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Black doctor said he was “scared” after the protest, coronavirus

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Black doctor said he was "scared" after the protest, coronavirus

Darien Sutton-Ramsey, 32, fought against COVID-19 as an ER doctor, but worried about his own life as a black man traveling to and from his hospital in Queens. When many of his fellow health care workers took to the streets after the death of George Floyd, protesting as part of the “White Coat for Black Life” movement, Sutton told The Post about his experience of being a color doctor, his personal decision to protest police brutality and why he grappled with risk of COVID spreading during the march.

I always operate in the duality of being a black man and a doctor, but this is a very strange time for me.

I have fought a pandemic in the trenches: I have intubated people, put on ventilation and exposed myself to this virus.

But I have not felt more fear and anxiety during this pandemic than when I realized that I could be killed without a just cause. I felt this especially when I had to go home from the hospital after 8 pm. curfew.

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When I got into my car after eight hours of shifting (which could end at any time because of our 24-hour schedule) I took out my hospital badge, which said “Doctor” in big letters, bold letters, and I stuck it on my left shoulder. That way, if I pull over, people who come to my window will see my ID and I can absorb some of those privileges.

It would be nice if I could discuss this with other black doctors. But there is no place I work now. We got an email from the department about “this will be safe, we will make it easy for you to go to and from the office.” But actually there was one black doctor who was scared, and that was me.

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Unfortunately, this feeling is not new. I have struggled with being black and becoming a doctor since before medical school.

I grew up in New York City, and I am the son of a criminal defense attorney. He is the definition of “wake up” before it is hashtag. He was the one who took me to the museum in Washington to understand slavery, and to show me the violations and mutilation of slaves.

My father helped me understand that the white coat I would get was not always something that was used for good. When you look at its history, white coats have been worn by doctors who committed significant atrocities, from studies of obstetrics and gynecology in the wombs of slaves to research conducted on young children during the Holocaust.

He told me that it was my duty to wear white coats and prevent cruelty to people who did not have a voice.

When it comes to protests that began two weeks ago, I certainly experienced the evolution of my understanding of them.

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Of course, I always support the cause. The protest was successful. The reason that I am the person I have – that I am an educator and work as a doctor – is impossible if no one protests black life for years.

However, I struggle with the idea that people are outside in close contact, especially people of color who fight for this goal but who are also disproportionately affected by the virus.

I was reminded that even during the height of the pandemic, family members were willing to risk infection to hold the hands of their loved ones when they were dying – even though they were very contagious. I will never stop someone to do that. I think that’s what we are experiencing now at the national level.

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The extraordinary part about medicine is that my job is to help you understand your risks, and learn how to reduce and treat them. From that framework, I understand that your rights are at the forefront, your risk of death is at the forefront and if you want to protest I will not stop you. I would say, “This is a mask, this is hand sanitizer, let’s talk.”

In the end, I attended the protest in a personal capacity, without a white coat. I don’t want people to feel like they have to go outside and protest during a pandemic because they see doctors doing it. It’s like seeing a doctor smoking. But I realized that I could not protest.

Last week, I made a Zoom call with my colleagues, and they talked about a new study that I hadn’t seen. The next day, I saw another study in the news about how people under the age of 40 were affected by COVID. I thought, “How do I miss the others?”

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I realized that for the past three days, I had bent over my phone, read about the murder of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and also read about how if I were pinned to the ground, how should I position me so I could breathe. I was thinking about what if someone broke into my apartment, if I could shout that I was a doctor to absorb that privilege, and stop my death from happening.

Part of the weight that you carry as a colored person is trying to reduce your own risk of death. My colleague doesn’t need to worry about that. They may care, but they don’t see themselves portrayed on the screen in the viral video, stuck to the ground. They do not see these people as their mothers and fathers.

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I don’t wear a mask when the sun goes down – which is crazy to be called a doctor against a pandemic, which has no virus antibodies. But I do that so that someone can see my face completely – see that I am human – and not put a bullet in my chest.

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5-star hotels lead the way in the restoration of Portuguese tourist sites

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5-star hotels lead the way in the restoration of Portuguese tourist sites

In October, the number of overnight stays in 5-star hotels increased by 15.9% compared to the same month in 2019, which, according to additional information, namely from the DMC (Tourist Inception Agency), is associated with a strong increase in tourism from the United States. states.

Information published today by INE indicates that in October, compared to the same month before the pandemic, the number of overnight stays in tourist establishments in Portugal increased by 6.2%, with the strongest increase in hotels, at 8.2%. in which, therefore, 62.1% is concentrated. overnight stays.

The information shows that 4-star hotels, where the largest number of beds are concentrated, had 48.9% of overnight stays in October, totaling 2.05 million, which is +7.6% or more than 144.7 thousand than in October 2019.

This was followed by 3-star hotels with 927.3k, but this increase was about half of 5-star hotels, by 7.6% or 65.5k, to 927.3k, and then 5-star hotels with 857. 4 thousand overnight stays, an increase of 15.9%. or 117.6 thousand compared to the same pre-pandemic month.

In contrast to the evolution in these categories, there were 2- and 1-star hotels, in which the number of overnight stays decreased by 2.7%, or ten thousand, to 360.8 thousand.

The cheapest apart-hotels (three and two stars) also saw a decrease in overnight stays, from -20.9% or less than 24.4 thousand, in hotels and farms in Madeira, from -0.4% or less, to about 300, and in tourist settlements, from -7.7. % or less than 17.5 thousand.

At the same time, the number of apart-hotels increased by 1.2%, or 8.5 thousand, to 717.5 million, due to the increase in 5-star hotels by 6.7%, or 6.6 thousand, to 104.9 thousand, and 4-star, by 5.4 thousand% or 26.4 thousand to 519.9 thousand.

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Overnight stays in tourist apartments also increased by 3.2%, or 13.6 thousand, to 437.8 million, local accommodation, by 0.6%, or 5.5 thousand, to 901.2 thousand, and , primarily tourism in rural areas and housing, with an increase of 45.2% or 67.3 thousand to 216.5 thousand people.

The INE data also shows that Portuguese tourist sites were the best in October in terms of overnight stays this year, with peaks achieved by 5-, 4- and 3-star hotels, 5- and 4-star apartment hotels, accommodation . and rural tourism and housing development.

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The US market is already setting new annual records in Portuguese hotels

The Portuguese hospitality industry experienced the best October in terms of number of guests and overnight stays.

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Government approves strategy to combat “Portuguese underrepresentation” in Brussels

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This afternoon the Council of Ministers will approve a national strategy to combat what it considers “underrepresentation de Portugal” in European institutions, in particular the European Commission.

“There is a significant shortage of Portuguese, especially those working for the Commission,” explains the Secretary of State for European Affairs in statements to Renaissance🇧🇷 The problem, according to Thiago Antunes, is not limited to middle management: “This is the first time Portugal does not have a CEO in the European Commission”.

The government wants to “correct this imbalance and fight this deficit in order to win.”ability to influence in decisions.” But it is not possible to increase the number of vacancies for the Portuguese, if only because there are no national quotas for employees working in institutions.

To go to Brussels or even work in Portugal on a full-time basis, you need to pass a series of tests prepared by EPSO (European Personnel Selection Office). 🇧🇷These are very difficult competitions.with very concrete evidence,” the official explains.

The strategy will be based on several pillars: training, increasing grants and encouraging the mobility of civil servants. The Portuguese government is going to create a national training center to “better prepare our candidates for competitions”; to bet on “dissemination of opportunities; increase the balls (by quantity and value); and create a statute that allows those who work in the public administration of Portugal to move into the European public administration.

The aim is to achieve “greater representation” in the European Commission in order to have “greater influence” on the decision. Although the strategy is to strengthen the Portuguese presence in Brussels and the employees do not work for Portugal.it doesn’t matter that they are portuguese“, he defends.

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Fruits may not appear early or may not even be measurable. “It will take some time until we see results,” admits the former secretary of state to the prime minister. But the wait does not stop the Portuguese government. “We have to start right now,” Thiago Antunes insists, pointing to the demographic problem among those working in Brussels. “There are a lot of Portuguese who came in at the time of our accession and are now retiring.”

The strategy aims to reverse the cycle of loss of Portuguese representation among the 27. The diploma will be approved this Wednesday in the Council of Ministers.

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“His manager is Portuguese and…”; The agent changes plans, and Luis Castro “arranges” the problem in the protection of “Botafogo”

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"His manager is Portuguese and...";  The agent changes plans, and Luis Castro "arranges" the problem in the protection of "Botafogo"

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The defender must return from loan ahead of schedule, and the Glorioso coach will have to make a decision at the beginning of the preseason.

Photo: Jorge Rodriguez/AGIF.  First, Luis Castro does not have Diego Loureiro for 2023.
Photo: Jorge Rodriguez/AGIF. First, Luis Castro does not have Diego Loureiro for 2023.

With the end of the season Botafogo its reformulation is already underway with the participation of Luis Castro. Names like Carlinhos, for example, have already left General Severiano, but there is a tendency for the “purge” to continue a little longer. Especially with the return of borrowed athletes during the year.

goalkeeper case Diego Loureiro, who played on loan at Atlético GO, promoted to Serie B. Curiously, the Botafogo archer has a contract at Goiania until the end of 2023, but Dragao president Adson Batista is pessimistic about the player’s consistency.

“Diego Loureiro is a bit off because he still has a contract with Botafogo, his manager is Portuguese and he has a different vision.” said the director in an interview with radio Sagres from the capital of Goiás.

The goalkeeper played only two games for Atlético-GO, who were betting on Renan in the starting lineup. If he returns to Rio, Loureiro will likely see high competition in the black and white net as Luis Castro now has alternatives to Gatito Fernandes and Lucas Perry.

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