Bacolod wants Badjaos tested for COVID-19

first_imgBY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL  BAÑAGA BACOLOD City – Authorities here plan to subject all mendicant Badjaos to reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RTC-PCR) test possible coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection.  Pacita Tero, head of the Department of Social Services and Development (DSSD), proposed this move following the recovery of the remains of an unidentified man along Palanca Street in the city’s Bredco port earlier this week.Tero expressed worry that around 70 Badjaos they counted roaming this city may have already either contracted the SARS-coV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, or may have become carriers of the virus.Tero said she has already forwarded the proposal to CHO Environmental Sanitation Division head Dr. Grace Tan, to have the Badjaos in the city undergo Covid-19 testing.Plans have also been made for the Badjaos to be returned home to Jolo, Sulu after conducting the RT-PCR tests, however, transporting them would be a problem as there are currently no trips between Bacolod City heading to Mindanao.The only available trips that would take the Badjaos home is in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, although no one is allowed to cross as the borders between Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental are still closed.However, Tero said the provincial government of Negros Oriental has agreed to serve as a holding area for Badjaos if there is no one yet from Zamboanga that would pick them up.Earlier on Wednesday, a traffic enforcer discovered the naked man’s lifeless body lying underneath a tree by a near the Bredco port area.Investigation revealed that the individual was believed to be homeless and suffering from mental illness.The remains were no longer autopsied to determine the cause of death, although police believe the individual likely died of natural causes as he had no wounds found on his body./PNlast_img read more

Zambian Fans Want FAZ to Petition FIFA over Nigeria’s Qualification

first_imgAccording to the Sports Editor of Times of Zambia, Elias Chipepo in a chat with THISDAY yesterday, most fans of the Chipolopolo who watched the match live are of the opinion that their team was ‘robbed’ of a legitimate goal mid way into the first half that could have put them in great advantage of qualification.“The fans no doubt are proud of the performance against ravaging the Super Eagles but felt shortchanged when the centre referee ruled invalid the goal scored midway in the first half. They now want FAZ to protest to FIFA on a possible replay in Uyo since Senegal has benefited from a similar scenario by ordering a replay with South Africa,” explained the Zambian Times editor.Aggrieved fans just like pundits were disappointed in referee Joshua Bondo’s decision to cancel Augustine Mulenga’s 24th minute goal.“Mulenga’s goal is a clear goal which could have stood but referee Bondo’s decision changed the course of the game for Zambia who secured home and away result against Algeria to raise the hope of their fans of making their first trip to the Mundial,” remarked Chipepo who was part of the traveling party to Uyo last weekend.The controversial call which is just one of many in the ongoing qualifying series no doubt will further justify FIFA’s decision to test-run the Assistant Video Referee (AVR) at the last FIFA Confederation Cup in Russia last summer.Already, Ghana has lodged a protest to FIFA over valid goal that was overruled by the South African referee in favour of Uganda.Last month, FIFA ordered a replay of the World Cup qualifying match between South Africa and Senegal after the referee awarded a penalty for a nonexistent handball.The referee Joseph Lamptey was banned for life due to his obvious match manipulation.The then Nigeria Football Association (NFA) was on the wrong side of referee’s misjudgment in the past with the final matches of Africa Cup of Nations against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon at Maroc ’88 final match and Ghana/Nigeria 2000 as case studies.Henry Nwosu’s legitimate goal against Cameroon in the final match at Maroc ’88 was overruled by Mauritania Idrissa Sarr who later in the second half awarded a controversial penalty kick against Nigeria scored by legendary Roger Milla as a match decider.In the 2000 final at the National Stadium in Lagos, Tunisian referee Mourad Daami, overruled a penalty shootout goal from Victor Ikpeba to give Cameroon edge and the Indomitable Lions won the final match on penalties after 2-2 score line full time.On both occasions, the NFA wrote a protest letter to Confederation of African Football (CAF) knowing fully well that the result cannot be overturned but simply for administrative purpose.In the Europe qualification to South Africa 2010 World Cup finals, France legend, Thierry Henry scored a late minute dubious hand ball at Saint Dennis Stadium in Paris to earn the former world champions another ticket against Republic of Ireland whose FA protested to FIFA did not change the result.Although it was later revealed in the last days of former President Sepp Blatter that the Irish Federation was paid same amount of money meant for all federations that qualified for the tournament.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi SolajaPassionate football fans in Zambia are mounting pressure on the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to protest to FIFA for a possible rematch of last Saturday’s World Cup 2018 qualifying game against Nigeria that the Chipolopolo lost 1-0.This development is coming 48 hours after the world football body sent a congratulatory letter to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and 12 other countries that have secured qualifications before the final games of the qualification series in November.Zambia needed either a draw or win to remain in contention for qualification for the first time in their football history but lost out via Alex Iwobi’s 74th minute goal to shoot Nigeria to her sixth appearance at the biggest football show piece.last_img read more

LA’s largest tech industry job fair held downtown

first_imgOutside The Reef in downtown Los Angeles, a line of blazer-clad, resume-toting men and women circled around building corners. Inside, a flurry of conversation emanated from jobseekers and employers interacting between brightly lit stalls. They were participants in TechFair LA, the biggest tech industry job fair held in Los Angeles on Thursday.USC was an academic institution partner with the event.Hoping to tap into an energetic and lucrative industry, 10,000 attendants registered for yesterday’s fair.The event featured well-established companies as well as start-ups, and it’s these newly formed organizations that Dave Belasco, the co-director of the USC Lloyd Greif Center and an event speaker, said are most engaging.“Entrepreneurship is a contact sport, it’s an all-consuming activity,” Belasco said. “It keeps you up at night; you think about whether you can make the payroll, whether you’ll raise enough money to get to the next stepping stone. You have to be comfortable with uncertainty and embrace failure.”The idea for the fair originated from Jason Nazar, the co-founder and CEO of Comparably and the entrepreneur in residence for the City of Los Angeles. Nazar collaborated with Mayor Eric Garcetti to organize the nine-hour event, which attracted the participation of more than 250 companies, including YouTube, the Los Angeles Times and Tesla.“The hard skills companies look for are centered around engineering, product design and performance marketing,” Nazar said. “The soft skills are [being] passionate, driven, hard-working.”Although Silicon Valley has long been the epicenter for tech companies, Los Angeles has evolved its own tech ecosystem in recent years with startups like social media giant Snapchat and dating app Tinder. Both companies boast valuations in the billions.Josh Brooks, the senior vice president of marketing at game developer Jam City, said that Los Angeles provides a favorable environment for startups to germinate revenue and recognition.“In the last 10 years, the L.A. tech scene has gone from ‘something’ to ‘something really impressive,’” Brooks said. “That’s happened for a number of reasons: There are great schools like USC and UCLA focused on digital technology, there’s a significant amount of venture capitalist money here and you also have human capital.”Ben Baysinger shares the view that human capital is abundant in Los Angeles. His company depends on it. He’s president and co-founder of HighRscout, a data science company that helps veterans start careers.“There’s a huge pool of individuals with a wealth of experience here,” Baysinger said. “But sometimes, it can be difficult for companies to see how applicants could be a fit for them. So we’re hoping to expand networks and make that easier.”According to Chris DeWolfe, the CEO of Jam City, the journey of envisioning a product and transforming it into reality can be tumultuous for aspiring entrepreneurs.DeWolfe is familiar with embracing failure. He founded the social networking platform MySpace in 2003. While the website gained momentum for a few years, its popularity diminished greatly following the arrival of Facebook. After bouncing back from MySpace’s decline, DeWolfe went on to found SGN (now known as Jam City) in 2010.“Passion’s gotta be there,” DeWolfe said. “Timing and work ethic have got to be there, and partnerships with people you trust have got to be there.”Correction: In earlier edition of this article, Chris DeWolfe was misquoted. The post has been updated with his actual quote. The Daily Trojan regrets this error.last_img read more

Hospital At the Center of Jodian Fearon’s Death Not Registered to…

first_imgAndrews Memorial Hospital, the private hospital in Kingston which is at the center of Jodian Fearon’s death, is not among the 2020 list of registered private healthcare facilities in Jamaica, according to The Gleaner. “Registration is only valid for two years and general signals that an institution has met the minimum standards in areas such as physical environment, operation procedures, equipment, patient management and staffing”, said the Gleaner. Tufton has put the blame on years of inaction across political administrations in failing to revise outdated legislation and has shouldered some personal responsibility for not operationalising a new framework. The development comes following a probe into the operations of the hospital and the circumstances which led to the death of 23-year-old Jodian Fearon. The massive oversight signals that neither the private institutions nor the ministry of health has sought to ensure that all the relevant health acts, guidelines and laws were being adhered to. Investigations show that only four private hospitals are currently certified to operate under the 86-year-old Nursing Homes Registration Act (NHRA). The list excludes Andrews Memorial Hospital. Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton disclosed that he was “unaware” that Andrews Memorial Hospital was among the uncertified facilities. Fearon was admitted to the hospital while in labor but medics at the facility opted to transfer her, fearing that she was displaying symptoms of COVID-19. Two other hospitals- the University Hospital of the West Indies and the Victoria Jubilee Hospital denied accepting Fearon and she was later transferred to the Spanish Town Hospital. After giving birth, she allegedly died of heart failure. Under the NRHA, operating an unregistered facility is an offence that carries fines of up to $500,000 and prison time not exceeding three months. “I’ve asked the Standards and Regulation Division (of the health ministry) to use the Public Health Act to conduct appropriate levels of inspection where necessary. There are a number of privately operated institutions that have not even registered or applied for registration under the NRHA,” Tufton said. According to the report, Jamaican private hospitals are governed under the Nursing Homes Registration Act (NHRA) of 1934, which is separate from the National Health Services Act, which regulates public hospitals.last_img read more

Mane, Messi, Ronaldo up for UCL Player of the Year as UEFA announces nominees

first_img Source: UEFA.com UEFA has today announced the names of the players shortlisted for the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League positional awards.The awards will honour the best Goalkeeper, Defender, Midfielder and Forward from the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League season, and will be presented during the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday 29 August.The jury comprised the coaches of the 32 clubs that participated in the group stage of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League, together with 55 journalists from each of UEFA’s 55 member associations, and selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group. Coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own teams.Both coaches and journalists were requested to select a shortlist of three players in each category by allocating respectively five points, three points and one point to each of them.The final result was based on the total number of votes cast by the coaches and the journalists.The three players who received the most points overall in each positional category, in alphabetical order, are:GOALKEEPERS:Alisson Becker (Brazil – Liverpool FC)Hugo Lloris (France – Tottenham Hotspur FC)Marc-André ter Stegen (Germany – FC Barcelona)DEFENDERS:Trent Alexander-Arnold (England – Liverpool FC)Matthijs de Ligt (Netherlands – AFC Ajax, now Juventus)Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands – Liverpool FC)MIDFIELDERS:Frenkie de Jong (Netherlands – AFC Ajax, now FC Barcelona)Christian Eriksen (Denmark – Tottenham Hotspur FC)Jordan Henderson (England – Liverpool FC)FORWARDS:Sadio Mané (Senegal – Liverpool FC)Lionel Messi (Argentina – FC Barcelona)Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal – Juventus)UEFA has also announced the shortlist for the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League Player of the Season award, to be presented during the 2019/20 UEFA Europa League group stage draw, which will also take place in Monaco on Friday 30 August.The jury for this award was composed of the coaches of the 48 clubs which participated in the group stage of the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League, together with 55 journalists from the ESM group. The coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own teams.Both coaches and journalists were requested to select a shortlist of three players by allocating respectively five points, three points and one point to each of them. The final result was based on the total number of votes cast by the coaches and the journalists.The three players who received the most points overall are:PLAYERS: Olivier Giroud (France – Chelsea FC)Eden Hazard (Belgium – Chelsea FC, now at Real Madrid CF)Luka Jović(Serbia – Eintracht Frankfurt, now at Real Madrid CF)last_img read more

WATCH LIVE MATCHES: Fifa World Club Championship on Multi TV

first_imgJoy Sports on Multi TV will be bringing  to you  all live matches of the World Club Championship on your  24-hour Sports channel ahead of the Christmas festivities. The 2013 FIFA World Club Championships  will commence from 11th-21st  December, 2013  in Morocco and your number one sports station  have secured the necesssary rights to show all matches live..The best clubs from around the globe would converge in the Moroccan cities of Marrakech and Agadir to vie for this prestigious trophy. The tournament has in the past featured the very best players in the world would and will not be short of iconic stars this year.Treble winners Bayern Munich would descend in Morocco with the scintillating quartet of Robben, Ribery, Gotze and Lahm whilst two-time former World player of the year Ronaldinho carries the hope of many a South American fan of Athletico Miniero.Eight-time African Champions Al-Ahly and three time champions Raja Casablanca carry the hopes of Africa with Auckland City, Monterrey and Marcelo Lippi’s Guangzhou Evergrande representing Oceania, North America and Asia respectively.The FIFA Club World Championships is only on JOYSports on Multi TV. Remember to make a date . Multi TV………….just thrills.last_img read more

Referee rejects claim Tyson Fury received long count in 12th

first_imgResponding to accusations he gave Fury a longer count than usual, Reiss said: “The 10 count doesn’t mean 10 seconds. “It is the referee’s opportunity to make sure the fighter who is hurt can intelligently defend himself because you’re about to let a guy come hurtling across the ring and finish this guy.”People started making them walk in a straight line, any drunk can walk in straight line. Doctors taught us it is hard to hide things are off when they have to change direction. That’s what I was doing.” Jack Reiss has explained his decision not to stop Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury’s heavyweight title fight in the 12th round and allow the latter the chance to beat the count after a suffering a savage knockdown.Fury, having already been knocked down in the ninth, looked to have seen his challenge ended when he was floored with a brutal right-left combination. However, Reiss defended his refereeing, telling SiriusXM Boxing: “I was evaluating these guys throughout the whole fight [and] in the 12th round, they’d boxed their hearts out, threw a lot of punches but there wasn’t a lot of heavy damage taken by either guy.”They both moved into the 12th round tired but not extremely hurt. When [Fury] got hit and he went down hard, that was an unbelievable knockdown.”Two things went through my mind — No. 1, always count a champion out, and No. 2, give this guy the benefit of the doubt and let’s see how he still is. Thank you https://t.co/uYrrZWWWOk pic.twitter.com/cWRf6IsNbm— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) December 3, 2018″So when I went down to count … not only did I get down, I scooted in so he could see my hand and hear my voice.”I said ‘three, four . . .’  he was grimacing, his eyes and his cheeks, he was grimacing so I knew he was awake, and then when I said ‘five’ his eyes popped open like I startled him.”He rolled over and got up and said, ‘I’m OK! Jack, I’m OK,’ or whatever he said.”I said, ‘Do you want to continue?’ He said, ‘Yes’ and put his arms on my shoulders. I pushed his arms off and said, ‘Walk over there, come back to me and show me you’re OK.’ He did and we let it go.”center_img MORE: Join DAZN and watch Canelo plus more than 100 fight nights a yearThe Briton looked to have no hope of getting to his feet but unbelievably rose off the canvas, to the astonishment of Wilder and the Staples Center crowd, to survive the count and hang on until the end.Despite having largely dictated the fight, Fury did not earn the reward of winning Wilder’s WBC title as the match was controversially called a draw.The judging and Reiss’ officiating in the final round have been called into question in the aftermath.last_img read more

Clippers seek to reverse ‘frustrating’ playoff history

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> For the Clippers, the return of the postseason means a reminder of their failures, the painful and fluky exits from the playoffs in three straight seasons.“At moments,” Jamal Crawford said, “you’re like, ‘This is frustrating, to keep going out like this, to keep having good regular seasons and keep going out like this – whether it be through injury or self-inflicted (wounds).’”The Clippers, more than any other team, have playoff demons. In 2014, Chris Paul turned the ball over twice in the final minute of Game 5 against Oklahoma City as the Clippers coughed up a seven-point lead.A year later, it was a 19-point lead versus Houston in a closeout game that evaporated in the fourth quarter. “Does that mean,” he mused, “that there is no residual? Probably not. Has to be something, but can’t tell you what it is.”Crawford said he does not always see the past few seasons as frustrating, but realizes how slim the margin for error is in the postseason, and how easily the Clippers could have held on against the Thunder, closed out the Rockets and, without injuries, moved past the Blazers.“There’s times I say, ‘Hey, you know what? We’re not that far away, obviously,” Crawford said. “We’re one of the better teams in the league. Different days bring out different emotions.”Then there is Paul, the Clippers’ pragmatic leader. He knows that if they find postseason success, the narrative will be that those losses were constructive; if they don’t, that they were, as he has said in the past, the “same old Clippers.”“It’s about competing right now and seeing what we’re made of,” Paul said.Paul, like the Clippers, has never gone past the second round of the playoffs. He expects to be here every year, with a chance to advance.“The thing now,” he said, “is I need to see what the feeling is like to play deep into the playoffs.”Sacramento KeenThe Clippers might owe the Sacramento Kings, their opponent in Game 82, a debt of gratitude for what can rightly be seen as the worst moment of their season. When they blew an 18-point lead in five minutes back on March 26, it seemed to be the final nail in the Clippers’ coffin.Instead, they won their next six games entering Wednesday and seemed to regain the identity that made them a Western Conference favorite early in the season.“We’ve played pretty well, that’s all I know,” Rivers said. “When it happens, you don’t want it to happen again.”The Clippers, who have struggled to close out games for most of April, have followed the coaching maxim of bend, don’t break.The keys?“Obviously taking care of the ball, limiting extra shots and defending the 3 helps you keep leads,” Rivers said, “and you’ve got to make shots on your own too.” Last season? They never had a chance after Paul and Blake Griffin suffered season-ending injuries in Game 4 of a first-round series against Portland.Next up: Utah, in a series that will start Saturday.The Clippers have playoff demons, and the impending free agency of Griffin, Paul and J.J. Redick does nothing but intensify the pressure.“You can’t do anything about the past,” Paul said. “OKC, Houston, now with Portland, the injuries and stuff like that, it is what it is, it’s there. So now we just have to play now.”Coach Doc Rivers said he does not know how those past experiences will affect his team heading back to the playoffs, the No. 4 seed with home-court advantage. In his 13-year playing career, Rivers said, he does “not remember going into a playoff series thinking about what happened last year.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Defiant Conte won’t talk about potential Chelsea exit

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | With Chelsea’s reign as Premier League champions all but over, it’s fitting Antonio Conte approaches that dispiriting conclusion in the same tetchy mood he began their doomed title defence.Blues boss Conte has cut a frustrated figure from the moment he sagely warned of a difficult season in store during Chelsea’s pre-season tour.Irritated by the failure of Chelsea’s hierarchy to land his top transfer targets and driven to distraction by his public feud with Diego Costa — the striker he cast into exile before selling him to Atletico Madrid — Conte wasted no opportunity to make it clear there was trouble ahead.The former Juventus coach was proved correct as Chelsea have laboured so badly that they go into Sunday’s London derby against West Ham on the brink of missing out on a top four finish.Last weekend’s defeat against fourth placed Tottenham left fifth placed Chelsea eight points adrift of the positions that bring qualification for next season’s Champions League.With only seven games remaining, Conte’s two-year reign at Stamford Bridge looks set to finish with his departure at the end of the season, with widespread reports Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is considering moves for ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique and Juventus chief Max Allegri.Gianluca Vialli, a former Chelsea manager and Juventus team-mate of Conte’s, claims his old friend can’t wait to leave the west London club after growing tired of his lack of influence on the squad’s make-up.But Conte has repeatedly refused to be drawn on talk of his future and, asked about Vialli’s comments on Friday, he said: “It is not true. Gianluca is a friend but I’m not talking with him for one year, maybe.“It’s very difficult for me but since this season I’m listening to a lot of speculation about my future, but the only truth is I am committed for this club.“I have a contract for this club, I’m working very hard for this club.“This is the only truth. The other speculation is not true.” Chelsea have managed just five wins out of 19 in all competitions since the turn of the year, sparking fresh rumours that Conte’s intense personality and demanding training style have lost him the support of several key players.Their lacklustre performance in Chelsea’s first home defeat to Tottenham for 28 years hardly erased that impression.“For sure we must be realistic. This defeat was a bad defeat for us. We had the opportunity to reduce the gap to Tottenham,” said Conte.“We have to try to do everything to try to continue, to fight for a top-four place. It won’t be easy. We have to try to give all ourselves.“We must show pride, desire, a will to fight until the end this season. This must be our target now.”West Ham are five points above the relegation zone following last weekend’s crucial win over Southampton.David Moyes’ side beat Chelsea earlier this season and the Hammers boss is eyeing a repeat.“We haven’t got enough points to be safe yet,” he said.“It was a really big win for us (against Chelsea), for the team, for the club, it gave us all a boost.“I hope lightning can strike twice and we can do it again.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Broward man charged for killing peeping tom outside girlfriend’s home

first_imgA Florida man was charged with manslaughter for fatally beating a peeping tom who had been watching him, and his girlfriend have sex through a window.Victor Vickery was charged Thursday in connection with the July 2018 death of 57-year-old Assad Akar.The 30-year-old and his girlfriend were in bed at her house when they heard a sound, which they’ve reportedly heard before.Vickery went outside and found Akar, who had a criminal record for peeping.Shortly after, a fight ensued, and Vickery’s girlfriend called 911.Vickery told Fort Lauderdale police that he punched and kicked Akar “a few times” in response to being attacked.Akar died at the hospital later that evening.Vickery is currently in jail on a $100,000 bond.He is also charged with sexual battery in a separate incident that occurred a month after Akar’s death.last_img read more