Three of e-commerce platform Shopify's seven top executives will be leaving the company in the coming months, chief executive officer and founder of Canada's most valuable company Tobi Lutke said in a blog post on Wednesday. The company's chief talent officer, chief legal officer and chief technology officer will all transition out of their roles, Lutke said, adding that they have been "spectacular and deserve to take a bow." "Each one of them has their individual reasons but what was unanimous with all three was that this was the best for them and the best for Shopify," he said.
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New York's largest healthcare provider Northwell Health has opened a center to offer resilience and traumatic stress services to its 76,000 healthcare employees and their families impacted by COVID-19. Three Northwell Health frontline health professionals shared their experience of working at the height of the pandemic at a news conference on Wednesday. "It was so tough for us," said Carlos Rivera, 47, an environmental services worker at Cohen Children's Medical Center.
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Angelenos are still processing their grief about the closure of the ArcLight theaters. Pacific Theatres announced on Monday that it would close all of its locations, which include the ArcLight Hollywood and the historic Cinerama Dome. Not as well known is that the theater chain also owns the Cinerama technology. The three-camera filming technique was […]
OLYMPIA, Wash. — One of the country’s largest for-profit, privately run immigration jails would be shut down by 2025 under a bill signed Wednesday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. The measure approved by the Washington Legislature bans for-profit detention centres in the state. The only facility that meets that definition is the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, a 1,575-bed immigration jail operated by the GEO Group under a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "Washington has not supported use of private prisons, and this bill continues that policy by prohibiting private detention facilities from operating in the state,” Inslee said before signing the bill. Washington joins several states, including California, Nevada, New York and Illinois, that have passed legislation aiming to reduce, limit or ban private prison companies from operating. But Washington is only the third — following Illinois and California — to include immigration facilities as part of that ban. “Widespread civil immigration detention is one of the greatest miscarriages of justice that currently exists in our political system,” Matt Adams, legal director at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, said in an email. “The enactment of this bill is an important step towards rejecting the privatization and profiteering model of immigration detention centres that has pushed the massive expansion of immigration detention. ” The new law in Washington state, which is likely to face a legal challenge, would allow GEO to continue operating the jail until its contract with ICE expires in 2025. GEO sued over a similar 2019 measure in California, and that lawsuit was later consolidated with a Trump administration lawsuit that followed. A federal judge there largely sided with the state, but the case was appealed. It is now before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and is set for oral arguments in June. Last month, the Biden administration filed a brief with the court adopting the arguments of the previous administration, challenging California's law on constitutional grounds. In a emailed statement, Alexandra Wilkes, a spokeswoman for the Day 1 Alliance, a trade association of GEO and other private detention companies, wrote that the legislation is “a misguided, politically-motivated effort to ‘Abolish ICE’ by targeting longtime government contractors who have zero role in deciding federal immigration policy.” She wrote that the consequences of the centre closing could result in migrants being transferred to local jails or “moved far from family and friends.” The Tacoma immigration lockup has long been a target of immigrant rights activists. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is suing to force GEO to pay the state minimum wage to detainees who perform janitorial and other tasks at the jail. The Northwest Detention Center currently houses fewer than 200 detainees because of pandemic-related precautions. Supporters of the new law argued that the severe drop in immigration detention during the pandemic proved it’s not necessary to keep so many immigrants locked up, and they criticized minimum-bed quotas that are written into contracts with private detention facilities. President Joe Biden has instructed the Justice Department not to renew contracts with private prisons, but that order doesn’t apply to the immigration detention system under the Department of Homeland Security. ___ Associated Press writer Gene Johnson contributed from Seattle and AP correspondent Rebecca Boone contributed from Boise, Idaho. Rachel La Corte, The Associated Press
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CALGARY — Schools in Calgary are to move to at-home learning starting Monday for students in grades 7 to 12. Education Minister Adriana LaGrange says the change, due to COVID-19, is to last for two weeks and came at the urging of public and Catholic school boards in the city. “While the preference is to learn in school, we recognize some school boards are dealing with operational pressures due to rising COVID-19 cases within their community,” LaGrange said Wednesday. “I’m responding to the boards' request and respecting their local autonomy.” School boards can ask to move online for a number of reasons, including high COVID-19 case counts, high numbers of students and staff in quarantine and a shortage of substitute teachers. “My understanding is that over the last number of days those school divisions have had difficulty in ensuring that they have a teacher in front of every classroom,” said LaGrange. “When I heard earlier today that one school division indicated they had a shortage of approximately 170 substitute teachers, that was very concerning to me.” LaGrange said she has not received an official request from any other school board for a similar move to online learning. Opposition NDP education critic Sarah Hoffman said Premier Jason Kenney’s United Conservative government has underplayed the severity of COVID-19’s impact on schools, this time causing stress and frustration for 80,000 students and their families. “Jason Kenney clearly doesn’t have any idea what’s happening inside Alberta classrooms or communities,” said Hoffman. “He has failed to give Alberta schools the resources they need to keep classrooms safe. “The reasons the UCP gave for moving these students are exactly the factors we warned them about: staff shortages, school closures, too many students in isolation, and community spread. All of these problems were foreseeable months ago, and Jason Kenney did nothing.” Alberta has outbreaks in more than 180 schools, with more than 2,000 cases. Nine schools are currently doing online learning. Marilyn Dennis, board chair with the Calgary Board of Education, said in a news release that the greatest impacts of COVID-19 have been in schools with higher grades. Alberta's chief medical health officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, also said there has been a sharp rise in cases among school-aged Albertans. The province, with 15,569 active infections, currently has the highest rate of active cases in Canada, driven mainly by the more-contagious variant strains of the novel coronavirus. On Wednesday, the province reported 1,412 new cases of COVID-19 and eight additional deaths due to the virus. There were 420 people in hospital because of COVID-19, with 92 in intensive care. Variants now comprise 53 per cent of active cases. Kenney has said the COVID-19 battle hinges on getting a critical mass of Albertans vaccinated while preventing the sharply rising case counts from overwhelming the health system. Alberta has administered one million doses of vaccine, but has seen daily new infections rise above 1,000 a day for the last week. Kenney has said he still hopes public-health restrictions can be lifted by June. But Hinshaw warned Tuesday that if case counts keep rising, more measures may be needed. -- By Dean Bennett in Edmonton This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 14, 2021. The Canadian Press
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Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via GettyAs new details emerge about Rep. Matt Gaetz’s role in an alleged sex ring, The Daily Beast has obtained several documents showing that the suspected ringleader of the group, Joel Greenberg, made more than 150 Venmo payments to dozens of young women, and to a girl who was 17 at the time.The payment from Greenberg, an accused sex trafficker, to the 17-year-old took place in June 2017. It was for $300 and, according to the memo field, was for “Food.”Greenberg’s relationship with Gaetz, and the money Greenberg paid to women, is a focal point for the Justice Department investigation into Gaetz. And the new documents obtained by The Daily Beast—containing years of online financial transactions—establish a clear pattern: Greenberg paid multiple young women (and at least one girl) hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of dollars on Venmo in one transaction after another.Nearly a year after Greenberg’s June 2017 payment, Gaetz Venmo’d Greenberg to “Hit up ___,” using a nickname for the teen. She was 18 years old by then, and as The Daily Beast reported, Greenberg described the payment as being for “School.”It was one of at least 16 Venmo payments to 12 different women listed as being for “School.” Typically, the payments were for around $500, but also went higher than $1,000 in the transactions obtained by The Daily Beast.Gaetz made only one previously unreported transaction in the newly obtained documents: a payment from the Florida congressman to the former Seminole County tax commissioner for $300 on November 1, 2018, with the love hotel emoji (“🏩”) in the memo field. The Daily Beast was unable to tie that transaction directly to any woman, but confirmed that Greenberg booked one night for that date at The Alfond Inn, a luxury hotel in Winter Park, Florida.Greenberg—who was a close associate of Gaetz—now sits in jail after being indicted on 33 counts, including sex trafficking, conspiracy to bribe a public official, and stalking. The federal indictment claims Greenberg was “engaged in ‘sugar daddy’ relationships,” and he is said to be helping federal agents in their now-expanded investigation into the GOP congressman from the Florida panhandle.“I'm sure Matt Gaetz is not feeling very comfortable today,” Greenberg’s lawyer, Fritz Scheller, told reporters last week.Gaetz Paid Accused Sex Trafficker, Who Then Venmo’d TeenAccording to three people with knowledge of the relationship, Gaetz was among the men who tapped Greenberg to access a large network of young women. And according to CNN, women would show up to parties at gated-community homes or hotel suites, where they would be supplied with alcohol and drugs like cocaine and ecstasy, and would have sex with the men. Greenberg would then later pay the women. (The Daily Beast has not independently confirmed these details.)In the Venmo transactions reviewed by The Daily Beast, however, there are at least 16 payments in 2017 totaling nearly $5,000 to a woman who would later go on to date Matt Gaetz. Additionally, Greenberg paid her $1,500 over the course of two days in April 2017 using Cash App. That woman—who came to Washington, D.C. as an intern in January 2018—has said she dated Gaetz during and after her senior year in college.Federal investigators seized the ex-girlfriend's phone in January, a month after they seized Gaetz’s device, according to two people who heard her describe the episode. Timothy Jansen, a criminal defense lawyer representing the woman, said she is refusing to speak to journalists and declined to comment.An examination of Greenberg’s Venmo transactions shows dozens of suspicious and curiously titled payments. Some were as simple as “Ass” or a lipstick kiss mark (“💋”). Others were more opaque, such as “Stuff” and “Orher stuff” [sic].Three payments in the reviewed documents—in amounts of $500, $500, and $250—were designated for “Ice cream.” Five other payments were for “Salad,” one of which topped $1,000.In the memo field for one $500 payment to a woman on Friday July 7, 2017, Greenberg used only the policewoman emoji (“👮”). County records show he had used his government-issued, taxpayer-funded American Express card at the time to cover a “weekend hotel stay” at the Four Seasons in Miami, from July 7 to July 9. And that Saturday, July 8, Gaetz and Greenberg each shared a picture of themselves at dinner with Roger Stone.Another common payment memo was for “Food,” when Greenberg would usually pay the women $300 to $500. In one instance, Greenberg paid a woman $500 for “Food,” switched the credit card that was attached to his Venmo account, and then paid that same woman another $500 for “Appetizers” less than two minutes later.That woman later established a formal connection in 2018 with the Seminole County tax collector’s office. According to a copy of her contract, which The Daily Beast obtained through a public records request, Greenberg agreed to pay the woman thousands of taxpayer dollars, purportedly for social media consulting and marketing.A 2020 audit of the office, however, flagged the payments, noting that auditors did “not know what this was for.” After The Daily Beast published a story last week on Greenberg’s Venmo transactions, that woman—who is an amateur model and burgeoning Instagram influencer—went private on Instagram. A number of other women who received payments from Greenberg also appear to have recently taken steps to conceal their online relationships, most notably with other people identified in the transactions.One of the most significant countermeasures came from the woman who was first paid by Greenberg when she was 17. The day after The Daily Beast revealed one payment Greenberg made to her after she had recently turned 18—without identifying her by name—the woman changed all of her identifying information on Venmo. She also appears to no longer be Venmo friends with two other women Greenberg paid through the app. As of this week, she also no longer appears to be Venmo friends with Gaetz.The Strange Friendship That May Bring Down Matt GaetzAnother woman who received repeated payments—and appears in a photo at a party with three other women also paid by Greenberg—is also no longer connected to Gaetz on Venmo.In total, Gaetz appears to have lost at least seven Venmo “friends” in the last week, including three of the women who received payments from Greenberg. Multiple other women who received payments have also restricted public access to their Instagrams and Twitters in the last week.Gaetz’s office did not immediately return a request for comment, and Greenberg’s attorney declined comment.—with reporting from Matt Fuller and Adam Rawnsley.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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PORT FOURCHON, La. — Coast Guard boats and aircraft have covered an area larger than the state of Rhode Island to search for 12 people still missing Wednesday off the Louisiana coast after their offshore oilfield vessel capsized in hurricane-force winds. One worker's body was recovered Wednesday and six people were rescued Tuesday after the Seacor Power overturned Tuesday afternoon in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard said. The search, interrupted by darkness and bad weather, has totalled nearly 40 hours and more than 1,440 square miles (3,730 square kilometres) of Gulf waters by Wednesday afternoon, according to a news release. The hunt for the missing continued into the evening, said Petty Officer Carlos Galarza. Coast Guard Capt. Will Watson said earlier that winds were 80 to 90 mph (130 to 145 kph) and seas were 7 to 9 feet (2.1 to 2.7 metres) when the lift boat overturned. “That’s challenging under any circumstance,” Watson said. “We don’t know the degree to which that contributed to what happened, but we do know those are challenging conditions to be out in the maritime environment.” The bulky vessel, also called a jackup rig because it has three long legs it can lower to the sea floor to lift the boat out of the water as an offshore platform, flipped over Tuesday afternoon south of Port Fourchon, a major base for the U.S. oil and gas industry. One worker was found dead on the surface of the water, Watson said at a news conference Wednesday. Asked about the missing workers' prospects, he said, “We are hopeful. We can’t do this work if you’re not optimistic, if you’re not hopeful.” Divers were heading to the local area Wednesday afternoon, Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer John Micheli said. Numerous other agencies helped with the search. Marion Cuyler, the fiancée of crane operator Chaz Morales, was waiting with family of other missing workers at a Port Fourchon fire station near a landing site where helicopters were coming and going. She said she talked to her fiancé before he left Tuesday. “He said that they were jacking down and they were about to head out, and I’m like, ‘The weather’s too bad. You need to come home.’ And he’s like, ‘I wish I could.’” The relationship of those on board to owner Seacor Marine was not immediately clear. The boat, capable of working in up to 195 feet (nearly 60 metres) of water, can carry a crew of 12, two “special personnel” and 36 passengers, according to the company website. An employee who answered the phone Wednesday morning at the Houston-based company said he had no immediate information he could share. Watson said the Coast Guard is investigating what part the harsh weather played in the accident. The vessel left Port Fourchon at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, bound for Main Pass off the southeast Louisiana coast, he said. “We did have some weather reports yesterday that there would be some challenging weather. But this level of weather was not necessarily anticipated,” he said. The National Weather Service in New Orleans issued a special marine warning before 4 p.m. Tuesday that predicted steep waves and winds greater than 50 knots (58 mph). The Coast Guard received a distress message from a good Samaritan at 4:30 p.m. and issued an urgent marine broadcast that prompted multiple private vessels in the area to respond, saving four people, the agency said. Coast Guard crews rescued another two people. At one point, video showed the boat — 129 feet (39 metres) long at its beam — with one leg pointed awkwardly skyward as rescuers searched the heaving water. Although the Coast Guard said the lift boat capsized during a microburst, a National Weather Service meteorologist said the system was more like an offshore derecho — or straight winds storm. “This was not a microburst -- just a broad straight-line wind event that swept over a huge area,” Phil Grigsby said. He said the weather service's nearest official gauge, at Grand Isle, showed about 30 minutes of 75 mph (120 km/h) winds, followed by hours of winds over 50 mph (80 km/h). The initial storm system was followed by a low-pressure system called a wake low, which amplified the winds and made them last longer, Grigsby said. “It was the strongest wake low I've seen in almost 18 years here,” he said. Shrimp boat captain Aaron Callais said the bad weather started with small, quickly dissipating waterspouts that buffeted his father's boat, the Ramblin’ Cajun. “There was nothing we could do. One minute we were facing north, the next south, then east and west,” he said. "Things were flying in the cabin.' Callais posted video on Facebook of wind battering the boat as he talked on the boat's satellite phone to friends and family, including his dad, “letting him know the situation, that it wasn’t looking good. We didn’t know if we were going to make it out.” ___ The length of the capsized vessel has been corrected; it has a beam of 129 feet, not 265 feet. ___ Associated Press writer Janet McConnaughey contributed to this report from New Orleans. McGill reported from New Orleans and Martin reported from Marietta, Georgia. Stacey Plaisance, Kevin McGill And Jeff Martin, The Associated Press
Federal prosecutors in the Brazilian state of Roraima are investigating reports that illegally-mined gold is being exchanged for COVID-19 vaccines in the Yanomami indigenous reserve, the prosecutors office told Reuters on Wednesday. Tribal leaders in the Amazon region have complained of the deals and prosecutors say they will investigate the reports as part of an investigation already underway into the diversion of vaccine shots intended for indigenous people. The association said a health worker in the Homoxi district gave illegal miners vaccines in exchange for gold.
Saskatchewan residents will soon be able to receive COVID-19 vaccine from a local pharmacy. Dawn Martin, CEO of the Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan, says a limited pilot of the service will begin at the end of the month, before opening up to more people in May. "It will follow all of the public health age categories and will be under that direction," she said. "Recently announced will be some of those key essential workers that are in grocery stores where there's a pharmacy co-located." Martin said vaccine administration will begin with the Pfizer vaccine on April 26, and the Moderna vaccine is expected to follow by the first week of May. Appointments will be handled directly by individual pharmacies.(Submitted by Michelle James) Given that pharmacists have been administering flu and travel vaccinations for over six years, Martin says, they have the necessary training needed to administer the COVID vaccine. Martin said pharmacists are also being trained to respond to vaccine hesitancy. Pharmacists "are looking forward to being able to help contribute to the great work that has been going so far in the vaccination efforts," Martin said. "It makes sense that when you have a resource at hand that can help you get that vaccine out that you use them." Appointments will be handled directly by the individual pharmacies, so booking systems will vary. While there are no clear plans for a second dose strategy yet, Martin says she expects a clearer picture of the plan in the coming weeks.
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CLEVELAND — Kings of Leon will help kick off NFL draft activities on a stage close to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame later this month. The Grammy Award-winning band will open the festivities on April 29 with a performance as the draft returns to a more normal state after being held virtually in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to being a top-selling act, lead singer Caleb Followill, his brothers Nathan and Jared and cousin Matthew are also football fans and have closely followed Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield's career since he was a star at Oklahoma. Hall of Fame rock singer Ann Wilson of Heart will sing the national anthem before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell begins calling the names of the league's newest players. Goodell hosted the event last year from his home. A massive stage is under construction near the Rock Hall and FirstEnergy Stadium, the Browns' downtown home. Cleveland will be represented by the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s All-City Choir, which will sing a special rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” The local cover band The Sunrise Jones will serve as the house band for the first two nights of the draft. Headlining musical acts for the second and third days of the draft will be announced in the coming weeks. The draft will be held from April 29-May 1. ___ More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Tom Withers, The Associated Press
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NEW YORK — Tony Award-winner Karen Olivo says she won’t return to “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” once it reopens, saying she's frustrated by the Broadway industry and especially the silence in the wake of revelations about the behaviour of producer Scott Rudin. “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” is not produced by Rudin but Olivo in an Instagram video posted Wednesday said she was not coming back to the hit show to make a stand about social justice. “Social justice is actually more important than being the sparkling diamond,” Olivo said. “Building a better industry for my students is more important than me putting money in my pockets.” The move comes a week after The Hollywood Reporter’s cover story on Rudin contained accounts of the Broadway and Hollywood heavyweight throwing glass bowls, staples and baked potatoes at former employees. “What I’m seeing in this space right now, with our industry, is that everybody is scared, and nobody is really doing a lot of the stuff that needs to be done. People aren’t speaking out.” Olivo said the silence was “unacceptable” and criticized the business model of Broadway, which she said put profit over people. “Let's put our money with people who value human life and respect human life. It's easy,” said Olivo, who won a Tony in 2009 in “West Side Story” landed a Tony nod this cycle for her work in “Moulin Rouge.” The revelations in The Hollywood Reporter also prompted the performers’ unions SAG-AFTRA, Actors Equity and the American Federation of Musicians Local 802 to come together condemn illegal harassment and harassment that creates a toxic work environment for entertainment employees. Rudin, one of the most successful and powerful producers, with a heap of Oscars and Tonys to show for it, has long been known for torturous treatment of an ever-churning parade of assistants. Rudin, himself, hasn’t responded to the article or The Associated Press’ request for comment. ___ Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press