Queen Elizabeth said her final goodbyes to her beloved husband of over 70 years, Prince Philip, at a funeral service at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday.
She arrived at the chapel in a state Bentley alongside her lady in waiting, Lady Susan Hussey, before taking her seat.
An image of the grieving queen, seated alone in mourning dress before the service, captured hearts. The moving photo was taken by PA photographer Jonathan Brady, who said that it “was an honour” to work Prince Philip’s funeral from inside the chapel today.
“Though today was tinged with sadness, better times will come. Be safe,” he tweeted.
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Lewis Goodall, policy editor for BBC Newsnight, tweeted out another photo of the queen, seated by herself, and said: “This very moving image of the Queen having to sit alone is surely destined to be one of the photographs of the pandemic.”
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The queen and Philip were married for 73 years. She once called the duke her “strength and stay” in a speech in honor of the couple’s golden wedding anniversary, marking 50 years together.
“He is someone who doesn’t take easily to compliments but he has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know,” the queen said during the speech on Nov. 20, 1997.
Prior to the funeral service on Saturday, the royal family’s social media accounts shared on behalf of the queen a previously unseen photo of her and Philip together.
The photo was taken by Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, on the top of the Coyles of Muick, Scotland, in 2003, the caption said.
“Her Majesty and the Royal Family are grateful for all the messages of condolence from around the world and have been touched to see and hear so many people sharing fond memories of The Duke, in celebration of his life,” the caption added.
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Days after National Guard members killed four Kent State University students who were protesting the Vietnam War, white police officers marched onto the campus of a historically Black college in Mississippi’s capital city to violently suppress protests against racism. Now, a lifetime later, Jackson State University is honoring the Class of 1970 in a ceremony delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. James “Lap” Baker is now retired from a career in urban planning, but he'll be wearing a cap and gown for the bachelor’s in geography he completed that year.
Kochi (Kerala) [India], May 14 (ANI): Kerala High Court on Friday directed the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan-led government to respond to a petition seeking the inclusion of advocates and judicial officers in the priority category for vaccination.
Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], May 14 (ANI): Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday said that the state has put in place all precautionary measures to face any calamity arising out of the cyclonic storm Tauktae.
LONDON (AP) — Facebook lost a legal battle Friday with Ireland's data privacy watchdog over a European Union privacy decision that could result in the social network being forced to stop transferring data to the U.S. The Irish High Court rejected Facebook's bid to block a draft decision by the country's Data Protection Commission to inquire into, and order the suspension of, the company's data flows between the European Union and the U.S. Judge David Barniville wrote in his judgement that he concluded Facebook “must fail on those grounds of challenge and that it is, therefore, not entitled to any of the reliefs claimed in the proceedings.” The Irish watchdog had launched its inquiry last year shortly after a ruling by the EU's top court striking down an agreement covering EU-U.S. data transfers known as Privacy Shield, saying it didn’t do enough to protect users from U.S. government cybersnooping. The Data Protection Commission “welcomes today’s judgment,” spokesman Graham Doyle said. Facebook said in a statement it looked forward “to defending our compliance” to the commission, "as their preliminary decision could be damaging not only to Facebook, but also to users and other businesses.” The court ruling is the latest in a long-running battle between Facebook and Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems, who filed a complaint in 2013 about Facebook’s handling of his data after former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s revelations. Facebook has data centers around the world and complying with the order could mean a costly and complex revamp of its operations to ensure European user data is siloed off from the U.S. It’s unclear, however, what impact - if any - there would be for Facebook users. While the case specifically targets Facebook, it could have wider ramifications for trans-Atlantic data transfers. That's because Ireland's watchdog is the lead regulator for enforcing stringent EU privacy rules for many other Silicon Valley tech giants that also have their European headquarters in Ireland, including Google and Twitter. The Associated Press
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BANGKOK — Stocks are solidly higher in afternoon trading Friday, though the market is still on track to end the week in the red after three days of steep drops earlier in the week. Investors continue to focus on the possibility of inflation as the U.S. economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. The S&P 500 index was up 1.4% as of 1:08 p.m. Eastern. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 1% and the Nasdaq Composite, where the losses this week have been steeper, was up 2%. Even with the gains, the S&P 500 is on pace to end the week down 1.5% and the Nasdaq down 2.6%. The gains were broad, though technology sector stocks powered much of the rally. Gains in retailers, banks, communication companies and industrial stocks also helped lift the market. Energy stocks also rose as the price of U.S. crude oil climbed 2.2%. Treasury yields mostly fell. Disney fell 2.4% after reporting lower revenue and missing forecasts for growth in subscriber additions to its video streaming service. Disney had been adding subscribers at a breakneck pace the past year, helped by popular shows like “The Mandalorian” and the pandemic, which kept many Americans at home with little to do except watch TV. DoorDash vaulted 22.9% after after the company said its revenues tripled from a year ago, helped by homebound Americans ordering in. Technology stocks led the gainers after sinking earlier in the week as investors fretted about signs of rising inflation. Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Google's parent company all rose 1% or more. Investors have been questioning whether rising inflation will be something temporary, as the Federal Reserve has said, or something more durable that the Fed will have to address. The central bank has kept interest rates low to aid the recovery, but concerns are growing that it will have to shift its position if inflation starts running too hot. Data from Commerce Department on Friday showed Americans kept up their share of retail purchases in April, helped by the stimulus checks that have gone out in the last few weeks. However, economists expected retail sales figures to be slightly higher for the month. Sales were up at restaurants and bars in the month, according to the data. In other economic data, industrial production, which includes output at factories, mines and utilities, rose 0.7% last month, down from a sharp increase of 2.4% in March, the Federal Reserve reported Friday. Auto production fell 4.3% in April, largely because car makers can’t find enough semiconductors. But the output of computers, electrical equipment and appliances, machinery, and metals such as steel all increased. Bond yields have risen sharply this week but pulled back slightly on Friday. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 1.65% from 1.66% a day earlier. Alex Veiga, The Associated Press
There will be no winner of the NHL's Prince of Wales Trophy or Clarence S. Campbell Bowl this year. Steve Mayer, the league's chief content officer, told ESPN on Friday that the trophies won't be handed out. "There are going to be things we always will remember about this season, and one of them is that we never handed the (conference) trophies out," Mayer said.
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Shareholder rights law firm Robbins LLP reminds shareholders that a purchaser of Peloton Interactive, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTON) filed a class action complaint against the Company and its officers and directors for alleged violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 between September 11, 2020 and April 16, 2021. Peloton provides interactive fitness products, including the Tread+ treadmill, which it launched in 2018.
The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): 1:10 p.m. Canada's chief public health officer says there are signs the country has "passed the peak" of the third wave. Dr. Theresa Tam says Canada saw an average of fewer than 7,000 COVID-19 cases per day over the past week, a 20 per cent drop compared to the height of the surge in April. Tam says there's also been a decline in severe illness, with an average of fewer than 4,000 COVID-19 patients being treated in hospital each day, including fewer than 1,400 intensive care cases. She says more than 17 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered across Canada to date. --- 12:45 p.m. Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand says Canada can expect to receive 4.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna next week. Anand says Pfizer is moving up its scheduled shipments ahead of the Victoria Day weekend. She says two million Pfizer doses are expected to arrive early next week, and 1.4 million more will be delivered on Thursday and Friday. Anand says Moderna is set to send 1.1 million doses next week. --- 11:15 a.m. Quebec is reporting 838 new COVID-19 cases and eight more deaths from the virus. Two of the deaths occurred in the past 24 hours. Health officials say hospitalizations rose by 10 to 530 and 123 people were in intensive care, an increase of two. --- 10:30 a.m. Ontario is reporting 2,362 new COVID-19 cases. The province says 26 more people have died from the virus. The data is based on 44,040 tests. There were 1,582 COVID-19 patients in Ontario hospitals as of Friday morning, including 777 people in intensive care. --- 10:30 a.m. Prince Edward Island is reporting two new COVID-19 cases. Chief medical officer of health Dr. Heather Morrison says both people are in their 20s. One is a close contact of a case reported Thursday involving a Charlottetown daycare worker. She says the close contact of the daycare worker had travelled outside the Atlantic region and did not properly isolate when they returned. She says 35 children and staff at the daycare have all tested negative but must continue to isolate. --- 10:10 a.m. Manitoba is opening up COVID-19 vaccinations to all people aged 12 and up, down from 18 and up. Anyone under 18 will be able to get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at provincial supersites and urban Indigenous clinics. Health Canada approved the Pfizer vaccine for people as young as 12 on May 5. --- This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 14, 2021. The Canadian Press
Like many young hockey players, Conner Roulette’s 2020-21 hockey season was drastically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The inability to play a full season due to various pandemic restrictions was even more frustrating for Roulette, a member of Misipawistik Cree Nation in Manitoba, as it was also his pro draft year. Though he was unable to properly showcase his skills over several months before the National Hockey League’s Entry Draft this summer, where he is expected to be chosen, Roulette will still have some fond memories of the season. The highlight will undoubtedly be helping Canada capture the gold medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation world men’s under-18 hockey tournament. Canada defeated Russia 5-3 in the gold-medal match, which was held May 6. A pair of cities in Texas, Frisco and Plano, co-hosted the global event, which featured 10 teams. Roulette, a left winger who toils for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League (WHL), contributed five points, including a pair of goals, in seven matches at the world tournament. The Canadians won all seven of the matches outscoring their opponents 51-12. “We had a group of a lot of confident guys,” said Roulette, who turned 18 on Thursday. Roulette, who is expected to be an early-round pick at the NHL draft scheduled for July 23-24, considered it an honour to participate in the prestigious tournament. “I was really fortunate to play there,” he said. “Even if we didn’t win there were so many world-class players there and it was a great experience.” Roulette also praised the professionalism of Hockey Canada officials, as well as its coaching and management teams. He said he didn’t have any safety concerns participating in a world tourney during a pandemic. “I knew Hockey Canada would do a good job (with safety protocols) and not have anything get in the way of our tournament,” Roulette said. Besides returning with some shiny hardware from the Texas event, Roulette also gained some new friends. The Canadian roster featured eight other WHL players, including some individuals Roulette frequently squares off against in league action. One individual in particular that Roulette formed a new bond with was Olen Zellweger, a defenceman with the WHL’s Everett Silvertips. Like the Thunderbirds, the Silvertips are based in the state of Washington, making Seattle and Everett fierce rivals. “We take a lot of pride in not liking the opposition,” Roulette said. “So there was a lot of chirping going on.” Though Roulette and Zellweger came together to help the Canadians win a world title, Roulette said things won’t change when they square off against each other next time on the ice. “But if I saw him off the ice, I’ll be his friend,” Roulette said. As for the rest of his hockey season, Roulette had plenty of ups and downs. For starters, the pandemic significantly pushed back the start of the WHL campaign. Instead of a 68-game regular season beginning last September, the league cut back to a 24-game season, which didn’t begin until February. And because of border regulations, the Thunderbirds were only allowed to play the four other American teams in the WHL during their season. The league also did not stage any playoffs. “It’s pretty frustrating but at the same time it’s all out of our control,” Roulette said of his draft season drastically impacted by the pandemic. “Everyone else in the world is dealing with it. And you have to deal with it and what you’re given.” This past fall, while he was waiting to see when the WHL would commence its season, Roulette did manage to play some games in his home province. Though they were still under WHL contracts, Manitoba-based players in the league were given permission to suit up for clubs in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL). The MJHL is a Junior A circuit considered one step below the WHL. Roulette, who lives in Winnipeg, hooked up with the Selkirk Steelers, a team based about a 30-minute drive from his home. “I took it upon myself and decided to try and play some games there,” he said. Though he had never played in the MJHL before, Roulette knew his league playing rights had been previously protected by the Swan Valley Stampeders. But once he determined he was no longer Stampeders’ property and was in essence considered a free agent by MJHL clubs, he could attempt to earn a roster spot wherever he pleased. “I knew a lot of the guys with the Selkirk team,” he said of his decision to join the Steelers. His time, however, with the Steelers was short-lived. Roulette played a Saturday night contest with the squad last October. After practicing with the Steelers for a week, he then played two more October contests. But the MJHL season was then ground to a halt when new pandemic measures were set. Earlier on in his teens Roulette was a member of Team Manitoba at two National Aboriginal Hockey Championships. He helped Manitoba win the bronze medal at the 2018 tournament in Membertou, N.S. And then the following year he was part of the Manitoba squad that captured the gold medal at the tourney staged in Whitehorse, Yukon’s capital. Windspeaker.com By Sam Laskaris, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Windspeaker.com, Windspeaker.com
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FREDERICTON — Tensions are escalating between Parks Canada and the family of the late Jackie Vautour over who is the rightful owner of property in New Brunswick's Kouchibouguac National Park. Vautour staged a 50-year battle against expropriation of the land before his death in February of this year, claiming he was Métis-Acadian and the land is unceded Mi'kmaq territory. Parks Canada has written two letters since early April seeking to have Vautour's belongings removed from the property and accusing the family of trespassing. Following the first letter, Vautour's son, Edmond, called the efforts by Parks Canada just two months after his father's death "shameful." He turned down an offer by Parks Canada to move any structures and belongings from the land, and lawyer Michael Swinwood of the non-profit organization Elders Without Borders sent a letter to Parks Canada. The group describes itself as being dedicated to preserving the teachings of Indigenous elders. "Please be advised that we hereby put you on notice that nothing is to be disturbed at the residence of Mme. Yvonne Vautour in the unceded, unsurrendered Mi'kmaq territory," Swinwood wrote. "Elders Without Borders continues to act for Keptin Stephen Augustine, of the Mi'kmaq Grand Council, and will hold Parks Canada liable for any trespass on the Vautour land, and seek elevated damages should this notice not be adhered to." Augustine says the land is unceded Mi'kmaq territory, and he has told the Vautours they can continue to live on it. James Rossiter, a lawyer for Parks Canada wrote back to Elders Without Borders on April 29, to say Augustine's claim is an assertion of title and "final proof of the claim cannot be assumed and it not imminent." The issue is before the courts but at the earliest procedural stages. The Parks Canada letter goes on to say "occupation of the land in Kouchibouguac National Park at the site of the Vautour encampment" is illegal under the Canada National Parks Act and constitutes trespassing and a public nuisance. "With the passing of Mr. Vautour, so too has passed the basis for leniency with the continuation of unlawful occupation. Continued inaction by Parks Canada can no longer be supported," Rossiter wrote. Elders Without Borders responded to the second letter by warning Parks Canada against trying to remove property from the land and casting the federal agency as the occupier. "Any action by Parks Canada to act as an administrator of unceded and unsurrendered Indigenous lands will amount to trespass. Please govern yourselves accordingly," the organization wrote. Edmond Vautour has moved a trailer onto the property and said he plans to spend the summer and fall there with his mother and brother. He said he'll meet on Sunday with lawyers and representatives of 68 other families who were expropriated from the land. "We're going to have a good chat about the next steps we're going to do," he said in an interview this week. Parks Canada officials declined comment, referring to a public statement issued April 14. In the statement, the agency says it is seeking to honour the past while looking to the future of Kouchibouguac National Park. And it repeats the offer to help the Vautours remove their belongings from the park land. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 14, 2021. Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press
Across the country, Canadians are feeling the impact of COVID-19, on their families, their livelihoods, and their way of life. Together, Canada and Ontario are working to reduce the impact of the pandemic, ensure health and safety, rebuild businesses, and promote job creation, growth and investment.