Sharon Osbourne is apologizing after defending Piers Morgan — but he thinks she's been "bullied" into it.
Sharon Osbourne is apologizing after defending Piers Morgan — but he thinks she's been "bullied" into it.
Essex council plans to send a letter of support to a local Chinese association following "racist" tweets from one of its councillors about COVID-19, but a member of the Asian community doesn't think that's good enough. Essex's Ward 3 Counc. Chris Vander Doelen, who tested positive for COVID-19, has faced backlash and criticism for "racist anti-Asian" tweets related to COVID-19. Since the tweets surfaced last week, Vander Doelen has not offered a formal apology and has refused to delete some of the tweets. Following the remarks, the Essex County Chinese Canadian Association (ECCCA) said the community is "disturbed that an elected official in the Town of Essex has made racist comments in his Twitter feed regarding COVID-19." Now, council said it will be sending a letter to mend its relationship with ECCCA, but Essex Mayor Larry Snively said it will not include an apology. Zhenzhong Ma, president of Chinese Association of Greater Windsor, says Vander Doelen needs to be held "accountable" and should step down from his position or town council should remove him. "He did not consider how we feel," Ma told CBC News. "I'm glad that town council is doing something to try to address this issue ... but on the other hand I was very disappointed that the councillor Chris does not have intention to do anything and try to address it." Ward 4 Counc. Sherry Bondy made similar comments and said the letter is the "least" council could do to repair the damage Vander Doelen's comments have caused. Vander Doelen uses council meeting to focus on his sickness During Monday's council meeting, Vander Doelen decided to talk about the "suffering" he has faced since being diagnosed with the disease, which he says caused him to lose 12 pounds and took all of his energy. WATCH: Vander Doelen addresses Essex council "It's day 15 for me from suffering from COVID, the disease whose source we cannot discuss," Vander Doelen said during the meeting, hinting toward the tweets he sent. Prior to the public meeting, council had a closed meeting during which they discussed Vander Doelen's actions, according to Bondy. "There was no public statement from councillor Vander Doelen or no formal public apology. It's not really surprising because if he was going to apologize and it was going to be genuine I think he would have done it by now," Bondy said, adding that instead it's up to council to lead the way and show the community that they don't support this behaviour. Following Vander Doelen's public remarks, many criticized the former Windsor Star columnist for his "harmful language," especially amid the rise in reports about anti-Asian racism over the past year. Bondy said Vander Doelen's actions have been "disheartening" and harmed the public's trust in council. "When you're on council, it's not just about your opinion solely anymore. It's about the people you represent and the amount of public outrage and emails we got deserves a response," she said. "Even if he doesn't absolutely agree with it, he's hurt people and that's what I've come to the conclusion with. Like people are hurt, it's unfortunate that he's adamant that he hasn't hurt people." More action needed from Essex mayor: Bondy Bondy was also critical of Essex's mayor for his lack of action following the tweets from Vander Doelen. She says Snively should be "leading the way" on an issue like this to show the community that "this isn't tolerated." Essex's Ward 4 Counc. Sherry Bondy says the letter is the 'least' council can do at this time. She says the comments and lack of action from her colleague are 'disheartening.' (Jacob Barker/CBC) Instead, she said Snively is letting the integrity commissioner deal with it. Snively turned down an interview with CBC News on the matter, but said any discipline Vander Doelen faces will be up to the integrity commissioner. Recommendations from the integrity commissioner are expected by mid-May, according to Bondy. "Public trust is something that has always been lacking in Essex and so anything we can do to restore it, saying you know we understood that these remarks and a lack of apology have hurt the community and we're going to deal with it but instead this is how this council likes to take approaches and I can't control that," Bondy said. She suggested taking Vander Doelen off of certain paid committees, such as ERCA and Union Water, until public trust can be restored in the councillor. In order to take Vander Doelen off of these committees, she said council would have to vote on it.
Suspected state-backed Chinese hackers exploited widely used networking devices to spy for months on dozens of high-value government, defence industry and financial sector targets in the U.S. and Europe, according to FireEye, a prominent cybersecurity firm. FireEye said Tuesday that it believes two hacking groups linked to China broke into several targets using through Pulse Connect Secure devices, which numerous companies and governments use for secure remote access to their networks. After FireEye released a blog post detailing its findings Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued an alert saying it was aware of “ongoing exploitation" of Pulse Connect Secure that is “compromising U.S. government agencies, critical infrastructure entities, and private sector organizations.” The agency did not provide additional details about which organizations were breached. Ivanti, the Utah-based owner of Pulse Connect Secure, said a limited number of customers “experienced evidence of exploit behaviour." The company said the hackers used three known exploits and a previously unknown one. The company says it will release a patch in early May. Charles Carmakal, the chief technology officer at FireEye, said that it is still trying to piece together details about the hack but that available evidence suggests the hackers are aligned with the Chinese government. Carmakal, whose company discovered in December the monthslong SolarWinds hacking campaign attributed to Russian cyberspies, said the Pulse Connect Secure hack had several notable aspects: The hackers were highly skilled, were able to evade multifactor authentication and could stay hidden on a penetrated network even if software was reset or upgraded. “Their tradecraft is really good,” he said. Neither FireEye nor Ivanti would specify who was targeted. But Carmakal said those hacked were government agencies in both the U.S. and Europe as well as U.S-based defence companies “you would anticipate the Chinese government being interested in.” “They're very high-profile victims,” he said. The Chinese Embassy did not immediately return a request for comment. The new disclosure comes at a time of heightened interest in U.S. cybersecurity defences. U.S. officials are still grappling with the aftereffects of the SolarWinds intrusion, which struck agencies including the Treasury, Justice and Homeland Security departments. The breach exposed vulnerabilities in the supply chain as well as weaknesses in the federal government’s own cyber defences. Alan Suderman, The Associated Press
A verdict has been reached in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, who was charged with murder in the death of George Floyd.
The Board of Directors of Discover Financial Services declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.44 per share of common stock payable on June 3, 2021, to holders of record at the close of business on May 20, 2021.
First Trust Dynamic Europe Equity Income Fund (the "Fund") (NYSE: FDEU) has declared the Fund’s regularly scheduled monthly common share distribution in the amount of $0.06 per share payable on May 17, 2021, to shareholders of record as of May 4, 2021. The ex-dividend date is expected to be May 3, 2021. The monthly distribution information for the Fund appears below.
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Judges, police officers and teachers in Quebec will be barred from wearing religious symbols at work.
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Quebec Superior Court Justice Marc-Andre Blanchard on Tuesday upheld the bulk of the province's secularism law, known as Bill 21, which bans many public sector workers from wearing religious symbols on the job. Blanchard, however, struck down clauses pertaining to English-language school boards and a ban on members of the provincial legislature wearing face coverings. Quebec has announced it will appeal the ruling. Here's a quick look at some of the reaction to the decision: “Our position has always been that Bill 21 conflicted with our values and our mission and with those of all Quebecers as expressed in the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. Its very adoption was contrary to our societal goal of promoting our peaceful co-existence in a pluralistic and inclusive Quebec.” — Joe Ortona, chairman, English Montreal School Board. --- “Of course I’m happy, but this is one small victory because we live in a very big province. My colleagues who work in the French system, they don’t get to celebrate today, and all the other people who aren’t part of English schools, they don’t get to celebrate today.” — Furheen Ahmed, teacher, Westmount High School, in Montreal. --- "The laws of the National Assembly apply throughout Quebec. There is no question of dividing Quebec in the application of Quebec legislation. Quebec is united and it will remain so." — Simon Jolin-Barrette, Quebec justice minister. --- “A complex decision was handed down by the Quebec Superior Court that recognizes the inordinate harms done to individuals who wear religious symbols and strikes down certain parts of the law as unconstitutional. The decision also keeps most of the law intact and many of the recognized harms in place.” — Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, director, equality program, Canadian Civil Liberties Association. --- “Well, I'm disappointed with the judgment. I find it illogical. Currently, it is as if secularism and values apply differently to anglophones and francophones. So, in Quebec, we protect the rights of anglophones to receive services in English, but now, that would protect different values for anglophones and francophones. I think that in Quebec, all Quebecers, and for all Quebecers, there must be common values.” — Francois Legault, Quebec premier. --- "A religious symbol is not a diversity, it is a religious choice, it is a religious message. In that judgment, and in general, there is a tendency in Canada to treat religious signs as an intrinsic part of the body or the person itself." — Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, Parti Quebecois leader. --- “Quebecers who wear religious symbols such as the hijab, the kippa or the turban have been second-class citizens for 674 days. The decision today by the Superior Court of Quebec puts an end to this situation for some Quebecers, but not for all.” — Yusuf Faqiri, Quebec director, public affairs, National Council of Canadian Muslims. --- “I’m 100 per cent sure it’ll be appealed to the Supreme Court where I think it will go down and I don’t support the idea of discrimination against people on the basis of race, creed or colour and I believe that the charter is clear on that enough that I disagree with the Quebec court on the decision.” — Brian Pallister, Manitoba premier. --- "The result of the Legault government's Law 21 is: Do you want your fundamental rights respected? Go work in English! Ouch, that hurts. Bill 21 is a law that is discriminatory that simply shouldn't be there." — Manon Masse, co-spokesperson, Quebec solidaire, via Twitter. (The Canadian Press) The Canadian Press
Taiwanese contract electronics manufacturer Foxconn Technology Co Ltd will dramatically scale back its planned investment in a Wisconsin plant, under an agreement announced with the state's governor on Tuesday. Wisconsin will reduce its tax credits authorized for the project from $2.85 billion to $80 million as Foxconn reduces its planned investment from $10 billion to $672 million and cuts the number of jobs planned from 13,000 to 1,454, Governor Tony Evers said in a statement. The investment was first announced at the White House in July 2017, when Donald Trump was president.
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Evergy, Inc. (NYSE: EVRG) announced today it will release its 2021 first quarter earnings Thursday, May 6, 2021, before market open. The company plans to host its quarterly conference call and audio webcast to discuss the results Thursday, May 6, 2021.
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The jury has reached a verdict at the murder trial of former Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, the Black man who was pinned to the pavement with a knee on his neck in a case that set off a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S. The verdict, arrived at after about 10 hours of deliberations over two days, was to be read late in the afternoon in a city on edge against the possibility of more unrest like that that erupted last spring. The courthouse is ringed with concrete barriers and razor wire, and thousands of National Guard troops and law enforcement officers have been brought in ahead of the verdict.
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Annette Custer, who identified herself Tuesday as the woman involved in a videotaped incident where she was pinned to the ground by a Saskatoon FreshCo security guard, "had her dignity stripped from her," says a lawyer representing the Indigenous woman. "Too often … this type of treatment of Indigenous people, especially Indigenous women, goes unnoticed," said Michael Seed, legal counsel for the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations. "It gets routed into the shadows and gets forgotten." On Tuesday, the FSIN — which represents 74 Saskatchewan First Nations — held a press conference demanding accountability from the Saskatoon Police Service and elected officials following the incident. "We know the abuse of authority … happens," Custer said. "It happens in our city, it happens in our communities." A nine-minute video showing the altercation at the FreshCo on Saskatoon's 33rd Street W. last Wednesday shows a man who identifies himself as the grocery store security guard trying to force handcuffs on the woman, who has now been identified as Custer. What led to the incident is not entirely clear. Seed says after Custer was pinned to the ground, she sustained physical and psychological injuries, but he did not elaborate on their extent. GRAPHIC WARNING | Video of altercation between Annette Custer and security guard: Custer has been charged with theft and assault following the incident. She remains the only person charged. Seed said he wants Custer's complaint against the security guard investigated and wants police to bring forth charges against the security guard. A spokesperson for Saskatoon police said the incident remains under investigation, and that if police need to seek an opinion from the Crown on whether to lay charges they will do so. Saskatchewan Attorney General and Justice Minister Gord Wyant did not immediately respond for comment. Management at the FreshCo location where the incident took place said they've terminated their contract with ESM Solutions — the company that employed the guard — as a result of the incident. The store's owner, Chris Fowler, said in a Facebook post last week he was "shocked and horrified" by the incident. Indigenous communities traumatized by incident Custer, a 30-year-old mother who is originally from Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation in northern Saskatchewan, remains traumatized, Seed said. She publicly identified herself as the person involved in the incident for the first time at Tuesday's press conference, but she did not speak. "Annette is going to be scarred for the rest of her life," said Prince Albert Grand Council Vice-Chief Chris Jobb. But the incident, which was recorded by a witness, didn't just traumatize Custer, says FSIN Vice-Chief David Pratt. "This is something that's very traumatic for all of us to witness," he said. Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Vice-Chief David Pratt, right, addresses Annette Custer and her partner during a press conference Tuesday at the Dakota Dunes Resort Hotel in Saskatoon. (Chanss Lagaden/CBC) The federation fields daily phone calls from Indigenous people facing discrimination within every Saskatchewan sector, including health, child welfare, justice and education, said Pratt. "Saskatchewan has a racism problem, whether people want to acknowledge that or not. Whether they're government or sitting in this society, it has to be addressed," Pratt said. He is calling for a provincewide anti-racism strategy, and for mandatory Indigenous studies classes in the school system. "People need to know the true history of what's happened to our people, and why we're where we are today. Otherwise, these acts of violence will continue," Pratt said. "If she was a white woman, would that have happened? That's the question we have to ask ourselves." Violence against women FSIN Vice-Chief Heather Bear said the force Custer faced is fuelled by violence against women. "This is not an isolated incident. [It's] an incident that occurs more often than not when it comes to Indigenous women and girls: the mistreatment, the abuse, the attacks, the racism, the marginalization," Bear said. Custer's experience is a clear example of systemic racism that needs to be addressed, she said. "You have laws to protect animals that don't get treated like this," said Bear. "We need to have better effort for training and cultural sensitivity."
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OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday signed into law a bill intended to co-ordinate state and federal law enforcement efforts when investigating missing or murdered Indigenous people. The law requires the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to co-ordinate with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Department of Justice to obtain federal funding and co-ordinate their efforts to gather information and data about missing and murdered indigenous people in Oklahoma. The OSBI would create an Office of Liaison to develop protocols for law enforcement response to reports of missing or slain Native Americans and to assist victims' families in understanding the legal processes. “Far too often when a Native (American) goes missing or is found murdered their families have to navigate a complex checkerboard of jurisdiction,” Stitt said. “This bill will ensure a more co-ordinated response” between state and federal agencies. Known as Ida’s law, it is named for 29-year-old Ida Beard of El Reno, a citizen of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, who disappeared in 2015 and has never been found. Beard's cousin, LaRenda Morgan, said the law leaves her with a sense of gratitude. “I'm just very, very grateful, thankful,” Morgan said. “Thank you so much, all of you, for showing compassion and showing that you care about Indian Country.” In 2019, then U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced a nationwide plan to address missing and slain Native American women. Missing Native American men and boys were added to the plan in 2020. The project includes $1.5 million to hire specialized co-ordinators in 11 U.S. attorney’s offices across the U.S. with significant Indian Country caseloads, which include Oklahoma. The co-ordinators are to develop protocols for a better law enforcement response to missing persons cases. U.S. attorneys and tribal leaders in Oklahoma and Montana last year announced they will participate in pilot projects to better co-ordinate investigative efforts surrounding cases of missing or murdered Indigenous peoples. An Associated Press investigation in 2018 found that nobody knows precisely how many cases of missing and murdered Native American women happen nationwide because many go unreported, others aren’t well documented and no government database specifically tracks them. Ken Miller, The Associated Press
Jury reaches verdict on all three counts against former Minneapolis police officer
Volunteers contribute billions to the United States through their time, talent, and effort in 2020 even while volunteer opportunities were limited due to COVID-19 pandemicWashington, April 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, Independent Sector, with the Do Good Institute, announces that the latest value of a volunteer hour is $28.54 – up 4.9% from the previous year. Estimated from data collected in 2020, the figure shows the valuable contributions volunteers make to support our communities and country. According to the Value of Volunteer Time, and using data from AmeriCorps on volunteer hours, volunteers typically contribute nearly $200 billion to our communities. However, there is evidence that the number of hours volunteered by Americans in 2020 has decreased due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While it will take will take some years to assess the full extent of impact from COVID-19, a recent study by Fidelity Charitable found that 66% of volunteers have decreased the amount of time they volunteer or stopped entirely due to the pandemic. The latest value, calculated by the University of Maryland’s Do Good Institute, is measured based on hourly earnings released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And while the pandemic certainly had an impact on volunteerism, wages in 2020 for the employed actually increased leading to an increased Value of Volunteer rate. Learn more about the methodology here. “As we celebrate our volunteers during National Volunteer Week, we should know just how much value these tireless individuals contribute to creating a healthier and more equitable nation,” said Daniel J. Cardinali, president and CEO of Independent Sector. “As we work through our second year of a global pandemic when people, organizations, and communities continue to suffer, the contributions of volunteers have been an often life-saving and critical component to us enduring and rebuilding for future generations to come.” “The incredible challenges presented over the last year have been met time and time again by passionate, motivated, and generous people who are ready to help their neighbors and communities,” said Nathan Dietz, senior researcher, Do Good Institute and the researcher responsible for calculating the findings. “All across the country, every day, these volunteers are offering their time and expertise to implement solutions, provide services, and help rebuild communities – but their value is often overlooked or often times is incalculable. This year’s Value of Volunteer Time calculations go to show the immensity of their contributions on our nation.” In addition to the national number, Independent Sector also provides the state-level value of volunteer time for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. State level values range from $13.74/hour for Puerto Rico to $48.67/hour for the District of Columbia. For more on the Value of Volunteer Time, the methodology, and to explore historical national and state-level data, visit independentsector.org/value-of-volunteer-time-2021. ### Independent Sector is the only national membership organization that brings together a diverse community of changemakers, nonprofits, foundations, and corporations working to strengthen civil society and ensure all people in the United States thrive. Learn more at independentsector.org. The Do Good Institute, housed in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, provides education, programs, research, and resources to develop the next generation of nonprofit leaders, social innovators and civic-minded students. CONTACT: Bradley Wong Independent Sector 202-467-6122 BradleyW@independentsector.org