FBN Holdings Plc (FBNH.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Financial sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the half year.For more information about FBN Holdings Plc (FBNH.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the FBN Holdings Plc (FBNH.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: FBN Holdings Plc (FBNH.ng) 2020 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileFBN Holdings Plc is a leading financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the commercial, corporate, investment and merchant banking sectors. The company also offers insurance products for individual and corporate clients and other financial services for merchant banking, asset management, investment and general trading, private equity, financial intermediation services, trusteeship, portfolio management and discount house services for individual and corporate clients. The Insurance division underwrites life and general insurance products and offers insurance brokerage services. FBN Holdings Limited was founded in 1894 and today operates in 874 business locations in 12 countries. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. FBN Holdings Plc was founded in 1894 and is based in Lagos, Nigeria. FBN Holdings Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchang
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS LEICESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 12: Tigers fly half George Ford in action during the Aviva Premiership Semi Final between Leicester Tigers and Saracens at Welford Road on May 12, 2012 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) TAGS: HarlequinsLeicester Tigers Key man: The best chance of victory for Quins will come through playmaker Nick EvansBy Owain Jones, Rugby World EditorWITH ONLY a point to separate them in the League at the end of the regular season, the smart money will be on the experience of Leicester, featuring in their eighth consecutive Final, to take the honours at a sold-out Twickenham. However, Chris Robshaw and his Quins team, buoyed by the return of Ugo Monye and Danny Care, have been front runners all season and will fancy their chances on home turf at TW2.Plenty to play forLeicester will not want for motivation. Firstly, to avenge the heartbreak of last year’s 22-18 final loss to Saracens and secondly, to provide a fitting farewell to Alesana Tuilagi, who is heading to the Far East after a glorious eight-year association with the Tigers. The Quins for their part will be looking to cement a new dynasty in south-west London, building a team-around star performers Chris Robshaw, Joe Marler, Mike Brown and Nick Evans. A final win, you feel, would finally put the ghosts of Bloodgate to rest.Key battlesMuch will rightly be made of the pivotal clash between 19-year-old George Ford and Nick Evans, twelve years his senior. Ford, stepping in for the experienced Toby Flood, proved the boy for the big occasion against Saracens in a performance that belied his tender years in the semi-finals, while Evans, fresh from his RPA Players’ Player of the Season award, will be looking to do what he does best; exploit the gaps, mix the play up and dictate the game. In the backrow, the outstanding Steve Mafi and Thomas Waldrom will be looking to dominate both the breakdown area and contemporaries Chris Robshaw and Nick Easter. Whoever wins at the collision area will have one hand on the trophy.Boy wonder: George Ford is a match-winnerMen at the topAs a player Richard Cockerill was renowned for his no-nonsense, in-your-face style of play and his spiky demeanour has not changed much as a coach. The former England hooker is a straight talker, hugely passionate and blessed with a sharp rugby brain. Conor O’Shea’s management style is far less confrontational. He is a thinker and a very astute man-manager. Such was his standing in the game, that he was on a coaching panel to advise the RFU on their choice of England coach. Whoever wins the tactical duel between the two will be climbing the steps at Twickenham at five o’clock.Verdict There’s no question Harlequins will give Leicester a run for their money, but I see the on-form Tigers having too much power for Quins. Expect them to use their powerful bench to drain the opposition in the sweltering conditions late on. Match-winners for the day will be the Tuilagi brothers, so I’m going for a 27-20 win and a 10th Premiership title for the Welford Road trophy cabinet.HARLEQUINS v LEICESTER, TWICKENHAM, SATURDAY 26 MAY, 3pm, Live on ESPNLEICESTER: Geordan Murphy (capt); Horacio Agulla, Manusamoa Tuilagi, Anthony Allen, Alesana Tuilagi; George Ford, Ben Youngs; Marcos Ayerza, George Chuter, Dan Cole, George Skivington, Geoff Parling, Steve Mafi, Julian Salvi, Thomas WaldromReplacements: Tom Youngs, Logovi’i Mulipola, Martin Castrogiovanni, Graham Kitchener, Craig Newby, Sam Harrison, Toby Flood, Scott HamiltonHARLEQUINS: Mike Brown; Tom Williams, George Lowe, Jordan Turner-Hall, Ugo Monye; Nick Evans, Danny Care ; Joe Marler, Joe Gray, James Johnston, Olly Kohn, George Robson, Maurie Fa’asavalu, Chris Robshaw (capt), Nick Easter.Replacements: Rob Buchanan, Mark Lambert, Will Collier, Tomas Vallejos, Tom Guest, Karl Dickson, Rory Clegg, Matt HopperReferee: Wayne Barnes Assistant referees: Dave Pearson, Paul DixTelevision match official: Geoff Warren
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Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Market Facilitation Program Round 2 Details Released USDA Market Facilitation Program Round 2 Details Released USDA-provides-MFP-2-detailsThree programs under the second round of USDA’s Market Facilitation Program were unveiled Thursday morning, including a non-specialty crop program, specialty crops, and dairy and hog assistance. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue made the announcement along with several other top officials at USDA. The signup for the $16 billion program, which includes $14.5 billion in producer payments, starts in local Farm Services Agency offices Monday, July 29 and continues through Friday, December 6, 2019.Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation, Bill Northey said payments should begin mid to late August, and he explains some of what farmers need to provide FSA.“The number of acres that producer planted to qualifying crops in that county, and in many cases we already have that in the acreage certification the producer has provided to the county. For the most part this should be a fairly simple process,” Northey said. “We want signup to be easy for producers, straightforward.”There was a payment limit last year and there is a limit again with this new assistance, but Northey says the limits have been increased.“Each of the categories will have a $250,000 payment per person or per legal entity, and although you can participate in three different categories, the payment will be limited to $500,000 across all three categories for a person or entity.”MFP assistance for non-specialty crops is based on a single county payment rate multiplied by a farm’s total plantings of MFP-eligible crops in aggregate in 2019. County rates range from $15 to $150 per acre, depending on the impact of unjustified trade retaliation in that county. Acreage of non-specialty crops and cover crops must be planted by August 1, 2019 to be considered eligible for MFP payments.Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue made clear talking with reporters, the program is assistance, and not coverage of all farmer losses due to trade disputes.“I don’t think either the programs last year or this year were ever designed or promised to make farmers whole regarding the trade damages,” he said. “If you look at some of the price differentials, I think you can see clearly this is an attempt to recognize that farmers have borne a disproportionate share of the trade disruption and these funds are there to support them and enable them to continue farming rather than having a year where they are run out of business in that way.”The state by state county payment details are here. Many more details are available at www.farmers.gov/mfp and below in the official USDA release:U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced further details of the $16 billion package aimed at supporting American agricultural producers while the Administration continues to work on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals.In May, President Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a relief strategy in line with the estimated impacts of unjustified retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural goods and other trade disruptions. The Market Facilitation Program (MFP), Food Purchase and Distribution Program (FPDP), and Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP) will assist agricultural producers while President Trump works to address long-standing market access barriers.“China and other nations have not played by the rules for a long time, and President Trump is the first President to stand up to them and send a clear message that the United States will no longer tolerate unfair trade practices,” Secretary Perdue said. “The details we announced today ensure farmers will not stand alone in facing unjustified retaliatory tariffs while President Trump continues working to solidify better and stronger trade deals around the globe.“Our team at USDA reflected on what worked well and gathered feedback on last year’s program to make this one even stronger and more effective for farmers. Our farmers work hard, are the most productive in the world, and we aim to match their enthusiasm and patriotism as we support them,” Secretary Perdue added.Background:American farmers have dealt with unjustified retaliatory tariffs and decades of non-tariff trade disruptions, which have curtailed U.S. exports to China and other nations. Trade damages from such retaliation and market distortions have impacted a host of U.S. commodities. High tariffs disrupt normal marketing patterns, raising costs by forcing commodities to find new markets. Additionally, American goods shipped to China have been slowed from reaching market by unusually strict or cumbersome entry procedures, which affect the quality and marketability of perishable crops. These boost marketing costs and unfairly affect our producers. USDA is using a variety of programs to support American farmers, ranchers, and producers.Details of USDA’s Market Facilitation Program (MFP)MFP signup at local FSA offices will run from Monday, July 29 through Friday, December 6, 2019.Payments will be made by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) under the authority of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Charter Act to producers of alfalfa hay, barley, canola, corn, crambe, dried beans, dry peas, extra-long staple cotton, flaxseed, lentils, long grain and medium grain rice, millet, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, rapeseed, rye, safflower, sesame seed, small and large chickpeas, sorghum, soybeans, sunflower seed, temperate japonica rice, triticale, upland cotton, and wheat. MFP assistance for those non-specialty crops is based on a single county payment rate multiplied by a farm’s total plantings of MFP-eligible crops in aggregate in 2019. Those per-acre payments are not dependent on which of those crops are planted in 2019. A producer’s total payment-eligible plantings cannot exceed total 2018 plantings. County payment rates range from $15 to $150 per acre, depending on the impact of unjustified trade retaliation in that county.Dairy producers who were in business as of June 1, 2019, will receive a per hundredweight payment on production history, and hog producers will receive a payment based on the number of live hogs owned on a day selected by the producer between April 1 and May 15, 2019.MFP payments will also be made to producers of almonds, cranberries, cultivated ginseng, fresh grapes, fresh sweet cherries, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts. Each specialty crop will receive a payment based on 2019 acres of fruit or nut bearing plants, or in the case of ginseng, based on harvested acres in 2019.Acreage of non-specialty crops and cover crops must be planted by August 1, 2019 to be considered eligible for MFP payments.The MFP rule and a related Notice of Funding Availability will be published in the Federal Register on July 29, 2019, when signup begins at local FSA offices. Per-acre non-specialty crop county payment rates, specialty crop payment rates, and livestock payment rates are all currently available on farmers.gov.MFP payments will be made in up-to three tranches, with the second and third tranches evaluated as market conditions and trade opportunities dictate. If conditions warrant, the second and third tranches will be made in November and early January, respectively. The first tranche will be comprised of the higher of either 50 percent of a producer’s calculated payment or $15 per acre, which may reduce potential payments to be made in tranches two or three. USDA will begin making first tranche payments in mid-to-late August.MFP payments are limited to a combined $250,000 for non-specialty crops per person or legal entity. MFP payments are also limited to a combined $250,000 for dairy and hog producers and a combined $250,000 for specialty crop producers. However, no applicant can receive more than $500,000. Eligible applicants must also have an average adjusted gross income (AGI) for tax years 2014, 2015, and 2016 of less than $900,000 or, 75 percent of the person’s or legal entity’s average AGI for tax years 2014, 2015, and 2016 must have been derived from farming and ranching. Applicants must also comply with the provisions of the Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation regulations.Many producers were affected by natural disasters this spring, such as flooding, that kept them out of the field for extended periods of time. Producers who filed a prevented planting claim and planted an FSA-certified cover crop, with the potential to be harvested qualify for a $15 per acre payment. Acres that were never planted in 2019 are not eligible for an MFP payment.In June, H.R. 2157, the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019 was signed into law by President Trump, requiring a change to the first round of MFP assistance provided in 2018. Producers previously deemed ineligible for MFP in 2018 because they had an average AGI level higher than $900,000 may now be eligible for 2018 MFP benefits. Those producers must be able to verify 75 percent or more of their average AGI was derived from farming and ranching to qualify. This supplemental MFP signup period will run parallel to the 2019 MFP signup, from July 29 through December 6, 2019.For more information on the MFP, visit www.farmers.gov/mfp or contact your local FSA office, which can be found at www.farmers.gov.Details of USDA’s Food Purchase and Distribution Program (FPDP)Additionally, CCC Charter Act authority will be used to implement an up to $1.4 billion FPDP through the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to purchase surplus commodities affected by trade retaliation such as fruits, vegetables, some processed foods, beef, pork, lamb, poultry, and milk for distribution by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to food banks, schools, and other outlets serving low-income individuals.Purchasing:AMS will buy affected products in four phases, starting after October 1, 2019 with deliveries beginning in January 2020. The products purchased can be adjusted between phases to accommodate changes due to: growing conditions; product availability; market conditions; trade negotiation status; and program capacity. AMS will purchase known commodities first. By purchasing in phases, procurements for commodities that have been sourced in the past can be purchased more quickly and included in the first phase.Vendor Outreach:To expand the AMS vendor pool and the ability to purchase new and existing products, AMS will ramp up its vendor outreach and registration efforts. AMS has also developed flyers on how the process works and how to become a vendor for distribution to industry groups and interested parties. Additionally, AMS will continue to host a series of free webinars describing the steps required to become a vendor. Stakeholders will have the opportunity to submit questions to be answered during the webinar. Recorded webinars are available to review by potential vendors, and staff will host periodic Question and Answer teleconferences to better explain the process.Product Specifications:AMS maintains purchase specifications for a variety of commodities, which ensure recipients receive the high-quality product they expect. AMS in collaboration with FNS regularly develops and revises specifications for new and enhanced products based on program requirements and requests. AMS will be prioritizing the development of those products impacted by unjustified retaliation. AMS will also work with industry groups to identify varieties and grades sold to China and other markets imposing retaliatory tariffs, such as premium apples, oranges, pears, and other products. AMS will develop or revise specifications to facilitate the purchase of these premium varieties in forms that meet the needs of FNS nutrition assistance programs.Outlets:The products discussed in this plan will be distributed to States for use in the network of food banks and food pantries that participate in The Emergency Feeding Assistance Program (TEFAP), elderly feeding programs such as the Commodity Supplemental Foods Program (CSFP), and tribes that operate the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR).These outlets are in addition to child nutrition programs such as the National School Lunch Program, which may also benefit from these purchases.Additionally, the rule provides flexibility for FNS to explore new channels of non-profit distribution of product, should the availability of distribution through traditional channels prove to be insufficient. FNS will offer products through traditional channels prior to consideration of new outlets.Distribution:AMS has coordinated with FNS, industry representatives, and other agency partners to determine necessary logistics for the purchase and distribution of each commodity, including trucking, inspection and audit requirements, and agency staffing.Details of USDA’s Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP)USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) will administer the ATP under authorities of the CCC. The ATP will provide cost-share assistance to eligible U.S. organizations for activities such as consumer advertising, public relations, point-of-sale demonstrations, participation in trade fairs and exhibits, market research, and technical assistance. Last week, USDA awarded $100 million to 48 organizations through the ATP to help U.S. farmers and ranchers identify and access new export markets.The 48 recipients are among the cooperator organizations that applied for $200 million in ATP funds in 2018 that were awarded earlier this year. As part of a new round of support for farmers impacted by unjustified retaliation and trade disruption, those groups had the opportunity to be considered for additional support for their work to boost exports for U.S. agriculture, food, fish, and forestry products.Already, since the $200 million in assistance was announced in January, U.S. exporters have had significant success, including a trade mission to Pakistan that generated $10 million in projected 2019 sales of pulse crops, a new marketing program for Alaska seafood that led to more than $4 million in sales of salmon to Vietnam and Thailand, and a comprehensive marketing effort by the U.S. soybean industry that has increased exposure in more than 50 international markets. These funds will continue to generate sales and business for U.S. producers and exporters many times over as promotional activity continues for the next couple of years.The list of ATP funding recipients is available at: https://www.fas.usda.gov/atp-funding-allocations.Source: USDA SHARE By Andy Eubank – Jul 25, 2019 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleMeat Industry Needs USMCA and Japan Deals on the HAT Thursday Morning EditionNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for July 25, 2019 Andy Eubank
News RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said today it was astonished and concerned about the charging of five journalists and editors of Radio France for “racist insults” and “complicity” because of a satirical programme about Corsicans broadcast in May last year by the affiliated station France Inter.Freedom to satirise and make gibes is guaranteed in France. Whatever the terms used in the broadcast, its authors are unlikely to have intended stirring up racial hatred and violence towards Corsicans. It is not surprising that comments in bad taste about Corsicans make people touchy, because Corsica is politically in the news. But punishing this is hard to accept in terms of press freedom. Things that are morally deplorable are not all of them crimes.Jean-Marie Cavada, chairman of Radio France, Yves Lecoq and Virginie Lemoine, presenters of the programme “Les agités de JT,” as well as producer Christian Rose and Jacques Chiraz, author of the sketch, broadcast on 27 May last year, were charged on 27 February this year before an Ajaccio judge, Jean-Michel Gentil, acting on a complaint by the Unione Corsa d’Antibes, a group in mainland France. The head of France Inter, Jean-Luc Hees, had apologised on the air for the programme. News to go further News March 15, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio journalists and editors charged over satirical sketch about Corsicans Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said today it was astonished and concerned about the charging of five journalists and editors of Radio France for “racist insults” and “complicity” because of a satirical programme about Corsicans broadcast in May last year by the affiliated station France Inter. RSF_en Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Receive email alerts News June 2, 2021 Find out more FranceEurope – Central Asia “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says June 4, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on France Help by sharing this information FranceEurope – Central Asia May 10, 2021 Find out more
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Facebook Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By News Highland – July 12, 2012 A man remains in hospital in a serious condition following an overnight crash on the Letterkenny to Ballybofey road at Drumkeen.The two vehicle collision occurred at around midnight.A man in his late teens is in a serious condition in hospital. Two other people involved in the crash also suffered injuries.The road remains closed to facilitate an investigation – diversions are in place.Gardai expect the road to re-open around 4 o’clock this (Thursday) afternoon. Google+ Pinterest Previous articlePearse Doherty introduces Bill to cap money lender interest ratesNext articleCouncil warns anyone who has failed to pay 2012 NPPR charge News Highland 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Letterkenny to Ballybofey road to remain closed until 4pm following RTC Twitter News Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire
Council, Gardai and Irish Water discuss Letterkenny delays Previous articleBrian Burnie is walking 7,000km around Britain and IrelandNext articleKeith Urban speaks with Pio McCann News Highland WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Facebook By News Highland – June 4, 2019 WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook Twitter Google+ A special meeting has taken place to discuss the impact of Irish Water works on Pearse Road on traffic flow in Letterkenny, with potential changes being introduced in the coming days.At the Public Services centre in the town today, councillors, management, gardai and Irish Water discussed a number of issues raised by local businesses and motorists.A follow up meeting will take place on Friday week.Cllr Michael Mc Bride says in the meantime, work on addressing the problems will be intensified…………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/roadmmb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+
Myriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 961,000 people worldwide.Over 31.1 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has varied from country-to-country. Still, the actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica.The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 6.8 million diagnosed cases and at least 199,552 deaths.California has the most cases of any U.S. state, with more than 786,000 people diagnosed, according to Johns Hopkins data. California is followed by Texas and Florida, with over 713,000 cases and over 683,000 cases, respectively.Nearly 170 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least six of which are in crucial phase three trials.Here’s how the news is developing Monday. All times Eastern:Sep 21, 6:34 pmCoronavirus cases on the rise in 3 statesAs of last week, new coronavirus cases in the U.S. have been increasing, according to health data.On Sept. 13, the seven-day average for new cases in the country jumped by 13%, according to state health data collected by the COVID Tracking Project. Three states saw major increase in new cases, according to the data.Since Sept. 3, new coronavirus cases in Wisconsin have increased by 156.3%, the data showed. The seven-day average of new coronavirus cases has in Utah surged by 117.6% since Sept. 10, according to the data. The seven-day average of new coronavirus cases in Idaho jumped by 17% since Sept. 14, the data showed.ABC News’ Arielle Mitropoulos contributed to this report.Sep 21, 3:37 pmWHO: Aims to distribute 2 billion vaccine doses by the end of 2021The nations, which do not include the U.S., China and Russia, represent 64% of the world’s population. WHO leaders said their target is to issue 2 billion vaccine doses through COVAX by the end of 2021, which would vaccinate around 25.6% of the world’s 7.8 billion population, under a one-dose regimen.“There’s no guarantee that any vaccine in development will work,” WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in Geneva, but he added, “we must move heaven and earth” to ensure equitable access to diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines.Higher income governments are committed to provide an upfront payment to reserve doses by Oct. 9, 2020, WHO said.The allocation of vaccines, once licensed and approved, will be guided by an Allocation Framework released Monday by WHO following the principle of fair and equitable access, ensuring no participating economy will be left behind.“The race for vaccines is a collaboration not a contest,” Tedros said, “It’s in every country’s best interest, we sink or we swim together.”ABC News’ Christine Theodorou contributed to this report.Sep 21, 1:15 pmCDC adds then removes guidance on airborne spreadThe U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued and later removed updated guidance on its website to address growing evidence of limited airborne transmission of the virus that caused COVID-19.It’s already known that the novel coronavirus is most commonly transmitted “through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols, produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes.”On Friday, the CDC also included that “There is growing evidence that droplets and airborne particles can remain suspended in the air and be breathed in by others, and travel distances beyond 6 feet (for example, during choir practice, in restaurants, or in fitness classes),” noting that “In general, indoor environments without good ventilation increase this risk.”But on Monday morning, the updated information on airborne transmission was removed from the site and in its place, the agency explained that posting the new information was done in error.“A draft version of proposed changes to these recommendations was posted in error to the agency’s official website. CDC is currently updating its recommendations regarding airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Once this process has been completed, the update language will be posted.”The World Health Organization acknowledged in July that the novel coronavirus could spread through the air, after hundreds of scientists called for the global health arm of the United Nations to recognize the risk of airborne transmission.ABC News’ Eric Strauss and Sony Salzman contributed to this report.Sep 21, 11:20 amEastern Michigan University to test campus wastewater for COVID-19Eastern Michigan University said it will soon begin testing wastewater on campus for signs of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.As part of its return-to-campus plan, the public research university is partnering with Michigan-based firm Aquasight to track the presence of the novel coronavirus in wastewater flowing from residence halls and apartment complexes on the school’s campus in Ypsilanti, west of Detroit.Tests have shown that wastewater contains infectious biomarkers that can signal the growth or reduction of the virus in a community or around a college campus, according to Eastern Michigan University President James Smith.“This monitoring process, while not diagnostic, may provide early detection of asymptomatic cases,” Smith said in a statement Friday. “The results of the tests will help us pinpoint any concerning trends and expand individual testing among specific populations as necessary.”Other schools, including the University of Arizona and Utah State University, are reportedly doing similar testing.Sep 21, 10:52 amHundreds of asylum seekers test positive for COVID-19 in GreeceMore than 200 asylum seekers who recently resettled at a new temporary camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, after the old one had burned down, have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Greek government spokesmen Stelios Petsas.During a regular press briefing Monday, Petsas said that all 7,064 individuals who were admitted to the new Kara Tepe camp, near the island’s capital Mytilene, had been tested for COVID-19 and that 243 of them were found to be infected.The average age of those who tested positive was 24, and most didn’t have any symptoms, according to Petsas.Another 160 people who had come into contact with the migrants, mostly police officers and administrative staff at the camp, were also tested for the virus but all had negative results, Petsas said.The new facility is not far from the remains of the Moria camp, where fires forced some 12,000 migrants to flee last week and seek shelter. Greek police believe the blazes were set deliberately by a small group of migrants angered by a lockdown imposed after a COVID-19 outbreak at the overcrowded camp. Six people, all Afghan nationals, have been arrested on suspicion of arson.Sep 21, 9:21 amCDC updates COVID-19 guidance to acknowledge airborne spreadThe U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidance on its website to say the novel coronavirus is most commonly transmitted “through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols, produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes.”“These particles can be inhaled into the nose, mouth, airways, and lungs and cause infection,” the site now says. “This is thought to be the main way the virus spreads.”Previously, the CDC website said that COVID-19 most often spreads between people who are in close contact with one another — within about 6 feet — “through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.” The page was updated Friday.“There is growing evidence that droplets and airborne particles can remain suspended in the air and be breathed in by others, and travel distances beyond 6 feet (for example, during choir practice, in restaurants, or in fitness classes),” the site now says. “In general, indoor environments without good ventilation increase this risk.”The World Health Organization acknowledged in July that the novel coronavirus could spread through the air, after hundreds of scientists called for the global health arm of the United Nations to recognize the risk of airborne transmission.Sep 21, 7:42 amNew Zealand to lift restrictions except in its biggest cityNew Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Monday that all remaining coronavirus-related restrictions will be lifted across much of the country, except for the most populous city.The restrictions will end late Monday.Auckland, where a fresh outbreak now appears to be under control, will continue to have some regulations for at least another 16 days. The plan is to increase the cap on gatherings in the city from 10 to 100 on Wednesday and then remove the limit altogether two weeks later, according to Ardern.“Auckland needs more time,” Ardern told reporters Monday. “Whilst we have reasonable confidence we are on the right track, there is still a need in Auckland for that cautious approach.”A cluster of cases emerged in Auckland last month, ending New Zealand’s 102-day streak without any local transmission of the novel coronavirus. The outbreak prompted the government to impose a temporary lockdown in the region and reschedule national elections.Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, New Zealand’s Ministry of Health has identified 1,815 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases as well as 25 coronavirus-related deaths. There are currently 62 active cases and three coronavirus-related hospitalizations in the country.There were no new cases confirmed in the nation of five million people on Monday.Sep 21, 6:55 amUK could see 50,000 new cases per day, chief medical officer warnsThe United Kingdom could see about 50,000 new COVID-19 cases a day by mid-October if the current rate of infection is not curbed, the government’s chief scientific adviser warned Monday.“At the moment we think the epidemic is doubling roughly every seven days,” Sir Patrick Vallance said in a televised address from London. “If, and that’s quite a big if, but if that continues unabated and this grows doubling every seven days… if that continued, you would end up with something like 50,000 cases in the middle of October per day.”That rate of infection would be expected to lead to 200-plus deaths per day by mid-November, according to Vallance, who noted that there are already measures in place to prevent the country from hitting those grim milestones.“That requires speed, it requires action, he said, “and it requires enough in order to be able to bring that down.”Vallance said the increase in COVID-19 infections has been among “every age group” and that the number of people in the country showing antibodies for the disease remains low, meaning the “vast majority of the population remain susceptible.”“As the disease spreads, as it spreads across age groups, we expect to see increasing hospitalizations,” he added. “And unfortunately, those increasing hospitalizations will lead to increasing deaths.”Sep 21, 6:13 amCalifornia’s death count surpasses 15,000California’s death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 15,000, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.The state’s tally of coronavirus-related fatalities, which currently stands at 15,016, is the fourth-highest in the country, after New York, New Jersey and Texas.California has reported the most COVID-19 infections of any U.S. state since the start of the pandemic, with more than 786,000 confirmed cases.Sep 21, 5:54 amEngland introduces hefty fines for breaking self-quarantinePeople in England who violate an order to self-quarantine will face fines of up to 10,000 British pounds, amid an alarming rise in COVID-19 infections.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the new penalties mean people “are legally obliged” to self-isolate if they test positive for COVID-19 or are traced as a close contact to someone who did. The fines, which take effect next week, will start at 1,000 British pounds (approximately $1,300) but could increase to up to 10,000 pounds (about $13,000) for repeat offenders.The higher fines could be applied to “the most egregious breaches,” including those who prevent others from self-isolating, such as business owners who threaten employees with losing their jobs if they don’t come into work.Low-income workers who face a loss of earnings as a result of having to self-quarantine will be eligible for a one-time support payment of 500 British pounds (approximately $650).The new fines will come into force in England on Sept. 28. Officials are in talks with the devolved governments of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales about expanding them U.K.-wide.“The best way we can fight this virus is by everyone following the rules and self-isolating if they’re at risk of passing on coronavirus,” Johnson said while announcing the new rules over the weekend. “People who choose to ignore the rules will face significant fines. We need to do all we can to control the spread of this virus, to prevent the most vulnerable people from becoming infected, and to protect the NHS and save lives.”An official estimate shows that new COVID-19 infections and hospital admissions are doubling every seven to eight days in the United Kingdom. There were 3,899 new infections and 18 fatalities reported Sunday, bringing the country’s tally to 394,257 cases and 41,777 deaths, according to the latest figures from the U.K. governmentSep 21, 4:40 amUS death toll from COVID-19 inches closer to 200,000An additional 230 coronavirus-related fatalities were recorded in the United States on Sunday, as the country’s death toll inches closer to the 200,000 mark, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Sunday’s tally of COVID-19 deaths is well under the country’s record set on April 17, when there were 2,666 new fatalities in a 24-hour reporting period.There were also 38,978 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed across the nation on Sunday, down from a peak of 77,255 new cases reported on July 16.A total of 6,805,630 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 199,512 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July. The daily tally of new cases has gradually come down since then.Week-over-week comparisons show that the number of new cases and the number of new deaths recorded in the United States are both decreasing, according to an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News last week.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.