Samara Heisz/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 91 million people worldwide and killed over 1.9 million of them, 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:Jan 12, 9:45 amUS will not hold back second vaccine doses, HHS secretary saysU.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the federal government will no longer hold back COVID-19 vaccine doses and is now recommending states inoculate anyone 65 and older as well as those under the age of 65 who have two or more conditions or illnesses.“This is just a staging and moving to the next phase on the vaccine program. We’ve had so much success with quality and predictable manufacturing and almost flawless distribution of the vaccine, but we have seen now that the administration in the states has been too narrowly focused,” Azar told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Tuesday on Good Morning America.“So, what are we doing? Three things. First, We have already made available every dose of vaccine,” he said. “So we had been holding back second doses as a safety stock. We now believe that our manufacturing is predictable enough that we can ensure second doses are available for people from ongoing production. So everything is now available to our states and our health care providers.”“Second, we are calling on our governors to now vaccinate people age 65 and over and under age 65 with a comorbidity, because we have got to expand the group,” he continued. “We’ve already distributed more vaccine than we have health care workers and people in nursing homes.”“Third, we’ve got to get more channels of administration,” he added. “We’ve got to get it to pharmacies, get it to community health centers, and we are here and we will deploy teams to support states doing mass vaccination efforts if they wish to do so. It has been overly hospitalized so far in too many states.”As of 9 a.m. ET on Monday, more than 25 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been distributed nationwide but fewer than nine million people have received their first dose, according to data provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Jan 12, 6:46 amEuropean Medicines Agency receives Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine applicationThe European Medicines Agency (EMA) said Tuesday that it has received an application for conditional marketing authorization for the COVID-19 vaccine developed by England’s University of Oxford and British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca.Conditional marketing authorization is the process used to speed up the approval of treatments and vaccines amid public health emergencies. The EMA said the assessment of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine “will proceed under an accelerated timeline,” and that an opinion on whether to issue an authorization could be announced by Jan. 29.“If EMA concludes that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh its risks in protecting against COVID‑19, it will recommend granting a conditional marketing authorisation,” the agency said in a statement Tuesday. “The European Commission will then fast-track its decision-making process with a view to granting a conditional marketing authorisation valid in all EU and EEA Member States within days.”Jan 12, 5:19 amRussia extends UK flight ban through Feb. 1Russia has extended its suspension of air travel with the United Kingdom through Feb. 1 amid growing concerns over a new, more contagious variant of the novel coronavirus.“For the purpose of protecting public health, the restrictions have been extended through 11:59 p.m. on February 1, 2021,” Russia’s coronavirus response headquarters said in a statement Tuesday.The ban was first imposed in late December.The move comes after Russia confirmed its first cases of a new, highly infectious strain that is thought to have emerged in England late last year. The variant, called B117, is currently prevalent in London and other parts of southeastern England, and has since spread to more than a dozen other countries.With more than 3.3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, Russia has the fourth-highest tally of diagnosed infections in the world, followed by the U.K., according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Russia’s coronavirus response headquarters confirmed 22,934 new cases and 531 additional deaths from the disease on Monday, bringing the cumulative total to 3,448,203 cases with 62,804 deaths.Jan 12, 4:26 am182 arrested during underground ‘super-spreader’ parties in Los Angeles County, authorities sayAuthorities arrested 182 people in Southern California’s Los Angeles County on Saturday during a crackdown on underground “super-spreader” parties in the area.The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the arrests, which were cited out, occurred at two commercial buildings.Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva “has made it clear he will seek out & take law enforcement action against ALL underground party events occurring anywhere within Los Angeles County, who fall under the Health Orders of the County’s Department of Public Health,” the department tweeted.“The goal of these enforcement actions is to reduce the spread of #COVID19 and the risk to our vulnerable populations,” the department tweeted.Jan 12, 4:12 amUS reports over 204,000 new casesThere were 204,652 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 seventh straight day that the country has reported more than 200,000 newly confirmed infections. Monday’s tally is less than the all-time high of 302,506 new cases, which the country logged on Jan. 2, Johns Hopkins data shows.An additional 1,731 new deaths from COVID-19 were also registered nationwide Monday, down from the country’s peak of 4,194 fatalities on Jan. 7, according to Johns Hopkins data.COVID-19 data may be skewed due to possible lags in reporting over the holidays followed by a potentially very large backlog.A total of 22,429,685 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 376,280 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 the 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.Jan 12, 1:49 amRep. Pramila Jayapal tests positive following US Capitol siegeRep. Pramila Jayapal, who was inside the U.S. Capitol last week as a pro-President Donald Trump mob temporarily took over the building, has tested positive for COVID-19, the Washington state congresswoman announced on Twitter.“I just received a positive COVID-19 test result after being locked down in a secured room at the Capitol where several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask but recklessly mocked colleagues and staff who offered them one,” Jayapal tweeted.Jayapal and her colleagues were in the middle of certifying the electoral votes when the rioters breached the Capitol. Congress was forced to evacuate and shelter in place while authorities worked to secure the building.“Only hours after Trump incited a deadly assault on our Capitol, many Republicans still refused to take the bare minimum COVID-19 precaution and simply wear a damn mask in a crowded room during a pandemic—creating a superspreader event ON TOP of a domestic terrorist attack,” she tweeted Monday night.“Any Member who refuses to wear a mask should be fully held accountable for endangering our lives because of their selfish idiocy. I’m calling for every single Member who refuses to wear a mask in the Capitol to be fined and removed from the floor by the Sergeant at Arms,” she continued.Dr. Brian Monahan, the attending physician of the Congress, advised representatives and congressional staff on Sunday that those in the secured room could have, “been exposed to another occupant with coronavirus infection,” according to a statement from Jayapal.Prior to her positive test, fearing she was exposed during the potential “superspreader event,” Jayapal has been quarantining since last Thursday.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Full Name* Duke Properties’ CEO Albert Dweck. (Duke)Former Duke Properties executive Sarah Lazar is suing CEO Albert Dweck, accusing him of misappropriating company money to fund his lavish lifestyle.But according to the Dumbo-based company, its former COO is just seeking a bigger payout than she is entitled to after failing to convince a judge that she was wrongfully fired.The departed executive filed a complaint in Manhattan Supreme Court Tuesday alleging that Dweck repeatedly used Duke funds for personal expenses, including his $15,000-a-month apartment, at times jeopardizing properties owned by the firm.Lazar is seeking $3.5 million for Duke, $3.5 million for herself and the removal of Dweck as managing member. Duke owns and manages several hundred properties in the New York metropolitan area, according to its website.ADVERTISEMENTDuke shot back that Lazar took part in many of the decisions she now assails and has rejected an offer from the firm of more than it is obligated to pay her.“We have acknowledged from the outset that our former COO is entitled to a buy-out of her interests in accordance with the previously executed operating agreement, which notably was drafted by her own husband,” a Duke spokesperson said in a statement. Lazar has a 25 percent stake in the 15-year-old real estate firm.In 2018, Dweck obtained a $2 million credit line for the company, collateralized by Duke’s interest in the properties. However, over time, Dweck drained $1.8 million from that account, wiring the funds to his personal account, Lazar’s lawsuit alleges.Lazar claims she repeatedly confronted Dweck over the withdrawals, urging him to convert the commercial line of credit to a personal one collateralized by his own assets. Dweck agreed but never did so, Lazar asserts. As a result, the lender threatened to take over administration of Duke and its properties.In tapping the line of credit, Dweck jeopardized other acquisitions by Duke, according to the suit. When the company was in contract to purchase two properties — 125 West 138th Street in Harlem and 568 Jefferson Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant — in 2019, it realized it lacked cash for the deposits.Read moreLandlords try to push AWOL attorney Kossoff into bankruptcyPhil Falcone files appeal halting foreclosure of UES, Hamptons homesChera family sues Brooklyn private school over $24M in unpaid rent Message* Email Address* The lawsuit alleges that Dweck first solicited investments to acquire the Harlem property and then, without informing the investors, used those funds to pay for the Jefferson Street property. He also shifted money from the Jefferson Street property to pay for the 138th Street property without telling investors, it says.He similarly used money from a property at 271 Malcom X to cover mortgage payments at Duke’s Putnam Avenue portfolio, the suit asserts.“These are the actions of a Ponzi scheme and are not only a blatant violation of Dweck’s fiduciary duties, but they jeopardize plaintiffs and Duke’s property investors,” the complaint reads.Lazar’s lawsuit further alleges that Dweck “borrows” money from individual Duke properties. For example, in different payments, Dweck took $125,000 from Duke’s Woodbine portfolio. As a result, the property could not complete renovations and developments.Dweck also charged Duke for personal expenses such as first-class travel, memberships and visits to cigar clubs, and parking, Lazar claimed.The CEO’s money management led to Duke taking out and eventually defaulting on loans, according to the former COO. On June 3, 2019, Duke’s Bushwick portfolio entered into a six-month bridge loan for $250,000. But by November, the property did not have the funds to repay the loan. Duke refinanced its mortgage last June to satisfy the loan.Prior to that, Dweck held a capital call where an investor with a $400,000 interest asked to be bought out. Dweck offered $200,000. But the lawsuit says Dweck lacked the funds and borrowed the $200,000 from that same investor and used it for personal expenses.When Lazar confronted Dweck, he offered to buy her out, she claims. When she refused, he fired her, changed the locks on Duke’s offices and blocked her from Duke’s files and accounts, including her own email.The allegations are part of an amended complaint that Lazar filed after a judge rejected her initial one. The original complaint, in part, alleged that Lazar was wrongfully terminated.“We will be submitting an opposition to our former COO’s motion for injunctive relief on Monday, which among other things will show her direct participation in the events she now claims are irregular,” the Duke spokesperson’s statement said.Darren Oved and Aaron J. Solomon of Oved & Oved, who represent Lazar, said in a statement that her lawsuit aims “to ensure that the company Ms. Lazar worked so hard to build is shielded from defendant’s alleged malfeasance.”Contact Sasha Jones
Recommended for you ShareTweetShareShareEmail ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsVELUX EHF CL Round 2 derby match was played in Hungarian Veszprem, where domestic team beat Rhein Neckar Lowen 30:29. The winner was decided in the last seconds of the clash, when Andy Schmidt didn’t score against Mirko Alilovic. Croatian goalkeeper hooked the ball with his fingers before she hit the post. That was the beginning of big celebration in “Veszprem Arena”… National teams with 20 players’ squad at Men’s EHF EURO 2022 Click to comment Michael Wiederer is only candidate for EHF president Related Items:EHF, Mirko Alilović Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. EHF postpones European League draw due coronavirus threat
Martijn Gilbert, CEO of Reading Buses, took to the Master Class stage at Euro Bus Expo to discuss some of the initiatives the company uses to retain and develop its current workforce, as well as ‘attracting the best talent’.Martijn Gilbert: ‘If we have happy staff, we have happy customers’An employee survey was undertaken in 2015, which gave an insight into the areas that the company could improve on.Mr Gilbert referred to the survey results as “the golden nuggets that need to be hovered up to make a company even better and to attract the best talent.”Furthermore, a new mission statement was produced, which Mr Gilbert was keen to emphasise, is the words of the workforce rather than the words in the management team.Mr Gilbert says: “We now try to live and breathe these values in the organisation on a daily basis and we are very clear on what people are required to achieve.”Due to such initiatives, Mr Gilbert says: “We have seen an increase in diversity of our workforce – 20% of staff are under 35 and 20% are women.“We have also seen a huge improvement in employee relations.“If we have happy staff, we have happy customers.”Celebrating success and creating an open and honest working environment is another way in which Reading Buses retains and attracts employees.“Whatever happens in our industry, it is always going to be about people; people as our customers, people as our stakeholders and, most importantly, people as our employees,” Mr Gilbert concludes.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreUkraine’s Environment Minister Mykola Zlochevsky vowed last week to free all bears kept in restaurants as entertainment, Interfax news agency reported.Captured and tamed bears are still used for entertainment purposes and often forced to drink alcohol, a tradition that has survived since the rule of Russian emperors.(READ the Reuters story at Yahoo News)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreU.S. residents are still recovering from the widespread effects of Hurricane Hermine – including these poor displaced manatees found floundering in a muddy golf course pond.The mammals were first sighted in the pond on September 2nd after washing up with the muddy tides flooding Crystal River, Florida.MORE: Manatee Population Has Rebounded 500 Percent, No Longer EndangeredLuckily, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were able to rescue the creatures using kayaks and nets for transportation.Among the rescued animals was a mother and calf.The manatees are receiving health evaluations since the ocean-dwelling mammals are still considered a threatened species. Once they are declared unharmed, they will be released back into the wild. Spread The Good News: Click To Share – Photos by My FWC FacebookAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Notre Dame publicly criticized Des Hague, CEO of Centerplate, a sports catering company that supplies concessions for Irish sporting events, for allegedly abusing a dog in an elevator in Vancouver.“We find the actions of Centerplate’s CEO to be deplorable and will closely monitor this matter as the company conducts its internal review,” University spokesman Dennis Brown said in a statement Monday, according to a WSBT report.A viral video that surfaced last week depicted a man dragging and kicking a Doberman puppy. According to a statement made through his attorney and published Monday by Fortune, Hague apologized for the incident, which was “completely and utterly out of character.”“I am ashamed and deeply embarrassed,” he said. “… a minor frustration with a friend’s pet caused me to lose control of my emotional response … I would like to extend my apology to my family, company and clients, as I understand that this has also reflected negatively on them.”Centerplate has supplied concessions at Notre Dame since 2011 and currently covers all on-campus sporting events, according to a WSBT report.“We’re continuing to monitor the company’s response and await to see what authorities in Vancouver report before commenting further,” University spokesman Paul Browne said in a statement.Tags: abuse, Centerplate, Dennis Brown, Notre Dame, Paul Browne
Rebecca Williams, 96, of Port Arthur died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Gabriel Funeral Home.Nancy Zyrangue Brown, 79, of Groves died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Melancon’s, Nederland.James C. “Pawpaw” Bedwell, 82, of Nederland died Tuesday, Dec. 01, 2015. Broussard’s, Nederland. Death noticesSonya Malet, 81, of Groves died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Levingston Funeral Home, Groves.June Mary Bordelon, 78, of Beaumont died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Broussard’s, McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont.Sisro Davis, 42, of Port Arthur died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. Gabriel Funeral Home. Services todaySandra Sidan Hall, Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, near Bridge City, 2 p.m.Johnny Walker, Melancon’s Funeral Home, Nederland 6 to 8 p.m. Menola Boutte Sain, Broussard’s, Nederland, 2 p.m.James “Santa” Aldridge, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Nederland, 11 a.m.
As a team, the Cardinals shaved 18 strokes off of Thursday’s score, posting an 11-over-par 299 on Friday as they moved into a tie with Delaware for 16th place in the 18-team field at 616. LU and Delaware are 28 strokes ahead of Quinnipiac. “I’m really proud to see the girls put up a score that more closely represents who we are and what they’re capable of,” Steward said. Arizona leads the team standings with a 567, one stroke ahead of UCLA and two strokes ahead of Georgia heading into Saturday’s final round. Lamar sports informationBRYAN — Nederland graduate Felicia Sauceda fired a career-best round on Friday to lead the Lamar women’s golf team on the second day of the NCAA Regionals. Sauceda, a junior walk-on, carded a 1-over-par 73 on the par-72, 6,373-yard course at the Traditions Golf Club. It was a 16-stroke improvement over Thursday’s round, Sauceda’s first-ever round on the national stage.“Felicia had quite the individual comeback today,” LU coach Jessica Steward said. “That was her best round of the year. She keeps getting better and better. I’m excited to see her progress next year.”
Reunited: Zach Schneider (left) and Vance Wentz on the campus of Northwest Missouri State this week. Submitted photo.The air of melancholy that surrounded SM East’s one-point loss to Blue Valley West in the state 6A basketball semi-final in 2013 was punctuated by the fact that it meant the end of one of the school’s most productive tandems. After graduation, guard Vance Wentz was headed up to Montana State University. His favorite target under the basket, Zach Schneider, would accept an offer to play for Northwest Missouri State. Everyone believed their time together on the court had come to a close.But after their freshman years in college, Wentz and Schneider are being reunited on the court — and Bearcats basketball fans are hoping they can recreate the dynamic presence that they produced in high school at SM East for Division II Northwest Missouri State.Wentz was the first new player to commit to Montana State for the Bobcats 2013-2014 team. A talented ball handler with solid shooting skills, he was elated to be heading to play Division I college ball, a dream for any high school player. But things looked different when he arrived in Bozeman. After a year with the team, Wentz felt disconnected, like he wasn’t really a part of things.“I started thinking back on the year of practice and it felt like I was just kind of there, but not in it,” he said. “I didn’t really do much.”Wentz had been excited to sign on with a Division I school. But he had been more excited about the prospect of actually playing college basketball — not sitting on the bench. And the toll of being 1,100 miles away from his tight-knit family was higher than he’d expected.“It was pretty tough for me,” he said. “I missed my family and friends. I had this feeling that I wasn’t where I needed to be, in terms of basketball or as a person.”Vance Wentz (14) and Zach Schneider (11) were one of the most productive duos in recent SM East history. Photo by Caroline Creidenberg.As Montana State’s middling season wound down in March, Wentz told his parents he wanted to transfer. He asked Montana State coach Brad Huse for a release, and Huse granted it. Wentz wanted somewhere closer to home where he had a good chance to get real playing time.He set up visits to Rockhurst, Missouri Southern and Northwest Missouri State, where Schneider had just won the MIAA Freshman of the Year award. The Northwest Missouri State coaches had mentioned a desire to see Wentz in Maryville before, but Schneider was cautious about lobbying too hard for Wentz to make the move.“The coaches knew who he was from recruiting me at SM East, and they brought him up to me a couple times, but I didn’t want to interfere,” he said. “When he made his visit here, that’s when we really talked about it.”Wentz liked what he saw out of the Bearcats program, right away. And the chance to be reunited with Schneider was especially attractive. He signed on, and in May he moved to Maryville for a month for team workouts. The chemistry with Schneider reemerged quickly.“There are a lot of times where you see that he knows what I’m going to do and I know what he’s going to do,” Schneider said. “You can see the connection.”Last week, Wentz moved to Maryville for the school year, just an hour and a half from Kansas City. His parents and younger brother Joey will be able to see him play this year — and he’ll be able to come back and see some SM East games as well, he hopes. He’s rooming with Schneider and two other Bearcats basketball players. Pre-season starts the first week of school.“I’ve known Zach for a long time,” Wentz said. “We’ve been close since our first year at SM East. The playing chemistry with him is still there. But the whole team’s chemistry is amazing. That’s one of the reasons I chose Northwest Missouri. You feel like this team could really be something special.”