Three more COVID-19 deaths in our listening area reported

first_imgDES MOINES — Three more deaths and 14 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in our listening area.In the 24-hour period leading up to 11 o’clock this morning, the Iowa Department of Public Health’s website shows two more deaths were reported in Franklin County with one more being reported in Cerro Gordo County. That brings the area death toll since the start of the pandemic to 24 — 14 in Cerro Gordo; three in Franklin; two each in Butler, Floyd and Hancock; and one in Wright.Four of the 14 new coronavirus cases identified were in Cerro Gordo County; three in Wright; two each in Hancock and Mitchell; and single cases in Butler, Floyd and Franklin. That brings the area’s total to 1535 cases since the pandemic started — 457 in Cerro Gordo; 420 in Wright; 146 in Franklin; 95 in Floyd; 86 in Hancock; 85 in Butler; 71 in Kossuth; 70 in Mitchell; 59 in Winnebago; and 46 in Worth. Of the 1535 cases, 724 of those cases have come since July 1st, or 47.2%.14 more area people have recovered — six in Wright, and two each in Cerro Gordo, Franklin, Hancock, and Mitchell — to bring the area’s overall total to 848, or 55.2%.Statewide in the same 24-hour period, nine deaths were reported to bring the total to 808; 373 new COVID-19 cases were reported for a total of 39,793; 288 more cases were reported recovered for a total of 28,607. Wright1 Cerro Gordo141 July Total724 Wright4203 Kossuth3245.1 Winnebago59 Area Total153514 Mitchell Winnebago Franklin1461 RecoveredNew Recovered Kossuth71 Butler2 Floyd6669.5 Area Total243 Floyd2 Worth Worth1021.2 Cerro Gordo109223.9 Wright358685.2 Confirmed CasesNew Cases Franklin32 Butler6576.5 Mitchell46265.7 Winnebago2644.1 Kossuth Hancock862 Hancock2 Area Total8481455.2 DeathsNew Total % Recovered Hancock60269.8 Butler851 Franklin76252.1 Cerro Gordo4574 Floyd951 Worth46 Mitchell702last_img read more

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“Gov’t Needs to Build Mental Health Center”

first_imgThe President Pro Tempore of the Senate has recommended that government construct a health center and fully equip it to treat all sicknesses associated with mental health and employ the services of well-trained psychotherapists, like the late Dr. J. Oliver Duncan, who specialized in clinical psychology.He observed that the country’s current Rehabilitation Centers can no longer cater to the needs of people with mental disorder.“It is time we feel deeply ashamed taking pride in seeking medical attention abroad. We must now care for our very own and stop making referrals of cases to foreign countries, especially countries that are far younger than our democracy. We must now take steps to upgrade our health system to international standard, Pro Tempore Armah Zulu Jallah declared.The Gbarpolu County Lawmaker’s statement was contained in a speech he delivered at the graduation and culmination of the Carter Center training and certification of 166 general Mental Health Clinicians last Friday at the Administrative Building in Gbarnga, Bong County.If an economy must be productive and vibrant, Pro Tempore Jallah maintained that there must be healthy and physically fit communities. “The health of a nation is therefore paramount in any national development agenda as such the health sector must remain a compelling priority.”He reflected that the experience and trauma of the 14 years of war in Liberia continues to linger mainly on the minds of those who were severely tortured, witnessing relatives brutally murdered or sexually abused in front of them triggering an increase in the number of mentally affected citizens.Senator Jallah noted that the resolve of the Carter Center to train specialists to effectively deal with this segment of the population is laudable, and is a contribution that will reduce the mentally deranged population.Quoting from French General Napoleon Bonaparte and Dr. Denis Waitley, Pro Tempore Jallah said:”Courage is not having the strength to go on, it is going on when you don’t have strength” and “There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.”He commended Carter Center for not choosing to discriminate against the country’s mentally ill population or opting that they be ostracized. “You have both accepted their conditions and the responsibility to deal with them. You have given us courage and strength and the willingness to co-exist with them.”Throughout the ages, Senator Jallah recalled, the mentally disturbed have been viewed with a mixture of fear and repulsion. Their fate generally has been one of rejection, neglect, and unkind treatment from members of their communities.He said the necessity for the study of Mental Health is clearly very important in any human society,” but unfortunately, in Liberia today, institutions of higher learning have not done much in this regard.This truth is evident by the academic awards bestowed on medical students ranging from nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, pediatricians, midwifery, and doctors but very rarely do we see or hear any award in mental health.”He continued: “This is a challenge to our medical institutions across the country to solidify and encourage medical students to go for degrees in mental health because our country is in need of them just as it is in need of nurses and doctors.”The country’s uphill task then, according to Pro Tempore Jallah, is to produce the requisite environment necessary for the mental development of the individual because, he noted, socio-economic well-being is a determinant factor in the growth of the individual and society. In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., he quoted: “a man must have food for his body, education and culture for his mind, and freedom and dignity for his spirit.”He challenged the graduates to exercise the most discreet etiquette of their profession in the discharge of their role to purge society of illnesses of all kinds especially mental illness, “because the least neglect in your sworn pledge to save lives would result in the loss of more lives.”Senator Jallah again borrowed from French General Napoleon Bonaparte who commenting on a similar situation once said: “Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals.”Jallah warned: “You will have to answer for the loss of lives if you behave unkindly and ungenerously to your patients. You will have to answer for the loss of lives if you adopt hostile postures and transfer your aggressions and frustrations to your patients.”He then paid homage to former United States First Lady Rosalynn Carter for establishing the Carter Center’s Mental Health Program in 1991, and for subsequently launching her five-year initia¬tive in 2010 in Liberia to help the Ministry of Health create a sustainable mental health system to address a broad range of mental health conditions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Heavily armed men demolish 6 homes at Anna Catherina

first_img…claim to be acting on behalf of CH&PASix houses at Anna Catherina on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD) were destroyed on Friday afternoon after four armed men stormed the properties demanding that the families evacuate with their belongings.Bibi Aleena DhorayWhen Guyana Times visited the scene, the residents related that the men charged into their properties at about 13:00h and the ordeal lasted for more than an hour. It was explained that they have been living on the land for a few months now but the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) had reached out to them, informing them that they will have to move. The residents said after explaining that they had nowhere to go, they were asked to file land applications and if the area is not allocated to be regularised, then they will get land elsewhere.As such, they were shocked when the armed men entered the area on Friday and started to demolish the buildings. During the process, several pieces of equipment and tools were taken, while others were tossed onto the street.A section of one of the dwellings that were torn apartSpeaking with this publication, one of the residents, Bibi Aleena Dhoray, explained that “two come in here with a sledgehammer and a crowbar and they start break from the back…Then they come here and the started breaking the bathroom, the kitchen sink, the shed…I had to beg them not to break the place because we have nowhere to go.”The woman stated that her child was almost injured by a piece of wood that fell during the demolition exercise. She pleaded that they cannot afford another place to live.One of the houses that were completely demolished“We don’t have nowhere to go. We come here and this is all that we have. They break the place and a wood fall on the bed and my children sleeping there. My husband had to bring the baby outside,” she stated.Meanwhile, Dianna Bacchus said after the men started breaking the buildings, she asked them why they were demolishing the houses and were told that they are acting on behalf of CH&PA.“I tell them that they can’t break the house. We never receive a notice or anything and they saying that they from Central Housing and Planning Authority and that we can’t live here.”These residents were left to contemplate their next move after the demolition exerciseAdding to that, Nandalall Jodhan related that the men threw his belongings onto the roadway and carried away some of his tools and a generator. He was still counting his losses in distress.“We hustling for somewhere to live. They didn’t send no notice or nothing. They come and break down the place and carry way all my tools, generator, everything. They throw out everything on the road, even the hammock that I does sleep in.”Others who were affected were still contemplating their next move since they could not afford to go elsewhere. Some vacated the land and were staying with relatives.“I get two sons and I can’t maintain rent money. I got to pay bills, look after the children and send them to school,” one man said.Calls by Guyana Times to the head of the CH&PA, Lelon Saul, for a comment on the issue, went unanswered.last_img read more

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Consider yourself at home as young talents launch Oliver! production

first_imgDonegal Youth Musical Theatre officially launched their 2019 summer production of OLIVER! this week with a thrilling musical event in An Grianan Theatre.DYMT is hailed as one of Ireland’s leading musical theatre training companies for young actors, and the recent launch proved why, as guests were given a sneak peek of the exceptional standard of their national youth cast for this year’s production. Artistic Director and Producer of DYMT, Séimí Campbell, spoke of the outstanding standard seen at their audition weekends this year, with auditionees travelling from as far as Cork, Dublin, Mayo to Belfast for the much anticipated production; “Having been on the audition panel for a number of West End shows in the past year, the talent that walked into the DYMT Casting room back in May was certainly on par to many of those young actors in London shows. “We have the talent in abundance. Our young actors just need some professional training and industry guidance to help bridge the gap to more opportunities across the pond.”Launch of DMYT’s OLIVER! 2019 production in An Grianan Theatre: Linda O’Donnell (DYMT Administration), with cast members of OLIVER! 2019; Caitlin James Rose, Eoin O’Donnell and Orlaith McGing with London based Director, Séimí Campbell.Campbell, originally from Donegal Town, is working on a number of productions in London’s West End and has recently been nominated for Best Director for his gender-blind production of DYMT’s 2018 Jesus Christ Superstar in the national Irish Musical Theatre Awards.The evening started off with performances from DYMT students including a heart warming duet of Santa Evita by two of OLIVER’s youngest cast members Eimear McTeague and Leah Herron.Artistic Director of DYMT, Séimí Campbell, along with Herta Kelly (Musical Director), Amy Jordan (Associate Choreographer) and Ethan Barron who will star in the title role of Oliver this summer with DYMT.Donegal actor, Pat Ward, then officially launched this year’s production, in a very touching speech. Séimí introduced Pat as his ‘main influence and idol growing up’, and thanked her for inspiring him to begin his journey to theatre. Pat told invited guests many little stories of the Director’s early life and career, and encouraged all actors present to also follow their dreams, and achieve all that they possibly want in the arts. After a few subtle hints on his adaptation of OLIVER! Séimí then introduced three of this year’s leading roles to take to the stage to perform a preview of three songs from the show. Nancy (played by Anna Gallagher), Dodger (played by Sadbh NiBreathnach) and Oliver (played by Ethan Barron) presented a highly clever and witty ‘I’d do Anything’, followed by the tear-jerker ‘As Long as he Needs Me’ by Anna Gallagher (who starred as Judas in DYMT’s gender blind adaptation of JCS last year) and then, the sweetest and purest of vocals from Ethan Barron in ‘Where is Love?’Anna Gallagher (Nancy) performing at the Official Launch of OLIVER!The preview showcased the exceptional talent that DYMT, and our country, has to offer in youth musical theatre; setting incredible expectations for this revival and great promise for professional musical theatre in Ireland.The select cast of Ireland’s finest young actors will begin rehearsals in late July 2019, and rehearse intensively for three weeks under the tuition and direction of some of the industry’s finest Creative Team from the West End and all across Ireland. Joining West End Director, Séimí Campbell, is DYMT’s Resident Musical Director, Herta Kelly, West End Choreographer (Once the Musical) Jennifer Rooney, Acting coach (Broadway’s Tony Winning ‘The Ferryman’ and ‘Les Miserables’ movie star) Fra Fee, international vocal coach (vocal coach to Bono, The Script, Hozier) Tine Verbeke, Associate Choreographer Amy Jordan and Designer (Abbey Theatre) Sinead O’Donnell Carey. All roads lead to Donegal this summer.Tickets are now on sale from An Grianan Theatre Box Office, or online at www.angrianan.com. With both DYMT’s Phantom of the Opera and Jesus Christ Superstar selling out well in advance of Opening Night, book your tickets now for what is to be the most anticipated show of the year. DYMT’s Reimagined Revival of OLIVER! runs from Tuesday 13th to Saturday 17th August 2019. Consider yourself at home as young talents launch Oliver! production was last modified: June 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:dmytOliverlast_img read more

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Ancajas gains foreign fans after explosive US showing

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Arellano Eyes twin NCAA titles Last Friday, the visitors included Japanese and Britons. They spent big amounts for taxi fares just to be with the International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight champion who knocked out Mexican Israel Gonzalez in the 10th round in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Feb. 3.According to Joven Jimenez, Ancajas’ trainer and manager, the foreigners brought along boxing gloves, shirts and other mementos for Ancajas to sign. They also posed for pictures with the southpaw being hailed as the next Filipino ring superstar after Manny Pacquiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAs a result of Ancajas’ fourth straight KO victory, Jimenez’s stock as trainer also rose, with Chinese and Australian boxers wanting to hone their skills at the makeshift gym.Jimenez said they are still waiting for matchmaker Sean Gibbons to finalize details of Ancajas’ next title fight against mandatory challenger Jonas Sultan. On Monday, Ancajas will start light training. —ROY LUARCA After an impressive initial foray in the United States, Jerwin Ancajas gained local following and international acclaim.Proof is a steady stream of media outfits and fans, including foreigners, trooping to his secluded Survival Camp in Barangay Ramirez, Magallanes, Cavite province.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:55Cops raid Manila office of Bayan, nab 3 activists for guns, explosive01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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2 days agoMan City boss Guardiola worried about Rodri injury

first_imgMan City boss Guardiola worried about Rodri injuryby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City manager Pep Guardiola was unsure of the severity of Rodri’s injury sustained in Tuesday’s win over Atalanta.The Spaniard did confirm that it was a hamstring injury that caused his countrymen to be withdrawn in the first-half.He told BT Sport: “No. Not yet. I think tomorrow we will know and hopefully it will be between 10 days if it is not broken. If it is broken, it will be three weeks or one month.””Yes, looks like [a hamstring]. I didn’t speak with him or the doctor just yet but looks like – when one guy runs and puts their hand in the hamstring position, it is hamstring. It looks like.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Top recruit Amir Williams commits to Mattas class of 2015

A 93-75 win wasn’t the only victory the Ohio State men’s basketball team achieved over Florida this week. The Buckeyes also beat out the Gators for one of the top center prospects in the country. Amir Williams, a 6-foot-10-inch center from Country Day High School in Detroit, announced Wednesday his decision to play college basketball for coach Thad Matta and the Buckeyes. Williams, who Rivals.com ranks as the seventh-best center in the country, waited until near the end of the signing period to choose OSU over  Florida, Duke and Pittsburgh. “He felt that it was closer to home,” said Kurt Keener, Williams’ high school coach. “Though more than anything else, he felt that the style of play at Ohio State, and the success they’ve had with preparing guys with going from college to the pro ranks, was what ultimately had him decide on the Buckeyes.” Country Day has produced some high-caliber basketball players, including Chris Webber and Shane Battier. Keener said Williams is solid defensively and has a nice mid-range game but still needs to work on his overall offensive game. “There’s things that you can’t coach in a player. You can’t coach somebody to be 6-foot-10 or 6-foot-11. You can’t coach their passion for the game or their intensity. He has those things,” Keener said. “The things he has to work on, whether it be the footwork or the pump fakes, all of those things are very much teachable things. If he’s healthy and he listens and learns, I could see him being an All-Big Ten player with a chance to play in the NBA someday.” read more

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Mens Volleyball No 11 Ohio State returns to winning ways with straightset

Redshirt sophomore Jake Hanes (16) anticipates making contact with the ball at the game against George Mason on Jan. 18 at St. John Arena in Columbus. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Senior Reporter.A frustrating stretch of three straight losses hung over the No. 11 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (3-3) prior to Saturday’s match against Erskine, the longest winless stretch it has experienced since the 2013-14 season.Yet, the Buckeyes quickly found themselves back to their winning ways as they broke their three-game losing streak with a dominant, straight-set victory over Erskine (1-5), 25-12, 25-22 and 25-17.Ohio State men’s volleyball head coach Pete Hanson called a team meeting Saturday morning to discuss what happened in the home loss to George Mason on Friday.“I kind of asked the guys, hey, what did they think about as they reflected back on the match,” Hanson said.He noticed that a lot of the same things were mentioned.“They didn’t play with a lot of energy,” Hanson said. “They weren’t really committed to what we needed to do to beat a good team, and consequently a good team beat us.” The Buckeyes proved their commitment early on Saturday when they tallied 16 of the final 21 points in the first set, cruising to 25-12 victory.Despite 19 service errors in the match, Ohio State used six aces and 9.5 blocks to finish Erskine in straight sets.Two of those aces came from sophomore opposite hitter Jake Hanes, also adding 12 kills, eight digs and contributing on five blocks for the Buckeyes.But Hanes was outpaced in the kill category for the first time this season, as sophomore outside hitter Martin Lallemand tallied 13 kills, adding two aces and contributing on two blocks.Looking to build on the one-sided first set, Ohio State jumped out to an early second set lead, but eight service errors kept the Buckeyes from pulling away. But a kill by redshirt senior middle blocker Blake Leeson began a 3-0 scoring run, pushing the Buckeye lead to 21-17.Leeson also helped jumpstart a 7-1 run by the Buckeyes to start the third set with a two kills and an ace, leading to 25-17 victory.Though Leeson was productive, hitting 11 kills on 13 attacks for an .846 hitting percentage, he recognized the team still has room for improvement.“There are a lot of things we have to do mentally to fix some issues that we have,” Leeson said. “I think that with each game, with the young group that we do have playing on the court right now, I think that [experience] will help that.”Ohio State also had a significant contribution from the bench.Freshman middle blocker Ethan Talley made the most of his time on the court, adding three kills and contributing on a team-high seven blocks.Ohio State will return to action against conference foe Ball State at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Muncie, Indiana. read more

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Oakleigh car crash driver pleads guitly

first_img30-year-old Nei Lima DaCosta has pleaded guilty to killing elderly couple Savva and Ismini Menelaou and a pedestrian in a Oakleigh car crash in January 2014.Nei Lima DaCosta, 30, hit pedestrian Anthony Parsons at Oakleigh on January 12 before losing control of his car and ploughing into a Ford sedan, killing married couple Inimi and Savvas Menelaou. The other three passengers in the car were also injured including their son Menelaous who was in critical condition following the crash and husband and wife Elias 60, and Maria, 45 Mesaritis. DaCosta on Monday pleaded guilty to three charges of culpable driving causing death, three counts of negligently causing serious injury and one count of recklessly conduct endangering life.Advertisement The Melbourne Magistrates Court has previously been told DaCosta ran a number of red lights and was travelling at 120km/h – about 40km/h over the speed limit – when he hit Mr Parsons.He will face a pre-sentence hearing in the Supreme Court next month.Source: AAP Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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