Mission impossible for disabled Hong Kongers hunting face masks

first_imgHong Kong’s disabled residents and their carers say they feel increasingly trapped in their apartments and abandoned by authorities as the coronavirus-struck city is engulfed with panic-buying and face mask shortages.For the last fortnight, queues have sprung up across the densely-packed business hub as Hong Kongers jostle for the latest delivery of face masks, toilet rolls and cleaning products.It is a free-for-all that Steven Yan dreads. Public hospitals have stopped supplying masks to visiting patients to save vital equipment for staff in a city where more than 60 people have been diagnosed with the coronavrius. “I have to wear a mask in hospital but we can’t afford that now,” Yan said, lamenting that prices for face masks have soared in recent weeks as the government has resisted implementing price controls or rationing.Entrenched inequalityDespite being one of the richest cities in the world, Hong Kong has a profound wealth gap and a limited safety net for society’s most vulnerable.Of the some 600,000 disabled people in the city, a third live below the poverty line according to government data. Some 200,000 people also act as carers.Lam Chun, 64, looks after her 19-year-old nephew full time. He has Pradar-Willis syndrome — a genetic disorder that makes the person feel constantly hungry and often leads to diabetes and obesity.When she goes out to get groceries, she relies on a makeshift cloth mask to cover her face, even though it offers limited protection.”I always miss the information about masks because I don’t really know how to get online,” Lam said, noting how many Hong Kongers find out about restocked pharmacies through Facebook or family Whatsapp groups.Both Yan and Lam said they had received little help from local authorities in securing masks.”It turned out that the government did not do anything to protect people like us and I am deeply disappointed,” Lam said.The Social Welfare Department did not respond to requests for comment on what measures it was taking to ensure disabled and other vulnerable residents received masks. Responsibility has largely fallen to volunteers and the charity sector. Frayed nerves Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam recently said 1.6 million masks would be given to local charities to hand out to vulnerable people.And Joshua Wong, a pro-democracy activist who was previously jailed for leading protests, said his party had secured 1.2 million masks from Honduras and would distribute them through their network of local councilors. There have been growing calls in some sectors for the government to implement price caps or to ration face masks in a bid to curb shortages and spiraling prices.After a brief bout of panic buying in nearby Taiwan, authorities introduced new rules limiting each person to buying just two masks a week through a system connected to their national healthcard.But in Hong Kong, which revels in its freemarket status, authorities have so far resisted market intervention.Yan said he felt constantly anxious in recent weeks.”People like me are more vulnerable in face of diseases,” he said. “Maybe you are hearing my voice today and seeing my corpse tomorrow.”   Diagnosed with muscular atrophy 14 years ago, Yan uses a wheelchair to get around. He has tried to find face masks near his apartment but has only succeeded once in the last month, queuing for six hours to get his hands on five free masks.”It exhausted me,” Yan told AFP. “I dared not move, fearing that I might lose my spot.”With just 40 masks at home to share among him, his wife and teenage son, Yan has started cutting back on going out in public, including to his regular medical check-ups.center_img Topics :last_img read more

St. Louis School Installs “Buddy Bench”

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — St. Louis school recently added a Buddy Bench.The Buddy Bench is designed for students during recess.If a student is sitting on the Buddy Bench it means they want to join and play with another group, or it can be a signal that the child is feeling sad or alone and wants someone to sit next to him or her and strike up a conversation.Other students will notice and then go ask them to play.last_img

Poyet still believes in survival

first_imgGus Poyet admits he would not still be Sunderland’s head coach if he did not think the club could preserve its Barclays Premier League status. He said: “If you said to me on October 8 when I walked in here at 11.45pm for the first time that I was going to be in this situation with 12 games to go, I would have taken it, I would have. “I would have for sure because it was looking impossible, so now I am here, I am not going to complain and moan. “I am taking it and making sure we maintain the level of performance that we have had in the last three months and if we maintain that, I think we have got a great chance to stay up.” Whatever happens over the next two months or so, there will be work to be done during the summer, and much of it will come under the remit of newly-appointed sporting director Lee Congerton. Poyet said: “I am convinced the most important part in football nowadays is recruitment. “If you recruit well, a big, big part of the manager’s job is much easier; when you recruit averagely, you have got a massive job and if you recruit badly, all the best. “That relationship between manager or head coach and sporting director or head of football operations, whatever you want to call him, is a key part, massive. “It needs to be clear and honest and straightforward. It’s not like one is working for the other. “It’s simple: He needs to bring the best players for me to be able to play the football that I want and to be successful.” That, coupled with runs to the Capital One Cup final and the last eight in the FA Cup, has increased his conviction that salvation remains in their own hands. Poyet said: “That’s why I am here. If not, I would be gone, I can promise you that. I wouldn’t stay here if I was not convinced it was possible. “I am not that type of person that would just lie to myself and lie to people, ‘Yes, yes, yes, it’s possible’. “Maybe I am making a mistake, who knows? But again, I believe it’s possible because these 19 games I have been in charge have proved to me – we have taken 23 points – it’s possible. “If we take 13, 14 points [from the remaining 12 games], it’s going to be close to that 40, 37, 38, 39 – who knows?” Poyet has set his players a target of five victories to ensure their continued presence in the top flight, although the fact that they have managed only six so far is a measure of the problem that could present. There have, of course, been high points during a difficult campaign with a derby double over Newcastle, a league victory over Manchester City and cup successes against Chelsea and Manchester United providing evidence that the Uruguayan’s methods are working. However, there have been bad days too, and the 46-year-old knows his team cannot afford too many more of those. Press Association The Black Cats return to league action against fellow strugglers Crystal Palace on Saturday sitting inside the bottom three with 12 games remaining and knowing the survival fight in which they have been engaged almost from the start of the season is likely to continue until its death throes. Poyet inherited a side which had claimed just a single point from the first 21 it had contested by October and has managed to boost the total to a more respectable, but still insufficient 24 over the 19 league fixtures to date of which he has taken charge. last_img read more

Golden Jaguars, Indigenous XI excited to play Charity match on Sunday

first_imgTHE Indigenous XI and the Golden Jaguars, Guyana’s National football team, are anxious to face each other in a Charity game, organised by the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs and the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) to aid in the support their Caribbean counterparts, who are victims of hurricanes Irma and Maria, which emaciated parts of the Region earlier this month.The Everest ground will host the first-of-its-kind match, which will kick off at 20:00hrs. The opening game, a female encounter starting at 18:00hrs will bring together the National Under-17 squad against an All-Star team.“It’s a great idea to have the game,” said Jeremey Garrett, who will be turning out for the President’s XI. He also noted, “The whole idea of the game is to give charity to the countries that were affected by the hurricanes. I know we’re one of the luckiest countries in the world because we don’t experience these things; if we did I know for a fact that we would have wanted help from other countries. So for the country to come up with an idea like this I must commend those who really thought of the idea to have a game to lend help to the other countries that were affected.”National player Delano Mentore, who will be featuring for the Indigenous All-Star XI, said it is a great opportunity for the players from the hinterland to play against the national set-up.“We’re looking forward for the support from the fans. We hope you come out in numbers and we’re here to give the Golden Jaguars – it’s not a walkover like they said, but we’re here to put our best foot forward and enjoy the match,” Mentore stated.Funds garnered from the two games will go to victims of hurricane-ravaged Caribbean islands. Admission to the venue is $500, and persons can make donations at a desk that will be set up at the venue.last_img read more

Kenya shock Ghana, Comoros Hold Cameroon

first_imgTen-man Kenya held on to beat Ghana 1-0 in Nairobi Saturday in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. In other results yesterday, next year’s Nations Cup hosts Cameroon were held to a 1-1 draw away to Comoros.Both South Africa and Uganda had to succumb to 0-0 draws at home to Libya and Tanzania respectively while the 2012 African champions Zambia drew 0-0 away to Namibia.The 12 group winners and runners-up secure places at the 2019 Nations Cup finals, except for Group B, where hosts Cameroon and the highest-placed other team both qualify. Having lost their opening Group F qualifier to Sierra Leone, Kenya – coached by Frenchman Sebastien Migne – pulled off a stunning result against Ghana’s Black Stars to kickstart their campaign.The Harambee Stars scored the only goal of the game after 40 minutes when Ghana’s Nicholas Opoku struck into his own net. Ghana pressed for an equaliser and the pressure told as Kenya’s Joash Onyango was sent off shortly after the hour mark.The hosts held on to pull off a shock result and go level on points in Group F with both Ghana and Sierra Leone.Sierra Leone can take an outright lead in the group if they can avoid defeat in Ethiopia today.Cameroon, who have already qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations as hosts, came from behind to draw 1-1 away to Comoros in Clarence Seedorf’s first match in charge of the Indomitable Lions.Comoros stunned the reigning African champions with a 15th minute strike from El-Fardou Ben Mohamed to take the lead in the Group B fixture. Stephane Bahoken spared Cameroon’s blushes with an equaliser 10 minutes from time.Morocco – who lost to Cameroon in their opening Group B qualifier – were set to host Malawi in the late match yesterday. Points won by Cameroon’s opponents in qualifying count towards their final totals in the group.Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit a vital equaliser for Gabon in their 1-1 draw against Group C leaders Burundi in Libreville. Stoke City forward Saido Berahino had put Burundi ahead after 40 minutes on his international debut for the country. South Sudan host Mali in Group C today.In other results yesterday, there was a dramatic climax to the Group K encounter between Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau as they drew 2-2 in Maputo.The match was level at 1-1 until stoppage time when Mozambique appeared to have taken all three points with a late winner, only for Guinea-Bissau to equalise with virtually the last kick of the game. In the same group, the 2012 African champions Zambia hit a last-minute equaliser to draw 1-1 away to Namibia.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Dodgers World Series tickets will cost big bucks in secondary market

first_imgDemand at Dodger Stadium has long been high. The Dodgers led the majors in attendance for the fifth consecutive season in 2017, averaging 46,492 fans per game. More than 3.7 million people came through the turnstiles. Capacity at Chavez Ravine is listed at 56,000.Yankees fans searching the marketplace will have it only marginally better should their team beat the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series to advance to the World Series.Tickets for a possible first home game of the World Series at Yankee Stadium ranged from $417 to $15,927 Thursday night on ticketnetwork.com. The high-end ticket will gain the holder entrance to the plush Legends Suite which, according to the team’s web site, offers “first-class accommodations, with seating options so close to the action you could make the call at home plate” and “the finest dining experience in all of sports.”Bon appetit. In the market for tickets to the World Series? Prepare yourself for some sticker shock.The secondary market appears to be the way to go for those who are determined to see the Dodgers play a World Series game for the first time since 1988. And some of the prices will make your head spin, or your credit card max out.As of Thursday night, tickets for a possible World Series Game 1 at Dodger Stadium started at $925 on StubHub.com, up nearly $200 since the same time on Wednesday. Most of the seats in that price range were in the upper deck.  Among the tickets listed under “best value” were Field Box seats between home plate and the first-base dugout, listed at $2,800 range.Related Articles Dodgers slam Cubs, reach first World Series since 1988 NLCS Game 5 Dodgers highlights: Kiké Hernandez slams Cubs center_img For the money-is-no-object crowd,  there were Dugout Club seats listed at $21,500. Each. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Opening of the Ski Season at Bjelašnica and Igman around Mid-December

first_img“All works at the Ski-centre Bjelašnica – Igman were intensified in order for the entire infrastructure to be ready for the ski-season” – said Ranka Rakić from the PR service of ZOI 84 for Fena Agency.The pre-sales of the ski tickets started on November 21st and lasts until December 10. Rakić pointed out that the prices of the tickets were reduced in comparison to those last year.“ZOI 84 determined a discount of 50 % for those visitors who have last year’s tickets. The season ticket with a photo is 175 while the price of a transferable season ski ticket is 350 BAM. The discount is foreseen for those who hadn’t buy a season ski ticket last year too so the price of it is now 245 BAM while the transferable ticket is 490 BAM. These tickets include night skiing too. – said Rakić.The tickets sale is effectuated at the Tourist Agency Zoi Tours in Branilaca Sarajeva 21 street, on working days and Saturday from 08:00 to 16:00 o’clock.(Source: Radio Sarajevo / photo: zoi84.ba)last_img read more

Chicago man gets 15 year prison sentence for stealing lawn mower from Mason City store

first_imgMASON CITY — It’s 15 years in prison for a Chicago man accused of stealing a lawn mower from a Mason City store. 45-year-old Calvin Lacey pleaded guilty to second-degree theft as a habitual offender. Lacey and Charles Ross of Des Moines were accused of stealing a lawn mower from Mills Fleet Farm in September 2018. Charges of possession of a theft detection removal device and possession of methamphetamine were dismissed as part of Lacey’s guilty plea. District Judge Karen Salic sentenced Lacey on Monday to 15 years in prison, with the sentence to be served at the same time as a 52-month federal prison term on an unrelated case of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Ross previously pleaded guilty in the lawn mower theft case to second-degree theft, possession of a theft detection device and possession of meth. He was sentenced to seven years in prison.last_img read more

Mourinho ready to fight Man Utd for £63m Sporting star Bruno Fernandes

first_imgMost Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own club“He strikes the ball well, heads well, cool when he is one-on-one with the goalkeeper. He finds space in the penalty area. It’s all there.”SunSport explained yesterday that Fernandes is one of five players who could be targeted by Mourinho this winter.Other possible signings for Spurs include Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, Juventus striker Paulo Dybala, West Ham anchorman Declan Rice and Nice right-back Youcef Atal.How Jose Mourinho could line up Tottenham with Atal, Dybala and Fernandes joining Kane and Son in formidable side NEW Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly ready to take on Manchester United in a transfer war for Bruno Fernandes.The Independent claims Sporting Lisbon’s free-scoring midfield star could wind up in North London this January after being targeted by the Special One.1 New Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is lining up a move for Sporting Lisbon star Bruno FernandesCredit: EPAMourinho was confirmed as Mauricio Pochettino’s successor in a shock announcement on Tuesday morning.And he has apparently wasted no time in identifying targets to improve Spurs’ fortunes.The capital club lie 14th in the Premier League table, winning just three of their opening 12 games.Tottenham are already 11 points off the top four, and Mourinho feels a few signings in the right positions can fire them back up the table.It’s said that Fernandes is his top target ahead of the winter transfer window, with the Portugal international making headlines with 31 goals for Sporting last season.The Primeira Liga side need to sell players after racking up £57million in debt.And Fernandes is said to be available for around £63m, attracting interest from Mourinho’s former club Manchester United.Pochettino had already been looking at Fernandes as an option to replace contract rebel Christian Eriksen.But Mourinho is ready to go a step further by making a move for the attacking ace.Fernandes is sure to be given a key role at Spurs should a deal go through, with Mourinho praising him highly in June.The tactician told Eleven Sports: “I was surprised by his season. It was easy to predict quality, he is a very good player.“But he scored a very high number of goals for a midfielder. It shows you need to have instinct and quality to score, and he has it all.last_img read more

Grateful Bolt, Fraser-Pryce top RJR Sportsman, Sportswoman awards

first_imgSprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were on Friday night presented with the 2015 RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards at the Jamaica Pegasus. Bolt was winning his sixth Sportsman of the Year award, after copping titles in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, while Fraser-Pryce, who also won in 2012 and 2013, was winning her third Sportswoman of the year award. “I want to thank my fans, who supported me this season, I really needed it. I want to thank my coach, I put him through a lot of stress, he has stood by me this season … I want to thank God and I promise I will try to do my best this season,” said a grateful Bolt. Fraser-Pryce, who won gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m at last year’s World Championships in Beijing, China, as well as the Diamond League 100m title, was also presented with the Sagicor Iconic award. The sprinter has won two Olympic gold medals and seven at the World Championships level since her ‘arrival’ at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. “Everything I have done is attributed to how much God has blessed me,” said Fraser-Pryce. “I am honoured to be here collecting this award a third time. I want to thank my coach for believing in me and putting up with me; and for me putting up with him sometimes.” Bolt’s award, which now puts him second in the all – time list behind boxer Michael McCallum (7) came after another dominant season by the powerful sprinter, who won three gold medals at the World Championships (100m, 200m and 4x100m). World Championships 100m hurdles gold medal winner Danielle Williams was the runner-up to the Sportswoman of the year, with shot put bronze medal winner O’Dayne Richards took home the male equivalent. The first award of the evening went to veteran quarter-miler and cancer survivor Novlene Williams-Mills, who was presented with the Chairman’s award. The People’s Choice Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ went to Jamaica’s senior women’s 4x400m relay team, which won gold at the World Championships, while former Netball Jamaica president Marva Bernard received the Lifetime Achievement Award.last_img read more