Standard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC (SCB.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2004 annual report.For more information about Standard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC (SCB.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Standard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC (SCB.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Standard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC (SCB.gh) 2004 annual report.Company ProfileStandard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC is a financial services institution in Ghana offering banking products and services to the retail, commercial and corporate, and institutional sectors. Its full-service product offering ranges from transactional accounts and electronic banking services to foreign exchange and currency accounts, trade and working capital solutions, international trade accounts and personal overdraft and unsecured loans. The company also provides bancassurance and asset protection services. Standard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC operates a network of 27 branches and 56 ATMS in the major towns and cities of Ghana. The company was founded in 1896 making it one of the oldest financial institutions in West Africa. Standard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC is a subsidiary of Standard Chartered Holdings (Africa) BV. Its head office is in Accra, Ghana. Standard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange
Sun Limited (SUN.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2012 interim results for the half year.For more information about Sun Limited (SUN.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Sun Limited (SUN.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Sun Limited (SUN.mu) 2012 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileSun Limited engages in the tourism sector of the leisure industry. The company is based in Ebene, the Republic of Mauritius, where it owns and operates six resorts in the Republic of Mauritius, one resort in the Republic of Maldives and also owns two in-house tour operators in France and South Africa. Sun Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius
Continental Reinsurance Plc (CONTIN.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Continental Reinsurance Plc (CONTIN.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Continental Reinsurance Plc (CONTIN.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Continental Reinsurance Plc (CONTIN.ng) 2015 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileContinental Reinsurance Plc offers reassurance services for life and non-life classes through service centres in Nigeria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Tunisia and Botswana. The company’s reinsurance offering covers fire and engineering; motor, liability and general accident; marine and aviation; oil and energy; and individual and group life risks. Continental Reinsurance Plc also provides specialist advisory services for reinsurance structuring, actuarial and risk management and product development support. Continental Property and Engineering Risk Services (CPERS) Limited in South Africa is a subsidiary of Continental Reinsurance Plc and operates as a technical referral competence with the Group. The subsidiary company was established to meet the growing demand for specialist engineering insurance risk cover and advisory services. Its core functions are underwriting, risk surveys, claims handling and training. Continental Reinsurance Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Continental Reinsurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
“COPY” 2013 Spain CopyHouses•Botarell, Spain House for Pau & Rocio / Arnau Tiñena Architecture ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/375102/house-for-pau-and-rocio-arnau-tinena-architecture Clipboard Save this picture!Courtesy of Arnau Tiñena+ 18 Share Projects 2013 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/375102/house-for-pau-and-rocio-arnau-tinena-architecture Clipboard Year: Area: 148 m² Area: 148 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs: Courtesy of Arnau TiñenaText description provided by the architects. The social structure of Spanish families has changed in a few years. Pau and Rocío are a young couple that having just turned 30 decide to built their own home. Save this picture!DetailIt may seem surprising given the difficult economic situation we are going through in Spain, but this new profile of entrepreneurs is quite different from the mortgage-based model that made the housing bubble burst . Save this picture!Courtesy of Arnau TiñenaThis is a small house designed specifically for them, carefully dimensioned and contained, without excesses. The permanent incompletion of the work is due to the lack of resources, the building will be completed over time…. The economic and social indeterminacy requires an open project, receptive to changes…We propose a growing structure organized by program stripes using the minimum energy and economic resources .Their working in the fields explains their strong link to the land and the agricultural landscape of the region of Baix Camp, and for that reason they want to live specifically in this territory. From the beginning they took an active part in the process.Save this picture!Courtesy of Arnau TiñenaIt is a house rooted in the territory, but at the same time flexible and transformable, ready to grow and absorb the familiar changes over time.Botarell has a very close relationship with nature. Located at the foot of the mountains of Prades the urban morphology of the village presents diffuse limits with the countryside, traditionally dedicated to the cultivation of wine, almonds, hazelnuts and olives. A dry and hot landscape, with an intense light, that creates an atmosphere similar to the lethargic paintings of De Chirico.Save this picture!Courtesy of Arnau TiñenaThe House is built on a plot with neighbours on both sides. Situated on the boundary between a modern extension of the village and the countryside, it is visually seen as the continuity of the agricultural landscape. The organization strategy arises from the reactivation of latent geometrical cropland structure, conceived as efficient systems of parallel bands. The project is a device born from an ancient landscape order, which has traditionally organized the territory.Landscape as a designing tool. The arrangement of the programme in transformable functional bands pursues the most economical, logical and efficient solution. The House is organized in layers of privacy, introverted on both sides and the side facing the street , and opened completely to the South to ensure quality light, establish an intimate indoor-outdoor relationship, minimize thermal losses and protect from the strong north wind.Save this picture!Courtesy of Arnau TiñenaThe use of local materials such as concrete, ceramic or wood, and local construction techniques try to minimize transportation costs. The use of natural energies intends to minimize the consumption of energy resources of the building. Low-tech solutions such as a good orientation, the use of rainwater for the garden watering or the ventilation flows are priorities in the designing process.Save this picture!Courtesy of Arnau TiñenaThis House is designed for a specific landscape, culture, and people.It is closely linked to the land, but, at the same time, it wants to be an open and elastic system, a simple, flexible, scalable and reprogrammable structure that should grow along with the needs of its inhabitants, in order to deal with economic and social turbulences in the coming years.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessSalotto Urbano Proposal / Michela Romano, Emanuela Ortolani, Federica Spinaci, Eleon…Unbuilt ProjectIn Residence: Claudio SilvestrinArticles Share Houses House for Pau & Rocio / Arnau Tiñena ArchitectureSave this projectSaveHouse for Pau & Rocio / Arnau Tiñena Architecture Architects: Arnau Tiñena Architecture Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily “COPY” Photographs Year: CopyAbout this officeArnau Tiñena ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBotarellHousesSpainPublished on May 22, 2013Cite: “House for Pau & Rocio / Arnau Tiñena Architecture” 22 May 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
CopyHouses•Bellinzona, Switzerland ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/905522/swisshouse-galbisio-davide-macullo-architects Clipboard Photographs: Alexandre Zveiger Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyAbout this officeDavide Macullo ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBellinzonaSwitzerlandPublished on November 09, 2018Cite: “Swisshouse Galbisio / Davide Macullo Architects” 09 Nov 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
By Gene Clancy and Deirdre GriswoldProtest in New York City’s Times Square Nov. 18 as Israel masses tanks and troops on Gaza border.WW photo: G. DunkelNov. 19 — Israel has launched another brutal military attack on the Palestinian people living in Gaza, a small, densely populated strip of land that houses 1.7 million people. Once again, Israel has the complete backing of the U.S. government, which for decades has bankrolled the Zionist settler state and its military, enabling their many assaults on the Arab and Muslim peoples of the oil-rich region.Gilad Sharon, a major in the Israeli army and son of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, wrote in the Nov. 18 Jerusalem Post: “We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza.” He justified this by comparing Gaza to Nagasaki, where the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb at the end of World War II, killing at least 75,000 people.Israel has launched hundreds of missile and air strikes into Gaza since Nov. 14. Its most recent targets have been media offices and vehicles. Israeli strategists don’t want the world to see heart-wrenching images of what they have done, like the photo of a grief-stricken father carrying his dead 11-month-old son, the victim of a U.S.-made Israeli “smart bomb.” Jihad Misharawi, an employee of BBC Arabic, not only lost his young son, Omar. His sister-in-law was killed and his brother was seriously injured when their house was struck in the Israeli attack.For days, the Israeli military propaganda machine has been pumping out images and commentary bragging about “surgical strikes” and killing Hamas’ top military commander, Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari, at the beginning of this new onslaught.The U.S. capitalist-owned media focus mostly on the few casualties in southern Israel caused by missiles fired from Gaza. When the destruction and death caused by Israeli air and missile strikes are shown, they rarely get equal coverage. The casualty figures, however, tell the real story: Palestinian deaths and injuries are 10 times those of Israelis. As of Nov. 19, the dead in Gaza numbered 91 and the wounded 700. Israel reports three people killed and 79 wounded by Hamas rockets.Despite Israel’s overwhelming military advantage, the impoverished people of Gaza have not been cowed by these latest attacks. They continue to support Hamas, which is demanding that Israel end its five-year blockade of Gaza and pledge not to attack again. Hamas is also demanding multinational guarantees that Israel will abide by its commitments. In the meantime, Hamas says it will continue launching rockets into Israel, including a newer generation that can reach as far as Tel Aviv, Israel’s capital.News reports on funerals for Gazans killed in the attacks describe a passionate determination to continue the struggle rather than surrender to Israeli terror — like the murder of a 13-year-old Palestinian by an Israeli military vehicle. It was when Palestinians responded by attacking the vehicle that Israel claimed the right to revive its criminal policy of “targeted assassination” and launched its deadly assault on Gaza City.The condemnation of these deadly outrages has been swift and worldwide. Demonstrations against Israel and in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Gaza are taking place on every continent.As thousands demonstrated in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in support of Gaza, Egypt recalled its ambassador to Israel and sent Prime Minister Hisham Kandil to Gaza to offer Egypt’s solidarity.Arab politicians used to collaborating with U.S. imperialism have been put on the spot by the mass reaction to Israel’s aggression. Iraq’s representative to the Arab League, Qais al-Azzawy, called on Arab states to use oil as a weapon to put pressure on the U.S. and Israel.Even Jordan’s King Abdullah cancelled a trip to Britain amid fears that his country could be the next to experience the Arab Spring’s demands for change. Protesters had packed the streets of Amman, the capital, demanding an end to the monarch’s rule. The cancellation followed protests in solidarity with Palestine but also opposing a hike in gasoline prices. At least one protester was killed and 75 injured.Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdoðan, who has joined the imperialist-supported attacks on Syria, told the truth when he called Israel a terror state after its assault on Gaza.The Palestinian people have every right to return to historic Palestine, but they are banned from doing so by a murderous regime of settlers who have come primarily from Europe and the U.S. and who every year encroach further on their lands.The Palestinian people have every right to defend themselves against Israel’s military onslaught and economic strangulation. Now is the time to support their heroic determination to stand up against U.S./Israeli terror in the Middle East.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Gary King mural.Cathy King, Gary King’s mother, told Workers World that Gary was 20 years old when he was killed on Sept. 20, 2007, in Oakland, Calif. Gary had been selling vacuum cleaners but had that day off, so he went to a friend’s house. Then Cathy got a call from his friend telling her that she had to come to 54th Street and Martin Luther King Blvd.Cathy recounted how she and her spouse arrived at a police scene. They saw their son on the ground and tried to get to him. Even though she told the police she was his mother, they wouldn’t let the two get close. She was again turned down when she asked if she could ride in ambulance. When the two tried to follow the ambulance, they realized after a while that they had gotten ahead of it. The ambulance had turned off its siren.When Cathy and her spouse tried to see their son in the emergency room, they were not allowed in. Then a nurse came and told them “they were sorry.” Even after his death, the two were still not allowed to see Gary, with the police claiming the body was “evidence.” Cathy told WW how she wasn’t allowed to see Gary’s body for six days.Cathy was able to piece together from friends and other eyewitnesses the following information: Gary was outside of a corner store with friends. Officer Patrick Gonzales claimed he suspected they were dealing drugs. Gonzales called Gary over to his car and asked him his name. Then he tried to put him in handcuffs. When Gary resisted, Gonzales grabbed Gary by his braids, tased and then shot him. Officer Richard Coglio claimed that when he rolled Gary over, he found a gun on him. Gonzales claimed Gary kept reaching for it, but Coglio testified that Gonzales never warned him that Gary was armed.Record of brutalityPatrick Gonzales is one of Oakland’s most notorious killer cops. In 2001, Gonzales was accused of strip searching a young man in broad daylight and then dislocating his jaw. In March 2002, he shot and killed Joshua Russell for allegedly being involved in an armed robbery.In June 2006, Gonzales shot and wounded Amir Rollins for allegedly being armed with a shotgun. On March 21, 2009, Gonzales shot and killed Lovelle Mixon, as he and other Oakland police moved on the apartment Mixon was in.Writer Ali Winston in his article “Deadly Secrets,” about police violence against Occupy Oakland and about “the two most violent confrontations between police and Occupy protesters,” wrote: “The Tango squads armed with less-than-lethal projectiles and chemical munitions were posted at 14th and Broadway in front of City Hall on the evening of October 25 and were led by Sergeants Patrick Gonzales and Ronald Holmgren.” (East Bay Express, Oct. 12, 2011)Winston continues: “Multiple lawsuits alleging wrongful death, excessive force, illegal searches, and racial profiling incidents involving Gonzales have resulted in at least $3.6 million paid by the city in settlement money. Law enforcement experts say he fits the profile of the ‘bad apple.’”In a follow-up article Winston described how Gonzales, who had an extensive history of use of deadly force, “also fired bean bag projectiles from his shotgun during a clash with marchers on the afternoon of the 25th.“ (“OPD Used Violent Cops Against Occupy,” Dec. 21, 2011)DA report on discrepancies in cops’ storiesThe Alameda County District Attorney finally released a report in April 2013, almost six years later, absolving Gonzales of any wrongdoing in Gary King’s killing. In an article about the report, “Oakland Police Too Quick to Fire,” Thomas Peele wrote about how Gonzales claimed in testimony that he had found the gun in King’s pants after cuffing him. “‘The difference in the two accounts is just huge,’ said LaDoris Cordell, San Jose’s independent police monitor and a retired Santa Clara County Superior Court judge who reviewed the case for the newspaper.“She said the discrepancy calls into question whether Gonzales knew King had a gun when he shot him. ‘As a firearms instructor, Gonzales would have known to warn Coglio if he believed Coglio was approaching an armed man,’ Cordell said.” (San Jose Mercury News, May 2)Peele described the testimony of Sgt. Donna Hoppenhauer, the internal affairs investigator, who never mentioned the conflicting reports, with Coglio claiming he also found the gun. Peele wrote, “Shortly after Hoppenhauer’s testimony, Oakland agreed to pay King’s family $1.5 million to end the lawsuit. Gonzales, by then, was back on the street.”Cathy King, who described how police murders only happen to people of color, told WW how they had a vigil right after Gary was killed. An artist painted a mural of Gary on a Bay Area Rapid Transit pillar near where he was killed. Protests were held every Thursday at Oakland City Hall for a period of time. A major protest was held on the day Gonzalez was supposed to go back to work.When asked what she hopes will come from the upcoming California statewide anti-police brutality demonstration on Oct. 22, Cathy thoughtfully talked about her “hope for some recognition,” saying, “We need a million-person march in D.C.”She expressed how she wants “the world to know that it happens all the time” and “the police [should] not be allowed to kill people with immunity. It should be illegal for them to give each other awards for killing people. They pat each other on the back. There should be programs for the victims’ families. They don’t even call my son a victim; they call him a suspect. Many families never receive counseling, although they are completely devastated. No, the president didn’t end racism.”Sadly she admitted that for a while after Gary’s killing, “I had no ambition for my other children except to stay alive.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Facebook “Modern ’til Midnight” brings fine arts to Fort Worth Twitter Paschal High School head football coach named coach of the week Caitlin Andreenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caitlin-andreen/ Facebook Previous articleFort Worth ISD Hiring Fair fosters community cooperationNext articleMass Appeal to premiere in Fort Worth’s Circle Theatre Caitlin Andreen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR HSNT “Trick or Trot” to raise money for North Texas animals Twitter Linkedin Linkedin Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature printOnly a few months remain for the “Framing Desire” exhibition, a scene of attraction at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.According to The Modern’s website, “the artists each use their medium in ways that transcend what the imagery literally depicts to intensify the idea of desire.”Forty pieces from various artists were acquired by the museum after more than a year of research, Andrea Karnes, curator for The Modern, said.“We wanted to add to the collection in a meaningful way,” Karnes said.“Walking House” by Laurie Simmons, 1989 Pigment print Image: 83 1/2 x 47 1/2 in. (212.09 x 120.65 cm) Sheet: 84 x 48 in. (213.36 x 121.92 cm) Framed: 86 x 50 x 2 1/4 in. (218.44 x 127 x 5.72 cm) Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Museum purchase, The Friends of Art Endowment Fund“Walking House” is a piece where Simmons explores gender roles in the U.S., Karnes said. It looks at the roles of women and how women used to belong only in the home.The Exhibition is divided into three themes on the second floor of The Modern. As you walk up the grand staircase, you are immediately in the “Ages” theme.Karnes said the inspirations behind this theme are the stages of life, a sense of community, the desire to be someone you’re not, exploring family dynamics and the real world that people look past. There are sensitive images in this room including nudity and drug use.“Rooms” is the next theme as you walk through the exhibition. These photographs show interior and architecture. The theme is represented by the beauty in design and the desire to be somewhere beautiful.“Scapes” is the last area in the exhibition. This area is designed around landscapes and cityscapes. Karnes said the desire to be somewhere you might not be able to go is the inspiration for this area.The photographs in this area put the viewer in the middle of New York City, followed by the rainforest and then in the middle of the Arctic. The area shows the beauty of the natural world and the man-made world working together.“Perito Moreno #18” Frank Thiel Perito Moreno #18, 2012/2013 Chromogenic print face-mounted to Plexiglas Image: 62 3/4 x 150 in. (159.39 x 381 cm) Sheet: 70 7/8 x 157 1/2 in. (180 x 400 cm) Framed: 73 1/4 x 159 7/8 x 2 3/8 in. (186.06 x 406.08 x 6.03 cm) Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Museum purchase © Frank ThielThroughout the exhibition, you will hear the song “A Lot of Sorrow” by The National. The song is a recording of a live performance of the band playing continuously for six hours in front of a live audience.“This piece is the perfect soundtrack for the exhibition because of the desires in the piece, as well as the desire it brings out in the viewer,” Karnes said.“A Lot of Sorrow” Ragnar Kjartansson. A Lot of Sorrow, 2014 Single channel video Running Time: 6 hours, 9 minutes, 35 seconds Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Museum purchase Photographs: Elisabet Davidsdottir © Ragnar Kjartansson and The National; images courtesy of the artists, Luhring Augustine, New York, and i8 Gallery, ReykjavikThe desire for the group to work through the performance, for the viewer to listen to it and for the crowd to stay for the entire performance makes this piece a perfect fit, Karnes said.The desire for the group to work through the performance, for the viewer to listen to it and for the crowd to stay for the entire performance makes this piece a perfect fit, Karnes said.Karnes said the video usually stops and starts over again between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. At this time, one can see the band in the video at the end, as well as the encore. The beginning of the video can also be compared to the view at the end of the video.Karnes said these works will not always be on display, but will be cycled through when the works fit best with a current exhibition. “Modern ’til Midnight” brings fine arts to Fort Worth Caitlin Andreenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caitlin-andreen/ ReddIt Caitlin Andreen Caitlin Andreenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caitlin-andreen/ Caitlin Andreenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caitlin-andreen/ Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store ReddIt + posts
STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Single COVID-19 Case Reported in Pasadena Thursday By BRIAN DAY Published on Thursday, June 10, 2021 | 6:14 pm More Cool Stuff Top of the News 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. 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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Make a comment Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Health officials reported a single COVID-19 infection detected in Pasadena on Thursday as the city, county and state all prepare for the lifting of pandemic restrictions next week.No new deaths have been documented in a week, and the two most recent deaths reported on June 3 involved people who had died months earlier, but only recently been confirmed as COVID-19 fatalities.The city’s pandemic totals stood at 11.304 confirmed cases of the virus and 349 deaths, according to Pasadena Public Health Department data.An average of 1.1 new cases were detected each day over the prior week, records show.Pasadena Public Health Department and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health officials announced Wednesday that they would realign their masking policies to coincide with those of the state as of June 15.Masks won’t be required for fully vaccinated people, with exceptions including riders on public transit; in K-12 schools’ in healthcare settings; in detention and correctional facilities; and in homeless and emergency shelters, authorities said.Where masks will still be required, Pasadena Public Health Director Dr. Ying-Ying Goh urged the public to comply.“COVID-19 continues to easily spread among those who are unvaccinated,” Goh said. “As we prepare for the State’s full reopening on June 15 and the retiring of most distancing and capacity restrictions, we urge everyone to get vaccinated.“We have three very safe and effective vaccines, which are our most powerful tools to protect our community,” Goh added. “The continued public health safety measure of appropriate masking is critically important to protect those who are unvaccinated and not yet eligible to receive the vaccine.”While masks will no longer be required in many places, Huntington Hospital Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Kimberly Shriner urged the public to remain considerate of others who choose to continue wearing masks.“We are very fortunate to have successful vaccines that have helped decrease the spread of the virus, and that so many people in Pasadena and Los Angeles have accepted the vaccine so far. Also, people have been impacted by COVID-19 in many different ways. With this in mind, when you are in a public space where masks are not required, like the grocery store or a restaurant, we should respect those around us who are more comfortable continuing to wear a mask, just as much as we respect those who choose not to wear a mask,” Shriner said.“Moving forward, mask use should be considered a positive infection prevention measure, not only from COVID-19, but throughout flu and cold season,” according to Shriner. “It’s a valuable tool, especially combined with hand hygiene, to help protect us from all viruses.”Los Angeles County Director of Public Health Dr. Barbara Ferrer reported another seven COVID-19 deaths in the county on Thursday, lifting the overall death toll to 24,414, City News Service reported.Another 220 cases were also announced, raising the cumulative total from throughout the pandemic to 1,245,771.State figures indicated there were 240 people hospitalized due to COVID-19 in the county as of Thursday, down from 244 on Wednesday, with 45 people in intensive care, the same as the previous day, according to CNS.The California Department of Public Health announced 856 new infections and 39 fatalities on Thursday, bringing the overall tallies to 3,693,362 COVID-19 cases and 62,538 deaths.The state’s average positivity rate over the prior week inched up by a tenth of a percent to 0.8%, according to CDPH data.As of Thursday, L.A. County accounted for 34% of California’s COVID-19 infections and 39% of the state’s fatalities.