Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets) with a 3-pointer vs the Milwaukee Bucks, 05/04/2021
Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets) with a 3-pointer vs the Milwaukee Bucks, 05/04/2021
New Delhi [India], May 9 (ANI): President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday expressed his grief over the demise of Rajya Sabha MP and renowned sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra and said that his absence is an irreparable loss.
New Delhi [India], May 9 (ANI): Urging the Central government to vaccinate Indian citizens first before exporting the coronavirus vaccines, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia on Sunday said the Centre exported 6.5 crore vaccine doses to 93 countries in the last 3 months at a time when COVID-19 cases are surging in India.
Having spent time playing in England, Canadian international flanker Matt Heaton wanted a new challenge in the wake of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Major League Rugby in North America beckoned. "I'd been watching the league while I was in the U.K. still and I was kind of at a crossroads with where I wanted to go next," said the 28-year-old from Godmanchester, Que. "And then when the MLR kind of popped up, I looked at all the cities and I said 'Where is the place I'd least likely end up?' "I said 'Atlanta,'" he added with a chuckle. "And looked into it. I liked the coaching staff. I liked some of the guys involved. I spoke to coach (Scott) Lawrence and he said to me 'There's no red carpets. We're going to have weights and we're going to train like professionals.' And I said 'Perfect. That's what I want.' And I showed up. And so far so good. A really good decision on my part." Heaton, named Rugby Canada 15s Player of the Year in 2017 and 2019, has been joined in Atlanta by fellow Canadian international Conor Keys, a lock forward from Stittsville, Ont. Both played their part Saturday in Rugby ATL's last-second 33-29 win over the Toronto Arrows, who are sharing ATL's training facilities during the pandemic. Atlanta replacement hooker Ross Deacon bulled his way over for the go-ahead try in the inaugural Fire and Ice Cup match between the two sides. Mark Janse van Rensberg scored two tries and Jason Damm and Mark O'Keefe added singles for Rugby ATL (4-3-0). Adriaan Carelse kicked four conversions. Mike Sheppard, Ben LeSage, Gaston Mieres and Tomy de la Vega scored tries for Toronto (3-5-0), which rallied in the second half from a 26-14 deficit to lead 29-26. Tayler Adams added three conversions and a penalty. The game, at Lupo Family Field at Life University in suburban Marietta, was officially listed as a home contest for the Arrows. Rugby ATL was deemed the home side when the two met in the season opener March 20 with Atlanta winning 21-14. Heaton, Rugby ATL's co-captain, is happy in Marietta, which is located some 35 kilometres northwest of the Georgia state capital. "It's a nice little town," he said. "It's like any other suburban American, Canadian city. It's kind of got everything you need. It's pretty relaxed. "It's exactly kind of what you'd want in a professional environment. We're pretty high-stress, high workload, lots of rugby. And then when you want to switch off, you live in an area that's quite peaceful and relaxed and pretty laid-back. Everyone's really friendly. Everyone's really hospitable. So I'm enjoying it." The one drawback is his fiancee remains in Canada. They are slated to get married next year. He's been sharing his local knowledge with the Arrows, many of whom he knows from international duty with Canada. "I feel it's part of my duty," said Heaton, who used to room with Toronto co-captain Lucas Rumball. "I'm based here. I know all the good spots. I know where the good sushi restaurants are, the good BBQ joints so I try to make sure I get the guys out once in a while." After MLR called off the 2020 season five games in mid-March, Heaton retreated to the family farm in Godmanchester, just over an hour southwest of Montreal. It was the first time he had spent any significant time there since he was 17 or 18. "I grew a vegetable garden, just came up with a few hobbies to do — just to pass the time. I completely avoided sports. I didn't train. I didn't do anything. I just completely switched off." When it came time to get back to business, he started doing some construction odd-jobs and training in his homemade gym. Heaton ran the gamut of emotions at the World Cup in Japan. He came on in the 16th minute in Canada's opening match against Italy, replacing an injured Rumball. A minute later, captain Tylor Ardron cut through the Italian defence and passed to Heaton just metres from the try-line with no defenders in sight. Heaton couldn't handle the pass and dropped the ball. He was later sent to the sin-bin for deliberately pulling down a driving maul in the 48-7 loss. After starting in the 63-0 loss to New Zealand, he scored Canada's lone try in a 66-7 loss to eventual champion South Africa. The tournament remains a special memory, providing the chance to test himself against the best in the world. "It was a wild ride," he said. "It's funny. I always say this — in the moment, you don't really notice how special all these things are because you're just so focused on the performances and you're focused on the game and everything. "I actually appreciated the World Cup more when I came back and I looked back it. And I said 'Wow. That was a really special moment.' I wish I had spent more time in the moment, but again you're there to do a job at the end f the day. We were all very very focused om the rugby side of things … I'm pretty proud and happy to have been involved." Signed with Rugby ATL through the end of the 2023 MLR season, Heaton is looking forward to resuming play with Canada. He believes the 23rd-ranked Canadian men will reap the benefits of having more than 50 players training and playing full-time in MLR. "Now that we have that, we're going to be going places," he said. Heaton has come a long way since picking up rugby in Grade 8 at the suggestion of a "pretty girl in my class." He discovered he liked the game, playing for Quebec at the youth level before playing for Canada at the U-20 level. He moved to Vancouver Island to train with the Canadian 15s and sevens team before heading to England to pursue 15s play. Heaton played in the lower English leagues with Otley and then Darlington Mowden Park, where he played and also did some coaching. "I just said 'You know what? I'm going to pack my bags. I'm going to travel a little bit. I'm going to play rugby and I'll see where this thing takes me. In hindsight, it was a really good decision. I got a true authentic rugby culture with Otley, a really old traditional club. I absolutely loved it." Darlington Mowden Park proved to be another positive, combining good rugby with a family feel to the club. He says he has the same at Rugby ATL. "We all live in the same facility. .. It's got that really good friendly family kind of vibe. But we show up, ready to work every day." --- Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 9, 2021. Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press
A woman who was shot in Times Square during a Mother’s Day trip to New York City with her family said that she prayed that her wound would not be fatal. “I was literally screaming on the floor, ‘I don’t want to die, I don’t want to die, I have a 2-year-old,’” Wendy Magrinat, a 23-year-old Rhode Island resident, told the Daily News. Magrinat was one of three bystanders hit by bullets shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday near West 44th Street and Seventh Avenue.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Sabres were so confident they had moved forward corner from their miserable past, the team’s marketing department included owner Terry Pegula’s hopeful comments in a televised feature on how Buffalo landed Taylor Hall in free agency in October. “We sign this guy,” Pegula was overheard saying during a closed-door meeting with general manager Kevyn Adams, “we’re not only trying to make the playoffs, we’re trying to win the Cup.” Instead, the Sabres tied the NHL record by missing the playoffs for the 10th straight season. With a 1-0 loss at Pittsburgh on Saturday, Buffalo (15-34-7) finished last in the overall standings for the fourth time in seven years. Hall barely lasted until April, before being traded to Boston as part of Buffalo's purge of high-priced, expiring contracts. The revolving door continued at coach, with Ralph Krueger fired in mid-March and the team in the midst of what became an 18-game winless skid, which matched the NHL's 14th longest. In addition to a two-week COVID-19-related pause to its schedule in February, the Sabres were beset by injuries, which included captain Jack Eichel missing the final two months with a herniated disk. Buffalo started a league-high six goalies. Management again over-estimated how close the franchise was to becoming a contender, attempting quick fixes with headline-grabbing signings. It leaves Adams entering his second off-season having to determine a new direction for a franchise suddenly trending toward youth, and whether interim coach Don Granato did enough over the final half of the season to deserve taking over the job full-time. In calling Granato a definite contender, Adams vowed to make a wide-ranging search to hire what will become the franchise’s sixth coach since Lindy Ruff was fired in February 2013. The question is how much money the cost-conscious Sabres are willing to invest? No coach has lasted beyond a second season since Ruff’s departure. It’s difficult to overlook the impact the 53-year-old Granato made in developing youngsters, while also getting more production out of an injury-depleted lineup than Krueger did in opening the season with nearly a full compliment of players. The Sabres went 6-18-4 and were outscored 95-58 in 28 games under Krueger. In 28 games under Granato, the Sabres went 9-16-3 and were outscored 101-76. Buffalo also rallied to win three times when trailing after two periods under Granato after going 0-16-1 under Krueger. Granato’s biggest influence was evident by the jumps in production from many of the young and developing prospects, who struggled under Krueger. Centres Casey Mittelstadt and Tage Thompson enjoyed double-digit boosts in point production under Granato. “I think a lot of guys, including myself, owe Donnie quite a bit,” Mittelstadt said, Saturday. “He challenged me when he took over and pushed me to become a better player.” Defenceman Rasmus Dahlin acknowledged regaining his confidence in being free to play more of a two-way role under the new coach. And even veteran Sam Reinhart proved he could capably fill a top-line centre role — something he struggled with in his first six-plus NHL seasons — in leading the team with a career-best matching 25 goals and 40 points. Granato would like nothing more but continue what he’s started as a first-time NHL coach. “When you improve enough, there’s a tipping point where everything becomes consistent. Having invested time in that, of course you want to stay,” Granato said. “But we all know the business. And we don't know the answer to that yet. And we’ll take it as it comes.” FREE AGENCY The Sabres can retain Reinhart’s rights for one more season but expect the player to seek a longer-term deal after being limited to signing one- and two-year extensions the past three years. Buffalo took the calculated risk to keep goalie Linus Ullmark at the trade deadline, with the intention to re-sign him before his contact expires this summer. Defenceman Jake McCabe is a pending free agent, who has been out since blowing out his right knee in February. SALARY CAP Buffalo is projected to have more than $30 million of salary-cap space available, but a large chunk will be devoted to re-signing Reinhart, Mittelstadt and Dahlin, who has completed his three-year rookie deal. EXPANSION DRAFT Buffalo has a chance to free up a high-priced contract should it convince forwards Jeff Skinner and/or Kyle Okposo to drop their no-trade clauses in order to be exposed to the Seattle Kraken in the expansion draft in July. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports John Wawrow, The Associated Press
Joyous reunions among vaccinated parents and children across the country marked this year's Mother's Day, the second one celebrated during the coronavirus pandemic. Jeanie Codianni of Los Angeles flew to New Jersey this weekend to surprise her 74-year-old mother. It was a marked departure from their Mother's Day in 2020, when the pair made bacon and eggs over Facetime.
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(Bloomberg) -- The shutdown of America’s largest fuel pipeline after a cyberattack is threatening to send gasoline prices to the highest in seven years as suppliers work to stave off shortages from Atlanta to New York with tankers and barges.Traders and fuel shippers are seeking vessels to deliver gasoline that would have otherwise been shipped on the Colonial Pipeline system, according to people familiar with the matter. Others are securing tankers to temporarily store gasoline in the U.S. Gulf in the event of a prolonged shutdown, they said, asking not to be identified because the information isn’t public.Colonial Pipeline halted all operations on its system late Friday after suffering a cyberattack that affected some of its IT systems. The company has said it’s working to restore operations but has given no timeline for a restart.The attack comes just as the nation’s energy industry is preparing to meet stronger fuel demand from summer travel and could raise more concerns about inflation as commodity prices from oil to corn rally in a post-pandemic rebound. Americans are once again commuting to the office, planning major travel for the first time and booking flights. A prolonged disruption along the pipeline system threatens to send the national average gasoline price above $3 a gallon for the first time since October 2014, a threshold that often piques concern from federal lawmakers that worry about the impact on consumers.“It’s an all-hands-on-deck effort right now,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said of federal government actions as the shutdown drags on. “We are working closely with the company, state and local officials to make sure that they get back up to normal operations as quickly as possible and there aren’t disruptions in supply.”Colonial is just the latest example of critical infrastructure being targeted by ransomware. Hackers are increasingly attempting to infiltrate essential services such as electric grids and hospitals. The escalating threats prompted the White House to respond last month with a plan to increase security at utilities and their suppliers. Pipelines are a specific concern because of the central role they play in the U.S. economy.Colonial is a critical source of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel to the East Coast from the nation’s refining belt along the U.S. Gulf Coast. It has the capacity to send about 2.5 million barrels a day on its system from Houston as far as North Carolina, and another 900,000 barrels a day to New York.The attack appeared to use a ransomware group called DarkSide, according to Allan Liska, senior threat analyst at cybersecurity firm Recorded Future. The cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc. said its Mandiant incident response division was assisting with the investigation.Ransomware cases involve hackers seeding networks with malicious software that encrypts the data and leaves the machines locked until the victims pay the extortion fee. This would be the biggest attack of its kind on a U.S. fuel pipeline.The national gasoline average stood at $2.96 a gallon Friday, according to auto club AAA. With gasoline inventories ample, the pump price wasn’t expected to tick much higher until Memorial Day at the end of May, which is traditionally viewed as the start of the U.S. summer driving season. If the pipeline doesn’t restart soon it will accelerate the move higher.“I think we’re at strong odds for it by Memorial Day given current trends,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at Gas Buddy.A key concern at present is meeting product demand in the U.S. Southeast, which is especially dependent on the Colonial system, people familiar with the situation said. Drivers in landlocked and car-dependent Atlanta may be the first to feel the pinch at the pump.“Atlanta will be one of the earlier sore spots, along with eastern Tennessee, and perhaps the Carolinas,” De Haan said.The Northeast can secure gasoline shipments from Europe but it will come at an increasing cost the longer the pipeline stays shut.“The longer it lasts, the more bullish it will be for refined products on the East Coast,” said Warren Patterson, head of commodities strategy at ING Groep NV. “This will likely also drag European product prices higher, as we see more waterborne cargoes needing to go into the U.S. East Coast to meet the shortfall.”In the meantime, fuel producers including Marathon Petroleum Corp. are weighing alternatives for how to ship their products to the Northeast.One potential route is the Kinder Morgan-operated Plantation Pipeline, even though it only extends as far north Washington D.C. and has a capacity of 720,000 barrels a day, far short of Colonial’s. Kinder said Sunday it’s working with customers to accommodate additional barrels during Colonial’s outage, and that Plantation is deferring where possible any non-essential maintenance that might otherwise reduce flow rates.Inventories offer minimal cover, ClearView Energy Partners said in a research note. Tankers leaving Rotterdam could take up to 14 days to make the trip to the New York Harbor. The Midwest could theoretically send some of its supplies to the East Coast via rail and barge, but the region’s inventories are tighter than in previous years, ClearView said.“The Colonial outage comes at a critical juncture for the recovering U.S. economy: the start of the summer driving season,” ClearView said. “We therefore think lawmakers could begin a ‘blame game’ immediately, and a sustained disruption that leads to a significant pump price spike could increase prospects of domestic policy interventions.”(Updates with Commerce Secretary’s comments in fifth paragraph, Kinder Morgan comments in 17th.)For 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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American midfielder Brandon Aaronson had his first two-goal game for Red Bull Salzburg in a 3-1 win at Sturm Graz on Sunday that moved his team to the verge of its eighth straight Austrian Bundesliga title. Aaronson, a 20-year-old from Medford, New Jersey, has five goals in 17 league matches for Salzburg and six in all competitions since he transferred from Major League Soccer's Philadelphia in January. Otar Kiteishvili tied the score in the 56th, and Aaronson put Salzburg back ahead in the 78th with a 23-yard right-foot shot.
Colonial Pipeline says it was the “victim of a cybersecurity attack” involving ransomware.
Labour leader SirKeir Starmer will carry out a reshuffle of his shadow cabinet team on Sunday as the fallout over the party’s dismal election performance continues. Sir Keir has come under fire after opting to sack his deputy Angela Rayner from her role as party chairman and national campaign co-ordinator on Saturday, with Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham warning him that it was “wrong”. As well as undertaking a reshuffle, the former director of public prosecutions has also hired Gordon Brown’s former chief pollster Deborah Mattinson – who has written a book about why Labour lost the so-called “red wall” at the 2019 general election – as director of strategy.
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The pandemic is easing, but there’s still uncertainty about when and where to wear protective masks. Dr. Anthony Fauci once again stepped into the breach on Sunday’s Meet The Press on NBC, claiming mask-wearing could eventually become “seasonal.” Fauci said Americans have gotten used to wearing face coverings, which he said “diminishes respiratory diseases.” The […]
Opinion surveys have shown that most Japanese oppose holding the Games this summer due to worries about the coronavirus, and Tokyo itself is currently under a state of emergency to tame a rise in infections. Osaka, the world number two women's tennis player and one of Japan's top athletes, said staging the Games should remain a topic of discussion as long as the subject was "making people very uncomfortable". "Of course I want the Olympics to happen, but I think there's so much important stuff going on, especially the past year," she told a news conference ahead of the Italian Open.
TORONTO — Pam Parks says she has a routine to pick herself up before she starts every one of her 12-hour hospital shifts these days. The registered practical nurse drives the five minutes to work at an Oshawa, Ont., hospital with her car radio turned up and sings along in a bid to lift her spirits. She tries to take her mind, ever so briefly, off the stress, uncertainty and large workload that awaits her in the emergency room that day, as the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic rages. Even after 33 years in the profession, Parks said the pandemic has opened her eyes to the fragility of our health care system and the distress both she and her fellow nurses feel. "I get into the parking lot and sit, and regroup," she said, acknowledging that some days its hard to go into work. "I hope that today will be a better day than it was yesterday," she said she tells herself. "I hope for a better day for everyone." Parks is not alone in her struggles to cope according to a new survey conducted by Oraclepoll Research for the Canadian Union of Public Employees and a separate survey conducted by the Service Employees International Union. Both polls are being released by the unions Sunday. The Oraclepoll of 2,600 registered practical nurses that belong to CUPE across the province shows that more than half of those surveyed said they were coping "poorly" or "extremely poorly" at work over the past year of the pandemic. Just over 80 per cent reported that their workload had "increased a lot", and 86 per cent said they believe the potential for medical errors has increased over the past 12 months. Over 90 per cent are worried about bringing COVID-19 home to their families, and 70 per cent reported facing increased violence from patients and their families. It has all led 30 per cent of the workers surveyed to consider leaving the profession, the poll shows. A study of over 550 registered practical nurses conducted by the Service Employees International Union reflects similar levels of burn out. The internal research by the union finds that 94 per cent of RPNs experience working short regularly, and 72 per cent believe staffing insufficient. Parks said the pandemic is having a profound effect on morale, and she's seeing it play out every shift. Nurses who were already working short in many instances are now taking on additional duties to help connect families barred from hospitals because of COVID-19 restrictions, she said. "We, as nurses, we're not only now looking after patients health care, but we're also their support service," Parks said. "We're holding their hands and watching some who are at their last stage of life, trying to make sure they're not alone." Ashley MacRae, an RPN at hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont., said the survey results ring true to her. "When you're giving everything you can, and it's not enough anymore, it's exhausting," she said. "I just feel like when I talk to my co-workers, they're burned out, they're done." MacRae said registered practical nurses are making less than their registered nurse colleagues, and with the extreme workload and stress, many are looking for other jobs. She also worries that trauma experienced by RPNs during the pandemic will be felt for years, as they struggle with their mental health. "A lot of the nurses I don't think will ever recover from seeing all of the loss and having to move on to the next loss and having to move on to the next patient and having to continue going on," she said. The president of CUPE's Ontario Council of Hospital Unions said the government must address the rising stress on nurses, offer them further mental health supports and increase wages to help with workforce retention. Michael Hurley said RPNs are working at understaffed facilities, extended shifts, are subject to redeployment, mandatory overtime and most have not had a vacation since the start of the pandemic. "How long can you expect people to be strong? How long can you expect them to be able to stand up to this?" he said. "They are trying to make sure that people get the care they need during COVID. All of this adds up to enormous pressure on individuals." Jackie Walker, with SEIU, said that union is asking the province and hospitals who employ RPNs to offer them more support. "A really meaningful intervention needs to be taken by our provincial government and by employers to support RPNs financially, with their emotional and mental health," she said. Last spring, Premier Doug Ford announced a pandemic pay premium as a way of recognizing the sacrifices essential workers make as they fight the spread of COVID-19. It included a $4 hourly raise over a four month period and a monthly bonus of $250 if they work more than 100 hours in a month. Registered practical nurses were included in that program, along with 350,000 workers who were eligible for the pay premium. A statement from a spokeswoman for the health minister pointed to previously announced government supports, including the pandemic pay bump and recruitment efforts, and said the province is working with hospitals on mental health supports for workers. "Our government values the contributions of Ontario’s nurses, who provide patients with timely, safe and equitable access to high quality care," Alexandra Hilkene said. Oraclepoll Research says its telephone survey was conducted from March 29 to April 3, and has a margin of error of 1.6 per cent, 19 times out of 20. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 9, 2021. Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press
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OTTAWA — The Royal Canadian Air Force is hoping Canada will open its doors to military pilots from other countries as it seeks to address a longstanding shortage of experienced aviators. In an interview with The Canadian Press, RCAF commander Lt.-Gen. Al Meinzinger says the military is working with Canada's immigration department to streamline the enrolment of pilots from overseas. The move comes amid some signs of progress in the military's search for more pilots to fly the air force's helicopters and planes. Part of that success has come from a reorganization designed to keep pilots in cockpits rather than behind desks. Yet Meinzinger says about 10 per cent of the air force's 1,500 pilot positions remain unfilled, even as COVID-19 has restricted recruitment and training efforts across much of the military. And while there had been hopes that some former air force pilots laid off by commercial airlines due to the pandemic would flock to the military, Meinzinger says only about 15 have made the jump. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 9, 2021. The Canadian Press
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy officially supports ousting Liz Cheney as GOP conference chair and replacing her with Elise Stefanik. The Republican lawmaker was asked directly by Fox New host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday whether he supports Ms Stefanik for the third-ranking Republican role in the House of Representatives. It marks the first time he has publicly supported Ms Stefanik for the position, after he reportedly was caught on a hot mic telling Fox & Friends that he “lost confidence” in Ms Cheney and has “had it with her” following Ms Cheney’s criticisms of her party’s embrace of Donald Trump’s “stolen” election myth.