Saben Lee (Detroit Pistons) with an and one vs the Charlotte Hornets, 05/04/2021
Saben Lee (Detroit Pistons) with an and one vs the Charlotte Hornets, 05/04/2021
Her 2009 mixtape Beam Me Up Scotty is now available on Spotify and Apple Music.
British consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser Group has shortlisted bidders including Bain Capital, Carlyle Group and dairy producer Yili to submit binding offers for its Greater China infant formula business, sources said. The group has hired Morgan Stanley to run an auction of infant formula unit Mead Johnson in Greater China, in a deal that could fetch over $2 billion.
If you need cash in Myanmar, you have to get up early. The cash crisis is one of the most pressing problems for the people of Myanmar after the Feb. 1 military coup. The central bank, now run by a junta appointee, has not returned some of the reserves it holds for private banks, without giving any reason, leaving the banks short of cash.
A team of palaeontologists in Mexico have identified a new species of dinosaur after finding its 72 million-year-old fossilized remains almost a decade ago, Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) said on Thursday. The new species, named Tlatolophus galorum, was identified as a crested dinosaur after 80% of its skull was recovered, allowing experts to compare it to other dinosaurs of that type, INAH said.
A graphic calling the East Coast fuel supply crunch “Biden’s Gas Crisis.” A tweet speculating that gas stations running dry was an “INSIDE JOB.” A meme depicting the president and vice president cheering about the “Green New Deal” in front of a snaking line at a fuel station. These and thousands of other social media posts along with conservative websites and commentators this week misleadingly painted President Joe Biden and his administration as catalysts of chaos — who not only mishandled the temporary shutdown of the nation’s largest fuel pipeline on Friday — but engineered it. In reality, a ransom-seeking cyberattack, not a Biden executive order or energy policy, triggered the shutdown that drove residents of states such as North Carolina to panic-buy so much gas that nearly 70% of service stations in the state remained without fuel on Thursday afternoon. Biden spoke about the hack Thursday as he sought to assuage fears around the supply crunch, reassuring the public that his administration had helped get the Colonial Pipeline back online Wednesday and that remaining outages at gas stations were a “temporary situation" that panic-buying would only exacerbate. Still, some of the most widely shared tweets discussing the gas crunch between Friday and Wednesday lobbed criticism toward the president, according to the media intelligence firm Zignal Labs. Posts surfaced by Zignal blamed the president for the outages, criticized his response and condemned him for canceling plans for the Keystone XL oil pipeline — though that project, which would have built a crude oil pipeline, would have had no impact on the current situation. Misleading narratives targeting Biden began picking up speed on Monday, the day North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper became the first of several governors to declare a state of emergency over the disruption. “Wouldn’t it be weird if the CYBER-ATTACK that shutdown the United States’ top fuel line was an INSIDE JOB to pretend Joe Biden isn’t responsible for the insane increase in gas price..” read a widely shared tweet by former Florida congressional candidate Chuck Callesto. “People can’t complain about gas prices if there’s no gas to buy,” read the caption of an image depicting a sinister Biden with his fingers interlaced, retweeted by U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, a Republican from Colorado. Other posts claimed the long gas lines across the Southeast U.S. were a harbinger of America's future under Democrats, casting Biden as a socialist in a strategy that Republicans have frequently turned to in recent years. “Gas shortages now, food shortages tomorrow?” tweeted Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren. “Wow ... starting to feel like socialism is on the way....” In another narrative, posts equated Biden to former President Jimmy Carter who saw his presidency crumble as a result of the 1979 fuel shortage. A statement from former President Donald Trump on Wednesday, amplified by conservative websites including Breitbart News, branded a laundry list of national and global challenges as Biden's fault. “Jimmy mishandled crisis after crisis, but Biden has CREATED crisis after crisis," Trump wrote. “First there was the Biden Border Crisis (that he refuses to call a Crisis), then the Biden Economic Crisis, then the Biden Israel Crisis, and now the Biden Gas Crisis.” Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity on Tuesday first broadcast the graphic of Biden smiling with the words “Biden’s Gas Crisis,” a term that later gained momentum on Facebook and Twitter. Recent world events have challenged the Biden administration in its economic goals. Over the past week, it has faced a disappointing monthly jobs report, worrisome signs of inflation and escalating violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip with deaths that could foreshadow a war in the Middle East. All the while, Biden is still attempting to vaccinate the nation against the coronavirus, distribute hundreds of billions of dollars in economic aid and negotiate his own infrastructure and families plans that total a combined $4 trillion. Higher energy prices often have political fallout, complicating reelection campaigns for incumbents outside oil-producing regions. With gas prices already rising as COVID-19 restrictions loosen and Americans travel more, the pipeline's shutdown has created an even worse public relations problem for Biden. Fuel hoarding and lines at the pump have made it difficult to gain control of the narrative. The Biden administration's message that the problem was a supply crunch rather than a gas shortage, while accurate, didn't satisfy Americans who couldn't find gas to fill their cars, according to Doug Heye, a Republican strategist based in Washington. “You have Republican division over the House Republican Conference and you had a hearing yesterday where people were basically denying what happened on Jan. 6,” Heye said. “If you want to push a conservative message, the Biden administration just did you a favor.” Ali Swenson, The Associated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It was one year ago that a solemn Gov. Gavin Newsom walked onto a podium in California's capital city, removed his mask and announced he would raise taxes on businesses, slash spending on public education and cut the salaries of more than 233,000 state workers. Newsom will return to that same podium on Friday, only this time he will have more than $100 billion of surplus cash to dole out in his revised budget, a motherlode that comes in a year when it's expected a recall election will allow voters to decide whether to fire him a year before his term ends. California's budget bonanza is an apt reflection of the pandemic, an unpredictable roller coaster that often left officials in the nation's most populous state baffled about what was coming next. The state's one-time surplus — nearly $76 billion, Newsom says — is largely because the governor and Democratic-controlled Legislature overreacted last year to a pandemic-induced economic downturn that was not nearly as severe as first feared. The rest of the extra money comes from $27 billion in federal coronavirus aid. While millions of low-wage earners lost their jobs and struggled to navigate the state's overwhelmed unemployment benefits system, most middle and, especially, high-income earners worked from home and kept paying taxes. California relies heavily on the wealthiest taxpayers, who generally did well during the pandemic. That greatly boosted state revenues and provided a budget surplus. Newsom has heralded the surplus, and the economy that underlies it, as a rebuke of recent criticism of the state's purported decline — a theme pushed in recent days by news of the state's first recorded population decline and loss of a congressional seat due to reapportionment. Speaking at a virtual breakfast on Thursday hosted by the California Chamber of Commerce, Newsom compared California to the New York Yankees, the Major League Baseball team people love to hate because of the team's historic success. “Don't believe all those headlines of people that have been trying to take us down for decades,” Newsom said. “Someone described it like hating on the Yankees or something. That's the sort of attitude people have about California.” Newsom has already said what he wants to do with some of the state's extra money, as he toured the state this week for a series of announcements designed to get maximum media exposure leading up to Friday. Monday, he said 11 million people would get direct payments of up to $1,100 and pledged to set aside $7.2 billion to pay off people's outstanding rent and utility bills. He also said he would spend $6 billion on water and drought issues. Tuesday, he said he would spend $8.75 billion to create 46,000 housing units for the homeless, plus another $3.5 billion to help people pay their rent. Wednesday, he said all 4-year-olds in California could go to kindergarten for free, while also pledging $5 billion to create after-school and summer school programs for districts with high concentrations of underprivileged students. Thursday, he said he would take $1.5 billion in federal aid and give it to small business owners hurt by the pandemic while also pledging new funding for a variety of business assistance programs. Despite the flurry of announcements, there are still a number of areas Newsom has not addressed. State workers are waiting to see if he will restore their pay cuts. Immigrant health care advocates are waiting to see if he will extend government-funded health insurance to adults 65 and over living in the country illegally, as he has pledged to do in the past. And critics, too, are waiting to see if he will address the state's scandal plagued Employment Development Department, which has paid out billions of dollars in fraudulent benefits to prison inmates while legitimate claimants have seen weeks of delays. “Is today the day the Governor will announce (again) that he’s fixing the EDD? Or are we moving on to new promises that will never come to fruition?” Republican Assemblyman James Gallagher tweeted. Adam Beam, The Associated Press
How the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting every state
From 16 May to 13 June, only takeaway and delivery options will be allowed for all dine-in F&B establishments.
The permissible group size for distinct visitors per household and social gatherings will be cut from five to two persons, said the multi-ministerial taskforce (MTF) on COVID-19 on Friday (14 May), amid a spike in community cases of the coronavirus in Singapore.
U.S. investors grappling with the latest stock volatility and evidence of inflation say they have been positioning themselves for more unexpected kinks in the road to recovery. The moves to hold assets that could withstand a prolonged surge in inflation come as data earlier in the week showed U.S. consumer prices rose by the largest amount in 12 years in April in a jump that was well above Wall Street's expectations. Bottlenecks in global supply chains and scarcity in the labor market were among the reasons for the surge in prices, Labor Department data showed.
Now Kroger is closing stores where communities are requiring hazard pay.
The T20 World Cup may become a 20 team tournament.
Talk host Bill Maher, who's fully vaccinated, was found to be positive for COVID after a weekly 'Real Time' test. He's asymptomatic and feeling fine.
PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker made two free throws with 2.4 seconds remaining to give the Phoenix Suns a 118-117 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night. Phoenix moved within a game of Utah for the No. 1 seed in the NBA and Western Conference with two games to play. Booker’s foul shots were set up when Portland’s Robert Covington was fouled and missed both free throws with 4.4 seconds left, giving the Suns one last chance. Booker was fouled by Norman Powell as he went up for a jumper. Portland’s C.J. McCollum missed a 3-point shot at the buzzer — after an apparent over-and-back violation — to end it. Chris Paul led Phoenix with 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting. Mikal Bridges had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Booker had 18 points but shot just 5 of 17 from the field. Damian Lillard scored a game-high 41 points on 16-of-23 shooting for Portland, which had its five-game winning streak stopped. McCollum had 27 points. Phoenix played without center Deandre Ayton, who missed his first game of the season with a sore left knee. HEAT 106, 76ERS 94 MIAMI (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored 21 points, Bam Adebayo had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Miami beat Philadelphia to hold onto the No. 5 spot in the Eastern Conference. Tyler Herro scored 18 points, Goran Dragic had 15 and Kendrick Nunn added 13. Miami captain Udonis Haslem got his first minutes of the season in the first half, scoring four points and getting ejected with two technical fouls in just under three minutes. Tobias Harris scored 21 points, Shake Milton added 12 and Danny Green had 11 for Philadelphia, which could have wrapped up the East’s No. 1 seed with a win. Joel Embiid, who was dealing with the flu earlier in the week, managed only six points on 3-for-9 shooting. Miami is 39-31, tied with No. 4 Atlanta and No. 6 New York. The Hawks hold a tiebreaker over the Heat; the Heat hold a tiebreaker over the Knicks. KNICKS 102, SPURS 98 NEW YORK (AP) — Alec Burks scored a season-high 30 points in his return from a three-game absence and New York kept up its chase of home-court advantage in the playoffs by rallying to beat San Antonio. The Spurs secured the final spot in the Western Conference play-in tournament later when Sacramento lost at Memphis. Julius Randle had 25 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for the Knicks. They are a half-game behind Atlanta as they battle the Hawks and Miami for the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference. RJ Barrett scored 19 of his 24 points in the second half for the Knicks, who clinched their first postseason berth since 2013 on Wednesday when Boston lost in Cleveland. DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points for the Spurs. BUCKS 142, PACERS 133 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 40 points, 15 rebounds and six assists and Milwaukee wore down short-handed Indiana. Indiana dressed just 10 players due to injuries and didn’t have a defensive answer for Antetokounmpo, the two-time NBA MVP who made 14 of 18 shots from the field — six on uncontested dunks — and hit 11 of 16 free throws. The Bucks moved within a game of the Brooklyn Nets for the Eastern Conference’s No. 2 playoff seed. Khris Middleton added 22 points, Brook Lopez had 21, and Jrue Holiday finished with 20 points and 14 assists. Four of the seven ruled-out Pacers were starters, then All-Star forward Domantas Sabonis came out after tweaking his left knee in the third quarter. Sabonis had 10 points, 14 assists and six rebounds when he sat down. Justin Holiday led the Pacers with 26 points. HAWKS 116, MAGIC 93 ATLANTA (AP) — Bogdan Bogdanovich scored 27 points, Trae Young added 18 and Atlanta beat Orlando for its third straight victory. Clint Capela added 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Hawks a day after they clinched their first playoff berth since 2016-17. Atlanta has the NBA’s longest active home winning streak at 10 games and has won 18 of its last 20 at State Farm Arena. R.J. Hampton led the Magic with 15 points. CLIPPERS 113, HORNETS 90 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Paul George had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Reggie Jackson made five 3-pointers and had 19 points and Los Angeles handed Charlotte its fourth loss in five games. Kawhi Leonard added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers. They are third in the Western Conferece, a game ahead of Denver. LaMelo Ball had 18 points and seven assists for the Hornets in their regular-season home finale. NUGGETS 114, TIMBERWOLVES 103 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nikola Jokic scored 16 of his 31 points in the first quarter in Denver's victory over Minnesota. JaVale McGee had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Vlatko Cancar scored a career-high 14 points off the bench. Anthony Edwards scored 18 of his 29 points in the third quarter for Minnesota. Karl-Anthony Towns added 20 points and 11 rebounds. BULLS 114, RAPTORS 102 CHICAGO (AP) — Zach LaVine scored 24 points, Lauri Markkanen added 20 and Chicago beat short-handed Toronto. The Bulls pulled within two games of idle Washington with two remaining for 10th place in the Eastern Conference and the final play-in spot. Johnson led Toronto with a career-high 35 points. He made six 3s and had 10 rebounds. GRIZZLIES 116, KINGS 110 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Dillon Brooks scored 30 points and Memphis beat Sacramento to eliminate the Kings for Western Conference play-in contention. Jonas Valanciunas had 24 points and 13 rebounds for Memphis in the opener of the back-to-back set. Justin James scored a career-high 31 points for Sacramento. The Associated Press
While it’s not quite Super Bowl levels, the secondary market prices for the Brady-Belichick reunion is already unprecedented for a regular-season game.
Amritsar (Punjab) [India], May 14 (ANI): Amid a surge in COVID-19, people in most parts of the country offered namaz at their homes while in Punjab people gathered in large numbers at Amritsar's Jama Masjid Khairuddin Hall Bazar to offer namaz on the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr on Friday.
New Delhi [India], May 14 (ANI): As many as 3,43,144 new COVID-19 cases and 3,44,776 recoveries were reported in India in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry reported on Friday, taking the total cases in the country to 2,40,46,809.
Troylana Manson still wonders how things might have turned out differently if her son had received more support when he was living with addictions. Aaron Manson died at his parents' house in Kamloops, B.C., on April 26 after what his mother says was an accidental overdose. He was 26. His mother, a kindergarten teacher in the southern Interior city, says Aaron grew up with severe anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and had a lengthy battle with substance use, particularly alcohol and cocaine use. Manson remembers Aaron as a talented guitarist and workout enthusiast who loved to interact with people. But she said he didn't feel comfortable disclosing his own struggles to friends and didn't want his family to tell anyone. "We talked to him… 'Be sure to share things with your friends because they're the link to helping you through these things.' He didn't really want to," she said Thursday to Shelley Joyce, the host of CBC's Daybreak Kamloops. British Columbia has witnessed more than 7,000 toxicity deaths from illicit drugs since the province declared a public health emergency five years ago due to the overdose crisis. Last year was the deadliest year on record with 1,716 lives lost. Sixty of those people were from Kamloops. Aaron Manson is remembered by his family and friends as a talented guitarist.(Submitted by Troylana Manson) Manson recalls that Aaron had a lot of fun watching the Ultimate Fighting Championship and cooking dinner with his family on the Saturday before his death. But she noticed something strange about Aaron when she and her husband left town for the Okanagan on Sunday. "We were in contact with him and he said that he was with a buddy," she said. "Usually when he says he's with a buddy and he doesn't name the person, a little red flag goes up." Manson says she was jubilant when Aaron returned home safe around 1:30 a.m. PT on Monday. "He came home and then he was up cooking the second part of the stir-fry that he made on the UFC night," she said. "He was chopping up vegetables two, three, four o'clock in the morning. He was making his meal." Aaron went to bed around 6 a.m., but never woke up. "I got up at around 9," Manson said. "I went over beside him and I touched him on the shoulder and I said, 'Honey, it's time to wake up,' and he didn't move at all." "I shook his arm fully expecting him to be startled, and he didn't wake up," she continued. "That's when my stomach sank. I knew something was wrong." Manson says the ambulance arrived two minutes after her family called 911, but it was too late. Looking back, Manson says Aaron might be still alive now if his family and friends had created a more supportive environment where he could speak freely about his addiction issues. "It was the secrets and the guilt and shame that kept him from seeking that help," she said. "He should have been able to tell [us] at six o'clock that morning 'I've taken something and I'm not sure about it.' " Troylana Manson says her son Aaron's life could have been saved if his family and friends had created a more supportive environment where he could open up about this addiction issues without guilt and shame.(Submitted by Troylana Manson) And she says a safe supply of drugs would have rescued Aaron. "If he had a safe supply, then he would be still using [drugs], but he would be on the road to recovery," she said. "It [addiction] may have petered itself out because his desire for recovery was so strong." Tap the link below to hear Troylana Manson's interview on Daybreak Kamloops:
N&O Innovation and Technology Newsletter: May 14, 2021
As work continues on Library Square, a new temporary downtown space will serve as a gathering place in Aurora’s historic downtown core. Work is set to get underway on Machell’s Alley, a transformation of a vacant lot just north of the Clocktower/Post Office building on Yonge Street. As reported by The Auroran last month, the space, donated by Yonge Developments Inc., has been spearheaded by the Aurora Downtown BIA and will serve as a place for residents to congregate before and after frequenting local businesses, all the while practicing social distancing. “The Machell’s Alley revitalization is an excellent example of collaborative efforts to support local businesses,” said Mayor Tom Mrakas in a statement. “By working together, we can continue to build awareness of Downtown Aurora while providing a vibrant and inviting space for residents and visitors to enjoy.” Once work transforming the site is completed, it will have open-air seating for residents to not only enjoy local food, but entertainment as well – and its new name has been chosen as a tribute to early trailblazers who started businesses in Machell’s Corners, the community that sprang up around Yonge and Wellington that eventually became known as Aurora. “The location at 15217 Yonge Street has a fascinating history being the site of a blacksmith shop in the 1870s,” said the Town. “This early shop was torn down and a new building erected in 1908 which housed Philip De La Haye’s Blacksmith Shop, John Morning’s Garage, Wilson’s Hardware, North York Heating, Plumbing & Electrical, and finally a second-hand furniture store before being torn down in 1991. “Machell’s Alley is a nod to all the early trailblazing entrepreneurs in the area and a symbol of the support for current business owners during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Brock Weir, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Auroran