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Pennsylvania Launches Website to Help Seniors and People with Disabilities Find Services Near Home

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first_img Human Services,  Innovation,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Seniors Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the launch of the Pennsylvania Link to Community Care website, which connects older Pennsylvanians and individuals with a disability or behavioral health need to services and support available in their community.The Pennsylvania Link to Community Care website provides users with a wide variety of resources including a home care directory and an information referral tool.“We have been working hard to help individuals with a disability and older Pennsylvanians to live where and how they choose, just as any of us would want,” Governor Wolf said. “This new website is a tremendous tool to help you or your loved one make the best and most informed decision about care and services.”The website is a collaboration between the departments of Aging (PDA) and Human Services (DHS), and serves as an extension of PDA’s Aging and Disability Resource call center. With this online resource the commonwealth is adding to its continuing efforts to help Pennsylvanians locate and get the best use of services at the local level.“Our capacity to link seniors and their families with community resources is critical to helping them live and age well at home,” said Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne. “Today’s launch empowers older Pennsylvanians and their caregivers to proactively explore the service options that are available to them as they seek to remain independent and age in place.”The site features 12 service and support categories, including Advocacy, Behavioral Health, Employment, Finance, Health Care, Housing, In-Home Services, Legal, Meals, Protection from Abuse, Support Groups, and Transportation.Users can find information about organizations, services, and programs within these categories. One major component to the site is its home care directory, which connects individuals to in-home services available in their county. More than 350 in-home service providers appearing on the searchable directory may offer personal care, assistance with activities of daily living, companionship services, respite care, and/or habilitation services.“We are committed to serving Pennsylvanians where they want to be – in their homes and communities,” said DHS Acting Secretary Teresa Miller. “This website is a great resource to connect an individual to the services they need to provide a choice in where they live.”Following the launch of Pennsylvania Link to Community Care, the departments of Aging and Human Services will continue to enhance the website using data and feedback from users, and expand the resources and information provided throughout the site. If you are a provider licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and would like to appear on the home care directory, you may submit your information by navigating to the footer of the site and clicking on “Apply.”To learn more about the Pennsylvania Link to Community Care website, or to find information on resources available in your county, visit www.carelink.pa.gov. November 16, 2017 Pennsylvania Launches Website to Help Seniors and People with Disabilities Find Services Near Homecenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Alvin H. “Spike” Retzner

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first_imgAlvin H. “Spike” Retzner of Sunman was born on August 30, 1922 in St. Nicholas, Indiana, a son to Edward and Cecelia Brunsman Retzner. He served his country in WWII as part of the United States Army Air Corps.  Alvin married Eliza Moser Collins on June 2, 1962 at St. Nicholas Church and she preceded him in death on December 28, 2004.  He worked and later retired from Hill-Rom, was a 72 year member of the Kenneth L. Diver Post #337 Sunman American Legion, and was a member of Sunman Fish and Game.  Alvin loved to fish, enjoyed reading, spending time with family and was known as a great story teller.  On Saturday, January 23, 2016, at the age of 93, he passed away at St. Andrews Health Campus in Batesville.Those surviving who will cherish Alvin’s memory include his daughter, Mildred Faye Lewis of Connersville; son-in-law, James W. Mobley of Connersville; 3 grandchildren, James A. (Sherri) Mobley of Batesville, Elizabeth Faye (Don) Hoegeman of Batesville, and Shirley Renae (Kevin) Woodhull of Connersville; 23 great grandchildren, 21 great, great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews, including 2 very special ones – Joann Amburger of Sunman and Louis Retzner of Cincinnati. Besides his wife and parents, Alvin was preceded in death by all his brothers and sisters.Visitation will be on Friday, January 29, 2016 from 10 a.m. till 12 noon at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman. A Mass of Christian burial will begin at 12:30 p.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Church.  Burial follows in the church cemetery with military honors provided by the Kenneth L. Diver Post #337 Sunman American Legion.The family requests memorial donations to Sunman Life Squad or St. Nicholas School. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home and its staff are honored to care for the family of Alvin Retzner.last_img read more

Williams stops Sharapova

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first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Serena Williams has never lost in the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Neither has Novak Djokovic.A key difference between the defending champions is that Williams beat the most-experienced and highest-ranked challenger in her half of the draw when she extended her streak to 18 consecutive wins against Maria Sharapova with a 6-4, 6-1 quarter-final victory yesterday.Williams said she wasn’t aware that she had won the Australian Open all six previous times she won her quarter-final match, “but that’s good”.”It’s not a stat that’s set in stone,” Williams said. “I still have to win two matches.”Five-time champion Djokovic, after beating No. 7 Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2, 6-4, still has a daunting semi-final match against Roger Federer, who has won four of his 17 Grand Slam titles in Australia.Federer reached his 12th Australian Open semi-final, and 39th in a Grand Slam event, with a 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-4 win over No. 6 Tomas Berdych. He hasn’t gone past the semi-finals at Melbourne Park since winning the title in 2010, but he’s a serious obstacle for Djokovic.They’re 22-all in career head-to-heads, with Djokovic catching up since usurping Federer in the rankings.TRICKY TIEBREAKERThe tiebreaker will be tricky. Djokovic lost only one of his 28 Grand Slam matches in 2015 – to Stan Wawrinka in the French Open final – and has won 37 of his last 38 matches at Melbourne Park, a run that includes four titles.He beat Federer in the Wimbledon and US Open finals last year, but Federer was back contending for titles.”Any round feels like finals because of the fact that we are, you know, big rivals. We played so many times against each other,” Djokovic said. “There’s a lot of tension. There’s a lot at stake. I’m expecting a great fight in two days.”In the women’s semi-finals, Williams will be facing fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, who beat No. 10 Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-3. Radwanska has won one of her previous four semi-finals at a major, but never won a Grand Slam title.Williams is 8-0 against Radwanska, including their meeting in the 2012 Wimbledon final.Williams said she couldn’t explain her 11-year domination of Sharapova – she has won 19 of their 21 meetings overall – except to say she rises to the big challenges.”When I play her, I know automatically I have to step up my game,” said Williams, a 21-time major winner. “I think that makes me play better.”last_img read more

“We Need ETUs, Others, To Save Nimba County Lives from Ebola

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first_img“We need Ebola Treatment Centers and other anti-Ebola equipment, including ambulances, food and other basic health materials to save Nimbanians from contracting the deadly Ebola virus disease,” Dr. Collins Boah has said. Dr. Collins, who is the County Health Officer for Nimba, made the passionate appeal to the Liberian government and other prominent citizens of the county during the fund raising dinner program in support of the Ebola prevention and Interventions.The Fund Raising Dinner program, held at the Monrovia City Hall last Saturday, brought together government officials, prominent citizens of Nimba County and supporters.According to Dr. Collins, it is sad that majority of the Nimbanians are dying in numbers everyday from the deadly Ebola Virus disease.He said it cost US$225 per vehicle daily to fuel ambulances bringing patients to Monrovia ETUs and testing centers.Ebola Virus is a very expensive disease, he observed, stressing the need for the government and the citizens of Nimba to involve themselves actively in the fight against the virus.“Everyday day and night we have dead bodies in the streets and in homes, even while our people are keeping sick people in their houses.  So we need to see how best to get ETUs and ambulances to help carry out contact tracing .”Dr.Collins indicated that if the support is not given to the health workers in the county, he fears that Ganta will be locked down and health workers will stop work because of the dangers they face.He used the ceremony to call on the Nimba Caucus to get to various towns and villages in Nimba to educate the people both in English and the local languages, Gio, Mano and Mandingo, about the disease.  He urged the citizens not to hide any sick or effected persons in their homes.Dr. Collins also complained that the citizens throw stones at the burial teams and health workers in the county which had led to three health workers being injured and the damage of two ambulances in the county.“If the people of Nimba don’t put stop to rioting the health workers, an if there is  no protective gear, food and medication for our people, we are sorry that the nurses will stop work and we will not hold them responsible because they are humans and needs to be protected,” Dr.Collins warned.At the same the Executive Director of Liberia Crusaders for Peace(LCP)  Ambassador Juli Endee joined Dr.Collins to appealed to the Government and Nimba citizens to help  support the health workers by  making  sure the county have ETUs,protective gears,food,medications and useful items to save the lives of  our children, women and citizens in the county.Cultural Ambassador Endee, treasurer of the Nimba County Anti-Ebola Resource Mobilization Committee (NCACRCM),   educated the audience on the danger of the deadly Ebola virus  and how it is destroying the lives of the Liberian people.   “Ebola can kill but most importantly it can be eradicated from our counties and country, we are appealing to everyone to help us get treatment centers in Nimba and save the lives of our children, women and citizens,”Amb. Endee pleaded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pellegrini ‘not concerned’ by job pressure despite latest loss leaving Man City’s title chances in tatters

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first_img1 Under-pressure Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists he is unconcerned about his job despite seeing his side’s Premier League title chances left in tatters on Monday night.Crystal Palace stunned the defending champions with a 2-1 home victory to leave City nine points adrift of leaders Chelsea, who still have a game in hand.They now sit in fourth place, behind rivals Manchester United and Arsenal, with seven matches remaining and while Pellegrini was left to lament his side’s missed chances against the spirited Eagles, the boss attempted to deflect pressure away from himself and his team.“I’m not concerned about my job; that is one thing I am never concerned with,” said the Chilean following Monday’s loss.“I never have fear about it, I do my work, I’m very happy. The team maybe have a difficult season but never worry about me.“We are not thinking about Chelsea, or about the title. We are just trying to win our games.”Goals from Glenn Murray and Jason Puncheon – beating Joe Hart with a wonderful free kick – proved enough to secure the three points, despite Yaya Toure’s thunderbolt giving City hope with ten minutes remaining.But there was more than a hint of offside about Murray’s strike, with both the striker and Scott Dann appearing to be beyond the last man, while Murray was also involved in controversy at the other end when the ball hit his arm in the penalty areaAnd City boss Pellegrini was left to rue his side’s rotten luck as his side saw their trophy chances all but slip away.“It was a clear offside. Also it was a clear penalty,” he added. “But with the way we played we must win this game.“It’s difficult to understand the result, we played a good game from the beginning to the end, we had a lot of chances to score.“Although the second goal was a beautiful free-kick, it’s the only thing I remember near our box, so it’s difficult to understand but football happens like this.” Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini last_img read more

The Sharks are the team to beat in the Western Conference

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first_imgWINNIPEG, Manitoba — Captain America is Captain Clutch, and apparently, Mr. Jet Killer, as well.Joe Pavelski lifted the Sharks to a 5-4 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, scoring his sixth game-winning goal of the season by chipping in a pass from Timo Meier on a two-on-one play with just 3.6 seconds left in regulation. Pavelski also scored the overtime winner when the Sharks beat the Jets in Winnipeg back on Feb. 5.With the win, the Sharks maintained a one-point lead for first place in …last_img read more

Shangaan electro master signs with UK record label

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first_imgNozinja, the creator of Shangaan electro. Photo: Warp Records By Anne Taylor5 April 2014One of the boasts South Africans are fond of repeating is about the richness of our multicultural country. A veritable melting pot. And here’s proof: South African artist and DJ Richard “Nozinja” Mthetwa, who has taken the icons of his culture and blended it with South African rave culture to create what he’s termed “Shangaan electro”.This week, independent British record label Warp announced this week that they’d signed Nozinga, who is just about to embark on a European tour. They say:Nozinja is the South African artist famous for creating the revolutionary dance movement dubbed “Shangaan electro”. A 21st century reboot of local folk tradition, Tsonga disco, kwaito and South African house, Nozinja has transcended these reference points to dream up an innovative and iconic Afro-futurist strain of electronic dance music. There is nothing quite like a Nozinja production: it is home-grown rave music in its purest form. Nozinja grew up in a small village in Limpopo, home of Shangaan culture. He later moved to Soweto, where he ran cellphone repair shops. According to a compelling profile on the Guardian, Nozinja “vowed to take Shangaan music and dancing worldwide – all from the confines of a soundproofed shed in his back yard. Nozinja is now a producer, artist, video director and promoter, and over the last decade he’s made around 25 albums in the Shangaan style”.Nozinja two-month European tour kicks off in the UK at the end of April. Paris, Berlin and Utrecht are also on the itinerary. He’ll be in Poland at the Tauron Nowa Muzyka Festival at the end of August.What I love best, to be honest, are the jawdropping, heartbeating visuals: see Mr Nozinja’s channel on YouTube. That’s what I’m talking about!last_img read more