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Specimen Collection Site Set Up In Jamestown For COVID-19 Testing

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first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now Image.JAMESTOWN – A Jamestown hospital is set to open an outpatient specimen collection site to help with testing for the novel Coronavirus.Officials with UPMC Chautauqua Hospital say starting Wednesday the site will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Jones Memorial Health Center.Doctors will soon direct patients who have received a physician consultation and subsequent referral to get tested for the virus.Hospital staff stress that the site is not open to the public and walk-ins will not be tested. Patients who are referred by a doctor to be tested will receive a call from the hospital to set up an appointment.Staff collecting the samples will be outfitted with proper protective gear in order to prevent possible contamination and spread of COVID-19.Hospital officials say people who suspect they have COVID-19 but do not have a high fever or breathing problems should call their primary care physician or use their provider’s virtual visit options to get advice. Anyone with a high fever or breathing trouble should go to their local emergency department for evaluation and care.last_img read more

State Launches Antibody Testing To Determine COVID-19 Immunity

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first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: Governor Tom Wolf / CC BY 2.0NEW YORK – Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday the State Department of Health will begin to conduct a statewide antibody testing survey. Starting Monday, the testing survey will sample 3,000 people for a population of 19.5 million people – for context Germany performed a 3,000-person sample with a population of 83 million.Large-scale antibody testing will help determine the percentage of the population that is now immune to the virus, allowing more individuals to safely return to work.Governor Cuomo also announced the state will continue working with the federal government to assist with the supply chain and coordinate private labs to ramp up diagnostic testing, another key component of getting people back to work and restarting the economy. The Governor says the state is ready to transport 400 ventilators to Massachusetts within 24 hours if they are needed.The Governor also says he will sign an Executive Order allowing any authorized officiant to perform marriage ceremonies using online video technology.Yesterday, the Governor issued an Executive Order allowing New Yorkers to obtain a marriage license remotely and allowing clerks to perform ceremonies via video conference, a practice that is banned under current law.Many marriage bureaus have temporarily closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, preventing New Yorkers from getting a marriage license during the current health emergency; yesterday’s Executive Order temporarily suspends a provision of law that requires in-person visits.“Any plan to start to reopen the economy has to be based on data and testing, and we have to make sure our antibody and diagnostic testing is up to the scale we need so we can safely get people back to work,” Governor Cuomo said. “We are going to start antibody testing across the state tomorrow – and we are going to do that in the most aggressive way in the nation. This will be the first true snapshot of exactly how many people were infected by COVID-19 and where we are as a population and will help us to reopen and rebuild without jeopardizing what we’ve already accomplished.”last_img read more

WHO rejects ‘China-centric’ charge after Trump criticism

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first_imgTopics : “It was absolutely critical in the early part of this outbreak to have full access to everything possible, to get on the ground and work with the Chinese to understand this,” he told reporters.”This is what we did with every other hard-hit country like Spain and had nothing to do with China specifically.”Aylward, who led a WHO expert mission to China in February, defended WHO recommendations to keep borders open, saying that China had worked “very hard” to identify and detect early cases and their contacts and ensure they did not travel.”China worked very, hard very early on, once it understood what it was dealing with, to try and identify and detect all potential cases to make sure that they got tested to trace all the close contacts and make sure they were quarantined so they actually knew where the virus was, where the risk was,” he said.”Then they made it very clear that these people would not and could not travel within the country, let alone internationally,” he added.WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been lavish in his praise of China from early in the outbreak, praising President Xi Jinping’s “rare leadership”.David Heymann, a professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine who led WHO’s response to the 2003 SARS outbreak, said that any US funding cut would be a huge blow.”If the WHO loses its funding it cannot continue to do its work. It works on a shoe-string budget already,” Heymann said in London. “Of course it would be disastrous for the WHO to lose funding.”  World Health Organization officials on Wednesday denied that the body was “China-centric” and said that the acute phase of a pandemic was not the time to cut funding, after US President Donald Trump said he may put contributions on hold.The United States is the top donor to the Geneva-based body which Trump said had issued bad advice during the new coronavirus outbreak.US contributions to WHO in 2019 exceeded $400 million, almost double the 2nd largest country donor, according to figures from the US State Department. China contributed $44 million, it said.center_img “We are still in the acute phase of a pandemic so now is not the time to cut back on funding,” Dr Hans Kluge, WHO regional director for Europe, told a virtual briefing when asked about Trump’s remarks.Trump told a news conference on Tuesday that the United States was “going to put a hold on money spent to the WHO,” however, he appeared to backtrack later when in response to questions he said: “We’re going to look at it.”It was not immediately clear how Trump could “block” funding for the organization. Under US law, Congress, not the president, decides how federal funds are spent.Dr Bruce Aylward, senior advisor to the WHO Director-General, also defended the U.N. agency’s relationship with China, saying its work with Beijing authorities was important to understand the outbreak which began in Wuhan in December.last_img read more

CSA to make decision on Windies tour next month

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first_imgJOHANNESBURG, South Africa (CMC) — Cricket South Africa (CSA) is expected to make a decision on the future of the tour of West Indies next month, after Monday announcing the cancellation of the limited overs series against Sri Lanka.South Africa are scheduled to face West Indies in two Tests and five Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) from July 15 to August 16, but that tour now seems likely to fall victim to the novel coronavirus pandemic which has already resulted in 2.4 million infections and 166,000 deaths globally.Media reports here said CSA officials would decide on the Windies series in “mid-May”.Cricket West Indies has already scrapped some of its domestic tournaments, but said recently it was continuing to monitor developments, and would liaise with the partner boards before making any determination on upcoming series.In announcing the cancellation of the tour of Sri Lanka set for June, CSA’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Jacques Faul said decisions regarding tours would be made in the players’ best interests.“It is very sad that we have been forced to take this step and we will reschedule the tour as soon as cricket returns to a sense of normality and our international fixture list allows,” Faul said.The English-speaking Caribbean has recorded over 800 infections from the virus known as COVID-19, with 49 deaths reported.last_img read more

Warning over door to door scammer targetting vulnerable people

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first_imgGardaí in Donegal are warning people to be vigilant of a man who is wanted in connection with bogus calls, theft and trespassing.A description has been issued of the man who is known to target the elderly and the vulnerable in their homes and scam them into giving over money.The man operates on a nationwide level and is sought for questioning by Gardaí in numerous counties. “The male in question is a British citizen. He is believed to be of Indian descent,” said a Garda spokesperson.“He is approx. 6ft in height with black hair, he occasionally wears glasses. This male targets the elderly and the vulnerable.“He usually calls to the door offering to sell clothes and can become forceful. He demands extortionate rates for the clothing and has been known to take people to the ATM to withdraw cash for him.”Gardaí believe that the man may have been in the Northern region over the past few days and he has access to a black Vauxhall Astra, the registration number starts with NU5. The man is wanted for questioning in relation to various offences such as theft, fraud, robbery and trespassing. Gardaí in Letterkenny are looking to speak to anyone who believes they have been visited by the man in question. They are also appealing for people to inform anyone they know who lives alone in relation to this man and advise them to be vigilant.Sgt. Eunan Walsh issued safety advice in this week’s community notice: “The usual advice applies, fit a chain-lock to your door, never let anyone into your home that you do not know and beware of all callers offering services who call to your home. Genuine sales people or service providers do not usually call door to door offering goods or services.” Warning over door to door scammer targetting vulnerable people was last modified: June 7th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bogus callerscamlast_img read more

South Africans queue to say goodbye to Mandela

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first_img“Madiba said poverty was as much a crime as apartheid. We must do all we can to fight it, that’s why we volunteered to work in South Africa.”“Mandela helped rebuild our lives with pride and dignity. Like I tell my children, we must forgive but never forget,” says Henrietta Pitsi.Madiba’s journey home to his village of Qunu, where he will be buried on Sunday, began at 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria on Wednesday 11 December 2013 as a glass-sided hearse carried his flag-draped coffin through the streets of the capital to the Union Buildings. There, the seat of government and the scene of his inauguration as the first president of a democratic South Africa, Nelson Mandela will lie in state for three days.South Africans cry for MandelaThe slow 9-kilometre drive to the renamed Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre at the Union Buildings was shepherded through the streets by a motorised honour guard. A large crowd watched the procession pass, some waving flags and cheering, and others standing silently, heads bowed and tears in their eyes.Thousands of citizens lined up for an opportunity to view the statesman, dressed in one of his trademark Madiba shirts, as he lay in state.Twenty years into South Africa’s democracy this was Mandela’s dream made flesh. The people of the rainbow nation queued as they did in the historic elections of 1994, keeping their heads pointed to the sun and their feet moving.Among them was Atteridgeville pensioner Henrietta Pitsi, with her husband and grandchild. She said she felt it was important that she be there to say goodbye to Mandela, and thank you. Dabbing at rheumy eyes she said the man who had given her back her dignity was owed as much time as it would take for the line to wind its way towards the security checkpoints closer to the Union Buildings.Pitsi’s children returned from exile in Tanzania when Mandela was released from prison in 1990. Today they are influential diplomats, businessmen and soldiers in the country of their birth. Mandela made their lives possible, she said. “Mandela showed us we had the right to want and have in our own country. He enlightened us, he made it possible for me to send my children to Cambridge, to international schools. Their lives are better thanks to Madiba.”Leaning on her grandchild’s shoulder, Pitsi said she had once queued for five hours to get into Wimbledon. If she could do that, then she could stand as long as she needed to say goodbye to Mandela. “Every day I tell them how they came to be free,” she says of her grandchildren. “They know we are all looking to them to ensure that Madiba’s sacrifices were not in vain.”Further back in the queue Penny Abboo watched her two spirited toddlers wander among the crowd. While they were far too young to understand why they were there, she said, “one day I will be able to tell them they were a part of history”.“I was clearing out my father’s house after he died and I found his dompas,” Abboo said, referring to the apartheid pass book black South Africans once had to carry in urban areas. She was never politically active, she said, and even being among the first group of black students allowed into universities formerly reserved for whites did not make her feel she was part of history. “It was finding that document that brought it home to me how much the country had changed.“I looked critically at my father’s generation and saw all these brilliant people who were denied opportunity because of the colour of their skin. In one generation we changed, we all became true citizens of this country, and that was thanks to Mandela.”A group of younger white girls holding South African flags edged forward as the line began moving.“He has finally escaped the grip of illness,” one of them said in a distinct British accent. “He can go home now he has done all we can expect of one man.“Mandela would have been so proud to see South Africa forget what divides them.” She was part of a group of foreign students volunteering in KwaZulu-Natal, who drove through the night to be a part of the day’s events.Fashionably dressed Lerato Moloi, in line with her niece and sister, smiled when she heard the foreign accents in the crowd. The whole world, she said, is mourning with South Africa. “We South Africans think he belonged just to us, but he gave a voice to people all over the world.”Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela will lie in state for three days, giving South Africans a chance to view his body and say goodbye. The country has never staged an event like this before. As the crowd inched closer to the Union Buildings, Mandela taught them another lesson: how to grieve as a united nation.last_img read more

Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation creates scholarship for large animal veterinary students

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation (OCF) has created a new scholarship fund to benefit large animal veterinary students attending The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. OCF has committed $25,000 over five years to the new scholarship fund. The first scholarships generated from this fund will be awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year.The Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Scholarship Fund will provide two scholarships each year to third or fourth-year veterinary students who have demonstrated interest in practicing large animal (food/farm) medicine and plan to practice in the state of Ohio. Preference will be given to candidates whose work, research or community involvement demonstrates interest in the beef industry, or to those who are involved with the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. The College of Veterinary Medicine, in consultation with Student Financial Aid, will oversee the scholarship fund, application process and will determine the scholarship recipients each year.It is commonly understood within the agricultural industry that the educational costs and subsequent debt load associated with a veterinary degree inhibit potential students from pursuing a career in the field or have long-term financial burdens for those who do. Thanks to the success of the Cattlemen’s Gala fundraiser, the OCF is pleased to be able to provide funds to create this impactful scholarship program.“As a cattle producer, I know first-hand the importance of having access to excellent veterinary care around the clock for my animals. However, as an industry we need to recognize the financial burden that a veterinary degree can place on students,” said Joe Foster, OCF president, of Gallipolis. “Our hope is that this scholarship enables more students to pursue a career as a large animal veterinarian here in Ohio, benefitting cattle producers across the state for years to come.”In the next 15 to 20 years, it’s estimated that more than 25% of Ohio veterinarians will retire, requiring a new supply of veterinarians to fill gaps across the state. The need for well-educated, qualified veterinarians to ensure animal and public health is one every cattle producer knows all too well; the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation is proud to play a part in ensuring the future of veterinary care in Ohio.To learn more about the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Scholarship Fund through Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, please contact the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation at 614-873-6736 or [email protected]last_img read more

In Tucson, Solar Power on a Grand Scale

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first_imgBy the time all 45,000 solar panels are in the ground and another 36,000 are mounted on the roofs of the 900 or so houses in Soaring Heights Communities, the project’s total annual PV output will top 10 million kWh – enough to cover 75% of Soaring Heights’ electricity needs.That’s a lot of juice. The partners in this development – housing developer Actus Lend Lease, solar provider SolarCity, Tucson Electric Power, and financing parties National Bank of Arizona and U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation – say the project will be the largest of its kind in the continental U.S., and with adjustments over time, could become a net-zero-energy operation.Once build-out is complete, Soaring Heights – which is part of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base – also will represent a 15% increase over Arizona’s current grid-tied solar capacity.Although the community includes existing homes, most will be new structures built to energy efficiency standards of Tucson Electric Power’s Guarantee Home Program, which provides rate guarantees for heating and cooling in homes that meet the standards.And because the ground and rooftop solar power systems will help Tucson Electric Power reach renewable-energy goals set by state regulators, the company also will provide incentives through its customer-funded SunShare program to reduce the long-term cost of Soaring Heights’ PV installation, whose systems will be designed and installed by SolarCity and interconnected by TEP.SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive called Soaring Heights “our largest installation to date. We expect this project to be a springboard for additional clean power development in Arizona, one of the best locations for solar in the world.”last_img read more

Shiv Sena demands action against Poonam Pandey

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first_imgModel Poonam Pandey had said she would strip at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai if India won the World Cup final.Shiv Sena on Friday demanded stern action against 20-year-old model Poonam Pandey, who has said she would strip at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai if India won the World Cup final on Saturday.”The model has told newspapers that she would strip in the stadium, if India wins the world cup. The government has to take action to stop such things,” Sena MLC Neelam Gorhe said in the Legislative Council on Friday.”It was shocking to learn that Poonam’s parents have given her permission, as per the interviews,” Gorhe said.”The government should make its stand clear on this,” Gorhe, also a Sena spokesperson, said.- With PTI inputslast_img read more