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16-year-old among virus dead in France’s highest daily toll

first_imgThe mother of France’s youngest coronavirus victim has spoken of the “unbearable” loss of her 16-year-old daughter, as the country reported its highest daily toll from the pandemic.French authorities said on Thursday that 365 people had been killed by COVID-19 over the previous 24 hours, taking the national total of those who have died in hospital to 1,696.The figure does not include those who died from the virus at home or at retirement homes, top French health official Jerome Salomon told reporters. Her condition deteriorated and her death was announced on Thursday, with health officials emphasizing that severe cases are very rare in young people.”From the start, we were told that the virus doesn’t affect young people. We believed it, like everyone else,” Sabine said. Her daughter had no known underlying health problems. The teenage girl named Julie A died in Paris, becoming the youngest French victim of the disease that more often afflicts the elderly or people with underlying health conditions.”It’s unbearable,” the girl’s mother Sabine told AFP by phone from her home in the Parisian suburbs. “We were meant to have an ordinary life.”A week ago, Julie developed a mild cough but on Saturday she began to feel short of breath, her mother said.She underwent scans in hospital and several tests for COVID-19, the disease first detected in China late last year that has now killed more than 23,000 worldwide. Train evacuation France has been in lockdown since March 17 in a bid to slow the spread of the epidemic and officials have repeatedly warned it will take time for the measures to bear fruit.Salomon said 29,155 people had tested positive for the virus so far nationwide — adding that the real number of cases was likely far higher as testing was reserved for high-risk patients.He said 3,375 patients were currently in intensive care out of nearly 14,000 people hospitalized after becoming infected.Data showed 42,000 people had been registered by their GP as having the coronavirus over the last week alone, Salomon added — again revealing that testing in France has only revealed a minority of cases.People in the country are only allowed to step outside for pressing matters, such as shopping.”It is very difficult to estimate when the peak will come… people who are ill now were infected before the confinement began,” explained Salomon.”Now there is less contact, people are going out less and get infected less. So we hope there will be fewer people getting sick next week,” he said.French President Emmanuel Macron said he had held a “very good discussion” with his US counterpart Donald Trump about the pandemic.”In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we are preparing with other countries a new strong initiative in the coming days,” he tweeted early Friday, without elaborating.The first train evacuation saw 20 coronavirus patients moved from the country’s hard-hit east to help relieve overstretched hospitals.The specially adapted high-speed train, whose carriages were transformed into intensive care units, took the group to the western Atlantic coast where they will be treated.Another evacuation is planned for Friday, this time by air. Topics :last_img read more

AQR launches research institute with London Business School

first_imgIn his welcoming remarks, the dean of LBS, Sir Andrew Likierman, added: “We have done nothing with the scope, depth or magnitude of this relationship, or anything as long-lasting. “AQR is distinguished for its emphasis on ideas and research that is not necessarily characteristic of its industry. There is an underlying alignment of philosophy with the London Business School.”AQR, with $122bn (€104bn) in assets under management, makes much of its strong links with academia, and boasts more than 40 PhDs on its staff, including co-founders Cliff Asness and John Liew.It endowed the AQR Capital Management Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, supports the Innovation Factory at Johns Hopkins University and makes the annual $100,000 AQR Insight Award for outstanding innovation in applied academic research.The AQR Institute has its origins early last year in discussions between Scott Richardson, a professor of accounting at LBS since he left BlackRock in 2010, who currently works as a managing director at AQR in credit and equity research, and the firm’s founders.Formal discussions with LBS, which is consistently ranked in the global Top 10 for teaching and research and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, got underway in March 2014.AQR founding principal David Kabiller said: “The AQR Institute will bring together scholars and industry-leading practitioners to produce original research and identify best practices from a global perspective.“We are proud to partner with London Business School, which is renowned for its academic rigour, top faculty and diverse student body.”In his welcoming remarks at the launch event, he added: “We opened our London office three years ago, and we wanted to make a statement about our commitment to London, the UK and the broader EMEA region.” Investment management firm AQR and the London Business School (LBS) have launched the AQR Institute of Asset Management, a 10-year collaboration to fund and generate research across a range of disciplines.The Institute will make annual grants and awards to postgraduate researchers and sponsor conferences and events at the LBS campuses in London and Dubai that will aim to bring together academics, policymakers and practitioners.  Led by professors of finance Francisco Gomes, Ralph Koijen and Narayan Naik, and professor of economics Hélène Rey, the Institute’s research agenda is expected to range from the challenges faced by CIOs in portfolio construction to regulation, economic policy and accounting issues.Tony Joyce, associate dean of marketing and communications at LBS, speaking to IPE at the launch event held in the London campus on Wednesday, said: “This goes straight in at the top of the league table of our relationships with commercial entities.”last_img read more

Warriors-Pelicans cheatsheet: MVP hopeful Anthony Davis looking to wreck Golden State’s good vibes

first_imgThe Warriors are coming off one of their biggest wins of the season, but the Pelicans, led by MVP-candidate Anthony Davis, will look to spoil the champs’ good vibes Tuesday night.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.When/Where: Oracle Arena, 7:30 p.m.Pelicans projected starting lineup: Anthony Davis, Julius Randle, Elfrid Payton, Jrue Holiday, E’Twaun Moore Pelicans Stock Report: Since the last matchup between these two teams, the Pelicans have hovered around .500, …last_img read more

Leaping kudu caught on camera in South Africa

first_img22 July 2015A professional photographer was on hand to capture the sight of a lifetime when a kudu bull jumped several metres into the air after he was spooked by a warning call from a Franklin.Arno Pietersen, who was on safari in the Kruger National Park, captured a series of eight frames of the animal’s massive leap, on 19 July.“On Sunday, we were on the H3 road near Kwagga Pan and there was a group of six kudu bulls, which were all crossing the road and moving towards the artificial watering hole,” he said.“The one that I got a picture of was actually the last of the group and sadly it had the smallest horns of them all,” Pietersen said.“It was about 5m from the road when the call of a Franklin spooked it. Usually they call when a predator is around and the bull just ran towards the road and leapt. It was crazy at the time, I didn’t see much through my viewfinder and only when I was looking through the frames afterwards did I see how high it actually jumped.”A great responseSocial media users are awestruck. “Now all those road signs make sense!” wrote Dylan van Zyl on Kruger’s Facebook page.Others expressed their admiration for the country and the photographer.Charlie Cawood described it as a classic photo. “The beauty of our natural heritage continues to impress us. What a leap!”Amalia Keen van Rhyn wrote: “Well done to the photographer.” And Patrick Walsh joked of the kudu: “Thinks he is a Springbok. Should be entered in the Olympic Squad.”Kruger National ParkThe park was established in 1898 to protect South Africa’s wildlife and is nearly 2 million hectares in size.It is home to 336 species of tree, 49 species of fish, 34 species of amphibian, 114 species of reptile, 507 species of bird and 147 species of mammal.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

MusicDNA Wants to Compete With Apple’s iTunes LP Format – But Will Anybody Care?

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois For the most part, digital music has killed the liner notes that used to come with CDs. Now, MusicDNA, a new file format that looks a lot like Apple’s iTunes LP format, wants to bring liner notes to the 21st century. MusicDNA is a new rich-media extension for digital music files that enriches songs and albums with additional data like lyrics, videos, RSS and Twitter feeds, as well as up to 14 additional pieces of metadata like mood and tempo. Artists and record labels will be able to ship up to 32GB of data with these files. MusicDNA is the creation of Dagfinn Bach’s Bach Technologies. Bach worked on building one of the first MP3 players in 1993. One of the most prominent backers of MusicDNA is Karlheinz Brandenburg, one of the co-inventors of the MP3 format. The company plans to ship its software in the spring. Just a Wrapper It’s important to note that MusicDNA doesn’t propose a new format for encoding the music itself. Instead, MusicDNA is simply an XML-wrapper for music files. In theory, this should make it easier for music labels and artists to adopt this new format as the actual music file will be compatible with virtually every MP3 player on the market. These devices will just play the MP3 track and ignore the rest of the data. To get access to the additional information, though, you currently have to use MusicDNA’s own player. The company plans to release plugins for iTunes and Windows Media Player later this year. Is MusicDNA Doomed?We have to wonder, though, if anybody is really interested in yet another proprietary file format for distributing music. While the iTunesLP format hasn’t exactly caught fire yet (though the mythical Apple tablet could change that), Apple isn’t likely to license this technology from Bach. It’s also important to note that Sony, Warner, Universal and EMI have developed their own file format for bundling music files with additional content. At this point, it seems rather unlikely that MusicDNA will be a major success. While the developers claim to have 10 partners on board for the launch, none of these are major labels. Unless MusicDNA can get the major labels to give up their own format and to drop support for iTunes and the iTunesLP format, this venture isn’t very likely to succeed. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

World Cup 2018: Senegal didn’t deserve to qualify, says coach Aliou Cisse

first_imgColombia’s Yerry Mina thumped home a second-half header to secure a dramatic 1-0 victory over Senegal on Thursday that catapulted the South Americans into the World Cup last 16 and dumped their African opponents out of tournament.Senegal had only needed a point in their final Group H game to reach the next round, but defeat saw them miss out to Japan, who edged them for the runners-up spot by virtue of having a better disciplinary record.It was the first time in World Cup history that a team had been eliminated by the amount of yellow cards they had accrued in the tournament.Both Senegal and Japan, who were beaten 1-0 by Poland on Thursday, finished the group with four points and an identical record in all other respects. Yet the Asian side ended in second position having picked up four yellow cards to Senegal’s six.World Cup 2018: Colombia, Japan in last 16, heartbreak for SenegalColombia, who finished as group winners with six points will face a last-16 match against the runners-up in Group G where England and Belgium battle for supremacy later on Thursday.Group H came down to the finest of margins. #JPN go through ahead of #SEN, with the Lions of Teranga eliminated on Fair Play points. pic.twitter.com/YCDk0hSWmLFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 28, 2018Defeat for Senegal eliminated them at the group stage in their first World Cup appearance since 2002, and left Africa without a representative in the knockout stages for the first time in 36 years.advertisementFIFA World Cup 2018, Senegal 0-1 Colombia: Highlights”Senegal doesn’t qualify because we don’t deserve it. This is one of the rules,” their coach Aliou Cisse said.”We have to respect it. We would prefer to be eliminated another way… We were fully committed and maybe because we were fully committed we got more yellow cards.”Senegal had been heading through until the 74th minute when Mina rose to meet a corner and sent a bullet header into the turf and bouncing up into the roof of the net.It was a crushing blow to the Senegalese who had been the better side for most of the game and had a penalty award overturned in the first half after a VAR review.They had looked set to take the lead in the 17th minute when Liverpool forward Sadio Mane went down in the area under a challenge from Davinson Sanchez and referee Milorad Mazic pointed to the spot.The VAR system has not been universally acclaimed at this tournament, but television replays appeared to show Sanchez get his heel on the ball, before clattering into Mane, and after reviewing his original decision, Mazic agreed.Colombia had got off to a poor start and suffered a blow early on when playmaker and talisman James Rodriguez was forced off injured.After his display in their last match against Poland, Colombian hopes had again been pinned on the shoulders of Rodriguez, who had spearheaded their run to the last quarter-finals four years ago.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

All Ministries Must Have Customer Service Improvement Plans by April

first_img The plans are a priority of the Service Excellence Programme (SEP), which falls under the ambit of Thematic Area 1 of the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Programme, entitled ‘Trade and Investment Facilitation and Service Excellence’. All ministries must have customer service improvement plans in place by the end of April 2018 as mandated by the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Programme. Modernisation Specialist in the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Division (PSTMD), Office of the Cabinet, Michele Gordon-Somers, tells JIS News that the plans are a critical part of the Service Excellence Policy being developed by the Cabinet Office. Story Highlights All ministries must have customer service improvement plans in place by the end of April 2018 as mandated by the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Programme.The aim is to reduce waste, save money and make the public institutions more efficient and effective for those who need them.The plans are a priority of the Service Excellence Programme (SEP), which falls under the ambit of Thematic Area 1 of the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Programme, entitled ‘Trade and Investment Facilitation and Service Excellence’.This is also one of the goals of Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan, which calls for professionalism and efficient service delivery in all public-sector institutions.Modernisation Specialist in the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Division (PSTMD), Office of the Cabinet, Michele Gordon-Somers, tells JIS News that the plans are a critical part of the Service Excellence Policy being developed by the Cabinet Office.“All ministries must conduct customer service assessments, they must speak with their customers, they must have plans developed and they must report their achievements against their plans,” she emphasises.The proposed policy will set out the core principles, values, standards, strategies, accountability mechanism, continuous improvement frameworks and service delivery options that will promote and institutionalise service excellence to facilitate consistency in service quality across government.Last year, the PSTMD engaged technocrats in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as well as from civil society and the private sector at Service Excellence Visioning Workshops, aimed at identifying strategies and actions to get to the supreme form of service excellence in the public sector.Recently, the Cabinet Office and the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) signed a Memorandum of Understanding signalling the commencement of a partnership between the two organisations to promote service excellence in the public and private sectors and increase awareness of customer service issues nationally.Mrs. Gordon-Somers says that some ministries have named customer service improvement teams and are conducting customer service readiness assessments, which will guide the development of customer service improvement plans.“The information that comes out of the assessments will be used to feed into developing customer service improvement plans, and it is expected that the whole area of customer service will be looked at in a comprehensive way, and then these plans will be implemented with short-, medium- and long-term measures incorporated within those plans,” she explains.Mrs. Gordon-Somers notes that the PSTMD has been conducting workshops with service improvement teams “to sensitise them about the Service Excellence Programme”.The Modernisation Specialist says ministries will develop their plans before focusing on their respective agencies and departments.“So, all the agencies and departments under their portfolios, they will assist them through the same process, in terms of developing their service-improvement plans and reporting on their achievements against those plans on a quarterly basis,” she tells JIS News.Mrs. Gordon-Somers says that in the past, ministries only focused on frontline customers regarding customer-service improvement, adding that other areas should be addressed, such as business processes, engagement of customers, the handling of complaints, customer feedback and “ensuring that service improvement planning is a critical part of general operational planning”.Another component of the SEP at ministries is the development of citizens’ charters.According to Mrs. Gordon-Somers, a citizen’s charter is a contract between ministries and their customers, which outlines the strategies to improve customer service at the entities.“We expect all ministries will have a citizen’s charter, or those who already have will update their document,” she says.Mrs. Gordon-Somers stresses that charters that are posted on the websites of ministries should also be displayed in the lobby areas and hard copies made available for customers who may request them.Meanwhile, Senior Director, Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Sandra Senior Brown, tells JIS News that a citizen’s charter/customer service improvement team is in place at the super ministry.She said the entity is looking at various technological initiatives, “to enable our internal customers to be better able to carry out their functions”.The Ministry, which was created in March 2016 and charged with the responsibility for seven critical portfolios – land, environment, climate change, investment, water and wastewater, housing and works – has oversight for 48 agencies.“We at the Ministry see it as a critical need to have this customer service improvement programme implemented, based on our mandate of ensuring that we meet the business needs of Jamaica as well as the needs of our internal stakeholders,” she says.Mrs. Brown, who is overseeing the implementation of the Ministry’s modernisation initiatives, says “customers are demanding more and they want better quality and a higher standard of service”.“We want to ensure that customers are able to access certain services and there is ease in doing so. Our website will be instrumental in that regard,” she tells JIS News.“We have over 46 agencies, so we definitely want to be one of the front runners where implementation of this Service Excellence Programme is concerned,” she adds.last_img read more

Child Diversion Act to be Operationalised Soon

first_img The Child Diversion Act 2018 was enacted so that children can be diverted from the formal justice system, instead of being treated as criminals. The Ministry of Justice is now in the process of implementing the administrative infrastructure so that the Child Diversion Act can be operationalised within a couple of weeks. This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate, in the House of Representatives, on May 21. Story Highlights The Ministry of Justice is now in the process of implementing the administrative infrastructure so that the Child Diversion Act can be operationalised within a couple of weeks.This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate, in the House of Representatives, on May 21.The Child Diversion Act 2018 was enacted so that children can be diverted from the formal justice system, instead of being treated as criminals.“Children are brought into this world as blank slates, and it is our impressions upon them that determine the way in which they will operate in society,” Mr. Chuck said.“The Ministry of Justice is ensuring that when children are charged or find themselves committing minor offences, they are not pulled before the court at the first opportunity, but they are taken to the child diversion officer and, hopefully, we can find a way to assist those children to go on the straight and narrow path,” he added.Over the next 10 months, the Ministry will be rolling out the programme in all 14 parishes.last_img read more