Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet credits the Knicks for their effort and makes it clear that his goal is the play-in tournament.
Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet credits the Knicks for their effort and makes it clear that his goal is the play-in tournament.
Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], May 18 (ANI): Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Tuesday announced that it would boycott the single-day budget session of the Andhra Pradesh State Assembly on May 20 in protest against the "unilateral", "undemocratic" and "illogical" decisions of the government led by Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.
Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, indicated that the most important factor in the deceleration fo the COVID-19 epidemic curve in Canada is how public health measures are applied by provinces and territories. "How fast we go down that curve and if we get to bottom of that curve is contingent on the work that they’re doing together with their communities," Dr. Tam said at a press conference on Tuesday. "With variants at play, while vaccinations are going up, we have to be very cautious about that downward path."
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Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], May 18 (ANI): Stating that 'like every other state' Telangana is recieving the required amount of vaccine doses, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, G Kishan Reddy on Tuesday questioned the Telangana Government for allegedly stopping the vaccination drive in the state since the last four days.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A top White House aide made his pitch for young people to get vaccinated personal on Tuesday, sharing the struggles his son has experienced since contracting COVID-19 last fall. Andy Slavitt, President Joe Biden's senior adviser for the coronavirus, revealed during a White House briefing that one of his sons came down with the virus late last year and continues to suffer lingering side effects. He used it to appeal to younger Americans to roll up their sleeves, even if they feel they're at relatively lower risk than older Americans to serious consequences from the virus. “Unfortunately, he is one of the many Americans battling long-term symptoms," Slavitt said of his son, who is in his late teens. “He’s young and fit and in the prime of his life. But six months later, he still suffers from tachycardia, shortness of breath, and ongoing and frequent flu-like symptoms. His hands are cold to the touch. " “Many young people are in this situation, and many, many have it worse," Slavitt added. Not much is known about what has come to be known as “long COVID.” “We’re faced with a mystery,” Dr. Francis Collins, chief of the National Institutes of Health, said in March, as his agency kicked off additional studies to learn more about the condition and study potential treatments. Researchers are hoping to learn whether it is a condition unique to COVID-19, or just a variation of the syndrome that can occur after other infections. They're examining how many people are affected, and how long it lasts, and whether it's possible that the source isn't COVID-19 at all. Meanwhile, Slavitt said that the surest way for young Americans to avoid a similar fate is to get vaccinated themselves. “I know it's easy when you're young to imagine that these things don't affect you, a vaccine may feel unnecessary, you feel healthy, you know people who had COVID and they're doing alright," he said, adding. "But we are still learning about the long-term effects of COVID.” White House officials pointed to Slavitt’s story as an example of how the administration is adjusting its message to encourage Americans to get vaccinated, with a focus on personal stories and relying on the influence of local community leaders to combat the slowing pace of shots. “These vaccinations are essential," Slavitt added. “However, if you are unvaccinated, you are at risk, regardless of your age. According to the CDC, more than 3 million kids under 17 have contracted COVID-19." Zeke Miller, The Associated Press
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Italian luxury group Valentino said on Tuesday it would stop using fur from next year and would focus on its main, eponymous brand, ditching its second, younger line from 2024. The fashion company controlled by Qatari investment vehicle Mayhoola follows many other brands in banning fur in recent years including Prada, Versace, Gucci and Armani, due to growing customer sensitivity to animal rights and environmental issues. The latest Valentino collection to include fur will be the Fall/Winter 2021-22 season, the company said.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — A juror was removed Tuesday from the murder trial of multimillionaire Robert Durst because she violated the court's order not to read about the case. Judge Mark Windham said he was removing the juror after she said she read about defense attorneys' requests for a mistrial and was offended that they suggested jurors would have forgotten what they heard 14 months ago when the case was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The removal comes as lawyers prepared to present a new round of opening statements in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The judge interviewed jurors a day earlier to see if they could resume their duties after the unprecedented delay. The panel now consists of 20 jurors, including eight alternates. The 78-year-old Durst has pleaded not guilty to killing his best friend, Susan Berman, in 2000. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below. INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — After an unprecedented 14-month recess in the murder trial of multimillionaire Robert Durst, the judge in the case welcomed back jurors and asked: “Where did we leave off?” The laughter that followed may have reflected that memories from six days at trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court before the case was adjourned in March last year had dimmed in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic. Whatever they may have forgotten about Durst — from the cloud of suspicion that has dogged him for decades to his claims of innocently being trailed by bad luck — they will be reminded Tuesday in a new round of opening arguments. The unusual move is just one of several made to get the trial back on track without having to go through the painstaking process of picking a new jury. Judge Mark Windham moved the case to a larger courtroom in Inglewood to accommodate the distancing needed to resume. Lawyers are spaced out in jury boxes on both sides of the courtroom, Plexiglas separates participants, and the 21 jurors in the case, including nine alternates, are seated several seats and rows apart in the gallery. Only one journalist and one member of the public are allowed in the courtroom. Durst, 78, an heir to a New York commercial real estate empire, is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of his best friend, Susan Berman. She was shot in the back of the head at her Los Angeles home in December 2000. Durst has pleaded not guilty. His lawyer said Durst didn't kill her and doesn't know who did, though he conceded at opening statements last year that Durst found her body, putting him at the crime scene for the first time. Durst, who is frail and sickly, did not appear in court Monday. Bailiffs reported that he refused to leave the Los Angeles County jail cell, Windham said. But defense lawyer Dick DeGuerin questioned that account, saying jailers previously failed to get Durst and inaccurately reported he was “willfully absent.” Windham denied a defense request to suspend the case further because Durst has bladder cancer, among myriad other health problems that require hospitalization. “The question isn’t whether he can endure the rigors of the trial,” DeGuerin said. “It’s whether he can survive at all.” Deputy District Attorney John Lewin scoffed at claims Durst needed to be released to a hospital for treatment, saying he was getting high-quality care at the jail. “It’s a get out of jail free card,” Lewin said. “The goal here is simply to have this trial go away.” The two sides have often gotten into heated arguments. Tensions exploded Monday afternoon into hollering and mutual accusations of lying over an evidence issue. As Windham tried to regain control of the courtroom, he pointed at Lewin and DeGuerin with both hands and said, “Sit down! No speaking. Sit down. ... We are going to be silent now.” The judge, who chimes a gong when adjourning for the day, took a brief meditative moment and then let DeGuerin speak. Durst’s lawyers have repeatedly — and unsuccessfully — sought a mistrial. They said the unprecedented delay would harm Durst’s ability to get a fair trial because jurors preoccupied with their own health and safety wouldn’t be able to pick up where they left off. Windham denied each of those motions, saying he would bring the jury back to court when it was safe to do so. “I do not want to go with another jury selection process,” he said at a hearing in June. “If we have to wait, we’ll wait.” After waiting 430 days, Windham, wearing a black mask, stepped off the bench Monday, approached the jurors and addressed the pandemic's toll. “You’ve likely had losses or like me know people that have lost loved ones,” he said. He asked jurors to write in their notepads if they had seen stories about the Durst case or discussed it with anyone during the break and if they had any health concerns or hardships that would prevent them from serving another four to five months. After speaking with nine jurors in his chambers, he dismissed one. Durst is only on trial in the killing of Berman, the daughter of a Las Vegas mobster whom he became friends with in college, but prosecutors are using the disappearance of his wife and the killing of an elderly neighbor in Texas to bolster their case. He was arrested in New Orleans in 2015 on the eve of the final episode of “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” an HBO documentary probing the three cases. Berman served as Durst's spokeswoman when his wife, Kathie, vanished in New York in 1982 and she helped him cover his tracks, prosecutors said. Durst has long been suspected of killing his wife, whose body was never found, though he's denied any role in her disappearance. Prosecutors in Westchester County, New York, said Monday they were reviewing the killing of Kathie Durst as one of several unsolved homicides. When news broke in the fall of 2000 that the Westchester district attorney had reopened the case, Durst went into hiding in Texas and knocked off Berman before she could tell police she helped him cover up the killing, prosecutors claim. Nine months later, he fatally shot his neighbor, Morris Black, in the Galveston, Texas, boarding house where they lived. He was acquitted in the case after he testified he shot the man in self-defense and then in a panic cut up the man's body and tossed it out to sea. Los Angeles prosecutors said he killed Black because the older man had discovered his identity. Durst's lawyers have said he will testify again in this trial, a rare and risky move for a defendant. Lewin, who has had loud and testy exchanges with DeGuerin and other members of the defense team, said Monday that he was savoring the chance to cross-examine Durst. “Get your popcorn and candy and a lounge chair because it’s going to be a while," Lewin said. ___ Associated Press reporter Karen Matthews contributed to this story from New York. Brian Melley, The Associated Press
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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. He was 86. 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.” On Broadway, he starred with Ellen Burstyn in the long-running 1970s comedy “Same Time, Next Year.” He also made his mark in another sphere, as a commentator on radio and TV and author of several books, including the FX series “Louie.” He first gained wide notice in the 1972 Elaine May comedy “The Heartbreak Kid,” as a newlywed who abandons his bride on their honeymoon for beautiful Cybill Shepherd. Jake Coyle, The Associated Press
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Tree-cutting on a key stretch of a $1 billion hydropower project in western Maine is going to stop almost as soon as it started to protect the newly born young of a federally protected bat. The New England Clean Energy Connect has a narrow window of only two weeks to begin work on the power line after a federal appeals court gave the green light to proceed last week. Tree removal will have to stop in June and July when the pups of northern long-eared bats are born and cannot yet fly. A permit issued by the Army Corps of Engineers in November prohibited tree-cutting during June and July, and tree crews who're already on the job had planned to stop during the two-month period to protect the bats, whose populations have been decimated by so-called white nose syndrome. “NECEC Transmission LLC has been aware of this prohibition since the beginning of the federal consultation and permitting process and will comply with it,” NECEC said in a statement. The northern long-eared bats are tiny — the size of a small mouse — and they live in trees instead of caves. The bats are listed as threatened by the federal government and endangered by the state government because of white-nose syndrome, which has killed 90% to 95% of all bats in Maine, said Nate Webb, wildlife director at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The New England Clean Energy Connect aims to serve as a conduit for up to 1,200 megawatts of electricity from Canadian hydropower projects to reach the New England power grid. Much of the project would follow existing utility corridors but a new section to be cut through 53 miles (85 kilometers) of woods is the subject of a lawsuit and a potential referendum in November. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week rejected a request by environmental groups for a delay in construction, allowing workers to proceed on the new section of woodlands in western Maine. The three environmental groups had sued the U.S. Army Corps for a more in-depth environmental review. But the court's decision gives the company only two weeks to work before the pause for the bats begins. While tree-cutting will be suspended in June and July, other construction including the setting of poles can proceed, officials said. The permit from the U.S. Army Corps says tree-cutting should happen between Oct. 16 and April 19 “to the maximum extent practicable,” but it doesn’t forbid logging at other times of the year. “Maine workers are being organized and reporting to their assignments to begin the next phase of building the most important clean energy project in Maine’s history,” said Thorn Dickinson, president and CEO of NECEC. The project will be fully funded by Massachusetts ratepayers to meet that state’s clean energy goals, if the lawsuit and the potential referendum do not delay or derail it. Supporters say the power line will have the effect of reducing energy prices across the region, in addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Critics, meanwhile, say the environmental benefits are overstated and that it will destroy woodlands and harm wildlife. The project previously received approval from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Maine Land Use Planning Commission and Maine Public Utilities Commission. A second referendum targeting the project is pending action in the Legislature. The first referendum was tossed by the Maine Supreme Court on constitutional grounds. David Sharp, The Associated Press
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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