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MPs have declared that Uighurs and other ethnic and religious minorities in China's Xinjiang region are being subjected to genocide. The House of Commons on Thursday approved a motion calling on the government to act to fulfil its obligations under international human rights law. Although the motion passed by MPs is non-binding on the government, it will increase pressure on ministers to take a harder stance over the issue.
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Confluent, Inc. announced today that it previously submitted a confidential draft registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") relating to the proposed initial public offering of its common stock. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined. The offering is expected to take place after the SEC completes its review process, subject to market and other conditions.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Thursday said 106 Boeing 737 MAX airplanes have been grounded worldwide by an electrical issue and said the U.S. planemaker is still working on a fix. Boeing disclosed an electrical power system issue on April 7 and recommended operators temporarily remove these airplanes from service. The FAA said in a formal notice to international air regulators that 106 airplanes are covered, including 71 registered in the United States.
The neighbourhood surrounding Beryl Ford Public School is a perfect illustration of a problem unique to Brampton; many of the residential dwellings have multiple cars lining driveways. The sight isn’t specific to this neighbourhood, and illegally parked cars can be seen across the city. In 2011, 62.7 percent of Brampton residents favoured driving over other methods of transportation. A lack of appropriate infrastructure prioritizing multi-lane roads over space for active transportation contributes to cars being king in Brampton. At the same time, the problem of illegal secondary suites adds to the proliferation of cars parked around homes. Driveways of most homes are designed to only fit one or two vehicles. In order to make more room, many homeowners widen their driveways, replacing the greenery of front lawns with slabs of dark concrete or asphalt, despite often violating the rules. The City of Brampton has a specific bylaw for the expansion of a driveway based on the width of the lot. For example, if the lot is 18.3 metres wide the most its driveaway can be is 9.14 metres. Two feet of landscaping also has to be maintained between the driveway and property line for rain water to be absorbed, to prevent flooding. These rules are routinely ignored and driveways across the city have for years been expanded to fit multiple cars. The City has attempted an education campaign, to avoid heavy-handed fines and prosecutions. But the effort has not yielded results. Now, one councillor is leading the charge to finally bring residents into compliance. City Councillor Jeff Bowman is concerned the practice is getting out of hand, citing the more than 1,000 files to prosecute residents for their illegal driveways that are currently on hold. In a motion just approved this week, he pushed for prosecutions to proceed pending Ontario’s stay-at-home order. The City received 1,627 complaints between 2018 and 2020 about violations of driveway widenings and other zoning rules, according to its website. Paul Morrison, director of enforcement and bylaw services, told members of council last week this number will likely rise, and current complaints could take up to two years to process. Files to prosecute are piling up. Bowman said Wednesday enforcement hasn’t been implemented since the summer of 2018. “Now is the time that we need to start taking action on this fine line, without question.” The current stay-at-home order will expire on May 20. If no extensions are issued by the provincial government, the prosecution of residents, which means the handing out of a provincial offence ticket, could begin next month. The decision not to use the courts as an enforcement tool, which would usually be the case, has worn thin after two years, as the education approach did not work. The issue of issuing tickets, which is how enforcement is supposed to happen, was discussed in June 2019 but was delayed to November of that year, partially because of backlash from a handful of vocal residents. Educational campaigns were favoured over enforcement. Bylaw wasn’t expected to act until the spring of 2020. When pandemic emergency measures were announced by the Province a year ago, enforcement was postponed once again. Even with the new motion to take legal action, it’s unclear if the City has the resources to confront the widespread problem. Morrison confirmed last week the bylaw team does not have the capacity to enforce driveway prosecutions and COVID-19 investigations simultaneously. The limited time frame for when driveways can be inspected adds to delays. “We don’t do the driveways through the winter months [between October and April] because we don’t believe there’s an expectation on the owner to do any work when the ground freezes up,” Morrison said. Many members of Council were doubtful about the push, illustrated by the split on Bowman’s motion. Only six of the 11 members voted in favour. City Councillor Harkirat Singh, who did not support the motion, said the timing was not appropriate, pointing to the third wave of COVID-19 which he says continues to impact his ward. Many residents agreed with him, as illustrated in the calls, letters, and emails members of council said they received on the matter. Brampton resident Sukhjot Naroo said this new bylaw has burdened residents because the novel coronavirus is still impacting communities and many may not be able to afford having to “rip their driveways out.” On Wednesday, he asked the City to explore further solutions that won’t result in severe actions right away. He blames the need for wider driveways on newer subdivisions not catering to the parking needs of residents. “There’s a lack of understanding on the subject matter between the planning and enforcement.” Singh agreed and argued many homes could have multi-generational families, with a need for more vehicles. While many say the issue illustrates Brampton’s growing illegal secondary unit problem, Singh chalks this up to a label. “We like to stereotype a lot that there’s 10 or 11 cars. That’s not true.” Bowman questioned Singh about how these violations differ from any other that would result in a ticket, like for cars parked on the street or matters relating to property standards. “Are we saying we should be holding off all bylaw activity now?” Citing the time frame to process all the complaints, Bowman said this matter has nothing to do with the ongoing pandemic. “This has more to do with… residents that have expanded their driveways, they’ve broken our bylaw. “We are being asked to hold off prosecutions… and we are disregarding every single other homeowner in this city that's living by the bylaws, that's doing things right.” A majority of councillors were also concerned about the message the lack of action sends to residents. Regional Councillor Martin Medeiros specifically asked for residents who haven’t been told their driveway is a problem to be communicated with, both to let them know they will be approached and to deter neighbours from following suit. “If neighbours are seeing their neighbours, sort of get away with… larger driveways, it just proliferates the practice.” Morrison said proactive communication is something the City can do, citing the previous practice of sending similar letters to homes with secondary units when inspections could not be conducted. “We went to a letter system and we have gotten great compliance out of that,” he said last week. An investigation involves measuring the driveway and contacting the homeowner if zoning bylaws aren’t followed to discuss options. This may result in the driveway being ripped out, or the less destructive approach of placing permanent barriers on the illegal parts of the driveway to prohibit parking. An order to comply with the changes is issued to the homeowner, with a time frame that can vary depending on the situation, Morrison explained. “We have given some generous amounts of time to do this.” It’s unclear when the City will start working on the growing number of files. Morrison emphasized the process will likely start with a letter asking for compliance, and he doesn’t want driveways to be removed unless it’s absolutely necessary. Email: email@example.com Twitter: @nida_zafar Tel: 416-890-7643 COVID-19 is impacting all Canadians. At a time when vital public information is needed by everyone, The Pointer has taken down our paywall on all stories relating to the pandemic and those of public interest to ensure every resident of Brampton and Mississauga has access to the facts. For those who are able, we encourage you to consider a subscription. This will help us report on important public interest issues the community needs to know about now more than ever. 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For Romanian father Narcis Hogea, who lost his son Alexandru in a Bucharest nightclub fire in 2015, the botched response to the disaster shown in the Oscar-nominated documentary film "Collective" remains an open wound. Alexandru, a 19-year-old computer science student, was among 65 people who died as a result of the blaze at the Colectiv nightclub, a tragedy that exposed incompetence and corruption in Romania's healthcare system. The film, which follows a team of investigative journalists as they uncover deeply ingrained problems in hospitals, has resonated with audiences at a time when healthcare or the lack of it have been on everyone's mind because of COVID-19.
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2 & 23. NEW YORK JETS (2-14) LAST SEASON: The Jets started a franchise-worst 0-13 before beating the Los Angeles Rams in Week 15, all but sealing Adam Gase's fate after just two years as coach. One of the worst seasons in team history included quarterback Sam Darnold missing four games with shoulder injuries and finishing with just nine TD passes and 11 interceptions as the offence finished last in the NFL in several categories. Running back Le'Veon Bell was released and nose tackle Steve McLendon and linebacker Avery Williamson were traded midseason. Defensive co-ordinator Gregg Williams was fired after an ill-timed play call cost the Jets a potential first victory against Las Vegas in Week 13. Gase was fired after the season, replaced by former 49ers defensive co-ordinator Robert Saleh. FREE AGENCY: Traded Darnold to Carolina. Placed franchise tag on S Marcus Maye. Lost WR Breshad Perriman, QB Joe Flacco, S Matthias Farley, OLs Josh Andrews and Pat Elflein and LBs Tarell Basham, Jordan Jenkins and Frankie Luvu. Released DE Henry Anderson. Signed DEs Carl Lawson and Vinny Curry, WRs Corey Davis and Keelan Cole, RB Tevin Coleman, DL Sheldon Rankins, LBs Jarrad Davis and Del'Shawn Phillips, S Lamarcus Joyner, TE Tyler Kroft, OL Dan Feeney, CB Justin Hardee. Re-signed TE Daniel Brown, WR Vyncint Smith and RB Josh Adams. THEY NEED: QB, CB, OL, WR, RB, Edge. THEY DON’T NEED: DL, P. POSSIBLE FIRST PICK: BYU QB Zach Wilson; Ohio State QB Justin Fields. OUTLOOK: GM Joe Douglas pressed the reset button on the franchise by trading Darnold and setting his sights on drafting his replacement with the second overall pick. All signs point to Wilson being the choice, especially after his impressive pro day at BYU in front of Douglas, Saleh and offensive co-ordinator Mike LaFleur. New York has 10 overall picks, including No. 23, and that's where the intrigue is. The Jets have several needs — including offensive line, cornerback, running back, edge rusher — and they'll have a chance to add another impact player in the first round to pair with their new QB. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL The Associated Press
Nicosia, Cyprus, April 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NewMediaWire -- Rafina Innovations Inc. (OTC PINK: VICA), a Medical and Pharmaceutical development company, today announced the 100% acquisition of C-PHARM Ltd, an established wholesale licensed pharmaceutical company that trades products in the Euro-Asia territories. Constantinos Zertalis, Rafina’s Chairman, President and CEO, commented: "I am very excited to announce the closing of this acquisition and to have C-PHARM’s talented team become part of Rafina." C-PHARM holds a wholesale license for medicinal products for human use. The scope of the license includes the import and export of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API). This license allows also to trade pharmaceutical products to wholesalers and manufacturers all over the world and to support with medical consumables Cruise Ships and merchant vessels. C-PHARM has undertaken exclusivities on behalf of pharmaceutical companies that produce medicines in Greece on the finding, control, technical chemical testing, purchase, transport, and delivery of API products. Imports are made with strict transport and storage protocol procedures, accompanied with data loggers for monitoring conditions of assets during transportation. Rafina plans to introduce additional funding to the C-PHARM subsidiary to expand operations and win larger contracts within the region, while simultaneously increasing purchasing power to reduce the purchase costs from manufacturers by 10-20%. Current C-PHARM clients are purely providing Pharmaceutical products in the Greek territories and Rafina plans to expand those opportunities outside of Greece in the near future. Rafina is currently updating the company’s website to include all the new verticals for the company’s growth. The new website is expected to launch within the next week. About Rafina Innovations Inc. Rafina Innovations Inc. is a development capital investment opportunity in the high growth / high margin prosthetics, orthotics, rehabilitation, and diabetes markets. It benefits from a market leading footing from which to expand and seeks to invest in a synergistic business model of Rafina Innovations Clinics and new technology development, with an out-licensing model. The company has a strong pipeline of near-market to research-stage technologies, developed by a team that includes world renowned experts in their field, each committed to the company on an on-going basis. The Rafina Innovations Clinics can be early adopters of the technologies and provide the springboard for further innovation, as well as opportunities for lower-cost clinical trials. This synergistic model will allow the company to sustain high margins and accelerate revenue growth as both the number of clinics and products grow. About C-PHARM C-PHARM is a leading distributor for medical supplies and equipment striving to supply the world with everything needed. High Standards, Affordable Packages, Private Agreements, top quality and support are some of the words that define us, as a Company. Please visit: www. https://c-pharm.org/ Forward Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions and are identified by words such as "expects", "intends", "estimates", "projects", "anticipates", "believes", "could", and other similar words. All statements addressing product performance, events, or developments that the Company expects or anticipates will occur in the future are forward-looking statements, including but not limited to future developments in the areas of athletic shoes and the information and performance of the Company's technology in such applications. Because the statements are forward-looking, they should be evaluated considering important risk factors and uncertainties, some of which are described in the Company's Quarterly, Annual and Current Reports filed with the OTC. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize or should any of the Company's underlying assumptions prove correct, actual results may vary materially from those currently anticipated. In addition, undue reliance should not be placed on Company's forward-looking statements. In particular, the Company has acquired its first operational Prosthetics & Orthotics (P&O) clinic and is continuing development efforts for its other biomedical technologies, including a "smart insole" and its Flexisense™ sensing technology with several potential applications. There is no assurance that the Company will be successful in its ongoing expansion and development efforts, or that it will find suitable commercialization partners for its technologies. Except as required by law, Rafina Innovations Inc. disclaims any obligation to update or publicly announce any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory body has reviewed nor accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Investors are advised to carefully review the reports and documents that Rafina Innovations files from time to time with the OTC, including its Annual, Quarterly and Current Reports. For Investors Relations: Website: www.rafina-innovations.com Email: Investors Relations firstname.lastname@example.org SOURCE: Rafina Innovations Inc.
“My favorite thing to do is to build a world, musically,” says composer Joseph Trapanese, who got to do just that for “Shadow and Bone,” the eight-part fantasy series that drops April 23 on Netflix. Based on novels by Leigh Bardugo, the show combines elements of magic, horror, war, crime and romance in a setting […]
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An “Oz” reunion and panels for Amazon Prime Video’s “Small Axe,” as well as Showtime’s variety sketch show “Ziwe” are some of the first programs being scheduled at the 2021 ATX Television Festival, Variety has learned exclusively. Additional panels include a “Faking It” reunion, a look at Fox’s new animated comedy “Housebroken,” the independent short-form […]
No. 29 GREEN BAY PACKERS (14-4) LAST SEASON: The Packers followed up a 13-3 regular season with an NFC championship game loss for a second straight year. QB Aaron Rodgers earned league MVP honours while leading a potent offence that also featured three other first-team All-Pros: OT David Bakhtiari, C Corey Linsley and WR Davante Adams. Linsley has since left for the Los Angeles Chargers. Bakhtiari’s status for the start of the 2021 season is uncertain after he tore his anterior cruciate ligament on Dec. 31. FREE AGENCY: Lost DE Montravius Adams, QB Tim Boyle, C Corey Linsley, G Lane Taylor, RB Jamaal Williams. Released LB Christian Kirksey, TE John Lovett, OT Rick Wagner. Signed LS Joe Fortunato. Re-signed RB Aaron Jones, CB Kevin King, TE Marcedes Lewis, DE Tyler Lancaster, S Will Redmond. THEY NEED: CB, DL, OL, WR. THEY DON’T NEED: QB, RB. POSSIBLE FIRST PICK: Alabama DT Christian Barmore, Minnesota WR Rashod Bateman, Kentucky LB Jamin Davis, Florida State CB Asante Samuel Jr., Georgia CB Eric Stokes. OUTLOOK: GM Brian Gutekunst has traded within the first round each of the last three years, so don’t be surprised if the Packers move out of the No. 29 spot. The Packers focused on long-term development rather than short-term needs last year with a draft strategy that included trading up four spots to take Utah State QB Jordan Love in the first round. After coming so close to the Super Bowl the last two years, do they concentrate this time on guys who can help immediately? The NFC championship game loss underscored Green Bay’s need for cornerbacks to complement Pro Bowl selection Jaire Alexander, though the return of King provides some help there. The Packers haven’t selected any wideouts in the last two drafts. They may want to boost their offensive line depth after losing Linsley. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL The Associated Press
12. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 4-11-1 LAST SEASON: Eagles were the worst team in the worst division in the NFL even though they would’ve won the NFC East with victories in the final two games. Philadelphia couldn’t overcome injuries that sidelined nine starters on offence and poor performance from quarterback Carson Wentz that led to his benching. Coach Doug Pederson was fired just three seasons after winning a Super Bowl and Wentz was traded to Indianapolis. FREE AGENCY: Lost DB Jalen Mills, LB Nate Gerry, DE Vinny Curry, S Rudy Ford, LB Duke Riley, QB Nate Sudfeld, P Cameron Johnston. Signed S Anthony Harris, QB Joe Flacco, LB Kyle Wilson, S Andrew Adams. Re-signed RB Jordan Howard, DT Hassan Ridgeway. THEY NEED: OL, DL, CB, S, LB, WR. THEY DON’T NEED: QB, RB. POSSIBLE FIRST PICK: Northwestern OL Rashawn Slater, Alabama CB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle, South Carolina CB Jaycee Horn, Penn State LB Micah Parsons. OUTLOOK: GM Howie Roseman already traded down from No. 6 to acquire a 2022 first-round pick and there’s a possibility he can move further down or even back up. The Eagles have 11 picks and it’s unlikely they’ll use all of them, especially because Roseman enjoys wheeling and dealing. Since 1988 the Eagles have picked in the top half of the first round 13 times. They’ve selected two quarterbacks, four offensive linemen and seven defensive linemen. Solid bet they’ll use the pick for a lineman on either side. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL The Associated Press
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The New York Knicks and Squarespace, the leading all-in-one website building and ecommerce platform, today announced the winners of the fourth annual "Make It Awards," a program that provides four tri-state area businesses with the funds, exposure and guidance they need to take their businesses to the next level. Each of the winning businesses will be provided with a $30,000 grant, a one-year subscription to Squarespace, a feature segment on MSG Networks and one-on-one mentorship from a member of the esteemed panel of judges.