Trump Fires Mark Esper, His Defense Secretary

first_imgWASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper was fired by President Trump on Monday, the latest casualty in the president’s revolving door of top national security officials who fell on the wrong side of their boss.Mr. Trump announced the decision on Twitter, saying in an abrupt post that Mr. Esper had been “terminated.”- Advertisement – Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter that he was appointing Christopher C. Miller, described by the president as the “highly respected” director of the National Counterterrorism Center, to be acting defense secretary. He will be the fourth man to lead the Pentagon under Mr. Trump, who made a point of noting that Mr. Miller has been approved by the Senate already.Mr. Miller is a former Army Green Beret who previously served as the top counterterrorism policy official in the Trump White House’s National Security Council. Mr. Trump’s has referred to Mr. Esper as “Mr. Yesper.” But the insult is ironic by itself, since it was the defense secretary’s public break with the president during a news conference in June in which he spoke against use of active-duty American troops to quell civil unrest that infuriated Mr. Trump to begin with. Those comments came after he had accompanied Mr. Trump on his walk across Lafayette Square outside the White House, where protesters had just been tear-gassed, prompting condemnation from former military and civilian Defense Department officials.By midsummer, Mr. Esper was walking a fine line to push back on other contentious positions involving the military that Mr. Trump had taken.The Pentagon, without once mentioning the word “Confederate,” announced in July that it would essentially ban displays of the Confederate flag on military installations around the world.In a carefully worded memo that Defense Department officials said was written to avoid igniting another defense of the flag from Mr. Trump, Mr. Esper issued guidance that listed the types of flags that could be displayed on military installations — in barracks, on cars and on signs.The guidance did not specifically say that Confederate flags were banned, but they do not fit in any of the approved categories — and any such flags are prohibited.After the fateful events of June, Mr. Esper sought to fly under the radar, avoiding the media and keeping a low profile to prevent being pulled into election politics.Mr. Esper traveled often beginning in early summer, including overseas trips to North Africa, the Middle East and India. Mr. Shanahan had been standing in for Jim Mattis, who resigned as defense secretary in 2018, citing his own differences with the president.Mr. Esper had taken pains to hew to the Trump line during his tenure. But concern over invoking the Insurrection Act to send active-duty troops to battle protesters across the country is deep in the Pentagon. Under heavy public criticism, Mr. Esper ultimately broke with the president. – Advertisement –center_img Mr. Esper’s downfall had been expected for months, after he took the rare step in June of disagreeing publicly with Mr. Trump and saying that active-duty military troops should not be sent to control the wave of protests in American cities. The president, who had threatened to use the Insurrection Act to do exactly that, was furious, officials said.- Advertisement – Mr. Esper’s spokesman tried at the time to walk back the damage, telling The New York Times that Mr. Trump did not want to use the Insurrection Act, either, or else he would have invoked it already. “We fail to see the disconnect,” said Jonathan Hoffman, a spokesman for Mr. Esper.White House officials disagreed.Mr. Esper, 56, a former secretary of the Army and a former Raytheon executive, became defense secretary last July after Mr. Trump withdrew the nomination of Patrick M. Shanahan, the acting defense secretary, amid an F.B.I. inquiry into allegations from Mr. Shanahan’s former wife that he punched her in the stomach. Mr. Shanahan denied the accusations.- Advertisement – But the secretary deliberately limited his public comments while on the road.And when he did speak in public, when either abroad or in Washington, it was often in prerecorded remarks, on safe subjects (bashing China and Russia on the Africa trip) or in friendly venues (a question-and-answer session on military readiness at the Heritage Foundation, where Mr. Esper served as chief of staff earlier in his career).Yet, on the single biggest issue of 2020 — the coronavirus pandemic — history may show that Mr. Esper has, by far, outperformed his boss, who largely refused to wear a mask and contracted the coronavirus during an outbreak at the White House. Mr. Esper, by contrast, has strictly adhered to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on wearing a mask when unable to keep a recommended social distance.At a Pentagon virtual town-hall-style meeting, Mr. Esper responded to a sailor on the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford, who complained the required social distancing onboard the ship was hurting morale.“It is tedious — I understand that,” Mr. Esper said. “But I think it’s showing, in terms of the Navy’s results in terms of infection rates, that they’re doing a very good job.”last_img read more

Three firms combine to create new decommissioning player in Aberdeen

first_img“This is what we call the next generation decommissioning,” the company said.The creation of the joint venture is subject to approval of the Norwegian competition authorities.AF Offshore Decom is a specialized contractor that has been developing and executing solutions for the removal and recycling of offshore installations for the past 15 years.Heerema has over 50 years of experience in transporting, installing, and removing all types of offshore facilities, including fixed and floating structures in shallow, deep, and ultra-deep waters for the offshore oil, gas and wind industries.Decom Energy is the first fully outsourced end-to-end late-life and decommissioning operator in the North Sea, with its subsidiary Fairfield Energy, well-advanced in the decommissioning of the Greater Dunlin Area.Graeme Fergusson, Managing Director of Fairfield Decom comments: ”We have built a strong business relationship with AF Offshore Decom and Heerema as contracting partners in the Dunlin topsides removal and as alliance partners for integrated decommissioning business opportunities. The three companies have unrivaled experience in decommissioning and there is great alignment in terms of our responsible approach to business and our core values. Our operator background mean that we understand what the E&P community wants – an integrated solution that is technically robust, commercially creative and that delivers a safe, cost-effective and environmentally-sound solution.”Highlighting the importance of the new company, Bengt Hildisch, Managing Director of AF Offshore Decom comments: “AF Offshore Decom is very pleased to collaborate with partners who are aligned with our goals. The establishment of Fairfield Decom represents an important step change in the decommissioning business model. It responds to the call from the UK regulator, the Oil and Gas Authority, to create new business delivery models to reduce complexity to support the ‘next generation decommissioning’.”In support of the new venture, Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven, CEO of Heerema comments: “Heerema is proud to be part of this unique new venture. Three leaders in the global decommissioning market have joined forces, providing a smarter and cheaper approach to decommissioning and recycling offshore structures. As an experienced offshore contractor, Heerema is constantly seeking opportunities to further strengthen our position in the international offshore market through innovation, pro-activity and reliability. Fairfield Decom is a great example of how we are achieving those ambitions.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options. ‘Next generation decommissioning’ AF Gruppen’s subsidiary AF Offshore Decom is joining forces with offshore decommissioning players Heerema Marine Contractors and Decom Energy to launch a new company: Fairfield Decom. SSCV Thialf transports section of decommissioned jacket to disposal yard. Source: HMCHeadquartered in Aberdeen, this new venture combines the knowledge of an operator with the expertise and capabilities of the offshore decommissioning contractors, AF Gruppen said on Thursday.Through this step, a unique late-life operations and decommissioning operator is created, providing an all-encompassing solution for offshore oil and gas assets, primary in the UK Continental Shelf, the company added.The company noted that, with an average £1.5 billion annual projected expenditure over the next eight years, the UK Continental Shelf is the largest of the global offshore decommissioning markets.In the Thursday statement, AF Gruppen further said: “Fairfield Decom represents a major leap towards a more innovative and sustainable offshore decommissioning industry. Customers will benefit from a new business model, designed to reduce complexity and the number of contractual arrangements, deliver operational efficiency, cost-effectiveness and predictability contributing to the 35% cost reduction targets set by the Oil and Gas Authority in the UK.”According to the company, Fairfield Decom’s customers will benefit by having direct access to the expertise, capabilities and assets brought together via AF Offshore Decom, Heerema Marine Contractors and Decom Energy, as Fairfield Decom is able to manage, integrate and then execute end-to-end late-life and decommissioning activities.last_img read more

More EV-D68 Cases Confirmed In Indiana

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – State health officials are confirming 19 new cases of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), a respiratory illness that was first confirmed in Indiana three weeks ago. The Indiana State Department of Health is working with local health departments and hospitals to conduct surveillance for additional cases of EV-D68 in the state.Surveillance of hospital emergency department chief complaints indicates that statewide respiratory activity has returned within normal limits.“The best way to prevent the spread of EV-D68 is through washing your hands with soap and water frequently, covering your cough and staying home when you’re sick,” said State Health Commissioner William VanNess, M.D. “This virus can be quite serious and potentially even fatal. These measures are currently our best defense.”Typically, EV-D68 causes upper respiratory illness, such as low-grade fever, cough, runny nose, sneezing and body/muscle aches. Infected individuals generally recover on their own without incident by treating symptoms.However, some individuals, especially infants, children and those with weakened immune systems or underlying medical conditions, such as asthma, may experience severe complications and require hospitalization. There is no vaccine or treatment for EV-D68, but hospitals can provide supportive therapy.Enteroviruses are very common, with more than 100 strains and between 10 and 15 million cases in the United States each year, usually during the summer and fall.EV-D68 is spread through close contact with infected people. State health officials recommend the following tips to protect you and your family:Clean: Wash your hands frequently with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds. *Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is not effective in preventing the spread of EV-D68.Cover: Cover your cough with your sleeve or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.Contain: Prevent spreading illness to others by staying home if you are sick.Avoid close contact and sharing cups or eating utensils with those who are ill.Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.last_img read more

Duo left out of Ireland squad

first_img “Guys are looking good, Marty (Moore) is back in full contact and he looks fine,” said Murphy. “Luke Fitzgerald is back in full contact and looks really good. “Most of the squad now are back on their feet and available for selection. “There’s no real update on Cian Healy, he’s progressing well. “He’s not doing full contact but he’s doing more or less the whole session yesterday and today. “He’s progressing reasonably well. “There will be quite a few changes (to the team to face Scotland). “The guys at the weekend did reasonably well. “It’s another opportunity to get more guys onto the pitch over these first two games, so I think you would expect quite a few changes and some guys who haven’t had game time will be coming back in.” Tommy O’Donnell’s dislocated hip has already ruled the Munster flanker out of the World Cup reckoning, and perhaps alleviated the need for another flanker to leave Ireland’s squad this week. “I haven’t actually been talking to Tommy myself, but it’s a massive blow,” said Murphy. “He had a great performance at the weekend and definitely was right up there fighting for a place in the squad. “For anyone at this stage, after putting in a really gruelling five weeks of training, it’s tough for him to miss out.” Murphy confirmed Ireland would not add a back-row replacement in the wake of the nasty injury O’Donnell suffered in Cardiff last weekend. “There’s probably no need in that position,” said Murphy, when asked if Ireland would boost resources. “Obviously it’s one of those positions that we have a lot of really talented players, so it does open up opportunities for other guys. “I don’t think we need to look at the squad at the moment.” Ulster hooker Rob Herring and Leinster centre Noel Reid have been omitted from Ireland’s World Cup training squad. Ireland must submit their final 31-man squad on August 31, and Schmidt could make further cuts to his training group later this week. Herring’s departure leaves hookers Rory Best, Sean Cronin and Richardt Strauss all-but nailed-on for the final World Cup squad, barring injury. Reid’s omission does little to clarify the midfield options, with some six potential centres remaining in Ireland’s World Cup training camp. “Two guys have gone back to their provinces this week and over the next while it’ll be an ongoing process,” said assistant coach Richie Murphy. “Rob Herring has gone back to Ulster and Noel Reid has gone back to Leinster. “We’re not here just to cut players and get rid of them though. “We’ll see how that is and when we feel we’re in a really good position guys will feed back to their clubs.” Tighthead prop Marty Moore and three-quarter Luke Fitzgerald are both fit for selection for Saturday’s warm-up Test against Scotland in Dublin. Leinster prop Moore and club-mate Fitzgerald have both now fully recovered from shoulder injuries, with both carrying strong claims to final World Cup selection if fit. Confirming Cian Healy is still battling his neck problem, Murphy said Ireland will look to mix up selection for Saturday’s Scotland visit, following on from last weekend’s 35-21 win in Wales. Press Associationlast_img read more

Georgetown faces tough test vs No. 14 Nova

first_img March 5, 2020 Georgetown faces tough test vs No. 14 Nova For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press center_img TEAM LEADERSHIP: Omer Yurtseven has averaged 13.2 points and 8.3 rebounds to lead the way for the Hoyas. Jamorko Pickett has complemented Yurtseven and is maintaining an average of 9.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. The Wildcats have been led by Saddiq Bey, who is averaging 16 points and 4.8 rebounds.SOLID SADDIQ: Bey has connected on 44.7 percent of the 170 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 16 of 37 over his last five games. He’s also converted 77.4 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: Georgetown is 0-12 this year when it scores 72 points or fewer and 15-3 when it scores at least 73.THREAT FROM DISTANCE: Villanova’s Samuels has attempted 110 3-pointers and connected on 28.2 percent of them, and is 4 for 16 over the past five games.DID YOU KNOW: Georgetown is ranked second among Big East teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 33 percent. The Hoyas have averaged 12 offensive boards per game.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 14 Villanova (23-7, 12-5) vs. Georgetown (15-15, 5-12)Capital One Arena, Washington; Saturday, 12 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 14 Villanova presents a tough challenge for Georgetown. Georgetown has won three of its eight games against ranked opponents this season. Villanova won 79-77 at Seton Hall in its last outing.last_img read more

All eyes on Loftus Road

first_imgLoftus Road is the centre of attention for today’s big west London derby between QPR and Chelsea. Terry will be under the spotlight.Inevitably the focus will be on Anton Ferdinand and John Terry after allegations that the latter racially abused the R’s defender when the two sides met in October. Terry strongly denies doing so.QPR manager and former Chelsea player Mark Hughes has continually stated that Ferdinand is relaxed about facing Terry despite the furore surrounding the game.Last night Hughes again insisted he had no doubt that the player was in the right frame of mind for today’s FA Cup fourth round clash.AdChoices广告Hughes said: “He’s very positive about the game and looking forward to it like the rest of us. He’s given me no sign that there’s anything weighing on him.”Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is also adamant that he has no qualms about selecting Terry, who is sure to get a hostile reception from the home fans.Villas-Boas’ side will be out to avenge their 1-0 defeat against their neighbours three months ago.Blues duo Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa were sent off in that game, yet Chelsea dominated much of it even with nine men – perhaps a sign of the task facing QPR this afternoon.Click here to follow West London Sport on Twitter for updates from Loftus Road from around 11am.last_img read more

Man Utd Face Tricky Leicester Test at Old Trafford

first_imgUnited’s inability to win any of their last three games against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Crystal Palace and Southampton has made that 4-0 win over Chelsea feel like a distant memory and shifted a series of technical problems into clear focus, creating an atmosphere of pressure just a month into the new campaign.The Red Devils were especially criticised following the 1-1 draw with Southampton at St Mary’s, which saw United take the lead against a poor Saints side before somehow failing to add to their advantage – something you’d expect Liverpool or Manchester City to do against a lesser opponent on the back foot – even when the home side was reduced to 10 men for the final 20 minutes of the game.What those final 20 minutes displayed, above anything, was the lack of any seniority in an attack spearheaded by Marcus Rashford, whose talent is undisputed but went completely missing against Ralph Hasenhutt’s side, leaving United with no real focal point to bind together passing combinations in the final third.Despite youngsters Daniel James and Mason Greenwood both impressing, the dearth of goalscoring maturity in the last game prompted many to highlight whether United’s decision to sell Romelu Lukaku and loan Alexis Sanchez during the transfer window may have left them short in that department.Another area where United feel light is the midfield, which has struggled for consistent tempo in all four games so far this term. Indeed, following the club’s decision to sell and not replace Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini over the summer, the quintet available to Solskjaer comprises of Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Fred, Andreas Pereira and Nemanja Matic.For a season which is likely to contain over 50 games, United supporters may worry that their team does not have the mileage nor the quality in that area necessary to play at a consistently high enough level over a nine-month period in order to challenge for Champions League football next season.The meeting with Leicester, whose squad seems more balanced and energised than United’s, will serve as a useful indicator of whether the current crop of players at Solskjaer’s disposal are indeed capable of improving on their sixth place finish last season.If United are a team heading backwards, Leicester deserve to be recognised as a team heading inexorably in the right direction under Brendan Rodgers.Since taking over from Claude Puel in February, Rodgers has imposed his high-pressing, counter-attacking style on this Leicester team to devastating effect, energising the midfield and placing more emphasis on attacking the space in behind defenders for Jamie Vardy to exploit.The Foxes find themselves in third place in the Premier League table after four games – only Manchester City and Liverpool, once again the pacesetters for the division, are ahead of them – and their performances merit that standing.Following hard-fought draws against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea, Leicester have been good value for their wins over Sheffield United and AFC Bournemouth during which Vardy claimed three goals – including a sumptuous chip against the latter.Indeed, while Vardy has continued to impress, perhaps it is the midfield where Leicester can rightly feel they most notably eclipse United at this moment in time.Wilfred Ndidi has looked very solid in defensive midfield, while Youri Tielemans – signed for £40m over the summer and James Maddison, who is going from strength to strength, are enjoying excellent starts to the season. Any from that trio, you could argue, would improve the current United midfield, which is why it comes as no surprise that all three, especially Maddison, have been linked with moves to Old Trafford over the summer.United did manage to sign a Leicester player this summer in the form of Harry Maguire, who has been solid so far, but this loss does not appear to have greatly impacted Leicester at all, with replacement Caglar Soyuncu looking right at home in central defence alongside former United player Jonny Evans so far this term.From a Leicester point of view, there has perhaps never been a better chance to claim all three points at Old Trafford against a United team which is lacking balance and confidence.Earlier today, Liverpool welcome Newcastle to Anfield. The Reds have made probably the best start they could dream of, in pursuit of their holy grail, the Premier League title.After the completion of four match-days, the team has registered four wins and has already scored an impressive 12 goals, bettered only by arch-rivals, Manchester City.Once again the league crown is about to be subjected to a ping pong game between these two, and there really is no scope for even the minutest of mistakes. Last time around Jurgen Klopp’s men had accrued 97 points.This would have been enough for the title for all of the previous seasons, barring the last two where City got their hands on the trophy.As such, every single point will count, and to be frank, as dramatic it may sound – Liverpool’s best course seems to target 34 wins from the next 34 match-days. Such is the level of competition offered by the bald freak from the dugouts of the City contingent.For sure Newcastle is about to face their hardest task in the season, considering that the venue is Anfield.So far, the Magpies have registered a single win on the table, and ironically though, it was against Tottenham, and on the road as well.The moral is – the reigning European champions should not be too sure of the three points.Anfield could be touted as the biggest home advantage a team could be given at present in the world of this sport-Spanish champions Barcelona will provide sufficient testament to this statement.As of now, the 2018-19 Premier League runners-up were unbeaten in 21 of their previous 22 home ties. And the sole loss had come against Napoli, and that too in a friendly.Moreover, the Magpies have been unable to register a single win in the last 21 years at this dreaded venue.And in fact, the former 20 such clashes ended in four draws, and an unbelievable 16 wins for the hosts. In addition, they had also scored twice or more in 18 of these meetings.Going on, this season, the Reds are sporting a 100 per cent win-record, whereas their counterparts have recorded a single win. Count on the home team making it five wins out of five, and making the title-race more interesting.As has been the case for the past couple of years, the on-fire frontline will get to their job early on. And a goal-riot is probably in the making.Taking into account Newcastle’s win over the Spurs, Virgil Van Dijk and his backline will have to put in a focused shift though.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester United face a tricky task today as they host Brendan Rogers’ in-form Leicester City side at Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men had made the dream start when they routed Chelsea 4-0 on the opening day and the Red Devils have not won since, however, having picked up just two points from subsequent matches against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Crystal Palace and Southampton. United could desperately do with a big result today, but Leicester won’t make it easy – the Foxes are unbeaten in their opening four Premier League matches so far this seasonManchester United will be desperate for a return to winning ways when they take on Leicester City at Old Trafford today after failing to win any of their last three Premier League games, while Leicester will feel confident of causing an upset following a solid start to their 2019-20 campaign.Despite only being four games in, failure to claim three points over the Foxes today would present serious existential questions of a Solskjaer team which has only won three of its last 13 games.last_img read more

Cazenovia freshman Rockwood part of Clinton girls hockey state title run

first_img Tags: Cazenoviagirls hockey Back in November, Cazenovia High School freshman Briana Rockwood joined 21 others from several area high schools to start a new season with the girls hockey team that is centered in Clinton.Now Rockwood is a state champion.Completing a 13-2-3 campaign, the Clinton Warriors, already the Section III champions, went to Lake Placid on the weekend of Feb. 8-9 and added the state title. Prior to 2019-20, Clinton had never won even a sectional championship in its brief history, with area girls hockey mostly dominated by Skaneateles.But with the Lakers having graduated several stars from its 2018-19 state finalist squad, Clinton had an opportunity to move up, and helped by Rockwood, who played forward, the Warriors didn’t squander that chance.First, though, Clinton had to endure a 2-2-1 start that included losses to Beekmantown and Ithaca, though impressive shutouts over Oswego (5-0) and Alexandria Bay (3-0) hinted at the team’s quality.center_img Of the Warriors’ next six games, three of them ended in ties, but amid that run included a first match-up with Sknaeateles on Jan. 6 at Allyn Arena that went 4-0 in Clinton’s favor as Rockwood got an assist against the Lakers.Then, starting with a 3-0 win in the rematch with Skaneateles Jan. 17 at Clinton Arena that included a goal from Rockwood, the Warriors would not suffer another blemish.Rockwood peaked with two goals and one assist in Clinton’s 6-0 romp over Massena Jan. 18, and would tack on another goal and assist in back-to-back 5-2 wins over Canton and Alexandria Bay to close the regular season.Entering the sectional playoffs, Clinton blanked 2-0 in the semifinals, then learned that Skaneateles had ousted Ithaca in the other semifinal – a big deal, since the Warriors had not beaten the Little Red in either of their earlier games.On Jan. 30 at Cicero Twin Rinks, the sectional final was decisive in Clinton’s favor. Led by Ella Greico’s pair of goals, the Warriors topped Skaneateles 4-1 and was a sectional champion for the first time.Now it was on to the state “Frozen Four”, contested in the same Herb Brooks Arena at Lake Placid where, 40 years earlier, Brooks coached the United States’ “Miracle on Ice” team to a gold medal.The Feb. 8 semifinal pitted Clinton against undefeated Salmon River. Abigail Kurdziolek’s second-period goal, assisted by Drew Kopek, was enough for a 1-0 victory as the Warriors’ defense held the Shamrocks to just nine shots.This set up the Feb. 9 final between Clinton and defending state champion Williamsville, and for two periods it remained 0-0, largely due to the work of Warriors goalie Hailey Billington, who would finish with 24 saves.With 8:32 left, Clinton, on the power play, inched in front when Lopata, off a feed from Kurdziolek, sent a slap shot into the net. The Warriors’ defense did the rest and, in another 1-0 decision, clinched the state title.For the season, Rockwood picked up four goals and earned five assists. She could be be a key player in 2020-21 as Clinton seeks to defend its sectional and state crowns.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

Jamaicans Urged to Report Returnees who Breach Quarantine Orders

first_imgShe noted that elderly family members and those with chronic diseases could have poor outcomes if they become infected with COVID-19. Bisasor-McKenzie noted that all returning Jamaicans, whether they are high- or low-risk, are given a 14-day quarantine order and are required to contact the health authority immediately, if they develop a fever or any respiratory symptoms during the 14- day period. All Jamaicans who have returned to the island, will undergo health screening on arrival and if determined to be high-risk, will be required to do a COVID-19 test at a local health centre. Persons have a duty to stay home and you also have a duty to report it,” she said. The CMO, who was speaking at the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ weekly virtual COVID Conversations press briefing, held recently, said that everyone is “duty-bound” to report when a returnee breaches quarantine or becomes ill. Bisasor-McKenzie emphasised that it is an offence for any individual to leave their home within the 14-day period once they have been placed under a quarantine order. In the meantime, Dr. Bisasor-McKenzie pointed out that Jamaica is now moving away from testing all incoming passengers and will only be testing those who are deemed to be high-risk. “A negative test can become positive a day or two days later, so you must monitor yourself, and everybody in the family must monitor the person who has returned.” “At any time during those 14 days, even if you have done a test or if you are waiting on a result, you can develop symptoms. We have seen in the past few days, weeks, where we’ve had persons who have had a test and have developed symptoms within a 24 to 48-hour period and have not reported it, and during that period of time, when they should have been in quarantine, would have infected other members of their household,” Dr. Bisasor-McKenzie said.center_img KINGSTON, Jamaica – Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie, is encouraging citizens to report persons who have returned to the island and are not complying with the quarantine orders. “If we are going to keep Jamaica safe from COVID-19 and keep the number of cases below the numbers that our health system can manage, then every single soul has a responsibility to report as soon as somebody becomes sick and to ensure that all the persons who are returning from travel stay at home for the designated-period,” she said. “People in the community must monitor persons that they know have returned from travels, persons in the business place must monitor if they know that somebody has come in and is there in their office. They have a duty to say to the person, ‘you need to stay home’. “At any point in time, if you develop symptoms, you are asked to report it so that you can protect your family members,” the CMO added. “It is not that there is no risk, because everyone that has come from a country where there is the transmission of COVID-19 presents a risk,” she said, noting that what is most important is the monitoring during the 14 days that could be an incubation period for the disease. Persons, who return a positive test, will be required to isolate, while those who test negative will remain in quarantine until the 14-day period has ended. CMClast_img read more

C.K Akonnour focused on job despite insecurity

first_imgDreams coach C.K Akonnour has stated he is unperturbed about stories in the media regarding his safety.Akonnour’s job has come under scrutiny after leading Dreams to two successive away defeats conceding seven goals in the process.However, the former Hearts and Eleven wise coach says he is solely focused on his job“As a coach, I am solely focused because whatever is happening around the team is normal and this what happens because if you don’t do well you are criticized,” he told Joy Sports.“If you perform you are that best coach in the world and I have explained that for some time now and I have not changed because I am fully focused.”“I am willing to work to make the team better which we will definitely do that and whatever is happening around the team is normal because there are people wishing you bad luck to create stories out of it.” Dreams currently lie sixth on the league log. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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