Belgian coronavirus survivor leaves hospital after turning 100

first_imgA 100th birthday is an occasion to celebrate in the best of times. During a coronavirus epidemic that has cut a swathe through Europe’s elderly and vulnerable, it proved inspirational.On Wednesday, staff and well-wishers at the Bois de l’Abbaye hospital in eastern Belgium took a moment to salute newly-minted centenarian Julia Dewilde. Dewilde’s story seems to have done her hard-pressed carers good, too, providing a moment of triumph in a tough season for nurses and doctors beset with the pandemic.”She’s one of our greatest successes. It’s heartwarming,” said Laura Bertrand, the nurse who has followed Dewilde’s case since she was admitted to the hospital in Seraing, outside Liege.Like many other retirees, the centenarian was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus infection and breathing difficulties in mid-April and admitted to hospital.She developed a bacterial infection as well, that needed antibiotic treatment, and was re-hydrated and given oxygen to alleviate her respiratory problems. But she was not intubated and was never transferred to the intensive care unit.Instead, after 19 days during which she clocked up 100 years on earth, she gradually recovered and eventually passed a test confirming her recovery.With 11.5 million inhabitants and 7,500 coronavirus deaths — mainly among those older than 75 — Belgium is per capita one of the worst hit countries.But the small kingdom’s figures are more up to date than many of its neighbors, with those who die in retirement homes — around half of the fatalities — counted in the latest official toll. The retiree, who was born during the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-1920, celebrated her birthday at the weekend, four days before a test confirmed her recovery from COVID-19 and she was allowed to return to her retirement home.There, she will at last be allowed a visit from her loved ones.”Yes, they’ll come tomorrow,” she exclaimed, as she was wheeled out of the hospital to the cheers of staff and the clicks of journalists’ cameras.    “I’ll see them tomorrow. It will do me good.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Family First condemns ‘Kill the PM’ song

first_img3News 26 August 2014The chief censor has received complaints and police are investigating a rap song which contains lyrics threatening to kill Prime Minister John Key and have sex with his daughter.Family advocacy group Family First has slammed the song, saying it “cannot go any lower”.Auckland-based outfit @peace’s ‘Kill The PM’ paints Mr Key as a greedy rich man who takes money from the poor and deserves to die.“Ain’t doin’ nothin’ so I’m gonna kill the Prime Minister,” the group raps.“I been tryin’ to get a job, but they got none, so I instead I got a sawn-off shotgun, and pop.”The lyrics also suggest robbing the Prime Minister of all his luxury possessions and having sex with his 21-year-old art student daughter, Stephanie.http://www.3news.co.nz/politics/family-first-condemns-kill-the-pm-song-2014082611Police assessing ‘Kill the PM’ songOneNews 26 August 2014Police say they are looking into a song with lyrics containing threats to kill the Prime Minister and have sex with his daughter.The song, ‘Kill the PM’, by Auckland hip-hop crew @peace has been listened to more than 5,000 times since being posted on the group’s Facebook page last night.Bob McCoskrie says all New Zealanders will be appalled by the song and says Family First will lay a formal complaint with the Office of Film and Literature Classification.He says this type of personal and offensive attack on a politician and their family is as low as someone can go.On its Facebook page the band is encouraging its followers to enrol and vote, and has clarified the meaning of the song.“I do not want to literally kill this man. I do not wish to have sexual relations with anybody related to him. Let’s not pretend a silly little song ever changed anything,” group member Tom said in a post this afternoon.“What’s important is that we ENROL TO VOTE so that we have a chance to select someone to represent us who understands the concept of empathy.”http://tvnz.co.nz/vote-2014-news/police-assessing-kill-pm-song-6064653last_img read more

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AJ receives offer for Wilder, Fury fight

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Saudi may have enough uranium deposits to make nuclear fuel – Reports Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua’s team have received a “huge site offer” to stage an undisputed world title clash against the winner of the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury fight in Saudi Arabia. Britain’s heavyweight star regained his world titles with a rematch win over Andy Ruiz Jr at the Diriyah Arena in December and promoter Eddie Hearn hopes to head back to the Middle East for a blockbuster battle at the end of 2020. Wilder defends his WBC title against Fury in Las Vegas on February 22, while Joshua plans to put his WBA, IBF and WBO belts at stake against Kubrat Pulev in London in May or June. But the Matchroom Boxing boss wants to split a massive fight purse down the middle for Joshua and the reigning WBC champion after holding recent talks with Saudi officials. “We have to try and make that happen,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “Right now, the fight that Anthony Joshua wants is the winner of Wilder and Fury. “We’ve been there before. Both guys have turned down 60-40 for that fight and now we have no other option, but to offer them 50-50, because the fight will never happen, subject to the boss giving the thumbs up, which I think he knows that’s the way to make this fight. “We have a huge site offer in place for that fight to take place.” Bulgarian Pulev is next in line for Joshua at the IBF’s mandatory challenger, with a fight announcement expected in the middle of February as Hearn assesses possible venues such as The Emirates and Twickenham. “Kubrat Pulev is the frontrunner,” said Hearn. “I think we’ve established that the IBF mandatory was called before the WBO mandatory. “Pulev is the fight for me, and more importantly for the boss, AJ, he wants it here. He’s boxed now in Saudi Arabia for his last fight, he’s boxed in New York before that. “For me, it’s time to come home. The bad news is that Kubrat Pulev wants as much money as possible for this fight and he realises there’s more money in Istanbul, or Saudi Arabia, or the Congo, or Nigeria, but AJ is going to call the shots. “He may end up having to let the Pulev fight go, if he won’t fight in the places that we’d like him to fight and that is in the UK. We’re looking at dates at the end of May to the beginning of June for the Pulev fight. Everywhere is in play. Emirates Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur, The Olympic Stadium, we’ve also reached out to Twickenham as well. “The Principality Stadium has got some dates for us, so in an ideal world, AJ’s next fight will be Kubrat Pulev in London, but this is a far from an ideal world, particularly in the boxing game.” The WBO had also ordered Joshua to make a mandatory title defence Oleksandr Usyk, who is now close to agreeing an alternative fight with Derek Chisora on March 28.Tags: Anthony JoshuaDeontay WilderEddie HearnSaudi Arabialast_img read more

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Grimes girls stun top seed Oneida, reaches sectional Class B final

first_imgIt was senior Lora Marial who earned five of her 12 points in the closing minutes to break a 42-42 tie. When Oneida closed back within three, 47-44, Rosalie Vincent hit her lone basket with a minute to play.Ayeil’s pair of free throws with 17.2 seconds left sealed the victory. Aside from Ayeil and Marial, Jenna Sloan and Rhonee Shea Pal led Grimes with seven points apiece.Having already prevailed at no. 4 seed Adirondack in the round of 16, Grimes struck again on the road in last Wednesday’s sectional quarterfinal when it went to no. 5 seed Vernon-Verona-Sherrill and took down the Red Devils 57-36.Just as it had throughout the playoffs, the Cobras’ defense would set the tone, overcoming some early inconsistency to limit VVS to less than 10 points in each of the last three quarters.Meanwhile, Grimes started to hit outside shots and, over the course of the second and third quarters, outscored the Red Devils 34-16 to all but put the game away.Marial connected on five 3-pointers to account for most of her 23 points. Sloan and Pal both finished with 13 points, while Ayeil finished with eight points.Oneida fell next, and Grimes will now prepare to face state no. 2-ranked South Jefferson, who withstood a furious fourth-quarter rally by Marcellus to win the other semifinal 56-52. The game tips off Saturday at 7 p.m. at Allyn Hall.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story However it turned out Sunday in the Section III Class B semifinal at Onondaga Community College’s Allyn Hall, the Bishop Grimes girls basketball team had enjoyed a stellar and inspiring post-season run.But the Cobras were in no mood to have it end yet.Strong at the start and poised in the homestretch, Grimes upended top seed Oneida 51-46 and earned a berth in the sectional final against defending champion South Jefferson. From a no. 13 seed in a 23-team field, the Cobras had already engineered three sectional victories, two of them on the road, and the presence of 21-1, state no. 7-ranked Oneida did not intimidate Grimes one bit, either.Trailing early, the Cobras went on a 13-2 run to close out the first quarter, and then traded baskets with the Indians the rest of the half, a McKenna Squier 3-pointer cutting Grimes’ deficit to one, 25-24, at the break.All through the second half, Grimes continued to get big baskets from reserve guard Nayweil Ayeil, who finished with a game-high 20 points, constantly matching whatever Oneida did to try and take control.center_img Tags: Bishop Grimesgirls basketballlast_img read more

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