Costner urges Iowans to sow seeds for Buttigieg rise

first_imgThe actor who starred in a classic baseball movie based in Iowa came to the state Sunday to make a political pitch for presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.Kevin Costner indirectly mentioned The Field of Dreams. “This has been a really sweet place for me, this state.” Costner, instead, started by telling a crowd of more than 12-hundred in Indianola that he’s a registered independent. “Neither party owns my vote. They don’t get it automatically,” Costner said, to applause. Costner said in ordinary times, he’d just cast his vote and go back to work, but Costner said he’s worried we’ve become a nation in perpetual crisis. “Moral courage speaks with a certain clarity,” Costner said. “…It’s our job to listen and not get fooled.” Costner never mentioned President Trump during his 12-minute speech. Costner didn’t say the last name of the candidate he’s endorsed, either, merely referring to him as “Pete.” “He won’t compete to be the loudest. I won’t see his arms flapping,”Costner said and murmurs rose from the crowd, “…and he doesn’t have to yell.” Costner closed by saying every four years Americans get a chance to hold the course or demand something better.“That power, that awesome responsibility originates here on the ground in Iowa. What you do with your vote is to put those first seeds in the ground and see what grows next year,” Costner said. “There’s a chance to come out of Iowa with a path lit and the way cleared toward a future that we are done waiting for…It wouldn’t be my place to tell you what to do with this chance. I just want to invite you to listen with me and see if you hear what I hear.”There are just six weeks left before Iowans head to the February 3rd Caucuses and Costner’s Sunday afternoon endorsement event comes as candidates compete for attention over the holidays. Olympic gold medalist Michele Kwan was here last weekend on behalf of Joe Biden and two weeks ago movie star Rosario Dawson was here to campaign with her boyfriend Cory Booker.last_img read more

Mason City council to consider second reading of ordinance establishing Reinvestment District

first_imgMASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City tonight will consider the second reading of an ordinance that would establish the Reinvestment District that’s part of the River City Renaissance project. With the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board of Directors conditionally approving the city’s project as part of the Iowa Reinvestment Act, it set the commencement date for the district on January 1st of this year so it can start capturing the five-percent state hotel-motel tax and two-thirds of the state sales taxes generated inside the reinvestment district during a 20-year period. The city will use the funds to retire the debt incurred when developing the projects, with the state rebating the funds to the city on a quarterly basis. The council meets tonight at 7 o’clock in the Mason City Room of the Public Librarylast_img read more

WIND CHILL ADVISORY for Worth, Winnebago, Cerro Gordo, Hancock, Kossuth, Franklin, Butler, Floyd, Mitchell, Mower MN, Freeborn MN and Faribault MN from Midnight tonight until 9:00 AM CST Thursday.

first_img…WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 9 AM CST THURSDAY FOR WORTH, WINNEBAGO, CERRO GORDO, HANCOCK, KOSSUTH, FRANKLIN AND BUTLER COUNTIES…* WHAT…Very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as 25 below zero.* WHERE…Much of northern Iowa.* WHEN…From midnight tonight to 9 AM CST Thursday.* IMPACTS…The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…Use caution while traveling outside. Wear appropriate clothing, a hat, and gloves.…WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 9 AM CST THURSDAY FOR FLOYD, MITCHELL AND MOWER MN…* WHAT…Very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as 30 below zero.* WHERE…Portions of north central and northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota.* WHEN…From midnight tonight to 9 AM CST Thursday.* IMPACTS…The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…Use caution while traveling outside. Wear appropriate clothing, a hat, and gloves.…WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 9 AM CST THURSDAY FOR FREEBORN MN AND FARIBAULT M…* WHAT…Very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as 35 below zero.* WHERE…Portions of central, south central, southwest and west central Minnesota.* WHEN…From midnight tonight to 9 AM CST Thursday.* IMPACTS…The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…Use caution while traveling outside. Wear appropriate clothing, a hat, and gloves.last_img read more

Mason City’s city administrator says government continues to run as smooth as possible during pandemic (AUDIO)

first_imgKGLO News · Ask the Mayor — April 29, 2020 — Mason City city administrator Aaron Burnett MASON CITY — Despite having to restrict access to city buildings and altering the format of some meetings, city governments across north-central Iowa continue to operate as smoothly as feasible.Mason City’s city administrator Aaron Burnett says they’ve implemented as many steps toward safety as possible. “We’ve tried to telework as many employees as possible to get them away from the buildings. I think that staying at home, it’s the message that we send out to the public is stay at home if you can, and I think from a city standpoint with employees we take the same approach. The safest place for that employee is to stay at their house and not be exposed to other people, but obviously that doesn’t work for most of the things that cities do. We have been happy that we’ve been able to get almost 15% of the workforce to a telework scenario, and that’s providing the best level of protection for those individuals.”Burnett says other protocols have been put in place for those who aren’t working from home.  “The rest of the positions we’ve tried to distance within buildings, provide personal protective equipment to those higher-risk positions. We now have Zoom meetings for almost everything. Even if we’re in the same building, we’ll have a Zoom meeting so we don’t have exposure from individual to individual. There’s also a lot of cleaning efforts, whether they are public spaces or just spaces for employees, we really want to make sure everything is cleaned.”Burnett says when it comes to the city’s response to the pandemic, a lot of the costs will be covered by federal money.   “On the cost side for the COVID response, we’re seeing some overtime, we’re seeing some increased purchases. Fortunately a majority of those will be covered by public assistance through FEMA, so that disaster recovery, that public assistance will help cover a lot of the local costs that we incurred in direct response to COVID.”Burnett made his comments on the “Ask the Mayor” program on AM-1300 KGLO earlier today. Listen back to the program via the audio player below.last_img read more

LIVE: TV demand forces delay of Mayweather-McGregor

first_img“We will delay the start of the main event slightly to allow for systems to get on track. We do not expect a lengthy delay.”Saturday’s fight is tipped to break pay-per-view television records, with some estimates saying it could surpass the 4.6 million buys that Mayweather’s 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao drew.The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight was also subject to delays as television providers struggled to cope with demand.[View the story “Floyd does it in 10th” on Storify]Share on: WhatsApp Las Vegas, United States | AFP |  A surge in pay-per-view television demand forced a delay to the start of Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor’s Las Vegas superfight on Saturday.A statement from Showtime Sports said the start of the fight, due to begin at around 9pm local time had been pushed back.“Due to high demand, we have reports of scattered outages from various cable and satellite providers and the online offering,” Showtime said.last_img read more

Finished at 23, eSports players peer nervously into retirement

first_img“Most people’s peak probably was when they were 21 or 22,” said Shields.“But from an objective sense, it’s absolutely not true.“The idea that in your late 20s you’re just completely done… it doesn’t seem to fit with sport.”– Social skills –Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling said that growing riches in eSports — the best players are multi-millionaires — are keeping gamers playing longer than ever.The 26-year-old has earned close to $2 million, according to, and is now coach of Newbee having retired as a player after injury.“Five or 10 years ago you retired because you wanted to settle down and you couldn’t support yourself in eSports,” said the Canadian.“Now we’ve clearly reached the point where you can begin to do that (support yourself).“Sports players can play into their 40s so I don’t see why you can’t in eSports.”As the scene matures and money tumbles in, there will be growing opportunities for retired gamers in the business, management and media of eSports, said Roman Dvoryankin, general manager of wants to employ a sporting director but there simply is not a candidate out there because many of the first generation of gamers are still playing.He dismissed accusations that many eSports players lack the social skills to thrive after they stop pro gaming.“They are totally fine at communicating with other people, just not face to face,” he said.“But it’s not a unique eSports thing, it’s a generational thing.“People think they are just sitting at their computers, but the fact is they are talking a lot — but they are just chatting (online).”Share on: WhatsApp eSports careers can be lucrative, but they are often short.Shanghai, China | AFP | As the first generation of professional gamers enters retirement, eSports is forced to confront a vexed question: after years spent killing rivals in a virtual world, what next?It is a quandary that comes far earlier than in most sports — in the most frenzied eSports games, players can be finished by 23 because reactions supposedly slow after that.Milliseconds can be fatal in the online battlegrounds of eSports, a fast-emerging world where the financial rewards are rocketing.There is a record prize pot of $33.7 million — and still growing — this week in Shanghai at The International, a world championship where players compete in Dota 2.In Dota 2, a multiplayer game featuring a “Phantom Lancer” and a “Chaos Knight”, players often talk about a comparatively late cut-off point of age 30.“People think that at that age you’re slow, you’re not good enough, but I think it’s a mythical number,” Jingjun “Sneyking” Wu, 24, of the Newbee team, told AFP.Michael “Ninjaboogie” Ross, of Dota 2 rivals Mineski, hopes to defy the age barrier.He has spent more than half his life gaming, but at 27, retirement is already looming.“Hmm, now that’s the one thing I’ve never really thought about,” he said, when asked what he plans to do next.– Burnout –According to those with knowledge of the scene, the “What next?” question is a hot topic among pro gamers.Coaching an eSports team or becoming a commentator or analyst are prime among the options after hanging up their keyboards.But a few say that after spending up to 12 hours a day practising, and in some cases with their eyes and wrists suffering, they are looking forward to escaping the sport.Duncan “Thorin” Shields, a self-styled eSports historian, said that burnout is a major reason why gamers tend to retire so early.But he also told his YouTube channel on a segment about retirement that teams have been too quick to dispose of older players and experience has been undervalued.The good news for the likes of Wu and Ross is that this seems to be changing and retirement ages are creeping up.last_img read more

Child reportedly abducted from local church by mother

first_imgAuthorities in Miami are currently searching for a 38-year-old woman who reportedly abducted her 7-year-old daughter while the child was at a church.7-year-old Saniyya Florence were last seen Saturday around 3:00 pm in the area of Northwest 12th Avenue.Authorities are now searching for her mother, Dynovia Randle.Randle is described as 5-foot-2, 170 pounds. She was reportedly last seen wearing a short blue dress. Saniyya was last seen in a red jumper.They may be traveling in a beige Chevrolet Silverado with Florida license plate IRW C02.If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to contact call Miami police at 305-603-6300 or 305-579-6111.last_img

America celebrates the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11

first_imgOn July 20th, 1969 Neil Armstrong famed the words “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”The nature of his words were a result of landing on Earth’s moon via the Apollo 11 mission with fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin.With Walter Cronkite on the call that day, and nearly every American watched in awe as we planted the American flag on the soil of the moon.Relive the experience below:last_img

PBC Schools Introduce New Menu Items, Free Breakfast for All

first_imgThe days of bad cafeteria food may be coming to an end.The Palm Beach County School District is set to introduce new items on their menu, and some students had a chance to taste test the offerings before their big debut on the first day of school.The new items include chicken parmesan sandwiches, crispy mandarin chicken salads, seasoned red beans, fiesta omelets, and falafel.Allison Monbleau, the District’s Director of School Food Service, says that her team is also working with local farmers so that when items get picked, they get to a distributor and then to the schools that same week. She adds, “They’re getting fresh corn cobbettes, fresh green beans, strawberries; we try to do that throughout the whole school year so at least once a week we have something on the menu.”This year, the district is also expanding the dinner program, which offers a five component meal at some schools before students go home for the night.Free breakfast is also available for all students, regardless of financial need.The first day back to school in Palm Beach County is Monday August 12.last_img read more

New Jobless Numbers in the Millions

first_imgWeekly jobless claims numbers are out and they’re still in the millions and Florida unemployment numbers are part of the biggest increases. The Labor Department says 4.4 million Americans filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week. That’s pretty much right in line with what analysts were expecting and is down from the previous week’s more than 6.5 million new claims.The total claims for the past five weeks adds up to 26-million as the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on the nation’s economy. The biggest increases in claims were in Colorado, New York, Missouri, Florida, and North Carolina.Just 40,193 Floridians who have filed for unemployment since March 15 have received their benefits, according to a new website the state launched Monday.That’s less than 3% of the more than 1.5 million claims filed since mid March when the state saw a record surge in people furloughed or fired of work because of the coronavirus.last_img read more