Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York While public anxiety over the Ebola virus in the US has subsided over the past week, the continued threat that it and other infectious diseases pose has convinced North Shore LIJ officials that it’s time to develop a biological containment unit on Long Island.The specialized unit would be housed in one of North Shore LIJ’s 16 hospitals, and would take at least 18 months to build, the hospital system announced Thursday. The health system has not yet decided which facility would hold the unit. There are only four hospitals in the US with similar specialized containment units—none in the Northeast.“In light of the public’s anxiety about Ebola, it’s clear that we need to develop a more-permanent solution to meeting public health needs in the event of a major infectious disease outbreak in the future,” Michael Dowling, president and CEO of North Shore-LIJ, said in a press release.To further highlight the need for North Shore LIJ to develop a biological containment unit, Dowling warned that several contagious diseases—including Ebola, SARS, MRSA and the H1N1 virus—“will always be with us.”A rendering of what North Shore LIJ’s bio-containment unit would look like.North Shore LIJ spokesman Terry Lynam said the hospital estimates that the project would cost about $15 million. The biological containment unit would be modeled after the Nebraska Medicine Biocontainment Patient Care Unit and the Serious Communicable Disease Unit in Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Emory has in recent weeks treated three patients with Ebola: a Dallas nurse and two missionary workers aiding doctors in Liberia.North Shore LIJ’s Glen Cove hospital has also been designated by New York State as one of eight hospitals that would treat a potential Ebola patient. Stony Brook University Hospital was the other LI hospital to receive that designation. Both have created specialized isolation units to treat such victims.“We have a responsibility to prepare and protect the communities we serve,” Dowling said.North Shore LIJ said it has trained thousands of its employees how to properly don and remove personal protective equipment.
Troicki, 34, entered Janko Tipsarevic’s Eastern European Championship tournament which started in Belgrade last Monday and pulled out after learning that he and his wife tested positive.”My wife took the test on Friday and I took it on Sunday after she tested positive,” Troicki told Serbia’s Telegraf website. “Our daughter tested negative.”The ATP wished players and staff who tested positive at the event a speedy recovery and urged “strict adherence to responsible social distancing” to limit the spread of the virus.The governing body added that it will implement a variety of precautions and protocols that would be adjusted as and when dictated by the latest medical information to ensure safety at events when the tour resumes on Aug. 14.The WTA did not respond to a request for comment. Organizers of the Adria Tour could not be reached for comment.Bulgarian Dimitrov flew in to play in Djokovic’s event in Belgrade and the second leg, as did other top names like Dominic Thiem of Austria and Germany’s Alexander Zverev.Organizers of other sports looking to resume from the coronavirus shutdown will be watching developments with some trepidation as they try to find the safest way of getting competition back under way.No social distancingThe tournament witnessed packed stands during the opening leg in Belgrade, players hugging at the net, playing basketball, posing for pictures and attending press conferences together.Djokovic organized nights out in Belgrade for the players and pictures and videos of him dancing with the other participants at his event were posted on social media.With both Serbia and Croatia easing lockdown measures weeks before the event, players were not obliged to observe social distancing rules in either country.”It is recommended that anyone who has been in close contact for more than 10 minutes with the tennis player be advised to self-isolate for 14 days and to contact their doctor,” the event organizers said in a statement on Monday.With international tennis suspended, Djokovic organized the Adria Tour as a charity event to be contested over four legs across the former Yugoslavia.Djokovic’s fitness coach Marco Panichi also tested positive, Serbian daily Sportski Zurnal reported, quoting Croatia’s health institute.The men’s world number one took the test on Monday after returning to Belgrade in the morning and his test results will be announced on Tuesday, after which he is set to address the public, Serbian media reported.Zverev, Croatia’s Marin Cilic and Russian Andrey Rublev – who all played at the Adria Tour – said they tested negative for the virus but will follow self-isolation guidelines.”Boneheaded decision to go ahead with the ‘exhibition’ speedy recovery fellas, but that’s what happens when you disregard all protocols. This IS NOT A JOKE,” Australian player Nick Kyrgios said in a scathing social media post.American tennis great Chris Evert also criticized the organizers for the lack of social-distancing, saying “… total physical contact, no face masks, even the fans were without masks.. I don’t get it.”Thiem, the men’s number three, is currently playing in France in the Ultimate Tennis Showdown (UTS), which is co-owned by Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou.Organisers of the UTS, which also features men’s top-10 players like Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and Italian Matteo Berrettini, posted pictures on Friday of Thiem undergoing a test after arriving at the Mouratoglou academy in Nice. Topics : Those plans, however, could need to be redrawn after three players who had featured in the Adria Tour event tested positive for the coronavirus. On Sunday Grigor Dimitrov said he had contracted the novel coronavirus.While the players did not break any Serbian or Croatian government protocols, as neither country required the athletes to maintain any social distancing, the fact that three players and some support staff caught the virus highlights the risks of athletes from different countries being in close proximity to each other.”I want to make sure anyone who has been in contact with me during the last few days gets tested,” Coric, ranked No.33 in the world, said on Twitter. “I am really sorry for any harm I might have caused. I’m feeling well and don’t have any symptoms.”Troicki played in the first leg staged at Djokovic’s tennis complex in central Belgrade from June 13-14, before Dimitrov and Coric tested positive at the second leg in Zadar held from June 20-21. Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki tested positive for COVID-19 after playing in Novak Djokovic’s Adria Tour exhibition event, raising serious concerns for tennis governing bodies in their bid to restart the sport after a lengthy shutdown.The professional circuit was halted in early March as nations closed borders and imposed lockdowns to contain the spread of the virus.Last week the men’s ATP and the WTA, which runs women’s events, issued revised calendars for the resumption of the circuit from August while organizers of the US Open said the Grand Slam will be staged without fans as scheduled from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13 in New York.
Topics : The APIB accuses the government of far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro of having “done nothing” to prevent the relentless spread of coronavirus in areas where 750,000 indigenous people live. So far, more than 5,300 have been infected.Brazil is the second-worst-hit country in the world, with more than a million infections and over 50,000 deaths from COVID-19.”If he had adopted preventative measures from the beginning, we would have avoided this number of deaths,” Sonia Guajajara, APIB coordinator, told a podcast for the Socio-Environmental Institute NGO (ISA).Nonagenarian Kaiapo leader Raoni Metuktire claimed Bolsonaro was “taking advantage” of the pandemic to further exploitative projects in the Amazon that could endanger indigenous communities. ‘Pandemic of abandonment’ Poverty is further exacerbating the situation.Some 5,000 Qom people living in Chaco, in the north of Argentina, rely on social support as quarantine rules have prevented them from selling their handicrafts. Malnutrition doesn’t help, and there have been 16 deaths in less than a month.”These are vulnerable neighborhoods where they live in overcrowded situations, without access to basic services such as running water, which makes the virus spread faster,” said Argentina’s Social Development Minister Daniel Arroyo.In Guatemala, where half the population is indigenous, government assistance “hasn’t had an impact in places where the largest indigenous populations live,” said the human rights ombudsman in early June.”There’s already a pandemic of abandonment” of indigenous people, Daniel Pascual, coordinator of the Peasant Unity Committee, told AFP. ‘Fear for ancestral wisdom’ Wearing a crown of feathers, a necklace of tusks and a surgical mask, Remberto Cahuamari is worried that the loss of “grandparents” to COVID-19 will rob the Ticuna community in the Colombian department of Amazonas of its ancestral wisdom.”We’d be left with our young who in the future won’t know anything about our cultures and our customs. That’s what scares us,” he told AFP.A man with his face covered by a mask and holding a stick watches over the entrance to the village of El Progreso, which can only be reached by the Tucushira, one of more than 1,000 tributaries of the Amazon. This poor and depopulated part of southern Colombia has seen 320 coronavirus cases per 100,000 inhabitants — the worst in the country — and 954 deaths per million, compared to Colombia’s average of just 33.Two-thirds of the village’s population is indigenous, and “at risk of extinction,” according to Colombia’s National Indigenous Organization.The extensive area has no road connection to the rest of the country, and the only public hospital has no intensive care unit.”When COVID-19 arrived, our defenses were low,” Armando Wooriyu, secretary to a local indigenous organization, told AFP.He said some communities have moved to remote locations or closed off access and turned to traditional medicine to fight the virus.In Loreto, in the Peruvian jungle, the virus has hit communities already affected by dengue, flu, rubella and smallpox.Some areas are only accessible by boat, and the nearest medical facility is “between six and eight hours, and up to three days or more” away, said the Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the East.It said 60 percent of villages are lacking either a medical center, equipment or medicine.The Yuqui people from the tropical center of Bolivia are “in grave danger” of disappearing after 16 of its 300 members became infected, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. The Pan American Health Organization says that at least 20,000 people living in the Amazon River basin, which passes through Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana and Suriname, are infected.On the border between Brazil and Venezuela, the Yanomamis territory is occupied by around 20,000 illegal miners, according to Survival International.Sometimes, the illegal miners and loggers carry the virus with them, exposing indigenous populations to danger.A study by the Federal University of Minas Gerais and ISA predicted that 14,000 Yanomamis could become infected if authorities don’t act to protect them. Indigenous people in Latin America have been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic due to weak immune systems and centuries of state neglect. The threat posed to indigenous communities was highlighted last week with the virus death of Brazilian chief Paulinho Paiakan, an iconic defender of the Amazon rainforest, which is home to 420 indigenous communities.Paiakan’s death in a hospital in the north of Brazil was one of more than 300 amongst the country’s 100 indigenous communities, according to the Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) group. That was five times as many deaths as in the whole of 2019.
RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Former Liverpool Manager, Kenny Dalglish, has tested positive for Coronavirus after being admitted to hospital for an infection, but is asymptomatic according to a statement by the Merseyside club on behalf of his family on Friday. Dalglish, 69, who has been in hospital since Wednesday after requiring intravenous antibiotics, is not in immediate danger. “He would like to take this opportunity to thank the brilliant NHS staff, whose dedication, bravery and sacrifice should be the focus of the nation’s attention at this extraordinary time,” the statement said. “He would also ask that they are given the space to do their jobs during what is an extremely challenging time for them and that his own family’s privacy is respected.” Dalglish, who also played for Celtic, is a revered figure at Anfield, having won six English league titles and three European Cups as a player. He added three more league triumphs as a manager and also led Blackburn Rovers to an unexpected Premier League title in the 1994-95 season. Reuters/NAN.Tags: CoronavirusKenny DalgishLiverpool
INDIA captain Virat Kohli criticised his team and skirted around questions about his own on-pitch behaviour as New Zealand completed a 2-0 Test series win in Christchurch.The Kiwis coasted to a seven-wicket victory after bowling out India for just 124 in their second innings.“We were completely outplayed in this series,” said Kohli, who had a top score of 19 in four innings.“We were not positive enough, we were not brave enough.”India, who lead the World Test Championship (WTC) table, also lost the first Test by 10 wickets.Kohli was animated at times during the second Test and when questioned by a journalist about accusations he swore at his opposite number Kane Williamson and at the crowd, replied: “What do you think?“You need to find out exactly what happened and then come with a better question. You can’t come here with half questions and half details of what happened.“And also, if you want to create controversy, this is not the right place to be. I had spoken to the match referee and he had no issues with what happened.”Victory moves New Zealand up to third in the WTC table, one place above England and a spot behind Australia. The top two teams meet in the final at Lord’s in June 2021. (BBC Sport).
Over sixty people gathered in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana on Friday morning, 01 December, to receive a wide range of awards from Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) Service. Donegal ETB presented certificates to over sixty adult learners who had achieved certification in a range of programmes both on a full-time and a part-time basis over the last year. Many of these learners completed their courses in the Buncrana Further Education and Training (FET) Centre and ETB classrooms in Carndonagh. These included part-time learners who received certification through the Learning for Living programme in General Learning, ICT, ESOL and CSPE. Full-time learners on the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) were presented with awards in Information Processing and Early Childhood Care and Education. Speaking at the awards, Donegal ETB Chairperson, Rena Donaghey, said “It’s an honour to be here this morning to present awards to so many adults. I would like to congratulate each and every one of them on their achievements.”Buncrana Further Education and Training (FET) Services StaffCróna Gallagher, Director of FET, Donegal ETB, stated, “It’s fantastic to see so many learners receiving awards here this morning. They have put so much work into getting their certification and I’m delighted to be able to share in their achievements. The certification they have received will now open up many more progression options to them within further education and training or the world of work.”Early Childhood Care and Education (Level 5) Learners, Buncrana (VTOS)Learning for Living Learners, BuncranaIT Learners, CarndonaghInformation Processing Computer (Level 5) Learners Buncrana (VTOS)General Learning Learners, BuncranaESOL and CSPE Learners, BuncranaIn 2016, almost 12,000 learners completed courses in more than 120 venues across the county, making Donegal ETB the largest FET provider in the county. Its wide range of courses can be found on the course finder section of its website (www.donegaletb.ie/coursefinder).Further updates on Donegal ETB can be found on its website (www.donegaletb.ie/news) and Twitter and Facebook accounts (@DonegalETB). Picture Special: Donegal ETB learners in Buncrana honoured with awards was last modified: December 6th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:awardsbuncranaDonegal ETBeducationPresentationtraining