European schools reopen with smaller classes, shorter lessons

first_imgWhile children in general face less severe virus symptoms than do adults, they can infect older family members who live in the same household who are “very, very vulnerable,” said Rodrigo, the spokesman of a parents group representing some 60 area families that share his concerns.”It’s a time bomb,” he said, adding children will respect social distancing rules for “the first ten seconds”.His group is one of several in Spain, which has one of the fastest virus growth rates in Europe, that wants the government to make it possible for pupils to attend classes remotely until a vaccine or treatment for Covid-19 is found.But the Spanish government insists children, who have not seen a classroom since March when online learning replace in-person teaching due to the pandemic, must attend classes when schools re-open in September. Topics : It announced Thursday that all children above the age of six will be required to wear masks at all times while in school.Italy, Europe’s first virus hot spot, requires masks for children over six only when they can’t respect social distance while Greece has made it mandatory for all students.The importance of using masks in school during a pandemic is “as obvious as is the use of a seat belt in a car or the need to vaccinate your children,” Greek Education Minister Niki Kerameus said. ‘Done nothing’ Some countries have also reduced class sizes to ensure children keep a safe distance from each other.In Greece, which has avoided the worst of the pandemic so far, classes can have no more than 17 students while Serbia and Bosnia have set the limit at 15.In Spain the Madrid region announced Tuesday that it would hire nearly 11,000 more teachers and set up makeshift classrooms in schoolyards to bring class sizes in primary schools down to 20.But Mercedes Sardina, a teacher’s representative with the CCOO union in Fuenlabrada on Madrid’s southern outskirts, said she doubted this would be possible, likening it to trying to stage a wedding in three days “when you have done nothing. You haven’t even bought your dress.””Teachers are very frightened. And the students and parents too,” she added.Spain’s student union has called a strike on September 16, 17 and 18 to decry funding shortages and reject the “improvisation” of the start of the school year.While Ana da Silva, a 42-year-old language teacher in Fuenlabrada, said she was also not sure Madrid could reduce class sizes as promised, she was keen to return to in-person schooling.”I need to see my students, connect with them. We know their dreams, their joys, their frustrations,” she said.center_img 20 minute lessons Among other measures in place are staggered start times, rules requiring frequent hand washing and shorter lessons — just twenty minutes long in urban areas in Bosnia.Italy has ordered 2.4 million individual desks but delivery is expected to last until October, after classes have already begun.Greece will give all primary school children their own reusable water flask so they can avoid using water fountains where the virus may linger.Britain’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty has sought to calm jitters, telling the BBC earlier this month that it looked as if “there is much less transmission from children to adults than adults to adults”. But Germany may serve as a cautionary tale. Officials closed two schools in the north of the country in early August after several cases of Covid-19 were detected in staff and students just days after classes resumed. European nations are pushing ahead with reopening primary schools despite a rise in coronavirus cases, with smaller classes, shorter lessons and mask-wearing among the steps adopted to curb infections.But many parents and teachers worry the measures are not enough, or have been adopted too close to the start of classes to be put in place properly, leading some parents to decide to keep their children at home.David Rodrigo, a 41-year-old IT specialist from the western Spanish city of Salamanca, said he would not send his two sons aged seven and nine to their school when it re-opens next month because he fears it won’t be safe.last_img read more

Arsenal boss: I’ve recovered; I feel well

first_imgAdvertisement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has spoken of coming through being diagnosed with the coronavirus.Arteta is now clear of the virus after his positive test saw the Premier League shut down almost fortnight ago.He told La Sexta: “I feel well, recovered. It took three or four days to start feeling better with energy and leaving the symptoms behind.“It was all fast. They told me that the president of Olympiacos had tested positive. I told them that I was not well and we had a game against Manchester City. I took the test on Wednesday and I was diagnosed on Friday.”Read Also:Arteta eyeing Celtic strikerArteta, meanwhile, admits he’s proud to be manager of Arsenal.He added: “I was lucky to play here and be a captain and they gave me the opportunity to be a coach.” Loading… Promoted ContentInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Most Outstanding Female Racers Who Made History In SportsTarantino Wants To End His Career With This Movie?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”Why Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?last_img read more

Fruta Conquerors tangle with Santos; GPF battle GDF

first_imgIT’S now all down to the penultimate day of rivalry in the 2019-2020 edition of the GFF Super 16 Cup, today, at the GFC ground, Bourda where two potentially riveting semi-final clashes will unfold from 18:30hrs.The clash of the Armed Forces in the main attraction promises to be exhilarating with both teams boasting a number of experienced players who are definitely eyeing the first-place prize of $2M. The second place is worth $1M.Tonight’s curtain-raiser will also be a humdinger of a clash when Fruta Conquerors take on a resurgent Santos Football Club. At the end of it all, only two teams will remain standing and earn the right to face off in New Year’s Night Final. The respective losers will still be in the money as they would play for third ($500 000) and fourth ($250 000).The Guyana Police Force vs Guyana Defence Force match, according to secretary of the Police Club, Ronald Ali, “This is a battle of the Military and we expect a good game even though we are the underdogs.”Ali also informed that they are well aware of the strengths of the Army side and they have been planning to counter any hurdles they come up against, noting that with the players on their roster, they are capable of taking care of business.Santos FCThe likes of Trayon Bobb, Daniel Wilson, Pernel Schultz, Jamal Harvey, Jermain Junor, William Europe and Trevon Lythcott will hope to continue their good showing so far and deliver another victory for Police following their quarter-final downing of Western Tigers 2-1 and their round-of-16 whipping of Timehri Panthers, 6-2. Police have scored a total of eight (8) goals whilst conceding three (3).The Guyana Defence Force on the other hand have been almost flawless in the defensive third, scoring a total of seven (7) goals and conceding just a single goal in their quarter-final match against Buxton United bettering that with two goals.They’ll be led by the tournament’s joint leading goalscorer, Benjamin Opara (four goals) who’ll have a number of experienced players around him as they seek to match Police in every department.The experience of the soldiers might very well make the difference but it would not be an easy task against the law enforcement team. Opara will find able support form Sherwin Caesar, Olvis Mitchell, Kevin Layne, Amos Ramsey, Eusi Phillips, Delwin and Delroy Fraser and Shawn Arthir, among others.The round of sixteen saw a total of 41 goals in eight matches – just 13 in the four quarter-finals and it is anticipated that going forward, goals would continue to dry up as teams have been planning for opposing sides with a view of limiting goal-scoring opportunities.The Fruta Conquerors vs Santos showdown is expected to be a keen tussle with both sides yet to concede a goal in the two matches that they have played to date. Conquerors recorded respective 4-0 wins over Buxton Stars and Milerock FC while Santos clipped Eagles Football Club of Stewartville 4-0 and upset defending champions Den Amstel, 3-0.The confidence that they (Santos) are exuding at the moment under the guidance of coach Trevor Burnette would be seriously tested by the Tucville-based Fruta Conquerors.They’ll be buoyed by the fact that T&T-based Golden Jaguar Sheldon Holder is in the side and will combine offensive maneouvres along with Lavavghn Eniss, Marcus Wilson, Kester Jacobs, captain Kevin Dundas, Orin Yarde, Ryan October and Alex Murray who’ll be in goal once again.Conquerors head coach Sampson Gilbert disclosed that they are looking forward to this match with confidence while being very mindful of ability and level of competition they’ll have to put up with from the Santos outfit.“Our approach would be clinical in the execution of the various aspects of the game we’ve been working on in training, in order to proceed to the final of this year’s tournament.”           Fans are in for an entertaining evening of action.last_img read more

Anti-gold smuggling laws need to be enforced – Allicock

first_imgBy Shemuel FanfairGold exports are one of the main sources of revenue that adds significantly to the Guyanese economy. TheIndigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicockassociated industries of the precious commodity provide many avenues of employment for both men and women, especially indigenous citizens, the majority of whom reside in the interior.However, Guyana has not been able to gain the optimum revenue from this lucrative industry as a high percentage of the commodity is not declared to the Guyana Gold Board. Government had announced earlier this year that thousands of ounces of gold are being smuggled out of the country regularly.In this light, Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock has reiterated calls for enforcement of regulations that are geared at preventing gold smuggling.In an interview with this newspaper late last week, the minster suggested that government agencies need to implement better measures of management to correct the “wrongs” that have persisted in the industry:“More systems need to be put in place to retrieve that gold is being taken out of the country without proper management; the laws need to be enforced…[but] things have gone wrong for so long, to do the right seems wrong,” Allicock noted.According to figures as quoted by Gold Price and the London Fix, the price for gold stood at US$1321 on Friday, up from US$1088 for the same period last year.This reflects a 17 per cent year on year increase. Late last week, it was announced that the Aurora Mines of Canadian company, Guyana Goldfields Inc had produced an estimated 75,000 ounces of gold for the first half of this year.In January, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman had announced that about 15,000 ounces of the country’s gold were smuggled every week. Minister Trotman’s previous estimation suggests that the local economy will not fully benefit from the significant price increases on the world market.In 2015, gold raked in some US$500 million for the country while the early first-half of 2016 earnings stood at some US$366 million.However, these figures are below the true earnings for the sector, likely reducing the amount of revenue that can be obtained. In September last year, the Natural Resources Minister had pointed out that a multi-stakeholder meeting was held where the anti-gold smuggling task force was established.The stakeholder agencies the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), and the State Asset Recovery Unit (SARU) were included.In January 2016, it was revealed that the United States government was assisting Guyana to curb gold smuggling to South American nations; and also Europe, Miami and New York.It was reported that the US Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) were both involved in the anti-smuggling operations.Gold prices on the world market skyrocketed following Brexit, which saw the majority of citizens in Great Britain voting to leave the European Union in a nationwide Referendum last month.last_img read more

Doping cloud over Peter-McCline bout

first_imgFrom news services Samuel Peter and Jameel McCline were set to fight for the heavyweight title at Madison Square Garden tonight while boxing authorities investigate a report that McCline received large amounts of steroids and other banned substances in 2005 and 2006. “So far everything’s OK,” New York State Athletic Commission chairman Ron Scott Stevens told The Associated Press on Friday. McCline had his prefight physical Thursday, Stevens said. The boxers will be tested for performance-enhancing and illegal drugs about an hour before the fight today and right afterward, with results coming about five days later, he said. ETC.: More than 55 years after he became an unlikely heavyweight champion, the late Jersey Joe Walcott is finally getting his day in his hometown. Camden, N.J., has declared today “Jersey Joe Walcott Day,” and a 4-foot granite monument of the boxer will be unveiled. The monument stands in Jersey Joe Walcott Park. Golf Jesper Parnevik followed his career-best 61 with a 5-under-par 65 to take a four-shot lead midway through the Texas Open in San Antonio. The 42-year-old Swede had a 14-under 126 total, the lowest 36-hole score on the PGA Tour this year and just a stroke off the tour record of 125 held by Tiger Woods, Mark Calcavecchia, Tom Lehman and Corey Pavin. Parnevik is seeking his first victory since taking the 2001 Honda Classic for his fifth tour title. Sweden’s Mathias Gronberg was second after a 65. Two other Swedes – Fredrik Jacobson (65) and Richard S. Johnson (66) – were 9 under, and Justin Leonard, the 2000 and ’01 winner, was 8 under after a 67. ETC.: Lorena Ochoa shot 2-under 70 on the second day of the Longs Drugs Challenge in Danville, leaving her a stroke behind defending champion Karrie Webb (69) and Lorie Kane (69). … Loren Roberts capped a 4-under 66 with a 2-foot birdie for a two-shot lead over Scott Hoch at the midpoint of the Senior Players Championship in Timonium, Md. …Annika Sorenstam turned down her invitation to the Samsung World Championship, not wanting to cause hardship with any players who felt she might be taking their spot in the 20-player field. In an effort to upgrade the event, tournament organizers last week eliminated a criteria that had not been used in nine years – the option to exempt the U.S. Women’s Amateur champion – and replaced it with an exemption for an active Hall of Fame member. Tennis Top-ranked Justine Henin beat Elena Dementieva, 6-4, 6-4, and Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Serena Williams, 6-3, 6-3, to advance to the semifinals of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany. Henin will play Jelena Jankovic, who made the semifinals when defending champ Nadia Petrova retired in the second set because of a hip injury. Kuznetsova will play Tatiana Golovin, who beat qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko, 6-3, 6-4. Gymnastics Olympic silver medalist Morgan Hamm had surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle, and expects to be healthy in time for next summer’s Beijing Olympics. Hamm, twin brother of Olympic gymnastics champion Paul Hamm, tore the muscle on the right side of his chest while training on high bar Tuesday. The muscle was reattached at Ohio State, and he will be in a sling for five to six weeks. He will start physical therapy Monday and be back training in five months. Motorsports It took Dario Franchitti less than a straightaway to know he was in foreign territory at Talladega Superspeedway. The reigning IndyCar Series champion and Indianapolis 500 winner saw the green flag wave for the start of the ARCA RE/MAX 250, his stock car debut, and immediately ran out of room on the high-banked oval. “You can’t pass on the left in this kind of racing like you can in IndyCar and people checked up in front of me on the start and I had nowhere to go,” Franchitti said, grinning. “That was my first learning experience and it continued all day.” The 34-year-old Scot, driving his first race for Chip Ganassi, managed to stay out of trouble throughout the 94-lap event and wound up 17th. ETC.: Reigning series champion Todd Bodine took the pole position for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, beating out three-time champion Jack Sprague in qualifying. Cycling Italian cyclist Luca Ascani could be banned for up to two years after backup tests confirmed he took a blood-boosting hormone at his national championships in June. He was suspended Aug. 2 by the Italian cycling federation pending a hearing. A date has not yet been set. College sports Washington State basketball player Taylor Rochestie will give up his scholarship his senior year so the Cougars can sign a highly touted recruit from Florida. Rochestie, a 6-foot-1 guard, is expected to start this season for the Cougars. He said he made the decision because his family can afford to pay the approximately $25,000 cost of going to the Pullman-based school. “When I first learned of this option to open up a scholarship by giving up mine, I thought it sounded great,” Rochestie said in a press release. “I am thankful that I was fortunate enough to be in a situation where I could help the team out.” Rochestie, a junior, will come off scholarship his senior season. That will free up a scholarship so the team can sign Marcus Capers, a 6-foot-4 guard from Montverde Academy near Orlando, Fla. ETC.: Michigan tennis player Brian Hung is the NCAA sportsman of the year. Hung, a native of Hong Kong, was the Wolverines’ captain last season. He was active at an Ann Arbor children’s hospital and mentored students in the local school system. The NCAA team sportsmanship award went to the Framingham State women’s soccer team. Against Bridgewater State last year, Framingham took a 1-0 lead in the 59th minute of the game. Several players said the goal entered the side netting and Coach Tucker Reynolds told his players to allow Bridgewater to score and tie the game. Bridgewater eventually won, 3-2, costing Framingham a postseason berth. “Five years from now, nobody is going to know or care what the score of the game was, but maybe somebody’s going to be talking to their child about ethics and sportsmanship because of that game,” Reynolds said. Deaths The Japan Sumo Association fired the trainer of a teenage novice who died after an alleged beating by fellow wrestlers. Police questioned stable master Tokitsukaze, 57, and the other trainees under his care after 17-year-old wrestler Tokitaizan collapsed following practice on June 26. Tokitaizan, whose real name was Takashi Saito, died later in a hospital. An autopsy showed his body had numerous bruises and wounds that did not appear consistent with those sustained in normal sumo training. Horse racing Diamond Stripes took the lead in midstretch and then survived a foul claim by runner-up Magna Graduate’s jockey to win the $500,000 Meadowlands Cup by a half-length. Jockey John Velazquez claimed Diamond Stripes and jockey Cornelio Velasquez interfered at the top of the stretch, but the stewards at the Meadowlands Racetrack found nothing wrong. The win in one of the last major preps for the Breeders’ Cup Championships later this month at nearby Monmouth Park may have earned Diamond Stripes a spot in either the Classic or the dirt mile. ETC.: Trainer Patrick Biancone was suspended for one year by Kentucky racing officials for violations of horse medication rules. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more