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Nguyen and senior staff take pay cut as pandemic rips through Oxnard
4/23/2020 5:40:31 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- As residents reel over job and business losses caused by COVID-19, the City of Oxnard faces some difficult times ahead as it loses large amounts of tax revenue due to businesses staying shut down.   The city already faces a budget deficit during the fiscal year 2019-2020 and made significant cuts this year to keep going.   Chief Financial Officer Kevin Riper spoke about the item and said the city's financial fortunes changed quickly because of COVID-19.   He couldn't believe...

How to prepare for your pet in case you get COVID-19
4/23/2020 5:17:35 PM

KANAB, UT—As coronavirus/COVID-19 continues to plow its ruthless path across the United States, the topic of preparedness, or the lack thereof, is discussed continuously. While there are many levels of preparedness we can’t control, as individuals, family members, friends and neighbors—as pet guardians-- there are things we must do to be ready for when we are personally touched by this crisis. But what happens if caregivers get sick? Best Friends Animal Society has assembled a Pet Preparedness Plan, available in English and Spanish, to help pet parents ensure that...

Elba and wife, recovering from coronavirus, to help others
4/23/2020 4:34:33 PM

By Louise Dixon   LONDON, UK—Even though they only had mild symptoms, Idris Elba says he and his wife had their lives “turned around” after contracting the coronavirus, calling the experience “definitely scary and unsettling and nervous.” “You know, everyone’s sort of feeling the way we have been feeling, but it has definitely been sort of just a complete upheaval,” he told The Associated Press late last week. But the British actor feels that there are life lessons to be learned, and the pandemic serves as a reminder that...

SZA, ‘Boss’ to headline COVID benefit for home state’s ‘most vulernable’
4/23/2020 4:32:10 PM

NEW JERSEY—Bruce Springsteen will top a bill of diverse performers raising money to fight the impact of COVID-19 on New Jersey’s most vulnerable citizens. The one-night event—today, at 4 p.m.—featuring Bruce Springsteen, Whoopi Goldberg, Halsey, Chelsea Handler, Charlie Puth, Kelly Ripa, Jon Stewart and SZA among others, will raise funds to fight the impact of COVID-19 The broadcastwill feature New Jersey’s biggest champions and celebrities participating from their homes. This recognition of New Jersey’s strength and character will also include...

Beyoncé, Gaga offer hope at all-star event fighting COVID-19
4/23/2020 4:28:42 PM

By Mesfin Fekadu   NEW YORK (AP)—Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Lizzo, Shawn Mendes and others sang classic songs brimmed with messages of hope and change during a TV special aimed at fighting the coronavirus, while Beyoncé and Alicia Keys spoke passionately about how the virus has disproportionately affected Black Americans. Beyoncé made a surprise appearance on Saturday's TV special “One World: Together At Home,” thanking “delivery workers, mail carriers and sanitation employees” for their hard work during the...

Broadway star Nick Cordero has leg amputation due to virus
4/23/2020 4:27:34 PM

By Mark Kennedy   NEW YORK (AP)— Tony Award-nominated actor Nick Cordero has had his right leg amputated after suffering complications from the coronavirus, his wife says. Amanda Kloots on Instagram wrote late Saturday that Cordero “made it out of surgery alive and is headed to his room to rest and recover.” Cordero had been treated with blood thinners to help with clotting in his leg, but his doctors had to stop the treatment because it was causing internal bleeding. “We took him off blood thinners but that again was going to cause some...

Virus exposes U.S. inequality. Will it spur lasting remedies?
4/23/2020 4:15:31 PM

By Paul Wiseman   WASHINGTON (AP)—The sick who still go to work because they have no paid leave. Families who face ruin from even a temporary layoff. Front-line workers risking infection as they drive buses, bag takeout meals and mop hospital floors. For years, financial inequality has widened in the United States and elsewhere as wealth and income have become increasingly concentrated among the most affluent while millions struggle to get by. Now, the coronavirus outbreak has laid bear the human cost of that inequality, making it more visible and potentially...

Nursing home workers, owners describe heavy toll of virus
4/23/2020 4:13:15 PM

By Dave Collins   HARTFORD, Conn. (AP)—Cambar Edwards says the coronavirus has taken a heavy toll at the Connecticut nursing home where she has worked for the past 24 years, as more than 30 residents have died and many employees are home ill or scared to go to work. She is a certified nursing assistant at Kimberly Hall North in Windsor. Representatives of the 150-bed home told The Associated Press Friday night that 33 residents there have died from COVID-19, 16 residents have tested positive for the virus and another 66 are presumed positive. “We really are...

Cultural and Community Services reviews COVID 19 response
4/19/2020 12:21:44 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- The Cultural and Community Services Committee received a report April 14, on the Cultural and Community Services's response to the COVID 19 pandemic.   Director Terrel Harrison updated the committee and said usually, people think of the department doing recreation activities for the youth and seniors, plus operating the Oxnard libraries and arts programs.   The department closed its senior centers, RSVP Programs, the Oxnard Special Population Program, and the city's boxing gyms because of...

Community Services Commission approves La Colonia Boxing Gym Dr. Manuel Lopez Youth Center name change
4/19/2020 12:06:56 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—The Oxnard Community Services Commission has recommended that the City Council rename the La Colonia Boxing Gym to the La Colonia Boxing Gym Dr. Manuel Lopez Youth Center at its Apr. 14 meeting.   Lopez was elected to the Oxnard City Council in 1978 and became mayor in 1992. He served on the council until 2004.   Lopez had an impact on many city organizations and committees, as he also was part of the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce, the Community Relations Committee, the Housing Authority, Planning...

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