Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse knows his defense has taken steps backwards and insists the starters coming off the COVID list need some time to return to form.
Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse knows his defense has taken steps backwards and insists the starters coming off the COVID list need some time to return to form.
The number of job advertisements for events venues – concerts, sporting events, hiring fairs, conferences – remains a small fraction of pre-pandemic levels, in spite of the recent increases in hospitality sector hiring. According to labor market intelligence firm Greenwich.HR, the number of job listings for events staff during Q1 2021 was only 30% the level of a year prior.
The summit with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will be Joe Biden's first face-to-face meeting with a foreign leader since becoming president.
JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska had 21,900 fewer jobs last month than in March 2020, which was just before the state started experiencing large job losses due to the pandemic, the state labour department reported Friday. The department said the March data provides the final comparison of a current month “to a comparatively healthy pre-pandemic month,” noting “massive” job losses hit in April 2020. The leisure and hospitality sector saw the largest number of losses, with 7,200 fewer jobs last month than in March 2020, the department said. Among other sectors, oil and gas had 3,600 fewer jobs, professional and business services had 2,500 fewer jobs and mining and logging was down 2,800 jobs, the department said. State government had 200 more jobs than in March 2020, which the department attributed to people hired for pandemic-related jobs in areas like public health and handling unemployment claims. There were 500 fewer federal jobs than in March 2020, when the Census was under way, the department said. The department attributed the 2,000 fewer jobs in local government primarily to jobs in K-12 public education. The department said job losses “remain historically large,” with unemployment claims for the second week of March five times those of the same period last year. The Associated Press
The United Nations aid chief has told the Security Council that sexual violence is being used as a weapon of war in Ethiopia's Tigray. The US ambassador to the UN said Washington was "horrified by the reports of rape and other unspeakably cruel sexual violence" in the region, adding that Eritrean forces must be removed from Ethiopia "immediately". Mark Lowcock, the UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, told the Security Council that there was no evidence of a promised withdrawal of Eritrean troops from the region. He said people were dying of hunger in the northern Tigray area, where the humanitarian situation has deteriorated and sexual violence is still being used as a weapon of war.Lowcock gave a sobering assessment of the situation on the ground in Tigray during the closed-door meeting, the first in more than a month, requested by the United States."Unfortunately, I must say that neither the UN nor any of the humanitarian agencies we work with have seen proof of Eritrean withdrawal," Lowcock said."Without a ceasefire, this already-grave humanitarian crisis is only going to get a lot worse," said Lowcock, who this week received the first report of four internally displaced people dying from hunger."I again reiterate the need for Eritrean Defense Forces to halt atrocities and withdraw. Announcing it is not the same as doing it."The US ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said in a statement that Washington was "horrified by the reports of rape and other unspeakably cruel sexual violence that continue to surface," as she warned that Eritrea "must withdraw its forces from Ethiopia immediately."Sexual violence as a weapon of warThe Eritrean government has denied reports that Eritreans have committed abuses against civilians, including mass killings and rapes.But the UN's chief humanitarian said sexual violence was on the rise in Tigray."There is no doubt that sexual violence is being used in this conflict as a weapon of war, as a means to humiliate, terrorise and traumatise an entire population today and into the next generation," Lowcock said, adding that majority of rapes were being perpetrated by the military."Cases reported have involved Ethiopian National Defence Forces, Eritrean Defence Forces, Amhara Special Forces and other irregular armed groups or aligned militia."Fighting needs to stop," Lowcock said, calling for humanitarian assistance to "dramatically scale up".As many as nine in 10 of the region's population of six million are estimated by the government to need emergency food assistance, he saidEritrean Defence Forces directly accusedLowcock said there have been reports of Eritrean soldiers wearing Ethiopian uniforms, adding: "Regardless of uniform or insignia, humanitarian staff continue to report new atrocities which they say are being committed by Eritrean Defence Forces."But the Eritreans are not the sole actor," he said. "There are reports of civilians being attacked and driven from their homes in western Tigray by Amhara militias, and Amhara authorities are restricting access to those people."Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent troops into Tigray in November to detain and disarm leaders of the once dominant regional ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF).He said the move came in response to TPLF-orchestrated attacks on federal army camps.
The drop in infection levels across the UK marks a contrast to rising case rates in other parts of the world.
MONTREAL — Around 73,000 Quebec teachers say they will walk off the job for several hours on April 27. The strike is scheduled to take place from 2:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will be the second strike day this month involving teachers who work for 58 school service centres and English-language school boards. The teachers went on strike between midnight and 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Josee Scalabrini, president of the Federation des syndicats de l'enseignement, a federation of teachers' unions, says that by giving a 10-day notice, she hopes school administrators can adapt and won't try to stop the strike in court. Education managers applied to Quebec Superior Court and the province's labour board to prevent last Wednesday's strike. The unions say their members want reduced workloads, more support for young teachers and more money. They say teachers voted for a mandate to strike for the equivalent of five days. Scalabrini said today the threat of strikes is working. "It's funny, since we announced the first strike, we've seen things accelerate at the (negotiation) table," she said in an interview. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 16, 2021. The Canadian Press
Pregnant women in Britain should get a COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer or Moderna because there is more real-world data to show they are safe, the British public body that advises on vaccinations said on Friday. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said around 90,000 pregnant women had been vaccinated in the United States, mainly with the two American vaccines, without any safety concerns being raised. "Based on these data, the JCVI advises that it is preferable for pregnant women in the UK to be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines where available," it said.
The 36-man squad will be named on May 6.
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — Elected leaders in the Minneapolis suburb where a police officer fatally shot Daunte Wright want officers to scale back their tactics amid nightly protests, leaving some law enforcement called in to assist asking whether the city still wants their help. Hundreds of demonstrators have gathered outside the heavily guarded Brooklyn Center police station every night since former Officer Kim Potter, who is white, shot the 20-year-old Black motorist during a traffic stop on Sunday. Protesters have shouted profanities and at times shaken a security fence police erected outside the building and lobbed water bottles at officers. Police have driven away protesters with tear gas grenades, rubber bullets, flash-bang grenades and long lines of riot police. Those tactics have not sat well with Brooklyn Center city officials. Mayor Mike Elliott, who is Black, said at a news conference that “gassing is not a human way of policing” and he didn’t agree with police using pepper spray, tear gas and paintballs against demonstrators. Elliott didn’t respond to multiple messages Friday morning. Protests continued after Potter was charged with second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday. The former police chief in the majority nonwhite suburb said Potter fired her pistol when she meant to use her Taser, but protesters and Wright's family say there's no excuse for the shooting. Both Potter and the chief resigned Tuesday. The Brooklyn Center City Council on Monday passed a resolution banning the city’s officers from using tear gas and other chemicals, chokeholds and using police lines to arrest demonstrators. The resolution also allows protesters to videotape police. But Brooklyn Center police aren’t dealing with protesters on their own. Other agencies, including the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department and the Minnesota National Guard, have provided support at the city’s request in a joint effort dubbed Operation Safety Net. The city’s resolution isn’t binding on those agencies. Sheriff David Hutchinson asked Elliott in a letter on Wednesday to clarify whether he still wanted the department’s help. “The city’s actions since Sunday evening have created significant confusion,” Hutchinson wrote. “In order to maintain peace and safety, it is critical that the City of Brooklyn Center communicate with its State, County, and local law enforcement partners regarding its ongoing need for mutual aid.” Tensions in the area were already high amid the nearby trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the death last year of George Floyd. The release Thursday of graphic police body camera footage showing a Chicago officer fatally shooting 13-year-old Adam Toledo, a Hispanic boy, in March has further enflamed the situation. Brooklyn Center has instituted a curfew each night, but in the last few nights, the gatherings have been declared unlawful well before then. Local Progress Minnesota, a group of liberal-leaning local elected officials, echoed the call for an end to using tear gas and said curfew declarations should also end. “The last few nights have been marred with unconscionable acts of oppression,” the group said in a letter. “This is not how we build a safer place for one another.” Democratic Gov. Tim Walz, who doubles as commander-in-chief of the Minnesota National Guard, said at a Thursday news conference that he's concerned about tactics but that police are trying to protect the community. He said protesters might have burned down the police station and other buildings if police hadn't intervened — lessons he learned after a Minneapolis police station burned during protests last year over Floyd's death. Those demonstrations damaged more than 1,000 buildings across the Twin Cities area. “I've learned from the past,” Walz said. “(The Brooklyn Center station) would have been burned down, and my fear is the surrounding apartments would have been burned, too. I trust our safety officials to be very judicious and think about this.” Police say Wright was pulled over for expired tags, but they sought to arrest him after discovering he had an outstanding warrant. The warrant was for his failure to appear in court on charges that he fled from officers and possessed a gun without a permit during an encounter with Minneapolis police in June. Body camera video shows Wright struggling with police after they say they’re going to arrest him. Potter, a 26-year veteran, pulls her service pistol and is heard repeatedly yelling “Taser!” before firing. She then says, “Holy (expletive), I shot him.” ___ Richmond contributed from Madison, Wisconsin. ___ Find AP’s full coverage of the death of Daunte Wright at: https://apnews.com/hub/death-of-daunte-wright Todd Richmond And Mohammad Ibrahim, The Associated Press
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has issued new advice.
New York, New York--(Newsfile Corp. - April 16, 2021) - iQSTEL, Inc. (OTC Pink: IQST) today released a letter to shareholders from CEO Leandro Jose Iglesias summarizing the highlights of the Annual Report for FY-2020 with Audited Financials published on Form 10k yesterday, April 15, 2021. The letter to shareholders also includes a review of Q1 2021 performance and highlights anticipated to be published in the upcoming 10Q. Mr. Iglesias goes on to outline ...
HILTON HEAD, S.C. — Canada's Corey Conners notched six birdies on his back nine to take the lead after his second round of the RBC Heritage on Friday. Conners, from Listowel, Ont, shot a 7-under 64 to reach 11 under overall at the halfway mark of the PGA Tour event. Toward the end of the morning wave, Conners held a two-shot lead on Australia's Cameron Smith and American Collin Morikawa. Conners is coming off a tie for eighth at the Masters, his second top-10 finish in a row at the major. He also has two other top-10 showings in his past five events, including a third-place finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last month. Conners is the top Canadian in the world rankings at No. 42. Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., also will make the cut. He is 4 under through two rounds. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 16, 2021. The Canadian Press
The lines that divide tribute from parody or pastiche are very fine ones, and the concepts are hardly mutually exclusive — especially in the music world. Songs ranging from Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl,” Madonna’s “True Blue” and Whitesnake’s “Still of the Night” to Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak’s recent hit “Leave the Door Open” — […]
The offseason preparations are scheduled to begin Monday and last through mid-June, but some players have made other plans.
RADNOR, Pa., April 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The law firm of Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP announces that a securities fraud class action lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against Ebang International Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: EBON) (“Ebang”) on behalf of those who purchased or acquired Ebang securities between June 26, 2020 and April 5, 2021, inclusive (the “Class Period”). Investor Deadline Reminder: Investors who purchased or acquired Ebang securities during the Class Period may, no later than June 7, 2021, seek to be appointed as a lead plaintiff representative of the class. For additional information or to learn how to participate in this litigation please contact Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP: James Maro, Esq. (484) 270-1453 or Adrienne Bell, Esq. (484) 270-1435; toll free at (844) 887-9500; via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; or click https://www.ktmc.com/ebang-international-class-action-lawsuit?utm_source=PR&utm_medium=Link&utm_campaign=ebang Ebang is a leading application-specific integrated circuit chip design company and a leading manufacturer of Bitcoin mining machines. According to the complaint, on April 6, 2021, before the market opened, Hindenburg Research published a report alleging, among other things, that Ebang was directing proceeds from its initial public offering last year into a “series of opaque deals with insiders and questionable counterparties.” The report also noted that Ebang’s earlier efforts to go public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange had failed due to widespread media coverage of a sales inflation scheme with Yindou, a Chinese peer-to-peer online lending platform that defrauded 20,000 retail investors in 2018, with $655 million “vanish[ing] into thin air.” Following this news, Ebang’s share price fell $0.82, or approximately 13%, to close at $5.53 per share on April 6, 2021. Then, on April 6, 2021, after the market closed, Ebang issued a statement stating that, though it believed the report “contain[ed] many errors, unsupported speculations and inaccurate interpretations of events,” the “Board, together with its Audit Committee, intends to further review and examine the allegations and misinformation therein and will take whatever necessary and appropriate actions may be required to protect the interest of its shareholders.” The stock price continued to decline over the next trading session by $0.38, or 7%, to close at $5.03 per share on April 8, 2021. The complaint alleges that, throughout the Class Period, the defendants failed to disclose to investors that: (1) the proceeds from Ebang’s public offerings had been directed to low yield, long term bonds to an underwriter and to related parties rather than used to develop Ebang’s operations; (2) Ebang’s sales were declining, and Ebang had inflated reported sales, including through the sale of defective units; (3) Ebang’s attempts to go public in Hong Kong had failed due to allegations of embezzling investor funds and inflated sales figures; (4) Ebang’s purported cryptocurrency exchange was merely the purchase of an out-of-the-box crypto exchange; and (5) as a result of the foregoing, the defendants’ positive statements about Ebang’s business, operations, and prospects were materially misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis. Ebang investors may, no later than June 7, 2021, seek to be appointed as a lead plaintiff representative of the class through Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP, or other counsel, or may choose to do nothing and remain an absent class member. A lead plaintiff is a representative party who acts on behalf of all class members in directing the litigation. In order to be appointed as a lead plaintiff, the Court must determine that the class member’s claim is typical of the claims of other class members, and that the class member will adequately represent the class. Your ability to share in any recovery is not affected by the decision of whether or not to serve as a lead plaintiff. Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP prosecutes class actions in state and federal courts throughout the country involving securities fraud, breaches of fiduciary duties and other violations of state and federal law. Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP is a driving force behind corporate governance reform, and has recovered billions of dollars on behalf of institutional and individual investors from the United States and around the world. The firm represents investors, consumers and whistleblowers (private citizens who report fraudulent practices against the government and share in the recovery of government dollars). The complaint in this action was not filed by Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP. For more information about Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP please visit www.ktmc.com. CONTACT: Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLPJames Maro, Jr., Esq.Adrienne Bell, Esq.280 King of Prussia RoadRadnor, PA 19087(844) 887-9500 (toll free)email@example.com
As the Rivian R1T and R1S near their official production launch dates, Rivian is hopping into the insurance industry. Simply called “Rivian Insurance,” Rivian wants to be an attractive alternative to the longtime Goliaths of the car insurance industry. The service will initially launch in 40 states, making it far more accessible than Tesla’s car insurance program that is only available to California residents.
Shares of EHang Holdings (NASDAQ: EH) traded down as much as 11% on Friday following the Chinese autonomous flying taxi manufacturer's quarterly earnings report. On Friday EHang reported a fourth-quarter loss of $0.07 per share, missing estimates by $0.04, on revenue of $8.4 million. Quarterly revenue was up 6% year over year but fell a little short of expectations.
Britain need one more win on Saturday to secure victory in the tie.
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Friday signed an emergency determination that officials said would speed refugee admissions to the U.S., but he did not immediately lift his predecessor's historically low cap of 15,000 refugees for this year. Biden, instead, is adjusting the allocation limits set by former President Donald Trump, which officials said have been the driving factor in limiting refugee admissions. The new allocations provide more slots for refugees from Africa, the Middle East and Central America and lift Trump's restrictions on resettlements from Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Since the fiscal year began on Oct. 1, just over 2,000 refugees have been resettled in the U.S. A senior administration official said Biden's new allocations, formalized in an emergency presidential determination, could result in speedier admissions of already screened and vetted refugees in a manner of days. More than two months ago, Biden pledged to raise the refugee cap for the next fiscal year to 125,000 and signalled he would try to make a “down payment” on that this year, but acknowledged it wouldn't be easy. “It’s going to take time to rebuild what has been so badly damaged, but that’s precisely what we’re going to do,” Biden said in February at the State Department. The White House said it intends to use all 15,000 slots under the existing cap. The senior administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the matter, said that Biden also would raise the current year cap if needed, but that the priority was moving to adjust from which areas refugees would be admitted. Under Biden's new allocation, about 7,000 slots are reserved for refugees from Africa, 1,000 from East Asia, 1,500 from Europe and Central Asia, 3,000 from Latin America and the Caribbean, 1,500 from the Near East and South Asia and a reserve of about 1,000 slots to be used as needed. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that the delay in Biden acting was because “It took us some time to see and evaluate how ineffective, or how trashed in some ways the refugee processing system had become, and so we had to rebuild some of those muscles and put it back in place.” Officials also cited the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic but said the expanding vaccination and testing campaigns are making it easier to process new refugee admissions. Another concern has been the record pace of unaccompanied migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, which has drawn in many of the resources that would go to vetting, processing and resettling refugees in the U.S. “It is a factor," said Psaki, noting that the Office of Refugee Resettlement "does management and has personnel working on both issues and so we have to ensure that there is capacity and ability to manage both.” Zeke Miller And Aamer Madhani, The Associated Press
The lockdown that went into effect in March 2020 left Visions du Réel artistic director Emilie Bujès in an unenviable spot. The festival director and her programing team had spent months putting together the various sections, securing rights and inviting talent – but with new sanitary measures putting the kibosh on any physical event, the […]