Area agencies get federal grant to develop plan to address substance abuse

first_imgMASON CITY — The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health along with other area agencies have been awarded a special grant to support the formation of a regional team to develop a customized strategic response plan to address opioid and substance abuse prevention and treatment needs in north-central Iowa.Health Department public health strategist Alyse DeVries says they along with MercyOne North Iowa, Prairie Ridge and the Mason City Youth Task Force were given the US Department of Health and Human Services Rural Communities Opioid Response Program planning grant to come up with a plan with an impactful response that is customized to our region.  “Something that is based off the needs that we have here, what our residents are experiencing, what the data is showing locally, and plan for it for what that’s going to look like moving forward to respond to the opioids that are currently in use and then trends of those that are projected to increase.”DeVries says the team will work together to create a plan to bring more substance abuse counselors, mental health and medical providers to the area.  “A lot of the time substance abuse co-exists with mental illness and so they kind of go hand-in-hand. We are recognized as a mental health shortage area and part of this planning grant is looking at what we currently have for capacity to treat and deal with opioid response in mental health issues in our area, and then also recruit and I’m hopefully bring more providers to the area once we see where exactly are gaps are and what what’s needed in our in our region.”DeVries says currently there are only six medical providers within a 50-mile radius of Mason City that offer what’s called Medication Assisted Therapy to help people with a substance abuse issue.  “It’s medication that is simply used to relieve withdrawal symptoms and psychological cravings for the substance being abused. It’s something that we don’t have very many medical providers providing currently here, or there’s not been a lot of education on what to do with it, the needs for it, so we’re hoping to do a lot of education with providers and just kind of really do a deep dive into what we could be doing to assess and treat what we have going on in our area.”DeVries says the Health Department is looking forward to working with the other providers on this opportunity.  “Really the Health Department doesn’t have a lot to do with substance abuse with opioids in general, but we’re really great at bringing impactful teams together. We’re good at building really great coalitions that make impact and significant positive change. So we’re excited to be that facilitator and going to start this dialogue and conversation to bring these agencies together that work so much in substance abuse and mental health, and come up with a very customized plan for our area that will hopefully help address what we have going on now, and really prepare us for the future and minimize that projected opioid issue that’s going on around the nation.”Cerro Gordo County has been identified as a mental health shortage area, meaning there’s not enough mental health providers to meet the needs of the county’s population.last_img read more

CBA Seniors Win National Chess Title

first_imgBy Elizabeth Wulfhorst |For the second time in three years, Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) seniors have won a national chess championship.The CBA seniors captured the 2017 Grade 12 National Championship, held Dec. 8 – 10 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The students rallied to defeat powerhouse Stuyvesant from New York City to win the title.“Winning the national championship is especially nice because none of us knew how to play chess before high school,” said Daniel Draganoff who led the team to victory, finishing fourth overall individually. “I did not expect to place that high in such a strong field,” he said.Joining Draganoff were John-Gabriel Bermudez, Michael Gilbride, Matt Notaro, Brendan Fitzgerald, Kenny Skelton and Marc Sorrentino.This is the second national title in three years for CBA. They also won the U1900 championship in 2015.Draganoff was a key player for CBA during the 2015 win as well. He recently obtained an expert ranking by the United States Chess Federation, which is one of the highest honors in U.S. chess play.According to Draganoff, practicing a lot was the key to the team’s success and they were very happy with the outcome.Just a few weeks ago, CBA won the Grade 12 New Jersey Championship, also for the second time in three years.The CBA chess program, led by Patrick Melosh, has a competitive team and club program which includes around 30 students each year. They meet two to three times per week and attend chess events throughout the school year.This article was first published in the Dec. 21-28, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more


first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (May 25, 2015)–Classy Hard Not to Like sat mid-pack early, bided her time at the rail for an eighth of a mile late and was rewarded with a hard fought neck victory under Victor Espinoza in Monday’s Grade I, $300,000 Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita. With Fanticola, ridden by Joe Talamo, dictating moderate fractions, Hard Not to Like, who is trained by Christophe Clement, moved into contention around the far turn and was just up at the wire, getting 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:49.87.“When she broke and crossed the dirt, everyone was going a different direction so I dropped her all the way down to the rail,” said Espinoza. “I was going to stay there and if it opened, it opened. In the stretch, when I saw the rider in front of me (Talamo) switch to his left hand, I knew that normally a horse will drift out a little. I knew it was my chance and that’s how I got through on the inside.“I called Christophe (Clement, who remained in New York) and he told me to put her in the middle of the pack and to cover her up and move her to the outside if she got rank…When she crossed the dirt…she was doing it so easily…I left her alone.”Owned by Speedway Stable, LLC, Hard Not to Like shipped west from Keeneland following a third place finish in the Grade III Jenny Wiley Stakes on April 11. The second choice at 7-2 in a field of 10 fillies and mares three and up, she paid $9.20, $5.40 and $4.40.“I thought she always looked like a winner, but I thought she was going to be the unluckiest loser of the day,” said Lee Vickers, assistant to Clemente. “He’s got some pair of (shorthand for male anatomy), Victor Espinoza. That was a brilliant ride, but the man’s on fire and he rode with confidence, that’s all I can say.”A 6-year-old Ontario-Canadian-bred mare by Hard Spun, Hard Not to Like improved her overall mark to 19-7-3-2, and with the winner’s share of $180,000, increased her earnings to $961,671.Breaking from post position four, Fanticola cruised to the lead under Talamo and set fractions of 24.53, 48.99, 1:13.20 and 1:37.73. After repelling a determined challenge from eventual third place finisher Blingismything a sixteenth out, she couldn’t hold off the rail rally of the winner right on the money.“Tough beat, a real tough beat,” said Talamo. “She ran her butt off.”Off at 8-1, Fanticola finished a half length in front of Blingismything and paid $8.20 and $5.60.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Blingismything sat second to Fanticola throughout and settled for third money, a half length in front of Irish-bred Elektrum. Overlayed at 25-1, Blingismything paid $8.80 to show.French-bred Danza Cavallo, who shipped in from Keeneland with jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr., checked in fifth with no apparent excuses.Simulcast wagering from around the country will be offered at Santa Anita on Thursday. The track will offer free parking and admission. Live racing resumes on Friday, with first post time at 4 p.m. Admission gates will open for simulcasting at 11 a.m.last_img read more

Nalbandian’s feat against Nadal, Djokovic and Federer in Madrid

first_imgEarlier than dealing with such a problem, David had already eradicated three gamers with nice potential to face in the quarterfinals with large confidence: Arnaud Clement, Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin del Potro. After them got here Rafa, with whom Nalbandian gave a recital of 6-1 and 6-2 in simply 71 minutes of play. Then it got here Nole in the semifinals, which was the primary and Argentina’s solely victory over the Serbian in their duels people (1-Four globally).The get together in Madrid was rounded off with a victory labored and suffered earlier than the Swiss Specific, with whom Nalbandian it had come from falling in the earlier 5 confrontations. It didn’t weigh emotionally on the Argentine since his confidence was by means of the roof: 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 and title with comeback included. “I suppose that while you beat Nadal and Djokovic consecutively you attain the ultimate feeling higher than ever. It was a disgrace not to have the ability to cease him right this moment, “stated a resigned Federer on the finish of the match. The world of tennis surrendered to the feat of Nalbandian. The yr 2007 was not simply any season for David Nalbandian. Within the month of October of stated course, the Argentine entered the historical past of tennis (most likely with out understanding it) with three legendary triumphs, since at the moment it was tough to think about the stratospheric file that his rivals would obtain in subsequent years: Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic.What is called Massive three for his forceful dominance over greater than a decade, it fell into the fingers of the Unquillo tennis participant in Madrid Masters, being Nalbandian the first tennis participant who managed to interrupt Rafa, Roger and Novak in the identical match and consecutively. The feat was a double pleasure, for the reason that Argentine conquered the primary Masters 1,000 of his file in the Spanish capital.last_img read more

Paul Lee in no mood to celebrate despite semis win: Job is not yet done

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Game 4 provided the perfect opportunity for Paul Lee to bounce back from his crucial blunders in Magnolia’s loss two days ago.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In Game 3, Lee had a couple of late-game blunders against the Gin Kings, a turnover and a missed three in the final 30 or so seconds, paving way for Ginebra to extend the series to a fourth game.But when Lee stepped up to the line for two crucial freethrows, that 107-103 loss was far from his mind.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Last game was over,” said a stoic Lee in Filipino after he and the Hotshots vindicated themselves from that Game 3 loss with a 112-108 Game 4 win to eliminate Ginebra Friday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Lee was able to right his past mistakes when his free throws capped off the Hotshots’ 11-2 game-closing run in Game 4 when they came roaring back from 106-101 down with 1:44 left to play. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Of course if I got those two shots our chance of winning would be bigger because both teams were in the penalty so it’ll just come down to a shooting game,” said Lee who finished with 11 points with two of those coming from the stripe.Lee also said that they have to start moving on from their semifinals win and concentrate on the harder job at hand, which is to win the title.“Game 4 is over, we’re also done celebrating because the job’s not finished,” said Lee. “We have to get this title because we don’t want to waste the opportunity, we beat the defending champion, but we’re not the champions just yet so we need to beat whoever we’re going to face in the finals.”Magnolia will face Alaska in the best-of-seven finals.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ NU reclaims lost glory, recaptures UAAP cheerdance crown; FEU 2nd, Adamson 3rd Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

MOE Launches Radio Education for School Children

first_imgIn an effort to keep children, teachers and parents learning, the Ministry of Education, in collaboration with partners, has launched a radio education program for school-going children across Liberia.At the official launching ceremony at the Ministry of Education Monday, September 15, in Sinkor, Education Minister Etmonia David Tarpeh said, the radio program is intended to help children, who are sitting home get education while observing and preventing Ebola.Naming the radio education program, “School Away from Home and Home Away from School,” Education Minister Tarpeh assured teachers and children of benefiting from the learning program.According to her, the radio-learning program will focus on social studies; civics, math and science. According to her, the science will focus on nutrition and the hygiene component as Liberia continues to contain the virus.She disclosed that the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS), United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) radio and Truth FM will broadcast the program. She said it will also be relayed on community radio stations in the rural areas.“We want to continue to keep our children, teachers and parents informed about the Ministry’s policies and regulations as well as improved public relations,” she added.She explained that, the learning program will also focused on students from nursery to grade 12, Early Children Division and parents. This will help our children and teachers in the absent of regular school’s activities in both the urban and rural areas.”Also speaking, UNICEF Acting Chief of Education, Jake Kersey, said education is only the government’s business, but also families should make sure that their child or children are in school.He urged mother, parents and guardians to focus on providing the necessary opportunities for children and ensuring that they get the best education.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man, 55, Dies from Poro Master’s ‘Flogging’

first_imgAnother Christian conscripted in Gipo TownA man believed to be 55 years of age has died from flogging on alleged order of a Poro master in Fleeding Town in Nimba County.According to a family member, Shagasha Nyan was arrested by the Poro “devil” for reportedly beating on his wife, and taken into the Poro bush, where he was reportedly beaten severely and released, but died upon arrival at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital.His sister, Ameka Baby Bleh, while in tears told a local radio station on Thursday, August 23, that her brother and his wife were making palaver by insulting one another when the school principal assigned in the town, identified as Alvin Poquee, took his complaint to the Poro master.The Poro master, according to the report, immediately ordered men to drag Nyan into the bush where he was reportedly flogged severely to the extent that his one of his teeth was broken. Nyan sustained injuries in parts of his body, resulting to profuse bleeding after which he was set free.Upon his release, Nyan was taken to the Comprehensive Health Center in Saclepea, where doctors there subsequently transferred him to Ganta, but died immediately upon arrival at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital.His body has been deposited at a local funeral home, while officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) are carrying out arrest of those allegedly linked to the beating, including the school principal, who alerted the devil.When contacted, the Saclepea Police Detail commander confirmed the incident. According to him, they have detained four persons for questioning, and are still ascertaining whether the man in question actually died from the alleged flogging.Saclepea Statutory District Superintendent Sahn also confirmed the incident. He has called on citizens and the alleged perpetrators to surrender themselves to authorities for questioning.Mr. Sahn also confirmed the detention of Pastor Peter Nyan into the Poro society for initiation.Christian group in Saclepea has not yet made any comment in relation to the latest incident regarding the detention of one of its members for initiation.The issue of Poro society is creating uneasiness in and across the central belt of Nimba County, creating animosity among non members and ordinary travelers.It can be recalled that in Doe Zuaplay Town, some years ago, a man was allegedly beaten to death by the “devil,” after which several persons were arrested and taken to Tappita in Lower Nimba County for trial, but the public is yet to know the outcome of the case.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Presidential Guard found unconscious at Mandela Avenue

first_imgWinston Cooper, a 32-year-old Police Constable attached to the Presidential Guard Service, was found in an unconscious state on the Mandela Avenue Public Road, Georgetown on Monday at around 05:30h.Injured: Constable Winston CooperThe constable, of Lot 761 East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), where he is currently nursing head and other injuries about his body.Divisional Commander Marlon Chapman was unable to provide further details on the matter, but Guyana Times was told that Cooper is suspected to be a victim of attempted robbery, since it is more than likely that he was approached by bandits who demanded his valuables, and may have been beaten for failing to comply with the request, a source has said.Cooper’s backpack, which was found near his body, had his Police uniform inside, and sources say his assailants may have fled the scene after realising that he is a cop.Other reports conversely suggest that the Presidential Guard may have been a victim of a hit-and-run accident.Investigations are, however, ongoing.last_img read more


first_imgThe final moments of Donegal journalist Eugene Moloney are to be shown in court today.The reporter, who came from Fahan, died when he was struck in the head after an unprovoked attack in Dubin city centre in June last year.The attack is to be shown in curt after the dead man’s brother Sean asked the judge to show the incident. Sean admits he has never seen the CCTV footage and is sure he will be shocked by the last moments of his brother’s life before he died.Gary Burch, 21, has admitted to Eugene’s manslaughter.Sean said his family are also looking to identify a nurse who came to his brother’s aid just seconds after he was struck.He said his family want to thank her for her kindness in trying to save Eugene’s life.COURT TO SEE GRAPHIC FOOTAGE OF HOW DONEGAL JOURNALIST DIED was last modified: June 17th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:DIEDEUGENE MOLONEYGary Burchmanslaughterlast_img read more


first_imgThe toppled wind turbine at Ardara can be seen on the left of the pictureDD EXCLUSIVE: An investigation is underway after a 80 ft wind turbine came crashing to the ground in strong winds near Ardara.The windmill is one of nine located at Maas on the backroad near Ardara.It is believed the wind turbine came down overnight when winds were gusting in the area to 80km/hr. However the fact the turbine crashed in conditions it should otherwise have easily coped with has puzzled experts.Nobody was hurt during the incident.The wind turbines were built by a Danish company Vertas but are believed to be operated by a local business consortium.A gate at the entrance to the windfarm has been locked while engineers and investigators examine the cause of the accident. Locals in the area have been traveling to see the toppled turbine.The nine unit windfarm is the only one in the immediate area but there are plans for more windfarms nearby.One eye-witness said the windmill has completely toppled over but that the winds in the area have since died down.“There were strong winds in the area overnight so I presume that’s when it came down.“I’m sure the company will have to examine the other turbines in the area to see if they are secure,” he said. INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY AFTER MASSIVE WINDMILL COMES DOWN IN GALES was last modified: March 24th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Maaswind turbinelast_img read more