Tioga County pharmacist explains how coronavirus pandemic is impacting medication supply

first_img“They are allocating some supplies because if there is an outbreak in Broome or Tioga County where are we going to get this stuff?” he said. “That’s what we’re thinking about as a pharmacist,” While the pharmacy will remain open, Lalkaya said you may notice changes in the amount of medication you are able to get. This is due to restrictions put in place by manufacturers in response to increased demand as a result of the pandemic. Lalkaya said these limits are put in place to discourage hoarding and to ensure supply lines are ready for anything. “They are limiting the quantity to each pharmacy on the main things like antibiotics and things like that,” he said. Lalkaya also told 12 News that the UPS store attached to the pharmacy will also remain open throughout the pandemic as New York State considers shipping services to be essential. APALACHIN (WBNG) — Apalachin Pharmacy on Route 434 is determined to continue serving the public throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Lalkaya urges customers to think about the future and other customers in need of medication during this difficult time. “They’re not going to stop manufacturing so why do you have to hoard and stock a six month supply?” he said. “There is no need. Even with sanitizes and tissues, and medication you don’t need more than two months supply,” he said. “Even if the crisis comes here more we will still open through the drive through so that people don’t have to come inside,” said owner and pharmacist Jay Lalkaya. last_img read more

Ali, Norton and golden age of heavyweights

first_imgIn this Sept. 10, 1973, file photo, Muhammad Ali, right, winces as Ken Norton hits him with a left to the head during their re-match at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File)by Tim DahlbergAP Sports ColumnistThey were young once, and perhaps it’s best to remember them that way.Magnificent men on stages equally as magnificent, they were part of the golden age of heavyweight boxing. With Muhammad Ali as the common thread, they fought in faraway places like Zaire and the Philippines, in Yankee Stadium and in the parking lot of a faux Roman palace on the Las Vegas Strip.“On any given night all of us could beat the other,” George Foreman said. “I had Ken Norton’s number and Joe Frazier’s number. Ali had my number, and Norton had Ali’s number. No one would give up.”For the better part of two decades, no one did. They fought each other and, if that didn’t settle things, they fought each other again. Ali in particular didn’t mind meeting a familiar foe, with three fights each against Norton and Frazier.For Norton, who died this week at the age of 70, fighting Ali didn’t just put him in the upper echelon of heavyweights at a time when heavyweights reigned supreme. It literally put food on his table for his son, Ken Jr., who would go on to play in the NFL for 13 years and now coaches linebackers for the Seattle Seahawks.The money was there because Ali made sure it was. He and Frazier met in what was truly the Fight of the Century in 1971, both getting $2.5 million purses that were unheard of at the time. In this June 9, 1978, file photo, Ken Norton, right, and Larry Holmes battle for the WBC heavyweight championship at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Holmes won the bout in a 15-round split decision. Gene Kilroy, who was Ali’s former business manager, says he’s sure Norton is “in heaven now with all the great fighters.”  (AP Photo/File) In this 1977 photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, former heavyweight boxing champion Ken Norton helps Tina Turner jump rope in the ring at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.  (AP Photo/Las Vegas News Bureau)center_img A few years later, Ali was heavyweight champion again, though some thought his time had passed. He hadn’t looked that great against Norton in their 1976 fight at Yankee Stadium, and now he was going to defend his title against Alfredo Evangelista, a solid if unspectacular contender most noted as being the best heavyweight ever to emerge from Uruguay.“Why do you keep fighting?” a radio man asked Ali before the bout.Ali looked at the man like he had just landed from outer space before explaining why he was risking his heavyweight crown.“You know what they’re paying me for one night – $2.75 million. This is not Joe Frazier or Ken Norton or Jimmy Young,” he said. “I’m getting $2.75 million for a tuneup, a warm up, against a nobody.”There had to be some nobodies, of course, because the heavyweights who really mattered couldn’t keep fighting each other all the time. Sometimes, though, it seemed like they did, even to those actually doing the fighting.“They kept coming, and kept coming, one after the other,” Foreman said. “You just couldn’t find an easy target.”Norton was no easy target – far from it. The former Marine with the sculpted body came out of nowhere to break Ali’s jaw and hand him only his second defeat in 1973. The two would fight two more times and Ali would win both, though Norton went to his grave believing that he was robbed in their last fight in 1976 in Yankee Stadium.There was no such controversy two years earlier when Norton challenged Foreman for the heavyweight title in, of all places, Caracas, Venezuela. The fearsome Foreman, fighting one last fight before he and Ali would meet in the “Rumble in the Jungle” in Zaire, knocked Foreman down three times before the fight was mercifully called to an end in the second round.“A lot of people assumed he was afraid of me but he was never afraid of me,” Foreman said. “He got in the ring and took off his robe and I looked over there and he looks like Hercules. That wasn’t pretty at all.”Norton is gone now, never really having recovered from blows taken to the head and a car accident in the 1980s that nearly killed him. So is Frazier, and other less notable alums of the great heavyweight era like Young and Ron Lyle.Getting hit in the head by a 200-pound man can take a toll, though some weathered it better than others. I was with Leon Spinks last year when he and his wife sat in a small room at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, where he was told his brain was shrinking because of the abuse it took in the ring and out.It was grand, though now it’s not so pretty. Ali himself is nearly mute and a trembling figure these days in Arizona, ravaged by the Parkinson’s Syndrome that did what no other opponent could do – silence The Greatest.“He’s living a more humble life now, but he’s doing good,” said Ali’s former business manager Gene Kilroy, who visited him earlier this year on Ali’s 71st birthday. “But he’s not the Ali he used to be when he would walk down the street and 5,000 people would follow as he yelled ‘Who’s the greatest of all time?’”Ali was, and of that there is little doubt. He captivated the world with his mouth outside the ring, and thrilled them with his work inside the ropes. Two wins each against Frazier and Norton and mighty upsets of Foreman and Sonny Liston were more than a career for any one man.His supporting class was awfully good too – the last batch of heavyweights to take up boxing before the lure of basketball and football took away so many good athletes from pursuing the sport. Like Norton, they were champions too, even if Ali always seemed to reign supreme.They were all young once, and they were magnificent.As another one passes, we’re all lucky to be able to remember them that way.____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] or http:twitter.com/timdahlberglast_img read more

Jets Stay With QB Fitzpatrick

first_imgNEW YORK — Ryan Fitzpatrick is still the New York Jets’ starting quarterback — and he expects that to remain the case for at least the near future.“Yeah,” Fitzpatrick said during a conference call Nov. 23. “I do think I’m the right man for the job.”Coach Todd Bowles said the Jets are sticking with Fitzpatrick despite the team losing four of its past five games after a 4-1 start to the season.While some fans and media suggested the Jets might have a quarterback controversy brewing after a 24-17 loss at Houston on Sunday, Bowles dismissed that entirely.In fact, the coach acknowledged that there was “not much” of a discussion by the team to perhaps switch to Geno Smith.“We went over the film like we always do and we judge everybody and we rate every player,” Bowles said. “(Fitzpatrick) came out and he missed some throws, but like everybody else, he did a lot of things and we did a lot of things wrong as a group that we have to correct.”Fitzpatrick threw interceptions to end each of the Jets’ last two drives Sunday. He has thrown for 2,199 yards and 16 touchdowns this season, but also has 11 interceptions. His 81.5 passer rating ranks him 27th in the NFL.“I don’t think a lot of throws are Ryan’s fault,” Bowles said. “When you have a quarterback, you have to look at the overall scheme, not just the quarterback and as far as things are getting done, and a lot of times we just need to get on the same page. I think Ryan made some good throws. I thought he made some bad ones as well.“But you don’t give up on a quarterback just like that, because overall what he’s done this year, he still proved he can do that going forward.”Fitzpatrick has also established himself as a leader on and off the field for the Jets, and his status in the locker room has not changed in the minds of his teammates.“It’s never been a question,” left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson said. “He’s definitely our leader.”Fitzpatrick is playing through a surgically repaired left thumb, which was originally injured at Oakland on Nov. 1. He said he had no problems with his non-throwing hand in his first game since having the operation to fix a torn ligament, so that hasn’t been an issue.Fitzpatrick also was fine after taking a hard shot in which his helmet was knocked off during a late touchdown run against the Texans.But the Jets’ offense has been inconsistent for several weeks, and Fitzpatrick’s play has been a large part of that.Still, Bowles has declined to turn to Smith, who entered training camp as the starter but lost his job when he was sidelined several weeks after then-teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali broke his jaw with a punch. The Jets also have rookie Bryce Petty, who has lots of potential but is raw.Things started off well this season for Fitzpatrick, who got the Jets off to a 4-1 start. With a prolonged slump, New York’s playoff hopes appear to be dwindling, though — as questions increase as to whether Fitzpatrick can turn things around.“I think, at this point in my career, I’ve learned a ton, in all the situations I’ve been in,” said Fitzpatrick, in his 11th NFL season and on his sixth team. “I have no problem shouldering any blame that gets thrown my way, and all the blame that I deserve and don’t deserve.“I think I’m the right guy to get this thing going back in the right direction.”That all said, Fitzpatrick acknowledged that he hasn’t played well the past few games. But, neither has the offensive line.Or, the running game. Or, the secondary. And, so on.The point is, the Jets have plenty of issues to correct with a crucial stretch coming up where they can get themselves back in the playoff hunt. Next up: the struggling Miami Dolphins at home on Nov 30.And, Fitzpatrick will be right back under center — just as he expected. “Confidence is a lot of it,” Fitzpatrick said, “just getting some of that swagger back.”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more