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Debate swirls on use of virus ‘immunity passports’

first_imgAccuracy unclearThe World Health Organization recently issued a warning that there was “not enough evidence” to give people “risk-free certificates,” but hours later appeared to backpedal with a modified statement.In the follow-up, WHO said it expected that people who are infected with COVID-19 “will develop an antibody response that will provide some level of protection” but added that “what we don’t yet know is the level of protection or how long it will last.”Claire Standley, a research professor specializing in public health at the Georgetown University Center for Global Health Science and Security, said she was skeptical of the certificates in part due to the “lack of certainty over the extent to which antibodies offer protection against reinfection.”University of California-San Francisco pathologist Alan Wu also sounded a note of caution.”Everybody wants to be believe that if I have antibodies, I’m immune,” said Wu. “Well, we can’t be certain of that. The antibody test for this virus hasn’t been around long enough to show that nobody can get infected again if they have antibodies.” These could flash as green for fully immune, amber for partly immune or red for risky. The results could be modified in a database if needed, according to Kassai.British-based startup Bizagi has a “CoronaPass” developed for businesses to screen employees, but CEO Gustavo Gomez says “it could help a lot more people” return to activity.French tech startup Socios is developing an immunity pass for sporting events so that “only fans who are at low or zero health risk are initially able to attend matches,” according to its website.Chile this month began issuing certificates to people who have recovered from COVID-19; talks on similar efforts are ongoing in Germany and elsewhere. Privacy concernsThe idea of immunity certificates is not new. Children who get vaccinations for measles, polio and other diseases often must show certificates to attend schools.The adult film industry used a system for several years called SxCheck that provided certificates to show performers were free of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.Some fear a stigma against those who are not immune, from systems developed in China where a person’s status is displayed on a device.But firms specializing in digital identity maintain that it is feasible to create immunity certificates without sacrificing privacy.Kassai said that privacy could be maintained by using QR codes, read by a scanner and associated with a person’s photo.”Immunity passports prove that you are who you claim to be and the test results belong to you. You don’t need to share any more information,” said Kassai.Dakota Greuner, executive director of ID2020, a consortium of digital identity organizations and focused on privacy, said any certification program should be done “using identity technology that places control of private data in the hands of the individual.”But the passports could create other issues — such as, according to Standley, a perverse incentive for people to deliberately infect themselves to obtain a certificate, allowing them to return to work or normal activity.”There are people who are legitimately struggling, economically and socially,” she said. “The longer the restrictions continue, the more likely it is, I would think, that people may consider risking their own health if they see a potential way out of lockdowns. “The deployment of immunity certifications would be “a spectacularly unsuitable path that is unlikely to be useful and is likely to be harmful,” said Jules Polonetsky, chief executive of the Future of Privacy Forum, a Washington advocacy group.”If people want to go back to work there are huge incentives for cheating or figuring out how to share a code or get one of these certificates so they can work,” he said. Topics :center_img Governments and organizations around the world are mulling the use of hotly-debated “immunity passports” aimed at easing pandemic-related lockdowns and restrictions on movements.The certificates could identify people with antibodies that reduce the risk of they will spread the deadly coronavirus, helping them to resume activities and return to work.But global health authorities and experts are urging caution, pointing to concerns over the accuracy of antibody tests as well as privacy fears and the potential for abuse. Backers of the idea say the people who qualify could receive digital certificates displayed like smartphone boarding passes, or on paper.”If this situation lasts six months or nine months, or if there is a second wave, you can assume people will want to leave their homes,” said Husayn Kassai, chief executive of the digital identity startup Onfido.”There needs to be some mechanism to verify a person’s immunity. The immunity passport, if it works effectively, is more likely to help people comply with staying at home.”Onfido, which has been in talks with the British government and other authorities, said immunity would be determined by a home testing kit similar to those used for pregnancy tests and validated by health authorities.last_img read more

People moves: PMT names chair; BNP Paribas hires data chief

first_imgBonnefoux has worked in data and business analytics roles for more than 20 years, including roles at Arthur Andersen, Ernst & Young and Accenture Digital.Fabrice Silberzan, chief operating officer, said the new role was a “key step” in the company’s data work, which includes artificial intelligence and digital development. “The areas for which Christophe is responsible are key to the future of our company, and his extensive experience, including knowledge of digital challenges and big data will be of considerable benefit,” Silberzan added.AFM – Dutch finance minister Wopke Hoekstra has appointed Martin van Rijn as a member of the supervisory board (RvT) of communication watchdog Authority Financial Markets (AFM) as of 1 February. He has been appointed for a four-year period.From 2008 to 2012, Van Rijn was chief executive of PGGM, the €206bn asset manager of healthcare scheme PFZW. Until March last year, he was state secretary for healthcare and sports. Paul Rosenmöller, chairman of the RvT, described Van Rijn as “a managerial heavyweight, who has much experience in the supervision by regulators AFM and De Nederlandsche Bank”. Van Rijn succeeded Bart Koolstra, who left in April.Vanguard – The giant US asset manager is creating a new European investment stewardship team, based in London. Adrienne Monley has been promoted to the new role of head of investment stewardship, Europe to etablish and lead the team.Vanguard used to manage its stewardship and proxy voting from its global headquarters in the US, and Monley was previously a senior manager and strategist in the US-based stewardship team. The London-based team will be responsible for engagement with public companies in the UK and Europe, and for proxy voting. It will “enable Vanguard to deepen its participation in European stewardship and corporate governance industry groups”, the asset manager said in a statement. Smart Pension – Paul Budgen has left NEST, the UK government-established master trust, to join competitor auto-enrolment provider Smart Pension as director of business development. Known as ‘Budgie’ in the industry, Budgen joined NEST in 2013, with previous roles at investment houses such as Legal & General, Aviva, HSBC and Aegon. In a statement, Budgen said he joined NEST “to be at the heart of auto-enrolment” and that as auto-enrolment moves to the next stage he had decided to take up a role at Smart Pension as that was “where the industry innovation is at”. He starts at Smart Pension next week. ING/NN – Sebastiaan van den Dries has started as director of the collective defined contribution schemes of both ING and NN in the Netherlands. He joined from Shell, where he was defined contribution (DC) plan manager for the past five years, setting up Shell’s DC pension fund for new workers. Prior to this, Van den Dries was director of pensions and benefits advisory at Deloitte.Pensioenfonds Notariaat – Paul Braams has been appointed as chairman of the supervisory board of the pension fund of notaries and their staff. He succeeds Niko van Niekerk, who left at the end of 2017. Braams has been director of the sector scheme for hospitality and catering (Pensioenfonds Horeca en Catering) since 2009, and is also chairman of the supervisory board of the low-cost DC vehicle of Nationale Nederlanden. He has ample experience in the pensions sector, including 13 years at PGGM, where he left as advice director in 2008.Pensioenfonds DNB – Roeland van Vledder has started as new independent chairman of the pension fund of supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB). He has succeeded Floris Schilthuis, who has completed two three-year terms. Van Vledder is also chairman of SPIN, the Dutch company fund of IT giant IBM as well as non-executive board member of De Nationale APF, the general pension fund of Nationale Nederlanden. He has been a member of the executive board of insurer ASR until 2012.Telegraafpensioenfonds – The €1.1bn company pension fund of Dutch daily De Telegraaf has established a new supervisory board. It comprises Rein Godding as chairman, who is tasked with governance and general matters, Peter Mannaert, responsible for financial and economic affairs and asset management, and Renske Biezeveld, who looks after communication and legal matters.Godding is director of the pension fund of pure play asset manager Robeco, while Mannaert is a board member and chairman of the investment committees of the sector schemes for bakers and dental technicians. Biezeveld is policy adviser for pensions at pensions provider and asset manager MN.The supervisory board (RvT) of the Telegraafpensioenfonds replaced the scheme’s visitation committee for internal supervision following new legislation (Verzamelwet Pensioenen), which made an RvT mandatory for company pension funds with assets exceeding €1bn.Amundi Asset Management – The European investment giant has named Alexandre Drabowicz as deputy head of its equity investment platform. He will help oversee the platform’s European equity, volatility, convertible bonds, Japanese equity and global equity investments. He joined Amundi in 2008 as head of investment specialists for equities. Drabowicz worked in portfolio management at French hedge fund Systeia Capital Management between 2001 and 2008.RWC Partners – The UK investment boutique has hired Pierre Giannini as head of southern Europe, including France. He previously led Japanese firm Daiwa SB Investments’ southern European operations. RWC is targeting new business in continental Europe and ran roughly $14bn (€11.4bn) at the end of 2017.MFS Investment Management – Owen Murfin has joined the company as an institutional portfolio manager within the London-based fixed income team. He was previously at BlackRock, where he worked as a fixed income manager for 15 years. He also spent five years at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. In his new role Murfin will work mainly on MFS’ Global Credit and Aggregate strategies.Erste Asset Management – The Austrian asset manager is expanding its management board from three to four directors, with Wolfgang Traindl and Peter Karl joining as of next month. Traindl replaces Christian Schön and will be responsible for institutional sales and internal audit. Karl will be responsible for product management and retail sales Austria, and he will also provide input into alternative investments in light of his experience as director of ERSTE Immobilien KAG, Erste’s real estate manager. Karl will remain chairman of the management board of ERSTE Immobilien KAG. FERI – Ahmet Peker has joined FERI Trust’s institutional client team, with responsibility for expanding relations with German employers and company Pensionskassen, and building out Feri Trust’s liquid multi-asset and alternative investment services. Peker was previously at Deka Investment as senior portfolio manager for DACH hedge funds and multi-asset factor premia strategies. Milestone Group – Paul Roberts has been promoted to chief executive officer, having previously been responsible for the technology provider’s Europe, Middle East and Africa business. Geoff Hodge, co-founder previous CEO, becomes executive chairman and president of North America for the company. Milestone provides managed technology solutions for investment managers. PMT, BNP Paribas AM, AFM, Vanguard, Smart Pension, ING, NN, Notariaat, DNB, Telegraaf, Amundi, RWC Partners, MFS, Erste Asset Management, FERI Trust, Milestone GroupPMT – Jos Brocken has started as the employee’s chairman of PMT, the €68bn Dutch pension fund for metalworking and mechanical engineering. He succeeds Jos Berghuis, who retired at the end of 2017 after 17 years at the helm.Brocken has been a member of PMT’s board since 2006. At that time, he also started as trustee of PME, the €47bn scheme for the metal and electro-technical engineering sector, which he also chaired for a few years. Brocken has been director for the metal industry at labour union FNV and led the negotiatons for a single collective labour agreement for the sector.BNP Paribas Asset Management – Christophe Bonnefoux has joined the French bank’s asset management arm as its first chief data officer. He is responsible for data management, including quality control and usage of data across the business.last_img read more

No. 67 Syracuse drops 4-3 home match to No. 21 Duke

first_img Published on March 8, 2015 at 7:43 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Rhiann Newborn and Breanna Bachini fell short of a victory with an 8-4 doubles loss. It gave Duke the doubles point, which proved to be crucial to the match’s outcome.Because singles play was split, the doubles point served as a tiebreaker as No. 67 Syracuse (6-6, 1-5 Atlantic Coast) lost to No. 21 Duke (8-5, 4-0) 4-3 on Sunday afternoon at Drumlins Tennis Center. It was the second loss of the weekend for the Orange, who is now entering an 11-day break from match play.Syracuse’s only victory in doubles play came from senior Komal Safdar and sophomore Valeria Salazar, who won their match 8-5. Senior Amanda Rodgers and freshman Nicole Mitchell found less success as they lost their match, 8-3.Rodgers found herself in the win column in singles play with a 6-4, 7-5 victory. Other singles victories came from Newborn, who won 7-5, 6-3, and Safdar, who earned her singles point in a grueling fashion (6-1, 5-7, 10-6 super-tiebreak).Salazar played a complete match on Sunday against Duke after retiring in her match on Friday. She didn’t find the result she was looking for, though, as she lost 6-2, 6-2.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite a strong fight against Miami on Friday, Bachini wasn’t able to win her singles point, losing 6-4, 6-2.Sophomore Olivia Messineo had not played a match since Feb. 27 against Notre Dame, but she played in the singles lineup on Sunday. She only won one game in a 6-0, 6-1 loss.Syracuse will attempt to snap its two-match losing streak against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on March 20.Compiled by Kevin Pacelli, staff writer, [email protected] Commentslast_img read more

Purple & Bold: Welcome back, Brandon Ingram

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error https://t.co/O8dxxqy5ll was the best young Laker during the painful rebuild.. so happy for BI#LakeShow but it netted us Davis..— chucky is back (@raider_chucky) January 3, 2020 Editor’s note: This is the Jan. 3 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Lakers Nation is happy for you, Brandon Ingram.Fans are happy for themselves, too, of course: Anthony Davis’ 27.3 points and 9.3 rebounds have helped lift the Lakers to a Western Conference-best 27-7 record.But folks in L.A. also are plenty glad to see B.I. – whose Lakers’ tenure ended with him dangling as trade bait and beset by a stunning diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis in his shoulder – becoming a leader in New Orleans. When the Pelicans faced the Suns earlier this month, Ingram broke into a dead sprint to try to affect what looked like a no-doubt-about-it Kelly Oubre Jr. dunk. Ingram was unsuccessful. He crashed to the floor in a heap.“He was in foul trouble that game,” Josh Hart said. “I was like, ‘Big fella, might wanna let that one go next time. We’d rather have you in there.’ He was like, ‘No. I’ve got to set the tone.’ That’s the kind of leader he is.”Ah, yes.Josh Hart will be back too, as will Lonzo Ball (who produced a 27-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist triple-double last time out in a victory over Houston). Hart is averaging career-highs in points (10.9), rebounds (5.9) and assists (1.5).Maybe that all sits well with you, too, Lakers fans? After tonight, perhaps?— Mirjam SwansonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.More readingHey, now! – They’re the leading All-Star vote-getters.Hold on tight – The Lakers had a rocky landing in a New Year’s Day win over Phoenix.L.A. remembers David Stern – “My father, Dr. Buss, told me if I ever needed guidance or advice or counsel to call David, that I could trust him and rely on him.”Party time – The Lakers were having fun entering 2020.LeBron vs. Father Time – Who ya got?Who’s booing now? – KCP has turned things around with gusto.Honest Ingram – “When I look at other guys, I’m like, ‘This (guy) got an extension?’”Pushing the pace – Nola is learning Lonzo is at his best when he’s going 200 beats per minute. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersOn Friday night, Ingram will lead the Pelicans – don’t look now, but they’ve won five of six games – for a rematch with his original team at Staples Center for the first time.He returns as the ninth-leading All-Star vote-getter among Western Conference frontcourt players (with 118,188 votes).He was just named Western Conference Player of the Week for the first time following a four-game stretch in which he averaged 25.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists and the Pelicans went undefeated, beating Portland, Denver, Indiana and Houston.For the season – the final one on a rookie contract before he becomes a restricted free agent this summer – Ingram is averaging 25.3 points (12th-most in the NBA), 7 rebounds and 3.9 assists. What’s more is what the soft-spoken, slender 22-year-old is contributing in terms of tone-setting.A recent, telling anecdote out of the Crescent City, via the New Orleans Advocate’s Christian Clark:last_img read more

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