P.J. Washington (Charlotte Hornets) with an assist vs the Golden State Warriors, 02/26/2021
P.J. Washington (Charlotte Hornets) with an assist vs the Golden State Warriors, 02/26/2021
Ludwig Ahgren's month-long "subathon" ends tonight after the streamer broke Twitch's all-time record for subscribers.
The former Drake coach exuded energy and confidence as she addressed a group at the Lloyd Noble Center on Tuesday that included most of the players from last season’s team, which finished strong for now-retired coach Sherri Coale. History shows it can be done — Oklahoma reached the Final Four three times under Coale. “The potential to be able to fill this place and the potential to be able to compete for championships is absolutely what drew me here, and it is absolutely what we want to be able to do here," Baranczyk said.
WASHINGTON — Florida's two Republican senators are steering clear of voicing support for Rep. Matt Gaetz, branding sex trafficking accusations against him serious but calling it premature to say what should happen to their fellow Floridian and GOP lawmaker. The remarks by Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott were the latest cautious comments about Gaetz by Republicans, who have mostly taken neutral stances or said nothing about him. Federal agents are scrutinizing Gaetz over allegations that include sex with a minor, according to two people who spoke on condition of anonymity because they could not discuss details publicly. A frequent face on conservative television outlets and an ardent ally of former President Donald Trump, Gaetz has broadly denied the accusations and not been charged with any crimes. “Sure, and I don’t think anyone’s saying they’re not," Rubio said Tuesday when a reporter suggested the allegations are serious. “And he’s pretty firm in his denial, so we’ll have to wait and see how it plays out." Rubio said he's not spoken with Gaetz since news of the investigation emerged late last month. On Monday, Scott said Gaetz faces “pretty serious allegations” but didn’t say what should happen to him. “I think we’ve got to get all the facts,” Scott said. Both senators are considered potential 2024 presidential hopefuls. They spoke as lawmakers were returning from a two-week Easter recess, with many confronting questions about Gaetz for the first time. Few GOP lawmakers have voiced support for Gaetz, who has said he will not resign. Trump issued a brief statement last week that said Gaetz “has totally denied the accusations against him.” The three-term lawmaker is also the focus of a bipartisan investigation by the House Ethics Committee of accusations including sexual misconduct, illegal drug use, spending campaign funds for personal use and accepting a bribe or impermissible gift. The committee has provided no additional detail. Gaetz, 38, became engaged on New Year’s Eve at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago compound in Florida. On Tuesday, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu said a local GOP organization should cancel plans for Gaetz to be keynote speaker at a fundraising dinner in August. “I’m surprised the Committee hasn’t already done so,” Sununu, who is considering running for Senate in 2022, said in a statement. “I certainly will not attend an event headlined by Representative Gaetz.” On Sunday, No. 3 House GOP leader Liz Cheney of Wyoming called the accusations against Gaetz “sickening" but didn't suggest he should resign. Gaetz has called for Cheney's defeat after she was among 10 House Republicans to vote for Trump's House impeachment in January. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., last week became the first GOP member of Congress to say Gaetz should surrender his House seat, tweeting, “Matt Gaetz needs to resign.” Kinzinger, a frequent Trump critic, also voted to impeach Trump in January on a charge of inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Gaetz and other Florida Republicans and political allies are being examined as part of a broad public corruption inquiry by federal investigators that began months ago, people familiar with the probe have said. Prosecutors are said to be examining whether Gaetz and Joel Greenberg, a former county tax official, paid underage girls or offered them gifts in exchange for sex. One person said investigators were looking at trips Gaetz and other men took and whether women were paid or received gifts to have sex with them or later received government jobs. It was also revealed in a Florida court last week that Greenberg was working toward a plea deal that might mean he would provide prosecutors with information about the congressman. Greenburg pleaded not guilty to charges including child sex trafficking and fraud. ___ Associated Press writer Holly Ramer contributed to this report from Manchester, N.H. Alan Fram, The Associated Press
Lawyers for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin began their defense Tuesday by calling an expert witness who testified that the force used on George Floyd was “justified.”
US envoy John Kerry will hold talks in Shanghai ahead of a climate summit hosted by President Biden.
VICTORIA — Further COVID-19 restrictions may be on the way for British Columbia, with the premier suggesting changes could come as early as Thursday. Premier John Horgan said Tuesday he expected the provincial cabinet will consider travel restrictions and those talks will also likely examine the status of visitor bookings for hotels, bed and breakfasts and campsites. The premier said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry will provide any update of possible new restrictions Thursday during a briefing where the province's latest COVID-19 modelling data will be presented. "We are in a new phase of the COVID crisis and our approach has been always to be nimble, to be focused on what we can do to keep people safe," Horgan said at a news conference where he announced youth job supports. B.C. imposed restrictions last month that shut down the resort community of Whistler and halted indoor dining at restaurants and pubs across the province in a three-week circuit breaker to slow the spread of COVID-19 variants of concern. Horgan said the B.C. cabinet meets Wednesday and taking more steps to fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is bound to be discussed. "We've not taken anything off the table, but practicality is first and foremost in our mind," said Horgan. "We will use the tools that are available to us if we believe they are effective, but deployment of those tools is a challenge. We haven't taken travel restrictions off the board, quite frankly." He said case counts in Quebec and Ontario are continuing to rise despite widespread closures in Ontario and a curfew in Quebec. Horgan said he was concerned to hear that more than 100 people who recently arrived in B.C. have refused to adhere to federal quarantine rules. He said he and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney spoke earlier this week about issues regarding travel between the provinces and the potential impacts on COVID-19 case counts. "Among those were the concerns we both share, mutually, about people that come back and forth between Alberta and B.C. whether it be on essential travel or non-essential travel and the consequences that's having on case counts in our respective jurisdictions," Horgan said. Last summer, there were reports ranging from verbal arguments to vehicle vandalism against people in Sicamous, Revelstoke and Trail with vehicles with Alberta licence plates. Earlier this year, Horgan ruled out interprovincial travel restrictions, saying a legal review found B.C. doesn't have the power to prevent outsiders from visiting. But Horgan suggested Tuesday the issue could be revisited. "We're listening to advice from public health officials. We're taking that advice," he said. "We're following the science and if Dr. Henry believes that there's an opportunity for us to use some form of border restrictions, we'll look at that." Henry said Monday people should stay in "their immediate neighbourhood as much as possible." Horgan said he is troubled by the recent COVID-19 case counts in B.C. and is looking to Thursday's release of information for a better sense of where the province stands. B.C. reported 873 new cases on Tuesday and two more deaths. There are 377 people in hospital and 116 of those are in intensive care units. More than 1.14 million doses of the three vaccines have been administered. On top of the age-based program, and giving Oxford-AstraZeneca shots to those aged 55 to 65, a parallel worker vaccination program is now focused on hitting high-risk workers in COVID-19 hot spots. "We are adapting our vaccine delivery in step with our supply and will continue to do that moving forward," said Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix in a joint statement. "If needed, we will pivot, pause or shift our delivery to maximize protection to as many people as possible." This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 13, 2021. Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press
MILWAUKEE — With the team facing a COVID-19 scare, Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday night after the right-hander indicated he wasn't feeling well. The Cubs didn't provide specifics about Hendricks' health, saying only the move was made from “an abundance of caution.” Four Cubs were added to the COVID-19 injured list over the last two days. Cubs manager David Ross said before Tuesday's game with the Milwaukee Brewers that none of his players have tested positive for the coronavirus. Infielder Matt Duffy went on the virus-related injured list Tuesday, one day after the Cubs put relievers Brandon Workman, Jason Adam and Dan Winkler on the list. Bullpen coach Chris Young and first base coach Craig Driver have tested positive. “We still do not have any players on the positive COVID list,” Ross said. “I would tell you right now with protocols and being extra cautious, if you have a headache, if you have a runny nose, if you have body aches, if you have just about anything going on that would or could be one of the 10 COVID symptoms, we’re going to err on the side of caution.” Alec Mills replaced Hendricks as the Cubs' starting pitcher Tuesday. Mills threw a no-hitter at Milwaukee in the Cubs' 12-0 victory over the Brewers on Sept. 13 of last season. Ross said Driver was in the three-week waiting period between vaccination doses and that Young already had received both shots when they tested positive. “It’s two weeks after you get the second shot that you’re fully vaccinated,” Ross said. “That would have been Sunday. Chances are (Young) contacted the COVID before Sunday.” Ross said Driver and Young gave him permission to reveal those details. Ross noted both coaches also were diligent about wearing masks. “They don’t want to scare anybody,” Ross said. “They think the fact they’ve had the shot is actually a positive and would recommend everybody to get the shot. CY feels completely fine. I think they think the reason why they feel as good as they do is because they’ve had some version of the shot.” Ross added that “we are taking this seriously” and that “we are trying to get everybody as vaccinated as we possibly can.” The Cubs filled Duffy's spot on the roster by adding infielder Ildemaro Vargas from the organization's alternate site in South Bend, Indiana. Chad Noble, who normally is the Cubs' bullpen catcher, is handling the bullpen coach responsibilities. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Steve Megargee, The Associated Press
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NextPoint Acquisition Corp. (TSX: NAC.U) (TSX: NAC.WT.U) ("NAC") is announcing the restatement of its financial results as of December 31, 2020 and for the period from inception on July 16, 2020 to December 31, 2020. NAC's restated audited annual financial statements have been filed on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval ("SEDAR") and may be viewed by shareholders and interested parties under NAC's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
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Bill Crothers joined the company as a part-time adviser to the board in 2015 while still working as a civil servant.
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Request For Decision (RFD) Four RFDs were reviewed and then passed: · Appointment of Inspectors under the Agricultural Pests Act: As per the Agricultural Pests Act and Weed Control Act, the local authority is required to appoint inspectors to carry out, monitor, and enforce the aforementioned Acts and associated regulations. Big Lakes County has qualified people for weed and pest inspection within their organization, and they will assist with inspections in our area. Council passed a motion to appoint the inspectors from Big Lakes County and Clint Baker from Swan Hills. · The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) Spring Municipal Leaders Caucus: This year's AUMA Spring Municipal Leaders Caucus will be held virtually from Apr. 14 to 16. There is a $50 fee to attend, but attendance is not required. Any Councillors that want to go can contact the CAO. Council passed a motion to accept this notice as information. · Deputy Director of Emergency Management Appointment: This appointment fulfills the Town's Emergency Management Bylaw requirement. Council passed a motion to appoint John Gibbins as the Deputy Director of Emergency Management for the Town of Swan Hills. · Bylaw 2021-03 Emergency Management Bylaw: The proposed Bylaw 2021-03 covers the Emergency Management Act and the Local Authority Emergency Management Regulation requirements and will replace Bylaw 2012-07. Council gave Bylaw 2021-03 three readings and then passed a motion to adopt it. CAO Report · The Safety Codes yearly self-audit has been completed and submitted. The Town has recently received word that everything is satisfactory. · The fireguard project continues, although progress has slowed due to the warmer weather conditions. · Sea Hawk Consulting will be holding an Emergency Management training/information session on April 19 – 20 for those involved in the Town's emergency management system. · The work continues on reviewing and upgrading the Town's emergency management system. · Working on the final budget and taxation requirements, hoping to have it completed by the next council meeting. · Dr. Hinshaw will give a vaccine update on (Mar. 26). · CAO Bill Lewis and Councilors Elizabeth Krawiec and Carol Webster met with the company working on the new Town website to review a couple of designs. Operations and Infrastructure · There has been high debris loading in the sewage lift station over the last three weeks, which has led to the system plugging off multiple times. Much of the team's labour has been focused on unplugging the system; they will continue to work through this issue until it has been resolved. · Blue Ridge Lumber has donated a load of wood for the town to use for firewood at the campgrounds. · There is a temporary PH control system installed at the WTP until the new build arrives. They anticipate having this repair completed by the second week of April. · The roof heater at the Community College has been repaired. · The Supervisory position has been filled with a local resident who will begin on Monday, Mar. 22. Reports · Councillor Terry Kuyek reported on the Swan Hills School Council meeting from Mar. 17. Willow Feduniak received a Citizenship Award. Vista Virtual is offering summer school programs. Transportation (school busing) has been costing $50,000 to $70,000 a year. The Swan Hills school bus will be downsized from a 66 passenger bus to a 58 passenger bus to help recover costs, and busing fees will be raised to $415 a year. If the bus utilization rate falls below 35%, the bus will be cancelled. If the busing program were not subsidized, the transportation fees would be $800 per student. The Pembina Hills School Division board is advocating for school buses to be able to drive at the posted speed limits on highways instead of being restricted to a maximum of 90 km/hr. There has been a development in Manitoba where the 37 school boards have been dissolved, with their trustee duties being moved to local school councils. This move is supposed to save $40 million a year. A candidate from Swan Hills is still being sought for the upcoming School Board Trustee election. · Councillor Jeff Goebel reported that Mar. 30 is Doctor Appreciation Day, and May 12 is Nurses Day. Usually, this is celebrated with a luncheon, but that won't be possible at this time because of COVID-19. The current plan is to possibly push this to September to coincide with World Pharmacist Day, hoping that conditions concerning the public health restrictions may be more favourable. · Councillor Daryn Watson reported on the Community Matters meeting. They discussed a "take it or leave it" concept for the landfill, looking for a shelter for the outdoor skating rink, fencing off parts of Main Street to hide some of the more unsightly areas, and having garbage bins at the trailheads for the walking trails. · Councillor Elizabeth Krawiec reported on an EDC working group meeting where they discussed who will take video training. · Councillor Carol Webster reported that after Wild Alberta (WA) had conducted a few online meetings with tourism industry members, WA discussed becoming a stand-alone DMO (Destination Marketing Organization). This may include restructuring to a 12 member board comprised of 6 industry partners and 6 municipal elected officials. -GROWTH is moving ahead with its restructuring efforts. They have received a $20,000 grant from Travel Alberta, which will be used in setting up Wild AB. -Community Futures Yellowhead East (CFYE) has lent out all of their RRRF funds, comprising of just over $2 million dispersed to over 30 businesses. The program ends on Mar. 31. CFYE has been contacted by municipalities and clients in the region looking for a regional resiliency initiative that can be partnered with the municipalities; they will be investing $50,000 (with the option of increasing to $100,000) in this endeavour. -Councillor Webster attended the Alberta Connectivity Seminar. There were presentations on the Supernet. They discussed current and upcoming satellite internet providers, which may be how much of rural Canada will be able to access high-speed internet. -There was an Alberta Distance Learning Centre (ADLC) meeting today regarding the centre's closing. Without warning, the ADLC had received a letter from the Government of Alberta that their funding would be cut from $15.8 million to $14 million in 2021 and then down to $7 million in 2022. Pembina Hills decided that they would not be able to operate with a $7 million budget, so the government decided to close the ADLC. There were numerous attempts to reverse this decision. Pembina Hills is receiving calls from schools across the province about what they will do because the ADLC provides distance learning to students all over the province. Committee Appointments Council made the following Committee Appointments: Kerra VonSaldern to the Community Matters Committee for a 3-year term and to appoint Carmelle Seabrook to the Economic Development Committee for a 3-year term. Dean LaBerge, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grizzly Gazette
NBA Fearless Forecast Weekly Rank: 85
Formula One officials are appealing to various levels of government to invest $6 million to bring the Canadian Grand Prix back to Montreal in June but it's unclear how Ottawa will respond. The race was first postponed and then nixed last year, and now F1 needs the money to offset the costs of presenting the event this year without spectators on site. The race usually attracts thousands of tourists from around the world, but with the third wave of COVID-19 picking up steam, bringing all those people together in one place to watch cars zip around the Gilles-Villeneuve track is out of the question. F1 officials are also asking to bypass the mandatory 14-day quarantine for the hundreds of staff, crew members and drivers. They would instead rely on private medical staff to keep COVID from spreading among the personnel. Radio-Canada has learned that Quebec public health would be ready to authorize the holding of the Grand Prix without spectators if certain measures are applied. For now, the event is scheduled for June 13, but it is still up to upper levels of government to approve and fund it. Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante has made it clear that the city can't invest. Premier François Legault said "nothing is settled" on Tuesday. "We are told that because there will be no spectators, there should be compensation from the government, when we have already given a lot," he said. If it weren't for the concern over the 2022-2029 agreement with F1, Legault said, "I don't see why we need this — the Grand Prix — here this year." Legault said the Grand Prix is an important event with real economic benefits "because it is money that comes from abroad and is spent here in Quebec." He said the event is the subject of discussion at the moment. Trudeau not committing just yet Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remained vague on the subject. "I know that talks are underway right now, but at every stage, our priority is the health of Canadians. And that is the basis on which we will make the decisions," said Trudeau. Even if there are no spectators, the health concern is that hundreds of F1 staff will arrive on scene, most flying in from Baku, Azerbaijan, where a race is scheduled the weekend before. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal has other uses when high-performance race cars aren't roaring around the track.(Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press) Quebec Public Health Director Dr. Horacio Arruda said on Tuesday it could be possible to hold the event safely but there is much to discuss beforehand. He said the study of ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is underway. "There is a way to hold it in terms of public health with well-thought-out protocols," he said. "As for the importation of the virus by people who come from outside without quarantines, these are discussions that are taking place between Quebec and Canada." F1 says it can be done safely F1's top brass has made it clear that holding events without spectators isn't financially feasible as the organization relies on ticket sales. On March 27, F1 group president Stefano Domenicali challenged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office on the issue of mandatory quarantine for travellers flying into the country. In a letter that Radio-Canada has obtained a copy of, the F1 boss outlines the measures put in place to prevent outbreaks of COVID-19 throughout the season. In 2020, 78,000 PCR tests were carried out and only 78 tested positive. The F1 president says that is a rate of 0.1 per cent. If Montreal loses the annual event, F1 has already picked Istanbul, Turkey, to host it in the future instead.
Mothers really are the heart of the family, and matriarch Lucky Emory proved that and then some in the Season 1 finale for THEM. First, she had to escape the asylum. And that’s just what Lucky did when she made quick work of the evil lady doctor who wanted to lobotomize her and the orderly who […]
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A court in Houston has authorized an FBI operation to "copy and remove" backdoors from hundreds of Microsoft Exchange email servers in the United States, months after hackers used four previously undiscovered vulnerabilities to attack thousands of networks. The Justice Department announced the operation on Tuesday, which it described as "successful." It's believed this is the first known case of the FBI effectively cleaning up private networks following a cyberattack.