Jenny Fleiss, Venture Partner at Volition Capital and Co-Founder of Rent the Runway, joins Yahoo Finance’s Alexis Christoforous and Akiko Fujita to discuss leveling the venture capital playing field for women.
Jenny Fleiss, Venture Partner at Volition Capital and Co-Founder of Rent the Runway, joins Yahoo Finance’s Alexis Christoforous and Akiko Fujita to discuss leveling the venture capital playing field for women.
Former Attorney General of Louisiana Charles C. Foti, Jr., Esq. and the law firm of Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC ("KSF") are investigating the proposed merger of EQT Corporation (the "Company") (NYSE: EQT) with Alta Resources Development, LLC. KSF is seeking to determine whether the merger and the process that led to it are adequate, or whether the merger undervalues the Company.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal safety regulators are sending a team to California to investigate a fatal freeway crash involving a Tesla, just after authorities near Oakland arrested a man in another Tesla rolling down a freeway with no one behind the steering wheel. Experts say both cases raise pressure on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to take action on Tesla's partially automated driving system called Autopilot, which has been involved in multiple crashes that have resulted in at least three U.S. deaths. The probe of the May 5 crash in Fontana, California, east of Los Angeles, is the 29th case involving a Tesla that the agency has responded to. Local media reported that the male Tesla driver was killed and two other men were seriously injured when the electric car struck an overturned semi on a freeway. It wasn't clear whether the Tesla was operating on Autopilot or Tesla's “Full Self-Driving” system. “We have launched a Special Crash Investigation for this crash. NHTSA remains vigilant in overseeing the safety of all motor vehicles and equipment, including automated technologies,” the agency said in a statement Wednesday. The investigation comes just after the California Highway Patrol arrested another man who authorities say was in the back seat of a Tesla that was riding down Interstate 80 with no one behind the wheel. Param Sharma, 25, is accused of reckless driving and disobeying a peace officer, the CHP said in a statement Tuesday. The statement did not say if officials have determined whether the Tesla was operating on Autopilot, which can keep a car centered in its lane and a safe distance behind vehicles in front of it. But it’s likely that either Autopilot or “Full Self-Driving” were in operation for the driver to be in the back seat. Tesla is allowing a limited number of owners to test its self-driving system, but it’s not clear if Sharma was one of them. Tesla, which has disbanded its public relations department, did not respond to messages seeking comment Wednesday. The Fontana investigation, in addition to probes of two crashes in Michigan from earlier this year, show that NHTSA is taking a closer look at the Tesla systems. Experts say that the agency needs to rein in such systems because people tend to trust them too much when they cannot drive themselves. Tesla says on its website and in owners manuals that for both driver-assist systems, drivers must be ready to intervene at any time. But drivers have repeatedly zoned out with Autopilot in use, resulting in crashes in which neither the system nor the driver stopped for obstacles in the road. Experts say the arrest and the latest investigation are signs that NHTSA is taking a closer look at automated systems, specifically those in Teslas. “I think they very likely are getting serious about this, and we may actually start to see some action in the not-too-distant future,” said Sam Abuelsamid, principal mobility analyst for Guidehouse Insights who follows automated systems. “I definitely think that the increasing number of incidents is adding more fuel to the fire for NHTSA to do more,” said Missy Cummings, an electrical and computer engineering professor at Duke University who studies automated vehicles. “I do think they are going to be stronger about this.” The agency could declare Autopilot defective and require it to be recalled, or it could force Tesla to limit areas where Autopilot can be used to limited-access freeways. It could also make the company install a stronger system to ensure drivers are paying attention. The auto industry, except for Tesla, already does a good job of limiting where such systems can operate, and is moving to self-regulate, Cummings said. Tesla seems to be heading that way. It’s now installing driver-facing cameras on recent models, she said. Tesla has a system to monitor drivers to make sure they’re paying attention by detecting force from hands on the steering wheel. The system will issue warnings and eventually shut the car down if it doesn’t detect hands. But critics have said Tesla’s system is easy to fool and can take as long as a minute to shut down. Consumer Reports said in April that it was able to trick a Tesla into driving in Autopilot mode with no one at the wheel. In March, a Tesla official also told California regulators that “Full Self-Driving” was a driver-assist system that requires monitoring by humans. In notes released by the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles, the company couldn’t say whether Tesla’s technology would improve to fully self driving by the end of the year, contrary to statements made by company CEO Elon Musk. ____ Krisher reported from Detroit. This story has been corrected to show that Elon Musk is the CEO of Tesla, not the company's founder. John Antczak And Tom Krisher, The Associated Press
DOWNEY, Calif. (AP) — Hoping to grab a share of the spotlight in California's expected recall election, Republican candidate for governor Kevin Faulconer on Wednesday proposed ending the state income tax for individuals making up to $50,000 and households up to $100,000 as part of a plan to make the notoriously costly state more affordable for families and the middle class. “Too often when we hear about tax relief, they're cuts for investors, for the Wall Street crowd," Faulconer said Wednesday at a campaign event in the Los Angeles suburb of Downey. “This is for young people just starting out, this is for parents who are paying for diapers or college, this is for folks working long days to put food on the table." Faulconer, the former San Diego mayor, is among a growing list of Republican candidates hoping to oust Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in the all-but-certain election expected this fall. His tax plan was unveiled at an increasingly challenging time for Republicans in their longshot bid to oust Newsom in the heavily Democratic state. The governor — blessed with an unprecedented $76 billion surplus not of his making, and billions more in federal coronavirus funding — has commanded headlines all week by rolling out a series of proposals with obvious political appeal, including checks up to $1,100 for many lower- and middle-income Californians. Faulconer also is trying to keep pace with his two main Republican competitors, businessman John Cox and former Olympian and reality TV personality Caitlyn Jenner, who have garnered more recent attention. The low-key event around the corner from a popular bakery didn't draw a crowd, beyond a handful of TV cameras. A governor has limited power to reduce taxes unilaterally, so Faulconer would need approval from the Legislature to enact his plan. If he wins the recall, he would take office with Democratic supermajorities in the Assembly and Senate, which gives the party a stranglehold on power in both chambers. Faulconer, who worked with a Democrat-majority City Council in San Diego, said he' would seek to win legislative support by first getting public buy-in. “It’s just too expensive to live in California, period," he told The Associated Press ahead of his announcement. “I’m a big believer in going out and winning the argument publicly, and then we will win the vote." Under Faulconer's plan, there would be a 0% marginal income tax rate on the first $50,000 in income for individuals and $100,000 for households. That means people making those amounts or less wouldn't pay state income tax, while those making up to $1 million would see a low effective tax rate. Faulconer chose to make his announcement in the small city southeast of Los Angeles that has a median income of just more than $75,000, roughly the same as the median income statewide. It's also known for its financially ascendant Latino community. The former mayor estimated the plan would save individuals nearly $2,000 and families nearly $4,000 annually and said his plan would benefit 99% of taxpayers. Faulconer said his proposed cuts would reduce state revenues by about $15 billion annually and pointed to the state's expected $76 billion surplus this year as evidence the state can afford it. Asked what would happen if the economy tumbled, and if he would slash programs to support a continuing, deep tax cut, Faulconer said such a drastic move wouldn’t be necessary. “As mayor, having to balance many budgets, it’s about priorities. It’s about spending dollars on what’s important, on services that Californians actually need and expect and deserve," he said. He further said Sacramento has a “spending problem." But he declined to give any specific details on what views as excess or what he would cut. California's budget relies heavily on personal income tax from the wealthiest Californians — those making more than $1 million annually — and their taxes would not change under Faulconer's plan. Republicans regularly complain that California's high taxes make the state unaffordable for people and are causing the rich to flee. They point to high-profile examples of companies such as Oracle and Hewlett Packard moving their headquarters out of California. Newsom, meanwhile, proposed on Monday giving tax rebates of up to $1,100 each to more than 11 million low- and middle-income taxpayers. Taxpayers making between $30,000 and $75,000 would get a one-time $600 rebate. Those making up to $75,000 with children would get an extra $500. The governor's campaign did not immediately comment on Faulconer's proposal. A recent study by the Public Policy Institute of California found the state is losing lower and middle-income people and those without college degrees, while it's gaining higher-income people with degrees. State officials announced last week that California's population declined by 182,000 in 2020, and the state lost a U.S. House seat for the first time ever with last month's release of Census data. Faulconer also pledged not to raise taxes if he wins. But a governor also lacks that power. He could veto legislation raising taxes, but the Legislature could override him with two-thirds votes in both chambers. He would also exempt veterans' income from military retirement from being taxed. Faulconer has the most political experience of any Republican in the race, and he's looking to craft himself as a credible alternative to Newsom, compared to his rivals. Cox, who lost to Newsom in a landslide in 2018, last week campaigned alongside a bear as he branded himself the “beast" and Newsom a “pretty boy" who fails to make tough decisions. Cox will release his own tax cut plan soon, said spokesman Anthony Ramirez, who criticized Faulconer's record on taxes. As San Diego mayor, he proposed raising the hotel tax to raise money for a convention center expansion, infrastructure and tackling homelessness. “We welcome Kevin's new-found religion on tax cuts," Ramirez said. Jenner, meanwhile, did not appear well-versed in California's policy issues during her first television interviews last week. Her campaign did not immediately comment on Faulconer's proposal. ___ Ronayne reported from Sacramento, California. Michael R. Blood And Kathleen Ronayne, The Associated Press
Nunavut's chief public health officer says the government is working to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for teens but there is no timeline on when doses might arrive. Dr. Michael Patterson says communities with ongoing outbreaks or communities at higher risk would be prioritized for the vaccine. "Iqaluit will likely be the first community to have Pfizer vaccine offered to children who are 12 and over," Patterson said Wednesday. There were 69 active cases reported in Nunavut on Wednesday, all in Iqaluit. Four residents have been flown to Ottawa to be treated and one of them is in intensive care. Patterson said almost one-quarter of Iqaluit's cases are in residents under 18. The oldest infected person is in the 70-plus group. Statistics Canada says Nunavut has the youngest population in Canada, with just over 31 per cent of residents under the age of 15. The capital has about 8,000 people and is under strict public health orders. All schools, non-essential businesses and workplaces are closed. All indoor and outdoor gatherings are banned and masks are mandatory whenever people leave their households. Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq said his government met last week with Iqaluit bylaw officers, RCMP and sheriffs from the Nunavut Court of Justice about how to enforce public health measures. He said 39 complaints had been made to enforcement agencies as of May 5, but no tickets have been issued. Last week, Patterson said many of Iqaluit's new cases were coming from house parties. He urged anyone who attended a party in the last three weeks to be tested for COVID-19. "Iqalummiut, I'm not sure how else we can say this: Please stop gathering," Savikataaq said. "The parties, the social interactions with people outside your household and the time outside with others without wearing your mask are just not worth it." To date, about 80 per cent of Iqaluit's adults have received at least one dose of the Moderna vaccine, while about half of the territory's adults have received one dose. On Tuesday, federal Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller announced more than $19 million for Nunavut's COVID-19 response. Savikataaq said the money will be used for remote learning, child care, social supports and correctional services. He said the government is still reviewing how the funds will be distributed. Meanwhile, the Northwest Territories said Wednesday it hopes to get students back into classrooms on Monday after an outbreak in Yellowknife forced schools to close There have been 61 confirmed cases of COVID-19 related to an outbreak at N.J. Macpherson school in the city and over 1,000 people have been asked to isolate as a result. Students will have to follow public health measures when they return, including mandatory indoor masking and opening windows while on school buses. Last week, the N.W.T. started offering the Pfizer vaccine to youth between 12 and 17 after it swapped doses of the Moderna vaccine with British Columbia. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 12, 2021. ___ This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. Emma Tranter, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Plans for Canada's foreign affairs minister to take his second international trip in less than a month have raised questions around what's allowed for those in quarantine and a discrepancy between what Canadians are told and what regulations actually say. Marc Garneau's office says he's in quarantine after returning from a G7 foreign ministers' meeting in the United Kingdom last week. His office says he arrived back in Canada on May 6, and stayed for two nights in a federal government-approved hotel in Montreal, as required by Ottawa for those entering the country by air to prevent further spread of COVID-19.On May 18, one day before he finishes his mandatory 14-quarantine, he's set to leave for the 12th ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council on May 19-20 in Reykjavik, Iceland. The trip comes as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Public Health Agency of Canada have spent months telling Canadians to forgo non-essential travel to protect themselves and the country from the novel coronavirus and its more virulent mutations, which are driving a spike in cases and hospitalizations. Trudeau has characterized Garneau's second trip as essential, noting that travel required for work is still allowed and the necessary rules will be followed.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh suggested Garneau should not make the trip."As leaders, we need to use our position to set a good example and avoid any non-essential travel," Singh told a news conference Wednesday.Asked about why Garneau, who was vaccinated with a first dose back in March, is allowed to exit his 14-day quarantine one day early, Global Affairs Canada pointed to a federal regulation. It reads "a person who is in quarantine after entering Canada by aircraft may leave Canada before the expiry of the 14-day period if they remain in quarantine until they depart from Canada."However, that rule is different than what the federal government says on its own website around mandatory quarantine and isolation. It says people may choose to leave the country before the end of their 14-day quarantine but, "You must use a private vehicle to depart Canada. You will not be allowed to board a flight if you are currently under a quarantine order."Similarly, the government's website says those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms wishing to leave the country before the end of their 14-day isolation must do so by private vehicle and not take public transportation. When questioned on the discrepancy, a Global Affairs Canada spokeswoman referred back to the federal regulations, including one stating someone in isolation may leave Canada at the discretion of a screening officer before their two weeks is up in a "private conveyance.""We invite you to refer to order-in-council 50 for information about quarantine and isolation. For further information about quarantine and isolation, please contact the Public Health Agency of Canada," reads a statement. Singh called it "shocking" the Liberals don't appear to be following their own rules. Trudeau has said he hopes to travel to the G7 leaders meeting in the U.K. in June.This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 12, 2021. Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Harvey walked onto the Citi Field mound for the first time in 3 years, 9 days, his brown eyes darting around the stadium where he became a star and left in ignominy. “There’s been so many ups and downs here at this ballpark and with this organization that I didn’t really know what to expect,” he said later. “What the fans gave me out there was pretty incredible. I was holding back tears.” Harvey received three standing ovations, but his outing for Baltimore was no better than his final performances for New York. Pitching against against the Mets for the first time, Harvey allowed Kevin Pillar’s two-run triple in a three-run second inning that carried New York over the Orioles 7-1 on Wednesday for a seven-game winning streak. Wearing orange and black instead of blue and orange, Harvey (3-3) gave up a season-high seven runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings with one walk and four strikeouts. His ERA rose from 3.60 to 4.81 as the last-place Orioles lost for the fifth time in six games. “I wish things went differently," he said. "I wish the score was flip-flopped.” Taijuan Walker (3-1) lowered his ERA to 2.20, allowing one run and four hits over seven innings as part of a five-hitter. Dominic Smith had three hits and two RBIs for the NL East-leading Mets, who completed a two-game sweep that finished a 5-0 homestand. New York is on its longest hot streak since winning eight straight from Aug. 3-10, 2019. Nicknamed the Dark Knight of Gotham and a star of the team that reached the 2015 World Series, Harvey was dealt three seasons ago after pitching poorly and with management peeved as nightlife column mentions approached the frequency of his sports section headlines. Harvey said he would have understood boos. Instead, he received his first ovation from the pandemic-limited crowd of 8,035 when he warmed up for the first, prompting the 32-year-old right-hander to wave twice with his glove and tip his cap. “I’d like to say I gave everything I had here. Especially in that 2015 run, it was really something special, and I left it all out there for everybody, for the fans, for our teammates,” Harvey said. “Those memories definitely came in when I got some cheers and got the standing ovation.” Fans paid tribute again with extended applause when he batted in the second. “That was a class move on their part," Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. Harvey was awarded a final ovation when heading to the dugout with head bowed after he was pulled in the fifth. “Obviously the last couple years weren't the way I want them to go, between the injuries and I think me getting in my own way and causing some of those problems,” he said. “I feel for the fans that maybe I let them down." His cockiness has changed to contemplation and perhaps contrition. “The last couple of years, especially here, have been extremely humbling,” he said. “I’ve learned from my mistakes and finally being healthy and trying to kind of reinvent myself and get back out there hasn’t been easy.” On the mound where Harvey pitched one-hit ball for nine nearly perfect innings against the Chicago White Sox in 2013, he fell behind when Pete Alonso doubled on 95.1 mph pitch, Smith singled and Pillar tripled off the left-center field wall. José Peraza followed with a single for his first Mets RBI and a 3-0 lead. Run-scoring singles by Smith in the third and Michael Conforto in the fifth made it 5-0. Shawn Armstrong relieved with two on and allowed Smith’s RBI double and Peraza’s run-scoring single. Harvey had last pitched at Citi Field on May 3, 2018, allowing five runs in two innings of relief in an 11-0 loss to Atlanta. He was dropped from the roster the next day and traded to Cincinnati on May 8 for catcher Devin Mesoraco. Viewed as a successor to Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden, Harvey started the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field and memorably talked manager Terry Collins into letting him go out for the ninth inning of World Series Game 5 with a 2-0 lead against Kansas City in 2015. The Royals tied the score off Harvey and Jeurys Familia, then went on to win in extra innings for the title. Harvey was 25-18 with the Mets from 2012-15, then went 9-19 with a 3.66 ERA from 2015-18 for a 34-37 record during a tenure interrupted by Tommy John surgery and an operation to correct thoracic outlet syndrome. He has been a vagabond since, pitching for the Reds, Los Angeles Angels (2019), Oakland's Triple-A affiliate (2019) and Kansas City (2020). He signed a minor league contract with the Orioles in February and gained a $1 million salary when put on the big league roster. “Besides today, I think things have been going in the right direction,” he said. “So I’m not going to beat myself up about a bad outing. But, obviously, I wish it was different.” WEB GEM Conforto made a sprawling backhand grab in right to rob Austin Hays in the third, a play reminiscent of Ron Swoboda’s catch against the Orioles’ Brooks Robinson in Game 4 of the 1969 World Series. COVID WATCH Baltimore said it reached 85% vaccination for tier 1 and 2 personnel, allowing the Orioles to relax MLB’s coronavirus protocols, such as jettisoning masks in dugouts and bullpens and eliminating some movement restrictions on trips. “Very proud as an organization,” Hyde said. TRAINER’S ROOM Orioles: RHP Hunter Harvey (oblique) is scheduled for simulated games at the Orioles’ spring training complex. ... OF Anthony Santander (sprained left ankle) is running bases at the complex. Mets: CF Albert Almora Jr. was put on the 10-day IL with a bruised left shoulder, a day after crashing into wall trying to catch Hays’ fly. ... OF Khalil Lee was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse. UP NEXT Orioles: A pitcher for Friday’s homestand opener against the Yankees has not been announced. Mets: LHP David Peterson (1-3, 5.54) starts Friday at Tampa Bay. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Ronald Blum, The Associated Press
CLEVELAND (AP) — Amed Rosario's bases-loaded single with two outs in the 10th inning gave the Cleveland Indians a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. Rosario, who drove in Cleveland’s first run with a sixth-inning double, singled to right on a 1-1 pitch from Keegan Thompson (1-1), giving the Indians a sweep of the two-game series. Chicago threatened in every inning except the eighth but finished 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position and stranded 15 baserunners. Joc Pederson drove in the Cubs' only run with a double in the sixth. Josh Naylor began the 10th at second base for Cleveland. Jordan Luplow walked, René Rivera sacrificed and pinch-hitter Harold Ramirez was intentionally walked. The Cubs employed a five-man infield and Thompson got César Hernández to pop out before Rosario ended it. Nick Martini was the Cubs' automatic runner in the 10th against James Karinchak (1-0). Jason Heyward walked, but ldemaro Vargas struck out attempting to bunt. Pederson popped out, and Eric Sogard took a called third strike. Willson Contreras was 4 for 5 for the Cubs. Kris Bryant, who was removed from Tuesday's game because of a sinus issue, came in to pinch-hit in the seventh. He was hit on the left hand by a pitch from Cal Quantrill to load the bases and replaced by Martini. Heyward flied out to end the threat. Shortstop Javier Báez returned after being scratched Tuesday because of lower back tightness. Báez went 1 for 4 with three strikeouts. Cleveland reliever Nick Sandlin retired the first two hitters in the sixth before Vargas doubled to right. Pederson lined a 1-2 pitch from Bryan Shaw to right-center, breaking an 0-for-18 skid with runners in scoring position for the Cubs. Zach Davies gave the run back in the sixth on doubles by Hernández and Rosario. The right-hander worked 5 1/3 innings. Sam Hentges pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings in his first major league start. The 6-foot-6 left-hander allowed a baserunner in every inning. Indians closer Emmanuel Clase and Báez exchanged words after the right-hander retired the side in the ninth. SLEEPLESS BRYANT Cubs manager David Ross said before the the game that Bryant wanted to be in the lineup even though he wasn't feeling well. Ross thought it would be best to let him rest until Chicago plays again Friday. “He’s just super under the weather,” Ross said. “He didn’t sleep much last night." TRAINER’S ROOM Cubs: Ross said 2B Nico Hoerner (left forearm) could return from the injured list Friday. Indians: C Roberto Pérez, who will miss at least two months because of a fractured right ring finger, figures he is due for some good luck. “I just cannot get a break,” he said. “In 2019 I had the bone spurs. In 2020 I had the shoulder injury. And then this year my finger. I don’t have much to say.” Pérez, a two-time Gold Glove winner, had surgery last week. UP NEXT Cubs: Ross hopes RHP Jake Arietta (right thumb abrasion) will come off the injured list and start Friday when Chicago opens a series at Detroit. Arietta (3-3, 4.31 ERA) threw a bullpen session Wednesday. Indians: RHP Zach Plesac (2-3, 3.83) will start Thursday night when Cleveland opens a four-game series at Seattle. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Steve Herrick, The Associated Press
Keyera Corp. (TSX: KEY) ("Keyera") announced today the voting results from its Annual Meeting of Shareholders held on May 11, 2021 in a virtual only format. All nominees listed in its Notice of Meeting and Management Information Circular dated March 25, 2021, were elected as directors of Keyera.
FLEETCOR Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: FLT), a leading global business payments company, announced today that it has renewed its card acceptance agreement with Pilot Flying J, the largest network of travel centers in North America. The long-term agreement will benefit both FLEETCOR’s Comdata and Fuelman Network customers who fuel within Pilot Flying J’s extensive truck stop network.
INVESTIGATION ALERT: The Schall Law Firm Announces it is Investigating Claims Against Rocket Companies, Inc.
MIAMI (AP) — Victor Oladipo’s season is over, and the two-time All-Star and former All-NBA selection may be looking at another long rehabilitation before he can return to the court. The Miami Heat announced Wednesday that Oladipo has elected to have surgery on his right quadriceps tendon. There is no timetable for recovery, but such a surgery typically comes with a rehab time of several months -- meaning his status for the start of next season, at minimum, seems uncertain at best. The quad tendon is the same one that he injured in 2019 as a member of the Indiana Pacers, an injury that sidelined him for a full calendar year. Oladipo will have the surgery in New York on Thursday. He is a free agent this summer, after turning down a two-year, $45 million extension from Houston -- the maximum his former team could have offered at that time -- earlier this year, apparently with hopes of securing a longer-term and more lucrative deal this summer. He was acquired by Miami on March 25 and played in only four games for the Heat after the trade-deadline deal with Houston. He averaged 12 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in those games, and finished the season averaging 19.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists. Oladipo had wanted to be part of the Heat for years and even keeps an offseason home and training base in Miami. He is close with former Heat standout Dwayne Wade and often heard his name linked to the Heat in trade or free-agent talks in past years. Oladipo said after the trade that he believes Miami was his best fit. “I come from high-cultural basketball: DeMatha Catholic High School, to Indiana University, and now being on the Heat,” Oladipo said after the trade. “It’s a culture. It’s a way of life and it’s playing for something bigger than yourself. It’s sacrifice, it’s winning at the ultimate level. That’s what I’m used to. That’s what I flourish in.” Oladipo hurt the knee during the fourth quarter of Miami’s win over the Los Angeles Lakers on April 8. He had 18 points in 25 minutes and appeared to do something to the knee on a dunk with 5:51 remaining. He was subbed out one possession later, nobody knowing at the time that his season was over. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Tim Reynolds, The Associated Press
Podcaster Joe Budden has fired his co-hosts and friends, Rory Farrell and Jamil “Mal” Clay, according to social media posts and audio leaked online. The former rapper and “Love & Hip-Hop” star has made the dynamics of the show’s main talkers a focus of recent episodes, as noted by a recent Variety article expounding on […]
Colonial Pipeline, operator of the nation's largest fuel pipeline network, has begun the process of restarting its service to the East Coast after a six-day shutdown, a company spokeswoman said on Wednesday. The system transports more than 2.5 million barrels per day of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from the U.S. Gulf Coast to the Southeast and East Coast. Following the restart, it will take several days for the fuel delivery supply chain to return to normal, Colonial said in a news release.
JERUSALEM (AP) — As rockets from Gaza streaked overhead, Arabs and Jews fought each other on the streets below and rioters torched vehicles, a restaurant and a synagogue in one of the worst spasms of communal violence Israel has seen in years. The mayor of the mixed town of Lod, which saw the worst of the violence Tuesday, compared it to a civil war or a Palestinian uprising. Arab experts and activists say the violence was fueled by unrest in Jerusalem that has brought Israel to the brink of another Gaza war, but is rooted in deeper grievances that go back to the founding of the state. Violence flared again Wednesday night with a wave of apparent revenge attacks. In Bat Yam, a Tel Aviv suburb, a large crowd of ultranationalist Israelis pulled a man from a car who they thought was Arab and beat him until he lay on the ground motionless and bloodied. A hospital said he's in serious condition without identifying him. Earlier, a group of black-clad Israelis smashed the windows of an Arab-owned ice cream shop in Bat Yam and ultranationalists could be seen chanting, “Death to Arabs!” on live television during a standoff with Border Police. In the northern city of Tiberias, video uploaded to social media appeared to show flag-waving Israelis attacking a car. Israel’s Channel 13 quoted a senior police officer as saying Arabs are suspected of attacking and seriously wounding a Jewish man in the coastal city of Acre amid new clashes there. In a late night television interview, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, whose figurehead office is meant to serve as the nation's moral compass, said the country was gripped by civil war and urged citizens to “stop this madness." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on both Jews and Arabs to cease attacks on each other: “It doesn’t matter to me that your blood is boiling. You can’t take the law in your hands," he said. Police said they arrested nearly 400 people allegedly “involved in riots and disturbances” across the country Wednesday. The violence comes at a time when Israel's Arab minority appeared to be gaining new acceptance and influence. Mansour Abbas, the head of an Arab party with Islamist roots, emerged as a kingmaker of sorts after March elections and was poised to play a key role in a coalition that would oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing allies. But in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, Abbas indicated that coalition talks would be put on hold because of the escalating violence. “If there is a cease-fire, we will return to the political track to form a government," he said. In recent days, Arab citizens of Israel have held mass protests across the country over Israel's policing of a flashpoint holy site in Jerusalem and plans to evict dozens of Palestinian families in the city following a legal campaign by Jewish settlers. Adding to the tensions are increasingly powerful far-right groups in Israel that won seats in March elections and are allied with Netanyahu. In recent days, far-right politicians have visited the tense east Jerusalem neighborhood where the families are threatened with eviction and staged marches elsewhere in the bitterly contested city. After police broke up a protest Monday night in Lod, a young Arab resident was shot and killed. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the man was with a group of rioters threatening Jewish homes, and that Jewish residents opened fire in a “life-threatening situation.” He said three people have been detained for questioning and police are investigating. Arab residents of Lod disputed the account, pointing out that the slain man was unarmed. His funeral the next day drew thousands of people and a heavy police presence. Clashes broke out between the two sides, leading to riots in which several vehicles and a synagogue were set ablaze. A 56-year-old Jewish man was severely wounded after Arabs pelted his car with rocks, according to the Magen David Adom emergency service. The violence soon spread to other mixed communities across Israel. In neighboring Ramle, ultra-nationalist Jewish demonstrators vandalized Arab cars. In Acre, protesters torched Uri Buri, a famous Jewish-owned seafood restaurant. Magen David Adom said 46 people were wounded in the riots. Rosenfeld said there were several different instances of Arabs attacking Jews, and that 12 police officers were wounded. He said 270 suspects were arrested at 40 locations across the country where vehicles were set on fire and public property was damaged. “The Arabs don't want us here, but we're going to stay,” said Avraham Sagron, a Jewish resident of Lod, as he surveyed the charred entrance of the synagogue, the interior of which appeared largely untouched. Netanyahu visited Lod and Acre, where he pledged to “stop the anarchy” and restore order “with an iron fist if needed.” He called on Arab and other community leaders to condemn the violence and act to stop it. Authorities deployed hundreds of police reinforcements to Lod and other areas, including paramilitary border police who usually operate in the occupied West Bank. They also ordered a nighttime curfew in Lod. Arabs say the violence of the past two days was not directed at Jews, but at religious nationalists with close ties to the settlement movement who have moved into mixed areas in recent years, pushing Arab residents out. Israel's Arab minority makes up about 20% of the population and are the descendants of Palestinians who stayed in the country after the 1948 war surrounding Israel's creation, when an estimated 700,000 fled or were driven from their homes in towns like Lod. They have citizenship, including the right to vote, but face widespread discrimination. Arab citizens speak Hebrew and are well-represented in Israel's medical profession and universities, but they largely identify with the Palestinian cause, leading many Israelis to view them with suspicion. Lod's Arabs, who make up about a third of the city's population, are among the poorest communities in Israel. “We’re talking about young people who have no horizon, no dreams, who are unemployed and live in a very difficult reality," said Dr. Nasreen Haddad Haj-Yahya, the director of the Arab-Jewish relations program at the Israel Democracy Institute, an independent think tank. She said the anger of the last two days was not directed at Lod's longtime Jewish community but at more ideological recent arrivals. “It’s not because of who they are. It’s because they are trying to Judaize Lod. They are trying to drive out the indigenous Arab residents," she said. "The young people see it as a threat to their presence in the land, to their existence.” Thabet Abu Rass, the co-director of the Abraham Initiatives, which promotes Jewish-Arab coexistence, said the six Arab members of Lod's municipal council have been sidelined and the city's budget heavily favors Jews. He accused Mayor Yair Revivo of inciting against Arabs. Revivo, a member of Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party, has courted controversy by complaining about the volume of the Muslim call to prayer in Lod and for remarks that appeared to cast its Arab residents as a national security threat. “He should be a mayor for everybody," said Abu Rass, who lives near Lod and has an office there. "He’s not giving equal services for all residents.” The mayor's spokesman said he was not available for comment. Earlier, Revivo had urged Arab residents to end the violence, saying: “The day after, we will still have to live here together.” Israeli officials often hold up the Arab minority as proof of their commitment to tolerance, frequently pointing out that Arab citizens enjoy civic rights and freedoms that many Arab states deny their own people. Ghassan Munayyer, a Lod-based activist, says the veneer of coexistence conceals deeper disparities, including in housing and infrastructure, comparing its Arab neighborhoods to “refugee camps.” “The Jews love saying there’s coexistence. They go out to eat in an Arab restaurant and they call it coexistence," he said. "But they don’t see Arabs as equal human beings who have rights that they have to respect.” ___ Associated Press reporters Moshe Edri in Lod, Israel, and Areej Hazboun and Ilan Ben Zion in Jerusalem contributed. Joseph Krauss, The Associated Press
United Bankshares, Inc. (United), a $27 billion regional financial services company, virtually held its Annual Meeting of Shareholders on Wednesday, May 12, 2021.
ATLANTA, May 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mueller and Ferguson Waterworks today announced the successful deployment of the industry’s first LoRaWAN® Class B endpoints. The Town of Florence located in Central Pinal County, Arizona, is the first water utility to benefit from this technology advancement. LoRaWAN Class B endpoints provide flexibility to scale network coverage and integrate into remote disconnect meters (RDM), leak detection and pressure monitoring systems – unlocking greater network efficiency and improving data granularity. “The deployment of smart meters is accelerating our journey toward digital transformation and the foundation required to build out our smart city grid,” said Brent Billingsley, Town Manager of the Town of Florence. “We are confident that this open source network will provide new operational efficiencies, enhanced service opportunities and additional revenue streams.” Delivered by Mueller Systems, the Mi.Net® node, implemented with LoRaWAN Class B specifications, is a bi-directional endpoint capable of transmitting secure data to and from a network server within seconds, as opposed to hours with a Class A endpoint. At this unprecedented speed of communication, on-demand reads can be commanded and delivered without delay, providing real-time data to customer service and operations to identify and resolve outages quicker than before. “It is encouraging to see more cities and water utilities like the Town of Florence at the forefront of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) revolution,” said Kenji Takeuchi, Senior Vice President, Technology Solutions at Mueller. “We understand that municipalities are facing challenges on many fronts. Our technology solutions can help drive a better focus on utility spending and return on investment, while helping them operate more efficiently.” By deploying Mi.Net® LoRaWAN Class B endpoints, the Town of Florence can simply pair them with Mueller Systems’ model 420 RDM to allow water meters to be turned on or off without the need for truck rolls. Each LoRa-based endpoint maintains the data in its non-volatile onboard memory and communicates with the Mueller Mi.Net® Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system. This helps to ensure water utilities are protected against any single point of failure. Alerts such as leak detection, no flow, low flow, and register tampering are monitored 24/7 by the Mueller Network Operations Center to provide an added layer of security. For more information on the Mi.Net® LoRaWAN® Class B endpoints, visit https://muellersystems.com/lorawan ABOUT MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS, INC. Mueller Water Products, Inc. (MWA) is a leading manufacturer and marketer of products and services used in the transmission, distribution and measurement of water in North America. Our broad product and service portfolio includes engineered valves, fire hydrants, pipe connection and repair products, metering products, leak detection, and pipe condition assessment. We help municipalities increase operational efficiencies, improve customer service and prioritize capital spending, demonstrating why Mueller Water Products is Where Intelligence Meets Infrastructure®. Visit us at www.muellerwaterproducts.com. ABOUT MUELLER SYSTEMS, LLC. Mueller Systems LLC is a subsidiary of Mueller Water Products. Mueller Systems is a leader in developing technologies and components that make collecting data easier and more beneficial to water utilities and their customers. For more information about us or to view our full line of water products, please visit www.muellersystems.com. ABOUT FERGUSON Ferguson is the largest wholesale distributor of residential and commercial plumbing supplies and pipe, valves and fittings in the U.S. The company is also a major distributor of HVAC equipment, fire protection systems, waterworks and industrial products and services. 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New York, New York--(Newsfile Corp. - May 12, 2021) - The securities litigation law firm of The Gross Law Firm issues the following notice on behalf of shareholders of ChemoCentryx, Inc.Shareholders who purchased shares of CCXI during the class period listed are encouraged to contact the firm regarding possible Lead Plaintiff appointment. Appointment as Lead Plaintiff is not required to partake in any recovery.CONTACT US HERE:https://securitiesclasslaw.com/securities/chemocentryx-inc-loss-submission-form/?id=15784&from=5CLASS PERIOD: November 26, 2019 to May 3, 2021ALLEGATIONS: The ...
The battle that has been waged between the Métis National Council and Métis Nation-Saskatchewan is now being fought in the trenches as MNC President Clem Chartier is among those challenging MN-S incumbent Glen McCallum for the position of president. Chartier holds that the direction McCallum is taking the MN-S, particularly with the formation of a tri-council with the Métis Nation of Alberta and Métis Nation of Ontario, will send the MNC back to the days when it served as a pan-Aboriginal organization. He contends that the MNO, with the support from MN-S, has extended its membership to include people well beyond the Métis homeland who do not fit the definition of Métis adopted by MNC and its five provincial governments, which includes MN-S. “It’s jeopardizing the future of the Métis Nation in terms of the successes that we’ve gained and, in particular, it affects the Métis National Council, which is the governance infrastructure of the Métis Nation,” said Chartier. “This election is going to be very critical as to the future of the Métis National Council and that is one of the major reasons I’m running because I want to protect the integrity of the Métis Nation, its homeland and its citizenship,” Chartier added. He continues to serve as president of MNC. He will resign that position should he be successful in his bid to become president of MN-S, he tells Windspeaker.com. As far as McCallum is concerned the MN-S has stuck by the resolution passed by the MNC defining who is Métis and he has joined with his fellow presidents of the MNO and MNA in calling the MNC “increasingly dysfunctional.” McCallum also says there has been benefits to MN-S collaborating with MNO and MNA and he considers that relationship one of his accomplishments this past term. In June 2019, the three Métis governments in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario joined forces to collaboratively advance the Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreements that each signed with the federal government. The following year, they met with Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett to continue to advance those agreements. “If it wasn’t for the tri-council signing that core governance agreement, I don’t believe we’ll ever get to the point of legislation,” said McCallum. Presidential candidate Mary Ann Morin also sees a value in the relationship between the MN-S, MNO and MNA, although she refuses to call them a tri-council because “Do they have letterhead?,” she asks. “That’s only three provinces that are working together to move forward despite the paralysis of the Métis National Council not calling a board meeting in the past two years. So they’re moving forward to ensure that it's in the best interest of the citizens,” said Morin. She adds she would be willing to work with the MNC if it “wants to bring us all back together as a group and work through these issues. I'm all-in again dependent on what my citizens want.” Morin was elected as treasurer for MN-S in 2017, but her term was not without controversy. Four months after being elected, she was removed because she claimed a lack of transparency in financial dealings. She was reinstated by a court ruling in May 2020. Morin says that if she is elected president she will change the structure of the organization, which is now “unhealthy for not only the people at the work environment, it's also unhealthy for the citizens of the whole.” Fourth presidential contender Karen LaRocque says work needs to be undertaken to “bring the organization back to the people because it's the people that lead not me.” “In order for us to build and to be able to sit at the table with any level of government, we have to ensure that we’ve got our people behind us. I think if we had that strength behind us again, I think we’d see a lot of things turning when it comes to those government negotiations,” said LaRocque. LaRocque unsuccessfully challenged McCallum in 2017. Since that time she says she has gained confidence as CEO of Les Filles de Madeleine, a provincial organization with the mandate to provide a voice for Métis Nation women across the province of Saskatchewan. LaRocque says she’s gained a reputation as a strong leader. “The big push right now between MN-S and MNC is this tri-council and the definition of who we are and trying to push the national approach and trying to push the nationalist agenda. Make no mistake, I’m a nationalist through and through … but we’re fighting over a definition instead of dealing with what could have been a very lucrative term for us in developing our governance framework, developing our frameworks for the benefits our people deserve,” said LaRocque. Morin says many opportunities have bypassed the citizens of the MN-S because of the “very unsettled period” of the last four years. “You look out into Métis Nation Alberta and Manitoba Metis Federation and you can see the growth in those areas of education and health and tourism opportunities for economic development, and within Saskatchewan we've been … kind of staying status quo all these years,” she said. Chartier says the opportunities are here now with the Liberal government. “We have a window of opportunity and I don't know if it's closing or not. If the Trudeau government gets re-elected they will have another four-year opportunity to pursue real and substantive Métis rights. That's what I'm hoping happens,” said Chartier, who points out that acquiring land is one of his priorities. McCallum also sees opportunities with the Trudeau government. “I know what I want for this province. I want the best. We’ve been left behind so long. With the relationship we built with the federal government, I love what they’re doing; the open door that they have and to be able to sign agreements and those agreements are in the best interest of the Métis people in Saskatchewan,” said McCallum. “For me, I only answer the questions of what’s right for the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan.” Voting runs from May 14 to May 21, with the exception of Sunday, in the 12 regions. Advanced polling is held May 22 and general election day is May 29. Only those who are registered Saskatchewan Métis or have letters of registry, and are at least 16 years of age, may vote. Chief Electoral Officer Gwen Lafond estimates 16,000 people are eligible. Ballots will be cast for the positions of president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. Windspeaker.com By Shari Narine, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Windspeaker.com, Windspeaker.com
HALIFAX — Nova Scotia has become the latest province to pause the rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, citing concerns about the rare but serious blood clotting syndrome that has been potentially linked to the vaccine's use. Provincial health officials said the move is based on "an abundance of caution" and on the fact Nova Scotia has enough other vaccines to immunize people age 40 and older. It joins provinces including Manitoba, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec in backing away from use of AstraZeneca. Chief medical officer Dr. Robert Strang told reporters Wednesday those who had appointments for an AstraZeneca vaccine will be contacted by their clinics to book a new appointment for either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines. Those who have had one AstraZeneca dose will need to wait, however, on guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, he added. Premier Iain Rankin said the province is waiting to learn results of an international study on whether AstraZeneca can be mixed with other vaccines. There have been no reports of blood clots linked to the vaccine in the province, Strang said, and there are about 2,500 remaining AstraZeneca doses on ice as they wait for word from NACI. Rankin said residents had already voiced a preference for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, leading to the cancellation of more than 1,000 appointments for AstraZeneca. "It's difficult for me to think of saying no to any vaccine, but my goal as your premier is to get everyone immunized as quickly as possible," Rankin said. Meanwhile, the province reported 149 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, most of which were in the region that includes Halifax. Strang said a testing backlog has now been cleared, and there are early signs lockdown measures imposed last month are beginning to make a difference. Despite lower daily numbers, Nova Scotia Health announced Wednesday the activation of a provincial plan to increase intensive care capacity. The health agency said some ICU patients, both with and without COVID-19, have been transferred from the Halifax region to the northern and western health regions. It did not specify how many patients were transferred but said it was fewer than five. "While a spike in hospital admissions for COVID-19 was expected this week based on recent positive test numbers, so far the proportion of those patients requiring intensive care has been higher than anticipated," the agency said in a news release. "These patients are most often otherwise healthy people, not the frail, older patients we saw admitted last spring." It said 20 COVID-19 patients were in intensive care in the province Wednesday, with 15 of them in the Halifax region. Nova Scotia also announced the launch of a new $16-million paid sick leave program. Rankin said people who miss less than 50 per cent of their work week in a one-week period due to COVID-19 may be eligible for up to four paid days. That includes people who are getting tested, isolating while waiting on test results or getting vaccinated. The program is for sick days taken between May 10 and July 31 and covers wages up to $160 a day. Rankin said the goal of the program is to eliminate possible infection in the workplace. "If someone is symptomatic and they think they might miss just two or three days, I think that some of them may take a risk and go to work for financial reasons," Rankin said. The province said the program complements the federal Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit, which may apply after an employee has been off for 50 per cent or more of their scheduled work week. Rankin also responded to questions surrounding a letter from a civil liberties group that called Nova Scotia's boundary closure "unconstitutional." Cara Faith Zwibel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association wrote a letter dated May 11 to Rankin and Strang saying the order violates mobility rights guaranteed in the charter and should be scrapped. The premier closed the province's boundaries to the rest of the country on Monday to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and said the restrictions will be in effect until at least the end of May. Travellers to Nova Scotia can apply for an exception if they have a property purchase agreement or one-year lease agreement dated on or before April 21, with a closing date on or before May 20. People moving into the province may also be eligible for an exception if they have a letter of employment dated May 7 at the latest, for jobs that can't be done virtually or deferred. Rankin said the province had done its due diligence in preparing for the closure and is confident the measures respect the Constitution. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 12, 2021. — — — This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. Danielle Edwards, The Canadian Press
The report says the impact of climate change is being felt by Americans "with increasing regularity".