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Americas, Chapin advance to Sweet 16 in Texas State Playoffs


EL PASO, Texas - It's a big deal when one EL Paso-area team makes the Sweet 16 in the UIL Texas State Basketball Playoffs playoffs. It's a statement when there's two that qualify.

Americas smothered Frenship in the 6A Regional Quarterfinal, and Chapin throttled city neighbor Ysleta in the 5A bracket as both teams booked their ticket to their respective Rounds of 16.

The Trail Blazers executed their defense-first clock management game plan to a tee and beat Frenship 49-42 in Andrews, TX.

For longtime Americas Coach Mike Brooks, it's his first ever trip to the Round of 16 after three previous tries in the Round of 32 (2010, 2011, 2017).

"To get there and finally get over the hump, so to speak," said Brooks after the game. "It's pretty nice. Special group of kids."

Americas advances to play Dallas Jesuit this Tuesday. Brooks told ABC-7 that the game will most likely be played in the Midland-Odessa area to accomodate both schools.

Back in the Borderland, Chapin showed once and for all why they were the best team in the city.

Playing at Fabens High School, the Huskies raced out to an 18-2 lead over the Indians and never looked back.

Senior Manny Flores was 6-6 from the field in the first half, and Chapin led 40-12 at the break eliminating all hope lying with Ysleta.

Chapin moves on to the 5A Regional Semifinal against 12th-ranked Mansifeld Summit. The teams will play at 3:30 MT on Tuesday at Andrews.

The Huskies have to feel confident behind super-sophomore KJ Lewis, a Top-25 ranked national recruit in his class. Ysleta just did not have an answer for Lewis, whether he driving or distributing.

The loss ends a season for Ysleta that some might consider their best of all time. The Indians had just upset 25th-ranked Canyon Randall in the Area Championship round.

ABC-7 will have complete coverage of the Regional Semifinals this Tuesday, with Nate Ryan on the ground in the Permian Basin.


Source: Americas, Chapin advance to Sweet 16 in Texas State Playoffs

COVID-19 cases slow in Americas, but vaccine impact on virus to take months: PAHO


Syringes with the Pfizer-BioNTec vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) sit on the table at the Victor Walchirk Apartments in Evanston, Illinois, U.S. February 22, 2021. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

BRASILIA (Reuters) - COVID-19 cases and deaths in the United States fell by 30% in the last week and were declining in most South American nations, but vaccines will take months to have an impact on the virus, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said on Wednesday.

PAHO Director Carissa Etienne urged governments and manufacturers to speed up delivery of vaccines to the region where one million people became sick and 34,000 died in the past seven days.

As of this week, 78 million people have been vaccinated in the Americas, the vast majority of them in North America, and only 13 million in Latin American and the Caribbean, she said.

“This is not enough, and it is not acceptable,” Etienne said in a virtual briefing from Washington.

One glimmer of hope is offered by the U.N. and GAVI-led COVAX facility to provide equitable access to vaccines, she said, with hundreds of thousands of doses to be delivered in the next few weeks to countries signed up for the initiative.

The drop in cases in the Americas has largely been driven by dramatic reductions in new infections in the United States, as a result of tighter public health measures with higher public adherence and better coordination in the vaccine roll out, she said.

One year after the pandemic began, nearly 50 million people have become infected with the virus in the Americas, or roughly the entire population of Colombia, according to PAHO.

“While news outlets are reporting major declines in COVID-19 cases, I want to emphasize that we are certainly not out of the woods,” she said.


Source: COVID-19 cases slow in Americas, but vaccine impact on virus to take months: PAHO

17,944 Shares in Employers Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EIG) Purchased by SG Americas Securities LLC


Employers logoSG Americas Securities LLC acquired a new position in Employers Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EIG) during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor acquired 17,944 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $578,000. SG Americas Securities LLC owned 0.06% of Employers at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other institutional investors have also recently bought and sold shares of EIG. First Trust Advisors LP increased its position in shares of Employers by 180.0% during the first quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 99,978 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $4,010,000 after acquiring an additional 64,271 shares during the period. State of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D increased its position in shares of Employers by 0.6% during the third quarter. State of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D now owns 68,917 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $2,085,000 after acquiring an additional 397 shares during the period. KBC Group NV purchased a new position in shares of Employers during the third quarter worth approximately $48,000. Exchange Traded Concepts LLC increased its position in shares of Employers by 22.9% during the third quarter. Exchange Traded Concepts LLC now owns 20,442 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $618,000 after acquiring an additional 3,813 shares during the period. Finally, BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA increased its position in shares of Employers by 168.8% during the third quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 7,613 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $230,000 after acquiring an additional 4,781 shares during the period. 79.13% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

In other news, Director James R. Kroner bought 3,200 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, November 30th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $30.78 per share, for a total transaction of $98,496.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now directly owns 3,969 shares in the company, valued at $122,165.82. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. 2.90% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Shares of EIG stock opened at $33.29 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $945.67 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.60 and a beta of -0.03. The company’s 50 day moving average is $32.33 and its 200 day moving average is $32.15. Employers Holdings, Inc. has a 52-week low of $25.53 and a 52-week high of $42.11.

Employers (NYSE:EIG) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 16th. The financial services provider reported $1.46 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.41 by $1.05. Employers had a net margin of 11.32% and a return on equity of 5.85%. On average, analysts anticipate that Employers Holdings, Inc. will post 2.1 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, March 17th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, March 3rd will be paid a $0.25 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, March 2nd. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.00%. Employers’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 31.25%.

EIG has been the topic of a number of research reports. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Employers from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $38.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, February 23rd. TheStreet raised shares of Employers from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 17th.

About Employers

Employers Holdings, Inc, through its subsidiaries, operates in the commercial property and casualty insurance industry primarily in the United States. It offers workers' compensation insurance to small businesses in low to medium hazard industries. The company markets its products through independent local, regional, and national agents and brokers; alternative distribution channels; and national, regional, and local trade groups and associations, as well as directly to customers.

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