RecSports returns with added COVID precautions

first_imgNotre Dame RecSports recently announced its plans for intramural sports and other recreational events to take place this fall with added safety precautions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Interhall women’s flag football and men’s three-on-three soccer leagues began Monday, with more sports leagues and events set to begin in the coming weeks.This fall’s RecSports programming will be designed to allow student participation while also ensuring their health and safety. Masks must be worn at all times by all event participants and staff regardless of physical distance during activities. Team roster sizes will be limited depending on square footage of playing areas, the ability of participants to physically distance and the capabilities of facilities to provide proper physical distancing between individual games. Equipment will be cleaned with disinfectant before, during and after play, and rosters will be strictly adhered to for contact tracing purposes with no additions permitted at game sites. Additionally, participants will be encouraged not to share any personal equipment, and pinnies will not be provided for teams to distinguish from one another.“RecSports continues to work with University officials to ensure that the leagues and tournaments we offer are conducted with the highest regard to safety,” RecSports director Mark Williams said in an email. “We understand that these are very challenging times for all of us and especially our students, and we spent the summer months working to develop programming that adheres to University standards.”There are a total of 11 intramural leagues and tournaments set to take place this year, with additional programming added for weekends. All three recreational facilities on Notre Dame’s campus, including the Smith Center, Rockne Memorial and North Dome, have reopened as of Monday. RecSports is also offering both in-person and virtual fitness classes and is currently coordinating practices for club sports.Williams spoke to the importance of getting students back to participating in recreational activities amid the pandemic.“We recognize that our students are very active and how vital safe recreational sports and fitness are to them,” he said. “RecSports will continue to work to provide our students with opportunities to play and engage in safe recreational sports and fitness activities.”Some students, like junior Jacob Messineo, are also excited to be participating in RecSports events this year. Messineo, who serves as the RecSports commissioner for Dunne Hall, said he is glad there will be intramural sports this year.“I’ve been doing my best to promote all of the new programming to students in Dunne, and kids seem to be receptive to all of the safety protocols,” Messineo said. “I’m looking forward to getting back to playing sports with friends, and I plan to make a team for the three-on-three soccer tournament.”Messineo said he hopes students continue to follow the new safety guidelines throughout the fall season.“I think RecSports has done a great job of trying to keep people safe this year,” he said. “I hope that the season can finish without anyone breaking the guidelines.”Tags: covid protocols, mark williams, rec sportslast_img read more

EMV: Where things stand now that the shift has occurred

first_imgAs you know, to combat payment card fraud and encourage the timely implementation of EMV chip cards, card brands set Oct. 1, 2015, as the fraud liability shift date for all magnetic-stripe point-of-sale transactions. While EMV has already been adopted by Europe and much of the world, the United States payment market is larger than all of Europe’s combined. The U.S. is also the most complex card issuing region in the world, with over 16 networks as well as various regulations that govern debit cards.As a result, it should be no surprise to learn there have been challenges.The necessary changes ATM and POS vendors and merchants needed to make took time and considerable expense to complete. Once developed, EMV technology needed to be rolled out to thousands of devices – another time consuming undertaking. Overall the credit card transition has gone well.On the other hand, during the testing phases for debit card processing, there were reports of transaction routing issues, transactions timing out and terminal messaging inconsistencies, causing confusion and frustration among card users.Put a plan in placeWith these issues in mind, understandably some credit unions waited for such challenges to be worked out prior to rolling out their own EMV card program. However as we prepare to enter a new year, it is important for credit unions to have some kind of plan in place for EMV chip-enabled cards.Credit union service provider LSC® offers some things to consider prior to initiating an EMV strategy for your credit union:Will your issuance strategy be a selective, natural reissue or a mass reissue?Have you considered extending your reissue term to help save on costs?Will you choose a generic card or custom card?Falling BackOne big thing every credit union should be aware as they implement an EMV strategy is the concept of fallback transactions. A fallback takes place when a chip card can’t be read by a chip enabled terminal (after three attempts) and “falls back” to a magnetic strip transaction. Although credit unions are still liable for fraudulent fallback transactions, most payment networks do not recommend declining them. The reason being you would probably be declining more valid transactions than fraudulent ones.Keep in mind, in some instances EMV capable terminals were installed but the merchant chose not to enforce inserting chipped cards and the terminal coding was reverted back to a magnetic-strip transaction. In such instances, any fraud liability falls on the merchant, not the card issuer.It’s important to note, not all types of merchants are currently chip enabled.  Javelin Research is reporting only approximately 25% of merchants are ready for EMV. Some are not required to be. For instance, when it comes to paying at the pump, the liability shift date for Automatic Fuel Dispensers (AFD) chip card terminals is not until October 2017. That means AFD chip card terminals may not be available at gas stations for a while.Education is still keyPerhaps the most important component when preparing your credit union for EMV, as with most things, is simply education. Making certain not only your staff, but your cardholders have an understanding of how EMV works and what to expect is key to a smooth transition.Alert your members that EMV chip cards are coming through your newsletter, email blasts, mailings and notices on your website. Include an FAQ sheet of everything the member needs to know about their new card. Utilize and share information offered for by both Visa and MasterCard that give simple, step-by-step instructions. Some card providers like LSC provide free in-branch materials such as table tents and handouts to their credit unions.Most importantly, make sure your staff can comfortably answer any questions and explain how the cards work and the additional security they offer. 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bart Scott Bart is the Marketing Communication Coordinator for LSC in Naperville, IL. He has worked for the Illinois Credit Union System in various roles for nearly five years. Prior to his … Web: www.lsc.net Detailslast_img read more

FDA orders delay of anthrax vaccine trial

first_img The company said it would meet with the FDA as soon as possible to discuss how to satisfy the agency’s requirements so the trial can proceed. See also: The delay of the clinical trial is the second major setback for VaxGen this year. In May the company announced that the delivery of its vaccine would be delayed at least a year beyond the original target date of November 2006. The delay prompted the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to issue VaxGen a “cure notice,” which says HHS may cancel the vaccine contract if the company doesn’t solve the problem promptly, the firm said in a Nov 4 news release. In late September HHS held a workshop to hear the concerns of biotechnology firms, academic institutions, and the medical community regarding the BioShield program. Also, legislation has been introduced in Congress to help companies that are developing BioShield products more easily clear financial and regulatory hurdles. May 11 CIDRAP News story “New anthrax vaccine for US stockpile delayed”http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/anthrax/news/may1106anthrax.html In a Nov 3 press release, the Brisbane, Calif., company said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered the delay because it was concerned about a possible decline in the vaccine’s potency during the immunization phase of the phase 2 clinical trial, which could cloud the study results. “The notification is not related to any adverse event or preclinical finding related to the vaccine,” VaxGen said in its press release. In 2004, HHS awarded VaxGen an $877.5 million contract, the first awarded under Project BioShield, to develop an anthrax vaccine for the civilian stockpile. The goal of Project BioShield is to develop medical defenses against chemical, biological, and radiological weapons. The contract was to produce 75 million doses, enough to vaccinate 25 million people. The VaxGen anthrax vaccine is intended to replace Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed (AVA), an older, whole-microbe anthrax vaccine used primarily by the US military. The older vaccine, controversial because of reported side effects, requires six doses over 18 months, whereas the VaxGen anthrax vaccine is expected to require three doses. The active ingredient in the VaxGen vaccine is a recombinant form of an anthrax protein called protective antigen (rPA). Nov 6, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – VaxGen Inc., which is developing a new anthrax vaccine for the US civilian stockpile, announced last week it was postponing the latest clinical trial because of potential problems with the vaccine’s shelf life. In March, the Washington Post reported that a human trial of VaxGen’s vaccine revealed problems with its potency, and the company said the vaccine lost strength within a few months. At the time, VaxGen said rPA reacted with an aluminum hydroxide adjuvant (immune-boosting substance), but the company believed it had found a solution after experimenting with different formulations. Also in May, the Government Accountability Office issued a report that said the government’s contract with VaxGen was too rigid and might discourage other biotechnology companies from pursuing Project BioShield contracts. Developing new vaccines is expensive, difficult, and often fraught with testing and production delays.last_img read more

‘Huge issue’ with some refereeing decisions – Kearns

first_imgNeilan also had to be escorted from the field by Gardaí after the full-time whistle, to a chorus of boos from Tipp fans in the Old Stand.Kearns spoke to Tipp FM Sport about the ref after the game… Liam Kearns has a ‘huge issue’ with how Tipp’s game against Armagh in the football qualifiers was reffed.However, he has admitted that the refereeing did not cost Tipperary the game.Roscommon’s Paddy Neilan was heavily criticised for not using the advantage rule correctly on both sides, and Kearns also pointed out that Tipperary were continuously penalised for diving.last_img

Black Queens confident of Burkinabe result

first_imgGhana remains very confident of getting a positive result against Burkina Faso in the qualifying for the 2014 Africa Women’s Championship.The Black Queens will depart for Ouagadougou for the first-leg tie of the first round on Wednesday after having camped in Tamale ahead of the game on Saturday.Yussif Basigi, coach of the team says he is very satisfied with the level of preparation after his team completed their week-long acclimatisation exercise in Tamale, where the weather is similar to the current climatic conditions in Ouagadougou.”I am very satisfied with the work we have done since we got to camp last year,” Basigi said.”The team has prepared well and I pray the hardwork put in by the ladies gets the needed results.”Basigi is determined to return Ghana to Africa’s flagship women’s football tournament after the Black Queens who for the first time missed out of the tournament in 2012 since the inception of the biennial championship in 1998. “It will be a big game but we have to be up for the task and ensure that we achieve out goal towards playing at the Championship,” the Ghana coach said.Ghana will host the return fixture between 28 February – 2 March 2014.last_img read more