Jeff Green (Brooklyn Nets) with a dunk vs the Dallas Mavericks, 02/27/2021
Jeff Green (Brooklyn Nets) with a dunk vs the Dallas Mavericks, 02/27/2021
Hoping to capitalise on a surge in demand for home deliveries, a Singapore technology company has deployed a pair of robots to bring residents their groceries in one part of the city state. Developed by OTSAW Digital and both named "Camello", the robots' services have been offered to 700 households in a one-year trial. They use ultraviolet light to disinfect themselves after every trip, said OTSAW Digital's chief executive, Ling Ting Ming.
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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Hideki Matsuyama delivered golf-mad Japan the grandest and greenest prize of all. Ten years after Matsuyama made a sterling debut as the best amateur at Augusta National, he claimed the ultimate trophy Sunday with a victory in the Masters to become the first Japanese winner of the green jacket. Matsuyama closed with a 1-over 73 and a one-shot victory that was only close at the end, and never seriously in doubt after Xander Schauffele’s late charge ended with a triple bogey on the par-3 16th. Moments before Dustin Johnson helped him into the green jacket, Matsuyama needed no interpreter in Butler Cabin when he said in English, “I’m really happy.” So masterful was this performance that Matsuyama stretched his lead to six shots on the back nine until a few moments of drama. With a four-shot lead, he went for the green in two on the par-5 15th and it bounded hard off the back slope and into the pond on the 16th hole. Matsuyama did well to walk away with bogey, and with Schauffele making a fourth straight birdie, the lead was down to two shots with three to play. The next swing all but ended it. Schauffele’s tee shot on the par-3 16th bounced off the hill left of the green and dribbled into the pond. His third shot from the drop area went into the gallery. It added to a triple bogey, and his third close call in a major. Never mind that Matsuyama bogeyed three of his last four holes, the first Masters champion with a final round over par since Trevor Immelman shot 75 in 2008. All that mattered was that uphill walk to the 18th green, needing only to blast out of the bunker and take two putts for the victory. And that’s what he did, soaking in the moment with a few thousand spectators on their feat to celebrate a career-changing moment — for the 29-year-old Matsuyama, and he hopes for an entire country. “Hopefully, I’ll be a pioneer and many other Japanese will follow,” Matsuyama said. Will Zalatoris, the 24-year-ld Masters rookie, holed an 18-foot par putt on the last hole for a 70 and was runner-up. It was the best performance by a first-timer to the Masters since another Dallas kid, Jordan Spieth, was runner-up in 2014 to Bubba Watson. Spieth had a few fleeting thoughts of coming from six shots behind except for too many missed putts early and missed opportunities late. He bogeyed his last hole for a 70 and tied for third with Schauffele, who shot a 72 with a triple bogey and a double bogey on his card. Matsuyama finished at 10-under 278 for his 15th victory worldwide, and his sixth on the PGA Tour. He becomes the second man from an Asian country to win a major. Y.E. Yang of South Korea won the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine over Tiger Woods. Canadian Corey Conners finished six strokes back of Matsuyama, tied for eighth with American Patrick Reed. The top-10 finish clinched his sport at next year's Masters. Conners also finished in the top 10 at last year's event. There were moments, though, the native of Listowel, Ont., seemed poised to challenge for the green jacket. Conners had a hole-in-one Saturday and sat in sixth after the third round. He climbed the leaderboard Sunday with a birdie on the second hole, but collapsed through the middle of the round with three bogeys and a double bogey before ending the day with a 2-over 74. Fellow Canadian Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., finished in a six-way tie for 40th spot. Returning to the 18th green for the trophy presentation, Matsuyama again put on the green jacket and raised both arms in triumph. Augusta National allowed limited spectators, believed to be about 8,000 a day, and most might have remembered him from a decade ago. He won the Asia-Pacific Amateur to earn an invitation to the Masters, and he was low amateur -- tied with defending champion Phil Mickelson that year -- to earn a trip into famed Butler Cabin. He won in Japan as an amateur, and four times after he graduated college and turned pro. His first PGA Tour victory was at the Memorial in 2014, prompting tournament host Jack Nicklaus to say, “I think you’ve just seen the start of what’s going to be truly one of your world’s great players over the next 10 to 15 years.” That moment came Sunday. Matsuyama is not big on emotion, and he speaks even less even when cornered after every round by the large contingent of Japanese media. Most of the media was absent this year due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, and Matsuyama had said on the eve of the final round that it has been a lot less stress. There was plenty on the golf course, right from the start. Matsuyama sent his opening tee shot into the trees right of the first fairway. He punched it under the trees from the pine straw, hit a soft pitch that rolled down the slope away from the pin and was happy to leave with bogey. Two groups ahead of him, Zalatoris opened with two straight birdies. Just like that, the lead was down to one. No one got any closer until the final hour. Matsuyama made birdie from the front bunker on the par-5 second hole. He didn’t make another birdie until the par-5 eighth, and it didn’t matter because no one could put any pressure on him. Zalatoris misjudged the speed on No. 3 and three-putted for bogey from just off the back of the green. Schauffele was within three of the lead going to the third hole, only to go bogey-bogey-double bogey on the toughest three-hole stretch on the course. Matsuyama delivered what appeared to be a knockout punch with a nifty up-and-down from right of the green on the eighth for a tap-in birdie, and a lob wedge to the dangerous left pin on the ninth that rolled out to 3 feet. That sent him to the back nine with a five-shot lead. For the longest time, it looked as though Matsuyama couldn’t wait to get to Butler Cabin and see how he looked in green. Schauffele, however, rammed in a 20-foot birdie putt from behind the 12th green. He two-putted from 10 feet for birdie on No. 13. He nearly holed out from the fairway for a tap-in birdie on the 14th. And with he nearly holed his greenside bunker shot on the par-5 15th for a fourth straight birdie. And then all that that worked ended when his ball disappeared below the surface of the pond. Matsuyama could afford a few bogeys, and all that affected was the final margin. He is the Masters champion, a major that defines his elite status in the game and gives Japan the biggest week it has ever had in April. The week started a week ago Saturday when Tsubasa Kajitani won the second Augusta National Women’s Amateur. Matsuyama wasn’t around to see it, but he was well aware of it. All he wanted was to follow her path and made Japan proud. His play spoke volumes. Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press
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NEW YORK — Pulling on a Toronto Raptors jersey didn't quite feel real for Khem Birch. The Canadian centre grew up watching the team play on TV with his dad, even as the Raptors struggled through the early 2000s. "But we always supported them just because they’re the home team and that’s why it means so much to me," Birch said Sunday before stepping on the court for his Raptors debut in New York. "My dad used to always complain about the team, yell at the TV and stuff, and now I’m on the team. So this is just a surreal moment." The 28-year-old joined fellow Montreal forward Chris Boucher in the Raptors front court after the Orlando Magic waived Birch earlier this week. Birch tweeted "A dream come true" about joining the Raptors. "Playing for this team means a lot to me," he said Sunday. "I’m just so happy to be here right now." The six-foot-nine Birch was averaging 5.9 points and 5.1 rebounds in 19.8 minutes per game this season with Orlando, but had been keen for a bigger role with more playing time. He should get that with the Raptors. Toronto's front court has been a glaring weakness this season since the departure of Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka last off-season. And there are places Birch can grow his game, said Raptors coach Nick Nurse. "He's a rebounder, screener, roller, needs to be a good defensive player in that role and protect the rim some, execute the schemes, et cetera, finish at the rim when given an opportunity," he said. "But doing that at a high level with energy consistently night after night and in more minutes than 10 or 12 in a particular game." Birch was one of two NBA players — Detroit guard Cory Joseph was the other — who played for Nurse and Canada at the 2019 World Cup in China. Birch has said he wants to play in the Olympics, and intends to play in Canada's last-chance Olympic qualifier in Victoria this summer. Birch said he's looking forward to reuniting with a coach who "gives great confidence to his players." "He has a culture, I think, that's pass first and if you play defence and then let the offence come naturally," the centre said. "There's just like a flow and that's what made me more comfortable for Team Canada. You don't really showcase one person over the other, everyone gets involved and that's what gives me great confidence." Birch played college basketball at Pittsburgh and UNLV. After going undrafted, he played in the NBA G League, then Turkey and Greece before he signed with the Magic in 2017. He was part of the Orlando squad that lost to Toronto in five games in the first round of the playoffs in the Raptors' championship run in 2019. Set to become a free agent this summer, Birch said he's not focusing on securing a new contract. "I just want to have a good playoff push," he said. "So that’s my goal right now. I’m not really worried about free agency, I just wanna help this team win basketball games." This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 11, 2021. The Canadian Press
There is one new case of COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador on Sunday, according to a late evening release from the Department of Health, while a previous positive case in a Western Health staff member has resulted in a total of 13 staff having to self-isolate. The new case is a man in his 40s in the Western Health region. The department said the man is a close contact of a previous case, but is not connected to the four cases announced in the western region Saturday. Western Health told CBC News in an emailed statement that one of Saturday's four cases was a Western Health employee, and that it has resulted in other staff having to self-isolate. "All staff members who are considered close contacts have been contacted and testing has been arranged. At this time, 13 staff members are self-isolating due to this case. There is no impact to patients or patient care," the statement said. "The safety of patients, clients, residents, staff and physicians remains Western Health's top priority as we continue to respond to COVID-19 pandemic." Testing sites set up in Corner Brook, Meadows The health authority has also set up testing sites in Corner Brook and Meadows on the north shore of the Bay of Islands as part of an effort "to determine how community members may have acquired COVID-19 and whether there has been transmission within the community." Western Health is encouraging people to seek testing, even if they are asymptomatic. "Being tested is an opportunity to help protect the health of all residents. There was a new case identified in Western Region today who is a close contact of a previous case and is not related to this investigation," a separate press release from the health authority read. To book a test, people can complete the online self-assessment and referral tool available here or call 811. Following the completion of the online self-assessment or call to 811, residents will be contacted to book an appointment time for the location closest to them. There will be two drive through testing sites available Monday to Wednesday, April 12 to April 14, the town hall in Meadows and at the former St. Gerard's Elementary School in Corner Brook. More information on testing is available on the Western Health website. 1 recovery, 10 active cases The Department of Health said Sunday said the case reported Thursday in the Eastern Health region and the two cases in Western Health reported Friday remain under investigation. Contact tracing for Sunday's case is underway and anyone who is considered a close contact has been advised to quarantine. There is also one new recovery in the Central Health region. There are now 10 active cases in the province, with no one in hospital due to the virus. To date, 126,691 people have been tested. That's an increase of 210 people in the past day. Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
More than 6,000 Attendees Expected at April 21-23 Event; TigerGraph Finalizes Speakers, Sessions and Workshops Focused on Accelerating Analytics, AI and Machine Learning with GraphREDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TigerGraph, provider of the leading graph analytics platform, today unveiled the complete agenda for Graph + AI Summit 2021, the industry’s only open conference devoted to democratizing and accelerating analytics, AI and machine learning with graph algorithms. The roster includes confirmed speakers from JPMorgan Chase, Intuit, NewDay, Jaguar Land Rover, Pinterest, Stanford University, Forrester Research, Accenture, Capgemini, KPMG, Intel, Dell, and Xilinx, as well as many innovative startups including John Snow Labs, Fintell, SaH Solutions and Sayari Labs. The virtual conference, set for April 21-23, offers keynotes, speakers, real-world customer case studies and hands-on workshops for data, analytics and AI professionals. “The combination of analytics, AI, machine learning and graph is a powerful one that offers many ‘human benefits’ — and forward-looking companies in all industries have taken note,” said Dr. Yu Xu, founder and CEO of TigerGraph. “Graph + AI Summit is again bringing together industry luminaries, technical experts and business leaders from the world’s largest banks, fintechs, tech giants and manufacturers to share implementation best practices, lessons learned and more. We’re pleased to welcome back speakers from Jaguar Land Rover and Intuit, and welcome new participants from an impressive list of today’s top innovators driving the adoption of graph. Our goal is to make graph accessible, applicable and understandable for all, as more people grasp how graph-related technologies can improve our lives.” Graph + AI Summit returns after a successful Graph + AI 2020; the inaugural event attracted more than 3,000 attendees from 56 countries, and welcomed data scientists, data engineers, architects and business and IT executives from 115 of the Fortune 500 companies. The latest conference will host over 6,000 attendees this year and again focus on accelerating analytics, AI and machine learning with graph algorithms — timely technologies that are on the minds of today’s business leaders. After 2020 accelerated enterprises’ shift to the cloud, businesses are realizing graph technologies are key to connecting, analyzing and helping glean insights from data. Graph + AI Summit 2021 includes keynote presentations, executive roundtables, technical breakout sessions, industry tracks (“banking, insurance and fintech,” “healthcare, life sciences and government”) and live workshops for advanced analytics and machine learning. Keynote speakers presenting during conference general sessions include: Brad Spiers, executive director at JPMorgan Chase, will share lessons learned from combining machine learning and graph at JPMorgan Chase during the opening day general session.Harry Powell, director data and analytics at Jaguar Land Rover, will discuss the next phase of Jaguar Land Rover’s graph-powered transformation journey with digital twins. So far, the company has accelerated supply chain planning from three weeks to 45 minutes and driven more than 100 million pounds annually in incremental profits with advanced analytics. Noel Yuhanna, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research, will discuss the graph and AI industry landscape and share insights from Forrester clients driving business outcomes from graph-based analytics, AI and machine learning.Danny Clark, head of fraud strategy at NewDay, will explain how the company identifies and prevents fraudsters from joining their network faster than ever before by using graph and machine learning to check data against known and new fraud syndicates.Dr. Jure Leskovec, chief scientist at Pinterest and professor at Stanford University, will outline how graph technology powers AI and what’s next in terms of the evolution of graph neural networks for delivering the next-generation AI. Notable roundtables and interactive sessions include: “Improving the Treatment of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Using Graph Analytics with AI and Machine Learning”: The Technical University of Denmark’s Jesper Vang will discuss how combining graph analytics with AI, machine learning and translational bioinformatics creates models that can predict the risk of relapse and toxicity within acute lymphoblastic leukemia treatments.“Increase Market Share and Profitability with Graph-Based Doctor-and-Product 360”: Exact Sciences’ Sharat Endapally and Expero’s Scott Heath share a case study and a live demonstration of a Doctor-and-Product 360 application built using TigerGraph’s graph database, algorithms and Customer 360 toolkit.“COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Smart Lockdown”: This session will outline how to devise a solution for contact tracing and smart lockdown using graph technologies— a solution that helps track COVID-19 patients, their potential contacts and identifies high-risk public places efficiently and precisely.“Accelerating Digital Transformation with Graph and AI”: Forbes’ Tom Taulli will moderate a panel featuring executives from Intuit, Ippen Digital, Jaguar Land Rover and IBM about the role graph and AI play in a company’s journey to be a digital-first organization.“Accelerating Graph-Based Analytics and Machine Learning with the Next-Generation Hardware”: eWeek’s Chris Preimesberger moderates a panel with executives from Intel, Dell and Xilinx about how hardware industry leaders are building the future of graph-based analytics and machine learning to deliver higher performance for enterprise workloads.“Using Graph to Boost AI”: Uri Lapidot, senior product manager, Intuit, shares best practices from the risk and fraud team to use graph-based technologies to prevent fraud at scale.“Open Data and Graph Analytics for Risk Management and Compliance”: Farley Mesko, CEO, Sayari Labs, shares how graph technology can help financial institutions combine their internal data with authoritative open data to increase corporate transparency and comply with key KYC, AML, sanctions and supply chain regulations. Graph + AI Summit sessions will also cover the following topics: The integration of graph algorithms into your analytics and AI projectsThe future of graph query languages, including GQL and SQL PGQ standardsGraph enrichment techniques that leverage NLP for enhanced knowledge retrievalUnsupervised and supervised machine learning with graphPopular graph use cases including fraud detection, anti-money laundering (AML), recommendations, data lineage, knowledge graph, supply chain, network analysis, patient and doctor 360, disease prediction and prevention Register for one of these live workshops for advanced analytics and machine learning now: “Building the Next Generation Customer Experience with Graph and Machine Learning”“Double the Performance of Your Fraud Detection System with Graph and Machine Learning”“Zero to Advanced Analytics and Machine Learning in 90 minutes with TigerGraph Cloud” View Graph + AI Summit’s agenda: https://www.tigergraph.com/graphaisummit/#day1Register and secure your complimentary spot: https://www.tigergraph.com/graphaisummit/. Helpful Links Graph + AI SummitGet TigerGraphTigerGraph CloudTigerGraph WebsiteTigerGraph BlogTigerGraph on TwitterTigerGraph on LinkedIn About TigerGraphTigerGraph is a platform for advanced analytics and machine learning on connected data. Based on the industry’s first and only distributed native graph database, TigerGraph’s proven technology supports advanced analytics and machine learning applications such as fraud detection, anti-money laundering (AML), entity resolution, customer 360, recommendations, knowledge graph, cybersecurity, supply chain, IoT, and network analysis. The company is headquartered in Redwood City, California, USA. Start free with tigergraph.com/cloud. Media ContactCathy WrightOffleash PR for TigerGraphcathy@offleashpr.com650-678-1905
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Two small terriers fulfilled their duties as guard dogs by rushing at a bear that walked into their home in Pasadena, California, on April 10.Deedee Mueller’s home surveillance camera captured a video that shows a bear strolling onto her deck and slowly walking into her kitchen through an open door. The two family dogs, Squirt and Mei Mei, who are far smaller than the bear, are filmed barking and chasing the bear to keep it out of the house.“The bear left a trail of pee on the steps from fear of these vicious small senior dogs,” Mueller told Storyful.Mueller’s YouTube channel features a number of videos of bears exploring her house. Credit: Deedee Mueller via Storyful
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Prince Harry has reportedly arrived in the UK and is in quarantine ahead of Prince Philip's funeral on Saturday. The Sun says Prince Harry was met by police and security on the tarmac and driven away in a Range Rover. Buckingham Palace confirmed on Saturday that he would be making the journey, but Meghan has been advised not to travel because she is heavily pregnant.
LONDON — The death of Prince Philip has left a “huge void” in Queen Elizabeth II’s life, their son Prince Andrew said Sunday, as Princess Anne paid tribute to her father as “my teacher, my supporter and my critic.” As hundreds well-wishers continued to leave floral tributes outside the gates of royal residences in memory of the monarch's husband, Anne — Philip and the queen's only daughter — said her father “leaves a legacy which can inspire us all.” “You know it’s going to happen but you are never really ready,” Anne said of Philip's death on Friday, at the age of 99. In a message released by Buckingham Palace, Anne praised Philip’s “ability to treat every person as an individual in their own right with their own skills," a nod to the many charities and other organizations he was involved with. “I would like to emphasize how much the family appreciate the messages and memories of so many people whose lives he also touched,” she said. “We will miss him, but he leaves a legacy which can inspire us all.” Andrew, the third of Philip and the queen's four children, attended church at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Castle along with other members of the royal family. Andrew said his mother “described it as having left a huge void in her life.” “We’ve lost, almost, the grandfather of the nation,” he said. “And I feel very sorry and supportive of my mother, who’s feeling it probably more than everybody else.” His younger brother, Prince Edward, called Philip’s death a “dreadful shock” but said the 94-year-old queen was “bearing up.” Edward’s wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex said the monarch was “thinking of others before herself.” She said Philip's death at Windsor Castle, which came three weeks after he was discharged from a month-long hospital stay, was “peaceful." “It was right for him and it was so gentle. It was just like someone took him by the hand and off he went," Sophie told well-wishers. "It was very, very peaceful and that’s all you want for somebody, isn’t it?” Prince Charles, the queen and Philip's eldest son. paid his own tribute to his “dear Papa” on Saturday, and said he “would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him.” Both palace and government officials urged people not to come in person to pay their respects because of coronavirus restrictions on social mixing. But hundreds of people on Sunday brought notes, cards and flowers to the gates of Windsor Castle, located 20 miles (32 kilometres) west of London, while others laid tributes outside Buckingham Palace in the British capital. Neil Loughton, founder of the Penny Farthing Club, rode his antique bicycle to the palace gates to pay tribute. “I think that there are some things that are just important and need to be done . Ninety-nine years of life and more than 70 years of service deserves some recognition,” he said. Philip’s funeral is set to take place April 17 at Windsor Castle. Only 30 people will be able to attend under the current coronavirus restrictions in England, but the slimmed-down service is scheduled to be broadcast live on television.. Philip’s grandson Prince Harry, who stepped away from royal duties last year and now lives in California, will attend the service along with other members of the royal family, palace officials have said.. His wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is pregnant and has been advised by her doctor not to make the journey. Royal family members said they appreciated the outpouring of tributes and good wishes from people across Britain and around the world to Philip, who was the queen’s consort and support through more than seven decades of marriage. Prince Edward, 57, said the “extraordinary” tributes meant a lot to the royal family. “It just goes to show, he might have been our father, grandfather, father-in-law, but he meant so much to so many other people,” he said. Andrew, 61, who has largely kept out of the public eye since 2019 amid controversy over his friendship with the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, also praised the “absolutely amazing tributes.” ___ Follow AP’s coverage of Prince Philip's death at https://apnews.com/hub/prince-philip Jill Lawless, The Associated Press
LONDON — Winners of the 2021 British Academy Film Awards, presented Sunday: Film — “Nomadland” British Film — “Promising Young Woman” Director — Chloe Zhao, “Nomadland” Actor — Anthony Hopkins, “The Father” Actress — Frances McDormand, “Nomadland” Supporting Actor — Daniel Kaluuya, “Judas and the Black Messiah” Supporting Actress — Yuh-Jung Youn, “Minari” Rising Star — Bukky Bakray British Debut — Director Remi Weekes, “His House” Original Screenplay — “Promising Young Woman” Adapted Screenplay — “The Father” Film Not in the English Language — “Another Round” Musical Score — “Soul” Cinematography — “Nomadland” Editing — “Sound of Metal” Production Design — “Mank” Costume Design — “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” Sound — “Sound of Metal” Casting — “Rocks” Visual Effects — “Tenet” Makeup and Hair — “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” Animated Film — “Soul” British Short Film — “The Present” British Short Animation — “The Owl and the Pussycat” Documentary — “My Octopus Teacher” Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema — Noel Clarke Academy Fellowship — Ang Lee The Associated Press
LONDON — Gig-economy Western “Nomadland” won four prizes including best picture on Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards, which were handed out during a pandemic-curbed ceremony that recognized a diverse array of screen talent. “Nomadland” filmmaker Chloe Zhao became only the second woman, and the first woman of colour, to win the BAFTA for best director, and star Frances McDormand was named best actress. “Nomadland” also took the cinematography prize. Emerald Fennell’s revenge comedy “Promising Young Woman” was named best British film, while the best actor trophy went to 83-year-old Anthony Hopkins for playing a man grappling with dementia in “The Father.” An event that was criticized in the recent past with the label #BAFTAsSoWhite rewarded a diverse group of talents, including Black British star Daniel Kaluuya, newcomer Bukky Bakray — who shone as a London teenager in “Rocks” — and veteran Korean actress Yuh-Jung Youn. The fact that Britain remains under coronavirus lockdown measures, with its movie theatres still closed, gave the evening a poignant tone, as did the death on Friday of Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, a long-time patron of the British film academy. Prince William, who had been due to attend and make a speech in his role as president of Britain’s film academy, was absent following the death of his grandfather. The ceremony opened with a tribute to Philip, who was the academy's first president in 1959. Presenters including Hugh Grant, Tom Hiddleston, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Priyanka Chopra Jonas announced the winners from the stage of London’s Royal Albert Hall, but recipients accepted their honours remotely, and there was no black-tie audience to cheer them on. Director Remi Weekes, who won the British debut prize for his first feature, “His House,” noted the surreal sensation of accepting the award while sitting in his living room in a tuxedo. “Nomadland” stars McDormand as a middle-aged woman who travels the American West while living out of her van and picking up short-term work. Zhao, who lived among real American travellers for the film, thanked “the nomadic community who so generously welcomed us into their lives.” “How we treat our elders says a lot about who we are as a society, and we need to do better,” she said. The only previous female directing winner was Kathryn Bigelow in 2010 for “The Hurt Locker.” The British film academy expanded its voting membership and shook up its rules last year in an attempt to address a glaring lack of diversity in the nominations. In 2020, no women were nominated as best director for a seventh consecutive year, and all 20 nominees in the lead and supporting performer categories were white. Under new rules that, among other things, made watching all longlisted films compulsory for academy voters, this year’s slate of acting nominees was strikingly more diverse, and four of the six filmmakers nominated for best director were women: Zhao, Sarah Gavron (“Rocks”), Shannon Murphy (“Babyteeth”) and Jasmila Zbanic (“Quo Vadis, Aida?”). Asked what her directing prize meant for Asian women in film, Zhao said: “If this means more people like me get to live their dreams, then I feel very grateful.” BAFTA chief executive Amanda Berry said the academy was “determined to make change.” “We are not there yet, this is definitely still a work in progress, but I am really pleased with how far we have come,” she said. Kaluuya was named best supporting actor for playing Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in “Judas and the Black Messiah.” Youn appeared astonished to win the best-actress prize for Korean-American family drama “Minari.” The Korean performer said she had always thought of the British as “very snobbish people.” But, she later clarified, “not in a bad way.” Bakray, 19, won the Rising Star award, whose previous winners include Kaluuya, Kristin Stewart, Tom Hardy and John Boyega. “I don’t know how to feel,” she said. “When we filmed ‘Rocks,’ I thought 100 people would watch this film, max.” Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s “Another Round” was named best film not in the English language. Vinterberg paid tribute to his daughter Ida, who had been due to appear in the film and died in a car crash at the start of the shoot. “We made this movie for her, so the honour granted by you, BAFTA voters, means more to us than you could ever imagine,” he said. The British awards are usually held a week or two before the Academy Awards and have become an important awards-season staging post. This year, both the BAFTAs and the Oscars were postponed from their usual February berths because of the coronavirus pandemic. BAFTAs in craft and backstage categories were handed out in a separate ceremony on Saturday, when “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” won two prizes, for costume design and hair and makeup. Other double winners included “The Father” (best actor and adapted screenplay), “Sound of Metal” (editing and sound), “Promising Young Woman” (British film and original screenplay) and “Soul” (animated film and musical score). Director Ang Lee was awarded the academy’s top honour, the BAFTA Fellowship. Actor, writer and director Noel Clarke received the outstanding British contribution to cinema award, dedicating it to “my young Black boys and girls out there that never believed it could happen to them.” Jill Lawless, The Associated Press
The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) is ready to receive patients from elsewhere in the province and deploy staff to neighbouring hospitals, according to its president and CEO. On Thursday, Ontario Health requested that all hospitals across the province ramp down non-urgent and elective care procedures as provincial COVID-19 cases continue to rise along with hospitalizations. “This is really being done specifically because of the current critical care capacity issues across the province,” said Lori Marshall. The changes were to come into effect April 12. “We are well over 500 patients in critical care units across the province at this stage. There is concern that we will not be able to respond as a province to those needs without dramatically making a change to care service.” Noting that CKHA services are provincial assets, Marshall said it is CKHA's responsibility to provide care to everyone. "We will meet that responsibility if we are called upon to provide that.” CKHA will be aiming to reduce its capacity to below 85 per cent. At this stage it will continue with day surgeries, ambulatory care, and diagnostic procedures. Emergency and urgent surgeries will continue regardless of where its occupancy stands. Marshall said areas with a low-prevalence of COVID-19 were afforded more flexibility. CKHA will continue with surgeries on Monday unless other regions require its assistance. Marshall added that any patient who has been cancelled for surgery will be notified by CKHA staff or the surgeon’s office. Approximately 2,000 cases were backlogged last year when CKHA first ramped down its services, mainly from a hold on all elective surgical procedures as well as non-urgent or emergent diagnostics. Marshall said CKHA is in the process of creating a survey to identify which staff would be interested in volunteering for redeployment, if necessary. The last time CKHA had to reduce its services was in January when its intensive care unit (ICU) was at capacity. Nine of its 10 ICU patients were on ventilators at the time. Only one case was related to COVID-19. “I think that with what we are seeing provincially with the variants we need to be prepared for this to occur as well. And certainly it is my hope that Chatham-Kent can remain with low levels of COVID,” she said. “If it is happening everywhere else in the province it's unlikely that it would not happen in Chatham-Kent as well.” Jenna Cocullo, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Chatham Voice
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CALGARY — The men's world curling championship playoffs resumed Sunday in Calgary after a suspension of games due to COVID-19. Alberta Health approved the resumption of games, the World Curling Federation said. Four participants, including three from non-playoff teams, tested positive for the virus, but did not show symptoms of the illness. An unidentified athlete from a playoff team who tested positive and then negative in a subsequent test was initially barred from competing Sunday, but the WCF reversed course and allowed him on the ice. "After extensive consultation with Alberta Health the athlete who tested positive, then negative has been granted permission to play in the playoffs today," the WCF said in a statement. "The athlete in question has been fully vaccinated. "New medical guidelines have been implemented for the closing day. Players will remain masked when competing and PCR throat-swab tests will take place before and after each game." The player who tested positive received two doses of vaccination in his home country before the world championship, the WCF said. The world governing body of curling also said a case was made to reinstate the athlete with the argument teammates and opponents would be at minimal risk from his participation Sunday. Sweden's Niklas Edin and Scotland's Bruce Mouat met in the gold-medal game, and Switzerland's Peter de Cruz and Russia's Sergey Glukhov played for bronze late Sunday evening. All players wore masks Sunday for the first time in Calgary's curling bubble. Saturday's playoff game and both semifinals were postponed while more testing was conducted. The Swedes downed the Swiss 11-3 in one semifinal, and the Scots beat the Russians 5-3 in the other Sunday afternoon. Switzerland edged John Shuster of the United States 7-6 in a morning playoff game. "My coach told me we were going to play with a mask," de Cruz said. "I said 'let's make sure it's one where I can actually breathe a little bit in it.' "Our Swiss masks with the Swiss cheese, a bit tough to sweep with those." The Swiss skip put his faith in the governing bodies of the event that it was safe to proceed Sunday. "In my opinion, and this doesn't really matter, I completely trust the WCF and Curling Canada," de Cruz said. "If they made the call, then it's definitely safe. "In this situation, I've had concerns for the last 14 months. If someone tells me we can play then I'm a hundred per cent behind it. If you want to win some games, that's the only way to do it." Domestic host broadcaster TSN refused to carry Sunday morning's playoff game between the U.S. and Switzerland "due to COVID-19 issues." TSN broadcast the semifinal and the final. There were no cameramen at ice level. "Following health and safety concerns, the decision was made not to broadcast this morning's qualifying round game between the USA and Switzerland at the world men's curling championship," TSN said in a statement. "The decision was supported by our longstanding partners, Curling Canada and the World Curling Federation, with whom we have collaborated to execute successful tournaments through 57 days in the bubble in Calgary. "We remain fully supportive of the event, and TSN will deliver live coverage of today’s semifinal and final games, from the concourse level." Athletes, coaches and event officials considered close contacts with the infected athletes tested negative, according to the WCF. The men's world championship is the fourth Curling Canada event held in a controlled environment without spectators following the national men's, women's and mixed doubles championship. No positive tests were reported in Canada's domestic events at WinSport's Markin MacPhail Centre. World championship curlers underwent "exit'' tests last week in preparation to leave Calgary's curling bubble. Shortly after Canada's Brendan Bottcher was eliminated from world championship contention Friday night, the WCF suspended competition because of three positive tests involving non-playoff teams. The fourth positive test involving the playoff-team athlete wasn't received until Saturday morning, the WCF said. That player subsequently tested negative for the virus in the retesting round. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 11, 2021. Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press
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