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The Disneyland union is opposed to re-opening the park amid a pandemic

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The Disneyland union is opposed to re-opening the park amid a pandemic

Unions representing Disneyland workers are pushing back plans to reopen amusement parks next month as cases of coronavirus surges across the country.

Resort Trade Union Coalition sent an open letter last week to California Governor Gavin Newsom citing health problems for workers and park guests when Disney asked for state permission to reopen.

Disney, which closed its parks in the US at the end of March, earlier this month set plans to reopen Disneyland in Anaheim, California, starting with the downtown shopping and dining district on July 9. Awaiting approval from state and local governments, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will open July 17.

Disney last week post a response for union health problems from Dr. Pamela Hymel, chief Disney medical officer, told guests that the park took a “multi-pronged approach” under the guidance of government agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The park hotels are scheduled to reopen on July 23. Disney World in Orlando, Florida, is also scheduled to reopen next month.

“In both parks, this includes reducing capacity; temperature checking for guests before entering our amusement park; increase cleaning and disinfecting, especially in areas with high traffic; adjusting experience to accommodate physical distance; need face coverings for guests 2 and older; and empower our guests with options such as contactless payment and easy access to handwashing and hand sanitizer locations, “Hymel writes.

Despite such measures, “there are many safety questions that Disney has not yet answered,” according to a June 18 letter, signed by 10 Disneyland union presidents. The questions, according to the letter, included “any serious discussion of ‘testing’ – which has become the cornerstone of plans for other fields of reopening the entertainment industry.”

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“Unfortunately, despite intensive talks with the company, we are not yet convinced that it is safe to reopen the park on Disney’s fast schedule,” the letter said.

Separated Online petitions began to circulate on Change.org, calling on Disney to encourage reopening to the next date this year has obtained nearly 50,000 signatures.

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Portuguese plan to save energy, explosions on Russian gas pipelines and other TSF events

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Portuguese plan to save energy, explosions on Russian gas pipelines and other TSF events

Details of the energy saving plan laid out by the government were released on Tuesday. The document, published in Diário da República, includes measures for the efficient use of water, public lighting and temperature limits in air conditioners.

For example, from December 6, 2022 to January 6, 2023, Christmas lighting in Portugal should only be on from 18:00 to 24:00.

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The abolition of fees for teaching Portuguese abroad will not be accepted by parliament, MP says – Observer

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According to Socialist MP Paulo Pisco, the views of the BE, PCP and PAN on the abolition of fees for teaching Portuguese abroad were voted on Tuesday in a parliamentary committee.

The Committee on Foreign Affairs and Portuguese Communities voted on Tuesday in favor of four projects – from the Left Bloc, the Communist Party of Portugal, “People-Animal-Nature” and “Enough”, which mainly advocate the abolition of fees for teaching Portuguese abroad and free school textbooks.

According to Paulo Pisco, a socialist member of the commission, the opinions of the BE, PKP and PAN were approved, but Chega’s opinion deserved to be abstained from the PS because it contained “xenophobic elements” in its purpose.

The MP had in mind, in particular, the recipients of this teaching, which is currently intended not only for the Portuguese or the descendants of the Portuguese, but also for those who want to learn the Portuguese language, with which Chega allegedly disagrees, according to Paulo Pisco. .

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After the approval of these opinions, the abolition of the bribe would be discussed and voted on in the plenary session of the Assembly of the Republic, but Paulo Pisco said that they should not be approved, since the “commitment” of the government is different.

“The government’s obligation is to reduce the burden of the Portuguese” and this will always be determined “in every approved state budget”.

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Portuguese health minister rejects conflict of interest over marriage to president

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The health minister said there was no conflict of interest in her marriage to the current chairman of the Order of Dietitians, saying that the trusteeship of that body had been delegated to the Secretary of State for Health Promotion.


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“Honestly, I don’t think it exists. I have no doubt that this Lady Secretary of State will fill this leadership role,” Manuel Pizarro said on Monday (age 26) on the sidelines of the Pharmacist’s Day celebrations in Sintra, in the Lisbon area.

Aware of the possible conflict of interest, Manuel Pizarro explained that he took “the most appropriate measure (…)”, which was to entrust the functions of guardianship of the Order of Nutritionists to Margarida Tavares.”

“(…) Since I took office as a minister, I have been aware that, since professional organizations have an administrative oversight role, (…) there is a risk of conflict of interest, and I have taken the measures that seem to me the most appropriate, which from the very decided at the outset that he would delegate this oversight function over the Order of Nutritionists to the Secretary of State for Health Promotion,” he stressed.

When asked about the reasons why Margarida Tavares’ name still does not appear in the Diário da República, the official said that “it was necessary to wait for the inauguration of the secretaries of state” and then “to organize the whole process of delegation of authority.” .

“It’s even a good chance that there is a Secretary of State for Health Promotion. I think custody of the Order of Dietitians has been well handed over to the Secretary of State for Health Promotion,” he repeated, noting that “he definitely won’t go through the Minister’s order.” [da Saúde]”.

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“If the secretary of state is responsible for this, it should not go through the minister,” he stressed.

Manuel Pizarro’s statements came after news that the government official may have a conflict of interest because he is married to the chairman of the Order of Dietitians, Alexandra Bento.

The Order of Dietitians was created in 2011 with the approval of the current Minister of Health, who at the time served as Secretary of State for Health.

In addition, Alexandra Bento was the only President of the Order of Occupational Health to attend the inauguration of Manuel Pizarro on 10 September.

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