Kent Bazemore (Golden State Warriors) with a buzzer beater vs the Boston Celtics, 04/17/2021
Kent Bazemore (Golden State Warriors) with a buzzer beater vs the Boston Celtics, 04/17/2021
Dozens of Japanese towns have abandoned plans to accept overseas athletes competing in the Olympics from July due to concerns about inadequate resources amid a fourth wave of coronavirus infections, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Thursday. Of 528 towns registered to welcome international competitors, about 40 have decided not to accept athletes for training camps and cultural exchanges before the global sporting showpiece, the Nikkei reported citing a government source. Ibaraki prefecture Governor Kazuhiko Ooigawa said on Wednesday that he rejected the Tokyo Olympics Organising Committee's request to secure hospital beds for the athletes as the prefecture had to prioritise citizens over athletes.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Muslims celebrated Eid al-Fitr in a subdued mood for a second year Thursday as the COVID-19 pandemic again forced mosque closings and family separations on the holiday marking the end of Islam's holiest month of Ramadan. Worshippers wearing masks joined communal prayers in the streets of Indonesia's capital, Jakarta. The world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation allowed mosque prayers in low-risk areas, but those in areas where there was more risk of the virus spreading closed their doors, including Jakarta’s Istiqlal grand mosque, the largest mosque in Southeast Asia. Indonesians also were banned for a second year from traveling to visit relatives in the traditional Eid homecoming known locally as “mudik.” “I understand that we all miss our relatives at times like this, especially in the momentum of Eid,” President Joko Widodo said in televised remarks on the decision. “But let’s prioritize safety together by not going back to our hometowns.” Despite the mudik ban a year ago, the number of daily cases in Indonesia picked up by 37% three weeks after the holiday. Similar patterns followed other holidays in the country that has counted 1.7 million infections and more than 47,600 fatalities from COVID-19. The Jakarta governor also ordered malls, restaurants and leisure destinations usually packed during the holiday period to shut. With no congregational prayers at mosques, no family reunions, no relatives bearing gifts and cookies for children, “Eid is not a grand event anymore,” Jakarta resident Maysa Andriana said. “The pandemic has changed everything... this is too sad!” she said. While police set up highway checkpoints and domestic flights and other modes of transportation were suspended, anxiety lingers that people will defy the prohibition. Television reports showed city dwellers hiding on disguised trucks or fishing boats and officers at roadblocks being overwhelmed by desperate motorists. “We followed the government decision that banned us visiting my parents for Eid last year, it’s enough! Nothing can stop me now,” said factory worker Askari Anam, who used alleys and shortcuts to avoid being stopped from visiting his hometown. “Of course I’m worried,” he said when asked about possibly contracting the virus. “But I leave it to God.” Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin expressed concern of a virus spike and feared people would travel despite the ban. “I hope the increase in transmission cases won’t be happening, but if it will, we’d like to anticipate it,” Sadikin said, adding that healthcare facilities are sufficient. “It is our duty to prepare for the worst situations,” he said. In the southern Philippines, coronavirus outbreaks and new fighting between government forces and Muslim insurgents in one province prevented Muslim residents from holding large public congregational and mosque prayers to celebrate Eid al-Fitr. Instead, most hunkered down in their homes for family prayers. In Maguindanao province, many families displaced by fighting in recent days between army troops and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters marked the holiday in evacuation camps. The country’s volatile south, homeland of minority Muslims in Asia’s largest Roman Catholic nation, has been the scene of decades-long Muslim separatist rebellions although the violence has considerably eased after the largest of several Muslim guerrilla groups signed a 2014 Muslim autonomy deal with the government. ____ Associated Press writer Jim Gomez in Manila, Philippines, contributed to this report. Niniek Karmini, The Associated Press
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ATLANTA (AP) — Teoscar Hernández hit two homers and drove in three runs, Hyun Jin Ryu pitched seven sharp innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Atlanta 4-1 on a cold Wednesday night to continue their dominance of the Braves. Toronto improved to 5-0 against the Braves this season and have outscored them 35-16. William Contreras hit a long homer in the fifth for the only run allowed by Ryu (3-2). Ryu gave up five hits, struck out six and walked one. Reliever Tyler Chatwood retired Ronald Acuña Jr., Freddie Freeman and Marcell Ozuna in the eighth. A.J. Cole pitched the ninth for his first save. Hernández hit the first pitch thrown by right-hander Luke Jackson (1-1) in the seventh over the center-field wall, giving Toronto a 2-1 lead. He added a two-run shot 464 feet to left-center off Josh Tomlin in the ninth. On Tuesday, Hernández had a go-ahead infield single in the eighth in a 5-3 win over Atlanta. The temperature for the first pitch was a brisk 52 degrees. Fans wore jackets and stocking caps and huddled under blankets, an unusual necessity for Atlanta in May. Contreras pulled a knee-high pitch from Ryu 463 feet into the seats in left field for his second homer. The drive came exactly one week after Contreras, the younger brother of Chicago Cubs All-Star catcher Willson Contreras, hit his first homer at Washington. The Blue Jays pulled even in the sixth. Cavan Biggio walked, stole second and scored on Marcus Semien's double to the left-field wall. Semien extended his hitting streak to 11 games. The Blue Jays had runners thrown out on the bases in each of the first two innings. Bo Bichette singled in the first and took a wide turn around first base when the ball bounced under the glove of Acuña in right field. Acuña recovered quickly and threw Bichette out at first base in a call confirmed on a replay challenge. Hernández walked to lead off the second and was caught stealing following a pickoff throw by left-hander Max Fried. Fried allowed only two hits and one run in six innings. The strong start by Fried, who began the night with an 8.44 ERA, was especially important after the Braves learned right-hander Mike Soroka might not pitch this season. Before the game, Braves manager Brian Snitker said Soroka suffered a setback in his recovery from surgery to repair his torn right Achilles tendon suffered last season. Soroka will have a second surgery early next week in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to determine the cause of renewed discomfort. Fried was denied in his bid to become the first pitcher to win his first eight interleague starts. He was 7-0 with a 2.18 ERA in his first eight starts against American League teams. TRAINER’S ROOM Blue Jays: OF George Springer (right quad strain) hit in the cage and plans to begin running on Thursday. INF Joe Panik (calf) also hit in the cage as neither team took normal batting practice outside following rain most of the day. Braves: RHP Chris Martin (right shoulder inflammation) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list. Martin was scheduled to pitch a second consecutive day with Triple-A Gwinnett. Snitker said he decided “we might as well do it here.” ... LHP Grant Dayton (left thigh inflammation) was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to May 9. LHP Sean Newcomb, who was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett, pitched the eighth. ... RHP Bryse Wilson was optioned to Gwinnett after allowing two runs in six innings on Tuesday night. UP NEXT The Blue Jays will complete their 11-day, 10-game road trip on Thursday when RHP Ross Stripling (0-1, 6.61) faces Braves RHP Charlie Morton (2-2, 4.98). ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Charles Odum, The Associated Press
(Bloomberg) -- Asian stocks dropped, with the regional benchmark erasing its gains for the year, as mounting worries over inflation and a resurgence in Covid-19 cases soured investor sentiment.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index slid as much as 1%, tracking losses in American shares after data on Wednesday showed U.S. consumer prices climbed in April by the most since 2009. The Asian gauge has now fallen more than 9% from a Feb. 17 peak.An explosive rally in commodity prices has come at a time when Asia’s tech stocks, much like their global peers, are contending with higher U.S. bond yields and stretched valuations, and regulatory tightening in China has also added to the sector’s woes. Regional stocks have also been set back by a surge in infections in several countries including India, Japan and parts of Southeast Asia.“We need to kind of price in a more normal interest-rate environment, more normal inflation environment,” said Ken Peng, head of Asia investment strategy at Citigroup Inc.’s private-banking arm. “The shake up could last a while longer. But I’m still not too worried because, growth will comeback to be the most important element once interest rates normalize.”Technology and communication services were the worst-performing sectors on the Asian gauge Thursday.In Taiwan, the benchmark stock index extended losses after slumping the most since March last year on Wednesday partly due to concern over tightening of virus-linked restrictions.Japanese shares declined for a third day on Thursday, while stocks in China snapped a two-day winning run. Markets in Singapore, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines were shut for a holiday.READ: Tech Dominance Haunts Taiwan in Global Selloff: Taking StockFor 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.
An investigation into B.C Timber Sales' logging plans in the Nahmint Valley in Port Alberni found they failed to comply with laws protecting old. forest and biodiversity values in some ecosystems. According to the report released Wednesday by The Forest Practices Board, the investigation found that B.C. Timber Sales' (BCTS) 2017 Forest Stewardship Plan for the Nahmint Valley failed to comply with legal biodiversity objectives set under Vancouver Island's Land Use Plan "BCTS's FSP (forest stewardship plan) did not meet the legal objective, and it should not have been approved. We looked at the remaining forest in the watershed and found there are some ecosystems that could be at risk if more logging takes place in them," said Kevin Kriese, the chair of the Forest Practices Board. The report comes three years after the Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA), together with members of the Port Alberni Watershed Forest Alliance, exposed the clearcutting of some of Canada's grandest remaining old-growth forests and biggest trees in the Nahmint Valley. Timber in the Nahmint Valley after the trees were logged.(Submitted by TJ Watt) The discovery prompted the AFA to submit a complaint to the board in 2018, as well as the Ministry of Forests' compliance and enforcement branch. Conservationists call for action Conservationists with the AFA say old-growth forests like the one in the Nahmint Valley are crucial to the overall health of ecosystems in the province, affecting everything from the raindrops that collect in the tree canopy to the water that runs in salmon streams below. "This failure exposes the gross inadequacies and lack of accountability that are inherent in B.C.'s forest system and the need for immediate, systemic change." stated Ancient Forest Alliance campaigner Andrea Inness. A before and after photo of a Douglas Fir in the Nahmint Valley.(Submitted by TJ Watt) AFA campaigner, TJ Watt, is calling for change. "BC's deeply flawed forest system allows forest companies and BCTS to protect the lowest possible amount of productive old-growth forests while always targeting the very best stands for logging," Watt said. Brenda Sayers of the Hupacasath First Nation in Port Alberni is also urging the province and B.C. Timber Sales to end the logging of old-growth in the Nahmint. "The Nahmint Valley is not only beautiful, its ancient forests and biodiversity are critical to our people's culture, our identity. Yet, the B.C. government is sanctioning the destruction of these ecosystems through its own logging agency, which have shown themselves to be incapable of responsibly managing our sacred lands." The province has yet to comment on the report.
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Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India], May 13 (ANI): The Uttarakhand Government has ordered officials for mass distribution of Ivermectin tablets to all residents as a preventive medicine against the spread of COVID-19, a senior official said.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel on Wednesday pressed ahead with a fierce military offensive in the Gaza Strip, killing as many as 10 senior Hamas military figures and toppling a pair of high-rise towers housing Hamas facilities in airstrikes. The Islamic militant group showed no signs of backing down and fired hundreds of rockets at Israeli cities. In just three days, this latest round of fighting between the bitter enemies has already begun to resemble — and even exceed — a devastating 50-day war in 2014. Like in that previous war, neither side appears to have an exit strategy. But there are key differences. The fighting has triggered the worst Jewish-Arab violence inside Israel in decades. And looming in the background is an international war crimes investigation. Israel carried out an intense barrage of airstrikes just after sunrise, striking dozens of targets in several minutes that set off bone-rattling explosions across Gaza. Airstrikes continued throughout the day, filling the sky with pillars of smoke. At nightfall, the streets of Gaza City resembled a ghost town as people huddled indoors on the final night of Islam's holiest month of Ramadan. The evening, followed by the Eid al-Fitr holiday, is usually a time of vibrant night life, shopping and crowded restaurants. “There is nowhere to run. There is nowhere to hide,” said Zeyad Khattab, a 44-year-old pharmacist who fled with a dozen other relatives to a family home in central Gaza after bombs pounded his apartment building in Gaza City. “That terror is impossible to describe.” Gaza militants continued to bombard Israel with nonstop rocket fire throughout the day and into early Thursday. The attacks brought life to a standstill in southern communities near Gaza, but also reached as far north as the Tel Aviv area, about 70 kilometers (45 miles) to the north, for a second straight day. The military said sirens also wailed in northern Israel's Emek area, or Jezreel Valley, the farthest the effects of Gaza rockets have reached since 2014. “We're coping, sitting at home, hoping it will be OK,” said Motti Haim, a resident of the central town of Beer Yaakov and father of two children. “It's not simple running to the shelter. It's not easy with the kids.” Gaza’s Health Ministry said the death toll rose to 69 Palestinians, including 16 children and six women. Islamic Jihad confirmed the deaths of seven militants, while Hamas acknowledged that a top commander and several other members were killed. Rescuers pulled the bodies of a man and his wife from the debris of their home that was hit by rockets in the latest Israeli airstrikes early Thursday, relatives said. A total of seven people have been killed in Israel, including four people who died on Wednesday. Among them were a soldier killed by an anti-tank missile and a 6-year-old child hit in a rocket attack. The Israeli military claims the number of militants killed so far is much higher than Hamas has acknowledged. Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, said at least 14 militants were killed Wednesday — including 10 members of the “top management of Hamas” and four weapons experts. Altogether, he claimed some 30 militants have been killed since the fighting began. More raids conducted early Thursday were aimed at several “strategically significant” facilities for Hamas, including a bank and a compound for a naval squad, the military said. While United Nations and Egyptian officials have said that cease-fire efforts are underway, there were no signs of progress. Israeli television's Channel 12 reported late Wednesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Security Cabinet authorized a widening of the offensive. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the “indiscriminate launching of rockets” from civilian areas in Gaza toward Israeli population centers, but he also urged Israel to show “maximum restraint.” U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken called Netanyahu to support Israel's right to defend itself and said he was sending a senior diplomat to the region to try to calm tensions. The current eruption of violence began a month ago in Jerusalem, where heavy-handed Israeli police tactics during Ramadan and the threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinian families by Jewish settlers ignited protests and clashes with police. A focal point was the Al-Aqsa Mosque, built on a hilltop compound that is revered by Jews and Muslims, where police fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters who threw chairs and stones at them. Hamas, claiming to be defending Jerusalem, launched a barrage of rockets at the city late Monday, setting off days of fighting. The Israeli military says militants have fired about 1,500 rockets in just three days. That is roughly one-third the number fired during the entire 2014 war. Israel, meanwhile, has struck over 350 targets in Gaza, a tiny territory where 2 million Palestinians have lived under a crippling Israeli-Egyptian blockade since Hamas took power in 2007. Two infantry brigades were sent to the area, indicating preparations for a possible ground invasion. In tactics echoing past wars, Israel has begun to target senior members of Hamas’ military wing. It also has flattened three high-rise buildings in a tactic that has drawn international scrutiny in the past. Israel says the buildings all housed Hamas operations centers, but they also included residential apartments and businesses. In all cases, Israel fired warning shots, allowing people to flee, and there were no reports of casualties. The fighting has set off violent clashes between Arabs and Jews in Israel, in scenes unseen since 2000. Netanyahu warned that he was prepared to use an “iron fist if necessary” to calm the violence. But ugly clashes erupted across the country late Wednesday. Jewish and Arab mobs battled in the central city of Lod, the epicenter of the troubles, despite a state of emergency and nighttime curfew. In nearby Bat Yam, a mob of Jewish nationalists attacked an Arab motorist, dragged him from his car and beat him until he was motionless. In the occupied West Bank, the Israeli military said it thwarted a Palestinian shooting attack that wounded two people. The Palestinian Health Ministry said the suspected gunman was killed. No details were immediately available. Still unclear is how the fighting in Gaza will affect Netanyahu’s political future. He failed to form a government coalition after inconclusive parliamentary elections in March, and now his political rivals have three weeks to try to form one. His rivals have courted a small Islamist Arab party. But the longer the fighting lasts, the more it could hamper their attempts at forming a coalition. It could also boost Netanyahu if another election is held, since security is his strong suit with the public. Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since the Islamic militant group seized power in Gaza from rival Palestinian forces in 2007. The International Criminal Court has launched an investigation into possible war crimes by Israel and Hamas. In a brief statement, ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she had noted “with great concern” the escalation of violence and “the possible commission of crimes.” The ICC is looking into Israeli actions in past wars in Gaza. Israel is not a member of the court, does not recognize the ICC’s jurisdiction and rejects the accusations. But in theory, the ICC could issue warrants and try to arrest Israeli suspects while they are traveling overseas. Conricus, the military spokesman, said Israeli forces respect international laws on armed conflict and do their utmost to minimize civilian casualties. Israel blames Hamas for civilian casualties because the group fires rockets from residential areas. Emanuel Gross, a professor emeritus the University of Haifa law school, said Israel should “take into consideration the concerns of the ICC.” But he said he believes the military is on solid legal ground while rockets are striking Israeli cities. “That’s the real meaning of self defense,” he said. “If you are attacked by a terrorist group, you defend yourself.” ___ Federman reported from Jerusalem. Associated Press writer Ilan Ben Zion in Jerusalem contributed to this report. Fares Akram And Josef Federman , The Associated Press
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Every two election cycles, B.C.'s electoral boundaries are modified by an independent body to ensure fair representation to voters based on population. The B.C. Liberals say an amendment to the Electoral Boundaries Commission Act, introduced by the NDP, could unfairly affect voters in rural areas. When the Liberals were in power, they added their own amendment to the act, which protected the electoral boundaries in three lesser-populated regions: Northern B.C., the Kootenays and the Central Interior. The NDP's new bill looks to remove that. Tom Shypitka, Liberal MLA for Kootenay East, says without that protection, electoral boundaries in rural areas could be redrawn into much larger ridings based on population size, which could limit voters' access to their MLAs. "People need to be connected to their provincial representative. That's what it's all about. That's why we have ridings in the first place," Shypitka said to Daybreak South host Chris Walker. "It's that lack of communication or lack of access that really has us worried." The Electoral Boundaries Commission's main goal is to ensure representation based on population, however, it also considers several other factors like "geographical and demographic realities, the legacy of the province's history and the need to balance the community interests of the people of British Columbia," according to the act. While Shypitka says re-drawn boundaries in cities like Vancouver and Surrey might see ridings shift by only a few blocks, in sparsely-populated rural areas, he warns it could cause boundaries to move by hundreds of kilometres. Tom Shypitka has been the MLA for the riding of Kootenay-East since he won the seat in 2017.(B.C. Liberals) The bill still needs to be passed and the boundaries redrawn by the independent commission, but Shypitka says his riding of Kootenay-East could potentially encompass an area stretching from Creston to Golden, which he says "is quite a jaunt and quite an issue for some people to mobilize and get to see their local MLAs." Political Gamesmanship The two-term MLA recognizes that the Liberals' frustration with the amendment could easily be seen as self-preservation, since the protected regions have long been Liberal strongholds. But he points out that the same could be said about the NDP's intention to remove that protection and secure an even stronger majority in the legislature. The Ministry of the Attorney General, however, says its amendment would provide further independence to the commission. "The intent of these amendments is to ensure the location of political boundaries between seats is determined not by politicians, but by an independent commission," it said in a release. "The process will not be guided by political interests, but by a legislated mandate to establish effective representation for British Columbians. Political back and forth aside, Shypitka says it comes down to ensuring fair representation for voters in both rural and urban ridings.
DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera drove in two runs and surpassed Omar Vizquel for the most major league hits by a Venezuelan player, leading the Detroit Tigers past the slumping Kansas City Royals 4-2 on Wednesday night. Cabrera's two RBI singles gave him 2,878, one more than Vizquel, who played his last game in 2012 and was a coach for Cabrera and the Tigers from 2014-17. Kansas City lost its 10th straight, the Royals' longest skid since they dropped 10 in a row from March 31-April 11, 2019. Casey Mize (2-3) allowed two runs on three hits and two walks in six innings. He hit one batter and struck out four. Three Detroit relievers finished, with Gregory Soto pitching the ninth for his fourth save. Danny Duffy (4-3) gave up a season-high four runs in six innings. The Royals took a 2-0 lead in the first. Mize hit leadoff hitter Whit Merrifield with a pitch and Carlos Santana worked a 10-pitch walk. Salvador Perez followed with an RBI double and Andrew Benintendi added a sacrifice fly. JaCoby Jones' single made it 2-1 in the second and Cabrera tied it with his first hit of the night. Detroit added two runs in the fifth. Robbie Grossman led off with a triple into the right-field corner. After Duffy struck out Jonathan Schoop, Jeimer Candelario doubled over center fielder Jarrod Dyson’s head. Cabrera then hit a grounder through the right side of the infield to score Candelario. MOVES The Tigers placed C Grayson Greiner (hamstring) on the 10-day injured list and purchased the contract of C Eric Haase. Detroit released RHP Franklin Perez, a key part of the Justin Verlander trade, to make room for Haase on the 40-man roster. UP NEXT The teams finish their series on Thursday with LHP Daniel Lynch (0-1, 18.56 ERA) starting for the Royals against Detroit’s Spencer Turnbull (1-2, 4.74). ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Dave Hogg, The Associated Press
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed Wednesday what he called a step toward a broader fiscal plan that includes placing in the state constitution a new formula for the annual check residents receive from Alaska's oil-wealth fund. The proposal, released a week before the scheduled end of the legislative session, also would restructure the Permanent Fund, rolling its spendable earnings reserve into the fund's constitutionally protected principal, and place in the principal an endowment used to help communities with high electricity costs. Dunleavy said the multibillion-dollar earnings reserve and the Power Cost Equalization endowment are “at risk” of being spent down and that the proposal would help settle long-running debates over issues that have become political footballs. “Imagine a world where we're not wrestling over the Permanent Fund again. Imagine a world where we're not wrestling over the PFD or the earnings reserve or PCE. Imagine what that will do in terms of conversations moving forward,” he said. “In my opinion ... it's unlimited what we can do once we get these heavy lifts out of the way." PFD refers to the annual Permanent Fund Dividends paid to residents. Debate over the size of the checks has overshadowed other issues in recent years, with lawmakers setting an amount to pay rather than following a longstanding formula in law amid an ongoing budget deficit. Lawmakers began in 2018 using the earnings reserve, long used to pay dividends, to also help pay for state government. Dunleavy is proposing a Permanent Fund draw limit, with half the draw going toward dividends. The proposal also would move $3 billion from earnings to a budget reserve fund that administration officials said could be used while work is done on a broader fiscal plan. The plan offered Wednesday is a revision of an earlier constitutional amendment Dunleavy proposed. It would need to be approved by two-thirds of each the House and Senate to qualify for the ballot in November 2022. Dunleavy said there is time this session to act. House Speaker Louise Stutes said the chances were “slim to none” the proposal would pass this session, set to expire May 19, but said she believed lawmakers would work with Dunleavy for a special session. Stutes called Dunleavy's proposal a “starting point.” She told reporters she believes there is a “general consensus amongst all legislators we need to address" the dividend and the dividend formula in some way. “Even though there's not a solution yet, there's an optimism that we're at least talking about a solution,” the Kodiak Republican said. Communication between Dunleavy's office and the Legislature has improved this year, she said. Dunleavy was joined at a news conference Wednesday by more than 20 legislators, mostly fellow Republicans. Many of them stood around him as he spoke, and a number spoke about the need to find resolution on the issue. Senate Majority Leader Shelley Hughes, a Palmer Republican, said compromise is needed. Legislators who dug in on their positions are “now willing to pull their heels out of the mud. That's a good thing.” She said reaching resolution on the dividend is key to addressing the state's deficit. “Because until this matter is settled, you cannot figure out how to close the rest of the gap,” she said. Discussions on spending and revenue will follow, she said. Sen. Jesse Kiehl, a Juneau Democrat who serves on a committee that heard the proposal Wednesday, called the proposed transfer of $3 billion to a budget reserve fund a “raid” on Permanent Fund earnings. He said that while he supports putting a dividend of some kind in the constitution, it needs to be “reasonable” and sustainable. He said the proposed approach would “get us to broad-based taxes faster than anything I've seen yet.” Sen. Bill Wielechowski, an Anchorage Democrat, said in an interview that he would look at Dunleavy's proposal and listen to public testimony. But he said it is a departure from what Dunleavy campaigned on and in a Facebook post said the state needs to stop “giving away our oil.” Dunleavy has said the state should follow the dividend formula until it is changed and said the public should be involved in any changes. The formula was last used in 2015. Dunleavy, who took office in 2018, has so far failed to persuade lawmakers to use the existing formula. ___ This story is corrected to show Dunleavy is proposing a Permanent Fund draw limit, instead of a limit from fund earnings. Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press
Oil prices fell on Thursday, pulling back from an eight-week high as concerns about the coronavirus crisis in India, the world's third-biggest importer of crude, tempered a rally driven by IEA and OPEC predictions that demand is coming back strong. Brent crude was down 32 cents, or 0.5%, at $69.00 a barrel by 0145 GMT, after gaining more than 1% on Wednesday. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) was down 31 cents, or 0.5%, to $65.77 a barrel, having risen 1.2% in the previous session.
NSW pushes plan to bring international students to Australia using purpose-built quarantineDominic Perrottet says some university students could return as early as August in proposal that would not take spaces from Australians coming homeAustralian universities brace for ‘ugly’ 2022 after budget cuts A student at the University of New South Wales. Under the state’s plan, returning international students would quarantine in purpose-built housing for 14 days. Photograph: Mark Baker/AP
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Gerrit Cole struck out 12 over eight stellar innings, Aaron Hicks had a sacrifice fly and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 on Wednesday night amid a coronavirus outbreak that sidelined shortstop Gleyber Torres. Cole (5-1) scattered four hits and has five starts this season of at least 10 strikeouts and no walks to break Mike Mussina's single-season team record set in 2001. He struck out all three batters in his final inning, including Brett Phillips on a 98 mph fastball to end the inning. Aroldis Chapman completed the four-hitter to get his ninth save as New York won consecutive games, including postseason, against the Rays for the first time since July 16-18, 2019. COVID-19 protocols impacted the Yankees for the second straight day. Torres was kept out of the starting lineup as a precaution as the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 tests among the team’s coach and support staff reached seven. New York manager Aaron Boone said there were a number of test results pending. Pitching coach Matt Blake joined third base coach Phil Nevin and first base coach Reggie Willits as members of the coaching staff testing positive. Six of the seven are asymptomatic. All are fully vaccinated, which Boone said was blunting the effects of the virus. Cole has not given up a walk and gone at least six innings in each of his last five starts, which ties Fritz Peterson (1971) for the second-longest such stretch in Yankees history. Only David Wells’ six-game streak from Sept. 6, 2002 to Apr. 10, 2003 is longer. The right-hander, who has walked just three batters this year, has allowed two or fewer earned runs in 12 straight starts, the longest stretch by a Yankees starter excluding openers since Whitey Ford’s 12-game run in 1963. Jeffrey Springs replaced Ryan Thompson (2-2) with runners on second and third with one out in the seventh and gave up Hicks' sacrifice fly. Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier was ejected by plate umpire Bill Miller in the fifth for arguing after taking a called third strike. Aaron Judge had three of New York's six hits. DOME BALL Tampa Bay’s Austin Meadows had a strange double in the first inning when he hit a towering fly to right off Cole that struck an overhanging catwalk and landed back toward the infield. TRAINER’S ROOM Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (Tommy John surgery) had his first live batting practice delayed due to back stiffness. ... Hicks (bruised right shin) started after missing one game. Rays: 1B Ji-Man Choi (right knee arthroscopic surgery) rejoined the team from a rehab assignment at Triple-A Durham as planned but is experiencing soreness. “I think this is just a minor thing and that there’s a chance he’s activated soon,” manager Kevin Cash said. “If it doesn’t go away then we’ll have to revisit.” ... Closer Diego Castillo (right groin tightness) could return on Friday. UP NEXT Yankees RHP Jameson Taillon (1-2) will go against Rays LHP Rich Hill (1-1) in the series finale Thursday night. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Mark Didtler, The Associated Press
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ORLANDO, Fla (AP) — Michael Bradley had a goal and an assist, Jozy Altidore also scored and Toronto FC beat the Columbus Crew 2-0 on Wednesday night for Chris Armas’ first victory with the Reds. Toronto (1-2-1) has lost just once in its last 10 matches against Columbus, going 6-1-3. Defending champion Columbus (1-0-3) had its eight-game unbeaten streak snapped. Bradley capitalized on a failed clearance in the 13th minute for his first goal since Sept. 7, 2019. Toronto nearly went ahead 2-0 in the 26th, but Nick DeLeon’s shot hit the crossbar and Yeferson Soteldo’s empty-net attempt was denied by defender Saad Abdul-Salaam. Altidore entered as a substitute in the 62nd minute. He hit the crossbar in the 75th and headed home a goal 12 minutes later. REVOLUTION 1, UNION 1, TIE CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Kacper Przybylko scored in the 88th minute to give Philadelphia the tie with New England Revolution 1-1 on Wednesday night. Teal Bunbury, a substitute in the 68th minute, had a sliding finish of DeJuan Jones’ pass to open the scoring for New England (2-1-2) in the 85th. Three minutes later, Przybylko tied it on a header in traffic. Philadelphia (1-2-2) ended a three-game home losing streak. The Associated Press