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IQALUIT, Nunavut — Nunavut has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 in Iqaluit and the premier says he expects there will be more cases. Health officials reported 12 new infections Friday for a total of 13 active cases in the capital city of about 8,000 people. The city went under a strict lockdown Thursday. It closed all non-essential businesses, government offices and schools after its first case in the pandemic was identified Wednesday. Residents are also being asked to restrict their contacts to members of their immediate household. Premier Joe Savikataaq said he expects cases will continue to rise in the city. "Please don't panic when you hear the daily numbers," he told a news conference Friday. The territory's chief public health officer, Dr. Michael Patterson, said there isn't any evidence of community transmission. So far, all of the cases have been identified through contact tracing. Patterson said the infections involve multiple households and how the virus entered Iqaluit is still unknown. He also said, despite the suddenness of the outbreak, his team is prepared to deal with it. "While this a serious situation, it is one that we can gain control of, contain and, in time, end." COVID-19 was first reported in Nunavut last November. The territory's largest outbreak — 339 cases — was in Arviat, a community of about 2,800. That prompted a two-week lockdown of the entire territory, while Arviat itself stayed under restrictions until March. One person died after contracting COVID-19 in the territory and three other Nunavut residents died after being infected elsewhere. The first person in Iqaluit to test positive was a Canadian North airline employee who was in the territory for two weeks before showing symptoms. Patterson said given that timeline, it's possible the person contracted COVID-19 in Iqaluit. Health Minister Lorne Kusugak urged Nunavummiut not to blame or shame essential workers, who don't need to complete Nunavut's 14-day quarantine requirement to enter the territory. "Don't put people at risk. Please, don't treat people differently because of their jobs or circumstances. We are all in this together," Kusugak said. Patterson echoed those comments. "I would like to remind Nunavummiut that individuals who have tested positive so far come from different backgrounds, different jobs and circumstances," he said. "Putting blame on others doesn't stop outbreaks. Following public-health measures, testing, tracing and isolating stops outbreaks." Federal Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller said Indigenous communities in Canada have been crushing the curve on COVID-19. "However, events in Iqaluit and alarming outbreaks in some communities are painful and stark reminders of the public health measures that must be maintained." Iqaluit Public Health has identified more than 70 new contacts through contact tracing. The Health Department also sent out notice Thursday of a possible COVID-19 exposure risk for anyone who visited the Storehouse Bar and Grill, a popular Iqaluit bar, between April 8 and April 14. Anyone who was there during those days must monitor for symptoms for 14 days after the last visit, and contact Public Health to get tested if symptoms develop. Nunavut residents from other communities who left Iqaluit after April 7 are also asked to isolate for 14 days in their home community. People from outside Iqaluit who were in town for a hearing on Baffinland's proposed expansion at its Mary River mine are being sent home and must also isolate for 14 days. No one in Iqaluit has been hospitalized with COVID-19 to date, Patterson said, but anyone being admitted to the hospital is being tested for COVID-19. Starting Monday, all rotational workers entering the territory can also get vaccinated. Patterson said Nunavut has more than 20,000 swabs available to test for COVID-19 and the lab in Iqaluit can process 200 tests a day. Nunavut has received enough Moderna vaccine to inoculate 75 per cent of the territory's adult population. Patterson has said that over 3,400 Iqaluit residents have received one dose and 2,000 have both required shots. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 16, 2021. ___ This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. Emma Tranter, The Canadian Press
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Friday stuck with his predecessor’s historically low cap of 15,000 refugees for this year and instead moved to accelerate admissions, triggering an outcry from resettlement agencies and even Biden allies that he was backpedaling on a key promise. Many were surprised Biden did not replace the cap by former President Donald Trump, having submitted a plan to Congress two months ago to quadruple that number. The administration has indicated he may still do so. Biden instead signed an emergency determination to adjust the allocation limits imposed by Trump that have disqualified a significant number of refugees, including those fleeing war. A senior administration official said Biden’s new allocations could result in speedier admissions of already screened and vetted refugees in a manner of days. The new allocations provide more slots for refugees from Africa, the Middle East and Central America and lift Trump's restrictions on resettlements from Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Refugee resettlement agencies were disheartened Biden did not touch Trump’s cap, the lowest since the program began 41 years ago. “It sends an important message to make it higher and now Biden will still be presiding over and has essentially put his stamp of approval on the lowest refugee admissions cap in history at a time of global crisis,” said Mark Hetfield, president of HIAS, a Maryland-based Jewish non-profit that is one of nine agencies that resettles refugees in the U.S. Biden's determination stated that the admission of up to 15,000 refugees this year “remains justified by humanitarian concerns and is otherwise in the national interest." But should the cap be reached before the end of the current budget year and the emergency refugee situation persists, then a presidential determination may be issued to raise the ceiling. Since the fiscal year began on Oct. 1, just over 2,000 refugees have been resettled in the U.S. Biden presented a plan to Congress more than two months ago to raise the ceiling on admissions to 62,500 but has not issued a presidential determination since then. The law does not require congressional approval and past presidents have issued such presidential determinations that set the cap on refugee admissions shortly after the notification to Congress. New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez urged Biden to act. “Failing to issue a new Determination undermines your declared purpose to reverse your predecessor’s refugee policies," the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee wrote in a letter to Biden. Menendez said it also makes it unlikely that the program can hit its target next budget year of 125,000, which Biden has pledged to do. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan tweeted that all of the existing 15,000 slots will be used and the administration will “work with Congress on increasing admissions and building back to the numbers to which we've committed." Under Biden's new allocation, 7,000 slots are reserved for refugees from Africa, 1,000 from East Asia, 1,500 from Europe and Central Asia, 3,000 from Latin America and the Caribbean, 1,500 from the Near East and South Asia and a reserve of about 1,000 slots to be used as needed. The State Department, which co-ordinates flights with resettlement agencies, booked 715 refugees to come to the United States with the anticipation that Biden would have acted by March, but those flights were cancelled since the refugees were not eligible under Trump’s rules, according to resettlement agencies. Most of the refugees are from Africa and fleeing armed conflict or political persecution. Trump limited most spots for people fleeing religious persecution, Iraqis who have assisted U.S. forces there, and people from Central America’s Northern Triangle. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that the delay in Biden acting was because “It took us some time to see and evaluate how ineffective, or how trashed in some ways the refugee processing system had become, and so we had to rebuild some of those muscles and put it back in place.” Officials also cited the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic but said the expanding vaccination and testing campaigns are making it easier to process new refugee admissions. Another concern has been the record pace of unaccompanied migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, which has drawn in many of the resources that would go to vetting, processing and resettling refugees in the U.S. “It is a factor," said Psaki, noting that the Office of Refugee Resettlement "does management and has personnel working on both issues and so we have to ensure that there is capacity and ability to manage both.” That explanation baffled advocates. The asylum seekers at the border are not handled by the U.S. Refugee Program, which has its own people and budget. Some 35,000 refugees have been cleared to go to the United States, and 100,000 remain in the pipeline and their lives remain in limbo, said David Miliband, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee. Biden has not fulfilled his promise to restore America’s leadership as a safe haven for the world’s oppressed, he added. “This leadership is sorely needed,” he said. _____ Watson reported from San Diego. 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Sunday Riley is behind some of the most beloved skin-care products in beauty: the famed Good Genes exfoliating treatment (maskne doesn’t stand a chance against this stuff); the iconic Luna retinol oil; the C.E.O vitamin-C-packed brightening cream to end all brightening creams. And today, a new product has joined the brand’s cult-favorite ranks: Light Hearted, Sunday Riley’s first-ever sunscreen. Over the past few years, beautifully formulated SPFs have been enjoying a massive resurgence — coupled with a growing awareness of the importance of sun protection, the product has become a far cry from something you begrudgingly rub on at the beach. At the heart of Sunday Riley’s newest launch is a decadent lotion you’ll genuinely love applying. Below, join my deep-dive into the new drop as I slather on the SPF 30 formula packed with zinc oxide, octisalate, turmeric, and lutein. Sunday Riley Light Hearted Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen, $35 The Feel One of the many perks of my job is getting early-access to products — and sometimes, hush-hush drops will arrive in unmarked lab sample tubes. (It may not be IG-friendly, but I love feeling like I’m in on a secret.) You couldn’t tell from the plain exterior, but the lotion inside was velvety AF — and pink! (This is from botanical ingredients.) However, I was pleasantly surprised to see that it blended in seamlessly on my olive skin with no trace of a dreaded white cast. It was also super hydrating without feeling greasy at all. As someone with an oily complexion, I sometimes struggle with finding sunscreens that won’t break me out. After a week of testing it in various conditions — out and about with my dog, on the (socially distanced) ski slopes in Vermont — it had yet to cause any problems. It absorbed readily, left a fresh-faced finish, and even wore well under makeup. There was no noticeable fragrance either, and it didn’t irritate my sensitive skin. The Ingredients Unlike other formulas that either use mineral (aka physical) ingredients (like zinc or titanium oxide) or chemical actives like oxybenzone and above zone, Light Hearted harnesses both; zinc oxide and octisalate (another chemical ingredient) to provide SPF 30 protection. For added skincare benefits, Sunday Riley snuck in ingredients like turmeric and lutein for antioxidant and blue light protection. I can’t say for sure whether it improved the appearance of my bare face in any noticeable way, but I’d be curious to see if anything changes on that front with continued use. For $35, it’s a step up from drugstore stuff, but one of the more affordable products in the Sunday Riley lineup, making it an accessible, practical option for someone wanting to try the brand. (And if you don’t already have your sunscreen game on lock, fix that stat!) As of today, you can get early access to shop Light Hearted via the Sunday Riley website, with a Sephora debut coming later this month. Final Thoughts When my expectation for any new sunscreen involves a shiny forehead and 2-3 new pimples, I’m nothing short of blown away (honestly) to find a new formula I actually love. It’s perfect for adding a bit of much-needed hydration, making it perfect for most skin types. It may not replace my lightweight go-to SPF lotion (especially as we approach summer), but it’s still a solid everyday option for anyone with bougie taste in sunscreen. *Raises hand* At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
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The first few races of Dalton Kellett's IndyCar career were done on an elaborate iRacing rig in his home office in Indianapolis because of COVID-19 restrictions. He's pleased his second season will be different. Although Kellett eventually got to drive an actual car in IndyCar races last year, he's excited for a proper start to the season on Sunday at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama in Birmingham at Barber Motorsports Park. The driver from Stouffville, Ont., said that the rhythm of the 2020 season was off and he's glad he'll have a more typical start to his sophomore season. "They've just announced that they've sold out the ticket allotment for the first race, so that's great news," said Kellett. "I'm just looking forward to being back at a race weekend with semblance of normalcy with fans in the stands." Although fans will be watching the race live, there will still be protocols in place to maintain social distance and keeping the drivers and pit crews in bubbles. Kellett said having fans at a track like Barber, even at a distance, can make all the difference. "The grass berms where the fans sit on, it's a really beautiful facility and they've done a great job building a sort of amphitheatre feel for some of the corners," said Kellett. "Lots of people come with chairs and umbrellas and camp out. "You can definitely notice when that's empty. When you go there for race weekend and it's busy it really changes how the track looks." Barber's 3.83-kilometre permanent road course has 17 flowing turns and features 80 feet of elevation change to challenge both drivers and engineers. Kellett was originally signed to A.J. Foyt Racing to specialize in road courses. He said that 2021's more stable schedule has made it easier for him to prepare for the IndyCar season compared to last year's uncertainty, with races being moved or cancelled with as little as a week's notice. "Having a set date that you can really work toward it just helps you be more prepared and more organized as far as your testing and training program," said Kellett. "It's been a normal off-season, which has been nice." This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 16, 2021. John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press
NAMPULA, Mozambique, April 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As thousands of people in northern Mozambique flee deadly fighting between government forces and an armed group linked to ISIL (ISIS), Ambassador Aviation (AA), in partnership with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), is flying survivors to safety. On March 31, two AA pilots arrived in Pemba to assist with the coordination of evacuations from Afungi. The Afungi peninsula, outside of Palma, is heavily guarded due to the construction of a major liquid natural gas plant by French company, Total. Private security forces, local police and the Mozambiquan military maintain control of the area that includes an airstrip. On April 1, AA made two initial round-trip flights, approximately 50 minutes one-way, evacuating 13 adults, 12 children and six babies. These flights continued in the following days and weeks. From March 31 thru April 12, AA conducted 27 evacuation fights for 219 passengers. AA is working in cooperation with VAMOZ (Voluntários Anónimos de Moçambique), a humanitarian group. VAMOZ vets and prioritizes people for evacuation from Afungi to Pemba. They also organize food aid that AA delivers to Afungi. AA staff in Pemba noted several happy reunions as new arrivals connected with those who were previously evacuated. For the wounded, an ambulance awaited their arrival in Pemba. A Cessna Grand Caravan is being used to fly evacuees from the area. The airplane is one of two that serves MAF’s program based in Nampula, Mozambique, located south of the conflict region. MAF’s Canadian headquarters is located in Guelph, ON. For more than 75 years, Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) has been using aviation and technology to reach isolated communities in the farthest corners of the earth. Today, we partner with over 1,500 organizations to deliver support, hope, healing, spiritual care, and community development to thousands of communities where flying is not a luxury but a lifeline. Photos of the evacuation flights are available up on request. CONTACT: CONTACT: Brad Bell, CEO MAFC.org | 1-877-351-9344 | email@example.com
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RADNOR, Pa., April 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The law firm of Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP reminds investors that a securities fraud class action lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG) (“Plug”) on behalf of those who purchased or acquired Plug securities between November 9, 2020 and March 1, 2021, inclusive (the “Class Period”). Investor Deadline Reminder: Investors who purchased or acquired Plug securities during the Class Period may, no later than May 7, 2021, seek to be appointed as a lead plaintiff representative of the class. For additional information or to learn how to participate in this litigation please contact Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP: James Maro, Esq. (484) 270-1453 or Adrienne Bell, Esq. (484) 270-1435; toll free at (844) 887-9500; via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; or click https://www.ktmc.com/plug-power-class-action-lawsuit?utm_source=PR&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=Plug_Power Plug provides comprehensive hydrogen fuel cell turnkey solutions focused on systems used to power electric motors in the electric mobility and stationary power markets. The Class Period commences on November 9, 2020, when Plug filed its quarterly report on a Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2020. Regarding Plug’s disclosure controls and internal control over financial reporting, the report stated, in relevant part that Plug’s “disclosure controls and procedures are effective … [and that] [t]here were no changes in [Plug’s] internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the last fiscal quarter that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, [Plug’s] internal control over financial reporting.” The truth regarding Plug’s weaknesses in its internal control over financial reporting was revealed on March 2, 2021 when, before the market opened, Plug filed a Notification of Late Filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission stating that it could not timely file its annual report for the period ended December 31, 2020 because Plug was completing a “review and assessment of the treatment of certain costs with regards to classification between Research and Development versus Costs of Goods Sold, the recoverability of right of use assets associated with certain leases, and certain internal controls over these and other areas.” Plug stated that “[i]t is possible that one or more of these items may result in charges or adjustments to current and/or prior period financial statements.” Following this news, Plug’s stock price fell $3.68, or 7%, to close at $48.78 per share on March 2, 2021. Plug’s share price continued to decline by $9.48, or 19.4%, over three consecutive trading sessions to close at $39.30 per share on March 5, 2021. The complaint alleges that, throughout the Class Period, the defendants failed to disclose to investors that: (1) Plug would be unable to timely file its 2020 annual report due to delays related to the review of classification of certain costs and the recoverability of the right to use assets with certain leases; (2) Plug was reasonably likely to report material weaknesses in its internal control over financial reporting; and (3) as a result of the foregoing, the defendants’ positive statements about Plug’s business, operations, and prospects were materially misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis. Plug investors may, no later than May 7, 2021, seek to be appointed as a lead plaintiff representative of the class through Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP or other counsel, or may choose to do nothing and remain an absent class member. A lead plaintiff is a representative party who acts on behalf of all class members in directing the litigation. In order to be appointed as a lead plaintiff, the Court must determine that the class member’s claim is typical of the claims of other class members, and that the class member will adequately represent the class. Your ability to share in any recovery is not affected by the decision of whether or not to serve as a lead plaintiff. Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP prosecutes class actions in state and federal courts throughout the country involving securities fraud, breaches of fiduciary duties and other violations of state and federal law. Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP is a driving force behind corporate governance reform, and has recovered billions of dollars on behalf of institutional and individual investors from the United States and around the world. The firm represents investors, consumers and whistleblowers (private citizens who report fraudulent practices against the government and share in the recovery of government dollars). The complaint in this action was not filed by Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP. For more information about Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP please visit www.ktmc.com. CONTACT: Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLPJames Maro, Jr., Esq.Adrienne Bell, Esq.280 King of Prussia RoadRadnor, PA 19087(844) 887-9500 (toll free)email@example.com
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