Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Roland Head has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Barclays. 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Although I expect bad debts to rise after the coronavirus pandemic, I think it’s possible that the shares are now too cheap to ignore.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Should we be buying Barclays shares? I’ve been taking a closer look at the numbers to find out more.Did Barclays really need to cut its dividend?Last year’s results from Barclays were pretty encouraging, in my view. Underlying pre-tax profit rose by 9% to £6.2bn, while the group’s return on tangible equity improved from 8.5% to 9%.The bank’s balance sheet looked good to me, too. Barclays’ common equity tier 1 (CET1) ratio rose from 13.2% to 13.8% – well above the minimum required by the regulator. Lending levels remained fairly cautious, with loans accounting for just 82% of deposits.If 2020 had been a normal year, I’d have expected the Barclays share price to make good progress. Unfortunately, 2020 won’t be normal. And because this is the first serious crisis since the 2008 crash, everyone is nervous.I think this is why none of the banks really complained about being forced to cancel their dividends by the regulator. They know they’re on probation. And they know that they must cope with the aftermath of the pandemic without being seen to profit from government rescue money.However, if the banks come through this situation successfully, I think investors might finally start to trust them again. If I’m right, I think the Barclays share price could re-rate to a level that’s much closer to its book value.Can the bank handle bigger losses?As a value investor, I’ve been tempted by Barclays shares for a long time. To get an idea of how risky the stock could be in a recession, I’ve been looking at the bank’s ability to absorb losses.At the end of 2019, the bank had £345bn of loans and advances to customers. Against this total, the bank has already set aside £6.3bn for expected losses. That’s gives an impairment rate of about 1.8%.How much worse will this figure get? I don’t know. But if Barclays found that 5% of its loans were not going to be repaid, impairments would rise to £17.3bn. I estimate that this would reduce the group’s net asset value to around 195p per share.At the time of writing, the Barclays share price is just 90p. The market appears to be pricing in much bigger losses.What’s next for the Barclays share price?Barclays has been in business since 1736. I don’t think coronavirus is going to wipe the bank out. However, ultra-low interest rates and higher loan losses could make life difficult for the next couple of years.In my view, the Barclays share price reflects this reality. 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Online gaming site GoodLot, which raises funds for several international humanitarian and environmental organisations, has launched an affiliate programme to help drive traffic to its site.Anyone with a Web site can promote GoodLot using banner adverts and earn commission on players who sign up as a result. Commission rates start at £5, and can rise to £12.50 if you recruit more than £99 players.The commission is paid not as a cheque but as credit in your GoodLot account. Advertisement Howard Lake | 4 August 2004 | News GoodLot launches online affiliate programme About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. As such this option might not interest charities and organisations themselves but it could interest individuals who wish to promote charitable support on their site, and earn an income from doing so. 25 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Gaming
WWF is running a nationwide competition to find one community which will be given the honour of leading the Earth Hour switch-off in the UK. The winning community will win a £1,000 grant to make sure that their ‘switched off’ event goes with a bang. Entries for the prize are being invited from schools, workplaces, streets, villages, pubs and clubs.The annual event, which asks communities around the world to turn off their lights at home for just an hour, will take place on 31 March 2012.The winner will lead the switch-off at 8.30pm, and will then be followed by major landmarks like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Edinburgh Castle, as well as many other homes and venues across the country.To stand a chance of being selected as WWF’s Champion Community for 2012, you need to explain in no more than 300 words why your community should lead the switch off.The £1000 grant is complemented by £300 prizes for national winners in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.WWF’s Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses joined in. Last year hundreds of millions of people and landmarks from Big Ben and Buckingham Palace in London to the India Gate in New Delhi and The Sydney Opera House took part.http://earthhour.wwf.org.uk/get-involved/competition-to-lead-uk-switch-off Howard Lake | 19 January 2012 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Events Funding 26 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Community or club to win £1000 to lead UK’s switch-off for Earth Hour About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers flew with F-35B fighter jets over the DPRK coast.To borrow a phrase from LeBron James, “U Bum!” would be an appropriate response to Donald Trump’s latest round of threats and racist insults hurled at the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.Kim Jong Un was being relatively restrained when he called Trump’s behavior “mentally deranged.” He was responding to the U.S. president’s Sept. 19 speech to the United Nations General Assembly, which drew gasps of disbelief from the assembled diplomats when Trump threatened to “totally destroy North Korea.”Has this sunk in with the people of the U.S.? That the person who supposedly has his hand on the nuclear button is talking like a 1920s Chicago mobster, crudely threatening war with a country that now has nuclear weapons to defend itself?The problem is not just Trump, of course. The Pentagon says that on Sept. 23, U.S. B-1B bombers and F-15C fighters flew along the coast of the DPRK above the demilitarized zone for the first time. And the U.S. government has imposed a new round of sanctions on the DPRK meant to paralyze its economy.None of this will deter the DPRK from developing the means to defend itself from a U.S. attack. In fact, just the opposite — Trump has confirmed that the Koreans can expect nothing but further hostility from the U.S. ruling class and therefore they must strengthen their country’s defense by any means necessary.The foreign minister of the DPRK, Ri Yong Ho, answered Trump in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 23, the same day that U.S. warplanes were flying along the coast of his country. Ri told the assembly:“The most rampant violation of international justice can be seen on the Korean peninsula.“Unprecedented acts of injustice such as imposing harsh sanctions on a victim for the reason that the victim chose to stand up to the offender are openly committed in the name of the U.N.“The essence of the situation on the Korean peninsula is a confrontation between the DPRK and the U.S., where the former tries to defend its national dignity and sovereignty against the latter’s hostile policy and nuclear threats.“The United States is the country that first produced nuclear weapons and the only country that actually used them, massacring hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians. It is the U.S. that threatened to use nuclear weapons against the DPRK during the Korean War in the 1950s and first introduced nuclear weapons into the Korean peninsula after the war.“The U.S. started large-scale joint military exercises against the DPRK during the Cold War period and further increased their scope and aggressive nature after the Cold War, staging the exercises several times a year by mobilizing more of nuclear strategic assets.“What else could be a bigger threat than the violent remarks such as pouring ‘fire and fury,’ ‘total destruction’ coming from the top authority of the world’s biggest nuclear power?“The very reason the DPRK had to possess nuclear weapons is because of the U.S. and it had to strengthen and develop its nuclear force onto the current level to cope with the U.S.”U.S. imperialists underestimate DPRKTrump expresses in the crudest terms the miscalculations of an imperialist power that once had a monopoly on nuclear weapons. It was unthinkable to his class of billionaires that a small country like the DPRK could recover from the total destruction wrought by the U.S. war of 1950-1953, rebuild its economy and become a nuclear power.It tries to explain the DPRK’s astounding progress by calling its leaders “dictators” and its people “robots” who have been forced to do their bidding. In fact, the DPRK’s spectacular development has been made possible by the tremendous enthusiasm of its workers, farmers and intellectuals for building an independent socialist society free from colonial and imperialist oppression.The DPRK has been able to marshal its resources because of this. So many countries that have suffered under colonialism and then imperialism cannot provide the bare essentials of life for the people because their economies continue to be looted by the rich capitalist powers.Despite blockades, sanctions and war threats, the DPRK has achieved a high level of technological development — and its development of a nuclear deterrent is a testament to this. The Korean system of free education has produced experts in all the sciences. They have a strong spirit of self-reliance and their nuclear achievements are a source of great pride.The U.S. has never apologized for annihilating two Japanese cities with atomic bombs. If it can claim it was justified in actually using such horrendous bombs in August 1945, when Germany had already surrendered on May 7 and the world war was clearly coming to an end, how can it in any honesty excoriate the DPRK for developing such weapons to defend itself?No wonder the people of the DPRK are now elated that their scientists have achieved success in producing nuclear weapons and the missiles that can deliver them. It should lift from their shoulders the terrible possibility that they could be attacked at any time by the world’s most fearsome military power. The ball is now in the court of the people of the U.S., who must struggle — in our own interests as well as those of the Korean people — to make sure that never happens.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
News January 11, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Editor freed after 28 hours in detention Reporters Without Borders today strongly protest at the “illegal” arrest and detention in custody of Assadolah Vahidi, editor of the daily Sarnewesht and called for his immediate release. He was arrested yesterday on the orders of Afghanistan’s chief prosecutor, on the strength of a complaint from President Hamid Karzai’s national security advisor, without any consultation with the Commission for Media Complaints.This arrest was illegal, in terms of the way it was carried out, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. Under the current media law, any press case should first go before the Commission for Media Complaints, which is the responsibility of the information and culture ministry, which then has the power to send a file to the prosecutor and to proceed to possible imprisonment of a journalist.Even if the newspaper has published news that is inaccurate, the imprisonment of the editor of Sarnewesht and keeping him in custody until he apologises is illegal and is a violation of press freedom. Vahidi was arrested on 9 January following a complaint from Rangin Dadafar Spanta, the president’s national security advisor and on the direct orders of Afghanistan’s chief prosecutor. The newspaper had published a report about the creation of an “armed group” by a brother of Rangin Dadafar Spanta. Chief prosecutor Mohammad Eshagh Alko, told the media that “this arrest has been ordered by the Commission for Media Complaints”, while the information and culture minister, Seid Makhodm Rahin said, “The commission had no responsibility for this arrest”. Reporters Without Borders noted with concern that illegal detention of journalists is becoming more and more common in Afghanistan. Hojatullah Mujadadi, director of Radio Kapisa, has been in custody for more than 100 days, accused by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) of “terrorist activities”, without any serious evidence. Several other Afghan journalists have complained to Reporters Without Borders of suffering violent or threatening behaviour on the part of police or members of the NDS. June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information May 3, 2021 Find out more AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Afghanistan RSF_en AfghanistanAsia – Pacific News News Organisation RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says Reporters Without Borders welcomes yesterday’s release of Assadolah Vahidi, editor of the Afghan daily Sarnewesht, 28 hours after he was detained. He was arrested on 9 January on the orders of the chief prosecutor following a complaint by one of President Hamid Karzai’s national security advisers.Vahidi said in an interview that he had been mistreated by the prosecution service. “I was kept in the same cell as common criminals,” he said. “They asked me to apologise. I refused because my detention was illegal. I thank President Hamid Karzai and all the organizations for their support.”————————Call for release of editor Assadolah Vahidi10-01-2011 News March 11, 2021 Find out more
Twitter By admin – April 25, 2018 Previous articleFamily science nightNext articleDPS identifies man killed in Sunday wreck admin WhatsApp Local News Pinterest Odessa District of the Texas Department of Transportation has scheduled a public meeting in Fort Stockton to gather input from residents on rural transportation needs.The meeting will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 10 at the Rooney Park Small Community Hall on Highway 285 in Fort Stockton.The public meeting will gather input from the public to help the Odessa District develop the 2019-2022 Rural Transportation Improvement Program, which is the mechanism used by TxDOT and the Federal Highway Administration to fund projects for the next four years, a TxDOT news release stated. It includes all federally funded projects.For those who can’t attend the meeting, three exhibits will be available for review 15 days before and after the meeting. The exhibits are online at https://tinyurl.com/y9nkm9fy. The exhibits will also be available at the following locations:Andrews Maintenance Office, 1000 S. Main, Andrews.McCamey Maintenance Office, 830 W. Fifth Street, McCamey.Monahans Maintenance Office, 3411 S. Stockton, Monahans.Odessa District Office, 3901 E. Highway 80, Odessa.Pecos Maintenance Office, 197 South Frontage Road IH-20 West, Pecos.Sanderson Maintenance Office, 53 N. US Highway 285 Sanderson.Written comments may be submitted to Texas Department of Transportation, Attention: Robert Ornelas, P.E., 3901 East Highway 80, Odessa, Texas, 79761 or by email at [email protected] 15-day public comment period to submit written comments will close at the Odessa District Office at 5 p.m. May 25.The Odessa District includes Andrews, Crane, Ector, Loving, Martin, Midland, Pecos, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Ward and Winkler counties.More Information Pinterest Facebook Facebook Twitter Public meeting set to discuss rural transportation needs WhatsApp Texas Department of Transportation.
News UpdatesAppointment Not Challenged In Reasonable Time: Supreme Court Sets Aside HC Judgment Which Quashed Appointment Of An Assistant Professor LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK29 Jan 2021 10:43 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court set aside an Allahabad High Court order which quashed appointment of an Assistant Professor, observing that the appointment was not challenged in reasonable time as per the provisions of the applicable Act.In this case, the Executive Council of King George Medical University, on 08.08.2005, approved the recommendations of Selection Committee appointing appellant as…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court set aside an Allahabad High Court order which quashed appointment of an Assistant Professor, observing that the appointment was not challenged in reasonable time as per the provisions of the applicable Act.In this case, the Executive Council of King George Medical University, on 08.08.2005, approved the recommendations of Selection Committee appointing appellant as Assistant Professor and Dr. Jitendra Kumar Rao as Lecturer. On 13.02.2009, Rao submitted a representation before the Chancellor challenging Pooran Chand’s appointment and also claiming seniority over him. This representation was rejected by the Chancellor and therefore he approached the High Court. The High Court allowed the writ petition by quashing appointment of Pooran Chand as Assistant Professor.In appeal, the bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy and MR Shah noted the provisions of King George Medical University Act, regarding the time limit for submitting representations and observed that appointment of Pooran Chand as Assistant Professor was not challenged or questioned in accordance with provisions of the Act. The court said: Section 53 provides that if any question arises whether any person has been duly elected or appointed, the matter shall be referred to the Chancellor, and the decision of the Chancellor thereon shall be final. The Section also contains proviso to the effect that no reference in this Section shall be made more than three months after the date when question could have been raised for the first time. Although, by the second proviso, Chancellor can entertain a reference after expiry of the said period. There is an object and purpose for entertaining any question regarding appointment of member of any authority or body whether any person has been duly appointed within a period of three months. The members of the teaching faculty of the University be it Lecturer or Assistant Professor are entrusted with teaching, which is to be imparted according to academic calendar. It is in the interest of the University that all doubts regarding appointment of teachers are raised within a period of three months to have an early decision by Chancellor to give quietus to the disputes in the University.The Court said that the appointment could not be allowed to be challenged after four years in the writ petition. While allowing the appeal, the court further observed:”The Act which Governs the appointment of Assistant Professors and Lecturers in the University itself provides a mechanism for questioning an appointment, i.e., by representation to the Chancellor that too within a period of three months. Any challenge to appointment after more than three years cannot be entertained as we have already held that respondent No.4 in his representation before the Chancellor never challenged the appointment of appellant as Assistant Professor and had filed representation only claiming seniority over appellant after he got promoted as Assistant Professor himself in the year 2007, High Court ought not to have entertained the challenge to the appointment of appellant in the writ petition and ought to have confined the consideration of claim of respondent No.4 for seniority over the appellant. When the appointment of appellant was not challenged in reasonable time as per the provisions of the Act, 2002, it is not in the ends of justice to permit the respondent No.4 to challenge such appointment in the High Court in the writ petition for the first time, after more than four years of the appointment.”CASE: POORAN CHAND vs CHANCELLOR [CIVIL APPEAL NOS.268-269 of 2021]CORAM: Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy and MR ShahCOUNSEL: Sr Adv Meenakshi Arora, Sr. Adv S.R. Singh, Adv Vishnu Shankar JainCITATION: LL 2021 SC 50 Click here to Read/Download JudgmentRead JudgmentNext Story
Your Public Safety news is made possible with support from: ITHACA, N.Y. –– Crews working to repair a utility ditch have shut down the 100 to 200 blocks of West Court Street, with work expected to finish Friday. Anna Lamb Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice.Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] More by Anna Lamb Tagged: construction, ithaca, road work, traffic, west court street The work of repairing old asphalt around water and sewer utility ditches in the area began Tuesday morning.The area of West Court will be closed to through traffic in the vicinity of the work, and limited street parking is available. Of course, emergency vehicle and bus routes will remain accessible. Drivers should plan their commutes accordingly.
Myriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 731,000 people worldwide.Over 19 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 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 United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than five million diagnosed cases and at least 162,938 deaths. Here’s how the news is developing Monday. All times Eastern:8:35 a.m.: Clorox says demand for its wipes is up 500% Clorox says demand for its wipes is up 500% during the pandemic. “We are making wipes in record numbers and shipping them to stores in record numbers,” Clorox CEO Linda Rendle told ABC News’ Good Morning America on Monday.Since January, Clorox has made 100 million more disinfecting products than before — a 50% increase, Rendle said. Clorox is now making nearly one million packages of disinfectant wipes every day, Rendle said.7:25 a.m.: UK has ‘moral duty’ to fully reopen schools next month, PM saysU.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson reiterated Monday that he’s “very keen” for all schools to fully reopen in England next month. “It’s not right that kids should spend more time out of school,” Johnson told reporters while visiting a school in East London. “It’s much, much better for their health and mental wellbeing, obviously their educational prospects, if everybody comes back to school full-time in September.” “It’s our moral duty as a country to make sure that happens,” he added.Johnson said he’s been “impressed” by the work administrators and teachers have done to make sure schools are safe. Last month, the U.K. government outlined a plan for the “mandatory” return to classrooms across England in September, with students being restricted to “class or year sized bubbles” and teachers being told to “address gaps in knowledge.” Schools across the United Kingdom shuttered in mid-March at the start of the pandemic. Some pupils returned to classrooms in England in June. Meanwhile, Scotland is set to fully reopen its schools on Tuesday.6:49 a.m.: India’s former president tests positive for COVID-19India’s former president, Pranab Mukherjee, has tested positive for COVID-19.“On a visit to the hospital for a separate procedure, I have tested positive for Covid-19 today,” Mukherjee, who served as president of India from 2012 to 2017, announced via Twitter on Monday. “I request the people who came in contact with me in the last week, to please self isolate and get tested for Covid-19.”With more than 2.2 million diagnosed cases of COVID-19, India has the third-highest tally in the world, behind the United States and Brazil.5:36 a.m.: Coronavirus testing site opening along U.S.-Mexico borderA coronavirus testing site will open soon near the U.S.-Mexico border in Southern California’s San Diego County, according to a report by San Diego ABC affiliate KGTV.The appointment-free, walk-up testing site will be located at the San Ysidro Port of Entry’s PedWest crossing, one of the world’s busiest pedestrian international border crossings. The site, among more than two dozen others across San Diego County, will be the closest one to the border with Mexico so far for the region.The United States and Mexico are two of the worst-affected nations in the coronavirus pandemic.The Hispanic community makes up just 34% of San Diego’s population and yet, as of Sunday, they accounted for 62% of the city’s COVID-19 cases, according to KGTV. That figure will likely rise after the new testing site opens up within the next couple weeks, since the area is dominated by Spanish speakers.However, Chicano Federation Chief Strategy Officer Roberto Alcantar said many in the Latino community are still afraid of getting tested.“Our community is nervous about losing their jobs, not being able to go to work, the real economic impact that comes from being positive and feeling that that might hinder them in a way,” Alcantar told KGTV.4:21 a.m.: Australia sees record rise in virus-related deathsAn additional 19 coronavirus-related deaths were recorded in the Australian state of Victoria on Sunday — the highest single-day increase in fatalities that the country has seen since the start of the pandemic.“This news is devastating no matter what age COVID affects people, and we just want to reaffirm again our support through every channel we can provide it,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters in Canberra on Monday.Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services also reported 322 new cases of COVID-19 — the lowest daily count recorded in the state since July 29.“We are seeing some stability. That’s a good thing. But that’s not enough,” Victoria’s state Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters in Melbourne. “And that’s the product of masks and Stage 3. That’s what the experts tell us. The next stage, though, is all about these restrictions that we’ve had to painfully impose.”Andrews declared a state of disaster in Victoria on Aug. 2, giving authorities additional powers to ensure people are complying with public health directions. Victoria is home to Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, which has become a hotspot in the country’s novel coronavirus outbreak.In total, Australia has reported more than 21,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 with at least 313 deaths.3:45 a.m.: US records under 50,000 new cases for first time in six daysThere were 46,395 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Sunday, bringing the nationwide total soaring past five million, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the first time in six days that the nation has recorded under 50,000 new cases. An additional 516 coronavirus-related deaths were also reported.Sunday’s caseload is well below the record set on July 16, when more than 77,000 new cases were identified in a 24-hour reporting period.A total of 5,044,864 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 162,938 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.Many states have seen a rise in infections in recent weeks, with some — including Arizona, California and Florida — reporting daily records. However, new data published last week in an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency suggests that the national surge in cases could be leveling off. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.