Over the past two quarters, the bank has released billions from reserves it had set aside for potential loan losses. But there could still be more to come.
New Delhi [India], May 6 (ANI): Days after Assembly poll results in the four states and a Union Territory, senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Kapil Sibal said the party's performances must be looked into as it could not secure a single seat in West Bengal and also failed in Assam and Kerala.
Chandigarh (Haryana) [India], May 6 (ANI): While reiterating his commitment that every needy has the first right on the government, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has announced to give medical assistance to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) families so that needy or poor persons do not lose their lives because of financial issues during COVID-19 pandemic.
OTTAWA — Alberta's legislature may have been silenced but its partisan warfare relocated Wednesday to the House of Commons as MPs held an emergency debate on the province's soaring number of COVID-19 cases. Edmonton New Democrat MP Heather McPherson requested the debate and used it to blast Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's handling of the health crisis, which she said has resulted in the highest infection rate in North America and left the province's health-care system on the "verge of collapse." "If you want to know why it is so bad in Alberta, why other provinces have withstood the third wave better than my province, the answer is clear: It is Jason Kenney," McPherson said in a speech launching the late-night debate. Kenney, in McPherson's estimation, has failed every step of the way, taking a "Donald Trump-like" approach to the pandemic. He ignored the evidence of science and the pleas of doctors, downplayed the seriousness of COVID-19, "belittled" efforts to control the spread and, even as the crisis deepened, took only "half measures" to impose public health restrictions while blaming everyone but himself for the problem, she said. "Thanks to the bumbling, stumbling joke that our provincial government has become, we have the single, greatest health crisis that Alberta has ever seen," McPherson said, her voice breaking at times with emotion. "Jason Kenney has been an unmitigated disaster for Alberta." She argued that Alberta has become a "Petri dish" for more deadly and contagious mutations of the COVID-19 virus that will spread across the country if nothing is done to stamp out the fire in the province. McPherson appealed to the federal Liberal government to step in and help Albertans by directing more vaccines to the province's hot zones, enhancing sick leave benefits and introducing national pharmacare. But she didn't spare Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from criticism. "He has watched this happening in Alberta and he has done nothing because he would rather watch Alberta burn than help Jason Kenney." She later agreed to "rephrase" that accusation, after being chided by a Liberal MP, saying that the federal government has been "missing in action" during Alberta's crisis. As the debate was raging, Trudeau was talking to Kenney. The Prime Minister's Office said in a statement about the phone call that Trudeau "offered the federal government’s support to assist Alberta in responding to the rising number of COVID-19 cases" as well as the "partnership between both governments to quickly deliver safe and effective vaccines to Albertans." Alberta Conservative MPs, some of whom used to serve with Kenney when he was in federal politics, pushed back against McPherson's accusations of the premier's incompetence. "Let's talk about the federal failures and we can leave the provincial debates to the provincial legislatures instead of using this seat to attack provincial politicians who aren't even here to defend themselves," said Garnett Genuis. Kenney's government abruptly suspended Alberta's legislature earlier this week. Calgary MP Michelle Rempel Garner, the Conservatives' health critic, said other Canadians need to understand that Alberta was in a severe economic downturn before the pandemic hit and that lockdowns made matters much worse. It's not that Albertans don't want to follow public health orders, she argued, it's that "people need to eat." "It's very paternalistic to say just that people who might not be following restrictions are doing so from a place of just sort of like bourgeois contempt for the law ... Lockdown is a luxury for a lot of people in my community. That's just the reality." Health Minister Patty Hajdu said she shares McPherson's worry about what's happening in Alberta. She said Ottawa has been offering Kenney support, as it has done in other provinces, and will be there for Albertans. Still, she pointed out that 80 per cent of the hundreds of billions of dollars spent on pandemic relief measures have come from the federal government. Alberta Conservative MPs laid the blame for their province's woes squarely on the federal government's failure to provide a stable supply of vaccines back in February and March, when production problems repeatedly delayed anticipated deliveries. But Hajdu noted that 17.2 million doses of vaccines have now been delivered across the country, putting Canada third in the G20 in terms of vaccination rates, and deliveries of vaccines are steadily increasing. As for directing more vaccines to hot zones within the province, Hajdu said it's strictly within Alberta's jurisdiction to decide how to allocate its share of vaccines. It could, as Ontario has done, choose to give priority access to people in the hardest-hit areas, she said. Conservative MPs repeatedly referenced the fact that the United Kingdom, which led the world in vaccinations during the winter, is now reopening whereas Canada is struggling to cope with a third wave of COVID-19. But Hajdu said vaccines are only part of the answer. She noted that the U.K. imposed public health restrictions that were much more stringent than those imposed in Alberta and some other provinces. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 5, 2021. Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press
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Workers at a Canada Post sorting plant in Mississauga hosted a retirement party just days before a partial shut down of the facility in April due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Global News, which reported the incident Wednesday, was told that many workers who attended the party at the Gateway West plant did not adhere to physical distancing protocols and some of them were unmasked. Pictures of the celebration were shared among employees on social media apps, including WhatsApp, Global reported. The party took place during the third wave of the pandemic, reportedly on a day when the province announced more than 4,200 COVID-19 cases. Just days later, on April 27, Peel Public Health ordered the entire third shift at Canada's largest mail facility to self-isolate due to an outbreak of the novel coronavirus at the plant. Phil Legault, spokesperson for Canada Post, told CBC Toronto in a statement the event was an unfortunate and an isolated incident. "We take this matter seriously and have talked directly to those involved. We have also reminded all employees at the facility of the importance of following safety rules," he said Talking to reporters on Wednesday, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie called the incident "incredibly irresponsible." "I am extremely disappointed in the workers of Canada Post," she said. If [Canada Post] had a house party, it would be no different — we'd be over there and ticketing it," Crombie said.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google says it expects about 20% of its workforce to still work remotely after its offices reopen this fall, while some 60% will work a hybrid schedule that includes about three days in the office and two days “wherever they work best.” The remaining 20% can change their location to a different Google office. The policy announced Wednesday relaxes the company’s stricter earlier stance. “The future of work is flexibility,” CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in an email to employees that was also posted on Google’s website. “The changes above are a starting point to help us do our very best work and have fun doing it.” Most of Google's 135,000 employees can continue to work from home through September of this year. For up to 20 days per year, Google employees will also be able to work from any location other than their main office. That's up from a previous allotment of 10 days. The company based in Mountain View, California, will also continue offering extra “reset” days — days off to help cope with the pandemic. Google was among the first major technology companies last year to tell its employees to work from home at the onset of the pandemic. Other tech giants, such as Facebook and Twitter, have announced that people can work from home permanently after the pandemic if their jobs allow for it. The Associated Press
Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzlies) with a dunk vs the Minnesota Timberwolves, 05/05/2021
In a crazy finish that had bass-fishing fans watching the MLF NOW!® livestream on the edges of their seats, Academy pro Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tennessee, held off a late charge from Berkley pro "Big Fish" Bobby Lane of Lakeland, Florida, to win the Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour Berkley Stage Two at Lake Travis Presented by Mercury event in Austin, Texas and the top prize of $100,000.
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Brandon Goodwin (Atlanta Hawks) with an assist vs the Phoenix Suns, 05/05/2021
Cameron Payne (Phoenix Suns) with a 3-pointer vs the Atlanta Hawks, 05/05/2021
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Deandre Ayton (Phoenix Suns) with an alley oop vs the Atlanta Hawks, 05/05/2021