Italian Company Shifts from Cycle Gear to Masks

first_imgSantini said Thursday that it would work with a local textile company to begin making masks next week. It hopes to provide up to 10,000 per day. Related: Complete COVID-19 Coverage from JEMS Italy, where cycling is one of the most popular sports, has been among the nations hardest-hit countries by the coronavirus. The death toll surpassed 3,400 on Thursday to overtake China, where the coronavirus first emerged three months ago. A visitor looks down an empty hallway at The Fashion Mall at Keystone, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Indianapolis. Simon Property Group, the largest owner of shopping malls in the nation, is closing all of its malls and retail properties because of the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)center_img An Italian company that makes cycling apparel for some of the world’s best teams along with jerseys for the world championships will shift production to masks to help the nation confront the coronavirus crisis. A visitor looks down an empty hallway at The Fashion Mall at Keystone, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Indianapolis. Simon Property Group, the largest owner of shopping malls in the nation, is closing all of its malls and retail properties because of the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) last_img read more

ITU confirms full 2016 World Triathlon Series calendar

first_imgFollowing the release of the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Series calendar last month, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) has confirmed dates and distances for each race.The 2016 WTS schedule is now complete with the addition of Cape Town to the 2016 schedule. The schedule also contains confirmed dates for both Gold Coast in Australia and Edmonton in Canada.The 2016 series will stop in nine cities across five continents, with six races featuring Olympic distance races, while three events will offer sprints.Yokohama remains the last WTS event to score 2016 Olympic Qualification Points, while Hamburg in Germany will serve as the final WTS event ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The German city will also host the Mixed Relay World Championships.Abu Dhabi, UAE – March 4-5 – OlympicGold Coast, Australia – April 9-10 – OlympicCape Town, South Africa– April 23-24 – SprintYokohama, Japan – May 14-15 – OlympicLeeds, England – June 11-12 – OlympicStockholm, Sweden – July 2-3 – OlympicHamburg, Germany – July 16-17 – SprintEdmonton, Canada – September 3-4 – SprintCozumel, Mexico – September 11-18 – OlympicThe International Triathlon Union (ITU) is the world governing body for the Olympic sport of triathlon and all related multisport disciplines including Duathlon, Aquathlon, Cross Triathlon and Winter Triathlon. ITU was founded in 1989 at the first ITU Congress in Avignon, France. It has maintained its headquarters in Vancouver, Canada since then and also has offices in Lausanne, Switzerland and Madrid, Spain.It now has over 160 affiliated National Federations on five continents and is the youngest International Federation in the Olympic Games. Triathlon was awarded Olympic Games status in 1994 and made its Olympic debut in Sydney 2000. Triathlon is also featured in the Asian Games, Pan American Games and Commonwealth Games.Paratriathlon was accepted into the Paralympic Games in 2010 and will make its Paralympic debut in Rio 2016. ITU is committed to supporting the development of the sport worldwide through strong relationships with continental and national federations, working with its partners to offer a balanced sport development programme from grassroots to a high-performance Relatedlast_img read more

DB Schenker introduces freight shuttle to Turkey

first_imgEUROPE: DB Schenker Rail is to introduce an intensive freight service between Germany and Turkey from September 2013, its Chairman Alexander Hedderich announced at the Transport Logistik event in München on June 5.Termed ‘Bosporus Shuttle’, the service will initially comprise three trains each way per week between terminals in Germany and Halkalı on the outskirts of Istanbul. Turkish national operator TCDD will be responsible for providing train crew and traction within Turkey, with DB Schenker Rail’s local subsidiaries operating the trains in Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Austria and Germany. The operator says that customers will be ‘guaranteed high reliability’ because it is able to ‘offer end to end corridor management’. The Bosporus Shuttle will carry both container traffic and wagonload consignments; transit time is expected to be five days. DB Schenker Rail intends to increase the frequency of the service to five train pairs per week at a later date.Liberalisation of the Turkish rail market is now underway, raising the medium-term prospect of DB Schenker operating the service throughout under open-access provisions.last_img read more

Guinea’s Conde names new PM amid rising political tensions

first_imgGuinea President Alpha Conde on Monday named Ibrahima Kassory Fofana as the country’s new prime minister amid heightened political tensions and suspicion about his intentions ahead of a 2020 election.Fofana, a Conde loyalist and former minister of investment and public-private partnerships, replaces Mamady Youla, who resigned last week along with his government, according to a decree read on state television.At least 10 people died when riots erupted in the capital Conakry and other cities in February and March following local elections that the opposition said was marred by fraud.Conde’s opponents also fear he intends to try to modify the constitution to stand for a third term in 2020. Conde has not yet commented on his intentions.He did not provide an explanation for the latest government shakeup, but an official at the presidency, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the president “wanted an experienced man capable of making decisions”.Conde’s government has also faced repeated protests by civil servants and residents of mining towns, who complain that the country’s rich mineral deposits have not translated into improved public services or job opportunities.Guinea is Africa’s top producer of bauxite, which is used to make aluminum. It also has significant reserves of iron ore.last_img read more

Safety in schools

first_imgIn some schools in the USA, metal detectors are common as sometimes the presence of a Police patrol on the outskirts. Some may be tempted to ask why in a country that is rich and is the bastion of freedom and democracy. Others may counter that, exactly because of what the country represents, it can afford to have such mechanisms in place. The answer basically lies in trying to curb violence in schools.While the measures may appear to some as being extreme, given what unfortunately happened in the past where lives were senselessly lost to bullets, it may be deemed inadequate. After all, it hasn’t stopped. Other menaces are bullying and gang-related violence. These are the harsh realities in some institutions of learning there with an obvious negative impact on the student population involved.It is not confined to there and is prevalent in many other places. Here, Guyana is trying to come to grips with a seemingly new reality of gun violence recently perpetrated against the Principal of a leading private school – that might have stemmed from frightening threats on social media allegedly by someone who may have been a part of that school’s family. Even more frightening is that the threats are being renewed.Whatever the grouse, in the end: the Principal is injured and hospitalised; classes have been suspended naturally out of concern for safety; and fear has crept into the minds of students, parents, and staff. The Police have since announced deployment at city schools. Who would have thought that in the process of getting an education here is Guyana, safety in schools is becoming a primary concern? With the threats in question, it seems rightfully so.Some signs lurked to warn about violence in schools, but maybe not to that extent. Some time before the shooting, there were reports of a teacher who was severely beaten reportedly by a student. Over time, there were other reports of students being stabbed by others or hurt by other means. Bullying, which is just another form of abuse and even violence, was reported to be highly prevalent in many schools.Those represent reported cases as the understanding is many are unreported out of fear of repercussion. In some schools, there is reportedly a visible presence of known gangs, which are identified by particular colours. Some of the violence meted out allegedly results from the initiation process. There were published articles over the menacing presence of two particular gangs in parts of the country which have infiltrated some schools.While the gangs and the reason for the Principal being shot may not be related, the sum total is that the chance of being hurt in school has increased over time. Solace must not be taken in the fact that we are living in a changing world. For once so rationalised, then what unfortunately happened to the Principal could be accepted as the new routine. Violence over the years and its extensive coverage in the media have led to a seeming immunity to the gory images and now make for casual reading.This must not be allowed to slip into the mindset of students and teachers. They must be free from such psychological stress and be able to focus on learning to build much-needed capacity for the future of the country. All, especially the relevant authorities, have an integral role to play in helping to repel this scourge.While there may be compelling arguments over what may be the reasons perpetrators act the way they do and the spread of violence, immediate mitigating measures have to be derived and implemented, so despicable acts such as the shooting in question must not be repeated.The Police presence, while welcomed and a potential deterrent, may not be enough in the long term as sustainability could become an issue. It has to be supported by other means, particularly in schools deemed to be high-risk. Even in that, the unexpected can happen in one deemed to be of no risk. The situation, therefore, becomes much more complicated in a country of very limited related resources.Many have argued that parents and guardians need to be more involved and aware of what their children are doing, keeping an eye on any possible worrying sign. While that could still be effective in many ways, there is a challenge as the child approaches adulthood. At that stage, one’s space and privacy could present barriers. There are also social factors that contribute to disallowing such necessary intervention to some extent. That further complicates an already-complicated situation.Currently, the fear that prevails within the mindsets of parents, students, and teachers of the school in question is understandable. They would need guidance, reassurance and solutions in both the short and long term. The situation would probably demand the establishment of a non-partisan special task force comprising skilled personnel from the relevant sections of Government and civil society to examine and recommend practical solutions within the shortest possible time.Whatever the findings are, the resources must be found to implement the necessary measures given what’s at stake. If not, the fun in learning could be evaporated if it hasn’t begun already, through a sad and unwelcomed import from up north.last_img read more