'Ask what you can do for your country' : Prayer in the times of COVID
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'Ask what you can do for your country' : Prayer in the times of COVID
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TORONTO — Martinrea International Inc. rebounded from a tough end to 2020 with net income surging 34.5 per cent in the first quarter on higher revenues. The auto parts manufacturer says it earned $38.7 million or 48 cents per share, compared with $29 million or 36 cents per share a year earlier. The adjusted profit was $32.6 million or 41 cents per share, up from $30.1 million or 38 cents per share in the first quarter of 2020. Revenues for the three months ended March 31 increased 14.3 per cent to $997.2 million from $872.7 million in the prior year. Martinrea was expected to report an adjusted profit of 39 cents per share on $953.7 million of revenues, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv. Chief executive Pat D'Eramo says the company is managing through a substantial amount of new business launches as well as the semiconductor shortage that will continue to impact results in the near term. “First-quarter results were impacted by some short-term headwinds, including the industry-wide shortage of semiconductors, a temporary lag in the pricing pass-through of higher aluminum costs, and an emerging third wave of COVID-19 which is presenting additional short-term challenges in some locations," he stated. D'Eramo said the longer-term outlook is "very solid" as U.S. auto sales have been near record levels in recent months and vehicle inventories are at their lowest levels in decades, especially on SUVs and CUVs that Martinrea supplies. "We believe this sets the stage for a prolonged period of strong production growth once supply chain pressures ease." This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 6, 2021. Companies in this story: (TSX:MRE) The Canadian Press
Stock futures hugged the flat line Thursday evening as investors awaited a key report on the state of the U.S. economic and labor market recovery out Friday morning.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has arrested more than 440 people on a range of charges stemming from the Jan. 6 riot staged by supporters of former President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol.
OTTAWA — The chief of staff to Alexei Navalny, the imprisoned critic of the Russian president, is calling on Ottawa to impose new sanctions on those who he described as "Vladimir Putin's oligarchs." Leonid Volkov told members of a parliamentary committee that freezing the assets of Putin's friends would put pressure on the Russian president. "Every time Europe or (the United States) try to build bridges, to compromise, to build a dialogue, unfortunately, Putin, in his psychology, considers it to be just a sign of weakness," Volkov said. "The personal sanctions against Putin's oligarchs are important to win leverage against him to build a strong position." Volkov said Putin was personally offended by Navalny's investigation into a luxurious palace he was building, so he ordered his agents to poison the critic in August 2020. "For Putin, really, money, like gold and red carpets, is the most important thing in the world," Volkov said. He said Navalny was arrested in the airport on Jan. 17 upon returning from Germany, where he spent five months recovering from the poisoning, and he has been in prison since then. Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau announced sanctions against nine Russian officials in March to put pressure on senior figures in the government involved in Navalny's poisoning, his subsequent prosecution, and the silencing of citizens who protested his treatment. Volkov said it's important that Canada, the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States have recently imposed personal sanctions on Russian officials and didn't put in place new economic sanctions on the country. Sanctions on the Russian economy allow the Kremlin to spread misinformation and blame the country's economic decline on western sanctions, he said. "Like, 'Why has the household income of the average household in Russia decreased for eight years in a row? Because of the evil West, because of NATO, because of the U.S., because they're trying to kill our economy with sanctions,' " he said. Personal sanctions on leaders and friends of Putin are efficient and don't allow the government to spread misinformation, he said. "Propaganda can't sell them as being sanctions against Russia." However, Volkov said Canada's list of nine sanctioned Russian officials was "weak" because although it included officials who are responsible for poisoning Navalny, they don't travel abroad and they don't have assets abroad. Volkov said he is ready to provide the parliamentary foreign affairs committee with a list of 35 names of Putin's close friends who hold his assets. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 6, 2021. —— This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press
SAN RAMON, Calif. — Apple’s top app store executive on Thursday faced an avalanche of documents unleashed Thursday by an Epic Games lawyer aiming to prove allegations that the iPhone maker has been gouging app makers as part of a scheme hatched by Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs. The confrontation in an Oakland, California, courtroom came during the fourth day of an antitrust trial targeting the empire that Apple has built around its iPhone and the digital storefront that serves as the exclusive outlet for people to install apps on the ubiquitous device. Epic, the maker of the popular Fortnite video game, contends Apple's insistence that apps to pay a 15% to 30% commission on transactions has turned into illegal monopoly that that should be blown up so other options can be offered on the iPhone, iPad and iPod. Apple so far has mounted a fierce defence of its so-called “walled garden," in part by highlighting evidence that its app store commissions and practices mirror those of major video game consoles such as PlayStation, Xbox and Switch that Epic has embraced. After spending the first three days of the trial soliciting testimony from Epic's own executives and other parties sympathetic to the company's case, Epic attorney Katherine Forrest and her supporting team took their first stab an Apple executive — Matt Fischer, who has been running the app store since 2010. While Fischer was on the witness stand, Forrest repeatedly asked him to review emails and slide presentations revolving around the app store's finances, concerns about fraudulent activity and complaints about Apple highlighting its own services in the search results in the app. Although significant sections of the documents were redacted to shield confidential business information, they still revealed intriguing tidbits. For instance, a November 2010 slide presentation showed that the app store already had generated $2.1 billion in billings — far more than Jobs envisioned when he came up with the idea in 2008, a year after release of the first iPhone. Not long after the app store opened, Jobs speculated that it at most might become a $1 billion business. “We don't expect this to be a big profit generator," Jobs said in an interview that Fischer shared with his team in July 2018 as a reminder of how far the app store had come since its inception. Epic contends app store's unexpectedly fast start prompted Jobs, who died in August 2011, to shift gears and draw up a new strategy to trap iPhone users by building the walled garden around the device and the app store. Fischer told Forrest that he never heard of such a plan, although he conceded it was possible the strategy was created before he took over management of the app store and was never told about it. Apple has never revealed how much money it makes from the app store but estimates have pegged its annual profit at $15 billion to $18 billion. The Cupertino, California, company has disclosed that it has invested more than $100 billion in the iPhone and its supporting software, including the app store, to help support its argument that Epic simply wants to freeload off its innovations by evading commissions that have been in place for more than a decade. Epic also tried to cast doubt on one of Apple's justifications for forbidding other app stores on the iPhone. Apple says its walled garden and commissions help protect consumers against malicious activity that could defraud them and invade their personal privacy. Forrest confronted Fischer with a variety of documents raising security questions, including a July 2018 email in which he worried about “an epidemic of apps that are trying to to defraud consumers." Under questioning by an Apple lawyer, Fischer said he wasn't responsible for the store's privacy, security and fraud controls. “We have been fighting and combatting fraud for a long time," Fischer testified on the stand. Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press
Joey Gallo homers early and preserves the Texas Rangers’ win with game-ending, diving catch in the 10th inning.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to make the announcement on Monday, according to the Telegraph.
Spin Master Corp. ("Spin Master") (TSX: TOY), a leading global children's entertainment company, today announced that the nominees listed in its management information circular were elected as directors of the company at its Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders held earlier today.
Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE) fell 19.9% in April according to S&P Global Market Intelligence. The stock was already slipping early in the month, but fell sharply after the company announced a deal to supply Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) with low- and negative-carbon renewable natural gas (RNG). Clean Energy operates more than 550 stations providing liquid and compressed natural gas for fleets across North America.
OTTAWA — Liberal MP Anthony Housefather says the federal government will not be taking part in 20th-anniversary events for an international conference where Israel was singled out for condemnation. In a Twitter post today, the lawmaker says Ottawa confirmed it will avoid the gathering in South Africa known as Durban IV, which he says "continues to be used to push anti-Israel sentiment and as a forum for anti-Semitism." The United States and Australia have also stated they will steer clear of events commemorating the 2001 Durban Declaration. The coming event, slated for Sept. 22 and authorized by the United Nations, will mark 20 years since the World Conference on Racism in Durban. The initial conference was consumed by clashes over the Middle East and the legacy of slavery, prompting the U.S. and Israel to walk out during a meeting over a draft resolution that censured Israel and likened Zionism to racism. B'nai Brith Canada chief executive Michael Mostyn says he is "very encouraged" that Ottawa continues to boycott what his group calls a "profoundly flawed" process tinged with anti-Semitism. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 6, 2021. The Canadian Press
TORONTO, May 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dundee Precious Metals Inc. (TSX: DPM) (the “Company” or “DPM”) is pleased to announce the voting results from its Annual General Meeting of shareholders which was held via live audio webcast on Thursday, May 6, 2021. A total of 150,349,747 common shares were voted at the meeting, representing approximately 82.63% of the outstanding common shares. Shareholders voted in favour of all items of business before the meeting, as follows: Election of Directors The shareholders elected each of the nine nominees listed in the Company’s management information circular. Details of the voting results are set out below: NameVotes in Favour% ForVotes Withheld% WithheldJaimie Donovan142,716,63599.71411,0890.29R. Peter Gillin133,298,67193.139,829,0536.87Jonathan Goodman124,574,57387.0418,553,15112.96Jeremy Kinsman133,204,81093.079,922,9146.93Kalidas Madhavpeddi142,490,58699.55637,1380.45Juanita Montalvo141,705,74699.011,421,9780.99David Rae140,958,48898.482,169,2361.52Marie-Anne Tawil141,704,22999.011,423,4950.99Anthony P. Walsh123,340,65486.1819,787,07013.82 Appointment of Auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP was appointed as auditor of the Company and the directors of the Company were authorized to fix the remuneration of the auditors. Details of the voting results are set out below: Total Votes% of Votes CastVotes in Favour150,253,79199.94Votes Withheld95,9560.06Total Votes Cast150,349,747100 Advisory Say on Pay Vote The advisory resolution was passed at the meeting, demonstrating significant shareholder support for the Company’s approach to compensation. Details of the voting results are set out below: Total Votes% of Votes CastVotes in Favour139,460,22697.44Votes Against3,667,4982.56Total Votes Cast143,127,724100 About Dundee Precious Metals Inc. Dundee Precious Metals Inc. is a Canadian-based international gold mining company with operations and projects located in Bulgaria, Namibia and Serbia. The Company’s purpose is to unlock resources and generate value to thrive and growth together. This overall purpose is supported by a foundation of core values, which guides how the Company conducts its business and informs a set of complementary strategic pillars and objectives related to ESG, innovation, optimizing our existing portfolio, and growth. The Company’s resources are allocated in-line with its strategy to ensure that DPM delivers value for all of its stakeholders. DPM’s shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol: DPM). For further information please contact: David RaePresident and Chief Executive OfficerTel: (416) firstname.lastname@example.org Jennifer CameronDirector, Investor RelationsTel: (416) email@example.com
To introduce Footbuddy’s Swissx CBD-infused foot lotion, the celebrity chiropractor and TikTok star is inviting fans to create foot massage videos and upload them to his streaming TV channel Dr. Cracks will kick off his $1 million foot rub contest with Swissx CBD lotion with Footbuddys and Westfield. Go to Swissx.com to order your lotion and upload you most creative video to the Dr. Cracks channel on SwissxTV. Make your most creative foot rub video with Swissx CBD lotion and you could be in the running for Dr. Crack's $1 million foot massage challenge. Swissx CBD has been shown to ease pain and inflammation as well as stress and anxiety. Find out more at Footbuddys stores at Westfield malls and at Swissx.com . Los Angeles, CA, May 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dr. Cracks, the celebrity chiropractor with 3.5 million followers on TikTok, has launched a $1 million contest to celebrate Footbuddy’s new lotion, infused with the highest quality Swissx CBD. Fans are invited to upload their most creative foot rub videos, using the Swissx lotion, to the doctor’s streaming channel, SwissxTV. The first rounds of judging will take place live at Footbuddy stores at premium Westfield malls throughout Southern California beginning with a kick-off event at the Westfield Topanga on Friday, May 7 at 4 p.m. PT. Footbuddy is the innovative African American-owend sock and shoe store taking over the Southland, and this is the brand’s first lotion, made in partnership with Swissx. The lotion uses all natural ingredients, including nano emulsified CBD from proprietary strains developed in the Swiss Alps and organic plants grown in Malibu, optimized to ease pain and inflammation, and relieve stress and anxiety as well. Footbuddy’s Swissx CBD lotion even rejuvenates skin. Swissx grows its cannabis in the Caribbean where it has set up a cooperative farming program to uplift local Rastafarian farmers. The company also owns the patents to the most widely used vape mechanisms and is working to increase safety in vaping and stop Big Tobacco from using its patents for unsafe products. Their power to heal has been praised by Donatella Versace, Snoop Dogg, David Navarro, Scott Disick, and Tommy Chong. Swissx products are available in stores nationwide and across Europe and in special subscription boxes that are tailored for special vibes like Surfing and Sexual Health, and with partners like Mike Tyson, and the original Ganja Farmer himself, Marlon Asher. A new box from Ray J includes premium access to SwissxTV’s adult entertainment section. Shop Swissx now. SwissxTV is the streaming TV platform with hundreds of channels that lets users create their own branded network and revenue stream. It’s best known for providing global access to UK shows and other international programming, including news in 37 languages, and tens of thousands of movies in a wide variety of genres. Check out SwissxTV. Shop Footbuddys. Join Dr. Cracks and Swissx at Footbuddys at Westfield Topanga on Friday, May 7 at 4 PM. 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Woodland Hills, CA. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Attachments IMG-1561 View recent photos CONTACT: Swissx Labs email@example.com
Recipe Unlimited Corporation ("Recipe") is pleased to announce that on May 6, 2021, it completed the acquisition of Crave It Restaurant Group's ("Crave It") ownership interest in both The Burger's Priest and the 'Fresh – Crave It – Recipe' joint venture for new market growth of Fresh Plant Powered ("Fresh Restaurants").
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B.C. has reported its first case of a blood clot following immunization with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. The person affected is a woman in her 40s, who is currently stable and receiving treatment in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, according to provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. She said the likelihood of the blood clot issue happening is about one in 100,000 doses. She said the province is not expecting to receive significantly more of the AstraZeneca vaccine, but reassumed people who have recently received that vaccine that—based on its use in places like the United Kingdom—it is effective. B.C. health authorities reported 694 new cases of COVID-19 today, one of which is epidemiologically linked. Since the pandemic began, B.C. has recorded 133,619 cases. Of the new cases, 153 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 445 in the Fraser Health region, 17 in the Island Health region, 52 in the Interior Health region and 27 in the Northern Health region. According to the latest local data, there were 184 new cases in Richmond between April 25 and May 1. There are 6,802 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and 457 of those people are hospitalized, 154 of whom are in intensive care. To date, 1,995,496 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C.; 95,868 of those are second doses. Henry said sometime today the province will administer its two millionth dose. Sadly, there was one new virus-related death reported today, bringing that total to 1,595. Active outbreaks continue at four long-term care, assisted living and independent living facilities and three acute care facilities. For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and to find a testing centre near you: http://www.bccdc.ca/ or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter. Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Richmond Sentinel
A Fox News appearance by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) ends with laughter about trying to destroy American democracy for personal gain.
A 45-year-old Hagerstown man was seriously injured after an explosion Thursday, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal. Authorities said an employee at Advanced Landscape and Construction on Salem Avenue in Hagerstown was trying to weld a partially filled 100-gallon fuel tank to a truck when it exploded around 11:47 a.m. Authorities said the fuel tank contained about 20 gallons of fuel when it exploded.
NEW YORK — José Altuve responded to jeering fans by marking his 31st birthday with a go-ahead, three-run homer off Chad Green in the eighth inning, and the Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 7-4 on Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep. Booed throughout the series by fans getting to express their anger directly at the Astros since their cheating scandal en route to the 2017 World Series title was exposed, Altuve turned on a shoulder-high 96 mph 3-2 pitch and drove it over the left-field scoreboard for a 5-3 lead. Gleyber Torres made an incredible, daring dash for the Yankees, scoring from first base on an infield single, but New York’s five-game winning streak ended. Yordan Álvarez hit a pair of solo homers off Gerrit Cole, who turned a 3-2 lead over to Green (0-3) starting the eighth. After Torres pulled the Yankees within a run in the bottom half, Martín Maldonado hit a two-run homer off Justin Wilson in the ninth, ending a streak of of 75 plate appearances without an RBI. Cole faced the Astros for the first time since leaving them after the 2019 World Series. Alex Scrubb (1-0) pitched a perfect seventh, and Ryan Pressly got six outs for his fifth save. Houston climbed back above .500 at 16-15. Giancarlo Stanton and Clint Frazier homered for New York. RED SOX 12, TIGERS 9 BOSTON (AP) — Franchy Cordero came off the bench with three hits to snap an 0-for-25 slump, then brought home the winning run in the eighth with the help of Detroit’s fourth error, and Boston Red Sox held on after blowing three previous leads. One day after giving up three runs in the 10th, the Red Sox coughed up leads of 4-1, 5-4 and 8-7 before scoring four in the eighth to avoid losing the three-game series to the worst team in the majors. Matt Andriese (1-1) earned the win despite allowing Detroit to take a 9-8 lead in the eighth; he gave up one run on three hits, a walk and a balk in one inning. Adam Ottavino pitched the ninth for his first save. Alex Lange (0-1) was the loser. RANGERS 4, TWINS 3, 10 INNINGS MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Willie Calhoun singled in the winning run in the 10th inning and Texas dropped Minnesota to 0-7 in extra innings. Joey Gallo and Jonah Heim homered for the Rangers. They have won three straight — all in the series — and are 4-0 in extra innings. Brett de Geus and Taylor Hearn (1-1) each pitched two scoreless innings, and Josh Sborz earned his first save with a dominant 10th. Heim was the automatic runner at second in the 10th against Tyler Duffey (0-1), who let him advance with a wild pitch. Calhoun smacked a single to right field to score him. Max Kepler led off the game for Minnesota with a homer. PHILLIES 2, BREWERS 0 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Zack Wheeler struck out eight and in a three-hitter and Alex Bohm homered to help Philadelphia beat Milwaukee for a four-game sweep. The Phillies head out on a nine-game trip in first place (17-15) and as the only team in the NL East with a winning record. Wheeler (3-2) and Brandon Woodruff (2-1) engaged in a brilliant pitchers’ duel that ended when Bohm connected on a 97 mph fastball in the seventh for his fourth homer of the season. Rhys Hoskins added an RBI double in the eighth. METS 4, CARDINALS 1 ST. LOUIS (AP) — Taijuan Walker allowed one hit in seven innings and New York scored three runs on bases-loaded walks to beat St. Louis. Walker (2-1) struck out eight and walked none to help the Mets split the four-game series after dropping the first two. Trevor May struck out two in a perfect eighth and Edwin Díaz pitched around a pair of hits in the ninth for his fourth save. John Gant (2-3) was the loser. INDIANS 4, ROYALS 0 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Triston McKenzie pitched one-hit ball into the sixth inning and Cleveland beat Kansas City to complete a four-game sweep. McKenzie (1-1) exited after a single and walk in the sixth. He struggled with his control, walking four and striking out five. Franmil Reyes hit his eighth home run, and Cesar Hernandez and Rene Rivera each had three hits for Cleveland. Danny Duffy (4-2) was the loser. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
The design, which featured the phrase "home is where we are," was something "I've been saying it to myself for the last five years," Drew Barrymore explained
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