India’s coronavirus heroes come under attack

first_imgThis week, doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences appealed to the government for help after health workers were forced out of their homes by panicked landlords and housing societies.”Many doctors are stranded on the roads with all their luggage, nowhere to go, across the country,” the letter said.Modi called on Indians to stop treating medical workers as pariahs, describing those fighting the virus were “god-like”.”Today they are the people who are saving us from dying, putting their lives in danger.” Sanjibani Panigrahi, a doctor in the western city of Surat, described how she was accosted as she returned home from a long day at a hospital that is treating COVID-19 patients.She said neighbors blocked her at the entrance to her apartment building and threatened “consequences” if she continued to work.”These are the same people who have happily interacted with me [in the past]. Whenever they’ve faced a problem, I’ve helped them out,” the 36-year-old told AFP.”There is a sense of fear among people. I do understand. But it’s like I suddenly became an untouchable.” Fake news and paranoia Health workers are not the only ones facing the brunt of the frightened population in an environment where misinformation and rumors are thriving.Airline and airport staff, who are still being called on for evacuations of Indians stuck overseas and management of key cargo deliveries, have also been threatened.Airline and airport staff, who are still being called on for evacuations of Indians stuck overseas and manage key cargo deliveries, have also been threatened.Indigo and Air India have condemned threats made against their staff.An Air India flight attendant told AFP her neighbors threatened to evict her from her apartment while she was heading to the United States, saying she would “infect everyone”.”I couldn’t sleep that night,” she said, afraid to reveal her name over fear of further stigmatization.”I was scared that even if I did go home, would someone break open the door or call people to kick me out?”Her husband had to ask the police for help.Others have not been as lucky, the flight attendant said, with one colleague — who declined to speak to AFP — forced out of her home and now living with her parents.”With all the fake news and WhatsApp forwards, they don’t know what is going on, so there’s this paranoia that makes them behave like this,” she said.T. Praveen Keerthi, general secretary of the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (IPCA), told AFP they had received more than 50 complaints from airline crew.”Airline staffers are being stopped from entering their own residential premises by security guards,” he said.”We also have families and children that we leave at home to help fellow citizens… The least we expect is for our colleagues to not be harassed and ostracized.”Airport workers involved in moving essential supplies have also faced attacks as have delivery workers transporting medicines and groceries.E-commerce giant Flipkart temporarily suspended services this week.The Walmart-owned group said it only resumed home deliveries after police guaranteed “the safe and smooth passage of our supply chain and delivery executives”. Topics : They have been hailed as India’s coronavirus “heroes”, but doctors, nurses, delivery drivers and other frontline workers have been attacked and in some cases evicted from their homes by panicked residents.Some e-commerce giants have even halted deliveries partly due to the harassment of staff, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi said abuse of hospital workers had become a “huge issue”.Reports of attacks and abuse have come from across India, increasing with the imposition this week of a 21-day nationwide lockdown. In at least one case, police were accused of beating a delivery driver carrying medicines.last_img read more

Friday people roundup [updated]

first_imgRobeco, AP4, SPP, MN, NN Belgium, European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority, PensionsEuropeRobeco – Hester Borrie and Hans Rademaker are to leave the executive board as of 1 May. Borrie has been head of global distribution and marketing since 2009. Rademaker has been CIO since he joined the €268bn global asset manager in 2010. Last year, Roderick Munsters left as chief executive after six years. Robeco was taken over by Japan’s Orix Corporation in 2013. At the moment, Robeco’s executive board (RvB) comprises David Steyn (chief executive), Leni Boeren (COO) and Roland Toppen, who is responsible for finance. The company declined to comment on the sudden departure of Borrie and Rademaker but said their responsibilities would be carried out by the remaining RvB members for the time being.AP4 – Sarah McPhee has been named chair of AP4, returning to the Swedish buffer fund she left more than a decade ago. McPhee, who until last year was chief executive of insurer SPP, replaces Monica Caneman, who has served as AP4’s chair since 2008. Prior to joining SPP in 2008, McPhee spent four years as CIO at Sweden’s largest pension provider, AMF. She also spent three years as head of ALM and compliance at AP4.MN – The €115bn asset manager and pensions provider has appointed Liesbeth Sinke as chief financial and risk officer. Effective 1 June, Sink is to become a member of the four-strong executive board, which also includes René van de Kieft (chief executive), Henri den Boer (pensions and insurance) and Gerald Cartigny (asset management). Her appointment comes in the wake of the reduction of MN’s executive team from eight members to four. Sinke is CFO at NN Belgium, a subsidiary of NN Group. Before then, she worked for insurance broker Marsh, consultancy Aon and ABN/Amro bank. European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) – Matti Leppälä, secretary general at PensionsEurope, has been elected chair of EIOPA’s pension stakeholder group (OPSG), succeeding Philip Shier. Leppälä, who has been with the European industry group since 2011, was previously the OPSG’s deputy chair, serving under Benne van Popta and Shier, following the former’s resignation mid-term in 2015. The OPSG, which met on 28 April for the first time since 21 new members were named, also elected Bernard Delbecque as deputy chairman.last_img read more

Defending champion Rafael Nadal says he will not play at 2020 US Open, cites COVID-19 pandemic

first_img Associated Press August 4, 2020 Defending champion Rafael Nadal says he will not play at 2020 US Open, cites COVID-19 pandemiccenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — Defending champion Rafael Nadal says he will not play at 2020 US Open, cites COVID-19 pandemic.last_img

Race for Dan kicks off this weekend

first_imgThe County Senior Hurling Championship gets underway tomorrow with a total of 14 games down for decision between Saturday and Sunday. With the Tipperary Senior Hurlers finished their League campaign for this year and with a few weeks to go before the opening clash of the Munster Championship all eyes in the Premier County will now turn to club action. And its a bumper weekend of games in the hunt for the Dan Breen Cup.  One of the more highly anticipated matches will be that of reigning county hurling champions Thurles-Sarsfield who are out to defend their title – They play Borrisoleigh on Sunday afternoon in Templemore at 3.30.. while another that will draw in the crowds will be the clash of neighbours Drom-Inch and Upperchurch Drombane in Boherlahan at 2.Elsewhere and newcomers Clonakenny who were promoted from the Intermediate ranks last year take on Ballingarry in Leahy Park Cashel while another cracking encounter is likely to be the game between Kilruane MacDonaghs and Clonoulty Rossmore in Dolla.There are 14 matches in all – 5 evening games on Saturday with 6.30 throw in’s and a further 9 across the day on Sunday – Several of the games were expected to be double bills but this plan had to be scrapped given the recent poor weather conditions and the possible impact on pitcheslast_img read more

Coronavirus and the NHL: Tracking how the pandemic has impacted the 2019-20 season

first_imgSince then, players were allowed to return home and, unless a rehabbing player, have not been allowed to skate. Rumors have swirled that the league may return over the summer to finish out the season and compete for the Stanley Cup; however, a definitive timeline or potentially an isolated location is still to be determined.Here’s a timeline of events of how the coronavirus has impacted the league.(All times Eastern)April 1410:43 a.m. — The NHL announces the extension of the self-imposed quarantine of players to April 30.Update on @NHL Self-Quarantine Recommendation. pic.twitter.com/STgNBTf4bv— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 14, 2020April 132:55 p.m. — NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks with CNN’s Anderson Cooper and said the league is “exploring all options” but they have no control over when that will be. He added that the NHL is checking into all angles regarding when it is viable for sports to return, including holding games without fans, and that players will need about “two or three weeks to get back into playing shape” when that does happen. MORE: Bettman, Cooper discuss the NHL’s next stepsApril 73:57 p.m. — The NHL announced that a third Colorado Avalanche player had tested positive for COVID-19, raising the reported number of players across the league who have tested positive for COVID-19 to eight.Statement from the @NHL regarding @Avalanche player. pic.twitter.com/gQO2WOXzEK— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 7, 2020April 12:14 p.m. — The Ottawa Senators announced four more team members has tested positive for the coronavirus. According to TSN’s Frank Seravalli, three of the members were players with Ottawa saying they’ve now received all the test results.#Sens announce 4 additional members of the organization who travelled to California prior to season’s pause have tested positive for COVID-19.Believed to be 3 players and 1 staff member.That brings #NHL total to 7 players COVID-19+, 5 on the #sens and 2 on the #Avs.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) April 1, 2020March 312:06 p.m. — According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the NHL has extended the teams’ self-isolation period to April 15. The self-isolation period was scheduled to end on April 4.NHL has extended teams self isolation period to April 15th.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March 31, 2020March 281:16 p.m. — The Colorado Avalanche announced that a second unnamed player has tested positive for the coronavirus and he’s currently in self-isolation.”All other Avalanche players, staff and others who might have had close contact with the player and have been informed and remain isolated per prior League direction and are monitoring their health and will be in touch with Club medical staff as necessary,” the team statement said. “No other Avalanche players or staff members have shown symptoms at this time.” March 279:20 p.m. — Ottawa radio analyst Gord Wilson, a longtime commentator for Senators games on TSN 1200, confirms his positive test for COVID-19. Wilson self-isolated from his family after returning from the Senators’ California road trip March 12.“It’s hit me hard enough,” Wilson told the Ottawa Sun. “I haven’t felt good for two weeks. The worst was last weekend. So I’m hitting a week here at least with shortness of breath and feeling lethargic. I walk up a flight of steps here and I’m out of breath.“The biggest thing is the lack of taste and smell. I’m down about eight or nine pounds. I’m not eating as much.”5:30 p.m. — The St. Louis Blues announced that Fox Sports Midwest broadcaster John Kelly has tested positive for the coronavirus.”The St. Louis Blues are confirming that play-by-play announcer John Kelly has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus,” the team said in a statement. “John (Kelly) has been in self-quarantine since March 13. We are thrilled to report that John is feeling strong and symptom-free.”Kelly was interviewed by Blues broadcaster Chris Kerber detailing his experience and recovery. After getting tested for the coronavirus, Kelly said he was initially diagnosed with pneumonia and got “very sick.” He said he has turned a corner this week and plans to remain in self-quarantine for another week.WATCH LIVE: @Jkellyhockey discusses his positive test for COVID-19 with @chriskerber. #stlblues https://t.co/iEPx3xR1tB— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) March 27, 2020March 264:39 p.m.  — The Colorado Avalanche announced that an unnamed player has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the third NHL player to test positive.”The player has been at home in isolation since the first symptoms appeared, has recovered and is back to normal,” the statement said. “The Avalanche have notified anyone who has had close contact with the athlete.”March 255:06 p.m. — The NHL announced on Wednesday that the scouting combine, the NHL Awards and the NHL Draft were all being postponed.The @NHL has announced the postponements of the 2020 NHL Scouting Combine, the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Awards and the 2020 NHL Draft. https://t.co/m0mXPAyIhN #NHLCombine #NHLDraft #NHLAwards pic.twitter.com/iWZjW1Yw1f— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 25, 2020The three events were all scheduled to take place in June, with the scouting combine originally set for June 1-6, the NHL Awards set for June 18 and the NHL Draft set for June 26-27. There’s been no word yet as to when the events will be rescheduled. March 245:18 p.m. — According to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, the NHL told all general managers that the self-quarantine period will be extended for 10 more days. March 27 was the original end date for teams to self-quarantine.One item of note on the call today: league told GMs that the period of self-quarantine for clubs will be extended 10 days past the original date of March 27 (Friday) from the original guidelines. Not surprising of course. Stay home! https://t.co/i9d1Hna9aV— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) March 24, 2020March 211:27 p.m. — The Ottawa Senators announced that a second unnamed player has tested positive for COVID-19. The team said that the player was a part of the team’s most recent California road trip.Of the 52 people who traveled with the team, 44 have shown no symptoms with eight tested for COVID-19. Ottawa says they are still awaiting test results conducted March 18-20.MORE: Two unnamed Senators players test positive for coronavirusMarch 1711:54 p.m. — The Ottawa Senators announced that an unnamed player has tested positive for COVID-19. It’s the NHL’s first positive player test.”The player has had mild symptoms and is in isolation,” the team’s press release said.March 165:00 p.m. — The AHL announced Monday that it will be suspending the season until at least May.Update from @TheAHL regarding 2019-20 season: pic.twitter.com/noYAnHyWYv— AHL Communications (@AHLPR) March 16, 20201:22 p.m. — The NHL announced on Monday that it was issuing a new directive to players. Update from the NHL regarding player activity and movement during season pause: pic.twitter.com/yeFjII7W49— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 16, 2020Players are free to return home to any country but are required to self-quarantine until at least March 27. After that date, a decision will be made on whether to allow teams to re-open their facilities. The league also mentioned a potential training camp period in the weeks leading up to the resumption of the season.Inside the 1919 Stanley Cup Final: The year a pandemic ended the NHL seasonMarch 136:37 p.m. — John Wawrow of The Associated Press adds that the memo outlines a two-phase plan for players to return to team facilities and on-ice sessions.Phase 2 could — stress could — ideally happen within 1 to 2 weeks, but is contingent on developing state of the coronavirus and advice of health officials.— John Wawrow (@john_wawrow) March 13, 20206:08 p.m. — Los Angeles Times columnist Helene Elliott reports that in a memo sent by the NHL to players, they are being asked to self-quarantine for six days.NHL players are being asked to self-quarantine for six days. Then things will be reassessed. Players who are disabled or injured will be allowed to come to team facilities for treatment starting Saturday. League will pay remaining paychecks to players.— Helene Elliott (@helenenothelen) March 13, 20201:25 p.m. — In an interview with Sportsnet 590 The Fan, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman discusses the timeline of conversations he’s had regarding possible contingencies. Bettman said he was exploring whether or not there would be a point in which the NHL season would have to be shut down.”In all of those scenarios, and in every discussion I would have, either internally or with clubs, particularly owners, I always ended with the caveat, ‘You understand that if a player tests positive we’re done for the time being at least,'” he said.The commissioner added tha as soon he heard the NBA was suspending its season after a player was tested positive for COVID-19, it was inevitable that an NHL player would test positive.MORE: Gary Bettman on when NHL will return from coronavirus shutdown”It was at this point I said, ‘Okay, we got to take a pause.’ I immediately made arrangements for a conference call with the governors for the next day,” Bettman said. “There was no doubt in my mind as to where we were going to be, but there was no reason for me to, at that moment, say we’re taking a pause.”The moment the call was over, we issued the release and said we were going to stop playing for a bit.” 11:47 a.m. — According to The News & Observer’s Luke DeCock, Carolina Hurricanes broadcaster John Forslund is among two staffers who are in self-quarantine after he was told he stayed in the same Detroit hotel room as Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert, who tested positive for the coronavirus on March 11. Forslund was isolated in the front of the team plane on their flight home to New Jersey and will now quarantine in the basement of his house for the next 10 days to see if he develops any symptoms.”It’s serious,” Forslund told the paper. “We’ve got to listen to what we’re supposed to do and act accordingly.”March 1211:04 p.m. — The San Jose Sharks release a statement saying that a part-time employee working at SAP Center tested positive for the coronavirus. According to the team, the person is under self-quarantine and receiving care from medical professionals. The employee last worked during the Sharks’ game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 3.7:52 p.m. — In an interview with CNBC, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says there have been no reported cases at this point. Bettman decided to suspend the season once the Utah Jazz players tested positive for the coronavirus. He opted to take extra precautions considering NHL teams often share locker rooms with NBA teams.”When the NBA had a positive test and they had to cancel a game at that moment, I decided to get ahead of it and not wait for one of our players to test positive,” Bettman said.He added that he hopes to resume the season and crown a Stanley Cup champion this year once it’s safe.4:00 p.m. — The AHL announces they will be suspending play.American Hockey League suspends play.Details: https://t.co/EmR4AmMRdn pic.twitter.com/3nZu2fA2Kh— AHL (@TheAHL) March 12, 20202:59 p.m. — According to The Athletic, the Tampa Bay Lightning release a statement about using the same locker room as the Utah Jazz when they were in Boston. The team says that the locker room was cleaned and sanitized before their arrival and that no one in hockey operations has experienced any symptoms.#tblightning release statement on using same lockeroom as Jazz over weekend in Boston. Team knew arena had cleaning + sanitization before arrival. Had no contact w/ infected person. “Nobody in hockey operations has any symptoms, we are not subject to being tested at this time.”— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) March 12, 20201:36 p.m. — NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announces the 2019-20 season will be paused.The NHL pauses the 2019-20 season. pic.twitter.com/bCi776ZFqX— NHL (@NHL) March 12, 20209:54 a.m. — NHL tells teams to not conduct morning skates, practices or team meetings.Given the uncertainty regarding next steps regarding the coronavirus, Clubs are advised not to conduct morning skates, practices or team meetings today.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 12, 2020March 1110:12 p.m. — After the NBA announced they were suspending their season, the NHL announces they will provide a further update on March 12. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the suspensions of all in North America.After the NBA suspended its season on March 11, the NHL was one of many leagues to follow suit the following day and announced it would be pausing the 2019-20 season. National Hockey League Statement Regarding Coronavirus: https://t.co/AKrmh8ao4F pic.twitter.com/PZ7dQBbGVB— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 12, 20206:38 p.m. — The San Jose Sharks announce all three March home games will be closed to the general public. This comes after Santa Clara County banned all large gatherings on March 9. Only home and visiting club personnel, approved credential media and broadcast partners, essential club and arena staff and NHL officials will be allowed to attend.MORE: Amid coronavirus pandemic, Blue Jackets, Sharks to play home games without fans6:00 p.m. — The Columbus Blue Jackets announce remaining home games will be closed to the general public following Ohio governor Mike DeWine’s order prohibiting mass gatherings in the state.Full #CBJ statement on the upcoming home game schedule. pic.twitter.com/krGEcEnd76— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) March 11, 2020last_img read more