Dispatch News – English Daily http://english-daily.com/ Fri, 22 Oct 2021 22:31:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://english-daily.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/default2.png Dispatch News – English Daily http://english-daily.com/ 32 32 The effects of the Deere strike? Dealers are mom https://english-daily.com/the-effects-of-the-deere-strike-dealers-are-mom/ Fri, 22 Oct 2021 21:46:02 +0000 https://english-daily.com/the-effects-of-the-deere-strike-dealers-are-mom/

The ongoing strike by more than 10,000 Deere & Co. workers was expected to slow the flow of spare parts to farmers busy harvesting their fields, but the true effects so far are unclear.

“We should not tell reporters about this,” said a woman who answered the phone at a John Deere dealership in southern Iowa.

Dealer employees statewide either responded to questions similarly or simply did not return phone messages asking for comment on this article.

One exception was Tom Kuennen, Store Manager of Bodensteiner Implement Company at Decorah, who said: “Actually, things are going pretty well. But he said he wasn’t really sure about potential supply shortages because he didn’t work in the parts department, and all the employees in that department were too busy to speak to reporters.

Deere employees who are members of the United Auto Workers union have been on strike for nine days. They overwhelmingly rejected a new contractual agreement on October 10 and negotiations resumed on Monday.

A Deere spokeswoman did not answer questions about the negotiations and whether the company has advised its dealers to avoid speaking with the media. Instead, the company said it would maintain health care coverage for strikers and pay bonuses to workers who exceeded their quotas before the strike, what the company calls its compensation plan incentives. continuous improvement.

The manager of a Deere dealership in Carroll says Iowa Capital Dispatch last week that some parts have been in short supply for months due to the coronavirus pandemic. He did not respond to a recent request to comment on this article.

Some Iowa Farmers have serious concerns on potential parts shortages due to the strike, but Jeff Frank, who grows corn and soybeans near Auburn in western Iowa, said many farmers were preparing for the harvest by acquiring parts in advance.

“They told us before that to have the things you need on hand,” said Frank, who has already harvested his crops. “I don’t think this is a really serious problem. Some guys have to go a long way to get coins, but it was before the strike. “

As of Monday, about 70% of the state’s soybean crop and 43% of the corn crop had been harvested, about a week ahead of the five-year average, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

Deere seeks to limit picket sites

Deere sought injunctions this week to limit picket lines at its Davenport and Ankeny facilities and alleged strikers attempted to block traffic and workers from entering the facilities. A judge ordered Davenport picketers to move away from aisles and a gate that allows workers to enter the facility without crossing a picket line, among other requirements.

The UAW’s latest public statement on Wednesday said: “The bargaining committee continues to address the concerns of its members with the company. We would like to thank our communities and members for their continued support.

Olivier Dwek launches a Pristine Design Gallery in Brussels, and other news – SURFACE https://english-daily.com/olivier-dwek-launches-a-pristine-design-gallery-in-brussels-and-other-news-surface/ Thu, 21 Oct 2021 05:56:45 +0000 https://english-daily.com/olivier-dwek-launches-a-pristine-design-gallery-in-brussels-and-other-news-surface/


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21 October 2021

New Hope Gallery in Brussels. Photograph by Philippe Garcia

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Olivier Dwek launches a Pristine Design Gallery in Brussels

Almost two decades ago, Belgian entrepreneur Frédéric Hanrez inherited a ballroom steeped in history just opposite the Horta museum in Brussels. Hanrez had other plans, razing the decrepit structure (minus its distinctive facade) and enlisting his friend, local interior designer Olivier Dwek, to create an immaculate design gallery in a brand new building on the site. After five years of construction, the gallery, called New Hope, opened its doors.

Inside, expect design flourishes typical of Dwek’s lavish projects, which range from Greek vacation homes to Parisian townhouses that harmoniously blend styles and eras. Temporary exhibitions will be offered in dialogue with Hanrez’s own collection of pieces by George Nakashima, Sam Maloof and Ado Chale, as well as rare Scandinavian objects; works of art by Richard Serra and Philip Guston adorn the walls. New Hope’s piece de resistance, however, is perhaps a massive double-height marble wall reminiscent of Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona pavilion and has been meticulously selected by Dwek so that the veins create a fascinating mirror effect.

Jenny Nguyen, founder of Hello Human

Cause-focused PR firm enters new phase

Jenny Nguyen launched her public relations collective, Hello Human, at the start of the pandemic with one goal in mind: to raise independent designers who create based on their own intrinsic values ​​and quality, not quantity. The cause-driven business goes against the grain of its peers, prioritizing clients who are BIPOC, female-owned and committed to social good. For example, Nguyen, the founder of Tantuvi, Arati Rao, and the co-founder of Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, Jean Lee, came together to launch the Charity raffle #DesignforATL in the wake of this year’s surge in anti-Asian racism.

Demand for their services has skyrocketed – they served over 100 clients just one year after launch – so the company is looking to fund $ 50,000 specifically for growth. Part of their goals include expanding the team and bringing their PR model to industries outside of the home and design realm: beauty, fashion and hospitality, among others. The fundraiser, launched on iFundWomen, even offers benefits for donors: access to “who’s who” industry guides, strategy tutorials, and even a “we’ll write your pitch” service. In the sharp world of public relations, this is a new approach that deserves attention.

Insect Index by SR Studio. THE. CALIFORNIA. Photography by Noua Unu Studio

Sterling Ruby delves into the world of insects for SR Studio. THE. The latest collection from CA.

The enigmatic artist makes us discover a high bug abstraction via SR Studio. THE. CA.’s “INSECT INDEX”, a capsule that evokes new forms of creepy crawlers through a process called “an opera death”. Ruby explains how the destructive mating process of insects led to a fusion of traditional classifications and biological texts to create her cutting-edge creations, such as “the long-jawed weaver” and “the purple witch,” which adorn coins selected from its range.

Sotheby’s ventures further into the “Metaverse” with an exclusive NFT marketplace.

As the first major auction house to launch an NFT-only platform, Sotheby’s latest digital business follows a similar approach to other NFT outlets such as OpenSea and Nifty Gateway. Called Metaverse, the online forum also tapped artist NFT Pak to create personalized profile pictures of its growing list of clients as it launched its inaugural sale earlier this week.

The port authority puts the brakes on the LaGuardia AirTrain project after public reaction.

In the wake of Governor Kathy Hochul’s call for alternative transit systems at LaGuardia Airport, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has put its controversial transit project on hold. Priced at $ 2.1 billion, the LaGuardia AirTrain was approved by the Federal Aviation Administration in July despite criticism of its high cost, impractical route, and potential negative impact on the well-being of Queens residents. near. The plane now faces a trial by two local opposition groups and the environmental agency Riverkeeper.

Edie Farnsworth House. Photography by Mike Crews

Farnsworth House is renowned for honoring the unrecognized contributions of its namesake.

Known as the first residence of Mies van der Rohe, the glass-wrapped monument’s status as a beacon of Modernism has eclipsed the role of Edie Farnsworth, who ordered the house. To mark its 70th anniversary, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has renamed the structure Edith Farnsworth House as part of its “Where Women Made History” campaign, which seeks to highlight the role of women in historic architecture.

Versace chief Jonathan Akeroyd will succeed Marco Boggetti as Burberry CEO.

Following the announcement of the departure of current Burberry CEO Marco Gobbetti for Salvatore Ferragamo at the end of the year, the British label has appointed Versace as head of Jonathan akeroyd at its power table. Akeroyd’s appointment is expected to bolster Burberry’s ongoing plan to consolidate its financial pipeline and restore its role as a major player in the luxury arena through his background at Versace and Alexander McQueen.

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Missouri Budget Officials Describe $ 50 Million Cost of Data Breach https://english-daily.com/missouri-budget-officials-describe-50-million-cost-of-data-breach/ Tue, 19 Oct 2021 21:24:56 +0000 https://english-daily.com/missouri-budget-officials-describe-50-million-cost-of-data-breach/

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – Helping about 100,000 teachers whose Social Security numbers have been made vulnerable by a massive state data breach could cost Missouri up to $ 50 million, said Tuesday House budget officials to Democratic lawmakers.

Budget officials, who said they obtained the information from the administration of Republican Gov. Mike Parson, told House Democrats in emails that the estimate would cover the cost of credit monitoring and a credit facility. ‘appeals to help affected teachers.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch announced the news about the security breach last week. The newspaper said it discovered the vulnerability in a web application that allowed the public to search for teacher certifications and credentials.

Parson, who deflected responsibility from his administration for the breach and instead blamed the newspaper for identifying the problem and alerting the education department about it, last week the violation “could cost Missouri taxpayers up to $ 50 million and divert workers and resources from other agencies in the world. ‘State”.

He declined to answer questions after criticizing the Post-Dispatch in a news conference that was broadcast live last week. Although she previously told reporters that the administration would answer follow-up questions after the press conference, the Parson spokeswoman declined to break down the $ 50 million cost estimate or provide additional details. on the violation.

“Due to an ongoing investigation, I cannot comment more than has already been made public,” spokeswoman Kelli Jones said in an email Friday.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the data breach.

Neither the Office of Administration’s Budget and Planning Office nor Parson’s spokesperson immediately responded to The Associated Press’s requests for comment on Tuesday on the House Budget Office’s explanation for the $ 50 price tag. millions of dollars.

“In his tirade last week against the free press, Governor Parson strongly suggested that the state’s investigation and prosecution of a Post-Dispatch reporter would cost Missouri taxpayers $ 50 million.” Democratic Representative Peter Merideth said in a statement.

Merideth said that Democratic lawmakers’ investigation of Parson’s administration instead found that most of the estimated $ 50 million would go to “credit monitoring for teachers put at risk by state error.” “.

He called it “a far more worthwhile effort than intimidating a journalist who did the right thing in bringing this issue to light.”

Second Harvest works to help even more during the holidays https://english-daily.com/second-harvest-works-to-help-even-more-during-the-holidays/ Sun, 17 Oct 2021 16:00:00 +0000 https://english-daily.com/second-harvest-works-to-help-even-more-during-the-holidays/

For more than 27 years, the Second Harvest North Central Food Bank has distributed food to residents of north central Minnesota with partner organizations to fight hunger such as local food shelves, soup kitchens and homeless shelters. shelter. With the onset of the pandemic, hunger was highlighted as media reported long lines of cars waiting in food distribution lines across the United States, including communities in north-central Minnesota. , according to a press release. The pandemic has created a crisis situation for so many people, but Minnesota’s food banks have stepped up and worked harder than ever to make sure no one goes hungry. Many people in the community recognized this and took action by volunteering and providing financial support.

These are unprecedented times and while the pandemic is not yet over, people continue to recognize the work Second Harvest is doing to help starving children, the elderly and struggling families get the food they need. .

As the holidays approach, Second Harvest announces that this year they have the opportunity to help partners in the food aisles of north central Minnesota by providing them with special holiday foods to distribute to people in local communities this year. season.

“We provide food year round,” said Susan Estee, executive director of Second Harvest North Central Food Bank. “But taking steps to expand our work during the holidays at the regional level is something we have wanted to do for years. This is a large company that includes additional expenses for food, trucking, warehouse costs and personnel, but with increased support across the region we are very happy to be able to make it happen.

For those interested in helping Second Harvest foster hope this holiday season, contact the Director of Development at 218-326-4135 or email trisha@secondharvestncfb.com.

Doctor Who, Chappelle, WWE, AHS, more! Daily BCTV Dispatch October 16, 21 https://english-daily.com/doctor-who-chappelle-wwe-ahs-more-daily-bctv-dispatch-october-16-21/ Sat, 16 Oct 2021 11:37:16 +0000 https://english-daily.com/doctor-who-chappelle-wwe-ahs-more-daily-bctv-dispatch-october-16-21/


It goes up and over time. She will see what I can be. A cold routine or something. It keeps touching me. And I wait here another time. Like a thousand times before. I pick up and pass out. But I keep wanting more … Daily distribution of BCTV! With much love and respect for Neve and “It’s over now” (watch the video below), here’s Bleeding Cool TV (BCTV) “Big Tent” that looks back on what we’ve been doing in the last 24 hours that you might have missed or you might want to check again. We talk about everything from news and reviews to interviews and opinion pieces, all for your TV-obsessed pleasure. Our list of news and opinion topics for today includes Peacock’s Psy 3: It’s Gus, BBC Doctor Who, Netflix and Dave chappelle, USA Network’s WWE Raw, FX American Horror Story: DF “Part 2 Death Valley” “Star Trek” & George takei, The CW Super girl & Nancy drew, and more!

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Psych 3: This Is Gus Trailer Gets The Power Of Love From Huey Lewis

Doctor Who: Flux Trailer – Team TARDIS faces a mixed bag of big bad guys

Netflix employee fired for sharing confidential information about Dave Chappelle

Nancy Drew Season 3 Episode 2 Preview: Frozen Heart Case Heats Up

The wheel of time: with Logain Ablar, there is more than it seems

Moon Knight: Oscar Isaac considers series his “hardest” yet

USA Network reportedly all-in-one on WWE’s return to sharper content

American Horror Story Death Valley Finale: Fate of the Future Revealed

Succession Season 3: HBO shares episodes 1-3 previews, podcast info

Batman TAS and Mark Hamill celebrate actress Arleen Sorkin’s birthday

The Witcher season 2 key art: Freya Allan’s Ciri is destined to fight

Actress Hannah Gadsby goes wild on Netflix co-CEO Dave Chappelle

Star Trek: George Takei sets Phaser to avoid William Shatner theft

Orville Co-Producer: New Horizons Clarifies S04 “Misinformation”

Supergirl: Jim Lee offers the honor of a work of art; 2 Hours Final Series?

Doctor Who: Flux – Chris Chibnall confirms writers and directors

Spit Image returns to ITV for Halloween

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Luzerne County publishes sample ballots for November 2 election https://english-daily.com/luzerne-county-publishes-sample-ballots-for-november-2-election/ Fri, 15 Oct 2021 04:01:00 +0000 https://english-daily.com/luzerne-county-publishes-sample-ballots-for-november-2-election/

The Luzerne County Election Office released sample ballots for the November 2 election and announced dates for a temporary on-site postal voting option.

The sample ballots for each polling station are available through the 2021 general election link on the polling station page at luzernecounty.org.

“It gives people a chance to familiarize themselves with their ballot before they receive it in the mail or see it at their polling station,” said county deputy returning officer Eryn Harvey.

While local races vary within each school district and municipality, several county-wide races will be decided at the next general:

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• Two judges of the Common Pleas Court

The contenders are Stefanie Salavantis, Alexandra Kokura Kravitz and Tarah Toohil.

• Departmental controller

Outgoing Democrat Michelle Bednar is running against Republican Walter Griffith.

• Five members of the county council

There are 10 candidates (listed in the order they appear on the ballot): Democrats Matthew Vough, Sheila Saidman, Jane Walsh Waitkus, Maryann V. Velez and Jimmy Sabatino and Republicans John Lombardo, Gregory S. Wolovich Jr., Chris R. Perry, Brian Thornton and Kevin Lescavage.

• District attorney

The current DA Sam Sanguedolce, a republican, runs without opposition.

• Judges in office

Six county Common Plea Court justices are seeking to remain in office, which means voters must answer a yes / no question about whether they should stay in office for another 10-year term.

These judges: Lesa S. Gelb, Richard M. Hughes III, Fred A. Pierantoni, Jennifer L. Rogers, Joseph F. Sklarosky Jr. and Michael T. Vough.

Voting on demand

Voters will have the option to apply for, receive and vote by mail during the same visit to the county election office on weekdays starting Monday and ending October 26, Harvey said.

The office will process these requests on site from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. The office is located on the second floor of the Penn Place County building, 20 N. Pennsylvania Ave. in Wilkes-Barre.

As with postal ballots, these on-demand voters will receive instructions, a ballot, an unmarked white secret envelope and an outer envelope that contains the name of the voter and a label with a barcode that , once scanned, identifies this voter in the database.

After completing the ballot, the voter must place it in the secret envelope, seal it and then put this envelope inside the one with the label / barcode.

Ballots will not be counted if voters do not enclose them in both envelopes or forget to sign and date the outer envelope.

Harvey warned that some voters mistakenly used their date of birth instead of the date they signed the ballot.

During processing, the secret envelopes are shuffled in order to prevent the link between the ballots and specific people.

Harvey said she would issue a public announcement when the office mailed out postal ballots to about 20,000 constituents in the county who requested them for the general election.

The county is due to send them by Tuesday, but is working to get an earlier date, she said.

Completed ballots must be received at the county election office by 8:00 p.m. on polling day.

Information on the times and locations of the postal ballot boxes will be released soon, officials said.

Alberta Ombudsman receives complaints from mayors about consolidation of EMS distribution https://english-daily.com/alberta-ombudsman-receives-complaints-from-mayors-about-consolidation-of-ems-distribution/ Wed, 13 Oct 2021 18:01:16 +0000 https://english-daily.com/alberta-ombudsman-receives-complaints-from-mayors-about-consolidation-of-ems-distribution/

READ MORE: City sends complaint to ombudsman about consolidation of EMS shipments

AHS ‘rationale was that this step would save the provincial government up to $ 6 million per year by eliminating inefficiencies.

The mayors, however, argue that the costs were simply uploaded to them. The councils of Lethbridge, Red Deer and Wood Buffalo even offered to pay $ 1.2 million each to prevent consolidation.

READ MORE: Council chooses to pay for sending EMS to Lethbridge

In a joint press release from affected communities, they say the consolidation has also resulted in an increased risk for patients requiring ambulances as response times have slowed.

“It has been over a year since the decision to consolidate the distribution of ambulances and I, along with my fellow mayors of Red Deer, Calgary and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, are still ringing the bell. ‘alarm,’ said Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman.

“It’s an alarm that our provincial government and AHS are still not listening to. Our decision to file a complaint with the Alberta Ombudsman is the step that I hope will finally amplify our serious concerns and make patient safety a priority for our communities.

Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer adds that filing the complaint with the ombudsman sends the message that they have exhausted all avenues to review the government’s decision. She hoped that in doing so, the Ombudsman would reconsider the matter in depth.

The mayors invite all Albertans who have experienced delays or degraded service to share their stories with the Government of Alberta and call on Premier Jason Kenney to reverse the consolidation decision.

]]> Gilroy High football team perseveres with last win – Gilroy Dispatch https://english-daily.com/gilroy-high-football-team-perseveres-with-last-win-gilroy-dispatch/ Mon, 11 Oct 2021 23:56:14 +0000 https://english-daily.com/gilroy-high-football-team-perseveres-with-last-win-gilroy-dispatch/

Winning ugly. During a football season, teams will endure matches where their performance is far from impressive. But in the end, they persevere to register a victory.

That was exactly the situation for Gilroy High as he edged Soledad High 21-20 on October 8 in a Pacific Coast Athletic League mission division contest. The Mustangs (3-3 overall, 2-1 in the league) remained in contention for a divisional championship and just as improved to 0.500 after mid-season.

The last time this happened was in 2017, when Gilroy won his first Central Coast section title.

“Gilroy hasn’t won three games in a very long time, so the guys have a lot to be proud of,” said Mustangs coach Tim Pierleoni. “I’m happy with how difficult the guys played because we could easily have given up in the end and dropped that two-point conversion and lost the game.”

Indeed, having taken a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter and seemingly poised to win via a blowout, Gilroy found himself in a precarious position at the end when the Aztecs scored a touchdown with 57, 4 seconds to play to reduce their deficit to 21. -20. Instead of taking the kick after the fact, Soledad decided to aim for the win and the two-point conversion.

However, a pass into a crowded end zone failed as a few Gilroy defensemen helped make the save. Tysaiah Holmdahl broke the pass, Chimezie Elias was there for the shot and Gilroy survived.

“A win is a win is a win,” said Pierleoni. “A lot of guys are still learning how to win after so many years of loss. They haven’t won at any level in the past four years. So we’re happy to go away tonight winning.

Gilroy showed his big-game ability in the game’s opener when Jadon Perkins connected with Tyrone Quarles for an electrifying 77-yard touchdown. Perkins hit Quarles on an onscreen pass, and an excellent block down the field sent the sneaky Quarles gushing over the straight touchline en route to the end zone.

In their next series, the Mustangs amassed 50 yards in 10 plays, capped off by a 9-yard pass from Perkins to Elias, bringing the score to 14-0 with 3:38 left in the first quarter. Gilroy didn’t score in his third series but hit Soledad’s 21-yard line. Holmdahl had a huge game, producing two interceptions, the first of which saw Gilroy score the third score of the game.

Perkins threw a perfect pass down the left sideline that hit Elias in stride, increasing the lead to 21-0 with 9:31 remaining until halftime. At that point, it looked like the Mustangs were about to roll for victory. It didn’t happen. Instead, Soledad scored the last 20 points of the game to put himself in position to win at the end.

Gilroy won despite being passed in total offensive distance, 350-282. The Mustangs had no response once Aztecs quarterback Dominic Chavez moved from wide receiver to quarterback early in the second quarter. He completed 13 of 24 passes for 299 yards, including touchdowns of 47 and 49 yards.

Time and time again, Chavez escaped the pass rush and threw up shots to open receivers who passed their Gilroy counterparts. Gilroy’s secondary broke down several times once Soledad’s receivers caught the ball.

“We made a few mistakes and it’s a hard way to learn lessons, but we ended up doing it,” said Pierleoni.

Quarles ran for 92 yards on 19 carries and Perkins scored 6 of 13 for 146 yards.

Elijah Williams was instrumental in Soledad’s penultimate possession. The Aztecs were driving and hit Gilroy’s 19-yard line when Williams hit Chavez just as he was releasing the ball, resulting in a knocked down ball that Holmdahl intercepted. Lineman Dylan Chirco was solid as usual and Marcques Anthony also put pressure on the blitz.

Tyler Hodges was a force at linebacker. Pierleoni credited GHS director Greg Kapaku for changing the culture of GHS sports teams.

“There’s a lot of good stuff going on here, and it’s thanks to Greg,” he said.

Tysaiah Holmdahl made one of his two interceptions in the Mustangs’ victory over Soledad. Photo by Jonathan Natividad.
Vandergrift muralist Alex Chaffins continues to make positive visions https://english-daily.com/vandergrift-muralist-alex-chaffins-continues-to-make-positive-visions/ Sun, 10 Oct 2021 15:56:51 +0000 https://english-daily.com/vandergrift-muralist-alex-chaffins-continues-to-make-positive-visions/

Alex Chaffins de Vandergrift knows how to charm and disarm.

With art.

Chaffins, Vandergrift’s unofficial muralist, is known for his large, colorful works depicting positive messages.

The most recent mural by the self-taught artist is an underwater scene featuring a mermaid. It’s painted on his garage at home.

Last year, Chaffins was tasked with finding a creative solution to a profanity mural that appeared on the back of The Center on Franklin.

Chaffins, 34, was commissioned by owner Chloe Kruse to paint over the marks, which consisted of more than 20 racist marks.

“I saw the opportunity to fight hate and use art as a weapon,” said Chaffins. “I painted a ‘See no evil, Speak no evil and Hear no evil’ theme to cover up what was swastikas and racial slurs.”

On a recent visit to this mural, Chaffins noticed some cool graffiti painted above his work.

“I’ll cover this,” he said, noting that he doesn’t know who continues to leave graffiti, which is illegal, in some parts of the borough.

“I would like to show them how to make money with it – not do illegal stuff, but show them how to do legal murals,” Chaffins said.

Kruse said she supports Chaffins and his mural mission.

“Alex is a local, like-minded artist that I love to support. He has murals all over town, ”Kruse said.

Other murals at Vandergrift include a pet-themed mural located inside the local non-profit Tiny Cause building and a beach mural on Jefferson Avenue.

During the pandemic, Chaffins painted a covid-themed mural titled “Wash Your Hands,” encouraging people to practice good hygiene.

Vandergrift Police Chief Joe Caporali said he did not know Chaffins, but noticed his artwork in the borough.

“His art covers existing graffiti, covers horrors and beautifies buildings,” Caporali said.

Chaffins’ most recent mural, completed last week, is located inside the Redstone Highlands retirement home in Greensburg.

Chaffins said he had loved art since he was 5 years old.

“I wanted to be a designer, but I didn’t know how to make a career out of it,” he said. “I’m still a hungry artist and I’m living the term to the fullest.”

His murals are typically priced at $ 10 per square foot, plus the cost of supplies.

Chaffins said he always gives a discount to nonprofits.

He says he will paint any size mural.

“I think great works of art are more powerful,” Chaffins said. “You might stumble upon it (art), and that’s why I’m doing it.”

Chaffins works in his childhood home, where he has a music and art studio.

He is the owner of ARTifacts Creations, a visual arts marketing company.

A former student of Kiski Area High School, Chaffins studied at the former Art Institute of Pittsburgh for one semester. He left town to live and work in Texas, Maryland, and Florida, then returned to Vandergrift.

Chaffins wears a T-shirt emblazoned with “Product of the Grift”, in reference to his hometown of Vandergrift. “I love the Grift,” he said.

His message to anyone who creates illegal graffiti in the borough?

“Love is stronger than hate,” Chaffins said. “Always.”

Joyce Hanz is a writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Joyce at 724-226-7725, jhanz@triblive.com or via Twitter .

Cases, hospitalizations on the rise among vaccinated Pa. https://english-daily.com/cases-hospitalizations-on-the-rise-among-vaccinated-pa/ Sat, 09 Oct 2021 00:28:00 +0000 https://english-daily.com/cases-hospitalizations-on-the-rise-among-vaccinated-pa/

The proportion of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations among vaccinated residents of Pennsylvania rose sharply over the past month, reflecting the fact that a higher percentage of the population has now received the vaccine, but also likely protection. declined somewhat, state health officials said on Friday.

The latest data from the Ministry of Health on so-called “revolutionary” infections show that between September 5 and October 4, those vaccinated accounted for just over a quarter – 26% – of more than 135,000 new infections and nearly 5,000 hospital admissions across the state. . Death statistics for the last 30 days were not available due to delays in reporting and verification.

When the health ministry released its first breakthrough case data set on September 14, just 6% of cases and 5% of hospitalizations since January were in residents who had been vaccinated.

As more and more people are vaccinated, the number of vaccinated people who contract the virus and end up in hospital will inevitably represent a larger share of the overall total.

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State health officials have cited this mathematical certainty, but also the rise of the highly transmissible delta variant of the coronavirus, as well as the decrease in immunity in some populations who have received the vaccine.

“Vaccines were designed to prevent serious illness and hospitalization, but no vaccine is 100%,” Acting State Surgeon General Dr Denise Johnson said in a telephone interview. . “As we have more people vaccinated, there will be more cases among those vaccinated people. That doesn’t mean the vaccines don’t work. They work as expected.

The situation in Pennsylvania reflects what is happening nationally. Groundbreaking cases accounted for 14% of hospitalizations in the United States and 16% of deaths in June and July, about double the percentage than at the start of the year, according to a study released last month by the Centers for Disease Control. and Prevention.

At a press briefing on Friday, Johnson said state officials were looking to learn more about Pennsylvania’s groundbreaking cases, including how long people had been vaccinated before they were infected, if they had underlying health issues that increased their risk and their age.

She said the data strengthens the case for booster shots. Last month, U.S. health officials approved a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine for all Americans 65 and older, as well as for young people at higher risk.

“We know vaccines offer great protection,” Johnson said. “Even now, with the delta variant, with the waning immunity, the cases that we have, the hospitalizations that we have, the people who are really sick, are still largely unvaccinated.”

Separately, Commonwealth Partners, a Harrisburg-based free market advocacy association, released Department of Health data weekly it obtained through an open case request that showed similar increases in cases and hospitalizations among those vaccinated – as well as increasing deaths.

Those statistics covered a period between late April and late August and showed that the peaks were particularly pronounced after the delta became the dominant strain of the virus. About a third of the state’s deaths from early July to mid-August were among residents vaccinated.

Gina Diorio, the group’s public affairs director, accused Democratic Governor Tom Wolf’s administration of apparently hiding the most recent trends in COVID-19 when state health officials released the first batch of groundbreaking data last month.

“In September, (the Ministry of Health) must have known that the current figures were different from what they published. Why not give the Pennsylvanians current information? What is there to hide? Said Diorio. “At the end of the day, it’s about transparency. The Wolf administration should not have asked the Wolf administration to release this information to the public.

Johnson said last month the focus was on collecting and analyzing big data since the start of the year on breakthrough infections, which she called “huge progress for us,” with a lot of manual work involved. She said it was not a political choice.

“It was just a step-by-step process for us, first to get the huge backlog of data, then try to analyze it and analyze it later. It took us a lot of work to get there, ”she said.

Over the past month and since the start of 2021, state data indicates that residents of Pennsylvania who are not vaccinated against the coronavirus were much more likely to contract COVID-19, be hospitalized and die than those who have been vaccinated.

Last month, even as the state grappled with the delta, unvaccinated people were three times more likely to be infected and land in hospital, according to figures.

Since January, the risk of death was six times higher among unvaccinated residents. At least 518 vaccinated residents have died, or about 7% of the 2021 total.

“The good news is that vaccines still work and very well in preventing serious illness and hospitalizations,” Johnson said.