Cleveland Browns defensive back Royce Adams (40) walks off the field with Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown after practice at NFL football training camp in Berea, Ohio Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Muhammad Ali is honoring another iconic athlete who became a forceful voice for civil rights — Jim Brown.The NFL Hall of Fame running back will receive a lifetime humanitarian achievement award bearing the boxing great’s name, the Muhammad Ali Center announced Thursday. Brown headlines this year’s lineup of Ali Humanitarian Award winners that include actress Susan Sarandon.The awards, which debuted last year, promote achievements for social justice.Like Ali, Brown, who was at the top of his sport in the 1960s, became an outspoken civil-rights advocate.Brown, an actor whose credits include his role in “The Dirty Dozen,” started the Amer-I-Can program, which teaches life management and self-improvement skills to help uplift neighborhoods and communities.“He’s been a great supporter in his community and the community at large in stemming gang violence and teaching young men what it means … to be good citizens,” Ali Center President and CEO Donald Lassere said of Brown.Decades ago, Brown spoke out in support of Ali’s refusal to enter the military during the Vietnam War as a conscientious objector.Ali’s decision resulted in a draft-evasion conviction and he was stripped of his heavyweight boxing crown. Ali’s legal fight ended in 1971, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in his favor.The Ali Awards ceremony is set for Sept. 27 in Louisville, Ali’s hometown. The three-time heavyweight boxing champion, who is battling Parkinson’s disease, plans to attend the ceremony, as well as a Sept. 20 benefit concert in Louisville featuring Grammy-winning singer Bruno Mars.Actress Susan Sarandon, right, and Hope North founder Okello Sam attend Variety’s “Power of Women: New York” luncheon at Cipriani Midtown on Friday, April 25, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)Sarandon, an Academy Award winner, will receive the Ali Humanitarian Award for Global Citizenship, the Ali Center said. Sarandon will be recognized for her role as an ambassador for UNICEF and her efforts in support of Haiti and the Amazon.Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Common was named winner of the Ali Humanitarian Award for Education. He launched a philanthropic effort that seeks to empower urban youth by mentoring them in character development, creative expression and healthy living. Entrepreneur Mick Ebeling was chosen as the Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award winner for his efforts to provide prosthetic limbs for war victims in Sudan.Other award winners include a half-dozen young adults from around the world being honored for their humanitarian roles. One recipient, 29-year-old Kennedy Odede of Kenya, is being recognized for his efforts in support of education, health care, economic development and clean water.Former President Jimmy Carter was the inaugural winner of the lifetime humanitarian achievement award last year.The awards event last year raised about $300,000 for the Ali Center to help cover costs for programs and operations, center officials said Thursday.They hope to raise more this year from the Bruno Mars concert and awards ceremony. The Ali Center, which has a yearly budget of about $4 million, is stepping up its educational outreach and programs aimed at such topics as gender equality and global citizenship.
Meanwhile, government officialsat all levels are working to halt transmission of the virus. “It’s funny, it was a similarsituation with the SARS virus,” noted Ted Friedli, owner of Excel Travel in LongBranch. One client who contacted himwith concerns about the virus has plans to travel to China in 2022. Like other health care professionals in the state, Bayshore is relying on updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New Jersey Department of Public Health to advise its customers. So, what can people do to avoidcontracting NcoV? “There could be so many morediseases between now and then,” he said. Friedli advised him to remaincalm and wait things out. Travel to China and the FarEast has grown increasingly popular in recent years, Friedli said. The best defense is prevention,health experts say: Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing, use a tissueor, in a pinch, your sleeve to cough or sneeze into rather than your hands. Tryto avoid touching your face. The majority of the calls fall into the category of, “Am I at risk?” he said. That includes people who have recently traveled to or from China, people planning to travel there individually or as members of international exchange programs, and people who have returned from China with children who will be re-entering school in New Jersey. Those cases have been confirmedin Washington, California, Arizona and Illinois, the CDC reported. With the height of the flu season upon us, business at Bayshore Pharmacy in Atlantic Highlands has been brisk. Meanwhile, New JerseyCongressman Frank Pallone (D-6), who chairs the House of Representatives Energyand Commerce Committee, which oversees public health and quarantine, isadvising Americans to rely on the CDC and other reliable sources for updatesrather than social media. “The information that I have right now is that weshouldn’t panic,” he said during an appearance on MSNBC last Tuesday. “There’sa lot of misinformation out there.” “At this time, there are more than 6,000 confirmed cases. The majority of the cases are in China, which has experienced at least 132 deaths. There are 92 confirmed cases outside of China, with five cases in the United States.” While those numbers appear alarming, it helps to keep in mind that more than 11 million people reside in the epicenter of the virus outbreak in the city of Wuhan. British Airways and a fewsmaller airlines have suspended all flights to China and United Airlines hasreduced its service there. The sneezing and coughing most peopleare doing around the Two River area these days are not caused by NcoV but insteadrelated to the perennial winter woes that come with the common cold and flu. The pharmacy did experience a bit of a run on face masks this week but, Stryker said, their effectiveness in blocking an individual from contracting the virus isn’t great because the masks aren’t capable of preventing the inhalation of the virus. They’re more valuable in preventing someone who is already sick from spreading germs through sneezing and coughing. Earlier this week, U.S. Sens.Bob Menendez and Cory Booker of New Jersey called for NcoV passenger screeningsto be instituted at Newark Liberty International Airport, the fifth busiest airportin the nation. To combat a wave of misinformation being generated as the word spreads, the New Jersey Department of Health has established a hotline in cooperation with the NJ Poison Control Center to answer residents’ questions about the new virus and allay unnecessary fears. “The biggest concern right nowis that we don’t really know what this coronavirus is…we need to know moreabout the virus itself, how it’s transmitted, what is its impact and there’snot a lot of information out there right now.” Those with upcomingreservations who are facing a change of plan and a possible loss of theirvacation dollars, Friedli said, have the option to cancel, postpone or changetheir plans and some travel providers will be generous in helping them make thebest choice with the least amount of financial pain. But, Friedli said, “Thebiggest lesson is to do something in advance: Take out some travel insurance.There are policies you can buy that allow you to cancel for any reasonwhatsoever.” “We’ve been getting quite a fewquestions,” Stryker said. “The news has it pretty whipped up.” “Media and the government blowthese things out of proportion,” Friedli says. “There’s so many other thingsthat we could worry about, like getting hit by a car on the Garden StateParkway.” According to Jerry M. Zuckerman, M.D., vice president of infection prevention and control at Hackensack Meridian Health, coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which are thought to cause up to 30 percent of common cold cases. Hackensack Meridian encompasses nine medical centers around the state, including Riverview in Red Bank and Bayshore in Holmdel. But along with the chills,fever, coughs and runny noses that accompany the flu, some customers are sufferingfrom worries about contracting the novel coronavirus (NcoV), said pharmacistRichard Stryker. Symptoms of NcoV are similar to the flu but can swiftlyprogress to more serious complications like pneumonia. Newark has since been added tothe list of airports conducting enhanced screenings. While the risk of contractingthe NcoV virus here in the U.S. is low, the threat remains serious, Zuckermanstressed. “Although the risk to thepublic remains low, we understand that residents have questions about this newvirus,” New Jersey Department of Health commissioner Judith Persichilli notedin a press release. “This hotline provides factual information to alleviatefear and dispel rumors.” The hotline is part of a wide-reaching effort by the medical and scientific communities to reassure the public while taking steps to identify and treat any patients who contract NcoV. In an effort to halt thetransmission of the virus, Chinese officials have instituted a quarantine inWuhan, the epicenter of the virus. For Americans set to travel toChina soon for business or vacation, the threat of NcoV very likely means achange in plans. By Eileen Moon | Published Jan. 30, 2020 “Certain strains like SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), whichappeared in 2002, and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), which appearedin 2012 and now the 2019 novel coronavirus can cause more serious illness,”Zuckerman said. No cases of NcoV have been identified in any of Hackensack Meridian’sfacilities, Zuckerman said. Bruce Ruck, managing director of the NJ Poison Control Center at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, said that his office has received more than 100 calls about the corona virus in the last 24 hours. Nevertheless, concern aboutcontracting the new virus is rising. The five cases of NcoVidentified in the United States as of Jan. 29 have occurred in patients who hadrecently been in China. Fortunately, the risk ofcontracting the new virus first identified in Wuhan, China in December is low. In Monmouth County, FreeholderDeputy Director Sue Kiley, liaison to the county health and human servicesdepartment, said the county is maintaining close contact with area hospitalsand is prepared to respond should the virus appear. Right now, Kiley said, it’snot an issue. “Obviously, we’re watching it very closely.” Nevertheless, the appearance ofNcoV in our increasingly global community has been ramping up fears on socialmedia. “Basically, all those things your mother told you,” said Stryker, the pharmacist.