Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City Thunder) with a 2-pointer vs the Denver Nuggets, 02/27/2021
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City Thunder) with a 2-pointer vs the Denver Nuggets, 02/27/2021
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The European Commission is looking to launch legal action against AstraZeneca for underdelivering Covid-19 vaccine doses to the EU, diplomats said Thursday. The European Union (EU) executive informed member state envoys of its plans on Wednesday, the diplomats told French news agency AFP, confirming information first published by the Politico website.They said any lawsuit against AstraZeneca would begin in a Belgian court -- the jurisdiction agreed under the commission's contract with the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company.One EU diplomat said the commission wanted EU member states -- which also had a role in negotiating the Covid-19 vaccine contracts for the bloc -- to back the lawsuit and to say so by the end of this week."The problem is that the member states do not know the complaint" being formulated, the diplomat said. "It is a sensitive procedure and you do not want to further damage trust in the vaccine."Another diplomat said that "not all member states are in agreement" on taking the company to court, stressing that their aim was simply to have AstraZeneca deliver the doses it had promised in its contract.A quarter of doses delivered in the EUSo far, AstraZeneca has delivered just 30 million of the 120 million doses it had promised, and it has warned it will likewise provide just 70 million of the 180 million more meant to be delivered over the rest of this year.Public confidence in the AstraZeneca jab - now known as Vaxzevria - has taken a blow after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said it was likely linked to a very rare, but often fatal, form of blood clots affecting the brain.The EMA and the commission have not changed their stance on a general use of AstraZeneca, saying its benefits outweighed the risks, but several EU countries have restricted it to older citizens, aged over 50, 55 or 60. France suspends AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine over blood clot fears EU regulators say blood clots due to AstraZeneca jab are very rare side effectsAstraZeneca's French-Australian boss, Pascal Soriot, has argued that his company's contract with the EU binds it only to a "best reasonable efforts" clause.But the commission says the rest of the contract shows greater legal responsibility than that, and EU diplomats and lawmakers have pointed out that the company has largely delivered promised doses to Britain, where it is headquartered.The European Commission did not confirm the reports of planned legal action."What matters is that we ensure the delivery of a sufficient number of doses in line with the company's earlier commitments," a spokesman said."Together with the member states, we are looking at all options to make this happen," he said.(with AFP)
LONDON — British lawmakers on Thursday approved a parliamentary motion declaring that China's policies against its Uyghur minority population in the far western Xinjiang region amounted to genocide and crimes against humanity. The motion is non-binding and does not compel the British government to act. But it is another move signalling the growing outcry among U.K. politicians over alleged human rights abuses in China. The motion was moved by Conservative lawmaker Nus Ghani, one of five British lawmakers recently sanctioned by China for criticizing its treatment of the Uyghurs. “There is a misunderstanding that genocide is just one act — mass killing. That is false,” she said, adding that all the criteria of genocide — an intention to destroy in whole or in part a national, ethnic, racial or religious group — “are evidenced as taking place in Xinjiang.” The U.S. government and the parliaments of Belgium, the Netherlands and Canada have accused Beijing of genocide, although Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been reluctant to use the term. More than 1 million people have been confined to camps in Xinjiang, according to foreign governments and researchers. Authorities there are accused of imposing forced labour, systematic forced birth control and torture in mass internment camps. The Chinese government has strongly rejected complaints of abuses and says the camps are for job training to support economic development and combat Islamic radicalism. The government is pressing foreign clothing and shoe brands to reverse decisions to stop using cotton from Xinjiang due to reports of possible forced labour there. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has faced increasing pressure from within his own Conservative government to take a tougher stance against Beijing over human rights abuses. British parliamentarians have repeatedly tried to push through a bill aiming to give the High Court the right to decide whether a country is committing genocide — and ultimately block U.K. trade deals with China — but the moves were defeated by the government. Johnson has warned against a “Cold War mentality” towards China and maintained it’s important to nurture partnerships with Beijing. Last month Britain, alongside the European Union, Canada and the United States launched co-ordinated sanctions against a handful of officials in China over the Uyghur issue, provoking swift retaliation from Beijing. British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the measures were part of “intensive diplomacy” to force action amid mounting evidence about serious rights abuses against the Uyghur Muslim people. The Associated Press
NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — A man who stabbed two high school students in Abbotsford, B.C., more than four years ago has been found criminally responsible for his actions. Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes of the B.C. Supreme Court rejected Gabriel Klein's argument that he suffered a mental disorder that made him unable to appreciate the nature of his actions or that they were wrong. Klein was convicted last year for the murder of 13-year-old Letisha Reimer and the aggravated assault of her friend in the rotunda of Abbotsford Senior Secondary in 2016. The ruling means the case will now proceed to his sentencing. Klein, who has schizophrenia, applied for a hearing over criminal responsibility as sentencing was set to begin in September. He later testified that he believed he was stabbing a witch and a monster. The Canadian Press
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced it is working with the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF), as part of a joint mission to ensure that high-risk racial and ethnic populations and communities receive increased access to quality healthcare. NMQF uses evidence-based, data-driven initiatives to guide programs and deliver educational and advocacy programs, a national health index, research and community-based programs. In collaboration with Philips, NMQF will work to raise awareness and support of key issues such as maternal mortality among Black women, leveraging Philips resources and technology to help close the healthcare disparities gaps.
Charles Schwab Corp is looking "closely" and "cautiously" at the cryptocurrency market and is waiting for regulators to give more guidance around the digital currencies before considering offering crypto capabilities on its platform, the head of the brokerage said on Thursday. "We would like to see more regulatory clarity," Schwab Chief Executive Officer Walt Bettinger said on a call with analysts. "And if and when that comes, you should expect Schwab to be a player in that space in the same way it has been a player in other investment opportunities across the spectrum."
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WARSAW, Poland — A disputed disciplinary body within Poland's Supreme Court spent a second day Thursday examining a motion that could result in the arrest of a judge who has become a symbol of resistance for those who believe judicial independence is threatened in the country. The Disciplinary Chamber, which was created by the populist party that governs Poland, is due to decide whether to arrest Judge Igor Tuleya and force him to answer to prosecutors about charges related to a years-old ruling that went against the interests of the party. Tuleya, who is a judge at the Warsaw District Court, was stripped of his immunity by the Disciplinary Chamber and faces criminal charges. He has refused to face prosecutors, insisting the chamber is illegal and that he has done nothing wrong. The panel's members deliberated for some 12 hours on Wednesday as protests took place outside the Supreme Court, where police encircled the building and detained some protesters. Protesters gathered again on Thursday as deliberations resumed. Government critics consider the charges against Tuleya to be bogus and argue they are largely intended to warn other judges to fall in line with the government's interests or be punished. Waiting outside the court, Tuleya said he believed an order for his arrest was likely. “I am sure that this decision about my person is not being made here, but was made earlier by politicians,” Tuleya told The Associated Press. The prosecutor has charged Tuleya for a criminal breach of secrecy for allowing journalists into the courtroom for a verdict in 2017. Tuleya has said allowing the journalists in the court was "“fully permitted by the Code of Criminal Procedure. I did not reveal any secrets.” He could face up to three years in prison if found guilty. After the right-wing Law and Justice party came to power in 2015, it moved quickly to take control of most aspects of the justice system, successfully establishing political control over the constitutional Tribunal and other institutions. Nearly six years on, however, it still struggles to control the lower courts, where independent judges often issue rulings that run counter to government officials and interests. The ruling party argues that it has sought to clean up a court system it characterizes as inefficient and corrupt. Party leaders say Tuleya, with his open criticism of its judicial overhaul, has acted as a political activist. Tuleya denied that. “If you look at my public statements, they all are exclusively about the judiciary, rule of law and the constitution," he said. Democracy activists argue that Poland has taken an anti-democratic turn under Law and Justice and see the resistance of judges like Tuleya to be one of the last bulwarks against the erosion of citizens' rights. “Let's call things by their name — this is a question of whether an honest judge can be put in handcuffs,” said Adam Bodnar, the country's human rights commissioner. “This is an issue unworthy of a European Union member state.” The EU does not recognize the Disciplinary Chamber examining Tuleya's case as legally valid under EU law. The bloc's executive commission asked the EU's top court recently to rule on the matter. Vanessa Gera, The Associated Press
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Nuxalk Nation members gathered on the unceded territory of the Stz’uminus First Nation on Sunday to hang red dresses in honour of family members who have been taken. Along the side of the highway in so-called Ladysmith, they hung the dresses against the trees — dark reds against the deep greens — while passersby honked their horns in support. The dresses were hung in the same spot where two people were recently caught on camera taking dresses down. “We are here to be the voices of our loved ones,” says Francine Gascoyne, who is a registered nurse with the First Nations Health Authority. “We are here to speak out about the injustice. There’s been no justice and that’s not right. Our women and people need to feel safe.” On Sunday, Gascoyne’s family, along with other members of Nuxalk Nation, visited this spot as part of their ceremony, hanging two red dresses and a red shirt in honour of three Nuxalk relatives: Levina Moody, Marilyn Nelson, and Ron Moody. The ceremony was planned long before a recent incident where two people were caught on camera on April 10 removing red dresses along the highway in Ladysmith — as previously reported by IndigiNews. In response to that incident, leadership from Stz’uminus and the Town of Ladysmith came together on Saturday to rehang red dresses. George Harris and his daughter Daniella David, father and sister to Chief Roxanne Harris, were asked to bear witness to the ceremony, as members of the Stz’uminus First Nation. They shared words and songs, including the Stz’uminus anthem. After hanging the dresses, the group travelled in a procession to so-called Transfer Beach to continue the work close to the water. Jalissa Moody is the granddaughter of Levina Moody, a Nuxalk mother who was murdered just outside of Williams Lake in 1969 on what is now known as the Highway of Tears. “This ceremony is great medicine for our family and our people,” says Jalissa. “Levina Moody lives on through my mother, Vanessa. Throughout all of the trauma, we carry on with the happiness and the joy.” Jalissa says her mother, Vanessa, was just four when her grandmother Levina was taken from them. “She’s more than what the media made her out to be, more than a statistic,” says Jalissa. As part of the ceremony, both Gascoyne and her mother, Gina Adolph blanketed Jalissa, offering her comfort. Charles Nelson is a Hereditary Chief from the Nuxalk Nation. He is honouring the short life of his niece Marilyn Nelson. “We haven’t had the chance to mourn,” he says. “It’s bothered me for years that I haven’t had the chance to cry.” Nelson, who came along with his son Benson, says that his niece was murdered on her 19th birthday. “She was shy, but she strived to be social. She was excited to go out for her birthday. She talked about it for days,” he says. The group also hung a red shirt to remember Ron Moody, a relative of both Jalissa and Nelson. It’s also important to remember missing and murdered men and boys, Nelson says. He’s hopeful that through their actions, people will learn about the “pains and hurts we carry.” “This is an opportunity to share one last time what happened. It’s an opportunity to let it go.” Nelson and Benson gifted a cedar hat and a necklace to the representatives from Stz’uminus who shared that this particular area was once used as a place where people came to heal — physically, spiritually and mentally. “We’ve gone through generational trauma and now we move forward to generational wellness,” Nelson says. To bring the ceremony to a close, everyone sang the Women’s Warrior Song, which has become an anthem to honour all of the Indigenous women, girls, trans and two-spirit relatives who have been murdered or gone missing, too often with little answers or justice.. Anna McKenzie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Discourse
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Developer James Zeleznik got the go-ahead for changes to his building plans on 88 Nelson Ave South. Two of the 14 residential units he’s planning to build will go beside the two commercial units on the property, even though current rules say residences have to be either above or behind commercial units in a commercial zone. Staff recommended approval of the development variance permit because the commercial units are adjacent to Nelson Avenue South and the residential units are adjacent to a neighbouring residential property. After the public hearing that was held on this before the council meeting, council adopted the staff recommendation. Mayor Tom Zeleznik, the developer’s brother, excused himself from the hearing and didn’t take part in the decision. Fence sitting Council was less enthused about a request from 3rd Avenue resident Ieneke Van Houten to build a seven-foot fence along two sides of her property. She said she needed it for privacy and to keep deer out of the yard, despite the maximum fence heights in the zoning bylaw – four feet for the front yard and two feet on the corners. Van Houten would also need a variance from the requirement for visibility at intersections. Staff recommended council approve the variance, despite concerns it could set a precedent for others who also want a break from the current fence height limits. However, council had real reservations on the wisdom of allowing a solid seven-foot wooden wall to be built in a residential neighbourhood. They tabled the application, and directed staff to meet with the homeowner to see if some modified design can be worked out to provide privacy and keep the neighbourhood aesthetic. Depending on the outcome of those talks, the application will return to council next meeting. Budget approved The Village concluded its months-long budget process at the last meeting, with council approving the 2021 operating and capital budgets. The Village will spend $2,618,305 on capital works like water, sewer, roads, maintenance, and infrastructure work at the hot springs. The final capital budget saw some changes from earlier drafts, including cutting phase two of the breakwater project at the Nakusp Marina. CFO Mark Tennant said they couldn’t procure the funds for the repairs. “If a grant or funding becomes available, we can bring it forward to council for a budget revision and approval at a later date,” he said hopefully. There’ll be some finish-up work on the Downtown Revitalization Project as well, to the tune of $33,367. The Fire Hall storage building project has gotten a little bigger, and has a tenant. “Arrow Lakes Search and Rescue would like to add two additional bays for their exclusive use, which they would pay for,” Tennant reported to council. The updated budgeted amount is $90,000, with a $32,000 contribution coming from Arrow Lakes Search and Rescue for the much-needed storage facility. Public works will be getting some new equipment, including a loader, three-quarter-ton truck and sanders. The parks/arena department will be busy with municipal campground improvements, the proposed biomass energy generation plant, as well as a new compressor for the arena. The water department will continue to work on improvements to the water system, a project which has been underway for several years now. The big work is next year, when a new well and reservoir will be built; 2021 will be spent doing that planning, as well as continuing flow metering for leak detection and other improvements. The sewer system is also planning improvements worth about $250,000. The hot springs budget includes $90,000 in capital works, including a new mini-truck and generators for the facility. The Village will spend $4,828,931 in its operations. Salaries, benefits, and other general operating costs make up $2,890,712 (paid for in part by a $1,102,528 tax levy). No Wake signs With council now in the marina business, the Village has to come up with some new rules for a whole new group of constituents, as well as the waterfront. Council was asked to look at implementing a ‘no wake’ policy close to the public beach or the marina facility. Excess wake speeds can damage shoreline habitat, and speeding boats can pose a danger to swimmers and small boats. Staff told council implementing the idea should be straightforward, but needs approvals from other levels of government. The idea went back to staff for more study and to draw up recommendations for council. Vaping Can a municipal council have much influence in preventing youth from vaping? It was an issue council delved into as they were invited to take part in a panel discussion about vaping and young people. “Youth vaping has exploded over the past few years with over 400,000 youth vapers identified in the last Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug Survey conducted in 2019,” says a national report received by council. “By vaping, these youth are risking nicotine addiction and they are more likely to start smoking. Policy makers at all government levels can help reduce youth vaping with proven strategies that have been effective in reducing youth smoking.” The report said municipalities can help to reduce youth vaping and smoking by creating more smoke-free public spaces to help reduce social modeling to children and youth. Councillor Ken Miller said he reviewed the Village smoking bylaw, and found it would be an easy fix for the council to address the vaping issue. “All we would have to do is amend the definition of ‘smoking’ in the bylaw, and we just have to add vaping to that description,” he told his fellow councillors. “The rest of the bylaw makes sense – you can’t smoke in parks, you can’t smoke on the beach. But it doesn’t include vaping.” The report went to administration for review. NADB Agreement The Nakusp and Area Development Board, a community group engaging in economic development initiatives in the area, presented an agreement for council to enter into a consultation model with the board. Council approved taking part in the new program. NACFOR issues Council gave its support to a grant application for NACFOR (Nakusp & Area Community Forest) to look at "ways to add value to traditional log products through innovative log marketing, forest product manufacturing and waste utilization/minimization. It will identify and scope out realistic opportunities businesses can implement." NACFOR’s legacy fund is supporting the community of Fauquier this month, with councillors voting to provide $2,000 for the local community club to move and burn its burn pile. John Boivin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Valley Voice
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