Detroit commercial casinos post record $1.45bn in annual revenue

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 22nd January 2020 | By contenteditor Detroit commercial casinos post record $1.45bn in annual revenue Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address Regions: US Michigancenter_img The three commercial casinos in Detroit, Michigan, posted a record $1.45bn (£1.11bn/€1.31bn) in adjusted gross revenue for the 12 months to 31 December 2019.Combined adjusted gross revenue for the MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity Casino and Greektown Casino was up 0.7% year-on-year, or a $10m improvement on 2018.Detroit was boosted by record performances by the MGM Grand Detroit and MotorCity Casino, which both reported their highest annual adjusted gross revenue totals since opening in 1999.MGM Grand Detroit posted $623.5m in revenue, up by 0.7% on $619.2m in the previous year, making it the leading venue in Detroit with a market share of 43%.Read the full story on iGB North America. Casino & games Topics: Casino & games Finance The three commercial casinos in Detroit, Michigan, posted a record $1.45bn in adjusted gross revenue for the 12 months to 31 December 2019.last_img read more

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Zimbabwe Newspapers (1980) Limited (ZIMP.zw) 2010 Annual Report

first_imgZimbabwe Newspapers (1980) Limited (ZIMP.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Printing & Publishing sector has released it’s 2010 annual report.For more information about Zimbabwe Newspapers (1980) Limited (ZIMP.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Zimbabwe Newspapers (1980) Limited (ZIMP.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Zimbabwe Newspapers (1980) Limited (ZIMP.zw)  2010 annual report.Company ProfileZimbabwe Newspapers (1980) Limited is the oldest publishing house and commercial printer in Zimbabwe with interests in print media, broadcasting and digital publishing. Known as ZimPapers, the company is the proprietor of Zimbabwe’s leading national and regional newspapers which includes nine newspaper titles, two magazines and one regional newspaper which is a joint venture with a Namibian publisher. Well-known newspapers in its product offering include The Herald, Chronicle, H-Metro and The Manica Post, aswell as two Sunday newspapers; The Sunday Mail and The Sunday News. Zimbabwe Newspapers has ventured into magazine and digital publishing with BH24 which is a prime daily business bulletin targeted at top business executives; and ZimTravel covers tourism in Zimbabwe and the rest of Africa. A corporate printing division produces books, labels, security documents, diaries and calendars, and an origination service. Zimbabwe Newspapers (1980) Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Regency Alliance Insurance Plc (REGALI.ng) 2012 Abridged Report

first_imgRegency Alliance Insurance Plc (REGALI.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2012 abridged results.For more information about Regency Alliance Insurance Plc (REGALI.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Regency Alliance Insurance Plc (REGALI.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Regency Alliance Insurance Plc (REGALI.ng)  2012 abridged results.Company ProfileRegency Alliance Insurance Plc is an insurance company in Nigeria licensed to cover all classes of non-life insurance. The company also has business interests in property investments in the form of real estate development and leasing, finance leasing, retail and microfinance banking and vehicle tracking and fleet management services. Regency Alliance Insurance Plc covers aviation, bonds, goods in transit, motor vehicles, employer’s liability, plant and industrial all-risk, marine, oil and energy, contractor all-risk, director’s liability, fidelity guaranty, professional indemnity, public liability, erection all-risk, machinery breakdown, business interruption, burglary, personal accident and fire and special perils insurance as well as occupier’s and builder’s liability, healthcare professionals, motor third party insurance and property and family protection insurance. RIC Properties & Investment Limited is a subsidiary of Regency Alliance Insurance Plc. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Regency Alliance Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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The ASOS share price: why I’d buy for an extended Covid lockdown

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images 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. ASOS (LSE: ASC) told us Wednesday that it has gained 3.1 million new customers in the year to 31 August. It saw revenue rising by 19%, and earnings per share quadrupling after a down year last time. As I write, the ASOS share price is down 9% on the day. I guess the market is hard to please. But it is still up 45% year-to-date, one of the pandemic’s big winners.Meanwhile, things are also looking good over at Just Eat Takeaway (LSE: JET). For the third quarter, the fast food delivery firm reported a 43% boost in UK orders, with a worldwide total growing 46%. Year-to-date, UK orders are up 27% with global orders up 37%. 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…Long-term shiftThe ASOS share price performance in 2020 shows the obvious attraction for investors. As does the slightly lesser rise of the Just Eat share price. But isn’t it short-sighted to be buying shares based on their resilience in the face of a renewed lockdown or other restrictions? We should be buying for the long term, right? Well, I think recent events have given us a clearer view of what the long term is going to look like.I’m writing this from Liverpool, currently under the most severe of the new Covid-19 restrictions. I also came across an article this week that suggests this coronavirus is likely to become endemic. Thinking about such possibilities further convinces me of one thing: we’re in the midst of a long-term change in shopping habits.LiquidityCash and debt are critical to so many companies these days, especially those on the other side of 2020’s social changes. I looked at Cineworld recently, for example. The pandemic measures have effectively halted the cinema operator’s business, and debts are piling up massively. The next few months could be make or break for the firm, and its very survival could be at stake.ASOS has no such problems, and I think that’s reflected in the ASOS share price. There was modest net debt on the books back in August 2019, of £90.5m. But that’s turned into net cash of £407.5m this year. The firm reported rises in sales around the world: up 18% in the UK, 22% in the EU, 18% for the USA, with the rest of the world seeing an 18% rise too.Interestingly, it seems that buyers are returning fewer items now. That’s always been an issue with online fashion selling, as people buy lots to try on and just keep what they like. ASOS, along with Boohoo, has been refining its returns policy.ASOS share price, or Just Eat?Which is more attractive, the  ASOS share price or Just Eat? The latter hasn’t recorded any profits yet. Analysts do, however, expect a modest €74m in net profit for the current year, rising to €179m in 2021. As always, in the first year or two of a growth company’s profits, fundamental measures aren’t that useful. A P/E multiple, for example, doesn’t really mean anything until we get some idea of a company’s longer-term profit levels.Against that, I think Just Eat still has terrific global growth potential. You know what Just Eat reminds me of? Yes, ASOS a few years ago. I’d buy both. For a Covid-19 lockdown and beyond. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Alan Oscroft has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended ASOS, boohoo group, and Just Eat Takeaway.com N.V. 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. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Alan Oscroft Alan Oscroft | Wednesday, 14th October, 2020 | More on: ASC JET The ASOS share price: why I’d buy for an extended Covid lockdownlast_img read more

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Anglican leaders issue message on 30th World Aids Day

first_imgAnglican leaders issue message on 30th World Aids Day Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Bath, NC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Anglican Communion Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Smithfield, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Featured Jobs & Calls New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Collierville, TN Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC [Anglican Communion News Service] World AIDS Day will be marked Dec. 1, and Anglicans are joining with Christians from other churches to promote HIV testing. This year, the Anglican Communion Office is working alongside the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance to mark the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day by encouraging everyone to get tested and know their HIV status.Read the full article here. 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 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID 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 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Tampa, FL Submit an Event Listing Press Release Service 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 Featured Events Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Belleville, IL Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Director of Music Morristown, NJ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Albany, NY Submit a Press Release AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Youth Minister Lorton, VA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Tags Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Posted Nov 30, 2018 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Shreveport, LA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CAlast_img read more

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K Club golf event for charity

first_img  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The K Club, venue for the Ryder Cup in 2006, is the venue for a charity golf event in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation on 11th July. Golfers will be playing the Palmer Course at one of Ireland’s top golf venues. The day will include dinner and the winners will receive the Irish Times Perpetual Trophy. 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. Tagged with: Events Ireland K Club golf event for charity AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 5 July 2005 | Newslast_img read more

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Traffic chaos in Letterkenny as Irish Water works begin

first_img Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme By News Highland – May 7, 2019 Pinterest Twittercenter_img Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleEfforts underway to install traffic calming measures in notorious border villagesNext articleMissing Tyrone man believed to be in Donegal News Highland WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ WhatsApp The main approach road into Letterkenny is said to be gridlocked this morning as planned works get underway. The four lane road between the Dry Arch and Polestar roundabouts has been reduced to only one lane as works by Irish Water are due to commence, resulting in traffic chaos.It had been thought that the utility would have left two lanes open and alternate during the day to alleviate congestion as much as possible.Speaking on today’s Nine Till Noon Show, Cllr Ciaran Brogan says Irish Water must review its traffic management plan there as a matter of urgency:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/broghgfhgfhgfhgfgan.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Traffic chaos in Letterkenny as Irish Water works beginlast_img read more

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Chinese folk dancing at Johnson Center

first_img Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day The Johnson Center is also the display venue for the annual Pike County Student Art Show.The show is open to students, kindergarten through 12th grade, in all schools in the county.“The student art show has been judged and the ribbons have been awarded,” Pritchett said. “This is a wonderful exhibit of student artwork. A variety of mediums were used and it’s a just a delightful show. We invite everyone to come and see what great young artist we have here in Pike County. I think everyone will be amazed at the talent.”A Troy University student art exhibit is featured in the Lower Gallery of the Johnson Center. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration “This is a very interesting and amazing display of the artistic abilities of several university students,” Pritchett said. “We encourage visitors to go downstairs and view this exhibit.”Admission to the Pike County Student Art Show and the Troy University student art show is free, as with all exhibits at the Johnson Center.The Johnson Center for the Arts will be open during TroyFest hours, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday.The two student art shows will hang until May 2. “The art of paper cutting is a fascinating and beautiful form of art,” Pritchett said. “And, we don’t often have the opportunity to see paper cutting masterfully done. It is truly an art and the Johnson Center is very appreciative of this opportunity to highlight this ancient art during a festival that honors and promotes the arts.”Pritchett said the international students will also entertain with Chinese folk dancing during the paper-cutting event.The paper cutting demonstrations will be at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday in the Main Gallery at the Johnson Center. There is no charge for event art event and all materials are supplied. Chinese folk dancing at Johnson Center Sponsored Content Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Published 3:00 am Friday, April 24, 2015 By Jaine Treadwell Print Article Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Book Nook to reopen Skip You Might Like TroyFest artist uses common materials for art Kelly Olszyk’s Garden Papers is among other art work to be on show at TroyFest this weekend. Olszyk won Best… read more By Blood Sugar Blaster The Johnson Center for the Arts and the Troy University Confucius Institute will offer a unique arts opportunity for the public during the annual TroyFest arts and crafts show Saturday and Sunday in downtown Troy.Institute directors and international students at the university will conduct a demonstration of the ancient art of paper cutting and will assist with hands-on activities involving the participants.Vicki Pritchett, Johnson Center executive director, said children and adults are invited to attend the demonstration and then try their hands at paper cutting. Md: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) Email the authorlast_img read more

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Critical fire danger continues for California, ice storm warnings for Oklahoma and Texas

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Gusty winds will continue through Tuesday in California as Red Flag Warnings and High Wind Warnings have been posted.On Monday, winds gusted up to 96 mph in the Los Angeles County mountains and there were rapidly spreading brush fires in the area.A Red Flag Warning stretches from southern Oregon down to western Arizona on Tuesday with high wind alerts for California, Nevada and Arizona.It looks like the immediate San Francisco Bay area will see lighter winds but the mountains and valleys outside of the immediate city will see gusty winds and very dry conditions.Southern California will not see as extreme winds as they saw on Monday, but, with such dry conditions, any wind could help spread wildfires.Some of the gusts Tuesday could reach 40 to 60 mph in the mountains and even 40 to 50 mph in some coastal areas.An ice storm warning continues for northern Texas and into central Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City.About a quarter to a half of an inch of pure ice accumulated around Oklahoma City bringing down power lines and taking out power to more than 100,000 people.In Noman, Oklahoma, up to one inch of sleet accumulated producing accidents on the roads and stalling traffic.A Winter Storm Warning is now in place from the Texas panhandle into most of New Mexico where some areas got up to 20 inches of snow.The storm is now over but more ice and snow is forecast Tuesday with, locally, another quarter of an inch of ice possible from Abilene, Texas to Oklahoma City, with more power outages expected in the area.Additionally, from western Texas and into New Mexico, more snow is on the way with some areas getting an additional one foot of snow.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Coronavirus updates: CDC announces alternatives to 14-day quarantine

first_imgnarvikk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER, IVAN PEREIRA and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 64 million people and killed over 1.4 million worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news developed Wednesday. All times Eastern:Dec 02, 8:50 pmFauci predicts US ‘close to normal’ by summer if 70% vaccinatedDr. Anthony Fauci spoke to ABC News Live anchor Linsey Davis Wednesday about the latest developments in the coronavirus vaccine.The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said he was pleasantly surprised at the high efficacy rate of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.“You know, 94% and 95% is almost as good as it gets,” he told ABC News Live. “That’s almost as good as measles, which is the gold standard of a highly effective vaccine.”When asked when Americans are likely to see things returning to normal, Fauci said at least 70% of the population would have to be vaccinated.“If we can do that, we can get a blanket of immunity over this country that as we get into summer and early fall, we could be very close to normal,” he said.Fauci reiterated that Americans need to continue to adhere to health guidelines to slow the spread of the virus over the next couple of months. He again recommended that people curtail travel and avoid crowds during the holidays.“Any kind of congregate settings where you have large numbers of people indoors particularly without masks is a very risky situation,” Fauci said. “It doesn’t matter where you are, who you are or where you’re doing it — it’s a risky situation.”-ABC News’ Haley YamadaDec 02, 8:36 pmUS records 2nd-highest daily death count everThe U.S. recorded 2,733 deaths on Wednesday, the U.S. COVID Tracking Project reported, the second-highest total since the pandemic began.The only higher total was record during the previous height of the pandemic on May 7, when 2,769 Americans died of coronavirus-related issues, according to the tracking project.“It is also the first time deaths have exceeded 5k in a 2-day period,” the project tweeted.The seven-day average for deaths is at 1,584, according to the health data.Hospitalizations in the country passed another grim milestone, as over 100,000 people are in hospitals for COVID-19 symptoms, according to the data. The seven-day average for hospitalizations is at 95,314, The COVID Tracking Project said.Dec 02, 8:15 pmUS records 2nd-highest daily death count everThe U.S. recorded 2,733 deaths on Wednesday, the U.S. COVID Tracking Project reported, the second-highest total since the pandemic began.The only higher total was record during the previous height of the pandemic on May 7, when 2,769 Americans died of coronavirus-related issues, according to the tracking project.“It is also the first time deaths have exceeded 5,000.The seven-day average for deaths is at 1,584, according to the health data.Hospitalizations in the country passed another grim milestone, as over 100,000 people are in hospitals for COVID-19 symptoms, according to the data. The seven-day average for hospitalizations is at 95,314, The COVID Tracking Project said.Dec 02, 7:07 pmICU occupancy surging in several states: HHSAbout 30% of hospitals across the country have more than 80% of their intensive care unit beds filled, according to an internal memo by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services obtained by ABC News.Roughly 21% of all hospital patients nationwide have COVID-19, which is just 3 percentage points lower than the all-time peak, according to HHS.The memo said 30% of ventilators in use are occupied by coronavirus patients.Several states have seen record-level hospitalization levels in the last week, according to HHS.On Nov. 30, Arkansas recorded 1,063 COVID-19 active hospitalizations, 107 COVID-19 patients admitted to the ICU and 211 COVID-19 patients on ventilators, the memo said.In the week ending Nov. 29, hospital occupancy in Louisiana averaged 64.2% for inpatient beds and 70.7% for adult ICU beds, HHS said.ICU utilization in New Mexico averaged 95% in that same period, according to the memo.-ABC News’ Josh MargolinDec 02, 7:01 pmEPA chief quarantining after COVID exposureEnvironmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced he is quarantining after he was exposed to a person who tested positive for the coronavirus.“He was exposed to an individual who at the time of exposure had not yet tested positive, was wearing a mask, and was/still is asymptomatic,” EPA spokesman James Hewitt said in a statement.Wheeler was slated to speak at the Nixon Library tomorrow for EPA’s 50th anniversary, but he said he will give the address virtually.-ABC News’ Stephanie EbbsDec 02, 6:59 pm48 NBA players test positive in 1st round of resultsThe NBA and NBA Players Association announced the first results of coronavirus testing among players in the lead-up to its shortened season starting later this month.The league and union said 48 of the 546 players tested, roughly 8.8%, had positive results. Any player who tested positive will be quarantined away from teammates as training camps begin to open.In March the NBA became the first American professional sports league to suspend its season after a player on the Utah Jazz contracted the virus. The suspension of the season, and eventual cancellation, started a domino effect among sports across the country. Games restarted in July under a “bubble” at Orlando’s Wide World of Sports Complex. The Los Angeles Lakers won the title in October.The 2020-2021 season is slated to begin Dec. 22 and will not take place in a “bubble.”Dec 02, 5:49 pmModerna to begin vaccine testing on childrenModerna announced in a filing with the federal government that it will begin recruiting volunteers between 12 and 18 years old to participate in its coronavirus vaccine trials.This listing doesn’t say when Moderna will start its trials in children.It’s common in clinical trials to start with adults and then when the safety profile has been established to add more populations like children and pregnant women.Pfizer has already started recruiting, enrolling and testing its vaccine on children as young as 12 years old.-ABC News’ Eric StraussDec 02, 5:15 pmHHS purchases 650K courses of antibody treatmentThe White House and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced they’ve purchased over 650,000 courses of of Eli Lilly’s monoclonal antibody treatment for high-risk patients.The treatment, bamlanivimab, can reduce the risk of severe coronavirus symptoms before someone becomes hospitalized.The treatment will be deployed in December and January and complement the 300,000 doses that are currently being distributed, according to HHS.Eli Lilly received emergency use authorization for bamlanivimab from the Food and Drug Administration last month.-ABC News’ Stephanie EbbsDec 02, 4:06 pmTexas to get over 1.4 million vaccine doses in DecemberTexas Gov. Greg Abbott said the CDC is allocating over 1.4 million vaccine doses for the state for December.The doses are expected to arrive the week of Dec. 14, he said Wednesday.“Additional allotments may be made later this month for December,” Abbott said, and “increased allotments are expected in January and the following months.”Meanwhile, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said his state will receive 327,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in mid-December.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday he expects the state to receive 170,000 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine on Dec. 15 if all safety and efficacy approvals are granted. Cuomo said he expects additional doses of Pfizer’s vaccine as well as initial allocations of Moderna’s vaccine, if approved, later this month.Dec 02, 4:06 pmObama says he’ll ‘absolutely’ get vaccine if Fauci says it’s safeFormer President Barack Obama said he will “absolutely” get the vaccine if Dr. Anthony Fauci says it’s safe to take, and Obama said he may even have cameras present for the moment to demonstrate to the public that he trusts the science.“People like Anthony Fauci, who I know, and I’ve worked with, I trust completely. So if Anthony Fauci tells me this vaccine is safe, and can vaccinate, you know, immunize you from getting COVID, absolutely, I’m going to take it,” Obama told SiriusXM host Joe Madison.“I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so that people know that I trust this science, and what I don’t trust is getting COVID,” he continued. “I think at this point, particularly in the African American community, we are — African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans — we have the highest death rates from this thing, and are most exposed and most vulnerable, in part because we have a lot of preexisting conditions.”-ABC News’ Ben GittlesonDec 02, 3:14 pmNext 3 months ‘most difficult time’ in US health history: CDC directorCDC Director Robert Redfield said he believes December, January and February will “be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation.”“December and January and February are going to be rough times,” Redfield said at a virtual Chamber of Commerce event. “Largely because of the stress that it’s going to put on our health care system.”Redfield said he anticipates another 150,000 to 200,000 deaths by February. That would bring the COVID-19 death toll to at least 422,000 Americans.Dec 02, 2:19 pm2 arrested for flying after allegedly knowing they tested positiveTwo residents of the Hawaii island of Kauai were arrested for flying home when they allegedly knew they had tested positive for COVID-19, said Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami.They were arrested by Kauai police for “second-degree reckless endangering,” Kawakami said.Kauai has seen an “unprecedented surge” in cases, the mayor said. As of Tuesday, the island had 16 active cases, according to the Health Department.Dec 02, 1:50 pmNext 3 months ‘most difficult time’ in US health history: CDC directorCDC Director Robert Redfield said he believes December, January and February will “be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation.”“December and January and February are going to be rough times,” Redfield said at a virtual Chamber of Commerce event, Politico reported. “Largely because of the stress that it’s going to put on our health care system.”Dec 02, 12:49 pmNY expects to get 170,000 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine in weeksNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he expects the state to receive 170,000 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine on Dec. 15 if all safety and efficacy approvals are granted.Cuomo said he expects additional doses of Pfizer’s vaccine as well as initial allocations of Moderna’s vaccine, if approved, later this month.Cuomo says effective widespread immunization could take until June through September.Meanwhile, Cuomo says New York faces “another mountain” in the fight against rising cases and hospitalizations.The governor reiterated that small gatherings are the No. 1 cause of COVID-19 spread in the state.Of the over 193,000 tests reported in New York on Tuesday, 4.63% were positive, Cuomo said.-ABC News’ J. Gabriel WareDec 02, 12:08 pmCDC announces alternatives to 14-day quarantineThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday announced alternatives to its two-week recommended quarantine for people who have been exposed to COVID-19. Quarantine can now end after 10 days without a test if the individual has not reported any symptoms, or after seven days with a negative COVID-19 test and no reported symptoms, said Henry Walke, the CDC’s COVID-19 incident manager. Walke said the move “may make it easier for people to take this critical public health action by reducing the economic hardship associated with a longer period, especially if they cannot work during that time.”People should continue to monitor for symptoms for the full 14 days after being exposed to the virus “especially if quarantine is discontinued early,” he said.A 14-day quarantine remains the best way to prevent spread, according to the CDC.Walke added, “Everyone should follow this specific guidance from their local public health authorities about how long they should quarantine.”-ABC News’ Sophie TatumDec 02, 11:26 amRisk at ‘historic high,’ White House Task Force warnsIn this week’s briefing for governors, the White House Coronavirus Task Force urged all Americans over the age of 65 or with significant health conditions to avoid “any indoor public spaces where anyone is unmasked.”The briefing said those under 40 years old who saw anyone outside their household for Thanksgiving should assume they’re infected and must isolate.“The COVID risk to all Americans is at a historic high,” according to the briefing, which was obtained by ABC News. “The national daily COVID incidence after Memorial Day, but before the summer surge, was fewer than 25,000 new cases/day and is now more than 180,000 new cases/day; COVID inpatients then were fewer than 30,000 but are now more than 90,000; fatalities have more than doubled.”“We are in a very dangerous place due to the current, extremely high COVID baseline and limited hospital capacity; a further post-Thanksgiving surge will compromise COVID patient care, as well as medical care overall,” the briefing said.-ABC News’ Josh Margolin and Brian HartmanDec 02, 9:08 amLarge-scale vaccinations to begin in Russia next week, Putin saysRussian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that large-scale COVID-19 vaccinations will begin in Russia next week.Dec 02, 7:42 amOperation Warp Speed’s chief science adviser hopes Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is approved next weekDr. Moncef Slaoui, chief science adviser to Operation Warp Speed, said he expects the U.S. Food and Drug Administration “to reach a similar conclusion” to the United Kingdom’s approval of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech.“I hope by the 10th or 11th of December the Pfizer vaccine is approved,” Slaoui told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Wednesday on Good Morning America.Slaoui urged Americans to “listen to the experts” and trust the vaccine approval process.“No corners have been cut,” he said. “The [vaccine] development has been done very quickly because we had great science to allow us to do all the discovery work in weeks rather than in years. And then the clinical work, the most important part that demonstrates the effectiveness of the vaccine and its safety, has been done to a higher standard than what’s done normally in larger number of people but will be assessed and studied in an ongoing basis.”Slaoui described a vaccine as “an insurance against this virus.”“This is what will get us out of the pandemic,” he said.Dec 02, 4:54 amUS reports over 180,000 new casesThere were 180,098 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Tuesday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the 29th straight day that the country has reported over 100,000 newly diagnosed infections. Tuesday’s count is down from a peak of 205,557 new cases last Friday.An additional 2,597 fatalities from COVID-19 were also registered nationwide on Tuesday, just under the all-time high of 2,609 new deaths on April 15.COVID-19 data may be skewed in the coming days and weeks due to possible lags in reporting over Thanksgiving followed by a potentially very large backlog from the holiday.A total of 13,725,917 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 270,669 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. 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 the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up over the summer.The numbers lingered around 40,000 to 50,000 from mid-August through early October before surging again to record levels, crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4 and reaching 200,000 for the first time on Nov. 27.Dec 02, 3:44 amUK authorizes Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, rollout to begin next weekA COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech has been approved for use in the United Kingdom.The U.K. Department of Health and Social Care announced Wednesday that it has accepted the recommendation from the country’s drug regulator to grant a temporary authorization for emergency use of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, called BNT162b2. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) concluded that the vaccine met its standards of safety, quality and effectiveness.“The vaccine will be made available across the U.K. from next week,” a Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said in a statement, adding that the National Health Service, the publicly-funded healthcare system, “will begin putting their extensive preparations into action to provide care and support to all those eligible for vaccination.”The United Kingdom is the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. The companies said in a joint press release Wednesday that they are anticipating further regulatory decisions across the globe in the coming days and weeks and are ready to deliver vaccine doses pending authorizations or approvals.“Today’s Emergency Use Authorization in the U.K. marks a historic moment in the fight against COVID-19,” Pfizer chairman and CEO Albert Bourla said in a statement. “As we anticipate further authorizations and approvals, we are focused on moving with the same level of urgency to safely supply a high-quality vaccine around the world. With thousands of people becoming infected, every day matters in the collective race to end this devastating pandemic.”The MHRA made its recommendation based on a rolling submission, including data from the Phase 3 trial which demonstrated a vaccine efficacy rate of 95%. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was generally well tolerated, with no serious safety concerns reported to date.Pfizer and BioNTech had already agreed to supply the United Kingdom with 40 million doses of BNT162b2 once authorized for emergency use. Now that the vaccine is authorized, the companies will immediately begin delivering doses, the first of which are expected to arrive on U.K. soil in the coming days. The rest of the doses will arrive in stages, with complete delivery fulfillment expected in 2021, according to the press release.Pfizer and BioNTech said the distribution of their vaccine in the United Kingdom will be prioritized according to the populations identified in guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, an independent expert group that advises the U.K. government on immunization.“The Emergency Use Authorization in the U.K. will mark the first time citizens outside of the trials will have the opportunity to be immunized against COVID-19,” BioNTech CEO and co-founder Ugur Sahin said in a statement. “We believe that the roll-out of the vaccination program in the U.K. will reduce the number of people in the high-risk population being hospitalized.”The companies have also filed a request for emergency use authorization with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and have submitted an application for conditional marketing authorization with the European Medicines Agency.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. 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