Job Creators Network CEO Alfredo Ortiz on how moving the MLB All-Star Game will hurt Georgia businesses
Job Creators Network CEO Alfredo Ortiz on how moving the MLB All-Star Game will hurt Georgia businesses
The joy of Komal Garg's first Mother's Day has been tempered with fear and frustration as she awaits the green light to start enjoying family life in the Toronto home she hasn't seen for months. She and her husband Hari Gopal Garg are stranded in India, where they flew earlier this year to adopt their first child and have since been held up as the country buckles under a tidal wave of COVID-19 infections. Baby Kaveri's first birthday came and went under a cloud of pandemic-related anxiety in March, coupled with an unrelated hospital stay for the little one around that time. The family had been looking forward to celebrating both that milestone and Mother's Day in the comfort of their Canadian home. But the federal government banned incoming flights from India just days before they were due to return to Toronto, leaving them to mark another occasion that's lost much of its festive feel. "We are really scared and just want to go back home as soon as possible," Komal Garg said. "We're desperate to go back and start our life there." The family's eventual return will mark the end of a four-year-long saga. It's taken that long for the couple to realize their dream of adopting a child from India, finally taking custody of Kaveri last December. The couple said they realized that COVID-19 infections in India were rising rapidly, but the wheel of bureaucracy turns slowly. Paperwork to return to Canada was completed on April 21, they said, and they were scheduled to fly home to Toronto on April 25. But Canada suspended all flights from India the day after the paperwork was completed, they said, leaving them with no option but to ride the pandemic out in a country with some of the highest infection rates in the world. "We don't have any option to go back home," Gopal Garg said. "We are stuck." Like many with family in India, they've experienced the loss associated with the pandemic first-hand. Three family members have died of COVID-19 over the last three weeks alone, they said. But the tragedy surrounding them, and the inconvenience associated with adjusting to family life far from home, hasn't dimmed Garg's delight in her new daughter. "You can't even imagine because me and my husband, we've been married for 20 years," Garg said. "I can't express in words my first Mother's Day. I cannot. I cannot." That occasion has been a far cry from the celebration the family intended to hold in Toronto. Garg said the new family intends to lie low in Punjab for the sake of Kaveri's health. Gopal Garg said the family had hoped to celebrate with a bit more pomp, but had to shelve those plans when it became clear they wouldn't be able to return to Canada. "We wanted to get a nice meal or order some food at home," he said. "So that we could feel that it's special — together. Be a family. And we wanted to cherish that and celebrate that at home, which is Toronto." But still, their small immediate family tries to keep some semblance of normalcy, spending quiet days together and not leaving the house for anything but grocery shopping. They're watching their daughter mark her first baby milestones as they await word they can finally go home. Kaveri took her first steps in March, and has now started to talk. "She says some little tiny words like baba, dada, mama," Garg said. Gopal Garg said the new family is now looking ahead to future holidays and hoping they can unfold at home. "We were hoping that we could start a family in Canada," he said. "We hope we'll be there for Father's Day." This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 9, 2021. Hina Alam, The Canadian Press
Windsor-Essex County has added a total of 84 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and Sunday as the province passes the month-mark since its most recent stay-at-home order was imposed. The health unit reported two new deaths because of COVID-19, both were women living in the community. One was in her 90s and the other in her 100s. Nearly half of adults in Windsor-Essex have received COVID-19 shot There are currently 362 active cases of the virus in the region, over half of which are deemed to be of a variant of concern. Twenty-six people are hospitalized due to the virus. Fifty of the new cases are from close contacts of a confirmed case, 15 cases are community acquired, two cases are related to outbreaks and 17 cases are still being investigated. Currently 1,145 cases of COVID-19 are identified as a variant of concern. There is currently one community outbreak and eight outbreaks at workplaces in the region. The eight workplace outbreaks in the community include an agricultural facilities in both Leamington and Kingsville, each are identified as being the B117 variant of the virus first discovered in the U.K. Two outbreaks at Windsor retail workplaces and one at a Windsor manufacturing workplace are also identified as B117 variants as is an outbreak at a construction workplace in Tecumseh. One outbreak at a health care and social assistance workplace in Windsor is not identified as a variant of concern. More than 176,000 WEC residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine according to the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit(Colin Butler/CBC) A community outbreak at the Southwest Detention Centre is not identified as a variant of concern either. As of Sunday, the health unit is reporting that 176,618 WEC residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, 14,218 of which have received second doses. Sarnia-Lambton and Chatham-Kent Lambton public health is reporting 84 active cases of COVID-19 in that region along with four outbreaks. There are 439 cases of the virus there that have been identified as variants of concern. Chatham-Kent public health is currently reporting 32 active cases of COVID-19, four of which have resulted in hospitalization. There are 181 cases which have been identified as variants of concern in that region.
Ransom-seeking hackers have broken into Colonial Pipeline, prompting the company to shut one of America's major arteries for fuel delivery. Alpharetta, Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline and the U.S. government have both blamed ransomware for the massive outage, pointing the finger at cybercriminal gangs who routinely hold data and computer networks hostage in exchange for digital currency payments. Ransomware can deal catastrophic damage to an organization's network by locking away critical data or even wrecking computers beyond repair.
Though first-quarter earnings season is winding down, a handful of major companies will still be reporting results this week, including some of the newly public names like Airbnb, Roblox and Bumble. The Commerce Department's retail sales report is also set for release, offering another update on the strength of consumer spending during the economic recovery.
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA / ACCESSWIRE / May 9, 2021 / Many enterprise sales executives and VP of sales desire to do business with Fortune 500 companies. They are top industry leaders with ever expanding budgets in the millions.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Yermin Mercedes and Jose Abreu had three RBI’s each to help the Chicago White Sox beat Kansas City 9-3 on Sunday, finishing off a three-game sweep and handing the Royals their eight consecutive loss. The Royals went winless on its seven-game homestand. They opened the homestand up 1 1/2 games in the division but leave their friendly confides back 3 1/2 games. They were swept by the Indians earlier in the week. The White Sox have beaten the Royals 10 straight times on the road. The last team to do that was Oakland from 2003-2006 when they beat Kansas City 12 consecutive times in Kauffman Stadium. Lucas Giolito (2-3) gave up one run, four hits, two walks and fanned two in five innings of work and got the win. It’s the first run allowed by a Chicago starter in five games as they’ve gone 29 1/3 innings and have a 0.31 ERA in that stretch. The three runs by the Royals are the most the White Sox have given up in a week. Kansas City got its first lead since Wednesday after Whit Merrifield doubled and eventually scored two batters later in the first inning. It was a promising start after snapping a 28-inning scoreless streak on Saturday night, but they didn’t lead again after that point. The next half inning, Mercedes hit a triple to right field - the first in his career - scoring Abreu and a double in the third scoring Yoan Moncada and Yasmani Grandal. Danny Mendick kept his hot bat going with an RBI-single to right field to lead 3-1. Leury Garcia added another run on an RBI single to score Andrew Vaughan in the sixth. The Royals had the bases loaded with one out in the sixth, but only managed one run on an RBI from Michael A. Taylor. Abreu singled in two RBI’s in the seventh and one more in the ninth. Mike Minor (2-2) got the loss and went five innings giving up five earned runs, five hits, two walks and struck out seven. UP NEXT Chicago hosts Minnesota on Tuesday to open a week-long homestand with Dylan Cease (2-0, 2.37) on the hill. Kansas City starts a seven-game road trip beginning in Detroit on Tuesday. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Avery Osen, The Associated Press
Police appeal for mother to seek medical assistance
Remote learning has helped some Black students evade the biases and institutionalized racism often found in a traditional classroom setting.
Rachel Reeves has been promoted to shadow chancellor as part of the changes.
Rory McIlroy found his comfort zone at Quail Hollow and left with a trophy he badly needed. McIlroy closed with a 3-under 68 and made it tough on himself at the end Sunday, driving into the hazard left of the 18th fairway and needing two putts from 45 feet for a one-shot victory in the Wells Fargo Championship. What mattered was ending 18 months since his last victory in the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, along with finding a strong semblance of his game as he prepares to return to Kiawah Island for the PGA Championship.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A gunman opened fire at a birthday party in Colorado, slaying six adults before killing himself Sunday, police said. The shooting happened just after midnight in a mobile home park on the east side of Colorado Springs, police said. Officers arrived at a trailer to find six dead adults and a man with serious injuries who died later at a hospital, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported. The suspected shooter was the boyfriend of a female victim at the party attended by friends, family and children. He walked inside and opened fire before shooting himself, police said. Children at the attack weren’t hurt and were placed with relatives. The birthday party was for one of the people killed, police said. Police on Sunday hadn't released the identities of the shooter or victims. Authorities say a motive wasn't immediately known. “My heart breaks for the families who have lost someone they love and for the children who have lost their parents,” Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski said in a statement. It was Colorado's worst mass shooting since a gunman killed 10 people at a Boulder supermarket March 22. “The tragic shooting in Colorado Springs is devastating,” Gov. Jared Polis said Sunday, “especially as many of us are spending the day celebrating the women in our lives who have made us the people we are today.” Colorado Springs, population 465,000, is Colorado's second-biggest city after Denver. In 2015, a man shot three people to death at random before dying in a shootout with police in Colorado Springs on Halloween. Less than a month later, a man killed three people, including a police officer, and injured eight others in a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in the city. The Associated Press
Votes are still being counted for the English council and mayoral elections.
deGrom lasted five innings in his first start since returning from lat inflammation.
BrightSphere Investment Group Inc. (NYSE: BSIG) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its 75.1% ownership interest in Thompson, Siegel Walmsley LLC ("TSW") to Pendal Group Limited ("Pendal") for $240 million. As part of the transaction, Pendal will additionally acquire the 24.9% ownership interest in TSW held by the TSW management team, resulting in Pendal acquiring 100% of TSW for total consideration of approximately $320 million.
HOUSTON — Kyle Tucker hit a three-run homer and tied a career high with four RBIs as the Houston Astros built a big lead early and held on for a 7-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday. Jose Altuve added a solo homer for the Astros to help them win the series 2-1. Tucker’s homer highlighted a four-run fourth inning that extended the lead to 7-0. In a tough season where he's hitting just .188, Tucker hopes his big game can help turn things around. “I’ve just got to keep working and grinding," he said. “I’m just going to try to build off today.” Rowdy Tellez sent a 69-mph curveball from Zack Greinke into the second deck in right field with no outs in the fifth for the first of five straight hits for the Blue Jays. Reese McGuire and Marcus Semien followed with singles before a double to centre field by Bo Bichette scored them both to cut the lead to 7-3. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit an RBI single to get the Blue Jays within 3 and chase Greinke. Bryan Abreu (2-1) took over and retired the next three batters for the win as Houston’s bullpen allowed just two singles the rest of the way to secure the victory. Ryan Pressly struck out two in the ninth for his sixth save. Manager Dusty Baker raved about the work of his relievers. “They did a great job," he said. “They were throwing strikes. If they’re throwing quality strikes then you’ve got a chance... when your bullpen’s dealing you feel comfortable, confident and the whole team feels good." Blue Jays starter rookie Nate Pearson (0-1) allowed four hits and was done in by a career-high five walks in his first start this season and the fifth of his MLB career. The organization’s top prospect, Pearson gave up three runs in just 2 1/3 innings. “I just felt like I couldn’t get into a groove," he said. “I had a solid first inning but the walks in the second and third innings are what got me. I’ll figure it out." Pearson walked Tucker and Robel Garcia with no outs in the second before Altuve singled to load the bases with two outs. Michael Brantley drew a walk to put Houston up 1-0. There was one out in the third when Pearson walked Yuli Gurriel. Tucker followed with a triple to the corner of right field that made it 2-0. Garcia then singled on a grounder to right field to send another run home and chase Pearson. Altuve opened Houston’s fourth with an opposite field shot off Joel Payamps to the seats in right field to make it 4-0. There were two on and two out in the inning when Tucker homered to the second deck in right field. Greinke yielded nine hits and four runs without a walk in four-plus innings. He said his biggest problem right now is fastball control. “I was never cruising," he said. “I wasn’t making my pitches good and it just continued in the fifth inning. I just couldn’t throw pitches where I wanted to when I needed to and I gave up some hits that last inning." TRAINER’S ROOM Blue Jays: Reliever Rafael Dolis was placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained right calf on Sunday, retroactive to Saturday. Astros: RHP Jake Odorizzi, who has been out since April 25 with a strained muscle in his throwing arm, threw 40 pitches in two simulated innings on Saturday and will throw live batting practice soon before going on a rehabilitation assignment. ... RHP Enoli Paredes (right side soreness) made his second rehabilitation appearance for Double-A Corpus Christi on Saturday night, striking out five in two scoreless innings. MOTHERLY LOVE The mothers of Altuve, Alex Bregman, Gurriel and Jason Castro simultaneously threw out first pitches before the game to their sons. The group gathered at home plate to pose for pictures after the pitches, and Gurriel’s brother Lourdes Gurriel Jr, who plays for the Blue Jays, dashed onto the field to join Yuli and his mother Olga Castillo for the pictures. Castillo wore a jersey that was half Astros colours and half Blue Jays colours. At first Yuli stood on the blue side and Lourdes was on the orange side, but Lourdes noticed they weren’t on the proper sides and made them switch. UP NEXT Blue Jays: Toronto is off on Monday and hasn’t announced its rotation for a three-game series at Atlanta which starts on Tuesday night. Astros: Right-hander Luis García will start for Houston on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Kristie Rieken, The Associated Press
The southeastern United States will be the first to see price rises at the pumps due to the supply disruption caused by the shutdown of the country's top fuel pipeline network - and demand has already picked up as drivers fill their tanks, industry experts said on Sunday. The attack forced Colonial Pipeline to shut down its entire system on Friday. The network ships more than 2.5 million barrels per day (bpd) of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from the Gulf Coast to populous southeast and northeast states.
Alex Cejka won the Regions Tradition on Sunday in only his third PGA Tour Champions start, beating defending champion Steve Stricker with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff. A childhood refugee from communist Czechlosovokia (now the Czech Republic), the 50-year-old Cejka made a 14-foot birdie putt on No. 18 and Stricker missed a 9-footer with a chance to extend the playoff at Greystone Golf & Country Club. Cejka had turned a three-stroke deficit into a two-shot lead over the final nine holes for a 5-under 67.
A news release from the Baltimore County Police Department identified the victims and offered the clearest picture so far of what the department said unfolded on a residential street in suburban Baltimore early Saturday morning. According to police, a preliminary investigation indicates 56-year-old Everton Brown forced his way into a neighboring house, where he stabbed and shot Ismael Quintanilla, 41. As Sara Alacote, 37, ran from that home in an attempt to escape, Brown chased her outside, fatally shooting her several times, the news release said.
The House of Representatives' Republican leader Kevin McCarthy told Fox News on Sunday that Liz Cheney, the chamber's third most powerful Republican, had failed to display a united front against Democrats, in the latest sign that she will likely be ousted as the House Republican Conference chair in a vote expected later this week. Cheney's repeated criticism of former President Donald Trump's falsehood that the 2020 election was stolen from him has put her on thin ice with other leaders in her party.When asked if he supported Representative Elise Stefanik for Cheney's position, McCarthy replied: "Yes, I do." Stefanik, a 36-year-old from New York state who defended Trump during his first impeachment, is also supported by No. 2 House Republican Steve Scalise and by Trump himself. Many GOP lawmakers, including Senator Lindsey Graham, believe they cannot retake control of the House and Senate in 2022 without Trump's support, even though the party lost the House, the Senate and the White House during his presidency.On Sunday, Republican Senator Bill Cassidy, who voted to convict Trump in his second impeachment trial, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that it's going to take everyone in his divided party, including "those who feel as Liz" does, to win back congressional seats in 2022 and beyond.Cheney's future as a Republican leader is expected to be decided on Wednesday in a secret ballot by the House Republican caucus.