Norvel Pelle (New York Knicks) with a dunk vs the New Orleans Pelicans, 04/14/2021
Norvel Pelle (New York Knicks) with a dunk vs the New Orleans Pelicans, 04/14/2021
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ville Husso stopped 31 shots for his first career shutout and David Perron had a goal and two assists in the St. Louis Blues' 4-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night. Torey Krug, Ivan Barbashev and Jaden Schwartz also scored. The Blues have won two in a row and seven of 11. After winning four of its previous five, Minnesota was locked into the third spot in the West Division with the loss. St. Louis had already nailed down the fourth spot. The teams will finish the regular season Thursday night in St. Louis. Husso improved to 9-6-1. It was the first shutout of the season for the Blues leaving Buffalo as the only team without a shutout in this truncated 56-game season. Perron pushed his points total to a team-high 55 (17 goals, 38 assists) in 55 games. Barbashev stuffed in the rebound of Perron's shot midway through the first period. Schwartz scored while falling to the ice to push the lead to 2-0 late in the opening period. Krug scored his first goal since Jan. 23 off a pass from Ryan O'Reilly midway through the second period. Cam Talbot made 23 saves for the Wild. He was 5-0-2 in his previous seven road games. THEY WILL COME The Blues announced they will increase capacity to 5,000 for the upcoming playoffs. They were limited to 4,100 fans per game during the regular season. HE’S BACK St. Louis right wing Klim Kostin made his season debut after helping Avangard Omsk of the KHL to the Gagarin Cup championship late last month. The first-round draft choice spent the last seven days in quarantine after arriving last week from Russia. He scored one goal in four games with St. Louis last season. Steve Overbey, The Associated Press
DENVER (AP) — The San Diego Padres trudged off the field as Josh Fuentes lost his shirt in a wild celebration near second base following Colorado's walk-off win Wednesday night. A sense of disappointed, San Diego manager Jayce Tingler conceded. Still, a lesson in perseverance, too, after the Padres took two of three in the series despite missing key players due to coronavirus protocols. “We kept fighting,” Tingler said. Fuentes capped his big game with a game-winning, two-out single in the eighth inning after earlier hitting a two-run homer and the Rockies salvaged a doubleheader split by beating the virus-hampered Padres 3-2. To Tingler, this was a prime example of how the shorthanded Padres need everyone to chip in. The Padres, missing starters Fernando Tatis Jr., Eric Hosmer, Wil Myers and two others because of COVID-19 concerns, won the opener 5-3. Austin Nola, who's normally a catcher but was playing second base for shorthanded San Diego, made a nifty catch with the bases loaded for the final out. “That’s what it’s going to take to get through with five guys down," Tingler said. In the nightcap, Fuentes drove a changeup from reliever Nick Ramirez (0-1) to deep center to set off a wild celebration near second base — water was dumped on Fuentes and then he ripped off his uniform top — as the Rockies snapped a five-game skid. Fuentes' bat provided all the run production — he homered in the second. For his breakout at the plate, Fuentes credits his new haircut and a pep talk from manager Bud Black. The takeaway in their talk: Don't be so hard on himself. “It feels really good knowing I came up with a plan and had an approach and to get rewarded, said Fuentes, whose cousin is Nolan Arenado. The Padres were haunted by a series of late-inning baserunning mistakes. In the eighth, Jake Cronenworth started on second under the extra-inning rule. After advancing to third, he tried to score on Nola's grounder, but was thrown out at the plate. The Padres challenged thinking there was no sliding lane. The out call was upheld. This after pinch-hitter Victor Caratini, who hit a grand slam in Game 1, continued his productive day by chopping a game-tying single through a drawn-in infield in the seventh. The Padres were poised for more, only to run themselves out of the inning with one out and runners on first and second. Caratini was thrown out at third by left fielder Raimel Tapia on a blooper he thought was going to be caught. Then, Trent Grisham was caught trying to steal third. “We preach aggressiveness," Tingler said. “We’re going to learn from those mistakes and move forward.” Yency Almonte (1-1) got the win. San Diego managed seven hits with a lineup missing several big bats, with Tatis and Myers both testing positive for the virus. Before the game, Myers was placed on the injured list along with Hosmer, who’s sidelined as part of baseball’s contact tracing health and safety protocols. Tatis, their standout shortstop, went on the IL on Tuesday after testing positive. Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo also were added because of contact tracing. “It’s one of those opportunities — an opportunity for us to come closer and build even better chemistry,” Tingler said. Padres starter Blake Snell was lifted for a pinch-hitter after throwing four innings and allowing two runs. He struck out seven and walked three. The 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner hasn’t lasted more than 5 1/3 innings in any of his eight starts for the Padres since being acquired from Tampa Bay. “I'm obviously trying to get it back to the guy that I know I am,” Snell said. Austin Gomber took a hard no-decision. Acquired in an offseason trade for Arenado, Gomber allowed one unearned run over 5 1/3 innings. In the first game, Caratini lined a two-out grand slam in the sixth to put the Padres. It came on a belt-high fastball from reliever Robert Stephenson, who was summoned after starter Jon Gray (4-3) loaded the bases. Emilio Pagán (3-0) picked up the win with a scoreless fifth inning. Mark Melancon earned the five-out save, his 12th, by getting Elias Diaz — on the 10th pitch of the at-bat — to pop out to Nola, who made the play with two other fielders converging. Nola was a shortstop in the minor leagues but hasn’t played the infield regularly since 2019. He pinch hit for starter Yu Darvish in the fifth and closed out the game at second base. Darvish went four innings and allowed one unearned run. TRAINER’S ROOM Padres: The Padres recalled INF/OF Brian O’Grady from Triple-A El Paso and selected the contract of outfielder Patrick Kivlehan. ... LHP Drew Pomeranz wasn't available due to tightness around the lat area, Tingler said. Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (shoulder strain) will join Triple-A Albuquerque for a rehab start Saturday at El Paso. GOING DEEP AGAIN Fuentes’ two-run homer ended a string of six straight homerless games for Colorado. It was the team's longest stretch without a homer since a drought of seven games in 2014. PRESSING IN ST. LOUIS Fuentes thought a reason he was pressing had a little to do with the last series in St. Louis. He wanted to impress Arenado. “You can definitely say Nolan got me too fired up,” Fuentes cracked. UP NEXT Padres: Off Thursday before starting a nine-game homestand that includes three games each against St. Louis, Colorado and Seattle. Rockies: Open a four-game series with Cincinnati on Thursday. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Pat Graham, The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Ellen DeGeneres is calling time on her long-running talk show. The daytime host, who has seen a ratings hit after allegations of running a toxic workplace, has decided that the upcoming 19th season will be the last, ending in 2022. It coincides with the end of her contract. “You may wonder why I’ve decided to end after 19 seasons. The truth is, I always trust my instincts. My instinct told me it’s time,” a tearful DeGeneres said Wednesday during a taping for Thursday's show. “I promise you that we’re going to have a fantastic final season. It will be a season where I truly get to say, ‘Thank You. Thank you all.’ Every day will be a celebration,” she said. She used humor to lighten the mood and the message. “In 1997, I knew it was time to come out on my sitcom and live my truth," DeGeneres said, recalling a vivid, inspiring dream in which a bird escaped its cage because it had to be free. “Recently, I had a dream that a bird, beautiful bird with bright red feathers, came to my window and whispered, ‘You can still do stuff on Netflix,’" a deadpan DeGeneres said, drawing laughs from the virtual studio audience. "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," which started airing in 2003 and is distributed by Warner Bros., has a mix of dancing, games and giveaways along with A-list celebrities. But the host, who built her brand on the motto “Be Kind,” opened season 18 in September with a lengthy apology. Three of the show’s producers exited over the summer amid allegations of a dysfunctional workplace that harbored misbehavior, including sexual misconduct and racially insensitive remarks. While the allegations were “very hurtful to me,” they didn't influence her decision to leave the show, DeGeneres told The Hollywood Reporter. "I wouldn’t have come back this season” if they had, she said. “Although all good things must come to an end, you still have hope that the truly great things never will,” Mike Darnell, president of unscripted TV for Warner Bros., said in a statement Wednesday. “It was and is an indelible piece of the television landscape, and it will be sorely missed.” Nielsen data shows “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” viewership dropped by 1.1 million people this season, from 2.6 million viewers to 1.5 million viewers. DeGeneres was the recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2015 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom under Barack Obama in 2016. In addition to her talk show, she has had a hand in Fox’s “The Masked Dancer,” NBC’s “Ellen’s Game of Games” and HBO Max’s "Ellen’s Next Great Designer." DeGeneres’ scripted TV show “Ellen” became a historic landmark in TV history in the 1990s when her character came out as gay. Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press
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BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower for a second day Thursday after unexpectedly strong U.S. consumer price increases fueled worries inflation might drag on an economic recovery. Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia retreated. Overnight, Wall Street's benchmark S&P 500 index recorded its biggest one-day drop since February after consumer prices rose in April at their fastest year-on-year pace since 2008. Rising prices reflect growing industrial and consumer activity after last year's global shutdown to fight the coronavirus pandemic. But investors worry surging inflation might disrupt the recovery or prompt central banks to withdraw stimulus and near-zero interest rates. The market reaction was “mild, reflecting the belief that this jump in inflation will eventually calm,” Tai Hui of JP Morgan Asset Management said in a report. The Federal Reserve says this surge should be temporary, but “if inflation does not calm,” the challenge to the U.S. central bank's credibility “could be disruptive,” Hui said. The Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.6% to 3,441.37 and the Nikkei 225 in Tokyo tumbled 1.8% to 28,628.73. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong lost 0.8% to 28,010.86. The Kospi in Seoul sank 0.1% to 3,158.88 and Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 was 0.4% lower at 7,018.00. New Zealand also retreated. On Wall Street, the S&P 500 lost 2.1% to 4,063.04. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 2% to 33,587.66 in its biggest decline since January. The Nasdaq gave up 2.7% in its largest pullback since March. Apple, Microsoft and Amazon all fell more than 2%. Tesla fell 4.4%, bringing its pullback this month to nearly 17%. Bond yields, or the difference between market price and the payout at maturity, snapped higher as prices fell. Bond prices fall if investors worry the value of that payout will be eroded by higher inflation. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 1.69% from Tuesday's 1.62%, a big move. In energy markets, benchmark U.S. crude fell 46 cents to $65.62 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 80 cents on Wednesday to $66.08. Brent crude, used to price international oils, sank 53 cents to $68.79 per barrel in London. It rose 77 cents the previous session to $69.32 a barrel. The dollar gained to 109.67 yen from Wednesday's 109.60 yen. The euro edged up to $1.2083 from $1.2080. Joe Mcdonald, The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Harvey was greeted warmly by Mets fans in his return to Citi Field and harshly by New York’s hitters as the Mets beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-1 Wednesday. Harvey pitched against his former team for the first time and allowed Kevin Pillar’s two-run triple in a three-run second inning that carried the Mets to their seventh straight win. Wearing orange and black instead of blue and orange, Harvey (3-3) gave up a season-high seven runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings, and his ERA rose from 3.60 to 4.81 as the last-place Orioles lost for the fifth time in six games. Taijuan Walker (3-1) lowered his ERA to 2.20, allowing one run and four hits over seven innings as part of a five-hitter. Dominic Smith had three hits and two RBIs for the NL East-leading Mets, who completed a two-game sweep that finished a 5-0 homestand. New York is on its longest hot streak since winning eight straight from Aug. 3-10, 2019. YANKEES 1, RAYS 0 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Gerrit Cole struck out 12 over eight stellar innings, Aaron Hicks had a sacrifice fly and New York beat Tampa Bay 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. Aroldis Chapman completed the four-hitter to get his ninth save. 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. Six of the seven are asymptomatic. All are fully vaccinated, which Boone said was blunting the effects of the virus. 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. PADRES 5, ROCKIES 3, Game 1 ROCKIES 3, PADRES 2, 8 innings, Game 2 DENVER (AP) — Josh Fuentes capped a big night with a two-out, walk-off single in the eighth inning after earlier hitting a two-run homer and Colorado salvaged a doubleheader split against virus-hampered San Diego. The Padres, missing starters Fernando Tatis Jr., Eric Hosmer, Wil Myers and two others because of COVID-19 concerns, won the opener 5-3. Austin Nola, who’s normally a catcher but was playing second base for short-handed San Diego, made a nifty catch with the bases loaded for the final out. In the nightcap, Fuentes drove a changeup from reliever Nick Ramirez (0-1) to deep center to set off a celebration near second base as the Rockies snapped a five-game skid. Fuentes’ bat provided all the run production — he homered in the second. Yency Almonte (1-1) got the win in the late game. Victor Caratini lined a two-out grand slam in sixth to put the Padres ahead in the first game. It came on a belt-high fastball from reliever Robert Stephenson, who was summoned after starter Jon Gray (4-3) loaded the bases. Emilio Pagán (3-0) picked up the win with a scoreless fifth inning. Mark Melancon earned a five-out save. BREWERS 4, CARDINALS 1 MILWAUKEE (AP) — Travis Shaw hit a tiebreaking double and Avisaíl García added a two-run homer in the eighth inning as Milwaukee capitalized on some good fortune to defeat St. Louis. The decisive rally that snapped the Cardinals’ four-game winning streak came after it appeared Ryan Helsley (3-1) would retire the side in order. An apparent inning-ending strikeout of Daniel Vogelbach was foiled when the third strike got past catcher Yadier Molina for a wild pitch, enabling Vogelbach to reach first. The Cardinals tied it in the top of the eighth on Tyler O’Neill’s homer to right off Brandon Woodruff, who struck out 10 and gave up just three hits and one walk in 7 2/3 splendid innings. Devin Williams (1-0) retired Tommy Edman on a grounder with a runner on first to make sure the Cardinals did no more damage in the eighth. PHILLIES 5, NATIONALS 2 WASHINGTON (AP) — Rhys Hoskins hit a go-ahead single in the 10th inning as Philadelphia rallied and then took the lead against struggling Washington closer Brad Hand. Philadelphia, which has taken seven of its last nine, won consecutive road games for the first time this season. Washington dropped its fourth in a row and seventh of eight to sink a season-worst six games below .500. Hand (2-2) was staked to a 2-1 lead in the ninth. He quickly gave it back on Odúbel Herrera’s one-out home run. He allowed a leadoff single to Bryce Harper in the 10th, moving automatic runner Andrew McCutchen to third. Kyle Finnegan entered and promptly surrendered Hoskins’ RBI single. José Alvarado (3-0) pitched a scoreless ninth, and Héctor Neris worked a perfect 10th for his seventh save. INDIANS 2, CUBS 1, 10 innings CLEVELAND (AP) — Amed Rosario’s bases-loaded single with two outs in the 10th inning gave Cleveland a win over Chicago. Rosario, who drove in Cleveland’s first run with a sixth-inning double, singled to right on a 1-1 pitch from Keegan Thompson (1-1), giving the Indians a sweep of the two-game series. Chicago threatened in every inning except the eighth but finished 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position and stranded 15 baserunners. Joc Pederson drove in the Cubs’ only run with a double in the sixth. Nick Martini was the Cubs’ automatic runner in the 10th against James Karinchak (1-0). Jason Heyward walked, but ldemaro Vargas struck out attempting to bunt. Pederson popped out, and Eric Sogard took a called third strike. TIGERS 4, ROYALS 2 DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera drove in two runs and surpassed Omar Vizquel for the most major league hits by a Venezuelan player, leading Detroit past slumping Kansas City. 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. Danny Duffy (4-3) gave up a season-high four runs in six innings. 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. BLUE JAYS 4, BRAVES 1 ATLANTA (AP) — Teoscar Hernández hit two homers and drove in three runs, Hyun Jin Ryu pitched seven sharp innings and Toronto beat Atlanta to continue its 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). 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. REDS 5, PIRATES 1, 10 innings PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suárez combined to drive in four runs in the 10th inning as Cincinnati’s bullpen threw 5 1/3 hitless innings. Winker singled off reliever Duane Underwood Jr. (1-2) to lead off the 10th, scoring designated runner Nick Senzel. Nick Castellanos singled and Mike Moustakas walked ahead of Suárez, who drove a pitch into the left-center gap for a three-run double. Lucas Sims (2-1) worked two perfect innings with four strikeouts to earn the win. The Cincinnati bullpen struck out nine without allowing a hit in relief of Sonny Gray. ATHLETICS 4, RED SOX 1 BOSTON (AP) — James Kaprielian got the victory in his first major league start with five innings of one-run ball, Matt Olson homered, and Sean Murphy and Jed Lowrie also had RBIs for the A’s. Burch Smith and Lou Trivino combined to pitch three scoreless innings for Oakland, and Jake Diekman completed a scoreless ninth for his fifth save. Kaprielian (1-0) settled down after a rocky first inning and ended his night after giving up just four hits and three walks with six strikeouts. Oakland pounded out seven hits and four runs against starter Eduardo Rodriguez (5-1). Boston has lost three straight. ASTROS 9, ANGELS 1 HOUSTON (AP) — José Altuve and Yuli Gurriel homered early as Houston hit a season-high five long balls against Los Angeles. Altuve launched a leadoff homer and Gurriel, who also went deep Tuesday, added his two-run shot later in the first inning. Kyle Tucker also connected for a second straight game when he smacked a two-run drive off Andrew Heaney (1-3) in the sixth to make it 5-0. Yordan Álvarez and Chas McCormick also homered to help the Astros win their second consecutive series. Houston starter José Urquidy left in the fourth with posterior shoulder discomfort. Brandon Bielak (2-2) went 3 1/3 innings for the win. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB The Associated Press
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Alex Pietrangelo and Keegan Kolesar scored in the first period, Marc-Andre Fleury earned his 67th career shutout and the Vegas Golden Knights finished the regular season with a 6-0 victory Wednesday night over the San Jose Sharks that keeps them alive in the race for the division title. Vegas remains ahead of Colorado in the West Division and for the top mark in the NHL. Colorado holds the tiebreaker based on regular-season wins and can take the top spot by beating the Kings in their final two games. The Golden Knights may have to wait until Thursday night to determine whether they will play third-place Minnesota or fourth-place St. Louis in the first round of the playoffs. Dylan Sikura scored twice in the third period, and William Carrier and Jonathan Marchessault also scored to help Vegas complete a sweep of the eight-game season series against the Sharks. Fleury made 17 saves. San Jose missed the playoffs in back-to-back seasons from the first since 1996 and '97 with just 49 points in 56 games. They were completely outplayed by a motivated Golden Knights, getting outshout 35-13 in the first two periods and giving little help to rookie goalie Alexei Melnichuk. Melnichuk made 38 saves in his second career start. The Golden Knights didn't take long to jump on top of the Sharks by scoring twice in the opening eight minutes. Pietrangelo got a loose puck in front and beat Melnichuk for the first goal and Kolesar added to the lead when he converted a rebound. Vegas didn't let up from there and put the game out of reach with the goals from Carrier and Marchessault in the second period. MARLEAU'S GOODBYE Sharks forward Patrick Marleau got some gifts in what could have been his final game with the franchise. His teammates gave him a custom painting of him and Gordie Howe to honor Marleau's breaking Howe's NHL all-times games played record last month. At the request of the Howe family, Marleau also was given the stick Howe used in his final NHL game that had been displayed at the Hall of Fame. That stick will be replaced in the Hall by a stick Marleau used in the record-setting game. Marleau was the last player to leave the ice and acknowledged the small crowd on hand for the final game of the season. The 41-year-old Marleau will be a free agent this offseason and the Sharks might look to go in a younger direction next season. UP NEXT Golden Knights: Waiting to find out their playoff opponent. Sharks: The offseason. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Josh Dubow, The Associated Press
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Ontario's French-language television channel has placed its interim president on administrative leave amid allegations of workplace harassment and intimidation, Radio-Canada has learned. The board of directors of Groupe Média TFO announced on Wednesday that it has suspended Éric Minoli. The announcement comes after the board was told by Radio-Canada that it was about to publish a story alleging that Minoli had created a toxic work environment at TFO. The Franco-Ontarian broadcaster, a public educational media company, is provincially funded. In an email sent to TFO employees on Wednesday, Jean Lépine, the chair of the board, declined to say why Minoli is now on leave. TFO's lawyers, however, had told Radio-Canada earlier on Wednesday that an independent third party investigation has been launched into Minoli's time at the broadcaster. Minoli has been TFO's interim president since 2019. He was previously vice-president of operations. In a statement released Wednesday evening, the TFO board acknowledged it received a letter on March 9 about allegations against Minoli and began an investigation. It said it has taken more action after new allegations came to light. "In the light of these, and in order to protect its employees, the integrity of the investigation process and the interests of the company, the board immediately imposed the administrative withdrawal of Mr. Minoli until the end of the investigation," the statement reads. "In the meantime, Ms. Michelle Séguin will assume the duties of interim CEO." Managers' letter denounces Minoli Radio-Canada has obtained a copy of the March 9 letter sent to the board by a group of TFO managers denouncing Minoli's alleged actions. The managers, who Radio-Canada decided not to name, say in the letter that they had to deal with daily behaviour from the interim president that they believe was inappropriate and unacceptable. They expressed concern about possible retaliation. The letter doesn't describe specific incidents. Radio-Canada, however, has spoken to 26 employees and former employees, including many managers, and obtained dozens of emails and internal documents. The interviews and documents create a picture of a toxic work environment that reportedly has been in place at TFO for several years. There are allegations of sexual and psychological harassment as well as conflict of interest. Sources told Radio-Canada that Minoli intimidated lower level managers into hiring or firing certain people, and on many occasions, refused to wear a mask inside the offices during the pandemic. He is also accused of bullying an employee into not filing a complaint against his partner, Bryan Pang, who also works at TFO, after Pang allegedly verbally abused that person. Crew members shoot the TFO series Amélie et Compagnie in Sudbury in August 2017. A number of senior TFO executives have been the subject of employee complaints. (Benjamin Aubé/CBC) According to the three people who signed the March 9 letter, the board was informed of the allegations previously. Lawyers for TFO say they cannot comment because the third party investigation is ongoing. Minoli, for his part, did not respond to Radio-Canada requests for an interview. The office of Education Minister Stephen Lecce said the Ontario government takes all allegations of workplace harassment seriously and it expects TFO to cooperate with the investigation fully and ensure a safe and positive work environment for all its employees. The office also said it is actively working to fill the role of president for TFO. Multiple sources said they have been subjected to, or witnessed, intimidation, harassment or undue pressure by Minoli. Radio-Canada obtained recent audio recordings in which TFO managers, including directors, recalled being the victims of physical and psychological harassment by Minoli. Some expressed reservations about signing the letter about him out of fear of reprisals. One manager, worried about his job prospects in the midst of the pandemic, said he had a family to support and was worried the letter might backfire. Allegations of inappropriate gestures, unwanted contact Some said they have been subjected to or witnessed inappropriate or sexual gestures and comments directed at male employees, including about their physical appearance. Others spoke of unwanted physical contact. Still others complained of derogatory comments, public humiliation or veiled threats. A former employee alleged that Minoli asked to see a photo of their partner, said he was handsome and he asked which men he found attractive. The employee said they felt uncomfortable sitting alone in a room with Minoli. According to almost every source interviewed by Radio-Canada, Minoli showed a lack of empathy in his interactions. Often, during the pandemic, Minoli moved around the TFO building without his mask, even after repeated complaints, sources said. When confronted, Minoli reportedly replied that there was no point in wearing it as long as he kept his distance. When the CEO does not respect public health measures, it is not very reassuring, one employee said. Eric Minoli is not the only TFO executive to be the subject of serious allegations. On Nov. 23, an email appeared in the inbox of all TFO employees in which Minoli announced the departure of Manuelita Cherizard, senior director of human resources, after four years of service. He said the department was going to be restructured for operational reasons. But according to sources, an independent investigator had found that Cherizard had psychologically harassed the majority of her employees in the HR department. Some said the experience was "nightmarish." Working conditions were inhumane, one said. Cherizard required employees to work 18-hour days, sometimes phoning them until midnight. She allegedly insulted and demeaned employees. The alleged problem extended beyond the human resources team. Employees and ex-employees of several departments said they have been belittled and denigrated by Cherizard over the years. Last year, when an employee asked for help with an inhumane workload, Cherizard reportedly replied that he was lucky to have a job during the pandemic. Cherizard, however, has secured a position as chief human resources officer at the Royal Ontario Museum. In an email to Radio-Canada, she denied the allegations and declined to comment. Sources said a larger problem at TFO, beyond the behaviour of the interim CEO, is that the overall work environment is toxic. The list of complaints includes high turnover, overload or unfair distribution of work, job insecurity, burned out employees and low morale. About 15 people say they have left or are considering doing so because of the work climate. Other serious complaints have been filed against past members of TFO's senior management. Other former executives accused Laurent Guérin left his post as vice president in 2018 following allegations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behaviour. Former colleagues report unsolicited physical contact and sexual comments during meetings. Guérin declined to comment, saying these are only allegations. As for Minoli's predecessor and mentor, Glenn O'Farrell, sources describe a president who had a hot and volatile character at times and who was allegedly forced to undergo coaching before his departure. According to former subordinates, O'Farrell could raise his voice and make aggressive comments behind closed doors. It was not uncommon to see someone leave their office in tears. Reached by email, Mr. O'Farrell declined to comment, saying the allegations against him are false. Carole Nkoa, TFO's communications director, said she cannot comment on the allegations against Cherizard, Pang and Guérin, but pointed out that no complaint has ever been filed against O'Farrell. The TFO Group cares about the health and well-being of its employees, Nkoa said, adding that TFO has turnover rates that correspond to industry standards.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Human rights groups and Western nations led by the United States, Britain and Germany accused China of massive crimes against the Uyghur minority and demanded unimpeded access for U.N. experts at a virtual meeting on Wednesday denounced by China as “politically motivated” and based on “lies.” China’s U.N. Mission sent notes to many of the U.N.’s 193 member nations last week urging them not to participate in the “anti-China event.” And China’s U.N. Ambassador Zhang Jun sent text messages to the 15 Western co-sponsors of the meeting expressing shock at their support, urging them to “think twice” and withdraw it. He warned that if they don’t, it will be “harmful to our relationship and cooperation.” At the meeting, Britain’s U.N. Ambassador Barbara Woodward called the situation in Xinjiang “one of the worst human rights crises of our time.” “The evidence, from a growing number of credible sources — including satellite imagery, survivor testimony and publicly available Chinese Government documents — is of grave concern,” said Woodward, who previously was the UK ambassador in China. “The evidence points to a program of repression of specific ethnic groups. Expressions of religion have been criminalized and Uyghur language and culture are discriminated against systematically and at scale.” In recent years, an estimated 1 million people or more have been confined in camps in Xinjiang, according to foreign governments and researchers. Most are Uyghurs, a largely Muslim ethnic group. Authorities have been accused of imposing forced labor, systematic forced birth control and torture. The Chinese government has flatly rejected the allegations. It has characterized the camps, which it says are now closed, as vocational training centers to teach Chinese language, job skills and the law in order to support economic development and combat extremism. China saw a wave of Xinjiang-related terrorist attacks through 2016. Organizers said there were 152 participants in Wednesday's event, including 51 countries, and speaker after speaker called on China to end its abuses against the Uyghurs. Germany’s U.N. Ambassador Christoph Heusgen thanked “all the co-sponsors who came together despite some massive Chinese threats.” He urged them to remain committed “until the Uyghurs can live again in freedom, until they are no longer detained, no longer victims of forced labor and other human rights abuses, until they can exercise freedom of religion and freedom of speech.” Heusgen appealed to China to respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights “and tear down the detention camps.” “If you have nothing to hide, why don’t you finally grant unimpeded access to the (U.N.) High Commissioner for Human Rights?” he asked. U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the Biden administration “will keep standing up and speaking out until China’s government stops its crime against humanity and the genocide of Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang.” “And we will keep working in concert with our allies and our partners until China’s government respects the universal human rights of all its people,” she said. Uyghur human rights activist Jewher Ilhan spoke about her father Ilham Tohti, a noted economist who has called for autonomy for Xinjiang and is serving a life sentence on separatist-related charges. “We don’t even know if he’s alive,” she said. “Hundreds of thousands, even millions of Uyghurs are still being targeted,” said Ilhan, who now lives in the United States. “The fate of my father and my community is in the world’s hands now. We all need to join together and take action to stop this humanitarian crisis from continuing.” A Chinese diplomat countered, saying: “I make it clear that China is here to tell the truth, it doesn’t mean in any way we recognize this event.” He then showed a short video and said: “The truth is, it‘s not about human rights in Xinjiang, it’s about using Xinjiang as a political tool to contain China. The U.S. and some of its allies make a presumption of guilt, and then fabricate so-called evidence.” Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth, whose organization recently concluded that China’s atrocities amount to the crime against humanity of persecution, said the challenge is what to do about it. “Beijing clearly calculates that through censorship, propaganda, intimidation, and threats it can somehow avoid accountability,” he said, pointing many actions including its “extraordinary lengths of disinviting people” from Wednesday’s event, its “endless charade” that has prevented Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet from visiting Xinjiang, and U.N. inaction. Roth expressed disappointment that Bachelet, who was invited to the event, turned down the invitation. “I’m sure she’s busy. We all are. But I have a similar global mandate to defend human rights and I couldn’t think of anything more important to do than to join you here today. I certainly wasn’t deterred by the commute -- all the way to my laptop,” he said. “The good news is that the tide seems to be turning,” he said, pointing to more countries condemning China's crimes. But he said more must be done. Roth called for a U.N. Human Rights Council resolution on Xinjiang, for moving discussions to the U.N. Security Council, for seeking avenues to justice including the use of universal jurisdiction, and for considering creation of an international investigative mechanism similar to those for Syria and Myanmar. “The true test of the significance of today’s event will be the follow-up steps that we all take,” he said. Amnesty International Secretary General Agnes Callamard said the persecution of the Uyghurs is “a critical test" for the international human rights system to investigate allegations of “massive violations" by a government against its own people and hold those responsible accountable. She called “the silence, fear and timidity" of Bachelet's office and the U.N. Secretariat “frankly unacceptable and a breach of their mandate, as are the silence of many states." Callamard said supporting a multilateral response to what is happening in Xinjiang is not about “picking sides in a fight with China or supporting the U.S. or anyone else, it is about fighting for human rights." Edith M. Lederer, The Associated Press
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DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic scored 33 points, Kristaps Porzingis added 19 in his return from injury and the Dallas Mavericks took a big step toward avoiding the play-in tournament with a 125-107 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night. The Pelicans were eliminated from postseason contention while playing without four starters. Lonzo Ball was scratched with a strained right thumb, joining Zion Williamson (broken left hand), Brandon Ingram (sprained left ankle) and Steven Adams (sprained toe) on the sideline. The Mavericks (41-29) can clinch at least the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a win in either of their two remaining regular-season games against a pair of eliminated teams in Toronto and Minnesota. Dallas also avoids the play-in tournament with a loss by the Los Angeles Lakers, who were playing NBA-worst Houston later Wednesday. Eric Bledsoe and Jaxson Hayes scored 15 points apiece for the Pelicans, whose hopes took a huge hit last week when the club announced Williamson was out indefinitely. Williamson and Ingram have averaged a combined 51 points per game. A night after matching his season low with 12 points in a blowout loss at play-in qualifier Memphis, Doncic scored 16 points on a 33-8 Dallas run that broke a 30-all tie starting with the final bucket of the first quarter. The young Dallas sensation was 5 of 5 from 3-point range in the second quarter, when the Mavericks scored a season-high 45 points. Doncic finished 7 of 15 beyond the arc and had eight rebounds and eight assists, including back-to-back alley oop dunks for Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr., who scored 27 points. Porzingis shot 7 of 14 after missing 10 of 11 games, the first three because of a sprained right ankle. Right knee soreness forced him out early in the only game he did play in that stretch before the 7-foot-3 Latvian missed seven more. With Rick Carlisle saying Porzingis was on a minutes restriction the coach wouldn't specify, the 2018 All-Star played 22. Porzingis sat the entire fourth quarter after the Mavericks took their biggest lead at 31 points (111-80) after three. “It’s important that he’s out there,” Carlisle said before the game. “I think he understands that this thing is about winning games as well as getting him back into the flow of things.” TIP-INS Pelicans: Coach Stan Van Gundy didn’t say whether Ball was finished for the season. ... Hayes went the locker room late in the third quarter after taking a tumble into one of the courtside advertising boards but returned in the fourth. ... Naji Marshall didn't return after colliding with Dorian Finney-Smith early in the fourth quarter. ... James Johnson and Wes Iwundu faced Dallas for the first time since going to New Orleans in a trade in late March. Johnson scored 11 points, and Iwundu had four. ... Willie Hernangomez had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Mavericks: JJ Redick won't play the rest of the regular season because of right heel soreness that kept the shooting guard out of 18 consecutive games before and after the trade with the Pelicans. Redick aggravated the injury Tuesday night in Memphis. ... Nicolo Melli was also in that deal and greeted some of his former teammates at midcourt before facing them for the first time since the trade. UP NEXT Pelicans: Road finale at Golden State on Friday. Mavericks: Regular-season home finale against Toronto on Friday. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Schuyler Dixon, The Associated Press
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(Bloomberg) -- Asian stocks weakened Thursday after a rise in U.S. inflation sent the S&P 500 tumbling and drove bond yields higher on concerns that price pressures could stifle the economic recovery.A regional equities gauge erased this year’s gain, though declines from Japan to Australia haven’t so far matched the pullback in indexes overnight. U.S. futures rallied. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 both shed more than 2% in a third-straight day of losses, with the energy sector among the only winners as commodity prices continued their advance.Treasury yields steadied from a climb in U.S. hours, which shrugged off strong demand at the auction of new 10-year notes. Asia investment-grade bonds dipped, while the dollar held an advance.Meanwhile, Bitcoin slumped as much as 15% to below $50,000 after Elon Musk tweeted that Tesla Inc. has suspended vehicle purchases using the digital currency over environmental concerns. He added that Tesla will not be selling any Bitcoin.The latest U.S. consumer prices data showed the biggest monthly rise since 2009, adding fuel to the debate over whether inflation will be persistent enough to force the Federal Reserve to tighten policy sooner than thought. The surprise reading included broad-based price pressures, and a market gauge of inflation expectations over the next five years touched its highest level since 2005 before easing.Fed Vice Chair Richard Clarida said he was surprised by the jump, but that it should prove largely transitory.“Markets have lost a little bit of confidence that the Fed has control of inflation; I don’t think it’s necessarily the level,” but the concern that the central bank might wait too long to address the rise, Victoria Fernandez, Crossmark Global Investments chief market strategist, said on Bloomberg TV. “I am not sure the market is extremely comfortable with that at this point.”The momentum in the commodity market appears to have slowed for now. Copper’s advance stalled amid concerns about inflation’s impact on the global growth outlook. Oil retreated back toward $65 a barrel, as the biggest U.S. gasoline pipeline is reopening after a cyberattack that sparked acute fuel shortages.These are some of the main moves in markets:StocksS&P 500 futures rose 0.4% as of 12:30 p.m. in Tokyo. The S&P 500 fell 2.1%Nasdaq 100 contracts added 0.5%. The Nasdaq 100 slid 2.6%Japan’s Topix index fell 0.6%Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index lost 0.4%South Korea’s Kospi index declined 0.1%Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index fell 0.7%Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.7%CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changedThe yen steadied from losses to trade at 109.63 per dollarThe offshore yuan was at 6.4517 per dollarThe euro was up less than 0.1% at $1.2081BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries dipped to 1.68% after jumping seven basis pointsAustralia’s 10-year bond yield rose three basis points to 1.80%CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude fell 0.8% to $65.54 a barrelGold rose 0.2% to $1,820 an ounceFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
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