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One in 7 reported COVID-19 infections is among health workers: WHO

first_imgOne in seven cases of COVID-19 reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) is a health worker and in some countries that figure rises to one in three, the agency said on Thursday.The WHO called for frontline medical workers to be provided with protective equipment to prevent them from being infected with the novel coronavirus, and potentially spreading it to their patients and families.”Globally around 14% of COVID cases reported to the WHO are among health workers and in some countries it’s as much as 35%,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “Patients’ safety requires guarantees of health worker safety as well – two sides of the same coin. Regrettably too often those guarantees are missing,” Ryder said.WHO’s emergency chief Mike Ryan said that three things haunt health workers on the frontlines of infectious disease outbreaks.”One is to stand there and watch people die because you can’t help them. Two is to see a worker fall and be infected, your fellow worker and friend.”And the third – and the one that really weighs on health workers most of the time in these situations – is the chance they could take that disease home to their families, to their friends, to their children,” Ryan said.More than 1,000 nurses have died after contracting the virus, the International Council of Nurses, a Geneva-based association, said in a statement. Topics :center_img He added data was limited however and it was hard to know if people were infected at work or in their communities.Tedros was addressing a news briefing marking World Patient Safety Day, as the number of people reported infected with the coronavirus neared 30 million, with 938,291 deaths, according to a Reuters tally.”It’s not just the risk of infection. Every day, health workers are exposed to stress, burnout, stigma, discrimination and even violence,” he added.Guy Ryder, director-general of the U.N.’s International Labor Organization (ILO), said the WHO figures on infections among health workers were a “shocking testimony”.last_img read more

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Dragados’ Aberdeen Update: Half of Caissons Placed in South Harbor

first_imgImage source: DragadosThe Aberdeen Harbor Expansion Project has reached another important landmark, with the placement of the 11th caisson at Nigg Bay, out of a total of 22. This 7,000-tonnes caisson, which bears the name Catrina, is part of Aberdeen South Harbor’s Dunnottar Quay.“It has been towed on site on a two-day journey from the Cromarty Firth. Once this floating structure was correctly positioned, its empty chambers were filled with water in order to sink it into its permanent position,” Dragados SA UK & Ireland, the principal contractor for the Aberdeen Harbor Expansion Project, said in its latest announcement.The final caissons will soon be transported from La Coruna in Spain to Scotland, where they will be floated into position as needed.Construction on Aberdeen Harbor Board’s £350 million South Harbor is now progressing according to schedule. This follows six years of unprecedented public engagement by the Board and Executive Team across the widest range of stakeholders.The pre-construction feasibility study also included a large-scale Environmental Impact Assessment, an integrated investigation into funding streams, and the creation of a Development Framework, which considered the opportunities presented by the potential investment in the new harbor for the wider Nigg, East Tullos and Altens area.Three high level planning applications were also secured: a Harbor Revision Order from Transport Scotland, Marine Licenses from Marine Scotland and for Planning Permission in Principle from Aberdeen City Council.Image source: Dragadoslast_img read more

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Barbados hit by virtual disaster

first_img Share Share Local and regional agencies respond to worst-case scenario at Exercise Tradewinds 2012 in Barbados.BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday June 27, 2012 – Barbados was just hit by a tsunami in the midst of dealing with a terrorist hostage situation, a collapsed stadium and a bombing that damaged an oil tanker causing an oil spill into Carlisle Bay, all while preparing for the impending threat of a hurricane.Fortunately, none of this happened, but it was the scenario that the agencies and nations involved in the Command Post Exercise (CPX) of Exercise Tradewinds 2012 had to resolve in the recently concluded five-day training event.Tradewinds 2012 was an interagency, multinational exercise designed to enhance the collective abilities of Caribbean defense forces and disaster management agencies to counter transnational organized crime, provide disaster relief and humanitarian aid.Now in its 28th year, Tradewinds was hosted by Barbados and involved the participation of 14 other nations from the region: Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.  In addition, the United States and Canada facilitated and conducted the training involved in the exercise.Tradewinds consisted of practical ground forces training, practical maritime training and the virtual CPX.The CPX was arguably the most important part of the event this year because it augmented the partnerships between the participating partner nations.The goal of this year’s training was to maximize and optimize the interoperability of the Regional Security System (RSS) coming into Barbados as if an event happened here, said Major Carlos Davila, exercise plans officer with Marine Forces South and Chief Controller of the CPX.The exercise has been successful in serving to shed some light on areas that need to be re-worked in order to make the effort more efficient in the future, said Major Davila.“It gives us a chance to see where we can coordinate our response better to disaster relief or criminal activity,” said Carl Williams, Royal Barbados Police Force community officer and a training conductor in the CPX.The importance of the exercise can only be measured in a time of crisis when it is critical to have maximum cooperation between the nations of the region and the respective agencies that would respond in order to augment the safety and security of the affected area.Barbadians were placed in the decision-making roles in order for them to gain the maximum benefit of the exercise here in their home nation.“We placed partner nations in staff positions to support Barbados in command positions because they would normally head the operation here anyway,” said Major Davila.One particular focus of the CPX was how the region responds to disaster relief and humanitarian aid. This was especially important to stress in a geographical location frequently threatened by hurricanes.“The exercise is well on its way to achieving the stated objectives,” said Robert Harewood, program officer at the Department of Emergency Management and a training conductor in the CPX.The objectives were fully encompassing and focused on aspects that aren’t normally practiced.“We are testing strategic planning in order to put procedures in place to fix the problems,” said Harewood. “We have been working on scenarios for about six months.”While the training event lacked the stress of real-world tragedy, the requirement for a quick response to a disaster scenario created its own pressure.“We’re pushing the envelope to the actual breaking point in order to measure our response and identify what opportunities we have for improvement,” said Harewood.It took the cooperation and diligence of many agencies just to plan something of this magnitude.“A whole host of agencies sit around a table and basically discuss the challenges and come up with solutions to those challenges,” said Harewood.Tradewinds 2012 provided the opportunity for interagency and international training between partner nations. This developed and maintained participating regional civil and maritime services’ capabilities to respond to a variety of missions while exercising vital information sharing and coordinating lines of communication between exercise participants.Caribbean 360 News Share 10 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet NewsRegional Barbados hit by virtual disaster by: – June 27, 2012 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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NOC’s AGM gets date

first_imgRelatedPosts NOC joins 2020 Olympic Day celebration NOC mourns Abba Kyari NOC holds seminar for fitness in Lagos The Nigeria Olympic Committee will hold its Annual General Meeting on December 12, 2019 at the Starview Palace Hotel, Gwarimpa Estate in FCT, Abuja.Coming on the heels of hosting the International Olympic Committee President, Dr Thomas Bach and his entourage for the commissioning of the Association of National Olympic Committee of Africa, secretariat, the NOC will discuss amongst other issues the level of preparedness for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.The AGM will also feature a Patrons forum where the NOC will interact with distinguished Patrons and further highlight their roles and responsibilities.According to the notice of meeting signed by Olabanji Oladapo, Secretary General of NOC, the Patrons Forum is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 by 2pm at the same venue of the AGM while the Congress comes up on December 12.In view of the above, all members of the Executive Committee are hereby invited to be part of the Forum as delegates arrival date is December 11 and departure December 13, 2019. Tags: Nigeria Olympic CommitteeOlabanji OladapoStarview Palace Hotellast_img read more

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GSA girls beat Piscataquis to make Class C North title game

first_imgBANGOR — In each of the past three years, the George Stevens Academy girls’ team was stopped short of being able to compete at Bangor’s Cross Insurance Center. Now that they’ve finally made it, they plan on savoring every minute.About 90 minutes before the GSA Eagles was scheduled to tip off against Piscataquis on Friday, their players were taking lap after lap around the arena. They weren’t running, though; instead, the Eagles were walking as slowly as possible to take everything in.Instead of going back to the locker room after that, several players asked a security guard nearby if they could stretch on the floor. From there, they looked up at the empty seats. Those seats would soon be filled with their friends, family members and everyone else who made the trip from Blue Hill and the surrounding areas.“I don’t think anyone has been enjoying this experience as much as these girls have,” GSA head coach Bill Case said. “After the past few seasons we’ve had, they’re so excited to have their opportunity.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWhen that opportunity came Friday, there was little doubt who was in control.The GSA girls joined the boys’ team as the second from the school to reach the Class C North title game when they dominated the third-seeded Piscataquis Pirates 50-29. The win put the girls within a win of their first regional title since 2009.“I’ve been looking forward to this moment the entire season,” senior Morgan Dauk said. “To know that the team’s hard work is paying off is just amazing.”Right from the start, Piscataquis was on a mission to stop 6-foot GSA senior Morgan Dauk. Yet no matter what they did, the Pirates couldn’t stop anything the Eagles (18-2) did on offense. Dauk was able to score even when double- and triple-teamed, and the mismatches that led to wide-open 3-pointers from Sarah Mullen and Julianna Allen.After taking an 18-13 lead after one quarter, GSA turned to its defense. The Eagles heavily guarded the Pirates’ skilled scoring duo of Erin Speed and Sara Almirante, and the other Piscataquis shooters couldn’t capitalize. GSA (18-2) went into halftime ahead 31-17.In the second half, Dauk got help from her frontcourt partner, junior Mazie Smallidge. Smallidge had been held scoreless in the first half, but she made three consecutive baskets toward the end of the third quarter to extend GSA’s lead over the Pirates (15-5) to 21 entering the fourth.“I think everything just opened up,” Smallidge said. “We started passing better and moving the ball better, and it opened me up, too.”That lead would hold, and GSA players celebrated, shook hands and went to high-five the boys’ team behind the bench. Nearly everyone wearing maroon who had attended the boys’ game had stayed, and they were rewarded with the chance to watch another one of their school’s teams compete for a trip to the state championship.“To have this experience with both our boys and girls together, it’s a dream come true,” Case said. “Every team wants to be here, and our community has been so passionate and supportive of both teams this whole time.”GSA’s next game will be against the Dexter Tigers (15-6) at 7:05 p.m. tonight. With a win, the Eagles would face Old Orchard or Monmouth in the state title game at 7:05 p.m. March 4. MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com.center_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Bio Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020last_img read more

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North Georgetown maul Central in Milo U-18 fixture

first_imgNORTH Georgetown were in fine form on Sunday when the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH)-sponsored Milo Under-18 football competition continued at the Ministry of Education ground. The North Georgetown side won 10-0 against Central High, with Nehemiah Gomes scoring five times (9th, 21st, 28th, 56th, 58th), while Ruben Miller had a brace (36th, 62nd).Marcos DeLima (38th) and Brandon Solomon (39th) were also on the score sheet.Game two had School of the Nations through Benjonel Parkes (55th,,67th), and Andy Parkes (64th), whipped Dolphin Secondary 3-0.St George’s in game three had to fight for their win against Mae’s Secondary, with that game ending 3-2.Oren Williams 45th minute strike coupled with Anthony Pierre’s brace (7th, 67th) ensured that their side emerged victorious as Diego Britton (34th) and Darshan Persaud (56th) tried valiantly to push their side ahead.Tutorial High overcame Queen’s College 2-1 in the final game of the afternoon, thanks to a Zion Gray brace (29th, 35th), while Gaven Houston (25th) was able to ink his name on the scoresheet.Games continue this weekend.last_img read more

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Sturridge ‘devastated’ by four-month ban for breaching betting rules

first_imgFORMER Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge says he is “devastated” after being banned from football for four months for breaching betting rules.He was originally given a six-week ban last summer, four of them suspended, but the FA appealed against the findings of an independent commission.An appeal board also doubled the 30-year-old’s fine to £150 000.Sturridge’s contract with Turkish side Trabzonspor had been terminated by mutual agreement earlier yesterday.In a video posted on his YouTube account Sturridge said it had been “a crazy few days” after the “disappointing and upsetting” decision ended his season.He added: “I just want to say it’s been a very long and drawn-out process over the last couple of years and difficult to concentrate on my football.“I’m going to continue to campaign for professional footballers to be able to speak to their families and close friends freely, without the real risk of being charged.“I feel the betting companies and the practice and process of people placing bets on players moving clubs has to be stopped.”He thanked Trabzonspor but added he felt “uncomfortable” continuing to receive wages from the club due to being unable to “contribute”.Sturridge had faced various charges alleging he passed on inside information over a potential transfer in January 2018.A statement from the FA said the appeal board had ruled that the commission “misapplied rules in relation to the use of inside information and made findings of fact which could not be sustained”.As a result, the board found proven two further charges that had originally been dismissed.Liverpool announced in June 2019 that Sturridge – who scored eight times in 26 appearances for England – would be leaving the club that summer at the end of his contract.He went on to score seven goals in 16 appearances for six-time Turkish champions Trabzonspor.The former Manchester City and Chelsea forward’s most recent England appearance came as a substitute in a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania in October 2017.Sturridge has been suspended from all football and football-related activity until the end of June 17.The commission found he had instructed his brother Leon to bet on a possible move to Spanish side Sevilla, and that he had given him inside information during the January 2018 transfer window.Sturridge said the FA’s case was “overblown and misconceived” and that he gave an innocent explanation for text messages to his brother.Submissions on his behalf said he did not have the type of personality that is drawn to adrenaline or the risk of wrongdoing, and had no real interest in gambling.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

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Nigerian Athletes Set to Battle for Honours at Okpekpe Race

first_imgThe country’s athletes have set their sights on competing keenly with their East African counterparts as the seventh Okpekpe 10km Road Race takes centre stage in Okpekpe, Etsako East Local Government of Edo State.The IAAF Silver Label Race has been won in the last six editions by athletes from East Africa, Kenya and Ethiopia to be precise, but some of the long distance runners in Nigeria have set their targets on achieving something from this year’s edition.The organisers are targeting a Gold Label after this year’s race and some top athletes from Nigeria believe this will even make them to perform better running side-by-side with some of the top distance runners across the world. Speaking on Thursday, Emmanuel Gyan, who just got married to his lover of many years, Deborah Pam, another top athlete the country can boast of, said they were ready for the race.“I have been available for the race in the last six editions, this time around, I am ready to do better than I have been doing in the past,” he said.“Although we are going to be competing with some of the best in the world, but that will only ginger us better especially those of us from Nigeria.“It is not going to be easy, but we are all battle ready and nothing will stop us from getting our dues as an athlete in Nigeria.“I got married recently and my wife also ready to achieve a better position this time around. She has been the best from the country but now ready to compete with the other top women runners.”On her part, Pam said marriage would not stop her from achieving the goal of coming out on tops at this year’s Okpekpe Race.Meanwhile, the organisers have announced the arrival of all the athletes expected for the race and will embark on the tour of the course on Friday (today) in line with IAAF requirements.Head of the race secretariat Mercy Etukudo said this year’s race would be explosive as only the best athletes over the 10 km distance have been assembled for the race.The race will be live on the terrestrial platform of the Africa Independent Television, AIT.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Syracuse basketball opponent preview: Visual breakdown of Gonzaga

first_imgTyler Roberson – Kyle Wiltjer Create bar chartsDajuan Coleman – Domantas SabonisCreate bar chartsBig NumbersGonzaga’s 29.11 defensive rebounds per game is fifth-best in the country.The Bulldogs have made it into the NCAA Tournament 18 straight times. That’s the fourth-longest active streak. Comments  AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPositional ComparisonMichael Gbinije – Josh PerkinsCreate bar charts Trevor Cooney – Eric McClellan Create bar chartsMalachi Richardson – Kyle DranginisCreate bar charts Overview Team ComparisonSyracuse vs. Gonzaga Create bar chartscenter_img Published on March 25, 2016 at 10:11 am Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories NCAA Tournament: Stats to know for Syracuse-GonzagaJim Boeheim and Gonzaga head coach Mark Few have relationship far beyond basketballGonzaga poses threat to Syracuse with versatile tandem of Kyle Wiltjer and Domantas SabonisNCAA Tournament: On the Beat previews Syracuse-Gonzaga basketball Sweet 16 game from the United CenterSyracuse’s practice time thrown out of whack by late gamelast_img read more

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Hilarious video shows vertically challenged Tarik Cohen complaining about towels being placed too high

first_imgThis led to a hilarious exchange in a behind-the-scenes video the Bears posted on YouTube. The video was a simple interview with defensive lineman Nick Williams, who was talking to the media. But about midway through his media session, Cohen could be heard in the background:”WHO KEEPS PUTTING THE TOWELS ON THE TOP SHELF?”(Start the video at about 32 seconds.) Bears running back Tarik Cohen is one of the shortest players in the NFL standing at 5-6.He is in a league of giants (not the New York kind), so Cohen’s height stands out more than it would in the regular world. He is not that short of a person, but he short by NFL standards. So when he is in a locker room full of NFL athletes, everything is adjusted for taller players. MORE: Geno Smith’s coin toss sound stirs up dumb controversyThis is not the only time Cohen’s height has been brought up this season. During the Bears’ Week 7 matchup against the Saints, some New Orleans players started mocking Cohen’s height. The video made its way to social media, and Cohen responded, “Y’all act like i don’t know I’m short.”This tweet so stupid . Y’all act like i don’t know I’m short . https://t.co/HZGbUeKPHb— Tarik Cohen (@TarikCohen) October 21, 2019last_img read more

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