The fate of a beloved campground in Howard County is at the center of a battle between the community and one organization.
The fate of a beloved campground in Howard County is at the center of a battle between the community and one organization.
A second-generation COVID-19 vaccine developed by CureVac and GlaxoSmithKline, designed to protect against coronavirus variants, produced a high level of immune response in a trial in rats, the companies said on Thursday. CureVac in February said it would team up with GlaxoSmithKline on a COVID-19 vaccine aimed at targeting several variants with one shot. The shot uses messenger RNA technology, similar to successful vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, and clinical trials of the shot in humans are expected to start in the third quarter of this year.
Twitter was baffled by a viral video of a woman demonstrating “the easiest way to make spaghetti for a crowd” by mixing ingredients on a countertop.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — When will COVID-19 vaccines be widely available globally? Experts say it could be 2023 or later before the shots are widely available in some countries. The United States, Israel and the United Kingdom are among the nations where about half or more of the population has gotten at least one shot. In some countries, including South Africa, Pakistan and Venezuela, less than 1% of people have been vaccinated. In nearly a dozen countries — mostly in Africa — there have been no jabs at all. The differences reflect a mix of factors including purchasing power, domestic production capacity, access to raw materials and global intellectual property laws. The U.S. has supported waiving intellectual property protection for the vaccines. But it’s not clear whether there will be global agreement on the issue and, if so, whether that would help speed up production. COVAX, a U.N.-backed project to ensure vaccine access globally, has run drastically behind schedule due in part to export bans and stockpiling by some countries. In April, researchers at Duke University said that, even with assistance from COVAX, many countries would not be able to reach 60% coverage until 2023 or later. “The U.S., European and other wealthy nations long ago pre-ordered nearly all the doses available and now other countries, even with the money to buy, are at the back of line waiting,” said Matthew Kavanagh, a global health policy expert at Georgetown University. China and Russia are among those that have committed to donating vaccines to other nations. Other countries including the U.S. and U.K. aren’t yet sharing their stockpiles, though they've committed to doing so. Still, global scarcity is expected to continue for years to come. “There is simply not enough vaccine to go around,” Kavanagh said. ___ The AP is answering your questions about the coronavirus in this series. Submit them at: FactCheck@AP.org. Read more here: How long does protection from COVID-19 vaccines last? Are some COVID-19 vaccines more effective than others? Can COVID-19 vaccines affect my period? Victoria Milko, The Associated Press
David Cameron has said he was paid a "generous annual amount" which was "far more than I earned as prime minister" to lobby on behalf of a now-collapsed financial services firm. Mr Cameron is appearing in front of two Commons committees to answer questions about his actions on behalf of Greensill Capital. The former PM approached serving ministers and officials about the involvement of Greensill in government-backed financial support schemes during the COVID-19 crisis, lobbying that included dozens of calls and text messages to people including Chancellor Rishi Sunak.
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SpaceX will set up ground stations within Google's data centers that connect to the Starlink satellites, enabling fast and secure internet services via Google Cloud, the search giant said. This service is expected to be available in the second half of 2021 for enterprise customers, the company said.
Kelly Rocklein says she has received abuse since her legal action against the YouTuber became public.
CALGARY — The final three games of Canada's Secret Cup women's hockey tournament will be played in Calgary's NHL arena. The Professional Women's Hockey Players' Association (PWHPA) has partnered with the Calgary Flames for its Dream Gap Tour tournament May 24-30 in Calgary. Sixty players from the PWHPA's three Canadian hubs in Toronto, Montreal and Calgary will play a three-team, round-robin tournament with a final. The first four games will be played in the Tsuut'ina Nations' Seven Chiefs Sportsplex followed by three games, including the final, at Scotiabank Saddledome. The final three games will be broadcast on Sportsnet and all games will be carried on its streaming services. Calgary's Secret Cup will be the first PWHPA event in Canada since Jan. 11-12, 2020 in Toronto because of COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns across the country. The last PWHPA games many of Canada's top female hockey players participated in was a tournament March 6-8, 2020, in Arizona. The women's world hockey championship in Nova Scotia has been cancelled two straight years because of COVID. Alberta health authorities approved pandemic protocols for Calgary's Secret Cup. The PWHPA adopted protocols used by Hockey Canada for the world junior men's hockey championship, as well as national women's and para hockey camps in Alberta in recent months. “Congratulations to the PWHPA on the heavy lifting that goes into making an event like this come to fruition,” Calgary Sports and Entertainment president and CEO John Bean said Thursday in a statement. "It’s crucial that these world class hockey players have a place to play and that hockey fans everywhere can see it. "It’s also critical that the next generation know they belong in hockey and will always have a place to play.” Montreal's Bauer, Toronto's Sonnet and Calgary's Scotiabank will square off in a round-robin format with the top two teams meeting in the championship game May 30. The rosters include Canadian players invited to try out for the 2022 Olympic team: Marie-Philip Poulin and Jill Saulnier (Bauer); Natalie Spooner and Sarah Nurse (Sonnet); Rebecca Johnston and Meaghan Mikkelson (Scotiabank). The PWHPA, which includes Canadian and U.S. national team players, rose from the ashes of the Canadian Women's Hockey League that folded in 2019. The goal of the roughly 150 players is a sustainable league that offers the competitive supports and training environments the male pros get, and wages that allow them to be professional athletes. They've so far refused to join the six-team National Women's Hockey League, which recently announced a doubling of each team's salary cap to US$300,000 for next season. The Toronto Six is the lone Canadian club in that league. The PWHPA held a series of Dream Gap Tour tournaments and events across North America in 2019-20 before the global pandemic brought sport to a standstill. The PWHPA's American chapter has played a handful of games in the United States in recent weeks. A two-day tournament in St. Louis was postponed from early April to Monday and Tuesday. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 13, 2021. The Canadian Press
Local golf courses are idle as the provincial shut-down order mandates they may not open the fairways to players. While closed, they still have to pay for maintenance to keep the course in top shape while they wait for the green light to reopen. Woodington Lake, Nottawasaga Resort, the Club at Bond Head, and the Canadiana Country Club in Beeton, are watching the situation to see how it plays out. Golf courses in the region were watching the situation in Tillsonburg closely as one club defied the band and decided to remain open. That situation has changed after the OPP charged the club and started fining players. The Bridges at Tillsonburg Golf Course in Tillsonburg, Ontario, has decided to close temporarily and has stopped booking tee times. The course had defied the provincial shut-down order and opened its fairways on April 24. It was the only golf course operating in Ontario. In a statement, the course said: “We have implemented the necessary protocols to ensure our golfers are able to play safely. We are excited to be open and the course is in fantastic condition.” The course has also put into place protocols that were used during last season. That includes removing rakes and tools from the greens, inverting the cups so players don't have to reach into the hole, and encouraging walking rather than using a golf cart. The first couple of days saw the course full of golfers taking advantage of the weather while the local OPP set up shop across the road and watched what was going on without taking any action against either the course or the golfers. Originally when asked about the situation, the police responded “It is under investigation.” That all changed on May 2, when police charged the golf course and started issuing fines to golfers who played the course. Police were photographing golfers on the 9th and 17th holes, then stopping them after they left the course. Individual players were issued tickets for $750. One player posted a photo of a sign in the golf course pro shop advising golfers not to pay the fine and to return the ticket with 'rescind' written across it. Legal experts responded that taking legal advice from a golf course wasn't the best course of action. The golf course could be fined up to $10 million, although that is unlikely to happen. While the owners of the golf course insist it is safe to be out on the course, it was announced on May 4, that they would temporarily be closing the facility. In a statement, the Club said, “The Bridges at Tillsonburg would like to thank the hundreds of golfers and citizens who have supported us during our 'opening in protest' of the lock-down measures taken against golf courses. The opening was not about making money. It was in protest of unreasonable measures. To demonstrate this, we are donating all the profits from the course opening to organizations who represent those who have been adversely affected by the lockdowns. Including the Tillsonburg Helping Hand Food Bank, Domestic Abuse Service Oxford (DASO), and Wellkin (Child & Youth Mental Wellness)." The golf industry has been lobbying the provincial government to allow them to reopen courses across the province saying the sport is safe to play. Industry experts say if the shut-down remains in place through June, some golf course will be forced to close permanently. Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times
TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 2,759 new COVID-19 cases today. It's also reporting 31 more deaths from the virus. The data is based on 47,638 tests. There were 1,632 people in Ontario hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Thursday morning. That number includes 776 people in intensive care and 568 on ventilators. The province says it administered 137,697 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine yesterday for a total of more than 6.6 million doses given out so far. Ontarians aged 40 and older can book COVID-19 vaccine appointments across the province today. The province opened eligibility to the age cohort through its vaccine booking portal. People in their 40s could previously take Oxford-AstraZeneca shots at pharmacies but they can now book at other clinics. The province stopped giving first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine this week, citing an increased risk of a rare but serious blood clot linked to the shot. The province is expecting millions of vaccines in the coming weeks and is aiming to get first shots to 65 per cent of adults by the end of May. Meanwhile, Ontario Premier Doug Ford is renewing his calls for tighter controls on domestic travellers and those who arrive through land crossings, saying Ottawa has yet to respond to his requests on these issues. The premier has issued a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, arguing additional measures -- such as quarantine requirements for travellers coming into Canada by land -- are needed to curb the spread of more contagious COVID-19 variants. Trudeau said last week that he was willing to work with Ontario to further limit the number of people allowed to enter the province, but said Ford had yet to follow up on his earlier requests. Ford, who has made few public appearances in recent weeks, is scheduled to make an announcement at noon alongside his health minister and the province's top doctor. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 13, 2021. The Canadian Press
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MADRID (AP) _ Telefonica SA (TEF) on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $1.07 billion. On a per-share basis, the Madrid-based company said it had profit of 18 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 22 cents per share. The telecommunications company posted revenue of $12.46 billion in the period. _____ This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on TEF at https://www.zacks.com/ap/TEF The Associated Press
The Home and School Association at KTTPS has taken on the task of raising money to purchase new playground equipment for the school. Elaine Slade, the mother of a KTTPS student and member of the association, realized in 2019 that the current equipment was getting quite dated and was not accessible to students with different needs. After accepting quotes to find out what it would cost to replace the equipment, the association embarked on a fundraising campaign, with a goal of raising $60,000. “We want to create a playground with play spaces that encourage participation and interaction amongst all children,” said Slade. “We wish to install play equipment with tactile surfaces, ramps and accessible swings that incorporate texture, contrasting colours and sounds.” Countless pizza days, sub days, milk days, fun food days and fun fairs have slowly but surely added to the amount raised. The group also received a grant of $2,500 from Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities and continues to apply for funding from other sources. To date, the association has brought in $42,000. Unfortunately, COVID and the accompanying school closures have put their fundraising efforts on hold. “Parents have been really generous,” said Slade. “They didn’t ask for refunds on food payments when the school was closed.” This money was directed to the fundraiser. The association is appealing to the public for support and says tax receipts will be available to anyone who wishes to contribute to helping them reach their goal of $60,000. More information is available by contacting Slade at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tammy Lindsay Schneider, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kincardine Independent
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* Brazil economic activity slows less than expected in March * Mexico, Peru and Chile c.bank meetings due By Shashank Nayar May 13 (Reuters) - Brazil's real led gains across Latin American currencies on Thursday as economic growth slowed less than expected, while most other stocks and currencies recovered from steep losses in the prior session after a spike in U.S. inflation. The real gained 0.9% and was set for its best single day gain in a week, as economic activity in March recorded a smaller decline than economists had expected, implying that first quarter economic growth rose 2.3%.
Toronto FC's Alejandro Pozuelo and Jozy Altidore rank fourth and sixth on the 2021 Major League Soccer salary scale, according to figures released Thursday by the MLS Players Association. Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela tops the list at US$6.3 million in guaranteed compensation, ahead of Los Angeles Galaxy striker Javier Hernandez at $6 million and Inter Miami forward Gonzalo Higuain at $5.79 million. Pozuelo, TFC's Spanish playmaker, is next at $4.69 million with Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez fifth at $3.89 million. Altidore is sixth at $3.6 million followed by Inter Miami midfielder/forward Rodolfo Pizarro ($3.35 million), New York City FC midfielder Maxi Moralez ($3.29 million), CF Montreal midfielder Victor Wanyama ($3.09 million) and FC Dallas forward Franco Jara ($2.98 million). Canadian forward Lucas Cavallini leads the Vancouver Whitecaps at $1.36 million. The MLSPA figures are as of April 15, with later signings like TFC's Yeferson Soteldo not included. It's the first batch of salary numbers since the league's new collective bargaining agreement went into effect in February 2020. The MLSPA says the average base salary for senior roster non-designated players is $398,725 in 2021. Toronto features four players making in excess of $1 million, with Soteldo likely a fifth. Captain Michael Bradley is making $1.5 million while defender Omar Gonzalez is at $1.06 million. Defender Chris Mavinga is next at $887,500, followed by Canadian midfielder Jonathan Osorio at $876,250. Toronto has $770,583 tied up in goalkeepers Alex Bono ($482,000) and Quentin Westberg ($288,583). Montreal has three players at $1-million-plus with Wanyama joined by defender Kiki Struna at $1.21 million and forward Bjorn Johnsen at $1.04 million. Striker Romell Quioto is next at $885,000, just ahead of defender Rudy Camacho at $849,153. Fullback Ali Adnan, at $1.23 million, is second to Cavallini among Whitecap earners. Brazilian midfielder Caio Alexandre is next at $539,583 followed by defender Erik Godoy at $450,000 and forward Cristian Dajome at $447,917. --- Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter This report by The Canadian Press was first published Mat 13, 2021 Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press
McDonald’s is raising pay at 650 company-owned stores in the U.S. as part of its push to hire thousands of new workers in a tight labor market. The fast-food giant is also encouraging its franchisees — which make up 95% of its restaurant base — to boost pay. McDonald's follows other chains including Chipotle, which said Monday that it will raise workers’ pay to an average of $15 per hour by the end of June. Darden Restaurants, the owner of Olive Garden and other chains, said it March that it will guarantee workers $12 per hour including tips by 2023. Amazon, Costco and other big companies have all announced pay raises in recent weeks. Wages and benefits for U.S. workers have been rising quickly as vaccinations increase and employers try to meet growing demand at restaurants and other businesses. U.S. workers’ total compensation rose 0.9% in the first three months of this year, the largest gain in more than 13 years, according to the Labor Department. McDonald’s, based in Chicago, said Thursday that its hourly wages will increase an average of 10% over the next few months to $13 per hour, rising to $15 per hour by 2024. Entry-level workers will make at least $11 per hour; shift managers will make at least $15 per hour. Fight for $15 and a Union, a labor group which is trying to unionize fast food workers, said the increases aren't enough and it will continue to demand a starting wage of $15 per hour for all McDonald's workers. “Clearly, McDonald’s understands that in order to hire and retain talented workers, something needs to change," union organizer and McDonald's employee and union organizer Doneshia Babbitt said in a statement. “Now, they’re raising pay for some of us and using fancy math tricks to gloss over the fact that they’re selling most of us short.” Fight for $15 is planning strikes in 15 cities next Wednesday ahead of McDonald's annual shareholders meeting. However, the vast majority of McDonald’s nearly 14,000 U.S. stores are owned by franchisees who set pay in their own restaurants. McDonald’s said it didn’t have data on wages at franchised restaurants but said that it's asking them to follow suit. “We encourage all our owner/operators to make this same commitment to their restaurant teams in ways that make the most sense for their community, their people and their long-term growth,” McDonald’s U.S. President Joe Erlinger wrote in a letter to employees. In a prepared statement, the U.S. National Franchisee Leadership Alliance __ which negotiates with the company on behalf of franchisees __ expressed support for the wage hikes and encouraged restaurants to stay competitive in their local markets. Dee-ann Durbin, The Associated Press
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Chelsea manager Emma Hayes has deployed the right tactics while leading her team to its first Women’s Champions League final. And her psychological methods have paid off, too. Before facing Bayern Munich in the second leg of the semifinals and down 2-1, she showed her players a video of a female UFC champion repeating the phrase “I'm the best” moments before a fight. Hayes gives teamwork and leadership lessons by encouraging players to learn from the habits of geese, who fly in formation, take turns at the front and hold each other accountable. “That's a big part of who I am — developing mentality, mindsets,” Hayes said recently. “I might have some performance psychology support for individuals but ... the best psychologist is the coach.” Hayes will be trying to become the first Englishwoman to coach a team to victory in the tournament when Chelsea faces Barcelona on Sunday in Gothenburg, Sweden. Chelsea got there by beating Bayern 4-1 nearly two weeks ago, eliminating the German club 5-3 on aggregate. Only two female coaches have won Europe's premier club competition, the last coming 12 years ago with Martina Voss-Tecklenburg of German club Duisburg. Finalists since then have all been coached by men. For someone who once hoped to become an intelligence officer — “I had no ambition to be a football coach. I wanted to be a spy for MI5 or MI6,” she said in 2019 — it's perhaps no surprise that the 44-year-old Hayes emphasizes the mental side of the game. Hayes' always-entertaining news conferences and interviews have included references to brain-function analysis — as well as cups of tea, days out with her young son, and the occasional expletive. Hayes, who grew up in a working-class family in north London, has a “no excuses” philosophy in which she asks the team each week if there's anything she missed in preparation, thereby transferring responsibility to the players. “She makes us used to having the pressure so whenever the moments come where it’s a pressured game, it's not that big of a deal for us because we deal with that pressure every day,” said Chelsea captain Magdalena Eriksson, who cleared a ball off the line late in the win over Bayern. “She’s taken Chelsea to this point," the Sweden defender continued. “She’s pushed us every year.” Hayes became Chelsea manager in 2012 and has built one of the world's best teams, amassing international talent like Australia striker Sam Kerr, Denmark forward Pernille Harder and England forward Fran Kirby. Under Hayes, Chelsea has won the Women's Super League four times — the most in England — in addition to other trophies. The London club has a chance to match Arsenal's quadruple from 2007, when Hayes was an assistant coach there. Chelsea has already won the WSL title and the League Cup. After Sunday's final, there's still the women's FA Cup. “You can’t have that many days off in this business," Hayes said after clinching the WSL title last Sunday. Hayes has credited her experience in the United States with shaping her, telling Chelsea TV that she was born in England “but I was definitely made in America — that I’m certain of, from winning mentality to determination.” In search of coaching opportunities, she left London in her early 20s and led a semi-pro team in Long Island before becoming head coach at Iona College. After the Arsenal stint, she was hired in 2008 as head coach and director of operations for the Chicago Red Stars ahead of the inaugural season of Women's Professional Soccer, the precursor to the current NWSL. A fan of former Chicago Bulls head coach Phil Jackson, Hayes was fired early in the 2010 season after only one win in the team's first six games. Today, though, her high-flying Chelsea team is the first English club since Arsenal in 2007 to reach the European final. Like geese, she said, any of her players are capable of stepping up. Alex Ferguson had used a similar metaphor when he managed Manchester United. “I have shown them why they fly in V-formations," Hayes said, "what its purpose is, what everybody’s role is, how they communicate, how they support each other, and importantly that you fly further together and that’s the bottom line. Same for my team. Sometimes different people take the lead.” ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Ken Maguire, The Associated Press