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The NBA bubble plan ‘must work’ but is still risky



The NBA bubble plan 'must work' but is still risky

Adam Silver believes in the plan – that the 22-team NBA restarting in Orlando, Florida, will be able to crown a champion without the spread of a new coronavirus pandemic that forces a cancellation.

“On paper and dealing with our experts, this must work,” the NBA commissioner said at the Fortune Brainstorm Health virtual conference Tuesday afternoon.

That, of course, does not mean that will happen. Silver acknowledged, refusing to offer his level of confidence that the league would not have to cancel the game at any point after restarting on July 30 with eight matches finished for the regular season followed by a playoff. He hopes there will be more positive tests, especially when players and team personnel arrive this week for a training camp in Florida, which has become a hot spot for this virus. But Silver believes the NBA will do everything possible to create a safe environment. He said he thought the player would be safer inside the bubble than outside because of precautions and guidelines – daily testing, contact tracking, social distance and wearing a mask – in place.

“This is a very protected environment, but once again this virus has degraded many people, so I will not express a higher level of trust than we follow the protocol and we hope it works when we design it,” he said.

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Not everyone is on board. A number of players, including Trevor Ariza, Avery Bradley, Wilson Chandler, DeAndre Jordan, and Spencer Dinwiddie, will not compete because of health problems or because they have been tested positive for the virus. Silver said his biggest concern was that after initial testing and the quarantine period that followed, more positive tests emerged. At that time, the league must decide on action. If this is only a positive case here or there, the NBA will likely play.

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“Of course, if we have such a significant spread on our campus, we will be closed again,” he said.

What is “significant” actually happened, Silver said he was not ready to define. The NBA is in the process of doing that. The league also wants to understand where positive cases come from, and if that means there are holes in the bubble. This is clearly different than when the NBA postponed the season on March 11 after Rudy Gobert was declared positive. The NBA has reported that a total of 25 players – out of 351 – have tested positive since last week.

In March, fans were still attending the match, the traveling team, testing was far more limited and a new virus for everyone.

“So this is a very different model and now a very different protocol,” Silver said.

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Portuguese health minister rejects conflict of interest over marriage to president



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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Portuguese newspaper criticizes CR7: “Less Ronaldo, more Portugal” | international football



Portuguese newspaper criticizes CR7: "Less Ronaldo, more Portugal" |  international football

The cover of one of the most important sports newspapers in Portugal this Monday drew a critical tone against the greatest player in the history of the country.

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On the eve of the day when the Portuguese national team will play with Spain and draw for reaching the semi-finals of the League of Nations, the daily newspaper “A Bola” printed a photo Cristiano Ronaldo stating that the player had lost influence in the team commanded by Fernando Santos.

“Less Ronaldo, more Portugal,” reads the headline.

The publication reports that the 37-year-old striker could start on the bench and lists some of the positives of his possible absence, such as the buffing of protagonist Bruno Fernandes. See below:

This Tuesday’s cover of A Bola is being printed by Cristiano Ronaldo – Photo: Reproduction

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Cristiano Ronaldo started and assisted in a 4–0 thrashing of the Czech Republic on the last round. He has only scored twice in his last eight caps, both against Switzerland.

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For Manchester United in the 2022/23 season, he started in three of the eight games played. In the last of them, against Sheriff from Moldova, in the Europa League, he scored for the first time.

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September, Holiday Month for the Deaf – Portuguese (Brazil)



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September is a very important and visible month for deaf people, with three dates that raise awareness and celebrate achievements that are part of the entire community’s trajectory and struggle. These are: – International Sign Language Day, September 23; – Day of the Deaf, 26 September; and Libra National Interpreter and Translator Day on September 30th. With a focus on the deaf community, the Department of Education is promoting several initiatives in this area.

The first is aimed at changing the scenario of educational and language policy based only on the inclusive perspective of including a deaf student in the school environment without guaranteeing procedures that enhance accessibility in his education. The National Guidelines for Bilingual Education for the Deaf integrate all stages of basic education and are based on the promotion of bilingual curricula and pedagogical practices for the deaf: Brazilian Sign Language (Libras) and written Portuguese.

Through the Department of Special Education, the MEC coordinates with interested municipalities the construction, renovation or expansion of bilingual schools for the deaf. To date, 11 locations in Brazil have shown interest in the project. To complement this phase, the Libras National Textbook Program (PNLD) provides accessible formats to deaf students and public school teachers of basic education in the country.

In the academic world, in partnership with universities, advanced training courses are offered for teachers, managers and professionals who want to work with bilingual education for the deaf. Thanks to the projects of various institutions, there are currently 3,520 vacancies for teaching the deaf.

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On the Internet, Canal Libras is a space for communication and content distribution with a focus on the national educational network, from early childhood education to higher education.


Another important date: The National Institute for Education for the Deaf (Ines) turns 165 on the same Libra and the Deaf Day, September 26th. Within the structure of the Ministry of Education, the Institute stands out as a national reference in the field of deafness, necessary to support the formulation of public policies, and then for their implementation in the field. The Institute works to promote education for deaf children, youth and adults.

With information from Ministry of Education.

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