MIAMI, 24 de julio de 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Royal Caribbean Group está sustituyendo uno de las partes que menos gusta, pero que al mismo tiempo es una de las más importantes, de una vacación en crucero – el simulacro de seguridad – con Muster 2.0™, un acercamiento totalmente nuevo a la forma en que a los huéspedes que se les proporciona la información sobre seguridad. El innovador programa, primero de su tipo, reimagina un proceso que originalmente fue concebido para grandes grupos de personas y lo convierte en un acercamiento más rápido y más personal, que fomenta mayores niveles de seguridad.
Con Muster 2.0, los elementos clave del simulacro de seguridad – incluso la revisión de qué esperar y a dónde ir en caso de emergencia, y las instrucciones sobre cómo usar correctamente un chaleco salvavidas – estarán a disposición de los huéspedes de forma individual y no como un acercamiento en grupo que es lo que se ha hecho históricamente. La nueva tecnología, eMuster™, se usará para ayudar a proporcionar la información a los huéspedes a través de sus dispositivos móviles y de televisores interactivos en las habitaciones. Los viajeros podrán revisar la información a su propio ritmo antes de zarpar, con lo que se elimina la necesidad de las tradicionales reuniones de grandes grupos. El nuevo acercamiento también posibilita que todos a bordo mantengan un mejor espaciamiento según los huéspedes se desplazan por el barco, y permite que los huéspedes disfruten más de sus vacaciones sin interrupciones.
Después de revisar individualmente la información sobre seguridad, los huéspedes completarán el simulacro mediante una visita a su punto de reunión asignado, donde un miembro de la tripulación verificará que todos los pasos hayan sido completados y responderá preguntas. Según lo requieren las leyes marítimas internacionales, todos y cada uno de los pasos tienen que haberse completado antes de que el buque pueda zarpar.
“La salud y la seguridad de nuestros huéspedes y tripulantes son nuestra prioridad número uno, y el desarrollo de este nuevo proceso de reunión es una solución elegante para un proceso obsoleto e impopular”, señaló Richard Fain, presidente de la junta directiva y CEO, Royal Caribbean Group. “El hecho que esto también ahorrará tiempo a los huéspedes y permitirá que el buque opere sin pausa significa que podemos ganar simultáneamente en salud, seguridad y satisfacción del huésped”.
“Muster 2.0 representa una extensión natural de nuestra misión para mejorar las experiencias vacacionales de nuestros huéspedes mediante la eliminación de puntos de fricción”, dijo Jay Schneider, vicepresidente senior, Digital, Royal Caribbean Group. “En este caso, lo que resulta más conveniente para nuestros huéspedes es también la opción más segura a la luz de la necesidad de reimaginar los espacios sociales a raíz del COVID-19”.
Esto constituye el primer cambio drástico al proceso de simulacro de seguridad en una década, desde que el Oasis of the Seas de Royal Caribbean trasladó los chalecos salvavidas de las habitaciones de los huéspedes a los puntos de reunión, lo cual mejoró el proceso de evacuación y ha sido adoptado de forma generalizada por la industria. Muster 2.0, que se ha estado fraguando durante más de un año, es también una iniciativa que formará parte del conjunto integral de protocolos y procedimientos que Royal Caribbean Group está desarrollando de conjunto con el Panel para una Navegación Saludable (Healthy Sail Panel) que formó recientemente en colaboración con Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
“Este nuevo proceso representa el tipo de innovación en la que Panel para una Navegación Saludable ha puesto su enfoque como parte de su misión de mejorar la salud y la seguridad de los cruceros”, dijo Mike Leavitt, exgobernador de Utah y copresidente del Panel para una Navegación Saludable. “Esto es una muestra de todo lo que podemos lograr si pensamos en formas novedosas de abordar la seguridad”.
“Me gustaría felicitar a Royal Caribbean Group con motivo de este hito innovador. Esto es exactamente lo que nuestra industria necesita durante estos tiempos sin precedentes y apreciamos la generosa oferta de participación en esta innovación”, señaló Frank Del Rio, presidente y CEO de Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “En esta industria, todos trabajamos de forma cooperada para mejorar la salud y la seguridad, y esto es un ejemplo de eso”.
El concepto de reunión distribuida para buques que surcan las aguas oceánicas ha sido patentado en Estados Unidos y está pendiente de patente en importantes mercados de todo el mundo, entre ellos varios países de abanderamiento de la industria de los cruceros. La compañía también ha trabajado con reguladores internacionales, con la Guardia Costera de Estados Unidos y con otras autoridades marítimas y gubernamentales para garantizar que el concepto cumpla con todos los requisitos de seguridad.
Además de introducir el nuevo proceso en los buques de sus propias líneas de cruceros – Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises y Azamara – Royal Caribbean Group está ofreciendo licencias de la tecnología patentada a operadores de cruceros interesados y renunciará a los cargos por la licencia de la patente durante el tiempo que el mundo y la industria luchen contra la pandemia global. Ya se han concedido licencias de patente a la empresa conjunta de la compañía, TUI Cruises GmbH, así como a Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., la empresa matriz de Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises y Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
Muster 2.0 se puso a prueba por primera vez en el Symphony of the Seas de Royal Caribbean en enero de 2020. Los huéspedes que participaron en el proceso indicaron una marcada preferencia por el nuevo acercamiento e informaron una mejor comprensión y retención de la información sobre seguridad.
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Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE: RCL) es una empresa de vacaciones en cruceros conformada por cuatro marcas globales: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara y Silversea. Royal Caribbean Group también tiene la propiedad del 50% de una empresa conjunta que opera TUI Cruises y Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. De conjunto, nuestras marcas operan 63 buques, con otros 16 en fase de pedido, a la fecha del 10 de julio de 2020. Aprenda más en www.rclcorporate.com o www.rclinvestor.com.
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Former President Pranab Mukherjee in Coma, Vital Parameters are Stable
Former President Pranab Mukherjee is in a coma, but his vitals are stable, He said the Army’s Research and Referral (R & R) hospital on Thursday morning. The former President Pranab Mukherjee was transferred to the hospital after he suffered a fall at his residence on Monday. After the discovery of a clot, he underwent surgery in his brain. Former President of India Pranab Mukherjee admitted into the R&R hospital. He went to the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19. Last Monday, he underwent brain surgery after a clot was found.
A lot of Speculations and Rumours are Circulating on Social Media about the Health of Former President Pranab Mukherjee.
On Thursday, the son of Former President, Abhijit tweeted and asked people to stop circulating fake news about the health of Pranab Mukherjee. Mukherjee’s daughter, Sharmistha, also tweeted that people should not spread rumors about India’s former President (1).
On Wednesday, she also shared a prayer from her Twitter account. She said that 8 August 2019 was one of the happiest days of her life. It was because her father, the former President of India Pranab Mukherjee, received the Bharat Ratna award. Now, exactly a year later, he fell critically ill. She further prayed to God to give what is best for her father. Sharmistha also asked to provide her with the strength to accept the sorrow and joys of life. She also thanked all for their concerns regarding the health of former President Pranab Mukherjee (2).
On Monday, former President Pranab Mukherjee tweeted that he has tested positive for coronavirus. During his visit to the healthcare center for a different procedure, he was found positive for COVID-19. He further, also requested people who came in contact with his in the previous week, to test themselves for coronavirus.
Pranab Mukherjee served as India’s President from 2012 to 2017. He kept his interaction with the public minimum after the pandemic.
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Ga. School District Quarantines Hundreds Of Students Over Fears Of COVID-19 Exposure
Barely a week after Georgia reopened its public schools amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a school district north of Atlanta has ordered 925 students, teachers and staff to self-quarantine after dozens tested positive for the coronavirus. The district also announced the temporary closing of one of its hardest-hit high schools.
Cherokee County School District Superintendent Brian Hightower said in a statement Tuesday that there had been 59 positive COVID-19 tests among students and staff since the Aug. 3 reopening.
“We are not hesitating to quarantine students and staff who have had possible exposure – even if the positive test was prompted by possible exposure rather than symptoms, as all positive cases can lead to the infection of others,” Hightower said.
He said Etowah High School would be closed to in-person learning effective at the end of classes on Tuesday. At the end of Monday, about 300 of the school’s 2,400 students, or 12.5%, were under quarantine, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The superintendent’s statement came a day after Gov. Brian Kemp said at a news conference that the reopening of the schools had gone well.
Although the governor has encouraged the wearing of masks, which have been shown to significantly reduce the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, he has insisted he will not require them. On Monday, Kemp ruled out any directive requiring students to wear masks, leaving that decision instead to district superintendents.
The Cherokee schools, with more than 42,000 students, opted not to mandate masks. It’s a decision that some parents have applauded. Georgia Public Broadcasting reports that about a dozen of them staged a rally on Tuesday in Canton, Ga., in support of the district.
It’s not clear how many Georgia schools mandate masks, as they are not required to report that information, a spokeswoman for the state’s department of health told NPR.
Cherokee public schools spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby said the district had “made clear” that “we anticipated positive tests among students and staff could occur, which is why we put a system into place to quickly contact trace, mandate quarantines, notify parents and report cases and quarantines to the entire community.”
In an email to NPR, Jacoby added, “It’s worth noting that this level of public reporting is not required in any way, but is keeping with our longstanding commitment to transparency.”
— Ellen Eldridge (@EllenEldridge27) August 11, 2020
In a news conference on Monday alongside U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams at a new mega COVID-19 testing site at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Kemp, a Republican, praised what he described as the mostly smooth opening of the schools, with the exception of some photos shared on social media of crowded hallways of unmasked students.
Last week, a picture of hallways packed with students at North Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga. – with all but a few not wearing masks — made the rounds on social media. Six students and three staff later tested positive for the coronavirus, and the school was closed for two days to be disinfected.
“I think quite honestly this week went real well other than a couple of virtual photos,” Kemp said at Monday’s news conference. “But the attitude from what they’re telling me was good.”
He acknowledged, however, there will “definitely” be COVID-19 cases “when you open anything,” adding that’s why testing and making sure schools have adequate masks and cleaning equipment is important.
Last month, Kemp sued Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms after her directive that city residents wear masks in public amid skyrocketing cases in the capital – a stricter standard than the governor himself had issued. The lawsuit argued that Bottoms “does not have the legal authority to modify, change or ignore Governor Kemp’s executive orders.”
The Big Ten, Pac-12 Postpone Football, Other Fall Sports Over Coronavirus Concerns
Updated 6:32 p.m. ET
Two major college conferences — the Big Ten and Pac-12 — each announced Tuesday they were sidelining college football and other fall sports because of the coronavirus, just weeks before schools were scheduled to play their first games.
The Big Ten, which includes universities with powerhouse sports programs, such as Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan State, said it will look at holding some competitions in the spring.
The Pac-12, which includes elite sports programs Stanford, UCLA, USC and University of Oregon, announced shortly after the Big Ten, adding that officials reached a unanimous decision to call off athletic competition through the calendar year.
“Our primary responsibility is to make the best possible decisions in the interest of our students, faculty and staff,” said Morton Schapiro, chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors and president of Northwestern University, in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon.
In addition to football, the Big Ten’s decision postpones fall sports such as cross-country, field hockey, soccer and women’s volleyball. Under the college schedule, basketball is categorized as a winter sport.
News that the Big Ten would postpone or cancel the 2020-21 football season was first reported by the Detroit Free Press on Monday.
“The health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes and all those connected to Pac-12 sports has been our number one priority since the start of this current crisis,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement.
“Our student-athletes, fans, staff and all those who love college sports would like to have seen the season played this calendar year as originally planned, and we know how disappointing this is.”
The Pac-12 also said that when conditions improve, a return for impacted sports would be considered after January.
All of the Power Five conferences – the Big Ten, Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Pac-12 and Big 12 – had previously announced their schools would be playing almost entirely within their own conferences for the upcoming season, hoping to preserve a popular fall ritual and fulfill TV contracts that bring in billions of dollars each year.
The Big Ten was among the first Football Bowl Subdivision conferences to adopt the conference-only plan — and now, it’s among the first to abandon it.
Other Power Five conferences could follow suit, but the SEC commissioner said late Tuesday his conference still intends to play.
Sportscaster Dan Patrick announced on his radio program Monday, “The ACC and the Big 12 are on the fence. The SEC is trying to get a delay to have teams join them.”
DP was told an hour ago that the Big 10 and Pac 12 will cancel their football seasons tomorrow… The ACC and the Big 12 are on the fence.. And the SEC is trying to get teams to join them for a season.
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) August 10, 2020
Patrick added that a source told him that the SEC is seeking exclusive television contracts and might bring in other schools, including some from the ACC and from Big 12 conference, to play games.
College head coaches speak out
Not everyone in the Big Ten agreed with the decision.
As rumors of the move circulated on Monday, Nebraska head football coach Scott Frost told reporters that his university “is committed to playing … no matter what that looks like.” Frost even left the door open to playing outside his conference, adding, “we’re prepared to look for other options.”
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh also pushed for playing games, saying, “This virus can be controlled.”
“I’m not advocating for football this fall because of my passion or our players desire to play but because of the facts accumulated over the last eight weeks since our players returned to campus on June 13,” Harbaugh wrote in a statement.
He also outlined several benchmarks that he says the Michigan program has met since football players returned to campus in June, including “zero positive tests among the coaches and staff over the entire eight weeks of testing” and “zero pauses in our training.”
“This isn’t easy. This is hard,” Harbaugh said. “We respect the challenge that the virus has presented. however we will not cower from it.”
Alabama coach Nick Saban agreed, telling ESPN on Monday that players would be safer living under the structure of his football program — if the season remains intact.
“I know I’ll be criticized no matter what I say, that I don’t care about player safety,” said Saban, who coaches in the SEC.
“Look, players are a lot safer with us than they are running around at home. We have around a 2% positive ratio on our team since the Fourth of the July. It’s a lot higher than that in society,” Saban said. “We act like these guys can’t get this unless they play football. They can get it anywhere, whether they’re in a bar or just hanging out.”
The Big Ten is sidelining fall sports less than a week after the conference announced plans to hold a 10-game, conference-only schedule that could kick off as early as Sept. 5.
But as news about the looming change emerged, Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, a Republican, sent a letter Monday to the presidents and chancellors of the Big Ten, telling them, “We should not cancel the college football season.”
“Life is about tradeoffs,” Sasse, a former president of Midland University in Fremont, Neb., wrote, adding that “these young men need a season.”
“There are no guarantees that college football will be completely safe — that’s absolutely true; it’s always true. But the structure and discipline of football programs is very likely safer than what the lived experience of 18- to 22-year-olds will be if there isn’t a season,” Sasse wrote.
On Monday afternoon, President Trump lent his support to college athletes, coaches and fans who are urging conference officials to allow football games to go ahead.
“Play College Football,” Trump said in one tweet.
“The student-athletes have been working too hard for their season to be cancelled,” Trump said in another tweet that used the hashtag “WeWantToPlay.”
The latter was a retweet of Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, one of several top players who are expressing their desire to take the field — and who are calling for measures they say would provide safety and equity for players.
The measures include establishing universal health and safety procedures to protect college athletes among all NCAA conferences, allowing those who don’t want to play to opt out and guaranteeing eligibility whether a player chooses to play or not.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2020
The Big Ten announced its decision one day after the Mountain West Conference, which includes Colorado State and Boise State, announced “the indefinite postponement of all scheduled fall sports contests and MW championship events” citing virus concerns.
Over the weekend, the Mid-American Conference announced it was postponing “all scheduled fall contests, as well as MAC championships, due to the concerns related to the COVID-19 global pandemic.”
The MAC Council of Presidents vote was unanimous.
However, MAC officials said the hope is to hold competition from the fall sports in the spring semester of 2021, including for football, men’s and women’s cross-country, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball.
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