NEW YORK, May 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WHY: Rosen Law Firm, a global investor rights law firm, reminds purchasers of the securities of Neptune Wellness Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: NEPT) between July 24, 2019 and February 16, 2021, inclusive (the “Class Period”), of the important May 17, 2021 lead plaintiff deadline. SO WHAT: If you purchased Neptune securities during the Class Period you may be entitled to compensation without payment of any out of pocket fees or costs through a contingency fee arrangement. WHAT TO DO NEXT: To join the Neptune class action, go to http://www.rosenlegal.com/cases-register-2059.html or call Phillip Kim, Esq. toll-free at 866-767-3653 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for information on the class action. A class action lawsuit has already been filed. If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff, you must move the Court no later than May 17, 2021. A lead plaintiff is a representative party acting on behalf of other class members in directing the litigation. WHY ROSEN LAW: We encourage investors to select qualified counsel with a track record of success in leadership roles. Often, firms issuing notices do not have comparable experience or resources. The Rosen Law Firm represents investors throughout the globe, concentrating its practice in securities class actions and shareholder derivative litigation. Rosen Law Firm has achieved the largest ever securities class action settlement against a Chinese Company. Rosen Law Firm was Ranked No. 1 by ISS Securities Class Action Services for number of securities class action settlements in 2017. The firm has been ranked in the top 4 each year since 2013 and has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for investors. In 2019 alone the firm secured over $438 million for investors. In 2020, founding partner Laurence Rosen was named by law360 as a Titan of Plaintiffs’ Bar. Many of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized by Lawdragon and Super Lawyers. DETAILS OF THE CASE: According to the lawsuit, defendants throughout the Class Period made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) the cost of Neptune’s integration of the assets and operations acquired in the SugarLeaf Acquisition would be larger than Neptune had acknowledged, placing significant strain on Neptune’s capital reserves; (2) accordingly, it was reasonably foreseeable that Neptune would need to conduct additional stock offerings to raise more capital; and (3) as a result, defendants’ public statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times. When the true details entered the market, the lawsuit claims that investors suffered damages. To join the Neptune class action, go to http://www.rosenlegal.com/cases-register-2059.html or call Phillip Kim, Esq. toll-free at 866-767-3653 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for information on the class action. No Class Has Been Certified. Until a class is certified, you are not represented by counsel unless you retain one. You may select counsel of your choice. You may also remain an absent class member and do nothing at this point. An investor’s ability to share in any potential future recovery is not dependent upon serving as lead plaintiff. Follow us for updates on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-rosen-law-firm, on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rosen_firm or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rosenlawfirm/. Attorney Advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. ------------------------------- Contact Information: Laurence Rosen, Esq. Phillip Kim, Esq. The Rosen Law Firm, P.A. 275 Madison Avenue, 40th Floor New York, NY 10016 Tel: (212) 686-1060 Toll Free: (866) 767-3653 Fax: (212) 202-3827 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com www.rosenlegal.com
(TSX: ARX) ARC Resources Ltd. ("ARC" or the "Company") today reported its first quarter 2021 financial and operational results and 2021 guidance following the successful close of its strategic Montney combination (the "Business Combination") with Seven Generations Energy Ltd. ("Seven Generations").
Calgary, Alberta--(Newsfile Corp. - May 5, 2021) - Pine Cliff Energy Ltd. (TSX: PNE) ("Pine Cliff" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the filing of its first quarter financial and operating results. Included in the filings were Pine Cliff's unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements and related management's discussion and analysis for the three months ended March 31, 2021 (the "Q1-Report"). Selected highlights are shown below and should be read in conjunction ...
PORTLAND, Ore. — A 15-year-old has sued in federal court for the right to play in the National Women's Soccer League, which doesn't allow players under 18. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Portland, Oregon, on behalf of Olivia Moultrie alleges the league’s age rule violates antitrust law and also hinders her career development and chances of reaching the U.S. national team. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play professionally in the U.S. I know girls my age are competing around the world and I just want to get on the field and officially compete,” Moultrie said in a statement released by the firm representing her, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn. Moultrie, who trains with the Portland Thorns but does not play in games, is asking for a preliminary injunction that would her allow to play in the league, which opens the regular season on May 15. The lawsuit also points out the gender disparity in the rules at the top tier of soccer in the United States. “The truth is that if Olivia Moultrie was male, she’d already be playing in MLS,” attorney Max Forer said in a statement. “Further, she’s already eligible to play for the U.S. Women’s National Team but can’t officially play in the league that develops and prepares talent for the National Team, that’s unfair.” Moultrie, who signed a sponsorship deal with Nike when she was 13, can't join a team overseas under FIFA rules — meaning the NWSL is the only pro league available to her. The NWSL said it is currently in negotiations with its players' union on a collective bargaining agreement, which it said is where issues regarding terms and conditions of employment should be addressed. “Age requirements are a common feature of many men’s and women’s professional leagues in the U.S. and abroad. The rules that govern league operations are in place to support players and team operators and ensure the NWSL remains the premier women’s soccer league in the world,” the league said. "We will vigorously defend our league against this litigation because it seeks to change a long-standing rule and interferes with the collective bargaining process.” Anne M. Peterson, The Associated Press
New plans unveiled for the hotly-debated roadway bike lane through Stanley Park show concrete barriers will be installed the length of Stanley Park Drive later this summer. A statement from the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation says changes will be rolled out in three phases and will provide safer and more accessible ways to bike, drive, walk and roll though Stanley Park. "The plan builds on public and stakeholder feedback and user data to ensure safer access for all park users during a period when many Vancouverites are looking for ways to stay healthy outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic," according to the statement. Phase one coming later this month calls for traffic cones to separate the bike and vehicle lanes on Stanley Park Drive, from Pipeline Road North to Second Beach. Signs and other traffic devices will be installed to direct drivers and cyclists. The seawall is remaining open to bikes, giving cyclists the option of either route. Phase two slated for mid-June calls for staff to evaluate the section of Park Drive from the roundabout near Lost Lagoon and Pipeline Road North. Phase three in July is when the concrete barriers arrive to replace the traffic cones. They will be installed the length of Stanley Park Drive, with access gaps at intersections and crosswalks and for emergency and service vehicles. The City of Vancouver has unveiled a three-phase plan for the spring and summer of 2021 for walkers, cyclists, skaters and motorists in Stanley Park. (City of Vancouver) The statement says work on the long-term Stanley Park mobility study continues and will incorporate feedback from this spring and summer's roll out. In March, the park board voted to reinstate a bike-only lane along the two-lane Stanley Park Drive, reducing vehicle traffic to a single lane. Critics have argued the decision is unfair to park businesses and people with accessibility concerns.
Paramount Resources Ltd. (the "Company") (TSX: POU) announces that the following eight director nominees were elected at today's annual general meeting of shareholders:
Uber saw record demand in the first quarter as its food delivery business grew and ride-hailing began to see some recovery. The San Francisco-based company said Wednesday that its bookings jumped 24% to $19.5 billion __ an all-time high __ in the January-March period. That was far ahead of the $18 billion Wall Street was anticipating, according to analysts polled by FactSet. Uber said its delivery bookings rose 166% from the same period last year. Mobility __ or ride-hailing __ bookings were down 38%, and flat compared to the fourth quarter. But ride-hailing demand improved throughout the quarter, and by March ride-hailing demand had reached its highest level in a year, the company said. Uber said ride-hailing demand improved further in April as the pace of vaccinations increased in the U.S. and lockdowns ended in the United Kingdom. In some markets, including Miami and Hong Kong, ride-hailing demand was higher than 2019 levels. Uber said demand is increasing faster than its supply of drivers. Last month, the company said it planned to spend $250 million on sign-up bonuses and other incentives to lure drivers. Rival Lyft also showed signs of post-pandemic recovery in its first-quarter earnings report Tuesday, saying demand outstripped its expectations. “We’re finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel," Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a conference call with investors. One big question for Uber has been whether food-delivery orders will slow down once restaurants fully reopen. So far, that hasn't happened in markets like Sydney, which fully reopened dining in February. Nelson Chai, Uber's chief financial officer, said delivery customers do keep ordering, although some less often. But Chai said it remains difficult to predict exactly what will happen to delivery demand as markets continue to reopen and customers adjust their post-pandemic routines. In the meantime, Khosrowshahi said Uber Eats continues to add restaurant partners, reaching 700,000 globally during the first quarter. He said the company's pricing also remains competitive. Last week, rival DoorDash said it would begin offering lower-cost plans to counter criticism from restaurants that delivery fees are too high. Uber's first quarter revenue fell 11% to $2.9 billion, partly due to a $600 million charge for back payment of workers in the United Kingdom. After losing a court battle in March, Uber must classify its 70,000 U.K. drivers as its own workers and pay them minimum wages, among other benefits. Without that charge, Uber reported $3.5 billion in revenue, topping Wall Street's estimate of $3.27 billion. The company reported a net loss of $108 million for the period, or 6 cents per share. Analysts had forecast a 56-cent loss. Uber's shares fell about 4% in after-hours trading. Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press
Anthony Albanese says ‘most vulnerable citizens are being neglected’ by broken aged care systemLabor leader accuses Scott Morrison of ‘callously’ ignoring sector’s needs and pledges to rebuild underfunded system Anthony Albanese says Coalition knew of the poor state of Australia’s aged care sector when it received the royal commission’s interim report and Scott Morrison ‘deliberately and callously’ chose to ignore it. Photograph: Joel Carrett/AAP
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American Campus Communities, Inc. (NYSE: ACC), the nation’s largest owner and manager of high-quality student housing properties in the U.S., is pleased to share that on May 3, 2021, Walt Disney World® Resort announced it is relaunching the Disney College Program in June 2021. Participants in the program are expected to begin to occupy the company’s Flamingo Crossings Village community near Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando as early as this summer.
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Former junior hockey coach Bernard "Bernie" Lynch, the subject of recent CBC News investigations detailing allegations made by parents and players of abusive behaviour, appeared in court in Regina Wednesday to face charges of assault and sexual assault. The 66-year-old is accused of committing sexual offences against a 17-year-old in 1988. On Wednesday, Lynch was released with conditions pending his next court appearance, scheduled for June 2. The Regina Police Service issued a warrant for Lynch's arrest on April 30. Lynch turned himself in to police in Devon, Alta., last Saturday. Lynch coached hockey across North America and Europe over a four decade span. He is also the subject of a police investigation in Edson, Alta., where he coached the Junior A Aeros in the Western States Hockey League during the 2019-19 and 2019-2020 seasons. The recent CBC News investigation detailed concerns about a close and possibly inappropriate relationship with a player in Edson. In previous communications with CBC News, Lynch has said he is "shocked" by all of the allegations "that have surfaced over the past months," describing them as a "smear campaign." Lynch's conditions of release include being on good behaviour, reporting to a parole officer in Regina and only living at an approved residence. He is not allowed to contact the alleged victim, except through a lawyer, and cannot visit the victim's workplace, residence or place of education. Lynch is not allowed to use a computer for the purpose of communicating with someone under the age of 18. He is also not allowed to volunteer or gain any employment that would put him in a position of power of youth, or allowed to coach, recruit or participate in sports with athletes under 18.
WASHINGTON — The Army plans to put a civilian in charge of the command that conducts criminal investigations, a response to widespread criticism the unit is understaffed, overwhelmed and filled with inexperienced investigators, officials familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The decision, expected to be announced Thursday, reflects recommendations made by an independent commission in the wake of violent crimes and murders at Fort Hood, Texas, including the death of Vanessa Guillén, whose remains were found about two months after she was killed. According to officials, the Army Criminal Investigation Command, or CID, will be separated from the Provost Marshall General's office, and instead of being run by a general officer it will be overseen by a yet-to-be-named civilian director. The move is designed to improve the capabilities of the command and address the findings of the Fort Hood commission. The CID will be responsible for criminal investigations, and the Provost Marshal office will continue with separate duties. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the decision before it was made public, said immediate changes would be implemented at three Army installations considered high-risk to increase qualified staffing and help improve relationships with local law enforcement. It's unclear which installations will be affected. Longer-term changes would address how to improve the criminal investigations to better deter crime. More than two dozen Fort Hood soldiers died in 2020, including in multiple homicides and suicides. Guillén's death and other cases prompted the independent review, which found that military leaders were not adequately dealing with high rates of sexual assault, harassment, drug use and other problems at the base. The review also concluded that the Army CID was understaffed, badly organized and had too few experienced investigators. Members of the independent review panel told Congress members in March that the CID investigators lacked the acumen to identify key leads and “connect the dots.” Christopher Swecker, chairman of the review panel, said the agents were “victims of the system,” which he said failed to train them and often had them doing administrative tasks. And he said the base leadership was focused on military readiness, and “completely and utterly neglected” the sexual assault prevention program. As a result, he said, lower-level unit commanders didn’t encourage service members to report assaults, and in many cases were shaming victims or were actually the perpetrators themselves. During the hearing, lawmakers grilled the CID commander, who told them that she is “seizing this moment” to correct the staffing and resource problems within her agency that led to sweeping failures in tracking and solving cases. “We can and we will do better,” Maj. Gen. Donna Martin told the House Armed Services subcommittee on military personnel at the time. She said the Army was working to restructure and modernize the CID, and was considering adding more civilian investigators and creating special teams that could respond to major criminal cases when needed at any base. Martin is leaving the job, in a routine rotation. The change by the Army mirrors a similar shift by the Navy in 1992, in the aftermath of the Tailhook scandal, when Navy and Marine officers sexually assaulted dozens of women at a hotel in Las Vegas. As a result of sweeping condemnation of the Navy's investigation into the matter, leaders transformed the military-led Naval Investigative Service into the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and appointed a civilian director. Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Toronto Blue Jays are returning to their home away from home, Buffalo, New York, starting in June. And this time, they’ll have a limited number of fans in attendance. Forced from Canada by that government's coronavirus travel restrictions, the Blue Jays posted a note on their Twitter account on Wednesday saying: “Buffalo, we’re BACK! We’ll see you June 1st.” The words were over a picture of Buffalo’s downtown Sahlen Field, the regular home of the Blue Jays' Triple-A farm team. Toronto played its first two homestands at its spring training ballpark in Dunedin, Florida, and will play its third there from May 14-24. But the Blue Jays did not want to remain in Florida for the hotter, more humid portion of the year. The Blue Jays return to Buffalo with a homestand that includes games against Miami on June 1-2 and Houston from June 4-6. They’ll travel to Buffalo after a five-game trip that ends in Cleveland. Tickets in Buffalo will initially be available through the Blue Jays' 10-game homestand concluding on July 4 before the team considers whether it can return to Toronto following the All-Star break, said Mike Buczkowski, president of Rich Baseball Operations, which owns the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. The Blue Jays come out of the break opening a six-game homestand starting with Texas on July 16. The price of tickets have yet to be determined, and scheduled to go on sale next week. Toronto last played at 49,000-capacity Rogers Centre on Sept. 29, 2019, an 8-3 win over Tampa Bay. The Blue Jays played home games during the shortened 2020 season in Buffalo and were 17-9 at Sahlen Field. They finished 32-28 to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2016 and were swept in losing twice at eventual AL champion Tampa Bay in the wild-card round. The Jays are 7-4 in Dunedin this season and 7-10 on the road. While the entire 2020 regular-season schedule was played without fans, about 4,300 spectators will initially be allowed to attend games in Buffalo, with the possibility of that number increasing. Capacity is listed at 16,600. Fans will be required to show proof they’ve been vaccinated or have tested negative for COVID-19 to be allowed entry. Canadians could travel to attend games, but would have to face self-quarantine rules upon returning home. “Last year, I would have said it's once in a lifetime. Now I guess it's twice in a lifetime that major league baseball has played here,” Buczkowski said. “The one thing that was missing last year, for those of us who were fortunate to be at a game, were the fans. So this year, that will be different. I think it's going to be exciting.” Before last season, Buffalo had not hosted a major league game since serving home to the Buffeds in the Federal League in 1914-15. The Bisons began as a National League team and had a 314-333 record from 1879-85. The Blue Jays and Bisons have made significant upgrades to Sahlen Field since last season. The bullpens have been moved off the field and behind the outfield walls and the lighting has been improved. New batting cages and a weight room have been built, and clubhouses have been renovated. The stadium’s dimensions measure 325 feet down the lines and 404 feet to centre. The ballpark is tight in the alleys, similar to Baltimore's Camden Yards. Because the Blue Jays are turning to Buffalo, the Bisons have moved home games to Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, New Jersey, which became open when the New York Yankees moved their Double-A team this season to TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Buczkowski said the upgrades will have a lasting impact on the Bisons beyond this season because Buffalo will surpass new minor-league standards put in place for facilities in order to continue operating a franchise. “We're going to have probably the nicest minor-league clubhouses and batting cages in the nation,” he said. “So that's going to ensure that we are going to have a great ballpark for the next 10 years.” ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports John Wawrow, The Associated Press
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Panaji (Goa) [India], May 6 (ANI): Journalists working in Goa have been included in the group of frontline workers and will be vaccinated against COVID-19 on priority, announced Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday.
CALGARY, Alberta, May 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Badger Infrastructure Solutions Ltd. (formerly Badger Daylighting Ltd.) (the “Company” or “Badger”) (TSX: BAD) today announced that it has filed articles of amendment changing its corporate name to “Badger Infrastructure Solutions Ltd.”. The shareholder approval required to authorize the change in the Company’s name was obtained at the Company’s annual and special meeting of shareholders held earlier today. All materials necessary to effect the change in the Company’s name have been filed with the Toronto Stock Exchange (the “TSX”) and, subject to final approval being received from the TSX, it is expected that the Company’s common shares will commence trading under the new name on or about May 11, 2021 and under the trading symbol “BDGI”. No action is required by existing shareholders with respect to the name and trading symbol changes. About Badger Infrastructure Solutions Ltd.Badger Infrastructure Solutions Ltd. (TSX:BAD) is North America’s largest provider of non-destructive excavating services. Badger works for contractors and facility owners in a broad range of infrastructure industries. These market segments consist primarily of infrastructure projects in areas such as energy generation, electricity and natural gas transmission networks, roads and highways, telecommunications, water and sewage treatment and general municipal infrastructure. Customers in these segments typically operate near high concentrations of underground power, communication, water, gas and sewer lines, particularly in large urban centres where safety and economic risks are high and therefore non-destructive excavation provides a safe alternative for certain customer excavation requirements. The Company’s key technology is the Badger HydrovacTM, which is used primarily for safe excavation around critical infrastructure and in congested underground conditions. The Badger Hydrovac uses a pressurized water stream to liquefy the soil cover, which is then removed with a powerful vacuum system and deposited into a storage tank. Badger manufactures and designs its truck-mounted hydrovac units, giving Badger the opportunity to incorporate feedback from its hydrovac operators into its existing and future design and manufacturing processes. For further information:Paul Vanderberg, President and CEO Darren Yaworsky, Vice President, Finance and CFOPramod Bhatia, Vice President, Strategic Planning and Investor Relations Badger Infrastructure Solutions Ltd.ATCO Centre IISuite 400, 919 - 11th Avenue SWCalgary, Alberta T2R 1P3Telephone (403) 264-8500Fax (403) 228-9773 Source: Badger Infrastructure Solutions Ltd.
WASHINGTON — No. 3 House Republican Liz Cheney was clinging to her post Wednesday as party leaders lined up behind an heir apparent, signalling that fallout over her clashes with former President Donald Trump was becoming too much for her to overcome. Unbowed, she implored her GOP colleagues to pry themselves from a Trump “cult of personality," declaring that the party and even American democracy were at stake. “History is watching,” she said. Trump issued a statement giving his “COMPLETE and TOTAL Endorsement” to Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York to replace Cheney. Stefanik, a 36-year-old Trump loyalist who’s played an increasingly visible role within the GOP, responded quickly, highlighting his backing to colleagues who will decide her political future. “Thank you President Trump for your 100% support for House GOP Conference Chair. We are unified and focused on FIRING PELOSI & WINNING in 2022!” she tweeted. The day's events left the careers of Cheney and Stefanik seemingly racing in opposite directions, as if to contrast the fates awaiting Trump critics and backers in today's GOP. The turmoil also raised questions about whether the price for political survival in the party entails standing by a former president who keeps up his false narrative about a fraudulent 2020 election and whose supporters stormed the Capitol just four months ago in an attempt to disrupt the formal certification of Joe Biden's victory. Cheney showed no signs of backing off in an opinion essay posted Wednesday by The Washington Post. She denounced the “dangerous and anti-democratic Trump cult of personality,” and warned her fellow Republicans against embracing or ignoring his statements “for fundraising and political purposes.” She said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has “changed his story” after initially saying Trump “bears responsibility” for the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. McCarthy, who is tacitly backing the drive to oust her, has since said Trump issued a video to try halting the violence. Cheney, in her article, agreed with Democrats that a bipartisan investigation should focus solely on the riot and not on disturbances at some of last summer's racial justice protests. In an apparent reference to her own situation, she said she would defend “basic principles” of democracy, “no matter what the short-term political consequences might be.” Dozens of state and local officials and judges from both parties have found no evidence to support Trump's assertions that he was cheated out of an election victory. President Biden told reporters at the White House that the GOP is in the throes of a “significant sort of mini revolution.” He added, “I think Republicans are further away from trying to figure out who they are and what they stand for than I thought they would be at this point.” Cheney, a daughter of Dick Cheney, who was George W. Bush’s vice-president and before that a Wyoming congressman, seemed to have almost unlimited potential until this year. Her career began listing after she was among just 10 House Republicans to back Trump’s impeachment for inciting supporters to attack the Capitol on Jan. 6, when five died. Combined with a morning endorsement from No. 2 House Republican leader Steve Scalise of Louisiana and tacit backing from McCarthy, the momentum behind Stefanik's ascension was beginning to seem unstoppable. Stefanik, who represents a mammoth upstate New York district, began her House career in 2015 as a moderate Republican. She spoke out against Trump's ban on immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries, and joined Democrats in voting against Trump's effort to unilaterally redirect money to building a wall along the Southwest border. She also led an effort to recruit female candidates for her party. Stefanik's rural district, which Barack Obama carried in his successful 2008 and 2012 presidential runs, was subsequently won twice by Trump. She morphed into a stalwart Trump defender and was given a high-profile role during the 2019 House Intelligence Committee impeachment hearings. That was widely seen as a strategic move by the GOP to soften its image by giving a woman a prominent role. Stefanik's status and visibility within the GOP have soared since then, and she's also become a significant fundraiser for the party. Cheney is the highest-ranking woman in the GOP leadership. Replacing her with Stefanik — and not a man — is seen as politically wise as the party tries to bolster its weak appeal among female voters. There are just 31 Republican women in the House, about one-third of Democrats’ total but up from the 13 who served in the last Congress. There were no other visible contenders for Cheney's post, with a secret ballot by House Republicans on her fate possible next week. A vote on a replacement, seemingly Stefanik, could come that day as well. Two Republicans said another GOP woman, Rep. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, was expected to make the formal motion to remove Cheney. Cheney was making little noticeable effort to cement support by calling colleagues or enlisting others to lobby on her behalf, said two House GOP aides who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the situation. A third person familiar with Cheney's effort also said she was not lining up votes. Cheney’s opposition to Trump put her out of step with most House Republicans, 138 of whom voted against certifying the Electoral College vote for Biden’s victory. Trump's statement Wednesday underscored his bitter rift with Cheney. He called Cheney “a warmongering fool who has no business in Republican Party Leadership." He praised Stefanik for supporting his America First agenda and added that she "has my COMPLETE and TOTAL Endorsement for GOP Conference Chair. Elise is a tough and smart communicator!" Rep. Steve Scalise, the House GOP whip, is also backing Stefanik, said Scalise spokesperson Lauren Fine. The Louisiana Republican's was the first explicit call from House GOP leadership to oust Cheney from her leadership job. Stefanik is committed to focusing on Republican efforts to gain House control in the 2022 elections “and fighting against Speaker Pelosi and President Biden’s radical socialist agenda,” said the statement from Fine. Scalise's backing was first reported by Punchbowl, a political news organization. McCarthy said Tuesday that rank-and-file Republicans were concerned about Cheney's “ability to carry out her job” because of her public comments about Trump. Republicans say a McCarthy speech backing Cheney at a closed-door House GOP meeting in February was largely credited with her surviving an earlier push by conservatives oust her, in a 145-61 secret ballot. A top House GOP aide has said McCarthy won’t do that this time. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., kept his distance Wednesday from the House GOP struggle. Asked if he would help Cheney, he told reporters in Georgetown, Kentucky, “100% of my focus in on stopping this new administration.” ___ AP reporters Steve Peoples in New York, Bruce Schreiner in Frankfort, Kentucky, and Lisa Mascaro, Jill Colvin, Alexandra Jaffe and Kevin Freking in Washington contributed to this report. Alan Fram, The Associated Press