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Scott Atlas has formally resigned from his post as President Trump’s special adviser on COVID-19, multiple news agencies report. Atlas began his 130-day position as a Special Government Employee in August, and his gig was set to expire this week. The Trump adviser has fielded fierce criticism for his efforts to downplay the coronavirus pandemic and block states from enacting their own measures to combat the only worsening outbreak, including enacting mask mandates and social distancing guidelines. Some federal health officials were desperate for Atlas to leave, as they worried he still held too much influence over the Trump administration’s approach to the pandemic, which has now killed more than 267,000 Americans.“He’s a destructive force,” one senior official told The Daily Beast. “I mean, at this point, I don’t know how else to explain what he’s doing. It’s really disruptive.”Earlier this month, Atlas sparked an outcry by suggesting people “rise up” over Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s latest coronavirus mandate.“You get what you accept,” he said.In his resignation letter, Atlas insisted he “always relied on the latest science and evidence, without any political consideration or influence.”“As time went on, like all scientists and health policy scholars, I learned new information and synthesized the latest data from around the world, all in an effort to provide you with the best information to serve the greater public good,” he wrote as the pandemic reached new heights, with over 13,522,247 cases in the United States alone. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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The New England Patriots placed receiver Julian Edelman on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday, according to the NFL's daily transaction wire. It wasn't immediately known if Edelman tested positive for COVID-19 or was in close contact with someone who did. Edelman is currently on injured reserve with a knee injury.
NEW ORLEANS — As far as Saints coach Sean Payton is concerned, there were meaningful storylines coming out of New Orleans' lopsided victory at Denver that had nothing to do with the Broncos being forced to play without a true NFL quarterback.The Saints, after all, scored 31 points against a Denver defence that was not similarly short-handed. And New Orleans did so without record-setting quarterback Drew Brees or two starting offensive linemen — tackle Terron Armstead (COVID-19) and guard Andrus Peat (concussion) — on the left side of the line.Payton decided a conservative, run-heavy offensive game plan was in order when he learned all four of Denver's quarterbacks would be ineligible to play on Sunday because of their failure to strictly adhere to NFL COVID-19 protocols. Saints fill-in starter Taysom Hill attempted 16 passes and New Orleans still won by four touchdowns while holding a more than 10-minute advantage in time of possession.The Broncos knew they had to stop the run to have any chance of keeping the game competitive — and they couldn't. Denver started Kendall Hinton, a practice-squad wide receiver, at QB, and he completed one pass.“If there was one thing that was going to happen, if you lost all your quarterbacks, it's that you were going to bow up defensively,” Payton said of the Broncos. "So, look, I was proud of how we ran the football. I thought our guys up front, towards the end of the game, we won that battle pretty clearly.”The success of Payton's offence in Denver served as the latest example of the depth and adaptability New Orleans possesses as the Saints close in on a fourth straight playoff appearance. They've won eight straight — the first four without receiver Michael Thomas, the 2019 AP Offensive Player of the Year, and the past two without Brees, the NFL's all-time leading passer.The Saints are winning with defence, too. Sure, New Orleans was expected to dominate Denver's severely limited offence. But the Broncos' three points matched what Tom Brady's Buccaneers scored against the Saints four games earlier. And Atlanta's Matt Ryan couldn't get the Falcons in the end zone at New Orleans two weeks ago, either.The Saints have now allowed just one TD in four games and rank first overall defensively in the NFL.“We’ve eliminated some of the big plays that were coming earlier in the year. And then most importantly, is third down and red zone defence has gradually gotten better,” Payton said. “I’m pleased with how we’re playing situational defence. Yesterday obviously was a uniquely different deal, but we’re getting off the field on third down, and I think we’re affecting the quarterback more than we were earlier in the year.”WHAT’S WORKINGThe running game. The Saints rushed for 229 yards and four TDs on Sunday against a Denver defence that on average has allowed 100 yards fewer on the ground per game. All but 7 of New Orleans' yards rushing came on 40 combined carries by Latavius Murray, Alvin Kamara and Hill.“I feel like we could do that every week,” Kamara said. “We know we can run the ball. ... It’s not a surprise doing what we know we can do.”WHAT NEEDS HELPVery little at this point, but the Saints are accustomed to more efficiency in the passing game than they enjoyed in Denver. The Saints completed just nine of the 16 passes they attempted (56%) for 78 yards and took three sacks. For the season, the Saints have been completing closer to 73% of their passes and have been allowing 1.73 sacks per game.STOCK UPMurray rushed for 124 yards and two TDs on 19 carries, including a 36-yard score in which he used a hesitation move and cutback to wrong-foot defenders along the line of scrimmage before bolting down the middle of the field. It was Murray’s most carries in a game this season and his first game of the current campaign with more than 100 yards rushing.STOCK DOWNHill drew praise from Payton for how he managed a conservative game plan, and the Saints won easily. But Brees’ backup resembled a work in progress as a passer in Denver, taking a step back from his first start a week earlier. Hill was intercepted once, made another throw into double coverage that was nearly intercepted, took three sacks, did not throw for a touchdown and had a 43.2 passer rating. Hill is still looking for his first career TD pass.KEY NUMBER7 — The number of consecutive games won by the Saints when Brees has not been available. They went 5-0 with Teddy Bridgewater in 2019 and are now 2-0 with Hill this season.NEXT STEPSThe Saints play their second straight road game and meet the Falcons for the second time in three weeks when they visit Atlanta on Sunday.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLBrett Martel, The Associated Press
Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], December 1 (ANI): The Odisha government on Monday briefed the central government regarding the preparedness for vaccination of health and frontline workers against COVID-19.
Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], December 1 (ANI): Union Home Minister Amit Shah's visit to Hyderabad as part of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) election campaign would be a heavy blow for Chief Minister KC Rao's rule in Telangana beginning from capturing the GHMC, state BJP spokesperson NV Subhash said on Monday.
Hawaiian Telcom, the leading integrated communications provider serving Hawaiʻi, announced today that it has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire inter-island submarine and middle-mile terrestrial fiber infrastructure assets currently owned by the bankruptcy estate of the Paniolo Cable Company.
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Rackspace Technology Announces New Solve Strategy Series Webinar: How Businesses are using AI and Machine Learning Today Rackspace Technology™ (NASDAQ: RXT), a leading end-to-end multicloud technology solutions company, will hold the virtual event How Businesses are using AI and Machine Learning Today on December 9th at 10:00 am CT as part of the company’s Solve Strategy Series. SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rackspace Technology™ (NASDAQ: RXT), a leading end-to-end multicloud technology solutions company, will hold the virtual event How Businesses are using AI and Machine Learning Today on December 9th at 10:00 am CT as the final installment of the company’s Solve Strategy Series. Jeremy Howard, data scientist, researcher, educator and founder of fast.ai, will deliver a keynote on the top capabilities and constraints of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), including examples of successful applications and requirements to effectively put the technology into practice. He will then be joined by industry experts from Salesforce, AWS and Rackspace Technology for a panel discussion on how today’s enterprises are using AI/ML in new and innovative ways.For many enterprises, the pandemic has accelerated the need for enhanced product offerings, improved business efficiency and the ability to anticipate customer behavior. Enter artificial intelligence and machine learning — technologies with the power to help organizations leverage their data to make automated recommendations, take preemptive action and streamline decision-making. But without the required technical skills and business processes, organizations will run into a number of challenges that will minimize the value of their AI/ML implementation. In fact, a recent Gartner survey found that lack of skills on staff and understanding of the technology’s benefits are among the top challenges of AI/ML adoption.“Although the pandemic has catalyzed the need for AI/ML adoption, its value will continue to increase in the coming years,” said Jeff DeVerter, CTO, Solutions at Rackspace Technology and webinar moderator. “The virtual event, with comprehensive insights from industry leaders will further uncover how enterprises can capitalize on their data by using leading AI/ML frameworks. Together, we’re proud to support some of the world’s leading organizations through every step in their AI/ML journeys.”The How Businesses are using AI and Machine Learning Today webinar will include a 10-minute keynote speech and 20-minute panel discussion with industry experts: Keynote: * Jeremy Howard, data scientist, researcher educator and founder of fast.ai Moderator: * Jeff DeVerter, CTO, Solutions at Rackspace Technology Panelists: * Peter Coffee, VP of Strategic Research at Salesforce * Kris Skinrak, Global Machine Learning Technical Lead, AWS * Eric Miller, Sr Director of Technology Strategy at Rackspace Technology * Mark McQuade, Practice Manager, Data Science at Rackspace TechnologyTo register for the How Businesses are using AI and Machine Learning Today webinar, please visit: https://www.rackspace.com/solve/solve-strategy-seriesAbout Rackspace TechnologyRackspace Technology is a leading end-to-end multicloud technology services company. We can design, build and operate our customers’ cloud environments across all major technology platforms, irrespective of technology stack or deployment model. We partner with our customers at every stage of their cloud journey, enabling them to modernize applications, build new products and adopt innovative technologies.Media Contact Natalie Silva Rackspace Corporate Communications firstname.lastname@example.orgA photo accompanying this announcement is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/dd2356fc-7b1a-4a27-b2b1-5ca76484ce61
Japanese companies cut spending on plant and equipment in July-September for a second straight quarter as the coronavirus pandemic hit private sector demand. Weakening capital spending should provide a source of concern to policymakers who are counting on private demand to help the world's third-largest economy recover from the deepest postwar slump wrought by the health crisis. Ministry of Finance data out Tuesday showed Japanese firms' capital expenditure fell 10.6% in July-September from the same period in the year before, following a decline of 11.3% in the previous quarter.
Country singer Chase Rice has again upset people amid the coronavirus pandemic. He tweeted Sunday that he had lost his sense of taste and smell — a symptom that many COVID-19 patients have experienced — in the same tweet that he teased the release of a new song.
Olympia Financial Group Inc. ("Olympia") (TSX: OLY) is pleased to announce that Olympia is the sole shareholder of Exempt Edge Inc. ("Exempt Edge"). Prior to the acquisition, Olympia held 80% of the issued and outstanding shares of Exempt Edge and acquired the remaining 20% minority interest from a private third-party for a cash purchase price of $250,000.
A family of gorillas were spotted in their behind-the-scenes night area on November 17 full of energy as they prepared for their day.“Don’t you wish you had as much energy as Floyd and big sister Anaka at 7 a.m. in the morning,” a Facebook post from Zoo Atlanta said.The gorillas were identified as infant Floyd, age 1, and his half-sister Anaka, age 7. His sister Andi, age 7, also walks into the frame, the zoo told Storyful. Floyd’s mother Lulu can be seen in the footage watching from the back left corner. Credit: Zoo Atlanta via Storyful
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Difficult as it was watching the Buffalo Bills' maddening inability to close out a win over the Chargers until the final minutes, coach Sean McDermott was at least able to laugh about it afterward. You'll know why,'' McDermott said, following a 27-17 win on Sunday. As evidenced against Los Angeles, the Bills have had their share of hair-raising moments, particularly in the second half of games this season, in which they've not made it easy on themselves despite an AFC East-leading 8-3 record.
Liverpool will remain without Thiago Alcantara against Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday night. The Reds’ star summer signing has not featured since being hurt in the Merseyside derby in October and is now expected to be out until the New Year with a knee injury suffered in a challenge from Everton’s Richarlison. Jurgen Klopp has also provided an update on Virgil van Dijk’s recovery, saying the Dutchman’s knee “doesn’t look like a knee should” after surgery to repair ligament damage suffered in that same game at Goodison Park.
Ottawa is rolling out a wave of new funding for pandemic-battered industries including tourism, the arts and regional aviation, with smaller companies top of mind — and large airlines notably absent.The Liberal government's fiscal update sketches out a program that will provide low-interest loans of up to $1 million for badly hurt entrepreneurs.The aid, dubbed the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP), comes on top of a newly expanded emergency loan program already in place for small businesses, and technically is not limited to certain industries.Meanwhile the devastated tourism sector will have access to one-quarter of the more than $2 billion that Ottawa is doling out to regional development agencies through June 2021, including a $500-million top-up announced Monday.The move aims to bolster an industry made up largely of small and medium-sized businesses and that accounts for roughly 750,000 jobs and two per cent of GDP, according to the government.Another $181.5 million will flow to show business and performers via the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts, the fall economic statement says.Rent relief and nearly $700 million in capital investments are en route to airports over six years. About $206 million in further support is bound for regional aviation, including smaller airlines, via a new "regional air transportation initiative" overseen by development agencies.But an aid package targeting big players such as Air Canada and WestJet Airlines remains in the works as talks with Ottawa drag on, with the lack of specifics in the fiscal update frustrating industry leaders.“We had hoped to get a better sense of where the government was going. Instead they repeated the line that they've repeated several times over the past several months — that they’re ‘establishing a process with major airlines regarding financial assistance,’ ” said Mike McNaney, head of the National Airlines Council of Canada.Countries around the world have given carriers US$173 billion in support, he said. Many have also required airlines to offer refunds for cancelled flights, something Ottawa says will be a condition of any bailout."We are very much a global outlier and are ostensibly stuck at Stage Zero on the government planning process," McNaney — whose industry group represents Air Canada, WestJet, Transat and Jazz Aviation — said in a phone interview.The regional aviation support comes with question marks, as well."A regional initiative, what’s that?" asked John McKenna, CEO of the Air Transport Association of Canada, which represents some 30 regional airlines. "We have no idea. We have not been consulted," he said in a phone interview. "Never mind new initiatives, try to support the existing services so they survive."In a speech to the House of Commons, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland stressed the benefits of the broader government-backed loan program for smaller companies."We know that businesses in tourism, hospitality, travel, arts and culture have been particularly hard-hit," Freeland said."So we’re creating a new stream of support for those businesses that need it most — a credit availability program with 100 per cent government-backed loan support and favourable terms for businesses that have lost revenue as people stay home to fight the spread of the virus."The HASCAP credit program will offer interest rates below the market average, according to the fiscal update, with more details coming "soon."It also said the government is "exploring options to enhance" a federal loan program for big companies, little-loved by industry since its inception in the spring.The Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) offers loans of $60 million or more to large businesses facing cash problems, but comes with an interest rate that jumps to eight per cent from five per cent after the first year — far above typical private-sector lending rates.Only two firms have been approved for LEEFF loans since the Liberals announced the program on May 11, according to the Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation: a casino company and a producer of metallurgical coal.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh criticized the government for failing to offer industry aid that includes explicit job protections."They have not rolled out any sector-specific supports, meaningfully, that are tied to jobs," he said.Bloc Québécois Yves-François Blanchet slammed the lack of "precision" in the fiscal snapshot."They basically say that there is no limit to what they will spend, without saying or without admitting how badly you spend it," he said.The $686 million in airport aid includes $500 million over six years, starting this year, to back infrastructure spending at large airports that would include massive transit projects, such as the new light-rail station at the Montreal airport.The government is also proposing to extend $229 million in additional rent relief to the 21 airport authorities that pay rent to Ottawa, with "comparable treatment" for Ports Toronto, which operates Billy Bishop airport in downtown Toronto.The supports unveiled Monday come on top of Ottawa's pan-sectoral announcement to raise the wage subsidy to 75 per cent of company payroll costs — it was reduced to a maximum of 65 per cent in October — as well as an extension of the rent subsidy to mid-March from the end of 2020.David Chartrand, Quebec coordinator for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, applauded the wage subsidy, but lamented the radio silence on large airlines."After almost 10 months of crisis, still nothing," he said in a release in French.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 30, 2020.Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press
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