Naz Reid (Minnesota Timberwolves) with a dunk vs the Washington Wizards, 02/27/2021
Naz Reid (Minnesota Timberwolves) with a dunk vs the Washington Wizards, 02/27/2021
The Scottish singer, famous for Bye Bye Baby, died suddenly at home aged 65 his family confirm.
The Moinian Group announced today that it has reached an agreement to reacquire the final 20-percent ownership in Sky, Manhattan’s largest residential tower. Upon completion of the transaction, set to close in the second quarter of this year, The Moinian Group will become 100-percent owner of the property it developed at 605 West 42nd Street. The Moinian Group previously sold a minority interest in the project to SL Green, and will now reacquire the remaining ownership interest from the REIT.
Unknown gunmen suspected of terrorism killed two members of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, the official IRNA news agency reported on Thursday. The Guard members also killed two gunmen and wounded several of their accomplices in the Wednesday night shootout near Kurdish town of Marivan, near the border of Iraq. The report identified the fallen Guard members as Osman Jahani and Nasser Amini without giving their rank.
The match against RR was Kohli’s 196th match. He has scored over 500 fours and over 200 sixes in his IPL career.
New York City is suing three major oil companies and the top industry trade group in state court, arguing that the companies are misrepresenting themselves by selling fuels as "cleaner" and advertising themselves as leaders in fighting climate change. The lawsuit comes after a federal appeals court this month rejected the city's effort to hold five major oil companies liable to help pay the costs of harm caused by global warming. The lawsuit filed on Thursday said Exxon Mobil Corp, BP Plc, Royal Dutch Shell and industry group the American Petroleum Institute "have systematically and intentionally misled consumers" through fuel sales at branded stations as "cleaner" and "emissions-reducing" while not disclosing climate impacts.
WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Joe Biden's global climate summit (all times local): 1:20 p.m. Pope Francis is urging participants in the U.S.-hosted global climate summit to ensure that the post-pandemic world is cleaner, purer and preserved. Francis delivered a short video message Thursday to the summit, praising the initiative. He said: “I wish you success in this beautiful decision to meet, walk together going forward, and I am with you all the way.” Francis has made his environmental appeal a hallmark of his papacy, denouncing how wealthy countries have plundered God’s creation for profit at the expense of poor and indigenous people. In his message, Francis said the coronavirus pandemic has provided world leaders with an opportunity to come out better than before. He said: “And our concern is to see that the environment is cleaner, more pure and preserved.” ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE GLOBAL CLIMATE SUMMIT: Saying the United States and other big economies “have to get this done,” President Joe Biden opened a global climate summit aimed at getting world leaders to dig deeper on emissions cuts. Read more: — What to Watch: In Biden climate show, look for cajoling, conflict, pathos ___ HERE'S WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON: 11:55 a.m. International climate activist Greta Thunberg has urged Congress to end fossil fuel subsidies at a House Oversight Committee hearing on the issue. The hearing took place Thursday, the day the Biden administration convened a summit of world leaders to discuss taking action to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Thunberg was one of several activists and policy experts who testified at the hearing, convened by Rep. Ro Khanna, a California Democrat who chairs the environment subcommittee. Thunberg says, “The fact that we are still having this discussion and even more that we are still subsidizing fossil fuels directly or indirectly using taxpayer money is a disgrace.” Hours before Thunberg testified, NowThis released a video featuring Thunberg criticizing the targets for emissions reduction world leaders are discussing at the Leaders’ Climate Summit. Thunberg says in the video leaders present “very insufficient targets.” ___ 11:45 a.m. After livestreamed remarks by dozens of world leaders at the U.S.-hosted global climate summit, the conversation has turned to money. President Joe Biden says, “Good ideas and good intentions aren’t good enough.” He says, “We need to ensure that the financing will be there.” Biden says combatting climate change will require mobilizing finance on an unprecedented scale. He says the U.S. on Thursday would announce an international climate finance plan, involving not only governments but also the private sector. He calls on Wall Street to join the climate fight. Biden says investing in green businesses isn’t a drain on the economy but an opportunity. He says climate change “is more than a threat” and presents the largest opportunities for job creation in the future. Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the amount of money pledged by developed countries to help developing countries leapfrog to cleaner technologies needs to be increased. ___ 11:35 a.m. Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has shifted his tone on preservation of the Amazon rainforest at the U.S.-led climate summit, exhibiting willingness to step up commitment even as many critics continue doubting his credibility. Bolsonaro said Thursday he agrees with U.S. President Joe Biden’s “call for the establishment of ambitious commitments.” Brazil’s leader says he is “determined that our climate neutrality will be reached by 2050.” Bolsonaro also said he would double the amount of money for environmental authorities’ oversight. It’s unclear how that reconciles with immediate spending, as the 2021 budget outlook for the environment ministry is the lowest for any year this century. The speech shows Bolsonaro’s administration realizes it needs to at least start talking the talk in the face of international and domestic pressure. Dan Wilkinson runs Human Rights Watch’s environmental program and says this is “a different tone from the Bolsonaro who was in complete denial two years ago.” Wilkinson says it’s “going to be hard for anyone to take it seriously.” Bolsonaro says Brazil requires outside funds to curb deforestation of the world’s largest tropical rainforest. Last week a group of 15 U.S. senators penned a letter to Biden complaining of Bolsonaro’s woeful environmental track record and urging the U.S. to condition any support for Amazon preservation on significant progress reducing deforestation. ___ 11:20 a.m. Youth activist Xiye Bastida has told world leaders the climate crisis is the result of powerful people like them who are “perpetuating and upholding the harmful systems of colonialism, oppression, capitalism and market-oriented brainwashed solutions? to global problems. In a hard-hitting speech Thursday at the virtual climate summit, the Mexican teenager said solutions to global warming “must be aligned with the fact that climate justice is social justice.? She says current economic and political systems “rely on the existence of sacrifice zones” that “target the global South and Black and brown communities to the global North.” She says instead of just talking about climate change, world leaders “need to accept that the era of fossil fuels is over.” She demands an immediate transition to renewable energy worldwide and an end to fossil fuel subsidies and infrastructure, including new pipelines. The 19-year-old Bastida is a leader of Fridays for Future, an international youth movement that includes Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. Thunberg spoke to the U.S. Congress at a separate event. ___ 10 a.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for international co-operation to tackle climate change at a virtual climate summit convened by U.S. President Joe Biden. In his speech, Putin urged “broad and effective international co-operation in the calculation and monitoring of volumes of all types of harmful emissions into the atmosphere.” Putin said Thursday, “Russia is genuinely interested in galvanizing international co-operation so as to look further for effective solutions to climate change as well as to all other vital challenges.” Putin says Moscow is ready to offer a number of joint projects and consider preferences for foreign companies willing to invest in clean technologies, including those in Russia. The Russian leader says he has tasked the government to “significantly cut the accumulated volume of net emissions” by 2050 in Russia, refraining from naming a concrete goal. ___ 9:50 a.m. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has welcomed the United States’ new commitment to halve emissions as a “game-changing” announcement. Johnson will be hosting the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow later this year. As host of COP-26, Johnson said Thursday at President Joe Biden’s climate summit he wanted to see “similar ambitions” around the world. Johnson says, “I think we can do it. To do it we need scientists in all of our countries to work together to produce the technological solutions that humanity is going to need.” He says the developed world will have to find more resources to support developing countries’ move to a greener future. He says, “It’s going to mean the richest nations coming together and exceeding the $100 billion commitment they already made in 2009.” Johnson stresses the economic dividend that could emerge from efforts to tackle climate change. ___ 9:30 a.m. South Korean President Moon Jae-in says his country will no longer finance the construction of coal power plants in other nations as he promises stronger contributions to international efforts to curb global warming. In a virtual climate summit convened by President Joe Biden on Thursday, Moon said his country will provide a more ambitious target for reducing carbon emissions by the end of the year. South Korea in December had announced a 2030 target to cut its carbon emissions by 24.4% from the country’s 2017 level. South Korea has faced international criticism for its continued investment in coal plants in other countries even as it pushes to phase out coal power at home. Moon’s office says his pledge doesn’t affect South Korea’s participation in ongoing projects to build two new coal plants in Indonesia and another one in Vietnam. ___ 9:20 a.m. World leaders including China’s President Xi Jinping, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel are addressing a virtual global summit on climate change hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden. Speaking from their home countries, the world leaders pledge action to lower carbon emissions, although they differ on details. Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga emphasized the global nature of the event, saying, “Good morning, good afternoon and good evening, everyone.” He was speaking at nearly 10 p.m. in Japan and in the morning on the U.S. East Coast. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the effort “is not bunny hugging” but is about growth and jobs — and the survival of the planet. Merkel calls the battle against climate change “a huge task.” Putin’s remarks came after French President Emmanuel Macron began but had technical difficulties. Putin boasted that his country has significantly reduced its carbon emissions and will met an ambitious goal for 2050. Then Macron spoke again. ___ 9:10 a.m. India’s prime minister says he and U.S. President Joe Biden are launching an Indo-U.S. climate and clean energy agenda for 2030 partnership that will mobilize investments, demonstrate clean technology and enable green collaboration. Narendra Modi told world leaders at a virtual summit called by Biden on Thursday that India is doing its part and its renewable energy target of 450 gigawatts by 2030 shows its commitment to clean energy. India also has taken several bold steps in promoting clean energy, energy efficiency, afforestation and biodiversity. Modi says India has taken the lead in multilateral initiatives, such as the International Solar Alliance and the coalition of disaster resilient infrastructure. Modi says India’s per capita carbon footprint was 60% lower than the global average because of its lifestyle, which is still rooted in sustainable traditional practices. ___ 8:45 a.m. China’s President Xi Jinping reiterates his country’s pledge to peak carbon emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060. Xi spoke at the global climate summit hosted by the United States on Thursday. He says, “We must be committed to green development. To improve the environment is to boost productivity.” Xi says developed countries, responsible for greater historical carbon emissions, should bear more responsibility for making changes at home and helping developing countries finance their transition to low-carbon economies. He says, “We must be committed to the principle to common but differentiated responsibilities.” Xi emphasizes that China is aiming to move from peak carbon to net zero in a short time period –- just 30 years, or the span of one generation. ___ 8:35 a.m. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres says the world is “at the verge of the abyss” because of climate change and must take aggressive steps to avoid catastrophe. Speaking at a global virtual summit on climate change Thursday, Guterres called for world leaders to build a global coalition for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 — “every country, every region, every city, every company and every industry.? Guterres says the next decade must be one of transformation, with major polluters such as the United States and other advanced countries submitting detailed, ambitious plans to slow climate change. Guterres says countries around the world must put a price on carbon, end subsidies for fossil fuels, ramp up investments in renewable energy and green infrastructure and stop the financing of coal and the building of new coal power plants. He calls for advanced countries to phase out coal by 2030, with other countries phasing it out by 2040. ___ 8:30 a.m. The U.S. climate summit has started with an audio glitch, audio glitch. For the first few minutes, during nearly all of Vice-President Kamala Harris’ introduction of President Joe Biden, praising his history of climate advocacy, every word echoed. Echoed. Then when Biden came on, the video and the audio were out of sync, while he urged the world “to move now” on what he called “the climate crisis.” Biden said Thursday, “The cost of inaction keeps mounting. The United States isn’t waiting.” Harris ticked off recent climate disasters including hurricanes hitting Central America during a year of record Atlantic storms. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls the problem “an existential threat” and says the world is “on red alert.” Biden says this is the “decisive decade.” He says, “This is the decade we must make decisions that will avoid the worst consequences of the climate crisis.” Biden says the richest economies “have to step up.” ___ 8 a.m. The Biden administration has opened a global climate summit including 40 world leaders. President Joe Biden is pledging to cut at least in half the climate-wrecking coal and petroleum fumes that the U.S. pumps out. That’s a commitment Biden hopes will spur China and other big polluters to speed up efforts of their own. Former Vice-President Al Gore praised the pledge on Thursday, saying, “Today President Biden showed that his administration is up to the task of tackling climate change.” Japan also announced a new target, pledging to cut its emissions 46% below 2013 levels by 2030. The two-day summit will include China’s Xi Jinping, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and the pope and will be livestreamed. The Associated Press
Franklin is among the last North Carolina school districts under a federal desegregation order. But the charter school says it would help with diversity efforts.
A war of words is heating up between Canada's two largest railroads over competing bids for U.S. railway Kansas City Southern. In a Thursday letter to the KCS board of directors, CN Rail CEO Jean-Jacques Ruest accused Canadian Pacific Railway of distracting investors with "inaccurate and unfounded assertions." "CP's claims are not intended to benefit KCS shareholders, but to advance CP’s own interests and to deprive KCS shareholders of the full value for their shares," he wrote. Ruest said the Calgary-based rival has failed to acknowledge the "clear and substantial superiority" of CN’s cash-and-share proposal for KCS shareholders. Its proposal is valued at US$33.7 billion or US$325 per share that is US$50 per share higher than CP's which is valued at US$25 billion. On Wednesday, CP Rail CEO Keith Creel said that while CN's offer was "eye-opening," it is unattainable because it can't win U.S. regulatory approval due to its negative impact on competition. Creel said a CN-KCS merger would "destabilize" the rail network balance in North America that has prevented further consolidation of the six largest railroads for two decades, adding it would leave CP as a disadvantaged "odd-man-out" in a six-railroad North America. CP has asked the U.S. Surface Transportation Board to rule that its combination with KCS qualifies under a waiver the regulator granted to KCS in 2001 from more stringent merger rules adopted to protect competition. It said the STB should make it clear that CN's bid will not qualify for the same exemption. Opponents of CP's bid say the railway should also not receive the waiver. Ruest said he's confident the Montreal-based railway will secure regulatory approval, noting that the relevant railroad regulatory approval condition is approval of the voting trust, something that is identical for both bidders. "CN is confident that the Surface Transportation Board (STB) will not subject CN’s proposal to any different standard or scrutiny in approving the voting trust than would be applicable to CP’s proposal," Ruest wrote. "Both voting trusts are equally likely to be approved. CP's deliberately misleading claims to the contrary are not correct." Ruest added that following the closing of the voting trust, CN is confident that it will be able to address any "reasonable remediation concerns and ensure that rail customers and other stakeholders benefit from the proposed combination with KCS." In response to an analyst's question, Creel said Wednesday that CP is not considering increasing its bid for KCS because it doesn't want to put its balance sheet at risk. But Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets said it would make sense for CP to do so, with an increase 11 per cent adjusted profits from the transaction, in line with CN. "We maintain our view that CP will ultimately complete the transaction with KSU," he wrote in a report. "Meanwhile, we agree with management that a CN-KSU combination would open the door for CP to consider a merger with another Class l railroad in the U.S. at some point. Analyst Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial said CP has made a compelling argument that the CN-KSU combination is anticompetitive and that the STB may not approve the voting trust structure. "Investors should look for shipper reaction to CN's proposal in the coming days as a potential gauge of the likelihood for STB to consider a CN-KSU combination," he wrote, adding that there's a good chance the CP deal wins under the current financial terms. The U.S. regulator has received hundreds of letters of support for CP's bid made a month ago, but endorsements of CN's proposal have started to arrive. DUBO International Logistics Inc. and Lottridge Tire & Retreading Inc. said a CN-KCS railway would offer "faster, safer, cleaner and more direct service for North-South trade." This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 22, 2021. Companies in this story: (TSX:CNR, TSX:CP) Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says the country needs a boost in the supply of housing to help make prices more affordable, but suggests there may be other steps governments can take. Speaking at a virtual event, Freeland says the federal government wants to work with lower levels of government on the issue, saying there is more that cities, provinces and Ottawa can do together. Freeland didn't detail what other options could be out there during her hour-long talk with the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. Monday's federal budget promised $2.4 billion over five years, beginning with nearly $1.8 billion this fiscal year, for affordable housing and pledged to tax foreigners who own vacant homes in Canada. While Freeland says affordability is first and foremost an issue of supply, she also says housing shouldn't be used by foreign buyers to store wealth offshore. However, she says the government will take into account concerns from places like Whistler, B.C., where a tax may be problematic for Americans who own vacation properties in the area. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 22, 2021. The Canadian Press
Rita Moreno's colorful life is explored in a new documentary that delves into the harassment, sexism and racism she faced as one of the few Latin actors in early Hollywood
The Clean Hydrogen Future Coalition (CHFC) welcomes the bipartisan cooperation demonstrated by Senators Young (R-IN) and Whitehouse (D-RI) on the introduction of the Hydrogen Utilization and Sustainability Act (Hy USA). Hy USA marks the growing recognition of the role that clean hydrogen must play in the energy transition. "The CHFC is encouraged by the leadership of Senators Young and Whitehouse on Hy USA", says Erik Mason, Global Head of Energy Trading for Nikola and CHFC Chair, "and we look forward to working with them to expand opportunities for the use of clean hydrogen throughout all sectors of our economy." The CHFC is pleased that Hy USA acknowledges an all of the above approach to decarbonizing and improving the reliability of the electric grid and will work to expand this approach throughout the economy.
Gateway is proud to announce more than 100 of its team members have been named Top Originators by Scotsman Guide.
My advice to the advice industry? Let me make my own mistakesIn the space of 24 hours, people I had never met told me how to sleep, how to sit, how to walk, what to eat and how to breathe ‘I am going to let my deeply human (and imperfect) self move more freely through the world without entertaining the feedback loop in my brain of things I could be improving or acting upon.’ Photograph: baona/Getty Images/iStockphoto
Australian judge and barrister involved in same case fail to declare relationshipLawyers for a Perth man say the contact between John Walters and Gillian Anderson strikes at the foundation of the justice system The high court is hearing an appeal by a Perth real estate agent after details about the relationship between the judge and a barrister in his family court case were discovered. Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP
Milkshake consent video earlier script referred to ‘modern progressive’ 1950s It also appears explicit references to sex in some videos in the series were removed in the drafting process The controversial videos featuring milkshakes and tacos, two of which have been removed, was commissioned by the federal government for The Good Society campaign. Photograph: The Good Society
China threatens to retaliate after Australia cancels two Belt and Road agreementsChinese state media says the Australian government has fired a ‘major shot’ in what could be another trade war Marise Payne says she will use Australia’s foreign veto laws for the first time to tear up Victoria’s Belt and Road agreements with China. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images
More than 5,500 people get NSW police record after strip searches which found nothing illegalExclusive: watchdog warns recording details in central intelligence database could lead to further targeting with no cause Data shows thousands of people in NSW have been left with a police record despite a strip search finding nothing illegal. Photograph: Carly Earl/The Guardian
Urgent need to find safe ways for patients to withdraw from antidepressants, survey findsMore than 4 million Australians received mental health-related prescriptions in 2018-19 some 70% of which were for antidepressants ‘We want to raise awareness that withdrawal symptoms from antidepressants are common and can be mistaken for relapse of the underlying condition,’ Prof Mieke van Driel says. Photograph: Yulia Reznikov/Getty Images
Indian Australians say new Covid travel restrictions a heavy blowIndia is experiencing record number of coronavirus cases but Coalition’s measures seen as ‘very tough’ for local community A reduction in air travel between India and Australia will cause further distress for Indian Australians who have not been able to unite with their families due to limited flights, Council of Indian Australians says. Photograph: Divyakant Solanki/EPA
‘Lives being wasted’: how Australia’s mental health system lets young people downA piecemeal care approach lacking in clarity is exacerbating burgeoning youth mental health issues. An inadequate system can’t keep up‘High levels of distress’: Australia’s regional mental health plightLike hunting for unicorns’: the search for affordable, adequate mental health care‘The worst it’s ever been’: Guardian readers tell us about Australia’s mental health system About one in five people aged 15-19 meet the criteria for serious mental illness, according to Mission Australia’s Youth Survey. Photograph: Greedy Hen