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Ukraine hospital fire kills 3 COVID-19 patients, doctor

first_imgKYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Three coronavirus patients and a doctor have died in a fire at a hospital in Ukraine. The head doctor at the hospital in Zaporizhzhia was quoted by Ukrainian news media as saying Thursday that the fire broke out in medical equipment. The patients all on ventilators, but it wasn’t clear if that was the equipment that caught on fire. The patients’ ages were 91, 76 and 64, and the doctor was 26. The cause of death for all is believed to be carbon monoxide poisoning. Zaporizhzhia is about 280 miles southeast of the capital Kyiv.last_img

Brew’s Blog 2

first_imgClick here to subscribe to the Pharr Out BlogHey everyone,Did I mention in my first blog that I’m a teacher? Well, I am. And for the most part I’ve managed to avoid instructional, um, let’s call them “tendencies,” so far during my summer off.I’ve only backslid twice. The first was when I asked a kid on Mt. Washington why Antietam was important. Call me unfair, but I say if you’re wearing a t-shirt promoting a major Civil War battle, you ought to know its significance. (FYI, Lincoln needed a Northern victory as leverage to sign the Emancipation Proclamation into law and Antietam did the trick. Never mind that mandate only applied to Northern states, where slavery was virtually nonexistent.)The other time- maybe I should say- “times” that my teacherly ways persist are when I give myself a daily grade on my “sherpa-ness.” That is, I decide how I performed my support crew duties and I give myself a grade from A to F. (Daily grades, by the way, are something I give to my sixth graders, primarily to reward the kids who’re doing what they’re supposed to, even if they’re not the sharpest tools in the shed.) Well, for the first 5 days, I gave myself straight A’s. I woke up at 4:15 to climb Katahdin with Jen; I made sure she forded streams safely; I cooked dinner for her and set up the tent; I found the correct roads in the 100-mile Wilderness; I even brought her special treats like fresh-baked pizza and Diet Pepsi.My daily grade average was off the charts… until the Stratton-to-Rangely hike. It started normal enough. We talked the night before about my meeting her at 11am on a road about 15 miles down the trail. Neither of us had our data books, and until this point, I’d been relying heavily on the atlas and gazetteer that our friend Warren Doyle lent us, on which he’d already highlighted the AT and the appropriate road crossings.Jen woke at 4:30am to hike from Horns Pond to ME27 near the town of Stratton. I woke up 3 hours later, ate a Clif bar while breaking down the tent, and reached the Stratton highway at 9:30. Jen left a note on the driver seat saying she’d made it down safely and would see me in a little while. I figured I had plenty of time so I called Jen’s parents to let them know she/we were safe (they’re probably reading this now and losing all faith in my abilities. Oh well, sorry, Mrs. Pharr. The bubble had to burst eventually.) After that, I drove to a grocery store to pick up some hummus, peanut butter crackers, and chips and salsa.Jen said I should be at the trail no later than 11:30, but I still thought I had plenty of time since it was just after 10. I drove 35 miles on meandering highways, then north on gravel and dirt logging roads for another 10 miles. Problem was, when I got on the logging roads, the trail was impossible to find.I tried to orient myself using the gazetteer but the forest was too thick to see any mountains. I tried to use the streams but they crisscrossed too much for me to discern where I was. And worst of all, there were three or four different “roads” that were all equally rough. I’m talking, like, an ATV might be able to navigate these, but I had to twist and turn the Highlander constantly to keep from bottoming out. After wandering for over an hour, taking three different turns, and eventually deciding one of them was correct but that I hadn’t gone far enough, I found the trailhead around 11:40. For the last 15 minutes I honked incessantly, hoping Jen would hear me and would wait, and probably scaring the local fauna half to death.Once I got there, I was relieved to see that Jen hadn’t arrived. I checked the data book, thinking she would have been there by then, and then it hit me… I’D DRIVEN TO THE WRONG ROAD. The intended rendezvous was only five miles down the highway from where I’d come out on the trail that morning.At that point, I had no idea what to do It was 12:15pm and Jen had been expecting me no later than 11:30. She’d said she would wait for me “no matter what,” which was the first time she’d used that phrase on the trail, so I knew it was an important drop. The thought of her sitting there for hours made me sick. I considered running the nine-mile stretch of trail back to her but I realized that I’d have to climb a 4000 foot mountain, and that the likelihood I could run to her in less time than I could drive to her was slim. Ultimately, I decided to hedge my bets by leaving a note and some supplies in a Gladware container and driving back around.I don’t know what happens to you when you get stressed but I get a big lump in my throat. Well, the lump stayed there from about 10:45 that morning until 3:45 that afternoon. The road Jen had intended wasn’t marked well either and it, too, was washed out and difficult to navigate. I had to run the last half-mile to the trail to retrieve her note, which said she’d waited til 11:45 before pressing on. I felt better knowing she hadn’t sat there for two hours, but I still felt like I’d let her down.I drove back around to my road, which Jen had crossed at 2:50, only fifteen minutes before I returned. She’d gotten some food from another hiker, and seemed upbeat in her note, but I knew her too well to trust that. I drove to Rangely, hiked back in and met her at 7:15pm. She was beat down and dirty, but healthy and understanding. She hiked 38 miles that day from east of Stratton into Rangely. For those familiar with the AT, you know how amazing this is. For those that don’t, I’d guess there are only three or four men alive who’ve done that stretch as quickly.Jen and I were both apologetic and willing to take our share of the blame. Neither of us was really wrong, it was just one of those lessons we were bound to learn. The moral of the story is, when it’s late and you’re going over the next day’s rendezvous point in your tent, say the name of the road rather than just talking about the mileage. And then say it again in the morning… and recite it as a mantra occasionally throughout the day.So what was my sherpa-grade that day? The night of, I decided to give myself a C-. I figured that even though I screwed up with the rendezvous, I did leave supplies for Jen, hike in to meet her, splurge for a hotel that night, and “cook” some mean freeze dried lasagna for dinner. But later on, I decided to be more forgiving and focus on the end result. Aside from wasting time and gas money, I really didn’t lose anything in the process. Jen had plenty of food and water and most importantly, she finished a MONSTER day of hiking no worse for the wear. So now I’m thinking I’m going to give myself an unconventional A… and hope that Jen never reads this blog to dispute it.last_img read more

‘Shelter Slam’ benefitting local animal shelters

first_imgThe event will finish on Oct 17th with a drive-through supply collection from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Olum’s parking lot. VESTAL (WBNG) — Partnering with Olum’s Furniture and Appliances in Vestal, the annual ‘Shelter Slam’ is hosting a fundraiser to help out furry friends at local animal shelters. Needed donations include puppy, kitten, dog and cat food, bird food, cat litter and cleaning supplies. Organizers say the drive-through collection will benefit five local animal shelters; Every Dog’s Dream Rescue, Willow’s Wings Animal Sanctuary, Pibbles and More Animal Rescue, Broome County Humane Society, and Jimmy J’a Avian Rescue. Organizers say a full list of supplies can be found on the Olum’s website leading up to the event. center_img Due to the pandemic, Shelter Slam is turning their usual concert with local musicians into a drive-through supply collection and fundraiser this year. Organizers say you can drop off monetary donations and learn more about pet adoptions at the drive-through event. They will be collecting donations of pet supplies at the Vestal Olum’s from October 9th through October 17th, where you can take supplies to the Olum’s to be dropped off and donated, last_img read more

India’s ‘pride’ will be defended in new China border flareup: Minister

first_imgBoth sides have sent reinforcements and heavy equipment to the zone.”I want to assure the country that we will not let India’s pride be hurt in any circumstances,” the defence minister told the Aaj Tak television channel.He referred to a similar 2017 showdown on the Doklam Plateau which he said was “very tense” but “we did not step back”.”India has been following a clear policy of maintaining good relationship with neighbouring countries. It is not a new approach,” he added.”At times, situations arise with China. It has happened before,” Singh said while insisting that India was striving to make sure “tension does not escalate”.”Negotiations are ongoing between the two countries at the military and diplomatic levels,” he said.The US president this week tweeted an offer to mediate in what he called a “raging” dispute.Singh said he spoke to US Defence Secretary Mark Esper on Friday to emphasise that India and China have mechanisms to resolve “problems” through talks at diplomatic and military levels.Topics : India will not let its “pride be hurt” in its latest border flareups with China but is determined to settle the dispute through talks between the giant neighbours, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said.Singh also said in a television interview late Saturday that India has turned down an offer to mediate made by US President Donald Trump.Hundreds of Indian and Chinese troops are involved in the latest face-off concentrated in India’s Ladakh region just opposite Tibet. The two countries have several disputes along their 3,500-kilometer border. They fought a frontier war in 1962 and there have been regular spats since, though no shot has been fired since the 1970s.The latest tensions blew up on May 9 when dozens of Chinese and Indian soldiers were injured in fistfights and stone-throwing in Sikkim state. Many of the Indian soldiers are still in hospital.The main showdown is now in Ladakh centred around the Galwan valley which controls access to several strategic points on their Himalayan border.The two sides have blamed each other but analysts say that India’s building of new roads in the region may have been the fuse for the dispute.last_img read more

Arsene Wenger claims Arsenal have become ‘inhuman’

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 12 Dec 2019 9:54 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Advertisement Wenger left Arsenal after 22 years at the club (Getty Images)‘These days, the size of the clubs sometimes stop them from keeping the culture of performance,’ Wenger told So Foot.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘When I arrived at Arsenal, we were 80. When I left, there were 750, and when there’s 750 people in one organisation, each thinks about saving themselves rather than improving.‘I think there’s a degree of reflexion for me: how do you keep that desire to perform? Up to about 150, I think you can stay human. You know the name of the wife, of the kid of such and such.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘My regret at Arsenal is to have gone from human size to inhuman, with a heavier administrative weight. Everything accelerated.‘Ten years ago, you’d see a guy who was good, you’d get him in, give him a tracksuit and he’d be a part of the team.‘That’s long gone. Now, if you want a new physio, you go through 300 applications. That’s how, at Arsenal, bit by bit, I felt the club slip away from me.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Arsene Wenger claims Arsenal have become ‘inhuman’ Arsene Wenger says he felt Arsenal ‘slip away’ from him (Getty Images)Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal have grown to an ‘inhuman’ size and admits he felt the club ‘slip away’ from him.The Gunners are currently in a state of flux having sacked Unai Emery and the club’s hierarchy are now going through a lengthy process to appoint the Spaniard’s successor.Arsenal also made several changes behind the scenes following Wenger’s exit, including the decision to sack Colin Lewin, the former head of medical services who had been with the club for 23 years, which reportedly left several players shocked and upset.And Wenger, who spent 22 years at Arsenal, has suggested that the club no longer felt close-knit by the time he departed.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Duffy declares Red, White and Blue victory at 141

first_imgBy Greg and Amber Aregoni FRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (July 5) – Darin Duffy solidified his rankings in the Red, White, and Blue Series with his IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature win at 141 Saturday night.Duffy pulled away late in the contest to a $1,000 payday and most importantly, took over the lead in the series at 141. The feature kicked off with an unfortunate bang as a melee resulted in the front of the field. Thirteen cars were involved in the red-flag incident and point leader Benji LaCrosse, among others, was not able to continue.When the race restarted, Eric Mahlik found his way in front of the field with Duffy behind. Sean Jerovetz ran to the front after a three-wide pass for the lead including Mahlik and Duffy. Shawn Kilgore made his way to second five laps into the event with Duffy dropping back to fourth.A caution on lap 12 waved as the front four were battling for the lead. On the restart, Duffy charged from fourth to second and moved outside Jerovetz for the lead. Jerovetz stayed strong down low but could not fend off Duffy.Duffy took charge with three laps remaining and pulled away for the victory. Kilgore ran to a late-race second. Johnny Whitman was involved in the opening lap imbroglio and came from the back to third. Jerovetz faded to fourth on the last lap with Mahlik fifth. Duffy was already on the ballot for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Cody Schroeder earned his first career Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature win while Larry Karcz Jr. ruled the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car ranks. Feature results – 1. Darin Duffy; 2. Shawn Kilgore; 3. Johnny Whitman; 4. Sean Jerovetz; 5. Eric Mah­lik; 6. Josh Long; 7. Brad Lautenbach; 8. R.M. Van Pay; 9. Jeremy Jacobs; 10. T.J. Smith; 11. Tim Czarneski; 12. Randy Markwardt Jr.; 13. Lance Arneson; 14. James Tebon; 15. Daniel Deau; 16. Shawn Frelich; 17. Dave Zeitler; 18. Tyler Hackett; 19. Tony Wedelstadt; 20. Benji La­Crosse; 21. Mark Joski.last_img read more

Q&A with senior Lyndsay DePaul

first_imgSenior Lyndsay DePaul helped lead USC to victory over crosstown rival UCLA in its last dual meet of the season. The Daily Trojan sat down with the co-captain and asked to share us her thoughts on the season, and how the team will prepare for the NCAAs and Pac-10 championships.Leadership · DePaul is one of the top butterflyers in the nation and owns numerous USC swim school records. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan Daily Trojan: Looking back at the team’s regular season, what lessons did you and the other swimmers take out of the dual meets you participated in?DePaul: We learned not to take some teams too lightly and we learned what it’s like to win and what it’s like to lose. We know what we can do, we learned what we are capable or and what we aren’t capable of — this has all been a learning experience.DT: Your two losses came against California and Stanford. How did losing to those Northern California schools influence the team?DePaul: Going into those two meets, we didn’t really know what to expect. We were going up there coming off some really hard training and we knew they were going to be ready for us. We flew up the day of the Cal meet and had to be at the meet two hours after we got there, so the travel situation was tough. Our main problem was that we kept getting out-touched and that makes a huge difference at dual meets. We have been working on our finishes and hitting the wall so that we won’t be getting out-touched by anyone.DT: What was the goal of the women’s swim team throughout the season and how did the swimmers work to achieve it?DePaul: We set multiple goals and one of them was to win all of our dual meets, which didn’t happen. Another one was to be top four at the NCAAs and I really believe we can do that. Hopefully we can go to NCAAs with a full roster of girls, which is 18 girls, and win.DT: As a co-captain on the team, what did you notice about the team dynamic and motivation as the season went on?DePaul: Our freshmen and sophomores were very mature and jumped on board very quickly. This year they made sure that we were all on the same page. It is our [seniors] last year but they have been helping us out.DT: What was the most exciting moment about the women’s dual meet season?DePaul: I think the UCLA meet as a whole was monumental. Everybody’s attitudes and strength was great. It was exciting to see everybody’s confidence at yesterday’s meet. It really set the stage for Pac-10s and NCAAs.DT: What is the message you would like to send to the USC community as the women’s swim team prepares to wrap up its season with the NCAAs and Pac-10s?DePaul: Our girl’s and boy’s teams work really, really hard and that fan support would be greatly appreciated. We put a lot of effort in and it is nice to have support and have people cheer for us. Thank you to everyone who has supported us and followed us throughout the season.last_img read more