Armed with lessons from Ebola, Africa braces for coronavirus surge

first_imgTopics : Asking patients to self-quarantine at home is not practical in many areas, where families cram into a single room, share a communal tap or latrine, and survive on daily earnings.”Africa should brace itself for a serious challenge,” John Nkengasong, head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said on March 11. “I still believe containment is possible, but only with extensive testing and surveillance.”Ebola experienceIn some places that looks all but impossible.In South Sudan, devastated by a five-year civil war, the government has just 24 isolation beds, said Dr. Angok Gordon Kuol, incident manager for the outbreak at the Ministry of Health.He said public officials were trying to encourage hand-washing, but many in the impoverished East African nation of 12 million people could not afford soap and did not have running water.The health ministry in Burkina Faso, which is under siege from jihadist groups linked to Islamic State and al Qaeda, said in a report last week that the country lacked the resources to deal with the outbreak.Its border crossings have no sites to isolate suspected cases, and the West African country does not have enough skilled health workers, the report said. “This can result in high mortality rates and an increased risk of spreading the disease.”Ebola killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa between 2013 and 2016, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. It devastated communities but provided valuable lessons.The Africa CDC, set up by the African Union in 2017, has been working with the World Health Organization (WHO) to strengthen emergency coordination, improve testing and surveillance, and equip treatment centers.”We know the fragility of our system, and because of that, when the outbreak was declared, the countries just went into action,” said Mary Stephen, technical officer at the WHO’s Africa office.The number of countries with labs able to diagnose COVID-19 in the region increased from two to 39 in just over a month. But that still leaves eight countries without.Passengers arriving at major airports have temperatures checked and are asked to fill out travel questionnaires, and in Nigeria, a taskforce meets regularly to evaluate the risks.”We will never be caught pants down,” said Bamidele Mutiu, who helped coordinate the West African country’s Ebola response and now runs a biosafety lab in Lagos.With three confirmed cases, Africa’s most populous nation is scrambling to increase the number of isolation beds and provide more specialized medical training and equipment at state hospitals.”Our health system is not as strong as we’d like it to be,” said Chikwe Ihekweazu, head of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. “It is because we are a bit worried about our capacity to deal with a large outbreak that we are focused so intensively on prevention and early detection.”Promoting good hygiene is a key part of that effort. But that is easier said than done. Less than half the population in 34 African countries have basic hand-washing facilities in their homes, according to a 2017 United Nations survey.Keeping cleanIn Senegal’s capital Dakar, announcements ring out through loudspeakers on passing cars urging people to wash their hands. A group of school children in soccer shirts reels off highlights from a recent lesson – a crash course in preventing COVID-19.But in their suburb, Pikine, where more than a million people live, the water is frequently cut off.”Cleanliness is important, but here it’s not easy,” said Marcelle Diatta, a 41-year-old mother of four who lives in a two-bedroom apartment with four extended family members.Khary Faye Sougou, head nurse at a local health centre in Pikine, where donkey carts jostle with delivery trucks on sandy alleyways, said she was encouraging residents to stockpile bottles of water; but not everyone could afford to do so.In Senegal, a West African country that has recorded 27 cases, medical staff said they had received limited protective equipment beyond extra gloves and masks.”If we have a case, maybe I’ll go with a mask and my white coat, and after the visit I’ll throw them away,” Sougou said.Ousmane Gueye, head of the crisis unit at Senegal’s health ministry, said the government was deploying protective gear to facilities that need it.There are ample stocks of masks and gloves and enough beds to accommodate dozens more patients, according to health officials. However, there are no reserves of ventilators, which are in short supply across Africa.In South Africa, which has recorded 62 cases of the virus, medical services could be “swamped” if it spreads within the country’s vast shanty towns, Susan Cleary, a health economist at the University of Cape Town, said.”Transmission in an informal settlement is a disaster, an absolute disaster,” she said. When a passenger arriving from Brussels at Cameroon’s Yaounde Nsimalen airport on Saturday was found to have a temperature, health officials say he was whisked to a hospital and diagnosed inside four hours as the country’s fourth case of coronavirus.The central African country was doing more generalized screening for disease long before China revealed the new virus that has killed around 7,000 people globally. Along with other countries on the continent, it hopes its experience guarding against Ebola and other epidemics will help its health system cope with a pandemic that could quickly overwhelm it.”We have cases that were not caught by the measures in France and Italy that were caught here,” Georges Alain Etoundi Mballa, who runs the health ministry’s epidemic response, told Reuters, describing the screening as a “spying network”.center_img “Epidemics come and go, but we keep on the surveillance.”The virus now ravaging Europe has appeared in at least 26 out of 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. In most of them the recorded cases are still in single figures and have come in from abroad – notably Europe – rather than emerging at home.The stakes are high – if the disease gets into Africa’s poorest areas, squalid, cramped conditions could cause it to spread at lightning speed.Hospitals are already overburdened with cases of measles, malaria and other deadly infectious diseases, and conflicts have displaced hundreds of thousands of people and destroyed infrastructure.last_img read more

Former Arsenal manager George Graham speaks out on Aaron Ramsey’s Juventus transfer

first_imgFormer Arsenal manager George Graham speaks out on Aaron Ramsey’s Juventus transfer Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 3 Apr 2019 3:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link290Shares Comment Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle: Unai Emery post match press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 10:44FullscreenArsenal 2-0 Newcastle: Unai Emery post match press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-2-0-newcastle-unai-emery-post-match-press-conference-1896526/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.On Arsenal’s defensive struggles, Graham added: ‘[The way to improve is] the same way as most managers: do it on the training ground.‘Arsenal have been excellent recently without the ball and I think that happens on the training pitch. When you’re watching them, you can see that there is a lot more enthusiasm and drive.‘The mentality at the moment is very, very strong. They’re still short on real, real quality if they want to get in the top four but they’ve still got a very good chance of doing so!’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Aaron Ramsey will join Juventus from Arsenal on a free transfer at the end of the season (Picture: Getty)George Graham fears Arsenal have made a major mistake by allowing Aaron Ramsey to leave the club on a free transfer in the summer.The 28-year-old looked certain to commit the peak years of his career to the north London club before a contract offer was withdrawn, reportedly on the advice of head coach Unai Emery.Ramsey has subsequently agreed to join Juventus on a deal said to be worth an astonishing £400,000-a-week, but having been largely frozen out by Arsene Wenger’s successor during the early part of the season, he has re-emerged as a key component of a side which has risen to third in the Premier League table.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe former Cardiff star opened the scoring during Monday’s 2-0 win over Newcastle and Graham believes his old side will miss Ramsey’s potency in front of goal.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHe told Love Sport Radio: ‘The clubs usually, with two years to go on the contract, sit down and start talking.‘Then you have an indication of whether the player is going to stay or go.‘Obviously, they’ve made a big mistake I think in letting Ramsey go. He’s a quality player especially in an attacking sense.‘He’s not the best in midfield winning the ball back for you but he gets goals and is a great player going forward, not necessarily defending.’While the form of Ramsey, as well as strike duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, have been central to Arsenal’s recent improvement, there remain question marks over a defence which is yet to keep a clean sheet away from home. Advertisementlast_img read more

Baleros hits call for inquiry into crackdown vs activists

first_imgBACOLOD City – Negros Occidental topcop Colonel Romeo Baleros has questioned the resolution of the SangguniangPanlungsod here, asking law enforcement agencies to provide “appropriateinformation” on the recent mass arrest of activists and progressive groups. Baleros, however, disclosed that they are still willing to provide an explanation but Gamboa should acquire a copy of their sworn statement first to ensure authorities will not change their statement. “For what purpose?” stressed Baleros,saying why such a request was made when the city council can access a copy oftheir report from the Regional Trial Court. Baleros slammed Councilor WilsonGamboa Jr., who authored a resolution. Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office director Colonel Romeo Baleros. PNA Earlier, the city council requested law enforcement agencies involved in the crackdown of activist tagged as front group of communist rebels. Philippine Army 3rd Infantry Division spokesperson, Army Captain Cenon Pancito III, previously said they are “very much willing” to comply once they receive a copy of the resolution. “He (Gamboa) is supposed to lead thecity’s task force in ending local communist armed conflict,” he said. The resolution, which was authored by Gamboa, cited Section 11 Article II of the 1987 Constitution, which states, “The state values the dignity of every human person and guarantees full respect for human rights;” along with the Bill of Rights. “We are not hiding anything and it is the right of every Negrense to know what is really happening in the area,” Pancito said./PN “If the purpose is to contest the legality and validity of the operation, then the city councilor should file a complaint before the court,” Baleros said. last_img read more

Gunners pair loaned out

first_imgArsenal have confirmed the departure of two players on season-long loan deals, with Johan Djourou and Francis Coquelin temporarily moving away from the Emirates Stadium. Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger has already allowed several players to leave at the expiration of their contracts, with the likes of Andrei Arshavin and Denilson moving on. Goalkeeper Vito Mannone has also been sold to Barclays Premier League rivals Sunderland while former Auxerre forward Yaya Sanogo remains the only signing to date, with a deal for Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain still yet to come to fruition. Press Associationcenter_img Switzerland international Djourou, 26, has signed for Bundesliga side Hamburg after the defender spent the second half of last season at Hannover. Meanwhile 22-year-old midfielder Coquelin will also move to Germany, with Freiburg taking the former France Under-21 international to the Mage Solar Stadion for the forthcoming campaign. last_img read more

Preliminary games set for Tuesday, Wednesday as playoffs begin

first_imgBelow are times and dates for local high school basketball preliminary games scheduled to be held Tuesday, Feb. 14, and Wednesday, Feb. 15. A list of quarterfinal games will be posted Thursday, Feb. 16. Road teams are listed first.Tuesday, Feb. 14Girls, Class B North: (10) Ellsworth vs. (7) John Bapst, 6 p.m.Girls, Class B North: (9) Maine Central Institute vs. (8) Mount Desert Island, 6 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 15Boys, Class B North: (12) Ellsworth vs. (5) Presque Isle, 5 p.m.Boys, Class C North: (10) Bucksport vs. (7) Piscataquis, 6 p.m.Boys, Class C North: (11) Sumner vs. (6) East Millinocket Schenck, 6 p.m.Boys, Class D North: (10) Deer Isle-Stonington vs. (7) Bangor Christian, 6 p.m.UPDATE: Wednesday’s snowstorm caused the postponement of all boys’ games. Those games will be played Feb. 16.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

LABA/Hamid Foundation U-23 Basketball : Duncan hits 31 as Kwakwani thrash Falcons 84-32

first_img… Raiders win over Flames 40-34UNSEEDED Kwakwani and fourth-ranked Retrieve Raiders have virtually landed themselves final-four spots in the Linden Amateur Basketball Association/Hamid Foundation Under-23 basketball championship, after winning their second game of the group encounters, Sunday night, at the Mackenzie Sports Club hard court, the tournament venue.Kwakwani thrashed Bankers Trust Falcons 84-32, while Raiders whipped Block 22 Flames 40-34.The two teams now have one game in hand and should not be denied advancing even with a loss.However, the other teams are battling to survive to the next round. Last Friday’s washed-out matches are scheduled for tonight from 18:30hrs.The Half Mile Bulls/Christianburg Pistons game is set to bounce off first while Amelia’s Ward Jets and third-ranked Victory Valley Royals will match skills in the second game.Another win for the Jets could spell doom for the Royals, who lost their first game against Kwakwani, and place the Ward side into the final four.But the Kwakwani team, with a tournament-high score from Domar Gladstone, saw them hammer the Falcons 84-32 after taking the initiative 40-14 at lemon-time.Gladstone had six three-pointers in that top score, which matched the 31 piled in by Terron Welch for the Bulls in the opening game of the tournament against Block 22 Flames.Gladstone was ably supported by Shafeeq Thomas, with 21 and Leonard Primo who got six points.Stephen Duncan was the best player for the losing Falcons side with nine points, as Akeel Primo and Raphael Robertson had six apiece.In the other game Sunday night, Retrieve Raiders calmly gained their second win and are assured a place in the final four. They got past Block 22 Flames after leading 23-15.Coel Winter led the scoring for the Raiders with 13 points and solid play by Travis Sutton accounted for 10. Otis Williams chipped in with six for the winners.Selwyn Henry remained the scoring chief for the Flames, getting 17 points, with the next best score coming from Rondel Fraser with seven.last_img read more

Corporate support streams in for Blairmont Floodlight Cup Reload

first_imgCORPORATE support has been streaming in for the third annual Blairmont Floodlight Cup Reload, set to take place tomorrow (April 30) at the Blairmont Community Centre ground.Recently, club officials were on hand to receive sponsorship from Hand-in-Hand Insurance Company, Sign Arts, Arshad Business Enterprise, Baksh Travel Service and Big B’s Restaurant.President of the Blairmont Cricket Club, Shabeer Baksh, expressed gratitude to the businesses for seeing it fit to collaborate with the club for the annual competition. He highlighted that the inputs by these entities will go a far way in ensuring the aims and objectives of the one-day activity are met.He also used the opportunity to encourage families to come out and witness a day of clean fun, as, apart from the on-field cricket action, there will be numerous activities beyond the boundary to keep the family entertained.Hand-in-Hand representative Abby Jalim (left) presents her company’s sponsorship in the form of trophies to Shizad Ali, treasurer of the Blairmont Cricket Club.Ten top teams will be competing in the main event – the 10/10 cricket competition. The teams likely to participate are Blairmont Cricket Club Blazers, D’Edward Super Kings, Cotton Tree Die Hard, Albion Sports Club, Rose Hall Youth and Sports Club, Cold Fusion, Young And the Restless, Bush Lot, Enterprise and Young Warriors.In 2016, Blairmont Cricket Club’s West Side Titans were winners and Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club were runners-up. In 2015, Cotton Tree Die Hard emerged champions, while Blairmont Cricket Club came in as runners-up.“The tournament will have nine exciting matches while there will also will be an Over-40 exhibition game. There will be live commentary by international commentator, Inderjeet Persaud, while tassa drumming and air horn giveaways will make the atmosphere buzz,” the organisers said in a release.There will also be a dominoes competition involving 15 teams, starting at 12:30hrs and a three-a-side volleyball tournament, geared at encouraging individuals to participate in physical activity.Other attractions on the day will include barbecue sale, tassa drumming, bouncy castle, ice cream giveaways and cartoon characters walk-around.last_img read more

Storify: Fans celebrate Jim Boeheim’s milestone 900th victory

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Jim Boeheim’s 900th Win

Tonight’s win against Detroit marked a record 900 wins for the Syracuse Orange’s head coach. Boeheim becomes the 3rd coach in Division-I history to reach this milestone win.

Storified by The Daily Orange · Mon, Dec 17 2012 20:50:51

The Daily Orange honored the potential win with a photo gallery of Jim Boeheim’s historic basketball career. Looks the same! RT@dailyorangeAs Jim Boeheim sits on the cusp of 900 wins, here he is as a player. http://instagr.am/p/TWHS72SLa3/RobTonight’s game against Detroit could be Jim Boeheim’s 900th win. Keep up w/ @DOSports @mark_cooperjr & @MrJacobK on Twitter for live updatesThe Daily OrangeWith the head coach’s 800th win only a few years ago hopes were high that Boeheim could secure his big 900th win. RT @dailyorange: A little more than 3 years ago, Boeheim won his 800th. He goes for 900 in about an hour. http://instagr.am/p/TWtOxySLap/Shannon DeSantisThe Orange get ready for the big game.SU-Detroit pregame warmups. #cusenation #orangenation #900wins #jimboeheimJacob ModugnoLegendary Syracuse player Dave Bing attended the game to support his former teammate, Boeheim. RT @dailyorange: Syracuse legend Dave Bing at the game. Bing played alongside Boeheim at SU. http://instagr.am/p/TW2L0jSLTu/Marta ~Bonnie~ OrtizBut celebrations started even before Syracuse secured the win. Three fans formed the “900 club,” and, with nine minutes remaining, Carrier Dome workers handed out miniature Boeheim heads, on popsicle sticks, with the words “Coach Jim Boeheim 900 wins” on the back. An announcement asked fans to stick around after the game to honor Boeheim when the Orange led by 18 in the second half.The ‘900 club’ courtesy of the @dailyorange http://instagr.am/p/TW8KIwSLZl/Stephen Bailey900 wins!! Congrats #JimBoeheim @syracuseu @Cuse #Basketball #Cuse #Syracuse #900 #Wins #HallOfFame #Coach #Boeheim #Detroit #Michigan #Winning #Proud #College #LifeChloe 🙂Tensions were high towards the end of the game with SU leading 67-63 with 29 seconds left and Detroit going to the foul line. But the Orange were able to secure the win 72 to 68 and the sea of Orange fans began celebrating. Boeheim was then presented with a commemorative “900” jersey. OH YEAH!!! 900 WINS FOR BOEHEIM!!! #jimboeheim #900wins #cusenation #orangenation #ncaarecordJacob ModugnoCongrats on 900 Boeheim. #syracuse #orange #basketball #900wins #milestoneFreddie CerwonkaFans took to social media to celebrate Boeheim’s life long commitment to basketball and record win.RT @44TheLegend: Congrads Coach B. On Your 900 Win Taking A Football School And Turning It Into A Basketball PowerHouse

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Trojans face Buffs in pivotal Pac-12 contest

first_imgThe Buffaloes have rattled off two straight impressive wins over Arizona State and Arizona. Photo by Jo Danielle Estaban | Daily TrojanReturning from its two-game series in the Bay Area last week, the men’s basketball team is preparing to take the floor Wednesday night when it will play host to the Colorado Buffaloes at the Galen Center. The Trojans split their conference contests up north last week.An 80-62 victory over Cal (7-9, 1-2) on Jan. 4 was Andy Enfield’s first road win against the Golden Bears in his five-year tenure as head coach of Troy. However, USC (11-6, 2-2) failed to complete the Bay Area sweep, as the team would lost to Stanford Sunday evening. In the 77-76 loss to the Cardinal, USC encountered defeat in about the most painstaking way possible. A dazzling finish at the basket from senior guard Jordan McLaughlin resulted in a layup that put the Trojans ahead 76-74 with 1.7 seconds remaining in regulation. Stanford (8-8, 2-1) proceeded to inbound the ball and Cardinal guard Daejon Davis hit a 55-foot 3-point basket as time expired to put a devastating nail in the coffin for Enfield’s Trojans.“I’ve never lost a game like that one, it’s tough. You think you have the game won when [McLaughlin] makes the shot, but then they just make a spectacular, spectacular play,” Enfield said. “There’s not a lot you can say after a finish like that … It was an emotional roller coaster, everyone was upset, but you just have to regroup and move on now.”  Entering the Galen Center Wednesday night is a Colorado (10-6, 2-2) team which is coming off of a pair of strong home wins against the highly ranked Arizona schools. The Buffaloes topped a then-No. 4 ranked Arizona State team, 90-81, in a contest that went to overtime on Jan. 4. Colorado followed that performance up with an 80-77 upset of then-No. 14 ranked Arizona this past Saturday.Colorado’s leading scorer, freshman guard McKinley Wright, averaged 17.5 PPG, 7.5 APG and 3.5 RPG in both contests and collected Pac-12 Player of the Week honors last week. “Colorado’s playing well, they’ve picked up strong home wins, but now it’s time for our guys to do the same and hold down their home court,” Enfield said. “Especially in these conference games.”If USC is going to bounce back against the Buffs, they will look to force Colorado into taking tough shots. USC is 6-0 this season when limiting the opposition to lower than 40 percent shooting from the field. In contrast, the Trojans have posted a 5-6 record when opponents shoot above the 40-percent benchmark. “Our defense has been picking up, that’s definitely been one of our biggest focus points,” said McLaughlin, who recorded 16 points and seven rebounds in the team’s loss to Stanford. “Our offense is doing just fine, averaging around 80 points per game. Defense is what we’ve been working on daily, and it’s getting better too.” McLaughlin currently leads the Pac-12 in assists per game, at 7.9. He will look to get USC’s vast array of offensive weapons involved early and often against Colorado. The Trojan arsenal includes junior forwards Chimezie Metu (averaging a team-high 17.2 PPG) and Bennie Boatwright (16.6 PPG, team-high 7.3 RPG). A competent defensive effort and the utilization of their veteran offensive talent will be key factors in determining whether USC can boost its conference record past the .500 mark. “Tomorrow night’s game is going to mean a lot to our team,” said senior guard Elijah Stewart, who is averaging 11.5 PPG this season. “We’ve just got to play our brand of basketball and get the win.”USC may have some extra motivation entering tomorrow night’s contest following comments made by Colorado head coach Tad Boyle. Following the Buffs’ win against Arizona, a reporter asked Boyle whether the win against the Wildcats gave him “extra satisfaction” due to the fact that Arizona was involved in FBI investigations regarding corruption this offseason. “Absolutely, there is [extra satisfaction] … I’ve got great respect for Arizona coach Sean Miller and the kind of coach he is,” Boyle said. “[Arizona] recruits very, very well … USC has recruited very, very well. The two most-talented teams in our conference from top-to-bottom are USC and Arizona. So hell yes there’s satisfaction … To answer your question, hell yes there’s more satisfaction.”USC players did not take too kindly to the coach’s remarks.“[Colorado’s] coach was kind of bad-mouthing us, so he made it personal,” Stewart said. Enfield, whose USC basketball program was involved in the same FBI investigation as Arizona, issued a public statement following the team’s Tuesday practice. “We are disappointed in Tad Boyle’s comments and what they imply,” Enfield said. “Not only is it unfair for someone to comment, who doesn’t have all the facts, but those comments are unfair to those of us involved with the USC men’s basketball program. Most importantly to our student-athletes and their families, they are outstanding young men who chose USC to earn a world-class education and to compete for championships.”last_img read more

Limerick to appeal Tobin ban.

first_imgTobin – who was sent off against Clare in the Munster Senior Hurling quarter final – has already had his first appeal rejected by the hearings committee.As it stands he’ll miss the semi final against Tipperary on June 21st.last_img