Top blocks from Portland Trail Blazers vs. Detroit Pistons, 04/10/2021
Top blocks from Portland Trail Blazers vs. Detroit Pistons, 04/10/2021
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly ruled out hosting the rest of IPL 2021 in India, while stressing it's too early to find a slot for the remainder of the tournament.
As we celebrate Mother’s Day today, we decided to take a look at young actresses who are beautifully playing the role of mothers on small screen.
New Delhi [India], May 9 (ANI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday wrote to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan urging to increase the monthly supply of vaccines to the national capital.
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Despite have a number of match winners in their squad, the side never got going and they have lost six out of the eight matches played. Such has been the dismal return that they had to axe David Warner
In a stunning bikini photo shared on Instagram, the actress, 45, paid tribute to her role in the hit series.
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Most conventional mortgage lenders require a minimum down payment of 5% on a home purchase, though many have higher requirements. If you don't put down 20% on your home, you'll pay extra for it in the form of private mortgage insurance, or PMI. This happens automatically once your loan balance falls to 78% of your home's value.
JASPER, Alta. — A last-ditch attempt to save some of Canada's vanishing caribou herds is a step closer after a scientific review panel's approval of a plan to permanently pen some animals and breed them to repopulate other herds. The captive breeding program would be a first, said Dave Argument, conservation manager for Jasper National Park. "This idea of bringing in wild caribou (and) raising them in captivity to augment a wild herd is certainly a novel approach." No one doubts Jasper's caribou are in trouble. One of the park's three herds has already disappeared and the others are down to a handful of animals. Parks Canada has proposed a $25-million project that would permanently pen up to 40 females and five males in a highly managed and monitored area of about one square kilometre surrounded by an electrified fence. The agency suggests the captive breeding could produce up to 20 calves a year — enough to bring Jasper's herds to sustainable levels in a decade. The plan received a big boost last week when an independent scientific review panel concluded that it would likely work. The panel, an international group of conservation experts, agreed that without dramatic measures Jasper's caribou will disappear. Strategies such as predator control or penning and protecting pregnant cows won't work in a national park, it concluded. "We are confident that the case has been made for the proposed breeding program," the panel's report says. It does warn that careful monitoring would be required to assess the survival rate of young caribou released into the wild. The effects of climate change on habitat would have to be watched and wolves might occasionally have to be culled, it adds. "Predators will need to be monitored and managed." Wolf density in Jasper is low enough that the animals would not be expected to be a major threat to rebuilding herds, the report says. Justina Ray, a caribou biologist and head of the Wildlife Conservation Society, said the program would also have to consider conditions outside the parks, where energy activity, forestry and road-building continue to degrade habitat. "Conversion of caribou habitat for all these mountain caribou in southern Alberta and (British Columbia) is ongoing, and these conditions outside the park are very relevant to anything that happens within it," she wrote in an email. Access to caribou habitat within the park would also have to be managed, she said. "Access management (roads) ... will need to be stronger than it has been to date if animals are to be released into a safe space." Parks Canada has met resistance when it has closed parts of Jasper park for part of the year to protect caribou. Argument welcomed the panel's conclusion. But issues remain before a final decision is made, he said. Budgets need to be approved and consultations conducted. "There's still an element of public support required," said Argument. "We're not going to proceed without the support of our Indigenous partners." A preliminary site has been chosen. It's remote from the Jasper townsite and wouldn't be open to public visits. "It's not going to be a zoo," Argument said. The caribou have to remain as wild as possible if they are to make it outside the fence, he said. "Releasing naive animals from a captive breeding facility into the wild comes with certain risks." If all goes well, Argument said, the fenced pen could be built next year and accept its first animals as early as 2023. Caribou herds are in trouble across the country. Argument said captive breeding wouldn't help much in places where habitat loss is the problem, such as in areas heavily affected by industry, but it could work in other situations. "Different circumstances call for different solutions," he said. "There are other situations across the country where this tool might be very useful. We're at the cutting edge in potentially applying it here." This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 9, 2021 — By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow @row1960 on Twitter The Canadian Press
A COVID-19 vaccine likely won't be a requirement to return to the physical classroom at some universities in September, with several large schools saying they have no intention of mandating proof of immunization for students. Though some schools remain undecided, the decisions from the University of British Columbia, University of Alberta and McGill University come as governments around the world work out how to handle so-called vaccine passports. "There's quite a range of opinions," said Andrew Kirk, an engineering professor and head of the McGill Association of University Teachers. "We haven't taken a formal position." Some professors, he said, believe McGill should require that students be fully vaccinated before returning to laboratories and lecture halls. "Others feel that as long as they themselves are vaccinated, and there are reasonable precautions, then it shouldn't be a requirement," Kirk said. Though the faculty association doesn't have a concrete take on the issue, a spokeswoman for McGill said the school is planning for several scenarios, but anticipates that everyone at high-risk for COVID-19 will be vaccinated before fall. "We do not currently anticipate a requirement to show proof of vaccination before coming to campus in the fall," Cynthia Lee said in an email. "The university is using an approach to planning that will create flexibility so that we will be able to adapt if we need to." Dozens of universities in the United States have opted to require proof of vaccination, including Rutgers, Brown, Cornell and Northeastern. But there are some concerns around the equity of vaccine passports, with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association saying it's "flashed red and yellow lights at any effort by a Canadian government to mandate public disclosure of private health-care information." It argues that the same groups that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 -- including new immigrants and racialized communities -- may also face an added impact from vaccine passport requirements. "Systemic racism may influence choices of service providers and others about who to demand 'proof' from, and who to deny access, particularly in the absence of a strict legal regime governing their use," the CCLA said in an online FAQ on the issue. The federal government, meanwhile, is working with other G20 countries to establish a common vaccine passport requirement for international travel. "We are looking very carefully at it, hoping to align with allied countries," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said last week. Some schools are pointing to government guidance in saying they don't plan on requiring proof of vaccination, including the University of British Columbia. "All adult students will be eligible to receive the vaccine, including international students," the return-to-campus primer paper reads. "The COVID-19 vaccine will not be mandatory." Gillian Glass, who heads up CUPE 2278, which represents teaching assistants at UBC, said her union is hopeful the university will consult with them before finalizing anything. "At this point, because the university doesn't have a set plan for return to campus, we don't have a stance yet," she said. But that will likely change when the school lays out the conditions for returning to the classroom, she said, and she hopes the school will take the TAs' position into consideration. Meanwhile, other schools are still mulling whether to require proof of vaccination, such as the University of Toronto. "The approach to vaccination is a matter all post-secondary institutions in Ontario are considering at this time," a spokesperson said. "We are working closely with the guidance of the province when it comes to health and safety requirements in coming to any decisions." Likewise, Universities Canada said it's still weighing the options. "We are all experiencing this pandemic in real time, and it is too early to say what the world will look like at the beginning of the next academic year," spokesman Karl Oczkowski said. "Our recommendation to students and universities is to keep the lines of communication open." This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 9, 2021. Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press
NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / May 9, 2021 / Labaton Sucharow, a nationally ranked and award-winning shareholder rights firm, is investigating potential securities violations and breach of fiduciary duty claims against Detroit-based real estate mortgage company Rocket Companies, Inc. tumbled 11% on May 5, 2021, after hours, after it reported closed loan origination volume fell quarter-over-quarter and it forecast a further decline in the second quarter.
TORONTO — Canadian companies are trying to move the needle on COVID-19 vaccinations with discounts and freebies for customers who show proof they've received their first dose. Insurers, food businesses and even tech companies are unveiling promotions aimed at convincing people to get the jab in exchange for savings and giveaways. Experts say the offers lend corporate clout to an important cause, but also encourage consumers to return to favourite shops or discover new and local brands amid temporary lockdowns. "You might be reluctant to over-expose yourself in non-discretionary places and that's all part of this strategy," said Joanne McNeish, a Ryerson University professor specializing in marketing. "It's a way of carefully getting their brand in front of people." Vaccine-related promotions are being used by Canadian companies including Sombrero Latin Food. The grocery purveyor is offering Latin American candy to people who post a vaccine selfie or help relatives or neighbours book appointments, but stresses that vaccination is a "personal decision" and the promotion is not meant to pressure people. "We just wanted to spread a little joy to those that felt comfortable," business development manager Corina Pardo said. "After waiting so long, we wanted each vaccination to be a little celebration." Meanwhile, Polarity Brewing in Whitehorse will give vaccinated customers a $6 discount on a beer or food purchase. In Kitchener, Ont., TheMuseum will offer free admission to the vaccinated through a campaign called Jabbed Like Jagger — a reference to Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, who has encouraged vaccination and will feature heavily in an upcoming exhibit on his band. Manulife Financial Inc. will give some of its vaccinated customers enrolled in its Vitality program rewards points that can be used towards gift cards or gadgets and Toronto-based financial app Drop is offering $50 in cash rewards to users who post a vaccine selfie on social media and tag the brand. Such offers build on a U.S. trend that materialized when widespread vaccination began and the country needed to deal with the hesitant, anti-vaxxers and people forgoing their second dose. Companies wanted to help. Burger joint White Castle offered free dessert-on-a-stick, Budweiser gave out $5 to be spent on beer, Greenhouse of Walled Lake in Michigan made free cannabis pre-rolls available and Krispy Kreme promised a doughnut everyday for the rest of the year. While most praised the incentives, critics complained frequent doughnut consumption is unhealthy and Krispy Kreme had to defend itself. Boston Pizza also experienced a problem linked to a promotion, when the chain's Front Street location in Toronto offered a 15-per-cent discount to vaccinated patrons. Director of communications Marian Raty said in an email that the location was ordered to discontinue the offer, without offering additional details. The location did not respond to requests for comment. McNeish, however, thought the discount was "clever" because it was low enough to be enticing but not inspire much abuse and offered by a location across from a vaccine centre and in an area that has seen business significantly slow. "In that poor location, the foot traffic has been almost nothing," she said. "They must be thrilled that the foot traffic with the vaccine clinic there is maybe getting them back closer to normal." While its hard to measure how likely any of the promotions are to generate repeat customers or encourage hesitant Canadians to get a vaccine, McNeish believes the deals are a nice perk for those anxious for the jab and one of many convincing factors for others. "This definitely nibbles at the edges of people who are just soft hesitators and helps show here's yet another reason (to get the vaccine)," she said. Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine, an epidemiologist and University of Saskatchewan professor specializing in community health, said people ideologically against vaccines are unlikely to be swayed by rewards, but they may encourage undecided people. "They might jump off the fence and get their own vaccine," he said. "Something like this could tip the balance." While Muhajarine has yet to notice specific deals in Saskatoon, he was impressed to see businesses that have struggled during the pandemic were willing to use brand recognition to advance an important message. "They aren't just complaining about the slow down of the economy or that they have been asked to shut down or go to only curbside delivery," he said. "Businesses want to be part of the solution." This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 9, 2021. Companies in this story: (TSX:MFC) Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press
A wildfire burned about one-third of Slave Lake in northern Alberta in May 2011. Nearly 400 homes and businesses, including an apartment complex, were reduced to ash and rubble when fierce winds whipped flames through town with little warning. Here are five things we've learned about that fire 10 years ago: How did the wildfire happen? The Slave Lake wildfire burned through the town from May 14 to May 16, 2011. Officials with the Alberta government announced in November 2011 that an unknown arsonist recklessly or deliberately ignited the forest fire. Damages were pegged at $700 million — one of the country's costliest disasters. How long did it take to clean up? Mayor Tyler Warman says many milestones were reached within two years. The government centre and about 80 per cent of homes were rebuilt. But Warman says it took another four years to finish roads and sidewalks. "We waited a couple years for people to finish construction." Warman says there was a list of projects and they slowly checked them off. "When I look around the community, I see things rebuilt. I see new investment. I see new businesses." How did it affect the town's residents? Warman says the population hasn't changed a whole lot since the fire. The No. 1 factor that saved the community, he says, was temporary housing that was built for residents while they rebuilt their homes. "It was the difference between success and failure. Without it, we would have been decimated." Warman says some single people and young couples who were living in the apartment complex left, but school enrolment numbers were steady the next fall. "There was a pretty strong indication that the people were still here." Research done after the fire showed some residents with psychological stress symptoms — particularly children. The study suggested children involved in disasters be offered counselling and assistance in recovery. What have we learned about wildfires? Mike Flannigan, a renewable resources professor at the University of Alberta, says the Slave Lake fire has left a legacy. "Fire management in Canada is among the best in the world and Alberta is among the best in Canada," he says. "What has become clear is that events like Slave Lake aren't isolated events. "One of the politicians of the day was in the paper saying it was a one-off. It was a fluke. It won't happen again. I said the day after ... expect more events like this, unfortunately.' "It's all about the extreme conditions." He says the fires in Slave Lake, Fort McMurray, Alta., and Kelowna, B.C., led to politicians paying attention. Did anything change afterward? Flannigan says there has been more federal funding for wildfire research. "Things have changed, but we still need to do more," he says. "It's not going away with climate change." He says more structures will be at risk if development continues in the boreal forest. Warman adds those developments need to be prepared for emergencies and for recovery after disasters. "A good plan is better than a quick plan." This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 9, 2021. Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press
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The recent sighting of an emaciated grey whale off Vancouver Island and the discovery of a dead whale washed up on a B.C. beach highlights concerns that the marine mammals are dying in increasing numbers. Angela Menzies was beachcombing with her son on northern Vancouver Island in April when they spied something on the beach that looked like a huge tree trunk, but with a fin. As they got closer they realized it was a grey whale. "My seven-year-old kept saying, 'Mom, I don't want to see this, it's sad to see a whale dead,'" Menzies said. Officials have not released a cause of death, but they say dead grey whales on the West Coast of Canada have been increasing in number since 2018. A dead grey whale washed up on a beach on Haida Gwaii in 2019.(Fisheries and Oceans Canada) Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) says 21 of the animals, which can grow up to 15 metres long and weigh 40 tonnes, have been found dead since then. Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) in the U.S. say those 21 whales are among the 450 grey whale strandings that have occurred in the past two years in what it calls an "unusual mortality event." "Mortalities of grey whales have been observed along the entire west coast of North America from Mexico to Alaska," it says in a section of its website dedicated to tracking deaths of the animals since 2019. NOAA declares an unusual mortality event when a number of criteria are met, including a dramatic increase in deaths compared to prior records and the animals themselves exhibiting poor health. Not only have dead grey whales been found regularly up and down the West Coast, others have been spotted swimming in coastal waters looking unwell. In B.C. in April, one was seen off the waters of downtown Victoria, looking emaciated and unhealthy. It was later photographed off the northeast coast of Vancouver Island, but has not been seen since. An emaciated grey whale swims off the coast of northern Vancouver Island in April. The same whale was believed to have been seen swimming of the coast of Victoria, B.C.(Jared Towers/Fisheries and Oceans Canada) Scientists believe that in addition to the recorded grey whale strandings, many more are dying in the ocean and not washing up to be found. "They may simply sink at sea or drift farther out to sea or they may come to shore in an unpopular region and may not be counted," said Anna Hall, a marine biologist who studies how underwater sounds affect marine mammals along with pollution. NOAA estimates that the recorded strandings only represent up to about 13 per cent of all deaths. In January it said the population of grey whales that migrate along the West Coast has declined by about 24 per cent since 2016 to about 20,580 animals. There are three distinct groups of grey whales, two of which are considered endangered in Canada. The Northern Pacific Migratory population, which is not at risk, and the Pacific Coast Feeding Group population, which is endangered along with the Western Pacific population. Why? Scientists don't know for sure what is causing the deaths, but they suspect it could be related to an insufficient food supply. Some of the deaths have been caused by boat strikes. Investigators are evaluating ecosystem changes that may be impacting grey whale habitat and food supply, but they're also looking into impacts from harmful algal blooms, infectious disease, natural predation, and human interactions. A dead grey whale lies on Limantour Beach in Point Reyes Station, California on May 23, 2019.(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) It's not the first time grey whales have experienced an unusual mortality event. In 1999 and 2000 the population dropped 23 per cent before recovering and increasing in number to 27,000 by 2016. Researchers never identified a specific cause for that die-off, but noted many of the animals appeared malnourished. Hall is hopeful whatever is causing the die-off now will pass and the species will recover again. "Grey whales we know can be resilient," she said. "They have demonstrated resilience, while facing tremendous human pressures … that goes back to the commercial whaling days." To help the whales, Hall wants boaters to keep their distance, but also report any sightings of emaciated or dead whales to DFO.
GOP lawmakers ultimately decided not to advertise the segregationist nature of the voting measure.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said Sunday that his barn has been told Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit failed a postrace drug test, the latest doping scandal for horse racing and arguably the sport’s premier trainer. Flanked by his attorney Craig Robertson in a morning news conference at Churchill Downs on Sunday, Baffert said Medina Spirit was found to have 21 picograms of the steroid betamethasone, double the legal threshold in Kentucky racing, in a postrace sample. Baffert denied any wrongdoing and said he did not know how Medina Spirit could have tested positive.
Who knew what to expect when Elon Musk hosted "Saturday Night Live"? He showed up with his mom, riffed on Dogecoin and revealed he has Asperger's.
This comes a day after Dean of Faculty of Law at Aligarh Muslim University professor Shakil Ahmed Samdani died at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College Hospital where he was undergoing treatment for coronavirus
Abdulgadir Nur, a 65-year-old man from Moncton who was reported missing last month, has been found dead. In a release Sunday, RCMP confirmed the discovery of the body of a 65-year-old Moncton man. The body was discovered Sunday on Route 132 in Meadow Brook by a person walking near train tracks. "It's astonishing to see the distance that he covered," Ken Biddington, a friend of the Nur family who was part of a search group of 30 people, told Radio-Canada. Biddington said the group thinks he walked the Humphrey Brook trail and then followed the train tracks from there. "I would have never thought he went that far." Friends and family were concerned for the man's well-being following his disappearance on April 15 because he didn't speak English and had previously gotten lost in the city in September 2020. Nur spoke Tigrinya, a language common to Eritrea and parts Ethiopia, and some Arabic. Biddington said hundreds of people helped in the search for Nur over the last weeks. "A big thank you for all the efforts contributed to try and find him," he said.