Covid-19 outbreaks in nursing homes hit record high

The latest surge of coronavirus cases is fueling a record number of nursing home outbreaks, as the virus is spreading quickly inside long-term care facilities in the Midwest and the Great Plains while also re-emerging in facilities swamped by the first wave of the virus.

More than 1,300 nursing homes across the U.S. reported having three or more confirmed Covid-19 cases during the first week of November — the highest number ever reported in a single week, according to an NBC News analysis of federal data. The figure does not include outbreaks at assisted living facilities, which the federal government does not track.

Many of the new nursing home infections are emerging in the Midwestern states where the virus is besieging the broader community, including Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa, which reported some of the country’s biggest weekly increases in suspected and confirmed cases among residents, the data

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Official held for taking bribe from crematorium contractor

Officials of the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption on Tuesday arrested an official of the Greater Chennai Corporation for demanding and accepting ₹5,000 bribe from a crematorium contractor.

The agency said in a statement that the contractor lodged a complaint that he had cremated 233 bodies at the Injambakkam crematorium and Vigneswaran, Sanitary Inspector, Sholinganallur, had demanded ₹5,000 bribe to settle the bill.

DVAC officials laid a trap and arrested the accused official soon after he revived the money from the complainant.

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Where Have Billions in COVID Aid for Nursing Homes Gone?

‘There are just so many ways to hide this stuff’

But the aid packages to large for-profit operations have raised eyebrows among industry watchdogs. Brian Lee, executive director of the Families for Better Care advocacy group, points to Ensign Group, a publicly traded skilled nursing company that in August announced it was returning all $110 million it had received through the Provider Relief Fund. The organization enjoyed strong profitability during the second quarter of the year. “We know that there’s a high degree of responsibility that accompanies government reimbursement,” CEO Barry Port said on an earnings call.

Despite the pandemic, Ensign’s stock price has soared to record levels. Zacks Equity Research recently ranked Ensign an “incredible growth stock,” estimating its cash flow growth is up more than 18 percent over the year. “They’re trading at the highest level they’ve ever traded at, in the middle of a pandemic in which

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San Diego home prices going up 3rd fastest in nation at rates not seen since 2014

San Diego home prices went up the third fastest in the nation in September and appreciated at a pace not seen in more than six years.

Prices in the San Diego metropolitan area were up 9.5 percent annually, the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices reported Tuesday. The acceleration is still not near housing boom levels when, in July 2004, prices were up 33.37 percent in a year.

Only Phoenix, up 11.4 percent, and Seattle, up 10.1 percent, saw prices go up faster in September. But all markets covered in the 19-city index were up, even places like New York and San Francisco, that saw price gains slow considerably since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zillow economist Matthew Speakman said price gains are the result of mortgage rates at record lows and a lack of homes for sale nationwide. He said competition for homes has put upward pressure on prices for

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Buying online this holiday season? Kansas might not be getting a cut of the sales tax. – News – The Topeka Capital-Journal

Shopping on Amazon, Etsy or eBay these days? The state of Kansas might not be getting a cut of the sales tax from what you buy, whether that is a shiny new Playstation 5 or some holiday decorations.

Due to gaps in state law, there is no sales tax collected from out-of-state merchants that conduct a transaction on behalf of a third-party vendor.

While this may seem to be a Byzantine distinction hidden in the annals of the state’s tax code, critics say it costs the state at least $30 million a year in revenue and puts brick-and-mortar businesses at a disadvantage.

The good news for bean counters and small businesses alike? There appears to be bipartisan interest in closing the loophole during the next legislative session.

“If we’re going to do something and try and raise revenue … that’s really low-hanging fruit,” said Rep. Jim Gartner, D-Topeka, and the

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SDCCU Stadium Seats & More For Sale

Maybe you remember arriving early to a sea of empty blue seats to watch the San Diego Padres’ batting practice. Maybe you recall fumbling to lower that seat with hands full of hot dogs, beer and nachos while cheering on the (then) San Diego Chargers. Maybe you were one of the fans lucky enough to catch a Super Bowl or a World Series from one of those seats.

a close up of a building: SDCCU Stadium is being slowly demolished but the seats will be up for sale soon.

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SDCCU Stadium is being slowly demolished but the seats will be up for sale soon.

Take a Last Walk Around San Diego Stadium



Before the stadium in Mission Valley, originally called San Diego Stadium, is gone for good, local sports fans have a chance to take home those memories — in the form of a pair of stadium seats.

SDSU, the now-owners of the 135 acres of land that the stadium

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Water Now, Inc. Announces Indefinite Postponement of Special Shareholder Meeting for Sale of Assets

Fort Worth, TX, Nov. 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NewMediaWire — Water Now, Inc. (OTC: WTNW) announced today that it has indefinitely postponed the special meeting of its shareholders, which was scheduled for November 25, 2020 (the “Special Meeting”), to, among other things, consider and vote on various proposals necessary to close the previously announced Asset Purchase Agreement (the “Agreement”), dated July 31, 2020, with RigMax H2O, LLC, a Texas limited liability company (the “Buyer”), and RigMax, LLC, a Texas limited liability company, pursuant to which the Buyer will acquire substantially all of the Water Now’s assets. 

The postponement of the Special Meeting is necessary as Water Now has been advised that the Buyer is currently unable to fund the purchase price as contemplated by the Agreement and Water Now has in turn exercised its right to unilaterally terminate the Agreement.  Water Now continues to evaluate the matter and

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US home price gains accelerate as pandemic shakes up housing

U.S. home prices jumped in September as strong demand, low interest rates and the smallest number of available homes on record combined to push up housing costs

WASHINGTON — U.S. home prices jumped in September as strong demand, low interest rates and the smallest number of available homes on record combined to push up housing costs.

The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, released Tuesday, showed that home prices rose 6.6% in September from a year earlier, much higher than its 5.3% increase in August. That is the biggest increase since April 2018.

The viral pandemic disrupted the spring home buying season, pushing many sales into the late summer and fall. Home sales jumped to the highest level in 14 years in September, a sign

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Dow Surpasses 30,000: What It Means for Real Estate Stocks

The stock market made history on Nov. 24 as the Dow Jones Industrial Average soared past 30,000 for the first time. On one hand, the number itself isn’t meaningful in the grand scheme of things, as it’s simply one gauge of the U.S. stock market. However, it suggests investors are increasingly bullish on the global economy’s prospects, thanks to a string of recent positive data on vaccines that could end the global COVID-19 pandemic.

That optimism has implications for real estate investors because that sector has been one of the hardest-hit by the outbreak. As the economy returns to normal, commercial real estate fundamentals and market values should improve, providing a further boost to stock prices across the sector.

A brutal year for real estate investors

Real estate stocks have been under immense pressure this year. The average real estate investment trust (REIT) had lost nearly 20% of its value

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Eddie Van Halen’s Custom 2000 Ferrari 550 Maranello for Sale

a close up of a car: The late guitarist's Ferrari, equipped with racing seats, a roll cage, and custom wheels, is up for auction starting November 25 with a $200,000 reserve.

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The late guitarist’s Ferrari, equipped with racing seats, a roll cage, and custom wheels, is up for auction starting November 25 with a $200,000 reserve.

  • The late guitarist Eddie Van Halen’s custom six-speed manual 2000 Ferrari 550 Maranello is going up for auction tomorrow on the auction site Gotta Have Rock and Roll.
  • It’s powered by a 5.5-liter V-12 that produces 479 horsepower; a Maranello launched to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds during our testing.
  • Van Halen’s example is included with the original registration and is set at a $200,000 reserve.

Legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen, who passed away in October at the age of 65 from lung cancer, was an avid car collector who owned a Lamborghini Miura, a Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and two Audi R8s, a V-8 and a V-10. He also owned this custom, six-speed manual

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