Sony retires the PSPgo console

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Slotty Vegas operator MaxEnt has UK operating licence revoked

first_img Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Sports betting Slotty Vegas operator MaxEnt has UK operating licence revoked Regions: UK & Ireland 5th June 2019 | By contenteditor Malta-licensed operator MaxEnt Limited, trading as Maxent NRR Entertainment, has been stripped of its UK operating licence following a change in ownership, the Gambling Commission has announced. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Malta-licensed operator MaxEnt Limited, trading as Maxent NRR Entertainment, has been stripped of its UK operating licence following a change in ownership, the Gambling Commission has announced.The regulator said the decision was taken following the acquisition of the operator, formerly known as NRR Entertainment, by MaxEnt. It cited concerns about the source of funds used for the deal and question marks over its new ownership.The Commission said it was not satisfied that it would have granted the operating licence had the operator’s new owner, who is not named in the decision, been in charge when MaxEnt originally made its application.“[The] Commission also identified concerns relating to the new controller’s suitability, in that it appeared that he had provided conflicting information and had failed to be full and frank in his dealings with the Commission,” the regulator said.The decision comes into effect from June 18, with the regulator noting that it expected the operator to engage with its customers ahead of that date.MaxEnt operates the Slotty Vegas and BetAt brands in the UK. Its Malta certification, awarded in 2011, covers a third brand, 
The acquisition appears to have been finalised around May 2018, according to a blog post on the company’s website. Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Casino & games Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

A rising State Pension age may mean you work past 65. I’d buy FTSE 100 shares to retire early

first_img 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. Image source: Getty Images Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Peter Stephens 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. See all posts by Peter Stephens In the past the retirement age was 65 (and 60 for women), but it is set to rise to 67 over the next decade. As such, an early retirement may feel like an increasingly distant dream for many workers.However, by investing in the FTSE 100, it is possible to build a large nest egg from which to enjoy a growing passive income in older age. The index appears to offer good value for money at the present time, and could deliver high returns that boost your financial prospects.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 tax-efficient accounts such as a Stocks and Shares ISA being cost-effective and simple to set up, now could be the right time to start planning for your early retirement.Past performanceThe FTSE 100’s price level may only be around 5% higher than it was 20 years ago, but its performance since inception in 1984 has been strong. It has delivered a total return of around 9% per annum over the 36-year period. When compounded, this can lead to significant returns that turn even modest sums of capital into a surprisingly large nest egg.For example, someone aged 40 who invests £200 per month in the FTSE 100 could have a nest egg of over £200,000 by the time they reach 65 years old. From this, an income of over £8,500 could be generated from the FTSE 100 since it has a dividend yield of 4.3% at the present time.Clearly, investing a larger amount or holding shares over a longer time period could lead to a larger nest egg. Therefore, it may be a good idea to start planning for retirement as soon as possible to allow the FTSE 100’s returns to compound.Investing todayAs mentioned, the FTSE 100 seems to offer a number of sound investment opportunities at the present time. Despite a strong performance in 2019, many of the index’s members trade on lower valuations than their historic averages. This may mean that they offer discounts to their intrinsic values – especially since the prospects for the UK and global economies are relatively sound. This could equate to higher returns in the coming years than have been recorded in the recent past.Investing in the FTSE 100 is relatively simple and cost-effective. Accounts such as a Stocks and Shares ISA can help to reduce your tax bill in the long run, and yet the cost of managing them is minimal. This means they are highly accessible to a wide range of investors. And regular investing features allow smaller investors to start building a retirement portfolio without commission charges severely reducing their overall returns.Therefore, with the State Pension age set to rise in the coming years, now could be the right time to start building a nest egg. The FTSE 100 appears to offer a sound means of doing so, with a number of its members offering impressive long-term growth outlooks. A rising State Pension age may mean you work past 65. I’d buy FTSE 100 shares to retire early Peter Stephens | Sunday, 5th January, 2020 | More on: ^FTSE 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.last_img read more

Payroll Giving increases by £3.5 million in 2017-18

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis28 The Association of Payroll Giving Organisations (APGO) has announced that Payroll Giving increased by £3.5 million in 2017-18 compared to the previous financial year.Monies donated by employees reached £133 million in 2017-18 compared to £131 million in 2016-17 according to APGO, and employer matching increased from £7 million in 2016-17 to £8.5 million in the past financial year.The 2017-18 figures are based on statistics from the three largest Payroll Giving agencies:  Charities Aid Foundation, Charities Trust and Charitable Giving.Currently over 5,500 employers operate Payroll Giving schemes in the UK, with over 1 million employees donating each month, benefitting over 8,500 different causes.Panikos Efthimiou, chair of the APGO said:“Our members are thrilled that Payroll Giving continues to grow and support even more charities in the UK each payday. We want to take this opportunity to thank every employer who operates the scheme and the 1 million employees who give each month to a cause they care about.”  213 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: payroll giving Research / statistics Melanie May | 7 November 2018 | News Payroll Giving increases by £3.5 million in 2017-18 Advertisement  214 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis28 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

Pasadena Sees Another COVID-19 Death; Virus Poised to Become 2nd Leading Cause of Death in L.A. County

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities People Don’t Love AnymoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPretty Or Not: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena saw one new COVID-19 death and 44 new infections on Wednesday, while California surpassed New York to become the nation’s leader in coronavirus infections and Los Angeles county health officials reported that COVID-19 was quickly on its way to becoming the second leading cause of death, authorities said.The new death reported in Pasadena was that of a 70-year-old man who lived in the community, city spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.The new cases raised the city’s total known infections to 1,802, and the city’s death toll stood at 103. Over the past week, Pasadena has seen an average of 31 new infections per day, according to city data.Huntington Hospital officials reported 56 coronavirus patients were being treated at the facility on Wednesday. Fifty-five tests were pending.“We continue to see a trend of high cases,” Derderian said.In addition to a surge among the population under 40 years old, cases have also been seen spiking among the Latinx community, she said.“The case rate for the Latinx population continued to increase, while all other races/ethnicities have remained the same,” she said. A reason for the disproportionate increase was not clear.California state officials announced Wednesday that the state had surpassed New York in total number of known virus infections and had become the national leader.Gov. Gavin Newsom reported 12,807 new COVID-19 cases and 116 new deaths.The seven-day average of new cases reached 9,520, up from about 8,300 the prior week, Newsom said.In all, California had seen well over 413,500 infections and 7,870 deaths as of Wednesday, according to state data.New York had recorded 408,886 infections and 25,068 deaths as of Wednesday, according to the New York State Department of Health.L.A. County health officials continued imploring the public to follow social distancing guidelines and wear masks in public as they announced COVID-19 was on track to become the county’s second leading cause of death, behind only heart disease.Officials announced 3,226 new cases in L.A. County on Wednesday, as well as 64 additional deaths, bringing the totals to 164,870 infections and 4,213 deaths.Average detected COVID- cases over the past week reached 2,952, up from 1,763 a month ago, the L.A. County Department of Public Health said in a written statement. “This is higher than at any point this entire pandemic.”Putting the deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus in perspective, county officials said that influence killed 1,521 people during the seven-month-long 2019 flu season. COVID-19 has claimed over 4,200 lives in the little more than four months since the first death was recorded in March.“The flu is a dangerous virus in its own right, but it is nowhere near as deadly as COVID-19,” L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said. “COVID-19 is on track to become the second leading cause of death in L.A. County and we need to take its strength and power seriously. A lax attitude to this virus can be deadly for someone you love.”“You could be infected, not know it, and pass the infection to someone you love who may not be as lucky as you,” she said. “ Please be caring of those around you — wear a face covering, maintain physical distancing and practice hand hygiene. It can save lives.”Authorities said 2,207 people were hospitalized with the virus in L.A. County, officials said. Twenty-seven percent of them were in intensive care units and another 19% required treatment ventilators.“This is the fourth consecutive day of over 2,200 hospitalizations,” according to the county statement.”With just under 1.58 million COVID-19 tests administered in the county, the total positivity rate had reached 10 percent. Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Subscribe Community News Pasadena Sees Another COVID-19 Death; Virus Poised to Become 2nd Leading Cause of Death in L.A. County By BRIAN DAY Published on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 | 5:18 pmcenter_img Community News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 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 STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News 20 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

A Robust ODR Ecosystem in India Will Have A Potential of Reducing The Load on Courts : NITI Ayog CEO Amitabh Kant

first_imgNews UpdatesA Robust ODR Ecosystem in India Will Have A Potential of Reducing The Load on Courts : NITI Ayog CEO Amitabh Kant Radhika Roy28 Jun 2020 9:04 AMShare This – xThe Indian Dispute Resolution Centre conducted a webinar on the topic “Online Dispute Resolution: Opportunities and Challenges”. The keynote address was delivered by CEO of NITI Aayog Amitabh Kant. The webinar also saw the participation of Richard Wilmot-Smith, QC, Barrister-Arbitrator and Head of 39, Essex Chambers, Shobana Iyer, Barrister-Arbitrator, Swan Chambers, and Tanmaya…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Indian Dispute Resolution Centre conducted a webinar on the topic “Online Dispute Resolution: Opportunities and Challenges”. The keynote address was delivered by CEO of NITI Aayog Amitabh Kant. The webinar also saw the participation of Richard Wilmot-Smith, QC, Barrister-Arbitrator and Head of 39, Essex Chambers, Shobana Iyer, Barrister-Arbitrator, Swan Chambers, and Tanmaya Mehta, Advocate at Supreme Court of India. Divyansh Hanu Rathi, the Managing Partner of Lexidem and Rathi, moderated the event. Mr. Amitabh Kant commenced the address by stating that India was at the cusp of transformative change. “India is at a cusp of transformative change with use of Technology in the Judicial System and our Supreme Court is leading us in innovative ways. Government is committed to strengthening the Alternative Dispute Resolution System and Online Dispute Resolution so that it can lessen the burden on our Courts so that they can focus on more complex cases.” Mr. Kant emphasized on how the COVID-19 pandemic had completely altered the functioning of court proceedings, and that one of the most progressive developments had been the adoption of technology by the Supreme Court. “Chief Justice of India SA Bobde has highlighted that use of Artificial Intelligence in Judicial Domain will enhance the efficiency of Courts in non-decision-making aspects. Justice DY Chandrachud has introduced eFiling in our Courts under eCourts Project and this will revolutionise the judicial functioning and is a game changer.” Referring to a recent closed-door meeting on Online Dispute Resolution with Justice Chandrachud, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Justice Indu Malhotra, and retired Justice AK Sikri, Mr. Kant stated that the conclusion on ODR’s potential was positive. Further, they had also benefitted from the contribution of Mr. Nandan Nilekani, Mr. Colin Rule, and representatives from the legal fraternity, the government and from the industry during the meeting. “Through a combination of several factors, we are at a cusp of transformative change, and with alterations necessitated by the pandemic, technology will play a key role in widening equity and affordability.” Mr. Kant asserted that the pandemic had iterated the crucial role of technology in allowing remote contactless support to daily work roles, flagging its importance to a flat and affordable form of access to justice. In that context, in today’s age of data-driven solutions and machine learning, ODR was much more than just replicating the existing processes of ADR online. “This is because technology can aid the resolution of disputes by providing analytic insights for the benefit of dispute resolution. Even before the COVID crisi, there was a growing recognition of the fact that in a country as large and fast-growing as ours, it was essential to resolve a large number of disputes collaboratively outside of courts to sustain trust between the parties.” Therefore, while the Courts were being digitized and made much more efficient, there remains a need for collaborative mechanisms of resolution that do not require parties to approach the court. In other words, most small and medium value disputes could be resolved without having to approach courts, thereby allowing the Courts to focus on complex cases or those with high public interest. “A collaborative mechanism of ODR provides this potential to resolve a substantial percentage of disputes at the site of their occurrence without burdening the courts. Progressive and disruptive changes in justice delivery are critical components now that can alter the course of access to justice in an unprecedented way. Each arm of the Indian system must and is working towards a solution driven future, and that is where the change will be visible.” Mr. Kant emphasised the possibility of a deluge of cases in the coming months, notably in lending, credit, property, commerce and retail, which would require expedient resolution. For this reason, new innovation models such as ODR need explicit support. “Support now, would encourage businesses to build ODR mechanisms into their partner and customer relationships. Banks, NBFCs and MFIs could then prioritize ODR before they approach debt recovery tribunals. Families would take recourse to ODR to address sensitive issues, and so on. Hence, with ODR, a “mechanism of justice” would be made accessible, affordable and easily available for citizens”. Referring to the example of COVID-19 ODR Scheme initiated by the Hong Kong Government on April 8th, Mr. Kant underlined the potential of a robust ODR ecosystem in India: ” i. Reducing the load on courts by resolving high volume of disputes outside the courts ii. Facilitating access to justice and the ease of doing business by making dispute resolution cheaper, quicker and most importantly equally credible as conventional methods of dispute resolution. iii. Increasing trust in businesses and also within society by prioritizing collaborative resolution. iv. It is vital that key stakeholders come together to see what steps can be taken to remove the barriers to scalable ODR solutions.” The result of a robust ODR System could be a range of creative, technology-driven and ADR inspired solutions that could significantly lower the load on the Courts. On that note, Mr. Kant concluded his address by stating that they would look closely into ODR in the coming months and will work with key stakeholders to help enable it as a viable and sustainable form of dispute avoidance and dispute resolution. IDRC was established by the Indian Dispute Resolution Council as a Not-for-Profit Organization with its own progressive ADR Rules. It is India’s first of its kind institutional ADR Centre which provides offline as well as eADR facility through its state of the art eArbitration, eMediation and eConciliation Software Portal. Click here to download the full text of the speech Next Storylast_img read more

Volunteers count over 20,000 birds as part of Christmas Bird Count

first_img Tagged: Audubon, cayuga bird club, christmas bird count, ithaca, tompkins county Your Arts & Culture news is made possible with support from: Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connor There were a few unexpected birds this year, Morton said, including Common Redpolls and Evening Grosbeaks. Morton said Evening Grosbeaks have not been seen at the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count since 2008, but more than 70 were spotted Tuesday. She said a few other surprises included a Northern Goshawk at the Ithaca Farmers Market, a Gray Catbird, and two Eastern Phoebes. What was missing from the count Tuesday was loons, snow geese, American Kestrel and snow buntings, Morton said. Waterfowl numbers were also lower than average.Nuthatch along the East Ithaca Recreation Way. (Photo by Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice) Nuthatch along the East Ithaca Recreation Way. (Photo by Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice)On right, Diane Morton scans the trees along the East Ithaca Recreation Way. (Photo by Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice) On right, Diane Morton scans the trees along the East Ithaca Recreation Way. (Photo by Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice)The Cayuga Bird Club was founded in 1913 and has over 150 members. They hold monthly meetings and often have guest speakers. Morton, the club president, said she has been birding since she was young, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that she began birding “year round.” She said she likes the challenges of identification. She said it’s also great to be a birder in Ithaca, not just because the climate attracts some interesting birds, but the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a lot of local experts and resources.For the Cayuga Bird Club, this was the 57th count, but the Audubon has held a Christmas Bird Count since 1900. A bird census was proposed by ornithologist Frank M. Chapman as an alternative to the holiday tradition of the Christmas “side hunt,” where hunters would go out for the holiday and shoot as many small birds and animals as they could.The count isn’t a perfect picture of local birds, but the decades and volume of data collected help researchers study the status of bird populations across North America. With more than 100 years of data, researchers can understand long-term patterns and inform “strategies to protect birds and their habitat, and helps identify environmental issues with implications for people as well,” the Audubon says. In the past, data from the annual bird counts has helped inform reports on how climate change could impact North American birds and has helped show what common birds are in decline.The Christmas Bird Count is just one citizen science effort to track birds. There is also the Great Backyard Bird Count, which asks people to count birds for as little as 15 minutes for four days in February.View past Christmas Bird Count results from the Audubon here. ITHACA, N.Y. — Along just a one-mile stretch of the East Ithaca Recreation Way on Tuesday, Diane Morton, president of the Cayuga Bird Club, counted cardinals, woodpeckers, Carolina wrens, blue jays, nuthatches, sparrows, mockingbirds, and several other species of birds. Morton was one of 159 people Tuesday who scoured trails, trees, and sky to take a count of birds within a 15-mile radius of Ithaca as part of the annual Christmas Bird Count.During the count, volunteers have an idea of what they will see, but there are always some surprises. “Every time you go out, no matter how many times you’ve walked this path, it’s going to be a little bit different,” Morton said.This year was the Audubon’s 119th Christmas Bird Count and the Cayuga Bird Club‘s 57th consecutive count. Local volunteers with the Cayuga Bird Club documented about 20,000 birds across 86 species. The data from Ithaca’s count will get incorporated into the data from over 2,500 count sites across North America. The large citizen science effort helps researchers understand larger trends.Cardinals spotted along the East Ithaca Recreation Way on Jan 1, 2019. (Photo by Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice) Cardinals spotted along the East Ithaca Recreation Way on Jan 1, 2019. (Photo by Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice)The count started early Tuesday for some volunteers who went out to count owls when they are active in the dark. The call of an owl can be a tool to bring birds like chickadees and nuthatches out to sound an alarm.“If you play the Screech-owl, they will come in and they’ll start the alarm calls and they’ll call everyone else and say, ‘Let’s get rid of this owl.’”The walk along the East Hill Recreation Way was fairly quiet Tuesday afternoon, but at one point when Morton paused to play the recording of a Screech-owl on her phone, sure enough, several species of birds started to come out to inspect the noise.The weather can affect what birds spotters will see, and it did Tuesday. Though it was a mild 35 degrees Tuesday — a full 30 degrees warmer than last year’s count — there were strong winds, which volunteers suspect kept birds hunkered down. Though 20,000 birds is a lot, during the 2018 count when weather conditions were better (for birds), volunteers counted 40,000 birds across a record 101 species, Morton said.Related: 4th Annual Ithaca Chill Challenge raises over $40K for recovery supportAfter a day of counting, volunteers get together for a dinner to share their numbers and interesting finds. Kelsey O’Connor last_img read more

Family of Stephon Clark to sue Sacramento for more than $15 million

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — The family of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man who died from multiple gunshot wounds when police fired on him 20 times as he stood in his grandmother’s yard, is planning to sue the city of Sacramento for at least $15 million. Attorneys representing Clark’s family and Clark’s estate filed the requisite forms on Sept. 4, the city said in a statement dated Sept. 6.“Because such government claim forms must be filed before litigation can be commenced against a municipal entity, the filing of such forms is generally a precursor to a lawsuit,” the city said. “Accordingly, the Office of the City Attorney will review the claims and follow the appropriate legal process. The likelihood of litigation limits the City’s ability to discuss the claims publicly.” Damages sought by Clark’s family include loss of financial support, funeral expenses, attorney fees and punitive damages, the city said.“The police shooting of Stephon Clark is the subject of an ongoing and extensive investigation by the Sacramento Police Department,” the statement continued. “This incident is also under investigation and review by the Sacramento County District Attorney and the California Department of Justice.” Clark was shot March 18 as Sacramento officers were responding on an emergency call that someone was breaking car windows.Officers confronted Clark, whom they said appeared to be holding a weapon.He was holding a cell phone.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Rescued 3-year-old endured heavy rain, freezing temperatures alone in the woods: ‘He’s a survivor’

first_imgTwitter/@mmooreofficial(NEW BERN, N.C.) — A 3-year-old boy found alive two days he went missing was “meant to survive” as he endured heavy rains and cold temperatures by himself in the woods, the local sheriff said.“What he survived out there — temperatures in the 20s, low 20s, the rain, the downpour that almost put our search on a standstill,” Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes told ABC New Bern affiliate WCTI Friday morning. “This kid, he’s strong. He was meant to survive. He’s a survivor.”Casey Hathaway was found Thursday night after he went missing Tuesday in wooded Craven County, North Carolina.Casey is in good condition and resting, Dr. Nicole Check of the Carolina East Medical Center said Friday morning. After days of desperate searches for the little boy, crews on Thursday night responded to a report of a child crying in the woods and found Casey “about 40 to 50 yards in the woods, tangled up,” Hughes said.Linda Fraker, who happened to be walking her dogs in the area where Casey would eventually be found, said she thought she heard crying and flagged down a deputy involved in the search.“I just heard a small cry,” Fraker told New Bern ABC affiliate WCTI. “It was really faint. I wasn’t sure if it was a cry because they were searching for him and calling his name.”Casey was soaking wet but had his coat on, Hughes said, and “he wanted water — and his mom.”“He did say that he had a friend in the woods that was a bear,” the sheriff added. The little boy was rushed to the hospital.“Just the look on his face when his little sister came in the room, it was tear-jerking,” Hughes said. “By his condition it was pretty obvious that he had been out there for the time,” the sheriff told ABC News Friday.Hughes called this one of his most emotional and rewarding cases.“His family is so happy to have him back safe,” Check added Friday. Casey was playing outside Tuesday when he disappeared and a relative reported him missing, the FBI said. Hundreds of professional searchers and volunteers spent Wednesday pushing through the cold, heavy rain, whipping winds and rugged terrain as they looked for the little boy.Thursday morning, “only professional searchers are being used because of serious safety concerns with the weather,” the FBI in Charlotte said.By Thursday night, Casey was “good, he’s up and talking, he’s already asking to watch Netflix,” Casey’s mother, Brittany Hathaway, told reporters. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Coronavirus updates: 12 states report record-high hospitalizations

first_imgJan 06, 1:52 pmLA seeing infection every 6 seconds, death every 10 minutes: MayorHard-hit Los Angeles is enduring a new coronavirus infection every six seconds and a new death every 10 minutes, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday.The mayor spoke at one of four new vaccination sites opening on Wednesday for health care workers who cannot get vaccinations through employers.Overall, the city of Los Angeles will be administering over 2,000 vaccinations every day, he said.Jan 06, 1:05 pmCDC estimates life-threatening allergic reactions could occur in 11 out of 1 million vaccine shotsThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it estimates that life-threatening allergic reactions could occur in about 11 out of every 1 million COVID-19 vaccine shots given. That number is about 10 times higher than anaphylactic reactions to flu shots. However, officials are cautioning that the chances of any kind of adverse reaction are still incredibly rare as well as easy to manage so long as the person has access to treatment such as epinephrine. “Our vaccine safety systems haven’t picked up any worrisome signal. This means that right now, the known and potential benefits of the current COVID-19 vaccine outweigh the known and potential risks, getting COVID-19,” Dr. Nancy Messonier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said Wednesday.With both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines available in the U.S., Messonier said one isn’t thought to be more prone to trigger allergies.The CDC’s estimate is based on 21 cases of anaphylaxis following a 10-day period after the administration of 1.9 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine. The vast majority of these reactions — 71%– occurred within 15 minutes of the vaccination. Follow-up information was provided on 20 of the 21 cases, and all of them recovered.  The CDC recommends that anyone experiencing a life-threatening reaction to the vaccine not receive the second dose.They also recommend that people with a history of allergies be observed for 30 minutes after receiving the shot.Jan 06, 12:35 pm12 states in South, West report record-high hospitalizationsApproximately 1 in every 15 Americans has contracted the coronavirus, according to ABC News’ analysis of data compiled by the COVID Tracking Project.Since the beginning of the pandemic, over 700,000 Americans have been hospitalized with the virus.On Tuesday, 12 states — mostly in the South — reported a record number of patients hospitalized: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.Some data may be skewed due to incomplete reporting over the holidays. Jan 06, 12:25 pm12 states in South, West report record-high hospitalizationsApproximately 1 in every 15 Americans has contracted the coronavirus, according to ABC News’ analysis of data compiled by the COVID Tracking Project.Since the beginning of the pandemic, over 700,000 Americans have been hospitalized with the virus. On Tuesday, 12 states — mostly in the South — reported a record number of patients hospitalized: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.Some data may be skewed due to incomplete reporting over the holidays.Jan 06, 10:54 amEuropean Commission authorizes Moderna vaccineThe European Commission granted a conditional marketing authorisation for the Moderna vaccine Wednesday, following the European Medicines Agency’s recommendation.European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement, “With the Moderna vaccine, the second one now authorised in the EU, we will have a further 160 million doses. And more vaccines will come. Europe has secured up to two billion doses of potential COVID-19 vaccines. We’ll have more than enough safe and effective vaccines for protecting all Europeans.”Jan 06, 8:33 amSurgeon general promises vaccine rollout is ‘ramping up’ In the wake of the slower-than-expected vaccine distribution, Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams told ABC News’ Good Morning America Wednesday, “we are quickly ramping up.”
 Operation Warp Speed promised 20 million vaccines by the end of 2020. As of Tuesday morning, 4.8 million had been vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We’re now approaching 500,000 vaccinations per day,” Adams said, highlighting the increase in priority groups and locations where the vaccine is offered.
 “We’re going to make sure we’re putting vaccines and supplies where the demand actually is. And you’re going to continue to see these rates ramp up,” Adams said. “It is by no means as good as we would want it to be, but I want the American people to keep this in perspective: most difficult vaccine rollout in history. It’s ramping up and you’ll see things rapidly increase over the next couple of weeks.”Jan 06, 7:44 amEU medical agency recommends emergency use authorization for Moderna vaccine The European Medicines Agency has recommended granting a conditional marketing authorization for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for people who are at least 18 years old. This is the second vaccine the EMA has recommended for authorization. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was approved by the EU in December. The EMA cited a large clinical trial, involving around 30,000 people, that showed a 94.1% efficacy rate. “This vaccine provides us with another tool to overcome the current emergency,” said Emer Cooke, executive director of EMA. “It is a testament to the efforts and commitment of all involved that we have this second positive vaccine recommendation just short of a year since the pandemic was declared by WHO.”The European Commission must give final approval of the conditional marketing authorization in order for the vaccine to be distributed, but that appears to be a formality.Jan 06, 7:24 amUS sees record death total TuesdayThe U.S. recorded it’s deadliest day since the start of the pandemic on Tuesday, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.There were 3,775 deaths reported — the previous record was on Dec. 30 when 3,744 deaths were reported.It should be noted that the holidays have impacted data being reported and are expected to continue to be skewed over the coming days.The U.S. now has 375,385 deaths related to COVID-19. Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Ovidiu Dugulan/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 86.7 million people worldwide and killed over 1.8 million of them, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news developed Wednesday. All times Eastern:Jan 06, 2:56 pmHard Rock Stadium opens as Florida’s first drive-thru vaccination siteHard Rock Stadium in Miami is opening as Florida’s first state-operated drive-thru vaccination site for front-line health care workers and people ages 65 and older.First doses were administered in a “soft launch” on Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis said. The site will fully open on Friday.“Once fully operational, the site will offer 1,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine per day free of charge,” the governor’s office said. The stadium will also continue to provide COVID-19 testing.last_img read more