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19
Oct
2020

Arab and Jewish medics together on frontline of Israel’s virus fight

first_img“Without them, the Israeli medical system would collapse.”Israel’s Arab minority are the descendants of Palestinians who stayed on their land after the creation of Israel in 1948. They make up around 20 percent of the population, but slightly more of the country’s health care workers.The community regularly says it faces social discrimination and denounces a law that enshrines the Jewish character of Israel.But as the Jewish state struggles against the deadly novel coronavirus, the crisis is highlighting the collaborative nature of its health service. ‘In the trenches together’ Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has long faced accusations of racism towards the Arab minority and of inciting hatred against members of Arab political parties. He has described them as a “threat” to the country and one of his ministers has called them “terrorists in suits”.”Netanyahu knows the role of Arabs in the health service and in other sectors and he continues to spread hatred against Arabs and to lie unabashedly,” Walden said.Recently, nearly 700 Israeli medical professionals, roughly half of them Arab and half Jewish, signed a petition calling on Netanyahu to stop sowing division during a public health crisis.More than 3,800 cases of the novel coronavirus have been reported by Israel as of Sunday, and 12 people have died. After more than a year of political turmoil marked by three inconclusive general elections, Netanyahu is expected to remain in power and form an “emergency government” to manage the virus outbreak after a surprise agreement by his rival Benny Gantz to work with the premier.”Our goal, both Arabs and Jews, is to protect humanity, and we call for an end to incitement to hatred. We’re in the trenches together working to stop the coronavirus epidemic,” said Shukri Awawda, a senior doctor in the Arab city of Nazareth and one of those who spearheaded the petition. Topics : A photo shared widely on social media this week showed two medics pausing to pray in front of their ambulance. One was Jewish — standing and praying in the direction of Jerusalem — and the other a Muslim, who laid out his prayer rug and knelt facing towards Mecca. Some internet users praised the image published by Israel’s equivalent of the Red Cross, the Magen David Adom, as “inspiring” and underscored the need for unity in a crisis. Others took the opportunity to highlight the inequalities faced by the Arab minority. According to a 2017 study by the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel, poverty rates are far higher in Arab neighborhoods, where the average life expectancy is also four years lower than among Jewish Israelis.center_img In Israel, Jewish and Arab doctors have worked side by side on the frontlines of the novel coronavirus fight, also battling entrenched schisms between their communities and stressing their unity in the face of the crisis.Israel’s Sheba Medical Center, near the city of Tel Aviv, is ranked among the best in the world and its directors say its standing is thanks to a team of Arab and Jewish caregivers working together in a society otherwise marked by divisions.”We work together with Arab medical staff everywhere and not just in the time of coronavirus. There is no difference between us,” Sheba deputy director emeritus, Rafi Walden, told AFP. Disparities in virus response? The number of novel coronavirus cases recorded in Arab areas has remained relatively low. This is “because fewer tests are being conducted in Arab areas”, said Israeli Arab lawmaker Jaber Asakla, who has made an urgent call for more resources to manage the health crisis.Another explanation could be the faster spread of the disease in large cities, according to researcher Mohammad Darawshe, who noted that “nearly 70 percent of Arab citizens live in villages and individual homes”.Meanwhile “70 percent of Jewish citizens live in cities and apartment blocks”, said Darawshe, who works with the Givat Haviva centre, which campaigns for equality between Arabs and Jews in Israel.With fewer resources, “Arab municipalities are definitely not prepared for when the big wave of coronavirus comes,” he warned.”They have not had the luxury of budgets to train their staff properly for emergency situations.”In a recent campaign on social media, Arab doctors and nurses wearing masks and protective gear urged fellow citizens to avoid spreading the virus by staying home, “for the sake of our loved ones, and for our sake”.last_img read more

12
Aug
2020

England Golf Photographer Tom Ward passes away

first_img3 Jun 2013 England Golf Photographer Tom Ward passes away It is with much sadness that we learnt of the news that our good friend Tom Ward passed away this weekend. Tom was the official photographer for England Golf, and previously the English Golf Union, for over 12 years and was probably one of the most experienced photographers in the UK specialising in amateur golf championships.  Tom’s passion and enthusiasm for his craft was always inspiring and his collection of images has provided a wonderful history for all that is great in the game we love. We will miss Tom and have many, many fond memories of him.  Our condolences and thoughts are with Tom’s family.  He was a talented man and was respected by many throughout the world of amateur golf and beyond.last_img read more

05
Aug
2020

Washington State Parks and Wildlife Areas to Close Following Governor’s Order

first_imgFacebook10Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeYesterday, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (Parks) and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced the temporary closure of all state-managed parks, wildlife areas, and water access areas for at least two weeks starting Wednesday, March 25. The closure is in response to Gov. Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order issued yesterday.Entrance gates and facilities will be closed, and on-site public services will be suspended. Essential staff will be present to preserve and protect resources.Camping and other overnight accommodations on state-managed recreation lands will remain closed through April 30.The public can find the latest information about State Parks and WDFW operations at:Parks: parks.state.wa.us/COVID19.WDFW: wdfw.wa.gov/about/covid-19-updatesState land officials and staff appreciate the public’s understanding and cooperation in this unprecedented time.last_img read more

04
Aug
2020

Sea Bright Pizzeria: ‘Bigger and Stronger’

first_imgBy John BurtonSEA BRIGHT – Cono and Karen Trezza are happy to be back kneading pizza dough and feeding their customers.The couple’s business, Sea Bright Pizzeria, has been rebuilt after being closed for eight months after being wrecked by Super Storm Sandy. They reopened in June.Karen and Cono Trezza, owners of Sea Bright Pizzeria, are happy to be up and running after their building was severely damaged last October by Super Storm Sandy.“To get back to work after everything … I can’t explain how it feels,” Cono said, trying to collect his thoughts about what they have gone through, what it all means and the emotions he has been feeling as they work to get their business back on track.“It’s the American dream, you know?” said Cono, who came to the U.S. from his native Italy in 1980.The Trezzas, who live in Lincroft with their two sons, Luca, 12, and Christian, 11, first opened their pizza restaurant on Ocean Avenue in 2005. They moved a few doors down the street to their 1068 Ocean Ave. location on what turned out to be the eve of Hurricane Irene in 2011. Having weathered that challenge reasonably well in a building that is probably nearly 100 years old, they figured they were good.But then came Sandy.The October 2012 storm devastated Sea Bright, including the pizzeria. Especially hard-hit was the Ocean Avenue business district.“Structurally, the front of the store was blown out,” by the waves and the water that flooded the area, Karen recalled. “Everything inside was demolished.”“The whole façade,” which was fronted by glass, Cono said, “was gone – destroyed.“Every piece of equipment was upside down,” including the large pizza ovens and much of it ruined.Cono returned to Sea Bright the day after the storm to check on his business.“It was shocking,” he said.The full extent of the damage and what it would entail to return to business did not sink in for weeks.While Karen had second thoughts about returning, her husband never did. He did find the prospect of rebuilding “daunting. You didn’t know where to start,” he said.An extra boost to the Trezzas’ spirits came from an unexpected source. As the state’s first lady Mary Pat Christie was touring the borough, Cono was cleaning up debris when she walked by. The governor’s wife asked Cono how he was doing and what could she do to help. “I told her, ‘It’s OK. We’ll rebuild, bigger and better than ever.’”Earlier this year, Gov. Chris Christie quoted Cono in his State of the State address, Cono noted with pride.For Karen, hearing the governor talk about his love for the Jersey Shore “really turned me around” and she embraced rebuilding.“We gutted the whole building; we tore up the floor,” Cono said. They had to replace everything.When they first worked on the restaurant in 2011, they installed the electrical equipment under the floor. This time they placed it about 6-feet high, hopefully high enough to spare it from any future flooding. The Trezzas decided to fill in the building’s crawlspace, a move recommended by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).They also are getting flood panels, which can be put up along the building’s front and rear areas in case of a serious storm or flood alert and hopefully will mitigate flooding.None of this was cheap, with rebuilding costing about $300,000, Karen said. “We were underinsured,” which left them looking for available U.S. Small Business Association loans for assistance.Cono is pleased with the outcome, including the new tables, equipment and brick walls. “The first time we thought we did it right,” he said. “But now it’s done right.”The push was to open in time for the all-important summer season, they said. “If we lost the summer, it could have made the difference” between coming back and not, Cono said.“The summer is huge; it was a must,” Karen said.When they reopened June 28, they were greeted by many of their loyal customers who came to show their support – and for some, to express surprise that Sea Bright Pizzeria was able to get back so soon, Karen and Cono said.During those first days, “I made a lot of pizzas, a lot,” said Cono, who ran out of dough at one point.Now it’s all about looking forward, they said.“We’re here to stay,”Cono stressed. “Bigger and stronger.”last_img read more

03
Aug
2020

Girls struggle to score, boys play to draws at B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup tournaments in Kelowna and Aldergrove

first_imgNext up for the Selects is Cariboo/North at 1 p.m.Closer to the west coast, in Aldergrove, the boys scored goals but all managed to finish the day with draws.The U15 boys scored a 2-2 tie against South Metro Burnaby Vipers.The Selects meet Wiliams Lake Storm Friday at 3 p.m.The U16 team tied 1-1 against Comox Valley while the U18 squad finished in a 2-2 draw against North Delta.The U16s face Quesnel Friday at 11 a.m. while the 18-Reps play Prince George at 3 p.m.The top teams in each of the four-team pools — girl’s and boy’s — meet Sunday for the gold medal.The second-place team in each division play for the bronze.The remaining four teams drop to the consolation round. It was a tale of two different results for Nelson Youth Soccer teams Thursday at the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup Tournaments.In Kelowna, all three girl’s teams — U13, U14 and U15 — had difficulty scoring during one-goal losses on Day one of the tournment.Both U13 and U14 squads lost 1-0 during very tightly-played first round games.The U13 Selects dropped a single-goal setback to Chilliwack. The Select play  Williams Lake Friday at 3 p.m. needing a win to keep pace for the medal round.Meanwhile the U14 team also lost 1-0 to Sur-Del United of the Fraser Valley.The Reps face Northern rep Quesnel Friday, also at 3 p.m.The final team from Nelson in Kelowna, the U15 Selects were bounced 3-0 by CMFSC from the Lower Mainland.last_img read more

24
Dec
2019

Softball Closes Wildcat Invitational with 5-2 Win Over Abilene Christian

first_img Listen Live Watch Live TUCSON, Ariz. – The Drake University softball team closed out the Wildcat Invitational with a 5-2 win over Abilene Christian on Sunday, Feb. 19 afternoon. Live Stats at Louisiana 2/23/2017 – 4:30 PM Drake (7-4) was once again led by junior pitcher Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) who pitched her fifth complete game of the season and now holds a 5-2 record. Newman struck out nine batters giving up only one earned run and allowed four hits. Junior Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) had a perfect day in the batters box going 3-3 including her first two home runs of the season. Senior Megan Sowa (Gurnee, Ill.) finished 1-2 with a home run and two runs batted in. Abilene Christian (3-8) quickly took the lead with an RBI single by Taylor Brown in the first inning before Smith hit a solo shot in the second to tie it up, 1-1. The Wildcats momentarily took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning before Drake scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth. Junior Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.) scored sophomore pinch runner Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) with an RBI single. Sowa ended the inning with a two-run home run for a 5-2 lead.  The Bulldogs have a short three-day break prior to the start of the Mardi Gras Classic held by Louisiana in Lafayette, La. The Classic takes place Feb. 23–25, where the Bulldogs will play six games in three days. Drake starts the tournament against Bowling Green on Feb. 23 and will play the host Ragin’ Cajuns later in the day.Print Friendly Version Preview Full Schedule Roster Next Game:last_img read more

24
Dec
2019

DDTV: RELIVE SOME OF THE BEST MEMORIES OF OUR EPIC JOURNEY UNDER JIM

first_img  DDTV: RELIVE SOME OF THE BEST MEMORIES OF OUR EPIC JOURNEY UNDER JIM was last modified: August 8th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DDTVGAAHome-page SportJim McGuinnessMemoriesMomentsnews Bring on the men from the Orchard County.As we look forward to the All-Ireland quarter-final with old rivals Armagh, we’ve decided to relive some of the best memories of our epic journey under the management of Jim McGuinness. His group of dedicated players have delivered three Ulster titles and one All-Ireland title in four glorious seasons.2013, was a bitter disappointment, but that feel good factor that was so evident in 2011 and 2012 all over Donegal is back and you can feel it. Below are some clips of the best moments of that journey, and also a reminder of what some of the critics have said about the team during that period.Let’s hope Jimmy keeps winning matches.Tir Chonaill Abú.last_img read more

21
Dec
2019

Donegal makes it a hat-trick on Winning Streak tonight!

first_imgIf it’s a lotto luck you’re after then Co Donegal is where you have to buy your ticket.No less than three of the five players on tonight’s Winning Streak on RTE bought their three-star tickets in Donegal.Their appearance follows hot on the heels of another five players from the county who have appeared in the show in recent weeks. And if that wasn’t enough 23-year-old Odhran Doherty from Letterkenny recently scooped a cool €1 million when his dad Liam gave him a lotto ticket.Saturday’s appearance by the latest trio is a rarity but not a first, according to a lotto spokesman.He said “It is certainly a rarity to get three pulled out from the same county but not a first.“That said, Donegal is certainly having more than its fair share of luck with the lotto. “As well as Saturday three players, we have had a number of people from Donegal appearing on the show in recent weeks.“Odhran Doherty was the toast of Donegal two weeks ago when he scooped one million euro thanks to a ticket given to him by his dad.“And before that Charlie Meehan, who is actually friendly with Odhran’s family took home €500,000 on a recent Euromillions Plus draw.“It would certainly appear like Lady Luck is certainly shining down on players in Co Donegal at the moment.”The three players who bought their tickets in Donegal and who will appear on Saturday’s show are Sarah McCarron, Chris Gillespie and Kathleen Coyle. Sarah is from Clonmany has her son to thank for her appearance after he gifted her some scratch cards for Mother’s Day recently.Kathleen Coyle from St Johnston will be replaced on the show by her niece’s husband Christopher Boyce.Kathleen was at mass last Saturday when her name was called out on Winning Streak but her phone was soon ringing non-stop a few minutes later.Chef Christopher Gillespie bought his ticket in Carrick where he was living and working in Glencolmcille but has since moved to Belfast. Donegal makes it a hat-trick on Winning Streak tonight! was last modified: April 16th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:donegallottoRTEticketsWinning Streaklast_img read more

21
Dec
2019

Klopp explains why QPR’s Caulker is right for Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has told the club’s official website he signed Steven Caulker based on his aerial ability.The QPR centre-back has moved to Anfield on loan for the rest of the campaign to cover for a string of injuries Liverpool have suffered in defence.Caulker had been on a season-long loan deal at Southampton, but this was scrapped after he failed to establish himself in the Saints’ first team and to enable him to join the Reds.Klopp said Liverpool’s high-tempo pressing game required someone to win headers, which is why he targeted Caulker.He said: “We want to press the opponents so they have to play long balls. If they play long balls, you need the people in the last line who can help you win headers. We found it with Steven Caulker.“We are absolutely convinced that Steve is the best solution for us so I’m looking forward to working with him.”Sunderland showed an interest before Liverpool – who faced a central-defensive crisis after injuries to Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho – made an approach for the 24-year-old.Caulker, who has one England cap, hoped for a move to Liverpool before he eventually joined QPR from Cardiff City for £8m in 2014.The Merseyside club were linked with him but did not show a significant interest before the Feltham-born Caulker settled for a return to west London.See also:QPR bank £1.5m as Caulker joins SaintsFans on Twitter react to Caulker’s loan move to SouthamptonSunderland interested in QPR defender CaulkerEight players QPR will offload if a deal can be doneFans on Twitter react to Caulker’s Liverpool moveQPR’s Caulker secures move to LiverpoolFans on Twitter react to Caulker’s strange debut against ArsenalFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

21
Dec
2019

Kaepernick doll that ‘hung’ in Northern California barber shop removed

first_imgA Placerville barber has realized the err of his ways and removed a doll of former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick that had been hanging in a noose from his ceiling for two years.“I literally had no idea that I was offending people,” the tonsorial artist, who goes by Bowtie Barber, told FOX40 in Sacramento. “We have a hangman out here called George and so, you know, with the theme of hangtown I hung him. And it was wrong. It was absolutely wrong.”Placerville was once known as Old …last_img read more