Tourists may contact their respectiveembassies for such arrangements, it added. The Department of Tourism, in a recentadvisory, announced it was no longer staging flights for stranded tourists. The office also affirmed that at least55 Koreans who were stranded in the province have been successfully repatriatedlast week, after the South Korean Embassy chartered a Cebu Pacific flight tobring them home. BACOLOD City – Over 100 foreigners arestill stranded in various town and cities in Negros Occidental due to travelrestrictions imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Also included in the repatriation werenine Singaporeans, 12 Japanese, and eight Taiwanese nationals. The Provincial Tourism Division alsoadvised domestic and international tourists not yet included in their list tocoordinate with the tourism offices of the city or municipality where they arestaying./PN The Negros Occidental ProvincialTourism Division confirmed this, saying they are monitoring the accommodationsof stranded tourists and working closely with local governments. The 100 foreigners include 29 Germans; 23 Canadians; 18 Americans; 14 Swiss;five British; four Austrians; three Australians, and three Swedes. The sixothers include Czech, Dutch, French, Hungarian, Slovakian, and Japanese. The provincial government is nowtrying to facilitate the repatriation of the foreign nationals, and in themeantime they have requested the local government units to accommodate theindividuals, especially those who cannot yet travel due the imposedrestrictions.
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The Von KleinSmid Center, a central building for classes and student meetings on campus, has recently been upgraded with new square desks and adjustable chairs as part of a larger initiative from the Office of the Provost to update learning spaces on campus.Desks · Students in class at the Von KleinSmid Center are using new desks this semester after ITS’ efforts to make classrooms more adaptive. – Neha Jain | Daily Trojan “The idea behind it was to look at learning spaces and see if they fit the needs of the students and the teachers in the 21st century,” said Joseph Cevetello, director of learning environments from Information Technology Services.The decision to change the desks and chairs was made after a series of interviews with students and faculty, when ITS decided that mobile and adaptive desks would be added to many of the VKC rooms.“One of the things that came out of the meetings was that people felt there were a lot of challenges in the VKC learning spaces,” Cevetello said. “The rooms were uncomfortable and the seating was not appropriate, and the spaces seemed very inflexible with what you could do.”The new desks are meant to provide a more updated classroom that better fit the students and teachers, Cevetello said. All of the desks and chairs now have wheels and the chairs are adjustable to offer more comfort to a wider range of students.“In the other classroom buildings we tried out other designs,” Cevetello said. “In [the Social Sciences building], we went with tables and chairs and also some new individual desks.”This upgrade, part of an ongoing initiative, has already renovated 53 classrooms, three auditoriums and three computer labs.The overall goal is to renovate all 200 learning spaces — classrooms and computer labs — on campus.Yet students have had mixed reactions regarding the new desks at VKC. Although some students said the furniture looks updated and gives the classrooms a high-tech feel, others are concerned with their effectiveness in providing decent seating in classes with a larger number of students.“I find the new desk and chair setup to be very uncomfortable,” said Tammy Batzofin, a senior majoring in health and humanity. “I have to crane my body to see the board, since if I come in late the only seats open are the ones with the backs to the teacher. That makes it very uncomfortable to pay attention during class.”Michelle Gossman, a senior majoring in health promotion and disease prevention, agreed.“I also find the new desks to be a bit of a hassle,” she said. “In my classroom there are just too many people in the class so with the way the desks are oriented only half of the desk space is useful since the other half faces the board.”Other students said, however, they enjoy the new comfort and space that the desks and chairs provide.Brandon Nguyen, a sophomore majoring in international relations, said he liked the new chairs because they are more comfortable, as well as the flexibility of the new furniture.“You can move the tables around,” Nguyen said. “It does make it more crowded … fewer chairs, fewer desks could be better.
â€œWe are not focusing on any particular game; we are getting ready to face all the teams that we have to play before the World Cup. It is the right mentality to approach the games.â€œI have been asked several questions about the match against England, but I tell people that the England match is very important, just like the other matches that we have to play.â€œWhat is key for us is to get into the right psychological state to confront every opposition that lie ahead, including those that will be waiting at the FIFA World Cup,â€ Onazi told NFF website on phone from his base in Turkey yesterday.Former FIFA U17 World Cup silver-winning midfielder Onazi, who played for Nigeria at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil, dismissed feelings that the team would be over-confident going into the FIFA World Cup following victories in friendlies against Argentina and Poland.â€œThere is nothing like over-confidence. What I can say is that we are a very ambitious team and we will always be ready to play any team. Yes, we defeated Argentina and Poland, but that has not in any way generated feelings of over-confidence in the camp. We are focused and have our heads on our shoulders.â€œFor us, humility and hard work will be the winning words going ahead. Our preparation is going on well and we are happy with that. At the World Cup, we will come up against different teams with different styles and approaches of play. It is important that we are adequately prepared and we appreciate the games that the NFF has lined up for us,â€ said the Trabzonspor of Turkey ace.The Eagles clash with the Democratic Republic of Congo at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt, before flying to London for the match against England at Wembley.Four days later, they will trade tackles with the Czech Republic at the Rudolf Tonn Stadium, just outside Vienna.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram PRE-WORLD CUP FRIENDLIESMidfielder Ogenyi Onazi has assured Nigerian football fans that the Super Eagles will be ready for action ahead of pre-World Cup friendly matches against the Democratic Republic of Congo, England and the Czech Republic.Nigeria hosts the Leopards of the DR Congo in Port Harcourt on May 28, before a prestige clash with Englandâ€™s Three Lions at Wembley Stadium in London on June 2 and an encounter with the Czech Republic in Vienna on June 6.