Brandon Ingram (New Orleans Pelicans) with a deep 3 vs the New York Knicks, 04/14/2021
Brandon Ingram (New Orleans Pelicans) with a deep 3 vs the New York Knicks, 04/14/2021
"None of us wanted that."
BBC journalist Martin Bashir is to leave the broadcaster due to ongoing health issues. The corporation's religion editor was most notable for his interview with Princess Diana in 1995 - and his decision to leave the corporation comes amid allegations he faked documents to secure the interview for Panorama.
NEW YORK (AP) — Switzerland’s biggest and oldest life insurance company will pay more than $77 million to the U.S. Treasury after admitting it helped U.S. taxpayers dodge tax responsibilities through offshore accounts after Swiss banks stopped providing tax-dodging help to U.S. taxpayers because of law enforcement scrutiny, prosecutors announced Friday. Swiss Life Holding and three of its subsidiaries obtained a deferred prosecution agreement on a conspiracy charge in late April, according to Manhattan federal court documents. The company, founded in 1857, admitted conspiring with U.S. taxpayers to hide assets and income through more than $1.4 billion in offshore insurance policies, the court papers said. In a brief statement posted on its website, Swiss Life announced the deferred prosecution agreement and its three-year term. “Swiss Life is now focused on fulfilling the requirements under the resolution and successfully concluding the DPA,” it said. Prosecutors said the insurance company, the leading provider of life insurance and pension products in the domestic Swiss market, wrote tax-dodging policies since 2008 after Swiss banks terminated business with U.S. clients under pressure from U.S. investigators. “As they admit, Swiss Life and its subsidiaries sought out and offered their services to U.S. taxpayers to help them become U.S. tax evaders," Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a release. “Indeed, the Swiss Life Entities saw U.S. authorities’ stepped-up offshore tax enforcement as an opportunity to pitch themselves to tax-evading U.S. customers as an alternative to Swiss banks.” She said Swiss Life, which has more than 9,000 employees and more than four million customers, will be required to cooperate with U.S. prosecutors as investigators try to identify U.S. tax evaders. Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg said financial enablers in the U.S. and abroad and the taxpayers they try to help should know “we will continue to identify and unmask such schemes.” James C. Lee, chief of the Internal Revenue Service's criminal division, called the resolution of the case “an important victory for the American taxpayer.” He said the recovery of more than $77 million owed to the U.S. government should put every entity engaged in offshore tax evasion on notice. Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian court bailiffs showed up Friday at U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Moscow bureau to notify it about the launch of enforcement proceedings over unpaid fines. RFE/RL denounced the move as a serious escalation in the Russian government's campaign to drive it out of the country. “RFE/RL will continue to fight these desperate attempts by the Kremlin to censor uncomfortable truths,” RFE/RL President Jamie Fly said in a statement. “We will not be silenced by these heavy-handed tactics and we will not abandon our Russian audience.” Last year, Russia’s media watchdog Roskomnadzor ordered the media designated as foreign agents, including RFE/RL, to add a lengthy statement to news reports, social media posts and audiovisual materials specifying that the content was created by an outlet “performing the functions of a foreign agent.” The move, which applies to nongovernmental political organizations and media receiving foreign funding, has been widely criticized as aiming to discredit critical reporting and dissent. The term “foreign agent” carries strong pejorative connotations in Russia. Roskomnadzor has filed 520 violation cases against RFE/RL, which could entail fines totaling the equivalent of $2.4 million. The broadcaster has asked the European Court of Human Rights to order Russia to refrain from enforcing the fines until the court can make a full ruling on Roskomnadzor’s moves, which RFE/RL contends violates the European Convention on Human Rights. RFE/RL isn't alone in facing the “foreign agent” labeling, Over the past weeks, the Russian Justice Ministry has designated online media outlet Meduza, Moscow-based First Anticorruption Media (PASMI), and Netherlands-based VTimes.io as “foreign agents.” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has condemned Russia’s mounting pressure on the media as a sign of the Kremlin’s weakness. The Associated Press
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Are we getting closer to an official Bennifer revival?
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the stepped-up fighting between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers (all times local): ___ BEIRUT — A Lebanese police official and the country's official news agency say a Lebanese protester who was hit when Israeli troops fired shots at the Lebanese-Israeli border has died of his wounds. The official said the 31-year-old protester died on Friday, a few hours after he was shot at the border where Palestinian and Lebanese youth had gathered as part of a rally against the Israeli military campaign in Gaza. A small group of them later crossed the border into Israel, triggering the shooting. The Israeli military says troops fired warning shots toward the group after they sabotaged the fence and crossed over briefly. There was no immediate comment from Lebanese officials or the military on the incident. The police official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. —Zeina Karam in Beirut ___ GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli aircraft have leveled a multistory building housing a bank affiliated with the Hamas militant group in Gaza City. It was the third Hamas bank destroyed in Israeli airstrikes in this week's deadly escalation and fighting. The Israeli military also said on Friday that it had struck Hamas weapons production and naval sites in recent strikes on the Gaza Strip. The Hamas armed wing released a video showing what they said was a drone attack the group launched targeting an Israeli chemical plant near a kibbutz in southern Israel. There was no immediate comment from the Israeli army on the drone attack. —- JERUSALEM — The number of Palestinians killed in the West Bank has risen to seven. The Israeli army says one was killed after attempting to stab a soldier. Palestinian health officials confirmed that death and said six other Palestinians were killed by Israeli army fire in the occupied West Bank. The health ministry said five were killed in stone-throwing clashes with Israeli forces in several locations, and a sixth was killed during an attempt to stab an Israeli soldier on Friday. A seventh was killed in Nablus. The West Bank violence comes as Israel unleashed a heavy barrage of tank fire and airstrikes on the Gaza Strip on Friday. Israel said it was clearing a network of militant tunnels ahead of a possible ground invasion. The West Bank violence signals a new wave of unrest there as part of the Israel-Gaza escalation. ___ PRAGUE — The Israeli flag has been flying over the seat of the Czech presidency. A spokesman said on Friday that Czech President Milos Zeman has ordered the flag flown over the Prague Castle as “a sign of unequivocal support and solidarity” with Israel during its clash with militant Hamas leaders in Gaza. It was Zeman's latest statement of support for Israel during the current round of violence. He had previously stood by Israel in a letter to his Israeli counterpart, President Reuven Rivlin. The Czech Republic has been one of Israel's staunchest allies in the European Union. ___ ISTANBUL — Hundreds of Muslims in Turkey have rallied, urging Palestinians to “continue resistance” against Israel. They shouted support for militant Hamas leaders on Friday at a symbolic funeral prayer for Palestinians killed in the spate of violence this week between Israel and the Gaza Strip. About 300 Muslims at the event hollered slogans in Turkish, including “Greetings to Hamas, continue resistance.” They called on Turkish soldiers to go to Gaza to help fight Israel and sang of the domed mosque in contested Jerusalem: “Al-Aqsa will be saved if blood flows in streams.” Some also waved Palestinian flags and chanted slogans in Arabic. People in Turkey have been demonstrating against Israel this week, gathering without much interference from the police despite a strict lockdown to curb COVID-19 infections. ___ JERUSALEM — Israeli defense forces have fired warning shots toward a group of protesters who crossed from Lebanon as part of a rally against the Israeli campaign in Gaza. The army said some two dozen Palestinian and Lebanese youth had gathered at the border gate separating the two countries for a protest on Friday. A few of those involved crossed the border into Israel. The Israeli army says the group sabotaged the fence and set a fire in the area before returning to Lebanese territory. Al-Manar TV station, owned by Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group, said one Lebanese person was wounded in the incident. The report could not be immediately confirmed. The Lebanese military had no comment. ___ JERUSALEM — Israel’s army says a soldier has shot and killed a Palestinian who tried to ram his car into a military post in the occupied West Bank, then got out and attempted to stab the soldier. The incident took place on Friday north of the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. The Palestinian health ministry confirmed the death, but no other details were immediately available. Rights groups have complained about past shootings of Palestinians by the Israeli military under questionable circumstances. In recent years, Palestinians have carried out a series of stabbings, shootings and car-ramming attacks that have killed or wounded Israeli soldiers and civilians. Military checkpoints in the West Bank are a frequent target. The military, responding to criticism of excessive force against Palestinians, say soldiers must make split-second decisions in life-or-death situations. ___ JERUSALEM — Israeli Justice Minister Benny Gantz has called on the chiefs of big social media platforms to quickly remove content from their sites that incites violence or spreads disinformation. A spokesman for Gantz said he told executives of Facebook and Tik Tok during a Zoom meeting Thursday that the current round of violence is being “intentionally stirred through social media by extremist elements” sworn to damage Israel. Gantz called the current round of fighting, “a moment of social emergency, and we expect your assistance.” The spokesman said the executives expressed their commitment to act quickly and effectively to prevent incitement on their networks. ___ JERUSALEM — The head of Israel’s Shin Bet says the service won’t tolerate ethnic violence “by Arabs nor by Jews” after nightly clashes this week in some of the country’s cities. Chief Nadav Argaman said Friday that Shin Bet “will not allow violent lawbreakers to carry out terrorism on the streets of Israel." He spoke after consecutive nights of apparent revenge attacks by Arab and Jewish mobs in Lod, Jaffa, Haifa and elsewhere inside Israel. Argaman said Shin Bet is working with Israeli police and Border Patrol in those mixed cities. The effort is aimed at identifying, catching and prosecuting “whoever tries to hurt Israeli citizens, Jews and Arabs, until peace returns to the streets of the country.” ___ BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman says Germany won’t tolerate anti-Semitic demonstrations amid tensions in the Middle East. Anti-Israel protests in several cities this week have drawn concern and condemnation, particularly a protest outside a synagogue in Gelsenkirchen. A video showed dozens of protesters waving Palestinian and Turkish flags and yelling expletives about Jews. Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert said Friday that “anyone who uses such protests to scream their hatred of Jews is abusing the right to demonstrate.” He added that “our democracy will not tolerate anti-Semitic demonstrations.” Seibert said Merkel condemns Hamas' ongoing firing of rockets at Israel and “nothing can justify such terror.” He said the rocket attacks must stop immediately. In neighboring Austria, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz tweeted that the Israeli flag was raised over his office on Friday as a signal of solidarity. —— DHAKA, Bangladesh — Thousands of Muslims led by activists from an Islamic political party have demonstrated in Bangladesh’s capital to denounce attacks by Israel against Palestinians. After the end of Eid al-Fitr prayers at Dhaka’s main Baitul Mokarram Mosque Friday, activists from the Islamic Andolan Bangladesh, or Islamic Movement Bangladesh, began protesting and were joined by thousands of others. Muslim-majority Bangladesh celebrated the key festival in a subdued manner after the government urged people to avoid large gatherings. Authorities arranged prayers in phases at the Baitul Mokarram Mosque, where devotees maintained distancing to avoid spreading the coronavirus. Afterward, protesters crowded together outside, carrying signs reading “Boycott terrorist state Israel” and chanting “Down with Israel.” The current eruption of violence between Israelis and Palestinians began a month ago in contested Jerusalem. The clash surged on Monday into the most severe outburst of hostilities since the 2014 Gaza war. —- GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Palestinians living along Gaza's northern and eastern borders are fleeing intense Israeli bombardment. Families toting supplies sought refuge on Friday in temporary shelters in central Gaza City as Israeli artillery pounded northern Gaza in an attempt to destroy a vast network of militant tunnels. The assault brought the front lines closer to dense civilian areas and paved the way for a potential ground invasion. Fleeing families arrived in pickup trucks, on donkeys and by foot at schools run by the United Nations, hauling pillows and pans, blankets and bread. Men lugged large plastic bags and women carried infants on their shoulders, cramming into classrooms. One mother who fled to a downtown school with her children said "nothing remains for us” back home in the northern town of Beit Lahiya. Her son, Othman, said he had felt the family's house “shake up and down,” adding that “everyone was running.” The Associated Press
The heir to the throne spent the day in Wales carrying out a series of royal events.
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Some initial U.S. jobs data for May are showing signs of weakness, raising the possibility that April's disappointing employment report was not just a one-time blip. The closely watched May jobs report will be based on surveys that will ask businesses about levels of payroll employment as of this week. Measures of shift work at around 35,000 firms both large and small that are tracked by time management firm UKG foreshadowed the weak April jobs report.
Eighteen bullets hit the house where University of Kentucky student Jesse Averitt lived with his fiancé.
Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers Cecilia Rouse hold a briefing at the White House.
AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of "a" (Excellent) of Lumen Re Ltd. (Lumen Re) (Bermuda). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the rest of the mainland will move down to Level 2 as planned on Monday.
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When Blue Jays rights-holder Sportsnet decided to simulcast TV broadcasts on its radio network this year, it left Toronto as the only big-league team without a dedicated radio broadcast crew. The network's commentators had to pivot from a television-only style to one that would be inviting for radio listeners as well. Rob Corte, vice-president of Sportsnet and NHL Productions, is pleased with the early results. "So far, so good," Corte said in a recent interview. "We've had a few discussions about how we can make it a little bit more 'radio' at times without compromising the television product. But it is a fluid process and we're constantly tweaking it and looking for ways to get better as the season goes on. "We're not quite there yet but I'm happy with the progress. But as I said, there's still a little bit of a way to go before we find the sweet spot where we're completely happy." In a late-February news release, Sportsnet said the decision to streamline production was made to minimize travel and closely adhere to team, league, and government protocols related to the pandemic. It meant that broadcasters Buck Martinez, Dan Shulman and Pat Tabler would be heard on both television and radio for the 2021 season. Radio commentator Ben Wagner remained with the broadcast team. He has provided live hits from the Blue Jays' temporary home of TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Fla., and contributes to Sportsnet's television and radio station interview segments. The changes raised the eyebrows of some radio traditionalists, who wondered how their listening experience may be altered. "Radio and baseball is kind of a magical thing, I think a lot of people think that," said Paul Cross, professor and co-ordinator for the radio and media production program at Toronto’s Humber College. "It's something that people of all generations right now can still relate to because baseball has been on the radio almost since there was radio. It's really evocative of summertime. It's a summertime sound." On its radio broadcasts, Sportsnet has incorporated natural audio from the ballpark with its broadcasters' calls. Sound effects and music from the television broadcast are not included on radio. An in-game radio host runs down the lineup before each game and goes over any injury updates or news before throwing to the broadcast crew, who have called games from a variety of locations this season due to pandemic restrictions. One of the main challenges for the commentators is not leaving the radio listenership in the dark. Television viewers can see images that radio listeners cannot. "Radio requires description and special attention that a TV broadcast doesn't necessarily require," Cross said in a recent interview. "The TV feed of audio from the TV broadcast is not going to do the same job for someone listening," he added. In a pre-season interview with The Canadian Press, Shulman acknowledged the change would require a broadcast style adjustment in an effort to keep the radio audience as informed as possible. Sportsnet declined requests to make Martinez and Tabler available for interviews. The network said the earliest they might talk on the subject would be mid-season. After multiple listens over the first few weeks of the campaign, radio listeners essentially get a serviceable broadcast as commentators do their best to provide as much colour and detail as possible. But there are subtle differences between the two mediums that become all the more glaring in a simulcast situation. Martinez opened a recent game against the Atlanta Braves by saying, "Thanks for watching, folks. It's going to be a great night." Of course, radio listeners aren't watching anything. In a late April game against Washington, Martinez made three references to being able to "see" what was happening. A mention of an umpire's modified helmet was prefaced with, "As you can see." There was a comment on Bo Bichette's effort: "And you can see Bichette put a good swing on (Max) Scherzer's offering." And after Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., hit a grand slam, Martinez said, "You could see the reaction on the bench." Television viewers can watch the screen to see what he means. Radio listeners had to fill in the blanks. The simulcast can require an adjustment from the leisurely, friendly-to-the-ear flow of radio broadcasts. "It has a place in history and it has a place in our memories and our hearts," Cross said of Blue Jays radio tradition. "It's a thing we don't like to lose. It was done very specially for us to hear." Wagner, meanwhile, was left in an unusual spot when the network made changes. Recently reached in Dunedin, he had a "wide range of emotion" when told of the radio developments for the 2021 campaign. "A lot of momentum from this past off-season led to a lot of disappointment," Wagner said. "I love the craft of radio. I love the nuances of baseball on radio, let alone just live sporting events on radio." "It was hard not to take it personally, but with that then came opportunity," he added. "(Like) the fact that I'm involved with the No. 1 product on how Blue Jays baseball is consumed by its fanbase. I've been given way more opportunity and greater opportunity to show my skillset and do new things at the same time in this company." Sportsnet has yet to determine whether a simulcast will be used again in 2022 or if traditional radio broadcasts will return. The Blue Jays will return to Sahlen Field in Buffalo, N.Y., on June 1. The team hopes to return to Toronto's Rogers Centre at some point this year. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 14, 2021. Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter. Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press
All students and staff must wear masks, and not face shields, when in school and on campus, the Ministry of Education (MOE)) said on Friday (14 May).