The Toronto Raptors point guard took his media session after the team's loss to the Phoenix Suns to discuss what happened at Capitol Hill and praised the WNBA for their role in getting Raphael Warnock elected in Georgia
The Toronto Raptors point guard took his media session after the team's loss to the Phoenix Suns to discuss what happened at Capitol Hill and praised the WNBA for their role in getting Raphael Warnock elected in Georgia
GPs have reportedly been warned by local health authorities that they cannot use extra doses on staff or any patients who have already received their first jab.
New Delhi [India], January 16 (ANI): Farmer leader Baldev Singh Sirsa and Punjabi actor Deep Sidhu have been summoned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for questioning on January 17 in a case related to Sikhs for Justice (SFJ).
The Baggies grabbed just their second Premier League win of the season by triumphing 3-2.
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The second batch of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine arrived in Argentina on Saturday, allowing the South American country to apply the second part of the two-dose program aimed at inoculating front-line health workers. More doses are expected to arrive in Argentina later this month and in February. Paraguay this week became the eighth country outside Russia to approve the Sputnik V vaccine, developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Institute.
On Monday, December 21, 2020, Churchbridge Mayor Bill Johnston called the regularly scheduled council meeting to order with all council present and accounted for. He then called Julian Kaminski forward to recognize the work Julian has done as the caretaker of the hall for over the last ten years. Brittney Maddaford, CPA next gave an auditor presentation to the council and members of the public that were in attendance. Maddaford walked the council through their financial statements and what’s included in them. Councillor N. Thies made a presentation to the council about setting up two electric chargers in town for electric cars. Councillor Vaughan made a motion to move this idea to the planning committee; motion carried. Moving on, the council reviewed the agenda prior to Councillor N. Thies making a motion to accept the agenda as amended; motion carried. The council reviewed the minutes of the November 23, 2020, regular meeting as well as the December 1, 2020, special meeting. Councillor N. Thies made a motion to accept the minutes which was carried. Council standing committee notes were next. N. Thies attended a fire department meeting and updated the council regarding the fire department. Administrator Renea Paridaen was next to give the administrator report. The sidewalk was replaced on Vincent Ave. but it has cracks on it now; there is no warranty. Some maintenance to the heating units was done to various town facilities including the town office furnace which wasn’t working. Council members have been registered for the Municipalities of Saskatchewan meeting. Councillor N. Thies made a motion to accept the reports which was carried. Under old business, R. Thies made a motion to have a third reading of Bylaw 2020-014, The by-law for incurring Debt; motion carried. The World’s Biggest Bike, stationed in Churchbridge was next to be discussed. Councillor Antosh-Cusistar made a motion to have the former owner of the big blue bike remove it by June 1, 2021; motion carried. Council Procedures Bylaw 2020-015, Council Procedures Bylaw received its second reading with a motion by R. Thies; motion carried. The third reading of Bylaw 2020-015 was made by Councillor N. Thies; motion carried. Cedar Crescent East Development was discussed next. Councillors N. Thies and R. Thies declared a conflict of interest and left the meeting, Mayor Johnston had a discussion with a resident beside the development who has a few concerns, it will be looked into having a public meeting to openly discuss the development with a motion from Councillor Antosh-Cusitar; motion carried. The topic of pest control officers was next to be discussed. The town requires pest control officers with a valid Possession and Acquisition Certificate, a criminal record check and liability insurance. The council reviewed the correspondence received by the town over the last two weeks. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Membership requisition was received; tabled. The Go out and Play Challenge request was sent to the town, asking if they would participate in the challenge and rally the community. The Murals Committee has sent a request to the town and Councillor Vaughan made a motion to defer this matter to the strategic planning committee; motion carried. Councillor R. Thies made a motion to file the correspondence; motion carried. The list of accounts for approval was reviewed prior to Councillor N. Thies making a motion to pay the accounts; motion carried. The November financial statement and bank reconciliation were reviewed next, prior to Councillor N. Thies making a motion to accept which was carried. Under new business, Nuisance Bylaw 2020-016 was discussed prior to Councillor R. Thies making the recommendation to change the bylaw; motion carried. Councillor N. Thies made the motion to have the first reading of Nuisance Bylaw 2020-016; motion carried. A by-election proposal was next discussed. On April 7, 2021, there will be a by-election. After the resignation of Ralph Soltys, there is a need for a by-election to fill the empty council chair. Councillor Antosh-Cusitar motion to accept which was carried. Christmas office closure was discussed. Councillor Antosh- Cusitar made a motion to close the town office on December 24th which was carried. Councillor N.Thies asked if there is a way a councillor can donate their remuneration back to the town. The bylaw respecting buildings (2020-017) was discussed. Councillor R. Thies made the resolution to have the first reading, which was carried. A motion was made to have the second reading, made by N. Thies; motion carried. A motion was made by N. Thies to go ahead to the third reading; carried unanimously. A Fibre Optic Cable Proposal was next to be discussed. Councillor Vaughan made a motion to have the administration help develop a Municipal Access Agreement; motion carried. The appointment of the Town of Churchbridge Administrator was next to be discussed. Council made a motion to appoint Renea Paridaen as Administrator for the Town of Churchbridge. She had not been officially appointed; motion carried. Backflow Prevention Testing was discussed. Councillor R. Thies made a motion to test the backflow as required; motion carried. Policy Manual 2021 Revisions were reviewed prior to Councillor N. Thies making a motion to pass the revisions which was carried. The council then moved in-camera. Gary Horseman, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Four-Town Journal
Prince William says he is concerned about the mental health of U.K. ambulance drivers, police officers and other first responders who are being exposed to extraordinary levels of trauma and death as coronavirus cases soar. William, a former search and rescue helicopter pilot, told emergency workers on a video call that they must not be afraid to ask for help despite their inclination to help others first. Britain’s health care system is staggering as a more contagious variant of the coronavirus coupled with cold, wet winter weather puts unprecedented strain on hospitals and emergency workers.
Nepalese team makes first successful winter ascent of K2. Team of Sherpas reaches top of Pakistan peak – becoming first to summit world’s second highest mountain in winter
As we all know the federal and provincial governments have quickly passed a vaccine to combat COVID-19. One selected vaccine type will be the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, but what do we know about this vaccine? Traditionally, vaccines take years to develop, test and finally be approved by Health Canada to be used as a vaccine. They usually undergo lab testing, tests on animals then finally human trials to determine the effectiveness and possible adverse side effects long before it is used in the general population. Lack of testing can bring a lack of public confidence in the safety and protection the vaccine is giving, but with COVID-19 the world has pushed for a vaccine and the vaccine companies feel confident that they have produced a vaccine safe for human use as well as protection against the virus. Health Canada authorized the vaccine with conditions on December 9, 2020, under the Interim Order Respecting the Importation, Sale and Advertising of Drugs for Use in Relation to COVID-19. About the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA vaccine (Tozinameran or BNT162b2) is used to prevent COVID-19. This disease is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The vaccine is approved for people who are 16 years of age and older. Its safety and effectiveness in people younger than 16 years of age have not yet been established. How it works mRNA vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein that will trigger an immune response without using the live virus that causes COVID-19. Once triggered, our body then makes antibodies. These antibodies help us fight the infection if the real virus does enter our body in the future. ‘RNA’ stands for ribonucleic acid, which is a molecule that provides cells with instructions for making proteins. Messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines contain the genetic instructions for making the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. This protein is found on the surface of the virus that causes COVID-19. When a person is given the vaccine, their cells will read the genetic instructions like a recipe and produce the spike protein. After the protein piece is made, the cell breaks down the instructions and gets rid of them. The cell then displays the protein piece on its surface. Our immune system recognizes that the protein doesn’t belong there and begins building an immune response and making antibodies. The side effects that followed vaccine administration in clinical trials were mild or moderate. They included things like pain at the site of injection, body chills, feeling tired and feeling feverish. These are common side effects of vaccines and do not pose a risk to health. As with all vaccines, there’s a chance that there will be a serious side effect, but these are rare. A serious side effect might be something like an allergic reaction. Speak with your health professional about any serious allergies or other health conditions you may have before you receive this vaccine. Health Canada has conducted a rigorous scientific review of the available medical evidence to assess the safety of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. No major safety concerns have been identified in the data that they reviewed. Gary Horseman, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Four-Town Journal
The Afghan vice-president tells the BBC that the latest US troop withdrawal will lead to violence.
Joe Root is smiling again and shows he can get better still for England. The England captain’s superb double hundred in Galle brought back memories of his first Test eight years ago – and there is more to come
NPSOnce the post-lockdown crowds descended upon the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains this summer, social distancing in the great outdoors suddenly seemed like an improbable task. Luckily, it's a well-kept secret that the off-season is actually the best season in many of these National Parks—once the crowds have departed, the wide open spaces are yours for the taking. (After consulting the NPS COVID-19 guidelines, of course). From the deserts of the southwest to the tundra of Alaska, here are the top National Parks to visit in winter. NPS YELLOWSTONEIt’s been said that the Mykonos crowd discovered Yellowstone this summer, and it’s true that the park experienced an uptick in domestic tourism. So, why not visit the world’s first National Park this winter, now that the thwarted travel influencers have departed for the season? (To nearby ski resorts, most likely). After all, snowmobiling to hidden hot springs across pristine fields of snow is far superior to waiting an hour in a crowded parking lot for Old Faithful to erupt. NPS DEATH VALLEYWinter is the only time of year when the temperature is cool enough (hovering in the high 60s to low 70s) to hike among the volcanic craters, turquoise sands, and sprawling salt flats of Death Valley. The park is known as the hottest place on earth—an assertion I can testify to, having been stuck there for hours without air conditioning on a 116° July afternoon. And the scorching southwest sun can render the iconic Mosaic Canyon trail unbearable by early spring (the most popular season to visit). Though lodging will be closed this winter due to Covid precautions, trails, roads, and overlooks remain open—and park hours are longer in the wintertime, too. NPS GRAND CANYONOnly 10% of all visitors travel to the Grand Canyon in the wintertime, which is reason enough to visit the National Park once the temperatures drop. The familiar landscape—steep, red-stained cliffs against the brilliant turquoise waters of the winding Colorado River—is eerily beautiful without the disruptive influence of foot and vehicle traffic (both of which prevent full immersion into the wild). And, while the North Rim is closed until May 15th, the South Rim is open all winter (and is also the drive that provides the most sweeping views of this iconic American landscape). It’s the perfect opportunity to bask in the glory of the Bright Angel Trail relatively undisturbed. NPS DENALIGiven the popularity of Alaska travel in the summertime, it’s a hidden secret that Denali National Park is best enjoyed in the colder months. Denali is one of the best places on earth to witness the Aurora Borealis, and late February to early March is the best time of year to see the northern lights. So, the odds are ever in your favor. The Riley Creek Campground remains open, and visitors should obtain backcountry permits if they plan on wilderness camping. Another option, of course, is to splurge on a luxury cabin at the Sheldon Chalet—the ultimate way to stargaze (and social distance) in style. NPS ZIONOf all the National Parks that constitute Utah’s Mighty 5, we are partial to the temples, towers, and flat-topped mesas of Zion National Park. And January is one of the most beautiful months to visit when the snow-covered cliffs strike a jarring contrast to the park’s red-rock canyons and forested plateaus. Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is open to private vehicles all winter, and there’s no better time to mimic Jack Kerouac and set out on the road. The Zion Canyon Shuttle will resume weekend service on President’s Day before beginning daily service in early March, though travelers should reserve their tickets in advance. NPS OLYMPICHit the slopes at Olympic National Park, the westernmost ski area in the continental U.S. The 5,242 foot Hurricane Ridge is open from Friday to Sunday in the months of December through March—a picturesque playground for downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tubing, and more. But that’s not all this sprawling Pacific Northwest oasis has to offer—the park spans nearly a million acres of glacier-capped mountains and old-growth forests in Washington state. We recommend storm watching along the Pacific Coast as another exciting winter activity that’s slightly closer to sea level. NPS JOSHUA TREEThe land where the Mojave and Colorado deserts meet in southern California, Joshua Tree has long been a favored destination for nature lovers and spiritual seekers alike. (The latter, of course, embodying a very West Coast version of wanderlust). But you don’t need to believe in New Age mysticism to appreciate the park’s transformative beauty. And winter is the perfect time to explore the Rain Shadow Desert before throngs of selfie-wielding tourists descend upon the park in the spring season. Plus, the cooler temperature (daily highs of 66°) is ideal for tackling some of the longer hikes that only become more challenging as the desert heat intensifies later in the year. NPS GLACIERIf Alaska is slightly too far to travel for the northern lights this winter, then head to Glacier National Park, a designated dark sky park in northwest Montana instead. And there’s no better place to observe the Aurora Borealis than along the shore of Lake McDonald, with its aquamarine water carved by Ice Age glaciers and surrounded by the jagged peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Luckily, while the eastern entrance to the park is closed due to Covid precautions, the Going-to-the-Sun Road from West Glacier to Lake McDonald is open year-round (and the vehicle entrance fee is reduced in the winter months). NPS GRAND TETONFinally, head over to Grand Teton National Park to experience the majestic Teton mountain range of western Wyoming covered in snow. From November 1st to May 1st, the Teton Park Road from Taggart Lake to Signal Mountain is open for non-motorized use only, transforming the park into a veritable wonderland for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. (The park also provides Nordic Ski Ambassadors to assist with beginners as they learn to traverse the terrain). Other winter highlights at Grand Teton include snowmobile safaris to observe the local wildlife, and extensive backcountry opportunities for intrepid skiers and snowboarders (though permits are required for overnight excursions).Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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The Brazilian jungle state of Amazonas received more emergency supplies of oxygen and respirators on Saturday, as the military and neighboring Venezuela scrambled to alleviate an unfolding humanitarian crisis caused by a devastating COVID-19 outbreak. The army also said it had evacuated 12 patients from hospitals in the state capital Manaus to the northern city of Sao Luis overnight, with hospitals at breaking point with no oxygen supplies and overflowing intensive care wards. Mass graves were dug in Manaus during the first wave of the pandemic last year.
Marta Bassino stamped her authority on the giant slalom discipline on Saturday, winning her third World Cup race this season. Coping best with tough course conditions, the Italian held on to her first-run lead, holding off a challenge by Tessa Worley to win by a big margin. Worley, the former two-time GS world champion from France, was fastest in the final run but still came up eight-tenths of a second short of Bassino.
With the new year here, many are starting to think of tax season which is just around the corner. This year, with the uncertain financial standing Canada and the world, is in with COVID-19 still breathing down our throats, it is helpful to hear of tax credits being offered by the government. Recently, Deputy Premier and Finance minister Donna Harpauer came forward with a few tax credits the Sask Party is offering, “We are pleased to resume the indexation of income tax brackets and tax credit amounts in 2021….. Indexation protects Saskatchewan taxpayers from bracket creep, and helps keep the tax system fair, competitive and affordable.” All Saskatchewan income tax brackets and tax credit amounts will once again be indexed in 2021, this will save taxpayers an estimated $15 million. The level of indexation in 2021 will be 1.0 percent, matching the national rate of inflation. “Restarting the Active Families Benefit to make children’s activities more affordable was a key election commitment of our government,” Harpauer said. “As promised, the Active Families Benefit will provide a non-refundable tax credit of $150 per year per child to eligible families. Families of children with a disability will receive an additional $50, for a total tax credit of $200 per year per child.” Families with children enrolled in sports, arts and cultural activities will also be able to claim the Active Families Benefit once again on their 2021 taxes, the restarting of the Active Families Benefit will be part of the 2021-22 Budget which will be retroactive to January 1, 2021. Parents who enroll their children in sports, arts and cultural activities in the new year are therefore reminded to keep their receipts so they may claim the benefit with their 2021 tax filings. Saskatchewan residents who are planning to renovate their homes may also be able to claim the recently announced Saskatchewan Home Renovation Tax Credit. Under this non-refundable tax credit, Saskatchewan homeowners can save up to $1,155 in provincial income tax in 2021 if they claim a 10.5 percent tax credit on up to $11,000 of eligible home renovation expenses incurred between October 1, 2020, and December 31, 2021. A further $945 in savings may be claimed in 2022 in respect of eligible expenses incurred between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022. Eligible expenses include the cost of permits, contractor labour and professional services, building materials, fixtures, and equipment rentals. Tax Credits are always helpful to see as tax season approaches. It is always a good idea to check with your local accountant, or better yet hire a local account, as they are always on top of any tax credit you may be eligible for. Gary Horseman, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Four-Town Journal
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Wintry weather system could bring gusty winds to Charlotte.