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False positive? WVMC lab defends virus test process

first_imgTo 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. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. For one, WVMC-SNL emphasized it complied with and passed all the required standards and was in fact issued a proficiency testing certificate on March 31, 2020 by the Department of Health and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine. More importantly, “the RT-PCR machine is fully automated, hence, there is no way the operator can manipulate the results,” according to the WVMC-SNL. 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. Esmeralda wondered if there were glitches in the testing process. 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. WVMC-SNL assured Western Visayans it was fully aware of its mandate and responsibility to release accurate, reliable and timely results, since these have “serious impact to the patient, the community and the entire region.” “A positive COVID-19 (SARS Cov-2) RT-PCR result means SARS CoV-2 RNA is detected in the specimen. The testing cannot determine whether the viral RNA is active / infectious or inactive / dormant / non-infectious,” part of its statement read. Most people (about 80 percent) recover from the disease without needing special treatment, according to WHO./PN In a statement addressing the issue, WVMC-SNL stressed such scenario was “very remote, if not nil.” The laboratory also explained what a positive test result meant. 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. “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. “A quality management system had been installed and designed to eliminate errors in order to ensure identity of specimen being processed,” it stressed. Mayor Esmeralda said on Friday he was not discounting 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. WVMC-SNL led Dr. Stephanie Abello, chief pathologist, insisted that every procedure of the RT-PCR test had stringent verification and validation process. Esmeralda also said 100 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. For everybody’s piece of mind, the mayor said, a third RT-PCR test on the SB member may be conducted. ILOILO City – The Western Visayas Medical Center Sub-national Laboratory (WVMC-SNL) brushed off insinuations it could be releasing “false positive” coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) test results. The results of the rest were yet to be released. Esmeralda also said some close contacts of the SB member also tested negative for the disease. Thus, according to the laboratory, “the completion of the 14-day quarantine is required to ensure safety of the patient, and prompt contact tracing is made to ensure that all contacts are swabbed, quarantined and advised.” In the case of the Igbaras SB member or Patient 114, according to the WVMC-SNL, his was the only positive specimen in the plate of 93 specimens, thus it ruled out contamination from another specimen. WVMC-SNL was forced to defend itself following the concern aired by Mayor Jaime Esmeralda of Igbaras, Iloilo over the diverging results of the two reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests conducted on one of his Sangguniang Bayan (SB) members just five days apart. To ensure accuracy in all the tests, the laboratory added, all positive specimens are isolated and undergo a repeated testing procedure by a different group of medical technologists. In the first test, the 55-year-old male SB member tested positive for COVID-19. In the second or repeat test taken five days after, he tested negative.last_img read more

February 28, 2018 Police Blotter

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Little League Baseball Bats

first_imgIf you were watching this year’s Little League World Series, you might have heard the announcers say that they changed the rules on what bats could be used by the players.  Officials felt like there were too many home runs.  Personally, I don’t see why that was a problem, but Little League management thought it was.Until this year, bats were made from a reinforced carbon fiber polymer.  Over time, as the bat got older it acted like a trampoline and sent the ball higher and farther.  The new bat is now built to act more like the wooden bats used in the majors–less ping and less pop.  This means the pitchers and infielders are less likely to be hit by a laser line drive.  It also means that the ball does not go as far.  When will technology ever leave things alone?  What happened to the days when you taped up an old wooden bat and used it to play ball?last_img read more

Korger: Nebraska will reveal real Wisconsin team

first_imgJared Abbrederis finished with a season-high 147 receiving yards on six catches with his new quarterback under center.[/media-credit]After four games, it’s hard to find the words to describe how to feel after the first month of Badger football. Maybe it’s comparable to that relationship where things just seemingly don’t work right away, but optimism remains that it will come to fruition eventually. Or maybe it’s more along the lines of a nagging feeling of dread that comes with holding a secret you know will eventually be exposed.Whatever the case, reviews have been mixed about Wisconsin so far this season. But one thing is for sure: early expectations for this team have not been met in the slightest.At this point of the season, it used to be a mindset of “it’s about damn time” entering the opening of conference play, especially with UW’s history of steamrolling these early September games. But for the first time in recent memory, it doesn’t appear the Badgers are close to ready to compete with Big Ten foes. And with a trip to Lincoln, Neb., next Saturday to face off against the Cornhuskers, the Badgers have just six days to make the necessary strides to keep things competitive in a primetime night game at Memorial Stadium.Granted, the Badgers did look noticeably better against the University of Texas at El Paso Miners. Even without Montee Ball in the lineup for a majority of the game, the star’s absence allowed Melvin Gordon to finally get his chance to shine. While James White looked solid with 15 rushes for 65 yards and two touchdowns, Gordon undoubtedly stole the show. Gaining 112 yards and scoring a touchdown on only eight carries, the redshirt freshman and No. 3 running back on the depth chart made a strong case for an increased role in future weeks.And how about Joel Stave? Sure, the redshirt freshman – the first to start at quarterback for the Badgers since Jim Sorgi against Purdue on Oct. 21, 2000 – showed signs of youth and inexperience with an interception, a few telegraphed passes and a mishap on a handoff, but for the most part the young quarterback looked very impressive. Wisconsin’s offensive coordinator, Matt Canada, seemed to open the playbook for Stave, calling multiple play fakes and deep passes to test the new starter’s arm strength and accuracy. Stave responded in kind, connecting with Jared Abbrederis six times for 147 yards and a touchdown.Yes, the game was against a weak UTEP squad, but at least the UW offense actually showed signs of measurable life for once this season. From a pessimistic point of view, the Badgers’ success came from the Miners’ absent knowledge of the potential of Stave in the passing game. With Canada showing conservative play-calling in the first three games, the team caught the Miners completely off-guard with multiple play-action and deep passes early in the game. And yes, the offensive line is still not where it needs to be (three sacks allowed), but the group finally opened up some notable creases for the Wisconsin running backs throughout the game. The team gained 240 total yards on the ground, a mark closer to the total fans have become accustomed to from the rushing game, especially in the nonconference slate.The offense has been slow out of the gate the entire season. It’s alarming that Wisconsin has only scored five points in the first quarter this season. Not an average of five points, but five points total through four games. And going on the road, an area of struggle for every Bret Bielema-coached team, against a potentially explosive offense in Nebraska, Canada needs to find a way to jumpstart the offense early and often. The team cannot afford to rely on its defense for a majority of the first half before finding its footing against superior opponents in the conference, especially against teams with dangerous offenses like that of Nebraska.And although UW won 37-26 over UTEP behind 21 second quarter points, the performance was anything but convincing that this team is prepared for the road that leads ahead. However, this weekend seemed to show Wisconsin’s lone loss of the season at Oregon State was against a better opponent than previously thought. The Beavers went on the road and beat No. 19 UCLA, a team that beat Nebraska handily, and the Huskers are far and away the toughest test the Badgers have faced this season. A rowdy atmosphere of fans and players devoted to avenging last year’s humiliating 48-17 throttling at Camp Randall, Wisconsin will get all it can handle.But can the adversity the Badgers have faced this season make the squad more dangerous than it would appear to this point? Keep in mind, every single game the Badgers have played this season has not been decided until the waning minutes or seconds. Could that experience of playing such tight games actually benefit the Badgers going into a hostile environment? Will the Badgers offense play another productive game like it did Saturday, or will it be the same unit that put up just seven points against Oregon State?One truth still remains certain: the way Wisconsin plays against Nebraska Saturday night will serve as the best measure for what kind of team the Badgers will be in 2012.Nick is a fifth-year senior majoring in English and history. Listen to him on 91.7 WSUM’s “The Badger Herald Sports Hour” on Sundays from 4-5 p.m. and “The Student Section” on Mondays at 4-6 p.m. Have any thoughts about the Badgers that he didn’t cover in his story? Email him at or send him a tweet.last_img read more

Women’s basketball prepares for test on road

first_imgRedshirt freshman guard Shalexxus Aaron, junior guard Minyon Moore and senior guard Aliyah Mazyck have spearheaded the recent offensive prowess. Aaron is shooting 49 percent from the field and 47 percent from three this season and had an impressive 28-point performance against Washington. Mazyck put up 27 points against Washington State and claimed the No. 5 all-time spot for 3-pointers made. Moore’s two double-digit scoring games, including a double-double against Washington, has also helped spur the Trojans’ offensive momentum. In contrast to Utah’s success, Colorado has struggled as of late. Since the Buffaloes started Pac-12 play, they have amassed a 10-game losing streak, despite beginning the season with a strong 10-1 record. The Buffaloes are also allowing their opponents to shoot an average of 41.6 percent from the field, so the Trojans were able to capitalize on open shots Sunday. The Utes and Trojans met twice last year; USC emerged victorious on both occasions. While their 8-10 conference record last season was less than stellar, the Utes have improved to a 7-3 record in the Pac-12 so far this season. Following two crucial home wins last weekend against Washington and Washington State, the USC women’s basketball team aims to build off its success when it travels to No. 17 Utah and Colorado this weekend. “Utah’s a great team,” associate head coach Jason Glover said. “They’re 18-3, they’re nationally ranked, they have one of the best scorers in Huff and the altitude is tough in Salt Lake City. But we feel pretty good going in. We’ve been playing well, we’re defending well, and it should be a good game.” To counter the offensive capabilities of Huff and the rest of the Utes, the Trojans will need to continue to shoot the ball as well as they did against Washington and Washington State. The Trojans scored 80 or more points in both of last weekend’s victories, a mark they did not reach in any previous Pac-12 games. Junior guard Minyon Moore goes for a layup against Long Beach State Nov. 11 at Galen Center. (Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan)center_img “Our team’s starting to come together, they’re starting to play together and enjoy one another,” Glover said. “We worked on shooting last week a lot. Earlier in the season, we were working a lot of defense, but the last two weeks we’ve shot the ball more. [The players are] in sync, in tune with each other and executing much better.” Friday’s showdown against Utah may pose a challenge for the Trojans who, despite recent momentum, have struggled this season against ranked opponents. Senior forward Megan Huff, who is averaging 20.4 points per game and shooting 41.7 percent from three, leads Utah’s offense. Huff is also a defensive linchpin for the Utes, boasting 6.85 defensive rebounds per game. The Trojans’ challenge against Utah will take place on Friday at 6 p.m. before they travel to Colorado to face the Buffaloes at noon Sunday. Despite Colorado’s unimpressive Pac-12 record, the Trojans cannot afford to be complacent even if they find their offensive rhythm early on. Several of the Trojans’ losses this season have resulted from an inability to close out games and a pattern of allowing opponents to make a come-back and win in the second half. “Our team is looking to play a full 40 minutes together,” freshman guard Desiree Caldwell said. “I think that there are times when we look really special, but there are other times when we kind of lose focus, so focusing for the whole 40 minutes would be great for us.”last_img read more

Tipbet upgrades in-store systems & software

first_img Related Articles Share Submit Share Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Malta-based German sports betting group Tipbet has informed that it has upgraded its in-store terminal systems across its entire retail portfolio, with a view to enhancing ‘customer usability and staff efficiency’. The upgrade follows the launch of the Tipbet 2.0 software across all platforms; terminals, cash-points and websites. Announcing the launch, Tipbet management stated that it wanted its franchisees to work more productively whilst offering best value and services for customers.Moving forward, Tipbet retail systems will feature a new interface, built with ‘intuitive controls’ making it easier for customers to navigate markets and prices. The system, further allows for greater user preferences, allowing for customers to choose interface design (theme, colour, brightness).A major new system feature added to Tipbet provisions has been the inclusion of ‘bet slip buy-back options’, which will allow its betting shops to offer ‘cash-out’ markets for the first time on selected markets.From an operational standpoint, Tipbet systems have been improved with a deeper integration of Cashpoint back-office provisions. Tipbet franchise owners will be supported with better insight on staff accountability, market data and in-store productivity.Tipbet management has fully detailed its newly launched terminal systems at read more

The 5 defensive options Chelsea want to sign to bolster squad

first_imgWith their transfer ban over, two top attackers signed and one more likely to follow suit in Kai Havertz, the Frank Lampard project continues to roll on at Stamford Bridge.The Chelsea boss has already brought in Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech for £32m and highly-rated Red Bull Leipzig forward Timo Werner for £53m, with talented 21-year-old German Havertz also expected to check in.Now, with the forward line sorted, what about a defence which has consistently struggled for shut-outs all season long?This season, despite clinching a top-four spot, Chelsea ranked 10th in the Premier League for goals conceded, with their tally of 54 goals let in 18 more than Manchester United. Lampard’s side shipped four goals against Bayern Munich as they exited the Champions League on Saturday.As well as problems with No 1 goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s form, a constantly-changing back three or four has kept only nine league clean sheets this season – six fewer than Burnley.Both Arsenal goals could have been easily avoided as Chelsea surrendered their early lead and lost last Saturday’s FA Cup final 2-1 to their London rivals.Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen all featured at Wembley and those players could all be sold on to make room for more new arrivals.Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmeiri’s days also appear numbered with a new left back almost certain to be brought in.So how could Lampard splash the cash? Sportsmail takes a look at who could be on their way to west London in the coming weeks and crucially, after a transfer outlay which currently stands at £85m, for how much. In terms of price tag though, particularly after the Hammers stayed in the Premier League, the 21-year-old would not come cheap.A fee in the region of £80m has been mooted. Talented young English players come at a price – whether Lampard wants to consider such an outlay at this point alongside the money already spent remains to be seen, but Rice is certainly high on Chelsea’s defensive targets.BEN CHILWELLOut of all the defenders linked with a move to Chelsea in recent weeks, Leicester left back Chilwell looks the most likely to go through.Now England’s first choice after two excellent seasons for the Foxes, Chelsea’s arm has been strengthened in negotiations by being able to offer the carrot of Champions League football to Chilwell, after Lampard’s side pipped Brendan Rodgers and Co to the post.Chilwell himself missed the final five games of the season due to a heel injury, which reportedly could see him miss the start of next season too.However, while Rodgers is insistent the 23-year-old is going nowhere, latest reports state that Chilwell himself sees his long-term future at Stamford Bridge.GosensROBIN GOSENS  The left back has been a regular for Atalanta in a season where they have been one of European football’s surprise packages.Ten goals and eight assists is some record for a left back. Reports in Germany claim Lampard is planning to put the signing of Gosens at the top of his list with Atalanta set to sell up for just £27m.Gosens, who is eligible to play for both Holland and Germany, has burst onto the scene in Italy, nailing down a first-team spot and gaining experience in both the Europa League and Champions League – something which Chelsea will value hugely.Juventus and Inter Milan are also thought to be keeping an eye on the 26-year-old’s situation, but the Blues are the frontrunners.TagliaficoNICOLAS TAGLIAFICOThe 27-year-old has established himself as one of the top left backs in Europe, having helped guide Dutch giants Ajax to the Champions League semi-finals in 2019.And latest reports state that the Argentine could be available this summer for as little as £24m, with the player himself keen on a move to London.Speaking earlier this month to Argentinian station Radio Continental, he said: ‘Ajax it’s a great club, but as a player of course you dream of playing in the biggest leagues and the Premier League is right now the most competitive one, a bit above LaLiga and Serie A.’A move could be made simpler by the fact that Chelsea enjoy a good relationship with Ajax after the signing of Ziyech this season.Tagliafico has scored six goals in 68 appearances since joining in 2018 from  Independiente.Jose GiminezJOSE GIMENEZ Chelsea reportedly had scouts at Atletico Madrid’s games a number of times this season, with a view on taking a look at central defender Jose Gimenez.The Uruguayan, who has 58 caps for his country, thrives in the air and has a sense of dominance that has been lacking in the Blues back-line this season.However, there is an expensive catch. The 25-year-old has a £109m release clause, which puts him way out of Chelsea’s price range.They’d have to negotiate a lower price, but it’s unlikely Diego Simeone would want to part ways with Gimenez, who has played consistently at Atletico since 2013.MARC CUCURELLAThe 22-year-old Cucurella was on loan at Getafe from Barcelona this season, making 45 appearances in all competitions.The left back, seen as a cheaper alternative to Chilwell, is rated at £22m, and would be an exciting – but relatively unknown – quantity should he move to Stamford Bridge.Nevertheless, Chelsea would be willing to pay over double that price, with Barca reserving the right to claim 10 per cent of the transfer fee.Cucurella, who has also made five appearances for Spain at Under 21 level, first joined Barca in 2012 and made just one appearance for the first team before joining SD Eibar on loan at the beginning of the 2018-19 campaign.But now he could be on his way to the Premier League, as Lampard toys with potential defensive targets this summer. DECLAN RICE Okay, so not a defender, but a defensive midfielder who can play centre back too.The West Ham linchpin has been linked with a return to boyhood club Chelsea ever since his emergence three years ago at the London Stadium.Lampard is a known admirer of Rice, who is now an established England international and is best friends with Blues attacking midfielder Mason Mount.center_img Source: Daily Maillast_img read more

J.J. Redick leaves Clippers for $23 million deal in Philadelphia

first_imgOnce Paul informed the Clippers he intended to leave as a free agent if they did not trade him to Houston, the franchise accomplished its next top objective: agreeing on a new contract with All-Star power forward Blake Griffin on Friday evening. The maximum contract, which cannot be signed until the NBA’s moratorium is lifted on July 6, will pay Griffin $173 million over five season.With Griffin on board, the Clippers planned to address their hole at small forward. Entering the weekend, their top priorities were Denver forward Danilo Gallinari, Utah’s Ingles and San Antonio’s Jonathan Simmons. However, the Jazz locked Ingles on Saturday with a four-year deal worth $52 million.The team only has the $8.4 million mid-level exception left to spend although they could potentially shed salary to sign someone to a heftier contract. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Redick had been a critical piece of the Clippers efforts to break through in the Western Conference, and a fine complement next to Chris Paul in the backcourt. However, as free agency approached it became increasingly clear that Redick was not in the Clippers’ plans and that he was no longer interested in them.The former Duke star, who previously played for the Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks, struggled this year in the playoffs. In a seven-game series loss to the Utah Jazz Redick averaged just 9.1 points and shot just 9-of-26 from 3 while being bullied and outplayed by Joe Ingles, who was cut by the Clippers in training camp two years earlier.Redick was linked most heavily to either Philadelphia or Brooklyn, where he has a home, although Houston and Minnesota reportedly entered the fray after adding superstars via trade, Paul for the Rockets and Jimmy Butler for Timberwolves.But Philadelphia won out, with Redick telling ESPN: “It’s where I wanted to be.”He could have signed a contract for as many as four years, but opted to take more money up front and re-enter the free agent pool again in 2018.center_img J.J. Redick is leaving the Clippers on the first full day free agents can negotiate with other teams, agreeing to sign a one-year contract worth $23 million with the Philadelphia 76ers, according to an ESPN report.The 6-foot-4 outside-shooting specialist became the Clippers starting shooting guard after arriving via trade in the summer of 2013 and averaged 15.8 points in four seasons while shooting 44 percent from 3.With Chris Paul already gone, traded to Houston, Redick’s departure guarantees the Clippers will field an entirely new backcourt when the season opens in October. For now, that looks to be point guard Patrick Beverley and, perhaps, career sixth man Lou Williams, both acquired on Tuesday in the trade with Houston for Paul.On Saturday, Redick tweeted, “Trust the process,” a nod to former executive Sam Hinkie’s mantra about the Sixers slow but deliberate rebuild. With Redick in place, joining budding superstar Joel Embiid and the No. 1 picks in the last two drafts, Ben Simmons and Markell Fultz, Philadelphia could be poised to make a run at the postseason in the Eastern Conference.last_img read more

Theurer Auction/Realty holding online auction for liquor memorabilia

first_img56 YEAR COLLECTION – LIQUOR MEMORABILIASigns – Decanters – Posters – Glasses and more!BIDDING ENDS SATURDAY, AUGUST 22, 2015 AT 11 AMPICKUP: SATURDAY, 2 to 7 p.m. only.  AUCTION COMPANY DOES NOT SHIP!!ONLINE BIDDING ONLYHere is the link for Sumner Newscow readers to go to bid: below for more images of online signs and memorabilia being sold at auction…Budweiser sign.Four Mirrors, Bombay, Rumple Mize, Demi-Tasse.NASCAR cut out displays Coors light Millerlast_img read more

Georgia Hall leads for England at Welsh championship

first_img Curtis Cup reserve Georgia Hall led the English challenge when she finished third at the Welsh women’s open stroke play championship at Ashburnham. The 16-year-old international from Remedy Oak in Dorset was one of five English players in the top ten, alongside Curtis Cup player Kelly Tidy, girl international Emily Taylor, past England champion Kerry Smith and Lancashire’s Nikki Foster, who has also represented England. Georgia shot one of the best scores of the championship when, in the second round, she returned a four-under par 70. It was exactly 10 shots better than her opening round and sent her soaring up the leaderboard into third place. It was beaten only by Becky Harries of Wales who returned a final round 69 to win the championship, ahead of another Welsh player, Chloe Williams. Georgia, meanwhile, played the final round in level par to remain third, one shot ahead of Curtis Cup player Amy Boulden of Wales, who won last week’s Helen Holm Scottish stroke play title. Leading final scores Par 222 (3×74) 220 Becky Harries (Wal) 76 75 69. 222 Chloe Williams (Wal) 74 73 75 224 Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) 80 70 74. 225 Amy Boulden (Wal) 78 75 72. 226 Kelly Tidy (Royal Birkdale) 76 74 76, Emily Taylor (Royal Lytham) 73 75 78. 227 Kerry Smith (Waterlooville) 75 78 74. 229 Nikki Foster (Pleasington) 77 74 78. 230 Laura Murray (Sco) 79 77 74 231 Katherine O’Connor (Wal) 74 78 79. Click here for full scores 7 May 2012 Georgia Hall leads for England at Welsh championship last_img read more