7-week-old baby girl hospitalized after getting struck by ball at softball game

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A 7-week-old is fighting for her life after getting accidentally hit in the head by a softball while at a game with her parents.Lee and Kassy Hovenga took their baby girl, McKenna Hovenga, on one of her first outings for a family day to attend a recreational softball game in Iowa.The family was behind the fence Wednesday in the stands when the ball struck.Family member Laura Heise detailed the accident on Facebook.“Another pair of teams were playing and Lee was helping Kassy get situated with a blanket over her, so Kassy could breastfeed,” Heise wrote. “Lee had his back to the field and never saw the ball coming. The ball came over the fence — and either hit McKenna first or hit Kassy first. We’re really not sure as it happened so fast and Kassy was looking down at McKenna as she was feeding. Neither of them saw the ball as it came over the fence.”The baby was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, for reported skull fractures, two brain bleeds and multiple seizures. A public Facebook page, Healing for McKenna, has been sharing daily updates on the child’s progress. A team of doctors has been working to stabilize McKenna’s system and stop the seizures.The parents seem to remain positive and hopeful for continued progress, according to a recent Facebook post from the infant’s father.“We hear about these accidents on the news every day throughout the Cedar Valley, never thinking of how many people other than myself are praying for the victims of these tragic accidents,” Lee Hovenga wrote in a Facebook post where he shared photos of a happy, smiling McKenna before the accident. “It’s heartwarming knowing there are so many selfless people in this world that hope and pray for others.”The Facebook page has grown to just under 100,000 people with hundreds of supportive messages to the family. Additionally, a YouCaring account has been set up to help offset medical costs with over $28,000 raised so far.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. May 7, 2018 /Sports News – National 7-week-old baby girl hospitalized after getting struck by ball at softball gamecenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

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Mayor’s Update 3-10-17

first_imgMayor Jay Gillian March 10, 2017Dear Friends,At a public meeting last night, City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that sets guidelines for boardwalk performers. My administration had gone back to the drawing board twice before on the ordinance to address questions and concerns raised by young musicians and boardwalk merchants. That’s exactly the way an open government should work, and I’m certain the proposed measure will be much more fair and effective because of all the feedback we received. I’d like to personally thank everybody who participated in the process and who took the time to express their opinions on the issue. I’d also like to thank Community Services Director Mike Allegretto for overseeing the process. The full text of the draft ordinance is included with the agenda packet for Thursday’s meeting, and a public hearing and second reading is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 23 at City Hall.Also last night, Finance Director Frank Donato provided council members with projections on revenues and expenses in the 2017 municipal budget. I encourage anybody with questions about the proposed budget to take a look at Donato’s presentation . Council is expected to formally introduce the budget on March 23, then work on potential revisions until a final vote that will likely take place in late April.Marmora resident Joe Pratt, a decorated veteran and transplant recipient, visited the meeting to encourage the public to consider becoming designated organ donors. He’s involved in planning the April 2 Donor Dash  in Philadelphia (10K and 5K runs and a 3K walk), and he hopes to bring a local version of the race to Ocean City. But he also invited the public to a free Donor Awareness Seminar 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 18 at Macedonia United Methodist Church (10th Street and Simpson Avenue). The seminar will be preceded by a continental breakfast that starts at 9 a.m.I ask everybody to closely monitor weather conditions early next week. While it’s still too early to know the exact track and impact, forecasters are suggesting a coastal storm could affect Ocean City. If it does, the worst conditions would likely come on Tuesday. The storm could possibly cause street flooding.Finally, I want to remind everybody that tickets for the Mr. Mature America Pageant hosted by Regis Philbin went on sale this morning. The pageant is 7 p.m. April 8 on the Ocean City Music Pier. If you’ve never attended the pageant, it’s a great opportunity to check out a really fun event and see Philbin at the same time. Tickets are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice and are expected to sell quickly.Warm regards,Jay A. Gillian Mayorlast_img read more

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Duterte signs EO on medicine price cap

first_imgPresident Rodrigo Duterte. PCOO “Matagal na po itong batas na ito,” Go said in an interview with DZMM. “Alam naman natin na maraming pong mga kababayan natin ang nangangailangan ng gamot…no choice sila minsan ‘no, kaya bumili na lang po ng gamot, kahit mahal.” “Hangarin po ng Pangulong Duterte na humaba ang kanilang buhay. Tulad nitong mga medisina para sa diabetes hypertension, cancer at iba’t iba pang gamot,” added the former Presidential aide. The Department of Health (DOH) earlier said its price regulation proposal covered medicines for hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic lung diseases, neonatal diseases and major cancers, high cost treatments for chronic renal disease, psoriasis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Senate Health Committee chairperson Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go, said in a radio interview that the EO complements the Republic Act No. 9502, or the Universally Accessible Cheaper and Quality Medicines Act of 2008, which provides for the imposition of a limit on prices of medicines.center_img Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed Monday President Duterte’s signing of EO 104, which is aimed at improving the Filipinos’ access to affordable medicines. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has issued an executive order setting maximum retail price on certain medicines. Prices of selected medicines are expected to have a mean reduction of 56 percent from the prevailing market prices once the EO takes effect, the DOH said in September last year./PNlast_img read more

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Tipp Footballers in McGrath cup action

first_imgLiam Kearns side play host to Cork at the changed venue of Templetouhy  in their second Group A match of the McGrath Cup.It comes on the back of the footballers defeat to Kerry in their opening match at the weekend.Kearns says that result shows how much work the team after to day but described the trip to Tralee as a useful exercise Throw in this evening is at 7.30 and Tipp FM will have regular live updates from the game.last_img

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10 months agoCrystal Palace boss Hodgson assures Man City: Liverpool will get beaten

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson assures Man City: Liverpool will get beatenby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson says victory at Manchester City won’t hurt thei title chances.The result has delivered Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool with a golden opportunity to leave the champions trailing when the top two meet back at the Etihad Stadium on January 3.“I don’t think Pep [Guardiola] will be concerned about it,” said Hodgson, himself a former Liverpool manager.“There are still 20 games to play and no matter how Liverpool play they will come against a game like this. “Someone, somewhere will beat them against the odds.” last_img

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10 months ago​Howe refuses to rule out more Bournemouth signings

first_img​Howe refuses to rule out more Bournemouth signingsby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEddie Howe has not ruled out dipping into the transfer market again.The Cherries have signed Dominic Solanke on a permanent deal from Liverpool, while Nathaniel Clyne arrived on loan from the same club.But Howe feels there is more that could be done before the window shuts at the end of the month.Bournemouth are hoping their new signings can help them push up the table, where they are currently in 12th position. But they are only two points off 8th spot.The Cherries boss said to the Daily Echo on transfers: “It’s difficult to say with clarity yes or no. We are still looking at different areas.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Montreal emerges as luxury real estate hot spot Sothebys report says

first_imgVANCOUVER – Montreal is emerging as a luxury real estate “hot spot,” while Vancouver and Toronto sales should pick up this fall after somewhat sluggish times, according to a new report.Sotheby’s International Realty Canada’s rosy outlook comes despite a slew of policy changes, including some from Ottawa and a couple provincial governments designed to cool the country’s hot housing markets. However, Canada’s strong economic performance will boost the market in the coming months, says the real estate sales and marketing company.“The psychological confidence that people had in the marketplace was shaken by all of the different factors that were put in there,” said Brad Henderson, CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, of a recent drop in sales in properties of more than $1 million in Toronto.In July and August, sales of condominiums and houses over $1 million in Toronto fell 27 per cent compared to the same months the year before, according to the report. Transactions of properties over $4 million in the city fell by nearly the same amount — 28 per cent.Part of that drop came as buyers and sellers in Ontario grappled with a new 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers of properties in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region, which includes Toronto and several nearby areas, introduced by the provincial government in late April.Ontario followed British Columbia’s footsteps in the policy. The B.C. government implemented a similar levy on foreign buyers in the Metro Vancouver area in August 2016, and the province experienced a drop in luxury property sales shortly thereafter.In Vancouver, the report says, sales of luxury real estate over $1 million dropped 23 per cent in the first half of the year compared to 2016. But, sales increased five per cent during July and August, compared to the same months last year.Sotheby’s anticipated the Toronto market would pull back not only due to the impact of its foreign buyers’ tax, but also because of a move to stricter lending rules by the federal government last year, and two recent hikes in the benchmark interest rate from the Bank of Canada.While that tempered the psychological confidence in the Toronto market, Henderson said, it boosted people’s confidence in Quebec, where the provincial government has yet to intervene.In Montreal, sales of condominiums and homes over $1 million jumped 60 per cent year over year this July and August.Sotheby’s forecasts Montreal will “emerge as a strong leader on Canada’s luxury real estate landscape this fall,” according to the report.Henderson rejects the idea that growth is primarily coming from foreign buyers who have shifted away from the newly-taxed Vancouver and Toronto markets. Though, the report cites some anecdotal evidence of “an uptick in interest from foreign buyers seeking residences.”Instead, Montreal is an attractive place to live and work, Henderson said, with the added bonus of having comparatively less expensive real estate prices.Sotheby’s also anticipates “a brisk and active” market for luxury real estate in Toronto this fall and for Vancouver to regain momentum as a strong Canadian economy is expected to boost confidence and performance in the autumn months.In Calgary, the report says “tentative optimism is set to gain ground” as the city emerges from a recession.— Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

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US factories grew again in January but a bit more slowly

first_imgWASHINGTON – American manufacturers expanded again last month, though more slowly than in December.The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, reported Thursday that its manufacturing index dipped to 59.1 in January from a revised 59.3 in December. But any reading above 50 signals growth, and U.S. factories have been expanding for 17 straight months.Among 18 manufacturing industries, 14 grew in January, led by textile mills and makers of fabricated metal products. Export orders grew faster, while manufacturers’ new orders, production and hiring increased more slowly.Overall, American industry remains strong, thanks in large part to a pickup in global economic growth and a weakening dollar, which makes U.S. products less costly in foreign markets.Last week, the Commerce Department said orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rose 2.9 per cent in December, the fastest pace since June, lifted by a surge in orders for commercial aircraft. Excluding the volatile transportation sector, durable goods orders still rose a healthy 0.6 per cent.The American economy as a whole appears to be generally healthy. Economic growth clocked in last year at 2.3 per cent, up from 1.5 per cent in 2016. Unemployment has dropped to a 17-year low 4.1 per cent.last_img read more

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Snowplows ready for the snow in the North Peace

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A snowfall warning remains in place for the B.C. Peace, and Yellowhead Road and Bridge is getting ready for up to 15 cm of snow.Temperatures are expected to drop overnight which will create the potential for ice.  On top of the ice, the North Peace could receive anywhere from 10 to 15cm of snow.  In the South Peace, some areas could see up to 20 cm, and in the Pine Pass, it could be as high as 25 cm.Yellowhead Road and Bridge maintain the highways in the North Peace say they have a full staff working over the weekend in anticipation of the forecast and will be plowing and sanding throughout the storm. Expected heavy snow tonight with accumulations reaching up to 10cm. YRB will have full staff working through the expected storm to ensure safe travel. Be sure to drive to conditions and check #drivebc for important updates. #hwy97 #yxj— YRB North Peace Ltd (@YRBNorthPeace) November 3, 2018The City of Fort St. John also shared their snow clearing crews are ready for the storm.For updates on the roads, visit www.drivebc.ca or follow YRB on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the storm.If you spot a hazard or road condition contact YRB at 1-888-883-6688.last_img read more

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Fire Chief and Founder of Peace FM in Chetwynd passes away

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – A longtime member of the B.C. Peace passed away late Wednesday.Leo Sabulsky of Chetwynd passed away after battling cancer.  Sabulsky helped to launch Chetwynd’s only radio station Peace FM and later the TV station CHET TV.  Sabulsky was also the Fire Chief for the District of Chetwynd since 1998.The following was shared by Peace FM in Chetwynd: In the early evening of July 10th, 2019 – the most giving and tenacious man this world will ever know slipped away from us at the age of 67. Leo Sabulsky leaves behind his devoted and loving wife Janice and their three adoring children Aimee (Daniel and Maisee), Alesia (David, Mateus, Neves and Alyvia) and Michael (Tobi and Nicholas).Born and raised in Grindrod, BC – Leo grew up on the family farm with his father Nicholas, mother Mary and two siblings, Juanita and Dennis. Leo’s compassion and caring for animals was renowned and culminated in numerous awards through 4-H. In 1970 Leo was nationally recognized by 4-H Canada for his exemplary service and was awarded a two-month agriculture scholarship in Japan. Evident by his yearly display of flowers and vegetable filled greenhouse – Leo’s ability to reap harvest of greenery not suited for the region was always a testament to both his natural talent and obstinance.Leo was known far and wide as a selfless man whose sense of community knew no bounds. A man who,when told something couldn’t be done, went out and did it. This became part of who he was and he invited any opportunity to benefit those around him. An educator for 33-years, Leo had an unparalleled gift to connect and communicate with his students. His clever teaching style and passion for history, geography and agriculture is still spoken of with great fondness.As chairman of the Chetwynd Communications Society, Leo pursued his dream of creating Chetwynd’s own radio station. In 1997 he obtained the first “Class A” community radio licence in Canada and thus began the journey of CHET FM. Leo’s pursuits did not end there as he spearheaded the creation of CHET TV, CHAD FM and eventually all that would be known as Peace FM. Leo loved supporting the community and in particular, entertaining listeners with his weekly radio show, Leo & Friends.Leo first got a taste for firefighting at the age of 16 as a summer student with the BC Wildfire Service. He joined the Salmon Arm Volunteer Fire Department in 1976 and in 1977 upon arrival to Chetwynd joined the Chetwynd Volunteer Fire Department. Leo became Fire Chief in 1994 and remained so until his retirement in June 2019. Leo had an exceptional attendance record, even at the height of his illness and was known for his unconventional tactics and unending resolve. Leo’s call to service was tantamount to who he was. This community has lost an amazing teacher, a dear friend and a true hero.A memorial for Leo will be announced later this month. Should you wish to honour Leo’s name, donations can be made in his memory to the Kordyban Lodge in Prince George or the BC SPCA. The Sabulsky family actively encourages you to share your most cherished memories of Leo to assist us all in these times of grief.last_img read more

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