France today became the third European country to go on lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19, while in Spain, the number of new cases nudged the country ahead of South Korea as the world’s fourth hardest-hit country.Other European countries saw no let-up in cases, and more African countries detected their first cases. With about 179,000 global cases now reflected on the Johns Hopkins online dashboard, the proportion of cases outside China is increasing steadily, as are the share of deaths.WHO emphasizes testingAt a media telebriefing today, World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, said the rapid increase has come with a similar rapid rise in social distancing. However, there hasn’t been a vigorous enough push for isolation, testing, and contact tracing, which he said form the backbone of the response.Breaking chains of transmission requires testing and isolation, he said. “You can’t figure [out] a fire blindfolded is the simple message,” he said. “Test, test, test.”France lockdown is Europe’s thirdFrench President Emmanuel Macron today ordered a 15-day lockdown for the country, ordering people to leave their homes only for essential purposes starting tomorrow, CNBC and other outlets reported. He also said the second round of local elections is cancelled.The lockdown affects about 67 million people and comes 2 days after Spain announced a similar move. France today announced 1,210 new cases and 21 more deaths, raising its respective totals to 6,633 and 75. The country’s hot spots are the Alsace region in the northeast near the border with Germany and the greater Paris area, Agence France-Presse reported today.A French health official said the situation is deteriorating fast, with cases doubling every 3 days—a pace that threatens to overrun hospitals.Meanwhile, Italy announced 3,233 more cases, boosting its overall total to 27,980. And Spain announced 1,440 more cases, along with 48 more deaths, raising its total to 9,429 cases, 342 of them fatal. Germany’s total has risen to 7,241 cases, 15 of them fatal, and the United Kingdom today reported that its total has reached 1,543 cases, including 55 deaths.Middle East, Asia, Africa snapshotsIn Iran, behind Italy as the third hardest-hit country, the health ministry today reported 1,053 new cases, down from yesterday, along with 129 more deaths, raising its respective totals to 14,991 and 853.In a related development, a WHO mission just concluded a visit to Iraq, where experts reviewed the health ministry’s readiness to handle an increase in cases. Iraq reported its first case on Feb 22, which involved an Iranian student. So far, the country has confirmed 83 cases, 8 of them fatal.The WHO said Iraqi officials are concerned about the possibility of community transmission, which would threaten its fragile health system. Authorities have already banned major events, shuttered schools, and closed gathering places to slow the spread of the virus. So far, the WHO has provided health supplies and is working with local medical teams to establish negative-pressure rooms in three different cities.In Asia, cases rose by 125 in Malaysia today, most of them linked to a large gathering that drew several international participants to a mosque outside of Kuala Lumpur. So far, the country has reported 553 cases, Malaysia Today reported.South Korea’s cases continued to slow, with only 74 more reported today. In China, health officials reported only 16 new cases today, while the country announced a 14-day quarantine for all international travelers entering Beijing.Elsewhere, several more African countries, including Liberia, Central African Republic, and Sudan, have recently detected their first cases, bringing the total in the WHO’s African region to 327 cases from 27 different countries.
With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement ANDERSON, IN — Remy International, Inc. announced the appointment of John Weber to the position of president and CEO for Remy International, succeeding Thomas Snyder. Weber was most recently with EaglePicher, Inc., a global conglomerate of auto parts, mining and high tech businesses, where he was president and CEO since 2001. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementPrior to joining EaglePicher, Weber was president of Industrial Control and Friction Materials for Honeywell International. Weber has also held significant executive and managerial positions with General Electric, Vickers, Baxter International and McKinsey & Company. “We are very pleased to welcome John and to have him lead our management team in the years ahead as Remy International continues to build on the accomplishments achieved under Tom Snyder’s leadership. The Board is confident that John’s stellar track record as a senior executive readily positions him to guide Remy International’s near- and long-term operational, financial and strategic initiatives,” said Harold K. Sperlich, Remy International’s chairman of the board. The company also announces that Thomas Snyder has elected to retire as Remy International’s president and CEO and from its board of directors. Snyder will be available to assist the management in transitional matters. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.