Local seniors enjoy special holiday luncheon at Johnson City Senior Center

first_imgJOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Local seniors across Broome County held special holiday luncheons Wednesday afternoon. The Deposit Senior Center will host its’ luncheon Thursday at 11 a.m. “You know the holidays can be difficult for some people because they don’t necessarily have their friends or family local,” said Johnson City Senior Center Executive Director Kim Robinson. Seniors at the Johnson City Senior Center were treated to a roast beef lunch and were given a visit by the Johnson City Sophisticats. “It’s important we have these types of activities at the senior center so that there are opportunities for seniors to socialize.”last_img

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Australia suffers record coronavirus deaths, triggering tighter curbs

first_imgIn Victoria, the state government imposed a night curfew and tightened restrictions on people’s movements across greater Melbourne on Sunday, and ordered most businesses to stop trading from Wednesday night in a massive blow to the national economy.Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said on Wednesday further restrictions would include shutting most child-care centers and expanding a ban on elective surgery to the whole state to free up medical resources for coronavirus cases.”The notion of more than 700 cases is not sustainable. We need to drive the numbers down and this strategy is designed to do just that,” Andrews told reporters in Melbourne.Australian Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd urged Victorians to comply with the state’s tight restrictions. Australia reported a record 15 deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday, all in Victoria state, which was preparing to close much of its economy to control a second wave of infection that threatens to spread across the country.The second-most populous state in Australia reported a record rise of 725 new COVID-19 cases despite having reimposed a lockdown on Melbourne, the state capital with a population of 5 million people, four weeks ago.New South Wales and Queensland states introduced new measures to limit the spread of the new coronavirus, which has claimed 247 lives across the country. “I hope it won’t be the case, but it may be, that the numbers will go even higher over the coming days before they start to come down as a result of the impact of the restrictions,” Kidd told reporters in Canberra.The tighter lockdown will delay an independent inquiry into Victoria’s hotel quarantine program. Hearings which were due to begin on Thursday will start on Aug. 17, with the final report now due on Nov. 6.State health officials believe the mingling of security guards with infected travelers in hotel quarantine was the main source of the resurgence of the virus in Melbourne over the past two months.Victoria accounts for about a quarter of the nation’s economy and has nearly two-thirds of Australia’s almost 19,500 COVID-19 cases.Contagion fearIn northeastern Queensland state, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said travelers from New South Wales and the capital Canberra would be barred from Saturday. The state is already closed to Victorians.”We have seen that Victoria is not getting better, and we’re not going to wait for New South Wales to get worse. We need to act,” Palaszczuk told reporters in Brisbane.After two months of no community transmission in the state, Queensland now has at least three such cases. Queensland reported one new infection on Wednesday, while New South Wales (NSW), the most-populous state, reported 12.Travelers returning from Victoria to NSW through Sydney airport will be required to self-quarantine in hotels for 14 days from midnight on Friday, the NSW government said.NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that while case numbers in the state were “pleasingly stable, we continue to be at high risk”.The closure of businesses in Victoria and curbs on construction activity, meatworks and warehouses are set to cost 250,000 jobs, doubling the number of jobs already lost in the state due to the pandemic.In another blow to the economy, Australia’s number two airline, Virgin Australia Holdings, said it would axe 3,000 jobs under its prospective new owner Bain Capital.Australia’s central bank expects the nation’s jobless rate to spike to 10% later this year.S&P Global Ratings said it may lower Victoria’s AAA long-term rating as the current lockdown and border closures would hit the economy “substantially more than we previously expected”.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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One more exit from the GFF

first_imgACTING General Secretary of the Guyana Football Federation is the latest to have tendered his resignation at the office of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF).Mr Meerson Jones, in an invited comment, made it clear that he was forced to resign because of a critical family situation abroad, which he has to attend to immediately. That is the reason he quit his post that he was acting in for the last three months, yesterday“It was a very challenging period and I learnt a lot. I feel committed to the development and once I am here again I would be involved. I must thank the Federation for giving me the opportunity to serve the sport which certainly has a long way to go. I would also like to extend best wishes to the football family,” Jones told Chronicle Sport in parting.Last week Friday, the chief accountant Christine Jones handed in her resignation as well. Two financial directors and a technical director have also departed for greener pastures since this current executive assumed office last year November. The General Secretary was fired three months ago.last_img read more

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USC acceptance rate drops by three percentage points

first_imgThe USC Office of Admissions on Thursday released statistics on the incoming freshman class of 2022, the most selective in USC history.Karan Nevatia | Daily TrojanOut of a record-breaking pool of 64,256 applicants — a 14 percent increase from last year and the largest jump in 20 years for a one-year period — only 8,258 students were admitted, according to USC News. The 13 percent acceptance rate marked the lowest ever in USC history, dropping 3 percentage points from the 16 percent acceptance rate for the class of 2021. “We’ve never had a harder time selecting which applicants to put in the classroom,” Timothy Brunold, USC dean of admission, said to USC News. “We could hardly believe the numbers, and now we’re feeling the pain of having to turn away so many candidates we admire. At the same time, it’s a breakthrough year for USC.”According to USC News, this notable increase in the number of applicants was the biggest since 1999 with the exception of 2012, when the introduction of the Common Application caused a spike in applications.Of those admitted this year, the average high school unweighted GPA is 3.84 on a 4-point scale, with 34 percent of admits having a 4.0 GPA. Approximately 85 percent of admits scored in the 95th percentile or higher on standardized tests, while 60 percent scored in the 99th.“Grades and numbers are a starting point,” Brunold said to USC News. “We want a diverse class, and we think about which students our faculty want to teach, which students want to solve intractable problems. It’s a search-and-selection process that lines up with the University’s strategic plan, and the mature young people we admit bring something to the student body.”According to the USC admissions blog, nearly 3,300 different high schools were represented from more than 87 countries in the incoming class of 2022. Sixteen percent of admits are international students, while 26 percent are from underrepresented minority groups. Additionally, one in seven admits will be the first in their family to attend college.In the USC News release, Brunold attributed this record increase in applicants to high interest in new degree programs at several schools, as well as “the draw of student life enhancements like the massive USC Village.”last_img read more

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Tuesday May 26th Local Sports

first_imgSPORTS CLASSICS TONIGHT:AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — 2013 3A Substate Baseball — Clear Lake vs. Decorah — 7:00AM-1300 KGLO — May 3, 2011 — Twins vs. White Sox, Francisco Liriano throws no-hitter — 7:00 IOWA CITY — College baseball players are still hoping to get some experience in one of several summer leagues that have been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Iowa coach Rick Heller says all of his players are waiting for the all clear. One of the most prestigious leagues in the country, the Cape Cod League, has cancelled its season.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Ricksum – 1Heller says getting some experience in a summer league is even more important this year.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Ricksum – 2Heller says some of his players who have pro aspirations may be looking for a summer league spot.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Ricksum – 3 IOWA CITY — Iowa football players hope to return to campus to begin preparations for next season as soon as possible. The Big Ten has banned on campus workouts through the end of the month and players are working out on their own. Senior defensive end Chauncey Golston.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Uiback – 1Receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette says after missing out on spring practice the Hawkeyes need as much of the summer as possible to be together.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Uiback – 2Smith-Marsette says without spring ball the Hawkeyes feel as though they are behind in their development as a team.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Uiback – 3Senior defensive lineman Austin Schulte is looking forward to a return to campus.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Uiback – 4Schulte says as Iowa begins to open up he is confident they will be together for much of the summer.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Uiback – 5Iowa is scheduled to open the season September 5th hosting Northern Iowacenter_img DES MOINES — Drake football coach Todd Stepsis says the school is looking at options if any of their games are cancelled for the upcoming season. The Bulldogs are part of the Pioneer Football League, which stretches from the Atlantic ocean to the Pacific.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Stepsispfl – 1Stepsis says they are looking at options if some state in the PFL don’t allow fall sports.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Stepsispfl – 2Stepsis says their goal will be to play a full 11-game slate.KGLO News · 5 – 26 – Stepsispfl – 3Drake is scheduled to play Hastings College in Des Moines for their season opener on September 3rdlast_img read more

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