Community – Baisieux Thu, 23 Sep 2021 09:01:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Community – Baisieux 32 32 Gabby Petito update: As community mourns, more details emerge about her final days as Brian Laundrie’s search resumes Thu, 23 Sep 2021 08:28:00 +0000 The couple were visiting Western National Parks in their van before Petito disappeared – and although she had never lived in Utah, her love of nature and the time she spent there connects her. to the community, said the organizer of the vigil, Serena Chavez.

“We won’t forget you. We won’t let your light go down,” Chavez told the group. “We will remember other missing women or children. Their families are devastated and I can only imagine what Gabby’s family is going through.”

Petito’s remains were found in an undeveloped camping area in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming on Sunday. She was first reported missing by her family on September 11, after her fiance, Brian Laundrie, returned home to Florida after the trip without her on September 1.

Authorities searched a Florida nature reserve for laundry. And after his death was declared a homicide on Tuesday, the FBI turned to the public, asking for help in locating him.

Before moving to Florida, Petito worked as a hostess at Smoke on the Water in Wilmington, North Carolina, where her colleagues say she made everyone feel loved, according to CNN affiliate WWAY.

“It’s not just a name. It’s not just a business. She was a person, and she was very special to a lot of people and a lot of us here,” said the CEO. Lara Witschen at WWAY. “She was a good soul, a good spirit and touched so many lives. That’s why we want to be remembered.”

Witness says he saw “commotion” involving the couple

Petito’s story has become a national obsession for many, prompting digital detectives to tread the couple’s online trail in an attempt to resolve the case. History has also highlighted the tens of thousands of missing person stories that do not generate such intense interest; there were nearly 90,000 active missing persons cases at the end of 2020, according to the National Crime Information Center.

And that has led members of the audience to present tales of Petito’s last days.

Nina Angelo told CNN on Wednesday that she and her boyfriend, Matt England, saw a “commotion” as the couple left The Merry Piglets Tex-Mex restaurant in Jackson, Wyoming.

Angelo said Petito was in tears and Laundrie was visibly angry, entering and leaving the restaurant several times, showing anger towards the staff around the hostess booth. The couple’s waitress was also visibly shaken by the incident, according to Angelo, who told CNN she had not seen any violence or physical altercation between Petito and Laundrie.

A Merry Piglets official, who declined to give her name, told CNN she saw “an incident” at the restaurant on August 27 and called the FBI on Wednesday. The manager declined to describe what happened and said the restaurant did not have surveillance video of the incident.

Separately, Jessica Schultz told the San Francisco Chronicle that she saw Laundrie parked in a white van on August 26 at Grand Teton National Park, and no one appeared to be with him.

And in a series of videos on TikTok, Miranda Baker said that she and her boyfriend drove Laundrie on August 29 in Wyoming – and that he claimed he was camping alone for several days while Petito returned. in their van working on social media. posts.

Baker said they picked up Laundrie while he was hitchhiking in Colter Bay, Wyoming, which is not far from where Petito’s remains were found. He offered to pay $ 200 for the ride before even getting in the car, she said.

The search for laundry continues

Investigators, meanwhile, are focusing on finding Laundrie, who arrived at her parents’ home in North Port, Florida three weeks ago and has not spoken to police about the case.

His family told police he left the house with his backpack on Tuesday and told them he was heading to the nearby Carlton reservation.

Authorities have combed the reserve over the past few days and the search will resume on Thursday, according to Josh Taylor, communications manager for the North Port Police Department.

A team of about 10 divers from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office are participating in the search, according to Kaitlyn Perez, spokesperson for the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Underwater Recovery Force (SURF) team is highly specialized, Perez said.

The search for Gabby Petito's fiancé, Brian Laundrie, continues this week.  Here's why it was so hard to find him

“In the state of Florida we have some truly unique bodies of water, from marshes to beaches to lakes and everything in between.”

“These divers are specially trained and very talented in low visibility water bodies,” she said. “They dive where you and I can’t see anything at all. They use technology and other special equipment to help them descend deep, into very deep bodies of water.”

Commander Joe Fussell of the North Port Police Department said they have “deployed a lot of resources, and we are trying to cover every acre of that reserve.”

911 call from a domestic dispute

Florida Police said in a recent search warrant affidavit that Petito’s mother received a strange text on August 27 and that this was the last communication from her.

Petito, who was chronicling the couple’s trip to national parks, also stopped posting on social media at the time.

What women see when they watch Gabby Petito

Throughout the trip, the couple had regularly posted their trips online with the hashtag #VanLife, but those posts came to a screeching halt in late August.

Evidence from a 911 call regarding a “domestic conflict” involving Petito and Laundrie shows that the couple’s volatile relationship was not as ambitious as their sunny Instagram and YouTube lives suggested.

A man who saw the marital dispute between Petito and Laundrie in Utah last month said, “They were talking to each other aggressively, and something seemed to be wrong.”

In a handwritten affidavit, witness named Chris – whose last name was redacted in the document provided by Moab City Police to CNN – said it appeared the two were arguing over control of the Petito’s phone. “At one point she would hit him on the arm and / or face and try to get into the van.”

The witness said he heard Petito say, “Why do you have to be so mean? Though Chris added that he couldn’t be sure the comment was meant to be taken seriously. Moab City Police responded to the incident and the couple agreed to spend the night separately.

The City of Moab, Utah, is investigating the City of Moab Police Department’s handling of a possible domestic conflict, a city statement said.

CNN’s Randi Kaye and Kari Pricher, Leyla Santiago and Rebekah Riess, Amanda Watts and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.

Pottery company showcases cultivation installation at community meeting in Cummingington Wed, 22 Sep 2021 17:13:25 +0000

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CUMMINGTON – A community outreach meeting for a marijuana plant project on Bryant Road went without controversy on Monday.

“We really appreciated the opportunity to have a dialogue with the community,” said Ted Shagory, spokesperson for 0 Bryant Rd LLC.

0 Bryant Rd LLC is seeking to establish a cultivation facility on Bryant Road. This would be the company’s first marijuana production facility.

Kenneth “Trudge” Howes, who sits on both the select committee and the zoning appeal committee, said the meeting “appeared to have gone well.”

“There wasn’t too much controversy,” Howes said.

He said the company had questions about the size of the building, visibility and the smell of marijuana, and that there appeared to be no opposition to that.

“They answered all the questions that were put to them,” Howes said.

Shagory said he didn’t feel there was any hostility towards the project at the meeting, and that the questions three key questions were asked related to the environmental impact, the smell of marijuana and if the building was going to be a visual plague.

“All of those things that we took into account,” Shagory said.

Shagory said the company plans to alleviate marijuana odors and water runoff. As well as being set back from the road, he also said the property where the facility would be built is above the road.

“Unless you’re looking for it, I don’t think you’ll see it,” he said.

Regarding the dimensions of the facility, Shagory said his company was considering two 10,000 square foot buildings, with the idea being that the grow areas would be double stacked to accommodate 20,000 square feet of marijuana canopy.

Regarding next steps, Shagory said 0 Bryant Rd LLC is considering submitting an application to the Zoning Appeal Committee and the Cannabis Control Board.

A draft agreement with the host community has been submitted to the select committee, which it plans to discuss at its next meeting.

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Augusta commissioners seek control of city-owned community centers Tue, 21 Sep 2021 23:40:00 +0000

AUGUSTA, Ga (WRDW / WAGT) – Augusta commissioners are working to regain control of three community centers across town. For years at least three city-owned centers have been run by private organizations. But now city leaders say they want more oversight and more transparency.

A commissioner called it “The Elephant in the Room” what to do with the Jamestown Community Center.

This afternoon, the commissioners voted to bring Jamestown back under city control. But it’s not just Jamestown, two other community centers are involved because, under current agreements, commissioners believe there are too many holes in the way the money is spent.

“When I look at the centers and the way they operate now, we don’t have the kind of accountability and transparency that we need,” said Commissioner Alvin Mason, District 4.

Transparency for community centers that have left leaders in the dark.

“We pay for everything, we hardly get anything in return. It’s not a good deal, ”he said.

The three centers in question are all owned by the city but have been privately run as they have been for years. The city pays utilities to the centers and they have an agreement to get 10 percent of the revenue back. But there has been little oversight on how taxpayer dollars are spent on programming at the centers.

” There’s no time to lose. We don’t want a situation that will cause us to have eggs in our faces, which is basically what happens to us, ”Mason said.

This conversation comes as Commissioner Sammie Sias faces two federal charges related to allegations against his rule over the Jamestown Community Center. Sias ran Jamestown for over 15 years.

Reports show that there was approximately $ 240,000 of SPLOST funds dedicated to Jamestown, but no financial report showed how the money was spent or who spent it.

“I don’t think this should be a mass takeover,” District 2 Commissioner Dennis Williams said.

Augusta Park and Rec are ready to take over the centers with their staff, but some commissioners felt that taking over all three was unnecessary.

“If that’s the case, we can just do a 90-day audit or a 120-day audit, because it’s not that hard looking at the books and everything,” Williams said.

Commissioners also voted to update the deal for Eastview and WT Johnson to allow for more transparency.

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Community Behavioral Health Association of Maryland Transforming mental health care with the implementation of a care solution based on green space health measurement Tue, 21 Sep 2021 10:05:00 +0000

CATONSVILLE, Maryland – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – The Community Behavioral Health Association of Maryland (CBH) today announced the successful completion of its one-year pilot project to implement measurement-based care (“MBC”) under ‘a coordinated effort among its member organizations. This project is now being expanded in Year 2 and is partnering with Greenspace Mental Health, a leading provider of digital solutions that facilitate MBC in behavioral health, mental health and addiction treatment settings in America. North. To learn more about CBH Maryland’s coordinated MBC implementation, please watch this video at

The first year of implementing MBC and the Greenspace Mental Health solution consisted of 16 organizations across Maryland, including 690 clinicians and more than 10,000 clients. The pilot project demonstrated strong clinical adoption, positive client engagement and significant impact on the therapeutic relationship; with a client assessment above 78% and an average therapeutic alliance score of 82% (indicating the strength of the alliance between client and therapist).

The expansion of this project over the next year will revolve around two axes. First, CBH will analyze and leverage the captured clinical outcome data to help members make program decisions and improve quality. Second, the coordinated implementation of the MBC will be extended to include additional treatment organizations and clinicians.

Research has demonstrated the efficacy and significant clinical impact of MBC, but in translating MBC into practice, treatment organizations have faced several hurdles. These barriers include client buy-in, data analysis resources, and the administrative effort required to implement MBC effectively (whether using pen and paper or an electronic health record). The 16 participating organizations are leveraging innovative technology to overcome these challenges and reap the following benefits from the MBC:

  • Improving the quality of client care
  • Increased client engagement with care
  • Improved client-clinician communication and therapeutic alliance
  • Access to real-time, objective and client-reported data on treatment progress – inform program management, supervision and early identification of off-piste cases.
  • Visibility for organizations on their clinical results

“It was an important and very successful endeavor that enabled us to achieve our goal of improving care across Maryland, advocating for the funding needed to care for those in need of quality mental health support. in our state and also to show that a coordinated implementation of MBC in Maryland and any state is possible and will improve the quality of care in mental health services, ” noted Shannon Hall, Executive Director, CBH Maryland.

“The initial data we’re seeing shows improved client engagement results and provides additional insight into potential improvements in care so that those seeking mental health support receive the high-quality care they deserve. which is our ultimate goal. “

“Despite all the benefits of measurement-based care, it has not been widely adopted in the areas of behavioral health and substance use. ” noted Simon Weisz, President, Greenspace Mental Health, The Community Behavioral Health Association of Maryland is leading an impressive initiative by bringing together 16 organizations across Maryland to improve mental health care in the state; and show the industry as a whole the effect coordinated data collection and its active use can have on everyone seeking behavioral health services.

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Greenspace is transforming mental health systems by improving the way mental health care is accessible, measured and delivered. Its measurement-based care platform enables mental health providers and organizations to implement consistent, evidence-based measures in their practice. This model has a significant impact on patient outcomes; while generating valuable data for organizations to improve care. For more information, please visit


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]]> Watch Now: Heartland Community College to Offer Immunization Clinic Wednesday | Health Mon, 20 Sep 2021 22:53:00 +0000


BLOOMINGTON – Heartland Community College will offer the Johnson & Johnson single injection vaccine on Wednesday.

While the clinic will be held on campus and will cater primarily to students, members of the public are also encouraged to get vaccinated, spokesman Steve Fast said.

The injections will be administered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in room 2413 of the Student Commons Building.

Among the counties in central Illinois, McLean County continues to lead the percentage of the population fully vaccinated.

On Monday, the Illinois Department of Public Health said 53.5%, or 92,489 county residents, had received both the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the Johnson & Johnson single dose.

McLean County’s percentage is now higher than Champaign County (at 53.3%) and falls just behind Sangamon County, which, like 54.6% of its county, is fully vaccinated, by IDPH.

Illinois’ overall rate is one percentage point higher than the local rate, which as of Monday was 54.5% of fully immunized residents.

To date, more than 184,151 doses of the vaccine have been administered in McLean County.

The McLean County Health Department said 135 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the region over the weekend.

There are now 21,617 cases since March 2020. Of all the known cases, the MCHD considers that 20,839 have recovered.

No additional deaths were reported.

Hospitalization statistics remained stable on Monday, with the MCHD reporting a total of 87% of all beds in the county as being used, along with 85% of intensive care beds.

Between OSF St. Joseph and Carle BroMenn medical centers, there are 27 people considered COVID patients, a drop of two over the weekend. Carle Health’s internal COVID dashboard reported 19 of these patients in its normal hospital, four of whom are in intensive care.

MCHD also reported that there are now 28 McLean County residents hospitalized inside or outside the county due to COVID. That’s an increase of two people over the past three days.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not removed the county from its designation as having a “high” level of community transmission. McLean County hit that level in early August and hasn’t recovered since.

CDC estimates as of Saturday report 265 cases per 100,000 people in the county.

The percentage of tests that came back positive for COVID over the past week edged down on Sunday, down to 3.1% from 3.6% on Thursday.

More than 475,400 tests have been performed since last March, placing the county at a cumulative positivity rate of 4.5% overall.

Communities near Fort McCoy work to welcome Afghan refugees Mon, 20 Sep 2021 11:59:12 +0000

On the highway between Fort McCoy – where thousands of Afghan refugees have been living temporarily since last month – and the city of Sparta, a hand-painted blue and white sign reads “Fuhrer Biden” except that the “i” in Biden is a swastika.

The two neighboring US Army base communities, Sparta and Tomah, voted 52% and 57% for Donald Trump in 2020. Monroe County as a whole voted 61% for Trump. Only 41% of the county is fully immunized and none of the cities have exceeded 50% immunization, according to state health records.

Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers across the country and Wisconsin fear that Afghan refugees – most of whom were American allies during the 20-year war in the country – are dangerous.

A congressman from Montana said on Twitter last week that he was “strongly opposed” to the relocation of 75 Afghans to his state. After visiting the base last month, Senator Ron Johnson expressed concern about the process used to screen Afghans before they arrived in Wisconsin.

Yet despite the political and historical forces swirling around the grassroots and political leanings in the region, when an expected new population of over 13,000 settled nearby between the two towns of around 9,000, the answer was – mainly – what could the residents do to help.

“I think there are a lot of questions and not a lot of answers at the moment,” says John Stuhlmacher, who heads the operations of Team Rubicon, the organization responsible for coordinating the distribution of donations. on the base. “It’s normal for people to ask questions. A new community has just appeared between two communities larger than those before. What we’ve seen is support and they want to start right.

Relocation supplies gathered by members of the Lutheran Church of Peace are expected to be shipped to Milwaukee. (Henry Redman | Examiner from Wisconsin)

Community members say there has been negative comments on social media, but most people have rushed to donate what they can and volunteer to welcome their new neighbors to the area.

“I’m not going to say that there haven’t been negative responses from people,” says Dawn Lindberg, pastor at the Lutheran Peace Church in Tomah. “There are those who wonder why we would help them. As my role as a pastor, one of my roles is to remind people that we are called to love and serve others. We love and serve our God and we love and serve others. And it doesn’t matter who these others are – they’re our neighbors down the street, but they’re also our neighbors across the world – that’s what we try to do the best we can is take care of them and to serve them. ”

Lindberg church members donated household items to support the Afghans when some of them were finally relocated near Milwaukee. A meeting room in the church is full of boxes and bags full of pots and pans, cleaning supplies, and other necessities.

Fort McCoy has a long history of hosting refugees, and Lindberg says she hopes people in surrounding communities see this as a positive reflection on where they live – without giving in to fear of the unknown.

“We have taken in refugees in the past,” she says. “For some people who paint a negative picture, others see it as a positive thing. So I think in Tomah there is a struggle. And yet, how do you keep moving forward while taking care of others? And how do we share this message over and over again and remind people that they are people too, just like us? And they want safety, comfort and care just like us?

“I don’t think there are easy solutions, but I think the more we can share our own experiences, positive experiences, I hope the more we can remove the barriers that prevent us from taking care of others,” adds Lindberg. “Hatred, violence, the things that are so easy to hold onto and yet I don’t think that’s what we’re called to. Yeah, so there’s work to be done, no doubt about it and educate and learn more and grow. But I hope, I hope that we are going in that direction.

Judy Donaldson looks at photos from her trip to Afghanistan in 2003. (Henry Redman | Wisconsin Examiner)

Since the arrival of the Afghans last month, Judy Donaldson has hardly stopped moving. She helped start a Facebook group to coordinate donations and community response, she has worked to educate her most skeptical neighbors – constantly reminding herself that she lives in an “incredibly generous” community.

Last Tuesday Donaldson wavered between excitement and frustration.

That morning, the television channel La Crosse News8000 reported that Afghans had been forced to queue for hours for leftover food while others were hungry. Later, the Wisconsin State Journal reported that many people now living on the base did not have a change of clothes and were forced to wear the same underwear that they had left Afghanistan day after day.

A spokesman for Fort McCoy said the lack of food was due to “supply chain issues” which have now been resolved. U.S. Representatives Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) Have requested an investigation on the “possible mistreatment and / or neglect” of Afghan refugees at the base.

Stuhlmacher says it’s been a challenge coordinating all the donations that come in and getting what’s needed on the base, but the generosity of the community and Wisconsin as a whole has been amazing.

“It’s a lot at once,” he says. “To collect all the belongings, mainly what we handle is the clothes, they can only evacuate in the clothes they are wearing. [They need] several sets of new and clean clothes so that they can change clothes and maintain their dignity, it is a logistics lift to obtain several sets of clothes for 12,000 people. You need three t-shirts for everyone, so 36,000 shirts, 36,000 pairs of underwear. Bring it in, sort it, make sure it’s culturally appropriate, and have it distributed. Working with the Department of Defense, State Department, State of Wisconsin, County of Monroe is really a total community response to be able to handle this. ”


But Donaldson, who traveled to Afghanistan in 2003 to work with a humanitarian organization, also had just learned that volunteers would be allowed into the base to help set up women’s sewing centers and rooms. of games for children. After weeks of itching to get on the base, she was finally going to be able to go directly to help the people who had just moved in next.

“These are people who have helped us. These are people who have been persecuted. These are the people we need to help, ”she said. “At first I was like ‘Oh my God’, they come here between Sparta and Tomah, they go to a rural county, really? But then I kind of tapped into my own self and remembered how incredibly generous this community is. “

Community members say Fort McCoy’s status as a place that can accommodate so many people when they need help is special to them, and they need to make sure neighboring towns do their best.

“It’s a unique honor to see Fort McCoy as a place that can truly handle a humanitarian crisis and welcome people,” said Lindberg. “And of the people who are on base that I spoke with, they were just impressed with the way it was handled. And there are definitely hiccups, of course you can’t bring 13,000 people – we don’t have 13,000 people in our town – without there being hiccups, but I really think it was okay. managed. And I think we’re still Tomah and Sparta. And I hope that will give us the opportunity to be the best that we are.

Donations new clothing can be made at Salvation Army locations across Wisconsin.

Community Profile: Ivan Jackson strives to keep LIFT-UP in the mix to tackle local food insecurity Mon, 20 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0000

Lift-Up’s new director, Ivan Jackson, fills a cooler with perishable food at the Rifle Lift-Up store before it’s distributed.
Chelsea Self / Post Independent

Ivan Jackson joined LIFT-UP as the new Executive Director in August.

Originally from London, Jackson worked in the Boulder area before coming to Garfield County and brings a long history of working in communities in the non-profit sector. So far, he has mainly focused on sports programs for young people.

Jackson has resided in the United States for over 25 years, most recently outside of Boulder.

He and his wife Kate have a blended family of six children.

LIFT-UP, which stands for Life Interfaith Team on Unemployment and Poverty, has served Garfield County and the greater Roaring Fork Valley area for 40 years.

What brought you to USA / Colorado?

I had the opportunity to work for a nonprofit youth track and field program in the United States about 25 years ago.

Schooling ?

Diploma in Business Administration


My wife Kate and I have a blended family of six children.


Family hike.

What prompted you to work in the non-profit sector?

Giving back to communities, especially after what we have been through for the past 18 months. The pandemic made me realize how lucky I am and how family we are. The idea of ​​helping people survive on a daily basis seemed very important to me and a task that I wanted to undertake.

What experiences have prepared you for your current role at LIFT-UP?

I have a long history of working in communities in the non-profit sector, primarily focused on youth athletic and mentoring programs. I have been managing director for 10 years.

What are your goals for the organization?

Build on the great work and reputation that LIFT-UP staff and board of directors have developed over nearly 40 years to reduce food insecurity in the “valley”.

Are there any parallels / contrasts between poverty in the UK and here in the US that you can talk about?

Unfortunately, food insecurity exists in the UK as well as the US, but when I lived in the UK I was not involved in solving the problem.

Any observations during the pandemic from which we can draw lessons in terms of covering basic needs?

During the pandemic, food insecurity increased dramatically and the community response to meet these needs was remarkable. Continuing to work with the community and continuing to raise awareness about food insecurity is essential if we are to help address the ongoing problem.

Senior Journalist / Editor John Stroud can be reached at 970-384-9160 or

Joint statement by IGAD, R-JMEC, representatives of the African Diplomatic Community, Norway and UNMISS on the situation in Tambura – South Sudan Sun, 19 Sep 2021 09:09:18 +0000

Juba, September 19, 2021: A joint delegation of international partners in the South Sudan peace process visited Tambura, Western Equatoria State, on September 16, 2021, to encourage peaceful solutions to the conflict that has resulted in the deaths and deaths of civilians, the displacement of more than 80,000 people, the destruction of private and public property and the suspension of humanitarian operations.
The delegation concluded that unless urgent measures are taken by the revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity to end the fighting, there is an imminent risk that further escalation will endanger vulnerable populations, exacerbate the conflict. dire humanitarian situation and threatens the successful implementation of the revitalized 2018 Agreement on Conflict Resolution in the Republic of South Sudan. From the engagements with local stakeholders, it has become clear that the root causes of the conflict can only be addressed through the full implementation of the Accord and, most urgently, the unification of forces and their deployment. .
The delegation included representatives of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (R-JMEC),
Ambassadors and diplomats from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Norway, Sudan and Uganda, the Acting Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) and the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
The delegation urges an immediate cessation of hostilities and welcomes the Presidency’s decision to investigate recent events through a Joint Defense Council team, led by Lieutenant-General Wesley Welebe.
It also awaits with interest the implementation by the Government of its recommendations, in particular the withdrawal of the fighting forces from the area and the recall to Juba of the leaders of the various factions.
The delegation calls on national and state governments to take immediate steps towards the separation of forces and to undertake initiatives of dialogue and reconciliation between communities to defuse tensions. The delegation calls on local authorities and community leaders to ensure the safety and security of aid workers so that life-saving assistance can resume in earnest.
The protection of civilians and assistance to internally displaced persons are primarily the responsibility of the Government. However, the delegation will continue to support the Government and people of South Sudan, including by strengthening the capacity of rule of law institutions.
The delegation commends UNMISS for its efforts to protect civilians, including the establishment of a temporary base in Tambura with increased patrols to deter violence and facilitate the collection of food and water by the local population, complemented by its engagement with political and traditional leaders to promote dialogue and reconciliation.
The mission was carried out as part of the continued efforts of UNMISS to strengthen cooperation and coordination with international partners to promote sustainable peace, security and development in South Sudan.

24 new community cases of Covid-19 today | 1 NEWS Sun, 19 Sep 2021 01:02:04 +0000

There are 24 new cases of Covid-19 in the community in New Zealand on Sunday, all in Auckland, public health director Caroline McElnay confirmed.

The total number of cases in this outbreak is now 1,050, of which 361 remain active.

Twenty-one of the new cases have been epidemiologically linked to the outbreak. The other three are under investigation.

There are now 13 people with Covid-19 hospitalized, including four in intensive care. There are seven cases at Middlemore Hospital, five at Auckland City Hospital and one at North Shore Hospital.

There are 1,215 contacts currently managed, of which 85 percent have been contacted and 87 percent have received at least one test.

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The numbers came the day before Auckland learns whether it will exit Alert Level 4 next week. Source: 1 NEWS

Currently there are 134 places of interest on the Department of Health website.

As of Saturday, 13,833 tests for the coronavirus were processed in New Zealand, adding to a total of 3.23 million in New Zealand since the start of the pandemic.

Also on Saturday, 53,386 doses of Covid-19 were administered in New Zealand, including 28,946 first doses and 24,440 second doses.

Over 4.68 million doses have been administered in New Zealand in total.

There are no new cases at the border.

However, two previously reported cases were reclassified as non-cases, resulting in a net increase of 22 cases on Sunday.

This means that the total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand since the start of the pandemic is 3,704.

There was a positive detection of wastewater in a sample from Pukekohe collected on Wednesday, which follows a positive detection a week earlier and then a non-detection on Friday.

“The result is believed to be linked to known cases in the region,” the health ministry said.

Auckland remains at Alert Level 4, while the rest of the country is at Level 2. Cabinet will meet on Monday to review the country’s alert levels.

McElnay was joined by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for Sunday’s update.

Dar intensifies its exchanges with the East African Community (EAC), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Sat, 18 Sep 2021 10:25:08 +0000

The Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) stated that there has been an increase in trade between Tanzania and countries of the East African Community (CAE) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) since the arrival in power of the Sixth Phase Government. TPSF President Angelina Ngalula made the remarks when she met yesterday with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in East Africa, Ambassador Liberata Mulamula in Dar es Salaam.

She said that trade and bilateral relations between Tanzania and neighboring countries like Kenya, Uganda and Burundi have intensified, thanks to the growth of economic diplomacy. “Trade between Tanzania and other countries in the region has witnessed remarkable growth in the short time since the sixth phase government came to power,” she said, adding that this means the government actively involves the private sector to stimulate business and attract investment.

“The friendly environment created by the government with the private sector has contributed immensely to the improvement of trade between Tanzania and the CAE and SADC countries. ”Ms. Ngalula welcomed President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s decision to include investors and businessmen from TPSF during her visits to some of these countries which have helped her to meet their counterparts. For her part, Minister Mulamula assured the TPSF friendly government relations, based on the belief that the private sector is the engine of economic growth. Amb. Mulamula asked TPSF to ensure that they establish a database to facilitate the government’s plan to connect the private sector and business people as well as with foreign investors.

In another development, Amb. Mulamula spoke with Mr. Stefan Oswald, Head of the Africa Department at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Dr Oswald told Minister Mulamula that Tanzania is the first country to be visited by Federal Foreign Ministry officials due to the positive sign of changes on issues related to diplomacy and development relations with other nations of the world shown by President Samia Suluhu Hassan.

He said talks between President Samia and German Chancellor Anjela Merkel, focused on creating a favorable investment climate, prompted the visit of officials from the Federal Foreign Ministry. He said Germany was ready to cooperate with Tanzania and other African countries to improve their economies due to the effects of COVID-19.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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