the stands. The West Indies left-hander notched up his fifty and continued hitting sixes at will but his knock of 63 off 37 balls came to an end when Behrendorff got his wicket.However, the 116-run opening stand had given Kings XI Punjab a great platform and despite losing David Miller and Karun Nair, Rahul held firm. The right-hander targeted Hardik Pandya by clubbing him for three sixes and a four and he notched up his maiden 100 by clipping Jasprit Bumrah for a couple. Rahul has been in special form in the last couple of games and he is peaking at the right time, with the team scheduled to be selected for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on April 15. It was a special knock, but it was trumped by a freakish knock from Pollard. highlights New Delhi: Before the match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede stadium, the hosts suffered a jolt with Rohit Sharma being ruled out due to injury. KL Rahul flattened the hosts with his maiden century in this tournament. Mumbai Indians had almost botched up the chase with 54 needed off the last four overs. Kieron Pollard, who was captaining the side, produced one of the best knocks the tournament has ever seen and his 83 off 31 balls, which included just three fours and 10 sixes, buoyed Mumbai Indians to their highest successful run-chase at home in the IPL as they chased down 198 to win by three wickets off the last ball to keep their campaign alive in the IPL 2019 encounter on Wednesday.Pollard’s calculated assault laid the blueprint of how to approach a chase in Twenty20s. Chasing 198, Mumbai Indians opened with Quinton de Kock and Siddesh Lad, the local Mumbai player who had been doing well in the Ranji Trophy for the 41-time champions and was on the fringes for the last couple of seasons. Lad began in grand style with a six and a four of Ankit Rajpoot and De Kock followed suit, smashing two boundaries off the pacer.Mohammed Shami, who conceded just three runs in the first over, got rid of Lad for 15 but Suryakumar Yadav began in grand style with three boundaries off Rajpoot, who conceded 37 runs in his three overs. Yadav’s belligerent knock ended when he was dismissed by Sam Curran for 21 and at the half-way stage, Mumbai Indians needed to score at a required rate of 13.3. Pollard stepped up a gear by mauling Ravichandran Ashwin for his first six but he really tore apart Sam Curran by hammering a four and two sixes in the 12th over. Despite losing Ishan Kishan, who had replaced Yuvraj in the side in the same over, Pollard was in that zone now.last_img read more

FG Pays Tribute to Women’s Football, Pioneers

first_img“Nigeria is the only country in Africa to have participated in every edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup since it was launched in China in 1991. Nigeria is in a special class of only seven countries globally to have achieved that. Our Super Falcons are also the only team to win nine out of eleven African Women’s Championships since it started in 1988”.Dalung who was represented by the Acting Permanent Secretary Mrs Hauwa Kulu Akinyemi also paid glowing tributes to Princess Bola Jegede, late Mrs Simbiat Abiola, Elder Eddington Kuejubola, Alhaja Ayo Omidiran, Larry Eze and Prince Oladimeji amongst many others, for their noble role in spurring the development of the women’s game in the country.“Credit must be given to the real pioneers of the women’s game in Nigeria including Chief Abisuga who put together a competition in Lagos in 1982 for young girls in the metropolis and improved upon by Princess Jegede when she organised the first National Women’s Football Championship at the National Stadium Lagos in 1984.“The government of Nigeria recognizes the pivotal role of football in unifying people across various physical and mental divides, creating Joy, love and passion among the youth”.The Minister however pledged government’s commitment to supporting the development of football in all ramifications in the country.Earlier, the FIFA leader of delegation Sarai Bareman expressed delight in the level of government’s support for the women’s game.“I’m touched by the level of support from the government and other sporting organizations in Nigeria who have been helpful to the women’s game. This is a shining example and the key to the success of the Super Falcons.“The Super falcons are incredible athletes having qualified to be one of the 24 teams out of 211 FIFA countries. Despite the fact that the Super Falcons have always qualified for the World Cup, we have to recognize that it is a huge deal to qualify for the World Cup.“We hope that by bringing the trophy to Nigeria, the young girls will be inspired to play for the National teams and probably win the World Cup some day.”The FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy was later unveiled by FIFA legend, Osaze Odemwingie .According to Bareman, the trophy cannot be touched with bare-hands except with gloves apart from players from countries that have won the World Cup or the President of a country that has won the World Cup.Beneath the trophy is engraved, the names of all the previous FIFA Women’s World Cup winners.The trophy weighs approximately 5kg and stands at 46cmIn attendance was the NFF President who was represented by the 1st Vice President Seyi Akinwunmi, the President of the Nigeria Paralympic Committee, Brigadier General Emico Eruwa and a representative of the Nigeria Olympic Committee.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Pioneers of women’s football development in the country have been eulogized for their commitment to raising the standard of the game .The Minister of Youth and Sports Solomon Dalung praised the women’s football pioneers when he received a FIFA delegation on the Women’s World Cup trophy tour in his office yesterday in AbujaHe welcomed the FIFA team comprising Sarai Bareman, Nichole Fisch, Venessa Marques and FIFA Legend Osaze Peter Odemwingie to the Nigeria leg of the Women’s World Cup Trophy Tour and remarked that no country on the African continent can appreciate the significance of the FIFA Women’s World Cup more than Nigeria. Solomon Dalunglast_img read more

Women’s Hockey: Badgers break records during sweep of St. Cloud State

first_imgThe top-ranked Wisconsin women’s hockey team (25-2-1, 15-2-1 WCHA) recorded their second consecutive sweep this past weekend over St. Cloud State (5-20-4, 1-18-1) at home at LaBahn Arena.The series marked the second time the Badgers faced the Huskies this season. Their first meeting ended in a UW road sweep with the unit handling their opponents to a tune of 5–3 and 6–2 victories. This time around, the team looked to build on the success that propelled them to a sweep against No. 2 Minnesota (21-5-3, 13-5-2) last weekend.Women’s Hockey: Badgers nab Border Battle sweep over Minnesota to solidify No. 1 rankingThe No. 1 University of Wisconsin-Madison women’s hockey team (23-2-1, 13-2-1 WCHA) has only spent five weeks of the season Read…The first game of the series got off to an immediate fiery start as sophomore Britta Curl scored on a power-play just 2:27 into the game off of a beautiful dish from junior Daryl Watts. Then, with around three minutes left in the first period, sophomore Sophie Shirley slotted one away to put the Badgers up 2–0 early on.While the second period was a bit slower, the Badgers still managed to dominate time of possession while junior Grace Bowlby placed a banger top shelf with 7:29 on the clock to put the squad up 3–0.The team scored twice more in the third period thanks to Curl tapping in a rebound for her second power-play goal of the night. Senior captain Mekenzie Steffen notched her sixth goal of the year to cap off the night for the Badgers.Women’s Hockey: Badgers advance into 2020 with comparatively dominant recordWisconsin’s women’s hockey team (20-1-1) is setting themselves up for yet another deep postseason run. There is no doubt the Read…Wisconsin’s momentum carried over into the following game as eight different Badgers scored in the series finale Sunday. The scoring began less than a minute into the first period as senior Abby Roque slid the puck past the Husky goalie to open the scoring, while five other teammates got in on the scoring action in the first period alone.While the second period saw the Badgers slow down this impressive scoring run, Curl did manage to score her fourth goal of the weekend on a power-play pass from Watts with 15:38 left in the period. Junior goaltender Breanna Blesi allowed one Husky shot to slip by her, resulting in the Huskies’ only goal on the weekend.But, in the third period, the Badgers once again ramped up their scoring efforts, punching in four goals to extend their lead to 10. The game finished with a score of 11–1, marking the first time that the team has scored double-digits in LaBahn Arena since the arena opened in 2012.The Badgers look to continue their stellar late-season play in their next series at Minnesota State this weekend. Puck drop is at 2:07 p.m. both Friday and Saturday, and the games can be followed live on Twitter @BadgerWHockey.last_img read more