Scientific American magazine announced Monday that it would stop using the term "climate change" in articles about man-made global warming and substitute "climate emergency" instead.
Officials in Brooklyn Center, Minn., say the female officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop Sunday accidentally drew a handgun instead of a taser when she killed him.
Former two-weight UFC champion McGregor said earlier this month that a third fight was booked with Poirier, who became the first man to knock him out in January. McGregor knocked Poirier out in a featherweight contest in 2014. But McGregor was not happy when Poirier said the Irishman had not made good on a promise to donate to his charity.
Inspired by the racial justice protests of 2020, Jahm Najafi is ready to shed his normally low profile to make some headlines for his partnerships and philanthropy. In February, Najafi, a billionaire who runs the Phoenix-based investment firm Najafi Cos., joined former NFL star Colin Kaepernick to form Mission Advancement, a special purpose acquisition company. They hope the SPAC, which would create a new public company without using the initial public offering process, will also raise $287 million to acquire a private company that shares their commitment to diversity and equity. Najafi, vice chairman of the Phoenix Suns and a member of the NBA’s Board of Governors, is also getting involved with the NBA Foundation. The charitable foundation launched in early August, a couple of weeks before NBA players halted the league’s playoffs with a three-day boycott to call attention to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. The 30 NBA teams are collectively contributing $30 million annually for 10 years to establish the foundation. The intent is to advance economic empowerment in Black communities by funding job readiness and placement programs for Black youth. The Associated Press spoke recently with Najafi, 58, about his philanthropy and other work. The interview was edited for clarity and length. ___ Q: How did your partnership with Colin Kaepernick come about? And why was it important for you to have an all-minority board, and incorporate filmmakers like Ava DuVernay in the separate advisory board? A: I had the opportunity to meet Colin about four years ago through a mutual friend. We had dinner together and realized that our worldview was very similar — on how we think about investments, interactions, cultures and people. Because my primary activity is investments, we started looking at a number of potential investment opportunities we can do together. And when the idea of a publicly-held entity that can be done in a high-profile setting presented itself last year, we decided to do it and really allow our ideas to be publicly known so that other people could potentially follow. I think everybody knows his views and perspectives about the world. We wanted to be 100% diverse, including for our board of advisors — they're of 90% diverse background. If everybody came from the exact same background, with the same training that doesn’t expose the company, the leadership team, nor the business to new ideas and thoughts. We are now looking to invest in a merger partner that can infuse a number of our diversity, equity, and inclusion and societal impact principles into the company. We also want to ensure that we take care of the employees, and would like to acquire a consumer-facing product or services company. ___ Q: The Phoenix Suns have pledged $10 million as part of the league's 10-year $300 million commitment to establish the NBA Foundation. Why did you decide to commit another $10 million in March? And do you believe billionaires, like yourself, should be doing more to advance racial equity following the national protests last year? A: There’s a personal story around that. I came to the U.S. from Iran without speaking a word of English when I was 12. I was in Phoenix, and lived in a small one-bedroom apartment on the wrong side of the tracks, so to speak. And I learned English by watching a lot of TV, including watching the NBA finals. It was the Suns against the Celtics in 1976. So when I was given the opportunity and the privilege to be an owner in 2009, I pinched myself. I have been pinching myself since then. I’ve been very fortunate to have been in the U.S., it has allowed me to be where I am. In the past, my wife, Cheryl, and I have anonymously contributed tens of millions of dollars to a variety of different causes. But about two years ago, I attended the Forbes 400 Summit On Philanthropy in New York and I was sitting next to a very well-known billionaire philanthropist. We started having a conversation about this exact topic, and I told him for the past 20 years, my PR agent's responsibility was to keep me out of the paper. He argued with me, and said: “Think about this differently. To have a name associated with a cause can potentially inspire others. And then, you can discuss it more openly and have persuasive conversations with others that can join your efforts.” And then last year, my wife and I decided that maybe it was time for us to think about things differently and approach giving less anonymously. Our prior focus was on education and children. But given the events that occurred last year, we decided that our focus going forward is going to be on diversity, equity, and inclusion. So, when the NBA decided to create its foundation, we were excited about it and saw it as one of the things we should consider making a commitment to. ___ Q: The Suns recently had a seven-game winning streak before they were beaten by the Los Angeles Clippers. Do you expect a long playoff run? And will you be disappointed if they don’t get a championship? A: I’m the kind of person that really enjoys the journey. I love what I do, and I guess eventually they’ll carry me out. I’m really enjoying watching the Suns win — I attended the game against the Utah Jazz, and it was an amazing game. I’m grateful for what’s happened so far and hopeful about better results in the future. ___ Q: Your investment firm made at least a $75 million investment in 2014 to help Paula Deen make a comeback after she was dropped by teh Food Network for using a racist slur in the past. Has that investment paid off? A: We separated with her a couple of years ago. She bought us out. ___ The Associated Press receives support from the Lilly Endowment for coverage of philanthropy and nonprofits. The AP is solely responsible for all content. For all of AP’s philanthropy coverage, visit https://apnews.com/hub/philanthropy. Haleluya Hadero, The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The U.S. government's budget deficit surged to an all-time high of $1.7 trillion for the first six months of this budget year, nearly double the previous record, as another round of economic-support checks added billions of dollars to spending last month. In its monthly budget report, the Treasury Department said Monday that the deficit for the first half of the budget year — from October through March — was up from a shortfall of $743.5 billion for the same period a year ago. The deficit has been driven higher by trillions of dollars in support Congress has passed in successive economic rescue packages since the pandemic struck in early March 2020. The latest round came in a $1.9 trillion measure that President Joe Biden pushed through Congress last month. Biden's package included individual support payments of up to $1,400 and the administration rushed to make those payments as soon Biden signed the measure into law. The Treasury statement showed that the payments in March totalled $339 billion. The budget report showed that the deficit for just March totalled $659.6 billion, the third-highest monthly deficit. For the six month period, the $1.7 trillion deficit total surpassed the previous record of an $829 billion deficit run up for the six month's ending in March 2011, a period when the government was spending to deal with the adverse effects of the recession caused by the 2008 financial crisis. Last year's deficit, for the budget year that ended Sept. 30 totalled a record $3.1 trillion. The Congressional Budget Office estimated in February that this year's deficit would total $2.3 trillion. But that estimate did not include the cost of Biden's $1.9 trillion rescue plan that Congress passed in March or the impact of Biden's “Build Back Better” infrastructure proposal that Congress is considering now. Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NEPTUNE DIGITAL ASSETS CORP. (“Neptune” or the “Company”) (TSX-V:NDA; OTC:NPPTF; FSE:1NW) is pleased to provide an update on its planned expansion into renewable energy Bitcoin (“BTC”) mining. The Company and LINK GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES INC. (CSE: LNK; FRA: LGT; OTC: LGLOF) (“LINK”) have incorporated a joint venture company, Pure Digital Power Corp. (“Pure”), and in connection therewith, the Company, Link and Pure have entered into a shareholders’ agreement governing the management of Pure. Pure is a power and Bitcoin mining infrastructure company with an emphasis on clean sustainable energy. Through Pure, Neptune and Link have agreed to develop an initial 5 megawatt (“MW”) renewable energy dominated BTC mining facility in Alberta, with potential for expansion and scaling. Establishing Pure and entering into the corresponding shareholders agreement follows shortly after the March 19, 2021 announcement of the proposed joint venture between LINK and Neptune to develop a green energy facility. All BTC mined under Pure’s operation are expected to be held in the treasury for reinvestment and decentralized finance (defi) based earnings, similar to Neptune’s current approach to treasury and asset management. Highlights: Pure is a joint venture company owned equally by LINK and Neptune — sharing equally in costs and crypto based revenuesThe first Pure site will be in Alberta, Canada where LINK operates the majority of its BTC mining operationsThe Pure site will be powered by clean energy sources — Solar, wind, and minimal natural gasFocused on development of a Pure carbon credit token or NFT Neptune’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Cale Moodie, commented: “We are extremely excited with our second foray into Bitcoin mining with Link, and an environmentally sustainably focused operation at that. We see the future of Bitcoin mining to be an environmentally sustainable one and this flagship operation is likely to be the first of many facilities to be developed using green sources.” Link’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Jenkins, also commented: “The creation of Pure is the perfect step in the evolution of Link. We have found a like-minded partner in Neptune who understands the value of green energy and sees the same business opportunity in creating a sustainable path for the energy requirements of BTC mining. The Pure 5 MW facility is only the beginning of what we expect will be an innovative and profitable relationship.” About Neptune Digital Assets Corp.Neptune Digital Assets aims to be a cryptocurrency leader with a diversified portfolio of investments and cryptocurrency operations across the digital asset ecosystem including bitcoin mining, tokens, proof-of-stake cryptocurrencies, decentralized finance (defi) and associated blockchain technologies. About Link Global Technologies Inc.Link is engaged in providing infrastructure and operating expertise for digital mining and data hosting operations. Link’s objectives include locating and securing, for lease and option to purchase, properties with access to low-cost, reliable power, and deploying this low-cost power to conduct digital mining and supply clean energy and infrastructure for other data-hosting services. ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD Cale Moodie, President and CEONeptune Digital Assets Corp.1-800-545-0941www.neptunedigitalassets.com Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Forward-Looking Statements This release contains certain “forward looking statements” and certain “forward-looking information” as defined under applicable Canadian securities laws. 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EDMONTON — The Alberta Court of Appeal has restored some privileges for a mentally ill man who stabbed to death five young people at a Calgary house party seven years ago. The move clears the way for Matthew de Grood to have overnight passes in Edmonton for up to a week for the purpose of transitioning to a group home. A provincial mental health review board ruled last September that de Grood was making progress as a patient at Alberta Hospital Edmonton, but he would not be allowed to go to a group home. It said that de Grood, 29, still posed a "significant threat to the safety of the public." His lawyer argued earlier this month that the Alberta Review Board failed to properly consider evidence from his client's treatment team when it removed the overnight passes, which had previously been granted, and seemed to engage in speculation and dwell on what-ifs. The Appeal Court agreed. "We are satisfied that the board’s decision to rescind some of the privileges the board granted Mr. de Grood on September 17, 2019 is not reasonable and is unsupported by the evidence," wrote Justice Thomas Wakeling in the decision released Monday. "Nothing happened in the period commencing September 18, 2019 and ending September 7, 2020 that supported the challenged rescission decision. The evidence indicated that Mr. de Grood’s 'schizophrenia has been in remission since 2015' and that there are no troubling behaviours." The court also noted that de Grood's treatment team, Alberta Hospital Edmonton or the Crown had not asked the review board to rescind any of his existing privileges. De Grood appears before the review board annually to assess his treatment and whether he should be allowed any increased privileges or freedoms over the next year. De Grood was found not criminally responsible in the stabbing deaths of Zackariah Rathwell, Jordan Segura, Kaitlin Perras, Josh Hunter and Lawrence Hong on April 15, 2014. A trial heard that the university student arrived at the party, which was being held to mark the end of the school year, believing the devil was talking to him and a war was about to begin that signalled the end of the world. A judge ruled that de Grood was delusional at the time and did not understand his actions were wrong. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 12, 2021. — By Bill Graveland in Calgary Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter The Canadian Press
McGregor called off his fight with Poirier after being called out for not making good on his donation to Poirier's foundation.
OTTAWA — Parliament's special intelligence committee is warning that China and Russia are increasingly targeting Canada with espionage and cyber attacks — and that the COVID-19 pandemic is adding to the problem. The National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians says that includes attempts to steal Canadian research on COVID-19 and vaccines, and sow misinformation. The committee’s assessment is in a new report tabled in the House of Commons today, four months after the document was first presented to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The committee also found that the terrorist threat to Canada has shifted since its last such assessment in 2018. It suggests the threat posed by Islamic extremist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has declined while right-wing extremism is on the rise. The committee, which is made up of MPs and senators from all major parties, is also calling on the federal government to strengthen its monitoring and reporting of foreign interference in Canadian politics. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 12, 2021. The Canadian Press
FIGURE 1 LOCATION OF PASTINHO, ESTRELA, AND SPETI FIGURE 2 LOCATION OF FILO AND SORONGO – CENTRAL BELT (ZACARIAS TREND) EXTENSION NORTH FIGURE 3 SURFACE TRENCHING AND SHALLOW AUGER DRILLING TORONTO, April 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Drills are turning again at Amarillo Gold Corporation’s (TSXV: AGC, OTCQB: AGCBF) Mara Rosa Property in the State of Goiás, Brazil. Amarillo is following up on the successes of its 2020 exploration program, which defined gold mineralization up to 1.5 kilometres in strike length, approximately 3.5 kilometres northeast of its flagship Posse Gold Project. A total of 8,500 metres will be drilled, including 6,500 metres of diamond drilling and 2,000 metres of reverse circulation drilling, on four target areas close to the Posse Gold Deposit. Posse hosts proven and probable reserves of 902,000 gold ounces, as detailed in the Amended and Restated NI 43-101 Technical Report Definitive Feasibility Study Posse Gold Project, Brazil. Dated August 3, 2020, the report was compiled by SRK Consultores do Brasil Ltda with input from other engineering companies and consultants. “Amarillo’s work in 2020 generated numerous high-quality drill targets within an 8-kilometre radius of Posse, several of which will be drilled for the first time this year,” said Mike Mutchler, Amarillo’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We’ll focus on defining new zones of mineralization, initially emphasizing the Pastinho target. “Last year, gold soil surveys, surface trenchwork, auger drilling, and limited diamond core drilling at Pastinho defined gold mineralization up to 1.5 kilometres in strike length. A recently completed induced polarization (IP) survey has defined chargeability anomalies that have aided in drill target selection. “The Covid-19 situation in Brazil remains critical and our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Brazil at this time. Mining and exploration remain a crucial function for the Brazilian economy and we are working closely with officials in Mara Rosa city to ensure that our employees, contractors, and neighbours are kept safe by following proper Covid protocols coupled with a rigorous testing program.” Priority 2021 drill targets Drilling is planned at four priority target areas located nearby the Posse Gold Deposit: Pastinho, Estrela, Speti, and Filo and Sorongo. Pastinho, Estrela, and Speti are located along the North Posse Trend (Figure 1), and Filo and Sorongo is located in the Central Belt, about 5 kilometres northwest of Posse (Figure 2). PASTINHO The Pastinho deposit is located approximately 3.5 kilometres north east of Posse on 6,000 hectares of new exploration tenements that Amarillo gained access to in December 2019. Limited drilling in 2020 defined a gold mineralized structure approximately 800 to 900 metres long oriented in a northeast-southwest direction along the same structural trend as the Posse Gold Deposit. The apparent thickness varies from 10 to 20 metres and dips about 60 degrees northwest. Follow up surface trenching and shallow auger drilling extended the strike length of mineralization to about 1.5 kilometres (Figure 3). As previously disclosed, selected near surface drillhole intercepts include: 18.7 metres grading 0.84 g/t gold11.0 metres grading 0.74 g/t gold7.6 metres grading 1.45 g/t gold*. Highlights of previously released surface trenching results include Trench 20TCH009 that returned 17 metres grading 1.46 g/t gold at the farthest northeast extent of the Pastinho deposit. The planned drilling program will test the northeast strike extent and depth potential of the deposit. Approximately 4,000 metres of diamond drilling is planned at Pastinho in 2021. ESTRELA Estrela is located about 6 kilometres northeast of the Posse Gold Deposit. Amarillo completed a detailed soil survey and shallow auger drilling in late 2020 defining anomalous gold over a strike length of 1.4 kilometres and widths of up to 800 metres (Figure 1). A detailed IP survey is currently underway, and the results should help with drill target selection. Historical work by previous operators highlights the potential of the target. For instance, Mineracao Colorado (BHP) started exploration work on the target in 1983 and completed 74 trenches and sampling in 1986-1987. This was followed by 45 hammer drill holes. Two mineralized zones were reportedly defined up to 8 metres deep with grades of 4.0-5.20 g/t gold*. In 1993, Western Mining Corporation (WMC) is reported to have mined 4,615 tonnes grading 3.5 g/t gold (519 oz)*. Amarillo has budgeted for up to 2,000 metres of diamond drilling at Estrela in 2021. SPETI The Speti target is located 2.2 kilometres northeast of the Posse Gold Deposit and interpreted to be hosted in the same northeast trending gold-bearing structure. Gold mineralization is characterized by strongly deformed and altered quartz-sericite schists hosting up to 1-2% disseminated pyrite. A surface soil gold anomaly has been defined over 400 metres of strike length. Historical drill-testing returned 15 metres grading 0.62 g/t gold from 31.10 metres to 46.0 metres. This drill hole was oriented with an azimuth of 140 degrees and inclined at -70 degrees. The intersection width is estimated to be close to true width. A follow up drilling program in 2020 returned intercepts including: Hole 20P101 intersected 7.5 metres grading 0.77 g/t gold from 175.0 metres to 182.50 metresHole 20P103 returned 2.5 metres grading 1.20 g/t gold from 37.5 metres to 40.0 metresHole 20P111 generated 2 metres grading 1.14 g/t gold from 7.0 metres to 9.0 metres and 9 metres grading 0.47 g/t gold from 70 to 79 metres. Importantly, anomalous gold values bottomed in several holes and require follow-up work to better understand the nature and extent of this mineralization. A ground IP survey was recently completed at Speti, and the results have aided in the selection of drilling targets. Approximately 650 metres of drilling in three drill holes is budgeted at Speti in 2021. FILO AND SORONGO The Filo and Sorongo exploration concessions are located roughly 5 kilometres northwest of the Posse Gold Deposit along the same structure as the Zacarias gold deposit in the Eastern Belt (Figure 2). The Filo garimpo showing is a small shallow pit in oxidized material, with a few small shafts and pits from which some sulphide-bearing quartz veins were extracted. WMC undertook a limited drilling program at Filo that outlined a historical reported resource of approximately 8,000 tonnes grading 2.88 g/t gold*. Some of the better historical drill results included 1.12 g/t gold over 4 metres and 2.11 g/t gold over 2 metres*. WMC reportedly did not drill outside the immediate area of the garimpo pit. Sorongo is a larger garimpo pit compared with Filo, however, the mineralization and geology are similar. Mineralization is associated with a thrust fault and characterized by hydrothermal alteration, and brecciation and sulphide minerals along the sheared structure. Examples of historical drilling include 1.13 g/t gold over 2 metres with anomalous copper values, and 0.52 g/t gold over 1 metre*. Amarillo has completed surface mapping, and sampling at the Filo and Sorongo showings. An initial drilling program consisting of up to 1,000 metres is planned for these targets. * These are historical results obtained from the reports and documents of previous operators and have not been independently verified by Amarillo. Qualified person Michael Durose, P.Geo., Consulting Geologist for Amarillo Gold Corporation and a qualified person ("QP") as defined by Canadian National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information contained in this release. Quality assurance and quality control Sample handling, preparation and analysis are monitored through the implementation of formal chain-of-custody procedures and quality assurance/quality control programs designed to follow industry best practices. Trench channel samples were taken at 1 metre intervals and placed in a secure sample bag and submitted to ALS Laboratories Inc. in Goiania, Goiás State, Brazil for preparation by crushing to 70% passing 2.0 mm, riffle splitting to obtain 500 g aliquots, and pulverizing to 85% passing 75 microns. All drillhole samples in this drilling program consist of split NQ diamond drill core. Drillcore is logged and sampled in a secure facility located in Mara Rosa, Goiás State, Brazil. Drillcore samples for gold assay are cut in half using a diamond saw and submitted to ALS Laboratories Inc. in Goiania, Goiás State, Brazil for preparation by crushing to 70% passing 2.0 mm, riffle splitting to obtain 500 g aliquots, and pulverizing to 85% passing 75 microns. Pulps are shipped to ALS Laboratories in Lima, Peru and analyzed by a 30 g fire assay and AAS finish. For assays above 10 ppm gold, a cut of the original pulp was re-assayed with a gravimetric finish. Certified standards, non-certified blanks and field duplicates are inserted into the sample stream at regular intervals, so that QA/QC accounted for about 10% of the total samples. Results are routinely evaluated for accuracy, precision, and contamination. To view FIGURE 1: LOCATION OF PASTINHO, ESTRELA, AND SPETI, please visit the following link: https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/979ffcde-142e-431b-b840-5440ade869fe To view FIGURE 2: LOCATION OF FILO AND SORONGO – CENTRAL BELT (ZACARIAS TREND) EXTENSION NORTH, please visit the following link: https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/41aab4a2-c5d0-4631-8f66-bdf45d865f6a To view FIGURE 3: SURFACE TRENCHING AND SHALLOW AUGER DRILLING, please visit the following link: https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/9caf9537-6f24-4c08-9ed8-a34b1cf0cb46 About Amarillo Amarillo is advancing two gold projects located near excellent infrastructure in mining-friendly states in Brazil. The development stage Posse Gold Project is on the Company’s Mara Rosa Property in Goiás State. It has a positive definitive feasibility study that shows it can be built into a profitable operation with low costs and a strong financial return. Mara Rosa also shows the potential for discovering additional near-surface deposits that will extend Posse’s mine life beyond its initial 10 years. The exploration stage Lavras do Sul Project in Rio Grande do Sul State has more than 22 prospects centered on historic gold workings. Amarillo trades on the TSXV under the symbol AGC and the OTCQB under the symbol AGCBF. Visit www.amarillogold.com to learn more about the Company’s focus on becoming a mid-tier Brazilian gold producer. 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Various factors may prevent or delay its plans, including but not limited to, the trading price of the common shares of the Company, capital market conditions, impacts from the coronavirus or other pandemics, counterparty risk, TSXV approval(s), contractor availability and performance, weather, access, mineral and gold prices, and success and failure of the exploration and development carried out at various stages of the program. Permission from the government and community is also required to proceed with future mining production. Readers should review the Company’s ongoing quarterly and annual filings, as well as any other additional documentation comprising the Company’s public disclosure record, for additional information on risks and uncertainties relating to these forward-looking statements. Readers should also review the risk factors applicable to junior mining exploration companies generally to better understand the variety of risks that can affect the Company. 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WASHINGTON — More than three months after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, Congress is still trying to figure out how to move forward and prevent future attacks. While the Senate has already heard testimony from law enforcement leaders who were responsible for failures during the riot, several more committees are examining possible changes to the Capitol Police and a restructuring of the Capitol Police security command. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced last month that seven House panels would be probing the attack after hopes faded for setting up an independent, bipartisan commission. Information continues to emerge about what happened that day, when hundreds of supporters of now-former President Donald Trump broke into the Capitol in a bid to overturn his election defeat. A new report from The Associated Press reveals previously unknown details about the fear and panic inside the building, including an urgent call from Vice-President Mike Pence asking the Pentagon to clear the Capitol. New security concerns emerged on April 2 after a man rammed his car into two Capitol Police officers outside the Capitol, then emerged from his car with a knife. Police fatally shot the man, described by his family as suffering from delusions. One of the officers, William “Billy” Evans, died from his injuries and will lie in honour in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday. A look at what’s next as Congress reviews the failures of Jan. 6 and beyond: FIGURING OUT THE FENCE A top priority for lawmakers is deciding what to do with the tall black fence that has surrounded the Capitol since Jan. 6 — a stark symbol of the fear and uncertainty in the wake of the attack. Capitol Police have already removed an outer layer of fencing that had cut off traffic and pedestrians from the area. But a tight inner perimeter remains, preventing most visitors from approaching the building. Lawmakers in both parties chafe at the fencing and what it represents, arguing that the Capitol should always be open to the people it represents. But police and other security leaders say they need to continue their reviews and ensure the Capitol is safe before taking the fencing down. FIXING THE CAPITOL POLICE The House Administration Committee, which is led by California Rep. Zoe Lofgren and oversees the Capitol Police, is holding a hearing Thursday to examine an internal agency report looking at the mistakes that were made. A separate panel led by Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan is probing the insurrection and questioning law enforcement leaders about how to move forward. Capitol Police officers bore the brunt of the violence on Jan. 6, engaging in hand-to-hand combat with a violent mob that was able to push past them and break into the building. One officer, Brian Sicknick, died after engaging with the protesters, and another took his own life in the days afterward. Evans’ death last week was another blow to the force, where morale has plunged and leaders have been working to bring in trauma resources. Officers have been working extra shifts and overtime as staffing issues remain. “This has been a very, very traumatic time for this force,” Ryan said after Evans’ death. In a security report commissioned by Pelosi, retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré recommended the Capitol Police hire hundreds more officers and improve training and intelligence capabilities. RESTRUCTURING THE COMMAND One change that seems likely in the coming months is a restructuring of the security command in the Capitol. Before and during the insurrection, then-Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund was hampered by an antiquated chain of command that required him to clear decisions about calling National Guard troops with the heads of House and Senate security and the architect of the Capitol, who together form the Capitol Police Board. Sund and the two security heads were forced to resign immediately afterward. Lawmakers in both parties have said they’d like to see changes to the board to give the Capitol Police chief more power. Senate Rules Committee Chair Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said after one of her committee’s hearings on the riots that “a lasting image” she will take of Jan. 6 is Sund calling the two sergeants-at-arms for approval for his decisions after the violence had already begun. “The Capitol Police board clearly needs some reform,” she said in March. The Senate Rules Committee and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee are conducting interviews about the insurrection and are expected to issue a joint report with recommendations by the end of April, Klobuchar said. INTELLIGENCE FAILURES The House Intelligence Committee is reviewing why Capitol Police were so massively unprepared for the hundreds of Trump supporters who pushed past them and broke in. Many of the rioters had openly planned their moves online. Lawmakers have grilled law enforcement officials about the missed intelligence before the attack, including a report from an FBI field office in Virginia that warned of online posts foreshadowing a “war” in Washington. Sund has said he was unaware of the report at the time, even though the FBI had forwarded it to the department. House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff, D-Calif., says his committee is focused on three central questions: “What intelligence was missed, how was intelligence shared and was the intelligence acted upon?” The intelligence panel and six other House committees have asked 10 federal agencies for documents and communications before and during the riot. Schiff’s intelligence panel and the Senate Judiciary Committee are also probing the roots of domestic violent extremism. MONEY FOR IMPROVEMENTS Pelosi has said Democrats will propose additional spending for post-Jan. 6 improvements within the coming weeks. She has said the legislation will be designed “to harden the Capitol, to increase the personnel, to make judgments about the fencing.” That legislation, which she said Sunday is “just about ready,” will force a debate on many of the outstanding security questions. “We want to make sure that it is the appropriate amount, nothing less than we need but nothing more than we need, and appropriately prioritized to again open up the Capitol,” Pelosi said on CBS's "Face The Nation." Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press
ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s foreign minister says the country will receive 15 million COVID-19 vaccine doses through the UN-backed COVAX program. Shah Mahmood Qureshi made the announcement Monday after meeting with his German counterpart Heiko Maas. Qureshi, who is on a two-day visit to Germany, said in a post on Twitter that the doses are expected to be delivered to Pakistan by May. Pakistan is currently seeing a third wave coronavirus surge, reporting 58 single-day deaths from coronavirus in the past 24 hours. The Islamic nation previously hoped to receive vaccines under the COVAX facility in April, and has largely relied on donated and imported Chinese vaccines. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Muslims are navigating coronavirus regulations for their second Ramadan in the shadow of the pandemic — China's top disease control official said current vaccines offer low protection, mixing them is among strategies being considered to boost effectiveness — Follow AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine ___ HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: ROME — Police in Rome blocked hundreds of angry owners of shuttered establishments, such as restaurants and gyms, from reaching a square outside the Italian Parliament as frustration builds in business sectors over weeks of current pandemic lockdown measures. The protesters took to the streets on Monday to demand that the government lift a decree that bans restaurants, cafes and bars from offering table or counter service through April. The owners say government promises of compensation for some of their lost revenues aren’t enough to feed their families and keep paying idle workers on payrolls. Operators of gyms, cinemas, museums, theatres and concert halls are complaining they have not been given a firm date when they can open their doors to the public. Premier Mario Draghi says unless the COVID-19 situation quickly improves and vaccination pace picks up, restrictions on dining at eateries will remain at least through this month. After being thwarted from demonstrating outside Parliament, many demonstrators moved to vast People’s Square to continue their protest. ___ LONDON — An update to the U.K.’s official COVID-19 contact tracing mobile app has been halted because it apparently breached privacy rules laid down by Apple and Google. The update was set to add new features to support the U.K.’s latest easing of lockdown restrictions on Monday. The app, which runs on software jointly developed by Apple and Google, lets people record their visits to places like restaurants and bars by scanning codes. The updated version would ask users who test positive to upload a list of venues where they’ve checked in to help with tracing others with whom they might have come into contact. But the BBC reports that would violate privacy-focused rules that ban the apps from using location data, so Google and Apple blocked the update. “...We remain in discussions with our partners to provide beneficial updates to the app which protect the public," the Department of Health and Social Care said in a statement. Apple did not respond immediately to a request for comment and Google referred inquiries to the Department of Health. ___ WASHINGTON – A top Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official says surging vaccines to Michigan would not help the hard-hit state control the latest COVID-19 wave that has strained its hospitals and is raising concerns nationwide, because vaccines take two to six weeks to confer protection. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told reporters during a White House coronavirus briefing Monday that the answer in a crisis situation such as Michigan is facing is to go back to virus control basics and order lockdowns. “I think if we tried to vaccinate our way out of what is happening in Michigan, we would be disappointed that it took so long for the vaccine to work, to actually have an impact," Walensky said. Walensky explained that at the same time, diverting vaccines away from other states where the situation isn’t as dire right now could unwittingly seed the ground for future outbreaks elsewhere. Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has called for the federal government to surge vaccines to her state, but the White House said last week Michigan had not ordered its full allotment of available vaccines. Federal officials say the current population-based formula is still the fairest way to distribute vaccines to states. Whitmer has shied away from ordering lock downs. ___ NEW YORK — New government reports further highlight the differences in how severely the coronavirus has hit different racial and ethnic groups. One study released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that Hispanic Americans, Native Americans and Alaska Natives visited hospital emergency departments at a rate 1.7 times higher than white Americans did. That study was based on hospital data from 13 states in the last three months of 2020. A more national report looked at hospitalizations from March through December of last year. It found that in every region of the country, the proportion of patients hospitalized with COVID-10 was highest for Hispanic Americans. It found the disparity eased a bit — but never ended — in the second half of the year. The researchers said that the narrowing gap does not stem from any reduced risk for Hispanic people or those in other racial or ethnic groups. They wrote that it was more likely due to increasing hospitalizations of white patients during the surge in cases late in the year. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Monday that racial gaps continue, including in disproportionately lower numbers of Black and Hispanic Americans being vaccinated against the virus compared to white people. ___ HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s leader says fully-vaccinated residents could soon be allowed to form “vaccination bubbles” that would allow socializing in larger groups during the pandemic, as part of incentives to encourage more people to get inoculated. So far, only about 8% of the population has been inoculated since Hong Kong began its vaccination program in late February. But the city’s chief executive Carrie Lam said in a news conference Monday that it would soon establish a travel bubble with Singapore as cases have continued to decline since a November 2020 surge. Plans are also in place to allow a limited number of travellers from mainland China to enter Hong Kong without quarantine from mid-May as the mainland has achieved “zero infection.” A ban on flights from Britain will also be lifted in May, although travellers will still be required to be quarantined for 21 days at designated hotels. Quarantine restrictions for fully-vaccinated travellers from low-risk and medium-risk countries such as Singapore, New Zealand and Australia could also be reduced. ___ BRUSSELS — The one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccines have started to be delivered to the European Union on Monday, the first of 55 million doses which are expected to be provided to the bloc before the end of June. EU Commission spokesman Stefan De Keersmaecker said the Johnson & Johnson deliveries “are indeed on track as agreed.” About 105 million vaccine doses were delivered in the first quarter, a bitter disappointment since Anglo-Swedish company AstraZeneca fell about 90 million doses short of an initial commitment of 120 million. The other doses were delivered by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna with 65 million and 10 million doses respectively. In the second quarter the EU is counting on 200 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, 35 million of Moderna, 70 million from AstraZeneca and 55 million from Johnson & Johnson. ___ LISBON, Portugal — The European Union’s crime agency says the COVID-19 pandemic has opened up new sources of revenue for organized crime, from online fraud to fake vaccines and illegal digital content. Europol says “criminals were quick to adapt … in order to exploit the fear and anxieties of Europeans and to capitalize on the scarcity of some vital goods during the pandemic.” The agency says the pandemic acted as a “catalyst” for new online fraud schemes and the sale of counterfeit medical equipment such as face masks, while unlawful sanitary waste treatment and disposal has become a focus of police investigations. Europol’s Serious and Organized Crime Threat Assessment, published every four years and launched in Lisbon, Portugal on Monday, noted one setback for criminals, however: there have been generally fewer house burglaries because many people are working from home during ___ BERLIN — The German government aims to agree on a bill Tuesday that would shift more powers from state to federal authorities to set pandemic restrictions. The country’s decentralized political system has resulted in an often confusing patchwork of rules and regulations to reduce coronavirus infections in Germany’s 16 states. Government spokesperson Steffen Seibert told reporters on Monday that the goal of the bill is to have a single nationwide rule for all areas where there are more than 100 new weekly cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Currently more than half of Germany’s 400 cities and counties have higher infection rates. Some regions in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein with lower infection rates began reopening open-air dining in cafes and restaurants Monday. The proposed bill would need to be passed by Parliament. Seibert said the government is already in talks with all parties to ensure that happens quickly. ___ SEOUL, South Korea — Health officials in South Korea say Maryland-based Novavax has agreed to a licensing arrangement that will allow a South Korean biotech firm to produce its coronavirus vaccines for later this year. Kwon Deok-cheol, South Korea’s health minister, said Monday that SK Bioscience plans to produce 20 million Novavax shots through September, all of which will be used locally. Production could start as early as June. Food and Drug Safety Minister Kim Gang-lip, who joined Kwon in a news conference, said Novavax’s vaccines are currently being reviewed by regulators in Europe and Britain, but didn’t speculate on when the shots would be approved in major countries. While South Korea hopes to get 150 million doses of coronavirus vaccines this year through bilateral deals with pharmaceutical companies and the WHO-backed COVAX program, it has got just over 3 million doses so far. A little over 1.15 million people have received their first doses as of Monday. ___ MADRID — A Spanish pharmaceutical company says it’s setting up a new production line that would produce millions of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine doses on European Union soil later this year. Rovi’s existing facility in southern Spain’s Granada will receive an undisclosed investment to produce the active ingredient of Moderna’s jab, the company announced Monday in a press release. The expected output will be up to 100 million vaccine doses per year starting in the third quarter of 2021, Rovi said, adding that the production will be destined to markets outside the United States. The facility will be the first of its kind in the EU, adding to the production facilities that the Swiss biotech company Lonza has been operating there. Rovi had until now operated production lines to fill vials with Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, but the active component had to be imported into the country. ___ LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged people to “behave responsibly” as shops, gyms, hairdressers, restaurant patios and beer gardens reopen after months of lockdown. Monday sees the easing of restrictions that have been in place in England since early January to suppress a surge in coronavirus infections linked to a more transmissible new variant of the virus. Many people were planning outdoor meals and drinks, despite unseasonably cold weather that brought snow to London and many other areas. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — are following their own, broadly similar plans to ease lockdown. Britain has had Europe’s worst coronavirus outbreak, with more than 127,000 confirmed deaths. ___ GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Gaza Strip has recorded the highest daily deaths since the coronavirus broke out in the Palestinian enclave. The Health Ministry reported Monday that 17 Palestinians have died from COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 694. Gaza is under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade and its Hamas rulers had managed to keep it relatively free of the virus by imposing obligatory quarantine on the few dozens returnees who cross in via Israel or Egypt. But in August, the virus escaped the walls of the isolation centres and spread rapidly. After a significant decrease of infections in February, Hamas removed all precautionary measures and cases resurged. The vaccination rollout is limited. The territory of 2 million people has received vaccines for only 40,000 people, including a shipment via the global COVAX program. ___ TOKYO — Tokyo has adopted tougher measures against the coronavirus as it struggles to curb the rapid spread of a more contagious variant ahead of the Olympics in a country where less than 1% of people have been vaccinated. Japan expanded its vaccination drive Monday to older residents, with the first shots being given in about 120 selected places around the country. The tougher COVID-19 rules allow Tokyo’s governor to mandate shorter opening hours for bars and restaurants, punish violators and compensate those who comply. Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike urged residents to be cautious while vaccinations are in an early stage. “We are still unarmed as we fight against the resurgence of the infections," she said. The Associated Press
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THIS NEWS RELEASE IS NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWSWIRE SERVICES FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Track Holdings, Inc. (TSX-V: TKX) (OTC: TRXHF) (FSE: 3TH) (the “Company” or “TrackX”), a SaaS-based supply chain enterprise solution provider, announces that it has completed its non-brokered private placement of 40,000,000 units of the Company (the "Units") at a price of $0.05 per Unit for gross proceeds of $2,000,000 (the "Offering"). Each Unit consists of one common share of the Company (a "Share") and one common share purchase warrant (a "Warrant"). Each Warrant entitles the holder thereof to purchase one additional Share of the Company at an exercise price of $0.075 until April 8, 2023. The net proceeds from the Offering will be used to hire resources needed to meet implementation demands from existing and new customers. The Company will also invest in additional engineering and sales & marketing resources to support an expanded set of SaaS-based supply chain tracing, tracking and sustainability solutions to meet customer demand for proof of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) claims, though real time, actionable data. The Company paid commissions to eligible finders under the Offering totaling 1,146,000 Finders shares. All securities issued or issuable under the Offering are subject to a four-month hold period expiring on August 9, 2021 in addition to such other restrictions as may apply under applicable securities laws in jurisdictions outside of Canada. Closing of the Offering is subject to certain closing conditions including, but not limited to, final approval from the TSX Venture Exchange and receipt of any other required regulatory approvals. About TrackX Holdings, Inc. TrackX, Inc., based in Denver, Colorado, is a SaaS-based, enterprise asset management and supply chain solutions company. TrackX empowers companies with the tracing, tracking, transparency and trust they need to operate more sustainable and better performing supply chains. The Company’s Keychain platform leverages multiple auto-ID and sensor technologies, blockchain, comprehensive analytics and integrations with other business systems to capture and prove the origin, movement, authenticity, chain of custody, composition, location and other attributes related to products and assets throughout the supply chain. Clients use the TrackX platform, Keychain, to leverage this data in order to gain operating efficiency, securely collaborate with ecosystem partners, and manage and report on sustainability initiatives. Please visit www.trackx.com for more information. Additional information can be viewed at the Company’s website www.trackx.com. For further information, please contact: Tim Harvie, CEO, TrackX Holdings, Inc.email@example.com 1-303-325-7300 Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Service Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. This news release includes certain “forward-looking statements” under applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. All statements that address future plans, activities, events or developments that the Company believes, expects or anticipates will or may occur including the Company’s anticipated pipeline and value of current and customer deployments and future opportunities are the managements best estimates and cannot be guaranteed or relied upon and is forward-looking information. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements in this news release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. The securities referred to in this news release have not been, nor will they be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons absent U.S. registration or an applicable exemption from the U.S. registration requirements. This news release does not constitute an offer for sale of securities for sale, nor a solicitation for offers to buy any securities. Any public offering of securities in the United States must be made by means of a prospectus containing detailed information about the company and management, as well as financial statements.
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