Restrictions lifted on camping in time for start of summer season

first_imgDES MOINES — The Memorial Day weekend start to the camping season looked to be dampened like a lot of other things until the announcement that coronavirus restrictions would be lifted early.Department of Natural Resources director, Kayla Lyon, made the announcement at the governor’s daily briefing Wednesday. “We will be opening all modern restrooms, show building and cabins at our Iowa state parks starting this Friday, May 22nd, in time for the Memorial weekend,” Lyon said. “This means campgrounds will be open to all campers — including R-Vs, pop-ups and tent camping.”Lyon says not everything will be back to normal in the state parks. “Youth group campsites will remain closed as well shelters, lodges, playgrounds, other group camps, museums, and visitor centers,” she said.Lyon says they will continue some of the restrictions designed to maintain social distancing. “Only campers with overnight reservations will be allowed. No visitors. Only campers occupying the individual campsite will be allowed to gather around the campfire — no guests or large groups,” according to Lyon. “Only six overnight occupants per campsite will be allowed unless the immediate family contains more than six. Communal picnic tables and grills are open at your own risk.”Lyon said the D-N-R will be keeping an eye on the campgrounds to see how things go. “It is our hope that we can revisit these restrictions as things evolve. We have been and will continue to be thoughtful when phasing in more park amenities in accordance with the Iowa Department of Public Health and C-D-C guidelines to protect both our guests and our hardworking staff,” Lyon said.The campgrounds had opened on a limited basis on May 15th. The D-N-R says 75 percent of campground sites can be reserved. You can go to to find out about the availability of campsites or to make a reservation.last_img read more

KT McFarland: Gen. Flynn and I were ‘ambushed’ as part of an FBI ‘Setup’

first_imgFormer Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland joined the 850 WFTL South Florida Mornimg Show to explain how she says the FBI “setup” former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and her in an attempt to target President Trump during their Russian collusion investigation.“[Flynn] was treated the same way I was treated, which is [being] ambushed by the FBI, try to trick us into committing crimes we had no intentions of committing, trying to charge us with perjury crimes and, in Flynn’s case, they tried to use his son as blackmail against him to plead guilty for a crime he didn’t commit,” McFarland explained.McFarland says the FBI used the same tactics against her and White House boss Flynn when agents told her that the purpose of their requested interview was to get information about possible links to Russian meddling in the U.S. election. McFarland said she complied but didn’t realize at the time that she was part of a “setup.”McFarland also referenced former FBI Director Jim Comey admitting in an interview with MSNBC in 2017 that he ignored protocol by sending agents to the White House to interview Flynn.“In General Flynn’s case, they did the same thing. They lulled him into thinking ‘Well, you’re not a subject, you’re not somebody under investigation. The whole time, they were targeting him, they were targeting me, and they were really targeting President Trump,” McFarland said.“They set Flynn up, they set me up, they set other people up, but the real goal for them was to go after President Trump. We were collateral damage. They didn’t care about whose lives they ruined. They wanted to go after President Trump.”McFarland also reacted to Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan’s “activist” decision to allow legal experts and other outside parties to oppose the Justice Department’s motion to drop the case against Flynn. Instead of simply signing off on the wishes of the DOJ, the judge punted which is usual protocol when the prosecution and the defense attorneys are in complete agreement.“I just wish the best for General Flynn and his family and I sure hope they can move on soon and get on with their lives,” McFarland said.Although Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in 2017, the Justice Department argued last week that the FBI had an insufficient basis to question Flynn in the first place and that statements he made during the interview were not material to the broader counterintelligence investigation into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.Judge Sullivan wants to now charge Flynn with perjury for withdrawing his guilty plea.last_img read more

Top-flight rinks gearing up for Doug Bothamley Memorial Cashspiel

first_imgOrganizers have 18 confirmed rinks for the three-day event, the largest field ever.Rinks are represented from the Okanagan, East Kootenay as well as Nelson, Trail and Castlegar in the West Kootenay.The rinks include many from the BC Men’s Curling Championship held last February in Nelson.Along with the Ursel rink are Chris Ducharme of Creston and Mark Longworth of Vernon — both rinks were at the BC Men’s tournament — Myron Nichol of Castlegar, who lost of Ursel in the 2015 final.The Bonspiel is being held at the Nelson Curling Rink and is free for spectators, so come down and watch some competitive curling.  First draw is at 7 pm Friday night.Visit for more information or contact garry.beaudry@gmail.comor for entry information. Bob Ursel’s Kelowna rink, minus the Provincial Seniors Champion skip, is back to defend the 2015 crown at the Doug Bothamley Memorial Cashspiel this weekend at the Nelson Curling Club.The Ursel rink is one of many top provincial foursomes looking for a cash payout at the annual Heritage City cashspiel.last_img read more

Thompson, Brownlee lift depleted Ginebra over Phoenix to gain top spot

first_img8-4 in rounds: Peñalosa believes Ancajas won fight vs Santiago Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Ginebra climbed to the top spot with a 5-1 slate while Phoenix slipped to fourth at 5-2.Thompson dazzled with 12 points, 14 rebounds and six assists while Brownlee topscored with 34 that went with 15 rebounds and six assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissDevance, who is also dealing with an injury, added 15 points while Tenorio chipped in 10 points, five assists and four steals.Matthew Wright led the Fuel Masters with 27 points on 5-of-5 shooting from 3. Eugene Phelps also recorded a double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds. LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments PBA IMAGESBarangay Ginebra continued to win despite being riddled with injuries, this time beating much-improved Phoenix, 101-99, in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday at Xavier University Gym in Cagayan De Oro City.The Gin Kings played minus four vital cogs including big men Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar and still drew enough contributions from key mainstays Justin Brownlee, Scottie Thompson, Joe Devance and LA Tenorio to come away with their fifth victory.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Ebola Drug Brincidofovir Trial Ceases at ELWA 3

first_imgThe trial of the Ebola experimental drug, brincidofovir, has been terminated at the Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) due to the significant drop in the number of new Ebola cases, the aid agency has announced.MSF said it stopped the trial on February 3rd.“For the results to be scientifically valid, the experimental drug needs to be tested on large numbers of patients. With patient numbers decreasing at MSF’s center in Monrovia over recent weeks, it was not possible to achieve any conclusive results,” MSF said in a statement Monday.The aid agency also disclosed that low patient numbers are also proving to be a challenge for the other trials in which it is involved within West Africa. However, it maintained that it is determined to do everything it can to make those trials produce useful results.“In Guinea, MSF is currently facilitating a trial of the antiviral drug favipiravir, while a trial using the blood plasma of Ebola survivors started at the end of January.”The international organization said in Liberia, it is not involved in any other Ebola clinical trial. “We’re relieved that there are fewer patients infected with the Ebola virus in Liberia,” says Duncan Bell, MSF ELWA 3 project coordinator.  “While it’s disappointing not to have a definite outcome for the trial, and not to have an effective treatment for Ebola, it is extremely encouraging to see the number of Ebola cases decreasing in Liberia”.The brincidofovir trial was led by Oxford University. The trial into a potential treatment for the disease was launched in early January.The protocol of the trial was validated by the Ministry of Health, the Liberian Ethics Committee, the MSF Ethical Review Board, the Oxford University Ethics Committee and was reviewed by the WHO Ethics Committee.Brindicofovir is an antiviral drug that has been taken by over 1000 people for other viral infections. It has also been taken by a handful of Ebola positive patients in the United States and Europe. It has not been taken by enough Ebola patients to determine if it is an effective treatment for Ebola. It is an oral medication, taken in tablet form.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cahill ‘devastated’ as Hull’s Mason forced to retire with head injury

first_img“Devastated to hear today’s news from Ryan,” tweeted Cahill. “Competing for a corner is something we’ve done thousands of times and to see those consequences for a top professional like Ryan is heartbreaking,” the England centre-back added.“Sending all my love to him and his family, and wishing him all the best for the future”.Earlier, Mason announced that, despite his best efforts, he was calling time on his football career. “I can confirm that following specialist medical advice I am having to retire from playing professional football,” Mason said in a statement. “I have worked tirelessly in order to be able to return to the pitch.“Unfortunately, having taken expert medical advice I now have no option but to retire due to the risks involved given the nature of my injury.“I am and always will be eternally grateful for the incredible network of people around me who have helped me to recover from what was a life-threatening injury in January 2017.”Former Tottenham Hotspur player Mason was capped once for England, in a 1-1 draw with Italy in Turin in March 2015.“I am so proud to have come through the ranks to play for my club, the club I love,” he said. “To have had the honour of captaining the team fills me with immense pride.“Finally, representing my country is an honour that nobody can ever take away from me and something that I am so proud to have achieved.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ryan Mason began his career at Tottenham before joining Hull in 2016 © AFP/File / GLYN KIRKLondon, United Kingdom, Feb 13 – Gary Cahill said he was “devastated” after Hull City and England midfielder Ryan Mason announced his retirement from football on Tuesday after failing to recover from a fractured skull caused by their accidental clash of heads.The 26-year-old was involved in a sickening collision of with Chelsea defender Cahill at Stamford Bridge in January 2017 and has not played since.last_img read more

Truck bomb levels Mosul police station

first_imgBAGHDAD – A suicide truck bomb killed as many as 16 people and wounded more than 50 others when it destroyed a police station in the northern city of Mosul on Tuesday, according to a Health Ministry official there. It was not clear how many Iraqi policemen were among the dead and wounded. Some news reports quoted officials as saying that the police death toll was four. One witness, Ali Mishal, said the bomber evaded blast walls and other defenses near the police station by approaching on side streets. “The explosion was huge, and the windows of all the houses in the neighborhood were blown out by the huge power” of the blast, he said. The attack followed a bombing in central Baghdad on Tuesday that an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said killed at least four people, including two Iraqi policemen, and wounded 20 others. Witnesses offered differing accounts of whether the bomb was detonated during a suicide attack or had been stowed in a parked car, but they agreed that it struck an Iraqi police patrol. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.One worker who narrowly survived the blast and gave his name as Khalid said he had just bought cigarettes from a sidewalk vendor in front of the car containing the bomb. He then walked back toward the travel company where he works. “As soon as I got into the company, the huge blast struck, breaking all the glass into pieces,” he said. In Kut, south of Baghdad, 56 Iranian prisoners were released and delivered to Iranian diplomats on Monday, according to the Kut governor’s office. All had been charged with illegal entry into Iraq and sentenced to one year in prison. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Manchester City star charged with misconduct by FA over betting

first_img1 Martin Demichelis in action for Manchester City against Manchester United Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis has been charged with misconduct in relation to betting by the Football Association.An FA statement read: “It is alleged the player committed 12 breaches of FA Rule E8 concerning football matches between 22 January 2016 and 28 January 2016.“He has until 5pm on 5 April 2016 to respond to the charge.”A worldwide ban on betting on football came into force on August 1, 2014 for all those involved in the game.Rule E8 states: “A Participant shall not bet, either directly or indirectly, or instruct, permit, cause or enable any person to bet on – (i) the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in, a football match or competition; or (ii) any other matter concerning or related to football anywhere in the world, including, for example and without limitation, the transfer of players, employment of managers, team selection or disciplinary matters.”Players are also banned from knowingly providing inside information to any other person for the purpose of betting and from promoting betting activity.last_img read more


first_imgThe 10K has gone from strength to strength over the years.The North West 10k committee is now inviting charities interested in benefiting from next May’s race and walk to make application for consideration.Applications can be sent to Anne Condon at Letterkenny Chamber, Grand Central Complex, Canal Road, Letterkenny by Friday, January 30th or by email to 18th North West 10k charity event takes place on Sunday, May 3rd in Letterkenny. 30 charities have benefited to the tune of nearly €700,000 since 1997.  DOES YOUR GROUP WANT TO BENEFIT FROM THIS YEAR’S NORTH WEST 10K? was last modified: December 28th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sand’s clutch shot leads McKinleyville over Fortuna in Niclai first round

first_imgMcKinleyville >> In a game where big time players were making big time shots for both teams, it was Mason Sand’s final shot that meant the most.The McKinleyville junior hit a 20-foot jump shot to break a 59-59 tie with less than 20 seconds left to give the Panthers a 65-61 win in the first round of the Dick Niclai Tournament on Tuesday at McKinleyville High School.Sand, who had gone scoreless in the first half, scored nine of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, including the jumper at the …last_img read more