Fear of Coronavirus in Venezuela: ‘What Do I Do With Masks, If I Don’t Have Water or Electricity?’

first_imgBy Gustavo Ocando Alex / Voice of America / Edited by Diálogo Staff March 13, 2020 Without water, health preservation is an impossible task, Venezuelan doctors and nurses say to illustrate their fear and concerns about the risk of a coronavirus outbreak in the country.They say that hospitals lack medication, surgical equipment, and primary care supplies, such as masks, I.V. drips, and thermometers, or a moderately operational infrastructure. They also lack the most essential element: water.“The main preventive measure against the coronavirus is washing your hands, and we don’t even have water. We are not ready to fight that illness,” says Dora Colmenares, organization secretary of the Association of Physicians in Zulia, Venezuela’s most densely populated state with nearly 4 million inhabitants.Coronavirus, a respiratory infection, has caused more than 5,000 deaths, with about 130,000 people infected worldwide. Venezuela’s neighboring countries, such as Brazil, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic, have confirmed cases in their territories.People infected with the disease might require inpatient care, and the quality of these services in Venezuela has seriously deteriorated, according to the report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.The imminent threat has raised concerns among physician and nursing unions of Venezuela, their representatives told Voice of America.Colmenares, a surgeon at Maracaibo University Hospital, one of the most important hospitals in the country, says that fear prevails among her colleagues.“There is fear. Health has regressed to 19th century levels in Venezuela. There aren’t any blood pressure monitors or alcohol in our hospitals. There’s no water… water!” she says, stressing on the lack of water in health centers of the region that border Colombia.The professor at the School of Medicine of Zulia University said that Venezuela’s Ministry of Health has not disclosed epidemiology reports since 2016.Colmenares says that most intensive care units in Zulia are “practically shut down. […] If a patient who’s infected [with coronavirus] seeks assistance, where will they be treated? What medication are we going to provide?” she asks.No electricity, water, or ventilationThe stench of urine and feces pervades in the hallways on the first floor of Maracaibo University Hospital, in the afternoon of March 2. The only and poorly operating restroom on that floor, used by both men and women, is only steps away from the pediatrics area and operating rooms.A masked employee mops the floor, flooded with brown, fetid water — the toilet has broken down.In the hallways, signs display information about diabetes and other illnesses. No sign warns or offers recommendations about the coronavirus.Bachelet’s report, published in June 2019, mentioned water among the “major determinants of health,” which are scarce in Venezuelan hospitals.According to the document, which the Nicolás Maduro regime rejected, Venezuela’s health situation is “critical.”Hania Salazar, head of Zulia’s Nursing Association, said that none of the hospitals in the region are appropriately equipped to eventually assist coronavirus-infected patients.Health centers, she says, lack potable water and antiseptic soap for doctors and nurses to wash their hands.Unsanitary conditions in the region are so “critical” that there isn’t a single hospital with functioning restrooms, she says, citing reports from her union.Salazar believes that cleaning and sterilizing hospitals will be practically impossible in the country during a widespread coronavirus outbreak.“Some hospital areas are shut down due to lack of electricity or sanitation. What do I do with a mask, or 20 million masks, if I don’t have electricity, water, ventilation; if there is no proper sanitation?” she says.last_img read more

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Chinese investors bought Hotel Zagorje in Kumrovec

first_imgFor the purchase of “Hotel Zagorje”, which was sold for HRK 11.960.000,00, a valid and complete offer from the company ZHONGYA nekretnine doo in the amount of 14.095.400 kuna and the offer was accepted. The co-owner of the company that bought the Political School is a Chinese entrepreneur and president of a large company from Beijing, Jiang Yu. Mrs. Yu recently visited Croatia – on that occasion she visited Kumrovec and Osijek-Baranja County, where she was interested in air and river transport. On Tuesday, May 07, 2019, the Ministry of State Property held an opening of bids for the purchase of real estate of the former Political School in Kumrovec. Only one offer was received from Zhongya Real Estate, in the amount of 14.095.400 kuna and the offer was accepted.  The purchased former Political School in Kumrovec has a total area of ​​26.285 m2, of which the yard is 20.384 m2 and the office building is 5.901 m2), “Hotel Zagorje” has a total gross construction area of ​​11.310,00 m2 distributed on four floors and a gross volume of 34.464,20 m2. center_img CHINESE INVESTORS INTERESTED IN AIR AND RIVER TRANSPORT IN SLAVONIA RELATED NEWS:last_img read more

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EPL: Southampton stun Leicester as Everton pip Brighton

first_imgSouthampton gained revenge for 9-0 thrashing at the hands of Leicester in October to continue their resurgence with a 2-1 win at the Foxes, while Everton pipped Brighton 1-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday. The Saints claimed their fifth win in six games at the King Power Stadium as they came from behind against the side second in the table. Danny Ings (far left) scored Southampton’s winner at Leicester Dennis Praet fired the hosts into an early lead, but Stuart Armstrong’s deflected effort quickly pulled Ralph Hassenhuttl’s men level. Danny Ings then scored his 10th goal in 11 games eight minutes from time and the visitors survived a late scare when Jonny Evans’s header was ruled out by VAR for offside. On the other hand, Richarlison scored a stunning solo goal as Everton returned to winning ways by beating Brighton 1-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday.Advertisement Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’10 Stunning Asian Actresses No Man Can Resist The Toffees dominated the match but withstood a nervous finish with Seagulls striker Glenn Murray nearly equalising twice within the final 10 minutes, forcing an excellent save out of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Loading… Read Also: Ancelotti eager to reverse Everton’s derby-day fortunes Dominic Calvert-Lewin saw a goal ruled out by VAR while Leandro Trossard hit the bar as both sides spurned good chances, but it was Carlo Ancelotti’s men who deservedly left Goodison with all three points. Everton and Brighton remain 11th and 14th in the Premier League respectively, with the Toffees just five points behind fifth-placed Manchester United. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Bel-Air to host country concert on July 25

first_imgVersailles, IN —If you are a Blake Shelton fan, he is coming to the drive-in near you on July 25.  The country music superstar announced yesterday on Twitter that he will be headlining a concert at 300 drive-in theaters across America, including theaters right here Southeastern Indiana.The exclusive Encore Concert Series drive-in show will feature special guests including Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins. The concert was filmed exclusively for drive-in theaters across the country so that you can enjoy music from the safety of your car. Shelton is following in Garth Brooks’ footsteps, as Brooks held a concert at drive-in theaters on June 27. Tickets for Shelton’s concert go on sale at noon on Tuesday, July 14 through Ticketmaster. Tickets will be sold $114.99 per vehicle of up to six people and will be at the Bel-Air in Versailles. Click here to purchase tickets.last_img read more

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Kjeldsen leads way in County Down

first_img Kjeldsen enjoyed a four-shot lead after playing his first 13 holes in six under par at Royal County Down, but bogeyed the 17th and 18th to finish two ahead of Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Germany’s Max Kieffer. Kieffer carded seven birdies and one bogey to set a new course record of 65, despite cold and blustery winds which meant only 11 players were under par at the end of the day. Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen moved into pole position to claim his first European Tour title for six years, despite a poor finish to his third round in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Donald at least fared better than Players Championship winner Rickie Fowler, who looked to have got back into contention by chipping in for an eagle two on the 16th, only to take 16 more shots to play the last two holes. Fowler, who needed just 11 shots to play the final four holes of regulation at Sawgrass in five under, lost a ball off the tee on the 17th and ran up a quadruple-bogey eight, before driving out of bounds on the par-five 18th to card another eight and a round of 76. That left the world number nine on five over par alongside home favourite and 2007 champion Padraig Harrington, who came home in 40 for a 78. ” If you had given me 67 stood on the first tee I would have been very happy,” said Kjeldsen, whose last win came in the Open de Andalucia in 2009. “I played terrific all day and didn’t think I did too much wrong on the last two holes, so I will focus on the first 16. “Competition is pretty hard out here. It’s not easy to win and it’s not like I have played poorly for six years, but it’s nice to have a chance and i t would mean everything to win this event. “It’s a fantastic tournament this year, maybe better than ever, and on a wonderful golf course. But it’s too early to think about that. There are a lot of great players behind me and I need to play well (on Sunday) to have a chance. It’s still that open.” Kieffer made the most of some local knowledge to move into contention for his first European Tour title, his friend Stephen Sweeney having been an assistant professional at Royal County Down for four years. “He showed us around in the practice round and this is definitely a course where local knowledge helps a lot,” said the 24-year-old, who lost a record nine-hole play-off in the Spanish Open in his rookie season in 2013. “I played very well today and holed a lot of putts, but I also had some luck when I hit a bad shot, which you are going to do in these conditions. “I am looking forward to (Sunday). The crowds are great and it’s fun to play in front of such big crowds. There are a lot of benefits which would come with a victory and it would mean a lot. “My game is ready and I feel I am mentally ready, but we will have to wait and see.” England’s Tyrrell Hatton, Scotland’s Richie Ramsay and Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger were all three shots off the lead after matching rounds of 70, with former world number one Luke Donald six off the pace after a costly double-bogey on the 15th in his 72. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Top local cyclists in action today

first_imgTOP local cyclists will compete today in the Berbice Chamber of Commerce and Development Association Arrival Day cycle road race.The event, which is been held in collaboration with the Trojan PSL Cycling Club of New Amsterdam, will commence at 09:00hrs at 12 Chapel Street, New Amsterdam, proceed to the Nand Persaud business complex at No. 39 Village, Corentyne, Berbice before returning to finish at the starting line.The event will comprise of five categories, namely; the Senior Open, Junior Open, Veterans, Women and Juvenile.Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded to the first three winners in each category.last_img

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Kohli bats for double points for away win in Test Championship

first_imgMUMBAI, India (Reuters) – The World Test Championship has already raised the excitement level in the longest format with points on offer for every match but an away win should earn a team double that is awarded for a victory at home, India captain Virat Kohli said yesterday.The International Cricket Council (ICC) has been determined to create a meaningful competition for Tests, which is typically played over two-innings-a-side and up to five days, and the WTC has been designed to give proper context to bilateral matches.The Championship will see the top nine Test nations face-off over a two-year period, scoring points based on their success and culminating in a final at Lord’s in June 2021.World’s top-ranked Test side India lead the standings with three wins from as many matches with away victories against West Indies and the win over South Africa on Sunday.“The importance of every game has become that much more,” Kohli told reporters yesterday ahead of the team’s second Test against South Africa.“In situations in a three-match series you probably would have played out a draw, teams are going to go for wins and get those extra points.“I think it’s great for Test cricket. The matches are going to be that much more exciting is what we all feel and we can already experience that.“If you would have asked me to make the points table, I would give double the points for an away Test win. That is something I would definitely have liked to see, maybe after the first edition.”India notched up a convincing 203-run win in the opening Test against South Africa at Visakhapatnam with an all-round performance and would have a chance to wrap up the three-Test series with a game to spare.While the hosts did not name their playing side with a final call to be taken on the morning of the match today, Kohli said he did not expect any change, looking at the pitch on which India lost to Australia inside three days in 2017.“It will have to be a decision taken tomorrow morning,” Kohli said, adding the pitch should be suited to good cricket.“More or less our team is settled. I don’t think it’s going to play that big a factor because when the pitch is damp, it turns as well.“(But) Unless you have a pitch which has total grass coverage, only then you think of changing your combination too much. Because you know it’s going to dry out at some stage.”India deployed two spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja and the same number of fast bowlers in Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma with Hanuma Vihari the spin-bowling all-rounder in their opening win in the series.last_img read more

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USC trying not to overlook Hartwick

first_imgAfter a frustrating 8-3 loss to No. 2 California in early March, recent weeks have been kinder to the No. 3 USC women’s water polo team.Since the Women of Troy’s five-point defeat, they have notched five consecutive victories.Offensive threat · Senior driver Joelle Bekhazi is one of USC’s top scoring weapons, ranking fourth on the team with 23 goals this season. – Daily Trojan file photo Before a showdown against No. 1 Stanford at home Saturday, USC (14-3) will welcome unheralded Hartwick to McDonald’s Swim Stadium.But even without a high ranking in the polls, the Hawks have won 15 straight games following a 14-5 win over Pomona-Pitzer on Tuesday.The Women of Troy are also surging, coming off weekend wins over No. 20 Maryland (16-7), and No. 6 Loyola Marymount (13-8).The team seems to be getting back to its normal self after consecutive losses to Stanford and California in early March, with an array of goal-scoring contributers in recent matches.The Women of Troy punched in 16 goals against Maryland, and those goals came from 10 different girls.They also used eight scorers to notch 13 against LMU, improving their offensive attack.“When we played Maryland last week, we were leading just 5-3 after two quarters. Hartwick has beaten Maryland, so we have to work on Hartwick,” said USC coach Jovan Vavic.Vavic believes one of the biggest challenges facing the Women of Troy on Wednesday will be dealing with the unusual strategy Hartwick uses throughout its games.“They are a very well coached team, we played them last year and it was a good game. They do some unorthodox things. They play really different than many California schools,” Vavic said. “Hartwick runs different plays, likes to play trick plays and they surprise people that aren’t ready for them. We’re going to play an intense game and focus on our game when we’re down a man and up a man.”With an unknown opponent, at least to some degree, the Women of Troy know they cannot overlook anybody, especially with a big matchup against Stanford looming.“We’re trying to take this week as a challenge, and I think it’s good to have a game tomorrow,” said senior driver Joelle Bekhazi. “We’re going to get the kinks out for Stanford and it’ll just be an opportunity for us to prepare even more.”The Women of Troy are confident about both their games this week, especially because both are home games.“It really helps because just being familiar, being in your own pool, everything is more comfortable so it’ll be a lot better for us,” Bekhazi said. “Having our fans here will really help us out. Stanford is coming to our pool, and we’re going to show them that we are USC.”last_img read more

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Commissioner Joe A. Martinez and Farm Share distribute 50,000 lbs. of…

first_imgOver 1,000 families lined up for the Easter Egg Hunt in Tamiami Lakes Park on Saturday, April 13, 2019 to receive nutritious goods courtesy of Miami-Dade County Commissioner Joe A. Martinez and Farm Share.Several times a year, Commissioner Martinez partners with Farm Share to distribute food packages to residents in the County. Among the goods distributed were meats, vegetables, canned goods, milk, fruit and bread. This year, approximately 50,000 pounds of food were distributed. The children took pictures with the Easter Bunny and had fun in the Easter Egg Hunt searching for the “golden egg,” which entitled them to a special prize.Commissioner Joe Martinez“People from all walks of life attend this event. It is because of organizations like Farm Share that we are able to assist residents who are finding it difficult to put food on the table and elderly residents with a limited income,” said Commissioner Martinez.Read More: True Meaning of Easter Missing On Some YouthSeveral County departments, community organizations and local businesses were also present to provide residents with information about their services. Residents were also able to exchange up to three used light bulbs per home for energy efficient Compact Fluorescent Lights, and up to two used showerheads for low consumption models. The following County Departments and organizations were present: Miami-Dade Police; Miami-Dade Fire Rescue; Miami-Dade County Transportation and Public Works; Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces; Miami-Dade County Public Library System; Miami-Dade County Elections; Miami-Dade County Special Transportation Services; West Kendall Baptist Hospital; McGruff the Police Dog; the Hispanic Coalition and Piag Museum.Easter Feature: Jamaican Easter RecipesDistrict 11 also wants to thank sponsors Publix and Harry’s Empanada for their support.Established in 1991, Farm Share is a non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating hunger and malnutrition in the U.S. by recovering fresh and nutritious foods and distributing it to those who need it most.last_img read more

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League of Women Voters hosts forum to hear from potential city council members

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich — The League of Women Voters is dedicated to helping their neighbors make informed decisions when election time rolls around. Wednesday, the group held a city council forum at Alpena Community College to give candidates a chance to speak about the issues.Mark Hunter, Danny Mitchell and incumbent runner, Mike Nowak are in competition for the two open seats on the council. Co–president of the League of Women Voters in northeast Michigan, Doris Feys, says it was important to allow community members to get insight on the issues ahead of November’s election.“The League of Women Voters, one of their main missions is voter education and we sponsor these candidate forums so that residents and voters can have a chance to listen to the candidates and ask them questions.”Some of the major topics discussed at the forum included plans for Mich–e–ke–wis Park, ways to keep young people in the community, and the city’s wage gap. They also commented on the city’s Dial-A-Ride Program.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: ACC, alpena community college, City Council, Danny Mitchell, League of Women Voters, Mark Hunter, Mike NowakContinue ReadingPrevious Art in the Loft gearing up for signature fundraiser, Light up the LoftNext City of Alpena to hold Dial-A-Ride informational millage meetinglast_img read more

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