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Art and the immigrants

first_imgWhen she was a girl in Brazil, Angelica Silva made a regular, cherished detour on her way to school, stopping at a local museum to wonder at the treasures inside.Last week Silva, now a Harvard custodial worker, was back in a space filled with beautiful artworks.“For me, it’s amazing,” said Silva, who looked like a kid in a candy store during a recent outing to the Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum. “I loved the museums since I was a little kid.”It was Silva’s first visit, but it won’t be her last. She is participating in an outreach program created by museum officials that helps immigrants to enjoy Harvard’s collections, develop their English skills, and connect to important lessons in history and democracy.“We wanted to invite people into a mainstream cultural institution that they might not seek out on their own,” said Ray Williams, the museums’ director of education, who created the program called “Engaging New Americans: Explorations in Art, Self, and Our Democratic Heritage.”In 2009, Williams and senior museum educator Judy Murray developed a pilot for the program in collaboration with the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers and its 12-week citizenship course. The outline included visits to the museum focused on art from colonial and revolutionary times, the 19th century with an emphasis on Western expansion, and 20th century art.“We realized the museum might have works of art that could make American history more memorable, and that we might enrich the process of preparing to become an American,” said Williams.Like latter-day explorers, the many first-time visitors enter the galleries, using the paintings and sculptures as springboards for conversations in English about democratic values.A provocative altarpiece from the Italian Renaissance depicting Saint Francis of Assisi receiving the stigmata inspires a discussion about Catholicism. Other works in the museum shine a light on religious traditions. Collectively, they help students explore the notion of the freedom of religion guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution.“The works of art lead naturally to conversations about the democratic freedoms we enjoy,” said Williams.Last fall, Williams hired Maria Schaedler-Luera as a part-time community educator. Drawing on her theatrical background, she incorporates active teaching techniques into the program. The Brazilian native, who has a master’s in intercultural relations, likes to gather students in front of the museum’s Daniel Chester French bronze sculpture of a seated Abraham Lincoln. There she asks them to create a frozen tableau portraying the Emancipation Proclamation.“Living art and responding with our body,” Schaedler-Luera said, leads to a powerful learning experience.After studying a painting together, Schaedler-Luera and Williams will ask the students what it means to them, what they observed, or how it relates to their own experience as an immigrant. In reacting to the art, they practice their English skills. Sometimes they write a poem together about an artwork, with each student contributing a line, or they read a brief play, drafted by Williams, that relates to painting or sculpture.“It’s about navigating the museum environment, learning how to look closely at a work of art, building on each other’s ideas, and using English to express your thoughts, feelings, and opinions,” he said.With a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Williams and his team expanded the program last year to include more than 30 teaching gallery visits and a family day, as well as produced an upcoming sourcebook that will include questions about featured works of art, activities to develop English skills, and information about American history and government.To ensure accessibility, Williams also used the funding to assist with transportation costs, extra museum staffing after hours when most of the visits took place, and  meals for those participating in the program. Today, the project serves a number of community organizations and partners closely with Harvard’s Bridge to Learning and Literacy program.Last Wednesday (June 15), Williams guided Silva’s Bridge class to the Sackler’s fourth-floor galleries and a room filled with works of Impressionist masters such as Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Paul Gauguin.Together, they explored the subject matter and nuance of a moody, richly textured painting: Claude Monet’s “The Gare Saint-Lazare: Arrival of a Train.” Next, the students chose an artwork that they felt related to the concepts of change and transition and discussed their selection. Finally, they read through a brief play by Williams that was based on the evocative work “Pan and Pysche” by 19th century British Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones.“I am always just thinking about how wonderful the museum is as a resource and how it can really speak to people in so many different ways,” said Williams, who hopes the program can serve as a template for other museums interested in expanding their community outreach.For John Antonellis, a lead instructor at the Bridge program who has accompanied two of his classes to the museum, the new experiences and the respect that the program offers his students are invaluable.“For a lot of students, it’s their first time ever in an art museum. So it’s not part of their routine, and it raises their awareness to a whole new way of seeing the world,” Antonellis said. “It often brings out sides of their personality not evident in a classroom setting. At times, they are the teachers sharing their observations and insights informed by their particular cultural viewpoint.”last_img read more

Home Termites

first_imgBorder to border, the state of Georgia enjoys mild temperatures and more than adequate rainfall, which are perfect conditions for the growth of an abundance of insects, including subterranean termites.Georgia is part of what entomologists and pest management professionals refer to as “the termite belt,” where termites are common and abundant.Subterranean termites are the most common type of termite found in Georgia, and the yard of most homes in Georgia will be occupied by one or more related groups of termites, sometimes called colonies. They are called subterranean because they require access to moisture, which is most commonly found in the soil.Termites eat wood, and because we build homes with a substantial quantity of structural softwood, it is not surprising that some homes may become infested by this hidden pest.Subterranean termites are persistent. They never stop looking for sources of food and, when they locate and infest structural wood, can do moderate to substantial damage if infestations go unchecked. It is therefore important that homeowners are aware of common signs pointing to termite infestation.First, homeowners should be aware of what a termite swarmer looks like. Swarmers are male and female termites that fly in the spring each year — most commonly February to April in Georgia.Soon after flying, swarmers lose their wings, mate and begin a new colony. Another important, outward sign that homeowners should be able to recognize are the telltale mud tubes that termites use to move between their soil home and the wood on which they are feeding.Termites build hollow mud tubes comprised of moist soil and their own saliva to protect them from predators and from desiccation (drying up). When mud- or soil-like tubing is found anywhere in or on the structure, where it should not be, there is a chance it might be the soil tubing made by worker termites to gain access to the wood in the structure.Should homeowners suspect that their homes might be infested by termites, it’s a good idea to contact a local termite and pest control company for an inspection. Employees of Georgia’s termite control companies are trained on the nuances of termite control and are uniquely qualified to provide this service.Pertinent publications to address homeowner questions include University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Bulletin 1209, “Biology of Subterranean Termites in the Eastern United States,” and UGA Extension Bulletin 1241, “Termite Control Services: Information for the Georgia Property Owner,” which can be found at extension.uga.edu/publications.For more advice on termites and their control, homeowners should contact their county Extension agent by calling 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

Champlain College Class of 2012 Arrives

first_imgChamplain College Class of 2012 ArrivesOrientation Weekend includes Convocation, Activities and Special Events(Sept. 1, 2008) – The Champlain College Class of 2012 arrived Friday for an information-packed, fun-filled, four-day orientation. The incoming class of 615 students represents 28 states and eight countries. Residential move-in began Friday morning followed by a lunch for parents, students and friends. On Friday afternoon, Champlain College Provost Robin Abramson, College Vice Presidents and Champlain faculty in full academic regalia – were led in to the Convocation ceremony on Perry Hall lawn by the St. Andrews Pipe Band of Vermont. During the ceremony, Champlain College President David Finney presented the 2008 Distinguished Citizen Award to Patrick S. Robins, chairman and founder of the SymQuest Group. Robins was honored for his many community roles in education, government, business, civic, arts and public health organizations. Patrick is an entrepreneur and civil servant of uncommon vision and discipline. He has founded and chaired three regional businesses who genius was to recognize emerging needs and to fill them with quality products and exceptional customer service, Finney noted. On Saturday, students were introduced to Champlain Colleges LEAD: Life Experience & Action Dimension program. It is the third component in Champlains Education in Three Dimensions program and will focus on tools and skills for personal growth in four areas career management, financial sophistication, community involvement and individual values. The new students were also introduced to the many programs at Champlain, including the study abroad programs in Montreal and Dublin, Ireland, BYOBiz, and briefed on public safety and neighborhood expectations. Over the four-day orientation weekend, the Class of 2012 also took a cruise on Lake Champlain in the Spirit of Ethan Allen, went mini-golfing, held a movie night, toured the campus, had a night of open-mic entertainment at The Grind (the colleges coffeehouse), took a class photo, went hiking and visited downtown Burlington.Classes for all Champlain College students begin Tuesday morning. Champlain College, a private baccalaureate institution, was founded in 1878. Champlain has 2,000 undergraduate students and is ranked 12th in the top tier of Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the North by 2009 America’s Best Colleges, published by U.S. News & World Report. Located in Burlington, Champlain College offers Education in Three Dimensions, a unique, multi-faceted approach to professional development, academic excellence and community-based life experience education over four years. Champlain also offers study abroad programs with campuses in Dublin, Ireland and Montreal, Quebec and extensive online and continuing professional education. To learn more about Champlain College, visit the Colleges new website at www.champlain.edu(link is external).last_img read more

3 ways credit unions can use a credit program to help members navigate uncertain times

first_img 63SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Phil Seely Phil is the Senior Director of Portfolio Development for LSC having joined the Illinois Credit Union System in 2011 from Fidelity National Information Services. He has been working with credit … Web: www.lsc.net Details When unexpected events happen, people need to be creative and flexible, but they also need a secure place to stand. In many ways, credit unions are that place for their members. Credit unions regularly connect with members, helping them find solutions to financial needs as they work to achieve life goals. When uncertain times bring financial challenges for members, credit unions are well-positioned to help make a credit card program an effective part of the solution for moving forward.Buying Essentials – According to MarketWatch, credit processors have been observing higher levels of online buying as more people are ordering food and other essentials online. This is also a time when many people are living on a more limited income and may need to pay for unexpected emergency expenses on credit. Yet, at the same time, many credit card companies have been cutting credit limits. Credit unions know their members. This is an opportunity for them to reach out to their members and work with their credit processing partner to ensure their members have the credit limits they need to continue making essential purchases.Easier Fund Management – Emergency expenses and sudden income losses might be causing some members to struggle with paying down new and old debt. Consolidating credit card debt onto one card can make managing it easier and less stressful for members. Now is a good time for credit unions to offer a balance transfer option to their members. Your credit union has the opportunity to show members you are there for them. Let members know you’re available to assist them in creating a plan to get out of debt so they can be ready to start saving instead.Give Members a Break – Many credit card and other financial companies are assisting consumers at this time with relaxed payment schedules and waived late fees. You might consider offering similar options like a skip-a-pay promotion for members who may be struggling to catch up on their finances. Maintaining reward programs is also important to give members more value for what they spend on their cards.The credit union difference and the relationships credit unions have with their members mean the most during times of financial challenge. By drawing on this connection, your credit union can help members use the convenient benefits of a credit card responsibly to help ease some of their stress as they work to move forward. Helping members is important, and sometimes credit unions can better serve members with the help of the right resources. To learn more about opportunities to help your credit union, click here.last_img read more

Fat Blaster Hot & Cold body sculptor targets unwanted fat, bulges, cellulite, skin lumps, & bumps » Gadget Flow

first_img– Advertisement – If you’re looking for an effective, easier way to enhance the skin you’re in, the Fat Blaster Hot & Cold body sculptor could be your answer. This device targets unwanted fat, bulges, cellulite, skin lumps, and bumps all in the comfort of your own home. The Fat Blaster uses powerful, yet gentle, microvibration and microcompression technology to target stored up fat below the skin. As a result, it leaves smoother skin on the surface. Its Cryotone round head provides a controlled cooling application. Simply apply the device to areas on your body you wish to target: legs, stomach, arms, love handles, and more. With six heads to choose from, this body sculptor lets you select if you want to target cellulite, smooth skin, or freeze unwanted fat cells. Overall, Fat Blaster is an effective, gentle solution to target unwanted fat and improve your confidence.last_img read more

Kaitlyn Bristowe Cries Over Late Friend Ahead of ‘DWTS’ Tribute

first_img“Today was such a tough rehearsal,” she began. “It’s just tough at this point in the competition, but I’m dancing a very emotional dance on Monday. I don’t bury emotions. I talk about things and cry about things.”Kaitlyn Bristowe Cries Over Late Friend Ahead of Emotional ‘DWTS’ TributeKaitlyn Bristowe Courtesy of Kaitlyn Bristowe/InstagramBristowe said that she “often cries” about the death of her childhood friend, who passed away when she was 18 years old. The “Off the Vine” podcast host explained that the song she will dance to was her late friend’s favorite and was even played at her funeral.The Canada native told her followers that she “never shared this story on TV” because she didn’t want it to be something she “used” in her public life.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The ABC personality teased a bit of her upcoming performance, saying that Chigvintsev, 38, did a “beautiful job” telling the story.Bristowe and the dance pro have been through many ups and downs while competing on season 29 of Dancing With the Stars. The duo particularly struggled on the November 2 episode, where they gave their routine their all but were still criticized by judge Carrie Ann Inaba.Kaitlyn Bristowe Cries Over Late Friend Ahead of Emotional ‘DWTS’ TributeKaitlyn Bristowe Kelsey McNeal/ABCSome fans thought Inaba, 52, was too harsh on the pair, but Bristowe defended her right to constructive criticism.“I know that Carrie Ann was getting heat on social media for being hard on me and I’m like, ‘Make it stop!’ Because this is a TV show, right?” Bristowe said on a recent episode of her “Off the Vine” podcast. “Carrie Ann is totally allowed her opinions. I’m allowed to not agree with them or feel hurt by them, but it doesn’t mean people need to go and bully on her. I heard that she feels bullied and that makes me feel so terrible because I’ve been bullied so hard online … Don’t go bullying her because she’s being hard on me. That’s her decision and she’s a judge. That’s why she’s paid the big bucks to be a judge on that show, right?”However, one week later Bristowe and Chigvintsev received high praise from Inaba, earning themselves a perfect score of 30.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! “I’m not saying people do that, [but] it was just something that I held kinda close to my heart,” she said. “But, hearing the song every day, telling a story, putting me back in those times and talking about her has just got me so emotional.”Bristowe added that the tragedy helped her become “so much closer” to her other childhood friend, Bri Cook.“At the beginning, it made me not want to get close to anybody, but now it just makes me love my friends so much,” she said.- Advertisement – In loving memory. Kaitlyn Bristowe broke down in tears after rehearsing for a tribute dance for her late friend on Dancing With the Stars.The Bachelorette alum, 35, opened up about her emotional experience preparing for her dance, which she will perform with partner Artem Chigvintsev on Monday, November 16.- Advertisement –last_img read more

New Zealand locks down all nursing homes after virus return

first_imgNew Zealand locked down nursing homes nationwide Wednesday after a 102-day streak without the coronavirus ended, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the outbreak could force her to postpone next month’s general election.Ardern said authorities were scrambling to trace anyone who had been in contact with four Auckland residents who tested positive Tuesday, ending the dream run in which the virus had been contained at New Zealand’s borders.A three-day stay-at-home order for Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city with a population of 1.5 million, was announced on Tuesday night and went into force at lunchtime on Wednesday. New Zealand had been held up by the World Health Organization as an example of how to contain the disease after recording only 22 deaths in a population of five million and preventing community transmission for more than three months.Ardern said the return of coronavirus was “unsettling” but all efforts were being made to retrace the steps of the Auckland family of four who contracted it from an unknown source.She said the September 19 election may be impacted if the outbreak could not be contained.”We’re seeking advice from the Electoral Commission, just so that we make sure have all options open to us,” she said.”No decisions yet, as you can imagine, have been made.”Ardern’s center-left Labor Party has been riding high in opinion polls and is expected win a second term.The conservative National Party was open to the idea of a delay if conditions meant it was justified.”It’s going to be very difficult to have an election in mid-September when we are now mid-August. It is very little time,” National leader Judith Collins told TV3. Police in facemasks manned roadblocks on major roads in Auckland to enforce the new measures. Ardern said health officials were also locking down aged care homes across the country because they could act as transmission hotspots.”I realize how incredibly difficult this will be for those who have loved ones in these facilities, but it’s the strongest way we can protect and look after them,” she said.There was panic buying at supermarkets across New Zealand and huge queues at coronavirus testing stations as Kiwis came to terms with the re-emergence of a virus many thought had been defeated.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Santi Cazorla offers support to Unai Emery after Arsenal’s poor start

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Unai Emery needs time at Arsenal, says Santi Cazorla (AFP via Getty Images)Santi Cazorla has backed Unai Emery following pressure from Arsenal fans to sack the Spaniard.Emery’s job is under threat following the Gunners’ poor start to the Premier League campaign which has left them eight points behind fourth place after just 12 games.Arsenal’s board are understood to be behind Emery but anger from supporters will continue to grow if the team slip further behind in the Premier League.Cazorla, who spent six years at Arsenal before he returned to Villarreal last year, has urged the Gunners’ hierarchy to support Emery and suggests a lack of belief could be holding the team back.ADVERTISEMENT Santi Cazorla is thriving at Villarreal after leaving Arsenal (Getty Images)‘Unai Emery is a good coach and it’s a very good team, I watch them play often, but he needs time,’ Cazorla said in an interview with The Independent.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It’s a new generation and it’s very difficult to compete against teams like Man City and Liverpool.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It’s difficult to know [why the team are in this position].‘They have the players, they have the fans, the stadium, they have everything to do it but they have to believe it.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterThursday 14 Nov 2019 11:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Santi Cazorla offers support to Unai Emery after Arsenal’s poor startlast_img read more

NZ sex industry under attack

first_imgNew Zealand’s sex industry model ‘as useful as a burst condom’Stuff co.nz 15 October 2017Family First Comment: Highlighting the failures of flawed lawmaking by politicians….“Among the failures of the New Zealand system in removing abuse, exploitation and trafficking, she lists: convictions for under-age workers exploited foreign workers, a problem acknowledged within the industry, and a 2004 US State Department report that called New Zealand “a trafficking destination country”.Bindel advocates for the Nordic model, which criminalises brothels and sex buyers, but not prostitutes. Implemented in Norway, Sweden and France, under such a model prostitutes are offered “a way out” through health services, she says. “There’s a possibility of a world without prostitution, prostitution does not have to exist, it benefits no-one but the abuser and the profiteers.”And“”I never had someone say, ‘I paid for your body, and I can do what I want’, until decriminalisation. That’s putting power in the hands of the business pimps. You can see this across every brothel in New Zealand.”Prostitutes raised red umbrellas in celebration of New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective entering its third decade on Thursday.Speeches were made, and stories shared among a crowd of a hundred at Wellington’s Southern Cross bar, before the umbrellas – a symbol of sex work – were lifted for a photo opportunity.But a new book, highly critical of the New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective (NZPC), issued a warning to the world this week: the New Zealand model is “as useful as a burst condom”.The Pimping of Prostitution: Abolishing the Sex Work Myth, released in New Zealand on October 11, describes an abusive industry left unchecked by absent government agencies.Author Julie Bindel, a combative radical feminist from England, and former New Zealand sex worker Sabrinna Valisce have been making international headlines with their scathing critique and tales of abuse.Speaking from Bergen, Norway, the morning after a book launch, Bindel says her work is a grassroots, investigative expose of legitimised sex work around the world.A prostitution abolitionist, she uses words unlike those used in New Zealand’s sex industry.It’s not sex workers or prostitutes; it’s “prostituted women”. Brothel owners are pimps or abusers, no bones about it. Johns or sex buyers aren’t always punters; they’re also abusers.And the service provided by women in the sex industry is spoken of in violent terms.“Sex for a woman, when you don’t want it – in any orifice – is a horrible experience, even when we’re not describing it as rape. Calling it work, and doing it over and over again in one day, is a form of torture.”In researching the book, Bindel visited New Zealand in April 2016 and spoke to eight sex workers, two in brothels and four on the street.The book recounts the stories of five; Nicky, unwillingly penetrated with a bottle; Ne’Cole, gang-raped while working the street at 15-years-old; Chelsea, who describes brothel owners as abusive pimps; Lisa, a 50-something street worker using a walking frame, disabled after a life in prostitution; and Sabrinna Valisce.Bindel takes particular issue with the application form for opening a brothel in New Zealand, said to be just two pages long (it’s actually three) and shorter than the adoption form at the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in London.And when the brothels open, no-one checks in. Official Information Act data is referenced, but not provided, in the book, which shows only 23 brothel inspections took place between the 2003 reform and January 2015.“The framework for regulation does exist, as we shall see, but it’s about as useful as a burst condom,” she writes.Among the failures of the New Zealand system in removing abuse, exploitation and trafficking, she lists: convictions for under-age workers exploited foreign workers, a problem acknowledged within the industry, and a 2004 US State Department report that called New Zealand “a trafficking destination country”.Bindel advocates for the Nordic model, which criminalises brothels and sex buyers, but not prostitutes. Implemented in Norway, Sweden and France, under such a model prostitutes are offered “a way out” through health services, she says.“There’s a possibility of a world without prostitution, prostitution does not have to exist, it benefits no-one but the abuser and the profiteers.”Former New Zealand sex worker Sabrinna Valisce, who provides evidence in Bindel’s book, was in Edinburgh this month meeting Scottish MPs currently considering the Nordic model.Valisce declined to share her personal experiences and horror stories as a sex worker in New Zealand.This much is known from Bindel’s work: Valisce came to New Zealand at 14-years-old and after being offered $100 for sex while wearing her school uniform one afternoon, she found herself on the streets selling sex to survive.Decades of sex work and involvement with the NZPC followed, but Valisce recounts few positive changes from the legislation. After moving to Australia in 2011, she realised the horrors of the industry she had been subject to.Valisce is now critical of the NZPC and says it will never be effective in removing abuse and exploitation. Bindel quotes sex worker Chelsea, who says the NZPC is in denial about an expanding industry and offers only “propaganda” in its information packs.“I never had someone say, ‘I paid for your body, and I can do what I want’, until decriminalisation. That’s putting power in the hands of the business pimps. You can see this across every brothel in New Zealand.”This is disputed by those in the industry, but there’s no disagreement about one thing: you can’t legislate away the stigma.Sex industry sources like brothel owners and workers readily admit the legalised sex business isn’t without its problems.Of the workers, there are tales of threats and violence, but there’s a point of difference. Before decriminalisation, the threat of violence would linger. Now, if you have a problem, the police are there to help.Problems with drug addiction, illegal under-age and foreign sex workers, and bad operators are just that: problems. They’re not problems that just lie with this industry, and they’re for agencies such as Immigration New Zealand to deal with.Brothel owners notice the few inspections and say more are warranted to weed out bad operators who bend the rules.The industry has moved on since the 2003 reform rewrote the prostitution playbook, and according to some, it’s ready to evolve again.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/97760559/New-Zealands-sex-industry-model-as-useful-as-a-burst-condom?cid=app-iPhonelast_img read more

Season-opening Qatar MotoGP cancelled due to coronavirus

first_img Loading… Six riders in the elite class are Italian, including seven-time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi as well as 2019 runner-up Andrea Dovizioso, while Ducati and Aprilia are leading Italian manufacturers. Qatar was to be the first of a 20-race MotoGP season and it becomes the latest motorsports event cancelled because of the spread of coronavirus. The Chinese Formula One Grand Prix, which was set for April 19 in Shanghai, has already been axed as has the March 21 Formula E race slated for Sanya on the Chinese island of Hainan. However, the inaugural F1 race in Vietnam, on April 5, is going ahead. With the Qatar round cancelled, the Thailand MotoGP at Buriram on March 22 now becomes the season-opener. It was announced last week that visitors to the circuit will face rigorous health screening and be given hand sanitiser and facemasks to keep the event coronavirus-free. Thermal screening will be used at the racetrack’s entrances, hotels will look out for anyone showing symptoms, and a ‘Buriram Healthy’ app will provide up-to-date health information. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The season-opening Qatar MotoGP, scheduled to take place on March 8, was cancelled Sunday because of the spread of the coronavirus, the international motorcycling federation (FIM) announced. “Due to Qatar travel restrictions brought into force affecting passengers from Italy (amongst other countries), the premier class will not race at the Losail circuit,” the FIM said. Ducati’s Italian rider Andrea Dovizioso celebrates winning the 2019 Qatar MotoGP However, the Moto2 and Moto3 world championship races will go ahead as planned at the desert track as riders and teams were already in the Gulf state preparing for the event. As the coronavirus has spread, Italy has become the hardest-hit European country with 34 deaths and over 1,600 people infected. “As of today, all passengers arriving at Doha on direct flights from Italy, or having been in Italy in the past two weeks, will be taken straight to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days,” added the FIM. “Italy clearly plays a vital role in the championship and in the MotoGP class – both on track and off – and therefore the decision has been taken to cancel premier class competition.”Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural WondersWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own Eyeslast_img read more