Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets) with an assist vs the Phoenix Suns, 01/22/2021
Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets) with an assist vs the Phoenix Suns, 01/22/2021
Colombia on Monday became the first country in the Americas to receive a shipment of coronavirus vaccines from the United Nations-backed COVAX initiative, a program meant to ensure that the world’s most vulnerable people are inoculated but that has so far struggled to assist nations around the globe. The arrival of 117,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to the South American country’s capital, Bogota, came a few days after the anniversary of the first case of COVID-19 found in the region. The Pan American Health Organization said it expects to increase vaccine access in the region through the COVAX effort each month, with plans to bring about 280 million vaccines to the Americas and the Caribbean by the end of the year.
Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) is pleased to announce the assignment of preliminary ratings to 18 classes of Benchmark 2021-B24, a $1.2 billion CMBS conduit transaction collateralized by 40 commercial mortgage loans secured by 71 properties.
Ryan Fischer is expected to make a full recovery after a dognapper shot him in the chest.
Real world, virtual roommate. Eric Nies will not actually be in the loft with his Real World co-stars in Paramount+’s The Real World Homecoming New York, The New York Times reports. The reality show redux will premiere on Thursday, March 4, as part of the rebranding of the streamer formerly known as CBS All Access. […]
Pegasus Pod Virgin Hyperloop’s XP-2 vehicle that made history in November 2020 carrying the world’s first hyperloop passengers. Vehicle made history in November 2020 carrying the world’s first hyperloop passengersVirgin Hyperloop joins the ranks of cutting-edge innovations debuted at Smithsonian WASHINGTON, March 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Just months after the world’s first hyperloop passenger testing, Virgin Hyperloop today announced that the passenger-carrying vehicle, dubbed “Pegasus,” will be making its public debut at the Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building in November 2021. Previously, the Building has showcased world-changing inventions like Edison’s lightbulb, the first telephones, and Apollo rockets. “Growing up, I spent family vacations at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, seeing first-hand how engineers could change the world,” said Josh Giegel, CEO and Co-Founder of Virgin Hyperloop. “Having the vehicle the Virgin Hyperloop team created on display at the Smithsonian, inspiring the next generation of engineers to think big, is truly a dream come true.” The historic Arts + Industries Building will temporarily reopen this autumn for the first time in nearly two decades with the debut exhibition FUTURES, the Smithsonian’s first major building-wide exploration of the future. As part of the FUTURES exhibit, Virgin Hyperloop invites visitors to imagine an optimistic view of the future in transportation: a greener, smoother, safer, and more pleasant mass transit experience, for all. “Since opening in 1881, the Arts + Industries Building has been an incubator of ideas that, while at the time may have felt unimaginable, have gone on to profoundly impact the ways in which we experience the world around us,” said Rachel Goslins, director of the Arts + Industries Building. “Hyperloop is one of these leaps that signal a transformative shift in how we could live and travel. We invite visitors to discover the Pegasus pod in the very building where Americans first encountered famous steam engines, the Apollo 11 lunar capsule and the Spirit of St. Louis.” By combining an ultra-efficient electric motor, magnetic levitation, and a low-drag environment, hyperloop systems can carry more people than a subway, at airline speeds, and with zero direct emissions – completely transforming the way we live, work, and play. The world’s first passenger testing aboard the Pegasus vehicle brought this vision one step closer to reality, ushering in a new era of sustainable mobility. Visitors will be able to see the Pegasus vehicle in the FUTURES exhibition between November 2021 and July 2022. It is free and open to the public. Media AssetsMedia assets can be found here. Please credit Virgin Hyperloop. About Virgin HyperloopVirgin Hyperloop is the only company in the world that has successfully tested hyperloop technology with passengers, launching the first new mode of mass transportation in over 100 years. The company successfully operated an occupied hyperloop vehicle using electric propulsion and electromagnetic levitation under near-vacuum conditions, realizing a fundamentally new form of transportation that is faster, safer, cheaper, and more sustainable than existing modes. The company is now working with governments, partners, and investors around the world to make hyperloop a reality in years, not decades. Learn more about Virgin Hyperloop's technology, vision, and ongoing projects here. About the Smithsonian Arts + Industries BuildingThe Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum, education and research complex, based in the U.S. capitol of Washington, D.C. The Arts + Industries Building (AIB) opened in 1881 as the first United States National Museum and is the Smithsonian’s second oldest building, an architectural icon in the heart of the National Mall. Its soaring halls introduced millions of Americans to wonders about to change the world – Edison’s lightbulb, the first telephone, Apollo rockets. Dubbed the “Palace of Wonders” and “Mother of Museums,” AIB incubated new Smithsonian museums for over 120 years before finally closing to the public in 2004. FUTURES is a milestone first step in the long-term plan to renovate and permanently reopen this landmark space. For more information, the public can visit www.aib.si.edu. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/62691528-213a-4d63-9c66-37650da97aed CONTACT: Media Contacts Virgin Hyperloop Ryan Kelly Vice President of Marketing and Communications firstname.lastname@example.org +1 (610) 442-1896 Arts + Industries Allison Peck Director of External Affairs and Partnerships email@example.com +1 (202) 633-5198
The Biden administration is pulling back an environmental review that cleared the way for a parcel of federal land that Apaches consider sacred to be turned over for a massive copper mining operation in eastern Arizona. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that it likely will take several months to further consult with Native American tribes and others about their concerns over Oak Flat and determine whether the environmental review fully complies with the law. The agency cited President Joe Biden's recent memo on strengthening relationships with tribal nations, and regularly consulting with them in a meaningful way.
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At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to the HNI Corporation Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2020 Conference Call. Thank you for joining us to discuss our fourth quarter fiscal 2020 results. With me today are Jeff Lorenger, Chairman, President and CEO; and Marshall Bridges, Senior Vice President and CFO.
Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by, and welcome to the NRG Energy, Inc., Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Earnings Conference Call. Also on the call and available for questions, we have Elizabeth Killinger, Head of Home Retail; and Chris Moser, Head of Operations.
Ted K review – queasy inner life of the monkish, unhappy UnabomberSharlto Copley excels behind a straggly beard in this portrait of the serial terror-bomber, on a mission against modern technology Sharlto Copley in Ted K. Photograph: © TED K
Marvin Tomás, who embarked on a 2,000-mile trip to the U.S., was one of 19 migrants whose bodies were found inside two vans in Santa Anita, Mexico.
Convergint Technologies, a global leader in service-based systems integration, today announced the acquisition of Advantage Medical Inc. (AMI), a leader in the deployment and support of wireless patient security systems in acute care hospitals. The acquisition further strengthens Convergint’s position within the healthcare safety and security market across the United States.
KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With a perfect 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index, H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) was recognized as one of HRC’s “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality.” H&R Block is one of just eight companies in Kansas City, and 21 in Missouri to receive a 100% score on the Corporate Equality Index, the leading benchmarking survey and report that measures how 1,142 U.S.-based companies are promoting corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. “At Block, we want to go beyond inclusivity and foster a culture of belonging where associates can bring their whole, authentic selves to work, and where they feel included, inspired, and supported,” said Jeff Jones, president and CEO of H&R Block. “I’m proud of our efforts toward diversity, inclusion, and belonging that have allowed us to be recognized as one of the best places to work for LGBTQ equality.” The 2021 CEI rates companies on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars:● Non-discrimination policies across business entities; ● Equitable benefits for LGBTQ workers and their families; ● Supporting an inclusive culture; and,● Corporate social responsibility. “From the previously unimaginable impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, to a long overdue reckoning with racial injustice, 2020 was an unprecedented year. Yet, many businesses across the nation stepped up and continued to prioritize and champion LGBTQ equality,” said Alphonso David, Human Rights Campaign president. “This year has shown us that tools like the CEI are crucial in the work to increase equity and inclusion in the workplace, but also that companies must breathe life into these policies and practices in real and tangible ways. Thank you to the companies that understand protecting their LGBTQ employees and consumers from discrimination is not just the right thing to do—but the best business decision.” Learn more about the 2021 Corporate Equality Index. About H&R Block H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) provides help and inspires confidence in its clients and communities everywhere through global tax preparation, financial products, and small business solutions. The company blends digital innovation with the human expertise and care of its associates and franchisees as it helps people get the best outcome at tax time, and better manage and access their money year-round. Through Block Advisors and Wave, the company helps small business owners thrive with disruptive products like Wave Money, a small business banking and bookkeeping solution, and the only business bank account to manage bookkeeping automatically. For more information, visit H&R Block News or follow @HRBlockNews on Twitter. For further informationInvestor Relations: Colby Brown | 816-854-4559 | firstname.lastname@example.orgMedia Relations: Angela Davied | 816-854-5798 | email@example.com
Hollywood Casino Joliet ("Hollywood Casino" or the "Casino") announced today that it is partnering with the Illinois Department of Public Health ("IDPH") to host a COVID-19 mobile testing program in the casino’s parking lot. The IDPH will set up and operate the mobile testing program at Hollywood Casino every Sunday in March and the first Sunday in April.
Industry leaders talked up the future of biofuels in the energy transition at IHS Markit's virtual CERAWeek conference on Monday, noting that policy incentives and feedstock innovation will be crucial going forward. The transition to an electric vehicle fleet is expected to be a long one, making renewable fuels a growth market for refiners and others seeking out road transport options that will emit fewer greenhouse gases. Renewable fuels advocates touched on the success of California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard program in encouraging companies to seek out new feedstocks that would decrease the carbon intensity of fuels.
With all the podcasts out there, if Frank Stallone ever decided to host one, I would listen, and I’m sure many others would, too. He has charisma, plenty of stories and the gift for gab.
Meteorologists consider moving the start date of the Atlantic hurricane season from June 1 to May 15.
BERLIN — Germany's Social Democrats, traditionally the country's main centre-left party, on Monday unveiled an election program that seeks higher taxes for the richest and a higher minimum wage while also emphasizing climate protection. The party hopes the program will help propel it out of a long poll slump. Three of Germany's eight post-World War II chancellors so far were Social Democrats — most recently centre-right Chancellor Angela Merkel's immediate predecessor, Gerhard Schroeder. But the party, which has been Merkel's junior governing partner for 11 of the past 15 years, is stuck at around 16-17% support in polls — far behind Merkel's Union bloc and a bit behind the environmentalist Greens. The Social Democrats so far are the only party to pick a candidate for chancellor in the Sept. 26 election — Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, who is also Merkel's vice chancellor — and on Monday became the first to present a draft election program. It is distinctly left-leaning, calling for an income tax reform that offers relief to lower- and middle-income earners and places a greater burden on “the top 5%.” It calls for a wealth tax of 1% on people with very large assets. The program seeks a quick rise in the minimum wage to “at least” 12 euros ($14.50) per hour. It is currently 9.50 euros. It calls for a welfare payment system set up by Schroeder's government and long loathed by left-wingers to be transformed into a new system with payments that are “enough to live on and enable participation in society.” The program names as the party's first “mission for the future” a “climate-neutral Germany.” It calls, for example, for income from carbon dioxide pricing to be used to help reduce electricity bills. And it pledges to introduce a 130 kph (81 mph) speed limit on Germany's autobahn highways, many stretches of which lack any limits. “It is a confident program, a program that describes a plan for the '20s,” Scholz said. The Social Democrats don't want a repeat of the current governing coalition, but haven't specified what partners they would prefer. Asked whether it would make a three-party left-wing government after the election, currently a long shot, more likely, Scholz replied: “this program makes a government more likely that is oriented toward progress.” Geir Moulson, The Associated Press
Rents in Vancouver’s cheapest housing rose twice as much as overall rents between 2018 and 2019, according to a new report from the Carnegie Community Action Project. The advocacy group has been surveying rents at single-room occupancy buildings in Vancouver since 2009, when the average rent was $398. Between 2018 and 2019, rents in the SROs rose from an average of $648 a month to $712, an increase of 9.8 per cent. Average rents across Metro Vancouver rose by 4.7 per cent in the same time period, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.’s annual rental market survey. The rent rate data includes 66 of 73 privately owned and managed SRO buildings, which have 2,875 units. Those hotels make up around half of Vancouver’s total SRO stock, with other buildings operated by non-profit housing organizations. The Carnegie Community Action Project says the COVID-19 pandemic delayed data collection for this year’s report. Vancouver’s SRO hotels feature small rooms with shared bathrooms and kitchens. The aging buildings provide housing for many of the city’s poorest people, whose sole source of income is usually disability or social assistance benefits. The report authors point out that the average rents for SROs are far above the shelter rate — the amount people on social assistance are provided for housing — of $375 for a single person. That means many tenants are paying a large portion of their social assistance or disability cheques to pay their rent, leaving less money for food and other necessities. A major factor in rising rents is gentrification of the SRO buildings. Since the mid-2000s, several of the SRO hotels have been emptied of their low-income tenants, sold, renovated and then put back on the rental market at much higher rates. The project’s survey found the highest rent at the Metropole Hotel at 320 Abbott St. at $1,600 a month. A current Craigslist posting for the Metropole building shows a 250-square-foot “micro-suite” with its own bathroom and small kitchen for $1,200 a month. Vancouver city council recently adopted a long-term plan to buy the remaining 105 SRO hotels that remain in private ownership. The city would need the help of the province and the federal government to fund the $1-billion acquisition plan. According to an analysis by city staff, rents for around 950 rooms have skyrocketed as buildings have been sold to investor-landlords who have often done minor renovations and raised rents on rooms advertised as “micro-suites.” Around 900 rooms in what the city considers the worst buildings have lower rents but are in poor condition with multiple building violations. Another 1,820 rooms are at risk of gentrification. In December 2020, The Tyee broke the news that the city had purchased two of Vancouver’s most notorious SROs, the Regent and the Balmoral, after attempting to expropriate the buildings because of repeated building code and city bylaw violations. While the previous owners of the buildings, the Sahota family, attempted to keep the purchase price secret, The Tyee reported the city had paid $11.5 million for the buildings, according to a source with knowledge of the transaction. The city has stated it will redevelop the buildings to provide welfare-rate housing. In its annual survey, the Carnegie Community Action Project estimates that 193 rooms were lost to gentrification or now stand empty. The report says another 467 rooms are at risk because buildings recently sold or are for sale. The report also tallied the number of units of new social housing currently in development in the Downtown Eastside and found 692 units of shelter-rate housing are in some stage of development, along with 805 units with rents above the income assistance shelter rate but below market rates. The Carnegie Community Action Project says its researchers continue to experience discrimination while doing the survey, which involves going to SRO buildings to ask what rooms are renting for. Gunargie O’Sullivan, the Indigenous researcher who did that work this year, said she was offered rooms by the hour instead of by the month. Some building staff assumed she was a sex worker because she was accompanied by her partner Gary, O’Sullivan said. O’Sullivan said she developed a strategy of hanging back to let Gary do the talking. “If I asked them questions, they treated me like I was inconsequential,” said O’Sullivan, who hosts a show on Vancouver Co-op Radio where she often discusses Downtown Eastside issues. The Carnegie Community Action Project is calling on the city to strengthen bylaws and bylaw enforcement and impose non-profit management on building owners who fail to repair their buildings. The group is calling for the province to raise welfare rates and implement vacancy control, which would tie rent increase limits to the unit and not the tenant. That would reduce the eviction of tenants to allow larger rent increases. Jen St. Denis, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Tyee
(Cory Correia/CBC - image credit) As spring break starts in Quebec on Monday, some residents are flying to ski resorts in B.C., despite health recommendations against interprovincial travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Both governments in Quebec and B.C. have urged people to avoid all non-essential travel at this point in the pandemic. In B.C., health officials have said those wishing to ski or snowboard should stick to day trips within their local mountain ranges. The message, however, appeared to escape some Quebec tourists who arrived at YVR Sunday en route to Whistler, B.C. "They said stay within Canada as much as you can. But there's nothing else to do in Quebec, so we are here to enjoy the snow," said one traveller. "Here the restaurants are open ... compared to Montreal, the restaurants are still closed," said another. 'I'm just here to go skiing and enjoy my time off,' said the traveller from Quebec on the left. A spokesperson for Vail Resorts, which owns Whistler-Blackcomb, says their safety protocols and guidelines are straightforward: guests are encouraged to follow the recommendations of health authorities. "You will not be allowed up the mountain if the protocols aren't followed and we enforce all these protocols while the guest is on mountain," said Marc Riddell, Vail's director of communications. Last month, following a legal review, B.C. Premier John Horgan said interprovincial travel would not be restricted. However, he said the province could impose stronger restrictions on non-essential travellers if they are causing harm to the health and safety of British Columbians. 'Its nice to be on the West Coast,' said this man after arriving at YVR from Quebec. 'Wear the masks where necessary, keep your distance and do it safely,' he said. In Whistler, an uptick in cases this winter has caused concern among locals. Vancouver Coastal Health says there have been 702 cases of COVID-19 from Jan. 1 up until last week in the resort community. It's advising residents and visitors to avoid social gatherings, maintain physical distance when in public and follow all public health guidelines.