Mission to Seafarers starts new campaign to support seafarers during COVID-19

first_imgThe Mission to Seafarers has launched a new flagship campaign to address the severe welfare issues facing seafarers worldwide in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “To that end, we have launched our Flying Angel campaign to ensure our international key workers have support, guidance and connectivity during an extremely isolating and challenging time. We have huge appreciation for the work that our seafarers do and we really hope this new programme of change will benefit those who need it most.” The Mission has targeted a funding total of £600,000 (about $752,000) to deliver this programme which is expected to have significant benefits to the entire industry. Categories: Resilience in ports Although circumstances are evolving with some crew changes possible, it is clear that seafarers are still suffering, and their mental health and wellbeing will continue to be significantly impacted in the long term, according to the organisation. In response, the Mission will be focusing on two main strands to offer support — resilience in ports and technological innovations to improve connectivity. Posted: 4 months ago Human Capital As explained, the Flying Angel campaign is a top priority for the organisation as crews remain trapped on vessels owing to travel restrictions, subject to quarantine upon returning home, and unable to contact loved ones. Amongst recent cases have been more than 100 seafarers stranded in the UK, unable to get home to India when the borders closed. Each case needed to be reviewed and assessed before emergency payments could be made, and negotiations started with the Foreign Office. This core work is vitally important part of the Mission’s response to the most urgent and distressing of seafarers’ needs and requires patience, compassion and due diligence to ensure the most appropriate response, the organization added.center_img To improve the Mission’s ability to ensure continuity of care, the Flying Angel programme will provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for all port teams to ensure frontline teams are protected. Technological innovation Survey: Seafarers feel trapped and unprotected during the COVID-19 pandemic As shore leave becomes more difficult and welfare access to ships restricted owing to COVID-19, the Mission expressed fears that seafarers’ worries and anxieties have become heightened during this crisis. The organisation has been assessing the needs of seafarers through the Seafarers Happiness Index, and the use of its recently launched digital support system ‘Chat to a Chaplain’. Additionally, to safely transport coronavirus-free seafarers and to keep them safe and healthy, vehicles will be adapted, including screens between the driver and passengers, plus provision of sanitisers and antiseptics. This has already been undertaken in Manila where the Mission has been called upon by the government to transport seafarers to and from their homes. The most urgent need is to prepare seafarer centres to receive seafarers in a safe and COVID-19 clear environment. This means that each of the 121 Flying Angel centres needs to have a deep clean before opening, as well as screens fitted to protect staff and seafarers, the Mission said. Advocacy will also form part of the Flying Angel programme. Since COVID-19, the charity has been working in partnership, to make the case for seafarers across the world, with those that can make a difference both internationally and locally. In particular, the Mission has focused on recognition for seafarers as essential workers, the facilitation of crew change and proper protection for safety and well-being. While this work continues, it is also vital that the Mission advocates for the recognition of its own frontline teams as essential workers, the organization pointed out. Port chaplains need to be able to access and operate effectively in the ports where their work is so acutely needed. It is already been proven that technology can significantly improve seafarer wellbeing, particularly with the uptake in the use of the digital chaplaincy service, which is available to seafarers 24/7, and has been sponsored by Seafarers UK and the Marine Society for the first six months. The Mission said it will build on this work and create a digital welfare hub for seafarers and their families, ensuring its service users have access to wellbeing resources, its chaplaincy services and provide a place where seafarers can make their voices heard. However, the Mission also recognises that many seafarers are still without access to internet on board ships, hugely impacting their ability to utilise its services, or contact loved ones at home while isolated at sea or quarantined on vessels. As informed, the Mission is still visiting ships in some parts of the world but these are limited to the top of a ship’s gangway and the organisation aims to open up communications by providing more mobile Mifi units, as part of the Flying Angel programme. Chaplains will ‘lend’ the units to ships arriving in port to create local wifi networks.  “We have seen a huge increase in the need to support seafarers during the COVID-19 pandemic and this unprecedented challenge requires an unprecedented response. As we emerge from the initial lockdown period into a somewhat changed world, we need to address a range of very important priorities. These are vital if we are going to be in the very best position to address the needs of seafarers and their families,” The Revd Canon Andrew Wright, Secretary-General for The Mission to Seafarers commented. Posted: 4 months agolast_img read more

Antique searches for PWD COVID-19 heroes

first_imgThe wheelchairs from the Integrated Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Program of DOH-6 were given as part of the promotion of the health and wellness program. Castillo said the awarding will take stage during their closing program at the PDAO on July 24. Provincial Disability Affairs Office in Antique receives 80 wheelchairs from the the Department of Health in Region 6. The wheelchairs will be distributed to target recipients in the province on July 21 as part of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week celebration. PDAO-ANTIQUE As part of the celebration also, the Community-Based Inclusive Development Therapy Center that will cater to zero to six-year-old children with orthopedic problems in need of therapy will be inaugurated on July 21. “The PWD COVID-19 heroes are those who, despite their disabilities, were still able to help others in crisis, especially during the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine in this province for a month starting last March 16,” said Castillo. Nomination forms have been distributed to municipal social welfare and development offices and PDAO focal persons. These forms are to be completed and submitted to the PDAO located in this capital town on or before July 15. The NDPR Week celebration runs from July 13 to July 24. Some 80 wheelchairs from the Department of Health (DOH) will also be distributed to their target recipients on the same day. This province currently has 13,000 PWDs registered with the PDAO. (With a report from PNA/PN) “The free therapy session of clients who are children of indigent families will be scheduled,” Castillo said. SAN JOSE, Antique – The search is on for persons with disabilities (PWDs) in this province who have proven heroic acts amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. Paulo Castillo, head of the Provincial Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) under the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, said the “Search for PWD COVID-19 Heroes” is part of their 42nd National Disability Prevention (NDPR) Week celebration. All nominees will receive certificates while PDAO is still determining the prizes to be given to the winner.last_img read more

Mets, Daniel Murphy put dagger into Dodgers season

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error • PHOTOS: Mets eliminate Dodgers in Game 5Mets starter Jacob deGrom survived a shaky start to throw six innings. Greinke could not survive a much stronger start, The Dodgers went 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position and left eight runners on base.A pitchers’ duel seemed like the least likely outcome early in the game. The Mets’ Curtis Granderson led off the game with a squib ground ball that eluded Greinke as he dove to his left. Third baseman Justin Turner (shifted to the right side of the infield) made an acrobatic play to throw Granderson out at first base, but the Mets challenged the call by first base umpire Chad Fairchild. Sixty-three seconds later, Granderson was declared safe. Daniel Murphy did it again.The New York Mets’ second baseman hit a home run off Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 of the National League Division Series, then did it again in Game 4. Facing Zack Greinke in a winner-take-all Game 5 on Thursday night, Murphy hit the home run that ended the Dodgers’ season.His sixth-inning blast into the Mets’ bullpen broke a 2-2 tie and ultimately sent his team into the National League Championship Series with a 3-2 win at Dodger Stadium.For the second straight year, the Dodgers’ season ended in the NLDS. This time, injuries and a subpar bullpen proved no excuse. The Mets beat both Kershaw and Greinke in the same series, a dagger to the heart of a team that won 92 games and a third straight National League West title.center_img With one out, Murphy delivered his first left hook: A double to the left-center field gap that scored Granderson all the way from first base. Three batters into the game, Greinke and the Dodgers trailed 1-0.That was all the Mets would get then. Murphy went to third base on a fielding error by left fielder Kiké Hernandez, but Greinke came back to strike out Yoenis Cespedes and Lucas Duda to end the inning.With one out in the bottom of the first inning, the Dodgers rattled off four straight singles against deGrom: by Corey Seager, Adrian Gonzalez, Turner and Andre Ethier. Turner and Ethier each drove in a run, but deGrom came back to strike out Yasmani Grandal and Hernandez.• HOFFARTH: TBS fails to ask Mattingly about Ethier screaming matchGreinke hadn’t suffered a loss in a game this season in which the Dodgers scored two or more runs. The ground beneath the Mets’ feet was shaky enough that manager Terry Collins ordered Noah Syndergaard to start warming up in the bottom of the second inning. Syndergaard, who started Game 2, had never pitched out of the bullpen in his brief major league career.But with runners on first and second and one out, deGrom struck out Seager and Gonzalez with a pair of wicked changeups.Syndergaard sat down, and a theme had emerged. The Dodgers had driven up deGrom’s pitch count, yes, but they had also stranded two runners on base in each of the first two innings. They left a man on in the third, fourth and fifth, before deGrom — still in the game, somehow — got his first 1-2-3 inning in the sixth.Meanwhile, Murphy metaphorically mounted the Mets on his shoulders. He singled to lead off the fourth inning, went to second base when Duda walked, then stole third base when he noticed the left side of the infield was vacant — the Dodgers had shifted everyone to the right side with the left-handed Duda at the plate.Murphy, who stole two bases in the regular season, picked an opportune time for his third. The next batter, Travis d’Arnaud, lofted a fly ball that drifted toward the seats in right field. Andre Ethier tracked it down on the foul side of the white chalk. Murphy tagged up and scored easily, and the game was tied 2-2.So it remained until the sixth inning. With one out, Greinke fell behind Murphy 2-0, then threw three straight changeups; Murphy fouled off the third to draw the count full. Greinke then served a 93-mph fastball over the middle of the plate and Murphy punished it — a no-doubt home run into the Mets’ bullpen.• WHICKER: Dodgers suffer a self-inflicted loss in NLDSGreinke had four more outs in his right arm before he was removed with two outs in the seventh inning. The announced crowd of 54,602 stood to applaud what might have been Greinke’s final appearance in a Dodger uniform.Luis Avilan quickly retired Granderson on a fly ball to end the seventh inning, and Chris Hatcher pitched a 1-2-3 eighth. In the ninth, Kenley Jansen pitched around a two-out double by Juan Lagares.Greinke, the winning pitcher in Game 2, allowed three runs, walked one batter and struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings. DeGrom allowed six hits, two runs, walked three and struck out seven in six innings.last_img read more