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

Bishops Get Earful at Vatican Sex Abuse Summit

first_img Tweet 28 Views   no discussions Share Share FaithLifestyle Bishops Get Earful at Vatican Sex Abuse Summit by: – February 14, 2012center_img Share Sharing is caring! Priests pray during a Feb. 7 penitential vigil at St. Ignatius Church in Rome to show contrition for clerical sexual abuse. (CNS/Paul Haring)Though a four-day summit in Rome on the sexual abuse crisis was, in a sense, directed at everyone, its primary audience was composed of approximately 100 bishops and superiors of religious orders from around the world, who face a Vatican-imposed May deadline to submit their anti-abuse policies.As it turns out, those church potentates got an earful.First, they were told, if you come from a place where you think sexual abuse of children isn’t a problem, think again. Experts said child abuse occurs at roughly the same high levels in every region of the world, so that if the clerical abuse crisis has not yet exploded someplace, it’s only a matter of time.Second, the bishops were warned, if you drop the ball on handling abuse charges, be ready to face the music. There seems to be a new determination in the Vatican and across the Catholic world to use the tools of church law to hold bishops accountable.Those were among the highlights of a Feb. 6-9 symposium titled “Toward Healing and Renewal,” held at Rome’s Jesuit-run Gregorian University, and cosponsored by a variety of Vatican departments.The warning about the global dimension of the crisis came from American Msgr. Stephen Rossetti, former director of the St. Luke Institute, a facility in Silver Spring, Md., that treats abuser priests.“Church leaders around the world began by saying, ‘This is only an American problem,’ ” Rossetti said. “Then, as more cases surfaced in other countries, they said, ‘This is an English-speaking problem.’ Then, as the circle of abuse cases widened, they expanded it to: ‘This is a Western problem.’“Each time, church leaders said, in effect, ‘It doesn’t happen here.’ ”Rossetti said data show this is a global problem, with no reason to think that the Catholic church in any particular part of the world would be immune.“If there are people in the church today who are thinking that this is not a problem in their country, I urge them to speak to those who work with children,” Rossetti said. “Contact those who generously run programs for abused children or staff child abuse hotlines. Find out what is being said behind closed doors.” Cath Newslast_img read more

GFF to sign MoU with UEFA, Denmark in June

first_imgGUYANA Football Federation (GFF) and Denmark Football Association, along with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) are set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in June, according to president Wayne Forde.At a press conference held at Pegasus Hotel yesterday, Forde revealed that the GFF “had scheduled an important activity for the development of football in Guyana, today. There was to be a signing of an MoU between the Guyana Football Federation and the Denmark Football Federation.The only reason why we are not doing that signing today is because president Jesper Moller of Denmark, who is also an executive member of UEFA Council, has been called to an emergency meeting with UEFA that is actually taking place in Denmark.”The GFF boss noted that the partnership centres on every area of football development and with Howard McIntosh, CONCACAF Senior Football Project manager, efforts are being made to finalise discussions on some of the immediate projects that Guyana and Denmark will be partnering with UEFA.Denmark Football Association president Jesper Moller“One category of the projects will be infrastructure. We visited one of the locations where we want to do a massive grassroots development pitch and we are also discussing some of the specific areas of coaching education that we want to put as the first item on the partnership agenda.“The MoU will be signed in June at the FIFA Congress, which will be held in Paris between myself and president Moller. I was pleased to receive a phone call from the head of UEFA Assist yesterday indicating to us that while Moller had to postpone his visit because of the meeting that is taking place in Denmark, he has communicated through her that he would like Guyana to submit the first projects that we will want the support of Denmark,” said Forde.Meanwhile, McIntosh said, CONCACAF has been working closely with GFF in the relationship with UEFA and Denmark, and the officials are happy to see that it has reached a point where the agreement will be signed.McIntosh highlighted that with Forde, he will be making the trip to Paris, France to sign the MOU in the first week of June.“That is another step in the right direction because without partnerships football cannot be successful or reach the optimal level of success that we all would like to see it become,” the Jamaican said.last_img read more

Paddy Power Betfair shareholders back ‘Flutter Entertainment’ rebrand

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Share Related Articles FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Alex Gersh returns to betting as Sportradar CFO   July 13, 2020 BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Paddy Power Betfair shareholders have backed the group’s proposition to rebrand as Flutter Entertainment, as confirmed as part of an annual general meeting for the operator. The Paddy Power Betfair chairman, Gary McGann, has confirmed that a 99.8 per cent majority of shareholders voting by proxy backed the move to rebrand the group, as it seeks to reflect the group’s growing brand portfolio.The notice of the annual general meeting for Paddy Power Betfair notes: “In Resolution 12, shareholders are being asked to pass a special resolution authorising the Company to change its name to Flutter Entertainment plc and amending the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Company to reflect such change. “We believe that the corporate name of the Group should be reflective of the broader business and not just specific brands operated by the Group. Therefore, we consider that this is the correct decision in the context of the Group operating a growing number of diverse brands and operations.”The group has strengthened its global portfolio in recent months via a merger and acquisition drive. In February of this year, the group acquired a 51 per cent stake in Georgian operator Adjarabet for an initial cash consideration totalling £101m. While in May 2018, Paddy Power Betfair agreed to merge its Betfair U.S. division with fantasy sports operator FanDuel.Paddy Power Betfair has previously stressed that its 2019 strategy will involve targeting a number of additional organic M&A opportunities across the world.last_img read more

Zeeburg Secondary sweeper/cleaners forced to work Easter holiday

first_img…complain of ill-treatment by school’s headSweeper/cleaners attached to the Zeeburg Secondary School are now lamenting the gross mistreatment being meted out to them at the hands of the head teacher of the said educational facility.It is being reported that they were forced to work throughout the Easter holiday season even as school was out and there was nothing to be done.During the said period, the cleaners were placed to clean the old, condemned building which previously housed the secondary school.According to a reliable source close to the school, cleaners have never worked on holidays at the establishment in the past.However, the head teacher of the school, who reportedly is in the habit of punishing those under her authority, demanded for the first time that the cleaners report for duties during the two-week holiday period.The source revealed to Guyana Times that after sitting for hours on a daily basis after cleaning on the old building was completed, the cleaners were then asked to carry out a general cleaning on the new school’s building even as “ they’re was nothing to do, the school was already cleaned”.Additionally, this newspaper was informed that the cleaners are given limited cleaning supplies, including mops, detergent, buckets etc.Requests made by them to the head teacher for the issue to be rectified on numerous occasions reportedly went unanswered.Several reports have been surrounding the Zeeburg Secondary School after the school received new management in 2017.Letters of complaint written by teachers attached to the school, parents and students have been published in a number of newspapers with one titled “Disgraceful leadership at Zeeburg Secondary School”.In those letters, it was pointed out that parents are constantly being asked for finances for various projects which have not materialised.It was also reported that the school is taking hard-earned money to put up cameras which it is said cost over $900,000.Reports are that the head teacher uses her office to run a very lucrative cook house, while at the same time demanding and squeezing monies from parents to sustain this new industry at Zeeburg Secondary School.The transfer rate of teachers has been at an all-time high since the change of management in 2017. The source revealed that currently, six teachers have requested a transfer from the educational establishment.As such, calls are yet again being made for the Education Ministry to launch an investigation into these reports.Calls made by this publication for a comment on the issue went unanswered.last_img read more