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Kim Rivers, Trulieve CEO joins the Yahoo Finance Live panel to discuss the future of the cannabis industry and the growth of Trulieve in 2021.
Kim Rivers, Trulieve CEO joins the Yahoo Finance Live panel to discuss the future of the cannabis industry and the growth of Trulieve in 2021.
Stock futures began the overnight session mixed Monday evening, with contracts on the Nasdaq extending declines.
Nipawin’s Jubilee Arena is receiving about $1.2 million in federal and provincial funding to add four permanent dressing rooms with washrooms and showers. This comes as part of the new COVID-19 Resilience Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. Currently, skaters that want to use the Jubilee Arena are required to use the Centennial Arena dressing rooms. Chelsea Corrigan, Nipawin’s director of parks and recreation, said that has caused problems when both arenas are used at the same time. “There are no dressing rooms or washrooms in the Jubilee Arena area, so all the services are accessed through the Centennial Arena,” Corrigan said. “It’s very difficult to schedule the dressing rooms when both arenas are being used.” Corrigan said this problem only heightened amid the pandemic and physical distancing requirements. Through the program, the federal government is investing more than $21.2 million in 55 projects, and the province is contributing over $16.4 million. For the dressing room project specifically, the Government of Canada is investing $669,000, the province is investing $558,000, and the Town of Nipawin will be responsible for $446,000. The town’s portion has been previously tentatively allocated the funds on their annual budget as a capital item. Corrigan called the addition “a huge asset for the operations of the arenas.” “It will help us to operate it more effectively, more efficiently, and just make it easier to make the teams participate.” Rennie Harper, Nipawin’s mayor, said that people will be able to tell Nipawin residents by the big smile on their faces over the next few days. If it wasn’t for the grant program, she said it’s unlikely they would have been able to do the project “for quite some time.” “Not everybody gets chosen for a project, you can tell by the list. Lots of people apply for different things and whether or not you get chosen is always up in the air, you don’t know,” Harper said. “To come up with a million dollars for a capital project for dressing rooms, there were probably lots of other projects standing in line before that would happen. This will allow something we’ve needed for a while to happen.” Construction is expected to be completed within the next year to meet the 2022 deadline. Jessica R. Durling, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Humboldt Journal
Seven musicals, including “Hamilton,” are on the lineup with COVID-19 protocols in place.
Budaun (Uttar Pradesh) [India], May 11 (ANI): A day after the mass gathering at the funeral of a Muslim cleric in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh Police on Monday has filed a First Information Report (FIR) against unidentified people for violating COVID-19 protocols.
Shares of DocuSign (NASDAQ: DOCU) rose 10.1% in April, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence. The electronic signature company's shares are up just 0.2% year to date but are still nearly 16% off their all-time high reached in February. DocuSign has been steadily growing its customer base over time, with total customers growing tenfold from 54,000 in fiscal year 2013 to 589,000 in fiscal year 2020.
OTTAWA — New Democrats joined forces Monday with the Liberals to cut short initial debate on a bill aimed at ensuring a federal election could be held safely, if need be, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The move means Bill C-19 will be put to a second reading vote Tuesday, allowing it to be referred to a House of Commons committee for greater scrutiny and potential amendments. It prompted howls of protest from Conservative and Bloc Quebecois MPs, who accused the minority Liberal government of gagging MPs and short-circuiting democracy on a bill meant to protect it. Changes to election rules "should go forward if and only if there’s a large consensus around it," Bloc Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet said. "One player cannot impose his own rules on every other player on the ice." Among other things, the bill would allow for a three-day voting period, rather than the usual one day, and make it easier for voters to obtain and cast mail-in ballots. It would also allow Elections Canada more flexibility to conduct mobile polls in long-term care facilities. Conservatives accused the government of "rushing" the bill on which they've had only four hours of debate since it was introduced almost five months ago. Cutting short debate on legislation is never acceptable but doing so on a bill concerning "the right to vote of citizens is to add insult to injury," said Conservative House leader Gerard Deltell. They also argued that the move shows Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is planning to pull the plug on his own government in the midst of a deadly pandemic. "If the government does not want a pandemic election, what is the big desire to rush this bill through now?" asked Regina Conservative MP Warren Steinley. Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc noted that the Conservatives are the ones who repeatedly move motions of non-confidence in the minority Liberal government — which would result in an election if all three main opposition parties were to support any of them. "If anybody is rushing to an election, it would certainly appear the Conservatives are willing to play chicken all the time, hoping somebody else swerves," he said. "We do not think that is a very responsible way to to proceed," LeBlanc added, noting that the bill was prompted by the chief electoral officer's urgent appeal last fall for temporary rule changes to allow, if needed, for the safe conduct of an election during the pandemic. While Conservatives maintained they wanted more time to debate the bill, they ate up the three hours that were supposed to be devoted to C-19 Monday, using a procedural tactic that forced the Commons to debate instead a committee report on the Line 5 pipeline dispute with Michigan. New Democrat MP Daniel Blaikie said his party supported imposing time allocation on C-19 debate only after the Conservatives made it clear they're only interested in blocking the bill. "I don't think it's responsible as parliamentarians to wait until we stumble into an election," he said in an interview. Earlier Monday, the NDP had proposed extending Commons sitting hours to allow more time for debating C-19 but Blaikie said the Conservatives rejected that idea. "It's hard not to conclude that the Conservatives are being totally disingenuous when they say they want more time for this bill, that they're not just trying to stop it from moving forward at all," he said. The Conservatives' approach to the bill raises the suspicion that they'd be perfectly content if a pandemic election was held and thousands of voters were not able or were afraid to cast ballots, Blaikie added. "This is the kind of conclusion one ultimately has to draw," he said. "I think we all have to ask ourselves why it is that the official Opposition is so dead set against (moving the bill forward)." This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 10, 2021. Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press
NBC said it hopes the Hollywood Foreign Press Association can fix major issues, including lack of racial representation, and be back on air in 2023.
Prosecutors called for the release of a Missouri man who has spent more than 40 years in prison for a triple murder that the prosecutors concluded he didn't commit, a letter released Monday showed. The release of the letter, indicating overwhelming support for the release of Kevin Strickland, 62, came after his attorneys filed a petition urging the Missouri Supreme Court to free him immediately, The Kansas City Star reports. In the letter, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker and her chief deputy, Dan Nelson, said the evidence used to convict Strickland as a teenager has since been “eviscerated.”
Indigenous leaders in Brazil's Amazon told authorities Monday that five people were wounded in a half-hour shootout that erupted after miners entered their land in Roraima state near the border with Venezuela. The report from the Yanomami-Yek’wana group sent to Brazil's indigenous agency FUNAI, and obtained by The Associated Press said four miners and one Indigenous person were wounded. It said the incident was triggered by miners coming on seven boats Monday morning.
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Canada will play World Cup qualifying matches next month against Aruba and Suriname in Bradenton, Fla., and suburban Chicago, respectively. Travel restrictions due to the pandemic have forced Canada, ranked 70th in the world, and other some countries to find neutral sites to stage these games. The Canadian men's first qualifier, a 5-1 victory over Bermuda on March 26, took place in Orlando rather than a home venue north of the border. The June 5 game is officially a home match for No. 205 Aruba but will be played at the IMG Academy in Bradenton instead. The June 8 match against No. 136 Suriname, which will likely decide who advances from CONCACAF Group B, is a Canadian home match but will be played at SeatGeek Stadium, formerly known as Toyota Stadium, in Bridgeview, Ill. Canada and Suriname both won their first two qualifying matches, but Canada occupies top spot in the group with a plus-15 goals difference compared to plus-nine for Suriname. “We had hoped to play these matches at home with Canadian fans providing the support and momentum to play a tough nation like Suriname in FIFA World Cup qualifiers," Canada coach John Herdman said in a statement. “The reality of the global pandemic and the priority to keep our communities in Canada safe means the match will be played at a neutral site in Chicago with no home advantage, but we will embrace that challenge. Whatever comes at us, we will take it on and do whatever we need to do to advance to the next round.” The Canadians played the 194th-ranked Cayman Islands in Bradenton on March 29, romping to a record 11-0 win in what was scheduled as a home match for the Cayman Islands. While the Canadian men have played and trained in Florida during the pandemic, the heat and humidity in the Sunshine State in June is punishing. Plus Chicago has the advantage of being an easy city to access internationally. On the plus side, all three Canadian MLS teams are currently based in the U.S., meaning there will be no quarantine issues with games south of the border. Suriname hosts No. 168 Bermuda on June 4 in Paramaribo before facing Canada. Thirty CONCACAF teams are competing in the pandemic-delayed first round of World Cup qualifying, with the six group winners moving on to a second round of head-to-head knockout matches. The winner of Canada's group advances to face the Group E winner — likely No. 83 Haiti, No. 147 Nicaragua or No. 170 Belize. The second-round playoffs are scheduled for June 12 and 15, making for a logistical challenge for Canadian team officials with Group B possibly only being decided four days earlier. The winners of the three second-round playoffs join five other higher-ranked teams in the final round of eight, which will see the teams play each home and on the road. Mexico (No. 11), the U.S. (No. 20), Jamaica (No. 45), Costa Rica (No. 50) and Honduras (No. 67) received byes directly to the so-called Octagonal. The top three teams will qualify for Qatar 2022. The four-place finisher will take part in an intercontinental playoffs to see who joins them. --- Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 10, 2021. Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], May 11 (ANI): Maharashtra Minister Aditya Thackeray on Monday said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will explore possibilities of global procurement of COVID vaccines to meet the inoculation demand.
“Our economic plan is working.” U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday defended his strategy to grow the U.S. economy after a disappointing jobs report released last week triggered a flood of Republican criticism that Americans are choosing to stay at home – rather than seek new work - because unemployment benefits are too generous. “Americans want to work.” Biden hit back at critics Monday, noting that since he took office, the U.S. had created most jobs in the first 100 days of “any U.S. president on record.” Biden refuted the notion that unemployment insurance is a driving factor behind an apparent labor shortage and said unemployed Americans can’t continue to collect insurance checks if they’re offered a suitable job. “We’re going to make it clear that anyone collecting unemployment who is offered a suitable job must take the job or lose their unemployment benefits. There are a few COVID-19 related exceptions, so that people aren’t forced to choose between their basic safety and a paycheck but, otherwise, that’s the law. I know there’s been a lot of discussion since Friday’s report, that people are being paid to stay home, rather than go to work. Well, we don’t see much evidence of that.” Biden also said he is directing the U.S. Labor Department to work with states to reinstate requirements that those receiving unemployment benefits must demonstrate they are actively looking for work. Republican lawmakers blamed a report last week showing weak job growth on the Democratic president's decision to offer expanded unemployment benefits through August as part of his stimulus plan.Some Republican governors have scrapped the added benefits, directing the additional dollars elsewhere. Democrats say other factors are contributing to the problem - including childcare issues and fear. To address that, Biden said the next phase of getting people back to work will place special emphasis on childcare, reopening schools safely, and incentivizing employers to get their staff vaccinated so Americans can have the confidence to go back to work safely.
After battling cancer for eight years, Aimee Taylor, who lives with her wife and daughter in Vancouver, says heteronormativity and discrimination still permeate the health-care system for LGBTQ people, especially in palliative care. "I've had social workers ask if I have a supportive husband at home ... and even one that wasn't sure how to fill out forms because I was married to a woman," Taylor told the CBC. Canadian Virtual Hospice says it is filling the gap with a collection of online resources, called 'Proud, Prepared, and Protected to help the community navigate its palliative care needs. The materials include a step-by-step guide for planning care with family members and health-care providers, a form to record personal health-care information and preferences and an extensive Bill of Rights for community members with late-stage illnesses who are facing the end of their lives. Executive Director Shelley Cory says more than 100 community members, including many from B.C., and more than 40 organizations contributed hundreds of hours to address this need. "The health-care system commonly underserves people who identify as Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+, and there were no resources tailored to their palliative care needs," she said. Discrimination rife in health care Susan Cadell, a social work professor at the University of Waterloo and a contributor to the project, said people in the community "have the added possible issues of worrying whether ... their health decisions will be accepted or their chosen family will be accepted." Taylor said that each time she visits emergency, health-care workers regularly assume that her wife is her sister or friend and that it's even noted in official documentation. Aimee Taylor (left), who battles cancer and lives with her wife (right) and daughter in Vancouver, says she is routinely discriminated against by healthcare workers because of her sexuality.(Aimee Taylor / Submitted) "We point it out each time," she said, "and their reaction is 'oh, it doesn't really matter. We just have to put something down.' … (But) language matters and our marriage matters. It just wouldn't have happened if I'd arrived with a man." Cadell said there's also the issue of people being misgendered or their pronouns being used incorrectly after death by family members who may not be accepting of trans people. "It's hugely upsetting for the folks who do accept that person," she explained. 'LGBTQ people should plan ahead' Taylor said the new online resources are "fantastic," and include documents that people can take to the clinic or hospital to help health-care workers understand and respect a person's core relationships and decisions. "I would encourage everybody, whether they're sick or not, to look at these tools," she said, adding that she encourages middle-aged LGBTQ people to think ahead and plan for their end-of-life care, even though death is "such a taboo subject." Taylor said she'd like health-care workers to be more comfortable just asking patients to clarify their familial relationships, if they find them confusing, and to not assume they know what those relationships are beforehand. "Just take pause. Challenge your heteronormative thinking," she said.
To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Today as we dig deep into Expensify, its history and its current ramp toward the public markets after reaching $100 million in ARR, a quick note on where we are in the world of exits. The same excitement that has led to record venture capital results in the private sector has been at play amongst public investors, boosting the value of many a former unicorn as they left their startup days behind them.
COVID-19 vaccines finally are headed for more kids as U.S. regulators on Monday expanded use of Pfizer's shot to those as young as 12, sparking a race to protect middle and high school students before they head back to class in the fall. Shots could begin as soon as a federal vaccine advisory committee issues recommendations for using the two-dose vaccine in 12- to 15-year-olds, expected Wednesday. Vaccinating children of all ages will be critical to a return to normalcy. Most COVID-19 vaccines rolling out worldwide have been authorized for adults. Pfizer’s vaccine is being used in multiple countries for teens as young as 16, and Canada recently became the first to expand use to 12 and up. Parents, school administrators and public health officials elsewhere are anxiously awaiting the shot to become available to more kids. “This is a watershed moment in our ability to fight back the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dr. Bill Gruber, a Pfizer senior vice-president who’s also a pediatrician, told The Associated Press. The Food and Drug Administration declared the Pfizer vaccine is safe and offers strong protection for younger teens based on testing of more than 2,000 U.S. volunteers ages 12 to 15. The study found no cases of COVID-19 among fully vaccinated adolescents compared to 18 among kids given dummy shots. More intriguing, researchers found the kids developed higher levels of virus-fighting antibodies than earlier studies measured in young adults. The younger teens received the same vaccine dosage as adults and had the same side effects, mostly sore arms and flu-like fever, chills or aches that signal a revved-up immune system, especially after the second dose. Pfizer’s testing in adolescents “met our rigorous standards,” said FDA vaccine chief Dr. Peter Marks. “Having a vaccine authorized for a younger population is a critical step in continuing to lessen the immense public health burden caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.” Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech recently requested similar authorization in the European Union, with other countries to follow. The latest news is welcome for U.S. families struggling to decide what activities are safe to resume when only the youngest family members remain unvaccinated. “I can’t feel totally comfortable because my boys aren’t vaccinated,” said Carrie Vittitoe, a substitute teacher and freelance writer in Louisville, Kentucky, who is fully vaccinated as are her husband and 17-year-old daughter. The FDA decision means her 13-year-old son soon could be eligible, leaving only her 11-year-old son who would be unvaccinated. The family hasn’t yet resumed going to church, and summer vacation will be a road trip so they don’t have to get on a plane. “We can’t really go back to normal because two-fifths of our family don’t have protection,” Vittitoe said. Pfizer isn’t the only company seeking to lower the age limit for its vaccine. Moderna recently said preliminary results from its study in 12- to 17-year-olds show strong protection and no serious side effects. Another U.S. company, Novavax, has a COVID-19 vaccine in late-stage development and just began a study in 12- to 17-year-olds as well. Next up is testing whether the vaccine works for even younger children. Both Pfizer and Moderna have begun U.S. studies in children ages 6 months to 11 years. Those studies explore whether babies, preschoolers and elementary-age kids will need different doses than teens and adults. Gruber said Pfizer expects its first results sometime in the fall. Outside of the U.S., AstraZeneca is studying its vaccine among 6- to 17-year-olds in Britain. And in China, Sinovac recently announced it has submitted preliminary data to Chinese regulators showing its vaccine is safe in children as young as 3. Children are far less likely than adults to get seriously ill from COVID-19 yet they still have been hard-hit by the pandemic. They represent nearly 14% of the nation’s coronavirus cases. At least 296 have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. alone and more than 15,000 have been hospitalized, according to a tally by the American Academy of Pediatrics. That’s not counting the toll of family members becoming ill or dying -- or the disruption to school, sports and other activities so crucial to children’s overall well-being. The AAP welcomed FDA’s decision. “Our youngest generations have shouldered heavy burdens over the past year, and the vaccine is a hopeful sign that they will be able to begin to experience all the activities that are so important for their health and development,” said AAP President Dr. Lee Savio Beers in a statement. Experts say children must get the shots if the country is to vaccinate the 70% to 85% of the population necessary to reach what’s called herd immunity. In the meantime, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says unvaccinated people -- including children -- should continue taking precautions such as wearing masks indoors and keeping their distance from other unvaccinated people outside of their households. ___ The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content. Lauran Neergaard And Candice Choi, The Associated Press
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+ Finneas doesn’t keep it all in the family with his mentoring. He’ll be providing guidance to the top five as a mentor on the May 16 episode of “American Idol,” which will air live in all time zones. The finalists will be grouped together to perform two o his songs, “Break My Heart Again” […]
Amazon.com Inc issued its first sustainability bond on Monday, raising $1 billion to invest in renewable energy, clean transport, greener buildings and affordable housing. The world's biggest company joins a growing list of debt issuers tapping the market for green and sustainable bonds, which is swelling as asset managers come under pressure from their investors to advance environmental, social and governance (ESG) causes. Global green bond issuance reached a record high of $270 billion at the end of 2020 and could reach $450 billion this year, according to Climate Bonds Initiative.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it is "a significant step in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic".