Negm had already tested negative for the virus but, mindful of the fact that he had frequently dealt with suspected cases, decided to go into confinement as a precaution.As the 31-year-old sealed himself off from the outside world, rumors swirled around his neighborhood in the northeastern province of Ismailia that he was infected and avoiding treatment.He was even reported to the police.Despite explaining his situation to them, the doctor faced continued harassment, snide remarks and pleas from some of his neighbors to leave the area because “there were many children and elderly.” ‘Worthless apology’ Even after death, one doctor who had caught the virus was targeted by fearful villagers who protested against her burial in Daqahliya province in the Nile Delta.Authorities dispersed the hours-long demonstration and arrested 23 people as part of an investigation into what the public prosecutor described as “an act of terror”. Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli deplored the “disgraceful” act and urged healthcare workers to “pay no heed”.A nurse in the same province who had tested positive for the virus said she and other infected healthcare workers were contacted by strangers after their names and contact details were widely shared on social media.”Many called to support and pray for us … but others accused us of spreading the virus and of being the source of infection,” she said, wearing a mask, her voice quivering in a video posted online.”We’re exhausted. Have mercy on us. Our spirits have been destroyed.”Dina Abdelsalam, a doctor in Ismailia province, said her neighbors publicly smeared her because she works at a hospital which receives suspected coronavirus cases.After recently moving to a new apartment to keep away from her family as a precaution, she said she was startled by her neighbors shouting in the street, accusing her of “bringing the disease” to the area.The police intervened and her neighbors eventually apologized.But for Abdelsalam their apology was “worthless” after they treated her like a “suspected [criminal]”.”We [medics] are suffering,” she said in an online video, “and you are making it worse.” Topics : Eventually, Negm moved out.”People are gripped by panic but they’re taking it too far to a point where it feels like a stigma,” he told AFP.”It’s as if we have become outcasts.”Egypt’s health workers, like those elsewhere, have been stretched thin by the virus, grappling with long hours, soaring caseloads and a high risk of catching the disease themselves.Medical staff in several hospitals in Cairo and other provinces have been infected. Four doctors have died out of 43 who fell ill, according to the country’s doctors union.Health workers account for some 13 percent of Egypt’s total confirmed COVID-19 cases, which have risen above 3,000 including more than 200 fatalities, according to the World Health Organization. ‘Grievously detrimental’ Other doctors from Cairo, the northern city of Alexandria and elsewhere have complained on Facebook of being refused taxi rides or food delivery due to fears of contagion.Such treatment of healthcare workers “can make an already challenging situation far more difficult,” the WHO representative in Egypt, Jean Jabbour, told AFP. “Targeting essential providers … will weaken our fight against COVID-19 and can prove grievously detrimental for the entire nation.”And as complaints surged, local media reported that lawmakers are mulling criminalizing the “bullying” of medical workers.At the same time many Egyptians appeared in recent online videos to be ignoring rules on social distancing aimed at reducing the risk of contagion in the country of 100 million people.”They are taking it out on us instead of abandoning habits that will more likely expose them to the disease,” said pharmacist Heba al-Feky, who was recently forced out of a taxi for being a health worker. After showing symptoms similar to those of the coronavirus, Egyptian doctor Ahmed Negm went into self-isolation in an old apartment, but before long he was hounded out by fearful neighbors.While health workers in many countries are getting cheers and applause for risking their lives in the grueling battle against the disease, in some parts of the world they face suspicion and hostility.Though they are regularly hailed by the North African nation’s government and media as Egypt’s “white [coated] army”, many health personnel have complained of being shunned and mistreated by others in society.
Dutch shipping company Visser Shipping has signed a contract to outfit its three 9.0 MW containerships with hybrid-ready scrubber systems.Signed with Value Maritime, the contract includes an option for a fourth scrubber.The open-loop scrubbers are set to be installed on Visser Shipping’s vessels between October and December this year in order to be ready before IMO 2020 goes into effect on January 1, 2020.Visser Shipping currently has a fleet of five feeder container vessels providing transport throughout Northwest Europe.“The decision to install the new type of scrubbers from Value Maritime fits well into our philosophy. It ensures cost efficiency in the long term for our clients and also helps conserve the environment,” Visser Shipping said.“We have been investigating scrubbers from their beginning and found the retrofit to complex and too expensive, with the scrubbers from Value Maritime installation is more simple and costs are more in line with the size of our ships,” the company added.Value Maritime has developed a small prefabricated, pre-installed, “plug and play” exhaust gas cleaning system in a 20ft transportable casing, that filters sulphur and ultrafine particulate matter from vessel’s exhaust gasses. The system assures compliance with the IMO 0,1% Sulphur cap (SECA). read more
Ivan Lendl is a retired tennis player from the Czech Republic who later went on to become an American citizen. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, he redefined the game with his power baseline style.He was born in Ostrava (7 March 1960), Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic), and comes from an avid tennis-playing family. His mother Olga Lendlova and father Jiri Lendl were both professional tennis players in their youth, with the latter even going on to become the president of the Czechoslovak Tennis Federation.Lendl won 8 Grand Slam singles titles and was the most dominant player in the second half of the 1980s. He was part of many memorable rivalries against the likes of John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Mats Wilander, Boris Becker, and Stefan Edberg.He competed in 19 Grand Slam singles finals, a record surpassed by Roger Federer in 2009, Rafael Nadal in 2014 and Novak Djokovic in 2016. He reached at least one Grand Slam final for 11 consecutive years, a record shared with Pete Sampras, with the male primacy of eight consecutive finals in a Grand Slam tournament (a record shared with Bill Tilden at the US Open). Before the formation of the ATP, Lendl reached a record 12 year-end championships (equaled by John McEnroe). He won two WCT Finals titles and five Masters Grand Prix titles, with the record of nine consecutive finals. He also won a record 22 Grand Prix Super Series titles (1980–89), the precursors to the current ATP Masters 1000. Lendl first attained the world No. 1 ranking on February 28, 1983, and bolstered his claim to the top spot when he defeated John McEnroe in the 1984 French Open final. For much of the next five years, Lendl was the top-ranked player, until August 1990 (with a break from September 1988 to January 1989 when Mats Wilander was at the top). He finished four years ranked as the world’s top player (1985–1987 and 1989) and was ranked No. 1 for a total of 270 weeks and set a new record previously held by Jimmy Connors since broken by Pete Sampras and Roger Federer. He is one of three male players (with Jimmy Connors and Roger Federer) to win more than 1000 tennis singles matches (1,071). Lendl has won 94 singles titles, second only in the Open Era to Connors’ 109 titles. Lendl has been runner-up in a record 11 grand slam finals.Lendl was the forerunner of the aggressive baseliner style of play that is so prevalent in today’s times. He spent most of his time at the back of the court but constantly looked to dictate play – especially with his forehand.Also Read: Rafael Nadal, Medvedev in US Open Final BlockbusterAlso Watch: Stage Set for Republic Day 2020 Celebrations in Guwahati read more