Russia reports its first coronavirus death

first_imgSome doctors have questioned the veracity of Russian data, given what they say is the patchy nature of testing. But the government has said it has been totally transparent about its handling of the crisis, and that its statistics are accurate.Moscow’s coronavirus crisis center said in a statement on Thursday that the elderly woman who died had begun receiving treatment last week in a private clinic before being moved to a hospital specializing in infectious diseases.It did not say where the woman was thought to have picked up the virus, but said her circle of close acquaintances had been identified and was under medical observation.None of them were displaying any serious coronavirus symptoms, it said. Russians aged over 60 were strongly advised to minimize contacts with other people, it added. Topics : Russia on Thursday reported its first coronavirus-related death, an unnamed 79-year-old woman in Moscow with underlying health issues who died from pneumonia after testing positive for the virus.Russia, which has temporarily barred entry to foreigners and imposed an array of flight restrictions, has reported 147 coronavirus cases so far, less than many other European countries.That figure has risen sharply in recent days however, but authorities have said the situation is under control and that most infected people have entered Russia from coronavirus hot spots.last_img read more

DILG sacks 27 BFP-6 personnel in Boracay caper

first_imgPersonnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Regional and Iloilo City offices undergo mass testing Tuesday at the Freedom Grandstand. File Photo/Arnold Almacen/CMO Romulo-Puyat said the COVID-19 positive BFP-6 employee and her colleagues checked in on June 12 and “pretended” to be part of the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force delegation when the latter convened on the island from June 11 to 12. Like their sacked regional director Fire Senior Superintendent Roderick Aguto, they would be investigated, too, for last week’s trip to Boracay Island with a colleague who tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). He ordered the creation of a team from the BFP national headquarters to conduct the probe. “A total of 28 personnel were relieved from their positions. Of course, they are under quarantine and would undergo reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests,” said Secretary Eduardo Año. “The concerned hotel at that time had no authority to operate, which is issued by the agency after ensuring that an accommodation facility has set health and safety protocols in place,” she said. MANILA – Twenty-seven more personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Region 6 have been relieved from their posts by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). In a related development, the Department of Tourism (DOT) revoked the accreditation of the hotel that housed the BFP-6 personnel. The Interior secretary also said 24 staff of the hotel where the BFP-6 personnel stayed and nine boatmen who ferried the group would also be subjected to quarantine. “The investigation would determine the extent of each personnel’s participation or accountability…the command responsibility of senior officers…There was a report that they’ve been drinking there…or if they violated physical distancing while having their gathering,” said Año. Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the hotel had no Certificate of Authority to Operate yet when the BFP-6 personnel stayed in it from June 12 to 14. Boracay was reopened to tourists from around Western Visayas on June 16 upon the recommendation of the Aklan provincial government and the task force’s approval./PN “The group claimed they were attending a conference of the task force but there was no conference already that time. The task force already left Boracay,” she said.last_img read more

Ronald J. Obermeyer

first_imgRonald J. Obermeyer, age 70 of Oldenburg, died Monday, June 12, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his family.  Born February 7, 1947 in Batesville, he is the son of Opal (Nee: Collins) and Bernard Obermeyer.  He married Darlene Pulskamp November 21, 1970 at St. Mary’s of the Rock Church.  Ron served in the National Guard from 1970 until 1976.  He was an Engineer and Director at Hill-Rom Architectural Products for 36 years, retiring in 2008.  He was a member of Holy Family Church, the Knights of St. John Oldenburg Commandery #220, the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271, Eagles Club Aerie #1130 and a former member of the Eagle Fire Company.Ron had several passions, but the most important of them was his family.  He was proud of his six children and dearly loved his grandchildren.  Music was also an important part of his life, starting with the band The Steppin’ Stones as a teenager and the group Now and Then for the last 30 plus years as a guitarist.  An outdoorsman, Ron loved hunting and fishing and always looked forward to annual fishing trips with his buddies. Patience, kindness, musical and artistic talents, and the importance of family are all attributes Ron passed on to his family.Ron’s family described him as “laid back” and a “quiet listener with great advice and a quick wit.”  He was a dedicated IU basketball and Cincinnati Bengals fan.  He and Darlene traveled quite a bit in recent years, with trips to Alaska and Orange Beach, Alabama among his favorites.  A car guy, Ron loved his GTO and was on an episode of the cable program “What’s My Car Worth?”He is survived by his wife Darlene; daughters Lisa (Ron) Fitzpatrick of Batesville, Lori (Scott) Bauer of Batesville, Sara (Josh Novellino) Obermeyer of Terre Haute, Indiana; sons Ryan (Debbie) Obermeyer, Mark (Jennifer) Obermeyer, Todd (Maria) Obermeyer, all of Batesville; sister Geraldine Slone of Greenfield, Indiana; brothers Charles Davidson of Highland Heights, Kentucky, Donald Obermeyer of Batesville; grandchildren Carly and Owen Fitzpatrick, Anna, Ellen and Kate Bauer, Evan (Rebecca) Bohlke, Jackson and Liam Obermeyer and great grandchild Theodore Bohlke.  He was preceded in death by his infant son Jeffrey and his parents.Visitation is Thursday, June 15th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Friday, June 16th at Holy Family Church with Rev. David Kobak O.F.M. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271 and the Batesville V.F.W. Post #3183.  The family requests memorials be sent to Margaret Mary Health Foundation Hospice or Holy Family Capital Improvement Fund.last_img read more

Potent offense harkens back to 2005 unit

first_imgUSC had what many pundits consider the best offense in the history of college football in 2005. There were two Heisman Trophy winners in the backfield and a pair of dynamic wide receivers. Two tailbacks ran for more than 1,300 yards apiece. The offensive line was experienced and the offensive attack was as balanced as it was prolific. That team averaged nearly 50 points per game. Even the week before the 2006 BCS national title game, ESPN ran a weeklong series comparing the Trojans’ offensive unit to some of the best in the history of the sport.Man in charge · Senior quarterback Matt Barkley returns to lead an offense that averaged 35.8 points per game in 2011. Barkley threw a conference record 39 touchdowns and completed 69.1 percent of his passes. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanFast forward to 2012, and the expectation for many around Los Angeles is this: USC might have as good an offense, if not better, than what fans saw seven seasons ago.Leading the USC offense will be its aerial assault, and the leader of that charge will be senior quarterback Matt Barkley. Last year, Barkley had one of the best seasons in conference history, throwing for 3,528 yards and 39 touchdown passes against seven interceptions. He set a school single season record for completion percentage at 69.1 percent.Though Barkley’s success is largely because of his own ability, the overall success of the passing game will depend on his receivers: junior Robert Woods and sophomore Marqise Lee. While Lee is at full strength, Woods has a lingering ankle injury that has limited his practice time and forced him to sit out for all of spring practice.Woods set a conference record for catches in 2011 with 111, totaling 1,292 yards and 15 touchdowns, being named a first team All-American in the process. Woods’ high school teammate Lee had 1,143 yards and 11 touchdowns during his freshman season.But if Woods is not healthy, the situation behind the two Biletnikoff Award candidates is rather murky. With no established third receiver, several young players will be competing for playing time, including sophomore George Farmer and incoming freshman Nelson Agholor.“He’s constantly banged up,” Woods said of Farmer, who was the top receiver recruit in the country coming out of high school.If healthy, though, Woods believes Farmer can play a key role for the Trojans.The other question mark for the passing game is the left tackle position. Gone is All-American Matt Kalil, who was the No. 4 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Taking his place will be sophomore Aundrey Walker, standing at 6-foot-6 and weighing 300 pounds who is slated to start at left tackle and to protect Barkley’s blind side. He has lost roughly 70 pounds since last season and is preparing himself for the rigors of the left side and of replacing a star.“Everything’s been good,” Walker said. “Practice, the last practice has been great. Just losing the weight, I feel great. I don’t know what it is, but when I was 360 [pounds], it really didn’t work; I was too slow off the ball.”This is no longer a problem, though, and Walker is excited for the possibilities. He is confident that the offense is right on track and sees a lot of potential with the group.“[The] offense is doing pretty good. We got a great group of guys [starting],” Walker said. “[There is] a lot of chemistry throughout the whole team.”The passing game was an obvious strength last season, as the Trojans averaged more than 294 yards per game, good for 15th in the country.For the 2012 Trojans to reach the heights of the 2005 team, however, the running game will have to hold up its end of the deal and must complement the passing game.Last season, the Trojans ran for 162.6 yards per game, which ranked near the middle of the pack in the college football world. Returning is senior tailback Curtis McNeal, who ran for 1,005 yards. Joining him is Penn State transfer Silas Redd.McNeal said he expects this offensive unit to put up some big numbers this season.“It could be really good,” McNeal said. “We just got to go out there everyday and get our game plan that the coaches make for us, and we just got to make plays.”He knows that the running back competition is going to make for a better unit overall.“It’s been good,” McNeal said. “All the running backs, we’re just out here competing, making each other better … and just providing the best running game that we can for the team.”McNeal believes that the work the team put in during the offseason is going to make this edition of the Trojans better than the one fans saw last year, perhaps making the comparisons to the Leinart-led Trojans not too far off.“A lot of players have just stepped up, basically the whole team just stepped up and we worked our butts off in the offseason so we can perform at our peak every game,” McNeal said. “That’s the attitude that we have, and we’re pushing it everyday.”last_img read more