The arrival of Khem Birch & Freddie Gillespie matched with the growth of Chris Boucher, Malachi Flynn and Yuta Watanabe has transformed the Raptors second unit into a winning group.
The arrival of Khem Birch & Freddie Gillespie matched with the growth of Chris Boucher, Malachi Flynn and Yuta Watanabe has transformed the Raptors second unit into a winning group.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Thursday he was “anxious” about a rise in the U.K. of the coronavirus variant first identified in India, after a closely-monitored study of infections in England found the variant is becoming more prevalent just ahead of the next big easing of lockdown restrictions. “It is a variant of concern, we are anxious about it," Johnson said. In its latest assessment published Thursday, Imperial College London said overall cases have fallen to their lowest level since August following a strict lockdown and a successful rollout of vaccines.
Fredericton, New Brunswick--(Newsfile Corp. - May 13, 2021) - TRU Precious Metals Corp. (TSXV: TRU) (OTC: TRUIF) ("TRU" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that further to its press releases issued on February 2, 2021 and April 30, 2021, the Company has completed its Change of Business (as such term is defined in TSX Venture Exchange (the "Exchange") Policy 5.2) to a "mining issuer" from its current classification as an "investment issuer".In ...
MONTREAL, May 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PyroGenesis Canada Inc. (http://pyrogenesis.com) (TSX: PYR) (NASDAQ: PYR) (FRA: 8PY), a high-tech company (hereinafter referred to as the “Company” or “PyroGenesis”), that designs, develops, manufactures and commercializes plasma atomized metal powders, environmentally friendly plasma waste-to-energy systems and clean plasma torch products, is pleased to announce that, further to significant inquiries from shareholders, it will release its 2021 first quarter results on May 17th, 2021, before markets open. Separately, and further to its press release dated March 3rd, 2021 (wherein it was disclosed that PyroGenesis almost doubled its manufacturing footprint by leasing an additional 31,632 sq. ft), the Company is now pleased to announce the successful installation of approximately $1MM in state-of-the-art plasma torch production equipment in its new facility located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. “The Company recently invested approximately $1MM in state-of-the-art production equipment, and we announce today its successful installation,” said Mr. P. Peter Pascali, CEO and Chair of PyroGenesis. “This equipment has a wide range of capabilities and will significantly reduce the manufacturing time of our plasma torches. For example, parts that previously took 4 hours to manufacture will now take 15 minutes. PyroGenesis will produce parts faster and at lower cost, thereby reducing delivery times while increasing profitability.” About PyroGenesis Canada Inc. PyroGenesis Canada Inc., a high-tech company, is a leader in the design, development, manufacture and commercialization of advanced plasma processes and products. The Company provides its engineering and manufacturing expertise and its turnkey process equipment packages to customers in the defense, metallurgical, mining, advanced materials (including 3D printing), and environmental industries. With a team of experienced engineers, scientists and technicians working out of its Montreal office and its 3,800 m2 and 2,940 m2 manufacturing facilities, PyroGenesis maintains its competitive advantage by remaining at the forefront of technology development and commercialization. The Company’s core competencies allow PyroGenesis to provide innovative plasma torches, plasma waste processes, high-temperature metallurgical processes, and engineering services to the global marketplace. PyroGenesis’ operations are ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D certified. For more information, please visit www.pyrogenesis.com. This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements containing the words "may", "plan", "will", "estimate", "continue", "anticipate", "intend", "expect", "in the process" and other similar expressions which constitute "forward- looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements reflect the Corporation's current expectation and assumptions and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, our expectations regarding the acceptance of our products by the market, our strategy to develop new products and enhance the capabilities of existing products, our strategy with respect to research and development, the impact of competitive products and pricing, new product development, and uncertainties related to the regulatory approval process. Such statements reflect the current views of the Corporation with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties and other risks detailed from time-to-time in the Corporation's ongoing filings with the securities regulatory authorities, which filings can be found at www.sedar.com, or at www.sec.gov. Actual results, events, and performance may differ materially. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The Corporation undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements either as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws. Neither the Toronto Stock Exchange, its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the Toronto Stock Exchange) nor the NASDAQ Stock Market, LLC accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release. SOURCE PyroGenesis Canada Inc. For further information please contact: Rodayna Kafal, Vice President, IR/Comms. and Strategic BD Phone: (514) 937-0002, E-mail: email@example.com
Second transaction of 2021 is the fifth deal WorkSmart has closed with Cogent providing M&A advisory servicesATLANTA, May 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cogent Growth Partners, a buy-side advisor and intermediary for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the IT Services sector, today announced the successful closing of WorkSmart’s second acquisition of the year and its fifth acquisition working with Cogent Growth Partners. “Cogent consistently identifies companies with a strong local presence in IT managed services for us to consider as part of our growth-by-acquisition strategy,” said Clay Harris, President and CEO of WorkSmart. “LAN Systems definitely fit that description. Cogent’s ability to find strong companies with like cultures and values is unparalleled.” Cogent identified LAN Systems, a full services IT support firm located in Berkeley Lake, Georgia, as a potential acquisition candidate for WorkSmart, the company that simplifies IT for small business. Cogent then served as the intermediary, assisting both companies in due diligence, deal negotiation and transaction completion. Financial details of the transaction, which closed February 28, 2021, were not disclosed. “WorkSmart and LAN Systems share a passion for helping small businesses be more efficient and more productive through technology,” explained Bruce Teichman, Cogent Growth Partners Executive Vice President and Partner. “When LAN Systems’ CEO Mary Hester was considering exiting her company, she was open to conversations with Cogent when they reached out, especially since Cogent’s known for focusing on the fit between businesses. She wanted to make sure that her clients and employees, which include her daughter, would be a good match for the company that acquired LAN Systems.” WorkSmart, which is focused on simplifying IT using the right mix of people, systems and technologies, has been executing an acquisition-fueled growth to accelerate its own growth during the last several years, working with Cogent all along the way. The company’s 100 staff members deploy and manage IT solutions for business owners who want maximum uptime and data security, among other IT Services. About Cogent Growth PartnersCogent Growth Partners, LLC, a buy-side intermediary for mergers and acquisitions, taps into the in-organic growth opportunities found by combining America’s 20,000+ IT businesses. Cogent has brought buyers and sellers together for over a decade, closing more than 135 deals, and still counting. Cogent accelerates the M&A timeline using a set of proprietary tools and processes that enable buyers and sellers to stay focused on running their respective businesses, while Cogent does the heavy lifting. Anyone who wants to know why Cogent is different, need look no further than our business card: “Providing Transaction Therapy™ for IT Business Owners Since 2010.” For more information on M&A in the IT Services sector and buy-side intermediary services, please visit www.cogentmergers.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 678-820-5288. CONTACT: Media Inquiries Malinda Lackey 404.445.1842 email@example.com
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Only about 24% of Brazilians think the administration of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has been "good" or "great," his lowest popularity rating since taking office in 2019 and down from 30% in March. Bolsonaro has been widely criticized for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, including for opposing lockdown measures, downplaying the severity of the disease and not prioritizing the purchase of vaccines. Brazil has the world's second largest death toll from COVID-19 that has killed more than 428,000 people as infections surged in recent months.
Powar recently coached the Mumbai senior team that won the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Dublin, May 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Global Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections Epidemiology and Patient Flow - 2021" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. Global Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections Epidemiology and Patient Flow Analysis - 2021, provides Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections epidemiology, demographics, and patient flow. The data is presented by Pharma G7 countries including the US, France, Spain, Italy, UK, Japan.The research provides population data to characterize Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections patients, history of the disease at the population level (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections prevalence, Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections incidence) and at the clinical level (from diagnosis to treated patients). It also helps to identify patient sub-groups (age, gender, sub-groups) to understand targeted population for research and development, commercialization.Research scope: Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections patient flow: Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections prevalence, diagnosed, and drug-treated patientsCountries: US, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, UK, Japan, G7 CountriesDemographics: Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections patients by age group, genderForecast: Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections epidemiology forecast to 2035 The data from this research will help executives: Establish basis for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections market sizing, assessing market potential, and developing drug forecast modelsIdentify Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections patients segments through age groups, gender, and disease sub-typesDevelop Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections population-based health management frameworksEvaluate Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections market opportunities, identify target patient populationAlign marketing decisions with the Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections target populationCommunicate leadership and health authorities about your Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections target patient population Key Topics Covered: 1. Research Methodology 2. Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections Patients Definition 3. US Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections Epidemiology and Patient Flow 4. Germany Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections Epidemiology and Patient Flow 5. France Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections Epidemiology and Patient Flow 6. Italy Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections Epidemiology and Patient Flow 7. Spain Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections Epidemiology and Patient Flow 8. UK Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections Epidemiology and Patient Flow 9. Europe Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections Epidemiology and Patient Flow 10. Japan Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections Epidemiology and Patient Flow 11. Global Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections Epidemiology and Patient Flow, 2020For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/ar8dhj CONTACT: CONTACT: ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager firstname.lastname@example.org For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900
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CHICAGO (AP) _ The AZEK Company Inc. (AZEK) on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $22.7 million. The Chicago-based company said it had profit of 14 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 25 cents per share. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 23 cents per share. The company posted revenue of $293.1 million in the period, also exceeding Street forecasts. Eight analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $280.7 million. The AZEK Company shares have climbed 15% since the beginning of the year. _____ This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on AZEK at https://www.zacks.com/ap/AZEK The Associated Press
The market for chiral chromatography columns is expected to grow in 2021, owing to the increasing use of chromatography techniques in drug approval.Dallas, Texas, May 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The global chiral chromatography columns market was valued at USD 90.5 million in 2020 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.8% over the forecast period. Chromatography is a flexible separation method used in biopharmaceutical and pharmacy sectors, as well as food and beverage, oil and gas, environmental research, agricultural and chemical industries. Pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms are pouring a large portion of their profits into innovation to develop breakthrough protein-related drugs to meet growing demand of healthcare sector. Proteomic analysis typically employs chromatography, spectroscopy, PCR, flow cytometry, and next-generation sequencing (NGS). Furthermore, these innovations are primarily being used by pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms for protein isolation and identification during drug discovery process. Request Sample Report at: https://www.adroitmarketresearch.com/contacts/request-sample/2048 Adroit Market Research report on global chiral chromatography columns market gives a holistic view of the market from 2018 to 2028, which includes factors such as market drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges. The market has been studied for the period 2018 to 2028, with the base year of estimation as 2020 and forecast from 2021 to 2028. The report covers the current status and future traits of the market at global as well as country level. In addition, the study also assesses the market competition with Porter's five forces analysis and company positioning based on their product portfolio, geographic footprint, strategic initiatives, and overall revenue. Prominent players operating in the global chiral chromatography columns market have been studied in detail. North America currently holds the largest share in chiral chromatography columns market owing to the presence of significant number of major players across the region along with growing investments by the established firms. Several emerging countries such as China, India, Brazil, South East Asia, and South Korea are anticipated to offer high-growth prospects in life science sector owing to the increasing growth opportunities for analytical instruments. Furthermore, growing adoption of advanced technologies coupled with increasing R&D activities across India & China, are projected to offer lucrative growth opportunities. The prominent players operating in global chiral chromatography columns market includes Daicel Corporation, Merck KGaA, Phenomenex Inc., Shimadzu Corporation, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., Agilent Technologies, Waters Corporation, GL SCIENCES, INC., and Hichrom Limited among other prominent players. Get detailed COVID-19 impact analysis on the Web Hosting Services Market: https://www.adroitmarketresearch.com/industry-reports/chiral-chromatography-columns-market Table of Content: Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. Research Methodology Chapter 3. Market Outlook Chapter 4. Global Chiral Chromatography Columns Market by Type, 2018-2028 (USD Million) Chapter 5. Global Chiral Chromatography Columns Market by Application, 2018-2028 (USD Million) Chapter 6. Global Chiral Chromatography Columns Market by End-User, 2018-2028 (USD Million) Chapter 7. Global Chiral Chromatography Columns Market by Region, 2018-2028 (USD Million) Chapter 8. Company Profiles Chapter 9. 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Mogo Inc. (NASDAQ:MOGO) (TSX:MOGO) ("Mogo" or the "Company"), a digital payments and financial technology company, today announced its financial and operational results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.
There's still a lot we don't know about the latest variant of concern: B16172.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Weary Palestinians somberly marked the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on Thursday, as Hamas and Israel traded more rockets and airstrikes and Jewish-Arab violence raged across Israel. The violence has reached deeper into Israel than at any time since the 2000 Palestinian intifada, or uprising. Arab and Jewish mobs have rampaged through the streets, savagely beating people and torching cars, and flights have been canceled or diverted away from the country's main airport. The escalating fighting between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers has echoed — and perhaps even exceeded — their devastating 2014 war. That conflict and two previous ones were largely confined to the impoverished and blockaded Palestinian territory and Israeli communities on the frontier. But this round — which, like the intifada, began in Jerusalem — seems to be rippling far and wide, tearing apart the country at its seams. Meanwhile, in Gaza residents are bracing for more devastation as militants fire one barrage of rockets after another and Israel carries out waves of bone-rattling airstrikes, sending plumes of smoke rising into the air. Since the rockets began Monday, Israel has toppled three high-rise buildings that it said housed Hamas facilities after warning civilians to evacuate. In the first sign of possible progress in efforts for a cease-fire, an Egyptian security delegation was in Tel Aviv on Thursday for talks with Israeli officials after meeting Hamas officials in Gaza, two Egyptian intelligence officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk the press. Even as word came of their presence, a volley of some 100 rockets from Gaza was fired toward southern and central Israel. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Gaza’s Health Ministry said the death toll has climbed to 83 Palestinians, including 17 children and seven women, with more than 480 people wounded. Islamic Jihad confirmed the deaths of seven militants, while Hamas, the Islamic militant group that seized power in Gaza from rival Palestinian forces in 2007, acknowledged that a top commander and several other members were killed. Israel says the number of militants killed is much higher than Hamas has acknowledged. Seven people have been killed in Israel. Among them were a soldier killed by an anti-tank missile and a 6-year-old child hit in a rocket attack. The fighting comes as Muslims mark Eid al-Fitr, the end of a month of daily fasting that is usually a festive time when families shop for new clothes and gather for large feasts. Instead, Hamas urged the faithful to mark communal Eid prayers inside their homes or the nearest mosques instead of out in the open, as is traditional. Hassan Abu Shaaban tried to lighten the mood by passing out candy to passers-by after prayers, but acknowledged “there is no atmosphere for Eid at all.” “It is all airstrikes, destruction and devastation,” he said. “May God help everyone.” In Gaza’s southern town of Khan Younis, dozens of mourners marched through the streets carrying the bodies of an 11-year-old and a 13-year-old killed when an Israeli airstrike hit near their home Wednesday. The owner of a five-story building in Gaza City, meanwhile, said he got a call from the Israeli military on Thursday asking him to evacuate it before an airstrike brought it down. “The building is residential, what is in to hit?” said the man, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of security concerns. The Israeli military later said the building housed intelligence offices used by Hamas. Gaza militants continued to bombard Israel with nonstop rocket fire into Thursday. The attacks brought life to a standstill in southern communities near Gaza, but also reached as far north as the Tel Aviv area, about 70 kilometers (45 miles) away, for a second straight day. Israel has diverted some incoming flights from Ben Gurion International Airport, near Tel Aviv, to the Ramon airfield in the country’s far south, the Transportation Ministry said. Several flights have also been canceled. The Israeli military says more than 1,600 rockets have been fired since Monday, with 400 falling short and landing inside Gaza. Israel’s missile defenses have intercepted 90% of the rockets. Israeli airstrikes have struck around 600 targets inside Gaza, the military said. The Israeli army shared footage showing a rocket impact between apartment towers in the Tel Aviv suburb of Petah Tikva early Thursday, apparently sparking a large fire. It said the strike wounded people and caused significant damage. “We’re coping, sitting at home, hoping it will be OK,” said Motti Haim, a resident of the central town of Beer Yaakov and father of two children. “It’s not simple running to the shelter. It’s not easy with the kids.” Despite cease-fire efforts, both sides were vowing to push ahead. Israeli television’s Channel 12 reported late Wednesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Security Cabinet authorized a widening of the offensive. “It will take more time, but with great firmness ... we will achieve our goal — to restore peace to the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said during a visit to batteries of the anti-missile defenses. Not long after, air raid sirens rang out in Tel Aviv and around southern and central Israel as the warning system showed dozens of incoming rockets from Gaza. A spokesman for Hamas’ military wing declared in a video speech that the “decision to bomb Tel Aviv, Dimona and Jerusalem is easier for us than drinking water.” Dimona is the site of Israel’s nuclear reactor. “Our conflict will reach you whenever you turn any aggression against our people.” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the “indiscriminate launching of rockets” from civilian areas in Gaza toward Israeli population centers, but he also urged Israel to show “maximum restraint.” U.S. President Joe Biden called Netanyahu to support Israel’s right to defend itself, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he was sending a senior diplomat to the region to try to calm tensions. The current eruption of violence began a month ago in Jerusalem, where heavy-handed Israeli police tactics during Ramadan and the threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinian families by Jewish settlers ignited protests and clashes with police. A focal point of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police was Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, built on a hilltop compound that is revered by Jews and Muslims. Jerusalem is at the heart of the conflict between the bitter enemies: Israel regards the entire city as its capital, while the Palestinians want east Jerusalem to be the capital of their future state. Hamas, claiming to be defending the city, launched a barrage of rockets at the city late Monday, in a dramatic escalation. Hamas banners could be seen outside Al-Aqsa on Thursday as thousands gathered there for Eid prayers. The recent fighting has also set off violent clashes between Arabs and Jews in Israel, in scenes unseen in more than two decades. Netanyahu warned that he was prepared to use an “iron fist if necessary” to calm the violence. But ugly confrontations erupted across the country late Wednesday. Jewish and Arab mobs battled in the central city of Lod, the epicenter of the troubles, despite a state of emergency and nighttime curfew. In nearby Bat Yam, Jewish nationalists attacked an Arab motorist, dragged him from his car and beat him until he was motionless. Israeli police said two people were shot and wounded in Lod and an Israeli Jew was stabbed. An Arab citizen was stabbed and seriously wounded in Jerusalem's central Mahane Yehuda market, where many Arabs work in restaurants and as food vendors. Dozens of people were arrested in towns across Israel where clashes and rioting broke out. In the occupied West Bank, the Israeli military said it intervened in a Palestinian shooting attack that wounded two people. The Palestinian Health Ministry said the suspected gunman was killed. No details were immediately available. Still unclear is how the fighting in Gaza will affect Netanyahu’s political future. He failed to form a government coalition after inconclusive parliamentary elections in March, and now his political rivals have three weeks to try to form one. They have courted a small Islamist Arab party, but the fighting could hamper those efforts. ___ Krauss reported from Jerusalem. Associated Press writers Samy Magdy in Cairo, Isabel DeBre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Karin Laub in the West Bank contributed. Fares Akram And Joseph Krauss, The Associated Press
Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis has made a statement to the House of Commons about the deaths of 10 people in Ballymurphy in 1971.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — An equipment failure caused an outage at a power plant in southern Taiwan on Thursday, triggering rolling blackouts across the island affecting millions of people. The outage in Kaohsiung trapped at least one person in an elevator and disrupted a daily briefing being given by government officials on the island's pandemic situation. Taipower, the government-run electric company, launched the rolling blackouts at 3 p.m. and said emergency repairs were underway. The outages affected 8.46 million households, Taipower said. In Yilan county, one person was trapped in an elevator, the government-backed Central News Agency said. In Hsinchu, 150,000 households lost power. In the southern city of Tainan, 14 districts were affected. President Tsai Ing-wen issued a statement saying that “everyone can rest assured" and that the government was handling the situation. She said an investigation would be conducted into the cause of the outage. The Associated Press
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NEW YORK (AP) — More than 60 years after his death, Richard Wright is again a bestselling author and very much in line with the present. “The Man Who Lived Underground,” a short novel written in the 1940s and never published in full until this spring, is the surreal but credible story of a Black man who is tortured by police into confessing to a double murder he didn't commit. He escapes into the city's sewer system. Like an inversion of the American road novel or a tale of space travel, Fred Daniels inhabits a world outside the world, making up the rules as he goes along and seeing his old life in a new way. At one point, he breaks into a real estate office that collects money from poor Black people. Daniels finds a wad of money, and helps himself to a typewriter, radio and cleaver, among other items. “He did not feel that he was stealing, for the cleaver, the radio, and the money were on the same level of value, all meant the same thing to him,” Wright observes. “They were the toys of the men who lived in the dead world of sunshine and rain he had left, the world that had condemned him.” Released by the Library of America, an unofficial canon of the country's literature, “The Man Who Lived Underground” also includes the Wright essay “Memories of My Grandmother” and an afterword from his grandson, the writer-filmmaker Malcolm Wright. The novel has reached the bestseller lists of The New York Times and the independent booksellers' Indiebound among others, and has brought new attention to an author defined, sometimes to his detriment, by his famed debut “Native Son.” Countless students have been assigned Wright's 1940 narrative about the poor young Black Chicagoan, Bigger Thomas, who in a state of panic murders a rich white girl, later murders his Black girlfriend and is tried and sentenced to death. The rare work by a Black writer to be featured by the Book of the Month Club, “Native Son” was among the most famous works of its time, and Bigger became a symbol of the damage done by a racist society. But Wright's standing was challenged in the late '40s by James Baldwin, then an emerging writer, who criticized “Native Son” as simplistic “protest” fiction and wrote that Wright had failed to present Black life “as a continuing and complex group reality.” Kiese Laymon, whose works include the acclaimed memoir “Heavy,” is among the current writers who admire “The Man Who Lived Underground” and believe it will change Wright's legacy. “It gives us a lot from Wright that we haven't seen before,” says Laymon, who, like Wright, is a Mississippi native. “It's almost like a meta novel. Fred is experimenting, and you can see that Wright's desire is to discover and experiment.” Charlie Braxton, a Mississippi-based poet and playwright, said his initial reaction to the book was anger at what happens to Daniels. But he was inspired by Wright’s use of a “psychological crime thriller” to serve "as a profound critique of racism/white supremacy and capitalism,” and also touch upon organized religion and its role in “the exploitation of Black people.” Wright worked on the book not long after “Native Son” came out, drawing on the true story of a Los Angeles man who lived for more than a year in the city's sewers; on memories of his Seventh Day Adventist grandmother; and on the “Invisible Man” films of the 1930s and ‘40s, a theme which predates by several years Ralph Ellison’s classic novel “Invisible Man.” Wright's publisher, Harper, turned “The Man Who Lives Underground” down, with one reader finding the author's depiction of police violence against Daniels “unbearable.” A shortened version of the novel, without Daniels' initial encounter with the police, was published in a 1944 story anthology and appeared in a collection of Wright's work that came out in 1961, a year after his death. The revival of “The Man Who Lived Underground” began more than a decade ago, when the author's daughter and literary executor Julia Wright wanted to unearth some of his unpublished work. She was a prisoners' rights activist at the time, met with Mumia Abu-Jamal and other death row inmates, and followed closely the stories of police shootings of people of color, and the dismemberment of James Byrd by a gang of white supremacists. In 2010, Julia Wright was seated in “the comfortable, secluded, air-conditioned calm of the Beinecke Archives where my father’s manuscripts are housed at Yale University.” She told the AP that she "came across a long version of the short story I knew so well but augmented by the 50 pages on police brutality. Bringing the whole work to light was not only timely, it was a cure against the physical dismemberment suffered by the James Byrds of our dark history.” She discussed a reissue with Library of America, which had already published two volumes of her father's work, and renewed her push last summer after the murder of George Floyd. “We all understood that the publication was a priority,” she said, adding that her father would have been pleased by the book's reception. “He would have chuckled at this poetic justice. Sat and smoked his pipe for awhile without any complacency for America’s immediate future. And, true to himself, he would have soon reached out for some paper to jot down a new ‘white heat’ idea.” Hillel Italie, The Associated Press
The Board of Trustees of The Gabelli Utility Trust (NYSE:GUT) (the "Fund") approved the continuation of its policy of paying fixed monthly cash distributions. The Board of Trustees declared cash distributions of $0.05 per share for each of July, August, and September 2021.
A French move to delay a European Union financial services deal with Britain over fishing access is another example of the bloc issuing threats at any sign of difficulty, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday. Paris has said it will delay the financial services deal until Johnson grants EU fishermen fair access to British waters, a source familiar with the French move said on Wednesday. Since Britain completed its exit from the EU last year, relations between the two sides have soured, with both sides accusing the other of acting in bad faith over fishing and trade with Northern Ireland just months after signed a trade deal.