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DAMAGE CONTROL: Malay LGU insists Boracay safe, free from nCoV

first_imgTourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat says travel restrictions will definitely have an impact on the Philippine tourism industry, but the safety of the workers in the sector and the public is more important than other considerations. JUN AGUIRRE/PN “Malakiang apekto sa transport, hotels, resorts, lahat ng activities sa Boracay dahil satemporary ban sa mga Chinesetourists. Hindi naman natin ma-compromised ang health at safety ng ating mga residente at ibang turista,” headded./PN On Tuesday, Fulgencio said theMunicipal Health Office of Malay was having a hard time monitoring PUMs becausethey were billeted in various tourism accommodation establishments. It would bebetter if these establishments have safety officers or medical teams regularlyreporting to us the health status of the PUMs, if these tourists manifestflu-like symptoms, she said. This statement was contrary to thepicture painted by its Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officechief – a local government overwhelmed by the task of monitoring PUMs due tologistical challenges. Since most of them already left thecountry, the municipality is left with 429 persons to be monitored, itstressed. “No virus in paradise: Boracay Islandis safe and free from 2019-nCoV”, blared its statement issued yesterday. It also listed the followinginterventions undertaken: On Tuesday, Malay’s Municipal DisasterRisk Reduction and Management Office chief Catherine Fulgencio said her localgovernment unit (LGU) was having a hard time monitoring 2,000 mostly Chinesetourists in Boracay and thus appealed for help from the Regional Disaster RiskReduction and Management Council. Fulgencio could not be reached forcomment anymore yesterday. “Probably indi pa gid clear sa ila konano ang role nila when it comesto nCoV monitoring,” she said. ILOILO City – The local government ofMalay, Aklan went on damage control mode a day after its Municipal DisasterRisk Reduction and Management Office chief claimed the municipality wasstruggling to monitor some 2,000 mostly Chinese tourists in Boracay Islandfor  possible novel  coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection. Addressing this concern, DOH Region 6director Marlyn Convocar said the local government of Malay could tap the 168“human resources for health” personnel that the regional health office assignedto Aklan; 78 of them were nurses. In a separate bulletin, the Malaylocal government also clarified it has 429 – not 2,000 – “persons undermonitoring” (PUMs) in Boracay. “We would like to reiterate that thereis no confirmed case of 2019-nCoV as well as persons under investigation (PUI)both in mainland Malay and Boracay Island,” the Malay LGU further stressed. Fulgencio lamented, too, that some ofthe tourism accommodation establishments were reluctant to cooperate with Malayhealth authorities. Boracay – which saw 434,175 Chinesetourists or 50 percent of the 865,419 foreigners last year – is usually packedwith inbound travelers during the peak months of January to May. * formulation of Standard OperatingProcedures for PUMs in the barangays center_img On Feb.2 President Rodrigo Duterterestricted the inbound travel of foreigners from China and its administrativeregions to the country due to the nCoV scare. Meanwhile, Peter Tay, liaison officerto Boracay of the Chinese Embassy, expressed fear that the travel ban orderedby the national government could hurt “deeper” into the tourism businesses andtravel spending of the visitors in Boracay. * education and information campaignto all sectors (e.g., barangay, school, private sectors: hotels and resorts,associations, and cooperatives) regarding 2019-nCoV, preventive measures, andinter-government protocols PUMs are individuals with a history oftravel to China or history of contact with a known confirmed nCoV case but donot manifest signs and symptoms. * appropriation of budget for theprograms/activities of the task force The nCoV originated from Wuhan City,China. It causes severe acute respiratory infection and symptoms usually startwith a fever, followed by a dry cough. * creation of the Inter-Agency TaskForce Against the 2019 Novel Coronavirus * constant monitoring of thesocioeconomic impact of 2019-nCoV * creation and mobilization ofBarangay Health Emergency Response Teams “The municipality of Malay assures thepublic that the Malay Inter-Agency Task Force Against the 2019 NovelCoronavirus and the Municipal Health Office are on high alert since Day 1 andis closely monitoring all ‘persons under monitoring’ (PUMs) within ourmunicipality as per Department of Health (DOH) guidelines,” stressed the localgovernment. “This is worse than Boracay’s closure;we don’t know when the situation is going to end,” Tay said on Feb. 3.  “The reported 2,000 Chinese…areactually the number of (tourist) arrivals reported by the Municipal TourismOffice from the period of Jan. 25 to Feb. 3, 2020,” clarified the bulletin. Boracay was closed for a massiveenvironmental rehabilitation from April to October 2018. Acting Malay mayor Frolibar Bautistasaid all sectors will likely feel the impact of the temporary travel ban. Boracay, a world-famous island resortattracting thousands of tourists each year, is Malay’s biggest generator ofrevenues.last_img read more

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One Injured After Crash In Bath Township

first_imgBATH TOWNSHIP, Ind.– A Brookville driver was aircared after a single-vehicle accident on Wednesday.The crash occurred on Springfield Road, approximately a half mile south of Bath Rd.Investigators say a 2010 Chevrolet HHR was northbound when the vehicle went off the west side of the road and struck a cement culvert. The vehicle then crossed Springfield Rd. striking a culvert wall on the east side of the road.The driver, Claire Laib, 69, was flown to University of Cincinnati Hospital for treatment.Authorities say that she told them she apparently fell asleep at the wheel.The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department was assisted on the scene by the Drewersberg and College Corner Volunteer Fire Departments, Drewersberg EMS and Rescue 24.last_img read more

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Richard “Dick” Amberger

first_imgRichard “Dick” Amberger, of Sunman, was born on July 20, 1943 in Batesville, the son of Leo and Ruth Zins Amberger.  He married Jo Ann Retzner on May 27, 1967 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church and she survives.  Dick worked at Heartwood in Batesville was a member of St. Nicholas.  He enjoyed simple pleasures and spending time with his family, but was also an avid hunter and a member of the NRA.  On Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at the age of 73, Dick passed away at his residence.Those surviving who will cherish his memory include his wife, Jo Ann Amberger; son, Charles Amberger of Sunman; daughter, Charlene (Neil) Dudley of Batesville; 4 grandchildren, Alex Dudley, Megan Amberger, Alyssa Dudley and Jason Amberger; sisters, Rosemary Gander, Delores Linkel, Millie Blanken, Margaret Thielking and Ann Gutzwiller, all of Batesville, and Edith Ernstes of Greensburg.  He is also survived by 5 brothers, John, Bill, Albert, Steve and David Amberger, all of Batesville.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Jacob Amberger and a sister, Alma Amberger. Friends may visit with the family from 2 until 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman.  Rosary will be recited at 1:15 p.m.  Father Frank Eckstein will officiate a Mass of Christian burial on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions can be directed to the St. Nicholas Church Heritage Project or to Sunman Life Squad.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger is honored to care for the family of Richard Amberger.last_img read more

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Mitchell Machine renews cash, certificate prizes for top drivers in IMCA Stock Car regions

first_imgWEBSTER CITY, Iowa – Three drivers in each of the two regions for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars earn product certificate awards again this season from Mitchell Machine. Top eligible finishers in both the Arnold Motor Supply Northern and Southern regions receive a $250 certificate from the Webster City, Iowa, manufacturer. Eligible drivers finishing second and third in the respective regions receive $100 product certificates. In addition to competing with a Mitchell-built transmission, drivers must return a sign-up form to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1 and display two Mitchell Machine decals on their race car.Drivers are also required to provide proof of purchase between Jan. 1 and Oct. 1, 2014. Awards will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.Information about Mitchell products and services is available by calling 515 297-3333 and at the www.mitchell-machine.com website. The 2014 race season is Mitchell Machine’s eighth as a marketing partner with IMCA. “The Bullet transmission has become a pretty popular choice for Stock Car drivers in recent years and Mitchell Machine has seen their customer base increase as a result,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “Make sure if you are one of those drivers that you return the proper sign-up sheet by the deadline to be eligible for awards.”last_img read more

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Jaguars Franchise League bowls off on Saturday

first_imgTHE Jaguars Franchise League, which has three components to its structure, will commence its three-day competition on Saturday at four venues across the country.Cricket enthusiasts in Corentyne Berbice, West Berbice, Georgetown and West Demerara will witness the exciting opening round where a number of the country’s leading and most talented players will compete for places on the Guyana Jaguars 4-Day team, who will commence the defence of their Regional title on October 26, here.The Jaguars have won the first three championships of the Regional 4-Day Professional Cricket League (PCL). This year’s League will involve three players who are currently contracted directly with Cricket West Indies (CWI), namely Devendra Bishoo, Shimron Hetymer and Vishaul Singh.Further, 15 other players, contracted under the CWI/Cricket Guyana Inc. (CGI) PCL structure and 13 CGI Academy players will be featuring in the established franchises which are represented under the team names of Upper Corentyne, Lower Corentyne, West Berbice, East Coast Demerara, Georgetown, Upper Demerara/ East Bank, West Demerara and Essequibo.Joshua PersaudAnthony Bramble will appear for Upper Corentyne, Veerasammy Permaul for Lower Corentyne, fast bowler Keon Joseph and left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie will strengthen West Berbice while East Coast will include Rajendra Chandrika.Chanderpaul Hemraj will appear for East Coast Demerara with Leon Johnson, Christopher Barnwell and the Jamaican batsman Ramaal Lewis appearing for Georgetown. Steven Jacobs and Under-19 pacer Rienaldo Ali Mohammed will join Upper Demerara/East Bank with fast bowling all-rounder Romario Shepherd, all-rounder Raymon Reifer and opening batsman Tagenarine Chanderpaul strengthening the West Demerara side.Essequibo challenge will be led by rising star Keemo Paul and wicketkeeper Kemol Savory while they are also likely to benefit from the expertise of Shivnarine Chanderpaul based on his availabilityThe eight (8) Franchise teams will also be complemented by CGI Academy players all of whom will be keen to compete for national places in the 2017/2018 CWI Regional 4-Day PCL. The Academy players’ allocation will see Essequibo having Anthony Adams and Kevon Boodie with West Demerara featuring Akshaya Persaud and Ritche Looknauth.Upper Demerara/East Bank will include promising all-rounder Sherfane Rurtherford. Georgetown will benefit from top Under-19 player Raymond Perez and opening batsman Robin Bacchus.Promising youth player, wicketkeeper/batsman Joshua Persaud, West Indies youth sensation opening batsman Bhaskar Yadram will don whites for East Coast Demerara. Fast bowlers Raun Johnson and Clinton Pestano will represent Lower Corentyne and Upper Corentyne, respectively.This year’s Jaguar 3-Day League will showcase young players through a special ruling that mandates each of the eight Franchise teams to play at least one Under-19 player who meets the age eligibility requirement to play in the next 2018 CWI Regional Under-19 Tournament.In addition, the league is likely to witness the involvement of other talented and promising national youth players.The Jaguars 3-Day League will comprise seven rounds of high-level cricket action commencing this Saturday and continuing until Tuesday October 17, 2017 with CWI, CWI/CGI, CGI Academy, National players and domestic Franchise players, all vying for senior national selection. A complete fixture and team lists would be released shortly.last_img read more

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Ella Hogan fortifies Syracuse’s defense after returning from torn ACL

first_img Published on March 12, 2016 at 12:07 am Contact Jenn: jcastr01@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Ella Hogan’s foot twisted the wrong way. A player on Penn State then stepped on it. Her foot went sideways. And so did the start of her college career as her freshman season was in jeopardy.As the 26th ranked recruit in the country, Hogan was projected as a starter. But after tearing her ACL and meniscus during a fall ball tournament at Penn State, she was forced to redshirt in 2015.Now a redshirt freshman, Hogan has played in every one of No. 3 Syracuse’s (6-1) seven games this season. The defender pushed back her surgery last year and has fully recovered from her first serious injury. She adds an extra layer to the Orange’s defense and put her injury in the rearview mirror.Hogan waited two months after her initial injury to have surgery in order to be home for recovery, where she felt more comfortable. Being on crutches for seven weeks would be more manageable there than trudging around campus.“I was scared because I’d never gone under before,” Hogan said. “I heard it was really painful.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPrior to the injury, Hogan felt invincible. After the injury, she realized she wasn’t.She wavered between days where she was more down than others, especially toward the beginning of her recovery, when the pain was unbearable. Once she started to see actual strides, she could visualize a return.The balance between physical therapy, school and being at practice was a lot to handle. Her PT tended to be during practice, which helped time-wise, but she still liked to be there to learn. She frequented film sessions so she could keep up as a student of the game.On the field in games for SU for the first time, Hogan has gotten back to where she was before her injury. She still has a knack to check offensive players’ sticks, cause turnovers and knock down passes.“(Hogan) gives us much more depth on defense,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “You’re going to see her get even better as the season goes on. It’s huge to have a player of her caliber back.”In October, Hogan was cleared to play again. Shortly after, Syracuse returned to Penn State.“I was there, I was ready, and I was back,” Hogan said. “Once I was able to play in my first college game, I felt awesome. It was a long time coming.”Hogan walked out to the spot where she tore her ACL and meniscus, and she said to herself, “I conquered it.” Commentslast_img read more

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Importance of Divisional Championships highlighted

first_imgPhoto © Tipperary GAA It’s vital the County Board maintains the status of the Divisional Championships in Tipperary according to a former West Tipp Chairman.Tom English feels keeping the link between the divisional winners progressing to the latter stages of the county championship is necessary – particularly in enticing young players to continue with GAA.The former West Tipp Chair says winning silverware means a lot for clubs.last_img

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FIFA 18 will form part of season 3 of Gfinity’s Elite Series

first_imgGfinity has today announced that FIFA 18 will be joining the Elite Series for Season 3 which kicks off in March 2018. The Gfinity Elite Series will also become an accredited and official EA SPORTS™ FIFA 18 Global Series qualifier as the game developer looks to bring competitive FIFA to millions of fans worldwide. This will culminate in the FIFA eWorld Cup in August 2018.Neville Upton, CEO of Gfinity commented:  “Gfinity is the first esports company to secure an EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series license and we are excited to build on our long-standing relationship with EA.  The addition of the hugely popular FIFA 18 to our game line-up adds a very enticing dimension to The Elite Series.”“FIFA is one of the most requested games by our teams, players and fans and we will create very engaging competition and content for our community. The Elite Series is growing rapidly week-on-week and the addition of FIFA 18 will only help to accelerate this growth.  The upcoming season of Challenger Series is set to be the most competitive to date as we welcome new pro players to the tournament.”“We are excited to be welcoming the Gfinity Elite Series into the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series,” said Brent Koning, FIFA Competitive Gaming Commissioner.  “As we continue to engage millions of FIFA players in the community, and attract millions of viewers from all around the world, this year will be truly special as we see the best from the Elite Series on the Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018.”As always with Gfinity’s format there’ll be a chance for players to be drafted into the league’s pro teams via the Gfinity Challenger Series which gets underway on January 8th. The top 40 ranked players at the end of the six week Challenger Season will become eligible for the Elite Draft, taking place on February 23rd. Registration is free and anyone can try their luck.We don’t yet know for sure which other titles will form a part of Gfinity’s third season of its Elite Series, this campaign saw Rocket League, Street Fighter and CS:GO as the three selected. Esports Insider says: This one isn’t too major a surprise as EA and FIFA look to push their esports agenda ahead of the unfortunately named eWorld Cup. The hope is that Gfinity find a way to make the viewing experience of FIFA a bit more engaging. Regardless, Team ESI will be trying our luck in the Challenger Series so any teams should get in touch now before our pro FIFA careers inevitably sky rocket.last_img read more

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FHP: Teen Driver Distracted By Phone Causes Fatal Crash

first_imgThe Florida Highway Patrol says a teenager drifted into another lane on I-95 in the central part of the state, and hit a tractor trailer due to being distracted by her phone.According to FHP officials, the 56-year-old truck driver died in the crash early Wednesday morning, which happened in Palm Coast.The teen told troopers that she was distracted by her phone, began to drift into the outside lane and then over-corrected, ending caused her vehicle to spin.The front of her sedan hit the right rear wheels of the semi, which then lost control, ran off the highway and overturned as it hit a guardrail in the median, according to the crash report.Troopers say the sedan continued sliding and struck the semi again before ending up in the grassy shoulder of the highway.Both drivers were wearing seat belts, and the teen suffered minor injuries.last_img read more

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Man in Rental Car Leads Police on Chase, Says He was Late for Flight

first_imgA driver who led police on a 20-mile, high-speed chase through the Keys last week, thought he gave officers a good reason for speeding: He was late for a flight that was leaving from Miami International Airport.After his arrest, and just before he was heading to jail, the driver also told sheriff’s deputies that he was, or once was, positive for COVID-19.Key West police say that 35-year-old Vitallii Kovalev, of New York and previously of Germany, was driving recklessly in the downtown area on Flagler Avenue around 11:10 a.m. last Tuesday. When they attempted to stop the 2020 white Ford Mustang, the driver sped off.Kovalev left Key West and headed northbound on U.S. 1, reaching speeds of 86 mph as he drove past Stock Island, Boca Chica, Rockland, Big Coppitt and Shark Keys. The Florida Highway Patrol and the U.S. Border Patrol teamed up the pursuit.Courtesy: Monroe County Sheriff’s Office/FacebookDeputies used spike sticks at Mile Marker 21, causing the car’s rear and front tire to come off. Kovalev eventually lost control of the vehicle on a bridge.Dashcam video taken from a Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy’s cruiser shows a deputy, with his weapon drawn, ordering the driver out of the car and telling him to “show his hands.”Kovalev was taken into custody and charged with fleeing and eluding, obstructing justice and reckless driving.He was then taken to the hospital after telling deputies about his coronavirus diagnosis. Monroe County Sheriff’s said once he was cleared at the hospital, he would be detained in one of the jail’s negative pressure cells, away from the general jail population.All detainees who enter the jail are screened for COVID-19 prior to going into the facility, according to the sheriff’s office. All detainees, deputies and civilian employees are also required to wear masks in the facility.last_img read more

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