Jakob Poeltl (San Antonio Spurs) with an and one vs the Houston Rockets, 01/16/2021
Jakob Poeltl (San Antonio Spurs) with an and one vs the Houston Rockets, 01/16/2021
Orchid Island Capital, Inc. (NYSE:ORC) (the "Company") announced today that it priced an underwritten public offering of 8,000,000 shares of its common stock for gross proceeds of approximately $44.4 million. The Company also granted the underwriter a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,200,000 shares of common stock. The offering is expected to close on March 5, 2021, subject to customary closing conditions. J.P. Morgan acted as sole bookrunning manager for the offering.
The United States demanded Tuesday that the status of tens of thousands of civilians detained in Syria during the country’s 10-year conflict be made public, and that the bodies of those who died be returned to their loved ones. U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield made the demand at an informal high-level U.N. General Assembly meeting on human rights in Syria where she denounced the “brutality” and “untold suffering” caused by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime and the “appalling atrocities” it has committed. “The Assad regime continues to imprison tens of thousands of innocent Syrians -- women and children, the elderly, doctors and providers, journalists, human rights defenders,” she said.
VANCOUVER — The British Columbia government says the provincial health officer has to strike a balance between curbing the spread of COVID-19 and religious practice, which may at times affect certain rights under the Canadian charter. Lawyer Gareth Morley told the B.C. Supreme Court on Tuesday that Dr. Bonnie Henry is using "non-pharmaceutical interventions" to ensure the population remains healthy until vaccines are prevalent. Morley, who works for the legal services branch of the Attorney General Ministry, said it is agreed that the province is in the middle of a pandemic. "And measures taken to protect public health, to protect lives, to protect people from serious illness, and to protect the ability of the health-care system itself to respond, that those are the sorts of measures that can limit charter rights, including freedom of religion." Henry has a duty under the Constitution to "proportionally and reasonably" limit freedoms by preventing the gathering of people to ensure their health and safety, Morley said. Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson asked who decides whether the limits are proportional or reasonable, adding that he wants to understand how the provincial health officer is making her decisions. "Aren't the churches entitled to know why if you go to the bar and watch a hockey game for an hour or two, you can't sit in a church for an hour or two? It is a point I struggle with." Hinkson said he understands Henry has a difficult job, but she hasn't explained why or how she is making the decisions. "If she chooses not to share her thought process with the court, there's no oversight," he said. Morley said the decisions are made after careful review by health officials and experts. So balancing religious rights and protecting people from an "out-of-control epidemic" is a matter of judgment, he said, adding that Henry met with religious leaders and health officials while making her decisions. Earlier Tuesday, a lawyer for several British Columbia churches told the court the province's COVID-19 restrictions substantially interfere with their right to freedom of religion. Paul Jaffe argued religion is far more than belief, thoughts and opinions — rather, it's the "actual practice" of those things in ways that are an important part of the faith. "There couldn't be, I say, a more substantial interference with religious freedom than to prohibit them from gathering to worship — absolutely integral to their faith," he said. Hinkson said there are no COVID-19 restrictions on people's religious freedoms and it's the safety of those who are gathering that is at issue. Jaffe said church is as much a part of people's lives as school, gyms and shopping. He repeated an earlier argument to the court, saying the orders do not prohibit outdoor assemblies over matters of public interest or controversy. Religion is a matter of public interest, but there is a restriction on gatherings, he said. "In my submission, it's entirely arbitrary," he said. "And for some reason stereotyping of churches in a way which presents them with some kind of risk." Jaffe works with the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, a Calgary-based legal advocacy group that's also asking the court to dismiss tickets of up to $2,300 each for alleged violations of the orders. His clients — which include the Riverside Calvary Chapel in Langley, Immanuel Covenant Reformed Church in Abbotsford and the Free Reformed Church of Chilliwack — have been careful to adopt safety protocols similar to those approved by Henry in places that remain open. A separate petition was filed Tuesday by representatives of 10 other churches that are part of the Canadian Reformed Churches, which has about 3,000 members. The group wants the court to quash the provincial health officer's restrictions that forbid in-person services. The Roman Catholic archbishop of Vancouver is challenging the restrictions in court as well, filing a petition on Friday arguing the orders are unconstitutional. The petition seeks an exemption to allow religious gatherings including mass, weddings and baptisms. This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 2, 2021. Hina Alam, The Canadian Press
The Toronto Raptors had largely dodged COVID-19 for the first half of an NBA season reeling from the global pandemic. But the Raptors are feeling the full force of it now, preparing to host the Detroit Pistons with a skeleton roster and coaching staff. Starters Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby, plus Malachi Flynn and Patrick McCaw have all been ruled out of Toronto's rescheduled game Wednesday against visiting Detroit, along with head coach Nick Nurse and most of his coaching staff. Asked what he's learned from the team's first major brush with the virus, GM Bobby Webster said: "That you don't ever want to go through it again. "It’s what you can imagine," Webster said in a Zoom call with media on Tuesday night. "It's the emotional stress of having colleagues that potentially, obviously, can be sick. The enormous amount of stress everyone feels, everyone's walking a bit on eggshells here in the locker room and you can't necessarily be as friendly . . . "The basketball will go on, we'll play the games, but just to maintain everybody’s belonging and familiarity is really important." Assistant coach Sergio Scariolo, who guided Toronto to a 122-111 win over Houston on Friday, will act as head coach again Wednesday. Webster said players were cleared to do some individual work on the court Tuesday. The big takeaway, he said, was that the team's had "multiple days of no new cases." "It's been a tough couple of days, to get to here and be able to practise, we had to clear a number of hurdles," Webster said. Webster believes the five players out Wednesday will still be unavailable for Thursday's game in Boston. Jalen Harris and recently-signed big man Donta Hall joined the team from its G League affiliate, Raptors 905. Scariolo said he'll likely play De'Andre Bembry and Harris at point guard along with Kyle Lowry. The Italian, who coached Spain to the 2019 World Cup title, said there was a definite mood of concern around the players who are cleared to play. “Before practice we were always wondering how our buddies were doing — at home, and everybody is in touch with almost everybody," he said. "(But) at this point the ones that are left have to focus on the basketball task and leave everything that happened out of our gym, at least for that hour, hour and a half, and (Wednesday) in those three hours. "Even work harder to try to do our best for the guys who will not be able to be with us.” The game was originally slated for Tuesday at Tampa's Amalie Arena -- the Raptors' home this season due to Canada's border restrictions and COVID-19 health protocols in Ontario -- but was postponed due to what the league said was "positive test results and ongoing contact tracing within the Raptors organization." Sunday's game against the Chicago Bulls was also postponed. The Pistons plane was delayed more than two hours leaving Detroit as the Raptors awaited the green light from the NBA. Toronto had been one of just four remaining teams in the league that hadn't had a game postponed until Sunday's game against visiting Chicago. The league has now had 31 games scrapped due to too few healthy players. There was a sense of not if but when it would hit the Raptors, particularly making their homes in Florida, a COVID-19 hotspot. Assistants Adrian Griffin, Jama Mahlalela and Jon Goodwillie are all still sidelined under health and safety protocols, while Webster said one other assistant who coached Friday is now unavailable. He didn't reveal who, but it would be either Jim Sann, Mark Tyndale, or Jamaal Magloire. Webster said keeping the team's spirits up has been a priority. "It's difficult, you can't really see people, right? So a lot of it is done via Zoom, we held an all-staff Zoom (Tuesday) just to check in on people," he said. "Some of it's really as basic as just seeing everyone's face and having some laughs and doing that. "Nothing super complicated, nothing super psychological, just actually being there for people and having them know whether they're in quarantine or they're not in quarantine that they're still part of the team." The Raptors at least have some time off coming up. Boston is their last game before the NBA all-star break. Toronto tips off the second half of the season March 11 against the visiting Atlanta Hawks. This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 2, 2021. Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press
The 46,000-year-old Juukan Gorge rock shelters were destroyed to make way for an iron ore mine last year.
Stars have gone public with their jabs to encourage fans to get vaccinated.
In the past year, more than 20 rangers have been killed defending Africa's oldest national park.
BEIJING — Chinese leaders are shifting focus from the coronavirus back to long-term goals of making China a technology leader at this year's highest-profile political event, the meeting of its ceremonial legislature, amid tension with Washington and Europe over trade, Hong Kong and human rights. The National People's Congress, which opens Friday, has no real power. But the ruling Communist Party uses the gathering of 3,000-plus delegates to showcase economic and social plans. The party-appointed delegates, who don't represent the public, endorse decisions already made by party leaders. The NPC usually focuses on domestic issues but those increasingly are overshadowed by geopolitics, including a feud with Washington over technology and security. In October, party leaders declared that making China a self-reliant “technology power” is this year's economic priority. Chinese leaders were rattled after Washington cut off access to U.S. processor chips and other inputs needed by telecom equipment giant Huawei and some other companies. That threatens fledgling industries seen by Beijing as a path to prosperity and global influence. “China is moving from fighting the coronavirus to returning to long-term development objectives,” said Citigroup economist Li-Gang Liu. During the congress, leaders will announce closely watched spending plans for the People’s Liberation Army. Last year’s official budget was $178.6 billion, the second-largest after the United States, but outside experts say total spending is up to 40% more than the reported figure. This year's session comes amid repeated clashes between President Xi Jinping's government and Washington, Europe, Japan, India, Australia and others over trade, technology, Hong Kong, human rights, the coronavirus and territorial claims. Xi's government also is encouraging Chinese exporters to focus more on domestic markets in response to Washington's tariff hikes on goods from China. The congress, to be held mostly by video link to keep Chinese leaders, delegates and reporters separated as an anti-virus measure, provides a platform for announcing initiatives aimed at tightening control over Hong Kong. Last year’s session endorsed a national security law for the semi-autonomous territory in response to pro-democracy and anti-government protests. A senior official has called for changes to its tightly controlled electoral system to make sure Hong Kong is led by what Beijing calls patriots. Legislators are due to endorse the party’s latest five-year development blueprint, which takes effect this year. The ruling party has spent heavily over the past two decades to build up China’s fledgling suppliers of semiconductor, solar, aerospace and other technology. But its smartphone manufacturers and other industries still need U.S., European, Japanese and Korean processor chips and other advanced components. That campaign took on added urgency after then-President Donald Trump slapped sanctions on Huawei Technologies Ltd. and some other companies starting in 2018. China is evolving from lower-value manufacturing to "technology intensiveness," said Zuo Xiaolei, an economist in Beijing. She said that, coupled with stronger consumer spending, could help foreign economies by boosting imports. On Monday, the industry minister, Xiao Yaqing, called for efforts to “effectively safeguard China’s economic security” in the face of “fierce international competition.” China needs to develop an “independent and controllable” supply chain, Xiao said, a reference to official pressure on manufacturers to use more domestically produced components and technology, even if they cost more. Xiao cited integrated circuits, next-generation telecoms and electric cars as priorities, according to the Shanghai news outlet The Paper. China needs to “speed up development of the digital economy,” Xiao said at a news conference. The party also is expected to present more details of plans to meet targets for having China’s carbon emissions peak by 2030 and achieve neutrality by 2060. The party has promised repeatedly to develop a clean, energy-efficient “green economy." China has been the world’s biggest carbon emitter since 2005, making whatever it chooses to do critical to reining in global warming. China still gets almost 60% of its power from coal. “This is the area that poses a great challenge,” said Citigroup’s Liu. The 2030 target means “this very high dependence on coal will have to decline drastically.” On Friday, investors will watch whether Premier Li Keqiang, the top economic official, announces an annual growth target. The target officially is just a budget tool, but leaders have sought to reassure consumers and entrepreneurs by promising to meet it. Last year, the party declared it had met its goal of doubling economic output from 2010 levels, which required annual growth of about 7%. Xi says the next target is to double output again by 2035, a longer period that would allow growth closer to 5%, still among the highest for any major country. Li skipped announcing a target last year due to the pandemic. The premier and other leaders say consumer spending and other indicators are more important, but analysts say they might feel pressure to show the economy is back on track by setting a formal target. After last year's multi-decade-low 2.3% growth, forecasters say it would be easy to hit 7% as manufacturing and spending rebound. "Growth will not be what the government is most concerned about," said He Fan, an economist at Shanghai Jiaotong University. After last year's crisis, he said, leaders now “care about effectiveness and safety.” ___ AP researcher Yu Bing in Beijing contributed. Joe McDonald, The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to confirm Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to serve as President Joe Biden’s commerce secretary and help guide the economy's recovery during and after the coronavirus pandemic. The vote was 84-15. Raimondo, 49, was the first woman elected governor of Rhode Island and is serving her second term. She is a Rhodes Scholar and a graduate of Yale Law School who went on to become a venture capitalist before turning to politics. Raimondo will be responsible for promoting the nation's economic growth domestically and overseas. Later Tuesday, the Senate voted 95-4 to confirm Cecilia Rouse to be chair of Biden's Council of Economic Advisers. Rouse will be the first Black woman to lead the CEA in its 74 years of existence. Republican opposition to Raimondo's confirmation focused on concerns that she would not be forceful enough in confronting the Chinese government's efforts to gain an economic and technological edge through espionage. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in particular said he was concerned that she declined during her confirmation hearing to commit to keeping Chinese telecom giant Huawei on the department’s Entity List. U.S. companies need to get a license to sell sophisticated technology to companies on the list. She subsequently told senators she had no reason to believe that companies on the list should not be there. But that answer failed to satisfy Cruz. He said it would have been a simple matter for Raimondo to commit to keeping Huawei and others on the Entity List. “She refused to do so, repeatedly," Cruz said before the vote. “This appears to be part of a pattern of a systemic decision to embrace communist China." Biden has said China is in for “extreme competition” from the U.S. under his administration, but that the new relationship he wants to forge need not be one of conflict. The COVID-19 pandemic, which originated in China, has also strained the relationship between the two countries with members of both U.S. political parties working to highlight any accommodations they see the other side making toward China. Much of Raimondo's work will be focused on regional economic issues. Lawmakers from coastal states want help protecting valuable fishing industries. Lawmakers from rural states want greater investment in broadband. She confirmed her interest in working with them on those issues during her confirmation hearing and emphasized the need to tackle climate change. She noted as governor that she oversaw construction of the nation’s first offshore wind farm. “We’re looking for someone who can come in and help, with private sector experience, to really move the agenda of this administration forward. So, for me, Gov. Raimondo’s private sector experience really means a lot," said Sen. Maria Cantwell, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. “She knows how to invest in new technologies and things that are going to help us grow jobs for the future, and she knows how to match up a workforce with those job opportunities." The Commerce Department comprises a dozen bureaus and agencies, including the National Weather Service, the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Raimondo would oversee the work of more than 40,000 employees. Kevin Freking, The Associated Press
The participants of the Slam Dunk Contest, 3-Point Contest and Skills Challenge were revealed ahead of Sunday's All-Star Game.
The Clippers say All-Star Kawhi Leonard is sitting out their matchup with the Celtics due to back spasms. Leonard was listed in the starting lineup before the game, but never took the floor during warmups. Leonard has missed seven previous games this season, including two for a mouth laceration, two while in the health and safety protocols and three for a bruised leg.
Sophisticated, bold, flashy and a bit of a shark is how costume designer Deb Newhall describes Rosamund Pike’s character Marla Grayson in the Netflix dark comedy “I Care a Lot.” On Sunday, Pike won a Golden Globe in the best actress comedy or musical category — beating out expected frontrunner Maria Bakalova — and the […]
A kangaroo was spotted on the loose in Winfield, Alabama, on March 1, after he escaped from the property of a livestock owner, local media reported.Video shared by Tiffany Perry shows a rare sight in which the kangaroo, named Jack, is seen hopping along a road in the city of Winfield.“I’ve been saying I feel like I’m in a game of Jumanji,” Perry wrote in a Facebook caption. “And today we are chasing kangaroos.”“This joker is running dead at me and I jumped out the way,” she continued. “I’m not squaring up against one. I saw my life flash before my eyes.” Credit: Tiffany Perry via Storyful
The women’s deaths come at a perilous time for Afghanistan as security around the country continues to decline and the US' planned withdrawal of troops on 1 May looms
Jennette McCurdy revealed on the Season 2 premiere of her podcast, “Empty Inside,” why she’s done with acting. “I resent my career in a lot of ways,” she said. “I feel so unfulfilled by the roles that I played and felt like it was the most just cheesy, embarrassing… I imagine there’s a very different […]
RADNOR, Pa., March 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The law firm of Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP announces that a securities fraud class action lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against Penumbra, Inc. (NYSE: PEN) (“Penumbra”) on behalf of those who purchased or acquired Penumbra common stock between August 3, 2020 and December 15, 2020, inclusive (the “Class Period”). Important Deadline: Investors who purchased or acquired Penumbra common stock during the Class Period may, no later than March 16, 2021, seek to be appointed as a lead plaintiff representative of the class. For additional information or to learn how to participate in this litigation please contact Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP: James Maro, Esq. (484) 270-1453 or Adrienne Bell, Esq. (484) 270-143); toll free at (844) 887-9500; via e-mail at email@example.com; or click https://www.ktmc.com/penumbra-inc-securities-class-action?utm_source=PR&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=penumbra Penumbra is a global healthcare company that develops, manufactures and sells innovative medical devices for patients suffering from stroke and other vascular and neurovascular diseases. Until recently, one of Penumbra’s flagship products was the “Jet 7 Xtra Flex,” an aspiration catheter designed to be inserted into an affected artery, navigated to a blood clot, and used to suck the clot out of the patient’s body. The Jet 7 Xtra Flex was introduced to the U.S. market in July 2019 and quickly became a “growth driver” for Penumbra, a key source of new revenues. In mid-2020, however, concerns about the Jet 7 Xtra Flex’s safety began to emerge. On July 27, 2020, Penumbra issued a notice to its U.S. customers and practitioners acknowledging reported instances in which the distal tip of the catheter broke or expanded, carrying a risk of injury or death. The notice warned physicians to exercise caution with Penumbra’s Jet 7 Xtra Flex, and maintained that Penumbra was “committed to product safety and performance” and was “continuing to monitor and investigate these adverse event reports.” Despite the foregoing, the defendants repeatedly assured investors during the Class Period that the Jet 7 Xtra Flex was “absolutely safe” and “not a product that has any possibility of needing to be recalled,” as Penumbra was taking all necessary steps to protect patients. The Class Period commences on August 3, 2020, when Penumbra announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2020. On a conference call with analysts conducted the same day, Adam Elsesser, Penumbra’s Chief Executive Officer, was asked about the Jet 7 Xtra Flex MAX, a delivery device that utilizes the Jet 7 Xtra Flex catheter, and responded that Penumbra was “doing some of the work we do with every new product that is cleared to evaluate and make sure it’s all good” and boasted that the device “is exactly what we hoped it would be.” The truth regarding Jet 7 Xtra Flex’s safety was revealed to the market through a series of disclosures. First, on September 14, 2020, the Foundation for Financial Journalism (“FFJ”), an independent non-profit news outlet, published an article raising serious questions about the Jet 7 Xtra Flex’s safety profile. The FFJ noted that since being introduced in mid-2019, there were twelve deaths listed in an FDA database that occurred after a surgeon injected an iodine contrast dye into the Jet 7 Xtra Flex. Following this news, Penumbra’s stock price fell by nearly 3%, from $199.43 per share on September 13, 2020 to $193.66 per share on September 14, 2020. Then, on November 23, 2020, an article was published in the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery presenting the cases of three patients who suffered as a result of Jet 7 Xtra Flex device malfunctions, including two fatalities. As this report became more widely circulated, it caused Penumbra stock to fall from $254.71 on November 23, 2020 to $224.12 on November 25, 2020, a decline of about 12%. Finally on December 15, 2020, after the market closed, Penumbra issued a press release announcing that it was issuing an “urgent” recall of the Jet 7 Xtra Flex because the catheter “may become susceptible to distal tip damage during use” which could lead to injury or death. Following this news, Penumbra’s stock price fell by 7%, from $188.82 per share on December 15, 2020 to $174.98 per share on December 16, 2020, a decline of $13.84 per share. The complaint alleges that, throughout the Class Period, the defendants failed to disclose to investors that: (1) the Jet 7 Xtra Flex had known design defects that made it unsafe for its normal use; (2) Penumbra did not adequately address the risk of the Jet 7 Xtra Flex causing serious injury and deaths, which had in fact already occurred; (3) the Jet 7 Xtra Flex was likely to be recalled due to its safety issues; and (4) as a result, Penumbra’s public statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times. Penumbra investors may, no later than March 16, 2021, seek to be appointed as a lead plaintiff representative of the class through Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP or other counsel, or may choose to do nothing and remain an absent class member. A lead plaintiff is a representative party who acts on behalf of all class members in directing the litigation. In order to be appointed as a lead plaintiff, the Court must determine that the class member’s claim is typical of the claims of other class members, and that the class member will adequately represent the class. Your ability to share in any recovery is not affected by the decision of whether or not to serve as a lead plaintiff. Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP prosecutes class actions in state and federal courts throughout the country involving securities fraud, breaches of fiduciary duties and other violations of state and federal law. Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP is a driving force behind corporate governance reform, and has recovered billions of dollars on behalf of institutional and individual investors from the United States and around the world. The firm represents investors, consumers and whistleblowers (private citizens who report fraudulent practices against the government and share in the recovery of government dollars). The complaint in this action was not filed by Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP. For more information about Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP please visit www.ktmc.com. CONTACT:Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLPJames Maro, Jr., Esq.Adrienne Bell, Esq.280 King of Prussia RoadRadnor, PA 19087(844) 887-9500 (toll free)(610) firstname.lastname@example.org
David Leyonhjelm to pay Sarah Hanson-Young $120,000 after losing defamation appeal bidHanson-Young says federal court decision sends ‘a timely and critical message that women deserve to be safe and respected’ Former Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm (right) owes Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young (left) $120,000 after the federal court threw out his bid to overturn the defamation bill. Composite: Bianca de Marchi/AAP
Calgary, Alberta--(Newsfile Corp. - March 2, 2021) - Storm Resources Ltd. (TSX: SRX) ("Storm" or the "Company") has also filed its audited consolidated financial statements as at December 31, 2020 and for the three months and year then ended along with Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") for the same periods. This information appears on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on Storm's website at www.stormresourcesltd.com.Selected financial and operating information for the three months and ...
ADF chief criticised for advising cadets against going out alone while ‘attractive’ to avoid sexual predatorsGeneral Angus Campbell’s comments to first-year trainees on how to keep themselves safe are being labelled as ‘clumsy’ Sexual assault support groups are calling General Angus Campbell’s warnings to ADF cadets outdated. Photograph: Getty Images
Anthony Barroso was on his way to work last week on Southwest 87th Avenue when he saw, scribbled with white spray paint on a red fence, graffiti that said, “Beware the Jews.”