Better Than Expected Yields a Common Harvest Theme

first_img Facebook Twitter Better Than Expected Yields a Common Harvest Theme A little bit of rain in Montgomery County Tuesday didn’t slow David Virgin from making more progress in both his corn and soybean fields. Harvest is well underway on his farm, and at about 900 acres complete he is a fourth of the way through.Virgin is like a lot of farmers we’ve heard from recently. Yields are better than expected.“Beans, going across the field, for us they’re running anywhere from 20 bushels to 80 in the good ground. But as of right now my field averages have been 41 on the low side for me and we had a 54 the other day, and it’s everything in between on soybeans.”The corn yield highs and lows have gone all the way from 30 to 195 bushels per acre, but the field averages are definitely acceptable.“Field averages as of right now, I took off a 156 yesterday and about a 140 on one, and about 130 on the other, so I haven’t hit a homerun on corn yet, but we’re very pleased with where we’re at.”About a month ago he told HAT that some timely rains were likely to help soybeans, and it looks like that has indeed materialized.“The group 3’s and later beans, we’re in those now, our yields have picked up on those. It’s also presented a cutting problem for us because I think the darn beans were about dead about 3 weeks ago, and now they’re re-hydrated and we’ve still got 13 percent beans going to the elevator with a lot of butter beans. So that’s been a challenge but we’re getting through it.”Moisture in the corn has gone from 23 percent when Virgin started harvest to about 18-20 now. In his part of Indiana only minimal cases of aflatoxin have been reported, and so far there has been none on his farm.In northern Indiana commodity trader and farmer Katie Darr reports more “better than we expected” comments.“We were in a pretty hard hit area here in northern Indiana and it’s nothing in a normal year that we would be excited about,” she said. “But for this year it’s just better than we expected and a lot of the customers I have talked to have been happy as well, both corn and beans.”Hear more from David Virgin in the HAT Field Update at the Agronomy page, sponsored by Advanced Ag Solutions.[audio:|titles=Montgomery County harvest well underway]Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: RSS SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Better Than Expected Yields a Common Harvest Theme SHARE Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Sep 25, 2012 Previous articleMontgomery County Harvest UpdateNext articleDuPont Pioneer Advancing New Soybean Varieties for 2013 Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Former Frog in World Series

first_imgChicago Cubs’ Jake Arrieta throws during the second inning of Game 3 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Kramer claims 100th career win Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award TAGSphotos Kacey is a junior journalism major from Friendswood, Texas. She is a managing editor for TCU360. Kacey Bowen + posts Facebook Kacey Bowen Kacey Bowen ReddIt TCU falls to Georgia in AutoZone Liberty Bowl TCU vs Georgia: “Playing to win” printTCU fans will see a familiar face when the Chicago Cubs take on the Cleveland Indians in the World Series.Former TCU baseball pitcher Jake Arrieta is stepping onto the biggest stage in baseball. TCU head baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle said he’s proud of what Arrieta has accomplished. “We’re fired up for Jake,” he said. “Always are.”Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta delivers in the second inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Having Arrietta play on such a large stage is not just an incredible opportunity for him, but for TCU’s baseball program, Schlossnagle said. He said having a player at that level gives the program more exposure. “It proves that if you can get to TCU and follow the path,” Schlossnagle said. “Being a successful major league player is in your reach.” While working with Arrieta through the years, Schlossnagle said he saw the potential he held and knew if he stayed healthy, he was going to have success. “He was a joy to coach and I knew he had greatness in him,” Schlossnagle said. Not forgetting where his roots are, Arrieta comes back and spends time with pitchers, “talking pitching in casual conversation,” Schlossnagle said. “It’s his favorite thing to do,” he said.Arrieta will be the third TCU player in 4 years to make the World Series. Matt Carpenter played for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013, while Brandon Finnegan threw for the Kansas City Royals in 2014.Schlossnagle said even though he has his own team to coach and the Texas Tech game is this weekend, he is going to try to make it out there to watch and cheer on his former player. “I’m trying to get up there for Sunday if possible,” he said. “I’ll be flying that W every chance I get.”Game 1 of the World Series is set for Wednesday night at 7:08 p.m. It will be televised on FOX. center_img Support for seniors on Senior Day Kacey Bowen Twitter Facebook Twitter Linkedin Linkedin Previous articleProfiling the disease behind the gluten-free dietNext articleWhere and how to vote early Kacey Bowen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kacey Bowen TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks ReddIt TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

Peter McVery Trust is to expand its Housing First Work to…

first_imgNewsLocal NewsPeter McVery Trust is to expand its Housing First Work to LimerickBy Staff Reporter – February 6, 2018 2177 Print Advertisement Covid crisis impacts building of new homes in Limerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleUniversity Hospital Limerick implements strict visitor restrictionsNext articleColáiste Chiaráin to introduce coding as a subject Staff Reporter Linkedin TAGShomelessHousingHousing first workPat DoylePeter Mc Verry Trust Peter McVerry Trust chief executive Pat DoylePeter McVerry Trust, the national housing and homeless charity, has announced plans to expand its own Housing First work to Limerick in 2018.The charity, which was an early adopter of the internationally recognised approach to ending homelessness, is set to expand its delivery of the model outside of Dublin to include counties Kildare and Limerick.Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust, said “In 2018 the charity will mark 35 years in existence and to coincide that occasion we will expand our flagship Housing First programme by a further 35 individuals. This means the programme will expand from 25 to 60 participants. As part of the expansion we will deliver new small-scale interventions in counties Limerick and Kildare. We hope that by the end of 2018 we will have a cohort of 10 individuals in Limerick and a further 8 in Kildare.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mr Doyle said that Peter McVerry Trust is targeting a number of specific groups through its Housing First work. “We are currently focused on people who are long-term users of homeless services. However, our plan now is to target other specific groups, such as those exiting State care and other institutions including hospitals and prisons. Our work with Dr Tsemberis will be critical in achieving successful interventions in these cases.”Concluding, Mr Doyle said, “Our goal will be to work closely with the new National Director of Housing First as well as our partners in the Dublin Region Homeless Executive, Kildare County Council and Limerick City and County Councils. A partnership approach is essential to the success of the Housing First model, as it will ensure that we deliver the best outcomes for the individuals who will benefit from this newly expanded programme. The partnership approach has worked well to date with the Dublin Region Homeless Executive Focus Ireland – Peter McVerry Trust Housing First project in Dublin, which has delivered over 176 tenancies since late 2014.”More local news here.center_img Students warned of rental scams in Limerick Peter McVerry Trust Announces Major New Construction Programme Mortgage payment break for local authority home loan borrowers will be extended by a further three months Limerick city house prices rise 4.9% as time to sell falls Email Limerick county house prices to rise 5% in 2021 Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

Rosewood Private Investments Announces SES’ Acquisition of Hydro Technology

first_img Facebook Twitter TAGS  Previous articleHow to choose the best face maskNext articleKatie Eyestone, Kathleen Fairall, and Vanessa Watson Join Elligo Health Research Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 17, 2021– Superior Environmental Solutions, LLC (“SES”), a portfolio company of Rosewood Private Investments (“RPI” or “Rosewood”), is pleased to announce the acquisition of Hydro Technology, Inc. (“Hydro Technology”). Hydro Technology, headquartered in Dundee, Michigan, is a provider of industrial and environmental cleaning services such as water blasting, abrasive cleaning, emergency response and waste management. The company operates out of five facilities in Michigan and Ohio. SES is a leading supplier of industrial cleaning, environmental emergency response and waste transportation, disposal, and recycling services across a range of end markets including heavy industrial, food & beverage, manufacturing, power & utility, and chemicals. The company is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently employs approximately 450 individuals across 15 branch facilities in the mid-west and southeastern United States. “Hydro Technology brings us an outstanding combination of talented people and valuable assets that substantially expand our capabilities in both environmental and industrial services,” Dean Wallace, CEO of SES, said. “Our shared mission, values and commitment to customer service and safety will position us for continued success and growth in the future.” “Rosewood is excited about the addition of Hydro Technology to the SES family. The team at SES has built an excellent business which Hydro Technology’s exceptional reputation and quality of service will further bolster. We are proud of what the team continues to accomplish at SES,” said Derry Burns, Director of RPI. About Rosewood Private Investments Rosewood has a long history of investing in and creating value within numerous industries. RPI’s approach to working with operating partners to strategically grow companies through acquisitions and organic means has proven successful for all stakeholders. Our current holdings are focused on industrial services, fire & life safety services, IT services, nutrition and wellness, and manufacturing technologies. In addition to these areas, we are pursuing new platforms in specialty chemicals, transportation & logistics, and outsourced business services, among others. We welcome any information about investment opportunities within these verticals. Visit to learn more. View source version on CONTACT: Derry Burns, Director (214) 849-9047 [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA TEXAS INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES ENVIRONMENT FINANCE SOURCE: Rosewood Private Investments Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/17/2021 10:00 AM/DISC: 02/17/2021 10:01 AM Local NewsBusiness By Digital AIM Web Support – February 17, 2021 Rosewood Private Investments Announces SES’ Acquisition of Hydro Technology Facebook WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

Tiny Homes Could Help the Homeless

first_img  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tiny Homes Could Help the Homeless Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Related Articles Share Save Previous: Improving FHA Foreclosure Processes Next: California Bill Would Allow More Housing Near Transit Stops About Author: David Wharton Tagged with: Homelessness tiny homes Veteran Homelessness Veterans Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Tiny Homes Could Help the Homeless Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, Journal, News Homelessness tiny homes Veteran Homelessness Veterans 2018-03-03 David Wharton Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Earlier this year, HUD Secretary Ben Carson announced an award of $2 billion in support of thousands of local housing and service programs across the U.S. This year’s installment of the annual HUD Continuum of Care grants will assist more than 7,300 local programs working to house and serve individuals and families experiencing homelessness in their communities. But even as communities around the nation struggle to figure out how to tackle the difficult problem of homelessness, one trend has been grabbing headlines by thinking small. Could tiny houses be just the thing to help the homeless get back on their feet?Several American communities are experimenting with “tiny home” programs to help relieve homelessness. As reported by CNN, the nonprofit Veterans Community Project (VCP) is working with Kansas City leadership to create a small community of tiny homes designed specifically to get homeless veterans off the streets. The Veterans Community Project has so far built 13 tiny homes, working to provide alternatives to the often-overcrowded local shelters that were leaving some veterans without a place to sleep at night. The tiny homes are fully up to code homes that are less than 300 square feet—designed as transitional housing for veterans on the way to more permanent homes.VCP co-founder Brandon Mixon told CNN, “We’re pulling these guys out of the trenches in their battle and saving their lives because they would have done the exact same for us. They could have been that guy that saved my life in Afghanistan or pulled me to safety.”San Jose, California, is also experimenting with a “tiny homes” program for the homeless—or trying to, at least. The city’s housing department has recently been holding meetings to discuss moving forward on a tiny-homes community consisting of around “40 prefabricated sleeping units” for homeless residents who qualify for assistance but have not yet found a permanent place to live.Addressing local residents’ safety concerns about the proposed tiny-homes community, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said, “We’ve got to get beyond the notion that it’s somebody else’s problem because the reality is the homeless are in all of our neighborhoods and they’re living with us. They’re part of our community. The only question is whether they’re going to house them.”Similar “tiny-homes for the homeless” projects are unfolding in communities around the country, including The Block Project in Seattle, Washington.The National Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty says that more than 3.5 million people are homeless or under-sheltered each year in America, a total which includes as many as 1.35 million children. Moreover, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, U.S. communities would need as many as 7 million more affordable living spaces to meet current homeless and low-income needs. Tiny homes won’t totally solve the problem, but it could be one more effective tool in the fight to relieve homelessness in America. March 3, 2018 24,029 Views last_img read more

HIQA inspection still outstanding for Seaview House

first_imgThere are calls for the HSE to urgently proceed with the inspection of Seaview Respite Centre, Mountcharles in order for the service to become operational again without any further delay.The centre had been due to open on January 14th and while it has been transferred to Rehabcare, staff are awaiting a HIQA inspection in order for registration to proceed.To date the facility is still closed with no date prospective issued to families by the HSE.Thomas Pringle says the crisis in respite provision in South Donegal must end once and for all:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp By News Highland – January 24, 2020 Twitter Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp HIQA inspection still outstanding for Seaview House Previous articleCalls on candidates to value & respect diversity in DonegalNext articleHikers rescued from Donegal Mountain after 10 hour operation News Highland Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Google+ Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

Outrage after Inishowen residents wait hours for ambulance

first_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleMajor talks in Brussels break down over Irish border issueNext article24 people awaiting admission to LUH News Highland Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Outrage after Inishowen residents wait hours for ambulancecenter_img Serious concern has been raised once again over ambulance response times in Inishowen after a number of recent cases relating to significant delays have been highlighted. In late August it’s been claimed that a man with a suspected stroke had to wait over two hours before an ambulance came to his aid.It later emerged that the ambulance travelled from Donegal Town to Malin to tend to the man.Meanwhile on Friday, it’s reported that an ambulance took an hour and 20 minutes to assist an elderly woman living in Carndonagh – it’s understood that that ambulance came from Glenties.Cllr Martin McDermott has requested further information from the Director of the National Ambulance Service relating to similar instances over the weekend.He says these issues will keep on happening unless a second ambulance crew is deployed to the peninsula:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Pinterest Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – October 15, 2018 Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th last_img read more

Road at Tieveban, Burnfoot reopens after early morning crash

first_img Twitter By News Highland – December 15, 2017 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Gardai have advised that the road at Tieveban, Burnfoot has reopened following a serious collision in the early hours of this morning.A 22 year old man was rushed to hospital after the 4×4 vehicle he was driving hit a stone wall.Gardai are continuing their investigations, and witnesses, or anyone who was on that stretch of road between 2.50am and 3.20am this morning are asked to contact Buncrana Garda station on 074 9320540 or any Garda station. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Road at Tieveban, Burnfoot reopens after early morning crash Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Homepage BannerNews Previous articleGovernment continues to fail Donegal schools – Deputy DohertyNext articleJudge says Donegal man ‘went out in a blaze of glory’ News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebooklast_img read more

Gardai uncover substantial amount of cocaine in St Johnston

first_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous articleValuable items stolen in Letterkenny burglaryNext articleTeen viciously assaulted after Junior disco in Letterkenny News Highland Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Pinterest WhatsApp Gardai have confirmed that five thousand euro worth of cocaine has been uncovered during a search of a car in the St Johnston area. The drugs were discovered by Gardai carrying out a routine traffic stop yesterday evening.The driver initially tested positive for driving under the influence of drugs with Gardai subsequently conducting a search of the car and found a package.The package has been sent for analysis but at this stage Gardai believe it be a substantial amount of cocaine.The driver was arrested, charged and is to appear before the courts. Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ Facebookcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme By News Highland – February 18, 2020 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Gardai uncover substantial amount of cocaine in St Johnston Google+ Facebooklast_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: 627 die in Italy in 24 hours

first_imgAt @realDonaldTrump’s direction, we are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.— Steven Mnuchin (@stevenmnuchin1) March 20, 2020 1:55 p.m.: Indiana becomes 7th state to postpone presidential primaryIndiana is now the 7th state to postpone its presidential primary due to the pandemic.Gov. Eric Holcomb said Friday that Indiana will reschedule the primary to June 2 after reaching an agreement with the chairs of the respective state parties.Connecticut, Louisiana, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio and Maryland as well as Puerto Rico have all moved their primaries.1:30 p.m.: Italy’s death toll skyrocketsItaly’s death toll is continuing to rise, with 627 people losing their lives to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.The hard-hit nation’s death toll now stands at 4,032.Italy has the highest death rate among all countries, followed by China, Iran and Spain.12:33 p.m.: Coronavirus appears to be twice as deadly for men, trend showsA “concerning trend” from Italy is showing that “mortality in males seems to be twice in every age group of females,” White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said at a briefing Friday.Birx also addressed the danger to children with medical conditions, saying, “We don’t know the level of risks.”“There just is not enough numbers at this time to tell them if they’re at additional risks in the same way adults are,” she said. Birx underscored that all age groups are not immune from the virus.With so many schools closed across the country, the Department of Education won’t enforce standardized testing requirements for elementary schoolers through high schoolers for this year, President Donald Trump said at a Friday briefing.Student loan payments will also be suspended without penalty “for at least the next 60 days, and if we need more, we will extend that period,” Trump said.12:07 p.m.: 199 deaths in Spain in 24 hoursCOVID-19 is surging in Spain, where there were 199 deaths within 24 hours. Spain has now lost 1,002 people to the virus. The country has 19,980 diagnosed coronavirus cases, including 1,141 people in intensive care units. The number of cases in Spain has now surpassed Irans latest figures to become the third-highest in the world, behind Italy and China.11:25 a.m.: 100% of New York workforce must stay homeNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered that 100% of the state’s workforce stay home except for essential services.“Only essential businesses can have workers commuting to the job or on the job,” Cuomo said, stressing that this rule “will be enforced.”How to avoid panicking in coping with coronavirus outbreakEveryone else must “remain indoors to the greatest extent” possible, he said.“This is the most drastic action we can take,” Cuomo said.Thirty-five people have died in New York from COVID-19, the governor said.There are 7,102 people diagnosed with coronavirus in New York state, nearly 6,000 more cases than in Washington and California. Cuomo said that’s because New York is doing more tests per capita, including 10,000 tests Thursday night.The governor urged citizens not to take public transit except if urgent and absolutely necessary.Cuomo also issued a moratorium on residential and commercial evictions for 90 days.Cuomo said he spoke to some residents who have been in quarantine.“Most of all, they would all talk about the sense of isolation … not having human contact and how difficult that was,” he noted.The governor got personal about conversations with his own daughter, who is among those in isolation.“I had some of the best conversations with her that I have ever had,” Cuomo said. “She was alone for two weeks with her own thoughts, not talking to anyone else, no noise, no activity. And we talked about things in depth that we didn’t have time to talk about in the past, or we didn’t have the courage or the strength to talk about in the past. Feelings that I had about mistakes that I had made along the way that I wanted to express my regret and talk through with her.”10:15 a.m.: Tax Day pushed back to July 15Tax Day will be pushed back from April 15 to July 15, giving more Americans time to file and make payments without interest or penalties, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tweeted. 9:48 a.m.: Longtime NBC News employee dies from coronavirusA longtime NBC News employee has died from coronavirus, leaving behind his wife and two sons, NBC News Chairman Andy Lack said.Larry Edgeworth most recently worked in an equipment room at NBC News’ New York headquarters. He previously spent 25 years as an NBC News audio technician and he traveled around the world with producers and correspondents, Lack said. mrtom-uk/iStock(NEW YORK) — The novel coronavirus pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 10,400 people worldwide, mostly in Italy and China.The new respiratory virus, known officially as COVID-19, has reached every continent except Antarctica as well as every European country since emerging in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December.There are more than 255,000 diagnosed cases globally, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Italy has the highest death rate among all countries.There are 14,631 diagnosed cases in the U.S., spanning all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. At least 217 people have died in the U.S., according to ABC News’ count. Here’s how the news is unfolding Friday. All times Eastern: The man on the left is Larry Edgeworth. I met him as the sound tech on our team that covered the Romney campaign in 2012. He called me “slim,” and helped me put together my first resume tape. He was SO proud of his kids. He was hilarious. Yesterday he lost his fight with COVID-19— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) March 20, 2020Edgeworth suffered from health issues, his wife said.7:35 a.m. ‘None of us have the adequate infrastructure for this,’ Los Angeles mayor warnsA day after ordering all residents to stay inside their homes unless absolutely necessary in a bid to control the spread of the novel coronavirus, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told ABC News that he took the measure with both “a very heavy heart” and “a very clear mind.”“None of us have the adequate infrastructure for this, and our best shot is to push this out” Garcetti said in an interview Friday on Good Morning America.“These are acts of love for the people and the precious lives that we want to protect,” he added. “The longer that you wait, the worse it’s going to be by the time you react.”Garcetti noted there were lessons learned from the Spanish flu, a deadly influenza pandemic that infected about a quarter of the world’s population from the start of 1918 through the end of 1920.“These things we saw in 1918,” he said. “The cities that acted quickly were able to protect more people, and those that didn’t were devastated.”Meanwhile, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday night extended the stay-at-home order statewide to nearly 40 million residents. The governor warned that the state projects 56% of California’s population could contract the virus over the next eight weeks.7:15 a.m. Andrew Yang’s nonprofit to distribute over $1 million to families impacted by virusAndrew Yang’s new nonprofit announced Friday that it will spend more than $1 million helping working families impacted by the novel coronavirus outbreak in the New York area and across the country.Humanity Forward, which Yang founded after ending his 2020 Democratic bid for president, will start by sending $1,000 to 500 working poor households in New York City’s Bronx neighborhood within the next two weeks.“The coronavirus outbreak has absolutely devastated local economic activity, and working families are feeling it most,” Yang said in a statement announcing the initiative. “Many feel like they don’t have money for groceries or rent, even as their child’s school shuts down. Our goal is to get money into their hands as quickly as possible so they can focus on keeping themselves and their families healthy. This is exactly what our government should do, and we are doing it now so that families can get relief as quickly as possible.”6:21 a.m. Cases rise in AfricaSouth Africa’s health minister announced Friday that the country had recorded 52 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the national total to 202.Africa’s most industrialized economy has the highest number of confirmed cases of the virus in sub-Saharan Africa. Egypt has the highest total on the larger African continent, with 256 diagnosed cases.The region has seen a significant increase in COVID-19 infections recently, although there are still fewer diagnosed cases there than in other parts of the world.More than 800 cases have been diagnosed in at least 34 nations on the African continent as of Friday morning, compared with 147 cases just a week ago. At least 12 of those countries are now experiencing local transmission of the virus.“The rapid evolution of COVID-19 in Africa is deeply worrisome and a clear signal for action,” Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization’s regional director for Africa, said in a statement Thursday. “But we can still change the course of this pandemic. Governments must draw on all of their resources and capabilities and strengthen their response.”5:30 a.m. Hong Kong reports spike in new casesHong Kong recorded 48 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, according to the government’s website.It’s the largest daily tally since COVID-19 testing began in the semi-autonomous Chinese city, according to local media.The news comes after the Chinese mainland reported no new domestic transmissions of the virus for two straight days — a major milestone in the country’s fight against the epidemic.4:18 a.m. Quarantined cruise ship passengers reportedly refuse testsA majority of passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship who are quarantined at a U.S. Air Force base in California are refusing to be tested for the novel coronavirus, according to a report from San Francisco ABC station KGO-TV.The cruise ship was granted permission to dock in California’s port of Oakland on March 9, after 21 people on board tested positive for COVID-19. All those infected were first transported to local hospitals, then all remaining passengers gradually disembarked over several days. Foreigners were repatriated on charter flights, while U.S. citizens were taken to designated sites for a 14-day quarantine. Crew members who weren’t sick stayed on board to complete their 14-day quarantine.That quarantine period ends next week and passengers are eager to go home, which is apparently why many of them are refusing to be tested.Only 300 passengers quarantined at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, have agreed to be tested, while the remaining 545 have declined, according to KGO. They were reportedly told that they are not required to be tested.“We didn’t know for sure when we would get the results,” Carmen Kilcullen, 86, of Northern California, told KGO by telephone Thursday. “In case results came in later, we’d have to stay.”3:00 a.m. China exonerates whistleblower doctor who warned of virusIn a highly unusual move, Chinese authorities have exonerated a doctor who was officially reprimanded for warning his colleagues about the novel coronavirus and later died from the disease.The city of Wuhan’s public security bureau said in a statement late Thursday that it would revoke the reprimand issued to Dr. Li Wenliang, accusing him of spreading rumors, according to Chinese state television. Wuhan’s police department also made an official apology to Li’s family, citing “inappropriate handling on the matter,” state TV reported.Li, a 34-year-old ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, was detained by police in early January after trying to warn fellow doctors and medical students about the virus in a social media group. Li became infected and died from COVID-19 on Feb. 7.Li’s death sparked outrage in China where citizens took to social media to vent their frustrations over the government’s handling of the epidemic and portraying the doctor as a martyr of the crisis.An investigation team from the state supervision authority determined that police had “issued improper instructions” and followed “improper law enforcement procedure,” according to a report released Thursday evening by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the ruling Communist Party’s top disciplinary body.Li’s family has also received compensation in the wake of his death, according to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection’s report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more