If only 50% of animals are registered, “It is not a workable system,” Johanns said. “But I think producers . . . understand that, and my hope is that they will embrace what we are offering, which is a voluntary approach.” Apr 6 USDA news release The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) began working on its National Animal Identification System (NAIS) after the first US case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, was discovered in December 2003. After that case and the two subsequent BSE cases, it took investigators weeks or longer to trace other cattle that might have been exposed to the disease. An implementation plan released by the USDA yesterday calls for registration of 70% of premises and identification of 40% of animals by January 2008. By January 2009, the USDA aims to have all facilities registered and identification procedures in place for all newborn animals. In addition, the agency hopes to have complete movement data available for 60% of animals under 1 year old by that time. Under the current plan, industry participation in the NAIS is voluntary, but Johanns said it could become mandatory if producers and other industry groups are slow to sign on. The USDA has authority to make the program mandatory without new legislation, he told reporters. The NAIS is a cooperative and voluntary effort of the federal government, states, Indian tribes, and industry. Under the plan, each newborn animal will get a 15-digit identification number linked to its birthplace. The plan also calls for the registration of all livestock premisesfarms, feedlots, sale barns, packing plants, and other facilitiescoupled with the creation of animal tracking databases managed by the states and industry groups. “A national animal ID system will dramatically improve our ability to respond to animal disease outbreaks,” Johanns said at the news conference. The system “will help animal health officials identify the birthplace of a diseased animal and shorten the time required to trace the animal’s history to identify other potentially exposed animals.” Parts of the system are already built. Registration of premises was under way in all 50 states and two territories by August 2005, and 235,000 premises, roughly 10% of the total, have registered, USDA officials said. Also, animal identification began last month. USDA NAIS sitehttp://www.aphis.usda.gov/traceability/ “A long-term goal is to be able to identify all animals and premises that have had direct contact with the disease of concern within 48 hours of discovery,” Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said at a press conference on the plan. Given the scale of the program, the USDA’s implementation schedule is “very amibitious,” Johanns said. “We are asking the industry, not just cattle but in other areas, to really change how they look at things.” See also: The USDA has spent about $84 million on the system so far, said Johanns. Yesterday the USDA released technical standards to provide for the linkage of private animal tracking databases with the NAIS. The agency will sign agreements with private databases that meet the standards, officials said. Johanns described the NAIS as an enormous undertaking. “At any given time you have 90 to 100 million head of cattle in the United States. There has never been a system put in place that would deal with that kind of magnitude,” he said. “We are talking about a system that literally says from the time of their birth through the entire chain, we will trace that animal until we can ascertain where the animal was finally processed.” Apr 7, 2006 (CIDRAP News) Under a schedule laid out yesterday by federal agriculture officials, a nationwide livestock identification system to help in the investigation and control of animal disease outbreaks will be fully operational by 2009. By early next year, the USDA expects to have a system in place that will permit state and federal animal health officials to query the NAIS and private databases during disease investigations. The system will be called the Animal Trace Processing or Metadata system, the agency said. The primary focus of the NAIS now is on cattle, officials said. But working groups are looking at the extension of the system to other species, including swine, sheep and goats, horses, deer and elk, and even llamas, said Dr. John Clifford, the USDA’s chief veterinarian. Johanns said the US livestock industry will need the tracking system to stay competitive with other beef exporters, such as Australia and Canada. “Traceability is being used as a marketing tool by several countries,” he said. “For example, Australia is aggressively marketing animal traceability to gain a competitive advantage over us.” Transcript of Apr 6 USDA news conference Newspaper reports have described cattle producers as wary of the plan, particularly the cost of the identification tags and the privacy of data. Meanwhile, some consumer groups have pressed the USDA to move faster and to make the plan mandatory.
The 11th parliamentary election since the 1979 Islamic Revolution comes after a surge in tensions between Tehran and Washington, and Iran’s accidental downing of a Ukrainian airliner that sparked anti-government protests.Turnout was estimated at around 40 percent nationwide and 30 percent in Tehran at 1430 GMT, according to Fars news agency, close to the ultra-conservatives.Fars said the official turnout figure would be released on Saturday, while results are not expected to be announced until Sunday.Authorities announced schools will be closed Saturday in dozens of urban centers to allow for ballot counting. ‘Only a formality’ In November, demonstrations over petrol price hikes spread across Iran and turned violent before being crushed in a deadly crackdown.Tehran and Washington have nearly gone to war twice in the past seven months, most recently after the US assassinated prominent Iranian general Qasem Soleimani on January 3.Millions of people turned out to mourn his “martyrdom”, but that unity suffered a blow after Iran admitted it had on January 8 accidentally shot down a Ukrainian airliner, killing 176 people.The final results of the election, for 290 parliamentary seats across 31 provinces, are not expected before Sunday.As well as selecting parliamentarians, voters will choose replacements for deceased members of the Assembly of Experts, an 88-strong clerical body tasked with appointing and monitoring the supreme leader. Rouhani under fire According to the interior ministry, turnout has always been higher than 50 percent in the 10 previous legislative elections. Many voters voiced disillusionment.Real estate worker Alireza Hashemi, 25, criticized Rouhani’s government.”After we elected Rouhani everything collapsed. He signed a very bad [nuclear] deal and looked to the West without any real guarantees,” he told AFP.But for Mohsen Jallali, the elections were “completely fair… There was a problem with the candidates who were rejected,” he said.As Rouhani voted, he sought to put a positive spin on the election.”We are very happy that another glorious day is being added to the history of our country and revolution,” he said. Voters formed long queues in the morning at polling stations in south Tehran, where conservatives have a solid support base. Far fewer were seen waiting to vote in upmarket northern neighborhoods.State television showed images from more than 20 cities and towns of people still queued up to vote around 8:00 pm while announcing the second extension.Some voters in a downtown Tehran mosque said they had turned up late for voting as it was a last-minute decision, an AFP journalist reported.The election coincided with an outbreak of the new coronavirus that authorities say has killed four people in the Islamic republic this week.One official accused Iran’s enemies of overplaying the spread of the disease in a bid to harm the credibility of the election.Experts had predicted a low turnout that they said would serve the conservatives at the expense of President Hassan Rouhani, reelected in 2017 promising more freedoms and the benefits of engagement with the West. ‘Broken promises’ Iran fell into a deep recession after US President Donald Trump reimposed sanctions following Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from a landmark nuclear deal in 2018.Amir Bahador Marzpour, a humanities student in Tehran, was one of the many who shunned the election.”I didn’t vote because politicians make promises they don’t keep,” the 18-year-old said, voicing concern about runaway inflation.”There are no jobs for young people, and when we finish our studies we won’t have jobs.”Around half of the 16,033 hopefuls in the election were barred by the powerful Guardian Council, most of them moderates and reformists.Iran’s beleaguered president, who has come under fire over the sluggish economy, took another hit Friday as a multinational terrorism financing watchdog reinstated sanctions on the country.The 38-nation Financial Action Task Force said Iran had not taken sufficient measures against money laundering and the financing of terrorist groups. Iranians took to the polls Friday in an election expected to see conservatives tighten their grip on parliament, amid voter apathy after the disqualification of thousands of candidates.Polls shut at midnight after at least five extensions beyond the originally scheduled 6:00 pm closing time to allow a maximum number of people to cast their ballots.Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had urged all Iranians to take part as he cast the first ballot in the election, saying that doing so would “guarantee the country’s national interests”. Topics :
/ SPONSORED Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 1 Oct 2019 8:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.7kShares Advertisement Saka set up Aubameyang for Arsenal’s equaliser in the second half (Picture: Getty)‘Then to actually produce the weight of pass into Aubameyang.‘I thought he was really good tonight, I was really impressed with him, I was impressed in the European game against Eintracht Frankfurt.‘To come in at 18, away at Old Trafford in an Arsenal team that aren’t playing great and isn’t a great team, that role he had, not just in the goal but throughout the game, he can be really proud of his performance tonight.’ by Metro PLAY Full Screen Read More Read More McTominay’s strike deflected in off Sokratis (Picture: Getty)Carragher added: ‘The biggest compliment you can give him is that he took [Nicolas] Pepe off when he could have brought the young lad off. 18, Old Trafford away from home but he takes the big money signing off.‘He was actually involved in physical battles and he’s willing to go at them. I saw him for the first time against Eintracht Frankfurt, he looked dangerous and aggressive, he was unfortunate to come off against Aston Villa because of the red card.‘The composure and the quality to make the pass to Aubameyang but also the understanding to sense danger for Manchester United. We always talk about defenders sensing danger but sometimes it’s the attackers. He was there to close down Lindelof, he knew something was going to happen, and that shows he has gained intelligence.‘He should be really proud of his performance and well done to the manager, it’s a big thing to select an 18-year-old away at Old Trafford.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesFormer United captain Keane said Saka should be ‘proud of himself’ after his impressive showing at Old Trafford.‘He’s got a nice way about him, he’s got the ability to go by somebody and there’s not many players who can do that,’ Keane said.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He will be delighted and he should be proud of himself, it was a lovely performance.’Who will finish higher in the Premier League this season?Arsenal0%Manchester United0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Unai Emery rates Bukayo Saka’s performance against Manchester United Jamie Carragher and Roy Keane praise Bukayo Saka’s ‘lovely’ display after Arsenal draw with Manchester United 1 min. story Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Comment Video Settings Skip Ad Skip Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling 1/1 Read More Read More About Connatix V67539 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Top articles Read More Bukayo Saka repaid Unai Emery’s faith with an outstanding performance in Arsenal’s draw at Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Jamie Carragher and Roy Keane were both full of praise for Bukayo Saka after the youngster produced a ‘lovely’ display in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United.Saka, 18, hasn’t looked back after breaking into the Gunners’ first-team last November, cementing his place in Unai Emery’s plans with four impressive performances this season.The England Under-19 international more than repaid Emery’s faith on Monday night as he assisted Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Arsenal’s equaliser in the 58th minute.Aubameyang’s strike – which was correctly given after referee Kevin Friend consulted with VAR – cancelled out Scott McTominay’s long-range deflected effort right on half-time.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Coming Next Advertisement More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityLiverpool legend Carragher ‘loved’ how Saka was able to ‘smell the danger’ as Axel Tuanzebe played a wayward ball in Victor Lindelof’s direction.‘He gets his assist. What I love about what he does is he reads and smells the danger,’ Carragher said on Sky Sports following the draw.‘Watch his reaction, he thinks “something could happen” and he’s making up ground to press Lindelof.
Gov. Wolf Signs Executive Order Establishing PA State Employee Military Service Recognition Campaign June 14, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release, Veterans Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed an executive order establishing the Pennsylvania State Employee Military Service Recognition Campaign to annually recognize and thank commonwealth employees who serve or have served in the Armed Forces of the United States, the Reserves, and National Guard.“It seems especially fitting to sign this executive order on Flag Day, and the birthday of the Army, as we proudly recognize the commonwealth employees who serve or have served in the Armed Forces of the United States, the Reserves and National Guard,” Gov. Wolf said. “They demonstrate extraordinary selflessness and personal sacrifices for this commonwealth and the nation, and we are grateful for their service. I hope, too, that by recognizing them we will encourage patriotism, spark the call to service and stimulate civic engagement in Pennsylvania.”Current commonwealth employees who serve or have served in the Armed Forces of the United States: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard; the Reserves, and National Guard are eligible for program participation and recognition. Participants will receive a lapel pin to honor their service at ceremonies in November.The Office of Administration will establish and maintain a database of eligible employees, help commonwealth agencies in conducting an annual review of the database, and keep a record of those employees who have received lapel pins or who have opted out of the Campaign.Currently, there are approximately 14,000 commonwealth employees who meet the criteria for inclusion in the Campaign.“We appreciate the Governor’s leadership and support with the Military State Employee Recognition Campaign. This initiative will recognize current state employees who are veterans and state employees who currently serve in the military who are under the Governor’s jurisdiction,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “Each of these approximately 14,000 patriots have served or are serving our nation in the U.S. military and now serve our communities across Pennsylvania. In addition to honoring our veterans for their dual service, we also hope to raise awareness within the veterans community for federal and state benefits, the Pennsylvania Veterans Registry, and mentoring opportunities throughout our veterans’ communities.”“The Campaign will recognize these dedicated commonwealth employees, and also commit to helping each understand and access all state and federal benefits they may have earned,” Gov. Wolf said. “We owe them a debt of gratitude every day and the Pennsylvania State Employee Military Service Recognition Campaign is one way to ensure that gratitude is a priority.”Read the entire Executive Order.EO PA State Employee Milita… by on Scribd
Investments by Swedish buffer funds AP2 and AP3 achieved a return of 3.7% and 1.5%, respectively, in the first half of 2016, with the former’s emerging market bond investments performing best. AP2, the smaller of the two with SEK308bn (€32.7bn) of assets under management, posted a net result of SEK10.6bn and a return relative to its benchmark of -0.7%.Eva Halvarsson, chief executive of AP2, referred to the net return as “a stable return” and attributed this to having a diversified portfolio that can withstand “uncertain times”.“Despite turbulence on the financial markets, AP2 achieved a net return of 3.7% for the half year, and our total portfolio actually rose in value even during the final turbulent week in June,” she said. In the first half of 2015 the buffer fund posted a return of 5.2%, excluding costs.The relative return of -0.7% for H1 2016 is on the portfolio of quoted assets, excluding alternative investments and costs.“This underperformance was largely attributable to the market turbulence of June,” noted AP2 in its half-year report.Its emerging market investments, in equities and fixed income, contributed positively to the fund’s portfolio, it said, with the fund’s hedging policy partially offsetting an adverse impact from falling interest rates, a relatively poor stock market performance and the effect of a weakened Swedish krona.Emerging market equities and bonds returned 6.7% and 13.4%, respectively.This was followed by foreign credits returning 7.2%, foreign government securities 6.6%, and 5.5% from alternative investments, which includes domestic Chinese equities, private equity, and unlisted real estate.Foreign equities returned 4.2%.As concerns the domestic market, the fund’s equities portfolio produced a loss of 5.1% while Swedish fixed-income securities generated a return of 2.5%.Feeding into the half-year result was AP2’s disposal, jointly with AP6, of unlisted Swedish real estate company Norrporten. It was sold to Castellum for SEK14bn in “one of the largest real-estate transactions ever carried out in Sweden”.The first half of the year also saw AP2 implement a strategic allocation (1%) to green bonds, and reduce its allocation in Swedish bonds by 3%, mainly to the benefit of global credit.It also revised the foreign exchange hedging of unquoted assets.AP3, meanwhile, said that its inflation, fixed income and currency risk categories “made the largest contributions” to its total real return of 1.5%. That compares with 6.5% in the first half of 2015. The SEK339bn buffer fund said it has outperformed its long-term static (LSP) reference portfolio by 2.9 percentage points since this was introduced in 2012.AP3 has also decided to make a push into green bonds, aiming to treble its holdings by 2018.
More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 MORE: Luxury homes still hot property 1. Breathe. “Rejoice that you’ve just become a multi-millionaire with over $6 million in assets.”2. Visit the property so you can take it all in. “It’s very different to looking at it online. If you can go there you can see what you’ve won, that might help.” 3. Evaluate your options. “Are you going to sell them all, rent them out, live in one, there are a lot of options.”4. Think about your stage in life, your financial and personal goals.5. Seek independent financial advice. – The Block’s property expert Nicole Jacobs Coronavirus to drive lowest interest rates in Australian history FIVE STEPS FOR NEWLY MINTED MILLIONAIRES Great view from the penthouse.She said with five homes in the apartment block, there were a lot of options to consider, such as would you want to live there, or would you prefer to sell or rent them out, or all three?Stage of life is also key: “Pensioners winning it is different to what a young family would do with it,” she said. One thing that is not negotiable, Ms Jacobs said, is to “seek independent financial advice”.She said property never goes out of style because it was “such a solid commodity”.“A lot of people always come back to property, instead of the stock market. It’s tangible, you can see it, you can lease it.”She said generally your winnings shouldn’t be hit by a massive downturn, but there were certainly adjustment to be made as people work out how to sell (in the current restricted climate). The RSL Art Union Draw 375 “prize home” is in Palm Beach, Queensland. The entire apartment complex has five units.The Block’s property expert Nicole Jacobs said the winners of the next RSL Art Union draw 375 will face this dilemma when they take ownership of the prize, a $6 million apartment block on the Gold Coast’s Palm Beach.“It’s an amazing opportunity to set someone up absolutely for life, if they do all the right things,” Ms Jacobs said.However, there are some important things to consider. Ms Jacobs said the first thing any newly minted prize-home millionaire should do is to take their time before making any big decisions.“People need to breathe. Obviously celebrate, but take the time to make decisions too.”Second would be to visit the property, especially if they haven’t seen it in person.Ms Jacobs said one of the key benefits of the RSL Art Union was that it would look after (some) outgoings on the property, so you effectively have 12 months to decide what you want to do with your winnings. The Block’s resident property expert, Nicole Jacobs, at the $6m RSL Art Union apartment complex prize up for grabs in Palm Beach. Picture: NIGEL HALLETTWhat would you do if you won an entire apartment block of units near the beach? Once the shock and awe wears off, even overnight multi-millionaires have to consider how best to put their new asset to work, or risk squandering their good fortune away. Perfect spot to get away from the world. Landlords, tenants confused over eviction moratorium FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER
An opening eagle and four birdies lifted China’s Wu Ashun into a one shot lead after Saturday’s Dubai Desert Classic third round, the perfect way to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the rat. His five-under 67 after two 69s left him the man to beat with an 11-under par total of 205. Wu Ashun takes the lead in the desert After his opening hole heroics when his approach from the rough hit the front of the green to roll into the cup Wu said: “That’s my ‘Happy Chinese New Year Shot’. “Today my short game was great, just great. I got a feeling just good chips and good with the putter. “I’m very comfortable and very relaxed for the weekend and playing the final round. I’m always happy to play the final round in the final group.” The 34-year-old Wu’s maiden European Tour triumph came on home soil in the 2015 China Open. He has gone to collect wins at the 2016 Austrian Open and Dutch Open in 2018.Advertisement Leading the chasing pack was France’s Victor Perez, who matched Wu’s 67 to follow up his rounds of 73 and 66. A further shot behind in a tie for third were Tom Lewis, the Englishman carding the best round of the day with a 65, Kurt Kitayama and defending champion Bryson DeChambeau. DeChambeau finished with a flourish with birdies at the closing two holes, before revealing that like his round, he was below par. Read Also:Tiger Woods targets Tokyo Olympics “Being under the weather and fighting through some of the stuff that happened last week (he missed the cut in Abu Dhabi) and persevering this week would be a tremendous honour,” said the American. “I’m worse today. I couldn’t hear anything out of my right ear until on number 13 it finally popped and that was helpful a little bit but, boy, was it a struggle out there for me on the greens today.” Overnight leader Eddie Pepperell signed for a par 72 to be placed sixth, eight under. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Some Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Is This The Most Delicious Food In The World?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks
Former Manchester United star, Rio Ferdinand has said Arsenal have quality young players to build around the team. The likes of Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka, and Joe Willock have impressed this season. And Ferdinand wants to see manager Mikel Arteta creating a squad around their talents for next season and beyond. “Really you’re meant to be looking at centre-halves, they should’ve been looking there for the last 10 years and they haven’t got it right,” Ferdinand said on Instagram Live.Advertisement Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TV7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People Live10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Incredible Discoveries That Puzzled The Whole World “Arsenal is a fantastic football club, what a club, a massive club. I think they’ve got to get it right in other areas of the pitch. “Keep bringing in these [players], [Gabriel] Martinelli, [Bukayo] Saka, [Joe] Willock, all these boys. Read Also:Ighalo deserves new Man United deal – Arsenal legend “I love seeing that but they’ve got to get stability and strength in there, some people who will do good for the club, because it hasn’t worked with the likes of Sokratis and Mustafi, I don’t think they haven’t been able to get it right, and Chambers before that.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…
Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. “Mabalik kami normal operation next week. Natuon man ina nga ma-end na ang 14-day quarantine period. Makagwa na kami kag functional na kami,” said Esmeralda. The results of the rest were yet to be released. He urged the people of Igbaras who have transactions at the municipal hall to continue observing public health safety protocols such as wearing facemask, observing physical distancing and handwashing. “We just could not afford nga ma-paralyze totally ang offices. Ang mga tawo may immediate or emergency transactions,” he said. Esmeralda also said 49 of the 150 Igbaras local government unit (LGU) officials and employees tested may now heave a sigh of relief. Results of their tests showed them negative for COVID-19. ILOILO – After more than a week of lockdown, the municipal hall of Igbaras would resume normal operations on June 15, according to Mayor Jaime Esmeralda. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. On June 8, Esmeralda ordered the reopening of the town hall of Igbaras and the resumption of operation of the municipal government even if for limited services only. He did not discount the possibility that the SB member’s first test was a “false positive.” Except for a trip to Iloilo City on May 1, Patient No. 114 did not have a history of travel to areas with confirmed COVID-19 cases, Esmeralda pointed out. The 55-year-old male Sangguniang Bayan (SB) member who tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on June 1 did not have the virus anymore, he said. The repeat reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test of Patient No. 114 showed him free from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Esmeralda, a physician, suspended work at the Igbaras municipal hall beginning June 2 as a precautionary measure against the spread of COVID-19. He and the rest of the officials and employees of the municipal government – 150 in total – deemed themselves “persons under monitoring” and agreed to observe home quarantine until the result of the SB member’s repeat test had been released. They also underwent COVID testing. COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. The result was released late Thursday night, June 11, by the Western Visayas Medical Center laboratory in Mandurriao, Iloilo City, Esmeralda told Panay News. “Damo kami ginalantaw. One, indeed when specimens were extracted from the SB member for his first testing, positive gid man sia pero patay na ang virus kag remnants na lang didto…Indi man ma-discount ang possibility nga may human error. Puwede na-inter-change ang specimens, puede nga may clerical error,” said Esmeralda. Esmeralda also said some close contacts of the SB member also tested negative for the disease. To date, there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat COVID-2019. However, possible vaccines and some specific drug treatments are under investigation. They are being tested through clinical trials. The World Health Organization (WHO) is coordinating efforts to develop vaccines and medicines to prevent and treat the disease. For everybody’s piece of mind, the mayor said, a third RT-PCR test on the SB member may be conducted. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness, it warned. Most people (about 80 percent) recover from the disease without needing special treatment, according to the World Health Organization. People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth./PN
Two local fire departments are receiving $5,000 in Volunteer Fire Assistance grants.DECATUR COUNTY – Two fire departments in Decatur County have been awarded funding in Volunteer Fire Assistance grants.The Greensburg Fire Department and the Burney-Clay Township Volunteer Fire Department are receiving $5,000 each. The money can go toward training, installation of dry hydrants, or to purchase necessary firefighting equipment and personal protective gear in an effort to increase safety.The grants are administered by the DNR Division of Forestry and made available through the USDA Forest Service. DNR officials review grant applications and select recipients on the basis of population density, acres of public wildlands protected, and wildland fire reporting to DNR Fire Control Headquarters.More than $194,000 was awarded to 44 departments in Indiana.Fire departments interested in applying for VFA grant opportunities should contact Crystal Hunt, Program Coordinator at Fire Control Headquarters at (765) 342-4701.