Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc 2002 Annual Report

first_imgTaj Pamodzi Hotels Plc (PMODZI.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2002 annual report.For more information about Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc (PMODZI.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc (PMODZI.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc (PMODZI.zm)  2002 annual report.Company ProfileTaj Pamodzi Hotel Plc is a leading hospitality company in Zambia, offering five-star accommodation and facilities for individual and business travellers. The company owns and operates Taj Pamodzi Hotel which is based in the central business district of Lusaka, and conveniently located to the international airport. The hotel boasts 193 luxury rooms, five meeting rooms and a selection of restaurants. The luxury hotel also has onsite a fully-equipped health and fitness centre with a heated swimming pool, a wellness and beauty spa, medical clinic, hair salon and florist. Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc is a subsidiary of Tata Zambia Limited, an international automobile assembly and distributor company. Taj Pamodzi Hotel Plc is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Stock market rally; here’s 2 stocks I still think look cheap despite the FTSE 100 surge

first_imgStock market rally; here’s 2 stocks I still think look cheap despite the FTSE 100 surge Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares jonathansmith1 has no position in any of the 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. The stock market rally of the past week or so has seen some large moves. The FTSE 100 index is up around 15% since dropping close to 5,500 points in late October. This is the average performance of all stocks in the index. Some have gained in excess of this, others not so much.As an investor, I want to try and find the stocks that still look cheap despite the recent surge. That way, I’m reducing my risk of buying stocks that are already fairly valued, or even over-valued in the short term. Here are two such stocks that I’ve been keeping my eye on.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…Keep buildingThe Taylor Wimpey (LSE: TW) share price has seen gains over the past couple of weeks with the stock market rally. But at 145p, it’s still comfortably below the levels we saw in February of around 230p. Now I completely understand the lack of desire for investors to buy this cheap looking stock for most of the year. As a home builder, it has seen demand fall massively due to the pandemic. H1 saw it incur a pre-tax loss of £39.8m. But the landscape has changed significantly in just a few months. The property market is booming with pent up demand. Vaccine news out this week should enable the business to more readily complete projects. The government’s push for construction to continue even in this second lockdown is another boost. All of these reasons have seen Taylor Wimpey benefit as part of the wider stock market rally.I don’t think that the good news has fully been priced in for Taylor Wimpey. In a recent trading update, it expects to resume dividend payments next year, thanks to demand returning. The CEO commented that “we are on track to deliver full year 2020 results towards the upper end of market expectations”. Therefore, I think the share price looks cheap on a relative basis, and could rally further with the stock market.A cheap oil stock?For much of this year, the Royal Dutch Shell (LSE:RDSA) share price has been under pressure. The unprecedented fall off in oil prices naturally had a negative impact on the business. This was mostly due to a lack of commercial demand from the aviation sector and consumer demand from other fuel usage. The stock market rally has helped the Shell share price rise, but it’s still cheap in my opinion.I think buying Shell is a longer term play than Taylor Wimpey. The bounce back in demand as the vaccine gets wider distribution could be slower in the oil sector than property. Q3 earnings were promising, with the dividend payout being raised as a result. So I do believe the company will be able to turn around and be profitable, but latest earnings show that it may take some time.This is one reason why the share price still looks cheap to me, despite the stock market rally. Should the share price return to 2,000p, this would yield over a 70% gain from buying in at current levels.As these two stocks show, the stock market rally has shone the light on that fact that we can still pick up companies at a good price.  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. See all posts by Jonathan Smith 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.center_img Jonathan Smith | Thursday, 12th November, 2020 | More on: RDSA TW Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. 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House and Office in Hofu / Tato Architects

first_img Year:  Photographs Architect In Charge:Yo ShimadaDesign Team:Yo Shimada, Keita KurokoshiConstruction:Fukumitsu Juken, Makoto IkedaCity:HofuCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!View the terrace 1.2 from the front desk through the store.. Image © Shinkenchiku Sha“House and Office in Hofu” is a renovation project of a 40-year-old building. The steel-frame structured building was remodeled to include various spaces such as living, office, warehouse, shop and more. The client for this project is the owner of a brewery founded in 1865. Apart from the traditional products soy and miso, the company also work on developing new products using the old techniques refined through the brewery’s history.Save this picture!See the inside of the store from the terrace 2. Image © Shinkenchiku ShaSave this picture!Bird’s eye viewSave this picture!You can see the entrance from the multi-purpose room through the terrace 2 and the store.. Image © Shinkenchiku ShaSave this picture!Bedroom. Image © Shinkenchiku ShaWhile the brewing is located elsewhere, the client wanted to create a place with a cleaner atmosphere for other parts of the business; such as office space, shop and storage space for nationwide distribution of the products. Fortunately, the building for this renovation project was large, so it was possible to create both House and Business within the frame of the existing architecture. Save this picture!The entrance of the store.. Image © Shinkenchiku ShaWanting to bring a part of the brewery’s history into the project, the outer walls was clad in wood, from old miso barrels, disassembled by the client. The charred wood refers both to the brand image but also to its surroundings. The roof and main structure of the building was kept intact and a plan element was inserted into the open space, rotated 45 degrees against the existing buildings grid. The idea of twisting the spaces 45 degrees is to create a more ambiguous feel between the old and new architecture. It also creates diverse spaces under the eaves and courtyards, like wedged pieces of land between square fields.Save this picture!View from the kitchen of the office to terrace 3. In the kitchen, trial cooking is conducted.. Image © Shinkenchiku ShaSave this picture!DiagramSave this picture!View the entrance from the terrace 2 through the store.. Image © Shinkenchiku ShaDue to the mixed-use nature of this building, an unspecified number of people enter and leave daily. Therefore, we choose to place the buildings functions so that they gradually become more private. The warehouse and shop is located to the north facing the road, the office and prototyping room for product development is placed in the center, and furthest back to the south is the client’s residence. Looking from one room, the layers of glass doors and walls create depth and gradation, blurring the boundaries between spaces.Save this picture!View the multipurpose room and office from terrace 2.. Image © Shinkenchiku ShaProject gallerySee allShow lessThe World’s Answer to the Lack of Medical Facilities: Temporary and Convertible Hosp…ArticlesFrame House / NOMO STUDIOSelected Projects Share Projects Houses “COPY” 2018 Save this picture!The courtyard side is seen from the northeast sky. The outer wall surface is retreated from the existing building to create the space under eaves.. Image © Shinkenchiku Sha+ 34Curated by Hana Abdel Share House and Office in Hofu / Tato Architects Japan Area:  460 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs:  Shinkenchiku Shacenter_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/936575/house-and-office-in-hofu-tato-architects Clipboard Architects: Tato Architects Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” House and Office in Hofu / Tato ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHouse and Office in Hofu / Tato Architects Planting: COCA-Z, Tatsuya Kokaji CopyHouses, Offices Interiors•Hofu, Japan ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/936575/house-and-office-in-hofu-tato-architects Clipboard CopyAbout this officeTato ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignOffices InteriorsOn FacebookHofuJapanPublished on March 31, 2020Cite: “House and Office in Hofu / Tato Architects” 31 Mar 2020. 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Arty Social Housing / a/LTA

first_imgArchDaily Area:  2745 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2020 Year:  France ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/962894/arty-social-housing-a-lta Clipboard Save this picture!© Charly Broyez+ 41Curated by Paula Pintos Share Apartments CopyAbout this officea/LTAOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsSocial HousingOn FacebookCesson-SévignéFrancePublished on June 07, 2021Cite: “Arty Social Housing / a/LTA” 07 Jun 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream CopyApartments, Social Housing•Cesson-Sévigné, France Photographs:  Charly BroyezClient:NéotoaPlanner:Groupe LaunayArchitects In Charge:Nolwenn Caillard, Jorge Martin SanchezUrban Planner:Atelier Loyer + Ker Anna paysageEconomists:Cabinet LemonnierFluids Engineers:THALEMStructure Engineers:OUEST STRUCTURESSite Management:APHIPROSite Inspector:SOCOTECCity:Cesson-SévignéCountry:FranceMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Charly BroyezRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Ductal® Cladding Panels (EU)ConcreteKrytonConcrete Hardening – Hard-CemFiber Cements / CementsApavisaTiles – Nanofusion 7.0Fiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupFacade Panels – concrete skinText description provided by the architects. The “Les Hauts de Sévigné” development project, led by the Launay Group, is located between the Rennes-Paris railroad line, the Route de Paris, and the Rigourdière business park. This sector at the entrance to the city is today mainly composed of activities. Eventually, it will be home to approximately 650 housing units and 12,000 m2 of business floor space.Save this picture!© Charly BroyezThe lot awarded to Néotoa and on which we have been led to reflect is located in the western part and on the northern limit. It takes advantage of its position in a belvedere and offers a panoramic view of the large bocage landscape and the Vilaine valley to the north.Save this picture!© Charly BroyezThe building is fragmented into two main volumes: one to the north, which is aligned with the street, and the second, which follows the alignment of the property line with lot C7 to the south.Save this picture!© Charly BroyezThe body of the building does not vary in the floors for the sake of thermal performance. It is the terraces that change from one level to another: sometimes wide, sometimes deep, they “blur” the limits of the building. The railings are filled with bleached glass. The slab nosing and the anodized aluminum handrail have a unique thickness and help to erase the scale of the current levels.Save this picture!Ground floor planThe last levels in the attic are set back from the façade. They express the relationship to the sky by the fragmentation of the built volume.Save this picture!© Charly BroyezThe treatment of the facades is homogeneous according to the orientation and the different levels, without a hierarchy of orientation. The masonry parts are painted concrete of light color. The eastern part of the ground floor houses parking spaces. These spaces are covered by a vegetated concrete roof treated in the continuity of the terraces. The single-car access is located to the east of the lot. It serves as the access ramp to the basement (22 spaces) and 24 parking spaces located under the building on the ground floor.Save this picture!© Charly BroyezSave this picture!© Charly BroyezThe main pedestrian access to the units is located at the North/West corner of the lot. A common space treated as a paved square serves the generously glazed entrance hall and the two-wheeler room sheltered behind a lock-in continuity with the fences common to all the blocks.Save this picture!© Charly BroyezPedestrian gates are placed in the fence to allow direct access to the private gardens and to the contiguous housing from the public space.Save this picture!© Charly BroyezProject gallerySee allShow lessCapela dst / Nuno Ferreira Capa | arquitectura e designSelected ProjectsLuanda House / Fábrica de casasSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Le Haut Sévigné, 35510 Cesson-Sévigné, FranceLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Projects Architects: a/LTA Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Arty Social Housing / a/LTA Arty Social Housing / a/LTASave this projectSaveArty Social Housing / a/LTA ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/962894/arty-social-housing-a-lta Clipboard “COPY” Photographslast_img read more

Boston demonstrators demand peace for Syria

first_imgThe Syrian American Forum mobilized people to gather in Copley Square in Boston to call on the Obama administration to help end the ongoing war in Syria. A group of Syrians and their supporters demonstrated on Aug. 29 outside of the Boston Public Library to demand peace for Syria.The Syrian American Forum has been at the forefront of the struggle for peace and self-determination in Syria since the war began in 2011. Forum activists raised Syrian flags and carried signs that condemned U.S. allies such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia for their support for rebel groups in the country.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has estimated the war has caused the death of over 200,000 Syrians. The U.S., Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have provided diplomatic and material support for “rebels“ inside of Syria in their efforts to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad. In the summer of 2013, the Obama administration sought congressional approval for military intervention in Syria to achieve this objective.At the time, Russia brokered a deal that prevented a potential world war scenario. Ever since, the U.S. and its allies have continued the war under the guise of fighting ISIS. A coalition, led by the U.S. and Turkey, has conducted numerous airstrikes in Syria without the approval of the government in Damascus or even the United Nations. These strikes have killed Syrian civilians, including 52 in May of 2015.The Syrian American Forum press release for the demonstration states: “The [U.S.] American and international battle against terrorism continues to be short of achieving its objectives. This is due to … the refusal of the U.S. and its allies to acknowledge that an alliance which includes Syria is the only path to a strong alliance to defeat ISIS, Al-Nusra, and other terrorists.”Syrians at the demonstration made it clear they want Washington to play a role in bringing peace to the war-torn nation. When asked what people in the U.S. can do to help, a Syrian American Forum representative answered, “Stop listening to the American government.”The war on Syria is part and parcel of the world capitalist system’s drive to expand global profits at the expense of workers and oppressed people. Self-determination is a critical principle in the fight against capitalism and for a new socialist world. It is of absolute necessity that people in the U.S. stand with Syrians in their just fight to defend the sovereignty of their nation. Long live Syria!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Ag Secretary Encourages Unity in Agriculture

first_img SHARE By Andy Eubank – Aug 4, 2016 Facebook Twitter Vilsack farmer tributeTom VilsackAg Secretary Tom Vilsack says the agriculture industry must do a better job speaking with one unified voice. The USDA chief recently said too much attention is paid to what divides the industry: whether you grow organic, conventional or whether GMOs are bad or not. But, he says farming is a profession that benefits the entire nation, even those who don’t realize it.“Every one of us that’s not a farmer, is not as farmer because we have farmers,” Vilsack said. “We delegate the responsibility of feeding our families to a relatively small percentage of this country. If you look at 85% of what’s grown in this country, it’s raised by 2-300,000 people. That’s less than one-tenth of one percent of America. But the other 99% of us can be lawyers and doctors and peace corps volunteers and economists and people that work for government.”Vilsack says because of the robust agriculture industry, there are freedoms and securities in this country that are uniquely American.“It is not true in most of the countries in this world, and then when we go to the grocery store we walk out of it with more money in our pocket as a percentage of our paychecks than anybody else in the world. So we have this incredible economy that’s consumer oriented that allows us to buy stuff. It’s unbelievable.”Vilsack would like the non-agriculture community to thank area farmers for these unique freedoms and opportunities.Source: NAFB News SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Ag Secretary Encourages Unity in Agriculture Ag Secretary Encourages Unity in Agriculture Facebook Twitter Previous articleFarm Credit System Loan Volume up 10 PercentNext articleIndiana Ethanol Event Features Hot Cars and High Speeds Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Supreme Court creates dangerous precedent sentencing journalist to prison for “defamation”

first_img December 24, 2014 Find out more Reporters Without Borders welcomes the adoption of the Broadcasting Communication Services Law UruguayAmericas October 3, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Supreme Court creates dangerous precedent sentencing journalist to prison for “defamation” RSF_en Reporters Without Borders expressed concern that the Supreme Court may have set a dangerous precedent by sentencing former journalist Carlos Dogliani, on the now closed El Regional in Paysandú, western Uruguay to a five-month suspended prison sentence for “defaming” the town mayor.The 18 September 2006 ruling against Dogliani, who in 2004 published a series of articles criticising Paysandú mayor Alvaro Lamas for allowing a dubious tax break, overturned the journalist’s successful 2005 appeal. “This decision flies in the face of legislative reform in favour of free expression in most countries on the American continent,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “It directly opposes the jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of human rights, which decriminalised defamation in a 2004 decision.”“The Uruguayan Supreme Court is in fact reversing its own decision by today favouring the protection of honour over freedom of expression, when it ruled the opposite nine years ago. We fear that the argument of ‘harming honour’ will result in abuse of journalists and prompt self-censorship within the press, particularly when elected officials are involved,” said Reporters Without Borders.Dogliani had drawn attention in a series of articles written in 2004 to the mayor’s decision to exempt an individual from paying tax in a 300,000-dollar property investment case.In March 2004, the mayor sued the journalist and he was sentenced to five months in prison suspended for “defamation”. Dogliani successfully appealed in 2005.The Supreme Court’s 18 September ruling revokes the appeal decision and confirms the sentence against the journalist, with the suspension.In its grounds for the decision, the Uruguayan Press Association (APU) stressed, the court considered “little importance should be attached to the truth of the alleged facts”. The court relied on an earlier decision it gave in 1992 that prioritised honour over freedom of expression.In doing so, the court ignored another decision given since, in 1997, according to which political officials should tolerate criticism and that freedom of expression should prevail over honour when the information was in the public interest. News News Follow the news on Uruguay April 4, 2014 Find out more Organisation center_img Deputies pass amended broadcasting law, new challenge ahead to go further Call for continuing transparency and dialogue in media law’s passage Help by sharing this information News News December 12, 2013 Find out more UruguayAmericas Receive email alertslast_img read more

Grant funds for women veterans

first_img Twitter Grant funds for women veterans WhatsApp Facebook Facebook By Odessa American – May 9, 2021 Pinterest The Center for Women Entrepreneurs at Texas Woman’s University recently announced its inaugural Veteran Woman Entrepreneur Grant program, which supports women veterans in Texas who own their own businesses or are interested in launching one.Up to $250,000 in grant funds will be awarded in increments of $1,000 to $10,000 to qualified Texas women veterans who are starting or who have existing businesses. It is the CWE’s first grant program aimed specifically at helping veterans and is open to women entrepreneurs throughout Texas.The Veteran Woman Entrepreneur Grant application must be submitted before 5 p.m. May 14.Winners will be announced on June 12, Women Veterans Day.Grant funding may be used for the purchase of machinery, equipment or technology; acquisition of new inventory or raw materials; purchase and installation of fixtures or display units; property improvements; marketing; or other business-related activity that is aligned with the purpose of the program. Grants cannot be used for wages, salaries and sales tax.Awardees must meet with the center’s small business advisor, veteran mentors and complete a virtual training series hosted by the CWE to receive funding. The course will cover topics related to business plan development, marketing, legal matters, accounting and financing.For more information, FAQs and to apply, visit tinyurl.com/4t4hrrf9.center_img Pinterest TAGSCenter for Women EntrepreneursTexas Woman’s UniversityVeteran Woman Entrepreneur Grant program Local News Previous articleELAM: Do we really want to change America?Next articleLETTER TO THE EDITOR: When history repeats Odessa American Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

At least 12 of 18 dead at Massachusetts veterans hospital had COVID-19

first_imgDerek Brumby/iStock(BOSTON) — The number of deaths at a Massachusetts health care facility for veterans continued to rise amid the novel coronavirus crisis, with at least 18 residents reported dead as of Thursday afternoon, state officials said.Twelve of the veterans who died tested positive for COVID-19, with results for the other six negative, pending or unknown, according to the state’s Office of Health and Human Services.Through Wednesday, there had been 15 deaths at the hospital.The Soldier’s Home in the city of Holyoke, a veteran’s center and hospital, has been battling a growing number of coronavirus cases and allegations that multiple residents died without the government being informed.Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse said that he was alerted to “the gravity of the situation” on Saturday, when people associated with the home reached out to his office anonymously.Morse said he then contacted the Board of Health, but he did not hear back by Saturday and decided to call the home’s superintendent himself on Sunday.“I was shocked on the phone call when the superintendent let me know that there had been eight deaths between Wednesday and Sunday without any public notification, without any notification to my office and also just no notification to the state government that oversees the facility in the first place,” Morse said in a Facebook Live speech on Tuesday.At least 23 veteran residents have tested positive in the home, according to the state’s Office of Health and Human Services. Testing for staff is still in the works, but so far at least seven staff members have been positive.“This is a critical health situation for our veterans, and the commonwealth will continue to make all resources available to the leadership of the Holyoke and Chelsea Soldiers’ Homes to contain the spread of the virus,” an agency spokesperson said in a statement.Morse said Wednesday the situation was “likely going to get worse before it gets better.”“Every decision needs to be based on, How do we save as many lives as possible? How do we stop the spread of this virus?” Morse said in a Facebook live speech.The Soldier’s Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh has been placed on paid administrative leave.Walsh did not respond to request for comment from ABC News.He did release a statement to MassLive defending his actions, saying he provided regular updates to state officials about the number of residents and staff who were tested and their results after a resident tested positive March 21.He also said that all family members were contacted and told that a resident tested positive.“Our focus then and always was on the veterans and their families,” Walsh said in his statement.Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday called for an investigation into the deaths.“We will get to the bottom of what happened,” the governor said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Coronavirus news: India records world’s highest increase in new COVID-19 cases

first_imgMyriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 940,000 people worldwide.Over 29.8 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 criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has varied from country-to-country. Still, 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 virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica.The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 6.6 million diagnosed cases and at least 196,802 deaths.California has the most cases of any U.S. state, with more than 771,000 people diagnosed, according to Johns Hopkins data. California is followed by Texas and Florida, with over 696,000 cases and over 671,000 cases, respectively.Nearly 170 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least six of which are in crucial phase three trials.Here’s how the news is developing Thursday. All times Eastern:Sep 17, 7:50 amCOVID-19 outbreaks hit French universitiesDozens of university campuses in major cities across France are reporting COVID-19 outbreaks, according to various local media outlets.The affected cities reportedly include Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Rennes and Toulouse.In a recent interview with French newspaper Ouest-France, the country’s minister of higher education, Frederique Vidal, said the clusters of cases emerging on university campuses are “mostly linked to private gatherings,” such as student parties. Still, Vidal said she wants to maintain in-person classes “because it is important that teachers and students meet,” particularly first-year students “who need benchmarks.”French student unions, on the other hand, have laid the blame on overcrowded lecture halls.Since the start of the academic year, at least 81 schools across France have been closed and 2,100 classes have been cancelled due to COVID-19.“We have seen around 1,200 new COVID cases among school pupils this week,” France’s minister of national education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, told reporters Wednesday. “Classes are closed as soon as there are three positive cases.”Sep 17, 6:40 am2-month-old baby dies from COVID-19 in MichiganA 2-month-old baby in Michigan has died from COVID-19.Michigan’s chief medical executive, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, announced the infant’s death during a press conference Wednesday, while discussing how children are not spared from the novel coronavirus.“I was so saddened to hear this news,” Khaldun said. “My condolences go out to their parents and family.”Nearly 800 children across the United States have been diagnosed with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), a new pediatric disease associated with COVID-19 that can cause multiple organs to fail, according to Khaldun.“Studies show that while children are less likely to get severely ill from COVID-19, they still can and they can also pass it on to others,” Khaldun said, while urging people to wear masks, wash their hands and maintain social distancing.“COVID-19 is not something to be taken lightly,” she added.Twenty children under the age of 1 have died of COVID-19 nationwide as of Sept. 12, according to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Sep 17, 5:30 amUS sees nearly 17% jump in coronavirus-related deathsAn internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News on Wednesday night showed that the current national trend in new cases is only slightly down while the trend in new deaths is way up.There were 261,204 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States during the period of Sept. 9-15, a 0.7% decrease from the previous week. Meanwhile, 5,906 coronavirus-related deaths were recorded during that same period, a 16.6% increase compared with the seven days prior, according to the FEMA memo.The national positivity rate for COVID-19 tests currently stands at 4.4%, a 0.1% decrease over the past week, according to the memo.Sep 17, 4:48 amUS reports nearly 37,000 new cases, just under 1,000 deathsThere were 36,782 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Wednesday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Wednesday’s tally is far below the country’s record set on July 16, when there were 77,255 new cases in a 24-hour-reporting period.An additional 977 coronavirus-related fatalities were also recorded Wednesday, down from a peak of 2,666 new fatalities reported on April 17.A total of 6,630,892 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 196,802 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. The daily tally of new cases has gradually come down since then.Sep 17, 4:27 amIndia records world’s highest increase in new casesIndia confirmed 97,894 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, marking the highest single-day increase in infections worldwide since the coronavirus pandemic began.An additional 1,132 coronavirus-related fatalities were also recorded. The country’s cumulative total now stands at 5,118,253 cases and 83,198 deaths, according to the latest data from the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.India has the second-highest tally of COVID-19 cases in the world and the third-highest death toll in the coronavirus pandemic, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University. The relatively low death toll in a vast county of 1.3 billion people is raising questions about how it’s counting coronavirus fatalities.India has reported more than one million cases this month alone. Based on the current rate of infection, India is expected within weeks to become the pandemic’s worst-hit nation, surpassing the United States, where more than 6.6 million people have been diagnosed with COVID-19.India’s health ministry has attributed the surge in infections to increased testing. The country is conducting more than one million COVID-19 tests per day.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more