Oxford student founds Coronavirus help group

first_imgThe initiative has seen huge popularity, with 400+ volunteers committed in just 24 hours. In Oxford, they hope to partner with local groups including charities and food banks, as well as with colleges. Signups for both volunteers, and those needing the services, are open via their website, and a GoFundMe has also been set up.  Speaking to Cherwell, Filz von Reiterdank emphasised the need for volunteers to follow “the necessary hygiene precautions”. They are providing “hygiene guidelines for specific tasks. For example, for grocery shopping, we’d have a video and textual explanation of the safest way to carry it out”.  Their rules, which volunteers are asked to sign before involvement include: always carrying out tasks with a partner; set hygiene guidelines, such as carrying hand sanitiser and cleaning any items touched (e.g. dog leashes) and taking on tasks solely through representatives for safeguarding purposes.  Website They have reached out to health officials to ensure their rules to volunteers are consistent with current medical advice, and within the UK are working closely with two NHS directors.  Facebook group Frederik Filz von Reiterdank has co-founded Students Against Corona, a student led initiative with the aim of helping vulnerable members of local communities, such as those in isolation, or in high-risk groups.  The initiative is the central point of guidance and contact, and aids individuals in starting their own groups in their local areas; Facebook groups for Oxford, Loughborough and Amsterdam – among numerous others – are already in existence.  An Oxford University student has set up a global initiative to provide food and supplies to those that are self-isolating due to Covid-19.  Filz von Reiterdank stressed that many of the issues with current community led initiatives is the reliance on “individuals helping individuals” – he hopes Students Against Corona can eliminate the potential issues that “could harm people”. He wants to harness the community spirit, but provide the necessary infrastructure and advice for this volunteering effort to be carried out safely.  Oxford specific grouplast_img read more

Girls Area Basketball Scores (1-23)

first_imgGirls Area Basketball ScoresThursday  (1-23)Rushville  76     Batesville  28East Central  69     Franklin County  15Jac-Cen-Del  51     Rising Sun  22Oldenburg  52     Switzerland County  50Southwestern Hanover  45     South Ripley  44North Decatur  51     Milan  41Morristown  61     Hauser  45Waldron  61     Indy Lutheran  31Pendleton Heights  69     Connersville  26Union County  51     Knightstown  16Columbus East  64     Jennings County  54last_img read more

World Cup still in Defoe’s mind

first_imgJermain Defoe admitted there are concerns a move to Major League Soccer side Toronto FC could damage his hopes of earning a place in England’s World Cup squad, but felt he could not turn down the chance to showcase his talents to a new audience. “I have played in the Premier League all of my career, scored a lot of goals and at the age of 31 I would like to think the England manager and everyone in England knows what I can do, can bring for the country, and if selected, I will be ready.” Toronto have also brought in United States international Michael Bradley as manager Ryan Nelson – the New Zealand defender who played at Spurs for a spell in 2012 after leaving Blackburn – looks to build a squad capable of challenging for the MLS championship. “In life when a massive opportunity comes your way, sometimes it is not always easy, leaving your home town and the club you have been with for nine years – to come here and have a reception like that is such a great feeling. I feel at home already,” Defoe said. “I come here and know I will give something, not for the wrong reasons, but to do my best for the club to win trophies. “It is important for me that I still feel sharp and strong. “I will give 100 per cent every game, work hard like I have always done and hopefully bring a lot of goals to the team, to win trophies (because) that is what it is about.” Defoe continued: “I cant wait to get started and to showcase my skills in a different league. “For me it it is a dream come true because it is always something I wanted to do (play in the MLS), even before I was aware of the interest (from Toronto). “I feel blessed and honoured. I am looking forward to it so much.” Spurs have at least a further eight fixtures to play before Defoe’s scheduled departure. He said: “It is a fantastic journey that I am looking forward to, but I understand I have to go back to Tottenham and continue to work hard for the team, but that is in my nature. “When I actually come to Toronto and put the shirt on, it will be nothing, but hard work and dedication.” Defoe scored for Spurs in their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday before heading out to Canada for Monday’s official unveiling at Real Sports Bar & Grill, which was packed out by expectant supporters. Despite the warm reception at the Toronto venue, it remains to be seen how this move away from the Barclays Premier League will affect Defoe’s future international ambitions. Former Tottenham captain Robbie Keane has remained a regular with the Republic of Ireland since moving to Los Angeles Galaxy, but David Beckham found selection harder to earn after he swapped England for the United States in 2007. “I have to be honest, I did think about the chances of going to the World Cup. It is always important to play well for your club, ” Defoe told the news conference. “Having played in a World Cup before it is just the greatest thing in the world, it is a dream come true, that is why you play football, to play in a major tournament and at that level. “Yeah, it did cross my mind, but at the same time I believe the MLS is going to be fantastic for me, and it is important to be playing. “To get into any World Cup or European Championship squad for your country, it is based on merit, which means you have to play well, be fit and ready. “The most important thing for me is playing football, scoring my goals and doing well for the team. Hopefully I can be on the plane. Press Association The 31-year-old had been the subject of interest from the Canadian franchise for some time, and on Friday morning Tottenham confirmed the forward was leaving. The deal – said to be around £8million which also includes an advertising and marketing agreement with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, who are Toronto’s owners, and a friendly match on July 23 – will be effective from February 28. last_img read more

Ryan happy with less attention ahead of Semple clash

first_imgHe believes that the attention being paid to other sporting events at the moment has allowed the panel to prepare for Sunday’s game in a relatively hype-free atmosphere.Things may ramp up a little tonight though when the Tipp team for the game with the Treaty County at Semple Stadium is announced.Ryan says he has no complaints about the match not get the usual level of press coverage… Tipp FM’s build-up to throw-in, which is at 4.00pm, begins at 3 on Sunday afternoon.  Our coverage will be brought to you in association with Mulcahy Car Sales, Ardcroney, Nenagh.The Premier County will also be looking to secure a place in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Final on Sunday.Like their senior counterparts, Limerick stand between them and a place in the provincial decider.Manager William Maher is expecting a tough encounter..Tipp FM’s Stephen Gleeson will bring us updates on the match, which gets underway at 2 o’clock.last_img read more