Ford’s new CEO promises investors more transparency, reports October sales declined 6.1%

first_imgCox Automotive expects U.S. vehicle sales for the year to be 14.3 million, a 16% decline from 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic. – Advertisement – Ford spokesman Said Deep said the change is “about giving investors more frequent updates on U.S. sales and dealer inventory during the pandemic.” He said it’s expected to continue for the “foreseeable future.”In his first quarterly earnings call with analysts as CEO, Farley promised Wall Street greater transparency — something his predecessor, Jim Hackett, was criticized for not doing. Farley succeeded Hackett effective Oct. 1.“My commitment to each of you is transparency, including purposeful, measurable key performance indicators so you can objectively track our progress,” Farley told analysts on Oct. 28. – Advertisement –center_img Ford previously said switching to quarterly sales results would provide investors with a broader, more accurate report about the company’s sales. Toyota Motor, Honda Motor and others have continued to report sales on a monthly basis.Ford reported a 6.1% decline in U.S. light-duty vehicle sales last month compared to October 2019. That’s a wider loss than the industry, which experienced a slight uptick of 0.9% from a year earlier, according to Cox Automotive.Ford’s sales last month were hindered by declines in its passenger sedans, which the automaker has discontinued, as well as slides of 26.2% for its Transit vans and 4% for its popular F-Series pickups. Production of its pickups was impacted in part due to a factory overhaul to produce redesigned versions of its F-150 pickup. The decline in van sales was likely linked to reductions in fleet sales due to the coronavirus pandemic.  – Advertisement – Ford Motor will release its U.S. vehicle sales on a monthly basis as well as quarterly after the company’s new CEO Jim Farley promised Wall Street greater transparency.The decision comes more than a year after the Detroit automaker followed its crosstown rival, General Motors, in switching exclusively to quarterly sales reporting. Several other automakers, including Fiat Chrysler and Volkswagen, have since followed suit.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Eta Heads for South Florida

first_imgThat “would bring an isolated maximum total of 40 inches of rain,” Mr. Feltgen said.“At that point you measure in feet not inches,” he said. “That’s catastrophic, life-threatening flooding.” The storm’s intensity and final trajectory remained uncertain, but it was projected to bring 15 to 20 inches of rain to Cuba, the Cayman Islands and South Florida. The National Hurricane Center’s model indicated that Eta would arrive in the Florida Keys by early Tuesday morning.“Right now, the biggest problem with Eta is the horrific rainfall, which continues over Central America,” said Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist and spokesman at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. By Monday, Eta could be over the Florida Straits, Mr. Feltgen said, stressing that its path remained uncertain. Mr. Feltgen cautioned residents of Cuba, the Cayman Islands and South Florida to stay updated on Eta’s trajectory.“We’re looking at a potentially big rainfall across South Florida and that’s already saturated ground,” he said. “So we’re looking at potentially a flooding situation across South Florida.”Eta is the 28th named storm and the 12th hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season, which started in June and ends Nov. 30.When Eta formed, the 2020 season tied a record set in 2005, when Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma battered the Gulf Coast. That year, so many storms grew strong enough to be named that meteorologists had to resort to the Greek alphabet after exhausting the list of rotating names maintained by the World Meteorological Organization.The agency never got to Eta in 2005, however. It named 27 storms that year and only later identified a qualifying subtropical storm that formed briefly in October near the Azores, a remote archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.This year, hurricanes and tropical storms pounded the Gulf Coast, where towns and cities recovered from one storm only to be hit by another one weeks later. Eta’s path recalled that of Hurricane Mitch, which killed more than 11,000 people, mostly in Honduras and Nicaragua, in 1998. Heavy rains exacerbated by Mitch’s slow march across the region triggered devastating flooding and mudslides.On Thursday, Eta remained over land in Central America, about 80 miles southwest of La Ceiba, a city on the northern coast of Honduras. It was expected to make a slow trek over the Caribbean by Friday before landing in Cuba on Sunday.It continued to pose devastating threats to parts of Nicaragua and Honduras, where it was expected to drop an additional 15 to 20 inches of rain.- Advertisement – After bringing deadly rainfall and flooding to parts of Central America, Eta on Thursday appeared to be on a path for South Florida, where the storm was expected to arrive early next week.Eta, which made landfall in Nicaragua on Tuesday as a Category 4 hurricane, was downgraded to a tropical depression, but it was expected to strengthen again as it crossed the northwestern Caribbean Sea later this week.- Advertisement –center_img Two miners were killed in mudslides in Nicaragua, according to The Associated Press. In Honduras, a 12-year-old girl was killed when she became trapped in a mudslide.- Advertisement – Hurricane Laura battered Lake Charles, La., in late August, and in October, Hurricane Delta made landfall in Louisiana less than 20 miles east of where Laura had struck, slamming the area as it was still trying to recover.In late October, Hurricane Zeta lashed the Louisiana coast with heavy rain and powerful winds. That storm was blamed for six deaths across the South and for widespread power failures in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and the Carolinas.Kirk Semple, Austin Ramzy and Bryan Pietsch contributed reporting. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Trump lies in the White House briefing room, and the networks pull the plug.

first_imgPresident Trump broke a two-day silence with reporters to deliver a brief statement filled with lies about the election process as workers in a handful of states continue to tabulate vote tallies in the presidential race.The president painted the election results so far as part of a broad conspiracy to deprive him of winning a second term by Democrats, election officials in various cities and the media.- Advertisement – The three big broadcast networks — ABC, CBS and NBC — all cut away from President Trump’s appearance as the president’s false claims about the integrity of the election mounted.- Advertisement – “If you count the legal votes, I easily win,” Mr. Trump said shortly after he took the podium in the White House briefing room, a false statement that cast aspersion on the rest of the election. He offered no evidence.He then listed a series of conspiracy theories about why ballots arrived late in places. And at the same time that he insisted Democrats were figuring out how many mail-in ballots they need in order to counteract his performance in various states, the president listed off a series of Republican wins on Tuesday. He appeared not to see the cognitive dissonance in saying that other Republicans won while he lost as he outlined a plot about others harming him, and left the room without taking reporters’ questions. – Advertisement – MSNBC declined to air his remarks live at all. On Fox News, the White House correspondent John Roberts told viewers that “we haven’t seen any evidence” to back up Mr. Trump’s claims of electoral fraud. The anchor Bret Baier concurred, adding, “We have not seen the evidence yet, John.” Mr. Trump’s speech was timed to air during each of the network’s evening newscasts, which draw the biggest collective audience in TV news. But network anchors broke in after a few minutes to correct some of Mr. Trump’s false claims.“We have to cut away here because the president has made a number of false allegations,” Lester Holt said on “NBC Nightly News.” On ABC, the anchor David Muir broke in and told viewers, “There’s a lot to unpack here and fact-check.”Although CNN and Fox News continued carrying Mr. Trump’s remarks live, the decision by the other networks to break away deprived Mr. Trump of a significantly larger audience for his unfiltered — and un-fact-checked — views of the election. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Cyprus Showdown: Matthew Jordan and Johannes Veerman head final-round qualifiers | Golf News

first_img Johannes Veerman has carded back-to-back 64s after matching his second-round score on Saturday Johannes Veerman has carded back-to-back 64s after matching his second-round score on Saturday

Doug Emhoff: The first ‘second dude’ in the White House

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Arsenal Women 1 – 1 Chelsea Women

first_imgBut Emma Hayes’ side responded almost immediately as Pernille Harder’s cross from the right looped off Wubben-Moy and deceived Manuela Zinsberger to find the far corner of the net.The result ensures Manchester United remain top of the WSL, a point ahead of Arsenal having both played seven games, while Chelsea sit third – three points off the leaders but with a game in hand.More to follow shortly…- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Arsenal were denied top spot in the WSL after a 90th-minute own goal from Lotte Wubben-Moy salvaged a 1-1 draw for Chelsea at Meadow Park.Beth Mead looked to have ended Arsenal’s six-game losing streak against Chelsea when she met Vivianne Miedema’s cross to tap the hosts in front with four minutes of normal time remaining.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Outbreak strain of Salmonella found in recalled snack

first_imgJul 6, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The strain of Salmonella associated with 57 recent illnesses in 18 states has been found in a recalled snack called Veggie Booty, confirming interview-based evidence linking the product to the outbreak. Jun 29 CIDRAP News story “Snack implicated in 17-state Salmonella outbreak” The Minnesota Department of Agriculture announced this week it had found Salmonella Wandsworth, a strain it said has not been implicated in a US foodborne outbreak before, in a sealed package of the snack. The outbreak prompted the snack’s manufacturer, Robert’s American Gourmet, based in Sea Cliff, N.Y., to issue a nationwide recall last week. Interviews with sick and well persons had previously pointed to consumption of Veggie Booty as the common factor among patients, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Jul 3 CDC press releasehttp://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/wandsworth.htm The company said in a Jul 3 press release that preliminary independent tests suggested the vegetable seasoning is the likely source of the Salmonella, and that most of the components come from China, a country that has recently been implicated in several other product-contamination incidents. The company said the two recalled snacks are the only products that contain the seasoning. When the outbreak was announced last week, authorities said it involved 52 cases in 17 states. The Jul 3 CDC update reported 57 cases in 18 states.center_img Most people infected with Salmonella experience diarrhea, often with fever and abdominal cramps, within 12 to 72 hours after infection, the CDC said. Most people recover in 4 to 7 days without treatment, but elderly people, infants, and those with an impaired immune system may suffer severe illness. The FDA and CDC said the cases began in March. Almost all the illnesses were in children under age 10, with most of them in toddlers. Most of the patients had bloody diarrhea, and 10% were hospitalized, officials said. No deaths have been reported. Illness onset dates, known for 49 patients, ranged from Mar 4 to Jun 15. Veggie Booty is made of puffed rice and corn with a vegetable coating and is sold in flexible plastic foil bags in 4-ounce, 1-ounce, and half-ounce sizes. Last week the company recalled another snack, Super Veggie Tings Crunchy Corn Sticks, because the same vegetable seasoning is used in both products. The CDC said it was not aware of any illness cases related to Crunchy Corn Sticks. See also: In a Jul 3 statement, the CDC said the Minnesota lab had also found Salmonella in cultures from four other sealed Veggie Booty bags, but was still examining the isolates to see if they matched the outbreak strain.last_img read more

Woman’s illness raises Indonesia’s H5N1 total to 117

first_imgJan 11, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s health ministry announced that a 16-year-old girl from West Java province is hospitalized with H5N1 avian influenza, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. This development follows new media revelations about details relating to recently confirmed H5N1 patients in China and Pakistan.The Indonesian girl got sick on Dec 30 and was hospitalized 5 days later, the WHO report said. The girl, who lives in the city of Bekasi, on the outskirts of Jakarta, was recently transferred to a bird flu specialty hospital, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported today.Joko Suyono, an official from Indonesia’s health ministry, told Xinhua that two tests confirmed that the girl was infected with the H5N1 virus. The girl’s illness raises Indonesia’s H5N1 case count to 117, while the number of fatalities stands at 94.An investigation into the girl’s illness found that chickens in her neighborhood died 2 weeks before she became ill, the WHO reported. Suyono told Xinhua that the girl ate three chicken eggs 2 weeks ago after chickens at her household died.In other developments, Chinese officials said this week that a 52-year-old man who is recovering from an H5N1 infection for which he was hospitalized in early December likely caught the virus from his 24-year-old son, who died of the disease in late November, Reuters reported yesterday.”The initial judgment is that it was an infection from close contact,” Mao Qun’an, Chinese health ministry spokesman, told reporters at a news conference, according to the Reuters report.The son and his father are from Nanjing, in eastern China’s Jiangsu province. Their illnesses are recorded as the WHO’s 26th and 27th confirmed H5N1 cases, and the son’s death is China’s 17th fatality from the disease.Hans Troedsson, a WHO representative in China, told Reuters that human-to-human transmission through close contact between the son and the father could be not ruled out in the family cluster. “However, the biological findings at this state show that the virus has not mutated to a form that can be transmitted from human to human efficiently,” he said.Qun’an said China’s health ministry has still not determined the source of the son’s infection, because neither man reportedly had any contact with sick or dead birds, Reuters reported.Elsewhere, the American brother of Pakistan’s first H5N1 case-patient has been confirmed to not have the disease. Blood tests performed by New York State Department of Health Department revealed no antibodies to the H5N1 virus, the Canadian Press (CP) reported on Jan 9.Claudia Hutton, public affairs director for the New York State Department of Health, told the CP that the man’s negative antibody test result suggests that the man was never infected with H5N1.The man had traveled to Pakistan to attend the funeral of one of his brothers who is thought to be part of an H5N1 family cluster. According to earlier reports from the WHO, health officials had difficulty obtaining viable samples for testing, and though samples from only one brother have tested positive for the H5N1 virus so far, the WHO has said it believes the Pakistani case cluster represents a rare instance of apparent human-to-human transmission.After the brother, who lives in Long Island, NY, returned from his brother’s funeral in Pakistan, he told his physician that he may have been exposed to avian flu, according to previous media reports. However, samples from the man and his son—who also reportedly experienced flulike symptoms—tested negative in state and federal laboratories.Antibody testing on samples from the man’s son also came back negative, the CP report said.See also:Jan 11 WHO statementDec 7, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Father of Chinese H5N1 fatality has infection”Dec 17, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Possible H5N1 family cluster probed in Pakistan”last_img read more

GAO reports progress, pitfalls in state medical surge planning

first_imgJul 14, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a status report yesterday on progress states have made toward preparing for a flood of people needing medical care in the wake of an event such as a terrorist attack or an influenza pandemic.The 59-page report, requested by various US Senate and House members, looked at four main components of medical “surge” readiness: increasing hospital capacity, pinpointing alternative care sites, enlisting medical volunteers, and planning for altered standards of care. The GAO also examined how federal departments have helped states make medical surge preparations, as well as what states have done for themselves. Lastly, investigators asked states what concerns they have about their medical surge planning.From 2002 to 2007 the federal government awarded states about $2.2 billion in medical preparedness funds through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Hospital Preparedness Program, the GAO said in the report. Federal agencies have also issued several preparedness guidance documents for states, such as a game plan for reopening shuttered hospitals.Nongovernmental groups have also played an important role in issuing medical surge capacity guidance. In May, an expert task force issued a series of reports that took stock of current capabilities and recommended a framework for distributing care to as many patients as possible.Plotting surge-capacity progressGAO auditors found that of 20 states that were surveyed, many have made progress on three of the key components of medical surge planning: increasing hospital capacity, determining alternative care sites, and recruiting volunteer staff. However, only seven of them had adopted or were developing altered standards of medical care in response to a mass-casualty event.All the states that were surveyed had developed bed-reporting systems, and 18 have systems in place to report the number of available hospital beds within the state. For comparison, in 2005 only one of the states had developed a Web-based tracking system.Nearly all states that had military or Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals had started talks about coordinating care to boost hospital capacity. In one state, military hospital officials served on state emergency preparedness committees and participated in related training and exercises. Eight of 10 states in the survey group that have military hospitals reported that the military facility would take civilian patients in the event of an emergency if they have enough resources.However, the contribution of VA hospitals varied widely across the 19 states in the survey that have them. Four states reported that their VA hospitals would not take nonveteran patients in a medical surge setting.Eighteen of 20 states said they were selecting either fixed or mobile alternative care sites. States told GAO auditors that most counties are still identifying fixed alternative care sites, though some had already developed memorandums of understanding with facilities such as churches, schools, military bases, and shopping malls. Two states said they had fleshed out plans for mobile care facilities.Fifteen states have started registering volunteers in electronic medical volunteer databases, and 12 of those have begun verifying participants’ qualifications.Though only 7 of the 20 states had adopted or drafted altered standards of care, 11 said they had started discussions with stakeholders such as medical professionals and attorneys.States worry about staffing, paymentsStates told the GAO they faced several challenges in building surge capacity. While most states surveyed said they could boost the number of hospital beds in an emergency, some said they worried about how to staff the effort. Some state officials reported difficulty in selecting alternative care sites, particularly in small rural communities. Other states said that some facilities that could be used as care sites have already been earmarked as emergency shelters.Officials from several states aired concerns about how the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would reimburse providers for care delivered at the alterative sites. Some said knowing the payment status ahead of time would make the planning and exercise exercises easier and more realistic. They also said they were unclear on how federal laws relating to patient privacy and emergency care would apply in a mass casualty event, particularly at care sites away from medical facilities.In terms of registering medical volunteers, states projected that some helpers might be reluctant to sign up because of worries that, as part of a required national database, they might be deployed to another state. Some states also said volunteer enlistment should be better coordinated to avoid overlap between programs.When addressing altered standards of care, some states requested more federal guidance, such as a summit of experts that could discuss complex issues related to allocating scarce resources.State officials cited several funding roadblocks in their medical surge planning. They suggested longer funding cycles for federal hospital preparedness grants to afford more time to prepare. They also cited concerns about decreasing federal funds for hospital preparedness, particularly in light of what they say are increased requirements. GAO auditors reported that hospital preparedness funds decreased about 18% from fiscal year 2004 to 2007.Agencies’ responses to recommendationsThe GAO recommended that HHS serve as a clearinghouse for states to share information about altered standards of care.HHS did not respond to that recommendation, but it did concur with the GAO’s findings. In a letter that accompanied the reports, Vincent Ventimiglia Jr, assistant secretary for legislation at HHS, wrote, “Overall, the report is a fair representation of progress that has been made to improve medical capacity since 2001.”He suggested that because “all disasters are local,” the GAO’s findings would be more useful if local perspectives were included, along with the feedback from states.The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agreed with the GAO’s findings, but suggested that HHS may need to consider producing guidance to “direct states’ discussion” on allocating scarce resources. However, the GAO disagreed with the suggestion. “We believe a clearinghouse role is more appropriate for HHS than a directive role because the delivery of medical care is a state, local, and private function,” the authors wrote.In response to the report, a VA official said the VA’s varied role from state to state in emergency situations is rooted in its medical centers’ diverse ability to provide emergency treatment—not all centers provide the services or have the necessary emergency supplies.See also:GAO report on state medical surge preparationsMay 13 CIDRAP News story “Critical care panel tackles disaster preparation, surge capacity, rationing”last_img read more