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‘It comes back fast’One nurse usually cares for two to three ICU patients, and on Monday, the AP-HP training platform sent 200 newly-trained medics to hospitals around Paris.Among those getting a refresher course was a 35-year-old radiologist who declined to give his name.”It must be 10 years since I have done this,” he said while sticking a needle into a dummy’s arm. “But it comes back fast.”At first, “I couldn’t do anything right, but now I’m feeling better, already more prepared than this morning,” he added.The teacher, a nurse, patiently takes the class through the ABCs of hospital care.First they are reminded of the importance of following strict hygiene — regularly changing gloves and disinfecting as they go along — especially key in dealing with a highly-contagious virus.Then they are shown how to apply a tourniquet, disinfect skin, find a vein… and within minutes four new nursing personnel are trained.”Nursing is not something to be taken lightly, particularly in intensive care, it is essential to train caregivers even if they are already doctors,” said the teacher, who also did not wish to be named.Several dozen volunteers are trained each day, said Hirsch, to be sent to critical and geriatric care wards at hospitals in the Paris metropolitan area. With other volunteers, including a cardiologist, Eliott learnt to draw blood, start an intravenous drip and inject medicines — tasks normally done by trained nurses.”What we need most at AP-HP are paramedics and nurses,” said director general Martin Hirsch. The group’s hospitals have more than 1,700 COVID-19 intensive care patients in and around Paris, now the epicenter of France’s coronavirus outbreak. Topics : France has more than 22,700 people afflicted with coronavirus in hospital on top of the usual patient population, with more than 5,500 in intensive care units (ICU).More than 3,500 have died in hospital so far.Once trained, Eliott can be called upon to provide nursing care in the greater Paris region.”Our vocation is to help” in any way, he remarks. COVID-19 has French hospitals in dire need of nurses, so seasoned doctors and interns are taking crash courses in drawing blood and other skills long forgotten or never learnt.”I’ve never done this before, but it’s the kind of thing you learn on the job,” said fourth-year medical student Eliott, 22 — a vial in one hand and a needle in the other as he practices on a dummy while being instructed in dosage.Eliott took an express course offered by Paris hospital group AP-HP, which is desperately seeking solutions for a dearth of nurses as the unprecedented health crisis swamps its facilities.
BLOG: How to Stay Healthy in Harsh Winter Weather Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter PSA, The Blog, Weather Safety This past weekend, Pennsylvania saw our first major snowstorm of the season. While all of us hope that we don’t experience another Winter Storm Jonas this year, all Pennsylvanians should be prepared to brave the snow, wind, and cold for many more weeks.In light of this historic storm, the Pennsylvania Department of Health is reminding Pennsylvania residents to follow some important tips to stay healthy and safe, particularly while removing snow in cold winter weather.Keep Your Heart HealthyCold weather puts an extra strain on the heart. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, follow your doctor’s advice about shoveling snow or performing other hard work in the cold. When removing snow, make sure you stay as warm as possible. Always call 911 if you or your loved ones have any heart attack symptoms.The major symptoms of a heart attack are:Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, upper abdomen, or back;Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint;Chest pain or discomfort;Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder;Shortness of breath;Unusual or unexplained tiredness;Nausea; andVomiting.Shovel SmartlyIf you have to do outdoor chores, dress warmly and work slowly. Your body is already working hard just to stay warm, so don’t overdo it. Follow these additional tips to make removing snow safer:Consider shoveling in shifts instead of all at once;Take breaks and drink water to prevent dehydration;Push snow instead of lifting it – if you must lift, bend your legs and not your back;Avoid twisting motions that can stress your back; andIf using a snow blower, follow all safety instructions and stay aware of others who may be nearby.Dress AppropriatelyExposure to cold temperatures, whether indoors or outdoors, can cause serious or life-threatening health problems. Infants and older Pennsylvanians are at greater risk of serious cold-related health problems and should be checked frequently to ensure they are warm enough during winter weather.If you have to go outside in harsh winter weather:Dress warmly and stay dry;Make outdoor trips brief and dress warmly;Cover your ears, head, mouth, and face;Never ignore shivering – it’s your body’s way of saying you’re losing heat and it’s time to return indoors;Know the symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite:Hypothermia causes shivering, exhaustion, confusion, memory loss, slurred speech or drowsiness in adults and bright red, cold skin and very low energy in babies.Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas and symptoms include a white or grayish-yellow area of skin, numbness or skin that feels unusually firm or waxy.Seek medical attention if it is suspected that you or your loved ones have hypothermia or frostbite. January 25, 2016 By: Dr. Karen Murphy, Secretary of Health Beware of Carbon Monoxide PoisoningCarbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if inhaled. The use of other sources of fuel or electricity for heating, cooling, or cooking can cause CO to build up in a home or garage and poison the people and animals inside. CO is found in combustion fumes, such as those made by small gasoline engines, stoves, generators, lanterns, and gas ranges, or by burning charcoal and wood.In order to prevent CO poisoning:Never use a gas range or oven to heat a home.Never run a generator outside an open window, door, or vent where exhaust can vent into an enclosed area.Never run a generator inside a basement, garage, or other enclosed structure, even if the doors or windows are open, unless the equipment is professionally installed and vented.Never use a charcoal grill, hibachi, lantern, or portable camping stove inside a home, garage, or camper.Install a battery-operated CO detector.CO poisoning can be recognized by the following symptoms:Headache;Dizziness;Weakness;Nausea/Vomiting;Chest pain; andConfusion.If CO poisoning is suspected, call a health care professional right away. If the CO detector alarm sounds, leave your home immediately and call 9-1-1.Visit www.health.pa.gov for more winter weather safety tips.
Stockland’s Bokarina Beach residential precinct (part of the $5 billion Oceanside development on the Sunshine Coast) is generating strong early interest from buyers ahead of the first land release in July.STRONG interest is fuelling the fire of the Sunshine Coast’s highly anticipated Bokarina Beach community with around 220 people heading to its recent plan and price unveiling.The premium mixed-use residential, retail and tourism hub is a key component of the $5 billion Oceanside community.Stockland regional manager for the Sunshine Coast Ben Simpson, said the project had struck a chord with potential home buyers seeking an enviable coastal lifestyle, with an outstanding turnout for its unveiling.“Bokarina Beach will be an exceptional masterplanned community fronting one of the Sunshine Coast’s best beaches and just minutes from the world-class facilities within Oceanside,” Mr Simpson said.“After years of carefully planning every aspect of this exciting new community, we’re delighted with the strong interest we’ve already received from home buyers.”The preview event, held at the Bokarina Beach site, provided registered buyers the chance to be one of the first people to secure a home site.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoDisplay village at Oceanside.The first land release includes a wide range of home sites just a short stroll to the beach, the future village park, the calm waters of the future Lake Kawana extension and the future shops and cafes.Lots range in size from 250sq m to 480sq m and are priced from $319,000 to $639,000. “The public launch of home sites will take place in early July and since all lots will be exclusively available to customers who have registered their interest, I would encourage anyone wishing to secure land to act now,” Mr Simpson said.The community spans almost 30 hectares and will feature a five hectare central lake, parkland and conservation areas leading to the beach.Located close to the Sunshine Coast Health Precinct and future Oceanside Town Centre, Bokarina Beach will include a community hub and outdoor plaza for markets, festivals and community events.The community will eventually comprise approximately 160 home sites, 130 terrace homes and 800 beachside and north facing park front apartments.
After injury-marred season, Angels starters focus on flexibility SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — If the purpose of JC Ramirez’s first competitive inning since last August was to pick up where he left off in 2017, consider Thursday a success.Ramirez mowed down a stout San Francisco Giants lineup, including newcomers Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria, in his return from an elbow injury that ended his breakout season.“I feel like I’m back,” Ramirez declared after a scoreless debut.The purpose of his second inning was to take the next step in his quest to crack the Angels’ starting rotation. Ramirez struck out Giants catcher Nick Hundley on a curveball in the dirt, a pitch he barely used against right-handed hitters last season. He retired the next two batters he faced in the inning, and six of seven overall, while throwing 28 pitches.A reliever throughout his major league career, Ramirez quickly established himself last year as the Angels’ most reliable starting pitcher. He went 11-10 with a 4.15 earned-run average before he was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament and missed the final six weeks of the season. The 29-year-old right-hander underwent stem-cell therapy last September in hopes of avoiding major surgery. So far, the treatment has proven effective.To avoid any hesitation letting loose, Ramirez pitched two live batting practice sessions to teammates before making his Cactus League debut.“I didn’t stick back anything. I threw what I have,” he said.Ramirez’s quest is similar to that of teammate Garrett Richards, who underwent stem-cell therapy for a similar injury one year earlier. Richards was off to a promising start last season before an irritated nerve in his right biceps curtailed his progress. Shohei Ohtani fans should be patient, Hasegawa says Shohei Ohtani is making fantasy baseball leagues face difficult choices Ramirez said he has leaned on Richards for advice early in camp.“He gives me a lot of advice: don’t baby my arm, throw my normal way,” Ramirez said. “Whatever you have to do, keep doing the same thing you had to do in the past.”Now, Ramirez and Richards are among eight pitchers eyeing six spots in the Angels’ starting rotation.Richards, Shohei Ohtani, Andrew Heaney, Tyler Skaggs and Matt Shoemaker are the favored five. Right-handers Parker Bridwell and Nick Tropeano, who also pitched two scoreless innings against the Giants, can make the competition more interesting with a strong spring training.Ramirez is out of minor-league options and his track record as a reliever makes him a candidate to shift to the bullpen if needed, but Manager Mike Scioscia isn’t focused on that option.“We look for him to be in our rotation right now,” Scioscia said. “We’re going to take everything one week at a time.”OHTANI UPDATEOhtani has not taken any competitive at-bats the day before either of his first two Cactus League pitching appearances. This is one facet of the Angels’ plan to ease Ohtani into the rhythm of his first spring training in the United States.That plan, however, might cease once the regular season begins.Related Articles Angels ride late outbursts to 11-4 victory over Giants “We’re going to look very closely at it,” Scioscia said. “There’s a lot of effort a pitcher puts into pitching. Obviously it might erode some of the opportunities he has to hit. We’re going to be flexible with everything we do.“If it comes down to where he’s pitching on a day, and he’s not going to hit the day before, so be it. If he’s a day after he’s not available to pinch hit, so be it. We need to be flexible as we go through it, to work it out.”Ohtani will pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday in Maryvale.ALSOSo-called “B games,” like the one Ohtani will pitch in Friday, are rarely the domain of veterans and 40-man roster players. Yet since Ohtani is on the mound, 34-year-old catcher Rene Rivera will be behind the plate. … As it is a “B game,” Ohtani’s pitching statistics will not count toward his official spring training ledger. … The Angels’ minor league pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report Saturday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Elsewhere, players at Chelsea and Norwich as well as Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive while players at Leicester, Everton and Bournemouth all self-isolated after showing symptoms but clubs did not confirm if they tested positive.Representatives of the Premier League and clubs are due to meet on Monday to discuss the final details of the “Project Restart”, including the organisation of matches behind closed doors, on neutral ground and the extension of player contracts.In Spain, players in the top two divisions were allowed to carry out individual work at training grounds last week at the start of a programme aimed at restarting competition in the middle of June.On Sunday, La Liga said five players and three non-playing individuals had tested positive.The five players, who have not been named, will be quarantined at home and tested again “in the next few days”.La Liga president Javier Tebas said he hopes the tournament can resume on June 12.“I would like it (the season resuming) to be June 12, but it will depend on the numbers,” Tebas told Movistar.“In the end it will be up to the health authorities.– Cases in Italy and Portugal –In Italy’s Serie A, which resumed individual training this week, four Sampdoria players, including one who had previously recovered, and three from Fiorentina have tested positive for coronavirus, the clubs announced on Thursday.Clubs will have to wait until May 18 at the earliest to start group training, and the sports minister warned on Wednesday that it was “impossible to set a definite date” for the resumption of matches.AC Milan technical director Paolo Maldini, who is recovering, and Juventus striker Paulo Dybala, who has been given the all clear, were among the most notable early football victims.In Portugal, three players at top-flight Vitoria Guimaraes have tested positive.They “are clinically healthy, asymptomatic and in quarantine,” the club said in a statement on Saturday.The government announced on April 30 that the first division was authorised to resume from the last weekend in May, behind closed doors and subject to the approval of a health protocol.Share on: WhatsApp On course: German clubs such as Bayern Munich are preparing to kick off on May 16Paris, France | AFP | As European leagues prepare to return from the enforced coronavirus break, screening tests are revealing cases in various championships, although, as yet, not calling into question plans to resume playing.Germany still plans to be the first of the five “big” leagues ahead of Spain, England and Italy – France has declared its season over – to kick off on May 16, behind closed doors, despite the sobering events at Dynamo Dresden.The second-tier club were ordered to self-isolate for 14 days on Saturday after testing uncovered two fresh coronavirus cases.“It’s not a reason to call the entire season into question,” league CEO Christian Seifert told German broadcaster ZDF.“It was always clear to me that this could happen. We’re at the very beginning of the restart.”Seifert warned, however, that further coronavirus cases could jeopardise plans to end the season by June 30.“It can reach a scale where it’s not feasible anymore,” he said. “It would depend on how much time there is left to finish the season.”Matches will be played behind closed doors and with a maximum number of 300 people, including both teams, allowed at each game.In the run-up to the restart, all teams must go into a one-week quarantine training camp.The German league said on Thursday that 1,724 tests at the 36 clubs in the top two divisions conducted in two rounds yielded 10 positives in the first batch and two more in the second.Those include two players and a fitness coach at Cologne and a player and a physiotherapist at Borussia Moenchengladbach, but only the individuals concerned were placed in quarantine and the teams continued training.– Three cases in Brighton, five in Spain –In the English Premier League, which hopes to resume from June to August, a third Brighton player tested positive on Saturday and was placed in isolation, the club’s chief executive Paul Barber told Sky Sports.The player was not named. One Brighton player tested positive in March and another in April and have recovered, the club said“It is a concern,” Barber said.“Despite all of the measures that we’ve been taking over the past few weeks, where the players haven’t been involved in any significant training at all, we’ve still suffered another player testing positive for the virus.”
But European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said it was a “fair and balanced agreement”.In a letter recommending the deal to European Council President Donald Tusk, he wrote: “It is high time to complete the withdrawal process and move on, as swiftly as possible, to the negotiation on the European Union’s future partnership with the United Kingdom.” The two sides have been working on the legal text of a deal, but it will still need the approval of both the UK and European parliaments.The DUP has cast doubt on its success, saying they still cannot support it.The Northern Irish party earlier released a statement saying they could not back proposals “as things stand”, and – after the PM’s announcement – said their statement “still stands.”Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the deal sounded “even worse” than what was negotiated by the PM’s predecessor, Theresa May, and “should be rejected” by MPs.We are going to get Brexit done #LeaveOct31st pic.twitter.com/4Es8VI4qZ0— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) October 17, 2019 Boris Johnson says he has reached an agreement to free Great Britain from the iron bars of the European Union.The Brexit deal has been agreed between UK and EU negotiating teams before a meeting of European leaders in Brussels.Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control.”We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control — now Parliament should get Brexit done on Saturday so we can move on to other priorities like the cost of living, the NHS, violent crime and our environment #GetBrexitDone #TakeBackControl— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) October 17, 2019
It hasn’t been easy running a summer swim program in Nelson during the past few years.Constant upgrades to the Nelson and District Aquatic Centre has forced the Nelson Neptunes to pack their bags for alternate pools to keep the program alive.This season, the Neptunes have adopted the slogan of “Have goggles will travel” as the team builds for the upcoming 2016 Kootenay Summer Swim Association Season.”Due to the renovation closure of their home pool in Nelson for the entire competitive season, the Neptunes will be swimming around the region,” said Chad Badry of the Neptunes executive on the eve of the season opening day for the Heritage City club, May 1.Badry said the Neptunes will start the season swimming five times a week at the Castlegar Aquatic Centre for the month of May and then move their home base to the Salmo outdoor pool for June, July and August.”For the second time in history that anyone on the team can recall, a swim meet will be held in Salmo at the end of June,” Badry said. “This will bring hundreds of athletes and families to Salmo and area.”Badry said the Neptunes have dipped into his graduation list to hire Nialan Collier as team skipper.Joining Collier is long time Neptune Sage Cowan for the first part of the summer until returning head coach Cynthia Pfeiffer joins the team later in the season.Badry said the three Neptunes recently completed their level 1 National Coaching Certification which will be a great contribution to the swim coaching and succession planning for the team.This year, the Neptunes are offering a new program in Salmo for the month of June called Introduction to Competitive Swimming.Swimmers who want to give speed swimming a try can practice with the team with reduced commitment and cost.Then they can take part in the swim meet in Salmo at the end of the month. Badry said Neptunes are hopeful that the prospect of a season like no other will make a difference in the enrolment numbers.Coaching staff is planning plenty of dryland training and a few open water swims in Nelson as well to help reduce the travel.Badry said last year these events included a game of quidditch, hikes up Pulpit Rock, early morning cardio, and some carefully chaperoned open water swims from Lakeside Park.For more information or to register a swimmer, go to www.nelsonneptunes.com.