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WHO urges safety for health workers bearing brunt of virus

first_imgHealth workers represent less than three percent of the population in most countries and less than two percent in low- and middle income countries, but account for around 14 percent of all Covid-19 cases reported to the WHO.In some countries, the proportion has been as high as 35 percent, the body said.On Wednesday, the International Council of Nurses said thousands of nurses had likely died in the pandemic, pointing to numbers from just 44 countries showing 1,097 deaths by mid-August.”The Covid-19 pandemic has reminded all of us of the vital role health workers play to relieve suffering and save lives,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing. Too many doctors and nurses are paying the ultimate price while battling Covid-19, the World Health Organization said Thursday as it launched a charter aiming to boost safety for health workers.The UN health agency said that the pandemic had exposed health workers and their families to “unprecedented levels of risk”.While the coronavirus crisis has taken a heavy toll overall, data from many countries and regions show that healthcare workers have been infected at a far higher rate than the general population. Topics : “We all owe health workers an enormous debt, not just because they have cared for the sick, but because they risk their own lives in the line of duty.”The risks are not only physical. The WHO pointed to “extraordinary levels of psychological stress” on health workers, who have been asked to work long, draining hours battling Covid-19, living in constant fear of being infected.Many are also living separated from their families, and facing social stigma amid fear they are carrying the virus. Depression, anxiety These strains are increasing the likelihood of depression among medical professionals, who were already more at risk of suicide than the general public in a number of countries prior to the pandemic.One in four health care workers surveyed for a recent study said they were struggling with depression and anxiety amid the pandemic, while one in three said they had suffered insomnia, the WHO said.In its charter presented Thursday, the WHO emphasized the legal and moral obligations governments have to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of health workers.The charter among other things calls on countries to develop programs that better protect the health and safety of medical workers, and to combine them with patient safety policies.It also calls for better policies for protecting health workers from violence in the workplace, and for improving access to mental health support.And it demands that minimum standards for patient safety, infection prevention and control, as well as for occupational safety are implemented across all care facilities.Access to personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as sufficient training in how to use such equipment safely should also be guaranteed, it said.”No country, hospital or clinic can keep its patients safe unless it keeps its health workers safe,” Tedros said.last_img read more

Arsenal’s move for Christopher Nkunku in major doubt, reveals agent

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal’s move for Christopher Nkunku in major doubt, reveals agent Emery has worked with Nkunku before (Picture: Getty)‘I here tonight [in the studio], which is not a good sign,’ Nkunku’s agent told Canal+.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘There is a real interest from Arsenal for Nkunku, but the discussions are quite complicated. There are restrictions from Arsenal’s side, they cannot do a transfer in the middle of the season. It is still being discussed with PSG, things could still happen in the next 48 hours, but as I said, the fact that I am here means that it does not look good.”A‘His situation will be evaluated in June, then he will have just 1 year left on his contract, and his situation will need to be evaluated.‘He is a young boy, who needs to play, enjoy himself, and to sign up for a project for the long term, that is what he is looking for, and he was in that phase with Arsenal but it looks complicated, if we have to wait, then he is ready to do that, he will wait.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal’s move for Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic appears to be dead in the water but Suarez is expected in London in the next 24 hours to complete his move.The Spaniard worked with Emery at Sevilla and the Arsenal boss confirmed after Tuesday’s 2-1 win against Cardiff that he hopes to conclude a deal.Asked if the deal was close, Emery said: ‘I don’t know now.‘It’s a challenge for him, and also [it is a challenge for him] to help us.’MORE: West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini says Marko Arnautovic injury ‘will not be easy’ Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 30 Jan 2019 8:27 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link481Shares Christopher Nkunku looks set to stay at Paris Saint-Germain (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are increasingly unlikely to complete a deal for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Christopher Nkunku before Thursday’s transfer deadline, the player’s agent has revealed.The Gunners entered into negotiations with the Ligue 1 giants last week and were initially encouraged that they could secure a loan deal for the 21-year-old.Unai Emery is working under tight financial constraints this month and can only sign players on loan.Arsenal look set to sign Denis Suarez on a six-month deal from Barcelona but Nkunku’s agent says a move to the Emirates is ‘not looking good’.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

Crystal Palace set new asking price for Arsenal to sign Wilfried Zaha

first_imgCrystal Palace have set their asking price for Arsenal to sign Wilfried Zaha (Picture: Getty)Crystal Palace are determined not to lose Wilfried Zaha this summer and have slapped a £100million price tag on his head as he continues to be linked with Arsenal.Since returning to Selhurst Park in 2015 following a dismal spell at Manchester United, Zaha has re-established himself as Palace’s key player and one of the stars of the Premier League.The Ivory Coast international has decided now is the time to move on, however, and is said to have pleaded with Palace to agree terms with Arsenal over a summer transfer.Zaha supported the Gunners as a child and wants to play under Unai Emery despite the face Arsenal will not compete in the Champions League next season after finishing fifth in the top-flight.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityPalace are reluctant to lose another star player following the departure of Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United, however, and have slapped a £100m price tag on Zaha.The Daily Mail say the Eagles are concerned about the backlack from manager Roy Hodgson and Palace fans if they sell their two star players during this summer transfer window.They now hope the £100m valuation will price Arsenal out of a move, with the Gunners only said to have around £45m to spend after missing out on Champions League qualification.Palace are now searching for a replacement for Wan-Bissaka and are said to be interested in signing Timothy Castagne from Atalanta.I can’t thank everyone at @CPFC enough. I’ve been at the club for 11 years and grown up there so I will never forget my roots and the support I’ve had from fans, players, staff. Thank you to everyone 🦅 #AWB— Aaron Wan-Bissaka (@awbissaka) June 29, 2019 Crystal Palace set new asking price for Arsenal to sign Wilfried Zaha Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 29 Jun 2019 5:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link706Shares Zaha is keen to join the Gunners (Picture: Getty)After his move to Old Trafford was confirmed on Saturday, Wan-Bissaka sent a message to Crystal Palace and the club’s fans.‘I can’t thank everyone at Crystal Palace enough,’ he tweeted.‘I’ve been at the club for 11 years and grown up there so I will never forget my roots and the support I’ve had from fans, players, staff.‘Thank you to everyone.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Industriens sees trouble ahead for Danish krone’s peg to euro

first_imgDanish labour-market pension fund Industriens Pension predicts that the current peg between the Danish krone and the euro could be seriously challenged in a few years’ time but sees the krone holding within narrow bands relative to the pan-European currency for now, despite the European Central Bank’s (ECB) expected quantitative easing (QE) programme.The DKK127bn (€1bn) pension fund said it was preparing for the widely expected announcement by the ECB to start wide-scale QE by holding onto its bond risk levels in Danish and core euro area sovereign bonds, while at the same time taking short positions on US Treasuries.Morten Kongshaug, portfolio manager for tactical asset allocation at Industriens, told IPE: “On a two to three-year horizon, the peg may be challenged for real,” he said.“But in the short term, the Danish krone will keep its narrow plus or minus 0.5% level against the euro.” Industriens had not started hedging euro risk, he said, but added that it was considering covering the tail risk of the Danish krone leaving its peg.However, this is a strategic asset allocation question – i.e. a long-term one – rather than a tactical asset allocation choice, Kongshaug said.The prospect of wide-scale ECB quantitative easing has sparked speculation about whether the Danish krone would be able to maintain its current peg to the euro in such circumstances.Asked what the pension fund had already done to prepare for the ECB’s forecast bond-buying spree, he said: “We have kept bond risk in Danish and core euro government bonds, while shorting US Treasury risk.”However, in the immediate term, the pension fund said it did not expect financial markets to change much if the expected broad QE programme were confirmed by the ECB after its governing council meets.“We are disappointed in the short term, as a large-scale QE programme is already discounted,” he said.Kongshaug said the ECB was likely to get national central banks within the euro area to do the bond-buying in any QE programme, rather than buying the debt itself.How the buying volumes will be divided up between the debt of the various euro states will be determined using specific data, he predicted.“The ECB will use capital key weights in its purchase,” he said.This division of the buying will be important for the pricing of risk-free bonds such as German bunds, Kongshaug said.last_img read more

Smoking behind half of major cancer deaths – study

first_img Share 97 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share HealthLifestyle Smoking behind half of major cancer deaths – study by: Associated Free Press – June 16, 2015 WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – Smoking is responsible for nearly half of deaths due to certain types of cancers in 2011, a US study said Monday.Some 48.5 percent of nearly 346,000 deaths attributed to one of the 12 types of cancer known to be caused by smoking were due to cigarette use, according to the study published online in JAMA Internal Medicine.The large number of deaths comes despite concerted efforts to reduce cigarette use across the United States.“Continued progress in reducing cancer mortality, as well as deaths from many other serious diseases, will require more comprehensive tobacco control, including targeted cessation support,” the report concluded, referencing programs that help people quit smoking.Smoking prevalence has dropped in the US from 23.2 percent in 2000 to 18.1 percent in 2012, researchers said.Of the lung, bronchus and trachea cancer deaths studied, some 80 percent were attributed to smoking.About 77 percent of larynx cancer deaths studied were connected to smoking, the study said.The researchers noted limitations in their data, including lack of racial diversity and that that non-cigarette tobacco exposure was not included.last_img read more

Ethan John Strassell

first_imgEthan John Strassell, 17 of Milan passed away January 24, 2018. Ethan was born March 25, 2000 in Cincinnati, OH the son of David and Jessica (Lawhorn) Strassell. Ethan was a junior at the Milan High School.  He enjoyed racing, dirt bikes, quads, fishing and hanging out with his family and friends.Ethan is survived by parents: David and Jessica Strassell of Milan; sister: Jasmine Strassell of Lawrenceburg; maternal grandparents: Marshall and Lisha Lawhorn of Lawrenceburg; paternal grandparents: John and Nancy Strassell of Dillsboro; girlfriend: Kylee Meyer; Many uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.Funeral service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday January 30, 2018 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home in Milan with Father Frank Eckstein officiating.  Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday also at the Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to the Family.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 South Main Street P.O. Box 243 Milan, In 47031 (812)654-2141.  Go to to leave an online condolence for the family.last_img read more

Schmeichel makes United transfer warning

first_imgPeter Schmeichel has urged Manchester United not to target a ‘statement signing’ unless they are sure it will improve David Moyes’ squad. Indeed, following the failure to land Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara and the brutal rebuttal earlier this week of a “derisory” £28million bid for Everton duo Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini, there are still no new arrivals less than a fortnight before the window closes. Yet Schmeichel does not feel that in itself is a reason to panic. For the Dane believes United should stick by their long-standing mantra of only signing players they feel are capable of being an improvement of what they already have. “I would never bring in a player to make a statement,” said the man who captained United to their 1999 Champions League final triumph. “Maybe with a new manager and a new chief executive they feel a need to tell the fans Manchester United still have the power and money and can still sign the players. “That is important because there are a lot of fans out there who are unsure about how financially strong Manchester United are and how committed the owners are to spend the money that is being created by the club. “But the players have to be an improvement. “If they are not of the right calibre you stay away from it. You don’t sign a player for the sake of it.” Earlier in the summer, it was suggested executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward felt United needed to bring in a marquee player to prove the transition at both managerial and chief executive level following the exits of Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill would be smooth. As it has turned out, neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Gareth Bale, both linked with Old Trafford moves, have been lured to Manchester. It is anticipated Moyes will have a second go at landing Baines and Fellaini and with Adnan Januzaj set for a lucrative long-term contract, United are not inactive. Yet nervousness amongst supporters is exacerbated by the on-going uncertainty over Wayne Rooney’s future, with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hinting after his side’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Wednesday night that he would return with a third offer for the 27-year-old after his side’s eagerly-anticipated encounter with United at Old Trafford on Monday. But Schmeichel is not convinced Rooney’s body language during Saturday’s win at Swansea, when he failed to celebrate United’s second-half goals with his team-mates, was the sign of a man wanting out. “I know a lot of people thought Wayne was not celebrating with the team when he scored but he had just made two long sprint runs and was knackered,” said Schmeichel. “He only played 67 minutes for England in pre-season and had not trained that much either. “Under those circumstances, for him to give us half an hour of top class football and set up the last two goals was fantastic. “He didn’t look like someone who wanted to get away. “He looked like someone who really enjoyed playing that game. But he was tired. That was obvious.” It all adds up to an uncertain picture, which leaves Schmeichel hoping Moyes’ present squad remains intact when the transfer window closes on September 2. “The squad we have is very strong and broad,” he said. “It has loads of different options in many positions. “It is fair enough to be looking for strong midfield players who can replace someone like Paul Scholes. “Tom Cleverley is fantastic but he won’t last the whole season because of the way he plays and whilst Anderson is a great player but for some reason he doesn’t always look that fit. “You need someone in there who can run the midfield with Michael Carrick but if September 2 comes and it is the same squad I am quite happy.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Al Fayed blames removal of statue

first_imgManager Felix Magath laid the blame for relegation at the feet of Fulham’s players for a lack of fighting spirit. Press Association Al Fayed told Press Association Sport he believes the Cottagers would still be in the top flight if Khan had not had the 7ft 6ins sculpture of Michael Jackson removed from outside Craven Cottage last November. Al Fayed was speaking as he formally presented the statue of the late singer to the National Football Museum in Manchester, where it will stand proudly on a first-floor mezzanine. He said: “This statue was a charm and we removed the luck from the club and now we have to pay the price. “When (Khan) asked me to move it I said, ‘you must be crazy’. This is such a fantastic statue which the fans are crying out for. “But now he has paid the price because the club has been relegated. He called me because he told me he wanted Michael to return. I told him, no way.” The much-mocked statue was commissioned by Al Fayed and installed at the back of the Hammersmith Stand in 2011. Al Fayed was a friend of Jackson and the singer even paid a visit to Craven Cottage when he attended a match between Fulham and Wigan in 1999. But following Al Fayed’s decision to sell the club to Indian tycoon Khan, he was told it was surplus to requirements and would have to be removed. Speaking about its presentation to the National Football Museum, Al Fayed added: “This is a great place visited by thousands of people and I am very proud to present them with one of the greatest artists and singers in the world. “Michael is a fantastic example for everyone. He came from nowhere and showed fantastic determination to be a superstar and I am very glad that he is now in this great institution for people to enjoy.” center_img Cottagers fans expressed theories ranging from a lurch through three different bosses to the unwillingness of new owner Shahid Khan to splash the cash. But Khan’s flamboyant predecessor Mohamed Al Fayed is convinced he knows the real reason why Fulham’s 14-year stay in the Barclays Premier League came to an end last Saturday. last_img read more

StarTimes to Air 2020 NBA Playoffs on ESPN

first_imgThe winner of the play-in tournament will face the Western Conference top-seeded Lakers led by The King LeBron James. The 2nd seed Clippers play the Mavericks, one of the league’s best offences. Denver is the No. 3 seed and will face the Utah Jazz. The Nuggets should have a massive advantage when it comes to depth, even if Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert were not at their best in the postseason. The Oklahoma City Thunder will try to ground the rockets. That means that Rockets guard Russell Westbrook and Thunder guard Chris Paul get the chance to face their former teams.As for the Eastern Conference, the Milwaukee Bucks, owners of the NBA’s best record will see the Orlando Magic in the first round. Toronto, a championship favourite and titleholder, will take on the Brooklyn Nets. The Boston Celtics, which performed very well in Orlando, will renew their rivalry with Philadelphia. Finally, the Miami Heat will look to cool off the Indiana Pacers.Basketball fans across the continent can enjoy the NBA live on the 24-hour channels, ESPN and ESPN2, available on StarTimes platformShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The 2020 NBA Playoffs first-round schedule will finally begin on August 17 and Basketball fans will be able to enjoy the show with StarTimes on the ESPN channels.Since returning on July 30, NBA teams have been playing inside a bubble at Disney World and during the playoffs, nothing will change. That means no more homecourt advantage. Otherwise, the format remains the same as usual, with the top-eight teams in each conference playing best-of-seven series, and the winner of each conference meeting in the Finals.As of today, the NBA playoff picture is nearly set, with 15 of the 16 teams already known. The final spot in the playoffs will be determined on the weekend by a play-in tournament for the Western Conference’s eighth seed — either the Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers or Phoenix Suns.last_img read more