Dorian Finney-Smith (Dallas Mavericks) with a dunk vs the Miami Heat, 05/04/2021
Dorian Finney-Smith (Dallas Mavericks) with a dunk vs the Miami Heat, 05/04/2021
The copper, gold, and silver miner had a great first quarter, but all the news in its earnings update wasn't good.
Researchers used artificial-intelligence software and a brain-computer interface to help a man with immobilized limbs to communicate by text.
AAA predicts 60% more Americans will travel for Memorial day than in 2020. But will the gas shortages caused by the Colonial Pipeline attack linger?
iHeartMedia, the leading audio company in America and No. 1 podcast publisher, announced today that it will launch a new, standalone podcast venture – My Cultura, dedicated to elevating Latinx voices and creators, and sharing the Latinx experience with millions of listeners.
U.S. President Joe Biden will unveil the first detailed budget proposal of his term in office on May 27, a spokesman said, offering a window into his priorities from defense spending to deficit reduction. Biden in April outlined a glimpse at plans for about $1.5 trillion in "discretionary" spending, which represents only part of the budget. The full budget, which covers the fiscal year starting in October, will be the first exhaustive list of the programs Biden wants to expand or cut - from foreign aid to immigration and policing.
Madeline Logsdon has remained a virtual student learning from home this year, even though many of her classmates at Lafayette High School returned to in-person instruction.
As part of Nursing Week (May 10-17) registered practical nurses (RPNs) who are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE) from Ottawa, Kingston and other eastern Ontario communities and SEIU Healthcare are speaking openly with media (tomorrow) Friday, May 14 at 11 a.m. on ZOOM (http://bit.ly/OCHUSEIU-nursingwk) about their personal challenges and experiences working throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
Caterham's new owner wasted no time in laying out its plans for the storied British brand. Japan-based VT Holdings is already planning to release an electric version of the Seven, but it pledged not to dilute what the firm stands for. VT Holdings CEO Kazuho Takahashi said his group had become the "custodian of a motoring legend" shortly after it purchased Caterham in April 2021, a statement that seemingly indicates a 5,500-pound SUV isn't in the pipeline.
Tehama County District Attorney's OfficeFive days after Ryan Scott Blinston had finished trimming trees at Loreen and Homer Severs’ California home last May, the 37-year-old decided to go back and take care of some unfinished business.After forcing his way into the elderly couple’s house in Los Molinos, about two hours outside of Sacramento, Blinston cut both of their throats—instantly killing 88-year-old Loreen, authorities say. While her 91-year-old husband miraculously survived, the attack marked the start of a grisly two-month crime spree, during which Blinston allegedly killed two other people he targeted while working for a tree-trimming service.“This case is different from other homicides we have dealt with. There was no fight, no jilted lover, no drug deal gone bad. None of these murders were anything like that,” Tehama County District Attorney Matthew D. Rogers told The Daily Beast on Thursday. “They were just purely random attacks of defenseless people.”At one point during a multi-county investigation into the spate of murders, Rogers said he remembers a moment “where we were like wow, we may have a serial killer on our hands.”‘SOB’ Father Arrested After ‘Remains’ of Missing Alabama Baby FoundOn Wednesday, the Butte County and Tehama County District Attorney’s offices announced several charges, including murder and attempted murder, against Blinston for the bloody crime spree. In addition to the May 23, 2020, murder of Severs and the attempted murder of her husband, who died of natural cases last year, Blinston has been charged with the June 2020 deaths of Sandra George, 82, and an acquaintance, 57-year-old Vicky Cline, both of Oroville. Prosecutors have also charged Blinston with arson, for allegedly setting Cline’s car ablaze.Blinston, who is expected in court on Thursday, was arrested about a week after Cline’s disappearance last June—while allegedly attempting to kill another individual with a hatchet—and has been in jail since.A criminal complaint obtained by The Daily Beast includes special sentencing allegations that he “used a deadly and dangerous weapon...a cutting implement,” attacked an elderly victim, and murdered several people.Authorities say that less than two weeks after Blinston attacked the Severs, he zeroed in on his next target while working on a tree-trimming crew. After the crew had left George’s Oroville property for the day on June 4, Blinston allegedly returned to her home and fatally slashed her throat.Just two days later, Cline, who worked as a waitress and had apparently turned her life around after enduring unspecified tough times, was last seen with Blinston, according to authorities. Later that night, her car was destroyed in a fire.“[You’re] so beautiful cousin!” one of Cline’s family members wrote on Facebook in 2012, eight years before her murder. “Thank you! I’ve cleaned my act up and doing alot better,” Cline replied. “I feel like the old Vicky again,” she added in another message.In a joint statement released Thursday by the Butte County and Tehama County District Attorney’s offices, authorities said, “blood and DNA evidence on and in Blinston’s car was forensically matched back to Cline.”A Butte County sheriff’s SWAT team tracked Blinston to a motorhome in an isolated area on June 14 with the intent of arresting him for torching Cline’s car. But when the officers got closer to the RV, they heard a man’s muffled screams coming from inside and loud banging sounds.“The banging turned out to be Blinston attempting to get into the motorhome with a hatchet,” said the DA’s statement.Blinston, who had met the 50-year-old owner of the motorhome that day, stayed over after telling the man he was afraid to leave after dark in case of a bear attack. He tried to outrun the police but was soon caught hiding in heavy brush nearby, hatchet still in hand, and jailed.The motorhome owner told authorities that he had been asleep and woke up to find Blinston attacking him with a knife, according to Butte County District Attorney Michael L. Ramsey. After Blinston slashed his victim’s neck, the man—whose imminent demise was almost certainly staved off by the police raid—somehow managed to get Blinston out of the motorhome and lock the door, Ramsey stated.The man was airlifted to a hospital for treatment and survived.Her Body Was Found in a Storage Unit Years Ago. Cops Finally Know Who She Is.Authorities say that on June 21, 2020, a fisherman in the Feather River finally discovered Cline’s body. Her throat was slashed in a similar manner “consistent with the other victim murders.”“The guy’s a dirtbag and he ought to be executed, bottom line,” Tom Dowd, a retired agricultural biologist who has lived in nearby Durham, California, his whole life, told The Daily Beast. “This is farming country, mostly conservative folks, there’s all sorts of people in the hills like that guy—all sorts of drug activity going on, meth, they’re kind of isolated, away from law enforcement. Those kinds of things are happening in the hills all the time around here. It’s insanity.”Sergeant Patrick McNelis and Detective Vaj Thao of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, the lead investigators on the case, were unable to comment. Meghan McMahon, the Butte County Sheriff’s public information officer, declined to comment on behalf of the department. Family members for the victims did not immediately respond for comment.For Rogers, the charges against Blinston mark the beginning of the end of one of the most “shocking cases” he has come across in his career.“The victims were well-loved in the community and the hardest part is that these crimes were really out of nowhere. No robbery and burglary—he just would go in, slash their throats, and leave,” he added.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet 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.
Stocks were posting strong gains in afternoon trading Thursday, following three days of losses and the biggest one-day drop in the S&P 500 since February. Technology stocks, which were hurt badly earlier in the week, were among the bigger gainers. Apple, Microsoft and Google's parent company were all up 1% or more. The S&P 500 was up 1.3% as of 2:25 p.m. Eastern. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 494 points, or 1.5%, to 34,085 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite was up 0.7%. It’s not uncommon for markets to reverse direction after sharp gains or losses over a period of days as investors reassess markets and pause during period of volatility. “Investors have kind of gotten conditioned about when there's volatility and when there are pullbacks: step in and buy the dip, and you will be rewarded in short order,” said Sameer Samana, senior global market strategist at Wells Fargo Investment Institute. Recent economic reports have left many investors uneasy. Last week’s jobs report showed fewer employers hiring than had been expected, and on Thursday the government reported that wholesale prices jumped 0.6% last month, driven by higher costs for services and food. That was more than expected and the latest indication that inflation pressures are mounting. Rising prices reflect growing economic activity after last year’s global shutdown to fight the coronavirus pandemic. However investors worry inflation might disrupt the recovery or prompt central banks to withdraw stimulus and near-zero interest rates. “The capital markets are clearly grappling in a tug of war,” said Bill Northey, senior investment director at U.S. Bank Wealth Management. Investors have been questioning whether rising inflation will be something transitory, as the Federal Reserve has said, or something more durable that the Fed will have to address. Currently, the central bank has maintained low interest rates in order to help the economic recovery, but concerns are growing that it will have to shift its position if inflation starts running too hot. “Is there something more durable being embedded within rising prices? The next several months will not likely resolve this debate,” Northey said. Bond yields rose sharply this week in response to the data but pulled back slightly on Thursday. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note was 1.66% compared to 1.70% the day before. In other markets, the price for Bitcoin plunged 11% after billionaire Elon Musk changed his position on the digital currency, citing the environmental impact. He said Tesla Motors would no longer accept Bitcoin as payment for its cars. Crude oil prices fell 3.5% after a key gasoline pipeline on the East Coast was reopened late Wednesday. The price of crude oil is now down slightly for the week. Energy companies lagged the market as prices fell. Occidental Petroleum slid 5.4%. Damian J. Troise And Alex Veiga, The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move to send the country back toward pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday eased indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to safely stop wearing masks inside in most places. The new guidance still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters, but will help clear the way for reopening workplaces, schools, and other venues — even removing the need for masks or social distancing for those who are fully vaccinated. The CDC will also no longer recommend that fully vaccinated people wear masks outdoors in crowds. The announcement comes as the CDC and the Biden administration have faced pressure to ease restrictions on fully vaccinated people — people who are two weeks past their last required COVID-19 vaccine dose — in part to highlight the benefits of getting the shot. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC, announced the new guidance on Thursday afternoon at a White House briefing, saying the long-awaited change is thanks to millions of people getting vaccinated -- and based on the latest science about how well those shots are working. “Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities – large or small — without wearing a mask or physically distancing,” Walensky said. “If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.” The new guidance comes as the aggressive U.S. vaccination campaign begins to pay off. U.S. virus cases are at their lowest rate since September, deaths are at their lowest point since last April and the test positivity rate is at the lowest point since the pandemic began. To date about 154 million Americans, more than 46% of the population, have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccines and more than 117 million are fully vaccinated. The rate of new vaccinations has slowed in recent weeks, but with the authorization Wednesday of the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12-15, a new burst of doses is expected in the coming days. Just two weeks ago, the CDC recommended that fully vaccinated people continue to wear masks indoors in all settings and outdoors in large crowds. During a virtual meeting Tuesday on vaccinations with a bipartisan group of governors, President Joe Biden appeared to acknowledge that his administration had to do more to model the benefits of vaccination. “I would like to say that we have fully vaccinated people; we should start acting like it,” Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, a Republican, told Biden. “And that’s a big motivation get the unvaccinated to want to to get vaccinated.” “Good point,” Biden responded. He added, “we’re going to be moving on that in the next little bit.” The easing guidance could open the door to confusion, as there is no surefire way for businesses or others to distinguish between those fully vaccinated and those who are not. Walensky said the evidence from the U.S. and Israel shows the vaccines are as strongly protective in real-world use as they were in earlier studies, and that so far they continue to work even though some worrying mutated versions of the virus are spreading. The more people continue to get vaccinated, the faster infections will drop -- and the harder it will be for the virus to mutate enough to escape vaccines, she stressed, urging everyone 12 and older who’s not yet vaccinated to sign up. And while some people still get COVID-19 despite vaccination, Walensky said that’s rare and cited evidence that those infections tend to be milder, shorter and harder to spread to others. If someone who’s vaccinated does develop COVID-19 symptoms, they should immediately re-mask and get tested, she said. There are some caveats. Walensky encouraged people who have weak immune systems, such as from organ transplants or cancer treatment, to talk with their doctors before shedding their masks. That’s because of continued uncertainty about whether the vaccines can rev up a weakened immune system as well as they do normal, healthy ones. — AP medical writer Lauran Neergaard contributed. Zeke Miller And Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press
When Tony Chahine’s father developed dementia, he wanted to stay connected with him while monitoring his worsening health. Yet despite the hyper-connectivity of the world at large, Chahine realized some of the most vulnerable people were being left behind. The former CEO of Cotton Ginny, a serial entrepreneur who more recently ran a boutique investment and consulting firm, developed a line of clothing with built-in sensors to measure everything from heart rate and body temperature to posture and location. It's now undergoing trials in several hospitals. “With textiles we have the ability to capture information continuously,” says Ilaria Varoli, executive vice-president of the textile computing startup Myant Inc., which Chahine founded in 2010. "The innovation starts at the yarn level, for example with extruded yarn or metal yarn … with sensors and actuators embedded into the textiles," she says. "The idea is to make textiles the interface, but then it's processed through our innovative software platform." Myant is at the forefront of Canada’s new manufacturing era, one that trades dusty factories and assembly lines for state-of-the-art facilities, technology and research and development. It’s an emerging field that includes robotics, 3D printing, machine vision and automation, and is expected to create thousands of jobs over the next decade. But advanced manufacturing has an image problem, says Jayson Myers, CEO of the industry group Next Generation Manufacturing Canada or NGen. “We have an outdated idea of what manufacturing is all about,” he says. “There’s this impression that it’s manual, repetitive work on assembly lines.” A recent survey conducted by NGen and Abacus Data reflected that way of thinking. The survey found that most people believed jobs in advanced manufacturing are repetitive, unsafe and unfulfilling. Those preconceived ideas have made it unattractive to pursue careers in manufacturing, creating a workforce shortage, Myers says. But there’s hope. “When we talk with young people about working with new technologies to address some of the world's biggest problems like climate change, life-threatening diseases and food insecurity, they get excited about it,” says Myers, a former CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters. “We need to do a better job explaining what advanced manufacturing is and the jobs available." At Myant, for example, the company now has about 130 employees, including engineers, data scientists, fashion designers, technicians and programmers. But when Chahine came up with the idea of creating smart clothing, becoming a manufacturer wasn’t part of the equation, Varoli says. “We didn't really want to be in manufacturing — at least not to begin with,” she says. “But then we realized the supply chain would all be overseas.” The company struggled to find suppliers that operated in a clean enough environment to produce Myant’s high-tech textiles, since they would ultimately serve as medical devices. Outsourcing also means a slower turnaround of prototypes. So the startup switched gears, importing 3D robotic knitting machines from Germany and Italy to its nearly 7,500-square-metre facility in Etobicoke, Ont. “Instead of waiting a month for prototypes to come back from China or India, we could produce three prototypes in a day,” Varoli says. The company’s in-house brand, SKIIN, is a line of smart clothing, including underwear, bras, base layers, socks, mattress covers and seat covers. The garments collect information about a person through sensors knitted into the fabric, and a small electronic pod tucked into the band or edge of the garment sends that information to a mobile device, where it's tracked using an app. Myant now has clinical trials with Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ont., and SickKids in Toronto. Yet the company has also run into challenges finding workers. It recently partnered with Ryerson University, putting a machine at the school in the hopes of training students and developing a curriculum. “We’re trying to democratize and standardize this new industry,” Varoli says. “Advanced manufacturing is going to be a huge component of our future.” Another example of Canada's new-age manufacturers is A&K Robotics. The Vancouver-based company has invented a system that can attach on to anything with wheels and turn it into a self-driving robot. Its “mobile autonomous navigation platforms” are used in the janitorial industry, automating floor cleaners in commercial and public spaces like airports, malls and schools — a particularly helpful technology given the demand for increased cleaning during the pandemic. “We’ve retrofitted floor scrubbing machines to turn them into self-driving robots,” says Jessica Yip, co-founder of A&K Robotics. The value of having a robust manufacturing sector was made clear during the pandemic, Myers says. “It’s shown the importance of having advanced manufacturing capabilities in Canada," he said, pointing to the production of vaccines, test kits and personal protective equipment. NGen has developed a website, careersofthefuture.ca, to help students, parents and teachers learn more about advanced manufacturing. It's also launching a contest called Manufacturing the Future that will award 10 bursaries valued at $10,000 each to Canadian residents between the ages of 15 and 18 based on a 500-word essay on advanced manufacturing. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 13, 2021. Brett Bundale, The Canadian Press
At a convention on the future of learning in 2019, a handful of voices stood out to Philomena Mantella. The newly appointed president of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, had used the week of her inauguration to bring together philanthropists, educators and advocates to discuss innovation in higher education. “What really became clear is the students talking about their own personal experience and what they needed for success and what they were looking for in an institution was the most compelling element of the program,” Mantella said.
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The horror of events in Israel and Palestine recently should leave us all saddened and perplexed. However, just standing on the sidelines and shaking our heads is not an appropriate response. Muslims, Arabs, Jews, Christians and all right-minded Americans need to stand up (let’s start here in Lexington) and say that the only solution is a two-state solution where Israel can enjoy peace and the Palestinians can experience self-determination and justice.
Musk is right that dirty bitcoins and clean Teslas don’t sit well together. The currency is an environmental abomination and investors should be pleased the founder has said so
Jennifer Aniston wrote: ‘Could we BE any more excited?!’
Maj. Christopher Warnagiris is among several dozen people with ties to the military who have been charged related to the Jan. 6 attack.
It asked whether FIFA and UEFA have violated Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), which prohibit monopolies.
Here's why Air Canada (TSX:AC) remains a top reopening pick for investors in this current environment. The post Looking Forward to a Vacation? Air Canada Investors Are Betting on it appeared first on The Motley Fool Canada.