Police departments stress need for officers to get tested for COVID-19

first_imgdlewis33/iStock(NEW YORK) — As police departments pare down resources in response to the novel coronavirus, officers are not getting adequate testing, several departments stressed to ABC News, and the effects could be drastic.In one example, 31 New York City police officers called out sick from one precinct this week after an officer tested positive for the coronavirus.“It’s a huge issue. Because right now what they do if someone has the symptoms, they just have to quarantine it for 14 days and all the other officers around them,” Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, told ABC News.Wexler said that the issue not only extends to officers, but staff as well.“If you get a dispatcher who has symptoms without testing, it wipes them out. So there has to be a national priority given to first responders for coronavirus testing,” he continued.Aurora, Illinois, Police Chief Kristen Ziman told ABC News that emergencies don’t stop in a pandemic, so it is vital for officers who have symptoms or feel like they’ve been exposed to people with symptoms, be able to get tests to determine if they need to be quarantined for a long period of time or not.“People still have to respond,” she said. “I’m talking about priority one or violence where people’s lives are at stake. We’re asking — these cops, these EMTs and these medical professionals can’t go home — and they can’t work from home. That’s the foreign concept to us. And so we have to take care of them so they can take care of others.”She stressed that having those tests is a priority.Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina, told ABC News that if they are sending people home because they feel symptoms, it can turn into a situation where they have few officers to respond to calls.“If we’re liberal with sending people home, and we’re not getting them tested, and we’re not getting those results back quickly, I can run out of officers kind of quick. And that’s the problem, we want to be responsible and we just need to be able to get them back,” Colina said.He said the initial problem was being able to get tests for officers.“The first problem we had was access to the test, because, as you know, this was a national problem that just wasn’t too many kits available. We’ve had some success now,” he said. “But for us, it’s important to get the results back. Because if we get back a negative, and a person, self-isolated, let’s say for a week, and they were negative, then we’re able to bring that person back, as opposed to waiting an additional week before we’re able to bring them back.”His department of 1,400 officers has already pared back operations and people are working remotely “where they can.”“Any officer that you have that holds an administrative job, they should be working remotely, they have the ability to until they are needed to go out to patrol because we’ve got to protect the first responders,” he said.Ziman echoed Colina’s message.“Insert any terrible thing happened here. We’ve dealt with it. And so this is one thing that is uncharted territory right now. So you have a lot of uncertainty,” she said, adding that officers are also concerned about their families.She stressed that officers need tests.“It is the fact that we have to be available to people who need us — period. And so it’s not so much about getting special tests, it’s that we need to get them back on the streets so they can answer 911 calls, so they can answer medical emergencies,” Ziman said. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Two steps forward in the western Balkans

first_imgThat could still happen and even a brief closure of the borders, on any pretext, could do much economic damage in the region and raise tensions. It must be hoped that tension in Montenegro will stay under control and Belgrade will accept the reality. Then, in some weeks’ time, when the cement of this last layer of security hardens, the Balkans might just be a bit safer than it was before. Risto Karajkov is a doctoral student at the University of Bologna. The Balkans is likely to be a bit safer following Montenegro’s and Macedonia’s co-ordinated recognition of Kosovo on 9 October. The move followed resolutions adopted by the national parliaments of both countries recommending the step.  Their decision came only a day after a vote in the United Nations General Assembly approved a proposal from Serbia that opened the way for a review of the legality of Kosovo’s independence by the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The Serbian government promptly expelled Macedonia’s and Montenegro’s ambassadors – a move to which it had not resorted in response to earlier recognitions from countries in the region. Kosovo has yet to be recognised by around 140 countries in the world (22 EU member states have recognised it so far) and almost all of them could do so with less political risk than Macedonia and Montenegro. Both countries border Kosovo and Serbia. Yet, the US, which ‘encouraged’ and co-ordinated the recognition, insisted on having the process completed in the closest neighbourhood first. Kosovo is now recognised by all of its neighbours minus Serbia, which considers it an integral part of its territory. This is good, but in the mid-term it would make sense only if the vast majority of countries in the world were also to proceed with recognition. The move was definitely more painful for Montenegro, which has much stronger historic ties with Serbia, and a big part – between 30-40% – of its population who feel Serbian. Tensions persist too in Montenegro following the recognition, where protesters have already clashed with the police. Macedonia by many accounts did not have much choice. In addition to persuasion by the US, it had to take into account the wishes of its sizeable Albanian community, which insisted on recognition. The move definitely eased relations between Skopje and Pristina. In the preceding weeks they had finally demarcated their common border, which was a condition for recognition of Kosovo’s statehood. The unmarked border has been a recurrent source of tension in the past. The recognition should further relax relations between Macedonians and Albanians and will probably help trade. While Serbia was very angry, Skopje’s move was in part based on the assumption that Belgrade would not respond with drastic measures, primarily of an economic nature. last_img read more

Adriatic confirmed the highest international standard of creditworthiness excellence

first_imgThe international group Bisnode AB, the largest European provider of business and credit information based in Stockholm, which brings together more than 2400 experts from 18 European countries, awarded the Crikvenica Adriatic, which owns 8 hotels, 2 campsites and a tourist resort, on the Crikvenica Riviera. excellence for 2016.Thanks to the exceptionally good business results from last year, Bisnode awarded Jadran the highest rating of 3A, which confirmed the highest international standard of creditworthiness excellence. “I am extremely glad that Jadran and our successful business have been recognized by leading European analytical companies such as Bisnode. In the international environment, certification is a common practice, and in this way companies further strengthen their reputation and trust in the domestic and foreign business environment. ” pointed out Dino Manestar, President of the Management Board of Jadran ddBy obtaining one of the most important European standards that define the quality of business, the Adriatic is classified as 5% of the best business entities in Croatia, and the obtained certificate is an internationally recognized label of economic quality that will significantly contribute to strengthening the positive reputation of the Adriatic, both domestically and internationally. “Above all, this recognition of excellence is a confirmation of our systematic and quality work since the bankruptcy, and thus we place the Adriatic alongside other successful companies from the domestic economy, but also the European Union, because the same strict criteria apply to all holders.  Manestar points out and adds that the Certificate of Creditworthiness Excellence is based on the analysis of financial statements for the past year and business performance forecasts for the next 12 months. The analytical method of calculation is unique for all European markets, which is why, by ranking at the very top, the carrier company becomes an equal participant in the entire European market.Good business results after the bankruptcy are the result, first of all, of large investment cycles in increasing the quality of accommodation capacities, which has already raised the categorization of most facilities within the company, and two hotels, Omorika and Katarina, became the first facilities in the company’s history. with 4 stars. ” Also, works on the renovation of the Esplanade Hotel in Crikvenica have recently begun, and with this investment worth over 35 million kuna, a complete reconstruction of the hotel is planned, which will be positioned as a family holiday hotel of high category 4+ stars, with highly individualized service for guests of higher purchasing power. ” concludes Manestarlast_img read more

Radoslav Tsonev is already a player of Levski – efbet League

first_imgLecce officially announced the transfer of Radoslav Tsonev to Levski. The Italian club announced the information on its official website.Tsonev’s contract with Lecce expired on June 30, 2021.Levski will not pay a transfer fee for the rights of Radoslav Tsonev, but the Italian club retains a serious percentage in the event of a subsequent transfer of the midfielder.Last season Radoslav Tsonev played as a transfer in the third division Monopoly.In Levski Radoslav Tsonev will play with his brother Borislav Tsonev.The player Tsonev sold #calciomercato https://t.co/CMzPtIk1Eq– US Lecce (@OfficialUSLecce) September 14, 2020last_img read more

Air Force now almost unbeatable at home

first_imgAIR FORCE ACADEMY — It used to be that playing Air Force at Clune Arena was the closest thing to an automatic road victory for the University of Utah basketball team.From 1991 to 2000, the Utes never lost a game at the Academy. Finally in 2001, the Falcons broke through with a 71-60 victory.During the last two-plus seasons, the Falcons have been nearly unbeatable at home. In fact, the only team that has had any success at Clune Arena is Utah.Air Force has won 36 of its last 37 games at Clune Arena. The only blemish was a 65-56 loss last year to the Utes. And the last time the Falcons lost at home before that was also at the hands of Utah, a 57-52 loss in 2002.This time around, the Falcons will be big favorites, coming into tonight’s game (7 p.m. ESPN2) with a 15-2 record and in a tie for first in the Mountain West Conference standings at 3-1 compared to Utah’s 8-7 and 1-3 records.”They play with so much confidence in that building,” said Ute coach Ray Giacoletti. “They don’t even shoot the same way away from home. They believe so much in that building. We didn’t play that well there last year and had to scratch and claw to get back in it.”In last year’s game, the Utes trailed by 11 early in the game and by six at halftime. But they started the second half with 10 straight points and then held off the Falcons.Air Force has a new coach in Jeff Bzdelik, who formerly coached the Denver Nuggets for a couple of years. His team looks much like the Falcon teams of recent years under coaches Joe Scott and Chris Mooney with a balanced scoring attack, good 3-point shooting and tough defense.”You need to do a great job defensively, not give up any basket cuts, and the 3-pointers that they get need to be contested 3-pointers,” Giacoletti said. “On offense, we need to do a good job of making the best of each possession because you don’t get many looks to begin with.”Guard Antoine Hood leads the Falcons with a 14.9 scoring average, followed by Dan Nwaelele at 13.2. Jacob Burtschi averages 12 points a game and leads the team in rebounding with 6.5 per game. Guard Matt McCraw averages 11.9 points, while 6-foot-10 junior John Frye averages 5.9 points and 3.3 rebounds.As concerned as he is by the Falcons and Clune Arena, Giacoletti is more concerned about his own team and how it plays. In recent games, the Utes have played better offensively, but have allowed their opponents to shoot well and score a lot of points.”It’s like a dike and trying to put your fingers in the holes,” Giacoletti said. “We’ve given up 72, 72 and 84 points our last three games and that’s not going to get it done. We’ve got to do a better job defensively.”The Utes will have guard Tim Drisdom back for the first time in two weeks, but Chris Grant will start at the guardline along with Johnnie Bryant. Chris Jackson, Bryant Markson and Shaun Green round out the Ute starting lineup with Ricky Johns and Luke Nevill seeing a lot of minutes off the bench. After tonight’s game, the Utes have a short turnaround with a game at home Saturday night against UNLV at the Huntsman Center. E-mail: [email protected] Utes on the air Utah (8-7, 1-3) at Air Force (15-2, 3-1)Clune ArenaToday, 7 p.m.TV: ESPN2Radio: 700AM last_img read more

Disappointing debut for Ronaldinho on Mexican shores

first_imgFormer Barcelona star Ronaldinho’s debut for Mexican side Gallos de Querétaro didn’t quite go to plan.  The 34-year-old had been looking for a club since he left Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro in July and his contract in Mexico is likely to be his last. With 62 minutes on the clock, he had the chance to draw his new side level from the penalty spot. Unfortunately, he sent the ball over the bar. Hopefully they can forgive him for his disappointing debut. While with Barça, Ronaldinho won la Liga twice and the Champions League. Sport EN Ronaldinho joined Queretaro earlier this month and said at the time he chose Mexico because of the affection he has always received there. Tigres went onto win the game 1-0 thanks to a goal from Herculez Gómez in the first half. 18/09/2014 Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET You can watch his penalty miss here.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 18: Germany Vs Sweden Review

first_imgAdvertisement a966NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs304vWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E15vu( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 68qlch5Would you ever consider trying this?😱8am3Can your students do this? 🌚t9i9lRoller skating! Powered by Firework (Photo Credits: Getty Images)Advertisement  Advertisement Defending champions The Mannschaft got their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign back on track on Sunday, beating Sweden in Group F thanks to a late goal from Real Madrid ace Toni Kroos.Germany’s hope of defending their World Cup title have been rescued by two second half goals on Sunday. A goal coming off from the German sniper Toni Kroos in the 95th minute secured the victory for Die Mannschaft as they left the qualification for the knockout stages in their own hands.Advertisement Ola Toivonen of Sweden opened the scoring on Sunday, but Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus found an equaliser early in the second half. The match seemed destined to finish with that score, but Kroos scored a free-kick in injury time.Germany’s World Cup nearly came to an end on Saturday, and while they escaped against European underdogs Sweden, the team still appears to be in serious trouble. Joachim Low now needs to gather his team back as they face South Korea on Wednesday in a bid to qualify for the knockout stages. Advertisementlast_img read more

Kootenay shines in Seattle rain, impresses college scouts

first_imgThe Kootenay Thunder earned respect from more than a few colleges and university coached during the Starfire Fieldturf Showcase Soccer Tournament this past weekend in Seattle.The Thunder finished the tourney with a 1-1-2 record.“The Thunder team impressed many coaches and teams with one U.S. College coach stating he would take the whole squad if he had the budget,” said Kootenay head coach Dave Spendlove, who runs the regional squad out of the Soccer Quest Indoor facility in Nelson.The team, consisting of players from throughout the Kootenay region along with a handful of imports from Kamloops and playing in the top division, opened the tournament by playing to a scoreless draw against Seattle Legacy.According to Spendlove, “Kootenay outplayed their American opponents in all departments but could not get the ball in the net.”Kootenay kept its goal-scoring drought alive in a 0-0 tie against Semiahmoo Scorpions of White Rock.Saturday afternoon the Thunder, playing its best half in two years, edged the Sun City Strikers 2-1.Kelsey Martin of Kamloops gave Kootenay a 1-0 lead. Martin converted a rebound off a Kootenay corner kick, depositing the ball quickly into the net after Sun City failed to clear the zone.Sun City tied the game ten minutes into the second half.However, Nelson’s Andrea Stinson, a thorn in the side of most teams during the tournament, was hauled down inside the penalty area.Stinson calmly collected herself before converting the penalty kick.The only blemish on the weekend came Sunday during the rain when Kootenay lost 1-0 to MRFC of Portland, Ore.The only goal came when the game referee incorrectly gave an indirect free kick inside the Kootenay penalty area for a pass back to the keeper.MRFC quickly took the kick and beat Kootenay keeper Kat Garbula of Nelson.“The Referee apologized to the Thunder coaching staff at half time saying he did not really see what happened on the pass back incident but made a quick decision which later his line assistant told him was wrong,” Spendlove explained. “The incident cost the Thunder their only loss of the weekend but the Thunder should still have won the game again not taking their chances in front of goal.”The tournament attracted more than 40 scouts from various U.S. colleges.This is the second time Soccer Quest has taken a team to Seattle.Next tournament for Kootenay is the Vancouver Whitecaps Showcase event March 2012 in [email protected]last_img read more

L.V. Rogers Bombers Life of the Party

first_img“We played well and there were a lot of great individual performances, but what was most impressive from the girls was how they played a strong team game,” said LVR Coach Jennifer Kidd.The Bombers beat Grand Forks Secondary (25-8,25-23), host JL Crowe (25-11,25-11) and Boundary Secondary (25-10, 25-7) in the Friday round-robin portion of the tournament. On Saturday morning, LVR ran their record to a perfect 4-0 with a victory over Kaslo’s J.V. Humprhies (25-12,25-10) without losing a single game in all their matches.The round-robin record earned Nelson a buy into the semi-final where they beat Castlegar’s Stanley Humphries (25-8, 25-12) to book a spot in the tournament final against the Grand Forks Secondary Wolves.Dominant serving and a synchronized effort by the Bombers helped the girls clinch the title over the Wolves (25-8, 25-16).“It was terrific to see the girls play the game with confidence and trust in each other, that’s when their game flows and is taken to a higher level,” said Kidd. “If they play this way for the rest of the season, we should continue with good results.”Next up for the Bombers is a trip to Salmon Arm on the November 3-4 followed by best-of-five playdown against JL Crowe to see which school will represent the West Kootenay at the BC High School AAA Provincials in early-December. The LV Rogers Bombers senior girls volleyball team came home with the hardware from the annual JL Crowe Block Party tournament after a dominating weekend in Trail.The Bombers didn’t lose a single game over the two-day tournament that featured teams from across the West Kootenay and Boundary. It was the second year in a row that the Nelson team captured top spot.last_img read more

Whitewater’s Woodward finishes second at Freeride Junior World Championships

first_imgBen Woodward of Whitewater placed second Thursday at the Freeride Junior World Championships at Kappl, Austria.Woodward finished second to Dylan Lavenex of Switzerland with Abel Moga of Spain third in the men’s ski event.According to the FJWC website Woodward put together a textbook run, fluidly linking-up three critical airs, which included a stylish 360 and a big stomp to close out a solid performance. The FWT is the worldwide circuit of freeride snowboarding and skiing with the best riders in the world competing on the most legendary and challenging alpine faces and the most renowned ski resorts across the world.Woodward was one of four athletes representing Canada at the Freeride World Jr Championships this Thursday in Austria.last_img read more