Cyprus’ largest hospital suspends services after doctor contracts coronavirus

first_imgCyprus’ largest medical facility suspended most services on Tuesday, authorities said, after a medical doctor heading the heart surgical ward tested positive for coronavirus.The 64-year-old doctor was one of two individuals first to test positive on the Mediterranean island. He had recently returned from Britain and had contact with patients.Effective Tuesday, all admissions, outpatient clinics, surgeries and visitations at Nicosia general hospital were suspended for 48 hours, when the situation would be reviewed, the health ministry announced early on Tuesday.The operation of the cardio surgery ward had also been suspended and patients would be gradually discharged, depending on their general health condition, the ministry said.Topics :last_img

UAE could reintroduce curfew in some areas as COVID-19 cases rise, official says

first_imgNCEMA, which posted a clip of the interview on its Twitter page late on Thursday, could not be immediately reached for comment outside business hours.The regional business and tourism hub on June 24 removed a nationwide curfew in place since mid-March and commercial businesses and public venues have gradually reopened.Health minister Abdul Rahman Bin Mohammed al-Owais on Tuesday warned the number of cases could rise after an “alarming” increase over the previous two weeks.The UAE has recorded 65,802 infections and 369 deaths. The government does not disclose where in the country of seven emirates, or states, the infections or deaths have taken place.The daily infection rate has fallen from a peak of over 900 in late May but the country has seen periodic spikes since, despite a generally falling trend.  The United Arab Emirates could reintroduce a de-facto overnight curfew in some areas of the country if there are a high number of COVID-19 infections there, a government official said.The Gulf Arab state has seen the number of cases rise this week to over 400 for the first time since mid-July, including 461 infections and two deaths in the 24 hours to Thursday.Asked if the national sterilization program, which had included a night time curfew, could again be enforced, National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) spokesman Seif al-Zahri told Emirates TV: “Yes, that’s possible in certain areas where we observe high infection cases.” Topics :last_img read more

Harding Memorial Golf Tourney

first_img Bio BAR HARBOR — The 16th annual David Harding Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Wednesday, May 20, at Kebo Valley Golf Club in Bar Harbor.The annual charity tournament is hosted by Bar Harbor Banking & Trust and benefits the Mount Desert Island YMCA.Harding was chairman and a director of the bank’s board for many years and played an instrumental role in launching the new MDI YMCA.The tournament will be a scramble format with an 11:30 a.m. shotgun start and is open to both men and women.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textRegistration is $85 per person and includes golf cart, gifts, an evening barbecue and prizes.To register, go online to or call Cathy Planchart at 669-6072.Hole-in-one prizes will include a Chevy Cobalt LS from Morrison Chevrolet and a Vespa GTS 250 scooter from Stanley Scooters. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. admin Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Latest posts by admin (see all)center_img Latest Posts State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more

Bowie scorches 100m, Walsh masters shot

first_img– Imperial Walsh – London, United Kingdom | AFP | American Tori Bowie upset Jamaican favourite Elaine Thompson to win world 100m on Sunday, as New Zealander Tomas Walsh dominated the shot put with a stunning series of throws.Before another packed-out session at the London Stadium, Greek pole vaulter Ekaterina Stefanidi and heptathlete Nafi Thiam also added world titles to the Olympic golds they won in Rio last year.Earlier in the day, Kenya’s Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui won the men’s marathon to make up for his country’s podium no-show in the last two championships, while Kenyan-born Bahraini Rose Chelimo edged veteran Edna Kiplagat to win the women’s race.Twenty-four hours after the fireworks of the men’s 100m final when Usain Bolt was upstaged by arch-rival Justin Gatin, Bowie ensured the US team made it 2-0 in the sprint stakes over Jamaica on day three of the championships.Bowie made up for her silver at the Rio Games with a savage dip at the line that saw her win in 10.85 seconds, just one-hundredth ahead of Ivorian Marie-Josee Ta Lou, with Thompson fifth (10.98).“The dive doesn’t feel too good now,” said US champion Bowie. “I never give up until I’m over the line.”Bowie fell to the ground after crossing the line and initially it was Ta Lou who celebrated only for the board to say otherwise.“I had no idea that I had won,” said Bowie. “The only thing I knew was that tonight I was going to lay it all on the line.”Thompson had started well, but faded after the halfway mark, unable to find an extra gear as she has done most of the season.Ta Lou then emerged as the clear leader but Bowie ate into her advantage and then produced the dip of her life to take the title from under the diminutive Ivorian’s nose. In the field, Walsh was in imperial form, producing his best, 22.03 metres, with the sixth and final effort in the men’s shot.The 25-year-old former builder edged out America’s defending champion Joe Kovacs, who posted a best of 21.66.There was drama to the end, however, as Kovacs was left fuming that his final throw that appeared to be more than 22m was ruled, rightly, a foul.Croatia’s Stipe Zunic took the bronze with 21.46m whilst there was disappointment for Olympic champion Ryan Crouser, who could finish only sixth with 21.20m.“To pull it out on the last one is awesome,” said Walsh.“I knew that Crouser was going to attack on the last attempt and it is so special for me to know that I was able to attack, too.”Greece’s Olympic champion Stefanidi enjoyed a compelling battle with American Sandi Morris in the pole vault.The 27-year-old vaulted a national record of 4.91 metres for victory, failing three times at what would have been a championship record of 5.02m.Morris, the world indoor champion and Olympic silver medallist on countback from Stefanidi in Rio last year, claimed silver with a best of 4.75m.Cuba’s defending champion Yarisley Silva shared bronze with Robeilys Peinado of Venezuela.Stefanidi’s feat was mirrored by Thiam, the 21-year-old Belgian doing just enough in the seventh and final event of the heptathlon, the 800m, to amass a winning total of 6,784 points, with overnight leader Carolin Schafer of Germany taking silver with 6,696.“It was a really difficult year, with a lot of pressure but I managed to produce a great performance,” Thiam said.“The thing with sport is, it doesn’t always pay off when you work hard and you’re never really sure if you’re going to produce something great. I’m doing great things at the moment but I know hard times are going to come at some point, they do for everyone.“But as long as it’s going good I’m going to use my happiness as motivation.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Palm Beach County Making Plans to Address Possible Coronavirus Spikes

first_imgPalm Beach County leaders are reportedly in the process of putting together a response plan in case of a coronavirus case spike, as restaurants and shops get back to business.The county is developing statistical benchmarks that could indicate a resurgence of the virus, thereby potentially leading to a return to restrictions or even another lockdown.Commissioner Melissa McKinlay is surprised the state Department of Health has not created such metrics, despite Palm Beach being the state’s third most-populated county.“It was frightening to learn that something similar does not exist — at least to the knowledge of our public health director — of any such document at the state or federal level,” she explains.Draft benchmarks being developed by county officials would flag a resurgence whenever five-day increases occur with the testing positivity rate, as well as with the COVID-19 death rate and hospital admissions. They also include more subjective measures to consider, such as the availability of testing, contact-tracing capabilities, and social-distancing compliance.The commission plans to review those measures collectively to determine whether there is an actual resurgence at any point.Palm Beach County began allowing restaurant dining rooms and retailers to reopen on May 11 with reduced capacity. Beaches in the county reopened last Monday.Dr. Alina Alonso, director of Palm Beach County’s health department, told commissioners last week that the county is still not testing enough people or ensuring that social distancing is actually occurring in restaurants and other reopened businesses.“We are supposed to be monitoring to assure social distancing is taking place,” Alonso added. “It is not. The way they are doing it now, we could have this triple in a week.”The benchmarks for reopening in Gov. DeSantis’ plan include a downward trend of flu-like and COVID-19-like illnesses; downward trajectory of documented COVID-19 cases or a downward trend of the percentage of tests that are positive; and a capability to treat patients in hospitals and a robust testing program for health care workers.LATEST OPERATIONAL UPDATES FOR PALM BEACH COUNTY. #COVID19PBCSafety #PBCStrong— Palm Beach County (@pbcgov) May 23, 2020 “The state should continually review any sudden unexplained spikes in the number of COVID-19 cases, while factoring in increases in testing and monitor any increases in hospitalizations,” the governor’s plan states. “In extreme situations, the governor may deploy a geographically targeted response in consultation with public health officials.”Palm Beach County Commissioner Hal Valeche, who was among those who pushed to reopen the county, wants to see more detailed metrics. To that end, he has contacted the governor’s chief of staff asking for more guidance to be developed.“Subjective decisions about this aren’t appropriate,” says Valeche. “You need to have an objective measure. We have made too much progress to let this get out of control.”Officials in Miami-Dade and Broward counties say they currently do not have benchmarks to trigger another lockdown, although they continue to track statistics on new cases, testing, hospitalizations and deaths.Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner believes metrics are useful, but does not want to create mandatory triggers that would put the county back into a lockdown.“I am not comfortable with that,” he explains. “We can have the machine run the county then. Ultimately, it is the policymakers that have to authorize it.”Dr. Alonso warns, “I want to make sure if we are not going in the right direction we can put a brake on it before it is too late.”last_img read more

Young girl (20s) taken to hospital after Donegal Town accident

first_imgA young girl has been taken to hospital this morning following an accident on the Donegal Town by-pass.The girl, who is in her 20s, has been transferred to Letterkenny University Hospital with minor injuries.Emergency services attended the scene of a collision on the N56 near the south Donegal town. The incident occurred this Monday morning on the by-pass section of the N56 between Drumlonagher at the Mountcharles roundabout.The Donegal Town bypass is now fully open to traffic.Young girl (20s) taken to hospital after Donegal Town accident was last modified: October 17th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Hammer toe repair

first_imgDefinition A hammer toe is a toe that stays in a curled or flexed position. It can be caused by a muscle imbalance, arthritis, or shoes that do not fit well.Hammer toe can occur in more than one toe.Alternative Names Flexion contracture of the toeDescriptionSeveral kinds of surgery can repair hammer toe. Your bone or foot doctor will recommend the kind that will work best for you. Some of the surgeries include:Remove parts of the toe bones.Cut or transplant the tendons of the toes (tendons connect bone to muscle).Fuse the joint together to make the toe straight and no longer able to bend.After surgery, you may have surgical pins or a wire (Kirschner, or K-wire) to hold the toe bones in place while your toe heals.Why the Procedure Is PerformedWhen hammer toe is starting to develop, you may still be able to straighten your toe. Over time, your toe may get stuck in a bent position and you can no longer straighten it. When this happens, painful, hard corns (thick, callused skin) can build up on the top and bottom of your toe and rub against your shoe.Hammer toe surgery is not done just to make your toe look better. Consider surgery if your hammer toe is stuck in a flexed position and is causing:PainIrritationSoresProblems finding shoes that fitSkin infectionsSurgery may not be advised if:Treatment with paddings and strapping worksYou can still straighten your toeChanging to different shoe types can alleviate symptomsRisksadvertisement Risks of hammer toe surgery are:Poor alignment of the toeAllergic reactions to medicines you receive before or during surgeryBleedingInfection in the bones of the toeInjury to nerves that could cause numbness in your toeScar from surgery that hurts when it is touchedStiffness in the toe or a toe that is too straightBefore the ProcedureAlways tell your doctor or nurse what medicines you are taking, even medicines, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.You may be asked to stop taking drugs that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen, (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve), and other drugs.Ask your doctor which drugs you should still take on the day of your surgery.If you smoke, try to stop. Ask your doctor or nurse for help. Smoking can slow healing.Always let your doctor know about any cold, flu, fever, or other illness you may have before your surgery.You may be asked not to drink or eat anything for 6 – 12 hours before surgery.If you have diabetes, heart disease, or other medical conditions, your surgeon will ask you to seethe doctor who treats you for these conditions.After the ProcedureMost people go home the same day they have hammer toe surgery. Your doctor or nurse will tell you how to take care of yourself at home after surgery.ReferencesMurphy A. Lesser toe abnormalities. In: Canale ST, Beaty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 12th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby; 2012:chap 83.Review Date:5/15/2014Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, San Francisco, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

a month agoChelsea manager Lampard: Abraham not guaranteed spot

first_imgChelsea manager Lampard: Abraham not guaranteed spotby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard says he won’t stop pushing Tammy Abraham.The 21-year-old scored a hat-trick in Saturday’s 5-2 win over Wolves.It was Abraham now has seven goals from five Premier League appearances, but Lampard has warned he must keep scoring to keep his place.He said:”I felt that knowing his abilities and watching him in the Championship have two great seasons and in the Premier League, I felt it was more than time for him to have his opportunity,” Chelsea boss Lampard said of Abraham.”He needed to show it in pre-season and at the start of the season, hence he started at Manchester United.”I have competition up there. I definitely don’t want to down-talk Giroud and Batshuayi because we need them as well and Batshuayi looked sharp when he came on and Oli always gives something of a high level, so it was up to Tammy to show it.”I’ve got confidence in him and I’m prepared to give him chances, but even more now I’ll be tougher on him because he’s shown what he can do. So the moment he wants to come off that and think that goals will just drop at his feet will be a moment when maybe he will be rested, so it’s important he makes sure he stays on his game.”I’m happy because I see him every day with a feeling like he wants to play every day, to score goals every day and that’s something a bit special. You don’t see that in all young players and it’s a great gift in him.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

8 days agoTottenham manager Pochettino still has faith in Dele Alli

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Tottenham manager Pochettino still has faith in Dele Alliby Freddie Taylor8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is backing Dele Alli to return to form. The midfielder was dropped from the latest England squad after an indifferent start to the season.”I have had some conversations with Dele over the last two or three years,” Pochettino said. “It’s a process.”He’s young, 23, but I love the way he’s working hard to be the best, to find the best form. That is a process that needs time, too.”I think he’s very close and he is doing well.”It was a good opportunity for him in these last two weeks to work hard and clear things up in his head. And for us to help him find his best form.” last_img read more