Of course, Sacha Baron Cohen made a joke when he reacted to his Golden Globe nominations on Wednesday. "I’m so honored — and in the event that we don’t win, I promise to hire Rudy Giuliani to contest the results," he said.
Of course, Sacha Baron Cohen made a joke when he reacted to his Golden Globe nominations on Wednesday. "I’m so honored — and in the event that we don’t win, I promise to hire Rudy Giuliani to contest the results," he said.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida officials are recommending that the state's antiquated unemployment processing system be replaced after a review confirmed what had long been known: a broken system full of glitches that was incapable of handling the unprecedented deluge of jobless claims spawned by the coronavirus outbreak. The state's Department of Economic Opportunity is recommending that the current system, known as CONNECT, be discarded and replaced with a more robust and modern system that employs cloud-based technology that could allow the system to more nimbly respond to increased demands. The department, which oversees the state's unemployment system, is asking lawmakers for $73 million over the next two years to modernize the system that left hundreds of thousands of jobless Floridians without unemployment checks for weeks and sometimes months. The director of the agency, Dane Eagle, told lawmakers Monday that Florida was not alone in its struggles. “We are far behind in where we need to be,” he said. “Florida is not the only state to experience these challenges." But as the unemployment rate surged when businesses closed, Florida was among the slowest states — if not the slowest — in getting unemployment checks to those with no other income to pay mortgages, rents and other necessities. Glenn Barca, a 53-year-old self-employed driver who had to max out his credit cards to pay bills and groceries while waiting months for his unemployment checks, said it took 70 to 80 attempts just to complete a simple application process because the website repeatedly crashed. “The process was a nightmare,” said Barca, who typically makes the bulk of his income during Florida’s busy tourist season until the pandemic halted travel. “Although late, it’s still never too late to try and get answers so we can hopefully begin to see drastic changes,” he said Monday. Gov. Ron DeSantis, who likened the benefits claim system to an “old jalopy” breaking down at the Daytona 500, ordered the inspector general to investigate. The Economic Opportunity Department launched a review of its own, and the results were presented Monday to the legislative select committee on pandemic preparedness and response. The report makes clear that the system was neither prepared nor responsive at a time of crisis, when some 1.3 million Floridians, at the peak of unemployment in April, tried to access benefits through online portals that continually crashed or phone systems that only added to frustrations. The long awaited inspector general’s report could be released in a matter of weeks. The inspector general’s findings are current being reviewed by economic opportunity officials. The CONNECT system prompted concern from the start. Soon after the online portal launched in October 2013, it was beset by system crashes that prevented people from claiming benefits. Despite previous audits that identified numerous glitches, many of the problems were never addressed. Those same system failures prevented people from accessing the system. Tonya Olson, a physical therapist, waited three months for her first payment due to the faulty system. She had to borrow money from a friend and had to move twice so she could afford rent. She criticized DeSantis, saying he turned his back on hard working Floridians “when they needed leadership, support and protection from the effects of a worldwide pandemic,” she said. “So much unnecessary suffering has occurred as people‘s lives were upended through no fault of their own. Tragic, heartbreaking and criminal.” Critics warned that the system was doomed to fail. “Unfortunately, as it turns out, we were absolutely correct," said Democratic state Rep. Evan Jenne, the House minority co-leader. Since the start of the pandemic, more than 3.1 million people have filed unemployment claims in Florida. The state has paid out more than $23.1 billion in benefits — less than a fourth of that from the state's reemployment assistance program. The rest of the funds came from federal pandemic relief packages, some of it earmarked to supplement meagre unemployment checks and to provide benefits to gig workers and others who were not eligible for traditional state benefits. The state's electronic portal was initially unable to process claims filed by freelancers and other independent contractors, adding to confusion, frustration and anger. The state eventually put in place a parallel electronic system to handle claims from nontraditional workers. In fact the state's electronic portal was so overwhelmed that state officials reverted to filing claims on paper forms. As part of its just-completed review, the Department of Economic Opportunity is also asking lawmakers for authority to establish an Office of Accountability and Transparency, but it was unclear in a presentation submitted to the pandemic committee exactly what its role would be. In addition, it wants to create a Reemployment Assistance Modernization Strategic Planning Office to oversee the modernization effort. The new money requested by the Economic Opportunity Department adds to the $39 million COVID-19-related outlays in its current year budget. The $73 billion being requested for the next two years would nearly double the department’s budget during the same time period. A more modest $8 million is also being requested to supplement the department's typical annual budget of $41.3 million in the three years after. Before the pandemic, the Reemployment Assistance System budget was about $12 million annually. Meanwhile, the state’s Unemployment Benefit Trust Fund has been dramatically depleted. Its balance is now just $777 million -- less than a fifth of the $4 billion it had before the pandemic. Bobby Caina Calvan, The Associated Press
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New York, New York--(Newsfile Corp. - March 1, 2021) - The Klein Law Firm announces that a class action complaint has been filed on behalf of shareholders of Tricida, Inc. (NASDAQ: TCDA) alleging that the Company violated federal securities laws.Class Period: September 4, 2019 and October 28, 2020Lead Plaintiff Deadline: March 8, 2021Learn more about your recoverable losses in TCDA:http://www.kleinstocklaw.com/pslra-1/tricida-inc-loss-submission-form?id=13217&from=5The filed complaint alleges that Tricida, Inc. made materially false and/or misleading statements and/or failed ...
NEW YORK, March 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DHB Capital Corp. (the “Company”) announced today that it priced its initial public offering of 25,000,000 units, at $10.00 per unit. The units will be listed on The Nasdaq Capital Market (“Nasdaq”) and trade under the ticker symbol “DHBCU” beginning March 2, 2021. Each unit consists of one share of Class A common stock and one-third of one redeemable warrant. Each whole warrant entitles the holder thereof to purchase one share of Class A common stock at a price of $11.50 per share. Only whole warrants are exercisable. Once the securities comprising the units begin separate trading, the shares of Class A common stock and redeemable warrants are expected to be listed on Nasdaq under the symbols “DHBC” and “DHBCW,” respectively. The Company is a blank check company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. While the Company may pursue an initial business combination target in any industry, it currently intends to concentrate its efforts in identifying businesses in the financial and business services industry, with a focus on differentiated financial services and financial services-adjacent platforms. The Company is led by Richard M. DeMartini, Co-Executive Chairman, Robert J. Hurst, Co-Executive Chairman, and Alex Binderow, Chief Executive Officer, President and Director. BofA Securities and RBC Capital Markets, LLC are acting as joint book-running managers in the offering. The Company has granted the underwriters a 45-day option to purchase up to an additional 3,750,000 units at the initial public offering price to cover over-allotments, if any. The offering is being made only by means of a prospectus. When available, copies of the prospectus may be obtained from BofA Securities, Attention: Prospectus Department, NC1-004-03-43, 200 North College Street, 3rd floor, Charlotte, NC 28255-0001, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org; or RBC Capital Markets, LLC, Attn: RBC Capital Markets, LLC, Attn: Equity Syndicate, 200 Vesey Street, 8th Floor, New York, New York 10821, telephone: (877) 822-4089 or email: email@example.com. A registration statement relating to the securities has been filed with, and was declared effective by, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on March 1, 2021. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains statements that constitute “forward-looking statements,” including with respect to the proposed initial public offering and the anticipated use of the net proceeds. No assurance can be given that the offering discussed above will be completed on the terms described, or at all, or that the net proceeds of the offering will be used as indicated. Forward-looking statements are subject to numerous conditions, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, including those set forth in the Risk Factors section of the Company’s registration statement and preliminary prospectus for the Company’s offering filed with the SEC. Copies of these documents are available on the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements for revisions or changes after the date of this release, except as required by law. Contact Alex Binderow Chief Executive OfficerDHB Capital Corp.5 Brewster Street #2105Glen Cove, NY 11542Tel: (646) 450-5664
OTTAWA — A national panel of vaccine experts says provinces should not use the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on seniors, opening the door for provinces to start vaccinating younger populations with the newly authorized vaccine much earlier than expected. But similar advice initially issued in Europe began to be revisited Monday, with France overturning its earlier decision against using it on seniors, and Germany in the midst of reconsidering it. The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was authorized for use Friday on all adults, including seniors, but the National Advisory Committee on Immunization is concerned there is limited data on how well the vaccine will work in older populations. There are no concerns that the vaccine is unsafe for use, but the NACI panel said in its recommendations the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are preferred for people 65 years old and above "due to suggested superior efficacy." NACI says Oxford-AstraZeneca should be offered to people under 65 as long as the benefits of getting a good vaccine earlier outweigh any limitations the vaccine may have in terms of effectiveness. Individuals should be made aware of those limitations and how long they might otherwise wait for an mRNA vaccine, the advice says. The panel's advice helps provincial governments determine how best to use the vaccines available to them, but provinces can make their own calls about what to do. It will now be up to provinces to determine if they open up vaccinations with Oxford-AstraZeneca to individuals under the age of 65. Until now, provinces have not anticipated expanding the vaccination campaign to include people younger than that for several more months, most in what they call Phase 2 or even Phase 3, of their vaccine program. Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro said the provincial government has decided to follow NACI's advice and not give Oxford-AstraZeneca to anyone over the age of 65. "How that's going to change the administration of those who are in Phase 2 is still to be determined," he said. "We'll be making those decisions and announcing them fairly soon." The NACI advice follows similar plans in many European countries. The European Medicines Agency said the vaccine could be used on all adults, but a number of countries decided not to use it for seniors because of the limited clinical data. However, France reversed course Monday, with French Health Minister Olivier Véran saying Oxford-AstraZeneca was, along with Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, remarkably effective against COVID-19. A study released last week by Public Health Scotland, where the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been in use since Dec. 30, found COVID-19-related hospital admissions among seniors fell 94 per cent after getting the vaccine. Nearly 500,000 people in the study had received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, most of them over the age of 80. When vaccines are tested in clinical trials, thousands of participants get the vaccine and a similar number receive a placebo. The vaccine maker then waits until a minimum number of people are infected with COVID-19, and compares how many of those infected got the vaccine and how many did not. Not enough seniors were among the group who did get infected with COVID-19 to be useful to draw conclusions in the Oxford-AstraZeneca trial. However, data on blood samples showed seniors given the vaccine did develop the antibodies to COVID-19 in similar levels to younger individuals. Pifzer-BioNTech and Moderna both had more substantial data for older participants in the clinical trials. Both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna reported about 95 per cent effectiveness at preventing COVID-19 overall, while Oxford-AstraZeneca reported its vaccine to be about 62 per cent effective. Dr. Supriya Sharma, the chief medical adviser at Health Canada overseeing the regulatory review, said Health Canada's authorization is not out of step with the NACI recommendations. Sharma said Health Canada noted the concerns about clinical data but authorized the vaccine for use because the data showed the vaccine to be both safe and effective in all adults. "I agree with the recommendation," she said Monday in an interview with The Canadian Press. She said the preference is for those most vulnerable to get the vaccines with the best data available, but for those who are less vulnerable, getting this vaccine now could provide a significant benefit to them and to reducing overall COVID-19 caseloads. This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 1, 2021. Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press
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A court hearing for 47 democracy activists charged under Hong Kong's national security law was set to resume Tuesday after a marathon session that was adjourned well past midnight after one defendant appeared to collapse and was taken away in an ambulance. The court is weighing whether to grant bail to the activists, who were detained and charged Sunday over their involvement in an unofficial primary election last year that authorities say was part of a plot to paralyze Hong Kong's government. The national security law, which China imposed on Hong Kong eight months ago in response to months of anti-government protests, makes it a crime to overthrow, seriously interfere in, disrupt or undermine Hong Kong's government.
(Submitted by Frontier Fishing Lodge - image credit) Łutsël K'é Dene First Nation is "outraged" that more than a year after purchasing the Frontier Fishing Lodge, they are stuck in a "bureaucratic trap" over permits, says Chief Darryl Marlowe. The First Nation is concerned that unless licensing issues are resolved "there won't be a business left to license," Marlowe said in a Monday news release. "The crushing impacts of GNWT bureaucracy and the collapse of the tourism industry as a result of the COVID[-19] pandemic meant that 2020 was a complete write-off for the lodge," wrote Marlowe. The lodge was a significant investment by the First Nation in support of its vision for Thaidene Nëné National Park Reserve — to create local jobs and build a sustainable local economy for Lutselk'e. Chief Darryl Marlowe said unless licensing issues are resolved 'there won't be a business left to license.' In the fall, the premier said exemptions were coming for operators while the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs created new guidelines. But the Łutsël K'é Dene First Nation (LKDFN) says the territorial government backtracked on that commitment. "We were promised a solution by the premier, but it's now clear that the officials are unable to deliver on that promise in time for us to operate in 2021," wrote Marlowe. "Unless that changes, the consequences for our business and our community will be significant." LKDFN's tourism development manager Ray Griffith said the lodge is losing out on potential staycation bookings, and that another meeting is not scheduled with the territorial government until April. N.W.T. government says regulations forthcoming On Feb. 10, Municipal and Community Affairs Minister Paulie Chinna wrote to NWT Tourism chairperson Harold Grinde that the fire marshal would be able to implement the new approach to licensing over the next month. "With the lodge owner's participation, the approach should allow for further regulatory applications, including any licensing requirements, prior to the upcoming tourist season and limit operational impacts to the lodge owner," she wrote. A policy change also required the lodge to get a license through the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs to obtain a liquor license. The First Nation's position is that the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) should not be licensing remote lodges, wrote Marlowe in a Feb. 5 letter to Premier Caroline Cochrane. He argued it should only need a tourism operator license through Industry, Tourism and Investment. "I'm incredibly frustrated that more than a year has passed since Łutsël K'é First Nation purchased Frontier Lodge, and we still do not have any clarity on how to secure the necessary licenses and permits we need to operate," he said. The CBC has requested more information about MACA's progress on permitting and regulations for remote lodges like Frontier.
Rape allegations have shaken Canberra to its core – and may now be hitting the PM in the polls A double-digit deterioration in perceptions of Scott Morrison’s personal attributes has been wholly driven by female voters ‘Over the last year, men’s perceptions of the PM have barely changed, while on some indicators the PM has suffered double-digit deterioration amongst female voters.’ Photograph: Jenny Evans/Getty Images
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The dollar stood firm against its low-yielding peers on Tuesday on bets of a faster economic recovery and greater tolerance of higher U.S. bond yields, while the Australian dollar looked to guidance from the country's central bank. The common currency was under pressure as top officials from the European Central Bank sounded alarm over rises in bond yields. President Christine Lagarde said on Monday the ECB will prevent a premature increase in borrowing costs for firms and households.
(Ben Nelms/CBC - image credit) A lawyer for Meng Wanzhou wants the judge overseeing the Huawei executive's extradition case to see evidence he claims will show the U.S. account of Meng's alleged crimes is misleading. At the first day of a week-long B.C Supreme Court hearing, Frank Addario said the record of the case that prosecutors provided to the court is "manifestly unreliable" because it fails to mention that bank officials were fully aware of facts Meng is accused of trying to hide. Meng, who is Huawei's chief financial officer, is charged with fraud and conspiracy in New York. She is accused of lying to an HSBC executive in Hong Kong in 2013 by using a PowerPoint presentation to convince him Huawei had no control over SkyCom — a firm accused of violating U.S. economic sanctions against Iran. The Crown claims the bank risked loss and prosecution because managers relied on the 49-year-old's alleged lies in deciding to continue handling financial transactions for Huawei. But Addario said the documents he wants Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes to consider will show that a global relationship manager for HSBC was fully aware of the complicated relationship between the telecommunications giant and its subsidiaries. "Once you see all of this evidence … the picture that emerges is a different picture of HSBC employees generally and the decision makers," Addario told Holmes. Meng sits behind defence lawyer Frank Addario as he argues that new evidence should be included as part of the extradition proceedings against his client. 'Limited weighing of the evidence' The application to cite additional evidence preceded arguments the defence is expected to make later this week in a bid to have the case tossed because of alleged threats by former U.S. president Donald Trump's to use Meng as a pawn in a global trade war. In order to expedite extradition proceedings the record of the case provided to the court in order to render a person to another country is held to be presumptively reliable. A judge is supposed to consider whether — on first view — the requesting state has made a case for prosecution, but is not supposed to conduct a full trial. According to one of Holmes' earlier rulings, she can't consider the general strength of the case, but can conduct a "limited weighing of the evidence." The defence can argue to include its own evidence if it will show the record of the case is unreliable — but judges won't generally admit evidence that speaks to the credibility of witnesses, or offers alternate inferences of the facts like a trial defence. 'Manifestly unreliable and misleading' Addario said the U.S. record of the case says Meng claimed SkyCom was free of Huawei's control — because the company was sold to a third party called Canicula Holdings when in reality, Huawei held the purse strings for Canicula's finances as well. The defence lawyer said the evidence he hopes to include shows senior executives at Huawei and HSBC were in contact with each other and that a bank official tasked with considering risk was well aware that Canicula was under Huawei's control. Addario said the HSBC manager knew the whole time "that SkyCom was sold to Canicula and Huawei controlled Canicula's bank accounts and thus Huawei continued to control SkyCom." "It is manifestly unreliable and misleading to advance an allegation that he was told SkyCom was sold to a third party without telling the court that he knew the third party was controlled by Huawei," he said. Addario said the official who met with Meng in Hong Kong in 2013 would have had to be living in a "silo" not to have been aware of what everyone else on HSBC's global risk committee knew. The defence claims evidence will show that HSBC senior staff were aware that Huawei controlled a company accused of violating U.S. economic sanctions against Iran. 'Save it for the trial' Crown lawyer Robert Frater urged Holmes to reject the defence application, saying Meng's lawyers were trying to force the judge outside of the "limited role" the law provides. He said extradition is supposed to be a speedy process between countries — not a trial. He said the kind of evidence Addario wants to introduce is "textbook" inadmissible, because it speaks to witness credibility and alternate inferences of facts. Frater said questions about what witnesses should have known with regards to Huawei's control of SkyCom were exactly the kind of points Meng could raise on cross-examination if she is rendered to New York. "Save it for the trial," Frater said. The Crown lawyer also pointed out that Monday was the first day of what is scheduled to be seven weeks of extradition proceedings spread out over the next two and a half months. He said Holmes would end up thinking he sounded like a "broken record" because he wants to bring "focus" to a well-established process Meng's lawyers are trying to bog down with applications and allegations the judge should reject. A decision on the application is expected to take several weeks. The hearing is expected to continue on Wednesday with arguments about Trump. If Addario is successful, the evidence will be relied upon during a separate hearing at which the defence will claim the U.S. has misled Canada about the strength of its case.
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