Coronavirus: The Russian provinces buckling under Covid-19

first_imgCovid-19 infection rates are now surging again in Russia and this time the poorer provinces are being hit the hardest. In northern regions like Arkhangelsk patients have been forced to sleep on benches and in corridors and ambulance crews are overwhelmed. Health workers in Russia are usually wary of sounding critical, but now they are reaching breaking point and are speaking out about their challenges. BBC Moscow correspondent Sarah Rainsford headed north to meet them.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img

Skidding Orange looks to turn it around against South Florida

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 5, 2012 at 1:30 am Contact Austin: [email protected] More than halfway through his first season as head coach, Leonid Yelin and Syracuse women’s volleyball team have lost five of their last six games.With 12 games remaining, the team is looking to get back on track this weekend. The Orange (8-10, 0-3 Big East) takes on South Florida (10-7, 2-2 Big East) at noon Friday and Pittsburgh (10-8, 1-3 Big East) at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Women’s Building.Yelin and his assistant, Stephanie Cantway, are working around injuries and adjusting lineups to put out as successful of a team as possible. Yelin, an experienced postseason coach who led Louisville to 14 NCAA tournaments, admits his first season at the helm has been challenging.“As a coach, it’s been very challenging,” Yelin said. “Am I enjoying it now? No.”Yelin said he knew the team would get off to slow start this season. But that doesn’t make losing any easier.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“This is my life,” he said. “This is everything for me. I’ve been married to volleyball for so many years. I joke sometimes, and even my wife accepts that volleyball is my first wife.”Senior defensive specialist Zoe Guzman has played under three coaches in her college career: former coach Jing Pu, Kelly Morrisroe, who took over for Pu when he was relieved of his duties last season, and now for Yelin.“It’s definitely a huge change from the previous coaching staff,” Guzman said. “It’s a good change. Every transition period is going to have its ups and downs and right now everyone is struggling with the new freshmen coming in and adapting to the new style.”Yelin has proven himself as one of the better coaches in the conference, posting a 366-112 record at Louisville. The hardest part about changing coaches, Guzman said, is becoming accustomed to how a coach wants things done on and off the court.“They’re so different from the other ones,” Guzman said. “We’re trying our best. We still want to win. I think that’s the main goal of everyone and we’re trying everything possible in our power to do that.”Last year as a freshman, libero Melina Violas started the season playing under Pu. When he was relieved of his duties in October, like the rest of the team, Violas had to adapt to Morrisroe’s coaching style.Now, she is playing under Yelin and Cantway. The coaching staff had a lot of work to do when they took over the program, Violas said.“They are building a completely new tradition,” Violas said. “They’ve changed everything from the way we are supposed to eat, the way we’re supposed to practice, how we’re supposed to be on and off the court. It is a huge transition for all of the girls on the team and we have to keep with it and keep implementing it knowing that it will work and it will pay off.” Commentslast_img read more

Water woes hit WBD after reduced GWI production

first_img…1 of 2 wells restoredFor the past three weeks, water supply to residents in West Bank Demerara has been severely affected after two wells operated by the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) decreased its production rate.Director of Operations Dwayne ShakoAt present, the utility company is still trying to remedy the situation and trucks are now supplying potable water, while one well still remains unfixed. The area is usually supplied by three wells in Westminster, L’Oratoire, and Onderneeming.Director of Operations at GWI Dwayne Shako explained on Friday that the L’Oratoire and Westminster wells dropped their production rate by 39,000 and 40,000 gallons of water per hour respectively. This created a serious dent in the supply chain and many households were affected.“For the last three weeks, we experienced a severe drop in production in one of the wells and by the time we attempted to do some work on that well, we experienced a severe drop in the next well,” he explained.According to the Director, the water is sourced from groundwater reserves so these problems cannot be detected instantaneously.“Because this is a groundwater source and it is coming from very deep, we would not see the effect right away. It will take many months and possible years of rain to really have any immediate effect on the aquifer. The issue really is that from time to time, because of migration of particles. We many times experience a loss in production”.On Friday morning, the L’Oratoire well was restored but the Recht Door Zee Phase Two and Onderneeming Phase Two communities remained without potable water.“The team tried really hard to get L’Oratoire back in operation and we completed that well this morning (Friday) and were able to restore service at that well. We now have a smaller part of Westminister, Dairy and the Recht Door Zee (Phase One) area that has now gotten some amount of relief but we still have the Phase Two of both the Recht Door Zee and the Onderneeming area,” said Shako.Regional Manager Denise Woolford explained that they have put plans in place to have water supplied via trucks. However, it is a limited access to cater for daily activities. Until the West Minster well is fully operational, these efforts will continue.“In an attempt to alleviate the issues being faced, we put measures in place to truck potable water in the areas. We have three different sets of tankers that will be going in and they will be working round the clock. The water that we’re providing in the area is free but we’re just asking that they conserve. This trucking is going to continue until we have West Minister back in operation,” Woolford stated.Adding to that, Shako shared that the tankers are large, resulting in technicalities to maneuver on smaller streets.“We were very skeptical about starting the water distribution because the tankers are large. In Onderneeming, the streets are small so we’ll try to stay on the main road and pump water through the streets if we can…We’ll try our best to ensure that everybody receives a supply of water,” he positioned.last_img read more