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Sarah Spelsberg

MacGyvering Solutions To The Pandemic In Unalaska: PA Doubles Island's Ventilator Capacity

Unalaska is the largest community in the state without a critical access hospital, with a population of 4,500 year-round residents that more than doubles during peak fishing seasons. Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, medical workers and politicians were unsure how bad the pandemic would get. And concern over the availability of ventilators — machines that help a patient breathe or breathe for them — intensified. In Unalaska, there are three ventilators at the community's clinic, and...

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Unalaskans Rock The Scales In This Year's Silver Salmon Derby

Unalaskans hit the ground running, headed for the creeks and bays earlier this month when the island's annual Silver Salmon Derby began. The Unalaska Department of Parks, Culture, and Recreation's event ended Sept. 14 and several prizes were awarded through daily drawings and given to participants who submitted the largest fish overall. This year's top contestants weighed in neck and neck. But for veteran fisher and previous derby winner, Landen Shaishnikoff — who took second place in this...

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Citing national security concerns, the U.S. government said it will bar downloads in the U.S. of the Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat apps starting Sunday.

In its announcement Friday, the Commerce Department accused China's communist leaders of having shown "the means and motives to use these apps to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and the economy of the U.S.,"

Never before has Israel had such a high need for those schooled in the rarefied art of shofar blowing.

The wail of the Biblical shofar — made from the horn of a ram or a certain antelope species — is a hallmark of prayer gatherings on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which begins this weekend.

But because of the coronavirus pandemic, Israel is mandating smaller, socially distanced prayer gatherings — so the country needs many more shofar blowers than in years past.

This past Sunday at Uhuru Park in downtown Nairobi, it was life as usual.

Kids took rides on horses and camels. Families and lovers shared paddle boats in the lake at the center of the park.

Alice Nyambura and Lucy Wahu, both college sophomores, sat on the grass watching the boats. The sun was shining; the lily pads blooming. They had come here to get their minds off the pandemic.

"I don't think there is anything like corona," Nyambura said.

"It is there," Wahu corrected her. "But I think they are exaggerating the numbers."