TREÑAS REPEATS CALL FOR DUQUE’S FIRING; DOH hit over ‘mass recovery’ tally for COVID-19

first_imgARNOLD ALMACEN/CMO“I think it is about time that he gives up his position,” says Mayor Jerry Treñas of Iloilo City. As of July 31, Iloilo City has 91 local cases, 47 of which are active and 40 already recovered. The city has also 64 infected locally stranded individuals and overseas Filipino workers. This tally surpassed the number of COVID-19 cases in China, the original epicenter of the pandemic. As of Thursday, China has 87,680 cases. But the new record on the number of new cases was not the only thing that worries Treñas. According to the mayor, the “miraculous” DOH’s adjustment – now identifying mild and asymptomatic cases who stayed healthy for 14 days as recovered patients – is enough for President Rodrigo Duterte to fire Duque. Duterte defended Duque numerous times amid criticisms on how his agency is handling the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency said reconciliation activity resulted in over 3,000 identified recoveries from July 12 to 14./PN The keywords “mass recovery” is now a trending topic on Twitter, with over 7,400 tweets as of posting time – with majority of the posts denouncing the government for allegedly trying to deceive the public. ILOILO City – Mayor Jerry Treñas once more urged Health secretary Franciso Duque III to step down.   Duterte said he has known Duque since the time of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. “Libagon gid ang tanan nga gina-obra nila,” Treñas said.  “The massive data reconciliation efforts have resulted in faster and more accurate tagging of health statuses, particularly on death and recoveries. Data on recovery reconciliations will be reported every 15 days,” the DOH said. “Mabudlay para saton gobyerno nga maka-move forward if we have a leader like this,” Treñas pointed out. “We have already overtaken China [for COVID-19 cases] and all of sudden DOH comes up with this idea,” Treñas said. But according to Treñas, if the President finds it difficult to fire Duque, it’s about time for the latter to voluntarily resign. Back in June, the mayor questioned the department’s move to pull out rural doctors from Western Visayas to Cebu City. On Thursday, DOH also recorded the highest single increase in confirmed cases at 3,954, bringing the total number to 89,374 – of which, 1,983 patients died while 65,064 recovered. According to the DOH, the surge in the number of recoveries was attributed to enhanced data reconciliation efforts with local government units through “Oplan Recovery.” These thousands of new recoveries shocked Treñas. “Medyo nakibot ako,” he said. “If Secretary Duque cannot really perform as Health chief, I think it is about time he gives up his position,” Treñas stressed.   The President, according to Treñas, should hire more qualified and competent doctors who can “deliver the goods better” in addressing the health concerns of the country. The mayor was also anxious about the surge in new recoveries, saying DOH might also identify the city’s  COVID-19 asymptomatic cases as recoveries.     This was the second time Treñas demanded for the DOH chief’s resignation. The DOH has been the target of ridicule in social media, after netizens noted that the government supposedly changed the way it tallies recoveries just to make it appear that more people are fighting off the disease. His fresh call came after the Department of Health (DOH) tallied a “dubious” record of 38,075 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) recoveries nationwide in a single day.last_img read more

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Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala previews matchup with No. 1 Syracuse

first_imgWhether it’s the wings helping at the faceoff circle, defenders sliding to help teammates or the offense swinging passes, head coach Dave Pietramala said his Johns Hopkins squad will have to have to play as a team to beat Syracuse on Saturday.No. 16 JHU (3-3) will be looking for improvement on its mixed bag of close losses and wins when the Blue Jays play No. 1 Syracuse (5-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) in the Carrier Dome on Saturday at 2 p.m.Last season, JHU attack Ryan Brown scored eight goals, an effort that fell short in the Blue Jays’ 12-10 home loss to the Orange. Pietramala hopes for a more balanced attack this season.“You can’t count on eight goals from anybody,” Pietramala said of Brown’s performance last year. “… I think, for us, we have to play offense with six guys. We can’t allow them to just focus on Ryan Brown and that be enough to stifle us offensively.”Brown, who leads JHU with 26 points, is in better shape and has learned to fit into the Blue Jays offensive scheme, which was completely new last season, Pietramala said. This year, Pietramala said the junior has become less one-dimensional, learning to let his teammates play off of his success.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Blue Jays’ leading scorer will have help from brothers and fellow attacks Wells and Shack Stanwick. Wells, a senior, and Shack, a freshman, won Big Ten offensive player of the week and Big Ten freshman of the week, respectively, last week.While Shack has amassed 17 points this season, Pietramala said he still has made “freshman” mistakes and has to keep developing his strength and training. JHU’s offense will have to pull the Orange’s defenders out of position with quick passing, but Pietramala said the Orange looked reluctant to slide on film.Defensively, Pietramala said his team will have its hands full with the Syracuse attack trio of Kevin Rice, Randy Staats and Dylan Donahue. The Blue Jays’ defenders can’t be left on an island against any of them, Pietramala said. But if JHU defenders slide to help a teammate, they may leave one of SU’s attacks open. So Pietramala said it’s all about making the right decision when to help out teammates.Said Pietramala: “You can’t just go out and think we’re going to cover Rice, and I’ve got my man and you’ve got your man and we’re going to play six guys against six guys and just play individual defense.” Comments Published on March 13, 2015 at 11:28 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Feast of Corpus Christi celebrated at the river

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich –Today was the Feast of Corpus Christi which is a special day within the catholic faith.Due to social distancing restrictions, tradition had to be altered.At St. Mary’s Church today Father Joe was not going to miss giving a real presence of Jesus on this special day.He began by holding up the consecrated host in a monstrance and blessing those social distancing in their cars.Father Joe then took a boat up Thunder Bay River and said this was his way of bringing Christ to the world.Because of COVID–19 restrictions, he and others at the church had to get creative and discussed other ideas before settling on the boat.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Employers inaccurately reporting employees hoursNext Mass pass required to attend church servicelast_img read more

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Finding the Da Vinci code

first_imgThe result is a 40-second “hymn to God” that Pala said sounds best on a pipe organ, the instrument most commonly used in Leonardo’s time for spiritual music. A short segment taken from a CD of the piece contained a Bach-like passage played on the organ. The tempo was almost painfully slow but musical. Alessandro Vezzosi, a Leonardo expert and the director of a museum dedicated to the artist in his hometown of Vinci, said he had not seen Pala’s research but that the musician’s hypothesis “is plausible.” Vezzosi said previous research has indicated the hands of the Apostles in the painting can be substituted with the notes of a Gregorian chant, though so far no one had tried to work in the bread loaves. “There’s always a risk of seeing something that is not there, but it’s certain that the spaces (in the painting) are divided harmonically,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROME – It’s a new Da Vinci code, but this time it could be for real. An Italian musician and computer technician claims to have uncovered musical notes encoded in Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper,” raising the possibility that the Renaissance genius might have left behind a somber composition to accompany the scene depicted in the 15th-century wall painting. “It sounds like a requiem,” Giovanni Maria Pala said. “It’s like a soundtrack that emphasizes the passion of Jesus.” Painted from 1494 to 1498 in Milan’s Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, the “Last Supper” vividly depicts a key moment in the Gospel narrative: Jesus’ last meal with the 12 Apostles before his arrest and crucifixion, and the shock of Christ’s followers as they learn that one of them is about to betray him. Pala, a 45-year-old musician who lives near the southern Italian city of Lecce, began studying Leonardo’s painting in 2003, after hearing on a news program that researchers believed the artist and inventor had hidden a musical composition in the work. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “Afterward, I didn’t hear anything more about it,” he said in an interview. “As a musician, I wanted to dig deeper.” In a book released Friday in Italy, Pala explains how he took elements of the painting that have symbolic value in Christian theology and interpreted them as musical clues. Pala first saw that by drawing the five lines of a musical staff across the painting, the loaves of bread on the table as well as the hands of Jesus and the Apostles could each represent a musical note. This fit the relation in Christian symbolism between the bread, representing the body of Christ, and the hands, which are used to bless the food, he said. But the notes made no sense musically until Pala realized that the score had to be read from right to left, following Leonardo’s particular writing style. In his book – “La Musica Celata” (“The Hidden Music”) – Pala also describes how he found what he says are other clues in the painting that reveal the slow rhythm of the composition and the duration of each note. last_img read more

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Dean Ashton – The next instalment

first_imgDean Ashton was one of the best English strikers of his generation, enjoying prolific spells at Crewe Alexandra, Norwich City and West Ham United.A career that included an international cap and a goal in the 2006 FA Cup final was cruelly curtailed by an injury initially sustained at an England training camp.Ashton spoke to Matt Holland about his career and the adjustment to life after football.last_img

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