The bank posted over $15 billion in revenue with strong growth in its investment and wealth management segments.
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah was projected to be a first round pick in the draft last month, but slid after a reported heart issue was discovered.
“They just want to gauge how you react and how you think through a response.”
Champ and Major never looked so good!
TORONTO — Medical experts say Ontario will have to significantly scale up its vaccination effort to achieve its goal of fully inoculating all willing adults against COVID-19 by the end of the summer. They say the province will need far more health-care workers at vaccine clinics, 24-hour sites and clear public messaging to meets its Sept. 22 target. The president of the Ontario Medical Association the province should use all available vaccine facilities and engage more family doctors to reach its goal. "If we were in a position of unlimited supply and we were able to use all of our resources to provide those vaccines, we'd stand a fighting chance," Dr. Samantha Hill said. Premier Doug Ford said Thursday that the plan is contingent on continued vaccine supply from the federal government in the coming months. Ford has been more vocal recently in his criticism of the federal government’s handling of the pandemic, calling for tighter border control to prevent cases of the COVID-19 variants from entering the province. Prime Minister Trudeau has accused the Progressive Conservative premier of playing politics during the pandemic. A spokeswoman for Ford's office said Friday the province can hit the Sept. 22 target if the province receives approximately eight million doses by the end of June, and an additional 11 million doses to fully vaccinate Ontarians aged 12 and over. "If we were to get that supply, we could dramatically increase our capacity to administer vaccines," Ivana Yelich said in a statement. "If they can get us the supply, we will work to get Ontarians fully vaccinated this summer." Ontario administered 141,765 COVID-19 vaccine doses on Thursday for a total of more than 6.7 million doses given out so far. University of Toronto epidemiologist Ashleigh Tuite said now that vaccine supply appears to be less of an issue, the “two-dose summer” effort should be focused on how to get shots into arms as quickly as possible. She said the government should clarify its plan for second doses, given the confusing, "piecemeal" vaccination campaign thus far. "We don't really have a unified system and there's clearly some confusion amongst the public to how exactly we get our second dose," she said. Having a fully vaccinated population makes the future "a lot brighter,” she said. "I think it’s going to be really important, thinking back to the government and their role in all of this, to have some more clear communication around this." The CEO of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario said the province will need to greatly speed up its rollout more aggressively if it wants to hit the Sept. 22 target. Doris Grinspun said the province must recruit more health-care workers to help administer doses and should be running its mass clinics 24/7 to maximize output. "If we have enough vaccines we should open it to everyone, absolutely," she said. "I believe that we can get all the vaccines into arms in a very short period of time if we utilize all the resources ... which we are not right now." But NDP deputy leader Sara Singh expressed skepticism about whether the province had a plan to match Ford's promise. The vaccine rollout has been "slow and very sloppy" and even now many people are struggling to book appointments to get a shot, she said. "We actually need to make sure people are getting their first dose before we can even start having those conversations about making sure they get their second," she said. The province reported 2,362 new COVID-19 cases Friday, and 26 more deaths from the virus. The data is based on 44,040 tests. There were 1,582 COVID-19 patients in Ontario hospitals as of Friday morning. Of those, 777 people were in intensive care and 560 were on ventilators. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 14, 2021. Shawn Jeffords and Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press
Emerging and mid-career producers from underrepresented backgrounds in the industry are being targeted by a new program, PGA Create, announced today by the Producers Guild of America. The immersive lab is designed for producers in active development, financing, or packaging of a feature or series and is led by the PGA’s One Guild initiative. There are […]
With a new design and a big stress test over, Spirit Realty Capital looks like bigger days are ahead.
Orange, CA, May 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CBT, leading woman-owned Domain Expert Integrator and Solutions Provider, today announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Kelly Ireland, CEO & Founder, to its 2021 Power 60 Solution Providers list, an elite subgroup of honorees chosen from the highly regarded Women of the Channel list. The women honored on this year’s list pushed forward with comprehensive business plans, marketing initiatives, and other innovative ideas to support their partners and customers, helping them through the uncertainty brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic. CRN celebrates these exceptional women for their leadership, dedication, and channel advocacy. The Power 60 Solution Providers are chosen by the CRN editorial team based on their contributions, expertise, and dedication to building strong solution provider businesses. The award recognizes an exclusive subgroup of elite industry role models who continue to drive professional success through leadership and dedication to their own organizations and the entire IT channel. Our accomplishments in 2020 were directly based on personal investment Kelly Ireland made in CBT over 4 years ago, specifically, with IoT and the OT-IT convergence being the next frontier. Kelly pivoted CBT's focus to concentrate here and it paid off hugely by being prepared for business needs during the pandemic. “CRN’s 2021 Women of the Channel list acknowledges accomplished, influential women whose dedication, hard work, and leadership accelerate channel growth,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “We are proud to honor them for their many accomplishments and look forward to their continued contributions to the IT channel.” “It is an honor to be recognized as part of such a prestigious list, and I could not have achieved this without the support from the CBT team, our partners, and clients,” said Ireland. “In the next year, we expect continued growth around our Industrial IoT solutions, especially as enterprises strive to adapt to the new normal with remote and connected worker technologies. We’re excited to be at the forefront in this area, with IT/OT solutions that will drive significant ROI for our customers.” The 2021 Women of the Channel and Power 60 Solution Provider award will be featured in CRN Magazine on May 10th and online at www.CRN.com/WOTC. About CBT CBT is a premier, woman-owned Domain Expert Integrator breaking the mold of traditional technology solution design. Our digital transformation strategies bridge the gap between information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) to provide business outcomes beneficial across the entirety of an organization. From the CIO to the COO, to Digital Transformation Leadership and everyone in between, we deliver solutions that unite these unique business cultures for collective success in today’s data-driven economy. At CBT, we take our tag line to heart: Delivering Technology with a Human Touch. We put people at the center of our process, products, and technology solutions. With the focus areas of Industrial IoT, HPC & Analytics, Hybrid IT, and IT Supply Chain Optimization, we’re ready to take your innovation initiatives from ideas to execution. Learn more at www.cbtechinc.com. Copyright © 2021 CBT, Inc. All rights reserved. Follow CBT: Twitter and LinkedIn About The Channel Company The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers, and end-users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequalled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. www.thechannelcompany.com Follow The Channel Company: Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. © 2021. CRN is a registered trademark of The Channel Company, LLC. All rights reserved. The Channel Company Contact: Jennifer Hogan The Channel Company email@example.com Attachment 2021 CRN WOTC_Power 60_Social Image on Background CONTACT: Maggie Chang CBT 7145737733 firstname.lastname@example.org
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania--(Newsfile Corp. - May 14, 2021) - Berger Montague announces its investigation into potential securities fraud claims against Lordstown Motors Corp. (NASDAQ: RIDE). ("Lordstown" or the "Company"). The Firm is investigating these claims on behalf of purchasers of Lordstown securities between August 3, 2020 and March 24, 2021, inclusive (the "Class Period").If you purchased Lordstown securities during the Class Period, would like to discuss Berger Montague's investigation, or have questions concerning your ...
Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. The COVID-19 crisis has made it clear that affordable housing is key to Canada's recovery for communities across the country, including those in British Columbia.
The Law Offices of Frank R. Cruz Announces Investigation of ContextLogic Inc. (WISH) on Behalf of Investors
NEW YORK, May 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FMW Media’s “New to The Street” TV broadcasting its national syndicated 1- hour show, Sunday, May 16, 2021 on NEWSMAX TV from 10-11AM ET. “New To The Street’s” “BIG” TV Sunday line-up features the following Companies and their businesses representatives: 1) American Premium Water (OTC: HIPH) with Ryan Fishoff, CEO 2) Winners Inc. (OTC: WNRS) and its Subsidiary, VegasWINNER, Inc., with Wayne Allyn Root, CEO 3) Innerscope Hearing Technologies, Inc. (OTC:INND) with CEO Matthew Moore 4) ZK International, Inc’s (NASDAQ: ZKIN) blockchain technology subsidiary “xSigma” ($SIG) with Alex Lebed, CTO 5) AzurRx BioPharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZRX) with James Sapirstein, Chairman & CEO 6) Simplicity Esports and Gaming, Inc. (OTCQB:WINR) with Roman Franklin, President & CEO 7) PayPolitan with Nile Tharandts Ortiz, CEO & Co-founder 8) PetProducts.com with Allen Simon, CEO American Premium Water (OTC: HIPH) CEO, Ryan Fishoff talks to “New To The Street” TV about their business, their brands, and their plans to grow the Company into a market leader in the CBD consumer products space. Broadcast: NEWSMAX TV. The show interviews Mr. Wayne Allyn Root, CEO of Winners, Inc.’s (OTC: WNRS) subsidiary, VegasWINNERS, Inc. Appearing monthly on “New To The Street, Wayne talks about sports betting, giving advice, and sharing content from VegasWINNER, Inc.’s newly launched show, KRUSH House. Matthew Moore, CEO of InnerScope Hearing Technologies, Inc.’s (OTC:INND), interview with “New To The Street talks about the Company’s emerging and disruptive leadership in the “Direct-to-Consumer Hearing Technology” space. And, a further discussion about their recent launch of the Self-Adjusting Hearing Aids app. The show continues its broadcast with Mr. Alex Lebed, the Chief Technology Officer, at ZK International, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZKIN), who talks about its xSigma blockchain technology. Mr. Lebed talks to the show’s viewers about ZKIN's wholly-owned xSigma Corporation which develops innovative software solutions that support the Company’s core operations while exploring new opportunities in smart contracts, distributed ledgers, supply chain management and blockchain architecture. TV interviews continue with Mr. James Sapirstein, Chairman & CEO of AzurRx BioPharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZRX), talking about AZRX’s biopharmaceutical products and therapies. He gives a comprehensive overview in the development of targeted, non-systemic therapies for gastrointestinal (GI) diseases. And, provides insight on its FDA Phase 2 clinical trials on its lead therapeutic candidate is MS1819, a recombinant lipase for the treatment of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) in patients with cystic fibrosis and chronic pancreatitis. “New To The Street” provides Mr. Roman Franklin, President and CEO at Simplicity Esports and Gaming, Inc. (OTCQB:WINR), the opportunity to talk to viewer about their established brand within the esports industry, operator of esports gaming centers, and owner of multiple esports teams. He continues the interview about the growth of the Company’s Esports Gaming Centers that provide the public an opportunity to experience and enjoy gaming and esports in a social setting, regardless of skill or experience. Another interview with Mr. Nile Tharandts Ortiz, the CEO and Co-founder of PayPolitan, walks our audiences through the evolution and development of PayPolitan blockchain technology. In particular he talks on “how” individual users can see all their crypto accounts on one screen and easily access to their current traditional bank accounts. He will share his industry view and comment on trends on people to transition to blockchain and trust the transfer of money. Finally, a long-term guest on “New To The Street”, welcomes back Mr. Allen Simon, CEO, Petproducts.com. Allen provides a wonder discussion about their premier online destination for pet supplies, treats, toys, food and much more, all delivered right to your door. And, he gives updates and trends in the pet industry. About American Premium Water Corporation (OTC:HIPH): American Premium Water Corporation (OTC:HIPH) is a diversified consumer products company focused on brands that utilize cutting edge bioscience technology. The Company is focused on harnessing the power of its proprietary Hydro Nano technology that utilizes CBD and other compounds to help increase the quality of life for its consumers – https://www.americanpremiumwater.com/. About WINNERS, INC. (OTC: WNRS): Winners, Inc. (WNRS:OTC), through its subsidiary VegasWINNERS, Inc., is engaged in the business of sports gambling research, data, advice, analysis and predictions utilizing all available media, advertising formats and its database of users. Revenues are expected to accelerate due to the explosion of sports handicapping arising from the 2018 Supreme Court decision that States have the right to approve sports gambling and the resulting State by State rapid approval of sports gambling. For more information, please visit Winners, Inc. website at https://vegaswinners.com/ and on social media at https://twitter.com/vegaswinnersinc. About InnerScope Hearing Technologies, Inc. (OTC:INND): InnerScope Hearing Technologies, Inc. is a manufacturer, distributor, and retailer of FDA-Registered Direct-to-Consumer ("DTC") App-Controlled Self-Adjusting Hearing Aids, App-Controlled Self-Adjusting Personal Sound Amplifiers Products, Doctor-Formulated Dietary Hearing & Tinnitus Supplements, and Assorted Ear & Hearing Health-Related Products with its mission is to improve the quality of life of the 70 million people in North America who suffer from hearing impairment and/or hearing-related issues. InnerScope with its Affordable App-Controlled Self-Adjusting Hearing Technology, combined with its innovative point of sale Hearing Screening Kiosks designed for consumers with mild-to-moderate hearing loss to purchase over-the-counter hearing aids without being seen by a hearing care professional- www.innd.com and www.NoHassleHearing.com About ZK International (NASDAQ:ZKIN): ZK International Inc’s xSigma ($SIG) blockchain R&D Lab has a mission to promote blockchain adoption by researching innovative use cases in decentralized finance, logistics, IoT, infrastructure and supply chain management. The Company and its management team explore ways to utilize decentralized technologies in various industries, creating value for both enterprise and consumer markets. It team of developers are formerly of Google, Facebook, Ripple Labs, 1inch and others – www.xsigma.com About AzurRx BioPharma (NASDAQ: AZRX): AzurRx BioPharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZRX) is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company specializing in the development of targeted, non-systemic therapies for gastrointestinal (GI) diseases. The Company has a pipeline of three gut-restricted GI clinical programs. The lead therapeutic candidate is MS1819, a recombinant lipase for the treatment of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) in patients with cystic fibrosis and chronic pancreatitis, currently in two Phase 2 clinical trials. AzurRx is launching two clinical programs using proprietary formulations of niclosamide, a pro-inflammatory pathway inhibitor; FW-420, for grade 1 Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor-associated colitis and diarrhea in oncology patients and FW-1022, for COVID-19 gastrointestinal infections – https://azurrx.com. About Simplicity Esports and Gaming, Inc. (OTCQB:WINR) Simplicity Esports and Gaming, Inc. is a North American esports organization which implemented a unique approach to ensure the ultimate fan friendly esports experience. The Company’s mission is to increase gamer and fan involvement at a grassroots level, and foster a sense of community as they compete with top-class talent. Simplicity Esports is represented by notable teams and player that compete on an international circuit. WINR staff and player are well known in the esports community whereas they leverage their notorieties, promoting and strengthening fan support and dedication to Simplicity Esports and Gaming, Inc. – https://ggsimplicity.com About Paypolitan: The Paypolitan platform will use blockchain technology, smart contracts and open banking APIs to provide a next-gen payment solution that meets the needs of modern payment systems for businesses and customers - https://paypolitan.io/#rec242830421 About Petproducts.com: PetProducts.com has been the leading global directory for all things pet. We are now giving consumers direct access to the products they need. We provide a one-stop shop for products, research, and reviews. PetProducts.com works diligently to serve pet lovers who deeply care about their animals - https://www.petproducts.com/ About FMW Media: FMW Media operates one of the longest-running U.S and International sponsored and Syndicated Nielsen Rated programming T.V. brands "New to the Street," and its blockchain show "Exploring The Block." Since 2009, these brands run biographical interview segment shows across major U.S. Television networks. The TV platforms reach over 540 million homes both in the US and international markets. FMW recently added Newsmax to its broadcasting platform with its first show broadcasted Sunday, December 27th. The NEWSMAX New to The Street show is syndicated on Sundays at 10 AM EST. FMW is also one of the nation's largest buyers of linear Television long and short form- https://www.newsmaxtv.com/Shows/New-to-the-Street https://www.newtothestreet.com/ Forward-Looking Statements Disclaimer: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the following words: "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "ongoing," "plan," "potential," "predict," "project," "should," "will," "would," or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which such performance or results achieved. This press release should be considered in light of all filings of the Company contained in the Edgar Archives of the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov. FMW Media Contact: Bryan Johnson +1 (631) 766-7462 Bryan@NewToTheStreet.com
Sahina Islam can still recall the day when she heard an elderly Pakistani couple got kicked out of their New York City home by their son-in-law and were sitting near John F. Kennedy International Airport, stranded and with nowhere to go. The incident led Islam and five friends to help the couple find a place to stay and more generosity followed. The episode sparked a realization among the group — all mothers -- that they can make a difference in their local community, Islam said. They started pooling $20 monthly to donate to charity, and organically, Ummah Giving Circle was born. Giving circles are groups of people who pool their resources and collectively decide how to spend their money or time. This grassroots, and very democratic, form of philanthropy has exploded in popularity during the past two decades, making it difficult to know how many truly exist, experts say. However, some estimate there are more than 2,000 in the United States alone. For giving circles that focus on the American Muslim community, Ramadan, which ended this week, is a time when they collect donations, expand their membership, and aid charities they support. As Muslims mark the end of Ramadan with a celebration of Eid al-Fitr, the American Muslim Community Foundation, which experts say is the only foundation hosting giving circles that focus on the American Muslim community, reached a new record. The group distributed nearly $1.3 million, the largest it has ever raised during Ramadan, to over 150 charities. Muhi Khwaja, the co-founder of the foundation, notes the foundation saw a bump in donations this year because more families joined giving circles that it hosts or opened donor-advised funds, which are like charitable investment accounts. “The pandemic has influenced the way people want to give,” Khwaja said. “And giving circles are a part of that.” Most of the donations are coming from donor-advised funds opened by Muslim families, while about $111,000 was raised by two of the giving circles hosted by the foundation: Ummah and Bay Area Collective Giving. The American Muslim Community Foundation hosts six other giving circles and all of them, except the new American Muslim Women’s Giving Circle, existed prior to joining the foundation. The giving circles join the foundation for help vetting the organizations they want to donate to, and other administrative issues. Others, like the Florida-based 200 Muslim Women Who Care, also operate outside of the foundation, which charges a 5% fee for its services. The California-based foundation, Khwaja says, attempts to make Ramadan central to the giving circles because many Muslim families choose to give Zakat, the mandatory Islamic donation to charity, and Sadaqah, voluntary giving, during the Muslim holy month. “Giving is an integral component and indeed a pillar of Islam,” said Khalil Abdur-Rashid, a Muslim chaplain at Harvard University. “This is because the well-being of others is tied to our spiritual cultivation. We cannot grow and develop spiritually nor attain the highest level of faith and righteousness unless we engage in giving.” The Muslim holy month of Ramadan offers a chance for various forms of giving “so that we are not consumed by consumption and that we allow others to share in the blessings we have received,” he added. For the Bay Area Collective Giving in San Francisco, California, the giving circle was born out of a desire to have greater impact. Since 2018, It has pooled together $5,000 Zakat contributions from local families, who then vote on organizations they want to fund. And the process has shown a clear preference to giving locally or in the state, said Rabea Chaudhry, the founder of the giving circle. Most of the members of the giving circle are children of immigrants. And while Chaudry says many of their parents focused on supporting organizations abroad with their Zakat, she notes donations are given locally by first-generation Americans, like herself. According to one report from The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s Lake Institute, one of the top issues American Muslims target with their philanthropy is domestic poverty. This year, Chaudhry says, 21 families pooled together $105,000 in donations to the Tayba Foundation, a Muslim-led nonprofit which serves incarcerated people and their families, and the group Mu’eed, which will help feed elderly Muslims “halal” food that adheres to Islamic law. In prior years, the giving circle has given nearly $281,000 to provide COVID-19 relief for California families, support refugees and other causes. All of these donations are dispersed during the last 10 days of Ramadan, the end of the holy month that is marked by intense worship. Muslims seek to have their prayers answered during “Laylat al-Qadr” or the “Night of Destiny.” It’s on this night, which falls during the last 10 nights of Ramadan, that Muslims believe God sent the Angel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad and revealed the first verses of the Quran. For new giving circles, like the American Muslim Women’s Giving Circle, Ramadan was a great time to recruit members. It’s the reason the group decided to officially launch in March, a month before the Muslim holy month. “We know that people tend to be in a more generous mindset,” said Afshan Qureshi, the co-chair of the giving circle. The group has been using social media to recruit members across the country and so far, Qureshi says, 22 women have joined and donated nearly $17,000. The recruitment will go on until the end of June. For Qureshi and the other women involved with the American Muslim Women’s Giving Circle, the process has been a special one as they look forward to making their first set of grants to women-led organizations in the fall. (The organizations haven't been picked yet.) “We are basically seeds in something that we’re growing together,” the 31-year old said. “That idea has been very, very exciting for all of us. We repeat it every time we meet.” But recruiting isn’t only for new giving circles. Ummah, which has distributed nearly $200,000 since its launch in 2018, also has gotten more interest regarding memberships during Ramadan. “We have a WhatsApp group, and usually during a month of Ramadan you see an insane influx of people messaging us” and asking to join, Islam said. It’s always a welcomed request for the 32-year-old, who has seen the group boom in membership from six to nearly 160 in just three years. Following the incident with the elderly couple, Islam and other members began fielding calls from community members during their times of need. And in the last three years, she says, they have assisted domestic violence victims, as well as people struggling with hunger and other issues. Their aid also comes in other forms. Last year, a domestic violence victim with fractures in her eye socket approached the group seeking help. The victim was in need of approximately $15,000 for the eye surgery, but didn’t have the money to pay for it. So, Islam said, the group worked through their network to find a volunteer doctor for the surgery, babysitters for the victim’s children and payment for the victim’s rent. “After a year, she just messaged us and told us that she finally got her first job on her own and she’s standing on her own two feet,” Islam said. “Now that one victim is looking to give to our group and pay it forward.” _____ Associated Press writer Mariam Fam contributed to this report. _____ The Associated Press receives support from the Lilly Endowment for coverage of philanthropy and nonprofits. The AP is solely responsible for all content. For all of AP’s philanthropy coverage, visit https://apnews.com/hub/philanthropy. Haleluya Hadero, The Associated Press
The genius mind behind the Nori's Black Book, the notorious North West parody account that roasts the members of the Kardashian/Jenner family, has been revealed to be a fan named Natalie, who started the Instagram account seven years ago. Not Northie doing a drive-by flower drop to cheer up Auntie Khloé.
WASHINGTON — A U.S. lawmaker who has made a political crusade out of getting the border with Canada reopened is again pressing his case with President Joe Biden — and this time, he believes he has the Centers for Disease Control on his side. The CDC's decision to no longer require fully vaccinated Americans to wear face masks in virtually all situations, including indoors, is an "affirmation" of the power of the COVID-19 vaccines, New York Rep. Brian Higgins wrote Friday in a letter to the White House. Higgins, a Democrat, urged Biden to "directly engage" with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in order to widen the definition of essential travellers by the end of May, with an eye toward fully reopening the border by early July. "Trends in vaccination and the most recent guidance from the CDC affirm that the time is right to do this safely and effectively," the letter reads. "This decision underscores the minimal risk Americans will pose to Canadians when crossing the border to visit family and property." Indeed, the CDC's announcement Thursday provided a rare moment of celebration for Biden, who emerged maskless from the White House to acknowledge the occasion. "I think it's a great milestone — a great day," he said. "As the virus tragically rages in other countries, as other nations — even wealthy nations — are mired in the challenges of slow vaccine rollout and poor economic conditions as a result, things are very different here." Nearly 60 per cent of American adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, compared with just 5.5 per cent four months ago, he added. Canada, for its part, is also making "steady progress" in its vaccination efforts, Higgins said — thanks, in part, to the U.S. providing 1.5 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. But while he claimed more than half of Canadian adults have received at least one dose, the latest data from the Public Health Agency of Canada indicate that as of May 8, that proportion was only 38.87 per cent. "I applaud your administration's decision to share doses of the vaccine with Canada to expedite their fight against the pandemic," Higgins wrote. "We can and should share more vaccines with them." The White House is currently making plans to provide by June some 60 million doses of AstraZeneca — a vaccine that has not received approval for use in the U.S. — to countries around the world, including Canada. However, a number of Canadian provinces, including Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia, have stopped administering AstraZeneca as an initial dose, citing evidence of an extremely rare blood clot disorder in a small number of people who received the vaccine. Some 655,000 doses of AstraZeneca have been received from the global vaccine-sharing alliance known as COVAX, but in many cases they are being reserved primarily as second doses or for people who can't take other vaccines. Canada has confirmed 18 cases of the disorder in patients who received the AstraZeneca shot and 10 others are under investigation. Higgins first wrote to Biden back in February to urge the president to get serious about drafting a plan to reopen the border, proposing much the same as he did Friday: a gradual easing of restrictions with a full reopening in time for the July 4 holiday. He also pointed to media reports from mid-March, citing unnamed sources, that said the White House was considering mid-May as a possible timeline for beginning to reopen the border. Last week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, another New York Democrat, joined Higgins in his cause. "It is time to take the first steps towards reopening the northern border to non-essential travel," Schumer said, calling for a "staged and steady" plan that would be "based on science, data and common sense." Incidental travel between the two countries has been forbidden since the pandemic began raging in North America in March 2020, with only trade shipments and essential workers being allowed to cross. The two countries have extended the restrictions on a monthly basis ever since, with the current extension set to expire May 21. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 14, 2021. James McCarten, The Canadian Press
The murder conviction of a man who was accused of setting a fire that killed five children in suburban Detroit could be in jeopardy years later after a new prosecutor said Friday that she's “gravely concerned” about tactics used by her office. Juwan Deering's defense attorney wasn't told that three informants got substantial benefits from helping authorities at the 2006 trial, said Karen McDonald, the Oakland County prosecutor. Separately, McDonald announced an investigation of any case related to those informants.
Audrey Nicole Francisquini is accused of sneaking into a Miami-Dade high school to promote her Instagram.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Florida politician who emerged as a central figure in the federal investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz has agreed to cooperate with federal investigators and admits paying an underage girl to have sex with him and other men, according to court documents filed Friday. Joel Greenberg is expected to plead guilty to six federal charges — including sex trafficking of a child — during a court appearance in Orlando on Monday. His cooperation as a close associate of Gaetz signals a significant escalation in the Justice Department’s investigation and potentially raises the legal and political jeopardy the Florida congressman is facing. Federal prosecutors have been examining whether Gaetz and Greenberg paid underage girls or offered them gifts in exchange for sex, according to people familiar with the matter. The plea agreement makes no mention of Gaetz, who has vehemently denied the allegations and any wrongdoing and has insisted he will not resign his seat in Congress. As part of his plea agreement, Greenberg admitted that he recruited women for commercial sex acts and paid them more than $70,000 from 2016 to 2018, including at least one underage girl he paid to have sex with him and others. Prosecutors say Greenberg met the girl online — from a website where she was posing as an adult — and had a first meeting with her on a boat, paying her $400. He later invited her to a hotels in Florida, where he and others would have sex with her and also supplied the girl and other people with ecstasy, according to the plea deal. In total, prosecutors say Greenberg had sex with the girl at least seven times. “Greenberg also introduced the Minor to other adult men, who engaged in commercial sex acts with the Minor,” the plea agreement states. The plea deal, signed Wednesday, does not identify the men. Prosecutors say Greenberg also used his position as the Seminole County tax collector to access a state driver’s information database to “investigate” the women he was having sex with and had searched for the underage girl at least once because he “had reason to believe the minor was under the age of 18,” the plea agreement says. Greenberg’s legal problems began last summer when he was arrested on charges of stalking a political opponent. He mailed fake letters to the school where his opponent taught, signed by a nonexistent “very concerned student” who alleged the teacher had engaged in sexual misconduct with another student, according to an indictment filed against him. Greenberg was charged in August with sex trafficking a girl between ages 14 and 17 and using a state database to look up information about the girl and other people with whom he was engaged in “sugar daddy” relationships, according to the indictment. Charges on allegations he embezzled $400,000 from the Seminole County tax collector’s office were added earlier this year, according to the indictment. Investigators have also been looking at whether Gaetz and his associates tried to secure government jobs for some of the women, the people said. They are also scrutinizing Gaetz’s connections to the medical marijuana sector, including whether his associates sought to influence legislation Gaetz sponsored. The people had knowledge of the investigation but spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to publicly discuss the ongoing investigation. Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press
New data show an 81% jump in job postings in March alone.
Stores will reportedly not require proof of vaccination
Even now, all this time on, the part of the prime minister that thinks the coronavirus will be sent packing with a bit of optimism is still here