The United States’ COVID-19 total topped 300,000 cases today, as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) late yesterday recommended using face masks in situations where it’s hard to maintain physical (social) distancing measures, such as in grocery stores.US cases make up about a fourth of the reported global total, which has climbed to 1,187,798 in 181 countries, 64,084 of them fatal. The World Health Organization (WHO) today in its latest situation report said the latest country to report its first case is Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, a Dutch Caribbean territory that is home to about 25,000 people.CDC advises face masks especially in hard-hit areasAs anticipated, the CDC yesterday said it recommends wearing face coverings in public where other social distancing steps are hard to maintain, especially in areas experiencing significant community transmission.Its advice about simple cloth face coverings, such as homemade ones, is aimed at slowing the spread of the virus and at helping prevent those who don’t know they’re sick from transmitting it to others. “Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure,” the agency said.The CDC’s guidance covers cleaning, removal, and tutorials on how to make the masks. Scientific data to support the use of masks to prevent COVID-19 or virus spread is not conclusive, and CNN reported that some CDC experts felt pressure from the White House to make the recommendation on mask use.Mayors of some hard-hit cities have already recommended wearing face masks, though health officials have warned that their use shouldn’t provide a false sense of security, and that wearing them should be part of comprehensive steps that include social distancing. At yesterday’s daily White House briefing, President Donald Trump addressed the new recommendation but said he didn’t think he would be wearing one in the Oval Office while meeting with global leaders.In other developments, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for three more COVID-19 tests. It also issued and EUA for a convalescent therapy trial at Johns Hopkins University.New York ventilator progressAlso, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced some progress in getting more ventilators for patients in critical care. On Twitter today, he said China’s government is facilitating the donation of 1,000 ventilators, which are due to arrive at JFK International Airport today. In a separate tweet, he said Oregon is sending 140 ventilators. “On behalf of the people of NY, I thank you and rest assured that NY will repay the favor when Oregon needs it,” he said.The Trump Administration has been hesitant to deploy ventilators from the Strategic National Stockpile to some of the hard-hit states.At a White House briefing today, Trump reiterated his claim, without evidence, that states are asking for more equipment than they need.Yesterday, the US reported an all-time high 32,850 new cases and 1,320 additional deaths, and it appears to be on track to reach or pass those levels again today. This morning, New York state reported 10,841 new cases and 630 new deaths, raising its total cases to 113,704. Of that total, New York City has reported at least 56,280 infections, including 1,867 deaths.Six states today reported more than 1,000 new cases. They are New Jersey (4,229), Michigan (1,481), Louisiana (2,199), Massachusetts (1,334), Illinois (1,453), and Pennsylvania (1,597).Europe anticipates lockdown extensionsIn European developments, Spain—with 5,537 more cases today—passed Italy and now has the second most cases in the world, behind the United States. Spain also reported 546 more deaths, raising its fatality count to 11,744. In a related development, Spain’s prime minister today announced that its 15-day lockdown, which was announced on Mar 14, will be extended for 2 more weeks, until Apr 25, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.Italy today reported 4,805 more cases and 681 more deaths, raising its respective totals to 124,632 and 15,362. The number of patients in Italy’s intensive care units dropped for the first time in the country’s outbreak, declining from 4,068 yesterday to 3,994 today, the country’s civil protection director Angelo Borrelli said, according to a separate AFP story. The daily rise in new cases in Italy has slowed in recent days, but health officials expect the country’s lockdown will probably last at least another month.In other European developments, France reported 4,267 more cases today and 441 more deaths in hospitals, Jerome Salomon, MD, MPH, PhD, the country’s director-general of health said, according to Le Monde. So far, 2,028 deaths have occurred in nursing homes. There are now 6,838 people with COVID-19 in intensive care units, a number that is still rising, but at a slower rate. France has 90,843 total cases.Elsewhere in Europe, the United Kingdom today reported 708 more deaths, its biggest 1-day jump, raising its fatality count to 4,313. It also reported 3,735 new cases, lifting its overall total to 41,903.In Turkey, one of Europe’s new hot spots, health officials reported 3,013 more cases, raising its total to 23,934.South Korea enhances contact tracingSouth Korea reported 94 more cases and 3 more deaths, mainly due to continuous small clusters in Seoul and Gyeongii province and a rapid rise in imported cases, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today.It added that contact-tracing criteria will now extend to 2 days before illness onset and that smokers have now been added as a high-risk group. South Korea has 10,156 total cases.Elsewhere in Asia:In Japan, at least 118 new cases were reported today in Tokyo, 81 of them not linked to known transmission chains, Kyodo News The new cases lift the country’s total past 4,000.Singapore today reported 75 more cases, 6 of them imported and 40 linked to earlier cases or clusters.Hong Kong reported 17 new cases, 10 of them with a travel history.China today reported 19 new cases, 18 imported and 1 local from Wuhan in Hubei province. It also reported 64 new asymptomatic cases, 26 of them imported.
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You may be interested in… That said, he sought to remind his audience that the coronavirus is not selective or exclusive. “It’s all around; in and out of Guyana,” Dr. Persaud said, adding:“So everyone, everywhere, in all the ten administrative regions needs to make that special effort to continue playing a part in spreading the message about COVID-19. There should be no letting up; complacency and worse still a laissez faire attitude can be our undoing.” He made a special plea to young persons, urging them not to delay, but seek medical assistance at the earliest.“Fellow Guyanese, our irresponsible actions impinge greatly on our health workers whom we need to protect at all costs. They have families just like us; they want to enjoy life too; they deserve this, but they are making the sacrifice to protect all of us,” said the CMO. Oct 16, 2020 Amidst the rise in cases, health authorities will be looking to “tighten” control measures in order to prevent the further transmission of the raging coronavirus disease.As has been his wont every day to caution residents of hinterland communities about taking foolish risks, Dr. Persaud said: “I plead with you to halt the illicit cross-border movement; look out for the migrants and report their presence immediately to the Authorities. On a personal level, I ask you to cooperate and comply with the regulations of social distancing and the hygiene etiquette.” Three CARICOM countries record COVID deathsStory via CMC – Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and the Bahamas registered deaths from the coronavirus (COVID-19) over the past 24 hours, while the authorities in Belize warn that ongoing transmission happening within families is a key factor driving the virus in that Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country. The Ministry of…October 14, 2020In “General”Bahamas, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago record deaths from COVID-19The Bahamas and Jamaica recorded deaths from the coronavirus (COVID-19) as several other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries reported new cases of the virus over the past 24 hours. The Ministry of Health said that there were 65 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths. As a result the total number…September 30, 2020In “General”St. Kitts And Nevis Confirms Two COVID-19 CasesNATIONAL STATEMENT ON COVID-19 By the Hon Wendy Colleen Phipps Minister of State with Responsibility for Health March 25, 2020 In my capacity as Minister of State with Responsibility for Health, it is my duty to inform you that as of 11:03 pm on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the Federation…March 25, 2020In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp All of the recent cases, he reported, were from hinterland regions, with eight originating in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni); four in Region Eight (Potaro Siparuni); and 11 in the villages of Aranaputa and Annai in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo). Oct 16, 2020 DISPELLING THE MYTHSSadly, misconceptions about COVID-19 still persist, including the belief that the disease doesn’t exist; that wearing a mask causes the disease, and that even testing brings about the disease. These are “all myths”, which, according to Dr. Persaud, need to be dispelled if Guyana is going to “break the back of the camel” not only in Regions Seven and Nine, but in every community. This, he believes, is the only way that persons can be supportive of the selfless efforts of the health workers on the frontline who are risking their lives to prevent the further transmission of the raging coronavirus. St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Story via Guyana Chronicle Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC And just in case that did not do the trick, he said: “Fellow Guyanese, I know that you have been following closely these daily briefs, and that you are aware that our cases continue to climb, especially in the hotspot areas of Regions Seven and Nine.” He encouraged persons to cooperate and comply with all regulations of social distancing, hygiene etiquette and wearing of the mask in public.COVID-19 remains a serious issue not just here in Guyana, but globally as well, and according to global statistics, there are 17.9 million cases of COVID-19, with over 686,000 deaths. And, with no approved treatment or cure, there is no assurance that persons will survive after contracting the disease. More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… Oct 15, 2020 “This brings me to the whole question of testing, which determines our positive and negative cases, and puts in train our surveillance team to track contacts and identify additional sources,” Dr. Persaud said, adding: “Bravo to the surveillance team and lab staff working to provide us with timely results! However, on a more widespread level, I encourage all those experiencing symptoms to come forward and take advantage of our testing facilities.” CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak In the past 24 hours alone, the country recorded 23 new cases of the disease. The authorities have so far tested 4,975 persons, with 4,478 proving negative and 497 positive.Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Shamdeo Persaud, in presenting the recent statistics, said that of the 497 persons who’ve tested positive, 186 have recovered, 22 lost their lives, and 289 are classified as active cases which are being monitored by authorities. Two of the active cases are being treated in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU).In light of the foregoing figures, Dr. Persaud is urging persons to be wary of the prevailing situation, especially in the hinterland communities where the virus has been spreading like “wildfire”. CURTAILING the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has proven to be a challenge for the local authorities, as cases continue to spread rapidly, with 96 cases being recorded in the past 96 hours. Oct 15, 2020
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A prominent agricultural solicitor whose strike-off was overturned can return to practice from next month, the High Court has ruled.Mrs Justice Carr had already quashed the decision of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal to ban Peter Rhys Williams after discovering ‘serious procedural irregularity’ in the dishonesty finding.Following another hearing last week, Carr opted against remitting the case to the SDT and imposed a nine-month suspension, effective from December 2016.She also quashed the order that Williams pay £195,000 (70%) towards the SRA’s prosecution costs, reducing that bill to £60,000. The SRA will have to pay the remainder of the total costs of £279,000.Williams had been banned in December 2016 for his role in advising a client on a property sale. He was found by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal to have acted dishonestly and without integrity in hiding money made from a property sale from a mortgage lender. Williams, a published author on agricultural holdings law, was with Wiltshire firm Wilsons Solicitors at the time of the misconduct and went on to join Devon firm Michelmores.The dishonesty element was found in court to be unproven, but the allegations of failing to act with integrity and failing to maintain public trust in the profession were retained.The SRA maintained Williams should still be struck off, while his lawyers argued that he had effectively been ‘punished enough’.In Williams v Solicitors Regulation Authority, Carr said Williams had made four separate misrepresentations to Northern Rock in two letters sent in 2011. The judge said he was not attempting to make any personal gain, but he had intended to create a false impression about the property price and was directly responsible.She added that Williams had not ‘come close’ to showing insight into the finding of lack of integrity, but he had made some concessions and did co-operate in the investigation.’Although there is a need to protect both the public and the reputation of the legal profession from future harm by Mr Williams by removing his ability to practise, neither the protection of the public nor the protection of the reputation of the legal profession justified striking off the roll,’ said Carr. ‘Mr Williams’ professional performance, including a lack of sufficient insight on his part, demonstrates the need to underline the gravity of his conduct. Nine months is a term that will both punish and deter whilst being proportionate to the seriousness of the misconduct. Public confidence demands no lesser sanction.’Sir Brian Leveson, who agreed with the judgment, expressed his trust that Williams would ‘be able to restore for himself the reputation that he previously held’.
FOLLOWING earlier scientific research into optimum back posture (RG 11.04 p747), Grammer AG used the Roma exhibition to display its first production seat with an automatically-adjusting back support.Just released on the market, but not yet ordered, the ergomechanical seat is designed to optimise support for the passenger’s back. When the seat is upright, the back cushion follows the shape of the spine. As the seat reclines, the cushion moves forward and a mechanical linkage causes the lower part of the back swab to curve outwards, so that it will still support the passenger’s lower back in the more relaxed position.The new seat draws on Grammer’s successful ICE design, which has been supplied for DB’s ICE3 trainsets and the Spanish Velaro E variant now being delivered. The company is supplying the same design for the new loco-hauled coaches on order for Saudi Railways Organisation, and they will also be used in DB’s ICE1 refurbishment programme (p497). Grammer AG, Germany
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47 Views one comment Share Ambassador Yoshimasa Tezuka and Principal Doreen Watt cutting the ribbon to officially declare the cafeteria openThe Trafalgar Primary school has been added to the Ministry of Education’s School Feeding Program with the construction of the first ever primary school cafeteria in Dominica. On Tuesday, 29th October the Japanese Government through its Ambassador, Yoshimasa Tezuka presented the keys for the newly built cafeteria, worth over thirty-six thousand US dollars.The project, the brainchild of the school’s principal, Doreen Watt, was funded under the Japan Grant Assistance for Grass Roots Human Security Project (GGP). The cafeteria comprises of eating areas, a stove, microwave, a deep freeze and refrigerator among others. Ambassador Tezuka told the handing over ceremony that the new cafeteria will provide healthy food choices to students who were unable to access it. “They have become beneficiaries of the Dominica School feeding program. I have no doubt that this project will meet basic human needs and we are very pleased that the GGP has afforded the school the opportunity to provide its students with nutritiously balanced meals and healthy eating experiences”.The new cafeteria constructed by Kent Daniel commenced in January, 2013.He noted further that the construction of the cafeteria is testimony of the importance of bilateral relationships between governments. “I truly certainly look forward to the continuation of such efforts of corporation and friendship between our two nations in the future”. Parliamentary representative for Trafalgar, Dr. Collin McIntyre urged the students to appreciate the gift from the Japanese Government as they are the first beneficiaries of such a project in primary schools in Dominica. “We have raised the level in terms of sanitation and health in a Cafeteria and I am sure that our teachers here are going to be taught as to how best to present and prepare food and to train our children in terms of sanitation and health and what has to be done, talking about washing your hands, how you preserve food to avoid any sort of food borne illnesses,” he noted. Dr. McIntyre pledged his support in paying the salary of the school’s head cook on a monthly basis and indicated that discussions has been held with Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit in that regard. Meanwhile, Education Minister Petter Saint Jean said the cafeteria symbolizes, in a very clear way “that we are nurturing a caring school environment”.“We believe during the formative years the students who are here spend most of their wake time at school and so it is necessary for the schools to provide adequately for the needs of that child to ensure that they develop and can function within the society in which they live,” he said. The new cafeteria constructed by Kent Daniel commenced in January, 2013.[nggallery id =389]Dominica Vibes News Share Tweet EducationLocalNewsPrimary Trafalgar Primary School gets new cafeteria by: – October 30, 2013 Sharing is caring! Share