Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City Thunder) with a 3-pointer vs the Atlanta Hawks, 02/26/2021
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City Thunder) with a 3-pointer vs the Atlanta Hawks, 02/26/2021
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MEDICINE HAT, Alta. — Corson Hopwo scored two power-play goals, and the Medicine Hat Tigers came from behind to beat the Red Deer Rebels 4-2 on Friday in Western Hockey League play. Brett Kemp and Eric Van Impe also scored to help Medicine Hat improve to 6-0-1 in its last seven games. Garin Bjorklund made 23 saves for the Tigers (10-3-1). Ben King had a pair of goals to put his team up 2-0, but the Rebels (2-13-2) gave up four unanswered for their 10th loss in a row and third straight since Brent Sutter stepped down as head coach. Ethan Anders stopped 33-of-37 shots for Red Deer. --- SILVERTIPS 5 THUNDERBIRDS 3 KENT, Wash. — Gage Goncalves scored twice while also setting up both of Cole Fonstad's goals for a four-point outing, and Evertt (10-3-0) topped Seattle (7-6-0) to avoid a third straight defeat. --- ICE 5 BRONCOS 4 REGINA — Michael Milne's second goal of the night stood as the winner and Owen Pederson had a goal and two assists as Winnipeg (13-5-0) dealt Swift Current (3-14-1) its seventh loss in a row. --- COUGARS 5 ROYALS 2 KELOWNA, B.C. — Taylor Gauthier kicked out 19-of-21 shots and was led by five different goal scorers including Jonny Hooker who put Prince George (4-3-2) ahead for good against Victoria (1-8-1), losers of five in a row. --- This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 16, 2021. The Canadian Press
Nerlens Noel (New York Knicks) with a block vs the Dallas Mavericks, 04/16/2021
Derrick Rose (New York Knicks) with a 2-pointer vs the Dallas Mavericks, 04/16/2021
A statement from Tennis Canada said Challenger events in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Granby, Vancouver, Calgary and Fredericton had all been scrapped due to "repercussions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic."
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Philippine troops killed a suspected Egyptian would-be suicide bomber and two local Abu Sayyaf militants in what military officials said Saturday was a setback that would make it harder for gunmen linked to the Islamic State group to stage suicide attacks. Army troops gunned down the three militants in a 10-minute firefight Friday night near a hinterland village off mountainous Patikul town in southern Sulu province.
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Top blocks from Dallas Mavericks vs. New York Knicks, 04/16/2021
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Adults who live in the Inkster, Seven Oaks and St. Vital neighbourhoods or who work front-line jobs in these communities could soon be eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine — if the province picks hot spots based on current caseloads in the capital. Manitoba has announced plans to expand immunization criteria to include all first responders and residents aged 18 and older in designated areas with high transmission rates, as well as people who have “specified front-line, public-facing roles” in these locations. While the province has used teachers as an example of eligible employees, specifics about both jobs and hot spots will be announced Wednesday. If active cases per capita are any indication, residents in The Pas, Thompson, and in the northwest corner of Winnipeg will be next in line. Health districts in Manitoba’s north account for the top 11 regions with the highest caseloads per 100,000 residents at present, but widespread vaccination efforts among adults in most of these communities are already underway because they are First Nations or adjacent to them. The Pas and Thompson are the last of the two northern districts with high case counts. In Winnipeg, Seven Oaks and River East have the highest number of active cases — a total of 88, each. Inkster, Seven Oaks and St. Vital are logging the highest per capita caseloads. The latter three rank 12th, 13th and 14th, respectively, according to cases per 100,000. Epidemiologist Cynthia Carr said the vaccination effort should now focus on those most at risk of infection, those who experience severe outcomes, and in particular, where those two groups overlap. A shift to immunizing adults based on transmission in communities could be an effective way to slow the spread from the “exposure vulnerable” to those who are “health vulnerable,” and reducing overall hospitalizations, said Carr, founder of Winnipeg-based EPI Research Inc. Throughout the pandemic, Seven Oaks has been at the top of the list of neighbourhoods that have had significant case counts; notably, approximately 35 per cent of the district’s population identifies as a visible minority, and nine per cent as Indigenous. Provincial data show COVID-19 infection rates are higher among Indigenous, Filipino, African and South Asian residents of Manitoba. The province’s recent “COVID-19 by Race, Ethnicity and Indigeneity” report suggests that’s because these groups are over-represented in essential labour fields. Transmission rates alone, however, cannot be the sole indicator for vaccine priority. Outbreaks or clusters associated with a region or specific setting, such as a workplace, can also be useful in directing immunization efforts to dampen the third COVID-19 wave. The number of people hospitalized or who die from COVID-19 in a region should also be a key consideration when prioritizing communities, Carr said. She added: “Which of those districts have the worst outcomes? Because that tells more than just the number of the cases. I’d be looking at both.” Meantime, many organizations, each with unique arguments, continue to lobby the province to expand criteria for their members. While Manitoba Teachers’ Society leadership called the latest eligibility announcement “a good start,” the union is renewing calls to prioritize public school teachers — as well as all school employees, including educational assistants and custodians — in the rollout. “The government needs to act now so that we don’t end up having schools overwhelmed with cases, variants or otherwise, and face the same situation that Ontario is facing right now,” said Nathan Martindale, MTS vice-president. — with files from Danielle Da Silva Maggie Macintosh, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Winnipeg Free Press
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Julius Randle (New York Knicks) with a buzzer beater vs the Dallas Mavericks, 04/16/2021
When Stephen Kaboom signed his first lease on an East Vancouver storefront last year, he could not have foreseen the pandemic that was about to strike weeks later that would make running his new business an immensely difficult task. Kaboom runs Local Boom which sells products from independent local producers including chocolate, skin care, candles, cleaning products and hot sauce. He says there have been some scary moments over the last year. "There's been a few weeks where no one comes in," Kaboom said. While Kaboom does have an online store that helps him squeak by, many local retailers are feeling the pinch. Michèle Hamilton, the managing director of the initiative Support Local B.C., defines local businesses as homegrown businesses that started and don't have the benefit of a franchise behind them. Many local retailers have slipped through the cracks when it comes to provincial and federal aid, says Michèle Hamilton with Support Local B.C.(Margaret Gallagher/CBC) She says local businesses are essential to the economy and fabric of the community. "The money that goes into a local business often recirculates within the community two to three times," Hamilton said. "They buy from local suppliers, they support local charities, they really are the cornerstone of what makes our communities unique and keeps them economically sustainable." Hamilton said one issue that's come up during the pandemic is some are too small to qualify for the aid programs rolled out by the federal and provincial governments. "They seem to be falling through the cracks when it comes to provincial and federal funding grants," she said. "They may not make enough to qualify for some of the grants. They might not have been in business long enough." That's the case for Kaboom. "I'm more of a microbusiness which the government kind of forgot about. There are a lot of businesses that are under five staff, or a small business or start-up business. This has been detrimental in a few ways with squashing entrepreneurialism a little bit because there's no support for that," he said. While Kaboom has hopes for the future when the pandemic ends, Hamilton says consumers can help by shifting at least a little bit of their spending to local retailers. Support Local B.C. sells gift certificates for over 1,600 local B.C. businesses, and they've sold over $1 million worth. "The idea was to shift 10 per cent of your current spending to local businesses, that would make a huge impact if everyone did that," she said. "If you do need something, think about buying it at a local, independent business before you run out and get it somewhere else." Listen to the segment on CBC's On The Coast:
First responders, and all adults who live in geographic areas in the province hit hardest by COVID-19, will soon be eligible to get a vaccine. During her opening remarks before a telephone town hall on Manitoba’s immunization strategy Thursday, Health Minister Heather Stefanson announced looming changes to the COVID-19 vaccination criteria. “There is a third wave beginning in Manitoba and it is critical to protect those most at risk and those disproportionately affected,” Stefanson said. Front-line police officers and firefighters who work anywhere in the province will be added to the eligibility list in the near future. In yet-to-be-announced hot spots, Manitobans aged 18 and older, and people with front-line jobs that are public-facing, including teachers, will be prioritized. The minister told callers that specific details, including information about which geographic areas are deemed hot spots and when appointments will open for first responders, will be made public next Wednesday. A team of experts is pouring over local data and statistics from other provinces to come up with a plan to identify geographic areas and how front-line workers who are prioritized in the upcoming eligibility changes will be identified, added Joss Reimer, medical lead for the vaccine task force. Stefanson and Reimer were joined by the province’s top doctor, Dr. Brent Roussin, and co-lead of the vaccine task force, Johanu Botha, to field questions from Winnipeg residents about the vaccine rollout via the phone. “I know my members are going to be extremely happy that we have now been included on the priority list. This is something we’ve been advocating for for quite some time,” said Moe Sabourin, president of the Winnipeg Police Association. Fifty to 60 police officers have tested positive for the virus since it was first detected in Manitoba, Sabourin said, while noting hundreds of members have had to quarantine as a result of an exposure at work. The hour-long town hall was the second of two held this week; the initial one, which was held Tuesday, involved participants from northern and rural communities. Questions about the timing of second doses and eligibility criteria dominated both town halls. One Winnipeg caller posed a question about what considerations are being given to move teachers, truck drivers and grocery clerks up on the vaccine priority list. Another asked why public Transit employees are not being prioritized in the new eligibility expansion Thursday. In response, Stefanson said the task force is looking at ways to vaccinate those who are at high risk of spreading the virus and cited the National Advisory Committee on Immunization stance on priority groups. The current list of vaccine eligibility criteria in Manitoba includes: the general population aged 59 or older; First Nation people aged 39 or older; health-care professionals and home-care staff; residents and staff in congregate living settings; and people who work in laboratories that handle COVID-19 specimens. Following these high-risk populations — which are all listed in the first phase of the national guidelines on vaccine rollouts — is adults in racialized and marginalized communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and then, police officers and firefighters. Essential workers who cannot work virtually are next in line, per the national guidelines. At the end of the town hall Thursday, Stefanson encouraged all Manitobans to get the jab once they are eligible. The moderator on Thursday night’s call indicated tens of thousands of people participated. Maggie Macintosh, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Winnipeg Free Press
U.S. technology and growth stocks have taken the market's reins in recent weeks, pausing a rotation into value shares as investors assess the trajectory of bond yields and upcoming earnings reports. Technology has been the top-performing S&P 500 sector in April, rising 8% versus a 5% rise for the benchmark index. Big tech-related growth stocks in other S&P 500 sectors such as Amazon Inc, Tesla Inc and Google-parent Alphabet Inc have also charged higher.
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Seven Oaks School Division is preparing for a rise in exposures of highly contagious variants of COVID-19 in its schools. The division plans to order 75,000 medical-grade respirators — enough to equip each of its teachers, educational assistants and other school employees with one mask daily for the rest of the school year. The first batch of masks, which arrived Wednesday, will be distributed this week. “With the rise in variants, and they seem to be hitting younger age groups, we are worried about the vulnerability of our staff. This is one additional precaution that we could take, so we’re inclined to take it,” said superintendent Brian O’Leary. A total of 560 cases of highly contagious variants — 88 per cent of which involve the B.1.1.7 variant — have been confirmed in Manitoba. Research suggests younger adults have experienced more severe symptoms and outcomes after contracting variants, in comparison to the original COVID-19 strain. The bulk of Seven Oaks’ approximately 1,500 employees are in the 30 to 50 age range, O’Leary said, noting the division wants to provide staff with maximum protection. He added, “Our staff have been doing an incredible job throughout (the pandemic) and I wish we could do more for them.” Seven Oaks sourced the masks independently, at a price tag of approximately one dollar per respirator, because the division wasn’t able to secure its supply through the province. N95 respirators, which are often used in health-care settings, form a seal around the nose and mouth of a wearer to protect them from hazardous airborne particles. When worn properly, they provide 95 per cent protection against exposure to respiratory viruses, according to Health Canada. The province’s top doctor has yet to recommend front-line school employees wear them; staff who interact with different student cohorts are required to wear disposable medical masks at present, while others can wear non-medical face coverings. “While we want to make sure teachers and school staff are protected, public health officials tell us that exposures and transmission in schools is different from that in health-care settings, and doesn’t require the N95 masks,” Education Minister Cliff Cullen said in an email statement Wednesday. Cullen said the province dedicated $12 million for masks and personal protective equipment through the safe schools fund in 2020. School staff has been given medical masks, face shields, gloves, and disposable medical gowns, among other items, throughout the pandemic. Dion Delorme, president of Educational Assistants of Seven Oaks, welcomed the additional N95 protection Wednesday. “This is definitely a step in the right direction,” said Delorme. The Manitoba Teachers’ Society said it is focusing advocacy efforts on making front-line educators a priority in the COVID-19 immunization queue. “We’re disappointed that another day has gone by and (there have been) no announcements about prioritizing teachers and other adults working in schools for the vaccine,” said Nathan Martindale, vice-president of MTS, following an education news conference unrelated to vaccines Tuesday. There have been at least 44 variant exposures in schools since March 1. Public health officials, however, insist schools are doing an exceptional job of limiting transmission, which they say is happening primarily at gatherings outside school hours. The province has touted stricter contact-tracing protocols and longer isolation periods as proactive measures to limit variant transmission in schools. Maggie Macintosh, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Winnipeg Free Press
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