Nickeil Alexander-Walker (New Orleans Pelicans) with a deep 3 vs the LA Clippers, 01/13/2021
Nickeil Alexander-Walker (New Orleans Pelicans) with a deep 3 vs the LA Clippers, 01/13/2021
Ted Thompson, whose 13-year run as Green Bay Packers general manager included their 2010 Super Bowl championship season, has died. He was 68. The Packers announced Thursday that Thompson died the previous night at his home in Atlanta, Texas. The team said it was contacted by a direct family member. Thompson announced in May 2019 he had been diagnosed with an autonomic nerve disorder. He was the general manager from 2005-17 and drafted many notable players on the current roster, including two-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He acquired 49 of the 53 players on the Packers' 2010 championship team. Thompson spent more than two decades in the Packers’ front office and was the team’s director of pro personnel when the Packers won the Super Bowl for the 1996 season and captured the NFC title the following year. “Ted lived a life of true Christian humility in a world where it’s more common to proclaim one’s own greatness,” Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said in a statement. “Those who knew him well admired his brilliance as a scout and his extraordinary ability to find players of good character. He was slyly funny and a loyal and true friend.” Thompson had a 10-season playing career as a linebacker with the Houston Oilers from 1975-1984, but he arguably made his biggest impact as an executive. He worked in Green Bay’s front office from 1992-99 and was the Seattle Seahawks’ vice-president of football operations from 2000-04. He returned to Green Bay in 2005. Mike Sherman had been working as Packers coach and general manager up to that point. The Packers decided to have Thompson take over the general manager duties while having Sherman remain as coach. “This is not going to be where I’m going to walk around with a big sledgehammer like I’m ruling the roost,” Thompson said at the time. “Again, this is not a democracy. But it’s also a place where we’re going to work together.” During Thompson’s first year as general manager, the Packers made the franchise-altering decision to select Rodgers with the 24th overall draft pick when they already had Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre on their roster. The move enabled the Packers to have a three-decade run of exceptional quarterback play. With Thompson as general manager, the Packers made eight consecutive playoff appearances from 2009-16, including the Super Bowl season in 2010. Thompson draft picks who remain on the roster include four All-Pro selections from this season: Rodgers, wide receiver Davante Adams, left tackle David Bakhtiari and centre Corey Linsley. Rodgers was the only first-round pick in that group. Adams was drafted in the second round, Bakhtiari in the fourth and Linsley in the fifth. Other notable current Packers drafted by Thompson: defensive tackle Kenny Clark, kicker Mason Crosby, and running backs Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams. “Certainly he’s a guy who’s held in the highest regard in this building and, I think, just around the league,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said. “He’s had a tremendous impact not only on people in this building, obviously Gutey (general manager Brian Gutekunst) but people in other departments as well. His impact is still felt to this day when you look at our roster, but I think he’s had a tremendous impact amongst many people across the league, when you look all the other GMs that have learned under him." Other Thompson draft picks who had productive careers with Green Bay before departing include linebacker Clay Matthews, offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga, wide receivers Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Greg Jennings, “Ted had a quiet demeanour but his presence spoke volumes,” former Packers receiver James Jones tweeted. “Ted had a cold poker face, but I could always get him to crack a smile and shake his head … sometimes without saying a word.” Thompson said that his health led him to step down as general manager after the 2017 season. Thompson moved into a senior adviser role. Gutekunst, who had been working with Thompson as player personnel director, was promoted to general manager and remains in that position. Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid was an assistant coach with the Packers during Thompson’s first stint at Green Bay and referred to him Thursday as a “good friend.” “He was good at what he did but an even better person,” Reid said. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Steve Megargee, The Associated Press
Stocks had a largely quiet day on Thursday, with major market benchmarks trading on either side of the unchanged mark as investors paused after a huge rally to begin the year. Momentum strategies have worked extraordinarily well over the past year, and investors still seem to be quite happy with what they're familiar with. Market leadership has come from the technology sector for a long time, and today, gains in Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA), and Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) played the biggest role in pushing the Nasdaq higher and keeping stocks at or near record levels.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Win or lose, and make no mistake Bruce Smith is rooting for the Bills to beat the Chiefs on Sunday, the NFL’s career leader in sacks is confident Buffalo’s future is bright. “This is just the beginning,” Smith told The Associated Press by phone this week. “It’s been fun to watch the process. It’s unfolded right before our very eyes,” he added. “We’ve got a great foundation of guys that are playing at high levels.” The Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end is referring to Buffalo’s young Josh Allen-led collection of stars who have helped transform a losing franchise into a bona fide contender in four seasons under coach Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane. The Bills (15-3), travelling to play top-seeded Kansas City (15-2), are making their first AFC championship game appearance in 27 years and are one win short of their first Super Bowl berth since 1994. It’s a remarkable — and to Smith, long-awaited — turnaround for a franchise that endured a 17-year playoff drought which ended in 2017, following McDermott and Beane’s arrival. Aside from Allen, a third-year starter, the Bills’ core includes third-year middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, fourth-year cornerback Tre’Davious White, and sixth-year receiver Stefon Diggs, who still has three years left on his contract. In many ways Smith can see the parallels comparing where the Bills are today to Buffalo’s 1988 team he was a member of, and was poised to begin dominating the conference. “I think there was a realization that we were on the brink of becoming a damn good football team,” Smith said of the Bills who would go on to lose the AFC championship game to Cincinnati. Two years later, Buffalo began a run of making — and losing — four straight Super Bowl appearances. The Bills’ lineup in 1988 featured four eventual Pro Football Hall of Famers in Smith, quarterback Jim Kelly, receiver Andre Reed and then-rookie running back Thurman Thomas. And the team was headed by eventual Hall of Famers in coach Marv Levy and GM Bill Polian. Though it’s far too early to project today’s group, Smith credited McDermott for establishing a winning culture, and Beane for methodically addressing deficiencies through the draft, free agency and trades. Beane’s most impressive splash came in March when he traded a first-round draft pick to Minnesota to acquire Diggs, an All-Pro who became Buffalo’s first player to lead the NFL in yards receiving (1,535) and catches (127). It’s no different than Polian’s move to acquire then-rookie linebacker Cornelius Bennett in a three-team trade involving Indianapolis and the Los Angeles Rams in 1987. Bennett would become a fixture on Buffalo’s defence for the next seven seasons. Former Bills linebacker Darryl Talley also sees similarities to ’88. “This is where we were at. They’re right there at the cusp of that,” said Talley. He began envisioning Buffalo's potential at the end of the 1987 strike-shortened season. The Bills finished 7-8, capping a string of six seasons in which they went a combined 27-61 under four coaches. Buffalo would then make the playoffs in eight of the next 10 years. Talley recalled a conversation he had sitting next to Bennett following a 1987 season-ending loss at Philadelphia. “I told him, `Dude, you know what, if they leave us together, we’re going to be pretty damn good,‘” Talley said. “And when we came out in ’88, everybody looked at us like, `Where the hell did they all come from?’ And that started the year before.” The memories come flooding back for Talley. “Phew, you don’t know how enjoyable it is,” he said before referring to Buffalo’s 17-3 win over Baltimore on Saturday. “When they won, I felt like I won a playoff game because it’s been so long since I’ve gotten to see the Bills in the post-season,” he said. “Now that they’re doing some of the things that we did, now that they’re embarking on where we went, yes, I’m all in.” So is Smith, who has had several opportunities to address the Bills at McDermott’s request over the past few years. “Some of the things that I would talk to them about was: `Guys, there’s a tremendous amount of history that’s in this organization that was made by Jim and Thurman, myself and Darryl and Cornelius and so many others. But it’s time for you to make your history,’” Smith said. “Ours is already written and so forth and so on, but it’s time. And I think they’re built to handle that.” ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL John Wawrow, The Associated Press
A trade organization representing Canada's movie theatres is calling on British Columbia health officials to explain why cinemas in the province can only open if they're operating as restaurants or bars. Nuria Bronfman, executive director of the Movie Theatre Association of Canada, says COVID-19 guidelines that allow theatres to project sporting events on the big screen, but not movies, "highlights the kind of absurdity of what's happening" in the province. The frustration comes as B.C. leaders allow restaurants and bars to stay open, but forced movie theatres to close last November. Vancouver's Rio Theatre is moving forward with plans to reopen on Saturday by pivoting its business to operate as a bar. The city's Hollywood Theatre made a similar move in December. Both rebrandings were applauded by the province's health ministry in a statement that recognized "the arts and culture sector who have worked hard to find new ways to reinvent themselves during the pandemic." Bronfman says the movie theatre group takes issue with suggestions that movie theatres should be embracing "ingenuity in order to survive." "We're not getting the answers as to why we can't open," she says. "There's a level of frustration and quite frankly desperation." This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 21, 2020. David Friend, The Canadian Press
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OTTAWA — The delivery slowdown of COVID-19 vaccine doses from Pfizer-BioNTech is going to be far worse than the companies first warned Canada last week. Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, overseeing the vaccine rollout for the federal government, says Canada is getting only about one-third of the expected deliveries between this week and Feb. 7 and still doesn't know how many doses Canada will be shorted the week after that. Pfizer warned Canada last week that plans to upgrade its plant in Belgium would mean a temporary reduction in production that would cut into the doses delivered to every country but the United States. The pharmaceutical company initially said Canada's deliveries would be cut in half over four weeks, before the factory returns to full production Feb. 15. Canada is not alone in its disappointment, with the United Kingdom, Europe, Mexico, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia all reporting cuts in deliveries until mid-February. Fortin says Pfizer assures Canada it will still deliver four million doses, as the contract stipulates, by the end of March. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 21, 2021. The Canadian Press
A Coquitlam, B.C., manufacturer that pivoted production from pet beds to personal protective equipment is now set to start rolling out respirator masks after winning a $1-million federal grant. Novo Textiles has partnered with a company in Windsor, Ont., to develop the first made-in-Canada automated machine to produce cup-shaped, moulded respirator masks — also known as N95 or N99 masks — used in hospitals. The N95 and N99 respirators are so named because they're designed to filter out at least 95 per cent and 99 per cent of airborne particles, respectively, including pathogens. Respirator masks or higher level protection is required in hospitals and for medical procedures to prevent the spread of coronavirus and other infections — but they remain in short supply in Canada. "That's where the greatest global shortage has been and continues to be in terms of PPE," said Novo Textiles owner Jason Zanatta. 'They created a new standard' The company's achievement was announced Thursday in a release by Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen), a non-profit, industry-led organization that has awarded more than $27 million in federal government money to manufacturers and innovators under a "Strategic Supply Challenge" to develop cost-competitive critical supplies during the pandemic. Zanatta said his company invested $2 million and partnered with Windsor-based Harbour Technologies to develop the respirator technology and win a $1 million federal grant as part of the challenge. Harbour Technologies will produce the N95 masks at its plants in Windsor alongside surgical gowns and other PPE. Two other B.C.-based companies — Inno Foods, a confectionery producer and distributor in Port Coquitlam, and Vitacore in Burnaby — are also producing N95 masks. But Novo is the first in Canada to engineer a way to automate the process and make a cup-moulded version, according to the NGen release. Zanatta said it took 11 months of work to create the machinery and design for the protective mask. "I'm very proud of my team and my staff and everyone who came together and worked the hours we worked to get to this point," he said. Novo Textiles previously made a significant switch in production last spring, moving from pet beds to surgical masks. Industry experts say Novo Textiles has created a Canadian standard for moulded N95 masks. "The fact that they created a new standard that sets a benchmark for Canadian manufacturers is amazing," said Marcus Ewert-Johns, president of the B.C. Alliance for Manufacturing. The masks are now in the final stages of product testing with federal and provincial health authorities. Novo Textiles aims to turn out up to five million respirator masks a year, alongside 15 million regular surgical masks, when it's up to full production, Zanatta said. The masks will be supplied to hospitals for now, but Zanatta hopes to get to the point where he can sell them to the public. He said it's a step toward creating the domestic infrastructure needed to produce Canadian-made protective equipment, so crises like the pandemic don't leave the country relying on supplies from abroad. "Not having it is a great risk to Canadians, frankly," said Zanatta.
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Dr Anthony Fauci said that the two Covid-19 vaccines approved in the US will still be effective against more-contagious variants of the disease first discovered in the UK and South Africa. The nation’s leading infectious disease expert said there are some early indications that vaccine efficacy against the UK and South Africa variants has shown some diminution, but it’s “not something that we don't think we can handle.” “It appears that the vaccine will still be effective,” he said, though he said the South Africa variant is "a little bit more concerning."
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A Latina immigrant who said her detention during a traffic stop fit a pattern of racially discriminatory policing in a Maryland county has reached a $125,000 settlement that includes a written apology from the county's sheriff, her attorneys said Thursday. Medrano and a grassroots organization, Resources for Immigrant Support and Empowerment Coalition of Western Maryland, sued the sheriff's office, Jenkins, two of his deputies and the county in July 2019.
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Carpenter Technology Corporation (NYSE: CRS) announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share of common stock, payable March 4, 2021, to shareholders of record on February 2, 2021. The ex-dividend date (the date the common stock trades without the dividend) is February 1, 2021. About Carpenter Technology Carpenter Technology Corporation is a recognized leader in high-performance specialty alloy-based materials and process solutions for critical applications in the aerospace, defense, transportation, medical, energy, industrial, and consumer electronics markets. Founded in 1889, Carpenter Technology has evolved to become a pioneer in premium specialty alloys, including titanium, nickel, and cobalt, as well as alloys specifically engineered for additive manufacturing (AM) processes and soft magnetics applications. Carpenter Technology has expanded its AM capabilities to provide a complete “end-to-end” solution to accelerate materials innovation and streamline parts production. More information about Carpenter Technology can be found at www.carpentertechnology.com. Media Inquiries:Heather Beardsley+1 email@example.comInvestor Inquiries:The Plunkett GroupBrad Edwards+1 firstname.lastname@example.org