Terry Rozier (Charlotte Hornets) with an and one vs the Detroit Pistons, 05/04/2021
Terry Rozier (Charlotte Hornets) with an and one vs the Detroit Pistons, 05/04/2021
Netflix’s “Tiger King” star Jeff Lowe and his wife are willing to give up their big cats to resolve a Justice Department civil complaint against them over the animals' care, their attorney told a federal judge. At a hearing Wednesday where the judge found the couple in contempt for violating a previous order regarding the big cats, attorney Daniel Card said the Lowes “want out completely." Jeff Lowe took over the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park from founder Joe Exotic in 2016.
A video shot by a bystander shows San Diego police officers repeatedly punching a man in the face, head and leg after tackling him to the ground in the upscale neighborhood of La Jolla, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Thursday. San Diego Police Department spokesman Lt. Shawn Takeuchi said in a statement the officers saw the man urinating in public and asked him to stop.
Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of investors who purchased Skillz Inc. f/k/a Flying Eagle Acquisition Corp. ("Skillz" or the "Company") (NYSE: SKLZ) securities between December 16, 2020 and April 19, 2021, inclusive (the "Class Period"). Skillz investors have until July 7, 2021 to file a lead plaintiff motion.
A federal judge on Thursday sided with the state of Virginia and tossed a lawsuit filed by Republican gubernatorial candidate Amanda Chase over her censure by the Virginia Senate. Chase, a far-right-wing conservative state senator often at odds with even fellow Republicans, filed the lawsuit in February, a few days after her colleagues passed the censure resolution on a bipartisan vote, denouncing her for a “pattern of unacceptable conduct.” Chase was seeking a declaratory judgment that the censure violated her First Amendment rights and wanted the censure expunged and her seniority restored.
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Jaye Sanford, a 52-year-old mother of two, was driving home in suburban Atlanta on Nov. 21 when a man in a Dodge Challenger muscle car who was allegedly street racing crashed into her head-on, killing her. She is one of the many victims of a surge in street racing that has taken root across America during the coronavirus pandemic, prompting police crackdowns and legislation aimed at harsher punishments in several states. Street racers block roads and even interstates to keep police away as they tear around and perform stunts, often captured on videos that go viral. Packs of vehicles, from souped-up jalopies to high-end sports cars, roar down city streets, through industrial neighborhoods and down rural roads. Experts say TV shows and movies glorifying street racing had already fueled interest in recent years. Then shutdowns associated with the pandemic cleared normally clogged highways as commuters worked from home. Those with a passion for fast cars often had time to modify them, and to show them off, said Tami Eggleston, a sports psychologist who participates in legal drag racing. “With COVID, when we were separated from people, I think people sort of bonded in their interest groups,” said Eggleston, who is also the provost of McKendree University, a small college in suburban St. Louis. “So that need to want to socialize and be around other people brought the racers out.” But people have been killed. The snarl of engines and traffic tie-ups have become huge annoyances. Racers have been reported wielding guns and strewing beer cans in parking lots. Georgia is among the states fighting back with new laws. Last week, Gov. Brian Kemp signed a bill named for Sanford that mandates at least 10 days of jail time for all drag racing convictions. It also requires people convicted a third time within five years to forfeit their vehicles. “This illegal activity is very dangerous,” the Republican governor said at a bill-signing ceremony. “Our goal is simple: to protect every family in every community.” In New York City, authorities received more than 1,000 drag racing complaints over six months last year — a nearly five-fold increase over the same period in 2019. “Illegal street racing puts lives at risk and keeps us up at night,” said New York state Sen. Brad Hoylman. “While there’s been less traffic during the pandemic, some drivers have used this as an opportunity to treat our streets like a NASCAR speedway.” The Democratic lawmaker has introduced legislation that would authorize New York City to operate its speed cameras overnight and on weekends in hot spots for illegal street racing. The Senate Transportation Committee recently unanimously approved the measure, setting it up for a floor vote. In Mississippi, Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed into law in March a bill that allows state troopers to respond to incidents in cities. On New Year’s Eve, drivers blocked traffic on an interstate highway in Jackson, the state capital, for an hour while they spun out and did donuts, etching circles in the pavement. Even though the highway patrol headquarters was nearby, troopers couldn’t respond because they were prohibited from handling incidents in cities with over 15,000 people. That prohibition will be lifted when the new law takes effect July 1. In Arizona, the state Senate has passed a bill to impose harsher penalties. It now awaits a House vote. Under an ordinance approved in March by the Phoenix City Council, police can impound a car involved in street racing or reckless driving for up to 30 days. Meanwhile, the death toll climbs. On the night of May 2, a 28-year-old woman was killed in Phoenix when a street racer crashed into her car. A man was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter. Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, handed out thousands of tickets for speeding and racing since a crackdown began in October. “Racing up and down our streets is so deadly, especially while more kids, seniors, pedestrians and cyclists are out during this pandemic,” said Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller. Street racing in an industrial neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, scares people who work there. A motorcyclist was killed last month in a crash that police said apparently involved racing. Business owners on April 2 wrote to the mayor and city commissioners, asking them to take action. After weekends of racing and stunts, a road there and its 2-mile (3.2 kilometer) straightaway are littered with alcohol containers. Spray-painted lines mark start and finish lines. Parking lots are scarred by circular tire tracks or completely eroded in places by spinning tires. Portland police say they’re too overwhelmed to do much about it. “The city of Portland has experienced an enormous increase in our shooting rate, a staggering amount of volatile demonstrations, while our staffing numbers have dwindled,” said acting Lt. Michael Roberts, who is tasked with addressing illegal street racing. “We often do not have the bandwidth to address the street racer calls.” Bizarrely, two police cars drag raced through a residential Washington, D.C., neighborhood last month. They wound up crashing into each other. One officer was fired, and three others are under investigation. In Denver, police have deployed a helicopter to track races, closed lanes often used by racers and sent officers to places where racers meet. On April 3, a mother was killed when a street racer broadsided her car in downtown Denver. In one of the most notorious incidents, hundreds of street racers clogged a stretch of interstate in nearby Aurora on March 7 while they raced and cruised. Police warned other motorists to stay away amid reports of guns being brandished and fireworks going off. The events have given more urgency to a long-standing effort by the Colorado State Patrol to lure street racers to a safer environment. The agency's “Take it to the Track” program features weekly contests at Bandimere Speedway, in the foothills west of Denver. “You can bring out whatever you have, be it a supercar or mom’s minivan, grandpa’s Buick,” Trooper Josh Lewis said at the racetrack last week. “And you can race a cop, and do so legally.” Lewis then beat a Toyota SUV on the quarter-mile track, reaching 88 mph (142 kph) in his Dodge Charger. Ray Propes, 58, started street racing when he was 16 but now prefers Bandimere Speedway for its traction and safety. “You don’t have to worry about accidents, animals, kids, birds, anything,” he said. ___ Associated Press reporters Thomas Peipert in Denver; Maria Villeneuve in Albany, New York; Emily Wagster in Jackson, Mississippi; Susan Montoya Bryan in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Jonathan J. Cooper in Phoenix contributed to this report. Andrew Selsky , The Associated Press
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Cases of the Indian coronavirus variant in the UK have more than doubled in the past week, according to figures from Public Health England (PHE). Data published on Thursday showed there are 1,313 cases of the VOC-21APR-02 variant - also known as B.1.617.2 - in the country, up from the 520 recorded the previous week.
Some providers offer special clinics for younger people. But adults now have added incentive to get vaccinated too.
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UniCredit's top investor BlackRock voted against the remuneration package that last month turned the Italian bank's new boss Andrea Orcel into one of Europe's highest paid bank chiefs, a document showed on Thursday. Minutes from the April 15 annual general meeting published on UniCredit's website on Thursday showed BlackRock was among investors that voted against the pay policy. New York-based BlackRock, the world's largest money manager with $9 trillion in assets, is the top investor in UniCredit with a stake of 5.1%.
The CDC eased mask guidance but didn't say you shouldn’t wear a mask, can't wear one or are entitled to mouth off about other people wearing masks.
Shares of South Korean e-commerce company Coupang (NYSE: CPNG) traded more than 10% lower at one point this afternoon after the company reported its earnings results from the first quarter of 2021. Coupang, which recently went public in March, gives customers the ability to get millions of items delivered on the same day they order them online. Despite the losses, Coupang CEO Bom Kim said on the company's earnings call that the company planned to further invest to strengthen its infrastructure in order to enhance its fast delivery model and wide selection of items.
A U.S. Marine Corps major is the first active-duty member of the military charged with taking part in the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, federal prosecutors said on Thursday. The Justice Department said Christopher Warnagiris, 40, a Marine Corps major from Woodbridge, Virginia, has been charged with federal crimes, including obstructing law enforcement officers during civil disorder and obstruction of justice. The FBI said Warnagiris has been stationed since last summer at the Marine Corps base at Quantico, Virginia.
B.C. can leverage competitive advantages to grow its cleantech industry and take advantage of a reinvigorated and rapidly escalating global green economy, according to pundits. But to do so, the province must increase investments in clean energy, address gaps, and be more aggressive about meeting its own climate targets to trigger more innovation and growth in the sector. U.S. President Joe Biden's recent climate summit demonstrated countries worldwide, including Canada, are striving for aggressive climate targets that will dramatically fuel the growing global low-carbon economy, said Merran Smith, executive director at Clean Energy Canada. At the virtual summit, Canada announced a new target to drop national emissions by 40 to 45 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. The U.S. — Canada’s largest trading partner — went a step beyond, announcing new targets of 50 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, while European commitments generally stretch further still, Smith said. The global cleantech market is expected to exceed $3.3 trillion by 2022, according to Economic Development Canada (EDC). There is a huge economic opportunity in transitioning to a net-zero economy, something B.C. should pursue aggressively, Smith said. The province’s recent budget built on previous climate commitments, but B.C. didn’t seize the net-zero opportunities associated with the global zeitgeist to tackle climate change, she added. “The world is looking for clean energy and low-carbon goods and services,” Smith said. “And there just wasn't anything in the budget that signalled that B.C. was going to be investing and focusing on how we get those companies and sectors up and going.” More investments in hydrogen energy or battery manufacturing, or using B.C.’s hydro-electric grid to power key transportation networks like BC Ferries or trucking at the Port of Vancouver, are some examples that would drive a clean economy, she said. “Many of those technologies are ready for primetime, but they're going to require government vision and investment to get the infrastructure in place,” Smith said. B.C. has a clutch of leading cleantech companies and a clean electrical grid that provide a big competitive advantage, especially given a new climate-conscious U.S. market, she said. As a result of the Biden summit, Canada and the U.S. are collaborating to green their government operations, and that includes using cleaner energy sources, moving to zero-emissions vehicles and striving for greener infrastructure. The two countries will also identify a path to net-zero supply chains for buildings and construction, along with transportation. The province already produces many of the goods needed for the net-zero transition, from forest products to the metals and minerals required for electric vehicles that trading partners will demand in a low-carbon economy, Smith said. “B.C. has all the pieces. We have this near zero-emissions electricity grid, and we have the natural resources,” she said. “But there's no vision or plan about how B.C. is going to really take advantage of this and retain a competitive edge.” Smith believes the province should also implement its own “buy clean” program with standards around the amount of pollution construction materials can produce. It would support both established and emerging industries in the province, help government reach its climate targets, and give the competitive advantage to B.C. products — often lower in carbon than those of global competitors. Jeanette Jackson, CEO of Foresight, a B.C.-based cleantech accelerator, agreed B.C. has a number of advantages to leverage in a green global market. The province is a cleantech leader in the country and one of the first provinces to use the carbon tax to transition industry into the green economy and establish a climate plan, CleanBC, she said. The province is home to close to 300 cleantech companies, with the sector’s revenue valued at $2.4 billion, according to 2019 data. However, most innovation in B.C. to meet climate change is actually targeted for global consumers, Jackson noted. The sector is increasingly export-oriented, with close to 90 per cent of the revenue predicted to take place outside of B.C. over the next three to five years. That's why it's important to find ways to support and maintain innovators so they don't leave the province, Jackson said. One of the biggest challenges faced by the sector is a tendency by various stakeholders to operate in silos, Jackson said. It’s necessary to develop a cleantech cluster where small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), industry, academics, investors and government work collaboratively to achieve goals and overcome sector challenges, she said. Clusters accelerate the pace of innovation, get ideas to market faster, and scale already existing innovations and tech. “We really need to lean into the evolution of how we scale cleantech ventures, ensuring they are very problem-driven,” Jackson said. “That way, we can get ahead of the innovation cycles, and be much more efficient and effective in launching technology companies that will scale quickly, and have a clear path to market.” There’s also a need to develop data-driven decision-making, she added. For example, determining the top five problems the province needs to resolve to meet its own net-zero goals, Jackson said. “When you do that successfully, obviously, there are also huge opportunities for export and international economic development,” she said. Also figuring out how to grow, nurture or address gaps in B.C.’s talent pool in co-operation with academic institutions and industry is key, Jackson said. There also needs to be more storytelling going on, Jackson said. Marketing both B.C. and Canada’s cleantech sectors and their competitive advantage needs to take precedent, she said. “Let's make that known globally. That’s what is going to attract international capital and buyers.” Regulatory policy from senior levels of government with clear requirements or values to reduce or eliminate emissions will also help drive the cleantech sector in B.C., Jackson said. “When industry has clear policy, they know what framework they can operate in and can make those decisions (to innovate),” she said. And the bolder the policy, the better, Jackson said. “As we’ve seen in Europe, where they set the standard high, industry and innovation step up.” Rochelle Baker / Local Journalism Initiative / Canada's National Observer Rochelle Baker, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, National Observer
Image Source: Netflix Netflix's Enola Holmes, which officially dropped last September, delivered a fun family-friendly adventure centered on the keen young detective Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown), and now it's getting a sequel! On May 13, Deadline reported that Netflix was moving forward with development on the franchise's next installment.
An active duty Marine Corps officer seen on camera scuffling with a police officer and helping other members of the pro-Trump mob force their way into the Capitol on Jan. 6 has been charged in the riot, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Maj. Christopher Warnagiris, 40, of Woodbridge, Virginia, is the first active duty service member to be charged in the insurrection, the Department of Justice said. Warnagiris, who has been stationed at Marine Corps Base Quantico since last summer, was arrested Thursday in Virginia, prosecutors said. He faces charges including assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers, obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder and obstruction of justice. Warnagiris was ordered released after a brief appearance before a federal judge in Virginia. An email seeking comment was sent to the federal public defender's office, which represented Warnagiris at his initial appearance, but there was no immediate response. Warnagiris, who was wearing a dark jacket, military green backpack and black and tan gloves, pushed past police officers standing guard outside Capitol doors and forced his way into the building, according to court documents. He then appeared to use his body to keep the door partially open and helped pull others inside, authorities said. A U.S. Capitol Police officer, who moved between Warnagiris and the crowd outside, tried to pull the door shut while Warnagiris fought to keep it open, court documents say. The officer told the FBI that he had tried to push Warnagiris out of the way and the man shoved him back, authorities said. A former coworker who recognized Warnagiris in photos reported him to the FBI in March, court documents say. The next day, FBI agents went to his military command and showed pictures to someone he works with, who identified the man in the photos as Warnagiris. The Marine Corps said in a statement that “there is no place for racial hatred or extremism” in its ranks. “Those who can’t value the contributions of others, regardless of background, are destructive to our culture, our warfighting ability, and have no place in our ranks," it said. More than 400 people have been charged so far in the siege. Among them are four members or reservists of the National Guard and about 40 military veterans, according to the Justice Department. The charges against the rioters range from misdemeanor offenses, such as disorderly conduct in a restricted building, to serious conspiracy cases against members and associates of the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers extremist groups. ____ Associated Press reporters Michael Balsamo and Lolita Baldor contributed to this report from Washington. Alanna Durkin Richer , The Associated Press
Standing outside one of my restaurants in Coral Gables on a sunny afternoon, I never expected it to happen: an angry man yelling racist, anti-Asian slurs at me, blaming me and my “people” for the COVID-19 pandemic.
The country has yet to decide whether it will allow holiday visits as it extends state of calamity.
AM Best has assigned a Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and a Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of "a" (Excellent) to Nectaris Re Ltd. (Nectaris Re), the operating subsidiary of Nectaris Holdings Ltd. (both domiciled in Bermuda). The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.