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Mason City’s mayor thanks community for response in COVID-19 situation

first_imgMASON CITY — Mason City’s mayor Bill Schickel thanked the community’s health partners during a news conference on Wednesday afternoon for their efforts during the COVID-19 crisis.He says, “MercyOne North Iowa, the city, the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health have been working closely with our emergency response preparedness. Without these partners, we couldn’t do this. Really without all of you we couldn’t do this. I’m so grateful to have these partners, and with these partners we can fight this battle and be able to win it.”)Schickel says a company called Unicast has gathered travel data throughout Iowa and it shows people locally have been heeding to the “stay at home” concept.  “Cerro Gordo County received an ‘A’ in terms of reducing the distance we’re traveling, and that’s a really good, positive indication. Since our news conference last Tuesday, travel in Mason City and Cerro Gordo County has been reduced by 46%. We’re beating the statewide average according to this analysis. The statewide reduction is 29%.” Schickel pointed back to the Spanish Influenza epidemic in Mason City in 1918 to show how not trying to take preventative measures can easily spread around an illness.  “In five short days in the month of October, we went from zero cases to five cases, to 150 cases and four deaths. I say this not to frighten or not to scare, but to show that the things we’re doing are making a real difference, and the things you are doing are making a real difference.” Schickel says he’s been practicing social distancing skills as best as possible. Prior to Wednesday afternoon’s news conference, he said he hadn’t been out of the house in three days.last_img read more

Arsenal players refuse to lower wages

first_imgNegotiations between the squad and the club remain frozen. In addition, the Arsenal management offered that in all new contracts signed with the club, the reduced fee would be returned to them during these months. A 12.5% ​​cut would mean a total of 30 million euros for the club. For his part, Raül Sanllehi, Soccer Director, warned that the club would have trouble offering contract improvements to those nearing completion. Likewise, the Association of Professional Footballers recommended that players only accept cuts if they were in the form of postponements. Until before the coronavirus stoppage, Arsenal was ninth in the Premier League eight points from the Top-4. The Arsenal squad has rejected the club’s initial proposal to reduce footballers’ salaries. The Telegraph has reported that none of the highest-paid players have accepted the measures, which consisted of five key points:– 12.5% ​​reduction in salary from April 2020 to March 2021.– The entire amount is refunded if Arsenal qualifies for the Champions League.– If they do not qualify for the Champions League, the money is not returned.– If they qualify for the Europa League, the reduction will be 7.5%.– If the season does not end or Arsenal does not receive all the money from television, an alternative solution will be sought.last_img read more

Liberians Commend Ghanaian Hospitality

first_img(GNA) – Ghanaians have been commended for their show of love, fellow feeling, cooperation, and understanding towards the Liberians.“This spirit of brotherliness has really made the Liberians to continue to live in Ghana feel at home,” speakers at a special end-of-year durbar, organized by leaders of Liberia Lofa County Residents Association in Ghana, made the commendation at Gomoa Buduburam Refugees Camp.According to the speakers, the special humanitarian gesture accorded the Liberians since the camp was created decades ago has taught them a great lesson.“These natural qualities, which majority of Liberian citizens who have already returned home derived from Ghanaians, is really playing a key role in the rebuilding efforts put up by their brothers and sisters at home,” they said.“We are very thankful to the Almighty God for leading us to a peaceful country like Ghana when our home country was torn apart by civil war. Current and future generations of Liberia would never forget what Ghana has done for her sisterly African country, Liberia.”Dr. Tambaa Cebianor, President of Lofa County Residents Association in Ghana, in his keynote address said the end-of-year get-together was aimed at bringing all Liberian nationals in the country together.Dr. Cebianor, a Medical Officer working at Gomoa-Fetteh Village of Hope Orphanage Hospital, expressed optimism that when Liberians come together they would be able to make meaningful contributions towards the socioeconomic, cultural, religious, and political developments of Liberia.He advised Liberians living in Ghana to put the past behind them and learn to foster unity among themselves, because in unity a lot could be achieved.He expressed the need for Liberians to obey the laws of the country and learn to participate in all self-help activities, especially clean up exercises initiated by chiefs and assembly members in the communities in which they reside.The organizers of the durbar presented a certificate of appreciation to Nana Ama Amafoah, Adontenhemaa of Gomoa-Fetteh.Nana Amafoah expressed gratitude to the organizers for the honor done her and assured Liberians in the area of her administration’s continued cooperation to ensure peace, stability and progress in the area.The Liberians at the Bubduburam Refugee Camp climaxed the durbar with a cultural display.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Parties agree to TORs for negotiations

first_imgGTU wages, salariesWeeks after a high-level task force comprising representatives from the Ministries of Education, Finance, Communities, Public Service and the Presidency and representatives of the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) was formed, all parties have come to an agreement on the Terms of Reference (TORs) for the negotiations that will look at increases and other benefits for teachers.While there were a few hiccups during the first few weeks after the task force was established, all parties were able to meet and discuss several important issues with the aim of moving forward with the negotiation process.GTU General Secretary Coretta McDonald told Guyana Times on Sunday that she was pleased with the progress made so far and looked forward to the process being a smooth one.GTU General Secretary Coretta McDonald“We have been able to look at some aspects of what GTU would have submitted (non-salaries) and both the Ministry of Education and the GTU have agreed to take those to Cabinet for approval and then we are going to be looking at the rest of issues. In fact, those that we looked at are issues that don’t require much confusion which may have prolonged the discussions,” she explained.McDonald said the team was expected to complete its task on or before December 20. She said in the recommendations to Cabinet, they would request that those benefits that were approved be fully rolled out in 2018. “And those financial aspects which Cabinet will have to deliberate more on that, those will go through the process for further discussions and deliberations,” she added.The task force was set up to examine outstanding problems with a view to their timely resolution and to propose a new, multi-year agreement between the Government and the GTU. The task force is expected to meet on a weekly basis.The Union had accused Government of sidelining and disrespecting it, resulting in the Union threatening a countrywide strike if the Government failed to take decisive action to address the concerns of the representative body. The strike was scheduled for November 2-3, but was called off following a meeting with President David Granger and Union representatives.During the meeting, the two sides agreed to the establishment of a high-level task force and teachers receiving an interim salary increase ranging from six to eight per cent, retroactive to January 1, 2017.President Granger proposed that the discussions would take a holistic view on the improvement of the education sector. The task force will, therefore, also take account of the findings of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the education sector in Guyana and other matters relating to the well-being of teachers and students. The intention is to have these issues addressed.The issues of concern to the Union include the stagnated negotiations between the GTU and the Education Ministry. The negotiations focused on, among other things, increased teachers’ remuneration and outstanding payments.Additionally, the Union had expressed concern about a memorandum that could see teachers having to work during their designated lunch period. Earlier this year, the GTU contended that teachers across the country were anxious to know when they would receive benefits of the proposed five-year agreement.In the previous agreement, the GTU managed to get a five per cent increase over the course of five years for teachers countrywide, but is hoping to see implementation of a 45 per cent increase in 2017 and a 50 per cent hike for the following three years (2018-2020) for all categories of teachers.last_img read more

Roll-over on 100 ave sees one person charged under Motor Vehicle Act

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – On Wednesday evening at around 6:30 pm, there was a roll-over at 100 ave and 108 street in Fort St. John.S/Sgt. Steve Perret with the Fort St. John RCMP says the collision involved 2 white dodge pick-up trucks. One vehicle was travelling eastbound on 100 ave, while the other vehicle was travelling westbound.The vehicle that was going eastbound made a left turn onto 108 street in front of the westbound vehicle.- Advertisement -Perret says the collision caused the turning vehicle to roll onto it’s side.There were 3 people in the vehicle that rolled. The driver of that vehicle received minor scrapes to his hands. No one else was injured in the collision. The other vehicle only had 1 person inside.The driver of the turning vehicle was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act for Failing to Yield.Advertisementlast_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Tuesday, October 7

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Manchester United will have to pay Real Madrid about £80m to sign former winger Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, who would also demand close to £20m in wages. (Daily Star) Manchester City have made an official enquiry for Borussia Dortmund’s German midfielder Marco Reus, 25, and have asked for updates over his availability. (Daily Express) Monaco are still interested in signing Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, despite missing out on the 28-year-old during last year’s summer transfer window. (Daily Telegraph) Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 33, has disagreed with Arsene Wenger’s suggestion that he was close to joining Arsenal. (Guardian) PSG and Real Madrid are both monitoring the contract talks of Liverpool’s 19-year-old winger Raheem Sterling. (Daily Express) Liverpool have started talks over extending midfielder Jordan Henderson’s contract beyond the end of next season. (The Times – subscription required) Liverpool defender Glen Johnson, 30, could leave the Anfield club as he seeks a longer term contract and talks reach deadlock. (Guardian) Newcastle are still planning to sell French defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, 25, even though he is starring for Roma on loan. (Daily Mirror)  Bayern Munich’s Xherdan Shaqiri could he heading to Spain as Atletico Madrid are preparing a £12m bid for the 22-year-old Swiss midfielder. (Bild)Real Madrid’s 26-year-old French striker Karim Benzema could join Liverpool in a £40m transfer deal. (Le Figaro)Juventus managing director Beppe Marotta says the club were unable to sign 21-year-old forward Juan Iturbe as rival club AS Roma had more disposable income at the time. (Tuttosport) Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas, 33, has said that he felt isolated by club president Florentino Perez during the tenure of Jose Mourinho as manager of the Bernabeu outfit. (AS) Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos, 28, has sustained a leg injury which will make him unavailable for Spain’s match against Luxembourg on Sunday. (Marca) And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales…Exclusive – Sterling should be playing for the England Under-21s, claims PearceLiverpool have opened talks with Sterling about new contract, reveals RodgersFalcao desperate to remain at Manchester United beyond loan spellChelsea linked with Cavani as PSG fans turn on misfiring forwardWest Ham co-owner Gold hints at permanent deal for Barcelona star SongLeyton Orient keen on Italian striker branded ‘The Beast’last_img read more

WATCH: Raheem Sterling stars as Man City score EIGHT in final pre-season clash

first_imgIt was City’s fourth victory of the tour after wins over Adelaide United, Melbourne City and Roma, with a single defeat to Real Madrid, and Manuel Pellegrini’s squad will now return to Manchester before travelling to Stuttgart at the weekend. New Man City winger Raheem Sterling New Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling proved again he has what it takes to play alongside the big boys, with the winger starring as the Blues signed off their pre-season tour in style.The 20-year-old England international has taken little time to settle in following his British-record move from Liverpool, having scored on his club debut against Roma.And he was one of the stand-out performers again in a friendly meeting with the Vietnam national team, finding the net twice as City thumped the hosts 8-1 in nation’s capital of Hanoi.Aleksandar Kolarov and David Silva also scored two apiece while Marcos Lopes and Jose Angel Pozo grabbed the Blues’ other goals.Check out Sterling’s goals, plus the full match highlights, in the video below!center_img 1last_img read more

GREAT TURN-OUT AT WH RAITT WOODTURNING EXPO TODAY

first_imgThe annual Woodwork and Wooodturning expo took place in W.H. Raitt Hardware in Stranorlar today.There was a great turnout a the event with Mr Willie Creighton, President of Irish Wood Turners Guild, the guest demonstrater. The Expo was held in W.H. Raitts Hardware shop in stranorlar, which was filled with many people eager to see the Woodturning Expo.At the show, W.H. Raitt host Record Power, Startrite, Charnwood, Jet, Brimarc, Robert Sorby, and finally, in conjuction with Power Nail Guns in Letterkenny, Festool.     GREAT TURN-OUT AT WH RAITT WOODTURNING EXPO TODAY was last modified: October 2nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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)last_img read more

Clear picture

first_img “We are playing against the best. They are the champions and they know how to play in the playoffs,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “We didn’t face them during the season when we were pitching well. Now, we are. That’s a difference.” The New York Yankees, who clinched their eighth straight AL East title on Saturday at Fenway Park, travel to Anaheim to play the AL West champion Angels beginning Tuesday night. The Angels beat the Yankees in the 2002 division series en route to their only World Series championship. The Angels earned home-field advantage in the series by virtue of a 7-4 victory in Texas on Sunday and New York’s 10-1 loss in Boston. The Angels and Yankees both finished 95-67, and the Angels won the season series between the teams. “I think we accomplished what we wanted to by getting guys rested and getting home field,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Everything had to fall in place perfectly, and it looks like it did.” All first-round series are a best-of-five format. After Boston’s win over the Yankees at Fenway, the outfield scoreboards posted matching messages, one congratulating the Yankees and one congratulating the Red Sox. Turned out, there was no need for a tiebreaker – or two, for that matter. Just a day before, the AL pennant race was so jumbled that it looked as though the first double tiebreaker playoff in major-league history might be necessary. “I think it’s what a lot of people expected at the beginning of the season, us and Boston back in the playoffs,” Yankees captain Derek Jeter said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Houston will open Wednesday in Atlanta against the NL East champion Braves, coming off their 14th consecutive division title. It’s a rematch of their first-round series last year, won by Roger Clemens and the Astros in five games. “I’m very thankful. It was some rocky roads, roller-coaster rides throughout the season,” pitcher Andy Pettitte said after a 6-4 victory over the Cubs allowed Houston to finish one game ahead of Philadelphia. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Phillies did all they could to force a tiebreaker playoff, beating Washington 9-3 for a weekend sweep, but still fell short. Curt Schilling, Manny Ramirez and the Red Sox earned the AL wild-card berth for the third consecutive season, the same spot that started them toward their first World Series championship in 86 years. In fact, a wild-card team has won the past three titles. The defending champs clinched when Cleveland, the only other team that had a shot at the wild card, lost 3-1 at home to the White Sox, who swept the three-game series. The defeat concluded a crushing final week for the young Indians (93-69), who dropped six of their last seven games. “We ended like we started,” closer Bob Wickman said in a somber Cleveland clubhouse. “We came up one game short. But the guys should be very proud of what they’ve accomplished.” Boston’s first-round series against the AL Central champion White Sox starts Tuesday in Chicago. The White Sox finished with the best record in the AL at 99-63 and will be trying to win their first postseason series since the 1917 World Series. center_img Just when it looked as though the playoff picture might remain muddled for days, everything was settled on the final afternoon of the regular season. The Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros wrapped up the wild cards Sunday, clinching the final two major-league playoff spots. All the matchups were set for the postseason, starting Tuesday with the NL West champion San Diego Padres playing in St. Louis. last_img read more

PLAQUE UNVEILED TO REMEMBER TROJAN WORK OF PROUD LIFFORD MAN

first_imgRita MacLochlainn wife of the late Donal MacLochlainn from Lifford unveils the commemorative piece in memory of his wiork with the Ballyduff Park project. Included in photo is his daughter Suzanne and Dr. Paul Armstrong.A year after his death, a plaque has been unveiled in memory of the trojan and selfless work carried out by a proud Lifford man. Life-long Lifford resident Donal MacLochlainn was honoured by the board of Habinteg Housing Association (Ireland) for his commitment to his local town.The short yet poignant ceremony in St Columba’s Grove, Ballyduff Park, was attended by his wife Rita and daughter Suzanne, friends and relations, along with residents of Ballyduff Park, staff and board members of Habinteg Housing Association Ireland. The late Donal MacLochlainn from LiffordRita unveiled a memorial plaque to Donal and dedicated one of the meeting rooms in St Columba’s Grove in his memory.Speaking at the ceremony Dr Paul Armstrong, Chairman of Habinteg Housing and co-founder of the development, spoke of Donal’s initiative and wise counsel through the planning and development stages and in ongoing management.Donal had been associated with many Lifford developments over the years.He was particularly proud of the success of the Habinteg Housing project in the centre of the town. He was a founder member and Treasurer of the voluntary association for 11 years. Comprising 53 houses, bungalows and apartments, and managed by a small staff and warden the housing charity is overseen by a board of directors based locally. Supported by Donegal County Council it has won several prizes for design and for the provision of an integrated neighbourhood.The board of Habinteg Housing are currently working on plans to develop further projects in the county.The wording on the memorial to Donal reads “This room is dedicated to the memory of Donal MacLochlainn (1934-2012).“A lifelong resident of this town and founding member and treasurer of this housing charity from 2001-2012, his invaluable guidance and advice helped make this development possible.“Erected by the board of Habinteg Housing Association Ireland December 2013.” Rita MacLochlainn, wife of the late Donal MacLochlainn from Lifford, takes a moment to reflect during the unveiling of a commemorative plaque in his honour.PLAQUE UNVEILED TO REMEMBER TROJAN WORK OF PROUD LIFFORD MAN was last modified: December 6th, 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:DONAL MACLOCHLAINNGrove ParkHabinteg Housing AssociationLiffordlast_img read more