Tornado damage won’t stop Floyd County Fair

first_imgCHARLES CITY — While the Floyd County Fairgrounds in Charles City lost half of its buildings during a Memorial Day tornado, fair board president Amy Staudt says the show will go on next month.“I am sure that our Floyd County Fair will be running, July 17th through 21st,” Staudt says. “We might be short a couple shows here and there, but for the most part, we’ll still have all of our activities, our entertainment, our Aussie Kingdom is still coming, our carnival will still be here.” At a fair board meeting Sunday night, members discussed plans to ensure the fair’s activities wouldn’t be hindered despite losing vital several structures.Staudt says the twister totaled four buildings, including one that hosted the chicken and rabbit exhibits.  “We’re leaning towards bringing their entries in for check-in on their show day, we’ll complete the show and then we’ll release those species to go home,” she says, “just because of heat and a building that will not be properly cared for, for the animals.”The sheep and goat barns were relatively untouched by the twister. The livestock arena wasn’t a total loss, but the damage must be surveyed by a engineer before anyone is able to use it.  “We should have that up and running before the fair,” she says. “If he would say it’s structurally unsafe, then we’ll have to go to Plan B which may be using the horse area or bringing livestock in just for that showtime and then hauling them back out.” Excavation of debris is getting underway today (Monday) after a week-long volunteer effort to clean up the destruction.Staudt says there will be an August meeting where board members will discuss long-term reconstruction. “We’re planning for the future as we’re looking at set-ups, barn flow, different things like that,” she says. “We want to make sure it’s got a good flow to it for years to come.” Parts of the fairgrounds remain unscathed, like the race track where Figure Eight races will begin Friday night.last_img read more

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MercyOne North Iowa sets aside 45 beds specifically for any future COVID-19 surge

first_imgMASON CITY — The president of MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center is applauding the good response and hard work by his staff that has taken place since the COVID-19 crisis started. Rod Schlader says a lot of that hard work went into establishing the off-site testing location at the North Iowa Events Center which opened a week ago. “I’m really proud of our team for working diligently and quickly to put those testing options out there for our patients. This is an example of how we innovate to lessen the exposure to the community as well as our colleagues.” Schlader says they have been transitioning part of their 228 available patient beds in case there’s a surge of COVID-19 in the region.   “We’re putting the finishing touches on making available to COVID patients, we’ll have 45 beds available just for either suspected patients or COVID-positive patients. I want the community to know that we do have a surge plan.” Schlader says they are also making plans in the event those 45 beds aren’t enough.   “That’s not our only surge plan, we’re doing it in phases. We’re trying to play the ‘what if’ scenarios if that 45 beds isn’t enough. We’re working on our next tier, and then the next tier after that with Cerro Gordo County Public Health.” MercyOne North Iowa this week increased their visitor restrictions, with no visitors being allowed into the hospital except in cases of children being admitted to the hospital, maternity unit, and patients receiving end-of-life care as determined by medical professionals.last_img read more

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Egypt’s Salah favourite to complete awards hat-trick

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Accra, Ghana | AFP | Liverpool star Mohamed Salah hopes to add the African Player of the Year award in Ghana Thursday to his rapidly expanding collection of individual honours.The Egyptian, scorer of 23 goals in all competitions midway through his first season at Anfield, has been voted BBC African Footballer of the Year and Arab Player of the Year.Salah, Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund and Gabon are the contenders for the highest African individual football honour.The scoring feats of Salah have installed him as the public and media favourite to succeed Algerian Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City as the number one African footballer.“I want to be the best Egyptian footballer ever,” said Salah after receiving the BBC award last month.“When I came to Liverpool I hoped to show everyone my abilities. I scored a lot of goals with Roma and am very happy being successful at Liverpool.”Salah also starred for Egypt, scoring five of the goals that qualified his country for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after a 28-year absence from the global showpiece.Mane will also be in Russia next June, adding abundant creativity to a physically formidable Senegal side.Gabon did not qualify and Aubameyang shunned several World Cup call-ups, a fact that could count against him.Salah and Mane will leave Accra soon after the awards ceremony as Liverpool have a Friday night FA Cup third-round derby date with Everton.However, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp did not hesitate to release his African duo for the Accra ceremony, which will include six other awards.“It is a sign of respect,” he told reporters in Liverpool. “We sleep in a hotel and they sleep in a plane. That is the only difference.”Salah is a doubt for the Merseyside showdown, though, having missed the English Premier League victory at Burnley this week owing to a groin strain.Should Salah be named Player of the Year, he will be only the second Egyptian after 1983 winner Mahmoud al Khatib to hoist the symbol of individual brilliance.It would be the first time since 1986 that north Africans have won successive editions of the poll, which this year involved national coaches, journalists, officials and the public.Morocco midfielder Mohamed Timoumi was the 1985 winner, followed by compatriot Badou Zaki, one of two goalkeepers to be voted the best African footballer.Footballers from the west of the continent have dominated recently with Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon and Yaya Toure of the Ivory Coast each winning four times.While Salah has made the top three for the first time, prolific Bundesliga scorer Aubameyang finished first once and second twice in the past three award ceremonies.Mane came third last season, but his valuable input for Liverpool has been overshadowed by Salah, second in the Premier League scorers’ charts behind Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur. Contenders for 2017 Confederation of African football awards, which will be presented at a ceremony in Ghana Thursday (alphabetical order):Player of the YearPierre-Emerick Aubameyang (GAB, Borussia Dortmund/GER), Sadio Mane (SEN, Liverpool/ENG), Mohamed Salah (EGY, Liverpool)Women’s Player of the YearChrestina Kgatlana (RSA, UWC Ladies), Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene (CMR, CSKA Moscow/RUS), Asisat Oshoala (NGR, Dalian Quanjian/CHN)Youth Player of the YearPatson Daka (ZAM, Liefering/AUT), Krepin Diatta (SEN, Sarpsborg/NOR), Salam Giddou (MLI, Guidars)Coach of the YearHussein Amoutta (Wydad Casablanca/MAR), Hector Cuper (EGY), Gernot Rohr (NGR)Club of the YearAl Ahly (EGY), TP Mazembe (COD), Wydad CasablancaNational Team of the YearCameroon, Egypt, NigeriaWomen’s National Team of the YearGhana U-20, Nigeria U-20, South Africalast_img read more

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Bayern thump Hanover to go level with second-place Gladbach

first_imgBerlin, Germany | AFP | Thomas Mueller had a frustrating time in front of goal in his 300th Bundesliga game, but Bayern continued their run of form with a 4-0 win at Hanover on Saturday.Joshua Kimmich’s second-minute volley from an awkward-looking flick from Thomas Mueller gave the Bavarians an early lead.Bayern doubled their lead in the 29th minute when David Alaba rocketed a strike into the top of the net from the edge of the box.Kimmich turned provider for the last two goals.In the 53rd minute, he played a low cross for Serge Gnabry who weaved through traffic before toe-poking home from close range.Ten minutes later, Kimmich floated a perfectly-weighted cross into the path of Robert Lewandowski who headed his 10th goal of the season, going to the top of the Bundesliga scoring charts.Bayern’s win cut the gap to leaders Borussia Dortmund to six points ahead of Dortmund’s evening game against Werder Bremen at Signal Iduna Park. Hanover sit dead last with 10 points from 15 games. Elsewhere, Borussia Moenchengladbach, who started the day in second drew 0-0 at wasteful Hoffenheim. The home team dominated throughout, racking up 22 shots to four for the visitors, but were unable to convert.Schalke’s Bundesliga struggles continued, held 1-1 at Augsburg. The visitors thought they had snared the three points in the dying stages after Breel Embolo netted, but the effort ruled out for offside.Mario Gomez secured a valuable win for relegation-challenged Stuttgart who won 2-1 at home to Hertha Berlin.Berlin took the lead in the 38th minute through Max Mittelstadt, before Gomez stretched out a leg to tap it into the bottom left corner in the 64th minute.Gomez added a second just ten minutes later, powering a header into goal after an expert cross from Christian Gentner.Fortuna Duesseldorf improved their chances of avoiding the drop with a 2-0 home win over Freiburg thanks to two goals from Kaan Ayhan.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Njoroge best placed to end 11-year Kenyan jinx at Uganda Open

first_img1971 – J. Kahugu (Sigona Golf Club)1972 – Ben Okello (Masaka Golf Club)1973 – Tom Taban (Uganda Golf Club)1974 – Alex Okodan (Uganda Golf Club)1975 – Ramathan Kayamba (Uganda Golf Club)1976 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)1977 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)1978 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)1979 – 1980 – Not held1981 – Juma Jaffer (Uganda Golf Club)1982 – Juma Jaffer (Uganda Golf Club)1983 – Sadi Onito (Uganda Golf Club)1984 – John Mucheru (Uganda Golf Club)1985 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)1986 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)1987 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)1988 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)1989 – Allan Njoroge (Muthaiga Golf Club)1990- Dedan Kagonyera (Kabale Golf Club)1991 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)1992 – Juma Jaffer (Uganda Golf Club)1993 – John Gavin (Uganda Golf Club)1994 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)1995 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)1996 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)1997 – Steven Birungi (Uganda Golf Club)1998 – Steven Birungi (Uganda Golf Club)1999 – Steven Birungi (Uganda Golf Club)2000 – Deo Akope (Entebbe Golf Club)2001 – Deo Akope (Entebbe Golf Club)2002 – Deo Akope (Entebbe Golf Club)2003 – Charles Yokwe (Jinja Golf Club)2004 – David Odhiambo (Nyanza Golf Club)2005 – Charles Yokwe (Jinja Golf Club)2006 – Amos Kamya (Entebbe Golf Club)2007 – Nicholas Rokoine (Muthaiga Golf Club)2008 – George Olayo (Entebbe Golf Club)2009 – Peter Ssendaula (Entebbe Golf Club)2010 – Brian Mwesigwa (Kabale Golf Club)2011 –Rogers Byaruhanga (Uganda Golf Club)2012 – Phillip Kasozi (Uganda Golf Club)2013 – Peter Ssendaula (Entebbe Golf Club)2014 – Kitata (Entebbe Golf Club)2015 – Ronald Otile (Tooro Golf Club)2016 – Ronald Otile (Tooro Golf Club)2017 – Ronald Rugumayo (Tooro Golf Club)2018 – Ronald Otile (Tooro Golf Club) Kenya’s Njoroge tees off yesterday. He is the overnight leader. PHOTO CASTLE-LITE MEDIA Tee off 12.30pm S Njoroge 213 S Njogu 215 R Otile 216 Tee off 12.20pm D Nduva 216 J Cwinyaai 221 D Asaba 223Venue: Lake Victoria Serena LIVE: Results (click)Final day draw (bottom)Entebbe, Uganda | LOUIS JADWONG |  Kenya Railway Golf Club veteran Samuel Chege Njoroge gets an opportunity today to break an 11-year jinx for foreign entrants at the Uganda Amateur Golf Open.Ugandans have won the last 11 Opens, with Njoroge’s fellow countryman Nicholas Rokoine from Muthaiga Golf Club the last foreign entrant to win the title in 2007.Overnight leader Njoroge said he is well placed to win. ” This is a new course… everyone is new to it so whoever swings well, and whoever will have luck will win. I made some mistakes on Friday and if I try to avoid the mistakes, I believe I can win it,” he said.The Kenyan ace marches into today’s final round with a score of 213 from 54 holes, which is  a two stroke lead over another Kenyan Simon Njogu, and three over defending champion Ronald Otile. The long-hitting Kenya Railway Club golfer has finished in the top 10 in his past two attempts, with a 4th place finish in 2017.Njoroge puttsNjoroge carded 68 to take the lead Friday, and is one of only five who have played under par in the first three rounds. Three of the five are in today’s pressure group that promises a thrilling battle to a full gallery at the prestigious and picturesque Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa course at Kigo.The Kenyans will however have to contend with favourite Otile, who has stormed from being 13 behind the day one leader Njogu, to playing in the pressure group.After a disastrous start, that saw him card 82 strokes on Wednesday, he remained optimistic, and warned that, “It is a game. I played +10 today, but I can still play -10 tomorrow.”The 24-year old has come close to doing that already, hitting a course record 4 under 68 on Thursday, then breaking the record Friday with a stunning 6 under par 66 that had an eagle, six birdies and nine par scores in the 18 holes – completely demystifying the water hazards that dominate the course.What will not be good news for his opponents is the fact that after his six-under par score, Otile still feels there is room for improvement. “I need to play the course as it is and on regulations. I’ll also need to commit on putting tomorrow,” he said, when asked about his thoughts ahead of D-day.Last year, he came from 5 strokes behind in the very last 6 holes to win. A thrilling final day awaits golf fans at the 78th Uganda Amateur Golf Open.Friday’s all Kenyan pressure group heading to the back nine. PHOTO LOUIS JADWONGUganda Amateur Open Main Event Draw Day 4 – Uganda Open 2019 by The Independent Magazine on ScribdGolf Open Winners since 19321932 – H.Davidson (Uganda Golf Club)1933 – H.Davidson (Uganda Golf Club)1934 – R.W Hooker (Muthaiga Golf Club)1935 – J.D Rankine (Uganda Golf Club)1936 – J.D Rankine (Uganda Golf Clun)1937 – H. Davidson (Uganda Golf Club)1938 – R.W Bun (Mombasa Golf Club)1939 – J.E Higginson1940 – 1947 NOT HELD1948 – D. F Stewart (Uganda Golf Club)1949 – A.Q Roberts (Kitale Golf Club)1950 – N.C Elwell (Uganda Golf Club)1951 – N.C Elwell (Mwanza Golf Club)1952 – J.R Cooke (Uganda Golf Club)1953 – R.W Hooper (Nairobi Golf Club)1954 – M.Johnson (Kabalae Golf Club)1955 – J.R Oglive (Kitale Golf Club)1956 – J.R Oglive (Kitale Golf Club)1957 – Ian McAdam (Uganda Golf Club)1958 – Brian Malone (Uganda Golf Club)1959 – Ian McAdam (Uganda Golf Club)1960 – Mike Johnson (Mbale Golf Club)1961 – Mike Johnson (Mbale Golf Club)1962 – Mike Johnson (Mbale Golf Club)1963 – John Higginson (Uganda Golf Club)1964 – John Higginson (Uganda Golf Club)1965 – Muhammed Rajab (Nairobi Golf Club)1966 – John Higginson (Uganda Golf Club)1967 – I.Pattinson (Dar es Salaam Golf Club)1968 – G.Burrows (Uganda Golf Club)1969 – M.Rajab(Nairobi Golf Club)1970 – M.Couma (Uganda Golf Club) Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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World #1 Osaka Beats Coco Gauff with Grace and Class

first_imgIn a much anticipated match, world number one Naomi Osaka and defending US Open champion, handily defeated the 15-year-old Delray Beach tennis phenomenon Coco Gauff in straight sets 6-3, 6-0. Not only did Osaka’s amazing performance on the court capture the audience but her selfless and classy actions after the match to console Gauff completely won them over. Osaka hugged a sobbing Gauff and invited her to join her for the encore interview.During the interview, both players were in tears as was the audience as Coco lamented her loss but congratulated Naomi. .@Naomi_Osaka_ completes the @usopen Round of 16!The defending champion moves on with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Gauff–> https://t.co/Dj7Hnvt1Cc pic.twitter.com/q1WnaJ8Z5a— WTA (@WTA) September 1, 2019 Naomi congratulated Gauff’s parents for raising such an amazing daughter and tennis player. The sportsmanship is a sharp contrast to Osaka’s experience in the final last year against Serena Williams who had a meltdown with the chair umpire.Williams unsportsmanlike conduct overshadowed Osaka’s win. Osaka excepted the winning trophy with tears streaming down her face as the crowd booed with the President of the USTA Katrina Adams stating…”perhaps it’s not the finish we were looking for today “. Osaka apologized to the crowd for winning and thanked the crowd for watching the match.Tennis world awaits a possible rematch between Williams and Osaka in New York.last_img read more

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Hair Club for Men Founder, Boca Resident Sy Sperling Dies at 78

first_imgHair Club for Men founder and longtime South Florida resident Sy Sperling died Wednesday at the age of 78.Sperling, who lived in Boca Raton, found fame in the 1980s and early 90s with his commercials that featured before and after photos of his clients. He would end the spots with the statement, “I’m not only the Hair Club president, but I’m also a client” while showing a picture of his previously bald self.The commercials were spoofed on the “Tonight Show” as well as on “Saturday Night Live.”Sperling began the business in New York before taking it national. He sold it for $45 million in 2000.last_img

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Meat Shortage Expected due to Coronavirus

first_imgThis comes as Tyson Foods prepares to close its largest pork plant in Iowa tomorrow after a coronavirus outbreak.The company is warning “millions of pounds of meat” will disappear from the supply chain as the pandemic forces more processing plants to shut down. Food experts are warning consumers about a meat shortage in just two weeks. They say only big box retailers will likely get enough, leaving shelves empty at grocery stores. last_img

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Man who drove semi truck into crowd of protesters charged

first_imgA semi truck driver who drove a company vehicle into a crowd of people protesting the death of George Floyd has been charged.The incident occurred in Minnesota on Interstate 35W near downtown.Authorities have identified the driver as 35-year-old Bogdan Vechirko.Video circulating on the internet shows people jumping out of the way as Vechirko drove the vehicle through the crowd at a high rate of speed. Vechirko then stops the vehicle and is immediately surrounded by the protesters and pulled out of the vehicle.  Several protesters then beat him up before turning him over to police.While thousands of people were on the highway at the time,  authorities reported that they believe no one was seriously injured.“I think many of you, like me, have watched the video of the truck and the peaceful protesters. I am so incredibly thankful we had no fatalities or no injuries,” said Democratic Minnesota Governor Tim Walz.Vechirko was taken to the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries before being transported to an area jail.He has since been charged with assault.last_img read more

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