JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said Friday that COVID-19 vaccines would be made available at key airports in the state starting June 1, in unveiling plans aimed at bolstering the state's pandemic-battered tourist industry. Dunleavy, a Republican, outlined plans for a national marketing campaign aimed at luring tourists using federal aid money and said the vaccine offering is “probably another good reason to come to the state of Alaska in the summer.” Dunleavy and other state leaders have been pushing to allow large cruise ships to return to Alaska after COVID-19 restrictions kept them away last year, hitting hard businesses and communities, particularly in southeast Alaska, that rely heavily on summer tourism. He said the state has not ruled out suing the federal government, as Florida has, over the issue. About 40% of those eligible for a vaccine in Alaska, who are 16 or older, are fully vaccinated, according to the state health department, and health officials have been looking for new ways to encourage more people to get vaccinated. Alaska was the first state to drop restrictions on who could get a COVID-19 vaccine when last month it opened eligibility to anyone 16 or older who lives or works in the state. Heidi Hedberg, the state health department's Division of Public Health director, said there is an ample supply of vaccine. She said the airport program will offer the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Hedberg said officials are hearing from other states that there is “a lot of vaccine availability,” so if travellers are not still in Alaska when it's time for their second dose, they can follow-up at a clinic or with their provider when they return home, she said. They would need to make sure that if their first dose was with Pfizer, for example, that their second dose is also a Pfizer shot, Hedberg said. The state plans to offer vaccines at airports in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Ketchikan, with the clinics outside the security area, she said. Details released Friday differed from a department solicitation in March that included interest in using a one-dose vaccine subject to availability. Hedberg said officials would do a “soft rollout” at the Anchorage airport for five days in late April, between 5 p.m. and 2 a.m., to work through logistics. The state will use an existing contractor for mobile clinics for the trial run, and it would be for Alaskans travelling in or through the airport, she said. Vaccinations would open more widely, to anyone passing through, starting June 1, she said. State health officials also have encouraged travellers to test for COVID-19, though the state no longer requires that. Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press
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WASHINGTON — Kyle Schwarber hit a game-ending homer in the ninth inning, helping the Washington Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0 on Friday night after Max Scherzer passed Cy Young on baseball’s career strikeouts list. The lefty-batting Schwarber connected on a 2-1 pitch from left-hander Alex Young (0-3), sending a drive to right that travelled an estimated 463 feet for his first homer for Washington. Brad Hand (1-0) worked a scoreless ninth for the win. The Nationals allowed just three hits. Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, struck out the side in the seventh while passing Cy Young to move into 22nd place on baseball’s strikeout list. He finished with 10 on the day, giving him 2,808 for his career. RAYS 8, YANKEES 2 NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon Lowe hit a two-run double in the first inning off opener Nick Nelson (0-2), and AL champion Tampa Bay kept up its domination of New York, setting off frustrated fans who caused a brief interruption. The young, athletic Rays spurted to an 8-0, seventh-inning lead and beat the Yankees for the 16th time in their last 21 meetings, including during last year’s Division Series. New York walked seven Rays, had just three hits, struck out 14 times and made three errors that led to three unearned runs. The game was stopped for about 2 minutes, 15 seconds with Clint Frazier batting in the bottom of the eighth when about a half-dozen balls were thrown on the field from the pandemic-limited crowd of 10,202 on a cool, breezy night with a 45-degree temperature at game time. Michael Wacha (1-1) lowered his ERA from 7.00 to 4.20, allowing one hit in six scoreless innings with nine strikeouts and two walks. PHILLIES 8, CARDINALS 2 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Zach Eflin pitched into the eighth inning and J.T. Realmuto hit a two-run homer, leading Philadelphia to the victory. Eflin (1-0) allowed six hits, struck out six and walked none in seven-plus innings. The lanky right-hander retired 12 straight batters at one point and exited after surrendering a two-run homer to Justin Williams in the eighth. Cardinals righty Carlos Martinez (0-3) gave up six runs and five hits in five innings. The Phillies jumped ahead 6-0 in the second with their biggest inning of the season. Nine straight batters reached safely after Martinez got the first out. BRAVES 5, CUBS 2 CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Wright plunked four Chicago batters but still left with the lead after a last-minute call-up, and Will Smith stranded the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning for Atlanta. Wright was recalled from the club’s alternate site to replace Drew Smyly, who was scratched and placed on the 10-day injured list with left forearm inflammation Friday morning. Wright hit four batters, including Javier Báez twice, but limited Chicago to two runs and three hits over 4 1/3 innings. He also doubled for his first career hit. Four relievers, including winner Josh Tomlin (2-0), kept the Cubs scoreless until Smith entered for the ninth. Atlanta’s closer walked the bases loaded with two outs before striking out Joc Pederson to cap his third save in three tries. Willson Contreras homered off Wright as the Cubs lost their second straight and fifth of six. The first four runs came off Chicago starter Zach Davies (1-2). MARLINS 4, GIANTS 1 MIAMI (AP) — Starling Marte snapped an eighth-inning tie with a three-run homer and Miami defeated San Francisco. Jazz Chisholm Jr. also homered for the Marlins. Marte’s shot to left-centre field off reliever Wandy Peralta sent Miami to its fifth victory in six games. Pinch-hitter Jesús Aguilar began the decisive rally with a one-out walk against reliever Matt Wisler (0-2). Corey Dickerson’s single advanced pinch-runner Magneuris Sierra to second. Anthony Bass (1-2) pitched a perfect eighth and Yimi García closed with a scoreless ninth for his third save. ORIOLES 5, RANGERS 2 ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rio Ruiz and D.J. Stewart homered while Jorge López struck out eight in five innings, leading Baltimore to another road win. No. 9 hitter Freddy Galvis had two extra-base hits and scored twice for the Orioles, who improved to 5-2 on the road this season. They were 1-6 in their first homestand, and had to play two doubleheaders against Seattle in the previous three days after a couple of postponements. A week after getting no-hit by San Diego Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove, the Rangers didn’t have a hit off López (1-2) until David Dahl and Nick Solak started the fifth with back-to-back homers. Those were the only hits allowed by López, who had given up 11 runs over 8 2/3 innings in his first two starts. César Valdez, the fourth Baltimore reliever, worked around two baserunners in the ninth for his third save in four chances. Rangers right-hander Mike Foltynewicz (0-3) allowed five runs and seven hits over five innings. REDS 10, INDIANS 3 CINCINNATI (AP) — Joey Votto hit a two-run homer to cap a seven-run third inning and Cincinnati cruised over Cleveland. Jeff Hoffman (2-1) gave the Reds another solid start, surrendering just a run and seven hits through six innings and helping himself with a looping RBI single in the third. Nick Castellanos homered in the sixth inning for the Reds, who struck first in the weekend battle of Ohio. Amed Rosario and Jordan Luplow homered for Cleveland, and Josh Naylor had three hits. Indians starter Logan Allen (1-2) didn’t make it out of the third inning. He gave up five runs on three hits, but reliever Phil Maton surrendered the big hits to Suárez and Votto before getting out of the inning. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB The Associated Press
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — Elected leaders in the Minneapolis suburb where a police officer fatally shot Daunte Wright want officers to scale back their tactics amid nightly protests, leaving some law enforcement called in to assist asking whether the city still wants their help. Hundreds of demonstrators have gathered outside the heavily guarded Brooklyn Center police station every night since former Officer Kim Potter, who is white, shot the 20-year-old Black motorist during a traffic stop on Sunday. Protesters have shouted profanities, launched fireworks, shaken a security fence surrounding the building and lobbed water bottles at officers. Police have driven away protesters with tear gas grenades, rubber bullets, flash-bang grenades and long lines of riot police. People who live in the area say many of their neighbours are staying in hotels or with relatives to avoid the noise as well as the tear gas that seeps into their homes. “We can’t just have our window open any more without thinking about if there’s going to be some gas coming in,” said 16-year-old Xzavion Martin, adding that rubber bullets and other projectiles have landed on his apartment's second-story balcony. “There’s kids in this building that are really scared to come back.” The tactics have not sat well with Brooklyn Center city officials, who passed a resolution Monday banning the city’s officers from using tear gas and other chemicals, chokeholds, and police lines to arrest demonstrators. Mayor Mike Elliott, who is Black, said at a news conference Wednesday that “gassing is not a human way of policing” and he didn’t agree with police using pepper spray, tear gas and paintballs against demonstrators. Elliott didn’t respond to multiple messages from the Associated Press on Friday. But Brooklyn Center police aren’t dealing with protesters on their own. Other agencies, including the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department and the Minnesota National Guard, have provided support at the city’s request in a joint effort dubbed Operation Safety Net. The city’s resolution isn’t binding on those agencies. Protests have continued since Potter was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter. The former police chief in the majority nonwhite suburb said Potter fired her pistol when she meant to use her Taser, but protesters and Wright's family say there's no excuse for the shooting. Both Potter and the chief resigned Tuesday. Sheriff David Hutchinson asked Elliott in a letter Wednesday to clarify whether he still wanted the department’s help. The mayor wrote in a letter Thursday that his city still needs help but pressed assisting agencies not to engage with protesters. “It is my view that as long as protesters are peaceful and not directly interacting with law enforcement, law enforcement should not engage with them,” Elliott wrote. "Again, this is a request and not an attempt to limit necessary law enforcement response.” As the sun set Friday, protesters marching near the Brooklyn Center police department chanted “National Guard — Go home." The crowd of several hundred people marched away from the fencing outside the police department where clashes had occurred earlier in the week. As they marched in the street, people bounced up and down to music that played from a loudspeaker. Police over a loudspeaker ordered the protest to disperse and warned demonstrators that they would be arrested. Law enforcement also fired irritants into a crowd that had gathered near a fenced gate into the police department. Several water bottles had been hurled over the fence towards law enforcement officers. Sheriff's spokesman Jeremy Zoss said Friday that no agencies have pulled out of Brooklyn Center. Scott Wasserman, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety, said Operation Safety Net's tactics will not change. Gov. Tim Walz, a Democrat and commander-in-chief of the Minnesota National Guard, said at a Thursday news conference that he’s concerned about tactics but that police are trying to protect the community. Shay Jones, who lives in an apartment across the street from the police station, said her 15-year-old daughter has been sick since tear gas seeped into their home. Jones, 32, also said some protesters broke a lock on the building, running through the stairs and hallways and writing on walls. “All these ‘booms,’” she said. “Oh, man ... you can’t even sleep at night.” Tensions were already high amid the nearby trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the death last year of George Floyd. Then on Thursday, Chicago officials released graphic video showing an officer fatally shooting 13-year-old Adam Toledo, a Latino boy, in March. And On Friday, transcripts were released showing that a grand jury investigating the police suffocation death of Daniel Prude last year in Rochester, New York, voted 15-5 not to charge the three officers involved in his restraint. Brooklyn Center has instituted curfews since Wright's death. Local Progress Minnesota, a group of liberal-leaning local elected officials, echoed the call for an end to using tear gas and decried the curfews. “The last few nights have been marred with unconscionable acts of oppression,” the group said in a letter. “This is not how we build a safer place for one another.” Walz told reporters that protesters might have burned down the police station and other buildings if police hadn't intervened — a lesson he says he learned after a Minneapolis police station burned during protests last year over Floyd's death. Those demonstrations damaged more than 1,000 buildings across the Twin Cities area. “I trust our safety officials to be very judicious and think about this,” Walz said. Police say Wright was pulled over for expired tags, but they sought to arrest him after discovering he had an outstanding warrant. The warrant was for his failure to appear in court on charges that he fled from officers and possessed a gun without a permit during an encounter with Minneapolis police in June. Body camera video shows Wright struggling with police after they say they’re going to arrest him. Potter, a 26-year veteran, pulls her service pistol and is heard repeatedly yelling “Taser!” before firing. She then says, “Holy (expletive), I shot him.” ___ AP journalist Stephen Groves reported from Brooklyn Center, Minn. Richmond contributed from Madison, Wisconsin. ___ Mohamed Ibrahim is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a non-profit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues. ___ Find AP’s full coverage of the death of Daunte Wright at: https://apnews.com/hub/death-of-daunte-wright Todd Richmond And Mohamed Ibrahim, The Associated Press
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ultra Resources Inc. (TSX-V: ULT) (“Ultra Resources” or the "Company") further to the Company’s April 7, 2021 and April 8, 2021 news releases that it has closed a non-brokered private placement the Company corrects the private placement to 10,892,900 units at $0.11 per unit for total gross proceeds of $1,198,219. Each Unit is comprised of one common share and one-half non-transferable common share purchase warrant (“Warrant”). Each whole Warrant will entitle the holder to purchase an additional common share of the Company at an exercise price of $0.20 per share for a period of one year from closing of the private placement provided that if the closing price of the common shares of the Company on any stock exchange or quotation system on which the common shares are then listed or quoted is equal to or greater than Cdn $0.25 for a period of ten (10) consecutive trading days, the Company will have the right to accelerate the expiry of the warrants by giving notice to the holders of the warrants that the warrants will expire at 4:30 p.m. (Vancouver time) on a date that is not less than ten (10) business days from the date notice is given. The Company shall pay finders fees of $77,523 cash and 704,753 finders warrants for a portion this placement. The proceeds from the Private Placement will be used to fund the exploration of the Company’s Argentine and Ontario properties and for general working capital purposes. All securities issued under the private placement will be subject to a four month hold period from the closing date under applicable Canadian securities laws, in addition to such other restrictions as may apply under applicable securities laws of jurisdictions outside Canada. The private placement is subject to final approval by the TSX Venture Exchange. The Private Placement securities have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "1933 Act"), or under any state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold, directly or indirectly, or delivered within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons (as defined in Regulation S under the 1933 Act) absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy such securities in the United States. ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS “Kiki Smith”Kiki Smith, CFO Ultra Resources is an exploration and development company with a focus on the acquisition and development of gold, copper and lithium assets. The Company holds a brine lithium property in Argentina, and hard rock spodumene type lithium properties at the Georgia Lake / Forgan Lake area in northwestern Ontario, Canada. The Company also holds other gold and base metals properties in Argentina. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:For further information, please contact the Company at:Attention: Kiki SmithTelephone: 778 968-1176Email:firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.ultraresourcesinc.comor view the Company’s filings at www.SEDAR.com.
WASHINGTON — Russell Westbrook took over the game in overtime for the Washington Wizards, scoring 10 of their 12 points in the extra period and providing a pass that Bradley Beal turned into the other basket. If the Wizards are going to continue their turnaround from a terrible start and a COVID-19 outbreak to reach the play-in portion of the NBA post-season, it's going to take more such displays by their dynamic guard duo. Westbrook made a pair of free throws to break a tie with just one second left in OT after he was fouled by Zion Williamson and combined with Beal to score 66 points, leading the Wizards past the New Orleans Pelicans 117-115 on Friday night. “He's been playing great since All-Star break. ... If he's healthy, he loves what he's able to do on the floor,” Beal said about Westbrook. “His main thing is trying to win games, no matter what it looks like.” This one looked pretty good: Westbrook accumulated 36 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, just shy of what would have been a seventh consecutive triple-double. “As the game goes on, I always try to figure out how I can impact a game,” Westbrook said. “This particular time, my job was to score.” Beal, the NBA's leading scorer, added 30 points despite going 0 for 9 on 3-point attempts, helping Washington come back to collect its third victory in a row and fifth in the past six games. Asked about his trouble on 3s, Beal replied: “You ever heard the Monica song, ‘Just One of Dem Days’? That’s all it was.” Was that way for every member of the Wizards except Westbrook: Take away the 2017 MVP's 3-for-6 shooting on 3s, and the rest of the team was 1 for 21, a 4.8% success rate. Brandon Ingram scored 34 for New Orleans, and Williamson added 21 but was in foul trouble throughout. He picked up his sixth while guarding Westbrook away from the basket. That came right after Williamson turned the ball over at the offensive end. “Last thing I want to do is fail my teammates. In the moment, that’s what it felt like. ... It felt like failure,” Williamson said. “You learn from games like this so you can be more prepared the next time.” It was 103-94 for New Orleans with 5 1/2 minutes left, but Westbrook’s fast-break layup with 77 seconds to go capped an 11-2 run by Washington that tied it at 105. Neither scored again in regulation. That included Lonzo Ball's missed corner 3 — making him 0 for 7 from beyond the arc — with about 20 seconds to go, and Beal's straightaway 3 off the front of the rim at the buzzer ending the fourth quarter. “We gutted a win out,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. He and Beal both acknowledged they're tracking results around the league as the regular season winds down. There's a month left, and Washington has 17 games remaining. “If we can put a nice little run together,” Beal said, “we can give ourselves a nice little chance.” The Wizards entered Friday 12th in the Eastern Conference and their 21-33 record put them one game behind the 10th-place Chicago Bulls. The Pelicans came in at 25-30, two games behind San Antonio for 10th in the West. “We can't dwell on this loss,” Williamson said. TIP-INS Pelicans: C Jaxson Hayes did not play in the second half after being ruled out with back spasms. ... Ball, back in the lineup after missing four games with a sore left hip flexor, had four points. ... Coach Stan Van Gundy acknowledged the decision to put Ball back in and remove Naji Marshall (16 points, 11 rebounds) with 4 1/2 minutes left in regulation was “worth a question, and probably a criticism.” Wizards: C Daniel Gafford had a season-best 18 points, along with four blocks. ... Davis Bertans missed the game for personal reasons. UP NEXT: Pelicans: At Madison Square Garden on Sunday, facing the Knicks for the second time in five days. Wizards: Go back-to-back, hosting the East-worst Detroit Pistons on Saturday night. ___ More AP NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Howard Fendrich, The Associated Press
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