Tre Jones (San Antonio Spurs) with an assist vs the Detroit Pistons, 04/22/2021
Tre Jones (San Antonio Spurs) with an assist vs the Detroit Pistons, 04/22/2021
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo GettyBachelor sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein gave Bill Gates advice on ending his marriage with Melinda after the Microsoft co-founder complained about her during a series of meetings at the money manager’s mansion, according to two people familiar with the situation.Gates used the gatherings at Epstein’s $77 million New York townhouse as an escape from what he told Epstein was a “toxic” marriage, a topic both men found humorous, a person who attended the meetings told The Daily Beast.The billionaire met Epstein dozens of times starting in 2011 and continuing through to 2014 mostly at the financier’s Manhattan home—a substantially higher number than has been previously reported. Their conversations took place years before Bill and Melinda Gates announced this month that they were splitting up.Gates, in turn, encouraged Epstein to rehabilitate his image in the media following his 2008 guilty plea for soliciting a minor for prostitution, and discussed Epstein becoming involved with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.The people familiar with the matter said Gates found freedom in Epstein’s lair, where he met a rotating cast of bold-faced names and discussed worldly issues in between rounds of jokes and gossip—a “men’s club” atmosphere that irritated Melinda.“[It’s] not an overstatement. Going to Jeffrey’s was a respite from his marriage. It was a way of getting away from Melinda,” one of the people who was at several of the meetings said, adding that Epstein and Gates “were very close.”A representative for Bill told The Daily Beast: “Your characterization of his meetings with Epstein and others about philanthropy is inaccurate, including who participated. Similarly, any claim that Gates spoke of his marriage or Melinda in a disparaging manner is false.” A representative for Melinda did not respond to a request for comment for this report.As The Daily Beast exclusively reported, Melinda Gates was furious over Bill’s relationship with Epstein, and was put off by the creepy financier upon meeting him in September 2013, after the couple accepted an award at a New York City hotel. Melinda’s anger, people familiar with the matter said, eventually led to the demise of Bill and Epstein’s friendship.The Wall Street Journal recently reported Melinda Gates consulted divorce lawyers in October 2019, around the time it was publicly revealed that Bill met with Epstein—who had died by suicide in jail months earlier—multiple times in the past.Melinda Gates Warned Bill About Jeffrey EpsteinOn May 3, the high-powered couple announced they were ending their 27-year marriage in a statement that read, in part: “We no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives. We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this next life.” In her petition for divorce Melinda said her marriage is “irretrievably broken” and indicated the couple had settled on a plan to divide their vast assets outside the courtroom.Last week, the New York Post reported that Gates told his golfing buddies he was in a “loveless” marriage which “had been over for some time,” while People described Epstein as a “sore spot” in the couple’s relationship.But Epstein wasn’t the couple’s only point of contention. On Sunday, the New York Times reported that Gates allegedly made advances on women who worked at Microsoft and his foundation while he was married to Melinda. The Journal followed up with its own report, revealing that Gates resigned from Microsoft’s board in 2020 amid an internal investigation into an alleged sexual relationship with a company engineer, who came forward in late 2019. (“There was an affair almost 20 years ago which ended amicably,” a Gates spokeswoman told the Journal, adding that his departure from the board wasn’t related to the relationship.)People close to Bill Gates told The Daily Beast that the deterioration of their relationship could be seen in Bill and Melinda’s body language. The couple used to interact with “more laughter and ease,” said one friend of Bill, who added that eventually, “being around them was like arriving at a summit.”“It wasn’t like arriving at a dinner with a couple or something; it was more like two heads of state,” the friend added. “So that’s why Epstein could have been a factor [in their split], but was it the factor? That I fundamentally don’t believe.”The friend said the couple’s strictly regimented existence as billionaire philanthropists supplanted the more normal life and levity they enjoyed in younger years. “Bill is far less comfortable being out in the world,” the person said. “For Bill, it was just so rare he was allowed to do normal things, which I think he really craved.”To Bill, such “normal” things included meeting new people over dinner at Epstein’s home—a break from the tech mogul’s tightly choreographed schedule of events where he’d be seated at the head table with the most prominent guests.“Bill was embarrassed by the attention an entourage would have brought,” the person said. “His entourage was security, and he never looked comfortable with it. With Melinda, it was very imperious, ‘The Queen has arrived’ kind of thing.”Here’s What the Feds Found in Jeffrey Epstein’s Manhattan MansionGates may have visited Epstein, the person said, because Gates “enjoys talking and ideas and basically arguing with people, and he can be a really brutal person to argue with.”“He likes nothing better than to get together and debate or lecture people, or tell everyone what he’s doing with the polio vaccine. He has an ability, unlike any other person I’ve ever met, to lecture to a table of people without stopping for an hour.“Anyone that gave him a stage for a performance and said, ‘Bill, come talk to us about what you’re passionate about,’ that would be something he would enjoy.”Still, the person was surprised about the couple’s divorce announcement earlier this month: “I thought they would have made each other miserable for the rest of their lives.”Meanwhile, a former Gates Foundation employee told The Daily Beast that Gates wanted to get in the good graces of some of Epstein’s professional connections. “My understanding was he wasn’t hanging out with Epstein to get women,” the employee said.“Bill’s not amenable to anyone telling him what he should or shouldn’t do,” the person added. “If anyone were to say, ‘I don’t think you should hang out with [Epstein],’ it would have been Melinda.”The ex-employee said Bill and Melinda appeared to be distant and leading separate lives even more than a decade ago. “This has been going on a long time,” the source said, adding that Melinda was “bitter” and “wasn’t that into him.”“Their body language when they would be together, it was like a Melania and Donald thing: ‘Don’t hold my hand, get on the other side of the table,’” the person said, referring to reports of the former First Lady apparently yanking her hand from then-President Trump during public appearances over the years.Melinda Gates Called Divorce Lawyers in 2019 After Epstein Report: WSJAccording to the ex-employee, Melinda seemed to have a chip on her shoulder because “no one really did see her as an equal to Bill” and her work didn’t get as much media attention. “It really irritated her that people were more into Bill,” they said.Another former employee told The Daily Beast that Epstein was a topic of conversation among staff even in 2017—three years after the men’s friendship reportedly fizzled—because of concerns that Gates' previous ties to Epstein could harm his reputation.“When you work at the foundation, your whole job in life is to protect and preserve and build up the reputation of Bill and Melinda Gates,” the person said. “I think that’s why it still came up.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? 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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adam Duvall hit a three-run homer and then threw out Mookie Betts at the plate during a busy fifth inning Sunday, and the Miami Marlins hung on for a 3-2 victory in their series finale with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Pablo López gave up seven hits and two runs over five innings in his first victory of the season for the Marlins, who won for just the third time in nine games. Miami got all of its offense from Duvall's second three-run homer in three days at Dodger Stadium. López and the Marlins' bullpen then barely held off a Dodgers lineup using several backups in the absence of a few key bats for the injury-riddled club. Austin Barnes had an RBI double and Betts drove in another run during the second inning for the defending World Series champions, whose four-game winning streak ended with their first loss on a nine-game homestand. Two former Dodgers relievers secured the victory for Miami. Dylan Floro threw a scoreless eighth, and Yimi Garcia pitched the ninth for his seventh save, getting Betts to ground out with a runner on first to end it. The Dodgers put World Series MVP Corey Seager on the injured list before the game with a broken right hand. Seager became the 13th player sidelined for Los Angeles alongside the likes of Cody Bellinger, AJ Pollock, Zach McKinstry and Dustin May. Duvall put the Marlins ahead with a two-out shot off inexperienced reliever Edwin Uceta (0-2) for three unearned runs in a rally that began with fill-in second baseman Sheldon Neuse's fielding error. Duvall also hit a three-run homer off Clayton Kershaw on Friday. Duvall then threw out Betts at the plate rather comfortably from right field to end the fifth when Betts was curiously sent home from second on a short single by Matt Beaty. Betts attempted to hurdle Chad Wallach at the plate, but the catcher applied a vertical tag. López (1-3) hadn’t won this season despite allowing more than two earned runs just twice in his nine starts. Gavin Lux took Seager's regular spot at shortstop, and Chris Taylor was slated to replace Lux at second base until Taylor was scratched moments before the first pitch with right wrist soreness, forcing Neuse to step in. Neuse led off the second with a double and immediately scored on Barnes' double. Betts then drove in Barnes with a single. Los Angeles got a pair of hits in the eighth off Floro, but he struck out Neuse to strand Beaty on third. BULLPEN START Jimmy Nelson opened a bullpen game for the Dodgers with 1 2/3 innings, and five relievers followed him. Only Uceta found any trouble, but he recovered and pitched three innings of four-hit ball in his fourth major league appearance, even retiring Duvall on a fly to end the seventh. TRAINER'S ROOM Marlins: SS Jazz Chisholm returned from a hamstring injury and went 2 for 5. He strained his hamstring nearly three weeks ago. Dodgers: LHP David Price is likely to be activated Monday. He has been out since late April with a strained hamstring. ... C Keibert Ruiz took Seager's roster spot. UP NEXT Marlins: After a cross-country flight and a day off, Miami opens a three-game series Tuesday at Philadelphia. The Marlins haven't announced a starter. Dodgers: Walker Buehler (1-0, 3.45 ERA) returns to the mound in Chavez Ravine when LA opens a four-game series with Arizona. Buehler has gone at least six innings in every start this season. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Greg Beacham, The Associated Press
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HOUSTON (AP) — A tiger that frightened residents after it was last seen briefly wandering around a Houston neighborhood has been found after a nearly week-long search and appears to be unharmed, police said. In a short video tweeted by Houston police Saturday night, Cmdr. Ron Borza can be seen sitting next to the tiger, petting the animal and saying it has been a long week searching for it. “But we got him, and he’s healthy,” Borza said as the wife of the man police allege is the animal's owner sat next to him and fed the tiger with a baby bottle. The tiger was being held at BARC, the city of Houston’s animal shelter, but was expected to be taken Sunday morning to the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, an animal sanctuary in Murchison, Texas, located southeast of Dallas. Authorities had been searching for the tiger, a 9-month-old male named India, since it was spotted May 9 in a west Houston neighborhood. At the time, it was nearly shot by an off-duty deputy before being whisked away in a car by Victor Hugo Cuevas, who police allege is the owner. At a news conference later Saturday evening, Borza said that Cuevas' wife, Giorgiana, turned over the tiger to police on Saturday after a friend of hers reached out to officials at BARC. “It is Victor’s tiger. That’s what I was told by (Giorgiana Cuevas) ... She says they’ve had that animal for nine months," Borza said. He alleged that the tiger was passed around to different people but that Cuevas' wife knew where the tiger was at all times this week as authorities searched for it. Police are still trying to determine where exactly the tiger was held this week and if any charges related to having the tiger will be filed. Tigers are not allowed within Houston city limits under a city ordinance unless the handler, such as a zoo, is licensed to have exotic animals. But Cuevas’ attorney, Michael W. Elliott, on Saturday night continued to insist his client doesn’t own the tiger, saying, “I am not sure it makes any difference who technically owns India as he does not have a birth certificate or title." “Victor was not the primary owner of India nor did India stay with him the majority of the time," Elliott told The Associated Press. “Victor was however involved in the caretaking of India often. Victor loves India as anyone else would love a favorite pet ... He treated India with love and fantastic treatment in all respects." Cuevas was arrested Monday by Houston police and charged with evading arrest for allegedly fleeing his home with the tiger after officers had responded to a call about a dangerous animal. At the time of his arrest by Houston police, Cuevas was already out on bond for a murder charge in a 2017 fatal shooting in neighboring Fort Bend County. Cuevas has maintained the shooting was self-defense, Elliott said. Cuevas was released on a separate bond for the evading arrest charge on Wednesday. But prosecutors in Fort Bend County then sought to have him held with no bond on the murder charge. After an all-day hearing on Friday, a judge revoked Cuevas’ current $125,000 bond on the murder charge and issued a new bond for $300,000. He remains jailed. During Friday’s court hearing, Waller County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Wes Manion, who lives in the Houston neighborhood where the tiger was seen, testified he interacted with the animal for about 10 minutes to make sure it didn’t go after someone else. He said Cuevas came out of his house yelling, “Don’t kill it,” grabbed the tiger by the collar and kissed its head before leading it back inside his home. Various videos of the tiger's encounter with Manion were posted on social media. Elliott has said Cuevas did nothing illegal because Texas has no statewide law forbidding private ownership of tigers and other exotic animals. Borza said that an exotic animal like a tiger should never be kept in a home. While India seemed domesticated, the tiger already weighs 175 pounds (79 kg), it can “do a lot of damage" and will only get bigger, he said. “He will be going to a sanctuary ... where hopefully he’ll live the rest of his life in a very safe environment," Borza said. __ Follow Juan A. Lozano on Twitter: https://twitter.com/juanlozano70 Juan A. Lozano , The Associated Press
JD Logistics will price its shares between $HK39.36 and $HK43.36 each as the company aims to raise up to $3.4 billion, according to the company's filings. The logistics offshoot of JD.com Inc will sell 609.1 million shares in the deal which is 10% of the company's total shares, the filings said. At that size, JD Logistics will be one of the largest listings in Hong Kong this year following the Kuaishou Technology IPO in late January which raised $5.4 billion.
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The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): 7:25 p.m. Alberta is reporting 1,140 new COVID-19 cases and three new deaths. Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province's chief medical health officer, says in a tweet that Alberta's test positivity rate is 9.6 per cent. Hinshaw says there are 647 people with COVID-19 in Alberta hospitals, including 186 in intensive care. She says Alberta has administered 2,189,999 vaccine doses. --- 4:05 p.m. Saskatchewan is reporting 167 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional virus-related death. The person who died was in the 80-plus age category, according to the province's daily pandemic update, and was from the Saskatoon zone. The update says 2,082 COVID-19 cases are considered active in Saskatchewan. There are 137 people with COVID-19 in Saskatchewan hospitals, with 24 in intensive care. --- 2:35 p.m. Health officials in New Brunswick are reporting 11 new cases of COVID-19. The province is now dealing with 116 active infections, and has reported 2,063 cases and 41 deaths since the pandemic began. Seven people are recovering in hospital, including two in intensive care. --- 2:25 p.m. Nova Scotia is reporting 126 new cases of COVID-19 today. On Saturday, the province's daily case count dropped below 100 for the first time since May 1. The entire province has been subjected to strict lockdown measures since April 28, when it became clear the third wave of COVID-19 had arrived in Nova Scotia. As of today, Nova Scotia has 1,531 active cases of COVID-19 — 92 people were in hospital, including 21 in intensive care. --- 2:10 p.m. Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting nine new cases of COVID-19. All of the new cases are related to travel within Canada, and all but two involve people under the age of 40. Health officials are reporting 85 active infections in the province, but there is only one person recovering in hospital. The province has recorded 1,193 cases since the pandemic began, including six deaths. --- 1:50 p.m. Manitoba is reporting 534 new cases of COVID-19 today as well as four new deaths among virus patients. Three of them were in their 50s, while the fourth was in his 80s. The current five-day test-positivity rate is 12.3 per cent provincially and 14.1 per cent in Winnipeg. There are 258 people in Manitoba hospitals with COVID 19 and 71 patients in intensive care. --- 1:20 p.m. Ontario Premier Doug Ford says summer camps will be allowed to reopen in the province this year. The premier's remarks came during a stop at a mass vaccination clinic west of Toronto. Ford offered no details on reopening plans, including whether they pertained to overnight or day camps and any public health measures that may be in place. A spokesperson from the Premier's office says more details will be announced before the province's stay-at-home order lifts on June 2. --- 11:20 a.m. Quebec is reporting 716 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths, both from the past 24 hours. Hospitalizations and intensive care numbers each declined by one to 508 and 119, respectively. The province added 90,196 vaccine doses in the past 24 hours and 2,234 from earlier to its grand total of 4,323,040 vaccines administered. The province says 48.2 per cent of the population has received at least one dose. --- 11 a.m. Ontario is reporting 2,199 new cases of COVID-19 in the province today, along with 30 new deaths linked to the virus. Health Minister Christine Elliott says 633 of the most recent infections were identified in Toronto, 547 in Peel Region, 172 in York Region, 143 in Durham and 129 in Hamilton. Hospitalizations fell by 254 to 1,292, with 714 patients in intensive care and 509 on ventilators. Elliott says the province administered more than 139,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday alone, bringing the provincial total past the seven million mark since the start of the immunization effort. --- This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 16, 2021 The Canadian Press
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli warplanes unleashed a series of heavy airstrikes at several locations of Gaza City early Monday, hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signaled the fourth war with Gaza's Hamas rulers would rage on. Explosions rocked the city from north to south for 10 minutes in an attack that was heavier, on a wider area and lasted longer than a series of air raids 24 hours earlier in which 42 Palestinians were killed — the deadliest single attack in the latest round of violence between Israel and the Hamas militant group that rules Gaza. The earlier Israeli airstrikes flattened three buildings. In a televised address, Netanyahu said Israel's attacks were continuing at “full-force” and would “take time.“ Israel “wants to levy a heavy price” on the Hamas militant group, he said, flanked by his defense minister and political rival, Benny Gantz, in a show of unity. Hamas also pressed on, launching rockets from civilian areas in Gaza toward civilian areas in Israel. One slammed into a synagogue in the southern city of Ashkelon hours before evening services for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, Israeli emergency services said. No injuries were reported. In the Israeli air assault early Sunday, families were buried under piles of cement rubble and twisted rebar. A yellow canary lay crushed on the ground. Shards of glass and debris covered streets blocks away from the major downtown thoroughfare where the three buildings were hit over the course of five minutes around 1 a.m. The hostilities have repeatedly escalated over the past week, marking the worst fighting in the territory that is home to 2 million Palestinians since Israel and Hamas' devastating 2014 war. “I have not seen this level of destruction through my 14 years of work,” said Samir al-Khatib, an emergency rescue official in Gaza. “Not even in the 2014 war." Rescuers furiously dug through the rubble using excavators and bulldozers amid clouds of heavy dust. One shouted, “Can you hear me?” into a hole. Minutes later, first responders pulled a survivor out. The Gaza Health Ministry said 16 women and 10 children were among those killed, with more than 50 people wounded. Haya Abdelal, 21, who lives in a building next to one that was destroyed, said she was sleeping when the airstrikes sent her fleeing into the street. She accused Israel of not giving its usual warning to residents to leave before launching such an attack. “We are tired,” she said, “We need a truce. We can’t bear it anymore.” The Israeli army spokesperson’s office said the strike targeted Hamas “underground military infrastructure." As a result of the strike, “the underground facility collapsed, causing the civilian houses' foundations above them to collapse as well, leading to unintended casualties,” it said. Among those reported killed was Dr. Ayman Abu Al-Ouf, the head of the internal medicine department at Shifa Hospital and a senior member of the hospital's coronavirus management committee. Two of Abu Al-Ouf’s teenage children and two other family members were also buried under the rubble. The death of the 51-year-old physician “was a huge loss at a very sensitive time,” said Mohammed Abu Selmia, the director of Shifa. Gaza’s health care system, already gutted by an Israeli and Egyptian blockade imposed in 2007 after Hamas seized power from rival Palestinian forces, had been struggling with a surge in coronavirus infections even before the latest conflict. Israel's airstrikes have leveled a number of Gaza City’s tallest buildings, which Israel alleges contained Hamas military infrastructure. Among them was the building housing The Associated Press Gaza office and those of other media outlets. Sally Buzbee, the AP's executive editor, called for an independent investigation into the airstrike that destroyed the AP office on Saturday. Netanyahu alleged that Hamas military intelligence was operating inside the building and said Sunday any evidence would be shared through intelligence channels. Neither the White House nor the State Department would say if any had been seen. “It’s a perfectly legitimate target,” Netanyahu told CBS’s “Face the Nation." Asked if he had provided any evidence of Hamas’ presence in the building in a call Saturday with U.S. President Joe Biden, Netanyahu said: “We pass it through our intelligence people.” Buzbee called for any such evidence to be laid out. “We are in a conflict situation,” Buzbee said. “We do not take sides in that conflict. We heard Israelis say they have evidence; we don’t know what that evidence is.” Meanwhile, media watchdog Reporters Without Borders asked the International Criminal Court on Sunday to investigate Israel’s bombing of the AP building and others housing media organizations as a possible war crime. The Paris-based group said in a letter to the court’s chief prosecutor that the offices of 23 international and local media organizations have been destroyed over the past six days. It said the attacks serve “to reduce, if not neutralize, the media’s capacity to inform the public.” The AP had operated from the building for 15 years, including through three previous wars between Israel and Hamas. The news agency’s cameras, operating from its top floor office and roof terrace, offered 24-hour live shots as militant rockets arched toward Israel and Israeli airstrikes hammered the city and its surroundings. “We think it’s appropriate at this point for there to be an independent look at what happened yesterday — an independent investigation,” Buzbee said. The latest outbreak of violence began in east Jerusalem last month, when Palestinians clashed with police in response to Israeli police tactics during Ramadan and the threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinian families by Jewish settlers. A focus of the clashes was the Al-Aqsa Mosque, a frequent flashpoint located on a hilltop compound revered by both Muslims and Jews. Hamas began firing rockets toward Jerusalem on Monday, triggering the Israeli assault on Gaza. At least 188 Palestinians have been killed in hundreds of airstrikes in Gaza, including 55 children and 33 women, with 1,230 people wounded. Eight people in Israel have been killed in some of the 3,100 rocket attacks launched from Gaza, including a 5-year-old boy and a soldier. Hamas and the Islamic Jihad militant group have acknowledged 20 fighters killed in the fighting. Israel says the real number is far higher and has released the names and photos of two dozen alleged operatives it says were “eliminated.” The assault has displaced some 34,000 Palestinians from their homes, U.N. Mideast envoy Tor Wennesland told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council, where eight foreign ministers spoke about the conflict. Efforts by China, Norway and Tunisia to get the U.N. body to issue a statement, including a call for the cessation of hostilities, have been blocked by the United States, which, according to diplomats, is concerned it could interfere with diplomatic efforts to stop the violence. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Al-Malki urged the Security Council to take action to end Israeli attacks. Israel’s U.N. ambassador, Gilad Erdan, urged the council to condemn Hamas' “indiscriminate and unprovoked attacks.” The turmoil has also fueled protests in the occupied West Bank and stoked violence within Israel between its Jewish and Arab citizens, with clashes and vigilante attacks on people and property. On Sunday, a driver rammed into an Israeli checkpoint in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, where Palestinian families have been threatened with eviction , injuring six officers before police shot and killed the attacker, Israeli police said. The violence also sparked pro-Palestinian protests in cities across Europe and the United States. Israel appears to have stepped up strikes in recent days to inflict as much damage as possible on Hamas as international mediators work to end the fighting and stave off an Israeli ground invasion in Gaza. The Israeli military said it destroyed the home Sunday of Gaza’s top Hamas leader, Yahiyeh Sinwar, in the southern town of Khan Younis. It was the third such attack in the last two days on the homes of senior Hamas leaders, who have gone underground. ___ Nessman reported from Atlanta. Associated Press writers Samy Magdy in Cairo, Joseph Krauss and Isaac Scharf in Jerusalem, Edie Lederer at the United Nations and Bassem Mroue in Beirut contributed. Fares Akram And Ravi Nessman, The Associated Press
A recent break-in at a restaurant in Kamloops, B.C., has become the last straw for local businesses troubled by crimes over the years. On Monday, the North Shore Business Improvement Association wrote an open letter to the mayor and RCMP superintendent demanding a formal review of the city's community safety mechanisms, after Jamaican Kitchen on Tranquille Road was broken into and vandalized in the middle of the night. The restaurant owner said on Facebook that the property was damaged by vandals eight months ago, but the damage on Monday was even more devastating: the front door was smashed, and cash, cookware and alcoholic beverages were stolen. "It illustrates so clearly what we have been telling the city, RCMP and others over the last 18 months — we are in a state of siege in our city over the lack of accountability for vandalism, criminality and issues which erode our sense of safety," the association said in the letter. Jamaican Kitchen in Kamloops had cash and liquor stolen during a break-in earlier this week. (Jamaican Kitchen/Facebook) The association's executive director, Jeremy Heighton, says businesses on Tranquille Road have lost nearly $170,000 over the years in costs associated with vandalism, graffiti, thefts and crime prevention — even after the city hired security guards to patrol the neighbourhood overnight. Heighton says he wants the city and the RCMP to take a hard look at the criminal justice system. "We want them to actually say this is the problem," he said Thursday to Shelley Joyce, the host of CBC's Daybreak Kamloops. "We are not talking about social services-supported housing. We are talking about willful criminal activity which operates with impunity." Jeremy Heighton, executive director of the North Shore Business Improvement Association, says businesses on Tranquille Road have lost nearly $170,000 associated with vandalism, thefts and crime prevention over the years.(Doug Herbert/CBC) Mayor Ken Christian says there are no easy solutions to complicated problems. "A lot of people say 'lock them up' … other people say 'send them home,'" Christian said Friday on Daybreak Kamloops. "Everybody is always telling me and the rest of the council about quick fixes, but quite frankly, they don't work and they're usually overstated." Christian says the city may try other security measures this summer if overnight patrolling doesn't work for Tranquille Road businesses. Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian says there are no quick fixes to complicated issues like crime. (CBC) In a written statement to CBC News, the Kamloops RCMP says it looks forward to working with community partners to reduce crimes across the city.
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British businesses ramped up their search for new staff as pubs, restaurants and other hospitality and travel firms got ready for Monday's lifting of coronavirus restrictions in England, a survey showed. But an exodus of foreign workers is aggravating a shortage of candidates, with more than 10 jobs on offer for every job-seeker in some cities, according to the survey by job search website Adzuna. Job adverts on Adzuna jumped to 987,800 in the first week of May, up by 18% from the end of March, which was before the reopening of non-essential retailers and hospitality firms for outdoor service on April 12.
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LISTUGUJ, QUE. — Quebec City police say a man has been charged in the deaths of two people found inside a home after a standoff at Listuguj First Nation on Saturday. The service says in a statement 28-year-old Brandon Metallic faces two counts of second-degree murder. Officers say Quebec's police watchdog is conducting a parallel investigation. The Bureau of Independent Investigations issued its own statement saying officers from the Listuguj Police Department were dispatched to the residence near the New Brunswick border at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday to investigate reports of gunfire. When the officers arrived, they heard gunshots and determined that a 28-year-old man was inside the home on Riverside Drive. When the man refused to co-operate, Quebec provincial police were called in to handle the case. Soon after the man surrendered to police at 5:20 p.m., officers entered the home and found two seriously injured people. Both died in hospital. The statement from Quebec City police identifies the victims as a girl and a man in his 20s. No other details were released about the suspect, who was taken into custody. Meanwhile, the local band council issued a statement Sunday saying the Mi'kmaq government would be offering support services, including grief counselling, for community members. "On behalf of myself and council, our hearts are with you," Chief Darcy Gray said in a brief statement. "Our government will continue to make every effort to provide support for those in need through these difficult times." The council asked residents to stay away from the crime scene. They also said a sacred fire would remain lit until Thursday. Gray said the council would not be releasing further details and would not respond to media requests. The Listuguj First Nation includes about 4,058 members, about half of whom live off reserve. The community is located on the north side of the Restigouche River, across from Campbellton, N.B. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 16, 2021. The Canadian Press
RADNOR, PA / ACCESSWIRE / May 16, 2021 / The law firm of Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP reminds investors of Romeo Power, Inc.WS) that a securities fraud class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of those who purchased or acquired Romeo securities between October 5, 2020 and March 30, 2021, inclusive (the "Class Period").
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister, the Honourable Seamus O'Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, and the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, will make a virtual announcement to support energy efficiency in the residential sector.
New Delhi [India], May 17 (ANI): The first batch of the 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) drug developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for treatment of Covid-19 will be released by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday.