The Bacolod-made swab mobile was designed by Saril, a mechanical and biomedical engineer with 20 years of experience in creating biosafe laboratories and facilities in the Asia-Pacific, including those utilized during the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and H1N1 influenza outbreaks. BACOLOD City – The city government here launched the first-ever biosafe swab testing mobile in the country as part of the local initiatives to ensure protection for health workers in the battle against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “A patient who wants to be tested would likely go to the hospital. This may expose the patient to up to nine health workers, putting the medical staff’s health at risk. With this unit, we can limit the exposure to only two health workers, who would be further protected by the biosecurity measures put in place within the van,” Saril said. It will be used by personnel of the City Health Office during contact tracing missions, replacing ambulance vehicles as the means of transportation of the health teams. “The swab mobile will go to the people to prevent transmission. Equally and probably more important is the safety of our health workers. We don’t want to see a spectacle that our health workers will be endangered. This is very safe,” the mayor said. While the physical design of the swab mobile may be easily replicated, he stressed the most important factor in developing the unit is the biosafety measures. “I hope the swab mobile will give our health workers the confidence that they are safe as they go about their duties swabbing for samples,” she added. Saril came home to Bacolod for good last year, and the younger Leonardia met him in April while working on the development of sanitation chambers for the city. He said a similar mobile unit was used during the SARS outbreak to protect health workers from unnecessary exposure during the specimen extraction. The first of the two units designed by Saril, which was blessed and turned over at the Bacolod Government Center, was donated by the Bacolod Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc., Bacolod Filipino-Chinese Junior Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc., and Chamber Volunteer Fire Brigade with businessmen Willy Au, Alfredo Barcelona, Alfonso Choa, and James Chua Romie Cortez. Kara initiated the project through a partnership with Bacolodnon engineer Joseph Saril. This means that a series of tests and final validation based on industry standards must be done before a unit is deemed safe for use, Saril said. Loren Kara said she pushed for the project as she was alarmed by the number of doctors and nurses in Metro Manila who had succumbed to Covid-19. “With all the experience I had abroad for so many years, it’s time to come home and put it to use here. I feel lucky to have the chance to help,” he added. As of Thursday, Bacolod has 11 positive cases of Covid-19, including the two seafarers, who arrived in the city April 28. Of the number, three have already died. (PNA) Mayor Evelio Leonardia led city officials during the unveiling rites on Thursday hosted by his daughter Loren Kara. The second unit, which will be donated by the BioPower Group, will be launched soon. PHOTO COURTESY OF THUR YAP
DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa State Fair drew nearly two dozen Democratic Party presidential candidates, but the founder of an Iowa Democratic online news site says there was no clear favorite.Pat Rynard, who started Iowa Starting Line in 2015, says candidates who attended the fair were paying more attention than usual to agriculture and how climate change is affecting Iowa farmers.But they also were forced to address immigration and gun control after the El Paso shooting that left 22 dead occurred days before the fair began.“It certainly changed what the candidates spoke about this past week and what the voters were interested in hearing, but that’s one of those moments that you’re able to see how a candidate might respond to it as president,” he states.Rynard maintains most of those who heard the presidential hopefuls speak had four or five favorites, with no one candidate running away with a large segment of the Democratic electorate.Iowa hosts the first-in-the nation caucuses on February 3 of next year, and while the rural state doesn’t select the eventual nominee, it will help whittle down the field prior to Super Tuesday on March 3.Rynard says back in 2015, Bernie Sanders turned heads when more than 1,000 people came out to hear him speak at the State Fair. He says this year, four candidates drew those kind of crowds, including Sanders, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren.Rynard maintains many voters still will be debating their top choice five months from now.“I do still think with such a huge, fractured field like this, probably 50% of caucus goers are still going to be undecided about one or two months out from caucus night,” he states.For the first time ever, the Iowa Democratic nominating contest next February will have a virtual option, with those participating able to cast their votes over the phone rather than attend in person.The goal is to open the caucuses to more people, especially evening shift workers and people with disabilities, who might otherwise be unable to participate in the process.
Y ahora… ¿Qué número para próxima temporada? 🤔E ora … quale numero?🤷🏾♂️ @juventusfc @PauDybala_JR 😂😂😂 #ForzaJuve— Juan Cuadrado (@Cuadrado) July 13, 2018More than 150,000 people voted and, as you can see, the number 49 was selected.Why?Because Cuadrado means ‘square’ in Spanish, and seven squared (7×7) is 49, of course.Mind. Blown. Well played, everyone!Ronaldo, meanwhile, will be showing off his new No.7 shirt on Monday.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has landed in Turin as he prepares to be officially unveiled by Juventus following his £99million move from Real Madrid. Spare a thought for Juan Cuadrado then, who wore the number last season but has now been told to find a new one.The former Chelsea winger, however, is not sulking and has fully accepted the decision to give Ronaldo what he wants.He even posted an Instagram image of himself holding a Juve shirt with Ronaldo 7 on the back and the message: “It is more blessed to give than to receive blessings.”The Colombian has since taken to Twitter to ask fans which squad number he should now take.He presented four options in a poll, 16, 21, 49 and 10, although the latter was in jest as that would mean star striker Paulo Dybala giving up his jersey. Juan Cuadrado has given up his No.7 shirt at Juventus 1 Having sealed his mega-money to Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo will wear the number seven shirt for the Italian champions. Guardate 👀 chi è appena arrivato a Caselle! 🛬 Bem-vindo, @Cristiano! #CR7JUVE pic.twitter.com/UyJ7diR3k0— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) July 15, 2018