Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks) with an assist vs the Brooklyn Nets, 02/27/2021
Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks) with an assist vs the Brooklyn Nets, 02/27/2021
In a $24 billion U.S. Treasury auction of 20-year bonds in the early afternoon, direct bidders took 20.2% of the offer. Eric Jussaume, director of fixed income for Cambridge Trust, said the result suggested the bonds retain their appeal for non-U.S. buyers like those facing negative interest rates at home, even as the U.S. Federal Reserve signals no plan for rate hikes soon. Separately, the Bank of Canada signaled on Wednesday that it could start hiking interest rates in late 2022, as it sharply boosted its outlook for the Canadian economy and reduced the scope of its bond buying program.
TEGNA issues statement in response to Standard General’s April 21, 2021 press release:
Russian police rounded up at least 400 protesters on Wednesday as thousands of people in dozens of cities took part in marches organised by allies of hunger-striking Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny over his failing health in jail. Two of his closest allies were also arrested in Moscow on the same day that President Vladimir Putin delivered a state-of-the-nation speech warning the West not to cross Russia's "red lines" and pointedly made no mention of Navalny. Protesters in central Moscow chanted "Freedom to Navalny!" and "Let the doctors in!".
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The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that the Honourable Ralph Goodale has been appointed as High Commissioner for Canada in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings Head to Head Matches in IPL/IPL 2021: Sam Curran into the attack once again. Has he recovered from the beating he got in the last over. He's already gone for 51 runs, how many more this time? Starts well to get a dot. On the second, he gets a SIX! Whips it off his pads and it goes past the boundary rope. Desperate times and Chakaravarthy has to sacrifice his wicket in attempt of a second run. He is short, well short, to depart for a duck. Tough position for Cummins who gets a single on the fifth ball. A dot on the last ball. KKR need 20 runs from 6 balls
The Bachelor in Paradise alum said he thinks the controversy surrounding longtime host Chris Harrison cost the franchise "a lot of loyal fans"
TORONTO — Amid mounting pressures on critical care in hospitals and concerns about new variants, COVID-19 is striking a growing number of younger people, often with deadly results. A recent surge in hospital and ICU admissions has been particularly acute in Ontario, where experts have warned the system was fast reaching a breaking point. Vaccination efforts have lagged in the province largely due to supply shortages. Canada's top public health officer cited new data that needed reviewing for the last minute cancellation of a scheduled news conference on new Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine guidelines. The National Advisory Commission on Immunization has been looking at the vaccine amid concerns about rare blood-clotting complications, particularly among younger people. British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario have been giving AstraZeneca to people as young as 40 and in Quebec as young as 45. One ICU doctor in Toronto reported the rate of fatalities among younger Canadians had increased dramatically in recent months. "Younger daycare workers, ride-share drivers, factory workers — and their families — are dying," Dr. Michael Warner, with Michael Garron Hospital, tweeted. According to Warner, between Sept. 1 and Feb. 28, one patient under 50 years old in intensive care died of coronavirus disease every five days. In the first 48 days of the third wave, which began March 1, the rate had jumped to one in just 1.78 days. Ontario's Ministry of Health on Wednesday reported 2,335 people were in hospital with the novel coronavirus, with 790 people in intensive care and 566 needing mechanical help to breathe. In all, the province reported another 4,212 new cases and 32 more deaths. The Ontario government, among others, has urged Ottawa to ban travel from India, which as seen a massive outbreak of COVID-19, including almost 300,000 new cases and another 2,000 deaths reported on Wednesday. In Ottawa, Dr. Theresa Tam, the country's chief public health officer, said the federal government was reviewing travel from India. While Canada has generally opted for measures that are not country specific, she said India could be a special case due to a "variant of interest" there. Tam also noted uncertainty about the virulence of new variants of concern but said one of them, P1, appeared to be hitting younger people. Health authorities also said it would be impossible to stop variants entering the country. Federal data show the arrival of 35 flights from India with at least one case of COVID-19 in the last two weeks, with more than one infected person aboard many of the flights. "Now is not the time to travel for recreational purposes," Tam said. The government of Premier Doug Ford, which has faced withering criticism over its refusal to legislate paid sick leave for essential workers in light of large outbreaks in their workplaces, said on Wednesday it would present such a program within days. Quebec, too, saw a jump of 1,217 cases, six more deaths, and another 22 patients admitted to hospital. Health officials said on Wednesday another person was in ICU for a total of 178 needing intensive care. Manitoba said it would expand its vaccine program to include all front-line police officers and firefighters, as well as teachers and other at-risk workers. Additionally, people in high-risk geographic areas of the province will also soon be eligible for a shot. The pandemic has also prompted the cancellation of the women's World Hockey Championship in Nova Scotia due to travel restrictions for a second time. The third wave of COVID-19 is also playing havoc with the Olympic preparations of some of Canada's top track and field athletes. They will be unable to travel to B.C. to compete in the Harry Jerome Track Classic on June 12 due to the COVID-19 situation in the province. The pandemic has also caused disruptions in courtrooms. Ontario's Superior Court of Justice has now ordered deferment of all but the most urgent hearings — both virtual and in-person. The aim, Chief Justice Geoffrey Morawetz said, was to reduce the number of court staff, lawyers or parties required to leave home. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 21, 2021. Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press
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By Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Four nominees from the month of March for the Town of St. Marys' Strong As Stone Recognition Program were acknowledged at last Tuesday's town council meeting. Three individuals and one group were nominated for the program in March. The first nominee recognized was Leslie Edney. A social worker by trade, Leslie was acknowledged for having a big heart and willing to help anyone. She also volunteers a great amount of her time to the United Way Perth Huron in helping to execute its community-based programs, including this year's Coldest Night of the Year campaign which raised more than $47,000 for local programs. The second nominee recognized was Joe Robson. His nomination stated that he is an inspiration and joy for everyone who knows him. Over the holidays, Robson helped create a meal delivery service for those who were alone or may have been unable otherwise to enjoy a holiday dinner. He used his Facebook group, The Spirit of St. Marys, to rally donations that were used to provide meals to people in St. Marys. The next nominee was Rachael O'Neill. The aforementioned holiday meal delivery service was spearheaded by O'Neill who was determined to give back to her community given the increased isolation and food insecurity risks posed by the pandemic over the holidays. Over 80 people received meals as part of the service created by O'Neill. The final nominees were the moderators of the St. Marys Life Facebook group. Comprised of Jeff Cubberley, Sue Fowler, Andrew Middleton, John Stevens, and Jennifer Westman, the moderators nominated worked tirelessly to direct people to the proper resources, share only factual and helpful information about the pandemic, balance healthy debate with freedom of expression, and continue to promote all things St. Marys. Stevens took a moment to also recognize all people who have been a moderator of the group in the past, including Scott Jackson, Steve Lawton, Peter McAsh, Carrie McKichan, Pat Morden, Niki Rumble, and Pam Young. Each nominee will receive a certificate of recognition from the Town of St. Marys. The Strong As Strong Recognition Program is ongoing and nominations can be made online at https://forms.townofstmarys.com/Strong-As-Stone-recognition, and hard copies can be obtained by appointment only at the Town Hall. Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, St. Marys Independent
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In conjunction with Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Ohio Children's Trust Fund (OCTF) is piloting a new program in three Northeastern Ohio counties that will provide supportive services designed to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. The Family Success Network launched on April 19, 2021 in Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties. The project is funded by a $2.7 million discretionary grant from the U.S. Administration for Children and Families.
By Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Public washrooms at the Town Hall and cemetery will be receiving repairs and upgrades. Plans for the projects were presented to the St. Marys Town Council at last Tuesday's meeting by Director of Building and Development Grant Brouwer, who began with the repairs to washrooms at the Town Hall. Over the last year, clogging of the drains has become a constant problem. Initially thought to be vandalism, paper towel dispensers were removed but the issue continued. A drain scope later revealed that the old cast iron pipe has become pitted and uneven, which causes material to be caught and eventually plug the pipe. Staff proposed three options for repair but recommended the second option which would see old drainage under the bathroom floors replaced, both toilets replaced with pressure-assist toilets, both sinks replaced, and the courtyard drain repaired. The expected total cost of this option was $26,056 plus HST, which would come from the Town's Facilities Reserve account. This option was approved by the Council. Brouwer also spoke about the proposal for upgrades to the cemetery washrooms, which requires an additional $5,000 from the municipality. The project was originally approved last year with a $10,000 budget but was put on hold when the lowest bid was for approximately $18,100. Town staff proposes using $5,400 in savings from a cemetery window project with the $10,000 approved last year for the washroom upgrade. However, $3,200 for the project plus a contingency of $1,800 was required, which the Council approved. Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, St. Marys Independent
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Climate scientists have warned for years that a warming planet would cause more extreme storms, like the one that walloped Texas in February, knocking out power and leaving millions in a deep freeze. Yet as the snow fell and the wind howled, some looked for other explanations for the storm and its resulting power outages. The conservative website The Gateway Pundit made the false claim that President Joe Biden's energy policies somehow prevented Texas plants from generating the power the state needed and "led to Texans literally freezing to death.” The next day, the conspiracy theory website Infowars published a similarly untrue story that was shared 70,000 times on Facebook and Twitter. Four days later, U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colorado, tweeted to her 100,000 followers that Biden's energy policies were “leaving millions of Texans freezing to death.” All those claims were false. In fact, an emergency request granted by the Biden administration gave the state authority to exceed federal environmental limits in order to provide enough power to Texans. To climate scientists and misinformation researchers, claims like these mark an important shift: Instead of focusing on denialism, climate misinformation is getting local, focused on extreme weather events tied to a changing climate — such the Texas storm or recent wildfires that ravaged California and Australia. “It just isn't credible to deny climate change or the impacts it's having. People see it with their own two eyes,” said Penn State University climate scientist Michael Mann. "So there's a shift in tactics. Now it's softer forms of denial, and efforts to diminish the impacts of climate change.” That evolution is evident online. Media intelligence firm Zignal Labs analyzed millions of social media posts, news stories and other online content and found that overall, conversations about climate change in the past 12 months peaked during high-profile natural disasters, including the Texas storm and the California wildfires. Overall, online mentions of natural disasters and their relationship to climate change also increased by 27%, Zignal found. Surveys also show that extreme weather is changing people's thinking about climate change. According to a 2019 poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, nearly 75% of Americans said their opinions about climate change have been influenced by extreme weather in the previous five years. With about 7 in 10 Americans saying they believe climate change is happening, misinformation has now shifted from denialism to focus on its real world impacts. In some ways, that's a positive, as it demonstrates increased public understanding of the problem. But it also creates new opportunities for those who would spread bogus claims. “We still see claims that global warming doesn’t exist, but we also see misinformation about specific areas — such as the wind turbines in Texas,” said Emmanuel Vincent, director of Science Feedback, a global network of scientists based in France who work to debunk inaccurate claims about climate change. “A lot of the misinformation is more subtle.” Those who still dispute a connection to a changing climate are grasping for increasingly far-fetched explanations. Following the Texas storm, for instance, some claimed the snow was fake and wouldn't burn, or that it was the result of weather control technology used by Biden. Recent California wildfires? While experts say dry and hot conditions are to blame, some, including U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Georgia, have speculated it might be the work of space lasers. Such misinformation persists online, despite stated attempts by online platforms to stamp it out. While Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have all removed content spreading misinformation about COVID-19 or the recent U.S. election, critics say they've been less aggressive when it comes to climate information. A spokesman for Facebook said the platform is doing more than ever to connect users with accurate information about climate change. Its Climate Science Information Center, created last year, is now available in 16 countries and nine languages, and has a new section dedicated to dispelling climate change myths. YouTube, owned by Google, was singled out as a leading source for climate misinformation by the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. In a letter to Google, the committee urged the tech giant to do more to combat falsehoods on its platforms. In an emailed statement, YouTube acknowledged the challenge of “drawing the lines between misinformation, political speech, legitimate debate, and opinion.” U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Florida, chairwoman of the House climate committee, told the AP in a statement that groups who oppose meaningful responses to climate change — including fossil fuel companies — use misinformation to confuse the public. But she said many people aren't buying it. “It’s becoming harder for polluters and their allies to keep standing in the way of climate solutions, which is why they resort to false and harmful misinformation,” she said. “Most Americans, and particularly young Americans, are demanding their representatives take this crisis seriously.” David Klepper, The Associated Press
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France on Wednesday reported 34,968 new coronavirus cases, up 4.36% compared to last Wednesday, in the lowest week-on-week increase since mid-March as a third nationwide lockdown started to show some effect. This year, week-on-week increases have only briefly dipped below the 4% level, in mid-February, and rose to more than 6% in late March-early April, before the government ordered the third lockdown just over two weeks ago. The new cases took the total to 5.37 million.
Idriss Déby's son is to lead an army council for 18 months after the president died in battle.
Analysts are taking a sunny view of the prospects before ThredUp (NASDAQ: TDUP), an online secondhand fashion marketplace operator whose March 26 initial public offering saw first-day share prices jump 29%. The company, which currently has a market capitalization of approximately $1.5 billion, is getting lots of positive coverage this week as multiple Wall Street analysts launch coverage. Yesterday, Barclays weighed in with a $19 price target, an overweight rating, and a bullish research note comparing the company to tech and retail giant Amazon.
Hoplark today announced the launch of Hoplark Water, an absurdly unique line of refreshing, crushable hop-infused sparkling waters in three flavors.
Universities could allow students back early to play organised sports or for “entertainment” purposes, as they prepare to use the latest loophole in official guidance. Vice-Chancellors are already making use of "exceptional circumstances" to let undergraduates return to campus, which include suffering from a mental health issue or having inadequate study space at home. But now university chiefs are examining a new way to permit students to take up residence at their term-time accommodation. In a letter to senior administrators, the higher education minister Michelle Donelan said: “The existing exemptions still apply for students with inadequate study space and/or mental health and wellbeing issues that would warrant a return to their term time address despite their teaching still being online. “Please do also consider appropriate provision to support access to university facilities for all students for the purposes of online learning, to safeguard students’ wellbeing and to prevent isolation and mental ill health. “In line with wider coronavirus restrictions, this may include supporting access to organised sport and entertainment.” A university source told The Telegraph that the wording of the letter indicates that the Government is widening the grounds on which students can return. “We interpret sports and entertainment as being additional reasons to allow them to return,” they said. “The university high command has been studying it. “I am guessing that other universities - particularly ones with big sporting facilities - will probably have said something about this. "It could also be that classic Government thing of ‘we have screwed up so lets just give them bits back in dribs and drabs.” Last week the Government announced that around one million university students will not be allowed to return to campus for another month. The only students allowed to return to campus following the Christmas break were those doing degrees that require face-to-face teaching for a professional qualification, such as medicine and dentistry. On March 8, students on creative or practical courses such as performing arts were also allowed back. But around half of the UK’s student population - including humanities and social science students - will continue to be banned from taking up residence at their term-time accommodation and resuming face-to-face lectures until May 17 at the earliest. University leaders have attacked the decision to delay the return of students as “illogical” since they are now legally able to visit a gym, theme park, zoo or spa as well as go on a self-catered holiday.