Ukraine imposes social distancing steps amid flu surge

first_imgOct 30, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Ukranian officials today shuttered schools and banned public meeting for the next 3 weeks in the wake of a spike in pandemic flu and the country’s first H1N1 deaths, which have sparked speculation that the disease has become worse in some patients or that another pathogen is circulating.Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko announced that the spikes in virus activity were affecting three parts of western Ukraine where large number of respiratory illnesses have been reported since the middle of October, Reuters reported today.She said the emergency order banning public events also applies to political rallies. She is running as a candidate in the presidential election against other candidates, including current President Viktor Yushchenko. Both candidates have cancelled election events.Yuschenko told reporters that 11 people have died of pandemic H1N1 infections, though the health ministry said it has confirmed only 1 death, according to the Reuters report. The National Radio Company of Ukraine (NRCU) reported that two labs have confirmed 11 pandemic H1N1 cases, but it didn’t mention the number of deaths.Meanwhile, Polskie Radio, based in Warsaw, reported today that more than 2,000 people have been hospitalized and that 33 had died from an unknown virus in the Ukraine. The report said Polish health officials are monitoring the outbreak.Though authorities in Poland have not ordered border closures, they are advising those traveling to the Ukraine about how to protect themselves from the flu.The report identified the hardest hit areas as the Ternopil, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Lviv regions.For at least the past week contributors to influenza news blogs and message boards have been translating Ukranian news sources to sift for clues about the Ukraine’s spike in respiratory diseases.One translated report posted on the Flutrackers message board said some of the fatalities were young people who had severe hemorrhagic pneumonia. A regional health chief was quoted in one of the translated stories as saying autopsy revealed lungs soaked with blood.CIDRAP News was unable to confirm if officials from the World Health Organization had sent a team to assess the flu outbreak in the Ukraine or if experts from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had been asked to consult on the outbreak. No information was immediately available from the US Embassy in Kiev.See also:Oct 30 Reuters story 30 Polskie Radio report 30 NRCU report Ukranian outbreak thread read more

Allardyce not getting carried away

first_img The Hammers sit fourth in the Barclays Premier League having enjoyed victories over last season’s top two, Manchester City and Liverpool, in recent weeks. The likes of Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia, Alex Song and Cheikhou Kouyate have all instantly taken to life at Upton Park and, alongside more established West Ham names such as Winston Reid and Mark Noble, the team have impressed in the opening stages of the season. Press Association “We have got to find that level of sustainability and consistency in our levels of results and performances. They have got to find out and I have got to find out if we are capable of that. “The big danger for us at Stoke is the hype surrounding us beating Manchester City cannot have a negative effect on us on Saturday and we don’t go out and produce the same level again – otherwise Stoke will beat us. “Stoke and Mark Hughes will be looking forward to us coming and thinking let’s put these to task and see if they can cope after that big result. “For me the players have a big test on Saturday and whether they can sustain that level of success they have achieved up to now.” If his players can prove that their early season form is more than just a flash in the pan, Allardyce has targets in mind for the coming years as West Ham prepare for their move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016. “I think, as a manager, sustainable progress is what it’s all about and you can be too slow and lose your job and then too quick and falter and then lose your job,” he added. “If you build slowly and steadily and success is improved year in, year out then you can eventually get to the stage where West Ham becomes like what an Everton is at the moment. That’s not only sustainability but looking at cup competitions and winning a trophy or getting into Europe, whatever it might be. “That can happen, if everything goes well, in this season or in the next two or three years perhaps – depending upon the investment and the improvement of the squad.” But Allardyce is keen to keep his players’ feet on the ground to ensure they are not sent crashing back down to Earth at Stoke on Saturday. “It’s not difficult for me but sometimes the players find it a bit difficult,” he said when asked about the expectation levels changing. “I said to the players don’t start reading about yourself too much or else we’ll have to start changing the size of the doors to get your heads through. So keep your feet on the ground and don’t read too much praise about yourself like you shouldn’t read too much of the criticism. “You play for the enjoyment and the praise that you get but make sure you manage it and control it well.” Having recorded notable victories over Liverpool and last weekend against champions City, West Ham have shown they can pick up points against the best sides in the league. But Stoke inflicted two defeats on the Hammers last season and Allardyce knows his team need to be focused on the task at hand at the Britannia Stadium and not get carried away. “We have got to maintain it and our levels of performance,” he said. “That is my responsibility because we have not been tested like this before and whether we can sustain this success. Manager Sam Allardyce has warned his West Ham players not to bask in the hype their recent results has created.last_img read more

Back from Haiti, doctors recount their experiences

first_imgThe 10 emergency and trauma medical experts from the USC Keck School of Medicine who flew to Haiti to assist in the relief efforts after the devastating earthquake detailed their experiences at an event Wednesday night.Helping hands · The surgeons and medical experts who provided medical relief to victims of the earthquake in Haiti spoke to an audience at Keck on Wednesday. – Gary Fung | Daily Trojan The event showcased the medical relief efforts the Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center team undertook in photo slideshows and a video presentation.Team leader Dr. Ramon Cestero and team member Dr. Henri Ford shared their stories to an audience of approximately 140 colleagues, students and friends.“I’m so proud of the contributions our team made to the care of the Haitian people,” Ford said. “The level of expertise that we brought to the table is simply unparalleled. We have well-trained, outstanding people in one of the best trauma facilities, who happened to come to take care of injured Haitian children and adults. Those who benefited from their care, I would have to say, were really blessed.”The team worked at the Israeli Military Field Hospital, a professional facility where they helped deliver seven infants, Cestero said.The surgeons performed a number of amputations to save Haitians who otherwise might have died from their injuries. They worked night hours to keep the facility open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., when the doctors and medical assistants performed triage and administered anesthesia and maintained the clinic.“As far as the medical equipment, we were just bringing our expertise,” said Cestero, a Keck fellow and trauma surgeon at LAC + USC Medical Center, commenting on the self-sufficiency of the USC team.Ford, a native Haitian and the Keck School’s vice dean of medical education, said that, in spite of the situation in Haiti, he has faith the country will recover.“Despite the devastation, the misery and the suffering, I maintain an optimistic outlook for the future of Haiti because I believe that hope, faith, determination are the fundamental underpinnings of the Haitian people,” Ford said. “For those reasons, I know that they will rise from the ashes and, with the help of the international community and especially the Trojan family, we will build a new, stronger, better Haiti.”The humanitarian efforts hit home for Ford, whose sister and brother-in-law were in Haiti when the tragic earthquake struck.“It’s really hard to quantify, but, when I start looking at the journey that I went through since Jan. 12, I can only say that, somehow for the entire 51 years I have been on this earth, I was being prepared to intervene for a moment such as this one,” he said.Ford helped mobilize the entire surgical community to respond to the tragedy in Haiti and used his expertise in pediatric trauma to provide much-needed surgical care in his native country.The surgeon also said he was grateful for all of the volunteer contributions in the face of devastation and suffering in Haiti and saw a visible difference from every helping hand.“The needs are so vast and will be long-lasting,” Ford said. “The opportunity to give will always be welcomed. Haiti is going to need money for a long time so donations are always going to be encouraged. Give a lot, give often. Beyond that, we need intellectual capital. We need people with skills of a broad range to actually go down there and help in the rebuilding process.”Ford said he hopes the main USC campus will join the efforts already undertaken by the medical school.“Looking at the Trojan family, I think we have a tremendous opportunity to play a pivotal role in rebuilding the new Haiti,” he said. “From the standpoint of the Keck School, we can play a major role in helping to rebuild the school of medicine that’s completely destroyed. We can help with the curriculum. We can really bring the talent that we have to help improve whatever they had before. We have a school of engineering, we have the school of planning and policy and so many others that can actually go right now and begin to contribute to the rebuilding process.”Keck Dean Carmen Puliafito will be convening a council of the deans from various USC schools to bring resources together to help rebuild Haiti, Ford said.The native Haitian plans to return in the near future to help rebuild the community where he grew up.“Just seeing the look on peoples faces when I told them that I had to go back. The look of disappointment told me that I was abandoning them,” he said. “There’s no way that I could stay away indefinitely. Many of them saw me as a beacon of hope, as a strong advocate, and I have to continue to fulfill that role. I have to step forward and that’s why I need to spread the word here and also why I need to go back there.”last_img read more

Orange completes expected unbeaten weekend, confident prior to West Coast swing

first_img Published on August 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm The T-shirt displayed six simple words: ‘Driven. Technical. Encouraging. Determined. Intelligent. Aggressive.’ The shirt belonged to a young girl who stood beside Syracuse women’s soccer coach Phil Wheddon throughout most of Syracuse’s home opener against Colgate on Sunday. After a second half comeback that included two goals from sophomore Brielle Heitman and strong play from several defenders, the Orange proved early on that it could be all of those things in search of another successful season, prevailing 2-1 over the Raiders. In his team’s first victory of the season, Wheddon was especially pleased to see different players getting involved around the ball in the second half. ‘We have a lot of dangerous players, and we certainly have some physical presence in the air,’ Wheddon said. ‘One thing we’ve been trying to do is use the strengths the team has.’ Sunday’s win closed out the first homestand of the year, completing an unbeaten weekend against Colgate and Lehigh. Though it was expected for the team to sweep the weekend set — instead of a 1-1 tie against Lehigh on Friday — SU got a good look at what will be in store for the rest of the year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Against the Raiders Sunday, SU was able to get back into the game against a team they had beaten 11 times in the past and lost to just twice. ‘We knew we were better than the other team,’ sophomore midfielder Jasmine Watkins said. ‘Our coach told us we were and we knew we were. It was confidence. We knew we couldn’t walk away with a loss or a tie. There were just no excuses.’ Raising personal expectations while maintaining composure will be key for the Orange to build off of Sunday’s impressive victory in front of the home crowd. Last season, SU didn’t play any home games through the first month of the season. This year, the Orange has four, and several players are happy to see a more balanced schedule. Junior defender Casey Ramirez viewed the weekend as a confidence booster heading into more difficult play outside of Syracuse. Still, she knows you can’t beat playing at home. ‘Playing at home, you obviously have a lot more fans and you’re more comfortable here,’ Ramirez said. ‘You’re not doing the traveling, which is tiring, and you don’t have people yelling at you from the stands. It’s a lot more comforting having your family and schoolmates supporting you. So, hopefully on the road we’ll also be successful.’ Next weekend, SU will visit Washington and Portland for its first and only west coast trip of the year. Portland is No. 5 in the country and will likely be SU’s toughest non-conference test this season. Home cooking aside, Wheddon understands how his team is going to have to mentally prepare for the road. And as SU embarks on the 2010 season, and its road trip next week, those six simple words on the back of the young girl’s T-shirt are the ones they’ll look to keep in mind. ‘Going into next week, it’s going to be a real challenge,’ Wheddon said. ‘We play two teams that are very good traditionally and ranked in the Top 25 (sic). For us to be an elite team, which is our goal, we have to play these teams and see how we stack up.’ [email protected] Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Dodgers’ Mookie Betts cherished family time, stayed in shape during quarantine

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> Like a lot of us, Mookie Betts tried to find the silver lining in his quarantine time.“It kind of gets overlooked, but those three months were probably the best three months of my life as far as being able to get really close to my daughter and family,” said Betts, ‘girl dad’ to a 20-month-old daughter.Besides the family time, Betts used the quarantine down time to lower his golf handicap and do a lot of fishing. He did not spend a lot of that time in a batting cage honing a swing that has produced a .301 career average and 139 home runs in six seasons, the last four of which landed him All-Star recognition and one American League MVP (in 2018).“To be honest, I stayed in shape, working-out wise,” Betts said. “But honestly, I just didn’t didn’t do a whole lot of baseball activities. I didn’t want to overwhelm myself, hitting in the cage and getting deep not knowing when the season was going to start or even if it was, not having a start date. NOTESDodgers manager Dave Roberts acknowledged Monday that Gavin Lux and Pedro Baez have not reported to camp. He would not say why. Kenley Jansen and A.J. Pollock have also not reported yet. … The Dodgers’ third pick in this year’s draft (a competitive balance round pick acquired from the Minnesota Twins), Texas Tech right-hander Clayton Beeter, has agreed to a contract for a reported bonus of approximately $1.2 million. The Dodgers have now signed all six of their picks from this year’s draft. SOCIAL CONSCIENCEAs one of the most prominent African-American players in the majors, Betts said he wasn’t impressed with MLB’s response to the Black Lives Matter movement and protest movement for racial justice.“I think baseball did not do a good job of that,” Betts said. “But I think voices were heard and that’s the main thing, that we get our voices heard and to make some changes.”Betts said he sees his mission as a Black baseball player is to help reverse the declining participation among Black athletes. Last year, only 7.7 percent of the players on Opening Day rosters were Black, a far cry from the 18.7 percent as recently as 1981.“I think it’s more of a personal thing that I have to bring baseball into Black  communities,” Betts said. “Obviously MLB can help but I think it’s on us as Black players to bring it to Black communities and kind of make baseball cool because that’s where it’s been disconnected.”NELSON OUTRight-hander Jimmy Nelson is scheduled to undergo lower back surgery Tuesday and will not play this season. The lumbar procedure will be performed by Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles.Nelson was unable to throw for much of the original spring training session after being signed to a one-year deal as a free agent last winter. His contract included a club option for 2021 that could have changed to a mutual option if he had met some incentives.Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “I didn’t have a load of confidence (about the season) starting. I didn’t want to drive myself crazy during those three months. So I just stayed away from baseball.”Betts could have driven himself crazy thinking about the ramifications of the pandemic and an abbreviated season on his own future. The 27-year-old turned down a contract extension offer for $300 million, leading to his trade from the Boston Red Sox to the Dodgers and cementing his status as the leading man in next offseason’s mega-millions market. Now, he will have just a 60-game season to use as a launching pad into free agency — where a season of decreased revenue could make teams less willing to make big-money investments.“Free agency is on the back burner. That’s nothing that I’m thinking about right now,” Betts said, adding that health and safety issues were more front of mind now.“There’s just a lot going on that needs to be addressed and free agency is not one of them right now. That’ll come. … I don’t regret turning that (extension) down. Once I make a decision, I don’t go back and question myself. So I don’t worry about that. The market will be what the market is. We’ll just kind of cross that bridge when we get there.”Betts admitted that he “had my doubts” at times during the quarantine that he would ever wear a Dodger uniform in a regular-season game. With positive coronavirus tests throughout the majors and testing problems forcing multiple teams to cancel or alter workouts the past few days, Betts said he is still not sure the sport will get through even an abbreviated season.”I can’t say I’m that confident because I haven’t been shown yet,” he said. “There’s not really a whole lot I can do. It’s kind of out of my control. It’s in somebody’s control and whoever controls it has to make it work.” Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img read more

Megan Rapinoe, Jill Ellis among nominees for FIFA awards

first_img U.S. Soccer says it has paid women’s national team more than men’s team United States star Megan Rapinoe and three of her international teammates are among 12 nominees for the Best FIFA Women’s Player Award for 2019, and Jill Ellis is on the list for Best Women’s Coach after leading the U.S. to its second consecutive World Cup title. A first-time Best Women’s Player recipient will be named in Milan on Sept. 23 after former winners Marta, Lieke Martens and Carli Lloyd all failed to make the shortlist announced Wednesday. One NWSL coach also made the cut: Paul Riley of the North Carolina Courage. 2019 Best FIFA Women’s Player nomineesLucy Bronze (Lyon & England)Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars & United States)Caroline Graham Hansen (Barcelona & Norway)Ada Hegerberg (Lyon)Amandine Henry (Lyon & France)Sam Kerr (Chicago Red Stars & Australia)Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit & United States)Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal & Netherlands)Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride & United States)Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC & United States)Wendie Renard (Lyon & France)Ellen White (Manchester City & England)2019 Best FIFA Women’s Coach nomineesMilena Bertolini (Italy)Jill Ellis (United States)Peter Gerhardsson (Sweden)Futoshi Ikeda (Japan U-20)Antonia Is (Spain U-17)Joe Montemurro (Arsenal)Phil Neville (England)Reynald Pedros (Lyon)Paul Riley (North Carolina Courage)Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands) Rapinoe shapes as a strong contender after inspiring the U.S. to glory at the World Cup in France. The 34-year-old scored six goals in five games, including one in the 2-0 victory over Netherlands in the final, to claim a Golden Ball-Golden Boot double. Here they are! #TheBest Women’s Player nominees:@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected] NOW OPEN— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) July 31, 2019Rapinoe’s compatriots Alex Morgan, Rose Lavelle and Julie Ertz are also in contention, as are England pair Ellen White and Lucy Bronze, who claimed the Silver Ball. Related Newscenter_img Jill Ellis steps down as USWNT coach after back-to-back Women’s World Cup titles The list of contenders has been expanded to 12 from the usual 10 due to a tie in the number of votes received by some nominees.Ellis, meanwhile, is up against Netherlands boss Sarina Wiegman, whose side the U.S. beat in the World Cup final. The coaches of both semifinalists, England’s Phil Neville and Sweden’s Peter Gerhardsson, are also on the shortlist.last_img read more