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Safaricom Limited (SCOM.ke) 2020 Annual Report

first_imgSafaricom Limited (SCOM.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2020 annual report.For more information about Safaricom Limited (SCOM.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Safaricom Limited (SCOM.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Safaricom Limited (SCOM.ke)  2020 annual report.Company ProfileSafaricom Limited is an integrated telecommunications company in Kenya providing mobile, fixed voice, data, SMS, Internet and M-PESA services. The company sells mobile phones and tablets as well as broadband modems and routers. It also offers its customers data bundles for pre- and post-paid customers; pre- and post-paid voice plans and SMS services for national and international roaming; Okoa Jahazi for emergency top-up credit; and Flex plans for browsing, calling and SMSing. Bonga Points is a customer loyalty programme and M-PESA is a mobile telephone service to deposit, transfer and withdraw money as well as pay for goods and services. Other services offered include website and email, calling and cloud and hosting services. Safaricom Limited’s head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Safaricom Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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Why did the Clinigen share price collapse last week?

first_imgWhy did the Clinigen share price collapse last week? One FTSE “Snowball Stock” With Runaway Revenues Zaven Boyrazian | Monday, 14th June, 2021 | More on: CLIN I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Grab your free report – while it’s online. Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares But it’s not the only growth stock on my radar. Here is: center_img Zaven Boyrazian does not own shares in Clinigen. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Clinigen (LSE:CLIN) share price took quite a tumble last week. Within the space of a day, it crashed from around 836p to 615p. That’s a 26% drop! Consequently, looking over the past 12 months, the stock has fallen by 25% as well. So, the question is, what caused this sudden decline? And is this actually an opportunity to snatch up some shares at a discount? The crashing Clinigen share priceClinigen is a pharmaceutical drug and services business that’s been around for over a decade. Despite its relatively young age, the management team has managed to establish a diverse portfolio of products and clients, the latter of which it continues to expand. More recently, it signed a new agreement with Synairgen to help launch SNG001 – a new Covid-19 treatment.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Beyond assisting other pharmaceutical companies, the business also has some of its own drugs on the market. One is Proleukin. The firm acquired this medicine in 2019 for $120m, and it is used for treating metastatic renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer). But why does this matter?Last week, Clinigen released a trading update that wasn’t particularly well received by the market, as was clear by what happened to the Clinigen share price. Due to the healthcare industry being primarily focused on tackling the pandemic, spending on cancer treatments saw some significant decline. This is particularly bad news as a large portion of its profits come from Proleukin.Despite mitigating the impact of Covid-19 disruptions on its revenue stream, underlying profits have been affected. And the company revised its guidance for EBITDA to £114m-£117m for 2021. That’s around 12% less than analysts were expecting. Seeing a sharp decline in the Clinigen share price is therefore not too surprising to me.Is this a buying opportunity?Seeing a company slash guidance is quite frustrating. However, in my experience, these often present some of the best times to buy shares, providing there is no serious underlying long-term problem. In the case of Clinigen, the reduction of profits appears to be linked to disruptions of the global pandemic. When taking a step back, I feel this is ultimately a short-term problem. What’s more, despite this reduced performance, the level of cash conversion appears to have been largely unaffected. As a result, Clinigen should be more than capable of continuing to pay down its debts. In fact, the management team has stated that it expects net debt to fall below £330m by the end of 2021. That’s around £20m less than what was reported in December 2020.All things considered, this does look like a buying opportunity for my portfolio. With the vaccine rollout progressing relatively quickly across the western world, the disruptions from Covid-19 seem to be slowly disappearing. And as Clinigen can return to distributing its services and cancer therapies, I believe its share price could begin to rise once again.  Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Looking for new share ideas?Grab this FREE report now.Inside, you discover one FTSE company with a runaway snowball of profits.From 2015-2019…Revenues increased 38.6%.Its net income went up 19.7 times!Since 2012, revenues from regular users have almost DOUBLEDThe opportunity here really is astounding.In fact, one of its own board members recently snapped up 25,000 shares using their own money… So why sit on the side lines a minute longer?You could have the full details on this company right now. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. 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Chicago Bishop-elect Paula Clark’s consecration rescheduled for June 12

first_img Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit a Job Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Belleville, IL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Tampa, FL Bishop Consecrations, Rector Pittsburgh, PA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Hopkinsville, KY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Collierville, TN Posted Apr 21, 2021 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab People Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 A Message from Bishop-elect ClarkBishop-elect Paula Clark, whose recovery continues, released this brief statement through her daughter, Micha Green:“Lead with love.“That is a favorite phrase of mine, and though my time with you is just beginning, I have learned that this is how things are done here in the Diocese of Chicago. I am grateful to all of you for your prayers, and for giving me the quiet time I need to recover. But I want you to know that when I am fully restored to health, I will be eager to meet with you as we work together to change hearts, change minds and change actions to the glory of God.“Thank you so much for your continued prayers and God’s blessings and peace be with you always.” Press Release Service Rector Albany, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Youth Minister Lorton, VA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Knoxville, TN Featured Jobs & Calls New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Chicago Bishop-elect Paula Clark’s consecration rescheduled for June 12 Rector Bath, NC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Course Director Jerusalem, Israel [Diocese of Chicago] The Standing Committee and Bishop-elect Paula Clark, in consultation with the Presiding Bishop’s Office, have rescheduled the bishop-elect’s ordination, consecration and seating for June 12. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will attend in person and serve as the chief consecrator.The Rev. Paula Clark. Photo courtesy Diocese of ChicagoThe consecration, originally scheduled for April 24, was postponed after Bishop-elect Clark underwent surgery on April 15 to remove an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) in her brain. The surgery at Alexian Brothers Hospital in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, was a success, and her doctors continue to be pleased with the pace of her recovery.“We are grateful to everyone who has kept our bishop-elect and our diocese in their prayers in recent days, and delighted to announce that this new date for our joyful occasion will allow the presiding bishop to be with us,” said the Rev. Anne Jolly, president of the Standing Committee.More information about the event, including COVID-19 protocols, will be available in the coming weeks. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Featured Events Submit a Press Release Rector Martinsville, VA Submit an Event Listing Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Washington, DC Tagslast_img read more

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Barnardo’s use cinema advertising for first time

Barnardo’s use cinema advertising for first time About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 1 August 2007 | News This summer children’s charity Barnardo’s will be advertising in cinemas for the first time. The 71-second advert is part of the charity’s ‘Believe in Children’ campaign. Advertisement The ad features a young boy, using a series of expletives to talk about his experiences of family life, foster care and social workers, explaining how Barnardo’s has stuck by him while others have given up. The ad will be shown before a number of ’15’ and ’18’ certificate films in cinemas throughout the South East, using a ‘bleeped’ version for younger viewers and an unedited version for 18 films. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1  21 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Tagged with: Individual giving read more

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Recession creates ‘mini-boom’ for charity shops, says Ecclesiastical Insurance

first_imgA survey by specialist charity insurer Ecclesiastical Insurance indicates that the recession has resulted in more people buying from charity shops, and more people donating goods to them. Thirteen per cent of Britons have started shopping at charity shops.The survey reveals that 18% of existing charity shoppers are buying more from charity shops than they did before the recession (two years ago), and 21% of adults have begun to donate goods.The survey was conducted by independent research company YouGov. Advertisement Howard Lake | 26 May 2009 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. According to the survey, women are more generous than men: 51% of the women questioned were charity shop donors before the recession and an additional 23% have now started donating.The top five items that respondents who buy goods from charity shops look for are:1. Books, which 65% purchase2. Clothes (45%)3. Household items (32%)4. DVDs/videos (24%)5. Music (15%)Most of the respondents (66%) said that their main reason for shopping at charity shops to support the charity, with low prices (47%) and value for money (44%) also being important factors for many.Despite the figures, Ecclesiastical acknowledge that charities themselves are reporting a shortage of stock. Oxfam, which operates a chain of 714 shops nationally, is the latest to express concern saying that donations have fallen by 12% so far this year.YouGov’s total sample size was 2,140 adults, with figures weighted to be representative of all GB adults (aged 18+). Fieldwork was undertaken between 1 and 5 May 2009 with the survey being carried out online.www.ecclesiastical.comPhoto: An Oxfam charity shop by Al Jordan on Flickr.com  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Recession creates ‘mini-boom’ for charity shops, says Ecclesiastical Insurance Tagged with: recession Research / statistics Trading AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Further LIBOR bank fines to be donated to service charities

first_img Howard Lake | 8 August 2014 | News  170 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Photo: LIBOR and coins by Lim Yong Hian on Shutterstock.com  169 total views,  1 views today £300m in fines coming to charitiesIn total the government will be allocating over £300 million received from the fines paid by banks to support the Armed Forces Covenant and wider organisations and charitable bodies. Tagged with: corporate ethics Finance Libor recession AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Further LIBOR bank fines to be donated to service charities Nearly £100 million paid as fines by a bank will be given to charities, the Prime Minister and Chancellor have announced. Charities supporting the Armed Forces community and other charitable bodies and organisations, such as the Youth United Network, will receive the funds.The fines were levied by UK regulators on Lloyds Banking Group this week for manipulation of financial benchmarks including the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR).Charities have already benefited from bank fines, including £2.6m in March 2013.This round of grants will support activities including:The Royal Marine’s charity appeal, which will receive a £1 million donation in its 350th yearMinistry of Defence physical and psychological rehabilitation programmes, which will receive an additional £10 million to help ensure wounded soldiers carry on getting the long term support they needMilitary doctor/nursing training and bursary payments will receive extended fundingChancellor George Osborne said:“I’m pleased to be able to allocate the fines paid by Lloyds Bank to help charities and good causes supporting our Armed Forces community. We’re using the money raised from fines on those who demonstrated the very worst of values in our society to support those who demonstrate the very best”. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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U.N. Spreading Misinformation About Biofuels

first_img Previous articleUSDA Report On the Money, This TimeNext articleEthanol Industry Says USDA Numbers Show Market’s Working Gary Truitt In addition, Growth Energy sent a letter to Mr. Graziano da Silva outlining the real facts behind corn use and ethanol production as well as an open invitation to come visit the United States to see firsthand how we are reducing our dependence on foreign oil, creating jobs, improving our environment, revitalizing our rural economies and saving consumers money at the pump. To view the letter, click HERE.Source: Growth Energy Facebook Twitter “Furthermore, the statement from Mr. da Silva raised concerns about higher prices for cereal and feed grains, as well as sugar. If the price of sugar is increasing food prices has the U.N or will the U.N. request that countries such as Brazil and others suspend their biofuels programs?  There seems to be some inequity in the demand that the U.S. alone suspends production of home grown energy. “Despite having the worst weather in the last 50 years, the United States farmers will still produce the eighth largest corn crop in history. Recent USDA projections demonstrate the market is working and the Renewable Fuel Standard contains all the flexibility necessary to address a short crop without further policy changes. Furthermore, the high commodity prices are not a resort of corn ethanol, but Mother Nature. U.N. Spreading Misinformation About Biofuels “Growth Energy and its members share Mr. da Silva’s concern about world hunger and think the most effective way to ensure that people across the globe have affordable food is to have farmers earning a fair price for their crops, so that corn and other commodities can create jobs and opportunities across the world.” By Gary Truitt – Aug 10, 2012 “Before calling for such bold policy changes, Mr. Graziano da Silva, director-general of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the U.N. should make sure his facts are correct before telling America how best to use their agricultural and energy resources.center_img “The United States is committed to producing as much food as possible to end world hunger, and the new demand for corn from biofuel production has resulted in economically sustainable prices for farmers who have responded by planting more acres using new technology and farming practices to increase production. Without a sustainable economic return, farmers will not continue producing increased amounts of corn or any other agriculture commodity, which would only exacerbate world hunger. SHARE Facebook Twitter Following the audacious call from the United Nations (U.N.) to alter America’s successful biofuels policy by cutting ethanol production, Tom Buis CEO of Growth Energy released the following statement: “The U.N. is propagating misinformation and basing their calls to change American agriculture and energy policy on misinformation that in the end will only benefit Big Oil and Big Food. The U.S. is not using 40 percent of its corn crop for biofuels. First, the 40 percent figure cited is the gross amount of corn purchased by the ethanol industry, which not only produces ethanol from the corn, but also produces a co-product, distillers grains, that is a high value, less expensive livestock and poultry feed. The only thing we use from the kernel of corn to produce ethanol is the starch. All of the protein, fiber, and oil end up in the distillers grains. Thus, the net amount of corn used by our biorefineries is 16 percent as we replace both corn and soybean acreage. “To suggest an immediate suspension of America’s Renewable Fuel Standard would simply be doing the bidding of Big Oil and Big Food. Even the food companies have said that corn is only a very minor cost of production and that high oil prices are the real driver of increased food costs. Higher oil and energy costs have far more impact on America’s grain and food exports, and I would think that would be of utmost concern to you as the U.N. seek to have a world without hunger. Farmers in the U.S. receive less than 15 percent of the amount consumers spend on food, while energy, processing, marketing and distribution account for 85 percent of the cost of food. SHARE Home Energy U.N. Spreading Misinformation About Biofuelslast_img read more

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Pasadena Educational Foundation and McKinley School Get Significant Private Sector Support

first_img More Cool Stuff Education Pasadena Educational Foundation and McKinley School Get Significant Private Sector Support From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, March 8, 2013 | 11:34 am Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes As a Kindergarten through 8th grade school, Pasadena’s McKinley School faces unique issues in acquiring supplies that serve the needs of a wide range of students. This challenge is heightened at the school’s library, which has to be stocked with books for many different reading levels. At one point, the library was in need of more than 20,000 books.During a recent “Principal For A Day” event at McKinley School, one of the participants – Bank of America Merrill Lynch executive Craig Colbath – recognized the library’s challenges and was moved to work with the Pasadena Educational Foundation, a nonprofit that works to build excellence in the public schools of Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre. Mr. Colbath worked with bank colleagues in Pasadena to collect more than $27,000 in donations that went to the Pasadena Educational Foundation to purchase books and address other library needs at McKinley.In addition, Bank of America this week announced it will be a sponsor of the school’s Annual Book Fair, and is challenging local residents and businesses to contribute to this effort.Patrick Conyers, Executive Director of the Pasadena Educational Foundation, remarked, “Our friends at Bank of America Merrill Lynch know firsthand how much McKinley’s school library means to its students. Their generosity and support of McKinley School and the district in general has had an enormously meaningful impact, and for that we are so very grateful.”“The Bank of America Merrill Lynch employees across Pasadena are motivated by the immediate impact that can be made for students by working with the Pasadena Educational Foundation. We truly value the opportunity to be involved with schools locally,” said Craig Colbath, Complex Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “This effort is a great example of how the bank works with local nonprofits to bring solutions to various needs in our community.”The bank also continues its long-time participation with McKinley and other schools as a sponsor of the Foundation’s “Principal for a Day” program, which places corporate and civic leaders in schools throughout Pasadena to learn about local education needs first hand.Pasadena Educational Foundation is a nonprofit organization that advocates for public education, engages the community, and develops resources to support excellent education for every Pasadena Unified School District student. For more information call (626) 396-3600, ext. 88350 or visit www.pasedfoundation.org Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Herbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAncient Beauty Remedies From India To Swear By For Healthy SkinHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBaby Boom: The Stars Are Getting Busy In QuarantineHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKeep Your Skin Flawless With These Indian Beauty RemediesHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Subscribe Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website last_img read more

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Coronavirus updates: Cuomo slams Trump, asks him to ‘admit you were wrong’

first_img11:50 a.m.: Cuomo to Trump: ‘Admit you were wrong’The coronavirus is “getting worse” across the U.S. with 35 states seeing increasing infection rates, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.Cuomo slammed President Donald Trump who he said “denied the reality of this situation from day one.”“Republican governors listened [to Trump]. And a lot of Republicans listened and won’t wear a mask,” Cuomo said at a news conference. “He has lived in denial and he has been denying the scientific facts from day one.”“Now the country is suffering because of the president and it’s time for him to change course,” Cuomo said. “The first thing he can do — come clean with the American people, admit the threat of this virus. Admit you were wrong.”10:50 a.m.: Florida hits 15% positivity rateIn Florida, the number of coronavirus cases jumped by 6,563 in one day, bringing the state to a positivity rate of 15%, according to the state’s Department of Health.In Miami-Dade County, which includes Miami, and in Osceola County, which is near Orlando, 18.2% of those tested are positive.10:25 a.m.: NYC postpones opening indoor diningNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is postponing the reopening of indoor dining, he said on Wednesday.De Blasio said his decision comes as he watches states including Florida, Texas and California “slipping backward,” with cases rising, especially “around people going back to bars and restaurants indoors.”Instead, New York City will “double down” on outdoor dining, de Blasio said.He said 6,600 restaurants are already participating.New York City, initially the nation’s epicenter of the pandemic, is now on the road to recovery.Of those tested for the coronavirus citywide, just 2% are now testing positive, de Blasio said Wednesday.While indoor dining will not yet restart, New York City beaches are opening for the season on Wednesday.8:30 a.m.: Lockdown returns to UK city of LeicesterThe British government is reimposing lockdown restrictions in Leicester following a spike in coronavirus infections. Non-essential shops and most schools in the central city will have to close again on Thursday, just two weeks after reopening. Meanwhile, Saturday’s loosening of restrictions for pubs and restaurants across England will not be taking place in Leicester.The city had “10% of all positive cases in the country over the past week,” U.K. Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock told lawmakers Monday. Hancock said the reimposed measures would be enforced by local police “in some cases.” It’s the country’s first such regional lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.7:53 a.m.: Hundreds of new cases reportedly linked to Myrtle Beach visitsHundreds of new coronavirus cases have been linked to recent trips to South Carolina’s popular resort city, Myrtle Beach, according to reports from local ABC affiliates.Dr. David Goodfriend, director of the Loudoun County Health Department in Virginia, told Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate WJLA-TV that around 100 teenagers from the area have tested positive for COVID-19 after visiting Myrtle Beach.“We’re starting to see more and more positive test results come in, and as we followed up on those, similarly, they had shared they had gone down to Myrtle Beach, at least the Myrtle Beach area,” Goodfriend said. “At least one group said there were about 40 folks staying in one house and they were having parties or being at parties with over 100 people in the house.”Dr. Molly O’Dell, director of communicable disease control with the Virginia Department of Health’s Roanoke City-Alleghany Districts, told Lynchburg, Virginia ABC affiliate WSET-TV that 130 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the area on Tuesday and that more than 100 of them are linked to Myrtle Beach visits.O’Dell recommended anyone returning home from Myrtle Beach to self-quarantine for 14 days and watch for symptoms.7:11 a.m.: 100K cases per day ‘is where we’re heading,’ Harvard doctor warnsDr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, affirmed concerns voiced by the nation’s top infectious disease expert that the United States could see 100,000 new coronavirus cases per day.“That is where we’re heading,” Jha told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Wednesday on Good Morning America.Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, made the stark warning during a Senate hearing on Tuesday, saying, “I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 [cases] a day if this does not turn around.”But Jha said “there are things we can do right now” to “avoid the fate that Dr. Fauci mentioned.”“First and foremost, I think we need every state to have a mandatory mask law. I just think we can’t dither around on masks; everybody needs to be wearing one when they’re outside of their home,” he said. “Second is, I think we just can’t right now afford indoor gatherings; so no bars, I don’t even know if we can keep restaurants open, certainly not nightclubs. We’ve got to get very serious about that. And then we’ve got to keep pushing on testing and tracing.”If all else fails, “then you have to just essentially shut the state down,” Jha said.“We’ve got to get on top of this otherwise we’ll find ourselves with some very unappetizing choices,” he added. “A stay-at-home order, in my mind, is really the last thing that you do when nothing else has worked.”6:43 a.m.: Washington state sees second-highest increase in casesWashington state reported 571 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, marking its second-highest single-day increase since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.The state’s highest single-day rise was set on June 19, when 619 new cases were confirmed.Overall, the Washington State Department of Health has reported 32,824 confirmed cases with 1,332 deaths.6:02 a.m.: Tokyo Disneyland reopens for first time in four monthsTokyo Disneyland reopened Wednesday after being closed for four months due to the coronavirus pandemic.The 115-acre theme park in Urayasu, near Tokyo, has undertaken a new set of policies and safety measures to protect against COVID-19, such as temperature screenings and the mandatory use of face masks.Tickets to the park must be purchased online in advance. A limited number of guests will be allowed at a time in attractions, shops, restaurants and other facilities. Disney characters must maintain social distancing while greeting guests. Meanwhile, the park’s signature shows and parades remain suspended to avoid the formation of crowds, according to information posted on the Tokyo Disneyland website.Tokyo DisneySea also reopened in Urayasu on Wednesday. Both parks suspended operations on Feb. 29 due to coronavirus concerns.Tokyo, which has reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country, permitted the area’s amusement parks to reopen in mid-June, after the Japanese government completely lifted the nationwide state of emergency in late May.The Walt Disney Company is the parent company of ABC News. 5:35 a.m.: US reports nearly 44,800 new cases in one dayNearly 44,800 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in the United States on Tuesday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.The latest daily caseload is just under the country’s record high of more than 45,000 new cases identified last Friday.The national total currently stands at 2,636,538 diagnosed cases with at least 127,425 deaths.The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up to over 30,000 and then crossing 40,000 last week.Nearly half of all 50 states have seen a rise in infections in recent weeks, with some — such as Florida, South Carolina and Georgia — reporting daily records.3:38 a.m.: Europe reopens borders but US travelers remain barredThe European Union began opening its external borders on Wednesday, but travelers from the United States aren’t among those allowed to visit.EU ambassadors have agreed on lifting travel restrictions for 15 countries based on the epidemiological situation and containment measures, including Australia, Canada, South Korea and Tunisia. China was also included on the list but with a caveat — the country must reciprocate by allowing EU travelers to visit.Countries where coronavirus infections are on the rise were excluded from the list, noticeably the United States, Russia and Brazil.The criteria requires that the number of new COVID-19 cases over the last 14 days per 100,000 people is similar or below that of the EU’s. According to The New York Times, the average among the 27 countries within the EU was 16 in mid-June; in the United States, it was 107.The EU said countries must also have a “stable or decreasing trend of new cases over this period in comparison to the previous 14 days.” The bloc will consider the reliability of each nation’s data as well as what measures have been taken in response to their outbreaks, including contact tracing and testing. Reciprocity will also be taken into account.U.S. President Donald Trump suspended travelers from most European countries in March. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. narvikk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 512,000 people worldwide.Over 10.4 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 2.6 million diagnosed cases and at least 127,485 deaths. Here’s how the news is developing Wednesday. All times Eastern:12:15 p.m.: WHO says 60% of all COVID-19 cases were reported in the last monthSixty-percent of all COVID-19 cases so far have been reported just in the past month, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a news conference on Wednesday.“For the past week, the number of new cases has exceeded 160,000 on every single day,” he said. As the U.S. reports around 45,000 new cases a day, the WHO points to the two countries which were once the epicenters of pandemic: Italy and Spain.Spain was reporting around 10,000 new cases per day at its peak while Italy was reporting around 6,500 new cases per day, Tedros said.“We will never get tired of saying that the best way out of this pandemic is to take a comprehensive approach,” Tedros said.Countries that have adopted this comprehensive approach have suppressed COVID-19 transmission and saved lives, he said.Tedros added that flare-ups are to be expected as countries start to lift restrictions, but one of the lessons of the pandemic is that no matter what situation a country is in, it can be turned around.“It’s never too late,” he said.last_img read more

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Ellis Park Handicapping Contest Aug. 20 Sending 4 To NHC

first_imgEllis Park, in conjunction with AmWager, is staging a live-money handicapping tournament that will send its top four finishers to the National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas, Feb. 9-11, 2018.The Bluegrass Tournament Presented by AmWager will be Sunday, Aug. 20, the same day that Ellis Park stages its pair of stakes for 2-year-olds.Entry fee is $500: $200 going toward prize money, and $300 for each participant’s bankroll. Players bet a minimum of $20 (win, place, exacta or double) on each of 10 contest races, comprised of Ellis Park’s card and optionals to be announced, keeping their bankroll balance after the competition. Participants can have up to two entries, with the tournament capping at 150 entries.The top four finishers based on bankroll earn automatic berths to the NHC at Las Vegas’ renovated Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, with hotel room provided and airfare paid up to $500.Ron Geary, Ellis Park majority owner and president, long has been an enthusiastic handicapping contest player. That includes finishing second in the 2011 National Handicapping Championship, as it was called until recently. A member of the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, Geary was a pioneer in online handicapping contests, launching with McKay Smith “The BIG One” mega-contest and the popular Horsetourneys.com website that helped propel the handicapping-contest circuit into the big-time.“Although business demands make it difficult for me to actively participate as I did in the past, I’ve never lost my passion for handicapping-contest competition,” said Geary, who bought Ellis Park from Churchill Downs Inc. in 2006, a year after a tornado ravaged parts of the track. “We’ve had some economic challenges and Mother Nature has thrown us some curveballs, but Ellis Park is on an upward trajectory and it seemed a good time to bring back the handicapping contest. We think having a live-money competition with four berths to handicapping’s Super Bowl on the line, staged against the Midwest’s best summer racing and an outstanding jockey colony, will make this an attractive event for horseplayers.”Registration is available in advance by calling Ellis Park group sales at 812-435-8905 to pay the entry fee with a credit card. Registration on the day of the contest begins at 10 a.m. Central, with cash and credit cards accepted. Entry fees can be paid by check (must be postmarked by Aug. 4) in the amount of $500, payable to Ellis Park, and sent to Amanda Phipps, 3300 U.S. Highway 41 N., Henderson, KY, 42420. Advance registration is strongly encouraged to avoid lines the morning of the contest.Rules and pre-registration here www.amwager.com/bluegrasstournamentThe National Horseplayers Championship and the NHC Tour are owned and operated by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. Participants in the Bluegrass Tournament must be members of the NHC Tour in order to earn a qualifying spot for the NHC in Vegas. NHC Tour membership costs $50 per year and can be obtained through ntra.com/nhc.The Bluegrass Tournament will be run by AmWager and its parent company AmWest Entertainment, a diversified account-wagering and international simulcast services company based in Prospect, Ky.Horsetourneys.com is conducting feeder tournaments, with the winners getting the $500 entry fee and bankroll paid to the Bluegrass Tournament. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare ‘We think a live-money competition with four berths to handicapping’s Super Bowl on the line … make this an attractive event’ — Ron Gearylast_img read more

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