VIP TREATMENT? DOH denies prioritizing politicians, officials for virus testing

first_imgDOH undersecretary Maria RosarioVergeire said Monday that most of the reported personalities who were testedfor COVID-19 were all qualified. “Gustoko lang linawin, hindi napapabayaan ‘yungating patients under investigation. Lahatnaman inaasikaso,” Vergeire told DZBB. “‘Yunpong mga sinasabi nilang na-test namga officials, most of them pasok sacriteria.” “If I came out positive, [I] will also post so the people who came near me would know the result whether positive or negative. My apologies to those offended,” Tolentino said in a statement. Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III and Sen. Francis Tolentino clear the air on their use of limited test kits for the novel coronavirus after they received backlash online. “Walanglamangan, walang gulangan. Iyom naman po ang ating mensahe,” Nograles saidduring the Laging Handa media briefing on Monday morning. Tolentino was one of the senators who underwent self-quarantine after he had a close contact with fellow senator Sherwin Gatchalian, who conducted a Senate hearing earlier this month were one of the resource person was tested positive for the virus. MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) hasdenied that it is giving special treatment to politicians and governmentofficials in the testing for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). According to the DOH, only persons underinvestigation in severe to critical condition must undergo testing forCOVID-19. Asymptomatic patients with exposure history must undergo 14-day homequarantine. Meanwhile, after drawing flak for his Facebook post where he said he tested negative for the COVID-19, Senator Francis Tolentino said that he was forced to undergo testing after developing symptoms. Vergeire said some government officialswere being allowed to be tested due to national security reasons despite thelacking of COVID-19 testing kits. In a statement on Sunday evening, the neophyte senator apologized after his social media post did not sit well with the netizens, who were calling for mass testing for the COVID-19. Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles,meanwhile, said that guidelines were in place in the conduct of COVID-19testing to ensure fairness and it should be followed. The hashtag #NoToVIPTesting trended on Twitter on Sunday night as netizens protested against politicians who were tested for COVID-19 despite the limited number of test kits in the country, decrying the politicians’ disregard for the DOH triage algorithm for the disease./PNlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — The NFL draft entered its third and final day with Cincinnati selecting an Appalachian State linebacker. Akeem Davis-Gaither was the Sun Belt’s defensive player of the year and a standout at the Senior Bowl, a game the Bengals coaching staff worked.The Redskins dealt their unhappy veteran tackle Trent Williams to San Francisco on Saturday morning, and then chose LSU tackle Saahdiq Charles, who has been plagued by off-field issues and served a six-game suspension. Two people familiar with the deal say the Niners will send a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft and a 2021 third-rounder to acquire Williams.The Southeastern Conference is on pace to smash another NFL draft record. A year after having a record 64 players selected during the three-day, seven-round event, the SEC had a whopping 40 guys go in the first three rounds. Thirteen of the league’s 14 teams had at least one player drafted. Only Mississippi failed to land a player in any of the first three rounds.Meanwhile, such iconic programs as Miami, Michigan State, Nebraska and West Virginia had no players selected in the first three rounds.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-WAKE FOREST-MANNING — Aston Villa players will take a 25% pay cut to help the English Premier League club during the coronavirus outbreak. The club chief executive Christian Purslow says, “First-team players, first-team coaches and senior management have all agreed to defer 25% of their salaries for four months to assist the club during this period of uncertainty.” He added a further review will then take place.— The South Pacific island of Vanuatu (vah-noo-AH’-too) was likely the only venue in the world hosting a competitive sports final Saturday, and it was streamed live. Officials set up four cameras and commentary for the online stream on the Vanuatu Cricket Association’s Facebook site. Association chief executive Shane Deitz said there were 350,000 views of a men’s 10-over exhibition match followed by the women’s Twenty20 final won by the Mele Bulls, who went undefeated in the four-team competition.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 April 25, 2020 Update on the latest sports The Niners will send a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft and a 2021 third-rounder to acquire the 31-year-old Williams, who still must pass a physical for the trade to be finalized.Williams sat out the entire 2019 season because of a dispute with Washington’s front office. The Redskins did not trade him before the Oct. 29 deadline and Williams renewed his request for a trade this offseason. In November, Williams revealed he had cancer and said that situation led him to distrust the Redskins’ medical staff and organization as a whole.The deal reunites Williams with 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, who was the offensive coordinator in Washington when Williams was drafted fourth overall in 2010.NFL-DRAFTBengals kick off final daycenter_img Manning had said after the Pitt loss on March 10 that he “absolutely” expected to return next season.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSEarnhardt race car up for auction to fund virus relief workUNDATED (AP) — NASCAR team owner Richard Childress is auctioning off one of racing legend Dale Earnhardt’s cars to raise money for coronavirus relief efforts.The Charlotte Observer reports that this is the first time Childress has sold or given away an original Earnhardt car from his personal collection. A news release from Richard Children Racing officials doesn’t specify which of Earnhardt’s trademark No. 3 race cars is up for auction. Childress tweeted Friday that parting with one of his cars is “a small sacrifice” for him to make. Earnhardt died in a crash during the last lap of the Daytona 500 in 2001.In other developments related to the pandemic:— The British government is stepping up its planning with sports bodies about the resumption of events once the coronavirus national lockdown is eased. Government medical officials are involved in the talks about the logistics and health procedures required to allow sports competitions to restart. The Premier League last played a game on March 9 and has plans to try to restart from June 8. The national lockdown is currently in place until May 7. Cricket authorities have already said their sport won’t resume until July, but horse racing is currently only suspended until June.— A top-flight Dutch soccer team is preparing for legal action to fight the Royal Netherlands Football Association’s decision to cancel the remainder of the league season FC Utrecht likely will not be alone in challenging the decision, which also allocated places in next season’s European competitions based on the standings when play was halted. The Netherlands was the first top-tier European league to cancel the remainder of the season. Neighboring Belgium could also end its season at a meeting Monday.— English Premier League team Chelsea says it will not impose a pay cut on its first-team squad and instead will ask players to continue their support for charities during the coronavirus pandemic. Chelsea also said it will not be furloughing any full-time staff, and casual workers and match day employees are being compensated by the club through to June 30. The Blues have been in negotiations with their players about a salary reduction, reportedly around 10%, in an effort to save money during the current crisis. That is lower than the Premier League’s suggestion of 30% for all clubs but Chelsea has now decided to take a different approach. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-REDSKINS-49ERS TRADE49ers acquire Pro Bowl LT Trent Williams from RedskinsUNDATED (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers agreed to acquire seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams from the Washington Redskins on Saturday for a pair of draft picks. Wake Forest fires coach Danny Manning after losing stretchRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest fired coach Danny Manning on Saturday after losing seasons in five of his six years and only one NCAA Tournament appearance.The decision came more than six weeks after the Demon Deacons lost to Pittsburgh in the opening game of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, capping a third straight losing season.Manning, a former No. 1 overall NBA draft pick, went 78-111 in Winston-Salem with a 30-80 mark in ACC regular-season games. Those league struggles included a 6-49 mark in league road games and 1-6 in the ACC Tournament.Athletic director John Currie said in a statement the change came after“a “comprehensive review” of the program. Currie said associate head coach and program great Randolph Childress will lead the program in the interim.last_img read more

Beckham in awe after ‘I am Bolt’

first_imgFormer England football captain David Beckham has praised multiple Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt after watching his documentary I Am Bolt. Beckham, the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star, posted on his Instagram page yesterday stating that he believes everyone, including aspiring athletes, can learn from Bolt’s journey. He also describes the film as a must-see. “I have just watched I Am Bolt and I know I posted before about the fastest man in the world and friend but if you haven’t seen this please you must,” Beckham said. “Yes, as we know, Usain is fast, really fast. We know Usain is Jamaican, but what we all learn and what all the aspiring athletes can learn is to work hard, be dedicated, and be honest. “This is a man that has his friends close, he has his family close. Usain is humble, humble to the point he brings me to tears when speaking and when winning races. There is no doubt he is the greatest and there is no doubt this man is the most humble athlete genius you will meet.” I Am Bolt premiered in the United Kingdom on November 28 at the Odeon Leicester Square cinemas and in Jamaica last Tuesday night at the National Indoor Sports Complex. The film showcases the life of the world’s fastest man and his journey to becoming a nine-time Olympic champion. Bolt recently said the purpose of the documentary is to impact lives and inspire others by the way he achieved his success.last_img read more


first_imgThe launch of ‘In a World Apart’, Fergus Cleary’s autobiography will take place in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny on next Wednesday 29th July at 7.30pm.The hugely talented Fergus ClearyIt’s a trip down memory lane with Fergus as he recalls the many and varied chapters of a very fulfilling life through his work at St. Conal’s Hospital, his showband days and huge amount of charity work that he has done.“It’s includes my memories of working in St. Conal’s. There’s plenty of stories about the place some humorous, some sad” said Fergus who started work on the book just a year ago. It runs to 120 pages and also includes tales from his time in the showbands and his marathon charity lorry runs with supplies to the poor and deprived in Romania.Some years ago Fergus presented a couple of ‘one man plays’ about life in St. Conal’s Hospital and excerpts from that production will also feature in the book.“I hadn’t given serious thought to writing the book although over the years many people were saying that I should do so with all stories I had about the hospital, the showbands and the trips to Romania. So last August I just though it was time that I started on it” Fergus said.Comedian Conal Gallen will be one of the special guests at the launch of ‘In a World Apart’ in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny on next Wednesday evening at 7.30pm. Fergus will also be appearing with the book at the Base Centre, Railway Road, Stranorlar on next Thursday 30th at 7.30 where he will joined by another well known comedian Aussie Bryson. The book will be on sale on the night and in outlets throughout the county.* Editor’s note – ‘The Mental’ was the name given to St Conal’s Hospital by local people at the time. No offence is intended.FERGUS TO REVEAL ALL ABOUT LIFE IN ‘THE MENTAL’…..AND OTHER THINGS! was last modified: July 23rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:A World ApartdonegalFergus Clearyletterkennylast_img read more

Stage set for 23rd North West 10k

first_imgThe big day has arrived and the North West 10k registration office has now opened again at Letterkenny Community Centre this morning until 1.30pm.It’s the 23rd staging of the North West 10k Charity Run & Walk, so come along and register to support three very worthy charities this year – Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Ireland Donegal Branch, the Little Angels Association and Donegal Cancer Flights & Services.Please be aware that a traffic management plan will be in operation from midday to 5pm with some limited road closures in operation. A reminder also that it is a 2pm. start for the North West 10k Charity Run & Walk on the Pearse Road. Donegal Person of the Year Jason Black will fire the start gun to get the runners and walkers on their way.North West 10k traffic managementRoad Closure along Pearse Road from Station Roundabout to Paddy Harte Road Junction from 1-5pm.Road Closure along Port Road- Inbound Lane from Polestar Roundabout to Station Roundabout from 1.45pm to 3.30pm. Access to Letterkenny town at Polestar Roundabout will be via Ballyraine Road or Neil T. Blaney Road.A stop/go system will be operational along the Pearse Road and Paddy Harte Road loop from 2pm to 3.30pm.Diversion routes available via Oldtown Road, Leck Road, Cullion Crossroads, Drumany and also Lismonaghan Road, Carrygawley Crossroads and Listillion.Motorists are requested to comply with Garda and steward directions to ensure the safety of all participants. Best of luck to all participants. Thank you for your co-operation.Stage set for 23rd North West 10k was last modified: May 5th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2019 North West 10kletterkennylast_img read more

49ers vs. Chargers: 3 studs, 3 duds

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA – Mainstays safely watched from the 49ers sideline as Thursday night’s exhibition finale afforded others a final audition to either be a stud or a dud. The nominees are:THREE STUDS1. Running back Jeff Wilson Jr.: Promoted from the practice squad last season, Wilson enhanced his roster bid with a 41-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter. Wilson cut back right and received a tremendous, down-field …last_img read more

Mike Lutmer, June 13

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I am going to finish up corn today. It is a little later than I’d like, but the ground is right and I don’t have very much left. I am a little concerned about planting this late but it is a 104-day hybrid and as long as we don’t have a super early frost I don’t think it will be a problem. We are down to the last couple of days planting beans. I’d like to get finished by Wednesday if the weather holds out.Within five miles I can go from ground that has water laying to a field that just got rain but hadn’t had anything for two weeks. We have places that are way too dry and places that look like a swamp.We made a good bit of hay the last two weeks. We are still fighting time to get all of the first cutting done the way I like it. The hay dried well and we had good quality. We sold it out of the field.The wheat is turning quickly. We have some that looks really good and some that is just OK. I am looking at cutting wheat around the last week of June. We had a little too much water in the fall that left it thin in some places. We haven’t had any blow down yet. We’ll bale the straw and double-crop beans.I still have a few loads of corn in the bin and I was going to sell it last week, but it kept going up. I may hold onto it for a few more days. The beans have rallied and we contracted some a few months ago and I’m glad I didn’t contract more than I did.All of the corn that is up looks great. We hope to get some sidedressing done in the next week. Some of the bean emergence I am not really happy with. In the really dry areas the beans have taken longer to get out of the ground.last_img read more

Saffron more visible under Yogi Adithyanath government

first_imgOver three months have passed since Uttar Pradesh got a new government under the BJP but not much has changed in Navneet Shukla’s life. He still ekes out a hand-to-mouth existence, riding a cycle-rickshaw for livelihood. Everything is the same, except his gamcha (scarf).A few weeks after the BJP came to power, 25-year-old Shukla replaced his white gamcha with a saffron one. Though he considers the colour attractive, the shift to saffron has more to do with survival on the rough streets than politics.‘Feel more secure’“I feel more secure with it, people don’t misbehave with me. Usually policemen treat us badly and chase us away. With a saffron gamcha, there is less gundai. Everybody is wearing it,” said Shukla.A little further down the road at Lucknow’s posh Hazratganj market, where Shukla is waiting for passengers, 40-year-old Ram Kailash Jaiswal has parked his rickshaw. Like Shukla, he, too, sports a saffron gamcha. His is wrapped around the head like a turban.Jaiswal bought the gamcha from a shop at Aminabad market recently. But unlike Shukla, he said it had nothing to do with the BJP coming to power or with getting respect from the policeman on the street.The Bahraich-native said he has never attended a political rally in his life and only votes during the local pradhan elections. “White gamchas get stained easily, not saffron. Besides, the store was mostly selling saffron gamchas and this one caught my eye,” said Jaiswal.Their motives may vary but saffron gamchas have really caught on in UP after the Yogi Adityanath government came to power.Be it BJP workers and Hindu Yuva Vahini activists or the common citizen on the street selling bhuttaor pakoras or driving an e-rickshaw, there is an evident increase in the display of saffron on the streets. It is also visibly the most dominant colour at stores and stalls that sell political material.Not uniqueIt’s common for colours and symbols of a party to become more prominent after it comes to power in UP. During the previous Samajwadi Party government, people sported red (the SP’s colour) caps or used the party flag on cars.So the current upsurge in saffron is not unique. But what makes it intriguing is that it is being linked directly to Mr. Adityanath, who has a penchant for the colour.Not only does he dress fully in saffron and dons a saffron scarf, saffron seat covers, saffron towels and saffron upholstery have become quite common at government functions and meetings involving him.“Most people who ask for saffron gamchas are supporters of Mr. Adityanath,” said Rakesh Yadav, who sells BJP party material outside the party headquarters in Lucknow.Yadav runs a tea shop outside the office and only started the stall a few months ago after sensing a rise in demand. Among the popular items are saffron topis, saffron gamchas, saffron coats, saffron badges, framed photos of Mr. Adityanath and car flags.A customer at the shop said he bought a saffron gamcha only because it would help him secure a better hearing in the BJP office, especially from lower-rung office-bearers. “When they see the gamcha, they think twice before rejecting me,” he said, not willing to be named. “The youth are influenced by Yogiji. They are also inspired to wear saffron after he came to power,” said Satya Prakash Chauhan, a member of the Vishwa Hindu Mahasangh, an international Hindu federation of which Mr. Adityanath is the India vice president.A police constable outside the Vidhan Sabha has also noticed a remarkable rise in saffron markers since the BJP came to power. He said the dominant political colour is often used a symbol of impunity and patronage.“The youth want to signal to us that their party and leader are in power now. They are trying to say ‘Respect us’,” said the constable.last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: Nothing clicked for us, admits Dhoni

first_imgIndian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday admitted that “nothing has clicked for the team” so far in the Test series against England and they have only played to 60 per cent of their potential.”Nothing has clicked for us in this Test series. We have only managed to perform upto 60 to 65 per cent of our potential. The key to doing well at the highest level is the ability to keep the good balls away and punish the loose deliveries consistently. We didn’t do that,” Dhoni said after they were thrashed by an innings and 242 runs to lose the series and the world number spot at Edgbaston here.Questioned about the worrying factor that the margin of loss is getting bigger and bigger, Dhoni answered, “A loss is a loss. We need to work a lot on both batting and bowling front. Congratulations to England for being the No. 1 side.”As usual Dhoni tried to play down the issue of rankings which he has always done during his interaction with the media.”I have always stressed about playing consistent cricket.Being number 1 or not is not of much importance. But as a unit you need to play consistent cricket. Once you are at the top, it’s like a Cat & Mouse game where other teams are trying to catch up with you. This is the first series that we have lost in last two and half years,” Dhoni stated.Dhoni also sidestepped the raging issue about lack of preparation which may have led to this disaster.advertisement”I never really thought about it. We have tried to utilise whatever opportunities we got.”The skipper felt that although fans expect them to win each and every series, it is not possible practically.Dhoni couldn’t explain the reason why his much-vaunted batting line-up has failed to cross 300-run mark in six innings. But he ruled out that age was a factor with his premier batsmen.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more