Wolrd Health Organization: Ebola outbreak cases pass 10,000, death toll nears 5,000

first_img whatsapp whatsapp Wolrd Health Organization: Ebola outbreak cases pass 10,000, death toll nears 5,000 Tags: Ebola There have been over 10,000 cases of the Ebola outbreak and nearly 5,000 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed in its latest situation report update. The total death toll from the latest outbreak has risen to 4,922 while the number of recorded cases stands at 10,141. All but 27 of those cases have struck in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the latter of which is the worst affected with 1,281 deaths from 3,896 cases. The latest WHO report marks a 3,878 rise in worldwide cases and a 1,789 rise in deaths on last month’s records. In total, the virus has been reported in eight countries. Outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal have been declared officially over by the WHO. (Source: World Health Organization) On Thursday Mali recorded its first case of the disease, a two-year-old girl who died yesterday. She had travelled to the country with her grandmother from Guinea. The WHO report also made reference to the first confirmed case of Ebola in New York, taking the United States’ total number of cases to four. Doctor Craig Spencer, who tested positive for the disease after returning from Guinea, had used the New York subway and taxi app Uber before being diagnosed. In more positive news, Spain looks to be on the path to being declared free of the disease after its single case tested negative for a second time. Click here to explore a map explaining where the current Ebola outbreak has spread to so far. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorElvenarIf You Like to Play, this Fantasy Game is a Must-Have. No Install.ElvenarPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost Fun Share Saturday 25 October 2014 8:58 am Joe Hall Show Comments ▼last_img read more

I worked hard to protect myself from Covid-19 and the flu. Yet I got both — at the same time

first_img I have all the symptoms of a Covid-19 long-hauler — but I’m hesitant to identify myself as one The next day I got a call that I had also tested positive for Covid-19. I should have expected that news, because the night before I had lit a pumpkin-scented candle but didn’t realize until later that I hadn’t smelled its fragrance.I was extremely scared. But I was also angry. I was angry at my school for not following state recommendations to keep students home and use remote learning, at my doctor for downplaying the increasing threat of the virus, at my family members and friends who brushed off my concerns, and even angry at myself for creating a false sense of security that using an N95 mask, an air purifier, and a plexiglass shield in my classroom would keep me safe.I was angry, and still am, that the response to a worldwide pandemic has become so deeply politicized in the U.S. and that even though I took every precaution, it still wasn’t enough. I began taking nebulizer treatments four times a day to keep my lungs clear and began taking zinc and vitamin D. Trending Now: My painful excursion into the world of dueling infections started on a Tuesday afternoon with a scratchy throat and a mild-yet-annoying cough. I chalked it up to fall in Kentucky, where sunny afternoons in the mid 70s can be followed by freezing temperatures at night. I’m no stranger to respiratory infections, having lived for years with the triple threat of allergies, asthma, and low immunity.On Wednesday morning, I was having coughing fits that made me dizzy. I went to see my doctor, who assured me that I almost certainly didn’t have Covid-19, even though our county had been considered a “red” one for more than a month and the case count was climbing.I was a bit suspicious of my doctor’s reassurance because I had learned that morning of a student who had tested positive for Covid-19 the week before in the high school where I am a Spanish and social studies teacher.advertisement It’s possible to be infected by the flu virus (left) and the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 (right) at the same time. Adobe As a precaution, I was tested for strep, influenza, and Covid-19. I was shocked when the nurse let me know that I had tested positive for the flu, and I left with a prescription for Tamiflu and instructions to stay home for a week. About the Author Reprints First OpinionI worked hard to protect myself from Covid-19 and the flu. Yet I got both — at the same time By Lauren Hines Nov. 27, 2020 Reprints To me, the bottom line from my experience is that all of us must be serious about protecting the people around us who need and deserve extra precautions, since protective measures are no guarantee (as I learned the hard way), especially in the face of what looks to be a serious spike in Covid-19 this winter.Lauren Hines teaches Spanish and social studies in Kentucky. ‘They’re not really doing anything’: As Covid-19 cases spiral, leaders around the U.S. lose urgency on prevention center_img Related: Over the weekend, it was difficult to know which symptoms were due to Covid-19 and which ones were due to the flu. The coughing began to slowly improve, and I had a temperature above 99.9° only once, though I experienced extreme fatigue, chills, aches, a severe headache, and diarrhea.By Monday, the coughing had stopped and my fever was down, but I felt even worse than before. I believe that was the point where I was over the flu and Covid-19 was taking over. I slept so much that my sister dropped in on my Alexa because I didn’t answer calls or texts for hours at a time. I didn’t leave my bedroom except to use the bathroom and drank room-temperature orange Gatorade Zero that my mom had bought in bulk and I kept next to my bed. Trips beyond the bathroom were carefully planned for efficiency as they required all of my strength and a nap immediately after.I watched TV, but found I couldn’t focus or would fall asleep. After trying to watch the first episode of Lovecraft Country four times, I resorted to browsing TikTok or re-watching The Office as I couldn’t keep up with the simplest plot. I had several rounds of severe abdominal pain and experienced a completely new sensation: small tingles that would randomly move throughout my lower and upper abdomen.Over the next few days, I constantly checked my oxygen saturation, knowing that if it dropped below 93% I would need to go to the hospital. From a starting point of 98%, the pulse oximeter readings crept down to 93% on Wednesday, at which point I was having mild shortness of breath and chest pain when I took a full breath. That said, I was feeling a little better. My doctor ordered a chest X-ray, which I got at a hospital a three-minute drive from where I live. It was normal. I started to take oral steroids, which helped immensely.It wasn’t until Friday — a full week after I first learned that I had Covid-19 plus the flu — that I made the move from my bed to the couch. It felt like a momentous occasion.During that week, I had lost 12 pounds. After a few bites of food, I would feel nauseous and completely full, and there were days when I ate nothing even though my family and friends delivered food to my porch. It took me two full days to eat one donut, taking just one or two bites at a time.During the time when I felt the worst, anxiety compounded my physical symptoms. I wondered every time I fell asleep if I would wake up wheezing or unable to breathe. I am incredibly grateful that my respiratory symptoms were mild and that I was able to get through it without hospitalization.The day I was diagnosed with Covid-19, the news was full of the record-breaking number of cases: more than 85,000 that day. Now, the record is nearly 140,000, and increasing by the day.I still don’t know for sure how or when or where I contracted Covid-19 or the flu, though I suspect it was at school. I haven’t been in a grocery store or eaten in a restaurant since March because of my low immunity and asthma. My only close contacts have been my mother and my sister, both of whom tested negative for Covid-19 and have had no symptoms. I always wear a mask and use an N95 respirator at school.The simple fact is that we still have a lot to learn about this airborne virus: how it is transmitted, how it is best treated, what its long-term effects are, and more.Now that I’m on the other side, I’m feeling better physically and am far less anxious. I take no pride in knowing that I’m special: it’s rare to be diagnosed with both Covid-19 and the flu, especially when taking significant precautions for Covid-19 and receiving a flu shot. While I am teaching virtually for the rest of the semester and still am following public health guidance, I have a sense of relief — for now. I can’t wait to be back in the physical classroom with my students, and I am hoping that any immunity will last long enough until I can get vaccinated.No one knows how long immunity to Covid-19 lasts, whether it is 90 days or a year or longer, and I am still worried about potential long-term effects. The fatigue and digestive issues lasted long after quarantine, and I have experienced worrisome chest pain. Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Tags Coronavirusinfectious disease [email protected] @lehines On Thursday, I was tired and achy — both mild flu-like symptoms — but was able to complete all my work virtually. Aside from the occasional coughing fit, one of which brought me to my knees, I believed I just had the flu.advertisement Related: Lauren Hineslast_img read more

Toronto stock market closes up 177 points

TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March The Toronto stock market closed solidly higher Tuesday as investors regained some confidence about the U.S. and European economies and commodity stocks pushed ahead. The S&P/TSX composite index added 177.18 points to 11,716.88, with all sectors moving higher. The junior Venture Exchange was ahead 32.9 points at 1,440.29. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The Canadian dollar rose 0.79 cents to 97.06 cents US after data showed Canada’s inflation was in line with expectations in November. The annual inflation rate remained relatively high at 2.9% last month as Canadians continued to pay considerably more for food and gasoline than they had 12 months earlier. Statistics Canada said Tuesday that grocery prices were up 5.7% in November compared with a year earlier as consumers saw double-digit increases for such basics as fresh vegetables and bread. The figures included a 1.3% jump from October alone. Meanwhile, commodities made gains with the January oil contract adding $3.34 to US$97.22 a barrel. The February gold contract was up $20.90 to US$1,617.60 an ounce, while the March copper contract gained six cents to $3.37 a pound. On the TSX, the mining index was up 3.3%, the energy index added 2.2% and the gold index pushed 3% higher. Tuesday’s bounce-back from an almost 100-point loss on Monday was seen as a result of improved sentiment about the European and U.S. economies. However, volatility could persist as the holiday season approaches and trading thins, said Colin Cieszynski, a market analyst at CMC Markets Canada. “Overall, markets remain essentially range bound with tax-loss and pre-holiday selling offset by year-end short covering and bargain hunting,” he said. “Moderate swings back and forth such as these may continue through the rest of the week.” Wall Street was also positive with the Dow Jones up 337.17 points at 12,103.43, while the broader S&P 500 was up 35.95 points at 1,241.3 and the Nasdaq rose 80.59 points at 2,603.73. The U.S. Federal Reserve announced Tuesday afternoon that the largest U.S. banks and financial companies should hold extra cash on their balance sheets to cushion themselves against financial crises. American banks opposed the rules, saying they would be forced to hold too much extra cash, hampering their ability to make loans. Earlier, the U.S. Commerce Department said builders broke ground on a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 685,000 homes last month, a 9.3% jump from October. It’s the highest level since April 2010. Still, the rate is far below the 1.2 million homes that economists say would be built each year in a healthy housing market. Meanwhile, German business confidence rose unexpectedly in December, while German consumers were resilient in the face of rising economic risks and the ongoing debt crisis. Spain’s weekly auction of short-term debt was also encouraging for investors. Borrowing costs for three- and six-month notes fell sharply amid strong demand, indicating market confidence in the country’s ability to handle its debt is recovering. The reassuring macroeconomic news reinforced improving market sentiment as the leadership succession in North Korea appeared to be under control. In domestic news, steel pipe and tubing maker Lakeside Steel Inc. (TSXV:LS) shares jumped 279% or 19.5 cents to 26.5 cents after it announced it has received a $77.5-million takeover bid, worth 40 cents per share, from an unidentified buyer, more than four times its market price before the offer was made. TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP), a major pipeline operator and power producer, has expanded its alternative energy business with a deal to buy nine solar power projects in Ontario for $470 million. Shares added 29 cents to $43.73. Prime Restaurants Inc. (TSX:EAT) announced Tuesday that it will be paying a special dividend of eight cents per class A limited voting share in connection with the takeover of the company by Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. (TSX:FFH). Prime shares added seven cents to $7.55, while Fairfax shares were up $9.52 at $427.50. The global real estate arm of Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC) has bought $555 million worth of properties in Toronto, San Diego and the New York City area. One of the three vendors was Ivanhoe Cambridge, the real estate arm of the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, which sold the York Mills Centre office complex in Toronto for $161 million. Sunny Freeman Related news Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors Keywords Marketwatch Share this article and your comments with peers on social media S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector read more

Government response to Independent Panel’s first flush recommendations

first_imgGovernment response to Independent Panel’s first flush recommendations The NSW Government agrees in principle to all but one of the 10 Independent Panel’s recommendations into the management of the 2020 Northern Murray-Darling Basin first flush event.Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the independent assessment was done to provide key findings to help inform methods of future assessment as well as the future management of flows.“In February, heavy rain fell over the northern basin and, for the first time in NSW’s history, DPIE – water placed an embargo on floodplain harvesting being ‘actively’ diverted to protect a first flush of water through to the Lower Darling,” Mrs Pavey said.“The assessment was undertaken to provide clarity as to what we can do better in the same scenario. Many of the proposed actions identified by the panel are closely aligned with, or are already being implemented through, existing projects.“Several will require further exploration with the community and timeframes will need to be extended accordingly.”The Panel found the event was managed effectively resulting in good outcomes, but better transparency, including communication would have reduced community concerns.“The Panel’s recommendations primarily relate to improving transparency and communication – these principles are consistent with several key initiatives already underway,” Mrs Pavey said.“These include the State Water Strategy, regional water strategies, Aboriginal Water Strategy, review of north-west flow targets, remake of the Barwon-Darling Water Sharing Plan, and the Western Weirs project.”The full NSW Government response is available on the department’s website: Northern Basin First Flush Assessment. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Aboriginal, Barwon-Darling, communication, community, exploration, future, Government, housing, industry, Minister, NSW, NSW Department of Industry, outcomes, project, property, rain, Water, websitelast_img read more

CU Boulder remains a top university nationally, globally in 2021 rankings

first_imgCategories:AcademicsCampus Community Published: April 26, 2021 In a new sets of ranking, CU Boulder placed in the top 100 among best universities in the U.S. and worldwide, continuing to hold its position among some of the world’s most highly regarded institutions. The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) placed CU Boulder 68th overall and 38th nationally in its 2021-22 list of top worldwide universities. This places CU Boulder within the top 1% of universities on CWUR’s ranking.CU Boulder was also ranked 48th in quality of faculty.Since 2019, CWUR has ranked the top 2,000 universities out of 20,000 worldwide among a number of criteria, including quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty and research performance.Last year, CU Boulder was ranked 69th overall and 39th nationally among top worldwide universities.center_img Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

PM Thanks Public Sector Workers for Understanding

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller thanked public sector workers for the understanding that they demonstrated over the long and difficult negotiations culminating with the signing of the heads of agreement with public sector unions and associations for the 2010-2012 contract period.  At the signing ceremony at Jamaica House on Thursday May 31, Mrs Simpson Miller said, “Most of public sector workers were called upon to make a sacrifice in support of the national economic programme”. The Prime Minister said that in turn, the government remains committed to responsible fiscal management and achieving a targetted percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the cost of public service, saying that this approach is essential to restore the economy to a path of sustainability. She highlighted the administration’s commitment saying, “Under the agreement the government commits to the principle of free collective bargaining during this, and successive our administration has the utmost respect for the collective bargaining process.” Mrs Simpson Miller said that the agreement holds the government to a programme of low redundancies for the civil service and hinted at the direction for ongoing discussions saying that housing solutions for public sector workers would be addressed; and pension reforms will now consider the position of District Constable as a pensionable post. In her remarks, Vice President of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions, Helene Davis Whyte, said that the public sector workers were “not happy but will play our part”. She said that the going forward, the confederation would be moving towards new approaches to negotiations, including “interest-based based bargaining”. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Peter Phillips, noted that protecting public sector jobs at this time safeguarded families and was a benefit to the government. He said that the government is moving to modernise the public sector through innovation and building trust. Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Horace Dalley, stated the four pillars on which the negotiations rested: the country’s high debt to GDP ratio; the high fiscal deficit; the ongoing low economic growth; and extended low employment. Among the bargaining units that signed the agreement were the Nurses Association of Jamaica; the Jamaica Civil Service Association; the Union of Schools Agricultural and Allied Workers; the Jamaica Workers Union; the Union of Technical and the Union of Technical Administrative and Supervisory Personnel; several unions representing educational officers, and librarians; public health inspectors and paramedics; air traffic controllers and correctional officers. Negotiations for the 2012 period have started. PM Thanks Public Sector Workers for Understanding Office of the Prime MinisterMay 31, 2012 RelatedPM Thanks Public Sector Workers for Understanding RelatedPrime Minister Golding Announces Cabinet Changes Advertisements Contact:    Communications Unit-OPM Tel:               926-0244         Fax:              920-4684                                         Email:           [email protected] RelatedPM Thanks Public Sector Workers for Understandinglast_img read more

Back against the wall, M. Lee wins ANA playoff

first_imgIn a wild finish that was defined as much by the wall lining the 18th green as the play that occurred on it, Mirim Lee and her magical short game delivered a breakthrough major title. The ANA Inspiration packed all of the drama of a major championship, even if the fans weren’t there to see it at Mission Hills Country Club. Lee was an unexpected entrant into a three-way playoff, having chipped in for eagle on the 72nd hole, and she was viewed as a longshot in overtime when facing two of the top 9 players in the world, Nelly Korda and Brooke Henderson. But after the two more decorated players faltered on the first extra hole, Lee coolly sank a 6-foot birdie putt that delivered her first LPGA win in more than three years and ensured a jump into Poppie’s Pond. Lee, 29, started the day two shots off the lead shared by Korda and Henderson and put together a rally that was fueled in large part by a trio of unexpected hole-outs from off the green. The first came at the par-4 sixth, her second birdie of the day, and she holed a 30-yard, downhill chip on No. 16 to move within a shot of the lead. A subsequent bogey on No. 17 seemingly knocked her out of contention, but instead it set up the first chapter of theatrics featuring the signature hole on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course and the blue façade surrounding the back of the island green. M. Lee leaps into Poppie’s Pond after ANA triumph While players are used to an approach shot framed by grandstands and galleries behind the 18th hole, the fans were nowhere to be seen this week because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the visual was nonetheless largely similar, with a blue wall lining the back of the green, placed even closer to the action than the grandstands would normally sit and becoming a discussion point for much of the week. Lee’s approach into the final green would have likely sailed into the water over the green, but she purposely played a bank shot into the wall that stopped the ball just a few feet off the putting surface. Her eagle chip was the third and most important hole-out of the day, capping a final-round 67 and giving the South Korean the clubhouse lead and ultimately a spot in the playoff. “I definitely thought to utilize the back and the backboard,” Lee said. “When I had practice rounds, I had practiced that shot. So it was a definite for me to use the space there.” Henderson was the next to encounter the wall, firing a 5-wood missile from the rough that actually went under the wall, requiring a head-turning search by volunteers and masked marshals to find the ball. After taking free relief, she got up and down to finish the week alongside Lee at 15 under. But while Lee flourished with wedge in hand, Henderson faltered with the putter. Short misses became the story of her day, as the Canadian stumbled to a double bogey on No. 13 and missed a handful of mid-range birdie chances on the back nine. While she holed an important putt on No. 16 to keep alive her chances of a second major title, Henderson’s lengthy eagle putt on the first extra hole raced past. Her subsequent birdie attempt from 8 feet didn’t touch the hole and set the stage for Lee’s clincher. “I feel like I missed a lot of putts, especially those final (holes) where I feel like maybe it could have been a different story,” Henderson said after a closing 69. “But Mirim and Nelly played great, and I really fought my way around. So I’m happy.” Full-field scores from the ANA Inspiration Korda appeared to be the one in control for much of the back nine, only to let a potential first major slip away on the par-5 18th. Seemingly locked in a head-to-head duel with Henderson down the stretch, she followed the Canadian’s double bogey at No. 13 by stuffing her tee shot on the short 14th. After rolling in the subsequent putt, she held a two-shot lead with four holes to go. But Lee’s short-game theatrics drew her even as Korda played the final hole of regulation, unaware of the eagle hole-out that had occurred in front of her. Korda hooked her drive into the left rough, necessitating a layup and leading to a disappointing par. She followed the same script in the playoff, pulling her tee shot and ultimately leaving a 20-foot birdie putt short. “I played solid today. Had a couple bogeys kind of starting on the back nine, but I kept my calm,” Korda said. “Didn’t hit a really good shot on 18 off the tee both times, so that’s what kind of got me in trouble there.” While Korda and Henderson were left to rue missed chances, and the greenside wall played a larger role than perhaps tournament officials would have preferred, the day belonged to Lee. Entering the week at No. 94 in the world, she had missed both cuts since the break and had won just once on the LPGA since 2015. But thanks to a trio of chip-ins in the final round and a timely birdie in the playoff, she rallied from the pack to chase down two more accomplished players and left with the major hardware. And on a whirlwind afternoon filled with dramatics and career-changing moments, doubt only crept in for Lee during the champion’s traditional leap into Poppie’s Pond. “Usually I’m not afraid of water, but the pool looked a little deep,” Lee said. “So it’s true that at that moment, I hesitated a little bit.”last_img read more

Bledsoe Rallying Support for Boys and Girls Club

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email Even though most parents want to believe otherwise, Mac Bledsoe regularly reminds them of a simple fact of life: their kids will make big decisions on their own. The role of parenting — “the most important career anyone will ever have in life” — should be devoted to empowering children to make good choices based on family values, morals and ethics, he says.Bledsoe has made it his life’s work enlightening parents about how to positively shape their children into responsible young men and women. He and his wife Barbara, both former teachers, developed a program called “Parenting with Dignity” and more than 20 years later the curriculum has gained a national following and engaged more than 5.5 million people. Bledsoe’s famous son, Drew, who played quarterback in the NFL for 13 seasons, helped spearhead his parents’ efforts and remains a strong public advocate for the family’s cause.Young people constantly arrive at challenging crossroads, away from their parent’s supervision. The potential pitfalls have only expanded for today’s generations, which exist in a new frontier of unfolding perils involving cell phones. Active parents are key, Bledsoe says, but also community organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club, that play a vital part in children’s lives and have profound impacts on communities.“I think it’s at the very core of what made America great, that we’ve had community programs and those activities that are more than just babysitting,” he says, pointing to the YMCA, Boy Scouts of America and other nonprofit groups that provide opportunities and resources for young people. Yet youth organizations are increasingly becoming a thing of the past, according to Bledsoe. “I see these programs dying all across the country,” he says. “They lack adult support. They lack community support.”Hoping to promote the local cause, the renowned speaker and longtime Kalispell resident is serving as the master of ceremonies at the upcoming 15th anniversary celebration for Boys and Girls Club of Glacier Country, based in Evergreen. The organization is holding its annual dinner and auction March 8 at Gardner Auction House, 3100 U.S. 93 South in Kalispell. Doors open at 5 p.m.The event is the Boys and Girls Club’s main fundraiser. All proceeds go toward the nonprofit group, which operates two clubs in the valley. The Evergreen and Columbia Falls sites serve an average of 160 kids a day combined, according to the group’s executive director.A national organization comprised of local groups, Boys and Girls Clubs provide kids a community gathering place for after-school programs and events like birthday parties. The average cost per child in the after-school group is less than $20 per month and offers a suite of opportunities and resources, including homework help, exercise, nutrition and health education, a healthy snack, games, computer science and technology programs. Since there isn’t a busing system in Evergreen, the club picks up an average of 70-80 kids after school every day and drops them off at the club on Shady Lane.The recession dealt a significant blow to the organization, leading to budget cuts and reduced supplies even though the number of kids showing up for programs has doubled since 2012, according to executive director Alan Sempf, who has worked at the club since it opened in 1999.“Alan Sempf is on the battle lines. He is guiding kids and providing a positive influence in their lives,” Bledsoe says. “It never ceases to amaze me to see people like Alan make a commitment to do the work that our country so sorely needs, teaching kids to believe in themselves, to stand on their own two feet, to accomplish in school and in sports and to be good citizens. It’s almost immeasurable the impact that has on our culture.”Community groups like Boys and Girls Club greatly shaped Bledsoe’s life when he was growing up in Washington, but he also saw the repercussions after a pair of organizations closed. He was in the Cub Scouts and excited to advance to Boy Scouts when he was old enough. But then the local troop disbanded. “I was really crushed by that because I had always dreamed of being an eagle scout,” he says. “That had been an exciting thing to look forward to accomplishing in my life.”He became involved in the town’s other opportunity for young men, the YMCA. It was there that he met a youth leader named Alden Esping who inspired Bledsoe to set goals and work to achieve them.“He just had such a profound effect on me and all of our community of young men,” Bledsoe says.But during his eighth grade year the YMCA closed due to a lack of funding and community support even though the programs were filled with kids.“Within a year we started having a drug problem and a juvenile delinquency problem,” Bledsoe says. “It was so profound the change in our community that happened. When that community decided the Boy Scouts were too expensive and the YMCA was too expensive, I felt like in a lot of ways my town went in the tank.”For the past 17 years, Mac and Barbara have called the Flathead Valley home. While he remains an active champion of “Parenting with Dignity” and is even working on a new book, called “Coaching with Dignity,” he is staying busy promoting community groups like the Boys and Girls Club. He hopes today’s generation of kids in the Flathead have the same life-changing experiences and inspirations he once did.“You never know where the next word of encouragement may be the thing that guides a kid toward accomplishment,” he says.Boys & Girls Club of Glacier Country15th annual dinner and auction fundraiser5 p.m., March 8, Gardner Auction House, U.S. 93 South752-5440last_img read more

Win a Trip to Brussels with Monthly Instagram Competition!

first_img Traineeships at the General Secretariat of the Council of European Union Reddit Attend and Cover EcoHealth 2014 in Montreal, Canada! → Deadline: rolling untill 15 November 2014Open to: people max. 30 years old from EU and Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Iceland, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and TurkeyPrize: trip to Brussels, visit to production of the show ‘YOLO – Das große W’DescriptionThe hosts of the RTL youth show ‘YOLO – Das große W‘ have launched a 10 month-long photo competition for young Europeans on Instagram! They will announce a new monthly theme,  linked to various EU policy themes, between January and November 2014 on their Facebook and Instagram profiles and also you can find this month’s topic HERE. The rules to join the contest are the following:Participants must use the theme specific hashtags on Instagram to participate;Each participant may send a maximum of five entries on Instagram per monthly competition;Each month and per theme, the TV Hosts will publish on their Facebook pages the five images with the most “likes”, along with their authors’ names. They will then select a winning photo from the top five on the basis of its originality.EligibilityThe competition is open to:All residing EU nationals and nationals belonging to countries with EU candidate or potential candidate status (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Iceland, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey);Age limit: 30 years old maximum.PrizeAll the monthly winners will be invited to Brussels in December to see their photos exhibited at the European Commission and for a free tour of the European institutions. The overall competition winner will also be invited to visit the production set of the ‘YOLO – Das große W’ show in one of the EU countries.How to enter?Post up to 5 photos according to the topic of the month on Instagram with the special hashtag for the given topic.For further information visit the official website HERE. May 27, 2014 Published by tatjana PhD on Big Data, Democracy and Fundamental Rights in Belgium Tweet LinkedIn 0 ← Carbon Market Forum Intern/Research Assistant, Brusselscenter_img Pocket Similar Stories EU RESOURCE MOBILISATION COORDINATOR +1 Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Win a Trip to Brussels with Monthly Instagram Competition! Share 0last_img read more

Southern storm will combine with Midwestern storm system to create powerful Nor’easter

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — A southern storm will combine with the Midwestern storm system to form a powerful Nor’easter later Wednesday in the Northeast.Already, flood and wind alerts have been issued from North Carolina to Maine.On Wednesday morning, the storm systems are combining in the Carolinas, with heavy rain already falling from the Ohio Valley to the Gulf Coast.For major cities in the Northeast, the heaviest rain arrives at around noon for D.C., at around 3-4 p.m. for Philadelphia, around evening rush hour for New York City, and later in the evening for Boston.Over the next 36 hours, up to 4” of rain is possible in northern New York state, with most areas getting 2 to 3” from New York City to Boston, while D.C. to Philadelphia will see the least amount of rain, maybe under 1 inch.The highest threat for flash flooding Wednesday will be from northern New Jersey into northern New York.As the Nor’easter strengthens in northern New England Wednesday night into Thursday morning, winds will really pick up, gusting close to 60 mph in eastern New England and near 50 mph from the Jersey shore to eastern Long Island.And we can’t rule out strong wind gusts as high as 40-50 mph from Philadelphia and New York City into Boston, which could cause airport delays Thursday morning.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more