Seoul plays down report over N. Korean leader’s health

first_imgDaily NK, an online media outlet runmostly by North Korean defectors, said Kim had undergone a cardiovascularprocedure earlier this month and was recovering at a villa in North Phyonganprovince. (AFP) SEOUL – South Korea played down a reportTuesday that the North’s leader Kim Jong Un was being treated after surgery, asspeculation mounted over his absence from a key anniversary. Pyongyang marked the birthday of itslate founder, Kim’s grandfather Kim Il Sung, on April 15 — by far the mostimportant date in its annual political calendar – but Kim was not seen inattendance.center_img Kim Jong Un’s health is frequently the subject of speculation, but little concrete is known about the secretive leader. KCNA VIA KNS/AFP/FILE / STRlast_img

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TREÑAS REPEATS CALL FOR DUQUE’S FIRING; DOH hit over ‘mass recovery’ tally for COVID-19

first_imgARNOLD ALMACEN/CMO“I think it is about time that he gives up his position,” says Mayor Jerry Treñas of Iloilo City. As of July 31, Iloilo City has 91 local cases, 47 of which are active and 40 already recovered. The city has also 64 infected locally stranded individuals and overseas Filipino workers. This tally surpassed the number of COVID-19 cases in China, the original epicenter of the pandemic. As of Thursday, China has 87,680 cases. But the new record on the number of new cases was not the only thing that worries Treñas. According to the mayor, the “miraculous” DOH’s adjustment – now identifying mild and asymptomatic cases who stayed healthy for 14 days as recovered patients – is enough for President Rodrigo Duterte to fire Duque. Duterte defended Duque numerous times amid criticisms on how his agency is handling the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency said reconciliation activity resulted in over 3,000 identified recoveries from July 12 to 14./PN The keywords “mass recovery” is now a trending topic on Twitter, with over 7,400 tweets as of posting time – with majority of the posts denouncing the government for allegedly trying to deceive the public. ILOILO City – Mayor Jerry Treñas once more urged Health secretary Franciso Duque III to step down.   Duterte said he has known Duque since the time of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. “Libagon gid ang tanan nga gina-obra nila,” Treñas said.  “The massive data reconciliation efforts have resulted in faster and more accurate tagging of health statuses, particularly on death and recoveries. Data on recovery reconciliations will be reported every 15 days,” the DOH said. “Mabudlay para saton gobyerno nga maka-move forward if we have a leader like this,” Treñas pointed out. “We have already overtaken China [for COVID-19 cases] and all of sudden DOH comes up with this idea,” Treñas said. But according to Treñas, if the President finds it difficult to fire Duque, it’s about time for the latter to voluntarily resign. Back in June, the mayor questioned the department’s move to pull out rural doctors from Western Visayas to Cebu City. On Thursday, DOH also recorded the highest single increase in confirmed cases at 3,954, bringing the total number to 89,374 – of which, 1,983 patients died while 65,064 recovered. According to the DOH, the surge in the number of recoveries was attributed to enhanced data reconciliation efforts with local government units through “Oplan Recovery.” These thousands of new recoveries shocked Treñas. “Medyo nakibot ako,” he said. “If Secretary Duque cannot really perform as Health chief, I think it is about time he gives up his position,” Treñas stressed.   The President, according to Treñas, should hire more qualified and competent doctors who can “deliver the goods better” in addressing the health concerns of the country. The mayor was also anxious about the surge in new recoveries, saying DOH might also identify the city’s  COVID-19 asymptomatic cases as recoveries.     This was the second time Treñas demanded for the DOH chief’s resignation. The DOH has been the target of ridicule in social media, after netizens noted that the government supposedly changed the way it tallies recoveries just to make it appear that more people are fighting off the disease. His fresh call came after the Department of Health (DOH) tallied a “dubious” record of 38,075 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) recoveries nationwide in a single day.last_img read more

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President, Two Others Step Down From Foundation

first_imgThree members of the Rising Sun Regional Foundation announced their retirement at a board meeting this week.Foundation President Marianne Wiggers, Ed Sullivan, Executive Director, and Jascia Redwine, Associate Director will step down at the end of this year.“Speaking for all three of us, I think I can say that our association with RSRF has been a terrific experience for these many years, especially in light of what the foundation has been able to achieve as compared to what was envisioned in mid-1996 when it was created and incorporated by then Rising Sun Mayor Mark, Guard, Monte Denbo, consultant to the city for the Grand Victoria Casino project, and Neil Comer, legal counsel to the City of Rising Sun at the time,” said Marianne Wiggers, the sole serving founding board member and elected president for the full 17 years of the foundation.The following foundation achievements were highlighted at the board meeting:• Awarding to date over $27 million in total grants, which have been instrumental in leveraging approximately $320 million in additional government, foundation, and personal contributions to over 1,300 grant projects in the region;• Assisting in creating through both multi-year grants and staff technical assistance, four new community foundations in Dearborn, Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland counties that already have and will continue to comprise a major philanthropic resource in the region for many years to come;• Granting some $780,000 in personal $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors of all of the schools in the RSRF region;• Providing both professional consulting services and granting several millions of dollars for a very aggressive education technology program for all of the school corporations in the RSRF region;• Awarding grants and providing professional consulting services in the program areas of both economic and retirement community development in Rising Sun and Ohio County;• And, most recently, creating a unique economic development partnership with another local nonprofit organization, Rising Sun/Ohio County First, Inc., to which RSRF is providing an $8.2 million loan from its Reserve Funds to build and own a new 104-room hotel in Rising Sun that will be both opened next month and leased to the current casino owner, Full House Resorts, Inc., to increase the hotel room capacity by 50% of its Rising Star Casino.Wiggers concluded, “I have been privileged to represent the Ripley County towns of Holton, Milan, Napoleon, Osgood, and Versailles on the foundation’s board and plan to continue both my work and my membership on several other nonprofit organizations in Ripley County for the foreseeable future.”last_img read more

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NCAA Selection

first_imgAs the tourney continues on, we will finally see just how much the NCAA Selection Committee got the seeds right.  It is hard for me to believe that they seem to work so hard to prove a point.  The point I am referring to is their yearly snub of certain conferences.  It took several years before Gonzaga got any respect from the Selection Committee.  Of course, when they finally gave them a #1 seed, they made sure that they would not make it to the final four by loading their bracket with power teams.This year it seemed they did the same thing to Wichita State.  Wichita was not supposed to make it to the Final Four last year, but they did!  I am sure the Committee kept hoping that someone would beat them so they didn’t have to give them a number one seed this year.  Even though Kansas lost 9 games, they were still a #2 seed.  I am sure Kansas would have to lose 15 or more games before the NCAA would keep them out of the tourney.The Committee has at least been forced to recognize the smaller conference by at least taking them into the tourney.  You can see that they do not respect any of them, because most of them are #15 or #16 seeds.  Who will be the Florida Atlantic or DCU this year?last_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs Win 3-Way Golf Meet

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs defeated the Greensburg Lady Pirates and theLawrenceburg Lady Tigers at The Greensburg Country Club by a score of 197Batesville, 203 Greensburg, and 254 Lawrenceburg.Madison McCreary-Batesville was meet medalist with a 39.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tom Meyer.last_img

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Bulldogs Get Wins Over Greyhounds

first_imgThe Batesville Middle School 7th Grade Team won big against Brookville by a score of 58 to 15.The Bulldogs came out focused and ready to play and jumped out to a 21 to 0 lead before the Greyhounds were able to make a bucket. Batesville was led in scoring by RJ Powell who scored 10 points. Also scoring for Batesville was Ethan Brewer with 9 points, Mason Barker and Jaden Peetz with 7 points each, Calvin Sherwood and Pros Moorman with 6 points a piece, Trey Peters with 5 points, Damon Grieshop with 4 points, and rounding out the scoring was Austin Cornn and Nathan Villani with 2 points each.The Bulldogs improved their record to 2-2 on the year. Batesville will be back in action on Monday, November 30 when they travel to Connersville to take on the Spartans.Score By Quarters:Brookville- 1st-2, 2nd-7, 3rd-5, 4th-1 Total-15Batesville- 1st-21, 2nd-12, 3rd-12, 4th-13 Total-58Individual Shooting Stats:Mason Barker- 2FG-2, 3FG-1, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-7; Calvin Sherwood- 2FG-3, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-6; RJ Powell- 2FG-5, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-10; Bristol Davies- 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 2, Total Points-0; Austin Cornn- 2FG-1, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-2; Damon Grieshop- 2FG-2, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-4;  Pros Moorman- 2FG-3, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-6;  Trey Peters- 2FG-2, 3FG-0, FT-1 for 2, Total Points-5; Matthew Meyer- 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 2, Total Points-0;  Jaden Peetz- 2FG-2, 3FG-1, FT-0 for 2, Total Points-7; Nathan Villani- 2FG-1, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-2; Ethan Brewer- 2FG-4, 3FG-0, FT-1 for 2, Total Points-9;  and Did Not Play (Injury)- Alex Siefert.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Luke Williams.The Bulldogs 8th Graders won 46-8 to improve their season record to 4-0.Score by quarters:1st Batesville 19, Brookville 2; 2nd Batesville 28, Brookville 4;3rd Batesville 35, Brookville 4; 4th Batesville 46, Brookville 8.Batesville Individual Stats.Seth Gausman led all scorers with 9 pts, 3 ast, 4 stls; Colt Meyer 8 pts, 2 asts, 2 stls, 5 deflections; Drew Kiefer 5 pts, 1 rb, 2 asts, 1 stl; Brayden Linkel 6 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, 5 stls; and Cory Ralston 5 pts, 2 rbs, 1 stl.Batesville team stats:FG 18/45, 40%; FT 8/14, 57%; 20 Rbs; 8 assists; and 21 steals.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Bradford.last_img read more

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Ella Rose M. Stenger

first_imgElla Rose M. Stenger, age 92 of Hamburg, died Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at St. Andrew’s Health Campus. Born April 2, 1923 in Ripley County Indiana, she is the daughter of Cordula (Nee: Starke) and Anthony Kraus. She married Eugene Stenger June 24, 1944 at St. Louis Church and he preceded her in death January 20, 1981. Ella Rose was a homemaker and a member of St. Anne’s Church.Her family enjoyed Ella Rose’s quick wit and the grand kids could always count on sound advice in times of need. She liked to watch Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, work word search puzzles as well as crocheting. Each of the grandchildren received a cherished baby’s blanket at birth. Faith was very important to Ella Rose who prayed the rosary twice daily and like any good grandparent, she dearly loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren. According to her family, she apparently had a weakness for coffee and ice cream.She is survived by her daughters and son-in-laws Nancy and Albert Phillips of Greensburg, Sandy and Mick Starost of Hamburg; sons and daughter-in-laws Rod Stenger of Greensburg, Gary and Sandy Stenger of Sunman, Steve and Carol Stenger of Hamburg; 13 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by her daughter Donna Stenger; brother Eymard Kraus and grandson Andy Stenger.Visitation is Saturday, February 13th, form 9 – 10:30 a.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services follow at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Church with Rev. David Kobak O.F.M. officiating. Burial will follow in St. Anne’s Cemetery. The family requests memorials to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.last_img read more

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Ronnie McAllister

first_imgMost of you have seen Ronnie McAllister running the streets and roads around Batesville.  The Aurora native and Batesville resident is nearing a running milestone.  When he starts his 2017 road races, he will be 149 races short of 1,000.  Ronnie began this quest in 1982 and hopes to finish it in the next few years.In high school McAllister was a hurdler in track and a cross country runner at South Dearborn.  He credits Coach Mark Wilhelm for giving him the running bug.  They try to run at least 2 races together each season.  Ronnie lists the Popcorn Panic in Valparaiso and the Southeast Indiana racing circuit as 2 of his favorites.  Most of his races are 5 or 10k, but he has run marathons.Ronnie, along with his racing buddy Leo Turchyn, coached together in Batesville from 1999-2011.  A lot of his 851 runs were alongside his long-time friend, Leo.  I consider Ronnie of my good friends since his running days at South Dearborn High School.  I would like to thank Jim Buchberger for a lot of this information.last_img read more

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Bulldogs Tennis Teams Win This Week

first_imgThe Batesville Boys Varsity Tennis team defeated Connersville on Monday to go to 3-0 on the season and 1-0 in the EIAC.Lleyton Ratcliffe and George Ritter won in singles while the doubles teams of Lane Westerfeld/Cooper Williams and Sam Giesting/Adam Scott won. Lane Oesterling won in singles and the doubles teams of Ben Rodgers/Brayden Worthington and Sam Voegele/Jonathan Hoff were winners.On Tuesday, Batesville traveled to Centerville and won 3-2.George Ritter and Will Harmeyer won in singles while the number two doubles team Adam Scott and Sam Giesting won.Batesville won 3-1 in JV. Ben Rodgers won in singles while the doubles teams of Lane Oesterling/Brayden Worthington and Sam Voegele/Jonathan Hoff won.Batesville is now 4-0 (1-0 in EIAC) and will travel South Dearborn on Thursday for a 4:30 start.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.last_img read more

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