Steve Alexander breaks down why Philadelphia 76ers' Dwight Howard is a smart roster addition while Joel Embiid is sidelined due to injury.
Steve Alexander breaks down why Philadelphia 76ers' Dwight Howard is a smart roster addition while Joel Embiid is sidelined due to injury.
Prosecutors expect to decide Wednesday whether to charge the white former police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb, sparking nights of protests and raising tensions amid the nearby murder trial of the ex-officer charged with killing George Floyd. Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter and Police Chief Tim Gannon resigned Tuesday, two days after Potter shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright.
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President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign hit a snag when federal regulators recommended a “pause” in administering Johnson & Johnson shots. Biden declared Tuesday that even with a temporary loss of J&J 's one-shot vaccine, there is a huge supply of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, enough that "is basically 100% unquestionable, for every single, solitary American.” Perhaps more concerning than any worry about supply, however, is the potential blow to public confidence in all of the vaccines, as polls suggest potentially tens of millions of Americans are hesitant to get the shots that public health experts say are necessary for the nation to emerge from the pandemic.
Tuchel's side will play Real Madrid or Liverpool for a place in the final after producing a masterclass in game management to win 2-1 on aggregate in Seville.
President Joe Biden's planned announcement on Wednesday of a complete U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 aims to close the book on America's longest war, as critics warn that peace is anything but assured after two decades of fighting. As officials disclosed Biden's pullout plans, the U.S. intelligence community renewed deep concerns on Tuesday about the outlook for the U.S.-backed government in Kabul, which is clinging to an eroding stalemate. "The Afghan government will struggle to hold the Taliban at bay if the coalition withdraws support," said the U.S. assessment, which was sent to Congress.
WASHINGTON — On one end of Pennsylvania Avenue, he mourned with the family of a fallen police officer. On the other, he pledged to help end the epidemic of Black men being killed by police. Over the course of a few hours Tuesday, President Joe Biden’s difficult balancing act on policing was put on vivid display. He is urgently trying to navigate criminal justice and civil rights while the White House nervously watches unrest in Minnesota as the trial of the white police officer accused of killing George Floyd winds down. The test for Biden comes as the nation is on edge awaiting the conclusion of the trial of Derek Chauvin, who prosecutors said killed Floyd, a Black man, last year by placing a knee on his neck for about nine minutes. Tensions have only been heightened by the shooting death this week of another Black man in Minnesota, Daunte Wright, who was killed after police said a white officer accidentally reached for her handgun instead of a taser. Biden has pledged to help combat racism in policing, helping African Americans who supported him in large numbers last year in the wake of protests that swept the nation after Floyd’s death and restarted a national conversation about race. But he also has long projected himself as an ally of police, including Tuesday, when he travelled to the U.S. Capitol to pay respects to William Evans, a Capitol police officer who was killed when a suspect rammed him with his car outside the citadel of democracy. “I didn’t know Billy, but I knew Billy,” Biden said at a tearful memorial under the soaring rotunda. “I grew up with Billys in Claymont and Scranton, Pennsylvania. Billy was always the kid that you know if you got in a fight and you’re outnumbered three to one, he’d still jump in, knowing you’d both get beaten.” Two of Evans’ children clutched stuffed animals as the gazed at their father’s flag-draped coffin, one wearing his father’s police uniform hat. At one moment, a toy replica of the U.S. Capitol was dropped; Biden reached over to pick it up. His own life defined by grief after having buried two children and his first wife, Biden said his prayer for the Evans family is for “that moment when a smile comes before the tear.” And he saluted the Capitol police force, still reeling from the Jan. 6 insurrection by supporters of President Donald Trump, where one officer died and scores more were injured. “Never has there been more strain … and responsibility been placed on the shoulders of Capitol Police,” the president said. “And yet, you hear it, you see it, you watch them, and you watch them do their duty with pure courage and not complain.” Hours later, Biden was in the Oval Office with members of the Congressional Black Congress to convene a meeting that was meant to tout the assistance that his jobs and infrastructure plan would give to Black communities but was shadowed by the police shootings. Acknowledging it has been “a painful week,” Biden denounced the killing of Wright as “a God-awful shooting” and said that “We’re in the business, all of us here today, of delivering real change” when it comes to policing communities of colour. He promised he could do “a lot” when it comes to revamping how officers interact with African Americans during his time in office. Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, said after the meeting in a message to those hurt by the shootings that “we are standing here on the grounds of the White House because of them and for them.” “We feel their pain because many of us have witnessed the same thing,” Beatty said, “the same discrimination, we know there is systemic racism, we know that we need to do better with enforcing police reform, gun reform, we’re asking them to stand with us as we stand with them.” But so far, Biden's Department of Justice has been unable to do much. Attorney General Merrick Garland has signalled that civil rights would be a top priority and that he was committed to combating racial discrimination in policing. During his confirmation hearing, he told lawmakers that America doesn’t “yet have equal justice.” Advocates hope the department’s priorities will shift dramatically in the Biden administration, with a focus more on civil rights issues, criminal justice overhauls and policing policies in the wake of nationwide protests over the death of Black Americans at the hands of law enforcement. Garland has also suggested he is more likely to authorize more so-called pattern or practice investigations, sweeping probes into police departments that examine whether systemic deficiencies contribute to misconduct or enable it to persist, which were curtailed under the Trump administration. But the job is not yet filled. Although Biden announced Kristen Clarke, one of the nation’s foremost civil rights lawyers, to lead the department’s civil rights division at the same time he announced Garland’s nomination, she is not yet in her position. Her confirmation hearing is set for Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Clarke, who has garnered support from some of the nation’s largest law enforcement organizations, dozens of police chiefs and the families of hate crime victims, is expected to tell members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that she would bring a “clear-eyed pursuit of justice” to the position, if she is confirmed. The Senate has also yet to vote to confirm Lisa Monaco as deputy attorney general and Vanita Gupta, who previously ran the Justice Department’s civil rights division, to be associate attorney general. Administration officials have maintained a public silence but have kept tabs on the situation around Minneapolis, which has had two nights of unrest since the Wright killing. There are fears of more after the verdict in the Chauvin trial. Generally, though, such unrest falls to local police, not federal officials. Federal law enforcement has some role, mostly to protect federal property and buildings and to support local law enforcement officials. The presence of federal officers in some cities last summer, including in Portland, Oregon, where agents were assigned to protect the federal courthouse and other federal offices, became a flashpoint in the protests amid nights of riots. Jonathan Lemire, Michael Balsamo And Alexandra Jaffe, The Associated Press
The book has some of the earliest pen and ink drawings of Goud, right from 1966 and includes those that he has done in this decade, and they number well over a carefully chosen 100 odd works.
"It’s a song that I wrote about coming out of lockdown, with some much-needed optimism,” Mick Jagger said.
If there is a key mantra for companies right now, it has to be "diversity and inclusion." Burger chain Shake Shack Inc is enjoying a nice head start in this particular race. The New York City-founded staple recently received a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for its LGBTQ-friendly workplace.
Taiwan said on Wednesday its chip companies will adhere to U.S. rules after Washington added seven Chinese supercomputing entities last week to an economic blacklist and after a Taipei-based chipmaker halted orders from one of the entities named. The U.S. Commerce Department said the seven Chinese entities were "involved with building supercomputers used by China's military actors, its destabilizing military modernisation efforts, and/or weapons of mass destruction programs." Companies or others listed on the U.S. Entity List are required to apply for licenses from the Commerce Department that face tough scrutiny when they seek permission to receive items from U.S. suppliers.
Country singer Morgan Wallen announced Tuesday he wouldn't be performing this summer.
WASHINGTON — The Senate is poised to start debate on legislation confronting the rise of potential hate crimes against Asian Americans, a growing problem during the coronavirus crisis that will also test whether the chamber can push past partisanship on an issue important to many constituents. Typically, the Democratic-sponsored COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act might quickly face a filibuster, opposed by Republicans who prefer a different approach. But under the Senate leaders' agreement struck at the start of the year, Republicans and Democrats pledged to try to at least try to debate bills to see if they could reach agreement through the legislative process. Ahead of Wednesday's initial votes, several leaders of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in Congress gave personal and heart-wrenching stories of the racism they and their constituents have faced, incidents on the rise during the virus outbreak. “For more than a year, the Asian American community has been fighting two crises — the COVID-19 pandemic and the anti-Asian hate,” Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., a co-author of the bill, said Tuesday at the Capitol. Meng described well-documented but “horrifying” images of people being shoved and beaten in public attacks, and of her own conversations with survivors, including the families of the victims of deadly shootings last month in Atlanta. Six of those killed were women of Asian descent. “Combating hate should not be a partisan issue. It’s about the safety of all Americans,” Meng said. The bill is the most substantive congressional response to what has been an alarming rise in racist sentiment against Asian Americans, fueled in part by derogatory language about the virus’ origins in China. Donald Trump, while president, played into that narrative with derisive nicknames for the virus. The moment harks back to earlier eras of racism against Chinese Americans, Japanese Americans and others of Asian heritage in this country. Senate Republicans have panned the legislation for various shortcomings but have signalled they will not block it with a filibuster. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said as the “proud husband of an Asian American woman, I think this discrimination against Asian Americans is a real problem." McConnell is married to Elaine Chao, the former transportation secretary, and he said Tuesday he was hoping to work out an agreement with Democrats to at least debate the bill and consider potential amendments. Final passage, however, remains uncertain. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer launched the process to consider the bill this week, testing whether enough Republican senators will vote to proceed. Any one senator can halt the process, and it takes 60 votes in the Senate, which is evenly split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, to overcome a filibuster. Schumer said he was open to considering changes to the bill. He is in conversations with McConnell on a package of amendments that could be considered, according to aides. “We cannot and must not remain silent,” Schumer said Tuesday. “There is no reason, no reason, this shouldn’t be a bipartisan bill that passes the Senate.” A robust floor debate is rare for the Senate, which has ground to a halt due to pervasive partisanship. The gridlock has intensified calls from Democrats to change the filibuster rules to push past the opposition. Shy of taking that step, Schumer and McConnell had reached a tentative accord earlier this year to try to push past stalemates and allow senators to discuss and amend bills. Several Republican senators indicated they would prefer to adjust the hate crimes legislation, but they are reluctant to exercise the filibuster on this bill. Opposing it could expose senators to claims they are being racially insensitive. Leaving a caucus luncheon Tuesday, several GOP senators said they would not block the bill, but they were still looking at the legislation and proposed amendments to figure out what they would support. “I don’t believe we should be allowing these types of hate crimes out there, whether it’s women or Asian Americans, so we’re going to take a look at the text," said Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa. She said she wasn't aware of any “major objections” from Republicans. Though timely, the legislation is also modest, what supporters see as a first step in a federal response to the rise of Asian American hate crimes. It would assign a point person within the Justice Department to expedite the review of COVID-19-related hate crimes and provide support for local law enforcement to respond to such incidents. The department would also work to limit discriminatory language used to describe the pandemic. One bipartisan amendment would beef up support to law enforcement, and others are expected. Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, the bill’s co-author, told of her own experience. She said she is no longer comfortable taking a walk with her headphones listening to audio books because of the attacks on Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. She said she hopes Republicans join in supporting the bill. “An attack on one group in our country is truly an attack on all of us,” she said. Lisa Mascaro And Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press
The order is part of a 17-page order titled Break The Chain.
The White House says President Joe Biden will accompany his wife, Jill Biden, early Wednesday morning to an appointment where she will undergo a “common medical procedure.” The White House says both Bidens will then return to the White House and “resume their normal schedule.”
New Zealand's modern-day great Kane Williamson continued to dominate the cricketing scenes in the Kiwiland.
Square Inc will begin providing loans to small businesses in Australia, the payments firm said on Wednesday, where it will compete with the country's big banks in lending to small and medium enterprises in a tight market. National Australia Bank is currently the country's biggest SME lender, followed by Commonwealth Bank of Australia . "Many small-business advocates have acknowledged that traditional lending processes in Australia aren't flexible enough for small businesses," said Samina Hussain-Letch, head of industry and payments, Square Australia.
Calgary-based company RemedX Remediation Services Inc invited residents from the Village of Hussar to attend a series of information sessions in late March, and the company gave a presentation to Wheatland County council members during the regular council meeting on Tuesday, April 6. RemedX previously applied for a development permit for a Class II solid waste management facility east of Hussar and Highway 56, in rural Wheatland County; however, during a public hearing in August 2020 residents of the village spoke at length in opposition to the proposed facility, and Wheatland County council voted against the facility. “I did have a brief conversation with the Mayor of Hussar (Corey Fisher) to let him know no application has come forward at this point,” Wheatland County Reeve Amber Link said during the council meeting. “I did let Mayor Fisher know, council had been in some more high level conversations around hosting agreements, but no discussion about this particular development; and, of course, I would have no position on a development prior to a public hearing and hearing all the information around the application.” During the presentation to council, RemedX CEO Barry Flood referenced a similar site located near Breton in Brazeau County, approximately 100 kilometers southwest of Edmonton, which has been in operation since 2018. The presentation also touched upon some of the concerns Hussar residents brought up during the public hearing last year, including increased traffic on area roads and environmental concerns. “There are days at our site in the north (Breton) where we get 50, 60 trucks in a day,” stated Mr. Flood. “Yesterday at our site, we had zero trucks. We average about 10 to 12 trucks per day over the year, usually pretty spread out, so not really noticeable.” He added the majority of traffic would be along Highway 56 rather than along Highway 561. Environmental concerns such as soil contamination and odour are another concern for Hussar residents, as the proposed facility would be located approximately three kilometers east of the village. Division 1 Councillor Jason Wilson motioned for the presentation to be accepted by council as information as no application for development has been brought forward. The motion was carried unanimously by council. Lacie Nairn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Drumheller Mail
‘Worrying picture’: Journalists in Europe face increasing risk, press freedom group warns . Reporters Without Borders speaks of pressures on press freedom after murder of Giorgos Karaivaz in Athens last week
While some hailed Sanju Samson's magical spell as the debutante captain, some were quick to disparage at his decision of refusing Chris Morris a single.
President Joe Biden will withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America that were coordinated from that country, several U.S. officials said Tuesday. A senior administration official called the September date an absolute deadline that won't be affected by security conditions in the country. While Biden's decision keeps U.S. troops in Afghanistan four months longer than initially planned, it sets a firm end to two decades of war that killed more than 2,200 U.S.