Topics : To make room at hospitals for severely ill patients, some local governments have begun monitoring those with milder symptoms in hotels or at their homes – a move that proved fatal for one man in his 50s in Saitama prefecture who died at home on Wednesday while waiting for a hospital bed.Asked about the man’s death, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Thursday the health ministry was working to find out how many COVID-19 patients were being monitored at home.On the Costa Atlantica, 48 positive cases have been found out of 127 people tested so far, bringing the infection rate to 38%. Those showing only mild or no symptoms remain on board, and officials said they hoped to complete testing of all 623 crew this week. The Costa Cruises-operated ship was taken into a shipyard in Nagasaki in western Japan in late February by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries after the COVID-19 pandemic had scuttled plans for scheduled repairs in China.The latest cases have raised concern about the potential impact on Nagasaki residents after revelations some crew had left the restricted area despite assurances from the ship operator that they would stay within the wharf, according to Nagasaki officials.Authorities are also concerned about the potential rise in patients who require hospitalization, as an increase in domestic coronavirus cases strain medical services around the country.Japan has seen more than 11,500 infections and close to 300 deaths from the new coronavirus, excluding figures from the Diamond Princess. Nearly 50 crew members on an Italian cruise ship docked for repairs in Japan’s Nagasaki have tested positive for the new coronavirus, raising concern about the strain on the city’s hospitals if conditions worsen for those infected.Results on Thursday showed 14 more aboard, all either cooks or those serving food, were infected with the virus, an official in Nagasaki prefecture said. One patient who had been taken to hospital previously was now in a serious condition and on a ventilator, he told a live-streamed news conference.The Costa Atlantica infections come after the cases on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama two months ago, where more than 700 passengers and crew were found to be infected, although this time only crew members were on board.
Share Share Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews ALBA Economic Space will benefit Dominica by: – February 7, 2012 Tweet 8 Views no discussions Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt SkerritPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has hailed the 11th ALBA Summit a tremendous success.The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) summit was held over the weekend in Caracas and Prime Minister Skerrit says a number of important decisions were taken.He said member states took a decision for the creation of the economic space of ALBA.“This is the promotion of trade among and between ALBA nations. Critically what this calls for is an analysis of each country’s economy and to look at areas they can develop on in so far as industry is concerned, in order to export to ALBA nations,” he said.According to Mr. Skerrit, Dominica spoke about its water resources.“All of us know that we have tremendous capacity in so far as our water resources are concerned. The challenge that we are having is getting a private sector company to export large volumes of water. We have placed this project on the agenda,” he said.The Prime Minister said through the trade agreement, Dominica can export (water) to ALBA nations.“We are not saying that we will build a completely new factory. There are already existing companies and if they are so inclined, we can engage them as our primary vehicle towards realization of the optimum, in so far as the volume required for supplying the market,” he said.Mr. Skerrit said CARICOM would have to be consulted and engaged on the matter.“We have indicated to our other colleagues in ALBA that we have already had arrangements within our own space and due note should taken in terms of engaging CARICOM. One of the very critical aspects of our membership in ALBA is not to set aside our already strong arrangements within CAIRCOM and OECS, so there is no decision that we will ever take that will go contrary. It will not affect the existing single market or economic union at CARICOM and OECS respectively,’ he added.Dominica Vibes News
The point guard position: arguably the most important position across the sporting-world. A point guard’s ability to head an intricate offense, facilitate teammates and remain level-headed throughout the game makes the position one of the hardest and complex positions to master in all of sports.The Wisconsin women’s basketball team currently has two players who are trying to master the craft of being the signal caller for the Badgers (10-11 overall, 3-6 Big Ten).Coming into the season, sophomore guard Dakota Whyte was all set to take over starting point guard duties for the Badgers upon the graduation of Tiera Stephen. After averaging 11 minutes a game her freshman year, largely due to injuries around her, this season Whyte was thrust into the starting lineup filled with upperclassmen Taylor Wurtz, Morgan Paige, Jacki Gulczynski and Michala Johnson.However, things didn’t go as planned for Badger head coach Bobbie Kelsey who decided to hand over the reins of point guard to another sophomore, Nicole Bauman, who she felt had a little more experience. Bauman averaged 26.7 minutes per game as a freshman last season, more than double that of Whyte, and was put into the starting lineup for the first time this season for their game against Iowa on Jan. 12. Since the switch, Bauman has had three games scoring in double-figures including a very healthy 8-for-19 (42 percent) mark from beyond the arc.“We had been struggling in the starting point guard position,” Bauman said. “It’s just something that me and Dakota have both taken over and that we’re both contributing to.”With Bauman being sick the past two games, Whyte has been the starting point guard for UW, but that job will likely go back to Bauman Wednesday when the Badgers play host to No. 18 Nebraska.Regardless, Whyte remains upbeat about her role on the team and sees coming off the bench as a learning opportunity.“My role is obviously to be the point guard, but also to share that role with Nicole Bauman,” Whyte said. “I think that whether you’re coming off of the bench or starting, the role is still the same for me; being the point guard leading the team.”“Coming off the bench was almost a blessing for me,” Whyte added. “It made me realize how much basketball means to me and to not ever take it for granted. So coming off the bench just makes me want to come in the game and affect it as much as I can.”As both players compete for that starting role, Kelsey recognizes that Whyte and Bauman can be used effectively in different scenarios. With Bauman’s ability to shoot the basketball and see the floor and Whyte’s talents of driving the lane and passing, it’s a combination that could really benefit the Badgers down the road.Together they work to bolster a starting lineup that already has three players averaging double-figures.“They each bring a different element,” Kelsey said. “Nicole’s a little more steady; that’s just her personality. It’s not that Dakota’s not, it’s just that in certain situations we know what Nicole’s going to do. In certain situations we know what Dakota’s going to do. It depends on whoever is playing well and hopefully both of them are playing well at the time.”But what might be the most important benefit to having two able starting point guards is the competition in practice between the players and the opportunity they have to learn from one another.They both view this opportunity as a chance to get better.“Oh yeah definitely,” Bauman said about herself and Whyte learning from each other. “We always talk about different plays that we’re running. If I don’t know one, she’ll help me out, if she doesn’t know one I’ll help her out.”“Nicole is more of a [shooting guard] which she played last year,” Whyte said. “I really love her shooting ability and that’s one thing that I need to get into my game. Whether it’s just knocking down an open shot, or with someone on you, she just has a really nice shot and I love that about her game.”Regardless of their abilities, Kelsey is simply looking for someone to run the offense. With both players being in just their second season, she wants the two guards to play within themselves and to not do anything too crazy.“Just don’t turn it over and make the easy pass,” Kelsey said. “Don’t try to make the home run play and that’s for any of your point guards or players. You try to just give them the opportunity to be creative but not crazy. You can’t go out there and throw it up hoping somebody will catch it. You have to be able to communicate. That gives us the best chance to win.”