163 additional cases of Covid-19 reported in Northern Ireland

first_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Previous articleMan arrested under Terrorism Act in Derry todayNext articleMLA Daniel McCrossan tests positive for Covid-19 News Highland By News Highland – September 18, 2020 WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic 163 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours.Another two people have died of the virus.The total number of positive cases in the North has risen to 8,943.The death toll stands at 575. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterestcenter_img Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp 163 additional cases of Covid-19 reported in Northern Ireland Homepage BannerNews Twitter Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+last_img read more

The Show Has Gone On: Franklin County’s performing arts in a pandemic

first_imgFeatured is one of the recent classes at Thomas Performing Arts Center in Farmington. Other performing arts spaces in the area have had to modify their programs this year.FARMINGTON — Worldwide, the performing arts industry has been hit hard during the covid pandemic. Empty stages and actors and orchestral members in Zoom squares have become more common sites than a standing ovation or red curtains. In Franklin County, performing arts centers have persisted despite obstacles preventing them from bringing the arts to the community in ways with which they are most accustomed. Despite these challenges, there is a relative feeling of optimism among those within the county’s performing arts industry.“The arts themselves have been devastated,” said Lauryn Thomas, co-owner of Thomas Performing Arts Center in Farmington. “It’s definitely the first thing to go in times of financial and emotional stress. The amount of changes that we’ve had to make can feel overwhelming at times.”T.P.A.C., as it’s referred to by locals, is currently running at less than half capacity, with many of even the most loyal parents withdrawing their children from classes. Class sizes have been reduced drastically to ensure the safety of the students and there is a growing waiting list of those wishing to join programs. While some flock to the freedom that arts classes can offer, others are avoiding performing arts spaces. In an attempt to respect the comfort levels of each family, Thomas assures parents that when they are comfortable to have their children return, they will have a home at T.P.A.C. Conversely, Thomas has insisted that if money is the only obstacle keeping children from returning to classes, they remain enrolled.“If that means their kids get free lessons, then they get free lessons. The answer is always, 100 percent, bring them anyway,” said Thomas. Many students have been placed on scholarship and while this generosity isn’t financially sustainable for the long-term, Thomas is committed to maintaining what the arts represent to many children and families. With more and more virtual engagement, performing arts classes have become one of the few social outlets remaining for children. Even through the strains of a pandemic, those within Franklin County have recognized the importance of the arts. It’s this sort of mentality that the Emery Community Arts Center, on the campus of the University of Maine at Farmington, has also endeavored to support in the past several months of the pandemic.“Since Emery is so tied to the University, when UMF decided to keep students from attending in person, Emery was heavily impacted. But the question we asked ourselves was how can Emery still support the arts?” said Emery Director, Ann Bartges.In response to this, Emery hosted an online visual art exhibit called “Detour” featuring 35 artists, international, regional and local, with many pieces created in reaction to the pandemic.“It was incredible to curate a show with artists’ reflections on the pandemic,” said Bartges.The exhibition can still be viewed online. Emery is still discussing plans for the 2021 year with UMF. As far as long-term impacts of the pandemic, according to Bartges, they have “yet to be seen.”“We have a big safety net with UMF. I have no doubt that the University will continue to support the arts. I don’t anticipate this having a foreseeable impact on how Emery can support the arts in the community.”Val Zapolsky, board president of the Rangeley Friends of the Arts, shares this optimism for the fate of the arts in Franklin County.“I suspect in another year we’ll be back to normal. This pandemic won’t have any real long-term effects,” said Zapolsky.The Rangeley Friends of the Arts organization has remained successful by focusing on lowering costs while continuing limited programming through the pandemic. They have done this by writing some of their own plays instead of applying for copyrights, omitting costly musicals from their schedule, and focusing their resources on small one-act plays, storytelling events and art installations. The priority has been keeping both community members and artists safe while trying to satisfy the needs that the arts industry fills. According to Thomas, “Those in the Farmington community hold the arts dear to their hearts.” And regarding the current situations of other performing arts centers in the surrounding area, the same could be said about those in the Franklin County community.last_img read more

Final death toll in Yogyakarta flash flood stands at 10

first_img“With the discovery of all victims, the SAR operation is now complete,” Asnawi said.The incident occurred on Friday, when 249 seventh and eighth graders from Turi 1 junior high school went trekking along the banks of the Sembor River as part of a girl and boy scout activity. During the trek, the river suddenly flooded, sweeping away many of the students in the current.Read also: ‘Reckless’: Parents criticize school for allowing river trek before Yogyakarta flash floodThe 10 fatalities were all female students, who were all wearing long skirts that made them especially prone to being dragged away by the strong currents, according to Yogyakarta National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) head L. Wahyu Efendi.The Yogyakarta Police have named a physical education teacher at Turi 1 junior high school – who also served as a scout leader during the river-trekking lesson on Friday – a suspect for negligence. He was among seven scout leaders who were present during the incident. (rfa)Topics : A joint search and rescue (SAR) team scouring the Sembor River in Sleman, Yogyakarta, Central Java has recovered the bodies of the remaining two missing junior high school students who were swept away by a flash flood during a riverbank trek, bringing the total death toll from the incident to 10.“We found the bodies around the Matras Dam, about 400 meters from where [the students were swept away in the flood],” SAR operations commander Asnawi said in a statement on Sunday.The bodies were recovered in the early hours of Sunday and have since been taken to Bhayangkara Police Hospital in Yogyakarta for identification, he said.last_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino wary of Jermain Defoe

first_imgMauricio Pochettino will be wary of a familiar foe when Tottenham play Sunderland and in-form striker Jermain Defoe. Defoe, who has had two spells at Spurs, has scored five times in his last two games for the Black Cats, including a hat-trick in the midweek win at Swansea. “A great player, a top goalscorer. His quality is great. It’s not new for us,” Pochettino said. Press Association Spurs, seeking their own striker to relieve the goalscoring burden on Harry Kane, are aiming to respond from their midweek loss to Leicester against a side they beat 1-0 in September. Since then Dick Advocaat has been replaced by Sam Allardyce and Pochettino can anticipate how the former West Ham boss will shape his side. “He has time to improve in the way he wants to play, (it was) a long time ago that we played (at Sunderland),” the Spurs boss added. “All the teams Allardyce has managed are very tough. (But) you need to be careful with all the opponents. “Always in the Premier League games are very tough. We will expect another tough game against Sunderland.” Allardyce’s sides have a reputation of being difficult to break down, particularly away from home. Pochettino must be hoping for a repeat of the response from the prior defeat, to Newcastle, when Spurs went on a three-match winning run. He recognises Spurs must get better in every area of the game. “We need to improve in all areas and all aspects,” he said. “For me football is about a lot of things, not only one, because it’s a collective effort, collective game. It’s impossible to speak of only one thing.” Spurs are unchanged, with Ryan Mason (ankle), Clinton Njie (knee) and Alex Pritchard (ankle) absent. Meanwhile, Allardyce has told Tottenham’s young guns Champions League qualification would be just reward for their efforts, even if they do miss out on the Barclays Premier League title. Pochettino’s men are currently fourth, seven points adrift of leaders Arsenal, ahead of Saturday’s visit of the Black Cats. Their brand of attacking football, spearheaded by Kane and Dele Alli, has won them many admirers and led some to tout them as potential champions. Having seen former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson successfully rebuild his team on several occasions, Allardyce knows how difficult it can be for a young team to go all the way, but is tipping Spurs to secure a top-four finish. He said: “I’m not so sure they can hold their nerve – Brendan [Rodgers] couldn’t hold his nerve to win the title with Liverpool a few years ago. “Right when they needed to be resilient or hold on to the result they got, they didn’t quite do it and that can be because of that lack of experience of what you need to do to win a title. “Listening to my old mentor, Sir Alex, the hardest one is always winning the first one for your players, and particularly the players who are as young as Tottenham’s, so it would be nice if they did. “But I think their main aim would be to finish in Champions League and if the title came around, that would be one of those seasons they dream about.” If Tottenham do manage to upset the traditional big four – and Chelsea’s difficulties have made that eminently possible – they may not be alone with Allardyce warning people not to write off surprise package Leicester. He said: “It would be great if Leicester and Tottenham finished in the top four. I don’t hear anybody talking about Leicester too much, they’re only talking about Tottenham. I don’t think you can write Leicester off either.” Sunderland’s ambitions for the campaign are far more modest, although they have given their survival hopes a significant boost with back-to-back league victories over Aston Villa and Swansea. They have not won three in succession since the end of the 2013-14 season, when they went on to claim four successive victories on their way to a remarkable escape – but will arrive in north London buoyed by the 4-2 triumph at Swansea which dragged the Welsh club firmly into the relegation mix. Allardyce said: “Hopefully the win spurs them on. It was more important winning that game than getting anything against Tottenham because that was a six-pointer. “Imagine the distance we would have had to catch up if Swansea had beaten us. It would have been massive.” last_img read more