Contribution of Indian Leadership in war against COVID-19

first_imgDr. Israr Ali Mohiuddin ShaikProfessor of PhysicsMember, Accreditation Bodies. Authors and their association: Prof. T. Radha KrishnaEmeritus Professor, AICTESr. Professor of Physics (Rtd) JNTUH. Prof. K.R.R. GandhiSr. Professor, Management SciencesGITAM UniversityVisiting Professor, MDI, IIM. Contribution of Indian Leadership in war against COVID-19Prof. T. Radha Krishna, Prof. K.R.R. Gandhi and Dr. Israr Ali Mohiuddin ShaikThe first case of the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic in India was reported on 30thJanuary 2020, originating from China. As of 10thApril 2020, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare have confirmed a total of 6,414 cases, 504 recoveriesand 199 deaths in the country.  The infection rate (R*) of COVID-19 in India is reported to be 1.7, significantly lower than in the worst affected countries.On January 30, India reported its first case of COVID-19 in Kerala, which rose to three cases by February 3; all were students who had returned from Wuhan, China. No significant rise in cases was seen in the rest of February. On 4thMarch, 22 new cases came to light, including those of an Italian tourist group with 14 infected members. The transmission escalated during March, after several cases were reported all over the country, most of which were linked to people with a travel history to affected countries. On 12thMarch, a 76-year-old man who had returned from Saudi Arabia became the first victim of the virus in the country.Figure #1: Present cases growth in IndiaFitted curve for prediction/growthFigure #2:Fitted curve to measure ratio’sBased on Figure #1, and #2, we computed the R0 values in the country.Figure #3: R0 values in India (state-wise)The following are some important milestones in handling of the epidemic by India:3rd March: The Telangana State (TS) government reviewed preparedness and measures to check the spread of COVID 19 in the wake of a man from the state testing positive for the virus. A decision was taken to set up a 24-hour call center, besides strengthening the existing one.  After the first patient tested positive for the virus on Monday, who returned to Bangalore from Dubai, and travelled to Hyderabad, the TS government has begun the process of tracking those who came in contact with him (about 80 people), including his family members and medical staff at the private hospital where he underwent treatment.  This action of tracking and isolating the possible infected people was first such initiative in the country.3rd March: CREDAI TS outlined best practices to be adopted at construction sites, offices and owners association to safeguard the employees and communities for example like: construction sites/ offices/ apartment associations to be disinfected multiple times in a day, to have a cleaning station and all personnel are advised to wash their hand thoroughly for about 20 seconds, to adopt a no-contact policy, to scan employees and crews with thermal scans to identify sick personnel on daily basis, encourage personnel to bring their own lunch box and avoid eating outside.14th March: First of its kind cluster handling in the Country by TS3:One of the major inflectingevents in the TS has been attributed to a group of Indonesian Islamic Clerics. They arrived in New Delhi on February 22, and 10 of them along with three Indians arrived in Karimnagar on March 14.  The moment 8 of the above party tested positive, the TS health department rolled out cluster containment plan by pressing into service 100 medical teams to screen the people in the area where Indonesian citizens had stayed for two days. Police personnel were deployed to cordon off three km area around the place where the group of Indonesians had stayed for a religious programme.The police analyzed the CCTV footage to identify the places where the Indonesian citizens had gone. The health personnel launched efforts on war-footing for a door-to-door screening of people for suspected symptoms of COVID-19 in that region. Two medical colleges with 50 beds were readied as a precautionary measure.22ndMarch: India woke up to the pandemic and observed a 14-hour voluntary Janata curfew at the instance of the Hon’ble prime minister Narendra Modi with a possible view to escape from the contagion whose life on surfaces is about 12 hrs. The government followed it up with lockdowns in 75 districts where COVID cases had occurred as well as all major cities. Further, on 24thMarch, the prime minister ordered a nationwide lockdown for 21 days, affecting the entire 1.3 billion population of India.   PM also announced the formation of a COVID-19 Economic Response Task Force immediately.24nd March: Central Govt. allocated Rs 15,000 Crore to health care sector of the country to prepare against the pandemic. Telangana is the first state to announce a seed fund of Rs.500 Crore to health care sector for COVID-19 preparedness, where TRS MPs, MLAs, MLCs donate Rs 500 crore to CM relief fund.  The ruling TRS party has decided that all its MPs, MLAs and MLCs will contribute their one-month salary to CM Relief Fund. Besides this, they will also contribute one year’s constituency development fund to the CM Relief Fund. The total amount is estimated to be Rs 500 crore.The other notable contributions by prominent leaders are: On 19thMarch, KeralaHon’ble chief ministerSri. Pinarayi Vijayan announced a stimulus package of Rs 20,000 crore to help the state overcome both the Covid-19 epidemic and economic hardship caused by it. On 21stMarch, Uttar Pradesh Hon’ble CM Sri. Yogi Adityanath announced Rs 1,000 to all daily wage labourers. On 22 March, Punjab Hon’ble CM Sri. Amarinder Singh announced Rs 3,000 to all registered construction workers.NCP President Sri. Sharad Pawar announced that his party’s MLAs would donate their one month’s salary to Maharashtra CM’s Relief Fund.  A unique initiative “Grama Volunteer” of AP state Govt. under the leadership of Hon’ble CM, Sri. YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has enabled the Govt to reach to the gross root level for delivery of health and essential services during the COVID management. Also AP state Govt is first to transfer the promised package to the poor by 2nd April itself.With 12 deaths and around 418 COVID-19 positive cases, Telangana is one of the states with a high number of infections. However, health experts say as the first state to order a total lockdown and with effective implementation of the restrictions and social distancing it is showing the way to many other states in the country. The following are some of the best practices the Govt of Telangana adopted towards positive leadership initiatives:24thMarch : TRS government has quickly came to rescue of the downtrodden people with a promise to provide 12 kg rice and Rs 1,500 to white ration card holders with immediate effect.31stMarch : The National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR), TShas launched an awareness initiative to help gram panchayats (GPs) across the country deal better with the Covid-19 outbreak.2ndApril : It was a first of its kind gesture by the Govt of Telangana Hon’ble CM, Sri. KCR to announce in a public press meet an action plan to buy all the state agricultural produce (rice and makka) of 55 crore tones to the last kilo, by the state govt through allocating a special budget of 30,000 crores, at MSP to help the state farmers.  He also narrated the systematic plans envisaged by his Govt. for the timely help the farmers in keeping the machinery and procurement system ready as the crops are about to reach their pinnace.6th April : Telangana deploys India’s first real-time technology to intensify centralized COVID-19 surveillance.  In a major COVID-19 pandemic Public Health initiative, the Public Health and Family Welfare Department, Govt of Telangana, has invested swiftly to deploy India’s first automated “COVID – 19 Monitoring System App” by Vera Smart Healthcare to identify, undertake live surveillance, track, monitor, and provide real-time analytics to Chief Minister and the Health Department. “COVID – 19 Monitoring System App”, has been developed in a record time to deal with the pandemic, enables live surveillance, monitoring, tracking, reporting, and major bulletins. The analytics by the app also facilitate assurance to the stakeholders by providing the facts and figures in their fingertips6th April :Govt of TS launches ‘fact check’ website to counter misinformation on COVID-19“It is aimed at dispelling the fake news and misinformation campaigns on social media platforms and to provide facts and context wherever applicable,” the website states. ( April : Govt of TS, facilitates, liquor manufacturing companies through quick approval to immediately produce and supply Hand Sanitizer, the most essential item in arresting the spread of CORONA disease. Bacardi India starts hand sanitizer production at Telangana plant, targets 70,000 liters.6th April : TS Chief Minister KCR announced “Chief Minister’s gift” to frontline warriors waging a battle against Covid-19 in the state. Doctors who were paid full salary will also receive 10 per cent of their gross salary as CM’s gift and Rs 7,500 would be given to each sanitation worker in the GHMC as also the staff of Metro Water Works for the crucial role they had been playing in keeping the city clean and supplying potable water.  sanitation workers in gram panchayats and municipalities will receive Rs 5,000 as a gift. “Safai anna, salute anna” is what he said. While the State is undergoing financial constraints due to the lockdown, the Govt is ready to spend Rs 100 crore to recognize their services.7th April : To contain the increase in COVID cases in TS, the health department has identified and declared about 100 villages and areas in various districts as “hot spots” (containment clusters) and imposed more restrictions on the movements of people there. People in these hot spots would not be allowed to come out of their houses for 14 days, while all provisions, vegetables and medicines will be given at their door steps.Also, there is an apparent human approach in extending the lock down, from some leaders, for example Sri KCR, CM, TS, said” We can recover from the economic problem. But we cannot recover the lives of the people”.Figure #4:Measures taken by Govt. to save the people of TelanganaNote: Based on figure #4, we can expect some drop in R0 in next couple of weeks in Telangana. However the Govt. of TS should implement stringent measures like sealing of the hot spots, with strict containment policy for clusters, locking down till end of the May, etc., so as to expect R0 value close to 1.Across the world, now leaders of major nations were found wanting in taking right decisions for their peoples. Having summarized few positive leadership initiatives, the analysis of the facts however naturally points at the visible lacunae: When the fist tiny burst (22 cases) was recorded on 3rd March, why the lock down was waited till 24th March ?, Why some sections of the society were loose to defy the lockdown and continue undesirable practices? Was there a necessity to cut salaries of the employees, for a meager 21-day lockdown?  What do all our reserves accumulated over decades through privatization, additional tax on Petro products, other commodities and generated through a robust GST regime will go?  Why the knowledge society of the country not consulted through participative approach to arrive at a mitigating plan to overcome the crisis and also in arriving at important policies and decisions? India, with so much of prior experience, could have handled this pandemic through a Central Plan, dictated to states and with continued support of logistics and services.  The various security agencies (CRPF, SPE, CISF, and many) should have been medically certified and pressed into service to help the local governments in supply chain and essential logistics. There could be many…We need to have a lot of EQ (emotional attachment for the people, valuing their life and living as foremost and not self-image and profits). The world will learn a lot from this pandemic. Lot of humbling and a Lot more empathy too is necessary…With so much knowledge, history of evolution, critical observation abilities and power of human intelligence, it’s only a matter of good practice of preventive measures, spread management and gradual eradication that has to get into the disciplined social life which can soon make this pandemic, an event of the past.  A collective negligence leads to a glaring mistake before the unforgettable lessons are learnt.  Although a strategic plan is conceptualized by the respective governments, its gross root implementation is a question mark owing to the distributed social culture and behavior of the people.  The Chinese confinement was a remarkable success, in the world’s largest populated country, thanks to the dictatorship Govt. that implemented a total lockdown and had the people behavior fully supportive too.  The need of the hour finally points out at a synchronous effort through better governance, contribution of medical/research society, think tank/ policy making, and most importantly transforming the people to self-learn and adopt best practices for the eradication of this evil.  Remember, “A river cuts through a rock, not because of its power but its persistence”.last_img read more

John R. Woollard

first_img Powered By 10 Sec How to Slice & Mince Vegetables Like a Pro NextStay How to Slice & Mince Vegetables Like a ProNOW PLAYINGHow to Melt and Soften ButterNOW PLAYINGHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersNOW PLAYINGApple Pie Bites With Caramel SauceNOW PLAYINGApple Pie BitesNOW PLAYINGHomemade Caramel SauceNOW PLAYINGPerfect Bacon Every TimeNOW PLAYINGOld Fashioned Soft and Buttery Yeast RollsNOW PLAYINGHow to Chop an Onion PerfectlyNOW PLAYINGHow to Chill a Drink in 2 MinutesNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel Hard Boiled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel TomatoesNOW PLAYINGHow to Cook Scrambled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Core and Slice a PineappleNOW PLAYINGCream Cheese Cake Mix CookiesNOW PLAYINGHow to Make the Ultimate Light and Fluffy Mashed PotatoesNOW PLAYINGSweet Alabama PecanbreadNOW PLAYINGPumpkin Cream Cheese BarsNOW PLAYINGHow to Carve a Whole ChickenNOW PLAYINGHow to Knead DoughNOW PLAYINGHow to Use a Meat ThermometerNOW PLAYINGSlow Cooker/Crock Pot HintsNOW PLAYINGHow to Quarter a ChickenNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Garbage DisposalsNOW PLAYING5 Easy and Delicious Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer RecipesNOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. John R. Woollard, 90, of Russellville, Ohio, passed away Saturday, March 6, 2021. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 1 p.m. at the Meeker Funeral Home in Russellville.  Burial will follow at the Linwood Cemetery in Russellville.  Visitation will be held from noon until the time of the service.During the funeral and visitation, facial coverings and social distance rules will apply.Memorial contributions may be made to the Byrd Twp Fire Dept, PO Box 71, Decatur, OH 45115, Russellville Fire Dept, PO Box 268, Russellville, OH 45168 or the Russellville Church of Christ Food Pantry, 144 S Columbus St, Russellville, OH 45168.Please sign John’s online guestbook at HomeObituariesJohn R. Woollard John R. WoollardMarch 8, 2021Mark CarpenterObituaries0 Top Searches Top Searches Covid 19WEST UNION FOOTBALLHayslip PreviousLarry A. VanceNextEthel Day Around the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

West New York honors all law enforcement agencies involved in police…

first_img CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network TAGSdepartment of homeland securityFBIguttenberg policenorth bergen policeunion city policeweehawken policewest new york police SHARE By John Heinis – February 17, 2017 12:32 pm 5 5 COMMENTS West New York officials honored all the various law enforcement agencies involved in the 12-hour police standoff on February 5 that ended in a peaceful surrender. [fve][/fve]West New York Police Director Robert Antolos kicked off the event by praising the ability of over a dozen agencies to work together on February 5, resulting in zero injuries.Mayor Felix Roque, also the commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, commended the officers on the restraint they used that day.Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez (D-32), whose son Adrian was honored for working dispatch for WNYPD during the incident, thanked police on behalf of Sheriff Frank Schillari and continued the trend of applauding everyone on a job well done.Among the dozens honored included the office’s of the county prosecutor and sheriff, North Bergen police, West New York police, the Bergen County and West New York SWAT, the crime scene negotiators, Union City police, Weehawken police, Guttenberg police, the FBI, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue and numerous local EMS workers who responded to the scene. Community Only 2 Afro-Americans in the whole room. Why do the non white Hispanics get all the PO jobs? It shows from this group of PO’s and their leadership. Somin wrong here. Bayonne WNYCitizen Great comment Sir. Some people always have to try to take someone down. You either know cops by name because they are your friend or you were their arrestee! This clown is probably a career dirtbag. West New York honors all law enforcement agencies involved in police standoff February 17, 2017 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm Bayonne February 17, 2017 3:48 pm at 3:48 pm Bayonne 2-alarm fire leaves six people displaced, one suffers minor injuries, fire chief says Ben fontanez lol how many incidents has he had with his gun at the meson with his wife investigate him soon soon Wow! Really? The race card? One African American was from the Prosecutors Office while the other is a Sergeant from WNYPD. There was also a “non-white Hispanic” there from WNYPD SWAT. Newsflash: there are no quotas and no need for Affirmative Action, as the department’s racial makeup is representative of the community. Those that apply and are qualified, are given a shot. What you and other low information constituents don’t realize about police, amongst each other, THEY SEE BLUE! There are African Americans, Caucasians, Hispanics (of all countries you can think of and all shades), women, Muslims and even a representative of the LGBT community on the force, in Supervisory positions, down to patrol officers. That isn’t important, but what is important, is the fact that they were hired and achieve their ranks, positions and assignments BASED ON MERIT! That’s right; MERIT! They’ve earned it! A funny concept in this day and age of “safe spaces” and participation trophies, I know. In fact, WNYPD IS THE ONLY TOWN IN NJ THAT DIDNT HAVE A MANDATE TO PROMOTE AN AFRICAN AMERICAN OR HISPANIC! They all scored well and can take pride in their ranks! So, don’t complain and try to start negativity where there is no issue. Go to town meetings, get involved with volunteering for your community, and stop the drama! If you do, like me, you’ll be informed with facts and not armchair activism eating away at you. Good job to all involved.center_img Hoboken man killed in motorcycle crash on N.J. Turnpike in Kearny, state police say Facebook Twitter WNYCitizen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR February 17, 2017 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm phil CommunityWest New York Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Johnaton Perez Sr. February 18, 2017 12:07 am at 12:07 am Focus 71 February 17, 2017 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm Previous articleBayonne Mayor Davis’ chief of staff resigning for new jobs in Roselle ParkNext article3rd Hoboken murder suspect arrested in Massachusetts by U.S. Marshals John Heinis Your probably bashing the guy because he has arrested you and you mom on several different occasions. Nice try, focus on supporting our officers who risk their life everyday to protect ediots like you. GOD BLESS THE WEST NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT and their families. Other Towns should be so lucky. Comments are closed.last_img read more

Jane Savoie Wants to Dance With the Stars

first_img Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. One of the items on Jane Savoie’s bucket list is to compete on “Dancing with the Stars.”The top rider, trainer and author said it all began a couple of years ago when she mentioned to a fan at an expo in Virginia that she has always wanted to be a Las Vegas showgirl for a week.“I thought that would be really fun to be a senior citizen showgirl,” Savoie said. “I’ll train for a week and they can put me at the end of a chorus line and they can hide me behind a palm tree.”The fan suggested that, instead, Savoie should be on “Dancing With the Stars.” That got her thinking and she signed up for dance lessons with that goal in mind.“I got completely and totally addicted to it,” she said.” I really love drilling down into the details and the nuances.”Savoie, who is no stranger to competition after riding in Canada, Holland, Belgium, France and Germany as a member of the US Equestrian Team, began to participate in dance competitions and learned the importance of the performance aspect of dancing.“Each dance has a particular character and you are basically acting when you do these dances,” she said. “Waltz is very dreamy, and foxtrot is kind of cheeky, and rhumba is very sexy and sensual. Every dance has a character, so you not only have to connect with your partner but you have to connect with the audience while showing the character of the dance with your attitude and your face.”Savoie said she thinks it’s important for people to see that just because they’ve received their Medicare cards doesn’t mean that there’s not room for plenty more adventure in their lives, especially adventures as physically demanding as dancing.She said that ballroom dancing isn’t all glittery sequins.“There are hours and hours of sweaty practice behind the scenes,” she said.“I started at 63. I’m 65 now,” she said. “I think it’s encouraging for people that are in my age group who maybe have stopped dreaming to realize that there’s no expiration date on having a dream and going for it and staying fit and staying vibrant. I personally think it’s very encouraging when I see middle-aged and senior athletes just doing their things.”Now that Savoie has sweated, practiced and competed, it’s time to impress the producers of “Dancing With the Stars.”“They need to know that there is enough of a fan base within the horse industry because they’re not going to put someone on the show who doesn’t have a good following,” Savoie said. “I need people to like my Jane Savoie Dancing With the Stars Facebook page and share it with everyone.”You can help Jane represent all of us who love horses by liking her Facebook page. Maybe next she can realize the Las Vegas showgirl dream.See Jane practice the Bolero: Tags: Dancing with the Stars, Jane Savoie, More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. SIGN UP Horse Sport Enewslast_img read more

New Equine Canada Horse Welfare Rule

first_img SIGN UP Email* Equine Canada (EC) would like to inform FEI-level athletes, owners, and competition organizers of the following Extraordinary Rule Amendment, which is effective immediately:Section A, Article A603.1 o)At a competition (event) holding concurrent Equine Canada and FEI-sanctioned classes/divisions, a horse that is presented to but not accepted at the first FEI Horse Inspection, or at re-inspection, may not compete in Equine Canada classes/divisions held at the same competition (event) for a minimum of 48 hours.A horse held for re-inspection and not subsequently re-presented is subject to the same condition.Please refer to FEI VR Art. 1033 – Horse Inspections.This rule was initiated by the Equine Health and Welfare Committee. Because it concerns the welfare of the horse, it is treated as an Extraordinary Rule Amendment and applies at all competitions that hold concurrent FEI and National classes. This rule, which will be found in Section A, Article A603.1 o), must be printed in all relevant prize lists.For your information, this is the process pertaining to the first FEI Horse Inspection:1. Immediately following the Horse Inspection, a master list of the horses presented must be delivered to the competition secretary by the official tasked with keeping this list.2. The official ensures that the Organizing Committee is aware that any horse(s) not accepted cannot be entered in any national class for 48 hours.3. Should a horse that has not been accepted at the first FEI Horse Inspection or re-inspection compete in a national class at the same competition (event) during the 48 hour period,a.) The results and prizes, if any, shall be nullified, and the horse disqualified.b.) The Person Responsible shall be issued a national “Yellow Card” by the Steward/TD, and further sanctions and/or fines may be assessed by the Ground Jury.Further inquiries can be directed to:Maria-Christina LeporeCoordinator, Competition [email protected]/1-866-282-8395 x 118Emilie ChurchCoordinator, Competition ServicesEquine [email protected] free: 1-866-282-8395 x 117 Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enewslast_img read more

Ukraine Loses Olympic Jumping Spot as Riders Fail ‘Competency’ Test

first_img Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Ukraine has become the third country to lose a team place at the Tokyo, for failing to obtain the competency-based Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MER) – at least three riders per country needed MERs by December 31st to confirm its ticket.Last June, Ukraine won the eastern European Jumping Nations Cup in Budapest, Hungary, a 3* Nations Cup. The results list shows it was a sub-standard affair, with the five completing teams recording 50,58, 64, 65 and 79 faults respectively. Not one rider jumped clear.In a further sour note, the Czech Republic takes Ukraine’s place at Tokyo, despite one of its riders testing positive during Budapest to hydrochlorothiazide, a banned diuretic considered to be a masking agent. However, as Emma Augier de Moussac was eliminated in both rounds and already the drop score, the Czechs’ qualifying result stands.Ukraine sprang to prominence on the jumping scene with the backing of controversial billionaire Oleksandr Onyshchenko. Its successful squads comprised 5* expat riders who had been incentivised by the patron to change nationality.Ukraine’s Rio team comprised René Tebbel and Ulrich Kirchhoff (who originally rode for Germany), Ferenc Szentirmai (Hungary) and Cassio Rivetti (Brazil.) However, Ukraine’s horsepower has dwindled since 2016, when Onyshchenko fled the country amid accusations of heading up a $125 million fraud in the gas sector. He has been living in exile since, most recently in Spain, though last month the Washington Post reported his imminent return.The MER system in jumping has 12 permutations, compared with much simpler criteria in eventing and dressage (see Article 632 of the Olympic Regulations). Tebbel was the only Ukrainian to achieve the MERs, with Saxo de la Cour – since sold to Japan’s Mike Kawai.As previously reported, in dressage, South Africa and Brazil’s teams also failed to obtain MERs, having won the qualifying events for their geographical regionsMeanwhile, due to a positive sample for cocaine being returned by Nicole Walker at the Pan Ams, Canada’s team jumping place has been annulled. Canada was less fortunate than the Czech Republic, for with the loss of Walker’s score, Canada dropped to seventh place, letting in Argentina. As of this week, Qatar faces the same fate following two positives for cannabinoids returned by their riders.The controversial change to three riders per team for Tokyo was aimed at enabling more countries to take part – Olympic equine participants are capped at a total of 200, irrespective of how this figure is divided up within the three disciplines.However, qualifying events for some less advanced equestrian regions have taken place at a lower level of difficulty than the World Equestrian Games or European Championships, where others won their Tokyo tickets. Because qualifying is a two-step process, it was widely predicted some qualifiers would find the MERs too difficult and be forced to abandon their Olympic dream.While unlikely as they are well mounted and have met the MERs, if the Czech Republic were to decline the Ukraine’s team jumping place, it passes to Hungary, third in the Eastern European qualifier on 64 faults. But Hungary also lacks three riders with a MER. Only if Hungary were to also decline would Canada be eligible for a team spot.The FEI will confirm team places in writing to all eligible countries on January 10th. They have until February 3rd to respond. Any qualified country unable or not wishing to take up its team place may send an individual; if its team drops out after February 3rd, its individual option is forfeited and passes to another country. So while the MER deadline has passed, the total number of “new” nations making their Olympic debut remains unclear.For team medals, hosts Japan take part in all three disciplines. USA, Germany, Great Britain, France, Ireland, Sweden and Australia have qualified teams in all three disciplines. Other qualified teams are: Dressage – Canada, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Portugal, Russia, Austria. Eventing: New Zealand, Italy, Poland, Brazil, China, Thailand, Switzerland. Jumping – Switzerland, Belgium, Egypt, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Israel, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, New Zealand, China and Qatar (subject to Qatar’s disqualification for doping offences as mentioned above.) Tags: Rene Tebbel, 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, 2020 Tokyo Olympics, We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email* Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes.last_img read more

Honduran immigrant arrested, separated from family died of ‘suicide in custody’: Officials

first_imgStarr County Sheriff’s Office(GRANJENO, Texas) — Texas officials are investigating the death of a Honduran man last month in an apparent suicide – after he was separated from his family following his arrest for crossing illegally into the United States. Marco Antonio Munoz, 39, was apprehended in Texas by U.S. Border Patrol agents on May 11, and transferred to a Rio Grande Valley processing center.While being processed “he became disruptive and combative so for his safety and the safety of others, he was transferred to Starr County, Texas jail,” said a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spokesperson.He was brought to the jail on the night of May 12 and the next morning he was found unresponsive in a padded cell. The Starr County Sheriff incident report called his death a “suicide in custody.” On the morning before he died, county jail staff said they made contact with Munoz “at least three times” and had observed him in the corner of the cell “praying mostly,” according to the report.The Washington Post reported over the weekend that Munoz crossed the Rio Grande with his wife and 3-year-old son on May 12 near the town of Granjeno, Texas. A government official confirmed he was apprehended with his family.A Border Patrol agent told The Washington Post that Munoz “lost it” when he was told that he would be separated from his family.At the beginning of May, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) would prosecute every border crosser that entered the U.S. illegally – a shift from previous practice that allowed for discretion on prosecutions.During the announcement, Sessions warned parents who attempt to bring children with them across the border.“If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law. If you don’t like that, then don’t smuggle children over our border,” he said.At least 700 families have been separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border since October, the Trump administration has confirmed.As of last week, just under 11,200 minors were in the care of the federal government with 600 open beds and 855 open reserve beds.“For the past 12 to 18 months, we’re seeing something we have never seen before,” Ruben Garcia, who runs an immigration shelter El Paso, Texas, told ABC News. “As I like to say, it’s like enforcement on steroids with the things that are being done here on the border.”Last week, Sessions defended the policy in an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.“We believe every person that enters the country illegally like that should be prosecuted.” Attorney General Sessions said. “If people don’t want to be separated from their children, they should not bring them with them. We’ve got to get this message out. You’re not given immunity.”Ur Jaddou, Director of DHS Watch, a project of the immigration group America’s Voice, said that in addition to the “reckless disregard for the devastating consequences of its policy to children and parents, the death of Mr. Munoz and the lack of disclosure shows a stunning disregard for transparency and accountability.”Congress requires that CBP report the death of any individual in CBP custody within 24 hours, including relevant details regarding the circumstances of the fatality.“Transparency is essential so that the public, Congress, and the federal government can make informed decisions on policy, especially those that strike at the family and result in loss of human life,” added Jaddou in a statement.The Texas Rangers – state criminal investigators – are currently the lead investigative agency into Mr. Munoz’s death, which is still under investigation.Treatment of those in the care of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is governed by the Standards on Transport, Escort, Detention, and Search (TEDS), which was implemented by the agency in October 2015.A spokesperson for CBP said that “takes every loss of life very seriously and has initiated an internal review to ensure these policies were followed.”CBP declined to provide additional comment on the death or the lag in reporting to Congress – citing an ongoing investigation. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Continuing Education Instructor – Trade Careers

first_imgPREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The Continuing Education department at Middlesex Collegeinvites applications for part-time, non-credit instructors to teachthe following subjects during the 2021-2022 Academic Year: Experience working in the specific fieldCertification and/or licensure required to teach courses, in NJUniform Construction Code, Animal Control Officer and PersonalTrainerExperience teaching adult students in the specific fieldSubject matter expertise Experience teaching in a remote environmentBachelor’s Degree Construction Management CertificateIndustrial Electrical Maintenance TechnicianElectro-Mechanical TechnicianAnimal Control OfficerPersonal TrainerNJ Uniform Construction CodeBuilding Inspector RCH, ICS, HHSPlumbing Inspector ICS, HHSFire Inspector ICS, HHSSub-code OfficialConstruction OfficialTechnical Assistant SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATIONPlease include day, evening, and /or Saturday availability in yourapplication.Please be aware that this is an instructor pool position. Yourcompleted application will enable hiring official to contact you atsome point in the future if and when a hiring need arises forfuture semesters.last_img read more

Robert Durst murder trial to restart following Covid delay

first_imgRobert Durst appearing in Los Angeles County Superior Court (Getty)The murder trial of Robert Durst is set to resume in Inglewood next month, following a yearlong postponement precipitated by the pandemic.Jurors are set to return May 17 for informal questioning, according to the Associated Press.The defense team for the Durst family heir filed a motion for a mistrial because of the “extreme delay” and concerns over the future safety of jurors and others posed by Covid-19. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Windham denied that motion, according to the report.Durst is charged with the 2000 murder of his friend Susan Berman. Berman’s death at her Beverly Hills home was highlighted in the Netflix series on Durst, “The Jinx.” Prosecutors allege that Durst killed Berman to stop her from speaking to investigators about the 1982 disappearance of Durst’s wife, Kathie McCormack Durst.ADVERTISEMENTThe defense and prosecutors will present a new round of opening arguments. The panel of 23 jurors and 11 alternates heard six days of testimony before the trial was postponed in March 2020, when the pandemic took hold.Durst’s younger brother Douglas is chairman of the family’s eponymous real estate firm, the Durst Organization. Douglas Durst was set to testify at the trial prior to its delay. In August 2020, the new date of April 2021 was set.Durst pleaded guilty to a federal weapons charge in 2016 and is serving a 7-year prison term. He was transferred to L.A. County jail to await trial.[AP] — Dennis Lynchlast_img read more

Paul Brady appointed Scania (Great Britain) Dealer Director in the South East

first_imgScania (Great Britain) has appointed Paul Brady (pictured) as Dealer Director for the South East.Most recently Paul has served as Aftersales Director for the South East. He first joined Scania in 1986 as a Technician in Edinburgh, and has since worked across a variety of aftersales and managerial roles across Scotland and England.Paul succeeds Adrian Inscoe, who retires in April following 11 years of service with the dealer.“Paul is a long-serving and highly valued member of our South East team, and on behalf of all of us at Scania I would like to congratulate him on his new appointment,” says Martin Hay, Managing Director of Scania (Great Britain).  “Progressing from the role of Technician to a key managerial position within our organisation is a fantastic personal achievement for Paul, and for us demonstrates Scania’s commitment to providing its staff with a clear career path which can lead to the very top.“I wish Paul every success in his new role and would like to thank Adrian for his contribution over the years and wish him a long and happy retirement.”last_img read more