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Topics : France’s new COVID-19 infections surged by almost 50% in August, which recorded the highest monthly tally since the beginning of the outbreak earlier this year, while hospitalizations for the disease seem to be creeping up again.The country’s health authorities reported 3,082 additional cases over the past 24 hours, sharply down from a caseload of above 5,000 each on the two previous days, but the Monday figure always tends to dip as there are less tests conducted on Sundays.The seven-day moving average of new infections, which smoothes out reporting irregularities, stood at 5,167, reaching a new record for a fourth day in a row, versus a low of 272 on May 27, two weeks after the country ended its two-month long lockdown. The number of people in hospital for the disease has declined by 14% in August versus July as the virus is now mainly circulating among young people, who typically do not develop serious symptoms.But that figure has risen for the second day running on Monday, at 4,582, after going down for almost two weeks. And the number of people in intensive care units was up for a fourth day in a row, at 409.Those figures are still very low compared to their respective peaks of 32,292 and 7,148 seen in April but health experts are following the trends closely.France reported 29 new deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, meaning the average daily fatalities fell to a new low of 12 in August, versus 14 in July and of peak of 695 in April. France’s cumulative total of COVID-19 infections has reached 281,025 versus 187,919 at the end of July. In August, new cases increased on average by a record 3,003 every day, a figure four times higher than July’s average increase of 746 per day.The surge of new cases has led authorities to re-impose some containment measures, such as making face masks mandatory in the streets, shops and public transportation of almost all the country’s main cities.And, as of Tuesday, masks will also be compulsory in workplaces.But, as the new school year starts this week, French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Jean Castex have been saying they will do everything to avoid a new national lockdown. read more
May 24, 2018 Education, Jobs That Pay, PAsmart, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf announced the approval of new funding to Reading Area Community College (RACC) to provide young adults with basic manufacturing production and employability skills to help them get good-paying, reliable jobs with area manufacturers.“One of the most important ways we can strengthen our manufacturing sector is by providing Pennsylvanians with the skills they need – both on-the-job and employability skills – to help them begin successful careers in manufacturing,” Governor Wolf said. “By working hand-in-hand with local partners and employers, RACC’s new program will serve as a key initiative to support local manufacturers and strengthen the regional workforce.”The grant will provide $143,000 to RACC to develop a new training-to-career program in which participants will attend full-time classes five days a week for six weeks. Curricula will consist of basic production skills along with workplace behaviors, resume writing, and interviewing skills. Upon successful completion, all participants are guaranteed an interview with the core partners or companies including Berks Workforce Development Board, Brentwood Industries, Carpenter Technology, Cambridge-Lee Industries, Custom Processing Services, R-V Industries, RM Palmer, and Sweet Street Desserts. With successful funding, the first group of trainees is scheduled to enroll in Fall 2018. In the inaugural year of the program, all tuition charges for participants will be waived. Applications will be accepted beginning summer 2018.“We are delighted to receive this funding and appreciate the commonwealth acknowledging the important role that our college, in concert with the Berks County Workforce Development Board, plays in moving people into manufacturing jobs,” said Dr. Anna Weitz, president of Reading Area Community College. “The economy of Berks County, and in fact, our entire region is fortunate to include so many companies involved in advanced manufacturing. Their continued success is highly dependent on an appropriately-trained workforce.”The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Training-to-Career grant is designed to provide funding for training programs to help unemployed and underemployed individuals, as well as those with barriers, to gain the skills they need to gain employment in the manufacturing sector. Eligible applicants include technical and trade schools, universities, and nonprofit organizations that develop new and innovative training programs and partner with two or more manufacturers. Governor Wolf recently announced other Training-to-Career grants to Workforce Solutions of North Central Pennsylvania, the Precision Manufacturing Institute, the Manufacturers Research Center, the Greater Johnstown Career & Technical Center and Robert Morris University.The Training-to-Career grant is one of three components of Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative, along with Industrial Resource Centers and the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Innovation Program, that was launched in October 2017. This initiative ensures that training leads not simply to any job, but to careers that provide higher pay and opportunities for advancement. Working with DCED’s strategic partners, including Industrial Resource Centers (IRCs), Pennsylvania’s colleges, universities, technical schools, and non-profit organizations, this initiative fosters collaboration and partnerships to accelerate technology advancement, encourage innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to manufacturing, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces Approval of Grant to Provide Manufacturing and Employability Skills to Young Adults in Berks County read more
SMALL STANDS BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Jamaica Scorpions were staring an innings defeat in the face after two batting collapses left them hanging by a thread against Barbados Pride, heading into the final day of their first-round encounter in the Regional First Class Championship today. Resuming yesterday’s penultimate day at Kensington Oval on 114 for two in their first innings, Scorpions were dismissed for 189, with Kirk Edwards hitting 58, John Campbell 49, Andre McCarthy 30, and Carlton Baugh Jr, 29. Seamer Kevin Stoute picked up four for 12, while West Indies left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican claimed three for 74 and fast bowler Miguel Cummins, two for 27. Asked to follow on, Scorpions fared no better the second time around and were languishing at 161 for eight at the close, still 23 runs adrift of making Pride bat again. Campbell got 35, Brandon King hit 30, Baugh 27, while Damion Jacobs finished the day unbeaten on 21. Cummins (3-20) and off-spinner Ashley Nurse (3-66) both finished with three wickets to wreck the Scorpions’ innings. Starting the day well placed to make a strong reply to Pride’s 373, Scorpions suffered a major blow inside the first hour when Edwards, unbeaten on 51 overnight, was taken at gully by Shai Hope off Cummins after adding just seven runs. All told, the Barbadian right-hander batted for 175 minutes, faced 150 balls and hit six fours. Baugh then anchored two small stands to steady Scorpions, putting on 26 for the fourth wicket with McCarthy and a further 22 with Brandon King (10). They seemed to be fighting back at 181 for four, but once King was lbw to Warrican, the Scorpions’ innings declined swiftly, as the last six wickets went down for eight runs to be all out at lunch. Batting a second time, Scorpions got a bright start mainly through Campbell, who played fluently for his 35 off 40 balls with five fours, as he put on 42 for the first wicket with captain Paul Palmer, who made six. The left-handed Campbell was out tamely, driving Nurse to captain Kraigg Brathwaite to cover, and his dismissal triggered a slide, where two more wickets fell for just the addition of ten runs. A series of small partnerships again kept the Scorpions’ innings afloat. Baugh put on 31 with Edwards (18) for the fourth wicket and a further 24 with King for the fifth, before King and David Bernard Jr (7) added 20 for the sixth wicket. The right-handed King had struck three fours and two sixes in a breezy 43-ball knock before playing back to one from Cummins and losing his off-stump, to be one of four wickets to fall for 32 runs as Scorpions stumbled from 107 for four to 139 for eight. On the verge of folding totally, Jacobs held off the Pride in a 22-run unbroken stand with Jason Dawes (eight not out), to force the game into the final day. read more