Resident assistants adjust to impact of coronavirus on residential life

first_imgAlysa Guffey | The Observer Senior Jack Harness is a resident assistant in Duncan Hall, pictured above. Harness oversees 39 Highlanders in his section, responsible for their health, safety and community building.Senior Jack Harness said he accepted the offer to be a resident assistant in Duncan Hall this year before spring break. This was before the March 11 announcement in which all Notre Dame students were told not to return to campus as the threat of the coronavirus spread across the country.“When I accepted, it was still normal school so I had no idea what [the fall] semester would look like,” Harness said.Now Harness is directly in charge of managing the 39 students in his section — as well as overseeing the health and safety of the roughly 215 members of the residence hall during his weekly nights on duty — in the middle of a pandemic.Director of residential life for residential education Bre Tornifolio said in an email that the primary role of resident assistants remains the same.“They are responsible for forming community and building relationships and, even in the midst of the pandemic, they do so remarkably well,” Tornifolio said in an email.According to Tornifolio, one student backed out of the resident assistant position due to personal health concerns.“I fully support the decision and we were able to hire and train the new RA before the first week of classes,” Tornifolio said.Harness said he feels that his role as a resident assistant has evolved to not only include enforcement of rules but also advocacy —  to focus on the bigger picture.“What I’ve tried to do is just communicate to the best of my ability to people in the section the gravity of the situation,” Harness said. “Obviously when I signed up to be a [resident assistant], I didn’t envision having to go around and tell people to put masks on and things like that, which obviously is now part of the job. But I think the more important part for me has been trying to be a leader and role model and try to communicate why it’s so important to follow the rules and why it’s a personal responsibility thing for everyone.”Every year, newly hired resident assistants are required to complete training in the spring and a formation process upon returning to campus in the fall. This year, Tornifolio said resident assistants went through additional virtual training and informational sessions.“We then brought the staff back to virtually participate in a week’s worth of training sessions and spent the first day discussing our adjustment to a COVID world and the racial injustices that are happening around us,” Tornifolio said. “We also went through the health and safety guidelines and operational procedures for the position.”Senior Killeen McCans applied to be a resident assistant because she found her place in the Notre Dame community as a member of Flaherty Hall. In her current position as a resident assistant, she said she feels blindsided by the University since the rule changes regarding socializing within halls were announced.“We have been given a lot of extra rules to enforce and a lot of extra situations to handle, and I don’t think we’ve been given a lot of extra social, emotional or practical support,” McCans said. “And we don’t have any increased compensation. There’s no hazard pay received, no information about what campus will look like if we get sent home, if we will get any reimbursements, and that is nerve-wracking.”The current residential life protocol is that only residents of an assigned room may enter that room — a rule announced a week before undergraduates returned to campus. McCans said living in a single as a resident assistant has been difficult emotionally with the situation constantly changing.“We don’t have a household so there’s nowhere in my dorm where I can go in private and speak with another [resident assistant] about how I’m doing or about stressful situations,” McCans said.In addition, students living on campus have been told to limit non-essential off-campus travel, making connecting with peers that have moved off campus a challenge.Elizabeth Lauer, a senior resident assistant in Pasquerilla East Hall and former resident of Breen-Phillips Hall, said she is grateful for the support system of hall staff.“I was new to the hall so I didn’t really know anyone before I came in, but I get along with everyone else super well, and we’re all going through the same thing,” Lauer said. “Since we’re not supposed to interact on and off campus, it’s good to have each other to be friends with and spend time with. I’m really grateful for those relationships I’ve gotten to make over the last couple weeks.”Prior to University President’s Fr. John Jenkins’ Tuesday announcement that gatherings would now be limited to 10 people, residence halls were able to host outdoor programming for the community. Harness said it was good to see all of the dorm members gathered safely this past week.“One of the coolest things we’ve done so far is we had hall council outside in our courtyard,” Harness said. “We had a big projector set up with a big screen and speaker system and we were all spread out. And we had an incredible turnout, so that was really cool to see us all together.”With the updated restrictions, resident assistants must once again come up with new ideas to foster community, especially with the first-year students, Lauer said.“It’s tough just because like everyone’s kind of sick of Zoom after doing ‘Zoom University’ last year,” Lauer said. “They’re less eager to do it, but we’re finding ways to be creative.”Tags: COVID-19, Resident Assistant, residential life, University President Father John Jenkins Notre Dame prides itself on its long history on the communities built within its residence halls, placing an emphasis on the tradition of resident assistants — seniors who lead residence halls in community and relationships.last_img read more

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Tough times

first_imgFood prices are up, and gasoline costs more than ever. Most paychecks have stayed the same, but there are ways to make them seem like they too are growing, says a financial expert with the University of Georgia. “You can increase the amount of money you have to spend each month by as much as 20 percent by paying more attention to where your money goes and developing an action plan to target problem-spending areas,” said Michael Rupured, consumer economic specialist with the UGA Cooperative Extension. “Paying more attention to the family budget can also go a long way toward preparing your children to be good money managers.”To find out where your money goes, track it. Record everyday purchases for a few weeks to determine spending habits. Costs associated with daily activities like smoking, eating out and buying coffee to go can add up in a month. And the longer you keep track, the more you will learn about where your money goes, he said. Another way is to see how low you can keep your expenses for a few months. For example, pretend your income has been cut in half, Rupured suggests.“Stripping away all but essential spending can be an eye-opening family activity,” he said. “At the end of the trial period you can make decisions about which of your normal expenses you want back and which you are happy to live without. The best part of this option is the opportunity to save as much as half of your income for several months.”With both approaches, the idea is to really think about where your money goes. “Spending is such a routine part of life that it’s easy to lose track,” Rupured said. “You can’t know what you should do differently until you know what you’ve been doing with your money.”To identify where you are spending the most, group regular expenses into categories. Combine similar expenses into one category. For example, add up the total spent on utilities such as water, electricity, gas, cable and phone bills. Required monthly payments for credit cards and non-mortgage loans can be lumped together into a debt category. Once spending habits have been identified, work to change areas where you are spending more than you’d like to. Encourage everyone in the family to get involved. Talk about the budget and ways to cut spending. It is often better to find cheaper alternatives than to cut something out all together, he said. For example, eliminate the weekly trip to the movie theatre, and rent a movie and make snacks at home. Or, borrow a movie from a friend or check one out from the library. “Whatever the family decides, write it down and have everyone sign it,” he said. Put the plan where the whole family will regularly see it. It may help keep them focused. Review spending habits every couple of weeks and discuss the status with the whole family. “It is a good idea to decide upfront what you will do with the money your family saves by reducing spending,” Rupured said. “Family members will be more committed to the task if they know what the reward will be and how the savings will be used. Be sure some of the money saved gets put in the bank for emergencies or family goals.”last_img read more

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The Brazilian Navy’s Contributions to Humanitarian Aid Operations

first_imgBy Brazilian Marine Corps Captain Raphael do Couto Pereira and Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Eduardo Gonçalves da Silva September 06, 2017 Operating with military troops becomes necessary during actions directly related to humanitarian aid, especially when the presence of agencies devoted to this kind of activity is insufficient or inexistent, or when reaching the most affected populations becomes extremely difficult. In recent years, Brazilian troops have been known to participate in humanitarian aid missions when already deployed on peacekeeping missions. Employing service members in this way requires great flexibility, as they switch to carrying out additional duties that in many cases were not originally part of the mission. To fulfill this myriad duties, training is essential for the troops involved. Thus, the Brazilian Navy (MB, per its Portuguese acronym) contributed greatly by employing its Marine Corps (CFN, per its Portuguese acronym), an amphibious force that is expeditionary by nature, wholly professional, and therefore has a high degree of commitment. The Marine Operation Groups (GptOpFuzNav, per their Portuguese acronym) may be employed in a number of situations, including humanitarian assistance. These groups represent a versatile organizational model that combines combat resources, combat support, and land and air combat services support in a modular way when integrated into the “amphibious mix”, generically understood as the totality of naval, naval air, and marine resources that are ready to complete missions related to power projection on land. Their members are put through an exhaustive selection and training process at all stages of their career by way of internal courses and competitions that are geared towards retaining the best human resources in the military. Legal context The draft of the National Military Policy, submitted to the Brazilian parliament for review in November 2016, highlights the effects of climate change on the planet, which could have serious environmental, social, economic, and political consequences, thereby requiring a greater response capacity from the government. In this context, the demand for humanitarian aid and for peacekeeping operations tends to increase, which means Brazil may be compelled to increase its participation in these kinds of missions. Concomitantly, the draft of the National Defense Strategy emphasizes that, in addition to their bases in the Constitution, the three branches of the Brazilian Armed Forces must be ready to act individually or jointly in international operations – whether expeditionary, peacekeeping or humanitarian aid – to fulfill the commitments the nation has assumed, or to safeguard Brazilian interests abroad, thereby contributing to Brazil’s foreign policy objectives. In concert with these two documents, the Basic Doctrine of the Brazilian Navy (DBM, per its Portuguese acronym), broadly establishes the principles, concepts, and methods for using naval resources in combat or for participating in other actions not related to the end activity in order to guide the organization in its training and use of Brazilian naval power. Recently, the DBM was updated, calling for a new mode of amphibious operations, dubbed Project Anfíbia. Capacities that are intrinsic to the amphibious mix are used to introduce resources into the interest area needed to perform an array of related duties within other contingencies to prevent conflicts and de-escalate crises. According to its 2014 edition, the DBM is also appropriate for use when directing such actions as noncombatant evacuation operations, environmental disaster response, and humanitarian aid operations. One feature that distinguishes humanitarian aid operations is their limited time and area of responsibility. But the logistics effort required to conduct them is beginning to predominate over all other combat activities. This means that the planning and execution of plans must prioritize resources that will minimize the problems faced by the population suffering from the effects of the tragedy. Therefore, humanitarian aid operations are tantamount to a large logistics operation. Field hospitals, hospital ships, and aeromedical evacuation (MEDEVAC) are some examples of how MB, by availing itself of field medicine, can help save lives. Haiti The entire doctrinal framework governing MB’s activities and operations were put to the test during one of the largest natural disasters ever seen in the Americas – the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. On that occasion, MB played a challenging and decisive role in directing the humanitarian aid operation following the disaster, which evidenced MB’s power of mobility, permanence, flexibility, and versatility. As part of its rapid response, the Brazilian Ministry of Defense determined that MB should assign one of its resources with the greatest amphibious and loading capacities to resupply the UN Peacekeeping Force’s Brazilian Battalion and the Brazilian Air Force (FAB, per its Portuguese acronym) Field Hospital in Haiti, including providing the required humanitarian aid. Because of this, the Almirante Sabóia, a landing craft for combat vehicles (NDCC, per its Portuguese acronym) which was already slated to participate in Operation HAITI-VIII, was initially offered. That operation, scheduled to transport routine replenishments to the troops, was moved from May to early February. In two trips, NDCC Almirante Sabóia and NDCC Garcia D’Ávila transported approximately 1,088 tons of cargo to the troops (vehicles, generators, food, etc.) and 1,022 tons of humanitarian aid cargo (mattresses, hygienic supplies, food items, etc.). Establishing lines of communication at sea during the humanitarian aid operation was an unparalleled challenge. Moreover, the precarious port conditions at Port-au-Prince in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake meant that the material needed to be unloaded onto Haitian beaches. Because of this, the need for ships with amphibious capabilities – something no merchant ship could provide – became evident. The availability of loaned resources was also a key factor in confronting the emergency situation. If MB had not had the Almirante Sabóia and Garcia D’Ávila ready for rapid deployment, the response might not have been possible in such a timely manner or with such efficiency and effectiveness. Another important MB contribution to the humanitarian aid operation was deploying a joint humanitarian mission, which used MB helicopters for MEDEVACs, and a mixed medical mission, which saw MB service members and civil servants from the Brazilian Ministry of Health aboard the Italian Navy’s multi-use logistics ship Cavour. On that occasion, a team of 63 MB service members boarded the Italian ship at the port of Fortaleza, on January 28, 2010. The team was comprised of six doctors, one nurse, and nine nursing technicians. Eleven civilian volunteers from the Ministry of Health also reported for duty. Another recent success story with regard to deploying humanitarian aid operations within peacekeeping operations consisted of the preparation and response operations for Hurricane Matthew in 2016. GptOpFuzNav made use of its modular structure and expeditionary capacity to form detachments of personnel and resources that were redirected from their initial duty to conduct reconnaissance in Haiti’s southernmost cities, since it had already been forecast that the worst destruction would be in that part of the country, and to escort members of the Brazilian Army Corps of Engineers who, with their heavy equipment, would be able to clear roads and aid in rescues. The marines conducted reconnaissance operations in cities in which humanitarian aid teams and civil defense teams from the United Nations wanted to position themselves ahead of time to await the hurricane’s passing. Their detachments also decisively contributed to providing continuity in the flow of humanitarian logistics between some of the worst affected cities. Marines in humanitarian operations In addition to their flexibility, it is expected that troops used for additional duties under the mission mandate meet a set of capabilities that will allow them to fully accomplish the mission. Such capabilities are promoted among CFN and MB personnel. As an intrinsic part of Brazil’s naval power, CFN is comprised exclusively of military professionals admitted through public competitions – from the most inexperienced soldier to his general commander. CFN has become the MB’s main vector for accomplishing its naval power functions, whatever the projection of land power may be. Thus, their sailor-soldiers are adapted to live aboard ships as well as for operations on land. Also, marine resources are specifically meant to embark on ships and later disembark onto land, in observance of an established doctrine of using troops and resources in a permanent state of readiness. CFN’s expeditionary capacity is another important feature that greatly helps to serve affected populations in the shortest time possible during a humanitarian aid operation. This allows for the timely use of a self-sufficient force to conduct the mission under austere conditions for a limited time. Moreover, the need for the timely deployment of MB ships to places of interest, unique doctrine, organization, and equipment ready to be boarded and deployed required amphibious outfits to be light, efficient, and agile in their operations. It is precisely this kind of profile that enables marines to be deployed rapidly in a range of environments far from their bases and with unique operational capabilities. Marine troops are always deployed through GptOpFuzNav. In addition to providing the command with flexibility and versatility, this organizational model combines the competencies and capacities of combat, combat support, and combat services support resources in a complementary and integrated way. When used at sea, the naval force is capable of placing the GptOpFuzNav at the appropriate location, with high mobility, through the use of landing craft, amphibious vehicles, and aircraft, among other equipment that may be projected over land. This factor is directly related to strategic mobility, conferring the possibility of a combined use of sea and air transport modes. A new reality Peacekeeping operations, which in the recent past were limited to belligerence between opposing parties, began to be deployed in complex environments. At the same time, combat, which once was seen on battlefields, began to be waged in urban centers. Natural disaster incidents stemming from human activities, the deterioration of the environment, and climate change have also been on the rise, resulting in a complex set of cumulative effects impacting a larger number of people and goods. All of these factors highlight how taking on humanitarian aid operations within the context of peacekeeping operations is now a reality – one that may become more frequent. Due to their organizational structure and logistical capacity, military forces have performed an important role in providing aid and support during these operations because of their resources and capability of being rapidly inserted and optimized.last_img read more

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YLD funds Holidays in January projects

first_imgYLD funds Holidays in January projects March 15, 2005 Regular News YLD funds Holidays in January projects The Young Lawyers Division recently approved and funded five additional grants for the Holidays in January projects.In 2005, the YLD awarded grants to the St. Petersburg Bar Young Lawyers Division; the Hillsborough County Bar Young Lawyers Division; the Orange County Bar Young Lawyers Section; the Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Foundation; and the Palm Beach County Bar Young Lawyers Section.Nicky Mooney, chair of the YLD’s Youth Projects Committee, congratulated the affiliates on their successful projects, saying the YLD is “pleased to be able to assist so many affiliates in this worthwhile project which provides toys and entertainment to needy children and families.”last_img read more

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Singer-turned-politician Giring Ganesha to run for president in 2024

first_imgRead also: Prabowo has political capital to run in 2024 presidential race, but ‘not enough to win it’Giring said he and PSI chairwoman Grace Natalie had met with the President to tell him about his candidacy, “Thank God Pak Jokowi welcomed it well.”PSI secretary-general Raja Juli Antoni said the party would do everything in its power to support Giring’s candidacy while constructing party infrastructure in the regions.”We have instructed the party members to promote Giring. Now there are many billboards everywhere in the districts and cities. That’s part of our efforts,” he said.In late 2018, Giring decided to take a hiatus from his musical career to focus on politics.He ran in the legislative election in 2019, however, he did not get a seat in the House of Representatives after the party failed to meet the legislative threshold at the national level of 4 percent of the total vote.Besides Giring, another young figure, Democratic Party chairman Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono stated in February that he would run for president in 2024.The 42-year-old ran for governor of Jakarta in 2017 but he failed to get to the second round against the two other candidates, Anies Baswedan and Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama.Topics : Giring Ganesha, the newly appointed Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) acting chairman, has declared his intention of running in the 2024 presidential election.The former vocalist of pop rock band Nidji revealed his plan during a virtual press conference on Monday, during which he responded to reports of several billboards bearing his photo, the PSI’s logo and the slogan “Giring for President 2024” erected in several cities.”I will run for president in 2024. Please allow me the opportunity to serve all the people. I believe we will stand up for an increasingly victorious Indonesia,” Giring said. The 37-year-old said his candidacy was driven by the party’s concern that young people would make up half of the total eligible voters in 2024 and therefore they needed to have a young leader.The PSI has billed itself as a political party for the young and has a strong social media presence. It has declared support for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration.He said his main agenda for 2024 was to achieve more equal access to education, stating that the country’s demographic bonus should not be a demographic disaster.”These young people must be equipped with knowledge and skills through easy access to education and learning,” he said.last_img read more

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Ighalo’s agent ‘got the impression’ Man Utd move wouldn’t happen

first_imgOdion Ighalo’s agent, Atta Aneke has explained how a move to Manchester United materialised before the January transfer deadline on Friday night. Ighalo, who plays for Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Super League, had agreed a move to Old Trafford until the end of the season. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made no secret of his desire to bring in an attacker this month, especially after Marcus Rashford’s back injury compounded the summer departures of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan. Man Utd had expressed an interest in Bournemouth’s Josh King but preferred a loan deal and were unable to reach an agreement on a permanent transfer, meaning attention turned to Ighalo, who followed big-money signing Bruno Fernandes into the club. And the Nigerian’s agent Aneke has explained how the move came about after doubting it would happen.Advertisement “It’s been hectic,” Aneke told Aftenposten.”I talked to Manchester United’s top boss (Ed Woodward) for a few days in advance. It was quiet on Thursday, and then I got the impression that nothing would happen. “Suddenly, in the middle of the day on Friday, things started to move. It was then at 11 o’clock in the evening in Shanghai. It was hectic phone business. Everyone had to stay awake until five or six in the morning in Shanghai. “He has been a United supporter since childhood. It’s incredibly big. When he left for China, he did not expect to be brought to United as a 30-year-old. He’s an amazing person. Read Also:Fans react to Ighalo’s transfer deadline day switch to Man Utd “If you see what he’s doing off the field… He has opened an orphanage with 20-30 kids who are now also allowed to go to school. Every month he sends money to widows from the area he is from in Nigeria. He is a person who is successful. He is not one of those who thinks of himself.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Pennylast_img read more

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Cardinals And Panthers Split Doubleheader

first_imgThe St. Louis 7th grade boys basketball team hosted the St. Lawrence Panthers Monday night and and were defeated by a final score of 23 to 20.Joey Gutzwiller had an all around good game and was 2 for 2 from the free throw line. Adam Cox led all scorers with 7 points. Charlie Dice, Evan Vogelsang, & Johnathan Deal all made the scoring column.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Mike Burkhart.The 8th grade St. Louis Cardinals basketball team defeated St. Lawrence 54-27 Monday, December 15.Robert Raver led the Cardinals in scoring. The lopsided margin allowed for all the Cardinals players to play significant minutes throughout the game.The Cardinals now stand at 11-2 on the season and travel to play South Dearborn tonight.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Dale Amrhein.last_img read more

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Lambert ‘can restore Villa magic’

first_img Evans watched on from the opposite dugout as the Barclays Premier League side cruised into the third round of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night with a 3-0 win, courtesy of goals from Andreas Weimann, Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph. It was a far cry from last season’s harrowing semi-final defeat to Bradford, and the way Villa have acquitted themselves over the first few games of the campaign – where they have played Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League – has given fans cause for optimism. Villa’s win over Rotherham has set up a third-round tie with Tottenham and Lambert has already set his sights on going one better than last season’s place in the last four. “To get to a cup final would be great because you saw the semi-final last year and what it meant to people,” he said. “I know how passionate the crowd is. The club has a huge following, it really has. The club has won the European Cup and there’s pressure because it’s won major titles and won the league. “It’s won everything. The fans are used to winning.” Last week’s Premier League game at Chelsea, played early owing to the west London club’s participation in Friday’s Super Cup against Bayern Munich, means that Lambert’s men have a free weekend and after a testing start to the season he will give his players a few days at home ahead of the international break. “I might organise another game,” Lambert joked. “No, they have done well over the last 10 days so we will give them a few days off.” Rotherham boss Steve Evans has backed Aston Villa counterpart Paul Lambert to create “something special” at Villa Park. Despite being embroiled in a relegation battle last season, Lambert always said he was building for the future and fellow Glaswegian Evans expects that to bear fruit sooner rather than later. “They have fantastic supporters and I think they are watching something very special getting built here by Paul,” the Millers boss said. “I know him from when he was growing up with holes in his shoes in Glasgow. I think he was a fantastic player, I watched him many times when he played for Celtic and you only need to look at the job he did at Norwich to see how good he is. “He got a bit of stick when he first came here, but I think you can see what he is about, he has built a young team and he is not afraid to make brave decisions. “I think he will end up managing one of the top four or five clubs, whether that is in England or Germany where he is highly regarded. “But he has a lot to achieve here before that because he has found some very talented players. “When he signed Benteke everyone was saying ‘Benteke who?’ – now everyone in football knows who he is. “This is a real big football club that has been struggling for a couple of years but I think everyone in football recognises Paul is making an impact here and he could bring the magical days back.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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2016 Rio Olympics: Brazil Assuage Fears over Zika Virus

first_imgHe gave the assurance that the protection of the health of Brazilians and tourists coming to the global event is a priority and as such all necessary measures have been put in place to protect the health of everyone.In a statement made available to THISDAY by the Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Brazil in Abuja, Roberto Affaia, Brazil’s Minister of Health, Ricardo Barros said that protecting the health of Brazilians and tourists coming to this world event is a priority to the federal government, which has pledged to put into effect appropriate measures to protect peoples’ health.“I was recently in Geneva, Switzerland, and reaffirmed to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that we would never risk the health of athletes and tourists. Brazil is keeping all necessary care and measures so that the games are a historical milestone in sports”.Barros claimed that the circulation of the Zika virus, spread by the Aedesaegypti mosquito, will not hinder the country from having a safe and unforgettable event for athletes, participants and spectators as according to him, the risks are minimal.Adding: The country’s healthcare system is duly prepared for this big moment, with preventive actions in place against the Aedesaegypti, 24/7 monitoring in the six cities hosting the games and trained professionals who are qualified to attend to emergencies.According to the statement a study published by the University of Cambridge makes a forecast of less than one case of infection among the 500,000 tourists.The statement further revealed that specialists from the World Health Organisation (WHO) on June 14 corroborated that the risk of propagation of the disease is very low. It said during the games, trips to Rio will represent 0.25 per cent of all travel to Zika-affected areas, according to United States’ CDC while noting that on the overall, the virus is already circulating in 60 countries, and Brazil represents 15 per cent of the exposed population.The minister also observed that during the games, Brazil will be in winter time, which is when diseases spread by the Aedesaegypti hit their lower rate.“In addition to that, the mobilisation actions to fight the mosquito, like home visits and public investment in monitoring and prevention, have caused an early fall of Zika rates – infection cases dropped 87 per cent between February and May this year.“The monitoring and follow-up of these data are still in progress by means of a partnership with the WHO, in an absolutely transparent manner. The proper measures to fight the Aedesaegypti are still in effect, with the backup of three thousand health agents in Rio.“During the event preparation phase, 51 test events were performed, monitored by the Ministry of Health, and no case of infection resulted from them. Since May 3, the Olympic torch has passed through more than 100 cities, and not a single case has been reported either” he said.While stating that Brazil has experience in organising big events, he said a similar fear was entertained over the possible epidemic of the dengue fever when Brazil hosted the last World Cup but, only three cases were reported in tourists.He therefore called on all tourists to feel free to visit the country during the games.The Olympics is perceived to be the greatest sporting event in the planet and over 200 countries and 500,000 international tourists are expected to be in Brazil for the games.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Alex Enumah in AbujaWith barely days to the commencement of the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian government has assured all participants and visitors alike of its determination to host a historic and disease-free sports fiesta despite fears of the dreaded Zika virus disease in that region.last_img read more

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Daryl Gross talks Jim Boeheim’s planned retirement, refers to Mike Hopkins as “coach-in-waiting” on ESPN Radio

first_img Published on March 18, 2015 at 3:34 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse The announcement that Daryl Gross is no longer Syracuse University’s director of athletics was accompanied by Jim Boeheim’s plan to retire in three years, Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud said in an email on Wednesday morning.Gross — who will stay with the university as vice president, special assistant to the chancellor and an adjunct professor in the David B. Falk School of Sport and Human Dynamics — discussed Boeheim’s decision and legacy in an ESPN Radio Syracuse interview Wednesday afternoon.“In terms of Jim, think about what he’s done for this community, he’s just branded it by himself in terms his success and his consistency,” Gross said on ESPN Radio Syracuse. “He’s just been absolutely terrific and I’m just proud of him and very happy for him as we go forward in knowing that he’s going to retire in three years.“I know he’s got a lot of things he can do and three years is a long time, so I believe he’s going to have great teams.”There has been no official announcement of who will replace Boeheim as SU’s head coach in three years, but SU assistant coach Mike Hopkins has long been considered the heir to the position.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGross has explicitly pinned Hopkins as Boeheim’s replacement in the past, and continued to do so.“I think with Mike Hopkins and if Mike transitions the way I hope he does as the coach-in-waiting,” Gross said in the radio interview, “the program will be in great shape. I think that it’s going to be in outstanding shape.”As for the program that Hopkins — or other potential candidates — will inherit, Gross expressed confidence in the groundwork that Boeheim has been laying for 39 years.“They’ve done a good job of branding that basketball program and there’s student athletes that are prospects that want to play at Syracuse and wear the Orange and that’s going to continue on because of (Boeheim’s) legacy,” Gross said in the radio interview.“So kudos to him and I think it’s very meaningful that he’s listed what his tenure’s gonna be and you know he’ll go hard and compete like mad. And heck, I hope he wins three national titles in a row — it’d be fabulous.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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