Italian army moves coronavirus dead from overwhelmed town

first_imgTopics : Officials have said tougher measures could be needed because too many people are not respecting the order to stay at home for all but essential purposes, and thousands are still falling ill.The images of army trucks evacuating bodies underlined the extent to which health services in the worst-affected northern regions of Italy have been stretched to breaking point by the crisis.Giacomo Angeloni, the local official in charge of cemeteries in Bergamo, said earlier this week the crematorium was working around the clock and handling around 24 bodies a day, almost twice its normal maximum, and was unable to keep up.With mortuaries overflowing, the pews of the crematorium church have been removed to leave space to lay out scores of coffins but more have been arriving every day.Lombardy provincial governor Attilio Fontana said doctors and nurses in the region’s hospitals were at their limits.”I’m worried about the possibility they could succumb physically and psychologically because if they were to succumb, it would really be a disaster,” Angeloni told Radio Capital.  Italy recorded the largest ever one-day increase in coronavirus deaths on Wednesday as the total rose by 475 to almost 3,000. There were more than 300 deaths in the region of Lombardy alone, where Bergamo, the worst-hit province with more than 4,000 cases, is located.Italy went into virtual lockdown before other countries in Europe but, with cases still rising, the government is considering even tougher measures that would further restrict the limited amount of outdoor movement currently permitted.Extending deadlinesOn Thursday, the Corriere della Sera newspaper quoted Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte as saying the government would extend the deadline on current emergency measures closing schools and many businesses. The measures currently order most shops to stay shut until at least March 25 and schools till April 3. Conte did not say how long the measures would be prolonged.center_img Italy ordered the army to move bodies from a northern town at the center of the coronavirus outbreak where funeral services have been overwhelmed as the government prepared to prolong emergency lockdown measures across the country.Video shot by local people in Bergamo, northeast of Milan, and shown on the website of the local newspaper Eco di Bergamo, showed a long column of military trucks driving through the streets overnight and removing coffins from the town’s cemetery.An army spokesman confirmed on Thursday that 15 trucks and 50 soldiers had been deployed to move bodies to neighboring provinces. Earlier local authorities in Bergamo had appealed for help with cremations after they had overwhelmed its crematorium.last_img read more

Former Eagles defender urges Iwobi to leave Everton

first_imgFormer Nigeria defender, Ifeanyi Udeze, has advised Alex Iwobi to quit Everton. The ex-Arsenal attacker has fallen down the pecking order under Carlo Ancelotti, and new signings will only make it more difficult for him to get a place in the team. Iwobi was not in the match-day squad for their 1-0 win over Tottenham in the Premier League at the weekend, and Udeze thinks the Super Eagle should leave Goodison Park. read also: Rodriguez joins Iwobi, others at EvertonAdvertisement “I think Iwobi should look for another club especially with James Rodriguez signed it will be difficult for him to play,” Udeze said on Brila FM. “Imagine against Tottenham he did not make the bench and even the squad. So for me, he should start looking for another club. “It’s painful for me but as it is, I think the best thing is for him to go elsewhere.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…last_img read more

Cody Stahmer stars for DIII Massacachusetts Maritime Academy following recovery from testicular cancer

first_imgCody Stahmer told his mother to come pick him up as soon as possible.Nichole Stahmer was in the car driving her younger son, Austin Stahmer, home from the hospital where he’d just been declared cancer-free.Something in Cody’s voice told Nichole this was urgent. And when she arrived at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, she found out her older son had already scheduled surgery. He’d felt a lump in his testicle one day in the shower and drove to a distant hospital to get tests to keep it to himself after several meetings with an on-campus doctor. Stahmer’s football season had ended and he’d finished his finals. He left school without telling anyone.“I didn’t like the fact that people would know I had testicular cancer,” Stahmer said. “Honestly, I was embarrassed. … It was the scariest moment of my life. I didn’t know what to do. And I don’t think anyone around me knew what to do either.”Stahmer doubted that he wanted to — or even could — return to football. But after a bit of thought, he created a goal to return to the gridiron. About 18 months later, he became a starter and one of the most productive members of the Division III Buccaneers’ offense. He had the tumor surgically removed and fought through days of treatment. After surgery, doctors still monitored Stahmer, but he was cancer-free by June. He fought that battle away from everyone except his family.   AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It was awful,” Nichole said. “Coming off the football season he seemed so strong and just finishing his first semester he was getting his life together … Football was a huge motivator. Cancer wasn’t going to take something he worked so hard for away from him.”Stahmer knew the chemotherapy would leech the muscle from his body, so he planned ahead. Christmas morning, he unwrapped boxes of Serious Mass High Protein Weight Gainer, a muscle-building shake. The next day, he had his first round.Chemo sapped Stahmer of energy, grayed his skin and made his hair fall out. He refused to stay overnight at Dana Farber Hospital in Boston. He awoke at 5 a.m. daily for treatment in exchange for the comfort of home and to have his pitbull, Chief, by his side in bed. All the while, he kept in constant contact with the school nutritionist.At Mass Maritime, second semester is “sea term,” which most students spend aboard a ship. That term doesn’t begin until March and stretches until June. Stahmer used that extra, two-and-a-half-month-long break to fight his private battle.“I probably should’ve talked to people earlier, if I could go back,” Stahmer said. “Dealing with it yourself isn’t what you have to do. I was scared and I probably shouldn’t have been.”He finally told his head coach, Jeremy Cameron, one winter day while playing basketball. He told some of his teammates when they unknowingly teased him about keeping his hair so short to fit military guidelines. He was still thin and weak, but when spring football started in May, Stahmer suited up.He didn’t miss a single team activity.“I was nervous when he came back,” Cameron said. “I didn’t know how hard he could go … I’d just never seen anyone do that before. I was impressed by him. He could’ve easily said, ‘I just want to get my degree and get healthy.’ But he’s a competitor.”Over the summer, he built strength by lifting bigger weights and running longer times in a town gym with former teammate E.J. Bennett. Dinnertime conversation centered on gaining weight. His mother noticed the difference. When he arrived back on campus, Cameron thought he looked in better shape than ever.In his first game back, Stahmer caught two touchdown passes — one was theatrical and “miraculous,” Cameron said — in a blowout win.“When he scored that first touchdown, oh my God,” Cameron said. “Storybook.”Cameron sees a new focus an air of seriousness about Stahmer in practice.But Nichole sees a joy just to be on the field. In his last game on Oct. 31, Stahmer caught a 14-yard touchdown pass, his third of the season, and ran off the field with a smile, despite his team trailing by 22 points.“Every time I see him play football, it’s the coolest thing just to see him out there. He always flashes this smile,” Nichole said, her voice trailing off. “He knows that he’s better.”He doesn’t like losing, she said, but it’s in perspective. He’s already beaten something bigger. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 3, 2015 at 10:32 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TRlast_img read more