Ricky Rubio (Minnesota Timberwolves) with an assist vs the Washington Wizards, 02/27/2021
Ricky Rubio (Minnesota Timberwolves) with an assist vs the Washington Wizards, 02/27/2021
A tough week for Manchester City and Tottenham, two of the rebel clubs in the aborted Super League project, got even more difficult when they fell behind on their return to Premier League action on Wednesday. Both teams recovered to register vital wins and leave them in good spirits for their next match — their meeting at Wembley Stadium for the English League Cup final on Sunday. City fought back from conceding a goal after just 20 seconds to beat Aston Villa 2-1 and move 11 points clear in its march to a third league title in four years. Each side had a man sent off at Villa Park, with City defender John Stones’ straight red card for a reckless lunge late in the first half ruling him out for three matches — starting with the cup final. Tottenham needed a 90th-minute penalty from Son Heung-min to clinch a 2-1 victory over Southampton and close to within two points of fourth-place Chelsea in the race for Champions League qualification. It was a great way for Ryan Mason to start his interim tenure as manager, as the replacement for the fired Jose Mourinho. At 29 years, 312 days, Mason became the youngest person to manage a team in a Premier League game, a proud moment for the former Tottenham midfielder who was forced to retire in 2018 after failing to fully recover from a fractured skull sustained during an FA Cup match. They were the first games for City and Tottenham since they were pressured into withdrawing from a breakaway Super League which they had formed with 10 of Europe’s other elite clubs. A small band of supporters protested outside Tottenham's stadium ahead of match against Southampton, calling for the removal of chairman Daniel Levy and the club’s owners, the ENIC Group. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___ Steve Douglas is at https://twitter.com/sdouglas80 Steve Douglas, The Associated Press
Prosecutors are urging a judge to approve a request to extradite a Phoenix driving school owner to Iraq on allegations that he participated in the killings of two police officers nearly 15 years ago in the Iraqi city of Fallujah as the leader of an al-Qaida group. Lawyers for Ahmed asked the judge in a filing Friday to reject Iraq’s extradition request, saying his defense team hasn’t been able to adequately investigate the allegations because of the shutdown of international travel during the pandemic.
TORONTO — The federal budget's new digital services tax on large corporations is a step forward as the government works toward a multilateral agreement it hopes to reach with other countries, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said Wednesday. "The idea behind this tax is that we are very hopeful there will be international agreement around it, and that the Canadian provisions can dovetail," Freeland said in a virtual conversation sponsored by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Monday's federal budget outlined plans to put a three-per-cent tax on revenues from digital services that rely on data and content contributions from Canadian users. It would take effect Jan. 1 of next year and is projected to raise $3.4 billion in tax revenue over five years. The tax would apply to businesses with gross revenue of at least 750 million euros, or about C$1.125 billion. The budget says that Canada has "a strong preference" for a multilateral approach and work is under way to reach an agreement by mid-2021. In the meantime, Freeland said the budget's digital service tax indicates that is "really just about applying a little bit of deadline pressure, and being clear that we're going to move forward no matter what." Her fiscal economic update in December said that it planned to work on a digital tax with the OECD, a multilateral organization that includes the United States and other large economies. But the idea of a tax on multinational corporations that make billions from digital services, such as internet search engines, social media and streaming video, has been evolving for years. During the presidency of Donald Trump, however, the United States opposed development of such a tax — which would apply to large U.S. technology corporations. Freeland, who was Canada's lead negotiator during tense talks leading to a new three-way trade deal with the United States and Mexico, said Wednesday that her optimism of reaching an OECD-sponsored multilateral deal "has increased a lot" since the election of President Joe Biden. Earlier this month, Italy's finance minister that Group of 20 advanced economies — which include Canada and the United States — hope to have reached an agreement on international taxation by a ministerial meeting in July. That followed an April 5 speech by Biden's treasury secretary, Janet Yellen, who said the U.S. would work with the Group of 20 to stop "a 30-year race to the bottom on corporate tax rates." This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 21, 2021. David Paddon, The Canadian Press
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The fatal police shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, a Black teenager seen on video charging at two people with a knife, came within minutes of the verdict in George Floyd’s killing — causing outrage by some over the continued use of lethal force by Columbus police. Officials with the Columbus Division of Police released initial footage of the shooting Tuesday night just hours after it happened, a departure from protocol as the force faces immense scrutiny from the public following a series of recent high-profile police killings that have led to clashes. Body camera footage from the other officers on the scene was released during a briefing with city officials on Wednesday. Bryant was identified by Franklin County Children Services and police to be 16 years old and in foster care at the time of her death. “It’s a tragedy. There’s no other way to say it. It’s a 16-year-old. I’m a father,” Interim Columbus Police Chief Michael Woods told reporters Wednesday. “Her family is grieving. Regardless of the circumstances associated with this, a 16-year-old lost her life yesterday.” He added, “I sure as hell wish it wouldn’t have happened.” The killing has caused an outcry in the community and nationwide as Bryant's killing is the second high-profile fatal shooting of a teenager by police in the last month. Body camera footage released last week showed an officer shoot and kill 13-year-old Adam Toledo in Chicago. White House press secretary Jen Psaki called the Columbus shooting “tragic” and said President Joe Biden has been briefed on it. “She was a child. We’re thinking of her friends and family and the communities that are hurting and grieving her loss,” Psaki said in a statement. She added that the White House’s focus is “to address systemic racism and implicit bias head on” by passing legislation on “much-needed” police reforms. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine also watched the footage of Bryant's killing, calling it a tragedy. “Any time anyone is killed, it’s a tragedy. Any time a teenager, a child, is killed, it’s a horrible tragedy," the Republican governor said during a briefing. He added that while the public has the video evidence, “we need to let the investigation play out.” The 10-second body camera clip begins with the officer getting out of his car at a house where police had been dispatched after some had called 911 saying they were being physically threatened, Woods said. It remains unclear who called the police. The officer takes a few steps toward a group of people in the driveway when Bryant starts swinging a knife wildly at another girl or woman, who falls backward. The officer shouts several times to get down. Bryant then charges at another girl or woman, who is pinned against a car. From a few feet away, with people on either side of him, the officer fires four shots, and Bryant slumps to the ground. A black-handled blade similar to a kitchen knife or steak knife lies on the sidewalk next to her. A man immediately yells at the officer, “You didn’t have to shoot her! She’s just a kid, man!” The officer responds, “She had a knife. She just went at her.” The race of the officer wasn't clear and he was taken off patrolling the streets for the time being. Bryant was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said. Police did not say if anyone else was injured. In the moments after the shooting, people living or visiting the street filmed as police roped off the area with yellow tape in front of the house where the shooting took place. A neighbour's video shows an officer performing CPR on the teenager while a man can be heard yelling, “You all just jumped out of the (expletive) car and shot her!” Neighbours stood in open doorways filming and behind cars shaking their heads, eyewitness footage showed. Woods said state law allows police to use deadly force to protect themselves or others, and investigators will determine whether this shooting was such an instance. Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation is now reviewing the killing following an agreement with the city last summer for all police shootings to be handled by the independent investigators under Attorney General Dave Yost's office. While Mayor Andrew Ginther mourned the loss of the young victim Tuesday night, he defended the officer’s use of deadly force. “We know based on this footage the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community,” he told reporters. The shooting happened about 25 minutes before a judge read the verdict convicting former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin of murder and manslaughter in the killing of Floyd. It also took place less than 5 miles from where the funeral for Andre Hill, who was killed by another Columbus police officer in December, was held earlier this year. The officer in Hill's case, Adam Coy, a 19-year veteran of the force, is now facing trial for murder, with the next hearing scheduled for April 28. Less than three weeks before Hill was killed, a Franklin County Sheriff's deputy fatally shot 23-year-old Casey Goodson Jr. in Columbus. The case remains under federal investigation. Last week, Columbus police shot and killed a man who was in a hospital emergency room with a gun on him. Officials are continuing an investigation into that shooting. On Wednesday, DeWine detailed upcoming legislation to boost police accountability in the state and overhaul policing. The effort was initially introduced in another form with Attorney General Yost in the days after Floyd's killing. The new bill, to be introduced by GOP State Rep. Phil Plummer, of Dayton, would, among other things, establish an oversight board for law enforcement in the state. DeWine said the goal of the legislation is to increase transparency in the profession. ___ Farnoush Amiri is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a non-profit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues. Farnoush Amiri And Andrew Welsh-Huggins, The Associated Press
EL PATROCINIO, Guatemala — Residents of small communities living around Guatemala’s Pacaya volcano wake each day wondering if the lava will reach their homes. A lava flow descending the volcano has advanced between El Patrocinio and San José el Rodeo. In the case of the latter, the lava has advanced to within two and half blocks of the outermost homes. Emma Quezada, a 38-year-old homemaker in one of those houses, has lived there her entire life and said she’s used to the volcanic activity. Still, this time she’s afraid. “These last three days the lava stopped; we hope it stays there,” Quezada said. Local authorities had spoken to residents about moving the community to another location some 62 miles (100 kilometres) away, but without the space they have now, she said. “As if you’re going to go from here to a little piece of land!” she said. “Maybe we don’t have a great thing here, but we live in blessed peace, we don’t face any other danger, not even thieves... The options they give you don’t compare with what we have here.” The Pacaya volcano rises some 8,372 feet (2,552 metres) between the departments of Guatemala and Escuintla south of the capital. It’s a popular tourist destination and 21 communities surround it. In early February, a chasm opened in one of the volcano’s flanks and lava began to flow, now stretching at least three miles (5 kilometres). Meanwhile ash and gases spewed from its crater. Even if the lava doesn’t reach their homes, the ash has damaged their corn crops and the pastures where their cows graze. El Rodeo is home to 57 families, some 350 people, said Juventino Pineda, president of the Urban and Rural Development Community Council. Pineda, 67, can recall various eruptions during his lifetime. “One of the worst was 1962, I was a child and lava also came out of a fissure in the volcano, that time it was 20 kilometres of lava,” he said. This time, Pineda says “we believe that at least 50% of the homes in the community would be destroyed because of the lava’s path.” There is an evacuation plan if the situation worsens. “At night, when the volcano erupts, everything turns red, everything shines, it looks like day,” Pineda said. Approaching the lava you can feel the ambient temperature rise. There’s a light sulfur smell and you can hear a crunching. “It’s important to know that we need help, maybe someone can help us on the international level,” Pineda said. Sonia PéRez D., The Associated Press
So can we go outside or no? Here’s what you need to know about Ontario’s updated COVID stay-at-home restrictions and what activities are now permitted, or not... On Friday, the provincial government announced stricter restrictions to the stay-at-home order. Outdoor gatherings are only permitted by members of the same household to a maximum of five, and may include one other person if that person lives alone. All construction considered non-essential was shut down, and all parks and outdoor recreation centres were forced to close. Additionally, the province announced that police and municipal by-law officers were going to be able to start enforcing the rules, and that police would have the authority to stop drivers and ask them why they were not at home, where they were going, and charge a fine when necessary. The provincial government received immediate backlash on these new regulations on two fronts. Firstly, healthcare professionals spoke out about the closure of outdoor spaces, noting that transmission outdoors is exceptionally low and that giving fines to people outdoors will only encourage them to hide indoors, which is significantly more dangerous in causing the spread of COVID-19. Secondly, police forces all across the province responded saying they would not be randomly checking their residents. Many people expressed concerns that giving this power to police would only further jeopardize minority groups. Premier Doug Ford and his team quickly retracted the rules after hearing the feedback, reopening parks and playgrounds and pulling the random checking by police. So what actually is allowed with the new restrictions? Many outdoor recreation areas will remain open to use, as long as a physical distance of two meters can be maintained. Locally, this includes facilities like parks, playgrounds, play structures and the off-leash dog park. Sites that are now closed are (including but not limited to) outdoor sports facilities, such as golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, the skate and pump park, baseball diamonds and soccer field, as well as picnic sites. The stay-at-home order has also been extended by two weeks, until May 20. As of Wednesday, April 21, the Township of Uxbridge has 38 active cases of COVID-19, all of which are in home isolation. No cases are reported to be in the hospital. Vaccinations are ongoing, with several local pharmacies offering appointments (check individual pharmacy websites for details), and the Durham Region vaccine clinics continue to rotate throughout North Durham. To book an appointment, visit durhamvaccinebooking.ca Justyne Edgell, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Uxbridge Cosmos
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VICTORIA — Business groups and others say British Columbia's budget lacks the long-term vision many were looking for to support and stimulate innovation during and after the pandemic. Finance Minister Selina Robinson's budget sets out to spend $8.7 billion over three years on infrastructure and supports for families and businesses to build economic recovery from COVID-19. Bridgitte Anderson, CEO of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, says the business community was looking for more signs of a post-pandemic vision in Tuesday's budget. She says the budget needed to focus on supporting and stimulating innovation and competitiveness of B.C. businesses as the province rebuilds from the pandemic. However, Prof. Allan Tupper, a University of B.C. political scientist, says the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic has the government balancing the prospects of improvements with the possible arrival of another disastrous wave of COVID-19. The Opposition Liberals are attacking the budget, saying the government forgot to outline a plan for the future and left many small businesses, especially tourism operators, to fend for themselves. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 21, 2021. The Canadian Press
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MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday sternly warned the West against encroaching further on Russia's security interests, saying Moscow's response will be “quick and tough” and make the culprits bitterly sorry for their action. The warning during Putin's annual state-of-the-nation address came amid a massive Russian military buildup near Ukraine, where cease-fire violations in the seven-year conflict between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces have escalated in recent weeks. The United States and its allies have urged the Kremlin to pull the troops back. “I hope that no one dares to cross the red line in respect to Russia, and we will determine where it is in each specific case,” Putin said. “Those who organize any provocations threatening our core security interests will regret their deeds more than they regretted anything for a long time.” Moscow has rejected Ukrainian and Western concerns about the troop buildup, saying it doesn't threaten anyone and that Russia is free to deploy its forces on its territory. But the Kremlin also has warned Ukraine against trying to use force to retake control of the rebel-held east, saying Russia could be forced to intervene to protect civilians in the region. “We really don’t want to burn the bridges,” Putin said. “But if some mistake our good intentions for indifference or weakness and intend to burn or even blow up those bridges themselves, Russia’s response will be asymmetrical, quick and tough.” As Putin spoke, a wave of protests started rolling across Russia in support of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny, and a human rights group said nearly 1,500 people were arrested. Thousands marched in central Moscow, where police blocked off a square next to the Kremlin. Police in St. Petersburg blocked off Palace Square, outside the Hermitage museum, and protesters instead massed along Nevsky Prospekt. The politician, who is Putin’s most persistent critic and was poisoned with a chemical nerve agent last year, started a hunger strike three weeks ago to protest what he said was inadequate medical treatment and officials’ refusal to allow his doctor to visit him. His supporters called the rallies as his health reportedly is in severe decline. In his speech, Putin pointed to Russia’s moves to modernize its nuclear arsenal and said the military would continue to build more state-of-the-art hypersonic missiles and other new weapons. He added that the development of the nuclear-armed Poseidon underwater drone and the Burevestnik nuclear-powered cruise missile is continuing successfully. In an apparent reference to the U.S. and its allies, the Russian leader denounced those who impose “unlawful, politically motivated economic sanctions and crude attempts to enforce its will on others.” He said Russia has shown restraint and often refrained from responding to “openly boorish” actions by others. The Biden administration last week imposed new sanctions on Russia for interfering in the 2020 U.S. presidential election and for involvement in the SolarWind hack of federal agencies — activities Moscow has denied. The U.S. ordered 10 Russian diplomats expelled, targeted dozens of companies and individuals, and imposed new curbs on Russia’s ability to borrow money. Russia retaliated by ordering 10 U.S. diplomats to leave, blacklisting eight current and former U.S. officials, and tightening requirements for U.S. Embassy operations. “Russia has its own interests, which we will defend in line with the international law,” Putin said during Wednesday's address. “If somebody refuses to understand this obvious thing, is reluctant to conduct a dialogue and chooses a selfish and arrogant tone, Russia will always find a way to defend its position.” In an emotional outburst, Putin chastised the West for acquiring a defiant stance toward Russia. “Some countries have developed a nasty habit of bullying Russia for any reason or without any reason at all. It has become a new sport,” he said. In an apparent reference to the U.S. allies, he compared them to Tabaqui, a cowardly golden jackal kowtowing to Shere Khan, the tiger in Rudyard Kipling’s “Jungle Book.” “They howl to please their lord,” he said. Russia this week engaged in a tense tug-of-war with the Czech Republic, following Prague's move to expel 18 Russian diplomats over a massive Czech ammunition depot explosion in 2014. Moscow has dismissed the Czech accusations of its involvement in the blast as absurd and retaliated by expelling 20 Czech diplomats. Putin also harshly criticized the West for failing to condemn what he described as a botched coup attempt and a failed plot to assassinate Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko, allegedly involving a blockade of the country’s capital, power cuts and cyberattacks. Belarusian and Russian security agencies arrested the alleged coup plotters in Moscow earlier this month. “The practice of organizing coups and planning political assassinations of top officials goes over the top and crosses all boundaries,” Putin said, drawing parallels to plots against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the popular protests that led to the ouster of Ukraine's former Russia-friendly president, Viktor Yanukovych, in 2014. Russia responded to Yanukovych's ouster by annexing Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and throwing its support to the separatists in the country's east. Since then, fighting there has killed more than 14,000 people and devastated the industrial heartland. Putin dedicated most of his annual address to domestic issues, hailing the nation's response to the coronavirus pandemic. He said the quick development of three coronavirus vaccines underlined Russia's technological and industrial potential. He called for a quicker pace of immunizations, voicing hope the country could achieve collective immunity this fall. He put forward incentives to help the economy recover from the pandemic and promised new social payments focusing on families with children. —- Associated Press writers Daria Litvinova and Jim Heintz in Moscow and Irina Titova in St. Petersburg contributed to this report. Vladimir Isachenkov, The Associated Press
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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is facing calls to recognize the Armenian genocide of more than a century ago, something he pledged to do as a candidate but that could further complicate an already tense relationship with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A bipartisan group of more than 100 House members on Wednesday signed a letter to Biden calling on him to become the first U.S. president to formally recognize the World War I-era systematic killing and deportation of hundreds of thousands of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire from modern-day Turkey. The letter, led by Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California, was sent days before Saturday's annual Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day commemoration. Turkey's foreign minister has warned the Biden administration that recognition would “harm” U.S.-Tukey ties. “The shameful silence of the United States Government on the historic fact of the Armenian Genocide has gone on for too long, and it must end,” the lawmakers wrote. “We urge you to follow through on your commitments, and speak the truth.” Biden as a candidate marked the remembrance day last year by pledging that if elected he would recognize the Armenian genocide of 1915 to 1923, saying “silence is complicity." He did not offer a timeline for delivering on the promise. White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday said the president would have more to say Saturday on this remembrance day. Should Biden follow through, he’ll almost certainly face pushback from Turkey, which has successfully pressed previous presidents to sidestep the issue. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu earlier this week insisted Turkey wasn’t concerned by any decision that Biden might make, but also suggested that such a move would be met with a harsh reaction. “If the United States wants our relations to get worse, it’s up to them,” he said in an interview with Turkey’s HaberTurk news channel. The relationship between Biden and Erdogan is off to a chilly start. More than three months into his presidency, Biden has yet to speak with him. Ties between Ankara and Washington — which once considered each other strategic partners — have steadily deteriorated in recent years over differences on Syria, Turkey’s co-operation with Russia and more recently on Turkish naval interventions in the eastern Mediterranean, which U.S. officials have described as destabilizing. Biden during the campaign last year drew ire from Turkish officials after an interview with The New York Times in which he spoke about supporting Turkey’s opposition against “autocrat” Erdogan. Still, Turkey was hopeful of resetting the relationship. Erdogan enjoyed a warm relationship with former President Donald Trump, who didn’t give him any lectures about Turkey’s human rights record. “In the past, the arm twisting from Turkey was, ’Well we’re such a good friend that you should remain solid with us on this,'” said Aram Hamparian, executive director of the Armenian National Committee of America, whose members have started a campaign to encourage Biden to recognize the genocide. “But they’re proving to be not such a good friend." Hamparian said he’s hopeful that Biden will follow through. He noted that the sting of former President Barack Obama not following through on his 2008 campaign pledge to recognize the Armenian genocide still lingers for many in the Armenian diaspora. Samantha Power, who served as Obama’s United Nations ambassador and has been nominated by Biden to serve as USAID administrator, and deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes both publicly expressed disappointment that Obama didn’t act on the matter. Obama was concerned about straining the relationship with Turkey, a NATO member whose co-operation was needed on military and diplomatic efforts in Afghanistan, Iran and Syria. Power said in a 2018 interview with Pod Save the World that the administration was “played a little bit” by Erdogan and others invested in delaying a genocide declaration. Biden has sought to send the message that the U.S. will be a greater force on calling out human rights abuses and promoting democratic norms under his watch. That's a departure from Trump, who found rapport with autocrats, including North Korea's Kim Jong Un, Russia's Vladimir Putin, Erdogan and others. Still, early in his presidency, Biden has faced criticism for failing to take action directly against Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman, even after the publication of U.S. intelligence findings that the crown prince had approved an operation to kill or capture U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He's also been criticized for not following his condemnations of China's oppression of Uyghurs and other minorities in western China with tougher action. Gonul Tol, director of the Turkish program at the Middle East Institute in Washington, said Erdogan’s leverage has diminished and with Turkey’s economy suffering the Turkish leader’s reaction could be muted. “Biden has been vocal about human rights abuses in countries across the world, including in Turkey, but it hasn't gone very far beyond his rhetoric,” Tol said. “This is a chance for him to stand up on human rights with lower stakes." —- Associated Press writer Suzan Fraser in Istanbul contributed reporting. 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