France reported 242 deaths related to COVID-19 in hospitals
Authorities say 192 people infected with the coronavirus are being treated in intensive care.
In total, 27,242 COVID-19 patients are currently undergoing treatment at the hospital.
President Emmanuel Macron defended his decision to postpone the third lockdown on Saturday, telling the public he believed in their ability to control COVID-19 with less severe restrictions even as the third wave spread and vaccine launches faltered.
Starting Sunday (local time), France will close its borders to all but essential travel to and from countries outside the European Union, while people arriving from within the bloc will have to test negative. Large shopping malls will be closed and police patrols increased to impose a 6pm curfew.
But Macron has stopped ordering new daylight locks, saying he wanted to see first if other measures would be enough to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
With 10 percent of cases now caused by a more contagious variant first discovered in Britain, senior medics have recommended a new lockdown, and one poll showed more than three-quarters of French people think it is now unavoidable.
The opinion poll also showed declining public confidence in the government’s handling of the crisis.
Iran has imposed a mandatory quarantine for European travelers, the country’s vaccine has proven effective against the British strain of coronavirus
Tourists to Iran from Europe will be asked to self-quarantine for two weeks having tested negative on arrival, a health official said on Saturday.
Tourists from other areas, including neighboring countries, must test negative before arriving in the country, Alireza Raisi, spokesman for the national coronavirus task force, said on state TV.
Raisi said travelers arriving from Europe must hold negative test results, will be tested again and must self-quarantine even if their test results are negative.
Previously, people who came from Europe were only required to test negative.
He did not say exactly when the new measures would take effect, saying only “from now on.”
Meanwhile, health officials said Iran’s Barekat vaccine has proven effective against the highly contagious variant of the coronavirus that has emerged in the UK.
Tests carried out on the blood plasma of three ‘COVIran Barekat’ vaccine volunteers actually neutralized the mutated coronavirus, Hassan Jalili, who is in charge of the team producing the local vaccine, told state TV.
Iran launched human trials of its first domestic vaccine candidate late last month, saying this could help it beat the pandemic despite US sanctions affecting its ability to import the vaccine.
They have also approved Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine and plan to import and manufacture it.
The country has recorded more than 1.4 million cases and more than 57,800 deaths, according to government data, but there has been a drop in new infections in recent weeks.
In the 1962 episode of “The Jetsons,” the matriarch Jane Jetson changed her familiar magenta uniform into an inked dress. With a tied waist and long sharp shoulders, the dress was not too different from what it might appear today on Paris Couture Week runway. This one, however, is also hooked up to the wall, lighting up the LED embroidery piece.
“This is genuine Pierre Martian,” spat out Jane, telling her friend Gloria by teleporter that she bought it under license at the Satellite Store: $ 10.98 for the dress, $ 50 for an extension cord.
“Pierre Martian”, of course, is an adorable intergalactic nod to the end Pierre Cardin, who helped spearhead the Space Age aesthetics in the 1960s and died late last month at 98 years of age. He is a daring entrepreneur and prolific licensor, having been one of the first partners to create ready-to-wear clothing not only for the fashion aristocratic class, but for the everyday shopper as well. In 1959, the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture Parisienne expelled him for this.
Cardin is futuristic not only in his democratic modus operandi, but also in his own designs: “The dresses I love are the ones I created for life that didn’t exist yet,” he said in the late 1960s. Today, we call the dress “retro-futuristic.” But instead of prescribing an overarching aesthetic, this forward-leaning perspective is simply how he views the world.
Retro-futurism can be defined as a past vision of the future, and as seen from the point of view of designers and creatives during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. In an extreme sense, this imagination includes flying cars, ray guns, and a kind of global exquisite lifestyle. But retro-futurism can also be as subtle as the triangular corset on Jane Jetson’s Pierre Martian score.
“While not only utopian, retro-futurism is remembered primarily for its upbeat atmosphere that combines modernist concepts of scientific and technological progress with fun elements of pop culture and science fiction aesthetics,” said Charlotte Casey, senior strategist at trend forecasting agency WGSN.
So, what does retro-futurism look like? The sleek silhouette, sleek ergonomic design and fresh material approach are some of the distinctive elements of this movement. In his 1964 collection, Cardin even considered them “cosmocorps,” dressed like his astronauts – think jumpsuits with asymmetrical zippers – replacing the still-prevailing stiff-collared shirts. in mode. In 1969, NASA even commissioning Cardin to design their own spacesuit, for actual space travel.
Today, you may recognize retro-futurism at Paco Rabannechainmail or Marine Serrealien unitard. Like Cardin in the past, designers crave the kind of optimism only an idealist future can provide.
“The spirit of this genre offers an antidote to our uncertain times because it embodies ideas of freedom, liberation and hope that make the future feel attractive and full of potential,” Casey said. “These ideas are paired with designs and materials that still feel fresh today and allow contemporary designers to give a look of their own.”
Although retro-futurism reached its peak in the poppy Swinging Sixties, its roots lie more than half a century earlier, fighting industrialization in the late 1800s. As Lisa Yaszek, a professor of Science Fiction Studies at Georgia Tech, explains, the mobilized shift towards mass manufacturing gave way to a whole new kind of life. A certain set of capitalist propaganda helps support this, as if to say, indeed, the labor force can provide a better future not only for individuals, but for all.
“What you have seen since the turn of the last century is a utopian dream of erasing the past, and especially the divisive economic, social and political polarization,” said Yaszek. This cult of the future, he added, tends to focus on physical objects such as cars, furniture design, and very often on clothing.
Through the Russian Revolution, for example, Constructivists sought to eliminate class, racial and gender inequalities through reform of clothing. Clean, simple and rational clothes, comfortable and stylish, distributed to everyone. The color scheme tends towards Space Age hues – cumbersome whites, silver and metallic colors that, as Yaszek notes, would be difficult to keep clean in the “often very dirty gifts” of nineteen teenagers.
The cleansing solution may have been much better since the Bolsheviks promised “peace, land and bread” to the Russian people, but here we are, still looking for clothes to help fix our most deeply rooted problems.
“We are living in a time when we feel the need for a better vision of the future, and the past has a lot to offer us,” said Yaszek. “The past provides us with a pattern for surviving in the present and for trying to find our better future.”
In today’s tough times, there is no shortage of events to be “resolved.” We live in a kind of rebooted Space Race. With some of the recent successes in privatization of space travel, Earth’s inhabitants set their sights on Orbit City once again. Fashion-wise, 2021’s retro-futurism might be a little less literal than a balancing uniform or a flickering cartoon dress hooked up to the wall.
“The relevance of retro-futurism is in line with consumers’ continued interest in entertaining nostalgia,” said WGSN Senior Strategist Textiles Julia Skliarova. “Today’s retro-futuristic ideas embody utopian simplicity, reimagined today with honed comfort levels, and a sense of fun that was a welcome touch from the start of the pandemic.”
Is it something super comfortable, like casual, retro-futuristic clothing? Not explicitly, no. Easy and practical clothing – like sweatpants – just happens to be one of many interpretations of how we might dress for hopeful days ahead. We can also find retro-futurism in materials, colors and outlines, and even in intangible qualities like a holistic brand message.
Take Paco Rabanne, for example, who dabbled in all of the above. Since joining the Paris label as a freelance worker in 2013, designer Julien Dossena has been tasked with bringing Paco Rabanne back to his 60s heyday. After being loved by someone like Jane Birkin and Francoise Hardy, the brand previously deviated from the now retro mini chainmail that made it a staple of the Space Age. But in September 2018, Dossena pulled it back, debuted a sophisticated collection it’s every part of Jane Jetson’s fantasy.
Elsewhere in Paris, Maria Grazia Chiuri has been known to play with graphics, mod references and transparent, reflective fabrics that Casey suggests given the positivity of the original retro-futurism. Just recently, Dior‘s Range before Fall 2021 dive into the kind of immersive youth Cardin himself enjoyed for the first time.
The genre isn’t always cheerful. It is human nature to see the future as an abstract lily to uproot one’s most complex hopes and dreams. But Yaszek cautions we can obsess over retro-futuristic objects in a paralyzing way: “They become chunks of fetish nostalgia for the past that don’t really exist.”
This is where Marine Serre shines. “Its ambivalent and complex vision blends futuristic retro tropes like sleek minimalism recycled fabric and ongoing message, “said Casey, of the LVMH Prize winner.” His presentation explores the dangers of environmental destruction and potentially catastrophic scenarios that climate change can cause. “
But Cardin did something not even his closest comrades had done, and that was to deliberately sell the future as a truly better and more inclusive place.
“He is an idealist, but I don’t think he’s selling fugitives,” said Ruth La Ferla, one New York Time reporter who wrote Cardin’s obituary for newspapers. “People who now call him adopt an escape mentality because, God knows, we need a change.”
After educational institutions closed for the second time last year due to the second wave of Covid-19, more than 300 low-cost private schools across Karachi have been permanently closed.
All Private School Management Associations (APSMA) and All Sindh Private Schools & Colleges Associations (ASPSCA) said that most of these schools have operated in underprivileged urban areas.
They say that owners and administrators of hundreds of other constituent schools have approached them for financial assistance, but the association is in no position to help them and save the futures of their thousands of students.
They indicated that around 12 private school associations operate in the province. They also pointed out that permanently closing schools would increase the number of children dropping out of school if the authorities did not take concrete action.
“As an association, we only provide legal assistance and technical support, and help member schools improve teaching and learning activities,” said ASPSCA Chairman Haider Ali. “We can’t solve the financial problems in every school.”
He said his association was collecting data on schools whose owners were unable to run their institutions after the suspension of educational activities during the second wave of Covid-19.
He also said that around 500 low-cost private schools across the province would not be able to reopen. However, he stressed, his party had not completed the closed agency data. “Extensive work like that takes time to complete.”
Agreeing with Ali, the head of APSMA Sindh Syed Tariq Shah said that low-cost private schools continue to close forever as they have to pay rent, salaries, electricity bills and taxes from the fees collected.
However, he pointed out, the parents have refused to pay the fees for the past nine months, while neither the authorities have taken the matter seriously.
He said school owners also frequently reported dropping out of school, an estimated rate of between 20 and 25 percent of enrolled students. He warned that this would continue to increase the number of school dropouts in Pakistan.
Citing Unicef statistics, he said that with 22.8 million children dropping out of school, Pakistan was ranked second on the list of countries where children do not receive an education.
“Private educational institutions help the country provide access to basic education, but the authorities turn a blind eye to vulnerable units struggling to survive the current crisis.”
School owners who recently closed their institutions for good said they were facing financial difficulties because parents refused to pay fees.
“We sent them reminders, but instead of paying tuition fees, some of them took their children out of our school,” said Habibullah, who has been running his school in the Qasba Colony.
He rented a building in 2015 to start his school. Under the usual lease agreement, he is responsible for paying monthly rent, utility bills, and maintenance costs.
“Our school is not one of the institutions established to make money. We just want to give children around access to basic education. “
He said that when educational institutions closed for the first time last year because of the outbreak of the Covid-19 case, “we somehow managed the costs. However the second wave proved more challenging for our school ”. “In addition, the uncertainty about reopening educational institutions forces us to permanently close our schools because we have no money and there is no hope that any government agency will provide us with financial assistance.”
Another school owner named Muhammad Yousaf, who once ran a school in the Ranchore Line neighborhood, said the operating costs of low-cost private educational institutions were too high.
He said such schools are generally run in disadvantaged areas, where if they do not operate according to their daily routine, parents who are mostly working class do not pay tuition.
“Every time we ask parents to pay tuition fees, they argue why they should pay if the school is closed. This is one of the main reasons forcing us to permanently close the institution. “
Shah APSMA said that more schools tend to close permanently because their owners are unsure about reopening educational institutions. He pointed out that the Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference will be held on January 14 or 15, after which the owners may revise their decision.
He said the situation was not that simple because school owners needed to manage rent, salaries and other expenses. Therefore, he added, the authorities should pay attention to their problems, especially those running low-cost institutions.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – No word on when indoor dining will reopen in Michigan, bars and restaurants exist continue to feel the pain.
Food Dance Cafe is a favorite restaurant for many in Kalamazoo, and although the owner is saddened by the thought of closing its doors for good, the aftermath of the pandemic has made him consider his options.
“It’s very expensive to open and close, and very costly to staff,” said Julie Stanley, Owner & Executive Chef of Food Dance Cafe.
After 26 years, the Food Dance Cafe in Kalamazoo may be closed forever due to the pandemic.
Owner and executive chef Julie Stanley said closings and openings cost them many times financially, even with the help of PPP loans.
“If we don’t have PPP money, then we will never open it. It does hold on for now, but that’s all. Now it’s gone. Yes, you can file again but all that helps, “said Stanley.
With an 11,000 square foot building and a large kitchen, this restaurant can’t take it home every day like other businesses because of the way they prepare food from scratch.
“How much inventory can you keep? How can you change your product? How can you do what you need to do? It’s really hard,” said Stanley.
“It’s devastating. I just don’t know what else to do … it’s a huge death and a constant process. As with all deaths, it’s never as I thought we would end. It’s out of our control, that’s what happens. , “said Stanley.
All restaurants in Michigan are currently closed for indoor dining until at least January 15. There was no indication from the state whether they would extend the order.
Food Dance Cafe is currently evaluating over the next month or so to determine whether they will re-open or close the doors for good.