British passenger David Abel, who became a minor celebrity with his upbeat video messages in the early days of the quarantine – including a cheeky request to the captain for whisky – typified the mood shift aboard.”It’s all getting to us now and it’s not just me, it’s the other passengers as well. It’s the not-knowing factor that is the real challenge. Mentally, it’s now taking its toll. Right now, it’s very hard to remain focused on anything,” he said.He later announced he and his wife Sally had tested positive.China announced Wednesday there were 1,749 new infections, the lowest number of new cases this month. All but 56 new cases were in the epicenter of Hubei province.Michael Ryan, head of WHO’s health emergencies program, said the outbreak was “very serious” and could grow, but stressed that outside Hubei, it was “affecting a very, very tiny, tiny proportion of people.”There have been 900 cases around the world, with five deaths in France, Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan and Hong Kong.But in Japan, some have raised concerns about allowing people from the cruise ship to board flights home or spread out into the notoriously crowded Japanese capital.Kentaro Iwata, a professor at the infectious diseases division of Kobe University, blasted the on-ship quarantine as a “major failure, a mistake”.”It is highly likely secondary infections occurred,” Iwata told AFP, saying skepticism from abroad of the quarantine was “only natural”.He later said in a video published online that he was self-quarantining after a brief visit to the ship where he raised major concerns about the procedures on board.”It was completely chaotic,” he said.Several countries appear to have lost patience with the on-board quarantine and have prepared chartered planes to bring back their citizens.In the first such evacuation Monday, more than 300 Americans flew home even though 14 of the passengers had tested positive.Early Wednesday, South Korea flew six of its nationals plus a Japanese spouse to Seoul. They will be placed in isolation for 14 days, the Yonhap news agency reported.Britain, Hong Kong and Australia are among other countries that have vowed to repatriate people from the ship but will insist on a further 14-day quarantine on home soil.Nathalie MacDermott, a medical expert at King’s College London, stressed the importance of continued quarantine even after leaving the ship.”Given the circumstances on board the Diamond Princess, those passengers leaving the boat should be managed in a similar manner to those individuals departing a highly affected city or region,” said MacDermott.She recommended “further 14-day self isolation or quarantine period would be advisable even in the absence of symptoms.”Disembarkation is expected to take around three days as more test results become available. Anyone who has had contact with an infected passenger will have to undergo 14 more days in quarantine.In addition, the crew will begin a new quarantine when the last passenger has disembarked.But people in Yokohama appeared supportive of the decision to allow the passengers out despite the virus fears.”I am sure those people on board must be really worried. I hope they can go back to their normal life soon,” said 51-year-old Isamu Habiro.”As a Yokohama resident, I don’t want them to be treated unfairly. I want to cheer for them,” Habiro told AFP.Topics : For some 500 passengers allowed to disembark after testing negative, a difficult 14-day quarantine period has come to an end after their dream cruise turned into a nightmare of fear and crushing boredom confined in many cases to small windowless cabins.”NEGATIVE! Me, son, husband, mom and dad! Thank you Lord for protecting us… So emotional now,” tweeted passenger Yardley Wong, who has been cooped up with her six-year-old son.Those with no symptoms and a negative test received an official certificate saying they posed “no risk of infection of nCoV, as the said person has also presented no symptoms including fever at the time of infection.”But not everyone was so lucky. Relieved passengers began leaving a coronavirus-wracked cruise ship in Japan on Wednesday after testing negative for the disease that has now claimed more than 2,000 lives in China.The Diamond Princess has proved a fertile breeding ground for the virus with at least 542 positive cases, and there is mounting criticism of Japan’s handling of quarantine arrangements as passengers ready to disperse into the wider world.The ship is the biggest cluster outside China, where new figures showed the death toll surging beyond 2,000 with more than 74,000 infected. Hundreds more cases have been reported in two dozen countries.
The East Central Lady Trojans won a close Golf matchup against The North Decatur Lady Chargers 223-217.Medalist: Sidney Parmer North Decatur 40.‘It was very hot and muggy on a very hilly and challenging course so the scores were a little higher than usual but I still see us making progress.’ Chargers Coach David Espinda.
Ghana midfielder Sulley Muniru is set to relaunch his unstable career at Dinamo Minsk in the Belarus Premier League.The 26-year-old younger brother of ex-Inter and AC Milan star Muntari has seen his last three contracts – with Bulgaria’s Steua Bucharesti, CD Tondela (Portugal) and Turkish Super Lig side Yeni Malatyaspor – terminated midway.Muniru had signed a two-year contract with Malatyapsor late August last year only for the club to announce a mutual termination a little over four months later (January 2019). He made only five appearances for the side.Dinamo Minsk announced their capture of the former Liberty Professionals midfielder Wednesday night but failed to include the duration of the deal.Sulley Muniru faced his new club twice while featuring for former Romanian side CFR Cluj in the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League.–Source: Footy-ghana.com
Lauren Hill, left foreground, slaps hands with teammates as she practices with her NCAA college basketball team at Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati on Thursday Oct. 23, 2014. Soon after deciding to play basketball at the Division III school, she started feeling bad and got tests that found an inoperable mass in her brain. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)CINCINNATI (AP) — A clock above the court reminds everyone that it’s only 5:58 a.m. Fifteen slow-moving women’s basketball players at Division III Mount St. Joseph form a circle near one of the baskets and stretch quietly.Coach Dan Benjamin walks briskly around the court, sipping a Mountain Dew for a little caffeine. He has the two-hour practice mapped out, including a special play he’s installing for the Lions’ sold-out season opener. A black whistle dangles in front of his gray “Play for 22” T-shirt.No. 22 would be freshman Lauren Hill.She’s moving slowly today. There are days when the inoperable tumor squeezing her brain also saps her energy and robs her of coordination. She finally comes out onto the court carrying a water bottle and her teammates call out to her in encouragement: “Hey Lauren!”Given how she’s feeling, it would be easy to skip the practice. But since her diagnosis a year ago, she has made sure no opportunity gets wasted.“That’s kind of how I look at it,” Hill said, resting in a folding chair after practice Thursday. “I’m spreading awareness and also teaching people how to live in the moment because the next moment’s not promised. Anything can happen at any given moment. What matters is right now.”Acknowledging the urgency, the NCAA made a special exception to move up Mount St. Joseph’s opener against Hiram College to Nov. 2, despite its rules that require seasons to start later in November. The scheduling change gives Hill a better shot to get on the court — the only chance she may get before the growing tumor that hinders her play also claims her life.After the move, Xavier University offered its 10,000-seat arena so more people could attend. The game sold out faster than a Cleveland Cavaliers exhibition earlier this month.College basketball players and sports teams from around the country are signing No. 22 jerseys and sending them to Lauren for support. The United States Basketball Writers Association has voted her for the Pat Summitt most courageous award, which is usually given out at the Final Four.“This is an amazing young lady who’s made an impact on the world, more than I will ever do,” said Benjamin, a coach for 25 years. “I wish everybody could meet her.”Hill played basketball and soccer in nearby Lawrenceburg, Indiana. On her 18th birthday last October, she decided to commit to play basketball at The Mount, as it’s known locally. A few weeks later, she started feeling bad. Tests found the cancerous tumor growing throughout her brain. Surgery wasn’t an option. Six weeks of radiation, an experimental drug and two months of chemotherapy didn’t help much. Doctors estimated she had a year to live.“I try not to — try really hard not to — but it’s hard to not think about down the road,” she said.While she prepares to play, she does as much as she can each day to raise awareness about pediatric cancer, hoping donations might fund research that gives others a chance of beating the disease.A lot of people are going out of their way to get to know the ponytailed player who is showing everyone — with each deliberate dribble, left-handed shot and each time she just shows up — what it means to live each day fully.NCAA President Mark Emmert called to offer encouragement. The school’s president, Tony Aretz, stopped by with his wife to watch her practice and chat with Hill and her mom.Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still stopped in unexpectedly this week. Still’s 4-year-old daughter, Leah, has cancer, and he has worked with the NFL team to raise more than $1 million for pediatric cancer treatment.“It’s like she’s beyond her years,” Still said. “She understands her purpose. In her 19 years of being here on Earth, she’s done a lot more than a lot of older people have done.”Hill’s parents and two younger siblings are trying to pack as much as they can into however many weeks she has left.“You try not to concentrate on it too much because you can get caught up in the grief of the sheer fact that you’re probably going to lose your child,” her mother, Lisa Hill said. “But if I grieve and get depressed and curl up into a ball, I rob myself and her of today. Why?“We’ve got today. I can spend today with her doing everything we want to do — just chit-chatting, listening to music, going shopping, whatever she wants to do. If I didn’t get out of bed, I’d miss out on all those things.”Although she’s right-handed, Lauren has to shoot with her left because the tumor is affecting her right side more severely. She gets dizzy if she moves her head side-to-side, so she has to move her upper body instead. Her balance is a little off. She’ll be able to play only a few minutes at a time on Nov. 2.Even with all of that, she refuses to think of it as her one and only game.“She says, ‘I hate that. If I can play one more game, I’m playing one more game,’” Lisa Hill said. “If she’s upright and able, she’ll still be out there.”___Online:https://thecurestartsnow.webconnex.com/lauren
Almost four hours later the team met up at Kokanee Cabin.The Nelson Trail Running Series is hosting a trail race Saturday, September 8 at Svaboda Road Parking Lot with proceeds from the race going toward to improvements of the Nelson running trails.The race begins at 9 a.m. with registration from 8-8:45 a.m.To help with the cause Mallard’s Source for sports is selecting the Kokanee Glacier Traverse group at Team of the Week.The contingent includes, right to left, Richard Klein, Sasha Kalabis, Randy Richmond, Carolyn Donnelly, Lex Baas, Yogita Bouchard, Tim Sander, Greg Smith, Jon Francis, Rahul Khosla, person unknown and Andrew Stoltz. Members of the Nelson Trail Running Series recently went on a Kokanee Glacier Traverse trek.Eight runners left the Enterprise Creek Drainage on the Slocan Lake side of Kokanee Glacier Park at 6:45 a.m. and five others left the Gibson Lake parking lot on the east side of the park at 8 a.m.