Two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza has stated training with particular teams of Spain’s Civil Guard police drive throughout her off-season opened her eyes to the hardships confronted by weak migrants attempting to attain Europe.
Muguruza underwent army training with the Civil Guard after her French Open exit in October final yr, participating in helicopter rescue missions, cave diving and self-defence courses on the Spanish island of Mallorca.
“It was an incredible week,” Muguruza advised reporters on the Abu Dhabi Open. “I’ve always wanted to do military training, ever since I was a kid, but the timing was never right with playing tennis.
“Just sharing with them the kind of job that they do – they don’t get any awards or trophies – it was such an experience.”
The 27-yr-outdated stated that seeing migrants make sea crossings from Africa was the hardest problem when she labored with the coast guard.
“It was quite hard because you see many people in need,” she added. “I experienced many aspects of the job and I found this one pretty tough. I love all the adventure stuff, but there is an ugly truth that they have to face and it really opened my eyes.”
Muguruza, a runner-up on the Australian Open final yr, additionally stated she had no considerations about this yr’s occasion from Feb. 8-21 regardless of the strict COVID-19 protocols in place, which embrace a 14-day necessary quarantine for gamers.
“I’m not really concerned, I think they’re doing an incredible job in putting all this together and making a whole swing in Melbourne,” she stated.
“I think it’s going to be mentally tough to go through the protocols because nothing comes easy now. I have to prepare for that.”
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee directed authorities officials to stay on guard against a new pressure of coronavirus which has surfaced within the UK and some different European international locations.
“A new strain of coronavirus has surfaced in the UK and it is being said that it is more potent. A second wave could be coming. We should be prepared for this. Some countries including UK and Italy have again started lockdown. We should be serious about it and shouldn’t let our guards down,” mentioned Banerjee.
She was addressing an administrative assembly in Birbhum district on Monday. Top bureaucrats of the state authorities have been additionally current within the assembly.
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At least two individuals have examined optimistic for Covid-19 in Kolkata after getting back from UK on December 21. It was the final flight from London to have arrived in Kolkata earlier than India suspended all flights from UK from December 23.
Banerjee, nonetheless, mentioned that circumstances have gone down in West Bengal. While the variety of lively Covid-19 circumstances within the state was 36,761 on November 1, it has dropped to 13,774 on December 27.
Till date the state has reported 547,443 Covid-19 circumstances, of which 9,598 individuals have died.
Japan stated on Tuesday it could take countermeasures to guarantee subsequent 12 months’s Tokyo Olympics should not derailed by cyberattacks after Britain and the United States accused Russia of orchestrating efforts to disrupt the Games.
Olympics organisers reported no vital affect on their operations for the 2020 Games, which have been postponed till subsequent 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Britain and the United States on Monday condemned what they stated have been a collection of malicious cyberattacks orchestrated by Russian army intelligence, together with makes an attempt to disrupt the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
Japanese chief cupboard secretary Katsunobu Kato declined to give particulars however stated Japan would make each effort to defend the Games from attainable hacking makes an attempt.
“We cannot turn a blind eye to malicious cyberattacks that threaten democracy,” Kato advised a information convention, including that Japan was gathering and analysing data and in shut contact with Britain and the United States.
“The Olympics are a major international event that attract attention, and cybersecurity measures are extremely important.”
British officers stated on Monday the hackers from Russia’s GRU army intelligence company had additionally carried out “cyber reconnaissance” operations against Tokyo Games organisers.
They declined to give particular particulars concerning the newest assaults or say whether or not they have been profitable however stated that they had focused Games organisers, logistics suppliers and sponsors.
The organising committee stated in a press release that they had already made in depth cybersecurity preparations and that there had been little disruption to its platforms.
“While we have constantly monitored various types of cyberattack on the digital platforms owned by Tokyo 2020, no significant impact has been observed in our operations,” spokesman Masa Takaya stated.
Olympic sponsor Panasonic Corp stated in a press release they have been strengthening their international monitoring efforts, including, “We did not detect any evidence of an attack.”
A consultant for fellow sponsor Toyota Motor Corp declined to remark.
A string of hacking makes an attempt have been carried out against worldwide sporting organisations which Western officers and cybersecurity consultants say have been orchestrated by Russia since its doping scandal erupted 5 years in the past.
Moscow has repeatedly denied the allegations.
Russia was banned from the world’s prime sporting occasions for 4 years in December over widespread doping offences, together with the Tokyo Games.
An International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesman stated cybersecurity was considered one of their priorities.
“The IOC and the Organising Committees of the Olympic Games have identified cyber security as a priority area and invest a lot to offer the Olympic Games the best cyber security environment possible,” the spokesman advised Reuters in an electronic mail.
“Given the nature of the topic, we do not divulge those measures.”