Share FTSE finishes flat despite late rally Show Comments ▼ Investors concerned over the long-term impact of Libyan violence shied away from risky stocks and left the FTSE flat today. Aside from a brief rally mid-morning when Kuwait’s oil minister said OPEC was considering boosting production, the FTSE 100 spent much of the day declining. However, a brief rally at the end of the day gave it strength to close up 0.02 per cent at 5,974.76.Defensive stocks gave the index most support, with BT Group closing up 3.97 per cent at 191.1p, Vodafone up 1.76 per cent to close at 181.85p, and British American Tobacco up 1.56 per cent to 2,507p.“The telecoms sector is looking good on the back of broker upgrades from Morgan Stanley for BT Group and Vodafone with the ratings moved to ‘overweight’,” said Michael Hewson, market analyst at CMC MarketsHSBC added 1.99 per cent to close at 670.6p, as traders said reports that it may be mulling a move to Hong Kong were positive as it would lead to lower costs.And insurer Old Mutual gained 3.3 per cent after it beat expectations with a 14 per cent profit rise and said could deliver more as it progresses with its three-year strategy to simplify its structure.Prudential also gained 1.93 per cent to end at 714p, ahead of its results tomorrow morning.Miners were a downward pressure, though, with Randgold Resources finishing down 8.2 per cent at 4,480p and African Barrick Gold ending 3.61 per cent lower at 547.5p.Hewson said Randgold’s fall was “more than likely due to the unrest in the Ivory Coast, which looks set to exacerbate problems in its operations there.”“Sliding copper prices have seen the miners fall back with Chilean copper miner Antofagasta leading the miners lower despite reporting record profits,” he added.Scottish engineering firm Weir Group fell 4.72 per cent to close at 1,695p as investors took profits despite it announcing a 58 per cent increase in its full-year pre-tax profit, on fears that industrial stocks may be past their peak.On the FTSE 250, betting group Betfair closed up 7.61 per cent at 955p after reporting third-quarter revenue growth and saying it was confident of delivering results in line with estimates.Plant hire company Ashtead also said it expects to beat market expectations and closed up 8.95 per cent at 203.2p.But television set-top box maker Pace lost 20 per cent of its value to close at 176.4p after reducing its sales forecasts after a key US customer delayed its order. “The news weighed on sentiment despite an upbeat outlook for the company and shares quickly traded to its lowest level since the end of January,” said Joshua Raymond, market strategist at City Index. alison.lock whatsapp Tuesday 8 March 2011 4:07 pm whatsapp Tags: NULL
19th July 2019 | By Joanne Christie Legal & compliance Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The Gambling Commission has announced that it will work with the Samaritans to strengthen requirements for operators in relation to identifying those at risk of suicide due to problem gambling.The programme of works was developed after new analysis of data from the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS) in 2007, which found that 5% of problem gamblers had attempted suicide in the previous year.The fresh analysis, published today (19 July) in a report commissioned by GambleAware, also showed that 5% of those who had attempted suicide in the previous year were problem gamblers, with a further 5% classed as ‘at risk’ gamblers.While conceding the data the report was based on was relatively dated, Neil McArthur, chief executive of the Gambling Commission, said: “Nonetheless, the findings clearly show a connection between suicide and gambling, something that has a real and devastating impact on people’s lives.“Whilst further research and more timely data collection is essential, we are taking further action now to protect people from the risk of gambling harm.”One reason more recent data is unavailable is because while the APMS survey, undertaken by the Department of Health and Social Care, was repeated in 2014, it did not include questions related to gambling.GambleAware said it hoped another APMS would be commissioned in 2021 and that it would explore further the link between gambling and suicide.“There is limited data and research on the link between gambling and suicide and this research is just the start,” GambleAware chief executive Marc Etches said. “This report has clearly identified the significant gaps in the data that is currently available and what steps we should be taking to get more evidence to help improve our knowledge and understanding of the relationship between gambling and suicide.”Heather Wardle, assistant professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and one of the recent report’s authors, added: “The harms from gambling are profound and can be devastating for individuals, families and communities.“These results show how people with gambling problems are a higher risk group for suicidality. Everyone involved in providing, legislating and regulating gambling should recognise this risk and take action to prevent harm.”As a result of the research, the Gambling Commission and the Samaritans will develop new guidance for the gambling industry to make sure operators are responding appropriately to the risks around suicide.GambleAware will also fund a pilot programme to extend the hours for GamCare’s National Gambling helpline to 24 hours a day for two years. Tags: Online Gambling Gambling Commission to strengthen guidance on suicide risks Topics: Legal & compliance Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: UK & Ireland
WWE News: The Undertaker challenges Akshay Kumar’s for a REAL fight The new WWE champions after recent WWE Raw episode Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter WWE Hell in a Cell: Bianca Belair to battle Bayley inside the Hell in a Cell WWEWWE RAW by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeIPL 2020: Bad news for Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Jonny BairstowUndoIPL 2020 : Srikanth and fans slams MS Dhoni, says ‘wasted 15 Cr on Jadhav & Chawla’UndoSuresh Raina issues statement after arrest, says the incident in Mumbai was ‘unintentional’UndoThe Street Profit — WWE Raw tag team championshipThe first title match started with WWE Raw tag team championship where the Viking Raiders battled it out with the Street Profits for men’s tag team championship. In a high-octane match both the teams tried hard but after a 20-minute fight the Street Profits managed to retain their title.WWE Raw Women’s Title — AsukaAfter the RAW tag team championship now it was the time for the women’s championship which took place between ‘The Queen’ Charlotte Flair and ‘The Empress of Tomorrow’ Asuka for WWE women’s championship. It was a jaw-dropping match between the two divas until Asuka managed to lock Flair in her submission lock. With the Queen tapping out, The Empress successfully defended her title.WWE 24/7 Championship — Akira TozawaThis was one of the most interesting and funny titles which WWE has ever produced. The title is open to anyone, regardless of gender or WWE employment status and is defended “24/7”. In this match between R-Truth and Akira Tozawa before the starting of the match, it got interrupted by Bobby Lashley who attacked R-Truth with his ‘master lock’ and left R-Truth unconscious in the ring. Tozawa quickly grabbed the opportunity and pinned the champion and became the new WWE 24/7 champion.Championships which did not change hands are of Drew McIntryre, the Universal Champion and team of Sasha Banks & Bayley who are still the Women’s Raw Tag team champion. WWE Previous articleIPL 2020: Top 10 Highest-paid Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) players in IPL MoneyballNext articleCricket: Former India opener Wasim Jaffer appointed Uttarakhand head coach Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. WWE News: New sets on the way ahead of WWE’s massive return before live fans from July 16 WWE This week’s WWE Raw episode was rightly titled “Championships edition” as there were many title belts on the line. While some exchanged hands, some wrestlers managed to retain their championships.Here are the new WWE championships after recent WWE episode WWE TAGSWatch WrestlingWrestlingwrestling2020wrestlinglivewrestlingtvindiaWWEWWE championsWWE Raw SHARE WWE Hell in a Cell: Cesaro vs. Seth Rollins CONFIRMED. One more match added to the PPV event WWE News: Becky Lynch spotted at WWE Performance Center. Is return on the cards? Facebook Twitter WWE Hell in a Cell: Check out why Roman Reigns won’t compete in the Hell in a Cell PPV event WWE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Kunal Dhyani – June 23, 2020 WWE Smackdown: Dominik Mysterio will be off from WWE TV for a while! Here’s the reason. WWE WWE WWE News: Dates revealed for Edge and The Fiend’s WWE return WWE Smackdown Results: Roman Reigns beat Rey Mysterio in a vicious Hell in a Cell match to retain the Universal Championship WWE Smackdown Results and Updates: Roman Reigns retains the Universal Title after humbling Rey Mysterio. Shinsuke Nakamura is the new legitimate KING WWE WWE YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Week|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory|SponsoredSponsoredUndo WWE WWE
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Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Smithfield, NC Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby hands out crosses to new members of the Community of St. Anselm, Lambeth Palace, on Sept. 30 (All photographs: Marc Gascoigne/Lambeth Palace)[Lambeth Palace] Forty-five young Christians were commissioned by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby Sept. 30 as new members of the monastic-inspired Community of St. Anselm at Lambeth Palace in London.The community, which was founded by Welby last year, brings Christians aged 20-35 – from many countries and cultures, and many church denominations and traditions – together for 10 months under a shared Rule of Life focused on prayer, study and service to the most vulnerable in society.Shortly after taking office in 2013, Welby said his first priority would be the renewal of prayer and Religious communities across the church. The following year he announced that a community for young Christians would be founded at Lambeth Palace.The Community of St. Anselm is made up of resident members from around the world, who live together at Lambeth Palace, and non-residents based in and around London, who combine their life in the community with their other responsibilities to work, family and church.Welby is the Abbot of the Community, which is led by Prior Anders Litzell and a team made up of members of the Chemin Neuf Community who live at Lambeth Palace.This year the members come from all over the world, including the U.K., U.S., France, Poland, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Finland, South Africa and India, among others. They also represent a wide variety of church streams and denominations, from Anglican and Episcopal to United Reformed, Methodist, Lutheran, Newfrontiers, Orthodox and Roman Catholic.The community this year is made up of 15 international residents, and 21 non-residents who will combine their life in the community with their other responsibilities to work, family and church. In addition seven non-resident members from 2015-16 will be continuing their commitment for another year.Preaching at the service on Sept. 30, Welby spoke about how adopting the Benedictine monastic practice of “placing yourself under discipline” is “extraordinarily counter-cultural. But if we are going to call ourselves disciples of Jesus Christ, we start by saying I accept the sovereignty of God. There is no other way of being a disciple.”“The Community of St. Anselm very deliberately takes people from all over the world, with their cultural differences and personality differences. It deliberately takes bits of the disunited church. It takes all these different factions and fragments and it’s an experiment to see if together we can live in unity, because we are in the vine – because we abide in the vine.”The archbishop said the point of this year for the members was “a bet that the reality of Christ is sufficient and that the promises of the community’s Rule of Life are true. That because of a year spent here learning ‘abiding’ in God, there will be much fruit – individually and collectively – which is the calling and purpose of Christian discipleship: to bear fruit.”The prior of the Community of St. Anselm, the Rev. Anders Litzell, said: “The Community of St. Anselm has been established to serve Archbishop Justin’s call for a renewal of prayer and Religious life across the Church. The new members are today making a commitment to a shared Rule of Life that is about shaping our whole beings in response to God’s radical grace in Jesus Christ.“We trust that the experience will transform these young lives to reflect the beauty of God’s holiness with irrepressible integrity. And we pray that they will go on to help transform our world through self-giving in their local, national and international communities.”Visit the Community of St Anselm website TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Archbishop of Canterbury Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Tampa, FL Press Release Service New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Archbishop commissions new members for Community of St. Anselm The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Tags Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit a Job Listing Submit an Event Listing Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Belleville, IL Rector Martinsville, VA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Washington, DC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Albany, NY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Featured Events Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis By Lambeth staffPosted Oct 3, 2016 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Knoxville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Bath, NC Submit a Press Release Director of Music Morristown, NJ Featured Jobs & Calls Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Anglican Communion,
Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Simplifile Adds 21 Southern Jurisdictions to E-Recording Network Sign up for DS News Daily July 5, 2017 1,110 Views Related Articles e-recording Simplifile 2017-07-05 Joey Pizzolato in Featured, News, Technology Tagged with: e-recording Simplifile The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Joey Pizzolato is the Online Editor of DS News and MReport. He is a graduate of Spalding University, where he holds a holds an MFA in Writing as well as DePaul University, where he received a B.A. in English. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in a variety of print and online journals and magazines. To contact Pizzolato, email [email protected] Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Guaranteed Rate Adopts Automated Asset Verification from AccountChek Next: Banishing Blight: Officials, Experts, and Lawmakers Meet for Roundtable Simplifile has extended its industry-leading e-recording network to include 21 additional recording jurisdictions across the southern United States.“E-recording is becoming the preferred way to do business as more settlement professionals and recording jurisdictions recognize its abundant time- and cost-saving benefits,” said Paul Clifford, President of Simplifile. “With the addition of these 21 new counties and parishes, Simplifile continues our efforts to expand the availability of e-recording in the South and nationwide for the benefit of consumers, lenders, settlement agents, and counties.”The new jurisdictions are:Columbia County, Arkansas.Jackson County. Arkansas.Pope County, Arkansas.Camden County, Georgia.Fulton County, Georgia.Glascock County, Georgia.Jasper County, Georgia.Oglethorpe County, Georgia.Tift County, Georgia.Wayne County, Georgia.Iberville Parish, Luisiana.St. Charles Parish, Luisiana.St. Martin Parish, Luisiana.St. Tammany Parish, Luisiana.Tangipahoa Parish, Luisiana.West Baton Rouge Parish, Luisiana.West Feliciana Parish, Luisiana.Swain County, North Carolina.Calhoun County, TexasRoanoke City, Virginia.Suffolk City, Virginia.Settlement agents in these jurisdictions can now electronically submit documents directly to the county recording office via Simplifile’s secure e-recording service. Within minutes, county recorders can review, stamp, record, and return documents electronically through the Simplifile system. The secure platform also reduces errors and eliminates check-writing costs by allowing settlement agents to electronically pay recording fees and other associated expenses.Throughout the U.S., more than 1,629 county recording offices now electronically record deeds, mortgages, and other documents using Simplifile. For a current list of all jurisdictions within the Simplifile e-recording network, visit https://simplifile.com/e-recording-counties/. About Author: Joey Pizzolato Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Featured / Simplifile Adds 21 Southern Jurisdictions to E-Recording Network
About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News September 21, 2020 2,064 Views Fannie Mae Report Details Housing’s ‘V-Shaped’ Recovery Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Fannie Mae’s latest Economic & Housing Outlook reported that the GSE’s economics team expects Q3 real gross domestic product (GDP) to grow at an annualized pace of 30.4%. This represents an increase from Fannie’s August forecast of 27.2%. For the full year of 2020, the report projects a 2.6% contraction—representing an improvement over last month’s forecast of a 3.1% decline.”While the pace of economic growth has clearly slowed relative to May and June, recent data point to a continued recovery,” Fannie reported. “Real personal consumption expenditures (PCE) posted the third straight month of gains in July, rising 1.6%, though this represented a deceleration from 5.7% in June.”Fannie Mae’s previous forecast anticipated that the July gain in PCE would be followed by an August pause in August “as the enhanced unemployment benefits expired, before growth resumed later in the year.” However, this latest Economic & Housing Outlook finds that “recent data suggest continued growth in consumer spending over the month. Auto sales, an early indicator of PCE, posted another solid gain in August, rising 4.5%, and credit and debit card transactions data points to increasing spending as well.”Analyzing recent measures of capital goods shipments and construction activity, the Fannie Mae report suggests that both business and housing investments “will grow at a faster pace in the third quarter than we previously forecast.” Fannie adds, “This expected stronger growth in Q3 indicates a smaller remaining recovery gap.”Combined with an “updated assumption” that no additional stimulus legislation will be passed prior to the elections, Fannie said it “downgraded its GDP growth estimate for the fourth quarter to 6.2% annualized from our prior forecast of 8.7%.”The report predicted that, into 2021, “behavioral adaptations to the coronavirus will be a factor,” limiting the future pace of recovery in some sectors (such as hospitality, travel, and other industries affected by social distancing).The report proceeded to outline ways in which the housing data over the past month continued to “show a strong V-shape rebound, helping drive the broader economy.”Data and analysis showed that risks to the forecast “remain elevated.”As COVID-19 cases in the U.S. continue to trend downward, Fannie Mae notes that “if and when vaccines become widely available and utilized will likely affect the path of future consumer behavior. Additionally, uncertainty surrounding fiscal and other policies remains high as the election approaches.”The study further details anticipated risks related to the labor market, housing supply, as well as refinance and mortgage rates. The entire study can be accessed here. Print This Post Previous: Announcing Laurie A. Maggiano Legacy Award Finalists Next: CDC-Issued Eviction/Foreclosure Moratorium Targeted by Lawsuits The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Fannie Mae Report Details Housing’s ‘V-Shaped’ Recovery 2020-09-21 Christina Hughes Babb
Myriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 787,000 people worldwide.Over 22.4 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks. Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 5.5 million diagnosed cases and at least 173,181 deaths. Here’s how the news is developing Thursday. All times Eastern:7:41 a.m.: Europe reporting an average of 26,000 new cases per dayAn average of about 26,000 new cases of COVID-19 are being reported every day across Europe as infections there have been steadily increasing each week over the last two months, according to the World Health Organization. Dr. Hans Kluge, the WHO regional director for Europe, said at a press conference Thursday that although the region has made “phenomenal efforts” to contain the novel coronavirus after becoming an epicenter of the pandemic earlier this year, “authorities have been easing some of the restrictions and people have been dropping their guard.” New clusters of cases in European countries are mainly occurring in localized settings such as long-term care homes and food production facilities, or are being caused by travelers, according to Kluge.“Localized outbreaks and clusters are now occurring with greater frequency, often in closed settings,” Kluge said, while noting that Europe was in a “much better position to stamp out these localized virus flare-ups” and “can manage the virus differently now than we did when COVID-19 first emerged.” Kluge also called for schools to reopen in areas with low levels of the virus. He said the WHO Regional Office for Europe will convene a virtual meeting of its 53 member nations at the end of the month to discuss how schools across the region could reopen safely.6:21 a.m.: New study shows children play larger role in spread of virus than thoughtClinical data from a new study shows that children play are larger role in the community spread of the novel coronavirus than previously thought.The study, which was published Thursday in The Journal of Pediatrics, investigated 192 pediatric patients aged 22 and younger, of which 49 tested positive for COVID-19 and an additional 18 had late-onset, coronavirus-related illness. Researchers found that the infected children carried a significantly higher level of virus in their airways — particularly in the first two days of infection — than adults who were hospitalized in intensive care for COVID-19.Harvard University called it “the most comprehensive study of COVID-19 pediatric patients to date.”“I was surprised by the high levels of virus we found in children of all ages, especially in the first two days of infection,” Lael Yonker, lead author of the study and director of the Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital’s Cystic Fibrosis Center in Boston, said in a statement released through the university. “I was not expecting the viral load to be so high. You think of a hospital, and of all of the precautions taken to treat severely ill adults, but the viral loads of these hospitalized patients are significantly lower than a ‘healthy child’ who is walking around with a high SARS-CoV-2 viral load.”5:36 a.m.: India marks another record rise in casesIndia reported 69,672 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours — its highest daily increase yet, according to a real-time tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.Now, more than 2.8 million people in India have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began — the third-highest count in the world.There were also an additional 977 coronavirus-related fatalities recorded within the last day, bringing the national total to 53,866, according to the latest data from India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.The country of 1.3 billion people has the fourth-highest death toll from COVID-19 in the world, behind the United States, Brazil and Mexico, according to Johns Hopkins University.5:28 a.m.: France, Germany, Spain see highest spike in cases since lockdownFrance, Germany and Spain have all marked the highest day-to-day increase in COVID-19 infections since the end of their lockdowns. France’s national public health agency reported Wednesday that there were 3,776 new cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the national tally to 225,043. Meanwhile, the country’s positivity rate for COVID-19 tests increased by 3.1% from Aug. 10 to Aug. 16.Germany’s public health institute reported Wednesday that there were 1,510 new cases in the past 24 hours, making the national total 226,914.“In the past few weeks the COVID-19 incidence has risen markedly in many federal states and the number of districts reporting zero COVID-19 cases over a period of seven days has decreased considerably,” the institute said in its daily situation report. “This trend is very concerning.”The Spanish Ministry of Health reported Wednesday that there were 3,715 new cases within the last day. Spain’s cumulative case count, which includes diagnoses from antibody test results, now stands at 370,867.All three European countries are among the top 20 nations hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. 3:42 a.m.: US reports over 1,300 new deaths for second straight dayThere were 46,436 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Wednesday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Wednesday’s tally is well below the country’s record set on July 16, when 77,255 new cases were identified in a 24-hour reporting period.An additional 1,356 coronavirus-related deaths were also recorded Wednesday. It’s the second straight day of more than 1,300 fatalities, although the figure is still under the record 2,666 new deaths that were reported on April 17.A total of 5,529,933 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 173,181 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July.While week-over-week comparisons show that the nationwide number of new cases has continued to decrease in recent weeks, the number of new deaths has increased, according to an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, obtained by ABC News on Wednesday night. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
SETH WENIG/POOL/AFP via Getty ImagesBy MARLENE LENTHANG, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Rep. Kathleen Rice has become the first New York Democrat in Congress to join mounting calls for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign after three women accused him of offensive behavior.“The time has come. The Governor must resign,” Rice, a former district attorney, tweeted Monday night.Rice was once a close ally of Cuomo’s. In the 2010 race for state attorney general, Rice was widely believed to be Cuomo’s preferred pick for the role, but he ended up endorsing her opponent, Eric Schneiderman, right before the primary. In 2013, Rice was appointed by Cuomo as one of the three-co-chairs of the Moreland Commission to look into public corruption. She stepped down one year later after announcing her run for Congress.Rice joins a number of Democratic lawmakers from the state’s legislature denouncing Cuomo’s actions in wake of the third accusation.On Monday evening, the New York Times published an account from Anna Ruch that alleged Cuomo placed his hands on her bare lower back and face during a wedding reception in New York City in September 2019 and “asked if he could kiss her.” A photo at the time of the alleged incident was taken and shared with the paper.She said the incident left her “uncomfortable and embarrassed” and she felt she “didn’t have a choice in that matter.” Cuomo ended up kissing her on the cheek, according to Ruch.Ruch’s account comes after two former state employees who worked for Cuomo, Lindsey Boylan, 36, and Charlotte Bennett, 25, came forward over the past week with allegations of sexual harassment against the governor.Cuomo has denied the sexual harassment allegations from Boylan and Bennett. When Cuomo’s office was asked by the Times about Ruch’s allegations on Monday, his office referred to his Sunday night statement, in which he claimed some of the things he has said “have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation.”“I now understand that my interactions may have been insensitive or too personal and that some of my comments, given my position, made others feel in ways I never intended,” Cuomo stated. “To be clear I never inappropriately touched anybody and I never propositioned anybody and I never intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable, but these are allegations that New Yorkers deserve answers to.”Cuomo’s office didn’t immediately reply to ABC News’ request for comment on the third allegation.After Ruch’s story was published, Bennett came out in support of Ruch.“I stand with Anna Ruch. Anna — I hear you, I see you. I’m so sorry. His inappropriate and aggressive behavior cannot be justified or normalized. Thank you for your courage and strength. Here for you always,” Bennett tweeted Monday.New York Attorney General Letitia James announced on Monday that her office would begin an independent investigation, which included subpoena power, into allegations of sexual harassment against the governor. James’ office told ABC News Monday evening it read Ruch’s account in the Times and will decide whether to incorporate it into the just-launched investigation.Six Democratic state lawmakers on Tuesday morning called for Cuomo to be impeached. In a statement shared with ABC News, the lawmakers said Cuomo used his power to “belittle, bully and harass his employees and colleagues” and impeachment proceedings “are the appropriate avenue” for accountability. It further states Cuomo’s withholding of information in regards to nursing home deaths is “sufficient to justify impeachment proceedings.”New York state Sens. Gustavo Rivera, Alessandra Biaggi and Assemblywoman Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas have all called for Cuomo to resign.State Sen. John Liu didn’t call for Cuomo to step down directly, but condemned his actions.“A person who treats women this way is not fit to govern,” Liu said.State Assemblyman Thomas J. Abinanti also castigated Cuomo’s behavior, tweeting, “As Dizzy Dean said (1944): stick a fork in him — he’s done.”Republican New York Rep. Claudia Tenney accused Cuomo of having a corrupt “pattern” and accused him of hiding the number of nursing home COVID-19 deaths in the pandemic.An investigation is underway by the FBI and federal prosecutors into the governor’s coronavirus task force with a focus on the handling of nursing homes in the early days of the coronavirus crisis, two sources familiar with the matter told ABC News. A probe by the New York attorney general’s office found the number of state nursing home resident deaths from the virus may have been undercounted by as much as 50%. The report said many of those patients died after being moved to the hospital and were not counted as nursing home fatalities.Cuomo conceded his handling of nursing home fatality data created a “void” that became filled by misinformation and conspiracy theories — but he declined to apologize.“The void we created by not providing information was filled with skepticism and cynicism and conspiracy theories which fueled the confusion,” Cuomo said during a news conference Monday. “The void created disinformation and that caused more anxiety for loved ones.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.