Ari Gold, the trailblazing LGBTQ artist who sang backup vocals for Diana Ross and Cyndi Lauper, has died of leukemia, World of Wonder Productions confirmed to Variety. He was 47.
Ari Gold, the trailblazing LGBTQ artist who sang backup vocals for Diana Ross and Cyndi Lauper, has died of leukemia, World of Wonder Productions confirmed to Variety. He was 47.
The ramp up in 5G technology adoption is expected to boost demand for higher-priced chips used in phones and is likely to benefit semiconductor firms such as Broadcom. The company, which also makes chips for data centers and servers, stands to benefit from an extended remote working trend as people wait for vaccines to roll out. Broadcom forecast second-quarter revenue of about $6.5 billion, compared with analysts' estimates of $6.33 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Breaking from other Southern GOP governors, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday extended her state’s mask order for another month. However, she says the requirement will end in April. Following the recommendations of medical officials, Ivey says she will keep the mask order that was set to expire Friday in place until April 9. The Republican governor says before lifting the order, she wants to get past Easter and get as much vaccine distributed as possible. “The bottom line is we have kept the mask mandate in place for more than a generous period of time because it has helped,” Ivey said at a news conference. Medical officials welcomed Ivey’s decision after recommending an extension, arguing that easing restrictions before more people were vaccinated could reverse recent improvements. Alabama’s rolling seven-day average of daily cases has dropped from 3,000 in early January to below 1,000. Hospitalizations are at their lowest point since summer. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — The EU's medicines agency will review Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine — Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires diverged on social distancing, and those choices took the 2 cities in opposite directions — Hungary tightens pandemic restrictions amid rising deaths — California will set aside 40% of vaccine doses for the state’s most vulnerable neighbourhoods — Follow AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic, https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak ___ HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: BRUSSELS — A shipment of a quarter million AstraZeneca vaccines destined for Australia has been barred from leaving the European Union in the first use of an export control system. An EU official, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue, confirmed a report that first appeared in the Financial Times. The move came at the behest of Italy, which has been taking a tough line in dealing with vaccine shortages within the 27-nation bloc since a new government led by Mario Draghi came into power last month. Faced with shortages of doses during the early stages of the vaccine campaign that started in late December, the EU issued an export control system for COVID-19 vaccines. It requires companies respect their contractual obligations to the bloc before commercial exports can be approved. So far, the EU has vaccinated only 8 % per cent of its population. — By Raf Casert ___ MIAMI -- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and state health officials are under deeper scrutiny amid revelations that seniors in a wealthy enclave in Key Largo received hundreds of life-saving vaccinations as early as mid -January. The revelations were the latest example of wealthy Floridians getting earlier access to coronavirus vaccines, even as the state has lagged in efforts to get poorer residents vaccinated. DeSantis pushed back Thursday, saying a local hospital -- not the state -- was behind the vaccinations of more than 1,200 residents of the exclusive Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida, and the state “wasn’t involved in it in any shape or form.” Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried joined Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist in calling for federal officials to probe the DeSantis administration’s vaccine distribution programs. ___ SEATTLE— Seattle’s public teachers’ union has voted to not return to the classrooms, saying it has no confidence in the district to keep educators safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The move by the Seattle Education Association comes the same week that Gov. Jay Inslee – who has implored schools to reopen to students for in-person learning – said all teachers in the state could begin receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. The Seattle School District is Washington’s largest, with about 50,000 students, and now the teachers and administration are at loggerheads. The district says it still plans to open up classrooms to about 1,100 students on March 8. Members of the Seattle Education Association voted Wednesday night to stay in the on-line learning model and also cast a vote of “no confidence” in outgoing Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau. ___ WASHINGTON — The White House says President Joe Biden was expressing his “frustration and exasperation” when he said Republican governors lifting mask mandates and other virus measures were acting like “Neanderthals.” Press secretary Jen Psaki says with more than 500,000 U.S. lives lost and after a year in which all Americans have sacrificed, “it’s imperative that people listen across the country, whether they live in a red state or a blue state, to the guidance of public health experts.” Psaki says Biden would continue to make outreach to Republican governors who disagree with him, “But he believes that if we’re going to get this pandemic under control, we need to follow public health guidelines.” Psaki noted Biden has asked Americans to diligently wear masks for his first 100 days in office while vaccinations ramp up. She says: “Sixty more days. That’s what he’s asking and he’s certainly hopeful that businesses and people across the country will continue to do that.” ___ LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas’ highest court and the governor are at odds over whether judges, prosecutors and other court employees should be immediately eligible for the coronavirus vaccine. The state Supreme Court on Thursday issued an order saying the workers are essential government employees who should be able to receive the vaccine now. Arkansas has already made the vaccine available to people at least 65 years old and several other groups including teachers and health care workers. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the workers cited in the order are in a phase of vaccine distribution the state hasn’t opened fully and will have to wait if they’re not otherwise eligible. ___ MINNEAPOLIS — Crowds at most high school sports tournaments and events this month and next will be limited to 250 people, according to the Minnesota State High School League. League Executive Director Erich Martens says it’s hoped that one, maybe two, family members of each athlete can attend. Each team will receive a limited number of tickets. The general public won’t have access to tickets. No fans will be allowed at the boys’ swimming and diving meet at the University of Minnesota on March 18-20 because of the space needed to accommodate swimmers. Martens says about 45 schools will be required to hold state tournament quarterfinals in basketball and wrestling, rounds that have previously been held at Target Center, Xcel Energy and University of Minnesota venues, the Star Tribune reported. Plans include providing pay-for-view livestreams of state tournaments and televising the hockey and basketball tournaments. ___ MADISON, Wis. — Dozens of people ignoring coronavirus protocols filled a Wisconsin state capitol room for a hearing on legislation to limit the government’s response to public health emergencies. The Assembly Committee on Constitution and Ethics hearing didn’t require masks, and those who filled the room didn’t wear masks or socially distance themselves Wednesday, ignoring the advice of public health officials. Photos posted on Twitter by Democratic Sen. Melissa Agard show participants gathered in a state capitol overflow room to watch televised proceedings of the committee’s hearing. “We are nearly a year into this pandemic, and this is what we are seeing in the state capitol today: no masks, no social distancing, and no safety precautions for the staff who have no choice but to be in the building,” Agard wrote on Twitter. “This is reckless and dangerous.” Lawmakers have been at odds about mask-wearing in committee hearings, with many Republican lawmakers choosing not to do so, the State Journal reported. ___ WARSAW, Poland — Poland is extending the time between administering the two doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to 42 days, with officials saying they want to increase the number of people getting vaccinated. The government official in charge of the national inoculation program, Michal Dworczyk, says starting next week, the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be administered 42 days after instead of 21 days. The hiatus between the AstraZeneca vaccine doses is being increased to 12 weeks from the usual 28 days. Dworczyk claims the timing changes are in line with the recommendations from the producers. People who have recovered from COVID-19 will receive only one vaccine dose, six months after the infection. Officials say a shipment of some 62,000 doses of AstraZeneca expected Thursday was postponed by the producer until likely next week. Poland is receiving vaccine deliveries within the European Union plan but seeking new sources of vaccines, also in China. Some 3.6 million vaccine doses have been administered so far, including nearly 1.3 million second doses, in the nation of 38 million people. ___ BUDAPEST, Hungary — Authorities in Hungary are tightening pandemic restrictions to help slow a rapid rise in deaths and hospitalizations caused by COVID-19. Businesses will be required to close their doors for two weeks beginning Monday. Only grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations will remain open. Kindergartens and primary schools will also be closed until April 7. The new restrictions come as the number of cases and deaths in Hungary approach their previous peaks set in December. On Thursday, one year to the day after the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Hungary, 6,278 new infections were reported alongside 152 deaths, the deadliest day since Dec. 23. Hungary hopes a rapid vaccination program will drive numbers down. Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff, Gergely Gulyas, says the country will have the highest vaccination rate in the European Union by next week. ___ CAIRO — Egyptian health authorities launched the second phase of a nationwide vaccination campaign against the coronavirus by vaccinating some of the country’s elderly and those with underlying medical conditions. Health Minister Hala Zayed says patients will be receiving the Chinese state-owned pharmaceutical giant Sinopharm’s vaccine or the British-Swedish AstraZeneca shot in 40 different vaccination centres across the country. The Arab world’s most populous country has registered more than 184,000 confirmed cases and more than 10,000 deaths. In January, the health ministry began rolling out its anti-COVID-19 vaccination program by giving the shots to frontline health care workers. On Sunday, health authorities launched a website where the elderly and patients with chronic life-threatening diseases from different age groups could sign up for the shots. So far, more than 150,000 have filled online requests, Zayed says. ___ BERLIN — Germany’s health minister says the country’s independent vaccine committee has formally approved giving the AstraZeneca shot to people age 65 and over. Minister Jens Spahn says the decision was “good news for older people who are waiting for a vaccination. They will get vaccinated faster.” The vaccine made by British-Swedish company AstraZeneca is one of three authorized for use in the 27-nation European Union. But several countries, including Germany, initially restricted it to people under 65, or in some cases under 55, citing a lack of data on its effectiveness in older people. ___ PRAGUE — The vaccination program in the Czech Republic is picking up speed with a record nearing 30,000 inoculated in one day. Health Ministry says 28,890 people received a shot Wednesday for a total of 735,131. Over a quarter of million got both shots in the nation of 10.7 million. After an initial slow rollout of Western vaccines, the government says the country is expected more than 1 million doses in March and around 2.5 million in April. By June, more than a total of 10 million should be available. Extra 100,000 Pfizer vaccines from the EU expected to arrive next week will help speed up the vaccinations. Health Minister Jan Blatny says about 35,000 a day will be inoculated in March, and up to 100,000 a day in April. Blatny told Parliament “there’s no reason to seek unauthorized vaccines,” such as Russia’s Sputnik V and China’s Sinopharm. President Milos Zeman known for his pro-Russian and pro-Chinese views has asked his Russian and Chinese counterparts to send their vaccines to his country. Prime minister Andrej Babis says they should be used on a voluntary basis. The parliamentary opposition rejects using vaccines unregistered in the EU. ___ LISBON, Portugal — A Portuguese Navy patrol boat has transported 1,200 litres of oxygen to the main hospital in São Tomé e Príncipe amid an increase in COVID-19 patients in the twin-island nation off West Africa. The Portuguese armed forces say the boat carried the oxygen cylinders in three trips over the course of a week from the African country’s only functioning oxygen plant, on the island of Príncipe, to Ayres de Menezes Hospital on São Tomé island. The São Tomé e Príncipe government said Wednesday that Gabon is sending a transport ship with oxygen, but it will take three weeks to arrive. São Tomé e Príncipe, which has a population of around 200,000 people, is a former Portuguese colony. Numerous nations in Africa have encountered problems with the supply of medical oxygen for coronavirus patients. ___ GENEVA — Coronavirus cases rose 9% last week over a 53-country region of Europe, snapping a six-week run of declines, the World Health Organization said Thursday as its European chief insisted countries get “back to the basics.” Dr. Hans Kluge says more than 1 million cases were tallied over the last week in the region. He says the resurgence was particularly noticeable in central and eastern Europe, but some Western European countries saw increases as well. More than half of the region noted increasing numbers of new infections, he says. Alluding to the “solidarity” shown by some European countries that have taken in patients from hard-hit neighbours, Kluge said “over a year into the pandemic, our health systems should not be in this situation.” “We need to get back to the basics,” he said WHO Europe headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. Klug called for increased vigilance to fend off variants, improved testing and isolation of cases, more efforts to counter public “pandemic fatigue” and an accelerated rollout of vaccines. ___ AMSTERDAM — The European Medicines Agency said it has started a rolling review of Sputnik V, many months after the vaccine was first approved for use in Russia and after dozens of countries around the world have authorized it. In a statement Thursday, the European regulator said the review is based on results from lab studies and research in adults, which suggests the vaccine may help protect against coronavirus. Despite skepticism about Russia’s hasty introduction of the vaccine, which was rolled out before it had completed late-stage trials, the vaccine appears to be safe and effective. According to a study published in the journal Lancet, Sputnik V was about 91% effective in preventing people from becoming severely ill with COVID-19. The EMA has not set a date for when its expert group might meet to assess Sputnik V data to decide if it should be approved across the European Union, ___ LONDON — Regulators in the U.K. and four other countries have announced new rules to fast-track the development of modified COVID-19 vaccines to ensure drugmakers can move swiftly to target emerging variants of the disease. Previously authorized vaccines that are modified to combat new variants “will not need a brand new approval or ‘lengthy’ clinical studies,” Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency said Thursday. “The clear goal is that future vaccine modifications that respond to the new variants of coronavirus can be made available in the shortest possible time to U.K. recipients without compromising at any stage on safety, quality or effectiveness,” Dr. June Raine, the head of the agency, said in a briefing. The new guidance is based on the model already used to modify the seasonal flu vaccine to keep up with annual changes in the virus and was issued jointly by regulators in the U.K., Australia, Canada, Singapore and Switzerland. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and European Medicines Agency have issued similar guidance. ___ LONDON — Britain says it will receive 10 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine that will be delivered from the Serum Institute of India, a company that was meant to be producing vaccines for the world’s developing countries. The 10 million doses being shipped to the U.K. are part of a larger order of 100 million doses that was part of the U.K.’s original deal for COVID-19 vaccines made by AstraZeneca. In a statement Thursday, a U.K. government spokesman said the Serum Institute “is one part of our supply chain for the AstraZeneca vaccine,” which also includes facilities in Britain and Europe. The government said Britain’s Medicines and Health products Regulatory agency had carried out an inspection of the Serum Institute’s facilities and confirmed that “globally-recognized quality standards are being met.” ___ The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Canada's natural resources minister is calling the cross-border Line 5 pipeline a "non-negotiable" element of talks with the United States. Seamus O'Regan is vowing to defend the underwater pipeline as he testifies before a special House of Commons committee on Canada-U.S. relations. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has pledged to shut down the Enbridge pipeline, which links Wisconsin and Sarnia, Ont., through the Straits of Mackinac between lakes Michigan and Huron. O'Regan says the pipeline is a vital source of both jobs and energy for Northern U.S. states, as well as southwestern Ontario and Quebec. He says a shutdown would instantly create an energy shortage in the region equivalent to 14 million barrels of oil a day. O'Regan also says there are clear signs from the courts that a settlement between Michigan and Enbridge can be reached to avoid a shutdown. This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 4, 2021. The Canadian Press
Membership-only retail chain Costco Wholesale Corp beat analysts' estimates for second-quarter revenue on Thursday, as people stuck at home spent more on frozen foods, liquor and electronic products. The warehouse retail chain, which brings in only a fraction of sales from its online channels and relies largely on the treasure hunt shopping experience, has been focusing on growing its online sales over the past year. Overall online sales jumped 75.8% in the second quarter from a year earlier.
We're a year into the COVID-19 pandemic. Feeling envious that others are getting the vaccine and posting about it on social media is entirely normal.
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WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell suggested Thursday that inflation will pick up in the coming months but that it would likely prove temporary and not enough for the Fed to alter its record-low interest rate policies. His message of wait-and-see patience caused bond yields to jump and stocks to fall further, signalling that investors foresee stronger growth and higher inflation on the horizon. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note had jumped from below 1% at the end of last year to roughly 1.4% Wednesday — and then surged above 1.5% during Powell’s remarks. Stock investors, too, dumped shares in the midst of Powell's remarks, in which he suggested that the Fed would need to see both a near-full recovery in the job market and a sustained rise in inflation above its target level before considering a rate hike. The S&P 500 index ended Thursday with a loss of 1.3% and was showing just a sliver of a gain for the year. The tech-heavy Nasdaq pulled back 2.1%. Higher yields on government bonds can entice some investors to sell stocks and buy Treasurys instead, thereby forcing stock prices down. Powell also said the outlook for the economy has improved after three months of weak job growth. But he cautioned that the economy and the job market are still far from fully recovered and that full employment would not be achieved this year. The chairman also offered no signal that the Fed might respond soon to rising rates on Treasury securities by altering its bond-buying policies. The central bank is purchasing about $80 billion a month in government bonds. Some analysts argue that the Fed could focus more of those purchases on the 10-year Treasury to keep it from rising much further. “The market was really looking for more of a definitive stand perhaps against what’s happened with yields," said Lisa Erickson, head of traditional investments at U.S. Bank Wealth Management. "It was looking for more assurance, for example, that the Fed might take action.” The surge in Treasury bond yields has also forced up mortgage rates. Last week, the average rate on the benchmark 30-year mortgage breached the 3% mark for the first time since July, according to mortgage buyer Freddie Mac. Powell suggested, though, that the Fed would sit tight for the foreseeable future. “We think our current policy stance is appropriate,” Powell said. Earlier this week, San Francisco Fed President Mary Daly and Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said they weren't bothered by the move higher in interest rates. They characterized it as a positive signal that markets expected growth to pick up. Powell said Thursday that the last week's jump in yields “was notable and caught my attention.” But he said the Fed wouldn't be concerned unless the Treasury market became “disorderly” or rates rose persistently enough to threaten the economy's growth. As the economy reopens in the coming months with vaccines more widely distributed, many economists expect a spending boom that will stretch available supplies of goods and services. That additional spending could send prices up in some sectors of the economy. For example, gas prices have been rising as Americans are venturing out more. Yet oil production hasn't yet caught up, making gas more expensive. And when Americans do return to pre-pandemic habits, such as going to movies or eating out, they will have find many of their former favourite haunts closed. Once price declines that occurred about a year ago when the pandemic began are removed from the year-over-year calculations, inflation will temporarily rise. But the Fed won't see either of those trends as worrisome increases that would force them to change their policies, Powell said. “If we do see what we believe is likely a transitory increase in inflation, where longer-term inflation expectations are broadly stable, I expect that we will be patient" about making any changes, he said. Higher inflation is unlikely to persist, Powell said, because most consumers and businesses expect mild prices gains, and therefore will keep their prices and wage demands in check. Global competition and online shopping also force many companies to keep prices low — factors that didn't exist during the high-inflation 1970s. When the pandemic intensified nearly a year ago, the Fed pegged its short-term interest rate to near zero and began purchasing $120 billion in Treasury and mortgage bonds a month. The Fed has previously signalled that it intends to keep its rate near zero through at least 2023. And many analysts say they think the bond purchases won't be tapered until next year. Powell declined to comment on whether the brighter-than-expected economic outlook has altered any of the Fed's timelines. But he did say he shared some of that optimism. “There’s good reason to expect job creation to pick up in the coming months,” he said. ___ Associated Press writer Alex Veiga in Los Angeles contributed to this report. Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press
LAKELAND, Fla. — A lack of control from Toronto's pitchers was a factor in the Detroit Tigers' 8-2 win over the Blue Jays in spring training action Thursday. The Tigers (3-2) scored eight unanswered runs in the win, with two of them coming off wild pitches. Toronto (2-2-1) scored a run in the top of the first two innings to take an early lead. Alejandro Kirk's RBI single drove in Marcus Semien in the first, and Cavan Biggio's triple brought home Forrest Wall in the second. Detroit got one back with a Miguel Cabrera RBI double in the third, then took control with a three-run fourth. Derek Hill started the scoring in the inning win an RBI single, followed by a run-scoring sacrifice fly from Isaac Paredes. Toronto right-hander Joey Murray followed that with a wild pitch that scored Akil Baddoo. Detroit scored two more in each of the fifth and sixth innings, capped by Toronto's second wild pitch of the day when Yosver Zulueta's wayward toss allowed Daniel Pinero to score. Toronto starter T.J. Zeuch allowed two hits and a walk over two scoreless innings. Murray took the loss after giving up three runs on two hits and three walks in the fourth. The Blue Jays got to Detroit starter Spencer Turnbull with four hits and two runs over his two innings, but the Tigers' relievers combined to allow no runs and just one hit over the next five innings. Derek Holland picked up the win. Toronto next plays Friday afternoon against Baltimore in Dunedin, Fla. This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 4, 2021. The Canadian Press
Broadcom Inc on Thursday forecast current-quarter revenue slightly above expectations, betting on higher demand for its chips that help power 5G technology and data centers. The ramp up in 5G technology adoption is expected to boost demand for higher-priced chips used in phones and is likely to benefit semiconductor firms such as Broadcom. The company, which also makes chips for data centers and servers, stands to benefit from an extended remote working trend as people wait for vaccines to roll out.
Nicola Sturgeon accuses opposition of prejudging outcome of inquiries. First minister tells MSPs she wants to be allowed to ‘get on with the job’ of tackling coronavirus pandemic
HALIFAX — An Atlantic Canadian undergarment company that quickly retooled its factory last spring to make personal protective equipment is laying off 150 workers after failing to win a new federal contract. Stanfield's Ltd. of Nova Scotia, famed for its long johns and boxer shorts, switched to making medical gowns for front-line health workers at the outset of the pandemic. But the historic Truro clothing manufacturer was left out of the most recent round of federal contracts. All nine of the successful bidders on a new request for proposals for medical gowns are in Canada's three most populated provinces: Ontario, Quebec and B.C. Jon Stanfield, the chief executive of the fifth-generation family firm, said he is disappointed in the tender process. "They missed a significant part of the country and a significant player within the industry," he said in an interview Thursday. The company was first to step up when the need arose for a domestic supply of medical gowns and has continued to invest in equipment, training, fabric and maintaining its factory in a ready state, Stanfield said. Rather than lay off workers last fall when its contract ended, Stanfield's continued to make medical gowns and now has about 300,000 stockpiled. "We wanted to keep our readiness factor high," he said. "We're also in rural Nova Scotia where jobs aren't plentiful and I wanted to keep people employed through this process." When the company announced it was hiring workers to make medical gowns last spring at an hourly wage of $17, Stanfield said the clothing manufacturer received about 600 applications. "People wanted to support the cause and had great passion and the wage would help their families." Truro-area MP Lenore Zann said she's "terribly concerned and disappointed" to hear of layoffs at Stanfield's. "Our community stepped up when our country was in crisis," the Cumberland-Colchester representative said in a statement on Facebook. "I’m grateful and proud of the work our citizens have done in the past year to help our country at a time of great need." It's not the first time Stanfield's has stepped up to assist in a time of national need. In the 1890s, the company invented shrink-proof heavy woollen underwear used by workers during the Klondike gold rush; in the First World War, the factory was converted to provide wool blankets to keep soldiers warm in the trenches; and in Second World War, it supplied base layers of underclothing. The company's $27.9-million federal contract to make medical gowns was a small piece of the $1.87 billion Ottawa had contracted out as of Dec. 31. Nova Scotia's Minister of Inclusive Economic Growth, Labi Kousoulis, was asked what help the province could provide to Stanfield's following cabinet on Thursday. "We have purchased gowns from Stanfield's over the last year," he said, "so I would ask Stanfield's to reach out to our procurement people at the health authority. "If we are short on any type of PPE whether it be gowns, masks, or needles my anticipation is that the health authority is doing everything it can to procure those." Local MLA Dave Ritcey called the loss of 150 jobs in the largely rural area "devastating." "These aren't job numbers, they represent people getting up and going to work every day," he said in a statement on Facebook. "These were people supporting Canadian front line health workers during a global pandemic." Public Services and Procurement Canada said the request for proposals for "disposable medical isolation gowns" was issued on behalf of the Public Health Agency of Canada last October. The bidding process was only open to Canadian manufacturers, and the companies are required to do all cutting, sewing and assembly here in Canada, the department said in an email. The department received 71 bids and in February awarded contracts to nine manufacturers. The winning bidders include two companies in British Columbia – Westcomb Outerwear Inc. in Vancouver and First Aid & Survival Technologies Ltd. in Delta – three in Montreal – Quartz Nature Inc., Boutique Tristan & Iseut and Samuelsohn Medical Ltd. and four in Ontario – Triplewell Canada Inc. in Scarborough, Wuxly Movement in Toronto, Mahajan Canada Ltd. in Toronto and Harbour Technologies Ltd. in Windsor, Ont. Stanfield said he's not condemning the companies that won. But he said he's aware of some of the winning bidders that are now trying to source fabric and other supplies. Stanfield said the company is prepared to step in and help if there are issues with filling capacity. The winning bidders must deliver a minimum of 24,000 gowns within 60 days of the contract being awarded to demonstrate guaranteed capacity. All gowns must be delivered before the end of September 2021, Public Services and Procurement Canada said. -- With files from Keith Doucette in Halifax. This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 4, 2021. Brett Bundale, The Canadian Press
Sixteen former employees and two current employees detailed a toxic culture at Golf Channel.
The warehouse retail chain, which brings in only a fraction of sales from its online channels and relies largely on the treasure hunt shopping experience, has been focusing on growing its online sales over the past year. Overall online sales jumped 75.8% in the second quarter from a year earlier. Revenue from memberships, which range between $60 and $120 per year and account for most of Costco's gross margin, rose to $881 million from $816 million.
Johnson said his tactic was about “educating” the American public on what was in the $1.9 trillion package. The entire process could take 10 hours.
LAS VEGAS (AP) _ PlayAGS Inc. (AGS) on Thursday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $17.2 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The Las Vegas-based company said it had a loss of 49 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research.
CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE:COR), a premier provider of secure, reliable, high-performance data center, cloud access and interconnection solutions in major U.S. metropolitan areas, today announced a cash dividend of $1.23 per share on common stock and common stock equivalents for the first quarter of 2021, consistent with the previous quarter.
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Canadian prosecutors told a court on Thursday that a judge was not best-placed to decide whether national security and geopolitical concerns can be used to strike down the request by the United States to extradite Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou. Meng, 49, was arrested in December 2018 on a U.S. warrant accused of misleading HSBC about Huawei's business dealings in Iran, putting the bank at risk of violating U.S. sanctions. Prosecutors argued on Thursday that if Meng has become a bargaining chip in a trade war between the United States and China, as her lawyers have claimed, then Canada's minister of justice is the right person to decide that, not a judge.