People traveling sans quarantine pass face arrest

first_img* humanitarian assistance personnel from civil society organizations, non-government organizations and United Nations-Humanitarian Country Teams as well as individuals performing relief operation  to augment the government’s  response against COVID-19  ILOILO City – Mayor Jerry Treñas ordered the arrest of people leaving their houses without quarantine passes. * persons below 21 years old * persons with quarantined passes * employees of the Philippine Statistics Authority, at a capacity necessary to conduct data gathering and survey activities related to COVID-19 and the registration and implementation of the national identification system WHERE’S YOUR PASS? A police officer checks this driver’s quarantine pass. The city remains under an extended enhanced community quarantine. The movement of people is restricted to prevent the further transmission of coronavirus disease 2019. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “Everyone should have his quarantine pass. Ang waay quarantine pass sa dalan i-dal-on sa police station and i-detain,” said Treñas yesterday. * employees of the Philippine Portal Corp. at a capacity necessary to maintain the prompt delivery of services to clients * persons who work in establishments allowed to operate (provided they present a bona fide identification card and certificate of employment) Section 8 of Treñas EO read: “All persons who need to go either to buy food, basic commodities or to the hospital or pharmacy or drugstores shall be requires to present the Barangay Qurantine Pass while moving: (a) within Iloilo City, or (b) entering the borders and city limits of Iloilo City for the period of the enhanced community quarantine…” Aside from checking quarantine passes, Treñas said, quarantine control point officers should also get data from the people such as where they came from and the purpose of their leaving their houses. * payroll managers and other such employees that may be required to process payrolls * construction workers for quarantine facilities; those from the health sector; those in emergency work, flood control and disease risk reduction * persons with immunodeficiencies, co-morbidities and other risk factors * all agencies and  instrumentalities of the government, especially health and emergency frontlines, border control and other critical services * persons with disabilities/PN * pastors, priests, imams or such other religious ministers whose movements shall be related to the conduct of necrological or funeral rites The city remains under an extended enhanced community quarantine where the movement of people is restricted to prevent the further transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Meanwhile, Section 7 (Restriction to Movement of Vulnerable Sectors) stated: Except to buy medicine, food, to go to hospitals, or to seek medical consultation and care, the following persons shall be prohibited from leaving their respective houses: He ordered the personnel of the Iloilo City Police Office, Philippine Army and Public Safety and Transportation Management Office manning quarantine control points to enforce his order. * officials and employees of Foreign Diplomatic Missions and international organization  accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs provided that they will operate with a skeleton workforce, unless a different operational capacity is provided * pregnant women * persons 60 years old and older * airline and aircraft employees, pilot, crew, ship captains and crew Under his Executive Order No. 068-A, only the following may leave their houses:last_img read more

Grand jury declines to indict railroad officer who shot Mason City man

first_imgMASON CITY — A Cerro Gordo County grand jury has found no criminal wrongdoing by a railroad officer for the shooting of a Mason City man last November.Cerro Gordo County Attorney Carlyle Dalen announced late Friday afternoon that a grand jury that convened last week opted not to indict Union Pacific special agent Louis Miner. Investigators say Miner stopped 30-year-old Nathan Olson for trespassing on UP property on November 29th, with an altercation ensuing before Miner shot Olson near a railroad crossing just west of the intersection of 9th Northwest and North Monroe in Mason City.Mason City police initially investigated the incident but then turned the case over to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.Police have not said whether Olson was armed when he was shot. Olson was hospitalized for just over two months following the shooting.The Omaha-based Union Pacific Railroad employs certified police officers to patrol its properties across the Midwest.last_img read more

Organizers say Jamaica qualified for Sochi Games

first_imgThe 1993 film ‘Cool Runnings’ (AP Photo/File)The Jamaican bobsled team may be headed to another Olympics.The catch: It needs a lot of money, and it needs it fast.Olympic organizers said Saturday that Jamaica has qualified for the two-man competition at next month’s Sochi Games, though it remains unclear if the fledgling squad will get a chance to race. Funding is a serious problem and sled driver Winston Watts told The Associated Press on Saturday that he’s trying to raise as much as $80,000 in the next couple weeks to cover travel and equipment costs.“Right now,” Watts said, “we’re at zero.”They are certainly among the world’s most storied bobsled teams, and that has little to do with results. Jamaica first competed in Olympic bobsledding in 1988 at the Calgary Games, a story that inspired the “Cool Runnings” film. For a nation lacking bobsled tradition, or snowy winters, Jamaica has often fared quite well on the international circuits.It’s been 12 years since Jamaica has had a sled in the Olympics, with Watts finishing 28th at the Salt Lake City Games with Lascelles Brown — now a key part of Canada’s national team. Brown won a medal at the 2010 Vancouver Games, one where the Jamaicans were hoping to compete but were again thwarted by funding issues.Still, the 46-year-old Watts — who called himself “retired” from sliding for nearly a decade — has held on to hope of sliding again on the sport’s biggest stage.“We’re pretty good,” Watts said. “We’re not there with the rest of the world, of course. But we if had some more sources for funding, we’d have a better chance.”He started the season thinking he could get a four-man sled ready for Sochi, before quickly realizing that was too expensive. His focus then shifted to the two-man sled and by racing in a number of lower-tier events at tracks in Park City, Lake Placid and Calgary in recent months, Watts and brakeman Marvin Dixon piled up enough points to get into the Olympic mix.Sochi officials tweeted word Saturday that the Jamaicans were in, but the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation — the sport’s governing body — is not expected to confirm before Sunday at the earliest how many nations qualified for the Olympic fields.Watts said he’s confident that Jamaica is qualified.“I’m not a person who likes to quit,” Watts said. “I put my heart into it and I know for a fact that people are going to help this team.”last_img read more