Kangwon Land expects KRW53.9bn hit from extended closure

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Amid rising numbers of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in the country, the property is now scheduled to reopen on 5 October. Regions: Asia South Korea Email Address This, the operator said, is likely to mean it loses out on KRW53.9bn (£36.1m/€39.3m/$46.3m) in revenue during the closure. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter South Korean casino operator Kangwon Land will now keep its flagship venue in Jeongseongun closed until October, the fourth time it has pushed back the reopening date for the property. Casino & games While it was originally set to be a two-day closure, to 23 August, this was pushed back to 29 August. Reopening was then delayed until 7 September, and then 21 September. Kangwon Land expects KRW53.9bn hit from extended closure Image: Laserland / CC BY-SA 21st September 2020 | By Aaron Noy Topics: Casino & games Finance It had been due to reopen today (21 September), having closed its doors on 21 August, less than two months after reopening following its first Covid-19 shut-down. Kangwon Land has already been badly affected by Covid-19, with revenue falling 63.5% to KRW270.6bn in the first six months of 2020, after it was closed from 23 February due to the pandemic.last_img read more

BOC Kenya Limited (BOC.ke) 2003 Annual Report

first_imgBOC Kenya Limited (BOC.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2003 annual report.For more information about BOC Kenya Limited (BOC.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the BOC Kenya Limited (BOC.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: BOC Kenya Limited (BOC.ke)  2003 annual report.Company ProfileBOC Kenya Plc (BOC), established in Mombasa, Kenya, in 1940, is a leading supplier of industrial, medical and special gases in East Africa. In 1947 the company started operations in Nairobi and later years, in Kisumu, Kampala, Mwanza and Dar-es-Salaam. The Company listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange in 1969. BOC Kenya’s portfolio includes dozens of different gases and mixtures, as well as related equipment and services. The Company’s customer base cuts across a large spectrum and includes public and private hospitals, food processors, civil and mechanical engineering contractors, motor vehicle body builders, hotels and restaurants, the informal business sector (“Jua Kali”) and small and medium enterprises. Product range includes bulk gases (Oxygen, Nitrogen and liquefied petroleum gas(LPG), packaged (cylinder) gases and engineering services (Medical equipment, Construction of medical and other gas pipelines, Gas storage tanks, etc). BOC Kenya Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Centum Investment Company Limited (CENT.ug) 2017 Presentation

first_imgCentum Investment Company Limited (CENT.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2017 presentation For more information about Centum Investment Company Limited (CENT.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Centum Investment Company Limited (CENT.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Centum Investment Company Limited (CENT.ug)  2017 presentation Company ProfileCentum Investment Company Limited is a Kenyan-based private equity firm specialising in providing investment opportunities for public and private companies in Uganda. This includes managing investment growth, development capital and buyouts. The private equity firm invests in companies which serve the needs of the domestic markets in sub-Saharan Africa and invests in both listed and non-listed companies in various sectors, including; banking, insurance, education, healthcare, energy, agriculture, industrial production, telecommunications, real estate, beverage manufacturing, automotive assembly, in-flight catering and dry-cell manufacturing. Investments in commercial services include Mumias Sugar Company Limited, Kenya Airways and Carbacid Investment Company. Centum Investment Company was founded in 1967 and is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Centum Investment Company Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Why I’d buy cheap FTSE dividend shares now

first_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. tezcang has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Britvic, GlaxoSmithKline, and Unilever. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Greencoat UK Wind, Pennon Group, and Tesco. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Tezcan Gecgil, PhD | Friday, 15th May, 2020 So far, May is proving to be another volatile market for broader stock indices. Therefore today, I want to look at how Britons can potentially give a boost to their long-term portfolios by investing in robust dividend shares.Why stock markets and dividends existMost investors realise that all investments carry some risk. Fear and greed are two elements of human nature that tend to affect short-term moves in share prices. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…If stocks suffer large losses for a sustained period, or fall fast like they did earlier in the year, then markets usually become fearful. In times like those, it is important to remember why equity markets, which I believe serve the wider economy well, actually exist.By listing in an index, a company can raise capital to grow its business. Instead of borrowing money from a financial institution such as a bank, a firm can instead sell shares to investors. And a stock, or a share, represents part ownership of a given company.There are two ways most retail investors can make money from their stock investments.First of all, if they sell their shares at a price higher than the purchase price, then they make a profit. Also, if the company pays dividends annually from the profit it makes, then a long-term shareholder would receive that payout. Company boards set payout schedules and dividend dates. Especially since the dotcom boom that started in the late 1990s, it has become relatively easy to be ‘seduced’ by the prospects of large gains by investing in stocks that are regarded as high-growth. Although fortunes can be — and have been — made in many such companies, booms can easily be followed by busts.Therefore the City tends to regard companies that pay dividends as more stable than those that do not. Over the long term, their share prices tend to be less choppy too.On a historical note, companies have been paying out dividends for over four centuries. In 1602, the Dutch East India Company (VOC) became the first company to issue shares. which were traded on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. And VOC was known for its high dividend payments.FTSE shares On 7 May, the Bank of England (BoE) decided to keep the main interest rate unchanged at 0.1%. The BoE website details the progressive decline of interest rates over several decades. As you can see, 0.1% is a record low.In the near future, no bank account will likely offer anything close to a real rate of return. Thus FTSE 100 or FTSE 250 dividend shares could be a good option for income investors. In 2019, their average dividend yields were about 4.5% and 2.8% respectively.Yet recent days have seen dividend cuts announced by a wide range of companies. But, with a bit of due diligence, investors can still find chunky dividend yields on offer. And prices of many these companies are a lot cheaper than they were in January.Seasoned investors look for value stocks that have robust earnings and dividend sustainability. There are several companies I’d consider buying, especially if there’s any further weakness in their share prices. In the FTSE 100, they include BAE Systems, GlaxoSmithKline, Pennon Group, Tesco and Unilever. In the FTSE 250, I like Britvic, Centamin, ContourGlobal, Greencoat UK Wind, and Tate & Lyle as potential long-term investments. Enter Your Email Address Why I’d buy cheap FTSE dividend shares nowcenter_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Image source: Getty Images. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Tezcan Gecgil, PhDlast_img read more

‘Heartbroken’ bishops back South Sudan peace move

first_img‘Heartbroken’ bishops back South Sudan peace move Comments (1) Featured Events Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit an Event Listing Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Hopkinsville, KY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET June 23, 2017 at 11:00 pm we must collect all the machines from the soldiers give money for them China Russia and the Usa should buy back their guns which have instigated the slaughter of thousands.once the farmers land is vacant n the people gone the government will profit from the oil.make them see the manipulationsmake the tribes cry over the spilled blood of their families Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Anglican Communion, By Adrian Butcher Posted Jun 23, 2017 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Bath, NC christine grem says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 [Anglican Communion News Service] Anglican leaders in Africa are sponsoring a church-led initiative to end the conflict in South Sudan. The Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa has invited South Sudanese church leaders to Zambia next month to press for the guns to be silenced.Full article. Rector Albany, NY The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Press Release Service Featured Jobs & Calls Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Tags Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Washington, DC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Africa, Rector Smithfield, NC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Belleville, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit a Press Release An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit a Job Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Rector Columbus, GA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Comments are closed. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Knoxville, TN Sudan & South Sudan Rector Tampa, FL last_img read more

VillaLóla / ARKÍS architects

first_imgCopyAbout this officeARKÍS architectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasAkureyriHouses3D ModelingIcelandPublished on May 14, 2012Cite: “VillaLóla / ARKÍS architects” 14 May 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogShowershansgroheShower MixersVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Abrasion ResistantPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceLightsVibiaLamps – NorthCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight, DZNE GermanyHanging LampsLouis PoulsenLamp – PH ArtichokeTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – TexturasAcousticMetawellAluminum Panels – Acoustic SailsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMTiO2-free Mineral Paint – Soldalit®-ArteWall / Ceiling LightsA-LightWall Grazer Concealed LightsDoorsBuster and PunchDoor Hardware – Pull BarMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?洛拉别墅 / ARKÍS architects是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” Save this picture!© Courtesy ARKÍS architects+ 21 Share 2010 ArchDaily Houses Photographs:  Courtesy ARKÍS architectsText description provided by the architects. VillaLóla The design of villa Lóla was an especially enjoyable dialogue process between client and architect. Various ideas of materials, concepts and techniques where discussed in the process. Inspirations range from Swiss mountains cabins, a sea ranch in Sonoma County in California, and Japanese solutions in spatial efficiency. Furthermore, the framing of views was an important topic of discussion. The natural surroundings of the site and the fjord of Eyjarfjördur were key factors to address. Save this picture!© Courtesy ARKÍS architectsRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodDesign The client requested the possibility to divide the house into three spaces, or apartments that could be enlarged or reduced as needed. Villa Lola is 128m² of gross floor area. Another request from the client was to use low maintenance materials and to develop an inclusive approach with regards to the site and building. Based on these requests the design process started. Save this picture!© Courtesy ARKÍS architectsLocation The experience of being on site played a major role in the design. The house faces Akureyri across Eyjarfjodur bay with unrestricted mountain views, to the north and south. Villa Lola is strongly rooted in its surroundings, playing of the dignity of the landscape and the uniqueness of his appearance. The form of the building is composed of three peaks that point towards the sky, forming a valley between the roof slopes. The roof form is indicative of the landscape; mountains, valleys and a fjord surround VillaLola. The approach to the house is from above, which gives the building unique unrestricted views of Akureyri, the largest town of northern Iceland.Save this picture!© Courtesy ARKÍS architectsWeight of Nature It was decided to seize the natural gradations of the site where natural light and beautiful color combinations are formed at different times of the year, grass, straws, weeds and birch woods surround the house and elevate the exceptionally strong appearance of the larch surfaces. The natural landscape of the site was left undisturbed. Save this picture!© Courtesy ARKÍS architectsMaterials VillaLola is built with a frame of sustainable goal settings. Villa Lola is clad on the exterior with Larch-wood. The larch is weathered to its nature gray-ish color, forming a natural weather protection. All loadbearing members are of wood except for one concrete wall, used for stabilizing the structure, and a concrete foundation. Save this picture!planFlooring is of robust wooden boards and concrete terrazzo. Inner walls are gypsum surfaced stud frame walls painted with environmentally friendly paint. All windows are of wood, clad with aluminum on the exterior. During the construction process the plot was carefully protected and the working space around the building was minimized. During construction, all waste was carefully sorted and appropriate materials sent to recycling. The building is specially designed as a low maintenance structure.Save this picture!© Courtesy ARKÍS architectsProject gallerySee allShow lessAndronikos Hotel Interiors / Klab ArchitectureArticlesVideo: One World Trade Center 2004-2012Articles Share Photographs Architects: ARKÍS architects Area Area of this architecture project Iceland ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/233742/villalola-arkis-architects Clipboard VillaLóla / ARKÍS architectsSave this projectSaveVillaLóla / ARKÍS architects CopyHouses•Akureyri, Iceland Year:  “COPY” VillaLóla / ARKÍS architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/233742/villalola-arkis-architects Clipboard Area:  128 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Projectslast_img read more

‘For Peltier and Standing Rock!’

first_imgLed by a colorful banner demanding freedom for imprisoned Native leader Leonard Peltier, over 500 #NoDAPL activists and Indigenous warriors and leaders rallied and marched in Washington, D.C., on Human Rights Day, Dec. 10. Peltier’s eldest son, Chauncey Peltier, speaking on the dangers of corporate power over water, demanded President Obama put an end to the Dakota Access Pipeline and also grant executive clemency to his father.From the stage next to the reflecting pool in front of the U.S. Capitol, participants carrying banners and many homemade signs marched on a bitter cold day to the national headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency at 12th Street and Constitution Avenue, pausing en route in front of the Trump Hotel for particularly loud chants.Later, dozens of participants joined the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee in a candlelight vigil on the south side of the White House demanding that Peltier be released.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Taliban partially lift ban on cable TV broadcasting in Swat valley

first_img Organisation Follow the news on Pakistan On 5 April, Taliban leaders gave cable TV operators the green light to resume broadcasting “Islamic” and Pakistani TV stations, but foreign news and entertainment channels continue to be banned. “We have been given permission to resume cable distribution services but on certain conditions,” a cable operator in the Swat valley city of Mingora told Reporters Without Borders after meeting Taliban leader Maulana Shah Dauran. April 9, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Taliban partially lift ban on cable TV broadcasting in Swat valley Receive email alerts News PakistanAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders said: “The authorities have a duty to help the Swat valley population enjoy the same news media as the rest of the country’s inhabitants. Failure to do this will bode ill for respect for the free flow of news and information in the valley, now subject to Islamic law.” January 28, 2021 Find out more Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder to go further Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Newscenter_img The Movement for the Enforcement of the Sharia banned TV broadcasting in the Swat valley in mid-2008. The office of one cable TV operator was even bombed by the Taliban. PakistanAsia – Pacific The Taliban ban on TV news broadcasting by cable was condemned by Reporters Without Borders in a report on press freedom in the Swat valley released on 2 April. RSF_en Reporters Without Borders calls on the Pakistani authorities and Taliban leaders to ensure that cable TV operators in the Swat valley are able to resume broadcasting of both Pakistani and international TV stations without delay. News June 2, 2021 Find out more April 21, 2021 Find out more News Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Limerick’s werewolf invasion

first_imgAdvertisement November’s US election is the topic that got Ireland Googling most this year Twitter TAGSGoogleLimerick 2030 Print Call for changes to Opera Centre plans NewsLimerick’s werewolf invasionBy John Keogh – July 11, 2014 1069 First Limerick Twenty Thirty project just six weeks out from completion Facebook World-class Gardens International opens in Limerick City center_img Email Marks and Spencer agreement for Limerick city centre Previous articleCity Hall’s evening expo for Made in Limerick €2.3m worksNext article35 countries land military aircraft at Shannon John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Linkedin A CAMPAIGN launched by a group of Limerick residents in April to change Google’s top search suggestions for Limerick from ‘Why is Limerick so rough?’ to ‘Why is Limerick so awesome?’ has succeeded, albeit with one unexpected result.Now, when Google users type ‘Why is Limerick…’ into a search box, the top suggestion will now read ‘Why is Limerick so awesome?’.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up However, the fourth suggestion in the list is now the somewhat bizarre ‘Why is Limerick so full of werewolves?’Limerick residents can rest assured that there is no need to run for cover during a full moon, the suggestion is down to a counter-campaign started by commenters on www.DailyEdge.ie following on from Limerick 2030’s campaign.Earlier this year Limerick 2030, a group of Limerick people aiming to promote the city in a positive light, urged Google users to search ‘Why is Limerick so awesome?’, as if over 100 people type the same question, it will cause a change in Google’s auto-complete algorithm.The idea emerged after Limerick 2030 members spotted that the top searches for Limerick at the time were ‘Why is Limerick so rough?’ and ‘Why is Limerick called stab city?’.A spokesperson for Limerick 2030 told Limerick Post: “We are doing our best to get Limerick shown in the best light. When people are coming to a city a lot of them are going to go to Google first so it’s refreshing to have something that brings eyes onto what’s good about Limerick.” Gardens International base for Nordic Aviation Capitallast_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: FDA authorizes first over-the-counter, at-home test

first_imgOvidiu Dugulan/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, IVAN PEREIRA and ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 73 million people and killed over 1.6 million worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing Tuesday. All times Eastern: Dec 15, 1:54 pmSocial gatherings, not school, more often linked to cases among kids: CDC report A new CDC report found that children were more likely to get COVID-19 at a social gathering without masks or distancing than at school.The CDC said the study found that children and adolescents with COVID-19 “were more likely than were similarly aged participants who had negative test results to have had reported close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19 and less likely to have had reported consistent mask use by students and staff members inside the school facility.”ABC News’ Sony Salzman and Adjoa Smalls-Mantey contributed to this report.Dec 15, 12:35 pmNearly 2.9 million cases in US this month, hospitalizations continue to surgeThe U.S. has recorded nearly 2.9 million cases in the first two weeks of December and is on track to become the worst month on record for COVID-19 cases, according to ABC News’ analysis of data compiled by the COVID Tracking Project.Hospitalizations have surged to unprecedented levels, with over 110,000 patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 across the country — a record high for the ninth consecutive day.Nearly 40,000 people are currently hospitalized in the South, which has surpassed the surge from the summer. ABC News’ Arielle Mitropoulos contributed to this report.Dec 15, 12:35 pmFDA authorizes 1st over-the-counter, at-home testThe FDA has authorized the first at-home COVID-19 test that doesn’t require a prescription and provides results within 20 minutes. The Ellume COVID-19 Home Test is an antigen test that detects fragments of proteins from the SARS-CoV-2 virus on a nasal swab and then reports results to your phone.    “Today’s authorization is a major milestone in diagnostic testing for COVID-19,” FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said in a statement. “By authorizing a test for over-the-counter use, the FDA allows it to be sold in places like drug stores, where a patient can buy it, swab their nose, run the test and find out their results in as little as 20 minutes.”The test “correctly identified 96% of positive samples and 100% of negative samples in individuals with symptoms,” the FDA said. “In people without symptoms, the test correctly identified 91% of positive samples and 96% of negative samples.”The company says it will deliver 20 million at-home tests, which are manufactured in Australia, to the U.S. in the first half of 2021. ABC News’ Stephanie Ebbs contributed to this report.Dec 15, 11:08 amNurses from 3 California hospitals threaten to strikeNurses in some hard-hit Southern California communities are planning a strike in response to alleged conditions including: “aggressive rationing” of personal protective equipment and dirty PPE, insufficient testing for staff and patients, full shifts without a break, and not enough housekeepers, leading to poor sanitation.The 10-day strike, set to begin Christmas Eve, will take place at Los Robles Regional Medical Center, Riverside Community Hospital and West Hills Hospital & Medical Center.These hospitals are in Riverside, Los Angeles and Ventura counties — all hard-hit by the pandemic.Riverside County’s intensive care unit capacity fell to almost 0% on Monday, the Palm Springs Desert Sun reported. Overall, the Southern California region’s ICU capacity stood at 2.7% on Monday.Dec 15, 9:59 amKentucky doctor who was among 1st to be vaccinated warns against ‘false sense of security’A Kentucky doctor who was among the first Americans to receive a COVID-19 vaccine outside a clinical trial this week encouraged others to get immunized as soon as possible but also warned against any “false sense of security.”Dr. Valerie Briones-Pryor, who primarily works with hospitalized COVID-19 patients at University of Louisville Health in Kentucky’s largest city, said she was elated to find out that she would be one of the first five Americans to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which was authorized for emergency use in the United States last week.“I tear up just thinking about it because I finally felt like we had something, that we had one leg up on this nasty virus that doesn’t care, that wants to hurt everybody, hurt my loved ones,” Briones-Pryor told “Start Here,” ABC News’ daily news podcast.Briones-Pryor said she feels fine and immediately returned to work after receiving the shot on Monday but is continuing to practice public health measures.“Because I know that the rest of the community and my colleagues still haven’t received the vaccine yet, my patients haven’t received the vaccine yet, the more important it is that I stay vigilant about masking, social distancing, washing my hands and not being cavalier with what I do,” she said. “Just because we have the vaccine, we still have to do the right thing.”“You still want to set an example for others, because there’s a false sense of security that I’m vaccinated,” she added. “But I can still carry things around.”Dec 15, 8:55 amNurse and single mom becomes first in New Jersey to get vaccineMaritza Beniquez celebrated her birthday Tuesday by becoming the first person in New Jersey to receive a COVID-19 vaccine outside of a clinical trial.Beniquez, a nurse at University Hospital in Newark who is a single mother and first-generation Puerto Rican, clasped her hands in prayer as she was administered the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on live television.“Thank you, God!” she said. “I’m very excited. This moment means everything.”Dec 15, 8:19 amFauci calls vaccine rollout ‘bittersweet,’ saying, ‘we still have a struggle ahead’Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine doses across the country is “bittersweet” because “we still have a struggle ahead of us.”“We are still in a terrible situation with the numbers … the deaths, the hospitalizations, the number of cases,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Tuesday on Good Morning America.“And yet, we’re really now starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel that is going to ultimately get us through this. We know we’re going to be able to put this behind us,” he added. “But in the meantime, we still have a struggle ahead of us. So we’ve got to get people vaccinated as quickly and as expeditiously as we possibly can.”Fauci said he believes 75% to 80% of the U.S. population will need to be vaccinated in order to achieve a “herd immunity” against the novel coronavirus. Until then, he said, “we have to adhere to the public health measures in order to blunt the acceleration of these terrible numbers that we hear everyday.”Fauci, who is a key member of the current White House coronavirus task force, said the speed with which the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was developed and authorized “was not at all at the sacrifice of safety,” but rather is “the reflection of extraordinary advances in the science of vaccine platform technology.”“People are understandably skeptical about the speed,” he added, “but we have to keep emphasizing, speed means the science was extraordinary that got us here.”Fauci, who will stay on in his role and be a chief medical adviser on the coronavirus pandemic in President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration, said he believes both Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris should get vaccinated as soon as possible.“For security reasons, I really feel strongly that we should get them vaccinated as soon as we possibly can,” he said. “You want him fully protected as he enters into the presidency in January, so that would be my strong recommendation.”When asked about whether he thinks President Donald Trump should be vaccinated, Fauci said he would recommend that Trump as well as Vice President Mike Pence get the shot.“You still want to protect people who are, you know, very important to our country right now,” he said. “Even though the president himself was infected and he has likely antibodies that likely would be protective, we’re not sure how long that protection lasts. So to be doubly sure, I would recommend that he get vaccinated as well as the Vice President.”Dec 15, 7:39 am‘No side effects for me,’ says nurse who was among first Americans to get vaccineThe New York nurse who was among the first in the nation to receive a COVID-19 vaccine outside of a clinical trial said she feels “great” so far and has “no side effects.”“I feel great,” Sandra Lindsay told ABC News’ Robin Roberts in an interview Tuesday on Good Morning America.“No pain, no feeling of tiredness, no malaise,” she added. “No muscle aches. No side effects for me.”Lindsay, a critical care nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York City, was administered the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on live television Monday. She was the first person in the state of New York to get the shot outside of a clinical trial.“I volunteered,” she said. “I am a leader in the organization, and so I think it as incredibly important for me to lead by example like I do everyday.”Lindsay said she wanted “to send a message to people who might be on the fence that they should trust the science.” She said people who were initially hesitant about getting the vaccine, including some coworkers, have since reached out to tell her how much she inspired them.“The vaccine is safe. What is not safe is contracting COVID-19,” she said. “So that was my reason, and I hope that just continues to resonate with people.”Dec 15, 6:45 amSouth Africa tightens restrictions furtherSweeping new restrictions came into force across South Africa on Tuesday morning, as the country looks to curb a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections ahead of the holidays.All post-funeral gatherings are now prohibited nationwide. All other gatherings, including for religious purposes, are limited to a maximum of 100 people for indoor events and 250 people for outdoor events. The total number of people in a venue must not exceed 50% capacity.A national curfew has been extended and will now be from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. The curfew will remain in full effect over the holidays. Bars and restaurants across the country must close by 10 p.m. so their employees can return home before curfew.Beaches along the country’s eastern coast and public parks in areas with the highest number of infections have been shuttered. Live music and performances have also been banned. Meanwhile, alcohol sales are now permitted only between Monday and Thursday at retail stores.South Africa, which has so far confirmed more than 866,000 total cases of COVID-19, has seen a spike in infections since the beginning of December. The number of reported cases has been recently hovering around 8,000 per day, up from from around 3,000 per day in November.“Given the rate at which new cases have grown over the last two weeks, there is every possibility that if we do not act urgently … the second wave will be more severe than the first wave,” South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a televised address Monday, while announcing the new rules.Dec 15, 5:51 amLondon to move to tightest COVID-19 restrictionsLondon and other parts of England will move into the country’s highest tier of COVID-19 restrictions amid rising infections, U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced Monday.The British capital, along with most of Essex and parts of Hertfordshire, will be moved from England’s “high alert” Tier 2 to the “very high” Tier 3 on Wednesday morning at 12 a.m.“Over the last three weeks we’ve seen very sharp exponential rises in the virus across London, Kent, parts of Essex and Hertfordshire,” Hancock said while announcing the decision in Parliament.Under the Tier 3 level of local restrictions, all hospitality venues including bars, cafes, pubs and restaurants must close except for takeout and delivery services. Sports fans also can’t attend events in stadiums. Indoor entertainment venues, such as bowling alleys, cinemas and theaters, must also remain shut. However, retail shops, gyms and hair salons can stay open.Londoners, who are already unable to mix indoors with people from other households under Tier 2, will now not be able to meet in private gardens or at most outdoor venues except with those within their household or bubble. They may meet up to six people in other outdoor spaces such as beaches, parks, public gardens and sports facilities.Hancock said a new variant of the novel coronavirus has been identified and “may be associated” with the rapid spread in southern England. London’s weekly case rate at 225 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people is currently the highest regional rate in the country.“We do not know the extent to which this is because of the new variant, but no matter its cause, we have to take swift and decisive action, which unfortunately is absolutely essential to control this deadly disease while the vaccines roll out,” he said.Although London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the decision was “incredibly disappointing for businesses who have suffered so much already,” he also acknowledged that “the virus is accelerating.”“It would be such a tragedy to lose even more people to this disease when the vaccine is now being rolled out across our city,” Khan said in a statement Monday evening. “We know from bitter experience that when cases start to rise quickly, it’s much better to act early, rather than too late. This is how we can avoid even tougher restrictions, for longer, further down the road.”Dec 15, 4:13 amUS reports over 193,000 new casesThere were 193,454 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Monday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the 42nd straight day that the U.S. has reported over 100,000 newly diagnosed infections. Monday’s tally is less than the country’s all-time high of 231,775 new cases confirmed on Dec. 11, according to Johns Hopkins data.An additional 1,441 deaths from the disease were also registered nationwide on Monday, bringing the cumulative count past the 300,000 mark. Monday’s death toll is down from a peak of 3,300 fatalities on Dec. 11, according to Johns Hopkins data.A total of 16,519,628 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 300,482 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up over the summer.The numbers lingered around 40,000 to 50,000 from mid-August through early October before surging again to record levels, crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4 and reaching 200,000 for the first time on Nov. 27.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more