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Oro dad calls for solutions to slow internet connections

July 11, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--“Connectivity is a problem by all, not only by schools but also even in households. We should intervene, if necessary, interfere so that we can find solutions and bridge the gap between the concern of connectivity among students, schools and business transactions in our locality.” This was pointed out by Councilor Ian Mark Q. Nacaya in his special report during the regular session Monday presided over by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy relative to the prevailing problem on poor internet connections in the city. Nacaya said he has been receiving several complaints pertaining to the weak and sometimes strong but intermittent signal that has been provided by PLDT, Globe, Smart and all other providers for internet connections especially now that some private schools have already started their online classes. “As we all know not only schools but also online businesses have been using internet connections for simple reason, to provide services, transactions thru this facility and to provide learning. But how can our students learn from this new normal with online classes if there is no connection?” cited the councilor. The councilor would also like to know the reason why the providers could not provide for a large number of people even if they have the strong signal or connection. The matter was referred to the committee on public utilities chaired by Councilor Teodulfo E. Lao, Jr., for immediate and appropriate action. (SP/JAOclarit)

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Worst pandemic in history and the coronavirus disease

July 10, 2020

PANDEMIC IN HISTORY WORST THAN COVID-19 SPECIAL FEATURE BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL ALL IMAGES CREDIT TO OWNERS   People nowadays panicked when they heard of the death stories of the deadly coronavirus disease now wrecking havoc in many parts of the world - with the United States now being the center of the worst pandemic attacks (3 million infected by the virus in just a few months). However, if we traced back history, there were worst pandemics that hit the world and the death toll is far more higher that the deadly virus of the 21st century.   1. The Black Death (Bubonic Plague) In 1347, according to history pages, the worst plague was known as "the Black Death." It claimed over 200 million lives all over the world in just four years time. During those days, people have no understanding how to contain the virus and their only refuge is to isolate the healthy people from those infected by the deadly virus, or else all members in the family would be contaminated and die. The plague was the cause of the Black Death that swept through Asia, Europe, and Africa in the 14th century and killed over 50 million people in Europe alone. This was about 25% to 60% of the European population In vietnam alone, the sailors have to be locked up and isolated for months and they have called this type of containment "trento." The number of isolation was later increased to 40 days, which was also later known as quarantino. These days, quarantine is actually derived from 'quarantino' - only that the containment is only 14 days. (a little bit of a puzzle why only 14 days)   2. The Great Plague of London In 1348-1665, Europe, most especially London, found itself again in deep trouble with the deadly attacks of another virus known in history as "the great plague in London." Based on records, said plague reappears in every 20 years and it even lasted them from 1348-1665. it has over thirty outbreaks in between of those years. At least 20 percent of the population in London would die everytime the virus attack them every 20 years. In the 1500s, the government of England then passed laws that ordered all sick people in the family to stay home at all costs or met severe punishment. If you would asked to go out, you have to bring a white pole with you. The last outbreak in England happened in 1665 and over 100,000 people have lost their lives due to the deadly attacks of the virus.   3. Smallpox The chickenpox was a type of epidemic that hit continents in Europe, Asia and Arab countries and it went on for centuries, according to history books.  This creepy and eerie type of a virus would kill 3 out of every 10 victims and left survivors with unimaginable scars that's really horrible. The smallpox took scientists centuries before it could finally identify the right vaccine after clinical trials. Luckily in 1980, the virus was finally contained and the World Health Organization declared the world free of smallpox in this particular year.   4. coronavirus disease (covid-19) STAY HOME WEAR MASK AND WASH OUR HANDS. These are very basic protocols now to simply protect ourselves from the deadly coronavirus disease now plaguing the world - with the United States getting most of the virus attacks. According to Johns Hopkins University, the US has a total of over three million people infected by the virus, and the death now reaches over 130,000 people in America alone. Based on reports, the deadly coronavirus disease originated in Wuhan City, China. But until now, scientists around the globe have no final findings where the virus came from. Although there are specualtions it came from snakes and bats but still the real origin of this deadly coronavirus disease is debated by people. The Chinese are fun of eating exotic animals - from bats, snakes, frogs, among other animals found in the jungle. And there's great possibility the virus originally came from exotic animals      The Johns Hopkins University, in its latest tally, reports that United States, a very strong and progressive nation in times of war and economic standing has almost vowed down to the deadly covid-19 - with its standing as the highest in terms of persons and individuals infected by the virus. Right now the country has confirmed over three million people infected and the death toll and infections rises everyday. There are now over 130,000 people who died in America. Yet, the great scientists in this most progressive and mighty nation, still failed to find the cure - a vaccine that would finally contain the spread of the virus all over the world. Let's pray for these great scientists to find the cure or we will all love to live the 'new normal' whether we hated it so much. ###  

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Cagayan de Oro eyes odd-even scheme to solve traffic woes

July 10, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--If plans dont miscarry, the odd-even scheme will soon be implemented in the city apparently to decongest the traffic.   This after Vice Mator Raineir Joaquin V. Uy referred to the City Council committee on public utilities chaired by Councilor Teodulfo E. Lao Jr. for appropriate action the proposal to implement odd-even scheme in Cagayan de Oro. The odd-even scheme is one of the recommendations submitted by the National Confederation of Transport Workers Union to the legislative body to decongest the traffic volume in the city. In a letter, the transport workers union cited that the scheme will give operators and drivers enough time to conduct regular maintenance work for their respective vehicles. The group proposed its implementation from Monday to Friday while Saturday and Sunday will be open or lifted. CABLE NETWORK Likewise to be discussed by the committee is the request for project endorsement on the installation of a submarine fiber optic cable known as the Converge Domestic Submarine Cable Network (CDSCN). The project shall be undertaken by the Converge ICT Solutions, Inc., a grantee of congressional franchise under RA No. 9707 and a holder of a National Telecommunications (NTC) provisional authority to install, operate and maintain a nationwide wired and wireless broadband network in the country. The request is specifically for the issuance of a permit/clearance relative to manhole construction, submarine cable laying, landing and installation, cable trenching, splicing, testing and commissioning in Barangay Bayabas, The Gavel learned.  (SP/JAOclarit)

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Army-CHR10 affirms adherence to human rights

July 10, 2020

CAMP BAHIAN, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon--The 4th Division (Mentor) Training School (4DTS) of 4th Infantry Diamond Division (4ID), Philippine Army (PA) has affirmed its adherence to human rights through a seminar held at the Headquarters, 4DTS, 4ID, PA, Camp Osito D Bahian, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon on July 07, 2020. In the observance of the COVID-19 health protocols, the seminar was conducted through virtual teleconferencing (vtc) which aims to ensure adherence and respect of 4ID personnel to human rights in the performance of their duties and responsibilities in their respective units. A total of 861 participants coming from different brigades and battalions of the 4ID have actively participated in the said seminar composed of 23 officers, 291 enlisted personnel, 359 candidate soldiers and 188 Civil Armed Auxiliary (CAA) trainees. Despite massive protests by different sectors in the society against the recently approved Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 (RA 11479), the 4DTS personnel are committed in supporting this Act and guarantees that human rights are protected in the fight against terrorism. Dr. Edwin German P. Solis (DPA), Chief on Educations and Promotions Office of Commission on Human Rights (CHR)- Region 10, the invited guest lecturer, gave emphasis that all military personnel must perform their duties and responsibilities in accordance with stated policies, guidelines and procedures on human rights in order to respect and protect the rights of every Filipino citizen. Lt. Col. Ronald M. Illana, the Commandant of 4DTS, said that the personnel and students of 4DTS must be well-informed about the legal provisions on human rights so that they can perform well in the areas where they will be deployed. “This seminar is very timely as the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 had been approved. We ensure that the personnel and students of 4DTS must be informed about the provisions of this Act, and also, to enforce this Act with respect to the basic human rights of every individual,” Lt. Col. Illana added. (PR)

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Philip Morris’ electrically heated tobacco system gets US-FDA nod

July 9, 2020

THE U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the marketing of IQOS, Philip Morris International’s (PMI) electrically heated tobacco system, as a modified risk tobacco product (MRTP).  In doing so, the US FDA found that an IQOS exposure modification order is appropriate to promote the public health.  The decision demonstrates that IQOS is a fundamentally different tobacco product and a better choice for adults who would otherwise continue smoking.  IQOS is the first and only electronic nicotine product to be granted marketing orders through the FDA’s MRTP process.  “The FDA’s decision is a historic public health milestone. Many of the tens of millions of American men and women who smoke today will quit—but many won’t. Today’s decision makes it possible to inform these adults that switching completely to IQOS is a better choice than continuing to smoke, “André Calantzopoulos, PMI’s Chief Executive Officer, said.  “IQOS is a fundamentally different product than combustible cigarettes and must be regulated differently, as the FDA has recognized. Now—more than ever—there is an urgent need for a fundamentally different conversation on a cooperative approach to achieve a smoke-free future. The FDA’s decision provides an important example of how governments and public health organizations can regulate smoke-free alternatives to differentiate them from cigarettes in order to promote the public health,” Calantzopoulos added. The FDA authorized the marketing of IQOS with the following information:  1. The IQOS System heats tobacco but does not burn it  2. This significantly reduces the production of harmful and potentially harmful chemicals  3. Scientific studies have shown that switching completely from conventional cigarettes to the IQOS system reduces your body’s exposure to harmful or potentially harmful chemicals.  The agency concluded that the available scientific evidence demonstrates that IQOS is expected to benefit the health of the population as a whole, taking into account both users of tobacco products and persons who do not currently use tobacco products  The FDA’s decision further builds on the emerging independent international scientific consensus that IQOS is a better choice than continuing to smoke, and follows the FDA’s April 2019 decision authorizing the commercialization of IQOS in the U.S.  The FDA’s decision provides an important example of how governments and public health organizations can regulate smoke-free alternatives to differentiate them from cigarettes in order to protect and promote the public health  This decision follows a review of the extensive scientific evidence package PMI submitted to the FDA in December 2016 to support its MRTP applications.  The PMI CEO further said “We are excited that this important decision will help guide the choices of adult smokers in the U.S. The best choice for health is to never start smoking or to quit altogether. For those who don’t quit, the best thing they can do is switch to a scientifically substantiated smoke-free product. As of March 31, 2020, PMI estimates that approximately 10.6 million adult smokers around the world have already stopped smoking and switched to IQOS. We believe that this decision can help to further accelerate the transition of U.S. adults away from cigarettes. We, along with our licensee Altria, are committed to guarding against unintended use and fully support FDA’s focus on protecting youth.” “Today’s decision is a result of our ongoing commitment to put science at the forefront as we continue on our quest to replace cigarettes with smoke-free alternatives as quickly as possible. We look forward to working with the FDA to provide any additional information they may require in order to market IQOS with reduced risk claims. Harnessing innovations like IQOS to dramatically speed-up the decline in cigarette smoking is the opportunity of this century. Comprehensive, science-based regulation can help to rapidly shift adult smokers who would otherwise continue smoking to better options, while simultaneously guarding against unintended consequences,” the PMI executive stressed. The MRTP marketing orders were issued pursuant to a 2009 law that empowers FDA to regulate tobacco products, including through oversight of innovative tobacco products.  PMI submitted MRTP applications for the IQOS device and three HeatStick variants: Marlboro HeatSticks, Marlboro Smooth Menthol HeatSticks, and Marlboro Fresh Menthol HeatSticks.  On April 30, 2019, the FDA authorized IQOS for sale in the U.S. through issuance of premarket tobacco authorization marketing orders that deemed the marketing of the product appropriate for the protection of public health.  On March 30, 2020, PMI submitted a supplemental premarket tobacco product application for the IQOS 3 tobacco heating device with the FDA.

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Suspension of MisOr budget: ‘Anti-people, ill-advised’

July 8, 2020

MISAMIS Oriental--Provincial Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano of Misamis Oriental on Saturday described the court order suspending the disbursement of the province’s approved 2020 budget as “anti-people” and “ill-advised.” Emano expressed the fear that the delivery of basic services is endangered following a court order restraining the provincial government to disburse the approved 2020 Budget effective Monday. A regional trial court in Cagayan De Oro City issued a 20-day temporary restraining order (TRO) prohibiting the provincial government from disbursing the approved 2020 Budget Ordinance effective June 29, 2020. The governor said that the TRO was “inappropriate and unfair” at the time when the country in general, and the provincial government in particular, is waging a war against the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are saddened by the issuance of the TRO when the provincial COVID Inter-Agency Task Force is fighting an unseen enemy that requires enormous financial logistics,” Emano said in a statement. He said that the effect of the prohibition of the disbursement of the 2020 budget is now crippling some vital services of the province.   Emano cited the medical needs of patients confined at the eight provincial hospitals and the maintenance and security of “COVID-19 patients in isolation units” in several towns. Emano accused the political opposition of “adding insult to injury” at the time when the people of Misamis Oriental are suffering as the country battles a nationwide health emergency to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that the political opposition led by Vice Governor Jeremy Pelaez filed a petition for the issuance of the temporary restraining order (TRO) on the ground that the 2020 Budget Ordinance was “not posted as required by law for its effectivity.”

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