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German cybersecurity firm WardWiz signs Dhoni as Brand Ambassador

first_img TAGSMahendra Singh DhoniWardWiz SHARE IPL 2020 : Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma signs with Oakley eyewear Facebook Twitter German cybersecurity firm WardWiz signs Dhoni as Brand Ambassador Indian women cricket team and 52 other stars feature in Nike’s film, narrated by World cup star Megan Rapinoe Sports BusinessBrands Iconic Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be the brand ambassador for the German cybersecurity company WardWiz.The Chennai Super Kings champion captain and veteran cricketer Dhoni has inked a three-year deal with WardWiz. Dhoni himself has shared the news on his official twitter handle @msdhoni7781.Business News daily Economic Times has reported the three-year brand endorsement deal to be worth ₹ 15 crores.“I am very excited to be associated with WardWiz that has always been displayed as the booster and one-stop shop in complete security for personal computers and mobile,” Dhoni said after signing the deal. “I am working closely with them on my ideas too.”WardWiz India CEO Abhijeet Khot said that Dhoni shares the same missionary zeal and is a true portrayal of the company’s vision for being sprightly and successful. “Our association is the right fit with many common factors and I am sure this alliance will emphasise the factor that the brand is the best choice for our patrons,” Khot said. “We believe we have embarked on a journey and with him on board and we are even more excited about the road that lies ahead. Sports management company Aarka Sports swung the deal for Dhoni.”WardWiz, which offers security solution products for both PCs and mobiles, is looking to expand its portfolio in the Indian market.Before WardWiz, Dhoni had signed a similar 3-year deal with Pune-based Indigo Paints for an undisclosed amount and had picked up a 25% stake in sports tech startup Run Adam for being a mentor and brand ambassador for the company.Also Read: Dhoni takes 25% stake in Run Adam; launches 360° sports tech-ecosystem PV Sindhu’s Stayfree digital campaign breaks record, clocks 12+ million views YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDefinitionWhat ‘Harry Potter’ Characters Were Actually Supposed To Look LikeDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Brands Sachin Tendulkar says, ‘spare a thought for Barbers’ in Gillette’s new Campaign IPL 2021: CSK’s captain MS Dhoni takes stake in start-up whick makes Helicopter Shot Choclates and Beverages Brands RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleIndian Premier League: Gary Kirsten named RCB coach and mentorNext articleSupreme Court grants no relief to removed Kabaddi Federation presidents Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. WWE adds several matches for tonight’s episode of Monday Night RAW center_img Sports Business : Adidas launches ‘What’s One More’ campaign to celebrate athletes preparing for Tokyo Olympics Adidas to play with more heart and harness the power of the game in new film narrated by athlete and icon, Siya Kolisi Brands Brands Brands Brands Brands By Kunal Dhyani – August 31, 2018 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Cricket Business : Nike declines to renew, BCCI invites bids for Team Kit Sponsor and Merchandise Partner rights Brands Brands Chennai Super Kings Suresh Raina appointed as Brand Ambassador for BharatPe Brands last_img read more

Your First Mammogram: What You Need To Know

first_img TAGSFlorida Hospital – ApopkaMammogramThe VOICE of Health Previous articleWhy aren’t gun related incident studies being federally funded?Next article“Let’s Talk About It”: Love and Jackson take on all issues… Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR My first one, I was scared it was going to be horribly painful. The doctor advised me to take a Tylenol about 20 minutes before the scheduled procedure. So I did, plus a couple of shots of booze too. Don’t do what I did, as far as adding the booze, it was really a dumb thing to do, actually, because booze and Tylenol are not a good combination at all! I can tell you a lot of past mistakes, that a person only learns through trial and error. LOL It wasn’t too bad, but they can sometimes leave you sore for a couple of days, or if you have the tech from hell who likes to observe the entire screen slowly, instead of releasing the machine’s pressure….LOL So it’s time for your first mammogram and you’re nervous. Whether it’s your first time or you’re a veteran, knowing what to expect helps make the process go more smoothly.To help put you at ease, Giovanna Melian, breast care coordinator, at Florida Hospital, explains what you should expect, and offers advice on how to best prepare for this important cancer-screening exam.How to prepareTo make your experience more comfortable Melian suggests:Schedule your mammogram 10 to 14 days after the start of your menstrual cycle; the breasts are usually less tender.Schedule your appointment early in the day since you can’t wear deodorant, antiperspirant, lotion or powder. Some contain substances that may show up as white spots on your X-ray. It’s best to bring it with you and apply afterward.You only need to undress to the waist for your exam, so it’s easier if you wear separates.Avoid caffeine a week before your mammogram; it also can make your breasts tender.What to expect during the scanMost appointments take about 30 minutes says Melian. During your exam, images of your breast tissue will be taken using a device that compresses – spreads and flattens – the tissue to a tolerable position.While compression may be slightly uncomfortable, it only lasts 20 to 30 seconds per breast. Melian advises if you experience discomfort or pain to tell your mammography technician and she’ll reposition you.Compression is very important because it ensures a clear view of your breast and reduces the amount of radiation needed to make the image. These images are then checked for quality and given to the radiologist to read.Your resultsA radiologist, who is a board-certified physician, will review your results and send a detailed report to your doctor. It’s important to keep copies of your exams and results, so these can be used for comparison against future mammograms.Most findings aren’t cancer If you receive suspicious results, don’t worry. In most cases, unusual findings aren’t cancerous. Sometimes they’re the result of cysts, dense tissue or even an unclear image.If your doctor thinks something looks suspicious, you may need another mammogram or a breast ultrasound, for further evaluation. If that’s the case, you’ll be contacted right away for follow-up and someone will walk you through the process so you know what to expect.In either case, once the radiologist has interpreted your exam, a letter with your results will be mailed to your home. Also, you can access your health record online by creating an account at FloridaHospital.com.Your breast healthBreast health should be part of your routine wellness plan early on, even if you don’t have a family history of breast cancer.You’re encouraged to perform breast self-exams beginning in your early 20s. The reason: if you’re familiar with your breasts, you’ll be more likely to notice and differentiate a new symptom from normal tissue.Your healthcare provider should perform clinical breast exams every three years through your 20s and 30s and annually after the age of 40.Unless you have a family history of breast cancer, it’s recommended that annual mammograms beginning at age 40.Mammograms continue to be our first line of defense in the battle against breast cancer. Mammograms don’t prevent cancer, but they help to find cancer as early as possible. Please enter your name here Mama Mia October 12, 2017 at 5:13 pm Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Reply The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here 1 COMMENT Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The VOICE of HealthFrom Florida Hospital Apopkalast_img read more

Free Ant Smith – drop the bogus charges now!

first_imgSmith speaking during a march for police abolition in Philadelphia, June 28, 2016.PhiladelphiaSince George Floyd’s death last May sparked demonstrations against police brutality across the U.S., federal prosecutors have filed over 300 felony cases against demonstrators. While a few cases charge members of right-wing groups, most are lodged against anti-racist activists like Anthony “Ant” Smith, who was arrested by federal agents in Philadelphia on Oct. 28. Smith and two other men were charged with “arson of property belonging to an agency [the Philadelphia Police Department] receiving federal funding, arson affecting interstate commerce, obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder, and aiding and abetting.”U.S. Attorney William McSwain announced the indictments at an Oct. 29 press conference. McSwain, a Trump appointee, has made a campaign of filing federal charges against individuals, after Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner had either filed lesser charges or dismissed their cases. Krasner has accused McSwain of “grandstanding” to benefit his own political future.The indictments against Smith, Carlos Matchette and Khalif Miller are sparse on details, other than claiming they were involved in burning a Philadelphia police vehicle during a May 30 demonstration. A Philadelphia woman, Lore-Elisabeth Blumenthal, was previously charged with two counts of felony arson on June 19.Many in the city’s progressive movement quickly denounced both the bogus charges and their timing. They came in the midst of daily protests against the police murder of Walter Wallace Jr. and less than a week before a highly contested presidential election.  Smith’s lawyer Paul Hetznecker blasted the charges: “Utilizing the awesome power of the federal government to target activists and select them for federal prosecution — during one of the most important social justice movements in our history — sends a dangerous message.” (Philly.com, Oct. 29)‘Very suspicious of the timing’Human Rights Coalition PA hosted a press conference on Oct. 30 with over 150 people attending. Several speakers there echoed these remarks. They noted that the authorities may have targeted Smith shortly after a recent articles in the Philly Magazine. And the Philadelphia Inquirer has applauded his work in the local anti-police brutality movement. Smith is a leader with Philly Racial, Economic and Legal (REAL) Justice and is involved with the recently formed Black Radical Philly Collective. He was instrumental in a successful two-year campaign to take down the statue of Frank Rizzo, Philly’s notoriously racist former mayor and police chief.Robert Saleem Holbrook, Executive Director of the Abolitionist Law Center, said, “We represent Anthony Smith [as the lead plaintiff] on a lawsuit stemming from the protests on 52nd St. during the summer. We find these charges not only unfounded, but we are very suspicious of the timing. No police officers, and who assaulted an entire community in West Philadelphia during the summer, were charged or held accountable for that police riot when Philadelphians came out in the street in support of George Floyd. We find it disturbing that police officers who killed Walter Wallace Jr. are not held accountable, but Anthony is being held right now at a Lehigh County Jail in Allentown, Pa.“Those of us who know Ant know that these charges are unfounded. Anthony is a member of the community, who shows up for the community whenever the community is in need. He has tremendous family support, and he has tremendous community support.” Holbrook continued, “These charges are political posturing related to a contested election coming up next week. We expect these charges to be dismissed. We are demanding that Ant be released immediately. We look forward to Ant being completely vindicated and these charges dismissed. He is certainly not guilty.”Deandra Price with Philly REAL Justice and Black Alliance for Peace said, “Our comrade Ant Smith was kidnapped by federal agents on Wednesday morning. We are here to talk about him as a person and not the character they try to paint him as, but the character we know he is.”Jasmine Peake-Miles, Smith’s mother Tashia Ervin and his cousin Devon Gooden speak out at a Oct. 30 press conference in Philadelphia.‘One of the most passionate human beings I’ve ever met’Minister of Confrontation for the MOVE organization Pam Africa asked those in the crowd to pledge to get more people out to join the fight for freedom for Ant, “Ant has always been on the front lines fighting for all of us. This government says you are innocent until proven guilty — so why is Ant in jail. Why are the cops who we saw kill Walter Wallace Jr. not in jail?”Smith’s mother Tashia Ervin and his cousin Devon Gooden spoke on Ant’s character. Gooden stated, “He is nonviolent — not the type who sets cars on fire.  He speaks with his words, with his pen, and he makes his points known without violence. He is a Frederick Douglas. He is a Martin Luther King. He is the type of person who stands up for people who are unable to stand up for themselves.”Gabriel Bryant with the Black Radical Philly Collective said, “Ant Smith will be coming home.  Let’s try a few facts. Facts is: he is innocent. Facts is: he is one of this generation’s greatest orators in the history of the city of Philadelphia. He is one of the most passionate human beings I’ve ever met in my short time on the planet.”Bryant discussed Smith’s close relationship with his students in the social studies class he teaches at Youth Build. “When I’ve visited the school on many occasions, I could see the way he would resonate and connect with those students and his fellow staff and faculty. The way everyone loved him — that showed a sense of strength. Then I see him giving free food to the communities every Friday. We will bring him home.”Jasmine Peake-Miles, who has known Smith since they were both freshmen college students, said, “His love for his community, his family and friends is insurmountable. If he’s not home doing lesson plans, he’s out helping the community. . . . He fought for you. We must fight for him!”Deandra Price concluded by reading from the Philly REAL Justice press release: “Ant Smith is a beloved social studies teacher at a north Philly charter school. He showed a passion for making sure that everyone around him is protected at all times. He was a 2018 recipient of [the] Mayors Award for Distinguished Service. There is a laundry list of accolades that Anthony has.”She concluded, “They really messed with the wrong one. They really did. I don’t think they realized who they were messing with, when they decided he was the one they would kidnap. Ant will be free!”A bail hearing for Smith is scheduled for Nov. 5. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Calls for release of Afghan journalist and fixer Adjmal Nasqhbandi, now entering fourth week in captivity, while homage paid to slain colleague Sayed Agha

first_img Help by sharing this information ——–19.03.2007Italian journalist freed in exchange for five Taliban March 26, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Calls for release of Afghan journalist and fixer Adjmal Nasqhbandi, now entering fourth week in captivity, while homage paid to slain colleague Sayed Agha March 11, 2021 Find out more to go further News Follow the news on Afghanistan More and more people in Italy are demonstrating their support for calls for the release of La Repubblica journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo, whose kidnappers issued a second message with demands on 10 March.Ala al-din al-Ghoobashi, the imam of the Rome mosque, the Pakistani community in Italy, entertainment and sports personalties such as football start Francesco Totti and Nobel literature laureate Dario Fo are among those who have appealed for his release.More than 47,000 people have already signed the petition issued by La Repubblica’s staff:http://www.repubblica.it/speciale/2007/appelli/mastrogiacomo/ AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts May 3, 2021 Find out more Milan municipal council president Manfredi Palmeri and Reporters Without Borders Italy vice-president Domenico Affinito today installed a gigantic photo of abducted Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo on the facade of the Milan city hall. About 100 people attended the ceremony and called for the release of Mastrogiacomo, who was kidnapped in southwestern Afghanistan 10 days ago along with his two guides.A message from Sailab Mehsud, the president of Pakistan’s Union of Tribal Journalists, was read out by the Reporters Without Borders representative during the ceremony. “We call on the Taliban of Afghanistan to free journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo of La Repubblica in the name of Islam and humanity,” Mehsud said. “Islam does not authorise anyone to put an innocent man in danger. He is a journalist. And definitely not a spy.”Mastrogiacomo’s photo will continue to be displayed on the city hall until he is released.In Lashkargah, the capital of Helmand province where Mastrogiacomo was kidnapped, some 30 journalists demonstrated on 12 March to demand his release. “I knew the Italian journalist,” said Hejran, the local correspondent of a privately-owned Afghan TV station. “He was not a spy and he made it his job to transmit the voices of one culture to another.”Rahimullah Samander, the president of the Association of Independent Afghan Journalists, issued an appeal in Kabul on 12 March for the Taliban to release Mastrogiacomo. “We are worried about what will happen to him and about the increasingly difficult circumstances in which Afghan journalists have to work.” The correspondent of the independent news agency Pajhwok in the eastern province of Lowgar was recently arrested.In Geneva, UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression Ambeyi Ligabo also issued a call for Mastrogiacomo’s release, describing him as a journalist who was “renowned for his reporting on the tragedies of war in the different regions of the world in conflict.”A Taliban spokesman yesterday told an AFP journalist that Mastrogiacomo was being held in Taliban camps and was in good health, and that indirect contacts had been established with the Italian authorities.——-12.03.2007Italians rally to calls for release of kidnapped journalist ——-14.03.2007Large photo of kidnapped journalist installed on facade of Milan city hall RSF_en Mullah Dadullah accuses Italian journalist Mastrogiacomo and his Afghan guides of spyingA Taliban military chief, Mullah Dadullah, confirmed his forces are holding Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo, in an audio message to Afghan and Pakistani journalists, and accused him and his Afghan guides Ajmal and Ghulam Haidar of spying for British forces. The Taliban leader said the journalists had just identified his troops’ positions so as to transmit them to NATO forces. “We cannot accept that our men are in prison and that western journalists speak freely. Their fate will be decided later,” Mullah Dadullah said in the message.———–Italian reporter and two Afghan guides have been captured by Taliban6.03.2007Reporters Without Borders today called for the immediate release of Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo and his two Afghan guides, who went missing two days ago in southern Afghanistan and are believed to have been captured by the Taliban.”We point out with firmness to the Taliban chiefs that kidnapping journalists is contrary to all humanitarians laws,” the press freedom organisation said. “Daniele Mastrogiacomo is not a spy but a journalist, one who was doing his job as a reporter. We formally appeal for his release.”The Italian daily La Repubblica announced today that it had received no word for the past 48 hours from Mastrogiacomo, a staff reporter who is reporting in Afghanistan and who was in the southern Kandahar region. The Italian foreign ministry confirmed that it has set up crisis unit to handle the case.A few hours earlier, the Taliban announced that they had captured a British journalist and two Afghans, Sayed Agha and Ajmal, in the southern province of Helmand. A Taliban chief told Agence France-Presse they were spies. The captive journalist could in fact be Mastrogiacomo, especially as a reporter told Reporters Without Borders that a Taliban spokesman had told him the journalist was called “Doniele.”Mastrogiacomo is an experienced foreign correspondent who has covered wars in Somalia, Iraq and Lebanon. He is an adviser for the Italian journalists union. He was investigating in southern Afghanistan where NATO forces have just launched a major offensive against the Taliban.Several journalists, including an Al-Jazeera crew and two Pakistani reporters, have been detained by the Taliban in recent weeks but in all cases they were quickly released safe and sound. On the other hand, freelance photographer Gabriele Torsello was held near Kandahar for 23 days in October 2006 by criminal groups, while the Taliban called for his release. News Reporters Without Borders reiterated its call for the release of La Repubblica correspondent Daniele Mastrogiacomo’s Afghan fixer, Adjmal Nasqhbandi, who today begins his fourth week in captivity in southern Afghanistan. Many appeals for his release have been issued in Afghanistan and Italy in the past few days.The press freedom organisation said it also paid homage to Mastrogiacomo’s driver, Sayed Agha, whose body has still not been returned to his family.”There is no justification for continuing to hold Nasqhbandi or for refusing to return Agha’s body,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is clear the Taliban have already obtained a great deal in this tragic affaire. Mullah Dadullah’s attitude and his threat to kidnap other journalists run counter to the undertakings given by other Taliban leaders towards the press. We condemn Dadullah’s behaviour and statements, which pose a serious threat to Afghan and foreign journalists working in the south of the country.”A journalist aged 25, Nasqhbandi has reportedly been held by Dadullah’s men ever since Mastrogiacomo, Agha and he were taken prisoner in Helmand province on 5 March. Dadullah himself told Pakistani journalist Rahimullah Yousafzai that Nasqhbandi was still being held, adding that “the Karzai government was only interested in the Italian.” Taliban spokesmen have demanded the release of more Taliban prisoners in exchange for Nasqhbandi.According to some accounts, however, the Afghan security forces could now be holding Nasqhbandi and Rahmatullah Hanefi, manager of “Emergency” hospital. Mastrogiacomo said he thought Nasqhbandi was released at the same time as he was, but was placed in a different vehicle. A Taliban chief also told an Afghan journalist that, if he wanted news of Nasqhbandi, he should ask the government in Kabul. Reporters Without Borders calls on the government to respond to these allegations.On 23 March, Mastrogiacomo and the editor of La Repubblica appealed for the release of Nasqhbandi, whose photo is to be displayed outside the Rome city hall. The Italian journalists’ organisation “Fourth Power” (www.quartopotere.org) also issued a call for his release yesterday. In Kabul, one of his brothers appealed for his release, saying the only news he had received of him was a video message dated 12 March in which he said he was well and had been arrested for “entering a Taliban region without permission.”Mullah Dadullah’s men have meanwhile demanded the release of a Taliban chief, Mulluh Janaan, in exchange for the body of Agha, Mastrogiacomo’s driver. Members of Agha’s family went to Garmseer, a village in Helmand province, to recover his body, and were stopped and turned back by Taliban. Aged 25, Agha often worked as a driver and fixer for foreign journalists in Helmand province, including Tom Coghlan of the London-based Daily Telegraph newspaper.Coghlan paid the following tribute to Agha: “Sayed Agha was a gentle, witty and deeply likeable young man. (…) It was access quite impossible to achieve without the tribal connections and guarantees that a local man like Sayed was able to provide.But with his work came a great level of risk. His willingness to take such risks is something that was hard to understand. I can only assume he found what he did exciting, and unlike many people in the south of Afghanistan he seemed to have a genuine liking for, and interest in, foreign “infidels”. But while the journalist coming in accepts a level of danger, we can leave again for the safety of the capital Kabul. For men like Sayed, becoming known as someone who works with foreigners is a permanent threat to their lives.Sayed was not ignorant of this, but nor did he ever attempt to limit what the reporters he worked with asked of him. When for instance we spent a day together following a poppy eradication team, it was only afterwards that he told me that he believed that his car would now be unusable in that district because it would be suspected of government connections. In rural Helmand few unfamiliar faces escape notice for long.His powerful tribal connections and personal friendships with people within local Taliban groups offered a level of protection. But as he admitted himself, if the wrong people got hold of us, there would be nothing he could do.Sadly it was the wrong people who took him, Daniele Mastrogiacomo and their translator two weeks ago. Mullah Dadullah Akhund is the best known and most feared Taliban commander operating in the south. He has been compared to the Iraqi insurgent leader Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi for his extremist beliefs, psychopathic savagery and love of self-promotion. It is a measure of Dadullah’s character that Mullah Omar, the spiritual leader of the Taliban, sacked him as commander of Taliban forces in Bamiyan in 1998 because his behaviour towards the Shia Muslim Hazara people of the region, whom Dadullah considered heretics, was too brutal even for Omar’s tastes. (…)Dadullah and his cohorts chose to release Mastrogiacomo, which was very welcome news. But despite the efforts of Sayed’s Afghan friends and family to intercede with Dadullah on his behalf, the Taliban announced last Friday that Sayed Agha had been beheaded.”Mastrogiacomo was released on 19 March in exchange for five Taliban, including a brother to Mullah Dadullah.—-21.03.2007Mullah Dadullah asked to release Italian journalist’s fixerReporters Without Borders today voiced its support for the Afghan journalists’ groups who are calling on Mullah Dadullah to free Adjmal Nasqhbandi, the guide and fixer of La Repubblica correspondent Daniele Mastrogiacomo, who was himself released by the Taliban in the southern province of Helmand on 19 March.”This case will not be over until Mastrogiacomo’s Afghan guide has been freed and the family of his murdered driver have obtained justice,” the press freedom organisation said. “The Taliban no longer have any reason to hold Nasqhbandi, who was just accompanying Mastrogiacomo. The Italian and Afghan authorities have a duty to keep trying to obtain his release. His life is just as precious as Mastrogiacomo’s. We are also very worried about the way Mastrogiacomo was freed, and the implications it could have for foreign and Afghan journalists working in Afghanistan.”Together with Nasqhbandi’s family, Afghan journalists’ organisations yesterday demonstrated outside the information ministry in Kabul to demand his release. Naskhbandi has worked as a fixer for visiting La Repubblica journalists for nearly four years. His father, Ghulam Haidar, said: “It is not fair. They freed five Taliban to get the Italian released, but they will not free a single Taliban to get my son released.”Rahimullah Samander, the head of a journalists’ organisation, condemned the way Mastrogiacomo was freed and the consequences this could have for journalists in Afghanistan. “We fear that journalists will increasingly become targets for the Taliban and Al-Qaeda,” he told Agence France-Presse.Around 100 relatives and friends of Sayed Agha, the driver whose throat was cut by the Taliban, yesterday demonstrated outside a hospital in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, which is run by an Italian doctor who participated in the negotiations. They accused the Afghan government of ignoring the driver and guide. “President Karzai spoke about the Italian yesterday but said nothing about the Afghan driver” an uncle of Agha said. “No one tried to get him released.”Mastrogiacomo has described his driver’s execution in La Repubblica. “I can still see it in my mind,” he wrote. “I got up. Four men seized the driver and pushed his head into the sand. They sliced his throat until his head had been cut off. I though my turn had come. They cleaned the knife on his coat. They attached the head to the body and then took it and threw it in a river.”Mastrogiacomo was released in exchange for five Taliban, including some of the organisation’s spokesmen. AfghanistanAsia – Pacific The Taliban said today they have handed over Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo and his Afghan guide Ajmal to intermediaries under the protection of tribal chiefs.Spokesman for the Taliban, Yussuf Ahmadi, said the two men were placed in the hands of the intermediaries following the release of two of their leaders, but their release would not be finalised until a third Taliban prisoner was set free.The spokesman did not mention the journalist’s Afghan driver, Sayed Agha, whose “execution” was announced on 16 March.The foreign ministry in Italy did not confirm the journalist’s release. “We will only consider him to be free once he is safely in Italian hands,” the ministry spokesman said. RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan June 2, 2021 Find out more In Afghanistan, the Italian ambassador held a news conference in which he called for Mastrogiacomo’s release. Italian journalists working in Afghanistan issued a statement saying he should be freed and stressing that he had just been doing his job, which is to report the news.Meanwhile, a new audio message believed to have come from Mullah Dadullah, the head of the Taliban group that kidnapped Mastrogiacomo, contained a threat to kill him within seven days if the Italian government did not set a timetable for the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan. It came just days after the lower house of the Italian parliament voted on 8 March to keep 2,000 soldiers in the country.The Taliban are also calling for the release of two Taliban spokesmen, Abdul Latif Hakimi, who has been held in Pakistan for nearly a year and half, and Mohammad Hanif, who was arrested Afghanistan in January. The Taliban spokesman said the authorities have until 16 March to comply.The Italian authorities have called on the kidnappers to produce proof that Mastrogiacomo is still alive. The government has also called on the media not to disseminate any reports that have not been confirmed on the grounds that this could jeopardise future negotiations.—————- News News ————————————————————15.03.2007Taliban execute kidnapped Italian journalist’s driverReporters Without Borders said it was appalled by today’s announcement by the Taliban that Sayed Agha, the Afghan driver of kidnapped Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo, was executed by their abductors.Agha was “executed after being found guilty of spying,” Mulluh Dadullah’s spokesman told the Afghan news agency Pajhwok.“We appeal again to the Italian authorities and the journalistic community throughout the world to step up efforts to save the lives of Mastrogiacomo and his guide, Ajmal,” Reporters Without Borders said.Another of Mullah Dadullah’s spokesmen, Yussuf Ahmadi, today said “the deadline has expired.” But at the same time he said the Taliban have told the Italian authorities they are prepared to extend the negotiations.————-15 March 2007Mastrogiacomo asks Italian government to save him in video released by taliban Reporters Without Borders called today for the unconditional release of Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo after a video of him recorded on 12 March was sent yesterday by the Taliban to Emergency, an Italian NGO based in southern Afghanistan. It shows him urging the Italian government to do everything possible to obtain his freedom.”We call on everyone to take action to save Mastrogiacomo, who is being used as a bargaining chip by a Taliban chief,” Reporters Without Borders said. “He is not a spy and he is not responsible for his country’s policies. He should be freed unconditionally.”In an appeal apparently orchestrated by Mullah Dadullah, La Repubblica’s correspondent says in Italian in the video: “My name is Daniele Mastrogiacomo. Today is March 12 and it is eight in the morning here in Afghanistan. I am okay. I am sure everything will turn out fine. Do everything you can as I have just two days left.”He appears tired and strained in the video. A check scarf covers his head and he speaks in a monotone. He is ordered to speak by a man who stays out of the light. A Taliban spokesman, Shahabuddin Atal, told the Afghan news agency that the man next to Mastrogiacomo in the video is Dadullah. The spokesman also said the Italian government was putting its citizens’ lives in danger by refusing to withdraw its troops, which is one of Dadullah’s requests.Part of the video can be viewed on La Repubblica’s website: Reporters Without Borders today said it was deeply relieved to learn that Italian reporter Daniele Mastrogiacomo was released a few hours before the second deadline expired.”The initiatives undertaken on Mastrogiacomo’s behalf in Italy and Afghanistan contributed to this fortunate outcome,” the press freedom organisation said. “Nonetheless, it is regrettable that his release came about only after the death of his Afghan driver and the release of Taliban prisoners. We call on the Taliban leaders, especially Mullah Dadullah, to once and for all abandon attacks on the press and kidnappings of journalists, which are contrary to humanitarian law.”Shortly after being set free, Mastrogiacomo this afternoon reached a hospital run by Italian doctor Gino Strada in Lashkar Gah, the capital of the southern province of Helmand. “He arrived a free man and he is very well,” said Strada, who played a key role in the negotiations. The Italian foreign ministry and Mastrogiacomo’s newspaper, La Repubblica, confirmed that he had been released in exchange for five Taliban prisoners who included Taliban spokesmen.The Taliban had threatened to killed Mastrogiacomo, 52, if they did not obtain the release of some of their members held in Afghanistan. His driver was killed after the first deadline expired. Yesterday, the Taliban said they had placed him in the custody of tribal chiefs.Mastrogiacomo and his guide were abducted in Helmand province on 4 March while he was gathering information for a story on this region, where the Taliban control several districts.——18.03.2007Taliban say they have handed over italian journalist daniele mastrogiacomo and his afghan guide Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says Organisation last_img read more

Four-vehicle Traffic Crash Today on the Foothill (210) Freeway

first_img 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it 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. No one was injured during a reported four-vehicle traffic crash today on the Foothill (210) Freeway in Pasadena.The California Highway Patrol was dispatched to the scene at the eastbound freeway, near Madre Street at 6:21 p.m.According to the CHP all vehicles were on the right shoulder of the freeway.The CHP cleared the scene at 6:55 p.m. Community News 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 First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyRemove Belly Fat Without Going Under The KnifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyUnapologetic Celebs Women AdoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Sweet Things You Should Tell Your Boyfriend ASAPHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Subscribe latest #1 Four-vehicle Traffic Crash Today on the Foothill (210) Freeway Published on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 | 8:13 pm Community News Business Newslast_img read more

Nationwide Bankruptcy Filings Drop

first_img  Print This Post December 2, 2016 1,243 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Bankruptcy Filings Epiq Systems Previous: Does the Latest Jobs Data Pose Challenges to Homeowners? Next: Freddie Mac Releases List of Confirmed eMortgage Dealers Subscribe Kendall Baer is a Baylor University graduate with a degree in news editorial journalism and a minor in marketing. She is fluent in both English and Italian, and studied abroad in Florence, Italy. Apart from her work as a journalist, she has also managed professional associations such as Association of Corporate Counsel, Commercial Real Estate Women, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Project Management Institute for Association Management Consultants in Houston, TX. Born and raised in Texas, Kendall now works as the online editor for DS News. in Daily Dose, Featured, News Sign up for DS News Daily center_img Bankruptcy Filings Epiq Systems 2016-12-02 Brian Honea Nationwide Bankruptcy Filings Drop The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Nationwide bankruptcy filings were 7 percent lower in November 2016 compared with a year earlier, falling even lower than last month’s reported decrease, according to November 2016 AACER bankruptcy data reported by Epiq Systems.Bankruptcy filings totaled 59,300 in November, which was a decrease from October’s total of 63,055, and a decline from November 2015’s total of 65,562 (a decrease of 6,262).  Year-to-date, there have been 715,460 bankruptcy filings nationwide for the past eleven months of 2016 (about 65,042 per month), down from 2015’s year-to-date total through the end of November of 765,583 (about 69,598 per month).The average number of filings per day in November 2016 was 2,965 over 20 days, which is an increase from October’s daily average of 3,153 over 20 days. November experienced 188 fewer filings than in the month prior. Bankruptcy filings have averaged 3,111 for the past eleven months of 2016 over a period of 230 filing days.November’s total of 59,300 bankruptcy filings was less than half of the peak total of 135,771 recorded in September of 2010.Click HERE to View the Entire ReportThe state with the most cumulative filings for the past nine months of 2016 was again California with 66,669. As has been the trend, Illinois was second in year-to-date filings with 48,956. The next three states with the most cumulative filings were Georgia (42,726) Florida (40,726), and Ohio (33,648).Tennessee and Alabama continued to rank first and second among states in bankruptcy filings per capita for November with 5.65 and 5.52 for every 10,000 people, respectively. Those numbers were virtually the same as October’s numbers. The national average of filings per capita in November 2016 decreased slightly over-the-month at 2.51, though it has increased by about 50 basis points since January 2016’s average of 2.02 percent.Epiq Systems is a leading global provider of technology-enabled solutions for electronic discovery, bankruptcy and class action administration. Top legal professionals depend on us for deep subject-matter expertise and years of firsthand experience working on many of the largest, most high-profile and complex client engagements. Epiq Systems, Inc. has locations in the United States, Europe and Asia. About Author: Kendall Baer Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Nationwide Bankruptcy Filings Drop Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

Mc Hugh offers to meet deputation as CPWP plan 24 hour office protest

first_img Pinterest PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Can’t Pay Won’t Pay are to hold a 24-hour protest outside Junior Minister Joe Mc Hugh’s office today.The protest in Letterkenny, against water charges, gets underway at midday.The organisers of the protests say they aim is to send a strong message to the Minister at how unhappy they are with water charges.Spokesperson, Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easpaig is spokesperson for Cant Pay Wont Pay………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/michaelmchugh.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Meanwhile, Minister Joe McHugh says he is prepared to meet a delegation of the protesters today…………….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/joefri.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Mc Hugh offers to meet deputation as CPWP plan 24 hour office protest Facebook Twitter HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week center_img Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – November 21, 2014 Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Facebook Pinterest Previous articleMan shot in the leg in Creggan attackNext articleFlanagan repeats offer of help to Orange Order following Donegal arson attacks News Highland Twitter Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

Deputy McConologue slams Labour Party ‘plans’ to reduce school chaplaincy services

first_img Twitter Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp By News Highland – September 3, 2013  Fianna Fail’s Charlie McConologue has described a proposal by the Labour Party to cut chaplaincy services from VECs and community schools as the latest front in the party’s Culture War.Fianna Fail’s  Education Spokesperson said it was part on ongoing attempt by the Labour Party to remove all trace of religious faith from public life in Ireland and marks a new low.Deputy McConologue says the chaplaincy service in these institutions is more about student support than anything else.He says the plan is ‘typically myopic and mean spirited’: Facebook Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North center_img Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articleIMO to meet to discuss what strike action Junior Doctors will takeNext articleNew car sales in Donegal were up 5% in August while sales are down 9% for the year News Highland Deputy McConologue slams Labour Party ‘plans’ to reduce school chaplaincy services Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Pinterest Newslast_img read more

Damaged bridge prevents ambulance from bringing man (80) home

first_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Damaged bridge prevents ambulance from bringing man (80) home Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterestcenter_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleCllr calls for immediate review after 39 bodies found in lorry containerNext articleSinn Fein MEP dismisses dissident threats News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR It’s been claimed that a damaged bridge in West Donegal prevented an ambulance from transporting an elderly man home today. The 80 year old had been attending Letterkenny University Hospital for treatment.The bridge is currently impassable to vehicles after flooding some months back and this resulted in paramedics having to navigate their way to the man’s home while pushing him 200 yards in a wheelchair.Local Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig says that there have been numerous calls on the Government to provide the funding to carry out the much needed repair works.He says the situation is completely unacceptable:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/michbridfvgdfgdfgdge1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest By News Highland – October 23, 2019 WhatsApp Facebook Google+last_img read more

US reaches 100,000 coronavirus deaths

first_imgMyriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, EMILY SHAPIRO and MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 355,000 people worldwide and at least 100,411 people in the United States.Over 5.6 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the U.S. has become the worst-affected country, with more than 1.69 million diagnosed cases. Here’s how the news developed Wednesday. All times Eastern:6:46 p.m.: Maryland to resume outdoor dining on FridayStarting Friday at 5 p.m., Maryland restaurants can reopen for outdoor dining, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday.Patrons must wear masks and restaurants must do staff temperature checks, as well as follow other sanitizing and social distancing measures.Outdoor activities like youth sports and day camps, outdoor pools at 25% capacity and drive-in movie theaters can also resume starting Friday, Hogan said.The state has completed the first phase of its COVID-19 recovery plan, based on contact tracing capacity and rates for positivity, hospitalization and mortality, the governor said Wednesday. If statistics continue to show progress, more nonessential businesses may be able to reopen next week, he said.Maryland has 48,423 confirmed cases of COVID-19, up 736 from the day before, and 2,270 deaths, according to the state’s health department.5:52 p.m.: 100,000 lives lost to pandemic in USFour months after the U.S. suffered its first COVID-19 death, the U.S. death toll from the pandemic has passed the 100,000 mark.By March 27, the coronavirus had claimed the lives of 2,300 Americans, according to Johns Hopkins University.On April 27, the death toll had ballooned to 50,400. Now, a month later, the death toll has doubled to reach six figures.The U.S. has by far the most deaths from the virus. The United Kingdom has the second-most deaths with over 37,500, while Italy has 33,000.3:48 p.m.: Louisiana hospitalizations drop below 800 for 1st time in 2 monthsThe number of COVID-19 patients in Louisiana hospitals has now dropped below 800 for the first time in two months, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday.Over 38,000 people in Louisiana have been diagnosed with the coronavirus. At least 2,617 people have died.Louisiana has 13 confirmed cases and one death connected to Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), a dangerous coronavirus-related illness in children that’s being reported in many states and countries.The 13 young people range in age from 0 to 19, with a median age of 11, the governor said.Eight have been discharged from hospitals, he said.MIS-C has features like Kawasaki disease and Toxic-Shock Syndrome. Common symptoms include persistent fever, irritability or sluggishness, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, conjunctivitis, enlarged lymph node on one side of the neck, red cracked lips or red tongue, swollen hands and feet.1:54 p.m.: Amtrak is preparing to cut its workforce by up to 20%Amtrak is preparing to reduce its workforce by up to 20%, citing the effects of the pandemic.“Our ridership and revenue levels have been down 95% or more year-over-year since the pandemic began,” CEO Bill Flynn wrote in a memo to employees.The railroad company is projecting ridership levels in 2021 will be 50% of what it was in 2019.Amtrak said the reduction is necessary to ensure they can “continue to make critical investments in our core and long-term growth strategies, while also keeping safety as our top priority.”“We are currently working to finalize a plan for achieving these workforce reductions in FY 2021 and have started the process of designing our go-forward structure,” Flynn wrote.“As we look ahead to FY 2021, it is clear we have no choice but to reduce our overhead structure to better align our costs with our revenues,” Flynn wrote.In a letter to Congress, Amtrak said it needs $1.4 billion in supplemental funding for the next fiscal year — in addition to the $2.040 billion annual grant request the company submitted to Congress earlier this year. Amtrak received $1 billion through the CARES Act and the company has taken numerous cost-cutting measures to help offset revenue losses caused by the pandemic, including reducing schedules across its system.12:22 p.m.: Data breach scam delays unemployment checksAt a time of record layoffs, a nationwide scam involving stolen personal information is delaying the payment of unemployment claims, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development said Wednesday.“Criminal enterprises” are using personal identification information stolen in prior data breaches to file “large amounts” of illegitimate claims through the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance, the office said.The fraud has forced the Department of Unemployment Assistance to implement additional identify verification that will delay the payment for “many” unemployment claims in the state.“Protecting the integrity of the unemployment system and ensuring benefits are going only to valid claimants is a top priority of the Department of Unemployment Assistance,” said Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta. “While the program integrity measures we are taking will unfortunately mean that some claimants will experience temporary delays in payment, we believe these steps are necessary to respond to this unemployment scam.”11:40 a.m.: Disney World’s phased reopening to begin with Magic and Animal Kingdom on July 11Disney World’s phased reopening will begin with Magic and Animal Kingdom on July 11 and Epcot and Hollywood Studios on July 15, said Jim McPhee, senior VP of operations at Disney.Before July 11, there will be a soft opening for “select” guests as a way to test out the safety protocols.Guests will also have to reserve their park tickets in advance.Among the safety protocols in place are: temperature screenings; face covering requirements; limiting the number of people to improve physical distancing; and more plexiglass barriers where physical distancing cannot be maintained.Disney is the parent company of ABC News. 11 a.m.: Fauci says ‘good chance’ vaccine may ‘be deployable by the end of the year’Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN on Wednesday morning that he thinks “we have a good chance — if all the things fall in the right place — that we might have a vaccine that would be deployable by the end of the year.”Fauci underscored that the process to develop a vaccine is not a smooth one.“There are a lot of landmines and hiccups that occur,” Fauci told CNN.He also emphasized that the rapid development of a vaccine could not come “at the expense of safety nor scientific integrity.”10:21 a.m.: Hard Rock Stadium in Miami to transform into drive-in movie theaterAs social distancing continues, Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins, is transforming into a drive-in movie theater to show classic Dolphins footage and movies, as well as host events like commencement ceremonies, officials said Tuesday.The stadium can accommodate up to 230 cars.9:40 a.m.: Nevada gyms, bars, salons to reopen; casinos on track to open June 4Nevada is ready to begin “phase two” of its reopening this Friday. Public and private gatherings can increase from no more than 10 people to a maximum of 50 people, while continuing to follow social distancing, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday. Gyms can reopen but at a maximum 50% capacity. Locker rooms must be closed and equipment must be set up to ensure 6 feet of social distancing. Bars and restaurant bar areas can now open, also at 50% maximum capacity. Walk-up ordering at bars will not be allowed.Adult entertainment venues and nightclubs must remain closed. Salons can reopen but with strict guidelines, and places of worship can open their doors with a maximum 50-person capacity. Las Vegas is well known for its live performances. These events won’t be allowed to have spectators, but “certain events will be allowed under specific restrictions for the purpose of broadcasting or live streaming,” the governor said.But Las Vegas is best known for its casinos. Sisolak said he feels “confident” that casinos can reopen on his June 4 target date. The Gaming Control Board is expected to issue a notice Wednesday with gaming operation requirements for the state, he said.9:07 a.m.: No patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in New Zealand In New Zealand, there are no patients hospitalized with COVID-19, New Zealand’s Director-General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield reported Wednesday. There are only 21 active cases of the coronavirus in the country. For the fifth consecutive day New Zealand has no new COVID-19 cases, with the total remaining at 1,154 diagnosed cases. New Zealand’s shops, malls, cafes, restaurants, playgrounds and gyms can reopen on Thursday.8:22 a.m.: Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre cancels season for first time in 90 yearsThe iconic Greek Theatre in Los Angeles is canceling its season for the first time in 90 years, officials there announced Tuesday.“We feel it is the right, responsible and safe thing for fans, artists, staff and our Griffith Park community to put a pause on live, large crowd events until 2021,” said AP Diaz, executive officer of the city’s Recreation and Parks department.Los Angeles County has over 47,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and at least 2,143.6:20 a.m.: Spain begins 10 days of mourning for coronavirus victimsFlags were lowered to half-mast across Spain on Wednesday as the European country began 10 days of official mourning for the victims of the coronavirus pandemic.“10 days, the longest mourning period of our democracy, in which we show all our pain and pay tribute to those who have died,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez wrote on Twitter. “Your memory will always remain with us.”Spain is one of the worst-affected countries in the pandemic, with more than 236,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 with at least 27,117 deaths, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.5:10 a.m.: South Korea reports spike in new casesSouth Korea reported 40 new infections of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, the largest daily increase in over a month.A majority of the new cases were detected in Seoul, where a cluster of infections has been recently linked to reopened bars, nightclubs and other entertainment venues in the densely populated capital.The last time the country’s daily caseload was this high was April 8, when the South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 53 new cases of COVID-19.South Korea now has a total of 11,265 confirmed cases with 269 deaths.The country once had the largest novel coronavirus outbreak outside China, where the virus first emerged, but appears to have brought it largely under control with an extensive “trace, test and treat” strategy. The number of new cases reported there has generally stayed low, but health authorities remain wary of cluster infections and imported cases.Starting Wednesday, South Korea is requiring airplane passengers to wear face masks on all domestic and international flights as part of efforts to slow the spread of the virus while public activities increase. People must also wear masks when using the country’s public transportation and taxis.4:28 a.m.: Global death toll crosses 350,000The worldwide number of lives lost in the coronavirus pandemic has now surpassed 350,000, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Nearly a third of those deaths have been reported in the United States, the hardest-hit country, where the toll is fast approaching 100,000.The United Kingdom has the second-highest number of fatalities from COVID-19.3:32 a.m.: COVID-19 cases among US health care workers top 62,000More than 62,000 doctors, nurses and other health care professionals in the United States have contracted the novel coronavirus and at least 291 have died, according to data released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The true numbers may be much higher, as less than a quarter of the more than 1.3 million people whose data the CDC analyzed disclosed whether they worked in the health care industry. Moreover, out of the estimated 62,344 cases of COVID-19 among health care personnel in the country, death status was only available for about 57%.The number of reported COVID-19 cases in the profession was at 9,282 just six weeks ago. At that time, the median age of infected workers was 42 and nearly three-quarters were women.Although most weren’t hospitalized for the disease, severe outcomes — including death — were reported among all age groups. That information was not made available in the CDC’s latest report. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reservedlast_img read more