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Saudi ramps up virus testing as lockdown relaxed

first_imgSaudi Arabia, which has reported the highest number of infections in the Arab world, is scrambling to limit the spread of coronavirus at home. On Sunday, the health ministry said the number of deaths from COVID-19 had risen to 139, confirmed infections to 17,522 while  2,357 people have recovered.Last month, Saudi Arabia suspended the year-round “umrah” pilgrimage over fears of the coronavirus pandemic spreading in Islam’s holiest cities.Authorities are yet to announce whether they will proceed with this year’s hajj, scheduled for the end of July, but they have urged Muslims to temporarily defer preparations for the annual pilgrimage.Last year, some 2.5 million faithful travelled to Saudi Arabia from across the world to participate in the hajj, which Muslims are obliged to perform at least once during their lifetime.The Arab world’s biggest economy has also closed cinemas, malls and restaurants and halted flights as it attempts to contain the virus.King Salman has warned of a “more difficult” fight ahead against the virus, as the kingdom faces the economic impact of virus-led shutdowns and crashing oil prices. The deal, which has a total value of 995 million riyals, also includes “the establishment of six large regional laboratories in a number of areas in the kingdom, including a mobile laboratory with a production capacity of 10,000 tests daily”, it added.Earlier the government decided to relax a nationwide curfew between 9am and 5pm, with malls and retailers allowed to reopen until May 13, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.But a round-the-clock lockdown will be maintained in some areas including Mecca, where the highest number of infections have been recorded in recent days despite the city being sealed off.Many countries around the Middle East and North Africa have the easing of lockdown restrictions to coincide the holy fasting month of Ramadan which began on Friday. Topics :center_img Saudi Arabia announced Sunday a $265 million deal with a Chinese firm to ramp up coronavirus testing as the kingdom eased a 24-hour curfew, except in hotspots including Islam’s holy city of Mecca.The agreement with China’s Beijing Genome Institute (BGI) will provide for nine million COVID-19 tests, the government said in a statement.It said in line with the agreement “500 experts, specialists, and technicians” would come from China to conduct the tests.last_img read more

As Japan reopens, a hospital grapples with coronavirus aftermath

first_imgDoctors in white coats and blue scrubs sat around a conference room table in June, looking up at a colorful slide projected on the wall.”How is anyone supposed to memorize this?” a doctor sitting in the back asked as Yoshihiro Masui, the director of Yokohama City Seibu Hospital’s critical care center, checked the slides.The presentation, full of color-coded flow charts, showed dozens of new safety protocols for everything from routine surgeries to dialysis. Weeks earlier, Seibu had been the site of one of the worst hospital coronavirus outbreaks in Japan, with some 80 people testing positive for COVID-19, including 43 staff members. By the time the hospital contained the spread, 13 elderly patients had died.For most of May, the 500-bed hospital, in a port city 30km south of Tokyo, had sat empty. After the outbreak, it halted nearly all outpatient services. Doctors and nurses were required to spend two weeks at home, monitoring for symptoms before they could return to work.Now, as the country emerges from a state of emergency, hospitals like Seibu face the prospect of operating in the shadow of a virus with no treatment or cure.”We can never have an outbreak again like the one we experienced,” said Masui, an emergency doctor who has been charged with the hospital’s coronavirus response. “What we learned is that this can truly happen anywhere.” ‘NEW NORMAL’ Topics :center_img Doctors and nurses at Seibu were among the first to mobilize for the pandemic in Japan, accepting sick passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in February.After treating dozens of coronavirus patients, a man with no fever and no other obvious symptoms was carried into the emergency room in early April. The man was kept in a room with another patient before he was discharged to another facility. By the time the staff learned in late April the man had the virus, it had already spread to other wings of the hospital.Masui says he felt responsible for the outbreak.”I pushed the hospital to take in suspected coronavirus patients, knowing other hospitals were turning them away,” he said during a rare break between his rounds. “I was the one convincing the head of the hospital to take these patients in.”More than 18,000 people have tested positive for the virus in Japan. The number of new coronavirus cases have fallen since mid-April and with 971 deaths, the country has so far managed to dodge the kind of catastrophic death toll seen elsewhere.But for medical workers, new outbreaks remain a constant threat. The Mainichi newspaper found that 99 medical facilities have reported infections.New safety precautions to guard against the coronavirus can make life-saving measures more difficult.Kentaro Sato, a 29-year old doctor in the emergency room, spent two weeks at home after he rushed to resuscitate a child who suddenly went into cardiac arrest.”I knew I had to put on a gown beforehand but I thought, this is a kid, and I have to do something to help,” said Sato, who learned later the patient had a fever and was suspected of having COVID-19. Before the test came back negative, Sato spent days fretting he may have spread the virus to colleagues and other patients.Staying afloatFor months before its outbreak, the hospital had taken in patients rejected or referred by other hospitals. Once, Seibu admitted a coronavirus patient who had been rejected from nearly 100 hospitals in Tokyo, said Fumiaki Sano, the deputy director of the hospital.”Now, I wonder if we had maybe taken on too much,” Sano said in his office overlooking the trees in the parking lot. After news of the outbreak spread, the hospital received a torrent of angry calls from nearby businesses. Some nurses were shunned by neighbors when they heard they were caring for coronavirus patients.Since resuming operations on June 8, the hospital has seen 450 patients a day. Anyone who requires an overnight stay is first tested for the virus and placed in an isolated ward for the duration of their stay. The hospital is admitting only 60 patients at a time, keeping most of its wards sitting empty.”We can’t stay afloat like this,” Sano says, adding that the hospital had lost more than half of its revenue for outpatient services in May.At the entrance of the hospital, elderly patients waited in line to have their temperature checked. Staff in face shields, masks and plastic gloves guarded the hospital’s automatic doors, asking each patient to answer a dozen questions before letting them in.Inside, in a darkened hallway far from the busy hospital lobby, a letter from Sano addressed to staff hung on a notice board.”I am sure many of you, like me, are feeling anguish, worry, regret, and agony,” he wrote. “But we have patients waiting for us to reopen and we have a duty to provide the necessary medical care to our community.” last_img read more

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sends message to Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku ahead of Crystal Palace clash

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer sends message to Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku ahead of Crystal Palace clash Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 26 Feb 2019 11:00 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 Alexis Sanchez has struggled to make an impact at Manchester United (Getty Images)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has challenged Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku to ‘step up’ ahead of Manchester United’s clash with Crystal Palace on Wednesday evening.Solskjaer is dealing with multiple injuries to his squad ahead of the trip to Selhurst Park with Marcus Rashford a major doubt, while Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard are ruled out.The absences will give both Lukaku and Sanchez a chance to start in attack and Solskjaer is hopeful that the duo can prove their worth.‘It’s a chance for them to play to their potential,’ said Solskjaer.ADVERTISEMENT Romelu Lukaku could start in attack against Palace if Marcus Rashford is unavailable (Getty Images)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‘Reputation is one thing, the potential is high and I’m sure that because the two of them are good mates, they link up well together, so this might be a chance for them two to find some form and give a selection headache for when everyone gets fit again.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Rom created our two biggest chances against Liverpool, it’s a different position for him, I know, because Rashy’s injury meant we had to rely on him standing up there and running in behind, he couldn’t do too much defending work,‘So Rom’s attitude and work rate was fantastic and the two chances – Jesse’s and Chris at the end – was Rom’s doing.‘They linked up between them against Arsenal in the FA Cup so hopefully Alexis and Rom can step up.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisementlast_img read more

Analysis: Pension policy promises in draft German coalition deal

first_imgAndrea Nahles, meanwhile, could be nominated the new head of the SPD later today following a meeting of the party’s leadership, although opposition to this is mounting, according to German media reports. As minister for labour and social affairs, Nahles played a key role in steering Germany’s major pension reform – the Betriebsrentenstärkungsgesetz (BRSG) – through to completion. Credit: Susie KnollAndrea Nahles, SPD, GermanyThe BRSG was passed in the lower house of parliament in June last year, and entered into effect last month.The protracted negotiations to form a new government since then are good grounds to be relieved that the BRSG was passed before the end of the last parliamentary term, says Klaus Stiefermann, managing director at aba, Germany’s occupational pension fund association.“You don’t want to imagine the law not having made it through the process before the end of the last legislative period, and things now being up in the air because we didn’t know how the political situation would continue,” he says.Pension promises from the ‘grand coalition’The coalition partners have promised to develop an attractive, standardised ‘Riester’ product as quickly as possible, in dialogue with the insurance industry. The Riester is a state-subsidised private pension saving product. aba does not want to be left out of these discussions, however. Individuals can also save into a Riester through their employer, and such arrangements have been made more attractive by the new German reform law, according to Stiefermann.“If it touches on occupational pensions then we will also need to be considered,” he says.The association also wants a voice in the pensions commission that the new coalition government proposes to establish.According to the coalition document, the committee will focus on the future of the state pension after 2025, as well as that of the other pension pillars. It will aim to come up with a recommendation for “a reliable inter-generational contract”. It should report back by March 2020. The deal struck by the CDU/CSU and the SPD promises that state pensions will be fixed at 48% of average salaries by 2025, with contributions capped at 20% of gross pay. If necessary the parties will resort to taxes to help fund this cap, according to the draft agreement. The government will change the formula used to calculate pensions in order to secure the 48% level, it says. The employers’ association for the influential German metal and electrical sector has strongly criticised the outlined approach to state pensions, warning it will penalise younger generations.Pensions portal coming up? After months of talks, the CDU, its sister party the CSU, and the SPD – roughly centre-right and centre-left parties, respectively – came to an agreement last Wednesday that paves the way for them to govern Germany in a grand coalition. But what does it mean for pensions policy in Europe’s largest economy?The coalition agreement that looks set to form the basis of Germany’s new government does not mention occupational pensions outright, but the national association for the sector still sees it being in play. In the 177-page draft agreement, a section on pensions expresses the parties’ commitment to the three-pillar pension system, and their desire to further develop private pensions.The agreement is only a draft as it is subject to a vote by the SPD’s members – the final result is expected by 4 March, according to local reports. Assuming the coalition goes ahead, it would be a continuation of the constellation that was in power in the previous legislative period, although key changes are to take place. The finance ministry, for example, is due to be led by the SPD for the first time in nine years, with the mayor of Hamburg, Olaf Scholz, slated to succeed the CDU’s Wolfgang Schäuble.center_img Angela Merkel is set for another term as chancellorThe coalition government also has plans for improving pension communication. It says it will introduce provision of an overarching overview of an individual’s pension situation, pulling in information from all the pillars – the state pension, occupational pensions, and private personal pension savings.As a plan, this is not new: under the last government, the SPD and the CDU commissioned Aon Hewitt and Hans-Joachim Zwiesler, an academic at the University of Ulm, to carry out research into the idea.Aba has previously cautioned against expecting too much from providing such information to individuals, and Stiefermann reiterates the association’s view that information alone will not move people to take action where it is necessary.It is important that whatever the government comes up with is compatible with the multiple information requirements that employers and pension institutions already have to meet, be it under national or European regulation, says Stiefermann.“The experience abroad has shown that this is not easy, so it’s good that [the coalition agreement] does not give a date for the introduction of such an information overview,” he says.last_img read more

Paul B. Lecher

first_imgPaul B. Lecher, age 88 of Batesville, died Monday, February 17, 2020 at his home.  Born May 19, 1931 in Franklin County Indiana, he is the son of Anna (Nee: Schulte) and Peter Lecher.  He married Joan Schebler July 6, 1957 at St. Anne’s Church in Hamburg, Indiana.  Paul served in the army during the Korean War and following the service would go to work for Batesville Casket Company, retiring in 1996 after42 years.  He was a member of the Ripley County V.F.W. Post #3183 and the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271.Paul was a simple and humble man.  He enjoyed being outdoors and was content to work in his garden or around the yard.  In his younger years, he liked to go squirrel and rabbit hunting.  Paul also enjoyed watching sports.  What he treasured most was being with his grandchildren.  He attended all their events and activities and would proudly join them for Grandparent’s Day at school.He is survived by his wife Joan; sons Ken (Dorothy) of Greensburg, Indiana, Rick (Carol) of Cincinnati, Ohio, Randy (Chris) of Bright, Indiana; sister Ida Nobbe of Batesville; brothers Ed of Greensburg, Jim of Batesville; ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his sister Frieda Nobbe and brothers Leo, George, Norbert, Bill, Joe, Harry and Herman.Visitation is Thursday, February 20th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home, with a rosary service at 4 p.m.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Friday, February 21st at St. Louis Church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Ripley County V.F.W. and the Prell-Bland American Legion.  The family requests memorials to Margaret Mary Health Foundation Hospice or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Research. 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The Latest: Azarenka easily takes 1st set in U.S. Open final

first_imgThey arrived at a chance to win another with three-set victories in the semifinals, where Osaka outlasted Jennifer Brady and the unseeded Azarenka rallied past Serena Williams. They are both unbeaten during this lengthy stay in New York, where the Western & Southern Open was played preceding the U.S. Open. Azarenka won that tournament, normally held in Ohio but moved because of the coronavirus pandemic, when Osaka had to pull out of the final with a hamstring injury.The players will be greeted by sunny skies and a breeze after having to play their semifinal matches Thursday with the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof closed because of heavy rain.___More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):___4:45 p.m. Naomi Osaka is trying to keep her perfect record in Grand Slam championship matches intact as she faces Victoria Azarenka in the U.S. Open women’s final.Osaka is 2 for 2 in the major finals, beating Serena Williams to win the 2018 U.S. Open title and following that by winning the Australian Open title to open the 2019 season.Azarenka has also won two majors but is winless in her two U.S. Open finals, falling to Williams in 2012 and 2013.Osaka walked onto the court wearing a mask with the name of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old Black boy who was killed by police in Cleveland in 2014. ___ The Latest: Azarenka easily takes 1st set in U.S. Open final September 12, 2020center_img Victoria Azarenka easily moved within a set of her first U.S. Open women’s singles title, leading Naomi Osaka 6-1.Azarenka broke the fourth-seeded Osaka’s serve three times and took advantage of the 2018 champion’s surprising shakiness. Osaka had 13 unforced errors, 10 more than Azarenka.The unseeded Azarenka has won two Grand Slam titles but is 0-2 in the U.S. Open final.___4:20 p.m. 3:30 p.m.Naomi Osaka and Victoria Azarenka were supposed to play two weeks ago in Flushing Meadows.Same stadium, much bigger stage Saturday. Osaka and Azarenka will meet in the U.S. Open women’s final, with the winner earning her third Grand Slam singles title.Osaka, the No. 4 seed from Japan, won her first major title two years ago at the U.S. Open. She went on to win another in 2019 at the Australian Open, a title Azarenka won twice. Associated Press last_img read more

Lagos Opens Viewing Centres for 2019 AFCON

first_imgIn fulfillment of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s commitment to engender community engagement, Lagos for-all and unity among Lagosians regardless of ethnic and religion background, Lagos State Government has concluded plans to beam live matches of the 32nd edition of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) at designated viewing centres across the city of Lagos through ‘LAGOS ISSA GOAL’ initiative.Put together by the Lagos State Government through Lagos State Sports Commission in partnership with Slimburg Ltd (the official partner/agent), Egypt 2019 Live in Lagos underscores the influence of sports in community engagement and nation-building.Governor Sanwo-Olu has continued to thank and appreciate Lagosians for their overwhelming support and unwavering steadfastness during the last general elections and has pledged to uplift the fortune and impact of sports “For a Greater Lagos”. With 24 African countries and best of African players on parade, 2019 AFCON Live in the city of Lagos promises to be a 29-day of unforgettable football experience, full of maximum fun, comradeship and entertainment.The 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nation will hold in four Egyptian cities – Ismailia, Alexandria, Suez and Cairo from June 21st to July 19th.Being the biggest soccer fiesta in Africa, the initiative by the state government will give those who cannot afford Pay TV opportunity to watch every 52 live match at Epe Recreation Centre,  Teslim Balogun Stadium, Mushin Youth Centre, Abesan Playing Ground, Campos Mini Stadium, Naval Barrack Ajegunle, Badagry Ikorodu, among others.Adequate security, safety and traffic management will be in place before and during the 52 live games across the city of Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Major Football Leagues Continue this Weekend on DStv, GOtv

first_imgThe weekend games start on Fridaywith action from England’s second tier, the EFL Championship, with Brentford and West Bromwich Albion battling it out at 8:45pmlive on SuperSport 3 and 11 on DStv and on SuperSport Select GOtv 3.Defending Serie A champions, Juventus will also be in action at home to Lecce at 8:45pmon SuperSport 9 on DStv and SuperSport Select 5 on GOtv.Also, Sevilla and Real Valladolid will face-off in La Liga at 9pm. The match will air live on SuperSport 7 on DStv and SuperSport Select 2 and 4 on GOtv.Football fans will be in for further action on Saturday with the resumption of the FA Cup. Norwich City host Manchester United at Carrow Road for the first three quarterfinal clashes this weekend. The game will be aired live on at 5:30pmon SuperSport 3 on DStv.Other matches schedules for the day include a crunch match for promotion hopefuls, Leeds United against Fulham in the EFL Championship. The match will air live on SuperSport 3 and 11 and SuperSport Select GOtv 3 at 3pm. There is also a Midlands derby between Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League at 12:30pmon SuperSport 33on DStv and SuperSport Select 2 on GOtv.Celta Vigo host LaLiga title contenders, Barcelona at 4pm. The game will be aired on SuperSport 7 on DStv and SuperSport Select 4 on GOtv. Serie A cclash title hopefuls, Lazio host Fiorentina. The match will air live at 8:45pmon SuperSport 9 on DStv and SuperSport Select 5 on GOtv.pThe FA Cup completes its quarterfinal stage with three matches on Sunday. Sheffield United and Arsenal battle it out at 1pmon SuperSport 3 on DStv, Leicester City versus Chelsea at 4pmon SuperSport 3, and Newcastle United versus Manchester City at 6:30pmon SuperSport 3 on DStv and SuperSport Select 2 on GOtv.Other games on Sunday include an EFL Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield Town at 2:15pm, live on SuperSport 11 on DStv and SuperSport Select 3 on GOtv; a Premier League clash between Watford and Southampton at 4:30pmon SuperSport 4 on DStv; Parma v Inter Milan in Serie A at 8:45pmon SuperSport 9 on DStv and SuperSport Select 2 and 5 on GOtv; and a key LaLiga clash between Espanyol and Real Madrid at 9pmon SuperSport 7 on DStv and SuperSport Select Go 4).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Football fans on DStv and GOtv will witness the continued return of live sport across the globe, with the Premier League, LaLiga, Serie A, FA Cup, EFL Championship.The games, scheduled to hold between 25 and 28 June, will be broadcast live on SuperSport to DStv and GOtv subscribers this weekendThe midweek actions begin today with fascinating games from the Premier League and LaLiga, being that of Chelsea and Manchester City, which will air at 8:15pmlive on SuperSport 3 on DStv; and Real Betis v Espanyol at 9pm, live on SuperSport 7 on DStv and SuperSport Select 4 on GOtv.last_img read more

Girls soccer Lakers, Bears see seasons end in Class B sectionals

first_imgShare this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Yet that advantage did not hold as South Jefferson’s Macy Shultz, turned the game around. Shultz’s three consecutive goals for a natural hat trick overcame Tessa Hansknecht’s five saves and ended Cazenovia’s season with an 11-5-1 record.Since it had a turf field, Chittenango did not have the same concerns as Cazenovia and was able to open its sectional tournament last Wednesday night, looking quite impressive as it took out no. 11 seed Phoenix 5-0.These teams had met two weeks earlier, the Bears pulling out a 2-1 decision, but here Chittenango put away the Firebirds early, turning to its potent attack, as it had for most of the season. Emily Moon and Sarah Martin both scored twice, Moon adding an assist. Cavotta helped out with one goal and one assist as Cassidy Kelly turned back all five shots she faced.Now, though, Chittenango would have to go to no. 3 seed Westhill for Saturday’s sectional quarterfinals, trying for a different result one month after a 4-1 loss to the Warriors on that same turf Sept. 24.This one was much closer, eventually going into overtime – but like Cazenovia, Chittenango saw its season conclude as it took a 2-1 defeat to Westhll.They were 0-0 until the second half, when Martin, unassisted, put the Bears on the board. Westhill scored, too, and though both sides had chances to settle it in regulation, neither did.Only in the first of two mandatory 10-minute OT periods did Westhill move ahead for good, having seen Ashley Bolesh and Ciarra Rudnick earn its goals to overcome Kelly’s 12 saves. Warriors goalie Lauren Bendall had nine saves. The Bears finished its season at 14-4. Rains early in the week pushed back the Cazenovia girls soccer team’s appearance in the Section III Class B playoffs because it wanted to have one more true home game at the Sean Googin Sports Complex.Conditions were better by Thursday night, when the no. 8 seed Lakers hosted no. 9 seed South Jefferson, and for a half things went well, but late struggles doomed the Lakers in a 4-2 defeat to the Spartans.Eager to get into post-season action on its home field, Cazenovia grabbed a 2-1 lead in the game’s first 30 minutes. Lily Clonan put the Lakers on the board, assisted by Lili Gavitt, and Ava Gavitt followed with an unassisted goal. Tags: CazenoviaChittenangogirls soccerlast_img read more

Dornsife to offer gender studies course on #MeToo

first_imgThe Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences will offer a new course in gender studies that focuses on sexual violence and the #MeToo movement in starting in Fall 2018.The class, titled “Why #MeToo? Sexual Violence in American Culture,” is different from other gender studies classes because of its focus on a contemporary issue, said Jeanne Weiss, a Dornsife student activities adviser. Professor Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro had the idea to start the class when she realized that there are “good, ethical people” who do not know about the movement and its genesis. “I designed the class for an intelligent audience of people who want to know about this topic so that they can do the right thing going forward,” Alfaro said. Alfaro wanted to develop this course for next semester due to the “pressing nature” of the #MeToo movement. “Next year, the idea would be to come up with another topic,” Alfaro said. “[The class will have] the same kind of format so that each year students … will have the chance to take either a two- or a four-unit class in gender studies to really just understand their world better from a different perspective.”Students can choose to take the class for either two or four units. The two-unit class will only require a lecture section, while students taking the four-unit course will also be required to attend a weekly discussion section. Students taking four units will also develop policy that they will then have the opportunity to present to people who would be affected by the policy. According to Rebecca Zobeck, a program specialist in the gender studies department, a unique component to gender studies is its ability to look at issues through different perspectives. “You could look at it from a perspective of health, from a sociological perspective [or] an anthropological perspective,” Zobeck said. “Gender studies is able to bring in all these different fields and this class is going to do that to give a very well rounded look at the topic.”The class will bring activists, policymakers, journalists, filmmakers and legal experts together in discussion to talk about sexual violence and the #MeToo movement, according to Alfaro.Alfaro said her class is valuable to students in two key ways. Students will learn about the history and prevalence of sexual violence in the nation’s culture, Alfaro said. Also, students taking the four-unit course will also be able to develop policy and learn about how to effect change firsthand. “[The students will] also have a chance to have an impact in their world, not just kind of learn about it and forget about it,” Alfaro said. “That’s really important to me.”last_img read more