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Senate Trying to Begin Farm Bill Work

first_img SHARE Previous articleSeed Consultants 5/6/2013 Market Closing with Gary WilhelmiNext articleIndiana Corn Planting Completion at 8 Percent Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter Senate Ag Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow would like to begin a mark-up of the farm bill this Thursday – but North Dakota Senator John Hoeven says it may not happen until next Tuesday. Hoeven says Senate Ag will take the bill it passed last year and use it as a starting point – but some changes will be made. Hoeven anticipates the countercyclical program to be added again, the revenue program to stay – but be a little slimmer – as the Senate will have to trim about 10-billion dollars from the bill passed last year. Stabenow’s mark is anticipated to include provisions for small cuts to food stamps, to curb crop insurance subsidies for high-income farmers and develop national standards for chicken cage sizes for egg production.New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand expects the committee to consider cutting food stamps by 4.1-billion dollars over 10 years – a move she will oppose because she says the cuts would result in an average benefit reduction of 90-dollars per month for nearly 500-thousand households. As for crop insurance – Stabenow’s mark should include Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn’s amendment to reduce insurance premium subsidies for farmers with an adjusted gross income above 750-thousand-dollars. Forty groups – including the National Crop Insurance Services – oppose any provisions that limit crop insurance participation – saying limiting support to producers creates barriers to participation for those trying to obtain risk management protection – while also impacting the financial health of the ag community. Stabenow also plans to include California Senator Dianne Feinstein and Maine Senator Susan Collins’ bill  to develop a uniform standard across the U.S. for egg-laying hen cage sizes. Stabenow Spokesman Cullen Schwarz says egg producers are struggling with a patchwork of regulations varying from state to state – so Stabenow is working with stakeholders and ag committee members to find a solution to keep American egg producers in business.As for the House – Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Friday he is committed to moving a five-year farm bill this summer. However – passage of a sweeping farm bill is not a sure thing in the House – as Conservative groups criticize the farm subsidies as corporate welfare and have pushed for deep cuts to food stamps Democrats are unlikely to accept. Still – the leaders of both ag committees have stated they want to finish the farm bill before completing reauthorization of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Congress is scheduled to leave for Memorial Day recess on May 24th. Facebook Twitter Source: NAFB News servicecenter_img By Gary Truitt – May 6, 2013 SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Senate Trying to Begin Farm Bill Work Senate Trying to Begin Farm Bill Worklast_img read more

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Art, science departments to continue zoo enrichment course

first_imgConnie Beltran Previous articleThree new club sports could start next semesterNext articleTCU has $1 billion endowment; Congress wants to know why Connie Beltran RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Connie Beltran Linkedin Connie Beltran Students paint bacteria in cross campus learning Twitter Connie Beltran ReddIt ReddIt Students prepping for research symposium Connie Beltran Connie Beltran is a senior at TCU majoring in journalism and minoring in French. She covers the College of Education and the College of Science and Engineering for TCU 360. Facebook printThe art and science departments plan to regularize a zoo enrichment course after a successful first semester.Last fall, TCU students worked with the Fort Worth Zoo to build personalized additions to the environments of five different animals.Associate professor of art Cameron Schoepp said the collaboration of the two departments was successful for both the students and zoo animals.“I actually think the students exceeded our expectations,” Schoepp said. “All the projects, I would say, excelled in a way that made a meaningful difference for the animals.”Students also received hands-on experience and a chance to explore different career options. Senior sculpting major  Corry Shaffer said working with the zoo provided a “good insight into what other fields there are for sculpting and environmental science majors.”Creating enhancements projects for animals is not “something that you think about immediately, but it is necessary for those zoo animals,” Shaffer said.Although the students focus on different areas of study, the course emphasized their similarities and taught them how to work together, said Patrick Ryan, a senior environmental science major. Working with art students helped him “see a different perspective of how to approach problems and problem-solving within a group,” Ryan said. McKinney Church hosts study day event Boykin, Doctson among 14 football players graduating Saturday Linkedin Students debut performances of drag personas as part of unique new course + posts Twitter Facebook Condensed semester, lost week to snowstorm adding to some students stress during finals weeklast_img read more

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Deutsche Welle Weblog Awards : Egyptian Weblog wins Special Award from Reporters Without Borders

first_img Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff November 14, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Deutsche Welle Weblog Awards : Egyptian Weblog wins Special Award from Reporters Without Borders January 22, 2021 Find out more to go further Deutsche Welle International & Reporters Without Borders Weblog Awards 2005Arabic Weblog “Manal and Alaa’s Bit Bucket” wins Special Award from Reporters Without Borders. Announcement comes early in light of United Nations World Summit on the Information SocietyThe 12-member jury of the Deutsche Welle’s 2005 Weblog Awards unanimously condemned the blocking of “Wang Yi’s Microphone” and called on Chinese authorities to end their censorship of Weblogs and the Internet. Failure to declare their protest in light of the World Summit on the Information Society from Nov. 16 to Nov. 18 in Tunis, at which a Chinese delegation is expected, would be tantamount to tolerating censorship, the jury members stated.Wang Yi’s Weblog ( was among the final three candidates for the Special Award from Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Also among the top three nominees were a blog written by Tunisian judge Mokhtar Yahyaoui and the Egyptian Weblog “Manal and Alaa’s Bit Bucket,” which went on to win the award ( Oct. 24, 2005, the Deutsche Welle announced the nominees in its annual BOBs — the Best of the Blogs Awards. Shortly after the candidates were announced, access to “Wang Yi’s Microphone,” which was nominated in the Reporters Without Borders and Best Weblog categories, was blocked by local Chinese authorities in the Hai-Nan province.A lawyer by profession, Wang Yi regularly used his Weblog to criticize the government. His courageous efforts to promote freedom of expression and an independent judiciary system in China were among the reasons why he was nominated in this year’s Deutsche Welle Best of the Blogs awards.”Bloggers like Wang Yi, who are courageous enough to publicly protest against government bans, deserve the support of the international community,” emphasized Guido Baumhauer, Editor in Chief of DW-WORLD.DE, the Deutsche Welle’s online presence.”This action really shows that the Chinese government has no respect for freedom of expression,” underlined Julien Pain, a member of the BOBs jury and head of the Reports Without Borders Internet Freedom Desk. “The Chinese government started censoring the Internet a long time ago, it is not the first time that a blog has been shut down, but it shows again that each time a new form of circulating information is created, the Chinese authorities manage to control it and shut it down — and that’s scary.”The Chinese jury member Zhao Jing, who is better known as Michael Anti, said he finds the Chinese authorities’ decision to be a grave mistake.”Blogs play an important role in freedom of speech, and the fact that the Chinese government is censoring them proves how far China is from accepting free speech,” he said.”Manal and Alaa’s Bit Bucket” won the Special Award from Reporters Without Borders in the Deutsche Welle’s 2005 Weblog Awards. The wife-husband pair has become an institution among Arabic bloggers and journalists critical of the Egyptian regime. Manal and Alaa strive to promote freedom of expression and protect human rights as well as highlight the need for political reforms in Egypt. Their Weblog also offers other bloggers free storage space and practical help starting their own initiatives and has been has been crucial is developing a critical and engaged blogger scene in Egypt and the Arabic-speaking world. Organisation The 12 Best of the Blogs jury members are:- Hossein ‘Hoder’ Derakhshan (Iran),- Lisa Stone (USA), – Ammar Abdulhamid (Syria),- Loïc le Meur (France),- Yegor Bykovsky (Russia),Michael Anti (China),- André Lemos (Brazil),- Jose Luis Orihuela- Ignacio Escolar (Spain),- Konstantin Klein- Jörg Kantel (Germany),- Julien Pain (France, Reporters Without Borders).Media and cooperation partners are:Reporters Without Borders, (Canada), (Germany), (France), Clarí (Argentina), Folha Online (Brazil), Shargh Newspaper (Iran), (Russia), (Iran), and Phoenix TV (China). The 2005 Deutsche Welle International Weblog Awards are supported by the Maritim Hotel Bonn. Help by sharing this information News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa February 6, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution February 1, 2021 Find out more Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison News Receive email alerts News News Follow the news on Egypt EgyptMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

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HOT Pasadena Real Estate Market!

first_imgReal Estate Corner HOT Pasadena Real Estate Market! By CYNTHIA TILLEMAN Published on Thursday, July 25, 2013 | 9:49 am Cynthia Tilleman, Realtor897 Granite Drive, Pasadena CA 91001(626) 825-0161 / (626) 639-1676Follow us on In Pasadena’s hot real estate market, home prices have increased 28% from last year.According to real estate information firm DataQuick, home prices in Southern California skyrocketed in June 2013 when compared to June 2012. This dramatic increase was greater than any year-over-year increase seen during the housing boom, and the most since DataQuick started tracking this specific data in January 1989.Sales in the six-county Southland region declined slightly in June, which indicates that inventory remains extremely tight.There are signs, however, that the dramatic increases will slow somewhat due to rising mortgage rates and the probability that the current price gains will encourage more home owners to place their houses on the market. The housing recovery began to accelerate last year as the number of foreclosures declined, and low interest rates urged home buyers into action in the middle of an improving economy. Traditional home buyers and investors have battled over an extremely low number of homes for sale, which has created bidding wars and higher prices.The median sales price for homes in Pasadena for the past quarter was $580,500. This represents an increase of 16.1% ($80,500) compared to the prior quarter. Sales prices have appreciated 5.5% over the last five years in Pasadena. The average listing price for Pasadena homes for sale on Trulia was $1,022,348 for the week ending July 10, which represents a decline of 1.9% ($19,808) compared to the prior week and a decline of 4% ($42,573) compared to the week ending June 19. Average price-per-square foot for Pasadena increased 18.6% ($446) compared to the same period last year. Popular neighborhoods in Pasadena include North Central, East Central, South Arroyo, North Arroyo, West Central, and Mid Central. Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff HerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Sea Salt Scrubs You Can Make YourselfHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Secrets That Eastern Women Swear By To Stay Young LongerHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeauty 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 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. Top of the News Make a comment Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community Newslast_img read more

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President McAleese congratulates Brian Friel, Donegal person of the Year

first_img Google+ Facebook Twitter President McAleese congratulates Brian Friel, Donegal person of the Year Twitter By News Highland – March 7, 2011 News Pinterest Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ WhatsAppcenter_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest Hundreds attended a weekend function to mark Bran Friel being named Donegal Person of the Year.The legendary playwright, who was named Donegal Person of the Year 2010 at a ceremony in The Burlinton Hotel in Dublin at the weekend outlined to the estimated 650 guests that a flush of pride that lasted for three days when he was told he would be honoured.Nobel prize winners Seamus Heaney and John Hume were in attendence while a message from President Mary McAlesee was read to the audience.Brian Friel, a Tyrone native has lived in Donegal for 44 years and was educated in Derry.He thanked the Donegal Association for the honour, stating it was a “very big event” for him. Previous articleDonegal petrol prices edge towards 1.50 a litreNext articlePolice appeal after Derry house shooting News Highland 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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Madras HC Restrains Patanjali From Using ‘Coronil’ Trademark [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesMadras HC Restrains Patanjali From Using ‘Coronil’ Trademark [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK20 July 2020 8:15 AMShare This – xThe Madras High Court recently restrained Patanjali Ayurveda from using the trademark ‘Coronil’- the controversial drug that the company initially claimed to be a cure for the deadly Corona virus. The injunction order was passed by a single-Judge bench of Justice CV Karthikeyan, in a plea moved by a Chennai based private company Arudra Engineering, claiming rights over…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 Madras High Court recently restrained Patanjali Ayurveda from using the trademark ‘Coronil’- the controversial drug that the company initially claimed to be a cure for the deadly Corona virus. The injunction order was passed by a single-Judge bench of Justice CV Karthikeyan, in a plea moved by a Chennai based private company Arudra Engineering, claiming rights over the mark. The plaintiff-company had approached the High Court contending that ‘CORONIL-92 B’ was its registered trademark since 1993 for “Acid inhibitor for industrial cleaning” used as chemical preparations in industries. At the outset, the court noted that the similarity in the name is “obvious”. “The name used by the defendant is the same. The spelling is same,” it remarked. Senior Advocate PR Rama appearing for the Company submitted that protection has to be granted whenever a registered trademark is infringed by a person who is not a registered proprietor and uses in the course of his trade a mark identical to the trade mark already registered, irrespective of the fact, whether the business is similar or not, under Section 29(4)(b) of the Trademarks Act, 1999. “The plaintiff had registered the trade mark owing to the fact that their products which is in liquid form is used by heavy industrial machinery industries to prevent corrosion and to reduce the depreciation in the value of the units during the cleaning process. The list of customer companies shows that huge industrial units like BHEL, NTPC Limited, Reliance industrial Ltd., Indian Oil Corporation and other such companies are the clients of the plaintiff,” the court noted (the extensive clientele of the company). The Plaintiff-company further contended that it had established substantial reputation in marketing their product ‘Coronil’ and had effected substantial sales under the mark. In view of these submissions, the High Court has granted temporary injunction in favour of the Plaintiff-company till July 30, 2020. “It is seen that the plaintiff has a registered trademark Coronil and the registration is still subsists. Once the plaintiff has a registered trademark, protection has to be given from infringement. The law is clear on that aspect. The defendant has also claimed that he is going to market his product in the same name ‘Coronil’. The defendant can also market their product, but they have to use a different name. They cannot infringe upon the right accrued to the plaintiff owing to the registration of the trademark Coronil as early as 1993, which registration still subsists,” the court observed. It directed, “Interim injunction is granted restraining the defendant… from infringing the applicant’s registered trademarks bearing the name “Coronil” and from using the objectionable trademarks and/or deceptive variation of the applicant’s aforementioned trademarks singularly or in conjunction with any word/s or monogram/s/logo/s upon and in relation to their products/business in any manner whatsoever till 30.07.2020. The plaintiff is to strictly comply with the stipulations under Order XXXIX Rule 3(a) of C.P.C.” Patanjali’s alleged Covid-cure has drawn substantial flak from all quarters. On June 23, when the medicine was launched, the Ministry of AYUSH asked the Company to stop making any claims related to Corona treatment, as they had not been verified by the government. How Patanjali’s Unilateral Declaration Of Discovering COVID-19 Cure Violates Law? Later, a complaint against the company owners, Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev (Founder) and Acharya Balkrishna (MD, CEO), was filed before a court in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. Legal proceedings against the company are also pending before the High Courts of Uttarakhand and Delhi, allegedly for making false claims about the medicine and deceiving the country. Highlighting these circumstances, the Plaintiff-Company had also submitted that details of clinical trials for treating Corona virus were are not available with the Company. Further, the medicine had already been banned in the State of Maharastra and even in Uttrakand, the State Government had sought details about the effectiveness of the medicine. Case Details: Case Title: M/s.Arudra Engineering Private Limited v. 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Court Proceedings Through Video Conferencing Can Be Conducted In ‘Justifiable Circumstances’: Madras HC Notifies VC Rules [Read Rules]

first_imgNews UpdatesCourt Proceedings Through Video Conferencing Can Be Conducted In ‘Justifiable Circumstances’: Madras HC Notifies VC Rules [Read Rules] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK28 July 2020 3:25 AMShare This – xMadras High Court Video Conferencing in Courts Rules, 2020 have been notified to regulate the conduct of proceedings by courts and tribunals through video conferencing. The Rules provides that a Court may, Suo Motu, or on the application of a party or witness decide to conduct the Judicial Proceedings by Video-conference when there are the Justifiable Circumstances. Justifiable…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?LoginMadras High Court Video Conferencing in Courts Rules, 2020 have been notified to regulate the conduct of proceedings by courts and tribunals through video conferencing. The Rules provides that a Court may, Suo Motu, or on the application of a party or witness decide to conduct the Judicial Proceedings by Video-conference when there are the Justifiable Circumstances. Justifiable Circumstances are defined as circumstances under which it is not practicable, in the opinion of the Court concerned, to conduct court proceedings as per standard practice. To illustrate, circumstances like pandemics, natural , calamities, local unrest, law and order issues, matters relating to health or safety. Any other circumstance whatsoever on account of which Court Users or Remote Users cannot be physically present in Court, can be called a Justifiable circumstance. The recording of judicial confessions of the accused and the recording of settlements and pronouncement of Awards in Lok Adalats or Jail Adalats shall not be conducted by video conferencing. Rule 6 provides that the Court may, at its discretion, authorize police custody or extension of remand of an accused by Video -Conferencing. It also can, in exceptional circumstances, for reasons to be recorded in writing, examine a witness or an accused under Section 164 of the Cr.P.C (except judicial confessions) through Video-Conferencing, while observing all due precautions to ensure that the witness or the accused, as the case may be, is not under any form of coercion, threat or undue influence. The Court shall ensure compliance with Section 26 of the Evidence Act, 1872, the Rules read. Rule 9 provides that, except proceedings ordered, for reasons recorded in writing, to be conducted in-camera, the Court shall endeavour to provide public viewing. The Rules contains practice directions also. Click here to Read/Download RulesRead Rules  Next Storylast_img read more

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Cappry road works to be suspended from December 7th

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – November 27, 2018 AudioHomepage BannerNews FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+ Previous articleCFCE ‘dismayed’ following Moville Sewerage Scheme briefingNext articleServing soldier charged with theft from Donegal Town bar News Highland Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Facebook The TII and appointed contractors have agreed to suspend road works a Cappry, Ballybofey in the run-up to the Christmas period.The works will end on December 7th and recommence on January 7th.A special speed limit will be imposed for the duration however, no traffic management systems will be in place.Cathaoirleach of the Stranorlar Municipal District Councillor Patrick McGowan says this is a much welcomed announcement for local businesses……….Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Twittercenter_img Pinterest Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Facebook Cappry road works to be suspended from December 7th News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

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Donegal’s incidence rate falls but still more than double national average

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Donegal’s 14 day incidence rate has fallen slightly to 231.2, but is still more than double the national average of 109. 21 further cases were confirmed in the county last night.Meanwhile there are currently 32 confirmed cases of the virus being treated on site at Letterkenny University Hospital, two in ICU. Previous articleVFI want all pubs allowed to open from December 1stNext articleAppeal over attempted weekend hijacking in Derry News Highland Facebook Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – November 23, 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+center_img Donegal’s incidence rate falls but still more than double national average Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

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Five states removed from New York’s coronavirus travel advisory list

first_imgAug 25, 1:01 pmFlorida county has 158 quarantined since schools opened last weekThere are 158 people who have been asked to quarantine in Seminole County, Florida, since schools opened for in-person learning last week.The Seminole County School District opened schools on Aug. 17.Nine schools in the district have people who are under quarantine — the district has approximately 12 positive cases, according to public school officials.Those in quarantine were switched to the remote learning platform until they are cleared to return to the schools, officials said.ABC News’ Rachel Katz contributed to this report.Aug 25, 12:17 pmNew York removes 5 states from travel advisory list, adds GuamNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that five states — Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Maryland and Montana — have been removed from the Empire State’s coronavirus travel advisory list, while the U.S. territory of Guam has been added.The advisory mandates a 14-day self-quarantine for travelers arriving from areas “with significant community spread.” That list now includes Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Virgin Islands and Wisconsin.New York state has had a rate of positive COVID-19 tests below 1% for 18 straight days, according to Cuomo, who warned “this pandemic is not over” and urged residents to “stay vigilant and be careful.”“New Yorkers made enormous sacrifices to get our numbers as low as they are today, and we don’t want to give up an inch of that hard-earned progress,” Cuomo said at Tuesday’s press briefing. “That’s why these travel advisory precautions are so important — we don’t want people who travel to states with high community spread to bring the virus back here.”Aug 25, 11:41 amMadrid to make masks mandatory in schools for childrenFace masks will be obligatory for children aged 6 and older while at schools in Spain’s central capital.Madrid’s regional premier, Isabel Diaz Ayuso, announced the new measure at a press conference Tuesday, while presenting a strategy for the safe return to schools amid the coronavirus pandemic. She said class sizes will also be reduced and thousands more teachers will be hired on a temporary basis.Diaz Ayuso noted that, if Madrid’s epidemiological situation improves, face masks will only be mandatory for students aged 11 and up. The region is planning for the staggered reopening of schools in September.With over 405,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 so far, Spain has the highest case count of any country in Europe. The day-to-day increase of new cases has been steadily climbing since Spain emerged from a more than three-month national lockdown in late June.Last week, Spain’s head of health emergencies, Dr. Fernando Simon, warned that “things are not going well” regarding a recent spike of infections.“Each day, we are seeing more and more transmission,” Simon said.Aug 25, 10:29 amSouth Korea closes schools across Seoul amid spike in casesSouth Korea has ordered the closure of schools in the capital amid a rise in coronavirus infections there.South Korean Education Minister Yoo Eun-hae said Tuesday that nearly 200 students and teachers have been infected in the Seoul metropolitan region over the past two weeks. Most students at kindergartens, elementary, middle and high schools will return to online learning at least until Sept. 11. Those in their final year of high school will continue to take in-person classes so their studies are not disrupted ahead of the national college exams, Yoo said.South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded 280 new cases of COVID-19 and one death on Monday, bringing the country’s total to 17,945 cases and 310 deaths.South Korea once had the largest COVID-19 outbreak outside China, where the virus first emerged, but health authorities were able to bring it under control with an extensive “trace, test and treat” strategy. Now, infections are on the rise in Seoul, home to over 25 million people, as well as in other parts of the country.Aug 25, 9:29 amGermany issues travel warning for Paris areaGermany has issued a travel warning for parts of France, including Paris and Marseille, due to high levels of coronavirus infection there.The German government announced Monday that travelers returning from Ile-de-France and Provence-Alpes-Cote-d’Azur regions will be required to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival and then must self-quarantine while awaiting the test results.France’s national public health agency recorded 1,955 new cases of COVID-19 and 15 coronavirus-related fatalities on Monday, bringing the total to 244,854 confirmed cases and 30,528 deaths. The country is among the hardest-hit in Europe.ABC News’ Ibtissem Guenfoud contributed to this report.Aug 25, 7:52 amGaza Strip under lockdown after 1st cases of community transmissionPalestinian authorities have imposed a 48-hour lockdown on the besieged Gaza Strip after officials said a family of four tested positive for COVID-19 at a refugee camp there.The Palestinian health ministry said another case was identified Monday at a quarantine center in Gaza, bringing the total count to five.The cause of the cluster is unclear and authorities are working to trace it. It’s the first known instance of the novel coronavirus spreading through Gaza’s local community.The full lockdown went into effect Monday night across the entire 140-square-mile-long coastal enclave, which shares borders with Egypt and Israel.The Gaza Strip, a densely populated area that forms part of the so-called Occupied Palestinian Territories, is inhabited by some 2 million Palestinians, most of whom are registered refugees living in overcrowded camps. Both Egypt and Israel have imposed restrictions on movement in and out of Gaza, citing concerns over the militant group Hamas, which rules the territory and has been designated a terrorist organization by Israel and the United States.However, a small number of Palestinians still travel to Jerusalem for routine cancer treatments, and Egypt partially lifted its blockade recently to allow Palestinians back in.ABC News’ Nasser Atta and Guy Davies contributed to this report.Aug 25, 6:43 amUniversity of Southern California reports ‘alarming increase’ in casesThe University of Southern California is reporting an “alarming increase in the number of COVID-19 cases” among students living in off-campus housing.In a letter sent to students Monday, the university’s student health center said it had identified 43 cases in the past seven days. All cases are related to students in off-campus living environments, and more than 100 students are now in a 14-day quarantine due to exposures.“This increase comes despite the continued state and county health guidance that significantly restricts in-person instruction and on-campus activities for universities located in counties that are on the state’s COVID-19 monitoring list, including Los Angeles County,” the letter states. “We continue to strongly discourage students from returning to the campus area until further notice.”The private university, located in the heart of Los Angeles, kicked off its fall semester online last week, but many students remain in apartments and off-campus residences near the campus.Aug 25, 5:48 amNew cases and deaths in US have decreased substantially, FEMA memo saysThe numbers of new COVID-19 cases and new deaths in the United States have both decreased by substantial amounts in week-over-week comparisons, according to an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News Monday night.Just five U.S. states and territories are currently in an upward trajectory of new cases, while five states are at a plateau and 46 states are going down, the memo said.There were 300,366 new cases confirmed during the period of Aug. 17-23, a 16.2% decrease from the previous seven-day period. There were also 6,873 new deaths recorded Aug. 17-23, an 8.5% decrease from the previous week, according to the memo.Meanwhile, the national positivity rate for COVID-19 tests ticked downward slightly from 6.4% to 5.5%, the memo said.Oregon appears to be coming down from a peak with a 7% decrease in infections, a 19.5% decrease in hospitalizations and a 20% reduction in deaths for the week ending on Aug. 16, compared to the previous week, according to the memo.Idaho has seen an 8.5% decrease in the seven-day case rate since Aug. 18, but a 12.2% increase in the seven-day death rate, the memo said.In Montana, the Native American community makes up 7% of the state’s population but accounts for 18% of cases statewide and 34% of deaths, according to the memo.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Ovidiu Dugulan/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and MATT ZARRELL, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 814,000 people worldwide.Over 23.7 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 5.7 million diagnosed cases and at least 177,873 deaths.Nearly 170 vaccine candidates are being tracked by the World Health Organization. Six of these are in crucial phase three trials, where thousands are being administered vaccine doses.Here’s how the news developed Tuesday. All times Eastern: Aug 25, 3:20 pm University of Miami has 141 test positiveTesting at the University of Miami showed 141 people, most of them students, tested positive for COVID-19, according to data from the school.There were 2,627 students, faculty, staff and university vendors were tested between Aug. 16 and Aug. 22, the school posted on its new COVID-19 dashboard.There were an additional 59 students placed in isolation and another 98 quarantined because of potential exposure to someone who was infected.One member of the university staff was hospitalized.last_img read more

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