First Mutual Holdings Limited 2012 Annual Report

first_imgFirst Mutual Holdings Limited (FMHL.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2012 annual report.For more information about First Mutual Holdings Limited (FMHL.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the First Mutual Holdings Limited (FMHL.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: First Mutual Holdings Limited (FMHL.zw)  2012 annual report.Company ProfileThe Group has more than a hundred years of serving Zimbabwe by provision of economic dignity though its strategic business units. We have diverse interests in life assurance, health insurance, short term insurance; short term re-insurance; long term re-insurance; wealth management, property sector, funeral services and microfinance housed under the following subsidiaries; First Mutual Life, First Mutual Health, NicozDiamond Insurance, First Mutual Reinsurance, FMRE Property & Casualty (Botswana), First Mutual Wealth Management, First Mutual Properties, First Mutual Funeral Services and First Mutual Microfinance. First Mutual Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange.last_img read more

Grit Real Estate Income Group Limited (DEL.mu) 2015 Abridged Report

first_imgGrit Real Estate Income Group Limited (DEL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Financial sector has released it’s 2015 abridged results.For more information about Grit Real Estate Income Group Limited (DEL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Grit Real Estate Income Group Limited (DEL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Grit Real Estate Income Group Limited (DEL.mu)  2015 abridged results.Company ProfileGrit Real Estate Income Group Limited is a property investment company that is particularly interested in African real estate assets. The company mainly deals with US dollar and Euro denominated medium to long term leases with high quality global graded tenants. Grit Real Estate Income Group Limited also operates in Morocco. Mozambique, Mauritius, Kenya and Zambia. Grit Real Estate Income Group Limited has a primary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, and a secondary listing on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Commentary: Planning for Profit in 2020

first_img Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Commentary: Planning for Profit in 2020 Previous articleEU Parliament Approves Increased US Beef AccessNext articleHouse Bill Will Ease Estate Tax Burden on Farmers Gary Truitt By Gary TruittAs we turn the page into December, harvest is wrapping up in most areas. While a few fields remain, the majority of crops are out which is a far cry from last year and earlier than many of us expected back in August. Now begins one of the most important times of the year, the planning season.As we know all too well from 2019, Mother Nature will have the final word no matter how well we plan. This should not discourage us from planning but encourage us to have several plans. A great place to find resources for your planning process is the Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo, December 17-19, at the State Fairgrounds. We have designed the event specifically to address some of the planning challenges facing farmers.The first is financial planning. Dr. Jim Mintert, from the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture, will help you put a financial plan together that will set you on track to profit in 2020. Given the uncertainty in agriculture and the markets, putting several plans together might be a better approach. Dr. Mintert will also pinch hit for Dr. Chris Hurt, a long-time presenter at the show who is undergoing serious health challenges. This outlook presentation will examine the economic forces that will be impacting agriculture in the year ahead.Meteorologist Ryan Martin will return with a very popular presentation on the weather outlook for the coming year. While long range forecasts and computer models are far from a sure thing, his perspective will help you make decisions on how you are going to approach the planting season and the contingency plans you may want to have.Other planning presentations will include cover crops, hedging, field drainage, hemp production, and data analysis. A new location for the seminar area will be in the center of the show floor, making it easier to find. Several new exhibitors will be at the event in 2019 with new products and services for your operation. The Expo will also feature a little levity, which is certainly needed after this year. A photo booth will let you take a picture proclaiming you survived farming in 2019. Rumor has it that Santa Claus will be at the show offering to move anyone who attends the event off the naughty list.So start your planning for the new year by planning to Recover, Renew, and Innovate for 2020 by attending the Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo. For a complete copy of the schedule visit www.indianafarmexpo.com. By Gary Truitt – Dec 1, 2019 Home Indiana Agriculture News Commentary: Planning for Profit in 2020last_img read more

Men’s basketball has ‘worst performance of the year’ against No. 10 Texas Tech

first_imgTwitter Twitter ReddIt ReddIt + posts printWhat looked like what would be another tightly-contested Big 12 game for TCU turned ugly at Schollmaier Arena Saturday with Texas Tech claiming an 83-71 Red Raider victory.“Texas Tech is a good team,” TCU head coach Jamie Dixon said. “They played good, and then combine that with our worst performance of the year. There wasn’t anything we did well today.”The driving factor behind the Horned Frog drought were turnovers, as TCU gave away the basketball eight times to Texas Tech’s two turnovers. The Red Raiders were able capitalize off those Horned Frog giveaways for 11 points during the run. Texas Tech was also prolific from behind the arc, hitting four three-pointers during the stretch.“Our energy was low from the jump and they were able to jump out to an early lead,” TCU guard Desmond Bane said. “It’s something we have to find within ourselves, it’s a toughness thing. Coach Dixon does a good  job of preparing us, but we just have to come together and be ready to play from the jump.”After the Horned Frogs trimmed their deficit back down to 14, 32-18, the Red Raiders scored 12 more points in a row to extend their lead to 26, 44-18, with 2:56 to play before halftime. To top off TCU’s tough first 20 minutes, Tech’s Keenan Evans hit a buzzer-beating jumper, pushing the Red Raiders lead to 24, 48-24.“Our 17 turnovers lent to that,” Dixon said. “Our offense caused some of the problems too among the many that we had.”TCU committed one less turnover, 11, than their rebound total, 12, in the first half. The Red Raiders held a slight edge on the boards with 15, but Texas Tech scored 18 points off TCU’s turnovers while the Horned Frogs couldn’t capitalize on any the three Red Raider giveaways.Texas Tech shot an efficient 55 percent from the field and a blistering 62 percent from three, 8-13, and TCU made 43 percent of its looks in the first 20 minutes in addition to 38 percent from behind the arc, 3-8.“We left the other guys open to shoot it, that wasn’t the game plan,” Dixon said. Texas Tech guard Zhaire Smith (2) goes up for a shot over TCU guard’s Alex Robinson (25) and Shawn Olden (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)The Red Raider advantage climbed to as high as 28 early in the second half following a dunk from guard Zhaire Smith, 52-24.The Horned Frogs gained some ground in the final ten minutes, using a 15-3 run to cut the Texas Tech edge to 13, 61-48 with seven minutes to play. TCU forward Vladimir Brodziansky scored five points during the balanced scoring stretch.Brodziansky finished with a team-high 18 points, while Bane finished with 13. TCU guard Kenrich Williams added his tenth double-double this season with 12 points in combination with 13 rebounds.The Horned Frogs ended up shooting 49 percent from the field, just one percent lower than the Red Raider’s even 50 percent, and TCU won the battle on the glass by out-rebounding Texas Tech by four, 31-27.“We got a little better offensively but when you get beat like this you have a lot of concerns,” Dixon said. “We’ll go back to work and at least we outscored them by 12 in the second half. Obviously there are no consolation prizes.”TCU ended up with a back-breaking 17 turnovers that became 22 Texas Tech points while the Horned Frogs could only generate 12 points off the Red Raiders’ 11 turnovers.The free throw line also held TCU back Saturday with the Horned Frogs missing nine free throws to shoot 61 percent from the charity stripe whereas Texas Tech took advantage of its opportunities making all but four of its 21 free throw attempts, shooting 81 percent on free throws.“We missed free throws early, those are draining,” Dixon said. “We missed our first four. That’s going to kill you, but it was a combination of things today.” Up NextThe loss dropped TCU’s record to 16-7 overall and 4-6 in conference. The Horned Frogs will look to rebound in Lawrence, Kan. Tuesday Feb. 6 against the Kansas Jayhawks who will be coming off a home loss of their own against Oklahoma State. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.“It’s one loss,” Dixon said. “We played horribly, but we have to get ready for next one against Kansas.” Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver (23) tries to drive past TCU forward JD Miller (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins) Linkedin TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Previous articleNo. 22 Women’s basketball falters in first quarter, falls to Longhorns, 92-65Next articleHoroscope: February 4, 2018 Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/center_img Linkedin Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award TAGSJamie Dixon Garrett Podell Facebook Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas Facebook TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

The Skiff: August 30, 2018

first_imgFacebook The Skiff: Digital IssuesThe Skiff: August 30, 2018By The Skiff – August 31, 2018 854 Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Facebook The Skiff: Nov. 21, 2019 Previous articleSoccer starts fast, finishes strong in 4-0 win over PittsburghNext articleNew-look defense shuts down Southern The Skiff The Skiff Life in Fort Worth Twitter The Skiff: Nov. 7, 2019 The Skiff: Dec. 5, 2019 The Skiff: Nov. 14, 2019 The Skiffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/the-skiff/ Linkedincenter_img A fox’s tail: the story of TCU’s campus foxes + posts printVolume 117, Issue 2: Football PreviewAlso: New quarterback ready to take the field and more.Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more info Linkedin ReddIt The Skiffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/the-skiff/ ReddIt The Skiff by TCU360TCU Box 298050Fort Worth, TX [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter The Skiffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/the-skiff/ The Skiffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/the-skiff/last_img read more

Murder Charge Filed in Deadly Pasadena Stabbing Over Weekend

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TD claims sex offender laws don’t provide sufficient protection

first_img Google+ Twitter By admin – July 29, 2015 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Homepage BannerNews Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR An independent TD is calling for changes to protect children from newly-released sex offenders.There are currently 94 sex offenders in Ireland who are being monitored under the conditions of a supervision order after being released form prison.These are people who, at the time of their conviction, specific conditions were attached to their release.But there are around 1,000 sex offenders on a so-called sex offenders register – though no such central register currently exists.Roscommon-South Leitrim TD Denis Naughten says the current system doesn’t provide for sufficient checks……..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/naughtsexoffenders.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Previous articlePeter Hutton brings Paul Hegarty back to Derry CityNext articleJoseph Duffy top of the bill at UFC Fight Night Dublin admin Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th TD claims sex offender laws don’t provide sufficient protectionlast_img read more

Striking nurses’ resolve is strong at LUH – INMO

first_img Google+ Facebook The second in a series of 24 hour strikes by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation is underway, with pickets at Letterkenny University Hospital and other community hospitals and health services across the North West.Emergency cover is being maintained, but all routine procedures and appointments have been cancelled.Ciaran Mc Laughlin is PRO of the INMO Strike Committee at Letterkenny University Hospital.He says the resolve among nurses locally is strong………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/ciaraninmo1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleBohemians Finn Harps league opener to go aheadNext articleHarps hosting Season and Website launch on Wednesday News Highland Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – February 5, 2019 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNewscenter_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Striking nurses’ resolve is strong at LUH – INMO Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Harps come back to win in Waterford FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest Google+ Facebooklast_img read more

Pennsylvania woman arrested for faking cancer and collecting $10K in GoFundMe, Facebook campaigns

first_imggorodenkoff/iStock(NEW YORK) — A Pennsylvania woman has been arrested for allegedly faking cancer to raise thousands of dollars in crowdfunding campaigns and falsifying medical documents, according to authorities.Chester County resident Jessica Ann Smith, 31, allegedly created two fundraisers in June — one on GoFundMe and the other on Facebook — seeking donations to assist with medical bills and other related costs for a diagnosis of colon cancer, according to a criminal complaint filed last week.“Jessica is facing tremendous medical bills, travel costs, paying for the care for her children and missed work,” the GoFundMe campaign description read, according to the complaint.The campaign was later removed from the site, and Jessica Smith was banned from the platform, a spokeswoman for GoFundMe told ABC News. It raised $4,735 since it was created on June 10.The Facebook fundraiser, titled “#FightLikeAJessica,” stated that she had recently been treated for colon cancer and required “extensive medical treatment and travel expenses plus unpaid time off work.”“Bills and care for her children don’t stop,” the campaign, which raised $8,553 of its $15,000 goal and has since been removed by Facebook, stated.The Facebook fundraiser received donations from 161 of the 16,000 people invited to the page since it was created on June 15.Jessica Smith allegedly collected more than $10,000 in donations in total and does not have cancer, according to the complaint. She created the campaigns under her maiden name, Jessica Veronica Cornell, authorities said.Authorities were notified of the fundraisers after her husband, Robert Smith, and an acquaintance reported the campaigns to the Uwchlan Township Police Department on June 19.“To the best of her knowledge, she does not believe Jessica Smith has been diagnosed with cancer of any form,” Uwchlan Township Det. Sgt. Steven Benson wrote in the criminal complaint, referring to the acquaintance.On July 31, Robert Smith went to the police station to file a report alleging fraud by his wife, accusing her of obtaining funds from the GoFundMe and Facebook campaigns and depositing them into her bank account. He told police that, “to the best of his knowledge, his wife does not have cancer of any form and that she is covered on his medical insurance through his employer,” the complaint reads.He also provided copies of bank statements from the couple’s joint checking account which showed “a continuous pattern of electronic deposits” coming into the account from ACH deposits through a PayPal Visa account, according to the complaint.Robert Smith also recalled a recent telephone conversation he overheard in which his wife was allegedly claiming to be a nurse from “Penn Medicine” while speaking to a representative for her employer, Marco Protection Systems. Smith alleged that during the call, his wife stated that she was “very ill from a medical condition” and needed days off because she was “presently very ill from her cancer treatments.”A detective followed up with her employer and was informed that Jessica Smith was a full-time employee on paid time off due to illness. The employer also revealed that on that same day, July 31, Jessica Smith had taken off “because of the death of her father,” according to the complaint.The detective confirmed that Jessica Smith’s father, David Cornell, was not dead and later learned that Jessica Smith had allegedly presented a copy of a death certificate to her employer as proof of his death, although the name on the document was not David Cornell, the complaint states.Robert Smith also provided authorities with a document he found in his home that was purported to be signed by Sunil Saroha, a Penn Medicine doctor who practices out of Chester County Hospital, that states Jessica Smith suffers from tumors and colon cancer. Robert told the detective that the handwriting and signature on the paperwork were actually his wife’s, according to the complaint.When the detective called Saroha, he confirmed that Jessica Smith was a patient but said she was not suffering from any condition she was claiming, adding that he was “obviously aware” of the claims she was making, the complaint states.On Sept. 12, Jessica Smith was invited to the police station to “discuss her concerns of online harassment and bullying,” according to the complaint. Between July 31 and Aug. 22, Smith had made several reports to police detailing “online harassment” from people posting comments on her campaigns that described her as a fraud or not actually having cancer.Police asked her about her medical diagnosis and treatment for cancer. Jessica Smith allegedly told authorities that she was diagnosed with colon cancer in May and that was she was currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments.She also allegedly said that she had 16 inches of her colon removed showing a “non-descript document” that indicated she underwent surgery. That document allegedly showed a “balance due” of more than $81,000 according to the complaint.Jessica Smith is charged with theft by deception and other theft-related counts. She was arraigned and released on her own recognizance and will appear for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 12, according to WPVI.Later that day, Saroha confirmed to police that Jessica Smith was not receiving any treatment other than iron infusions for anemia, the complaint states.“She took advantage of people’s generosity and everyone’s worse fear of a cancer diagnosis to get money for herself,” Mike Noone, acting district attorney for Chester County, told ABC Philadelphia station WPVI.Noone said the people who turned her in “did the right thing.”Jessica Smith’s attorney, Michael D. DiCindio, declined to provide a comment to ABC News.A GoFundMe spokesperson told ABC News that the campaign was reported as fraudulent and that it is working with law enforcement in the investigation. All of the funds will be refunded to the donors in full.“In general, if someone fabricates a medical diagnosis or other circumstances in hopes of raising money, their fraudulent behavior will ultimately be reported and appropriate action will be taken,” the GoFundMe spokeswoman said.“In light of the current investigation, it is clear that this fundraiser violated our terms,” said a spokesperson from Facebook in a comment to ABC News. “The fundraiser is now removed, and is no longer visible to anyone on Facebook, including the person who created it. Refunds will be processed for all donors, and they will receive a notification when the refund is issued. People can also check their payment history for confirmation of the refund.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Coronavirus updates: NY may be reaching its peak, Dr. Fauci says

first_imgnarvikk/iStock(NEW YORK) — A global pandemic of the novel coronavirus has claimed the lives of at least 14,808 people in the United States.The U.S. is among the worst affected countries, with more than 432,000 people 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.Worldwide, more than 1.5 million people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and at least 89,915 of them have died since the virus emerged in China in December. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.Italy has, by far, the world’s highest death toll — over 17,600. Here’s how the news is developing Thursday. All times Eastern:11 a.m.: Pennsylvania schools closed for rest of yearPennsylvania schools will stay closed for the rest of the academic year, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday.Learning will continue online and families can still pick up meals at designated sites.10:40 a.m.: Georgia’s primary postponed until June 9Georgia’s primary will now be postponed until June 9, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said on Thursday.This is the second time the state’s presidential primary has been pushed back (it was originally scheduled for March 24).“I certainly realize that every difficulty will not be completely solved by the time in-person voting begins for the June 9 election, but elections must happen even in less than ideal circumstances,” Raffensperger said in a press release. “Just like our brave healthcare workers and first responders, our county election officials and poll workers are undertaking work critical to our democracy, and they will continue to do this critical work with all the challenges that the current crisis has brought forth.”10:15 a.m.: In NYC, May ‘might be easier than what I originally feared’New York City, hit hard by the pandemic, is now seeing some improvement, which Mayor Bill de Blasio says shows sheltering in place and social distancing are working.“If we continue to make progress,” the mayor said, for the dense city of 8.6 million residents, the month of May “might be easier than what I originally feared it would be.”“Let’s double down” on social distancing and sheltering in place, he added, stressing that New Yorkers “have to earn our way out of this horrible situation.”9:43 a.m.: New York cases primarily from Europe, not AsiaThough the first positive coronavirus case in New York was on March 1, the virus probably circulated in and around the city at least two weeks earlier — and most cases were transmitted from Europe, not China, where the virus originated, according to new research from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.The research shows the pandemic in New York City and surrounding area was predominately set off through untracked transmission between the U.S. and Europe, with limited evidence supporting direct introductions from China or other locations in Asia.7:19 a.m.: New York may be reaching its peak in outbreak, Dr. Fauci saysDr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top medical expert on the coronavirus pandemic, said Thursday he thinks the U.S. death toll will end up being far less than the original projection and that New York may be reaching its peak in the outbreak. A revised model by the University of Washington, often cited by the White House, now predicts that 60,000 people will die from the novel coronavirus in the United States by Aug. 4. The White House coronavirus task force previously projected 100,000 to 240,000 deaths, even if the current social distancing guidelines are maintained. “Even though it’s good news and encouraging, we got to make sure, as I always say, we keep our foot on the accelerator when it comes to mitigation,” Fauci told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Thursday on Good Morning America.Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said there’s “some indication” that parts of the country are beginning to see a bend in the upward curve of the virus outbreak, particularly New York, the U.S. epicenter, which in recent days has seen a drop in the number of patients being hospitalized and needing intensive care. “You never want to, you know, claim victory prematurely,” he said. “But when you see those kinds of trends, you hope that we’ll see that curve go down and then can start to think about gradually getting back to some sort of steps towards normality.” New York recorded its largest daily death toll from COVID-19 on Wednesday, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state’s outbreak appeared to be stabilizing based on the recent decline in hospitalizations.When asked whether he thinks New York has hit its peak, Fauci said “it’s tough to tell” but “we may very well be there. Fauci warned that people shouldn’t assume warm weather will drive the virus away, and he urged everyone to continue practicing social distancing and regularly washing hands, even when things return to normal. “There’s precedent with other infections like influenza and some of the common more benign coronaviruses that when the weather gets warmer, that the virus goes down, its ability to replicate, to spread, it doesn’t like warm, moist weather as much as it likes cold, dry weather,” he said. “But having said that, one should not assume that we are going to be rescued by a change in the weather. You must assume that the virus will continue to do its thing.”7:01 a.m.: Washington inmates cause disturbance after learning six tested positive for COVID-19More than 100 inmates caused a disturbance at a men’s prison in Washington state on Wednesday night, after six prisoners tested positive for the novel coronavirus.The demonstration erupted in the recreation yard at Monroe Correctional Complex. The inmates set off fire extinguishers within two housing units within the prison’s minimum security unit, according to a press release from the Washington state Department of Corrections.All measures to bring the individuals into compliance were initially ignored, officials said, including verbal directives, pepper spray and sting balls, which release light, noise and rubber pellets.An emergency response team was deployed and gave verbal directives, which were obeyed by over half the inmates. Sting balls were then discharged into the area and the other inmates stopped the destruction of two housing units and came into compliance, officials said.There were no injuries to staff or the incarcerated men, officials said.“It is believed at this time that the incident was caused by recent positive test results of COVID- 19 among six men within the Minimum Security Unit,” the Washington Department of Corrections said in a statement. “Those six men were transferred from the Minimum Security Unit on Sunday to the facility’s isolation unit. The facility health care team is providing clinical monitoring and supportive care for the individuals in the isolation unit.”6:02 a.m.: Pandemic drives sub-Saharan Africa toward first recession in 25 yearsThe global pandemic of the novel coronavirus is driving sub-Saharan Africa toward its first recession in 25 years, according to a World Bank report published Thursday.Economic growth in the region is forecast to fall sharply from 2.4% in 2019 to as much as -5.1% in 2020, according to the report. An analysis shows that the pandemic will cost sub-Saharan Africa “between $37 billion and $79 billion in output losses for 2020 due to a combination of effects,” the World Bank said.“The COVID-19 pandemic is testing the limits of societies and economies across the world, and African countries are likely to be hit particularly hard,” Hafez Ghanem, World Bank’s vice president for Africa, said in a statement Thursday.The World Bank also warned that the pandemic could spark a food security crisis in Africa due to a potentially substantial decline in agricultural production and food imports.A number of African nations have reacted “quickly and decisively” to curb the spread of the virus, the World Bank said. However, the report notes several factors that could hinder the containment and mitigation measures, in particular the region’s fragile health systems, poor access to safe water and sanitation facilities, and the large and densely populated urban informal settlements.5:32 a.m.: ‘We have reached the peak,’ Spain’s prime minister saysSpanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Thursday that the government would soon start relaxing the national lockdown measures that were put in place to control the spread of the novel coronavirus.“We have reached the peak and now the de-escalation begins,” Sanchez told Spanish Parliament, noting that the process would be “gradual.”“The climb has been difficult, as the descent will also be,” he said.Spain is among the worst affected countries in the global pandemic, with more than 148,000 people diagnosed with COVID-19. At least 14,792 people have died from the disease there, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University. 3:58 a.m.: USNS Mercy crew member tests positive for COVID-19A crew member aboard the USNS Mercy hospital ship moored in Los Angeles has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.U.S. Navy Lt. Andrew Bertucci told ABC News the crew member “is currently isolated aboard the ship, and will soon transfer to an off-ship isolation facility where they will self-monitor for severe symptoms.”“This will not affect the ability for Mercy to receive patients,” Bertucci said in a statement late Wednesday. “The ship is following protocols and taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of all crew members and patients on board.”After docking in the Port of Los Angeles last month, the USNS Mercy began treating non-coronavirus patients from area hospitals to help free up resources for COVID-19 patients. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more