COVID-19 restrictions result in reduced exercise and physical activity for people…

first_imgPhoto by Arek Adeoye on Unsplash TO mark this year’s World Osteoporosis Day, which takes place on Tuesday 20th October, the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) have partnered with Teva to raise awareness around the importance of movement for those aged 65+ during the ongoing pandemic.Recent research, conducted by Teva, has revealed that more than a quarter (28%) of those aged 65+ claim that the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on their ability to exercise while one in seven (14%) stating that the pandemic has impacted negatively upon their ability to gain access to support services. Exercise plays a vital role in bone health and osteoporosis prevention and treatment, making it even more important that people aged 65+ are able to remain physically active at this time.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Commenting ahead of World Osteoporosis Day 2020, ISCP President Gay Peart-Murphy said, “This year more than ever it is vital that we remind the general public of the important role that physical exercise plays in the maintenance of bone health.“We know from working in close contact with our physiotherapists in the field that the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions have put increased pressure on people who are living with osteoporosis in Ireland.“The network of physiotherapists in Ireland are very concerned about this and are developing telehealth systems, through which they can keep in close contact with their patients, if they cannot see them face to face.”Yvonne Neeson, Senior Product Manager said, “At TEVA we hope that by highlighting the importance of maintaining levels of physical activity at all ages, we will raise public awareness about how we can support bone health and prevent conditions like osteoporosis in future generations.“This World Osteoporosis Day is like no other in that it is taking place at a time that people living with osteoporosis in Ireland need access to care and services like physiotherapy more than ever.”Maria McGrath, Senior Orthopaedic Physiotherapist, Tallaght University Hospital said “We anticipate an increase in falls and fractures presenting to the hospital as a result of prolonged cocooning in the over 65 population.“Inability to engage in usual physical and social activities will result in reduced muscle mass, reduced balance and reduced bone density over time. It is vital to continue to move in your home, in your garden, in your parks and especially on your stairs (where safe) to maintain muscle mass, balance reactions and strong bones.”Sinead Curran, a private practice physiotherapist who runs osteoporosis and osteopenia group classes commented on how the pandemic has affected her patients: “Six months without any activity can have a huge impact on muscle, strength, bone density, balance and increased risk of falling and potential fractures. I found that once I moved my classes online, participation dropped approximately 50% between March – August.“Since going back to classes in the clinic we have noticed a loss of muscle strength and co-ordination in those who didn’t engage with exercise over the five-month period.”It is estimated that there are currently almost 300,000 people in Ireland living with osteoporosis with only 15% of people diagnosed.  Of those living with osteoporosis inIreland, one in four men and one in two women over 50 will develop a fracture due to the condition during their lifetime. iiiSinead Curran went on to add, “One of the biggest reasons for people not engaging in physical activity is fear of exercise and fear of falling. It’s important to not be afraid of exercise, just start slowly. If you are unsure about what to do, have a chat with a chartered physiotherapist or your GP. Any decreases in muscle, strength, bone density and balance that may have occurred over the last few months can be reversed. It will take time but it’s never too late to start exercising”Worldwide, osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures annually, resulting in an osteoporotic fracture every three seconds. 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Council Honors American Legion for Excellence Award

first_imgPost Commander Bob Marzulli accepted the award from New Jersey American Legion Department Commander Mike Babli during a recent county meeting.In order to be considered for the Excellence Award, Post 524 had to exceed its previous year’s membership, sponsor youth activities, work actively in its community, and demonstrate service to America’s troops and veterans.During the last year, Post 524 increased its membership by 10 percent and sponsored local youth in Boy Scouts, the American Legion National Oratorical Contest, and at Boys State leadership conferences. The organization was also active in the Ocean City community by sponsoring activities at The Shores at Wesley Manor and taking part in Memorial Day ceremoniesService to military personnel and families was rendered through the Veterans Rest & Relaxation Program, at the Vineland Veterans Home and during the local Walk for the Wounded and Run for the Fallen events.“This award is extremely meaningful to our American Legion family, especially as we build our new Post building at 46th Street,” said Commander Marzulli. “We look forward to expanding our community presence, increasing our membership base and continuing our work as ‘Veterans Serving Veterans.’ ”Mathers said it’s a dream of post members to turn the key on the Legion’s new home at 46th Street and West Avenue by Memorial Day. Ocean City American Legion Commander Bob Marzulli accepts the American Legion Post Excellence Award from New Jersey Department Commander Mike Babli. This is the fourth time in the last five years that local Post 524 has been recognized.City Council on Thursday invited Korean War veteran Dick Mathers to share some of the success stories of Morvey-Miley American Legion Post 524 in Ocean City.The post won the prestigious Post Excellence Award from the New Jersey Department of American Legion for the fourth time in the last five years. Ocean City ranks among the most successful of New Jersey’s 326 American Legion posts, Mathers said.last_img read more

Margaret Mary adds new physicians

first_imgMargaret Mary Health announced it recently added three new physicians to its medical staff.Pediatricians Richard Turner, MD and Kristina Wang, MD are now accepting new patients in their office located at the hospital’s main campus, while Otolaryngologist Robert Shrimpf, MD is taking new ear, nose and throat (ENT) patients at his office located in Margaret Mary’s Outpatient and Cancer Center.Treating children from birth to young adulthood, Drs. Turner and Wang diagnose and treat a variety of conditions ranging from ear infections and asthma to ADHD and behavior problems. They also frequently provide preventative care like well checks and sports physicals. New moms may also see our new pediatricians following delivery as they are part of a physician team that provides newborn care in our maternity unit.As an ENT physician, Dr. Schrimpf provides medical and surgical care to both children and adults. Board-certified in otolaryngology, he has been treating patients in the tri-state area for nearly 35 years for a variety of conditions, including hearing impairment, ear infections, balance disorders, sinus infections, nasal cavity problems, tonsillitis, voice disorders and swallowing problems.For an appointment with Dr. Turner or Dr. Wang, call 812.933.5018. For an appointment with Dr. Schrimpf, call 812.933.0985.last_img read more

AFCON: Desabre names 28 in Cranes preliminary squad

first_imgDefenders: Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town- England), Nicholas Wadada (Azam FC-Tanzania), Awanyi Timothy (KCCA FC-Uganda), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Unattached), Ronald Mukiibi (Ostersunds-Sweden), Murushid Juuko (Simba-Tanzania),  Godfrey Walsumbi (Unattached), Muleme Isaac ( FK Viktoria Zizkov- Czech Republic), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe-DR Congo).Midfielders: Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC-Uganda), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers Fc-India), Kirizestom Ntambi- Coffee FC –Ethiopia), Michael Azira (Montreal-USA), Waisswa Moses (Vipers SC-Uganda), Sadam Juma (KCCA FC-Uganda), Faruku Miya (HNK Gorica FC- Croatia), Kizito Luwagga (Shakhter Karagandy-Kazakhstan), Kateregga Allan ( Maritzburg-South Africa), Abdul Lumala (Syrianska FC – Sweden)Strikers:  Alexis Bbakka (Carlstad United, Sweden); Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania); Patrick Henry Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda); Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt); Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC Uganda). Desabre looks on as Miya does his thing during qualifiers. Miya is one of the foreign based players named on the preliminary squad.Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A Uganda Cranes preliminary squad for the forthcoming AFCON Finals in Egypt heads to Abu Dhabi on May 27 for a preparation camp where they will play two friendly games.Head coach Sebastien Desabre has released a list comprising a mix of local and foreign players, for the camp with a surprise debut call for Sweden based players, Abdul Lumala (Syrianska) and Alexis Bbakka (Carlstad United BK). The final 23-man squad will be submitted on 11 June after the camp.Egypt will host the Nations Cup, which has been expanded to 24 teams, from 21 June to 19 July.Abdul Lumala soon after signing for his new side in February. Below, Alexis BbakkaThe Squad to Abu Dhabi:Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns-South Africa), Jamal Salim (Al Hilal-Sudan), Robert Odongkara (Adama City FC-Ethiopia), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC-Uganda). Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Ali still the Greatest as he celebrates 70th

first_img“Rumble, young man, rumble,” used to be his battle cry.But Muhammad Ali is an old man now, ravaged by his years in the ring and his decades of braving Parkinson’s disease. The voice that used to bellow that he was “The Greatest” is largely muted now, save for those times in the mornings when he is able to whisper his thoughts. FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY, STING LIKE A BEE—In this May 25, 1965, photo, heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over fallen challenger Sonny Liston, after dropping Liston with a short hard right to the jaw in Lewiston, Maine. Ali turned 70 on Jan. 17. (AP Photo/John Rooney, File) The face, though, is still that of the most recognizable man on earth. Maybe not as finely chiseled as it was in his prime, but close enough.“It’s not like he doesn’t look like himself,” said his oldest daughter, Maryum “May May” Ali. “It’s the same face, the Parkinson’s hasn’t affected that.’”Ali turned 70 on Tuesday, giving Baby Boomers who grew up with him one more reason to reflect on their own advancing years.He’s fought Parkinson’s the way he fought the late Joe Frazier, never giving an inch. But it’s a fight he can’t win, and nearly 30 years of living with it has taken a heavy toll.His days at home with wife, Lonnie, in a gated community near Phoenix, generally follow the same routine: He gets out of bed and takes a shower before easing into his favorite chair for long hours at a time.Sometimes he will watch videos of his old fights. The hands will move, eyes will twitch, as he remembers the magnificent fighter and physical specimen he once was.Through it all he remains a proud man. There are no complaints. No time spent bemoaning his fate.It is, the devout Muslim would say, God’s will.“He would always just say to his family, ‘These are the cards I was dealt, so don’t be sad,’” Maryum Ali said. “He never played the victim. There was never any ‘Woe is me.’”That he is still alive so long after being diagnosed with the degenerative disease may be a tribute to the athleticism and inner strength that helped him stop Frazier on a brutally hot morning in the Philippines and helped him knock out the fearsome George Foreman in Africa. Among the heavyweights of his generation he was a big man, standing 6-foot-2 and usually weighing in at around 210 pounds.There are medications to help relieve his symptoms; there is no cure for Parkinson’s.“The Parkinson’s has affected him a lot, one of things he has is a lot of difficulty speaking,” said Dr. Abraham Lieberman, director of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center in Phoenix. “But he’s never downbeat about it. He’s a tremendous inspiration to everyone.”Ali, his daughter says, is in the late stages of Parkinson’s now, a time when doctors say patients are particularly susceptible to things that can kill them.Pneumonia is the leading cause of death among Parkinson’s patients, who are also at constant risk for other infections. The increasing inability to swallow can be fatal, and falls are always a major concern.“He’s had a very visible and courageous fight against this disease. He has not given up,” said Dr. Blair Ford, a professor of clinical neurology at Columbia University, who specializes in Parkinson’s research. “Three decades of Parkinson’s is devastating. This is a tougher opponent than anyone he’s faced.”How Ali got the disease will never be known, because not much is known about the cause of Parkinson’s—other than it is characterized by increasingly severe tremors and periodically stiff or frozen limbs.Ali once calculated that he took 29,000 punches to the head in a career that spanned more than two decades. He fought without headgear as an amateur, and never backed down while trading punches with brutal sluggers like Frazier, Earnie Shavers and Foreman.By the final stages of his career, he was slurring his words. Not long afterward, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.Lieberman says he doesn’t believe Ali got Parkinson’s because of repeated blows to the head because he doesn’t have classic Dementia Pugilista, which afflicted the late Jerry Quarry, whom Ali defeated twice. Ali is coherent and his thought process is still intact, though the Parkinson’s forces him to communicate more with gestures and actions instead of words.Daughter Maryum believes her father’s choice of profession had something to do with his fate.“In my heart, I think it was a combination of Parkinson’s and trauma to the head,” she said. “He got hit a lot and he fought for a long time.”Indeed he did. Ali’s fights often went 15 rounds and he would often stick his head out and dare opponents to land punches just to respond with some flurries and, on a good night, perhaps even do the Ali shuffle.The stories of his legendary battles with Frazier and Foreman are etched in the fabric of the times, monuments to a sport that has never been the same since he retired. His fights were so big they had names like the “Thrilla in Manilla” and the “Rumble in the Jungle.”Back then, no one could have imagined the Ali they see now. He was a towering figure who won over a country with his mere presence when he fought Foreman in Zaire. Bombastic on the stage, he taunted opponents and teased world figures, once telling Philippines president Ferdinand Marcos: “I saw your wife. You’re not as dumb as you look.”“He was brash. He could shoot off his mouth. He could do things a lot of people want to do but couldn’t do, and he backed it up with his fists,” said Ed Schuyler Jr., who traveled the world covering Ali’s fights for The Associated Press. “He was Muhammad Ali. There will never be another like him.”Other stories came later. Foreman tells how he tenderly helped Ali button his shirt as they prepared for a dinner honoring them in London. It was early in the progression of his disease, and Ali didn’t appreciate his old foe having to help him get ready, challenging Foreman to another fight.Later the world would be shocked at the sight of Ali trembling almost uncontrollably as he stood for what seemed like forever while lighting the Olympic flame in 1996 in Atlanta. It’s a moment indelibly etched in time, and it helped turn the final sentiment of public opinion—some resented his refusal to be drafted—in his favor.More recently, Ramsey tells the story of going with Ali to visit a dying boy in the hospital, something Ali has done with regularity since his championship days.Then, as before, the rule was no cameras, no press. Just Ali and the boy in the room together.“He just held the boy’s hand for a long time and they stared in each other’s eyes,” Ramsey said. “He didn’t say a word, they just connected.”Today, Ali still goes to occasional sporting events, where he is invariably greeted with warm, standing ovations.The festivities for his 70th birthday include a Feb. 18 bash at the MGM Grand arena in Las Vegas, where celebrities and former fighters like Foreman, Ken Norton, Leon Spinks and Roberto Duran will pay tribute to him. Manny Pacquiao may sing a song, and millions of dollars will be raised for brain research.People will come because he’s Muhammad Ali. But they’ll also be there because of the person he is—the kind of person who never turned down an autograph. The kind of person who tried to help the less fortunate or the sick. The kind of person who never gets down because he wants to keep those around him up.“I would ask him how he stays so positive,” Ramsey said. “He would say, ‘I’ve got the best known face on the planet. I’m the three-time heavyweight champion of the world. I’ve got no reason to be down.’”“He just has a good heart. He doesn’t believe in being mean to people,” his daughter said. “If someone was in need, he would always help them without even thinking about it.”Maryum Ali said her father knows he didn’t lead a perfect life. But he takes comfort in his religion, and he accepts everything he’s been given.That goes for the Parkinson’s, too.“He would always say I’d rather suffer now than in the hereafter,” she said. “That’s just who my dad is.”last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast November 9, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Light precipitation spreads into and across the state today; we will see that precipitation mostly fall as light snow, but gradually warming temps this afternoon will allow light, cold rain to mix in at times. The snow will create minor accumulations on grassy surfaces or cars of a fresh coating to 2 inches, but still should not be an issue on roads. Liquid equivalent precipitation will be from a .1″ to .6” with coverage at 100% of the state. Temps will promote mostly rain over the southern third to quarter of the state. The best snow potential runs from west central OH into NE OH.Dry and significantly colder air blasts in behind the front for the start of the weekend. Temps will be well below normal. Saturday will see highs struggle to get out of the mid 30s over a large part of Ohio, and we will see strong NW winds making it feel colder than even the mid-30s. Sunday we should be a little better, but still may see most of the state staying below the lower to mid-40s for daytime highs. At least we think sunshine will be an increasing commodity through the weekend. Dry weather holds through Monday morning.Clouds start to build Monday midday and afternoon, and our next round of precipitation rolls in late Monday evening through the overnight. This system looks very similar to what we are experiencing this morning. Snows move across the state from midnight on forward through Tuesday early afternoon. Moisture totals look similar too, with a few hundredths to .6” of liquid equivalent around, coming mostly as snow. This would trigger snow accumulations again of a coating to 2″ on cars and grassy surfaces. We likely have precipitation stay rain down near the Ohio river, and that may be where we see the chances for the biggest rain totals too. The map shows a snapshot of potential action Tuesday morning.Behind that event, most of the rest of next week is dry. Clouds will be slow to break Tuesday night, but we should see better sunshine in for Wednesday through the weekend, including Sunday. For the extended period, we still see a rather active pattern setting up, but we are delaying it just a little bit. We are pushing rain s back into a period from the 21st through the 23rd. WE are also opening up the door for higher moisture totals out of the event. Warmer temps mean all rain at this juncture, and also may fuel some thunderstorm potential in southern parts of the state into Kentucky. Rain from the 3-day period can total half to 2” with coverage at 80%. We go drier again behind that system for the 24th forward, but temps stay normal to above normal…we do not see a strong cool down at this time.last_img read more

Supreme Court denies report that two judges met Justice Bobde

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court denied on Sunday a media report that said justices RF Nariman and DY Chandrachud met Justice SA Bobde who is heading an in-house committee inquiring into the sexual harassment allegations against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.A statement from the apex court said “this is wholly incorrect” that the two judges met justice Bobde on Friday evening. The statement, which has been issued from the office of the Supreme Court’s secretary general, said that it is most unfortunate that a leading newspaper chose to state that the two judges met Justice Bobde. Further, the statement said that the in-house committee which is deliberating on the issue concerning the CJI deliberates on its own without any input from any other judge of the apex court. A report in a leading newspaper Sunday stated that justices Nariman and Chandrachud had met Justice Bobde and had expressed their view that the three-member committee should not go ahead with the proceeding ex parte. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkThe former woman employee of the apex court, who has levelled the sexual harassment allegations, has opted herself out from participating in the enquiry raising several grievances, including the denial of permission to have her lawyer during the proceedings. The newspaper has stated that justices Nariman and Chandrachud had suggested for the appointment of an advocate as an amicus curiae for assisting the in-house committee. Besides Justice Bobde, other members in the committee are two women judges of the apex court – justices Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee.last_img read more

Odisha pegs cyclone Fani loss at 12K cr seeks relaxation norms

first_imgBhubaneswar: Seeking a relaxation in disaster assistance norms, the Odisha government on Wednesday estimated a tentative loss of Rs 12,000 crore due to cyclone Fani that killed at least 64 people and damaged more than 5 lakh dwelling units in the state’s coastal districts.The state government, which has launched a massive restoration work in the cyclone-ravaged areas, in a preliminary report to a visiting inter-ministerial team, said an initial assessment has put the overall loss at approximately Rs 12,000 crore. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghWhile the loss to public properties was to the tune of Rs 5,175 crore, expenditure towards relief and response stands at Rs 6,767.56 crore, the report said. “We have submitted a tentative loss figure to the central team. This amount may increase as the officials will undertake door-to-door survey to access the actual loss caused by the cyclone. The government will prepare a full report on the loss after the completion of the detailed survey,” Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) B P Sethi said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadIn its preliminary report, the state government has estimated the highest loss in the power sector at Rs 1,160 crore, while the loss in the panchayati raj and the drinking water department stands at Rs 587 crore. “The loss shown in the preliminary report is purely tentative. It will go up as we get a detailed report,” Chief Secretary A P Padhi said after a meeting with the central team, which wrapped up its three-day visit to the cyclone-hit areas. Stating that there has been huge losses to public and private infrastructure in the calamity, Padhi said, “We have urged the central team to consider revising the norms of the NDRF and the SDRF so that the loss in the power sector can be covered.” Padhi said while the NDRF and SDRF norms include assistance for loss due to the damage of 220 KV, 132 KV, 33 KV, 11 KV and low tension power supply, there was no provision for losses in the high tension (HT) power supply. As many as 75 towers have been uprooted by the high velocity winds in Puri district alone and a huge investment is required to make them operational. Vivek Bharadwaj, Additional Secretary in the Union Home Ministry, who is heading the team, said: “There has been massive destruction to houses, hotels and livelihood means of the affected people. Puri has been severely hit in the cyclone.” Noting that the central government has been assisting the cyclone-ravaged state and will continue to do so in restoration and rehabilitation works, Bharadwaj said there is a need to further strengthen the MGNREGA scheme in order to provide livelihood means to the affected people. He said there has been a substantial loss to betel vines and coconut plantations. “Keeping in view the gravity of the devastation, the Odisha government’s action in providing relief and other assistance to the affected people is praiseworthy,” Bharadwaj said, adding that people have been provided with relief immediately after the cyclone. “The people have been given rice, cash and tarpaulin sheets,” he said. The 11-member central team visited some of the worst-affected areas in Puri, Khurda and Cuttack districts, besides the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) region, during its visit.last_img read more

Undocumented migrants face tough time inside Libyas detention system

first_imgTRIPOLI – Since the fall of Gadhafi, African migrants mainly from Chad, Niger and Mali have been flocking to Libya hoping to get work or a boat to Italy. AA reporter Assed Baig goes to detention centres in Tripoli to meet some of them.Armed men guard the entrance of the zoo in Tripoli, some are dressed in military fatigues, whilst others stand around smoking. Beyond the windy road lies a ‘detention centre’ run by a former militia that now works under the Interior Ministry. The area around the gates of the zoo still has some of its former lustre, designed to attract Libyans to its once scenic grounds.The militia were initially charged with zookeeping, but as the problems in Libya multiplied, so have their responsibilities. They are now charged with dealing with migrants and comb the streets of Tripoli looking for migrants without valid visas or documentation. Commander Said Gars Alaha sits on an old sofa placed in the shade, outside the door to the facility. A small table in front of him, he has a file and an empty cup sitting next to it. Inside, migrants are lined up against the wall.  Uniformed men wearing medical facemasks inspect any documentation the migrants may have whilst asking them questions. Gars Alaha wears a blue uniform with military style black boots.  He has a neatly kept short grey beard and welcomes us warmly.  He is keen to point out that this is a processing facility and that migrants are not kept here for more than 72 hours.“This is not a prison”, he points out to me.None of the guards inside seem to be carrying guns. He tells me that he is upset at foreign journalists twisting the story and making it seem like migrants are being kept with animals.“I am happy for you to look around, as long as you tell the truth,” says Alaha.There are various pick-up trucks and police cars parked around the grounds, including a minibus with caged windows. I am told that this is for transporting migrants to another facility.Inside, the migrants line up, most are Black Africans.  Abdullah, the guard, inspects their passports.  None of the men have a valid entry stamp.  Some do not have passports.  27-year-old Fafuna Musa from Mali, tells me that he came to Libya to feed his family, “I just want to earn money and go home to my family”.  This is a common story told here.  Migrants are unlikely to admit that they will attempt to journey further to Italy.   Most end up working in Libya trying to earn money to feed themselves and their families back home.  Some save up to take the dangerous journey by boat to Italy.   During Gadhafi’s regime numbers of African migrants from Libya were stemmed as Gaddafi asked for money from European countries to prevent a ‘Black Europe’.  Since his fall the levels have increase as lack of security allows smugglers more freedom to operate.The migrants look tired.  Their clothes are ripped and some do not have any shoes.  Most have travelled the desert to get to Libya, a journey that can take up to a month depending on where they are coming from.  Some have travelled from as far-a-field as Nigeria.There is dust and dirt all over their clothes.  Some of these men work on construction sites.  The youngest is 18 years old.Fafuna looks over 50 but tells me he is only 27.  I question him further, and he responds by saying, “Anna miskeen,” meaning “I’m poor” in Arabic.  The guard says the story is always the same and replies, “ I know that all of you are ‘miskeen’.”Some of the migrants are cut and are bleeding.  The guard is quick to tell me that the wounds were caused when the migrants ran from the police.  I ask the migrants to make sure that this is true; they confirm the guard’s version of events.Badara is another detainee, he works in a restaurant and is using his mobile phone to call his boss.  He says that his boss has his paperwork and passes the phone over to the guard so that he can speak to the restaurant owner.  A look of desperation runs across his face as he hopes that his boss will be able to secure his release.  Many businesses in Libya rely on migrant labour.  It is cheap and as in countless other countries Libyan’s sometimes do not want to do the jobs that migrants are prepared to do.I am led through the facility and I spot some blood on the floor.  Again Abdullah is quick to point out to me where the blood has come from.  They have come very aware of the negative publicity that this facility has received recently.Outside in the courtyard Egyptians and Tunisians are queuing at a door to a small room.  Their blood will be tested for any diseases, Abdullah tells me, specifically for HIV and Hepatitis. We are then taken to one of the main detention rooms.  The guard signals for the men to stand up and come to the front.   I stop him; I don’t want orchestrated pictures for the benefit of the media.  He opens the padlock to the iron barred room. I take pictures of young men as they sit on the floor of the room.There are two mats on the floor and I count 12 detainees.  My guide points out to me that they have two air-conditioned rooms, a toilet and bottled drinking water, but this room is not particularly clean.  The men are ushered out and back through to the main hall leading to the entrance, where the get into a van to be taken to another detention facility to which we do not have access.   The commander assures me that those that do not have valid visas, documentation or passports will be repatriated to their countries of origin.Earlier this year Amnesty International said that refugees, asylum seekers and migrants were being held in ‘deplorable conditions’ in Libya.  The human rights organisation visited seven “holding centres” in April and May this year.  Amnesty international said they found “evidence of ill-treatment, in some cases amounting to torture”.  The organisation also said that many foreign nationals were being held in Libya and were subjected to “arbitrary arrests and held for long periods in deplorable conditions at immigration detention facilities described by the Libyan authorities as “holding centres”, with no immediate prospect of release or redress in sight.”We have had no problem accessing this facility, but there are others detention centres and prisons that we do not have access to.  We spoke to a former prisoner of a facility in Khums to the east of Tripoli. He alleged that routine beatings and sexual assault were a common practice.  One detainee told Anadolu, on condition of anonymity, that women were forced to have sex with guards in exchange for their release.However, in this detention centre the guards and commander are keen to point out what they consider to be good treatment of the detainees.   We did not see any of the guards shout or use force whilst we were there.“They eat what we eat,” Gars tells me, referring to the sandwiches and they ate.  “We have women to take care of and check the women.  We do not treat people badly,” he adds.We also visited a detention facility in Sabha, the largest city in the south of the country and usually the first city that migrants arrive in when entering Libya. Although we were allowed on to the facility, we were not permitted to see where the detainees were being kept.  According to the Deputy Commander Al-Medani Muhammed Al-Zarouq there are 600 undocumented migrants being kept at the facility.  A local resident of the city who has seen the facilities told me they were very dirty and difficult to enter because of the smell.  This could be why I was refused entry to see the migrant’s living conditions, 600 people enclosed in a small building, not allowed to leave, in the hot conditions of Libya, is bound to result in terrible conditions.  There was no mention of air-conditioning at the Sabha facility.I was told that the migrants are divided into nationalities and that the majority of are from Niger, Chad and Mali.“We cannot send some migrants back to their countries, like those from Somalia and Eriteria, as they are refugees,” says Al-Zarouq.The undocumented migrants from Niger are sent back to their country in trucks, paid for by the interior ministry he tells me.  I am shown the kitchen of the facility, but am not permitted to take any pictures or speak to the migrants working there.  It seems clean.  There are crates full of freshly cooked packed lunches.  Al-Zarouq opens one for me, pointing out that he, the guards, and the detainees all eat the same food.  Each little box has macaroni and a piece of chicken in it, and I can still see the steam rising from the food.   The rest of the facility seems to be undergoing some renovation.  There are two armed guards standing around, the majority of whom are unarmed.There are many detention centres and prisons spread across Libya.  The number of detainees is unknown at the moment as numbers fluctuate as people are released, repatriated or transferred to other facilities.  Undocumented migrants that are captured face a long detention, repatriation and in some cases physical abuse.  The future of Libya’s prisons and detention centres is uncertain until the government manages to bring everything under control and conform to international standards of transparency and access.As I leave the detention centre in Tripoli I can see some of the migrants praying their noon prayer. They sit on the prayer mats long after their Libyan counterparts have finished praying. Their hands are raised in supplication towards the sky. Their heads tipped down like wilted flowers, they pray for relief, for a way out of this detention centre, for their loved ones at home, and for a miracle. MARCO LONGARI/AFP/GETTY IMAGESlast_img read more