Britney Spears’s bid to remove her father, James Spears, from the conservatorship of her estate has been declined by a Los Angeles court.
Britney Spears’s bid to remove her father, James Spears, from the conservatorship of her estate has been declined by a Los Angeles court.
China has provided North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his family with an experimental coronavirus vaccine, a U.S. analyst said on Tuesday, citing two unidentified Japanese intelligence sources. Harry Kazianis, a North Korea expert at the Center for the National Interest think tank in Washington, said the Kims and several senior North Korean officials had been vaccinated. It was unclear which company had supplied its drug candidate to the Kims and whether it had proven to be safe, he added.
TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay’s bye week is coming at a good time.The Buccaneers (7-5) have lost three of their past four games and will use the break to try to get healthier and set Tom Brady up for a strong stretch run that could produce the franchise’s first playoff berth since 2007.“First and foremost, get healthy and beat the virus,” coach Bruce Arians said of the team’s objective for this week’s open date.“Every team that has come back from the bye has had a virus problem. We can’t finish our season with eight, nine or 10 guys staying home,” Arians added. “Every game is a big game — 11-5 will do it. One at a time, but the first thing is to get healthy and beat the virus.”It also means getting the Brady-led offence, as well as one of the NFL’s stingiest defences, back on track after a tough four-week stretch.The Bucs have gone 1-3 on the heels of a 6-2 start that was Tampa Bay’s best since 2002.Slow starts have been part of the problem, with opponents outscoring them 52-7 in the opening quarter of a road win over Carolina and home losses to the New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams and reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.Arians said some of the work has already begun.“We evaluate each week, so it’s not really anything to go back and look at because we already have all the self-scout, I call it. Some people call it analytics,” the coach said. “I think we’re getting better each and every week.”Nevertheless, there is enough inconsistency to be concerned.Brady and the rest of the offence have not performed nearly as well against most of the stronger teams on the schedule through 12 games.The defence shoulders some of the responsibility, too, with Sunday’s 27-24 loss to the Chiefs just the latest example.Patrick Mahomes built a big lead in the opening quarter, with Tyreek Hill catching seven passes for 203 yards and touchdowns of 75 and 44 yards.Kansas City still led by three scores entering the fourth quarter, when Brady cut into a 17-point deficit with a pair of TD passes to Mike Evans.“We have to start games faster defensively. That was a big emphasis all week, and even the night before the game in talking to them,” Arians said. “I said the same thing offensively. We’ve got to convert those early third downs and get some scores like we did earlier in the season.”WHAT’S WORKINGRunning back Ronald Jones has been an effective player — when the Bucs have been able to get him involved in the offence. Falling behind early, as they did Sunday, limits his opportunity. Once again, though, he showed what type of impact he can have with 103 yards from scrimmage on 10 just touches. He turned a short throw into a 37-yard TD on his only pass reception and had a 34-yard run on his way to rushing for 66 yards on nine attempts.WHAT NEEDS HELPThe Bucs converted just three of nine third downs against the Chiefs, who were 6 of 12. Arians said an inability to extend drives, especially, is one of the main reasons Tampa Bay finds itself playing from behind week after week.STOCK UPThe offensive line got a boost Sunday when left guard Ali Marpet returned after missing three games because of a concussion. Left tackle Donovan Smith also made it through the game after not being able to practice last week because of an ankle injury. Smith tested the ankle in pregame warmup and told Arians he could probably play a half. He wound up playing the whole game.STOCK DOWNScotty Miller. While offensive co-ordinator Byron Leftwich has said the second-year wide receiver’s lack of playing time the past month is related to injuries rather than Antonio Brown’s additional to the roster, Miller has just two catches for 14 yards in four games since Brown was activated following an eight-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Prior to Brown’s arrival, he had 25 catches for 400 yards and two touchdowns.INJUREDCornerback Jamel Dean, who sat out Sunday’s game, remains in the concussion protocol.KEY NUMBER80 — as in years old. Arians, 68, joked Sunday that that’s how long his Kansas City counterpart, 62-year-old Andy Reid, will be able to coach because of Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, who lit the Bucs up for 462 yards passing and three touchdowns.NEXT STEPSBye week before finishing regular season with home games against Minnesota and Atlanta and road dates against Detroit and the NFC South rival Falcons.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLFred Goodall, The Associated Press
OTTAWA — The federal Liberals are proposing $25 billion in new spending to help Canadian businesses and workers make it through a COVID-19 winter and vowing tens of billions more to help the country recover once the pandemic passes.The government's fall economic update proposes to send extra child-benefit payments to families next year as well as to put cash into skills training and to create new jobs.For businesses, the government wants to bring the wage subsidy back to 75 per cent of business payroll costs and extend the business rent subsidy to mid-March.There is also money for long-term care facilities and the stock of the nation's personal protective equipment, while dropping federal sales tax on face masks and shields.Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland's update makes clear the measures will be removed once the economy improves, although the timing is tied to the path of the pandemic.The cost to date has the federal deficit reaching $381.6 billion this year, but the government's math says it could close in on $400 billion if widespread lockdowns return in the coming weeks.Freeland's update largely adds cash to existing programs, but tees up work already underway to craft a spring budget. She said it will focus on an economic recovery that will include a three-year stimulus plan worth up to $100 billion, depending on the twin paths of the economy and the pandemic."If it's pre-committed and locked in, the risk is you overstimulate the economy, whereas this seems more that if things go the other way, there's more to come, which will support growth," said RBC chief economist Craig Wright.While the details have yet to be worked out, Freeland said the stimulus plan will include time-limited spending on things like a green economy bio-manufacturing — the industry that makes vaccines and medication.Freeland argued some of the down-payments on that plan are in Monday's update, including proposed grants for homeowners to make energy-efficiency upgrades. Perrin Beatty, president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce said the economic statement provides some short-term help, but it still "presents a plan to create a plan" for recovery.There is no specific "fiscal anchor," a measurement to moor government spending to keep it from drifting off target, guiding the plan. In its place are economic indicators like the unemployment rate and hours worked that the Liberals will use to decide when spending can ease off or when the taps need to be opened wider."As we build our growth plan, and as we deploy it, the measure we're going to be looking at to see if we've got the job done is really around jobs," Freeland told reporters.Rebekah Young, director of fiscal and provincial economics with Scotiabank, said the scant details about long-term plans will likely create unease in financial markets."The creation of vaguely defined guardrails with no real line of sight on the end of stimulus spending, let alone its composition, has arguably added more uncertainties to the fiscal outlook rather than less," she said.The country has recovered about three-quarters of the three million jobs lost during spring lockdowns. The Finance Department estimates the unprecedented spending to date prevented a further loss of about 1.2 million jobs.The document Monday updates the accounting on many programs, showing under-spending on some that the Liberals now want to top up, such as the wage-subsidy program that is now supposed to cost over $83.5 billion. A revamped commercial rent-relief program will cost $2.18 billion this fiscal year. The two programs are, combined, estimated to cost about $16.2 billion next year.Dan Kelly, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, noted the changes to business aid will help small businesses plan for an uncertain foreseeable future."Still, it is disappointing that government has not announced further fixes for new businesses and self-employed Canadians, who remain ineligible for nearly all of the key support programs," he said.Spending next year on extra child benefits will send $1,200 tax-free to families with net incomes up to $120,000, and $600 for families that make more than that.The cost will be about $2.4 billion, a little more than the $2 billion for extra Canada Child Benefit payments this year, bringing the total cost for the program next year to $27.9 billion.And while the document includes money for long-term care facilities, there is no specific bump planned in health transfers for the provinces. What the Liberals are proposing is to provide more money to provinces that see sudden drops in revenues through an existing fiscal-stabilization program, an increase provinces asked for last year.To pay for some of it, the Liberals are proposing to make digital companies like Netflix and Airbnb collect and remit sales tax on their products.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 30, 2020.Jordan Press, The Canadian Press
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ARLINGTON, Texas — In a season of so much uncertainty, the Dallas Cowboys can count on one thing: being alone in last place in the NFL's worst division going into Week 13.While the Cowboys will say there's still hope because no team in the NFC East will have more than one win than they do, the reality speaks much more loudly.Start with an offensive line looking as if it will be permanently altered by injuries after battling them all season. And that's on an offence among the worst in the NFL since star quarterback Dak Prescott's season-ending ankle injury.The Cowboys (3-8) were supposed to play Baltimore on Thursday after a 41-16 loss to Washington on Thanksgiving Day. Because of COVID-19 issues involving the Ravens, the game has been rescheduled twice, now set for Tuesday, Dec. 8, because of three postponements of the Baltimore-Pittsburgh Thanksgiving game that is now scheduled for Wednesday.Whenever Dallas does return to the field, the idea of getting past Washington, the New York Giants and Philadelphia to win the NFC East and make the playoffs will be far-fetched. The Cowboys have lost three straight division games, and five of six overall.“I like to think there’s a lot of football left,” first-year coach Mike McCarthy said. “We all clearly have been part of this (injury) pattern and the pattern’s been one way. And I’m hopeful and will be grateful when it turns the other way. I don’t kind of just throw in the cards. I think you line up and play every hand to win and we’ll do that against Baltimore.”Already without starting tackles Tyron Smith and La'el Collins almost the entire the season because of injuries, Dallas lost two replacements on the opening drive against Washington. Zack Martin, a four-time All-Pro right guard who moved to right tackle to help fortify the line, aggravated a calf injury and will miss multiple weeks, along with Cam Erving, who exited four plays earlier with a sprained knee. Barring further injury, two undrafted players in Brandon Knight and Terence Steele figure to be the starting tackles the rest of the way.WHAT’S WORKINGSticking with the philosophy of drafting the best player on the team's board worked well. The Cowboys didn't expect receiver CeeDee Lamb to be there at No. 17. They grabbed him despite having greater needs elsewhere and feeling good about their top two pass-catchers in Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. Lamb was the first receiver in NFL history to catch at least five passes in each of his first six games.WHAT NEEDS HELPMcCarthy hired a known gambler in special teams co-ordinator John Fassel. Two fake punts have failed, perhaps none more spectacularly in the NFL this season than one against Washington on Thanksgiving.Facing fourth-and-10 at their 24 and trailing by just four points early in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys ran a pitch reverse with up-back Darian Thompson and receiver Cedrick Wilson, who had the option of throwing but didn't think punter Hunter Niswander was open. Wilson was dropped for a 1-yard loss, and the Cowboys gave up a touchdown on the next play to trigger a 21-point quarter by Washington.STOCK UPTE Dalton Schultz has been a pleasant surprise after starter Blake Jarwin tore a knee ligament in the season opener at the Rams. While he's not near the receiving threat Jarwin is, Schultz has been a reliable short-yardage target for all the Dallas quarterbacks.STOCK DOWNDefensive co-ordinator Mike Nolan could be one and done in Dallas. While the Cowboys lost crucial time for implementing a new scheme when the pandemic eliminated in-person work during the off-season, the defensive ineptitude early in the season was jarring. The unit has been better in recent weeks, but it was probably too late.INJURIESPrescott's broken ankle triggered a stretch of three different starting quarterbacks in a span of four weeks. Andy Dalton was a nine-year starter in Cincinnati before signing a one-year deal to be Prescott's backup. He got a concussion in his second start and missed the next game, then had to sit out another game after a positive COVID-19 test. Rookie Ben DiNucci and seventh-year man Garrett Gilbert each made his first career start in consecutive weeks, losses to Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.KEY NUMBER207 — The difference in yards passing per game in the five games with Prescott and the six games without him. The Cowboys were leading the NFL by more than 70 yards passing per game at 381 through five games. They're second to last at 174 since Week 6.NEXT STEPSThe Cowboys will carry some emotional baggage the rest of the season with the death of strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul. The beloved member of the staff collapsed in the team's weight room last week and died a day later at a hospital, about 24 hours before the Washington game.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLSchuyler Dixon, The Associated Press
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REGINA — Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says it's too early to say whether COVID-19 restrictions will be loosened in time to allow families to gather for the holidays. Moe said residents can expect to see high COVID-19 case numbers for the next few weeks, as officials wait to see if the latest public-health measures have been effective. The province reported 325 new infections on Monday and said there are 123 people in hospital, 23 of whom are receiving intensive care. The premier noted that the new rules, which include suspending all team sports and a 30-person cap on indoor venues such as churches and bingo halls, have only been in place for a few days. The restrictions are to continue until Dec. 17, when the premier said his Saskatchewan Party government and the chief medical health officer will decide what to do next. Moe said they could choose to extend existing measures, bring in added ones or loosen the restriction that limits household gatherings "just a little bit so that we can have a few people in our home for Christmas." The limit now is five people. "It's too early for us to say which of those three options would occur," Moe said. "We need a little bit of time. We've had three, four days since these … additional measures have come into play, and we need to have a few days to see if they're actually going to make any impact on the numbers that we have." Moe wouldn't say how long his government will wait to see if the restrictions plateau the number of new infections. "We're continuously adjusting and finding that balance of what we need to do and what we have to do," said Health Minister Paul Merrimen. "We're looking at what we have to do with our hospitals to be able to adjust to the influx of patients … we're making adjustments in rural Saskatchewan to see if we can cover off nurses who have become sick." Merriman said the government's response to COVID-19 is a balancing act that juggles the needs of the health-care system with the economy and people's mental health. Opposition NDP Leader Ryan Meili said the novel coronavirus doesn't care about the holidays and Moe is playing politics by suggesting more people might be able to gather at Christmas. "We're not going to see my folks at Christmas. Most families aren't and that's the wise thing to do. I hope that the premier is going to make sure that any decision he makes is based on the data," said Meili. "The only thing that matters is whether those (case) numbers have come down. We aren't seeing that now. We'll see what happens in the weeks ahead." Meili said if Moe's government was serious about curbing community transmission of COVID-19 in time for Christmas, he should have closed down non-essential businesses several weeks ago to give the health system a break. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 30, 2020. Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press
China has provided North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his family with an experimental coronavirus vaccine, a U.S. analyst said on Tuesday, citing two unidentified Japanese intelligence sources. Harry Kazianis, a North Korea expert at the Center for the National Interest think tank in Washington, said the Kims and several senior North Korean officials had been vaccinated. "Kim Jong Un and multiple other high-ranking officials within the Kim family and leadership network have been vaccinated for coronavirus within the last two to three weeks thanks to a vaccine candidate supplied by the Chinese government," Kazianis wrote in an article for online outlet 19FortyFive.