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2 GCTA-freed Antique inmates yield to cops

By on September 25, 2020

first_imgEscobar saidthe 57-year-old inmate from Culasi was charged for murder and released lastAug. 6 this year. SANJOSE, Antique –Two convicts released from the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City underthe Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law, have surrendered to theirrespective police stations here in the province. Escobarencouraged other inmates released through GCTA to surrender to the policestation nearest them, even as he assured that the lawmen will treat themproperly and respect their human rights. (With a report from PNA/PN) He was releasedfrom the NBP last March 13, but surrendered to the police on Sept. 12. Lieutenant Colonel Norby Escobar. APPO LieutenantColonel Norby Escobar, deputy director for operations of the Antique ProvincialPolice Office, said Monday that the two former inmates reported to the policestations of Culasi and Patnongon towns following the order of President RodrigoDuterte for the GCTA beneficiaries to surrender.center_img “The two GCTAbeneficiaries are now at the Culasi and Patnongon municipal police stationswaiting to be fetched by the BuCor (Bureau of Corrections) personnel,” he said. The otherconvict, a 56-year-old GCTA beneficiary from Patnongon, was charged withhomicide and frustrated homicide. “The GCTAbeneficiary, however, surrendered to the Culasi police station last September 6upon hearing the order of President Duterte,” he said. He added thatthe chiefs of police of the two towns are also waiting for instruction whetherBuCor will fetch them or request the concerned police station to bring them toMuntinlupa.last_img read more

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Iraqis pour into streets for protest

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first_imgOne woman died after she was struck inthe head by a tear gas canister, Iraq’s Human Rights Commission said, and atleast 155 people were wounded on Friday. At least 250 people were killed overthe past month.(Reuters) BAGHDAD – Tens of thousands of Iraqisthronged central Baghdad demanding the downfall of the political elite in thebiggest day of mass anti-government demonstrations since the fall of SaddamHussein.   A demonstrator throws away a tear gas canister during an anti-government protest in Baghdad, Iraq on Nov. 1. REUTERS/KHALID AL-MOUSILYcenter_img Protests have accelerated dramaticallyin recent days, drawing huge crowds from across Iraq’s sectarian and ethnicdivides to reject the political parties in power since 2003. Five people died on Thursday nightfrom similar injuries.last_img read more

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Canadian nat’l in Negros Occ. tests negative for nCoV

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first_imgHe added the patient, who was admittedat the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH), wasdischarged from the hospital on yesterday. He also urged the public to alwaysverify information related to nCoV from the Department of Health website and torefrain from spreading fake news. As of Wednesday, the City HealthOffice reported two more PUIs – a 67-year-old male, a foreign national, who hada layover in Taiwan, and a 30 to 40-year-old Filipino male who traveled to HongKong. The remaining two PUIs were also atthe hospital waiting for the laboratory results from the RITM. BACOLOD City – A43-year-old Canadian national who was under investigation  for a possible 2019 novel coronavirus acuterespiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD) infection had tested negative for thevirus. One of the two is a 12-year-old with ahistory of travel to Hong Kong and Macau while the other is a 58-year-oldfemale. They are now confined in atertiary hospital, she addedcenter_img Dr. Julius Drilon, medical centerchief II, said in a statement that this was based on the result of theconfirmatory testing from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM). CHO Environment and SanitationDivision head Grace Tan said the swab samples of the latest two patients wouldbe sent to the RITM as soon as possible. “The CLMMRH is assuring the publicthat the hospital is implementing strict infection control measures inproviding treatment to these patients,” Drilon said. The Bacolod City Disaster RiskReduction and Management Council  has passed a resolution requesting for aP10-million budget that will be utilized by the inter-agency task force for theprevention and control of Novel Coronavirus (nCoV). (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

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Aklan eyes COVID-19 testing machine

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first_img Results from the PCR testing by trained personnel could be ready within just a day. According to Gov. Florencio Miraflores, obtaining a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machine will test faster the samples of the coronavirus disease 2019 patients in Aklan. He added that he already discussed the plan with Department of Health Region 6 director Dr. Marlyn Convocar and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine. BOY RYANZ ZABAL/PN Currently, the samples taken from PUIs admitted in the Aklan provincial hospital in this capital town were brought to the DOH Regional Office and then to the RITM for testing. Gov. Florencio Miraflores said that they are working on the plans of obtaining a testing machine with the help of Department of Health (DOH) Region 6 director Dr. Marlyn Convocar and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa. Miraflores added that they will prioritize persons under investigation (PUIs) manifesting severe symptoms as well as medical frontliner personnel in Aklan in the testing for the COVID-19 infection.  Of the 28 PUIs, only two are in the said hospital, while the others are under home quarantine.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN)center_img As this province closed its borders for the enhanced community quarantine on March 23, Miraflores said the procurement of PCR will cut short the processing of test samples by RITM and sub-national laboratories. KALIBO, Aklan – The provincial government here is eyeing for a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machine for the faster testing of samples for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). In the Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City, on the other hand, there are four PCR machines that are operating already screen samples for the COVID-19. As of March 22, the Provincial Health Office-Aklan reported 28 PUIs and 4,333 persons under monitoring. last_img read more

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103-year-old Italian says ‘courage, faith’ helped beat virus

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first_imgROME (AP) — To recover from the coronavirus, as she did, AdaZanusso recommends courage and faith, the same qualities that have served herwell in her nearly 104 years. COVID-19 can cause mild or moderate symptoms, and most ofthose who are infected recover. But the elderly and those with existing healthproblems can be at high risk for more serious illness. Asked about her illness, Zanusso is modest: “I had somefever.” “I’m well, I’m well,” Zanusso said Tuesday during a videocall with The Associated Press from the Maria Grazia Residence for the elderlyin Lessona, a town in the northern region of Piedmont. “I watch TV, read thenewspapers.” “One day she opened her eyes again and resumed doing whatshe used to before,” Furno Marchese said. The doctor recalled when Zanusso wasable to sit up, then managed to get out of bed. Her doctor asked Zanusso what she would like to do when“they open the doors.” What helped her get through the illness? “Courage andstrength, faith,” Zanusso said. It worked for her, so she advises others whofall ill to also “give yourself courage, have faith.” She grew up in Treviso, in the northeastern Veneto region,where she worked for many years in the textile industry. Zanusso, who turns 104on Aug. 16, had four children — three of whom are living — and has fourgrandchildren and three great-grandchildren. This week, Milan newspaper Corriere della Sera devoted anentire page to the stories of super-old survivors, called “healing at 100 yearsold.” The inspirational portraits are a counterpoint to news of large numbersof deaths among elderly people living in Italian nursing homes and otherassisted-living facilities. The virus has killed nearly 18,000 people in Italy and over88,000 worldwide. The World Health Organization says 95% of those who have diedin Europe were over 60 years old. Italy, along with neighboring France, has Europe’s largestpopulation of what has been dubbed the “super old” — people who are at least100. As the nation with the world’s highest number of COVID-19 deaths, Italy islooking to its super-old survivors for inspiration. “We hydrated her because she wasn’t eating, and then wethought she wasn’t going to make it because she was always drowsy and not reacting,”Furno Marchese said. Under Italy’s five-week-long lockdown, which is aimed atcontaining the spread of infections that have overwhelmed hospitals, visitorsaren’t allowed at homes for the elderly. Zanusso wore a protective mask, as did her family doctor of35 years beside her, Carla Furno Marchese, who also donned eyewear and a gownthat covered her head. In this photo taken on April 1, 2020, 103-year-old Ada Zanusso, poses with a nurse at the old people’s home “Maria Grazia” in Lessona, northern Italy, after recovering from Covid-19 infection. To recover from coronavirus infection, as she did, Zanusso recommends courage and faith, the same qualities that have served her well in her nearly 104 years on Earth. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (Residenza Maria Grazia Lessona via AP Photo) Deaths, hospitalizations and new infections are leveling offin Italy, and Premier Giuseppe Conte is expected to announce in the coming dayshow long the lockdown will remain in place, with expectations that somerestrictions could be eased. Outside the nonprofit, 61-bed Maria Grazia Residence, the Italian flag flies at half-staff in tribute to those who died of the virus./AP “She’s old, but healthy, with no chronic illness,” herdoctor said. Her doctor said Zanusso was in bed for a week. “I’d like to take a lovely walk,” she replied. And yourthree great-grandchildren? “Watch them play together.” Of the victims, most elderly weren’t tested for COVID-19 ifthey died in nursing homes, so the numbers don’t figure into Italy’s overallcoronavirus death toll, which is the highest in the world. Medical staff “went through a very hard time,” said FurnoMarchese, the doctor. “It was a great emergency with so many residents ill, soto see a positive outcome was very rewarding, not only for me, but for all thepeople who worked hard here nonstop.” For now, Zanusso is isolated from other residents as sheawaits a follow-up swab test to confirm she is negative for the virus.last_img read more

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Region 6 fire bureau office reopens after one-week lockdown

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first_img* Senior Fire Officer 4 (SFO4) Gene Aragona – officer-in-charge of Fire Control Operations Section; reassigned to the Office of the Regional Director, NCR As of yesterday, June 25, a total of 196 personnel been cleared. All of them were previously ordered to go on quarantine while waiting for the results of their tests. * Fire Superintendent Nazrudyn Cablayan – Provincial Fire Marshal of Aklan; reassigned to the Office of the General Support Service, National Headquarters * Fire Superintendent Allan Agarin – chief of Logistics Division; reassigned to the Office of the General Support Service, BFP National Headquarters BFP-6 reopened on Monday. Personnel whose tested negative for the disease were manning it, according to Fire Senior Superintendent Jerry Candido, regional director. ILOILO City – The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Region 6 has resumed its normal operation after a week of closure when its 196 personnel were subjected to testing for possible coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection. Personnel who also did not have direct contact with their COVID-positive BFP-6 colleague were ordered to report to work. These seven sacked BFP-6 personnel were the following: Last week, the Department of Interior and Local Government said 28 BFP-6 personnel were relieved from their posts for making a trip to Boracay Island together with their COVID-positive colleague. It later clarified that these 28 were still under investigation and that only seven have been relieved so far effective June 18. * Fire Superintendent  Aldwin Salazar – assistant regional director for operations; reassigned to the Office of the General Support Service, National Headquarters * Fire Officer 2 (FO2) Marvin Gerzaniva – Office of the Information Technology; reassigned to the Office of the Regional Director, NCR * Senior Fire officer (SFO1) Ralph Liban – Office of the Engineering and Maintenance Section, Logistics Division; to be assigned to the Office of the Regional Director,  National Capital Region (NCR) * Senior Fire Officer 2 (SFO2) Jonathan Hungriano – Health Service Section; reassigned to the Office of the Regional Director, NCR/PN “We are back to normal operations,” said Candido . The city government closed the BFP-6 office beginning June 15 after a newly-returned personnel from Cebu tested positive for COVID-19.last_img read more

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St. Louis School Hosting Reds Family Night

By on September 24, 2020

first_imgChris Sabo played infield for the Cincinnati Reds for six seasons.The Reds will be at the home of the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.Not for a baseball game with a division rival, but rather to help raise funds for a local school and it’s mission trip.St. Louis School in Batesville is hosting Reds Family Night.Attendees will have an opportunity to hear the history of the Reds, view memorabilia from the Reds Hall of Fame, and even meet a former Reds player.Chris Sabo played for the Cincinnati Reds from 1988-1993 and was a member of the 1990 World Series team. He will be in attendance along with Reds mascot Rosie Red.You can’t beat the price of the ballpark concessions that are also available.“All concessions are a dollar each,” said Carrie Wesseler, who has assisted with organizing the event.A silent auction will also be held that will feature 2014 game tickets and other Reds items.Proceeds from Reds Family Nigh will benefit the St. Louis Mission Team and their trip to Milford Center, Ohio in July 2014.“We will help with home repairs, painting, building decks or wheelchair ramps,” said Wesseler. “Pretty much anything we can do.”Tickets for the Reds Family Night are $5.00 and can be purchased in advance at Joan’s T-Shirt Printing, Schmidt’s Bakery, or Sunman FCN Bank. They can also be bought the night of the event.The event will be held at the St. Louis Activity Center from 6-8 p.m.last_img read more

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Republicans Debate County Issues At Osgood Town Hall

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first_imgRepublican candidates for District 1 County Commissioner debated Monday in Osgood.A debate Monday featured Republican candidates vying for election to office in Ripley County.The Ripley County Women’s Club held the candidate debate at the Osgood Town Hall as County Council member Brenda Wetzler was the moderator of the event and asked candidates questions on pertinent county and state issues.Bill McDonald and Chip Perfect are seeking election to the District 43 state senator seat. Topics addressed included the distribution of local income tax, the continuation of riverboat revenue sharing funds, the payment of probation officer salaries and Common Core in Indiana schools.Ron Decker replaced the vacant county council seat previously held by Dee Dee Kaiser in January. He is seeking reelection and was asked Monday about the $2 million rainy day fund and county budgets.Four republicans are vying for the District 1 County Commissioner position. They debated issues regarding payment of county employee overtime hours, additional tax for county road repairs, the financial condition of county EMS units, and employee use of county owned vehicles while off duty.The four candidates: Bill Flannery, Stan Wiedeman, Jay Gayheart and Robert Linville, each support county law enforcement driving service vehicles while off the clock.Three Sheriff candidates debated at the Osgood Town Hall.Ripley County Sheriff Tom Grills has reached his term-limit as a new head of the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office will be elected this year. On Monday, republicans Rob Bradley, Joe Mann and Jeff Cumberworth debated issues pertaining to local law enforcement.Wetzler asked each candidate about deputy work schedules, possible reinstatement of home incarceration, cost effective ways to punish criminals and the ongoing heroin problem in the county.Each candidate felt a home incarceration program could generate revenue for the county. With a spark of heroin use in recent years, Rob Bradley suggested undercover work and apprehension as keys to reversing the epidemic. Cumberworth said more education could lead to the decline of heroin use and Mann said a K-9 is an essential tool for law enforcement.Tim Sutton and Josh Thompson have filed their candidacy for sheriff on the Democratic ticket for the May Primary.Other candidates running unopposed spoke at the debate including William Wagner, auditor; Ryan King, circuit court judge; Richard Hertel, prosecuting attorney; Jeff Sharp, superior court judge; and Shawna Bushhorn, assessor.State Rep. Randy Frye spoke at the event advising candidates to stand behind each other after the May Primary.State Representative Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) was in attendance at the debate and shared his advice to candidates.“If you plan on winning you will have to work really hard. I would also caution anyone who is running, that once the primary is over, get behind those that won,” Frye said. “As I said earlier tonight, it is sort of like a family fight. Once the primary is over let’s put the family back together and get onto November.”last_img read more

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Lady Knights Top Lady Pirates In Girls Soccer

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first_imgThe Greensburg Lady Pirates soccer team hosted EIAC foe South Dearborn and lost to the Lady Knights 3-1.The loss drops the Lady Pirates to 1-1 on the season and 0-1 in EIAC play.The Lady Knights got on the board 3 minutes into the game and addedanother goal around the 21 minute mark to take a 2-0 lead to halftime.Seven minutes into the second half the visitors added their third goal. Maddi Hellmich notched her second goal of the season with 20 minutes to play to put the Lady Pirates on the board. Hellmich had 4 shots on goal for the game to lead the Lady Pirates. Sierra Aylsworth, Brooke Martin and Stephanie Bruns also had shots on goal. McKella Lynette tallied 12 saves from shots on goal on the evening.The Lady Knights took another 15-20 shots that were not on frame. Thedefensive line and midfielders did a nice job all night of slowing down South Dearborn’s runs and pressuring their shots off target.In the JV half after the varsity contest, the Lady Pirates fell 4-0.Brooke Martin and Tess Luers each had shots on goal while Emily Lowe had 15 saves from shots on goal.The JV had an outstanding effort with multiple ladies playing their first soccer match ever.The team will be in action Saturday morning as they host Union County at 10AM.The boys’ soccer team will play after the girls with a noon kickoff.South Dearborn at Greensburg Girls Soccer (8-21)Courtesy of Pirates Coach Mike Myers.last_img read more

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IU Researcher: Few Benefits For Workers With Temporary Visas

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first_imgNew University of Indiana research has found that most temporary workers from Mexico who get work visas are no better off than those who are undocumented. (Image; Bread for the World/Flickr.)INDIANAPOLIS – Immigrants from Mexico can fill the gap where there’s a need for agricultural or low-skilled work in Indiana and other states. However, a new study finds little benefit for those who legally obtain a temporary worker visa.Indiana University researcher Lauren Apgar found that temporary workers hold jobs with the lowest occupational standing, and with wages equivalent to those of undocumented workers. Their visa requires that they work for the sponsoring employer, which she said prevents advancement.“Overall, this is really suggesting that temporary workers experience some of the poorest employment outcomes, mainly because they cannot experience job mobility,” she said, “and then, they are limited in their wages.”Apgar said one solution would be to reform the temporary workers’ program so that visas are issued directly to workers instead of employers. She said this would make the program more attractive to currently undocumented immigrants.Apgar said changing the visa stipulations also could increase protections for temporary workers.“By not being tied to their employer,” she said, “workers would not fear losing their visa if they needed to report labor abuses or violations – in terms of being paid a lower wage, for example.”The research found that most temporary work permits issued to Mexican nationals are “H-2” visas, for agricultural or non-agricultural, low-skilled work. Apgar said that while her research found changes are needed, the temporary-worker program is still important given the historical migration to the United States from Mexico.“It is fulfilling a need, both in terms of jobs here in the U.S. that need to be filled and for Mexicans that need work,” she said. “However, without these protections in place, it really worsens labor market conditions for all workers in these types of jobs.”According to the research, more than 100,000 additional H-2 visas were offered to workers from Mexico in 2013 than in 1987.More information on Apgar’s research is online at news.indiana.edu.Mary Kuhlmanlast_img read more

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