Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat) with an alley oop vs the Atlanta Hawks, 03/02/2021
Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat) with an alley oop vs the Atlanta Hawks, 03/02/2021
EDMUNDSTON, N.B. — New Brunswick reported nine new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, including five more in an area in the northwest of the province now mostly under lockdown following a recent outbreak of the virus. The new figures followed an earlier update on the status of the Edmundston Regional Hospital, which has been bearing the brunt of the recent surge in cases. The Vitalite Health Network issued a news release saying the hospital had 13 patients who were sick with the virus, with seven in intensive care and five on respirators. Officials said the hospital has nine intensive care beds and to date had transferred two patients to a health-care facility in Fredericton. The province's chief medical officer of health, Dr. Jennifer Russell, later urged residents to remain vigilant. “Given the current risk posed by variants of concern, it is even more important now that everyone follow public health guidelines, especially those living in areas which are in the red or lockdown level,” Russell said in a news release. The Edmundston and the Upper Madawaska region went under full lockdown as of midnight Sunday after 15 of 19 new COVID-19 cases announced in the province the day before were identified in the area. Russell also announced one new COVID-19 related death in the region on Saturday — the province's 33rd since the onset of the pandemic — and said that moving forward all cases in the province would be presumed to be caused by virus variants of concern. The variant found thus far has been the one first identified in the United Kingdom, known as B.1.1.7. The outbreak prompted Elections New Brunswick to announce that it was suspending municipal elections in the area set for May 10 until the lockdown ends. Legislation was recently passed to allow the municipal electoral officer to pause nominations and voting in a particular zone. Municipalities where elections are suspended include Edmundston, Upper-Madawaska, Lac Baker, Rivière-Verte, Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska and Saint Léonard. “Electors in the impacted areas will not be sent their voter information cards until such time as we are advised the lockdown has been lifted and that we are able to ensure we can rebook polling locations and provide the necessary training to poll workers," Chief Electoral Officer Kim Poffenroth said in a news release Sunday. The suspension of voting also means the reporting of results for the rest of the province will be delayed until all electors have had the opportunity to cast a ballot. Poffenroth said the move was necessary because an elector from one part of the province can cast their ballot at another returning office if they are away from the area where they normally vote. Meanwhile, health officials said four of the five new cases identified in the Edmundston region on Sunday were contacts of previously confirmed cases, while the other one was under investigation. The remaining cases in the province included two in the Saint John area, and one each in the Moncton and Fredericton regions. New Brunswick now has a total of 148 known active infections, with 20 patients hospitalized and 13 in intensive care units. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 11, 2021. By Keith Doucette in Halifax The Canadian Press
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CALGARY — The men's world curling championship playoffs resumed Sunday in Calgary after a suspension of games due to COVID-19. Alberta Health approved the resumption of games, the World Curling Federation said in a statement. Four participants, including three from non-playoff teams, tested positive for the virus, but did not show symptoms of the illness. An unidentified athlete from a playoff team who tested positive and then negative in a subsequent test was initially barred from competing Sunday, but the WCF reversed course and allowed him on the ice. "After extensive consultation with Alberta Health the athlete who tested positive, then negative has been granted permission to play in the playoffs today," the WCF said in a statement. "The athlete in question has been fully vaccinated. "New medical guidelines have been implemented for the closing day. Players will remain masked when competing and PCR throat-swab tests will take place before and after each game." The player who tested positive received two doses of vaccination in his home country before the world championship, the WCF said. The world governing body of curling also said a case was made to reinstate the athlete with the argument teammates and opponents would be at minimal risk from his participation Sunday. Switzerland's Peter de Cruz edged John Shuster of the United States 7-6 in a morning playoff game in which all players on the ice wore masks for the first time in Calgary's bubble. Masks were previously mandatory off the ice. "My coach told me we were going to play with a mask," de Cruz said. "I said 'let's make sure it's one where I can actually breathe a little bit in it.' "Our Swiss masks with the Swiss cheese, a bit tough to sweep with those." The Swiss skip put his faith in the governing bodies of the event that it was safe to proceed Sunday. "In my opinion, and this doesn't really matter, I completely trust the WCF and Curling Canada," de Cruz said. "If they made the call, then it's definitely safe. "In this situation, I've had concerns for the last 14 months. If someone tells me we can play then I'm a hundred per cent behind it. If you want to win some games, that's the only way to do it." The Swiss advanced to the afternoon semifinals to face Sweden. Scotland and Russia were to meet in the other semifinal in the same draw. Gold and bronze-medal games were scheduled for the same draw in the evening. Adding to the drama, domestic host broadcaster TSN refused to carry Sunday morning's playoff game "due to COVID-19 issues" although the game was shown on WCF streaming services. Saturday's playoff game and a pair of semifinals were postponed while more testing was conducted. Athletes, coaches and event officials considered close contacts with the infected athletes tested negative, according to the WCF. The men's world championship is the fourth Curling Canada event held in a controlled environment without spectators following the national men's, women's and mixed doubles championship. No positive tests were reported in Canada's domestic events at WinSport's Markin MacPhail Centre. World championship curlers underwent "exit'' tests last week in preparation to leave Calgary's curling bubble. Shortly after Canada's Brendan Bottcher was eliminated from world championship contention Friday night, the WCF suspended competition because of three positive tests involving non-playoff teams. The fourth positive test involving the playoff-team athlete wasn't received until Saturday morning, the WCF said. That player subsequently tested negative for the virus in the retesting round. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 11, 2021. Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press
A number of top executives and corporate leaders gathered online this weekend to discuss what to do in response to controversial changes to some state voting laws, according to multiple news reports. The Washington Post reported that more than 100 leaders, including executives from major airlines, retailers and manufacturers — plus at least one NFL owner — talked about potential ways to show they opposed the legislation, which has already been signed into law in Georgia and is being considered elsewhere. That includes halting donations to politicians who support the bills and even delaying investments in states that pass the restrictive measures, according to Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, a Yale management professor and one of the organizers. The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources who attended, said that Kenneth Chenault, the former chief executive of American Express Co. , and Kenneth Frazier, CEO of Merck & Co., urged dozens of leaders to collectively call for greater voting access. Chenault and Frazier warned businesses against dropping the issue and asked CEOs to sign a statement opposing what they view as discriminatory legislation on voting. The new statement could come early this week and would build on one that 72 Black executives signed last month in the wake of changes to Georgia’s voting laws, according to the newspaper's report. A number of companies and their leaders have spoken up on the issue in recent weeks. While Republican lawmakers — such as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — have derided such action, many activists and others say big business hasn't gone far enough. More than 350 different voting bills are under consideration in dozens of states, according to a tally from the Brennan Center for Justice, a public-policy think-tank . The Wall Street Journal reported that some executives on the call described some bills as either racist or restrictive, and several participants described their efforts as critical to democracy, rather than partisan. While many companies indicated their support of a statement or further action, some remain reticent to speak out on a politically charged issue. One executive from a Fortune 100 consumer-products company told the Wall Street Journal that while board members, employees and vendors are pressing leaders to speak out, doing so could put a bull’s-eye on the company. “It’s really a no-win situation from a corporate standpoint,” the executive said. The Associated Press
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The EE BAFTA Film Awards officially took place on 11 April 2021, just a few months ahead of the television awards ceremony, which will be held later this year. On 9 March, the nominees for each film category were announced, including the highly anticipated Rising Star award, which previously saw Top Boy star Michael Ward take the win back in 2020.
MONTREAL — Hospitalizations jumped in Quebec on Sunday, ahead of the return of an 8 p.m. curfew for the Montreal and Laval areas. Quebec reported 1,535 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, as well as five additional deaths linked to the virus. Hospitalizations jumped by 25 to 608, with 139 people in intensive care. Health Minister Christian Dube tweeted that the numbers are concerning given that 58 per cent of new cases involve people under 40 years old. "While vaccination accelerates, we must continue to adhere to the measures if we want to defeat this pandemic," Dube wrote on Twitter. "Let's show solidarity." The numbers come as the curfew in Montreal and its northern suburb of Laval was being pushed back to 8 p.m. from 9:30 as of Sunday evening to stave off a rise in cases. Premier Francois Legault said last week that he was imposing the health order in the two cities despite a relatively stable case count as a precaution, due to the heavy presence of more contagious virus variants. Residents in those regions who leave their homes between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. without a good reason could face fines of over $1,000. Legault extended the curfew in Montreal and other red zones from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in mid-March, but said last week that the evolving COVID-19 situation gave him no choice but to reverse course. Legault previously placed Quebec City, Levis, Gatineau and several municipalities in Quebec's Beauce region under the earlier curfew. The government also closed schools and non-essential businesses in those areas, and Legault announced Thursday that the measures would be prolonged until at least April 18. The province also gave 59,447 doses of vaccine on Saturday, and has currently given a shot to just over 22 per cent of the population. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 11, 2021 The Canadian Press
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SHEFFIELD, England — Arsenal eased to a 3-0 win at Bramall Lane as Sheffield United’s relegation from the Premier League edged ever closer on Sunday. A wonderful team goal scored by Alexandre Lacazette gave the visitors the halftime lead before Gabriel Martinelli marked his recall with a goal in the 71st. Lacazette struck again late on for his 50th league goal for the Gunners. It was Arsenal’s first clean sheet in 14 matches in all competitions and the three points moved Mikel Arteta’s team up to ninth, seven points behind sixth-place Liverpool. For the Blades, it was a 25th league loss of the season and they remain stuck to the bottom of the table. A third straight defeat for interim boss Paul Heckingbottom — a second in the league — leaves the club 18 points from safety with seven games to go. Arsenal opened the scoring with a goal of real beauty. Some lovely one-touch football around the edge of the penalty area involved Bukayo Saka, Thomas Partey and Dani Ceballos, whose deft backheel flick eventually put Lacazette through on goal to slide the ball beneath Aaron Ramsdale. Arsenal doubled its lead midway through the second half. John Lundstram sloppily surrendered possession to Nicolas Pepe while attempting to play out from the back and Pepe’s driving run and shot saw Ramsdale parry the ball out for Martinelli to tap into an empty net. Arteta’s team was in cruise control and added a third goal in the 85th. Partey's pass set Lacazette through on goal. He raced away from his defender before firing home past Ramsdale. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
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The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): 4:30 p.m. Elections New Brunswick is suspending municipal elections in parts of the province's northwest because of a lockdown that began today. The elections, which had been planned for May 10th, are suspended in the area until the lockdown ends. Legislation was recently passed to allow the municipal electoral officer to pause nominations and voting in a particular zone. Municipalities where elections are suspended include Edmundston, Upper-Madawaska, Lac Baker, Rivière-Verte, Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska and Saint Leonard. --- 4:05 p.m. Saskatchewan is reporting 321 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death today. The person who died was in their 60s and was in the Central East zone. The province says it continues to set new records for the number of vaccines administered in a single day, reporting 13,170 new immunizations. It says half of Saskatchewan residents who are 50 and older have now received their first dose. Since Friday, Saskatchewan's booking system eligibility was expanded to everyone 55 and up. In Regina today, the city's drive-thru vaccine clinic is administering Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines to residents between the ages of 51 and 54 on a first-come, first-served basis. --- 2:50 p.m. Adults living and working in Whistler, B.C., will be able to receive their COVID-19 vaccination starting tomorrow. The move comes as Vancouver Coastal Health works to limit the spread of the virus in the ski resort community. The health authority says in a statement that the program comes in response to increasing COVID-19 transmission recorded in the community. It says the Howe Sound health area has the highest rate of COVID-19 of any local health area in the province, with the majority of these cases residing in the Whistler community. --- 2:30 p.m. New Brunswick is reporting nine new cases of COVID-19 today and a total of 148 active infections in the province. The new cases include five in the Edmundston region, where large parts are under a full lockdown as of today. Health officials say four of the five cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases, and the other one is under investigation. The remaining cases in the province include two in the Saint John area, and one each in the Moncton and Fredericton regions. --- 2:20 p.m. Manitoba is reporting 112 new COVID-19 cases. No new deaths are being reported today, leaving the provincial total since the pandemic began at 949. Manitoba's daily COVID-19 update says the five-day test positivity rate is now 5.9 per cent provincially and 5.7 per cent in Winnipeg. The update also warns of possible exposures to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern on several Winnipeg Transit routes between April 2 and April 6. Health officials report there are 1,312 active COVID-19 cases in the province, with 136 people in hospital and 31 patients in intensive care. --- 11:55 a.m. Nova Scotia is reporting five new cases of COVID-19 today. Four of the cases are in the Halifax area, with two related to travel outside Atlantic Canada and the other two being close contacts of previously reported cases. The remaining case is in the eastern health zone and is related to travel outside the region. Health officials are reporting a total of 40 active COVID-19 infections in the province. --- 11:30 a.m. Ontario is doubling the number of pharmacies involved in the provincial vaccine effort. The province says 700 new pharmacies in COVID-19 hot spots will start offering the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine as soon as this coming week, bringing the total number to 1,400. It says the expansion will help vaccinate those 55 or older, who are currently the only ones cleared to receive the AstraZeneca shot. The province says it hopes to add another 100 pharmacies to the vaccine effort by the end of the month. --- 11:20 a.m. Quebec is reporting 1,535 new COVID-19 cases today as well as five additional deaths linked to the virus. Two people died in the last 24 hours, while the other deaths occurred earlier or at an unknown date. Hospitalizations jumped by 25 to 608, with 139 patients in intensive care. The province also says it gave 59,447 doses of vaccine on Saturday. --- 11:05 a.m. A hospital at the centre of a COVID-19 outbreak in northwestern New Brunswick says it is currently treating 13 patients with the infection. The Edmundston Regional Hospital says seven of those patients are in its nine bed intensive care unit, with five of those patients on respirators. So far the hospital has transferred two patients to a hospital in Fredericton. The Edmundston and the Upper Madawaska region went under full lockdown as of midnight after 15 of 19 new COVID-19 cases announced in the province on Saturday were identified in the area. --- 10:45 a.m. Ontario has set a new single-day high for new COVID-19 cases in the province. Government figures show 4,456 new infections over the last 24 hours, along with 21 new virus-related deaths. The previous new daily record stood at just over 4,200 and was reached on Friday. Health Minister Christine Elliott says there were 1,353 new cases in Toronto, a sharp jump of nearly 400 from the day before. There are 1,513 patients currently in Ontario hospitals due to COVID-19, with 605 in intensive care and 382 on a ventilator. --- This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 11, 2021. The Canadian Press
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WASHINGTON — For more than a half-century, the voice emerging from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s monolithic, Beaux Arts-styled building near the White House was predictable: It was the embodiment of American business and, more specifically, a shared set of interests with the Republican Party. The party's bond with corporate America, however, is fraying. Fissures have burst open over the GOP’s embrace of conspiracy theories and rejection of mainstream climate science, as well as its dismissal of the 2020 election outcome. The most recent flashpoint was in Georgia, where a new Republican-backed law restricting voting rights drew harsh criticism from Delta Air Lines and Coca Cola, whose headquarters are in the state, and resulted in Major League Baseball pulling the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta. Republicans were furious. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky warned that their actions were “quite stupid,” alienating "a lot of Republican fans.” GOP strategists argued that they no longer needed corporate America’s money to win elections as they try to rebrand as a party of blue-collar workers. That extends an opportunity to President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats to find an ally in an unlikely place when the party has unified control of the federal government for the first time in a decade. Biden is pushing an ambitious $2.3 trillion infrastructure package that includes corporate tax increases — which the White House is characterizing to CEOs as upfront investments that will ultimately make companies more profitable. “It's important for making the country more competitive," said Cedric Richmond, the White House's director of public engagement. "We think the plan is so important to the country that we are advocating and singing its praises to all businesses.” Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo estimates she has talked to more than 50 business leaders about the plan, including a round of Easter weekend phone calls. She is encouraging companies to focus on the entire package instead of the tax increases. “You can’t look at one piece of it and say that one number makes you walk away,” she said. “They say, ‘That’s fair. Let me think about it.’ That’s how they run their businesses.” Whether the corporate split with the GOP widens could help answer questions about the political direction of the country and the extent to which business can continue to influence Washington. “Nobody in the business community wants hostile communities, angry finger-pointing workforces and turbulent shareholder bases,” said Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld, a senior associate dean at the Yale School of Management. “It makes your job so much harder to have every constituency group at war within themselves, which has become the hallmark of the GOP.” Sonnenfeld helped organize a Zoom call this weekend with 100 business leaders to discuss how to oppose Republican-backed proposals across the country that could limit voting. Options include stopping political donations and holding off in investments in states that approve the laws. Corporate America's marriage with Republicans has long been one of convenience, united by a belief in low taxes and the need to repeal regulations. But the relationship, already strained during Donald Trump’s presidency, has come under increasing pressure as companies take cultural stands. That Republicans and businesses report to increasingly distinct constituencies helps explain the tension. A solid majority of Republican voters are white (86%) and older than 50 (62%), according to APVoteCast, a national survey of the 2020 electorate. Yet figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that workers are more racially diverse and younger than the Republican base. James Bailey, a management professor at George Washington University, published an analysis last year that suggested people who identified as Democrats cared more about a company’s political activity than Republicans do. Of business people, he said the uproar over the Georgia voting law “is a great opportunity for them to get on board with the young socially active consumer and to do so without much cost.” Just as important, Democratic counties have become the primary engines for growth. The counties that backed Biden last year account for 71% of all U.S. economic activity, according to the Brookings Institution. Democrats say business are comfortable partnering with them to address longstanding issues such as infrastructure after a decade of congressional gridlock, even though companies dislike the possibility of footing the bill. ”Responsible corporate leaders want economic growth and predictable, competent policy— that’s what Democrats are offering.” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, who is running the House Democrats' campaign arm for the 2022 midterm elections. Many Republicans are exasperated by business's efforts to woo consumers through liberal social politics. “They are never going to satisfy the demands of the left," said Steven Law, a former attorney for the Chamber who now runs Senate Leadership Fund, a big-spending outside group aligned with McConnell. Meantime “they risk alienating their natural allies in the Republican Party.” Still, Republicans have been a major driver of the rift, looking to capitalize on the culture clash to turn out the party base in the next election. Early indicators suggest business could face blowback. Georgia’s Republican-controlled House voted to strip Delta of a tax break worth tens of millions of dollars annually for its criticism of the new restrictive law, which voting rights groups have excoriated as an attack on democracy. The intended punishment was rendered moot after the GOP Senate failed to take it up before the legislative session adjourned. Campaign finance disclosures suggest corporate America’s money doesn't buy as much influence as it once did. Roughly a decade ago, donations from company-sponsored political action committees accounted for an important share of the fundraising pie. But it’s stagnated as a source of campaign cash, as court rulings enabled wealthy GOP activists to pour money into the political system. Just 10 GOP megadonors account for half of the giving to major super political action committees controlled by Republican congressional leaders since 2012, collectively pouring $541 million into the committees, according to an analysis by The Associated Press of donors who gave over $1,000. The megadonors also contributed twice as much as conventional PACs and other groups that represent a broad swath of corporate interests. Political spending by the Chamber has also dropped precipitously. After spending $29 million in 2016, mostly supporting Republicans and attacking Democrats, the group's contributions dropped to $10.9 million in 2018, according to data from nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. In 2020, the group endorsed 23 Democrats, which Republicans saw as a betrayal. That’s diminished the group’s once unassailable standing with GOP congressional leaders. “There is absolutely no love lost for corporations, especially when they consistently weigh in on things they don’t understand,” said Josh Holmes, a political adviser to McConnell. “There’s no sympathy." Common ground still exists between Republicans and business on the value of tax cuts. The Chamber and the Business Roundtable oppose raising the corporate rate to 28% from the 21% level set in 2017, as well as an enhanced global minimum tax. Yet both groups want government spending on infrastructure. Neil Bradley, the Chamber's chief policy officer, said the broader business community isn't fully aligned with either party. But the hyperpartisan nature of today’s politics is creating pressure to choose one side. “It really causes people to want to sort everything into a red camp or a blue camp,” he said. “Businesses aren’t partisan. They aren’t Republicans or Democrats. They have to operate and function in divided governments, operate in states that are solid blue and solid red.” Republicans caution, however, that business faces considerable risk weighing in on hot-button disputes. “They ought to tread carefully because they risk getting into the middle of a culture war that will earn them no friends and a lot of enemies,” said Law, the McConnell ally. Brian Slodysko And Josh Boak, The Associated Press
WHISTLER, B.C. — Adults living and working in Whistler, B.C., will be able to receive their COVID-19 vaccination starting Monday. Vancouver Coastal Health says eligible residents will be required to provide proof of their permanent resident address in Whistler with a provincial driver’s licence or valid credit card statement, or present a recent paystub to confirm their employment in the area. Whistler adults between 18 and 54 years of age will receive a vaccination at the Whistler Conference Centre. Those 55 to 65 years old can receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine at a local pharmacy or wait to receive a Pfizer or Moderna shot at the Whistler Conference Centre during the week of April 19. There have been 1,505 COVID-19 cases in the community from the start of the new year until April 5, with the majority occurring in people aged 20 to 39. The health authority adds that the Howe Sound health area has the highest rate of COVID-19 of any local health area in the province, with the majority of these cases residing in the Whistler community. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 11, 2021. The Canadian Press
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