Barefoot & Snakes.

first_imgIn the summertime growing up it was hard to keep shoes on my feet. I loved to go barefoot.One afternoon I was running barefoot across the yard when I came across a snake. Actually stepped on it. And boy, was I running after that.Snakes in our yard were fairly common. Our farm was out in the country with woods, ponds and creeks all around us, so we were used to seeing them. We would see king snakes, garter snakes, black snakes, rat snakes, rattlesnakes and, when we went to the creek or pond, an occasional cottonmouth.People have incredible fears of snakes, whether they’re poisonous or not. Too many times I’ve heard the saying, “the only good snake is a dead snake.”I’ve also heard too many times the old remedy of applying lime or sulfur to an area to prevent snakes. How this one got started, I’ll never know. But it doesn’t work.40 Species of SnakesGeorgia is home to 40 species of snakes. If you live in an area surrounded by woods, you may encounter one. My advice is to be aware that they’re out there, but remember they’re not out to get you. They’re as afraid of you as you are of them, and given the opportunity, they’ll usually avoid you.Learn how to tell what snake it is. Get a resource that gives a color photo and description to help you learn their markings and color patterns.Teach your children about them and about being safe and aware when out in nature. The University of Georgia Extension Service has a good publication, “Snakes of Georgia and South Carolina,” for just $5. Your county Extension Service office may have a copy. Or you can order one from the Ag Business Office, 203 Conner Hall, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. Or call (706) 542-8999.Forget the lime and sulfur and remember this: clean up and clean out. Remove objects snakes can hide in and under, such as pieces of lumber, shingles, metal, junk piles and yard debris.Make Habitat UnattractiveThese items will also attract the small insects and rodents snakes prey on. Cleaning up removes the reasons for a snake to be there. Make the habitat unattractive to the unwelcome visitors.Remember, too, as people move into areas where snakes live, their encounters with them may increase. Snakes are important parts of our ecosystem, serving as both predator and prey. They should be afforded the opportunity to coexist with us.Second to the question about how to repel snakes is this one: “How do I tell the difference between a poisonous and nonpoisonous snake?” There’s no single rule to distinguish the two except the presence of fangs.Poisonous snakes do have large, triangular-shaped heads, but so do some nonpoisonous ones. This clue isn’t always accurate.Round Pupils Not FoolproofPoisonous snakes have elliptical pupils, too. All harmless snakes in the eastern United States have round pupils, but so does the poisonous coral snake. So no single rule applies except the presence of fangs.The take-home message is to learn to identify the different snakes. Maintaining a neat, well-kept landscape which isn’t attractive to snakes for food or cover is usually prevention enough.And if you’re running across the yard barefoot and step on one, don’t bother to tell your brothers. They won’t believe you.For more information, contact your county Extension Service office. Photo: Dan Rahn It helps greatly to know when the snake you find in your yard is poisonous. This one isn’t. It’s an albino gray rat snake. last_img read more

China resumes sending human H5N1 samples

first_imgMay 25, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Some of the H5N1 avian flu virus samples from human cases that China has promised to send to a World Health Organization (WHO) laboratory have arrived in the United States, apparently ending an almost year-long lapse in sample sharing.A WHO official said two of three promised samples have been sent by China’s health ministry and are awaiting customs clearance, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. Joanna Brent, a spokesperson in the WHO’s Beijing office, said the specimens are from a 2006 case from Xinjiang province in far western China and a 2007 case from Fujian province in the south.Publicity about China’s slowness in sharing H5N1 samples was triggered by a Canadian Press report in April. The story revealed that Indonesia wasn’t the only country dragging its feet about sharing human H5N1 samples with the international community.Indonesia’s reluctance has stemmed from its concern that the country couldn’t afford commercial vaccines derived from the use of its H5N1 strains. The reasons for China’s reluctance have been less clear, but Chinese officials have sometimes complained about how foreign researchers used samples gathered form birds in China. Last November, for example, China complained that investigators used such specimens to conduct and publish studies without properly crediting the country’s contribution.Brent said a third sample China promised—from a 24-year-old soldier who died in 2003—was not part of the shipment, because sample-sharing procedures involving the Chinese military are extremely complex, the AP reported. The soldier’s case was reported in a June 2006 New England Journal of Medicine article after new tests determined he had died of an H5N1 infection.China had previously sent six human H5N1 virus samples to WHO laboratories, said the AP report, which cited Chinese state media reports: two in December 2005 and four in May 2006. Since then, China has reported six new human cases, including that of the soldier, according to the WHO list of confirmed H5N1 cases.In March 2006, China promised to send 20 veterinary H5N1 samples to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for analysis, but their arrival was delayed for several months because of logistical problems. Christine Pearson, a CDC spokesperson, told CIDRAP News today that the lab did receive the promised specimens.The WHO has coordinated the international sharing of flu virus samples for more than 50 years. Samples of both seasonal flu viruses and novel strains like H5N1 are used to monitor viral evolution and drug resistance and to develop vaccines.At the annual World Health Assembly, which ended 2 days ago, the WHO approved a resolution to establish an international stockpile of pandemic vaccines and create a working group to draw up new rules for the sharing of flu viruses by WHO collaborating centers and reference laboratories.In other avian flu news, health officials in Vietnam have confirmed the country’s first H5N1 case since 2005, in a 30-year-old farmer who got sick after he helped slaughter chickens for a wedding.A doctor from the National Institute of Epidemiology in Hanoi told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that two tests on the man were positive for the H5N1 virus. The deputy head of the health ministry’s preventive healthcare department told the state-run Vietnam News Agency that the man’s test results were confirmed, but the health ministry has not “directly confirmed” the case, the AFP report said today.The man, from Vinh Phuc province, is in critical condition in a Hanoi hospital, AFP reported.Meanwhile, Pakistan and Vietnam reported additional outbreaks of H5N1 in poultry today. Pakistani officials reported outbreaks at two more poultry farms in Islamabad, bringing the number of outbreaks this week to five, AFP reported today. Authorities in Vietnam reported an outbreak among ducks at a farm in the northern port city of Haiphong, as well as several outbreaks among ducks and chickens at private farms in Bac Giang, a northern province, the AP reported today.The virus reemerged in both countries recently after earlier outbreaks this year. Pakistan’s last outbreak was in April, and Vietnam had reported a rash of outbreaks that began in late December 2006.See also:Apr 16 CIDRAP News article “China said to be withholding H5N1 virus samples”Nov 10, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Chinese promise H5N1 samples, deny claim of new strain”last_img read more

No more secrets

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Emergency aid from South Korea reaches virus-crippled Indonesia

first_imgHalf a million dollars in government aidThe South Korean government has pledged to provide a US$500,000 in-kind grant to Indonesia. Indonesia is also one of the countries South Korean has prioritized for its exports of medical equipment, alongside the United States and the United Arab Emirates, according to Indonesia’s Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister.“We are also grateful for the South Korean government’s $500,000 in-kind grant to the Indonesian government, which will be used to support the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak,” Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said on April 6 after a bilateral call with South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee. South Korea will ship aid in the form of COVID-19 test kits and rechargeable power sprayers, with 300 ready to be shipped to Indonesia. The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has been appointed to oversee the shipment.“A true friend is a friend who remains loyal in times of joy and sorrow,” South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia Kim Chang-beom said during a virtual press conference with the BNPB on April 9, as quoted by kompas.id.South Korean conglomerates send suppliesSouth Korean conglomerates LG Group, Hyundai Motor Corporation and CJ Group, which have a strong presence in Indonesia, have also offered support by donating test kits, protective gear, hygiene products and food. LG Group will donate around 50,000 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test kits to Indonesia, with the first batch having arrived on April 5, according to the BKPM. The diagnostic kits were provided by LG Electronics, LG Chem, LG Innotek and LG International Indonesia.”Here, we can see that LG is not only an investor but also Indonesia’s best friend. We certainly hope that the current solid teamwork between Indonesia and South Korea will become stronger,” said BKPM spokesperson Tina Talisa.Read also: LG to donate 50,000 diagnostic test kits to Indonesia from South KoreaExperts consider PCR tests to be more reliable than rapid tests as they can detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2, not just antibodies, which is why PCR testing is recommended in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) guidelines. However, PCR tests take longer because samples need to be tested in laboratories, while serology testing, or rapid testing, delivers faster results as it can be used like a pregnancy test.  Hyundai through Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Indonesia (HMMI) has pledged to donate 50,000 sets of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks and coveralls, worth Rp 8.2 billion in stages for medical workers.The first 10,000 sets were received by the BNPB at a ceremony on April 10 and another 10,000 will be dispatched to West Java, where HMMI operates. HMMI is also exploring the possibility of supporting the implementation of drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Indonesia, Tempo.co reported.“We really appreciate the medical workers who have fought on the front line to ensure the safety of COVID-19 patients. We hope the PPE aid we have supplied can significantly help medical workers in Indonesia tackle the COVID-19 crisis while also promoting local economic growth,” said Young Tack Lee, president of the Hyundai Motor Asia-Pacific headquarters.Indonesia has also received a donation of rapid test kits from the CJ Corporation, which operates various businesses from food services to pharmacies to media and entertainment under its local arm CJ Indonesia. Read also: South Korean conglomerate donates $255,000 worth of medical equipment to IndonesiaOn April 13, CJ Indonesia, which manages bakery franchise Tous Les Jours, donated Rp 4 billion (US$254,000) worth of rapid test kits, hand sanitizer and goods to state-owned hospitals and community health centers, as well as to app-based ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers.The donation also included 1,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, 200,000 loaves of bread and 200,000 milk cartons, which will be distributed gradually over the next couple of weeks by the BKPM. Topics : South Korea, meanwhile, has earned praise for its swift response to the COVID-19 pandemic after quickly slowling the rate of infection and deaths. After rapidly establishing testing facilities across the country and imposing physical distancing measures to limit the spread of the virus, the country is now looking to extend help to other countries.“[…] One of the key factors is the ability of the [South Korean] government to organize massive rapid testing, enabling the government to trace and respond quickly to the spread of the coronavirus,” Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartato said on April 6.Read also: Indonesia looks to China, S. Korea for medical suppliesBelow is a recap of the help coming from South Korea during these times of crisis.   The South Korean public and private sectors are sending donations of medical equipment, protective gear and testing kits to Indonesia to help the country in its battle against COVID-19.The donations are being channeled through the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) and the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), the spearhead of the country’s COVID-19 response.Indonesia’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 have jumped from zero to 5,136, with 469 deaths, within one and a half months, as of April 15. Scientists have expressed concern that the nation’s limited testing capabilities and hospital capacity could result in more undetected infections and deaths.last_img read more

Police do not support the decriminalisation of cannabis.

first_imgNZ Herald 16 May 2014Police say they do not support the decriminalisation of natural cannabis despite calls by Auckland’s Deputy Mayor that it’s safer than banned synthetic versions.Penny Hulse said it was time New Zealanders discussed the decriminalisation of cannabis, much as they had had discussions on prostitution and same-sex marriage.But a police national headquarters spokesman said there was no political will for decriminalisation and their stance on the issue was clear.“Police do not support the decriminalisation of cannabis.”Last week Prime Minister John Key told the Herald he did not support the decriminalisation or legalisation of drugs.On Wednesday Ms Hulse told an Auckland Council committee drawing up a policy on legal highs that it made no sense to regulate synthetic cannabis without considering safer alternatives.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11255679last_img read more

Land Users Group Calls out Greens on Cannabis Environmental Harms

first_imgMedia Release SayNopeToDope NZ 7 July 2020The Primary Land Users Group (PLUG) representing a cross-section of forestry, dairy, horticulture and dry-stock land-users has called out the Green Party, asking how they can reconcile their desire for legal cannabis with the negative environmental effects from cannabis cultivation.In a media release, they’ve highlighted the experience of overseas jurisdictions where there has been erosion, river diversion, and habitat destruction from large grows, and say that the Greens “are quite vocal about blaming agriculture and the burning of fossil fuels for the country’s GHG emissions but it seems, taking the USA consumption as an example of the likely effects from legalisation in NZ, that logic does not come into their thinking – it is just about self-satisfaction.”They also highlight concerns around “the case of pollution with the use of chemicals, which are often used to kill rodents which may damage the crop. These chemicals make their way into the sewage system and into our water supplies. They also make their way into the food chain, and can pose significant health risks to predators,” and that in Colorado, the “voracious energy consumption of growers is rubbing up against the city’s ambitions of cutting greenhouse gases.” They also say that “producing just a couple of pounds of weed can have the same environmental toll as driving across America seven times.”In their concluding statements, they warn; “The legalisation of recreational or medicinal marijuana in eight states including California, Florida and Massachusetts, means some of the nation’s hard-earned progress towards climate change solutions is on the chopping block as regulators continue to ignore this industry’s mushrooming carbon footprint.”SayNopeToDope campaign spokesperson Aaron Ironside says “The full effects of the industry on the natural environment are only just beginning to be recognised. These impacts occur even under a so-called “regulated” environment, as the vast amounts of water and electricity needed to power marijuana farms are damaging to the environment. One average kilogram of final product is associated with 4600 kg of carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere. According to research published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, cannabis cultivation consumes 5.2 MWh/y/kg of electricity and produces roughly 4.6 metric ton of CO2/kg of product.”“If the Greens really want to protect the environment and reduce carbon dioxide emissions, then they should not be pushing for introducing the cannabis industry into New Zealand which may lead to environmental harms.” READ MORE https://saynopetodope.org.nz/not-so-green/last_img read more

Syria’s ‘brutal’ war enters 10th year

first_imgAt least 384,000 people have since died,including more than 116,000 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rightswar monitor said Saturday. (AFP) When Syrians took to the streets onMarch 15, 2011, they could scarcely have imagined their anti-governmentprotests would turn into a complex war entangling rebels, jihadists and outsideforces. SYRIA’S brutal conflict enters its 10thyear Sunday with President Bashar al-Assad’s regime consolidating its hold overa war-wracked country with a decimated economy where foreign powers flex theirmuscle.center_img Syria’s war has killed hundreds of thousands of civilians and displaced millions. AFPlast_img

Lady Bulldog Netters Prevail Against Lady Wildcats

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs were 3-2 winners at home against Franklin County.Jenna Ertel was a winner at No. 2 singles. Maggie Walsman and Lily Esser teamed up to win at at No. 2 doubles as the score was knotted 2-2 with one match to play. Corinne Stone and Betsy Harmeyer secured the team victory with a three-set win at No. 1 doubles.Winners in junior varsity play were Kayla Stone, Caroline Kellerman and Carly Fitzpatrick.Courtesy of Bulldogs AD Bryan Helvie.last_img

No more excuses, Kevin MacDonald tells Aston Villa

first_img He said: “I would probably do that but we also have to look at little things ourselves. “Sometimes you have to listen to other people and be open-minded, but if it comes to it I’m sure Tim would help if I did speak to him.” Villa have never been relegated from the Premier League but MacDonald knows his players fear the drop in status. He added: “We’re bottom of the league. They do worry about the situation and where we are. “There is a big difference between being known as a Premier League player and being known as a Championship player.” He brought in 13 new players in the summer but was axed last Sunday and Villa are targeting former Lyon boss Remi Garde as his replacement. But MacDonald admits the club cannot continue to cut their summer arrivals any more slack. He said: “We keep making excuses for them, you can’t keep making excuses. They are professional footballers who are getting well paid in the Premier League. There are no excuses. “People say give them seven months (to settle), when I came down from Scotland all those years ago you were given three weeks. “Jock Wallace (former Leicester boss) said to me ‘three weeks Kevin, get yourself fit and if you’re the best player, you’re in the team’. “That’s the way I worked before. If you are the best player in training, you get the chance to be the best player on the pitch. “If you’re the best player on the pitch you stay in the team, that’s what’s going to happen here.” Sherwood was sacked just eight months into a three-and-a-half year deal but, ahead of the meeting of his two former clubs, MacDonald did not rule out asking for his help. The caretaker manager believes the squad must discover their form now with the club bottom of the Barclays Premier League. They go to Tottenham on Monday having lost their last six league games, a run which marked the end for former boss Tim Sherwood. Kevin MacDonald has told Aston Villa’s struggling stars the time for excuses is over. Press Associationlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img September 5, 2020 Update on the latest sports — Keenan Allen has signed a four-year extension with the Los Angeles Chargers that will make him the league’s second-highest paid receiver in average money. That’s according to a person familiar with the deal, who says it is worth $80.1 million with $50 million guaranteed. Allen is going into his eighth season and has made the Pro Bowl each of the past three seasons. He had 104 receptions last season, breaking his own franchise record for single-season catches. — NFL cutdown day has forced the Miami Dolphins to acknowledge the failure of their Josh Rosen experiment. Miami has released Rosen, who was acquired from Arizona in April 2019 for second- and fifth-round draft picks. He started three games last year, throwing five interceptions and one touchdown pass, and was the No. 3 quarterback behind Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) in training camp this summer. The 37-year-old Fitzpatrick has been named the starter for the Dolphins’ season opener Sept. 13 at New England.— Browns rookie coach Kevin Stefanski has his first 53-man roster. Cleveland made 24 cuts Saturday to get to the league’s mandated 53-man limit. Some notable names are among them, including defensive end Chad Thomas, a third-round pick in 2018, and running back Dontrell Hilliard, who handled return duties last season. Stefanski is going with just two quarterbacks out of the gate, Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum. Third-stringer Garrett Gilbert, a close friend of Mayfield, was cut but could be added to the practice squad if he clears waivers.— The Carolina Panthers have waived running back Reggie Bonnafon in one of their moves to get down to 53 players. Bonnafon ran for 116 yards with a touchdown in 16 games last year and played a major role on special teams. Mike Davis won the No. 2 running back job behind All-Pro Christian McCaffrey, and Trent Cannon made the roster over Bonnafon as the third back. Carolina kept three quarterbacks: starter Teddy Bridgewater, Will Grier and P.J. Walker. The No. 2 QB spot is still open for competition.— The Jacksonville Jaguars are going with a college journeyman and sixth-round draft pick as their backup quarterback. General manager Dave Caldwell and coach Doug Marrone kept rookie Jake Luton to play behind Gardner Minshew as they finalized their 53-man roster. They cut veteran Mike Glennon and waived Josh Dobbs. Luton was one of the biggest surprises of Jacksonville’s training camp, along with undrafted rookie running back James Robinson, sixth-round receiver Collin Johnson and undrafted rookie cornerback Luq Barcoo. That became official when the Vancouver Canucks lost 3-0 to the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinal.A Canadian team hasn’t won the Stanley Cup since the Montreal Canadiens in 1993. The Stanley Cup, however, will be awarded in Canada for the first time since 2011 when the Boston Bruins beat the Canucks in Vancouver in Game 7.Edmonton will host the Stanley Cup final this year. The Alberta capital and Toronto have served as hubs for the NHL postseason during the pandemic. Six of Canada’s seven teams — Ottawa the exception — were part of the NHL’s 24-team restart after the season was halted because of COVID-19 in March. Only Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary survived the qualifying round. Eliminated in that round were Toronto, Winnipeg and Edmonton.Montreal and Calgary were ousted in the first round. Vancouver beat the defending champion St. Louis Blues before having its hopes dashed by Vegas. TORONTO (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning will finally learn who their opponent will be in the Eastern Conference finals. That will be determined Saturday night when the Philadelphia Flyers meet the New York Islanders in Game 7 of their semifinal series. Philadelphia forced the deciding game with a 5-4 overtime win on Thursday night. The Flyers have won three games in overtime in the same series for the first time in franchise history. NHL-STANLEY CUP-NO CANADANo Canada: Country’s Stanley Cup drought hits 27 yearsUNDATED (AP) — Canada’s Stanley Cup drought is now at 27 years. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditKENTUCKY DERBYTiz the Law is a big favoriteLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In a Kentucky Derby postponed four months because of the coronavirus, Tiz the Law is the biggest favorite at 3-5 odds since 1989. He was a dominating winner of the Belmont Stakes, the kickoff to this year’s reconfigured Triple Crown. Tiz the Law faces 15 rivals Saturday in the 1 1/4-mile Derby, the smallest field since 2003. Trainer Bob Baffert saddles 8-1 shot Authentic and 15-1 shot Thousand Words in his bid to win a record-tying sixth Derby. There won’t be any fans in the stands and the infield because of the pandemic. Says Baffert: “It’s going to be weird.”Multiple groups, including armed militias, are planning protests and counterprotests in the streets outside over police killings of unarmed Black Americans. The Derby is unfolding in the hometown of Breonna Taylor, an emergency medical technician shot dead in her home in March when police burst in to serve a search warrant. Demonstrators have been protesting downtown for more than 100 days, calling for the officers involved to be prosecuted. Post time is 7:01 p.m. EDT.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSFlyers and Islanders meet in Game 7 NBA PLAYOFFSGame 4 for Raptors-Celtics, Game 2 for Nuggets-ClippersLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Saturday brings another NBA playoff doubleheader. Game 4 awaits in the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics. After that, it’s Game 2 in the Western Conference semifinal series between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers. The Celtics lead their matchup 2-1, while the Clippers have a 1-0 lead in their series. The Clippers have won three consecutive playoff games, which might not sound all that impressive — but it matches the longest such streak in franchise history. They also won three straight in 2015.center_img Williams will face Maria Sakkari of Greece in the fourth round.F1-ITALIAN GPHamilton takes Italian GP pole, Ferrari struggles againMONZA, Italy (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton set a track record at the Italian Grand Prix as he clinched a record-extending 94th pole position Saturday.Hamilton nudged Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas into second place by just 0.069 seconds. NFL-NEWSWatson agrees to 4-year, $160 million extension with TexansUNDATED (AP) — Deshaun Watson has agreed to a four-year, $160 million contract extension with the Houston Texans. Watson announced the signing on Twitter on Saturday. The deal makes Watson the second-highest paid quarterback in the league, behind Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, who signed a 10-year deal worth up to $503 million in July. The 24-year-old Watson has appeared in 38 games with 37 starts in his first three seasons with the Texans. He threw for 3,852 yards and 26 touchdowns last season when he led the Texans to the divisional round of the playoffs.In other NFL news: Associated Press — The Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals will be allowed to have 6,000 fans at two home games this season. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Saturday that the teams have been granted a variance for a “two-game trial” on a state requirement limiting 1,500 people at outdoor gatherings. The variance allows for no more than 1,500 fans in each side of the stadium. Fans will be required to wear masks throughout the games.TENNIS-US OPENWilliams beats Stephens in 3 sets at US OpenNEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams has come back from a slow start to beat Sloane Stephens 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the third round of the U.S. Open.Williams’ victory in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday allowed her to avoid what would have been her earliest exit at Flushing Meadows since she lost in the third round in her tournament debut all the way back in 1998. Williams was 16 then and had yet to win a Grand Slam title. She turns 39 in three weeks and is pursuing her 24th major championship in singles. Ferrari’s troubles went from bad to worse as both cars failed to qualify inside the top 10 at the team’s home circuit for the first time since 1984.NASCAR-PLAYOFFS-FANSSome fans will be able to attend playoff openerCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — When NASCAR’s playoffs begin Sunday at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, up to 8,000 spectators will be allowed to attend. Darlington joins Bristol in Tennessee, Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, Texas Motor Speedway and the championship finale at Phoenix as venues allowing limited spectators during the next 10 weeks, the most important stretch of NASCAR’s season. Las Vegas, Charlotte, Kansas and Martinsville, Virginia are awaiting state approval. Next week’s race in Richmond, Virginia, will be without fans. NASCAR completed four events before the coronavirus pandemic shut it down for 10 weeks. When competition resumed in May, NASCAR cut every bit of its pageantry from race weekends.last_img read more