Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn crushed two members of the Carolina Hurricanes in 25 seconds, and completed the Gordie Howe hat-trick.
Frank Jackson scored 20 points, including a tiebreaking baseline drive in the final minute, lifting the Detroit Pistons to a 109-105 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday. Josh Jackson grabbed it and then scored to go up 107-103 with 16.5 seconds remaining, giving the Cavaliers their fifth loss in six games. Collin Sexton scored 28 points and Darius Garland added 23 for the Cavaliers.
The Executive Centre (TEC), the leading premium flexible workspace provider across Asia Pacific and the Middle East, announced that it was ranked in the Financial Times Top 500 Asia-Pacific High-Growth Companies 2021.
Bragar Eagel & Squire, P.C., a nationally recognized shareholder rights law firm, announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of investors that purchased LifeMD, Inc. (NASDAQ: LFMD) securities between January 19, 2021 and April 13, 2021, inclusive (the "Class Period"). Investors have until June 15, 2021 to apply to the Court to be appointed as lead plaintiff in the lawsuit.
Bragar Eagel & Squire, P.C., a nationally recognized shareholder rights law firm, announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of investors that purchased Romeo Power, Inc. (NYSE: RMO) securities between October 5, 2020, and March 30, 2021, inclusive (the "Class Period"). Investors have until June 15, 2021, to apply to the Court to be appointed as lead plaintiff in the lawsuit.
Mitacs thanks the Government of Canada for today's Budget 2021 announcement of $708 million in funding over five years to create 85,000 innovation internships. This announcement will give Canada's young innovators more opportunities to succeed while supporting businesses of all sizes across the country by providing them with the talent they need to get ahead in the competitive global marketplace.
Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, a Lewiston Republican, also faces an ethics hearing.
Budget provides essential aid, but additional efforts are still needed to help Canada’s social good sector strengthen communitiesToronto, April 19, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today’s federal budget provides a series of measures to support the nation’s charities, nonprofits and social entrepreneurs. The continuation of emergency funding including the wage and rent subsidies as well as a number of targeted measures intended to support charities and nonprofits provide much needed investment to support communities. While charitable and nonprofit organizations were cited as partners in recovery, there were notable areas omitted from the budget, such as the creation of a federal department or ministry for the social good sector. Programs to incentivize donations were also excluded. The pandemic has dealt a catastrophic blow to the capacity of tens of thousands of organizations essential to the functioning of communities across the country. Over half of charities are reporting a decline in revenues with the average shortfall for those organizations being 43 per cent. An equitable and inclusive recovery will require the government and the nonprofit sector to work together strategically. The announcement of a Community Services Recovery Fund in the form of $400 million is a welcome acknowledgement of the core operating support needs of charities and nonprofits. Work will continue to ensure that areas of the sector hardest hit by the pandemic are able to access this program. The extension of wage and rent supports will play a critical role in protecting jobs in 2021. Canada’s 170,000 charities and nonprofits directly employ more than 2.5 million people of which nearly 80 per cent are women. Imagine Canada welcomes the creation of the $200 million Black-led Philanthropic Endowment Fund and the new $100 million investment in the Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative. These initiatives are important steps toward creating a more equitable nonprofit sector and reflect the important findings of the recent report Unfunded: Black Communities Overlooked by Canadian Philanthropy. The Government made steps toward advancing Canada’s emerging social finance market by extending the Investment Readiness program by another two years with a commitment of $50 million. This program will help develop the viability of social enterprises. The social good sector is pleased with the Government’s commitment to study the regulations governing annual disbursements to charities and nonprofits by private and community foundations. “The supports provided in today’s budget will contribute to sustaining the nonprofit and charitable sector until event-based fundraising and sales of goods and services can fully restart,” says Bruce MacDonald, president and CEO of Imagine Canada. “Revenue streams for the charitable and nonprofit sector will take longer to ramp up once the economy recovers so these supports are essential to meet the rising demand for services.” MacDonald added: “With this budget, the Government has directly linked the wellbeing of communities with the health of nonprofits and charities at a time when the crisis has left so many vulnerable.” Support for the sector offers tremendous returns in social and economic value. Canada’s charities and nonprofits, for example, are among a select few organizations with the capacity to help fashion a truly equitable economic rebuild in every community and region when the pandemic recedes. - 30 - Imagine Canada Imagine Canada is a national charitable organization whose cause is Canada’s charities. Our three broad goals are to amplify the sector’s collective voice, create opportunities to connect and learn from each other, and build the sector’s capacity to succeed. CONTACT: Leslie Booth Xposure PR (416) 427-1588 firstname.lastname@example.org Émilie Pontbriand Imagine Canada (416) 597-2293 x 319 email@example.com
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Saskatchewan's premier and finance minister say they need more time to evaluate Monday's federal budget. Premier Scott Moe and Donna Harpauer said there were items they were pleased to see but others they were disappointed in. Moe and Harpauer met with the media shortly after the budget was released Monday afternoon. Harpauer said it was "very, very unusual" for provinces not to receive a technical briefing before the budget was made public and said she was "scrambling" to get details. Moe applauded Ottawa's decision to pledge $59.2 million over three years to the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre at the University of Saskatchewan. VIDO-Intervac has been working to secure funding for a Level 4 containment laboratory while increasing its ability for vaccine research. "We are excited about this announcement as it allows VIDO to expand our capacity to rapidly respond to emerging human and animal infectious diseases and supports vaccine development including COVID-19," VIDO Director and CEO Volker Gerdts said in a statement. In February, the Saskatchewan government announced $15 million toward the project, if it received federal funding as well. Being a Level 4 facility would allow researchers to work with some of the most serious and deadly human and animal diseases. The province said the only other Level 4 facility in Canada is the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg. The money from Ottawa is in addition to the province's contribution, $250,000 from the city of Saskatoon and private donations. Moe said he was "happy" to see the money for the Saskatoon-based centre and thanked the federal government for its contribution. Child care Harpauer said the federal budget heavily prioritized child care. The budget says Canadians will begin seeing a 50 per cent cut in their child care costs by the end of 2022, and forecasts that the average cost of daycare will be further reduced to $10 a day by 2025/26. "We have increased our child-care spaces and have shifted to mental health and long-term care in this budget," Harpauer said of the province's 2021-22 budget commitments. "My concern is that it doesn't tie up dollars that we would like to spend on mental health and addictions. We welcome some dollars." Harpauer said the province was looking for details on if there was flexibility to use money for child-care spaces and early learning centres. When it comes to long-term care, the budget includes $3 billion to Health Canada over five years, starting in 2022-23, "to support provinces and territories in ensuring standards for long-term care are applied and permanent changes are made." Harpauer said long-term care is also a provincial "priority" but she was looking for more details and hoped the money could be used to reflect "each province's unique situations." "Any funding into health care including long-term care is appreciated," Harpauer said. She said she was "disappointed" the federal budget did not make mental health and addictions "a priority." Farm fuel One item prairie farmers and producers have been hoping to see was financial relief for carbon tax money spent fuel for things like grain drying. The budget document said the government recognizes "farmers use natural gas and propane for their operations," and plans to "return a portion of the proceeds from the price on pollution directly to farmers in backstop jurisdictions (currently Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario), beginning in 2021-22." It is estimated that $100 million would be paid out to farmers this year with future payments dependent on "proceeds from the price on pollution collected in the prior fiscal year, and are expected to increase as the price on pollution rises." Moe said returning $100 million to farmers is evidence the carbon pricing plan was flawed. "It speaks to the fact that it never should have been charged in the first place. This pricing mechanism should not be charged to agriculture in any way," Moe said. Carbon capture incentive The budget also includes a tax incentive for Carbon Capture Utilization and Sequestration (CCUS). It "proposes to introduce an investment tax credit for capital invested in CCUS projects with the goal of reducing emissions by at least 15 megatonnes of CO2 annually. This measure will come into effect in 2022." The document said "investing in these technologies today is a significant step towards achieving Canada's climate targets." Moe said he needs "further clarification" on what the incentive entailed and if it would be applied to enhanced oil recovery. "We've been advocating for a tax incentive [for carbon capture], similar to what they have in the U.S." The federal budget said, "Alberta and Saskatchewan have the greatest near-term potential to become global leaders in CCUS by creating new 'hubs' where carbon from high-emitting facilities can be efficiently captured, transported, stored, or used." Debt concerns One of the concerns raised by Harpauer was the rising federal debt, which is over $1 trillion "Absolutely every Canadian should be concerned about the federal debt. And we are not seeing a plan on how they plan to address it." Harpauer said she is also concerned about the province's rising debt, projected to reach $27.8 billion next year.
Australian buy-now-pay-later company Afterpay said on Tuesday it is exploring a U.S. listing after more than doubling its third-quarter sales, offering U.S. investors an easier path to owning a stock that has boomed through the pandemic. Afterpay has tapped Goldman Sachs to advise on the listing, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. Goldman declined to comment.
Walter Mondale, the former vice president to Jimmy Carter and staunch democrat who lost the 1984 presidential election to Ronald Reagan, has died. He was 93. Mondale’s family announced his death in a statement on Monday, and did not mention a cause of death, according to the Associated Press. Mondale was a United States Senator, […]
INDIANAPOLIS — A former employee who shot and killed eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis never appeared before a judge for a hearing under Indiana's “red flag” law, even after his mother called police last year to say her son might commit “suicide by cop," a prosecutor said Monday. Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears said authorities did not seek such a hearing because they did not have enough time under the law's restrictions to definitively demonstrate Brandon Scott Hole’s propensity for suicidal thoughts, something they would need to have done to convince a judge that Hole should not be allowed to possess a gun. The “red flag” legislation, passed in Indiana in 2005 and also in effect in other states, allows police or courts to seize guns from people who show warning signs of violence. Police seized a pump-action shotgun from Hole, then 18, in March 2020 after they received the call from his mother. While recovering the shotgun, one of the responding officers also witnessed “white supremist websites” on Hole’s computer after the teen asked officers to cut the power to his computer, according to a police probable cause narrative from the 2020 incident released Monday. Mears said that prosecutors were limited in their ability to prepare a “red flag” case against Hole following that incident due to a 2019 change in the law that requires courts to make a "good-faith effort” to hold a hearing within 14 days. An additional amendment required them to file an affidavit with the court within 48 hours. “This individual was taken and treated by medical professionals and he was cut loose,” and was not even prescribed any medication, Mears said. "The risk is, if we move forward with that (red flag) process and lose, we have to give that firearm back to that person. That’s not something we were willing to do.” Indianapolis police previously said that they never did return the shotgun to Hole. Authorities have said he used two “assault-style” rifles to gun down eight people, four of them from the city’s Sikh community, at the FedEx facility last Thursday before he killed himself. Police on Monday identified the high-capacity weapons used by Hole, who was 19 at the time of the shooting. One was a Ruger AR-556 Hole purchased in September. The second was an HM Defence HM15F he bought in July, just months after police had seized the pump-action shotgun. A Ruger AR-556 also was used last month in a shooting that killed 10 people in Boulder, Colorado. Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms determined that Hole purchased the guns legally through authorized dealers, according to a police news release that did not name the dealers. The release also said FedEx terminated Hole in October when he failed to return to work. A police probable cause affidavit narrative also released Monday states describes Hole's March 2020 arrest, and a request he made to his arresting officers. “Brandon upon being placed in handcuffs became immediately anxious and stated, ‘Please just turn the power strip off on my computer. I don’t want anyone to see what’s on it,’” it states, before adding that while securing the shotgun an officer saw “what through his training and experience indicated was white supremist websites.” Paul Keenan, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis field office, said Friday that the FBI was contacted to the scene after items were found in Hole’s bedroom but he did not elaborate on what those were. He said agents found no evidence of a crime and that they did not identify Hole as espousing a racially motivated ideology. Republican state Sen. Erin Houchin, a sponsor of tougher provisions added to Indiana's red flag law in 2019, said in the Hole case the law “could have worked just as it should, but the prosecutor never pursued it.” Those 2019 changes to the law made it a misdemeanour for a person deemed dangerous to buy or possess a gun and a felony offence for anyone to give or sell a gun to a dangerous person. But Mears said there are still problems that need to be addressed. He said he had spoken to legislators in the past about lengthening the two-week timeline for holding a red flag hearing, and he reiterated that call on Monday. Extending the time frame would give prosecutors more time to investigate a person’s background and mental health history before going in front of a judge, he said. He added that he would also like to see the statute prohibit a person under investigation from buying a gun until the hearing is held and the judge makes a final ruling. Mears said the red flag law is “a good start, but it’s far from perfect.” “I think people hear ‘red flag’ and they think it’s the panacea to all these issues. It’s not,” he said. Democratic state Rep. Ed DeLaney, a gun control advocate, said he hoped Republicans would be receptive to reviewing the law in the future. He said there isn't time to force an immediate debate because the 2021 legislative session is slated to end later this week. Paul Helmke, an Indiana University civics professor and former president of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said Indiana's law could be strengthened with mandated court hearings or language prohibiting a person from acquiring additional firearms until a judge issues an order about that person’s competency. In Hole’s case, that would have meant that his family's agreement to not ask for the seized gun back would not have been enough to avoid a court hearing, and could have prevented him from purchasing additional weapons, said Helmke, a former Republican mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana. “Indiana should be doing more to address these loopholes," Helmke said. Indiana was one of the first states to enact a red flag law, after an Indianapolis police officer was killed in 2004 by a man whose weapons were returned to him despite his hospitalization months earlier for an emergency mental health evaluation. Indianapolis police recovered 191 guns last year under the red flag law, police said Monday in a release that did not say how many people that involved or the types of weapons. ___ Associated Press reporters Tom Davies and Rick Callahan contributed to this report. Casey Smith is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a non-profit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues. Casey Smith, The Associated Press
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Frank Jackson (Detroit Pistons) with a buzzer beater vs the Cleveland Cavaliers, 04/19/2021
MINNEAPOLIS — Former Vice-President Walter F. Mondale, a liberal icon who lost one of the most lopsided presidential elections after bluntly telling voters to expect a tax increase if he won, died Monday. He was 93. The death of the former senator, ambassador and Minnesota attorney general was announced in a statement from his family. No cause was cited. Mondale followed the trail blazed by his political mentor, Hubert H. Humphrey, from Minnesota politics to the U.S. Senate and the vice presidency, serving under Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981. In a statement Monday night, Carter said he considered Mondale “the best vice-president in our country’s history.” He added: “Fritz Mondale provided us all with a model for public service and private behaviour.” Mondale's own try for the White House, in 1984, came at the zenith of Ronald Reagan’s popularity. His selection of Rep. Geraldine Ferraro of New York as his running mate made him the first major-party presidential nominee to put a woman on the ticket, but his declaration that he would raise taxes helped define the race. On Election Day, he carried only his home state and the District of Columbia. The electoral vote was 525-13 for Reagan — the biggest landslide in the Electoral College since Franklin Roosevelt defeated Alf Landon in 1936. (Sen. George McGovern got 17 electoral votes in his 1972 defeat, winning Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.) “I did my best,” Mondale said the day after the election, and blamed no one but himself. “I think you know I’ve never really warmed up to television,” he said. “In fairness to television, it never really warmed up to me.” Years later, Mondale said his campaign message had proven to be the right one. “History has vindicated me that we would have to raise taxes,” he said. “It was very unpopular, but it was undeniably correct.” In 2002, state and national Democrats looked to Mondale when Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., was killed in a plane crash less than two weeks before Election Day. Mondale agreed to stand in for Wellstone, and early polls showed him with a lead over the Republican candidate, Norm Coleman. But the 53-year-old Coleman, emphasizing his youth and vigour, out-hustled the then-74-year-old Mondale in an intense six-day campaign. Mondale was also hurt by a partisan memorial service for Wellstone, in which thousands of Democrats booed Republican politicians in attendance. One speaker pleaded: “We are begging you to help us win this election for Paul Wellstone.” Polls showed the service put off independents and cost Mondale votes. Coleman won by 3 percentage points. “The eulogizers were the ones hurt the most,” Mondale said after the election. “It doesn’t justify it, but we all make mistakes. Can’t we now find it in our hearts to forgive them and go on?” It was a particularly bitter defeat for Mondale, who even after his loss to Reagan had taken solace in his perfect record in Minnesota. “One of the things I’m most proud of,” he said in 1987, “is that not once in my public career did I ever lose an election in Minnesota.” Years after the 2002 defeat, Mondale returned to the Senate to stand beside Democrat Al Franken in 2009 when he was sworn in to replace Coleman after a drawn-out recount and court battle. Mondale started his career in Washington in 1964, when he was appointed to the Senate to replace Humphrey, who had resigned to become vice-president. Mondale was elected to a full six-year term with about 54% of the vote in 1966, although Democrats lost the governorship and suffered other election setbacks. In 1972, Mondale won another Senate term with nearly 57% of the vote. His Senate career was marked by advocacy of social issues such as education, housing, migrant workers and child nutrition. Like Humphrey, he was an outspoken supporter of civil rights. Mondale tested the waters for a presidential bid in 1974 but ultimately decided against it. “Basically I found I did not have the overwhelming desire to be president, which is essential for the kind of campaign that is required,” he said in November 1974. In 1976, Carter chose Mondale as No. 2 on his ticket and went on to unseat Gerald Ford. As vice-president, Mondale had a close relationship with Carter. He was the first vice-president to occupy an office in the White House, rather than in a building across the street. Mondale travelled extensively on Carter’s behalf, and advised him on domestic and foreign affairs. While he lacked Humphrey’s charisma, Mondale had a droll sense of humour. When he dropped out of the 1976 presidential sweepstakes, he said, “I don’t want to spend the next two years in Holiday Inns.” Reminded of that shortly before he was picked as Carter’s running mate, Mondale said, “I’ve checked and found that they’re all redecorated, and they’re marvelous places to stay.” Mondale never backed away from his liberal principles. “I think that the country more than ever needs progressive values,” Mondale said in 1989. That year, Democrats tried to persuade him to challenge Minnesota GOP Sen. Rudy Boschwitz, but he decided against making the race, saying it was time to make way for a new generation. “One of the requirements of a healthy party is that it renews itself,” he said at the time. “You can’t keep running Walter Mondale for everything.” That paved the way for Wellstone to win the Democratic nomination, and go on to upset Boschwitz. Wellstone had been preparing to take on Mondale in a primary but would have been a heavy underdog. The son of a Methodist minister and a music teacher, Walter Frederick Mondale was born Jan. 5, 1928, in tiny Ceylon, Minnesota, and grew up in several small southern Minnesota towns. He was only 20 when he served as a congressional district manager for Humphrey’s successful Senate campaign in 1948. His education, interrupted by a two-year stint in the Army, culminated with a law degree from the University of Minnesota in 1956. Mondale began a law practice in Minneapolis and ran the successful 1958 gubernatorial campaign of Democrat Orville Freeman, who appointed Mondale state attorney general in 1960. Mondale was elected attorney general in the fall of 1960 and was reelected in 1962. As attorney general, Mondale moved quickly into civil rights, antitrust and consumer protection cases. He was the first Minnesota attorney general to make consumer protection a campaign issue. After his White House years, Mondale served from 1993-96 as President Bill Clinton’s ambassador to Japan, fighting for U.S. access to markets ranging from cars to cellular phones. He helped avert a trade war in June 1995 over autos and auto parts, persuading Japanese officials to give American automakers more access to Japanese dealers and pushing Japanese carmakers to buy U.S. parts. Mondale kept his ties to the Clintons. In 2008, he endorsed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for president, switching his allegiance only after Barack Obama sealed the nomination. When Democrats came to him after Wellstone’s death, Mondale was working at the Minneapolis law firm of Dorsey & Whitney and serving on corporate and non-profit boards. He returned to the firm after the brief campaign. Mondale and his wife, Joan Adams Mondale, were married in 1955. During his vice presidency, she pushed for more government support of the arts and gained the nickname “Joan of Art.” She had minored in art in college and worked at museums in Boston and Minneapolis. The couple had two sons, Ted and William, and a daughter, Eleanor. Eleanor Mondale became a broadcast journalist and TV host, with credits including “CBS This Morning” and programs with E! Entertainment Television. Ted Mondale served six years in the Minnesota Senate and made an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination for governor in 1998. William Mondale served for a time as an assistant attorney general. Joan Mondale died in 2014 at age 83 after an extended illness. ___ Former Associated Press writer Brian Bakst contributed to this report. Doug Glass, The Associated Press
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India will waive its 10% customs duty on imported COVID-19 vaccines, a senior government official told Reuters on Monday, as it tries to boost supplies to counter a dramatic surge in coronavirus cases. Imports of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine are due to arrive soon and the government has also urged Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson to sell their products to India. The official, who declined to be named, also said the government was considering allowing private entities to import approved vaccines for sale on the open market without government intervention.
MONTREUX, Switzerland — The deceptions, distrust and divisions in European soccer erupted in public on Monday between teams and even within the clubs breaking away to form a Super League that could leave them and their players outcasts in the global game. Condemnation of the 12 rebels clubs from England, Spain and Italy even came from Prince William, who followed the British government in railing against moves to split from longstanding structures to play in a largely closed competition rather than Europe's existing UEFA-run Champions League. UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin turned on club leaders he called “snakes” and “liars,” singling out Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli and Manchester United vice chairman Ed Woodward for betraying him by reneging on a pledge to stick within existing structures. Ceferin threatened players from the Super League clubs with being banned from the European Championship and next year’s World Cup. “They will not be able to represent their national teams at any matches,” Ceferin warned earlier. “UEFA and the footballing world stand united against the disgraceful self-serving proposal we have seen in the last 24 hours from a select few clubs in Europe that are fueled purely by greed above all else.” Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez, the founding chairman of the Super League, downplayed UEFA’s threat to ban players. The players “can be assured that this won’t happen,” Pérez said in a late-night Spanish television interview. “It’s not going to happen. We won’t get into the legal aspects of it, but it won’t happen. It’s impossible.” The strident rhetoric from Ceferin was followed on Monday by criticism of the Super League even by Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp, despite Liverpool's owner John Henry securing the six-time European champion's participation in the new competition. “I don’t think it’s a great idea,” he said after Liverpool was held by Leeds to 1-1. It's a result that puts Liverpool two points from the four Champions League qualification places, showing just why Henry would want the team in a Super League where the spot is locked in. Three of the 12 rebel clubs — Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid — are scheduled to play in the Champions League semifinals next week. Two more, Manchester United and Arsenal, are in the Europa League semifinals. Ceferin said he wants to boot them out as “as soon as possible” from UEFA competitions, but that will require “legal assessments” that will begin Tuesday. Pérez said the new competition is being created to “save soccer” and complained of a campaign to make the Super League look bad by those who would “lose their privileges.” “We have to explain to everyone that this is not a league for the rich clubs,” Pérez said in an interview broadcast early Tuesday on the Spanish television program El Chiringuito de Jugones. “It’s a league to save all the clubs. Otherwise, soccer will die.” He also said the new league likely won’t start next season if no deal is reached with European soccer’s governing body. Ceferin led a meeting of UEFA's executive committee Monday only hours after the 12 clubs announced the Super League project that threatens to split the historic structure of European soccer. He received backing from the English Football Association President Prince William, the second-in-line to the British throne. “Now, more than ever, we must protect the entire football community – from the top level to the grassroots – and the values of competition and fairness at its core,” he tweeted on the Kensington Palace account. “I share the concerns of fans about the proposed Super League and the damage it risks causing to the game we love.” The 12 clubs planning to start the breakaway Super League have informed the leaders of FIFA and UEFA that they have begun legal action aimed at fending off threats to block their competition. The letter was sent by the group to Ceferin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino saying the Super League has already been underwritten by funding of 4 billion euros ($5.5 billion) from American bank JPMorgan Chase. Currently, teams have to qualify each year for the Champions League through their domestic leagues, but the Super League would lock in 15 places every season for the founding members. The seismic move to shake up the sport is partly engineered by the American owners of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United, who also run franchises in closed U.S. leagues — a model they are trying to replicate in Europe. UEFA warned the Super League clubs, including Barcelona and Juventus, that legal action would be taken against them and said they also would be barred from existing domestic competitions such as the Spanish league and the Premier League. “We are concerned that FIFA and UEFA may respond to this invitation letter by seeking to take punitive measures to exclude any participating club or player from their respective competitions,” the Super League clubs wrote to Infantino and Ceferin in a letter obtained by The Associated Press. “Your formal statement does, however, compel us to take protective steps to secure ourselves against such an adverse reaction, which would not only jeopardize the funding commitment under the grant but, significantly, would be unlawful. For this reason, SLCo (Super League Company) has filed a motion before the relevant courts in order to ensure the seamless establishment and operation of the competition in accordance with applicable laws.” The courts were not named by the Super League, which intends to launch a 20-team competition with 15 founding members. Tottenham from England, Atletico Madrid from Spain, and AC Milan and Inter Milan from Italy are also among the 12 that have already signed. The breakaway was launched just as UEFA thought it had agreement on an expansion of the Champions League from 2024. Now, the same officials who backed the plans have decided to go it alone while claiming the existing competitions could remain. UEFA approved the new Champions League format proposal on Monday amid the turmoil. The agreement was negotiated with the 246-member European Club Association. The ECA leader, Agnelli of Juventus, quit the UEFA executive committee overnight. “He is probably the biggest disappointment of all," Ceferin said of Agnelli. “I have never seen a person that would lie so many times and so persistently as he did. “Now I know who is who. Who is honest. Who loves football.” In their letter to the FIFA and UEFA presidents, the Super League clubs said their competition could also play alongside domestic leagues and cups. “We do not seek to replace the UEFA’s Champions League or the Europa League," they said, "but to compete with and exist alongside those tournaments.” ___ Harris reported from London. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Rob Harris And Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press