Coronavirus live updates: University says students may have intentionally contracted COVID-19 to sell plasma

first_imgSamara Heisz/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 1 million people worldwide.Over 38.1 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has varied from country-to-country. Still, the actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica.The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 7.8 million diagnosed cases and at least 215,910 deaths.California has the most cases of any U.S. state, with more than 861,000 people diagnosed, according to Johns Hopkins data. California is followed by Texas and Florida, with over 826,000 cases and over 738,000 cases, respectively.More than 190 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least 10 of which are in crucial phase three studies. Of those 10 potential vaccines in late-stage trials, there are currently five that will be available in the United States if approved.Here’s how the news is developing Wednesday. All times Eastern:Oct 14, 11:04 amMan suffers sudden hearing loss due to COVID-19 in 1st such case in UKA 45-year-old British man has suffered sudden complete hearing loss while being treated for COVID-19, which doctors say is the first such case in the United Kingdom.A case study published Tuesday in the British Medical Journal’s BMJ Case Reports said the man, who has asthma but is otherwise “fit and well,” was hospitalized several days after developing COVID-19 symptoms. He was subsequently placed on a ventilator and transferred to the intensive care unit, where he remained intubated for 30 days.The patient received remdesivir, intravenous steroids and plasma exchange to treat his COVID-19 infection, which clinically improved. A week after being taken off the ventilator and transferring out of the ICU, the man noticed ringing in his left ear followed by sudden onset hearing loss. He had no previous history of hearing loss or ear pathology, according to the case study.Following a week of hearing loss, the patient saw an otolaryngology specialist and was treated with steroids. His hearing partially recovered after completing a seven-day course, according to the case study.The researchers — from the University College London and Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital — noted that there are only a few other reported cases of hearing loss following COVID-19 infection.“This is the first reported case of sensorineural hearing loss following COVID-19 infection in the U.K.,” the researchers wrote. “Given the widespread presence of the virus in the population and the significant morbidity of hearing loss, it is important to investigate this further.”Oct 14, 10:28 amICU admissions jump by 13.7% in ItalyThe number of patients admitted to intensive care units in Italy has jumped by 13.7% within the past 24 hours, as COVID-19 infections surge again in the country where the pandemic first took hold in Europe.Italy’s civil protection agency confirmed 5,901 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, an increase of 1,282 from the previous day. An additional 41 deaths from COVID-19 were also registered, the country’s worst single-day death toll from the disease since June 17.The cumulative totals now stand at 365,467 cases and 36,246 deaths.Italy, once the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, introduced strict new nationwide measures on Tuesday after seeing a sharp uptick in cases in recent weeks.The European country had gradually loosened restrictions during the spring and summer, following a nearly three-month lockdown that helped get its COVID-19 outbreak under control.ABC News’ Phoebe Natanson contributed to this report.Oct 14, 7:59 amChinese city tests more than eight million residents amid outbreakThe eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao has tested almost all of its nine million residents for COVID-19 since launching a citywide testing campaign this week, amid the country’s first reported domestic outbreak in months.The Qingdao Municipal Health Commission said in a statement Wednesday that it had collected over 8.2 million samples for COVID-19 tests and that no new cases have been found among the results returned thus far. The entire city will be tested this week, the commission said.A total of 12 cases of COVID-19 — six with symptoms and six without — have been recorded in Qingdao, since an outbreak linked to the city’s Municipal Chest Hospital was discovered over the weekend. As of Wednesday, 532 close contacts have been investigated in the city, all of whom have been quarantined and observed and completed two rounds of testing, according to the Qingdao Municipal Health Commission.The Chinese mainland, where the coronavirus pandemic began last December, has so far reported 85,611 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 4,634 deaths, including 13 new cases of local transmission and 14 cases brought from outside the country, according data released Wednesday by China’s National Health Commission. The country does not count asymptomatic infections as confirmed cases.Oct 14, 6:55 amBrigham Young University-Idaho checking reports of students intentionally contracting COVID-19 to sell plasmaBrigham Young University-Idaho said it is investigating reports of students who have intentionally exposed themselves or others to COVID-19 with the hope of getting the disease and being paid for plasma that contains antibodies.The private university in Rexburg, Idaho, shared the development in a statement posted on its website Monday, saying it was “deeply troubled” by the accounts.“The university condemns this behavior and is actively seeking evidence of any such conduct among our student body,” the school said. “Students who are determined to have intentionally exposed themselves or others to the virus will be immediately suspended from the university and may be permanently dismissed.”The university warned that it may be forced to transition to a fully-remote instruction model if recent COVID-19 trends in surrounding Madison County and across Idaho continue.“The contraction and spread of COVID-19 is not a light matter. Reckless disregard for health and safety will inevitably lead to additional illness and loss of life in our community,” the school said. “We urge all members of the campus community to act respectfully and responsibly by observing all public health and university protocols and placing the well-being of others above personal benefit or convenience.”The university added that it “stands ready to help” students who are struggling with the physical, emotional and financial strain of the coronavirus pandemic.“There is never a need to resort to behavior that endangers health or safety in order to make ends meet,” the school said.At least 109 students and 22 employees at Brigham Young University-Idaho have contracted COVID-19, according to the latest data provided by the school.Oct 14, 6:08 amRussia registers another 14,231 cases in new daily recordRussia confirmed 14,231 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, setting a new record for its daily tally of infections.It’s the first time that Russia has registered over 14,000 new cases since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and the sixth straight day that the country has broken its record for newly confirmed cases. Russia’s previous record of 13,868 new cases was set a day earlier.An additional 239 deaths from COVID-19 were also recorded in the past day, just under the country’s record of 244 fatalities set the previous day.The cumulative totals now stand at 1,340,409 confirmed cases and 23,205 deaths, according to Russia’s coronavirus response headquarters.Russia’s capital, Moscow, continues to be the epicenter of the country’s COVID-19 outbreak. Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin announced Wednesday that first to fifth-grade students will return to classrooms next week, following a two-week school break aimed at slowing the spread of the virus in the city. All other students will continue their studies remotely until the end of the month.“The measure has proven to be effective. The portion of children among the infected has decreased from 19 to 11% in recent days,” Sobyanin said in a statement posted on his official website.Oct 14, 5:27 amNew cases in US rise by double digits in week-over-week comparisonsThe number of new COVID-19 cases recorded in the United States increased by double digits in week-over-week comparisons, while the number of new deaths from the disease continued to tick downward slightly, according to an internal memo from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that was obtained by ABC News on Tuesday night.The memo, which is circulated to the highest levels of the federal government and is used to determine daily priorities for the agencies working on COVID-19 response, said 34 U.S. states and territories are in an upward trajectory of new infections, while 10 jurisdictions are at a plateau and 12 others are in a downward trend.There were 351,270 new cases confirmed during the period of Oct. 6-Oct. 12, a 14.4% increase from the previous week. There were also 4,886 fatalities from COVID-19 recorded during the same period, a 1.5% decrease compared with the week prior. The national positivity rate for COVID-19 tests increased from 4.7% to 6.1% in week-to-week comparisons, according to the memo.Meanwhile, 22% of hospitals nationwide have more than 80% of beds full in their intensive care units. That figure was 17-18% during the summertime peak, the memo said.California’s Sonoma County saw a 129.7% relative increase in new cases of COVID-19 between Sept. 29 and Oct. 6. The county confirmed 62 cases on Oct. 7 linked to outbreaks at schools and childcare facilities, according to the memo.Kentucky reported on Oct. 7 its highest number of COVID-19 patients in ICUs since May. As of Oct. 6, the state’s seven-day average for ICU bed occupancy was 80.6%, with 43.7% of adult ICU beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, the memo said.Montana hit a peak of 504 new COVID-19 cases confirmed on Oct. 6. Daily hospital admissions in the state have increased from 40 in mid-September to more than 60 per day, with greater than 80 on Oct. 5 and Oct. 6. Montana’s seven-day hospitalization rate continues to rise from 15.7 per 100,000 population on Sept. 29 to a four-month high of 20 per 100,000 population on Oct. 6. Local officials report that hospitals are closed to or at capacity and have started redirecting patients, according to the memo.New Jersey’s seven-day COVID-19 case rate increased 20.6% to 539.5 cases per 1 million population between Sept. 29 and Oct. 6. The state has 71.7% of inpatient hospital beds occupied, with 56.4% of ICU beds full. At least 100 schools in New Jersey have teachers or students who have tested positive for COVID-19, the memo said.New York recorded on Oct. 6 its highest number of total hospitalizations since July 22. The state has 79.5% of inpatient hospital beds occupied, with 62.4% of ICU beds full.Utah reported more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases per day for six of the seven days last week. At the same time, week-to-week testing in the state has decreased slightly by 1.2%. Utah’s positivity rate for COVID-19 tests, however, has remained stable at 14%.Oct 14, 4:26 amUS reports more than 52,000 new casesThere were 52,406 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Tuesday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.The latest daily tally is up by nearly 11,000 from the previous day but still falls under the country’s record set on July 16, when there were 77,255 new cases in a 24-hour-reporting period.An additional 802 coronavirus-related fatalities were also recorded Tuesday, up by more than 400 from the previous day but down from a peak of 2,666 new fatalities reported on April 17.A total of 7,858,344 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 215,910 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July. The daily tally of new cases has gradually come down since then but has started to climb again in recent weeks.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

ROAD TO BUDAPEST STILL OPEN: No winner between Thuringer and Vardar

first_img1. Thüringer HC5311137:130(7)7 ShareTweetShareShareEmail Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. France beat Norway with Pardin&Mahe in main role! ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsThe last weekend at the Women’s EHF CL Main Round will decide which two teams will travel to Budapest at the first ever F4 tournament. The World’s Best Player 2013 by IHF, Andrea Lekic was fantastic with 10 goals, but that wasn’t enough for her ZRK Vardar to secure the F4 place in German Thuringer – 24:24. Both teams will probably have to win the points also in the last round to be among the TOP 4 teams in Europe this season…If Savehof beat FCM on Sunday, German team will celebrate and the only question for the next weekend will be – FCM or Vardar.Vardar will host Savehof in the last round… Click to comment 3. FC Midtjylland420297:98(-1)4 Recommended for you Handball in Germany is played by 750.000 people Related Items:handball, thuringer, zrk vardar 4. IK Sävehof4013102:114(-12)1 Veszprem wait clash with Zagreb, Davis: This is Champions League 2. WHC Vardar SCBT5221130:124(6)6last_img read more

Market liberals emerge victorious

first_imgSo worried are the French that they have launched what promises to be a futile campaign for an independent anti-dumping office tasked with defending European industry.‘Green protectionists’ have also reared their heads since the close of the Uruguay Round, pressing for the blocking of traded goods from countries deemed to harm the environment or pay low wages.Carmelo Ruiz, of the Institute for Social Ecology in Vermont, put it well in a recent article. “The main problem with Green protectionism is that it assumes that the problems are in the South and the solutions are in the North, that the South is responsible for social and environmental downward levelling world-wide, and so the North must step in to impose some discipline,” he said.In fact, as we all know since it was endlessly repeated at the Kyoto summit, the US is by far the world’s biggest polluter. Similarly, it is ironic that the industrialised countries are complaining now about sweatshop wages in the developing world, given that they ignored this problem for so long.So far, these people have not got very far within the WTO’s structures and are unlikely to influence policy-making except in the US where the Green lobby is more powerful. The message that stopping imports from low-wage countries is protectionism by another name is getting through.Globalisation has become as accepted a phenomenon as national protectionism, job security and state ownership were three decades ago. The crises in Indonesia and South Korea have merely served to remind people that you can only hide from market disciplines for so long. The fears of outsiders that the arrival of the single market in 1993 would presage the creation of ‘Fortress Europe’ turned out to be unfounded. The pressures were certainly there. Some governments, particularly the French but also those in the Mediterranean countries and Belgium, felt the removal of barriers between EU countries should be countered by the erection of new ones around the Union.This was especially true once the markets for providing services – civil aviation, telecommunications, electricity, gas and railways – were tapped for opening. Yes, the markets could be freed up but domestic companies should be given time – up to 40 years in the case of some energy firms – to get ready for the shock.The truth is that the market is a hard thing to stop once unleashed. Time and time again, market developments run ahead of the policy-makers.Paris continues its attempts to protect French manufacturers against ‘excessively cheap’ products from outside the EU, but a legacy of the Uruguay Round settlement keeps getting in its way.As part of the internal Union deal to get an agreement on the outcome of the round in 1993, member states accepted a series of reforms to anti-dumping inquiries and decisions. Whereas before decisions were taken by qualified majority vote, the reforms changed this to a simple majority.Suddenly, France’s size was not everything and, with the arrival of three new liberals in the form of Austria, Sweden and Finland, Paris ran into problems stopping products varying from Chinese bicycles to Japanese photocopiers. It is certainly true, to paraphrase Edmund Burke, that it is necessary only for the good man to do nothing for protectionism to triumph. Yet, bar a lot of protectionist noise, the argument is over in Europe.The World Trade Organisation is no joke. Three years into its life, it has surpassed the expectations of its most fervent proponents. The big trading blocs are using it, the disputes settlement mechanism is working and it is acting against powerful interest groups.More significantly, there has been a cultural shift. The message that we now live in a global market-place has eaten into the European psyche, even burrowing deep into a political left which fought so hard to hamper the aims of the Uruguay Round when it kicked off 12 years ago.last_img read more

EU fears nationalist gains in Bosnia vote

first_imgDiplomats are keeping a close eye on the elections this Saturday (11 November) in the two regions which make up the country, the Serbian Republic of Srpska and the Croat-Muslim federation.They say the results could affect the mood at the Union-Balkans summit in Zagreb later this month, where leaders from the region hope to celebrate democratic advances made in the wake of Vojislav Kostunica’s stunning defeat of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic last month in neighbouring Yugoslavia.Experts insist improved relations with the West are crucial for Bosnia and other Balkan countries, especially if they expect to receive more financial aid from the EU – and possibly even work towards membership of the bloc. “That is the main carrot for all the reforms here,” said one official working on the ground in Sarajevo. “A big nationalist showing would set that process back.” The voting is expected to produce gains for moderates in Croat and Muslim regions, but the nationalist Serbian Democratic Party (SDS) – founded by indicted war criminal Radovan Karadzic and fostered by Milosevic – could be returned to power in Srpska.Human rights campaigners have tried to prevent the SDS from taking part in the election, but acknowledge that it is too late to stop the party from making gains. “The time-frame is so short that it may be impossible to ban the party,” said Sascha Pichler of the International Crisis Group in Brussels. She also acknowledged that efforts to contain Serbian nationalism often have the opposite of the desired effect, inflaming rather than dampening isolationist sentiment.Staff at the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina have nevertheless been working to boost turnout and dilute support for the nationalists. Experts point out that moderates have been making gradual gains, starting with municipal elections in April, and say even SDS candidates are trying to soften their isolationist rhetoric. As a result, they maintain, success for the party would not necessarily bode ill for the region.“It does not actually matter what happens in the elections as long as the world community continues to push for the Balkan states to live up to the terms of the Dayton accords,” said Nick Whyte of the Centre for European Policy Studies, referring to the 1995 peace agreement.Kostunica, still basking in the positive reception he has been given by the West, has been playing both sides. His recent trip to Bosnia for the funeral of a nationalist poet was a public-relations coup for the SDS. But the new Yugoslav president also promised to improve ties with the Croat-Muslim federation – something which would have been unthinkable a year ago.last_img read more

UVM again ranks among Top 10 Peace Corps volunteer-producing universities

first_imgUniversity of Vermont,Vermont Business Magazine The Peace Corps has announced that the University of Vermont ranked No. 6 among medium-sized schools on the agency’s 2016 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. This is the fifth straight year that UVM has ranked among the top 10 medium-sized schools, with 31 Catamounts currently volunteering worldwide. “The Peace Corps is a unique opportunity for college graduates to put their education into practice and become agents of change in communities around the world,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Today’s graduates understand the importance of intercultural understanding and are raising their hands in record numbers to take on the challenge of international service.”UVM alumna Taylor Dorn ’14, who is teaching English to secondary school students as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama. (Photo courtesy of the Peace Corps)Alumni from more than 3,000 colleges and universities nationwide have served in the Peace Corps since the agency’s founding in 1961, including 874 UVM alumni. Vermont is also represented on the rankings of small schools, with Middlebury College ranking No. 6 and Saint Michael’s College ranking No. 11.Vermont is the top Peace Corps volunteer-producing state in the nation on a per capita basis. Fifty-two residents of the Green Mountain State are currently serving in the Peace Corps. In 2015, the Burlington-South Burlington metro area also ranked No. 3 nationally for per-capita production of Peace Corps volunteers, with 18 area residents serving overseas.This year’s rankings follow a 40-year high in applications for the Peace Corps in 2015. This record-breaking number of applicants comes after the first full year that the agency’s historic application and recruitment reforms have been in place.Source: UVMlast_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims increase

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims rose back over 300 claims again last week. For the week of September 15, 2018, there were 356 claims, 84 more than than they were the previous week, and 62 more than they were a year ago. Altogether 2,461 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 5 from a week ago, and 164 fewer than a year ago. Weekly claims remain at a very low level. For most weeks of 2017 and 2018 claims have been below the year before. Vermont currently is locked into a historically low period of unemployment.For UI claims last week by industry, Services, which typically accounts for most claims, represented 42 percent of all claims, while Manufacturing doubled its previous total and accounted for 38 percent of all claims.Vermont’s unemployment rate for August was 2.8 percent. This is unchanged for the last several months and 5th lowest in the nation. SEE STORY.UI tax rates for employers fell again on July 1, 2018, as claims continue to be lower than previous projections. Individual employers’ reduced taxable wage rates will vary according to their experience rating; however, the rate reduction will lower the highest UI tax rate from 7.7 percent to 6.5 percent. The lowest UI tax rate will see a reduction from 1.1 percent to 0.8 percent.Also effective July 1, 2018, the maximum weekly unemployment benefit will be indexed upwards to 57% of the average weekly wage. The current maximum weekly benefit amount is $466, which will increase to $498. Both changes are directly tied to the change in the Tax Rate Schedule.The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)NOTE: Employment (nonfarm payroll) – A count of all persons who worked full- or part-time or received pay from a nonagricultural employer for any part of the pay period which included the 12th of the month. Because this count comes from a survey of employers, persons who work for two different companies would be counted twice. Therefore, nonfarm payroll employment is really a count of the number of jobs, rather than the number of persons employed. Persons may receive pay from a job if they are temporarily absent due to illness, bad weather, vacation, or labor-management dispute. This count is based on where the jobs are located, regardless of where the workers reside, and is therefore sometimes referred to as employment “by place of work.” Nonfarm payroll employment data are collected and compiled based on the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, conducted by the Vermont Department of Labor. This count was formerly referred to as nonagricultural wage and salary employment.last_img read more

Decomposed body found in wooded area off Roe Avenue in Roeland Park

first_imgA half dozen units responded to the report of a decomposed body in Roeland Park.Northeast Johnson County law enforcement officials spent Sunday evening removing a badly decomposed body from a wooded area just west of Roe Avenue in Roeland Park.With a half dozen police vehicles on location, crime scene investigators equipped with shovels and flashlights appeared to remove the body just before 8 p.m. The area was blocked off with yellow police tape as sheriff’s department officials continued to scour the area. Roeland Park police said they received a call late Sunday afternoon telling them of a body discovered between the street and the Boulevard Apartments. Police Chief John Morris said passersby had seen something in the woods about 10:30 a.m. that looked odd to them and went back to take a closer look in the afternoon. They phoned police sometime after 4 p.m. after they discovered it was a body.Morris said the body was decomposed to the point that gender, age or race could not be determined at the scene. The Johnson County crime lab was called to investigate the scene and remove the body. Identification will likely be done through dental records.last_img read more

Sleep may strengthen long-term memories in the immune system

first_imgLinkedIn Studies in humans have shown that long-term increases in memory T cells are associated with deep slow-wave sleep on the nights after vaccination. Taken together, the findings support the view that slow-wave sleep contributes to the formation of long-term memories of abstract, generalized information, which leads to adaptive behavioral and immunological responses. The obvious implication is that sleep deprivation could put your body at risk.“If we didn’t sleep, then the immune system might focus on the wrong parts of the pathogen,” Born says. “For example, many viruses can easily mutate some parts of their proteins to escape from immune responses. If too few antigen-recognizing cells [the cells that present the fragments to T cells] are available, then they might all be needed to fight off the pathogen. In addition to this, there is evidence that the hormones released during sleep benefit the crosstalk between antigen-presenting and antigen-recognizing cells, and some of these important hormones could be lacking without sleep.”Born says that future research should examine what information is selected during sleep for storage in long-term memory, and how this selection is achieved. In the end, this research could have important clinical implications.“In order to design effective vaccines against HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis, which are based on immunological memory, the correct memory model must be available,” Born says. “It is our hope that by comparing the concepts of neuronal and immunological memory, a model of immunological memory can be developed which integrates the available experimental data and serves as a helpful basis for vaccine development.” Share Email More than a century ago, scientists demonstrated that sleep supports the retention of memories of facts and events. Later studies have shown that slow-wave sleep, often referred to as deep sleep, is important for transforming fragile, recently formed memories into stable, long-term memories. Now, in an Opinion article published September 29 in Trends in Neurosciences, part of a special issue on Neuroimmunology, researchers propose that deep sleep may also strengthen immunological memories of previously encountered pathogens.“While it has been known for a long time that sleep supports long-term memory formation in the psychological domain, the idea that long-term memory formation is a function of sleep effective in all organismic systems is in our view entirely new,” says senior author Jan Born of the University of Tuebingen. “We consider our approach toward a unifying concept of biological long-term memory formation, in which sleep plays a critical role, a new development in sleep research and memory research.”The immune system “remembers” an encounter with a bacteria or virus by collecting fragments from the bug to create memory T cells, which last for months or years and help the body recognize a previous infection and quickly respond. These memory T cells appear to abstract “gist information” about the pathogens, as only T cells that store information about the tiniest fragments ever elicit a response. The selection of gist information allows memory T cells to detect new pathogens that are similar, but not identical, to previously encountered bacteria or viruses.center_img Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Lear Elects Matt Simoncini CEO; Bob Rossiter to Step Down After 40 Years of Service

first_imgSOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Lear Corp. has announced that Matt Simoncini, senior vice president and chief financial officer, has been elected CEO and president effective Sept. 1. Simoncini also will join Lear’s board of directors on Sept. 1. In his new role, Simoncini will be responsible for the strategic direction and operational leadership of the company. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Simoncini succeeds Bob Rossiter, who will step down as CEO, president and a director of Lear, also on Sept. 1. Rossiter will remain in an advisory role until May 2012 to assist with the transition. “Bob has been an exceptional leader and a driving force in building Lear Corp. into a world-class global enterprise with nearly $14 billion in annual sales and 200 facilities in 35 countries supported by 93,000 employees,” said Henry D. G. Wallace, non-executive chairman. “Bob fostered a culture of the highest business integrity, industry-leading customer service and support of the communities where Lear does business. On behalf of Lear’s Board of Directors and its customers, suppliers, employees and shareholders, I want to sincerely thank Bob for his dedicated service.”   “I have been involved in the CEO succession process with the board and I am very supportive of the selection of Matt Simoncini to succeed me,” said Rossiter. “I have worked closely with Matt over the years and I am confident that I am turning over Lear to very capable hands.” “Matt has worked at Lear and its predecessor companies for 15 years in positions of increasing responsibility, including a tour of duty in Europe. He is passionate about the business and he is an inspirational leader. Matt is very knowledgeable about Lear’s global operations, customers, products and employees, and he exemplifies the company’s core values of integrity, quality and customer service. He successfully led the company’s financial restructuring and has been instrumental in repositioning Lear for long-term success. Matt has been an exceptional chief financial officer, has led the company’s strategic planning efforts and he is now ready to assume the role as chief executive officer,” added Wallace.Advertisement Currently, Simoncini is senior vice president and chief financial officer of Lear Corp., a role he has held since September 2007. As SVP and CFO, he is responsible for Lear’s global finance operations, including external financial reporting, corporate business planning and analysis, corporate strategy and business development as well as information technology activities worldwide. In August 2006, he was named senior vice president of global finance and chief accounting officer where he was responsible for Lear’s worldwide operational finance, accounting and financial reporting. Prior to that, he was vice president of global finance, a position he had held since June 2004. Simoncini also served as Lear’s vice president of finance – Europe, as well as holding the vice president of Finance position for Lear’s Electrical & Electronics business and DaimlerChrysler division. Simoncini joined Lear from United Technologies Automotive (UTA) in April 1996 as director of finance for the Motors Division, with responsibility for the financial activities of the business unit. At the time of Lear’s acquisition of UTA, Simoncini was director of financial planning and analysis. Previous to UTA, Simoncini held financial and manufacturing positions with Varity Kelsey Hayes and Horizon Enterprises, including chief financial officer of Kelsey Hayes’ European Operations. Simoncini began his career at Touche Ross and is a certified public accountant.Advertisement “Lear is truly a great company, and I am honored to have been elected as CEO. Bob is leaving the company in a very strong competitive position, with positive earnings momentum, the best team in the industry and significant cash resources to fund future growth. I look forward to continuing to deliver superior quality and customer service and to sustaining Lear’s positive momentum,” Simoncini commented. Born and raised in Detroit, Simoncini earned a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University and is a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. In addition to his responsibilities at Lear, he is a trustee for VIP Mentoring and also a member of the United Way for Southeastern Michigan Campaign Committee.last_img read more

See The Signs

first_imgThe Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead presents a special free artists’ reception on Saturday, January 18, at 1 PM featuring “Urban/Suburban” in the Gish Gallery. The show, which will run through February 29, features street photography by Neil Scholl. It depicts the bustling streets of New York City and rural stills across the North Fork.Scholl is a professor emeritus of New York Institute of Technology, where he taught photography and graphic design. His work has been exhibited along Long Island, including the Montauk Lighthouse Museum and Water Mill Museum.“Though we are primarily a history museum, we do enjoy occasionally incorporating modern artistic themes that evoke nostalgic memories of life in Suffolk County, and Neil Scholl’s street photography work does just that,” said Suffolk County Historical Society’s executive director, Victoria Berger.“His photography, captured with a skillful eye, was curated to conjure memories of some of our favorite roadside ‘landmarks’ of the North Fork, going as far back as the ’60s, juxtaposed against images of similar sites in more concrete settings. The results make you better appreciate the tranquility of our region, while striking a very nostalgic chord for those who may recognize the local landscapes portrayed in his work,” she said. The Suffolk County Historical Society Museum is located at 300 W. Main Street in Riverhead. Learn more at [email protected] Sharelast_img read more