Caleb Martin (Charlotte Hornets) with an alley oop vs the Detroit Pistons, 05/04/2021
Caleb Martin (Charlotte Hornets) with an alley oop vs the Detroit Pistons, 05/04/2021
The Scottish First Minister spoke to Boris Johnson by phone on Sunday after the SNP’s victory in the Holyrood election.
New Delhi [India], May 9 (ANI): In a heartwarming episode that incidentally took place on Mothers' Day amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the head constable of the Delhi Police on Sunday took care of a child, both of whose parents were down with the coronavirus infection.
Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], May 9 (ANI): While thanking the Supreme Court for constituting a National Task Force for the supply of oxygen, senior Congress leader Hanumantha Rao on Sunday slammed the Central government for its poor management of the COVID-19 crisis and said that it has failed to control the pandemic.
Lying in her hospital bed, a survivor of a triple bombing in Kabul that left dozens of fellow schoolgirls dead has vowed to return to the classroom, despite the danger. Arifa, 17, said she did not know exactly why anyone would attack her school, but speculated: "Maybe because they don't want us to study and get educated and move forward". Girls' education was forbidden when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan before the 2001 US-led invasion.
PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed the decision from the European Union not to renew its order for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Macron said the EU policy is aiming at “responding in particular to the variants... We see that some other vaccines are more efficient.” The bloc’s Internal Market Commissioner, Thierry Breton, said Sunday the EU Commission has not ordered AstraZeneca shots for after June. Two weeks ago, the EU launched legal proceedings against the pharmaceutical group for allegedly failing to respect the terms of its contract. South Africa halted earlier this year the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine after preliminary data indicated it may be only minimally effective against the variant which is dominant in the country. In France, the variant first identified in Britain has become largely dominant and the South African variant represents only a small percentage of the virus detected in the country. Across the Channel, Britain has made the AstraZeneca vaccine the centerpiece of its successful vaccination campaign. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — India's vaccination campaign falters due to a lack of vaccines even as new infections, deaths soar — Party-goers across Spain rejoice as nation’s state of emergency is lifted — Vaccine deserts: Some countries have no COVID-19 jabs at all — EU says US patent waiver proposal isn't a magic bullet — As US reopens, campuses tighten restrictions for virus ___ Follow more of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine ___ HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: NEW DELHI — India opened vaccinations to all adults this month, hoping to tame a disastrous coronavirus surge sweeping the country, but since then the pace of administering the shots has only dropped, with states saying they only have limited stock. New infections are still rising at record pace in the world’s second-most populous nation. Alongside a slowdown in vaccinations, states have gone to court over oxygen shortages as hospitals struggle to treat a running line of COVID-19 patients. On Sunday, India reported 403,738 confirmed cases, including 4,092 deaths. Overall, India has over 22 million confirmed infections and 240,000 deaths. Experts say both figures are significant undercounts. India’s Supreme Court said Saturday it would set up a national task force consisting of top experts and doctors to conduct an “oxygen audit” to determine whether supplies from the federal government were reaching states. Complaints of oxygen shortages have dominated the top court recently, which just stepped in to make sure the federal government provided more medical oxygen to hospitals in the capital, New Delhi. ___ BARCELONA, Spain — Impromptu street celebrations erupted across Spain as the clock struck midnight on Saturday, when a six-month-long national state of emergency to contain the spread of coronavirus ended and many nighttime curfews were lifted. In Madrid, police had to usher revelers out of the central Puerta del Sol square, where the scenes of unmasked dancing and group signing esembled pre-pandemic nightlife. Teenagers and young adults also poured into central squares and beaches of Barcelona to mark the relaxation of restrictions. “Freedom!” said Juan Cadavid, who was reconnecting with friends. The 25-year-old Barcelona resident was also rejoicing at the prospect of going back to work at a Michelin-star restaurant that has been closed for the past seven months due to pandemic-related restrictions. ___ BRATISLAVA — Slovakia’s government is set to discuss possible use of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine with Moscow after it was successfully tested in a Hungarian lab. Slovakian Health Minister Vladimir Lengvarsky said he will talk with his country’s experts and “the Russian side about further developments on this issue.” Hungary offered Slovakia assistance in inspecting the Russian-made vaccine after the Slovak State Institute for Drug Control said it had not received enough information about the Russian jab from its producer to be able to assess its benefits and risks. The regulator also said the doses it received from Russia differed from those under review by the European Union’s medicines authority. The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which markets Sputnik V abroad, called the findings “fake news.” It welcomed the results of the Hungarian tests and said it asked the Slovak drug regulator to apologize “for spreading incorrect information about Sputnik V.” —- ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan is struggling with a third surge of coronavirus cases, despite a complete closure of all business and transport that began this weekend and continues until May 16, the end of the Eid holidays. Pakistan reported 118 more deaths and 3,785 new cases of COVID-19 in a single day Sunday. It has now seen nearly 19,000 deaths in the pandemic. All businesses are now closed except for essential food stores, pharmacies and fuel stations. Public transport in major cities and town is either at halt or allowed only with 50% capacity while intercity passenger transport is completely shut. Federal authorities also extended school closures to May 21 After receiving the first consignment of 1.2 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on Saturday, the government is trying to ramp up inoculations. ___ DUBAI — Dubai’s long-haul carrier Emirates will begin shipping aid from the World Health Organization and other groups into India for free to help fight a crushing outbreak of the coronavirus, the airline said Sunday. The offer by Emirates, which has 95 flights weekly to nine cities in India, initially involves aid already in Dubai but may expand across the carrier’s network as time goes on. That could mean major savings for aid groups as airfreight costs have skyrocketed amid the pandemic. Demand for flown cargo stands at record levels worldwide. Emirates made the announcement at Dubai’s International Humanitarian City, already home to a WHO warehouse. A WHO worker on a forklift moved boxes of tents made in Pakistan and rolls of net shades from South Korea preparing for the initial flight planned for next Thursday. That will be used to construct field hospitals for India’s overwhelmed health care system. ___ ROME — The Italian Health Ministry has set out guidelines for visiting people in nursing homes in the latest sign of reopening in the onetime epicenter of COVID-19 in Europe. Health Minister Roberto Speranza signed a decree Saturday setting out a plan that, among other things, requires visitors to either be fully vaccinated, have proof of having had COVID-19 and recovered, or a negative test result in the past 48 hours. As in other countries, Italian nursing homes and long-term residential facilities were devastated by the pandemic, especially during the first wave of infections in the spring of 2020. The total nursing home death toll isn’t known, since so many COVID-19-suspected deaths were not counted because residents were not tested. Italy has largely reopened after its wintertime lockdown, even though it is continuing to add around 10,000 confirmed infections and around 250-300 deaths per day. The 224 deaths reported Saturday brought Italy’s confirmed toll to 122,694, second only to Britain in Europe. ______ MADISON, Wisc. — U.S. states asked the federal government this week to withhold staggering amounts of COVID-19 vaccine amid plummeting demand for the shots, contributing to a growing U.S. stockpile of doses. From South Carolina to Washington, states are requesting the Biden administration send them only a fraction of what’s been allocated to them. The turned-down vaccines amount to hundreds of thousands of doses this week alone, providing a stark illustration of the problem of vaccine hesitancy in the U.S. More than 150 million Americans — about 57% of the adult population — have received at least one dose of vaccine, but government leaders are doing everything they can to persuade the rest of the country to get inoculated. The Biden administration announced this week that if states don’t order all the vaccine they’ve been allotted, the administration will shift the surplus to meet demand in other states. ___ ISTANBUL — Produce markets were allowed to open Saturday across Turkey as the country’s strictest lockdown continues amid an economic downturn with double-digit inflation. The markets, or “bazaars,” are integral to Turkish food culture. Producers bring their fruits and vegetables to nearly every neighbourhood on set days of the week. The full lockdown that began in late April and is set to last until May 17 has curtailed this tradition and limited it to Saturdays in designated marketplaces. Idris Taka, a vendor selling vegetables at an open-air market in Istanbul on Saturday, says he has taken a financial hit. “We could work four to five days a week and now we can work one day out of 17 days,” he said. Critics have said the Turkish government’s measures to fight a surge in cases have been inconsistent and impractical. Residents have been ordered to stay at home, but millions are exempt from the lockdown and continue to work in factories, hospitals, agriculture and tourism. Foreign tourists are also exempt. Prices continued climbing in April with year-to-year inflation hovering above 17%. ___ STOCKHOLM — The Swedish military says 200 conscripts have been sent home from a major military exercise involving thousands of soldiers in southern and central Sweden due to a suspected outbreak of coronavirus infections. The “Sydfront 21” drill with over 3,500 participants from 13 different units of the Swedish Armed Forces is the first major military exercise in the Scandinavian nation since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Exercise leader Maj. Ake Palm told Swedish broadcaster TV4 that the military made the decision to send some soldiers home after several conscripts with cold-like symptoms either tested positive or were suspected to have been infected. Alf Johansson, head of the exercise’s communications, defended holding the drill in the middle of the pandemic. “This is a very important exercise for the army to train together so that we can maintain our ability to defend Sweden,” Johansson told the Swedish news agency TT. Sweden, a nation of 10 million, has recorded just over 1 million coronavirus cases, with 14,173 deaths. —- HELENA, Mont. -- Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced that Montana will share COVID-19 vaccines with Canadian truck drivers from neighbouring Alberta. According to a memorandum of understanding signed Friday about 2,000 truck drivers from Alberta who transport goods from Canada to the U.S. will be eligible to be vaccinated at a highway rest stop near Conrad. The vaccines will be available between May 10 and May 23. A similar program to vaccinate truck drivers from Canada began in North Dakota last month. The Blackfeet tribe in northern Montana has given around 1,000 vaccines to their relatives and neighbours across the border. ___ SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The owner of a Northern California bar was arrested on suspicion of selling made-to-order fake COVID-19 vaccination cards to several undercover state agents for $20 each. The plainclothes agents from California’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control were told to write their names and birthdates on Post-it notes. They say bar employees cut the cards, filled out the identifying information and bogus vaccination dates, then laminated the finished product. Vaccination cards are being used in some places as a pass for people to attend large gatherings. The European Union is considering allowing in tourists who can prove they have been vaccinated. ___ CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Wyoming’s governor is barring state officials from requiring people to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before they may have access to state property or services. Republican Gov. Mark Gordon announced the directive against “vaccine passports” Friday. Gordon in a statement encourages Wyoming residents over 16 to get vaccinated but calls it “a personal choice based upon personal circumstances.” The Cheyenne Post reports Gordon’s directive encourages Wyoming’s cities, towns, counties and private businesses to provide full access to places and services regardless of a person’s vaccine status. Over 180,000 people in Wyoming, or almost one-third of the state’s population, have been vaccinated against COVID-19. The Associated Press
The Guardian view on an NHS recovery: a shock is the last thing it needsWaiting lists are growing and staff are exhausted. Long-term planning and investment are the only way back to good health NHS England’s boss, Sir Simon Stevens, is stepping down. Photograph: AFP/Getty
Busy doing nothing: Mastering the art of masterly inactivityLionel Messi has refined the skill, the VAR has not, and A-League officials lie somewhere in between A-League referee Shaun Evans signals for the VAR during the this month’s Sydney derby. Photograph: Jason McCawley/Getty Images
The conflict with rebels culminated in the death of President Déby on the battlefield last month.
"So grateful for my two babies that live forever in my heart," Christina Perri said
New Delhi [India], May 9 (ANI): President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday expressed his grief over the demise of Rajya Sabha MP and renowned sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra and said that his absence is an irreparable loss.
New Delhi [India], May 9 (ANI): Urging the Central government to vaccinate Indian citizens first before exporting the coronavirus vaccines, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia on Sunday said the Centre exported 6.5 crore vaccine doses to 93 countries in the last 3 months at a time when COVID-19 cases are surging in India.
Having spent time playing in England, Canadian international flanker Matt Heaton wanted a new challenge in the wake of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Major League Rugby in North America beckoned. "I'd been watching the league while I was in the U.K. still and I was kind of at a crossroads with where I wanted to go next," said the 28-year-old from Godmanchester, Que. "And then when the MLR kind of popped up, I looked at all the cities and I said 'Where is the place I'd least likely end up?' "I said 'Atlanta,'" he added with a chuckle. "And looked into it. I liked the coaching staff. I liked some of the guys involved. I spoke to coach (Scott) Lawrence and he said to me 'There's no red carpets. We're going to have weights and we're going to train like professionals.' And I said 'Perfect. That's what I want.' And I showed up. And so far so good. A really good decision on my part." Heaton, named Rugby Canada 15s Player of the Year in 2017 and 2019, has been joined in Atlanta by fellow Canadian international Conor Keys, a lock forward from Stittsville, Ont. Both played their part Saturday in Rugby ATL's last-second 33-29 win over the Toronto Arrows, who are sharing ATL's training facilities during the pandemic. Atlanta replacement hooker Ross Deacon bulled his way over for the go-ahead try in the inaugural Fire and Ice Cup match between the two sides. Mark Janse van Rensberg scored two tries and Jason Damm and Mark O'Keefe added singles for Rugby ATL (4-3-0). Adriaan Carelse kicked four conversions. Mike Sheppard, Ben LeSage, Gaston Mieres and Tomy de la Vega scored tries for Toronto (3-5-0), which rallied in the second half from a 26-14 deficit to lead 29-26. Tayler Adams added three conversions and a penalty. The game, at Lupo Family Field at Life University in suburban Marietta, was officially listed as a home contest for the Arrows. Rugby ATL was deemed the home side when the two met in the season opener March 20 with Atlanta winning 21-14. Heaton, Rugby ATL's co-captain, is happy in Marietta, which is located some 35 kilometres northwest of the Georgia state capital. "It's a nice little town," he said. "It's like any other suburban American, Canadian city. It's kind of got everything you need. It's pretty relaxed. "It's exactly kind of what you'd want in a professional environment. We're pretty high-stress, high workload, lots of rugby. And then when you want to switch off, you live in an area that's quite peaceful and relaxed and pretty laid-back. Everyone's really friendly. Everyone's really hospitable. So I'm enjoying it." The one drawback is his fiancee remains in Canada. They are slated to get married next year. He's been sharing his local knowledge with the Arrows, many of whom he knows from international duty with Canada. "I feel it's part of my duty," said Heaton, who used to room with Toronto co-captain Lucas Rumball. "I'm based here. I know all the good spots. I know where the good sushi restaurants are, the good BBQ joints so I try to make sure I get the guys out once in a while." After MLR called off the 2020 season five games in mid-March, Heaton retreated to the family farm in Godmanchester, just over an hour southwest of Montreal. It was the first time he had spent any significant time there since he was 17 or 18. "I grew a vegetable garden, just came up with a few hobbies to do — just to pass the time. I completely avoided sports. I didn't train. I didn't do anything. I just completely switched off." When it came time to get back to business, he started doing some construction odd-jobs and training in his homemade gym. Heaton ran the gamut of emotions at the World Cup in Japan. He came on in the 16th minute in Canada's opening match against Italy, replacing an injured Rumball. A minute later, captain Tylor Ardron cut through the Italian defence and passed to Heaton just metres from the try-line with no defenders in sight. Heaton couldn't handle the pass and dropped the ball. He was later sent to the sin-bin for deliberately pulling down a driving maul in the 48-7 loss. After starting in the 63-0 loss to New Zealand, he scored Canada's lone try in a 66-7 loss to eventual champion South Africa. The tournament remains a special memory, providing the chance to test himself against the best in the world. "It was a wild ride," he said. "It's funny. I always say this — in the moment, you don't really notice how special all these things are because you're just so focused on the performances and you're focused on the game and everything. "I actually appreciated the World Cup more when I came back and I looked back it. And I said 'Wow. That was a really special moment.' I wish I had spent more time in the moment, but again you're there to do a job at the end f the day. We were all very very focused om the rugby side of things … I'm pretty proud and happy to have been involved." Signed with Rugby ATL through the end of the 2023 MLR season, Heaton is looking forward to resuming play with Canada. He believes the 23rd-ranked Canadian men will reap the benefits of having more than 50 players training and playing full-time in MLR. "Now that we have that, we're going to be going places," he said. Heaton has come a long way since picking up rugby in Grade 8 at the suggestion of a "pretty girl in my class." He discovered he liked the game, playing for Quebec at the youth level before playing for Canada at the U-20 level. He moved to Vancouver Island to train with the Canadian 15s and sevens team before heading to England to pursue 15s play. Heaton played in the lower English leagues with Otley and then Darlington Mowden Park, where he played and also did some coaching. "I just said 'You know what? I'm going to pack my bags. I'm going to travel a little bit. I'm going to play rugby and I'll see where this thing takes me. In hindsight, it was a really good decision. I got a true authentic rugby culture with Otley, a really old traditional club. I absolutely loved it." Darlington Mowden Park proved to be another positive, combining good rugby with a family feel to the club. He says he has the same at Rugby ATL. "We all live in the same facility. .. It's got that really good friendly family kind of vibe. But we show up, ready to work every day." --- Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 9, 2021. Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press
A woman who was shot in Times Square during a Mother’s Day trip to New York City with her family said that she prayed that her wound would not be fatal. “I was literally screaming on the floor, ‘I don’t want to die, I don’t want to die, I have a 2-year-old,’” Wendy Magrinat, a 23-year-old Rhode Island resident, told the Daily News. Magrinat was one of three bystanders hit by bullets shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday near West 44th Street and Seventh Avenue.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Sabres were so confident they had moved forward corner from their miserable past, the team’s marketing department included owner Terry Pegula’s hopeful comments in a televised feature on how Buffalo landed Taylor Hall in free agency in October. “We sign this guy,” Pegula was overheard saying during a closed-door meeting with general manager Kevyn Adams, “we’re not only trying to make the playoffs, we’re trying to win the Cup.” Instead, the Sabres tied the NHL record by missing the playoffs for the 10th straight season. With a 1-0 loss at Pittsburgh on Saturday, Buffalo (15-34-7) finished last in the overall standings for the fourth time in seven years. Hall barely lasted until April, before being traded to Boston as part of Buffalo's purge of high-priced, expiring contracts. The revolving door continued at coach, with Ralph Krueger fired in mid-March and the team in the midst of what became an 18-game winless skid, which matched the NHL's 14th longest. In addition to a two-week COVID-19-related pause to its schedule in February, the Sabres were beset by injuries, which included captain Jack Eichel missing the final two months with a herniated disk. Buffalo started a league-high six goalies. Management again over-estimated how close the franchise was to becoming a contender, attempting quick fixes with headline-grabbing signings. It leaves Adams entering his second off-season having to determine a new direction for a franchise suddenly trending toward youth, and whether interim coach Don Granato did enough over the final half of the season to deserve taking over the job full-time. In calling Granato a definite contender, Adams vowed to make a wide-ranging search to hire what will become the franchise’s sixth coach since Lindy Ruff was fired in February 2013. The question is how much money the cost-conscious Sabres are willing to invest? No coach has lasted beyond a second season since Ruff’s departure. It’s difficult to overlook the impact the 53-year-old Granato made in developing youngsters, while also getting more production out of an injury-depleted lineup than Krueger did in opening the season with nearly a full compliment of players. The Sabres went 6-18-4 and were outscored 95-58 in 28 games under Krueger. In 28 games under Granato, the Sabres went 9-16-3 and were outscored 101-76. Buffalo also rallied to win three times when trailing after two periods under Granato after going 0-16-1 under Krueger. Granato’s biggest influence was evident by the jumps in production from many of the young and developing prospects, who struggled under Krueger. Centres Casey Mittelstadt and Tage Thompson enjoyed double-digit boosts in point production under Granato. “I think a lot of guys, including myself, owe Donnie quite a bit,” Mittelstadt said, Saturday. “He challenged me when he took over and pushed me to become a better player.” Defenceman Rasmus Dahlin acknowledged regaining his confidence in being free to play more of a two-way role under the new coach. And even veteran Sam Reinhart proved he could capably fill a top-line centre role — something he struggled with in his first six-plus NHL seasons — in leading the team with a career-best matching 25 goals and 40 points. Granato would like nothing more but continue what he’s started as a first-time NHL coach. “When you improve enough, there’s a tipping point where everything becomes consistent. Having invested time in that, of course you want to stay,” Granato said. “But we all know the business. And we don't know the answer to that yet. And we’ll take it as it comes.” FREE AGENCY The Sabres can retain Reinhart’s rights for one more season but expect the player to seek a longer-term deal after being limited to signing one- and two-year extensions the past three years. Buffalo took the calculated risk to keep goalie Linus Ullmark at the trade deadline, with the intention to re-sign him before his contact expires this summer. Defenceman Jake McCabe is a pending free agent, who has been out since blowing out his right knee in February. SALARY CAP Buffalo is projected to have more than $30 million of salary-cap space available, but a large chunk will be devoted to re-signing Reinhart, Mittelstadt and Dahlin, who has completed his three-year rookie deal. EXPANSION DRAFT Buffalo has a chance to free up a high-priced contract should it convince forwards Jeff Skinner and/or Kyle Okposo to drop their no-trade clauses in order to be exposed to the Seattle Kraken in the expansion draft in July. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports John Wawrow, The Associated Press
Joyous reunions among vaccinated parents and children across the country marked this year's Mother's Day, the second one celebrated during the coronavirus pandemic. Jeanie Codianni of Los Angeles flew to New Jersey this weekend to surprise her 74-year-old mother. It was a marked departure from their Mother's Day in 2020, when the pair made bacon and eggs over Facetime.
The Guardian view on online abuse of female journalists: a problem for all. The UN’s warning about a tide of misogynistic hate needs urgent attention
(Bloomberg) -- The shutdown of America’s largest fuel pipeline after a cyberattack is threatening to send gasoline prices to the highest in seven years as suppliers work to stave off shortages from Atlanta to New York with tankers and barges.Traders and fuel shippers are seeking vessels to deliver gasoline that would have otherwise been shipped on the Colonial Pipeline system, according to people familiar with the matter. Others are securing tankers to temporarily store gasoline in the U.S. Gulf in the event of a prolonged shutdown, they said, asking not to be identified because the information isn’t public.Colonial Pipeline halted all operations on its system late Friday after suffering a cyberattack that affected some of its IT systems. The company has said it’s working to restore operations but has given no timeline for a restart.The attack comes just as the nation’s energy industry is preparing to meet stronger fuel demand from summer travel and could raise more concerns about inflation as commodity prices from oil to corn rally in a post-pandemic rebound. Americans are once again commuting to the office, planning major travel for the first time and booking flights. A prolonged disruption along the pipeline system threatens to send the national average gasoline price above $3 a gallon for the first time since October 2014, a threshold that often piques concern from federal lawmakers that worry about the impact on consumers.“It’s an all-hands-on-deck effort right now,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said of federal government actions as the shutdown drags on. “We are working closely with the company, state and local officials to make sure that they get back up to normal operations as quickly as possible and there aren’t disruptions in supply.”Colonial is just the latest example of critical infrastructure being targeted by ransomware. Hackers are increasingly attempting to infiltrate essential services such as electric grids and hospitals. The escalating threats prompted the White House to respond last month with a plan to increase security at utilities and their suppliers. Pipelines are a specific concern because of the central role they play in the U.S. economy.Colonial is a critical source of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel to the East Coast from the nation’s refining belt along the U.S. Gulf Coast. It has the capacity to send about 2.5 million barrels a day on its system from Houston as far as North Carolina, and another 900,000 barrels a day to New York.The attack appeared to use a ransomware group called DarkSide, according to Allan Liska, senior threat analyst at cybersecurity firm Recorded Future. The cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc. said its Mandiant incident response division was assisting with the investigation.Ransomware cases involve hackers seeding networks with malicious software that encrypts the data and leaves the machines locked until the victims pay the extortion fee. This would be the biggest attack of its kind on a U.S. fuel pipeline.The national gasoline average stood at $2.96 a gallon Friday, according to auto club AAA. With gasoline inventories ample, the pump price wasn’t expected to tick much higher until Memorial Day at the end of May, which is traditionally viewed as the start of the U.S. summer driving season. If the pipeline doesn’t restart soon it will accelerate the move higher.“I think we’re at strong odds for it by Memorial Day given current trends,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at Gas Buddy.A key concern at present is meeting product demand in the U.S. Southeast, which is especially dependent on the Colonial system, people familiar with the situation said. Drivers in landlocked and car-dependent Atlanta may be the first to feel the pinch at the pump.“Atlanta will be one of the earlier sore spots, along with eastern Tennessee, and perhaps the Carolinas,” De Haan said.The Northeast can secure gasoline shipments from Europe but it will come at an increasing cost the longer the pipeline stays shut.“The longer it lasts, the more bullish it will be for refined products on the East Coast,” said Warren Patterson, head of commodities strategy at ING Groep NV. “This will likely also drag European product prices higher, as we see more waterborne cargoes needing to go into the U.S. East Coast to meet the shortfall.”In the meantime, fuel producers including Marathon Petroleum Corp. are weighing alternatives for how to ship their products to the Northeast.One potential route is the Kinder Morgan-operated Plantation Pipeline, even though it only extends as far north Washington D.C. and has a capacity of 720,000 barrels a day, far short of Colonial’s. Kinder said Sunday it’s working with customers to accommodate additional barrels during Colonial’s outage, and that Plantation is deferring where possible any non-essential maintenance that might otherwise reduce flow rates.Inventories offer minimal cover, ClearView Energy Partners said in a research note. Tankers leaving Rotterdam could take up to 14 days to make the trip to the New York Harbor. The Midwest could theoretically send some of its supplies to the East Coast via rail and barge, but the region’s inventories are tighter than in previous years, ClearView said.“The Colonial outage comes at a critical juncture for the recovering U.S. economy: the start of the summer driving season,” ClearView said. “We therefore think lawmakers could begin a ‘blame game’ immediately, and a sustained disruption that leads to a significant pump price spike could increase prospects of domestic policy interventions.”(Updates with Commerce Secretary’s comments in fifth paragraph, Kinder Morgan comments in 17th.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
NHS England hailed the figures as ‘incredible milestone’ down to ‘months of hard work’
West Ham lost ground in the race for the Champions League places after Everton took all three points at the London Stadium. David Moyes’s side had been so vibrant in their attacking play at Burnley on Monday but struggled to get going here. Everton claimed control of a cagey first half when Ben Godfrey was allowed the time to slide a ball through for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who easily outpaced Craig Dawson and fired the Toffees ahead.
Labour leader SirKeir Starmer will carry out a reshuffle of his shadow cabinet team on Sunday as the fallout over the party’s dismal election performance continues. Sir Keir has come under fire after opting to sack his deputy Angela Rayner from her role as party chairman and national campaign co-ordinator on Saturday, with Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham warning him that it was “wrong”. As well as undertaking a reshuffle, the former director of public prosecutions has also hired Gordon Brown’s former chief pollster Deborah Mattinson – who has written a book about why Labour lost the so-called “red wall” at the 2019 general election – as director of strategy.