New Delhi [India], May 16 (ANI): A police personnel on Sunday helped an 82-year-old senior citizen Shaila D'Souza to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
AT&T and Discovery are reportedly in talks to combine their content in hopes of taking on streaming rivals like Netflix and Disney.
The student reporter who gained national attention when he interviewed then-President Barack Obama at the White House in 2009 has died of natural causes, his family says.
Graduation has been the topic of conversation between 17-year-old Anoosha Keshav and her friends for months.After their last two years of high school were interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mississauga, Ont., teen and her peers crave a little normalcy to mark the end of this stage in their lives — not another pared down, online-only event."It comes up in almost every conversation," she said. "The fact that it's going to be a pre-recorded video you'll have to watch, it's really disappointing. It's not motivational, you know, because we're almost there at the end, and it's really sad that this is how our graduation is going to be."So Keshav has come up with an alternative. She's calling on the Ontario government to allow COVID-safe outdoor ceremonies, complete with physical distancing and personal protective equipment. "This is something really important for us," she said. "We do want to celebrate this milestone properly, especially considering that we have spent the entirety of our senior year in a pandemic and half of our junior year, as well."Keshav is not alone in her desire for an outdoor ceremony. An online petition she started less than a week ago had garnered more than 9,700 signatures by Sunday morning. They come from people identifying themselves as students, teachers and parents. "I would like to have at least one memorable Grade 12 experience," one signatory wrote."This year has been full of disappointments, let’s not end on one," said another. For 18-year-old Nathalia Aranda of St. George, Ont., losing an in-person graduation would mean missing out on long-awaited — and hard-earned — recognition. "When you leave high school, you're not just leaving with a diploma, you're leaving with other characteristics like honor roll, scholarships, and your future goals are announced. And I believe that it's really significant for us students to get that recognition for all we've worked for," said Aranda, who signed the petition on Saturday. She said she's been planning for her graduation ceremony since Grade 9, and had hoped to use it to pay tribute to her roots after moving from Colombia when she was younger. "I really wanted to walk across the stage and hold up my flag just to show anyone can make it here," she said. "And that's really what my plan was. And now I kind of can't do that because it is on Zoom."The push for in-person graduation ceremonies comes as Ontario continues to tackle the pandemic's third wave, with the province extending a stay-at-home order until at least June 2.Students across Ontario have been learning remotely for more than a month and it's not yet clear whether they'll return to the physical classroom before summer break begins, even as vaccination efforts ramp up. The province is aiming to open up vaccination appointments to everyone 18 and up by the week of May 24, and it's hoping to start vaccinating teens between the ages of 12 and 17 in June. But it remains to be seen how many youth will receive their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech shot — the only one approved for use in minors — in time for grad ceremonies, which typically happen towards the end of June. A spokeswoman for Education Minister Stephen Lecce said he's looking into the feasibility of outdoor ceremonies. "Ontario students deserve this positive conclusion to their academic journey, safely," Caitlin Clark said in an email. "We are actively working with the Chief Medical Officer of Health on this in order to preserve these opportunities to proudly recognize the incredible success and achievement of our students."But some school boards say that even if the province gives the green light, it may be too late to organize an in-person ceremony.The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, for instance, said organizing such events and keeping them safe present significant hurdles. "If the stay-at-home order is ended, there would very likely be outdoor gathering restrictions in place that limit numbers. We have graduating classes that would be over 400 students," Bruce Campbell said in an email, adding that Peel is among the biggest COVID-19 hot spots in the country."(The board) has made the decision, in consultation with our public health units, to go with virtual graduation events again this year." The secular board in the same area, the Peel District School Board, made the same choice. It's been planning for virtual celebrations since February, using last year's online-only ceremony as a template. That event featured recorded performances from students and alumni and was viewed by more than 10,000 people. Keshav, however, feels there's a distinct difference between this year and last. "The class of 2020, its graduation was just a couple months after the pandemic started," she said. "Now it's been over a year, and since then, we've learned a lot. Organizers know how to make events different. There's a lot of adaptations that can be made. I think doing a graduation now is a lot easier than it would have been last year."This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 16, 2021. Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press
The Metropolitan Police said they were aware of an incident in the St John’s Wood area and were carrying out inquiries to identify those responsible.
George Arthur Hinds was aged two years and 10 months.
Angelina Jolie’s survival action thriller “Those Who Wish Me Dead” didn’t do much to revive the North American box office. The Warner Bros. film, which debuted simultaneously on the streaming service HBO Max, took in a paltry $2.8 million in its opening weekend. The movie’s hybrid release on HBO Max likely isn’t the reason “Those […]
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The race for Champions League qualification looks likely to go down to the wire thanks to a slip-up from Chelsea and the Reds’ improving form. Thursday’s win over Manchester United, coupled with Chelsea’s defeat to Arsenal, has put a place in the top four in Liverpool’s own hands - an unlikely prospect a fortnight ago. Another win today would see Liverpool, who were this week dethroned as Premier League champions, move to within one point of Chelsea and with the easier final fixtures.
The Preakness winner provides a needed feel-good story away from you-know-who.
Quebec is reporting 716 new cases of COVID-19 today as the province crosses the 4 million vaccine mark. Officials also announced two additional deaths, both from the previous 24 hours. Hospitalizations and intensive care numbers each declined by one to 508 and 119, respectively. The stable case numbers come as the province added 90,196 vaccine doses in the previous 24 hours and 2,234 from earlier to its grand total of 4,323,040 vaccines administered. Health Minister Christian Dubé highlighted the fact that the province has now administered more than 4 million shots, and thanked health workers and Quebecers in a Twitter message. Currently, the government says 48.2 per cent of the province's population has received at least one dose. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 16, 2021 The Canadian Press
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The parents of a little boy who died this morning after a suspected gas explosion in Lancashire have paid tribute to their "beautiful little angel". Police were called to the scene of a blast in Heysham at about 2.40am. Lancashire Police said the boy, named George Arthur Hinds, aged two years and 10 months, died as a result of the incident.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City flattened three buildings and killed at least 42 people Sunday, Palestinian medics said. Despite the heavy death toll and international efforts to broker a cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signaled the fourth war with Gaza’s Hamas rulers would rage on. In a televised address, Netanyahu said Sunday evening the attacks were continuing at “full-force” and will “take time.“ Israel “wants to levy a heavy price” from the Hamas militant group, he said, flanked by his defense minister and political rival, Benny Gantz, in a show of unity. The Israeli air assault early Sunday was the deadliest single attack since heavy fighting broke out between Israel and Hamas nearly a week ago, marking the worst fighting here since their devastating 2014 war in Gaza. The airstrikes hit a major downtown street of residential buildings and storefronts over the course of five minutes after midnight, destroying two adjacent buildings and one about 50 yards (meters) down the road. At one point, a rescuer shouted, “Can you hear me?” into a hole in the rubble. “Are you OK?” Minutes later, first responders pulled a survivor out and carried him off on an orange stretcher. The Gaza Health Ministry said 16 women and 10 children were among those killed, with more than 50 people wounded, and rescue efforts are still underway. Earlier, the Israeli military said it destroyed the home of Gaza’s top Hamas leader, Yahiyeh Sinwar, in a separate strike in the southern town of Khan Younis. It was the third such attack in the last two days on the homes of senior Hamas leaders, who have gone underground. Israel appears to have stepped up strikes in recent days to inflict as much damage as possible on Hamas as international mediators work to end the fighting and stave off an Israeli ground invasion in Gaza. But targeting the group’s leaders could hinder those efforts. A U.S. diplomat is in the region to try to de-escalate tensions, and the U.N. Security Council is meeting Sunday. In its airstrikes, Israel has leveled a number of Gaza City’s tallest office and residential buildings, alleging they contain Hamas military infrastructure. Among them was the building housing The Associated Press office and those of other media outlets. The latest outbreak of violence began in east Jerusalem last month, when Palestinian protests and clashes with police broke out in response to Israeli police tactics during Ramadan and the threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinian families by Jewish settlers. A focal point of clashes was the Al-Aqsa Mosque, a frequent flashpoint that is located on a hilltop compound that is revered by both Muslims and Jews. Hamas fired rockets toward Jerusalem late Monday, triggering the Israeli assault on impoverished Gaza, which is home to more than 2 million Palestinians and has been under an Israeli and Egyptian blockade since Hamas seized power from rival Palestinian forces in 2007. At least 188 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, including 55 children and 33 women, with 1,230 people wounded. Eight people in Israel have been killed, including a 5-year-old boy and a soldier. Speaking alongside Netanyahu on Sunday, Israel’s military chief, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi, said Hamas did not anticipate Israel’s overwhelming response to its rocket fire. “Hamas made a serious and grave mistake and didn’t read us properly.” The turmoil has also spilled over elsewhere, fueling protests in the occupied West Bank and stoking violence within Israel between its Jewish and Arab citizens, with clashes and vigilante attacks on people and property. On Sunday, a driver rammed into an Israeli checkpoint in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah — where the Palestinian families had been threatened with eviction — injuring six officers before police shot and killed the attacker, Israeli police said. The violence also sparked pro-Palestinian protests in cities across Europe and the United States, with French police firing tear gas and water cannons at demonstrators in Paris. The military said Sunday it struck Sinwar’s home and that of his brother Muhammad, another senior Hamas member. On Saturday it destroyed the home of Khalil al-Hayeh, a senior figure in Hamas’ political branch. Hamas’ upper echelon has gone into hiding in Gaza, and it is unlikely any were at home at the time of the strikes. Hamas’ top leader, Ismail Haniyeh, divides his time between Turkey and Qatar, both of which provide political support to the group. Hamas and the Islamic Jihad militant group have acknowledged 20 fighters killed since the fighting broke out Monday. Israel says the real number is far higher and has released the names and photos of two dozen alleged operatives it says were “eliminated.” An Egyptian diplomat said Israel’s targeting of Hamas political leaders would complicate cease-fire efforts. The diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the closed-door negotiations, said Cairo is working to broker an end to the fighting, as are other international actors. The Egyptian diplomat said the destruction of Hamas’ rocket capabilities would require a ground invasion that would “inflame the whole region.” Egypt, which made peace with Israel decades ago, has threatened to “suspend” cooperation in various fields, the official said, without elaborating. Meanwhile, the Biden administration has affirmed its support for Israel while working to de-escalate the crisis. American diplomat Hady Amr met with Gantz, the Israeli defense minister, who thanked the U.S. for its support. Gantz said Israel “takes every precaution to strike at military targets only and avoid harming civilians, while its civilians are the targets of indiscriminate attack.” Hamas and other militant groups have fired some 2,900 rockets into Israel. The military said 450 of the rockets had fallen short or misfired, while Israeli air defenses intercepted 1,150. The interception rate appeared to have significantly dropped since the start of the conflict, when Israel said 90% were intercepted. The military did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Israel has meanwhile carried out hundreds of airstrikes across Gaza. On Saturday, Israel bombed the 12-story al-Jalaa Building, which housed the offices of The Associated Press, the TV network Al-Jazeera and other media outlets, along with several floors of apartments. Netanyahu alleged that Hamas military intelligence was operating inside the building. Such reasoning is routinely given for targeting certain locations in airstrikes, including residential buildings. The military also has accused the militant group of using journalists as human shields, but provided no evidence to back up the claims. The AP has operated from the building for 15 years, including through three previous wars between Israel and Hamas. During those conflicts as well as the current one, the news agency’s cameras, operating from its top floor office and roof terrace, offered 24-hour live shots as militants’ rockets arched toward Israel and Israeli airstrikes hammered the city and its surroundings. “We have had no indication Hamas was in the building or active in the building,” AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said in a statement. “This is something we actively check to the best of our ability. We would never knowingly put our journalists at risk.” In the afternoon, the military called the building’s owner and warned a strike would come within an hour. AP staffers and other occupants evacuated safely. Soon after, three missiles hit the building and destroyed it, bringing it crashing down in a giant cloud of dust. “The world will know less about what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today,” Pruitt said. “We are shocked and horrified.” ___ Krauss reported from Jerusalem. Associated Press writers Samy Magdy in Cairo, Isaac Scharf in Jerusalem and Bassem Mroue in Beirut contributed. Fares Akram And Joseph Krauss, The Associated Press
Two Chicago police officers were shot and wounded on Sunday after they responded to a “shots fired” alert in the city’s West Side, authorities said. Both officers were transported to Mount Sinai Hospital for their injuries. One officer was in critical but stable condition after being struck to the collarbone and shoulder.
A day after the induction of Class of 2020 honorees Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett — the greatest class in history — the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2021.
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"It's a milestone."