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‘It’s not a political statement’

first_imgU.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks to reporters about efforts to confront the coronavirus diisease (COVID-19) pandemic after meeting with members of his “Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board” in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 9, 2020.- Advertisement – “I want to be very clear: The goal of mask wearing is not to make your life less comfortable, or to take something away from you,” Biden said Monday. “It is to give something back to all of us, a normal life.”Biden also said he will ramp up the availability of rapid diagnostic testing across the country. The Trump administration has substantially increased testing since the beginning of the outbreak, but some public health specialists say the administration should have invested more in testing. Proponents of more widespread testing say that it helps identify infectious people, who can then quarantine and cut off chains of transmission before they balloon into outbreaks.In addition to testing, Biden said he is “building a corps of contact tracers who will track and curb this disease.”Contact tracing is the process whereby trained personnel contact people who have tested positive for the virus and identify others who might have been exposed and infected. It’s long been used to contain infectious diseases like tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases, but it’s never been implemented on the scale demanded by the pandemic.World Health Organization officials have repeatedly called on countries to scale up their contact-tracing infrastructure along with the ability to test broadly for the coronavirus.Infectious disease specialists from Johns Hopkins University and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials proposed a plan in early April to ramp up a national test and trace effort. It would require a workforce of 100,000 people, the proposal said, and cost $3.6 billion. This is breaking news. Check back here for updates. President-elect Joe Biden on Monday urged Americans to wear a mask to help the country bring the coronavirus pandemic under control, to save lives and to enable communities to reopen schools and businesses.“It doesn’t matter who you voted for, where you stood before election day. It doesn’t matter your party or your point of view,” he said. “We can save tens of thousands of lives if everyone would just wear a mask for the next few months.”- Advertisement – Biden’s comments come as the coronavirus is surging across the country. Epidemiologists and medical experts are warning that the worst days of the pandemic are still ahead. The country reported more than 105,900 new cases on Sunday, bringing the seven-day average up over 108,700, an increase of more than 33% compared with a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.“Please, I implore you, wear a mask,” Biden said. “Do it for yourself. Do it for your neighbor. A mask is not a political statement, but it is a good way to start pulling the country together.” Jonathan Ernst | Reuters Biden’s remarks stand in stark contrast to that of President Donald Trump, who resisted wearing a mask in public for months at the start of the pandemic.Top health officials, including Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have said masks are one of the best ways currently available to control the spread of the virus. But the wearing of masks has become a political flashpoint across much of the U.S., with debate raging over local and state mandates to wear a mask in public.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

PPE’s, free transport for Antique health practitioners

first_imgThis man prepares personal protective equipment to be distributed to health practitioners in Antique on March 19. PNA According to IPHO information officerIrene Dulduco, meanwhile, Belison’s municipal government already began providingfree rides to health workers reporting to the Angel Salazar Memorial GeneralHospital here. Health workers who do thermal scanningto people in the border of Barangay Lindero, Libertad town; Barangay Buang inPandan town; Lipata Port in Barangay Lipata in Culasi town; and Barangay SanFrancisco in Anini-y town, on the other hand, have been provided with infraredthermal scanners and forms for medical assessment. The PPEs consist of surgical masks,clean gloves, alcohol, and raincoat in place of surgical gowns for healthpersonnel who would be transporting patients under investigation and personsunder monitoring with high fever. Mayor Christopher Piccio said on March19 that given the difficulty faced by health workers in accessing transportgoing to San Jose, Belison would provide them with a van to not hamper thedelivery of their services.(With a reportfrom PNA/PN) According to Dr. Ric Noel Naciongayo,Antique PHO chief, the health workers and personnel of the local disaster riskreduction and management office assigned to implement border restriction havebeen provided with PPEs since March 19. SAN JOSE, Antique – Health practitionersin this province have been provided with personal protective equipment (PPEs)by the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) in their fight against thecoronavirus disease 2019 outbreak.last_img read more

GAELSCOIL ADHAMHNÁIN MUSIC GROUP VICTORIOUS AT NATIONAL CONCERT HALL

first_imgBREAKING NEWS….EIGHTY pupils from Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin in Letterkenny have just arrived home from the National Concert Hall in Dublin – with a top trophy and a very large cheque.Not only did they reach the national final of the Waltons Music for Schools Competition, they took second place in the prestigious competitionThey performed ‘Draíocht an Cheoil’ (Magic of Music) before a sold-out crowd at the NCH – and won a standing ovation.Judges said the Letterkenny school’s performance was first class and helped win a prize of €1,500! So good in fact, that a special Garda escort was on hand at the Dry Arch Roundabout to escort the children back to the school.You can watch how good they are by pressing play on the video above – the video which got them picked for the final.Maith Sibh!The Gaelscoil children on stage at the National Concert Hall todaySome of the children back in Letterkenny tonightWinners: Some of the pupils back home tonight after their 6am start  GAELSCOIL ADHAMHNÁIN MUSIC GROUP VICTORIOUS AT NATIONAL CONCERT HALL was last modified: May 12th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dublingaelscoil ADHAMNÁINletterkennyNational Concert Halllast_img read more

49ers vs. Lions: 5 keys to winning home opener

first_imgKittle, by the way, knew he simply misjudged a Garoppolo bomb at midfield with green grass ahead of him last game. Said Kittle: “It was just a bad play.” Time for some good plays now.San Francisco 49ers running back Alfred Morris (46) is tackled by Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)3. PROTECT THE BALL. Morris’ goal-line fumble set the stage for last weekend’s opening loss. Was it an anomaly, even though he also lost control of the ball on the previous carry?Morris did not lose a fumble in 651 carries the previous four seasons. However, he lost seven fumbles his first two years in Washington, when, coincidentally, he played under Shanahan.Morris said after Sunday’s game his sweaty forearms contributed to the fumble. That game was played indoors. Sunday’s temperature calls for temperatures in the 70s under partly-sunny skies.Matt Breida, who evenly split time in the backfield with Morris in the opener, has yet to fumble in his career. He had 105 carries and 21 receptions as a rookie but did drop five passes. The Lions forced no fumbles in their opener Monday.San Francisco 49ers’ Raheem Mostert (31) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts’ John Simon (51) and Antonio Morrison (44) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)4. GET SPECIAL. The 49ers aren’t taking for granted how easily the Lions succumbed to the Jets, and one such area that hurt Detroit was on special teams. About a minute after the Jets returned an interception for a touchdown, they scored on a 78-yard punt return for a 21-point lead midway through the third quarter.Raheem Mostert, the 49ers special-teams ace, pointed out that the Lions will come in ready to make amends and they’ll be doing so with a veteran special teams coordinator in Joe Marciano, who Shanahan coached with in Houston.“We have to win our one-on-one battles,” said Mostert, an expert gunner. “We did that (last game) but it didn’t help the team enough. We have to be on our keys, win the one-on-ones and make big plays.”Such big plays could come from Pettis as a punt returner, or, more likely, kicker Robbie Gould, who’s made 26 consecutive field-goal attempts and is one shy of Phil Dawson’s record.San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) celebrates towards fans following their 25-23 win against the Tennessee Titans for their NFL game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)5. GET LOUD. Let’s get back to home-field advantage. Why is it important? Because the 49ers won’t need a silent snap count for its offensive line, which could be starting undrafted rookie Najee Toran at right guard if Mike Person can’t play on a bad foot.“I don’t think people realize how big a deal that is, being able to hear cadence,” Staley said.Related Articles Roger Craig, high-kicking 49ers running back, has 50-50 chance for induction to Hall of Fame 49ers Deebo Samuel helping key playoff run as respected rookie Minnesota’s “Skol!” chants and raucous crowd made for the second-loudest venue Staley has encountered in his 12-year career. (“Seattle will always be No. 1,” Staley said.)If 49ers fans can get riled up Sunday, do it when their defense is on the field, a defense that played OK against the Vikings but could really pump up the Levi’s Stadium crowd with sacks and turnovers.“The energy level is up on the fan base this year,” Staley said, “and hopefully they show up and get loud.”* * *How last week’s five keys panned out in a 24-16 loss at Minnesota:1. Win in the trenches. They did early but not after guards Mike Person and Joshua Garnett got hurt.2. Backfield boom. Alfred Morris and Matt Breida split time, and there wasn’t a boom as much as there was a bust with Morris’ goal-line fumble.3. Jimmy G. magic. Garoppolo endured not only his first loss but his first three-interception game.4. Sherman impact. He played every defensive snap, recovered a fumble and successfully defended 1 of 2 passes that came his way.5. Playing chess. Shanahan’s red-zone calls yielded 1 TD in 4 series, but his second-half misdirection plays opened up passing lanes in the comeback attempt. Click HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.SANTA CLARA – Year 5 of Levi’s Stadium finally could bring what’s been missed since Candlestick: a 49ers home-field advantage.It will take more wins than losses from the home team, and that would be a first.First up on a friendly home schedule is Sunday’s matchup against the Detroit Lions, who lost 48-17 in their opener at home Monday night to the New York Jets. NFL picks Week 16: 49ers rebound, Raiders fall, Patriots clinch center_img 49ers vs. Rams: 5 keys to winning on Saturday night stage Levi’s Stadium has yet to deliver Candlestick-esque nostalgia, no offense to Garoppolo’s comeback over the Titans in his first 49ers home start or an ensuing Christmas Eve upset of Jacksonville that coach Kyle Shanahan says “was as loud as any game I’ve been in.”So, could this be the season that home-field advantage emerges and cheers ricochet off the Mount York suite tower? Here are five ways to a cheer-filled home opener:San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, center, is sacked by Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (93) and defensive end Everson Griffen (97) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)1. HIT TARGETS: Garoppolo’s career-high three interceptions sealed the 49ers’ fate in a season-opening, 24-16 loss at Minnesota. He has as many touchdowns as interceptions (8:8) in his 49ers tenure. But don’t panic.As much as Shanahan wants fewer turnovers, he’s not opposed to Garoppolo getting into a gunfight with Matthew Stafford, who had four passes intercepted Monday.“I like guys who aren’t scared to fail,” Shanahan said. “They’re going to let it rip. They’re not going to just guess and gamble, but they’re trying to win the game and they try to see stuff and they try to let it rip.”Staley, who’s blocked for a dozen 49ers quarterbacks since 2007, is the voice of reason when it comes to Garoppolo’s style.Said Staley: “There’s going to be games where sometimes it’s not perfect. There’s going to be games, too, where he’s going to have five touchdowns, no interceptions and a (expletive) ton of yards. We have all the confidence in the world in Jimmy.“He’s a great quarterback and I’m really excited to get back out there Sunday to get this past game behind us.”San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis (18) runs from Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes (21) after making a reception during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)2. CATCH THE BALL: OK, Garoppolo needs more help than what he got in the opener, when potential touchdown receptions were dropped by Pierre Garçon, Dante Pettis and George Kittle. It would also help if receivers ran the right route in pressure situations (see: Kendrick Bourne’s wrong-way cut on a pick-six at Minnesota).The wide receiving corps must step up in place of Marquise Goodwin, who won’t play because of a quadriceps bruise. That puts Pettis in line for his first career start, and he flashed big-time potential in last Sunday’s debut by producing the 49ers’ only touchdown on a 22-yard, off-schedule play.Garoppolo also figures to throw more to his running backs, as Matt Breida had the only reception (5 yards) last game between him and Alfred Morris. Kurtenbach: The 49ers need a new identity — it’s up to Jimmy Garoppolo to provide it If the 49ers are to snap a four-year playoff drought (and 23-year Lombardi Trophy vanishing act), they absolutely need to hold serve at home.“Hopefully the energy, the fans turn out,” left tackle Joe Staley said. “We’ll see, though. This is the fourth, fifth year of it and it’s kind of hit or miss.”In past years, the 49ers have gone 4-4, 4-4, 1-7 and 3-5 at The Big ‘L’. (See, Levi’s Stadium still lacks a catchy nickname after all these playoff-missing years.)But the 49ers won three of their last four home games last season, including two December wins by Jimmy Garoppolo, whose GQ-bearded mug has made it onto a bobblehead for fans at Sunday’s gates.The Lions, under former Patriots assistant Matt Patricia, are 1 of 5 visitors to Levi’s Stadium who’ll bring a new head coach; the others are the Arizona Cardinals, the Raiders, the New York Giants and the Chicago Bears. New coaches went 0-7 in last weekend’s debuts, by the way.last_img read more

Bamboo Soft Fibre Wig Cap | Supersoft Texture | Suitable : Absolutely Fabulous Darlings!

first_img My daughter can now wear her wig with comfort and she is delighted as she lost her hair due to chemotherapy. I bought both the nude and black. Thank you so much miss tresses. Stops wig from feeling prickly. Lovely quality very comfortable thanks. Having just bought a wig, this cap is wonderful, much nicer than the nylon stocking type wig cap. My wig is no longer itchy and it fits snugly. Just wish it were a little cheaper. However i am just about to buy another cap. Purchased this for my wife following chemo induced hair loss, as her wig was unbearable to wear with the stocking type cap. Happy to report that this cap surpasses expections and enables the wig to be worn without the constant irritation and in relative comfort for a longer time. Ordered for my mum who is quite pleased with the product hasn’t wore it for too long will be putting it to the test on her holiday will give a further feedback then. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2018-05-31 15:36:07Reviewed Item Black Bamboo Soft Fibre Wig Cap | Supersoft Texture | Suitable for Sensitive ScalpsRating 5.0 / 5  stars, based on  18  reviewsPrice£9.50 This nude skin tone soft fibre wig cap is great. It kept my head cool under my wig and so i recommend it 100%. Made the wig more comfortable though now hair is growing does make the wig slip a bit. Couldnt be without it now x. Works well and lovely and soft. Absolutely Fabulous Darlings! now wear her wig with comfort and she is delighted as she lost her hair due to chemotherapyOrdered for my mum who is quite pleased with the product hasn’t wore it for too long Black Bamboo Soft Fibre Wig Cap | Supersoft Texture | Suitable for Sensitive Scalpslast_img read more