Neimeth International Pharmaceutical Plc (NEIMET.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Pharmaceuticals sector has released it’s 2003 annual report.For more information about Neimeth International Pharmaceutical Plc (NEIMET.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Neimeth International Pharmaceutical Plc (NEIMET.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Neimeth International Pharmaceutical Plc (NEIMET.ng) 2003 annual report.Company ProfileNeimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc manufactures and markets a range of Pfizer pharmaceutical and animal health products in Nigeria. The company has one of the most modern pharmaceutical manufacturing plants in West Africa located in Oregun, Lagos. Products in its ethical range include the flagship product CIKLAVIT for the treatment of sickle disease; and Normoretic, Flexodene and Tiocosid. Products in its consumer range include well-known brands such as NCP, Pyrantin, Obron-6, Homtamin G and Pancemol. Products in its animal health care and veterinary range treatments for diseases in poultry and cattle. Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals has business interests in Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Gambia. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Chellarams Plc (CHELLA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2010 abridged results.For more information about Chellarams Plc (CHELLA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Chellarams Plc (CHELLA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Chellarams Plc (CHELLA.ng) 2010 abridged results.Company ProfileChellarams Plc is an investment holding company in Nigeria with business interests in manufacturing, retail, distribution, marketing and power generation. The company has been in operation for almost 90 years and is a leader in its field of manufacturing and distributing industrial raw materials and consumer goods. Its product portfolio ranges from industrial chemicals and machinery to ingredients for food manufacturers, frozen foods, bicycles and electronics. Chellarams Plc operates through three subsidiary companies: Chelltek Industries Limited, Dynamic Industries Limited and United Technical & Allied Services Limited. It is in a joint partnership with American Express Travel Services, Devyani International (Nigeria) Limited, Isolo Power Gen Limited and Woolworths Retail Stores Limited. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Chellarams Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
3 FTSE 100 investing strategies I’d use now to ensure great returns 2020 will go down as a watershed year in investing history. The stock market crash was the first of its kind since the financial crisis of 2008. But there’s more than just that. I think there are at least three basic investing lessons to learn from it to ensure great returns on our FTSE 100 investments.#1. Don’t just depend on FTSE 100 income stocksThe year has been a big blow to income investors. Some of the most dependable dividend yielders, like the oil stocks BP and Royal Dutch Shell, have had to cut back. 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Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter From the Orange County Public Information OfficeOrange County Accepting Proposals through August 5thfor its Annual Outdoor Sculpture ExhibitionArtists are invited to submit work for the fourth annual Sculpture on the Lawn exhibition, an outdoor display featured at the entrance to the Orange County Administration Center (201 S. Rosalind Ave.) in the heart of downtown Orlando, Florida, where the works are visible to approximately 10,000 people daily.Sculpture on the Lawn is open to experienced professional sculptors as well as students and emerging artists who specialize in the design, construction, and installation of outdoor sculptures. Up to four sculptures will be selected for display from October 2018 to September 2019. One of the sculptures will be selected from a student or emerging artist, if suitable.New this year: The theme of “Diversitastic!” has been added to this year’s exhibition. We welcome large-scale sculptures that celebrate diversity in our communities and the interweaving of different backgrounds, cultures, and religions.The “Diversitastic!” theme supports the inaugural FusionFest (fusionfest.org), November 24 and 25, 2018, a free, two-day celebration in downtown Orlando, supported by Orange County Government.Deadline: Applications, resumes, images and other materials must be submitted electronically by midnight, Sunday, August 5, 2018, to www.callforentry.org.Selection Criteria: The three main considerations are creativity, site appropriateness, and durability.Artist Responsibilities: Selected artists must transport the artwork to the site on the specified date and install it with minimal assistance, then remove the artwork after the exhibition.Sites and Safety: While artistic quality is very important, works will be reviewed for durability, safety, and appropriateness to the site. Artworks must be structurally sound and able to withstand an outdoor environment in a largely unsupervised area that is not protected from weather or curious viewers. Orlando has a subtropical climate that is hot and humid with intense sun and seasonal heavy rains and hurricane-force winds. Avoiding potential problems such as deteriorating rust and fading should be considered.Installation: Orange County provides 12-by-12-foot concrete pads. Sculptures must be firmly secured to the pads.Selection Panel: Members of the Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs Public Art Review Board will make the selections.Honorarium: Each artist will be awarded $3,500 as a fee for the annual loan of his or her artwork and to help offset any necessary transportation, installation and housing costs. No other compensation will be provided. A payment of $3,000 will be made upon installation and $500 will be paid upon removal.Insurance: Orange County will insure the artwork up to its stated value or $50,000, whichever is less, for theft or major vandalism. The artist will be responsible for any repairs needed due to fabrication defects or reasonable wear and tear of the object in a public location.Size: There is a 6-foot minimum height preference. The sky is the limit for the maximum height.Sales: Sales of the works will be encouraged and promoted. Any sales inquiries will be forwarded to the artist or designated agent. No commission will be charged. Sculptures must remain on site until September 2019.Applications: Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs uses CaFÉ for its public art selection process. The full application can be found at www.callforentry.org. There is no charge for artists to register with CaFÉ or submit an application.Important notes: Make sure to indicate if you are a student or emerging artist.Images of finished works or conceptual drawings can be submitted. If it is not a finished work, artists need to provide information to assure the Selection Panel of what it will look like and that it will be completed and installed as designed.Timeline:Proposals due: August 5, 2018, midnightNotification of acceptance: August 10, 2018Installation timeframe: October 1 to 12, 2018Sculpture on the Lawn Opening Celebration:October 19, 2018, 5:30-7:30 p.m.Sculpture removal: October 1 to 11, 2019Email questions to: [email protected] Or call 407-836-5540.Orange County Government strives to serve its citizens and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness, and professionalism. 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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis “Over the years, as event organisers, we have found that cyclists are generous in spirit and always willing to use events to raise money for either their favourite charity or an event’s official charity. Many people taking part in this year’s events were also doing so for the first time; so it’s not just the serious cyclists that are raising money but those new to cycling.”Mark said that the recent event: the Right to Play Edinburgh to London Bike Ride – involving 100 cyclists riding 540 miles from the Scottish capital to the English capital over six days, staying in halls of residences each night and riding up to 90 miles a day – raised almost £90,000 for the charity Right to Play.The money raised will help protect 6,700 children in developing countries from AIDS, malaria and war. Right to Play uses sport and play to provide basic education to 720,000 children in 23 countries every week and to give children the life skills and confidence necessary to make the most of their lives.Pennine Events specialises in organising sports, leisure, and health events, for councils, charities, health authorities and private companies, across the country. It regularly organises events for British Cycling, the UK’s governing body for cycle road racing and it also organises corporate events along with tourism-related and health and promotion events.For further information about Pennine Events, please visit www.pennineevents.co.uk or ring 01695 682 020.-ENDS-Date: 19th October 2009Issued by Red Flame Marketing on behalf of Pennine Events Limited.For further information, please contact Richard Boyd at Red Flame Marketing on 0161 212 1113 or 07792 819 059. 19 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Events Cyclists raise more than £500,000 for charity Howard Lake | 19 October 2009 | News Cyclists have raised more than half a million pounds for charity from a number of cycling events organized by Pennine Events over the last 12 months.Several hundred cyclists taking part in events such as Right to Play, Pedal for Scotland, Pedal It Pink, Liverpool Chester Liverpool Bike Ride, and Under and Over the Mersey have raised the money for charities such as Barnardo’s and Breast Cancer Campaign, along with a number of local hospices.Mark Sandamas, Director of Pennine Events, which organised all of the events, said: “This is an amazing amount of money that cyclists have raised collectively for numerous charities and hospices across the country over the last year. It just shows that lots of people doing their bit for charity can add up to a significant amount and really help these charities in their very worthwhile work.” 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.
News News News International Anti-Corruption Day Organisation Follow the news on Middle East – North Africa June 9, 2021 Find out more to go further On International Anti-Corruption Day (9 December), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is highlighting the important role that journalists play in exposing scandals, sometimes at the highest government level, and the grave dangers to which this exposes them. RSF_en Help by sharing this information SingaporeMalaysiaKazakhstanLuxembourgMexicoTurkeyRussiaVenezuelaAngolaPanamaMiddle East – North Africa Asia – PacificEurope – Central AsiaAmericasAfrica Condemning abuses Corruption June 3, 2021 Find out more In countries where it is endemic, corruption is often one of the biggest taboos for journalists and the most dangerous story to cover. Nonetheless, in both rich and poor countries, journalists are usually on the front line of anti-corruption efforts, paying a high price for investigative reporting that helps to prevent corruption from undermining democracy and fuelling human rights violations.“Wars, political and economic crises and authoritarian excesses are the main factors that favour corruption,” RSF editor-in-chief Virginie Dangles said. “In countries such as Turkey, Eritrea, Somalia, Mexico, Russia, Malaysia and Iran, this curse often choses its victims in the ranks of journalists and citizen journalists. We call for more protection for media and journalists who, by combatting corruption, defend the very foundations of democracy and the rule of law.”Dangers of covering corruptionMarcos Hernández Bautista, a 38-year-old Mexican journalist working for the Noticias Voz e Imágen newspaper, was gunned down near San Andrés Huaxpaltepec in the state of Oaxaca on 21 January after writing articles that had touched on the “interests of bosses in the region.”Not all investigative journalists risk their lives, but many of them are exposed to judicial reprisals designed to gag them. Hundreds of Turkish media representatives continued to be prosecuted in 2016 for exposing or referring to alleged corruption by those close to former Prime Minister and now President Erdogan.Alexander Sokolov, a reporter for the RBC news agency who specialized in investigating large-scale corruption, is now a symbol of the persecution of those who dare to shed light on such abuses in Russia.After being held for 15 months, he was finally brought before a Moscow court on 9 November on a charge of “organizing a terrorist group” (which is punishable by up to eight years in jail) because he carried out a detailed investigation into the embezzlement of 93 billion roubles (1.27 billion euros) in public funds in the construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome in eastern Siberia.The Russian authorities often target overly curious journalists such as Sergei Reznik, who repeatedly exposed corruption by the local elite in the southwestern city of Rostov-on-Don until his arrest in 2014.Defamation suits rain on journalists who draw attention to conflicts of interest and collusion between the state and private sector. David Natera Febres, the editor of the Correo del Caroni newspaper in Bolívar state, in southeastern Venezuela, was sentenced to four years in prison on a criminal defamation charge on 11 March 2016 for his coverage in 2013 of a case of alleged corruption and extortion involving army officers and the state-owned Ferrominera Orinoco company.In Angola, journalist Rafael Marques de Morais was given a suspended six-month jail sentence on 28 May 2015 on a criminal libel charge for exposing grave human rights violations and corruption in the diamond mining industry in the northeastern Lundas region.Just days before the Global Anti-Corruption Conference held in Panama City from 1 to 4 December, Dutch journalist Okke Ornstein was arrested at the city’s Tocumen international airport to begin serving the jail sentence he had been given in 2012 in connection with some of his frequent blog posts about corruption in Panama.Ornstein was sentenced to a total of 20 months in prison (eight months for insult and 12 months for libel) in response to a complaint by Canadian businessman Monte Friesner over a series of posts on one of Ornstein’s blogs, Bananama Republic, about allegedly illegal practices (fraud and money laundering) by Pronto Cash, a company created by Friesner in Panama.Zulkiflee Anwar Haque, a Malaysian cartoonist better known as Zunar, is facing up to 43 years in prison on nine counts under Malaysia’s Sedition Act for posting nine cartoons on Twitter about alleged corruption within Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government and the high-profile judicial proceedings against opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.Like Zunar, Singaporean blogger Roy Ngerng was subjected to judicial persecution by his country’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, over a May 2014 blog post accusing the government of mismanaging Singapore’s Central Provident Fund (CPF) for retirees. In many countries in the bottom third of RSF’s World Press Freedom Index, the lack of judicial independence and collusion between government officials, businessmen and judges pose an additional obstacle to investigative reporting.As Kazakh journalist Lukpan Akhmedyarov put it in an interview in October 2012, when he received the Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism, “The judicial system has become a way of hounding independent news media.”Whistleblowers who shed light on murky and sometimes illegal practices by leading private-sector corporations are also exposed to judicial reprisals, sometimes more so than journalists.Such is the case with Antoine Deltour and Raphaël Halet, two former employees of international accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), who received suspended sentences of 12 and 9 months in prison respectively from a Luxembourg court on 29 June for leaking documents revealing how Luxembourg helps multinationals to avoid tax. The court acquitted their co-defendant, journalist Edouard Perrin. All three have appealed.“The latest Corruption Perceptions Index published by Transparency International and RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index show a degree of correlation between countries with little freedom of information and those with the most corruption,” Dangles added.“It is not by chance that countries such as Denmark, Finland and Sweden top both indexes while countries such as Eritrea, North Korea and Sudan get the worst rankings from both Transparency International and RSF. Combatting corruption and protecting journalists should be a priority for these countries.”In Iran, the persecution of journalists is often aimed at concealing governmental powerlessness or equivocation in the fight against corruption. Since the start of the year, at least four journalists have been jailed and four media outlets have been closed and prosecuted for revealing the involvement of senior officials in various cases of bribery and lavish salaries.Sadra Mohaqeq, who is responsible for coverage of social issues at the daily newspaper Shargh, and Yashar Soltani, the editor of the Memarinews.com online newspaper, were arrested in September in connection with their coverage of Tehran city hall corruption and were then released pending trial. At the same time, access to the Puyesh and 9sobh news websites and the sites of the Mojnews and Bornanews news agencies was temporarily blocked because they had reported corruption allegations or had criticized the inconsistencies of the judicial system’s attempts to combat corruption.With an estimated one thousand billion dollars spent on bribes every year, corruption is regarded by the United Nations* as one of the leading obstacles to political, economic and social development. All of the world’s countries are affected by corruption.* The United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 58/4 on 31 October 2003, adopting the Convention against Corruption and designating 9 December as International Anti-Corruption Day in order to raise awareness of corruption and the Convention’s role in combating and preventing it. 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Local NewsBusiness TAGS WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 22, 2021– BITA Risk, part of corfinancial, announces that Charles Stanley, one of the UK’s leading wealth management firms, has signed up for the BITA ESG Manager application . BITA Risk built its reputation on taking complex risk and portfolio data and making it highly accessible within its efficient portfolio management applications. Now it has applied this approach to ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) investment, automating many manual steps through exception management and integrating key data as part of the client profiling and investment processes. Charles Stanley’s COO, Michael Bennett, commented: “BITA ESG Manager has taken the complexity of ESG factor data and presented it with such clarity that it can be efficiently managed and monitored across large numbers of our clients, forming an integral part of our investment strategy.” Charles Stanley’s investment managers will benefit from detailed visualizations, helping them to understand exposures, check preference conflicts and assess the impact of ESG-driven changes on risk, yield and return. Daryl Roxburgh, President and Global Head, BITA Risk: “Recognizing a client’s ESG preferences and understanding asset exposures are key to effective portfolio management and analysis. Using exception management to identify any conflicts is the most efficient way of keeping a portfolio within mandate and this, together with innovative client reporting, is how BITA ESG Manager can manage the process with flexibility and on the scale required by Charles Stanley.” Notes to editors About Charles Stanley Charles Stanley is one of the UK’s leading wealth managers, with £22.6 billion of client funds under management and administration (as at 30 June 2020). Its origins trace back to 1792, making it one of the oldest firms on the London Stock Exchange. www.charles-stanley.co.uk Aboutcorfinancial corfinancial provides software solutions and advisory services to banking and financial services organisations worldwide. The firm has offices in London, New York and Boston. About BITA Risk With client AUM in excess of £200bn, BITA Risk is a leading provider of integrated private client suitability profiling, portfolio management, risk and monitoring applications in the HNW and UHNW sectors. It gives managers freedom within a framework to construct and manage portfolios in the context of risk, policy and mandate, so they achieve suitability whilst delivering control and transparency to management. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005044/en/ CONTACT: PR Contacts David Veal Senior Executive – Client Solutions corfinancial [email protected] Siobhan Griffiths Head of Communications Charles Stanley [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA MASSACHUSETTS INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONAL SERVICES DATA MANAGEMENT FINANCE SOURCE: corfinancial Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/22/2021 08:30 AM/DISC: 02/22/2021 08:31 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005044/en BITA Risk Signs Charles Stanley as First ‘BITA ESG Manager’ Client By Digital AIM Web Support – February 22, 2021 Previous articleIn Israel and beyond, virus vaccines bring political powerNext articleJuniper Research: Smart Traffic Management to Significantly Reduce Congestion and Emissions; Saving Cities $277 Billion by 2025 Digital AIM Web Support
ITHACA, N.Y. — A jury has acquitted Tompkins County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Walters of all charges, including rape and sexual abuse.Walters, 34, was indicted on charges of first-degree rape and sexual abuse, and the jury also considered attempted rape. He was originally charged in 2017 along with another man, Matthew Pinney, who with a plea deal, ended up being a witness in Walters’ trial. He was accused of raping a woman who could not consent because she was physically helpless and possibly drugged.On Wednesday after several notes to Judge John C. Rowley, who was presiding over the case, jurors came back at about 4:30 p.m. and said they found Walters not guilty of all charges.“We’re just glad that the truth came out,” defense attorney Veronica Gorman said after the verdict Wednesday.Gorman said Walters is feeling relieved following the verdict. “Unfortunately because the accusation was made, he’s always going to have to live under an air of suspicion … to some extent just like his identity here became Deputy Scott Walters charged with a crime. Part of his identity is going to be the person that went to trial. So, my fear is that people will not acknowledge the jury process and the fact that a jury of his peers acquitted him and they’ll just hang on the fact that he was accused, which is unfortunate in today’s society.”Last week, the jury heard testimony from the victim, Walters, Pinney, experts, friends and family members, related to an alleged incident in February 2013. A jury spent part of Monday and all day Wednesday deliberating — for more than 11 hours — before coming to a decision.Following the verdict, Schuyler County District Attorney Joseph Fazzary, who was special prosecutor, said this was a difficult case for jurors to deliberate.“You have the victim who came forward four-and-a-half years later. … Obviously, you want people to come forward immediately but we also recognize the fact that that doesn’t happen because the vast majority of sexual abuse victims don’t ever come forward. I trust in the system. I understand that we’re asking 12 jurors to make a decision on some limited information.”Fazzary said he accepts the jurors’ decision and does not think he could have done anything different to change their minds. “There were just some questions that they had,” Fazzary said.Pinney was a key witness in the trial and testified last week that he had “sexual intercourse” with the woman while she was out of it. When asked by Fazzary during questioning if she asked him to do that, he replied, “No.” Pinney told jurors that he had lied when he had said in previous court proceedings that he had consensual sex with her. Pinney’s testimony and whether it should be considered credible was a key part of closing arguments Monday.In exchange for testifying at Walters’ trial, Pinney is receiving a plea deal. He will plead guilty to attempted forcible touching and reckless endangerment, both misdemeanors. Fazzary said he is due in court to plead to those charges in October.Asked why he decided to offer that plea deal, Fazzary said Wednesday, “In my mind, the person who orchestrated this was Scott Walters. As much as (defense attorney Veronica Gorman) said during the trial this is just Scott Walters, just the person Scott Walters, not the police officer, I was looking at it the entire time saying if he did this, he cannot be a police officer any longer.”Jurors began deliberating before 9 a.m. Wednesday and throughout the day had several notes for the court, including asking for testimony to be read back. At one point, jurors told the judge they did not believe they could come to a unanimous decision, but Rowley sent them back to try to continue deliberations.Walters declined to comment outside the Tompkins County Courthouse after the verdict. Read full coverage from the trial below:Trial begins for Tompkins deputy accused of rapeWalters Trial: Jury hears testimony from witnesses including victim and defendantAfter closing arguments, jury begins deliberations in trial of Scott Walters Kelsey O’Connor Your Crime & Courts news is made possible with support from: Tagged: john rowley, scott walters trial, Tompkins County Court Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connor
Manjurul/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The number of measles cases reported in the first five months of 2019 has now surpassed every year since 1994, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday.A whopping number of 971 cases have been reported in 26 states so far, according to the CDC. In 1994, 963 cases were reported for the entire year.The disease was eliminated in 2000, according to the CDC. Since then, the highest number of cases reported in an entire year was 667 in 2014.CDC Director Robert Redfield emphasized in a statement that the way to end the massive outbreak is to ensure that all adults and children get vaccinated.“I want to reassure parents that vaccines are safe, they do not cause autism,” Redfield said. “The greater danger is the disease that vaccination prevents.”Outbreaks in New York City and Rockland County, New York, have persisted for nearly seven months, according to the CDC. If the outbreaks continue through the summer and fall, the U.S. could lose its measles elimination status.“That loss would be a huge blow for the nation and erase the hard work done by all levels of public health,” the CDC statement stated.The measles elimination goal was first announced in 1963 and was accomplished in 2000, according to the CDC, which described the feat as a “monumental task.” It was accomplished due to the availability and widespread use of the vaccine and a strong public health infrastructure to detect and contain measles.“CDC encourages parents with questions about measles vaccine to consult with their child’s pediatrician, who know the children and community, and want to help parents better understand how vaccines can protect their children,” the statement said. “Concerns based on misinformation about the vaccine safety and effectiveness, as well as disease severity, may lead parents to delay or refuse vaccines.”In addition, everyone 6 months and older should be protected against measles before traveling internationally, the CDC recommended.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Esther Silva(HOMESTEAD, Fla.) — BY: TOMMY BROOKSBANKAn 83-year-old Florida man is now home after battling COVID-19 at a hospital for 75 days.Lorenzo Rodriguez tested positive for novel coronavirus back in March after coming down with a fever. Three days later, he was rushed to a Baptist Health South Florida hospital once his conditioned worsened. Doctors immediately put Rodriguez under a medically induced coma and used a ventilator to support his failing lungs.The situation seemed grim, but Esther Silva knew her dad was a fighter.“I had faith that he was going to pull through,” Silva explained. “He’s such a hard worker, I knew he wouldn’t give in.”Days turned into weeks without much progress, until Silva asked medical staff about a plasma treatment for COVID-19 she heard about on TV. Rodriguez received the experimental therapy April 18, and shortly thereafter, a medical breakthrough.“That night I was told my father moved his arm and his eyes — it was incredible,” Silva said. “God answered my prayers.”Rodriguez slowly regained his strength over the course of several weeks, with plenty of ups and downs along the way. After overcoming kidney problems, blood pressure spikes and pneumonia complications, the father and husband eventually was taken off a ventilator. He couldn’t swallow food or water for a time after enduring weeks of receiving meals via feeding tube.Through it all, his determination never wavered.“I kept telling him he had to put in 150% for his part,” Silva said. “Would keep reminding him to continue fighting, and that’s what he did.”After 75 days battling COVID-19, Rodriguez tested negative and was discharged from the Homestead, Florida, hospital as medical staff gathered for a round of applause and cheers. It’s a moment the father-daughter duo will never forget.“I was overwhelmed as soon as I saw him, what can I tell you,” Silva said through tears. “I’m an only child, so my dad is my hero and he was so happy. I would have moved mountains to keep him alive and it was the most incredible feeling to see him after everything he went through.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.