University announces pre-matriculation testing procedures for spring 2021 semester

first_imgThe Notre Dame COVID-19 Response Unit (CRU) outlined their policies for pre-matriculation testing for the upcoming spring 2021 semester in an email to students Monday.Undergraduate and professional students will be required to schedule an appointment to be tested at the University Testing Center as soon as they arrive on campus, the email said. Students may begin scheduling their appointment on Dec. 16 and are advised to do so by Dec. 18.The testing schedule will be staggered based on health and safety protocols.“Based on guidance from public health officials, appointments for on-campus students have been staggered to ensure that, to the extent possible, roommates do not move in on the same day and that no more than 20 percent of a given hall arrives on the same day,” the email said.Doctoral and masters students are not required to complete pre-matriculation testing because of their weekly participation in surveillance testing during their stay on campus during winter break. However, testing is encouraged and will be available to them.All students participating in pre-matriculation testing must self-isolate in their residence hall rooms or off-campus housing until their saliva test results come back. Students are required to use carryout for food or groceries and eat by themselves while they wait for their result.The University will inform students if these plans need to be adjusted due to changing conditions of the pandemic.“With the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, should the University need to adapt these plans in the coming weeks, we will communicate this information promptly,” the email said. “We continue to monitor conditions locally and nationally, and will make any needed adjustments to ensure the health and safety of everyone in our community.”Tags: COVID-19, covid-19 response unit, pre-matriculation testing, spring semester 2021, University of Notre Damelast_img read more

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Russia to ground all international flights from midnight on Friday

first_imgThe decree said that flights authorized by the Russian government would be exempt from the rule. The new measures do not apply to domestic flights within Russia.The government said Russians who were unable to return due to restrictions imposed by countries they are in should take measures to stay safe. The decree also called on the finance ministry to allocate funds to repatriate Russians, adding that returnees would be subject to health checks and a two-week quarantine.Russia, which has reported 658 cases of the coronavirus and announced two COVID-19 related deaths Wednesday, already closed its borders to foreigners last week. Topics : Earlier in March, Russia limited flights to and from the European Union.center_img Russia will halt all international flights from midnight on Friday under a government decree listing new measures against the coronavirus outbreak.The decree published on Thursday orders aviation authorities to halt all regular and charter flights, with the exception of special flights evacuating Russian citizens from abroad.Russia’s civil aviation agency Rosaviatsiya will halt “regular and charter air travel from Russian airports to airports of foreign states and back,” according to the decree published on the government’s website. The grounding starts at midnight Friday, or 2100 GMT Thursday.last_img read more

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Switzerland’s Vontobel spins off asset management subsidiary

first_imgNet new money from institutional clients slowed a bit last year from CHF8bn in 2012 to CHF7.2bn, yet overall assets under management continued grow to CHF109.6bn, an increase of 11% year on year.In the first half of 2014, however, Vontobel saw an “anticipated” slowdown in net new money, with inflows and outflows also from institutional investors balancing themselves out.In its half-year report, it said: “Some global investors have reduced their allocation to the emerging markets – the impact of which was felt in the asset management industry.”With the realignment of the business model, the bank said Vontobel Asset Management’s “efficient and modern” organisational structure would “take account of global competition”.The new division will operate under the name Vontobel Asset Management AG, pending the approval of the Swiss regulator and Bank Vontobel shareholders. Swiss bank Vontobel is spinning off its asset management business into a separate legal entity to increase its international competitiveness.It pointed out that the independence of asset managers was assigned “high importance” in most asset management markets and a “key selection criterion” applied by international consultants and clients.Asset management is one of the major contributors to Vontobel’s bottom line and has been growing in importance for the bank in recent years.As of the end of 2013, profits from this segment of the business stood at CHF103.3m (€84.3m), a 37% year-on-year increase, while overall group net profit amounted to CHF122.3m.last_img read more

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