The royal family said their last goodbyes on Saturday to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and beloved husband of Queen Elizabeth for over 70 years.
Philip’s funeral was held at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, with only 30 members in attendance. The duke himself was intimately involved in planning the funeral during his lifetime, helping design the modified Land Rover that carried his coffin and choosing the music that was played.
The procession and funeral were shown live on public television and reflected Philip’s no-fuss attitude and love of the military. Photos of the 50-minute service captured the emotions of the masked royal family members and close friends in attendance, and the harsh reality of losing a loved one during the pandemic.
Some of the most moving photographs from the day included the reunion of Princes William and Harryafter a year apart, Prince Charles with tears streaming down his face, and Queen Elizabeth seated alone in the chapel.
A teacher in the Coquitlam school district has had his certificate suspended for six months after the B.C. commissioner for teacher regulation found he crossed professional boundaries while chatting with students over Instagram and also shared confidential information about one student with another. Erik Oun, an elementary school teacher in School District 43, chatted with two Grade 5 students over Instagram during the 2018-2019 year, according to a consent resolution agreement released by the commissioner. During this time, the report found that Oun "engaged in inappropriate contact through social media with young students." In both cases, it says Oun sought permission from the students' parents before beginning to send messages to them, telling one parent that "there have to be some boundaries." Oun would write messages to the students calling them sweetheart, sweetie, sweets and goofball. He would send emojis of hearts and smiley faces. He called one of the students cute and adorable over the social media app and messaged that he missed them. When the students didn't respond quickly to his messages, the report says he would ask why they weren't responding and call them Snobby McSnobbertson. In one student's case, the messages became so "persistent and unwelcome," the student's mother asked the teacher to stop texting their child. Oun then continued to send more messages to the student. The report also found that the elementary teacher "disclosed sensitive personal and confidential information" to one of his students about another student who wasn't in his class. It was noted that Oun would often hug several students including one of the children he was messaging on Instagram. When making his decision, the commissioner found that "Oun showed a lack of understanding of appropriate professional boundaries." Along with his six-month suspension, Oun must complete a Justice Institute course on professional boundaries by March 30, 2022.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A taping of Bill Maher's weekly HBO show was canceled after the host tested positive for COVID-19. Maher, who is fully vaccinated, is “asymptomatic and feels fine," according to a statement Thursday from HBO. “No other staff or crew members have tested positive at this time,” the channel said. The taping of Friday's episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher” will be rescheduled, HBO said. Guests were to include astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and podcast host Dan Carlin. Maher was tested as part of the Los Angeles production's weekly protocol for staff, the channel said, adding that “every precaution” is taken in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines regarding the coronavirus. The comedian and political gadfly moved back to in-studio shows with a limited audience late last summer, after taping episodes at his home in the early months of the pandemic. TV and filmmaking gradually resumed after last year's pandemic-forced shutdown, but despite strict safety rules there have been other production holds caused by a cast or crew member's positive virus test. The Associated Press
Robert De Niro is returning home to New York after injuring his leg off-set in Oklahoma while filming Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon,” in which he is starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. Variety confirmed that he was injured, but it’s not known how serious it might be. The injury is said to have occurred […]
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The world spun madly on as followers of its second-largest religion practiced the traditions of Islam's holiest month, at times under circumstances that demanded as much courage as faith. Ramadan is a period of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts. The restrictions prohibited residents from leaving their homes except to shop for groceries or to meet other essential needs, and are in place until after the three-day Eid holiday, normally a time for family reunions.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rich Hill joined Cy Young and Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers to strike out nine against the Yankees at age 41 or older, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat coronavirus-impacted New York 9-0 Thursday night to avoid getting swept in a three-game series. Yandy Díaz hit a two-run single in the first inning off Jameson Taillon, Austin Meadows doubled the lead with a two-run homer in the fourth and Randy Arozarena added a three-run homer in the sixth for the first runs off Michael King this season. Hill held down the Yankees by changing speeds, with fastballs from 87-91 mph, sinkers and cutters from 83-87 mph and breaking balls from 67-75 mph. “I'm throwing the ball well,” Hill said. “I have been the last month. So, I think that's something to just continue to put in the work starting tomorrow again.” Hill (2-1), who became the oldest player in the major leagues when the Los Angeles Angels cut Albert Pujols last week, allowed three hits and three walks in 6 2/3 scoreless innings. “He was outstanding.” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “We’ve talked about the last three outings, and now four that he’s been on a really good run. He’s had good rhythm, you see him change his delivery a little bit at times. He’s got a good feel for what he’s doing.” Hill extended his scoreless streak to 17 2/3 innings. It is the longest stretch by a starter 41 or older since Bartolo Colon's 30 consecutive innings from Aug. 26-Sept. 10, 2015. New York announced before the game that shortstop Gleyber Torres tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated and having previously contracted the coronavirus during the offseason. Torres is among eight so-called breakthrough positives among the Yankees — people who tested positive despite being fully vaccinated. Also testing positive were pitching coach Matt Blake, third base coach Phil Nevin, first base coach Reggie Willits and four traveling staff. “It was a crazy few days," New York infielder DJ LeMahieu said. Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton said Torres' positive test was “eye-opening.” Hill (2-1) scattered three hits, walked three and struck out nine. Taillon (1-3) gave up four runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings, raising his ERA to 5.40. He struck out nine and walked two. He was hurt when Díaz singled on a first-pitch hanging curve and Meadows homered on a changeup. New York, which got a run-scoring double-play grounder from Clint Frazier in the ninth inning, scored five runs in the series but still managed two wins behind the strong starts of Jordan Montgomery and Gerrit Cole. The Yankees had five runs during the series. “Thankfully we had great pitching,” LeMahieu said. “We didn't swing it great. We swung it just enough to win the series.” The Rays scored one run in the first two games. Arozarena was homerless with two RBIs in his previous 16 games,. Arozarena has four homers this season after hitting 10 homers in 20 playoff games last year for the AL champion Rays. King entered with 12 1/3 scoreless innings. Meadows added a two-run double in the eighth. New York finished with five hits, including two in the ninth off Hunter Strickland. OPPOSING VIEW Rays ace Tyler Glasnow was a teammate in Pittsburgh with Cole (5-1, 1.37 ERA), who has struck out 78 and walked just three in his eight starts this season. “It’s crazy,” Glasnow said. “He’s got a good work ethic, always trying to get better. He’s just a student of the game and very curious. He’s just like each year he’s always such a competitor, he just gets better, better, better. It’s a really good run.” TRAINER’S ROOM Yankees: CF Aaron Hicks was out of the lineup with a sore left wrist and will have an MRI. His status for Friday has not been determined… INF Gio Urshela, who moved from third to shortstop with Torres out, might get rested Friday night. He has bothered recently by knee soreness. ... 1B Luke Voit had a planned day off after playing in his first two games of the season following surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee. … RHP Luis Severino threw batting practice for the first time since Tommy John surgery on Feb. 27 last year. Rays: Closer Diego Castillo (right groin strain) remains on target to be reinstated from the 10-day injured list on Friday. … 1B Ji-Man Choi (arthroscopic right knee surgery) us sore, delaying his return after rejoining the team Tuesday from a rehab assignment at Triple-A Durham. UP NEXT Yankees: RHP Corey Kluber I2-2) will start at Baltmore on Friday night against RHP Dean Kremer (0-3). Rays: Glasnow (4-2) starting against the visiting New York Mets and LHP David Peterson (1-3) on Friday night. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Mark Didtler, The Associated Press
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Power has been restored to millions of people in Taiwan after an equipment failure at a power plant set off rolling blackouts across the island. After blackouts started around 3 p.m. Thursday, power was restored gradually starting at 8 p.m., Taiwan’s official Central News Agency said. The outage disrupted a daily briefing being given by government officials on the island's pandemic situation. Taipower, the government-run electric company, said the outages affected 8.46 million households and emergency repairs were being done. 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 the government was handling the situation and the cause of the outage would be investigated. The Associated Press
EDMONTON — Members of Premier Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party caucus have voted to turf two of their own for challenging the leader. Backbencher Todd Loewen was ejected Thursday night after publicly announcing earlier in the day the party is adrift and out of touch under Kenney and that the premier must quit before things spiral further. Backbencher Drew Barnes had been the most vocal critic of the government's COVID-19 health restrictions, saying they are of questionable effect and an intolerable infringement on personal freedoms. He was also voted out. "Members recognize the need for government caucus to remain strong and united behind our leader, Premier Jason Kenney, as we continue to fight through what looks to be the final stages of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond," UCP whip Mike Ellis said in a statement. “There is simply no room in our caucus for those who continually seek to divide our party and undermine government leadership, especially at this critical juncture.” Kenney’s spokeswoman, Jerrica Goodwin, added in a statement: “The premier is proud to stand with his caucus colleagues and lead Alberta through the greatest health and economic crisis in a century.” Loewen, representing the northern rural riding of Central Peace-Notley, had been the chair of the UCP caucus. Barnes represents Cypress-Medicine Hat in the south. Loewen and Barnes join a third backbencher, Pat Rehn, who was expelled earlier this year after his constituents complained he wasn’t doing any work or listening to their concerns. Weeks of bubbling internal discontent within the caucus boiled over into an open challenge by Loewen in a public letter to Kenney published on Loewen’s Facebook page in the pre-dawn hours Thursday. In the letter, Loewen called on the premier to resign, saying he no longer sees a commitment to teamwork and party principles. “We did not unite around blind loyalty to one man. And while you promoted unity, it is clear that unity is falling apart,” writes Loewen. He accused Kenney and his government of weak dealings with Ottawa, ignoring caucus members, delivering contradictory messages, and botching critical issues such as negotiations with doctors and a controversy over coal mining in the Rocky Mountains. “Many Albertans, including myself, no longer have confidence in your leadership," Loewen says in the letter. “I thank you for your service, but I am asking that you resign so that we can begin to put the province back together again.” In a radio interview later in the day, Loewen said he wanted to stay in the UCP and that he was not seeking to split the party but save it from looming disaster in the next election. “The people are upset. They are leaving the party,” Loewen told 630 CHED. “We need to do what it takes to stop the bleeding. "We need to have our constituency associations strong. We’ve got to quit losing board members." Loewen later received a message of support from a second UCP backbencher, Dave Hanson. Hanson wrote on Facebook: “Todd, I applaud your courage and stand behind your decision. “I hear the same thing from our supporters in my area. I along with many of our colleagues share in your frustration.” Hanson, Barnes and Loewen are three of 18 UCP backbench members who broke with the government in early April over restrictions aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19. The group said the rules were needlessly restrictive and infringed on personal freedoms. Sixteen wrote an open letter expressing those concerns. Since then Barnes has remained vocal, actively questioning why the regulations are needed in low-infection areas and demanding to see data underlying the health decisions. Kenney tolerated the open dissension for weeks. He has said he believes in free speech and that backbenchers are not in cabinet and don’t speak for his government. But Loewen was the first to openly challenge Kenney’s leadership. Kenney’s poll numbers, along with party fundraising contributions, have dropped precipitously during the pandemic while those of Rachel Notley’s NDP have climbed. Notley said regardless of Kenney’s internal political troubles, Albertans need to see him focus on governing the province. Alberta has seen in recent weeks some of the highest COVID-19 case rates in North America that threaten to swamp the province’s health system. “It’s not looking good,” said Notley. “What we need as a result is for the premier to clean up his house, get his house in order and provide the kind of leadership that Albertans desperately need during one of the most challenging times in our history.” There were rumours of a widening internal UCP breach two weeks ago when Kenney suspended the legislature's spring sitting. He said it was to keep staff and legislature members safe from COVID-19. On Wednesday, the government extended the hiatus for another week. Political scientist Duane Bratt said Kenney had little choice but to expel Loewen but noted it took several hours of debate among the caucus to get there. “This is not a good day for Jason Kenney. He is wounded by this. And I don’t think it’s over,” said Bratt with Mount Royal University in Calgary. Pollster Janet Brown said the open dissension magnifies Kenney’s leadership woes. Brown said a premier relies on three pillars of support: party fundraising, caucus support and support in the popularity polls. Any one of those three can help offset crises somewhere else. But Kenney, said Brown, doesn’t have support in any area right now. "If you’re down in the polls, if you don’t have the confidence of your caucus and your donors are keeping their hands in their pockets, what’s your justification for continuing?” said Brown. “It seems like he’s failing with all three audiences.” This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 13, 2021. Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press
Robert De Niro has suffered a leg injury while working on director Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon.Deadline confirmed the injury but had no details on what happened or the injury’s severity. De Niro was headed home today from Oklahoma to New York and will seek medical attention, sources said. The injury prognosis has […]
East Godavari (Andhra Pradesh) [India], May 14 (ANI): Amid difficulties of Covid-19 patients finding beds and oxygen supply, two Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) buses "oxygen-on-wheels" will operate from Friday.