In Iraq, no resting place for coronavirus dead

first_imgTopics :  ‘Just one dream’ According to the WHO, there are only 14 hospital beds in Iraq for every 10,000 people. By way of comparison, France — currently overwhelmed by the spreading virus — has 60 beds for every 10,000 people. To try to fill the gap, Iraqis are stepping up with inventions of their own.Medical engineer Moqtada al-Zubaidi has created a hospital bed encased in Plexiglas, which includes a respirator with oxygen tanks, an air conditioning unit, a bell to ring nurses and a flat-screen television.”It’s an invention with humanitarian purposes. We proposed the name ‘the bed of life’ because it provides security and reassurance to people who are sick,” he said.Zubaidi is awaiting approval from the health ministry to produce more beds, which cost US$4,000 (3,600 euros) each.But for many fellow Iraqis disheartened by the rising death toll, such measures may be too little, too late. Salem al-Shummary, Malik’s cousin, had tried to help Malik bury his father and was left scarred by the experience.”We’re not fazed by death anymore. We just have one dream: to bury our dead,” he told AFP. Authorities have declared a countrywide lockdown until April 11, urging citizens to stay at home and adopt rigorous hygiene routines to forestall the spread of the virus.  For Saad Malik, losing his father to the novel coronavirus was only the beginning of his nightmare. For over a week, cemeteries across Iraq refused to allow the elderly man’s burial.Fearing the respiratory illness could somehow spread from the corpses to nearby population centers, Iraqi religious authorities, tribes and townspeople have sent the bodies of COVID-19 victims back to hospital morgues, where they are piling up. “We couldn’t hold a funeral for him and haven’t been able to bury his body, even though it’s been more than a week since he died,” Malik told AFP, his voice laced with bitterness.center_img  ‘Where will we put bodies?’ But in some areas, local powers are getting even stricter.Northeast of the capital Baghdad this week, tribal figures prevented a team of health ministry officials from burying four bodies in a cemetery the state had specifically designated for COVID-19 victims. When the delegation tried to take the bodies to another burial ground southeast of Baghdad, dozens of local townspeople turned out in protest.Ultimately, the bodies were returned to the morgue.One Iraqi living near Baghdad told AFP “we decided to block any burials in our area.””We panicked over [the health of] our children and families.” According to the World Health Organization (WHO), which is leading the global response to the pandemic, coronavirus is transmitted through droplets and surface contact. There is no scientific evidence yet that it could spread via corpses, according to Iraqi health ministry spokesman Seif al-Badr.He said the government was taking all possible precautions when burying bodies, including wrapping them in bags, disinfecting them and placing them in special coffins. Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, the country’s top Shiite cleric, has said those who lost their lives to the disease must be wrapped in three shrouds and insisted authorities facilitate burials.But rejections of burials have continued, including in the two shrine cities of Karbala and Najaf, where one of the world’s largest cemeteries is located. An Iraqi medic in Najaf told AFP the health ministry had tried to intervene directly to convince Najaf authorities to allow burials of COVID-19 victims, to no avail.The medic, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he had witnessed one widower beg authorities to release his wife’s body.”Just give me the body and I’ll bury her in my own home,” the heartbroken husband had said. “This is the situation after just 40 deaths. What happens if it gets worse? Where will we put the bodies?” the medic asked. Many in Iraq have been bracing themselves for a rise in cases in the weeks ahead, but the country’s hospitals are ill-prepared to deal with large numbers.They have been ravaged by decades of conflict and have received little investment in recent years, leaving them woefully bereft of medicine and equipment.Doctors, too, have been threatened, kidnapped and even killed in recent years over ransoms or under pressure from relatives of patients.  Armed men claiming to be tribal leaders threatened Malik, his family and his friends, saying they would set fire to his car if they tried to bury the body in their area. “Can you imagine that across this huge country Iraq, there aren’t a few square meters to bury a small number of bodies?”In Islam, a person must be buried as soon as possible after death, usually within 24 hours. Cremation is strictly prohibited. Iraq has confirmed more than 500 COVID-19 cases and 42 deaths from the respiratory disease, but the real numbers are likely much higher as few of the country’s 40 million people have been tested.last_img read more

Harvard says won’t accept virus aid money after all

first_imgHarvard added that it “remains fully committed to providing the financial support that it has promised to its students.”The university had been under fire over the funds, even before Trump’s comments.”The last time Harvard got this much money out of the blue, they had to accept Jared Kushner,” joked Comedy Central’s The Daily Show on Twitter, referring to Trump’s son-in-law, on Monday.The Department of Education was to receive $30.8 billion to support schools and universities, which are closed across the country, under the $2.2 trillion stimulus package passed last month.The Harvard Crimson reported Tuesday that the university’s endowment, the largest of any in the world, was last valued in 2019 at $40.9 billion — though it cited administrators as saying that may have declined to the “mid 30-billion range” as a result of the pandemic.  Topics : Harvard University said Wednesday it would not take millions of dollars it received from a coronavirus relief fund, following a backlash led by President Donald Trump.Harvard, the globe’s wealthiest university, was allocated $8.6 million under the federal CARES Act, a government stimulus package meant to cushion the US economy from the COVID-19 fallout.On Tuesday, Trump called on the Massachusetts-based university to pay the money back, saying it was intended “for workers” and not for “one of the richest institutions” in the world.center_img Harvard later said 100 percent of the funds would be given to students “facing urgent financial needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”But on Wednesday, it announced that it would not take the money after all.”Harvard has decided not to seek or accept the funds allocated to it by statute,” it said in a statement.”We will inform the Department of Education of our decision and encourage the department to act swiftly to reallocate resources previously allocated to Harvard.”last_img read more

Ex-workers raise labor issues vs giant bus firm

first_imgAnother former bus driver, RommelJardeleza, claimed they were being obliged to pay for the damage their busessustained from road mishaps. “Perowala sila sang may ginapakita sa amon ngadeath certificate kon sin-o nga empleyadoang napatay. Nakabutang lang sa amon payslip ‘death contribution,’” hesaid. In his case, said Jardeleza who was adriver at Vallacar for six years before he resigned, he was made to shoulder 50percent of the estimated P188,000 damage that his bus incurred from anaccident. ILOILO City – Labor issues are furthercomplicating the leadership tug-of-war at the Bacolod City-based VallacarTransit, the country’s biggest transport company that operates the popularCeres buses. This Vallacar Transit terminal for its popular Ceres buses in Barangay Camalig, Jaro, Iloilo City is the biggest in Panay Island. Labor issues are further complicating the leadership tug-of-war at Vallacar Transit, the country’s biggest transport company. Disgruntled company workers raised several issues that included payroll deductions, among others. IAN PAUL CORDERO He eventually resigned, saidJardeleza, without receiving benefits. Gil Tabares, president of Vallacar’sdisplaced workers numbering about 60, said another deduction in their salary isthe P100 “death contribution.” Tabares said drivers are also beingunreasonably required to wash their bus units. “Konnaghambal dayun ang management nga bayran man lang ang ginakuha para sameal allowance, kontani nagbalon na langkami para wala na deduction,” said Villegas who resigned last year. This is actually money taken fromtheir daily collection for meals, said Villegas, and this is deducted fromtheir salaries. Onecame forward and articulated his colleagues’ concern. Rolens Villegas,conductor for six years of a Ceres bus plying the Iloilo City-Carles, Iloiloroute, demanded that the company reimburse their “line cash advance.” Disgruntledcompany workers raised several issues yesterday. These included payrolldeductions, “unjust” separation pay, “illegal” dismissal, workers beingpressured to do “voluntary” resignation, and non-disclosure of collectivebargaining agreement. “Ibaliknila ang ginkuha nila sa amon,” said Villegas. Backedby the progressive labor group Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino, these formerworkers called for a press conference yesterday at Gonzaga Hall of CentralPhilippine University and urged the Vallacar management to address theirconcerns. He also wondered why this deduction istermed “line cash advance” in their pay slips and not “meal allowance.” “Ti,mabiyahe kami 2 a.m. Mag 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. kapoy nakami, mabasa pa kami sang tubig,” hesaid. The Vallacar Transit management couldnot be reached for comment as of this writing./PNlast_img read more

Visayan Sea fishing ban lifted

first_imgILOILO – It’s open season again for fishing inthe Visayan Sea. The three-month fishing ban from November 2019to February 2020 was lifted on Sunday, Feb. 16. The three-month closed season in the VisayanSea is observed yearly to allow herrings, mackerels and sardines to spawn. Thegoal is to make fishing sustainable in the Visayan Sea, said Aparri. BFAR Region 6 observed no problems in itsenforcement of the fishing ban. Aparri said there were no violations. But BFAR-6 director Remia Aparri remindedfishermen to harvest fishes the legal way. The ban covered herrings, mackerels andsardines. Now fishermen could catch them again, according to the Bureau ofFisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 6. She cited the cooperation extended by localgovernment units in northern Iloilo, Negros Occidental and Capiz./PNcenter_img Do not use dynamites, fine mesh nets or activefishing gears that destroy the seabed, said Aparri. The northern seaboard of Iloilo province iscovered by the yearly ban. The following towns face the Visayan Sea: BarotacNuevo, Anilao, Banate, Barotac Viejo, Ajuy, Concepcion, San Dionisio, Batad,Estancia, Balasan, and Carles. The three-month fishing ban from November 2019 to February 2020 was lifted on Sunday, Feb. 16. PN FILE Also included the ban are Roxas City, Pilar,Pontevedra, President Roxas, and Panay in Capiz province; and northern NegrosOccidental’s EB Magalona, Victorias City, Manapla, Sagay City, Cadiz City, andEscalante City. The Visayan Sea, one of the country’s largestfishing grounds, is surrounded by the islands of Panay to the west, Negros andCebu to the south, Masbate to the north, and Leyte to the east.last_img read more

June 13, 2017 Police Blotter

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Noll, Miller sweep John Morris Classic IMCA features

first_imgAPACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (May 28-29) – Jason Noll and Trevor Miller both went 2-for-2 at Arizona Speedway’s Memorial Weekend John Morris Classic.Noll picked up both $1,000 to win Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified features while Miller swept the $600 to win Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main events.Noll raced from 10th starting to win Saturday’s caution-free 20-lapper and earn a spot on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.“I had a pretty good car. We could go to the bottom to pass and then go back to the top,” said Noll, who worked his way past leader and eventual runner-up Mike Strobl seven circuits in. “We got into lapped traffic but had a pretty sizable lead so that wasn’t a factor.”Jeremy Thornton, Steven McCollough and Joey Moriarty completed the top five across the stripe.Win number two on season and on the weekend saw Noll draw the outside pole and lead every time around the track on Sunday, as well as dodge the spinning car that brought out the first of bang-bang-bang yellows that came out on unlucky lap 13.“We ran the last seven laps green and I was able to pull away some,” he said. “The car was just rolling really well. We were fortunate to have a pretty dominant weekend.”Thornton took home second-place pay. Chaz Baca Jr., Brian Schultz and Austin Kuehl were third through fifth, respectively.Miller has split time behind the wheel of the number 10M Northern SportMod with his father Bill and brothers Ben and Cody and made the most of his holiday weekend opportunities to win two 20-lap features, both from the third starting position.He’d topped his Saturday heat short a spring but retrieved it undamaged from the track, put it back on and tinkered with the setup just a bit before the feature.“I went top the top on a restart and the car was just stupid fast,” he said. “I just checked out.”Miller wasn’t as dialed in on Sunday but still found his way to the front quickly.“I stayed on the bottom,” he said. “I wanted to go to the top but didn’t hear any other cars and didn’t want to chance it.”James Dupre, Jason George, Ray Czumaj and Matt Martinez rounded out Saturday’s top five. Dupre, Miles Morris, George and Eric Winemiller were scored after Miller on Sunday.The wins were the second and third of the season for Miller.May 28 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Jason Noll; 2. Mike Strobl; 3. Jeremy Thornton; 4. Steven McCollough; 5. Joey Moriarty; 6. John Morris Jr.; 7. Don Earven; 8. Tyler Mecl; 9. Kelsie Foley; 10. Nate Warren; 11. Mike Martin; 12. Lance Mari; 13. Austin Kuehl; 14. Nick Gann; 15. Russel Allen; 16. Mark Stewart; 17. Chad Falco; 18. Norman Uptain Jr.; 19. Chris Caldwell; 20. Josh Wampole; 21. Duane Rogers; 22. Brad Whitfield; 23. Steve Stultz; 24. Eric Center.Northern SportMods – 1. Trevor Miller; 2. James Dupre; 3. Jason George; 4. Ray Czumaj; 5. Matt Martinez; 6. Adam Echter; 7. Tim Reese; 8. Dennis Gates; 9. Charles Hunt; 10. Dale Irby; 11. Jason Morris; 12. Kyle Smith; 13. David Harrington; 14. Clint Clausen; 15. Eric Winemiller; 16. Chris Toth; 17. Erik Shaw; 18. Tommy Thompson; 19. Dylan Ickes; 20. Lupe Gomez.May 29 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Noll; 2. Thornton; 3. Chaz Baca Jr.; 4. Brian Schultz; 5. Kuehl; 6. Allen; 7. Mari; 8. Falco; 9. Bryson Curry; 10. Whitfield; 11. Center; 12. Wampole; 13. Scott Francoeur; 14. Foley; 15. Uptain; 16. Martin; 17. Morris; 18. Stultz; 19. Warren; 20. Gann; 21. McCollough; 22. Strobl; 23. Scott Sluka; 24. Mecl.Northern SportMods – 1. Miller; 2. Dupre; 3. Miles Morris; 4. George; 5. Winemiller; 6. Toth; 7. Smith; 8. Echter; 9. Adolfo Noriega; 10. Gates; 11. Gomez; 12. Irby; 13. Shaw; 14. Hunt; 15. Clausen; 16. Czumaj; 17. Reese; 18. Morris.last_img read more

Miller wins Keystone RaceSaver Challenge

first_imgDarren Miller was in the right place at the right time Saturday at Port Royal Speedway to win the Pennsylvania Sprint Series Keysone IMCA RaceSaver Challenge. (Photo by Christi Baker)PORT ROYAL, Pa. (Oct. 6) – Darren Miller seemed destined for the runner-up spot Saturday at Port Royal Speedway but a strange incident set him up for the biggest win of his IMCA Rac­eSaver Sprint Car career.Kyle Smith was all set for a weekend sweep as he drew the pole position for the Pennsylvania Sprint Series Keystone RaceSaver Challenge event and led every lap.Except the last one.On the final circuit, as Smith drove into the last turn, an incident blocked the track ahead of him. Smith entered the turn on the high side with traffic below and had no time or opening to make it through.Miller was just far enough behind that he was able to make a last second maneuver to avoid con­tact and went on to grab the one lap dash for the win. Miller earned $1,200 for the victory, which included $400 in bonuses based on years with RaceSaver and races run in 2018.Former winner Jeff Miller Jr. came home second followed by Zach Newlin, Austin Bishop and Jona­than Jones. Fifty-two cars were entered.Justin Clark traveled from Ohio and picked up a seventh place finish earning the longest traveler bonus for the top 10 and the top 20 netting him an additional $300; 52 cars were on hand for the event.Smith had picked up the win Friday as 42 cars battled at Williams Grove Speedway to earn the guaranteed starter spot the next night at Port Royal. Drew Ritchey, Tyler Denochick, Miller and Scott Ellerman rounded out the top five. Miller’s finish earned him the Beer Hill Cup Summer Series Champion­ship after Zach Newlin lost an engine early in the night.Feature ResultsFriday – 1. Kyle Smith; 2. Drew Ritchey; 3. Tyler Denochick; 4. Darren Miller; 5. Scott Ellerman; 6. Jaremy Hanson; 7. Dave Grube; 8. Ken Duke Jr.; 9. John Scarborough; 10. Jeff Geiges; 11. Jay Krout; 12. Ryan Stillwaggon; 13. Tyler Reinhardt; 14. Erin Statler; 15. Ryan Lynn; 16. Ian Detwei­ler; 17. Scott Frack; 18. Devin Adams, 19. Daren Bolac; 20. John Walp; 21. Brad Mellott; 22. Eric Husick, 23. Greg Dobrosky, 24. Jonathan Jones.Saturday – 1. Darren Miller; 2. Jeff Miller Jr.; 3. Zach Newlin; 4. Austin Bishop; 5. Jones; 6. Stillwag­gon; 7. Justin Clark; 8. Ellerman; 9. Duke; 10. Lynn; 11. Roger Irvine; 12. Jake Waters; 13. Kyle Ganoe; 14. Jon Haegele; 15. Geiges; 16. Jacob Gomola; 17. Samantha Lieberman; 18. Frack; 19. Fred Arnold; 20. Rick Stief; 21. Ritchey; 22. Smith; 23. Nick Sweigart; 24. Mellott.last_img read more

Felix, Partey give Atletico points in Moscow

first_imgRelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says UCL: Benfica kicked out by player who left club one week earlier + other results Atletico Madrid’s 126-million-euro forward Joao Felix scored his first goal in the Champions League to help his side earn a 2-0 win at Lokomotiv Moscow in Group D on Tuesday. The Portugal international broke the deadlock early in the second half of a tight game, sliding to the floor to knock the ball in on the rebound after his first shot had been parried by the hosts’ goalkeeper Guilherme. Thomas Partey doubled Atletico’s lead 10 minutes later, knocking a ball from Diego Costa into the net. This was after a lovely chipped pass from Felix, who became the fourth-most expensive player of all-time when he joined from Benfica in July. The win took Atletico into second place in the group on four points, the same number as leaders Juventus who beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 and have a better goal difference. Atletico had produced a gutsy comeback to draw 2-2 at home to Juventus two weeks ago and although there was less drama in this victory, Diego Simeone’s side always looked in control in the Russian capital. They should have taken the lead early in the first half when a flicked header from Felix made its way to an unmarked Diego Costa at the far post, who somehow missed the target with a gaping goal in front of him. Alvaro Morata, who was back in the team after being suspended for Saturday’s goalless draw against Real Madrid, also had a chance to put Atletico ahead before the break but was thwarted by Guilherme. Atletico had drawn blanks in three of their previous five games but a goal finally arrived when Felix showed hunger to race into the area and meet a low cross from Morata, and then follow up his shot to score. “It was only a matter of time before we scored, we knew the ball was going to go in at some point,” Felix told reporters. Partey, who was widely hailed for his energetic performance against Real, put Atletico further at ease. Although it took an outstanding double save from goalkeeper Jan Oblak to prevent Grzegorz Krychowiak scoring for Lokomotiv later on. “Today we were able to convert chances that we have been struggling to score recently,” added Atletico coach Simeone. “We missed a few chances in the first half and we spoke about that at halftime and made sure we turned up our intensity to get the best out of our forwards.” Reuters/NAN.Tags: Atletico MadridJoao FelixLokomotiv MoscowThomas ParteyUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

Italians check in ahead of Davis Cup qualifiers

first_imgKolkata: World number 18 Marco Cecchinato along with other Italian Davis Cup team members arrived here this morning ahead of their qualifiers against hosts India at the South Club, scheduled to be held from February 1-2.The team will be led by non-playing captain Corrado Barazzutti.Italy will miss the services of top-ranked Fabio Fognini, who has ruled himself out to recover from an injury.Cecchinato, who stunned Novak Djokovic in the 2018 French Open quarterfinals and made a first round exit at the Australian Open against Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic, is expected to hurt India most on the opening day of the tie.World number 35 Andreas Seppi will be the next best bet for the Italians. The other members of the contingent include Matteo Berrettini, Thomas Fabbiano and Simone Bolelli.A total of 24 teams will play in the knockout qualifiers on February 1, 2 to decide which 12 teams playing here will play the year-end finals.Twelve winners from the qualifiers here will join six other teams for the 18-team finals in Madrid in November this year.According to the new format, only four semi-finalists from the 2018 season along with two wild cards — Argentina and Britain – have a direct entry. IANSAlso Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

Washington St. looks to end streak vs Washington

first_imgFAB FRESHMEN: Washington has relied heavily on its freshmen this year. Isaiah Stewart, Jaden McDaniels, Nahziah Carter and Hameir Wright have combined to account for 67 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 63 percent of all Huskies points over the last five games.EXCELLENT ELLEBY: CJ Elleby has connected on 34 percent of the 188 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 15 of 42 over his last five games. He’s also converted 81.8 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: Washington State is 0-8 when scoring fewer than 62 points and 14-6 when scoring at least 62.COLD SPELL: Washington State has lost its last six road games, scoring 63.7 points, while allowing 78.5 per game.DETERMINED DEFENSE: The stout Washington defense has held opposing offenses to a field goal percentage of 37.7 percent, the seventh-lowest mark in Division I. Washington State has allowed opponents to shoot 45.3 percent through 28 games (ranking the Cougars 298th).___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWashington State (14-14, 5-10) vs. Washington (13-15, 3-12)Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle; Friday, 9 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Washington looks to extend Washington State’s conference losing streak to five games. Washington State’s last Pac-12 win came against the Washington Huskies 79-67 on Feb. 9. Washington is coming off an 87-52 win over Cal on Saturday. Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img February 27, 2020 Washington St. looks to end streak vs Washingtonlast_img read more