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Negros bus firm halts inter-provincial trips

first_img “These measures are not just for us but for all,” the provincial official added. “It’s now time to prioritize something other than health; it’s time to prioritize our health and safety, and the lives of our people.”/PN However, Vallacar said trips within the provinces of Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Cebu, including Panay island will still continue. This move came after provincial administrator, Atty. Rayfrando Diaz, called on the giant-bus firm to cooperate with ongoing measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). BACOLOD City – Vallacar Transit Inc.,operator of the Ceres bus liner, would no longer service inter-provincialroutes including trips to Dumaguete City from Bacolod City, San Carlos City,Kabankalan City, and Hinoba-an. After Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson ordered the closure of the province’s borders, ports, and airports until April 14, Diaz said, “All corporations have corporate social responsibility.”last_img read more

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Negros bishop warns of COVID outbreak in jails

first_img“Anundeniable threat of catastrophe hovers over jails, filled far beyond capacityin the Philippines.  Decongestingfacilities will help secure the lives of detainees and jail personnel. We mustmuster “Thesick and elderly, among them, are at extraordinary risk for severe cases of thevirus. With outbreaks of COVID-19 sweeping the nation, exposing ‘prisoners ofconscience’ to life-threatening peril is, frankly, unconscionable,” accordingto Alminaza. Duringthis COVID-19 pandemic, he said, “We can be embracing efforts to inspiremutual-cooperation and community- preparedness.” Inthe island of Negros alone, said Alminaza, most of the more than 90 politicalprisoners were arrested in the last 18 months. Hewarned of a health disaster in jails during this time of COVID-19 pandemic. Accordingto the bishop, there are over 600 political prisoners “detained under oftenquestionable and dubious charges.” BACOLODCity – Bishop Gerardo Alminaza of the Diocese of San Carlos in NegrosOccidental called for an “extraordinary measure” this Holy Week – the releaseof political prisoners who, detained in cramped prison cells, are at risk ofbeing infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Releasingprisoners, especially the political ones, is a “humane, good, and loving” thingto do, he stressed. “Peaceadvocates appeal that political prisoners should be ‘top of the list’ forrelease. In light of the unilateral ceasefires called by the Duterteadministration and National Democratic Front of the Philippine, the release ofpolitical prisoners will be a strong confidence-building measure towards thefruition of the peace process between the two parties,” Alminaza added. Alminazahad been assigned at the Archdiocese of Jaro in Iloilo City a few years agobefore his transfer to Negros Occidental. “Wecan all attest that these are not ordinary days.  The entire nation seeks to cooperate withsocial and physical distancing protocols. Yet, cases of COVID-19 infections areincreasing everyday around the archipelago. This is a time for saving livesthrough much-needed grace and ingenuity,” according to the bishop. courageto address the glaringly high-risk of a COVID-19 outbreak, now forced uponthose behind bars,” stated Alminaza in a statement. “TheDuterte administration should act with utmost urgency to decongest prisons aswell as engage mass testing and provide separate quarantine facilities; orelse, God forbid, prisons and those in them may sink,” warned Alminaza./PNlast_img read more

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Japan’s Abe extends state of emergency to May 31

first_imgAbe will consider lifting the state of emergency without waiting for its May 31 expiration if expert advisors decide that is possible based on detailed analysis of regional infection trends, he said at a meeting of the government’s coronavirus task force. He said his advisors said that Japan had not seen the explosive surge in infections seen in some countries overseas, but the number of new infection cases had not fallen enough and there were regions where the medical system was facing strains. (Reuters) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declares state of emergency during a meeting of the new coronavirus task force at the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan, April 7, 2020. REUTERScenter_img TOKYO – Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday he had decided to extend the country’s national state of emergency to May 31.last_img read more

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Ilonggos from high-risk areas may now come home but…

first_img* negative reverse transcription – polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result prior to travel “Previously, we cannot allow them to return because we’re on the same level with the provinces they were stuck in,” said Defensor. * certification of acceptance / undertaking of the local government unit (LGU) destination that it will accept the returnee and subject the latter to quarantine at a common quarantine facility (not home quarantine) ILOILO – The provincial government is opening its borders not only to Ilonggos stranded in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) but also to its residents stuck in high-risk areas or those under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). * Francisco Heler, Jr., head of the Public Employment Service Office – in charge of returning overseas workers; to be assisted by Dr.  Ma. Socorro Quiñon from the Provincial Health Office * certification from the local health unit of the returnee’s place of origin that the latter underwent a 14-day quarantine and did not exhibit signs and symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Atty. Suzette Mamon, provincial administrator, clarified that the required negative RT-PCR test result are only for returning Ilonggos who are overseas workers. * Gilbert Marin, head of the Provincial Tourism Office – in charge of stranded domestic tourists; in coordination with the Department of Health They, however, have to comply with the three other requirements similar to those required of Ilonggos from ECQ areas. Now, only Iloilo province among Region 6’s provinces remains under an extended ECQ./PN * certification of the governor allowing entry to Iloilo For Ilonggos from high-risk areas but are not overseas workers, she said, a negative result from rapid tests would suffice. For Ilonggos from GCQ areas such as the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, and Negros Occidental, there is no need for a negative RT-PCR test result prior to travel. Meanwhile, the following were designated as focal persons of the provincial government for  returning Ilonggos: Mayors agreed their respective LGUs would make arrangements for the transport of their constituents entering Iloilo’s borders. The provincial government also has the option of subjecting the returning Ilonggos to RT-PCR test upon arrival. There are, however, requirements that these Ilonggos must comply. “The return has to be organized, coordinated,” said Defensor after meeting on May 4 Vice Gov. Christine Garin, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan members and mayors at Casa Real de Iloilo. Still in line with Memorandum Order No. 21, the provincial capitol is making available a hotline number and email address through which returning Ilonggos could inquire about the processing of the requirements. * Dr. Jerry Bionat, head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office – in charge of returning local stranded residents In Memorandum Order No. 21 (“Guidelines in the processing of returning residents of the Province of Iloilo and designation of focal persons”), Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. listed the following requirements that Ilonggos from ECQ areas must secure before being allowed entry to the province:last_img read more

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Tragedy Ends World Journey By Indiana Teen, Dad

first_imgHaris Suleman and his father, Babar,were attempting to fly around the world in 30 days. (Facebook)PLAINFIELD, Ind. – An Indiana teen and his father were attempting to fly around the world in 30 days to break a Guinness World Record while raising money for a non-profit organization.According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the world record attempt took a tragic turn Tuesday night after a plane crash near Pago Pago International Airport in American Samoa.A single-engine plane with two passengers crashed into the water approximately a mile from shore, officials said.The body of 17-year-old Haris Suleman was recovered. Rescue workers are still searching for his father, 58-year-old Babar Suleman.Haris recently completed his junior year at Plainfield High School and was attempting to become the youngest pilot to travel around the world in 30 days.The principal at Plainfield High School is former Batesville Middle School Principal Melvin Siefert.Plainfield Community School Corporation issued a statement Wednesday:“Plainfield Community School Corporation is deeply saddened to learn of the death of one of our students. Seventeen-year-old Haris Suleman completed his junior year in May and left Plainfield only days later in an attempt to fly around the world with his father. Haris’s adventurous spirit and huge heart led him to reaching for this personal goal while also seeking to raise funds and awareness for schools supported by The Citizens Foundation, a non-profit organization headquartered in Karachi, Pakistan.The loss of Haris is a sobering tragedy for our school community. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Haris’s family. We will provide information about memorial services and funeral arrangements once available. Thank you for your concern at this difficult time.”last_img read more

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Despite Rumors, No Enterovirus D68 Confirmed Yet

first_imgBATESVILLE – Despite rumors swirling in the community and on social media, Indiana remains off the list of states with reported cases of enterovirus EV-D68, health officials say.As of now, healthcare workers both at the local and state level say they have not confirmed any case of the upper respiratory illness that is accompanied with symptoms such as low-grade fever, cough, runny nose and body aches.Infected individuals generally recover on their own without incident by treating symptoms.  However, some individuals, especially those with weakened immune systems or underlying medical conditions, such as asthma, may experience severe complications and require hospitalization with supportive therapy.Margaret Mary Health Communications Specialist Kasi Christin said some hospital staff members held a meeting Thursday afternoon and there was no confirmation of the virus being detected. An infection prevention specialist at the hospital reported the number of patients seeking medical care for respiratory symptoms is right on par with the past two years.We spoke with a school nurse for Batesville Community Schools who said the corporation has not seen a notable increase in absentee numbers.While hospitals statewide have seen an increase in the number of patients with respiratory illnesses, the Indiana State Department of Health has not confirmed it is related to the recent surge of D68 cases, which has been confirmed in surrounding states, including Kentucky and Ohio.WRBI has been tracking this story and will share any new developments.last_img read more

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Full-time Official

first_imgAs we near the end of another pro-football season, the question of hiring full-time officials in the NFL has come up again.  Unlike baseball, most officials in the NFL have full-time jobs in another field and only work games on weekends.  Even though the NFL reports that they are 95% effective, many questions still arise.The biggest question is “did a player catch the ball?”  No two officiating crews seem to have the same answer.  Other inconsistencies between officials include inadvertent whistles, players not lining up in correct positions, and illegal motion.  Sometimes an official is simply not in the right position to make a call.Added to all of the above, you have the different slow-motion cameras that every television network uses to broadcast a game and this puts added emphasis on getting calls correct.   Even then no two crews seem to interpret the rules the same.Having said all of this, are the full-time baseball officials any better than the part-time football officials?last_img read more

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