Tyler Cook (Detroit Pistons) with a dunk vs the San Antonio Spurs, 04/22/2021
Tyler Cook (Detroit Pistons) with a dunk vs the San Antonio Spurs, 04/22/2021
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BOSTON (AP) — Looking to bolster the majors’ worst pitching staff, the Los Angeles Angels acquired right-handed reliever Hunter Strickland from the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday for a player to be named or cash. The 32-year-old Strickland has a 1.69 ERA in 16 innings with the Rays this season. The Angels (16-21) entered the day with a majors’ worst 5.21 ERA and have lost three straight, sitting a season-low five games under .500. Strickland owns a 16-16 record with a 3.14 ERA in his eight seasons in the big leagues. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Associated Press, The Associated Press
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Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], May 16 (ANI): The Centre on Saturday decided to increase the quota of Oxygen, Remdesivir injections, supply of vaccines to Telangana.
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli airstrike on Saturday destroyed a high-rise building that housed The Associated Press office in the Gaza Strip, despite repeated urgent calls from the news agency to the military to halt the impending attack. AP called the strike “shocking and horrifying.” Twelve AP staffers and freelancers were working and resting in the bureau on Saturday afternoon when the Israeli military telephoned a warning, giving occupants of the building one hour to evacuate. Everyone was able to get out, grabbing a few belongings, before three heavy missiles struck the 12-story building, collapsing it into a giant cloud of dust. Although no one was hurt, the airstrike demolished an office that was like a second home for AP journalists and marked a new chapter in the already rocky relationship between the Israeli military and the international media. Press-freedom groups condemned the attack. They accused the military, which claimed the building housed Hamas military intelligence, of trying to censor coverage of Israel's relentless offensive against Hamas militants. Ahead of the demolition, the AP placed urgent calls to the Israeli military, foreign minister and prime minister’s office but were either ignored or told that there was nothing to be done. For 15 years, the AP’s top-floor office and roof terrace were a prime location for covering Israel’s conflicts with Gaza’s Hamas rulers, including wars in 2009, 2012 and 2014. The news agency’s camera offered 24-hour live shots as militants’ rockets arched toward Israel and Israeli airstrikes hammered the city and its surrounding area this week. “We are shocked and horrified that the Israeli military would target and destroy the building housing AP’s bureau and other news organizations in Gaza,” Gary Pruitt, the AP’s president and chief executive, said in a statement. “The world will know less about what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today.” “This is an incredibly disturbing development. We narrowly avoided a terrible loss of life,” he said, adding that the AP was seeking information from the Israeli government and was in touch with the U.S. State Department. The building housed a number of offices, including those of the Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera. Dozens of residents who lived in apartments on the upper floors were displaced. A video broadcast by Al-Jazeera showed the building’s owner, Jawwad Mahdi, pleading over the phone with an Israeli intelligence officer to wait 10 minutes to allow journalists to go inside the building to retrieve valuable equipment before it is bombed. “All I’m asking is to let four people ... to go inside and get their cameras,” he said. “We respect your wishes, we will not do it if you don’t allow it, but give us 10 minutes.” When the officer rejected the request, Mahdi said, “You have destroyed our life’s work, memories, life. I will hang up, do what you want. There is a God.” Late Saturday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the building was used by Hamas military intelligence. “It was not an innocent building,” he said. Israel routinely cites a Hamas presence as a reason for targeting buildings. It also accused the group of using journalists as human shields. Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, refused to provide evidence backing up the army's claims, saying it would compromise intelligence efforts. “I think it’s a legitimate request to see more information, and I will try to provide it,” he said. Conricus said the army is “committed both to journalists, their safety and to their free work.” For AP journalists, it was a difficult moment. Most of the AP staff has been sleeping in the bureau, which includes four bedrooms in an upstairs apartment, throughout the current round of fighting, believing that the offices of an international news agency were one of the few safe places in Gaza. In a territory crippled by an Israeli-Egyptian blockade, it was equipped with a generator that offered the rare comforts of electricity, air conditioning and running water. AP correspondent Fares Akram said he was resting in an upstairs room when he heard panicked screams from colleagues about the evacuation order. Staffers hastily gathered basic equipment, including laptops and cameras before fleeing downstairs. “I am heartbroken,” Akram said. “You feel like you are at home. Above all, you have your memories, your friends. You spend most of your time there.” Al-Jazeera, the news network funded by Qatar’s government, broadcast the airstrikes live as the building collapsed. “This channel will not be silenced. Al-Jazeera will not be silenced,” Halla Mohieddeen. on-air anchorperson for Al-Jazeera English said, her voice thick with emotion. “We can guarantee you that right now.” Later in the day, President Joe Biden spoke to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the spiraling violence. “He raised concerns about the safety and security of journalists and reinforced the need to ensure their protection,” the White House said. The Foreign Press Association, which represents some 400 journalists working for international media organizations in Israel and the Palestinian territories, expressed its “grave concern and dismay” over the attack. “Knowingly causing the destruction of the offices of some of the world’s largest and most influential news organizations raises deeply worrying questions about Israel’s willingness to interfere with the freedom of the press,” it said. “The safety of other news bureaus in Gaza is now in question.” Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, said the attack raises concerns that Israel is targeting the media "to disrupt coverage of the human suffering in Gaza.” He demanded “detailed and documented justification” for the attack. The International Press Institute, a global network of journalists and media executives, condemned the attack as a “gross violation of human rights and internationally agreed norms.” The Israeli military has long had rocky relations with the foreign media, accusing international journalists of being biased against it. The attack came a day after the Israeli military had fed vague — and in some cases erroneous — information to the media about a possible ground incursion into Gaza. It turned out that there was no ground invasion, and the statement was part of an elaborate ruse aimed at tricking Hamas militants into defensive underground positions that were then destroyed in Israeli airstrikes. International journalists have accused the army of duping them and turning them into accessories for a military operation. The army said the error was an honest mistake. Josef Federman, The Associated Press
DARTMOUTH — The sudden departure of the senior military officer in charge of Canada's vaccine rollout is unlikely to slow down the high-profile operation, an expert in military affairs said Saturday. Christian Leuprecht, a professor at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont., said the unexpected reassignment Friday of Maj-Gen. Dany Fortin won't affect vaccine distribution because the military always has a second in command ready to get the job done. "The mantra is, 'Failure is not an option,'" Leuprecht said in an interview Saturday. "The mission has to go on. If you're fighting a war and your general gets taken out, you need someone who is able to step into the fray right away and keep running the operation. The entire machine is set up to keep on rolling." Fortin's replacement was not revealed Friday and the Defence Department declined to comment on the case Saturday. The Public Health Agency of Canada did not respond to a request for comment. In Manitoba, the province's deputy chief public health officer had little to say when asked about Fortin's abrupt exit. "I haven't heard anything related to that," Dr. Jazz Atwal said Saturday during a news conference with provincial Health Minister Cliff Cullen. The Department of National Defence has confirmed Fortin left his post with the Public Health Agency of Canada pending the results of a military investigation, though the nature of that probe was not revealed in a statement released Friday. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan issued a brief statement that night saying he was committed to building a culture of inclusion for the Canadian Armed Forces, and he also said he wants to make sure the military sheds "toxic and outdated values, practices and policies." But the minister's statement did not provide any clarity regarding the reasons for Fortin's departure. The Canadian military has faced increased scrutiny since February when allegations of sexual misconduct were levelled against the former chief of defence staff, retired general Jonathan Vance. Military police are investigating allegations that Vance had a sexual relationship with an officer under his command and that he sent an off-colour email to a junior officer in 2012, before taking the military’s top job. Vance has not responded to requests for comment from The Canadian Press, but Global News has reported he denies any wrongdoing. He stepped down as chief of the defence staff in January and has since retired from the military. Meanwhile, Vance's replacement as chief of the defence staff, Admiral Art McDonald, stepped aside due to an unspecified allegation of misconduct. He, too, is facing a military police investigation. Another top commander, Vice-Admiral Haydn Edmundson, is also being investigated by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service following media reports detailing an allegation of sexual assault. Brian Greenspan, a lawyer for Edmundson, said Friday his client denies the allegations. Leuprecht said the military is suspending people "to maintain the integrity and the legitimacy of both the institution and the chain of command." "Given how pervasive the problem appears to be, the approach they've had to implement ... is effectively to remove people with pay until such time as the matter has been fully investigated." Having served in the military for almost 30 years, Fortin commanded NATO's training mission in Iraq and led Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan at the height of the fiercest fighting there. Last November, Fortin was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to oversee what he called the "greatest mobilization effort Canada has seen since the Second World War." The military has since managed a global supply chain for national vaccine distribution, and has also helped with provincial management of long-term care homes. Fortin was appointed to serve as vice-president of operations and logistics for the for the Public Health Agency of Canada. As Canada watched for further developments on the national immunization drive, COVID-19 infections continued to mount in some recent hot spots. Ontario counted 2,584 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, coupled with 24 new deaths linked to the virus. Quebec, meanwhile, added 760 new cases of COVID-19 to its tally and reported eight new deaths. Farther east, New Brunswick recorded seven new cases of COVID-19, while Newfoundland and Labrador counted five and Prince Edward Island logged one. Nova Scotia, which has been the Atlantic province hardest hit by the pandemic in recent weeks, reported 86 new cases of COVID-19. It's the first time the province's daily case count has dipped below 100 since May 1. Meanwhile, Manitoba counted 430 new cases of COVID-19 and four added deaths, while Saskatchewan recorded 196 new cases of the virus and one death. Nunavut reported five new COVID-19 diagnoses. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 15, 2021. Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Organizers of New York City’s Pride events said Saturday they are banning police and other law enforcement from marching in their huge annual parade until at least 2025 and will also seek to keep on-duty officers a block away from the celebration of LGBTQ people and history. In their statement, NYC Pride urged members of law enforcement to “acknowledge their harm and to correct course moving forward.” “The sense of safety that law enforcement is meant to provide can instead be threatening, and at times dangerous, to those in our community who are most often targeted with excessive force and/or without reason,” the group said. It will also increase the event's security budget to boost the presence of community-based security and first responders while reducing the police department's presence. Police will provide first response and security “only when absolutely necessary as mandated by city officials,” the group said, adding it hoped to keep police officers at least one city block away from event perimeter areas where possible. Word of the ban came out Friday when the Gay Officers Action League said in a release it was disheartened by the decision. The group called the ban an “abrupt about-face” and said the decision “to placate some of the activists in our community is shameful.” The parade is scheduled for June after the coronavirus prevented many Pride events worldwide last year, including in New York which instead hosted virtual performances in front of masked participants and honored front-line workers in the pandemic crisis. The disruptions frustrated activists who had hoped to collectively mark the 50th anniversary of the first Gay Pride parades and marches in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in 1970. Those marches came a year after the 1969 uprising outside Manhattan's Stonewall Inn, a gay bar, in response to a police raid. The uprising is largely credited with fueling the modern LGBTQ rights movement. Pride season occurs this year amid activism inspired by the response to racial injustice and police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death last year at the hands of police in Minneapolis. Pride NYC's announcement Saturday follows a division among organizers in recent years in planning for celebrations of LGBTQ pride in New York City. In 2019, there were two marches in Manhattan after some in the community concluded that the annual parade had become too commercialized. The Queer Liberation March aimed for a protest vibe, saying the main Pride march was too heavily policed by the same department that raided Stonewall a half century earlier. The New York Police Department commissioner apologized for the raid during a briefing in 2019, calling it "wrong, plain and simple.” Detective Sophia Mason, a spokesperson for the New York Police Department, said on Saturday the department's “annual work to ensure a safe, enjoyable Pride season has been increasingly embraced by its participants.” She added: "The idea of officers being excluded is disheartening and runs counter to our shared values of inclusion and tolerance. That said, we’ll still be there to ensure traffic safety and good order during this huge, complex event.” Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — News organizations demanded an explanation Saturday for an Israeli airstrike that targeted and destroyed a Gaza City building housing the offices of The Associated Press, broadcaster Al-Jazeera and other media outlets. AP journalists and other tenants were safely evacuated from the 12-story al-Jalaa tower after the Israeli military warned of an imminent strike. Three heavy missiles hit the building within the hour, disrupting coverage of the ongoing conflict between' Gaza’s Hamas rulers and Israel. At least 145 people in Gaza and eight in Israel have been killed since the fighting erupted on Monday night. “The world will know less about what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today,” AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said. He said the American news agency was seeking information from the Israeli government and engaging with the U.S. State Department to learn more. Mostefa Souag, acting director-general of Al Jazeera Media Network, called the strike a “war crime” and a “clear act” to stop journalists from reporting on the conflict. Kuwait state television also had office space in the now-collapsed Gaza City building. “The targeting of news organizations is completely unacceptable, even during an armed conflict. It represents a gross violation of human rights and internationally agreed norms,” Barbara Trionfi, the executive director of the International Press Institute, said. In a standard Israeli response, the military said that Hamas was operating inside the building, and it accused the militant group of using journalists as human shields. But it provided no evidence to back up the claims. Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus claimed that Hamas used the building for a military intelligence office and weapons development. He said “a highly advanced technological tool” that the militant group used in the fighting was “within or on the building." But Conricus said he could not provide evidence to back up the claims without “compromising” intelligence efforts. He added, however: “I think it’s a legitimate request to see more information, and I will try to provide it.” Some press freedom advocates said the strike raised suspicions that Israel was trying to hinder coverage of the conflict. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists demanded Israel “provide a detailed and documented justification” for the strike. “This latest attack on a building long known by Israel to house international media raises the specter that the Israel Defense Forces is deliberately targeting media facilities in order to disrupt coverage of the human suffering in Gaza,” the group’s executive director, Joel Simon, said in a statement. The bombing followed media consternation over an Israeli military statement that prompted some news organizations, including The Wall Street Journal, to erroneously report early Friday that Israel had launched a ground invasion of Gaza. Israeli military commentators said the media had been used in a ruse to lure Hamas militants into a deadly trap. Conricus denied that the military engaged in a deliberate deception when it tweeted falsely Friday that ground forces were engaging in Gaza, calling it “an honest mistake.” The AP, based on its analysis of the army’s statement, phone calls to military officials and on the ground reporting in Gaza, concluded there was no ground incursion and did not report there was one. The strike on a building known to have the offices of international media outlets came as a shock to reporters who had felt relatively protected there. “Now, one can understand the feeling of the people whose homes have been destroyed by such kind of air attacks,” Al-Jazeera producer Safwat al-Kahlout, who was at the bureau in Gaza when the evacuation warning came, told the broadcaster Saturday. “It’s really difficult to wake up one day and then you realize that your office is not there with all the career experiences, memories that you’ve had.” For 15 years, AP’s top floor offices and roof terrace on the now-destroyed building had provided a prime location for covering fighting in Gaza. The news agency’s camera offered 24-hour live shots this week as Hamas rockets arched toward Israel and Israeli airstrikes hammered the city. Just a day before the bombing, AP correspondent Fares Akram wrote in a personal story that the AP office was the only place in Gaza were he felt “somewhat safe.” “The Israeli military has the coordinates of the high-rise, so it’s less likely a bomb will bring it crashing down,” Akram wrote. The next day, Akram tweeted about running from the building and watching its destruction from afar. The New York Times joined other news organizations in expressing alarm about the targeting of al-Jalaa tower. The ability of the press to report on the ground is an important issue that has an impact on citizens of every nation," the newspaper's vice president of communications, Danielle Rhoades Ha, said. “A free and independent press is essential to helping to inform people, bridge differences and end the conflict.” ___ Associated Press Writer Jon Gambrell in Dubai and Zeke Miller in Washington contributed to this story. Alexandra Olson , The Associated Press
The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): 5:15 p.m. Prince Edward Island is reporting one new case of COVID-19. Health officials say the new patient is a person in their 20s who is a close contact of a previously announced case related to a child-care centre. Last Thursday, a staff member of the Leaps and Bounds Child Care Centre in Charlottetown tested positive, but all of the children and staff have since tested negative. P.E.I. now has ten active cases of COVID-19 and has logged 191 infections since the onset of the pandemic. --- 4:25 p.m. Saskatchewan is reporting 196 new COVID-19 cases and one new virus-related death. The province's daily pandemic update says there are 144 people in hospital with COVID-19. There are 2,072 cases in Saskatchewan that are considered active. --- 1:55 p.m. Nunavut is reporting five new COVID-19 cases, four of which are in Iqaluit with the other in Kinngait. There are 74 active cases in the territory, 73 of which are in Iqaluit. Premier Joe Savikataaq says in a Twitter post that the patient in Kinngait is already in isolation, and the case has been linked to previously identified infections. --- 1:45 p.m. Manitoba is reporting four new deaths of people with COVID-19 and 430 new cases of the virus. Today's provincial pandemic update also unveiled plans to shift more students to remote learning in response to rising case counts. The province says all 27 schools in the Garden Valley and Red River Valley School Districts will move to remote learning starting on May 18 and effective until May 30. The update says the five-day test-positivity rate is 12 per cent provincially and 14.2 per cent in Winnipeg. There are 241 people with COVID-19 in Manitoba's hospitals, with 70 in intensive care. --- 1:10 p.m. Health officials in Nova Scotia are reporting 86 new cases of COVID-19. The tally marks the first time since May 1 that the province has recorded less than 100 infections in a single day. More than half of the new cases were reported in the area that includes Halifax. Premier Iain Rankin issued a brief statement saying he was pleased to see the slight reduction in the daily case count, but calling on residents to keep adhering to public health measures meant to curb further spread. Nova Scotia had 1,509 active cases of COVID-19 in the province as of Saturday, with 96 people in hospital, including 23 in intensive care. --- 1 p.m. Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting five new cases of COVID-19, all of which are related to travel in Canada. The province is now dealing with 78 active cases, with over half of them recorded in the zone that includes St. John's. Health officials say one person remains in hospital. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the province has reported 1,184 cases, which include six deaths. --- 12:30 p.m. New Brunswick is reporting seven new cases of COVID-19. They include two travel-related infections that involve New Brunswickers isolating outside the province. The other cases involve either travel-related infections or contacts of previously confirmed cases in Saint John, Fredericton and Bathurst. The province is now dealing with 113 active cases, which are among the 2,052 reported since the beginning of the pandemic. --- 11:10 a.m. Quebec is reporting 760 additional cases of COVID-19 today and eight new deaths, including two within the past 24 hours. The Health Department says the number of hospitalizations declined by 21 to 509, while the number of patients in intensive care dipped by three to 120. It says 98,567 doses of vaccine were administered on Friday, for a total of 4,230,520. Quebec has reported 362,580 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 11,032 deaths linked to the disease since the onset of the pandemic. --- 11 a.m. Ontario is reporting 2,584 new cases of COVID-19 today along with 24 new deaths linked to the virus. Health Minister Christine Elliott says there were 689 new infections in Toronto, 584 in Peel Region and 252 in York Region. Other areas with high case counts include Durham Region with 157 today and Hamilton with 115. There are 1,546 COVID-19 patients in Ontario hospitals as of this morning, including 714 in intensive care and 516 on ventilators. Ontario administered 154,104 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, a number Elliott describes as a single-day high in the province. --- This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 15, 2021. The Canadian Press
Said Benrahma scored his first West Ham goal with just three minutes to go after Danny Welbeck’s 50th Premier League strike had opened the scoring.
The Houston Astros never trailed in Friday’s 10-4 win, the Rangers’ most lopsided loss this month.
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New Delhi [India], May 16 (ANI): Cyclone Tauktae is likely to intensify into a "very severe cyclonic storm" in the next 12 hours, officials at the India Meteorological Department said on Saturday.
MONTREAL — A large library in Montreal will be closed until Tuesday morning in the wake of a hacking attack on Quebec's public daycare registration website. Quebec's Treasury Board Secretariat issued a recommendation on Friday evening urging all government bodies using software developed by the same company as the daycare registration site to immediately suspend access if they store sensitive information. The Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec says it has temporarily shut down some of its computer systems -- following the treasury board's recommendation, adding its main library in Montreal and some of its online services have been closed as a result. The Treasury Board declined to provide a list of online government services that have been closed as a result of the recommendation. The personal data of 5,000 parents and children was compromised in the hack, which was first reported on Tuesday. The Treasury Board says the hack took place due to unspecified vulnerabilities in the software. The website was developed by Montreal-based InMedia Technologies, according to a client list posted on its website. The company did not immediately respond to request for comment on the situation. Other InMedia clients include several cities in Canada and France, the Department of National Defence and UNESCO. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 15, 2021. ——— This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. The Canadian Press
A rare Liverpool win at Manchester United has blown the top-four race wide open once again. Chelsea’s surprise home defeat to Arsenal in midweekopened the door for the Reds, and they took the opportunity with two hands with a thrilling win at Old Trafford. A win for Chelsea would have all but guaranteed the Blues will be playing Champions League football next season, but Emile Smith Rowe’s first-half goal on Wednesday saw the Gunners leave Stamford Bridge with a 1-0 victory.
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In case you missed it, season 7 of The Good Witch begins on the Hallmark Channel this weekend (yes, really!). What better way to celebrate the return of Cassie Nightingale (Catherine Bell) than by getting cozy on the couch and catching up on all of The Good Witch movies that spawned the TV show we all know and love today. Starting way back in 2008, fans everywhere have loved watching the evolution of Cassie, Jake Russell (Chris Potter) and the rest of the Middleton crew.
While the Premier League title and relegation races have already been decided, the battle for a top-four finish looks set to go to the wire as we enter gameweek 36 of the 2020/21 season. Manchester City have been crowned champions, Manchester United have joined them in the Champions League while Sheffield United, West Brom and Fulham are heading down to the Championship as the table takes shape for the run-in. The race for Champions League qualification is still very much on though, with Leicester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, West Ham, Tottenham and Everton still competing for the two remaining spots in the top four.