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‘TEST MORE PEOPLE’ | WV COVID tally now at 18 as 2 more in…

first_imgA total of 28,734 out of 45,388 PUMsin the region completed their 14-day quarantine. “Seguraduhon ta kon positive or indi,” thecity mayor told city hall reporters. As of yesterday,this city has 54 patients under investigation (PUIs) for COVID-19 and 2,389persons under monitoring (PUMs). PUMs, on theother hand are persons with a history of travel to areas with confirmedCOVID-19 cases but not showing symptoms. One has recovered (the 56-year-old PatientNo. 1 from Bacolod City) while one remains in critical condition (the 40-year-oldPatient No. 7 from Bacolod City). He had a history of exposure to IloiloCity’s first COVID-19 case (from Mandurriao district, the region’s Patient No.3). They were together in a convention, said Juanico. WHO said these symptoms are usuallymild and begin gradually, and that some people become infected but don’tdevelop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. According to WHO, some people withCOVID-19 may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat ordiarrhea. “We are very lucky may ara kita laboratory and test kits. So ang pwede ta ma-swab, i-swab ta na,” says Mayor Jerry Treñas of Iloilo City. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN According toTreñas, DOH-6 delegated the task of taking specimens to the City Health Office. Region-wide as of 12 noon of March 29,DOH-6 recorded 370 PUIs of which 135 tested negative; 102 have also beendischarged while 103 remain in hospitals. The two newCOVID-19 cases brought Western Visayas’ tallyto 18. On the other hand, the region’s PatientNo. 18 is a 51-year-old female from Guimbal, Iloilo – a househelp of theregion’s Patient No. 2 (the 59-year-old male from Guimbal with a history ofexposure to relatives from Japan and Canada). Western Visayas’ 17th positive case –and this city’s third case – is a 44-year-old male from Jaro district. PUIs are personsshowing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, dry cough, difficulty breathing, andtiredness, among others). Three of Patient No. 3’s closecontacts have been traced already for quarantine, added Juanico. The specimenswould be analyzed at the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) in Mandurriaodistrict. ILOILO City – Thiscity and Iloilo province have two more residents who tested positive for thecoronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), with both appearing to be cases of localtransmission. Wary that local transmissions could progress to a sustained community transmission, Mayor JerryTreñas called for stepped up testing. Patient No. 17’s condition isimproving although he remains in isolation, according to Dr. Jane Juanico,Department of Health (DOH) Region 6’s focal person for COVID-19. “I am very sorry nga kun kis-a gapangakig ako. But youknow this is not the time for us to be complacent,” said Treñas. The provinces of Antique and Guimarashave no confirmed case yet as this was being written. Juanico earliersaid Western Visayas has 5,000 test kits from the DOH central office. Each kitcan test 22 specimens for a total of 110,000 for the whole region.WVMC can test a maximum of 44 specimens per day, said Juanico.The city government has also ordered 2,500 test kits from South Korea. Treñassaid these will be arriving on Apri l 4. The rest were “admitted and stable” or“improved and isolated”, said Juanico. “We are verylucky may ara kita laboratory andtest kits. So ang pwede ta ma-swab,i-swab ta na,” said Treñas. COVID-19 testkits are available already, he stressed. Patient No. 18 is asymptomatic (notshowing COVID-19 symptoms), said Juanico, and currently on home quarantine. Sheis the fifth confirmed COVID-19-positive case in Iloilo province. Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Aklanremain at three; still one in Capiz; one in Negros Occidental; and five inBacolod City. The World Health Organization (WHO)continues to recommend that testing, isolating and treating every suspectedcase, and tracing every contact, must be the backbone of the response to theCOVID-19 pandemic in every country. Of the region’s 18 positive cases, twoalready expired – the 72-year-old Patient No. 11 from Iloilo City and the 70-year-oldPatient No. 16 from Lambunao, Iloilo. Most people (about 80 percent) recoverfrom the disease without needing special treatment, according to WHO. Aroundone out of every six people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill anddevelops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those withunderlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems ordiabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness, said WHO./PNlast_img read more

WLAX : SU takes on Louisville in crucial game

first_img Comments Michelle Tumolo is fully aware the season is on the line. Any loss for the Syracuse women’s lacrosse team would strike a major blow in its efforts to return to the NCAA tournament.‘Every game is a playoff game,’ the sophomore attack Tumolo said Wednesday. ‘We literally cannot lose any more games.’As the Orange (5-7, 3-1 Big East) heads into the stretch run of its season, the team has a slim margin of error. A tough opening schedule left the Orange in an under-.500 hole it hasn’t overcome. Starting with Thursday’s game against Louisville (10-4, 3-2) at 5 p.m. in the Carrier Dome, every game, especially Big East ones, are near must-wins.Louisville is a half-game behind SU in the conference standings, so a loss to the Cardinals would severely dash the Orange’s hopes at making the tournament. Right now, SU is placing a lot of importance on its Big East record. Even with a disappointing nonconference performance, a top-four conference record would get the team in the Big East tournament, where it could win two games and be in the NCAA tournament.Easier said than done. With its final five games coming in the next 11 days, the Orange has a lot of work to do. But SU head coach Gary Gait isn’t counting his players out just yet.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Deep down, we believe we can beat anybody if we ever put it all together,’ Gait said. ‘And that’s kind of our philosophy at the end now. It’s the time to step up and play great lacrosse instead of average lacrosse.’Four of those final five games come against Big East opponents. If the Orange loses even one of those games, making the tournament will be difficult.Before last Saturday’s 12-8 loss to No. 17 Georgetown, SU was undefeated in the Big East. And for a while, it looked like that streak might continue. But up 8-5, SU gave up seven consecutive goals in the second half to eventually fall to the Hoyas.Each loss brings Syracuse closer to the end of its season.‘Based on our other games that we dropped earlier in the season, we have to win those Big East games,’ midfielder Catherine Rodriguez said. ‘It’s (like) playoff games, so every Big East game is a must-win game.’The possibility of not making the NCAA tournament is a stark contrast to last year, when SU advanced to the final four.But this year, it has faced the toughest schedule in the nation, according to LaxPower.com. All of those tough games it scheduled against ranked opponents ended in losses.But as the tough nonconference schedule ended, so did those losses. Minus the loss to Georgetown, SU has had success in Big East play. That is something it hopes will continue against Louisville and every other team it faces as the season nears the end.‘We’re just really looking to stay strong in the Big East,’ Rodriguez said. ‘We can definitely still make a push for the Big East and try to get a bid into the NCAA tournament.’Gait has similar thoughts as Rodriguez. The team that wins the Big East tournament gets the conference’s automatic NCAA tournament bid. That is the only guarantee for the Orange at this point, Gait said.‘We need to finish strong in the rest of the Big East games,’ Gait said. ‘We have to make sure we get in that tournament.‘And once you’re in that tournament, you win two games, you’re in the NCAA tournament. So that’s kind of the approach we’re looking at now.’Tumolo said the team has been worried the whole season about the Big East because that is SU’s ticket into the tournament. Now she and the team can only hope every game left on the schedule ends in a win.‘We just really need to win the games no matter what,’ Tumolo said. ‘Basically our record needs to be nearly perfect.’rnmarcus@syr.edu Published on April 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: rnmarcus@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Following injury, Boatwright back on his feet

first_imgBrian Chin | Daily TrojanHere to stay · Sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright drives the ball from the top of the key against a defender. After months spent on the sidelines due to injuries, Boatwright returned to the rotation last week.After the unexpected departures of guard Julian Jacobs and forward Nikola Jovanovic to the NBA draft at the end of last season, head coach Andy Enfield knew that looking forward he would have to rely heavily on young talent. At least, co-captain sophomore Bennie Boatwright would return after starting 32 of 34 games, averaging double-digit scoring, and tying a team-high 60 3-point shots made one year ago.A 6-foot-10-inch big man who stretches the floor and makes shots from upwards of 23 feet, Boatwright causes a match-up problem for all opposition. In the preseason he was named one of 20 players nationally to watch for the 2017 Karl Malone Award for the best power forward in Division I men’s basketball. However, two injuries have kept him off the court for most of this season. First, he missed two games as he nursed a hamstring injury that pestered his offseason.“It was tough working back,” Boatwright said before his mid-November debut. “But I feel like I’m a better player because of it.”At the time, Boatwright had no idea that he would play only four full games before an MCL sprain last November would have him sidelined for another two months.Boatwright finally returned this weekend, several weeks later than his initial prognosis suggested. His time away from the game not only pained him, but it also provided him an opportunity for growth. He’s been itching to return to action for weeks.“I’ve never been through something like that. I really love the game of basketball. I eat, sleep and live basketball,” Boatwright said after Monday’s practice. “I’ve learned a lot about patience these past weeks.”Yet, even in his absence, Boatwright has remained a presence on the team by serving as a mentor to the freshmen.“Just keep fighting” was his motto for the younger players — all of whom are always eager to listen and work hard, he claims.“He’s really helped us a lot,” freshman guard De’Anthony Melton said, “but not having him was huge for our development … especially having to play crunchtime minutes without him.”Although Boatwright has returned, Melton has retained his starting role — one he might not have earned this season had the sophomore remained healthy.“It’s nice to have these freshman develop quickly,” Enfield said. “With Bennie in the lineup, they probably would not have played as many minutes, but they did a good job taking advantage of the opportunity.”Boatwright, of course, made a tremendous impact in his return last weekend, tying his career-high 23 points at Washington, despite not feeling at his best with “heavy legs.”Enfield believes USC looks like a different team with his top-scorer in the lineup. In seven games with Boatwright, the Trojans have averaged 82.5 points, five more than in the 17 games without him.Known for his 3-point prowess, Boatwright adds a lot to this team on both ends of the court. In fact, with Boatwright’s 6-foot-10 frame in the post, Enfield can effectively mix up his defensive schemes.Lately, he’s been mostly limited to zone because of the team’s diminutive size in the post with junior Elijah Stewart, listed at 6-foot-5, starting at thefour-position. Last weekend, however, USC played a lot of man-to-man with Boatwright on the court and zone defense with him on the bench.“I try to guard bigger guys and stay in front of smaller guys,” Boatwright said. “I just try to work hard.”He also passes incredibly well to both his big and small teammates. He had seven assists in his weekend return including a couple alley-oop lobs to fellow big man, sophomore Chimezie Metu.“It’s really fun to be playing with him again,” Metu said. “We’re clicking. We’re rolling right now.”Boatwright and Metu have synergy. “[Metu’s] my boy,” Boatwright laughed. “I’ll throw it up to him. He’ll kick it out to me. We got that two-man game.” Although they have not played much together this season, Metu and Boatwright played all summer long on the same Drew League team. They immediately fell back in stride this past weekend, combining for 80 points, 25 rebounds and 12 assists. Chimezie and Bennie add energy to the whole team, junior co-captain Jordan Mclaughlin said. “They know where each other is going to be on the floor at all times, and they’re both great passers,” McLaughlin said. “They get everyone going.”This week, the Trojans get going with their second round of Pac-12 opponents. They have faced every team once, and now they will face seven teams once more. This time with Bennie Boatwright. With the postseason looming one month away from Wednesday, Boatwright returned not a moment too soon. While the freshmen have developed more than Enfield anticipated, Boatwright must be the star if USC makes a run in March.last_img read more

11 podcasts the whole family can enjoy

first_img ‘Marvels’ Expands Marvel’s Podcast UniverseSpotify Simplifies Podcast, Music Navigation for Subscribers Stay on target Back in the olden times, before 24/7 Minecraft streaming and the like, kids and adults used to huddle around the family radios every night to listen to their favorite programs – tales of adventure, discovery, and education. Amazingly enough, that tradition has found new life in the 21st century in the form of podcasts.Audio-only storytelling is undergoing a renaissance, with podcasts on just about every topic under the sun available for instant downloading. But one market that is still a little under-served in the podcasting world is the all-ages one. Kids love them, but the percentage of the product is pretty low. That’s changing – we’re especially excited for the first episode of The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel, a serial drama performed by kids, launching today from Blobfish Radio.If Mars Patel gets your little ones into the podcast world, they’ll probably be jonesing for more stuff to listen to. We’ve got you covered. Here’s our rundown of the best podcasts for kids of all ages.Thrilling Adventure HourLet’s start out with something that’s very reminiscent of the old-time radio dramas we mentioned up top. For ten years, the Largo nightclub in Los Angeles hosted Thrilling Adventure Hour, live performances of entertainingly weird narratives. The group started podcasting their shows in 2011, and there’s a seriously sizable archive of old episodes to work your way through. Each show featured the continuing adventures of Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars, as well as several rotating segments. They’re funny, fast-paced and incredibly addictive.Listen here.TransistorScience is an irresistible subject for podcasting, and many of the best all-ages shows start with it as a center point. Transistor, produced by PRX. Hosted by a trio of female scientists, this show isn’t explicitly for kids, but it explores subjects that they’ll find fascinating. Some of the most compelling episodes include why people pee their pants, a man who couldn’t remember anything, and the discovery that plants can communicate with each other. Exploring the mysteries of science can get kids interested in STEM careers for their future, and adults might find things out they never knew as well.Listen hereStorynoryIf you’re looking for something a little more fictional, Storynory might scratch that itch. This long-running podcast updates each and every week with a new episode, drawing from classic fairy tales, public domain literature, and the imagination. These aren’t bargain-basement performances, either – narrator Natasha Gostwick has an incredibly engaging voice that draws listeners into the adventure. One thing that makes their selection cool is that they present stories from all the world’s cultures, not just Western Europe. Stories from Africa and Asia make their way into the mix, and they’re awesome.Listen hereAnything GhostPlenty of podcasts delve into the paranormal, but few do it with the verve of Anything Ghost. On this show, host Lex Wahl reads submissions of personal experiences with the supernatural sent in by listeners. He’s been doing it since 2006, so the dude knows how to deliver a good ghost story. Wahl’s program isn’t targeted at kids, but if yours have a taste for the supernatural and are already reading Harry Potter and the like, there’s not anything here that’s too much for them. Only ten episodes at a time are available to listen for free, but for just $20 you can get access to the archives forever. It’s very worth it.Listen hereRadio Adventures Of Eleanor AmplifiedClassic adventure takes on new life in this recently-launched program from Philadelphia NPR station WHYY. Titular character Eleanor is a globe-trotting reporter who will go to any end to get the scoop and her exploits are charmingly written and performed. Producer John Sheehan pulls out all the stops to make each episode rich in audio, with tons of sound effects and incidental music helping to pull things along. There are only ten episodes in the first season, but hopefully, it’ll do well enough that WHYY will commit to more.Listen hereThe Light BulbThis is another podcast that’s come to an end, but with a backlog of 71 episodes, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Produced by the team at StoryWonk, The Lightbulb is a podcast devoted to stories: how we tell them, how we read them, and more. Although not specifically targeted at kids, the clever pop culture analysis is appropriate for advanced learners. Being able to consume media critically is a vital part of living in today’s media landscape. The husband and wife team that host the show have great chemistry, naturally and their banter is natural and entertaining.Listen hereStuff You Missed In History ClassPut together by the minds at How Stuff Works; this wide-ranging podcast explores moments in the world’s history that are underserved in textbooks. Kids love to learn stuff that’s “forbidden” at school, and having a thorough knowledge of history is a serious asset. Even better, the team tries to present a view of events that’s gender and racially balanced, not glossing over elements to make a certain group look good. The stories presented in every episode are gripping, but some might be too advanced for younger listeners. Each episode opens with a detailed content warning so you can screen out the more sensitive topics.Listen hereWe Got ThisA truly great podcast is made by the chemistry between the hosts, and We Got This‘s Mark Gagliardi, and Hal Lublin have that in spades. The premise of the show is simple: every episode poses a question of the Best in some category, and the duo (joined by a different guest) hash it out. Hot dogs or hamburgers? All-time best movie villain? Best day of the week? No topic is too petty. The hosts refrain from swearing, which makes We Got This appropriate for younger viewers, and WWE fans will enjoy appearances from grapplers like Simon Gotch and Xavier Woods.Listen hereSawbonesIf there’s one thing kids love, it’s gross body stuff. Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin co-host the wildly entertaining Sawbones, which examines the rough and rugged history of medicine every Friday. Learning how demented doctors were in the not-too-recent past is amazingly fun and a little scary. This is probably better for older kids who have a little more knowledge of human anatomy, but they’ll find it gripping. Justin’s complete ignorance gives Syd a great way to explain complicated topics in a way that’s fun. Note that a few episodes discuss sex and other stuff you might not be comfortable with kids hearing, but there’s always a warning right up front.Listen hereShort & CurlyEthics are a tricky proposition for kids to wrestle with. Learning the difference between right and wrong – and why that matters – is just as important as reading, writing, and arithmetic. Australian podcast Short & Curly is all about taking kids through moral dilemmas and actually having them engage with them. It’s an unusual premise, but one the producers make work. Starting with catchy questions like “Should we eat our pets?” the hosts really unpack the historical basis for things we believe are instinctively correct, and then flip the script to illuminate the social perspectives we bring to the issue.Listen hereRadio Adventures of Dr. FloydOne of the oldest podcasts on our list, the first episode of Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd hit the Internet airwaves all the way back in 2004. In the intervening years, this wacky serial adventure has accrued a devoted fan base for its funny and educational ramblings through history and literature. The titular Doctor Floyd must prevent his nemesis Doctor Steve from using science for evil ends, and episodes feature some truly unexpected guest stars. At just five minutes per, they’re perfectly bite-sized. The show ended in 2010, but there are multiple seasons on iTunes to dig into.Listen herelast_img read more