Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) ALBANY — State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras and The New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) President Wayne Spence have reached an agreement to conduct free, mandatory testing for PEF-represented employees at SUNY state-operated colleges, universities, and hospitals.The agreement follows similar arrangements announced recently with United University Professions (UUP) faculty and professional members, and Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) employees.“At SUNY, our approach to containing COVID-19 depends on pinpointing any possible positive cases and that is why testing is a central part of our response efforts,” said Malatras. “This important agreement shows that by working together we can control the virus and keep our campuses and programs open and running safely.”New York State Public Employees Federation President Spence said, “From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, PEF has fought tirelessly to protect our members. This testing agreement between SUNY and PEF will help safeguard the health of state employees as they return to work.” Effective immediately and continuing through December 31, 2020, all state-operated colleges, universities, and hospitals shall conduct testing of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Unit (PS&T) employees who are required to report in person to campus to conduct some or all of their work obligation. Testing will be free of cost and conducted during regular work hours. Campuses will work with their local PEF council representatives in development of the testing protocol of the PS&T. Testing will be done at the same frequency as with students, faculty, and staff.SUNY currently has the capacity to process 120,000 test samples per week thanks to major testing breakthroughs at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Their now FDA-approved individual saliva test, done in tandem with aggressive pooled surveillance testing, allows colleges to quickly and accurately pinpoint and contain the virus and prevent outbreaks.
Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe Federal Government has struck an agreement with the Confederation of African Cycling (CAC) to stage in Abuja, the maiden African Track Championship, genetically known as African Cup 2019.The President of the Cycling Federation of Nigeria (CFN), Giandomenico Massari signed the undertaking with the CAC President, Dr Mohammed Azzam in Rome at the weekend. The championship is slated for between July 27 and 28 at the Velodrome, Package A, Abuja National Stadium.The parley between Massari and Azzam, that took place in the presence of the President of the International Cycling Union (UCI) David Lappartient and the President Italian Cycling Federation and Vice President of UCI, Mr Renato Di Rocco, was at the sideline of the CAC and EU Cycling Congress in Italy.The UCI is expected to provide technical and equipment support for the championship.In the light of the agreement, the CFN president said the federation would soon embark on a strategic marketing plan to woo potential sponsors into partnership that will make the African Cup a commercial and sporting success.He disclosed yesterday that Nigeria agreed to host the championship to help in nurturing the hidden potentials of its youth in cycling.Recently, two Nigerian cyclists, Gladys Tombrakpa and Mary Samuel, stunned cycling enthusiasts after winning in between themselves, seven medals at an international championship held in South Africa.Among other expectations, Massari said the Nigerian Federation will cater for accommodation, feeding, transportation and sundry technical and medical support to the participants.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Barcelona have officially unveiled Luis Enrique as their new first-team manager, taking the position vacated by Gerardo Martino on Saturday. The former Celta Vigo boss joins on a two-year deal, as was confirmed by the official Barcelona Twitter account on Monday evening:The 44-year-old shares a close bond with the Catalan club, having first joined as a player in 1996 before retiring in 2004, scoring 109 goals in 300 appearances for La Blaugrana.Enrique would then go on to become a part of the club’s reserve setup, managing Barcelona “B” from 2008 to 2011.As David Jaca of the Mirror and the BBC’s Matt Slater point out, physical conditioning and fitness is expected to be a big focus of Enrique’s plan, such is his style of management: