Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks) with an assist vs the Brooklyn Nets, 02/27/2021
Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks) with an assist vs the Brooklyn Nets, 02/27/2021
Jolie is still going through a divorce with her ex Brad Pitt, five years after the couple called it quits.
In conjunction with Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Ohio Children's Trust Fund (OCTF) is piloting a new program in three Northeastern Ohio counties that will provide supportive services designed to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. The Family Success Network launched on April 19, 2021 in Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties. The project is funded by a $2.7 million discretionary grant from the U.S. Administration for Children and Families.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Climate scientists have warned for years that a warming planet would cause more extreme storms, like the one that walloped Texas in February, knocking out power and leaving millions in a deep freeze. Yet as the snow fell and the wind howled, some looked for other explanations for the storm and its resulting power outages. The conservative website The Gateway Pundit made the false claim that President Joe Biden's energy policies somehow prevented Texas plants from generating the power the state needed and "led to Texans literally freezing to death.” The next day, the conspiracy theory website Infowars published a similarly untrue story that was shared 70,000 times on Facebook and Twitter. Four days later, U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colorado, tweeted to her 100,000 followers that Biden's energy policies were “leaving millions of Texans freezing to death.” All those claims were false. In fact, an emergency request granted by the Biden administration gave the state authority to exceed federal environmental limits in order to provide enough power to Texans. To climate scientists and misinformation researchers, claims like these mark an important shift: Instead of focusing on denialism, climate misinformation is getting local, focused on extreme weather events tied to a changing climate — such the Texas storm or recent wildfires that ravaged California and Australia. “It just isn't credible to deny climate change or the impacts it's having. People see it with their own two eyes,” said Penn State University climate scientist Michael Mann. "So there's a shift in tactics. Now it's softer forms of denial, and efforts to diminish the impacts of climate change.” That evolution is evident online. Media intelligence firm Zignal Labs analyzed millions of social media posts, news stories and other online content and found that overall, conversations about climate change in the past 12 months peaked during high-profile natural disasters, including the Texas storm and the California wildfires. Overall, online mentions of natural disasters and their relationship to climate change also increased by 27%, Zignal found. Surveys also show that extreme weather is changing people's thinking about climate change. According to a 2019 poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, nearly 75% of Americans said their opinions about climate change have been influenced by extreme weather in the previous five years. With about 7 in 10 Americans saying they believe climate change is happening, misinformation has now shifted from denialism to focus on its real world impacts. In some ways, that's a positive, as it demonstrates increased public understanding of the problem. But it also creates new opportunities for those who would spread bogus claims. “We still see claims that global warming doesn’t exist, but we also see misinformation about specific areas — such as the wind turbines in Texas,” said Emmanuel Vincent, director of Science Feedback, a global network of scientists based in France who work to debunk inaccurate claims about climate change. “A lot of the misinformation is more subtle.” Those who still dispute a connection to a changing climate are grasping for increasingly far-fetched explanations. Following the Texas storm, for instance, some claimed the snow was fake and wouldn't burn, or that it was the result of weather control technology used by Biden. Recent California wildfires? While experts say dry and hot conditions are to blame, some, including U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Georgia, have speculated it might be the work of space lasers. Such misinformation persists online, despite stated attempts by online platforms to stamp it out. While Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have all removed content spreading misinformation about COVID-19 or the recent U.S. election, critics say they've been less aggressive when it comes to climate information. A spokesman for Facebook said the platform is doing more than ever to connect users with accurate information about climate change. Its Climate Science Information Center, created last year, is now available in 16 countries and nine languages, and has a new section dedicated to dispelling climate change myths. YouTube, owned by Google, was singled out as a leading source for climate misinformation by the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. In a letter to Google, the committee urged the tech giant to do more to combat falsehoods on its platforms. In an emailed statement, YouTube acknowledged the challenge of “drawing the lines between misinformation, political speech, legitimate debate, and opinion.” U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Florida, chairwoman of the House climate committee, told the AP in a statement that groups who oppose meaningful responses to climate change — including fossil fuel companies — use misinformation to confuse the public. But she said many people aren't buying it. “It’s becoming harder for polluters and their allies to keep standing in the way of climate solutions, which is why they resort to false and harmful misinformation,” she said. “Most Americans, and particularly young Americans, are demanding their representatives take this crisis seriously.” David Klepper, The Associated Press
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France on Wednesday reported 34,968 new coronavirus cases, up 4.36% compared to last Wednesday, in the lowest week-on-week increase since mid-March as a third nationwide lockdown started to show some effect. This year, week-on-week increases have only briefly dipped below the 4% level, in mid-February, and rose to more than 6% in late March-early April, before the government ordered the third lockdown just over two weeks ago. The new cases took the total to 5.37 million.
Idriss Déby's son is to lead an army council for 18 months after the president died in battle.
Hoplark today announced the launch of Hoplark Water, an absurdly unique line of refreshing, crushable hop-infused sparkling waters in three flavors.
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is taking new aim at ransomware after a year that officials say was the most costly on record for the crippling cyberattacks. Formation of a task force of FBI agents and Justice Department prosecutors is an acknowledgment of the growing threat posed by ransomware attacks, in which hackers lock up computer data and demand ransom payments in order to give it back. The force is part of a broader government effort to combat cyberattacks that target vital infrastructure, including a 100-day Biden administration initiative to bolster the digital security of electricity in the nation. Ransomware attacks have impeded hospital operations, led to the temporary closure of school classes and caused other chaos. Last year was the worst to date in terms of the economic toll, with ransom demands to victims averaging over $100,000 and in some cases totalling tens of millions of dollars, according to the Justice Department. “Ransomware can have devastating human and financial consequences," Acting Deputy Attorney General John Carlin wrote in a staff memo dated Tuesday and provided Wednesday by the Justice Department. “When criminals target critical infrastructure such as hospitals, utilities, and municipal networks, their activity jeopardizes the safety and health of Americans." The Justice Department has brought indictments related to ransomware attacks, including a 2018 case against two Iranian nationals whose many victims included the cities of Atlanta and Newark, New Jersey and resulted in losses of $30 million. Federal prosecutors have also a ccused North Korean computer programmers of launching a global ransomware campaign dubbed WannaCry 2.0. But the threat has grown more sophisticated. As it imposed sanctions on Russia last week for election interference and the hacking of federal agencies, the Treasury Departmen t said Russian intelligence had enabled ransomware attacks by cultivating and co-opting criminal hackers and giving them safe harbour. Against that backdrop, the task force is designed to enhance the department's ability to disrupt ransomware attacks and prosecute the hackers responsible for them, including through more training and resources. Another purpose is to improve partnerships with the private sector, including by encouraging victim companies to come forward and report attacks, and with international partners. The group will include representatives from the Justice Department's criminal and national security divisions, among others. The Wall Street Journal was first to report creation of the task force. ____ Follow Eric Tucker on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/etuckerAP Eric Tucker, The Associated Press
COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Missouri House on Wednesday ousted a lawmaker accused of sexually and physically abusing his children years ago. The Republican-led House voted almost unanimously to kick out Rick Roeber, a Republican from Lee's Summit who was elected in November to represent his suburban Kansas City district. Nobody voted against his ouster, though one lawmaker voted “present" to sidestep taking a position. Roeber's expulsion followed a House Ethics Committee investigation into claims made by his now-adult children that he sexually abused two of them at the ages of 5 and 9. The committee found their allegations credible. “It is unacceptable what he has done to the home life of these children,” GOP House Speaker Rob Vescovo said during an emotional speech from the chamber floor. “And I find him in the worst capacity to represent the people, and more specifically represent the children, of the 34th District or the children of the state of Missouri.” Roeber didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. He previously told the committee that he didn’t sexually abuse his children. Several of Roeber's children testified to House investigators this year that he also frequently beat them with a belt, choked them and once drowned a litter of puppies. One child who said Roeber was sexually abusive told investigators that “to have someone that you are trusting as your parent to treat you in that manner and to not treat you like a child ... takes away your innocence.” The committee found records showing that his children reported the abuse around the time it allegedly occurred in the 1990s, but the Jackson County prosecutor's office didn't file charges. Jean Peters Baker, the current Jackson County prosecutor, has asked for documents and transcripts from the House investigation so that her office can determine if crimes were committed. A spokesman for her office has declined to comment further about the matter. "The state of Missouri has failed these children," said state Rep. Robert Sauls, a Democrat from Independence who served on the Ethics Committee. “And I will not sit back and let the state of Missouri continue to fail them.” Roeber tried to resign last week after the Missouri Independent first reported that House leaders went to the Jackson County prosecutor with concerns that Roeber currently has weekend visitations with a child. Roeber didn't mention any of the allegations against him in his resignation letter, saying he planned to move out of state to be closer to family. But the House refused to let him resign, which allowed the Ethics Committee to complete its report and recommend that he be publicly expelled. “I don’t think it is appropriate for him to walk away on his own terms as he has continued to walk away on his own terms on his children his entire life,” Vescovo said to his colleagues Wednesday. Lawmakers also agreed with the committee's recommendation that Roeber should reimburse the House for the roughly $1,570 it spent investigating the claims. House leaders said in a joint statement Wednesday that they hope law enforcement "will continue the work we started by thoroughly investigating Rick Roeber and the serious allegations against him.” Summer Ballentine, The Associated Press
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By Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Two dozen vendors will be setting up shop at Milt Dunnell Field, the new home of the St. Marys Farmers' Market. The Farmers Market was originally located in a small parking lot on Jones Street but was relocated to the large parking lot at Delmar Foods Food Factory Outlet after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kelly Deeks-Johnson, Tourism and Economic Development Manager for the Town, told members of St. Marys Council that Public Works is working on several summer activities for 'The Flats', the biggest being the Farmers' Market. Deeks-Johnson noted that if all goes well, the move will likely become permanent. The Town will work with the Market on increased promotion and work will begin shortly on expanding the parking area with more gravel and moving large rocks to increase space for vendors. Two other programs are in the works for Milt Dunnell Field this summer including The Yak Shack and the St. Marys Picnic Project. Working with the St. Marys Public Library, the Town looks to open a free kayaking service. Individuals with a valid driver's license will be able to borrow a key from the Library to unlock a kayak and related equipment for recreational use on the Thames River. The kayaks will be community-donated, the storage facility will be built by the St. Marys D.C.V.I shop class, and the St. Marys Building Center is offering an advantageous price on materials. Public Works is also providing 16 picnic tables as part of a community art project. Residents can sign up to paint an art project on one of the picnic tables which will then be placed at both Milt Dunnell Field and Cadzow Park. Staff have applied for a grant from the Stratford Community Foundation to help fund the project and will explore partnerships with local eateries to provide a picnic meal throughout the season as part of the project. Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, St. Marys Independent
Mark Drakeford is fronting a Welsh Government press conference on Friday to detail the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.
BILLINGS, Mont. — Grizzly bears are part of life in the gateway communities around Yellowstone National Park, and backcountry snowmobile guide Charles “Carl” Mock knew well the risks that come with working, hiking and fishing among the fear-inspiring carnivores, his friends said. Mock was killed after being mauled by a 400-plus pound (181-plus kilogram) male grizzly while fishing alone at a favourite spot on Montana's Madison River, where it spills out of the park and into forested land that bears wander in search of food. The bear had a moose carcass stashed nearby and wildlife officials say it likely attacked Mock to defend the food. The grizzly was shot after charging at a group of seven game wardens and bear specialists who returned the next day. Bear spray residue found on Mock's clothing suggested he tried to ward off last week's attack using a canister of the Mace-like deterrent, considered an essential item in the backcountry. He usually carried a pistol, too, but wasn't on the day he was killed just a few miles north of the small town of West Yellowstone where he lived, according to two friends. While some on social media questioned the inherent perils of such a lifestyle in the wake of Mock's death, those who knew him said he accepted the risk as a trade-off for time spent in a wilderness teeming with elk, deer, wolves and other wildlife. “People don't understand that for us who live here, that's what we do every day,” said Scott Riley, who said he fished, hunted, hiked and kayaked numerous times with Mock over the past decade. West Yellowstone has just over 900 full time residents but gets throngs of summer tourists at one of the main entrances to the park. “We had a bear in town two nights after Carl was mauled. It's not like we're just running around in the forest tempting them. They are everywhere," said Riley, who manages a snowmobile dealership in West Yellowstone. Mock, 40, managed to call 911 following the mauling and was found by rescuers propped against a tree with the cannister of bear spray in one hand, his father, Chuck Mock, told the Billing Gazette. His other hand had been “chomped off” as he tried to protect himself. One of the animal's teeth punctured his skull and Mock died two days later in an Idaho hospital after undergoing extensive surgery. The Yellowstone region that spans portions of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming has more than 700 bears. Fatal attacks on humans are rare but have increased in recent decades as the grizzly population grew and more people moved into rural areas near bear habitat. Since 2010, grizzlies in the Yellowstone region killed eight people including Mock. The last fatality around West Yellowstone that town Mayor Jerry Johnson could recall happened in 1983, when a 600-pound (272-kilogram) bear dragged a Wisconsin man from his tent and killed at the Rainbow Point campground north of town. Grizzlies are protected under federal law outside Alaska. Members of the region’s congressional delegation have introduced legislation to lift protections and allow grizzly hunting. Mock had been “in awe” of Yellowstone from a young age, according to his father, and moved from Idaho to West Yellowstone about 10 years ago. For the past five years he worked as a guide for a snowmobile touring company owned by Johnson. He was known for being helpful to friends and his love of outdoor adventure, Johnson said. A community memorial service for Mock, is scheduled for Saturday at West Yellowstone's Union Pacific Dining Lodge. His relatives will hold a private funeral, Johnson said. Riley said he and Mock came upon bears in the wild numerous times. Sometimes a grizzly would make a bluff charge, running at Riley and Mock but always backing down before last week's attack. “I've held my bear spray 100 times but never had to use it,” Riley said. “What happened to Carl could happen to anybody that walks into these forests at any given time ... I would say if the forest kills me, the forest kills me." Matthew Brown, The Associated Press
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, Alta. — Town council from the largest municipality in Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon's constituency is concerned over the province's consultation plans for open-pit coal mining in the Rocky Mountains. The town of Rocky Mountain House has voted to send a letter to the provincial government asking for a thorough evaluation of the plans. Mayor Tammy Burke says that should include land, water and health concerns — issues specifically excluded from the current consultation. Council also wants the United Conservative government to take a hard look at the economic benefits of the industry in relation to its impacts on tourism and recreation. More than two dozen municipalities and First Nations have now expressed some level of concern about expanding mining in the region, renowned for its beauty and the source of most of Alberta's drinking water. Although the government has struck a panel to hear from Albertans, its purview is strictly limited. Nixon has previously suggested no further consultations will be required. The Canadian Press
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SOUTH DUNDAS – A joint federal and provincial infrastructure program will spend $27.6 million on COVID-19 related improvements to schools in the four school boards that serve Eastern Ontario outside of Ottawa. Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced the funding last week through the area’s two government MPPs, Steve Clark (Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes) and Jim McDonell (Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry). The funding from the two governments is part of a $656.5 million spending package to improve schools in Ontario. Over $10.2 million is earmarked for the Upper Canada District School Board. In a statement after the federal/provincial announcement, the UCDSB said 73 schools, plus three alternative and continuing education sites will see upgrades This includes upgrades to HVAC systems in three locations, two replacement portables at one site, window replacements in two locations, over 300 bottle filling stations installed and nearly 450 power doors with touchless sensors installed. The UCDSB operates 79 schools across Eastern Ontario. The board will also upgrade some child care facilities within certain buildings, upgrade outdoor fencing, air conditioning, washroom fixtures, add video intercoms and improve Wi-Fi connectivity at select locations. “We fully appreciate the funding being provided by the federal and provincial governments,” said UCDSB Director of Education Stephen Sliwa. “Any enhancement we do in our schools and buildings has a direct and positive impact on our students and staff. The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario will receive $4.3 million in funding with this announcement. CDSBEO spokesperson Amber LaBerge said that the details were still being worked out as to which schools will receive upgrades. She told The Leader that the funding will be used to improve air quality in schools, and install additional water bottle filling stations. Also receiving funding is the French-Catholic board ($8.9M) and the French-Public board ($4M). No details were available about spending plans with the two French-language boards. “Schools are inherently a congregate setting, and as a society, the protection of our young people is paramount,” said Clark. “This new funding will go a long way to ensuring that our local schools can undertake the crucial upgrades that will enhance safety through the pandemic and promote better health into the future,” said McDonell. Specific timelines for completing the work associated with the announcement was not available except from the UCDSB. That board expects to have improvements completed by late-Fall 2021. Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Leader
Danes returned to cafes, restaurants, bars and museums on Wednesday for the first time in months as COVID-19 restrictions were eased thanks to a drop in infection rates. Cafes and restaurants had been shut down except for takeaway since a second wave of COVID-19 accelerated in December. Denmark has adopted a "corona-passport" system whereby people can either use a mobile application or a government-approved form to show if they have been vaccinated, previously infected or have had a negative test in the past 72 hours.
HUHTAMÄKI OYJ PRESS RELEASE 21.4.2021 AT 20:45 Huhtamaki acquires leading manufacturer of paper bags, wraps and folding carton packaging in China Huhtamaki, a key advanced manufacturer of sustainable packaging solutions for consumers around the world, has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of Jiangsu Hihio-Art Packaging Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of paper bags, wraps and folding carton packaging in China. The company currently serves international quick-service restaurants (QSR) as well as national bakery chains. With this acquisition, Huhtamaki continues to strengthen its position as the leading foodservice packaging provider in Asia and expands its product portfolio in China allowing it to better serve its existing and new customers in this exciting growth market. Jiangsu Hihio-Art Packaging Co. Ltd. currently employs approximately 200 people in its manufacturing unit in Xuzhou city, Jiangsu. Employees will be offered an opportunity to continue to work for Huhtamaki after the transaction is closed. In 2020 the annual net sales of the privately owned business were approximately EUR 20 million. Following the acquisition, Huhtamaki will have altogether four manufacturing units in China: in Guangzhou, Shanghai, Tianjin, and Xuzhou. “I am excited with the opportunities that this acquisition represents for our core business in China. Urbanization, middle class expansion and innovation into more sustainable packaging solutions drive growth across Asia. The acquisition of Jiangsu Hihio-Art Packaging Co. Ltd extends our product portfolio and access to new channels. This enables us to accelerate growth in China in line with our strategy,” says Eric Le Lay, President for Huhtamaki’s Fiber Foodservice EAO business segment. The debt free purchase price is EUR 27 million. The acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of the third quarter 2021, following the fulfillment of certain customary closing conditions, after which the business will be reported as part of the Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania reporting segment. For further information, please contact:Katariina Hietaranta, Head of Media Relations, tel. +358 10 686 7863 HUHTAMÄKI OYJGlobal Communications About HuhtamakiHuhtamaki is a key global provider of sustainable packaging solutions for consumers around the world, enabling wellbeing and convenience. Our innovative products protect on-the-go and on-the-shelf food and beverages, ensuring hygiene and safety, and help prevent food waste. We embed sustainability in everything we do. We are committed to achieving carbon neutral production and designing all our products to be recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2030. We are a participant in the UN Global Compact and as of 2020, we received an MSCI ESG Rating of A, on a scale of AAA ─ CCC. To play our part in managing climate change, we have committed to set science-based targets through the Science Based Targets initiative. Huhtamaki has been awarded the Silver medal by EcoVadis for performance in sustainability. With 100 years of history and a strong Nordic heritage we operate in 36 countries and 81 sites around the world. Our values Care Dare Deliver guide our decisions and help our team of 18,200 employees make a difference where it matters. Our 2020 net sales totaled EUR 3.3 billion. Huhtamaki Group is headquartered in Espoo, Finland and our parent company, Huhtamäki Oyj, is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. Find out more about how we are protecting food, people and the planet on www.huhtamaki.com.
My older relatives have a difficult time comprehending spaghetti without meatballs, habichuelas without pernil, or curry without chicken.