narvikk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 741,000 people worldwide.Over 20 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks. Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than five million diagnosed cases and at least 164,537 deaths. Here’s how the news is developing Wednesday. All times Eastern:8:01 a.m.: Russia’s COVID-19 case count tops 900,000Russia reported 5,102 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing its tally soaring past 900,000. The country also reported an additional 129 fatalities. The nationwide total now stands at 902,701 confirmed cases with 15,260 deaths, according to data released Wednesday morning by Russia’s coronavirus response headquarters. Russia’s latest daily caseload is down from a peak of 11,656 new infections reported on May 11.Russia has the fourth-highest highest number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases in the world, behind the United States, Brazil and India, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday that his country has become the first in the world to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine. Critics say the vaccine was approved before the final Phase III trial and that no scientific data from the early trials has been released so far.7:16 a.m.: Over 1,000 students in Georgia school district under quarantineMore than 1,000 students in a single Georgia school district have been ordered to self-quarantine this month after at least 70 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in various schools. The Cherokee County School District has published data on its website showing at least 1,130 students and 38 staff members from more than a dozen schools are under mandated two-week quarantines. The district reopened its schools on Aug. 3, welcoming back 30,000 students for in-person learning.Many of the confirmed cases were identified at Etowah High School in Woodstock, Georgia. The Cherokee County School District announced Tuesday that it is temporarily closing Etowah High School, with the hope of resuming in-person classes there on Aug. 31. “This decision was not made lightly,” the school district said in a statement Tuesday. “As of this morning, the number of positive cases at the school had increased to a total of 14, with tests for another 15 students pending; and, as a result of the confirmed cases, 294 students and staff are under quarantine and, should the pending tests prove positive, that total would increase dramatically.”6:33 a.m.: First dog to test positive for COVID-19 in North Carolina diesThe first dog to test positive for COVID-19 in North Carolina has died, officials said.The dog, who had been showing signs of respiratory distress, was brought to the NC State Veterinary Hospital on the evening of Aug. 3, after the owner noticed the onset of distress earlier in the day, according to a press release from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.The dog ultimately succumbed to the “acute illness,” and its owner alerted veterinary staff that a member of the family had previously tested positive for the novel coronavirus but later tested negative.Samples were collected from the dog and sent to the National Veterinary Services Laboratories, which confirmed a positive test result for COVID-19. The dog’s family, along with state health officials, were notified.“A necropsy was performed to try to determine the animal’s state of health at the time of death and the cause of death, and the complete investigation is ongoing,” the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement Tuesday.There is currently no evidence that pets play a significant role in spreading COVID-19, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.5:20 a.m.: Two men facing charges for allegedly hosting house party in NashvilleTwo men are facing criminal charges for violating public health emergency orders by allegedly throwing a large party at their house in Nashville, Tennessee earlier this month.The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department has issued arrest warrants for Christopher Eubank, 40, and Jeffrey Mathews, 36, who were both reported to be out of state Tuesday night and have been told to surrender upon returning to Nashville. Eubank and Mathews are each charged with three separate counts — all misdemeanors — of violating health orders by hosting a gathering in excess of 25 people, not requiring social distancing and not requiring face coverings.Police said hundreds of people attended the Aug. 1 party at the property owned by Eubank and Mathews, located on Fern Avenue in Tennessee’s capital. Patrol officers responded to the home late that night and ultimately directed that the party cease.Cellphone footage, obtained by Nashville ABC affiliate WKRN-TV, purportedly shows large crowds of people at the party wearing no masks and not maintaining social distancing. 4:39 a.m.: Nearly one-third of Kentucky’s new cases among teensNearly one-third of new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky at the end of July were among those 19 years old or younger, according to an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News Tuesday night.In Mississippi, Black residents represented 58.5% of the state’s new cases during the period from July 5 through Aug. 1 — a 37.2% difference between cases and census racial distribution, according to the FEMA memo.Meanwhile, the test-positivity rate was greater than 10% last week in Arkansas, where 5,593 additional cases were reported and two counties have emerged as new hotspots. Logan County reported 90 new cases last week, an increase of 428% and a test-positivity rate of 17.59%. Poinsett County reported 74 new cases, an increase of 189% and a test-positivity rate of 15.43%, according to the FEMA memo.However, the national test-positivity rate continues to decline. Over the past seven days, the rate was 6.6% — down from 7.9% from the previous week. The nation also saw a 12.7% decrease in new cases as well as a 4.3% decrease in new deaths being confirmed over the last week, compared with the previous seven-day period, according to the FEMA memo.The memo shows that just five states and territories are in an upward trajectory of new cases, while two states are at a plateau and 49 states are going down.3:45 a.m.: US records more than 1,000 new deaths from COVID-19There were 46,808 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Tuesday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.An additional 1,082 coronavirus-related deaths were also reported — more than double the amount from the previous day.Still, it’s the third consecutive day that the nation has recorded less than 50,000 new cases. Tuesday’s caseload is also well below the record set on July 16, when more than 77,000 new cases were identified in a 24-hour reporting period.A total of 5,141,208 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 164,537 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.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 and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July.Many states have seen a rise in infections in recent weeks, with some — including Arizona, California and Florida — reporting daily records. However, the nationwide number of new cases and deaths in the last week have both decreased in week-over-week comparisons, according to an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News Tuesday night. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Loss Prevention Manager, Supply Chain, Ulta Beauty, (CA) The Loss Prevention Manager, Supply Chain (LPMSC) drives shrink improvement and profit protection activities for an assigned distribution center (DC), its in-bound and outbound shipping networks and its third party pooling centers. The LPMSC is responsible for assessing the shrink and safety posture of the distribution center, reporting findings to operational partners and creating and administering programs to reduce those risks. The LPMSC acts on behalf of the company to prevent, minimize, and/or recover losses when they occur while collaborating… Learn moreDistrict Loss Prevention Manager, TJ Maxx, (NV) The District Loss Prevention Manager is an integral part of a fast-growing, ever changing environment that partners with store operations to ensure we provide the best experience to our customers. With a solid leadership, people development and focus on fostering partnerships, the District Loss Prevention Manager takes the complex current LP scenario head-on through building solid partnerships with store and senior regional leadership, law enforcement agencies and is responsible for establishing LP policies and procedures to ensure profitability with customer experience in mind… Learn more[text_ad use_post=’2385′]- Sponsor – Market Organized Retail Crime Investigator, Weis Markets, (VA) This position implements loss prevention and safety programs, overseeing and coordinating processes to minimize loss while maintaining a safe working and shopping environment. In addition, this position will train and provide mentorship around safety and loss prevention for teams of individual contributors in multiple store locations. An individual in this position may on occasion need to respond to potentially violent and/or physical altercations and will therefore need the ability to make quick, effective decisions and maintain an appropriate level of composure… Learn moreManager, Field Loss Prevention, Staples, (CA) Manages Loss Prevention initiatives and programs in North American Commercial and Retail Distribution on a facility level which may include Fulfillment Centers, a Distribution Center, Transportation SDO/Courier locations, or a combination of locations within a geographical area. Executes and evaluates loss prevention related solutions through a combination of applications including data analysis, audits, training programs and investigations. Works with cross functional groups across multiple levels and departments to ensure seamless, integrated solutions… Learn more Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
A Monroe (Louisiana) man is facing multiple charges, including armed robbery, after threatening a worker at Belk with a gun following a shoplifting attempt. According to an arrest report for James Jolivette, age 40, officers with the Monroe Police Department’s HEAT team were dispatched to the store after Jolivette told a Belk loss prevention worker he was carrying a weapon.The loss prevention officer previously noticed Jolivette taking merchandise into the women’s fitting room where it was stuffed into bags. The suspect then attempted to leave the store with the items. When Jolivette saw the worker approach him near a set of doors, he reportedly told the worker “I have a gun…” The News Star Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
It’s our second year at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) event in Amsterdam, which is the largest culmination of audiovisual and collaboration experts in the industry.We’re excited to engage with our partners and attendees to discuss the latest trends on topics like the integration of IT and AV and the evolution of digital signage from static to multipurpose display for ad-hoc communication. To see and be part of the overall innovation that’s happening is always inspiring.At Intel, we’re imagining a new world for our partners and customers that creates agile collaboration whether that is in the boardroom or classroom.We’ll showcase our vision for collaboration which includes breaking down silos and creates new ways to join meetings, which we think will drive newfound simplicity.Here is a sampling of some of the innovation we’ll feature at ISE with our Intel Unite® solution to modernize how we collaborate:Marrying Audio Excellence and Easy Meeting Starts – Sennheiser and Intel are working together to address some fundamental pain points with meetings today. Choppy audio is still one of the top complaints among meeting participants. Compound this with complexity in integrating all the technology that can live in a meeting space, and the frustration doubles. We have a new Intel Unite® plugin for Sennheiser’s TeamConnect Wired Flex and TeamConnect Wireless. This blends Sennheiser’s 70 years of providing audio excellence with the Intel Unite solution for easy meeting starts. Meeting participants also can control their Sennheiser audio speakers from the Intel Unite app, eliminating steps in how meetings get managed. We’ll show this integration at ISE and our co-creator of Intel Unite, Brian Cockrell, will join Sennheiser at their booth to do a joint demo every day at 3:45 pm. Check it out at Sennheiser’s stand: 2-B50.Ultrasonic Meeting Join – We are hyper-focused on simplicity and that remains job number one for us with the Intel Unite solution. We’re creating new ways to connect to a meeting that are incredibly easy. At ISE, we’ll preview new technology that creates an ultrasonic connection between the device and the Unite hub in the meeting room. A meeting participant can walk into a meeting room, launch their Intel Unite app and they are automatically connected to their meeting securely, no PIN required. This creates a one-click experience. We can’t wait to preview this for you at ISE.Badge Access Join – We’ll also give you a sneak peek into another way we’re creating an easy way to securely join a meeting. We’ll show how to connect to meetings automatically through badge access. Simply swipe your badge on a scanner in a meeting space and Intel Unite will join you to your meeting – automatically. There’s often a lot of talk around delivering an experience where a user only has one button to push, we’re on a path to drive this simplicity while giving customers’ choice in how they want to do that.Telemetry that Drives Insight for Everyone – At Intel, we believe in the power of analytics to drive more meaningful outcomes for our customers. We’ll show Intel Unite’s capability to deliver telemetry on meeting usage that drives new ways to think about how space gets used, and how technology gets used or not, which benefits both IT and facilities management.Partners – One of the most rewarding aspects of working on this product is to engage and collaborate with our partners to drive unique experiences that can together change the game in collaboration. Our ecosystem for Intel Unite continues to grow and at ISE, we’ll show ecosystem innovation from Avocor’s interactive display (stand 13-C110) to FlatFrog’s InGlass™ interactive technology and digital collaboration whiteboards (stand 11-D110 ) to Sennheiser’s audio offerings (stand 2-B50). Check out our Intel Unite App Showcase page where we showcase the latest developments with our partners. This includes a new plugin from Jabra, which is now available and bridges their speakerphones with the Intel Unite solution. Another example of collaboration made simple.Please come visit us at stand 15-K280 or learn more about our Intel Unite solution at intel.com/unite.
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30 Oct 1999: A general view of the cloudly sky and the packed stadium taken during the game between the Kansas State Wildcats and the Baylor Bears at Wagner Field in Manhattan, Kansas. The Wildcats defeated the Bears 48-7. Mandatory Credit: Elsa Hasch /AllsportThis year’s NFL Draft features a number of standout wide receivers, including Kansas State star Tyler Lockett. The Wildcat star caught 106 passes for 1,515 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, and is showing off some of the skills that led to that remarkable season during Senior Bowl practices this week. Northwestern State cornerback Imoan Claiborne got the worst of it during today’s practice. CBS Sports projects Lockett as a second or third rounder. He can certainly help himself with a big week in Mobile in front of the many scouts at this week’s Senior Bowl.[@JoeGoodberry]
Sounding poll bugle for the upcoming elections in Haryana, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the “mammoth support” for Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar shows the “direction of the wind” and makes clear with whom people’s blessings will be in the state. Kicking off the BJP’s campaign in Rohtak ahead of the state polls in October, the Prime Minister said it was the saffron party that ended corruption, the “game” of transferring teachers and illegal farm-land deals. He also took a dig at the previous Congress government, saying it only promoted “parivarvaad” (dynastic politics). Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “What I am seeing here is unprecedented,” Modi said, referring to the large number of people gathered at the rally to listen to him. “This shows the direction of the wind.” Citing Khattar’s Jan Ashirwad Yatra, Modi said it’s proof the chief minister served people for five years and now it has “become clear with whom the blessing of Haryana will be”.The prime minister also attacked the previous governments and alleged they only promoted dynasty politics and corruption. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “Who used to become CM here,” he asked the people there and then went on to answer the question himself. “Here, a CM was preferred who could take truckloads of people to Delhi and beat drums outside the home of the PM of that time.” “(But) In the past five years, neither the CM nor the government had to take a single truck of people (to Delhi),” Modi added. Stating that Haryana is witnessing a new kind of politics, Modi said, “This government has shown that there are people who can work selflessly and live and die for the state.” Seeking another term for Khattar, Modi said, “For the better future of Haryana, the state needs the leadership of Manohar ji who is committed to serve people. In the past five years, Haryana government ended the system of ‘apne paraay ka bhed’ (nepotism). In past five years, strong action was taken against parivarvaad, corruption, stopped wrong practice of giving government jobs (bandar-baant), successfully attempted to end the game of teacher-transfer-posting and also ended the game of corruption on farmers land.” He said people used to see Khattar differently when he took over as Haryana’s CM. “I also used to hear different kinds of words about me when I took over as CM for the first time in 2001. In five years, it is the result of his (Khattar’s) efforts that today every family has become Manohar,” he said. The prime minister said Haryana benefitted from “double engine”, referring to the BJP government at the Centre and in the state. With Centre’s help, projects worth Rs 25,000 crore were underway in Haryana, he said and added he was laying the foundation and inaugurating projects worth Rs 2,000 crore in Rohtak. Modi also lauded the Haryana government’s efforts in improving the sex ratio. Modi also laid the foundation stones for five projects and inaugurated five projects.(Inputs from The Indian Express)
VICTORIA – Some landlords in British are asking prospective tenants for too much personal information including credit card details, three months worth of bank statements and inquiring whether applicants were born in Canada, says the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner.Acting commissioner Drew McArthur said 1.5 million people live in rental housing, representing about 30 per cent of all households in B.C., but the vacancy rate is so low across much of the province that landlords are taking advantage of the power imbalance.“Housing is big business in B.C.: In one estimate, residential tenancy generates a greater direct impact on GDP than the mining or forestry industries,” McArthur said in a report released Thursday.Nationally, the urban centres with the lowest vacancy rates are all in British Columbia, with the province’s overall vacancy rate at 1.3 per cent, he said, adding Vancouver’s rate is 0.9 per cent. The lowest rate is in Abbotsford-Mission and Kelowna at 0.2 per cent.McArthur said his office is investigating whether a new service complies with the Personal Information Protection Act in its collection of information about tenants from sources including social media platforms, which landlords are not authorized to search.“In addition, I understand that some of these organizations require prospective tenants to complete behavioural questionnaires to evaluate their character,” McArthur said.The Human Rights Code also prevents landlords from asking for information about race, religion and family status, McArthur said.“You also cannot inspect an applicant’s current residence or ask if an applicant may become pregnant in the next 12 months,” he said.Landlords are authorized to collect a reasonable amount of information, such as references, recent pay stubs, a letter from an employer or permission to call an employer about income, as well as age for rental properties restricted to people over 55.McArthur said his office receives calls daily from anonymous tenants worried about the over-collection of their personal information though many don’t file complaints because they fear being blacklisted.In one case, a caller said a landlord asked for copies of their child’s report cards, he said.“During this investigation, I heard from tenants seeking luxury accommodation as well as basic housing. I heard from young people and from retirees, in urban and rural areas.”One caller reported a landlord insisted on seeing his T4 slips, even though he had already verified his income by providing a letter from his employer, and another person said a landlord demanded consent to a credit check after an offer to pay one year’s rent in advance.“A landlord is only authorized to request consent for a credit check where a tenant is not able to provide satisfactory references, or employment and income verification,” the report says. “While it is reasonable to collect a prospective tenant’s credit history in these circumstances, it will not be necessary for most tenants, and a landlord cannot require every applicant to consent to a credit check.”The report is based on a review of 13 tenancy applications, eight involving for-profit landlords and five that pertain to non-profit organizations. It found 10 of 13 landlords collect information, that, if used, would contravene the Human Rights Code as well as the Personal Information Protection Act.Information requested included birth date, driver’s licence number, social insurance number, federal tax assessments, whether the applicant speaks English and the name of their bank and how long they’d been a customer there.The report makes 13 recommendations, including that landlords must state clear, specific purposes for collecting personal information.— By Camille Bains in Vancouver, follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.
To legalize or not to legalize, that is the question on the lips of many legislators in Latin America since Argentina opted not to decriminalize abortion following a senate vote.It did at least open the way for greater debate on a subject viewed so differently across the region in which abortion is entirely legal in Cuba and Uruguay, but where women can even be jailed for a miscarriage in El Salvador.Attitudes are changing in some traditionally conservative societies, though, as Guatemala debates contradictory proposals that would either loosen or toughen laws; Brazil’s Supreme Court considers a plan to decriminalize abortion in the first 12 weeks; and Chilean legislators debate a bill that would universally allow abortion in the first 14 weeks.Here, four women tell AFP about their abortion experiences.Cuba: ‘A right but not a game’ Cuban medical students arrive at the Calixto Garcia hospital in Havana, on December 2, 2015. AFP Photo / Yamil LageJosefa is 46 and lives in Havana. Cuba was the region’s pioneer, legalizing abortion in the first eight weeks in 1965.“I got pregnant at 23. I had my first child and supposedly I couldn’t have any more. When I fell pregnant again it was a surprise: I was studying and decided to abort.”She had three abortions over a decade but later had a second child, who is now 12.“In Cuba it’s my right to choose when I want to have a child. It’s not a contraceptive method.“I didn’t have the financial means and I wasn’t ready to have another child. I preferred to abort at an early stage of pregnancy.“We have this right in Cuba but I don’t deny that lots of people use it indiscriminately as a contraceptive, and that can provoke very serious health problems.“I had a friend who had so many [abortions] that she could no longer have children, and now she regrets that.“We have the right to choose but we must also realize that it’s not a game.”El Salvador: ‘Law discriminates against women’Elsi Rosales, 27, lives and works in the countryside, and carries the scars of a traumatic stillbirth. Since 1998, El Salvador’s laws in this area have been unforgiving with abortion for any reason and even miscarriages punishable by up to 40 years in prison.“I was 38 weeks pregnant. I have a three-year-old son who was born by C-section, I didn’t know what labor pains were.”It happened as Rosales worked in the fields carrying firewood.“I felt pain in my lower back, I didn’t know what was happening but felt like I needed to use the bathroom.” Salvadorean Elsi Rosales poses during an interview with AFP in San Salvador on July 30, 2018. AFP Photo / Oscar RiveraIt was there that her stillbirth happened.“At that point, I lost consciousness. I was taken to hospital with a hemorrhage. The doctor treating me asked what happened and was the one who denounced me.”She spent 10 months in jail but now wants to fight for abortion reform.“I’m going to join the fight so that the women in jail feel they’re not alone. This justice system discriminates against us for the sole reason that we’re women.” Carlos Alvarado asks to put abortion debate on hold Related posts:Biden urges Latin America to take in Guantanamo prisoners Four arrested in protest against El Salvador abortion laws In El Salvador, Nicaragua, abortion can mean death or jail Costa Rica and Bahamas send El Salvador financial reports on fugitive ex-President Flores
March 26, 2007 This continues the report of the new Visitors Center entrance. Construction continues at the north side of the Crafts IIIbuilding. The ramp from the delivery and handicapped visitors parking space is excavated and measured for an exact grade for easy access. [Photo & text: sa] Workshop participants Lauren Wessler and Yosuke Kitazawa from the February 4. 2007 group. The photos were taken some weeks ago. We are still catching up on all activities. [Photo & text: sa] The ramp is graded and prepared for concrete to be poured. This report will continue. [Photo & text: sa]