15th February 2019 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address iGB Diary Regions: UK & Ireland US Topics: Legal & compliance Lottery People Strategy iGB Diary Happy Friday igamers! This week we have a look at the Gambling Commission’s ICE boycott, a bit of ghetto marketing, and some over-zealous investigative journalism. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Happy Friday igamers! We hope you’re all slowly but surely on the road to recover after last week’s ICE-LAC madness. This week we have a look at the Gambling Commission’s ICE boycott, a bit of ghetto marketing, and some over-zealous investigative journalism. Message personal Following the media storm unleashed at last year’s ICE by outgoing GB Gambling Commission CEO Sarah Harrison’s comments on industry sexism and the procession of clampdown on licensees since, the regulator’s complete absence (if anyone from the GC was actually there it was incognito, the Diary understands) from the 2019 edition was made all the more conspicuous. New RGA interim boss Wes Himes was the most public critic of the decision, which set tongues wagging about what this wilful non-engagement with stakeholders at the industry’s largest event said about its current relationship status with licensees and, to borrow the words of Paul Leyland, “the extent to which it wishes to understand the industry it regulates”. The GC has, as Leyland points out, collaborated on initiatives that demonstrate the exact opposite attitude towards the sector, such as its ‘Hot Shoes’ programme which saw its staff shadow licensees in their day-to-day work. So quite why the GC decided that the message sent out by this boycott was the one it wanted to send out to a global audience has left the Diary and everyone else in the industry scratching their heads. Doubly so since the organisers of the event introduced a new code of conduct outlawing the ‘overtly sexual marketing practices’ that Harrison threatened could lead the GC to boycott the event if these weren’t addressed. Whatever their reasons, it is in everyone’s interests that they return next year.In the ghetto Following on from our two-part analysis on the unbalanced approach observed when it comes to the advertising standards applied to lottery operators compared with casino operators in the UK, MGM’s Alan Feldman provided an example of a similar bias Stateside. During a panel questioning whether or not mass marketing was the only way for operators to enter new markets, Feldman argued regulators tend to overreach and that operators should be largely trusted to act responsibly. However, he also gave a prime example of how they sometimes don’t when discussing a billboard campaign launched by the Illinois State Lottery. The lottery’s rather ill-thought out campaign plastered the most deprived part of a city with enticements to ‘play the lottery’. Although the boards were later removed due to an outcry, Feldman said someone in the organisation really should have known it was a bad idea before they went up. When asked by the moderator was his message to operators would be, between them the pair decided it was, “don’t market to the ghetto”.Pressing issues Diary was relieved to find it much easier to find a place to get onto a PC in the press area this year, thanks to what we assume was some type of security employee who seemed to be very discreetly casting an eye over people’s passes as they went in. Last year the absence of such a setup had seen all sorts sneaking in – Diary even saw one delegate tying up a terminal typing up his CV, important as it may have been to him it was hardly front page news! But some things don’t change when it comes to media etiquette – one reporter was a bit surprised to return from a short trip to the drink table to find a reporter from a rival publication reading their screen. The excuse given was that they thought their colleague was sitting there, but we weren’t buying it. Still, we have to applaud the commitment to investigative journalism, especially when said commitment has previously not let paywalls get in the way of a good story.Playing nicely Considering their companies had been embroiled in war of words over the acquisition of Lotto24, the Diary was rubbing its hands gleefully to see the CEOs of Zeal and Lottoland appearing together on a panel at ICE Vox last week. Heading down in the hope of some Jerry Springer-style fireworks, we were bitterly disappointed to see a calm and reasoned discussion about the need for innovation and competition in the lottery vertical. We jest, of course – even if it failed to slake the Diary’s bloodlust it’s an encouraging sign. It suggests the industry is maturing and growing, and of companies being less tribal. Let’s face it, rivals will have to work together almost as much as they compete if they’re to weather the increasing regulatory pressure on the sector.Memory lane In a rare moment of quiet at the conference last week, the Diary took some time to leaf through a few rival publications. It’s always good to see what the competition’s up to – provided you’re not having a sneaky glance at its work in the press room – and it’s encouraging to see a high standard of journalism across the titles. However one thing did give us cause; in one the CEO on the cover was described as the first woman to be featured there. There’s a certain Stoke-based executive who may beg to differ, especially as she’s been on it twice.That’s your lot. See you next week. iGB Diary: Boycotts and ghetto marketing Tags: Online Gambling
Nestle Nigeria Plc (NESTLE.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the half year.For more information about Nestle Nigeria Plc (NESTLE.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Nestle Nigeria Plc (NESTLE.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Nestle Nigeria Plc (NESTLE.ng) 2015 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileNestle Nigeria Plc is a food manufacturing and marketing company in Nigeria and a subsidiary of the largest food and beverage company in the world. The company produces an extensive range of products for the retail and wholesale sectors. Famous brands in the food category include Maggi, Golden Morn, Nan, Lactogen, Nutrend and Cerelac. Brands in the beverages segment include Milo, Chocomilo, Nescafe, Nestle Pure Life and Nido. The company has an infants’ range which includes an infant formula, Nestle Nan; and infant cereals which includes Nestle Nutrend, Nestle Cerelac and Nestle Golden Morn. Nestle Nigeria also produce and market a brand of still water called Pure Life. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Nestle Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 HOLIDAY HEROES TOY DRIVEOrange County Fire Stations also serve as drop-off locations for the Holiday Heroes Toy Drive. Learn how you can become a holiday hero by visiting www.ocfl.net/holidayheroes. From Orange CountyWhile most firefighters celebrate the holidays with their families and loved ones, many spend the holiday season on call at the Fire Station. In an effort to make the holidays special for them, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs began the Adopt a Fire Station program in 2012 so that neighborhood groups, businesses, and non-profits could recognize and give back to their local Fire Stations during the holidays. Through Adopt a Fire Station, groups can show their appreciation by helping provide holiday meals and volunteering their time at their local Fire Station. Please enter your comment! TAGSAdopt A Fire StationOrange County Fire and Rescue Previous articleIs Genetic Testing Right For You?Next articleChicago Cubs Win! Game 7 Tonight Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR CONTACTNeighborhood Preservation & Revitalization Division450 E. South Street, Third FloorOrlando, FL 32801Contact: Tiana DavisEmail: [email protected]: 407-836-5531 Please enter your name here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here PAST YEARSThis is the fifth year for this event. In 2015, 75 families, organizations, businesses and schools in Orange County adopted 41 stations including several stations in or around Apopka. These groups hosted special activities in November and December for their assigned Fire Stations, including bringing holiday meals and treats and volunteering their time. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. SIGN UP DATESNovember 1st – December 16th
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23 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Wear it pink® day sponsored by Vanish Tagged with: Community fundraising Events Anna Swaby from Vanish comments: “We believe that this is the perfect link for the Vanish brand. We hope the combined impact of the Vanish pink colour and, ‘wear it pink®’, will work together perfectly, to raise valuable funds and heighten awareness of the disease.”Vanish is manufactured by Reckitt Benckiser, the manufacturer of household products such as Dettol and Finish. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 29 October 2003 | News Breast Cancer Campaign’s second annual wear it pink® day on 31 October 2003 will be sponsored by Vanish, the stain removal experts.Wear it pink encourages companies, schools and universities to allow their members to dress in pink for one day. In return for wearing pink, participants are asked to donate two pounds to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign, which funds independent breast cancer research throughout the UK.The first weat it pink day raised a £30,000. This year’s target is £140,000. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Twitter Google+ Twitter The Dail will sit later today to discuss the UK’s decision to leave the EU – and its implications for Ireland.It comes as a FG MEP has warned that any attempt by the EU to raise Ireland’s corporate tax rate will result in us leaving the union – as well.Brian Hayes says corporate tax is a red line issue for the government.The 12.5 per cent rate undercuts other EU countries in seeking foreign direct investment, and Britain had been an ally in fighting tax harmonisation across Europe.Meanwhile, Junior Minister Joe Mc Hugh, who has responsibility for the diaspora, is accompanying President Higgins on a visit to Scotland, and will meet First Minister Nicola Sturgeon this afternoon.The visit has been organised for some time, Minister Mc Hugh says it has now taken on a whole new significance………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/joescotland.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Homepage BannerNews Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Mc Hugh to meet with Scottish First Minister as Brexit fallout continues RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest By admin – June 27, 2016 Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articleHomecoming for Seamus ColemanNext articlePhase 2 of Malin Head works to go to tender admin WhatsApp
Top StoriesIn Complaints Against Police Violence In Jamia, NHRC Recommends SIT Probe To Identify ‘Real Perpetrators Behind Violent Anti-CAA Protest’ Radhika Roy26 Jun 2020 9:38 PMShare This – xThe report also recommended probe by Delhi police on police violence in JamiaDisposing of a bunch of complaints filed against the police violence in Jamia Milia Islamia in December 2019 in the wake of protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019, the National Human Rights Commission recommended a probe by Special Investigation Team of the Delhi police to identify and arrest the “real perpetrators” behind the protests, which were termed violent by it.The…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginDisposing of a bunch of complaints filed against the police violence in Jamia Milia Islamia in December 2019 in the wake of protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019, the National Human Rights Commission recommended a probe by Special Investigation Team of the Delhi police to identify and arrest the “real perpetrators” behind the protests, which were termed violent by it.The human rights body puts blame on the students of the University for holding protests without proper permission from the University. The NHRC observed that the students had come under the influence of outsiders to indulge in unauthorized protests. It stated that the students of Jamia were a part of an “unlawful assembly” and were responsible for instigating the actions of the Delhi Police; they had indulged in destruction of property, both public and private, and therefore, could not avail for themselves the protection under the rights enumerated under Article 19 of the Constitution of India.The Report states that there exist insidious elements which were at work when the protests took place, and that there is a need to uncover these elements. “There is a need to uncover real actors, and motive behind overall protest at Jamia Milia Islamia which seems to be smartly and purportedly organized under disguise of students”, it observed.In the light of such observations, the NHRC recommended :”Government of India to direct Police Commissioner of Delhi to ensure that the SIT of Crime Branch, Delhi Police investigates all the related cases on merits and in a time-bound manner by identifying and arresting the real perpetrators behind this violent protest”No recommendation for independent probe into police violence Seven months after the emergence of CCTV visuals showing police violence, the NHRC recommended the Government of India to direct Police Commissioner of Delhi and Director General of CRPF for RAF to identify members of the force who were seen on CCTV footage damaging CCTV cameras, unnecessarily coming inside the libraries and using tear gas shells inside the close compound of the library.”A suitable action may be taken against them as per rules and provisions that exist in the respective organization”, it said.The complainants had sought for investigation into police excesses by an independent agency monitored by retired judges.The human rights panel also recommended the GNCTD to provide suitable compensation to the injured students who received grievous injuries, on humanitarian grounds.The other key recommendations with respect to police actions are :* Government of India to direct Police Commissioner of Delhi and Director General of CRPF for RAF to ensure that the police force is sensitized and special training modules are carried out to inculcate professionalism in handling such law and order situations;* Government of India to direct Police Commissioner of Delhi to expedite administrative inquiry into alleged atrocities committed by the Police inside the library, and for actions on its findings and recommendations to be taken promptly;* Government of India to advise Police Commissioner of Delhi and other senior officers to improve and set up a robust intelligence gathering system to ensure better preparedness to prevent such incidents in the future. Special steps may be taken to counter rumour mongering and circulation of distorted and false news especially on the social media.Multiple complaints had been registered at NHRC regarding the detention of students and, the use of excessive force in form of lathi-charge and tear gas shells by the Delhi Police during a peaceful protest being conducted by the students of Jamia on 15th December, 2019. The complaints had alleged that students had been grievously injured as the police entered the University, damaged the library, hostel and other public places. Regarding the alleged atrocities committed by the police, the Report states that the police was law-bound to contain the activities in order to maintain law and order. However, it also terms as the use of tear gas shells inside the compound as “irresponsible action of the police” which “could have been avoided”. The report stipulates that the NHRC team, led by Ms. Manzil Saini, SSP, visited the spot and recorded statements, and then came to the following conclusions:Protests were not peaceful as claimed; police was forced to intervene The protests embarked upon by the students of Jamia were conducted without any permission of the University, despite a 2017 notification requiring for such prior permission to be sought in order for any “activity” to be conducted. They were also not “peaceful as they claimed”. A previous “clash” had taken place between the police and the students/local residents on 13th December, however, the police had “succeeded to contain them at Gate No. 1 of the campus. No report/complaint in regard to this incident was made to any authority. The report then states that the students and local residents yet again engaged in violent protests, thereby damaging “various private and Govt. properties and burnt down buses and other vehicles. They also attacked on the police with stones, petrol bomb etc. They blocked the traffic from all sides at Mathura Road, Ashram Chowk. The gathering was declared an ‘unlawful assembly’ by the police.” In this context, the report states the police was “law bound to contain the activities of these unlawful assembly to maintain the law & Order”. It further contends that not only was the protest not peaceful as claimed, but the appeals made by the police, including senior officers, had been ignored by the protestors. However, with regard to the violence which took place inside the premises of the University, specially the library, the report states that the beating was “avoidable” and could be attributed to “irresponsible action of the police”. Failure of the Administration of Jamia Milia Islamia University The Report states that there was abject failure on behalf of the Administration of the University as “they did not try to share any development of discontentment of students with local police and also did not seek any assistance from them”. There was also failure of the Proctorial team who had left their positions at Gate No. 7, when they should have remained there in order to pacify the students and the police. Moreover, it has been stated that, as the campus is divided into two sides of a public road, the students are “prone to mingling with local population” and that the administration needs to come up with a “permanent solution” to tackle this problem. Need to uncover real actors behind protests Freedom of Speech and Expression under Article 19 of the Constitution of India is not absolute. The Report posits that there are “constitutional limitations attached” to freedom of speech/expression and the freedom to assemble peaceably. Judgements of the Supreme Court and High Courts have been referred to in order to assert that reasonable restrictions are applicable on the exercise of the fundamental right under Article 19. “It is well settled in law that law enforcing authorities are the best judge for meeting a situation prevailing in a particular locality based on which appropriate decision is to be taken either to grant permission to conduct meeting or protest or march in a particular place and a particular time.” Further, as Law and Order is a State subject, as submitted in the Report, “it is the duty of the concerned authority to take a final call. Hence, assembly must be peaceful to get benefit of this Article”. In the light of such findings, the NHRC made the following recommendations to the VC and authorities of the University and the MHRD : *Recommends to the VC, Registrar and other authorities of the University to establish a mechanism of better communication with the students’ fraternity “so that they are not influenced by outsiders and local goons or petty politicians. Also, the University management should ensure timely sharing of information and regular liaisoning with local police so that such incidents can be prevented in the future. An SOP may be prepared to deal with such incidents in the future”; *Recommends to the Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India, to look in to the difficulty with regard to division of campus across public road and to sort out the issue amicably to avoid law and order problems in the future. It further recommends them to submit an Action Taken Report on the letter dated 20.12.2019 of the Registrar of the University.Click here to download NHRC ReportRead NHRC Report Next Story
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WILMINGTON, N.C.) — As North Carolina continued to reel in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence making landfall, Gov. Roy Cooper said first responders were working hard to evacuate people near rivers.“This storm is slowly and painfully grinding across our state. Our main worry is water and flooding. With every inch of rain, our rivers rise and we’ll see significant flooding on into next week — could be of historic proportions. … Our No. 1 concern right now is the safety of our people here,” Cooper told ABC News’ David Muir Friday.Cooper said the state was getting forecasts of rivers being higher than they were during Hurricane Matthew in 2016 when North Carolina saw significant flooding across the state.At least five fatalities were reported Friday because of Florence, including a mother and infant. Preliminary reports show more than 30 inches of rain in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, according to the U.S Geological Survey. If confirmed by the National Weather Service, this number would break the state record for rainfall from a tropical cyclone.“We’re seeing potential for flooding in counties that haven’t seen flooding in recent years and we’re looking at 500- to 1000-year rain and flood events here in North Carolina. Our preparation is now having to turn to determination and we’re going to work hard to recover and recover quickly,” Cooper said. “North Carolinians are resilient and we’re going to pull together and get this thing done.”He urged residents not to return to their homes to check the damage to their property.“Stay in place. People are still being rescued in coastal North Carolina. We’ve got a lot of debris, a lot of covered roads, covered with water. (It’s) a dangerous situation here,” Cooper said. “We also are going to have utility companies go out into the field and try to restore power. They’re predicting a potential million to 2.5 million people without power and so that is going to be a painstaking and dangerous process, so I’m telling people to stay where you are. Don’t go back until you get the all-clear.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Samara Heisz/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, JON HAWORTH and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 545,000 people worldwide.Over 11.8 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 3 million diagnosed cases and at least 131,666 deaths.Here is how the news is developing Wednesday. All times Eastern: 12:50 p.m.: NJ now requiring masks in outdoor public spacesIn New Jersey, face coverings are now required in outdoor public spaces when social distancing isn’t practicable, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday.“Requiring masks outdoors is a step I had hoped we would not have to take,” Murphy tweeted, adding, “unfortunately, we’ve been seeing a backslide in compliance.”Face coverings are not required while eating or drinking at an outdoor restaurant, he clarified.Those under 2 years old are exempt.At least 13,476 people in New Jersey have died from COVID-19.11 a.m.: Florida has 41 hospitals with no available bedsAs coronavirus cases surge in Florida, the state had 41 hospitals with no available beds as of Wednesday morning, according to the state’s Agency for Healthcare Administration.Only 15.36% of Florida’s adult ICU beds remain available, the agency said.This comes as Florida reports 9,989 more cases since Tuesday, bringing the state to a total of 223,793 diagnosed cases of the coronavirus.In Miami-Dade County, which includes the city of Miami, the positivity rate has jumped to 21.9%.Osceola County is reporting a positivity rate of 19.5%, while in Hillsborough County, which includes Tampa, the positivity rate stands at 16.4%.Hillsborough County students and staff will be required to wear face masks when they return to school, the superintendent announced Tuesday evening.10:25 a.m.: NYC schools to mix in-person, remote learningWhen New York City restarts school for its 1.1 million public school students, classes will be a mix of in-person and remote learning, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday.Students will learn five days a week and most children will be in school two or three days each week, he said.Schools will be deep-cleaned each night and face coverings will be required, said Richard Carranza, chancellor of the city’s Department of Education.Fewer students will be in each class and teachers can use large spaces, like gyms and cafeterias, to teach, Carranza said.Families can also choose remote learning full-time for their children, the mayor added.“We have to look at this as a challenge, but one that we can also find good in,” de Blasio said.Of those tested for the coronavirus in New York City, 1% are now testing positive, the mayor said Wednesday.9:05 a.m.: Coronavirus crisis expanding in South and SouthwestThe coronavirus crisis is expanding in the South and the Southeast, according to an internal FEMA memo obtained by ABC News. Arizona reported 354 new cases per 100,000 population in the past week, compared to a national average of 100 per 100,000. In California, the highest number of new cases in last three weeks were in Los Angeles, Riverside and Orange counties, representing 51.8% of new cases in the state. Southern California and the Central Valley show high community transmission and the Bay Area is also seeing rising cases. Florida is reporting 261 new cases per 100,000 population in the past week. The highest number of new cases in last three weeks were in Miami-Dade, Hillsborough and Broward Counties. But those counties represented only 37.9% of new cases in the state; increases are occurring broadly across multiple counties, including Orange. In South Carolina, positivity rates are increasing in coastal counties and urban areas. The highest number of new cases over the last three weeks were in Charleston, Horry and Greenville Counties, representing 41.1% of new cases in the state. In Texas, Dallas County Health and Human Services reports that 80% of those in the hospital are essential workers, including health workers, first responders and food service workers.7:21 a.m.: Russia surpasses 700,000 cases of COVID-19Russia confirmed 6,562 new coronavirus infections Wednesday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 700,792.Over the past 24 hours, 173 people have died in the country bringing the total toll to 10,667.A total of 8,631 people recovered over the last 24 hours as well which brings the overall number of recoveries to 472,511.Russia has the fourth highest number of confirmed cases by country in the world behind only the United States, Brazil and India, respectively. Russia has more than double the amount of cases to Peru which currently sits as the fifth worst-affected country in the world.6:33 a.m.: Orlando Magic player tests positive for coronavirus, team official saysOn the same day the Orlando Magic arrived at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex to prepare for the upcoming NBA season restart, officials said one of their players will be temporally benched by the coronavirus.Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman made the announcement during a videoconference with reporters on Tuesday. The unidentified player had previously tested positive during the NBA’s last round of testing that began on June 23.“That player is following protocol and and we’re hoping that he can join us shortly,” Weltman said.The Magic did not say which player had a confirmed COVID-19 case.The league told players that it will not suspend play in the event of several positive cases, but would look into stoppage if an outbreak did occur.5:04 a.m.: Over a dozen contract coronavirus after high school graduationMore than a dozen people who attended a high school graduation in North Carolina have reportedly contracted the novel coronavirus.Officials have identified at least 16 people who tested positive for COVID-19 after attending Marvin Ridge High School’s graduation ceremony on June 24 in Waxhaw, North Carolina, according to a report by Charlotte ABC affiliate WSOC-TV. While some of those people may have been together at other events, officials said, the only common link they all share is the graduation.Officials said anyone who attended the ceremony “needs to take additional precautions when interacting with individuals from our vulnerable population,” and to get tested if they or someone in their home develops symptoms.Board members of the Union County Public Schools had voted in late May to hold in-person graduation ceremonies while practicing social distancing, despite an order from North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper that prohibits them. The Union County Sheriff’s Office said they wouldn’t interfere with the plans to carry out traditional graduations.“As Union County Public Schools held graduations, the district provided clear health and safety guidance for graduates and their guests,” Union County Public Schools told WSOC in a statement Tuesday. “Ceremonies included social distancing protocols, and staff encouraged all attendees to wear face coverings. In addition, hand sanitizer or hand washing stations were available at each stadium.”3:30 a.m.: US sets another record with over 60,000 new cases in a dayMore than 60,000 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in the United States on Tuesday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the first time the United States has reached or crossed the 60,000 threshold of newly diagnosed cases in a 24-hour reporting period.Tuesday’s caseload shattered the country’s previous record set on July 2, when more than 54,000 new cases were identified.The national total currently stands at 2,996,098 diagnosed cases with at least 131,480 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.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 cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 50,000 for the first time last week.Many states have seen a rise in infections in recent weeks, with some — including Arizona, California and Florida — reporting daily records. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesBY: MORGAN WINSOR AND ELLA TORRES, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 679,000 people worldwide.Over 17.6 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 4.5 million diagnosed cases and at least 153,314 deaths.Here is how the news is developing today. All times Eastern.4:33 p.m.: South Africa surpasses 500,000 casesThere are now 503,290 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Africa, according to the country’s Department of Health.There were 10,107 new cases reported and more than 3 million tests have been conducted, the agency said.Deaths also increased, with 148 fatalities in the last 24 hours in the country of some 57 million. The total number of deaths is 8,153.4:19 p.m.: FDA authorizes 1st tests that estimate patient’s antibodiesThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized two new antibody tests capable of estimating the number of antibodies in a person’s blood.The tests, called “semi-quantitative” tests, “may be useful as we continue to learn more about the virus and what the existence of antibodies may mean,” Tim Stenzel, director of the Office of In Vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health at the FDA, said in a statement.Scientists still do not know if, or to what extent, antibodies offer immunity to COVID-19.“Patients should not interpret results as telling them they are immune, or have any level of immunity, from the virus,” Stenzel said.3:54 p.m.: Phillies, Marlins to resume playing next weekThe Philadelphia Phillies are set to resume playing Monday, after several games had been canceled “out of an abundance of caution,” according to the Major Leagues Baseball.The games were canceled because the Phillies had played against the Miami Marlins, a team that experienced numerous COVID-19 positive tests among players and staff.The MLB said the last exposure of Phillies players and staff was on July 26, and no players have tested positive since.Three staff members did test positive, but MLB said it appeared two of those results were false positives.The Miami Marlins also are scheduled to resume playing, Tuesday against the Baltimore Orioles.The players and staff had been in quarantine in Philadelphia since July 26. The Marlins reported no new positive tests results in Friday’s collections, according to MLB.3:20 p.m.: California reports highest daily deathsThe California Department of Public Health reported that 219 people died of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, marking the state’s highest daily death toll.The total number of fatalities is now 9,224, according to the agency. There were also 6,542 new cases, with the 14-day average reaching 8,912.However, hospitalizations and ICU admittances are falling.This week’s positivity rate — 6.5% — was nearly a full point below that of the previous 14 days, 7.3%.Earlier in the day, a tally of total cases by Johns Hopkins showed that cases in the state surpassed 500,000. The California Department of Public Health confirmed that number.1:20 p.m.: House Democrat tests positive after contact with GohmertRep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, has tested positive for COVID-19.Grijalva’s diagnosis comes days after he had close contact with Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, at a committee hearing. Gohmert, who refused to wear a mask, tested positive earlier this week.Grijalva said he’s asymptomatic and will self-isolate.“While I cannot blame anyone directly for this, this week has shown that there are some Members of Congress who fail to take this crisis seriously,” he said in a statement. “Numerous Republican members routinely strut around the Capitol without a mask to selfishly make a political statement at the expense of their colleagues, staff, and their families.”In addition to Grijalva, three House Republicans and several GOP staffers also are self-quarantining after contact with Gohmert.1:06 p.m.: Milwaukee Brewers player opts out for rest of seasonLorenzo Cain, an outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, has chosen not to play for the remainder of the season.“We fully support Lorenzo’s decision, and we will miss his talents on the field and leadership in the clubhouse,” President and General Manager David Stearns said in a statement.The news comes a day after the Brewers’ game against the St. Louis Cardinals was postponed.Cain later issued a statement saying the decision was made after “careful consideration and discussion with my family.”“With all of the uncertainty and unknowns surrounding our game at this time, I feel that this is the best decision for me, my wife, and our three kids,” he said, adding that the team was “very understanding and supportive.”“I wish all of my great teammates the best of luck this season and look forward to getting back on the field in 2021. Please stay safe,” Cain said.11:25 a.m.: Mississippi school district announces positive COVID test in 1st week backA person in the Corinth School District in Mississippi has tested positive for coronavirus, the school district announced.It was the district’s first week back, and the first district in the state to reopen.The district said anyone who had close contact with the person, which was described as within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more, has been notified.Children who need to quarantine will not be allowed to attend school or school activities, but will be required to complete their work.10:57 a.m.: Florida deaths surpass 7,000Deaths in Florida have reached 7,145, after an increase of 179 in the last 24 hours, according to the state’s Department of Health.The number of confirmed cases totaled 480,028, an increase of 9,642.Hospitalizations also rose, by 439 in the last 24 hours.However, there were 7,968 active hospitalizations, which is down significantly from the last two weeks.8:54 a.m.: Ohio State releases pledge students must sign to return to campusThe Ohio State University has released a pledge that all students who want to return to campus must sign as part of their effort to minimize the spread.The pledge — called the Together as Buckeyes Pledge — mandates that students follow the university’s guidelines on social distancing, masks and hygiene tips.It also reads, “I understand that COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus and it is possible to develop and contract the COVID-19 disease even if I follow all of the safety recommendations of the university and comply with the Pledge.”Students cannot return to campus without having signed the pledge.For those who don’t sign, they “would be failing to comply with a legitimate university directive and pursuant to university policies, students, faculty, and staff will be subject to the appropriate accountability measures and disciplinary actions,” the pledge reads.Students will be contacted by the student conduct office and given five days to sign the pledge if they have not done so by the time school begins, according to The Columbus Dispatch. If a student still does not sign the pledge, he or she will only be permitted to take virtual courses, may not schedule a move-in time, may not physically enter any campus or university facility and may not physically participate in any university activity on or off campus, the Dispatch reported.8:30 a.m.: California becomes 1st state to tally over half a million casesCalifornia has become the first U.S. state to tally more than half a million diagnosed cases of COVID-19, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.As of Saturday morning, the Golden State had reported at least 500,556 confirmed cases.Just last month, California surpassed New York as the state with the nation’s highest case count.7:25 a.m.: CDC predicts 168,000 to 182,000 US deaths by Aug. 22The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its website overnight to include the prediction that 168,000 to 182,000 Americans likely would die from COVID-19-related deaths by Aug. 22.According to the CDC, based on data from 32 modeling groups, weekly reports of new COVID-19 deaths may increase over the next month, with 5,000 to 11,000 new deaths reported during the week ending Aug. 22.The CDC’s forecast also predicts that the number of reported new deaths per week may increase over the next four weeks in Alabama, Kentucky, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Tennessee and Washington.6:25 a.m.: India records its highest daily increase in casesIndia reported more than 57,000 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, its steepest spike to date, taking the nationwide count close to 1.7 million.The Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare also reported 764 additional coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total to 36,511.The country of 1.3 billion people has the third-highest number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases in the world, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University. As of Saturday morning, India had a total of 1,695,988 diagnosed cases, of which more than 565,000 are active cases.Over 1 million patients there have recovered so far, according to the latest data from the health ministry.5:31 a.m.: Northeastern University to require all students be tested 3 timesNortheastern University announced Friday that it will require all students arriving at the Boston campus for the fall semester to be tested three times for COVID-19 and then immediately self-quarantine.Students also must be tested two more times, on the third and fifth day after the first test. Those whose initial test comes back negative will be allowed to discontinue their quarantine. After the third test comes back negative, students will be allowed to fully participate in campus activities, such as going to classes, according to Northeastern University.The new measures will apply to every student arriving on campus from all states for the start of the fall semester, whether they live on or off campus.Students living on campus who test positive for the novel coronavirus will be isolated and moved into designated on-campus housing units with their own bathrooms. Food will be delivered to the students there, and case managers and clinical support will be made available on a daily basis, according to the university.4:07 a.m.: US reports over 67,000 new cases as total tops 4.5 millionJust over 67,000 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in the United States on Friday, bringing the nationwide count soaring past 4.5 million, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.The latest daily caseload is under the country’s record set on July 16, when more than 77,000 new cases were identified in a 24-hour reporting period.A total of 4,562,171 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 153,314 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.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 and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July.Many states have seen a rise in infections in recent weeks, with some — including Arizona, California and Florida — reporting daily records.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.