MASON CITY — A consultant with experience at facilities that care for patients with severe intellectual disabilities is now working at the Glenwood Resource Center — and Governor Kim Reynolds says new hiring procedures already have been put in place for future staff. The Department of Justice is investigating allegations of poor patient care. Reynolds visited the center this week and met with current staff as well as some of the residents. “It was nice to be on site,” Reynolds says. “It was really an opportunity for me to thank the workers there and let them know that…we are making changes. We are going to get it right.” Reynolds says some of the state’s most vulnerable Iowans are patients at the center. “I got to speak with some of the residents there. We got to speak with some of the employees, some of the nurses there and just really get a sense of what they are doing and providing,” Reynolds says, “but honestly, most importantly I wanted them to hear it from me that I appreciate what they’re doing and it’s not gone unnoticed and we’re going to listen and we’re going to get things turned around.” Federal investigators plan to be at the Glenwood Resource Center in February and they’ve asked to see the medical charts for all patients who’ve died in the past year. Reynolds says conditions at the facility were “not acceptable” and changes are being made — like bringing in University of Iowa doctors on three different occasions to evaluate the patients. “The DOJ is collecting their information. They’ll report back, but in the interim they’ve been very, I think, impressed with what we’ve already done to start to address the concerns that were raised, so we’re going to keep doing that and we’re going to keep changing policies and procedures and get things turned around and back on track.” The Department of Justice is also investigating allegations the superintendent at Glenwood Resource Center had been doing human experiments on patients. Reynolds placed the superintendent on paid leave in November, then fired him on December 30th.Reynolds made her comments on Thursday during a stop in Mason City.
Rucking is the soldier’s practice of walking or running – or in Otto’s case uniquely shuffling – long distances in the field, carrying everything a they need for a mission right on their back. In some cases, the loaded packs, or rucksacks, can weigh anywhere from 80 to 120 pounds, filled with boots, clothes and water, among other necessities.This military exercise has now reached the general public, and is even being incorporated into fitness routines. Through this intense workout, Otto is trying to raise awareness for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans returning from combat.A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, who served from 1988 through 1992 – with two overseas combat deployments during the Panama Invasion (1989-1990) and Desert Storm (1990- 1991) – giving back to the veteran community became his goal after the unforeseen death of a friend.Last January, in conjunction with veteran service organizations Team Red, White & Blue (RWB) and The Headstrong Project, Otto embarked on a 1,000-mile ruck march in honor of his late friend and fellow Marine Pete Koffman, who died in 2010 in a PTSD-related suicide.On average, 22 veterans and former military personnel commit suicide every day, according to the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County.It was a loss that struck Otto to the core, while also acting as an inspiration to get out and make a difference.“I thought to myself that someday, there’s going to be some way I can actually honor him,” he said.Throughout 2016, Otto was a one-man rucking crew, logging upwards of 70 miles per week at his peak, with his 40-pound pack strapped to his back.No matter the weather, either snow in mid-January or blistering heats during the dog days of summer, it would be hard to miss him; he proudly wore his signature bright red T-shirt from Team RWB, accompanied by a large American flag in tow.Inside Otto’s rucksack are a number of items, mostly essentials. He carries about three liters of water, with a hose wrapping down the strap and a nozzle in close reach so he can drink while moving.Also packed in are a pair of dark blue Fox Racing gloves; a small-scale medical kit filled with Band-Aids, gauze and a couple aspirin; a waterproof jacket and an Eddie Bauer brand flashlight, fitted for his head during nighttime rucks.When on the roads, Otto usually traversed Red Bank, Rumson, Fair Haven, down to Hartshorne Woods and along Ocean Avenue, from Sandy Hook to Long Branch.While the challenge honored his Marine brother, Otto felt he needed a memento to present to Koffman family. With about 200 miles remaining, he decided to carry the flag with him, a gift for his late friend’s family.Known to locals as “the flag guy,” he welcomed all of the car horn beeps, waves from folks and the sidewalk selfies. In the end, Otto said he felt like the harbinger for a cause that has been neglected nationally.Inside Mark Otto’s 40-plus pound rucksack are three liters of water, a 30-pound plate, a pair of worn out Fox-brand gloves, a small medical kit and a pair of flashlights.“From my point of view, I’m hoping that these people forget about what divides us all as Americans,” he said regarding those who see him on his ruck marches. “When they see the flag, for that one moment, they start thinking that we’re all connected, we’re in this together.”On Aug. 12, Otto finished his 1,000 miles, with the ceremonial final steps concluding at the 9/11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan – the location where, in his eyes, his reconnection with the veteran community began.In 1992, as a 22-year-old veteran fresh out of the service, Otto struggled with assimilating back into society. Admittedly a “hell-raiser” at Westfield High School, his adult life only consisted of military training and combat.After promptings to visit the New York Stock Exchange from a friend, Otto landed a junior clerk job on Wall Street from a Vietnam War veteran. That consisted of running tickets to brokers and reporting deals to other firms – the epitome of an entry-level position. By Jay Cook |RED BANK – If not for the clean-shaven face and military-style buzz cut, it wouldn’t be too farfetched to compare one local resident to a famous movie character known for his long-distance runs.Although Alabama’s Forrest Gump famously ran across the country because he just felt like it, Red Bank resident Mark Otto is on a mission, one mile at a time.“It is funny because Forrest Gump had all these coincidences that happened to him,” the 47-year-old said of the similarities, which he is often reminded of. “A lot of my story is that, with the rucking, I’m meeting all these people, learning about their stories.” “I was in the mix with everybody who had been to college and had a very different lifestyle than I had,” he said. “It was really hard to connect with people because there wasn’t anyone who understood me.”However, Otto carved out a niche in his first firm, Spear, Leeds & Kellogg, and found his way into the world of Wall Street, trading stocks in high pressure environments daily.After 9/11, when Otto and his soon-to-be-wife Jennifer were on the final PATH train that stopped at the World Trade Center that morning, he was at the forefront of volunteer efforts orchestrated on Wall Street.From 2011 to 2014, he was organizing overseas shipments to 24 deployed units in Iraq and Afghanistan, accounting for over 4,000 pounds of goods delivered during that period.Otto was also at the helm of a veteran’s internship program sponsored by the New York Stock Exchange, from 2012 to 2013, giving veterans in college the same opportunity he had right out of the service. He volunteers with the Backpack Crew at their location at the United Methodist Church in Red Bank. Each Thursday, he helps gather and fill backpacks for young schoolchildren to take home throughout the weekend, ensuring a healthy meal is available while away from school.Otto also collaborates with Serenity Stables from Combat to Calm, an equine therapy farm in Middletown, to aid wounded veterans and those suffering from PTSD.He hopes the culmination of these efforts, from the tiring ruck marches to the one-on-one volunteer work, can influence others to join in and help support veterans transitioning back into normal, day-to-day life.“I really hope that a lot of the things I do inspire people,” he said. “There’s a lot of great people who may be sitting on the sidelines, see something like this and will be compelled to act on their own, to help veterans in some way, shape or form.” “That’s when I really started reconnecting with people that were in the military,” he recalled. “It felt great to give back to people who walked in my shoes that I had worn for so many years.”Although the initial 1,000-mile march in honor of Koffman is completed – culminating with a visit to his grave in Virginia Beach – Otto has continued to unite veteran service organizations with the public.While still a licensed trader on Wall Street, he recently accepted a position as vice president of the United War Veterans Council, based in New York City.In his first act as vice president, Otto completed a 100-mile ruck march for Lisa McCabe’s second grade class at Lincroft Elementary School. A presentation followed, along with the gifting of an American flag that flew for decades in the New York Stock Exchange.Currently, Otto is about 120 miles into his next 1,000-mile ruck march, and has engaged with multiple local groups along the way.
Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer READ: Perpetual’s win over St. Benilde forfeitedThe Mancom also forfeited Perpetual’s juniors game against La Salle Greenhills, which the latter won, 64-60. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite NCAA Mancom chairman Fr. Glynn Ortega, OAR, of host San Sebastian said that the league is still discussing the matter.READ: Tang says game should’ve been forfeited after Altas’ jersey mix-up“We’re still deliberating on it today,” he said.Sources close to the situation noted that Perpetual has already owned up to its mistake of not having its white uniform on time and would have been open if commissioner Bai Cristobal defaulted the game from the get-go.But the confusion came with the decision to go on with the game despite the jersey mix-up.ADVERTISEMENT Designated as the light team for the game, Perpetual played in their maroon jerseys against St. Benilde.READ: NCAA: Perpetual brings wrong set of uniformFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The game still pushed through, but a technical foul was called on the Altas and Matthew Johnson drilled the technical free throw to start the duel.Perpetual is questioning why was it penalized twice, first for the technical and latter on, the forfeiture of the win. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Andy Murray corrects reporter’s ‘sexist’ question 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSlighted by the NCAA’s decision to forfeit its 69-65 victory over St. Benilde on Tuesday, Perpetual filed its own protest before the league’s management committee (Mancom) on Thursday.The Altas are appealing to reverse the NCAA’s earlier decree and uphold their win as they argued that the team were penalized twice for bringing the wrong set of uniforms.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES View comments
EPA Executive Director Nathaniel T. Blama, Sr. Authorities of Liberia’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday August 13, 2018, commenced a two-day training for technicians of packaged water producing companies in Montserrado County.The training, according to EPA’s release, is intended to enhance the quality of water being produced by packaged water manufacturers.It is estimated that waterborne diseases, including typhoid, cholera, guinea worm, and diarrhea, killed 3.4 million people globally each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).The release said that it is against the backdrop of the WHO’s records that the training is being organized to help provide water “technicians” the necessary education and awareness, to help them remove or reduce bacteria and pathogens that contaminate drinking water in order to decrease the incidence of waterborne diseases.According to the release, experienced professionals from Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL), Ministry of Health (MoH), and the EPA will lecture participants on how to turn ground water into fresh and safe packaged drinking water.The “technicians” will also learn the EPA’s regulation on production of packaged drinking water.Meanwhile, registration for EPA’s compliance certificate for packaged water producers started on Monday, August 6, and will end on September 30, 2018.During this period and afterwards, the release said that a team of environmental inspectors will access all water producing facilities across the country to ensure that producers are in full compliance with EPA’s drinking water guidelines.EPA is responsible for the management and protection of the country’s environment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Toni Kroos’s goal made amends for his earlier error © AFP / Odd ANDERSENSOCHI, Russian Federation, Jun 23 – Toni Kroos said his last-gasp winner to seal a dramatic 2-1 win for Germany over Sweden that kept the holders’ World Cup dreams alive made amends for his earlier mistake.The midfielder’s mistimed pass led to Ola Toivonen’s first-half goal for Sweden. However, Germany clawed their way back in Sochi with Marco Reus netting early in the second half before Kroos swung in a free-kick in the fifth minute of added time on Saturday.“Of course, the first goal (by Sweden) was my fault. When you put in 400 passes in a game, then one or two won’t go where they should,” said Kroos.After losing their opening match in Group F to Mexico, Germany next face South Korea in Kazan on Wednesday, targeting a win as they seek to progress from a group in which all four teams could still qualify.“Now we have to recover and we don’t have much time before we have to beat Korea, when we have to play convincingly,” said Kroos.Germany, who had centre-back Jerome Boateng sent off for a second yellow card on 82 minutes, were far from convincing.The defending champions put in a nervous display after a barrage of criticism following defeat by Mexico.Kroos took a thinly veiled dig at the German media and former players who had been sharply critical of the team over the past six days.“We were criticised a lot, justifiably so in part, and a lot of people in Germany would have been pleased if we had gone out today,” said Kroos, who admitted there is still room for improvement.“Overall, we once again had phases where we played really well and didn’t use our chances.”Reus, whose goal sparked Germany’s fightback at the start of the second half, hailed Kroos’s last-gasp strike.“Toni’s shot, what can you say about that?” said Reus. “At this World Cup, a lot of goals have come at the end (of games) and today luck was on our side.“We started well, but didn’t have that many clear chances. Sweden did well, were very compact and tight in defence.“It’s hard to say why we made the error, Toni made the mistake, but smoothed things out and did everything right in the end.”Germany forward Thomas Mueller said the holders were rewarded despite having their backs to the wall for most of the match.“We put everything into it and were rewarded at the end,” beamed Mueller.“True, we were a man down, but we tried, didn’t give up and said that we had to stay with it until the last second. Sometimes you get your reward.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
The result saw Real drop to fourth place in La Liga behind Valencia, who beat Espanyol 1-0 later in the day.Ronaldo was taken off shortly after the hour-mark at the Santiago Bernabeu while Luka Modric and Karim Benzema both started on the bench, with Zidane keeping one eye on Wednesday’s quarter-final second leg at home to Juventus. Real boast a 3-0 advantage from the opening leg in Turin and Simeone suggested on Sunday that Los Blancos should now be considered favourites to claim a third consecutive European triumph.Zidane, however, is wary of complacency.“Everyone sees us going through to the semi-finals and that’s exactly what we should not put in our head,” Zidane said. “We know very well that we will have to suffer again on Wednesday.”Atletico, meanwhile, will now turn their attention to the Europa League and Thursday’s quarter-final second leg against Sporting Lisbon. They won the home leg 2-0 last week.They should arrive in confident mood after retaining their four-point cushion over Real in second place while it was perhaps the perfect result for leaders Barcelona, who are now 11 points clear at the top. “We deserved more today clearly, it’s a shame,” Zidane said. “We had many chances, but in the end we could have lost the game as well.”Griezmann’s goal came on his 200th appearance for Atleti while Ronaldo’s was the 500th in the 161 league matches played between these two city rivals. On Griezmann, Simeone said: “He is a great player, he did not have a good start to the season and he knows it and it is not easy to reinvent himself in the way he did in November, December. “I think the presence of (Diego) Costa has helped him a lot, having strength around him which allows him to be free.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ronaldo got the opener for Real in Sunday’s Madrid derby © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMadrid, Spain, Apr 8 – Zinedine Zidane has told his players to ignore the Champions League hype around Real Madrid after they were held to a 1-1 draw by city rivals Atletico in La Liga on Sunday.Cristiano Ronaldo’s 24th goal in 15 games this year was not enough to earn his side a derby victory as an Antoine Griezmann equaliser secured Diego Simeone’s side a point.
There were dockworkers, teachers, building trade workers, nurses, Hollywood screenwriters and truck drivers in a diverse showing of labor solidarity. Booths offered information on issues such as universal health care and bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq. T-shirts and signs emblazoned with popular slogans were everywhere: “A War Budget Leaves Every Child Behind”; “Labor: We Have the Power”; “United Teachers: Teach Peace and Justice”; “Radical Women”; “A Woman’s Place is in Her Union”; “West Coast Longies on the Waterfront.” Petitions were passed, and voters were registered. Political candidates were also present. At least two Democratic presidential hopefuls, Dennis Kucinich and John Edwards, had volunteers manning tables with bumper stickers and brochures and pins. Passing out Edwards material, Becky Bayless of Harbor City said the campaign was buoyed by the announcement earlier in the day of two major labor union endorsements. From the stage there was music by the Brian Young Blues Station Band interspersed with spirited speeches. Hot dogs and soft drinks and bottles of water were served up by the hundreds. “It’s like a big family,” said Valles, whose husband is a member of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. “There are a lot of (union) stereotypes, but everyone here takes care of each other.” With contracts for more than 200,000 Los Angeles area workers set to be renegotiated soon, there was no shortage of fervor at this year’s party. “It’s a big year with all the contracts coming up,” said ILWU International Vice President Joe Radisich, who also serves on the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners. The ILWU’s contract will be renegotiated in 2008, a process that will be closely watched after the 2002 negotiations resulted in an employer lock-out that virtually shut down the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach for 10 days. Billions of dollars in imports sat stranded on ships in the harbor, and the economic ramifications were felt for months. While some ILWU workers predict a smoother process this time, Radisich said the union is taking nothing for granted. “We need to hope for the best but prepare for the worst,” he said. The ILWU will hold its first caucus in late January, formally kicking off the union’s negotiation season. On a broader scope, national health care and anti-war messages went over well from the stage. “There’s something wrong with this country,” said Joshua Pechthalt, vice present of United Teachers of Los Angeles, who criticized national spending on the Iraq war rather than on providing health care. “It’s time we get better organized and get our people into the streets. We need to make our children and our seniors the priority they should be in this society.” But mostly, families just came to enjoy an extra day off from work and some camaraderie, despite the almost unbearable heat. John and Kim Ollie of San Pedro found a spot in the shade beneath a large tree near the stage. “It’s good to see everyone without work on their mind,” said ILWU worker John Ollie. “It’s all about the brothers and sisters.” Temperatures hovered around 100 degrees in Wilmington on Monday, according to weather reports. That’s bad enough. But taking into effect factors like humidity (which had climbed to 37 percent by the afternoon), solar intensity and wind speed, the “real feel” temperature was more like 107, according to the AccuWeather Web site. “Everybody who came out today for this parade and picnic has to be a true believer,” said Bob Schoonover, one of the speakers from the stage. But as the heat continued to rise, the Ollies already were planning the rest of their free afternoon. They soon would be heading out for San Pedro’s Point Fermin Park atop the south-facing ocean cliffs. Temperatures there managed to stayed remarkably cooler throughout the long, steamy weekend. email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Even so, labor union members spent Monday wiping their brows. Thanks to the sticky, miserable heat wave hovering over the South Bay, thousands of workers enjoying the day off had to cope with abnormally high temperatures Monday at the traditional labor union picnic in Wilmington. “It’s a good thing this is a park with a lot of trees,” remarked Vanessa Valles of San Pedro after staking out her family’s spot with a blanket under a huge tree in Banning Park. Longtime longshore union official David Arian, meanwhile, headed straight for a tower of dripping bags of ice to lean against as he made a telephone call. But despite the heat, the crowds appeared as big as ever for the parade into the park and the rally and picnic afterward. Several Los Angeles area unions come together for the event each year to celebrate the labor union movement while having a bit of fun on a day off. WILMINGTON: The annual event serves up spirited speeches, fun. By Donna Littlejohn STAFF WRITER They weren’t laboring on Labor Day.
ONE of Donegal’s best-known pubs will go under the hammer next month – with a reserve price of €125k.The Barcelona Bar in Ballybofey comes with fixtures and fittings and THREE apartments.Sherry Fitzgerald Rainey will auction the properties on site on April 6th. BARCELONA BAR AND THREE APARTMENTS TO BE AUCTIONED FOR JUST €125K was last modified: March 6th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:BARCELONA BAR AND THREE APARTMENTS TO BE AUCTIONED FOR JUST €125K
Your lawn be a mass of white flowers between cuts – maybe this carpet if your signal its time to get the lawn mower out. Clover can be good, and it can be bad… depends on which hat you have on.White clover is a highly persistent plant, growing in lawns which are showing signs of low fertility – typically lawns which are cut often, have the clippings removed and have little, if any, fertiliser applied can be made up with large quantities of clover… and sometimes very little grass!You see grass needs fertiliser and nutrients to do well, where fertility levels are low the grass doesn’t do as well, opening up space for the clover to come in and in many cases out-perform the grass. Advertisement You can pick up products to remove the Clover from your local garden centre, such as Hytrol Lawn Weedkiller, but if you just simply kill of the clover you may find that there is very little grass left behind. Your first step should be to not remove the grass clippings from the lawn during the summer cutting season, cut the lawn regularly and leave the clippings behind. The clippings left behind will then break down and feed the lawn grass.Otherwise you can continue to remove the clippings but you will have to purchase some lawn fertiliser from the garden centre to get the grass growing.So why buy when you can make your own? (I do appreciate that for some the sight of dead grass sitting on their lawn is an unbearable sight and that you may wish to dip into your pocket and buy some fertiliser instead of leaving the grass behind). Advertisement As the fertility of the ground increases the grass will start to perform better and the clover will be discouraged naturally. I will argue that a scattering of clover in a lawn is widely beneficial for the many insects that feed on these flowers and a lawn will develop a natural balance between clover and lawn grass to reflect the fertility, so at some times of the year the clover will flourish and in other times it will become less abundant and the grass will perform better.So in answer to the question ‘Is Clover in a lawn a good thing?’ I would suggest yes, but like all areas of your garden is needs some careful management to get an affect you’re happy with.DD Gardening: Is Clover in a lawn a good thing? was last modified: July 16th, 2017 by Gareth AustinShare 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:cloverGardeningGareth Austin
Senator Brian O’Domhnaill has been re-elected to the Seanad, as we predicted last night.The Fianna Fail politician was re-elected in the 19th count with transfers from outgoing Senator James Carroll.The Donegal South West representative was returned on the Agricultural Panel with one vote to spare – taking 24 votes, one over the quota of 23. He said he was delighted to be back in Leinster House representing the people of Donegal after missing out on a Dail seat in this year’s General Election.CONFIRMED: O DOMHNAILL RETURNED TO SEANAD was last modified: April 27th, 2011 by gregShare 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)