Hosts William Lou and Josh Hart take your calls as the Raptors enter the final stretch in bid for play-in tournament spot.
Hosts William Lou and Josh Hart take your calls as the Raptors enter the final stretch in bid for play-in tournament spot.
Eupraxia Pharmaceuticals Inc. ("Eupraxia" or the "Company") (TSX: EPRX), a Phase 2 clinical-stage biotechnology company with an innovative drug delivery technology platform, today announced its financial results and operational highlights for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021. All amounts are expressed in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.
Spain's La Liga is hoping that their deal with ESPN finally puts them on the same footing in the United States as their English and German soccer counterparts. ESPN will take over English- and Spanish-language rights to La Liga when next season begins in August as part of an eight-year agreement announced on Thursday. La Liga, which features Barcelona and Lionel Messi, has been televised by BeIN Sport since the 2012-13 season. La Liga established a North American office in 2018 in a joint venture with Relevent Sports and has been trying to gain more of a foothold in America. But being on a network with a limited reach has been a hindrance. “The U.S. is the most important market for the league outside of Spain. It has been a priority for La Liga to get our product closer to our fans here," La Liga North America CEO Boris Gartner said. “It was clear to get to that next step we needed to find another partner. And honestly, when we started thinking about this, we always knew that we wanted to be in this project with ESPN.” BeIN was in the first season of a four-year deal before La Liga bought back the final three seasons. ESPN executive vice president of programming Burke Magnus said he wasn't expecting rights to be available until he was approached by La Liga. “It helps us both achieve our objectives,” he said. “For us, it's exclusive, comprehensive and long term.” BeIN Sports has limited distribution in the U.S. with fewer than 15 million subscribers, narrowing the visibility of Messi, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid. ESPN announced on Thursday that there are 13.8 million subscribers to the ESPN+ streaming service, which just had its third anniversary. ESPN+ has experienced steady growth through the acquisition of soccer rights, including Germany’s Bundesliga, England’s FA Cup, League Cup and second-tier League Championship, and Spain’s Copa del Rey. ESPN+ will stream all 380 La Liga matches next season, and some will be televised on ESPN's networks. The twice-a-season El Clásicos between Barcelona and Real Madrid are the most-viewed domestic league games worldwide and are likely to be on ABC. Gartner said the league would work with ESPN to find an optimal match time if El Clásico were to end up on broadcast television. For most if the year, Spain is six hours ahead of New York, meaning a 9 p.m. start in Spain would be 3 p.m. Eastern and noon Pacific. “For us the passionate fans that go to a stadium every week in Spain are as important as those that wake up early in the morning in America to watch their team play. We want to make it as accessible to all of them as possible,” he said. With two matches remaining this season, Atlético Madrid, which is seeking its first title since 2004, is two points ahead of Real Madrid. Gartner said La Liga is still exploring the possibility of playing a regular-season match in the United States the next couple seasons. Barcelona and Real Madrid met in Miami in 2017 during the preseason International Champions Cup tournament. Some LaLiga programming will start appearing on ESPN+ on Saturday. The deal runs through the 2028-29 season and also includes select second-division games as well as the promotion playoffs. ESPN does have a previous history with La Liga. Some select matches aired on ESPN 2 as well as ESPN Deportes from 2009-12. One aspect of La Liga that might not be making the move to ESPN is Ray Hudson. The BeIN Sport commentator, who is known for his liberal use of outlandish metaphors, has been a key part of the league's growing popularity. La Liga's move also benefits soccer fans, who have many options for viewing their favorite league. Next season four networks will carry Europe's top five leagues and competitions. NBC and Peacock have England's Premier League, the highest-rated domestic league on U.S. television. NBC’s six-year contract expires after the 2021-22 season, and the rights are expected to come up for bid this summer. CBS and Paramount+ started its rights to the Europe's Champions League and Europa leagues last year and takes over Italy’s Serie A from ESPN next season. BeIN will still air games from France's Ligue 1. Fox has rights to the 2022 and 2026 FIFA World Cup and the 2023 Women’s World Cup. Fox and ESPN also share the rights to Major League Soccer with that contract set to expire after the 2022 season. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Joe Reedy, The Associated Press
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A group of scientists urged the Biden administration Thursday to restore legal protections for gray wolves, saying their removal earlier this year was premature and that states are allowing too many of the animals to be killed. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dropped wolves in most of the lower 48 states from the endangered species list in January. The decision was among more than 100 Trump administration actions related to the environment that President Joe Biden ordered reviewed after taking office. The move didn't affect Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, where federal protections had been lifted years earlier and hunting is allowed. But it removed them elsewhere in the lower 48 states, including in the western Great Lakes and the Pacific Northwest that have wolf populations, and others where experts say the predators could migrate if shielded from human harassment. The decision was premature because the species hasn't fully recovered, 115 scientists argued in a letter to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and Martha Williams, principal deputy director of the Fish and Wildlife Service. High numbers of state-approved killings since then have caused setbacks, the letter said. “We've been shocked by the way states have been willing to go to all-out war against the wolves," said John Vucetich, a professor of wildlife conservation at Michigan Technological University. Fish and Wildlife Service spokeswoman Vanessa Kauffman said the agency had no update on wolves. The agency has continued defending their removal from the endangered list against lawsuits filed by environmental groups. Wolves were wiped out across most of the U.S. by the 1930s under government-sponsored poisoning and trapping campaigns. A remnant population in the western Great Lakes region has since expanded to some 4,400 animals in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. More than 2,000 occupy six states in the Northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest after wolves from Canada were reintroduced in Idaho and Yellowstone National Park beginning 25 years ago. Wisconsin had a court-ordered hunt in February in response to a lawsuit from a pro-hunting group. Participants killed 216 wolves — nearly one-fifth of the state’s population, far exceeding the state’s quota of 119. Another hunt is planned for this fall. Idaho Gov. Brad Little last week signed into law a measure that could lead to killing 90% of the state’s 1,500 wolves with methods such as using night-vision equipment, chasing them on snowmobiles and ATVs and shooting them from helicopters. In Montana, proposed legislation would allow the use of bait, night-vision scopes and snares. The states "have clearly indicated that they will manage wolves to the lowest allowable standards,” the scientists said in their letter. “The recent politicization of wolf management in states like Idaho and Montana puts long-term recovery of wolves in jeopardy by reducing the probability of such dispersals,” said Jeremy Bruskotter, a wildlife policy professor at Ohio State University. The Fish and Wildlife Service contends it’s not necessary for wolves to be in every place they once inhabited to be considered recovered. Livestock farmers and ranchers contend wolf numbers are too high and threaten their livelihoods. Lawyers representing the government and groups suing to restore federal protections agreed this month to a scheduling plan intended to get matter resolved before hunts that might take place this fall. John Flesher, The Associated Press
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy will participate virtually in the team’s rookie minicamp this weekend rather than in person because a close contact tested positive for COVID-19. Nagy will not be on the field when quarterback Justin Fields and the team’s other rookies get to work on Friday. They're also scheduled to practice Saturday and Sunday. Nagy will be able to observe remotely and communicate with coaches. He will also be able to lead team meetings, which are conducted via Zoom. ___ The Minnesota Twins are ramping up to full capacity for home games at Target Field. Starting Friday, games scheduled for the rest of May will operate at up to 60% capacity, and the club’s 12 home contests in June will be at 80%. Full capacity starts July 5 for the final 40 regular-season home games. Beginning with the June 8 game, tickets will no longer be restricted to pods and will be available in locations throughout Target Field. The club says all planned capacity changes are subject to change to be in line with public health guidance. ___ The Philadelphia Phillies are increasing seating capacity at Citizens Bank Park. Starting May 21, attendance will rise to 16,000 through June 10, then increase to full capacity when the New York Yankees visit two days later and stay at 100% for the rest of the season. A limited number of seating pods will be available for fans who prefer to remain in a socially distanced environment. Tailgating will also be permitted in lots surrounding the ballpark. Face coverings are currently required when attending games, per city guidelines. ___ The Chicago White Sox will get to play before larger crowds at home after the city and state increased capacity at their ballparks to 60% on Thursday. The increase will take hold for the White Sox when they host St. Louis on May 24. Tickets at Guaranteed Rate Field will be sold in pods, with at least one open seat between pods in the same row. The White Sox will also have two sections for vaccinated fans only when they host the Kansas City Royals this weekend. Those sections will be sold at full capacity and with no distancing. Fans will be required to show proof of vaccination as well as a photo ID. The White Sox will also have two vaccination sites at Guaranteed Rate Field starting May 24. Fans who get vaccinated before the game will get a $25 gift card to use inside the ballpark. ___ Ontario’s Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries says the province’s chief medical officer has not yet signed off on the Canadian Football League’s return-to-play protocol. Lisa MacLoud also says there’s no timeline for it. Ontario and British Columbia have not provided verbal approval of the CFL’s proposal. The league didn’t play in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and had originally planned to stage a full 18-game season starting in June. But last month the league pushed back the start of the campaign to Aug. 5 and reduced the number of games to 14 because of the pandemic. That forced the league championship, the Grey Cup, to be pushed back three weeks to Dec. 12 in Hamilton. CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said last month it was the league’s hope that when it resumed play, it could host a limited number of fans. ___ The Chicago Cubs have been given the go-ahead to host up to 60% of Wrigley Field’s capacity when they begin a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds on May 28. That translates to an attendance of just under 25,000. Single-game tickets go on sale Tuesday to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis in seating pods of up to six people. There will be a minimum of one open seat between pods within the same row. State and city officials are requiring a designated area specifically for fully vaccinated fans at Wrigley for a four-game series against the Washington Nationals that begins Monday. Those who purchase tickets will be required to present proof of vaccination and a photo ID. ___ NASCAR has lifted its mask mandate for competitors when outdoors in the garage and pit areas starting this weekend at Dover International Speedway. Masks will still be required when competitors are inside any buildings or team haulers, NASCAR said Thursday. NASCAR says its focus is on encouraging everyone to get vaccinated and preventing indoor spread of COVID-19. NASCAR last weekend had a soft re-opening of the garage area and allowed 350 fully vaccinated sponsors and guests into the competition footprint at Darlington Raceway. It was a trial run to set policy moving forward. The garage is closed at Dover this weekend but will be open to 550 sponsors and guests at Circuit of the Americas in Texas next week. NASCAR is not requiring its competitors be vaccinated, only guests and media who enter the garage area. NASCAR was one of the first major sports to resume competition last May at the start of the pandemic. It was also the first to complete its full schedule in November. ___ The Milwaukee Brewers will begin allowing fans to fill all the seats at American Family Field for home games on June 25. The Brewers have been filling no more than 25% of their seats for home games so far this season. They announced Tuesday they would start filling up to half the seats at American Family Field beginning with Saturday’s game against the Atlanta Braves. Now they say they’ll be ready for fans to fill the entire stadium starting in late June. The move will take effect for a weekend series with the Colorado Rockies. American Family Field has a seating capacity of 41,900. ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/hub/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
Investors with losses are encouraged to contact the firm before July 12, 2021; click here to submit trade information LOS ANGELES, May 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Portnoy Law Firm advises investors that a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Aterian, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATER) investors that acquired shares between December 1, 2020 and May 3, 2021. Investors have until July 12, 2021 to seek an active role in this litigation. Investors are encouraged to contact attorney Lesley F. Portnoy, to determine eligibility to participate in this action, by phone 310-692-8883 or email, or click here to join the case. It is alleged in this complaint that Aterian made misleading and false statements to the market. Aterian experienced a steep decline in its organic growth. Aterian’s recent acquisitions were flawed assets that were overpaid for. Customer interest in Aterian’s AI software was low. Aterian used paid reviews rebate programs in order to bolster their product offerings. Aterian’s public statements were false and materially misleading throughout the class period, based on these facts. Investors suffered damages, when the market learned the truth about Aterian. A class action lawsuit has already been filed. If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff, you must move the Court no later than July 12, 2021. Please visit our website to review more information and submit your transaction information. The Portnoy Law Firm represents investors in pursuing arising from corporate wrongdoing. The Firm’s founding partner has recovered over $5.5 billion for aggrieved investors. Attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee similar outcomes. Lesley F. Portnoy, Esq.Admitted CA and NY Barlesley@portnoylaw.com310-692-8883www.portnoylaw.com Attorney Advertising
The Los Angeles City Council is moving toward making the emergency outdoor dining wrought by the pandemic a permanent feature of local life. On Wednesday, the council asked the city’s agencies for reports on the pros and cons of L.A. Al Fresco, an outdoor dining program that was started in the pandemic. The program allows restaurants […]
BAYTOWN, Texas (AP) — Family members and supporters of Pamela Turner, a Black woman who was fatally shot by a police officer in a Houston suburb, rallied for justice in her name Thursday, the second anniversary of her death. Demonstrators joined prominent civil rights attorney Ben Crump — who is representing Turner's family and other families of Black people who have died at the hands of police officers — outside the apartment complex in Baytown, Texas, where the shooting happened. Crump invoked Turner's name April 20, the day former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. He vowed then to bring renewed attention to the legal fight in her slaying. “He could have created verbal commands. He could have created distance,” the lawyer said Thursday. “He could have called for backup.” The group of dozens at the rally included family members of other Black people whose names have become rallying cries in the movement against racial injustice in policing, including Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Jacob Blake. They joined the Turner family in demanding the officer accused of killing her be held accountable. Turner, 44, was killed May 13, 2019, after a confrontation with Baytown Officer Juan Delacruz, in the parking lot of the complex where they both lived. Delacruz shot Turner after the two struggled over his stun gun. Crump filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on the Turners' behalf April 8. Delacruz was indicted in September 2020 on a charge of aggravated assault by a public servant. If convicted on the felony charge, he could be sentence to up to five years to life in prison. Delacruz is on administrative assignment within the Baytown police department, according to his attorney, Greg Cagle. Cagle has maintained his client's innocence, saying Delacruz was defending himself. Turner’s family and their attorneys have said she may have been suffering a mental health crisis at the time of the shooting, and that Delacruz knew she had mental health issues. Turner was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 2005. The Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Thursday called a special session that would begin next week, after the current regular session ends, and focus on the budget and his proposals for the annual check residents receive from the state's oil-wealth fund. He also announced a second special session, scheduled to begin Aug. 2, that would address topics including a proposed spending limit, revenue and spending of federal recovery aid dollars. Both special sessions would be in Juneau. The first special session is scheduled to begin May 20, the day after the scheduled end of the regular session. Key pieces remain unresolved, including state budgets and a decision on the size of this year's permanent fund dividend. There also has been interest in trying to resolve the ongoing debate over the dividend with possible changes to how the dividend is calculated. Dunleavy, in a statement, said it was clear from conversations with legislative leaders that more time is needed to complete work on the budget and to address “a long-term, permanent solution to protecting” the nest-egg permanent fund and permanent fund dividend. “Nothing is more important than giving Alaskans a long-term solution to our fiscal challenges, and this session is an important first step,” he said. Before learning of the special session plans, Senate Democratic Leader Tom Begich said his preference would be to finish the budget in the current session and have lawmakers take a break before going into a special session on the dividend issue. After learning Dunleavy's plans, he said legislators need a break of maybe five or 10 days “to get our perspective back.” Begich said a 30-day special session allows for that. Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press
Patrick Corbin pitched seven strong innings and the Washington Nationals defeated the visiting Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 on Thursday to salvage the finale of the three-game series. Kyle Schwarber and Josh Bell each hit two-run, first-inning homers for Washington, which had lost four straight and seven of its previous eight. Washington's Starlin Castro extended his hitting streak, which started on May 1, to 11 games.
Drought-affected rivers face reduced flows even after droughts break – study. Reason for lower flows was not clear, the research found, as it was not linked to land use or increased ground water
Investors with losses are encouraged to contact the firm before June 8, 2021; click here to submit trade information LOS ANGELES, May 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Portnoy Law Firm advises investors that a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD) investors that acquired shares between May 6, 2020 and March 1, 2021. Investors have until June 8, 2021 to seek an active role in this litigation. Investors are encouraged to contact attorney Lesley F. Portnoy, to determine eligibility to participate in this action, by phone 310-692-8883 or email, or click here to join the case. 3D Systems issued a press release on March 1, 2021 advising investors that it would delay the filing of its annual report on a Form 10-K. 3D systems stated that “the delay in filing is primarily related to the presentation of cash flows associated with the divestiture process for its Cimatron and GibbsCam software businesses.” 3D Systems also stated that they had identified “certain internal control deficiencies” and that, as a result, it would “report material weaknesses in internal controls in its fiscal 2020 Annual Report on Form 10-K.” 3D Systems filed a NT-10-K with the SEC on March 2, 2021, which statec that their 10-K filing would be delayed. On this news, 3D Systems’ stock price declined by $7.62 per share, or more than 19.6%, on this news, from closing at $38.79 per share on March 1, 2021 to close at $31.17 per share on March 2, 2021, damaging investors. The lawsuit alleges that throughout the Class Period defendants made misleading and/or false statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) 3D Systems lacked the proper internal controls over financial reporting; and (2) 3D Systems’ public statements were materially false and/or misleading at all relevant times, as a result. A class action lawsuit has already been filed. If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff, you must move the Court no later than June 8, 2021. Please visit our website to review more information and submit your transaction information. The Portnoy Law Firm represents investors in pursuing claims arising from corporate wrongdoing. The Firm’s founding partner has recovered over $5.5 billion for aggrieved investors. Attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee similar outcomes. Lesley F. Portnoy, Esq.Admitted CA and NY Barlesley@portnoylaw.com310-692-8883www.portnoylaw.com Attorney Advertising
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prince Harry compared his royal experience to being on “The Truman Show” and “living in a zoo.” The Duke of Sussex said during a Thursday episode of the “Armchair Expert” podcast that he contemplated quitting royal life on several occasions while in his 20s. He spoke candidly with host Dax Shepard about keeping his relationship with Meghan a secret and dealing with the U.K. media scrutiny. Harry thought his life was like the 1998 Jim Carrey film “The Truman Show.” The film tells a story about Truman Burbank’s life being televised through hidden cameras while encountering people who were hired actors. Harry said it was a heavy burden and he struggled to deal with being a member of the royal family. He feared that his pregnant wife and son, Archie, would have to deal with the spotlight the same way his late mother, Princess Diana, had to deal with the enormous attention. In 1997, Diana died in a car crash at the age of 36 in Paris while being pursued by paparazzi. “I don’t want this job, I don’t want to be here, I don’t want to be doing this. Look what it did to my mum,” the 36-year-old Harry said. In a previous interview, Harry said the royal family cut him off financially at the start of 2020 after he announced plans to step back from his roles. But he was able to afford security for his family because of the money his mother left behind. Harry and Meghan’s departure from royal duties began last year over what they described as the British media's intrusions and racist attitudes toward the duchess. He criticized some American media outlets but said they are an improvement over the ones in the U.K. He feels more liberated after he and his family moved to California. “Living here now I can actually lift my head and actually feel different,” said Harry, who added he’s able to take Archie for bicycle rides. “You can walk around feeling a little bit more free.” The Associated Press
Samsung BioLogics Co Ltd said on Friday that no decision has been made yet on producing Moderna Inc's COVID-19 vaccine in South Korea after a local newspaper reported the two companies had agreed on a contract manufacturing deal. The Chosun Ilbo reported that the biotech arm of Samsung Group has agreed to produce the Moderna vaccine in its plant in Songdo, part of which will be used for domestic vaccination, citing unnamed government and pharmaceutical industry sources. Samsung BioLogics said in a filing to the stock exchange that it could confirm the report as no decision has been finalised.
Investors with losses are encouraged to contact the firm before June 8, 2021; click here to submit trade information LOS ANGELES, May 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Portnoy Law Firm advises investors that a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Amdocs Limited (NASDAQ: DOX) investors that acquired shares between January 29, 2021 and March 30, 2021. Investors have until June 8, 2021 to seek an active role in this litigation. Investors are encouraged to contact attorney Lesley F. Portnoy, to determine eligibility to participate in this action, by phone 310-692-8883 or email, or click here to join the case. It is alleged in this complaint that Amdocs issued misleading and/or false statements and/or failed to disclose information pertinent to investors. Amdocs is the subject of a report published on March 31, 2021 by Jehoshaphat Research. According to the report, Amdocs overstated its profitability. Jehoshaphat alleges that Amdoc replaced reputable auditors with “scandal-plagued or tiny shops.” It is alleged that Amdoc “window-dressed” its balance sheet in order to hide its borrowing. The report quotes a former Amdoc executive as saying, “The US business was declining at a rate of [around] 7% annually...but then we would see the company [publish results that] say North America is stable.” A class action lawsuit has already been filed. If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff, you must move the Court no later than June 8, 2021. Please visit our website to review more information and submit your transaction information. The Portnoy Law Firm represents investors in pursuing arising from corporate wrongdoing. The Firm’s founding partner has recovered over $5.5 billion for aggrieved investors. Attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee similar outcomes. Lesley F. Portnoy, Esq.Admitted CA and NY Barlesley@portnoylaw.com310-692-8883www.portnoylaw.com Attorney Advertising
Mainland China reported seven new COVID-19 cases on May 13, including its first local transmissions in more than three weeks, the country's national health authority said on Friday. Two of the new cases were local infections in the eastern province of Anhui, the National Health Commission said in a statement. The cases were the first local transmissions since April 20, when China recorded two local infections in the southwestern province of Yunnan, where a city on the border with Myanmar reported a new cluster in late March.
As the world joins together to fight the ongoing battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, Terumo Corporation (TSE: 4543) has announced that the Terumo Group companies will collectively donate USD 1 million in cash to support the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization (WHO). Terumo has already donated USD 1 Million in April 2020, and this is the company's second time contributing to the fund.
Player Gleyber Torres tested positive for a second time months after battling COVID-19 in the offseason
Follow the latest updates
House Republicans gathered behind closed doors Thursday evening to hear from candidates vying to fill the No. 3 role previously held by Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, who signaled in an interview she might run for president in order to keep former President Donald Trump out of the White House. GOP members are expected to meet behind closed doors Friday morning to elect a new conference chair, with New York Rep. Elise Stefanik remaining the leading candidate, despite some members not satisfied with her conservative credentials. On NBC's "Today" show, asked three times if she would run for president to stop Trump from regaining the Oval Office and to "restore" the GOP, Cheney did not rule it out, saying only she would do "whatever it takes."
The benefits of hydrogen-powered heating have been overplayed, say environmentalists.