COVID-19 contacts should be tested, regardless of symptoms: WHO

first_img“What is really important is that testing be used as an opportunity to find active cases so that they can be isolated and so that contact tracing can also take place,” she said.”This is really fundamental to breaking chains of transmission.”The controversial policy shift at the CDC was made quietly on its website on Monday amid reports of political interference from the White House.President Donald Trump has repeatedly said that the United States should do less testing, and has blamed mass testing for making it appear as though the country is doing poorly against the pandemic.This is not true: though the United States is testing at a high level, its outbreak is worse than any other country in the world, with more than 5.8 million confirmed cases and almost 180,000 deaths.Anthony Fauci, who leads the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, voiced concern Wednesday that the new CDC recommendations “will give people the incorrect assumption that asymptomatic spread is not of great concern. In fact, it is.”The CDC has previously emphasized that between 40-50 percent of people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic, and therefore getting tested is important to stop the spread of the virus. People exposed to someone diagnosed with coronavirus should be tested whether they show symptoms or not, the World Health Organization said Thursday, after US health authorities said they were not needed.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website earlier this week shifted from its position that all close contacts of known COVID-19 cases should be tested, suggesting that those with no symptoms “do not necessarily need a test.”When asked about the shift, the WHO’s COVID-19 technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove did not mention the US situation specifically but told reporters the UN health agency recommends that “contacts, if feasible, should be tested, regardless of the development of symptoms. “We know that people who have symptoms transmit, and we know that people who don’t have symptoms can transmit the virus as well,” she said.The WHO had developed guidelines for countries at different stages in their outbreaks, leaving it up to them to adapt their testing strategy to their needs and capacities, depending on the intensity of transmission, she said.To date, the novel coronavirus has killed more than 826,000 people of the over 24 million infected since the disease first surfaced in China late last year.While the main focus of testing is on those who develop symptoms, Van Kerkhove said that especially when investigating clusters of cases, “testing may need to be expanded to look for individuals who are on the more mild end of the spectrum or who may indeed be asymptomatic.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

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The three main priorities on Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal to-do list

first_img Arteta’s philosophy is almost inseparable from Guardiola, yet it took two summers and £200m on centre-backs to make his defence title-ready. Stylistically he looks to dominate, press high and push up: the further the opposition are away from your goal, the harder it is to score. But it is instances when Arsenal have played a high line, and when players must take individual ownership of defending space and winning their one-on-one duels, that they have looked most ragged. Ewan RobertsWednesday 18 Dec 2019 7:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.1kShares The novice Spanish manager faces a daunting task at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)With Freddie Ljungberg having failed to steady the increasingly turbulent Arsenal ship, the Gunners’ hierarchy have turned to another familiar face to try and resurrect their season. Former skipper Mikel Arteta – who was overlooked for the role when Arsene Wenger departed – is set to return to his old stomping ground after serving a three-and-a-half year apprenticeship at Manchester City. Now he must step out from Pep Guardiola’s enormous shadow.The task awaiting Arteta is no less gargantuan, with the Gunners having won just once in their last 14 matches in all competitions – and even that was only secured thanks to nine frantic minutes against West Ham that belied the lethargic and lacklustre play that had preceded it. On and off the pitch, Arteta has a plethora of issues to address but, in the middle of the packed Christmas fixture list, very little time to deal with them.AdvertisementAdvertisementWith just a few days until the Gunners take on Everton – another of Arteta’s old teams, just to add to the narrative – the Spaniard is facing a real baptism of fire at his new club…His coaching team What Arteta must do, immediately, is settle on an XI. Right now the players feel muddled and confused, a group of individuals rather than a team. Down the road at Tottenham, Mourinho named the side’s first unchanged team since March 2017 when they visited Molineux and secured a massive victory. Familiarity, structure, clarity, it is all hugely important. And it’s all been missing at the Emirates.The fans need it too, a sign that somebody knows what they’re doing; somebody has a plan. A former club captain, a player who understands the DNA created under Wenger as well what is required to win back-to-back Premier League titles. Get the fans up off their seats, thrill them with ferocious defending as well as incisive attacking, and get the Emirates rocking again. Over to you, Mikel.Will Mikel Arteta be a success at Arsenal?No0%Yes0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Mikel Arteta gets front row seat to the Arsenal horror show awaiting himAdvertisementMORE: Pep Guardiola opens the door to Mikel Arteta taking Arsenal job after Manchester City victoryMore: 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 City Arsenal’s current setup is light on coaches and short on experience (Picture: Getty)‘If you look at the person who was here before, he had a lot of staff and maybe I don’t have so many. So if you keep on going like that for months and months, it’s not so easy,’ explained the Swede. ‘I have Per but at the same time he is academy manager but he is helping me with coaching.’Arteta will not be taking any of City’s staff with him – not with the champions having been so angered by the way Arsenal moved for their assistant – while so many of the experienced heads left behind by Wenger, such as Steve Bould and Jens Lehmann, have been culled. Getting his backroom team just right, finding the ideal blend of expertise and stylistic fit, will be one of his key first decisions. Most managers experience an element of trial and error when cultivating the necessary trust and harmony from an inner circle, but Arteta will have to hope he and his staff click from the off.The defence Arsenal fans have voiced their displeasure with both the team and the board (Picture: Getty)Even after almost a year-and-a-half in the job, Unai Emery had little concept on what his best XI actually looked like and interim boss Ljungberg has fared little better in his five games in charge. Striking the right balance in the team eluded both men, even after the latter had restored the exiled Mesut Ozil and reinstated Lucas Torreira to his natural position as a holding midfielder.Arsenal’s youngsters, meanwhile, have shown the most promise – rare bright sparks in otherwise dreary matches – and Gabriel Martinelli’s performances against West Ham and Manchester City validated Ljungberg’s decision to start him. Equally, it feels hard to justify leaving £48m man Alexandre Lacazette on the bench in both games, even if the Swede feels the side are more solid with only one of their star strikers on the pitch. Arsenal have been giving up more goals and shots than in Wenger’s final season (Picture: AP)In most mid-season rescue jobs, the manager parachuted in has a very specific profile, and very specific formula, for arresting the slide: think Roy Hodgson or Sam Allardyce spending hours on the training pitch repeatedly drilling the defence, working on tightening the space between the back-line and midfield. But Arsenal’s position is rather more curious than what we’ve seen before.AdvertisementAdvertisementDespite the state of chaos that envelops the club, and a run of form that has had some fans even fearing relegation, they are actually only seven points adrift of the top four. This season is no write-off; they have an abundance of firepower up top, but just lack a solid, dependable platform. Two clean sheets in 17 Premier League matches is the joint-worst in the division, though even that miserable record owes overwhelmingly to the reflexes of one of the league’s best goalkeepers. Strange, then, that Arsenal’s hierarchy have plumped for a project manager noted for his attacking coaching.Most shots conceded per Premier League match 2019/201. Aston Villa18.402. Norwich16.603. Arsenal16.404. Bournemouth15.40 Share Commentcenter_img Ljungberg on Aubameyang and Lacazette ‘We looked vulnerable defensively. But of course, they are both great players, that’s why I wanted them both on the pitch, but we became very vulnerable defensively. So we took the route against West Ham where we changed it and played one of them and then had more defensive organisation.’ There’s a stark contrast between City’s defence with and without £57m Aymeric Laporte (Getty)Any scenario that has David Luiz high up the pitch or exposes Sokratis to a foot race is something that should be avoided and this Arsenal back-line – as well as the passive midfielders meant to shield them – feels entirely unsuited to playing the way City do and the way Arteta wants to.City themselves have often had a vulnerable, makeshift backline and protect it by making tactical fouls early in transition and high up the pitch. Ljungberg noted it after Sunday’s game, admitting Arsenal needed to be more ‘cynical’ and street-wise like their opponents. For Arteta, striking the right balance between his own attacking principles and the limitations of Arsenal’s defence will be paramount, as well as introducing some more ugly elements to the beautiful football he advocates.AdvertisementUnite the team… and the fans The three main priorities on Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal to-do list Advertisement Advertisement Arteta was praised for the one-to-one work he did to help Raheem Sterling (Picture: GettyIt is very rare for a new manager to be given a job as difficult and tumultuous as the one that awaits Arteta at Arsenal. Usually a new project begins in the summer, with months to adapt to the new job, build a coaching staff and install a philosophy during the off-season. In the other half of north London, Jose Mourinho spent his time out of the game adapting and learning, poaching two coaches from Lille to join an already well established backroom team.ADVERTISEMENTBut time – the one thing Arteta will need most – is precisely what he is lacking. The most pressing concern he will have, and which will be preoccupying him right now, is the coaching staff he assembles. Freddie Ljungberg has been forced to work with a skeleton staff since Unai Emery’s departure, leaning on Per Mertesacker and even talking through ideas with technical director Edu.last_img read more

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2 persons jailed in sting op

first_imgBACOLOD City – Two persons werearrested in a sting operation in Barangay Mambulac, Silay City, NegrosOccidental.  Aside from suspected illegal drugs, animprovised shotgun with two live bullets, P5,000 marked money and a cellphonewere confiscated from them around  11:45a.m. on Monday, the report added. Five sachets of suspected shabu valuedat around P120,000 were seized from 32-year-old resident Cristan Pegaris and22-year-old Emmanuel Junsay, a police report showed.center_img The suspects were detained in thecustodial facility of the Silay City police station, facing charges./PNlast_img read more

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NFA-Negros starts test milling of ‘palay’

first_imgFarmers harvest rice in Bago City, Negros Occidental. A farmers’ association has sought assistance from the provincial government to help them cope with the low farmgate prices of palay. BUSINESSWORLD The milled palay will then serve as buffer stocks of the NFA, mainly forgovernment use during calamities and emergencies.  If the mill’s recovery rate is 65percent, the excess of 2 percent will be given to the rice mill. Canoy said the NFA will pay thecontracted rice mills in-kind or in-cost of by-product like the “upa” (ricehulls) plus the excess in the recovery rate of 63 percent. The NFA requires a minimum capacity of50 bags per hour output and a recovery rate of at least 63-percent – whichmeans that if 100,000 bags of palaywere milled, the recovery should be at least 63,000 bags of well-milledrice.  NFA provincial manager Frisco Canoysaid the test milling was directed by the central office to determine if ricemills can qualify in terms of recovery percentage and the quality of rice.  The test milling for palay began at the Rice ProcessingCenter in Barangay Tabunan, Bago City, Negros Occidental last week while theSan Carlos City and Ilog town have yet to start the test milling this week,Canoy said.     As of October, NFA-Negros Occidentalpurchased 47,392 bags of palay wortharound P45 million from farmers in the province.  For the test milling, the NFA will paythe rice mill’s entire recovery output based on their milling rate, and anotherfor the by-product. center_img He added they can accommodate otherrice mills aside from those identified in the three localities.      Canoy said no cash is involved in testmilling since the agency will pay the rice mills using its imported rice bufferstocks equivalent to the computed milling rate and cost of by-products. He added the volume subjected to testmilling will depend on the rice mill’s eight-hour capacity. If the capacity is100 bags per hour, a total of 800 bags will be subjected to test mill withinthree trials. Since the warehouses in San Carlos andIlog town were full of procured palay,the NFA-Negros Occidental has been authorized to transport palay to Dumangas, Iloilo for milling. BACOLOD City – The National FoodAuthority (NFA) in Negros Occidental has started test milling of procured palay or unhusked rice.     Since last week, around 49,000 bags ofpalay have been stocked in threewarehouses in the province. Around 10,000 bags will be sent to Iloilo.(With a report from PNA/PN) “Actual milling will follow once theyqualify during the test mill,” Canoy added. last_img read more

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Woman, 81, killed while crossing road

first_imgThe 81-year-old Magdalina Villagues diedof body injuries, a police report showed. The suspect was arrested and nowdetained ion the custodial facility of the Silay City police station, facingcharges./PN Villagues – a resident of the village –was crossing the road when a car driven by 65-year-old Rolando Alvarez Rosales hither, the report added. BACOLOD City – Crossing the road turnedfatal for a woman in Barangay Guinhalaran, Silay City, Negros Occidental. center_img Villagues was rushed to the TeresitaLopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City but she was later declareddead. The incident happened around 6:10 a.m.on Jan. 25.last_img read more

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Spurs boss happy with Everton draw

first_imgSpurs trailed thanks to an Aaron Lennon goal but Delli Alli equalised on the stroke of half time.Meanwhile, Chelsea will have to wait on the fitness of Eden Hazard to see the extent of his injury picked up in yesterday’s victory over Crystal Palace.The Belgian was withdrawn in the first half, but the Champions went on to give Guus Hiddink his first win of the season as manager. 3-0 the final score.last_img

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Rampant Real Thrash Juve, Retain Champions League

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid defeated 10-man Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff to retain their Champions League crown.Madrid became the first team in the Champions League era to successfully defend the trophy with their sixth triumph in the competition – and 12th when you include it in its former guise of the European Cup – three of those victories coming in the last four years.A thrilling first half saw Ronaldo put Madrid ahead, becoming the first player to score in three different Champions League finals in the process Mario Mandzukic equalised for Juventus with a spectacular overhead kick that will live long in the memory.But Madrid dominated the second half as Juve collapsed, Casemiro scoring with the help of a huge deflection before Ronaldo made sure of the victory from close-range, ensuring he finishes above Lionel Messi as the competition’s top scorer this season.Any hopes of a Juventus comeback were ended when substitute Juan Cuadrado was sent off 18 minutes after coming on, the winger receiving a second yellow card for a clash with Sergio Ramos, before Madrid substitute Marco Asensio put the icing on the cake in the last minute.Having also secured LaLiga glory, the win seals a famous double for Zinedine Zidane in his first full season at the helm, with Madrid the first side since AC Milan in 1990 to win back-to-back European crowns.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Leadership change for Jamaican Women of Florida

first_imgJamaican women of Florida The Jamaican Women of Florida, Inc. (JWOF) has changed its leadership.At the fourth annual general meeting of the organization held last Saturday, Camille Edwards an administrator with the Broward School Board was elected to succeed local attorney Dahlia Walker-Huntington as the organization’s president. Walker-Huntington and other members of the board had termed out.Camille EdwardsEdwards previously served as the president of the Immaculate Conception High School Alumnae Association and Broward Alliance of Caribbean Educators (founder). She hails from Montego Bay, Jamaica and holds Masters of Science and Bachelors of Arts degrees from St. Thomas University, Miami, FL and York University, Toronto, Canada.The newly Elected Vice President is June Minto – Marketing Consultant and Managing Partners with Jamaican Jerk Festival & Jamaque – Paridis Magazines.  Rounding out the new Board are Secretary Tamara Wadley; Treasurer Dale Telfer, CPA – who is returning for her second term in the position; Director-At-Large Ann Marie Clarke, Esq. and Legal Director Hilary Creary, Esq.- who previously served as the association’s Secretary.JWOF was launched in April, 2013 with twenty founding members. The membership has tripled since, and the organization continue to seek members to strengthen the group.The non-profit was founded as an organization to provide an opportunity for Jamaican women residing in Florida to empower themselves through charitable and educational endeavors, personal development and mentoring. JWOF seeks to engage Jamaican women and to give back to the next generation of young women by assisting in the development of leadership and personal skills to operate in a global environment.Since its launch, JWOF has initiated several measures to accomplish its goals.  These include the annual Women’s Empowerment Conference & Scholarship Luncheon; the “Powerful Women…Next Generation” scholarship, the annual Health & Wellness Conversation, and the adoption of Melody House Girls’ Home in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  Members of JWOF have made several trips to Jamaica to visit Melody House and have supported the girls home financially over the years.  The organization has also helped several Jamaican women and families in Florida in need and continue to live up to their mission of helping the community.“We the new board embrace JWOF’s mission and vision and are dedicated to the organization’s continued growth over the next two years” says JWOF President, Camille Edwards. “We have some big shoes to fill but with the guidance of the outgoing board we will strive to provide avenues to empower the now gen and the next gen,” said Edwards.To celebrate their fourth anniversary, JWOF is again hosting the popular “Jamaican Women of Florida Empowerment Conference & Scholarship Luncheon”, on Saturday, April 8th, at Jungle Island in Miami, Florida.  The event will include three panel presentations focusing on the organization’s mission –  empowerment; personal growth and development, and mentorship; the annual scholarship awards luncheon to benefit a female high school senior and promising second, third and fourth year college students.last_img read more

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MLB hot stove: Bryce Harper talks ‘intensified’ as Phillies continue front-runner status

first_imgThe Phillies apparently remain the front runner in the bid to land coveted free agent Bryce Harper.Fancred’s Jon Heyman tweeted Sunday, that “Things are heating up with Harper. ‘Intensified’ is the word I heard. Phillies are the favorite, but word remains that nothing’s done yet. Will be a long-term deal.” The Athletic first reported Saturday that the Phillies were the clear favorite now to land the slugging outfielder, with the Nationals a “distant” second. Of course, plenty of Harper rumors have come and gone in recent days and weeks. One report Friday said he’d made up his mind, and an announcement would be made that day.However, a report Sunday by MLB Network’s Jon Heyman noted several other teams that have inquired about Harper “haven’t been told they are out” of the running for the free agent. Heyman specifically mentioned the Padres, Nationals, Giants and White Sox as apparently still in the hunt, along with “multiple mystery teams. The 26-year-old outfielder has drawn the interest of up to a dozen teams this offseason, and reportedly met with the aforementioned teams, as well as the Yankees and Dodgers.Of course, Harper’s signing with the Phillies — or another team — might not be imminent. The Philly Voice reported Sunday, “It is possible Harper and or (Manny) Machado wait until mid-spring training to make their decision.”Phillies position players, along with those for the majority of other MLB teams. report to spring training Monday.Harper is expected to sign at least a 10-year deal worth more than $300 million, according to multiple reports.last_img read more

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Summer swimming championship next weekend in Sarajevo

first_imgNext weekend, the ‘Summer Swimming Championship of BiH – BH Telecom’ will be held at the Olympic Swimming Pool Otoka in Sarajevo, reports Fena.Organiser of the Championship is the Swimming Association of BIH and Swimming club Bosna Sarajevo.Around 250 competitors from 17 swimming clubs from BiH will participate in 17 solo and 3 relay disciplines.The competition will start on Saturday at 9 a.m., while the official opening will be held at 4.30 p.m.last_img

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