Ghana Oil Company Limited (GOIL.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2021 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Ghana Oil Company Limited reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations visit the Ghana Oil Company Limited company page on AfricanFinancials.Indicative Share Trading Liquidity The total indicative share trading liquidity for Ghana Oil Company Limited (GOIL.gh) in the past 12 months, as of 2nd June 2021, is US$4.96M (GHS8.3M). An average of US$413.25K (GHS691.75K) per month.Ghana Oil Company Limited Interim Results for the First Quarter DocumentCompany ProfileGhana Oil Company Limited markets and distributes petroleum products in Ghana. The company markets a range of products which includes diesel, gasoline, premix, kerosene, bitumen, aviation fuel, liquid petroleum gas (LPG), lubricants, grease and special products such as brake fluids, mosquito coils and a multi-insect repellent called Goiltox. Ghana Oil Company Limited provides a bunkering service for ocean vessels as well as builds storage tanks and lays pipelines to transport fuel and LPG across Ghana and other countries in sub-Sahara Africa. Its retail division is marketed under the brand name GOIL and comprises 85 filling stations, 61 services stations and 138 consumer outlets located in major towns and cities in Ghana. Ghana Oil Company Limited targets companies, schools, hospitals, factories, hotels, banks and major parastatals. Several retail outlets have been set up to market premix fuel and kerosene to the rural areas and LPG filling stations have been installed in a few filling and service stations. Ghana Oil Company Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange
An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Tampa, FL [St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church] A gift of $15,000 has been made by St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Forest Acres, South Carolina, to RIP Medical Debt, which will enable up to $1.5 million in hospital medical debt to be forgiven in Richland and surrounding counties.“In the Old Testament, there is the idea connected to the Jubliee year, where every seven years, slaves are freed and debt is forgiven and it is like a big party,” said Caitlyn Darnell, director of outreach at St. Martin’s, a 700-member Episcopal parish located just east of Columbia. “We worship a God who died on a cross to forgive, so as followers of that God, it is our call to forgive and to forgive seven-fold.”The RIP Medical Debt program, based in Rye, New York, and founded in 2014 by two former debt collection executives, takes donations from donors to buy large bundles of medical debt with no tax consequences to the donor or the recipient. A $1 donated can purchase $100 in debt. RIP buys debt of the neediest people in a community, using federal poverty levels as a guideline. Often the gift not only relieves the debt but also clears a family’s credit report, allowing them to move forward with their lives.A debt might belong to a single mother who finds herself drowning in medical bills after one of her children suffers something as common as an appendicitis. Or it is the debt of two working parents who experience complications during the birth of on one of their children. Each scenario can lead to thousands of dollars in unexpected medical debt – even when families have health insurance.“So, when I learned about this organization, I knew it was a no-brainer,” Darnell said. “Of course, this is what the church should be doing.”The process involving St. Martin’s donation will involve several months of negotiations by RIP with local hospital systems. After the negotiations are complete, individuals whose debt has been forgiven will be notified with a letter from RIP, including that the debt was forgiven by a donation from St. Martin’s. The parish plans to celebrate with a party when the process is complete, Darnell said. 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Previous articleAgrAbility Virtual State Fair Provides Resources, Information for National Agricultural AudiencesNext articleHarvest is on the Horizon in Indiana, Crop Conditions Remain Steady Ashley Davenport Home Indiana Agriculture News Dry August Could Cause Stalk, Shaft Integrity Issues At Harvest Dry August Could Cause Stalk, Shaft Integrity Issues At Harvest SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter By Ashley Davenport – Sep 14, 2020 Facebook Twitter Audio Playerhttps://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2020/09/Be-Watchful-of-Stalk-Integrity-Issues-as-Harvest-Begins.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.August held a lot of promise for the corn and soybean crops in the eastern Corn Belt, but dry weather tempered yield expectations. As we get closer to harvest, Rod King of Dairyland Seed, says stalk integrity issues in corn is something growers need to watch as harvest starts.“You see a lot of corn stalks that are dried up from the ground up—some of them all the way to the top,” said King. “We often think of it as lack of nitrogen, and in fact it is that, but probably not due to the lack of nitrogen in the soil. It’s due to the lack of moisture for that plant to take up and move water, nitrogen and other nutrients up into the ear.”Then there is some cannibalization—the stalk is taking nutrients and water out of the leaves and trying to finish the kernels. King says there’s two things growers need to be aware of as the finish line gets closer.“Growers need to be very careful and target their fields for an aggressive harvest strategy—be out there in the fields, look at stalk integrity and identifying hybrids or fields where that stalk is losing integrity and likely to fall down,” he said.The other thing is premature ear fall.“The concern there is the shank integrity or the point of attachment of the shank to the butt of the ear,” said King. “Is that going to get weak, slip the husk and fall?”King says the biggest take home is that producers will need to be aggressive in harvest management. For more information, contact your local Dairyland Seed agronomist.
News Mr. Oleksandr MedvedkoUkraine Prosecutor GeneralProsecutor General’s Office13/15 Riznytska Street01011 Kiev, UkraineDC 20500 Respectfully, UkraineEurope – Central Asia Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV August 10, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders’ Letter to Ukraine Prosecutor General Paris, 10 August 2009Dear Prosecutor General Medvedko,Reporters Without Borders, an organisation that defends press freedom worldwide, would like to refer you to the Georgy Gongadze murder investigation. There have been several positive developments of late, especially the arrest and revelations of Gen. Olexy Pukach, the former head of foreign intelligence in the interior ministry. We are closely following your department’s efforts to solve this murder and to finally bring all those responsible to trial after several years of paralysis.Reporters Without Borders has only one desire, that those who instigated this murder are finally exposed and convicted regardless of the high office they may have held or still hold. Their sentences must be exemplary and President Viktor Yushchenko has himself said as much on several occasions.We share the wish of Mr. Gongadze’s widow, Myroslava Gongadze, and her lawyer, Valentyna Telyshenko, that Gen. Pukach’s confessions be made public. And we therefore urge you to release the text of the statements he has made since his arrest. This is the only way to demonstrate that both the judicial and political authorities are determined to get to the bottom of this case regardless of the identity of the figures implicated.Also important is the forensic examination of the skull that has been found as a result of the information provided by Gen. Pukach, as this skull could be Mr. Gongadze’s. Because of the pressure that could be placed on the forensic specialists, Reporters Without Borders supports the request by Myroslava Gongadze and her lawyer for a forensic examination to be carried out abroad by independent experts, in addition, if necessary, to an examination carried out in Ukraine.We hope, Prosecutor General, after so many years without any progress in the investigation into Mr. Gongadze’s brutal murder, that you will not oppose the publication of Gen. Pukach’s statements and or an international forensic examination of the newly discovered skull.We look forward to your reply. Organisation to go further News RSF_en September 7, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Ukraine Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media Jean-François Julliard,Secretary-General February 26, 2021 Find out more UkraineEurope – Central Asia News Related documents Pismo_Gongadze.pdfPDF – 277.18 KB Read in Ukrainian/читать на украинском March 26, 2021 Find out more
First Heatwave Expected Next Week 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News In 1992 as a second term Pasadena City Councilman I ran against Mike Antonovich for the LA County Board of Supervisors finishing second in a crowded field of candidates. I don’t agree with many of Antonovich’s political positions but I am supporting him in the race for State Senate because he has always been an elected public official of solid integrity who has consistently delivered reliable constituent services. His opponent, Anthony Portantino, is a washed up political has been.During his tenure in the Assembly, Portantino was one of the worst abusers of the gift laws in Sacramento. He earned a reputation for greedily taking everything he could. He was the recipient of thousands of dollars in free meals and booze and travel. But the real insight into his mendacious character comes from an examination of what happened once he was termed out in the California Assembly and began flaying about searching for another political office. Rather than return to his alleged career as a “filmmaker”, which a review of his credits on the internet movie database reveals is a sham, he actually attempted to run for Congress in three separate districts in less than one year: On February 28, 2011, he declared himself a candidate for Congress in the 26th Congressional District against David Dreier; six months later he declared for Congress in the 32nd District against Grace Napolitano; finally, he campaigned against Judy Chu in the 27th District.Then in 2012 Portantino declared himself a candidate for State Senate against Carol Liu in the 25th District then switched over to the 21st District filing a declaration against Steve Knight in the Lancaster-Palmdale area, then back to the 25th District. By the time the election is held in November he will have been campaigning for 4 years! Along the way he has become increasingly desperate and actually engaged in voter fraud in a Democratic Party caucus. Previously, this was considered a little inside baseball, but this year, everyone knows what a caucus is. The fraud was so bad that the Democratic Party overturned the results.Does he have any record of political achievement? Not really. Portantino was an avid supporter of SB 731 in 2008, which forbade our local communities from regulating massage parlors. Thus, houses of ill repute sprung up in our neighborhoods, which became hubs for human trafficking, ruining our property values and the lives of young women. No one wants houses of prostitution in their neighborhoods. This became a huge problem in cities throughout the district, and fixing it became a huge priority for local pols, like my former Pasadena City Council colleague Chris Holden.Portantino’s shameless opportunism manifests itself in his unbridled pandering. He’s been breathlessly running around the community, from one free chicken dinner to the next, pretending to be everyone’s friend when in fact he’s a friend to no one. The glad handing shenanigans of this unemployed former Assembly member has continued unabated for 4 years. Thankfully on election day it will finally end when we elect Supervisor Mike Antonovich to the State Senate.William M. PaparianAttorney at Law Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Opinion & Columnists Guest Opinion | Bill Paparian: Why I’m Supporting Antonovich for State Senate By WILLIAM M. PAPARIAN Published on Monday, August 15, 2016 | 6:55 pm Business News Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Herbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThink The Lost Weight Won’t Be Regained If You Stop Eating A Lot?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCouples Who Stuck With Each Other Despite The Cheating ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Sweet Things Every Guy Wants To Hear From The Woman He LovesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCreative Ways To Burn Calories That Require Little EffortHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena officials are urging city residents to take a minute on Thursday to prepare themselves and their loved ones for the inevitable: a large, damaging earthquake in California that seismologists have long warned is overdue.The third Thursday of October is traditionally the day of The Great ShakeOut statewide earthquake drill.But this year’s event is expected to take on a decidedly different tone, as many throughout Pasadena and elsewhere continue working or attending school from home. While formally scheduled for 10:15 a.m., participants are encouraged to take part whenever their schedule permits.“In the past, school-age children have been asked to drop cover, hold on for The Great shakeout at school. Now they’re at home. So we don’t want that to be a reason why they do not do it,” city spokesperson Lisa Derderian said. “We really want to reinforce the message that because they’re home, it’s a good opportunity to talk as a family and communicate as a family on what to do during an earthquake.”It’s an excellent time to review “drop, cover and hold on,” as well as forming family emergency plans, identifying potential hazards, and restocking emergency kits.“We don’t want people hoarding, but we need you to have extra supplies on hand for the large earthquake where the infrastructure could be affected. …We don’t want to scare you, we want to prepare you,” Derderian said.“In the last six months, we’ve experienced COVID, wildfires in our own backyard, the worst air quality in years, and the (4.5 magnitude) earthquake a few weeks ago,” she said. “So Mother Nature doesn’t care that we’re the middle of a pandemic.”Practicing earthquake drills helps instill the procedures in memory, so they can be performed without thinking during or in the wake of a disaster, such as a massive earthquake, according to Margaret Vinci, who serves as manager of the Office of Earthquake Programs at Caltech and is a regional ShakerAlert coordinator, a volunteer with the Pasadena Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, and a coordinator of Pasadena’s “Map Your Neighborhood” emergency response program. She was involved in the committee that first created The Great ShakeOut in 2008.Since the drill coincides with the pandemic, “This is an opportunity for people that usually work and do their drills at work to actually drill at home. And to bring in the other members of your household — your children, your family — to drill with them as well,” Vinci said.It’s not just about going through the motions, she added. “It’s for everybody to stop what they’re doing to then think about what would happen if you were to get a Shake Alert early warning, or to feel shaking.”“The more they practice, the more their body will intuitively get them into a safe place, so even with two seconds of warning, or if they feel the shaking, if they know where that safe place is, they can get there within a second,” Vinci said.The Great ShakeOut will likely look a little different this year for workplaces, as well, with social distancing precautions now part of the equation, she said.“You want to make sure that you protect yourself from COVID if you’re doing a drill with other people. If you’re doing a drill in the office or with other people, you want to make sure that you practice your COVID practices,” said Vinci.“So if you can, try to social distance,” she added. “Also, make sure that you have your mask, so that after that shaking, when you get out from under your safe place, you’ve got your mask, you’ve got your sanitizer, because there may be no water.”In addition to taking part in The Great Shakeout, city officials urged Pasadenans to join in the Pasadena Fire Department’s Map Your Neighborhood program, designed to help neighbors help each other in the critical first hour following a disaster.Perry Helm, a former Pasadena Fire Department Disaster Advisory Council Member, remains active in the Map Your Neighborhood program. He said he was in the midst of working to organize blocks in the Hastings Ranch and Orange Heights neighborhoods.“The whole idea behind it is a disaster preparation program that is designed to help people have a plan for the first hour after the earthquake hits. So, in other words: What do you do?” he said.Neighbors are encouraged to meet with one another, largely taking place online due to the pandemic, to get to know each other, as well as hazards and resources that would be important to know about in the aftermath of a catastrophe, earthquake or otherwise.Residents are urged to take note of where vulnerable neighbors live, which homes have pets, and where utility shut off valves are located, organizers said.“Who has first aid training? Who’s a nurse? Who has a fire extinguisher? Who has a generator?” Helm said. “You’re gathering information about your neighbors as far as what tools they have and what skills they have. And so you can put that to best use to protect your neighborhood.”The city also maintains a volunteer Community Emergency Response Team, with regular training sessions held throughout the year. But training has been put on hold due to the pandemic as officials consider when and how to proceed, according to Vinci.More information on the Map Your Neighborhood program, as well as downloadable materials, including brochures and videos, is available online at cityofpasadena.net/fire/community-programs/map-your-neighborhood.Police, fire, and city officials are planning an online disaster preparedness forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday via Zoom, officials said.The forum can be accessed at us02web.zoom.us/j/85911546912, using Meeting ID 859 11546912, or by phone by calling (669) 900-6833.More information about The Great ShakeOut is available online at shakeout.org/california.See also:Pasadena Hosts Disaster Preparedness Forum in Conjunction With Great ShakeoutDisaster Preparedness Urged in Pasadena Ahead of Statewide Earthquake Drill4.5 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Pasadena, No Significant Damage Reported Community News Your email address will not be published. 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BusinessLimerickNewsWP Engine continues Limerick expansionBy Staff Reporter – November 21, 2017 4580 Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articleArtists mural depicts real ‘Sporting Limerick’Next articleMichael’s Limerick adventure on the voyage of the Southern Sun Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Email Print HAVING recently celebrated their first birthday in Limerick, Texan tech firm WP Engine is in an expansion phase as it seeks to grow its city centre based workforce.Dedicated to employees success and innovative, this fast-paced firm is looking to attract “individuals who are passionate about technology and looking to join us,” according to Roxanne Molina, Lead Recruiter with WP Engine. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Speaking from her San Antonio office, Ms Molina said that WP Engine will host a meet and greet evening in December to showcase the company to prospective employees.“We are actively hiring on our technical support team to help service our growing customer base and we are also looking to expand our engineering team that works on the technology that powers our platform,” Ms Molina explained.After the December 5 event, Ms Molina explained that a selection process will take place and the winning candidates can look forward to a new start in the New Year.“If you are chosen for this amazing opportunity, you can look forward to joining WP Engine on January 8”.Whether you are looking for that next opportunity or just interested in learning more about WP Engine, the firm’s lead recruiter said that all are welcome to join the informal meeting at Flannery’s bar on Denmark Street where WP Engine will also outline why they chose Limerick.At a similar event held during Summer 2016, Ms Molina said that while technical experience is important, she mainly looked for a culture fit. She also added that finding people with the right attitude wasn’t that hard to find considering how everyone in Limerick was so nice and welcoming.See more on WP Engine here or click here to register for the December 5 event Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSlimerickWP Engine Advertisement
golibtolibov/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Washington, D.C., will join the list of cities and states to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day in place of Columbus Day, after the D.C. Council passed emergency legislation on Tuesday to rename the federal holiday.Councilmember David Grosso proposed the “Indigenous Peoples’ Day Emergency Declaration Act of 2019” in an effort to “honor Indigenous People and their rich history and cultural contributions.” If signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser, the act will go into effect immediately for the Oct. 14 holiday. But for the change to become permanent, it requires congressional approval within 225 days, according to the D.C. Council website.At least eight states and 130 cities have legally changed the holiday, including Wisconsin, where Gov. Tony Evers signed an executive order on Tuesday.Other states are attempting to find a middle ground. Earlier this year, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Sitt signed legislation recognizing the day as both Native Americans Day and Columbus Day.Some have replaced Columbus Day with other titles related to the Native American community. Summit City, Ohio, selected “First Peoples Day” and Hawaii switched to “Discoverers Day.”Grosso, who’s advocated for the change for the last five years, said in a statement on Monday a majority of the council has supported the idea for years, but legislation was stalled by council Chairman Phil Mendelson “without any public hearing or input.”Grosso took to Twitter to share the news after a supermajority vote of approval changed that. After 5 years, the Council has approved emergency legislation renaming Columbus Day as #IndigenousPeoplesDay. TY to @charlesallen @AnitaBondsDC @marycheh @BrianneKNadeau @RobertWhite_DC @trayonwhite @CMBrandonTodd @tweetelissa @CM_McDuffie for supporting. Let’s make it permanent! https://t.co/p2kpSjbtNB— David Grosso (@cmdgrosso) October 8, 2019“Frankly, it’s an accident of history that Columbus is honored this way in the first place. Columbus Day was officially designated as a federal holiday in 1937, despite the fact Columbus did not discover North America, despite the fact millions of people were already living in North America upon his arrival to the Americas, and despite the fact Columbus never set foot on the shores of the current United States,” Grosso said Tuesday during a council meeting. “Columbus enslaved, colonized, mutilated and massacred thousands of Indigenous People in the Americas.”While Grosso was backed by nine of 11 councilmembers, Mendelson and Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans were present but abstained from voting.“I fully support the establishment of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, but what I don’t support is eliminating Columbus Day,” Evans said at the meeting. “I have gotten a number of emails, a number of calls, from constituents in my ward, largely of Italian descent, who feel that taking this action is not fair.”The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), a nonprofit organization that promotes Italian American culture, published a statement on Monday opposing the legislation, corroborating what Evans’ constituents told him.“We believe to repeal Columbus Day as a federal holiday, which is celebrated by over 20 million Italian Americans, only to replace it by another holiday celebrated by another ethnic group, would be culturally insensitive,” the statement said.NIAF urges the D.C. City Council to reconsider changing Columbus Day to “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in the District. The City Council has fast-tracked the legislation and will consider this bill at its meeting this morning, October 8, at 10 a.m. NIAF asks all those living in… pic.twitter.com/avdkfoaTEZ— NIAF (@niaforg) October 8, 2019NIAF Chair Gabriel A. Battista added: “Instead of pushing aside the contributions of Christopher Columbus and the importance he holds in immigrant, Catholic, and Italian American communities, efforts should be made to find another day or a separate, standalone opportunity to honor Indigenous Peoples.”Despite opposition, Grosso will continue his push to make the legislation permanent moving forward.The second Monday in October is still recognized by the federal government as Columbus Day. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
iStock(HOUSTON) — A Texas judge has recommended that a man who was convicted based on allegedly false evidence from a disgraced former Houston police officer be declared innocent, prosecutors said.Judge Ramona Franklion ordered that Otis Mallet be declared innocent on Monday after prosecutors and defense attorneys submitted a joint filing, claiming the case against him had been built on false claims made by former Houston Police Department Officer Gerald Goines.“Mr. Mallet’s case is significant because it appears that Mr. Goines was operating outside of the law for more than a decade,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement. “There’s no telling how many cases like this may be out there.”Mallet was convicted in 2011 after Goines claimed he’s participated in a drug deal. Goines testified that Mallet and his brother sold him crack cocaine for $200 in 2008 while he working as an undercover narcotics officer.Prosecutors said Goines’ testimony was “the cornerstone” of the case against Mallet, although four neighbors disputed the story in court.Mallet was convicted based on the officer’s testimony and has served two years of an eight-year sentence.Prosecutors decided to reopen the case last month when Goines was indicted on charges of felony murder and tampering with a government record in connection. The charges stemmed from a botched drug raid that left two people dead and four officers wounded.Upon re-examining the case against Mallet, prosecutors found that Goines had repeatedly lied about nearly every aspect of his testimony, according to court records.Ogg said thousands of cases could come under scrutiny in light of the charges against Goines.“Now we know Mr. Goines was lying and using the district attorney’s office as a tool to convict people wrongfully more than a decade ago,” Ogg said in a statement. “This case also raises questions about how buy-money was being issued by the Houston Police Department’s narcotics division, and how drug payouts were being supervised and audited.”Nicole DeBorde, Goines’ attorney, did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment, but she told the Houston Chronicle that Ogg’s actions were a “media stunt.”“The DA’s office is using this as way to bolster their position in the other case,” she said.Mallet’s case will now go to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals for review. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
mrtom-uk/iStock(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of novel coronavirus has claimed the lives of more than 10,000 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 nearly 245,000 diagnosed cases globally, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. While China still compromises the bulk of the world’s cases, Italy now has the highest death toll.There are 14,250 diagnosed cases in the United States, spanning all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. At least 200 people have died in the U.S., according to ABC News’ count. Here’s how the news is unfolding Friday. All times Eastern: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.