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Battling COVID-19 proving deadly for Peru’s doctor corps

first_imgLIMA, Peru (AP) — A large makeshift memorial stretches outside a bright yellow building overlooking Peru’s Pacific coast. The black-and-white photos of dozens of men and women is for Peru’s “pandemic soldiers” — doctors who have died since the coronavirus struck the South American nation last year. More than 260 doctors have died from the virus in Peru. Their colleagues blame the lack of proper personal protective equipment and what they say is the government’s abandonment of the health care system. Peru’s health care professionals have been mounting an open-ended national protest for weeks to press their complaints of inadequate salaries, poor benefits and other working conditions.last_img read more

Horticulture Club Plant Sale

first_imgThe University of Georgia Horticulture Club is hosting an online plant sale offering woody plants, herbaceous perennials, houseplants and succulents through Oct. 14.Online ordering and pickup will occur in two rounds. Ordering for round one is open now through 11:59 p.m. Oct. 7. Pickup for round one will be held Oct. 9-11 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.Ordering for round two opens at 8 a.m. Oct. 11 and runs through 11:59 p.m. Oct. 14. Pickup for round two will be held Oct. 16-18 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.Customers will sign up for a pickup slot and pick up their order at their chosen time. Social distancing protocols will be followed. Please practice social distancing and adhere to UGA guidelines by wearing a face covering when picking up orders.“The UGA Horticulture Club has allowed students interested in horticulture to gain hands-on industry experience since 1957. We are very grateful to UGArden Herbs for allowing us to continue our plant sale tradition on their brand-new website,” said Alana Edwards, president of the UGA Horticulture Club and a senior horticulture major in UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Customers can browse available plants and order at estore.uga.edu.All proceeds will benefit the UGA Horticulture Club, a student-run organization with an emphasis on growing plants and promoting horticultural careers while creating fellowship among members.For more questions regarding the sale, please contact the UGA Horticulture Club on Facebook at facebook.com/ugahortclub. For information on the club, visit ugahortclub.wixsite.com/mysite.last_img read more

5 Reasons Why Spring in Southwest Virginia is an Exceptional Time to Visit

first_imgSpringtime in Abingdon,Virginia and surrounding Southwest Virginia is particularly flashy—fields and valleys are filled with scarlet and gold wild flowers, while towering oak and maple trees display soft green buds on their gnarly branches. If you crave small-town friendliness and adventures in the great outdoors, there’s no better time to explore this vibrant region. Here are 5 ways to enjoy a trip to Southwest Virginia this spring.1. Bike the Virginia Creeper Trail!The Virginia Creeper Trail is a 34-mile, rails-to-trails well maintained bicycle path that travels from the town of Abingdon to Whitetop Station, Virginia.  You can rent bikes in Abingdon and take a shuttle to Whitetop Mountain. From there it’s mostly downhill for 17 miles as the trail crosses Whitetop Laurel Creek over historic trestles.Bike Riding on the Virginia Creeper Trail, photo credit Jason Barnette2. Scale the rocky heights of Backbone Rock Recreation AreaBackbone Rock Recreation Area is part of the Cherokee National Forest  and straddles the border of Virginia and Tennessee. Backbone Rock features a 20-foot long hole that was blasted through it to make way for the railroad back in the early 1900s. Today there’s a road that passes through the black shale with a hand-chiseled archway. At its highest, Backbone Rock is more than 100 feet above ground. It’s sight to see, and while you’re there, try rappelling on the sheer cliffs or hike to Backbone Falls, an impressive 45-foot high cascade of water.3. Enjoy Springtime BloomsSpring time is a great time to see flowers in bloom. White and pink laurel and magenta rhododendron grow to enormous heights here. Look for the yellow lady slippers in the orchid family. Dwarf crested lilies stretch their stems sideways toward the sun. Honeysuckle blossoms fill the air with the smell of sweet candy. Along hiking paths look for Canada violets, fleabane from the daisy family, wild red geranium, and the showy dwarf crested iris. Flowering azalea bushes come in many colors, including crimson, purple, and ivory. The most graceful of trees, the flowering dogwoods, have white and pink flowers growing on their delicate branches. The combination is dizzying in its beauty.Beautiful springtime blooms are found everywhere in Southwest Virginia. Harvest Table Restaurant4. Visit the Wild Ponies at Grayson Highlands State ParkIf you visit Grayson Highlands State park during the spring you’re most likely to see foals taking their first steps while the mares look on protectively. Along this trail, you’ll take in some breathtaking views. Situated between the peaks of Mount Rogers and Whitetop Mountain, this peaceful park is popular for backpacking, bouldering, and hiking. Other points of interest include a 200-year-old pioneer cabin and a waterfall.Walk along the Rhododendron Trail to see wild ponies at Grayson Highlands. Virginia State Parks5. Grab a Farm to Table Meal or Local BrewIf smokin’ barbecue, moist cornbread, and a tall glass of sweet tea define southern cooking for you, it’s time to expand your horizons. These traditional favorites remain top of the menu, but don’t stop there. From fine dining to local fare, Abingdon has a large variety to choose from. Local farmers, chefs, winemakers, and brewers are taking locally sourced products and regional traditions to new levels with stunning dishes and authentically Appalachian dining experiences to satisfy both your hunger and your sense of culinary adventure.Satisfy both your hunger and your sense of culinary adventure in Abingdon, VA. visitabingdonvirginia.comlast_img read more

Arena Hospitality Group and Kamgrad bought and donated medical equipment to the Pula General Hospital

first_imgI am happy that we can continue to help the hospital and the community in which we live, said AHG CEO Mr. Rally Slonim, adding that he is proud and grateful for the efforts of AHG employees who did their best to help prepare food for staff, and by cleaning and maintaining the hospital space. “I would also like to thank the Kamenski family for their commitment to support the purchase of a much-needed device for the Pula hospital, and I am glad that our cooperation over the years has reached a level where we can be of help together in difficult times. I want to believe that it will not happen that the device will have to be used a lot in these circumstances, that these difficult times will soon be behind us and that we will return to a happy and healthy everyday life.” With this donation, AHG and Kamgrad once again confirm their social responsibility and commitment to the common good of the local community in which these companies operate and employ the local population. The UVDI-360 room disinfection device is the best-selling device of this type in the world, Europe and Croatia, and it is a stand-alone device with the possibility of starting on wheels equipped with 4 UV-C lamps with 360-degree operation and infrared motion detection sensors. The device has its own software with the ability to control the operating time and a remote control with the ability to turn on the device at a distance of at least 15 m. After the recent, independent assistance of AHG to the General Hospital Pula in the form of a donation of LCD TV for the premises of the new part of the hospital, preparation of meals, ie Lunch packages for hospital staff, and making available to the hospital its own employees, Arena Hospitality Group for additional assistance to the Pula General Hospital, and thus to the local community and the population. Namely, in cooperation with the hospital and their expressed need, and together with a long-term partner Kamgrad doo one of the leading domestic companies in the construction sector, a decision was made to finance the purchase of medical equipment, ie disinfection devices UVDI-360 in order to combat COVID-19 infection. The total amount of HRK 362.500 will be financed in the ratio of 50% / 50% between Kamgrad and AHG. President of the Management Board of AHG Mr. Reli Slonim / Photo: AGH “In these extraordinary and difficult moments, we especially appreciate the efforts that health professionals invest in the treatment of their patients, so we are glad that with this donation we can help the General Hospital Pula in the continuation of their praiseworthy work. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our long-term partner AHG for their support and cooperation, and we hope that together, even after the cessation of these extraordinary circumstances, we will continue to cooperate and help all those in need.” stated the director of Kamgrad, Mr. Domagoj Kamenski.last_img read more

Pentecost

first_img 28 Views   no discussions FaithLifestyle Pentecost by: – June 11, 2011 Share Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Photo credit: obygrace.orgPentecost is the feast that brings the celebration of Easter to a close. What has drawn to a close, of course, is the liturgy of Easter, not the reality.  Every day remains an Easter day, just as every day is a Good Friday, a Christmas day, and a day of Resurrection. Every day Jesus is born or dies or rises or makes us feel the power of the Spirit. Today our focus is on the Spirit, on the promise that we will never lack courage and strength for our lives and our witness.Where do we need strength today? Where do we need sustenance to keep going? Catholics, we are told, are decreasing in number in country after country in the West. How we understand and respond to this development will vary from place to place, but everywhere there are challenges to be faced and responsibilities to be taken up.It’s clear today that society is no longer self-evidently religious. When I was growing up, faith had a sort of cushion in society. That is no longer the case. Today believers are out there on their own. How do we keep our faith?  How do we equip ourselves for loyalty?Faith today requires a deep, private commitment of one’s own.  One of the changes in the new Missal translation will be the change from ‘We Believe’ in the Creed to ‘I believe.’ That change could not have come at a more appropriate time. ‘We believe’ is a statement of sociology, not a statement of faith.  No one can believe for anyone else. Everyone has to say, for himself or herself, ‘I believe.’How do you keep that faith, how do you stay in touch with your soul?  You are sustained by conscious dialogue with God, by prayer, in other words. Faith would find it difficult to survive otherwise.Prayer is more than saying prayers – we know that, of course –  though if saying prayers is all that you can do at times, that is all you should do.  Prayer today includes with the Bible calls “pondering.” You will recall that it is the word associated with Mary on the presentation of Jesus in the temple. When she heard Simeon’s prophecy, she kept those things in her heart, we are told, and ‘pondered’ them.Pondering is not analyzing or thinking seriously about something.  Pondering is holding something – an issue, a question, or a dilemma – inside of one’s soul, complete with all the tension it involves.  When Mary stands under the Cross of Jesus and watches him die, and there is nothing she can do to save him or even protest his innocence, she is pondering. She is carrying a great tension she is helpless to resolve and must simply live with.One sees the same in the life of Jesus. What was the experience in the garden except that of carrying tension? There’s a necessary connection between sweating blood and keeping faith, keeping commitments sometimes, keeping our own integrity.And what’s the point of it all?  At one level, carrying tensions without wanting easy or premature resolution is a way that we let God be God. In matters we cannot solve, we have to wait until a solution comes to us. Think of Mary, for instance, waiting, doing nothing but waiting, between the crucifixion and the resurrection.Equally important is the fact that pondering represents a process of gestation, the period it takes for important values to be born. ‘Pondering’ the mysteries of life before God, pondering its dilemmas, tragedies, and contradictions, is what changes hurt to forgiveness, anger to compassion, and hatred to love.This we see clearly in the life of Jesus. He was hated; he hated no one; he met with anger; he did not respond with anger; he encountered jealousy and envy; he never passed it on to others. Instead he carried it long enough in himself till he was able to transform it all into forgiveness, compassion and love. Only someone who had carried tension in that way could say: Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.We give birth to values the world desperately needs by pondering, by accepting the pain of the world’s contradictions, its beauty and ugliness, its kindness and evil, respect and dismissal, all the way inside, till we give birth to countervailing values.That is what the Spirit helps us to do today, I think. It gives us courage to meet great challenges, not only with outreach and intramural programs of different kinds, but also with the strength to ‘ponder,’ to await – and facilitate – positive resolution for all our pressing dilemmas.By: Father Henry Charles Ph.dlast_img read more

DOH records 22 firecracker injuries ahead of New Year

first_img“If ever naman ay nakahanda na ang mga gagamitin sa pang-opera sa mga biktima ng paputok,” the Healthsecretary added./PN “Kungmay community fireworks display, maaarina lamang po itong saksihan… O mag-streetparty na lang,” he added. This worker fills carton tubes with gunpowder in Bulacan as they make fireworks to fill orders a few days before New Year’s celebration. The number of individuals who were reportedly injured while using firecrackers has climbed to 22, the Department of Health reported Friday. ABS-CBN NEWS “Thankfully, wala naman nasawi at walanamang nakaroon ng ingestion ngpaputok. Wala rin tayong straight bullet incident,” Duque said. MANILA – With a few days left before theNew Year’s celebration starts, the Department of Health (DOH) reported 22firecracker-related injuries. According to data from DOH, the injuriesreported as of Dec. 26 were from Regions 1, 2, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, 5, 6, 7,11, 12, and the National Capital Region. The department said most of the victimswere males in the 14 cases involved. The ages of victims ranged from four to 60years old. “Maaaringgumamit ng ibang pampa-ingay sapagsalubong sa Bagong Taon gaya ngtorotot, kaldero,” Duque said in an interview with DZBB. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III urgedthe public to turn to safer noisemakers to welcome the New Year asfirecracker-related injuries started to pile up. DOH also noted that the firecrackersthat wounded the victims were Boga, Luces, 5-star, Baby Rocket, Bamboo Canon,Fountain, Kalburo, Kwitis, Mini Bomb, Piccolo, Whistle Bomb, and an unknownfirecracker. Based on the latest tally by the DOH,the recorded firecracker-related injuries is lower by 35% than the 34 listed inthe same period last year.last_img read more

Unique format adds to IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Nationals draw

first_imgEAGLE, Neb. – While the list of drivers already pre-entered continues to grow, promoter Roger Hadan is busy multi-tasking two weeks before the start of the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Nation­als.Early entries for the fifth annual event neared 120 as teams from 13 states are entered in the Aug. 31-Sept. 3 event at Eagle Raceway.“We’ve got the cars. Now we’re focusing more on the fans,” Hadan said. “Sprint Nation­als is unique with a full night of racing every night where every car has the opportunity to run for money and its three-wide start on Sunday.”The main event pays $2,500 to win and a minimum $1,250 to start, plus a generous number of contingency awards.“As far as the event itself, Mother Nature, the number of laps on the track and trying to keep the track racy will all be factors,” Hadan said. “Then our next step will be to figure out what to do to make the event even bigger.”Entries in hand now are from California, Colorado, Iowa, Indi­ana, Kansas, Minnesota, Ne­braska, North Carolina, Okla­homa, Pennsylvania, South Da­kota, Texas and Virginia.The starting field of 27 will be determined through qualifying on Sept. 1 and 2 and in last-chance qualifying on Sept. 3.Friday and Saturday qualify­ing features both pay $700 to win while Saturday’s Jake Ita Memo­rial pays $1,000 to win and a minimum of $100 to start.The “B” feature purse spon­sored by IMCATV is $1,000 for the first non-qualifier (10th place finisher) and $500 to start.All other non-qualifiers re­ceive a minimum of $250 for Sunday with added non-qualifier sponsorship money. Non-qualifi­ers are guaranteed at least $450 for the entire weekend as long as they take a green flag each night.New this year is the require­ment that drivers must have com­peted in a minimum of three IMCA RaceSaver events in 2017 to be eligible for Sprint Nation­als.Pit passes are $25 each night.Adult grandstand admission is $13 on Friday, $15 on Satur­day and $18 on Sunday.A three-day grandstand pass is $35 and can be purchased by calling the Eagle Raceway office at 402 238-2595.Sprint Nationals begins with an open house and practice on Thursday, Aug. 31. The event is presented by Precise Racing Prod­ucts and NMC Cat Rental Store.Information about the event format is posted at the www.eagleraceway.com website.last_img read more

UCL: Valencia delay Chelsea’s Last 16 hope

first_imgRelatedPosts Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Chelsea sink Brighton to make winning start Chelsea saw safe passage to the Champions League knockout stages slip agonisingly away as Daniel Wass’ fluke stole Valencia a 2-2 draw at the Mestalla.England striker Tammy Abraham was substituted after a nasty-looking fall on a night where the Blues thought Christian Pulisic’s nudged finish would sneak them into the European top tier’s last 16.Abraham suffered a suspected internal injury after falling awkwardly on his hip, no doubt adding to boss Frank Lampard’s frustrations as Valencia gained the greater boost in Group H from the draw.Mateo Kovacic fired his first Chelsea goal on his 71st Blues appearance, cancelling out Carlos Soler’s opener.Jorginho was lucky to escape a second yellow card and a dismissal for the foul on Jose Gaya that gifted Valencia a second-half penalty. Captain Dani Parejo stepped up for the spot-kick only to see Kepa Arrizabalaga pull off a fine save.Maxi Gomez missed a hat-trick of first-half sitters as Valencia paid the price for shocking profligacy, but just when Chelsea started to home in on victory up popped Wass.The Denmark midfielder’s lofted cross drifted away from his intended target but instead over Kepa and into the net, stealing Valencia a draw to thwart Chelsea at the last.Rodrigo’s glaring miss at the death could even have sealed Valencia’s place in the last 16, but a compelling, gritty game somehow ended even.Victory here would have sent Chelsea into the knockout phase with a group game to spare, but now the Blues must wait to secure their passage into the last-16.Gomez should have had a first-half hat-trick, but was left instead to boot the advertising hoardings in frustration.At least he did not fail to connect with those touchline boards, because he struggled to hit anything else.Chelsea started brightly with Willian and Abraham both unable to convert teasing crosses from James.But once Valencia settled, the middle third of the half turned into Gomez’s profligacy show.Parejo sent Rodrigo racing down the inside right and his delicious cross left Gomez salivating on a far-post tap-in. The charitable description would be that he tripped, but in truth he kicked his feet together and the ball trickled past an open goal and to safety.The Uruguay star at least connected with a header, but could not steer it away from Kepa, and when the Chelsea stopper deflected his point-blank effort he was left to kick out at the only thing left within range, those advertising boards.Chelsea came again, Abraham firing wide from another James cross and then seeing a fine snap shot tipped over the bar by Jasper Cillessen after Kante’s cute flick.Winger Soler broke the deadlock when Kepa could not keep out his flicked finish despite reaching the effort with enough of a palm to feel frustrated not to complete the save.But in a flash and out of the blue Chelsea were level, back on terms in less than a minute. Kovacic controlled well on the edge of the area and drilled home a fine, accurate finish.The former Real Madrid man then jumped straight from breaking his Blues duck to almost doubling his club tally, only to see his close-range effort rebuffed after Pulisic had played him in on the left.Abraham was carried from the field on a stretcher to end the half, with Michy Batshuayi on in his stead after the interval.The personnel change did not disrupt Chelsea’s attacking flow however and Lampard’s men quickly stole the lead.Pulisic turned in Zouma’s knock down, squeezing the ball under Cillessen. The assistant referee raised his offside flag, but after a lengthy VAR check the goal was awarded.Valencia rallied and Rodrigo fluffed an attempted lob after Kepa and Christensen were caught in a muddle, with the failed effort a big reprieve for both.Jorginho was lucky to escape a second booking and red card when conceding a penalty for a clumsy challenge on Gaya, leaving the hosts incensed that the Brazil star remained on the field.Home skipper Parejo stepped up for the spot kick, only to see Kepa pull off a stunning save.Just as Chelsea thought they could see out the pivotal victory, Wass launched a cross into the area that hung so high as to drift over Kepa and into the net.The stunned visitors toiled away in search of a late winner but to no avail, and Rodrigo even had time to fluff another far-post tap-in.Tags: ChelseaChristian PulisicTammy AbrahamUCLValencialast_img read more

Everest, TSC, Police and GNIC through to Noble House Seafoods semi-finals

first_imgAFTER two days of intense battle in the Georgetown Cricket Association’s (GCA) Noble House Seafoods second division two-day cricket, Everest, TSC, Police and GNIC have all qualified for the semi-final stage of the tournament.At Camp Ayanganna, opener Ovid Richardson scored back-to-back hundreds to propel GNIC to the next round.Richardson followed up his first-innings top score of 121, with an even 100 before he retired hurt.Batting first, GNIC made 325-9 declared in their first innings before they skittled out GDF for 71. Off-spinner Gajanand Suknanan spearheaded GNIC’s attack with 5-28. GNIC did not enforce the follow-on, and reached 223-8 declared.Richardson was supported by Premchand Sookdeo, who made 61. Spinners Randy Lindore and Dennis Legay were the pick of GDF’s bowlers with three and two victims respectively.At Everest, the hosts made 387, with Khemraj Ramdeen hitting a top score of 98. Linden Lyght and Dennis Squires snared three wickets each, while Sherfane Rutherford took two wickets.DCC in reply reached 213-9. Sachin Singh made 48, while West Indies U-19 player Tevin Imlach scored 39 and Raymond Perez 38. Saheed Mohamed and Dwayne Adams collected four wickets each for Everest.At MYO, Transport Sports Club (TSC) completed an outright victory over Muslim Youth Organistion (MYO). Batting first TSC made 266. The hosts were then bowled out for 51.However, with a first-innings lead of 215, TSC enforced the follow-on, and MYO batting failed again, as they were skittled out for 107 in 15.4 overs. Off-spinner Joshua Wilson took 7-24.Across at Eve Leary, the lawmen arrested Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) after a brilliant century (146) by all-rounder Steven Harris. Resuming on 68-1 the hosts rallied to 360 all out. Apart from Harris’ century, Paul Tyndall and Jason McCalmont chipped in with 44 each.Shaquille Moseley (3-65) and Kellon Carmichael (2-64) were the most successful bowlers for MSC. Batting a second time MSC reached 43-3.GNIC will clash with Everest in semifinal one, while Police and TSC will do battle in the other semi-final clash.last_img read more

Louisville makes 1st appearance as ACC team at media day

first_img Published on October 29, 2014 at 1:53 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Comments CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A little after 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Wayne Blackshear and Montrezl Harrell walked into the Atlantic Coast Conference Media Day print interview room in their matching red Louisville polo shirtsIt was the first time that the Cardinals — who played in the American Athletic Conference last season and the Big East before that — surfaced at an Atlantic Coast Conference event as a part of the conference. The two players found familiar faces right away.Blackshear started jokingly trash talking with Pittsburgh’s Cameron Wright and Harrell gave Panthers guard James Robinson a big hug. Then the representatives from the former Big East programs chatted in the second floor of The Westin Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina, taking a break from a day spent previewing the second year in which former Big East teams will influence the ACC’s on-court product.“They play physical, and their vibe is pressure defense and the physicality is kind of different,” Adam Smith, a junior guard at Virginia, said at media day. “I think that kind of picked up the other ACC teams that were already here. Everyone is playing physical now and I think Louisville is going to add to that.”With Maryland moving to the Big Ten and Louisville set to play its first ACC season in 2014-15, the conference now has four teams — including Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame — that were part of the Big East basketball conference two years ago. The ACC now features four Hall of Fame coaches, as Louisville’s Rick Pitino joins Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and North Carolina’s Roy Williams.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe consensus from players that saw the Orange, Panthers and Fighting Irish transition last season is that they brought a “grind-it-out” style of play and more physicality.The teams that have played against the Cardinals expect that trend to continue.“Some of the toughest games that I’ve been in in my college career have been against Louisville,” Syracuse guard Trevor Cooney said. “They’re tough with the pressure they put on and it’s tough to play against, you can ask any one that has.” … They’re a great program, they are very, very well coached, and that’s what they’re going to bring to the conference. Just another great team and another great program.”After winning the Big East championship and national championship in 2012-13, Louisville won the AAC championship last year, finishing 15-3 in conference and 31-6 overall.The Cardinals’ season ended with a Sweet 16 loss to Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament and they return Blackshear, Harrell, Chris Jones and Terry Rozier, among others, for their first year of competition in the ACC.Louisville’s former conference foes were scattered about the final regular-season ACC standings last year — Syracuse finishing second, Pittsburgh fifth and Notre Dame 13th.“I don’t think we’re taking much of a look at that,” Blackshear said. “The Big East was a tough conference, I played in the Big East and Montrezl obviously did too, we know how it is and this reminds us of the Big East with all the powerhouse teams and good teams. We really know what’s ahead of us.”For the Orange, Louisville joining the ACC offers a long-awaited shot at revenge.The last time the two teams met was in the 2013 Big East tournament final, when the Cardinals erased a 16-point lead to eventually win by 17.SU hosts the Cardinals on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome and it will be one of the many times that Big East roots clash on the ACC landscape this year.Said Cooney: “It will be great for them to come back to the Dome, I know our fans don’t like Louisville that much.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more