Center for Global Business & Technology opens

first_imgCenter for Global Business & Technologyat Champlain College opens its doorsBURLINGTON, Vt.-Champlain College opened a $10 million academic facilityon August 30. The Center for Global Business & Technology will enhance theCollege’s ability to put students to work on real business challenges forVermont companies and non-profits, which will fuel Vermont’s businesscommunity. Students will interact with these clients and Champlain facultymembers in new high-tech classrooms and multimedia suites, a marketresearch and strategy room, focus group room, international businessresource center and conference rooms.”This building speaks to Champlain’s philosophy of action-basededucation,” said President Roger H. Perry. “The Center includes as muchintegration with the business community as we could build into it. It’s afacility that benefits students as well as Vermont’s public and privatesectors.”In the new center, student teams will earn hands-on experience as theycomplete business and technology projects for clients. Organizations thatwish to connect with these resources are invited to visitwww.champlain.edu/corporate(link is external) for contact information.In the market research and strategy room-a nerve center ofentrepreneurial activity-students from interrelated majors will cometogether in teams to recommend new strategies for businesses, includinghow to use technology for competitive advantage. In addition, theinternational business resource center on the top floor provides the bestinternational trade information the state has to offer.Approximately $1.5 million of the new facility was an investment inindustry-driven technology that you would more likely see in a corporateheadquarters than a classroom. In the new Mac G5 computer classrooms onthe ground floor, clusters of five student workstations are networked totheir own wall-mounted, 40-inch flatscreen monitor so each team candisplay their work on the wall for feedback. Additional multimedia suitesand “supersuites” across the hall put top-of-the-line visual and audioequipment at the fingertips of Champlain students.Classrooms were designed so teams of students can easily break off andwork on projects together while they employ computers and “electronicwhiteboards” to save their work. Video conferencing and speaker phones areavailable to meet with distant experts, clients or overseas students, andwireless laptops can be used in every nook and cranny of the building.last_img read more

Brazil’s Bolsonaro, long a skeptic, tests positive for coronavirus

first_imgFinishing the interview, he stepped back and removed his mask to reveal a smile, adding: “You can see from my face that I’m well and I’m calm.”Bolsonaro said he has been taking hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug with unproven effectiveness against COVID-19.Bolsonaro has emulated his political role model Donald Trump in voicing skepticism about the virulence of the virus, although the US president has moderated his tone. Bolsonaro tested negative in March for the coronavirus after several aides were diagnosed following a visit to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, Florida, resort.The positive test on Tuesday looks set to spark a frantic period of contact tracing and tests for those who met Bolsonaro in recent days, including Economy Minister Paulo Guedes, lender Banco Bradesco’s Chairman Luiz Carlos Trabuco and planemaker Embraer’s CEO Francisco Gomes Neto. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday he tested positive for the novel coronavirus after months of playing down the severity of the virus and defying medical experts, even as the pandemic killed more than 65,000 people in his country.The right-wing populist told a group of television reporters that he had developed symptoms at the weekend.”It started on Sunday with a certain malaise and became worse throughout the day on Monday, feeling poorly, exhaustion, a bit of muscle ache, fever hit 38 [degrees Celsius],” he said. Topics :center_img Over the weekend, Bolsonaro was also in close contact with US Ambassador Todd Chapman during July 4 celebrations. Pictures showed neither wearing a mask.Brazilian financial markets retreated following the news. Brazil’s currency, the real, swung into negative territory and the benchmark stock index deepened losses to 1.5%.CriticismBrazil has the world’s second-largest outbreak behind the United States, with more than 1.6 million confirmed cases.Bolsonaro has drawn criticism from public health experts for fighting state and city efforts to impose social distancing, arguing that the economic damage of those orders is worse than the disease itself.He has fired two health ministers during the crisis, both trained doctors, and replaced them with an active duty army general on an interim basis.He joins a list of government leaders to become infected with the coronavirus, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, both of whom were treated in hospital and needed extra oxygen.Pan American Health Organization director for communicable diseases Marcos Espinal wished Bolsonaro a “speedy recovery” but said his infection carried a message.”The message is that this virus is unpredictable and does not respect race, class or people in power, despite security around any president,” Espinal said. “For Brazil, the infection of its president should reinforce the need to strengthen implementations of social distancing recommendations and the use of masks to mitigate the spread of coronavirus,” he added.Bolsonaro has often defied local guidelines to wear a mask in public, even after a judge ordered him to do so in late June. Bolsonaro has also railed against social distancing rules supported by the World Health Organization.The US embassy in Brasilia said via Twitter on Monday that the ambassador had lunch on July 4 with Bolsonaro, five ministers and the president’s son, Congressman Eduardo Bolsonaro. The ambassador had no symptoms, but would undergo testing and is “taking precautions,” the embassy said.last_img read more

Italy: Judge Orders Release of Captain that Docked Migrant-Rescue Ship

first_imgAn Italian judge has ordered the release of a German captain arrested on June 29 for docking the search and rescue vessel Sea-Watch 3 with 40 migrants onboard.Captain Carola Rackete was taken into custody after carrying the migrants and refugees that she had rescued off Libya into the Italian Port of Lampedusa, despite attempts by the Italian Coastguard to block the rescue boat from entering the port.Rackete’s arrest followed the European Court of Human Rights refusing a request to disembark the rescued migrants in Italy. Sixty hours after declaring a state of emergency on board, Rackete entered the port to bring the migrant crew who had been rescued 17 days earlier to safety, according to the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).“Although we acknowledge the political complexity migration issues in the Mediterranean, today we’re relieved that Captain Rackete has been released,” said ITF Seafarers Section Chair Dave Heindel.“The Italian authorities have quickly concluded that Sea-Watch 3 entered the port because of valid safety concerns for the people on board and that Rackete had been carrying out her duty to protect life, not as a deliberate challenge to the right of Italy to protect its borders,” Heindel added.#FreeCarola continued: “I would like to stress that the whole crew of the #SeaWatch3 made this possible. Even though the attention is on me, it was as a team that we rescued the people, took care of them and brought them to safety.” #DefendSolidarity ? pic.twitter.com/BBEuKAEaYV— Sea-Watch International (@seawatch_intl) July 2, 2019The Sea-Watch 3 rescue set off an unprecedented political debate in Italy about immigration, the criminalisation of rescuing migrants and the nation’s obligation to rescue lives in danger at sea.The ITF has raised concerns over the European Union’s lack of direction to find a political solution to the issue of migrants at sea numerous times, and that Italy has been often left to deal with the issue as an individual member state instead of as part of the European community.last_img read more