“It breaks our hearts”

Erin was born with a heart defect. Today, she has Covid-19, which causes her serious breathing problems. Her mom Emma Bates shared a poignant photo of her daughter who has been on a ventilator since Friday.

The six-month-old baby is hospitalized at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, UK. “It breaks my heart to tell you that Erin has tested positive for the coronavirus,” his mom wrote on the social network. “Last night, she had trouble breathing. We risk losing it again. ”

Only one of Erin’s parents is allowed to stay with her in the hospital. So Emma, ​​29, watches over her. Her father, Wayne, is in quarantine because he had symptoms of Covid-19.

“If I start to experience symptoms too, I will be taken to another hospital and Erin will be alone here,” said the mother. “She needs her mom and dad.”

Both parents are nevertheless convinced that their little girl will overcome the disease: “She has already been so strong in the past, we think that she will still be today”.


In New York, the school closure puzzle

When she heard the mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, announce, Saturday April 11, that the schools of the city would remain closed for the remainder of the school year, Kanokwan Sire wondered: ” What will I do ? “.

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Mother of two teenagers in middle and high school, she tries to participate as best she can in the follow-up of online education set up in disaster by the city. The prospect of having to continue until June, the month of the start of the holidays, did not delight her. ” I feel bad for my children. Learning is not the samesame as in a classroom. The participation either. It’s difficult for everyone “, she says.

The extension of the school closings has yet to be decided by New York State governor Andrew Cuomo, but the latter is expected to follow the mayor despite their political differences. A dozen states in the country have already decided not to reopen their schools until September.

Over 1.1 million children in school

The decision is particularly fraught with consequences in New York, a city with the largest school system in the country. More than 1.1 million children are enrolled in the municipality’s 1,800 public schools. Three-quarters of them come from low-income households, eligible for free or discounted meals. 12% are not native English speakers. More than 100,000 young people are homeless and find themselves following distance education in unsuitable accommodation centers.

When the Covid-19 crisis and pressure from parents prompted Bill de Blasio to announce the temporary school closings on March 15, authorities faced an unprecedented logistical challenge. Some schools had to remain open to serve as take-out points for the poorest families. Some 175,000 laptops and 66,000 i-Pads have been sent to children without equipment to follow online educational programs. Another 200,000 devices are to be made available by the end of April, according to New york times.

To make matters worse, the City’s Department of Education asked teachers in early April to stop using the Zoom videoconference platform due to concerns over student data protection.

Monitoring complicated school work

Since March 23, the City has set up specialized centers to accommodate children of “ essential workers »(Health staff, delivery people, taxi drivers, etc.) and support them. But for the other parents, often living in the characteristic small apartments of New York and still having to juggle their professional activity, the current situation is a headache. New York City hasn’t released online course attendance figures yet, but Bill de Blasio has hinted that they are not good.

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Living with his companion in a spacious apartment, Kanokwan Sire considers himself lucky. But she admits that monitoring school work and homework is complicated. ” I do not have the authority of the teacher “, she says. Like other American students, his children are used to finishing school early to do their extra-curricular activities.

Today, they are stranded at home in confinement, although it is voluntary in New York. ” Lack of interaction with friends is difficult to live for children, says the mother. Still, it would have been too dangerous to reopen the schools right away. At least the children learn that it is important to unite to beat this virus. “


The Covid 19 Pandemic Election Puzzle

► Postpone the sine die elections

The postponement of the elections, for health reasons and in order to limit the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic, is the most adopted scenario among European countries. Several countries have already decided to postpone sine die.

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Thus, last weekend (April 5), the elections to the parliament of the provinces of the Basque Country and Galicia were to take place in Spain. But, while the country is in full progression of the epidemic of coronavirus, they were pushed back and should be held in the course of the year 2020. In North Macedonia, the postponement was also adopted. Legislative elections scheduled for April 12 to elect the 123 members of the Assembly will take place later. After discussing it together, the political parties concluded that “ the situation did not allow the organization of elections “Said Zoran Zaev, former prime minister.

Same scenario in Serbia where the legislative and municipal elections which were to be held on April 26 were postponed to a later date. President Aleksandar Vucic said on Serbian television that the new date would be set “ once this is finished ” This postponement sine die had also been adopted earlier by Austria, which postponed the municipal elections of the Voralberg and Styria states, originally scheduled for March 15 and 22.

► Postpone and reschedule the elections

The postponement, with new polling date is, to date, announced in three countries. The self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus thus postpones its presidential election. Scheduled for April 19, 2020, the first round will finally take place on October 11. Outgoing leader Mustafa Akinci will act in the interim.

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In England, the British government announced on March 12 that it had decided to postpone the local elections for one year, originally scheduled for May 7, following recommendations by the electoral commission. These elections concern the renewal of 118 local councils, the London Assembly and seven city mayors, including that of London.

Finally, in France, while the maintenance of the first round was strongly criticized, the second round of municipal elections has already been postponed and scheduled, unless changed, on June 21. However, in view of the current health situation, a second postponement is envisaged. Voting could take place next October or March 2021, then being added to regional and departmental elections. ” The decision will be taken on May 23 at the end of a report which will make it possible to say at that time, if it is possible to organize it ” clarified, Thursday, April 2, Edouard Philippe.

► Maintain the elections

In Italy, several regional elections (Campania, Liguria, Marche, Apulia, Tuscany and Veneto) are still scheduled for May 31, while the country could announce deconfinement in early May. Iceland also maintains the election of its new president, scheduled for June 27, 2020, for the time being.

In Poland, the presidential election scheduled for May 10 is maintained. However, in order to reduce the risk of the spread of the coronavirus, Parliament passed a law on Monday (April 6th) providing for a postal vote.


In Europe, the headache of end-of-year exams

► In Germany, the Abitur pushed back

The organization of the German Baccalaureate exams depends on the Länder, which largely set the written exams around April 20, despite the Coronavirus epidemic.

This is particularly the case in Berlin: the deadline remains April 20, with simply increased safety instructions: no more than eight students per room, to respect a minimum distance of two meters between each table.

Only those candidates who present risks – either have gone abroad within 14 days, or have been in contact with infected persons – are exempt. These will be offered a later review date.

These instructions have caused an uproar among high school students who demand outright cancellation due to poor preparation conditions. Same thing in Hamburg, where a petition was launched.

► In Spain, the lengthening of the school year and the simplification of tests

The “Selectividad”, the Spanish bac is also organized differently depending on the region. Madrid and Murcia have chosen to maintain the final tests, but to postpone them to 6, 7 and 8 July. Same thing in Castile and the Canaries, where the exams will be held between July 1 and 3. Other territories prefer to wait to see how the situation evolves, while a decree from the Ministry of National Education leaves the possibility of fixing a date between June 22 and July 10.

The tests will also be simplified to compensate for the lack of lessons in the third quarter, and to take into account students who did not have a computer to follow online lessons during confinement. But the design of the tests is no less a test, says Antoni Gil, test coordinator at the Valencia Academy. “It may seem logical to cut the last part of the program, but some teachers may have taught it at the beginning of the year, there is no obligation in this regard”, he emphasizes in El Pais. The other hypothesis is to leave candidates two subjects to choose from in each subject.

► In the United Kingdom, the teachers’ sentence

Across the Channel, the General certificate of secondary education (GCSE) passed at 16 and Level-A, generally passed two years later to access higher education, will not have a final exam. Teachers in the UK have been asked by the examination regulator, Ofqual, to send their assessment of the level that the pupils would probably have reached, based on criteria “Fair, objective and carefully thought out”.

Teachers have been instructed not to forward these assessments to students or parents before the usual results dates in August. But many students have already protested the system for fear that their bad relationship with the teacher will affect their final grade. Students who prefer it will have the opportunity to take their exam as soon as possible next year.


After returning from the US, Laurita denied having violated the quarantine

After returning from the US, Laurita denied having violated the quarantine


With an extensive letter that she posted on her social networks, Laurita Fernández explained the reasons why she “broke” the quarantine, after being denounced by her partner’s neighbors, Nicolás Cabré, upon seeing her arrive at the actor’s house in Pilar.

Since the dancer had returned from New York, she had to stay at home, but she had a building problem, she moved to her boyfriend’s and wanted to tell what happened “to clear doubts, since I understand it is a sensitive issue,” he said.

“I had to leave my department due to force majeure. They turned off the water at home, broke a pipe in the building just below my kitchen, and flooded several neighboring apartments causing serious problems and began to flood mine. I had been without water for three days and everything was really difficult for me, especially being able to maintain hygiene. I called 107 and they asked me to wait until day 14 of my quarantine for travel, and if I had no symptoms, to move. And so I did. “

The dancer also reported that she called the police to explain what had happened and the “measures” that she had to take before leaving her home: “They told me to request permission to be able to circulate on the Government page, I did, they approved it. In addition, the administration of the building made a letter leaving everything in writing as well. With the necessary precautions and without having contact with anyone, I moved to the house that I specified in the requested permit. ”

To end her virtual statement, the blonde asked “sorry” if she “alarmed” or “annoyed” someone, since she understands “everyone’s fear and concern.” He confirmed that her post-trip quarantine “is over” and that she is “fine, without symptoms”, and said that she will continue “with the quarantine that affects all of us at home.”


the Scottish trap breaks the momentum of the XV of France

Before landing on Murrayfield lawn this Sunday, March 8, the Blues were warned: beware, match trap. Scotland in his garden awaited the XV of France, and everything was in place for the fatal ambush. Precisely because after three victories in this Six Nations Tournament, it was difficult to imagine the Blues suddenly decrease in intensity, moreover against the Scots who did not seem the best equipped to oppose them.

A defeat without discussion

The victory against the Welsh (27-23) had to have shown it: the young and valiant squad of coach Fabien Galthié had a hell of a temper, finally seemed confident and able to continue the thread of his brand new story. Was it too much certainty for a construction team with a fragile experience? Had we too quickly forgotten, seduced by the will of the new generation, that the XV of France had not imposed itself on Scottish soil since 2014? Clearly.

The Blues lost, and without discussion (17-28), broken momentum after a dark rainy afternoon. It all started badly in fact, and from the warm-up, with the hooker adductor injury replacing Camille Chat. A bad sign, confirmed once on the meadow, where everything was chained for the worse.

A yellow card for François Cros for dangerous tackle, the premature exit of the opener Romain Ntamack on concussion (8e minute), then the red card precisely inflicted on the pillar Mohamed Haouas for a nasty punch distributed (37e minute), a bad series that the Blues had hardly faced until then.

Do not reset the lost machine

Since the start of the tournament, the XV de France has subscribed to thunderous start to the match, knocking out its opponents before slightly lowering its foot in the second half. Scenario turned upside down in Scotland. Destabilized from the start, less aggressive than usual, this time the Blues were unable to cope with the facts of the game that upset their habits. Above all, they got lost in an indiscipline already in germ previously, but this time insurmountable: 11 faults, a yellow card and a red card, it is too much at this level. “We will remain united, we will also assume, and work”, commented captain Charles Ollivon after the match.

A team is also built on this kind of match, on these formative defeats, provided that they do not gamber and do not reset the losing machine on which the XV of France has embarked in recent years. It is in this ability to bounce back, to get back on the right track very quickly that the long-awaited renewal of the Blues will be able to measure itself.

Next Saturday at the Stade de France against Ireland, they may be playing for victory in the Six Nations Tournament, the final outcome of which will only be known after the two games so far postponed (on an unknown date ) because of the coronavirus, Ireland-Italy and Italy-England. A success in the competition would already be real satisfaction. Even if the dreams of Grand Slam have dissipated in the Scottish rain. Disappointment can also make you grow.