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Prince William Supports First Responders After Secret COVID-19 Battle

first_imgWilliam’s father, Prince Charles, made his battle with coronavirus public in late March. One week later, a Clarence House spokesperson told Us that the Prince of Wales, 71, was “out of self-isolation” after consulting with a doctor.“I was lucky, in my case, and got away with it quite lightly. I’ve had it and can still understand what other people are going through,” Charles told Sky News in June. “I feel particularly for those, for instance, who’ve lost their loved ones but were unable to be with them at the time. That’s, to me, the most ghastly thing. But in order to prevent this from happening to so many more people, this is why I’m determined to find a way out of this.”Given the constantly evolving nature of COVID-19, Us Weekly wants our readers to have access to the most accurate resources. For the most up-to-date coronavirus information, guidance, and support, consult the CDC, WHO, and information from local public health officials. If you’re experiencing coronavirus symptoms, call your primary care provider for medical advice.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! A source recently told Us that although he kept it to himself, William’s brush with COVID-19 was far from easy. “William insisted on keeping this low-key,” the insider revealed. “Only a handful of family members, senior royal staff and close friends knew about it at the time.”The insider continued, “He followed all the necessary self-isolation regulations, refused to let it get him down and even managed to work whilst recovering at home in a sectioned-off area. There were rough moments, of course, and William learned firsthand how awful this virus is and how seriously it needs to be taken.”- Advertisement – “[They] have had to adapt to new ways of working whilst continuing to save lives and help those in need, day-in-day-out,” he explained during the ceremony. “This is what makes the achievements that we are celebrating tonight all the more extraordinary.”William continued, “It is more important than ever that those on the frontline know where they can turn to for support. The work of the Fire Fighters Charity, and all of the organizations who support our blue light services, is central to ensuring the long-term health and wellbeing of our emergency responders.”Multiple reports stated on November 1 that William quietly battled coronavirus in April. According to The Sun, the prince struggled to breathe and was subsequently treated by palace doctors. He additionally followed the U.K. government’s guidelines by quarantining inside his Norfolk, England, home.- Advertisement – Showing his gratitude! Prince William knows the challenges of the novel coronavirus first-hand following his secret battle with the illness — and he’s now honoring first responders who have worked to save the lives of those suffering from it.On Wednesday, November 4, the Duke of Cambridge, 38, introduced the virtual edition of the annual Fire Fighter’s Charity Spirit of Fire Awards and presented the Special Recognition Award for Excellence in the Field of Mental Health. While presenting the honor, he noted how the COVID-19 crisis has “presented a unique challenge for all emergency responders” over the last several months.Prince William Honors First Responders After Secret COVID-19 Battle in AprilPrince William Shutterstock- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Hokies guard Johnston shares VT student-athlete experience with sisters

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Will Johnston thought he was the worst athlete in the family.His older sister, Paige, boasted 11 state titles in track and cross-country. His younger sister, Marie, was all-state for Virginia in cross-country as a freshman. His youngest sister, Kari, earned all-state honors as a high school senior.After high school, the three sisters had offers to play their respective sports at Division I schools while Will had to walk on to his top choice, Virginia Tech.“It kind of pushed me to go harder,” he said. “There was definitely competition.”Though Paige graduated from Arkansas, Marie and Kari joined Will this year at their parents’ alma mater. Marie, a sophomore, joined the VT cross-country and track teams after spending her freshman year at Wake Forest. Kari is a freshman on the Virginia Tech soccer team and Will passed up other college offers to walk on for the Hokies.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNow a senior, he’s earned a scholarship and averages 3.1 points per game while shooting 40 percent from the field and behind the arc. He’s started the last six games for Virginia Tech (9-12, 1-7 Atlantic Coast), which faces Syracuse (14-7, 5-3) in the Carrier Dome at 9 p.m. on Tuesday.“I don’t know a lot of (Marie’s) reasoning but I know Tech kind of felt like home to her and for Kari, it was kind of the same,” Johnston said.Now that his sisters are there with him, Virginia Tech feels exactly like home for Will.He can go to dinner and church with his sisters on a weekly basis. He can work out with them and vent to them after a tough game. To top it off, their parents can make one trip to see all three of them.“It’s unreal,” Kari said about having her siblings at school with her. “I can always turn to them for advice or if I’m having a bad day.”During the school year, the siblings don’t have much time to work out together. But last summer, Kari would join her brother in an empty gym to shoot hoops.When they were younger, the separation in skill wasn’t as great. Will remembers playing basketball at his house with his sisters and when he lost, he would get mad. The loser of any game in the Johnston backyard would often end up hurling the ball away in frustration.Every summer, the extended Johnston family would go to the beach together and the kids took part in a partner race. Marie said the year she and Will were teamed up, they won.Now on different teams, each sibling works to support the others.“Normally when you see a friend and you’re just walking to class or something, they don’t really come to you,” Marie said, “but my sister was having a tough day and she came to me and we hugged and talked. I think it’s really special to be able to do that any given day.”The past few weeks were tough for Will as the Hokies basketball team endured a seven-game losing streak capped off by a three-point loss to then-No. 2 Virginia. After the game, his sisters picked him up with a string of text messages.They told him to stay positive and keep working hard, that the wins would come. Other times they’ll send him motivational quotes that help him get through a tough practice.When they get together for weekly dinners on Sunday nights, the family just hangs out. Sometimes they sit in silence and eat; other times they try to make each other laugh.Ironically, the three athletes get together to talk about anything other than sports.“We’re really close and that’s helped us with our respective sports because we can all talk to each other and help each other out,” Will said. “I think each of us doing a sport has really helped the others.” Comments Published on February 3, 2015 at 12:10 amlast_img read more

Buttigieg makes final pitch to north-central Iowa voters

first_imgMASON CITY — Former South Bend Indiana mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg made his final campaign pitch to north-central Iowans last night with an appearance in Mason City. Buttigieg says if he’s elected president, he would select a vice president and cabinet that is diverse.   “I’ll be looking for balance and diversity. By the way, this is true for the VP, this is true for the cabinet. We need a cabinet, a top leadership team that reflects this country, racially for sure, geographically as well, gender-wise. You know there’s research that proves that if a company has gender balance on its board and top team, as a rule it’s more profitable, because they make better decisions. So it’s one of the reasons why I’ve committed that at least 50% of my cabinet will be women. Half the country is, and I think we’ll make better decisions.” Buttigieg says he’ll be looking for leaders who are committed to serve the country the best way possible.  “Governing wise, the moments you most earn your paycheck are moments when people you trust, who are in charge of important things, who you respect, who you consider smarter than you, don’t agree with each other on what to do, and the decision falls to you and you’ve got to choose a course of action. In order for that decision process to work, whether it’s a matter of war and peace. or whether it’s an economic question, or even a political decision, you have got to know that the people around you are telling you what they believe you need to hear, and I will draw out the voices of those who are prepared to tell me things that maybe aren’t convenient, but are necessary in order to make the best decision.” Buttigieg spoke to about 200 gathered at Music Man Square late Wednesday afternoon.last_img read more