Andrea Masi scoring against France in the match of the tournamentAndrea Masi, Italy’s powerful back, has today been announced as the official RBS Player of the Championship for the 2011 RBS 6 Nations. Over 17,000 votes were registered ensuring that the RBS Player of the Championship award was won by an Italian for the first time.On receiving the trophy, Andrea commented:“It has been a Championship of highs and lows for the Italian team, our win against France will go down in rugby history but to finish sixth frustrated us all. However, to be named the RBS Player of the Championship is a fantastic way to end what has been one of the most competitive Championships I can remember. We have worked hard this year and can be proud of our achievements. Italian rugby continues to strengthen and we are very happy with our progress as a team. To be the first Italian voted to win this award by the fans is a huge compliment.” ROME, ITALY – MARCH 12: Carlo Antonio Del Fava of Italy congratulates team mate Andrea Masi after his try during the RBS Six Nations match between Italy and France at the Stadio Flaminio on March 12, 2011 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images) The 2011 RBS Player of the Championship was decided as a result of a public vote, hosted on www.rbs6nations.com. The shortlist was compiled of winners of the RBS Man of the Match award from the first four weekends. Andrea received his for Italy’s historic victory over France, scoring a try in that game as well as in their tie against Scotland.Andrea Masi won his RBS 6 Nations Player of the Championship Award whilst securing over 30% of the votes whilst Fabio Semenzato, also on the shortlist, came in second with just under 12%. The two Italians were closely followed by Sean O’Brien of Ireland and Toby Flood of RBS 6 Nations Champions England, both gaining just over 10% of the votes. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Rick Eckstein, is a Professor of Sociology, at Villanova University. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSThe Conversation Previous articleHealthier worksites continues to grow in Orange CountyNext articleDistrict lands offer free, nature-based spring break adventures Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here By Rick Eckstein, Villanova UniversityAs part of the “Operation Varsity Blues” case that federal prosecutors announced March 12, dozens of people – including Hollywood actresses and wealthy businessmen – stand accused of having bought their children’s way into elite colleges and universities.As a researcher who has studied how young athletes get admitted to college, I don’t see a major difference between this admission fraud case and how many wealthy families can buy their children’s way into elite colleges through “back” and “side” doors.In my research, I show how most intercollegiate sports are fed by wildly expensive “pay to play” youth sports pipelines. These pipelines systematically exclude lower income families. It takes money to attend so-called “showcase tournaments” to get in front of recruiters.In many ways, then, those ensnared in the current criminal case – which alleges that they paid for their children to get spots on the sports teams of big-name schools – couldn’t have succeeded if the college admissions process wasn’t already biased toward wealthier families.Bypassing the front doorEven if college sports is taken out of the equation, the college admissions process already favors wealthy families in a variety of ways.It has long been known that higher family income usually correlates with higher standardized test scores. There are many test prep companies, including some that guarantee higher scores for approximately US$1,000. Taking advantage of test prep may not be “fraud.” But it certainly provides advantages to the wealthy that have little to do with academic merit.In his book “The Price of Admission,” Daniel Golden highlights a number of other ways wealthy families can buy their way into elite universities. These include large donations, financing new buildings, creating endowments and playing on parents’ celebrity status. These also have little to do with an applicant’s academic merit, but would never be considered criminal.Sociologist David Karen has documented how attendance at expensive boarding schools gives wealthy students an admissions advantage to Ivy League universities. That may not be fraudulent, but it certainly seems unfair.Athletics and admission advantagesSo how do the wealthy get an advantage when it comes to college athletics? Research has shown that recruited athletes receive the largest admissions advantages independent of academic merit.The advantage varies by sport and athletic division but is almost universal within higher education. Many sports – particularly squash, lacrosse, fencing, and rowing – are pricey to play, so rich kids get opportunities that are out of reach for the poor. Even non-elite sports such as soccer and softball are subject to class-based restrictions.Many sports are out of reach for children from families of lesser means.from www.shutterstock.comThe Mellon Foundation’s report “College and Beyond” found that recruited athletes with lower academic credentials get admitted at four times the rate of non-athletes with similar credentials.Athlete screeningIn the Varsity Blues case, some students’ parents essentially bought their children’s spot on a team. For instance, Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer is charged with accepting contributions to the sailing program in exchange for recommending two prospective students. He pleaded guilty March 12.How could a coach pull off this sleight of hand without drawing attention?The answer, I believe, lies in the growing role of intercollegiate sports in adding some predictability to the very unpredictable enrollment process. Schools want to lock prospective students in as quickly as possible. College athletes are generally admitted through a school’s early decision process. As the proportion of admitted athletes increases, so does the proportion of locked-in applicants.Colleges also benefit by admitting more students early since those people are not part of acceptance rate calculations. The result is a lower acceptance rate, which inflates the school’s perceived selectivity. This, in turn, spurs an increase in future applications, which further lowers the acceptance rate – and again increases perceived selectivity – without any objective changes in the actual quality of teaching and research.College sports teams are an increasingly attractive venue for locking in these early admissions. It is not unusual to have 30 or 40 players on a college soccer or lacrosse team. Most will never play. Women’s crew teams often have more than 100 rowers. Most will never get into a boat. Many will quit the team after one season but remain students.Of course, because a family can afford to have their child play a sport doesn’t mean the student is a good athlete. The pipeline system is far better at identifying the best payers rather than the best players. Since scholarships are quite rare, it costs colleges almost nothing to have some bad players on the roster. And there are benefits.I’m certainly not defending the families and entrepreneurs at the heart of the Varsity Blues scandal for breaking the law to take advantage of a system already fraught with inequalities. The prosecutors, in this case, have insisted that “there can be no separate admissions system for the wealthy.” For that to be true, current practices that favor deep-pocketed families would have to be abandoned. That will require much more than prosecuting a few people who use their wealth to take advantage of an admissions process that already favors the rich. The Anatomy of Fear
Howard Lake | 9 September 2010 | News The current gift aid system is so bureaucratic and burdensome that charities leave £750m a year unclaimed, according to a new report.High administrative costs have created a perverse disincentive for the Treasury to encourage more donors to use gift aid, but the situation is even worse for charities says the new Digital Giving report from ResPublica, commissioned by CAF.“Gift aid as both a concept and as a means of boosting the income of charities is a unique and invaluable system,” says the report. “But in many ways it remains stuck in the past, operating in much the same way it always has.” The report is highly critical of the bureaucratic and administrative burdens that the current system places on both HMRC and individual charities, saying that the total cost to the taxpayer of processing each claim is £5.Both government and charities must embrace innovation and technology to get the most out of gift aid, the report argues. It recommends that charities should be able to file their gift aid claims online rather than on paper and through the post. HMRC should ‘overcome its inertia’ says the rport and introduce this simple change.Authors of the report, together with a world-leading mobile phone payment company have devised a system to enable gift aid to be claimed online. It also recommends that a Digital Giving Steering Group should be set up, chaired by the Minister for Civil Society to co-ordinate the activities of a new Digital Giving Unit and the Treasury’s own gift aid team.The Institute of Fundraising is concerned that it is taking so long to reform gift aid. In particular it is worried that the consultation around gift aid is moving away from its original brief.Tax-effective giving project manager at the Institute, Lee Grant, said “It is quite alarming that in 2010 we are discussing new technologies in gift aid in the same breath as ‘the internet’ and ‘SMS donations’; this is hardly revolutionary stuff. However, the fact remains that the sector needs to catch up, and what we have come to expect as ‘the norm’ in the commercial sector is not necessarily being replicated in ours.”The report is available for download atwww.respublica.org.uk AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Gift Aid £750m of gift aid unclaimed because of ‘antiquated’ system 40 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Fighting racist deportation plans, Haitians went to federal district court in Brooklyn for a four-day hearing Jan. 7-10. Nine individuals, a community group and a Haitian newspaper are bringing suit against the U.S. government. They held a press conference Jan. 7 in front of the courthouse. The aim of their suit is to force the Trump administration to drop plans to deny nearly 60,000 Haitians the right to live and work in the U.S. These Haitians currently do so under Temporary Protected Status. “The Trump administration’s November 2017 decision to terminate Haiti’s TPS was immoral, racist and unconstitutional,” said Marleine Bastien, executive director of the Family Action Network Movement. “It has thrown the lives of thousands [of] TPS recipients and their U.S.-born children in turmoil.” FANM is one of the plaintiffs in the suit. (Haïti-Liberté, Jan. 9)Labor support for Haitian workers under TPS was voiced by Alison Hirsh, vice president of Service Employees union 32BJ. Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.) also spoke.Ramped-up racism While there is a long history of discrimination against Haitians in the U.S., President Trump has taken a shockingly low road. He has publicly made racist comments about Haiti, including his historically infamous categorization of Haiti and African nations as “s–thole countries.” This outrageous statement was made while meeting with congressional leaders specifically to discuss extending TPS protection for Haitians. (nbcnews.com, Jan. 11, 2018)At the rally, Steven Forester, immigration policy coordinator at the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, said: “Haiti is a textbook case for why TPS is needed, due to three recent extraordinary catastrophes: the world’s deadliest cholera epidemic, 2016’s Hurricane Matthew [and 2017’s Hurricane Irma], and the devastating 2010 earthquake.” Cholera was brought to Haiti — twice — by the U.N. “peacekeeping” force. These collective catastrophes have forced people to leave the island for work in the U.S. (Brooklyn Reader, Jan. 7)Another plaintiff is the Haitian community newspaper, Haïti-Liberté, whose Jan. 9 statement was read at the press conference by its representative Jocelyn Gay:“Since U.S. Marines first invaded Haiti a century ago, the U.S. has plundered and strong-armed our nation, leaving it impoverished and politically unstable. The U.S. has re-enslaved our people, first in the Marines’ corvées, today in cheap labor sweatshops. Through coups d’état or electoral shenanigans, Washington has imposed and supported dictators, like Papa and Baby Doc Duvalier, or neo-Duvalierist charlatans, like Michel Martelly and Jovenel Moïse, all of whom have plundered state coffers. “However, the death and destruction caused by the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti shocked the world’s conscience.… The Obama administration was compelled to grant some 50,000 Haitians Temporary Protected Status (TPS).” After mentioning the additional catastrophes of cholera and hurricanes, as well as Trump’s racism, Haïti-Liberté’s statement ended by urging Judge William Kuntz, who is hearing the case, to do the right thing and preserve Haitians’ TPS status.Both the plaintiffs and the U.S. government will be allowed to submit additional material during the month of February. Judge Kuntz will then begin deliberations and issue his decision after March 1.
Kristen Clarke The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Kristen Clarkehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-clarke/ ReddIt TCU begins $2M renovation to surface of football practice field Facebook TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Facebook Twitter ReddIt Former wide receiver launches clothing line on TCU’s Pro Day Kristen Clarkehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-clarke/ Kristen Clarkehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-clarke/ Kristen Clarkehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-clarke/ Twitter Linkedin TAGSNeeleyparalympics Kristen Clarke is a senior studying sports & broadcast journalism from Barrington, Illinois. She is a member of the TCU Cheerleading team. Website| + posts Defender first TCU soccer player be drafted into the National Women’s Soccer League There’s a new Horned Frog in town Devon Berry can’t contain his optimism in pursuing his dreams. (Photo Courtesy: Kennedy Harvey) printDevon Berry loves playing sports. During his freshman year at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, he joined the collegiate wrestling team.Berry then decided to transfer to TCU in the fall, citing the main draw as the reputation of the Neeley School of Business.The TCU sophomore faced a challenge playing sports the other athletes didn’t: he was born with cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder caused by a malformation in the brain that primarily affects body movement and muscle coordination. Berry’s legs do not function properly, and he had undergone nine surgeries by the age of nine. Berry now has a new goal: to qualify for the 2020 Paralympics.“It’s not about my disability; it’s about the ability that God gave me,” Berry said regarding his athleticism and potential.Berry is double majoring in entrepreneurial management and marketing and minoring in finance. He’s also the author and publisher of Facing your Fears: The Devon Berry Story.“People often tell me I can’t do things,” he said. “You can’t be the greatest without failing.”Devon Berry flexing as he strolls through campus. (Photo Courtesy: Kennedy Harvey)Berry has been proving people wrong for his whole life. Berry said he can either look at it pessimistically or optimistically, and he chooses the latter.Berry started meeting with a trainer about two months ago. They meet every other week.“My trainer told me he doesn’t think I have the skillset to qualify,” Berry said. “ I’m determined to prove him wrong.”Paul Johnson is his trainer and a volunteer coach for the track and field Paralympics team. Johnson works with Cathy Sellers, director of Paralympic track and field at the United States Olympic Committee.Berry said Johnson has helped him mentally prepare for what it’s like to compete at that stage.“He’s often been very honest,” Berry said. “We’ve had a lot of real conversations.” He added that Johnson told him he would need to find someone to sponsor him because there isn’t a wheelchair team for the decathlon.So he did. Berry has contacted Adidas, and he just met with Nike’s president of geographies and sales, Elliott Hill, who is also a TCU alum.Devon Berry with Elliott Hill, president of geographies and sales for Nike.Berry wears a leg brace on each of his shins and is currently designing a sports leg brace for optimal range of motion and better athletic performance so that he can compete to the best of his abilities.“What the sports leg brace is going to do is be able to rotate according to the ankle and leg, and allow the athlete to compete with it,” Berry said. “You can compete with this right now, but it’s stiff. It’ll not only allow me to walk, but it’ll let me run, specifically for sports.”Berry is currently working with the TCU IdeaFactory on creating a prototype for the sports leg brace.For the next two years, Berry will be training for the Paralympics.“In two full years, you never know what can happen,” he said. “You can explore talents that you never thought you could have.” [&lt;a href=”//storify.com/ktclarke/devon-berry” target=”_blank”&gt;View the story “Devon Berry” on Storify&lt;/a&gt;] World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Linkedin Previous articleShuttle bus driver injured in road rage incident diesNext articleHorned Frogs sweep Green Bay, advance to NVIC Final Four Kristen Clarke RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies to go further MexicoAmericas NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say May 13, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Mexico MexicoAmericas News News Help by sharing this information Reports Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state RSF_en News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders calls on the authorities in the western state of Colima to provide protection, with federal justice ministry support, for Javier Montes Camarena, a columnist for the Diario de Colima regional newspaper, whose car and home in the Colima state capital of Manzanillo were the target of a shooting attack on 21 March.The National Centre for Social Communication (CENCOS), a local press freedom NGO, quoted Montes as saying he thought the attack was linked to a recent column that was very critical of Colima governor Silverio Cavazos Ceballos.“Montes pointed out after the shooting that this is not the first time an attempt has been made to intimidate him,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We voice our complete solidarity with him and the rest of the newspaper’s staff and we hope that he will be given protection at once and that the investigation will quickly identify those responsible for the attack.”The press freedom organisation added: “The fact that the victims says he suspects the state governor and other politicians must not be allowed to obstruct the necessary investigation. The federal justice ministry should, under the circumstances, monitor this case with the utmost care.”The attack was carried out at 4:45 a.m. by two unidentified individuals who fired seven shots at Montes’ car and residence. He and three members of his family were at home at the time. One of the shots penetrated a bedroom but no one was hurt. Two shots impacted the facade of the house and four shots were fired at the car. The weapon used was a large-calibre, 9 mm Luger pistol.Montes, who writes a daily column called “Enlace,” reported the shooting to the Manzanillo prosecutor’s office, naming the governor and several other local politicians as possible suspects. In a column headlined “Saints and Sinners” the day before the attack, Montes likened the governor to Judas. Montes said he was the target of an attack several months ago, when acid was thrown on his car. May 5, 2021 Find out more Organisation March 27, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Protection urged for Colima state columnist whose home and car were fired on
Detectives charged a woman Monday in connection with a residential burglary reported last December, but the charge was later disposed, as someone else reportedly committed the burglary.Police were first called about the burglary last January in the 200 block of East Olive Street, an Odessa Police Department news release stated.The complainant told officers someone had entered her residence and stolen several items, the release detailed, including her wallet and a $2,000 smart TV.Police later found the complainant’s wallet and other personal information in a box next to a business near 12th Street and Grant Avenue, the release stated.The suspect was later identified as 23-year-old Nohemi Medina, the release detailed, who admitted to detectives to entering the residence and taking property that did not belong to her.Medina was charged with burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony, Monday, but the charge was disposed by District Attorney Bobby Bland on Wednesday.Bland said the disposal was due to a question of whether or not Medina lived in the house with the victim and if she had consent of the owner to enter without consent, and Medina also denied taking the TV, but admitted to taking a bag of stuff from the house, which she later returned.The victim also sent in an affidavit to Bland’s office, he said, saying she heard somebody else had stolen the TV and did not want to charge Medina. Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Local NewsCrime Facebook Previous articleBoil water notice for greater Gardendale areaNext articleHIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL: Permian edges Midland Lee 3-1 admin By admin – April 4, 2018 Twitter Case dismissed for woman charged with burglary Pinterest
News UpdatesE-Connectivity Issues At Courts In Jammu & Kashmir: High Court Directs BSNL To Convene Meeting With IT Staff & NIC; Submit ATR LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK9 March 2021 3:43 AMShare This – xTaking note of connectivity issues faced by many Courts in the Union Territory, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to sit with the IT Officers and resolve all the issues cropping up in the High Court as well as in the Subordinate Courts. While hearing a suo moto PIL registered at the time of outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic, which was…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginTaking note of connectivity issues faced by many Courts in the Union Territory, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to sit with the IT Officers and resolve all the issues cropping up in the High Court as well as in the Subordinate Courts. While hearing a suo moto PIL registered at the time of outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic, which was later expanded to address as many as 18 issues, a Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Sindhu Sharma ordered, “the Nodal Officer to have a meeting with the IT staff of the High Court and State Informatics Officer (SIO), NIC at the earliest within a period of two weeks to iron out all the issues as far as possible. A report after the meeting and the action taken thereon be submitted by Sh. Ravinder Gupta, learned AAG by the next date.” The Bench was referring to three issues: (i) e-Connectivity of Courts; (ii) e-connectivity of High Court; and (iii) Lack of connectivity/communication in areas of UTs of J&K and Ladakh. During the hearing, Amicus Curiae Monika Kohli informed the Bench that BSNL is unable to provide proper and suitable services. At this juncture, AAG Ravinder Gupta appearing for BSNL assured the Court that he would ask the Nodal Officer, Principal GM (CFA) Office of CGMT, Circle J&K, to contact the Registry of the High Court and to sit with the IT Officers to resolve all the issues. Taking the statement on record, the Court directed the Government to hold a meeting within two weeks and submit an action taken report by April 6, 2021. Background The issue of e-connectivity was first raised before the Court while high speed mobile internet services were still suspended in the valley in the aftermath of abrogation of Article 370. “Access to justice is a fundamental right and cannot be impeded. It has to be ensured to every citizen and courts are required to remain accessible,” the High Court had remarked while stating that despite best efforts on the part of the High Court IT Team, it had been impossible for the Court to have even a “bare semblance of a hearing”. Thereafter, a five-member Committee was set up to undertake an audit of the facilities and infrastructure and examine the issue of e-connectivity at the High Court. Case Title: Court on its own motion v. Government of India & Ors. Click Here To Download Order Read OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
MivPiv/iStock(NEW YORK) — As public health officials in communities across the country prepare for the continued spread of the coronavirus, both state and federal prisons could face major hurdles if officers or prisoners contract COVID-19.ABC News has reviewed an internal document sent to the nation’s Bureau of Prisons facilities, and sources said the document doesn’t provide adequate answers to combating the virus.The internal document details proper protocols including guidance from BOP stating an employee can’t return to work if by doing so they would jeopardize the health of others.Tune into ABC News Live at noon ET every weekday for the latest news, context and analysis on the novel coronavirus, with the full ABC News team where we will try to answer your questions about the virus.The document doesn’t touch on visitation for inmates or transporting them facility to facility. Courthouses in the Southern District of New York have already sought to restrict entry to people who traveled to China, South Korea, Japan, Italy and Iran and anyone who has been in contact with or has COVID-19.One source at a Florida facility told ABC News that the Bureau doesn’t have the ability to order more cleaning supplies and doesn’t have enough wipes to sanitize the inmate transport buses. The source also said there aren’t enough N95 masks to cover half the staff, adding that most are of small size. Photos reviewed by ABC News of the facility show empty hand sanitizer pumps placed throughout.The source said there are currently more questions than answers.On Wednesday, the Bureau of Prisons declined to provide guidance on what they were doing citing the fluid nature of the virus. However, they did say they are using a “comprehensive approach”“The BOP has an internal web-based system for reporting infectious diseases and outbreaks, allowing access to health care and correctional professionals system-wide,” a spokesman told ABC News in an email. “The Bureau of Prisons is providing information to staff and inmates regarding practicing good hygiene and other information regarding BOP’s initial and preventive preparations. As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, the BOP updates and refines its recommendations, guidance, and protocols, and will continue to provide helpful information to staff, inmates and federal, state and local partners.”Currently, they are not stocking COVID-19 test kits and “testing of inmates will occur if clinically warranted.”The spokesman said as of Wednesday, there are no known cases of the virus at any BOP facility.“The Bureau of Prisons is providing information to staff and inmates regarding practicing good hygiene and other information regarding BOP’s initial and preventive preparations. As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, the BOP updates and refines its recommendations, guidance, and protocols, and will continue to provide helpful information to staff, inmates and federal, state and local partners,” a bureau spokeswoman told ABC News over the weekend.Joe Rojas, the Southwest regional representative for the Council of Prisons, the union that represents BOP officers, told ABC News that leaders have to think of the “worst-case scenario.”“You have one inmate that has a virus, it’ll affect everybody, staff and inmates, because it’s in a confined space,” he continued.Rojas said that there is “no leadership at all” when dealing with the potential for coronavirus in federal prisons.State prison facilities around the country, from large state facilities to smaller county facilities, are also preparing for the virus.A spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections told ABC in a statement that there is a working group between “health care executives, public health nurses, custody and prison operations executives, occupational safety experts and department planners responsible for business continuity.”They say that health services will continue.“We are also ensuring that inmates coming into the CDCR system, or transported to county jail to attend court hearings, are receiving a comprehensive health screening and assessment by health care professionals when they are processed into and out of an institution,” a spokeswoman continued.“Visitation is one of the most important services we provide to incarcerated persons and their loved ones. At this time, we have no intention of closing visiting at our institutions, including overnight family visits. However, we do ask that if a person feels sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing to please not enter a CDCR institution until they are no longer displaying symptoms.”In New York State, facilities have already begun increased screening and will issue questionnaires. The New York Department of Corrections is already warning visitors about longer than normal visitation wait time.In Chenango County, NY, Sheriff Ernest Cutting told ABC News it is business as usual with a few different procedures. Cutting, who oversees the Sheriff’s Department which has 66 inmates currently in custody. He said that inmates are being asked if they’ve traveled out of the country.“We always ask them if they’re sick, anyway. Generally, inmates here in New York, go into medical isolation for a few days when they first come in, just to make sure we can control any sicknesses or illnesses that they may have,” he explained. “We can operate every day with the thought that we have to protect ourselves, we have to protect citizens an … just conversation and dialogue and using gloves when they’re needed. It’s just kind of how we operate daily.”Jeremy Desel, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said in a video released on their Facebook page, that they have procedures and plans in place to deal with an outbreak of a disease. While they have not yet done so, procedures include limiting visitation and transport.He said all the procedures are outlined in a manual specific to controlling disease outbreaks.Ohio officials recently stopped visiting access for inmates, as fear of the virus spread throughout the state.Across the Atlantic in Italy, where the virus has brought the country to a standstill, six prisoners died and 50 escaped after riots broke out in six prisons across the country, according to reports. Inmates lit mattresses on fire in one prison and in another, took officers hostage and stole their keys. In Milan, the epicenter of the outbreak, prisoners were seen standing on roofs after the prison limited visitor access and put the prison on lockdown.Rojas also told ABC News that riots in Federal prisons are a “legitimate concern” and that it is something of which leaders should be wary. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.