Jason Green, the emergency medical services chief for the Overland Park Fire Department, spent more than a month at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission — including 18 days on a ventilator — fighting COVID-19. Green’s prognosis wasn’t great, and at one point intensive care staff thought he wasn’t going to make it.Now, after recovering from the virus and being reunited with his wife and two daughters, Green wanted to show appreciation for his critical care team.Thursday morning Green and his family surprised his caregivers with a special show of appreciation in front of the hospital. Green said he wanted to thank the team that gave him the opportunity to see his oldest daughter off to Kansas State University in fall 2020.“It’s really important to me to recognize you all because it’s just very humbling to be in the condition that I was in when I woke up and to be as vulnerable as I was, not be able to walk, not be able to stand,” Green said. “I just want you to know how much I appreciate you.”As a 27-year OPFD veteran, Green said he knows serving the public comes with its ups and downs and it can be difficult to remember that you are making a difference. To remind his care team of the difference they made in his life, Green gave each team member a fire department challenge coin.Members of Green’s critical care team respond to the special thanks they received from their former patient and his family.Ally Minyakov, an intensive care unit nurse, took care of Green every day for two weeks, she said. COVID-19 patients are not allowed visits from family members because the virus is so contagious and it was difficult to watch Green fight the illness alone, she said.Green’s wife was able to visit at one point after his condition worsened and the team thought he would not survive. When Minyakov received word that Green was well enough to come off the ventilator, she said she “literally jumped” out of her seat.“I know I speak for all the nurses that took care of you that it’s seriously such a blessing to see you standing here today with your family,” Minyakov said. “We’re just so grateful that you did this, and I think your story is going to give other people fighting COVID-19 and their families hope that they can pull through.”
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ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Michael MuckianCredit union lending during the second quarter of 2014 was the strongest it’s been since 2005, according to Callahan & Associates’ 2Q14 Trendwatch.The Washington, D.C., consulting firm today released data showing that credit union lending overall saw nearly 10% year-over-year growth during the second quarter. Specifically, credit unions enjoyed double-digit growth in first mortgages, new auto loans, used auto loans and member business lending. Consumer loan originations increased 60% compared to the first half of 2013 and 90% compared to the first half of 2012. continue reading »
Some say the COVID-19 global pandemic is really “ruining” their lives. I agree that the pandemic has caused drastic changes in everyone’s life.GAZETTE COVID-19 COVERAGEThe Daily Gazette is committed to keeping our community safe and informed and is offering our COVID-19 coverage to you free.Our subscribers help us bring this information to you. Please consider a subscription at DailyGazette.com/Subscribe to help support these efforts.Thank YouBut instead of viewing my life as being ruined, I like to believe that this has opened my eyes. My eyes are finally seeing the world in a new light. For one, we have been truly privileged and, at times, ungrateful.Students my age are complaining about having classes online and having to remain at home or in their off-campus apartments.But what about the young adults all over the world who can’t attend college at all?People are annoyed that they can’t go to the gym or salons. But what about the people who are forced to live in hiding due to their country’s dictator?I know I am taking a dramatic approach. But seriously, we have been far too ignorant for far too long. There are so many things to be grateful for during this time.Be grateful for having your family and loved ones.Be grateful for having a roof over your head and food to eat. Be grateful for your health.As I have started to incorporate these new mindsets into my present daily life, I’ve been spending more time with my family. I had forgotten how important quality family time was, as I was always “too busy.”It always seemed there’d be enough time for that. Did we all believe the coronavirus couldn’t touch us? That we, as Americans, were untouchable?When I think about what it’s been like for me being in self-quarantine, I’ve found myself guilty of these mindsets at times.Yes, I wish I could go get my nails done and go to the gym with my friends. I wish I could still go out on the weekends or shop at the mall.But once I really reflected on everything, it all started to click for me.People are dying. People have to go home to their abusers or to no home at all.Kids are starving because they relied on school meals to get fed. People are losing their jobs and unable to support their families. The people who still do have jobs are risking their own health, every day for the rest of us. And that’s just in our own country. But as this pandemic has proven to many families, life is unpredictable and shouldn’t be something we take for granted. Just the other night, my grandmother, mother and I, created our own at-home salon. We did our own nails and face masks while reminiscing on past times together.When the night had ended, I was no longer thinking about how much I wished I could go to the mall or the nail salon down the street.I was thinking about how, in this moment, being with them was all I needed. I never really thought about what a need and a want truly are. But for so long, I’ve considered so many things necessary that truly are not.I am one of the lucky ones going through this. These “inconveniences” everyone keeps talking about have become something I want to personally start considering blessings.All of these precautions being taken are not inconveniences if it means saving someone’s life. So, the lessons of the COVID-19 virus, to me, is that life in the U.S. is a privilege that for so long so many of us have forgotten.The lesson is that we should be grateful for what we have and not what we don’t.The lesson is that we should all look at this as a wakeup call, because what happens when the virus is overcome and life goes back to normal?Will we go back to the way things were, along with the mindsets we’ve all carried for so long? Or will we reflect on this terrifying period of our lives as a chance to change?A chance to be better. Not only ourselves, but as a country. Alexis Varamogiannis, a native of Syracuse who grew up in Loudonville, is a second semester junior at the University at Albany. She is a communications and sociology major, with a minor in journalism. GAZETTE COVID-19 COVERAGEThe Daily Gazette is committed to keeping our community safe and informed and is offering our COVID-19 coverage to you free.Our subscribers help us bring this information to you. Please consider a subscription at DailyGazette.com/Subscribe to help support these efforts.Thank YouMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusHIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regsEDITORIAL: Don’t repeal bail reform law; Fix it the right way Categories: Editorial, OpinionFor The Daily GazetteAs I’ve been stuck in my adolescent bedroom for the last couple days, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on the entirety of our country’s current crisis.
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Sam Houston State 34, Villanova 31 VILLANOVA, Penn. – Quarterback Jared Johnson passed for 303 yards and three touchdowns and the Bearkat defense held off a late Wildcat charge as No. 19 Sam Houston defeated No. 5 Villanova 34-31 to advance to the FCS semifinals. Swimberghe broke the tie five minutes into the fourth period with a 30-yard field goal as Sam Houston went up 27-24 after an eight-play, 39-yard drive. The score was set up by a short Wildcats punt. Johnson and Brown hooked up again to start the second half, this time for a 66-yard scoring pass to put Sam Houston up 24-16 only 18 seconds into the period. The Wildcats looked on the verge of at least forcing overtime with a first down at the Sam Houston 26 with less than a minute to play. But a quarterback sack by Mouf Adebo, an incomplete pass and a delay of game penalty had kicker Chris Gough attempting a field goal from 51 yards out. The attempt was wide and the Kats head to the FCS semifinals for the third time in four years. “This was a great game between two good football teams,” Sam Houston head coach K. C. Keeler said. “We’re excited to be in the final four. My hat is off to Villanova and (head coach) Andy Talley. They found out right before the game their best player and team leader wasn’t going to play. But they fought hard and their backup quarterback did a great job.” Keshawn Hill led a Bearkat rushing game that accounted for 151 yards on 46 attempts. Hill carried 20 times for 75 yards. Johnson added 32 yards on 12 carries and Jalen Overstreet rushed nine times for 30 yards including the game winning one-yard TD with 4:03 to play. The Bearkats responded with a 10-play 75-yard drive to surge back in front 34-31 after an one-yard Overstreet touchdown with 4:03 to play. Yedidiah Louis’s 18-yard reception to the Wildcats 17 was a key play for Sam Houston. Brown caught six passes for Sam Houston for 174 yards. Yedidiah Louis led the Kats with seven receptions for 64 yards. Johnson completed 22 of 27 passes including TD throws of two and 66 yards to LaDarius Brown and a four-yard score to Gerald Thomas. Johnson and Brown started the show for Sam Houston early as the pair teamed up for a two-yard touchdown pass just 3:39 into the game. A blocked punt by Josh Lyons set up the five-play, 17-yard drive. Cory Hamlett recovered the punt block for Sam Houston. Linebacker Tristan Eche led the Kat defense with 11 tackles (10 solos). P. J. Hall accounted for nine stops including two for losses to run his season total TFLs to 29. Three-time defending national champion North Dakota State and Sam Houston met in the FCS national championship game in both 2011 and 2012. The Kats will face their old nemesis No. 2 North Dakota State next week at the Fargo Dome. Sam Houston has defeated three FCS top 10 teams to reach the semifinals. After Sam Houston’s first punt was downed on the Wildcat one-yard-line, Villanova drove 99 yards in 13 plays as Polony faked a handoff on fourth-and-two at the Sam Houston 36 then dashed around left end untouched into the end zone. Villanova took a 13-7 lead with 23 seconds left in the opening period. Johnson opened the second quarter by leading the Bearkats on a 12-play, 80-yard scoring drive. The sophomore quarterback hit Gerald Thomas for a four-yard score with 9:54 left in the period. The drive started with a 51-yard pass from Johnson to Brown to put the Kats on the Villanova 29-yard line. With Walter Payton award candidate John Robertson sidelined by a concussion, Villanova’s backup quarterback Chris Polony took over to accounted for 288 yards in the aid and 87 yards on the ground. The Bearkats” 17-13 margin was brief as Villanova drove 36 yards in four plays after the kickoff to set up a career-long 46-yard field goal by Chris Gough as the first half ended with Sam Houston up 17-16. Villanova struck back immediately. A 54-yard touchdown pass from Chris Polony to Poppy Livers completed a six-play, 90-yard scoring drive with 9:31 to play in the first quarter. Kevin Monangai broke loose for a 58-yard scoring run and Polony found Kevin Gulyas in the back of the end zone for a successful two-point conversion to tie the game 24-24 with 9:36 remaining in third. “Jared Johnson did a great job for us today as he’s been fighting the flu the past two days,” Keeler said. “We had him wearing a mask and staying in his own room and got him out of the infirmary when we left Thursday morning.” Polony answered by leading Villanova on a nine-play 67-yard scoring drive. The quarterback gained the final yard himself on a roll-out to the right as the Wildcats took a 31-27 lead with 7:15 to play. With 29 seconds left before halftime, Luc Swimberghe kicked a 32-yard field goal to complete a 10-play, 54-yard drive. A 30-yard scramble by Johnson to the VU 39-yard-line was the drive’s big play.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek dry bulk shipowner Diana Shipping managed to return to the black in the fourth of 2018.The company delivered a net income of USD 2.9 million and net income attributed to common stockholders of USD 1.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018. In the same period a year earlier, Diana Shipping recorded a net loss of USD 436.9 million and a net loss attributed to common stockholders of USD 438.4 million, including a USD 422.5 million impairment loss.Time charter revenues reached USD 62.9 million, rising from USD 48.9 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2017. The increase in time charter revenues was due to increased average time charter rates that the company achieved for its vessels during the quarter and was partly offset by decreased ownership days resulting from the sale of two vessels in December 2018.For the full year, Diana Shipping’s net income and net income attributed to common stockholders amounted to USD 16.6 million and USD 10.8 million, compared to a net loss and net loss attributed to common stockholders of USD 511.7 million and USD 517.5 million reported in 2017.Time charter revenues were USD 226.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2018, surging from USD 161.9 million achieved in 2017.Separately, Diana Shipping commenced a tender offer to purchase up to 5,178,571 shares, or about 4.9%, of its outstanding common stock using funds available from cash and cash equivalents at a price of USD 2.80 per share, on February 27.The Board of Directors determined that it is in the company’s best interest to repurchase shares at this time given Diana Shipping’s cash position and stock price.