Myriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 847,000 people worldwide.Over 25.2 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 criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has varied from country-to-country. Still, 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 virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica.The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 6 million diagnosed cases and at least 183,221 deaths. California has the most coronavirus cases in the U.S., with more than 706,000 people diagnosed. California is followed by Texas and Florida, with over 629,000 cases and over 621,000 cases respectively.Nearly 170 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, six of which are in crucial phase three trials.Here’s how the news is developing today. All times Eastern: Aug 31, 1:33 pmNJ to reopen indoor dining with limited seatingRestaurants across New Jersey can start opening for indoor dining this Friday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday.Restaurants will be limited to 25% capacity and must incorporate social distancing between tables, he said.“Reopening responsibly will help us restore one of our state’s key industries while continuing to make progress against” the virus, Murphy tweeted.Staff must wear masks at all times and diners must wear masks while not in their seats, Murphy said at a Monday news conference. Parties will be capped at eight.Windows must be open for air flow and air conditioning units must be turned on to allow the maximum outdoor air to flow into dining areas, the governor added.Movie theaters and indoor performance venues can also reopen on Friday, the governor announced. Theaters and venues will be capped at 25% capacity or 150 patrons — whichever number is smaller, he said.New Jersey ranks No. 8 in the country for COVID-19 cases, with over 191,000 people diagnosed, according to Johns Hopkins data. Out of those tested across New Jersey on Thursday, 1.41% were positive, Murphy said Monday.Aug 31, 10:54 amIndia sees its 2nd-highest daily case increaseIndia’s health ministry reported 78,512 new coronavirus cases on Monday, just shy of Sunday’s record high of 78,761 new cases.Indian health authorities reported 971 new fatalities on Monday, bringing the nationwide death toll to 64,469.With over 193,000 active cases, Maharashtra is India’s hardest-hit state.ABC News’ Christine Theodorou contributed to this report.Aug 31, 9:26 amNJ to reopen indoor dining with limited seatingRestaurants across New Jersey can start opening for indoor dining this Friday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday.Restaurants will be limited to 25% capacity and must incorporate social distancing between tables, he said.“Reopening responsibly will help us restore one of our state’s key industries while continuing to make progress against” the virus, Murphy tweeted.New Jersey ranks No. 8 in the country for COVID-19 cases, with over 191,000 people diagnosed, according to Johns Hopkins data. As of Sunday, the rate of transmission was at .87, according to state data.Aug 31, 7:50 amHungary to shut its borders amid rising casesHungary will shut its border to non-residents on Tuesday in an effort to curb the rising number of COVID-19 cases, the country’s government announced Friday. Meanwhile, Hungarian citizens returning home from abroad will be required to either self-quarantine for 14 days or test negative for COVID-19 twice, within 48 hours apart. The move comes after Hungary identified 292 new cases on Sunday, the largest day-to-day increase the landlocked European nation has seen so far. Overall, Hungary has reported at least 6,139 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 with 615 deaths, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Aug 31, 7:09 amUS reports over 35,000 new casesThere were 35,343 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Sunday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Sunday’s tally is far below the country’s record set on July 16, when 77,255 new cases were identified in a 24-hour reporting period.An additional 429 coronavirus-related deaths were also recorded Sunday. The latest daily death toll is well under the record 2,666 new fatalities that were reported on April 17.A total of 5,997,163 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 183,068 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.However, the numbers of new COVID-19 cases and new deaths in the United States have both decreased by substantial amounts in week-over-week comparisons, according to an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News last week.Aug 31, 6:36 am94% of COVID-19 deaths in US had underlying conditions, CDC saysThe U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released information showing how many people who died from COVID-19 as of last week had underlying health conditions and contributing causes.“For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned,” the CDC stated on its website, alongside the data. “For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or cases per death.”According to the CDC, some of the most common underlying conditions and contributing causes linked with COVID-19 deaths were influenza and pneumonia; adult respiratory distress syndrome, respiratory failure; hypertensive disease; cardiac arrest; heart failure; sepsis; diabetes; vascular and unspecified dementia; renal failure; and intentional and unintentional injury, poisoning and other adverse events.Aug 31, 5:16 amGlobal case count surpasses 25 millionThe worldwide number of diagnosed cases of COVID-19 is now at 25,236,271, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.At least 846,574 people around the globe have died from the disease.The top five countries with the highest national tallies of cases are the United States, Brazil, India, Russia and Peru, respectively.The United States alone accounts for more than 23% of the world’s diagnosed cases.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. 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Hot off a busy spring touring schedule that included appearances at venues across the southeast including Aura Music and Arts Festival and Wanee Festival, the South Florida-based, soulful jam-rockers the Ben Sparaco Band have debuted their first studio release called Bring The Jubilee EP.Featuring five songs written by 18-year-old guitarist and vocalist Ben Sparaco including one live track from a show the band played in December of 2015, the album features a unique southern blues rock-based sound with classic soul and jazz textures throughout. Driven by the lead and slide guitar of Sparaco, the record features Josh Foster on keyboards, Craig Stevens on bass, and Brian Jones on drums.The EP is available to purchase or stream on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp (with an exclusive bonus track), and will be available worldwide on over 50 online stores starting in late May.<a href=”http://bensparacomusic.bandcamp.com/album/bring-the-jubilee-ep”>Bring The Jubilee EP by Ben Sparaco Band</a>To see where the Ben Sparaco Band is playing near you and to purchase a physical copy of the EP, visit their official website.
When sophomore Meghan Donoghue decided to live off campus her senior year, she worked with Kramer Properties, a local retail company. A few weeks after signing her lease, however, she found out via e-mail that a different company would be managing her house.“We signed for our house with Kramer, paid the first and last month’s rent and the security deposit and about two weeks later received an e-mail that Kramer was no longer our landlord,” Donoghue said. “I know a lot of people who had signed with Kramer were really confused or upset when they heard about the switch.”Campus Apartments, a national retail management company, recently took over a portion of Kramer Properties.Mark Kramer, owner of Kramer Properties, said he sold 56 homes and Notre Dame Apartments in February 2008 to Gross and Cohen Real Estate Investors.Gross and Cohen decided to have Campus Apartments, a national chain managing off-campus housing at schools across the U.S., manage the homes and apartments for them, president Michael Cohen said.This is the first time the company has worked with Campus Apartments, but “they have great, national quality,” Cohen said.For students who have not yet signed a lease, the management change could work to their advantage.Rent for the homes now managed under Campus Apartments is lower than when they were managed under Kramer. Cohen said the lowering of the rent was a joint decision between Gross and Cohen investors and Campus Apartments.“There were not many units rented when [Campus Apartments] took over,” Cohen said. “They had to be aggressive.”Junior Mike Delach, who originally signed with Kramer Properties, said he was indifferent to the management change.“I knew that my lease was going to be honored. They just said it was going to be the same kind of ownership. They didn’t make it seem like anything was going to change,” Delach said.Delach said he hopes that he will still be able to have “the college experience” and would be disappointed if Campus Apartments was stricter than Kramer Properties. The only complaint Delach has so far, he said, is the lack of communication between Campus Apartments and students.“I’m feeling pretty under-informed from Campus Apartments,” he said. “[I’d like] more information. Security information would be good.”Donoghue said she has not yet been contacted by Campus Apartments. “Though we have not attempted to contact Campus Apartments, it seems strange to me that they haven’t reached out to us at all,” she said. Kramer said he sold the properties to reduce the number of homes he owned and help improve business.“We like to make it have more of a personal touch,” Kramer said. “It was getting quite large. We want to be on a personal level with students.”Kramer said he still has 75 student homes, as well as the Lafayette Square townhomes and other properties.“Business is still booming,” Kramer said. “We’re still around and we intend to be in business for a long time.”
Here are three things you should know as you snap back from reality following a sunny and dry summer weekend:The Washington Post is reporting that Fannie Mae will begin raising its maximum debt to income ratio from 45 percent to 50 percent, beginning July 29, 2017. This is of course big news for those of you who provide mortgages because it expands the pool of member mortgages that can be sold to the secondary market. Also, remember that under the Dodd-Frank Act any mortgage that qualifies for sale to either Fannie Mae or Freddy Mac is a qualified mortgage. This is a big deal because without this, under the qualified mortgage requirements, the debt to income ratio cannot exceed 43 percent per the CFPB.If all goes as expected, the Federal Reserve will once again nudge interest rates higher when its policy making committee meets later this week. Personally, I am really looking forward to Federal Reserve’s Chair Janet Yellen’s press conference following the festivities. The economy continues to send out a string of mixed signals and it will be interesting to see how much she hedges her bets when it comes to the possibility of future rate hikes later in the year. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
New Delhi: Cheteshwar Pujara continued his magnificent form in the current series against Australia as he stroked his 17th century and his second in the tour to propel India to a strong position on day 2 of the Boxing Day Test against Australia. Pujara notched up the landmark in grand style as he danced down the track to Nathan Lyon, his chief tormentor in the series, and thumped him to the long-off fence to bring up the landmark. Pujara’s joyous celebrations summed up the mood as to how desperately he wanted to hit a century in Melbourne and his century partnership with India skipper Virat Kohli has put the Australian bowlers under immense pressure.On day 1, Pujara had focused primarily on stonewalling the Australian pacers and he ensured India did not suffer any jolts on a wicket that was good for batting. Pujara’s magnificent partnerships with Mayank Agarwal, who scored a fifty on debut and Kohli have given India the right platform for a big score. On occasions where the Australian pacers bowled some loose deliveries, Pujara capitalised. He drove a full ball from Pat Cummins to the long-off fence and he also pounced on the short balls, upper-cutting one Mitchell Starc delivery to the third man fence.Read More | India vs Australia, live cricket score, day 2: Pujara blasts 100Pujara continued to play straight and took minimal risks. He played Lyon well by using his feet and getting to the pitch of the ball with ease. He continued to be at ease against the short ball, employing the cut shot well against Josh Hazlewood and Cummins and finding the gaps at deep backward point.Read More | 6 wickets, 4 runs and 15 balls: How Trent Boult ripped apart Sri LankaThe right-hander’s second century in the series, following his match-winning ton in Adelaide, was the fourth instance when Pujara has scored two centuries in a series. In the series against England at home in 2012, Pujara hit 206*and 135. He repeated the feat again against England in 2016 at home when he hit 124 and 119 in Rajkot and Vizag. Pujara’s feat of scoring two centuries in a series overseas came in Sri Lanka in 2017 when he smashed 153 and 133 in Galle and Colombo (SSC).Pujara’s brilliant 123 and 71 in the Adelaide Test helped India win by 31 runs and it was the first time that India had won the first match of the series in a Test series in Australia. After a rare low score in Perth, Pujara has bounced back in style and India are on their way to dominating the Boxing Day Test in Australia. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisPlainfield Township, Mich. — One man is dead, and a woman is undergoing medical treatment after a structure fire early Friday morning.Michigan State Police troopers from the West Branch Post arrived on the scene just after 1:00 a.m. They responded to a structure fire in the 4800 block of Kokosing Rd.The 911 caller was identified as a 26–year–old woman. She was able to escape the burning house by breaking a window and climbing out. Her 34–year–old boyfriend, who was identified as Kip Hodges of Hale, was not able to escape. He was pronounced dead on the scene by the Plainfield Township Fire Department.Investigators still have to perform an autopsy on Hodges. The fire remains under investigation at this time. Troopers were assisted by Plainfield Township Fire Department, Iosco County EMS, Iosco County Central Dispatch, and the MSP Fire Investigation Unit.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: fire, iosco county, Michigan State Police West Branch Post, MSP Fire Investigation Unit, Plainfield Township, Structure FireContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Friday, March 29Next Professionals at Thunder Bay Therapy help senior citizens overcome vertigo
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisOSSINEKE, Mich —WBKB is always looking for ways to give back to their community. Today, personnel from the station continued on its journey to help the school promote literacy by attending the school’s mystery reader program.Students who completed 16 days of at home reading were treated to a mystery reader luncheon to celebrate their accomplishments. WBKB had the pleasure of sending the school’s first reading guests to help the students get in the holiday spirit, and discuss careers in media. Lauren Mixon and Joe Rybarczyk read “How to Catch a Turkey” and “A Plump and Perky Turkey” to third, and first graders respectively.The students also had the opportunity to learn about journalism, including writing, editing, and videography. One third grader even interviewed his grandfather, a retired newspaper publisher.Students who meet this month’s reading goal will get to hear the next mystery reader in December.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Career, Joe, journalism, Lauren, mystery reader, Reading, Sanborn, StudentsContinue ReadingPrevious Police offer tips to reduce winter accidents after seeing spike in crashesNext Pop up pantry to visit Alpena just in time for Thanksgiving