An interview with the authors of "The New Long Life: A Framework for Flourishing in a Changing World."
Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India], May 13 (ANI): The Rajasthan state cabinet on Wednesday gave the nod to float a global tender to purchase 1 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
James Harden had 18 points and 11 assists in his return from an 18-game absence to help the Brooklyn Nets beat the San Antonio Spurs 128-116 on Wednesday night. Coming off the bench in an NBA game for the first time since he won the league's Sixth Man award for Oklahoma City in 2011-12, Harden also had seven rebounds after the longest layoff of his career, missing more than a month because of a strained right hamstring. Landry Shamet scored 21 points and Nicolas Claxton had a career-high 18 for the Nets.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has reached a supply agreement for 25 million doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines in a deal that the government hopes will ensure all Australian adults have access to inoculation this year. The deal included 10 million doses of the vaccine against the ancestral strain to be delivered in 2021 and 15 million doses of an updated variant booster to be delivered in 2022, U.S.-based Moderna said on Thursday. The vaccines have yet to be approved by the Australian regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration. Pfizer and AstraZeneca are the only coronavirus vaccines approved for use in Australia. All three vaccines require two doses. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he expected the first 10 million Moderna vaccines to arrive in Australia in the last three months of 2021. The 15 million booster doses would deal with possible future variants of the virus, he said. “We’re now well into the phase of dealing with what’s coming next because the pandemic’s not going anywhere,” Morrison said. Moderna is in discussions with the government to allow its vaccines to be manufactured in Australia. Australian-made Moderna shots could be available as early as next year, said Brendan Murphy, chairman of Australia’s Science and Industry Technical Advisory Group on COVID-19. AstraZeneca is already manufactured in Australia. But Moderna promises to provide quicker inoculation, with three weeks between shots as opposed to three months with AstraZeneca. Pfizer’s recommended doses are also three weeks apart. But Moderna has an advantage that it does not need to be stored at temperatures as low as Pfizer. Moderna vaccines would help Australia achieve its aim of inoculating all willing Australian adults within the population of 26 million by the end of the year. “This locks in our capacity to ensure that every Australian has access to a vaccine this year,” Health Minister Greg Hunt said. Australia has contracted 20 million imported Pfizer doses, which is the preferred option for adults under 50 years old because of the blood clotting risks associated with the AstraZeneca shot. The government also has deals for 3.8 million imported AstraZeneca doses plus 50 million locally manufactured shots. The government expects Moderna vaccines would be recommended for Australians under 50. Hunt said he expects the first of Australia’s order of 51 million doses of the Novavax vaccine will be delivered this year. Australia’s CSL plant would manufacture the 50 million AstraZeneca doses as planned. Shots that Australia did not need would be donated to neighboring countries, Hunt said. “We are continuing on with the production because we think if a country can be producing vaccines, the world needs those vaccines if we have more than we need,” Hunt said. The vaccine rollout began in February, and the government had expected to administer 4 million doses by the end of March. But only 2.8 million doses had been injected by this week, with the government blaming slow shipments for delays. Australia has been relatively successful in containing the virus. While 910 have died of COVID-19, the government argues the death told would be 30,000 higher if Australia’s fatality rate was the average of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries. Rod Mcguirk, The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans dumped GOP Rep. Liz Cheney from her House leadership post Wednesday for her persistent repudiation of Donald Trump’s election falsehoods, underscoring the hold the defeated and twice-impeached former president retains on his party. She defiantly insisted she’ll keep trying to wrench the party away from him and his “destructive lies.” Meeting behind closed doors, GOP lawmakers needed less than 20 minutes and a voice vote to oust the Wyoming congresswoman from her job as their No. 3 House leader. The banishment, urged by Trump and other top Republicans, showed his ability to upend the careers of antagonists, even those from GOP royalty. Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, has repeatedly rebuked Trump for his oft-repeated falsehood that his 2020 reelection was fraudulently stolen from him and for his encouragement of supporters who assaulted the Capitol on Jan. 6. On Wednesday she unrepentantly lashed out anew. “If you want leaders who will enable and spread his destructive lies, I’m not your person,” she told her colleagues before the vote, according to a person who provided her remarks on condition of anonymity. “You have plenty of others to choose from. That will be their legacy.” Just minutes after she accused her fellow Republicans of dishonestly buttressing Trump, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told reporters at the White House, “I don’t think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election. I think that is all over with.” McCarthy spoke a week after Trump released a statement saying, “The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!” Cheney’s critics say her offense wasn’t her view of Trump but her persistence in publicly expressing it, undermining the unity they want party leaders to display in advance of next year’s elections, when they hope to win House control. Several also say GOP voters' allegiance to Trump means the party's electoral prospects without him would be dismal. Cheney's ouster effectively means the GOP is setting a remarkable requirement for admission to its highest ranks: adherence to, or at least silence about, Trump’s fallacious claim about widespread voting fraud. In states around the country, officials and judges of both parties found no evidence to support his assertions. Cheney, 54, would seem to have an uphill climb in her quest to redirect the GOP away from Trump. She's told Republicans she's not quitting Congress and will run for reelection next year, but she will have to survive a near-certain GOP primary challenge from a Trump-recruited opponent. Even if she returns to the House, it is unclear how loud her voice will be inside a party that has all but disowned her. “Bring it on," Cheney said of a potential challenge by a Trump ally, in a portion of an interview released by NBC News. And though she has establishment lineage and embraces classical GOP conservative stances, it almost seems the party has evolved out from under her. Polls show Trump's hold is deep and wide on the party's voters. And many of the time-tested conservative views she and her father share — including a belief in assertively projecting U.S. military force abroad — have lost ground to Trump's inward-focused America First agenda. Cheney showed no signs of being bashful about her mission. Outside the GOP meeting, she told reporters that the country needs a Republican Party "that is based upon fundamental principles of conservatism, and I am committed and dedicated to ensuring that that’s how this party goes forward, and I plan to lead the fight to do that.” She added, “I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office.” Wednesday's voice vote by House Republicans means there is no precise way to measure how much support Cheney would have had, though only a handful of GOP colleagues have spoken out on her behalf. “What happened today was sad,” said Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., another Trump critic and one of the few Republicans who have publicly defended her. “Liz committed the only sin of being consistent and telling the truth. The truth is that the election was not stolen.” Hard-right conservatives, among Cheney’s fiercest critics, were exultant. And Trump himself took a sharp-elbowed victory lap, saying, “Liz Cheney is a bitter, horrible human being. I watched her yesterday and realized how bad she is for the Republican Party. She has no personality or anything good having to do with politics or our Country." “Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye Liz Cheney,” tweeted Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina. “You can’t have a conference chair who recites Democrat talking points,” said Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, a conservative leader using the formal title for Cheney’s former post. As if to underscore Jordan’s contention, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said: “Congresswoman Liz Cheney is a leader of great courage, patriotism and integrity. Today, House Republicans declared that those values are unwelcome in the Republican Party.” But President Joe Biden deflected an opportunity to comment on the matter, telling MSNBC, “I have enough trouble figuring out my own party all the time, let alone Republicans.” Participants said Cheney received a polite standing ovation after her remarks inside Wednesday’s meeting. Then she had to endure what Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida said was a “deafening” voice vote to topple her. Her replacement in the party’s House leadership is expected to be Rep. Elise Stefanik of upstate New York, who entered the House in 2015 at age 30, then the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Stefanik owns a more moderate voting record than Cheney but has evolved into a vigorous Trump defender who’s echoed some of his claims about widespread election cheating. Some of Washington’s hardest-right conservatives have remained wary of Stefanik’s moderate record, but no challenger has emerged. Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., said the vote on replacing Cheney will occur Friday. Cheney arrived in Congress in 2017, and by November 2018 was elected to her leadership job unopposed. Her career path seemed to potentially include runs at becoming speaker, senator or even president. She occasionally clashed with Trump during his presidency over issues like the U.S. withdrawal from Syria. But virtually open warfare between the two commenced in January once she became one of 10 House Republicans to back his second impeachment for inciting his supporters’ deadly Capitol assault. The Senate acquitted him. Cheney withstood a February effort to boot her from leadership in a 145-61 secret ballot, with a McCarthy speech on her behalf credited with saving her. That didn't happen this time. ___ AP reporter Jill Colvin contributed to this report. Alan Fram And Kevin Freking, The Associated Press
Kevin Love scored a season-high 30 points, Collin Sexton added 28 and the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 102-94 win in their home finale over Boston on Wednesday night, locking the Celtics into a spot in the NBA's play-in tournament. Boston, which played without starters Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart due to injuries, came in with an outside chance to catch New York for the No. 6 spot in the Eastern Conference standings with only three games left.
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Kim Fields reveals why she returned to acting in 'The Upshaws'
"Israel has the right to defend itself and to respond to rocket attacks," the State Department's spokesman said Tuesday. "The Palestinian people also have the right to safety and security just as Israelis do"
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine unveiled a lottery system Wednesday to entice people to get COVID-19 shots, offering a weekly $1 million prize and full-ride college scholarships in a creative bid to overcome the vaccine hesitancy that remains a stubborn problem across the nation. The move comes as governors, health officials and community leaders are coming up with creative incentives to get more shots in arms, including insider access to NFL locker rooms and an Indianapolis 500 garage, cash incentives, various other promotions. With three weeks to go before most state restrictions lift, DeWine rolled out the big-ticket incentives during a prime-time address. Beginning May 26, adults who have received at least one vaccine dose may enter a lottery that will provide a $1 million prize each Wednesday for five weeks. In random drawings, the state will also provide five full four-year scholarships to an Ohio public university — including tuition, room-and-board, and books — to vaccinated Ohioans under 18. The money will come from existing federal pandemic relief dollars, DeWine said, and the Ohio Lottery will conduct the drawings. State Rep. Emilia Sykes, the top House Democrat, questioned the use of federal funds. “Using millions of dollars in relief funds in a drawing is a grave misuse of money that could be going to respond to this ongoing crisis,” she said. DeWine acknowledged the unusual nature of the financial incentives. “I know that some may say, ‘DeWine, you’re crazy! This million-dollar drawing idea of yours is a waste of money,’” he said. But the real waste, when the vaccine is now readily available, “is a life lost to COVID-19,” the governor said. The White House and Treasury Department had no immediate comment on the governor’s plan. All Ohio’s COVID-19 orders except those applying to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities will end June 2, the Republican also announced during the address. However, DeWine noted that stores and businesses still may require customers to be masked. In announcing the mandates' end, the governor cited the sharp drop in the numbers of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations and the high vaccination rates among people 65 and older. He also said the vaccine is a “tested and proven weapon” that all Ohioans 12 and older can now avail themselves of. “It’s time to end the health orders. It’s been a year. You’ve followed the protocols,” DeWine said. “You’ve done what we’ve asked. You’ve bravely fought this virus.” The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Ohio did not increase over the past two weeks, going from about 1,522 new cases per day on April 26 to 1,207 new cases per day on May 10, according to data collected by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering. More than 4.2 million Ohioans — about 36% of the population — had completed the vaccination process as of Tuesday. But the number of people seeking vaccines has dropped in recent weeks, with an average of about 16,500 starting the process last week, down from figures above 80,000 in April. About 42% of Ohioans have received at least one dose. “There comes a time when individual responsibility simply must take over," DeWine said. Business groups uniformly praised the decision. The news “is the logical next step in fully reopening our state for Ohio’s businesses and families,” said John Barker, president and CEO of the Ohio Restaurant Association. “Removing these barriers comes at the right time and will assist the efforts of Ohio’s business community to restore Ohio’s economy,” said Andrew Doehrel, Ohio Chamber of Commerce CEO and president. Dr. Lisa Egbert, president of the Ohio State Medical Association, said the organization supported the announcement but urged all eligible Ohioans to be vaccinated as soon as possible. DeWine made the announcement even though his previous goal for dropping the orders hadn't been reached. In a March 4 primetime address, the governor had said he would lift remaining mandates once the state hit 50 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people for two weeks. At the time, the figure was 179 cases per 100,000 people; it had dropped to 123 cases as of this week. Despite DeWine's message, he had little choice in removing the mandates. His speech came only a few weeks before fellow GOP lawmakers could have voted to immediately remove all mandates, per a bill passed earlier this year over the governor's veto. That legislation takes effect June 23. House Republicans had signaled their intention to introduce a resolution Wednesday in preparation for a June 23 vote. “There's a strong sentiment that the health orders need to be dissolved,” House Speaker Bob Cupp, a Lima Republican, said earlier Wednesday. Senate President Matt Huffman, another Lima Republican, also said Wednesday it was time for the end of mandates. “Ohioans care about getting their businesses open and doing other things that will allow some freedom,” Huffman said. Also Wednesday, DeWine spokesperson Dan Tierney confirmed that employees of executive branch agencies — who have been working almost exclusively from home — would return to their offices in stages, beginning July 6. DeWine implemented the current mask mandate in July as case numbers rose. That followed a mandatory mask order in April 2020 that he rescinded just a day later under intense criticism that the directive was “one government mandate too far.” In addition to his daily or weekly midday briefings, DeWine previously addressed Ohioans about the pandemic in primetime speeches Nov. 11 and July 15. Also Wednesday, a federal judge denied Republican Attorney General Dave Yost’s request for a temporary order preventing U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen from enforcing a provision of the American Rescue Plan Act that says states can’t use their recovery dollars to offset tax cuts or credits. Judge Douglas Cole said Ohio has a strong chance of proving the tax rule unconstitutionally ambiguous. But the judge also found that granting the order against Yellen wouldn’t provide Ohio the relief it seeks, because Treasury’s rules for the money are still being worked out, the state hasn’t yet received its money and Yellen has not yet tried to recoup anything. ___ Associated Press writers Julie Carr Smyth and Kantele Franko contributed to this report. Andrew Welsh-huggins, The Associated Press
Tehri (Uttarakhand) [India], May 13 (ANI): No lives were lost in the cloud burst incident that took place in the Kainchi Dham area of Uttarakhand's Tehri district, Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar informed.
The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. In Canada, the provinces are reporting 306,680 new vaccinations administered for a total of 16,904,612 doses given. Nationwide, 1,308,238 people or 3.5 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 44,604.049 per 100,000. There were 97,132 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 19,950,284 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 84.73 per cent of their available vaccine supply. Please note that Newfoundland and Labrador, P.E.I., Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the territories typically do not report on a daily basis. Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting 25,474 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 213,678 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 408.07 per 1,000. In the province, 1.85 per cent (9,686) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Newfoundland and Labrador for a total of 269,650 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 51 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 79.24 per cent of its available vaccine supply. P.E.I. is reporting 7,513 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 63,617 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 401.043 per 1,000. In the province, 6.90 per cent (10,946) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to P.E.I. for a total of 84,915 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 54 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 74.92 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Nova Scotia is reporting 52,908 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 387,683 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 397.258 per 1,000. In the province, 3.91 per cent (38,152) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nova Scotia for a total of 498,490 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 51 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 77.77 per cent of its available vaccine supply. New Brunswick is reporting 39,239 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 318,498 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 408.31 per 1,000. In the province, 3.96 per cent (30,889) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to New Brunswick for a total of 415,935 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 53 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 76.57 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Quebec is reporting 34,391 new vaccinations administered for a total of 3,918,884 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 457.993 per 1,000. There were 24,592 new vaccines delivered to Quebec for a total of 4,578,079 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 54 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 85.6 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Ontario is reporting 140,785 new vaccinations administered for a total of 6,491,666 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 441.938 per 1,000. In the province, 2.74 per cent (402,258) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Ontario for a total of 7,832,125 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 53 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 82.89 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Manitoba is reporting 15,473 new vaccinations administered for a total of 591,497 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 429.554 per 1,000. In the province, 5.67 per cent (78,027) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Manitoba for a total of 686,160 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 50 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 86.2 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Saskatchewan is reporting 6,737 new vaccinations administered for a total of 537,044 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 455.449 per 1,000. In the province, 3.97 per cent (46,770) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Saskatchewan for a total of 573,935 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 49 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 93.57 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Alberta is reporting 28,337 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,975,341 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 448.733 per 1,000. In the province, 7.29 per cent (320,751) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Alberta for a total of 2,118,915 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 48 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 93.22 per cent of its available vaccine supply. British Columbia is reporting 57,462 new vaccinations administered for a total of 2,277,318 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 443.785 per 1,000. In the province, 2.25 per cent (115,295) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were 72,540 new vaccines delivered to British Columbia for a total of 2,729,960 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 53 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 83.42 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Yukon is reporting 434 new vaccinations administered for a total of 50,270 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,204.62 per 1,000. In the territory, 56.29 per cent (23,492) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Yukon for a total of 57,020 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 140 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 88.16 per cent of its available vaccine supply. The Northwest Territories are reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 49,811 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,103.992 per 1,000. In the territory, 49.87 per cent (22,501) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to the Northwest Territories for a total of 60,000 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 130 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 83.02 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Nunavut is reporting -97 new vaccinations administered for a total of 29,305 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 756.727 per 1,000. In the territory, 33.26 per cent (12,879) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nunavut for a total of 45,100 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 120 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 64.98 per cent of its available vaccine supply. *Notes on data: The figures are compiled by the COVID-19 Open Data Working Group based on the latest publicly available data and are subject to change. Note that some provinces report weekly, while others report same-day or figures from the previous day. Vaccine doses administered is not equivalent to the number of people inoculated as the approved vaccines require two doses per person. The vaccines are currently not being administered to children under 18 and those with certain health conditions. In some cases the number of doses administered may appear to exceed the number of doses distributed as some provinces have been drawing extra doses per vial. This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published May 12, 2021. The Canadian Press
Bitcoin rebounded to about $50,000 in Asian trading on Thursday after plunging as much as 17% after Elon Musk tweeted Tesla Inc had stopped accepting bitcoin to purchase its vehicles due to climate concerns. Ether, the world's second-largest cryptocurrency, followed a similar pattern, also dropping 14% to touch a low of $3,550, before bouncing back to about $3,965. "We are concerned about rapidly increasing use of fossil fuels for Bitcoin mining and transactions, especially coal, which has the worst emissions of any fuel," Musk wrote.
ATLANTA (AP) — Teoscar Hernández hit two homers and drove in three runs, Hyun Jin Ryu pitched seven sharp innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Atlanta 4-1 on a cold Wednesday night to continue their dominance of the Braves. Toronto improved to 5-0 against the Braves this season and have outscored them 35-16. William Contreras hit a long homer in the fifth for the only run allowed by Ryu (3-2). Ryu gave up five hits, struck out six and walked one. Reliever Tyler Chatwood retired Ronald Acuña Jr., Freddie Freeman and Marcell Ozuna in the eighth. A.J. Cole pitched the ninth for his first save. Hernández hit the first pitch thrown by right-hander Luke Jackson (1-1) in the seventh over the center-field wall, giving Toronto a 2-1 lead. He added a two-run shot 464 feet to left-center off Josh Tomlin in the ninth. On Tuesday, Hernández had a go-ahead infield single in the eighth in a 5-3 win over Atlanta. The temperature for the first pitch was a brisk 52 degrees. Fans wore jackets and stocking caps and huddled under blankets, an unusual necessity for Atlanta in May. Contreras pulled a knee-high pitch from Ryu 463 feet into the seats in left field for his second homer. The drive came exactly one week after Contreras, the younger brother of Chicago Cubs All-Star catcher Willson Contreras, hit his first homer at Washington. The Blue Jays pulled even in the sixth. Cavan Biggio walked, stole second and scored on Marcus Semien's double to the left-field wall. Semien extended his hitting streak to 11 games. The Blue Jays had runners thrown out on the bases in each of the first two innings. Bo Bichette singled in the first and took a wide turn around first base when the ball bounced under the glove of Acuña in right field. Acuña recovered quickly and threw Bichette out at first base in a call confirmed on a replay challenge. Hernández walked to lead off the second and was caught stealing following a pickoff throw by left-hander Max Fried. Fried allowed only two hits and one run in six innings. The strong start by Fried, who began the night with an 8.44 ERA, was especially important after the Braves learned right-hander Mike Soroka might not pitch this season. Before the game, Braves manager Brian Snitker said Soroka suffered a setback in his recovery from surgery to repair his torn right Achilles tendon suffered last season. Soroka will have a second surgery early next week in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to determine the cause of renewed discomfort. Fried was denied in his bid to become the first pitcher to win his first eight interleague starts. He was 7-0 with a 2.18 ERA in his first eight starts against American League teams. TRAINER’S ROOM Blue Jays: OF George Springer (right quad strain) hit in the cage and plans to begin running on Thursday. INF Joe Panik (calf) also hit in the cage as neither team took normal batting practice outside following rain most of the day. Braves: RHP Chris Martin (right shoulder inflammation) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list. Martin was scheduled to pitch a second consecutive day with Triple-A Gwinnett. Snitker said he decided “we might as well do it here.” ... LHP Grant Dayton (left thigh inflammation) was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to May 9. LHP Sean Newcomb, who was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett, pitched the eighth. ... RHP Bryse Wilson was optioned to Gwinnett after allowing two runs in six innings on Tuesday night. UP NEXT The Blue Jays will complete their 11-day, 10-game road trip on Thursday when RHP Ross Stripling (0-1, 6.61) faces Braves RHP Charlie Morton (2-2, 4.98). ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Charles Odum, The Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) — James Kaprielian got the victory in his first major league start with five innings of one-run ball, Matt Olson homered and the Oakland Athletics held off the Boston Red Sox 4-1 Wednesday night. Sean Murphy and Jed Lowrie also had RBIs for the A’s, who will try for a three-game sweep Thursday. Burch Smith and Lou Trivino combined to pitch three scoreless innings for Oakland, and Jake Diekman completed a scoreless ninth for his fifth save. Boston has lost three straight. Kaprielian (1-0) settled down after a rocky first inning and ended his night after giving up just four hits and three walks with six strikeouts. The right-hander made his first start of the season at Triple-A Las Vegas last week but got the call after starters Jesus Luzardo and Mike Fiers both went on the injured list. He made two big league relief appearances last season. Oakland pounded out seven hits and four runs against Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez (5-1). He struck out nine but also balked in a run and didn’t get the run support he received in his previous six starts. Boston entered the night leading the major leagues in runs (190), but it struggled with runners on base. The Red Sox loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning, had runners on the corners with no outs in the fifth, and runners at second and third with one out in the eighth. Meanwhile, the A’s did just enough with their handful of opportunities. With the score tied 1-1, Mitch Moreland led off the fifth with a single, followed by Elvis Andrus' double. Rodriguez struck out Mark Canha, but Lowrie’s groundout to Xander Bogaerts was deep enough to score Moreland and move Andrus to third. The lead grew to 3-1 when Rodriguez was called for a balk, scoring Andrus. TRAINER’S ROOM Athletics: Reinstated C Aramis Garcia from the injured list. He was on the opening day roster and hit .135 with a home run and two RBIs in 13 games before being placed on the 10-day IL May 4 with viral enteritis. Red Sox: Placed right-handed pitcher Nick Pivetta on the COVID-19 injured list after he experienced side effects from his recent vaccination. Eduard Bazardo was recalled from Triple-A Worcester to take his roster spot. EJECTED Oakland center fielder Ramón Laureano was called out on strikes to end the A’s half of the third inning. He remained at the plate arguing as Boston’s players exited. He eventually threw both his batting helmet and bat and was ejected by home plate umpire Ryan Wills. Laureano made a few steps toward Wills and pointed emphatically at Wills’ face before being restrained by members of the coaching staff. It was the second career ejection for Laureano. UP NEXT Athletics: LHP Sean Manaea (3-1, 3.07 ERA) will make his eighth start of the season. He is 3-0 with a 2.23 ERA over his last six starts. Red Sox: RHP Garrett Richards (2-2, 4.54) has gone at least seven innings in two of his last three starts. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Kyle Hightower, The Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) — The former executive director of a suburban Chicago nonprofit created to help children with disabilities pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges he stole more than $800,000 from the organization. Stuart Nitzkin, 45, of Deerfield, Illinois, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud during an arraignment conducted by video conference before U.S. District Judge Sara Ellis. A criminal information made public last week alleged Nitzkin stole more than $831,000 from Organization A. However, online records show the nonprofit was the American Friends of the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled. The group is the U.S. chapter of a charity founded in 1960 that specializes in the physical and psychological rehabilitation of Israeli children and youth. Nitzkin was accused of using funds stolen between April 2011 and September 2016 to pay personal expenses, including luxury vacations with his family to Ireland, Las Vegas, Puerto Rico and Florida; personal golfing expenses; thousands of dollars in tickets to Chicago Bulls games and other sporting events. Prosecutors said Nitzkin was paid about $150,000 a year to raise money for the organization. Nitzkin’s attorney, Adam Sheppard, said Friday the charity was “a cause to which (Nitzkin) was deeply devoted” and that he’s since worked to repay what he allegedly took from the group. “I misused organizational funds for my own personal use, your honor,” when Ellis asked what he did. The judge set Nitzkin's sentencing for Aug. 3. The Associated Press
Australian takeover target Crown Resorts has committed to end international gambling tours - or "junket" operations - and switch to cashless operations in its casinos, the gaming regulator of the country's biggest state said Thursday. After being deemed unsuitable for a gambling licence in New South Wales state in February when an inquiry found Crown had enabled money laundering on its premises, the Melbourne-based casino operator has emerged as the target of a bidding war. Star Entertainment Group proposed an all-stock buyout this week of its larger rival Crown that values it at A$9 billion ($6.96 billion), taking on private equity giants Blackstone and Oaktree Capital Group for control of the troubled company.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via GettyThe news snowballed quickly on Wednesday morning: First came the Daily Mail report that Ellen DeGeneres has decided to end her talk show after 19 seasons, thanks at least in part to her ratings downfall (DeGeneres’ rep vehemently denied the report). Less than an hour later, The Hollywood Reporter published an interview with the comedian, who claimed she was leaving the show because it isn’t “a challenge anymore.” In the hours that followed, the interview shot across Twitter, often accompanied by stills of Dakota Johnson moments before she famously gutted the comedian on air with five little words: That’s not the truth, Ellen...According to THR, the decision to end Ellen ultimately came from DeGeneres herself, after years of planning. (DeGeneres told The New York Times in 2018 that she’d been toying with the idea.) Still, it’s difficult to ignore the timing of this release—less than a year after toxic workplace allegations embroiled Ellen in controversy, and months after it was revealed that the show had lost more than one million viewers.DeGeneres addressed her impending exit in a monologue during Wednesday’s taping, which she posted on Twitter in the evening. During her address, as in the THR interview, the comedian emphasized that the decision was a long time coming.“This show has been the greatest experience of my life, and I owe it all to you,” Degeneres said. “The truth is I always trust my instincts; my instinct told me it’s time.” She recalled her fateful decision to come out in 1997, and a dream that she’d had before making the decision of a bird setting itself free from a cage before adding, “Recently I had a dream that a bird, a beautiful bird with bright red feathers, came to my window and whispered, ‘You can still do stuff on Netflix.’ And that was the sign I was looking for.”Today is a big day. Next season is a big season. pic.twitter.com/Ii4m9IDuYv— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 13, 2021 Regardless of whose decision it was to turn out the lights on Ellen, its shuttering in the wake of toxic workplace allegations feels emblematic of a shift in the entertainment industry, as Hollywood continues its work to dismantle the domineering and ultimately demeaning power structures that have defined it for so long. People Are Finally Starting to See the Real Ellen DeGeneres and It Isn’t PrettyBeyond weeding out sexual predators, the #MeToo movement and organizations like Time’s Up have brought Hollywood’s toxic, hierarchical culture to the forefront of public conversation—highlighting abuses of power that have run rampant for too long. It’s not just sexual abusers like Harvey Weinstein who are toppling; in a sign of the times, Scott Rudin, whose allegedly abusive behavior toward colleagues has basically been an open secret for years, is finally being held to account after his former employees spoke out in a recent Hollywood Reporter exposé, followed by a another in New York Magazine. (Rudin has since issued a vague apology, and has produced plays with Barry Diller, chairman of IAC, The Daily Beast’s parent company.) Ellen employees did not accuse DeGeneres of abuse when they came forward in a damning report for BuzzFeed last summer; it was producers whom they alleged perpetuated the toxic environment. But as one source put it, “If [DeGeneres] wants to have her own show and have her name on the show title, she needs to be more involved to see what’s going on.” The rumblings from The Ellen DeGeneres Show first began back in 2014 when, as The Daily Beast reported, former Ellen head writer Karen Kilgariff shared with Marc Maron “that she was fired from the show after refusing to cross the picket line during the 2008 writers’ strike. DeGeneres has allegedly not spoken to Kilgariff since.” But the dam truly started to break last April, when a viral thread garnered an alarming number of unconfirmed anecdotes about DeGeneres’ allegedly mean behavior—including, perhaps most perniciously, the suggestion that DeGeneres refused to make eye contact with interns. That month, Variety reported that the show’s top-level producers had failed to properly communicate with employees about how the pandemic would affect their working hours and pay, and had hired a non-union company to film the show from DeGeneres’ home. (A representative for Warner Bros. Television told Variety at the time that crew members’ hours had been reduced, but that they had been paid consistently. As for the communication issues, the rep “cited complications due to the chaos caused by COVID-19.”) In July, the situation intensified when former employees told BuzzFeed that the show’s behind-the-scenes environment was rife with racism and intimidation. A follow-up story that month highlighted allegations of sexual misconduct among top-level producers. After an investigation, Warner Bros. dismissed producers Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman, and Jonathan Norman. A representative said in a statement that in addition to the staffing changes, the studio had also identified “appropriate measures to address the issues that have been raised, and are taking the first steps to implement them.”DeGeneres apologized to her staff in a memo when the allegations first emerged, and addressed the controversy in an apology monologue when her show returned to air in September. “I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power, and I realized that with that comes responsibility,” she said at the time, “and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.” (She broadly denied the Twitter allegations in her THR interview Wednesday.) But DeGeneres’ brand already had a few blemishes by the time her staffers began speaking out—and even before that Johnson bit went awry in late 2019. In January of that year, DeGeneres had tried to help Kevin Hart rehabilitate his reputation after his past homophobic tweets had resurfaced online. Hart initially doubled down rather than apologize, although he would later issue a mea culpa when he announced that he was stepping down from the gig.) Throughout their interview, DeGeneres defended Hart and even allowed him to argue that he’d repeatedly apologized for the tweets, a claim that did not stand up to scrutiny. She further revealed that she had personally called the Academy to lobby for his reinstatement. “There are so many haters out there,” DeGeneres added. “Whatever’s going on on the internet, don’t pay attention to them. That’s a small group of people being very, very loud.”“They can’t destroy you because you have too much talent,” DeGeneres told her guest before lamenting that those speaking out against his homophobic remarks were attempting “to stop you from your dream—from what you wanted to do and what you have a right to do, what you should be doing.”It was both jarring and disheartening to see DeGeneres—a trailblazer for queer people on screen who once lost her job after coming out—working so hard to help Hart evade accountability for his homophobic remarks. But it wouldn’t be the last vexing choice she’d make that year. Months later, in October, she waved away criticism for palling around with George W. Bush at a football game.DeGeneres addressed the photograph of her and Bush on air, telling her audience, “Here’s the thing: I’m friends with George Bush. In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have. We’re all different, and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s okay.”“Just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not gonna be friends with them,” DeGeneres added. “When I say, ‘Be kind to one another,’ I don’t mean only the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone. It doesn’t matter.”That statement perfectly distilled the confused ethos underpinning DeGeneres’ brand as it exists today. (Video of her Bush monologue was later posted to YouTube with the title, “This Photo of Ellen & George W. Bush Will Give You Faith in America Again.”) Those who grew up watching DeGeneres’ rise know that her success is hard-won; she came out on television and real life in 1997, only to watch her show get canceled and become the target of fundamentalists like Jerry Falwell, who smeared her as “Ellen DeGenerate.” It took her three years just to make it back on air. It’s easy to imagine that for some, DeGeneres’ legacy will always begin and end with that fight.But the brand DeGeneres has built now feels almost disconnected from that past. When given the opportunity to hold Hart accountable for tweeting things like, “Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay,’” DeGeneres chose instead to classify his critics as “haters,” and to allow him to characterize their concerns as “malicious attacks.” When asked to reflect on why it might be bad that she was making nice with the guy who ran on a platform of “compassionate conservatism” before backing a constitutional amendment to restrict gay marriage to help secure his re-election—to say nothing of, say, Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq War—DeGeneres chose instead to defend her right to hang out with whoever she wants. In other words: When given the opportunity to choose between power and accountability, she once more sided with power. That approach to celebrity feels increasingly out of step.It was easy to imagine when Ellen’s toxic workplace allegations first emerged that DeGeneres might be able to move on from the controversy after a quick apology tour. Now that the comedian has ended her daytime vehicle—her fans’ primary contact point for decades—her path forward is a little less clear. But that’s not to say that DeGeneres will disappear from our screens any time soon; she still has multiple series on the way with Warner Bros., and a rich development deal with Discovery+. The question now is simply whether she’ll embrace these vehicles as a venue to cultivate a new brand. One could argue, and many likely will, that DeGeneres doesn’t need to rebrand. After all, ending her show was a totally voluntary decision. But if she’s looking for a “challenge,” it might be a good place to start.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.