Federal prosecutors are expected to file drug and weapons charges against Brent Matthew Wilson, the original bass guitarist for Panic! at the Disco, the musician’s lawyer told a Las Vegas judge on Wednesday.
Federal prosecutors are expected to file drug and weapons charges against Brent Matthew Wilson, the original bass guitarist for Panic! at the Disco, the musician’s lawyer told a Las Vegas judge on Wednesday.
Zoom’s astronomical growth is tapering off along with the pandemic, raising questions about whether the videoconferencing service’s immense popularity will fade as more people return to classrooms, offices and other places that have been off limits for the past year. The deceleration emerged in an otherwise impressive quarterly earnings report released Monday. The stellar results capped a year in which Zoom’s name became synonymous with the way millions of people have been forced to gather in online video panels while being corralled at home.
Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou's U.S. extradition hearing resumed in a Canadian court on Monday with defence countering prosecutors' claims that Meng misled HSBC about the Chinese telecom company's relationship with its affiliate while doing business in Iran. As five days of hearings in the British Columbia Supreme Court started, the defence drilled into the alleged sanction violations that led to Meng's arrest. The daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei is accused by the United States of misleading HSBC about her company's business arrangements in Iran, causing the bank to break U.S. sanctions.
Inter Parfums, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IPAR) today reported results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2020. Of note, the average dollar/euro exchange rate for the 2020 fourth quarter was 1.19 compared to 1.11 in the fourth quarter of 2019. For the full years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, the average dollar/euro exchange rates were 1.15 and 1.12, respectively.
Edmonton, Alberta--(Newsfile Corp. - March 1, 2021) - Wavefront Technology Solutions Inc. (TSXV: WEE) (OTCQB: WFTSF) (Wavefront or the Company), an oil field service provider focused on offering the oil and gas industry proprietary, leading edge technology wishes to announce that the Company will file, pursuant to Wavefront's Stock Option Plan and in accordance with TSX Venture Exchange policy, a Summary Form disclosing the granting of an aggregate of 1,000,000 incentive stock options to ...
Shares of Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE: EPD) rose as much as 5.1% in trading on Monday after announcing a big solar farm acquisition. Enterprise Products Partners is buying power from 100 megawatts (MW) of a solar project from developer EDF Renewables. The agreement is part of management's plan to generate 25% of its power from renewable energy sources by 2025.
Veteran consumer goods investor and advisor Dan Riff steps into newly created roleIRVINE, Calif., March 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Advantage Solutions Inc. (“Advantage”) (NASDAQ: ADV), the leading provider of outsourced sales and marketing services to consumer goods manufacturers and retailers, has appointed Dan Riff to the newly created role of chief investor relations and strategy officer. Riff has a start date of March 3, 2021. Riff brings more than two decades of experience investing and advising in the consumer space to Advantage. Most recently, he served as a portfolio manager in the consumer sector at Surveyor Capital. In his new role, he will be responsible for overseeing investor relations and corporate strategy functions. “I’ve long been drawn to hidden gems,” Riff said. “I got to know the Advantage business as an investor and loved their essential position at the nexus of consumer packaged goods firms and retailers. It’s a remarkable platform for value creation. I’m excited to join this great leadership team to unlock current value and help create future value.” “We’re excited to have Dan join our team,” said Advantage Chief Executive Officer Tanya Domier. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his time as an investor and advisor in the consumer packaged goods space, where he’s owned and consulted many of our important clients. Dan will add strength to our leadership team with his unique perspective on capital allocation and value creation and will serve as a valuable partner to our investors.” About Advantage Solutions Advantage Solutions is a leading business solutions provider committed to driving growth for consumer goods manufacturers and retailers through winning insights and execution. Advantage’s data and technology-enabled omnichannel solutions — including sales, retail merchandising, business intelligence, digital commerce and a full suite of marketing services — help brands and retailers across a broad range of channels drive consumer demand, increase sales and achieve operating efficiencies. Headquartered in Irvine, California, Advantage has offices throughout North America and strategic investments in select markets throughout Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe through which it services the global needs of multinational, regional and local manufacturers. For more information, please visit advantagesolutions.net. Investors:Dan RiffChief Investor Relations & Strategy OfficerAdvantage Solutionsinvestorrelations@advantagesolutions.net Dan MorrisonSenior Vice President, Finance & OperationsAdvantage Solutionsinvestorrelations@advantagesolutions.net Media:Will MintonVice President, Corporate MarketingAdvantage Solutionspress@advantagesolutions.net
Australian senator calls to recognise China’s treatment of Uighurs as genocide. Independent Rex Patrick moves after similar parliamentary motions passed in Canada and the Netherlands
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WASHINGTON — Democrats' efforts to include a minimum wage increase in their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill seemed all but dead Monday as Senate leaders prepared to begin debate on their own version of the House-passed aid package. Top Democrats have abandoned a potential amendment threatening tax increases on big companies that don't boost workers’ pay to certain levels, Senate aides said. Four days after the chamber's parliamentarian said Senate rules forbid inclusion of a straight-out minimum wage increase in the relief measure, Democrats seemed to have exhausted their most realistic options for quickly salvaging the pay hike. “At this moment, we may not have path, but I hope we can find one” for pushing the federal pay floor to $15 an hour, said No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Richard Durbin of Illinois. Senate Democrats hope to unveil their version of the broad relief package and begin debate as early as Wednesday. Congressional leaders want to send President Joe Biden the legislation combating the pandemic and bolstering the economy by March 14, the date emergency jobless benefits that lawmakers approved in December expire. The bill is Biden’s biggest early legislative priority. It looms as an initial test of his ability to unite Democrats in the Senate — where the party has no votes to spare — and risks lasting damage to his influence should he fail. Republicans are strongly against the legislation and could well oppose it unanimously, as House GOP lawmakers did when that chamber approved the bill early Saturday. The Senate is divided 50-50 between the parties, with Vice-President Kamala Harris able to cast only tie-breaking votes. The overall bill would provide $1,400 payments to individuals plus hundreds of billions of dollars for schools and colleges, COVID-19 vaccines and testing, mass transit systems, renters and small businesses. It also has money for child care, tax breaks for families with children and states willing to expand Medicaid coverage for low-income residents. Democrats are considering several changes in the House measure, but they seem modest compared to dropping the minimum wage increase. Senate Democrats may reshape the $350 billion the bill provides for state and local governments. They also might extend its fresh round of emergency unemployment benefits, which would be $400 weekly, through September instead of August, as the House approved. The parliamentarian’s interpretation of Senate rules could force other changes as well. These might include dropping or altering provisions in the House bill providing billions of dollars to help some struggling pension plans and to help people who’ve lost jobs afford health insurance. The House-approved minimum wage language would gradually raise the federal floor to $15 an hour by 2025, more than double the $7.25 in place since 2009. After the parliamentarian said that provision would have to be deleted, Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said they were working on plans to increase taxes on large corporations that don't meet certain levels for workers' pay. Sanders is chief Senate sponsor of the $15 plan, while Wyden is chair of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee. But three Senate aides, speaking on condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions, said Monday that party leaders were dropping those proposals. It was always questionable whether pressuring companies with tax increases if they don't raise pay would win enough support from Senate Democrats to survive. The White House did not embrace the tax proposals, and some House Democrats reacted coolly to the plan, which would have affected only a fraction of workers paid the minimum wage. Raising the minimum has broad support among Democrats. But while it’s embraced passionately by the party’s progressives, at least two Senate moderates — Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona — have voiced opposition to including it in the broader relief measure, wounding its prospects and fostering tensions within the party. The tepid Democratic reaction to the tax plan has left the party looking at potentially pushing a minimum wage increase in future legislation, where it could well face enough GOP opposition to kill it. As an alternative, progressives want Senate Democrats to simply overrule the parliamentarian and include the pay raise anyway, or to eliminate Senate filibusters — procedural delays that let a minority party kill legislation that lacks at least 60 votes. But those ideas seem to lack enough Democratic support to succeed. Senate moderates are wary of erasing procedures that the party has used in the past, and could use again, to protect its priorities when it is in the minority. Among those who have long supported retaining the filibuster is Biden, who served nearly four decades in the Senate. “The president’s view on the filibuster is well known. He has not changed that point of view," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said pointedly Monday. Even so, nearly two dozen House progressives tried pressuring Biden to support the idea of having Harris join Democratic senators and vote to override the parliamentarian and include the increase in the bill anyway. Senate rules “must not be an impediment to improving people’s lives,” the House members wrote in a letter to Biden and Harris. “You have the authority to deliver a raise for millions of Americans.” Alan Fram, The Associated Press
OTTAWA — The Trudeau government is pressing ahead with efforts to counter economic-based threats to national security, such as theft of valuable intellectual property and damage to critical energy and information networks. In its newly published plan for the coming year, Public Safety Canada says it will lead the development of a comprehensive framework across the government to deal with the broad range of risks to Canada's economic well-being. The move comes as security agencies warn Canadians of the rising danger of hostile nations pilfering trade secrets and cybercriminals demanding ransom for sensitive files. The government says in a few short years, the threat landscape — once dominated by the scourge of international terrorism — has evolved dramatically as potential adversaries develop new and aggressive tactics made possible by the rapid spread of technology. Canada has already taken steps during the economic uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic to more strictly scrutinize foreign investments. Public Safety says it will continue to work with partners on assessing foreign investments under the national-security provisions of the Investment Canada Act and generally raise awareness about economic-based security threats. It is important for the government to turn its attention to a strategic understanding of what constitutes threats to Canada's economic security and what can be done to defend against them, said Wesley Wark, an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa and a senior fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation. "This will require a greater investment in economic intelligence-gathering and economic threat assessments, which currently have no central focus or high priority within the Canadian security-and-intelligence community," Wark said. "It is yet another adjustment we will need to make in a post-terrorism-centred national security world." The Public Safety plan singles out ransomware, the malicious use of software to penetrate a computer system and hold data hostage, as "an increasingly common and indiscriminate threat." While it notes some measures underway, the plan says addressing ransomware at the national level will require federal-provincial and private-public co-operation. Public Safety also proposes: — Supporting development of a new framework for protection of Canada's critical cybersystems in the finance, telecommunications, energy and transportation sectors; — Creation of a "forward-looking picture" of risk and capabilities through a national risk profile, intended to help ensure resilience to disasters such as floods, wildfires and earthquakes; — Development, with other departments and agencies, of a federal risk assessment strategy to promote better co-ordination across government. The risk profile is an important but slow-rolling project first launched years ago, Wark said. "It should have been produced before COVID-19 and if it had, it might have helped raise general government awareness of pandemic threats." COVID-19 has also illustrated the need for a proper whole-of-government risk assessment strategy, he said. Wark recommends going further by reviewing the overall mandate of Public Safety, created in 2003 "when a very different threat environment prevailed." He suggests carving the department into three entities, one to deal with emergency management, one to address national security and another for public safety issues such as human security and policing. This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 1, 2021. Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press
HOUSTON, March 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Apache Corporation (Apache) and APA Corporation (Nasdaq: APA) (APA or the Company) today announced completion of the previously announced holding company structure, making APA the parent holding company of Apache. APA replaces Apache as the public company trading on the Nasdaq stock market under the ticker symbol “APA.” Each share of Apache common stock outstanding immediately prior to the reorganization has automatically converted, on a one-for-one basis, into a share of common stock of APA, having the same designation, rights, powers, and preferences and qualifications, limitations, and restrictions as a share of Apache common stock immediately prior to the reorganization. Accordingly, Apache stockholders automatically became stockholders of APA with the same number and ownership percentage of shares as they held in Apache immediately prior to the reorganization. Apache now operates as a wholly-owned subsidiary of APA. The Board of Directors and the executive officers of Apache immediately prior to the reorganization continue in their same roles at APA. The holding company reorganization, which is intended to be a tax-free transaction for U.S. federal income tax purposes for the Company’s stockholders, will modernize the Company’s operating and legal structure, provide financial and administrative flexibility, and more closely align the Company’s legal structure with its growing international presence. In connection with the reorganization, APA also acquired the Suriname and Dominican Republic subsidiaries from Apache. Apache continues to hold existing assets in the U.S., subsidiaries in Egypt and the U.K., and its current economic interests in Altus Midstream Company (Nasdaq: ALTM) and Altus Midstream LP. APA’s common stock will begin trading at the opening of trading on March 2, 2021, under the new CUSIP number 03743Q108. About APA APA Corporation, through its consolidated subsidiaries, explores for and produces oil and gas with operations in the United States, Egypt and the United Kingdom and exploration activities offshore Suriname. APA posts announcements, operational updates, investor information and press releases on its website, www.apacorp.com. Specific information concerning Suriname, ESG performance and other investor-related topics are posted at investor.apacorp.com. About Apache Apache Corporation, a direct, wholly-owned subsidiary of APA Corporation, is an oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in the United States, Egypt and the United Kingdom. Apache holds a majority interest in Altus Midstream Company, which, through its consolidated subsidiaries, operates gathering, processing and transmission assets in West Texas and holds equity ownership in four Permian-to-Gulf Coast pipelines. Forward-looking statements This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “seeks,” “believes,” “continues,” “could,” “estimates,” “expects,” “guidance,” “may,” “might,” “outlook,” “possibly,” “potential,” “projects,” “prospects,” “should,” “will,” “would,” and similar references to future periods, but the absence of these words does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements about future plans, expectations, and objectives for APA’s and/or Apache’s operations, including statements about our capital plans, drilling plans, production expectations, asset sales, and monetizations. While forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and analyses made by us that we believe to be reasonable under the circumstances, whether actual results and developments will meet our expectations and predictions depend on a number of risks and uncertainties which could cause our actual results, performance, and financial condition to differ materially from our expectations. See “Risk Factors” in Apache’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 25, 2021, for a discussion of risk factors that affect our business. Any forward-looking statement made by APA and/or Apache in this news release speaks only as of the date on which it is made. Factors or events that could cause our actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of them. APA and Apache undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future development or otherwise, except as may be required by law. Contacts Investor: (281) 302-2286 Gary ClarkMedia:(713) 296-7276Phil West Website:www.apacorp.com APA-G
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GALVESTON, Texas, March 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American National Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANAT) (formerly American National Insurance Company)(1) and subsidiaries (collectively, the “Company”) announced net income for the fourth quarter of 2020 of $306.4 million or $11.40 per diluted share, compared to $171.1 million or $6.37 per diluted share for the same period in 2019. The increase in net income for the fourth quarter of 2020 was primarily attributable to an increase of $77.0 million or $2.86 per diluted share in after-tax net gains on equity securities, an increase of $20.2 million or $0.75 per diluted share in after-tax net realized investment earnings, and an increase of $20.4 million or $0.75 per diluted share in after-tax earnings from our property and casualty business. After-tax net gains on equity securities increased due to more favorable equity market conditions to $188.0 million or $6.99 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to $111.0 million or $4.13 per diluted share for the same period in 2019. In addition, after-tax net realized investment earnings for the fourth quarter of 2020 were $25.7 million or $0.96 per diluted share, compared to $5.5 million or $0.21 per diluted share during the same period in 2019. Net income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 was $467.5 million or $17.39 per diluted share, down from net income of $620.4 million or $23.07 per diluted share for the same period in 2019. The reduction in net income was primarily related to a $116.7 million or $4.34 per diluted share reduction in after-tax net realized investment gains and a $52.3 million or $1.94 per diluted share reduction in after-tax net gains on equity securities. After-tax net realized investment losses increased during 2020 due to an expense of $82.8 million or $3.08 per diluted share for changes in estimated credit losses. The expense related to estimated credit losses primarily relates to certain of our mortgage loans which were negatively impacted by the economic downturn related to COVID-19 and is in accordance with our adoption of accounting guidance(2) which impacted 2020 but was not applicable in 2019. In addition, after-tax net realized investment gains were reduced due to fewer sales and lower gains on sales of real estate development entities in 2020 compared to 2019. The reduction in the net gain on equity securities was primarily driven by the first quarter downturn in financial markets resulting from the impacts of COVID-19. After-tax adjusted net operating income for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $92.7 million or $3.45 per diluted share compared to $54.6 million or $2.03 per diluted share for the same period in 2019. The increase was mostly driven by an improvement in our property and casualty segment operating earnings. After-tax adjusted net operating income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 was $208.0 million or $7.74 per diluted share compared to $191.9 million or $7.14 per diluted share for the same period in 2019. Increased earnings from our property and casualty business were partially offset by reductions in investment income and lower earnings from our life business due to unfavorable mortality experience. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2020, total life insurance in force increased by $10.1 billion to $128.2 billion, and book value per share increased $17.46 to $240.20. (1)Effective July 1, 2020, American National Group, Inc. was established as the parent company of American National Insurance Company under a previously announced holding company reorganization. As a result of the reorganization, American National Group, Inc. replaced American National Insurance Company as the publicly held corporation. (2)Effective January 1, 2020, the Company adopted ASU 2016-13, Financial Instruments-Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments. A reconciliation of adjusted net operating income, a non-GAAP measure, to GAAP net income is included in the following table. American National Consolidated Financial Highlights(Preliminary & Unaudited in millions, except per share data) Quarters Ended December 31, Years Ended December 31, 2020 2019 2020 2019Net income (GAAP basis)$306.4 $171.1 $467.5 $620.4Adjustments to eliminate the impact of: Unrealized gains on equity securities$182.3 $92.6 $276.5 $296.6Net gains on equity securities sold5.7 18.4 5.0 37.2Net gains on equity securities$188.0 $111.0 $281.5 $333.8 Adjustments to eliminate the impact of: Net realized investment gains$8.1 $4.6 $28.2 $24.3Change in estimated credit loss (2)(0.6) — (82.8) —Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates18.5 0.9 33.6 81.8Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest0.3 — 1.0 11.4Net realized investment earnings (losses)$25.7 $5.5 $(22.0) $94.7 Adjusted net operating income(3) (non-GAAP basis)*$92.7 $54.6 $208.0 $191.9 Per diluted share Net income (GAAP basis)$11.40 $6.37 $17.39 $23.07Net gains on equity securities6.99 4.13 10.47 12.41Net realized investment earnings (losses)0.96 0.21 (0.82) 3.52Adjusted net operating income(3) (non-GAAP basis)*$3.45 $2.03 $7.74 $7.14 Weighted average number of diluted shares upon which computations are based26,884,903 26,890,369 26,887,125 26,891,243 As of December 31, 2020 December 31, 2019 Book value per diluted share $240.20 $222.74 *This measure is non-GAAP because it is not based on accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. This non-GAAP measure is used by the Company to enhance comparability between periods and to eliminate the impact of certain items listed in footnote 3, which can fluctuate in a manner unrelated to core operations due to factors such as market volatility, interest rate changes and credit risk. In the opinion of the Company’s management, inclusion of this non-GAAP measure is meaningful to provide an understanding of the significant factors that comprise the Company’s periodic results of operations and financial condition. (2)Effective January 1, 2020, the Company adopted a new accounting standard that significantly changed how it estimates credit losses for most of our investments, reinsurance recoverables and certain other assets. Upon adoption, a cumulative effect adjustment was made reducing stockholders' equity by $33.5 million or $1.25 per diluted share. Beginning in the first quarter of 2020, changes in the estimate of these expected credit losses are recognized through income. The total change in credit loss for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 reduced net income by $82.8 million or $3.08 per diluted share. The new guidance was effective January 1, 2020 and had no impact on 2019. (3)Adjusted net operating income excludes the after-tax impact of net gains (losses), both realized and unrealized, on equity securities and net realized investment earnings. Realized investment earnings (losses) are comprised of realized investment gains on assets (excluding equity securities), changes in estimated credit loss, and earnings (losses) from our equity in unconsolidated affiliates and non-controlling interests. American National is a family of companies that has, on a consolidated GAAP basis, $29.5 billion in assets, $23.0 billion in liabilities and $6.5 billion in stockholders’ equity. American National Insurance Company, founded in 1905 and headquartered in Galveston, Texas, and other American National subsidiaries offer a broad portfolio of products and services, which include life insurance, annuities, property and casualty insurance, health insurance, credit insurance, and pension products. The American National companies operate in all 50 states. In addition to American National Insurance Company, major subsidiaries include American National Life Insurance Company of Texas, American National Life Insurance Company of New York, American National Property and Casualty Company, Garden State Life Insurance Company, Standard Life and Accident Insurance Company, Farm Family Casualty Insurance Company and United Farm Family Insurance Company. American National Insurance Company has been assigned an ‘A’ rating by A.M. Best Company and an ‘Excellent’ rating by Standard & Poor’s, both of which are nationally recognized rating agencies, and is licensed to conduct the business of insurance in all states except New York. For more information, including company news and investor relations information, visit the company’s web site at www.AmericanNational.com. CONTACT: Contact: Timothy A. Walsh (409) 766-6553
Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - March 1, 2021) - Eurotin Inc. (TSXV: TIN.H) ("Eurotin" or the "Company"), announces that effective at the opening, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, the trading symbol of the Company will change from TIN.H to LIM.H. There is no change in the Company's name. Since the Company's disposition of its tin exploration assets in 2019, the Company has been actively seeking new business opportunities to enhance shareholder value. The ...
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Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc have been added to the U.S. team for the World Figure Skating Championships, replacing Jessica Calalang and Brian Johnson. Calalang and Johnson have withdrawn from the competition for personal reasons unrelated to COVID-19. Cain-Gribble and LeDuc earned the bronze medal at nationals in January.
The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times eastern): 4:45 p.m. The only Nunavut community with cases of COVID-19 has extended its state of emergency until March 9. The community of Arviat declared a state of emergency Feb. 24 after COVID-19 cases continued to rise. The orders include a nightly curfew between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Arviat Mayor Joe Savikataaq Jr. says bylaw officers continue to patrol the streets 24 hours a day and four additional officers have been hired to enforce the curfew. The state of emergency was set to expire March 2. There are eight cases of COVID-19 in Arviat. --- 4:05 p.m. Officials say there are 154 new cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan. There are 151 people in hospital, with 21 people in intensive care. The Ministry of Health says to date, around 79,200 vaccinations have been done. --- 1:55 p.m. British Columbia will extend the time between first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine to four months, freeing up more supply to target younger age groups earlier. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines has been shown to provide “miraculous” protection of 90 per cent. Starting next Monday, seniors aged 90 and up can call to book their appointment for a vaccine, followed a week later by those aged 85 and over, and a week after that by those 80 and over. Henry says first responders and essential workers may be eligible to get vaccinated starting in April as the province also decides on a strategy for the newly authorized AstraZeneca vaccine. --- 1:55 p.m. Manitoba is releasing new data that shows COVID-19 infections have disproportionately impacted Indigenous and Black people, as well as other people of colour in the province. Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, says it’s largely linked to pre-existing inequities like housing and employment. There was one more death and 35 more cases of the novel coronavirus Monday. Manitoba vaccines became available for the general population last week depending on age. Roussin says the age has now expanded for people born in 1930 and earlier and First Nations people born in 1950 and earlier. --- 1:40 p.m. New Brunswick is reporting one new case of COVID-19 today. Health officials say the case involves a person in their 30s in the Miramichi region. There are 36 active reported cases in the province and two people are hospitalized with the disease, both in intensive care. The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick since the onset of the pandemic is 1,431 and there have been 27 deaths. --- 12:50 p.m. York Region says it registered 20,000 COVID-19 vaccine appointments within two hours of opening its booking system to the public today. It’s one of several Ontario regions offering shots to residents aged 80 and older, weeks ahead of the scheduled start of the larger, provincewide campaign for that age group. Hamilton is warning of long wait times on its phone lines as clinics for residents 85 and older begin. Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph is encouraging eligible people to book vaccine appointments online as its phone line is at capacity. --- 12:45 p.m. Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting two new cases of COVID-19 today. Health officials say both cases are close contacts of previously reported infections and involve people under 20 years old. Chief medical officer of health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald says both cases are in the eastern health region, where officials have been battling an outbreak in St. John’s. The Avalon region, which includes the capital, remains under lockdown, while the rest of the province has moved to the less restrictive alert level four. --- 12:40 p.m. Nova Scotia is reporting one new case of COVID-19 today. Health officials say the new case is in the Halifax area and involves a close contact of a previously reported infection. Officials say two people are in hospital with the disease and both are in intensive care. Nova Scotia has 35 active reported infections. As of Sunday, the province had administered 32,856 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, with 12,845 people having received a booster shot. --- 12:15 p.m. Nunavut is reporting one new case of COVID-19 today. The new case is in the western Hudson Bay community of Arviat, the only place in Nunavut with active known COVID-19 cases. Chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson says Arviat is on the right track to contain the spread. Arviat has been under a strict lockdown since November, with all schools and non-essential businesses closed. There are eight active reported cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut, all in Arviat. --- 11:15 a.m. Quebec is reporting 613 new cases of COVID-19 today and six more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus, including one within the past 24 hours. Health officials say hospitalizations rose by 11, to 612, while the number of people in intensive care rose by five, to 122. Officials say 6,308 doses of vaccine were administered Sunday, for a total of 438,815. Quebec has reported a total of 288,353 COVID-19 infections and 10,399 deaths linked to the virus. --- 10:40 a.m. Ontario is reporting 1,023 new cases of COVID-19 today and six more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus. Health Minister Christine Elliott says of the new cases, 280 are in Toronto, 182 are in Peel Region and 72 are in Ottawa. Ontario says 939 more cases were resolved since the last daily report. More than 17,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in the province since Sunday's update. This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 1, 2021. The Canadian Press
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