Roger Ryman, a ‘Real-Life’ Cowboy From Nebraska, Dies at 70

first_imgRoger Allen Ryman was born on Nov. 30, 1949, in Lincoln to Leslie Ryman, a radio and television repairman, and Myrtle (Birt) Ryman, a school office clerk and homemaker.His great-grandfather, Harry, founded Ryman Brothers cattle ranch with his sons, three brothers who married three sisters and staked homestead claims in the early 1900s. Roger considered becoming a history teacher, but his summers working at the ranch persuaded him to stick with the family tradition. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science.In 1968, he married Nancy Stier; their marriage ended in divorce. In addition to their daughter, he is survived by their sons, Justin Ryman and Tony Willis; two sisters, Deloris Oltman and Connie Hanken; and seven grandchildren.Mr. Ryman had a gift for telling stories and playing poker. He coached high school basketball and served on the school board, Ms. Ryman Yost said. “He worked incredibly hard and he was a man of faith.”But he never forgot his life as a cowboy.“I loved horses and the way you feel when you swing into the saddle, pull your collar up and your hat down, and ride off. The feeling of independence, the brisk air in your face, you and horse as one,” he wrote in 2015 in a collection of letters to his grandchildren. “There is no other feeling like it in the world.” – Advertisement – He idolized Roy Rogers, and in 1958 won a letter-writing contest that entitled him to attend a performance by Rogers and his wife, Dale Evans, at the Nebraska State Fair.He spent summers in junior high and high school in the prairies and dunes of the Sandhills in north-central Nebraska working on the ranch that his great-grandfather had homesteaded. Thirty-six hours after learning that he had tested positive, and only three days after developing symptoms, Mr. Ryman died at his home, where his daughter found him on the morning of Oct. 20 after he failed to respond to telephone calls and text messages. He was 70. He left work early on Oct. 16 because he was feeling ill. Only then, his daughter said, was he told that a co-worker had tested positive for the coronavirus eight days earlier. Mr. Ryman was advised to get tested, too.center_img He dreamed of becoming a cowboy, his daughter, Cindy Ryman Yost, recalled. And he did.- Advertisement – This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here.Two decades before the balladeer Willie Nelson warned, “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” 8-year-old Roger Ryman was well on his way.- Advertisement – “Our dad was a real life cowboy, ranching and roping in the Sandhills of Nebraska and the mountains of northeastern California for 30 years,” Ms. Ryman Yost said.But after all those decades of rough-riding and injuries while herding cattle, he earned a real estate license and sold properties in California, Florida and Arkansas before returning to Lincoln, Neb., where he grew up.A few years ago, Mr. Ryman overcame a rare form of cancer and had open-heart surgery. Since then, he had been exercising, lost weight and was hewing to a healthier diet. He was working part-time as a driver at an auto dealership where he asked not to be scheduled if any colleagues contracted Covid-19 given his vulnerability to disease, his daughter said.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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West Java asks central govt for PCR kits to boost testing

first_imgThe West Java administration has asked the central government for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests to increase the province’s COVID-19 testing capacity.Governor Ridwan Kamil said the administration sought to increase West Java’s testing ratio to a minimum of 1 percent – 500,000 tests out of the province’s 50 million people – in accordance with World Health Organization recommendations.”We’ve managed to test 50,000 samples per week, but we’re supposed to double that number. Therefore, we’ve asked for help from the central government,” Ridwan said on Thursday.The West Java COVID-19 task force, he said, had been urging the central government to help the province increase its testing capacity since August.Read also: Indonesia’s COVID-19 testing positivity remains far above WHO standard for ‘new normal’The task force requested 250,000 PCR test kits from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) in early September and asked for permission to allow private laboratories to run the tests.Ridwan said West Java had the second-highest PCR testing rate in the country, after Jakarta.However, the province’s testing rate has been fluctuating.According to Health Ministry data, as of Sept. 7, West Java had only tested 301 people per 1 million, far below other provinces such as Jakarta (3,048 tests per million people), East Kalimantan (2,517 tests per million), Yogyakarta (1,198 tests per million) and South Kalimantan (1,128 tests per million).According to the administration’s Information and Coordination Center (Pikobar), West Java managed to test 50,000 samples in the week of Sept. 1 to Sept. 7.In the second week of September, only 25,686 samples were tested. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

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‘Unbroken’ to play at Wellington Regent this weekend

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Rotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 50%. Audience review: 73% approval. Movies ahead at Regent Theater:Coming soon:Jan. 23 – Into the Woods.Follow us on Twitter.center_img This week at the Regent Theater: Unbroken (Movie trailer is below).When:  Friday 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.Rated: PG-13. Time: 2 hours, 17 minutesMovie Synopsis: Academy Award (R) winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII-only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp, having impossibly survived being adrift in the open Pacific for several weeks.Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s (“Seabiscuit: An American Legend”) enormously popular book, Unbroken brings to the big screen Zamperini’s unbelievable and inspiring true story about the resilient power of the human spirit. Starring alongside O’Connell, Gleeson and Wittrock are Garrett Hedlund and John Magaro as fellow POWs who find an unexpected camaraderie during their internment, Alex Russell as Zamperini’s brother, Pete, and in his English-language feature debut, Japanese actor Miyavi as the brutal camp guard known only to the men as “The Bird.”Leading the accomplished behind-the-scenes crew is 10-time Oscar (R)-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins (Skyfall). Academy Award (R) winners Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men) rewrote the screenplay from earlier drafts by William Nicholson (Les Misérables) and Richard LaGravenese (HBO’s Behind the Candelabra).last_img read more

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TERMON LADIES WIN VENUE SWITCH FOR ULSTER FINAL REPLAY

first_imgBREAKING SPORTS NEWS: THE Ulster Council of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association has agreed to switch the venue of the Ulster final replay between Termon and Donaghmoyne.The Donegal champions were unlucky not to take the title in Clones last Sunday, the Monaghan champions equalising in seven minutes of injury time.It was announced after the game that the replay would go ahead this Saturday at the same venue, giving Donaghmoyne a second ‘home’ final. Termon Ladies appealed – and the decision has been reversed.The match will go ahead this Saturday in Trillick, Co Tyrone, with the Termon team hoping fans of ladies football throughout Donegal will go along and support them.Best of luck this Saturday ladies. Throw-in is at 2pm.   TERMON LADIES WIN VENUE SWITCH FOR ULSTER FINAL REPLAY was last modified: October 23rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ClonesGaelic FootballLGFATermonTermon ladiesTrillicklast_img read more

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