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Yahoo Finance’s Julie Hyman, Brian Sozzi, and Myles Udland speak with Incoming Philip Morris International CEO, Jacek Olczak, about company outlook and his plans for a smoke-free future.
Yahoo Finance’s Julie Hyman, Brian Sozzi, and Myles Udland speak with Incoming Philip Morris International CEO, Jacek Olczak, about company outlook and his plans for a smoke-free future.
LONDON — Facebook's quasi-independent Oversight Board said Tuesday that it will start letting users file appeals over posts, photos, and videos that they think the company shouldn't have allowed to stay on its platforms. The board said it will accept cases from users who object to content filed by others and who have already exhausted Facebook's appeals process. Until now, users could only appeal to the Oversight Board when their own content was taken down by Facebook. The company is able to refer cases on its own to the board. “Enabling users to appeal content they want to see removed from Facebook is a significant expansion of the Oversight Board’s capabilities,” Thomas Hughes, director of the Oversight Board Administration, said in a statement. Facebook set up the oversight panel last year to act as the ultimate referee on whether specific content should be allowed on its platforms, amid furious criticism about its inability to respond to a tide of misinformation, hate speech and other harmful content. The board is empowered to make binding rulings on whether posts or ads violate the company’s rules. The social media giant regularly takes down thousands of posts and accounts. Some 300,000 of those cases have been appealed to the Oversight Board since its debut, but the board is prioritizing the review of cases that have the potential to affect many users around the world. The Associated Press
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. is recommending a “pause” in administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said they were investigating unusual clots in six women that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. The clots occurred in veins that drain blood from the brain and occurred together with low platelets. All six cases were in women between the ages of 18 and 48. The reports appear similar to a rare, unusual type of clotting disorder that European authorities say is possibly linked to another COVID-19 vaccine not yet cleared in the U.S., from AstraZeneca. More than 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered in the U.S., the vast majority with no or mild side effects. U.S. federal distribution channels, including mass vaccination sites, will pause the use of the J&J shot, and states and other providers are expected to follow. The other two authorized vaccines, from Moderna and Pfizer, make up the vast share of COVID-19 shots administered in the U.S. and are not affected by the pause. CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will meet Wednesday to discuss the cases and the FDA has also launched an investigation into the cause of the clots and low platelet counts. “Until that process is complete, we are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution,” Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC, and Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said in a joint statement. They are recommending that people who were given the J&J vaccine who are experiencing severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after receiving the shot contact their health care provider. U.S. health authorities cautioned doctors against using a typical clot treatment, the blood-thinner heparin. “In this setting, administration of heparin may be dangerous and alternative treatments need to be given,” the FDA and CDC said. European authorities investigating the AstraZeneca cases have concluded clots appear to be similar to a very rare abnormal immune response that sometimes strikes people treated with heparin, leading to a temporary clotting disorder. Officials say they also want to educate vaccine providers and health professionals about the “unique treatment” required for this type of clot. Johnson & Johnson said it was aware of the reports of “thromboembolic events,” or blood clots, but that no link to its vaccine had been established. “We are aware that thromboembolic events including those with thrombocytopenia have been reported with Covid-19 vaccines," said Johnson & Johnson in a statement. "At present, no clear causal relationship has been established between these rare events and the Janssen Covid-19 vaccine.” States swiftly moved Tuesday morning to implement the pause. New York state health commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said the state will follow the recommendation and pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at state-run sites. People with Tuesday appointments for Johnson & Johnson vaccines at state-run mass vaccination sites will instead get the Pfizer vaccine, he said. The city of Dallas had planned to begin an in-home vaccination program Tuesday using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for homebound or elderly people. The city, citing the FDA announcement, said it will pause the program until more guidance is released. In Mississippi, state health officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs, said Tuesday on Twitter that the state health department is “instructing all physicians, clinics and hospitals to refrain from using Johnson and Johnson until additional guidance (is) available from CDC/FDA.” The J&J vaccine received emergency use authorization from the FDA in late February with great fanfare, with hopes that its single-dose and relatively simple storage requirements would speed vaccinations across the country. Yet the shot only makes up a small fraction of the doses administered in the U.S. as J&J has been plagued by production delays and manufacturing errors at the Baltimore plant of a contractor. Last week the drugmaker took over the facility to scale up production in hopes of meeting its commitment to the U.S. government of providing about 100 million doses by the end of May. Only about 9 million of the company's doses have been delivered to states and are awaiting administration, according to CDC data. Until now concern about the unusual blood clots has centred on the vaccine from AstraZeneca, which has not yet received authorization in the U.S. Last week, European regulators said they found a possible link between the shots and a very rare type of blood clot that occurs together with low blood platelets, one that seems to occur more in younger people. The European Medicines Agency stressed that the benefits of receiving the vaccine outweigh the risks for most people. But several countries have imposed limits on who can receive the vaccine; Britain recommended that people under 30 be offered alternatives. But the J&J and AstraZeneca vaccines are made with the same technology. Leading COVID-19 vaccines train the body to recognize the spike protein that coats the outer surface of the coronavirus. But the J&J and AstraZeneca vaccines use a cold virus, called an adenovirus, to carry the spike gene into the body. J&J uses a human adenovirus to create its vaccine while AstraZeneca uses a chimpanzee version. The announcement hit U.S. stock markets immediately, with Dow futures falling almost 200 points just over two hours before the opening bell. Shares of Johnson & Johnson dropped almost 3% — AP writers Emily Wagster Pettus, Karen Matthews and Jill Bleed contributed. Zeke Miller And Lauran Neergaard, The Associated Press
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NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES TORONTO, April 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ion Energy Ltd. (“ION”, or the “Company”) (TSXV:ION) (OTCQB: IONGF) (FSE: 5YB) announces that it has completed its public offering of 11,500,000 units of the Company (the “Units”) at a price of $0.50 per Unit for aggregate gross proceeds to the Company of $5,750,000, which amounts included the full exercise of the underwriters’ over-allotment option (the “Offering”). Each Unit comprises one common share in the capital of the Company (each, a “Common Share”) and one Common Share purchase warrant (each, a “Warrant”). Each Warrant is exercisable to acquire one Common Share (a “Warrant Share”) for 36 months from the date hereof at an exercise price of $0.70 per Warrant Share. The Offering was conducted by a syndicate of underwriters led by PI Financial Corp. and which included Stifel GMP. The Company intends to use the net proceeds of the Offering to fund exploration at its Mongolian lithium brine projects and for general working capital purposes. The listing of the Common Shares and Warrant Shares, which has been conditionally approved, remains subject to the final approval of the TSX Venture Exchange (“TSXV”). This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to sell any of securities in the United States. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”) or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to U.S. Persons unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or an exemption from such registration is available. About ION Energy Ltd. ION Energy Ltd. (TSXV: ION) (OTCQB: IONGF) (FRA: 5YB) is committed to exploring and developing Mongolia’s lithium salars. ION’s flagship, 81,000+ hectare Baavhai Uul lithium brine project, represents the largest and first lithium brine exploration licence award in Mongolia. ION also holds the 19,000+ hectare Urgakh Naran highly prospective Lithium Brine licence in Dornogovi Province in Mongolia. ION is well-poised to be a key player in the clean energy revolution, positioned well to service the world’s increased demand for lithium. Information about the Company is available on its website, www.ionenergy.ca, or under its profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. For further information: COMPANY CONTACT: Ali Haji, email@example.com, 647-871-4571 MEDIA CONTACT: Siloni Waraich, firstname.lastname@example.org, 416-432-4920 Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release. Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Statements Information set forth in this news release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include estimates and statements that describe the Company’s future plans, objectives or goals, including words to the effect that the Company or management expects a stated condition or result to occur. Forward-looking statements may be identified by such terms as “believes”, “anticipates”, “expects”, “estimates”, “may”, “could”, “would”, “will”, or “plan”. Since forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Although these statements are based on information currently available to the Company, the Company provides no assurance that actual results will meet management’s expectations. Risks, uncertainties and other factors involved with forward-looking information could cause actual events, results, performance, prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Forward looking information in this news release includes, but is not limited to, the Company’s anticipated use of the net proceeds of the Offering and listing of the Common Shares and Warrant Shares. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company’s expectations include, among others, results of exploration programs, acquisition opportunities, the ability to conduct exploration programs in Mongolia due to, among other factors, COVID-19, and the failure to obtain TSXV approval for listing for any reason. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
Predictiv AI Inc. (TSXV: PAI) (OTC: INOTF) (FSE: 71TA) ("Predictiv AI" or the "Company"), a software and solutions provider in the artificial intelligence markets, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a consultancy agreement, effective immediately, with F2 Factor ("F2") to provide strategic support services to the Predictiv AI leadership team, and to increase sales and distribution across brands and products.
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NEW YORK, April 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lowey Dannenberg P.C., a preeminent law firm in obtaining redress for consumers and investors, announces the filing of a securities class action in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of investors who purchased or otherwise acquired common stock of Bellus Health, Inc. ("Bellus" or "Company") (NASDAQ: BLU) from September 19, 2019 through July 5, 2020, inclusive (the "Class Period"). If you lost more than $300,000 in Bellus, you should contact the Firm. Bellus is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company whose lead product is BLU-493, which is being developed for the treatment of chronic cough and other afferent hypersensitization related disorders. The Complaint alleges Bellus made false and misleading statements in its registration statement and prospectus (the “Offering”) and in subsequent public statements throughout the Class Period and failed to disclose material adverse facts about the Company’s business. Specifically, Bellus and its senior officers (1) deceived the investing public about the efficacy of BLU-493, which created a high risk that the drug would not receive FDA approval of Phase 2 trials, and would fall further behind the industry leaders in developing a FDA-approved treatment; (2) created artificial demand for the Bellus common shares sold in the Offering, that enabled the Company to receive approximately $70 million. and (3) caused Plaintiff and the Class to purchase the Company’s publicly traded common stock at artificially inflated prices through July 5, 2020. If you wish to serve as Lead Plaintiff for the Class, you must file a motion with the Court no later than May 17, 2021. Any member of the proposed Class may serve as the Lead Plaintiff through counsel of their choice. If you have suffered a net loss from investment in Bellus’ initial public offering of common stock effective as of September 5, 2019, or through purchases in the secondary market through July 5, 2020, you may obtain additional information about this lawsuit and your ability to become a Lead Plaintiff by contacting David Harrison at email@example.com or at 914-733-7228 or Christian Levis at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 914-733-7220. About Lowey Dannenberg Lowey Dannenberg is a national firm representing institutional and individual investors, who suffered financial losses resulting from corporate fraud and malfeasance in violation of federal securities and antitrust laws. The firm has significant experience in prosecuting multi-million-dollar lawsuits and has previously recovered billions of dollars on behalf of investors. Contact Lowey Dannenberg P.C.44 South Broadway, Suite 1100White Plains, NY 10601Tel: (914) 733-7228Email: Clevis@lowey.com Dharrison@lowey.com
Burk's Falls has honoured its first recipients of a program to recognize the efforts of local and township residents in Armour and Ryerson who go above and beyond to make the community a better place to live. The March winners of the Local Champion award are Diana and Jason Warriner. As winners, the husband and wife receive a $100 gift bag of goods from local merchants. The Warriners were nominated by Doug Hammell, Diana's father, who said the couple do a tremendous amount of community fundraising and volunteering. And Hammell wasn't exaggerating. Several years ago, Diana Warriner coordinated with Coun. Lisa Morrison to create a new playground for children, complete with equipment. “I was involved with the initial planning and talked to the supplier,” Warriner told the Nugget. The playground has been in place for a few years now and the drive took two years and in the process raised tens of thousands of dollars through a combination of selling tickets, holding dances and auctions. This Easter the Warriners held a colouring contest for children to brighten their days since COVID-19 has limited many activities. The Warriners bought some soccer balls, footballs and bubble wands using their own money for prizes. Warriner also did a shout out to her real estate friend Leann Russell as well as Kathy Andrews, who bought three bicycles to be awarded as the grand prizes in the colouring contest. “One was a trainer bike, the other was an intermediate for five- to seven-year-olds and the third was an 18-speed bike for the older kids,” Warriner said. She adds both Russell and Andrews bought the grand prizes out of their own pockets and were not reimbursed in any way. The contest involved children colouring an Easter egg on an 8 by 11 piece of paper which families could either download or pick up at the town hall. About 40 entries came in for the contest. Another significant event the Warriners are organizers for is the annual Halloween Haunt in conjunction with the local Lions Club. The event was cancelled last year because of COVID-19, but involves setting up the fire department's 40 x 20 tent at the arena, which is decked out with Halloween-related props provided by the Warriners for children. “A lot of people also donate candies,” she said. The Warriners learned they were named Local Champions through a phone call from Lacey Stevens, the recreation coordinator for Burk’s Falls. “To be honest when I got a call from the town office, my first thought was 'I was pretty sure we paid our property taxes,'” Warriner said. “So why would the town be calling?” Warriner said the news shocked her and then she surprised and shocked her husband with the Local Champion award news. “We don't do what we do to be recognized,” she said. “It's just what we do. We don't seek the limelight. We like to do things behind the scenes. It's what many people around here do. There are so many volunteers in this area who don't get recognized for a lot of the hard work they've done.” Stevens told the Warriners it was Hammell who nominated them. Hammell lives in Parry Sound and learned about the promotion purely by luck. Hammell says he and his partner were discussing where a particular place was in Burk's Falls and he went on the municipal website to determine the location. “Lo and behold, for some strange reason I clicked a selection and up came the Local Champion information,” Hammell said. It's not what he was looking for, but after reading the details of the promotion Hammell said “I thought Jason and Diana do an awful lot and they're certainly my heroes.” “I filled out the form and was pleasantly surprised to hear that they were selected,” Hammell said. Hammell believes his daughter got her drive to do community work from his parents. “Diana's mother and I broke up very early in our relationship after the children were born,” Hammell said. “When I would get the children we'd go to my mother's and father's home in McKellar. I think that's where Diana picked up her enthusiasm and drive. She definitely has her grandmother's genes in her.” Hammell says his mom did a lot of community work and during the 1960s decided to also run for the local council. She was elected as a councillor and years later became the first female reeve of McKellar. “And back then it used to be an old boy's club,” Hammell said, highlighting that what his mother had achieved in that kind of environment was fairly significant. Hammell says he's proud of the volunteerism his daughter has done over the years and includes Jason in that statement. “I wouldn't have nominated them if I thought differently,” he said. The Local Champion award names a recipient each month until the end of the year. Go to http://www.burksfalls.net/announcements/burks-falls-local-champion for details on how to nominate someone. Diana Warriner says what Burk's Falls is doing to recognize the work of volunteers is “phenomenal” and it's her intention to also nominate deserving people for the same award in the upcoming months. Rocco Frangione is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the North Bay Nugget. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada. Rocco Frangione, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The North Bay Nugget
(Bloomberg) -- U.S. consumer prices climbed in March by the most since 2012, adding to evidence of budding inflationary pressures as the economy reopens and demand strengthens.The consumer price index increased 0.6% from the prior month after a 0.4% gain in February, according to Labor Department data Tuesday. A jump in the cost of gasoline accounted for almost half the overall March advance. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for a 0.5% rise.Excluding volatile food and energy components, the so-called core CPI increased 0.3% from February, the most in seven months and reflecting rising rents and auto insurance. Costs of both goods and services rose last month.The monthly advance in the widely followed index led to an outsize 2.6% increase in the overall CPI from March 2020, when the pandemic depressed demand and pricing power. The core measure rose 1.6% from 12 months ago.The year-over-year changes are distorted by a phenomenon known as the base effect. The CPI, like many other economic data points, declined at the start of the pandemic amid lockdowns and widespread business closures. When compared to those depressed figures, the year-over-year increases for March-May will appear abnormally large.U.S. stock futures steadied along with Treasury yields as investors assessed the data.The latest figures on consumer prices add fuel to an already heated debate about the path of inflation in the U.S., especially on the heels of last week’s Labor Department data showing a stronger-than-expected surge in producer prices.Some analysts and economists argue a wave of pent-up demand paired with trillions of dollars in government spending will spur a sustained upward movement in inflation. Meanwhile, Federal Reserve officials, including Chair Jerome Powell, have said any meaningful increase in prices will likely prove temporary.Read More: Bond Market’s Stalled-Out Reflation Trade Needs Actual InflationAmid supply chain bottlenecks, supply shortages and surging input costs, producers are already feeling the pinch of rising costs. While not all cost increases will be pushed through to consumers -- given a variety of different measures firms can take to offset costs -- sustained pressures in the production pipeline raise the risk of an acceleration in consumer inflation.Recent survey data highlighted developing cost pressures. The Institute for Supply Management’s latest figures showed more than half of service providers reported paying higher prices in March, the largest share since 2011. The ISM’s manufacturing survey showed about 72% of manufacturers said the same -- the second-most since 2008.Recently, some company executives have mentioned plans to raise prices for their products.Reopening InflationThe Labor Department’s data showed shelter costs, which make up about a third of the overall CPI, increased 0.3% in March. That was the biggest monthly gain since February 2020 and reflected a surge in the cost of lodging at hotels that was the biggest since 1991. Airfares also increased.The pickup in inflation translates into less take-home pay for American workers. A separate report Tuesday showed inflation-adjusted hourly earnings increased 1.5% in March from a year earlier, the smallest gain in more than a year.Digging DeeperGoods prices rose 4.1% in March from year ago, services up 1.8%Car and truck rental prices rose 11.7% from month earlier, most since June, while year-over-year increase was largest on recordFood prices climbed 0.1% from a month earlier, while energy costs jumped 5% in biggest gain since September 2017For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
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