Juancho Hernangomez (Minnesota Timberwolves) with a dunk vs the Sacramento Kings, 04/20/2021
Juancho Hernangomez (Minnesota Timberwolves) with a dunk vs the Sacramento Kings, 04/20/2021
Stock futures traded flat Wednesday evening following a mixed session on Wall Street, with performance between the Dow and Nasdaq diverging as investors weighed concerns over inflation and higher rates that might drag on growth stocks.
OTTAWA — G7 countries have agreed that resuming international travel once the pandemic recedes will require a co-ordinated approach to COVID-19 testing and recognizing whether passengers have been vaccinated, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said Wednesday. "We have committed to working on a common set of principles to guide the resumption of international travel when it's safe to do so," Alghabra said in a statement following his virtual participation in the G7 transport ministers' meeting. "At the centre of this effort must be a co-ordinated approach for testing and a common platform for recognizing the vaccinated status of travellers," Alghabra said. "As we work to build back better, the establishment of a system that will protect our privacy and personal information, and that will be accessible, fair, and equitable is imperative," he continued in the statement. "We must apply lessons learned from innovative technologies to identify long-term, sustainable solutions and expand upon them globally." Alghabra said the transport ministers of G7 countries have a leading role to play in advancing a new global framework for international travel that will be key to safely resuming the free movement of both people and goods around the world. The G7 includes the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, along with the European Union. Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said his department is involved in discussions with the World Health Organization and the International Civil Aviation Organization around setting a universal standard to promote the safe travel of those who have been vaccinated. Speaking to a virtual news conference Wednesday, Mendicino said the government is working to put in place a system to recognize people who have been vaccinated. "We're continuing to work towards a world in which there will be a system in place to recognize passports," he said. "We are certainly advancing that work both domestically as well as abroad." Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed Tuesday that Canada may require international travellers to prove they were vaccinated against COVID-19 before they can enter the country. Trudeau said the federal government hopes to align its policy on the issue with its international allies, but he also said Canada might require American visitors to prove they were vaccinated against COVID-19 before entering the country regardless of whether the United States will require Canadians to do so or not. "Our responsibility is to do everything necessary to protect Canadians, and we are going to do that, even if there isn't automatically symmetry with other countries,'' Trudeau told a news conference. Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau said he and his G7 counterparts discussed global issues that threaten to undermine democracy, freedoms and human rights. Garneau said the G7 foreign ministers' meeting was an opportunity to breathe new life into some of Canada's priorities, including ending arbitrary detention in state-to-state relations. Canada and a coalition of 57 other countries offered support in February for a new international declaration denouncing state-sponsored arbitrary detention of foreign nationals for political purposes. "We're very, very pleased with the very strong support that we received from the G7," Garneau told a virtual news conference, saying that "global momentum continues to build" on the declaration. China detained two Canadian citizens, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, in December 2018, a few days after Meng Wanzhou, an executive of the Chinese tech company Huawei, was detained in Vancouver at the request of the United States. Garneau said the G7 foreign ministers called on China to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms and expressed their deep concerns about the human rights violations and abuses in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong. Garneau said the ministers also discussed the need to fight the growing problem of misinformation around the world. The G7 foreign ministers' meeting, which took place in London is the first major in-person diplomatic gathering since the pandemic began. It is also the first gathering of G7 foreign ministers since 2019. Garneau said the delegation from India didn't participate in face-to-face meetings after two of its members tested positive for COVID-19. "I have been tested five times in the last two and a half days, so testing is extremely rigorous," Garneau said. "We are essentially living within a bubble, very restricted in terms of movement, going from the hotel to the meetings and then returning." He said he will go through the normal protocol for all returning Canadians when he returns home later Wednesday, including doing PCR COVID-19 tests before and after boarding his flight and staying in a quarantine hotel for three days. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 5, 2021. —— This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Wednesday joined calls for more sharing of the technology behind COVID-19 vaccines to help speed the end of the pandemic, a shift that puts the U.S. alongside many in the developing world who want rich countries to do more to get doses to the needy. United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced the government's position, amid World Trade Organization talks about a possible temporary waiver of its protections that would allow more manufacturers to produce the life-saving vaccines. “The Administration believes strongly in intellectual property protections, but in service of ending this pandemic, supports the waiver of those protections for COVID-19 vaccines," Tai said in a statement. She cautioned that it would take time to reach the required global “consensus” to waive the protections under WTO rules, and U.S. officials said it would not have an immediate effect on the global supply of COVID-19 shots. “This is a global health crisis, and the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic call for extraordinary measures," said Tai. “The Administration’s aim is to get as many safe and effective vaccines to as many people as fast as possible." Tai's announcement came hours after WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala spoke to a closed-door meeting of ambassadors from developing and developed countries that have been wrangling over the issue, but agree on the need for wider access to COVID-19 treatments. The WTO’s General Council took up the issue of a temporary waiver for intellectual property protections on COVID-19 vaccines and other tools, which South Africa and India first proposed in October. The idea has gained support among some progressive lawmakers in the West. More than 100 countries have come out in support of the proposal, and a group of 110 members of Congress — all fellow Democrats of Biden — sent him a letter last month that called on him to support the waiver. Opponents — especially from industry — say a waiver would be no panacea. They insist that production of coronavirus vaccines is complex and can’t be ramped up by easing intellectual property. They also say lifting protections could hurt future innovation. “In the midst of a deadly pandemic, the Biden Administration has taken an unprecedented step that will undermine our global response to the pandemic and compromise safety,” said Stephen Ubl, president and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. “This decision will sow confusion between public and private partners, further weaken already strained supply chains and foster the proliferation of counterfeit vaccines,” he said. Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath, chief executive of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization trade group, said in a statement that the Biden administration’s decision will undermine incentives to develop vaccines and treatments for future pandemics. “Handing needy countries a recipe book without the ingredients, safeguards, and sizable workforce needed will not help people waiting for the vaccine," she said. “Handing them the blueprint to construct a kitchen that — in optimal conditions — can take a year to build will not help us stop the emergence of dangerous new COVID variants.” It remained unclear how some countries in Europe, which have influential pharmaceutical industries and had previously shared U.S. reservations about the waiver, would respond. WTO spokesman Keith Rockwell said a panel on intellectual property at the trade body was expected to take up the waiver proposal again at a “tentative” meeting later this month, before a formal meeting June 8-9. That means any final deal could be weeks away at best. He pointed to a change in tone in WTO talks Wednesday, after months of wrangling. “I would say that the discussion was far more constructive, pragmatic. It was less emotive and less finger pointing than it had been in the past,” Rockwell said, citing a surge in cases in places like India. Authors of the proposal have been revising it in hopes of making it more palatable. Okonjo-Iweala, in remarks posted on the WTO website, said it was “incumbent on us to move quickly to put the revised text on the table, but also to begin and undertake text-based negotiations.” “I am firmly convinced that once we can sit down with an actual text in front of us, we shall find a pragmatic way forward” that is “acceptable to all sides,” she said. Co-sponsors of the idea were shuttling between different diplomatic missions to make their case, according to a Geneva trade official who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. A deadlock persists, and opposing sides remain far apart, the official said. The argument, part of a long-running debate about intellectual property protections, centres on lifting patents, copyrights and protections for industrial design and confidential information to help expand the production and deployment of vaccines during supply shortages. The aim is to suspend the rules for several years, just long enough to beat down the pandemic. The issue has become more pressing with a surge in cases in India, the world’s second-most populous country and a key producer of vaccines — including one for COVID-19 that relies on technology from Oxford University and British-Swedish pharmaceutical maker AstraZeneca. Proponents, including WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, note that such waivers are part of the WTO toolbox and insist there’s no better time to use them than during the once-in-a-century pandemic that has taken 3.2 million lives, infected more than 437 million people and devastated economies, according to Johns Hopkins University. “This is a monumental moment in the fight against COVID-19," Tedros said in Wednesday statement. He said the U.S. commitment "to support the waiver of IP protections on vaccines is a powerful example of American leadership to address global health challenges.” __ Keaten reported from Geneva. Jamey Keaten And Zeke Miller, The Associated Press
EDMONTON — Alberta has doubled fines for disobeying public health measures meant to fight COVID-19 and Justice Minister Kaycee Madu is promising a renewed effort to stop public health scofflaws will succeed. “Enforcement will be done, and Albertans will see it being done,” Madu told a news conference Wednesday. “It has become clear that there are a small few who refuse to comply with reasonable and legitimate public health orders" The United Conservative government passed an order in council Wednesday that doubles fines for public health violations to $2,000. Madu said there is also a new protocol for health officials, police and government to co-ordinate and target repeat individuals and groups that flout the law. He said he discussed with police chiefs this week what further tools and resources they need to step up enforcement. Premier Jason Kenney on Tuesday announced stronger measures to reverse soaring COVID-19 cases that threaten to overwhelm hospitals by month’s end and to force doctors to decide which patients get life-saving care. Kenney’s government has been criticized for being a paper tiger on lawbreakers. In January, it allowed some restaurants to flout dine-in restrictions. GraceLife church, in Spruce Grove, Alta., west of Edmonton, was able to hold Sunday services for months that officials have said ignored rules on masks, capacity limits and physical distancing. Police physically blocked off the church just a month ago. The enforcement issue made headlines again on this weekend when hundreds of people gathered near Bowden in central Alberta for a pre-advertised maskless "No More Lockdowns" protest rodeo. Edmonton and Calgary have also seen maskless mass protests against health restrictions. Action was taken Wednesday against one accused repeat offender. Alberta Health Services announced the Whistle Stop Café in Mirror, Alta., had been physically closed and access barred. The café had been flagged for repeatedly breaking COVID-19 health restrictions by staying open and serving customers. Opposition NDP Leader Rachel Notley said Kenney’s government set its enforcement policy up for failure from the get-go by stressing education first and enforcement as a last resort. Referring to the protocol Madu outlined, Notley said: "The fact there is a protocol to tell them to talk to each other is not new. It is a policy dressed up to look like action, but it is not significant, and that’s why we're calling on them to do more." She criticized the plan to target only repeat offenders: "(That) says to me their plan is to give everybody their first rodeo free, which is in effect what they did with the Bowden rodeo. "This has to stop because that Bowden rodeo will turn out to be a super-spreader. People will get sick from that rodeo. People will get seriously ill." Kenney announced tighter rules Tuesday, some of which came in effect Wednesday. Outdoor gatherings, which had been limited to 10 people, are now capped at five. Worship services, which were allowed at 15 per cent capacity, have been reduced to 15 people maximum. Retailers, which had been open at 15 per cent customer capacity, are restricted to 10 per cent. On Friday, all kindergarten to Grade 12 students will learn from home. On Sunday, restaurants must close their patios and offer takeout service only. Personal wellness services, including hair salons and barber shops, will have to close. Indoor social gatherings remain banned. Entertainment venues, including movie theatres and casinos, also remain closed. As of Wednesday, Alberta had 24,156 active cases of COVID-19, with 666 people in hospital. It has experienced the highest infection rates in North America in recent weeks. There are almost 1.7 million Albertans who have received at least one dose of vaccine. About one in three adults have had a shot. Kenney said the vaccination rollout will be expanded drastically, with everyone in the province 12 and older to soon be eligible. Every Albertan born in 1991 or earlier will be able to book vaccinations starting Friday. On Monday, appointments will be offered to anyone born between 2009 and 1992. Earlier Wednesday, Health Canada approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children as young as 12. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 5, 2021. Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press
"But the thing is, life's too short, I want him to be happy."
Local seniors will soon have more options for affordable, accessible housing with the construction of a new 44-unit rental apartment building. Cedar Terrace will be located at 2230 Quilchena Ave. on provincially owned land, and will offer studio, one-bedroom and accessible apartments within a four-storey building. “These new homes will help seniors live independently and stay connected to their community,” said David Eby, Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing. “Providing homes people can afford in every corner of the province is our goal, and today’s announcement is great news for these seniors and for the broader community.” The new homes for seniors will be operated by ASK Wellness Society, and will be for seniors with low and moderate incomes. ASK will be receiving approximately $4.7 million form the Province’s Building BC: Community Housing Fund. “We are very excited for what this new housing will provide to the City of Merritt, in particular those who have found it challenging to find safe and affordable housing,” said Bob Hughes, executive director, ASK Wellness Society. “This new facility is being created to honour the needs of our local aging population by providing housing to residents who are 55 and older with rental fees geared to their income. After 14 years of operations in Merritt, we have seen the growing gap in accessible housing for seniors, and with Cedar Terrace we are narrowing that gap.” With Merritt being affected by skyrocketing real estate prices, and an extreme lack of available rental housing, seniors have been particularly left out in the cold when it comes to finding a suitable place to call home. Several proposed new housing developments have come before council for approval, but unlike this one on Quilchena Ave., none have been located in the downtown core where there is easy access to a grocery store, pharmacies, doctor and dentist offices, and public transit. “There is a significant housing shortage in Merritt right now, especially for seniors, so I am thrilled about this project,” said Mayor Linda Brown. “On behalf of council, we are extremely thankful for the support and foresight from BC Housing and Ask Wellness in addressing this critical need. I have heard from so many seniors who desperately need quality, affordable housing and couldn’t be happier to see this project move forward in our community.” Construction on the building is expected to be concluded in summer 2022. Morgan Hampton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Merritt Herald
He's listed as a tight end but Jake Burt can expect to see plenty of different looks within the Hamilton Tiger-Cats offence. Hamilton selected the former Boston College player first overall Tuesday in the CFL draft. With the popularity of five-receiver packages in the pass-happy Canadian game, the tight end position has virtually disappeared from league offences. The last tight end to be selected first overall was Weber State's Gerald Wilcox in 1989 by the Ottawa Rough Riders. Tommy Condell, Hamilton's imaginative offensive co-ordinator, said there'll definitely be packages in 2021 where the six-foot-four, 245-pound Burt lines up as a traditional tight end or takes a step back as an H-back. But Condell has much bigger plans for the rookie, like liking up as a slotback and wide receiver. "To me, he's got to align as I term, an in-line tight end, which means on the ball, but also an H-back," Condell said. "That's been his world for a while. "That's only one phase of the game and how we're going to attack it, not only from a run-game situation but from a passing-game situation, a vertical (situation) more specifically and Jake can do all that." Burt had 23 catches for 307 yards and two touchdowns over 36 games at Boston College. Last year, he signed as an undrafted free agent with the New England Patriots and spent the entire season on the NFL team's practice roster before becoming a free agent. Burt grew up in Boston but was a late entry into the CFL draft because he was born in Regina and lived there for four years before relocating to the U.S. with his family. Moving players around within Hamilton's offence is nothing new for Condell. He's had all-star receivers Brandon Banks and Bralon Addison line up wide, in the slot and even in the backfield in some packages. Addison, who played quarterback in high school, has also taken snaps in Hamilton's wildcat formation. And in 2019, when the Ticats' offence scored a CFL-high 551 points, running back Sean Thomas-Erlington often lined as a receiver. For Condell, it's all about maximizing a player's skill set to create mismatches against the opposing defence. "That's what I'm hoping for,: Condell said. "You always want to create those one-on-one matchups that are more advantageous for you. "To me, it's always about the players and what they do best and really trying to emphasize those things and then decrease the things that are a bit challenging." But first a player must buy into Hamilton's offensive philosophy. "If you look back and see how we've utilized other players within the system we have, it really comes down to positionless players," Condell said. "I always try to talk about positonless coaches and positionless players. "We always try to teach understanding concepts first. Once they understand concepts, then we can plug and play in different ways." There's plenty to like about Burt's blocking potential, given his size. But Condell said Burt also has good hands and receiving technique. "He has enough speed (4.48-second time in 40-yard dash) but a guy like that must have off-the-chart ability to extend and make catches," Condell said. "As a tight end, people are naturally always going to be draped all over the top you so you've got to be ready to be a hand catcher and extend away from your body and also body up and he's able to do all that. "Seeing how he has progressed from his Boston College days and then with New England on the practice roster, you can see a great development." But Condell is also impressed with Burt's football acumen. "When we talk about those types of players who can be multiple position-type players . . . you must have football IQ and general intelligence," Condell said. "Obviously he passes that with flying colours. "Going to Boston College just tells you that and when you get the chance to talk to him, that's off the charts." Condell said Burt reminds him of Jason Clermont, the six-foot-two, 227-pound former Regina Rams star who was the B.C. Lions' first-round pick in 2002. Clermont was not only a physical presence on the field, but a decorated player who was the CFL's top rookie (2002) and twice its outstanding Canadian (2004, '07) in addition to being a Grey Cup champion (2004) over 10 pro seasons. "I think Jake's similar to Jason Clermont but not exactly the same," Condell said. "You haven't seen that type of player in a long, long time and I think Jake is going to bring a lot of those things to the table for us.. "I'm just very very excited to get the chance to work with Jake." Having had no players to coach since 2019 has been difficult for Condell, who remains hopeful the CFL can resume play in 2021. "I really miss the daily interaction with the players and coaches," Condell said. "Iron sharpens iron and I know we make each other better as men, players and coaches. "We stay in contact and all that but it's the day-to-day, daily interaction and making each other accountable and better that I certainly miss personally. " This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 5, 2021. Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press
The Blues boss guided his team to the Champions League final with semi-final success over Real Madrid.
Ratings agency S&P Global Ratings on Wednesday raised GameStop's credit rating by one notch, a critical step in the video retailer's transformation into an e-commerce company. S&P Global Ratings said in a note that it lifted GameStop's credit rating to "B" from "B-" and removed it from CreditWatch after the company issued $550 million in equity and redeemed all balance sheet debt. "We expect these actions to provide additional runway to achieve its business transformation initiatives, provide liquidity, and improve GameStop's financial risk profile," S&P analysts wrote.
HOUSTON, TX / ACCESSWIRE / May 5, 2021 / Spark Energy, Inc. ("Spark" or the "Company") (NASDAQ:SPKE), an independent retail energy services company, today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2021.
CALGARY — Leslie Echino had planned on serving more than two dozen patrons at a time on an expanded patio at her Annabelle's Kitchen restaurant in Calgary's Marda Loop neighbourhood. She hauled extra furniture from the patio at her shuttered downtown location and invested thousands in a cover to keep the outdoor space open for longer. But, instead, Echino is looking to lay off staff for the fourth time during the COVID-19 pandemic after the province on Tuesday ordered an end to outdoor dining. It was one of several measures Premier Jason Kenney announced in an attempt to stop a sharp spike in infections. Indoor dining had been permitted for a brief while earlier this year, but was shut down against in April. The off-and-on closures have taken a toll, especially on employees with families who rely on a steady paycheque, Echino said Wednesday. "It's getting expensive. It's expensive on cost. It's expensive on mental well-being and health," she said. "How long can my staff go through this?" Echino said she doesn't want the restaurant to be open with COVID-19 spread so rampant. Alberta has by far the highest rate of active infections in Canada at 534 per 100,000 --- nearly 2 1/2 times the national average. "We all have to buckle down. We all have to take a hit for the greater good," she said. "But I think what is important is the support to the people who need it: my staff. "When you're forced to close and you cannot operate, you need that support." The Alberta Hospitality Association, for which Echino is a board member, is urging the government to help with utility bills, wage top-ups, patio costs and property taxes. It also wants clearer communication about what a path to recovery looks like. "As an organization, we have maintained a commitment to work with government using open dialogue and communication to ensure the needs of the hospitality industry are met," the association said in a release. "The latest lockdown shows a complete disregard to those efforts." Kenney said Wednesday that his United Conservative government is rolling out the third instalment of a program that provides grants of up to $10,000 for small- and medium-sized businesses that have experienced at least a 30 per cent drop in revenues. That tranche of funds would be worth a total of $350 million. He said his government has also been providing relief on Workers' Compensation Board premiums and, with Ottawa, commercial rent assistance. "We'll look at whether we need to do anything additional," Kenney said. "My hope is that if people really get the message here and act responsibly, that ... those businesses can hopefully get back to a decent summer." Ben Leon, an owner at The Dandy Brewing Co. in Calgary, said tougher measures are necessary, but they should have been brought in months ago. The brewery invested $10,000 to spruce up its patio in anticipation of the summer season. It's not as simple a job as setting up some tables outside, Leon said. "There is a good amount of infrastructure that needs to be put in and built to make it safe and make it comfortable," he said. "I'd rather have lost four weeks in February-March to get everything back and be able to have a good, solid, even patio season all summer." This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 5, 2021. Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press
The infielder collected a single Tuesday in his first MLB at-bat, and the Rangers believe he can hit his way into a long stay.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR's next generation race car is finally here after two years of hype and hope that it will revolutionize the stock car series. How can a spec car radically change a sport? Competition. Cost containment. Manufacturer relevance. The Next Gen car, first proposed in 2018 and originally set to debut this season until the pandemic delayed it until 2022, is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between NASCAR and its partners. All parties had to work toward creating a car that served the entire industry. “We really wanted to get back to a promise that we had made to the fans, which is to put the ‘stock’ back in stock car,” said NASCAR President Steve Phelps. “It looks like you’ve gone to some type of outfit that’s taken a regular car and just made it look incredibly sporty. There’s a relevance to this race car that we haven’t seen, frankly, in 40, 50 years.” The long overdue unveiling Wednesday was much like a pre-pandemic NASCAR affair. Hall of Famers Richard Petty, Rick Hendrick and Joe Gibbs were part of a masked audience when reigning Cup Series champion Chase Elliott, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin drove their respective Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang and Toyota Camry into a darkened Charlotte auditorium. It was the first public look at the most significant change to the Cup cars since the present “Car of Tomorrow” model was introduced in 2007. For the first time in NASCAR's 73-year history, single-source manufacturers will build the chassis, provide parts and supply the carbon composite body. But each individual manufacturer has the flexibility to design the shell to at last resemble the Camaros, Mustangs and Camrys anybody can drive off the car lot. “Chevrolet wants to have a competitive car on track. But equally as much, we want to have a car that aligns itself with something somebody can go buy on a showroom floor,” Elliott said. “I think they did a really good job of marrying those two things together.” The Next Gen also led NASCAR to modern upgrades found on today's street cars — rack-and-pinion steering, independent rear suspension, bigger wheels and upgraded connectivity to allow for an in-car camera in every vehicle. There is also the ability to adapt as technology changes. NASCAR has had only three manufacturers since Dodge left the sport after the 2012 season, and Phelps has said new carmakers would not be interested in joining until a new look was introduced. The Next Gen should make NASCAR appealing to other manufacturers particularly as hybrid technology is explored. The new car, for now, will continue to use internal combustion, pushrod V8 engines produced by each of the three manufacturers. “We are future-proofing the car to enable hybrid," said Mark Rushbrook, global director at Ford Performance Motorsports. "We think that is important as our road car cycles changes to be able to race hybrid in this car as well.” The Next Gen has sparked interest in ownership, and three new teams entered the top Cup Series this year. Michael Jordan is now an owner alongside three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin, Pitbull joined entered in partnership with former driver Justin Marks, and former driver Matt Tifft has a team with current driver B.J. McLeod. The car is expected to dramatically contain costs in large part because of its single supplier chains, and teams will be limited to seven cars at a given time instead of an unlimited fleet, making ownership appealing for the first time in years. It all led to a bidding war last summer on the charters that guarantee entry for 36 cars into the 40-car NASCAR Cup field each week. Marks could not get one and currently leases a charter for Trackhouse Racing; he will try again to purchase a charter for next season, but he potentially could be bidding against other owners, including Hamlin and Jordan, who might want to expand 23XI Racing to two cars next season. “It’s an attractive time to come into the sport. This was a big factor in our decisions, will be part of our decisions going forward,” Hamlin said. “We have a reset in technology and resources that are going into this car. We’re not at a 20- to 30-year disadvantage by coming into the sport. We’ll all be developing it at the same time in its early existence.” The biggest test of the Next Gen will come on the track. NASCAR has said the car will improve competition and that will be where the car will ultimately be judged. Although the Cup Series has 10 winners through 11 races so far this season, a handful of teams and drivers typically dominate the top series. Kevin Harvick and Hamlin combined to win 16 of 36 races last year before Chase Elliott snatched the title for Hendrick Motorsports; Joe Gibbs Racing won 19 races and the championship in 2019. The Next Gen, though, is designed to give drivers greater control and put an emphasis back on race strategy, team personnel and vehicle setup. The symmetric body shape significantly reduces side-force, which in theory should make the cars harder to drive through corners — NASCAR's current car is offset, not symmetric. The composite body is designed to minimize in-race damage that would otherwise affect handling and lead to further incidents that could alter a race. And the new, wider tires are designed to allow Goodyear to bring a softer compound to improve passing and strategy options. “So many new challenges, us not knowing what’s coming next, what is the next corner going to be like, what is it going to be like when we race each other on a speedway, a short track, a dirt track,” Logano said. “We have a lot of unknowns of how we race each other, how we set up the cars, as we all try to evolve so quickly to become the first winners in this car and try to win the championship next year — it’s going to be a blast.” ___ More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/hub/auto-racing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Jenna Fryer, The Associated Press
CALGARY — Janice Romick could see it coming. The rabbit breeder for 40 years in Cold Lake, Alta., says she saw the writing on the wall before a deadly rabbit virus appeared last month in the southern part of the province. "We sort of knew this was coming a few years before it actually hit. So we stopped showing and we bought nothing from anybody, anywhere," said Romick, who works at Beladarus Rabbitry with her daughter. Alberta's chief provincial veterinarian, Dr. Keith Lehman, sent a communique last month to the Alberta Veterinary Medicine Association warning about an outbreak of rabbit hemorrhagic disease, or RHD, in pet rabbits in one southern Alberta household. "It does cause a pretty significant level of mortality in animals that do get exposed. It is quite a severe disease for rabbits," Lehman said in an interview Wednesday. "Fortunately there are no human health risks. It is very confined to rabbits but for rabbits, it is probably one of the worst ones out there." What is concerning, he said, is it appears to be a variation of the original disease that impacted only domestic rabbits. "In 2010, we saw it was getting out and affecting the wild rabbit population as well. I'm not talking about the escaped pets that can procreate, but those who are truly native to our wildlife," said Lehman. There were outbreaks in British Columbia in 2018 and 2019 and in Montana and Oregon earlier this year. The disease runs its course in one to five days and is usually fatal. Alanna Weeks from Clockwork Rabbitry in Armstrong, B.C., said the news from Alberta is a concern. "All the rabbit breeders I have spoken to are all really nervous about it especially since this could be a different strain than what we dealt with before," she said. "The new one that just came up from the United States, we're waiting to get confirmation that it is the strain that was found in Alberta because that one has been wiping out wild populations." When the B.C. outbreak occurred, she said breeders were able to get a vaccine for their rabbits from the United States on an emergency basis and the crisis was averted. Romick said all it takes is for one infected animal to make it into a herd, and it's over. "It spreads like a flash fire." There's a booming rabbit industry in Canada. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada says there were over 2,800 rabbit farms in 2016. Many of the rabbits go to the meat industry, some are harvested for fur and others become family pets. Romick said the hemorrhagic disease could decimate the industry. "In the right instance, if it got into some of these big areas where they're breeding for meat production and they brought in some new stock. It could literally wipe out a business," she said. "If it went through a 200-to-400-doe barn, it would wipe out every animal, every doe, every buck. And you can't use those carcasses for human production." She added that the disease is also a terrible way for the animals to die. Dr. Jamie Rothenburger, a veterinary pathologist and assistant professor at the University of Calgary's faculty of veterinary medicine, said the disease has to be taken seriously. It can be transmitted by something as simple as grooming or purchasing a pre-owned rabbit cage. "I think we're all getting more familiar with infectious diseases in these days of COVID. So the idea of a virus living on a vector isn't a surprise," Rothenburger said. "It's one of Canada's immediately notifiable diseases under the Health of Animals regulations. And so, if you suspect the disease as a veterinarian or a laboratory confirms it, the (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) has to be notified immediately." Rothenburger said it's unclear how widespread the disease could be. She's leading a study in Calgary looking at health and disease in urban hares. "Those are the jackrabbits we see hopping around our neighbourhoods. And we are going to be testing them for this very disease in the coming months to find out if it is here and hasn't been detected yet." This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 5, 2021. — Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press
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A Mi'kmaw-owned animation and communications company has created a 3D interactive map of Mahone Bay's waterfront that shows the risk of flooding, and how a living shoreline could help protect the Nova Scotia town. The online tool developed by 3D Wave Design uses real-world data to simulate the impacts of climate change. The aerial model shows parking lots, cars and buildings, as well as Mahone Bay's iconic three churches. "This makes it personable and actionable, and that's what we're all about, is giving non-technical people, or leaders, or the public the information to make decisions and help mitigate risk," co-founder Barry Stevens, a member of the Acadia First Nation, told CBC Radio's Information Morning this week. The model simulates how far the water could rise based on certain conditions, such as wave height and storm surge. There's also an option to add a living shoreline and see how it helps to protect the coast from rising water. This interactive model lets the user input different factors, such as storm surge and tide height, to see how far the water could flow inland.(3D Wave Design) The Town of Mahone Bay is preparing to build a living shoreline in front of the three churches on Edgewater Street. Construction of the pilot project begins this summer and is expected to be completed next year. Mayor David Devenne said his coastal community is very vulnerable to powerful storm surges and sea level rise, and that Hurricane Juan in 2003 was a wake-up call. Mahone Bay Mayor David Devenne.(Moira Donovan/CBC) "That's when we, the people in Mahone Bay and the council of the day, sat up and took notice and realized that there was a potential problem here that we needed to investigate, and then we needed to consider what potential solutions there might be," he said. Over the years, storms have eroded the road that wraps around the coast, Devenne said. Using real-world data 3D Wave Design's software uses LiDAR data, "which you can think of as an incredibly accurate 3D scan of the environment," said lead developer Noah Stevens, who runs the business with his dad. "The LiDAR itself captures data points that are within three centimetres of accuracy so it works really well for us when we show flooding because it's actually how it would be [in the] real world," he added. Users can interact with the map in a few different ways, setting tide height and projected storm surge. In other models the company has created, they use data from climate scientists to also show projected sea level rise. In a fairly typical scenario, with high tide reaching about two meters above sea level, the water gets close to some of the buildings in town. 3D Wave Design co-founder Barry Stevens looks out over Mahone Bay last year. (Nic Meloney/CBC) "The town was built pretty much on ... an existing flood plain and it's low," said Barry Stevens, who lives in the town. "Even our high tides now, the full moon tides, come up precariously close to the roads and the parking lots and some of the houses can have their basements almost touched every month or two." In 2015, Mahone Bay asked engineering and environmental design firm CBCL Ltd. to create a plan for a living shoreline. Six years later, thanks to federal funding, a group of organizations is getting ready to put those plans into action. The living shoreline will include rock sills, mounds of rock farther out in the water, as well as a tidal wetland and a raised bank covered in vegetation, said Samantha Battaglia, climate change team lead with Coastal Action, a non-profit environmental research and management organization based on the South Shore. All three parts of the living shoreline work together to help reduce wave energy and limit erosion along the coast, she said. Next summer, Coastal Action plans to host community planting days where Mahone Bay residents can plant native brushes and shrubs along the bank and wetland areas. Samantha Battaglia, left, helps drop cinder blocks outfitted with measuring tools into the water off Mahone Bay to help collect data for the living shoreline project. (Coastal Action) "These plants are typically very hardy, they're salt tolerant, they can withstand periodic disturbance, periodic flooding," Battaglia said. In April, researchers with the Halifax-based TransCoastal Adaptations Centre for Nature-based Solutions dropped cinder blocks into the water to begin collecting data, including the height of waves and water levels. "We're hoping that this pilot project, and the modelling that 3D Wave Designs did, will not just help communicate the ideas to the public, but also help generate interest," Battaglia said. MORE TOP STORIES