Another lockdown possible if virus cases resurge – Palace

first_imgMANILA –  Any sharp increase in coronavirus disease 2019 cases in areas where quarantine restrictions have been eased could prompt the government to reimpose a total lockdown.   Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque made this warning yesterday, saying the public should not be complacent despite the relaxing of community quarantine in most parts of the country.“Nalulungkot kami sa nangyari pero iniintindi namin, first time kasi at ang mga tao, parang nakawala sa kural,” Roque said in a virtual press conference. “If lalabas tayo ng ganyan karami at dumami ang magkakasakit, babalik tayo sa ECQ.”“Kung puwede naman ay manatili na lamang sa bahay,” he added. “Kapag tayo ay nagmatigas at kumalat ang sakit, kung umikli ang doubling time sa isa o dalawang linggo, baka maubos na ang mga kama sa hospital at sa kalsada na kayo ilagay.”Photos showing the number of people who flocked to malls and other establishments in Metro Manila over the weekend went viral online where social distancing and crowd control were not observed.“Inaasahan natin na hinay hinay at dahan dahan lang ang mga tao kaso nga nagdagsaan sila sa labas noong Sabado,” Roque said. “Nandiyan pa rin ang virus habang walang bakuna, hindi pa rin tayo ligtas sa COVID-19.”“Dun sa mga malls na hindi magpapatupad ng social distancing measures, ipapasara uli kayo,” he added. “Marami talagang mahahawa sa nangyari noong Sabado, pero sana huwag na maulit.”Department of Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, for her part, also said that she will not hesitate to recommend another lockdown if there will be second wave in COVID-19 cases.“This is transitioning para mapababa at mapababa ang community quarantine. Pero kung makikita po natin ito tapos biglang mag-surge ang cases natin, malaki po ang posibilidad na we need to do another total lockdown,” Vergeire told CNN Philippines.Vergeire also reminded people the whole country is still under quarantine regardless of the classification an area falls into.“Ang sinasabi at kailangan natin laging tandaan ay naka-community quarantine pa tayong lahat. Kahit na sabihin natin na modified ito, na general ito, lahat po ng areas dito sa ating bansa still on community quarantine,” Vergeire said./PN Commuters fill parts of the southbound lane of Commonwealth Avenue on the second day of the Metro Manila community quarantine on March 16, 2020. MARK DEMAYO/ABS-CBN NEWSlast_img read more

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Area Boys Tennis Regional Scores

first_imgArea Boys Tennis Regional Scores.Regionals at Richmond.Batesville defeated New Castle 3-2.Richmond shut out Franklin County 5-0.Regionals at Bloomington South.Scottsburg blanked Greensburg 5-0.Columbus North edges out Bloomington North 3-2.Courtesy of Batesville Coach Mike McKinney and The IHSAA.last_img

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Mattson, Brown earn PVC Player of the Year honors

first_imgBLUE HILL — A pair of local basketball players swept the Class C and Class D Boys’ Player of the Year awards Thursday as the All-Penobscot Valley Conference teams were unveiled.George Stevens Academy senior Caden Mattson was announced as the PVC Player of the Year in Class C. Mattson led GSA in points (14.6), rebounds (8.1), assists (4.1) and steals (3.6) per game in the regular season.In Class D, Myles Brown of Deer Isle-Stonington was chosen as PVC Player of the Year after a phenomenal junior campaign. Brown averaged an impressive 22.6 points per game in the regular season, the most of any Hancock County player.Mattson, a first-teamer, was an All-PVC Class C selection along with Bucksport’s Ty Giberson (second team) and GSA teammate Milos Sujica (third team). GSA sophomore David Gadsby received honorable mention.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textMyles Brown was named an All-PVC Class D first-teamer along with his teammate and cousin, Coleman Brown. Deer Isle-Stonington’s Don Allen was named Class D Coach of the Year after the Mariners’ jump from six wins to 13.On the girls’ side, Deer Isle-Stonington’s Rylee Eaton and Kaylee Morey were named All-PVC Class D first-teamers. Bucksport’s Jade Leeman and GSA’s Luna Perry-St. Peter were named to Class C’s second and third teams, respectively.The Class D All-Defensive first team consisted of Deer Isle-Stonington’s Brittany Gray (girls) and Dillan Steele (boys). The Class C team consisted of Mattson, Bucksport’s Christian Chase-Hurd and Sumner’s Aidan Weaver on the boys’ side and Bucksport’s Abbie Hanscom, GSA’s Silas Murnik and Sumner’s Hannah Shorey on the girls’ side.last_img read more

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GFF, Guyana Girls Academy to host ‘Summer Girls Academy’

first_imgTHE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) yesterday teamed up with the Guyana Girls Academy (GGA), to launch their ‘Summer Girls Academy’, catering for girls between ages 7 and 11, who are interested in the game of football.The camp commenced today at the Transport Sports Club ground, Thomas Lands and concludes on Friday, July 28.According to GGA president Colin Wilson the idea was to create a girls’ academy that would develop, train and educate players to compete at a collegiate, professional and international level as well as to help ignite a strong women’s football culture in Guyana that would continuously fuel the women’s national team programme.“With this camp we are starting off with the younger girls and we are hoping to build from there so we can get as many girls as possible to create a bigger player pool for Guyana so they can compete at the highest level in the future,” Wilson said.Wilson, who is also a female football coach in the USA where he resides, told the gathering of media personnel at the GFF Secretariat yesterday that “the idea is to get as many girls as possible. Obviously with me being up in the (United) States, I only have so many resources down here in Guyana. So with a few of the connections I made down here with the GFF and a few friends from ABSAA, I was able to get them to reach out to a few girls in Georgetown and also surrounding areas and they were able to pool a number of girls.”“I was able to do some crowd funding back in the States and to get the equipment for those girls so with the pool, we can start with that and for the next one, hopefully, it can grow and then we can branch out to all the other areas of Guyana.“In about five to 10 years I am hoping we can get our own facility or be able to share a facility with one of the other organisations so we can have a year-round girls’ academy,” Wilson pointed out.Wayne Forde, president of the GFF, stated the partnership with the GGA, shows his Federation’s continued effort to reach out to fellow Guyanese and those with Guyanese roots, in building a strong coalition that will support the development of football at every level of the game and every category of the sport.Forde stressed on the efforts being made by his executive committee through Technical Director Ian Greenwood, to bring some focus and structure to women’s football.“Thank you for the interest and clearly the commitment, the resources, knowledge and experience you will bring to the work we are already doing here” Forde said, while offering the GFF’s continued support in ensuring the sustainability of the programme.Meanwhile, Greenwood pointed out that “at the moment, women’s football locally is 20 years behind where it should be. At the GFF we are re-launching women’s football in the country and that process started with the appointment of our very first Women’s Development Officer Tricia Munroe. We have a lot of activities now at the grassroots levels for female players.“We currently have our U-17 national women’s team in training camp preparing for our tournament (CONCACAF U-17 Championship) which Guyana will be hosting.”last_img read more

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Talk Back tackles California prison reform

first_imgSeveral dozen students listened Wednesday to criminal justice experts and activists, including a former prison inmate, discuss the growing rate of incarceration in California and the social and economic costs of the system.The panel, held in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Forum, was part of the weekly “Students Talk Back” series, presented in partnership with Dornsife College’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, Sol Price’s Tomás Rivera Policy Institute and Sol Price’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise.Crime stats · Panelists Emily Reisner, Jennifer Moore and Sarah Burton (right to left) discuss criminal justice reform Wednesday at The Forum. — Priyanka Patel | Daily TrojanTomás Rivera Policy Institute director Roberto Suro moderated the panel.The discussion began with a brief history of crime rates in California, which peaked in the 1990s. JFA Institute President James Austin, noted that despite a subsequent drop in crime, California’s incarceration rate remained high until its peak in the early 2000s.“It’s a very expensive system  and so it’s been very difficult to reform it in any substantial way,” Austin said.A New Way of Life Reentry Program founder Susan Burton, a former inmate and current reformer of the criminal justice system, criticized the current system’s wasted funds spent on inmates who aren’t given a chance when they show the willingness to better themselves.“To think that these people are denied release over and over and over again and have thoroughly worked on themselves and cannot walk out those doors is a waste of human potential and a waste of resources — our California resources,” said Burton, also the founder of A New Way of Life Reentry Program, a non-profit organization that provides housing and support for formerly incarcerated women.As someone witnessed this first-hand, Burton emphasized that the focus needs to be put on those individuals being incarcerated in the first place.“You need to think, ‘Who are you incarcerating?’” Burton said.According to a study conducted by Jennifer Moore, a graduate student in public policy and Rivera Policy Institute research assistant, the current California prison system houses inmates at nearly 200 percent capacity. Though California has pledged to lower this number to 137 percent capacity by June 30, this number is not projected to be met in time, meaning more money will continue to flow into the prison system.Austin cautioned the audience about the repercussions that a costly criminal justice system will have on other areas of interest, including education.“All you students should be aware of this,” Austin said. “The state prison system is taking money away from the higher education system in California.”Beyond state spending, the panelists highlighted the repercussions that a broken criminal justice system can have on individuals once out of prison, namely the lack of jobs and community respect.Emily Reisner, a graduate student in public policy who is also a research assistant for the Rivera Policy Institute, said the system fails to encourage rehabilitation into society.“It’s not only the rap sheet, it’s the stigma around the population that needs to be approached,” Reisner said.last_img read more

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Waterworking

first_imgNoel Berry | Daily TrojanStudent and industry panelists discuss Governor Jerry Brown’s aid proposal to help mitigate issues stemming from California’s drought in the Students Talk Back event sponsored by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics on Wednesday afternoon in The Forum at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.last_img

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First IAAF Bronze Label for West Africa Awarded to Access Bank…

first_img The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Road Race Bronze Label to Access Bank Lagos City Marathon makes the Lagos marathon the first full marathon in West Africa to get an IAAF label.The IAAF accreditation which was announced last week ahead of the 3rd edition of the marathon in February 2018, was the outcome of a successful measurement and certification of the marathon course in line with the Federation’s technical standards.This is a landmark achievement for the city of Lagos and Nigeria at large as it marks the first time a West African country has been awarded the IAAF Label. Of the thousands of marathons which hold every year, only 88 are recognised as IAAF Road Label races by this governing body.This development also affirms the marathon’s position among the world’s top road races such as New York, Boston, Chicago, Tokyo, Dubai, London, Roma, Paris, Berlin, and others.This accreditation validates the fact that the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is world class. It also shows that Lagos City is certainly on track to achieving its long-term goal of establishing the city as a tourist destination for the world’s elite runners.” The IAAF Label is also anticipated to impact the quality of runners in the 3rd edition of the marathon.This is no small feat, and is due to measures that have been conscientiously put in place towards the planning and implementation of the marathon year after year. The marathon is not only about promoting sports and tourism in Lagos State but also ensuring a healthy community of people.The IAAF Label was introduced in 2008 as a means of designating the leading road races around the world. As such, the IAAF certification comes with stringent conditions which include but are not limited to international elite field, the race course being closed to vehicular traffic, the route being measured to the standard of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), use of electronic timing to generate the results, a specified number of doping tests being carried out and equal prize money for the participants.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Nigeria Referees’ Boss Reiterates Benefits of Yearly MA Course

first_imgAs the yearly Member Association, MA Course Programme for selected members of the Nigeria Referees Association (NRA) gets underway in Abuja, the President of the association, Otunba Tade Azeez, has explained that the exercise remains one of the training programmes to update referees on the laws of the game.Speaking to newsmen in Abuja during the morning session of the programme yesterday, Azeez opined that going by the packages of the teachings from informed instructors of FIFA; both international and local, referees are bound to gain richly from technical matters and physical fitness training inputs.According to the NRA president, FIFA and Elite Referees as well as the Referees Assessors who are captured in the programmr are bound to be refreshed bountifully after each edition. While appreciating the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) who made it possible each year for the referees to undergo the high capacity building training outreach, the NRA president implored the participants to reciprocate the NFF gesture by translating what they learnt from the training ground on the field of play.“The referees’ body appreciates the decision of the federation to maintain the tempo of regular training for our members. I am hopeful my members shall reciprocate by delivering on best practices during matches at home and abroad”, Tade added.National Publicity Secretary of the NRA, Kelechi Mejuobi, disclosed that the five days event with lead instructor, retired FIFA referee Lim Kin Chong of Mauritius who also doubles as the Vice Chairman of CAF Referees Committee has seen about 50 active referees undertake field and classroom engagements.“Today, the Assessors shall take their turn for tutorials on how to take charge of referees and mentor them for the challenges ahead,” concludes the NRA spokesman.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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