Tom Brady has been inconsistent for the past several games, raising questions on how the Buccaneers can keep him accountable to improve play calling and accuracy.
Tom Brady has been inconsistent for the past several games, raising questions on how the Buccaneers can keep him accountable to improve play calling and accuracy.
President says he will not reveal details until speaking to predecessor
For three years, adherents of the sprawling QAnon conspiracy theory awaited a so-called Great Awakening, scouring anonymous web postings from a shadowy "Q" figure and parsing statements by former U.S. President Donald Trump, whom they believed to be their champion. Instead, Democratic President Joseph Biden was calmly sworn into office, leaving legions of QAnon faithful struggling to make sense of what had transpired. In one Telegram channel with more than 18,400 members, QAnon believers were split between those still urging others to 'trust the plan' and those saying they felt betrayed.
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After taking the oath of office Wednesday, President Joe Biden issued a rare repudiation of white supremacy and domestic terrorism seen on the rise under his predecessor’s watch. In his inaugural address, Biden denounced the “racism, nativism, fear, demonization,” that propelled the assault on Capitol Hill by an overwhelmingly white mob of Donald Trump supporters who carried symbols of hate, including the Confederate battle flag. “A cry for racial justice some 400 years in the making moves us,” Biden said in the nearly 23-minute-long speech promising to heal a divided nation.
UConn's 3rd-ranked women's basketball team agreed Wednesday to play at No. 15 Arkansas on Jan. 28. Arkansas had been scheduled to host Vanderbilt, but the Commodores cut short their season because of complications from the COVID-19 pandemic. “When Vanderbilt opted out of the season Monday, we were lucky enough that UConn had a common open date as ours," Arkansas coach Mike Neighbors said on the program's website.
Trump corrected some injustices and passed up some incendiary possibilities. But just his contemplation of a self-pardon suggests limits are needed.
TAMPA, Fla. — A Florida man who went by the nickname “the Monkey Whisperer” has been charged in federal court with illegally transporting and selling primates, including a species considered endangered, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday. Jimmy Wayne Hammonds, 57, of Parrish, was charged with conspiracy, trafficking and submitting a false record in violation of the Lacey Act, a federal law involving the illegal trade in wildlife, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida. Prosecutors said Hammonds owned and operated a wildlife breeding and sales business called The Monkey Whisperer, LLC, through which he tried to sell a capuchin monkey to a buyer in California, even though the buyer could not legally own the animal. Hammonds was accused of organizing the illegal transport of the monkey across the country, where authorities seized the animal from the buyer's California home, according to the Justice Department. The indictment alleged he also sold endangered cotton-top tamarins to buyers in Alabama, South Carolina and Wisconsin, then concealed the animal trafficking by submitting false records to authorities and attempting to persuade a witness to lie to law enforcement. He also was charged with violations of the Endangered Species Act and witness tampering. If convicted, he could face more than 30 years in prison total on all of the counts. It was not immediately clear whether Hammonds had an attorney who could comment for him. The Associated Press
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A Missouri appeals court on Wednesday denied a second challenge from St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner to an order removing her and her office from prosecution of Mark McCloskey, who along with his wife, Patricia, pointed weapons at racial injustice protesters last year. Gardner had contended that the disqualification of her and her office from Mark McCloskey's case should not have also been applied to the case against Patricia McCloskey. Gardner's office said it would appeal the latest decision, meaning the Missouri Supreme Court would need to overturn her office's exclusion from the McCloskey case, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
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A Canadian judge took issue with a proposed plan to have Nygård released and monitored, so his attorneys asked for time to reassess.
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WASHINGTON — Three new senators were sworn into office Wednesday after President Joe Biden's inauguration, securing the majority for Democrats in the Senate and across a unified government to tackle the new president's agenda at a time of unprecedented national challenges. Vice-President Kamala Harris drew applause as she entered the chamber to deliver the oath of office to the new Democratic senators — Jon Ossoff, Raphael Warnock and Alex Padilla — just hours after taking her own oath at the Capitol alongside Biden. The three Democrats join a Senate narrowly split 50-50 between the parties, but giving Democrats the majority with Harris able to cast the tie-breaking vote. “Today, America is turning over a new leaf. We are turning the page on the last four years, we're going to reunite the country, defeat COVID-19, rush economic relief to the people,” Ossoff told reporters earlier at the Capitol. “That’s what they sent us here to do.” Ossoff, a former congressional aide and investigative journalist, and Warnock, a pastor from the late Martin Luther King Jr.'s church in Atlanta, won run-off elections in Georgia this month, defeating two Republicans. Padilla was tapped by California’s governor to finish the remainder of Harris’ term. Taken together, their arrival gives Democrats for the first time in a decade control of the Senate, the House and the White House, as Biden faces the unparalleled challenges of the COVID-19 crisis and its economic fallout, and the nation's painful political divisions from the deadly Jan. 6 siege of the Capitol by a mob loyal to Donald Trump. The pandemic has claimed 400,000 American lives, and Biden is proposing a $1.9 trillion recovery package to distribute vaccines and shore up an economy struggling from the virus shutdowns. At the same time, the Senate is about to launch an impeachment trial of Trump, charged by the House of inciting the insurrection at the Capitol as rioters tried to interrupt the Electoral College tally and overturn Biden’s election. The Senate will need to confirm Biden’s Cabinet nominees as launches the new administration. To “restore the soul” of the country, Biden said in his inaugural speech, requires “unity.” Yet as Washington looks to turn the page from Trump to the Biden administration, Republican leader Mitch McConnell is not relinquishing power without a fight. At night fell at the Capitol, Republican senators were blocking confirmation of Biden's Cabinet nominees, dispatching with the traditional show of good faith to confirm at least some nominees on Inauguration Day for a new president beginning his administration. Biden's nominee as Director of National Intelligence, Avril Haines, was temporarily blocked by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Okla., as he sought information about the CIA's enhanced interrogation program. Earlier, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., said he would hold back the Homeland Security nominee Alejandro Mayorkas over Biden's proposed immigration changes. In his first speech as the new Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer said voting was still possible later Wednesday evening and he urged colleagues to turn the spirit of the new president's call for unity into action. “President Biden, we heard you loud and clear,” Schumer said. “We have a lengthy agenda. And we need to get it done together.” McConnell is is refusing to enter a power-sharing agreement with Senate Democrats unless they meet his demands, chiefly to preserve the Senate filibuster — the procedural tool often used by the minority party to block bills under rules that require 60 votes to advance legislation. It's an arcane fight McConnell has inserted into what has traditionally been a more routine organizing resolution over committee assignments and staffing resources, but a power play by the outgoing Republican leader grabbing at tools that can be used to block Biden's agenda. Progressive and liberal Democrats are eager to do away with the filibuster to more quickly advance Biden's priorities, but not all rank-and-file Senate Democrats are on board. Schumer has not agreed to any changes but McConnell is taking no chances. Talks have hit a stalemate, leaving Senate action uncertain. McConnell, in his first speech as the new minority party leader, said the election results with narrow Democratic control of the House and Senate showed that Americans “intentionally entrusted both political parties with significant power.” The Republican leader said he looked forward working with the new president “wherever possible.” Biden has said he wants Congress to press ahead on all fronts, confirming his nominees and considering his legislative priorities, but also holding the former president responsible during the impeachment trial. That’s a tall order for a Senate under normal circumstances, but even more so now in the post-Trump era, with Republicans badly split between their loyalties to the defeated president and wealthy donors who are distancing themselves from Republicans who back Trump. Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to soon transmit to the Senate the House-passed article of impeachment against Trump, charged with incitement of insurrection, a step that will launch the Senate impeachment trial. It will take unanimous consent among senators to toggle between conducting votes on legislative business and serving as jurors in the impeachment trial. The House last week impeached Trump for having sent the mob to the Capitol to “fight like hell” during the tally of Electoral College votes to overturn Biden’s election. Associated Press writer Mary Clare Jalonick contributed to this article. Lisa Mascaro, The Associated Press
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Ontario should improve working conditions in long-term care homes in an effort to retain staff and prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the facilities, a new report from a group of health experts advising the province suggests. The immense toll the pandemic has taken on the long-term care sector is only increasing as infections and deaths among residents speed up, mirroring the virus's spread in the community at large, the report released Wednesday from the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table said. The province can build on what it has already done to improve the situation and protect residents and staff from the virus, the report said. "Addressing the longstanding staffing shortages is one of the most urgent issues confronting Ontario's LTC homes both during and in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic," said the report. The document pointed to American research that found staffing shortages in long-term care homes led to more cases of COVID-19, and also noted that staff needed to be supported in community approaches to fight the virus, such as localized testing. The report said, however, that the pandemic has made working in the sector even less appealing, as many workers have caught COVID-19 and 10 have died of the virus in Ontario. As of Wednesday, 13,549 residents of long-term care homes had been diagnosed with the virus and 3,239 had died, according to provincial data. As many as 5,375 staff members had been infected. "There is also a heightened fear among staff about onwards transmission of (COVID-19) to family members, not having access to PPE given the shortages at the onset of the pandemic, and burnout given the stressful conditions many staff are exposed to in outbreak settings," it reads. The province has done some things to improve working conditions, such as introducing temporary pay raises and accelerated training programs, the report said. But those benefits should be extended beyond the end of the pandemic to attract new workers – and keep them in their jobs once they're hired, the report recommended. "This could include creating more full-time jobs, more permanent pay increases, career ladders and more immediate increases in the hours of care being provided to each resident," it said. The report also pointed to suggestions to make at least 70 per cent of staff full-time, while ensuring "all full-time and part-time staff have fair pay and benefits including paid sick leave." The document noted that spread in long-term care homes reflects community spread, with facilities in regions with high rates of COVID-19 more likely to have significant outbreaks. "The relationship between community incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infections and LTC home outbreaks is likely mediated by infected staff who are unknowingly importing virus in homes with asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic COVID-19," it reads. An Ontario study conducted "in the early days of the first wave" found that infection among staff was associated with death among residents with a lag of just six days, the report notes, so tackling staff infection is paramount. The document suggests making sure personal support workers and other long-term care staff are included in community-tailored approaches to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as enabling local organizations to offer testing and support, individualized case management and paid sick leaves and eviction moratoriums. The document also recommends extending a prohibition on three- and four-bed rooms beyond the end of this month to prevent overcrowding, which is associated with higher rates of COVID-19 and more deaths. Long-Term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton's spokeswoman said the government is committed to keeping long-term care residents safe. "We have seen how quickly this virus spreads, and community transmission remains a serious threat to long-term care homes," Krystle Caputo said, pointing to government investments and vaccination efforts. But NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said that doesn't go far enough. "The government's own experts are echoing what residents, families, front-line staff and countless others have been saying for months," she said. "Long-term care homes with underpaid temporary staff and residents crammed three and four to a room are leaving seniors vulnerable, and are resulting in more devastating illness and tragic death." This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 20, 2021. Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press
The Baltimore Ravens have got the running game down pat, as evidenced by their back-to-back seasons with more than 3,000 yards rushing. Nothing wrong there. The defence is sound, too. Baltimore allowed fewer than 19 points per game and limited the prolific Buffalo offence to a touchdown and a field goal in a second-round playoff loss last weekend. So what's the priority this off-season? Quite simply, the Ravens need a robust passing game to supplement an offence that for the past three years has relied more heavily on quarterback Lamar Jackson's running ability than his downfield throws. “We're a dominant running football team and we're a middle-of-the-pack pass efficiency team," Harbaugh said Wednesday. “We need to improve what we're doing." The Ravens finished ranked dead last in yards passing, but Harbaugh pointed out that Baltimore threw far fewer passes than any other team. Moving forward, the plan is to bring a more balanced offence into the 2021 season. But it will remain a run-first unit built around Jackson, the only quarterback in NFL history with multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons. “It goes back to the same criticism that we've heard the last three years, about not being the type of offence or the type of quarterback that some people want to see," Harbaugh said. “They're just going to have to live with it, because Lamar Jackson's won a lot of football games here." Baltimore is 30-7 in the regular season with Jackson as a starter, and the fleet-footed quarterback is the main reason why the Ravens set an NFL record with 3,296 yards rushing last year before rambling for 3,071 this season. Problem is, opposing defences are packing the line in an effort to force Jackson to throw, and he hasn't made them regret that strategy on a consistent basis. So, although Baltimore has gone 10-6, 14-2 and 11-5 in the regular season over the past three years, it's the 1-3 record in the playoffs that's garnered most of the attention. “Until you win the whole thing, you're really a failure in the playoffs," Harbaugh said. There's no question that Jackson has the legs to carry the Ravens into the post-season. He's got a strong arm, too, but the 24-year-old still has much to do before approaching his peak at the position. “He's a young player still and is going to continue to grow," Harbaugh said. “His skillset and talent is remarkable and unique. He's got a great arm and is a naturally gifted thrower." What remains is for Jackson to enhance his footwork in the pocket, become more consistent with his mid-range throws and maintain his poise when no one's open downfield. Example: With the Ravens in position for the tying touchdown in the third quarter against the Bills on Saturday night, Jackson threw an interception that was returned 101 yards for a touchdown — the key play in Baltimore's 17-3 defeat. “He's going to work hard at that stuff and improve and get better and it will show up in how he plays next year," Harbaugh said. Jackson is still playing on his rookie contract, but Harbaugh expects an extension will occur soon, perhaps this off-season. “Of course, absolutely, we want Lamar to sign a long-term deal and be with us. I’m totally certain that that’s going to happen," the coach said. “When it happens, that’s the details and that’s what we’ve got to figure out.” The Ravens could do Jackson a big favour by getting him another receiver to go with Marquise Brown, who was essentially the lone deep threat to go with possession receiver Willie Snead and reliable tight end Mark Andrews. “It kind of comes down to who you can bring in here and what it will cost," Harbaugh said. “A big, physical receiver would be awesome for us. It could be another tight end or a speed guy that could open coverage up. We could use anybody that's talented and good." Jackson was sacked three times against the Bills and missed the fourth quarter with a concussion. Harbaugh said the quarterback is on the mend, and the coach expects to have left tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle) and tight end Nick Boyle (knee) back for training camp. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL David Ginsburg, The Associated Press
AMCI Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: AMCI) ("AMCI") today announced that the Special Meeting (the "Special Meeting") of its stockholders in connection with its previously announced proposed business combination with Advent Technologies Inc. ("Advent"), an innovation-driven company in the fuel cell and hydrogen technology space, will be held on February 2, 2021. The proxy statement/prospectus/consent solicitation is being mailed to the Company’s stockholders of record as of the close of business on January 8, 2021 (the "Record Date"). Notice of the Special Meeting will be mailed on or about January 21, 2021 to stockholders of record as of the Record Date.