Opening the gate

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Health officials to lead ‘house-to-house’ search for COVID-19 patients

first_img“Ang mangunguna ‘yung LGU at ang public health authority, pangungunahan ito ng city or local epidemiological surveillance unit kasi sila talaga ang mga expert dito. Pati ‘yung resulta ng contact tracing, pati kung sino ‘yung te-testing, ililipat o ire-refer sa ospital,” DILG chief said. Año also said that visiting houses would only be done in areas where there is an outbreak or surge of confirmed COVID-19 cases and those that are under localized lockdowns. “Ang ating kapulisan naman ay mag-a-assist lang sa kanila para sigurado na ma-implement ang lockdown at sigurado din na maayos naman ‘yung paglilipat ng ating mga positive patients,” he added. MANILA – Health officials will spearhead the house-to-house search for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said. “Gagamit tayo ng ambulansiya para diyan at pagpapaliwanagan naman natin ‘yung pamilya kung bakit natin ginagawa… Kailangan ambulansiya kasi violation ng protocol kapag mobile atsaka ‘yung pulis kasi hindi naman trained ang pulis diyan,” he said. Año, in an interview with GMA 7’s “Unang Balita” yesterday, said that policemen will be present but will only assist local government officials and health personnel in the search for patients with mild symptoms of COVID-19. The house-to-house search is in line with the government’s “Oplan Kalinga” program, which seeks to transfer COVID-19 patients whose homes are ill-equipped for home quarantine to temporary isolation facilities./PNlast_img read more

Area Volleyball Sectionals Continue On Saturday

first_imgWRBI Area Volleyball Sectionals.Saturday (10-25)Class 3A-Sectional 29 @ Franklin County.Lawrenceburg vs. South Dearborn. 11 AM.Greensburg vs. Franklin County. Following.Championship at 7 PM.Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ Switz County.North Decatur vs. Switz County. 11 AM.Milan vs. Austin. Following.Championship at 7 PM.Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ Hauser.Rising Sun vs. Oldenburg Academy. 11 AM.Shawe Memorial vs. Hauser. Following.Championship at 7 PM.Class 4A-Sectional 14 @ Columbus East.Bloomington North vs. Bloomington South. 11 AM.East Central vs. Columbus East. Following.Championship at 7 PM.The best of luck to our area Volleyball Teams!last_img read more

Real Madrid star extends contract at La Liga giants

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentZodiac Signs Reimagined As Women Look IncredibleThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time7 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In ThailandWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Best Cars Of All Time That will be a massive boost for the club, with the players now back in training and preparing to play out the rest of this season – should all go to plan – starting next month. Since his return to the club in 2015, Casemiro has proved an effective shielding midfielder, and it now sounds like he’s going to be sticking around a few seasons further. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Los Blancos aren’t just looking outside the club though. They’re also looking to clean out the deadwood in the squad – and secure the players they value most. Of of those names without doubt, is that of Casemiro, who has emerged as an important player for Zinedine Zidane through his two reigns as manager.Advertisement There may be a global pandemic going on, but it doesn’t seem like that’s going to slow down Real Madrid in the transfer market this summer. Mundo Deportivo today write that the midfielder’s contract renovation has been “closed” and that they have today agreed all the terms of his extension. Read Also: Klopp: Messi is the best, but I admire Ronaldolast_img read more

SON adopts American standards to boost oil, gas industry

first_imgRelatedPosts Influx of fake, substandard goods: FG moves to further strengthen SON COVID-19: ABU, RMRDC backed PPE kits pass SON test, set for launch Using 12.5kg cylinder as camp gas highly dangerous – SON The Standards Organisation of Nigeria says it has adopted 10 American Petroleum Institute standards for international best practices in the oil and gas sector in Nigeria. The Director-General of SON, Osita Aboloma, said in a statement on Sunday that the idea was made at a Joint Technical Committee meeting held with stakeholders in the oil and gas sector in Lagos. Aboloma, represented by the Director, Standards Development, Chinyere Egwuonwu, said all the standards were critically relevant to operations in the oil and gas industry. The director-general said hence, there was the need to adopt the standard in collaboration with stakeholders such as Nigerian Industrial Standards. He said that industry demands and the need to keep up with best international practices in the oil and gas sector in Nigeria had spurred SON to initiate and adopt API 10 international best practices to move the country’s oil industry forward. According to him, adopting international standards as national standard is not a new development, especially where the standards are elaborated by global leaders such as API. He said API had since 1919 established a clout for convening subject matter experts in establishing, maintaining and distributing consensus standards for the oil and gas industry. Aboloma noted that API standards being adopted were recognised not only for their technical specifications. “Their third party accreditation which facilitates acceptance by international bodies has been a cornerstone in developing standards for the worldwide oil and natural gas industry,” he said. Aboloma, however, cautioned: “In adopting international standards we must ensure that the standards are not in conflict with our statutory regulatory requirements. “Special consideration should be on environmental factors, economic considerations, security of products, national interest and most of all, global best practices.” He said the nation’s oil industry does not exist in isolation, therefore the standards adopted would ensure the availability of the NIS, enhancing market competitiveness, prevention of dumping of goods and promoting exports. The director-general said the standards would also ensure a reliable basis for technological transfer and industrial development. He said the API standards adopted and rechristened NIS include, API RP 50 2013 Natural Gas Processing Plant Practices for protection of the environment, API RP 520; 2014 sizing, selection and installation of pressure-relieving devices in refineries part 1 sizing and selection. It also include API RP 520 2: 2015, Sizing, Selection and Installation of Pressure- Relieving Devices in Refineries Part II Installation, API 553: 2012 Refinery Valves and Accessories for Control and Safety Instrumented Systems and API 554: 2007 Process Instrumentation and Control, Others are API 12L: 2008 Specification for Vertical and Horizontal Emulsion Treaters, API 2000:2014 Venting Atmospheric and Low-Pressure Storage Tanks, API 12F:2008 Specifications for Shop-Welded Tanks for Storage of Production Liquids. It also include API 12D: 2008 Specification for Field Welded Tanks for Storage of Production Liquids and API STD 610: 2011 Centrifugal Pumps for Petroleum Petrochemical and Natural Gas Industries. Aboloma said the Joint Chairmen of the Technical Committees on Oil and Gas/Petroleum and Petrochemicals, Prof. Joseph Ajienka, of the University of Port-Harcourt and Prof. Sunday Ojolo of the University of Lagos sitting in for Prof. Boniface Okorie of the UNN respectively, in their varying capacities spoke separately during the meeting. According to him, the representatives of the institutions appreciated SON for giving them the opportunity to serve. He said they advised all the participants to carry out what was described as a call to national duty with zeal and ensuring their comments and contributions were vibrant and robust enough to achieve the purpose of the TCs. He said stakeholders represented from the oil sector included Cakasa Nig. Ltd., Peachlite Engineering Consulting Services, Winelight Analytical Systems and Lopa Energy Ltd. Others are Addax Petroleum, Dorman Long Engineering, Mobil Producing Nigeria, Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi, Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Nigerian Institute of Welders.Tags: American StandardsCHINYERE EGWUONWUOsita AbolomaStandards Organisation of Nigerialast_img read more

World Cup workers still not protected in Qatar, according to Amnesty

first_imgBy Luke BradshawAMNESTY International has released a report stating that people working in Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup continue to be mistreated, despite assurances from authorities.Ahead of the tournament, according to the human rights organisation, workers continue to be exploited, going unpaid and having their rights violated.It comes after new laws were passed in Qatar that were supposed to improve conditions for workers, including those working on various 2022 World Cup projects.With an agreement with the United Nations’ International Labour Organisation, the laws are intended to improve workers’ rights, including the introduction of a minimum wage, insurance and the ending of the controversial sponsorship of labour.Qatar’s labour sponsorship is a system that involves workers’ passports being handed over to their employers when they join the company.Given that the vast majority of workers are immigrants, mostly from Bangladesh, it makes it incredibly difficult for them to then change jobs or leave the country, because they need their employers’ permission to get their passport back.The 52-page report focused on three cleaning and construction companies, not specifically pertaining to the World Cup. It stated that hundreds of workers were being employed without being paid, with over 1 600 complaints submitted by workers.Stephen Cockburn, Amnesty International’s deputy director of global issues, said: “Despite the significant promises of reform which Qatar has made ahead of the 2022 World Cup, it remains a playground for unscrupulous employers.“Migrant workers often go to Qatar in the hope of giving their families a better life – instead many people return home penniless after spending months chasing their wages, with too little help from the systems that are supposed to protect them.”The abuse of human rights has been a constant problem since the World Cup was awarded to Qatar since 2010. In response to the ongoing problems, last year it was announced that Qatar would introduce a Workers’ Support and Insurance Fund. This was supposed to provide workers who had not been paid with compensation, but has gone completely unfunded, according to Amnesty.FIFA responded to the report by Amnesty. They said: “We would like to note that, as confirmed by Amnesty International, the report does not concern World Cup sites. The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy has also confirmed that the contractors referenced in the report have never been engaged on World Cup projects in Qatar.“We, however, acknowledge the importance of the new labour dispute committee as an important part of the broader labour rights reforms taking place in Qatar. We know that the Qatari authorities are working intensely in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation and other stakeholders with a view to further improve the effectiveness of this complex but vital mechanism.A spokesman at the Government Communications Office of the State of Qatar said: “We are aware of a recent report published by Amnesty International concerning the status of workers in Qatar.“Qatar has made substantial progress on labour reforms. We continue to work with NGOs, including the International Labour Organisation (ILO, to ensure that these reforms are far-reaching and effective. Any issues or delays with our systems will be addressed comprehensively. We have said, from the outset, that this would take time, resources and commitment.” (Yahoo Sport UK)•last_img read more

Skerritt could face CWI Ethic Committee for alleged breaches

first_imgPRESIDENT of Cricket West Indies (CWI) Ricky Skerritt is set to face the Board’s Ethics committee, following a report accusing him of breaches to the Code-of-Ethics, among other claims.On Thursday June 25, the Jamaica Gleaner confirmed in an article that the CWI boss was accused of breaches in the CWI Code of Ethics while apparently violating the Memorandum of Association (MOA).According to reports, Justice Winston Anderson, Chairman of the CWI Ethics Committee, received a report in the form of a complaint from a CWI director last week. The complaint outlined several issues synonymous with the breaking of CWI’s Ethics code, stemming from the PKF consultants Business Situation Assessment and Financial Report.The Gleaner report stated that it had acquired ‘Contents of the complaint report’ which highlighted that Skerritt violated Article 102 of MOA; allegedly “entering into a contractual engagement with PKF without the prior knowledge, approval, or authorisation of the CWI board of directors”.The report according to the media house further highlighted the violation of Section 4, Subsection 4.1 in the Ethics Code which it states – ‘the President and the CEO refused and/or neglected to facilitate a reasonable request of a Director to receive information pertaining to the operations of CWI’.Skerritt also came under fire for supposedly “leaking and/or failure to keep the report confidential as well as the engagement in conduct giving rise to a conflict of interest”.Earlier this year CWI head came under public fire prior to the West Indies tour of England, which starts shortly, after a US$3 million loan for the CWI by the England and Wales Cricket Board in May. The loan was eventually the subject of an International Cricket Council (ICC) ethics inquiry.Skerritt in an interview with ESPN CRICINFO on June 12 2020, said the loan was a “helping hand” given the CWI’s financial state, which had more of a downward spiral thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.Skerritt said that CWI was transparent with ICC about the need for a short-term loan and ECB’s involvement. Following the hearing, the Ethics Officer settled on the notion that there was no “intentional violation” committed by either of the two boards and it was “clear beyond any doubt” that the CWI and ECB’s arrangement was “in accordance with their pressing and necessary business and cricket” reasons.More so, was that the Jamaica Gleaner stated in their article that they made attempts to confirm whether speculations were true or not, by means of contacting CWI Corporate Secretary Alana Medford Singh, who referred the media house to CWI CEO Johnny Grave.Grave, upon being contacted by the Jamaican newspaper, stated that he was not aware of such reports. However, Skerritt via text contacted the Gleaner and said, “There is nothing unethical about CWI conducting an internal assessment of its financial operations by competent and independent professionals”.“The resulting findings and recommendations are being used to help improve the way CWI does business today and in the future. No petty politics, or mischief, can erase the reality of the much-needed change and improvement that is taking place within CWI’s financial operations as a result of the PKF review,” wrote Skerritt.When a time is designated for any possible hearings, Skerritt will come before the CWI Ethics Committee comprising the Chairman Justice Anderson, Madam Justice Desiree Bernard, Archbishop Donald Reece, Justice Stanley John, and Nellen Rogers-Murdoch.last_img read more

C-NS girls basketball drop rematch with Baldwinsville

first_img Tags: C-NSgirls basketballliverpool Early in the third quarter, B’ville’s defensive pressure forced a rash of C-NS turnovers, and late in the period the Northstars trailed 33-20.But helped by a 10-0 run, C-NS pulled within one, 35-34, with more than six minutes to play, finally getting some outside shots to go with Cook’s production as she finished with 21 points.Ultimately, it was B’ville’s Ola Bednarczyk sinking a pair of crucial 3-pointers to thwart the Northstars’ comeback, the last of them with 2:18 to play that made it 43-36. C-NS never got closer than four points again.Leading the Bees, Katie Pascale earned 13 of her 17 points in the second half. Hannah Mimas, Sydney Huhtala and Kyrah Wilbur had six points apiece.And all this followed a tense battle at West Genesee Tuesday night, where Cook returned to the lineup after missing the Northstars’ Feb. 5 win over Fayetteville-Manlius.Every bit of Cook’s inside dominance was needed to beat the Wildcats 60-52. For three periods, it went back and forth, the Wildcats far more effective against the Northstars’ defense than it was when C-NS won 46-32 in their January encounter.Down by just a point, 51-50, going to the fourth quarter, WG ultimately fell back because Cook kept making baskets, not letting up until she had amassed 36 points, two short of a career high.Enough support came from Carey-Santangelo (eight points) and Abbee Norris (six points) as WG got 19 points from Meredith James, including five 3-pointers, while Catie Cunningham put in 17 points.After the loss to B’ville, C-NS romped past Corcoran 82-43 on Friday, getting away with a 22-2 second-quarter run. Cook again had 21 points, with Alexandra Miller getting 14 points as Nicolette Kasch and Gianna Chiaramonte had 10 points apiece.In between these two games, Liverpool handled Henninger 59-17 last Wednesday night, streaking to a 38-5 halftime lead helped by a 27-4 dominantion of the second quarter.Karlyssa Shifflett, with 20 points, outscored the Black Knights all by herself, adding five rebounds as Naveah Wingate had 12 points. Sarah Miles got 10 rebounds as Jim’Marya Hunter had eight points and six rebounds.A 56-55 defeat to Victor (Section V) on Saturday left the Warriors at 6-13 going into Monday’s regular-season finale against Nottingham, where a win could still mean a post-season berth.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Determined to grab all of it, C-NS nearly overcame a short-handed roster, an ice-cold start and a double-digit second-half deficit, but saw its late comeback thwarted in a 48-40 loss to the Bees.Just eight players were dressed for the Northstars as forwared Julia Rowe was out. Then, in the first quarter, Jessica Cook picked up two fouls and Alita Carey-Santangelo went to the bench with an injury, though she would return.Without Cook for the entire second period, C-NS got five bench points from Crystal Leonardi, but then was shut out for more than five minutes. Only superb defense kept things close as the Northstars trailed 14-11 at the break.center_img A 10-game win streak, a no. 10 state ranking – these were the sorts of long stretches of success that the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team made routine in its eight-year run atop the Section III Class AA ranks from 2009 to ’16.What those Northstars also had was a big-game aura, built on nights such as Thursday’s high-stakes clash with state no. 12-ranked Baldwinsville at Baker High School.That long win streak was at stake, as was the SCAC Metro division regular-season title and the possible top seed for the sectional playoffs.last_img read more

Iwobi Hoping to Emulate Okocha’s AFCON Success

first_imgArsenal’s Alex Iwobi wants to match his uncle Austin ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha by winning the Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria at his first attempt.Okocha was part of the winning Super Eagles team in 1994 at his maiden appearance at the finals.The 22-year-old was born in Lagos to Okocha’s sister and arrived in the UK aged four. “I’ve seen some of his highlights from 1994 and it would be cool to achieve that as well,” Iwobi told BBC Sport.“I’m excited, I have always dreamt of participating and representing my country at the African Cup of Nations, but it won’t be easy for us in Egypt.“Both dreams are coming true, hopefully, I can get to play in Egypt.”Nigeria, who won the third title in 2013, missed the last two tournaments, will face Guinea, Madagascar and Burundi at June’s finals in Egypt.He admits that he is still learning about just how passionate Nigerian fans are.“I thought I understand what playing for Nigeria truly means, but the more I play in Nigeria and travel home, the more they (fans) make me believe bigger than I have always dreamt of,” he added.“The more I see the passion, the hunger that everyone wants for us to get there and do well. I think when I get there I will understand a bit more than I do now.”Iwobi represented England at U-16, U-17 and U-18 level before switching allegiance to Nigeria and has made 27 appearances for the West African nation.He has since produced some stunning rainbow flicks and tricks that have conjured images of Okocha in his pomp and showcased his nephew’s undoubted ability.Despite saying he wants to be his own man, the local media and fans continue to liken him to the former Super Eagles captain and Iwobi is unbothered.“I can get tired of people comparing us. I see my uncle as an idol, someone I have always looked up to as a footballer,” he said.“When people compare me to him… it’s like ‘wow’ maybe they see me on his level but I don’t believe I am there yet.“It is what it is, he’s a skilful player, I’m quite skilful myself so they are always going to compare me to him especially that he’s my uncle.“I still have a long way to go, maybe one day I can be on his level or greater.”The Super Eagles had a disappointing 2018 World Cup – where he was one of the more experienced figures in a Nigeria squad that was the youngest (with an average of 25) of all the teams in Russia.The Nigerian fans had hoped that Iwobi would play a key role in Russia but were left disappointed that the Arsenal player was only given a half against Croatia and late substitute appearances against Iceland and Argentina.He is hoping for a better campaign in Egypt as the country chase a fourth title at the newly expanded finals.“We were unfortunate not to go past the group stage in Russia, I think the team did well,” Iwobi said.“Unfortunately, I didn’t play as much as I would’ve liked to but I can only look to helping the team when needed.“We’ve heard people say stuff like going there to win it and some have pointed out that as a young and inexperienced squad it will be a huge pressure.“I don’t see it as pressure, I think if we can continue to play like we did during the qualifiers we’d have a successful tournament.“Collectively we picked lessons in Russia and we need to make it count now.”In October 2015, Iwobi made his debut against DR Congo in a friendly in Belgium and has scored five goals including in the 2-1 friendly defeat by England at Wembley last year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more