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Mistrustful of state, Brazil slum hires own doctors to fight virus

first_imgPublic health experts agree. The packed living conditions, poor sanitation, lack of healthcare and flouting of lockdown measures make Brazil’s slums – home to around 11 million people or 6% of the population – particularly vulnerable to the virus.Paraisopolis is likely to be on the front line. Many of its residents work in the nearby wealthy neighborhood of Morumbi, ground zero for the outbreak in Brazil. Across Latin America, many of the first cases were diagnosed in those affluent enough to travel abroad, but the virus is expected to hit the poorest hardest.Brazil is Latin America’s worst affected nation by the coronavirus so far, with nearly 7,000 confirmed cases and 240 deaths.The Paraisopolis residents who have tested positive include two who work in the nearby Albert Einstein Hospital, a private medical facility that diagnosed the first case in Latin America. Another was a live-in nanny.Celia Parnes, the Secretary of Social Development for the state of Sao Paulo, said the government was concerned about the “speed of contagion in the favelas” and was working to assist poor neighborhoods like Paraisopolis with subsidized meals and debt relief.She said public healthcare in Paraisopolis was no different to the rest of the city, saying ambulances do reach the favela and talk of an absence of the state “was a major exaggeration.”But she complimented the work of the residents’ association. “I recognize it and tip my cap,” she said.City Hall, in an emailed statement, said it handed out free food and essentials to residents of Paraisopolis, as well as driving cars with loud speakers pronouncing the importance of washing hands and staying indoors.Sao Paulo’s water and sanitation firm said it was distributing 2,400 water tanks to poor neighborhoods, including Paraisopolis, to help during the health crisis.Close quarters The population density in Paraisopolis is about the same as Manhattan, although most buildings are just two or three stories tall. Residents complain the water runs dry after 8 p.m. and rubbish piles up along the tight, damp alleyways that weave through the community.De facto authority here lies with the First Capital Command, Brazil’s largest and most powerful gang, known by its Portuguese acronym PCC.A member of the medical team said their work had the gang’s blessing. Reuters was not immediately able to contact any of the gang’s local leaders.”I think it’s going to get ugly… This is a ‘little flu’ that kills,” said Luiz Carlos, a short, grey-haired doctor who is part of the hired medical team.Roberto de Souza, 41, believes he caught the virus through his job in a pharmacy – despite wearing disposable gloves and a facemask when serving customers. He developed terrible pain in his legs and a constant cough soon followed.After testing positive he isolated himself in a cramped second-floor flat in Paraisopolis.”What hurts the most is being locked away, alone,” he said through a facemask, in between coughing fits. “I have to worry, not just about myself but about not giving it to the next person.”De Souza lives by himself. In Paraisopolis that puts him in the minority.Reuters visited one cramped home where a woman was self-isolating, sick with coronavirus symptoms. But her three children, mother and brother had nowhere else to go, so continued to live with her.To address that challenge, the residents’ association is looking to use two local schools – closed due to the outbreak – to house up to 500 suspected and confirmed cases without life-threatening symptoms, removing them from tight living quarters.Despite all the preparations, Barata is worried residents are not taking the threat seriously enough. Unlike in the rest of Sao Paulo, where a lockdown is in place, most bars and shops remain open in Paraisopolis. The streets bustle. Parties pound.Barata fears many will change their attitude only once a parent or a friend dies. By then it might be too late.”We’re trying to get the message out: This is no joke,” he said.  Emerson Barata draws a circular map of Sao Paulo’s largest slum, Paraisopolis, and begins to mark confirmed coronavirus cases in blue ink. At the center of the favela of around 120,000 people, which crowds between luxury apartment blocks and high-walled mansions, he draws four dots.”It’s going to get a lot worse,” the 34-year-old tells an assembled medical team, adding another two dots to the favela’s outer districts. “The surge hasn’t hit yet.”Barata is leading the coronavirus response in this labyrinth of red cinder block homes where, beyond the six confirmed cases, his team suspects another 60. He is not connected to the Brazilian state, and nor is the medical team around him. The former minor league soccer pro is part of an association of Paraisopolis residents whose deep distrust of government has led them to take things into their own hands.The residents’ association has hired a round-the-clock private medical service including three ambulances, two doctors, and two nurses, as well as drivers and support staff. While President Jair Bolsonaro has dismissed the virus as “a little flu” and told Brazilians to get back to work, Barata is sleep-deprived trying to get his favela ready for what he describes as a “war.”Barata declined to say how much this would cost or how it was being funded, beyond saying some was covered by donations. Much of it still needs to be raised, he said. The medical team is on an initial 30-day contract, likely to be extended.”Favelas are going to be hit the worst,” he said, standing in a parking lot outside a mechanic’s workshop that doubles as a base for the medical team. “The places that are already neglected by the state will be neglected even more.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Semarang Old Town declared national cultural heritage site

first_imgThe Education and Culture Ministry has declared Kota Semarang Lama (Semarang Old Town) in Central Java a national cultural heritage site.Semarang Deputy Mayor Hevearita Gunaryanti Rahayo, who is also the chairman of the Semarang Old Town Management Board, confirmed the news as reported by kompas.com. She said the declaration was stipulated in an Education and Culture Ministerial Decree signed on Aug. 12 by Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim. The four areas — Kampung Kauman, Kampung Melayu, Chinese Village and Old Town (Oudestad) — represent the historical period of the development of the Central Java provincial capital, which goes back to the ninth century.The deputy mayor went on to say that development in the old town area should follow the regulations on cultural heritage sites.“There shouldn’t be any major changes in the area’s exterior design. However, the interior can be modified as done in the Old Town area.”The city administration is working on a masterplan regarding the heritage site’s development, which she hopes will improve the local economy. (dpk)Topics : Hevearita said the board had advocated the area to be included as a cultural heritage since 2017. The effort was part of a plan to submit the Semarang Old Town into the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.“However, when we were preparing for the submission, we found that there was no decree declaring the Old Town area a national cultural heritage site, not even at the provincial level,” Hevearita said as quoted by kompas.com.Read also: Indonesia works on preserving heritage for world peaceFollowing several discussions with the national cultural heritage team, the city administration selected four areas to be included in the larger area of Semarang Old Town as the proposal for the UNESCO World Heritage Listlast_img read more

Buyer snaps up Gold Coast apartment in multimillion-dollar deal

first_img Wake up to this view every day! Entertaining will be a breeze here.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago MORE NEWS: Gold Coast Castle fit for a king set to go under the hammer 14/5 Broadbeach Blvd, Broadbeach has changed hands for $3.25 million.A Gold Coast downsizer has paid $3.25 million for a luxury beachfront apartment in Broadbeach.Tolemy Stevens and Mitch Lambert of Harcourts Coastal found a buyer for the full-floor residence in Vogue on Broadbeach. “The buyer was a local Gold Coaster who had downsized from a large home and wanted to move to the beachfront,” Mr Stevens said.“They wanted to be in an exclusive residential-only building that was quiet and private but still have the space to feel like a house. Vogue on Broadbeach is one of the best options on the Gold Coast for that.”The 322sq m three-bedroom apartment occupies the 11th floor. It has an office and butler’s pantry as well as an open plan living and dining area that opens to a north facing balcony. There are only 15 apartments in the tower, each with its own private lift lobby and two car parks. The view from the kitchen. Inside the luxury apartment at Broadbeach.center_img MORE NEWS: Why there are fewer Gold Coast properties on the market Mr Stevens said there was not enough stock to meet demand.“Since September and October last year we just cannot get enough property to satisfy the appetite we’re receiving,” he said.“We have more qualified and active buyers to work with yet not enough to sell them. When comparing Sydney and Melbourne, the Gold Coast overall is still representing outstanding value./5 Broadbeach Blvd, Broadbeach.“I think it’s a testament as to how well the Gold Coast real estate market is currently performing.”.It comes as new data from realestate.com.au revealed demand for property was up across the city. Cameron Kusher, Director of Economic Research at REA Group: National said the driving factor behind the significant increases was linked to a lack of properties for sale.last_img read more

Rody extends Boracay task force until 2021

first_imgBORACAY – President Rodrigo Duterte extended the term of the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF), which will oversee the continuing the rehabilitation of the world-famous island in Malay, Aklan until May 8, 2021.Duterte signed Executive Order (EO) No. 115 on May 11, citing the need to complete critical projects in the island. “Despite the demolition of 111 structures in wetlands, 227 structures on the beach easement and 896 on the road easements since the inception of the task force in 2018, there are still 723 structures built on forestland blocks, 112 on the beach easement, and 334 on the road easement,” it read.The task force also reported that 33 percent of Boracay establishments remained non-compliant with the 25+five meter beach easement rule, while 27 percent have not followed the eight-meter road easement. These workers continue the rehabilitation of the roads in the world-famous Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan. President Rodrigo Duterte extended the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force until May 8, 2021, citing the need to complete critical projects in the island. BOY RYAN ZABAL/AKEAN FORUM BIATF would supervise and monitor these projects aside from the well-famed island’s road rehabilitation and improvement of the water drainage system.   The task force was also reminded by the President to ensure the implementation of capacity regulations and to carry out what are mandated under his EO No. 53.To recall, EO 53 created the BIATF with the environment secretary acting as chairman and tourism and interior secretaries as vice-chairs.Environment secretary Roy Cimatu welcomed the decision of President Duterte to extend the task force.“Much work to be done as we transition from enhanced community quarantine, to general community quarantine and to the new normal. We will gradually resume work following the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases,” Cimatu said in a statement on May 21. The national government budgeted P25-billion of investment to safeguard Boracay’s environmental degradation and to sustain tourism activities following the island’s closure of six months from April to October 2018.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN)last_img read more

ORVC Weekly Report (November 21-26)

first_imgORVC Weekly Report (November 21-26)Athletes of the Week.Girls Basketball:  Lucy Carrigan  – Rising Sun.Boys Basketball:  Conner Hubbard – Jac-Cen-Del.Tryston Wheatley – Southwestern.orvc-report-november-21-26Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.last_img

Pirates, Raiders, And Eagles Capture Girls Basketball Sectional Crowns

first_imgThree out of the six area Girls Basketball teams won Sectional Titles on Saturday, February 3rd.Class 3A-Sectional 29 @ South DearbornGreensburg  49     Batesville  43Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ South RipleySouth Ripley  60     Milan  24Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ WaldronJac-Cen-Del  50     Waldron  35Class 4A-Sectional 14 @ East CentralColumbus East  34     East Central  32The Lady Pirates will be at The 3A Regionals at Charlestown taking on The Vincennes Lincoln Lady Alices at 10 AM.The Lady Raiders will be at The 2A Regionals at Paoli battling The North Knox Lady Warriors at 10 AM.The Lady Eagles will be at The 1A Regionals at Southwestern Shelby squaring off against The University Lady Trailblazers at 11:30 AM.last_img

One new case locally

first_imgStatewide—The Indiana State Department of Health has reported that 584 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19.  A total of 41,438 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus.  To date, 384,722 tests have been reported to ISDH at an 11% positive rate and 15 new deaths were reported for a total of 2,304 Hoosiers have died to date.Locally Dearborn County has a total of 181 cases and 22 deaths reported, Decatur County has a total of 238 positive cases and 32 deaths, Franklin County has 120 positive cases and 8 deaths, and Ripley County has 111 positive cases and 6 deaths according to numbers reported to the Indiana State Department of Health.last_img

Debuchy “destroyed” by injury

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits Mathieu Debuchy is “destroyed” and “embarrassed” after it was confirmed the injured defender would endure a second lengthy spell on the sidelines this season. “He is destroyed,” Wenger said. “He is such a keen player, so professional and so willing. “It is his first year here and of course he is embarrassed. But it is not his fault.” Debuchy had to be carried off on a stretcher in the 13th minute of Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Stoke last Sunday after he was pushed into the advertising hoardings by Potters midfielder Marko Arnautovic. “The push was not needed,” Wenger continued. “It was a bit unlucky as well because there was a divot after the touchline which may have made it worse. “Arnautovic did not have a chance to get the ball – I don’t think it was malicious but he had no chance to get the ball so I’m saying it was not needed. “It’s not obvious what his intention was, I don’t think he wanted to hurt him but I don’t think it was needed.” Arsenal visit Manchester City on Sunday, hoping to avenge last season’s 6-3 hammering at the Etihad Stadium. One player who could make the difference for the Gunners this term is Alexis Sanchez, whom City boss Manuel Pellegrini described this week as “the best player in England”. “It’s a great compliment because Pellegrini knows football well,” Wenger said. “I agree with him – at the moment Sanchez is one of the top performers in the league.” Sanchez has 18 goals in all competitions this season, one fewer than City striker Sergio Aguero. Aguero could make his first start since December 3 against Arsenal on Sunday, after the Argentine recovered from a knee injury. “There are some other great players but Sanchez and Aguero are two of the best performing since the start of the season,” Wenger said. “Aguero has been less consistent because he’s been injured more – in the last year he has suffered from being a bit in and out – but of course he is a world-class player. “Alexis is full of energy, full of enthusiasm as well. That is what is fantastically refreshing when you see the number of games he’s had to play – he’s always keen to go out and play. “What everyone admires about him is his game is always full of enthusiasm, a desire to do well, to take people on and fight to get the ball back. It’s fantastic and it’s infectious.” Kieran Gibbs will have a fitness test on Friday but is expected to have overcome a heel problem while Mesut Ozil, Calum Chambers and Theo Walcott are all fit again. Wenger had hoped Danny Welbeck would also be available for the trip to Manchester but his thigh injury has not healed as fast as expected. “That was the wrong hope,” Wenger said. “I think he has two more weeks.” The Frenchman also reiterated his disdain for FIFA’s Ballon d’Or award, which was presented to Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo for the second year running on Monday. Only national team managers, national team captains and selected journalists are allowed to vote on the prestigious prize but Wenger insists he would not take part even if he could. “I would not vote for any Ballon d’Or,” Wenger said. “I’m totally against it. I’m a team lover and a specialist of somebody who loves teamwork. “I’m completely against it and would not vote for anybody.” Press Association Debuchy has started only nine Barclays Premier League games since joining the Gunners from Newcastle in the summer. The France full-back was out for three months earlier in the season following ankle ligament surgery in September and will now miss another three months after an operation on his right shoulder. last_img read more