“This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Paul Summers | Monday, 30th March, 2020 | More on: AUTO BOO HWDN Image source: Getty Images If there’s a silver lining to the dark coronavirus cloud for investors, it’s that markets are now considerably cheaper than they’ve been for a long time. When will prices reach their lowest point? The simple answer is that no one knows. And since knows one knows, I wouldn’t attempt to dissuade anyone from putting at least some of their spare cash to work in the near future. Better to start buying quality stocks when they’re already on sale, in my opinion, than miss out on the eventual recovery.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…With this in mind, here are three I’d consider beginning to accumulate today. Auto TraderOne can’t deny that the car industry has rarely faced such uncertainty.For me, however, vehicle marketplace Auto Trader (LSE: AUTO) has a number of the things I look for when sizing up stocks: a huge market share, great returns on capital employed, and sky-high margins. So, would I go ‘all in’ as things stand? Certainly not. Aside from the idea of a one-month bear market following a ten-year bull market feeling a tad optimistic, few people will be looking to buy a car for a while.Notwithstanding this, Auto Trader has sought to reassure investors that it’s in a good place financially. At the end of February, it had £111m of its revolving credit facility undrawn. There are certainly firms out there with less headroom than this, which might go some way to explaining why the share price is down less than 20% over the last month.If you believe the long-term investment case remains solid (and I do), this quality operation warrants a closer look. Howden JoineryDespite only a few of its depots remaining open to serve trade customers, kitchen supplier Howden Joinery (LSE: HWDN) is another firm I’d have no trouble dipping my toe into as things stand.With £267m net cash and an undrawn borrowing facility of £140m, the FTSE 250 member was in an excellent financial position at the start of 2020.To help things further, investment has been scaled back, the share buyback programme has been suspended, and the final dividend ditched until the full consequences of the coronavirus for the business are known. This all makes perfect sense to me.Naturally, paying the mortgage will take priority over a new kitchen in a coronavirus-induced recession but the strong relationships that Howden has built up with customers over the years should prove priceless. BoohooA third stock I’d feel comfortable buying at the current time is actually a former holding of mine – Manchester-based, fast-fashion giant Boohoo (LSE: BOO).Although the company has still to update the market on the impact of Covid-19 on business so far, I sincerely doubt trading has remained as good as it was. To quote Next’s CEO, Lord Woolfson, “People do not buy a new outfit to stay at home“. True as that may be, I suspect Boohoo stands a far better chance of bouncing back to form given its strong brand and the relatively inexpensive price tags of its wares. The AIM star also had £245m in net cash on its balance sheet back in January. Boohoo’s stock is down 35% in one month. For anyone considering building a position now, I’m inclined to think the long-term returns will compensate for any initial period spent ‘underwater’. Markets may have further to fall but here are 3 growth stocks I’d start buying now! 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New discussion list for fundraising writers CharityChannel, the US e-mail discussion list hub for non-profit staff, has launched its latest list. Development-Writing is devoted to all aspects of writing for nonprofit-sector fundraising and development. This includes grammar and usage, but is intended to cover much more.CharityChannel welcomes participants to post questions about the style and substance of any of the written documents and resources used in development offices. These could include proposals, campaign materials, letters, brochures, direct mail pieces and even internal communications.The list will be moderated by Andrew Grant. Stephen Nill of Charity Channel welcomed Grant on board: “He brings considerable experience in development writing and has many years in forum creation and moderation behind him. He was the first to suggest the new list, an idea that received enthusiastic support from the CharityChannel panel of volunteer co-moderators. Andrew is joined by Michael Wyland, an experienced development consultant with a strong writing background and, like Andrew, considerable experience in moderating forums.” Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 17 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Howard Lake | 13 November 1999 | News
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Marching in Barcelona on Oct. 1.The Spanish state’s brutal attempt to repress the Oct. 1 referendum for self-determination of Catalan boomeranged on the Madrid regime. Instead of squelching the vote, brutality aroused massive anger and resistance. This boosted the independence movement of the Catalan people and pushed the working class to the front.The people of Catalan have the right to decide on their status. And they certainly have the right to vote in a referendum without fearing clubs and rubber bullets from the national police and Civil Guard.Instead, with local Catalan police standing aside, federal police tried to close voting centers, seize ballots and voting boxes, and finally used clubs and rubber bullets to attack groups of potential voters, bloodying heads, throwing men and women down steps, breaking bones and injuring 844 people, according to reports the next day.Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of the People’s Party ordered the attack on Catalans. His center-right party supports the monarchy; it includes those who continue the policies of the fascist regime that won the Civil War in 1939.When Rajoy sent shiploads of national police to the port of Barcelona, dockers refused to supply or unload the ships. Local firefighters helped other citizens protect the voting places. Masses mobilized to resist and carry out the vote.While polls before the confrontation showed a majority of the 5 million eligible voters might have voted “No” to independence, the attack aroused those who felt the repression. More than 2 million people defied the police to vote, and 90 percent of them voted “Yes.”Some tens of thousands of students marched Oct. 2 in the streets of Barcelona, the regional capital, chanting “We have chosen!” and “The streets belong to us.”Dozens of Catalan unions have called for a general strike on Oct. 3. Before the Oct. 1 confrontation, two of the biggest union confederations, the Workers Commissions (CCOO) and the UGT, had not signed on to the strike. Now they have. Such a strike has the potential of moving the initiative for the struggle for self-determination closer to the working class and away from the pro-capitalist Catalan parties.What is the ‘Spanish state’?Many leftists in what we call “Spain” use the term “Spanish state” to describe it. Nor would they call all of its citizens “Spanish.” Distinct peoples inhabit more or less distinct regions and speak different languages than the dominant Spanish language. They don’t all identify as Spanish.They might instead identify as Galician, Basque or Catalan, among others. Galicia is a poor region in the northwest, identified with agriculture and fishing. The Basque Country in the northeast is more industrial, with a long history of armed struggle for independence and many political prisoners behind bars in the Spanish state. Catalan is a prosperous region on the eastern shore, known among other things for its strong workers’ and anarchist movement, which was on the republican side against the fascists during the 1936-39 civil war.Beside slaughtering the workers’ movement, the 40-year fascist Franco regime that won the civil war forced Spanish nationality and language onto everyone. That included suppressing regional languages and not teaching them in schools.As the fascist period drew to a close after Francisco Franco’s death in 1975, the agreement for the new regime was called the “Transition.” Revolutionaries considered the Transition a rotten deal that imposed a king on all the peoples, instead of the republic they wanted. It also allowed the fascist criminals and the wealthy oligarchs to maintain their position and wealth.So the Spanish state — the Civil Guard, the national police, the army — is identified with the fascist era, the repression of the working class and of minority nationalities, and the continuation of this rule and the monarchy under the Transition from 1978 to today.Reaction today across the territoryPro-independence Catalan parties — mainly pro-capitalist parties — are leading the regional government in Catalan. They pushed for the referendum. Others doubt these parties are really prepared to struggle for independence; they suspect the parties just want a bigger cut of exploited wealth for the Catalan ruling class.There is nothing progressive about the Spanish state. On the international arena, it plays a completely reactionary role in Latin America, using its economic and cultural contacts in tandem with U.S. imperialism. It regularly attacks Venezuela and Cuba at international forums. In 2003 it joined the U.S.-British invasion of Iraq, at that time led by People’s Party Prime Minister José María Aznar.So far the European Union has supported the central Spanish regime against an independent Catalan.On the other hand, nominal independence does not in itself mean a victory for working-class demands. These demands are for an end to austerity, guaranteed full employment, reinstatement of public medical care, etc., along with an end to the monarchy and reinstatement of the republic.All pro-independence organizational statements that reached Workers World from much poorer Galicia and the more repressed Basque Country support Catalan self-determination. Of course they also attack Rajoy for police repression.For revolutionary working-class organizations, the key issue is how to build solidarity among the working class of all the peoples of the Spanish state.Demonstrations were held Oct. 1 in at least 11 cities of the Spanish state, among many different peoples, to say, “Catalan is not alone.”At the one in Madrid, Ángeles Maestro of the Red Network thanked Catalans: “[B]ecause what is happening today in Catalan affects us all and impacts directly all the peoples who dwell within the boundaries of the Spanish state. Because what is happening in the streets of Catalan is a crude replica of the farce of a transition that we have experienced here the last 40 years. It’s not that the transition regime made itself illegitimate today; it was always so. Only its DNA is so profoundly reactionary that today it shows big time.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
TAGSCroke ParkIrish Youth Music AwardsLava JavasSinging NewsLocal NewsLimerick singers hoping to belt their way to victoryBy Staff Reporter – January 23, 2018 1624 Limerick ladies secure All Ireland final place after victory over London Finalist at last year’s Limerick IYMA qualifiers at Limerick Youth ServiceOn February 9th, Limerick Youth Service will hold the Limerick Heat of the Irish Youth Music Awards at our Lava Javas Youth Café, 5 Lr. Glentworth St, Limerick from 4:30-8pm.Liam Bryd & Aaron Moloney winners of the Limerick Heat of the IYMAs in 2017The Irish Youth Music Awards are a nationwide teenage music competition for musicians, singer/songwriters from all genres with the national finals being held at Croke Park on Saturday, April 21st.More local news here. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick legend Leonard Enright inducted into GAA Hall of Fame Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Previous articleLimerick GAA stalwarts drive enthusiasm for Bus Éireann competitionNext articleLimerick dog lover bags €32,000 on Winning Streak Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WATCH: “I’ve some head on me”- Cian Lynch’s hilarious reaction to photograph with his mother Facebook Email Linkedin Limerick reach All-Ireland Hurling Final after stunning comeback WhatsApp Advertisement WATCH – Limerick fan’s ‘hurling pilgrimage’ from Dubai Limerick captain Hannon revelling in return to defensive role
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2 p.m.: NJ says death toll from long-term care facilities now at 4,295In New Jersey, over 149,000 people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and at least 10,586 of those have lost their lives.New Jersey’s long-term care facilities have been especially hard-hit by the pandemic.Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday that the state is changing the way it records deaths in long-term care facilities.Murphy on Monday reported over 5,000 deaths at long-term care facilities, but on Tuesday he said the state was now going to report totals by the number of lab-confirmed deaths — which currently stands at 4,295.Murphy said the initial data was not an apples-to-apples comparison.12:40 p.m.: Belmont Stakes set for June 20 without fans in the bleachersNew York’s Belmont Stakes will take place Saturday, June 20 as the opening leg of the Triple Crown — but spectators won’t be able to attend.The Belmont Stakes will air at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports.The Kentucky Derby was rescheduled from May 2 to Sept. 5. The Preakness Stakes was rescheduled from May 16 to Oct. 3.12 p.m.: Maryland reports 1st pediatric death, highest 1-day rise in infectionsA 15-year-old in Baltimore County, Maryland, has died from COVID-19 — the state’s first pediatric death, officials said Tuesday.The teen had symptoms of the inflammatory syndrome associated with the coronavirus — the same illness reported in at least 147 young people in New York City.Across Maryland, more than 41,000 people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus.The state on Tuesday reported 1,784 new COVID-19 cases — Maryland’s highest one-day rise.10:30 a.m.: ‘Too early to predict’ fall school plans in NYC New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he’s asking the state to authorize line-of-duty benefits for the 270 city employees who have lost their lives to the coronavirus. The families of those employees who died “need to know their futures will be secure,” the mayor said.De Blasio on Tuesday reported a “mixed bag” for the daily tracking progress indicators. There were 57 people admitted to New York City hospitals for suspected COVID-19 on Sunday, up from 48 admissions on Saturday. And there were 492 patients in ICUs on Sunday, up from 475 patients on Saturday. But of those tested citywide on Sunday, just 9% were positive for the coronavirus, down from 11% one day earlier, the mayor said.De Blasio said Tuesday it’s “too early to predict” school plans for the fall but that safety will be the No. 1 factor — especially now that a coronavirus-related illness is impacting children. Now known by the name Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that the illness does have a link to COVID-19.The city has seen 147 cases of the illness using the initial definition — Pediatric Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome. Of those, 69 young people tested positive for the coronavirus and antibodies, and one young person died, the mayor said.De Blasio said common symptoms include: persistent fever, irritability or sluggishness, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, conjunctivitis, enlarged lymph node on one side of the neck, red cracked lips or red tongue, swollen hands and feet.Parents should call their doctor immediately if their child has symptoms, the mayor said.New York City officials plan to have an updated number of cases under the MIS-C definition this week, the mayor said.9:06 a.m.: Seychelles bans cruise ships until 2022The Seychelles has banned all cruise ship tourism through the end of 2021 as part of its efforts to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The East African island nation’s tourism minister announced the two-year ban on all cruise ship calls at Port Victoria earlier this month, saying the measure takes effect immediately, according to the Seychelles Nation, the national newspaper. The country’s international airport on the island of Mahe has also been shut down since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.The Seychelles appears to have been largely spared from the scourge of the pandemic. The archipelago has just 11 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 and no reported deaths, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University. However, the country’s economy relies heavily on tourism, which is its second main source of foreign exchange earnings after commercial fishing, according to the Geneva-based International Trade Center.8:19 a.m.: Navajo Nation reports 69 new cases of COVID-19The Navajo Nation reported 69 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total to 4,071, according to a joint press release from the Native American territory’s president and vice president. There were no coronavirus-linked fatalities reported Monday, leaving the Navajo Nation’s death toll at 142. As the largest American Indian reservation in the country, the Navajo Nation is home to more than 356,000 people and covers some 25,000 square miles in the United States, spanning across parts of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. The territory is approximately the size of the state of West Virginia.The Navajo Department of Health has conducted more than 25,000 COVID-19 tests. “The Navajo Nation is testing our citizens at a greater rate per capita than any state in the entire country and that’s a major reason why we have high numbers of positive cases,” Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in a statement Monday night. “The Navajo Nation must continue to work together with local, state, and federal partners to stop the spread of COVID-19 by staying home, washing hands, staying at least six-feet apart from others, and by wearing proper personal protection, such as face masks when in public.”7:31 a.m.: Russian prime minister officially returns to work after battling COVID-19Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin officially returned to work Tuesday after being hospitalized for several weeks with COVID-19, the Kremlin said.Although Russian President Vladimir Putin had appointed an acting-prime minister in the meantime, Mishustin still held video conferences with ministers from the hospital, sitting up in bed and wearing a suit.Putin on Tuesday cancelled his order that appointed an acting-prime minister, allowing Mishutin to formally return to his role, according to the Kremlin. Russian news agencies reported that Mishustin was still in the hospital the previous day.Putin’s longtime press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, revealed last week that he was also being treated for COVID-19.6:13 a.m.: Russia nears 300,000 total cases of COVID-19Russia on Tuesday reported 9,263 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 299,941, according to the country’s coronavirus response headquarters.Russia has the second-largest national tally of COVID-19 cases in the world, behind the United States. The latest daily tally is down from a record 11,656 new infections on May 11. Last Thursday marked the end of a 12-day streak during which the country registered over 10,000 new cases per day.Russia also has one of the world’s fastest rates of new infections in the coronavirus pandemic, second only to the U.S.However, the nation’s death toll from COVID-19 remains relatively low with 115 new fatalities reported over the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide total to 2,837, according to the coronavirus response headquarters.5:34 a.m.: France’s top court bans drone surveillance in Paris for enforcing restrictionsFrance’s highest administrative court ruled on Monday that Paris police could no longer use drones to surveil public compliance with coronavirus-related restrictions.Police have used unmanned aerial vehicles with surveillance cameras in the French capital since mid-March to ensure people were complying with containment measures imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. However, the Paris-based Council of State decided that it “constitutes a serious and manifestly unlawful infringement of privacy rights,” according to an order made public Monday in response to a lawsuit filed earlier this month by civil liberties groups.Following Monday’s ruling, the Paris Police Prefecture announced in a statement that “drone monitoring of compliance with deconfinement measures has been suspended.”France is one of the worst-affected nations in Europe amid the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 179,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 and at least 28,111 deaths, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Earlier this month, France began to gradually emerge from a nationwide lockdown imposed to curb the spread of the virus. Some 1.5 million elementary and primary school students returned to classrooms across the country last week.4:56 a.m.: Daily coronavirus deaths fall below 100 in ItalyItaly reported less than 100 new deaths from the novel coronavirus on Monday for the first time since the start of the pandemic.The country’s Civil Protection Department registered 99 fatalities over a 24-hour period, bringing the nationwide death toll to 32,007. Monday’s daily rise was down from 145 the previous day.The number of active cases also fell Monday to 66,553, down from 68,351 the previous day. Meanwhile, four regions — Basilicata, Calabria, Sardinia and Umbria — reported having zero infections.Overall, more than 225,000 people in Italy have been diagnosed with COVID-19.Once the worst-hit country in Europe, Italy was the first nation in the world to put a nationwide lockdown in place due to the pandemic. The country began to slowly lift the strict lockdown earlier this month. Most businesses have since resumed activities but under social distancing rules, with shops, restaurants, hair salons and churches reopening Monday. 3:45 a.m.: Oregon Supreme Court temporarily reinstates governor’s coronavirus restrictionsThe Oregon Supreme Court has halted a lower court’s order that had invalidated the statewide restrictions imposed by Gov. Kate Brown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.A Baker County circuit judge ruled on Monday that the governor’s coronavirus-related restrictions were “null and void,” in response to a lawsuit filed earlier this month by 10 churches across Oregon that argued the state’s social-distancing rules were unconstitutional. Within hours, Brown filed an emergency motion seeking a hold on the judge’s preliminary injunction pending a review by the Oregon Supreme Court.The state’s high court granted that motion late Monday night.“Following swift action by the Oregon Supreme Court, my emergency orders to protect the health and safety of Oregonians will remain in effect statewide while the court hears arguments in this lawsuit,” Brown said in a statement after the court’s ruling. “From the beginning of this crisis, I have worked within my authority, using science and data as my guide, heeding the advice of medical experts. This strategy has saved lives and protected Oregonians from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.”The Oregon Supreme Court is requiring both sides to submit their arguments in the case by Friday. The court did not set a timeframe for when it would decide the issue, according to Portland ABC affiliate KATU-TV.Brown declared a statewide state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic in early March and has since issued multiple executive orders, including the closure of all schools and nonessential businesses as well as a ban on dine-in service at restaurants and bars.Earlier this month, the governor extended the order another 60 days until July 6. However, most Oregon counties have gotten the state’s approval to begin relaxing those restrictions last Friday. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Ovidiu Dugulan/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 322,000 people worldwide.Over 4.8 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 actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 1.5 million diagnosed cases and at least 91,872 deaths.Here’s how the news developed Tuesday. All times Eastern:8:36 p.m.: CVS returns $43 million in government fundingCVS, the largest pharmacy chain in the United States, said Tuesday it has returned $43.3 million in funding from the government.“CVS Health recently received approximately $43.3 million through the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund,” CVS CEO Larry Merlo wrote in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. “As you know, CVS Health did not solicit these funds but received them as part of an automatic distribution by the Department of Health and Human Services. We have made the decision to return the funds and forgo participation in subsequent disbursements. In doing so, we hope to help HHS provide additional support to other providers who are facing significant financial challenges as a result of the pandemic.”The $100 billion Provider Relief Fund, which is separate from the small business loans many companies have returned, was started to provide money to health care providers.Merlo was one of a handful of company CEOs who appeared at the White House Rose Garden with President Donald Trump to discuss testing advances on April 27.7:25 p.m.: DOJ warns California governor over not reopening religious servicesThe Justice Department has sent a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom warning that his state’s reopening plan could raise civil rights concerns over how it, in their words, imposes restrictions on gatherings of religious groups that are more burdensome than other secular activities.“The Department of Justice does not seek to dictate how States such as California determine what degree of activity and personal interaction should be allowed to protect the safety of their citizens,” Eric Dreiband, the assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s civil rights division, writes in the letter. “However, we are charged with upholding the Constitution and federal statutory protections for civil rights. Whichever level of restrictions you adopt, these civil rights protections mandate equal treatment of persons and activities of a secular and religious nature.”Dreiband argues in the letter that the phased reopening plan outlined by Newsom would allow restaurants, factories, malls and others to resume operations with social distancing at a quicker pace than in-person religious services.“While it is true that social distancing requirements applied to places of worship may inevitably result in much smaller congregations than some faith groups would like, in our experience with other controversies around the country, many places of worship are quite content to operate at 15-25% of capacity in a way that allows for social distancing between family groups,” Dreiband says in the letter co-signed by California’s four U.S. attorneys.In-person religious services are part of California’s third stage of reopening, along with hair and nail salons, gyms, movie theaters and sporting events without live audiences.5:50 p.m.: Met Gala canceled, museum may open in AugustThe Met said that the museum is planning to reopen to the public in mid-August or in the weeks following.“Initially, the days and hours The Met is open will likely be reduced, and, given the need to provide an environment that respects social distance requirements, the Museum will not have tours, talks, concerts, or events through calendar year 2020,” the museum said in a statement.“The Met has endured much in its 150 years, and today continues as a beacon of hope for the future,” museum President Daniel H. Weiss said. “This museum is also a profound reminder of the strength of the human spirit and the power of art to offer comfort, inspiration, and community. As we endure these challenging and uncertain times, we are encouraged by looking forward to the day when we can once again welcome all to enjoy The Met’s collection and exhibitions.”In an additional statement, the Met said that the 2020 Costume Institute Benefit, also known as The Met Gala, “originally scheduled for Monday, May 4, will not take place this year due to the global health crisis.”4:15 p.m.: Virginia reports 1st case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in childrenA coronavirus-related illness in children, seen in many states, countries and in over 100 young people in New York City, has now reached Virginia.Virginia on Tuesday reported its first case of the illness now known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed has a link to COVID-19.“The child was hospitalized on May 5 and has since been discharged and is recovering at home,” Virginia officials said Tuesday.The child’s age and gender were not released.Symptoms of MIS-C include irritability or decreased activity, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, conjunctivitis, lack of appetite, red or cracked lips, red or bumpy tongue, swollen hands and feet.“I urge all health care providers in Virginia to immediately report any patient who meets these criteria to the local health department by the most rapid means,” said Virginia Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver. “All Virginians should take steps to avoid exposure to COVID-19 by practicing social distancing, frequent hand washing and wearing cloth face coverings if appropriate.”2:45 p.m.: China says Trump’s letter to WHO is attempt to ‘shift the blame of U.S. incompetence’China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) that threatened to permanently freeze U.S. funding is an attempt to “shift the blame of U.S. incompetence.”The spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, said in a press conference that Trump’s Monday letter to the WHO director-general was full of ambiguous wording to mislead the public.Zhao also said the U.S. administration violates its international obligation by suspending funding to the WHO.Trump’s letter accused the WHO of repeatedly making misleading claims about COVID-19 and having an “alarming lack of independence from the People’s Republic of China.”The letter said, “If the World Health Organization doesn’t commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days, I will make my temporary freeze of United States funding to the World Health Organization permanent and reconsider our membership in the organization.”Zhao said, “Picking on China while shirking and bargaining away its own international obligations to WHO, the U.S. has obviously miscalculated the situation and made a mistargeted move.”
August 20, 2020 /Sports News – National Florida court agrees to toss video evidence in prostitution case against Robert Kraft Beau Lund Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhil Ellsworth / ESPN ImagesBy AARON KATERSKY, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Surveillance video of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft at a massage parlor will remain out of public view because police violated his rights, a Florida appeals court ruled Wednesday.The Fourth District Court of Appeals said a trial court properly suppressed the video evidence. “We find the trial courts properly concluded that the criminal defendants had standing to challenge the video surveillance and that total suppression of the video recordings was constitutionally warranted,” the appellate judges said.Kraft and two dozen others were charged in 2019 with solicitation of prostitution after they were secretly recorded entering a Jupiter, Florida, day spa and receiving services.Kraft has pleaded not guilty, but issued a public apology.Prosecutors can appeal the ruling to Florida’s Supreme Court, but if it stands they could be forced to drop the misdemeanor charges for lack of evidence.Kraft and the other defendants successfully argued their Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches were violated.“The spa-client defendants in all of these cases had a subjective and objectively reasonable expectation of privacy in the massage parlor rooms,” the appellate judges said.Using a phony bomb threat to clear the building, police installed hidden cameras in four of the massage rooms and in the lobby of the Orchids of Asia spa.Three detectives monitored and recorded video from the hidden cameras over five days. The cameras recorded video continuously, but Jupiter detectives monitored the video feeds only during business hours.The detectives toggled between the video feeds whenever they thought criminal conduct was imminent. They focused on the end of the massages because they said any sexual conduct typically occurred at that point. In all, police recorded 25 spa customers paying for sexual services.Kraft was filmed visiting the spa on two occasions and was stopped by the police while driving away after his second visit. He was later charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution.“The type of law enforcement surveillance utilized in these cases is extreme. While there will be situations which may warrant the use of the techniques at issue, the strict Fourth Amendment safeguards developed over the past few decades must be observed,” the judges ruled. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Cherwell has won the Guardian Student Media Award for ‘Student Website of the Year’ at the 2008 ceremony.Cherwell were nominated for the award earlier in the year, along with ‘Student Publication Design of the Year’, which was won by another publication.On the website award win, former Editor-in-Chief of Cherwell, Henry Clarke Price, said, “It’s a great testament to all the hard work of the Cherwell team over the past year”.Cherwell’s website was recently re-designed in a new initiative to promote online and multimedia content.OxStu winFormer Editor of The Oxford Student, Hannah Kuchler, won ‘Student Reporter of the Year’ at the Guardian awards.She commented, “I’m really happy. I’ve always said OxStu doesn’t print lies”.