Pitt, Penn State, Temple University Presidents Voice Support for Mask-Wearing, Mitigation Efforts

first_imgPitt, Penn State, Temple University Presidents Voice Support for Mask-Wearing, Mitigation Efforts July 22, 2020 Education,  Press Release,  Public Health Presidents of the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State University and Temple University voiced their support today for mask-wearing and mitigation efforts put in place by the Wolf Administration to stop the recent rise in cases of COVID-19 and keep Pennsylvanians safe.“Evidence-based strategies are vital to reducing the spread of COVID-19, and it is critical that we use them to promote the health and safety of residents throughout the Commonwealth,” said University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick D. Gallagher. “The University of Pittsburgh deeply appreciates Governor Wolf’s unwavering commitment to protect the health of all Pennsylvanians.”“If we are to be successful in our plans to return to teaching, learning and working on our campuses this fall, each one of us must take actions now, based on science and public health practices, to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus,” said Penn State President Eric J. Barron. “Penn State is finalizing plans to support the critical aspects outlined by Gov. Wolf – from wearing face masks to maintaining social distancing to testing and contact tracing – in order to do our part to minimize the impact of the virus. It’s crucial that we all work together to help keep our campuses and our communities safe and healthy, and we are grateful for Gov. Wolf’s targeted and decisive actions toward this end.”“The fight against COVID-19 is not over,” Temple University president Dr. Richard M. Englert said. “Temple supports the governor’s efforts to prevent additional spikes in cases and ensure the public’s safety.”Gov. Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine put in place additional mitigation efforts on July 15 when multiple data points indicated the state may be headed for another surge in COVID-19 cases. These health experts and the CDC have noted that limiting indoor activities and wearing masks can have a strong positive effect on curtailing another surge.A recent study by Brigham Young University researchers included a review of over 115 scientific studies on COVID-19. The study concluded that “there is now convincing evidence from multiple controlled experiments and field observations that wearing masks reduces the transmission of COVID-19 for healthcare workers and the public. Cloth masks can stop 90% or more of the dispersal of droplets carrying the virus.”The governor’s most recent order on mitigation efforts can be found here.The secretary’s order on mask-wearing can be found here.FAQs on mask-wearing can be found here.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

CAS dismisses case against Barca over Neymar transfer

first_imgThe Court of Arbitration for Sport has rejected Brazilian club Santos’ case against FC Barcelona, the Spanish club said in a statement on Tuesday.Santos had dragged the La Liga champions to CAS in relation to the signing of Neymar in 2013. They had presented a claim to football’s world governing body FIFA in 2015 asking for 61,295,000 euros ($69.21 million) in compensation and damages.This was after Barca made a payment to Neymar’s father and the family company N&N before signing the Brazil forward for an initial fee of 57 million euros.“The CAS found that the contract between Santos and Neymar was ended by mutual agreement and that FC Barcelona did not flout the transfer agreement when it paid additional fees to the player’s father and the firm N&N,” Barca said.“FC Barcelona did not commit any fraudulent conduct when it signed a pre-transfer agreement with Neymar nor when it signed the transfer with Santos.”The statement added that Santos had been ordered by CAS to pay Barca’s legal fees of 20,000 Swiss Francs ($21,253.99). Neymar’s transfer from his boyhood club to FC Barcelona was shrouded in legal troubles, leading Spain’s High Court to launch a fraud and corruption investigation into the player.The Brazilian had denied any wrongdoing over the value of his transfer.The investigation also led to Barca’s then president Sandro Rosell, who brokered the deal, resigning from the club in 2014.Neymar enjoyed a trophy-laden four years at FC Barcelona.He formed a world-beating front three with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez before joining Paris St-Germain for a world record fee of 222 million euros. Neymar then sued Barca over the partial payment of a loyalty bonus worth 26 million euros but lost the case.He was ordered to pay his former club 6.7 million euros for breach of the last contract he signed with them in 2016.In spite of their legal battles, the Brazilian tried to force through a return to FC Barcelona last year and refused to train with PSG at one point.But the Catalans ultimately failed to meet the French side’s asking price.RelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Barca were expected to make another swoop for him this summer.But president Josep Maria Bartomeu said on Wednesday the club were unlikely to make another offer for Neymar due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.Reuters/NAN.Tags: La LigaLionel MessiLuis SuarezNeymarParis Saint Germainlast_img read more