Argentine Sergio Aguero will leave Manchester a City legend this summer but his future destination remains unknown.
Argentine Sergio Aguero will leave Manchester a City legend this summer but his future destination remains unknown.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera reached a tentative agreement Tuesday on a four-year contract with the American Guild of Musical Artists, one of three major labor deals needed for the New York company to resume performances in September. The deal for the chorus, singers, dancers, actors, stage managers and staff directors would start Aug. 1, if ratified in a vote scheduled May 24. The new contract would start following the expiration of the current contract. Still without deals are the unions for the orchestra and the stagehands. The Met's contract with Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians expires July 31 and its agreement with Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees expired last July 31. The Met locked out Local One on Dec. 8 and has said it was exploring the use of outside workers to start construction of sets for next season’s new productions. Unions and their members complained when the Met stopped paying employees on March 31 last year, because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Met said at the time it was continuing benefits but could not afford to pay unionized employees without the revenue from performances. The company used nonunion musicians for its streamed concerts from Europe, angering the musicians union. The Met started bridge payments to AGMA on Feb. 8 and to local 802 March 17 ahead of negotiations. The Met said Local One is not receiving bridge payments. “I am grateful to the Met’s AGMA employees, who play such an essential role in the company’s artistic life, for working so constructively with the Met’s management team over the past 14 weeks of intense negotiations and for recognizing the extraordinary economic challenges the Met faces in the coming seasons,” Met general manager Peter Gelb said in a statement. The AGMA negotiating committee said in a statement that preparations for the negotiations started last summer “during the hardest time of our lives and careers.” “Now, we are filled with hope as we see New York City coming back to life,” the negotiators said. “We are so excited to return to a better, safer, more equitable Met.” The company has not performed since March 11, 2020, because of the pandemic, canceling 276 performances plus an international tour scheduled for next month. The Met hopes to resume with a Verdi Requiem on Sept. 11 to mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Next season remains scheduled to start on Sept. 27 with the Met premiere of Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones.” The Met also has contracts expiring with unions representing, among others: stagehands; treasurers and ticket sellers; theatrical wardrobe; makeup artists and hair stylists; scenic artists; and box office employees. Ronald Blum, The Associated Press
"This is not about policy. This is not about partisanship. This is about our duty as Americans," Cheney said a day before a vote on her ouster.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Buoyed by a large budget surplus and swimming in federal pandemic recovery money, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday proposed $12 billion to get more people experiencing homelessness off the streets and into homes of their own. Newsom’s proposal includes $8.75 billion over two years to create an estimated 46,000 housing units, expanding on a program he launched last year to convert motels and other properties into housing. Nearly half the money would go toward housing in places where people with mental health and other behavioral issues can get services onsite. Newsom also proposed spending $3.5 billion on rental subsidies, new housing and shelter resources with the aim of ending family homelessness within five years. It would help families with minors avoid losing their homes in the first place or help them get sheltered without spending days, weeks or months on a waitlist. “As governor I actually want to get something done. I don’t want to talk about this for a decade,” Newsom said in a news conference at a former San Diego Residence Inn that has been converted into housing for 177 previously homeless people. “What’s happening on our streets and sidewalks is unacceptable," he said. The Democratic governor, who faces a recall election this year, seized on the twin issues of homelessness and housing affordability early on in his first term as governor. The nation’s most populous state has an estimated 161,000 people experiencing homelessness, more than any other state. Advocates say they can't house people quickly enough with a shortage of units and high rents. The largest concentration of homelessness is in Los Angeles, where Mayor Eric Garcetti last month vowed to spend nearly $1 billion to move some of the 61,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County off the streets. Rows of tents, cardboard shelters, battered RVs and makeshift plywood structures have now expanded beyond the notorious Skid Row throughout the nation’s second-most populous city. During the pandemic, Newsom launched projects “Roomkey” and “Homekey" using federal money to house homeless residents in hotels and helping cities, counties and other local entities buy and convert motels and other properties into housing. Newsom officials said $800 million spent on the Homekey program created 6,000 more housing units, providing shelter for 8,200 people. One of them is Lindsey Prescott, who made an unplanned appearance at Newsom's news conference after her 18-month-old daughter Mia waved at the governor when he arrived at a converted Residence Inn operated by Father Joe's Villages. Prescott said she was homeless for five years, struggling with addiction after her mother died, and lost her daughter to foster care. She said she got Mia back in May after she stopped using drugs and was selected to move into the former hotel. “I feel normal,” said Prescott, as Mia darted around an interior patio next to a tennis court. “I’m a mom. I have my daughter. She has her crib next to my bed. I go to the grocery store. I cook.” Prescott expects to stay at the converted hotel for two years, then move to an apartment or house. There is no limit to how long people can stay at Father Joe's, and some may choose to live permanently. Nan Roman, president and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, called Newsom's hotel and motel programs gamechangers that took advantage of the pandemic to make real changes. A topsy-turvy real estate market and the federal government throwing money at local governments make it an ideal time to expand housing, she said, but lots of coordination is needed on things such as rental subsidies and ongoing care to make sure people don't end up back on the streets. Advocates cheered the governor’s proposal. But they voiced concerns about California's decades-old resistance to building new homes: long-term funding issues, neighborhood opposition and political jockeying. “If we couple it with actually taking steps to close our affordable housing gap, it could be good," said Dr. Margot Kushel, director of the Center for Vulnerable Populations at the University of California, San Francisco. “The people who are homeless right now do need a response today, and not five years from now.” Focusing on homelessness could prove politically helpful for Newsom in the recall campaign. Republican challengers, including John Cox and former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, issued statements calling Newsom ineffective. Later Tuesday, Newsom traveled to a trash-strewn lot adjacent to a homeless encampment on a freeway overpass near downtown Los Angeles, where he announced a $1.5 billion program to clean up garbage and spruce up neighborhoods around the state. With a bank of TV cameras tracking him, Newsom pulled on a pair of gloves and grabbed a garbage picker, stuffing plastic bags with debris. from an old high-heeled shoe to a discarded sleeping bag and tent. He vowed that he'll make sure the state has sustained funding for homelessness while he's governor, but he sounded dubious about establishing a dedicated funding stream, saying it could create a financial shackle that might prevent the state from meeting other needs. Advocates for the homeless expressed concern over the proposed clean-up money, saying they hope it’s not an excuse for encampment sweeps. If Newsom’s plan wins support from the Legislature, its implementation would depend heavily on the willingness of local governments and communities to go along, which is often a significant barrier. “Every community group that you go to demands that you solve the problem of homelessness, and then in the exact same meeting they’ll demand you don’t solve it anywhere near them,” said San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, a fellow Democrat who appeared with Newsom. The governor's proposal is part of a $100 billion pandemic recovery plan Newsom is rolling out this week, thanks to an astounding $76 billion budget surplus and $27 billion in new funding from the federal government’s coronavirus spending bill. A new state database shows that nearly 250,000 people sought housing services in 2020. Of that number, 117,000 people are still waiting for help while nearly 92,000 people found housing. ___ Har reported from San Francisco. Associated Press writers Kathleen Ronayne in Sacramento, California, and Christopher Weber and Michael R. Blood in Los Angeles contributed to this story. Julie Watson And Janie Har, The Associated Press
UK singer Dua Lipa won two awards and gave a message to PM Boris Johnson, at the in-person event.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The number of unaccompanied children encountered on the U.S. border with Mexico in April eased from an all-time high a month earlier, while more adults were found coming without families, authorities said Tuesday. Authorities encountered 17,171 children traveling alone, down 9% from 18,960 in March, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, but still well above the previous high of 11,475 reported in May 2019 by the Border Patrol, which began publishing numbers in 2009. Overall, the Border Patrol’s 173,460 encounters with migrants on the Mexican border in April were up 3% from 169,213 in March, the highest level since April 2000. The numbers aren’t directly comparable because a solid majority of those stopped in April were quickly expelled from the country under federal pandemic-related powers that deny rights to seek asylum. Being expelled carries no legal consequences, so many people try to cross multiple times. Border Patrol encounters with people coming in families fell in similar proportion to unaccompanied children — down 10% to 48,226 from 53,406 in March. Slightly more than one of three family encounters resulted in pandemic-related expulsions. The numbers offer the latest read on one of the most serious challenges to Joe Biden’s young presidency. Despite some encouraging news in April on unaccompanied children and families, Biden has a lot riding on a new “humane” asylum system that has yet to be unveiled. There don't appear to be quick, easy answers. Single adults from Mexico and Central America drove the overall increase in activity in April. The Border Patrol had 108,301 encounters with adults traveling without children, up 12% from 97,074 in March. Nearly nine of 10 adult encounters ended in expulsions under pandemic-related authority granted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Biden has exempted unaccompanied children from expulsion, allowing them to stay in the U.S. while pursuing asylum claims. Families with young children are also often released in the U.S. while their cases wind through the bottlenecked immigration court system. The government has made big strides moving children from grossly overcrowded Border Patrol facilities to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shelters, which are more suited to longer-term stays until children are placed with sponsors in the United States, typically parents or close relatives. The average stay for an unaccompanied child in Border Patrol custody has plummeted to about 20 hours, below the legal limit of 72 hours and down from 133 hours in late March, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said last week. There were 455 unaccompanied children in Border Patrol custody on Monday, down from more than 5,700 in late March. Health and Human Services has opened 14 emergency intake centers, raising capacity to nearly 20,000 beds from 952 when the Federal Emergency Management Agency stepped in to help March 13. As of Monday, Health and Human Services had 20,669 children in its care. Mexico has been reluctant to take back Central American families with young children, especially in Tamaulipas state bordering Texas' Rio Grande Valley, the busiest corridor for illegal crossings. Many are being released in the U.S. while their asylum cases are considered by immigration authorities. Some families are flown to El Paso, Texas, and San Diego to be expelled from there, where Mexican authorities are more willing to take them. Elliot Spagat, The Associated Press
PARIS (AP) — While the U.S. president is calling for suspending patents on COVID-19 vaccines, experts at UNESCO are quietly working on a more ambitious plan: a new global system for sharing scientific knowledge that would outlast the current pandemic. At a meeting that concluded Tuesday, diplomats and legal and technical experts from UNESCO'S member states tried to draw up global guidelines under a project called Open Science. UNESCO’s specialists say the pandemic has shown that sharing sensitive research is possible: Chinese scientists sequenced and shared the genome of the then-new coronavirus in January 2020, allowing German researchers to then quickly devise a screening test shared around the world. “The crisis put a spotlight on how scientific information is produced, shared, communicated,” said Ana Persic, chief of the science policy section at Paris-based UNESCO. “It is a paradigm shift for the scientific community.” The Open Science talks aim to come up with a “soft law” by the end of this year that governments could use as a guide for setting science policies and systematically sharing data, software and research across borders, Persic said. Suspending vaccine patents is more sensitive than genomes or testing protocols because of the huge investment and commercial concerns involved, Persic acknowledged. Discussions on the patent issue are centered at the World Trade Organization, not UNESCO, and they’re far from reaching consensus. European leaders say lifting patent protections won’t solve the problem of getting shots into the arms of people in poorer countries. Instead, they are pushing for more immediate action, like urging the U.S. to export vaccine doses that have already been produced. But Persic told The Associated Press that "in times of emergency or crisis, there might be a way of lifting those patents ... One can protect the data in a certain way, and still share it.” President Joe Biden’s surprise announcement last week in favor of suspending patent protections came just at experts started meeting at UNESCO to discuss the Open Science plan. Biden’s move was “was received as a positive nod” to their efforts, Persic said. In 2019, then-President Donald Trump pulled out of UNESCO, but U.S. diplomats are taking part in the Open Science talks as observers. UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay said in a statement that lifting patent protection for coronavirus vaccines “could save millions of lives and serve as a blueprint for the future of scientific cooperation. COVID-19 does not respect borders. No country will be safe until the people of every country have access to the vaccine.” ___ Follow AP’s pandemic coverage at: https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine The Associated Press
The doctor leading Saskatchewan's fight against COVID-19 is pointing to new data that suggests vaccines have been tremendously effective in keeping people living in the province from getting infected. In an analysis conducted on May 8, researchers found that out of the 309,276 Saskatchewan residents who received a single dose of COVID-19 up to and including April 17, only 263 became infected with the coronavirus up to three weeks later. That amounts to a "breakthrough rate" of 0.085 per cent. "The vaccine effectiveness is 99 per cent and higher," Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said during a COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday. "This is quite remarkable, actually. That's just one dose. The vaccine is protecting us so well." Tuesday's disclosure was the first data of its kind to emerge from Saskatchewan about "breakthrough" infections in vaccinated people. So far, the province has innoculated residents with the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines. Shahab said the findings reinforce the need for all Saskatchewan residents to get vaccinated and follow up with a second dose. Saskatchewan is aiming to fully vaccinate all residents by the end of July, at which point it's hoped the province will be in the third and final step of its plan to gradually lift or ease public health measures enacted in the last year to prevent the spread of COVID-19. That plan sets out various vaccination benchmarks before rules can be relaxed, based on single-dose vaccination targets. At least one of Shahab's counterparts has confirmed her province will not echo Saskatchewan's plan. "We do need to look at a number of different factors, so it's not going to be just based on immunization, but that will be one of the important factors," Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, said earlier this week. Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has said elements of the reopening plan may be put on pause if there's a concerning spike in cases or hospitalizations. On Tuesday, in the wake of vaccine efficacy data, Moe called on the federal government to come forward as quickly as possible with advice on what people can and can't do once they're fully vaccinated. "I suspect many Canadians are going to be asking the same questions of the federal government," Moe said. "If I travel abroad to a certain country, what are the requirements with respect to quarantine, testing? On my return to Canada, should those [requirements] be the same for someone that is unvaccinated versus someone that is vaccinated? "We would ask them to provide some guidance."
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A top U.N. envoy urged Iraqis on Tuesday to uphold the integrity of “all-important national elections” next October, saying the world will be watching to see that voting is free and transparent without political pressure or interference. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, the U.N. special representative for Iraq, told the Security Council that the Iraqi people demanded these elections during demonstrations in which some paid with their lives and “now is not the time to let them down.” “For elections to be trusted, disinformation must be combatted with facts, and intimidation must be replaced with accountability,” she said. “The failure to hold credible elections would cause significant, lasting, widespread anger and disillusionment, which in turn could further destabilize the country at a time where strength and unity are desperately needed.” Anti-government demonstrators took to the streets by the tens of thousands last year to demand political change and an end to rampant corruption and poor services. More than 500 people were killed in the protests as security forces used live rounds and tear gas to disperse crowds. Last July, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi announced that early elections would be held to meet their demands. But Iraq’s Cabinet voted in January to postpone the balloting for four months, until October, after the electoral commission sought the delay for technical reasons. Hennis-Plasschaert lamented that many members of the protest movement “continue to be persecuted with rampant impunity,” citing “the tragic example” of the assassination of prominent activist Ihab Jawad Al-Wazni by unidentified gunmen just two days ago in Karbala. She called the Oct. 10 elections “a milestone in the young history of Iraq’s democracy,” saying “a trusted electoral process, with free and wide-ranging participation, can help steer the country towards the safe and prosperous future Iraqis deserve.” But Hennis-Plasschaert said that “at this critical juncture, transparency and the rule of law must prevail” and every voter, candidate, journalist and activist must play their part. “Boycotting elections, and thus staying outside the electoral process, is risky business and comes potentially at high costs,” she warned. The U.N. Is already providing technical support to the Iraqi High Electoral Commission, she said, and it remains committed “to assist Iraq in delivering these elections.” The Iraqi government has requested additional support for the elections, and U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said al-Kadhimi's administration has worked “to fulfill its promise of credible early elections, and to maximize turnout at a critical moment in Iraq’s history.” “This is a top priority for us -- both the United States and the United Nations -- and we all want to ensure the maximum possible support for Iraqi elections,” she said. Thomas-Greenfield said the United States aims “to dramatically bolster” provisions in the mandate of the U.N. political mission in Iraq known as UNAMI, which Hennis-Plasschaert heads, “to elevate the U.N.’s role in the Iraqi elections.” The Biden administration wants to authorize “a U.N. team sizable enough to deter fraud, increase turnout, and rebuild trust in Iraq’s democracy,” the ambassador said. “That includes calling for a robust and visible U.N. team to monitor Iraq’s election day.” Thomas-Greenfield gave no numbers but said “UNAMI’s increased technical electoral assistance team will be larger, more advanced, and better equipped than prior election teams -- and it will be the largest U.N. technical electoral assistance mission in the world.” The robust team is needed, she said, because “violence by armed actors against citizens, security forces, and journalists threaten to undermine the election.” The United States is very concerned at reports that militias are harassing activists, protesters, and people who criticize armed groups operating outside state control, the ambassador said. Thomas-Greenfield also condemned al-Wazni’s assassination in Karbala, calling it “part of a disturbing and unacceptable trend of violence attempting to silence independent voices in Iraq.” Some perpetrators “are Iran-aligned militias” while other armed groups include remnants of the Islamic State extremist group, she said. “The United States will continue to stand with those seeking a peaceful and prosperous future for Iraq,” Thomas-Greenfield said. Edith M. Lederer, The Associated Press
Seegene Inc. (KQ 096530), a molecular diagnostics company reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2021, with reports showing robust earnings. The biotechnology firm posted KRW 351.8 billion in consolidated revenue, a 330% increase compared to the same period last year and a record for the first quarter. Operating profit at KRW 193.9 billion, also up 388% on-year, reflecting steady growth in its sales of diagnostic tests.
An outdated BMI system could be leaving people from ethnically diverse backgrounds at higher risk from type 2 diabetes. A study has found that the BMI (body mass index) system has outdated cut-offs, meaning people from diverse backgrounds are more likely to develop the disease at a much lower BMI than those from white backgrounds. Researchers have called on the NHS to adopt ethnic-specific obesity cut-off points to make sure people from ethnically diverse backgrounds are being checked early enough to spot the disease.
The government's new budget boosts childcare and women's health, but critics say more reform is needed.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Shane Bieber pitched out of some early trouble before extending his strikeout record and César Hernández hit a two-run homer, sending the Cleveland Indians to a 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night. Bieber (4-2) struck out eight and has now fanned at least that many in 20 consecutive starts, a major league mark he builds on every time out. The right-hander's streak was in jeopardy, but he got Nick Martini for strikeout No. 8 in the seventh. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner wasn’t as sharp as usual and needed a career-high 121 pitches to go 6 2-3 innings. James Karinchak finished the seventh for Bieber and worked the eighth. Emmanuel Clase gave up two singles in the ninth, but got Matt Duffy to bounce into a game-ending double play for his seventh save. Hernández homered in the fifth off Adbert Alzolay (1-3), who matched Bieber for six innings. José Ramírez added a solo homer for the up-and-down Indians, who have been no-hit twice but won seven of eight. Eric Sogard homered for the Cubs, who made Bieber work hard. With his pitch count climbing in the seventh, Bieber gave up a leadoff walk to Joc Pederson and then won a nine-pitch battle with Martini to increase his record. On the strikeout, Bieber's 117th pitch, Pederson was thrown out stealing by catcher Austin Hedges. Hernández's third homer pushed the Indians ahead 3-2. With one out, Alzolay hit Andrés Giménez on the right hand with a pitch initially called a foul ball. Indians manager Terry Francona won a replay challenge, and after Giménez stole second, Hernández made Alzolay pay with his shot to right. Sogard snapped a 1-1 tie in the fifth with his first homer since Aug. 29, when he was with the Milwaukee Brewers. Bieber got ahead in the count and just missed striking out Sogard with a borderline 2-2 pitch that plate umpire Stu Scheurwater called a ball. Sogard, who moved from second base to shortstop when starter Javier Báez was scratched from the starting lineup with lower back tightness, then drove a 3-2 pitch that just ducked inside the right-field foul pole. Bieber's first pitch was an early sign he might struggle. Pederson ripped his 94 mph fastball back at the right-hander, who alertly snagged the comebacker, which had an exit velocity of 112 mph. The Cubs scored once on Bieber in the second and were poised for a big inning. But he wriggled out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam by striking out Ildemaro Vargas and getting Sogard to ground into a double play. SHOT IN THE ARMS Francona said by Wednesday the Indians will reach the mandated 85% vaccination threshold, allowing them to ease some of MLB's protocols for COVID-19. “You can back off wearing a mask in the dugout,” he said. “Guys can play cards on the plane as long as they have a mask on. They can eat indoors. It’s helpful to guys getting some sense of normalcy back.” DO-IT-ALL BRYANT Chicago's Kris Bryant has played five positions — third base, first and all three outfield spots. And, as far as the Cubs are concerned, he hasn't once looked out of place. “He doesn’t complain about it," outfielder Jake Marisnick said. “He goes out and does it, gets his work in and looks good at every position I’ve seen him play. It’s special.” Bryant was lifted in the sixth because he “was under the weather," according to the Cubs. TRAINER'S ROOM Cubs: Marisnick went on the 10-day injured list with a “mild to moderate” right hamstring strain. He's optimistic he'll be back soon. ... RHP Jake Arrieta (right thumb) was scheduled to throw a bullpen session in Cleveland. Barring any setbacks, he'll likely come off the IL this week. UP NEXT Indians rookie LHP Sam Hentges (1-0) makes his first career start after being rained out Sunday and faces Cubs RHP Zach Davies (2-2). ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Tom Withers, The Associated Press
Edmonton city council has turned down a developer's bid to build a bigger, taller complex at an already controversial development in the Holyrood neighbourhood. Regency Developments wanted to add another 450 residential units to its future Holyrood Gardens mixed-use development at 83rd Street and 93rd Avenue. The company had been approved to build 1,200 units but wanted to increase that to 1,650. Regency's revised pitch also included 600 two-bedroom suites, up from 450. The city had approved the company's application in July 2018 after lengthy public debate on size and aspects such as green space and traffic. After Tuesday's public hearing, city council rejected Regency's bid to increase the size. Several residents joined the hearing to express frustration with the renewed application. 'Making it worse' Dave Sutherland, a member of the Holyrood Community League's development committee, said the changes would mean less green space, less space between buildings and more pressure on traffic and roads. "Larger, wider buildings aren't improving the design, but in fact making it worse," Sutherland said. The revised application changed the shape of two buildings on the north side of 93rd Avenue. Coun. Ben Henderson said the community had fought for more space between buildings and more green space. "Those were all things that were part of what were negotiated to try to get everybody on board three years ago," Henderson said. Raj Dhunna, chief operating officer of Regency Developments, said the company started building one tower last April. Dhunna said the company is trying to adapt to the economic realities of COVID-19 and low oil prices. He said the original design pitched in 2017 included 1,800 units. Jaime Forster, chair of the community league's development committee, said the committee fought to change the original design, so that buildings would be farther apart, with pathways to let more light in. "Those active mode pathways would become more crowded, more dark, more shaded" if the revised plan application were to go ahead, she said. Council agreed that Regency will be able to make minor adjustments to the plan, such as an open parking concept. The company will also look at improving conditions for pedestrians, cyclists and transit users, by strengthening the connection between the Transit Plaza and the neighbourhood to the east.
"Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar," Rep. Liz Cheney ripped into Donald Trump's debunked election fraud claims on House floor.
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HOUSTON, May 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kayne Anderson NextGen Energy & Infrastructure, Inc. (the “Fund”) (NYSE: KMF) announced today that it completed its previously announced private placement of $20 million of floating rate Series I mandatory redeemable preferred shares (“MRP Shares”). Proceeds from the Series I MRP Shares issuance will be used to refinance existing leverage and for general corporate purposes. Kayne Anderson NextGen Energy & Infrastructure, Inc. (NYSE: KMF) is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, whose common stock is traded on the NYSE. The Fund's investment objective is to provide a high level of total return with an emphasis on making cash distributions to its stockholders. The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing at least 80% of its total assets in securities of Energy Companies and Infrastructure Companies. The Fund anticipates that the majority of its investments will consist of investments in ”NextGen” companies, which it defines as Energy Companies and Infrastructure Companies that are meaningfully participating in, or benefitting from, the Energy Transition. See Glossary of Key Terms in the Fund's most recent quarterly report for a description of these investment categories and the meaning of capitalized terms. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy, nor shall there be any sale of any securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer or sale is not permitted. Nothing contained in this press release is intended to recommend any investment policy or investment strategy or take into account the specific objectives or circumstances of any investor. Please consult with your investment, tax or legal adviser regarding your individual circumstances prior to investing. CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: This communication contains statements reflecting assumptions, expectations, projections, intentions, or beliefs about future events. These and other statements not relating strictly to historical or current facts constitute forward-looking statements as defined under the U.S. federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements involve a variety of risks and uncertainties. These risks include, but are not limited to, changes in economic and political conditions; regulatory and legal changes; energy industry risk; leverage risk; valuation risk; interest rate risk; tax risk; and other risks discussed in detail in the Fund’s filings with the SEC, available at www.kaynefunds.com or www.sec.gov. Actual events could differ materially from these statements or from our present expectations or projections. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Kayne Anderson undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements made herein. There is no assurance that the Fund’s investment objectives will be attained. Contact: Investor Relations at 877-657-3863 or firstname.lastname@example.org
LeBron James will miss at least one more game to make sure his sprained right ankle is as healthy as possible. The four-time MVP will not play against the New York Knicks on Tuesday after practicing on Monday. Coach Frank Vogel said it is possible that James could return on Wednesday when the Lakers have their final regular-season home game against Houston.
A majority of shareholders at U.S. oil and gas producer ConocoPhillips on Tuesday voted in favor of setting emissions reduction targets that include the use of the company's fuels. Few U.S. producers have set so-called Scope 3 targets, which take into account greenhouse gas emissions from customers using the fuel they have purchased, although their European counterparts have done so. ConocoPhillips is among those that so far has outlined net-zero 2050 goals for Scope 1 emissions, which include its own operations, and Scope 2 emissions, which take into account the power generation to run its facilities.
George Weston Limited (Weston) (TSX: WN) today announced that all of the nominee directors listed in the management proxy circular dated March 26, 2021, were elected as directors of Weston. The vote was conducted at the Company's Annual Meeting of Shareholders, held in a virtual meeting format, on May 11, 2021 in Toronto. The results of the vote are set out below:
Researchers in Singapore have found a way of controlling a Venus flytrap using electric signals from a smartphone, an innovation they hope will have a range of uses from robotics to employing the plants as environmental sensors. Luo Yifei, a researcher at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU), showed in a demonstration how a signal from a smartphone app sent to tiny electrodes attached to the plant could make its trap close as it does when catching a fly. "Plants are like humans, they generate electric signals, like the ECG (electrocardiogram) from our hearts," said Luo, who works at NTU's School of Materials Science and Engineering.