Dewayne Dedmon (Miami Heat) with a 2-pointer vs the Dallas Mavericks, 05/04/2021
Dewayne Dedmon (Miami Heat) with a 2-pointer vs the Dallas Mavericks, 05/04/2021
Tariq Syed had one goal when he entered his local grocery store at the start of the pandemic: secure the supplies his family needed to survive. Thousands of others had the same idea as COVID-19 had quickly turned from a distant problem isolated in China, to a world-wide threat slipping into every community. Cases of the novel coronavirus were increasing rapidly across parts of Ontario and public health officials shared urgent warnings to the public for everyone to keep their distance from others. News reports indicated a lockdown was imminent. Panicked citizens rushed to grocery stores, stocking up on toilet paper, non-perishable foods, and enough anti-bacterial wipes to supply a hospital. The Mississauga father is a self-proclaimed panic-shopper. The Sunday before Premier Doug Ford declared the first state of emergency in Ontario, Syed stood in line with dozens of others waiting to score a coveted spot in the jam-packed grocery store. Syed had no idea what a lockdown meant. Would grocery stores remain open? Would the daily necessities his family depended on be available? There were so many questions, but nowhere to turn for answers. Inside the grocery store, he remembers the absolute chaos as people surged inside. Desperate shoppers searching for survival were crushed together, an anxious energy surrounding them. Despite the disarray, Syed was focused, he knew what he needed. The story was a little different for his nine-year-old daughter, Hana Fatima. Trying to keep up alongside her hustling father, she couldn’t help but notice some shoppers having a hard time among the stampeding crowds. One shopper stood out to the young girl: a senior struggling to get the groceries she needed and having trouble pushing her cart among the chaotic crowd. Fatima looked up to her dad and asked if they could help. Syed recalls the woman being shocked, but grateful the pair helped her, even bringing her food and other essential items to her car. She couldn’t believe someone took the time to do that, Syed told The Pointer. “They were really happy that I helped them,” Fatima said. Syed believes this moment really impacted his daughter; a small, seemingly insignificant action led to an outpouring of appreciation neither of them could have imagined. That small act of kindness has inspired others to follow Fatima’s example. During the hardest times, looking out for others while your own life is turned upside down, takes a special sense of community. After discussing what had happened with her family, Fatima realized there were two senior residents living on her street that could also use her help. Along with her father, the pair offered their neighbours Syed’s phone number, telling them to call if they needed anything. Helping neighbours out like this made Fatima feel happiness amid the emerging chaos and put a contagious smile on her face. Her parents’ teachings inspired her to act: “You should be kind and helpful whenever you get a chance and just do it without thinking about it much,” she said. From there, Syed’s friends eventually got involved, mimicking Fatima’s kindness in their own communities. The Good Neighbour Project was born. Maduba Ahmad was brought into the mix to help grow the project. The fit was natural. She told The Pointer she knew she wanted to do something when restrictions began to tighten. Bringing a background in project management, she helped set up a hotline and subsequent Facebook page to connect volunteers with those calling in asking for help. Within 24 hours of creating the page, 600 people signed up to help deliver groceries in neighbourhoods across the GTA and surrounding areas. Ahmad said she was inspired to see the organic growth as the demand exploded. “I really did hope in my heart that if I felt such a strong urge to step up, I really truly felt that a lot of healthy, able bodied volunteers would also do it.” Fatima explained that asking for help created a snowball effect. “When their friends saw it, they remembered seniors and people who are struggling in their building, in their neighbourhood, so they decided to go help and then they told their friends,” Fatima explained. One volunteer has done more than 400 deliveries in the last year, she proudly told The Pointer. When Fatima is not busy with virtual learning and is able to help her father shop and deliver groceries, she’s the designated list checker, tasked with ensuring everything her dad calls out is marked off a checklist she makes herself. Neighbours also receive notes, handmade cards, and even flowers at times to show them the pair can be called on if they ever need anything. “She enjoys that part. She probably doesn't enjoy the shopping part as much, but she enjoys going there, taking the bags, talking to them. She really, truly enjoys that.” Syed said it’s been amazing to see his daughter come up with the idea, thinking of others before she thought of herself. He acknowledges this project wouldn’t have grown if it wasn’t for the many “amazing and kind-hearted” volunteers who have come forward to help. “[People] saw there was a need for something like this and they stood up, even though we are all in a pandemic.” While seniors were the inspiration, they’re not the only ones the group serves. Healthcare workers, single parents, those self-isolating, among many others, can contact the project’s hotline if they need assistance. Volunteers are on hand to ask callers what they’re looking for and the neighbourhood they reside in. This information is then shared on the group’s Facebook page to notify available volunteers. There are between four and seven volunteers answering calls, Syed said, depending on the time of day. The project also has chapters in Ottawa and London, created after people learned about the work the Good Neighbour Project and Syed were doing in the GTA and wanted to extend the initiative to their own cities. Syed said the London chapter is run entirely by students. The group isn’t planning on ending the project once the pandemic is over and the more imminent need falls away. Members are looking for ways to grow their outreach. “Outside of the pandemic, there’s always people who need help,” Fatima said. Syed said larger organizations that specialize in non-profit work have reached out to him, sharing ideas on how they can continue spreading their acts of kindness. Neither Syed or any of the volunteers who work with the project have a background in the nonprofit sector, so he’s taking all the help he can. The project is now looking to expand its offerings with “care calls”. The goal is to connect volunteers with those who have faced self-isolation and need someone to talk to. “We’re trying to create this little room online where people can come on a weekly basis and just meet different people,” Syed said. The group experimented with the idea on their first year anniversary, and it was very well received by the seniors who took part. Isolation is always a problem for many seniors. A 2014 report from the National Seniors Council found 50 percent of people over the age of 80 report feeling lonely. Researchers say restrictions imposed because of the spread of the novel coronavirus have only made things worse. As one of the seven volunteers who sits behind the phone lines, Ahmad said she routinely talks with seniors who call in because they’re feeling lonely. Similar connections are made between seniors and volunteers who make their deliveries. “The people we help, they don't have family, relatives, they don't have neighbours and friends that can assist them. But that also means they don't have these people to talk to,” Ahmad said. Being part of the trial, Fatima said she really enjoyed the conversations she had. “It made me happy. It was really fun.” For someone who enjoys talking to people, Syed said, this was a perfect opportunity. Despite her own actions, Fatima is grateful for all the people who have helped grow the outreach in their own community. “I feel blessed and humbled to see so many volunteers coming together… without their kindness this project would have never been possible.” Email: email@example.com Twitter: @nida_zafar Tel: 416 890-7643 COVID-19 is impacting all Canadians. At a time when vital public information is needed by everyone, The Pointer has taken down our paywall on all stories relating to the pandemic and those of public interest to ensure every resident of Brampton and Mississauga has access to the facts. For those who are able, we encourage you to consider a subscription. This will help us report on important public interest issues the community needs to know about now more than ever. You can register for a 30-day free trial HERE. Thereafter, The Pointer will charge $10 a month and you can cancel any time right on the website. Thank you. Nida Zafar, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Pointer
The government should 'hold their nerve' on public transport spending, a government adviser says.
Calgary, Alberta--(Newsfile Corp. - May 12, 2021) - Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX: TCW) ("Trican" or the "Company") is pleased to announce its first quarter results for 2021. The following news release should be read in conjunction with Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A"), the unaudited interim consolidated financial statements and related notes of Trican for the three months ended March 31, 2021, as well as the Annual Information Form for the year ended ...
Tamarack Valley Energy ("Tamarack" or the "Company") announces that at the annual general and special meeting of shareholders held on May 12, 2021 (the "Meeting"), the following individuals, being the eight nominees listed in the management information circular of the Company dated March 30, 2021 (the "Circular"), were elected by way of ballot as directors of Tamarack to hold office until the next annual meeting of shareholders or until their successors are duly elected or appointed, unless such office is vacated earlier in accordance with the Company's articles or by-laws:
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The embattled president of the University of South Carolina resigned on Wednesday, days after he delivered a commencement address marred by allegations of plagiarism and a misidentification of the school itself. In a news release, the school announced that the chairman of its board of trustees had accepted Bob Caslen's resignation, thanking him for his service. Harris Pastides, Caslen's immediate predecessor who led the system for 11 years, will serve on an interim basis during a search for a permanent replacement, officials said. The board last weekend refused Caslen's verbal resignation offer. It came as Caslen acknowledged taking two paragraphs without attribution from a speech by Adm. William McRaven, the Navy SEAL in charge of the mission to take out terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. Caslen, who delivered the address to graduates on Friday, had called that an oversight. He also referred to the school as the “University of California” during his remarks. He apologized Wednesday. “I am sorry to those I have let down,” Caslen wrote in a note to the school’s faculty, staff and students. “I understand the responsibilities and higher standards of senior level leadership. When those are not met, trust is lost. And when trust is lost, one is unable to lead.” Caslen’s rise to the presidency in 2019 had been met with criticism. Student and faculty leaders opposed the retired general and U.S. Military Academy superintendent, arguing he lacked qualifications, such as a doctoral degree or university research experience, and knew little about the school. That year, the faculty Senate unanimously approved a no confidence vote. Caslen’s supporters touted his 43 years in the military and five years as superintendent of West Point. He had the support of Gov. Henry McMaster and Republican lawmakers who suggested he could bring federal programs to the school and a share of federal money. McMaster, an ex officio board member, also personally called trustees at the time, urging them to convene a special meeting to vote on Caslen. Donors, including Moore, feared that might amount to undue political influence that could threaten the university’s accreditation. McMaster dismissed those ideas, with a spokesman calling the specter of any undue influence “preposterous.” A spokesman for McMaster did not immediately return a message seeking comment on the resignation. In 2019, trustees voted 11-8 to hire Caslen, in stark contrast to his predecessors’ unanimous approvals. In office, Caslen’s tenure has included other bumps. Last month, he said he took responsibility for the university’s failure to reach out to supporter Darla Moore after her mother’s death, leading the school’s biggest donor to write off the university. Moore, who has donated in excess of $75 million to the school — and for whom the school of business is named — had asked trustees in 2019 to restart its presidential search rather than hire Caslen. ___ Meg Kinnard can be reached at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP. Meg Kinnard, The Associated Press
ShutterstockMinutes before her removal from House leadership on Wednesday, Liz Cheney told her colleagues that the nation needed a Republican Party “based on truth,” warning that embracing Donald Trump would “drag us backward and make us complicit in his efforts to unravel our democracy.”Hours later, after House Republicans swiftly stripped Cheney of her leadership position, they managed to prove her point at a hearing on Jan. 6.Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) said to call the insurrection an insurrection was a “bald-faced lie” because the people streaming into the Capitol looked like “a normal tourist visit.” Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), who has ties to the organizers behind Jan. 6, said law enforcement was “harassing peaceful patriots.” And Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) theorized that it was impossible to know if it was actually Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol because no one had polled the rioters.“It was Trump supporters who lost their lives that day,” added Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA), “not Trump supporters who were taking the lives of others.”The embrace of a fabricated version of Jan. 6 was the natural progression following what they did that morning—booting Cheney from her position as the GOP conference chairwoman. And it was perhaps Cheney’s proclivity for telling the truth about Trump, the insurrection, and Republican lies about voter fraud that ultimately sealed her fate.Just don’t tell that to Republican members. If you ask them, you’ll get an assortment of tortured explanations.“It's just the style of leadership,” Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) told The Daily Beast on Tuesday.“I felt she pushed too hard to spend more money in the first Trump budget,” Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI) said, referring to something that happened four years ago.“Just became too much of a distraction,” Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) told reporters on Wednesday.In interviews with more than 20 House Republicans this week, it’s clear that most GOP members had become uncomfortable with Cheney continuing to represent them in leadership. But their rationales were often far from coherent, and the real reason why so many wanted to take away Cheney’s megaphone—whether Republicans would like to admit it or even realize it—is that she undermined a key endeavor of the GOP: lying.Every time Cheney defiantly said the 2020 election had not been stolen from Trump, she undercut Republican attempts to change laws making it harder to vote. Every time she laid the blame for Jan. 6 at Trump’s feet, Republicans became a little more uneasy. And every time she referenced “The Big Lie,” she inconveniently suggested that those refusing to acknowledge Joe Biden’s legitimate victory were, in fact, not telling the truth.“The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system,” Cheney tweeted on May 3, in what may have been the final straw.On Wednesday afternoon, as House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) exited a meeting with Biden and other congressional leaders at the White House, he somehow claimed that he didn’t think anybody was “questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election.”“That is all over with,” McCarthy said.But it’s obviously not. And as The Daily Beast sought explanations from GOP members as to why Cheney had to go, Cheney’s resolute declarations about the election seemed to be at top of mind for many.Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) told The Daily Beast that Cheney had thrown GOP lawmakers “under the bus” precisely because she called out those actively questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election.“If we say we have questions about the 2020 election, then you're somehow enemy to democracy,” Loudermilk said.Republicans Lean Into New Role as Trump’s Willing Hostages Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) expressed a number of issues he had with Cheney even before the election, but he also seemed offended that Cheney would side with Democrats on issues like impeachment, the 2020 election winner, and Jan. 6.“The problem is you can’t have a Republican conference chair who continually recites Democrat talking points,” Jordan said. “You can't have a Republican conference chair who takes positions that 90% of the party oppose.”Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), the overwhelming favorite to take Cheney’s position now that she’s been ousted, told The Daily Beast Wednesday morning that the GOP conference chair—charged with helping Republicans message—needed to “represent the whole team.”“And I believe that she lost the faith of the members of the conference,” Stefanik said.When The Daily Beast asked Stefanik if anything Cheney had said was actually inaccurate or should be controversial, Stefanik revealed her sense of subjective truth.“What she’s saying is not representative of the viewpoints of 70-plus million Americans who voted for President Trump, or for the majority of our conference members,” Stefanik said. “It’s important that we focus on election security and election integrity moving forward, and that’s why you see state legislatures taking action.”It’s that key Republican endeavor—to clamp down on voting—that may truly be the most Machiavellian reason for Cheney’s removal. As Republicans turn to state legislatures for new rules that would make it harder for people to vote, the last thing they need is a GOP leader calling out their own attempts to restrict voting as an unnecessary and naked power grab.Republican lawmakers and operatives appear convinced that voter integrity issues will be a winner for the GOP headed into the critical 2022 elections. John McLaughlin, who served as a top pollster for Trump during the 2016 and 2020 races, told The Daily Beast on Wednesday that based on his data, he believes voting issues could “help defeat” Democratic Sens. Mark Kelly (D-AZ), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Raphael Warnock (D-GA), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), all up for reelection next November.McLaughlin called it a “fundamental issue” that motivates “Republicans and conservatives but wins big among all voters.For months, the twice-impeached former president has also told allies on Capitol Hill and his advisers that “election integrity issues”—as they call them—have to be a core tenet and litmus test in upcoming GOP primaries, according to three people familiar with the matter. Earlier this year, Trump even went as far as to say that a candidate’s refusal to acknowledge that Biden legitimately won could factor into his decisions when it came time to pick more endorsements.But it’s not just Trump and his allies who see these election issues as a major issue in the GOP. Cheney’s dwindling camp of defenders also saw how her speaking the truth about the 2020 election was a major reason for her removal.“Liz didn’t agree with President Trump’s narrative and she was cancelled,” Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) told reporters on Wednesday. The arch-conservative lawmaker warned that voters would remember in 2022 that Republicans “were unwilling to stand up to a narrative that the election was stolen.”Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), one of Cheney’s staunchest defenders, also told reporters Wednesday morning that what was happening in the GOP conference was “terribly backwards.”“On Day One, you know, when Kevin was spending five or eight minutes, you know, supporting Marjorie Taylor Greene, and then, you know, 12 seconds defending Liz at the end of it, it’s backwards,” Kinzinger said. “It just goes to show that this is all about maintaining power.”Kinzinger added that nothing Cheney has said to date was “controversial, you know, in the truth world,” and he said that Republicans needed to gain power by being honest and engaging voters “like adults and not like the children that we’ve been lately.”“The reality is, you can’t blame people that think the election was stolen, because that’s all they hear from their leaders,” Kinzinger said. “It’s leaders’ job to tell the truth even if that’s uncomfortable, and that’s not what we’re doing.”A House GOP aide aligned with Cheney was even more emphatic Wednesday, telling The Daily Beast that this effort to strip Cheney of her position was about “Donald Trump and his lies. Full stop.”“There’s not a single member that has claimed the things that Rep. Cheney has said are wrong, but she still was removed,” this aide said. “That says more about the state of the conference and its fealty to Trump’s ludicrous BS than it does about her.”One senior GOP aide told The Daily Beast that, while demoting Cheney may help in Republican attempts to restrict voter access, it probably wasn’t the conscious thought of most members to remove her for that reason. Instead, this aide said, it was Republican uneasiness with talking about the insurrection.“Many members don’t even disagree with her views on January 6th—they just don’t want to talk about it publicly,” this senior GOP aide said. “It doesn’t unify the conference or serve the party’s broder message to constantly insert the insurrection into the conversation. It’s the opposite of message discipline.”Cheney’s continued insistence to point out Trump and the GOP’s lies did seem to finally cross a threshold for GOP leaders last week, when McCarthy and GOP Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) finally said they’d had enough with her.Three months ago, when Cheney faced the first campaign to remove her as conference chair, McCarthy was a key reason she kept the position. By a two-to-one margin, the conference voted to keep her in leadership following her vote to impeach Trump and her blistering criticism of his role in fomenting the Jan. 6 insurrection.At the time, House Republicans were largely willing to accommodate Cheney’s views. But since that vote,The consensus among House GOP members changed, and now most agreed Cheney had become a problem, even if they refused to identify why that was the case.Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA)—after first refusing to answer a question about when Cheney had become a problem for Republicans because the reporter was wearing a mask—then asked for the reporter to tell her why Cheney had become a problem.“I’m asking you, you’ve reported on it,” Greene said.Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) answered that question by saying Cheney became a problem “when she voiced her own personal opinions as conference chair.”And Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) refused to meaningfully answer, suggesting that it was a gotcha question.“When did you stop beating your wife?” Massie replied.—with reporting from Asawin Suebsaeng.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers backup third baseman Edwin Ríos will miss the rest of the season after surgery on his right shoulder. Right-hander Dustin May also underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, sidelining him until at least the summer of 2022. The defending World Series champions announced their decision later Wednesday on Ríos, who has a partially torn labrum. He will have surgery next week. The Dodgers also shut down Josiah Gray, their top pitching prospect, due to a right shoulder impingement. Gray, who was scratched from his minor league start at the last minute Tuesday night, will rest for at least a week before re-evaluation. Ríos got off to a rough start this season with the Dodgers, batting .078 with one homer in 25 games while clearly struggling with his swing. The 27-year-old Puerto Rican prospect made his major league debut in 2019. Ríos appeared in seven postseason games last fall, hitting two homers in the NLCS against Atlanta. He had hoped to land a steady backup role playing third base and first base this year for Los Angeles. Instead, the Dodgers will have to use even more of their depth after the latest setback in their significant early-season injury woes. Along with losing May from the starting rotation, the Dodgers are still without 2019 NL MVP Cody Bellinger, who incurred a hairline fracture in his leg in their first series of the season. There is no timetable for his return to action. Starting pitchers Tony Gonsolin and David Price are still returning deliberately from injuries to bolster what was probably the deepest rotation in baseball before the season. The staff is already short-handed now, with a bullpen game or a spot start likely necessary Monday against Arizona. Promising rookie utilityman Zach McKinstry is also still out with strained right oblique, while key right-handed reliever Corey Knebel likely is out for months with a strained back muscle. The bullpen also is missing Brusdar Graterol (forearm) and Scott Alexander (shoulder) with shorter-term injuries. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Greg Beacham, The Associated Press
New York, New York--(Newsfile Corp. - May 12, 2021) - The following statement is being issued by Levi & Korsinsky, LLP:To: All persons or entities who purchased or otherwise acquired securities of Root, Inc ("Root") (NASDAQ: ROOT) This lawsuit is on behalf of a class consisting of all persons and entities other than Defendants that purchased or otherwise acquired Root Class A common stock pursuant and/or traceable to the Offering Documents issued in connection ...
WHY: Rosen Law Firm, a global investor rights law firm, announces the filing of a class action lawsuit on behalf of: (i) purchasers of the securities of PureCycle Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCT) between November 16, 2020 and May 5, 2021, inclusive; and (ii) all holders of Roth CH Acquisition I Co. securities entitled to participate in the March 16, 2021 shareholder vote on the merger with PureCycle (the "Class Period"). A class action lawsuit has already been filed. If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff, you must move the Court no later than July 12, 2021.
Rocky Mountain House Health Centre's emergency department will be closed for a 16-hour period due to a shortage of available doctors. Alberta Health Services said in a release the emergency department closed at 3 p.m Wednesday to allow physicians and staff to treat and discharge remaining patients. The department is set to reopen at 7 a.m. Thursday. "This is a temporary situation, due to COVID-19 impacting the availability of physicians across the zone who are able to provide locum coverage," states the AHS release. "Central Alberta has a number of physicians who are impacted by COVID-19 or in isolation due to being a close contact, limiting available resources." Inpatients will not be affected by the closure and on-call coverage will still be provided for obstetrical patients. "AHS exhausted all efforts to find physician coverage during this time, locally, within Central Zone, and provincially, but have not been able to find physicians to cover the ED during this time," AHS said in the release. Anyone needing urgent emergency medical care in the area is asked to call 911. Emergency calls will be rerouted to other central Alberta health care facilities, including those in Sylvan Lake, Rimbey, Sundre and Red Deer.
The widow of man killed in Surrey in 2018 is urging other residents to voice their opinion on whether they would like to keep the Surrey RCMP or transition to a municipal Surrey Police Service. Darlene Bennett, whose late husband, Paul, was killed in front of his Cloverdale house in what police believe was a case of mistaken identity, filed an application with Elections BC on Wednesday seeking a binding referendum vote. She also started a citizen initiative called the Surrey Police Vote campaign to collect signatures and spread the message. "Surrey residents are seeing the costs of this proposed Surrey Police Service go up and up," Bennett said in a written release. "There has been no feasibility study, no clear plan, and no obvious public safety benefit. Surrey voters have been asking for a definitive say on this with no response, and now we're asking government to hold a referendum." Paul Bennett was shot and killed June 23, 2018 in Surrey, B.C. His case remains unsolved. (Facebook) The union that represents Canada's 20,000 RCMP officers called for a referendum more than a year ago. National Police Federation president Brian Sauvé said in February 2020 that his group had commissioned a poll that suggested more than 80 per cent of Surrey residents wanted to put the issue to a vote. A petition with more than 40,000 signatures in support of keeping the RCMP in Surrey was presented to the B.C. government earlier last year. Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum has said previously that he campaigned on creating Surrey's own police department and that voters gave him the mandate to carry out the transition in 2018 when they elected him. Bennett said due to the pandemic, the Surrey Police Vote campaign will start by recruiting canvassers and supporters remotely through social media, email and the campaign's website. She plans to gather more signatures and host safe in-person signing events when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. "We have been waiting for months to safely launch this campaign, and with more and more vaccines in sight and increasing controversy around the policing transition costs and implementation, I believe the time is now. I trust the RCMP and do not want Paul's case compromised, or any reduction in public safety. I am absolutely committed to giving Surrey taxpayers a voice," she said. "Whether you support retaining the RCMP, as I do, or want the proposed Surrey Police Service, I believe everyone should have a vote on the final decision."
Elon Musk said on Wednesday that Tesla would stop accepting Bitcoin in car purchases.
New Delhi [India], May 13 (ANI): In view of the cyclone building up over the Arabian Sea, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) issued an advisory to the Fisheries Department to warn the fishermen not to proceed to sea and also to return to the nearest harbour, said officials.
Bitcoin (CRYPTO: BTC) and Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) both slumped in after-hours trading after a critical tweet by CEO Elon Musk. The popular cryptocurrency fell by more than 6%, while Tesla stock dipped a more modest 4%, as of this writing. In a statement posted on Twitter (NYSE: TWTR), Musk said that Tesla was suspending vehicle purchases made using the popular cryptocurrency.
PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — A veteran Saskatchewan Mountie is facing a charge of first-degree murder after police say a man's body was discovered in a wooded area. Bernie Herman, a 32-year member of the RCMP who was most recently stationed at the Prince Albert detachment, is to appear in court there Thursday. The officer, who also turns 53 on Thursday, is accused of killing 26-year-old Braden Herman. Investigators said the alleged killing took place while the officer was off duty, but few details have been released. "The victim and the accused in this file are known to each other, but are not related," a news release from the Prince Albert Police Service said Wednesday. It said officers were called to a wooded area in the city Tuesday night after receiving a report that a man's body had been discovered. An autopsy was to take place Thursday in Saskatoon. Police also said officers have secured a vehicle and a home in Prince Albert as part of the investigation. The service's criminal investigations division is leading the case, but city police have requested the appointment of an independent observer to oversee it. "Any time someone's life is taken it is certainly tragic and just really sad," said Charlene Tebbutt, media coordinator with the Prince Albert police. Saskatchewan RCMP did not respond to a request for comment. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 12, 2021. The Canadian Press
The Cowboys will play both the Buccaneers and Chiefs, the last two Vince Lombardi Trophy winners, on the road in 2021.
ATLANTA (AP) — Police officers who encountered a naked man walking down a Georgia street repeatedly fired their stun guns at him and pinned him to the ground by kneeling and standing on him, ultimately and wrongfully causing his death, according to a federal lawsuit filed by the man's parents. Fernando Octavio Rodriguez, 24, was walking home after attending the Imagine Festival, an electronic music event held at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, when officers responding to a 911 report of an unclothed man approached him shortly after 10 p.m. on Sept. 20, 2019. Over the next 10 minutes officers stunned him at least 15 times and “pinned Fernando to the ground by kneeling and standing on Fernando’s back, neck, head, arms, and legs, thereby depriving Fernando of oxygen," the lawsuit says. Rodriguez was unresponsive when paramedics arrived and he died at a hospital just over 48 hours later. A medical examiner ruled his death a homicide caused by “asphyxia due to physical restraint in prone position with compression of chest" and said his injuries occurred during “physical altercation with law enforcement,” the lawsuit says. The officers violated Rodriguez's constitutional protections against the use of excessive and unreasonable force and wrongfully caused his death, the lawsuit says. It was filed Tuesday by Rodriguez's parents against Henry County, the city of Hampton, two county police officers and three city police officers. Henry County spokeswoman Melissa Robinson said she couldn't comment on pending litigation. Hampton police referred a request for comment to the city manager, who did not immediately respond to a voicemail seeking comment Wednesday. A county police spokesman spokesman did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. Two of the city officers are still employed by the department, according to its website, and did not respond to emails sent to their department email addresses. A police body camera video provided by Rodriguez's parents' lawyers shows Rodriguez walking down the middle of a street naked as an officer shouts at him to get on the ground at least 10 times. Rodriguez turns around twice but keeps walking. He yells something at the officers, but it's bleeped out on the video provided by the lawyers. The officer then yells, “I'm gonna tase you,” and fires his stun gun, causing Rodriguez to fall to the ground. After that, the officers are heard repeatedly telling him to roll over onto his stomach so they can help him and also threatening to stun him again. One tries to turn him over and calls him a “sweaty little hog.” Rodriguez is heard yelling whenever he's stunned and is seen trying to sit up and scooting away from the officers while lying on his back. About six minutes after Rodriguez was first shot with a stun gun, the officers roll him over and handcuff him. They then pin him down with their feet and knees on different parts of his body and push his face into the road. About 15 minutes after Rodriguez was first stunned, one of the officers says his pulse rate is “through the roof" and another officer asks Rodriguez if he's still breathing. An officer says twice, “He's quit breathing.” Another says, “Are you serious?” Even after they were aware that he was not breathing, they didn't stop to render aid as they should have, said Jess Johnson, a lawyer for Rodriguez’s parents. Throughout the encounter, the officers are heard speculating that Rodriguez is on drugs. Johnson said he has not seen a toxicology report but he believes Rodriguez was under the influence of something and needed medical attention. After the paramedics arrive, one asks, “Has he got a good chest rise?” One of the officers responds, “I have no idea, man. We got him to this point and we just didn't touch him no more.” Paramedics later reported Rodriguez was “unresponsive, not breathing and pulseless” when they arrived, the lawsuit says. They put him on a stretcher and were able to revive him. But he died early on Sept. 23, 2019, at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, where doctors said he was suffering from respiratory failure, renal failure, anoxic brain injury, cardiac arrest and acute blood loss anemia, the lawsuit says. The officers violated Rodriguez's constitutional rights by stunning him and pinning him to the ground when he wasn't resisting or trying to evade arrest and by continuing to pin him to the ground after he became unresponsive and stopped breathing, the lawsuit says. The lawsuit asks for a jury trial and seeks unspecified damages and legal fees. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in to take over the case and a spokeswoman said the investigative file was submitted to the Henry County District Attorney in January 2020. A spokeswoman for District Attorney Darius Pattillo said the case remains under investigation by their office. Kate Brumback, The Associated Press
Not for distribution to U.S. news wire services or dissemination in the United States. Vancouver, British Columbia, May 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- St. James Gold Corp. (the “Company”) (TSXV: LORD) (OTCQB: LRDJF) (FSE: BVU3) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Canaccord Genuity Corp. as lead agent (the “Lead Agent”) and on behalf of a syndicate of agents (together with the Lead Agent, the “Agents”) in connection with a commercially reasonable efforts brokered private placement of up to 2,170,000 units of the Company (each, a “Unit”) at a price of $3.00 per Unit for aggregate gross proceeds to the Company of up to $6,510,000 (the “Offering”). Each Unit will be comprised of one common share in the capital of the Company (each, a “Common Share”) and one Common Share purchase warrant (each, a “Warrant”), with each Warrant entitling the holder thereof to purchase one additional Common Share at an exercise price of $3.90 for a period of three (3) years from the Closing Date (as defined below). The Company has granted the Agents an option (the “Agents’ Option”), exercisable in whole or in part, at any time prior to the Closing Date, to increase the size of the Offering by up to 500,000 Units to raise additional gross proceeds of up to $1,500,000. The Offering will be conducted pursuant to the terms of an agency agreement to be entered into between the Company and the Agents on or prior to the Closing Date. The Company has agreed to pay the Agents a cash fee equal to 6.0% of the gross proceeds of the Offering and to issue that number of broker warrants equal to 6.0% of the number of Units sold under the Offering (each a “Broker Warrant”). Each Broker Warrant will be exercisable to purchase one Unit for a period of three (3) years from the Closing Date at an exercise price of $3.00. In addition, the Company has agreed to pay the Lead Agent a corporate finance fee payable in Units and equal to 2.0% of the number of Units sold under the Offering. The Company intends to use the net proceeds of the Offering to close the initial payment on the Florin Gold Project acquisition, conduct drilling on the Company’s Florin Gold Project and Newfoundland properties and for general corporate purposes. The Offering will be conducted in all provinces of Canada and in the United States pursuant to private placement exemptions and in such other jurisdictions as are agreed to by the Company and the Lead Agent. The closing of the Offering is subject to, among other things, the receipt of all necessary approvals from the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSXV”). Closing of the Offering will occur on a date to be agreed to by the Company and the Lead Agent (the “Closing Date”). Pursuant to applicable Canadian securities laws, all securities issued and issuable in connection with the Offering will be subject to a four (4) month hold period commencing on the Closing Date. This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities in the United States, nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. The securities to be offered have not been, and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”) or under any U.S. state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons, absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws. About St James Gold Corp. St. James Gold Corp. is a publicly traded company listed on the TSXV under the trading symbol “LORD”, in the U.S. Market listed on the OTCQB under the trading symbol “LRDJF” and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the trading symbol “BVU3”. The Company is focused on creating shareholder value through the discovery and development of economic mineral deposits by acquiring prospective exploration projects with well delineated geological theories, integrating all available geological, geochemical and geophysical datasets, and funding efficient exploration programs. The Company currently holds both an option to acquire a 100% interest in 29 claims covering 1,791 acres in the Gander gold district in north-central Newfoundland adjacent to New Found Gold Corp.’s Queensway North project, and an option to acquire a 100% interest in 28 claims covering 1,730 acres in central Newfoundland adjacent to Marathon Gold’s Valentine Lake property. The Company also announced an Option and Joint Venture Agreement dated April 1, 2021 to acquire up to a 100% interest in the Florin Gold Project, covering nearly 22,000 contiguous acres in the historic Tintina Gold Belt in the Yukon Territory. This acquisition remains subject to TSXV approval. For more corporate information please visit: http://stjamesgold.com/ George Drazenovic, CPA, CGA, MBA, CFA St. James Gold Corp.For further information, please contact:George Drazenovic, Chief Executive OfficerTel: 1 (800) 278-2152Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Forward Looking Statements This news release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities laws (collectively, “forward-looking statements”). Forward-looking statements in this news release relate to, among other things: the completion of the Offering, the timing and size of the Offering, the timing and receipt of approval from the TSXV; the expected use of the net proceeds of the Offering, the anticipated Closing Date of the Offering and all other statements that are not historical facts, particularly statements that express, or involve discussions as to, expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance of the Company. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified through the use of words or phrases such as “will likely result”, “are expected to”, “expects”, “will continue”, “is anticipated”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “estimated”, “intends”, “plans”, “forecast”, “projection”, “strategy”, “objective” and “outlook”. Forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made based on reasonable estimates and assumptions made by management of the Company at the relevant time in light of its experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that are believed to be appropriate and reasonable in the circumstances. Forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as of the date of this news release and the Company will not update any such forward-looking statements as a result of new information or if management’s beliefs, estimates, assumptions or opinions change, except as required by law. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, the reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond the Company’s control, which could cause actual results, performance, achievements and events to differ materially from those that are disclosed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the impact and progression of the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors outlined in the Company’s publicly filed documents under the Company’s profile on the System for Electronic Documents Analysis and Retrieval (“SEDAR”) at www.sedar.com. The Company cautions that the list of risk factors and uncertainties described in its publicly filed documents on SEDAR is not exhaustive and other factors could materially affect its results. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for the Company to consider all of them, or assess the impact of each such factor or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Any forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. NEITHER THE TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE NOR ITS REGULATION SERVICES PROVIDER (AS THAT TERM IS DEFINED IN THE POLICIES OF THE TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE) ACCEPTS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADEQUACY OR ACCURACY OF THIS RELEASE.
This week, a new piece of legislation in B.C. aimed at improving accessibility for those with disabilities will go through a second reading. If passed, the accessible British Columbia Act will remove barriers and create accessibility standards throughout the province, which according to the B.C. government, would help 900,000 British Columbians. Lisa Anderson, who is part of the B.C. Deaf Accessibility Caucus and helped work on the legislation, said the deaf community doesn't identify as disabled, but would like to be recognized as a cultural linguistic group. "We don't refer to ourselves as people with a disability, but people with a specific linguistic and cultural identity," she told All Points West host Kathryn Marlow, with the help of an American Sign Language interpreter. Accessibility, Anderson said, means having interpretation services to allow for communication. Anderson, 50, was born deaf. To illustrate her case, she points to a situation that arose when she was 18 years old, after she broke her teeth in a skiing accident. She had to go to several dental appointments, none of which made an interpreter available. As a result, she says she was unaware of her dental issues and other factors that affected her well-being. "For mental health and for health, access to interpretation is absolutely essential," she explained. Pandemic shines light on challenges The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on some of the challenges faced by the deaf, deaf and blind, and hard of hearing community, particularly when it comes to wearing masks and trying to communicate through plexiglass. Sign language interpreter Kristi Falconer hopes that will encourage lawmakers to push the legislation through. "What it has done is allowed people to, if you will, sort of have a slight moment of immersion into the barriers that many hard of hearing and deaf individuals have every day," said Falconer, who is also the manager of communication services at Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre. ASL interpreter Nigel Howard, right, is seen at a coronavirus press conference alongside B.C.'s Provincial Medical Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Adrian Dix, the province's health minister, on March 17, 2020.(CPAC) Seeing interpreters as part of COVID-19 briefings has also made people more aware of those communication barriers, Falconer said, adding that making interpretation services commonplace is key in creating inclusion. 'Scarce' employment opportunities Until recently, Anderson was living and working in Ottawa. She lost her job due to COVID-19, and moved home to Victoria to be with her parents. "As a deaf person, it is really not easy to find employment," Anderson said. "The opportunities are very, very scarce. And it's about do people understand what deaf people can do? Are they willing to give us a chance to hire us? Typically not." When she lost her job, she had to access CERB, which, while helpful, she found difficult to navigate as a deaf person; she described the video relay service as "cumbersome" and "frustrating." Eventually, Anderson did find work, but she had to move to Vancouver. "It's very challenging to try to sell yourself to employers as a good employee. And we, like everybody else, we have to earn money. We have to pay our bills. We have to survive." Education Anderson said education is key, especially for non-deaf parents who have a deaf child. "Those parents need the right information right from the start, they need to get on board with providing accessible language acquisition for their deaf children," she said. That means making sure they have strong sign language skills from a young age. "We don't hear, but our lives are very similar to yours," Anderson said. "The only time we encounter barriers to what we can do is when it's about communication and language, and so that is what we're asking for when it comes to accessibility, interpreting services, intervenor services and just to see more and more aspects of society offered and made accessible through interpreting and intervening. "Please include us." Read a transcription of the All Points West interview with Lisa Anderson and Kristi Falconer below: