first_imgTreñas also stressed the importance of proper coordination so that the city government could prepare for the returning OFWs such as their quarantine area and the provisions needed. According to the city mayor, what he was asking from the regional task force on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was the strict adherence to safety protocols to ensure that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease, won’t spread in Iloilo and endanger the lives of residents. According to the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), one batch would have 232 OFWs (Aklan, 28; Antique, 29; Capiz, 25; and Iloilo, 150) while the other batch, 301 (Aklan, 53; Antique, 24; Capiz, 30; and Iloilo, 194). “We will clarify this. Indi nami nga ginaguba ang syudad. Lain diri ang nagakatabo, lain man sugid sa babaw,” said Treñas. Late Monday night in a televised address to the nation, Duterte said, local government units such as Iloilo City must not turn away returning overseas Filipino workers “o pipilitin kong sumunod kayo. I don’t want to embarrass people.” “Our position is clear. We want Ilonggo OFWs back and be with their families. However, because Iloilo province is under an enhanced community quarantine, we have protocols to follow,” said Defensor. ILOILO City – The President was likely fed with the wrong information, according to Mayor Jerry Treñas. He denied having prevented Manila-stranded overseas workers from returning to Iloilo. Treñas did not name anyone who could be giving President Rodrigo Duterte with false information but gave a hint, “Sila man to may access sa babaw.” “There was never an instance or occasion nga ginpa-untat ta ang pagbaton sang OFWs,” stressed Treñas yesterday. Two more batches of OFWs are set to return to Western Visayas. This should not happen again, said Treñas. He cited as example the return of some 40 OFWs from Cebu City in the second week of April and the over 200 others just this April 29 from Metro Manila. He lamented what happened to the OFWs who returned last week. Meals were delayed at a hotel here they were quarantined and there was no regular checking of their health condition, such as their temperature. (Fever is one of the symptoms of COVID-19.) For his part, Iloilo province’s Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. defended his recent request to MARINA to defer the scheduled May 2 return of the 232 OFWs stranded in Manila. He said they must first undergo polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 tests in Manila and that their results must be negative of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. He also pointed out that five of these OFWs tested positive for COVID-19 despite claims that their tests in Manila – prior to their departure to Iloilo – showed them without SARS-CoV-2. “I think may naga-intriga. Sa akon paglantaw lain ang information ang nagalab-ot sa babaw,” he said. The regional COVID-19 task force itself on May 4 sent Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., chief implementer of the COVID-19 National Action Plan, a letter seeking the postponement of the return of stranded OFWs./PNlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Coming off a road loss to Pittsburgh that ended a five-game winning streak, Syracuse (16-10, 8-5 Atlantic Coast) returns home to play No. 4 Louisville (20-5, 8-4) on Monday at 7 p.m. The Cardinals most recently overcame a 14-point halftime deficit on Saturday to beat Miami, and now head to SU as winners of eight of its last 10 games.Here’s everything you need to know about Monday’s game.All-time series: Louisville leads, 16-8Last time they played: Last time these two teams squared off, the Orange was destroyed in the paint at the KFC Yum! Center during a 72-58 loss. The Cardinals torched the bottom of Syracuse’s zone for 50 points in the paint, largely spearheaded by big man Chinanu Onuaku. Trevor Cooney led SU with 19 points, but the Orange was really hamstrung by a 12-for-21 (57.1 percent) shooting night at the foul line. Tyler Lydon only shot 2-of-7 in his 31 minutes off the bench.The Louisville report: UofL boasts one of the best defenses in the country. At defending the 3, blocking shots and protecting the paint, the Cardinals are extremely difficult to score on. Kenpom.com rates Louisville’s 87.4 defensive efficiency, a metric that measures points allowed per 100 possessions, as the second-best in college basketball. With Deng Abel and Mangok Mathiang active again after a one-game suspensions last Monday at Virginia, the Cardinals’ frontcourt is once again back at full strength.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHow Syracuse beats Louisville: Not only does UofL excel on defense, but it scores at about the same rate the Orange does. That spells out an extremely difficult matchup for Syracuse, perhaps more challenging than previous upsets against UVA and Florida State. Quite simply, SU is going to have to figure out where it can break into the Cardinals’ defense. That’s likely going to be on the inside, given Louisville’s propensity for defending the 3.That means John Gillon needs to drive as often as he can, drawing in defenders to go for a contested layup or find an outlet pass. That means Taurean Thompson needs to stay out of foul trouble and do what he does best: Get to the basket. That means SU can’t have a repeat of what happened against Pittsburgh, with Tyler Lydon going silent and the offense skidding out until the last 10 minutes of the game.Stat to know:28.7 percent — Louisville’s opponents this year have shot only 28.7 percent from 3, which stands as the best mark among ACC teams this year. Andrew White and Tyus Battle, among others, will have to figure something out that few other players have this year against UofL, or find a different source for scoring opportunities.Player to watch: Quentin Snider, point guard, No. 4The 6-foot-2 junior point guard returned to the court against the Hurricanes after missing six games with a strained hip flexor. The Cardinals survived the six games with Donovan Mitchell manning the point, but Louisville’s offense is better with Snider out there. He has a knack for hitting 3s, leading UofL’s trio of 3-point shooters with a 38.5 percentage from deep. In the four games before Snider’s injury, he and Mitchell sparked Louisville’s offense by 32.3 points and shooting 41 percent from the field. The Orange will certainly be tested by Snider and Louisville’s frontcourt. Comments Published on February 12, 2017 at 10:59 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossmanlast_img read more