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Arizona man dies after taking chloroquine for coronavirus

first_imgAn Arizona man has died and his wife is in critical condition after they ingested chloroquine phosphate – an aquarium cleaning product similar to drugs that have been named by President Trump as potential treatments for coronavirus infection.The couple, in their 60s, experienced immediate distress after swallowing the drug, an additive used at aquariums to clean fish tanks, according to Banner Health Hospital in Phoenix.Chloroquine phosphate shares the same active ingredient as malaria drugs that President Trump has touted as possibly effective against COVID-19, the potentially life-threatening disease caused by the coronavirus. On Saturday, Trump tweeted about the combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, saying it had “a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine.”The nation’s top infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, played down that claim, saying the therapy must be tested to assure its safety and efficacy.”Chloroquine, a malaria medication, should not be ingested to treat or prevent this virus,” Banner Health said in a statement on Monday.The new coronavirus, which causes the highly contagious COVID-19 respiratory illness, emerged in December in Wuhan, China and has spread throughout the world. There are currently no vaccines or treatments approved for the disease, but researchers are studying existing treatments and working on experimental ones. At the moment, most patients can only receive supportive care.“Given the uncertainty around COVID-19, we understand that people are trying to find new ways to prevent or treat this virus, but self-medicating is not the way to do so,” said Dr. Daniel Brooks, Banner Poison and Drug Information Center medical director.Brooks urged the medical community to not prescribe chloroquine medication to any non-hospitalized patients.“The last thing that we want right now is to inundate our emergency departments with patients who believe they found a vague and risky solution that could potentially jeopardize their health.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Dutch multi-scheme to split into three separate pension funds

first_imgIt had subsequently concluded that merging the compartments, to get a balanced result for all participants and pensioners, was too complicated, said Dick Mik, chair of the multi scheme.“We found that, under the current market conditions, a merger would turn out positively for certain groups, but would be negative for others,” he explained.Mik said that the fact that two compartments have reinsured arrangements, whereas the other hasn’t, had made the assessment complex.At the end of December, the coverage ratio for Pon Holdings, Gazelle and Geveke stood at 104.3%, 112.5% and 105.4%, respectively.Mik said the board is aware the new pension funds Gazelle and Geveke are likely too small to continue independently for the long term, and indicated that the ultimate goal is to merge both schemes.“Based on the interest rates level and other market conditions by then, we will assess annually whether the circumstances are right. Meanwhile, we must co-operate and keep down costs by organising the governance and administration in a clever way.”Mik said he didn’t exclude the possibility the schemes will separately join existing company pension funds or an APF, but highlighted that the employer would like to keep the schemes together.“We have already looked at these scenarios and decided not to continue with the options,” he said.Pon is the last multi-company scheme in the Netherlands. The vehicle turned out not to be a success, and no more than four have ever been established.With the introduction of the general pension fund (APF), the existing multi-company pension funds have a five-year period to transfer or liquidate. The Dutch multi-company scheme Pon said it would split into three separate pension funds, as merging its three compartments would be too complicated.On its website, the pensions vehicle of family firm Pon, said it aimed to complete the move before next year, when the multi-scheme – the predecessor of the consolidation vehicle APF – ceases to be legalThe new pension funds will be the €974m scheme of Pon Holdings with 8,700 participants, the €121m pension fund of Gazelle (1,700 participants) and the €153m closed scheme of Geveke (2,000 participants).Last year, Pon announced it had rejected the option of placing the three schemes in an APF, in part because of high costs.last_img read more

Dominica’s Kalinago Barana Aute wins CTO’s Heritage Protection Award

first_img Sharing is caring! 19 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Dominica’s Kalinago Barana Aute wins CTO’s Heritage Protection Award by: – April 19, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Kalinago Barana Aute. Photo credit: kalinagobaranaaute.comThe Kalinago Barana Aute in Dominica has been awarded for its contribution towards “heritage protection” and conservationism by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).CTO on Wednesday evening honored five “forward thinking sustainable tourism initiatives” within the Caribbean at its 13th Annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development in Guyana. The Kalinago Barana Aute was awarded for “its excellent work in preserving and educating visitors about the last remaining Kalinago people in the Caribbean, whilst harnessing effective community development” according to a CTO press release. The Kalinago Barana Aute which means “Carib Model Village” affords visitors an opportunity to view and experience the “authentic heritage of the last remaining Kalinago People of the Caribbean”. They also offer visitors the experience of witnessing basket weaving, cassava bread making, traditional canoe making and herbal medicine among others.The four other award were for Caribbean Excellence in Sustainable Tourism went to Guyana’s Rupununi Learners Inc., the Sustainable Accommodation Award went to the Accra Beach Hotel and Spa in Barbados, Community Benefit Award was awarded to Guyana’s Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development while the Biodiversity Award went to Guyana’s exceptional Mangrove Reserve Women Producers Project.According to CTO, the 2012 awards comprised of five categories covering all aspects of sustainability, from overall excellence, to accommodation, community, heritage and biodiversity.The awards were judged by a panel of three tourism and environmental specialists; Jacqueline Kuehnel, Principal at JK Consulting Enterprises in Canada, Andrew Rhikkie Alexander, Eco-agro Community Participation Tourism Specialist for Guyana and St. Lucia, and the CTO’s Sustainable Tourism Product Specialist, Gail Henry.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharelast_img read more

Police Blotter 04-01-2020

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Qatar speaks out over arrests

first_img The BBC’s Middle East business correspondent Mark Lobel was arrested in Doha for reporting on the migrant workers, having been invited into Qatar by the prime minister’s office. Lobel says he and his accompanying crew were detained for a lengthy period and subject to “hostile” questioning after being the subjects of two days of surveillance prior to their arrests. Press Association “FIFA has blood on its hands, as do these sponsors, for as long as they turn a blind eye to what’s going on there. “It’s time we raise our voices. People should demand more action is taken.” Collins was speaking in London as international workers’ unions joined forces with FIFA pressure groups to demand that FIFA sponsors accept their corporate responsibility and challenge human rights abuses at construction sites in Qatar. Evidence of squalid living conditions for poorly paid migrant workers employed under the notorious kafala system was presented by Jaimie Fuller, chairman of sports compression wear company SKINS. International Trade Union Confederation general secretary Sharan Burrow said: “If FIFA is serious about this, they can turn it around. They can turn it around, but they choose not to. “Could we fix everything in seven years? Who knows? But can we turn it around and change the lives and the possibilities for the workers in Qatar? Absolutely. Overnight.” Burrow says FIFA president Sepp Blatter “has the power” and that his likely re-election next week is about “money, simple as that”. “If (Dutch football chief Michael) van Praag was elected, we would see change,” Burrow added. “We know the FIFA executive is split. There are people with decency, with a moral code that will try to change the way in which the game is facilitated.” Fuller wrote to the heads of eight of FIFA’s sponsors – adidas, Gazprom, Hyundai, Kia, McDonalds, Budweiser, Coca-Cola and Visa – in January and again last week accusing them individually of effectively contravening their own values and principles. He is yet to receive a single reply. Burrow said: “What it says is that their moral code is lacking any kind of compass we can endorse. They won’t escape scrutiny. “The reputational risk for these companies is extraordinary. “There’s no doubt that these companies themselves could help to change FIFA. They’ve got a choice. We hope they make it.” Stephen Russell from Playfair Qatar added: “FIFA can change laws to sell beers, but not to save lives.” Collins said: “If McDonalds beef cattle lived in those conditions, you wouldn’t buy their burgers. “Why should they expect the men who are building the facilities that will host a tournament they sponsor to be living in those conditions as well. The same applies for the rest of the sponsors as well.” The Qatar government has claimed BBC journalists were trespassing on private property after arresting them as they sought to report on the condition of migrants involved in World Cup 2022 construction work. In response, the Qatar government said the detentions were made for trespass and breaking Qatari laws. “By trespassing on private property and running afoul of Qatari laws, the BBC reporter made himself the story,” the Qatar government said. “We sincerely hope that this was not his intention. Moreover, we deeply regret that he was unable to report the real story, which is that the government and the private sector are making significant progress in efforts to improve the lives and the labour conditions of guest workers in Qatar.” In a further statement, the BBC said its team was “engaged in a perfectly proper piece of journalism” and requested a full explanation and return of equipment which was confiscated. The statement added: “The Qatari authorities have made a series of conflicting allegations to justify the detention, all of which the team rejects.” On the day the arrest was reported, a group campaigning for reform of workers’ rights surrounding the 2022 World Cup addressed the media in London, where a Conservative MP accused FIFA and its sponsors of having blood on their hands. Yet critics from New FIFA Now, who call Qatar 2022 ‘The Hypocrisy World Cup’, believe change can be made “overnight” if FIFA, the world governing body’s sponsors and the Qatari government choose. Damian Collins MP said: “It’s not acceptable for people to turn a blind eye. last_img read more

Liverpool, C-NS girls swimmers battle to meet wins

first_imgFrom there, Testone went on to win the 100 freestyle in 59.38 seconds and finish second in the 200 freestyle in 2:11.60. Thompson, in 27.02 seconds, was runner-up to teammate Delaney Gellert in the 50 freestyle as Gellert won in 26.43 seconds.Emerson Gellert got a title of her own in the 100 butterfly, holding off Oswego’s Sydney DeLapp, 1:04.12 to 1:04.93, with Thompson second in the 500 freestyle (6:02.81) and Winn the runner-up in the 100 backstroke in 1:09.31 as Nicole Testone finished third.Liverpool went 1-2-3 in the diving competition to pile up points. Sophia Recuparo won with 194.70 points, just ahead of Macy Moore’s 190.60 points as Aija McIntyre (167.60) got third place. Sophia Russo joined Thompson and the Gellert sisters to go 4:05.35 in the 400 freestyle relay, with Jessica Testone joining Russo and the Gellerts for a time of 1:49.98 in the 200 freestyle relay.Two nights later, Cicero-North Syracuse went to New Hartford, where it improved to 6-2-1 on the season by recording a 95-88 victory over the Spartans.In the first two races, Kate Gucciardi won twice, getting the 200 freestyle in 2:08.43 to the 2:08.45 for New Hartford’s Julia Ficano after helping Brittany Wood, Alayna Harbaugh and Bryn Myers go 2:01.33 to edge the Spartans (2:02.02) in the 200 freestyle relay.Much later in the meet, Gucciardi pulled away to take the 100 backstroke in 1:06.45 as Myers got a sprint sweep, going 26.17 seconds in the 50 freestyle and 58.33 seconds to fend off New Hartford’s Nikolette Nesci (58.51) in the 100 freestyle.Kaitlyn Carroll won her latest diving duel with Madeline Thorne, earning 254.20 points to Thorne’s 251.15 as the Spartans’ Isabella Kolb earned 249.10 points.And though Wood finished second in the 200 IM (2:29.36) and 100 breaststroke (1:20.97), she did pair with Myers, Gucciardi and Harbaugh to go 1:47.63 to claim a close 200 freestyle relay over New Hartford’s 1:47.81.Other than Liverpool’s meet at Baldwinsville next Tuesday, both the Warriors and C-NS would mostly practice during the week before Friday’s Salt City Athletic Conference championships at Nottingham.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story In the most technical of terms, the Liverpool girls swim team’s meet at Oswego Tuesday night was not a long road trip since was using the pool at Fulton’s Granby Elementary School for its home meets this fall.Whatever the circumstances, it still proved successful for the Warriors, who defeated the Buccaneers 92-86 in its lone meet last week.To get things going, Liverpool had its 200-yard medley relay team of Megan Winn, Samantha Walker, Jessica Testone and Kaitlyn Thompson earn first place in two minutes, 6.56 seconds.center_img Tags: C-NSliverpoolswimminglast_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s 84-70 win over Morehead State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 10, 2018 at 11:40 pm Syracuse (2-0) won 84-70 over Morehead State (1-2) on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. But the visiting Eagles hung much tighter for the majority of the game. Syracuse pulled away in part thanks to Tyus Battle’s big second half. The Orange play next on Thursday against Connecticut in Madison Square Garden.Here’s what our beat writers thought of Saturday’s game.center_img Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img

Pierre Gasly’s house burgled during Spanish GP; expensive watches, jewels stolen

first_imgLast Updated: 18th August, 2020 14:32 IST Pierre Gasly’s House Burgled During Spanish GP; Expensive Watches, Jewels Stolen AlphaTauri racer Pierre Gasly’s house in Normandy was burgled by intruders who took away expensive watches, jewels and helmets while he raced at Spanish GP. 3 weeks ago Spanish GP: Hamilton tops final practice ahead of qualifying WE RECOMMEND French Formula1 star Pierre Gasly had his home burgled while he was racing in Barcelona. The 24-year-old, who races for Red Bull’s B-team AlphaTauri returned to find that his house had been ransacked. Pierre Gasly finished ninth in the Spanish GP, behind Alexander Albon and Sebastian Vettel. Also Read: F1 news: Mercedes F1 Team ‘badly Treated’ Vis-a-vis Ferrari, Unlikely To Sign New Deal: Toto WolffPierre Gasly’s house robbed during Spanish GPIn an Instagram post on Monday, Pierre Gasly confirmed that his house had been ransacked while he was racing in the Spanish GP. The 24-year-old described the incident in his native language and hit out at the burglars by calling them “disrespectful” and “despicable”. Pierre Gasly mentioned that he has lost expensive items in the robbery from his house in Normandy. The driver revealed that he lost BRM watches engraved with his name, Tag Heuer watches, clothes, jewellery, glasses and racing helmets.  The 24-year-old asked his followers to get in touch with him if they had any information on the missing items. Sports personalities have often been subject to robberies in the past, most of the time when they are on the move, leaving their houses vulnerable to such criminal offences. Premier League star Dele Alli’s house was also robbed earlier this year. Also Read: Lewis Hamilton Vs F1? Brit Accuses Authorities Of Designing Rules To Make Mercedes Lose SUBSCRIBE TO US 3 weeks ago Verstappen looks to usurp Hamilton again with Spanish GP win First Published: 18th August, 2020 14:32 IST COMMENT LIVE TV WATCH US LIVEcenter_img 3 weeks ago Lewis Hamilton urges broadcasters to do more to promote F1’s anti-racism message Pierre Gasly robbed: AlphaTauri driver’s current season and Spanish GP resultsThe 24-year-old was racing in the Spanish GP and had a chance of making it into the top 5 of the race. Gasly has been decent so far with the Alpha Tauri car, as he lies in 13th position in the table and has in between managed to pip Alexander Albon, who succeeded him at Red Bull. During the Spanish GP, the 24-year-old ended up on P5 after the qualifying and started few positions above Albon and 2 positions down Max Verstappen. However, Pierre Gasly only managed a ninth-place finish, earning his team two points from the race. Gasly will now travel to Belgium to participate in the Belgian Grand Prix. Alpha Tauri are 7th in the 2020 Constructors standings, 20 points behind 6th placed Renault. Also Read: F1 Legend Jenson Button’s Lavish Bel Air Mansion Up For Sale For $10M: INSIDE TOURMeanwhile, Lewis Hamilton broke Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 155 podium finishes, recording his 156th finish at the Spanish GP. Max Verstappen and Valterri Bottas came second and third respectively, while Lance Stroll and Carlos Perez made up the top five. Sebastian Vettel finished 7th and became the second driver after Lewis Hamilton to score 3,000 points in his career. The German started from 11th place and did well in his second stint with the soft tyre to stay competitive, earning the Driver of the Day award.Also Read: F1 News: Lewis Hamilton Urges Broadcasters To Do More To Promote F1’s Anti-racism Message(Image Courtesy: Pierre Gasly Instagram) pic.twitter.com/pricn2GWUl— PIERRE GASLY 🇫🇷 (@PierreGASLY) August 17, 2020 Written By Sreehari Menon 3 weeks ago Spanish GP: Hamilton takes pole position ahead of Bottas FOLLOW US 3 weeks ago Road king: Elliott wins at Daytona for 3rd straight on roadlast_img read more

Guyanese seamen crushed to death in T&T

first_imgGuyana’s police have launched an investigation into the circumstances that lead to the death of a 44-year- Guyanese sailor, who was crushed to death on Sunday while loading a vessel at the Trinidad Cement Ltd (TCL) port in Claxton Bay.According to police reports Doodnauth Persaud Nateram, 44, of La Parfaite Harmonie, Guyana, died at the San Fernando General Hospital from internal injuries.  Nateram, who was employed with the ANS Shipping Company, had come aboard the general cargo vessel, Hein, for a shipment of cement.TCL in a statement, expressed condolences to the victim’s family, confirming that “an accident resulting in a fatality, occurred on a third party vessel which was being loaded at the company’s Claxton Bay port facility.”It said “no injuries were sustained by any other crew member,” and that a full investigation into the accident is being undertaken, following all necessary protocols and fully cooperating with the authorities, including the police.Eyewitnesses said that Nateram was loading cement when the crane pinned him against the railing of the boat.The police report that other workers were able to lift the crane off the injured man’s body but he was unresponsive.last_img read more