Justin Cuthbert and Julian McKenzie praise Connor McDavid for calling out the NHL's failure to recognize Colby Cave's celebration of life.
Justin Cuthbert and Julian McKenzie praise Connor McDavid for calling out the NHL's failure to recognize Colby Cave's celebration of life.
TORONTO — Sun Life Financial Inc. says its net profit grew to $937 million in the first quarter as it recorded a restructuring charge related to redefining the role of the office. The Toronto-based insurer reported after markets closed Wednesday a net profit equal to $1.59 per diluted share for the period ended March 31, up from 67 cents per share or $391 million a year earlier. It attributed the $546-million gain to favourable equity markets and interest rate changes, partially offset by unfavourable credit-spread movements. Sun Life says it recorded a $57-million after-tax restructuring charge related to its strategy for the workplace. Underlying net income was $850 million, up 10 per cent from $770 million a year earlier, driven by business growth, favourable morbidity experience in the U.S. and favourable credit experience in Canada. That was partially offset by a $31-million decrease from foreign exchange translation. The profit equalled $1.45 per diluted share, one cent per share below analyst forecasts and compared with $1.31 per share in the first quarter of 2020. Insurance sales fell 5.9 per cent to $730 million while wealth sales increased 10 per cent to $66 billion. New business rose to $278 million while assets under management totalled $1.3 billion, up 26.5 per cent. "We continue to invest in future growth, and, after the quarter end, announced our agreement to acquire Pinnacle Care International, Inc., a leading U.S. health care navigation and medical intelligence provider that will complement our stop-loss and health business," stated CEO Dean Connor. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 5, 2021. Companies in this story: (TSX:SLF) The Canadian Press
A former top financial officer in Venezuela’s state-owned oil company was sentenced to two years and four months in prison Wednesday after admitting that he played a supporting role in allowing wealthy Venezuelan “kleptocrats” to make loans to the government entity that yielded fortunes for them.
The families are the first to be reunited in the U.S. since President Biden issued an executive order in February to create a task force dedicated to repairing families torn apart as a result of his predecessor’s controversial family separation policy.
David Jamison teaches fifth-grade ELA in Memphis, Tennessee.
Variety’s annual “A Night in the Writers’ Room” will take place from June 8 to June 10, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. PT, on each night of the Virtual TV Festival. It feature conversations with Emmy-contending writers in comedy, drama and limited series/movie categories. The comedy panel will premiere on June 8 at 5 p.m. […]
It follows a warning from a French minister of ‘retaliatory measures’.
New York, New York--(Newsfile Corp. - May 5, 2021) - The Klein Law Firm announces that a class action complaint has been filed on behalf of shareholders of Lordstown Motors Corp (NASDAQ: RIDE) alleging that the Company violated federal securities laws.Class Period: August 3, 2020 and March 24, 2021Lead Plaintiff Deadline: May 17, 2021Learn more about your recoverable losses in RIDE:http://www.kleinstocklaw.com/pslra-1/lordstown-motors-corp-loss-submission-form?id=15531&from=5The filed complaint alleges that Lordstown Motors Corp made materially false and/or misleading statements ...
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina House voted Wednesday to add a firing squad to the state's execution methods amid a lack of lethal-injection drugs — a measure meant to jump-start executions in a state that once had one of the busiest death chambers in the nation. The bill, approved by a 66-43 vote, will require condemned inmates to choose either being shot or electrocuted if lethal injection drugs aren't available. The state is one of only nine to still use the electric chair and will become only the fourth to allow a firing squad. South Carolina last executed a death row inmate 10 years ago Thursday. The Senate already had approved the bill in March, by a vote of 32-11. The House only made minor technical changes to that version, meaning that after a routine final vote in the House and a signoff by the Senate, it will go to Republican Gov. Henry McMaster, who has said he will sign it. There are several prisoners in line to be executed. Corrections officials said three of South Carolina's 37 death row inmates are out of appeals. But lawsuits against the new death penalty rules are also likely. “Three living, breathing human beings with a heartbeat that this bill is aimed at killing,” said Democratic Rep. Justin Bamberg, rhythmically thumping the microphone in front of him. “If you push the green button at the end of the day and vote to pass this bill out of this body, you may as well be throwing the switch yourself.” South Carolina first began using the electric chair in 1912 after taking over the death penalty from individual counties, which usually hanged prisoners. The other three states that allow a firing squad are Mississippi, Oklahoma and Utah, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. Three inmates, all in Utah, have been killed by firing squad since the U.S. reinstated the death penalty in 1977. Nineteen inmates have died in the electric chair this century. South Carolina can’t put anyone to death now because its supply of lethal-injection drugs expired and it has not been able to buy any more. Currently, inmates can choose between the electric chair and lethal injection. Since the drugs are not available, they choose injection. The bill retains lethal injection as the primary method of execution if the state has the drugs, but requires prison officials to use the electric chair or firing squad if it doesn't. “Those families of victims to these capital crimes are unable to get any closure because we are caught in this limbo stage where every potential appeal has been exhausted and the legally imposed sentences cannot be carried out," said Republican Rep. Weston Newton. The lack of drugs, and decisions by prosecutors to seek guilty pleas with guaranteed life sentences over death penalty trials, have cut the state's death row population nearly in half — from 60 to 37 inmates — since the last execution was carried out in 2011. From 2000 to 2010, the state averaged just under two executions a year. The reduction also has come from natural deaths, and prisoners winning appeals and being resentenced to life without parole. Prosecutors have sent just three new inmates to death row in the past decade. Democrats in the House offered several amendments, including not applying the new execution rules to current death row inmates; livestreaming executions on the internet; outlawing the death penalty outright; and requiring lawmakers to watch executions. All failed. Opponents of the bill brought up George Stinney, the youngest person executed in the U.S. in the 20th century. He was 14 when he was sent to South Carolina’s electric chair after a one-day trial in 1944 for killing two white girls. A judge threw out the Black teen’s conviction in 2014. Newspaper stories reported that witnesses said the straps to keep him in the electric chair didn’t fit around his small frame. “So not only did South Carolina give the electric chair to the youngest person ever in America, but the boy was innocent,” Bamberg said. Other opponents noted that fellow Southern state Virginia outlawed the death penalty earlier this year. They also pointed out that the three executions carried out so far this year in the United States are the fewest since 2008, when the U.S. Supreme Court was reviewing lethal injection. Newton said the bill wasn't the place to debate the morality of executions. “This bill doesn’t deal with the merits or the propriety of whether we should have a death penalty in South Carolina," Newton said. ___ Follow Jeffrey Collins on Twitter at https://twitter.com/JSCollinsAP. Jeffrey Collins, The Associated Press
The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): 6:30 p.m. B.C.'s top doctor says the province will work to integrate children 12 years and up into its vaccination program. Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix say in a joint statement that people need to register to receive a vaccine as soon as they are eligible. B.C. reported 572 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, with 6,877 total active cases. There have been no new deaths in the past day. --- 4:20 p.m. Deaths linked to COVID-19 in Saskatchewan have passed the 500 mark. Health officials reported two more deaths today, bringing the death toll to 501. Since the pandemic began last year, a total of 42,203 people have been infected in the province. Officials also say 39,452 have recovered. --- 4:05 p.m. Saskatchewan health officials are reporting 196 new cases of COVID-19 and two new deaths. The province says the two people who have died were in their 70s – one was in Saskatchewan and the other in Regina. Officials say 171 people in hospital and, of those, 39 are in intensive care. The province also says it is expanding its immunization program to those 35 years of age and older. That is from age 37 announced earlier this week. All adults in northern Saskatchewan are still eligible to get vaccinated. --- 4 p.m. Federal lawmakers are poised to debate whether to invoke the Emergencies Act in response to the unravelling COVID-19 crisis in Alberta. Following a request in the House of Commons from NDP Alberta MP Heather McPherson, legislators will take part in a back-and-forth on the emergency legislation Wednesday evening. The Emergencies Act would allow Ottawa to shut down interprovincial travel and lock down areas suffering from high case numbers, among other drastic measures. The debate comes after Alberta Premier Jason Kenney introduced tougher rules last night, including school closures and restaurant patio shutdowns. Kenney says the rules will help arrest a surging wave of COVID-19 cases that would otherwise overwhelm the health system in the coming weeks, but the Opposition says he is doing too little, too late as the province boasts the highest case rates in North America. --- 3:55 p.m. For the first time in the pandemic, Quebec has a lower COVID-19 infection rate than Nova Scotia, as Quebec appears to be managing the third wave far better than it did previous surges. Quebec is reporting currently 104 active cases per 100,000 people, while Nova Scotia has 108. The change is stark not just because Nova Scotia has, until recently, experienced very small case numbers as part of the Atlantic bubble, but because for the first 10 months of the pandemic, Quebec had more overall cases than any other province. Quebec has, however, managed outbreaks since Christmas far better than many other provinces, including Ontario, which surpassed Quebec in total cases for the first time at the end of January, and Alberta, which now has the highest infection rate in North America. On Tuesday, Ontario had 247 active cases for every 100,000 people, while Alberta had more than double that at 534. --- 2:30 p.m. New Brunswick is reporting its 39th COVID-19-related death. Health officials say a resident in their 70s of special-care home Pavillon Beau-Lieu in Grand Falls died in hospital. Officials are also reporting 11 new COVID-19 cases today: five in the Edmundston region, three in the Moncton area, and one in each of the Saint John, Fredericton and Bathurst regions. New Brunswick has 145 active reported cases of COVID-19 and six patients in hospital with the disease, including two in intensive care. --- 2:10 p.m. Nova Scotia is reporting 175 new cases of COVID-19 today. Health officials say there are 149 cases in the Halifax area, 13 in the province's eastern zone, nine in western zone and four in northern zone. The province has a total of 1,203 known active cases with 40 people in hospital, including nine in intensive care. Officials say as of Tuesday, 334,775 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, with 36,858 people having received their required second dose. --- 1:40 p.m. Ontario says it's on track to administer first COVID-19 vaccine doses to 65 per cent of adults in the province by the end of May. The province said last week that all adults would be eligible to book a shot starting the week of May 24. The government says that as of tomorrow, people aged 50 and older, those with high-risk health conditions, and a number of workers who cannot work from home will be eligible to book their shots across Ontario. That group of workers includes all elementary and secondary school workers, child-care workers, food and manufacturing workers, and agriculture and farm workers. --- 1:35 p.m. Manitoba is reporting 272 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths. The five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 8.8 per cent provincially and 9.2 per cent in Winnipeg. --- 1:25 p.m. Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting six new cases of COVID-19, all connected to travel or previously known infections. The province typically maintains an active caseload below 10, but there are now 58 active infections reported, including two people in hospital. Chief medical officer of health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald said the high numbers are the result of more travellers, as well as high caseloads outside provincial borders. She said with Health Canada’s approval today of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for kids aged 12-15, planning is underway to include that age group in the province’s vaccination efforts. --- 12:30 p.m. The federal government says Canada is sending desperately needed medical supplies to India as the COVID-19 pandemic spirals out of control. Global Affairs Canada says Ottawa is shipping up to 25,000 vials of the antiviral drug remdesivir and up to 350 ventilators from its emergency stockpile in response to the critical situation. The government says the Canadian military will airlift the supplies to the subcontinent. Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced initial plans to provide surplus medical supplies and a $10-million cash injection for the Indian Red Cross to help procure materials like personal protective equipment. In India, images of jam-packed hospitals and sick people sharing oxygen masks on the street are driving home the scope of the country’s latest wave, with COVID-19 deaths reaching a new high of 3,780 in the last 24 hours as daily infections rose by more than 382,000. --- 12:25 p.m. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says everyone in the province over the age of 12 can soon receive a COVID-19 vaccine. It would mean an additional 1.3 million Albertans become eligible for the vaccine. Appointments are to be staggered to avoid overwhelming booking systems, with every Albertan born in 1991 or earlier able to book appointments starting Friday. On Monday, appointments will be offered to anyone born between 2009 and 1992. Kenney says outside of the northern territories, Alberta is the first jurisdiction in Canada to offer vaccines to anyone older than 12. --- 11:25 a.m. New Brunswick health officials are reporting the province's first death of someone who developed a blood clot after receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Chief medical officer of health Dr. Jennifer Russell says the individual in their 60s received the vaccine in mid-April and developed symptoms a week later. She says the person was admitted to hospital and died two days later. Russell told a news conference today the risk of complications from the vaccine remains very low, between one in 100,000 and one in 250,000 doses. --- 11:20 a.m. Quebec is reporting 915 new cases of COVID-19 today and five more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus. Health officials say hospitalizations dropped by six, to 588, and 152 people were in intensive care, a drop of three. The province says it administered over 55,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the past 24 hours, for a total of more than 3.3 million. --- 11:15 a.m. Manitoba is expanding its vaccine eligibility for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. The minimum age is dropping to 45 from 50. Health officials say everyone aged 18 and up will be eligible to book an appointment by May 21. --- 11:10 a.m. Health Canada Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Supriya Sharma says she still stands behind the advice to take the first vaccine you're offered, as soon as you're offered it. Sharma did not directly criticize advice from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization earlier this week that because of the remote risk of blood clots from the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine or the one from Johnson & Johnson. She says people do need to look at the risks of all things, and that every vaccine you could be offered in Canada is a good vaccine to take. --- 10:40 a.m. Nunavut is reporting five new cases of COVID-19 today, all in Iqaluit. The territory's total active case count now stands at 82, with 80 cases in Iqaluit and two in Kinngait. Both Iqaluit and Kinngait are under strict lock downs, with flights restricted and schools, non-essential businesses and workplaces closed. Cases have also been confirmed at Iqaluit's jails, medical boarding home and homeless shelter. A hotel in the city is being used as an alternative isolation site, where 31 people are currently staying. --- 10:30 a.m. Ontario reports 2,941 new cases of COVID-19 and 44 more deaths linked to the virus. Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 924 new cases in Toronto, 565 in Peel Region, and 254 in York Region. The Ministry of Health says 2,075 people are hospitalized with the novel coronavirus, with 882 people in intensive care and 620 on a ventilator. Ontario says over 132,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered since Tuesday's report, for a total of nearly 5.6 million doses. --- 9:45 a.m. Procurement Minister Anita Anand says Moderna has confirmed its next shipment of vaccines to Canada will include more than one million doses the week of May 17. It will be similar in size to the shipment set to land in Canada today from Europe. This week's shipment is a week ahead of schedule. Moderna has been plagued by production issues and it's not clear yet how many doses it will deliver before the end of June. The company initially said it would ship 12.3 million doses between April 1 and June 30, but will only reach about one-third of that amount by the middle of May. --- This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 5, 2021. The Canadian Press
(Bloomberg) -- Asia stocks are set for a muted open after technology shares weighed on U.S. markets, offsetting optimism over solid corporate earnings and economic reports. Treasuries climbed.Futures were little changed in Australia and Hong Kong. Trading resumes in Japan and China after holidays. U.S. futures edged lower after the S&P 500 notched a small gain while the Nasdaq 100 ended in the red. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose to a fresh record. Moderna Inc. and Johnson & Johnson retreated on news the U.S. will support a proposal to waive intellectual-property protections for Covid-19 shots, joining an effort to increase global supplies.The Bloomberg Commodity Spot Index returned to its highest level since 2011 as growth bets boost demand, while poor weather and transportation bottlenecks threaten supply. Oil slipped toward $65 a barrel. The dollar was little changed.The U.S. Treasury said it will sell $126 billion of long-term debt next week in its quarterly refunding auctions. It’s the first time in more than a year that the total hasn’t increased, suggesting that the government’s financing needs may have peaked. Treasuries rallied over the session, with the benchmark 10-year yield slipping to 1.57%.As the world’s largest economy rebounds, an intense debate has emerged over whether inflation could get out of control. The five-year breakeven rate -- a proxy for inflation expectations -- has jumped to the highest since 2008, buoyed in part by commodity prices. Despite massive government spending and central bank stimulus, several Federal Reserve officials said Wednesday that price pressures can be contained.“I do think we are set up for a more difficult summer,” Andrew Sheets, Morgan Stanley chief cross asset strategist, said on Bloomberg TV. “The higher inflation numbers are going to come through -- they might be temporary but we are definitely going to get them -- and we are at much higher levels” in the stock market, he said.Here are some key events to watch this week:Bank of England rate decision ThursdayThe April U.S. employment report is released on FridayThese are some of the main moves in markets:StocksS&P 500 futures dipped as of 7:16 a.m. in Tokyo. The S&P 500 was little changedNasdaq 100 futures slipped 0.1%. The Nasdaq 100 fell 0.3%Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index futures were little changedHong Kong’s Hang Seng Index futures rose 0.3% earlierCurrenciesThe Japanese yen was at 109.20 per dollarThe offshore yuan was at 6.4876 per dollarThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changedThe euro was little changed at $1.2005BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries declined two basis points to 1.57%CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude fell 0.5% to $65.28 a barrelGold was at $1,787.33 an ounceFor 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.
South Africa's Zulu nation awaits a decision on who will succeed the queen, who died last month.
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 Guillen, 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. Guillen'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
New York, New York--(Newsfile Corp. - May 5, 2021) - The following statement is being issued by Levi & Korsinsky, LLP:To: All persons or entities who purchased or otherwise acquired securities of Romeo Power, Inc. ("Romeo Power") (NYSE: RMO) between October 5, 2020 and March 30, 2021. You are hereby notified that a securities class action lawsuit has been commenced in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. To ...
Winston Cooks, LLC in conjunction with the Beeman Law Firm filed a proposed securities class action lawsuit against Churchill Capital Corporation IV, Lucid Motors, Michael Klein, Jay Faragin and Peter Rawlinson.
Joe Cole said Mason Mount showed “romance is still in football” after his sent Chelsea to the Champions League Final at the end of a few weeks of “the ugly side” of the game. Mount scored late on to seal a 2-0 win for Chelsea against Real Madrid in the second leg of their semi-final at Stamford Bridge as the Blues went through 3-1 on aggregate. Chelsea will play Manchester City in the Final on May 29 and Cole was full of praise for Mount after the midfielder booked his boyhood club a place in Istanbul.
South Carolina hasn’t been able to carry out an execution in years due to a shortage in lethal injection drugs.
BioConsortia names Nancy Vosnidou to newly created position of IP & Portfolio Strategist, protecting IP in gene editing, nitrogen fixation, et al .
New York, New York--(Newsfile Corp. - May 5, 2021) - The Klein Law Firm announces that a class action complaint has been filed on behalf of shareholders of Amdocs Limited (NASDAQ: DOX) alleging that the Company violated federal securities laws.Class Period: December 13, 2016 and March 30, 2021Lead Plaintiff Deadline: June 8, 2021Learn more about your recoverable losses in DOX:http://www.kleinstocklaw.com/pslra-1/amdocs-limited-loss-submission-form?id=15529&from=5The filed complaint alleges that Amdocs Limited made materially false and/or misleading statements and/or failed ...
Esperion Therapeutics (NASDAQ: ESPR) widely missed on its first-quarter results. In Q1 Esperion earned $8 million, over four times the $1.8 million of Q1 2020, fueled by $6.4 million in product revenue (royalty revenue came in at roughly $600,000).
Manchester United appear to have firmly ended their semi-final hoodoo as they take on AS Roma in the second leg of their Europa League tie. A remarkable 6-2 first-leg win at Old Trafford has Ole Gunnar Solskjaer & Co. all but confirmed for the final in Gdansk, where they will face Arsenal or Villarreal, but the head coach will hope his players are not distracted despite the heavy advantage. Roma vs Manchester United is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off on Thursday, May 6, 2021.