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Aklan won’t lower guard despite zero virus cases

first_img* A 40-year-old seaman from this capital town There are also no suspect cases and local transmission of COVID-19 in Aklan, data from the Provincial Health Office showed. The accreditation and assessment of DRSTMH as testing center is being fast-tracked by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and the Department of Health (DOH).DRSTMH also needs to comply with the DOH-RITM’s biosafety principles which include biosafety Level 2 facility, laboratory technologists trained for biosafety and transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) procedures and a well-established protocol on the quality assurance of test results to avoid laboratory-acquired infections and inaccuracies.Provincial Health Officer I Dr. Cornelio Cuachon Jr. said the provincial government here will put up a molecular diagnostics laboratory inside the compound of DRSTMH and will be managed by medical technologists, encoders and administrative staff.There is a DOH-licensed COVID-19 testing center in Iloilo City, the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) in Mandurriao district. It is where this province and the rest of Region 6 send the swab samples of their residents while waiting for the accreditation of their own respective centers.This province recently acquired a new PCR machine to boost testing capacity for the virus and reduce backlog at the WVMC.Miraflores said the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) machine will hasten the capabilities of testing laboratories to detect severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 which causes COVID-19. RT-PCR tests detect the actual presence of the virus with a turnaround time of 24 to 48 hours.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN) All of the seven confirmed cases in this province travelled from Metro Manila, the governor added. * A 66-year-old retired government employee from this capital town “All of our seven confirmed cases have recovered. Recently, a Taiwanese resident in Boracay Island in Malay town showed symptoms of COVID-19, but he came out negative after being tested,” said Miraflores during a press conference via Zoom last week. * A 68-year-old man from this Capital town* An 81-year-old man from Libacao town* A 44-year-old resident of Altavas town but works in Roxas City, Capiz* A 30-year-old overseas Filipino worker from Banga townMeanwhile, the provincial government of Aklan is pursuing the accreditation process of the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital (DRSTMH) as a testing laboratory for COVID-19.center_img Police personnel implement border checkpoint in Barangay Poblacion, Kalibo, Aklan on May 17. The province is now free from coronavirus disease after all of its seven confirmed cases have fully recovered. KALIBO, Aklan – Although this province is now free from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) after all its seven infected residents have fully recovered, Gov. Florencio Miraflores said they will still enforce strict measures.   BY JUN AGUIRRE AND BOY RYAN ZABAL Miraflores assured suspected and probable patients who will be found out positive for the virus will be immediately given necessary interventions. The following are Aklan’s confirmed cases that have fully recovered.Here’s a brief description of the seven COVID-19 survivors in this province* A 37-year-old doctor from Malay townlast_img read more

QPR to seek stadium advice

first_imgQPR are seeking advice from supporters and local residents as the club ploughs ahead with plans to build its new 40,000 seater stadium. Rangers unveiled proposals in December for a new ground in Old Oak to replace Loftus Road, which first became home to the team in 1917 and currently holds 18,439 seats. More than 50,000 newsletters will be distributed to homes and businesses across West London on Thursday, inviting people to inspect the plans and put their opinions forward. QPR claim the project would provide 55,000 new jobs and 24,000 new homes as well as improving transport connections and community facilities in an area to be called ‘New Queens Park’. “We are looking to deliver much more than just a stadium,” QPR chairman Tony Fernandes said. “This is very much the start of the process. We want to share our ideas and plans and in turn hear from the local community. “The aim is that local residents, our fans and others with an interest in this part of London will come along and help us shape our proposals.” The first of six public exhibitions open to the public will be held at Loftus Road on Monday, September 15 from 2pm until 8pm. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Other Sports Deepa Malik, Paralympics Silver Medalist Awarded Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna On National Sports Day

first_img New Delhi: Deepa Malik, who secured a silver in the shot put F53 category in the 2016 Rio Paralympics, was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award on National Sports Day. Manuel Fredericks, who has had a big hand in India hockey, was awarded the Dhyan Chand award for his achievements while Arup Basak was also given the Dhyan Chand award for his contributions to the growth of Table Tennis in India. Deepa Malik, who became the first Indian woman to win a medal at the 2016 Paralympics Games, has backed out of the next Games in 2020 in Tokyo due to injury and is instead considering taking up swimming. Malik had secured silver in shot put in 2016 Paralympics, but she revealed that shot put and javelin in her disability category were not a part of the next Paralympics, which will be hosted by Tokyo from August 25.Malik was joint winner of the top honour with Asian and Commonwealth Games champion Bajrang Punia, who is in Russia to prepare for the upcoming World Championships in Kazakhstan.  Malik became only the second para-athlete after double Paralympic gold-medallist javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia, who received the recognition in 2017, to have won the prestigious award. At 49, she also became the oldest athlete ever to have claimed the honour. Malik became fourth-time lucky as she was ignored for the award for the past three years, leading her to question and criticise the decision.”I am very happy. This whole journey has been more about changing the attitude of people towards disability and the hidden potential in people with disability. I think the award is going to be a huge inspiration to women athletes in disability. It took 70 years for independent India to win medal in Paralympic,” Malik said.There were several other prominent sports personalities who were awarded the Arjuna Award. World No. 1 wrestler in 65kg, Bajrang Punia was also awarded the Khel Ratna but he could not accept it as he was out of the country.  The Arjuna Award was also awarded to people like Ravindra Jadeja and Poonam Yadav, track and field stars Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, Mohammed Anas and Swapna Barman, footballer Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, hockey player Chinglensana Singh Kangujam and shooter Anjum Moudgil.Also Read | NRI businessman announces cash prize for 2016 Rio paralympics heroesAs per guidelines, to be eligible for the award, a sportsperson should not only have had good performance consistently for the previous four years at the international level with excellence for the year for which the Award is recommended, but should also have shown qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and a sense of discipline.Also Read | PM Narendra Modi honours Rio Paralympics Medallist Deepa Malik at Haryana Swarna Jayanti program in GurugramProminent absentees from the event were cricketer Ravindra Jadeja, Asian Games gold-medallist shot-putter Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, and silver-winner quartermiler Mohammed Anas, all of who were picked for the Arjuna award this year.  Jadeja is currently on national duty with the Indian Test team in the Caribbean, while Toor and Anas are competing in the national inter-state athletics meet in Lucknow right now.List of Awardees: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award: Deepa Malik (para-athletics), Bajrang Punia (wrestling) Arjuna Awards: Ravindra Jadeja (cricket), Mohammed Anas Yahiya (athletics), Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (football), Sonia Lather (boxing), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (hockey), S Bhaskaran (bodybuilding), Ajay Thakur (kabaddi), Anjum Moudgil (shooting), B Sai Praneeth (badminton), Tajinder Pal Singh Toor (athletics),  Pramod Bhagat (para sports-badminton), Harmeet Rajul Desai (table tennis), Pooja Dhanda (wrestling), Fouaad Mirza (equestrian), Simran Singh Shergill (polo), Poonam Yadav (cricket), Swapna Burman (athletics), Sundar Singh Gurjar (para sports-athletics) and Gaurav Singh Gill (motorsports). Dronacharya Award (regular category): Mohinder Singh Dhillon (athletics), Sandeep Gupta (table tennis) and Vimal Kumar (badminton).   Dronacharya Award (lifetime category): Sanjay Bhardwaj (cricket), Rambir Singh Khokar (kabaddi) and Mezban Patel (hockey). Dhyan Chand Award: Manoj Kumar (wrestling), C Lalremsanga (archery), Arup Basak (table tennis), Nitten Kirrtane (tennis) and Manuel Fredricks (hockey). highlights Deepa Malik became the first Indian to win a medal in Paralympics.Deepa Malik will not be part of the 2020 Olympics.Ravindra Jadeja was nominated for the Arjuna Award.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Women’s hockey buries Lindenwood in opening series

first_imgIn their first series since winning the national championship in March, the Badgers swept the Lady Lions with 24 goals and no reply over the weekend at the Kohl Center.[/media-credit]Scoring 24 goals in the first series of the season is nothing to complain about.Extending its unbeaten streak from last season with a 13-0 win over the Lindenwood Lady Lions, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team has gone 29 games without a loss.Nearly every Badger scored on the weekend, as all four freshmen found the back of the net. The only goalless Badger was sophomore Natalie Berg, who had four assists.“It was really good,” said freshman defenseman Katarina Zgraja, who scored her first career goal Friday. “After you get your first goal, you’re more comfortable with the puck and you just feel good.”Wisconsin held advantages in experience, talent and overall conditioning over Lindenwood, and senior forward Hilary Knight’s second goal of the game epitomized the series.Twenty seconds after her first goal, Knight took the puck up the ice following the faceoff. She flipped the puck over the last defender and shot it past Lindewood’s goaltender, Taylor Fairchild, putting the Badgers up 2-0.“I always practice lifting it up and knocking it down and try to be a little creative – add a little spice to what we’re doing,” Knight said. “I like to have fun, and fortunately, that time it worked out.”Knight and junior forward Brianna Decker each finished the day with a hat trick, while senior forward Brooke Ammerman and freshman forward Katy Josephs scored two goals apiece.Head coach Mark Johnson was pleased to see contributions from most of his team so early in the season.“Everybody got their feet wet, everybody had a lot of ice time and it’s nice to see everybody make a contribution,” Johnson said. “It’s good. If I’m a freshman, I got to play a lot, I made a contribution, so those jitters that maybe young kids have hopefully may be eased a little bit.”In the drubbing, Wisconsin outshot Lindenwood 72-3. For the weekend, the Badgers put 132 shots on goal to Lindenwood’s 14.Both sophomore goaltender Alex Rigsby and junior Nikki Kaasa saw time in net this weekend. Both games, Kaasa relieved Rigsby in the third period, facing about as many shots as Rigsby had in the previous periods.“Yeah, my dad made a comment after the game on Friday, ‘Not a lot changed as you went out on the ice in the third period,’” Kaasa said. “My defense, everybody played great this weekend, especially with us being short on players, definitely a good week to get our feet wet.”Friday night’s season opener could not have set the tone for the weekend in a better way.After watching a 2010-11 season recap video and finally dropping their national championship banner, the season opener was undeniably emotional for the Badgers. Nevertheless, UW was able to stay focused in skating to an 11-0 shutout win.“[Knight] and I both looked at each other after the banner dropped and we said we got the chills,” Decker said. “We know it’s the start of a new season and we just have to be ready to go.”The game began slowly. Both teams had only practiced for about a week with their coaches, so things weren’t expected to click instantly.Following a one-goal first period, the Badgers didn’t look back in scoring 10 goals throughout the remaining 40 minutes. Not only did Wisconsin dominate Lindenwood in its first Division I game, it absolutely trounced the newcomer, out-shooting them 60-11.With a short bench, the large majority of UW’s roster saw plenty of ice time. Specifically, the freshmen proved they can keep up with their defending national champion teammates.On the Badgers’ fifth goal of the night, freshman forward Blayre Turnbull sent the puck through the crease to waiting freshman forward Karley Sylvester who sent it into the net.“It means a lot,” Sylvester said of the goal. “In the beginning, I was super nervous – all of us freshman were. After the first shift, we got it out. Scoring in my first game, that’s pretty exciting.”“I think we’ve got a really good group of freshman girls coming in,” sophomore defenseman Kelly Jaminski added. “Even tonight it showed. They work hard, so I think that’s exciting. That’ll be good because it helps our season keep going hard.”As the most experienced Badger blue liner, Jaminski led UW’s defense while senior Brittany Haverstock and juniors Stefanie McKeough and Saige Pacholock are skating with the Canada National Team for the weekend. Junior Alev Kelter is also playing with the Wisconsin women’s soccer team.The sophomore scored her first two career goals as a Badger Friday night – both from the blue line – and also notched three assists on the night.“New people stepped up today and it was really exciting to see that,” Decker said. “Our depth is as strong as it was last season and that’s what is going to be a big threat for us.”last_img read more

Sierra Leone FA refuse to recognise Swedish coach

first_imgThere is confusion over who is coaching Sierra Leone’s national football team.The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) insist it has never recognised Swede Lars Olof Mattsson as coach.Mattsson was recently appointed by the Sierra Leone sports ministry, who pay the coach’s salary, to lead the team for the remainder of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.But the SLFA insist that Christian Cole is the coach and will be in charge for the rest of the 2012 campaign.The Swedish coach was originally named to only take charge of the Leone Stars for March’s qualifier in Niger.Despite its stance over Mattsson, SLFA officials were present when he was named as coach for the one-off game and travelled to Niamey for the match. Subsequently Mattsson was named as coach by the sports ministry for the final three games in 2012 qualifiers but the SLFA now say they do not recognise this decision.Source: BBClast_img read more

As A.J. Pollock recovers from infection, Dodgers coach Chris Gimenez can relate

first_img“It’s getting there. I’m able to do more stuff,” he said Friday. “It feels good. Everything feels strong. Just kind of waiting on this thing (the PICC line). The good thing is I’m able to do a lot of stuff now so when it comes out hopefully I won’t have a whole lot to wait. I don’t know. We’ll see.”Pollock said he has spoken with a number of fellow athletes who had to deal with similar infections. He didn’t have to go far to find one with a horror story.Dodgers coach Chris Gimenez was in spring camp with the Chicago Cubs in 2016 when he fouled a ball off his left leg. A bruise developed just above his ankle and his leg became swollen.Days later, the swelling had not gone down and Gimenez woke up feeling as if “my leg was on fire.” He wound up in the hospital with the veins in his leg turning red as the infection spread.“At first, they didn’t know how to stop it,” Gimenez recalled of the doctors’ attempts to treat it with a variety of antibiotics. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error As the infection progressed unchecked, Gimenez’s doctor told him it was possible he might have to amputate his leg to prevent it from spreading through his bloodstream into his heart.“He said, ‘Listen, I’m going to go home for the night. When I get back at 6 o’clock in the morning, we’re going to check this,’ ” said Gimenez, who retired following the 2018 season and joined the Dodgers’ coaching staff this year. “ ‘If this does not go down, we’re going to have to potentially consider taking your leg to save your life.’ ”Gimenez said he “ate a ton of ice cream” that night, his mind racing over the possibilities. In the morning, the infection had not progressed. It slowly began to recede, the doctors finally having hit upon the right medication. By early May, Gimenez was back playing.Pollock will make no predictions about how soon he will be back on the field, saying only that there is a preliminary set of targets but “I’m not there yet.”Things have also changed in his absence. Rookie Alex Verdugo has taken over as the primary center fielder and is playing very well both offensively (a .322 average and .896 OPS) and defensively.“I feel like I’ll be able to help contribute in whatever fashion when I come back,” Pollock said. “It’s a pretty unique opportunity to play for a team like this. We’ve got a lot of baseball left so I’m just trying to get back as quick as I can and try to add to what we already have.”TURNER OUTDodgers third baseman Justin Turner was not in the starting lineup on Friday, his second day off in a row since experiencing some discomfort in his left hamstring while scoring the tying run in Wednesday night’s ninth-inning rally.Turner declined to answer questions about his status Friday afternoon. With Kenley Jansen’s help from a few lockers away, though, he was able to diagnose it as “a barrel-ache.”Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “He’s been getting too many hits lately,” Jansen joked. “His bat needs a rest.”Turner (who hit .341 in May) did go through a light workout under the supervision of a trainer, but he did not do any full-speed running and only limited agility drills.“We just didn’t want it to get to the point of being something serious,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said of Turner being held out of the lineup. “We think we got out in front of it and we expect him back soon.”ALSODave Roberts was not at Friday’s game. He was in San Diego attending the high school graduation of his son, Cole. In his absence, bench coach Bob Geren managed the game. Friday was also Roberts’ 47th birthday.UP NEXTPhillies (LHP Cole Irvin, 2-1, 5.60 ERA) at Dodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw, 5-0, 3.46 ERA), Saturday, 7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), KTLA/Ch. 5, MLB Network (out of market only), 570 AM LOS ANGELES — There is not an actual black cloud that follows A.J. Pollock around. It has just seemed like that at times.“I’ve had some bad luck,” the Dodgers outfielder said of his latest setback. “I’ve had some great experiences in baseball too. But, man, yeah – what are you going to do? I’ve kind of learned you just keep moving forward whatever the situation is. It’s going to be fun to come back and play for this team. They’ve been a lot of fun to watch.”Pollock has been out for more than a month so far after developing an infection in his right elbow. The infection led to surgery during which doctors removed the plate and screws inserted after a previous elbow injury – one of a series of setbacks that have limited Pollock to 113 games or fewer in four of the previous five years.In order to fully eradicate the infection, Pollock has a PICC line in his left arm delivering antibiotics into his bloodstream. The catheter has to remain in place until June 12 – a six-week course of antibiotics. Pollock had the stitches removed from his right elbow last week, allowing him to increase his workouts.center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more