Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Playtech AMC Networks Walking Dead “We are delighted to partner with Playtech to deliver that same action and excitement from our iconic brands for the first time in a world-class online gaming experience.” 15th June 2021 | By Robert Fletcher “We are honoured to have been chosen as AMC Networks’ exclusive partner to bring their flagship brands to the online gaming market,” Playtceh’s chief operating officer Shimon Akad said. Playtech will now start to develop the new titles, with the aim of releasing the online games to the market later this year and in 2022. Playtech has secured the exclusive worldwide rights to create a range of branded online gaming titles based on television programmes produced and distributed by AMC Networks and WE tv. The agreement will cover franchises such as The Walking Dead, Marriage Boot Camp and Bridezillas. AMC Networks’ vice president of games Clayton Neuman added: “From undead hordes of flesh-eating walkers to an army of enraged brides, AMC Networks is home to some of the most explosive dramas on television. Email Address Online casino Topics: Online casino AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Playtech to expand branded games range with exclusive AMC Networks deal “Playtech has a long and proud history of combining the very best brands with our industry leading products; this new partnership demonstrates our continued commitment to delivering an entertainment-led experience to key strategic audiences across regulated markets.”
Delta Corporation Limited (DLTA.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2019 presentation For more information about Delta Corporation Limited (DLTA.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Delta Corporation Limited (DLTA.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Delta Corporation Limited (DLTA.zw) 2019 presentation Company ProfileDelta Corporation Limited manufacturers and markets international and locally-produced beverages in Zimbabwe. It operates in four segments: non-alcoholic beverages, sparkling beverages, lager beers and traditional beers. Brands in its non-alcoholic range are a flavoured maize drink called Shumba Maheu, and a flavoured drinking yoghurt called Supersip Yogurt. The sparkling beverages division operates two bottling plants and one canning plant; bottling and distributing popular cool drink brands sold worldwide by the Coca-Cola Company, a range of drink mixes and an energy drink called Burn. The lager beer division operates two breweries; bottling and distributing international brands such as Castle Lite, Miller’s, Peroni, Redds, Brutal Fruit and Sarita. Delta Corporation Limited has a monopoly in the traditional beer market in Zimbabwe with 14 breweries located across the country; brewing and distributing a well-known sorghum beer brand called Chibuku. Other subsidiaries have interests in transport and logistics, barley and sorghum malting, food processing, packaging, retailing wines and spirits, recycling, tin can production and leadership training. Delta Corporation Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange
Rector Albany, NY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit a Press Release Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit a Job Listing Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Jobs & Calls The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Collierville, TN Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Knoxville, TN Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Bath, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Curate Diocese of Nebraska Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Smithfield, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC A massive June 16-17 rainfall caused flooding in three Upper Michigan counties. This photo shows the water level at Suzanne Brush’s house, which had to be condemned, just outside Lake Linden. Photo: Courtesy of Lois Siler[Episcopal News Service] Lois Siler’s phone rang at 4:45 a.m. on June 17; it was her 29-year-old daughter Suzanne Brush calling to tell her she was homeless. She wasn’t homeless exactly, but she, a friend and a dog were trapped in her home’s second level and water continued to rise.Brush next called emergency responders – volunteers in this rural part of Michigan – and an hour and a half later called her mother to say that she, her friend Katelyn Hough, and Polar, a white husky mix, were safe and at the fire station.“My daughter’s house is a total loss with the flooding,” said Siler, a Lake Linden, Michigan, resident and member of Trinity Episcopal Church in nearby Houghton, in a telephone interview with Episcopal News Service.Brush’s was one of eight homes destroyed by the massive flood that ripped through Houghton County; hitting Lake Linden, Hubble and Tamarack City particularly hard. Brush’s homeowners insurance policy didn’t include flood insurance, so even though the property was condemned, she’s still responsible for the mortgage and property taxes. Brush, Hough and Polar have been staying with a friend in Lake Linden, said Siler, while they look for permanent housing.Following the June floods in the Western and Central Upper Peninsula, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder declared disasters in Houghton, Menominee and, later, Gogebic counties. The Federal Emergency Management Agency early this month made available disaster assistance.The rains began on Saturday night, June 16, and continued into Sunday, when more than seven inches fell in a matter of hours on the Keweenaw Peninsula, the northern most part of the state, home to just over 36,000 people, more than 20 percent of whom live in poverty.“That set off this really strange flooding that happened all over the area,” said Rick Stanitis, campus missioner for Canterbury House at Michigan Technological University in Houghton. “Lake Superior is a huge watershed and you don’t [usually] have to wait long for it to drain.”But the rains intensity was more than the watershed could readily absorb, made worse by rock and steep hills, and the flood destroyed streets and knocked out culverts, and left 500 basements filled with mud. Close to two months later, some residents still have mud in their basements, he said, in a telephone interview.“There’s a lot of suffering going on and a lot of poor folk. A lot of people suffering without money who are not going to tell anyone they’re in need and they have a basement full of mud,” said Stanitis.Three weeks after the first flood, heavy rains caused a second flood in Houghton County. It is Stanitis’ job to keep the diocese informed of the work of the Long-Term Recovery Group Steering Committee, which is working on solutions to bring resources to the emerging needs. Following the June flood, the Diocese of Northern Michigan began collecting donations in support of flood relief and continues to do so.“The flash flood in Houghton County on Father’s Day has left a path of destruction to infrastructure and homes in Houghton County,” said Northern Michigan Bishop Rayford Ray, in an email to ENS. “Many of you have seen the photos and videos on news and social media sites showing the devastation to public infrastructure, but individuals in the community have also suffered many losses and set backs of all types. The community continues to assess the damage from the disaster, and relief efforts have been underway and continue to this very day.“It is estimated that costs are over $50 million because of the flooding which does not include the emotional impact to those who were touched by this devastating flood.”Siler’s yard was damaged, but nothing serious. Brush, though, who lived just outside Lake Linden’s village limit in School Craft Township, near an old railroad bed that has since been filled in to accommodate snowmobiles and off-road vehicles, lost everything. That fill, along with water, ended on Brush’s property and, even though the century-old house still sits on its foundation, it’s beyond repair.“This was a unique experience. The home she lived in was 100 years old and has managed to make it through serious weather. … This was an extraordinary event,” said Siler. “The house is gone; the cars are gone. All is well with them. There’s been a little game of find Suzanne’s stuff; it’s strewn all over the place.”To contribute to the diocese’s flood relief fund, make checks payable to The Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan. In the memo line, please write Houghton County Flood Relief. The address: The Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan, 131 East Ridge Street, Marquette, MI 49855.– Lynette Wilson is a reporter and managing editor of the Episcopal News Service. 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After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News Four years after the death of Iranian-Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi from a beating while in custody, those responsible still have not been identified. The supreme court is examining the possibility of a new investigation following irregularities in an appeal court ruling upholding the acquittal of an intelligence officer who was blamed for her death. RSF_en June 9, 2021 Find out more March 18, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information to go further News IranMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Follow the news on Iran News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Receive email alerts IranMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders today said it hoped Iran’s supreme court will rule in favour of a new investigation into the death of Iranian-Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi from a beating while in custody four years ago. After hearing an appeal from the Kazemi family’s lawyers on 2 July about the irregularities in an appeal court’s verdict, the supreme court is supposed to issue a decision this week.The press freedom organisation has written to the Canadian authorities urging them to continue to condemn the denial of justice in this case.“We see this appeal as the last hope for shedding light on the circumstances of Kazemi’s murder,” the press freedom organisation said. “We support her lawyer’s request for a new investigation to be conducted in an independent and impartial manner, covering all that took place from the time of her arrest until her death.”Reporters Without Borders added: “The case has been hampered by many obstacles, including the apparent implication of senior officials. The participation of international experts would help to resolve some of these difficulties and to put an end to a situation of impunity that has gone on for too long.” The Kazemi family’s lawyers sought to demonstrate the “intentional” nature of Kazemi’s death in the 2 July hearing before the supreme court’s 15th chamber. If the court accepts their argument, it should order a new investigation.Kazemi, 54, was arrested on 23 June 2003 while taking photos of the relatives of detainees outside Evin prison, in north Tehran. She died on 10 July 2003 from cerebral bleeding that was the result of blows to the head received while in detention.The prison authorities initially claimed that her death was the result of an accidental fall. After they subsequently acknowledged that she was beaten during interrogation, prosecutors named Reza Aghdam Ahmadi, an intelligence official, as the personal responsible for her death. A court acquitted Ahmadi in July 2004 and his acquittal was confirmed in November 2005 by an appeal court, which said the investigation should be reopened. July 10, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four years after Zahra Kazemi’s death in custody, her lawyers try to get a new probe February 25, 2021 Find out more
By Digital AIM Web Support – February 8, 2021 Local NewsBusiness Pinterest Facebook TAGS Pinterest WhatsApp CORRECTING and REPLACING Southwestern Health Resources Is Teaming up With Landmark Health to Provide At-Home Care for Patients With Complex Health Needs Twitter Twitter Facebook HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 8, 2021– Please replace the release dated January 14, 2021 with the following corrected version due to multiple revisions. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210114005277/en/ The updated release reads: SOUTHWESTERN HEALTH RESOURCES IS TEAMING UP WITH LANDMARK HEALTH TO PROVIDE AT-HOME CARE FOR PATIENTS WITH COMPLEX HEALTH NEEDS Dallas-based Southwestern Health Resources (SWHR) and Landmark Health and its affiliated medical groups (Landmark), announced their strategic partnership to provide longitudinal care to seniors with complex medical needs by bringing interdisciplinary medical care into patients’ homes. SWHR is the nationally recognized clinically integrated network for University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UT Southwestern), Texas Health Resources, and nearly 5,500 physicians and other clinicians across North Texas. SWHR has been the nation’s leading Next Generation ACO (NGACO) three years in a row for shared savings, reducing Medicare expenses by nearly $120 million during that period. The value-based care arrangement is the largest of its kind between two medical organizations based on the number of patients included in this initiative. By focusing on the long-term needs of patients living with multiple chronic conditions, there is greater emphasis on routine preventive care and on-demand urgent care delivered by doctors and nurses in the home to reduce avoidable hospital visits. At a time when many patients are finding it difficult to see their doctors, patients with complex medical needs, who are often the most challenged, will greatly benefit from receiving care in their homes. Eligible patients will also have access to in-home palliative care, behavioral health evaluations and social services. Sanjay Doddamani, MD, Chief Physician Executive and COO of SWHR, said: “Landmark will reach those patients who need greater support with in-home medical visits – these can augment the already excellent care our community of physicians provide,” adding, “This kind of innovative care delivery extends our mission to ensure that people living with chronic conditions have an opportunity to receive the best medical care in the comfort of their homes.” SWHR is already nationally recognized for effective care management, and is the regional leader in reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency room visits, and believes that this collaboration with Landmark only furthers that success. Landmark’s mobile, physician-led teams will work collaboratively with SWHR network physicians to amplify access to care and ensure better outcomes and experience for thousands of complex patients in Medicare Advantage plans. With 24/7 availability, Landmark helps ensure patients can always reach a clinician who knows their unique health history, regardless of the hour. In the home, Landmark’s team holistically addresses patients’ needs through extended appointments that allow clinicians to treat and manage illness, educate patients to better control medical conditions, and assess and address social determinants of health, which are more easily identified in a home environment. “SWHR has an exemplary reputation for quality health care and improving patient outcomes,” said Michael Le, MD, Landmark’s co-founder and chief medical officer. “We are pleased to combine our expertise to drive meaningful outcomes for their frailest patients – which not only means extending life, but working to improve the quality of life for patients so they can live fully and independently for as long as possible.” For Landmark, this collaboration extends their in-home medical care model into their 17 th state. The company is actively hiring doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse care managers and others in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Learn more at www.landmarkhealth.org. About Southwestern Health Resources Southwestern Health Resources, which blends the strengths of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Texas Health Resources, includes a clinically integrated network of 29 hospital locations and more than 5,500 providers, committed to being the national leader in population health. With more than 650 points of access to care, this provides for higher value and allows patients to access services across a full continuum of medical needs. The network serves people across 17 counties in North Texas. In total, Southwestern Health coordinates care for more than 700,000 patients, aligned with commercial health care plans and Medicare programs. SWHR operates the nation’s leading Next Generation ACO based on the total amount of savings since the beginning of SWHR’s participation in the model. For more information, please visit www.southwesternhealth.org. About Landmark Since 2014, Landmark Health and its affiliated medical groups (Landmark) have delivered comprehensive in-home medical care to older adults, 24/7 – 365 days a year. Specialized in complex chronic care, Landmark’s physician-led multidisciplinary teams work with patients’ existing healthcare networks to bring medical, behavioral, and palliative care, along with social services, to individuals where they reside. As one of the nation’s largest value-based healthcare companies, more than 130,000 people across 17 states and 51 communities can access Landmark’s care. Most critically, Landmark is bending the cost curve in health care by reducing avoidable ER visits and hospital admissions, while extending the lives of patients. landmarkhealth.org View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210114005277/en/ CONTACT: Southwestern Health Resources Media Contact Greg Harrison VP, Marketing and Communications 570/772-0366 [email protected] Media Contact Jessica Diaz Sr. Director, Brand & Marketing 612/382-4395 [email protected] KEYWORD: CALIFORNIA TEXAS UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: SENIORS PRACTICE MANAGEMENT INSURANCE GENERAL HEALTH HEALTH HOSPITALS PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CONSUMER SOURCE: Landmark Health Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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Facebook REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– Today, Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) unveiled its annual Super Bowl prediction in EA SPORTS Madden NFL 21 calling a Super Bowl LV victory for the Kansas City Chiefs and Madden NFL 20 cover star Patrick Mahomes who is named MVP once again. The Madden NFL S uper Bowl prediction is considered one of the most credible sources ahead of the game by NFL fans and last year, correctly picked Kansas City’s win in Super Bowl LIV and Mahomes as the Super Bowl MVP. This year, Madden NFL 21 is saying repeat for the Chiefs, with a 37 to 27 victory over the NFL G.O.A.T Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005620/en/ EA SPORTS Madden NFL 21 Predicts Kansas City to win Super Bowl LV (Graphic: Business Wire) The Chiefs had an uphill battle with Tampa Bay having an unprecedented home-field advantage at Raymond James Stadium and a roster with three previous Madden NFL cover stars, Rob Gronkowski (‘17), Brady (‘18) and Antonio Brown (‘19). To win, the Chiefs high-powered offense had to go all out battling back and forth with the equally electric Tampa Bay offense, with both teams taking to the air early and often throughout the game. Kansas City’s relentless attack ultimately proves to be too much for Tampa Bay, and Mahomes’ mobility is the standout factor, avoiding Tampa Bay’s pass rush late in the game to pull away for the victory. Both starting quarterbacks put up stellar performances with Mahomes throwing for 422 yards and four touchdowns, cementing his second MVP title, and Brady throwing for 332 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Here’s how it all goes down in Madden NFL 21:Q1: Tampa Bay scores first with a field goal from Ryan Succop, but Mahomes follows quickly with a 5-yard touchdown pass to running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire.Q2: The quarterback battle ignites as Mahomes and Brady go back and forth. Brady finds Chris Goodwin on a 24-yard touchdown pass and Succop hammers another field goal from 46 yards. Mahomes bounces back, going to his favorite wide receiver Tyreek Hill for another Chief’s touchdown, keeping the game within one point with Kansas City out front 14-13.Q3: Mahomes comes out hot in the second half with a 63-yard touchdown pass back to Hill, who, according to NFL Next Gen Stats, hits a top speed of 22 mph. However, Brady answers with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans. Mahomes, resilient and determined to win, hits fellow Madden NFL “99 Club” member, Travis Kelce for a Chiefs touchdown to end the quarter.Q4: With just one touchdown between the two teams, it all comes down to the game’s nail biting, final 15 minutes. The final quarter opens with Tampa Bay’s Rob Gronkowski, the G.O.A.T. tight end stepping up for his team with a touchdown. Mahomes responds by pushing his way into the endzone with a 12-yard run squarely putting the moment in Kansas City’s hands. To end the game, the Chiefs kick a final field goal before the clock runs out. EA SPORTS Madden NFL 21 is available for Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®4 and 5, Xbox One, PC via Origin and Steam, and recently launched on Google Stadia. In celebration of Super Bowl LV, players can get the Madden NFL 21: Superstar Edition now for 60 percent off.* EA Play members can also get more out of Madden NFL 21 with trial access and monthly in-game rewards. *OFFERS MAY VARY OR CHANGE. SEE RETAILER SITE FOR DETAILS. About Electronic Arts Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) is a global leader in digital interactive entertainment. The company develops and delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, mobile devices and personal computers. In fiscal year 2020, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $5.5 billion. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a portfolio of critically acclaimed, high-quality brands such as EA SPORTS™ FIFA, Battlefield™, Apex Legends™, The Sims™, Madden NFL, Need for Speed™, Titanfall™ and Plants vs. Zombies™. More information about EA is available at www.ea.com/news. EA SPORTS, Battlefield, Apex Legends, The Sims, Need for Speed, Titanfall and Plants vs. Zombies are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. Madden, FIFA and the NFL are property of their respective owners and used with permission. Category: EA Sports View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005620/en/ CONTACT: Will Alexander PR Manager 614-477-9728 [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: SOFTWARE SPORTS INTERNET FOOTBALL GENERAL ENTERTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY ELECTRONIC GAMES ENTERTAINMENT SOURCE: Electronic Arts Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/03/2021 10:00 AM/DISC: 02/03/2021 10:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005620/en WhatsApp Pinterest EA SPORTS Madden NFL Predicts Kansas City to Be Back-to-Back Champions With Super Bowl LV Win Local News Twitter WhatsApp TAGS Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – March 4, 2021 Pinterest Facebook Previous articleSan Francisco sues its own school district to reopen classesNext articleDermTech Management to Present at the BTIG Virtual MedTech, Digital Health, Life Science and Diagnostic Tools Conference Digital AIM Web Support
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Police are investigating a fatal shooting at a New York City apartment building that left four dead, including a young boy, authorities said Monday.The shooting occurred at around 9 p.m. on Monday at a four-story building in Queens, New York, police said.Police have not provided any details about the possible motive, but investigators say it may have been a murder-suicide.“We don’t lean either way but that is certainly something we will look to,” said NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea.Upon entering the building on the first floor, they observed four people who were apparently victims of gunshot wounds. All were pronounced dead at the scene by the medical examiner.Police said the victims were a boy, around the age of 5, two women and one man. Investigators said they were able to identify one of the victims, but they declined to comment further.It’s unclear if the victims were from the same family, according to police.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
tzahiV/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Eleven detainees at an ICE detention facility in El Paso, Texas, have been refusing food, some for more than 30 days, and six of the detainees are being force-fed per orders by a federal judge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed Thursday.An additional four other detainees are on a hunger strike at ICE detention centers nationwide — one each in the Miami, Phoenix, San Diego and San Francisco areas — bringing the number of detainees refusing to eat to 15 nationwide, according to ICE.Two detainees first began a hunger strike on Dec. 30 and were ordered to undergo “non-consensual hydration/feeding” by a federal judge in Texas about two-and-a-half weeks later, according to ICE. Three more detainees began hunger strikes days later on Jan. 2 and four more began strikes on Jan. 5. On Wednesday, another two detainees joined the hunger strike, ICE said Thursday.Hunger strike protocols — which begins with a referral to a medical department, according to ICE policy — were triggered after detainees missed their ninth consecutive meal.ICE “fully respects the rights of all people to voice their opinion without interference,” the agency said in a statement, and “does not retaliate in any way against hunger strikers.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
HaizhanZheng/iStock(MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) — A Minnesota doctor is calling on healthcare workers and people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are showing early symptoms of infection to participate in two of the first trials of the malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus patients.Dr. David Boulware, an infectious disease specialist from the University of Minnesota, is one of the first doctors to receive approval from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct a pair of clinical trials of the drug, which has been heavily promoted by President Trump as a potential antidote to the outbreak.The first trial will be comprised primarily of healthcare workers and others with a high risk of exposure to the virus, while the second will be open to the general public who have already tested positive for COVID-19. Hydroxychloroquine is being studied both as a way to prevent COVID-19 infection as well as a way to treat people who are already sick.But one of his biggest problems? He needs volunteers, and lots of them. Boulware is seeking 1500 volunteers for the first trial, but in the week since he obtained FDA approval, he has managed to recruit only 411. Recruitment for the second trial, which is also seeking 1500 volunteers, is going even slower. As of this writing, he has only 25.Recruitment of participants for clinical trials is typically slow, as participation can be a burdensome process, but the speed of the outbreak and the promotion of the drug at the highest levels of government have raised the stakes for Boulware and his researchers.“With all the excitement about the Hydroxychloroquine, there’s no actual data that it makes any clinical benefit in actual humans,” Boulware told ABC News. “We’re going to test whether it reduces the severity of symptoms, reduces hospitalizations, and severity and duration of illness to see – Does the drug actually work? And is it safe?”Researchers will send some participants Hydroxychloroquine (and others a placebo) in the mail and monitor their progress remotely through daily questionnaires.According to Boulware, healthcare workers and others with a high risk of exposure to the virus, as well as anyone who has recently tested positive (within four days of the test), can learn more about the trials by emailing [email protected] the meantime, experts are stressing patience as researchers determine whether the drug is safe and effective. Some leaders desperate for a treatment for those infected, however, have not adopted that cautious tone.In a press conference last week, President Donald Trump said that he had a good “feeling” about the use of Hydroxychloroquine as treatment for coronavirus. At the time of that statement, however, the only data doctors had been looking at was a study of 20 patients with Coronavirus in France.President Trump later tweeted, “HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE & AZITHROMYCIN, taken together, have a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine.”But several doctors, including Boulware, are warning that people should not try this drug on their own, as reports of overdoses, and people self-medicating, have begun to arise.Following Trump’s praise of the drug’s potential, one Arizona man died and his wife hospitalized after the couple ingested a fish tank cleaning substance that contained chloroquine phosphate. Two people have also reportedly died in Nigeria as a result of chloroquine poisoning.“Overdoses are possible,” he told ABC News. “Knowing the correct dose is important.”Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News chief medical correspondent, noted that Hydroxychloroquine is just one drug being tested right now and warned that it carries some potentially serious risks and side effects.“This is not candy,” Ashton said. “Regular people should not just be taking it. We have no idea if it even works. It’s promising, but needs trials.”New York State has also started testing the efficacy of the drug, with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announcing on Monday that New York State has acquired 750,000 doses of chloroquine, 70,000 doses of hydroxychloroquine and 10,000 doses of Zithromax for its own trial.As his trials begin, Boulware and his team remain cautiously optimistic about hydroxychloroquine’s potential.“We should have answers to these questions within three to four weeks,” Boulware said. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.