Coronavirus exposes precarious living conditions in Haiti

By Sam Bojarski
Governments around the world have recommended social distancing to stop the spread of coronavirus. That’s a tougher sell in Haiti, where millions must venture out to public markets each day to buy food.

In a country where over half the population lives on less than $2 dollars per day, the spread of coronavirus has made life even more precarious, months after anti-government protests ground normal life to a halt.

“Haitian people live daily,” said Kerventz Sylus, a 25-year-old foreign language instructor who lives in Thomassin, a mountainous suburb outside Port-au-Prince.

“As a teacher when school is closed now, I’m not going to get paid, I stay home. And the government doesn’t tell what it’s going to do for the private (school) teachers,” he added, in response to government-mandated school closures due to coronavirus.

Even before the first coronavirus case was diagnosed in Haiti, people began stocking up on food. Earlier this month, Sylus recounted seeing long li..

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Are Vital Health Workers Now a Safety Threat?

As a hospice nurse in Seattle, Diane Speer said giving out hugs to patients and family members was a routine part of home visits.

But in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, she now tells family members to keep their distance.

“There’s no touching hands or handshakes,” said Speer, who works for Renton, Washington-based Providence St. Joseph Health. It’s “time for a virtual hug.”

Hundreds of thousands of health care workers like Speer go into homes around the country to provide vital services for seniors and disabled people. But with rising concerns about the coronavirus and the particular danger it poses for older adults, those workers could be endangering their patients and themselves.

“There is the knowledge that these are health workers who have skills that can benefit you, but the fear is the health care worker: Who is the last person they saw and where have they been lately and are they bringing something into my home?” said Dr. Thomas Schaaf, chief medical officer for Provi..

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Haitian Times News Roundup – Mar. 26


Five dismissed police officers are reinstated in Haitian Corps

The PNH spokesman, Michel-Ange Louis Jeune announced on Wednesday that the five dismissed officers have been reinstated in the ranks of the PNH since March 21 on the recommendations of the Office for the Protection of Citizen (OPC) and the Facilitation and Dialogue Commission. The high staff decided that the appointees Yanick Joseph, agent 2, Abelson Gros-Nègre, agent 2, Jean Elder Monday, inspector, Gédéon Monbrun agent 2, and Yens Lamarre, agent 1 are to be reinstated in the PNH. In addition, Jeune reported that more than 1,000 police officers have gone from agent I to agent II. Continue reading

348 Cuban doctors and nurses aid Haiti in Coronavirus Fight

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship, Doctor Claude Joseph announced on Twitter Wednesday “the deployment of a medical brigade of 348 Cuban doctors and nurses in Haiti as part of the fight against the Coronavirus.” In a ceremony that welcomed the Cuban h..

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The making of Ronaldinho – how the Brazilian superstar broke through at PSG

Alone and unwanted in the heart of France’s wine region, Ronaldinho could have been forgiven for craving a stiff drink. It was the end of September 2001 and as Paris Saint-Germain slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Bordeaux, their star attacker was slumped on the bench, an unused substitute for a side that needed a goal.

For two years, he had illuminated Brazilian football to a drumbeat of deafening hype, but six months after leaving his homeland, the 21-year-old boy wonder looked like a busted flush. He had chosen Paris for first-team football but so far he had made just two starts. Now he couldn’t even get off the bench.

With the 2002 World Cup on the horizon, he hadn’t kicked a ball for his country in six months. Things were not going to plan.
Ronaldinho was already a star when he touched down at Charles de Gaulle Airport in July 2001 to become a PSG player. Back in Brazil, he’d been the talk of a nation since bursting onto the scene as a gangly teenager for his boyhood club Gremio.

His ..

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Michael Edwards: The Making of the Man Who Helped to Make Klopp’s Liverpool

Search for “Michael Edwards” on Wikipedia and among others you’ll find Michael Edwards the former Notts County defender, Michael Edwards the Australian film composer, Michael Edwards the pioneering art therapist, two Michael Edwardses who played Major League Baseball and Michael Edwards the British fragrance expert. But you won’t find Michael Edwards the sporting director of Liverpool.

It is a measure of Edwards’ low profile that despite being one of the architects of Liverpool’s transformation into kings of European football and Premier League champions-elect (at least until the coronavirus outbreak put the season on ice), he doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page. He never speaks to the press and rarely makes public appearances, yet having helped to engineer the signings of players such as Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Andy Robertson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Alisson and Virgil van Dijk, he is arguably one of the most influential figures in the English game

Edwards, ..

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Inter Interested In Newcastle United Youngster Matty Longstaff

Inter are one of a number of clubs interested in Newcastle United’s Matthew ‘Matty’ Longstaff according to a report from British news outlet The Sun.

The 20-year-old defensive midfielder’s contract with the Premier League club is due to expire at the end of June and as a result many clubs have sparked an interest in signing him on a free transfer in the Summer.

Inter aside, the report also states that West Ham, Everton, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax are all also keen on signing the highly rated Englishman who has broken into the Newcastle United first team this season.

Longstaff, who is an England youth international at under 20 level, has made 12 appearances across all competitions at first team level for the Magpies this term. In just over 1000 minutes on the field Longstaff has contributed three goals. Continue reading

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How COVID-19 Is Going to Change the Transfer Market This Summer

We had been building towards a mouthwatering summer transfer window, but suddenly the whole landscape has changed.

The impact of the coronavirus has shut down all major football across the globe and cast doubt on campaigns even being completed across Europe. As a result, all the big transfer rumours we have been reading about are now in doubt.

Will Jadon Sancho return to the Premier League? Are Bayern Munich still going to pursue Leroy Sane? What happens with Real Madrid’s dream to land Kylian Mbappe, and Neymar perhaps moving back to Barcelona?

We have no idea when the 2019/20 season will end, and, as a result, the transfer window is going to be majorly impacted. At best, sources believe July 1 is a realistic cut-off point—for the Premier League fixtures, anyway.

It means the start of the transfer window, due to open June 10, will almost certainly be delayed. And on top of that, figures who work within the game believe deals that cost substantial sums could be off the table comple..

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What would be a realistic summer transfer window for Barcelona?

Well, with the Neymar/Lautaro rumours still persisting, it seems that Barça will still make (at least) one ‘Galactico’ signing, although that may mean no reinforcement in other areas. That would be scenario one; Neymar/Lautaro + returning loanees, perhaps? That would mean Aleña, Trincão and Pedri would be added to the squad, with Coutinho, Rafinha and Todibo remaining as possibilities.

However, with reports emerging that Barça are looking to cash on the two Brazilians, Todibo might be the only loanee to stay with the Catalans, especially with Bild reporting Schalke will not be able to buy the Frenchman, due to their dire economic situation. However, with Barça themselves looking to cut costs, Todibo’s future still seems unclear.

That means that Barça would only sign a striker/attacker and would be left with the same options at the back, the weakest area of the squad. Furthermore, with the future of Rakitic up in the air, the midfield could do with some beefing up as well. An all gun..

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Hospital Suppliers Take To The Skies To Combat Dire Shortages Of COVID-19 Gear

Hospitals in the New York City area are turning to a private distributor to airlift millions of protective masks out of China. The U.S. military is flying specialized swabs out of Italy. And a Chicago-area medical supply firm is taking to the skies as well — because a weekslong boat trip across the ocean just won’t do.

The race to import medical supplies reflects a nationwide panic over a dwindling supply of the masks, gowns and other protective gear that health care workers need amid the growing coronavirus pandemic. Demand is outstripping what’s available due to a damaged supply chain heavily reliant on China and a struggling Strategic National Stockpile. U.S. manufacturing giants like 3M have not yet made up the difference.

A sweeping national survey out Wednesday drives home that nearly a quarter of hospitals have fewer than 100 N95 masks on hand and 20% report an immediate need for ventilators. In the hardest-hit areas, like New York City, the shortages are potentially life-thre..

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Citing coronavirus fears, Miami will enact a 10 p.m. curfew starting Friday night

The city of Miami will enact a 10 p.m. curfew starting Friday night, creating the most severe restrictions yet for the city’s more than 460,000 residents as government leaders push to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19.

Miami’s five commissioners, who met via video conference Wednesday night, unanimously voted to set a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. Police would have the ability to stop, question and arrest anyone out in public during this time period. There will be three general exceptions for people who are traveling to or from work, seeking medical services or walking their dogs within 250 feet of their homes.

City Manager Art Noriega was instructed to detail those exceptions more specifically in an emergency order that is expected to be written and signed Thursday.
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