first_imgOther members of the team: Provincial Health Office head Dr. Patrcia Grace Trabado, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Ma. Socorro Quiñon, Hospital Management Office head Dr. Cynthia Cabangal-Ng, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office head Dr. Jerry Bionat, and Public Employment Service Office head Francisco Heler Jr., among others. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. ILOILO – The rise in confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) among repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) has alarmed the provincial government. Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. formed a quarantine team to handle returning overseas workers and locally stranded individuals (LSIs). The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Patient No. 126 returned to Metro Manila from Africa on March 14. He was subjected to reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test on May 14 (with negative result for COVID-19) before being allowed to return to Aklan on May 28. Since April 9 when the government started transporting back to Western Visayas the overseas workers stranded in Manila and Cebu due to the quarantine, a total of 3,979 have returned to the region, data from DOH showed. “This is to make their arrival organized and systematic. We will establish a contact tracing procedure or protocol to prevent the community spread of COVID-19,” said Atty. Suzette Mamon, provincial administrator. There were now 48 COVID-19-positive repatriated overseas workers in Western Visayas with the addition of two more confirmed cases yesterday – a 48-year-old male from Kalibo, Aklan (Patient No. 126) and a 31-year-old male from Cadiz City, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 127). The team will also “perform quarantine procedure to persons under monitoring (PUM) and persons under investigation (PUI).” On the other hand, Patient No. 127, a resident of Negros Occidental, came from Saudi Arabia. He was retested on June 1. On June 2 here, he was retested and found to be positive for COVID-19. The result was released only yesterday. Another task is to register passengers – get all relevant information and transmit the same to the concerned city or municipality for monitoring and execution of quarantine procedures. There is still no vaccine for COVID-19./PN COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. On Monday, Iloilo’s Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. issued Executive Order 134 establishing the provincial quarantine team. It will “monitor the health of incoming passengers with thermal scanners and other similar devices, as well as ensure the performance of personal hygiene procedures, like hand-washing and/or application of disinfectants, upon entry to the province.” Of the 48 COVID-positive repatriated overseas workers, eight were from Iloilo province, 13 from Iloilo City, nine from Negros Occidental, seven from Bacolod City, four from Aklan, four from Antique, and three from Guimaras. Both were asymptomatic and under quarantine, according to Department of Health (DOH) Region 6’s Dr. Marie Jocelyn Te, medical coordinator for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. These droplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales.last_img read more

first_imgCrystal Palace F.C. will not rush injured winger Wilfried Zaha back into action and have not put a timeframe on the Ivory Coast international’s return, the Premier League club’s manager Frank de Boer has said.The 24-year-old, who scored seven league goals and provided 11 assists to win Palace’s Player of the Year last season, sustained a knee injury during their 3-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town F.C. in the opening league game of the season.”Wilf is a very robust player, the first couple of days (after the injury) are very important to have a rest and, from now on, I think he’s going to start rehab,” De Boer said after Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Ipswich Town F.C. in the League Cup. Reuters Photo”We don’t know how long it will take. The risk is that you start too early, that he can have a setback, so we are going to see and don’t put a time on it right now.”Palace, who will play Huddersfield Town F.C. again in the third round of the League Cup in September, host Swansea City F.C. in the league on Saturday.last_img read more

first_imgThe Sri Lankan cricket team is left stranded in Dharamsala due to heavy rain in the scenic hill town.The Lankan players had to stay at the airport for nearly four hours as their chartered plane could not take off due to bad weather.The Indian team though, managed to reach Mohali in time for the second ODI of the three-match series.”While the Indian team reached Mohali on time, incessant rain and bad weather left Sri Lanka stranded at the airport for about four hours. The team then decided to head back to the team hotel and is likely to fly out tomorrow,” media in-charge of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), Mohit Sood, said.Sri Lanka crushed India by seven wickets in the first ODI on Sunday to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.”This is the first time a team has been stuck here. There have been delays earlier but it has never happened that the planes have not been able to land or take off,” said Sood.He said that the Sri Lankan team was not willing to travel by road at night. The 240 km journey by road from Dharamsala to Mohali takes about 8-10 hours.”We had a discussion with the team management and they decided to stay back. But if the weather doesn’t clear up on Tuesday then the only option left will be to take the road,” Sood added.The local MeT office has predicted heavy rain over the next 48 hours in and around Dharamsala.advertisement(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

first_imgA closeup of Joey Bosa leaving the field.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Defensive lineman Joey Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field after being ejected for targeting during the first quarter of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Buckeyes defeated the Fighting Irish 44-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Ohio State’s football program won the 2016 NFL Draft, having 12 former Buckeyes taken during the draft’s seven rounds (including five in the first round). Two more former OSU stars – Tyvis Powell and Jalin Marshall – have already agreed to unsigned free agent deals. 12 Buckeyes off to new places in this record-setting draft. Congrats guys and best of luck! #NFLDraft2016 #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/WOA2bcREwI— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) April 30, 2016What numbers will OSU’s rookies wear in the NFL? Here’s what we’ve found. Joey Bosa – 99New Chargers DE Joey Bosa on his new number: “97 was taken. Not too many choices. But I like 99.” Was either 90, 96 or 99.— Michael Gehlken (@sdutGehlken) April 29, 2016Ezekiel Elliott – 21. @OhioStateFB RB Ezekiel Elliott @EzekielElliott to wear No. 21 for Dallas Cowboys. Other 21s: Joseph Randle, Julius Jones, Deion Sanders.— Brandon George (@DMN_George) May 2, 2016Eli Apple – not yet known.Taylor Decker – not yet known. Darron Lee – not yet known. Michael Thomas – 13. Vonn Bell – not yet known. Adolphus Washington – not yet known. Braxton Miller – 13. Nick Vannett – not yet known. Joshua Perry – not yet known. Cardale Jones – No. 7 (this hasn’t been officially announced, but it looks like Jones hinted at it on Twitter.)~7~— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 1, 2016Jalin Marshall – not yet known. Tyvis Powell – not yet known.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO — A woman who shared a video of two Eritrean children reacting gleefully to their first Canadian snowfall says the overwhelmingly positive reaction to the clip is reaffirming her faith in the country as a welcoming place for newcomers.Rebecca Davies shot the video on Saturday, 48 hours after the children shown in it arrived in Canada with their mother and two siblings as privately sponsored refugees.In the video, the seven-year-old girl and five-year-old boy twirl, dance and revel in the snow shower in the backyard of Davies’ Toronto-area home.The clip has since garnered nearly 2 million views and been shared thousands of times on Twitter, often with accompanying hashtags and messages welcoming refugees in general and the children in particular.Davies, who helped sponsor the Eritrean family through the private Ripple Refugee Project, says the video’s reception gives her hope.She says she encounters racism and anti-immigrant sentiment in her work on behalf of refugees, but says the positive responses to the clip have left her feeling more confident about the society the family is eager to join.“When a universal, lovely little vignette of kids playing in snow gets this kind of response, it gives me some hope for humanity,” she said in a telephone interview.Davies said the Eritrean family landed in Toronto on Thursday, bringing an end to a lengthy saga.She said the single mother fled the war-torn east-African country in 2013 and spent the next five years in a refugee camp in Sudan. Two of the four children who accompanied her to Canada were born in that camp, Davies said, adding all the kids are under the age of eight.The family’s first full day in Canada was marred by steady rain, limiting opportunities to explore Toronto, which they plan to call home. Conditions didn’t seem too promising on Saturday either, with high winds sending daytime temperatures plunging to near the freezing mark for the first time this season.Davies said her family had tried to explain the concept of snow to the Eritrean newcomers. So when flakes began unexpectedly descending from the sky, she lost no time in pointing them out to the family.The two youngest boys stared out the window in fascination, but the eldest boy and his sister appeared to run away after the first look outside.“I was thinking, ‘where are the big guys? I would have thought this would have been magic,’” Davies said. “But then you hear them screaming up the stairs. They found the bag of various winter coats and boots that many people had donated to us, threw on anything, ran past us, opened the … patio door and just started twirling.”The video shows the beaming children exclaiming in delight and jumping around the small yard as the snow falls. The girl is seen spinning around with her face raised up to the sky as her brother jigs up and down. At one point, both put their hands out and watch the flakes land on their upturned palms.Davies said the flurry didn’t last very long, but allowed enough time for her six-year-old daughter to teach her Eritrean playmates how to eat snow and gave all three a chance to have a mini snowball fight.The video struck a chord on social media, where thousands of users liked, shared and exclaimed over the children’s obvious excitement.Underpinning many of the messages were comments encouraging the family as they begin a new chapter on Canadian soil.“This is what life is all about. Children, new to Canada that have never seen snow, and embracing it in that magical way that children do,” wrote one Twitter user. “Welcome to Canada sweethearts! Your lives will hopefully be a beautiful journey.”Davies said the children haven’t just confined their excitement to Canadian weather — they’re currently eager to enrol in a neighbourhood school and start going to class.Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgThe Toronto Stock Exchange’s main index moved ahead Monday, mostly on the back of rising oil and gold prices, but also thanks to gains in the health-care sector where a cannabis company’s shares surged more than 20 per cent.The S&P/TSX composite index advanced 63.63 points to 16,371.81.Shares of licensed marijuana producer Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH) gained 20.42 per cent or $3.68 to close at $21.70.Aphria announced before markets opened an agreement to acquire Broken Coast Cannabis Inc. in a deal it valued at $230 million in stock and cash.However, broader trends in the price of commodities were more influential for the index today, said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“I think the guide for the TSX today is really the little bit of a lift we’re seeing in oil price and gold prices,” he said.While the health-care sector led the TSX, shares in the gold sector gained an average of 1.2 per cent and those in the energy sector rose 0.46 per cent.Shortly after 4 p.m. ET, the February crude contract was up 51 cents to US$64.81 per barrel and the February gold contract was ahead by US$5.60 to US$1,340.50 an ounce.In commodity markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 80.50 cents US, up 0.53 of a U.S. cent.It’s likely the loonie will dip back below 80 cents US at some point in 2018, Fehr said, as the U.S. Federal Reserve is likely to remain on a steady path of hiking rates, which could outpace the Bank of Canada, putting downward pressure on the loonie.Canada’s central bank is expected to raise interest rates at its next announcement Wednesday, but Fehr believes it will later take to the sidelines at some point in 2018.Elsewhere in commodities, the March copper contract was up about 4.3 cents to roughly US$3.26 a pound and the February natural gas contract was down 6.9 cents to about US$3.13 per mmBTU.U.S. markets are closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s premier suggests a rejection by the province’s energy regulator for Hydro One’s application to purchase the Orillia Power Distribution Corp. is a win for consumers that demonstrates the system is working.Hydro One had announced a deal to acquire the utility company for $41.3 million in 2016. The figure included the assumption of about $14.9 million in OPDC debt.In its decision, the OEB said it applied a “no harm test” to assess the deal and was not satisfied that the test requirement had been met.Hydro One had said the deal would result in a one per cent reduction in base delivery rates for Orillia Power’s customers in years one to five and rate increases of less than the inflation rate in years six to 10.The utility also said the consolidation would result in ongoing cost savings of approximately $3.9 million per year and reduced capital costs of about $600,000 per year.The OEB said, however, that while it agreed that the deal would “reasonably be expected to result in overall cost savings and operational efficiencies,” they might not necessarily translate to lower rates for customers in the long run.Premier Kathleen Wynne said Friday that the decision shows how Ontario ratepayers are protected.“The OEB deemed that the Hydro One proposal was not going to save ratepayers any money and so it wouldn’t go forward,” she said.I think that demonstrates that the system works, that the Ontario Energy Board has a responsibility to make sure that decisions that are made are in the best interests of the people of the province. … I think that should give people confidence about the way the system works.”Wynne’s comments come a day after Ford said his first act as premier would be to fire CEO Mayo Schmidt and board of directors of the partially privatized utility.The newly minted Progressive Conservative leader said he would dump Schmidt because he presided over the dramatic increase of rates and earned a $6.2 million salary.Both Hydro One and the City of Orillia said late Thursday that they are reviewing the decision before determining their options.Negotiations between the city and Hydro One began in September 2015 and the deal was finalized the following August.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version dropped the word “million” in reference to OPDC’s debt.last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – Tailings pond management plans for two former Shell Canada oilsands mines in northern Alberta have been approved by the Alberta Energy Regulator, but it said “deficiencies” in the projects must be addressed over the next three or four years.It said an amendment must be submitted by September 2021, by the current owner, Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., to address the Muskeg River mine plan’s shortcomings, and by September 2022 for issues with the Jackpine mine’s plan.“Plans for treating and managing its tailings beyond the next few years do not meet the AER’s requirements and government policy,” said AER spokesman Jordan Fitzgerald in an email.“In its plans, (it) proposed extending the life of Muskeg River by 57 years and Jackpine by 53 years. Neither meets the AER’s existing approvals for each mine and results in its tailings not being ready to reclaim within 10 years after mining has stopped.”Plans submitted for the mines are inadequate in dealing with existing fluid tailings ponds, the proposed reclamation plans are uncertain over the medium- and long-term, and there are concerns about the proposed tailings treatment technology, the regulator said in its decisions.The regulator’s Directive 85, released in late 2015, requires that all oilsands mine producers outline how they will deal with the toxic storage ponds that together cover more than 220 square kilometres and contain almost 1.2 trillion litres of water contaminated with oil, chemicals and fine clay particles.It said fluid tailings must be treated and reclaimed progressively during the life of a project.The Canadian Natural decision is consistent with previous approvals of tailings pond applications despite their failure to meet standards, said Jodi McNeill, an analyst with the Pembina Institute, a clean energy think-tank.“We continue to be very disappointed with the outcomes,” she said, citing AER approvals of plans for Suncor Energy Inc.’s Millennium mine and Canadian Natural Resources’ Horizon mine last year.“Every single one of these projects thus far, by the AER’s own admission, has not met the requirements of Directive 85 and, rather than denying the plans based on the fact that they don’t comply with the regulations, they’ve all been given an extra grace period.”Canadian Natural spokeswoman Julie Woo said the company has no comment as it is examining the decisions.In its decisions on Wednesday, the AER took issue with changes to the way Canadian Natural plans to co-ordinate production between the two former Shell mines, noting that it is proposing not to expand bitumen production at Jackpine.In addition, the company said it plans to continue to transport bitumen froth from Jackpine to Muskeg River and its solvent recovery unit tailings will continue to be managed at Muskeg River, inconsistent with Jackpine’s previously approved expansion application, the AER noted.With regard to Muskeg River, the original mine that began production in 2002, the AER it didn’t agree with a Canadian Natural proposal to retire two tailings deposits at the mine by creating a lake with a water cap because that technology is still being assessed.Fitzgerald said the AER has set “thresholds” to ensure tailings management activities at both mines remain on track over the next few years.He said violations could result in Canadian Natural being required to conduct additional surveillance, submit to a third-party tailings audit or pay additional security. Further enforcement tools could include more frequent inspections, orders, financial penalties, prosecution and a shutdown of operations, he said.Last week, the three countries in the North American Free Trade Agreement agreed to vote on whether to investigate if Canada is failing to enforce environmental legislation on tailings ponds.The move was required after the trade treaty’s environmental watchdog concluded there were serious questions about how the federal government enforces the Fisheries Act in relation to the giant ponds.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this article include (TSX:CNQ, TSX:SU)last_img read more

first_imgLONDON — The British government is bringing its little-loved Brexit deal back to Parliament, a month after postponing a vote on the agreement to stave off near-certain defeat.Lawmakers are beginning five days of debate Wednesday on the agreement with the European Union setting out the terms of Britain’s departure from the bloc on March 29.A vote, initially slated for December, is scheduled for Jan. 15.But opposition remains strong from both pro-Brexit and pro-EU U.K. lawmakers. Brexiteers are urging the government to ramp up preparations for leaving the EU without a deal.But many lawmakers, and businesses, say that could cause economic turmoil.The de-facto deputy Prime Minister, David Lidington, said the only way to avoid a disruptive no-deal “is for Parliament to endorse and ratify a deal.”The Associated Presslast_img read more