Chicago comedian among nation’s 570,000 COVID-19 victims: ‘We are gutted’

first_imgSamara Heisz/iStock(NEW YORK) — COVID-19 has taken the lives of more than 570,000 Americans and counting.Those we’ve lost come from all backgrounds and include the very people — first responders and medical staff — who have been working on the front lines. But the virus has also highlighted the disparities in the U.S. — taking a disproportionate toll on communities of color, the elderly and the poor.Each week ABC News is spotlighting several Americans who have lost their lives to COVID-19. This week, we’re highlighting a nurse, a math teacher and a comedian.Madalyn McMahanMadalyn McMahan was a nurse and mentor for her colleagues at Caldwell UNC Healthcare in North Carolina — until she became a patient.“She loved caring for the local community,” her daughter, G’Lellier Matthews, told ABC Charlotte affiliate WSOC-TV.“The very people she worked with side-by-side every day were the ones who took care of her,” Matthews said.McMahan died on Jan. 25, 2021.“Madalyn was known by all the nursing, respiratory and medical staff as the matriarch of the night shift on the Telemetry Unit,” Rebecca Smith, chief nurse and COO at the hospital, told WSOC. “If you were fortunate enough to be called her friend, you knew she was always there for you.”Caldwell County- a beloved local nurse…who many described as a mentor for other nurses..died after battling covid-19. What the hospital where she worked is doing to remember her today on eyewitness news at noon and five. Prayers for her family. pic.twitter.com/ACaYuAZuAw— Dave Faherty (@FahertyWSOC9) January 27, 2021Bart PinckneyBart Pinckney was a math teacher and coached track, basketball and football at Griffin High School in Georgia.“Coach Pinckney was dedicated to and passionate about his work,” the school said in a statement. “He was goal oriented, enjoyed helping students and influenced many lives.”“His career in Griffin Spalding County Schools spanned 13 years. Coach Pinckney served as teacher and coach at Carver Road Middle School, Spalding High School and Griffin High School,” the school said.“He will be missed terribly,” the school said.Pinckney is survived by his wife and two children, ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV reported.Please say a prayer for the family of Brother Bart Pinckney, 3-ΑΓ-90 who succumbed to Covid 19 on 2/22/21. He was the girls high school track coach at Spaulding HS in Griffin, Ga. he leaves behind a wife, children, and LB’s/chapter Bruhzs that will miss him dearly. RIP BART DOG! pic.twitter.com/aOEFr04nLH— Marvin L James II (@sportsguymarv) February 28, 2021Erica WatsonErica Watson was a comedian, actress and contributor to Windy City Live, a talk show on ABC Chicago station WLS-TV.The Chicago native, who appeared in the Oscar-nominated movie Precious, died on Feb. 27, 2021, at the age of 48, WLS reported.Windy City LIVE said, “We are gutted by her death.”Watson became friends with Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, the first Black woman to hold the position, after she was hired to tell jokes at a Foxx campaign event, The New York Times reported.“She was very much about empowering Black women,” Foxx told the Times. “She was fighting not just for herself but for people like her.”[email protected] was a part of our show from the beginning. We are gutted by her death. Please join us tomorrow to pay tribute to our friend. https://t.co/PIRCAnDUXq— WindyCityLIVE (@WindyCityLIVE) March 1, 2021Click here and here to read more victims’ stories.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Viewpoint

first_imgThere is no doubt about it. The supermarkets really are leading the bakery market when it comes to lowering salt levels in bread, and Sainsbury’s is right at the helm.The company was lauded and applauded in the House of Commons last week by Dame Deirdre Hutton, head of the Food Standards Agency (FSA), for already having lowered salt levels in own-label sliced bread. It has done this four years ahead of target.It is also proving successful at getting real flavour into its own ‘Taste the Difference’ range – not with salt, but with a sour blend that is going down really well with customers. Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin King’s own grandfather was a craft baker, and anyone who attended the Baking Industry Summit recently will know just how passionate he was about bread. It is translating through to the goods on the shelves. He also showed that he listens to health experts.Years ago, most bakers considered salt levels to be a tetchy subject, which they would rather not address. How far we have travelled. When salt levels in food first became a subject of debate in the national press, 3% of consumers took note. Then evidence began to be produced by Professor Graham MacGregor of Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH)). Now, after a significant increase in press coverage and the fact that the FSA itself is on board, and has even pioneered two advertising campaigns, that 3% awareness has risen to 30%, and the figure is climbing.Why is salt reduction in our foods and our daily intake so important? The answer is because we need 1.6g daily. We can tolerate 6g daily, but many of us are consuming between 9g and 18g daily. This is leading to a proliferation of high blood pressure and its consequences – heart disease and strokes. The NHS is short of funds and is spending a fortune treating heart disease and stroke victims, whose illnesses are often long-term.The supermarkets want to be seen as responsible vendors. They are putting pressure on the plant bakers, and craft bakers will need to follow suit.So we must all allow three weeks or so for our taste buds to adapt to less salt, which they do. And adding a bit more lemon or herbs to our foods, or putting delicious sours in our breads, never did anyone any harm.last_img read more

Cross River Targets New Taekwondo, T’Tennis Talents

first_imgBassey Inyang in CalabarThe Cross River State Sports Commission has announced plans to take participation of youths in taekwondo and table tennis to higher heights.Chairman of the commission, Mr. Orok Duke, said to achieve the objective, the state has gone into partnership with the private sector to encourage youths to take to the games of Taekwondo and table tennis. Speaking with journalists at the U.J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar last weekend, Duke said the state through the commission has gone into partnership with the Royal International Farms and Estates Limited for the first Calabar Open Taekwondo and Table Tennis championships.Duke said the open taekwondo championship would hold between January 19 and 21 while the table tennis championship would hold from February 8 to 10.The commission’s chairman said both events would take place in Calabar.Duke said he was optimistic that at the end of both competitions new talents would be discovered and groomed to participate in national and international competitions.Speaking on a broader perspective as it affects other sports, Duke solicited support from corporate organisations and individuals for the development of sports in the state.Duke said the commission has identified 43 sports that would be promoted, adding that taekwondo and table tennis championships would be the starting points.“It is obvious that government cannot do it alone, so, we appreciate any corporate body that offers assistance.“The concentration of the sponsors of this taekwondo and table tennis championships is from the grassroots.“We have already contacted the Akwa Ibom State Government which is willing to provide some of the materials needed,” Duke hinted.Duke also announced some other sporting events lined up for between January and June this year, saying they include the Professor Ben Ayade Under-15 Football Championship, and Etubom Charles Duke Lawn Tennis Championship among others.Speaking on behalf of the sponsors of the taekwondo and table tennis championship, General Manager, Royal International Farms and Estates Limited, Mr. Usen Umoh, said the events would positively engage talented youths.Umoh said that budding stars and young talents are expected to participate at the taekwondo event while participants in the table tennis championship will be drawn from primary and secondary schools across the state.“We intend to use the two championships to discover new sports talents in the state and groom them for national, continental and international glories,” Umoh said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Farmers group grants honor to two teens

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Bromiley, daughter of Wayne and Debra Bromiley of Mojave and Deborah Bromiley of Lancaster, raised steer, pigs and lambs as well as working at Akal Animal Hospital. Castillo, daughter of Jose and Diana Castillo of Lancaster, raised steer, pigs, lambs and rabbits. Both credited their FFA adviser, Cindy Nelson, an agricultural teacher at Antelope Valley High School, in helping them attain their degrees. “We couldn’t have done it without the help and input that Mrs. Nelson gave us,” said Castillo. “Mrs. Nelson came to AVHS and encouraged students to strive and take chances in life,” added Bromiley. “She never gave up on us even when times got tough. She always stuck in and kept pushing us until we had accomplished our goal.” LANCASTER – Two Lancaster teens received the highest degree given by the Future Farmers of America at the 78th National Future Farmers of America Convention in Louisville, Ky. Sarah Denise Bromiley and Lindsay Marie Castillo, both members of the Lancaster FFA at Antelope Valley High School, received the American FFA Degree for their demonstration of leadership ability and achievements in agricultural business, production, processing or service. Of the nearly half-million FFA members, only 2,900, or about half of one percent, are so recognized. To be eligible for the degree, members must have earned and productively invested $7,500 through a supervised agricultural experience in which they start, own or hold a professional position in an existing agricultural enterprise, as well as demonstrating outstanding leadership and community involvement. last_img read more

Kerr hopes Cousins won’t be back — because he’ll get more money elsewhere

first_imgOAKLAND — Initially, Warriors coach Steve Kerr made DeMarcus Cousins’ departure sound like a foregone conclusion.The Warriors signed Cousins last summer to a surprisingly low $5.3 million with their taxpayer mid-level exception because of the league-wide concern about his surgically repaired left Achilles tendon. As far as re-signing him this summer, though? Kerr did not see how that would work.“We made no bones about it when we signed him. This is a one-year deal and we’re not going to …last_img

What Happened to September?

first_imgSome of you may have noticed that I haven’t posted to my blog in about a month. September was challenging for me. I had high hopes for it to be a time of high productivity, but apparently it was not meant to be. The month started out promising: little scheduled travel, few deadlines, and several projects needing attention that I was excited about. It started going downhill almost immediately. I acquired a low-level virus, the flu, or something else that made me sluggish and uncomfortable, that sapped my strength and motivation, but did not debilitate me enough to seek medical attention. Just as I was working my way out of the malaise, my laptop crapped out on me.Computers Save So Much TimeA trip to the computer store confirmed that the patient was terminal with no hope for resurrection. A replacement computer was about a week away, so my very helpful independent computer store was nice enough to give me a loaner, an old but working laptop. After about eight hours of data restoration work, I was back in business with some limitations and missing only a few documents that were skipped in my last backup. Finally back to work, with the month almost gone, I slowly began to gain some momentum. A week later the new computer arrived. After another marathon session of data restoration with everything seeming to work fine, I turned it off and went to sleep.The Blue Screen of DeathThe next morning, just before I headed out the door for a long drive to inspect a house for a client, I fired up the new machine and got the blue screen of death. AHHHH! I threw it in the car, and stopped by the computer store to find out they don’t open until 10AM. Off to my meeting. Later I stopped back by store on the way home in the early PM. We spent about an hour diagnosing the problem, and they decided that they needed to work on it for a while. Luckily, they were able to fix it without losing any of my data, and my computer was ready by the end of the day. I kept both computers running for another few days until I was confident that the new one would actually work. After about a week, I returned my loaner with reasonable confidence that I now have a truly functioning computer. Out of all this, I have finally decided to take the advice of several good friends as well as my children and switch to a Mac, probably sometime before the end of the year. After a 20+ year relationship with PCs, it’s time to move on.Green Building Misinformation AboundsBut enough of my tribulations. I will wrap up with a brief comment on a presentation I saw recently. At a local Remodelers Council meeting, an industrial hygienist and air-quality expert told us about controlling pollutants on job sites to protect both staff and home occupants. The information was reasonably interesting and the speaker was clearly qualified and experienced in the area. He pointed out that he was one of the few people in his field who actually worked on single-family homes. What really got to me was his discussion on fresh-air ventilation. His position was that he preferred homes that had high infiltration rates because then he didn’t have to worry about active ventilation systems.Definition of Stress: Resisting the Urge to Choke the Living Daylights Out of Someone Who Desperately Deserves ItRepressing my natural urge to start yelling at him, I waited patiently until he was finished and, as politely as possible for me, pointed out that using uncontrolled infiltration for fresh-air ventilation was a bad strategy, both from an energy and an indoor-health standpoint, and that it was dangerous to promulgate this particular position in the industry as it runs counter to the very heart of green building. Unfortunately, he was not to be swayed, and I didn’t have the energy to start a fight. Luckily, the event was not that well attended, so his damage was minimized. While I do appreciate that this gentleman has a strong background in air-quality issues, I find it very frustrating that he completely missed the air quality/infiltration/energy efficiency connection, and just strolled merrily along with his restricted view of homes. Green building is so multifaceted that it is critical to be able to look at it from every point of view in order to be successful. In his case, he was just one of those blind men checking out the elephant, each describing very clearly the part they were touching, missing the big picture by a mile.last_img read more

Drama and joy of Frost and Gemmell help raise Cheltenham from gloom

first_imgCheltenham Festival Paul Townend repays Al Boum Photo’s owners in gold for mistake As a result the overall fatality rate – 0.6% – was down by more than a half compared to 2018 (1.34%), the lowest rate since 2015. On the face of it, fate was at least moderately kind to the 2019 Festival. But since the horses killed on Friday were running in two of the races with the biggest audiences of the week, while Sir Erec was one of the shortest-priced favourites of the week, their deaths seem to make a deeper impression.Yet the fact remains that for every horse that suffers a fatal injury at Cheltenham there are about 150 more that simply go out and do what they were bred, raised and trained to do. Without racing, these thoroughbreds would not exist in the first place and an all-time record crowd of 266,779 would not have found its way to the West Country over the course of the week.It was the second Festival in a row with a record attendance, which suggests that for all the gloom and uneasy defensiveness that followed last year’s meeting, the Festival’s popularity with the sporting public continues to rise.All four days had a record crowd under the current format and few can have left disappointed. Altior was an impressive and popular winner in Wednesday’s Champion Chase and the remarkable Tiger Roll even more so in the Cross Country later the same day, while Willie Mullins’s long-overdue first success in the Gold Cup was a fine way to close the week on Friday.But above all there were 45 thrilling minutes on Thursday afternoon when the Festival behaved itself and followed the script, delivering on the buildup with two of the most memorable victories of recent years.First there was Bryony Frost and her winning ride from the front on Frodon in the Ryanair Chase. Making much or all the running to win at Cheltenham requires split-second judgment of pace, an intuitive connection with your horse and immense self-confidence too. No one is ever gifted a soft lead at the Festival and Frost also had to contend with a 66-1 outsider harrying her at the head of affairs for much of the way. Share on Twitter Was this helpful? For a few minutes on Tuesday evening at Cheltenham the chance of heading home three days later riding even a gentle wave of positivity seemed to be receding by the second. The screens were up on the landing side of three of the fences after the National Hunt Chase as fallers were attended to by vets while, out in the Atlantic, Storm Gareth seemed poised to wipe out the second day altogether.There were, of course, downs as well as ups over the course of the next three days. The death of Sir Erec in the Triumph Hurdle was the most difficult blow to absorb, not least because of the connection he made with racegoers and television viewers alike as he waited patiently to be re-plated before setting off on the race that would be his last. Invitation Only was then killed in a fall in the Gold Cup, the third and last fatal injury of the week from a total of 497 runners, the highest number of starters at a Festival since 2009 and 50 more than went to post in 2018, when there were twice as many fatalities. Since you’re here… Support The Guardian It was a ride that any of the great Festival jockeys of the last 30 years would have been proud to call their own and the roar from the stands as Frodon responded to his jockey and fought his way back into the lead after the last was the most stirring and heartfelt of the week.Racing, where men and women can compete on equal terms, is unique among the major spectator sports in creating a moment like this and in Frost it also has a natural communicator. She was able to put the experience and emotions into words for ITV’s viewers within seconds of the finish: “He grabbed me by the hands and said: “Don’t you dare give up”.” Read more Pinterest Frost was the first female rider to win a Grade One race at the Festival over jumps but she did not have sole ownership of the achievement for long. A day later Rachael Blackmore matched it on the 50-1 shot Minella Indo in the Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle, her second winner of the meeting. Only Nico de Boinville, who took the prize for the week’s leading rider, had more.Minella Indo was also the fourth winner of the meeting for a female rider – Lizzie Kelly, in the Plate, has the other – equalling the record total at last year’s meeting. The strike rate of female riders at this year’s meeting – four wins from 46 starts, or 8.7% – was better than the 5.3% (24 from 452) of their male counterparts.No sooner had Frost left the podium than Andrew Gemmell, rightly the focus of many dozens of pre‑Festival features, was stepping up to receive the owner’s prize after Paisley Park’s hugely popular win in the Stayers’ Hurdle. Blind since birth, Gemmell has never seen a racehorse and fell in love with racing by listening to radio commentaries in the 60s and, as a small-scale owner with the immense good fortune to buy a Festival‑class horse for relatively minor money, he is also an example of a species that had seemed on the verge of extinction.Gemmell’s win does not, of course, hint at a new, more egalitarian age in jumping. Money does not work like that, and the colours of Michael O’Leary and JP McManus will be as ubiquitous as always at Cheltenham 2020. But very few, if any, former trade union officials have walked into the Festival winner’s enclosure over the course of the last 90 years and none with the sheer, unbridled joy of Gemmell on Thursday.Cheltenham spends heavily to publicise its biggest meeting but moments and memories like these are beyond price and the ones that will endure. “Is the Festival’s future on the line?” was a headline on one newspaper feature last week. The answer, as so often when a headline ends with a question mark, is undoubtedly a resounding “no”. Two fatalities on Gold Cup day dampen spirits at Cheltenham Festival Carlisle 2.15 Hill Sixteen 2.45 The Last Day 3.20 Dorking Cock (nap) 3.50 Jepeck (nb) 4.25 Cyrano Star 5.00 Road To Riches Ffos Las Abandoned (waterlogging) Facebook Share on LinkedIn Read more Twitter Cheltenham Festival 2019 Share on Messenger Harry Cobden and Topofthegame win the RSA Chase on day two. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Topics Hide Horse racing tips Quick guide Greg Wood’s tips for Sunday Sportblog Thank you for your feedback. Reuse this content comment Share via Email Show Share on WhatsApp Horse racing Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Bryony Frostlast_img read more

Small Hotels Occupancy Up by 6.8 per cent in 2012

first_imgMONTEGO BAY: Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, is reporting a 6.8 per cent increase in the occupancy levels of small hotels islandwide, by visitors to Jamaica in 2012, compared to 2011.  “This is significant and we look forward to this segment (small hotels) holding its own, in light of the anticipated increases in visitor arrivals from the new and emerging markets (this year),” he stated, while addressing a special reception hosted by the operators of the Sandy Haven Hotel, Negril, Westmoreland, on Saturday (April 27) to mark the establishment’s first anniversary of operations.  Noting projections for increased global travel this year, particularly out of the United States, Dr. McNeill said accommodating anticipated greater numbers of visitors could prove challenging for several global destinations. This development, the Minister contended, could prove advantageous for Jamaica’s hoteliers, particularly small property operators. He pointed out that of Jamaica’s 175 hotels currently in operation, some 127 are small or medium sized properties with less than 100 rooms each. He further informed that these small and medium properties account for approximately 5000 of the over 20,000 rooms currently available. In this regard, the Minister urged the operators to prepare and position themselves to tap into potential opportunities for increased business by reviewing and, as best as possible, tailoring their products and services to fulfill the diverse needs of the visitors. In so doing, he said they would lend pivotal support to enhancing overall efforts at promoting brand Jamaica. “Although we tend to look to the larger resorts that market heavily internationally, we must also recognize the appeal of our small boutique hotels to an exclusive high end visitor,” he stated. Dr. McNeill also commended small and medium hotel operators for continuously supporting Jamaica’s agriculture sector, noting that a significant percentage of local produce is used in their establishments.   “It is commendable that the small and medium sized properties are supporting local communities and that their continued success is significantly impacting the wellbeing of many Jamaicans at the community level,” he said. In congratulating owners of the 35-room Sandy Haven Hotel, Stephen and Antoinette Ucker, for investing in the property, which commenced operations in March 2012, Dr. McNeill encouraged other investors in the sector to take the steps that will better position them among the first to “reap the benefits” of the anticipated increase in visitors travelling to Jamaica. By Bryan Miller, JIS Regional Office Reporterlast_img read more

Abu Dhabi Ports Starts Digital Vessel Ops

first_imgzoom Port developer and operator Abu Dhabi Ports has launched its digital Vessel Management System which enables automation of all vessel management processes and services through the Port Community System, Maqta Gateway. Through the new system, all vessel arriving at any of Abu Dhabi’s commercial ports will be able to process the needed formalities and exchange unified digital information with the Port Community.Services covered by the system include vessel registration, voyage declaration, vessel call requests, as well as requesting port clearance, marine services and berth shifting.According to Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, the Vessel Management System will play an integral role in streamlining and facilitating the import and export activities at Abu Dhabi’s ports.“Maqta Gateway’s Port Community System is transforming the logistics supply chain and is enhancing the competitiveness of Abu Dhabi’s maritime and trade industry,” Noura Al Dhaheri, General Manager of Maqta Gateway, said.Shipping agents representing vessels operating in Khalifa Port, Musaffah Port, Zayed Port and the Free Ports have concluded the vessel management training module conducted by the Maqta Gateway team in September, ahead of its full implementation this month.,Shipping agents representing vessels operating in Khalifa Port, Musaffah Port, Zayed Port and the Free Ports have concluded the vessel management training module conducted by the Maqta Gateway team in September, ahead of its full implementation this month.last_img read more

PETA Names Jared Leto And Ellen Page As Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities

first_imgWith his Oscar win, her inspiring “coming out” story, and their smash box office hits, Jared Leto and Ellen Page have had a big year—and now they both have an additional accomplishment to add to 2014: They’ve been named the winners of PETA’s annual Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity contest.The X-Men star triumphed over Ariana Grande, Jessica Paré, Laura Prepon and Sarah Silverman, among others, while the 30 Seconds To Mars singer snagged the title over such competition as Joaquin Phoenix, Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Dinklage and Woody Harrelson.When British GQ asked Jared Leto the question on everyone’s mind — how he looks 31 at 41 — he said, “I’m pretty healthy so I think that helps a lot. I’ve been that way for a long time — 20 solid years of eating vegetarian/vegan and taking care of myself. That probably helps the preservation process.” Another reason why Leto’s vegan? “I don’t eat dairy because it’s disgusting,” he says. “In milk, there’s actually quite a bit of cow pus. There [were] a couple of films that I watched about the food industry that really just, I was like, no, I can’t do it anymore.”And Page shares Leto’s concerns over the cruelty of the meat, dairy, and egg industries. “Why are vegans made fun of while the inhumane factory farming process regards animals and the natural world merely as commodities to be exploited for profit?” she asked in a tweet.Previous winners of PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity contest include Kristen Bell, Woody Harrelson, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand, Olivia Wilde, Carrie Underwood, Prince, Natalie Portman, Shania Twain, Leona Lewis, Andre 3000, Tobey Maguire and Alicia Silverstone.Source:PETAlast_img read more