Does the Saga share price make the company a bargain?

first_img The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar Kevin Godbold | Tuesday, 26th January, 2021 | More on: SAGA Enter Your Email Address Kevin Godbold has no position in any shares mentioned. 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. 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. 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City analysts have been optimistic about the potential for Saga’s (LSE: SAGA) business to recover. They’d pencilled in a generous three-figure-percentage rebound in earnings for the next trading year to January 2022. But today, the travel and insurance provider released a trading update and the share price dipped lower.Saga has insurance operations that are ticking over nicely and a travel business that has been suspended because of Covid-19. The company said today the retail insurance broking business performed well in the six-month period from 1 August 2020. And that applied to all the categories of Motor, Home and Private medical insurance. Meanwhile, in a rare positive delivered by the pandemic, there were “significantly” fewer motor claims because customers haven’t been using their vehicles as much as usual. So for those reasons, I can see why the share price had risen across the first three weeks of January.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…Saga’s cash-burnThe firm has been focusing on customer retention and controlling costs in the travel business. But the business has been burning more than £6m of cash each month through the second half of the current trading year. That’s a horrendous outflow and contributed to net debt rising by £139m since 31 July 2020 to £785m. And that’s despite the company raising extra capital last September.However, as well as burning cash, Saga took delivery of a new cruise ship in the period and that pushed the net debt figure much higher. So, the pandemic wasn’t entirely responsible for the firm’s escalating borrowings. Nevertheless, high debts are one of the big problems with the company, as I see it. And it’s one of the main items I’d monitor if I were tempted to buy some of the shares.Looking ahead, Saga is determined to pursue its recovery strategy. And that includes aiming to strengthen the brand, improve the focus on customers and getting the insurance and travel businesses back to sustainable growth. The pandemic is ongoing, of course, but the directors “remain confident” they can “unlock the potential” of Saga.The valuation Meanwhile, with the share price near 267p, the valuation looks well up with events to me. And that’s even after accounting for the anticipated surge in profits in the next trading year. Although the forward-looking price-to-earnings rating is in single-digits, factoring in the big debt load produces a higher multiple. Although Saga does have a low-looking price-to-book ratio because of the cruise ships it owns.However, to me, the valuation already accounts for a lot going right for the overall business in the future, such as earnings growth, stronger cash inflow and debt-reduction. So, I reckon the Covid-recovery trade in the stock has probably already happened. And investors will likely now be looking to invest in Saga for the longer-term growth potential of the business.But I believe there are better opportunities available on the London stock market right now. So, I’m not prepared to risk my hard-earned on Saga shares for the time being, although I wish the company, its shareholders and the well-loved brands well for the future.center_img Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! 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. Does the Saga share price make the company a bargain? Image source: Getty Images. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Kevin Godboldlast_img read more

South India: Karimnagar diocesan youth take stand against addiction

first_img Rector Martinsville, VA Posted Aug 18, 2015 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis A scene from the youth festival ‘Transformation- Youth against Addiction and Abuse’. Photo: Dicoese of Karimnagar[Church of South India] The Diocese of Karimnagar in association with the [Church of South India] Synod Youth Department organised a Diocesan Youth Festival from 7 to 8 August 2015 at CSI Centenary Wesley Church, Karimnagar. The theme for this Diocesan Youth Festival was ‘Transformation- Youth against Addiction and Abuse.’ Around 400 young people from various congregations from the Diocese of Karimnagar were present to participate in this youth festival.The festival started with greetings from Rev. K Priscilla Parimala Reuben, Ordained minister and the Spouse of Rt. Rev. Dr. Reuben Mark, the Bishop of Karimnagar Diocese. She encouraged the young people to become agents of transformation in bringing peace and re-conciliation in church and society. Key note address was shared by Rev. M. Prashanth Babu, Ordained Minister from Medak Diocese who shared about the life of Daniel and his faithfulness to his calling.Activities like camp fire, and competitions like Elocution, Skit and Quiz were conducted on these days on the theme; Youth against Addiction and Abuse. The young people participated in these competitions and very creatively presented their views and opinions about the menace of addiction and abuse in the society. Mr. Brainard, along with his music and choir team led the singing and inspired the youths during the entire youth festival.Rev. Solomon Paul, Director, Synod Youth Department led sessions on the theme. He spoke about the life of Daniel in the Old Testament who, though was placed in a foreign culture and context, made a commitment to never defile himself from the food habits that the new culture offered. He urged the youths to withstand the peer pressure and the temptations this world offers in captivating the youths into the vicious circle of addiction and abuse. He gave a gist of the different kinds of addictions prevailing in society today and also shared how it has ruined the lives of many youngsters.A massive rally was organised on the same day to create awareness in the town of Karimnagar. Around 400 youths marched the traffic driven roads of Karimnagar, holding placards and shouting slogans against addiction and abuse. The rally went into the diocesan office campus to celebrate this occasion. There the Diocesan Treasurer Mr. Ch. Ramaswamy brought greetings and the youths made an appeal to the diocesan leaders to create an addiction and abuse free church and society. As the festival came to a close, prizes were given to the winners of the competition and the youths pledged their commitment to stand for the Youth against Addiction and Abuse Campaign.Festival organisers included the Bishop of Karimnagar, the Rt Revd Reuben Mark; the Officers of the Diocese; the program co-ordinator, the Revd S. John; the Youth Director of the Diocese, the Revd D. Rebecca and the congregations of CSI Centenary Wesley Church and Wesley Cathedral. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Belleville, IL Submit a Press Release Rector Washington, DC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Collierville, TN Cathedral Dean Boise, ID An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Events Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET South India: Karimnagar diocesan youth take stand against addiction Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Featured Jobs & Callslast_img read more

Veterinarian N House / Eureka + Atelier CHOCOLATE

first_img “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Projects “COPY” Veterinarian N House / Eureka + Atelier CHOCOLATE Veterinarian N House / Eureka + Atelier CHOCOLATESave this projectSaveVeterinarian N House / Eureka + Atelier CHOCOLATE CopyAbout this officeEurekaOfficeFollowAtelier CHOCOLATEOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsHealthcare ArchitectureVeterinaryResidential ArchitectureHealthcare ArchitectureJapanPublished on November 25, 2013Cite: “Veterinarian N House / Eureka + Atelier CHOCOLATE” 25 Nov 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GeometricShower ColumnshansgroheShoulder ShowersPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesMorin Corp.Metal Wall Systems – ExposedStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Stonika SeriesConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsHanging LampsLouis PoulsenPendant Lights – KeglenDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame SlopeThermalSchöckMinimizing Thermal Bridges in BalconiesWindowspanoramah!®ah! Ultra MinimalistEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWork ChairsDynamobelWork Chair – SLAT 16More products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream 2011 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyVeterinary, Residential Architecture•Japan Architects: Atelier CHOCOLATE, Eureka Area Area of this architecture project Year:  Veterinary Save this picture!© Ookura Hideki+ 18 Share Year:  2011 Photographs photographs:  Ookura HidekiPhotographs:  Ookura Hideki, Structural Engineer:Nagai TakuoEnvironmental Engineer:Hori EisukeArchitect In Charge:Inagaki Junya, Sano satoshi, Ohta MakotoCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsA two story building of an animal hospital and the veterinarian’s house. We created several gardens around the building – garden for animals, backyard, garden for the dweller. As these gardens are narrow, we rotated the building and created trapezoidal gardens so that those gardens could be wider space.  Save this picture!Recommended ProductsLightsLonghiLamp – AkilelePorcelain StonewareGrespaniaPorcelain Tiles- CoverlamLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – AJ CollectionPorcelain StonewareApavisaFloor Tiles – RegenerationThe top/bottom edge of the metal screen at the site border changes in response to the surroundings and trims the view toward the outside of the site.Project gallerySee allShow less52 Social Housing in Tarragona / aguilera|guerrero architectsSelected ProjectsToward a Fit Nation: 18 Projects that Promote Healthy LifestylesArchitecture NewsProject locationAddress:Kanagawa Prefecture, JapanLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share ArchDaily Japan Area:  280 m² Area:  280 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project last_img read more

Konieczny’s Ark / KWK PROMES

first_img Houses Konieczny’s Ark / KWK PROMES Photographs Poland ArchDaily Year:  “COPY” CopyAbout this officeKWK PROMESOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesKrakowKrakówPolandPublished on November 23, 2016Cite: “Konieczny’s Ark / KWK PROMES” 23 Nov 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalSystems / Prefabricated PanelsKalwall®Translucent WalkwaysPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesIsland Exterior FabricatorsSpecialty Facade SystemsLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxWoodBruagAcoustic Panels with LEDTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – Palm SpringsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMBlack Concrete – Concretal®-BlackSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Smart CeilingsDoorsGorter HatchesFloor Door – Fire RatedBricksDEPPEWaterstruck Bricks – 1622/1635ekws DFMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream CopyHouses•Kraków, Poland Projects Manufacturers: Ideal WorkAuthorial Collaboration:Łukasz MarciniakCollaboration:Marcin Harnasz, Aneta ŚwieżakStructural Engineering:Kornel SzyndlerArchitect In Charge:Robert KoniecznyCity:KrakówCountry:PolandMore SpecsLess Specs Area:  138 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Save this picture!© Olo Studio+ 68 Share Architects: KWK PROMES Area Area of this architecture project Photographs:  Jakub Certowicz Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project “COPY” Recommended ProductsWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesSave this picture!© Olo StudioText description provided by the architects. The highest value of the plot is a wonderful view stretching out. The idea was for the house to become its framework that crops it. The most appropriate building turned out to be a fully open on mountain landscape one-storey building, which gives the same view to all of the interiors.Save this picture!SchemeBecause of the plot being located in an absolute wilderness a problem of security came out. The solution turned out to be “twisting” the building so as only its one corner touches the ground and the rest is hang over the edge of the hill. With this solution, part of the ground floor where the bedrooms were located was pulled up to the level of the first floor. Because of the fact that there are wide glass openings in the building, my wife asked me to effectivly close the entrance side of the house. A 10 meter wall and a drawbridge, which combines the function of stairs and a window shutter, appeared.Save this picture!© Jakub CertowiczSave this picture!© Jakub CertowiczLocation of the house on a steep slope, was followed by high risk of landslip, more and more frequent in polish mountains. As to limit the movement of the subsoil the house was treated as a bridge, under which rain water flows naturally.Save this picture!© Jakub CertowiczSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© Jakub CertowiczRealities of mountain landscape as well as the local law constrained a gable roof. House took the form of a typical barn standing on three thin wallsSave this picture!Courtesy of Robert KoniecznySave this picture!Courtesy of Robert KoniecznyTo give rigidity to the building the walls were tensed by the planes of the ”inverted” roof, slightly lifted over gound. Their incline increased the feeling of security. And so, we basically created a house with two roofs that protect it from water, it began to resamble an arc floating over the fields. After some time I realized, that in order not to disturb this impression, the best garden design would be lack of it, the best fence would be a temporary herding fence, the best approach – few rocks. In the same time the building was supposed to be cheap and easy to construct. That is why I deciced on insulating it from the inside, the concrete structure became an finnished elevation. This is how I got rid of complicated details and finish, they were replaced by poured concrete from a local producer. Sprayed closed-cell-structure foam turned out to be the optimal insulation. It is also a vapour barrier.Save this picture!© Olo StudioProject gallerySee allShow lessMonument to Privacy: Is This Manhattan Skyscraper a NSA Listening Post?Architecture NewsSpine Wall House / Drew ArchitectsSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Konieczny’s Ark / KWK PROMESSave this projectSaveKonieczny’s Ark / KWK PROMES 2015last_img read more

Review: Father John Misty releases new song, anticipation for album grows

first_imgTwitter Facebook Review: Fortress Fest was a success Bernice Ogbondah Linkedin (Photo courtesy of Subpop records) + posts Listen: Ball Don’t Lie: The Closer Facebook Bernice Ogbondah Bernice Ogbondah ReddIt Twitter printGrammy award-winning artist Josh Tillman aka Father John Misty shared his latest single “Mr.Tillman” and the internet loved it.Tillman is known for his eccentric stage presence and unconventional songwriting. Tillman performed the then-untitled track during his “Pure Comedy” concert in Tokyo, which amped up the anticipation for his new album.Last year, Tillman described his upcoming Father John Misty album as “almost done.” The album is long awaited and is set to be released in 2018.In the track, Tillman has a mental break down after being confronted by a hotel receptionist who lists a few of the obscure things Tillman left on his last visit during check-in. The song is about three minutes long and emphasizes the quirkiness that is Father John Misty.A short that begins 1:59 into the video.The hilariously bad off-kilter short stars Tillman with greasy slicked back hair decked out in black sunglasses and a black crewneck jumper to match. Tillman dances to his whistle solo in front of a green screen with stock photos as the backdrop.Throughout the short, Tillman goes through phases of angst, humor and giddy, childlike joy. The short is extremely brief, going for about a minute and it is the most Father John Misty thing you will watch in a while. The internet loves it and you might love it too.[<a href=”//” target=”_blank”>View the story “Father John Misty’s “Mr.Tillman” takes indie music twitter by storm.” on Storify</a>] Bernice Ogbondah is a junior journalism major from Fort Worth, Texas. When she’s not reporting you can find her curating playlists or furiously retweeting foreign affairs, political pundits and anything social justice. Bernice Ogbondah TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Listen: Ball Don’t Lie: Clutch Factor Linkedin Second annual Fortress Fest comes to the Fort this weekend ReddIt Previous articleTCU’s Elite Dance Team is heading to USA NationalsNext articleLive coverage: SGA Meeting Feb. 20 Bernice Ogbondah RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Bernice Ogbondah read more

Troy, China solidify bonds

first_img Book Nook to reopen “This is a big day for Troy University, our partner institution Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology and for the State of Alabama,” Hawkins said. “Through the partnerships that have been and will continue to be developed through the Confucius Institute, the people of Alabama will be well served.”The Confucius Institute at Troy University is the state’s only center for cultural, language and business exchange with China.“There now 325 such Institutes in 100 counties worldwide,” Hawkins said. “There are 23 Institutes in the United States and Alabama is the only location for a Confucius Institute in a less populated state.” Troy, China solidify bonds By Jaine Treadwell “I want to express my deep appreciation to Troy University and to Chancellor Hawkins for the leadership they have provided in establishing this most impressive Confucius Institute,” Xu said. “This Institute represents a great opportunity for cooperation between China and the United States. Troy University is an internationally minded university and today’s dedication is an important step in creating a bridge between the Chinese and American people.”Prior to the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Dr. Tommy Bice, State Superintendent of the Alabama Department of Education, and Shuliang Guo, Deputy Director of the Education Department of the Hebei Province, signed a memorandum of understanding that will clear the way for partnerships and cultural exchanges.The Confucius Institute is a non-profit public institute aiming at promoting Chinese language and culture and supporting local Chinese teaching through affiliated Confucius Institutes worldwide. Its headquarters is in Beijing, under the Office of the Chinese Language Council International. You Might Like Mason earns Hall-Waters prize for writing What sets Bobbie Ann Mason apart from other writers is her ability to “touch things that touch all of us… read more Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By Health Videos Email the author Published 11:00 pm Thursday, March 29, 2012 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebrationcenter_img Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Hawkins said former Gov. Bob Riley was instrumental in securing $8 million in state appropriations for the renovation of the 40,000-square foot facility.“This is an outstanding facility for learning and for the sharing of cultures,” Hawkins said. “The Institute is one facet of the University’s commitment to preparing students to compete globally.“At Troy University, we have made a commitment to ensure that our students are prepared to live, think and act globally. The Confucius Institute at Troy University will enable our students and the people of Alabama to become familiar with the Chinese language, history and culture and also will provide an economic development component that will help to create relationships. Those types of relationships are vitally important within the Asian culture.”Consul General Xu Erwen, whose consulate in Houston, Texas represents China in 13 states including Alabama, commended Troy University for the leadership it has shown through the development of the Institute. Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf 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 Sponsored Content Print Article Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Doctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) Latest Stories The dedication of the Confucius Institute at Troy University Thursday will help to bridge cultural gaps and create partnerships that will bring China and Alabama closer together, said Troy University officials and visiting Chinese dignitaries.The ceremony formally dedicated the Confucius Institute’s permanent offices at Bibb Graves Hall.Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. said the Confucius Institute, which was established at the University in 2007, is an example of soft diplomacy, which establishes relationships that foster a greater understanding between the cultures and a greater appreciation for each other.last_img read more

’88 days living in fear’: Jayme Closs’ family speaks movingly as her kidnapper faces sentencing

first_imgDNY59/iStock(GORDON, Wis.) — Relatives of 13-year-old Jayme Closs spoke movingly at Friday’s sentencing hearing for Jake Patterson, the Wisconsin man who pleaded guilty to abducting Closs, killing her parents and then holding her captive until she escaped.The 21-year-old pleaded guilty in March to two counts of first-degree intentional homicide for shooting and killing Closs’ parents on Oct. 15, 2018, and one count of kidnapping for taking the couple’s only child from her home in rural Barron, Wisconsin.He faces up to life in prison.Closs’ relatives, including aunt Sue Allard and cousin Lindsey Smith, spoke in court Friday, urging the judge to sentence Patterson to the maximum for each count.“My sister and brother-in-law were such loving and giving and beautiful people,” Allard said at Friday’s sentencing. “It was senseless.”“Oct. 14 was a typical family event with nothing but happiness,” said Smith. “We spent the next 88 days living in fear, pain and not knowing what happened to our family.”“On the 88th day we were finally told that Jayme would be coming home,” Smith said. “We were so glad that Jayme was home… but you took so much from Jayme. You took her parents, her home, her childhood and all of her happiness.”“You took so much from all of us. You took my aunt and uncle from me,” Smith said. “The last moments of my aunt’s life were the worst and scariest moments of her life. No one should leave this earth in such a horrible way.”Patterson held Closs captive in his home in Gordon, Wisconsin, for 88 days, until she escaped on Jan. 10, according to court documents.Patterson confessed to investigators that he targeted Closs after seeing her board a school bus, according to a criminal complaint.After Patterson fled with the girl to his home, he created a space for Closs under his bed. When he would leave the house, he would put barbells and free weights around the bed so she couldn’t escape, according to the complaint.Closs, who did not speak at Friday’s sentencing hearing, was honored at the Wisconsin State Assembly last week.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Coronavirus deaths cross 192 in New York City; NYU offers medical students early graduation

first_img1:00 p.m.: Harvard president tests positive for coronavirusHarvard President Lawrence Bacow and his wife Adele, tested positive for the coronavirus, he wrote in a letter to the university community.Their symptoms — coughs, fevers, chills and muscle aches, began Sunday, he said. They were tested Monday and received their results on Tuesday.“We began working from home and completely limiting our contact with others on March 14,” Bacow wrote. “We will be taking the time we need to rest and recuperate during a two-week isolation at home.”Bacow ended his letter by telling the Harvard community, “The world needs your courage, creativity, and intelligence to beat this virus—wishing each of you good health.”11:55 a.m.: Virus moving like a ‘bullet train’ through New YorkIn New York state, the “rate of new infections is doubling about every three days,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Tuesday. “That rate of increase, that apex, they project at this time could be approximately 14 to 21 days away.”Cuomo described the virus moving at first as a “freight train,” but now speeding like a “bullet train.”New York now has over 25,000 diagnosed cases, he said, including over 14,900 in New York City.The state has “exhausted every option” to combat the spread, Cuomo said, by closing businesses, increasing testing and reducing street density.Cuomo said New York now must dramatically increase its hospital capacity very quickly.The greatest critical need are ventilators which “will make the difference between life and death,” Cuomo said.The state has procured about 7,000 ventilators and needs 30,000 more at a minimum, he said.In a powerful moment, Cuomo pushed back at FEMA, questioning why the Defense Production Act isn’t being used to produce ventilators.“FEMA says, ‘we’re sending 400 ventilators.’ Really? What am I going to do with 400 ventilators when I need 30,000?” Cuomo said. “You pick the 26,000 people who are going to die because you only sent 400 ventilators.”“The president said ‘it’s a war, it’s a war.’ Then act like it’s a war,” Cuomo said.The president tweeted earlier Tuesday, “We are helping the states to get equipment, but it is not easy. Just got 400 Ventilators for @NYCMayor Bill de Blasio. Work beginning on 4 hospitals in New York! Millions of different type items coming!”11:00 a.m.: India going on lockdownIndia’s prime minister decreed Tuesday that the country of 1.3 billion will go on lockdown for 21 days.10:02 a.m.: Detroit police dispatcher, 38, dies from coronavirusA 38-year-old Detroit police dispatcher has died from COVID-19, reported ABC Detroit affiliate WXYZ.There are at least eight confirmed coronavirus cases within the police department, prompting more than 200 officers to self-quarantine, according to WXYZ.9:42 a.m. Pandemic could cost airlines more than $250 billionThe airline industry could take a hit of more than $250 billion as a result of the steep decline in demand and government travel restrictions amid the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). “Without immediate government relief measures, there will not be an industry left standing,” IATA’s Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac warned.8:51 a.m. Japan announces Tokyo Olympics will be postponed until 2021Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the International Olympic Committee have agreed that the upcoming Tokyo Olympics “will be held by the summer of 2021,” the prime minister’s office announced Tuesday. “I proposed to postpone for about a year and president Bach responded with 100% agreement,” Abe told reporters in Tokyo, referring to Thomas Bach, head of the International Olympic Committee.The Olympics were originally slated to kick off in Tokyo on July 24, but there has been mounting pressure for organizers to postpone or cancel them due to the coronavirus pandemic. The International Olympic Committee’s executive board on Sunday said it would assess the worldwide situation over the next four weeks and make a decision that could include the scenario of postponing the Games. The board, however, emphasized that it has no current plans to outright cancel the 2020 Summer Olympics as such a scenario “would not solve any of the problems or help anybody.” 8:28 a.m. Sen. Klobuchar says husband remains hospitalized on oxygenSen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat who recently dropped out of the 2020 presidential race, said her husband, John Bessler, remains hospitalized and on oxygen support after testing positive for the novel coronavirus. “The reason he was hospitalized is he had pneumonia. He was coughing up blood and his oxygen levels were dangerously low, so he’s been there for a few days now,” Klobuchar told ABC News in an interview Tuesday on Good Morning America.“He got a test last Wednesday and we didn’t get the results until yesterday,” she added. “That’s the story of a lot of people, and I think one of the things I want to say is a lot of Americans have this and worse going on, and one of the hardest things about this disease is you can’t go and visit your loved one. As much as I love being on your show, I would rather be there with him right now and I can’t do that.”Klobuchar said her husband, who is 52, has no preexisting conditions and was “very healthy” prior to falling ill with the virus.” “We don’t know how he got it and no one around us got it,” she added. “As far as we know, he didn’t infect anyone else.” Klobuchar’s said her husband began feeling sick with what felt like a cold about 12 days ago and immediately quarantined himself inside their apartment. Bessler stayed put until he started coughing up blood and was hospitalized, she said. Klobuchar said she hasn’t been tested because she had not come into contact with her husband in the last 14 days and hasn’t shown any symptoms. “Why would I get a test when other people who are getting sick aren’t getting tests? That’s how I approached it, I’m going to be treated like everyone else,” she said. “I think that’s what everyone has to do right now.”7:44 a.m. FEMA ‘absolutely ready’ to use Defense Production ActFederal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Peter Gaynor said Tuesday the agency is “absolutely ready” to use the Defense Production Act, as health care workers across the nation sound the alarm over dwindling supplies needed in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week invoking the 1950 wartime law, which requires private companies to prioritize any product orders from the federal government over others. But the government has apparently yet to make any orders for medical supplies, such as personal protective equipment. “We just want to be careful that we don’t do anything to put it out of balance and counter some other positive efforts that we see,” Gaynor told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Tuesday on Good Morning America.“We will use it, I have no doubt about it,” Gaynor added. “But right now we’re focused on getting those critical items to those states most in need. What I say to all governors out there, if you find a source, go buy it. FEMA will reimburse you.”Stephanopoulos argued that governors are actually calling on the federal government to use the Defense Production Act now because states are competing with each other for supplies. Gaynor said they are “ready to take action on all of that” but are also “trying to keep the system in balance.” “We don’t want the federal government scooping up everything,” Gaynor added. “We want to make sure that there’s enough capacity that governors and mayors around the country can order on their own, so it’s a delicate balance.” “What the governors are saying is that the federal government should scoop it up and distribute it to the states,” Stephanopoulos responded, “and by forcing them to compete with each other, it’s driving the price and hurting their ability to get what they need.” “We’re trying to identify sources around the globe. If it’s in China, we’re ready to fly it back to the United States today,” Gaynor said. “Again, we’re focused on making sure that those governors that are most critical in need, no matter where it comes from, the federal government or another source directly, we are enabling that today.”7:28 a.m. Spain reports over 500 deaths in past 24 hoursSpain’s health ministry on Tuesday reported 514 deaths from the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours.The country’s death toll from the COVID-19 virus is now at 2,696. Spain has the third-highest number of recorded deaths in the outbreak, following China and Italy.With nearly 40,000 diagnosed cases, Spain is behind the United States and Italy in the highest national total outside China.6:14 a.m. U.S. Senate on the cusp of a stimulus dealU.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said they are “very close” to an agreement on a massive stimulus package to save the national economy from the detrimental impact of the coronavirus pandemic.After emerging from a series of late-night meetings on Capitol Hill, Mnuchin and Schumer told reporters around midnight that they hope to come to a final agreement on the nearly $2 trillion economic rescue package by Tuesday morning.“We expect to have an agreement tomorrow morning,” Schumer said. “We still have a few little differences, but neither one of us expect it will get in the way of a final agreement. Secretary Mnuchin called the president and he told them we were very, very close to the agreement.”Schumer said the Senate will “hopefully” vote on the legislation Tuesday evening.Mnuchin told reporters he had spoken with U.S. President Donald Trump a number of times, updating him on the progress.“Today we’ve been working incredibly hard, both sides have been working around the clock,” Mnuchin said. “There are still documents that are going to be reviewed tonight and turned around, there’s still a couple of open issues, but I think we’re very hopeful that this can be closed out tomorrow.”5:37 a.m. Thailand decrees state of emergency to control coronavirusThailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha announced Tuesday that his cabinet has agreed to declare a state of emergency to implement stricter measures to control the spread of the novel coronavirus.The one-month state of emergency, which takes effect Thursday, will give Thailand’s government enforcement powers that otherwise wouldn’t be available.There were just under 900 diagnosed cases of the virus in the Southeast Asian country as of Tuesday afternoon local time.5:10 a.m. Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Finnish president tests positiveMartti Ahtisaari, a Nobel laureate and former Finnish president, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.The office of Finland’s current president, Saul Niinisto, said in a press release Tuesday that Ahtisaari, 82, was diagnosed with the virus on Monday and that he was “doing well under the circumstances.” His wife also tested positive just three days earlier.Ahtisaari, a United Nations diplomat and mediator who was awarded the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to resolve international conflicts, served as Finland’s head of state for one six-year term from 1994 until 2000.3:43 a.m. Hawaii governor issues statewide stay-at-home orderHawaii residents will soon join the millions of other Americans who are being ordered to stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic.Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed a proclamation on Monday night, ordering the entire state to stay at home and work from home, starting Wednesday after midnight and lasting through the end of April. Essential workers are exempt.“The threat of COVID-19 is unprecedented and requires aggressive action,” Ige said in a statement. “I have been in discussions with our county mayors who are developing their own plans to meet the unique needs of their counties. We also agree that a statewide order is necessary for cohesion and consistency.”Residents can leave their homes for various needs, including to seek healthcare, purchase food, take care of the elderly, minors and those with disabilities, and to exercise outdoors.Those who do not comply with the order could be charged with a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 or a jail sentence of up to one year behind bars, or both.At least 21 U.S. states have implemented or announced statewide closures of non-essential businesses.2:52 a.m. China to lift lockdown on Wuhan on April 8Chinese authorities plan to lift the draconian travel restrictions imposed on the city of Wuhan next month.The city, in China’s central Hubei province, was placed under lockdown on Jan. 23 as thousands of residents became infected with the novel coronavirus before it spread to other parts of the world.The Hubei provincial government announced Tuesday that those control measures will be lifted on April 8 and cleared residents will finally be allowed to leave the city. Those who wish to enter the city will also need clearance, according to a statement from the provincial government.Officials have already begun to slowly relax some of the strict measures put in place in Wuhan. Road checkpoints are being removed and some private vehicles have returned to the streets. The city’s subway system remains shut down but has begun trial runs as workers disinfect the subway trains and stations in preparation for the restoration of public transport.After several consecutive days without any local transmission of the virus, Wuhan reported one new case of confirmed infection on Monday, according to China’s National Health Commission. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. vchal/iStock(NEW YORK) — Over 18,900 people around the world have died from the novel coronavirus — and the World Health Organization warned the pandemic is accelerating.There are more than 422,000 diagnosed cases globally of the new respiratory virus known officially as COVID-19, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.In the U.S., more than 55,000 people have been diagnosed and at least 796 people have died. Here’s how the news developed Tuesday. All times Eastern:12:20 a.m.: Trump approves disaster declarations for Louisiana, IowaThe White House announced President Donald Trump approved disaster declarations for Louisiana and Iowa late Tuesday.Louisiana has been particularly hard-hit by coronavirus. The state has had at least 1,388 cases and 46 deaths, according to a governor’s office report Tuesday.Only New York, Washington and California have more deaths than Louisiana, despite its relatively small size. Iowa has had just one death.10:10 p.m.: LA County releases inmates, closes gun shops and strip clubsLos Angeles County announced it has come to an agreement to release a specified list of pretrial inmates from jails, according to the Superior Court of California.About 1,700 inmates will be released, according to Los Angeles ABC station KABC-TV.The move was made to free up space in order to prevent inmates from acquiring and passing coronavirus to others.The list of inmates to be released was vetted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office, Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender’s Office and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva also said gun shops and strip clubs would be closing down.“We’ve received complaints from particular businesses who have not been adhering to the social distancing,” Villanueva said at a Tuesday press conference. “Chief among them has been gun shops, night clubs, bars and strip clubs.”9:39 p.m.: NYU offers early graduation to med studentsNew York University senior medical students were informed tonight that if they have met all requirements and credits they will be granted early graduation in an effort to add more doctors to the medical field amid the coronavirus crisis, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter.In an email, students were told that details are still being finalized and in some cases they could begin working as early as sometime in April, though no location for employment has been finalized.The school suspended all in-person classes in early March.New York and New York City have been especially hard-hit by the virus, with 192 deaths in the city alone, according to new statistics put out by the mayor’s office Tuesday evening.9:34 p.m.: US crosses 700 deaths totalThe United States crossed the grim milestone of 700 deaths nationwide from coronavirus Tuesday evening, according to Johns Hopkins University.The U.S. death toll reached 100 last Tuesday and there were only about 6,300 confirmed cases. Now, in addition to 706 deaths, there are at least 53,740 cases.8:43 p.m.: 36 TSA personnel have tested positive for coronavirusAs of Tuesday evening, the number of Transportation Security Administration agents who have tested positive for COVID-19 over the past two weeks was up to 36, according to the agency.TSA Administrator David Pekoske sent Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson and Subcommittee Chairman J. Luis Correa a letter responding to questions they had surrounding the efforts TSA has taken to protect their front line workforce amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Pekoske said the TSA is aggressively exploring new technologies that could reduce human to human contact and are evaluating what additional pay flexibilities they could implement that includes options for hazardous duty pay.8:17 p.m.: James Taylor donates $1 millionSinger James Taylor, and his wife, Kim, have donated $1 million to Massachusetts General Hospital in order to assist in the fight against COVID-19.The singer-songwriter, whose classics “Fire and Rain,” “Something in the Way She Moves” and “Carolina in My Mind” earned him a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will be able to use the money to purchase supplies, treat patients or further research.“There is no question that it’s a point of pride for New Englanders to claim the MGH as their hospital — our hospital — and this is especially true today with the threat coming from a new and insidious virus,” James Taylor said in a statement. “Kim and I want to be part of this fight. We have been so inspired by the courage and sacrifice of the health care heroes in the trenches who are working so hard to protect us all.”Taylor was born at Mass General in 1948, and though he moved to North Carolina as a child, returned to Massachusetts for boarding school and is currently a state resident. His wife worked for the Boston Symphony Orchestra when they met.6:15 p.m.: White House says anyone who leaves NYC should self-quarantine for 14 daysDr. Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator, recommended that anyone who has recently traveled from or plans to travel from New York City should self-quarantine for two weeks, because of the high number of cases in the city.New York City’s Health Department said as of Tuesday morning, there were 14,776 confirmed cases and 131 deaths. Birx said 56% of all cases in the U.S., 60% of new cases and 31% of fatalities are coming out of the NYC metro area.“To everyone who has left New York over the last few days, because of the rate of the number of cases, you may have been exposed before you left New York,” she said at the White House briefing.National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci said the infection rate in the New York City area was eight or 10 times that of other areas, and called the stats “disturbing.”“When they go to another place, for their own safety they’ve got to be careful, monitor themselves,” he said. “Also, the idea about self-isolating for two weeks will be very important because we don’t want that to be another seeding point to the rest of the country wherever they go.”Florida’s governor issued an executive order Monday that mandates any New York visitor who comes into the state self-isolate for 14 days.5:45 p.m.: NJ man charged for coughing on employee, claiming he had coronavirusA New Jersey man has been charged with harassment and making terroristic threats after he allegedly coughed on a Wegman’s employee and claimed he had the coronavirus, according to New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.George Falcone, 50, of Freehold, New Jersey, was shopping at the Manalapan store Sunday evening and was asked by an employee not to stand too close to her while she covered prepared foods, the attorney general’s office said. Falcone allegedly leaned into her, purposely coughed and told her he had the coronavirus, according to the attorney general.Falcone then told two other employees that they’re lucky to have their jobs, the attorney general said.“These are extremely difficult times in which all of us are called upon to be considerate of each other — not to engage in intimidation and spread fear, as alleged in this case,” Grewal said in a statement.A Manalapan Police Department detective who was working security in the supermarket approached Falcone and he allegedly refused to cooperate or provide his driver’s license for 40 minutes, the attorney general said. The detective permitted Falcone to leave the store, however, the suspect was issued summonses Tuesday and has been ordered to appear in court at a later date.Grewal’s office didn’t immediately have information on Falcone’s attorney.5:22 p.m.: ICE detainee tests positive in New Jersey jailU.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed that the first detainee in its custody tested positive for COVID-19.The agency said the patient, a 31-year-old Mexican national, was being held at the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey. The detainee has been quarantined and receiving care, according to ICE.“Consistent with CDC guidelines, those who have come in contact with the individual have been cohorted and are being monitored for symptoms,” the agency said in a statement,The American Civil Liberties Union called on ICE to release some of its detainees to prevent further spread of the virus.“If it doesn’t, it will be to blame for a humanitarian crisis,” Andrea Flores, the deputy director of policy at the ACLU, said in a statement.5:15 p.m.: Delaware postpones primary electionDelaware became the latest state to postpone its primary election due to coronavirus concerns.Gov. John Carney said he decided to move the date from April 28 to June 2, following in the footstep of Maryland, Connecticut and Rhode Island.“The additional protections in this order are essential to help support Delawareans – especially our most vulnerable neighbors – as this situation evolves,” he said in a statement.Twelve states, including Alaska, Georgia and Kentucky, have pushed back their primary elections from their original dates due to COVID-19 concerns.3:06 p.m.: Tony Award-winning playwright dies from coronavirus complicationsMultiple Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally  died on Tuesday at age 81 from coronavirus complications.McNally was a lung cancer survivor and had chronic inflammatory lung disease.He accepted a lifetime achievement award at the 2019 Tony Awards.last_img read more

The effect of maternal age and experience on egg-size and hatching success in Wandering Albatrosses Diomedea exulans

first_imgThe roles of maternal age and experience, on the one hand, and individual, year and random effects on the other, in influencing avian egg-size and hatching success have been much debated but seldom studied comprehensively. We investigated these topics with Wandering Albatrosses Diomedea exulans of known age (7–30 years) and experience (1–8 breeding attempts) over a 10-year period. Older and more experienced birds laid larger eggs. After allowing for year and controlling for experience, significant age effects remained; after controlling for age, no detectable experience effects remained. However, age accounted for only 6% of the overall egg-size variation. Egg-size varied significantly between years and has increased over the last decade. Individuals laid eggs of consistent sizes; 55% of the random variation in egg-weight was due to such effects. Egg- and hatchling-weight were very closely linked; larger eggs also had higher hatching success. The latter was influenced significantly by age and experience but neither remained significant after controlling for the other. Year effects were also detectable. That there are significant effects of age, experience, year and individual on egg-weight (and hatching success) is probably typical of seabirds generally, though with different balances between factors depending on species and situation; however, insufficient data exist to examine this critically. Our finding that age was a more important influence than breeding experience does not support recent suggestions that hatching success is mainly influenced by experience and that experience will have a greater effect on reproductive success in long-lived species with high mate-fidelity. However, Wandering Albatrosses may have acquired much relevant experience before even starting to breed.last_img read more

Speech: Business Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 12 November 2020

first_imgBusiness Secretary statement on coronavirus 12 November 2020Good afternoon. I am joined today by Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director of NHS EnglandThe average number of new cases each day is now 22,524, compared to 22,398 a week ago.There are now 14,196 COVID-19 patients in hospital across the UK, compared to 12,406 a week ago.1,219 patients are now in mechanical ventilation beds, compared to 1,142 a week ago.And, sadly, another 595 deaths within 28 days of a positive test were reported yesterday.The 7 day average daily number of deaths each day in the UK within 28 days of positive test by date reported is now 375, up from 295 a week ago.Our thoughts are very much with the families and loved ones of those who’ve lost their lives.Which is a reminder to us, as to why we are taking the action we are, to stop the spread of this virus and ultimately save lives.Today, we are also reminded about the vital importance of fighting this virus to protect our economy.Whilst the economy grew by 15% in the third quarter, it slowed in September and remains 8.2% below where we were in February.We in government understand acutely the human impact this statistic represents.It’s jobs, livelihoods, and families affected.So we will continue to support businesses now, and as they recover.The government has provided unprecedented levels of support for businesses over the past 8 months.To date, that represents over £200 billion in support.This is one of the most generous and comprehensive packages of financial support provided in the world, which the International Monetary Fund has praised.Just this month we have announced an extension of the self-employed grant scheme to March next year.An extension of the furlough scheme, at 80% until the spring.Cash grants of up to £3,000 per month for businesses in England, which are required to be closed due to this month’s national restrictions.These will benefit 600,000 business premises.And I can confirm today that we will be distributing £2.2 billion to local authorities tomorrow, to allow them to make these vital grant payments to businesses which have been affected.All of these measures are designed to preserve jobs and help businesses stay afloat.Today, we have also announced that more than 19,000 jobs have been created so far through our Kickstart Scheme.These jobs are spread across the country and in a variety of sectors.I know how hard this job market is, particularly for young job seekers, hoping to enter the workplace for the first time.The Kickstart Scheme is a ray of hope for young people, and I want to thank all the businesses which have stepped up to participate in this scheme.I speak to businesses everyday, and I can see, that despite the tough times, they are determined to soldier through this.Through sheer hard work, innovation, resilience and invoking a real community spirit across the United Kingdom.For example, in Aberdeenshire, Brewdog has made hand sanitiser to protect our front-line NHS staff.In Belfast, Axial3D has helped to develop thousands of new ventilators.In Surrey, Carousel Lights have adapted their manufacturing process to produce ‘sneeze screens’ for GP surgeries, pharmacies, and care homes.In Caerphilly, Transcend Packaging has converted production lines to create PPE, almost doubling their workforce in just four months.Because, despite the government’s support, and when it comes down to it, it is you who are keeping this country going.You who are powering our economic recovery.Just as our brilliant scientists and researchers are powering ahead in the race to discover a safe and effective vaccine.A little over 6 months ago, I stood here and announced the creation of the Vaccines Taskforce.A team of industry experts, scientists and civil servants, with one mission: to secure a vaccine to beat down this virus.Since then, they have secured access to 350 million doses, through agreements on 6 of the leading candidates in the world.The Taskforce has demonstrated how we can work together at pace.Business and science, the NHS and local communities, together forging a path out of this predicament.But, although this week’s announcement on the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is potentially very good news, we still have a lot of hurdles to overcome before we can be certain of its safety and efficacy.And so we must ensure that we continue to follow the guidance.To protect our loved ones, our families, our friends, our communities.Because the virus is still here. It is still a danger.So we must not lose our resolve now.We must keep focused.To protect the health of the nation and the health of the economy.Working together, supporting each other, we will get through this.We will come out the other side stronger, more resilient and more united.Thank you.last_img read more