KenGen announces 9% profit increase in year ended 31 December 2020

first_img BRICS Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) has announced a 9% profit increase in its half-year unaudited financial results for the period ended 31 December 2020. Have you read?KenGen records 8.3% growth in profit, pays Treasury $10.5m in dividends KenGen states that revenue from geothermal operations continued to show a growth trajectory, recording an increase of 14% supported by additional generation capacity from Olkaria V and revenue diversification from an on-going geothermal drilling project in Ethiopia. The company’s profit before tax grew from Ksh6.2 billion ($55 million) to Ksh6.8 billion ($64 million), states a company statement. Generation RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Miano said the company aims to deliver a new geothermal power plant, Olkaria I Additional Unit 6 later this year, which will add about 83MW to the national grid. Image credit: 123rf. TAGSfinance & investmentgeothermalKenGenKenya Previous articleTCN to add 4,000MW to Nigerian national gridNext articleRolls-Royce says huge losses of 2020 can be weathered Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. KenGen’s energy sales increased by 5% following growth in national electricity consumption which saw peak demand reach 1,976MW in December 2020 compared to 1,882MW during a similar period in 2019. Finance and Policy AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector The NSE-listed company has adopted a diversification strategy, which has seen it leverage its expertise in geothermal energy by offering commercial drilling services, geothermal development consulting, and other energy-related services locally and in the Horn of Africa. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA “Net revenue increased by 9% from Ksh8.9 billion in December 2019 to Ksh20.5 billion for the period under review, primarily because of Olkaria V and revenue diversification from the Ethiopia drilling project,” KenGen managing director and CEO, Rebecca Miano said while announcing the results. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

Dallis B. Breeze

first_img Dallis B. BreezeNovember 24, 2020Mark CarpenterObituaries0 PreviousWilliam “Bill” D. HallNext‘There will always be basketball in my life’ Around the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Dallis B. Breeze, age 79 years, of Hillsboro, Ohio, passed away Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020 at his home. Dallis was born Nov. 19, 1941 in Fleming County, Kentucky to the late Alexander and Julia (Hamm) Breeze. Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother Jim Breeze, sister Jacquie Curtis, and grandson Ethan Downs.Dallis served in the U.S. Navy, retired from Dayton Power & Light, and was a lifetime farmer.Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Shelby (Whaley) Breeze of Hillsboro, Ohio; three daughters, Peggy Downs and Jeff of Winchester, Ohio, Pam Fawley and Chuck of Manchester, Ohio, and Alexa Roush and Adam of Lake Waynoka, Ohio; two sons, Randy Simmons and Pam of Newtown, Ohio and Dallis Breeze II of Manchester, Ohio; four sisters, Phyllis Campbell and Ed of Winchester, Ohio, Brenda Breeze of Winchester, Ohio, Jude Endicott and Rob of Winchester, Ohio, and Tammy Zimmerman of Columbus, Ohio; grandchildren Wendi Creech and Jody, Sarah Lewis and Val, Andy Garrison and Stacy, Calee Downs and Craig, Kala Huffman and Zach, Chad Fawley, Amanda Adkins and Doug, Ashley Cobb and Chad, Jacob Simmons, Emily Thompson and Taylor, Madison Howerton and Austin, Luke Thompson and Kenzie, Marah, Allie Rae, and Mason Roush, Brittany Breeze,and Cheyanne Breeze; 18 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the Thompson-Meeker Funeral Home in West Union, with Gene Toole officiating. Visitation will be held the day of service from 5 – 7 p.m.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Vitas Hospice. HomeObituariesDallis B. Breeze Top Searches Top Searches WESTFootballSchw Powered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Mama’s Deviled EggsNOW PLAYINGBest Carrot Cake EverNOW PLAYINGHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersNOW PLAYING5 Easy and Delicious Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer RecipesNOW PLAYINGCream Cheese Cake Mix CookiesNOW PLAYINGHow to Make the Ultimate Light and Fluffy Mashed PotatoesNOW PLAYINGOld Fashioned Soft and Buttery Yeast RollsNOW PLAYINGSweet Alabama PecanbreadNOW PLAYINGHow to Slice & Mince Vegetables Like a ProNOW PLAYINGHow to Core and Slice a PineappleNOW PLAYINGHow to Knead DoughNOW PLAYINGHow to Use a Meat ThermometerNOW PLAYINGHow to Quarter a ChickenNOW PLAYINGSlow Cooker/Crock Pot HintsNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Garbage DisposalsNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Stainless Steel SinksNOW PLAYINGHow to Melt and Soften ButterNOW PLAYINGPumpkin Cream Cheese BarsNOW PLAYINGHow to Cook Scrambled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel TomatoesNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel Hard Boiled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Chill a Drink in 2 MinutesNOW PLAYINGHow to Chop an Onion PerfectlyNOW PLAYINGPerfect Bacon Every TimeNOW PLAYINGApple Pie Bites With Caramel SauceNOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. last_img read more

Court date set for former Bayonne Assemblyman O’Donnell in AG’s bribery…

first_img If you read the NEW article he was given a bag of 10,000 dollars cash , thorough a confidential informant who was wearing an approved wire by the FBI. Of Mr. O’Donnel who was a former politician, he knew this had to be reported to the election commission. The tape also with his recording agrees to give the CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANT A JOB . So at the end of the day sir he sold his soul for a BAG OF CASH !!!!!!! F. Alessilucarelli Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say Follow Corey McDonald on Twitter @cwmcdonald_ TAGS31st legislative districtcash bribesjason o’donnell SHARE Former Bayonne Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell made his first court appearance today after being hit with accusations that he took cash bribes during his unsuccessful 2018 mayoral campaign. They tried entrapping O’Donnell with a cash bribe a decade ago & failed. BayonneCrimeJersey City Bayonne Bayonne RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Corey McDonald – January 15, 2020 3:24 pm 2 Court date set for former Bayonne Assemblyman O’Donnell in AG’s bribery case Previous articleChiaravalloti, McKnight financial hospital transparency bill now state lawNext articleThree Jersey City cops promoted to detective for response during Dec. 10th bias crime Corey McDonald January 16, 2020 4:51 pm at 4:51 pm By Corey McDonald/Hudson County ViewO’Donnell, 47, appeared in Hudson County’s Central Judicial Processing court with his attorney, Leo Hurley, Jr., where they were given a February 14th court date.The former Democratic Assemblyman was charged in December with accepting a $10,000 cash bribe for his Bayonne mayoral campaign in 2018.O’Donnell and his attorney both declined to comment today, but Hurley previously told Hudson County View that O’Donnell “intends to contest these allegations with equal vigor and to enter a plea of not guilty to the charges against him.”“Jason O’Donnell has dedicated his life to serving his community, has always conducted himself in a manner that makes his family and friends proud, and has consistently and vigorously fought for their best interests,” he said at the time.The state Attorney General’s Office accused O’Donnell of accepting a paper bag filled with $10,000 from a cooperating witness for his mayoral campaign in return for tax work with the City of Bayonne if elected.“I just wanna be your tax guy,” the witness allegedly said.“Done,” O’Donnell allegedly answered.He then failed to file campaign reports with the state’s election law enforcement commission, authorities said.The Bayonne resident was one of five officials in New Jersey busted in the sting.Former Jersey City Board of Education President Sudhan Thomas was also caught up in the bust, being accused of taking $35,000 in cash bribes in hopes of getting a 2021 city council bid off the ground.O’Donnell, who is married with three children, has served in a number of public roles in Bayonne throughout the course of his career.He was the assemblyman for the 31st District from 2010 through 2016 and also served as the city’s public safety director after retiring as a captain of the fire department.He later ran challenged Mayor Jimmy Davis in 2018’s mayoral contest, but came up short. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Facebook Twitter January 15, 2020 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm 2 COMMENTS Bayonne Jimmy going to jail O’Donnell CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Bayonne man busted with cocaine, heroin, semi-automatic handgun after fleeing from cops Comments are closed.last_img read more

Free T-Shirt for All Equestrian Ticket Holders at 2015 Pan Am Games

first_img SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews Are you heading to see the Canadian Equestrian Team (CET) in action at the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games? Show us your tickets by June 30th and we’ll send you an exclusive, free CET #RideToToronto T-shirt to wear during the event!To redeem your free T-shirt, all you have to do is send EC a picture of you and your Pan Am Equestrian tickets.Send your photo to [email protected] by June 30, 2015 to receive your T-shirt in time to show the CET your support at the Pan Am Games and help paint the stands ‘CET red!’One T-shirt per person – maximum of four (4) T-shirts per household.Submitted photo must clearly show Pan Am Ticket event, date, and seat.Participants must provide a valid Canadian address with their submitted photo.Entries can be submitted by email to [email protected], or mailed Attn. Jordan Fulcher, Equine Canada, 100-308 Legget Dr., Kanata, ON, K2K 1Y6.Visit www.equinecanada.ca/toronto2015 for complete contest rules and guidelines Tags: PanAm, TORONTO 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games, Email* More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Investigators receive over 1,000 tips in desperate search for missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs, sheriff says

first_imgABC News(BARRON, Wis.) — Authorities say they have received over a thousand tips, and have thoroughly investigated more than 800 of them, in the desperate search for 13-year-old Jayme Closs, who is believed to be in danger.“We are using every resource available and have conducted hundreds of interviews, multiple searches, and are using the technical and forensic expertise of our state and federal resources to locate the person or persons who committed this offense and to locate Jayme,” Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said in a statement Saturday, which marks the sixth day since Jayme vanished.Investigators believe Jayme was abducted early Monday morning after her parents, James and Denise Closs, were shot dead in their home in Barron, Wisconsin.Someone called 911 from Denise Closs’ cellphone that morning just before 1 a.m. local time, and the 911 dispatcher heard “a lot of yelling,” according to records from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department obtained by ABC News. The dispatcher called the number back but was unable to leave a voicemail.More attempts were made, and the phone went unanswered. Authorities also tried calling the home’s landline but it was disconnected, records show.When authorities responded to the home minutes later, they found the front door kicked in and the couple had been shot to death.Their daughter, Jayme, was believed to be home when they were killed but had been abducted by the time authorities arrived.“An entire state has been racked with Jayme’s disappearance, and the death of her parents,” Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said in a statement Thursday.The sheriff said bringing Jayme home is his “highest priority.” Investigators are “working around the clock” to cover leads, conduct interviews and analyze “an incredible amount of information” related to the case.“Every tip is important,” Fitzgerald said in the statement Saturday.An Amber Alert has been issued for Jayme. Anyone with information is asked to call the tip line at 1-855-744-3879.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Victim’s attorney accuses Epstein estate of attempts to ‘stonewall’ lawsuit

first_imgStephanie Keith/Getty ImagesBY: JAMES HILL, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — An attorney for a woman who claims to be the first known child sex-abuse victim of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell is accusing the legal team representing Epstein’s estate of withholding evidence and attempting to prevent the testimony of a key witness, according to a letter sent to the judge overseeing her lawsuit on Wednesday.“This behavior flies in the face of fairness, professionalism and much needed justice,” wrote Robert Glassman, the lawyer for the accuser, who filed the suit under the pseudonym Jane Doe.According to the letter, attorneys for the estate have failed to turn over “a single page of evidence” in the three months since being served with pre-trial requests. The estate missed a previously agreed-upon deadline to begin producing documents in the possession of the estate that contained Doe’s name and information, Glassman wrote, and he claimed they abruptly called off a scheduled deposition of Darren Indyke, one of the estate’s co-executors and a long-time lawyer for Epstein and his affiliated companies.The estate is “engaging in obstructionist litigation tactics intended to stonewall and deprive Jane Doe of plainly relevant discovery,” Glassman wrote, in asking for a conference with the court. “It is clear that absent court intervention, the Epstein Estate will not comply with its basic discovery obligations.”Doe has already turned over more than 190 pages of documents to the estate earlier this month, according to the letter, but balked at the estate’s request for what Glassman called “largely irrelevant and, quite frankly, outrageous information” from Doe. Glassman claimed that among the requests were documents referencing “any and all medical procedures and consultations she has ever had throughout her lifetime, including while she was a minor,” even if such medical care was unrelated to Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged abuse of her.Bennet Moskowitz, a lawyer for Indyke and Richard Kahn, the estate’s co-executors, declined to comment on the allegations raised by Glassman’s when reached Wednesday by ABC News.But in a response filed in court Thursday, an estate attorney called Glassman’s letter “very premature” and a misrepresentation of what had occurred.The estate claims that Indyke’s deposition was taken off the calendar to allow time for Maxwell’s lawyer, who had just entered the case, to confer with all parties about setting new schedules, and contended that production of documents in their possession was being held up only because Doe’s lawyers had yet to agree to a confidentiality order “which must occur before we produce documents that refer to [Doe], who filed this case anonymously, by her real name.”That is for [Doe’s] benefit,” wrote estate lawyer Mary Grace Metcalfe.Glassman told ABC News Thursday that he hadn’t agreed to delaying Indyke’s deposition and that he sees no need to for a confidentiality agreement to protect the identity of his client because there is a prior court order which deals with that.“We’re interested in taking this case to trial and getting the evidence that we need in order to prepare the case for that time,” Glassman said, “And it appears that they’re more interested in sitting in their offices writing letters and objecting to everything that we’re trying to do.”Lawyers for the estate have previously asked the court to dismiss some of Doe’s claims as beyond the statute of limitations. The lawyers for the co-executors have also encouraged Doe to participate in an alternative resolution program established by the Epstein estate, which launched last month after protracted delays.The details in Doe’s lawsuit, which was filed in January against the Epstein estate and Maxwell, are substantially similar to the allegations pertaining to one of the three minor victims included in the federal charges against Maxwell, who is accused in a six-count indictment of assisting, facilitating and contributing to Epstein’s alleged abuse of three minor girls between 1994 and 1997.“Jane Doe was their first known victim and was subsequently abused by Epstein and Maxwell for years as a young girl, suffering unimaginable physical and psychological trauma and distress,” her complaint said.Maxwell pleaded not guilty to the charges at a hearing earlier this week and was ordered held without bail pending trial in July 2021. A week after Maxwell’s July 2 arrest in New Hampshire, her attorney filed an answer to Doe’s lawsuit, denying the claims while also noting the overlap between the lawsuit and the criminal case against Maxwell in New York.“Ms. Maxwell’s denials of factual allegations [in Doe’s lawsuit] shall be interpreted the same as pleading not guilty to the various counts in any criminal indictment,” wrote Laura Menninger, a lawyer who has represented Maxwell in civil litigation for five years.According to Doe’s civil complaint, she first met Maxwell and Epstein in 1994 as a 13-year-old student at a music camp in Michigan. A months-long grooming process continued, she alleges, after she returned home to Florida, where Epstein had a seaside estate on Palm Beach Island.Doe’s father had recently passed away, the complaint said, creating an opportunity for Epstein and Maxwell to fill the void.“Epstein gave himself the name of Doe’s ‘godfather’ while Maxwell acted like an older sister to her,” her complaint said. “They took her to movies, went shopping with her and lounged around Epstein’s estate with her.”Doe, now 39, alleges the abuse escalated over the next few years as Epstein and Maxwell asserted more and more control over her life and aspirations. Epstein paid for voice lessons, private high school tuition and even co-signed a lease on a New York City apartment for Doe and her mother, according to her complaint.She claims the abuse occurred at Epstein’s homes in Florida, New York and his ranch in New Mexico, and that she would often travel to those locations with Epstein and Maxwell on one of Epstein’s private jets.“Epstein’s system of abuse was facilitated in large part by his co-conspirator and accomplice, Maxwell, who helped supply him with a steady stream of young and vulnerable girls,” the complaint said, “many of whom were fatherless, like Jane Doe, and came from struggling families.”Doe’s case is one of just a few civil actions against the Epstein estate that are being actively litigated. Most of the pending lawsuits have been put on hold by alleged victims while they submit their claims to the alternative resolution program.Epstein’s estate is valued at more than $655 million, according to a May 5 filing in probate court in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Epstein owned a private island compound that served as his primary residence since 2010.The criminal indictment against Maxwell is likely to further complicate Doe’s efforts to obtain evidence and testimony necessary to pursue her civil claims. It is expected that Maxwell will eventually seek to pause the case, at least as it pertains to her, while the criminal case against her is pending.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Coronavirus updates: CDC makes new death toll prediction for mid-August

first_imgSamara Heisz/iStockBy WILLIAM MANSELL and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 625,000 people worldwide.Over 15.3 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 or downplaying the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.The United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 3.9 million diagnosed cases and at least 143,701 deaths.Here is how the news is developing Thursday. All times Eastern: 2:25 p.m.: Positivity rate up to 13.2% among young New YorkersNew York is monitoring a rise in coronavirus cases among those ages 21 to 31 — the only age bracket in the state to see an increase.New Yorkers in their 20s or early 30s now have a 13.2% positivity rate — up from 9.9% one week earlier, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.Cuomo cautioned that the Albany area saw nearly 30 new positive cases linked to one 4th of July party.Those traveling to New York from states with a positivity rate higher than 10% over a one-week average are required to self-quarantine when arriving in the Empire State. 1:50 p.m.: CDC predicts up to 175,000 deaths in US by Aug. 15 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the U.S. should anticipate between 160,000 and 175,000 total reported COVID-19 deaths by Aug. 15.National and state-level ensemble forecasts suggest that the number of new U.S. deaths over the next four weeks will likely exceed the number reported over the last four weeks.States with the greatest likelihood of a larger number of deaths include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.12:20 p.m.: WHO director-general urges ‘young people to start a global movement for health’ WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Thursday urged “young people to start a global movement for health.”“In recent years we’ve seen young people leading grassroots movements for climate change and racial equality,” Tedros said at a media briefing. “Now we need young people to start a global movement for health — for a world in which health is a human right, not a privilege.”“We will not be going back to the ‘old normal.’ The pandemic has already changed the way we live our lives. Part of adjusting to the ‘new normal’ is finding ways to live our lives safely,” Tedros said. “We’re asking everyone to treat the decisions about where they go, what they do and who they meet with as life-and-death decisions — because they are. It may not be your life, but your choices could be the difference between life and death for someone you love, or for a complete stranger.”There have been recent outbreaks linked to nightclubs and other social gatherings, Tedros said, stressing, “We all have a part to play in protecting ourselves and one another.”Tedros urged people to follow these two guidelines.“First, know your situation. Do you know how many cases were reported where you live yesterday? Do you know where to find that information?” he said.“Second, do you know how to minimize your exposure? Are you being careful to keep at least 1 meter from others? Are you still cleaning your hands regularly? Are you following the advice of your local authorities?” Tedros said. “No matter where you live or how old you are, you can be a leader in your community, not just to defeat the pandemic, but to build back better.”10:55 a.m.: Florida reports new daily death toll recordFlorida’s Department of Health reported an increase of 173 coronavirus fatalities on Thursday — a new daily record.The previous record was 156 fatalities on July 16. At least 5,632 people in Florida have now died from COVID-19, according to the state’s Department of Health.As of Thursday morning, Florida’s hospitals had just 15.67% of adult ICU beds available, according to the state’s Agency for Healthcare Administration.Four counties — Hernando, Monroe, Okeechobee and Putnam — had no available ICU beds, the agency said.These numbers are expected to fluctuate throughout the day as hospitals and medical centers provide updates.9:45 a.m.: Kids account for 1 in 10 cases in San Antonio, young adults causing spread in Washington state, FEMA says Nationally, deaths in the last week are up 12.3% over the previous week, according to an internal FEMA memo obtained by ABC News.  In Texas, the positivity rate reached 19.2% — double the national average of 9%, the memo said. In Bexar County, Texas, which includes San Antonio, children under 18 now account for 1 in 10 new cases, according to the FEMA memo. Meanwhile, Washington state was in early stages of an exponential statewide outbreak as of July 17, according to the FEMA memo. Washington state recorded 5,986 new cases in the week ending July 20 — a 25.5% increase from the week prior, the memo said. Spread in Washington state is being driven by social gatherings and people in their 20s, the memo said.9 a.m.: FEMA administrator downplays persistent PPE shortagesIn an appearance on ABC News’ Good Morning America Thursday, Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Peter Gaynor tried to downplay persistent personal protection equipment (PPE) shortages and stressed that the U.S. is on stronger footing now than in March or April. Gaynor admitted there “may be” some shortages and said gear may need to be moved around the country to surge resources to where they are needed most.“There may be places that have high cases, high hospitalizations, that do have some shortages,” he said. “We’re in a much better place and we can move PPE from around the country to where it’s needed the most.” When pressed about the doctors and nurses on the front lines without PPE, Gaynor responded, “If there is a hospital out there that does not have PPE, contact their state emergency manager, contact their state health director, and we will get PPE to you.”Gaynor also attributed PPE challenges to the fact that the gear is largely manufactured outside the U.S.  With hurricane season approaching, Gaynor said FEMA is prepared to deal with the simultaneous threats of potential natural disasters on top of the pandemic. “We’ve been at COVID-19 for months now. The agency has been up and running dealing with COVID-19. But we also have been preparing for the hurricane season. We knew it was coming,” Gaynor said. He said guidance has been sent to hurricane-prone areas on how to adapt their response plans as they also deal with the virus. 8:20 a.m.: Over 10,000 health workers in Africa infected with COVID-19, WHO saysOver 10,000 health workers in Africa have been infected with COVID-19, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Only 7.8% of Africa’s health care centers have isolation capacities and just a third have the capacity to triage patients. Africa has reported more than 750,000 cases of COVID-19. At least 15,000 people have died. South Africa is now among the worst-hit countries in the world. With 394,948 cases and 5,940 deaths, South Africa accounts for more than half of the continent’s diagnosed cases and ranks fifth behind the U.S., Brazil, India, and Russia.7:16 a.m.: Flight attendant linked to Hawaiian Airlines COVID-19 cluster diesA Hawaiian Airlines employee that recently contracted COVID-19 died this week, the company announced.“I am very sad to report that one of our senior Los Angeles-based Flight Attendants, Jeff Kurtzman, passed away last night,” Hawaiian Airlines President & CEO Peter Ingram said in a statement. “He had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus in California earlier this month.”A few weeks ago, the airline reported that a number of employees tested positive for the virus after a training session.“We continue to follow up with members of our ‘ohana who are recovering from the coronavirus,” Ingram’s statement said. “We are reminded every day that this virus is serious and highly transmissible. We have strengthened the mandates and protocols governing how we interact with each other at our facilities, and I urge us all to continue to practice the utmost vigilance.”Kurtzman was a senior Los Angeles-based flight attendant, and worked for Hawaiian Airlines since 1986.04:49 a.m.: Trump says testing is ‘overrated’In a week where President Donald Trump has been more vocal about wearing masks and saying the coronavirus will “get worse before it gets better,” he also continued to say Wednesday that coronavirus testing is “overrated,” but “he’s willing to keep doing it.”Trump, in an interview with Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel that aired Wednesday night, implied that the increased testing makes the U.S. “look bad” and said, “I don’t mind looking bad if it’s a good thing.”This comes as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country nears four million.“To me, every time you test a case it gets reported in the news, we found more cases. If instead of 50 we did 25, we have half the number of cases. So I personally think it’s overrated, but I am totally willing to keep doing it,” Trump said during the interview.In the U.S., deaths in the last week were up 12.3% over the previous week, according to an internal Federal Emergency Management Agency memo obtained by ABC News.The memo also highlighted how some of the hardest-hit states, like Arizona, are facing tough choices to decide who gets care as hospitals run short on health care equipment and resources.The mixed messaging this week continues as the president urged Americans to wear masks only to show up hours later at his Washington hotel at a fundraiser speaking to supporters without one.During his interview with Siegel he said wearing masks “probably helps.”“I don’t think it’s something that you have to do or should do,” he told FOX News. “But everyone around me has tested, so I’m not the perfect person to talk about it. But I believe that you should wear it, even if there’s a 1% chance it helps.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

NXWM to launch Sprint BRT with zero-emission double-deckers

first_imgNational Express West Midlands (NXWM) is to operate the Sprint bus rapid transit (BRT) service between Walsall and Solihull via Birmingham city centre from May 2022. It will initially use a fleet of zero-emission double-deckers. Those vehicles will include the 20 hydrogen fuel cell-electric Wrightbus StreetDeck FCEV examples ordered by Birmingham City Council in 2020.All the double-deckers used will be to NXWM’s Platinum specification. Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) is now working with NXWM to confirm plans to introduce zero-emission “tram-style” articulated buses to the service during 2023, it says.Proposals for the wider Sprint BRT network – which in the longer term is planned to encompass seven routes – have long envisaged the use of air-conditioned articulated buses. TfWM says that such vehicles have been well received on BRT services elsewhere in mainland Europe and the UK.The Sprint corridor will be covered by an enhanced partnership scheme. That will set minimum standards for all bus services along the route. Sprint will utilise bus lanes and priority measures to benefit journey times. 75 high-quality shelters form part of the construction process.NXWM Managing Director David Bradford recently told the CPT UK Bus and Coach Conference that he wants to see the operator running 500 zero-emission buses when the Commonwealth Games come to Birmingham in July 2022. It has already introduced 29 BYD ADL Enviro400EV battery-electric double-deckers.last_img read more

Man jailed for plot to kill Theresa May

first_imgRahman, from north London, was captured following an undercover operation involving the Metropolitan Police, MI5 and the FBI.The judge said Rahman “would have carried out his attack” had he not been arrested and called him “a very dangerous individual.” Also On POLITICO Five arrested in Italian anti-terrorism raid: reports By Maxime Schlee Syrian found guilty of terrorism in politicized Hungarian case By Lili Bayer A man who plotted to kill U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May was jailed for at least 30 years on Friday.Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 21, who had pledged allegiance to Islamic State, planned to detonate a bomb at the gates of Downing Street and then assassinate May. He was found guilty of preparing acts of terrorism, the BBC reported, and sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 30 years.During his trial, Rahman admitted helping a friend to join ISIS in Libya by recording a video for the terrorist group. For that crime, he was sentenced to six years in prison to run concurrently with the other sentence.last_img read more

Phish’s Magnaball Will Be Available For Webcast

first_imgThough Phish’s Magnaball festival has officially sold out, you can stream the shows from the comfort of your couch, via LivePhish.com.Magnaball: A Guide Through Phish’s First Nine FestivalsMagnaball takes place this weekend, August 21-23, in Watkins Glen, NY. The band will play two sets on Friday, three on Saturday and two on Sunday. All seven sets will be webcast.Enter to win tickets to Magnaball below!last_img