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Four major preparations you must make before the #2019PreaknessStakes



The U.S Triple Crown had successfully taken in place last May 4, 2019. The recently concluded Kentucky Derby has ended making a historic controversial winner for the first time. Maximum Security finished the racing obstacles in the race track of Churchill Down but a few minutes later he was disqualified due to bumping in the pole incident. That said, his runner Country House took the Kentucky Derby crown which caused a lot of controversy in the whole horse-racing community.

Since Kentucky Derby has closed let’s bring our focus to the middle jewel of the Triple Crown Series. The Preakness Stakes is about to start a few days from now. On May 18, 2018, the next season of the 'Run for the Black-Eyed Susans' will take place in the race track of Pimlico Park in Baltimore, Maryland. It is expected that a lot of horse racing fans will again grace the said event and fill the area of the Pimlico race course.

That said, if you are an avid fan of horse racing who wants to take part in betting, you may see tvg picks for updated Preakness Stakes 2019 odds. Along with that, you also need to take note of these important things before you get a seat in the race track. These things will help your Preakness Stakes experience worth keeping for. This will also save you from any headaches you might experience when the racing game is on.

Buying your 2019 Preakness Stakes tickets

For people who have a tight schedule and wanted to book tickets for the upcoming Preakness Stakes, you may purchase your tickets online or. Make sure that you find the best seat in the arena and take note that prices differ depending on the seating location. Also, the only website where you can purchase your tickets is through the Preakness website.

Besides, some websites the offer Preakness ticket may look legit but the Preakness website is the only authorized selling site where you can book one. Also, the other way for you to get tickets is through the venue. There are ticket booths you can find inside the location.

What are your ticket inclusions?

As mentioned, tickets come at different prices which also depends on the seating location inside the race track. However, each ticket regardless of the price has similarities. All tickets purchased can make you pass into the InfieldFest Tunnel. Preakness Village might not be an inclusion as this is intended for patron visitors.

Moreover, if you purchase a Facility Admission Ticket, you can only access areas within the building during the Preakness competition only. This does not also include access to the InfieldFest or even live views of the racing show. If you want to witness the racing show or the fest, then you must purchase a different ticket then.

Lastly, the most important thing you have to bear in mind with your tickets is that you are not allowed to visit a friend seated on the other part of the arena. Each ticket has a designated seat which you cannot move away.

Perfect time to arrive

The 2019 Preakness Stakes is a big event to consider and the influx of horse racing fans are expected to grace the said event. In that case, the best time for you to arrive at the venue is around 7h. This will allow you to gain more time in getting the right place for parking since the gates will be open by 8h. Also, the first post of the Preakness will start by 10h30.

Take note that your ability to arrive early in the venue allows you to prepare well. You will also have enough time to look for your seat assignment, grab your snacks, and most especially review the odds so you can bet the right entry. This will also help you ensure that you get all the things and preparation needed to enjoy the Preakness Stakes showdown

Things you should avoid bringing

Like every other horse racing events, Preakness Stakes is an event that is held outdoor and regardless of the weather condition, it will continue. In that case, it’s a must that you have to come prepared before the event.

In line with preparing the things you need to head on to the Preakness Stakes,  there are also other elements you have to avoid to make sure that it will not cause the delay of entry inside the race track. Here are some of them:

  • Beverages that are bought outside like wines, beers, water, or even food.
  • Frisbees, totems, or even coolers
  • Pointers and Laser Lights
  • Balls and Balloons
  • Glow Sticks and Fireworks
  • Metal Furniture and Knives

In order for you to have the best Preakness Stakes experience this year, it’s a must that you have to mind the important things mentioned above.


EAPM: There’s no ‘pandemic fatigue’ with the Alliance, and the newsletter is available!



Good afternoon, health colleagues, and welcome to the last European Alliance for Personalised Medicine (EAPM) update of October. We hope you are all looking forward to the best Hallowe’en you can enjoy under present circumstances, so on with the news, writes EAPM Executive Director Denis Horgan.

Newsletter, and no EAPM pandemic fatigue

As you will see from the update below, frustration and anxiety about coronavirus restrictions is being referred to as ‘pandemic fatigue’ - there is no such fatigue on the part of EAPM, as you will see from our ongoing work which is outlined in our newsletter, available here, as well as our upcoming work on the EU Beating Cancer Plan and the EU Health Data Space, as well as our engagement with the institutions.

EU to fund transfer of COVID-19 patients between countries

The European Union will finance the transfer of patients across borders within the bloc to prevent hospitals from getting overwhelmed as COVID-19 infections and hospitalisations spike in the continent. 

After a video conference of EU leaders to discuss the health crisis on Thursday (29 October), Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the EU executive had made available €220 million ($260m) to move COVID-19 patients across borders. “The spread of the virus will overwhelm our healthcare systems if we do not act urgently,” she said. 

At the meeting, leaders agreed to better co-ordinate efforts to battle the virus as infections in Europe exceeded 10 million, making the continent again the epicentre of the pandemic. EU countries want to avoid divisions which dogged the 27-nation bloc at the beginning of the pandemic, when nations vied with each other to buy scarce medical equipment.

EPSCO unites

Following Thursday’s meeting, health ministers are meeting today (30 October) under increasingly dramatic and pressurized circumstances, as the spread of the coronavirus encounters growing resistance to government measures in Italy and Germany. 

EAPM will be closely following the work and outcomes of the EPSCO council, as well issues relating to key policy areas, as health ministers discuss how better to co-ordinate as countries return to one form or another of lockdown. 

On Thursday, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced a package of measures to help, which ranged from co-ordination on testing and a Europe-wide passenger locator form as well as the expansion of green lanes.

Pandemic fatigue

It is perhaps inevitable that after nearly eight months of restrictions and lockdowns, with people’s lives globally being forced to change in order to fight the pandemic, that frustrations and fatigue with the status quo will come to the fore. In recent weeks, many countries have been reporting an increase in ‘pandemic fatigue’ – people are feeling demotivated about following recommended behaviours to protect themselves and others from the virus. 

Finding effective ways to tackle this fatigue and reinvigorate public vigilance is a growing challenge as the crisis continues. Pandemic fatigue evolves gradually over time and is affected by the cultural, social, structural and legislative environment. 

High-level public health experts from more than 30 countries and many partner organizations from the World Health Organization (WHO) European region connected remotely to search together the root causes of this phenomenon and share national experiences and plans.

At the request of European member states, WHO/Europe developed a framework of policy recommendations to guide governments in the planning and implementation of national and subnational strategies to bolster public support for COVID-19 prevention measures.

It includes 4 key strategies:

  • Understand people: Collect and use evidence for targeted, tailored and effective policies, interventions and communication. 

  • Engage people as part of the solution. 

  • Help people to reduce risk while doing the things that make them happy.Acknowledge and address the hardship people experience, and the profound impact the pandemic has had on their lives. 

At their summit on Thursday, EU leaders pledged to promote co-operation in every aspect of their fight against the coronavirus — by keeping borders open, improving testing and contact tracing, monitoring critical care capacity and developing plans for the swift manufacture and distribution of vaccines. 

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said: “We have different situations in EU countries so it’s good that the handling of measures is in the hands of member states, but of course we need to co-ordinate.” 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: “A co-ordinated European approach is of great importance, especially for Germany as a country in the middle of Europe, it is important that the borders remain open.” 

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said: “Close co-ordination between governments and the European Commission is essential to respond quickly and effectively to the new wave of COVID-19. The health response must go hand in hand with the economic one. Only a united Europe will overcome the crisis.” 

And that is all for this week and all for October, isn’t the year just flying by, despite all the stresses and strains of COVID-19? In November, EAPM will have two academic articles arriving, addressing two topics from multi-stakeholder authorship, including an article on gene therapy as well as one on Alzheimer’s and related dementia. 

Here is a link to our newsletter again – do try to have an enjoyable Hallowe’en weekend, stay safe and well, see you next week.

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Britain pressed to follow French and German lockdowns as COVID rates surge



Britain resisted pressure on Thursday (29 October) to impose a second nationwide lockdown after France and Germany ordered sweeping restrictions on social life to contain a surge in coronavirus infections that has pushed health services to their limits, write and .

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government has so far tried to avoid a nationwide lockdown, opting instead for a tiered system of local controls intended to tighten measures in affected regions while leaving others less restricted.

A new study by Imperial College in London underlined the dire situation facing Britain, the country with the largest number of coronavirus deaths in Europe, showing cases in England doubling every nine days.

Steven Riley, the author of the study, said the government should decide quickly if it wanted to follow France and Germany.

“And sooner is better than later for these,” Riley, a professor of infectious disease dynamics, told the BBC.

However Housing Minister Robert Jenrick said he did not think it was inevitable that the UK would follow France and Germany in imposing nationwide restrictions.

“The judgement of the government today is that a blanket national lockdown is not appropriate, would do more harm than good,” he told Times Radio.

Europe’s economies were plunged into their deepest recession on record by the blanket lockdowns imposed at the start of the crisis in March and April and the latest restrictions have snuffed out the faint signs of recovery seen over the summer.

Financial markets steadied somewhat on Thursday after a brutal selloff a day before as the prospect of a double dip recession came ever more clearly into view.

Governments have been desperate to avoid a repeat of the spring lockdowns but have been forced to move by the speed of new infections and a steadily increasing mortality rate across the continent.

While the French and German lockdowns will leave schools and most businesses open, they severely restrict social life by closing bars, restaurants, cinemas and the like and impose strict limits on people’s movements.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who addressed parliament on Thursday, said her government had moved quickly to prevent intensive care facilities being overwhelmed.

“We are in a dramatic situation at the start of the cold season. It affects us all, without exception,” Merkel told the Bundestag lower house of parliament, adding new restrictions to reduce social contact were “necessary and proportionate”.

However she warned of difficult months ahead and said: “The winter will be hard.”

After heavy criticism of a lack of coordination and planning in the initial phase of the crisis, European Union leaders aim to make progress on common testing and vaccination strategies at a video conference on Thursday.

The latest surge in new cases has put Europe back at the centre of the global pandemic, which has so far seen more than 44 million infections and 1.1 million deaths worldwide.

According to figures from the World Health Organization this week, the region accounted for almost half of new global infections in the previous seven days.

The United States has also seen a surge in new coronavirus cases in the run up to next week’s presidential election, with more than 80,000 new cases and 1,000 deaths reported on Wednesday.

By contrast, many Asian countries have begun to relax controls as the disease has been brought under control, with Singapore announcing it would ease restrictions for visitors from mainland China and the Australian state of Victoria.

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Commission approves prolongation of the Polish resolution scheme for cooperative and small commercial banks



The European Commission has approved, under EU state aid rules, the prolongation of the Polish resolution scheme for twelve months until 29 October 2021. The scheme was initially approved in December 2016. It has been prolonged four times, last time in April 2020. This fifth prolongation does not introduce any changes to the previous scheme. The measure will continue to be available for cooperative banks and small commercial banks with total assets below €3 billion, only if they are placed in resolution by the competent national authorities.

The objective of the scheme is to facilitate the work of the Polish resolution authorities, should a concrete case and need arise for it. The Commission found the prolongation of the scheme to be in line with EU state aid rules, in particular the 2013 Banking Communication and EU banking rules. More information will be available on the Commission's competition website in the case register under the case SA.58389 once any confidentiality issues have been resolved.

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