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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. (HPE) on Tuesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $157 million. On a per-share basis, the San Jose, California-based company said it had profit of 12 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 37 cents per share. The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 34 cents per share. The information technology products and services provider posted revenue of $7.21 billion in the period, also surpassing Street forecasts. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $6.88 billion. For the year, the company reported a loss of $322 million, or 25 cents per share, swinging to a loss in the period. Revenue was reported as $26.98 billion. For the current quarter ending in February, HP Enterprise expects its per-share earnings to range from 40 cents to 44 cents. The company expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.60 to $1.78 per share. HP Enterprise shares have declined 29% since the beginning of the year. _____ This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on HPE at https://www.zacks.com/ap/HPE The Associated Press
Four Central American economies hit hard by two hurricanes last month will likely suffer lasting damage as "climate-related shocks" reverberate through vulnerable agricultural markets, credit ratings agency Moody's said on Tuesday. Provoking massive flooding and deadly mudslides across a broad swath of Central America, Iota was one of the strongest storms on record to strike Nicaragua when it hit land in November. The four Central American economies hardest hit are Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.
TORONTO — Eighty per cent of Canadian manufacturers surveyed in a new report are facing an immediate labour and skills shortage that was made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. A Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters survey of 563 companies across 19 sectors released Tuesday found the need for skilled labourers has been growing rapidly for years, but COVID-19 government relief, health concerns and family responsibilities are making the situation even more troublesome. "Our skills gap that existed before the pandemic was just exacerbated by the pandemic and we need to make sure that everybody is working toward getting that next generation of workers in the sector," said Dennis Darby, president of the CME. His organization, which represents more than 2,500 companies across the country, said 70 per cent of manufacturers had a shortage of labour and skills in 2018, up from 40 per cent in 2016. The CME believes government support measures for Canadians during the pandemic may be discouraging people from seeking jobs in manufacturing. Others, it said, may be disinterested in the sector or working altogether because they fear for their health and safety as the virus spreads or because they have childcare obligations. A national daycare program and more support for women, immigrants and temporary foreign workers would help reverse the trends, said Darby. "We also need to have a very solid commitment to actually getting the people whose jobs may have been displaced from other sectors trained up to be able to do jobs in manufacturing," he said. Addressing these problems quickly is important because the lack of qualified workers is impeding growth and limiting manufacturers' ability to innovate and invest in technology which it will need to serve future needs and keep up with competitors, said Darby. His report also contains a glimpse of how the pandemic has been impacting manufacturers. It said many experienced a simultaneous fall in demand and rise in supply chain disruptions in the early weeks of the pandemic. While 30 per cent of manufacturers have seen production return to the pre-pandemic levels of February 2020 and another 6 per cent believe they'll reach that threshold by the end of the year, not everyone is so fortunate. About 10 per cent of those manufacturers surveyed say they are very pessimistic about the outlook of their businesses, including 5 per cent that predict that their sales will never fully recover. The recovery has looked so different across the sector because manufacturing touches so many different industries and locations, Darby said. In many cases, the supply chains have yet to fully recover. "In sectors like food and consumer products … they have been at capacity in many cases right across the country because a lot of those parts or ingredients are located or sourced in North America and the supply change smoothed out," he said. "In those industries that bring a lot of stuff in from overseas, a lot of those supply chains slowed down and they're not completely back up yet." Alberta is facing the worst of the pandemic because of the impacts it has seen on the oil and gas sector, but areas of southwestern Ontario or Quebec have experienced decreased demand for items too, Darby said. Across the country, all manufacturers were forced to adapt quickly to protect their staff. About 60 per cent of those surveyed are purchasing personal protective equipment to keep workers safe. Their average PPE costs were estimated at $201,500 but are expected to reach $373,400 by the end of the year. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 1, 2020. Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press
Hornets owner Michael Jordan and general manager Mitch Kupchak had no intentions of spending money on a big-name free agent this offseason. The prospect of getting a playmaking wing — something Jordan has coveted for years — proved too intriguing to ignore, prompting the Hornets to veer slightly away from their well established plan of developing young players and pursue the 2017 All-Star. “I did not think that we would be in a position to pursue a free agent of Gordon's caliber,” Kupchak said Tuesday on a videoconference call.
TORONTO — The Oscar-nominated Canadian star of the film "Juno" has come out as transgender.The Halifax-raised Elliot Page, formerly known as Ellen Page, made the announcement in a powerful post on social media.The star of the Toronto-shot Netflix series "The Umbrella Academy" says his preferred pronouns are he/they.Page's letter thanks those who have supported him along the journey, and addresses the trauma trans people face from discrimination, hateful acts, and a lack of rights.He says it feels remarkable "to finally love" who he is enough to pursue his "authentic self."And he's been "endlessly inspired by so many in the trans community.""Thank you for your courage, your generosity and ceaselessly working to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place. I will offer whatever support I can and continue to strive for a more loving and equal society," Page said in Tuesday's post."I also ask for patience. My joy is real, but it is also fragile. The truth is, despite feeling profoundly happy right now and knowing how much privilege I carry, I am also scared. I'm scared of the invasiveness, the hate, the 'jokes' and of violence." Page said he's not trying to "dampen a moment that is joyous" but wants to address the full picture. "The statistics are staggering. The discrimination towards trans people is rife, insidious and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences," Page wrote."In 2020 alone it has been reported that at least 40 transgender people have been murdered, the majority of which were Black and Latinx trans women. To the political leaders who work to criminalize trans health care and deny our right to exist and to all of those with a massive platform who continue to spew hostility towards the trans community: you have blood on your hands."Page concluded the post by saying he loves that he is trans and queer."And the more I hold myself close and fully embrace who I am, the more I dream, the more my heart grows and the more I thrive."Page got an Oscar nomination for playing a pregnant teen in 2007's "Juno," and two Emmy nominations for his reality series "Gaycation," which explores LGBTQ experiences around the world.Page often uses his platform to speak out against injustices and amplify underrepresented voices.In his documentary "There's Something in the Water," which hit Netflix in March, he shines a light on marginalized groups in Nova Scotia affected by what's known as environmental racism.Netflix said Tuesday it was in the process of updating all of the titles the performer and producer is involved with on its service to credit Elliot Page.The LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD praised Page for delivering "fantastic characters on-screen" and being "an outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ people.""Elliot will now be an inspiration to countless trans and non-binary people. We celebrate him. All trans people deserve to be accepted," said a tweet from GLAAD, which also issued a tip sheet for journalists covering Page's story, to help them write it in a respectful and accurate way. Alphonso David, president of the LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign, thanked Page for sharing his truth and "shining a bright light on the challenges too many in our community face.""We are proud of you, and we love you. And we will never stop fighting alongside you for change," David posted on Twitter.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 1, 2020. The Canadian Press
TORONTO — The Liberal government says it will take steps over the next year to tax foreign homeowners who live outside of Canada as part of a plan to lower housing prices.It's an idea that has been growing in popularity over the last few years in provinces such as British Columbia, Ontario and Prince Edward Island, but some experts question how effective such a plan would be.In this week's fiscal update, the government says the plan will benefit first-time homebuyers and put more homes on the market by taxing homeowners who use Canada to passively store wealth in housing.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said last year his government would introduce such a tax, praising a similar measure in British Columbia during his most recent election campaign.The B.C. government said last year its speculation and vacancy tax raised $115 million, paid mostly by owners based abroad, with Finance Minister Carole James crediting the tax as a factor behind the 5.6 per cent fall in home prices in the first part of 2019.Tsur Somerville, an associate professor at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, said that while prices did fall in the Vancouver area after the introduction of foreign buyers' taxes, the policy is not a silver bullet for affordability. "If you're looking to address affordability, that on its own is never going to get you to affordability. But it can certainly be part of the package of both demand- and supply-side policies," he said.In addition to the speculation and vacancy tax — on those who own local residences but do not pay provincial income taxes — B.C. has also tried a property transfer tax on home purchases made by foreign nationals in Vancouver, according to the Chartered Professional Accountants regulator of British Columbia. In 2017, Ontario passed a speculation and vacancy tax on homebuyers in the Greater Golden Horseshoe who were neither citizens nor permanent residents. And in Prince Edward Island, non-residents must apply to a special commission to buy more than five acres of land.Renewed talk of taxing non-Canadian homebuyers comes as several housing markets across the country set sales records during the COVID-19 pandemic, pushing up prices amid low interest rates and a rush on telecommuter-friendly houses with yards.While the housing market has been hot, the government is looking for ways to finance $25 billion in new spending to support those hit hard by the pandemic.In practice, some markets with lots of demand from foreign buyers could see house prices decline but remain "crazy unaffordable," even with the proposed tax, said Somerville. Other locales, such as tourist spots, could actually benefit from travellers owning vacation homes there, Somerville said, while still other cities may already have landlords who are struggling to find tenants as it is.For example, the supply of housing may be flexible enough in cities like Calgary or Edmonton where foreign-based buyers don't have that much impact on overall home prices, he said. Also, when it comes to building a giant apartment building, foreign investment from a European pension fund is unlikely to be an affordability problem, he noted."I can't understand why you would introduce it at a national level," Sommerville said. "That doesn't make any sense to me as a policy because it is not as if we are in a national crisis of foreigners buying up housing in every market and creating challenges on affordability. That's a stretch."Somerville also noted that the policy has raised objections for targeting Chinese people in Vancouver, although different populations would be affected in different areas of the country.Andrey Pavlov, professor of finance at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University, said it was a "terrible" idea to nationalize British Columbia's policies, saying the tax would discourage foreign investments without improving affordability.Pavlov said that the share of first-time homebuyers has actually gone down since the tax was put in place in B.C. Other than Toronto and Vancouver, most Canadian cities can be built out to accommodate and even benefit from second homes for people like business travellers, said Pavlov. The problem with further taxing homeownership, Pavlov said, is that it could actually reduce the supply of housing by discouraging builders and investors. Pavlov also questioned whether the policy would help the government pay for its fiscal stimulus plans."Our chance to repay the debts we are incurring now is to grow our economy as fast as we can," Pavlov said.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 1, 2020. Anita Balakrishnan, The Canadian Press
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Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], December 2 (ANI): Thiruvananthapuram district authorities have launched their preparations in the wake of Cyclone Burevi warning issued for South Tamil Nadu and Kerala coasts.
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Today, Delaware Investments Dividend and Income Fund (the "Fund"), a New York Stock Exchange–listed closed-end fund trading under the symbol "DDF," declared a monthly distribution of $0.0565 per share. The monthly distribution is payable December 28, 2020, to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 18, 2020. The ex-dividend date will be December 17, 2020.
The first day of NBA training camp is supposed to be accompanied by brimming optimism, a time for players and coaches all taking those first steps toward what they hope is a championship.Such was the case Tuesday — in a very tempered fashion.The first preseason camps of the coronavirus era are formally open, with teams limited for now to individual sessions with one coach and one player at one basket, all of this starting to happen as the pandemic continues raging and more and more Americans are testing positive.“I’m very concerned if we can pull this off,” Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers said.He probably isn’t alone in that thinking.Washington coach Scott Brooks said the Wizards already have seen one player test positive, and Orlando coach Steve Clifford said Magic centre Mo Bamba — who tested positive several months ago — is still “a ways away” from being ready to play again.There will be more, of course. Probably many more.Rivers, noting how the virus is becoming a major issue for college football and the NFL in terms of getting games played, said the effect on an NBA team losing a key player or two for even a short period could essentially wreck a season.“In football they play once a week and they have 1,000 players, so when you miss three or four players, you can still get away with it,” Rivers said. “If we miss three or four players, we’re in trouble, especially with the amount of games. We’re playing three and four games a week. So, if one of our guys or two of our key guys get the virus and they miss 10 days, 14 days, that can be eight games in a 72-game season. That can knock you out in the playoffs.”The Wizards didn’t say what player tested positive, though Brooks said the player has yet to be around the team in Washington and that “everybody else is ready to go.” Bamba was diagnosed with COVID-19 on June 11, played sparingly in Orlando’s first two games at Walt Disney World during the NBA’s restart there this summer, then sat out the rest of the season for additional testing.“Right now, we’re hoping that he can get healthy enough to get back on the floor,” Clifford said. “He’s going to be able to do some of the things early in camp, but he’s going to be limited. He’s had kind of a tough stretch here in terms of how much he’s been able to do. We have to be prudent and make sure we’re moving along with him in an intelligent manner.”Players and coaches are being tested daily and that is likely to be the plan for throughout the season. Protocols that the league sent to teams late last week suggested that, in many cases, it would take at least 12 days for a player to be able to return to play after testing positive for the coronavirus.The NBA is working with BioReference — a company that also handled testing in the bubble, at the league’s expense of about $140 per test — for standardized league-wide testing, and that company will likely have personnel travelling with teams this season to handle testing on the road. The league has said that its testing program does not impact BioReference’s nationwide testing capabilities or use public health resources in a time where more and more Americans are seeking testing.“I’m pretty comfortable with it,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said. “As we saw with the bubble, the NBA crosses every ‘t’ and dots every ‘i.’ They have been great communicating with all of us ... and I’m looking forward to hopefully getting together and starting practice soon as a group.”Some teams will be able to start those group practices — and 5-on-5 sessions — Friday. Most NBA clubs will be able to start Sunday. Injuries will be a worry, as will conditioning, and entering Tuesday no team even had a final copy of the schedule for its first 36 games so matters like travel arrangements and seeing where days off can fall also remain unsettled.“As a coach, you want to go in with your team concerns being more basketball,” Rivers said. “And I think every coaches’ concerns right now are probably non-basketball.”___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsTim Reynolds, The Associated Press
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said on Tuesday that North Carolina will soon receive nearly 85,000 doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine from the federal government. Frontline healthcare workers at hospitals will be the first to get vaccinated, followed by other health workers and vulnerable populations, such as people with at least two comorbidities. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the state’s Department of Health and Human Services, says North Carolina will receive a weekly allocation of vaccine doses from the federal government. Its first allotment of 84,800 doses could come as soon as Dec. 15. Cooper said every resident in the state will be able to receive a free vaccine, regardless of whether they have health insurance. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — U.S. panel to decide who should get the first COVID-19 shots — BioNTech and Pfizer ask European regulator for expedited approval of coronavirus vaccine — Americans face new COVID-19 restrictions after Thanksgiving — At tiny rural hospitals, exhausted medical workers t reat friends and family — Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton tests positive for coronavirus — A pop-up school has blossomed to teach reading, writing, math and art to Central American children living in a camp of asylum seekers stuck at America’s doorstep ___ Follow AP’s coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak ___ HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: BATON ROUGE, La. — The number of COVID-19 patients in Louisiana’s hospitals continues to grow, intensifying worries that coronavirus cases from Thanksgiving holiday gatherings will balloon the number further and could overwhelm hospitals. Louisiana’s health department said 1,280 people in Louisiana were hospitalized Tuesday because of COVID-19. That’s an increase of more than 200 over the last week and more than double the 596 COVID-19 patients hospitalized a month ago. Though hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients remain below Louisiana’s peak of nearly 2,000 in April during the first of the state’s three coronavirus surges, they have been steadily and sharply increasing since mid-October. This prompted Gov. John Bel Edwards to toughen Louisiana’s coronavirus restrictions on businesses and gatherings ahead of Thanksgiving. His chief public health adviser Dr. Joe Kanter warned that the strong uptick in Louisiana’s COVID-19 hospitalizations was happening at a rate “that our hospitals simply cannot stand” without running out of the staff needed to treat patients. ___ DENVER — Colorado’s Democrat-led Legislature is plowing ahead on special session legislation to provide limited state relief to businesses, students and others affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Democrats have overcome Republican objections to the scope of the aid and GOP attempts to limit the Democratic governor’s ability to decree public health orders. The Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed bills to direct $5 million to help residents to pay utility bills; $50 million to assist landlords and tenants; and $100 million to the governor’s office for use in the public health emergency. The bills were immediately taken up by the House. ___ BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota lawmakers decided to require masks at the state capitol. for the three-day organizational session. The vote Tuesday is supported by legislative leaders but opposed by far-right members of the Republican-controlled Legislature. House Majority Leader Chet Pollert and Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner told reporters Tuesday they support a mask mandate at Capitol legislative spaces to help protect lawmakers and the public. Lawmakers are expected to finalize the rules Thursday for the upcoming session it convenes Jan. 5. ___ BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A health official says Alabama hospitals treating a record number of COVID-19 patients are bracing for a “tidal wave” of additional cases linked to holiday gatherings. Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo of the University of Alabama at Birmingham says health care systems could be overwhelmed within two or three weeks. The Alabama Hospital Association says only 11% of the state’s intensive care beds were available Monday. The remaining spaces could be filled as more patients are admitted than leave hospitals. A statewide order requiring face masks in public expires Dec. 11, but it could be extended by Gov. Kay Ivey for additional weeks as in the past. Nearly 253,000 people have contracted the coronavirus and more than 3,600 have died in Alabama. ___ JOHNSTON, Iowa — Public health data in Iowa shows the coronavirus infection rate is slowing, but the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 remains high. Iowa’s positivity rate declined in the past two weeks but remains third in the nation at 41%, according to Johns Hopkins University. Some of the ease in case positivity could be from reduced testing around the Thanksgiving holiday. Hospital officials were bracing for another surge in positive tests and illness because of Thanksgiving family gatherings. Iowa posted 24 deaths and 1,906 new confirmed cases on Tuesday. Hospitals reported 1,172 patients with COVID-19, up 10 from the previous day. ___ HELENA, Mont. — A new counselling hotline is available to help Montana residents struggling with their mental health during the coronavirus crisis. Gov. Steve Bullock announced the new hotline will be available for at least the next nine months. It’s funded by a $1.6 million federal grant. The governor’s office says the new service is meant to aid health care workers, first responders, school officials, veterans, the elderly, Native Americans, and farmers and ranchers but is available to all residents. More than 1,000 new coronavirus cases were reported Tuesday in Montana, bringing the confirmed total to more than 63,000. ___ CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has returned to his office after he was diagnosed with the coronavirus in mid-November. He announced his return on Twitter. Sisolak, a Democrat, was isolating at the Governor’s Mansion in Carson City. He announced on Nov. 13 that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. Three days later, he said he was only experiencing mild head congestion. ___ NEW YORK — An influential scientific panel is set to tackle one of the most pressing questions in the U.S. coronavirus epidemic: Who should get the first vaccines when they become available? The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will meet in an open-to-the-public, virtual meeting to vote on a proposal that would give priority to health care workers and patients in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. The two groups together represent around 23 million Americans out of a population of about 330 million. About 2 million people live in nursing homes and other U.S. long-term care facilities. Those patients and the staff members who care for them have accounted for 6% of the nation’s coronavirus cases and a staggering 39% of the deaths, CDC officials say. Later this month, the Food and Drug Administration will consider approval of two vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna. Experts say the vaccines will probably not become widely available in the U.S. until the spring. There’s been more than 13.6 million confirmed cases and nearly 270,000 deaths in the U.S., the highest tallies in the world. ___ PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron says France’s coronavirus vaccination program will likely start in early January on a focused population. A French public health watchdog recommended the first vaccines go to nursing home residents. No vaccines have been approved yet. Macron says the larger population is expected to get a potential vaccine between April and June. France has 2.2 million cases, fifth highest in the world, and more than 52,000 deaths. ___ PHOENIX — Arizona reported a record 10,000 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, which included delayed reporting because of the holiday weekend. The state’s coronavirus dashboard reported 10,322 coronavirus cases and 48 deaths. Arizona’s previous single-day high was 4,878 on July 1. Arizona’s latest seven-day rolling average of daily new cases was 3,499 on Monday. Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 continued to increase, reaching 2,594 on Monday, with 597 patients in intensive care unit beds. ___ TORONTO — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada won’t lift restrictions at the U.S.--Canada border until the coronavirus is significantly under control throughout the world. Canada has limited border crossings to essential travel since March. Trudeau told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that Canada is fortunate that trade in essential goods like agriculture products and pharmaceuticals is still flowing back and forth. Trudeau says it’s critical that people not travel. He says while President-elect Joe Biden has an “obvious” different approach on the pandemic than President Donald Trump, the situation in the U.S. remains serious. The United States leads the world with 13.6 million coronavirus cases and nearly 270,000 deaths. About 400,000 people crossed the world’s longest international border each day before the pandemic closed it to nonessential travel nine months ago. ___ BERLIN — Germany’s health minister toured a new vaccination centre in Duesseldorf on Tuesday, preparing for possible mass vaccinations against the coronavirus in the coming weeks. Vaccinations in Germany will be free, voluntary and people will receive letters about when it’s their turn for the shot, Health Minister Jens Spahn says. The first shots will be given either in vaccination centres around the country or by mobile medical teams who will go to nursing homes to vaccinate the most vulnerable people. Later next year, doctors will vaccinate people at their local practices, the health minister says. Spahn expects Germany to receive five to eight million doses of vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech as well as by Moderna. There will be 53 centres opened in Germany’s most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia, with 18 million people, where Duesseldorf is based. In Berlin, home to 3.6 million people, six centres are being prepared. In Germany, there were 13,604 confirmed cases and 388 deaths in the last 24 hours. ___ PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island has opened two field hospitals with a combined 900 beds to deal with an expected increase of COVID-19 patients. Care New England opened a field hospital with more than 300 beds in Cranston on Monday, the same day the state sent an emergency alert saying conventional hospitals had reached their coronavirus capacity. A facility with nearly 600 beds opened Tuesday at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. It is run by Lifespan, the state’s largest hospital group. There were 365 COVID-19 patients in the state’s hospitals on Saturday, according to the state Department of Health. That’s down from a high of 381 on Nov. 23. ___ ISLAMABAD — A top Pakistani health official says Islamabad plans to procure a COVID-19 vaccine in the first quarter of next year. The announcement Tuesday by Faisal Sultan came hours after Pakistan registered 67 more deaths and 2,458 new coronavirus cases. Pakistan has allocated $150 million to acquire vaccine, which first will be administered to frontline health workers and elderly people. The government has imposed a partial lockdown in many areas across Pakistan. Authorities have asked people to adhere to social distancing rules to avoid stricter measures. Pakistan’s death toll stands at 8,091 and more than 400,000 confirmed cases. ___ MADRID — Madrid officials held a ceremony to open part of a 1,000-bed hospital for emergencies. About 200 health professionals gathered Tuesday at the Nurse Isabel Zendal Hospital, built in 100 days at a cost of 100 million euros ($119 million), twice the original budget. Health workers’ unions say the investment should had instead gone to shore up an existing public health system run down by years of spending cuts. The regional Madrid president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, says it will help alleviate pressure in other public hospitals by focusing on COVID-19 patients. Its located near Madrid’s international airport. The conservative regional leader has been a critic of the pandemic’s handling by the leftist national government led by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, constantly objecting to preventative measures and advocating for restrictions to preserve economic activity. Some critics say the new hospital is no more than a vanity project for Díaz Ayuso, a building with beds not ready to receive patients. The region’s 14-day infection rate has dropped from 500-plus cases per 100,000 inhabitants in October to 236 on Monday, below the national average of 275. Spain has reported 1.6 million coronavirus cases and more than 45,000 confirmed deaths. ___ SAKHIR, Bahrain — Seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss this weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix. The Mercedes team says Hamilton tested negative three times last week but woke feeling mild symptoms the morning after winning Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix. Hamilton took another test after being informed that a contact prior to arrival in Bahrain had subsequently tested positive. The 35-year-old British driver returned the positive test Monday and the result has been confirmed by a retest. Hamilton is in isolation in accordance with the health protocols in Bahrain and has mild symptoms, the team says. Hamilton has won 11 races this season and clinched the drivers’ championship last month in Turkey. He’s the third F1 driver to test positive this season. The Associated Press
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Purdue coach Jeff Brohm watched the momentum swing in the blink of an eye Saturday. With two backups filling in for injured players on the kickoff coverage unit, Aron Cruickshank brought the ball out from the end, found a seam, split two defenders and outran the rest for a 100-yard touchdown. It cut a 10-point deficit to three and the Boilermakers never recovered.
In a recent interview for Interview magazine conducted by David Spade, Haley Cuoco addressed rumors that her and fellow Harley Quinn actress Margot Robbie were feuding over the roles. Cuoco voices Harley Quinn in on the cult animated series on HBO Max. Meanwhile, Margot Robbie starred as live-action version of Harley in 2016’s "Suicide Squad" and reprised the role in this year’s hit "Birds of Prey."
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A bull elk was captured up close sounding his haunting bugle cry during breeding season by a trail camera in Sanpete County, Utah.The video was filmed on September 19 by a camera placed on steep terrain in the central mountains of Utah with an altitude over 10,000 feet, according to Bradley Blake.Footage posted on Facebook by Blake shows a harem of elm milling around a watering hole when a bull with large antlers walks into the frame and emits a series of piercing sounds.“This guy speaks for himself!” Blake wrote in a Facebook post. Credit: Bradley Blake via Storyful