A missionary couple based in Steinbach and living in Brazil returned to Canada a little earlier.
Scott Buhler said he and his wife Patsy needed five flights to return to Canada after their Ministry, Camp Quest in the town of Schroeder, was closed because of COVID-19.
“We plan to come in September and October,” Buhler said, “but because the service did not occur, we only extended that time a little.”
Buhler explained that currently there are only four routes offered for international travelers and none that cross the United States, because their borders are closed to Brazilians. As a result, the couple was forced to fly through five different cities on their way to Canada.
“We left Curitiba, Brazil, and went to Sao Paulo, then from there to Amsterdam and to Frankfurt, then Montreal and finally to Winnipeg.”
Buhler said it was their duty to reveal their last ticket to Canada to board the plane, but there were very few protocols at South American and European airports. However, on both Air Canada flights, their temperature was taken.
In exposing their experiences with the pandemic in Brazil, Buhler said the country did many of the same things that had been done elsewhere, but enforcement was rather loose. “I think there is economic pressure because the economy is a bit slow at the moment, so people keep going and there isn’t much law enforcement.”
Still, public messages are often heard when churches and camps must be closed. “We cannot run the program at all because of social distance,” Buhler said, “and if anyone comes to visit us, we all wear masks, keep our distance, and use hand sanitizers. That’s a little “
What matters to the couple now is the quality time spent with their three children, Caleb, Mookie, and ——, who live in Steinbach with Patsy’s sister and parents, with additional siblings in Winnipeg and Brandon.
“This is a time where we can go back and visit our churches, and our families and our friends to catch up,” Buhler said, “and then we will return.”
I am pleased to announce that I have just signed a contract to play professionally in Battipaglia, Italy. I can’t thank my family and friends enough for always supporting me. Thank you to the coach @CoachJWynn for this. Thanks to my agent @livonglobal & @ sanosmith! Ready to start playing !! pic.twitter.com/hh0XXKzeL1
– Amber Melgoza (@AmberMelgoza) July 13, 2020
Santa Barbara Amber Melgoza signed a professional basketball contract with Polisportiva Battipagliese from Italy on Monday.
Melgoza is a star player at Santa Barbara High and the University of Washington.
He averaged 18.1 points per game in his last three years with the Huskies and ranks eighth in Washington’s all-time scoring list with 1,717 points.
At SBHS, she is the top scorer of the women’s basketball program of all time with more than 2700 points. He led the don to the CIF-SS championship and finished CIF State runner-up as a sophomore and was named CIF Division 3 of the Year Player. He averaged 33 points as juniors and 26 points during his senior year, and was appointed to the All-CIF Open Division team.
In an interview at Battipagliese team websiteMelgoza said, “this is real” that he became a professional basketball player. “I will start a new chapter in my life. I always dreamed of playing basketball professionally since I was a child. “
He admitted that being away from his family was scary, “but I knew they would support me to the end.”
Battipaglia is located in the province of Salerno in southwestern Italy. This area is famous for mozzarella buffalo production.
After battling tough teams in Pac 12 for the past four years, Melgoza told his website that he was aware of competitiveness in the Italian Serie A1.
“I am happy about the opportunity to meet talented players every week,” he said.
Unstoppable knocker! after Sara Bocchetti Amber Melgoza arrived to inflame Battipagliese supporters.
International hit. And what a punch.
Find out more about https://t.co/UJBiHJUfqW#WelcomeAmber #ForzaBattipaglia # PB63 pic.twitter.com/h61CCovBju
– Battipaglia Basketball (@ PB_1963) July 13, 2020
Known for his relentless encouragement, Melgoza said he wanted to help the Battipaglia club (also known on PB63) reach the Italian championship in his rookie year.
“I certainly have to learn from my new teammates,” he said. “I want to help my team in every way and become a complete player. I want to help my team win and I want to bring a mentality that drives us to seek victory every time we succeed. “
Battipagliese coach Giuseppe Piazza said he was immediately impressed with Melgoza after watching a video of him playing for Washington.
“It is enough for me to see some pictures of the game played a few months ago by the Washington team to understand that this is a player of important quality, not just technique,” he said on the team’s website. “The style of playing and how to communicate shows that we get athletes who play with enthusiasm, heart and leadership.
“Amber is a modern playmaker who can score in many ways,” he added. “He especially feels comfortable playing pick and roll, being able to attack the basket and hit from the outside. He has great physical strength, can attack smaller opponents with his back to the basket. He can also play as a guard and defend higher players without suffering.
“I am sure that this player will also be loved by his new fans.”
JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – While the busy grocery store continues to prevent those who cannot go to the grocery store, the Department of Agriculture and the United Sates church work together to help people from starvation.
For the second week the Methodist Church of Anderson United of Hanging Moss Road distributed more than 1,000 boxes of food including fresh fruit, vegetables and milk to families.
All drivers enter the parking lot and allow volunteers to load supplies into their vehicles – a process that is much safer for the elderly and vulnerable.
“Every vehicle, no matter how many people are in it, the family will get a box of items that may be in the form of apples, onions, and all kinds of fruits and vegetables there along with milk,” said AUMC Associate Pastor Domini Henry.
For people who are still unemployed due to a pandemic, the urge to eat has become very important.
“This is very helpful because it saves money that we don’t make now because I’m also unemployed. I won’t say that I’m at the point where I just have to do this, but it helps stretch the money even further because I don’t know when I’ll get a job. So at least it helps us save money for times when this might not be available, “said Venecca Green.
Pick up is available for any Jackson family who cannot shop, or who cannot drive by themselves.
“That’s the problem with some people who don’t have cars and their buses don’t come here. Someone has to go help them and bring it to them,” said Ruth Davis, who is a member of the church at Anderson Methodist.
Volunteers say when it comes to defeating the virus as a whole, one of the best ways is they come together as a community of mutual attraction when they need help.
A 13-year-old young caregiver has made hundreds of face shields with a 3D printer he bought with vacation money.
Scarborough’s teenager William Stainton, who helped care for his father, has made 670 face shields and 900 ear savers that protect people’s ears if they wear masks.
He has made them for nursing homes in Scarborough and Bridlington as well as for local chemists.
William came up with the idea himself after his father Kevin, 57, suggested they find something to do to keep themselves busy during the lockdown.
His father suffered from coronary heart disease and stage four chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and has been protecting it since March.
At the start of the lockdown, William examined how other countries faced crises.
His father said:
Britain did not lack a ventilator section but after hearing the lack of PPE, she decided to make a face shield.
Mr. Stainton said:
Janet Sanderson, executive member of the North Yorkshire Regional Council for Children’s Services, said:
William is supported by Young Carer Service at Scarborough and Ryedale Carers Resource.
A class-action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of inmates at Federal Lompoc Penitentiary Complex, claims to expand COVID-19 the plague not only represented a medical and humanitarian crisis, but also violated the constitutional right to “cruel and unusual punishment.”
That American California Civil Liberties Union Foundation, that Prison Law Office at San Quentin and the Los Angeles law firm Bird, Marella P.C recently filed a class action suit about the situation in the Lompoc prison complex and Federal Terminal Island Penitentiary in San Pedro.
The lawyer accused the federal government Prison Bureau “mismanaged one of the worst public health disasters related to COVID-19 anywhere in the country.”
Lawsuit filed at U.S. District Court for the Central District of California noted that after “a series of delays, mistakes, and failures to follow official guidelines, the situation got worse.”
“While all of California is taking extraordinary steps to stop the spread of coronaviruses, the Prison Bureau fails to take basic preventative measures such as isolating sick prisoners, allowing social distance or providing enough soap,” said Peter Bibring, senior staff attorney at ACLU of Southern California.
“Their deliberate ignorance of the risk of infringing disease Constitution, and putting people in jail and surrounding communities at risk. “
Prison Bureau officials have not commented on the lawsuit, but the agency’s lawyer is expected to submit a response in the coming weeks.
On Sunday, the bureau reported that 885 inmates tested positive with 44 being recovered at the Lompoc Federal Corrections Agency. That means something 96 percent of inmates on FCI, it was stated positive.
After failing the test or reporting for U.S. Penitentiary in Lompoc, the number increased again with 57 positive inmates and 102 recovered.
Two deaths of prisoners in the Lompoc complex have been linked to COVID-19.
Family members with inmates imprisoned in the Lompoc Federal Correctional Complex protested the conditions inside the prison on Sunday. (Photo of Scott Sheahen / KEYT News)
Lompoc includes two prisons plus a satellite camp, accommodating nearly 2,700 male inmates throughout the complex.
The Lompoc facility is designed to accommodate 2,058 prisoners, placing the current population at 130 percent of capacity.
The lawsuit is referred to as the defendant / respondent Michael Carvajal, assistant director Penitentiary Program Division, and Lompoc Warden Louis Milusnic – although it is not clear he remains in that capacity. Critics from community leaders about the outbreak included high personnel changes among the top leaders in the Lompoc prison complex.
The plaintiff, on behalf of fellow inmates, including five named defendants who were jailed throughout the complex.
BOP officials at the local and national level “have indicated that they will not take the necessary actions to prevent the corona virus from turning more prison sentences into death sentences without court intervention,” the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit records of sick inmates who have received inadequate or unconcerned, even though clearly ill.
The submission stated that one prisoner was placed in solitary confinement and then transferred to an unhealthy housing unit with another COVID-19 patient.
“He stayed there without treatment, then put him back in the general population without being re-tested,” the lawsuit said.
Prisoners who are only a few months away from their release are still imprisoned despite federal law allowing compassionate release to confinement in some circumstances, including those considered medically vulnerable.
“The constitution requires that prison officials provide a safe environment for people in their custody,” said Donald Specter, executive director of the Prison Law Office. “Not only are these two prisons very dangerous, but they also limit the people who are vulnerable to COVID-19.”
The BOP leader announced plans for universal testing at FCI, followed by a surge in the number of officials, mostly involving asymptomatic patients.
Plans to conduct mass testing at USP, where the outbreak began, will also be carried out, the BOP public affairs official said Noozhawk last week.
“Respondents and their ineffective and cruel policies that do not need to isolate positive cases in isolation rooms and unclean emergency living spaces have really failed to stop or even slow down the spread of the virus,” the lawsuit alleges.
“Having failed to prevent an outbreak, respondents now cannot be trusted to provide those who have tested positive with appropriate medical care or to protect those who remain uninfected from infection.”
According to the lawsuit, detainees only received one mask to wear, and those infected were ignored or moved to a security housing unit, or SHU, usually used for discipline.
After being at SHU, they often did not receive medical attention for days, preventing other prisoners from reporting symptoms, the lawsuit said.
“After that, as the number of positive cases increased, prison authorities began to isolate the infected in various temporary housing units, such as dormitories that were previously closed due to mold contamination, and warehouses that were changed quickly,” the lawsuit said, adding that detainees who had tested positive moved from minimum and low security facilities with communal dormitories to cells in USP Lompoc intermediate security facilities.
In addition, the class-action lawsuit noted that prison authorities “showed indifference towards those affected by COVID-19.”
In the lawsuit, the lawyer requested that a federal judge declare that the Lompoc prison was in violation Eighth Amendment rights to cruel and unusual sentences in connection with inmates who are mentioned and not mentioned in legal action.
Lawsuits for Lompoc and Terminal Island also seek the release of prisoners who have a vulnerable medical condition that can cause serious illness or death due to COVID-19 infection, noting exceptions that anyone who has a serious flight risk or danger to others.
The lawyer asked the judge to order “a very accelerated process – for settlement in no more than 48 hours.”
Reducing the prison population will be a key step to stem the outbreak because it will allow social distance and better access to medical care, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit also asks BOP to provide hand soap and paper towels, and access to hand sanitizers, daily bathing and daily laundry, plus other steps deemed important to prevent COVID-19.
Prisoners must also be assured that they will not face retaliation for reporting symptoms of COVID-19, must receive clean masks every day and get medical attention within one hour after request, according to the lawsuit.
Game in progress.
And while board games are traditionally played face to face, there is absolutely nothing traditional about our lifetime.
When my husband and I met on campus, we liked game nights. We both grew up playing together with our family. On campus, we have many Catan Settler marathons with our friends. We continued our love for night games with friends until we had our first baby. Night games are becoming far less and far between most of our friends also have children and children go to bed early.
But we found that recently we rekindled our love of playing games together
Our son, Harrison, is 3 years old and just beginning to understand the concept of board games. His current favorite games are Candy Land and Disney Matching Card Games.
We have played a lot of these two matches lately.
There is no game that is truly mentally thrilling for adults, but it is still fun to be enjoyed as a family. I might research some new games that are age-appropriate. I think we need to expand its repertoire. Is he too young to play poker?
Another new experience is playing online board games with family and friends through Zoom and other online platforms.
The creativity and ingenuity of seeing people spending quality time together online has become a real silver lining to this whole experience.
Friends have cocktail hour at Zoom.
Family reunion. Book club. Yoga class. All happened to Zoom.
Man, I wish I would invest in a few Zoom stocks about three months ago. But that is the point.
However, a few weeks ago, a group of friends decided that we would have an online Zoom game night and play Pictionary. We all downloaded the Game Pictionary word generator application and set the time to go online with our drawing tools, but we ended up just chatting and catching up when people showed up and went to take care of the children. We still hope to have a “rematch” and try again soon.
Some research has provided me with several other ideas of games to be played on the next Zoom online game. Here are a few that I think will be easy for anyone to adapt and play with friends or family online now: guess words, trivial chasing or trivia games or even simple truth games or junior high challenges.
There are several options for virtual games or applications that you can use to play various other games such as Scattergories, Heads Up !, Jackbox and Quiplash. You can also play the virtual game Catan.
I think it’s time to put the kids to sleep, invite invitations to some old college friends and “hang out” for a fun game from Settlers of Catan and some memories this weekend.
Health officials on Saturday announced 38 more deaths in Los Angeles County from coronavirus and 691 additional cases, bringing the total number of counties to 24,894 cases and 1,209 deaths.
Pasadena reported 54 deaths related to the corona virus and 417 cases.
“For those of you who are grieving the loss of a loved one because of COVID-19, we apologize for your loss,” Barbara Ferrer, director of county public health, said Saturday. “As we planned the L.A. County recovery phase, we charted a path forward that would allow us to acknowledge the very real risk of COVID-19 and together, doing everything possible to continue to slow the spread and save lives.”
The trend has been set, authorities said. 92% of people who die of the virus have underlying health conditions, and the virus continues to have a slightly disproportionate impact on the colored community.
For 1,101 deaths for which data are available, 38% are Latinx, 29% white, 19% Asian, 13% black and 1% native to Hawaii or the Pacific Islands, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
Confirmed cases include 709 in Long Beach and 411 in Pasadena, which has their own health department.
Los Angeles County continues to represent about half of cases and deaths across the state. Officials in Sacramento reported Saturday that the state had 52,197 cases and 2,171 deaths.
Citing new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention US, Ferrer said earlier that people who test positive for the virus or are believed to be positive must now isolate themselves for 10 days, plus an additional 72 hours after symptoms have disappeared. Previous guidelines called for seven days of isolation, plus 72 hours free of symptoms.
“There is new evidence that shows that the virus may decay for a longer period of time, which means that someone might be able to infect other people for a longer period than previously thought,” he said.
“If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been told by your provider that you are likely to be positive for this virus, you should immediately isolate yourself,” Ferrer said.
“And this means staying at home and getting away from everyone and pets as much as possible all the time. Please do not prepare or serve food for your family, and do not share utensils, glasses or food with others. If you are a caregiver, it is important for you to find other people in your family to do daily activities that make you have a close relationship with others. “
Ferrer said there were now 182 confirmed coronavirus cases among the homeless population in the area, which mostly occurred among people residing at the Union Rescue Mission in downtown L Skid Row, where the outbreak was confirmed in mid-April.
He also said there were 106 examples of pregnant women who tested positive. According to Ferrer, the 26 women had completed their pregnancy and had successfully given birth.
He said the area was investigating suspected or suspected cases in 316 institutional arrangements, including nursing homes, skilled care facilities, assisted living facilities, shelters, prisons and prisons.
There are a total of 5,658 cases in such institutional arrangements, and 564 residents have died, representing 48% of all COVID-19 deaths in the region. The majority of people who have died in institutional settings live in skilled care facilities, Ferrer said.
He said there were 526 cases in federal prisons, mostly in Terminal Island prison in San Pedro, where five prisoners had died.