George Segal, the Oscar-nominated actor whose starred in classic films like "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "Where’s Poppa?" died Tuesday after complications from bypass surgery. He was 87.
George Segal, the Oscar-nominated actor whose starred in classic films like "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "Where’s Poppa?" died Tuesday after complications from bypass surgery. He was 87.
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It comes as shoppers returned to the high streets and drinkers were able to visit pubs as restrictions were eased in England on Monday.
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HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s leader says fully-vaccinated residents could soon be allowed to form “vaccination bubbles” that would allow socializing in larger groups during the pandemic, as part of incentives to encourage more people to get inoculated. So far, only about 8% of the population has been inoculated since Hong Kong began its vaccination program in late February. But the city’s chief executive Carrie Lam said in a news conference Monday that it would establish a travel bubble with Singapore, and that details would be announced soon. Similar plans for such an air bubble fell through last November following a surge of cases in Hong Kong, which led to months of stringent social-distancing measures. Cases have since come down, and the city recorded no untraceable cases over the last few days. Plans are also in place to allow a limited number of travellers from mainland China to enter Hong Kong without quarantine from mid-May as the mainland has achieved “zero infection." A ban on flights from Britain will also be lifted in May, although travellers will still be required to be quarantined for 21 days at designated hotels. Quarantine restrictions for fully-vaccinated travellers from low-risk and medium-risk countries such as Singapore, New Zealand and Australia could also be reduced. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Muslims are navigating coronavirus regulations for their second Ramadan in the shadow of the pandemic — China's top disease control official said current vaccines offer low protection, mixing them is among strategies being considered to boost effectiveness — Follow AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine ___ HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: BRUSSELS — The one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccines have started to be delivered to the European Union on Monday, the first of 55 million doses which are expected to be provided to the bloc before the end of June. EU Commission spokesman Stefan De Keersmaecker said the Johnson & Johnson deliveries “are indeed on track as agreed.” About 105 million vaccine doses were delivered in the first quarter, a bitter disappointment since Anglo-Swedish company AstraZeneca fell about 90 million doses short of an initial commitment of 120 million. The other doses were delivered by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna with 65 million and 10 million doses respectively. In the second quarter the EU is counting on 200 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, 35 million of Moderna, 70 million from AstraZeneca and 55 million from Johnson & Johnson. The EU, with a population of 450 million, hopes to have 70 per cent of its adults vaccinated by the end of summer. Because it relies only on one shot, the Johnson & Johnson jabs are a key component of the EU’s vaccine strategy. ___ LISBON, Portugal — The European Union’s crime agency says the COVID-19 pandemic has opened up new sources of revenue for organized crime, from online fraud to fake vaccines and illegal digital content. Europol says “criminals were quick to adapt … in order to exploit the fear and anxieties of Europeans and to capitalize on the scarcity of some vital goods during the pandemic.” The agency says the pandemic acted as a “catalyst” for new online fraud schemes and the sale of counterfeit medical equipment such as face masks, while unlawful sanitary waste treatment and disposal has become a focus of police investigations. Europol’s Serious and Organized Crime Threat Assessment, published every four years and launched in Lisbon, Portugal on Monday, noted one setback for criminals, however: there have been generally fewer house burglaries because many people are working from home during ___ BERLIN — The German government aims to agree on a bill Tuesday that would shift more powers from state to federal authorities to set pandemic restrictions. The country’s decentralized political system has resulted in an often confusing patchwork of rules and regulations to reduce coronavirus infections in Germany’s 16 states. Government spokesperson Steffen Seibert told reporters on Monday that the goal of the bill is to have a single nationwide rule for all areas where there are more than 100 new weekly cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Currently more than half of Germany’s 400 cities and counties have higher infection rates. Some regions in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein with lower infection rates began reopening open-air dining in cafes and restaurants Monday. The proposed bill would need to be passed by Parliament. Seibert said the government is already in talks with all parties to ensure that happens quickly. One issue still being discussed is whether to make testing for COVID-19 compulsory in the workplace. The pro-business Free Democratic Party, which co-governs in some German states, opposes this requirement. Germany’s disease control agency reported 13,245 newly confirmed cases on Monday, taking the total number of known COVID-19 infections since the start of the pandemic above 3 million. The Robert Koch Institute said there were 99 additional deaths, raising the total tally to 78,452. ___ PRAGUE — The Czech Republic has taken its first steps toward easing a tight lockdown. Czechs are allowed to travel to other counties and a night-time curfew has ended. Children up to the fifth grade returned to school Monday under strict conditions. All have to wear face masks and be tested twice a week. The day-to-day increase in new cases reached 976 Sunday. It’s the first time the new cases dropped to under 1,000 since Sept 20. Despite the decline, the 14-day case notification rate per 100,000 inhabitants was at 808.75 the fourth highest in the EU, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. The nation of 10.7 million has 1.58 million confirmed cases with over 27,918 deaths. ___ SEOUL, South Korea — Health officials in South Korea say Maryland-based Novavax has agreed to a licensing arrangement that will allow a South Korean biotech firm to produce its coronavirus vaccines for later this year. Kwon Deok-cheol, South Korea’s health minister, said Monday that SK Bioscience plans to produce 20 million Novavax shots through September, all of which will be used locally. Production could start as early as June. Food and Drug Safety Minister Kim Gang-lip, who joined Kwon in a news conference, said Novavax’s vaccines are currently being reviewed by regulators in Europe and Britain, but didn’t speculate on when the shots would be approved in major countries. SK Bioscience is already producing vaccines developed by AstraZeneca at its manufacturing facility in Andong. South Korea has mainly relied on these shots since it launched its mass immunization campaign in February, but there are fears over possible shortages as officials wrestle with a slower vaccine rollout than many other developed economies. While South Korea hopes to get 150 million doses of coronavirus vaccines this year through bilateral deals with pharmaceutical companies and the WHO-backed COVAX program, it has got just over 3 million doses so far. A little over 1.15 million people have received their first doses as of Monday. Officials have so far maintained their goal of vaccinating 70% of the country’s 51 million people before the start of the new influenza season around November. ___ MADRID — A Spanish pharmaceutical company says it’s setting up a new production line that would produce millions of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine doses on European Union soil later this year. Rovi’s existing facility in southern Spain’s Granada will receive an undisclosed investment to produce the active ingredient of Moderna’s jab, the company announced Monday in a press release. The expected output will be up to 100 million vaccine doses per year starting in the third quarter of 2021, Rovi said, adding that the production will be destined to markets outside the United States. The facility will be the first of its kind in the EU, adding to the production facilities that the Swiss biotech company Lonza has been operating there. Rovi had until now operated production lines to fill vials with Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, but the active component had to be imported into the country. ___ LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged people to “behave responsibly” as shops, gyms, hairdressers, restaurant patios and beer gardens reopen after months of lockdown. Monday sees the easing of restrictions that have been in place in England since early January to suppress a surge in coronavirus infections linked to a more transmissible new variant of the virus. Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said businesses were “excited and desperate” to welcome customers back. Many people were planning outdoor meals and drinks, despite unseasonably cold weather that brought snow to London and many other areas. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — are following their own, broadly similar plans to ease lockdown. Britain has had Europe’s worst coronavirus outbreak, with more than 127,000 confirmed deaths. ___ MANILA, Philippines — The hard-hit Philippine capital and four nearby provinces have been placed under a lighter coronavirus lockdown to avoid further damage to an already battered economy despite a continuing surge in infections and deaths. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Metropolitan Manila and the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal, a region of more than 25 million people, would remain under lighter restrictions up to the end of April after a two-week hard lockdown. An 11-hour night curfew has been shortened to nine hours in the Manila metropolis. Most residents, except for workers in authorized businesses and medical and government law and order personnel will have to remain at home Monday except for urgent errands. Essential businesses will remain open, including hospitals, supermarkets, convenience stores and banks, but amusement parks, movie houses, cockfighting arenas, fitness gyms and beauty salons will remain shut. The government has struggled to open more isolation and treatment centres after many hospitals were overwhelmed starting in March by the worst surge in coronavirus infections. More than 1,000 additional beds could now be used, many of them in the government-run National Center for Mental Health, officials said. The Philippines has long been a Southeast Asian coronavirus hotspot, with about 865,000 confirmed infections and nearly 15,000 deaths. ___ GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Gaza Strip has recorded the highest daily deaths since the coronavirus broke out in the Palestinian enclave. The Health Ministry reported Monday that 17 Palestinians have died from COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 694. Gaza is under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade and its Hamas rulers had managed to keep it relatively free of the virus by imposing obligatory quarantine on the few dozens returnees who cross in via Israel or Egypt. But in August, the virus escaped the walls of the isolation centres and spread rapidly. After a significant decrease of infections in February, Hamas removed all precautionary measures and cases resurged. The vaccination rollout is limited. The territory of 2 million people has received vaccines for only 40,000 people, including a shipment via the global COVAX program. ___ WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand is requiring that all border workers be vaccinated against the coronavirus by the end of the month. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday that beginning immediately, employers would need to consider alternative options for any of their employees who haven’t been vaccinated. That could mean those workers are redeployed to roles away from the border or fired. Ardern had previously set April as a deadline for vaccinating frontline workers but on Monday talked about it in stronger terms after three workers at a quarantine facility caught the virus. New Zealand has stamped out the spread of the virus within the community, so returning travellers who may have caught COVID-19 abroad are considered the biggest vulnerability. Ardern said 86% of workers at quarantine facilities have already been vaccinated, although that group only represents a small proportion of all border workers. ___ TOKYO — Tokyo has adopted tougher measures against the coronavirus as it struggles to curb the rapid spread of a more contagious variant ahead of the Olympics in a country where less than 1% of people have been vaccinated. Japan expanded its vaccination drive Monday to older residents, with the first shots being given in about 120 selected places around the country. The tougher COVID-19 rules allow Tokyo’s governor to mandate shorter opening hours for bars and restaurants, punish violators and compensate those who comply. Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike urged residents to be cautious while vaccinations are in an early stage. “We are still unarmed as we fight against the resurgence of the infections," she said. The Associated Press
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The driver of an SUV packed with migrants stopped or slowed before getting slammed by a tractor-trailer in one of the deadliest border-related crashes in U.S. history, according to testimony released Monday. The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report includes the first published account of the driver of a tractor-trailer who survived the March 2 crash in the farming community of Holtville, California, about 125 miles (200 kilometers) east of San Diego. It killed 13 of 25 people inside the 1997 Ford Expedition, including the driver.
President Joe Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure investment package includes $300 billion to boost the struggling U.S. manufacturing sector, including $50 billion for semiconductor production and research, the White House said on Monday. Biden will highlight his push to rebuild manufacturing in remarks to a meeting of senior White House officials and top executives from nearly 20 major companies that will focus on a global semiconductor shortage that has roiled the automotive industry and technology firms. "While manufacturing jobs have been a ladder to middle-class life, we have let our industrial heartland be hollowed out, with quality jobs moving abroad or to regions with lower wages and fewer protections for workers," the White House said in a fact sheet outlining investments https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/American-Jobs-Plan-Master_Manufacturing.pdf under the Biden infrastructure plan.
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What happened Shares of Indian automaker Tata Motors (NYSE: TTM) were trading sharply lower in the U.S. on Monday morning. Tata, which is also traded on India's National Stock Exchange (NSE) in Mumbai, was caught in a broad NSE sell-off on Monday on concerns about a new wave of COVID-19 infections in India.
The question became inevitable at some of the bigger golf tournaments, whether it was for Jordan Spieth or Tiger Woods. Japanese reporters, having quietly rehearsed the words in English, wanted to know what the best players thought of Hideki Matsuyama. Matsuyama was still in college when he won his first professional event.
Carlisle Companies Incorporated (NYSE:CSL) today published its 2020 Sustainability Report in conjunction with a new ESG-focused website (www.carlisle.com/sustainability). The 2020 report and new website share details of Carlisle’s century-long journey and provide a deeper look into Carlisle’s socially and fiscally responsible approach to create value for its stakeholders, including customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders and the communities in which we operate.
EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is set to deliver an update this morning on the state of the province's COVID-19 vaccine rollout. The premier has said the rollout is critical, as the impact of COVID-19 on the province has become a race between the rise of the variants and getting a critical mass of people vaccinated. The variants, which are more contagious than the original strain, now make up about half of Alberta's 14,000 active cases. The most recent numbers show 376 people in hospital because of the virus, 90 of whom are in intensive care. There have been almost 848,000 doses of vaccine administered so far in the province. Kenney has also been dealing with demands from almost half of his backbench United Conservative caucus to ease public-health restrictions on the grounds that the rules are onerous and unnecessary. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 12, 2021. The Canadian Press
U.S. President Joe Biden's interim regulators are wasting no time unraveling Wall Street-friendly measures introduced under former Republican President Donald Trump, using quick-fix legal tactics. They have spiked or stalled more than a dozen contentious Trump-era measures that critics said eroded consumer protections, weakened enforcement, and curbed investors' ability to push for environmental, social and governance (ESG) changes. Rather than embarking on the lengthy process of rewriting the rules, the agencies have in many instances used speedy legal tools, according to lawyers, consumer groups, and a review by Reuters.
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The former cabinet minister and Liberal Democrat peer, Baroness Williams of Crosby, has died aged 90.
Paris – 12 April 2021 - Ipsos is pleased to announce the acquisition of Intrasonics, a leading provider of audio recognition technology based in the UK. This is part of Ipsos’ continued strategy to increase its expertise in the field of digital audience measurement and offer new capabilities in the area of Audio, Digital and TV content recognition. Intrasonics has been a key partner in helping to develop Ipsos’ proprietary passive measurement solution, MediaCell which is at the heart of some of Ipsos’ recent success in audience measurement. These include the award of the Dutch Nationaal Media Onderzoek (NMO) contract to deliver a total media audience measurement solution in the Netherlands, together with Kantar (i) and, also, the Broadcast Research Council (BRC) of South Africa’s decision to nominate Ipsos to create a new, future-ready Radio Audience Management Survey (RAMS) (ii). Founded in 2008, Intrasonics’ pioneered in the field of echomodulation audio watermarking. The Cambridge-based company are a world reference in the field of digital encoding and fingerprinting technology used in audience measurement enabling mobile phones to synchronise to radio or TV broadcasts through a simple to install app - a vital component of Ipsos' passive TV and radio measurement solution, MediaCell. Ginus Tiemessen, founder of Intrasonics commented, "I am proud that our close cooperation has become permanent. The combination of Ipsos’ global audience measurement network with Intrasonics' high-tech competence centre in Cambridge will offer great opportunities and even better service for all our clients. The team is eager to help create the new product market combinations that this collaboration will bring." Jerome Schalkwijk, Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer, said: "We're very excited to combine our expertise and passion for audio technology with Ipsos' understanding of market research and their global reach. Together, we're perfectly positioned to develop new markets and to revolutionise the audience research market." Didier Truchot, Ipsos’ CEO & Chairman commented: “This acquisition allows Ipsos to couple its audience measurement capabilities with the latest technology and techniques. We are proud to welcome Intrasonics to the Ipsos family and take a new step to help clients understand how audiences are consuming new media”. Liz Landy, Audience Measurement Global Service Line Leader added: “With the rise of digitally streamed media, audio watermarking is crucial to help understand how and where audiences are consuming different types of content. Intrasonics has been a key partner in helping us authenticate audience behaviors for Ipsos iris in the UK. This acquisition is another step to ensure that we provide our clients with future ready products”. ABOUT IPSOS Ipsos is the third largest market research company in the world, present in 90 markets and employing more than 16,000 people. Our passionately curious research professionals, analysts and scientists have built unique multi-specialist capabilities that provide true understanding and powerful insights into the actions, opinions and motivations of citizens, consumers, patients, customers or employees. Our 75 business solutions are based on primary data coming from our surveys, social media monitoring, and qualitative or observational techniques. “Game Changers” – our tagline – summarizes our ambition to help our 5,000 clients navigate with confidence our world of rapid change. Founded in France in 1975, Ipsos is listed on the Euronext Paris since July 1, 1999. The company is part of the SBF 120 and the Mid-60 index andis eligible for the Deferred Settlement Service (SRD).ISIN code FR0000073298, Reuters ISOS.PA, Bloomberg IPS:FP www.ipsos.com i https://www.ipsos.com/en-nl/ipsos-and-kantar-appointed-deliver-total-media-audience-measurement-solution-netherlandsii https://brcsa.org.za/brc-and-ipsos-to-ensure-that-rams-is-future-ready/ Attachment Press release - Acquisition of Intrasonics - 12 April 2021
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BERLIN — The head of Chancellor Angela Merkel's party, Armin Laschet, on Monday rallied his party's leadership behind his bid to become the centre-right candidate to be Germany's next leader. That gave Laschet an initial advantage, but a rival who also has declared his ambition, Markus Soeder, resisted pressure for a immediate decision on who will run for chancellor in the Sept. 26 election, and pointed to his superior poll ratings. The conservative Union bloc wants to resolve the question after months of shadow-boxing between Laschet, the head of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, and Soeder, who leads its smaller Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union. Laschet and Soeder — the governors of Germany's two most populous states, North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria respectively — both officially declared Sunday that they're prepared to run, but insisted they will find a harmonious solution. They didn't specify how. Both have advantages and disadvantages: Soeder's poll ratings are much stronger, but Laschet is the recently elected leader of by far the bigger party. “The picture (in the CDU leadership) is clear,” the CDU general secretary, Paul Ziemiak, said after a lengthy meeting Monday. “There is a broad majority for Armin Laschet as the chancellor candidate of the CDU and CSU.” The party stopped short of a formal decision, however. “Everyone wants a quick decision,” Laschet told a news conference. “All the facts are on the table. The problems we have to solve ... are so big that we shouldn't occupy ourselves any longer with our internal issues.” Laschet’s support in the CDU is a decisive factor because his party runs in 15 of Germany’s 16 states, while the CSU runs only in Bavaria. The CDU's relatively weak local branch in Berlin backed Soeder. Some lawmakers also have backed him in recent weeks. Soeder said Sunday he is ready to run “if the CDU — which is the bigger sister, that's very clear — supports this broadly.” He added that, if the CDU decides otherwise, "we would accept that.” Soeder, 54, said the candidate should be the one with the best chances in the election, in which Merkel isn't seeking a fifth term after 16 years in power. That underlined his strength in polls after cultivating an image as a decisive backer of tough action in the coronavirus pandemic. Soeder, who won his own party leadership's backing in a separate meeting Monday, signalled afterward that he still hopes for support from CDU lawmakers who worry about their own chances of re-election. “Polls aren't everything, but they are a ... clear indication of what the population thinks, and we can't uncouple ourselves from the majority of people in our country,” he said in Munich. Soeder said there needs to be more discussion on the candidate with more than just top party officials but it shouldn't be an “endless process.” He expects a result this week. Laschet said, in Monday's CDU meeting, “everyone made clear, and everyone had countless examples, how polls can change in the shortest period of time.” Laschet, 60, was elected CDU leader in January. He hasn’t enjoyed a honeymoon, most recently garnering criticism for appearing to dither over how to tackle a resurgence in virus cases. Last month, the CDU lost two state elections. National polls have shown the Union giving up gains it made thanks to Merkel’s management of the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic. It has been hurt among other things by a slow start to vaccinations and allegations that several CDU and CSU lawmakers profited from business deals last year as Germany scrambled to secure masks. The Union still leads national polls ahead of the environmentalist Greens and the centre-left Social Democrats. The Greens plan to announce next Monday which of the party's two co-leaders will make its first bid for the chancellery. The Social Democrats have nominated Finance Minister Olaf Scholz as their candidate. Soeder's CSU twice before provided the centre-right candidate for chancellor, Franz Josef Strauss in 1980 and Edmund Stoiber in 2002. Both lost to centre-left incumbents. Geir Moulson, The Associated Press