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Horror in Soviet Ukraine: Why the Fight Against the Nazis During World War II Was so Terrible – The National Interest

Posted: April 20, 2020 at 12:52 am

Key point:Most Germans died fighting on the Eastern front. The war between the two titans of Europe would cost millions.

In 1941, the northwestern corner of the Ukraine was not what one would call tank country. With the exception of a few narrow, poorly maintained highways, movement was largely restricted to unpaved roads running through terrain dominated by forests, hills, small marshy rivers and swamps. Yet, during the first week of Germanys invasion of the Soviet Union, a tank battle involving up to 3,000 armored vehicles took place there. This struggle in a roughly triangular area bounded by the cities of Lutsk, Rovno and Brody, became the forerunner of the brutal armored clashes on the Eastern Front.

On June 22, 1941, Panzer Group 1, the armored spearhead of German Army Group South, breached the Soviet lines near the border town of Vladimir-Volynski at the juncture of the Soviet Fifth and Sixth Armies. As a result of this skillful tactical move, a gap 40 kilometers wide allowed the jubilant Wehrmacht troops to pour into Soviet territory. The Soviet Fifth Army, commanded by Major General M. I. Potapov, bore the brunt of the enemy thrust desperately attempting to slow the German tide.

The German operational plans called for a rapid advance to the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, capturing it and reaching the Dnepr River just beyond the city. After achieving this objective, the German troops were to swing south along the river, trapping the bulk of forces of the Soviet Southwestern and Southern Fronts (Army Groups). The capture of Lutsk, an important road nexus, would allow the mobile German units an opportunity to break out into open terrain and advance along two axes to Kiev: the Lutsk-Rovno-Zhitomir-Kiev thrust and the Lutsk-Dubno-Berdichev-Kiev thrust.

Kirponos Unrealistic Orders

At the end of the first day of war, Lieutenant General M. P. Kirponos, commander of the Southwestern Front, received instructions from the Soviet National Defense Committee to immediately counterattack in the direction of Vladimir-Volynski, destroy the German forces operating from that area, and occupy the city of Lyublin by the end of June 24. The fact that the city of Lyublin was located over 80 kilometers inside German-occupied Poland caused General Kirponos to wonder if the Soviet High Command really understood the unfolding situation on the border.

Even though he realized that his mission was unrealistic, Kirponos was obliged to carry out his order. The problem facing him was two-fold. Not only was the Soviet defensive situation unstable, but the five mechanized corps earmarked for the counteroffensive were spread throughout the northwestern Ukraine. It would take some units up to three days to arrive in the area of operations. Therefore, all five mechanized corps would be committed into combat piecemeal, with marginal or non-existent cooperation among them.

The tight schedule did not allow Kirponos sufficient time to concentrate his forces and adequately prepare for the counterattack. To further complicate the situation, many units of Soviet mechanized corps were mechanized in name only. Many regiments of the motorized infantry divisions lacked wheeled transport, and many artillery regiments were woefully short of prime movers. There were widespread shortages of communications equipment and artillery, especially armor-piercing ammunition.

As the Soviet mechanized formations began moving toward the border, the German Luftwaffe launched relentless and merciless air attacks on the armored columns strung out along the narrow roads. Often, the Soviet drivers, desperately trying to maneuver for cover, became bogged down in the difficult terrain and had to abandon or blow up their vehicles. The attrition of poorly maintained armored vehicles due to mechanical breakdowns began to reach alarming proportions. Due to losses from air attacks and mechanical failures, some Soviet tank formations eventually went into action with less than 50 percent of their operational strength.

Still, the forces converging on the Panzer Group I were formidable, almost double the number of panzers available to Lieutenant General Paul L. Ewald von Kleist. The actual pre-war strength of the five Soviet mechanized corps consisted of roughly 3,140 tanks. Even allowing for a large percentage of non-combat losses during the approach to battle, these numbers still dwarfed the approximately 618 tanks that were available to the German commander.

In the early afternoon of June 24, one of the tank divisions of the 22nd Mechanized Corps came into contact with the advancing Germans west of Lutsk. This division, the 19th, was severely brutalized by the German air attacks during its approach and was plagued by mechanical breakdowns. Its remaining 45 light T-26 tanks and 12 armored cars were combined into one provisional regiment and committed into action after a short preparatory artillery barrage. A seesaw fight with the units from German 14th Panzer Division raged for two hours during which the Soviet unit lost most of its remaining armored vehicles and was forced to fall back to nearly 15 kilometers west of Lusk.

The fight was costly for both sides. The commander of the 22nd Mechanized Corps, Major General S. M. Kondrusev, was killed, and the commander of the 19th Tank Division was wounded. All the regimental commanders in the division were also killed or wounded. However, as the result of their sacrifice, the 14th Panzer Division suffered heavy losses as well and was not able to take Lutsk.

During the night of June 24-25, elements from the other two divisions of the 22nd Mechanized Corps began to take up their positions alongside the remains of the 19th Tank Division. Fuel shortages were severe, and the Soviet officers partially overcame this problem with a field expedient solution of siphoning fuel from disabled vehicles and distributing it to still operational machines.

Panzers Versus KV-2s

The Soviet units were hardly in shape to fight when the Germans seized the initiative in a dawn attack. In a savage battle that lasted into late afternoon, the Soviet forces disputed every inch of ground. The Germans, steadily grinding down the outgunned light T-26 and BT tanks, came up against a dozen of the monstrous Red Army KV-2 heavy tanks. German shells simply bounced off the thick armor of the KV-2s ungainly high and boxy turrets. On those few occasions when the KV-2s did manage to bring their 152mm howitzers into play, they were able to temporarily check the German advance.

The best defense the Germans had against these monsters was to wait them out, allowing the Soviet tanks to run out of ammunition and fuel. On one occasion, the crew of a KV-2 tank, its turret ring jammed, out of ammunition and almost out of fuel, drove their vehicle off a steep bank into a river, the driver bailing out at the last moment. More suitable as self-propelled artillery, the small numbers of KV-2s that actually entered the fight did not pose more than a minor local inconvenience to the German panzers.

Germans Grab Lutsk and Dubno, Then Head South

Finally, in fading daylight, and silhouetted by the fires of the burning suburbs around them, the 13th Panzer Division broke into Lutsk after a successful flank attack, forcing the Soviet units to evacuate the city. The desperate fight of the 22nd Mechanized Corps bought valuable time, slowing down two German corps for a day and a half. It also allowed time for the Soviet 9th Mechanized Corps to arrive and deploy in the Rovno area, 65 kilometers east of Lutsk.

At the same time that the Germans continued to exploit the gap breached between the Fifth and Sixth armies, they also advanced south from Lutsk toward the towns of Brody and Dubno, taking Dubno by nightfall. The situation of the Fifth Army was indeed grave. Many of its units found themselves surrounded and fighting for their lives, scattered all the way from the border to Lutsk. The remains of the 22nd Mechanized Corps were streaming in disorder along the highway to Rovno, spreading panic as they went. Only the direct involvement of some of the staff officers from the headquarters of the Fifth Army restored partial order.

Throughout June 26, the Germans attempted to batter their way into Rovno along the Lutsk-Rovno and Dubno-Rovno highways. Unable to do so due to the stubborn resistance of the Fifth Army, they switched their aim south to Rovno, along the secondary roads to the town of Ostrog. The fall of Ostrog would have allowed the Germans to surround the Soviet forces defending Rovno or, at least, force them to pull back.

The Soviet 19th Mechanized Corps, under Major General N. V. Feklenko, moved to intercept this new threat and crashed in behind the 11th and 13th Panzer Divisions, which formed the German spearhead. The furious Soviet attack scattered several German supporting units and advanced up to 30 kilometers into German-held territory. In the early afternoon, the Soviet 43rd Tank Division, the vanguard of the attack, fought its way to the eastern outskirts of Dubno. German anti-tank artillery inflicted heavy casualties on the light T-26 tanks, which made up the bulk of the 19th Mechanized Corps.

With impressive tactical handling, the German commanders reacted to this new threat and counterattacked the two dangerously overextended Soviet tank divisions. Caught between the anvil of two German infantry divisions and the hammer of two panzer divisions, Major General Feklenko ordered his corps to pull back to its starting positions in the vicinity of Rovno. By nightfall the fighting had died down, and Dubno remained firmly in German hands.

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6 top players whose careers were ruined by injuries – Vanguard

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For footballers that suffer career-defining injuries, its the cruellest fate that could happen to a professional. Here, we pay homage to six players who were victims of their own failing bodies.

Hands up who had the greatest career curtailed by injury? Yes, thats right, its you Marco.

Three-time Ballon Dor winner Marco van Basten played his last football match aged 28, which is an even more surprising tidbit than the Dutchmans nickname The Swan.

Thankfully, in his 12-year playing career, Van Basten packed in a ridiculous amount of success. A serial winner for club and country, he won six league titles, two European Cups and a European Championship in 1988. Thats a medal haul that could be shared between a normal squad of 25.

Van Bastens ankles first became problematic in 1987 his first season at Milan. The Dutchman was restricted to 11 appearances for the Rossoneri and it began a tumultuous relationship between himself and his anatomy.

However, that time to heal was well received and Van Basten went on an absolute tear. He put his recovery time to good use by winning the 1988 Euros and scoring one of the greatest goals ever against the Soviet Union in the final.

Perception changed immediately following that competition; Van Basten had entered a new stratosphere. The Dutchman would then continue to dominate as a vital part of Arrigo Sacchis Milan side, a team that went 58 games unbeaten and are viewed by many to be the greatest club side ever.

By 28, after a season on the sidelines, Van Basten couldnt do it anymore the Swans troublesome ankles had returned.

What might have been otherwise? World Cup winner? Five-time Champions League winner? The first man to win a trophy on the moon? Probably.

Its only appropriate to follow up the greatest Dutch striker with the greatest English striker.

Dean Ashtons 2005/06 campaign will live long in the memories of Hammers fans, whose tortured fandom means that Deanos exploits nearly 15 years ago are some of their most treasured memories.

To be fair to Ashton, his career trajectory following that season was only pointing one way (hint: it wasnt down). Joining West Ham from Norwich in the January transfer window, the Hammers new number nine settled in immediately.

Premier League defenders found it difficult to deal with Ashtons pace and power as he helped himself to six strikes in sixteen appearances. His play meant that after a few months at Upton Park, bigger Premier League clubs started sniffing around.

There were even calls for Ashton to make a late claim for the 2006 World Cup squad, but old Deano didnt make the 23. However, Ashton didnt have to wait long for England to call as he joined a training squad later that year.

In a cruel turn of events that wouldnt seem out of place in a Hollywood movie, Ashton suffered his most serious injury during England training.

Deanos barely believable first six months in the Premier League had led to immediate success, a potential lucrative big-money move, England recognition and a serious injury.

Ashton would bounce back 12 months later with form that again led to England recognition, an England cap and plenty of Hammers fans swearing these streets wont forget Deanos 2007/08 season.

However, Ashtons body couldnt recover to its former glory, perpetually injured with ankle issues and cruelly, at 26, Deano had to call it a day.

King would get the ball off you without you even noticing hes the only defender in England who doesnt hold onto you, and he sometimes still gets the ball off my feet easily.

If Thierry Henry rates you, then youve got to be pretty good.

Ex-England manager Fabio Capello called King without doubt, one of the greatest defenders in England. Ex-spurs boss and professional smoker Martin Jol described King as the best central defender I have ever seen.

Simply put, Ledley King was the greatest defender that England never really had. 21 caps could easily have been 100, King was that good.

Under George Grahams management, King started his career in midfield. Graham was blown away by how athletic King was and felt that he wouldnt be out of place in a position that wasnt his. Graham was right.

In his debut season, King scored the Premier Leagues fastest goal in 2000, a record that lasted 18 years. Just five seasons later, King would be starting as part of Englands golden generation at the 2004 Euros.

Playing football at a different frequency, King had been touted for England from the early days. Ledley was sometimes considered a prospect level with John Terry a teammate at the vaunted youth team Senrab.

However, rather than one bad tackle changing everything, chronic knee issues would derail Kings progression. So debilitating was Kings pain that towards the end of his career, the Spurs man couldnt train.

However, on Saturdays, King would return to the starting line-up and boss Premier League strikers around. Not bad for a man with one knee.

The second coming of Patrick Vieira, Abou Diaby must be forever cursing ex-Sunderland defender Dan Smith after a mistimed tackle changed his career forever.

Arsenal went to the Stadium of Light needing a win to keep their challenge for fourth-place alive in 2006. In the final minutes of a comprehensive 3-0 win, Smith overhits a pass that Diaby mops ups and passes on.

Frustrated for giving the ball away, Smith dives in late, breaking Diabys ankle and rupture his ligaments. Arsne Wenger never forgave the Sunderland man, claiming Diaby had been a victim of an assassins tackle that went unpunished.

Diaby suffered 21 injuries during his eleven years at Arsenal and Marseille, never managing to break the shackles of his ailing frame.

He would occasionally flash the potential that had seen him win a place at Frances elite footballing academy, Clairefontaine.

Diabys performance at Anfield in 2012 will always be the headline of what might have been for Abou.

The Frenchman bossed the game, outplaying Steven Gerrard as Arsenal went to Liverpool and comfortably won the game 2-0. Diaby cruelly tempted Arsenal fans, with a performance that looked like the Gunners next world-class player.

Accurately summing up his Arsenal career, Diaby would go onto to make ten other league appearances in a season that promised so much more.

However, his returns from injury would perpetually be referred to as like a new signing, but unfortunately, he would always end back in the treatment room.

Given his stint at Stoke, the hours of embarrassing content that Owen produced in the 1990s thats readily available on YouTube and his online persona, youd be forgiven for thinking of Owen as something of a comedy figure.

However, when the 18-year-old Michael Owen scored his wonder goal against Argentina at World Cup 98, these thoughts were far from everyones mind. Dreams of Maradona were in every Englishmans heart were we watching the next footballing superstar?

Fast forward three years on and after winning a treble (not the treble) with Liverpool, Owen wins the Ballon dOr. These are lofty times for Michael in 2001, theres the genuine belief that Owen can fire England to glory.

Tracing the route of Owens injury concerns, it all began when he was 19 and he tore his hamstring. It was so harsh that the muscle group that gave Owens unique and vital acceleration was already troubling him so early in his professional career.

Its the cruel thing about debilitating injuries they allow you to play and reach your highest level occasionally. Owen was able to reach his 1998 level for example in 2001, but the Englishman was forever thinking about doing more damage.

Speaking to BT Sport, Owen said: I was petrified of running into a channel. I just knew I was going to tear a muscle. The worst thing about it is your instinct is to do what you have done all your life but you start thinking: Oh no, dont.

It was remarkable to see how differently Owen moved in 2004, just three years removed from winning the Ballon dOr. For a player that seemed destined to bring England out from the doldrums, it was a meteoric fall as Owens unique acceleration disappeared.

Whenever Owen Hargreaves pulled on an England shirt, he always performed.

The midfielders work at the 2004 Euros and 2006 World Cup made him a contender for Englands best player. It was surprising to see Hargreaves perform on such an elite stage but the thing about him was that hed only played on an elite stage.

Starting your career at Bayern means youre introduced to pressure, constant criticism and hundreds of eyes watching you. At Germanys top club, standards are high, and if theyre not met, theres a simple solution. Youre out.

The midfielder was forged in the fires of Die Roten so when he arrived in England, Hargreaves had already won four Bundesliga titles and a Champions League.

Cruelly or perhaps luckily depending on your perspective, Hargreaves only season where he could contribute was Uniteds 2007/08 season. Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez lead the line in an absolutely stacked team. A league and Champions League double summed up a sparkling season for the club.

Hargreaves even stamped his authority on the season by scoring a brilliant free-kick that ended Arsenals brief title challenge. However, in three more seasons at Old Trafford, the midfielder would go on to make only four more appearances for the club.

A litany of problems would curse the next four years of Hargreaves professional life as he complained that even walking downstairs became problematic. It was such a cruel ending for a player that looked set to enter the peak of his playing power.

Hargreaves drifted out of national consciousness (do you even remember his spell at Manchester City?) to end an excellent career. At least well always have the training videos.

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Infection at second nursing home heightens worries over seniors – The Straits Times

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Another nursing home in Singapore has been hit by Covid-19, raising fresh concerns about vulnerable seniors.

On Monday, a 77-year-old male resident of Vanguard Healthcare's Woodlands Care Home (WLCH) at 2 Woodlands Rise was reported to be infected with Covid-19.

The resident, known as Case 2,561, tested positive for the infection on Sunday afternoon, and is now in an isolation room at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. It is not clear how he was infected, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.

Like other nursing homes, WLCH hadstopped receiving visitors from Apr 2. A separate standalone senior care centre on its premises which provides daycare, dementia daycare and rehabilitation services to senior citizens in the area remained open.

The Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) said the centre was allowed to remain open during the circuit-breaker period of enhanced social distancing measures to provide care for clients with no alternative arrangements.

With the confirmed case, the senior care centre has been closed and alternative arrangements have been made for its clients.

In a statement, AIC said it was working with MOH to support WLCH in managing the situation.

WLCH, which is run by the Government, has conducted a thorough cleaning and disinfection of the resident's ward and affected areas of the home. It has 248 beds in the facility.

Contact tracing is ongoing and those who had close contact with the resident, including any WLCH staff, will be quarantined.

The Straits Times has reached out to AIC and MOH to find out if the rest of the seniors from the home and centre will be tested, isolated or quarantined.

AIC said it is working to provide WLCH with manpower support to ensure service continuity, so that residents of the home will not be affected.

Nursing homes have become hotbeds for Covid-19 infections in many parts of the world.

On Monday, Canada's public health office reported that close to half of the 735 deaths in the country so far are linked to long-term care facilities.

In the United States, 127 out of 163 elderly residents of a nursing home in the state of Virginia have tested positive for Covid-19, and 42 of those patients have died.

In Singapore, Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home was the first home to have a case of Covid-19 infection. It saw an outbreak following its first reported case on April 1, with 16 linked cases in all and two deaths, both 86-year-old female residents.


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Jeffrey Reeves: Experiences from best practices in Asia show a path forward in the fight against COVID-19 – The Province

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Zodov Dolgor has been in self-quarantine since January.

A 70-year-old Mongolian woman with chronic hypertension, she forgoes nearly all social interaction out of concern for her personal health and in line with her governments strict directives to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Recently, shes been struggling with loneliness and depression, but remains committed to staying indoors.

Landlocked between Russia and China, Mongolia has been virtually locked down since early January when its government made the unpopular decision to close schools and daycares, to limit inbound and outbound travel and to cancel New Years celebrations. Early on that was criticized, but these now-lauded measures have kept the number of COVID-19 cases in the country to 31 (as of Friday).

Lessons learned from Mongolia? Strict, enforced measures around social distancing and self-isolating work, particularly when citizens consider it as their civic duty to prevent the spread of disease. Also, extended periods of mandatory self-isolating have a clear human cost any comprehensive response to the COVID-19 challenge must address issues including mental health and resiliency.

Singapore is using its military to identify and trace individuals who may have been exposed to the coronavirus. Public health officials follow up with house calls to ensure self-quarantining.

Taiwan is using a data-centric approach to minimize the coronavirus spread, drawing on myriad databases to identify individuals at high risk of past exposure. Public health officials then send tailored alert messages to individuals outlining steps for treatment and/or isolation.

As of April 7, South Korea had conducted more than 477,000 COVID-19 tests, or one test for every 108 of its citizens. The countrys aggressive testing strategy, supported by a robust information campaign including multiple daily text messages to all South Koreans identifying COVID hot spots, has helped the country avoid the widespread economic disruption and school closures that characterize much of the Western worlds responses.

In Wuhan, China, doctors and nurses have developed strict protocols to prevent infection among hospital staff. Chinese health-care professionals are now more likely to catch COVID-19 at home than at work. To their credit, Vancouver-based health professionals have worked with health-care providers in Wuhan to learn from their experiences and to implement changes in hospital procedures.

As Canada works to develop an effective response to this unparalleled health challenge, the experiences from Asia, arguably, offer the best path forward. At a time when Western countries are faltering in their responses, Asian governments have emerged as the global leaders in the fight against COVID-19.

While provinces such as B.C. and Alberta compare favourably to South Korea in their approach to testing, indeed testing more residents per capitathan South Korea, they can still learn from Asian best practices on other important fronts including COVID-related communication strategies, the use of technology in COVID management and response, and reopening strategies. Moreover, as Canada must develop a national approach to COVID that supports provincial responses, Ottawa can learn much from Seoul, Taipei and Beijing.

The experiences coming from Asia are not only relevant because the region is somewhere between two and three months ahead of Canada in terms of its exposure and response, but also because Asian countries are leading the world in public health innovation, including how to manage a disease in a large population of senior citizens. This is not to suggest that Asian states are infallible indeed, criticisms of Chinas earliest attempts to play down the COVID crisis are valid but rather to suggest Canada can learn as much from Asian countries failures as their successes.

Asian economies are some of the most integrated in the world, with supply and value chains stretching across numerous countries, each ultimately dependent on the other. As weeks stretch to months, Asian states will be the vanguard to ensure that the future of global trade has some semblance of its past structure.

Perhaps most importantly, it is Asias experience with SARS that makes its responses to COVID-19 so important to follow. This pandemic is not Asias first proverbial rodeo, but rather a challenge for which Asian states have long prepared with clear knowledge of the economic, political and social risks associated with policy failure.

Despite the benefits derived from observation of Asian nations pandemic responses, the vast majority of comparative analysis in Canada instead focuses on Europe and the United States. The failure to look to Asian states as potential models for Canada is a failure to acknowledge standards that have emerged as international best practices around pandemic mitigation. Canada has far more to learn from the Chinese response to the coronavirus outbreak than to the American stop-and-start approach.

Neither is Asias importance to Canada limited to policy ideas. Canada is dependent on Asian suppliers for its health-care supplies, including medical gloves, medical goggles, monitoring systems, hand sanitizers and diagnostic ultrasound systems (used for diagnosing COVID-19). Canada is particularly dependent on China for its health supplies a dependency that points to the importance of continued engagement between our two countries.

Over the next several months, the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada will work to translate Asian experiences around pandemic response and mitigation to the Canadian context. The Foundations analysts will examine policy statements, media reporting and social media accounts to provide useful intelligence through its Asia Watch publications to the Canadian public and private sectors around effective measures Asian states have used to address the coronavirus challenge.

At a time when Canada needs a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach to deal with this unprecedented pandemic, the lessons drawn from Asia provide an important input into continuing deliberations.

Not all lessons will be applicable, of course, as Canadas experience is unique. Yet the challenges Zodov Dolgor faces in Mongolia her extended isolation, economic well-being, and emotional health are universal. While there may be challenges Canada has yet to face, her present-day situation can provide us a window into the future. In learning from the challenges she faces, we can better prepare for challenges sure to come.

Jeffrey Reeves is vice-president of research for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and an expert on economics, politics and security in Asia.

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Hospitality Industry Organization, Golden Rule Charity, Launches Multimillion-dollar Fundraising Initiative to Help Those Affected by COVID-19…

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SAN DIEGO, April 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Golden Rule Charity, a national organization uniquely focused on delivering resources to qualified hospitality companies and employees in times of need, is launching a bold new fundraising effort to respond to the extraordinary challenges of those impacted by COVID-19. All donations will support the nonprofit's grant program, which awards applicants who currently work full or part time and have been employed in the industry a minimum of 6 months and meet additional criteria.

"Members of our hardworking hospitality family including employees of restaurants, bars, hotels and wineries are suddenly facing dire circumstances due to a complete shutdown of businesses across the country," says Paula Robison, president and CEO of Golden Rule Charity. "We typically rely heavily on fundraising events, but with restrictions on gatherings we have no other means than to make a direct appeal to those willing to give financially to help us help those in an industry dedicated to serving us every day. The organization has received many more grant applications than we can accommodate at this time and are focused on fundraising efforts to provide support to as many individuals as possible."

Simon Majumdar, Golden Rule Charity's Celebrity Ambassador also states, "it is our goal to raise as much money as possible during this unprecedented time, while still supporting the organization's mission."

Tax-deductible donations can be made online at goldenrulecharity.org.

About Golden Rule Charity

Golden Rule Charity is a national 501c3 charitable organization founded in 2015, inspired by hospitality industry native, Judy Walker. At inception it was the only organization providing timely relief to hospitality companies and employees in need, with a nationwide reach. Since launching, it has granted more than $60,000 in funds, which have gone directly toward dozens of individuals in need. Partner organizations includeNapa Valley Community Foundation,Sonoma Valley Community Foundation,Caterina's Cluband dozens of individuals, bringing aid to disaster victims. For more information, visit goldenrulecharity.org.

Media contact:Valerie Christopherson/Lora WilsonGlobal Results for GRC+1 949 608 0276[emailprotected]

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Local Attorney Helping Clients From the Comfort of Their Homes – WCJB

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’10 Golden Rules of Solidarity in the Outbreak’ by Ankara City Council | RayHaber – RaillyNews

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The golden rule of solidarity in an epidemic from ankara city council

Ankara City Council (AKK) calls the Capitalists to be against the epidemic with the '10 Golden Rules of Solidarity in the Outbreak'.

Stating that they prepared a project in order to facilitate the lives of the capital residents and increase the local solidarity culture, Ankara City Council Executive Board Chairman Halil brahim Ylmaz said, Solidarity and cooperation with our neighbors will strengthen us against the epidemic and even provide us with a strong infrastructure in terms of our human relations for the post-epidemic period. .

Expressing that they want to announce to all the people of Ankara that they can stay strong only by acting together against the epidemic, AKK President Halil brahim Ylmaz said, As Ankara, the capital, we believe that we will be a big family of six million neighbors.

Stating that all countries in the world have been working together for a common struggle for the first time after a long break, Ylmaz made the following evaluations:

We will eliminate this global epidemic in our neighborhoods, apartments, and centuries of neighborhood relations. In this period, where we will witness the harsh conditions of the time we passed through, we want the capitals to act with the principle of 'It is not from us that lies in hungry when we are hungry' and be with those who need financial and moral support. As the Ankara City Council, we invite the Capitalists to apply the 10 Golden Rules to get through this process.

AKK Executive Board Vice President Dr. "10 Golden Rules of Solidarity in the Outbreak", prepared by a team of academics composed of the City Council component under the chairmanship of Sava Zafer ahin, are listed as follows:

1. Make sure you are in a healthy mood and rational thinking. Apart from the scientific data announced by the authorities, stay away from the sources of information that will cause you to panic and cause excessive fear. Allow enough time for interests outside the epidemic during the day and think rationally.

2. Review the "social distance" golden rule before each step you take. Goodwill and sincerity can sometimes violate the rule of keeping distance with people, the most important rule in the outbreak. Do not act before you are absolutely sure that what you will do will not spread the epidemic. If you are confused, seek the opinion of the authorities on this matter.

3. Communicate with your apartment, site, neighborhood management, and your neighbors about your solidarity about solidarity by contacting them. When doing this, use telephone and digital communication tools as much as possible. If you do not get a result, do not despair. It is very important that you have solidarity even with one neighbor.

4. Determine the method of communication in which you will communicate continuously and healthily within the apartment, site and neighborhood. For example, you can create a volunteer-based emergency line within your neighborhood, create social media and instant communication groups, and use the notice boards in apartments and sites. Start by announcing the communication method to be determined to your neighborhood / neighborhood. Identify the rules and responsible persons to prevent abuse and unnecessary use of the communication method.

5. Review your neighbors' situation, starting with your own family. Monitor the situation of older people, children, people with disabilities and young people in particular. Try to identify people and their needs that may be in a difficult situation. Remember, these needs can be material and spiritual. If necessary, contact your neighbors for the correct needs assessment.

6. Identify resources and volunteers in your neighborhood via the communication channel you set. The existing resources and voluntary workforce of a neighborhood can become very important in the event of an epidemic. You can create a solidarity budget for people who are not financially well developed and develop imam approaches to meet common needs. Remember, even calling and asking for a call may be a very important requirement during this period.

7. Declare available resources and volunteers to your neighborhood / neighborhood. It is important to have access to shared resources and to announce effectively what volunteers can contribute. Make sure that people who are not using digital tools and individuals with disabilities are informed especially.

8. Follow the aid and support mechanisms of the state and local governments and announce them over your communication network. Make sure your neighbors are properly informed, especially on access rules to the health system, access to outbreak support.

9. Create a group that can decide to deliver the help you gather and the voluntary contributions you designate to those in need, in cooperation with the authorities. This authorized person may be your neighborhood headman. It is important to find the right solution for those in need by preventing waste of time in emergencies. You can make a priority list according to the disadvantages of your neighbors in case there are many people in need.

10. Bring this help in kindness and justice to your neighbors who are decided to help and share their results with your neighbors. In times of crisis, such as epidemics, people can be very fragile. All aid should be carried out in accordance with human rights and privacy. The results of the studies should be announced in a language that will strengthen the sense of neighborhood, without giving the name of the person.

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The Rapidly Evolving World of Marijuana Extraction – Westword

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As we approach our favorite unofficial holiday on April 20, it's nearly impossible to know the immediate future of Colorado's cannabis industry, with numerous regulatory and societal changes (and un-changes) surrounding the plant less than a month into the pandemic. But weeds are tough plants and essential ones, too, according to the State of Colorado. To get more perspective, we caught up with a half-dozen cannabis trailblazers and OGs, all of whom were here before retail was legalized and the money quickly followed. Some have adapted to the evolving culture, others have refused to compromise, but all play a role in how we view the plant now and how 4/20s of the future might look. Here's the sixth and final installmentof our "Rolling With the Punches" series.

Nothing exemplifies the growth and change in the legal cannabis industry quite like extraction, the process of stripping the plant of cannabinoids such as THC and CBD, as well as all the smelly stuff. The word "hash" is a rare one in legal weed nowadays, supplanted by terms like "sugar wax," "live resin," "terpene sauce" and "rosin." Since there was essentially only one form of hash a little more than a decade ago, there was no need to differentiate.

Then the machines came.

Dave Malone was accustomed to smoking joints and an occasional special spliff with old-school hash when he took his first dab of wax the popular THC concentrate made with butane in 2007. Two years later, he started tinkering in solvent-based cannabis extraction. Now, Malone and his wife, Alana, run Green Dot Labs, an award-winning extraction lab in Boulder, where they've learned how to make live resin, THC diamonds and just about everything in between.

Westword:Since recreational sales began in 2014, has anything changed more in cannabis production than the extraction part?

Dave Malone: Yes and no. I think this entire industry is rapidly evolving the technology and the ways we do business. It seems like as soon as you invest in new technology, it's already obsolete by the time you install it. I would say extraction has changed greatly, specifically in refinement of concentrates. Butane [the most popular solvent used in extraction] is an aggressive solvent, but the refining aspect is something a lot of adopters in legalization were sort of wondering about if it was even safe to be smoking something made with butane that had a skull and crossbones on the package and rightfully so. But now we have ways to test and refine our concentrates to make sure they're clean and safe, and that's one big change for the better.

If the timeline of cannabis extraction were a history book, how many pages were turned by the time Colorado legalized, and how many pages have we turned since?The Trichome Institute interviewed me about extraction back around 2014 for its first edition, and it went in a book. I would love to go back and read that, because things have monumentally changed. How we filter our extracts, the equipment we use, how we package them, how we store them the list goes on and on in terms of what has changed with making high-quality concentrates. It's all changed dramatically over the last couple years. But what we do is generally above and beyond what the mainstream would do.

Trends shape the concentrate sector. Wax was the new thing in the 2010s, live resin came in shortly after, and then THC diamonds after that. Rosin has jumped in and out, as well. How much of a copycat business is this?

Every one of our competitors in this space is using one of three listed, peer-reviewed extraction machines there might be a few more nowadays that we're even allowed to use in the industry. So off the bat, it's essentially a level playing field, and we're generally using the same refining equipment bought from one or two main manufacturers. Everyone's standard operating procedures are within a few degrees of variance depending on what they're after, so it doesn't leave much room to differentiate.

In extraction, the golden rule has always been quality in, quality out. That remains true. You can't take crappy weed and expect a quality extract. We have a garden of plants that are specifically bred to do well in extraction. Then there's the branding part, because you want to make sure the consumer has something more to grab onto than a jar with yellow goop inside. We're taking a lot from the craft-brewing industry, honestly. You want something on the can, whether it's loud and bright or a nice little nugget of information about where the hops are grown. We're all getting a little bit better every year, so we have to figure out other ways to stand out.

Green Dot Labs co-founder Dave Malone.

Courtesy of Green Dot Labs

What more can be done to advance cannabis extraction at this point? Is there a form of concentrate in the future that looks totally different than the waxes, resins and shatter we're dabbing now?

Oh, sure there are a number things that can be done. The goal from a chemistry standpoint is purity. You want to isolate what you want in the cannabis plant, and get rid of what you don't. I think we've reached a plateau for the last year or two in regard to extract purity, but watch something happen after I say this, and our minds will be blown. That's the beauty of this whole thing: So many smart people from other walks of life are moving into this industry with their own technology and know-how and applying it to cannabis. It changes the game frequently.

There's a gap in the way people consume it. Evolutions in vaping technology that taste better or burn slower, the way the average consumer dabs and understands the effects of temperature there are things that can be done on that side. As far as extraction, though, I think we're pretty much where we're going to be as far as seismic jumps go, outside of maybe the realm of biosynthetic cannabinoids, which are synthesized from yeast.

Someone will be able to add the entire alphabet soup of synthesized cannabinoids to extracts, which could make it not commercially viable to grow plants at some point. When biosynthetic companies start to emerge and can provide a true full-spectrum cannabinoid dose, that will be game-changing. If that happens, the value of THC will go down so much, companies like ours would become flavor companies, where we grow cannabis plants to extract terpenes for flavor.

How has consumer safety behind dabbing changed since recreational legalization began?

We still don't have data on long-term health effects of dabbing, which isn't much older than a decade. What's the effect of people consuming high-voltage shots of cannabinoids? I'm not the expert to opine on it, but you want to make sure this is pure and not full of chemicals or solvents. Independent testing labs and state regulators quickly identified this, so now you'll see more culturally shared information. Intellectual property is very rare in this industry. Any time someone makes a new extract like the first time people saw THC diamonds or put live resin into vape cartridges that information is made widely available, and it doesn't take long. We can't really patent our intellectual property anyway, so all of this information is shared quickly.

Is there still space for kief and old-school bubble hash?

There's a product for everyone, and it all comes down to what you're willing to pay. It blows my mind that caviar [cannabis flower rolled in kief and hash oil], which is essentially the kitchen sink of concentrates, is sought after, but it is. Bubble hash, at least, has some aesthetic value and integrity, and it's a great product.

What, if anything, would you change about Colorado's cannabis landscape?

The budtender model. I don't want to alienate anyone, but it's kind of an unfair system that we have to participate in. The budtender has more power of influence than anyone in the entire cannabis space. They tell consumers what they want and what they're going to buy. Liquor stores don't have anywhere near that power, because you can browse and read labels yourself there. Once we move closer to pre-packaged goods, I think cannabis will be more like that.

For that indecisive consumer, which is a massive section of the market, they're easily persuaded. A lot of this persuasion goes into who greased the budtender the most with kickbacks or incentives, but I think a true free market will bring a different stratification of products into the marketplace. I could list a book of changes I'd like to see in cannabis rules or taxes, but as far as the marketplace goes, I think it should be more free.

Thomas Mitchell has written about all things cannabis for Westword since 2014, covering sports, real estate and general news along the way for publications such as the Arizona Republic, Inman and Fox Sports. He's currently the cannabis editor for westword.com.

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Eat, Drink and Be Murphy: Eat, tweet, love: Hands-on culinary arts in hands-off world – MPNnow.com

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During coronavirus pandemic, students at Finger Lakes Technical and Career Center cook up some twitter masterpieces you can only see to believe

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STANLEY The tweets keep coming and for those who follow the Finger Lakes Technical and Career Center Culinary Arts account and youre home, hungry and days away from making a grocery run its just not fair.

From Haven, barbecue chicken looking all savory with mac salad and beans by its side. From Gina, chicken parm dripping with red sauce and cheese. From Zhariana, a mouthwatering barbecue chicken leg paired with green beans. From Cody K, mini pizzas made to bite into again and again.

And from Arabella, a ridiculously decadent cake with cupcakes and candy to celebrate her brothers 18th birthday.

Culinary arts instructor Julie Harrington can only savor from the @FLTCC_Culinary account these days, as coronavirus-forced separation is the golden rule for teachers and students.

Im used to eating these foods all the time. A lot of times, its my dinner or my snack, Harrington said. Now, I have to cook all by myself. And Im sick of doing dishes.

Last year, Harrington and others at FLTCC were encouraged to use social media and in this case, Twitter. At first, Harrington wasnt a fan ordinarily she prefers to be offscreen but she said she follows the rules.

And now, with students learning from home since March and more laptop learning until at least May 15, social media has helped provide a fun way to help the kids continue to hone their kitchen chops, but also to stay in touch and be happy and active.

I fell in love, Harrington said. It connects us with the community and maybe future students.

The Finger Lakes Technical and Career Center is a hands-on, rigorous 11th- and 12th-grade learning center that is part of Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES.

Students in the culinary arts program learn more than cooking, a lot more.

Theculinary arts program is a food service training program that covers many careers and learning opportunities for students, said Harrington, who is joined in the classroom by teaching assistant Amanda Venuti. The students learn the theory behind cooking techniques, business practices, 21st-century skills and communication.

The 28 students in the program come from 10 school districts, from Dundee to Victor, and are set up in brigade positions soup, salad, a la carte, entre, sandwiches and cleanup.

The senior students the senior brigade create staff lunch two days a week. They also do student sales and catering.

Members of the junior brigade, who do the same classroom activities, set up to support dishes, floors, food storage, and basic sanitation of the entire kitchen. The juniors also work with food and create many items for student food sales and prepping for the seniors.

They learn a great life skill and, Harrington said joking, how to throw a great party.

Its about how to get through life, Harrington said.

Of course, that was then, and this, the coronavirus pandemic, is now.

The jobs the kids are learning to do are tied to restaurants that are now closed to gatherings and struggling to get by on curbside and takeout services. Many of the cooks, bartenders, servers and others out of work so suddenly wonder how long their circumstances will last.

Meanwhile, those with jobs, such as workers in food prep in nursing homes and hospitals and cafeteria and kitchen workers in schools, are doing amazing work in difficult times, Harrington said.

To say the food and beverage industry is in upheaval is an understatement, with no easy answers for those struggling without a paycheck and those hoping to somedaymakea living inthe industry.

The pandemic certainly doesnt make planning for the future any easier for anyone, including those who don't have it easy.

Preparing the programs Twitter menu is voluntary, as some of the kids do not have the food supplies at home that others have and some have to make use of food pantries in their communities, Harrington said. In fact, many of her students do the cooking at home for their families.

As the students themselves try to learn a skill and make sense of life in the pandemic, they text Harrington. In fact, they blow up my phone text, she said.

For Harrington a 2019 New York State Education of Excellence Award winner the adjustment is difficult, saying she misses the challenges and successes of students.

A hands-on program is difficult to run with a coronavirus-mandated hands-off approach. The next-best thing is Zoom, which on Thursday drew in many of her students and a chance to connect.

It was a good week, Harrington said. I miss everything about them. I get energy from them.

Harrington comes to education from the food industry. She cooked in restaurants from her teen years until her mid-20s before attending the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont and working at high-end restaurants afterward. Shes also worked at Meals on Wheels in Rochester I learned how to save the world, she said at senior living communities and catered.

When she was approached to teach, she scoffed at first.

I dont know ifI can do this. I dont even know if I like teenagers, Harrington said, laughing. What I learned is, I am a teenager.

And one with a pretty cool job, she said.

I like to be a people-connected chef, thats why I like teaching, Harrington said. I never thought Id be a teacher, but I love doing it. Its a really cool job. The school is a really cool place.

Lake House jobs

The Lake House on Canandaigua, the hotel formerly known as The Inn on the Lake and currently in development by the Sands family, is getting ready to hire in anticipation of opening later in the year.

Geneva native Kevin Kenyon has been named the new food and beverage director of the hotel operation.

After launching his career at a series of private clubs, he served as director of restaurants at the Ocean House in Westerly, Rhode Island, and director of outlets at The Houstonian in Houston, Texas.

His personal interests include staying active through golfing, kayaking, cooking and spending time with friends and family.

I acquired a passion for hospitality at a young age, said Kenyon in a prepared statement. In my new role at The Lake House, I am thrilled to help craft the hotels culinary programming by drawing from my experience in previous roles. Working in tandem with our executive chef, we aim to bring new offerings to the area and elevate the region as a gastronomic destination in the state of New York and beyond.

Kenyon is going to need some help.

A career fair is scheduled for Thursday, April 23, via Indeed Events and will focus on staffing operational positions.

Positions include full- and part-time servers, bussers, and bartenders for the Sand Bar the first building on the campus planning to open this year. Also needed are people for full- and part-time cooks for the restaurant, full- and part-time executive stewards, full- and part-time banquet servers, a full-time senior maintenance engineer and part-time valet attendants.

To RSVP for the virtual career fair or learn more details, visit: events.indeed.com/event/40636.

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Opinion: How the Heart of California has responded and may yet respond to the Coronavirus – The Madera Tribune

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Have our technology and cell phones that weve shrugged off perhaps been saving some of our lives? Are social distancing and cleanliness a new spiritual way or a modest cure to a new way of living?

There are many films that have scripted similar narratives of these strange times, like The Seventh Seal (1957), The Andromeda Strain (1971), Outbreak (1995), "12 Monkeys (1995)," Blindness (2008),Contagion (2011), World War Z (2013). All films that hopefully keep you busy at home, yet these same films that entertained us.

What would we do if our families are touched as in these fictional depictions and fall ill? What could we do? Should we grow our own food before the cost of a head of lettuce may rise in price to $10.

Well, there is no question we should wear our masks, stay clean and try our absolute best to heal at home.

Yet these times seem to be an eerie reminder of the 1918 Pandemic, of what was called the Spanish flu.

To what degree have we forgotten or remembered the influenza of 1918-1920? That was ironically affecting the youth instead of the old and weary, as this virus seems to prey upon the weak.

They say that it must be different because in those days, plumbing wasnt in every house as it is in these days. Should we continue to think in the context of Cleanliness is next to Godliness and that cleanliness and social distancing are the best ways to prepare, and should that be all were told to do?

I think social distancing is one of the best answers we have to control spread. But indulge me and let us dig deeper.

In Madera, a small town that is growing, we might have the benefit of not being a crowded city like New York, whose citizens unfortunately must worry that social distancing must be more difficult due to the population and infrastructure of living.

Some Madera folks who have experienced the COVID-19 illness have recuperated, yet wonder in one way or another: How do we socially and pragmatically mitigate these complex medical and economic concerns? The public may be unaware of how everything might work in the tiers of political influence and authority. Yet how does our medical vs. economic system connect to function fairly under our democracy to service our public needs?

Sara Bosse, Madera Countys health director, is doing a great job in preparing for a future with COVID-19. She is pushing for more money to pay for testing in our jurisdiction.

She also praises the Madera County Sheriffs department, and other law enforcement agncies for volunteering in Mutual Aid and Just In Time Training (JIT), and doing an exceptional job in contact tracing and informing our public which has helped control the disease in our location.

Yet there have been some varying opinions from the public, that also should have light shed on them.

There was a story about one husband who was scolded by a doctor for going to the hospital in Fresno wishing to maintain social distance from his wife and child. Due to this doctorsscolding, the anonymous man left Fresno and came to a Madera hospital to get tested.

His narrative of what the sensations of the disease felt like was likened to the feeling of drowning. For a person who personally wanted to be an officer, I might be biased,but have always found myself proud of officers in Madera. I have never met more exceptional people in law enforcement. They seem to be well versed in common sense, humanity and empathy.

For me, personally, as long as officers here at the core are remembering and hopefully reminded to be kind and selfless above all, and as long as officers male and female are looking after our daughters first and foremost as much as possibly fit. Then Im on their team and believe in our community doing great works for the big picture.

However, this is a time where authorities who are employed to assist its public also should worry about themselves or worry about doing great works. I think keeping our words to each other intimately in duty to our souls before our Hippocratic oaths and to the law enforcement oath in honor is important. But can this be a time where we should up the standard of caring for kindness?

Caring for kindness could be an added addition perhaps to all public service oaths taken by public officials protected by the constitution as a new standard, for more justice than the ones before that predate to Hammurabi before we called it, the Golden Rule:

In everything, do onto others as you would have done to you. Matthew 7:12

Wouldnt that be the best reform to any democracy that could come out of COVID-19? For arent those ideals the essence if not the entire underlying aspirations of why Law exists. To try to ensure we are kind, fair and just to each other as we wish to be to ourselves. Is it not the quintessential way to exist as it relates to interpersonal relations with the public in mind?

How can we care for others with social distancing being of precedence, one might ask.

In summary, you do so by empathy trying to remember communication is the antidote to all suffering, while recognizing empathy in action is caring to help someone beside ourselves.

To text that person back or respond to that phone call. There are ways to care and be as gossamer, without the need to touch. For there are other ways to touch others, with your words, heart, and mind. Have you forgotten that your mind is the most sensual organ in your bodies?

It is the one that is in charge of all else, and its the vessel that can trample all over our peace if we do not take a moment to express gratitude. Therefore, in this socialized appreciation for cleanliness, let usnot forget to clean our words, thoughts, hearts and minds, as well as keeping our bodies clean.

Can we try to be grateful to the duty of simply cleaning our own homes? Washing our dishes, cleaning our counters and floors a day out of the week? Appreciate that you have lived without knowing hunger or oppression in a time where an invisible entity, like a virus wears a crown above us all perhaps only to remind us.

We are not different than any of COVID 19s ill subjects. That the virus doesnt choose you based on your nationality, class, creed or kind. Yet this invisible entity is here to perhaps ask us:

Have you ever cared enough about what it must have felt like for others, whove lived under oppression, injustice, and pain?

To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.


No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.


M. K. Salah-Smith is an artist, journalist, and essayist who lives in Madera.

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