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DRYDEN — The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is asking for the public’s help to identify the person responsible for illegally killing and abandoning a deer pregnant with twin fawns in the Dryden area last month. In a news release issued on Friday, March, 5, the ministry said a pregnant deer was shot and killed in the Victoria Street and Whyte Avenue walking trail sometime between Feb. 18 to 23, 2021. The deer was killed with a carbon arrow with a brass spike glued to the end of it. The poacher then dragged the dead animal through a wooded area before leaving it to spoil 15 metres from the walking path, the release said. Anyone with information that could assist conservation officers in their investigation is asked to call the ministry’s tip line toll-free at 1-877-847-7667 or can contact their local ministry office. Karen Edwards, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Thunder Bay Source
ROME — Italy surpassed 3 million confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday, the third straight day this week that daily new caseloads exceeded 20,000 cases. With the 24,036 new confirmed infections registered by the Health Ministry, Italy has reached 3,023,129 cases. The actual total is widely considered higher because testing wasn’t extensive early in the pandemic. The virus variant first found in England is potentially fueling the increase, along with another variant, detected in Brazil. Italy registered 297 more deaths, raising the confirmed death toll to 99,271. “We can’t wait for more vaccines and doses of vaccines to arrive,’’ said Dr. Gianni Rezza, a health ministry official, noting the slow delivery of shots. In Italy, some 3.5 million people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s health department confirmed reports of altered nursing home deaths — AP-NORC poll: Americans largely back Biden’s virus response — Canada OKs Johnson & Johnson shot, getting 4th vaccine for nation — Pope urges Iraq to embrace its Christians on historic visit — Follow AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic, https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak ___ HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: GENEVA — The head of the World Health Organization called for patent rights to be waived until the end of the coronavirus pandemic so vaccine supplies can be dramatically increased. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says countries with their own vaccine capacity should “start waiving intellectual property rights” as provided in special emergency provisions from the World Trade Organization. “These provisions are there for use in emergencies,” Tedros said. “If now is not a time to use them, then when?” He said WHO would be meeting soon with representatives and the industry to identify bottlenecks in production and discuss how to solve them. Tedros commended AstraZeneca for sharing its COVID-19 vaccine technology with companies, including the Serum Institute of India. Tedros noted although the U.N. backed effort known as COVAX has delivered vaccines to more than 20 countries this week, the amounts are only enough to protect about 2 to 3% of each country’s population. ___ NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s health department confirmed reports late Thursday that members of his COVID-19 task force altered a New York state Health Department report to omit the full number of nursing home patients killed by the coronavirus, but insisted the changes were made because of concerns about the data’s accuracy. The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, citing documents and people with knowledge of the administration’s internal discussions, reported that aides including secretary to the governor Melissa DeRosa pushed state health officials to edit the July report so it counted only residents who died inside long-term care facilities, and not those who became ill there and later died at a hospital. The state now acknowledges that at least 15,000 long-term care residents died, compared to a figure of 8,700 it had publicized as of late January that didn’t include residents who died after being transferred to hospitals. ___ WASHINGTON — The White House says two new mass vaccination sites will soon be open, in Atlanta and Cleveland, each with the ability to provide 6,000 daily coronavirus shots. Coronavirus special adviser Andy Slavitt says the FEMA-supported centres will operate from Mercedes-Benz stadium in Atlanta, which is home to the NFL’s Falcons, and the Wolstein Center in Cleveland. Slavitt says it brings the total of FEMA-supported sites to 18, with the capacity to provide 60,000 daily shots. There are 450 community vaccination centres already in operation. More than 54 million Americans have received at least one shot. Nearly 28 million people, representing about 8% of the population, have completed their vaccinations. ___ INDIANANPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb received his COVID-19 vaccine shot Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the opening of the state’s first mass vaccination clinic. Holcomb wore a face mask in the front passenger seat of an SUV while getting the shot of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the drive-through clinic. Holcomb says his message is: “This is going to help us beat COVID-19. The more, the faster.” The state health department says nearly 17,000 people had filled up four days of appointments for the speedway clinic held Friday through Monday. About 630,000 people, or nearly 10% of Indiana’s population, were fully vaccinated through Wednesday. ___ TORONTO — Canada is getting a fourth vaccine to prevent COVID-19, approving the Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose. Health experts are eager for a one-and-done option to help speed vaccination. Canada has also approved vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca. Health Canada is the first major regulator to approve four difference vaccines. Canada doesn’t have domestic production and has struggled with a shortage of vaccines. The U.S. isn’t exporting locally made vaccines, so neighbours Canada and Mexico must get vaccines from Europe and Asia. Canada has pre-purchased 10 million Johnson & Johnson doses, with options to buy another 28 million. The U.S. approved the Johnson & Johnson vaccine last month. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says one dose was 85% protective against the most severe COVID-19 illness in a massive study that spanned three continents. ___ BERLIN — The head of Germany’s disease control agency is urging people to get vaccinated for the coronavirus when given the opportunity, no matter which vaccine is offered. The comments Friday from Robert Koch Institute President Lothar Wieler come amid reports some have declined the AstraZeneca shot. Germany’s independent vaccine committee on Thursday approved AstraZeneca for people 65 and over. Several countries, including Germany, initially restricted it to people under 65, or in some cases under 55, citing a lack of data on its effectiveness in older people. Germany is also administering the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. “If you are offered a vaccine, please get yourself vaccinated. They are safe and effective,” Wieler says, adding that vaccinating large numbers of people is “the way out of the pandemic.” ___ WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s government plans to open temporary hospitals and impose partial localized lockdowns. Health Minister Adam Niedzielski says the government will open more temporary hospitals on Wednesday because of a rise in infections. Niedzielski says it’s partly because of the British variant. With nearly 16,000 new cases recorded Friday, Niedzielski says that level could rise to 18,000 new daily cases or more next week. ___ ISLAMABAD — A Pakistani official says authorities are hoping to start receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine in the middle of this month under the WHO’s COVAX Facility. Sajjad Hussain Shah, a spokesman at ministry of health services, says Pakistan will receive 17 million doses coronavirus vaccines under the COVAX program from March to June. It will be in addition to 500,000 doses of Chinese Sinopharm vaccine which Pakistan will get from Beijing next week. China had promised to donate 1 million doses of vaccine to Pakistan. Last month, Pakistan received 500,000 doses. Pakistan is currently using Chinese vaccines for health workers and elderly people amid a steady increase in deaths and cases from COVID-19. Pakistan allocated $250 million to buy vaccines, and authorities say they were still in talks with manufacturers of vaccines. Also, Pakistan had allowed its private sector to import vaccines, but so far no private laboratory has started vaccinations for unexplained reasons. Pakistan has reported 13,128 confirmed deaths among 587,014 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic. ___ WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has a 60% approval rating of his job performance from Americans and even more backing for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. That’s according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Support for Biden’s pandemic response extends across party lines. Overall, 70% of Americans back his handling of the virus response, including 44% of Republicans. Biden has made the pandemic his central focus, urging Americans to follow stringent social distancing and mask guidelines and vowing to speed up distribution of critical vaccines. He’s also argued that until the spread of the virus is under control, the economy won’t fully recover. Overall, 48% of Americans say the country is headed in the right direction, compared with 37% in December. ___ BAGHDAD — Pope Francis has arrived in Iraq to urge the country’s dwindling number of Christians to stay put and help rebuild the country after years of war and persecution, brushing aside the coronavirus pandemic and security concerns. Iraqis men were seen welcoming him along roadsides, most without masks. Iraq’s foreign minister described the visit as a historic meeting between the “minaret and the bells,” saying Iraqis were eager to welcome Francis’ “message of peace and tolerance.” The pope, who wore a facemask during the flight, kept it on as he descended the stairs to the tarmac and was greeted by two masked children in traditional dress. But health measures appeared lax inside the airport despite the country’s worsening coronavirus outbreak. The 84-year-old pope, the Vatican delegation and travelling media have been vaccinated; most Iraqis have not. Iraqi security forces are on hand to protect the delegation, along with the expected first use of an armoured car for the popemobile-loving pontiff. ___ SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Zoo has vaccinated nine great apes for the coronavirus after a troop of gorillas in its Safari Park became infected. Officials say four orangutans and five bonobos received COVID-19 injections in January and February. Three bonobos and a gorilla also are expected to receive the vaccine, which is experimental. The vaccinations followed a January outbreak of COVID-19 at the zoo’s Safari Park. Eight western lowland gorillas got the virus, probably by exposure to a zookeeper who tested positive for COVID-19. The gorillas had symptoms ranging from runny noses to coughing and lethargy. But they are recovering. ___ WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s largest city will exit a weeklong lockdown on Sunday morning after the latest coronavirus outbreak appears to have been stamped out. There have been no new community cases of the virus found in Auckland or elsewhere in New Zealand for the past five days. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday that Auckland would move to Alert Level 2 from 6 a.m. Sunday while the rest of New Zealand would move to Alert Level 1. Level 2 places limits on crowd sizes but allows people to continue most aspects of life as normal, while Level 1 requires only that people wear masks on public transport. Auckland had gone six months without a lockdown before 15 community cases of the more transmissible variant first found in Britain were discovered in February, prompting an initial three-day lockdown followed later by the weeklong lockdown. Ardern made the decision to ease restrictions after meeting with senior lawmakers in the Cabinet. ___ SALT LAKE CITY — Utah will open up COVID-19 vaccine appointments to people ages 50 and older on Monday. Republican Gov. Spencer Cox made the announcement during his weekly pandemic briefing Thursday. Cox also said that Utah residents 18 and older with certain health conditions — diabetes, chronic kidney disease or obesity — can start making vaccine appointments next week. The expansion will mean 700,000 more state residents can be vaccinated. People with a body mass index of 30 or higher can also be vaccinated. The previous threshold was 40 or higher. Cox also announced last week that Utah had been approved to get 20,000 doses of the new single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. ___ The Associated Press
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"Certainly when you see this kind of employment situation, you see January get revised higher, those who have inflation fears, this is a little bit of an arrow in their quiver, if you will," said JJ Kinahan, chief market strategist at TD Ameritrade in Chicago. "On top of a lot of the other good news we are getting, on top of the fact it does look like we are closer to a stimulus plan, a lot of money continuing to slosh around in the economy does give some credence to these inflation fears." The yield on 10-year Treasury notes was up 0.9 basis points to 1.559%.
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AM Best has withdrawn the Financial Strength Rating of A-(Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of "a-" of Georgia Casualty & Surety Company (GCS) (Johns Creek, GA) following its Feb. 1, 2021, acquisition by Builders Mutual Insurance Company. No final Credit Rating (rating) action was taken due to GCS effectively being sold as a shell. The existing ratings of the members of Columbia Insurance Group are unchanged.
The qualifying schedule for the Tokyo Olympics has been seriously disrupted in the run-up to the Games, which were delayed a year due to the novel coronavirus, and numerous events have been cancelled or postponed as international federations grapple with the pandemic fallout. Fourteen places in the canoe sprint competition in Tokyo will be determined by the ICF after discussions with the International Olympic Committee (IOC). "The increased COVID cases in the region had prompted the local authorities to impose tougher restrictions, which meant COPAC (Pan American Canoe Federation) could not hold the event safely for the benefit of athletes and their teams and ensure a fair and equal opportunity for all athletes to qualify," the ICF said in a statement.
TORONTO — Ontario is aiming to offer first COVID-19 vaccine doses to all eligible residents by June 20, the province said Friday as it laid out more specific plans for the next priority groups in the rollout.Officials, who made the announcement after Health Canada approved a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, said the rollout could move faster based on supply."We've had a seismic shift in our vaccination opportunities and the program to roll it out," said retired general Rick Hillier, the head of the province’s vaccine task force.He said the recent approval of two more vaccines, expected increases in supply and the extension of the interval between first and second doses will allow the province to "crush those timelines really tightly.""... our aim would be to allow the province of Ontario to have a first needle in the arm of every eligible person who wants it by the first day of summer," Hillier said. "Please be patient a little while longer."The province says 113 mass vaccination clinics will start operating this month, with maximum capacity of four million doses per day across public health units, though officials administration will vary based on supply and local considerations. As part of the second phase of vaccinations, the province plans to start administering shots to seniors 75 and older starting in April. Based on a timeline prepared before the Johnson & Johnson approval was announced, the province said it was aiming to get first shots to everyone 60 and older by the end of May or early June, if not earlier.The vast majority of deaths from COVID-19 in Ontario, and across the country, have been among people aged 60 and older. Other risk factors including neighbourhood, existing health conditions and inability to work from home will be prioritized in the second phase of the rollout. Doses will also be offered starting in April to people with specific health conditions like transplant recipients, and to residents and staff in congregate care settings including correctional facilities, shelters and developmental facilities. Thirteen public health units will receive additional doses for virus hot spot neighbourhoods during Phase 2. Those health units include Durham; Halton; Hamilton; Niagara; Ottawa; Peel Region; Simcoe Muskoka; Waterloo; Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph; Windsor Essex; York Region; Southwestern and Toronto.Essential workers who can't work from home will be offered doses at the end of the second phase, though the timeline is subject to change. The province laid out more details on which essential workers will be eligible to receive their shots first. Vaccinations among that group will start with school staff, first responders, childcare workers, food manufacturing workers and agriculture workers. Then shots will go to workers in retail, manufacturing, social workers, the justice system, financial services, waste management, mining, oil and gas, warehousing and distribution.Hillier said the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine may be useful in getting shots to people who are difficult to reach, such as migrant farm workers and homeless individuals. Ontario is expecting 194,500 doses of the newly approved Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine next week. Those shots will be administered to residents between the ages of 60 and 64 starting with a pilot project in Toronto, Kingston and Windsor-Essex pharmacies. Officials said the timeline for younger individuals may speed up based on supply of that vaccine. This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 5, 2021. Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press
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WASHINGTON — Borrowing by Americans fell in January for the first time in five months, as a big drop in the use of credit cards offset increases in auto loans and student loans. The Federal Reserve reported Friday that consumer borrowing fell by $1.3 billion in January, the first setback since a $9 billion decline in August. The weakness came from a $9.9 billion decline in borrowing in the category that covers credit cards. It marked the fourth straight decline in that category and was the biggest drop since a $10.8 billion fall in August. The category that covers auto and student loans posted an $8.6 billion increase in the first month of 2021, following an even bigger gain of $11.6 billion in December. Consumer borrowing is closely watched for indications about Americans' willingness to take on more debt to finance their spending, which accounts for two-thirds of U.S. economic activity. Since the pandemic hit a year ago, millions have lost their jobs and households have grown more cautious, boosting their savings levels as a hedge against economic uncertainty. Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press
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Anthony Kwan/Bloomberg via GettyEccentric antivirus millionaire John McAfee is facing federal charges again—this time, over a pair of alleged cryptocurrency schemes that raked in more than $13 million for himself and his accused band of scammers, including his ex-security guard turned CEO.Manhattan federal prosecutors announced Friday that McAfee, 75, was being held in Spain on separate criminal charges by the Department of Justice’s tax division, while authorities cuffed his alleged accomplice, 40-year-old Jimmy Gale Watson Jr., in Texas.It’s the latest trouble for the reclusive founder of the eponymous antivirus software. In October, McAfee was indicted for federal tax evasion and willfully failing to file tax returns from 2014 to 2018 and accused of hiding assets including his yacht and real property in the names of other people. At the time, prosecutors in Tennessee claimed he earned millions from promoting cryptocurrencies and even selling his life story for a documentary.Steven Seagal, a Missing Private Eye, and an Alleged Crypto FraudThe new indictment states McAfee, Watson and other members of McAfee’s “so-called cryptocurrency team” engaged in “scalping,” or a “pump and dump” scheme with the help of McAfee’s Twitter handle @officialmcafee. They face charges including: commodities and securities fraud conspiracy; wire fraud conspiracy; wire fraud; and securities and touting fraud conspiracy.According to the feds, McAfee and his team purchased scores of publicly traded altcoins—an alternative to bitcoin—for low market prices, then published false and misleading tweets via McAfee’s Twitter to “artificially inflate” their market price. McAfee and his supposed accomplices then sold their investments collectively for more than $2 million. The fraudsters allegedly scalped at least 12 publicly traded altcoins, which qualify under federal law as commodities or securities.While McAfee and Watson gained “illicit profits,” the indictment adds, the long-term value of the altcoins purchased by investors plummeted “as of a year after the promotional tweets.” Prosecutors say McAfee falsely promised he’d disclose whether he had a big stake in altcoin in his tweets and public statements during the scheme.In a second scheme, McAfee allegedly championed “initial coin offerings,” without disclosing that the startups behind the fundraising drives were paying McAfee and his team for the promotional tweets with a big chunk of the proceeds raised from investors.The bizarro globe-trotting computer programmer—once suspected in the murder of his neighbor in Belize, but never charged—began ramping up his Twitter profile in the years before the two schemes. Many of McAfee’s 784,000 followers were cryptocurrency investors, the indictment claims.In his Twitter bio, McAfee described himself thus: “Iconoclast. Lover of women, adventure and mystery. Founder of McAfee Anti-virus.” His location is pegged as: “Wherever I am.”Possibilities are endless when Free Health Care is a reality. Docademic ICO ends on Sunday, not without monumental success! One of the best ICOs I've seen. Deals in the US, China and Latin America. I hope everyone seriously looked at this ICO. https://t.co/83Rcwudmkx— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) April 14, 2018 While the indictment doesn’t identify the altcoin offerings, McAfee tweeted about multiple ICOs for emerging startups, including a healthcare platform called Docademic and the UK-based women-only cab, Pink Taxi. “Possibilities are endless when Free Health Care is a reality. Docademic ICO ends on Sunday, not without monumental success! One of the best ICOs I've seen,” he tweeted in April 2018.“For the women in crypto: The pinktaxi.io ICO is the first safety coin that helps protect women in male dominated societies. One if [sic] the most promising ICOs since Docademic or Bezop,” McAfee posted in June 2018. The tweet included a video of himself and a woman claiming to be a Pink Taxi investor.For the women in crypto:The https://t.co/nOyoFGVpOc ICO is the first safety coin that helps protect women in male dominated societies. One if the most promising ICOs since Docademic or Bezop. pic.twitter.com/w2qAKuKmEx— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) June 1, 2018 The indictment also names an alleged co-conspirator only revealed as “McAfee Team Member-1,” whom McAfee allegedly directed to buy large quantities of a specific altcoin which he would then endorse on Twitter and sell to reap a profit.Several investors who took the bait lived in the Southern District of New York, where Team Member-1 tried opening an account with a digital asset exchange so McAfee could liquidate his proceeds of the alleged crypto conspiracy.But in January 2018, the cryptocurrency exchange declined Team Member-1’s application, prompting the man to fire off an email identifying himself as an “employee of John McAfee” and threatening to sue over the rejection.Prosecutors say McAfee, Watson and their helpers also orchestrated a second scheme, using McAfee’s Twitter to promote “initial coin offerings,” or a fundraising method startups use that’s similar to an initial public offering—except investors receive new digital “tokens,” often in exchange for established cryptocurrency like Bitcoin.McAfee’s team should have known federal securities laws required them to disclose any compensation from ICO issuers, the indictment says. Indeed, in November 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission specifically warned: “Any celebrity or other individual who promotes a virtual token or coin that is a security must disclose the nature, scope, and amount of compensation received in exchange for the promotion.”The alleged scammers collected more than $11 million in undisclosed compensation, which they made sure to hide from investors.McAfee lived in Lexington, Tennessee, during the alleged scalping and ICO schemes, which occurred from December 2017 to October 2018.For the thousands of you who whine every time I bring a coin or an ICO to your attention: pic.twitter.com/fBtJzNishe— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) February 4, 2018 Watson began working as a private security guard for McAfee in November 2017 and moved into the tech pioneer’s Tennessee home. McAfee would soon promote Watson from guard to “executive advisor” and later to CEO of the McAfee team before he left in October 2018, according to the indictment.In January 2018, McAfee opened an account using his own name at a cryptocurrency exchange in California with assistance from Watson and Watson’s then-wife.McAfee and Watson, according to court papers, had Watson’s former spouse use McAfee’s California exchange account to liquidate proceeds of the ICO touting scheme into millions of dollars of U.S. currency, before wiring more than a million dollars through a New York financial institution and routing it to a bank account registered to McAfee in Tennessee.The feds say in April 2018, McAfee and Watson directed the wife to submit an application online to open an account at a New York exchange so the men could liquidate their ill-gotten cryptocurrency.Beginning tomorrow, I will each day talk about a unique altcoin. Most of the 2,000 coins are trash or scams. I've read every white paper. The few I'm connected to I will tell you. The rest I have no position in. These coins will change the world. You can support that change— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) December 20, 2017 If convicted on all counts, McAfee and Watson face 60 years behind bars.“As alleged, McAfee and Watson exploited a widely used social media platform and enthusiasm among investors in the emerging cryptocurrency market to make millions through lies and deception,” said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss in a statement. “The defendants allegedly used McAfee’s Twitter account to publish messages to hundreds of thousands of his Twitter followers touting various cryptocurrencies through false and misleading statements to conceal their true, self-interested motives.”“Investors should be wary of social media endorsements of investment opportunities,” Strauss concluded.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. 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The adaptation of Leigh Bardugo's Grishaverse novels is one of the big TV stories of the year, and the cast of Shadow and Bone are ready to bring the bestselling books to life! For the most part, the Netflix fantasy adventure will be starring a group of up-and-coming actors who are just breaking onto the scene (although you'll definitely recognize a couple of familiar faces, too). It's incredibly exciting to watch new actors taking on roles that so many people have already imagined, and we can't wait to see each of them when Shadow and Bone arrives on Netflix on April 23. In the meantime, learn a little bit more about all the major players in the cast.
Albert Brooks is back as a guest voice on “The Simpsons” this Sunday for the first time in six years, and Variety has a sneak peek at his latest role on animated series. In “Yokel Hero,” Cletus (Hank Azaria) becomes a singing sensation, with the help of Homer (Dan Castellaneta). Then Cletus turns on his […]