Vancouver was expected to take step back this season. Irfaan Gaffar explains how the club can avoid taking another one.
Vancouver was expected to take step back this season. Irfaan Gaffar explains how the club can avoid taking another one.
POSaBIT will host a conference call and live webcast on May 25, 2021 at 4:30 p.m
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. (OTCQX: MHGU), the nation’s premier franchise operator, announced today during the Annual Shareholders Meeting, that the Company’s shareholders elected eight directors: Chris A. Armbruster, Duane F. Kluting, Joseph L. Maggini Sr., Dirk J. Pruis, Gary A. Rose, Robert E. Schermer, Sr., Robert E. Schermer, Jr. and Peter D. Wierenga. Each director will serve a one-year term until the 2022 Annual Shareholders Meeting. The CEO’s Report is available on the Company’s website and OTCQX: MHGU. Common Stock Special Dividend Following the Annual Shareholders Meeting, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a quarterly dividend of $0.08 per share. The dividend is payable on July 1, 2021 to shareholders of record on June 15, 2021. “After a robust first quarter, with fully diluted EPS of $0.56 compared to a loss of ($0.64) for the same period last year, we are very pleased to report year-to-date dividend growth of 128%. We entered the second quarter of the year with strong sales momentum, supported by outstanding restaurant operating teams and the continued strength of the Wendy’s restaurant brand. We remain focused on executing our priorities for the year, including hiring new employees and guest safety while delivering speed, convenience and quality food,” stated Meritage CEO, Robert E. Schermer, Jr. The Company is ramping up its multi-year growth initiatives and has allocated significant capital resources to the Wendy’s brand with plans to build 20 new locations and modernize 30 existing locations in 2021. The Company’s full-year financial targets reflect the gradual re-opening of dine-in operations to 100% capacity as the year progresses, along with the continued development of new and wholly owned brands. 2021 Full-Year Outlook: Strong Growth Ahead Sales growth of +10% to 15%Earnings from Operations growth of +20% to 30%Net Earnings growth of +20% to 30%EBITDA growth of +15% to 20%Dividend growth +100% to 125% The Company remains focused on delivering quality, convenience and affordability, while leveraging its best-in-class operating platform and the continued execution of its five-year business plan to expand up to 400 Wendy’s restaurants and develop new brands. About the Company Meritage Hospitality Group is one of the nation’s premier restaurant operators, currently with 342 restaurants in operation located in Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Meritage is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, operating with a workforce of approximately 11,000 employees. At fiscal year-end 2020, the Company had total weighted average fully diluted common shares outstanding of 9,407,417 and Fully Diluted EPS of $1.58. The Company’s current and publicly available information pursuant to SEC Rule 15c2-11 and FINRA Rule 6432 can be found at www.otcmarkets.com, under the stock symbol MHGU/Disclosures or the Company’s website, www.meritagehospitality.com. SAFE HARBOR STATEMENTCertain information in this new release, particularly information regarding future economic performance and finances, and plans, expectations and objectives of management, constitutes forward-looking statements. Factors set forth in our Safe Harbor Statement, in addition to other possible factors not listed, could affect the Company’s actual results and cause such results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements. Please review the Company’s Safe Harbor Statement at http://www.meritagehospitality.com. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:CONTACT: Robert E. Schermer, Jr., CEOMeritage Hospitality Group, Inc.(616) 776-2600
The pressure on French hospitals from the coronavirus epidemic eased further on Tuesday with the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units (ICU) down by 171 to 4,015, as the country prepares for a new easing of coronavirus constraints. The ministry also reported 17,210 new cases on Tuesday versus 3,350 on Monday, bringing the total tally to 5.89 million cases.
Charles Grodin, the offbeat actor and writer who scored as a newlywed cad in “The Heartbreak Kid” and the father in the “Beethoven” comedies, has died. Grodin's son Nicholas said his father died Tuesday at his home in Wilton, Conn. from bone marrow cancer. Grodin appeared in a string of notable films from the 1970s onward, including “Midnight Run,” “The Woman in Red” and “Heaven Can Wait.”
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The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times eastern): 2 p.m. Health officials in New Brunswick have announced the 42nd COVID-19 death in the province. Chief medical officer of health Dr. Jennifer Russell says the person in their 70s was a resident of the Pavillon Beau-Lieu special care home in Grand Falls and died in hospital in Edmundston. Officials reported 10 new cases of COVID-19 in the province today -- nine in the Fredericton region and one in the Bathurst area. New Brunswickers aged 18 and over can now book to receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. --- 1:35 p.m. Manitoba is reporting 335 new COVID-19 cases and one death. The five-day test positivity rate is 13 per cent provincially and 14.4 per cent in Winnipeg. --- 1:35 p.m. Nova Scotia is reporting 90 new cases of COVID-19 today. Health officials have identified 64 cases in the Halifax area, 17 in the province's eastern zone, seven in the northern zone and two in western region. The province has 1,345 known active cases of COVID-19, with 103 people in hospital, including 25 in intensive care. As of Monday, 436,054 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, with 39,561 people having received their booster shot. --- 12:30 p.m. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization is confirming they believe it is safe and effective to offer the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to adolescents. Health Canada authorized Pfizer for kids between 12 and 15 years old on May 5, after the company completed a clinical trial which found it was safe and 100 per cent effective at preventing kids in that age group from getting COVID-19. NACI's advice comes after most provinces have already added the age group to their vaccination plans. Manitoba began allowing kids that age to book appointments this week and Ontario plans to open up vaccinations to youth under 18 by the end of the month. Most other provinces are working on expanding to that age group as well. --- 12:20 p.m. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he learned weeks ago that the military officer overseeing Canada's vaccination campaign was under investigation. Trudeau says he did not know the details of the investigation into Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, who was abruptly sidelined from his role on Friday with little explanation. The prime minister sought to reassure Canadians that the vaccination campaign, which is now being overseen by Brig.-Gen. Krista Brodie, will not be negatively affected by Fortin's departure. A source granted anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly told The Canadian Press the investigation relates to an allegation of sexual misconduct, and Fortin's lawyer says he categorically denies any wrongdoing. Trudeau says his first thought is with the complainant, but that he expects a fair, complete and rigorous investigation. --- 12:05 p.m. Canada's chief public health officer says COVID-19 disease activity continues to decline but there are areas of the country experiencing very high infection rates. Dr. Theresa Tam says over the past seven days, an average of 5,700 cases were reported daily and 3,600 people were treated in hospital each day, including over 1,300 in intensive care. She says there were an average of 43 deaths reported daily. But nevertheless, she says Canada is making steady progress with a 25 per cent decrease in reported active cases since the peak of the third wave in April. --- 12 p.m. Innovation Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says the federal government will invest $199 million to help the Resilience Biotechnologies expand its manufacturing capacity. The Mississauga company will be able to make up to 640 million doses of mRNA vaccines, the technology used in the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. The federal funding is about half of the total needed to expand and modernize the facilities. --- 11:55 a.m. The Manitoba government says it issued 70 tickets for COVID-19 public health order infractions last week. Most were given to individuals for exceeding gathering limits outdoors or in private homes. The province says 22 of the tickets were related to anti-lockdown rallies in early May in Winkler and Winnipeg, in addition to tickets issued the previous week after those rallies. --- 11:50 a.m. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is receiving 4.5 million vaccine doses this week, including a shipment from Pfizer-BioNTech that has been moved up ahead of the holiday weekend. He says it is the largest weekly shipment to date, and it will help keep Canada within the top of the G20 on daily vaccinations, where he says it has been for over two weeks. Trudeau also says Canada will receive 9 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in July. That means that between now and at least the end of July, Canada will continue to get over two million Pfizer doses a week. --- 11:30 a.m. Prince Edward Island is reporting two new cases of COVID-19 today. Health officials say the two cases are travel related and involve a person in their 20s and someone in their 40s. The province has 10 active reported cases of COVID-19. Prince Edward Island has reported a total of 194 infections and no deaths linked to the virus. --- 11:15 a.m. Quebec is reporting 549 new cases of COVID-19 today and nine more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus, including four within the past 24 hours. Health officials say hospitalizations dropped by 17 to 484, and 118 people were in intensive care, a rise of two. Officials say 70,122 doses of vaccine were administered within the past 24 hours, for a total of 4,469,055. Health Minister Christian Dubé says 75 per cent of adults in the province have received at least one dose of vaccine or have a vaccination appointment. --- 10:40 a.m. Ontario reports there are 1,616 new cases of COVID-19. Health Minister Christine Elliott says 472 of those new cases are in Toronto, 360 are in Peel Region, and 116 are in York Region. The Ministry of Health says over 109,000 people received a dose of COVID-19 vaccine since yesterday, for a total of over 7.2 million. --- 10:35 a.m. Nunavut is reporting six new cases of COVID-19 today. There are 64 active cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut, 63 in Iqaluit and one in Kinngait. An outbreak was declared in Iqaluit on April 15 and has swelled to 235 cases to date. Iqaluit remains under a strict lockdown, with all non-essential businesses, schools and workplaces closed. On Monday, Nunavut's chief public health officer said the territory had requested enough doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to vaccinate all of the territory's population aged 12 to 17, about 4,300 people. Two Iqaluit residents with COVID-19 are in an Ottawa hospital. --- 10:25 a.m. Ontario has reported 17 new COVID-19 fatalities. This brings the country's death toll to 25,000. The first person died of COVID-19 in Canada on March 9, 2020. Canada surpassed 20,000 deaths at the end of January. --- This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 18, 2021. The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is calling for a ceasefire in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to stop the violence that has been escalating in the region. He says the violence needs to stop and Canada will work with the international community to de-escalate the situation "so that there is no more loss of civilian life." At a news conference in Ottawa today, the prime minister says that his heart goes out to Israelis and Palestinians as they live through the violence surrounding them. Hundreds have died in recent days after Hamas, the militant group that rules the Gaza Strip, launched rockets and Israel unleashed airstrikes. Israel has vowed to press on with its operations, and the United States signalled it would not pressure the two sides for a ceasefire even as President Joe Biden said he supported one. The escalation was triggered by days of clashes at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, which is built on a hilltop site sacred to Jews in the holy city. That followed tensions fuelled by the planned eviction of dozens of Palestinians from the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem where Israeli settlers have waged a lengthy legal battle to take over properties. Gaza's Health Ministry says the Israeli airstrikes have killed at least 213 Palestinians, including 61 children, and wounded about 1,500 Palestinians. Israel says 12 people have died, including two children, and at least 300 have been wounded. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 18, 2021. — with files from The Associated Press. ---- This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. The Canadian Press
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Predictions that the Taliban will quickly overrun Afghan government forces and conquer Kabul once U.S. and coalition forces have fully withdrawn are unduly pessimistic, Washington's special envoy to Afghanistan said Tuesday. “I personally believe that the statements that their forces will disintegrate and the Talibs will take over in short order are mistaken,” Zalmay Khalilzad told the House Foreign Affairs Committee, whose members expressed deep worry that President Joe Biden's decision to fully withdraw by September will lead to chaos and intensified civil war. Lawmakers are not alone in their skepticism that a fractious Afghan government can withstand a potential Taliban onslaught. Some senior U.S. military leaders had preferred keeping a U.S. troop presence as a hedge. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has held out hope that Afghan forces can hold up if Washington continues some forms of support, but he told reporters as the U.S. withdrawal began May 1 that he envisioned a range of scenarios. “On the one hand you get some really dramatic, bad possible outcomes,” Milley said May 2. "On the other hand, you get a military that stays together and a government that stays together.” Rep. Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican and withdrawal critic, asserted that there is zero chance” the Taliban will abide by the commitments their leaders made in a February 2020 agreement with the Trump administration, which included engaging in sustained peace negotiations and severing all forms of cooperation with and support for al-Qaida. “It seems all but certain the Taliban will try to overrun the country and return it to a pre-9/11 state after we have withdrawn,” McCaul said. “They've already ramped up their attacks, taking new territory and bases since the (Biden) announcement was made. Without a military presence in country, the U.S. is giving them room to deepen their relationship with terrorist groups like al-Qaida, who may seek to launch external attacks on us and our allies from the country once again." Some worry that a Taliban takeover could lead to repression of women and reprisals against Afghans who helped the U.S. mission over the years. Khalilzad argued that the Taliban have reason not to push for a military victory and instead pursue a negotiated political settlement that could give them international legitimacy and removal from certain American and United Nations sanctions. He recently met with Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar, as part of a round of consultations with interested parties. “They say they seek normalcy in terms of relations — acceptability, removal from sanctions, not to remain a pariah,” Khalilzad said. The Taliban seized power in Kabul in 1996 and defied President George W. Bush's demand that they hand over Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaida leader, after the terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. In October 2001, U.S. forces invaded and toppled the Taliban at the outset of what would become the longest war in U.S. history. Khalilzad, a former U.S. ambassador to Kabul who led negotiations on the February 2020 deal, told the committee that while he is not fully convinced, Taliban representatives have told him their views have changed since the 1990s. He said they have acknowledged not being prepared to govern at that time and that their governance was a failure. “We are all skeptical, of course,” he said, wondering if the Taliban are “just sugar-coating what they actually will do.” He said the Taliban have not interfered in any substantial way with the U.S. military withdrawal, and added, “We expect that to continue.” He said diplomatic efforts are under way to seek agreements with neighboring countries to position U.S. counterterrorism forces within strike distance of Afghanistan to able to respond to future threats. U.S. Central Command said Tuesday the military withdrawal is as much as one-fifth complete and that five military facilities have been turned over to the Afghan ministry of defense. The U.S. has set no hard date for completing the pullout; it is due to be finished no later than Sept. 11, but officials have suggested it could be done weeks before that. In a related matter, officials representing defense contractors said billions of dollars in contracts meant to support Afghanistan through U.S. government agencies are at risk during the military drawdown, and that the risk is worsened by a lack of coordination in Kabul and Washington. They recommended creating “collaborative forums” in Kabul and Washington to ensure better planning for the drawdown and to support post-withdrawal U.S. efforts in Afghanistan. “Contractors need up-to-date information from USG (U.S. government) officials on the constantly changing drawdown impact on USG missions in Afghanistan and on the security environment for contractor operations,” they wrote. “Better communications and prudent planning that includes contractors can help protect our people while executing the drawdown and achieving defense, development, and diplomatic goals.” The letter was signed by heads of the National Defense Industrial Association, the International Stability Operations Association, and the Professional Services Council. There are thousands of U.S. contractors in Afghanistan, most or all of whom are expected to depart in the military withdrawal. Robert Burns, The Associated Press
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Native Vietnam War veterans can continue applying for federal land allotments, including on lands under review by the Biden administration, according to the U.S. Interior Department. The department last month said it was halting plans advanced during the Trump administration that proposed opening 28 million acres in Alaska to mineral development and for land selections. It cited issues including “inadequate review of potential impacts on subsistence hunting and fishing,” and said the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which falls under the department, would “engage the public” and consult with tribes. The decision called for a two-year delay. Members of Alaska's congressional delegation raised concerns with possible land allotment delays. The department later said it would accept applications from Native veterans seeking lands in the area during the two-year review. Tyler Cherry, a department spokesperson, told the Anchorage Daily News Monday allotments can be awarded before the review is complete. Lands are available for selection until late 2025. Some veterans have said that lands being made available are difficult to access or outside their cultural homelands. The program seeks to fulfill promises made under the 1906 Alaska Native Allotment Act, which allowed Alaska Natives to apply for up to 160 acres of land. The Associated Press