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6 Bingawan healthcare workers now COVID-free

first_imgTheir second test was conducted on July 24. ILOILO – Bingawan town’s six healthcare workers who recently tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have all recovered. Mayor Matt Palabrica said specimens extracted from the workers were analyzed at the Corazon Locsin Montelabano Memorial Regional Hospital molecular laboratory in  Bacolod City and the results were released on Aug. 2. Their second test showed them not anymore having SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. “We are calling all people of Bingawan. Do not be complacent. Always wear facemask and maintain social distancing,” said Palabrica./PN The municipality was placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) last month after six staff of its Rural Health Unit were found infected.center_img They were tested on June 29 and their COVID-positive results came out on July 13. They were immediately quarantined. The six healthcare workers have returned to work, too – three midwives, two nurses and the ambulance driver. “Our town is now COVID-free but we continue to worry. We have newly returned locally stranded individuals, basi may mag-positive naman,” he told Panay News. The ECQ was lifted on July 27.last_img read more

Imani Christian Academy captures Connie Hawkins Summer League Crown

first_imgCHAMPS—IMANI CHRISTIAN ACADEMY The second semifinals game had the second seed Pittsburgh Pressure against Umoja. This game was a back-and-forth battle throughout that ended up going into overtime. The Pressure was led by Jack Marold, who had 10 points, two of which were scored in overtime. Joey Kusserow helped out with nine points. For Umoja, it was the Sean Lyons show throughout the whole game. He led all scorers with 20 points, six of which were scored in last four minutes to help send the game in overtime.In overtime Umoja was unable to continue to the success they were having late in the second half. They were getting tired and Lyons was unable to get free for good shots.The Pressure scored four points and that was enough to give them the 50-46 victory.Then it was time for the championship game.With a packed house, the two best teams all season were going to battle it out to see who was best. Throughout the first half and early parts of the second half there was no clear cut better team. No team had a lead bigger than four until midway through the second half.That was when the Pressure figured out what Imani was doing. They went on a great stretch where Imani couldn’t figure out their offense and they were playing some great team defense. However, after an Imani timeout they came out more focused on defense. With the help of Harris, who was later named MVP of the tournament, they were able to get back into the game.Harris finished with 10 points, seven of them coming in the second half. When Harris started to pick his game up that was when the whole team picked up their game as well. They were playing better defense and moving the ball a lot better on offense. That proved to be too much for the Pressure, who were trying to do it with only six players on their team.With Harris leading the way, Imani went on win the Connie Hawkins Youth Championship 45-36. by Anthony J. SchererFor New Pittsburgh Courier It was championship week for the Connie Hawkins Youth Summer League. The semifinals took place at the Penn Hills YMCA where the four top teams would face off to see who the best was.In the first game number one seed Imani went up against the four seed Rise High. Imani was led by Daylon Harris who had 18 points and Aidan Howard who added another 11 points. The combination of Harris and Howard was too much for Rise High. With only five players available, Rise High needed a boost and got it from Alex Kasardo, who scored 13 of the teams 29 points. But with Harris and Howard leading the way, Imani breezed into the finals by the score of 50-29.last_img read more

Dolphins on verge of playoffs despite scandal

first_imgMiami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, center, walks off the field with Dolphins outside linebacker Jason Trusnik (93) after the team defeated the New England Patriots 24-20 in an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)By now the Miami Dolphins’ season was supposed to be over, with little left to do but make sure quarterback Ryan Tannehill still had all his body parts and the NFL had an answer for what really went on in the locker room.But something happened on the way to another losing record. Something clicked just when everything seemed to be falling apart after a 300-pound offensive lineman left the team saying he had been bullied.Columnists, opponents and fans questioned the team’s leadership, saying the coaches had ceded control to guard Richie Incognito and his bad-boy antics. But instead of imploding, the Dolphins came together. Instead of tanking, they found ways to win.“Kind of a blessing in disguise,” tackle Bryant McKinnie said.Now the Dolphins are squarely in the playoff hunt, a surprise team peaking at just the right time. With two very winnable games left they control their own destiny in a season when they couldn’t even control the locker room.Players say coach Joe Philbin’s calm response to the November crisis put them on the winning path.“Adversity is either going to make your team strong because the leader is going to rally and pull everyone together, or make you disintegrate because the leader is panicking,” said Patrick Lencioni, who writes on leadership and team building in business. “Clearly he did not panic.”The team was floundering even before Jonathan Martin walked out and Incognito was sent packing. The Dolphins had lost four straight games to fall to 3-4, and the uproar over bullying threatened to further fracture a fragile team.Owner Stephen Ross expressed his outrage.“Changes need to be made,” he said.But changes weren’t made, at least big ones. Replacements were brought in for Martin and Incognito and they proved capable. The coaching staff remained intact and general manager Jeff Ireland still has his job.But as NFL investigators traveled to Miami to interview everyone about what Incognito said or did to Martin, other things began to change.Miami started to win. The line, with backups replacing Martin and Incognito, gave up fewer sacks and opened up more room to run.And on Sunday, a fill-in safety playing his first NFL game intercepted a pass in the end zone to seal an upset over New England and put the Dolphins in the driver’s seat for their first playoff appearance in five years.“With all the distractions, everybody still wanted to win,” McKinnie said. “We found a way to remain focused.”No stranger to adversity, Philbin was still mourning the accidental death of his 21-year-old son days earlier when he was given his first head coaching job in the NFL in January 2012.His total focus became rebuilding the Dolphins. A four-game losing streak this season didn’t shake his plan, and neither did the scandal.“He laid that plan out from the very first day he was here, and he never wavered from it,” defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said. “Amidst all of the peripheral things that have been going on here during the course of the season, he just stayed the course each and every day and provided the leadership to the players in the team meetings and to the staff in the staff meetings about, ‘Hey we are doing things the right way. We are going to continue to move forward and try to build the best organization in the NFL.’ Nothing has ever changed.”In the process the stoic Philbin has gone from being on the chopping block to being mentioned as a possible coach of the year candidate.“I haven’t heard any of that,” Philbin said. “Again, we are all concentrating as a team and an organization. This is important. We talked about the fourth quarter and playing well in December. These guys have been hard at it since July 21st. We need to finish this season strong.”Lencioni, who wrote the book “Five Dysfunctions of a Team,” said it could be that the bullying and team leadership was not as bad as thought. That’s certainly the perception of Dolphins players, who stuck up for Incognito.“If the media is tough on them and they’re sticking together, that’s a unifying force,” Lencioni said. “But it requires credibility on the part of the coach. If the coach is a jerk with no credibility then the whole ‘Us against the world’ thing probably implodes.”With four wins in the last five games, the Dolphins have a chance to be remembered for more than having a bully in the locker room. It could be the rare team that becomes unified in the face of controversy.Instead of worrying about the loss of Martin and Incognito, players have embraced the personnel they have. That includes safety Michael Thomas, who was picked up off the San Francisco 49ers practice squad and made his NFL debut on Sunday against the Patriots.Many of his new teammates said they didn’t even know who No. 31 was until he picked off Tom Brady with seconds remaining to seal a game that the Dolphins of old would have probably lost. That didn’t stop them from embracing Thomas in celebration.“Teamwork really is a huge competitive advantage when you can actually make a team play like a team. They may have less talent on the field now but they have a better team,” Lencioni said.“And that may be the real story of the Miami Dolphins of 2013.”last_img read more

Brand South Africa AND IQbusiness partner to inspire patriotism

first_imgThe nationwide movement that is inspiring and empowering all South Africans into active citizenship, received another boost today.        Brand South Africa, under the #PlayYourPart programme, in partnership with IQbusiness, launched the #FlyYourFlag initiative at the IQbusiness annual Growth Conference on Tuesday, 9 October 2018 which was attended by 300 business, government and civil leaders.“We are extremely proud to be part of the #FlyYourFlag initiative that IQbusiness has proposed. The inspiring display of patriotism leading up to and during the 2010 World Cup, where everyone identified with the flag and wanted to be seen displaying the flag, infused a level of social cohesion that the country had not seen before. As proud South Africans, we need to recapture the spirit and pride of our rainbow nation and #FlyYourFlag” says Thembi Kunene-Msimang, CEO of Brand South Africa.The IQbusiness Growth Conference features exceptional thought leaders who provide practical advice on how to drive collective responsibility and participation in our country’s future.In his closing address, Adam Craker – the IQbusiness CEO – challenged all companies to reignite their South African pride by committing to flying a South African flag outside of all their branches, offices and other premises.        “We are challenging business, government and civil society to show their commitment to the future of this country by proudly flying a South African flag. If we are serious about changing the direction of the country, we must look as much at ourselves as our new leadership,” says IQbusiness CEO, Adam Craker.Brand South Africa and IQbusiness will be the driving force behind #FlyYourFlag to address some of the challenges the country is facing:1. Job creation: The South African flags, flag poles and installation will be manufactured locally as part of the IQbusiness Enterprise Supplier Development (ESD) Programme.2. Flag ambassador: Flag ambassadors will be nominated, in each organisation, to be responsible for the flag; they will educate the community on its significance and how flags should be treated.3. Youth Empowerment: Roadshows will be conducted at all flag sites, on the importance of the South African flag and the etiquette accompanying it.last_img read more

Are Smart Grids Undermining User Privacy?

first_imgTags:#Internet of Things#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market jolie odell Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… A subject of interest to us ReadWriteWeb folks this year has been smart grids – a method of delivering electricity to users’ homes in a way that has been the cause of many green technologists for some time.Smart grid tech uses digital means to control appliances at users’ homes to save energy, cut costs, and increase reliability. However, some experts are beginning to wonder how safe and anonymous this data is and how much end-user privacy could be compromised.And as the concept of “anonymized” user data is continuously being poked full of holes by everyone from hackers to academics, we must wonder just how much smart grids “know” about individuals. For example, the energy fluctuations of home appliances are so unique that a smart grid can tell the make and model of a user’s refrigerator.A recently released report from the Future of Privacy Foundation states that although more modernized approaches to energy consumption are absolutely necessary, uninformed enthusiasm about smart grid technology might lead to privacy breaches for end users.“The infrastructure that will support the future Smart Grid,” the report reads, “will be capable of informing consumers of their day-to-day energy use, even at the appliance level. While this is beneficial and supports valuable efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions and reduce consumers’ energy bills, it introduces the possibility of collecting detailed information on individual energy consumption use and patterns within the most private of places – our homes.“We must take great care not to sacrifice consumer privacy amidst an atmosphere of unbridled enthusiasm for electricity reform. Information proliferation, lax controls and insufficient oversight of this information could lead to unprecedented invasions of consumerprivacy.”Another report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology states that, because of the lack of standards and procedures on data collection and storage, “Distributed energy resources and smart meters will reveal information about residential consumers and activities within the house.”The Foundation’s co-chair, Jules Polonetsky, stated in a Washington Post interview today, “We’re a little worried that without some serious planning now, there’s going to be quite a challenge in a couple of years when people start realizing that maybe should think about developing some solid data retention policies that address what’s going to be done with all of this data.”Valid concerns, all, especially for users who would rather keep themselves, their families, and their homes “off the grid,” under the radar, and largely unmonitored by corporate and governmental entities.Will user privacy be the factor that undermines cleaner, smarter energy for all? Or will smart grid companies find better ways to protect user data, just as social networks and marketing firms have had to struggle to do? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.last_img read more

First Look at Affordable LEED Townhomes

first_imgMy associate Abe Kruger and I are the green raters on a set of 18 affordable townhomes currently under construction for the Chattanooga, Tennessee Housing Authority. We were brought in after design and specifications were complete, so we did not have as much influence on the project as we would have liked. Regardless, it is a good project with a very involved and cooperative team. With this in mind we hopped in my car for the two-hour drive up I-75 recently for the first pre-drywall inspection. Not uncharacteristically for the construction industry, they had not completed all the work required for the inspection when we arrived, but they did want our input on their progress and the quality of the work to date. While we will have to make another visit to complete the inspection, it was a productive meeting and we were able to make some much needed mid-course corrections that will help the building perform better and more easily meet the desired certification.It’s That Damned Batt Insulation AgainAs we walked through the first set of buildings, we pointed out some framing cavities that were not accessible for insulation, interior air barriers that needed to be added, and several areas where duct sealing was not quite up to par. The biggest issue by far, however was the inconsistency in the fiberglass batt insulation work, something that I anticipated in an earlier post in this forum. Way back at the LEED design review meeting with the architects we brought up the potential problems with batt insulation that had been specified for the walls. We were concerned that while they had specified closed cell spray foam on the rooflines, and both solar PV and thermal systems, the walls were to have fiberglass batts. We felt strongly that this was not the best decision and suggested that they consider an upgrade to blown in or sprayed wall insulation. We begged, we pleaded, we threatened (well, not really), but apparently we were not persuasive enough to change their minds. As we moved into pre-construction discussions, we made it quite clear that we would expect Grade 1 quality installation, providing the entire team with documents such as the ENERGY STAR Thermal Bypass Checklist Guidelines. We were assured, repeatedly, that everyone involved was on board and there would be no problems with the wall insulation (We were not convinced).What We Have Here is a Failure to CommunicateAs I do at any pre-drywall inspection that involves fiberglass insulation, I donned my handy pair of cotton gloves and started poking around the batts already installed. I cannot say that the installation was anywhere close to the worst I had ever seen, but there was a lot of room for improvement. Some of the batts were carefully trimmed and split around wires and pipes, and others were not. Some fit snugly with no compressions in the stud cavities, others were oversized and crammed in too tight. Gaps in exterior sheathing were inconsistently sealed, and they had not yet even attempted to insulate some walls that were packed with pipes and wires. There were two installers on site, nice, earnest young men who were trying their hardest to do a good job. It was clear, however, that there was a major communication breakdown between the management of the insulation installation company and their field crews, who were not adequately trained to meet the job requirements. We pointed out that while it was quite possible to get a quality job in most of the walls, there were several areas, specifically the walls full of pipes and open web joists at rim joists, that would certainly need to be upgraded to a blown in or sprayed on material to meet the job specifications. Once we were in the field, it became clear to everyone that achieving a grade 1 installation with batts in any framing cavities with unusual shapes or numerous obstructions was going to be practically impossible. The last word we heard was that they were planning to upgrade the complicated sections from batts to a blown in or sprayed on material. We are thankful that this decision was made but disappointed in our own inability to make a convincing enough case earlier in the process.Getting Priorities StraightThese affordable rental homes are an excellent example of high performance construction, and the housing authority that is building and will retain ownership of them is making many good decisions for the long term. We do feel, however, that it could have been an even better project had they taken a more nuanced look at the building performance characteristics and how they related to each other. While large portions of the budget were devoted to solar systems, wall insulation was relegated to what is essentially a baseline code product that is plagued with installation problems. Obviously they didn’t read my earlier post on outlawing batt insulation.last_img read more

Keeping up with Kobe

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim As the son of former PBA Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player Benjie Paras, basketball excellence runs in Kobe’s blood. The high expectations come with the territory as he is part of basketball royalty in this hoops-mad country.Kobe moved to California four years years ago to take his game to the next level. As one of the top high school talents in Los Angeles, he was recruited to play for University of California in LA (Ucla), where he could have teamed up with current Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. But Kobe withdrew his application as he failed to meet academic requirements.Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, came calling, but Kobe hardly saw time on the court for the Blue Jays in his first NCAA season, leading to his decision to transfer to California State University-Northridge.“I didn’t play much last season, so that still fuels me to play and want to prove something,” he says. “I still have three more playing years and four more years in college, so I’m going to take it year by year, day by day.”As he waits for the start of the school year in the United States, Kobe is keeping himself busy representing the country, most recently in the Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France. He is expected to play a key role for Gilas in both the ongoing Jones Cup in Taipei and the Southeast Asian Games next month in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES At Gilas, Kobe has the opportunity to showcase his talents. He’s been hailed by coach Chot Reyes as the future of the national team program and he has responded with flashes of stellar play in Gilas’ tuneup games.“I’ve told Kobe that he’s going to be a big part of the future of Philippine basketball,” Reyes says. “But in the meantime, he has to be more patient, not to get too hard on himself, let the game come to him, and continue to learn and to grow. It’s the first time he’s been exposed to this level of competition. This will go a long way in his development and maturity and I have very high hopes because his talent and potential are limitless.”Kobe says the feedback from Reyes comes in handy as he works on his game. “I’m just glad that coach keeps it real,” he says. “Sometimes I try to do too much and Kiefer (Ravena) and the guys tell me that I don’t have to prove anything. It just lifts me that I have teammates who understand my situation.”He has plenty of time. And with coaches like Reyes and Gilas legend Jimmy Alapag guiding him in the national team, he’s in a perfect environment to grow as a player. “I’m the type of player who doesn’t care who I go up against,” says Kobe. “I just want to give my all playing my own game, but coach tells me to relax a bit.”Says Alapag: “I think he’s the youngest of the group, and anytime you’re the youngest, there’s an opportunity to learn and just to continue to improve. I know he has not played enough the last year and a half, but I think being part of the [Gilas] program gives him that opportunity. Getting some tough competition will serve him as well through his time in college.”Kobe’s talent is undeniable. His size and athleticism make him an asset for the national team. But what stands out is Kobe’s work ethic, says Alapag.“Obviously, he’s very talented,” says Alapag. “I didn’t realize how big a 6-6 kid he was until he got here. He’s coming in and excited to get to learn and do the work. Hard work is the foundation of any good player.”Kobe is just delighted to be representing the country and shows a deep understanding of what it means to wear the country’s colors, thanks to his father.“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” he says. “There are a lot of players my age who want to be in this position. My dad keeps reminding me, ‘Every time you wear that jersey and play, you’re not just fighting for the people, you’re fighting for the soldiers who fight for freedom, too.’”Off the court, Kobe describes himself as “ambitious.” While he plans to take up fashion or art-related courses in college he has also taken an interest in culinary arts. View comments In the know: Kobe Paras “I love to cook,” he says. “I love to play the guitar. I love fashion. There’s just a bunch of stuff that I want to do. People think I’m just about basketball. There are people who tend to take basketball outside the court and I don’t think I need that because I’m also interested in other things.”Kobe says his style is a mix of urban and high fashion, and considers basketball stars Russel Westbrook and Nick Young as his fashion icons. The teenager also harbors dreams of doing his internship in some of the world’s top fashion firms like Chanel, Gucci and Louis Vuitton.“It’s exciting what the future holds,” he says.Philippine basketball will be watching Kobe Paras grow, but there will be more to him than just his talents on the court.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Kobe Paras walks out of Gilas Pilipinas practice wearing a loose, colorful air-cool basketball shorts under a vintage black shirt. The teenage basketball sensation had slipped into a pair of dirty white Vans sneakers, before putting on a light brown leather backpack and a yellow cap.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes There’s an air of swag as the 6-foot-6, 19-year-old leaves the gym. His looks depict his personality—young, creative and carefree. Make no mistake about it, Kobe puts so much thought into his style, just like the way he works on his game.“I’m trying to make wearing basketball shorts a new trend,” says Kobe. “It’s different. You don’t see this everyday and I love vintage shirts.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsKobe’s eyes light up when he talks about fashion. His Instagram feed is equal parts basketball, fashion and family.“I was in LA (Los Angeles) and that’s where it started,” says Kobe on his interest in fashion. “Everyday in LA is a fashion show. You don’t really need to dress to impress, but when you dress good you feel good. But that’s just me, I just like to stand out.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetlast_img read more

7 days agoEx-Real Madrid coach Toshack encourages Bale to use his Spanish publicly

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ex-Real Madrid coach Toshack encourages Bale to use his Spanish publiclyby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid and Wales coach John Toshack has again encouraged Gareth Bale to use his Spanish publicly.Regarding Bale’s apparent inability or reluctance to express himself openly in Spanish, Tosh says he has no excuses. He told Libero: “I never had Spanish lessons. People said that I spoke poor Spanish, that I couldn’t speak the language properly but little by little, after trying to speak, to read, making an effort… I’d still get all the verbs wrong and get mixed up… “But for Bale, to be in a country like the one he’s in, in my view he has to speak the language. Sometimes, I’d just like to know what he’s thinking. And that’s not me being overcritical with him. Even if you get things wrong or make mistakes, you can still express yourself in another way. It’s like a challenge or a little battle.” last_img read more

2 days agoMoyes praises Man Utd vice-chairman Woodward

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Moyes praises Man Utd vice-chairman Woodwardby Freddie Taylor2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United manager David Moyes has praised the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.Moyes had the chance to work with Woodward for less than a year, after he was fired before the end of his first season in charge of the club.The Scotsman was picked by Sir Alex Ferguson as the latter’s successor, but he could only manage to lead United to seventh place in the league that season.”I found him [Woodward] fine to work with, I’ve got to say. He was really new to the job,” Moyes told talkSPORT.”One of the big losses I found was probably David Gill leaving Manchester United, because he was the one who worked with Sir Alex.”And with both Sir Alex and David Gill going it was new for myself and Ed Woodward going in.” last_img read more