Willie Cauley-Stein (Dallas Mavericks) with an alley oop vs the Los Angeles Lakers, 04/22/2021
Willie Cauley-Stein (Dallas Mavericks) with an alley oop vs the Los Angeles Lakers, 04/22/2021
PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — The chief of the Prince Albert Police Service says the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice has appointed two independent observers to oversee the investigation into an RCMP officer accused of killing a 26-year-old man. Police Chief Jonathan Bergen says the observers are retired officers from other forces with experience in investigating serious crimes, but he would not give any other details about them. Cpl. Bernie Herman, who is 53, was charged with first-degree murder after police found a man’s body in a wooded area of Prince Albert on Tuesday. Police have said the dead man, Braden Herman, knew the officer but was not related to him. Bernie Herman, who was serving with the RCMP’s Prince Albert Traffic Services Unit at the time of his arrest, made his first court appearance Thursday. Bergen says he knows the accused and came in contact with him professionally about 20 years ago when he also worked in traffic services. He says since Bernie Herman is well-known in the community, he felt it was in the public’s best interest to have people who do not have ties with local police or RCMP to oversee the investigation. The Canadian Press
The Ottawa Senators appear poised to emerge from the painful, dark days of a long rebuild. Featuring a talented young core of exciting players, the club has more high-end prospects coming down the pipeline after putting up the North Division's third-best record following a disastrous start to the NHL's pandemic-shortened season. While there are encouraging signs on the ice for a team that has resided at or near the bottom of the league standings since getting within a goal of the 2017 Stanley Cup final, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk continues to make waves off it. Melnyk, however, is not commenting on separate lawsuits related to a Caribbean vacation he took over Christmas during the COVID-19 pandemic. The statements of claim filed in a Florida court last month by his travelling companions against five defendants allege the trip aboard a $500,000-per-week yacht quickly deteriorated into disagreements with the captain, "reckless conduct" and "abuse" that resulted in "panic attacks" on rough seas. The lawsuits do not name Melnyk specifically, but he released a statement to The Canadian Press acknowledging them and declining to comment while they are before the courts. He added he and his family's travel respected all public health laws in Canada and abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic, and they continue to do so. CBC was first to report Melnyk's girlfriend, Sharilyne Anderson, and his mother, Vera, are seeking a combined US$10 million in damages, alleging the captain of the 60-metre M/Y Dream was "an odorous, ill-tempered man who was curt and dismissive with the guests and outright angry and abusive to the crew." The plaintiffs allege the captain "was easily flustered and overwhelmed and seemed completely unfamiliar with the area, the crew or the vessel." The lawsuits, which both name companies connected to the boat, an agent with Dynamic Yacht Management and the captain, allege the voyage aboard the Dream with Anderson, who lives in Toronto, and Eugene Melnyk began Dec. 22 in Nassau with much of Canada under lockdown to escape their "isolated existence and spend the holidays with family and friends." The couple planned to spend five days together before being joined by their guests, but the situation, the lawsuits allege, began to unravel when the captain refused to travel between the island of Andros and an archipelago — instead taking the yacht east out to open ocean. The statements of claim say the captain charted a route that led to a "harrowing 10-15 hour ordeal" where the two passengers "became violently ill, vomiting throughout the night." None of the allegations have been tested in court. Messages left with Gurmeet Ahluwalia, the agent who works for companies that own and manage the Dream, were not immediately returned. An email was also sent to the lawyer representing Anderson and Vera Melnyk seeking comment. "(The captain) appeared angry and resentful that a charterer would deem to intrude on his alleged specialized knowledge, experience, and authority," the statements of claim read. "(The captain) sought instead to punish the charterer and his party for their insolence through intentionally piloting the yacht into the open ocean." A lawyer representing the yacht's management company told CBC the 12-passenger luxury boat was too large to navigate the route requested. "It would have been nice had the boat been able to go the inland route," Chris Fertig told the public broadcaster. "But you can't. It's just a physical impossibility." After a few days on calmer waters, the yacht picked up Vera Melnyk and the rest of the guests, but the lawsuits say they were also forced to deal with "violent bouts of vomiting and illness" because of "intentional and reckless conduct" by the captain. Anderson and Vera Melnyk, who lives in Barrie, Ont., are each seeking $5 million for negligence, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The suits allege "the passengers were again subjected to hours of rough sailing, some having to crawl on all fours to be able to safely walk the decks of the ships" and that the captain once again ignored the charterer's request to take the boat on the west side of the archipelago. "Less mobile passengers, like Vera, were functionally prevented from moving for fear of severe physical injury," the lawsuits read. "Almost all passengers suffered violent bouts of vomiting and illness from the sailing conditions." The suits allege waters were so rough that "an improperly secured deck chair on the upper deck of the vessel crashed into the glass partition above the dining area, raining down shards of broken glass that narrowly missed the guests but caused severe emotional distress over the likelihood of being injured." The lawyer for the yacht company told CBC strong winds are common at that time of year, adding that sea swells were hitting two metres, but the boat was never in any danger. With the voyage set to end on Jan. 1, the claims allege the captain declined to allow anyone off the boat at the island of Exhuma because of rough waters, which led to another 18 hours of sailing back to Nassau on open ocean — an act of "false imprisonment" that resulted in "panic attacks, trauma and fear of death by drowning." News of the lawsuits connected to Melnyk, who has owned the Senators since 2003 and been a resident of the Bahamas since the 1990s, turned some of the attention away from his young team's promising end to another playoff-less campaign that culminated with a surge up the standings. Led by the likes of Brady Tkachuk, Tim Stutzle and Thomas Chabot, the future appears bright in the nation's capital. Ottawa was a double-overtime goal in Game 7 away from reaching the Cup final four years, but highlights have been few and far between since — often with Melnyk at the centre of the storm. It started ahead of Ottawa's showcase outdoor game in December 2017 when he mused the team might be forced to relocate if attendance didn't increase. With some fans furious at ownership, four billboards with the #MelnykOut hash tag went up at four locations across the city thanks to a GoFundMe campaign that raised more than $10,000 in less than a month as attendance issues persisted. In May 2018, then-Senators assistant GM Randy Lee was charged with second-degree harassment after allegedly making lewd comments and rubbing the shoulders of a 19-year-old male hotel shuttle driver in Buffalo during the NHL's pre-draft combine. He was suspended by the team in June and stepped down in August. Both the team and Lee eventually settled the lawsuit out of court. A month later, news emerged that the wife of Senators captain Erik Karlsson had filed an order of protection against the fiancee of Senators forward Mike Hoffman, alleging harassment and cyberbullying. Hoffman was traded a week later. And just prior to the Lee and Karlsson-Hoffman stories breaking, franchise icon Daniel Alfredsson was quoted by a blogger saying he hoped the team would be sold to ensure its future in Ottawa. The blogger opted to publish the quote after Alfredsson told the writer they were off the record. Prior to training camp that fall, defenceman Mark Borowiecki and Melnyk appeared in an awkward team-produced video focusing on the franchise's rebuild that went viral. With just one year left on his contract and after he didn't accept an offer for an extension over the summer, Karlsson was dealt to the San Jose Sharks for four players and two draft picks shortly thereafter. A report then emerged in November 2018 about a video from an Uber vehicle featuring seven Senators players discussing their ineffective systems and mocking assistant coach Martin Raymond. Despite all the drama, fans were still buoyed by the fact the team was working toward securing a downtown arena to replace Canadian Tire Centre, which is located in suburban Kanata, far from city's core. But that deal to redevelop the Lebreton Flats site fell through as Melnyk and his former partners on the project started suing each other. Since then, Melnyk has been involved in more lawsuits, including separate claims involving his private jet and a Connecticut casino. The team has also burned through a number of high-ranking executives since Cyril Leeder, a member of the organization since 1992, was abruptly fired in January 2017. -With files from National Hockey Writer Joshua Clipperton in Toronto The Canadian Press
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BATON ROUGE, La. --Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has further eased the state’s mask requirements. Edwards largely dropped the state mask mandate on April 27, but there were exceptions. Friday’s order drops the requirement for entry into state office buildings for people who are fully vaccinated. Masking is still required by the state in educational facilities from early childhood classes to universities, and at state correctional facilities and health care facilities. New Orleans, which had a tougher mask mandate than the state’s, also did away with the mask mandate for fully vaccinated people Friday, with similar exceptions. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — States, business sort out what new CDC mask guidance means — Delta Airlines will require new hires get vaccinated against virus — UK jubilant as lockdown restrictions to be lifted next week — Disney CEO says more people allowed into parks ___ — Follow more of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine ___ HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: ___ Word from federal health officials that vaccinated people don’t have to wear masks in most situations may be leading to confusion among travelers. Masks are still required under a Transportation Security Administration rule that will run into mid-September unless it is revoked before then. The Federal Aviation Administration, which regulates airlines, felt the need to remind passengers of the TSA rule. It issued a statement late Friday to “remind the traveling public that at this time if you travel, you are still required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.” ___ NEW YORK — Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, said Friday that it won’t require vaccinated shoppers or workers to wear a mask in its U.S. stores, unless state or local laws say otherwise. Vaccinated shoppers can go maskless immediately, the company said. Vaccinated workers can stop wearing them on May 18. As an incentive, Walmart said it is offering workers $75 if they prove they’ve been vaccinated. Walmart said it won’t ask shoppers if they’ve been vaccinated. Workers, however, will need to tell the company if they’ve been vaccinated in order to go maskless. ___ JUNEAU, Alaska — The acting mayor of Anchorage says Alaska’s largest city is revoking its mask mandate, starting May 21. Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson’s office says masks no longer will be required in indoor or outdoor settings but that people who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 are encouraged to wear masks. The decision follows guidance released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday for people who are vaccinated. Quinn-Davidson’s office says applying a mask mandate only to those who are not vaccinated in Anchorage would have created enforcement challenges and issues for businesses. Meanwhile, in Juneau, city officials ease mask wearing rules for people who are fully vaccinated. ___ LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas’ capital city is dropping its requirement to wear a mask to combat the coronavirus following loosened federal guidance and a new state law that will ban local mandates, Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott said Friday. Scott said the city’s mask mandate will end Saturday, though private entities, hospitals and churches can still enforce their own requirements on employees and patrons. People entering City of Little Rock indoor facilities will still be required to wear a mask, the mayor said. “We strongly encourage residents to continue wearing face coverings in public until we reach the desired vaccination rate in our city, as outlined by healthcare professionals,” Scott said in a statement. The decision comes a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings. Arkansas dropped its mask mandate in March, but the governor allowed local governments to enforce their own. A new state law, however, takes effect in July that will ban any state or local mandates. ___ ATLANTA — Georgia’s 26 public universities and colleges do not currently plan to require students, faculty or staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the fall, according to guidance issued by the University System of Georgia. The 340,000-student university system in March asked all campuses “to plan for resuming normal operations for the Fall 2021 semester.” Thursday’s guidance says fully vaccinated people won’t have to socially distance or wear masks, while unvaccinated people “are strongly encouraged to continue” socially distancing and wearing a mask inside. The universities are supposed to make sure vaccinations are available, but schools won’t be “responsible for assessing current COVID-19 vaccination rates for their institution.” The university system said it had made the decisions in concert with the state Department of Public Health and that they were subject to change. The Board of Regents insisted on at least some in-person instruction in the fall and spring semesters. Those moves came despite resistance from some employees. ___ ATLANTA — Georgia’s 26 public universities and colleges do not currently plan to require students, faculty or staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the fall, according to guidance issued by the University System of Georgia. The 340,000-student university system in March asked all campuses “to plan for resuming normal operations for the Fall 2021 semester.” Thursday’s guidance says fully vaccinated people won’t have to socially distance or wear masks, while unvaccinated people “are strongly encouraged to continue” socially distancing and wearing a mask inside. The universities are supposed to make sure vaccinations are available, but schools won’t be “responsible for assessing current COVID-19 vaccination rates for their institution.” The university system said it had made the decisions in concert with the state Department of Public Health and that they were subject to change. The Board of Regents insisted on at least some in-person instruction in the fall and spring semesters. Those moves came despite resistance from some employees. ___ ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland is ending its statewide mask mandate this weekend, following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday. The mask mandate will end effective Saturday, the Republican governor said at a news conference. In alignment with CDC guidance, face coverings will still be required on public transportation, and in schools, child care and health care settings, Hogan said. The Maryland Department of Health has issued a public health advisory strongly recommending that all non-vaccinated individuals over the age of 2 continue to wear face coverings in all indoor settings and in outdoor settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Private businesses and workplaces can put in place their own policies. Local jurisdictions may continue to use their own emergency powers on these matters. Earlier this week, the governor announced the lifting of restrictions on indoor and outdoor venues, including restaurants, that also will take effect on Saturday. ___ NEW ORLEANS -- People fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can take off their masks in most of New Orleans. And they can celebrate by dancing. Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced the easing of the city mask mandate Friday following this week’s new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In New Orleans, masks will still be required in city government buildings, hospitals and K-12 schools, as well as on public transportation. City health director Jennifer Avegno said more than half of city residents who are eligible have received the required number of vaccine shots. Avegno also announced easing of another city restriction, saying vaccinated people can now dance at public venues. ___ DOVER, Del. — Democratic Gov. John Carney said Friday that he will lift Delaware’s mask-wearing mandate effective May 21 after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear masks or practice social distancing. The move comes after the CDC issued new guidance Thursday saying that people who have been vaccinated can resume activities without wearing a mask or social distancing. The relaxed guidance does not apply to health care settings, prisons and homeless shelters, and it still calls for wearing masks while using public transportation. The announcement prompted governors of several states, including North Carolina, to relax state mandates on mask wearing. The lifting of Delaware’s mask mandate coincides with the easing of other COVID-19 restrictions effective next Friday that Carney formalized in an order he signed Wednesday. That order eliminated most business capacity restrictions and lifted a distancing requirement on school buses, while stilling requiring masks indoors. —- LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says second doses of coronavirus vaccines will be accelerated in response to the rise of the virus variant first identified in India. Johnson says people over age 50 can receive their second COVID-19 shot eight weeks after their first, rather than the previous 12 weeks. Current vaccines are expected to be effective against the virus variant known as B.1.617.2. “I believe we should trust in our vaccines to protect the public whilst monitoring the situation as it develops very closely, because the race between our vaccination program and the virus may be about to become a great deal tighter,” Johnson said. ”And it’s more important than ever, therefore, that people get the additional protection of a second dose.” On Monday, Britain will ease lockdown measures for pubs and restaurants. Johnson couldn’t say “for sure” whether the final easing of all measures on June 21 will go ahead as planned. Scottish authorities say Glasgow and the island of Moray won’t engage in the reopening on Monday because of higher infection levels. ___ CINCINNATI — National grocery store chain Kroger says it will continue to require masks in its stores. The Cincinnati-based company operates some 2,760 stores nationwide, including under other banners such as Ralphs, Dillons, Fry’s and King Soopers. Spokesperson Sheila Regehr says in an email: “As we have throughout the pandemic, we are reviewing current safety practices, the CDC’s latest guidance, and soliciting feedback from associates to guide the next phase of our policy.” Kroger offers its workers $100 to get vaccinated. ___ ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines will require new employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 starting on Monday. The airline won’t impose the same requirement on current employees, of whom more than 60% are vaccinated, a spokesman said Friday. The airline says the policy for new hires is designed to protect other employees and passengers as travel demand recovers from last year’s pandemic low levels. Meanwhile, some airline stocks rose after the CDC’s new guidance for people who are fully vaccinated. United Airlines was up 4% in early Friday trading, and other U.S. airlines rose by smaller amounts. The federal requirement for wearing face masks on planes remains in place. A spokesman for trade group Airlines for America says carriers will continue to enforce the rule. The Transportation Security Administration announced 1.74 million people passed through U.S. airports on Thursday, a new pandemic-era high. However, those airport crowds were still 33% smaller than on the comparable day in 2019. ___ BERLIN — Germany is putting the Britain back on a list of “risk areas” because of the emergence there of cases of a coronavirus variant first detected in India. Britain currently has a lower rate of coronavirus infections than Germany. But Germany’s disease control center, the Robert Koch Institute, says the United Kingdom is going back on the list effective Sunday because of “the at least limited appearance” of the variant known as B.1.617.2. The institute says Spain’s Canary Islands, a popular tourist destination, and the Spanish exclave of Ceuta in North Africa were being removed from the list of “risk areas,” the lowest of three levels of risk classification. Under new rules this week, fully vaccinated people don’t need a test to enter Germany or to go into quarantine -- unless they’re coming from somewhere designated as a “virus variant area” such as India or Brazil. Others coming from a “risk area” can avoid a mandatory 10-day quarantine by showing a negative test result. ___ BOSTON — Neither Massachusetts nor Rhode Island made any immediate changes to their mask regulations after the CDC’s decision Thursday suggesting fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks or practice social distancing in most settings. A spokesperson for Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said he “welcomes the new CDC guidance and will be updating Massachusetts’ COVID restrictions in the near future. In the meantime, the current mask order remains in place.” Massachusetts requires people to cover their faces while in indoor public places and outdoors if they are unable to maintain 6 feet of distance from others. “We are going to review the CDC’s updated guidance on social distancing and masking and determine what the best approach is for Rhode Island,” state Health Department spokesperson Joseph Wendelken said. Currently, the state requires people to wear masks in indoor public places, and outdoors when within 3 feet of others not in their immediate circle. ___ LONDON — Britain is saying goodbye to months of tough lockdown restrictions, thanks to an effective vaccine rollout program. Starting Monday, all restaurants, bars and museums can largely reopen, and people can socialize indoors. It’s the biggest step yet to reopen the country following a sharp drop in new infections and deaths. Many credit Britain’s universal public health system for getting hundreds of thousands vaccinated every day. Experts say that infrastructure was key, helped by the government’s early start in securing vaccine doses and its decision to delay the second dose. Almost 38 million people, approximately 68% of the adult population, have received their first dose. Almost 19 million have had both doses. Experts say the National Health Service can target the population and easily identify those most at risk because almost everyone is registered with a local general practitioner. Deaths in Britain have come down to single digits in recent days. In January, there were up to 1,477 deaths a day amid a second wave driven by a more infectious variant first found in Kent, in southeastern England. New cases have plummeted to an average of 2,000 a day, compared with nearly 70,000 a day during the winter. However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed concerned this week about a resurgence because of variants of the virus, including one from India. Britain has totaled nearly 128,000 confirmed deaths, the highest toll in Europe. ___ WARSAW, Poland — Restaurants, bars and pubs in Poland plan to open their doors to dine-in customers for the first time in seven months on Saturday. That means many business owners will open to customers at midnight between Friday and Saturday, expecting many people will rush to enjoy a night on the town. Pandemic restrictions limited restaurants, cafes and other establishments to offering only take-away food and drinks since last fall. Not all of them have financially survived. More restaurants in Warsaw are creating outdoor seating while ensuring that physical distancing can be maintained between tables. Vaccinations are finally picking up in Poland as the numbers of new infections and hospitalizations have decreased in recent weeks. The Associated Press
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NEW YORK (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds will move to 100% capacity at Great American Ballpark on June 2, and the Colorado Rockies will increase capacity to 70% at Coors Field on June 1. Cincinnati began the season at 30% and increased to 40% on April 30. Only Texas among the 30 major league teams began this season at 100% after fans weren't permitted last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Others making the move in-season are Atlanta (starting May 7), Arizona (May 25), Washington (June 11), Philadelphia (June 12), Milwaukee (June 25) and Minnesota (July 5). In addition, the New York Yankees and Mets are allowed by New York State to go to 100% capacity starting May 19 but only for sections with vaccinated fans. The Rockies said they have been allowed by the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment to increase Coors Field capacity from 21,363 (42.6%) to 35,000 (70%) starting June 1. Last year’s shortened MLB regular season was played entirely without fans, who were allowed back only for the NL Championship Series and World Series, and then in limited numbers for games moved to the neutral site of Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Romain Grosjean survived a fiery Formula One crash, then left the series behind for a move to IndyCar where he figured he might compete for wins after nearly a decade of driving cars that never had a chance. Now he seems right at home in America. In just his third race with Dale Coyne Racing, Grosjean will lead a 25-car field to the yard of bricks Saturday in the Indianapolis Grand Prix. He turned a lap of 1 minute, 9.4396 seconds around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course Friday to beat two-time IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden. It's the 35-year-old Frenchman's first pole since a 2011 GP2 Series race in Turkey and he celebrated flexing his arms in joy when he pulled into pit lane. “It's like being alive again,” Grosjean said. “That feeling, whoa! I forgot what it was, actually. Amazing." Newgarden will start second for Team Penske. Jack Harvey will start third for Michael Shank Racing after a surprising qualifying session in which defending race winner Scott Dixon did not advance out of the first round. Dixon also struggled in the second practice session because of a problematic clutch. “It was a mixed up grid,” Newgarden said. “I was really surprised where some people qualified.” Grosjean missed the final two races of last year's F1 season after a harrowing November crash in Bahrain in which he pulled himself from a fireball of wreckage. He has said the halo cockpit protector likely saved his life, and he suffered severe burns that left scarring on his hands. He knew even before the crash he was not being retained by American team Haas, and Grosjean had already turned his sights to IndyCar because he was tired of running in a series where the quality of the car wasn't all that mattered. While Coyne is not an IndyCar heavyweight, Grosjean produced finishes of 10th and 13th in his first two races. “I've started looking for houses in America," he said when asked if the IndyCar Series could become a permanent destination. “That's the answer you want." If he continues stringing together strong results, he'll get many more opportunities — starting Saturday as he chases his first podium finish since 2015 and his biggest victory since winning the GP2 Series title in 2011. “I love the atmosphere between the drivers, I love the tracks," Grosjean said. “The cars are fun to drive. We can go for some good stuff. I’m really happy." OLD AND NEW Juan Pablo Montoya and Jimmie Johnson are familiar faces around the speedway. They just find themselves in different roles this year. Montoya, a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, is seeking his first win on the track's road course and in his first IndyCar race since 2017. He will start last in the 25-car field because his two fastest laps were thrown out for interference. Johnson, meanwhile, is a seven-time NASCAR champion and four-time Brickyard 400 winner. While he'll make his third IndyCar start Saturday, Johnson isn't one of the race-day favorites and he knows it. Johnson is starting 23rd. “I'm not in the game yet so at least now I'm under less pressure than I have been in the past," the 45-year-old Johnson said. “It's my rookie year and there's very little testing." ALL'S WELL There is no feud, per se, between Graham Rahal and Harvey but the two certainly had to clear the air following a disagreement at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this month. Rahal wasn’t pleased with how Harvey raced that day and said he planned to have a “man-to-man talk” with the driver. Harvey then grumbled competitors often race his Michael Shank Racing entry with a “part-time, small-team attitude and think they can just do whatever, anytime.” Shank, the team's co-owner, backed Harvey this week and said his team would not be pushed around. That led Rahal to note the Shank team is aligned with powerhouse Andretti Autosport and Harvey has made legitimate inroads. “They can talk big all they want, ‘Guys like Graham still think I’m a part-timer.’ That’s a complete lie," Rahal said. "Mike Shank is part of Andretti (Autosport). We know they’re a serious contender week in and week out. They can come off and try to be tough if they want. They’re a great competitor. No one is trying to push him around. That’s not what this is about.” Rahal said the problem he has is with race control and Harvey was too aggressive at Texas — something series officials could have managed from the tower. “This is about the consistency of officiating, doing the right things, not killing anybody,” Rahal said. “For me that was the conversation. It was just, ‘Hey, you know, we can’t be doing that.’ He agreed. Jack is a good dude, stand-up guy. So is Mike. Nobody is trying to push him around, trying to say they’re part-time. That’s long gone. We know they’re serious contenders. We know they’re going to be fast this month.” ___ More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/hub/auto-racing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Michael Marot, The Associated Press
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Choice Consolidation Corp. (NEO: CDXX.UN.U) (OTCPK: CCDCF) ("Choice Consolidation" or the "Company") is reporting its financial results as of March 31, 2021 and for the period from inception on January 16, 2021 through March 31, 2021. The Company's unaudited interim financial statements have been filed on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval ("SEDAR") and may be viewed by shareholders and interested parties under the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
The bicycle belonging to a registered nurse has been tracked down after it was stolen Tuesday outside the Victoria Conference Centre. Sara Wiwcharuk had been giving COVID-19 shots and, after a four-hour shift, she saw her primary mode of transportation was not where she'd locked it up on Douglas Street. A social media post was widely shared, many making note that the theft happening during National Nurse Week. Early Friday, Victoria police updated the public with news the distinct Trek bicycle had been found, calling it "a GREAT update to an important file." "Some great news to start your Friday!!" the department shared on Twitter. Overnight, patrol officer had spotted the bike — in the hands of a man pushing it down Victoria's Herald Street around 2 a.m. The former homicide detective, who is also an avid cyclist, made an arrest. A 44-year-old Kelowna man who police say moved to the Island in January now faces recommended charges for possession of stolen property. He was released with conditions of a future court date. In a statement, Const. Cam MacIntyre says officers are now making plans to return the bike to Wiwcharuk. "A fitting step during National Nurses Week, which recognizes the incredible, selfless contributions of nurses both every day and during the COVID-19 pandemic," reads the statement.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Tennessee Titans employee is suing the NFL franchise for firing him after he was told to quarantine for a positive COVID-19 test in violation of federal law. Paul Miller says in the lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Tennessee that he tested positive for COVID-19 on or around Nov. 11 and was told to quarantine. But Miller alleges he was called on or around Nov. 20, 2020, and told he was being fired. “We are reviewing the complaint, but can’t comment further on pending litigation at this time,” the Titans said in a statement Friday afternoon. Miller had been hired in October 2019 as a sports field assistant helping prepare practice and game fields during the regular season while also helping with special teams and running backs during practices and helping with equipment during practices and games. The lawsuit alleges the Titans violated both the Family Medical Leave Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which requires qualifying employees get paid sick leave for two weeks, by firing an employee on sick leave. Miller's lawsuit says he was a qualified employee because he was told to quarantine. Miller wants his job back along with his seniority level and back pay along with damages and attorneys' fees. He also wants to stop the Titans from discriminating against any employee on the basis of disability. ___ More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL The Associated Press
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PORTLAND, Ore., May 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Golden Leaf Holdings Ltd. (CSE:GLH) (OTCQB:GLDFF) (“Golden Leaf” or the “Company”), operating as Chalice Brands, a premier, consumer-driven cannabis company specializing in retail, production, processing, wholesale, and distribution, today announces it will report its first quarter 2021 results before market open on Tuesday, May 25th, 2021. Investor Conference Call Golden Leaf management, led by Mr. John Varghese, Executive Chairman, and Mr. Jeff Yapp, Chief Executive Officer, will hold a conference call on Tuesday, May 25th at 5.00 PM EDT to report its financial results for first quarter 2021. REGISTRATION: Please visit click here to register and stream the conference call, or use the following dial-in information as follows: Program Title: Golden Leaf Holdings – First Quarter 2021 Earnings CallCanada & US: 1-877-407-0784International: 1-201-689-8560 Once dialed in, participants must request the “Golden Leaf Holdings - First Quarter 2021 Earnings Call”. Replay A replay of the audio webcast will be available online on the Company’s website at www.goldenleafholdings.com where it will be archived for one year. A replay of the conference call will also be available at 7:30 PM EDT on May 25, 2021 and will be accessible until June 8th, 2021. For access to replay: Canada/US:1-844-512-2921International:1-412-317-6671Conference PIN: 13719831 Corporate Updates The Company is pleased to announce that it had a record 412,089,878 shares voted at this year’s Annual General Meeting and that we received over whelming support, in excess of 95% on all of the motions contained within its management information circular. Included in the approved motions approved was changing the name to "Chalice Brands Ltd." and to affect a 23 for 1 share consolidation. The Company anticipates setting the date for the share consolidation and name change shortly. The Company also announces that it has signed a settlement agreement (the “Settlement Agreement”) with Peter Saladino and settled the lawsuit the Company filed against him on June 19, 2020. The case has now been dismissed with prejudice. The Company filed a lawsuit captioned GL Management, Inc. et al. v. BMF Washington LLC and Peter Saladino, in the United States District Court Western District of Washington at Tacoma ("Court"), Court Case No. 3:20-cv-05434-MAT, which was later amended to GL Management, Inc. and Golden Leaf Holdings Ltd. v. Peter Saladino ("Lawsuit"). The claims asserted in the Lawsuit originated from a transaction that closed on or about January 20, 2016, among Golden Leaf Holdings, Ltd.; GL Management, Inc.; Saladino; Liberty Reach LLC; and BMF Washington LLC (the “Transaction”). Pursuant to the terms of the Settlement Agreement, Saladino waived his right to pursue counterclaims against the Company stemming from the Transaction. The Company and Saladino have also released all claims against each other and mutually agreed that neither party would be pay any monetary consideration to the other. The Company also wishes to share preliminary unaudited first quarter 2021 results of US$5.5 million revenues and gross profit of US$2.5 million or 45% gross margin and adjusted EBITDA1 was positive for the quarter. The Company has agreed to issue, on a non-brokered basis, an aggregate of 34,205,336 common shares, at C$0.06 per share, to certain executives and directors, being 5,041,238 to Executive Chairman John Varghese and 4,941,238 to CEO Jeff Yapp, and 24,222,860 to Lead Director Rick Miller. The issuance is being assisted through a loan from a subsidiary of the Company. Each of Messrs. Varghese and Yapp had previously acquired common shares on an assisted basis will, upon issuance, hold 31,722,860 and 31,622,860 shares respectively through these arrangements. All common shares to be acquired do not have any vesting condition, and all shares previously acquired that had vesting conditions, will have such conditions waived. The purpose of the issuances is to provide the executives with a more significant financial stake in the success of the Company. The issuances have been approved by the independent directors of the Company outside of Mr. Varghese and Mr. Yapp.2 About Golden Leaf Holdings Golden Leaf Holdings, operating as Chalice Brands, is a premier consumer-driven cannabis company specializing in production, processing, wholesale, distribution and retail, with seven dispensaries in Portland, Oregon. The Company is committed to developing a dynamic portfolio built around the recognized brands of Chalice Farms, with a focus on health and wellness. GLH operates nationally through Fifth and Root and has operations in Oregon and California. Visit http://www.glhmonthly.com for regular updates. Investor Relations: John VargheseExecutive ChairmanGolden Leaf Holdings Ltd.email@example.com Trevor BrucatoManaging DirectorRBMG – RB Milestone Group LLCglh@rbmilestone.comNew York, NY & Stamford, CT Neither the Canadian Securities Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. 1Adjusted EBITDA is a supplemental, non-GAAP financial measure. EBITDA is defined by the Company as earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA, as presented, additionally excludes impairment charges, extraordinary losses, unexpected employee settlement costs and start-up costs, all other non-cash items and one-time transaction fees. Management believes providing Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors’ understanding and assessment of the Company’s ongoing continuing operations and prospects for the future and it is used by the financial community to evaluate the market value of companies considered to be in similar businesses. Since Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of performance calculated in accordance with IFRS, it should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA is not necessarily a measure of our ability to fund our cash needs. 2Pursuant to Multilateral Instrument 61-101 - Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101”), this placement constitutes a “related party transaction”. The Company is relying on exemptions from the formal valuation and minority approval requirements of MI 61-101, specifically: (i) the valuation requirement of MI 61-101 by virtue of the exemption contained in Section 5.5(b), as the Common Shares are not listed on a market specified in MI 61-101, and (ii) the minority shareholder approval requirement of MI 61-101 by virtue of the exemption contained in Section 5.7(1)(a) of MI 61- 101, as the fair market value of the common shares issued to the related parties does not exceed 25% of the Company’s market capitalization (as determined under MI 61-101). A material change report will not be filed by the Company 21 days before the intended date to complete the issuances as the Company wishes to complete the placement to the executives as expeditiously as possible. Disclaimer: This press release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to, statements with respect to the Company’s future business operations, the opinions or beliefs of management and future business goals. Generally, forward looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will be taken”, “occur” or “be achieved”. Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. These risks include but are not limited to general business, economic and competitive uncertainties, regulatory risks, market risks, risks inherent in manufacturing and retail operations such as unforeseen costs and production shutdowns, difficulties in maintaining brand loyalty, and other risks of the cannabis industry. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward looking information. Forward-looking information is provided herein for the purpose of presenting information about management’s current expectations relating to the future and readers are cautioned that such information may not be appropriate for other purpose. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking information, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. This press release does not constitute an offer of securities for sale in the United States, and such securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration or an exemption from registration.
Radnor, Pennsylvania--(Newsfile Corp. - May 14, 2021) - The law firm of Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP announces that securities fraud class action lawsuits have been filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against FibroGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: FGEN) ("FibroGen") on behalf of those who purchased or acquired FibroGen securities and/or sold put options from October 18, 2017 through April 6, 2021, inclusive (the "Class Period").Investor Deadline ...
BALTIMORE (AP) — The New York Yankees didn't have any new positive tests for COVID-19 to add to their eight cases already, manager Aaron Boone said before Friday night's game at Baltimore. The Yankees, however, are dealing with other injuries. Center fielder Aaron Hicks had an MRI that revealed a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist. Boone said the team will initially try to treat the injury with medicine, and if that goes well, Hicks could be available this weekend. Hicks, however, could require surgery if the medicine is not effective. “I think it could go either way,” Boone said. Slugger Giancarlo Stanton was scratched with left quad tightness less than an hour before the first pitch. His status for the rest of the series is uncertain. The team revealed earlier this week that shortstop Gleyber Torres tested positive for the coronavirus despite being fully vaccinated and having previously had COVID-19. Torres could return to the lineup in fewer than 10 days, Boone said. Asymptomatic vaccinated people can be cleared to return if they test negative twice. In addition to Torres, New York has three coaches and four traveling staffers that are breakthrough positives, meaning they tested positive despite being fully vaccinated. At least one of those people who tested positive has since gotten a negative result — Boone didn't reveal any other details. “The good news is we had another day of negatives,” Boone said. “I don’t ever want to say we’re in the clear again but it’s a good sign that we had a couple of days of negatives.” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said his team did not need to make any changes in its routine, as far as wearing masks or social distancing, because of the positive tests with the Yankees. “It doesn’t affect us at all,” Hyde said. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Todd Karpovich, The Associated Press
BALTIMORE (AP) — Army Wife pulled off a mild upset in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes on Friday at Pimlico Race Course as embattled trainer Bob Baffert's favored Beautiful Gift finished a well-beaten seventh. Mike Maker, a former assistant trainer for Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, saddled the winner. Army Wife beat Willful Woman by 2 3/4 lengths for her third victory and first in a graded stakes and Maker's first Black-Eyed Susan. “She had been a hard-luck horse," said Maker, who also won the Pimlico Special on the undercard with Last Judgment. "Her whole career it seems like always something happens. But today, it worked out great.” Jockey Joel Rosario rode the winner, who enjoyed a smooth rail trip for most of the running, though he had to check lightly to find a seam between two competitors. “She’s a really nice horse — it seemed like she was getting really good over the track," Rosario said. “One point she looked around a little bit, but she was really great after that.” “The rail seems like a good spot to be today,” Maker said. “Got the 1-hole and Joel did his usual good job.” Army Wife, who went off at 9-2, covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.63 and paid $11, $5.80 and $4. The 3-year-old filly earned $150,000 to more than double her career earnings. Beautiful Gift was cleared to run less than an hour before the race after Baffert agreed to submit to additional testing and monitoring for his horses following Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit's failed postrace drug test. Medina Spirit and fellow Preakness runner Concert Tour also passed the three rounds of prerace testing mandated by Maryland racing officials. “Obviously, we are disappointed," said Jimmy Barnes, assistant trainer to Baffert, who said jockey John Velazquez said Beautiful Gift simply didn't respond when asked for more run. “We thought she would run a little better." Velazquez also has the mount on Medina Spirit in the Preakness. Friday’s racing came on a brilliant spring day in the wake of Thursday's announcement by the Centers for Disease Control to relax COVID-19 protocols for fully vaccinated persons, and most fans took advantage of the newly relaxed rules. But attendance was capped at 10,000 spectators, just a fraction of typical Preakness weekend levels. Saturday’s Preakness Stakes returns to its traditional mid-May spot on the racing calendar after the COVID-19 pandemic shifted the race to October last year. ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/hub/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press
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