Cool Smashers show they can still dominate as Valdez cheers on

first_imgAir Force stuns Pocari to inch closer to PVL Finals Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube After all, the Cool Smashers have easily figured out how to play sans Valdez, whose contributions are nearly impossible to replicate.And it’s all about playing collectively.READ: Valdez out for Creamline for remainder of PVL conferenceOn Saturday, Creamline did just that with Rose Vargas leading the way with 19 points.Pau Soriano added 18 points while Jing Balse turned back the clock with 10 points, four of which off blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith Alyssa Valdez cheering, Creamline proved it can win minus its superstar spiker even in the big stage.The Cool Smashers improved to 4-0 without Valdez in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference and it won’t be of any surprise if they end up winning it all in the absence of the three-time UAAP MVP.ADVERTISEMENT McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return “They’ve already played without me and everyone stepped up. I’m just really happy and proud of the team,” said Valdez.“The players showed their heart,” Almadro said.READ: LVPI okays Valdez return to Creamline for playoffsValdez thinks Creamline will be up to the task of sweeping BaliPure less than 24 hours from now in Game 2.Momentum is with Creamline, but Almadro knows it will take more if the team wants to continue its winning ways.“I guess it’s going to be the mentality of the players for tomorrow’s game. We hope to duplicate our heart and intensity.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite “The team is capable of winning without her,” said Creamline assistant coach Oliver Almadro after the Cool Smashers downed BaliPure in five sets in Game 1 of semifinals Saturday.READ: Valdez-less Creamline survives Bali, nears finals FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“The team is ready to play without Alyssa.”Valdez is expected to miss the rest of the playoffs to prioritize her national team commitments but she is confident Creamline can get the job done. LATEST STORIES MOST READ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View commentslast_img read more

Health Workers at TB Annex Demand Hazard Benefits

first_imgAt least 101 workers at the TB Annex Hospital are demanding payment of hazard benefits owed them by the Ministry of Health for the past six months.The patients at the hospital, located directly behind the Health Ministry in Oldest Congotown, are infected with tuberculosis which is a very highly contagious disease.The health workers told this paper that their benefits are due for the period September 2014 to February 2015.They stated that during the heat of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) crisis, they did not close the hospital but remained there at their own risk, taking care of hundreds of TB patients who came in daily when most other health centers and hospitals were closed.“The government, through the Health Ministry, last year assured workers that they would receive their hazard benefits. Six months have already gone; we have not received a dime yet. We are dissatisfied and no longer trust the assurances coming from the Ministry,” Siafa Kamara, one of the spokespersons of the workers told this paper.Lucelia Michael, the other spokesperson and Kamara made these complaints about not receiving their hazard benefits on Monday, March 2 at their offices.Both wondered why health workers in other facilities received their benefits and they at the TB Annex Hospital were not included.“Workers at the TB Annex Hospital also face risks. We have been here throughout, sacrificing to save hundreds of lives. We decided not to abandon the patients or desert the hospital as TB is contagious and could take away entire families,” Ms. Michael said.  She disclosed that during the heat of the Ebola virus crisis in Liberia, more than 500 TB patients were admitted to the Annex.Michael and Kamara recounted that some of their patients died, too, but most are still with them and are being catered to and cared for.“If we had deserted this hospital like most of our colleagues who got the hazard benefits did, what would have been the aftermath for thousands of Liberians in our various communities?” the TB Annex workers wondered.The workers, however, did not threaten any stay-home action or go-slow but called on the Legislature, Health Ministry authorities, civil society groups and international partners, to make sure that they, too, receive their hazard benefits soon.The TB Annex Hospital workers include nurses, physician assistants, doctors and other clinical staff.When contacted, two high level officials in the health sector, one from the Ministry of Health, said the hazard benefits were promised to those health workers “directly in the frontline battling the deadly Ebola virus disease.”They asked that their names be kept anonymous. One of them, who was directly involved with the negotiations that brought about the hazard benefits for health workers, stated that the benefits were promised to every health worker at both private and public health facilities in the country.He, however, clarified that it was decided at the meeting held last year at the offices of the Liberia Medical Dental Council (LMDC), that priority be given to health workers working at the various Ebola treatment units (ETUs), those handling and burying Ebola dead, Ebola ambulance drivers, contact tracers and workers in health centers and clinics which might likely handle Ebola cases.The government agreed to pay a lump sum US$5,000 death benefit to the family of each healthcare worker who died while treating people with Ebola.At that meeting Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh had said, “We [government] are aware that there are other issues that need to be addressed and we will make every effort to accommodate the concerns of our health workers while counting on their professionalism and patriotism.”The deal is expected to cost the government about US$30 million over a six-month period beginning September 2014 and was intended to ensure that healthcare workers who had abandoned health facilities, returned to work to fight the EVD.The agreement also included the hazard pay for healthcare workers indirectly engaged in the fight against Ebola.Those directly involved in fighting the Ebola epidemic were expected to receive monthly hazard pay as follows: ETU supervisor – US$850, medical doctors – US$825, nurses US$435, Lab technicians – US$435 while ETU managers and general practitioners  were to be paid US$450 each.Ambulance drivers were also expected to receive US$350, Ebola case investigators and social workers US$350, hygienists and logisticians US$300 while janitors, contact tracers and security personnel were to get US$250, respectively.Also benefiting from the government’s monthly hazard pay program were doctors, nurses and other health practitioners who are not dealing with Ebola related cases.According to the agreement, medical doctors in this category were to receive US$350 each while nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, midwives and lab technicians were to be paid US$300 each.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more