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Chandigarh (Haryana) [India], May 18 (ANI): Haryana Health Minister on Tuesday said that twenty-beds wards have been arranged for the treatment of Black Fungus infection in every medical college of the state.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Predictions that the Taliban will quickly overrun Afghan government forces and conquer Kabul once U.S. and coalition forces have fully withdrawn are unduly pessimistic, Washington's special envoy to Afghanistan said Tuesday. “I personally believe that the statements that their forces will disintegrate and the Talibs will take over in short order are mistaken,” Zalmay Khalilzad told the House Foreign Affairs Committee, whose members expressed deep worry that President Joe Biden's decision to fully withdraw by September will lead to chaos and intensified civil war. Lawmakers are not alone in their skepticism that a fractious Afghan government can withstand a potential Taliban onslaught. Some senior U.S. military leaders had preferred keeping a U.S. troop presence as a hedge. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has held out hope that Afghan forces can hold up if Washington continues some forms of support, but he told reporters as the U.S. withdrawal began May 1 that he envisioned a range of scenarios. “On the one hand you get some really dramatic, bad possible outcomes,” Milley said May 2. "On the other hand, you get a military that stays together and a government that stays together.” Rep. Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican and withdrawal critic, asserted that there is zero chance” the Taliban will abide by the commitments their leaders made in a February 2020 agreement with the Trump administration, which included engaging in sustained peace negotiations and severing all forms of cooperation with and support for al-Qaida. “It seems all but certain the Taliban will try to overrun the country and return it to a pre-9/11 state after we have withdrawn,” McCaul said. “They've already ramped up their attacks, taking new territory and bases since the (Biden) announcement was made. Without a military presence in country, the U.S. is giving them room to deepen their relationship with terrorist groups like al-Qaida, who may seek to launch external attacks on us and our allies from the country once again." Some worry that a Taliban takeover could lead to repression of women and reprisals against Afghans who helped the U.S. mission over the years. Khalilzad argued that the Taliban have reason not to push for a military victory and instead pursue a negotiated political settlement that could give them international legitimacy and removal from certain American and United Nations sanctions. He recently met with Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar, as part of a round of consultations with interested parties. “They say they seek normalcy in terms of relations — acceptability, removal from sanctions, not to remain a pariah,” Khalilzad said. The Taliban seized power in Kabul in 1996 and defied President George W. Bush's demand that they hand over Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaida leader, after the terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. In October 2001, U.S. forces invaded and toppled the Taliban at the outset of what would become the longest war in U.S. history. Khalilzad, a former U.S. ambassador to Kabul who led negotiations on the February 2020 deal, told the committee that while he is not fully convinced, Taliban representatives have told him their views have changed since the 1990s. He said they have acknowledged not being prepared to govern at that time and that their governance was a failure. “We are all skeptical, of course,” he said, wondering if the Taliban are “just sugar-coating what they actually will do.” He said the Taliban have not interfered in any substantial way with the U.S. military withdrawal, and added, “We expect that to continue.” He said diplomatic efforts are under way to seek agreements with neighboring countries to position U.S. counterterrorism forces within strike distance of Afghanistan to able to respond to future threats. U.S. Central Command said Tuesday the military withdrawal is as much as one-fifth complete and that five military facilities have been turned over to the Afghan ministry of defense. The U.S. has set no hard date for completing the pullout; it is due to be finished no later than Sept. 11, but officials have suggested it could be done weeks before that. In a related matter, officials representing defense contractors said billions of dollars in contracts meant to support Afghanistan through U.S. government agencies are at risk during the military drawdown, and that the risk is worsened by a lack of coordination in Kabul and Washington. They recommended creating “collaborative forums” in Kabul and Washington to ensure better planning for the drawdown and to support post-withdrawal U.S. efforts in Afghanistan. “Contractors need up-to-date information from USG (U.S. government) officials on the constantly changing drawdown impact on USG missions in Afghanistan and on the security environment for contractor operations,” they wrote. “Better communications and prudent planning that includes contractors can help protect our people while executing the drawdown and achieving defense, development, and diplomatic goals.” The letter was signed by heads of the National Defense Industrial Association, the International Stability Operations Association, and the Professional Services Council. There are thousands of U.S. contractors in Afghanistan, most or all of whom are expected to depart in the military withdrawal. Robert Burns, The Associated Press
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Industrias Unidas, S.A. de C.V. ("IUSA" or the "Company") has announced its audited results for the twelve months ended December 31 of 2020. Figures are audited and have been prepared in accordance with Mexican Financial Reporting Standards ("MFRS"), which are different in certain respects from Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States ("U.S. GAAP"). The results from any interim period are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for a full fiscal year. Unless stated otherwise, reference herein to "Pesos", "pesos", or "Ps." are to pesos, the legal currency of Mexico and references to "U.S. dollars", "dollars", "U.S. $" or "$" are to United States dollars, the legal currency of the United States of America. Except as otherwise indicated, all peso amounts are presented herein in pesos with purchasing power as of December 31, 2020 and in pesos with their historical value for other dates cited. The dollar translations provided in this document are calculated solely for the convenience of the reader using an exchange rate of Ps. 19.95 per U.S. dollar, the exchange rate published by Banco de Mexico, the country’s central bank, on December 31, 2020.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — White House officials are seeking to quell anxiety about inflation and the pace of hiring — issuing a memo Tuesday that highlights robust economic gains as the United States gets vaccinated and recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. The memo, obtained by The Associated Press, said the administration is “focused on an economic strategy of containing the virus and growing the economy from the bottom-up and middle-out. Data suggest that this strategy is working.” It is from Brian Deese, director of the White House National Economic Council, and Cecilia Rouse, chair of the Council of Economic Advisers. The memo makes the case to senior administration officials and members of Congress that the government's $1.9 trillion relief package has helped boost growth and that workers will return to jobs with “fair wages and safe work environments.” It also argues that President Joe Biden's $4 trillion infrastructure and families plan will lay “the groundwork for strong, durable growth for decades to come." The administration had until recently been basking in optimism about the economy, only to face a worrisome set of reports that showed a jump in consumer prices and a disappointing level of hiring in April. The memo is an attempt to promote a sunnier narrative and stress the need for additional spending to be paid for with higher taxes on corporations and the wealthy. Critics seized on the recent economic reports to suggest that the $1.9 trillion relief package was so big it would fuel inflation and to contend that its enhanced unemployment benefits were encouraging Americans to forgo working. “Democrats insisted on continuing to pay people more not to work,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said in a Monday speech. “Instead of an agenda to reopen America, Democrats muscled through policies that would actually prolong parts of this crisis. And that’s what’s happened. Supply bottlenecks for basic goods such as autos contributed to a 0.8% surge in consumer prices in April, the biggest monthly increase in more than a decade. Fears that inflation could persist came from higher gas prices following the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline and shortage of homes being listed for sale. But the White House memo pointed to positive signs in the inflation report of consumer demand for restaurants, hotel stays, rental cars and airfare — all signs that the U.S. economy could meet expectations by forecasters of growth exceeding 6% this year, the highest rate in nearly four decades. “This rapid recovery in consumption means that our economy is likely to largely heal by the end of the year," the memo said. "While we expect that supply and demand adjustments across the economy will take some time to sort out, we do not see signs of persistent dislocation or long-term inflation.” The memo also played down the only modest addition of 266,000 jobs in April, noting that “the economy is creating an average of over 500,000 jobs per month, up from 60,000 per month” before Biden took office. It does not tackle concerns that the added $300 a week of unemployment benefits has discouraged people from taking jobs. Instead, Biden officials said that COVID-19 remains the most significant barrier for people returning to work and that increased vaccination rates will allow them to come back to the job market. The memo also suggested that the administration's goal is to ultimately push up wages for workers, even if that puts pressure on businesses that run on tight margins. “In some cases, employers will raise wages to attract workers," the memo said. "This is a positive development, particularly for lower wage workers who have seen little wage growth over the past decades.” Josh Boak, The Associated Press
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida Rep. Val Demings is planning to challenge Sen. Marco Rubio next year, giving Democrats a boost in a competitive race that could be among a handful that determine control of the Senate, according to two people with knowledge of the plans. The move ends mounting speculation over the Orlando congresswoman's political future. She had been considering a run for governor in Florida but may have faced a divisive primary against Rep. Charlie Crist, who has already joined that race. In focusing on the Senate instead, Demings could quickly become a front-runner among Democrats and tap into a national network of fundraisers to help finance what will likely be an expensive campaign. In a tweet, Demings said she was “humbled at the encouraging messages” she's seen on Tuesday and confirmed she's “seriously considering a run for the Senate.” First elected to Congress in 2016, the national profile for the 64-year-old Demings has rapidly expanded. She was an impeachment manager during the first trial against President Donald Trump and was considered a leading contender to be Joe Biden's running mate. As the first female police chief in Orlando, she is particularly appealing to some Democrats for her experience as a Black woman with a background in law enforcement. Her plans were first reported by Politico. While Demings' entrance in the race will attract attention, Rubio is still a formidable candidate. Elected during the tea party wave of 2010, he easily won reelection in 2016. Florida, meanwhile, has steadily trended in favor of Republicans. After twice backing Barack Obama, the state swung to Trump in 2016. Trump added to his margin last year, carrying the state by more than 3 percentage points and making inroads with some Latino voters, who dominate politics in Florida's southern tip. Rubio wouldn't comment specifically on a Demings challenge, but said Tuesday he welcomed the campaign. “Democrats are going to run somebody,” he said on Capitol Hill. “They'll have a primary and someone will come out of their primary. We look forward to comparing their record to ours, what I stand for to what they stand for.” Crist, a former Republican governor who is now a Democrat, said Demings would “be a great candidate for the Senate.” “I find it very encouraging to the future of our party,” he said Tuesday. Despite her name recognition, Demings will likely have to face other Democrats in a primary for the Senate seat. U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, another Orlando area Democrat, is widely believed to be considering a run. She has traveled across Florida in recent weeks to introduce herself to a broader audience those close to her say she is expected to make a decision soon. Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson has also signaled that he is considering a run. If she emerges as the nominee, Demings could be one of several Black women seeking statewide office next year. In neighboring Georgia, Stacey Abrams may launch a second campaign to become the nation's first Black woman governor after narrowly losing the race in 2018. And in North Carolina, Cheri Beasley, the first Black woman to serve as that state's Supreme Court chief justice, has already announced a Senate campaign. A Demings candidacy could test the priorities of progressives who will play a key role in the primary. While she could make history as the state's first Black woman elected to the Senate, her three-and-a-half-year tenure as Orlando's police chief could become a vulnerability among those in the Democratic base who are leery of law enforcement at a time of reckoning on racism and police brutality. Demings led a police force that has grappled with a long record of excessive-force allegations. She often faced calls for reforms and more transparency during her tenure, which ended in 2011. From 2010 to 2014, the police department faced at least 47 lawsuits against its officers and paid out more than $3.3 million in damages, according to an investigation by local news station WFTV. And an Orlando Sentinel investigation covering the same period found that Orlando officers used force in 5.6% of arrests — more than twice the rate of some other police agencies — and used force disproportionately against Black suspects. Demings’ defenders note she was credited with reducing violent crime in the city by 40% at the time of her retirement from the department. Her move toward a Senate run could have implications for other Democrats in Florida. It may give Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who is currently the only Democrat holding statewide office, the space to run in a primary with Crist for governor. She has spent months teasing the prospect and her most recent video suggested she would make an announcement June 1. That underscores the fluidity of politics in Florida at the moment, particularly among Democrats who have struggled in recent elections to win high-profile races. In the last gubernatorial election three years ago, Republican Ron DeSantis defeated Democrat Andrew Gillum by four-tenths of a percentage point. That same year, Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson lost his post to then Gov. Rick Scott by a mere 10,000 votes out of more than eight million cast. ___ Calvan reported from Tallahassee, Florida. Associated Press writer Alexandra Jaffe contributed to this report. Steven Sloan And Bobby Caina Calvan, The Associated Press
ATLANTA — A U.S. government report finds rural counties are behind urban counties in their COVID-19 vaccination efforts, a gap that could slow the fight against the coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday that 39% of adults in rural counties had received at least one shot compared to 46% in urban counties as of April 10. The rural lag holds up in women, men and both younger and older adults. Polling suggests rural Americans are more likely than others to say they’ll avoid vaccination. The CDC report says rural Americans may have more trouble traveling to distant vaccination sites. Early in the pandemic, the coronavirus hit large cities. By September, it spread throughout the country and case rates in rural areas eventually surpassed urban centers. Some research suggests rural Americans may be more vulnerable to serious infection and death from COVID-19. The CDC says public health departments should work with doctors, pharmacies, faith groups and employers in rural areas to address the gap in coverage. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Clinic helps long-haul patients in London neighborhoods where COVID-19 hit hard — India reports record day of virus deaths as cases of infection level off — Virus testing strategies, opinions vary widely in US schools — Follow more of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine ___ HERE'S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: WASHINGTON — Federal health officials are releasing $3 billion to help states cope with rising substance abuse and mental health impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. The money approved by Congress in President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief bill will be equally divided between the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant and the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant, roughly tripling the federal commitment to the programs, officials say. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported 90,000 overdose deaths for the 12-month period ending last September, which represents 20,000 additional lives lost compared with the same period a year earlier. Reported episodes of anxiety and depression were up sharply last year, and more people experienced suicidal thoughts. But there was a drop in the use of mental health and substance abuse treatment. Although people are using mental health services again, it hasn’t returned to pre-pandemic levels. The money will be distributed through the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. ___ DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The United Arab Emirates says it will offer booster shots six months after vaccination for those who received the Chinese state-backed Sinopharm shot. The announcement Tuesday comes after some in the UAE received a third shot amid concerns of a low antibody response from the vaccine. Last month, China’s top disease control official, in a rare acknowledgement, said current vaccines offer low protection against the coronavirus. China has distributed hundreds of millions of doses of domestically made vaccines abroad and is relying on them for its own mass immunization campaign. The state-owned company has not publicly published peer-reviewed data on the final stage clinical trial research and been criticized for a lack of transparency. The UAE initially said the vaccine was 86% effective in the first public release of information on the shot’s efficacy. But in the time since, it has offered no study data to support its figures. ___ NEW DELHI — The Serum Institute of India says it hopes to start delivering coronavirus vaccine doses to the U.N. backed effort known as COVAX and to other countries by the end of the year, which will significantly set back global efforts to immunize people against COVID-19. In March, India’s Serum Institute, the world’s biggest vaccine maker and the main supplier of COVID-19 vaccine doses to COVAX, said it was postponing all exports of coronavirus vaccines to deal with the explosive surge of cases on the subcontinent. At the time, the World Health Organization and Gavi announced the delay would affect about 90 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, but they expected deliveries to resume by June. “SII has delivered more than 200 million doses,” the company said in a statement posted to its Twitter account. It says in the past few days, there’s been “intense discussion” on the decision of the Indian government and vaccine manufacturers about the possible export of vaccines. “We continue to scale up and prioritize India,” the company says. “We also hope to start delivering to COVAX and other countries by the end of the year.” ___ GENEVA — More than 60 countries want the World Trade Organization member states to temporarily ease protections on the know-how behind vaccines, medicine and tests for the coronavirus. They are appealing to approximately 140 other members to step forward “as soon as possible” to flesh out a text for the proposal. The 62 WTO member states -- mostly developing countries -- have rallied around a proposal first made by India and South Africa that garnered some support from the Biden administration when it comes to vaccines. A joint statement from the countries says they’ll “soon” present a revised proposal on the issue that aims to get coronavirus help to the neediest people -- whether in rich or poor countries. The 62 states also pledged flexibility on the issue to “ensure swift outcomes” that would suit a majority of WTO member states. However, the WTO operates by consensus -- meaning any single country could block the proposal. Some have expressed strong opposition. Wealthy countries with strong pharmaceutical industries say such a temporary “intellectual property waiver” could have a long-lasting impacting innovation and would take months to carry out -- rendering it ineffective against urgent supply shortages faced in many countries. They say a better solution would be immediate donations of vaccines from rich countries that have extra doses. Proponents insist capacity to scale up production of vaccines exists, but the protections under WTO rules prevent it. ___ NICOSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus’ health minister says private doctors can administer the AstraZeneca shot against COVID-19 to anyone over age 20 to expedite its vaccination program. Constantinos Ioannou says the government’s online vaccination appointment program will re-open for all ages so anyone who missed out the first time around can make the arrangement. So far, 45.2% of its 875,000 population has received at least one shot and 15.5% have completed their vaccination. Ioannou says the government’s target to vaccinate two-thirds of the population by the end of June remains on track. ___ BUCHAREST — All students in Bucharest can return to school on Wednesday after the capital’s coronavirus infection rate fell below one per 1,000 residents, officials announced Tuesday. Before new restrictions were implemented in late March, Romania was facing rising coronavirus infections forcing many schools to operate a hybrid learning system of online lessons and some physical attendance. If a child tests positive for the coronavirus after schools reopen Wednesday, classes will be moved online with the approval of the authorities. This week, Romania recorded less than 400 daily coronavirus infections, its lowest daily rate since last July. Romania’s government is aiming to fully vaccinate 5 million of its 19 million people by June 1. So far, 7 million doses have been administered but only 3 million people are fully vaccinated. ___ WASHINGTON — The nation’s top infectious disease expert is acknowledging “confusion” after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week said fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear masks in most instances, even indoors. Dr. Anthony Fauci tells ABC News, “The problem and the issue is that we don’t have any way of knowing who is vaccinated and who’s not vaccinated.” He says it is “reasonable and understandable” that some businesses and localities are maintaining mask requirements because they can’t be sure of an individual’s vaccination history. But he says it’s important to note those measures protect the unvaccinated from each other, and vaccines provide a high level of protection for those who have gotten them. Fauci says children who are not vaccinated — including children under 12 who won’t be eligible for vaccines for months — should continue to wear masks indoors. But he says that recommendation could change as the CDC conducts more research and more Americans get shots. ___ BERLIN — Health officials say they have quarantined the residents of two high-rise buildings in the western German town of Velbert after several people tested positive with the coronavirus variant first detected to India. Officials from the county of Mettmann said “there are currently several infections with the Indian virus variant in Velbert.” They said several families who were in close touch with each other were affected and that everyone was being tested. Local broadcaster WDR reported about 200 people in the two buildings were affected. They have been quarantined, are getting tested and the Red Cross is providing food and other help. So far, the COVID-19 variant that was first detected in India has not been found a lot in Germany, but is said to be more contagious than other variants currently more prevalent in Germany. ___ TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan reported 240 cases of domestically transmitted cases of COVID-19 and two new deaths Tuesday. It was lower than Monday’s 333 cases but continues to be the island’s worst outbreak of the pandemic, with more than 1,000 cases discovered in about a week. Now, more than 600,000 people are in medical isolation for two weeks, as the island seeks to stop transmission of the virus. Island-wide, schools will be shut for two weeks starting Wednesday, the minister of education said on Tuesday at a daily news briefing. The island has recorded 14 deaths and 2,260 cases in total and has been lauded for its success in curbing the spread of the virus despite close ties with China, where COVID-19 first emerged in late 2019. President Tsai Ing-wen spoke about the island’s handling of the current outbreak during a visit to the Central Epidemic Command Center Tuesday morning. She assured people vaccines purchased abroad will arrive and that domestic development of a vaccine was progressing. And she said several quarantine centers were being added to care for patients with mild or no symptoms. “We will continue to strengthen our medical capacity.” ___ NEW DELHI — India’s total virus cases since the pandemic began swept past 25 million as the country registered more than 260,000 new cases and a record 4,329 fatalities in the last 24 hours. The numbers reported Tuesday follow a trend of falling cases after infections dipped below 300,000 for the first time in weeks a day earlier. Active cases in the country also decreased by more than 165,000 on Tuesday — the biggest dip in weeks. But deaths have continued to rise and hospitals are still swamped by patients. India has recorded nearly 280,000 virus deaths since the pandemic began. Both the number of deaths and total reported cases are thought to be vast undercounts. The government on Monday announced that 17 new labs will help track variants, boosting India’s genome sequencing abilities as concern grows over a potentially worrisome variant first detected here. The variant may spread more easily but the country has lagged behind in doing the testing needed to track it and understand it better. The variant first identified in India has prompted global concern — most notably in Britain, where it has more than doubled in a week, defying a sharp nationwide downward trend in infections. ___ HARTFORD, Conn. — As some states set plans to a pandemic $300 weekly supplemental unemployment benefit as a way to encourage people to find work, Connecticut is offering a much different incentive — a $1,000 signing bonus for taking a job. Starting May 24, up to 10,000 people in Connecticut considered to have been unemployed for the “long-term” will be able to sign up for the program with the state Department of Labor. Ultimately, they would be paid the bonus after spending eight weeks in their new full-time job. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday that the state will also retain the $300 benefit before some people are still afraid to work because of the coronavirus. ___ WASHINGTON — The Biden Administration is putting a fresh wave of funding toward its stated goal of making a serious dent in homelessness across the country. Despite a wave of public support and a nationwide eviction moratorium, Housing Secretary Marcia Fudge said as many of 580,000 people experienced homelessness in the middle of the pandemic. Fudge, who heads the Department of Housing and Urban Development, said Monday that an extra $5 billion would be allocated toward keeping families off the streets. That’s in addition to the $5 billion in funds for preventing homelessness previously announced as part of the American Rescue Plan. The aid will come in the form of 17,000 emergency housing vouchers that will be distributed to housing authorities across the country. Fudge said the vouchers were expected to help provide shelter for up to 130,000 people and called the new money, “an important milestone in our effort to end homelessness in the United States.” ___ The Associated Press
The race is on between the vaccine and the virus - and as the Indian variant of COVID-19 spreads in places like Blackburn and Bolton, jab after jab is being delivered to those who need it and now want it. At a new coronavirus vaccination site, set up in Blackburn on Tuesday morning, it was clear people want to do what they can to make sure this already hard-hit town doesn't enter another local lockdown any time soon. It's why local leaders have allowed anyone over the age of 18 - who is eligible - to come down and get vaccinated against COVID.
Huntsville, AL, May 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Huntsville Botanical Garden announced today a new nighttime event coming this summer: Night Blooms, presented by PNC Bank. Taking place at the Garden from July 21, through Sept. 26, 2021, Night Blooms will illuminate the Garden with thousands of lights and botanical lanterns, allowing guests to experience the Garden’s natural surroundings like never before. “Night Blooms is a re-imagination of the Garden we know and love,” said Sue Wagner, chief executive officer of the Garden. “The plants and animals we encounter in the Garden every day have been reimagined as illuminated, technicolor and larger than life. The result is an experience that’s almost dreamlike, where guests have the chance to see their environment in a new light, quite literally. We are taking an ordinary walk through the Garden and showing just how extraordinary it can be.” The event takes guests on a one-mile walking journey through the Garden after sunset. As guests make their way through the Garden, they will discover vignettes of botanical lanterns integrated into the natural surroundings. Intricately designed and handmade by trained artisans, these lanterns bring plants and wildlife to life. Guests will find poppies, turtles, orchids, spiders, maple trees and more, all brightly colored and glowing from within. Additional lighting effects complete the immersive experience, further transforming the Garden’s landscape with light. Night Blooms has been made possible through the presenting sponsorship of PNC Bank. “PNC has a legacy of enriching our communities through philanthropic support of the arts, and as our local team continues to grow the bank’s presence in the state, we are excited to collaborate once again with Huntsville Botanical Garden to offer visitors another vibrant cultural experience,” said Nick Willis, PNC regional president for Greater Alabama. “Night Blooms is sure to provide families a place to build memories and celebrate the Garden as a treasured community asset.” The lanterns featured in Night Blooms are produced and provided by Hanart Culture. The Garden previously partnered with Hanart Culture to host the PNC-sponsored Chinese Lantern Festival in 2019. But with a reimagined experience and brand-new lanterns that have never before been seen in the south, Night Blooms is a new and different event. “Night Blooms is a brand-new experience, unique to Huntsville,” said Wagner. “You can’t find this event anywhere else besides here at the Garden.” Night Blooms will take place Wednesday through Sunday evenings from July 21, through Sept. 26, at the Huntsville Botanical Garden. Ticket prices range from $20 to $35 for adults and $12 to $23 for children, and all tickets must be reserved in advance for a designated entry time. Tickets will be available for purchase in June. Concessions also will be available for purchase during the event, allowing guests to take their time and make an evening of the experience. More information about the event can be found at hsvbg.org/NightBlooms. ### About PNC Bank PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including the following: a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; and wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit www.pnc.com. About the Huntsville Botanical Garden The 112-acre Huntsville Botanical Garden is open year-round and contains a diverse ecosystem of meadows, upland and bottomland forest, and wetlands, as well as a variety of specialty gardens and native plant collections. The Mathews Nature Trail contains the largest accredited trillium collection in the U.S., and the Anderson Education Center is home to the nation’s largest open-air butterfly house. The Native Plants Teaching Garden is a public space that highlights the way local plants, soil, pollinators, and birds create distinct communities and how they interact to form a diverse, sustainable, and attractive landscape. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Garden is a member of the American Public Gardens Association, the North American Plant Collections Consortium, the American Horticultural Society, and Botanic Gardens Conservation International, as well as an ArbNet-accredited arboretum. For more information, visit hsvbg.org. About Hanart Culture Hanart Culture is a producer and promoter of exhibitions and entertainment. They create special attractions of art and culture and arrange touring throughout North America. "Han" is the largest nationality of China; "Art" stands for a variety of art styles, including Chinese Lantern Festival, Ice Wonderland, Dinosaur Empire, The Kung Fu Embassy, The Acrobat Embassy, and Shadow Puppetry Embassy. Attachment Night Blooms 2021 2 CONTACT: Kristen Pepper Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau 256-551-2294 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Publication on May 18, 2021, after market closure Regulated information – Ordinary General MeetingEVS Broadcast Equipment SA: Euronext Brussels (EVS.BR), Bloomberg (EVS BB), Reuters (EVSB.BR) PRESS RELEASE EVS COMMUNICATES RESULTS OF THE ORDINARY GENERAL MEETING EVS Broadcast Equipment SA, leading provider of live video production systems, held its Ordinary GeneralMeeting on May 18, 2021. 99 shareholders representing 2,695,048 shares, or 18.8% of the company shares, attended by proxy the Ordinary General Meeting held physically at the company's registered office but for which the company had recommended its shareholders to attend by videoconference given the circumstances linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. All the resolutions have been approved, i.e.:- The remuneration report, the remuneration policy, the discharge of the Directors and the Auditor;- The 2020 annual accounts and the allocation of profits, including a total gross dividend of EUR 0.50 for fiscal year 2020;- Renewal of the mandate of 7 Capital SRL, represented by Chantal De Vrieze, as Director (4 years);- Approval of the amendments to the variable remunerations of the CCO and CEO. Due to the lack of quorum, the Extraordinary General Meeting convened on the same day has been postponed to June 7, 2021. All documents relating to the Ordinary General Meeting of May 18, 2021, including a summary of the votes, can be found on our company website www.evs.com. For more information, please contact: Ingrid ROGY, CFO a.i.EVS Broadcast Equipment S.A., Liege Science Park, 13 rue du Bois Saint-Jean, B-4102 Seraing, BelgiumTel: +32 4 361 70 00. E-mail: email@example.com; www.evs.com Forward Looking StatementsThis press release contains forward-looking statements with respect to the business, financial condition, and results of operations of EVS and its affiliates. These statements are based on the current expectations or beliefs of EVS's management and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or performance of the Company to differ materially from those contemplated in such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties relate to changes in technology and market requirements, the company’s concentration on one industry, decline in demand for the company’s products and those of its affiliates, inability to timely develop and introduce new technologies, products and applications, and loss of market share and pressure on pricing resulting from competition which could cause the actual results or performance of the company to differ materially from those contemplated in such forward-looking statements. EVS undertakes no obligation to publicly release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. About EVSWe create return on emotion. EVS is globally recognized as a leader in live video technology for broadcast and new media productions. Our passion and purpose are to help our clients craft immersive stories that trigger the best return on emotion. Through a wide range of products and solutions, we deliver the most gripping live sports images, buzzing entertainment shows and breaking news content to billions of viewers every day – and in real-time.The company is headquartered in Belgium with offices in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America, and provides sales and technical support to more than 100 countries. EVS is a public company traded on Euronext Brussels: EVS, ISIN: BE0003820371. 1/1 Attachment Press release in PDF format
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LAKE CHARLES, La. — Residents in southern Louisiana were bracing for more rain Tuesday after heavy downpours flooded homes, swamped cars and closed a major interstate. Lake Charles once again took the brunt of nature’s fury in a coastal zone still recovering from back-to-back hurricanes last fall and a deep freeze in February. The National Weather Service said south Lake Charles in western Louisiana saw 12 to 15 inches (30 to 38 centimeters) of rain in a 12-hour period Monday, while elsewhere in the parish as much as 10 inches (25 centimeters) fell. As the storm moved east, as much as 13 inches (33 centimeters) of rain fell overnight in Louisiana's capital city of Baton Rouge, according to East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome. By Tuesday the waters had largely receded, but more rain is expected across the region this week. “We are a very resilient people. We are a very strong population. But, you know, eventually you do kind of get to a point where you ask Mother Nature: What more can you do to us?” Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter said Tuesday. Hunter estimated that 400 to 500 structures flooded during Monday’s downpours. Hunter was mayor last year when the city was hit by Hurricane Laura on Aug. 27 and then six weeks later by Hurricane Delta. Then in February, a deep freeze settled over the region, freezing pipes and causing widespread drinking water problems. Layered on top of all those disasters has been the coronavirus pandemic. Some parents in Lake Charles picked up their children from school in kayaks Monday because the roads were impassable, and other residents reported on social media taking winding trips through town to avoid flooded roads. Lake Charles resident Don Dixon said there was intense rainfall for about 12 hours Monday. He lives on Lake Street but he said it was more like a raging river. “Water came up about 6 inches from going into my house," he said. “It got pretty close. I was very, very lucky." The Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to more than 300 calls overnight of people either trapped in cars or in homes that were starting to flood, The Advocate reported. Parts of Interstate 10 were flooded and closed in the capital city of Baton Rouge, the Louisiana Department of Transportation tweeted. One person died in Port Allen, across the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge, and another is missing after their car crashed into a canal Monday evening, Louisiana State Police said. They said the accident that killed Alvarado Morentes Hermelindo, 40, is still under investigation but called on drivers to be cautious during the bad weather. Officials in the Baton Rouge area didn’t yet have estimates of how many homes took on water and were asking people to report their damage. The downpours come five years after similar rains swamped large swaths of the capital region for days. Broome acknowledged the “heightened sense of anxiety” residents were feeling. “Our community has had more than our fair share of severe rain events,” she said. But she tried to calm residents: “We are not under the same threat as we were in 2016.” Schools and universities in the parish were closed Tuesday to try to keep people off roads, and the parish was working to clear streets where flooded vehicles blocked passage. In Lake Charles, Hunter said more rain is expected, although Monday's downpours were believed to have been the worst of it. Between the hurricanes, the freeze and the coronavirus pandemic, Lake Charles has been part of four federally declared disasters over the course of a year, the mayor said. He said he'd talked with federal disaster officials who said they could not think of another city that has been subject to as many federal disasters in a similar time period. Hunter said the city is still waiting for a supplemental disaster relief package from Washington to help the region recover from Hurricane Laura, whose 150 mph (240 kph) winds scoured western Louisiana in what state officials said was the most powerful hurricane to ever hit the state. “The plight of the average homeowner in Lake Charles is unthinkable at this moment. You have people that are possibly ripping out Sheetrock and renovating a home for now the third time in a course of six, seven months. And the the financial capability of this of this city, the human capital that we have here, is finite,” he said. Gov. John Bel Edwards has asked both then-President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden for $3 billion to help Louisiana with its ongoing recovery from the 2020 hurricanes. The aid request seeks dollars that can be spent to help rebuild people’s homes, create affordable rental housing, modernize infrastructure and harden against future storm threats, Edwards said during a January news conference. Rebecca Santana, The Associated Press
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