– Advertisement – Election night victories by Representative Deb Haaland, Democrat of New Mexico, in the state’s First District, Yvette Herrell, a Republican, in its Second District, and Teresa Leger Fernandez, a Democrat, in its Third District, mean that New Mexico’s entire House delegation will be made up of women of color. In the Senate Cori Bush, a progressive who toppled a member of the Democratic Party establishment during her primary, cruised to victory over Anthony Rogers, a Republican, and became the first Black woman elected to represent Missouri in Congress. “To the Black women, the Black girls, the nurses, the essential workers, the single mothers — this is our moment,” Ms. Bush said in her victory speech.Ritchie Torres, a Democrat who is Afro-Latino, swept aside his Republican opponent and became the first openly gay Black man elected to Congress. He will replace Representative José Serrano in New York’s 15th Congressional District. (Mondaire Jones, another Democrat who is also Black and gay, is ahead in his race to fill the seat in New York’s 17th Congressional District that is being vacated by Representative Nita Lowey.) “I am hopeful that there’s a young person desperately in need of that message, who, just before going to bed, looked online and saw this result,” Ms. McBride said. “For that person, they know that change is possible and things can get better.” – Advertisement – – Advertisement – The 2020 election saw a diverse set of candidates in races across the country, even though the presidential contest was between two septuagenarian white men. Votes are still being tallied, but barrier-breaking candidates have notched victories in some of the races that have been called.Here are some of the winners who have made history.In the House of Representatives Cynthia Lummis, a Republican former congresswoman, will become the first woman to serve in the Senate from Wyoming. She cruised to victory in the race to succeed Senator Michael B. Enzi, who is retiring.In Statehouses
Statewide— Governor Eric J. Holcomb signed an executive order on Monday that details Indiana’s plan for the anticipated spike in COVID-19 cases. The executive order allows the following professionals who do not currently hold an active license to practice:medical professionals who retired or became inactive in the last five yearsmedical professionals who hold licenses in other statesmedical professionals who held licenses in other states and retired or became inactive in the last five yearscertain medical students and graduatesThese professionals must register with the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency and will be able to assist in screenings, telemedicine and other basic procedures to allow regularly licensed medical professionals to be on the frontline.In Indiana, the baseline number of critical care hospital beds is 1,432. As of Monday, hospitals have already taken steps to increase the number of critical care hospital beds to 1,940. Overall, the state’s plan is to double the number, if needed, by taking existing noncritical care hospital beds, recovery rooms, operating rooms and outpatient facilities, turning them into critical care hospital beds.In Indiana, the baseline number of ventilators is 1,177 ventilators. As of Monday, hospitals have identified another 750 ventilators that can be used for critical care patients. Overall, the state’s plan is to double the number, if needed, by repurposing ventilators from operating rooms, ambulatory care centers, EMS and the Indiana National Guard.If needed, after all of these steps are exhausted, Indiana will be prepared to put patients in alternative facilities. The Indiana National Guard and Department of Homeland Security, in conjunction with FEMA, are in charge of these plans.The state of Indiana has been working on plans related to COVID-19 since January, and each hospital has a disaster plan in place. Planning has become more specific for state health and hospital officials as models of the projected impact of coronavirus became available. Based on those models, Indiana’s patient surge is expected to begin soon and the peak is expected to be mid-April to mid-May.
Over 3,000 athletes have been confirmed to run at the fifth Okpekpe International 10km Road Race which holds tomorrow at Okekpe near Auchi in Edo State.A top technical official of the race, Yusuf Alli disclosed thursday in Okpekpe that the number is made up of over 23 foreign elite athletes and 32 from the Nigerian elite class.â€œThe elite athletes, both foreign and local are here in Auchi. They will go on a route tour today to familiarise themselves with the race course in line with International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) rules,â€ said Alli, a former Nigeria long jump king and former Commonwealth record holder. â€œI am delighted with the huge number of locals especially from North Ibie side which includes Okpekpe. It shows they have fully embraced the race. They will not only be running to be fit or just for the fun of it. They also have the opportunity to win money at the event. There is prize money for the North Ibie athletes courtesy Mr John Momoh, chairman and chief executive officer of Channels Television,â€ revealed Ali who restated the organisers preparedness for the race.â€œEverything is set. The athletes are here. We have done the lining of the route, particularly the kilometer markings. There will be water, sponges and refreshment stations along the route and at the finish and if I must add, the drinking/sponging and refreshment stations are adequately staffed by competent personnel and everything has been done in accordance with IAAF Rule 240.8,â€ he said.Ali also hinted that doping procedures will follow immediately after the race.â€œWe have a doping station built since last year and it will be manned by competent anti-doping officers led by Dr Akin Amao formerly of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports. The IAAF has listed the race as an international competition which means the doping will be done as if it is the IAAF World Championship that is taking place. The race is one of only two listed by the IAAF on their website as an international competitionâ€He also said the race will be timed using full automatic electronic timing system and that there will be split timing at every kilometre.”A clock Car will precede the race leaders indicating the time elapsed since the start of the race. The timing for the race will be done by MYLAPS Sports Timing, the internationally recognised automatic sports timing company. Last year we raised the bar in terms of organising road races in Nigeria by joining such world acclaimed marathons as Boston, Rotterdam and Melbourne marathons who now rely on MYLAPS technology for the world-class timing of their eventsâ€œWe also have the tracking application to enable the media, athletes and their friends and families as well as spectators and even sponsors to follow the progress of the participants as well as the entire organisation of the event.â€Last year Kenyan duo of Simon Cheprot and Polline Wanjiku Njeru came first in the male and female categories respectively. They went home with $15,000 prize money each after finishing in a record time of 29min: 48sec and 33min: 53sec respectively.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Concern has been expressed by business groups and motorists in Letterkenny with confirmation that five months (21 weeks) of roadworks are scheduled for Letterkenny starting in May.And the bad news is that the extensive work MUST be carried out during daytime hours which promises even more traffic congestion.The work being carried out by Cleantech Group on behalf of Irish Water is an upgrade of the existing sewer network on Pearse Road, Oldtown, Charley Daly Terrace (R250 towards Ballymacool) and Plunkett O’Boyle Terrace (Back Road). Letterkenny Chamber said members attended the open showcase regarding Irish Water work in the town that included all the areas of forthcoming work.A spokesman said they voiced their concerns at this opening evening and requested a follow-up meeting to get more detail.A spokesperson explained “At very short notice, we were invited to and did attend, a meeting with Irish Water, Donegal County Council and the contractors and we asked the businesses in the immediate vicinity to attend.“This meeting enabled all of us to voice our concerns about the impact of the works and the contractor explained their initial traffic management plan and schedule of works. “We then asked for a further meeting that was arranged for last week where we talked in more detail regarding the traffic management plan. It was also attended by some of the businesses in the area.”Starting on 13th May the planned works are to start on Pearse Road adjacent to Larkin’s Lane and will continue west to Station House Hotel, cross the road, then north up Old town Road to the roundabout at Lower Main Street, then west for approximately 180m.The last phase is at the junction and heading up Plunkett O’Boyle Terrace (Back Road) for 120m.Part of the construction will involve piling which CANNOT take place at night.A spokesman for the chamber added “This piling is very deep and cannot be carried out at night due primarily due to safety concerns and also due to residential property and a hotel in the area. The extent of this work is significant and we have made every effort to ensure the contractor and authorities get this work carried out as quickly as possible.” The traffic during the works will be one way on Oldtown Road.All traffic coming from the Retail Park that wants to go West will have to go right at the junction behind McDonalds. Traffic wanting to go to Oldtown will be diverted up Oliver Plunkett Road then right, down Lower Main Street.Car Parking spaces will be removed at the top of Lower Main Street (near Clarke’s Newsagent) to allow for larger vehicles turning in the junction.There will be traffic management people on the junction at Larkins Lane, top of Oliver Plunkett Road and Lower Main Street to stop and direct traffic and to keep it moving. The work from Pearse Road to Dunnes will take approximately 13 weeks. After that the Pearse Road west bound will re-open.The Chamber spokesperson added “This work will cause traffic issues. In our meetings we have emphasised the need for a robust traffic management plan including signage on all entrances to Letterkenny advising traffic heading for Glenties and Dungloe to go via N56.“We have also emphasised the importance of Traffic Management personnel at all times and very specifically on hand when we see traffic building up.“The Chamber infrastructure committee have made various suggestions throughout these discussions to the Irish Water team that they have taken on board. There have been more suggestions made over recent days that we have sent on to the Contractor.“We have, at all times, asked that the contractor and council talk directly with businesses affected and work with them as best they can.“We have requested further follow-up meetings with the various parties involved in the project so that we can ensure the impact on our business community is minimised as much as is possible.”Breaking: Traffic worries as 5 months of roadworks planned for heart of Letterkenny was last modified: April 26th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:councilIrish WaterletterkennyOldtownroadworkstraffic
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Senate confirmed of Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to be the U.S. Ambassador to China, a move which many in agriculture appreciated.“As the six-term governor of a state with more than $10 billion in annual agricultural exports, Terry Branstad is an ideal person to help facilitate the U.S. beef industry’s return to the Chinese market for the first time in 13-plus years,” said Craig Uden, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. “Ambassador Branstad has said that he intends to serve American-produced beef at the U.S. embassy in Beijing, and America’s cattle producers look forward to working with him to make that a reality as soon as possible.”The announcement comes at a particularly important time for the U.S. cattle industry and trade with China. There is just one more round of technical consultations for the U.S. agreement with China on access to Chinese beef markets with a July 16 deadline before U.S. beef is allowed in the country after being locked out for 13 years.
SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Currently in last place in Group C, the Azkals face Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday night at Rashid Stadium with both teams needing victories to stand a chance of progressing to the round of 16.Making it to the next round as one of the top two teams in the group is already out of the equation for the Azkals, but qualifying as one of the four best third-placed squads is a scenario that is still alive.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Azkals narrowly lost to South Korea, 0-1, in their opening match on Jan. 7, before falling to China, 0-3, at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The match against China drew 16,000 fans, so far the most attended game in the tournament that did not involve host United Arab Emirates.“The Kyrgyzstan match will be like a final for us,” said captain Stephan Schrock. “We have to finish with a really good performance, taking three points—and really hope for the best.” LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PacMay II: Russia or London LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DUBAI—There is no guarantee that a victory in its last group match will be enough for the Philippines to reach the next round of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup.But a strong finish can cap what has been a memorable debut so far for the Azkals here.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Philippines is one of eight winless countries in the tournament after all 24 teams have played their two matches. A draw will not be enough for both Kyrgyzstan and the Philippines to reach the next round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño