Virus breaks funeral traditions in Italy

first_img“It is much more difficult, emotionally,” Revello’s funeral parlor owner Gianpiero Palmero told AFP.Large funerals have been banned in Italy for more than a month because of the new illness that has officially killed more than 26,000 people in the Mediterranean country since February.The real toll is unknown since many of those who pass away in old age are never tested for the virus.The rushed funeral arrangements mean grieving families have almost no time to say their final goodbyes. Palmero takes it personally.”We really are living in abnormal times,” Palmero says. “There is more demand for our services.”Italy is cautiously approaching the moment when it is ready to lift some of its harshest restrictions on everyday life.People might be allowed to walk the streets freely starting on May 4.Mores stores and churches will probably reopen.And weddings and funerals might soon again involve more than just the pastor and immediate family members.But Italy is not there yet — and Palmero still collects his bodies at the hospital in nearby Saluzzo.”The bodies are already wrapped in a shroud,” he explains. “We put the body in the coffin and seal it immediately.”Social distancing measures are even observed at the crematorium. Only one person is allowed inside at a time.Not catching or spreading the virus is the overriding consideration in Palmero’s business.”There are no more real funerals,” he laments. The coffins are sealed directly at the hospital morgue near the tiny Italian town of Revello on the French border.Everyone in Revello understands it is safer that way since so many of those who have died across Italy’s pandemic-hit north first contracted the novel coronavirus.The tradition of families passing by open caskets to say silent farewells to the deceased at churches or at funeral parlours has been abandoned.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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West Ham nurturing ex-Eaglets keeper Jinadu for Premier League outing

first_img The youngster is still on cloud nine over his professional contract with West Ham and he disclosed what this means to him and his family, who have always rallied around him during his formative years. “Signing my professional contract with West Ham was a very important moment in my life because it is what I’ve been working for since I was really young when I started playing football,” he continued. read also:Golden Eaglets Players Rating: Tijani solid in midfield, Jinadu exposed “It has been my dream to become a professional because I always love playing football and my family and everyone around me have sacrificed a lot for me to get to the position I am. “I’m just grateful that all the hard work that my family has put in has yielded fruits and it’s really good. “My family was so proud of me and really happy for me because they have been really supportive in my journey. Hearing that I signed for a big club like West Ham – they were over the moon with joy.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Daniel Jinadu has set a three-pronged target at West Ham United, with his major priority a desire to feature in the Premier League. Jinadu Achieving ambitious goals remains a possibility for the teenage goalkeeper who starred for Nigeria during the 2019 U17 Fifa World Cup in Brazil. Alongside Keenan Appiah-Forson, Harrison Ashby, Sam Caiger, Dan Chesters, Will Greenidge and Joshua Okotcha, the 17-year-old signed his first professional contract with the English top-flight side last week – a result of his consistency and diligence for the club’s U18s during the 2019-2020 season. Having had the chance of training with Joe Hart and Lukasz Fabianski, Jinadu expressed his drive to play in the Premier League, while hoping to play international football at the highest level. “The targets I’m setting for myself are to one day play in the Premier League which is one of the highest levels of football, and also to get a lot of games and hopefully, to play international football at the highest level,” Jinadu told Goal. “My target also is to develop my skills as a goalkeeper and as well gain experience of playing men’s football – playing at a high and advanced level.”last_img read more

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Drew Doughty has period to forget in Los Angeles Kings’ loss to Edmonton Oilers

first_imgThis one will probably stick with Drew Doughty for a while — although he’ll want to forget it as quickly as possible.The Los Angeles Kings defenseman didn’t play particularly poorly against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night, posting a team-high 25:40 of ice time while registering four shots and finishing at plus-1, but a few minutes in the first period ruined the rest of the game for him and his team. Doughty tries to stop McDavid. #oilers #gifs pic.twitter.com/CeTp4UFdjC— OILERZ (@oilerzmedia) December 7, 2019McDavid went on to produce the game-winning assist moments later.Doughty did get a measure of redemption in the third period when he assisted on Michael Amadio’s goal to give the Kings life, but Edmonton held on for a 2-1 victory. It has been a rough season for the last-place Kings and their highest-paid player. Friday’s first period just added to the misery. Doughty’s rough stretch started midway through the opening frame when an Adrian Kempe penalty put the Oilers on a power play. With Doughty on the ice to help defend Edmonton’s man advantage, Oilers star Leon Draisaitl received the puck from teammate Alex Chiasson. Draisaitl pondered his options from the right wing before attempting to slot a cross-ice pass to a waiting Chiasson in front of goal — only to watch as Doughty inadvertently kicked the puck past Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick and into the Los Angeles net for the game’s opening goal.Minutes later, Doughty again found himself on the ice against a feared Oilers forward. This time it was Connor McDavid, whose speed is just one of the many weapons at his disposal.MORE: Ken Holland unaware of Mike Babcock’s alleged mistreatment of players in DetroitWith the entire Kings team backpedaling while McDavid entered their defensive zone, Doughty lost his footing temporarily. To his credit, the 29-year-old blueliner managed to block McDavid’s pass attempt while prone on the ice and quickly got back to his feet to try to deliver a hit on the Oilers superstar.Unfortunately for Doughty, his attempted check resulted in nothing but air as McDavid deftly avoided the challenge and sent the defenseman hard into the boards.last_img read more

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