Categories: Editorial, OpinionYou or a loved one might not get coronavirus.But you might get into a car accident.You might need a heart operation or get cancer and need a blood transfusion. You might find yourself in a hospital emergency room one night in need of blood.And it might not be there for you.The coronavirus is undermining our economy. It’s undermining our health system. It’s disrupting our way of life.And in one very important way, it might be depriving some of us of the gift of life.Because of the outbreak and the need to create social distance, places that normally host blood drives — colleges, businesses, YMCAs, VFWs, fraternal organizations and churches — have shut down.And because of illness or because of fears of social interaction, many have stopped donating blood.In just the last couple of weeks, nearly 2,700 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled across the country, resulting in 86,000 fewer donations than expected. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said it’s safe to donate blood, and it recently echoed the fact that there have been no reported or suspected cases of transfusion-transmitted coronavirus.And the assistant secretary for health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a statement last week saying it’s safe to donate blood and encouraging healthy individuals to donate — particularly during this time of high need and low supply.There may come a time when you or a loved one needs blood.If you’re healthy, if you’re able, there’s no reason not to donate.Visit https://www.redcross.org/ for more information about area blood drives and to sign up to donate.Please give now.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspectionsHIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regsEDITORIAL: Make a game plan for voting. Do it now.EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists In the Eastern New York Region, at least two dozen blood drives have been canceled, resulting in nearly 700 fewer blood donations.That’s created a “severe” blood shortage, which could result in surgeries being canceled or delayed and other individuals not getting the blood they need.The only way to reverse this dangerous trend is for healthy people to step up and volunteer to donate.Giving blood is already safe, and Red Cross crews already take extensive precautions to ensure a sterile donation environment.But in the wake of the virus, the Red Cross has implemented extra precautions to protect donors, including checking the temperature of staff and donors before entering a drive to make sure they’re healthy, providing hand sanitizer throughout the donation process, practicing safe distancing between blood donors and increasing disinfection of surfaces and equipment.As for the danger to patients receiving blood donations, there is no data or evidence that coronavirus can be transmitted by blood transfusion.According to the Red Cross, there have been no reported cases of any respiratory virus being transmitted through blood donations, including coronavirus.
RelatedSilver Tarpon Band comes togetherBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS After several weeks of practicing in sections the Port Isabel High Silver Tarpon Marching Band has come together and is playing as a contiguous whole for the first time this week. With the first halftime show now just five weeks away things are…July 27, 2018In “News”Silver Tarpon Band Ready for ContestsBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel High Silver Tarpon Marching Band has been hard at it since July and the time has come for this instrumental aggregation to strut their stuff in front of the judges. The band will perform in its first contest this Saturday. …October 12, 2015In “News”Silver Tarpon Band Hard at Work on ShowBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS For weeks members of the Port Isabel High Silver Tarpon Marching Band have been hard at work. They’ve been doing sectional work indoors and marching fundamentals outdoors. All of the music for this year’s marching show is now in and all hands and…August 17, 2015In “News” By LARRY GAGESpecial to the PRESSThis week, for the first time this summer, the entire membership of the Port Isabel High Silver Tarpon Marching Band assembled together for practice.Percussionists reported first two weeks ago and all band members took last week off for the Fourth of July.Head Director of Bands Scott Hartsfield reports that all three parts of the new show for 2018 are in and the band will start learning the music this week. Initially, the band will do so in sections before coming together as a whole to try to synchronize their performances.“It’s all about teamwork,” Hartsfield told the Press this week.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Share
An international friendly match between Bafana Bafana and Zambia could be the next victim of xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals going on around South Africa.South Africa and their Southern African neighbours the Chipolopolo of Zambia are billed for a friendly clash on Saturday, September 7th at the Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka – which would have marked the first game for Bafana Bafana new gaffer Molefi Ntseki – now faces jeopardy.The xenophobic attacks which began early Monday morning has had little coverage from local South African media, however, the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation have reported that its sources claim Zambia is likely to cancel the friendly.Although no official statements have been made by the Football Association of Zambia, fans are expecting a statement latest Wednesday.Bafana Bafana, who are currently camping in Johannesburg (where xenophobic attacks have also been reported in its Central Bussiness District), are expected to travel to Lusaka on Thursday.While no statements have also been released by the South Africa Football Association, reports indicate that the silence is to enable the federation to find an alternative should the Chipolopolo cancel.RelatedMadagascar Withdraw From South Africa FriendlySeptember 5, 2019In “Africa”Bafana Bafana Set For ‘High Profile’ Match After Nigeria ClashNovember 8, 2018In “AFCON Insider”Super Eagles Salvage A Point To Qualify For AFCON 2019November 17, 2018In “AFCON”
…by PNC nailed – againThe major issue the PNC-AFC combination exploited to ease the PPP out of office in 2015 was “corruption”. They threw so much mud at PPP officials about “siphoning off billions and billions” from the treasury that enough of it inevitably stuck after 23 years. It’s one of the hazards of extended incumbency. Ordinary folks forget about all the good that was done for them after the ravages of the previous regime, and start believing the grass will really be greener…Once in office, the PNC-AFC Government launched at least 50 “forensic audits” into departments of the Government from where they insisted the loot had been “siphoned off”. And then passed on the findings to SOCU – the Special Organised Crime Unit – to go after PPP officials and officials they insisted were “PPP”. Never mind most of the findings were conjectures and wild assumptions on precious few facts. Their strategy was “give a dog a bad name and then hang him for it”!Dozens of names were “called” and pretty soon charges laid— all of this in the very earliest days of the PNC administration. But a pattern started to emerge: the grounds for the charges were so specious that they couldn’t even fit in the standard criminal charges and new ones had to be invented!! Like the NINETEEN they slapped on the rising star in the PPP, Housing Minister Irfaan Ali, for merely signing off on a land transaction approved by Cabinet. A clear pattern emerged: the PNC knew they’d been slinging mud; knew there was nothing of substance that was criminal – but expected once again, some would stick!!But they were dealing with the Judiciary; not ordinary folks, and their “cases” fell apart and were thrown out. The latest concerned 5 officials of the GRDB – including two PPP parliamentarians – failing to make a “proper entry” into the company’s register with the intent to defraud $362M from the entity’s bank account. And this was the second charge on identical grounds dismissed. In both cases, SOCU’s Prosecutor didn’t show up to produce evidence of fraud – because there was no evidence of fraud!!But it’s up to the Guyanese people to see the vindictiveness and wickedness of the PNC with their “bad name” strategy: to destroy the reputation of individuals whose only “sin” was to be affiliated with the party of their choice. It’s nothing else but politics of the dirtiest and slimiest type. And with Irfaan Ali, they’d like to think they struck gold – since he subsequently was elected to be the Presidential Candidate of the PPP.But their strategy will now backfire as their deviousness has been exposed! Vote them out!!…and David GrangerAs your Eyewitness has pointed out, David Granger’s schtick to become leader of the PNC was to convince their executive and membership that he would change their “thug” reputation earned by the exploits of fellas like Hamilton Green and Robert Corbin. That his “election” at the PNC Congress was characterised by charges of rigging (by Aubrey Norton, no less!), a walkout by Linden delegates, and shots fired by a gunman, who was caught on film, was not ironic, but inevitable. As he boasted later, he’d been PNC since the sixties.And all of this has been confirmed by his actions since. Note that the rebels from Linden – Solomon Sharma and Vanessa Kissoon – have been banished from the PNC and their names erased as effectively as Trotsky’s from the Communist Party of Stalin!! He’s as vindictive and small-minded as Burnham. Recently, he ostentatiously struck a pose at the Pegasus protest that his followers have dubbed “unbothered”!!Unbothered? And he sends 150 cops to crush a protest of his presence at a rural school?…and economicsAll right, your Eyewitness knows that we’re all West Indians and all that. But allowing Trini businesses to exclude Guyanese businesses from a forum IN GUYANA to exploit our oil needs? That’s taking it too far!Guyana isn’t their ATM machine!!