In a difficult year for REITs, Four Corners managed to increase its dividend. But there's a major risk here that investors need to understand.
Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], May 6 (ANI): The Karnataka High Court has directed the Centre to immediately increase the cap on allocation of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) to the state of Karnataka to 1200 MT per day amid the COVID-19 crisis.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina House voted Wednesday to add a firing squad to the state's execution methods amid a lack of lethal-injection drugs — a measure meant to jump-start executions in a state that once had one of the busiest death chambers in the nation. The bill, approved by a 66-43 vote, will require condemned inmates to choose either being shot or electrocuted if lethal injection drugs aren't available. The state is one of only nine to still use the electric chair and will become only the fourth to allow a firing squad. South Carolina last executed a death row inmate 10 years ago Thursday. The Senate already had approved the bill in March, by a vote of 32-11. The House only made minor technical changes to that version, meaning that after a routine final vote in the House and a signoff by the Senate, it will go to Republican Gov. Henry McMaster, who has said he will sign it. There are several prisoners in line to be executed. Corrections officials said three of South Carolina's 37 death row inmates are out of appeals. But lawsuits against the new death penalty rules are also likely. “Three living, breathing human beings with a heartbeat that this bill is aimed at killing,” said Democratic Rep. Justin Bamberg, rhythmically thumping the microphone in front of him. “If you push the green button at the end of the day and vote to pass this bill out of this body, you may as well be throwing the switch yourself.” South Carolina first began using the electric chair in 1912 after taking over the death penalty from individual counties, which usually hanged prisoners. The other three states that allow a firing squad are Mississippi, Oklahoma and Utah, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. Three inmates, all in Utah, have been killed by firing squad since the U.S. reinstated the death penalty in 1977. Nineteen inmates have died in the electric chair this century. South Carolina can’t put anyone to death now because its supply of lethal-injection drugs expired and it has not been able to buy any more. Currently, inmates can choose between the electric chair and lethal injection. Since the drugs are not available, they choose injection. The bill retains lethal injection as the primary method of execution if the state has the drugs, but requires prison officials to use the electric chair or firing squad if it doesn't. “Those families of victims to these capital crimes are unable to get any closure because we are caught in this limbo stage where every potential appeal has been exhausted and the legally imposed sentences cannot be carried out," said Republican Rep. Weston Newton. The lack of drugs, and decisions by prosecutors to seek guilty pleas with guaranteed life sentences over death penalty trials, have cut the state's death row population nearly in half — from 60 to 37 inmates — since the last execution was carried out in 2011. From 2000 to 2010, the state averaged just under two executions a year. The reduction also has come from natural deaths, and prisoners winning appeals and being resentenced to life without parole. Prosecutors have sent just three new inmates to death row in the past decade. Democrats in the House offered several amendments, including not applying the new execution rules to current death row inmates; livestreaming executions on the internet; outlawing the death penalty outright; and requiring lawmakers to watch executions. All failed. Seven Republicans voted against the bill, while one Democrat voted for it. Opponents of the bill brought up George Stinney, the youngest person executed in the U.S. in the 20th century. He was 14 when he was sent to South Carolina’s electric chair after a one-day trial in 1944 for killing two white girls. A judge threw out the Black teen’s conviction in 2014. Newspaper stories reported that witnesses said the straps to keep him in the electric chair didn’t fit around his small frame. “So not only did South Carolina give the electric chair to the youngest person ever in America, but the boy was innocent,” Bamberg said. Other opponents noted that fellow Southern state Virginia outlawed the death penalty earlier this year. They also pointed out that the three executions carried out so far this year in the United States are the fewest since 2008, when the U.S. Supreme Court was reviewing lethal injection. Newton said the bill wasn't the place to debate the morality of executions. “This bill doesn’t deal with the merits or the propriety of whether we should have a death penalty in South Carolina," Newton said. ___ Follow Jeffrey Collins on Twitter at https://twitter.com/JSCollinsAP. Jeffrey Collins, The Associated Press
New York, New York--(Newsfile Corp. - May 5, 2021) - WHY: Rosen Law Firm, a global investor rights law firm, reminds purchasers of the securities of Peloton Interactive, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTON) between September 11, 2020 and April 16, 2021, inclusive (the "Class Period"), of the important June 28, 2021 lead plaintiff deadline.SO WHAT: If you purchased Peloton securities during the Class Period you may be entitled to compensation without payment of any out of pocket ...
CALGARY, Alberta, May 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Badger Infrastructure Solutions Ltd. (formerly Badger Daylighting Ltd) (“Badger” or “the Company”) announced that all of the motions put forward at its annual and special meeting of shareholders held on May 5, 2021 (the “Meeting”) were approved by shareholders. Pursuant to the requirements of the Toronto Stock Exchange, the Company is issuing this news release to summarize the voting results in respect of the Meeting. A total of 28,985,741 common shares of the Company, representing approximately 83.16% of the outstanding common shares, were represented in person or by proxy at the Meeting. The nine director nominees proposed by management were elected by ballot at the Meeting. Proxies and in person votes were received as follows: Votes For% Votes Withheld% Glen Roane27,846,20296.28%1,075,8103.72%Catherine Best28,075,64497.07%846,3682.93%Grant Billing27,236,09694.17%1,685,9165.83%David Bronicheski28,653,11899.07%268,8940.93%William Derwin28,765,06899.46%156,9440.54%Stephen Jones28,917,46299.98%4,5500.02%Mary Jordan28,602,32698.89%319,6861.11%William Lingard28,562,92498.76%359,0881.24%Paul Vanderberg28,915,68099.98%6,3320.02% Further, of the proxies and in person votes received 96.52% voted in favour of management’s approach to executive compensation (say on pay) as disclosed in the management proxy circular dated March 30, 2021. In addition, of the proxies and in person votes received 89.91% voted in favour of appointing Deloitte LLP as the Company’s auditors, 91.21% voted in favour of By-Law No.1 and 98.80% voted in favour of the name change from Badger Daylighting Ltd. to Badger Infrastructure Solutions Ltd. About Badger Infrastructure Solutions Ltd. Badger Infrastructure Solutions Ltd. (TSX:BAD) is North America’s largest provider of non-destructive excavating services. Badger works for contractors and facility owners in a broad range of infrastructure industries. These market segments consist primarily of infrastructure projects in areas such as energy generation, electricity and natural gas transmission networks, roads and highways, telecommunications, water and sewage treatment and general municipal infrastructure. Customers in these segments typically operate near high concentrations of underground power, communication, water, gas and sewer lines, particularly in large urban centres where safety and economic risks are high and therefore non-destructive excavation provides a safe alternative for certain customer excavation requirements. The Company’s key technology is the Badger Hydrovac™, which is used primarily for safe excavation around critical infrastructure and in congested underground conditions. The Badger Hydrovac uses a pressurized water stream to liquefy the soil cover, which is then removed with a powerful vacuum system and deposited into a storage tank. Badger manufactures and designs its truck-mounted hydrovac units, giving Badger the opportunity to incorporate feedback from its hydrovac operators into its existing and future design and manufacturing processes. For further information:Paul Vanderberg, President and CEO Darren Yaworsky, Vice President, Finance and CFOPramod Bhatia, Vice President, Strategic Planning and Investor Relations Badger Infrastructure Solutions Ltd.ATCO Centre IISuite 400, 919 - 11th Avenue SWCalgary, Alberta T2R 1P3Telephone (403) 264-8500Fax (403) 228-9773 Source: Badger Infrastructure Solutions Ltd.
Shares of iBio (NYSEMKT: IBIO) surged on Wednesday after the biologics manufacturer announced it had successfully resolved a multiyear lawsuit with Fraunhofer USA. The settlement confirmed iBio's ownership of key intellectual property related to its plant-based biopharmaceutical-production system. The agreement will also see iBio grant Fraunhofer USA a license to use its protein-manufacturing technology.
LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / May 5, 2021 / Back in 2010, a chain of events occured that would lead to the formation of Financial Planning and Service company Beal Financial Group. Beal, the company's founder suffered a career-ending injury to a ligament in his foot which ended his shot at playing professional football; Beal had to search for another career path.
Couple had broken up after he gave her the final rose following news of her attending antebellum sorority party in college.
For those who risked their life during and after the 2001 attacks, the threat of COVID-19 was magnified by vulnerabilities and the echo of trauma.
On Wednesday KeyBanc prognosticator Josh Beck upped his target to $300 per share, well up from the previous level of $275. Square's survey indicates that consumer interest in investing, particularly in cryptocurrencies, is on a sharp upward trajectory. Nearly 40% of respondents said they have opened a stock trading account over the past few months.
Hyperion Metals Limited (ASX: HYM) ("Hyperion" or "the Company") is pleased to provide an update on the progress of the Company’s bulk test work and Phase 3 drilling program from its Titan critical mineral project ("Titan Project"), in Tennessee, USA.
A proposed golf 'Super League' is largely meeting a similar reception to its flaming failure soccer counterpart.
American Tower Corporation (NYSE: AMT) today announced the pricing of its registered public offering of 9,000,000 shares of common stock at $244.75 per share. The offering was upsized from the previously announced offering size of 8,500,000 shares. The underwriters of the offering have an option to purchase up to an additional 900,000 shares of common stock to cover over-allotments, if any. The net proceeds of the offering are expected to be approximately $2,147.1 million (or approximately $2,361.8 million if the underwriters exercise their option to purchase additional shares in full) after deducting underwriting discounts and estimated offering expenses. American Tower expects to use the net proceeds from this offering, together with cash on hand and borrowings under its revolving credit facilities and term loans, to finance the recently announced Telxius transaction and to pay related fees and expenses. If for any reason the Telxius transaction is not completed, American Tower expects to use the net proceeds from these offerings to repay existing indebtedness and for general corporate purposes.
Years of white rage over nonwhite attempts to vote have given Black progressives an incomparable view of right-wing extremism and the nation’s ability to reject it.
Judith Collins’ comments on Māori health policy are a diversion . National leader’s warning about greater Māori self-governance are designed to deflect from her unpopularity
The first year of Nova Scotia's pandemic has delivered good and bad news when it comes to workers injured on the job in 2020. According to statistics released Wednesday by the Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia, there were 4,997 fewer claims filed for time lost on the job in 2020 than there were in 2019. There were a total of 19,994 time loss claims filed last year and 24,900 filed in 2019, a 20 per cent decrease. But there was a corresponding increase in the length of time workers were off the job as a result of an injury. In 2020, the average amount of time injured workers were off the job was 178 days, up from the 147 day average in 2019. Stuart MacLean, board CEO, said the pandemic is partially to blame for the drop in injuries and the increase in time off the job. "We saw during the pandemic the lowest number of time loss injuries that we've seen on record ... but obviously some of that is driven by the activity in the pandemic," MacLean said in an interview. "Some industries did very well over the course of the last year in terms of their activity, and there's other industries that have been challenged. "But certainly to see less people injured is always a good news story." MacLean is CEO of the Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia. New numbers show there were far fewer claims filed for time lost on the job last year, but a jump in the length of time workers were off with an injury.(Craig Paisley/CBC) He said trying to get injured workers back on the job has been more difficult during the pandemic, in some cases because needed services and care are unavailable. "Can't go to the physio clinic, they have to do it virtually, so that's been a challenge. Or you can't see the doctor and that means that they can't get their medical impairment or whatever the thing looks like," said MacLean. The pandemic also made it harder to reintegrate workers who could return to work in another capacity because of temporary layoffs and cutbacks. "There's less opportunities if somebody gets hurt to say, come and try something different or work in this environment," said MacLean. "So as a result, there's not as much opportunity for injured workers to get back to work. And again, more days paid get added to the system." WCB expects spike in mental health claims Although there were slightly fewer claims filed in 2020 for psychological injuries, MacLean worries the added stress of the ongoing pandemic might drive up numbers over this year. "Mental health issues have been exacerbated during the pandemic," he said. "We know that mental health is important, mental health toward healing is important." The good news for employers is that the impact of the pandemic on compensation overall is not likely to drive up the rates companies pay for board coverage. "I don't expect that rates will change for next year," said MacLean. "That's obviously a decision of the board, but I don't see that." MORE TOP STORIES
Australian authorities were racing to track the source of a mystery COVID-19 infection in Sydney on Thursday, the first locally transmitted case in the city in more than a month, warning residents to brace for more cases. The New South Wales (NSW) state health department issued an alert naming more than a dozen venues visited by the unidentified man in recent days, including restaurants, cafes and shopping centres. Tests on the man showed a higher viral load than typically seen in infected people, potentially increasing the chance that the man has spread the disease, the health department said.
Skywatchers in Washington were mesmerized by a string of lights in the evening sky on May 4, local media said, which were determined to be Starlink satellites launched by SpaceX earlier that day.This clip from Daffa Azizan shows the satellites in the sky over Lynnwood, Washington.“What the hell is that,” Azizan says in the video. “Some weird UFO-esque thing in the sky tonight over Lynnwood, Washington. I really thought it was santa lol this is scaring me” he wrote in his Twitter post.SpaceX said 60 satellites were launched on Tuesday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: Daffa Azizan via Storyful
California is getting ready for tourists to come back. May is "California Tourism Month" and officials say the state is eager to jump start the economy.
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LOS ANGELES — Caitlyn Jenner, a Republican whose campaign for California governor has elicited angry reaction from some members of the LGBTQ community, said Wednesday that “I move on” when it comes to her critics. Her comment came during a one-on-one interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, which marked some of the first words in public since announcing nearly two weeks ago her candidacy in an expected recall election that could remove Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. While discussing her place as a transgender role model, Jenner lamented the high suicide rate within the community and added, "For me to be a role model for them, to be out there. I am running for governor of the state of California, who woul d ever thunk that? We’ve never even had a woman governor.” But Hannity queried back: “But some are mad at you.” Jenner shook her head and stumbled over her initial response. “I move on,” Jenner said, according to short clips of the interview released by Fox. Last weekend, Jenner witnessed an outcry from many in the transgender community after she told TMZ that she opposes transgender girls competing in girls’ sports at school, calling it “a question of fairness.” During the interview, which took place at Jenner’s private airplane hangar near Malibu, California, she also endorsed the border wall that was a signature project for former President Donald Trump. “We can’t have a state, we can’t have a country without a secure wall," Jenner said. And she also acknowledged the obvious: As someone coming from outside government, she'll need advice from a brain trust of policy experts. In a Jenner administration, she said she would “surround myself with some of the smartest people out there.” “I am an outsider,” Jenner said. “I understand that.” The 71-year-old Jenner — who won the men's Olympic decathlon in 1976 and decades later became a reality TV star and transgender woman — announced her candidacy about two weeks ago in a written statement on Twitter. Since then, her campaign has been slow to unfold. Prior to the interview, she has been active on Twitter and has posted a video and other materials on her website. Thus far, Jenner, calls herself a “compassionate disrupter,” has provided only a rough sketch of how she would manage the nation’s most populous state. The taping took place in an exclusive area. Malibu is known as a playground for the wealthy, with sprawling mansions perched above the Pacific. It has about 12,000 mostly white residents, and the median value of homes is over $2 million, according to government statistics. Her cautious steps into the campaign highlight the risks for a political newcomer who could be tripped up by a vast array of complex subjects, from immigration to tax policy to vaccine distribution. The written statements and video released so far, which include shots of her Olympic competition and gold medal, appear intended to introduce Jenner’s story to voters who might know little about her. With the Olympics more than four decades behind her, she's probably best known these days for reality TV shows, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and the spin-off, “I Am Cait.” Hannity’s show is likely to prove a welcoming stage for a critic of California’s Democratic-led government. It was a favoured venue for former President Donald Trump. “For a candidate like Caitlyn Jenner to win, it has to be like a layered cake. The bottom layer has to be Trump supporters,” said Bill Whalen, a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution who was a speechwriter for former GOP Republican Gov. Pete Wilson. “Where do you go to get Trump supporters? Simple. Sean Hannity,” Whalen said. Jenner made headlines in recent years with her ties to Trump, who lost to Joe Biden in the state by over 5 million votes. Jenner supported Trump in 2016 but later criticized his administration’s reversal of a directive on transgender access to public school bathrooms. She also split with Trump after he said transgender people would not be allowed to serve in the U.S. military. Jenner’s first TV appearance comes as candidates in California's expected recall election are becoming more visible. On Tuesday, Republican businessman John Cox appeared with a Kodiak bear named Tag to relaunch his campaign in Sacramento. Cox lost to Newsom in a 2018 landslide. Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and ex-Congressman Doug Ose, both Republicans, also are running. Despite her celebrity, Jenner is a longshot in her first try at elective office. Her threat to other Republicans — as well as Newsom — is her ability to capture the media spotlight, Whalen said. “She is the shiny article in this recall right now,” he said. “She can make news any time she wants.” The challenge she faces is getting past what Whalen called the “giggle factor” that comes with being a reality TV figure looking to run the largest state government in the country and the fifth-largest economy in the world. “Will there be policy behind the polish?” he asked. “She’s going to need to produce serious ideas.” Jenner took a small first step to answering those questions Tuesday, saying on her website that she would establish a working group to review state regulations, including those that could block the development of affordable housing, and promising to veto any tax increases. Newsom’s campaign sent out a fundraising appeal in advance of the interview, warning that “This is a huge event for the far right. It will introduce this recall attempt to people across the country. We have to be ready for what comes next.” Michael R. Blood, The Associated Press