WHO seeking $76 mln for Lebanon after Beirut blast, concerned about coronavirus

first_img“A week after the blast, the World Health Organization is still concerned about the health and wellbeing of people who were injured, lost loved ones, or became homeless, and it’s expected (that) recovery from the psychological pain from the blast will last much longer,” said Rana Hajjeh, WHO’s regional programme director.”In particular, we are concerned about the return of COVID-19 in Lebanon. We have launched an appeal for $76 million, and ask the international community to support the Lebanese people and show solidarity with them in every way possible.”The loss of hospital beds had “clear implications for the management of COVID as well as other medical conditions”, said Richard Brennan, WHO’s regional emergency director.Initial results from an assessment of 55 primary healthcare clinics and centers across Beirut showed just over half are not functioning, with the remainder functioning at varying levels, Brennan said.The WHO has so far brought in 25 tons of personal protective equipment (PPE), distributed trauma and surgical supplies to 2,000 patients at 10 hospitals, and is working with at least 11 emergency medical teams that have arrived from overseas, officials said. Topics : The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday it had appealed for $76 million in aid for Lebanon after last week’s massive explosion in Beirut destroyed or damaged hospitals, clinics and medical supplies.Lebanon was already struggling with a financial crisis and a rise in the number of new coronavirus cases before the Aug. 4 explosion in the capital’s port area that left at least 171 dead and injured some 6,000.The blast put three hospitals out of operation and has left three others working at partial capacity, reducing the number of beds in public and private hospitals by 500-600, WHO officials told an online press conference.last_img read more

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FINAL: Uganda’s City Oilers take on Rwanda’s Patriots

first_imgFriday results: Women round robinEquity 77 UCU 66KPA 82 KCCA 58APR 91 Horseed  51ABC 95  Hawassa 49Men: Group stagesGROUP A – City Oil – Uganda; Patriots – Rwanda; Savio – Tanzania; Hawassa City – EthiopiaGROUP B – Betway Power – Uganda; Gondar City – Ethiopia; A.B.C – Tanzania; K.P.A – KenyaWomen (round robin)UCU,  KCCA,  Equity, KPA,  Horseed , APR, Don Bosco Action as City Oilers storm final with victory over KPA on Friday. PHOTO @cityoilersFINAL SATURDAY 7pm: City Oilers ?? vs Patriots  ??Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  Pre-tournament favourites City Oilers of Uganda and Patriots from Rwanda will contest Saturday’s final of the  FIBA Africa Zone 5 Club Basketball Championships at Lugogo.Patriots silenced the partisan Ugandan crowd at Lugogo by snatching a place in the final at the expense of fancied Power, who failed to respond to a flying start by the visitors.The Patriots took an 18-10 quarter one lead, held on 35-32 at half time and when they stretched it to 57-48 in the 3rd quarter, the final place was in sight.It was the first loss of the tournament for Uganda’s Power, who finishing in the semifinals will be no consolation for all their ambitions.In the other semifinal, City Oilers also got off to a flying start against Kenyans KPA, leading 23-14 in quarter one, 40-23 at half time, 51-39 in the third quarter to seal a place in their second straight Zone 5 Championships final 73-65.The winner of this tournament will represent Zone 5 at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup 2017 that will be hosted in Tunisia in December.The women’s round robin tourney saw UCU suffer their first defeat of the tournament on Friday, falling 77-66 to fancied Kenyans Equity Bank.Kenyan sides Equity and KPA, and Ugandan team UCU remain favourites to snatch the top two places.The top two teams from this tournament will represent Zone 5 at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup Women 2017 set to be held in Angola from November 3-12.Men’s Semi-finalsKPA  65 City Oilers 73Patriots  82 Power 74 Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Green Cleaning Tips from Elite Cleaning

first_imgScottiejo McNulty, owner of Elite Cleaning, praises the merits of Shaklee cleaning products.Green cleaning isn’t just for those with crawling babies or compromised immune systems anymore.  While science has extended our lifespan, made recycling commonplace, and defeated many medical issues of the past, we can all do our part to help the planet.   Cleaning supplies have long been harsh chemicals, laden with unpronounceable ingredients, but not anymore.  Elite Cleaning of Washington is proud to offer many natural, 100% effective options for their clients.Owner Scottiejo McNulty has long been a user of, and distributor for, Shaklee products.  These are advertised as “nontoxic and natural cleaning choices that are safe, powerful, green, and smart.”  But she is also a font of knowledge when it comes to old wives’ tales and is happy to share.  Her Facebook page is a wealth of tips including: soaking greasy oven exhaust fans in vinegar then washing them in the dishwasher and sprinkling salt on spilled raw eggs to keep them from sliding away from the towel.For clients, every attempt is made to meet their green cleaning needs.  When one recent client with extreme allergies called, the Elite Cleaning staff was able to do the entire job with common household ingredients like lemon, vinegar, and baking soda.  McNulty even put together some of these helpful guidelines for a recent ThurstonTalk.com article.  The article was so well received that a new client who signed up after reading it provided the names of five more interested friends.This flexibility, willingness to listen, and customer-first attitude is what helped Elite Cleaning grow from 29 clients in 2011 to 281 in 2013 and earn a Best in South Sound nomination.  Says McNulty, “cleaning is an art and a science” and she welcomes calls with questions, requests, and can usually meet potential clients within a week of the initial chat.  Her highly trained staff clean homes, offices, apartments, and before or after events like parties and weddings.She handles all incoming calls personally and can be reached any time at 360-529-2277. Facebook14Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 19, 2015)–Colorado-bred Get Happy Mister, idle since Aug. 16 at Arapahoe Park, rated kindly and roared up the rail to take Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes by a length under Tyler Baze. Conditioned by Mark Tsagalakis and owned by his mother-in-law, Annette Bishop, Get Happy Mister covered 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:13.11 while providing Tsagalakis with his first-ever stakes win.“This is my first stakes win,” said Tsagalakis, 52, who by his accounting has been training “probably close to 25 years. I’ve won some races, but never a stakes. Right now, there weren’t a lot of choices…It was time to rock and roll. The race came up, he was ready to go and we were eligible for it. It was like ‘Let’s give it a try.’ We had him out on the turf the other day, he seemed to like it and he did.“The plan is (for the horse) to go back home to Colorado and then come back here in the fall and run here again. We’ll play it by ear, but that was the original plan and we’ll just enjoy it for now…”A winner of five consecutive races at Arapahoe prior to going to the sidelines, Get Happy Mister got his sixth in-a-row at odds of 12-1 in a field of seven older horses. A 5-year-old gelding by the Giant’s Causeway stallion First Samurai, he paid $27.20, $10.00 and $4.60. The San Simeon was his 11th win from 14 overall starts and with the winner’s share of $60,000, he improved his earnings to $384,928.“It looks like he can do anything, he loves to run,” said Baze, who had never been aboard Get Happy Mister before. “When (pacesetters) Pure Tactics and Sweet Swap hooked up in front of me and opened up five, I knew they were flying. I just took my time…He’s so big and strong and he has a huge stride. He’s just a really classy horse.”Colorado-based owner Annette Bishop was understandably elated, as Get Happy Mister also became the all-time leading Colorado-bred Thoroughbred.“I bought him at a 2-year-old sale in Arapahoe,” she said. “He’s been a joy. I don’t know his limits and after today, I have no idea. I’m just amazed that he did as well as he did today. He’s been training out of his skin. It’s all due to Mark, he takes his time. He takes his pulse every two hours.”The 5-2 second choice in the wagering, Holy Lute, who was ridden by Mike Smith, was on terms with the winner a furlong out, but proved second best, finishing a length in front of favored Home Run Kitten. Holy Lute paid $4.00 and $3.20.Off at 2-1 under Gary Stevens, Home Run Kitten was last turning for home and outfinished longshot Outside Nashville to run third by a neck. Trained by David Hofmans, Home Run Kitten paid $2.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.16, 43.84 and 1:07.04.Santa Anita’s 39-day Spring Meet gets underway on Friday, with first post time for an eight-race card at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. IN WINNING, GET HAPPY MISTER ALSO BECOMES ALL-TIME LEADING COLORADO-BRED MONEY EARNERlast_img read more

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