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  • 17-year Cicadas

    first_imgWhat has large, red eyes, translucent wings and an undulating, 7-kilohertz chirp that sounds like the background music to a horror movie? Georgians can find the answer over the next few weeks by traveling north into the state’s mountains to witness the emergence of the latest brood of 17-year periodical cicadas.The harmless insects will start emerging from their underground burrows in late April, then spend several weeks making a racket, mating, laying eggs and dying. They won’t be seen again until 2034.Entomologists have identified 12 broods, or distinct groups, of periodical cicadas. This brood, Brood VI, last emerged in 2000 across far northern Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. There’s no good way to know exactly what parts of the state will see the most cicadas, but based on previous emergences, several thousand could be seen coming out of the ground in the mountains.Early reports indicate the cicadas emerging as far south as Cobb County, Georgia, already this month, so their range may have spread. Most of the Southeast sees an annual population of “dog day” cicadas emerge in July. Periodical cicadas are noteworthy because of the long periods they spend underground between emergences.The periodical cicadas’ novelty and their sheer numbers make them one of the most bizarre and awe-inspiring phenomena in nature. “It’s a good excuse to get out in the woods and enjoy nature,” said Nancy Hinkle, a cicada enthusiast and professor of veterinary entomology at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “It’s something your kids will remember because it only happens every 17 years. There’s a good chance that the next time it happens, they can take their children out to see them.”Periodical cicadas emerge from under trees that are at least 17 years old. The tree had to be present 17 years ago when the female laid her eggs to start this generation. If the tree where the eggs were laid was cut down or the area is paved, the nymphs die and no cicadas will emerge The last brood of 17-year periodical cicadas, Brood II, emerged in 2013.Periodical cicada emergences are always a great chance for citizen science, said Rick Hoebeke, associate curator of arthropods at the Georgia Museum of Natural History at UGA.The museum, which houses hundreds of thousands of individual insect and spider specimens, is always looking for intact periodical cicadas to add to its collection.Documenting the location and time that the insect was found helps scientists track the movement and health of cicada populations. However, it’s hard to build a well-rounded collection of data on the species since each brood only emerges once every 13 or 17 years, he said.Members of the public who want to contribute cicada specimens should send them to Hoebeke at the Georgia Museum of Natural History, Natural History Building, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-7882. Take note of where — an address or landmark — and when the specimen was found. The best way to ship a cicada carcass is packed in tissue paper in a small, sturdy box, like a business card or animal crackers box. Whole specimens will be included in the museum’s collection of arthropods.For more information on the museum, visit naturalhistory.uga.edu.Cicada PrimerThe first clue in finding a cicada is the sound. Male cicadas “sing” to attract mates by vibrating special organs called tymbals, thin membranes on the sides of their abdomens.When thousands of lonely male cicadas emerge at once to try and out-sing each other, the noise can be heard from miles away.“The females comment on the sound of the male cicadas by clicking their wings,” Hinkle said. “But it’s hard to hear.”Cicadas only sing during the day, which makes them easy to differentiate from other musical insects, like crickets and katydids.Depending on the population size of the newly emerged insects, their presence may be pretty obvious. Periodical cicadas have covered trees, sidewalks and the forest floor during some emergences. Other times, observers have seen only a few at a time.Cicadas’ most recognizable feature is their bright red eyes. And while periodical cicadas are smaller than their annually occurring cousins, they’re still fairly large by insect standards — about an inch long.When cicada nymphs emerge from the ground, they are wingless. The nymphal skin then splits down the back, allowing the pale-winged adult to emerge. Thousands of these empty shells, called “cast skins,” will be found on tree trunks in emergence areas. The adult cicada darkens as its new skin hardens.Cicadas pose no threat to humans, crops or other animals. They don’t bite, and they’re not poisonous.In extreme cases, scientists have seen the insects damage trees when they insert their eggs into the bark of a tree’s twigs and branches. This damage is usually only seen in young trees playing hosts to hundreds of cicadas and is not typical.“The main message here is that cicadas will not attack your garden or your plants, and they won’t hurt the trees where they lay their eggs,” Hinkle said. “Everybody is concerned that they will behave like locusts, but they’re not locusts. They don’t even have biting mouthparts. They can’t eat.”They can, however, be eaten.Pet dogs and cats, as well as birds and raccoons, usually gorge themselves on the insects as they start to emerge.“Dogs and cats are intrigued by cicadas, which make entertaining pet toys,” Hinkle said. “While cats merely bat them around and watch them spin, dogs like to eat them. Cicadas are not poisonous, so dogs can enjoy them with impunity. Just don’t be surprised if the dog gorges on cicadas and then isn’t interested in supper.” “Humans also eat cicadas,” she added. “But I can’t share my secret family recipe.”For more information about periodical cicadas in Georgia, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/node/2659.last_img read more

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  • SBA awards presented today on Burlington’s waterfront

    first_imgThe Small Business Administration awards celebration will be held this evening, June 10, 2009, from 4-7 pm under the Discover Jazz tent at Burlington Waterfront Park. The awards program is presented by Vermont Business Magazine and the SBA.The principal award will go to Mark Bonfigli, CEO and Founder of Dealer.com, Burlington, who is the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 2009 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year. Bonfigli was selected for outstanding leadership related to his company’s staying power, employee growth, increase in sales, innovation and contributions to the community.Bonfigli’s company, Dealer.com, is a leading provider of online marketing solutions to the automotive industry. Dealer.com offers award-winning website design incorporating dynamic video, user-friendly management tools, search engine advertising and metrics and web analytics. Dealer.com’s suite of online marketing solutions creates a 360 degree view of auto dealers’ online and traditional marketing investments and results. Dealers can easily track spending and determine which activities lead to the highest return on investment, allowing them to streamline advertising and marketing efforts to increase sales.Bonfigli founded Dealer.com in 1998 to offer automotive dealers a “best in class’ solution for their Internet marketing needs. At the time, the Internet auto market was dominated by two large companies, but Bonfigli persisted. Despite difficult times in the automotive industry, 2008 saw the highest annual revenue increase in the company’s eleven-year history, for a five-year growth rate total of 1,225 %. According to Bonfigli, more of the top 150 largest dealer groups in North America use Dealer.com Internet marketing services than those of any other provider.Bonfigli attributes the company’s success to employee creativity and hard work, under his guidance, and Dealer.com provides over 200 full-time employees with high wage jobs, training and the potential for career growth. Dealer.com permits employees to work flexible schedules and provides numerous seminars and workshops related to career growth, personal financial planning, nutrition and other topics. The company recently opened the doors to its new 60,000 sq. ft. headquarters featuring a state-of-the-art health club, indoor basketball court, indoor tennis court, indoor track and an organic foods café. The building is LEED certified, meaning it is environmentally responsible, and incorporates solar panels and natural light to help limit carbon emissions. “Dealer.com employees drive our success and are the heart of the business,” commented Bonfigli. “The company would not be so successful without the many talented and hard-working people dedicated to offering our clients the best service and technology. I am honored by the award and share it with everyone who is part of the Dealer.com team.”Firmly committed to helping improve the community by giving back, Dealer.com supports local charitable events and holds regular fund raisers to benefit local charities. In an innovative partnership with the state of Vermont and VT HITEC (Health Care and Information Technology Education Center), the company provided job training to local Vermonters and overcame the difficulty of finding highly skilled IT workers in the area. Bonfigli has more than 20 years of marketing and sales experience in the auto industry, including 10 years as the co-founder of EARTHCARS, Inc., a New England-based automotive retailer. Bonfigli was named as a Finalist in the 2007 and 2008 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the New England Region and his company has received numerous recognitions including the Deloitte & Touche Tech Fast 50, the Deloitte Technology Fast 500, the Inc 5000 fastest-growing companies in the U.S., and several automotive industry awards for being the leading Internet marketing solution for auto dealers.As Vermont’s Small Business Person of the Year, Mark Bonfigli will compete for the national title at National Small Business Week ceremonies in Washington, D.C., May 17-22. Mr. Bonfigli will be locally honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration on June 10th at a ceremony presented by Vermont Business Magazine, Waterfront Park, Burlington. Cost is $35 per person.The Burlington Small Business Award celebration will also honor the following winners of the 2009 Vermont Small Business Champion Awards: Jim Sault, General ManagerPorter Music Box, RandolphSmall Business Exporter of the YearTara Lynn Scheidet, OwnerTara Lynn Studio, SuttonSBA Young Entrepreneur of the YearJohn Vincent, OwnerVincent’s Drug & Variety Store, WaterburyJeffrey Butland Family-Owned Small BusinessGail Wheel, President & OwnerWheel House Designs, Inc., Hyde ParkMicroenterprise SuccessMatt Cota, Executive DirectorVermont Fuel Dealers Association, MontpelierFinancial Services ChampionMajor Randall K. Gates, State Family Program DirectorVermont National GuardVeterans Small Business ChampionSteven Paddock, Assistant Director, AgribusinessVermont Small Business Development Center, MiddleburyHome-Based Business ChampionMary Peabody, Community Development SpecialistUniversity of Vermont Extension, BerlinWomen in Business Championlast_img read more

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  • Florida regulators halt utilities backsliding on efficiency goals

    first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Tampa Bay Times:In a rare rebuke to Florida’s major utilities, state regulators rejected plans on Tuesday that would have let them all but eliminate programs that help their customers save energy.They later sided with utilities, setting the stage for a process that would allow the industry to charge its customers for hardening the grid from storms by spending as much as $50 billion burying power lines.Florida Public Service Commission member Julie Brown, a Tampa lawyer, urged her colleagues to maintain existing energy efficiency goals by continuing to offer savings programs for customers. The vote was 4 to 1.The proposal by the utilities was “a drastic reduction in our state in conservation efforts, and I frankly do not believe it’s what the customers want,’’ Brown said. “I don’t believe it’s in the public interest.”Florida’s state’s five investor-owned utilities, which include Duke Energy Florida and Tampa Electric Co., are required to submit goals every five years outlining how much energy they expect to save through programs that push for customers to reduce their power consumption and make energy-efficient upgrades to homes and businesses.Programs include such things as rebates for LED light bulbs and more energy-efficient appliances.Earlier this year, utilities submitted what environmental advocates called “zero” goals for the next five years. Duke Energy asked to drop its target for reducing energy consumption though conservation by 15 percent to save just 166 gigawatt hours. Florida Power & Light, which serves much of South Florida, requested a 99 percent decrease to 1.03 gigawatt hours. Tampa Electric was the only utility to propose increasing its goal by 14 percent, to 165 gigawatt hours.More: Florida regulators reject utilities’ proposed energy efficiency goals Florida regulators halt utilities backsliding on efficiency goalslast_img read more

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  • Chilean Armed Forces Join Peacekeeping Mission in Central African Republic

    first_img MINUSCA mission By Dialogo February 26, 2016 The first stage involves sending Military officers; the second stage focuses on sending a Construction Engineers Unit and a Medium Helicopter Unit; and the third stage will involve deploying a Level 2 Medical Unit made up of Soldiers and civilians. “The officers will serve for six months during this first stage, after which three other Soldiers will be sent as replacements,” Robledo said. “This is a way to show solidarity with a region that is experiencing major difficulties. Countries are cooperating in order to work together to deal with situations that concern us all.” Troops are mandated to support the transition process, facilitate humanitarian assistance, promote and protect human rights, provide support for justice and the rule of law, and carry out disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, and repatriation processes, according to the UN report. “There is a lot of internal disorder in various African countries,” Lt. Col. Bustos Oakley said. “If you can cooperate just a little bit to improve the situation for the people who live there, you will have received your reward.” On January 27th, Chile’s National Congress approved sending Troops and logistical support to MINUSCA in three stages. The move fulfilled the pledge Chilean President Michelle Bachelet made during the Second World Leaders’ Summit on Peacekeeping, which was held in New York City in September 2015. Three stages Maj. Mella Spuler serves as the Logistics Officer at MINUSCA’s headquarters in the Central African Republic capital of Bangui, while Lt. Cmdr. Gajardo Blu is the Personnel Officer at the headquarters of the Central Sector Brigade in the city of Kaga Bandoro. Lt. Col. Bustos Oakley is an Air Operations Officer at the same location as Lt. Cmdr. Gajardo Blu. “The goal is to protect civilians and support international security and the transition process in the Central African Republic,” explained Lieutenant Colonel Augusto Scarella, EMCO’s Secretary General. center_img The three officers were selected based on their professional skills and Military experience. They trained for two weeks at Chile’s Joint Center for Peacekeeping Operations before being deployed, in accordance with the UN’s academic guidelines. “The decision to contribute to the African continent is part of Chile’s commitment to peace,” Undersecretary of Defense Marcos Robledo said. MINUSCA was established on April 7, 2014 by UN Security Council Resolution 2149 to deal with the humanitarian, political, security, and human rights crises in the Central African Republic. The mission, which includes 11,644 Troops from 48 countries, strives to ensure peace for civilians. Chile’s Armed Forces have joined the United Nations (UN) Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). The Joint Chiefs of Staff’s (EMCO) three officers – Army Major Fernando Mella Spuler, Navy Lieutenant Commander César Gajardo Blu, and Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Jorge Bustos Oakley – began supporting the effort on February 26th. Chile also currently has peacekeepers deployed in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Bosnia Herzegovina (ALTHEA), Cyprus (UNFICYP), India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), and the Middle East (UNTSO). I wish Venezuela were like this. Not like the government it now has Interested with experience in the police work in the State of Trujillo For Chile, the deployment will also allow it to receive “privileged and updated information about the terrain, forces, organization, and the development and drive of operations from which we can continue learning and evaluating ways and methods for participating in these types of peacekeeping missions,” Robledo said. Lt. Cmdr. Gajardo Blu stated it is a “tremendous challenge for us as Chileans to participate in this mission as pioneers in MINUSCA. We are very confident in the work we will carry out because we were very well prepared.” last_img read more

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  • High court blocks ‘strip-off’ of junior liens in bankruptcy

    first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Borrowers whose homes’ values are fully underwater cannot “strip off” or void a junior lien when filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the Supreme Court has ruled, 9-0.A home-equity loan can be a “junior lien,” taken out after a first mortgage and using a home as collateral.The decision was announced Monday. In the case (Bank of America v. Caulket), two borrowers each had two mortgages on their homes; Bank of America held the junior liens. Both borrowers were underwater and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection two years ago. The borrowers wanted to “strip off” the junior mortgages, or drop those debts.In its ruling, the court cited a decision from a prior case (Dewsnup v. Timm), finding that lenders still have a secured claim “regardless of whether the value of that property would be sufficient to cover the claim.”NAFCU Regulatory Counsel Kavitha Subramanian, who analyzed Monday’s decision, said the court reversed a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and it affirms protection for commercial lenders in a Chapter 7 proceeding for all mortgage debt owed regardless of the value of the underlying home. continue reading »last_img read more

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  • How to overcome the top 3 cloud compliance challenges for credit unions

    first_img continue reading » Ensuring compliance can be challenging for credit unions. Internal compliance teams often get stuck following guidelines that are outdated, and as a result, miss out on key benefits and efficiencies that can be realized by leveraging the cloud.By adopting modern best practices, your credit union can benefit from a decrease in management requirements, operational overhead, and total cost of infrastructure.Tackling these three common issues will help you efficiently deploy your credit union’s cloud compliance model: 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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  • 4 ways to save on holiday travel

    first_imgTraveling over the holidays can be wonderful, especially if you don’t experience any bad weather or travel delays. Experts say it can even be wonderful for your wallet, if you’re willing to be flexible.Here are a few tips to help you get the best travel deals this year.Set flight alerts: Who has time to search for deals? Let sites like Hopper.com, AirfareWatchDog.com, Kayak.com or JustFly.com do the searching for you. Enter your destination alerts and they do the rest, letting you know about price drops and flash sales.Be spontaneous:If you are open to travelling at the last minute then you may want to consider the Skyscanner app. You can create an alert for a particular flight, and the app will send you updates if the price drops. Skyscanner also lets you select “anywhere” for a destination, allowing you to consider any number of special deals departing from your local airport.Split it up: If you have the time, experts say there may be discounts to be found using one-way tickets through separate airlines versus a direct roundtrip fare. Enter the destination and possible dates in your favorite flight alert site or app and compare prices to see if this strategy works to your advantage.Think outside the box: Willing to fly on the holiday itself? If so, you can save money and the normal hassle since most people book flights before the festivities begin.  Forget about traditional hotel chains and explore deals on sites like Airbnb, Booking.com or VacationRentalsByOwner.com. Think about giving car-sharing rentals like Turo.com or Getaround.com a try. And when planning road trips, be sure to sign up for the free Gasbuddy app, for the cheapest gas while earning a discount for each fill up. Could you get home for holidays on the train? You may save time and money, especially given how often airline flights can be delayed. 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Myriam DiGiovanni After writing for Credit Union Times and The Financial Brand, Myriam DiGiovanni covers financial literacy for FinancialFeed. She is also a storytelling expert and works with credit unions to help … Web: www.financialfeed.com Detailslast_img read more

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  • Staff shakeup occurs at NCUA as new leadership takes over

    first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Amid new leadership at the NCUA, Owen Cole has been named acting chief of staff to new board Chairman Rodney Hood.Cole, who served as the associate director for policy and markets in the agency’s Office of Examination and Insurance, was one of three staff members whose duties changed as a result of Hood’s replacement and the confirmation of Todd Harper to the board.Sarah Vega, who served as chief of staff when J. Mark McWatters served as chairman, will serve as senior advisor to Hood and McWatters. continue reading »last_img read more

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  • CFO Focus: Why your accounting software needs to engage managers beyond financial staff

    first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In our “data is king” world, it is imperative that individuals beyond the CFO are aware of certain information about their management group within the credit union. This is particularly true for accounting data within the mortgage department. Having accounting data about mortgages empowers managers and loan officers to make insightful decisions. But too much can lead to data overload and become ineffective.This begs the question—how do CFOs manage accounting software used by other individuals at the credit union?It Starts With Breaking Down the SilosHistorically, accounting data was processed and compiled by the credit union’s accounting department. Senior accounting staff and financial analysts would then present the reports to upper management.last_img read more

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  • Running out of beds and gear, Tokyo medical staff say Japan’s ‘state of emergency’ already

    first_imgAs Japan faces a fresh wave of coronavirus infections and the government prepares for a state of emergency, medical staff say a shortage of beds and a rise in cases linked to hospitals are pushing Tokyo’s medical system to the brink of collapse.The crisis has already arrived at Eiju General Hospital, a pink, 10-storey building in central Tokyo, which has reported 140 cases of COVID-19 in the past two weeks. Of those, at least 44 are doctors, nurses and other medical staff.On a recent weekday, the glass doors of Eiju General were plastered with posters saying the hospital was closed until further notice. Topics : Even as other countries have locked down borders and ramped up testing, Japan appeared to have side-stepped the kind of mass infections seen elsewhere – an effect some experts say was mostly due to a lack of testing. In the early stages of the epidemic, Japan was also weighing whether to postpone the Summer Olympics, a decision that eventually came in late March.Since mid-January, Japan has tested 39,446 people, while the United Kingdom has tested 173,784 and South Korea has conducted 443,273 tests, according to data from Oxford University.Authorities have tried to test and track in a way that avoided overwhelming Japan’s hospitals, said Hitoshi Oshitani, an infectious disease specialist on the government panel shaping the country’s coronavirus policy.Despite that, the total number of positive cases nationwide nearly doubled in the last seven days to 3,654. Tokyo is now the largest hub for COVID-19 in Japan, with more than 1,000 confirmed cases.With cases surging, officials said, some who tested positive have had to briefly wait at home or in outpatient sections of hospitals until beds became available. Koike said on Sunday that to ease the burden on medical staff, Tokyo would transfer people with mild symptoms into hotels and other accommodations starting Tuesday.Hiroshi Nishiura, a Hokkaido University professor and member of a panel advising the government on its coronavirus response, said Eiju General, like many Tokyo hospitals, has no infectious disease department. That meant coronavirus patients were initially treated alongside everyone else, allowing the virus to spread.”We have not been able to clearly contain the contagion from the first wave,” Nishiura said, referring to Eiju General. A spokesman from the hospital declined to comment on Monday.On Friday, another hospital in Tokyo said three nurses and one doctor had been infected while treating patients. The next day, Tokyo saw its daily coronavirus cases top 100 for the first time, and on Sunday 143 people tested positive.A representative for the Tokyo government said Monday that “the medical system remains secure,” adding that Tokyo was continuing to urge residents to avoid all unnecessary outings.Scramble for beds Contagion is an enormous risk in dense Tokyo, a city of nearly 14 million people. Japan also has one of world’s oldest populations, with nearly a third of the country – 36 million people – older than 65.According to Japan’s health ministry, there are some 1.5 million hospital beds nationwide, but beds in negative-pressure rooms reserved for infectious diseases excluding tuberculosis have dwindled to just 1,882, with only 145 in Tokyo.Though people with COVID-19 do not all need such rooms, they still must be kept apart from other patients.In recent days, Tokyo officials have been scrambling to secure 4,000 beds for coronavirus patients, asking hospitals to free up space in ordinary wards and even offering financial incentives, said one city official with direct knowledge of the planning. He declined to be named as he was not authorized to speak to media.”There isn’t that much capacity [of hospital beds] left in Tokyo, so a [medical collapse] is no longer unforeseeable,” said Satoshi Kamayachi, an executive board member of the Japan Medical Association, which has pushed Japan to call for a state of emergency. “The number of patients is clearly rising, so the situation is becoming more urgent.”Japan’s response Even after Japan drew fire for how it handled patients on the cruise ship Diamond Princess, it did little to step up testing and preparations, some critics say.Tokyo assemblyman Akihiro Suzuki wrote to Koike on Jan. 31, asking her to set up a medical and consultation system for coronavirus cases.”The response was slow and even now it’s [too] slow,” he said. Suzuki has submitted 10 requests since then asking for a range of measures, from procuring more ventilators to clarifying Tokyo’s policy on treating critical patients.A representative for the Tokyo metropolitan government said the city had been preparing “specific medical measures” since March 23 for a possible increase in cases, including securing more beds.A half-dozen nurses working at clinics and mid-sized Tokyo hospitals said that they had been told to reuse masks and were concerned about having enough staff to deal with a surge. Several doctors said they had been told not to discuss the capacity of their hospitals with the media.Nurses told Reuters they were not sure whether their hospitals had enough advanced personal protective equipment like N95 masks and plastic gowns.”The other day I saw a news report that a nurse wearing a trash bag as protective gear died in New York and I wondered if that’ll be me in the future,” one nurse in her 30s told Reuters. Like many other medical workers, she declined to be named because she is not allowed to speak to the media.Kasumi Matsuda, who works for the Japan Federation of Medical Workers’ Unions and was a nurse for 13 years, said many of its 170,000 members had also reported a lack of protective gear.”I think the system is already beginning to fall apart,” she said.As the number of cases rises in Tokyo, the Japan Medical Association and Tokyo governor Koike have asked the central government to quickly declare a state of emergency to reduce the rate of infections.Such a declaration empowers governors to close public facilities and “name and shame” companies that refuse official requests. But it cannot force companies to comply.Media reports on Monday indicated that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was preparing to declare a state of emergency this week after days of saying such a decision would be premature.On Friday, a non-profit organization that offers developmental aid abroad, said it would build a makeshift hospital with 1,200 beds by the end of April in a bayside shopping district of Tokyo.The beds will be set up under tents in a parking lot of a museum of maritime science, a building shaped like a docked ship.center_img More than 60 patients with the virus are still being treated inside. One person who was transferred to another hospital infected others, according to health officials in Tokyo’s Taito ward.Japan has only a small fraction of the number of cases reported by its neighbors China and South Korea. Yet scenarios similar to that at Eiju General are playing out across Tokyo, as a dozen doctors and nurses in the city told Reuters there is a shortage of gear and staff even as infections surge.”We could empty out an entire ward and use it just for corona patients, but that means those patients [with other illnesses] will have to go elsewhere,” said a doctor specializing in infectious diseases at a major hospital in the greater Tokyo area. “If we can’t do that, it will lead to the virus spreading all through the hospital and lead to a collapse of our medical system.”Official data tell a similar story. Tokyo’s government said that as of Sunday, 951 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized; in a live YouTube address Sunday night, Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike said there were about 1,000 beds allocated for coronavirus patients in the city.last_img read more

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