Iowa rower Jaecee Hall is ready to lead a demand.

The increasing junior from Ankeny, Iowa, has been a standout athlete ever due to the fact she joined the Iowa Rush soccer method at age 3. Whilst actively playing for various travel and nationwide groups, her soccer expertise took her around the planet to locations like Costa Rica, Belgium, England, and France prior to she stepped foot on the discipline for Ankeny Centennial Substantial Faculty. At Centennial, she served guide the crew to a condition title in 2018.

All over her travels, she was an astute observer equally in the U.S. and abroad. Hall has viewed woman athletes be perceived as lesser-than by some male athletes and enthusiasts, obtain far much less main media protection than male athletes, and have to consistently establish their really worth in the sporting activities environment.

Now, Corridor is prepared to change that narrative and empower feminine athletes nationwide one particular shirt, hat, or hoodie at a time.

Before a March rowing observe last year, Corridor was wanting on the internet for a shirt that illustrated what it meant to be a feminine athlete. Right after she could not find a person, she resolved to make a T-shirt herself.

“I’m seriously huge into women empowerment in normal and battling for equivalent rights for girls and then exclusively as an athlete preventing for equivalent legal rights in activity as nicely,” Hall told The Everyday Iowan.

What begun as a a person-off tee has now turned into a model that is spreading in Iowa as well as across the country.

The concept

Right after Hall determined to style and design her have apply shirt, she had to determine out how she desired it to appear. How did she want to symbolize feminine athletes?

She claimed that at her kitchen area desk, she realized she wished the shirt to say “Female Athlete,” but she wished a word that represented a information of empowerment and bravery to full the design.

So, soon after hoping to arrive up with the plan on her very own, Corridor did what quite a few school college students do — requested her roommates for support.

“I was like, ‘You fellas, you acquired to help me,’” Hall explained. “I nevertheless have the notebook. I drew out a shirt and then we just began throwing out text.”

Corridor said there are numerous different text that describe what it indicates to be a feminine athlete, but she in the long run decided on “Unbreakable.”

The unique sketch for an “Unbreakable Feminine Athlete” shirt sits atop a desk at Iowa rower Jaecee Hall’s condominium in Iowa Metropolis on Sunday, June 19, 2022. “I selected the word unbreakable since it… is the eptiome of what female athletes are,” Hall explained. (Gabby Drees)

Corridor claimed she wanted to develop a brand name that stood for toughness, perseverance, and perseverance. A model that assisted other feminine athletes electrical power as a result of some of the troubles she states

Moon Warn: Stay clear of shopping or significant decisions from 11 p.m. to 11:55 p.m. EDT now (8 p.m. to 8:55 p.m. PDT). After that, the Moon moves from Pisces into Aries.

Delighted Birthday for Monday, June 20, 2022:

You are light, imaginative and charismatic. Persons like you. Yet, you can be outspoken! You have an adventurous soul. Stay on your toes this calendar year, due to the fact it’s a time of modify. Fulfill new close friends who could help you. Be open up to new strategies and new instructions.


(March 21-April 19)
This is a attractive way to start off your 7 days! Communications with day-to-working day contacts, siblings and relatives are optimistic and upbeat. This is a superb working day for people of you in revenue, marketing, educating, creating or acting, because individuals will pay attention to you. Tonight: You gain!


(April 20-May well 20)
This is a strong money day! Search for ways to strengthen your profits. Spend notice to your moneymaking suggestions, in specific, concepts that you may well have viewed as previously but discarded. Another person from your previous or somebody who is behind the scenes can help you. Tonight: Solitude.


(May 21-June 20)
It is a wonderful working day to start your week! Your ruler Mercury is dancing with blessed Jupiter, which is why you are pleasant, beneficial and optimistic these days. This mind-set will entice folks to you. People today want to be in your existence. Take pleasure in schmoozing with everybody. Tonight: Socialize.


(June 21-July 22)
This is a reliable working day for really serious analysis, because you experience assured that you will discover what you are wanting for. Dig into the earlier, since whatever you find out could raise your earnings or make you seem very good in the eyes of many others, particularly bosses, moms and dads and VIPs. You rule! Tonight: Folks discover you.


(July 23-Aug. 22)
This is a fabulous day to schmooze with other folks, due to the fact folks are joyful to see every single other. Since Mercury is dancing with blessed Jupiter, group scenarios in particular will bubble with enthusiasm. Love the firm of young individuals, if attainable. Tonight: Discover!


(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Men and women will sit up and take notice today, particularly bosses, dad and mom and VIPs, simply because you audio like you know what you are talking about. (Generally, success is the look of achievement.) Really don’t be reluctant to run an aged thought up the flagpole to see if any individual salutes. Tonight: Check out your funds.


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March 21 to April 20

Tonight’s moon encourages you to review all relationships and firm up – or free up – key promises. When people are truly together what’s inside is more than enough.

Keeping career hopes hidden can push supporters away, so share everything.

Passion is fiery but faithful, with so much start-over potential.



Passion is fiery but faithful, with so much start-over potential


April 21 to May 21

Your ability to amass and assess facts and figures is intense.

So if you’re not feeling challenged, at home or work, do seek to switch.

A name or product with an Aussie flavour can shake up your immediate future, maybe with added passion magic.

If you’re in love, make the time to send that special message.


May 22 to June 2

Wondering and winning make a fabulous Jupiter mix, so finding out more about a person or project can boost your prize potential.

And instead of avoiding an issue, you simply start dealing with it.

Love-wise, you have a naughty streak that’s fun, fresh and wows partners. “A” names can be so lucky.


June 22 to July 22

New fortune in a family is ready to be shared with you – and grows even stronger as you incorporate your own knowledge.

This way, everyone can be enriched.

Revisiting a good health habit can redraw your future.

But take things slowly.

“S” love buzzes with mutual electricity ­– stop denying this!


July 23 to August 23

When a colleague or neighbour leaves a gap in a conversation, you know how to fill it to reap romance benefits – so let your heart rule your head.

Pride at home can push out the chance of forgiveness, but you can change this by stepping out of your comfort zone.

Partners need space to think about “M”.


August 24 to September 22

A mix of Mercury optimism and moon caution makes your success sector sing – any risks you take are well thought through.

And you can speed through a paperwork mountain.

It’s a day for love revelations as partners open up, while new love is in the air where a loyalty card is used.


September 23 to October 23

Your creative self is the focus for so much star sparkle – and many people notice, whether or not they say so.

Taking the lead with a love partner can end uncertainty.

If you’re single, a last-minute change of meeting place or time can be your passion clue.

A friend with a new title can connect to competition luck.


October 24 to November 2

You’ve been keeping so much under wraps at home, now the moon shows it’s time to let it all go.

Attraction bubbles up where a toast or a project is being proposed – with a sexy voice making a speech.

When one name

The US is surpassing an average of 160,000 new Covid-19 cases a day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. With the spread of the more transmissible Delta variant and many students returning to the classroom for a new academic year, the rise is concerning officials and health experts.

“First and foremost, if you are unvaccinated, we would recommend not traveling,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said at a White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing on Tuesday.

Walensky said that while people who are fully vaccinated can travel with precautions, current transmission rates mean they too need to take Covid-19 risk into consideration when deciding whether or not to travel.

Health experts have said that vaccination is the best way to protect against the virus’ spread, and many have attributed the spike in cases to the large portion of Americans who are unvaccinated.

Of those eligible for vaccinations, which includes Americans 12-years-old and older, 38.6% are not yet fully vaccinated, according to data from the CDC.

This week, data presented by a CDC vaccine adviser showed a hospitalization rate 16 times greater in the unvaccinated population than in those vaccinated. And the surge in hospitalizations, particularly among unvaccinated people, has stretched hospitals thin.

In Idaho, Gov. Brad Little said the state has reached a point in the pandemic “we have not seen before” with more Idahoans in the ICUs than ever before. He stressed multiple times that the “vast majority” are unvaccinated.

“Yesterday evening I toured a nearly full ICU wing in Boise. What I saw was heartbreaking,” he said Tuesday. “Some were young, two were middle-aged, two patients were pregnant… All of them were struggling to breathe and most were only breathing with help from a machine.”

He said medical staff are “exhausted,” so the state is adding up to 370 additional personnel to help.

A new case study published Tuesday illustrated the impact of gatherings of large groups of unvaccinated people.

In June, attendees met for a five-day overnight church camp and a two-day men’s conference in Illinois, neither of which required vaccination, testing or masks. By August, 180 Covid-19 cases were connected to the events, including five hospitalizations, according to the investigation, conducted by the CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

A healthcare worker at a 24-hour drive-thru site set up by Miami-Dade and Nomi Health in Tropical Park administers a Covid-19 test on Monday in Miami, Florida.

More than 200,000 kids test positive in a week

Concern is growing over infections in children, many of whom don’t have access to the vaccine yet.

And those who are eligible are not reaping the full benefits. Children ages 12 to 15 are eligible but less then half of that group is vaccinated with at least one dose, according to data published Monday by the CDC.

The result has been cases in children increasing “exponentially,” the American Academy of Pediatrics reported Tuesday.

More than 200,000 children tested positive for Covid-19 in the last week, a five-fold increase from a month ago, the AAP said. And rates of hospitalizations have risen with the cases.

Between August 20 and 26, an average of 330 children

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported a new daily high for coronavirus cases, putting pressure on authorities to extend their toughest distancing rules.

The 1,784 cases confirmed in the previous 24-hour period is the biggest single-day jump since the pandemic began. The new cases brought the country’s total to 182,265 cases, with 2,060 deaths from COVID-19.

South Korea’s daily caseload has been above 1,000 for the past two weeks amid a slow vaccination program, lax public vigilance and the spread of the more contagious delta variant of the virus. A majority of new cases are in the densely populous Seoul metropolitan area, but officials have recently warned the virus is spreading beyond the capital region.

Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum calls the latest numbers “serious.”



— Dr. Fauci, Sen. Paul trade charges of lying about virus

— CDC: Delta variant accounts for 83% of U.S. cases

— Britain hits most daily virus deaths in 4 months

— Research: Millions may have died in India during pandemic


Find more AP coverage at and



TOPEKA, Kan. — Families and advocates for the elderly in Kansas argue that with most nursing home residents vaccinated against the coronavirus, some facilities need to relax visiting rules.

A state official who investigates complaints against nursing homes as well as the elder-care focused Kansas Advocates for Better Care called on the state Tuesday to intervene when nursing homes aren’t open enough.

Some industry officials still see a need for caution because of the growing presence in Kansas of the faster-spreading delta variant of the coronavirus.

Operators feel they are still facing tough choices after nursing homes were COVID-19 hot spots earlier in the pandemic, but advocates for residents worry the delta variant could cause homes to lock down again.


JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi state health officer is imploring people to get vaccinated as a highly transmissible variant of the coronavirus is spreading in the state, which has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the U.S.

Dr. Thomas Dobbs said Tuesday: “Y’all, we’re going to have a rough few weeks.”

He says intensive care units are full in 13 Mississippi hospitals because of the recent increase in cases, and many other hospitals have under 10% of ICU beds available.

Dobbs says unvaccinated people should take “common sense steps” to reduce transmission, including having social activities outdoors rather than indoors. He adds that people can choose to wear masks to mitigate the spread of the virus, but he is not asking Gov. Tate Reeves to reinstate widespread mask mandates.


With COVID-19 cases soaring nationwide, school districts across the U.S. are again confronting the realities of a polarized country and the lingering pandemic as they navigate mask requirements, vaccine rules and social distancing requirements for the fast-approaching new school year.

Students in Wichita, Kansas, public schools can ditch masks when classes begin. Detroit public schools will probably require them only for

LONDON — Britain has recorded its highest daily number of coronavirus-related deaths in four months, following a spike in infections amid the spread of the delta variant and lifting of lockdown restrictions.

Government figures Tuesday showed 96 new virus-related deaths, the highest since March 24. The U.K. also recorded 46,558 confirmed cases. The numbers on Tuesday have traditionally been higher because of a weekend reporting lag.

The increase in deaths comes a day after the British government ended lockdown restrictions in England, including on social distancing and mask-wearing. Critics warn it will lead to further spread of the coronavirus and potential deaths in the coming weeks.

Britain’s confirmed virus-related death toll stands at 128,823, the seventh highest in the world.



— CDC: Delta variant accounts for 83% of U.S. cases

— Research: Millions may have died in India during pandemic

— Muslims mark Eid al-Adha holiday in pandemic’s shadow

— South Korean gov’t apologizes over virus-stricken destroyer


Find more AP coverage at and



NEW YORK — Health officials say the delta variant of the coronavirus continues to surge and accounts for an estimated 83% of U.S. COVID-19 cases.

That’s a dramatic increase from the week of July 3, when the variant accounted for about 50% of genetically sequenced coronavirus cases.

“The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 variants is to prevent the spread of disease, and vaccination is the most powerful tool we have,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during a U.S. Senate hearing Tuesday.

The delta variant is a mutated coronavirus that spreads more easily than other versions. It was first detected in India but now has been identified around the world.


MEXICO CITY — Authorities in Mexico say they have found fake doses of the COVID-19 drug remdesivir offered for sale on the internet and at a private hospital near the U.S. border.

The federal medical safety commission said late Monday that the fake antiviral drug, which it called “a health risk,” was found at a hospital in the Gulf coast city of Tampico, in the border state of Tamaulipas.

The commission said the doses had been purchased in an “irregular manner” on the internet but didn’t say whether the medication had been used there.

The drug’s manufacturer, Gilead Sciences, confirmed the falsification. The appearance and lot numbers on the packaging didn’t match the original.

The U.S. and Mexico have approved remdesivir as a treatment for COVID-19.


NEW DELHI — The most comprehensive research yet estimates India’s excess deaths during the coronavirus pandemic were a staggering 10 times the official COVID-19 toll.

Most experts believe India’s official toll of 414,000 dead was a vast undercount, but the government has dismissed those concerns. A report released Tuesday estimates excess deaths to be 3 million to 4.7 million between January 2020 and this June.

It calculated its figures by comparing deaths to those in

Hilton has made daily housekeeping optional across most of its brands in the U.S. Effective this week, daily housekeeping will be performed only upon request.

Luxury brands Waldorf Astoria, Conrad and LXR are exempt from the new policy. Housekeeping services also will be done automatically on the fifth day of any extended stay at a U.S. hotel.

“Our guests have told us that they have varying levels of comfort with someone entering their rooms after they have checked in,” said Hilton in a statement. “We encourage our guests to call the front desk to request room cleaning, and our team members stand ready to assist with extra towels or amenities.”

Meanwhile, Hilton properties in Europe, the Middle East and Africa are currently “operating housekeeping as requested,” while hotels in the Asia-Pacific region are still providing daily housekeeping, according to a Hilton spokeswoman.

Though on-demand housekeeping services have become commonplace during the pandemic, Hilton is one of the first major hospitality players to make it companywide policy. 

The shift away from daily housekeeping has emerged as a flash point in the industry, with some hospitality union groups arguing that less frequent room cleanings create more challenging work for housekeepers while threatening their job security. 

Melody Smith will be reaching new heights this fall as she trades Swan Quarter for Appalachian State University in Boone. The Pungo Christian Academy student is the first private high school student to complete an associate degree in arts and a Criminal Justice Technology Certificate through Beaufort County Community College. She will have earned all these credentials in just four years.

Students at all public and private high schools in the region can apply to take free college classes at BCCC starting their junior year through Career and College Promise, a statewide dual-enrollment program. The college is currently outfitting more schools in its service area with broadcast equipment thanks to a Rural Development grant from the US Department of Agriculture to save students travel time to its main campus.

When Smith found out that she could complete a full associate degree, she talked to her parents about pursuing that option.

“I could save money, and Ms. Stacy (Jones)and my mom and dad have been a huge encouragement for me,” she says. Stacy Jones serves as the college liaison for Mattamuskeet Early College High School, Northside High School, Pungo Christian Academy, Ocracoke School and Terra Ceia Christian School.

Smith plans to major in English education and minor in forensic science.

Of the pairing, she says, “I always loved teaching because one of the English teachers I had, she was amazing. And forensic science, I’ve always loved blood-typing and digging deeper into stuff to find out what happened.”

Smith is excited about the opportunity of studying and potentially teaching in the mountains after she finishes at App State. Her graduating class only has six students, so joining a larger class allowed her to interact with some new ideas.

“We got to take a few classes on Beaufort’s campus before COVID hit. Being in a bigger setting and getting to meet new people, it was good for us. I liked it,” she said. This is also a factor in choosing App State.

“I’m looking forward to being able to meet new people and be in a new place, to meet people who are different than what I’m used to,” she says. Smith has lived in the Belhaven area her entire life.

Even after classes went online, she enjoyed discussions with other students in her literature class with English professor Sophronia Knot.

“It’s one of my favorite classes,” Smith said. “We will start talking to the teacher about which books we’re on. It’s just nice to be able to meet all these people, even though we’re not in person. In a way, you still get this connection as if you were still in class.”

Shifting to online classes had advantages for the busy student.

“I like being on campus and being able to interact with the teachers,” Smith said, “but it fit into my schedule a lot better because I also work at night, so I’m able to take more classes being online.”

She is a server at Harris Steak and Seafood, which she

EAU CLAIRE — There are still about 2,400 people in the Eau Claire area who had jobs before the pandemic but are not currently employed.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development released statistics on Wednesday showing the difference between how many people were working just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Eau Claire metropolitan area compared to the current employment level.

Last month there were 85,500 people employed in Eau Claire and Chippewa counties combined, based on preliminary, seasonally adjusted figures. In March 2020 there were 87,900 employed in the Eau Claire metro area.

Officially declared a pandemic in mid-March 2020 — just after that month’s employment statistics had already been calculated — the impact of COVID-19 on the job market was dramatically apparent the following month. In April 2020, employment in the Eau Claire metro area plummeted to 75,300. Since then jobs have been coming back, but some sectors including leisure and hospitality have not yet recovered to pre-pandemic levels.

The unemployment rate is continuing to decline in the Eau Claire metro. In March 2020 it stood at 4% and jumped the next month to 13.4% as the pandemic delivered a quick shock to the economy. But it has receded since then, reaching 4.7% last month — an improvement on February’s 4.9%.

North Olympic Peninsula employers added more than 300 jobs last month as Clallam and Jefferson counties’ unemployment dipped slightly in March, state officials said.

Clallam County unemployment fell from a revised 7.8 percent in February to a preliminary 7.4 percent in March, the state Employment Security Department reported Tuesday.

Jefferson County’s jobless rate went from a revised 7.7 percent in February to a preliminary
7.6 percent last month.

Clallam County added 240 service-providing jobs and 140 government jobs in March, Employment Security said.

Clallam County gained a net 240 jobs in March but had shed 650 jobs since the COVID-19 lockdowns began in March 2020.

Jefferson County added 70 service-providing jobs in March, including 40 in leisure and hospitality.

Jefferson County gained a net 70 jobs in March but had lost a combined 740 jobs since March 2020, Employment Security said.

Unemployment rates in March 2020 were 7.0 percent in Clallam County and 6.3 percent in Jefferson County.

State employers added 23,100 jobs in March as the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment dipped from 5.6 percent in February to 5.4 percent last month, Employment Security said.

Unemployment rates at the county level are not seasonally adjusted because the sample size is too small to accommodate the additional analysis, according to the department.

“Broad gains in hiring continued from February through March in response to the improving public health position,” said Paul Turek, Employment Security economist.

“Although employment remains below pre-pandemic levels, the state’s labor market is on track to make up the deficit relatively quickly.”

Asotin County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 4.5 percent in March, followed by Whitman (4.8 percent) and Walla Walla (5.2 percent) counties.

Ferry County had the highest March unemployment at 9.8 percent last month, followed by Pend Oreille (9.2 percent) and Grays Harbor (8.8 percent) counties.


Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at [email protected]