Dolly Parton: Singer, Songwriter, Pandemic Savior?

first_imgShe wrote “I Will Always Love You” and “Jolene” on the same day and built a theme park around herself. She has given memorable onscreen performances as a wisecracking hairstylist and harassed secretary. She even helped bring about the creation of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”Now, Dolly Parton’s fans are crediting her with saving the world from the coronavirus. It’s an exaggerated, tongue-in-cheek claim, to be sure. But for legions of admirers, Ms. Parton’s donation this spring to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which worked with the drugmaker Moderna to develop a coronavirus vaccine, was another example of how the singer’s generosity and philanthropy have made her one of the world’s most beloved artists.- Advertisement – “Shakespeare may have written King Lear during the plague, but Dolly Parton funded a Covid vaccine, dropped a Christmas album and a Christmas special,” the author Lyz Lenz said on Twitter.In April, Ms. Parton announced that she had donated $1 million to Vanderbilt after her friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, a professor of surgery at the university, in Nashville, told her about the work researchers were doing to come up with a vaccine. Dr. Abumrad’s son, Jad Abumrad, is the creator of “Radiolab” and host of the podcast “Dolly Parton’s America.”last_img read more

Aviation industry sees setback in recovery amid PSBB, public fears

first_imgIndonesia’s air passenger and traffic rebound saw a setback in September amid the government’s large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) and low public confidence to fly during the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s aviation industry players have said.State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura (AP) II recorded a 2.6 percent decline in passenger movements at the 19 airports it manages during the first two weeks of September compared to the same period in August. That follows a strong rebound between June and July.AP II president director Muhammad Awaludin said on Sept. 17 that the PSBB policy in various regions continued to affect the aviation industry despite efforts by airport operators to reassure passengers by implementing strict health protocol. In response to the continuous rise in COVID-19 cases, which reached 240,600 on Sunday, The Jakarta administration has reimposed the PSBB in the capital in a measure that took effect on Sept. 14.“We understand that there are effects of the PSBB policy on the aviation industry. We initially saw a strong rebound between May and August, but the growth rate started to flatten since August,” Awaluddin said during an online discussion held by the Indonesian National Air Carriers Association (INACA).AP II data show that monthly passenger movement surged 466 percent month-to-month (mtm) in June, as the government lifted the Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) travel ban that had led to a sharp drop in air passengers in May. The uptrend continued in July with 135 percent mtm growth.However, the passenger growth rate slowed to 35.5 percent mtm in August, before contracting in the first two weeks of September. Read also: AP II pins hope on domestic market, expects faster recoveryThe continuous rise of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia has depressed the aviation sector, as people cancel travel plans amid restrictions and border closures.The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects the global number of air passengers to drop 55 percent year-on-year (yoy) in 2020. That figure marks a downward revision from an April forecast of a 46 percent decrease yoy in air passengers this year.The IATA also now expects a full recovery of global air passenger traffic only by 2024, a year later than its initial estimate, given slow virus containment in developing economies, among others.Fellow state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura (AP) I president director Faik Fahmi said air traffic at the 15 airports under its management in early September was also lower than expected, at 47 percent of the normal rate, while the passenger movements figure was 28 percent of the pre-pandemic level.“[The air traffic] and passenger numbers are below our expectations as the public’s confidence in using air transportation remains low,” he said at the same event. “We need a great communication strategy to rebuild public confidence.”Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, speaking at the same discussion, urged the aviation industry to use alternative ways to promote air travel, such as online influencers to revive public confidence and boost passenger numbers.“We have to allocate funds and efforts to promote [the aviation industry’s] safety measures using new ways, such as ‘endorsers’. Airports have implemented strict health protocol, but currently not everyone is convinced,” he said.The ministry’s air transportation director general, Novie Riyanto, echoed the minister’s statement, saying the industry needed to do more to convince the public regarding the safety of air travel, as both the airlines and the government had implemented strict health safety standards.A survey released by AP I in July found that 84 percent of 500 respondents were erring on the side of caution and taking a “wait and see” approach toward embarking on air travel due to the perceived risk of COVID-19 transmission during flights.In addition to the fear of COVID-19 transmission, the high cost of rapid and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, a requirement for air travel, also dampened people’s interest in flying. As many as 78 percent of the survey respondents said they hoped air travel costs would come down.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Sumner Sheriff Weekly bookings: June 10- June 17, 2013

first_imgAsbury, Christopher19Wellington, Ks815 N Woodlawn #148 WellingtonWellington PDAgg. Battery, Agg. Assault, Criminal Threat and Disorderly Conduct6/13/13 Scott, Andre32Wichita, KSKansas Star CasinoKRGCManipulating gaming device6/15/13 Dossey, Tiana N45Mulvane, KS416 E. Bridge, Mulvane KSSUSOServing Sentence6/14/13 NameAgeHome TownLocation of ArrestAgencyChargesDate of Arr Reusch, Wesley Markus20Wellington, Ks1000 W 8th, Wellington KsWellington PDTheft of services6/15/13 Moor, Thomas53Mulvane, KS807 1/2 S College, Mulvane KsMulvane PDDV battery6/11/13 Monday 0800  to  Monday 0800 Jones, Carl E.50Wichita, KS500 N. Washington, Wellington KsSUSOProbation Violation6/10/13 Johnson, Jason38Wellington, Ks817 W 8th, Wellington, KsWellington PDDriving while suspended6/10/13 Cady, Shawn31Wichita, KS610 E. Hillside, Wellington KsSUSOServing Sentence6/10/13 Baker, Timothy42Wichita, KS777 Kansas Star DriveMulvane PDPossession of Meth, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia6/12/13 Buffington, John K35Homeless200 N C Wellington KsWellington PDObstruction of Legal Process, Sedgwick County Warrant for P.V.6/12/13 Stover, Courtny22Wellington, Ks100 N Washington, Wellington KsWellington PDBattery6/15/13 WEEKLY   BOOKINGS06/10/2013 thru 06/17/2013 Young, Lana L.50Wellington, Ks1000 W. 8th Street, Wellington KsWellington PDD.U.I., T.O.C. and Refusal of B.A.T.6/12/13 Sanders, Jenny29Wellington, Ks610 E Hillside Wellington KsBondsmanFTA6/11/13 Franks, Starkell26Wichita, KS610 E Hillside Wellington KsSUSOServing Sentence6/11/13center_img Goings, Joseph32Columbus, KS1205 N C Wellington KSSUSOFalse Impersonation, Harass by Telecom device6/12/13 Hill, Kyle21Lake of Ozarks MO500 N Washington Wellington KSSUSOSg County warrant6/12/13 Herl, Shirley34Wellington, Ks2022 E 16th, Wellington KsWellington PDTheft6/14/13 Seaton, Floyd R29Wichita, KSSedgwick CountySedgwick SOFailure to Appear6/13/13 Shockley, Michael J28Wellington, Ks500 N. Washington, Wellington KsSUSOServing Sentence6/13/13 Church, Dale74Wellington, Ks913 E 12thSUSOProbation Violation and Harrassment by Telephone6/10/13 Hollis, Kenneth L50Belle Plaine, KS1625 E 60th Ave, Belle Plaine, KSSUSODV Battery, Criminal Threat6/12/13 Ribordy, McKenzie24Derby, KS433 E Blair Mulvane, KSMulvane PDDUI, no insurance6/14/13 Ryberg, Kathleen18Wellington, Ks1009 Shady Lane Ct, Wellington KsWellington PDDUI, No Insurance, Minor in Possession6/16/13 O’Neal, Brandon L.20Conway Springs Ks.610 E. Hillside, Wellington KsState Fire MarshallAggravated Arson6/12/13 Beltz, James23Belle Plaine, KS521 W 7th Belle PlaineBPPDCriminal Damage to Property (F), Criminal Damage to Property (M), Criminal Threat (WARRANT ARRESTS)6/10/13 Nance, Benjamin33Derby, KS101 S. Rock Rd., Derby, KSSUSOServing Sentence6/14/13 Daves, William33Wellington, Ks100 N Washington, Wellington KsWellington PDBattery6/15/13 Harlan, Sarah M30Mulvane, KS1520 Rockwood Mulvane, KSMulvane PDFailure to Appear6/13/13 The following are the Sumner County Sheriff jail bookings for June 10 to June 17, 2013:last_img read more

Barcelona fight back to win Spanish Supercup

first_img0Shares0000Wall game: Lionel Messi tries for goal from a free-kick © AFPTANGIERS, Morocco, Aug 13 – Barcelona battled back to defeat Sevilla 2-1 and win the Spanish Supercup on Sunday with French World Cup winner Ousmane Dembele hitting a sensational winner to help give Lionel Messi a winning start as captain.It was Barcelona’s 13th Supercup and sixth in the last nine seasons. However, Sevilla squandered a golden chance to send the match into extra-time when Wissam Ben Yedder missed a last-minute penalty.Pablo Sarabia gave Sevilla the lead after just nine minutes on a counter-attack.Gerard Pique, who announced his international retirement with Spain on Saturday, levelled three minutes before the interval for Barcelona after he was fastest to respond to a loose ball following a Messi free-kick.That set the stage for French star Dembele to take the headlines with a 78th minute screamer from 25 yards and again Messi played a crucial role with the key pass.There was still time for late drama when Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen brought down Aleix Vidal in the area as the Sevilla youngster closed in on an equaliser.But Ben Yedder hit a weak penalty which was easily saved by Ter Stegen.The match had endured a controversial build-up when Sevilla threatened to file a complaint against Barcelona if the La Liga champions fielded more than three non-EU players.The Spanish football federation (RFEF) said on Saturday that there would be no restrictions on players from outside the EU for the Supercup, despite only three being allowed in squads for league matches.Sevilla said they could file a complaint if Barca name an “improper lineup” in Tangier.New signings Malcom, Arturo Vidal and Arthur were expected to be Barca’s three non-EU players on Sunday, although Brazilian centre-back Marlon also travelled with the squad.In the end, 21-year-old winger Malcom, signed from Bordeaux in the summer, was left out of the match day line-up.Philippe Coutinho has reportedly acquired a Portuguese passport through his wife in the last week, while his fellow South Americans Messi and Luis Suarez are already EU citizens.Sevilla qualified for Sunday’s match as last season’s Copa del Rey runners-up, after Barcelona won the league and cup double.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Asian Boxing Championship: Shiva Thapa punches his way into quarter-finals

first_imgIndian boxer Shiva Thapa stormed into the quarter-finals of the boxing-championship.html”>Asian Boxing Championship after defeating Kyrgyzstan’s Omurbek Malabekov in the Men’s 60 kg weight category here on Tuesday.World Championships bronze-medallist Thapa swept aside Malabekov in a split verdict to book his place in the last eight.The 23-year-old will now lock horns with Chinese Taipei’s Chu-En Lai for a place in the semi-finals.Meanwhile, Sumit Sangwan, a former gold medallist at the Asian Olympic Qualifiers, also made it to the quarter-finals of 91 kg category after knocking down Erdenebayar Sandagsuren of Mangolia.Sumit will now face third-seeded Fengkai Yu of China for a place in the semi-finals.Earlier, Vikas Krishan (75 kg), Gaurav Bidhuri (56 kg) and Amit Phangal (49 kg) had also booked their places into the last eight of the tournament after winning their respective matches.last_img read more