RDC Properties Limited (RDCP.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2015 circular For more information about RDC Properties Limited (RDCP.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the RDC Properties Limited (RDCP.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: RDC Properties Limited (RDCP.bw) 2015 circular Company ProfileRDC Properties Limited is a property management, development and rental company in Botswana. It also has interests in Madagascar through a Mauritian-based subsidiary. The company develops and manages commercial, industrial and residential developments which are based in prime locations in major towns and cities of Botswana. RDC Properties Limited offers long-term value to its shareholders through construction income, rental income, hospitality income, capital appreciation and the sale of premium properties. Landmark properties in its portfolio include Masa Centre, Standard Chartered House, Chobe Marina Lodge and Isalo Rock Lodge. RDC Properties is investigating investment opportunities to expand its footprint in South Africa, Mozambique and Namibia.
Up with the best: Bonnaire takes on New Zealand at the 2011 Rugby World CupRW: In last season’s Heineken Cup semi-final you were beaten 46-6 by Saracens. What went wrong?JB: It was one of those days when everything went wrong. Against a side as well organized as Saracens you need to be on the front foot and we weren’t.RW: Northampton, like Clermont, pride themselves on their pack. Relishing the challenge?JB: Yes, you always know when you play the English clubs that you’re in for a tough physical battle, particularly up front. Northampton have a formidable scrum and Saturday will be a huge clash. That’s the key battle, the set-piece. Whoever wins that battle, will win the game.RW: Courtney Lawes’ tackle on Jules Plisson in Le Crunch – legal or not?JB: It was a big tackle but just on the limit. The television made it look worse than it was.Self-belief: Bonnaire says France don’t need him, but require confidence in themselvesRW: How do you rate the progress of France since 2012JB: It’s been tough. Against England they played better in attack but that’s one of the rare times in recent seasons. RW: The deal with Lyon is for two years, any plans post-rugby?JB: We’re opening a restaurant, serving good French cuisine, and then, who knows, perhaps a rugby journalist!RW: You’re 36, so what’s the secret of staying young?JB: I don’t know. I came to rugby quite late [he was 23 when he became a professional with Bourgoin in 2001] so perhaps that helped but above all it’s that I still love the sport. It’s not a question of age, it’s how you feel about the game in your head.Warrior: Bonnaire celebrates at the Stade Marcel Michelin after Clermont’s win over Munster last yearRW: You’ve had eight years with Clermont, what’s been the best moment?JB: Undoubtedly it was winning the Top 14 in 2010, that was a wonderful occasion. But my time at Clermont isn’t finished and I hope it will end with another trophy in a few weeks.RW: You’ve seen many foreign players come and go at Clermont, why do some players succeed in France and others fail?JB: Language is a factor. French is much harder to learn than English but those players that learn some French find it easier to integrate. But others just arrive and are better able to adapt. They enjoy France and its differences. Others are homesick and struggle to integrate.RW: Will Nick Abendanon [Clermont’s English full-back] provide you an insight into Northampton’s style and mentality?JB: Nick’s an example of someone who’s fitted in really well at the club since arriving. He’s having a great season and his knowledge of Northampton will be an added advantage. RW: France today are in a similar position to 2011 when you were playing, and yet you reached the final of the RWC. Can Les Bleus do the same in September?JB: Yes. Get out of the pool and anything is possible. The fact that the squad will have a lot of time to prepare over the summer will help. And it should help that the squad will travel to England without much pressure because of recent results.RW: There are rumours you could make the squad, are you ready if called on by Philippe Saint-Andre?JB: Frankly, I think it’s finished for me with France. They have a good squad, a lot of strength in the back-row, and what they need more than anything is self-belief. Leader: Julien Bonnaire has had a long, distinguished career and he will face Saracens this Saturday France and Clermont stalwart Julien Bonnaire has recently signed a two-year deal with Lyon that will take him to 38, here he talks about the Champions Cup quarter-final clash with Northampton and life post-rugby LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Few players in the world game today are as respected and as experienced as Clermont flanker Julien Bonnaire. Capped 75 times by France, the 36-year-old played in the 2011 World Cup final and was a member of the Grand Slam sides of 2004 and 2010. After eight years with Clermont he’s just announced he is moving to Lyon next season, so this will almost certainly be his last European campaign, and he wants to finish on a high, starting on Saturday by beating the Saints.Rugby World: You’ve just signed a two-year deal with Lyon. Why Lyon?Julien Bonnaire: My family is from the region and it will allow me to start preparing for life after rugby.
Architects: Nitsche Arquitetos Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” House In Praia Preta / NitscheSave this projectSaveHouse In Praia Preta / Nitsche Brazil Area: 715 m²Text description provided by the architects. The house is implanted in a strip of land between the sea and the mountains of the Serra do Mar. Both ecosystems are extremely exuberant. The mountains are covered with the native Atlantic forest (the most bio-diversified ecosystem on the planet). The beach is quite small, and scarcely occupied. The sea water is crystalline, protected by small Atlantic-Ocean islands. Save this picture!A large parcel of land inside a condominium of few houses with no physical separation among them, makes the natural elements the main aspect to be considered for the building arrangement. The house is a link among the natural forces surrounding it. The house has been completely remodeled. From the original building, we have only preserved its location, its laminated-wooden structure and a few walls. Save this picture!All floors and finishings have been removed and a new roof structure has been added, so as to augment the ceiling height. Remodeling had the purpose of strengthen the house’s feature of being a liaison to the natural forces. The private area has been split in identical parts and the living spaces have been joined together into a single roomy space. Save this picture!The house is a large rectangular platform with its longer sides parallel to the beach. The building is virtually resting on the beach sand. One of the two largest façades faces the beach and the other looks at the mountains. These large façades are composed of wide apertures and broad linear verandas. Parallel verandas in opposed façades help in the circulation for the different rooms. Save this picture!We deemed conceptually important that the brickwork walls and the opaque elements should be distributed perpendicularly to the beach, so as to provide transparency and fluidity to the building (and let winds, light and views in). Mobile and transparent closing elements are distributed parallel to the beach and have been designed in order to provide maximum aperture. In the veranda, sliding doors running on independent rails may be all withdrawn toward outside the house perimeter; in the rooms, sliding doors and rolling Venetian blinds allow of light and ventilation to enter. Save this picture!The house puts similar-duty activities together, so as to increase the quality of the spaces. The house’s private areas have been designed to provide maximum privacy, and its common-use areas should promote maximum conviviality and spaciousness. The house has four equal, independent bedrooms, with separate entrances and direct access to the verandas. Save this picture!We’ve tried to put the common-use areas such as living room, TV room and kitchen together in a single, broad space. Such feature promotes meeting and provides the pleasant feeling of a wide, multiple space. Unlike the living room, bedrooms have a ceiling, having therefore a lower and closer height that protects and shelters users during their rest. Save this picture!The veranda is also a special-featured space. It acts as an extension of the beach sand, which is also traditionally a common-use space. The room’s sliding doors’ total aperture allows the room to make a whole with the veranda, therefore with the beach. So the house has now a single conviviality space; a “room-veranda-beach” space. The tactile beach sensation has also determined the choice of the sandstone-type floor. Save this picture!planThe rectangular platform is made of reinforced concrete; it is distant from the ground, and covered with square São Tomé-stone 57x57cm plates. The original structure is composed of laminated-wooden beams. The new roof structure is made of Itaúba wooden beams, ready with metallic ties and stainless-steel screws. The roof is of the sandwich type, made of aluminum with a 50mm polyurethane filling. Save this picture!The bedrooms’ ceiling is made of pre-painted MDF plates. Sashes are in anodized aluminum and laminated glass. The upright closing between the metallic tile and the sashes is in crystal alveolar 10mm polycarbonate. The walls in the wet areas are covered with color vitreous-glass tiles. The furniture is composed of metallic stainless steel bases.Project gallerySee allShow less2012 MA Prize Competition: Green DwellingArticles’Sea Dragon’ Sculpture / JOH ArchitectsArticles Share CopyHouses•Sao Paulo, Brazil ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/231134/house-in-praia-preta-nitsche-arquitetos-associados Clipboard “COPY” Save this picture!+ 22 Share CopyAbout this officeNitsche Arquitetos AssociadosOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesSao PauloBrazilPublished on May 03, 2012Cite: “House In Praia Preta / Nitsche ” 03 May 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
ArchDaily CopyHousing•Zürich, Switzerland Housing “COPY” Am Rossberg / Igual&Guggenheim Architekten Projects Save this picture!© Beat Bühler+ 21Curated by María Francisca González Share “COPY” Manufacturers: Falu Vapen, swisspor, Holzbau Erni AG, Movanorm AG, Nauer Fenster AGSave this picture!© Beat BühlerRecommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareCeramiche KeopeCeramic Tiles – BackWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Prexury®Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsText description provided by the architects. The building is located in a quiet residential area of Zurich (Switzerland), very close to the lake. It contains five apartments, designed individually to react to different context and provides a broad mix of apartment types. Each flat has its own entrance to offer a maximum of privacy. The volume seems to expand in all directions, generating a complex and sculptural form, which creates interesting interiors. The reason for using different window formats was to correspond to the respective view and perspective from the inside. The big openings in the facade let a lot of daylight in and create an unconventional composition with different positions and proportions. The top floor has additional roof lights to let even more light in.Save this picture!© Beat BühlerSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© Beat BühlerThe living rooms, kitchens and dining rooms are sometimes together to generate a big open space or diagonally connected to create long view outside. Regarding the material, we create a strong contrast between exterior and interior – the building appears as a “black box“ from the outside in contrast to the light inside, where the walls are white with coloured concrete accents. The comfort of the house is also given by the chromatic and texture of the interior, where the wood floor is combined with coloured windows and doors frames.Save this picture!© Beat BühlerProject gallerySee allShow less7 Projects You Need to Know by 2018 Pritzker Prize Winner B.V. DoshiArchitecture NewsBalkrishna Doshi Named 2018 Pritzker Prize LaureateArchitecture NewsProject locationAddress:Zürich, SwitzerlandLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share 2017 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/890224/am-rossberg-igual-and-guggenheim-architekten Clipboard Am Rossberg / Igual&Guggenheim ArchitektenSave this projectSaveAm Rossberg / Igual&Guggenheim Architekten Year: Photographs Photographs: Beat Bühler Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Switzerland ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/890224/am-rossberg-igual-and-guggenheim-architekten Clipboard Architects: Igual&Guggenheim Architekten Area Area of this architecture project Area: 425 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeIgual&Guggenheim ArchitektenOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingZurichZürichSwitzerlandPublished on March 07, 2018Cite: “Am Rossberg / Igual&Guggenheim Architekten” 07 Mar 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
News Reporters Without Borders hails today’s release of two Palestinian journalists employed by the Iranian Arabic-language TV station Al-Alam, who were held by the Israeli authorities for 10 days on spying charges. However, they were freed on bail and are still accused of “revealing secret information” and “transmitting information to the enemy in war time.” Receive email alerts Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists RSF_en After questioning them, the police placed both of them under arrest. When they were taken before a judge the next day, he ordered them held for another six days for further investigation. Another two days of detention were ordered in a subsequent hearing. They were formally charged on 13 January. Reporters Without Borders hails yesterday’s release of two Palestinian journalists employed by the Iranian Arabic-language TV station Al-Alam, who were held by the Israeli authorities for 10 days on spying charges. June 3, 2021 Find out more Khader Shaheen, a Jerusalem resident and Al-Alam correspondent, was summoned for questioning by the Israeli police on 5 January for reporting the start of Israel’s land offensive against the Gaza Strip on 3 January before the Israeli censors lifted the news embargo on this development. His assistant, Mohammed Sarhan, accompanied him to the Petah Tikva police station, near Tel Aviv, in order to give evidence in his defence. WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists “The disproportion between the nature of the charges against these two journalists and their conditional release after 10 days leads us to question to quality of the evidence available to the Israeli authorities,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The authorities should think twice before going ahead with a prosecution of such a serious nature.” Their lawyer, David Derri, finally managed to get them released today after payment of bail. However, they have been placed under house arrest and are forbidden to do journalistic work of any kind until their trial, for which no date has yet been set. News Follow the news on Israel IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Organisation News to go further May 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information January 15, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two Palestinian journalists employed by Iranian TV freed on bail after being held for 10 days on spying charges RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes News IsraelMiddle East – North Africa May 16, 2021 Find out more
Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Print This Post Share Save Subscribe One case in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) portfolio has many in the mortgage industry questioning whether or not the organization’s power and authority is used unjustly.The CFPB, often referred to as the “consumer watchdog,” was created in response to the financial crisis in 2010 as part of the Dodd-Frank Act. However, unlike other government agencies, the power of the agency is left on one man’s shoulders: CFPB Director Richard Cordray.Time reported, “This aspect of the agency was controversial when it was established, and it’s only grown more contentious, after a flawed algorithm for determining racist housing practices was outed and not corrected. And now, due to a new court case brought by a lender, the bureau’s power will finally come to a head—in court.”In late 2014, the CFPB fined New Jersey lender PHH Corp., $6.4 million for allegedly harmed consumers through a mortgage insurance kickback scheme that began back in 1995.Administrative Law Judge Cameron Eliot stated in a Recommended Decision in November 2014 that PHH took kickbacks in the form of reinsurance premiums paid to a PHH subsidiary by mortgage insurers, a violation of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). The mortgage loans in question closed on or after July 21, 2008, according to CFPB. PHH is alleged to have begun accepting the kickback payments as early as 1995.Whereas Eliot’s decision stated that PHH’s RESPA violations were connected to loans closing on or after July 21, 2008, Cordray went beyond that ruling by saying that PHH was in violation of RESPA for every kickback payment the company accepted after that date.After the CFPB’s initial ruling, PPH took the CFPB to court to dispute the case, where the case was then taken to CFPB Director Cordray, who revised the penalty to $109 million.According to the Wall Street Journal, “the court case is just one sign that, four years after the agency’s creation, debate rages over its authority to police a vast swath of the sector, from credit cards and mobile-phone payments to college accreditation.””The argument often turns on the CFPB’s “single-director” structure—an unusual system designed to empower its leader to make sweeping changes swiftly,” the Wall Street Journal said.In response to Cordray’s announcement of the penalties, PHH issued the following statement: “We strongly disagree with the decision of the Director. We believe this decision is inconsistent with the facts and is not in accord with well-settled legal principles and interpretations. We continue to believe we complied with RESPA and other laws applicable to our mortgage reinsurance activities. The company did not provide reinsurance on loans originated after 2009. We intend to file an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals. While there can be no assurances as to the final outcome of any such appeal, we believe our appeal will be successful and, as a result, are not adjusting our previously issued earnings guidance.”The CFPB did not respond to a request for comment at the time of this article publication. About Author: Xhevrije West CFPB Consumer Financial Protection Bureau PHH Mortgage 2016-01-25 Brian Honea January 25, 2016 1,039 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: DS News Webcast: Tuesday 1/26/2016 Next: Nationwide Title Clearing Celebrates 25 Years in Business Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Is the CFPB Abusing Its Power? Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Is the CFPB Abusing Its Power? Xhevrije West is a talented writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. She has worked for a number of publications including The Syracuse New Times, Dallas Flow Magazine, and Bellwethr Magazine. She completed her Bachelors at Alcorn State University and went on to complete her Masters at Syracuse University. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: CFPB Consumer Financial Protection Bureau PHH Mortgage
Harps come back to win in Waterford Google+ Homepage BannerNews Over 50% of Dangerous Driving cases struck out in South Donegal News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest By News Highland – December 12, 2017 Facebook Previous articleFive roads remains closed in Derry and Strabane following August’s floodsNext articleDoherty seeks clarity on Tory Ferry plans News Highland Twitter An RTE Investigates programme has revealed that over 50% of dangerous driving cases in part of South Donegal were struck out in court last year.The RTE Investigates – Law and Disorder programme broadcast last evening showed that nationally, 48% of drink driving offence cases resulted in a conviction before the District Court in 2016.Last evening’s special RTE Investigates programme examined the nature of Ireland’s District Court system.It revealed that 15% of drink drive summonses do not get served while, last year, 27% of summonses for all crime were not served.In 2016 in the Leitrim/ Sligo/ South Donegal district just over 1% of over 3100 court orders in drugs cases were for jail.Meanwhile, 51% of orders in dangerous driving cases were struck out or dismissed in the Leitrim/ Sligo/ South Donegal district. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook
Homepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Gardai are investigating the suspicious disappearance of a 30 year old woman from Sligo.Natalia Karaczyn hasn’t been seen at her home in Crozon Park since early yesterday morning.She’s 5 foot 8″ in height, of slim build with green eyes and has medium length straight blonde hair.Her home has been sealed off and technical officers are carrying out a forensic exam.Gardaí in Sligo are looking for information over the movements of a beige Peugeot 308 estate car, with the partial reg 09 DL.Anyone who can help is asked to contact Sligo Garda Station. Previous articleBody recovered from River Foyle this morningNext articleShane Ward and Donegal U17 Management part ways News Highland Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp By News Highland – April 30, 2018 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp Gardai launch appeal for missing Sligo woman Pinterest Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme
Lordn/iStock(NEW YORK) — An online petition proposing to move Halloween to the last Saturday of October has garnered thousands of signatures and growing support. More than 60,000 people signed the Change.org petition as of Thursday evening. The goal is 75,000 signatures. The Halloween & Costume Association, which started the movement, called for a “Safer, Longer, Stress-Free Celebration.”The company claimed that there are 3,800 Halloween-related injuries each year and 70% of parents don’t accompany their children when they go trick-or-treating.It was not immediately clear how moving the date for the holiday would help solve that problem, but the petition noted that the switch would allow for a full day of celebration rather than “rushed evening weekday hours.”People who signed the petition appeared to agree.“Halloween Trick or Treating for children would be much safer if celebrated during daylight hours, which can only happen on non school days like Saturday,” a user, identified as Howard Beige, wrote in the “Reasons for signing” section.Halloween is celebrated on Oct. 31.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Samara Heisz/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, IVAN PEREIRA and MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 60.2 million people and killed over 1.4 million worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news developed Wednesday. All times Eastern:Nov 25, 8:41 pmSenior Trump administration official tests positiveJohn Barsa, the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, tested positive for the coronavirus Wednesday.“The Acting Deputy Administrator has been isolating since he began exhibiting symptoms late Monday, Nov. 23, and will continue to until a retest is conclusive,” spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala said in a statement.Barsa is acting deputy administrator and served as acting administrator for a term under the Vacancies Act, before President Donald Trump fired the deputy administrator to keep Barsa as the highest ranking official at the top U.S. aid agency.Nov 25, 8:11 pmNearly 90,000 hospitalized across countryThe U.S. reached a new record high for hospitalizations for the 16th consecutive day, according to The COVID Tracking Project.There are 89,954 Americans currently in the hospital with symptoms of the virus, according to the project.The country recorded 182,537 new cases and 2,284 new deaths Wednesday, according to the data.The death daily total is the highest since May 7, and the seventh-highest daily death total to date, The COVID Tracking Project tweeted.Nov 25, 7:48 pmUS deaths up by 35% from last week: HHSThe country saw a large jump in coronavirus-related fatalities over the last week, according to an internal memo from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services obtained by ABC News.The 11,171 deaths recorded between Nov. 18 and Nov. 24 marked a 35.5% increase compared to the previous week, according to the memo.Several states saw sharp jumps in their death tolls during the seven-day period, according to HHS. Alabama’s seven-day death total increased by 27% going from 166 to 211, while Mississippi saw a 32% increase in deaths for the week ending Nov 22.During that same seven-day period, the U.S. saw 1,198,099 new cases, which was a 9.4% jump from the previous week, the memo said.Nov 25, 6:52 pmWyoming governor tests positiveWyoming Gov. Mark Gordon tested positive for the coronavirus Wednesday, a representative for his office told ABC News.“He only has minor symptoms at this time and plans to continue working on behalf of Wyoming remotely,” the representative said in a statement.The news was first reported by the Casper Star Tribune earlier in the evening.Gordon is at least the fifth governor to contract the coronavirus since the pandemic began. His diagnosis comes as Wyoming has seen a rise in cases over the last month.The seven-day average of new cases has risen from around 284 at the beginning of November to 687 this week, according to the state’s health department.Nov 25, 1:11 pmRavens-Steelers game on Thanksgiving moved to SundayThe NFL has postponed the game between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, which was scheduled to be played on Thursday night.The game has been rescheduled to Sunday afternoon.Multiple players on the Ravens were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday following positive tests, the team announced at the time.Nov 25, 11:34 amUPS making dry ice, supplying portable freezers for vaccinesThe United Parcel Service (UPS) said it will start making dry ice in its U.S. facilities and will provide portable freezers to aid in the massive distribution efforts for COVID-19 vaccines in the coming months.The Atlanta-based global shipping and logistics company said it can now produce up to 1,200 lbs of dry ice per hour in its U.S. facilities to support the storage and transportation of cold chain products, such as frozen vaccines, in accordance with manufacturer storage requirements. The increased production also allows UPS to make dry ice available for American and Canadian hospitals, clinics and other points of care requiring dry ice to store vaccines locally.“Enhancing our dry ice production capabilities increases our supply chain agility and reliability immensely when it comes to handling complex vaccines for our customers,” Wes Wheeler, president of UPS’s new healthcare logistics unit, said in a statement Tuesday. “Healthcare facilities in Louisville, Dallas and Ontario will ensure we have the capability to produce dry ice to sufficiently pack and replenish shipments as needed to keep products viable and effective.”In addition to dry ice production, UPS is teaming up with Stirling Ultracold, a division of Global Cooling, Inc., to supply portable ultra-low temperature freezers to thermally protect critical vaccines requiring temperatures ranging from -20 to -80 degrees Celsius. The portable freezers will be distributed and used in smaller facilities that need a more permanent solution for longer-term freezer storage.“This program will help ensure vaccines remain effective next year, and for years to come, as future vaccines and biologics are developed to keep the world healthy and safe,” Stirling Ultracold CEO Dusty Tenney said in a statement Tuesday.Nov 25, 9:22 amWeekly unemployment filings surge to 778,000 last week as virus cases rise Some 778,000 workers lost their jobs and filed for unemployment insurance last week, the Department of Labor said Wednesday.This is an uptick of 30,000 compared to the previous week, and the second consecutive week that the weekly tally has risen after it was on the decline for months.The DOL also said Wednesday that more than 20 million people were still receiving some form of unemployment benefits through all programs as of the week ending Nov. 7. For the comparable week in 2019, that figure was 1.5 million.The latest economic data from the DOL comes as new virus cases surge across the country, and highlight a slow economic recovery. It also comes, however, as Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a new milestone of trading above 30,000 on Tuesday — a further indication that the stock market remains divorced from the economic pain millions of Americans still face as the coronavirus crisis rages on.ABC News’ Catherine Thorbecke contributed to this report.Nov 25, 8:03 amFauci’s ‘final plea’ before Thanksgiving: ‘A sacrifice now could save lives’America’s top infectious disease expert is urging the nation to keep indoor gatherings as small as possible over Thanksgiving to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus.“We all know how difficult that is because this is such a beautiful, traditional holiday. But by making that sacrifice, you’re going to prevent people from getting infected,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Wednesday on Good Morning America.“A sacrifice now could save lives and illness and make the future much brighter as we get through this,” he continued. “We’re going to get through this. Vaccines are right on the horizon. If we can just hang in there a bit longer and continue to do the simple mitigation things that we’re talking about all the time — the masks, the distancing, the avoiding crowds, particularly indoor. If we do those things, we’re going to get through it. So that’s my final plea before the holiday.”Fauci, a leading member of the current White House coronavirus task force, warned of “yet another surge” of COVID-19 infections if people don’t heed his advice over the holiday.Although he acknowledged that the country’s current surge in cases is driven by larger indoor gatherings such as bars, Fauci noted that “there still is transmission among gatherings that appear to be relatively innocent.”“Now, I don’t mean two, three, four people in a room. We’re talking about when people might have a modest size and let their guard down,” he added. “When you stay away from the bars, when you stay away from the big, congregate settings, there still is a danger if you bring people into the home who are not part of the immediate household. There is a risk there.”Fauci also said he is “greatly” concerned by the number of people who are already showing hesitancy to taking a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available. He noted that “independent bodies of people who, in fact, have no allegiance to an administration or to a company” will be charged with deciding whether the vaccine is both safe and effective for the public.“The process by which the vaccines were made were a standard process that was rapid because of exquisite scientific advances and the investment of an extraordinary amount money. It did not compromise safety and it did not compromise scientific integrity,” he said. “That’s what the public needs to understand, that the process is transparent and its independent.”The solution to the coronavirus pandemic, Fauci said, will be “a combination of public health measures and a safe and effective vaccine.”“It would really be terrible if we have, which we do, three now and maybe more highly efficacious vaccines and people don’t take it,” he added. “We could crush this outbreak exactly the way we did years ago with smallpox, with polio and with measles. It is doable.”Nov 25, 7:29 amEurope remains the largest contributor to new cases, deathsThe global acceleration in COVID-19 cases has slowed down over the past week, with around four million new cases and over 67,000 additional deaths from the disease reported worldwide. However, Europe remains the largest contributor to those cases and deaths, according to the latest weekly epidemiological report from the World Health Organization.The report, released Tuesday evening, said the number of new cases in the European region declined by 6% in the last week, after a decline of 10% in the previous week, “in a sign that the reintroduction of stricter public health and social measures in a number of countries over the last few weeks is beginning to slow down transmission.”The European region still accounts for 44% of global new cases and 49% of global new deaths. While new cases have declined, new deaths in the region have continued to rise, according to the report.Italy reported the highest number of new cases in the European region and the third-highest globally, but the country still saw a slight decline of 3% in the last week. The number of new deaths in Italy increased by 26%.“The northern Italy provinces of Valle d’Aosta, Bolzano and Piemonte report the highest number of cases,” the report said. “Media reports have highlighted concerns of the large number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care, and the growing number of health worker infections, straining local healthcare capacities.”The number of new cases in the United Kingdom fell by 13% from last week, the first weekly decline since late August. But the number of new deaths in the country remained similar to the previous week.“The United Kingdom currently has the fifth- highest number of new cases in the European Region, and the eighth highest number worldwide,” the report said, “however, per capita case incidence remains lower than many other countries in the Region.Nov 25, 5:38 amRussia reports over 500 new deaths for first timeRussia registered a record 507 new fatalities from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, according to the country’s coronavirus response headquarters.It’s the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic that Russia has reported more than 500 deaths from the disease in a single day.Russia also confirmed 23,675 new cases of COVID-19 over the past day. The cumulative total now stands at 2,162,503 confirmed cases, including 37,538 deaths, according to the coronavirus response headquarters.The Eastern European nation of 145 million people has the fifth-highest tally of COVID-19 cases in the world, behind only the United States, India, Brazil and France, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Despite the growing number of infections and deaths, Russian authorities have repeatedly said they have no plans to impose another nationwide lockdown.Nov 25, 5:10 amRite Aid says it will offer vaccine at no costAmerican drugstore chain Rite Aid said it will offer COVID-19 vaccines at no cost.In an email to customers on Tuesday, Rite Aid chief pharmacy officer Jocelyn Konrad said that through their partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an official COVID-19 vaccination program provider, “we are staged and ready to make this lifesaving vaccine available in all of the communities we serve when it becomes available to Rite Aid.”“This means you will be able to receive the vaccine from your neighborhood Rite Aid pharmacist, whom you know and trust,” Konrad said. “Better yet, the COVID-19 vaccines will be available at no cost.”Rite Aid customers will be able to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine once one is approved and becomes available in the United States, according to Konrad.Nov 25, 4:17 amUS reports over 172,000 new casesThere were 172,935 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Tuesday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the 22nd straight day that the country has reported over 100,000 newly diagnosed infections. Tuesday’s count is down from a peak of 196,004 new cases on Nov. 20.An additional 2,146 fatalities from COVID-19 were also registered nationwide on Tuesday, the country’s highest single-day death toll from the disease since May 6 but just under the all-time high of 2,609 new deaths on April 15.A total of 12,597,330 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 259,962 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.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.