first_imgILOILO City –Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) in Mandurriao district has beenaccredited by the Department of Health (DOH) as testing center for possiblecoronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the region. She also thankedSen. Christopher “Bong” Go for the assistance and likewise commended andthanked the health frontliners for delivering selfless public service despitethe risks. Working from homeas she is on a self-imposed quarantine, Baronda coordinated for the transportof specimen samples by her Congressional Office staff from Villamor Airbase tothe Research Institute for Tropical Medicine on Wednesday. The samples wereflown by Philippine Air Force from Iloilo City as well as Tacloban and Cebucities. Cong. Julienne Baronda. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Baronda vowed to“not stop working with the DOH Central Office and the Center for Health Development-6to make sure that Ilonggos get the health service they need in these tryingtimes.” “I thank theDepartment of Health for positively responding. WVMC is now the COVID-19Testing Center in Region 6,” Baronda said in a press statement yesterday afterreceiving the DOH letter about the accreditation dated March 18 and signed byAssistant Health Secretary Kenneth Ronquillo. “Let us continueto unite in prayer as we battle this crisis. With our God behind us, we willtriumph,” she said. Baronda, whocontinues to be healthy and has not shown any COVID-19 symptom while enteringher second week of self-quarantine, asked “everyone to cooperate and heed themeasures that our national and local governments are doing for everyone’swelfare. I ask our dear Ilonggos to abide by the Enhanced Community Quarantinewhich Mayor Jerry Treñas is implementing.”  The HouseAssistant Majority Floor Leader requested for the accreditation because she didnot want delays in the testing of possible COVID-19 patients. Her staff alsoclaimed swab supplies and personal protective gears from the DOH Central Officeon Thursday and brought these to the Batangas Port and Manila ports,respectively, to be shipped to Iloilo City through 2Go and Philippine CoastGuard vessels.  “Under theDOH’s updated decision tool, only the elderly, those with underlying medicalconditions and those with ailments which have progressed to ‘severe tocritical’ would be tested for the COVID-19 virus,” Treñas said. Yesterday, Mayor Treñasannounced that a DOH-accredited medical technologist would test persons underinvestigation (PUIs) here today, March 21. During thecommittee hearing of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Health on March11, Baronda verbally manifested her request to Health Secretary Francisco DuqueIII for the accreditation of WVMC as testing center for suspected COVID-19cases. She also handed a written request to the DOH chief. DOH is alsoworking on several laboratories in Iloilo to “try to accredit medicaltechnologists and centers to read the tests,” he added./PN Baronda imploredeveryone to pray.  WVMC is now linedup “for capacitating through proficiency testing and training of laboratorypersonnel. DOH expects to activate key hospitals and medical centers, likeWVMC, after it is done activating ‘sub-national laboratories’ (SNLs) as itadopts the so-called ‘highest-value strategy’ in attending to the COVID-19threat,” Baronda shared the good news. Rep. Julienne“Jam-jam” Baronda of the Lone District of Iloilo expressed gratitude to the DOHfor granting her request for such accreditation. “Time is of theessence. We don’t want delays in getting the results from Manila, so that earlyon we already asked that WVMC be made to do the test. We don’t wantinterventions delayed because the diagnosis is hanging. The disease managementshould start the soonest so that those infected have better chances ofrecovery,” she told Panay News.  The citygovernment expects 100 test kits for coronavirus disease to arrive any timefrom Manila. Baronda vowed tocontinue communicating and coordinating with the DOH and other nationalgovernment agencies “so that WVMC personnel are trained at the ResearchInstitute for Tropical Medicine at the soonest opportunity possible.” He said hereceived a call from Health secretary Francisco Duque about this.last_img read more

first_img Submit Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon UK bookmakers could secure compensation for previous tax charges made against gambling machines, after HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) lost its long-standing dispute against Rank Group and Betfred.Last Friday, an Upper Tribunal led by Justice Anthony Mann and Judge Thomas Scott ruled in favour of the betting firms who had long disputed HMRC’s classification of VAT charges on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs). Rank and Betfred had formerly contested HMRC VAT charges on FOBTs wagering by underlining that tax exemptions were in accordance with EU taxation policy on lottery and gambling products ‘subject to conditions and limitations laid down by each Member State’.Following EU precedent on ‘fiscal neutrality’, Rank Group targeted compensation on VAT gambling machine duties paid between 2002 and 2005, adding that exemption could be claimed against the provisions of HMRC’s ‘1994 Value Added Tax Act’. Similarly, Betfred had disputed HMRC VAT charges on FOBTS made between 2005 and 2013. The bookmaker stated that HMRC had made no distinction in the ‘supply of games’ available through FOBTs, and therefore it could claim exemption on certain casino games in line with industry’s taxation policy. Despite its original dispute with Rank Plc, HMRC did not update its UK gambling VAT legislation until January 2013 to cover FOBTs provisions.  HMRC had previously lost two separate challenges against the bookmakers, who had won appeals sanctioned by the UK’s First-Tier Tribunal (FTT) court. Settling HMRC’s challenge, the UK Upper Tribunal had chosen to treat its separate appeals as a single issue. Betfred issued the following statement on the Upper Tribunal’s decision: “This is a historical tax case where the Upper Tribunal has agreed with the original court decision in July 2018 that licensed betting offices were wrongly charged VAT on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals between 2005 and 2013 before the introduction of machine games duty. “We will not be making any further comment as HMRC is still able to seek permission to have an appeal on the matter heard by the Court of Appeal.” Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020 Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Red Lions zoomed to their ninth straight win and improved to a league-best 15-1 record while the eliminated Chiefs languish at the sixth seed with a 5-11 card.The defending champions were in the mood for a quick win, setting the tone as early as the first quarter by taking a 22-15 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSan Beda then amped it up in the second quarter, outscoring the Chiefs 16-8 to take a 38-23 lead heading into the break and never relented.Despite getting the incentive, Red Lions head coach Boyet Fernandez stressed to his team that they are far from done, with Final Four teams Lyceum and University of Perpetual still on their schedule. MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone crushed over death of triangle offense architect Tex Wintercenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We just have to be ready, we consider every game as a playoff game,” said Fernandez. “We’re happy that we achieved our goal to get to the top two, we just have to be ready.”Javee Mocon led the Red Lions with 24 points and 11 rebounds while Robert Bolick had 11 points, five rebounds, and nine assists.Dariel Bayla put up 12 points and six rebounds for Arellano.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments San Beda took the easy way to its twice-to-beat bonus after toying with Arellano University, 90-52, in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more

first_imgThe founder and president of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA), Nobel Peace Laureate, Madam Leymah Gbowee, has said that a US$380,000 technical high school for girls will soon be constructed in Margibi County, along the Robertsfield Highway.The school, under the proposed name, Africa Girls Vocational School, will have a radio station that would be used to strictly promote public health and girls’ education.Making these disclosures last Friday, January 29, at a program marking the 3rd anniversary and fundraising gala of GPFA, Madam Gbowee indicated that the school is intended for vulnerable girls who have the passion to learn but cannot afford.The program was also used to honor five of its sponsored scholars who recently graduated from various local universities. Cllr. Deweh Gray, former chairperson of GPFA’s Board of Advisors, and Mrs. Williametta Saydee-Tarr, former executive director of GPFA and Sara E. Buchanan, Board of Directors, were honored.The reason to embark on the project is to ensure that Liberian girls remain in school and avoid teenage pregnancy, she said.“There are lot of girls who are vulnerable in society and as a Nobel Laureate I decided to embark on this project, which I have been doing,” the GPFA president noted.She further disclosed that the institution, which is expected to commence activities in 2018, will host students from the 9th to 12th grades.The GPFA president also said that after the completion of the building in 2018, the first class of 20 students will be ninth graders from Liberia’s 15 counties.Madam Gbowee said during the launch of the organization in 2012, they enrolled seven students locally at the cost of US$12,000, which included per diem, transportation, study materials, among others.“Today,” she said, “we cannot have a budget of U$12,000 locally (instead, we have) a budget of U$72,000 to send our scholars to school.”She said that the organization can now boast of 74 students in seven countries that are presently attending various universities doing under and postgraduate studies.The GPFA president said: “We are extremely proud of what GPFA has done in the country and we are committed to providing girls better education.”Cllr. Deweh Gray challenged Liberians to take education seriously by helping children who cannot afford to attend school.In special remarks, Senators Conmany B. Wesseh of River Gee and Morris Saytumah of Bomi counties thanked Madam Gbowee and her staff for the initiative and hope that she would expand it to include boys.The two Senators also used the occasion to caution Leymah Gbowee to be moderate in her remarks, especially when speaking on national issues because they may have the propensity to damage her hard earned reputation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more