Rep. Jake Auchincloss, D-Mass., on Democrats reigniting the court-packing debate.
Rep. Jake Auchincloss, D-Mass., on Democrats reigniting the court-packing debate.
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MORRISON, Colo. (AP) — Frustrated by an increase in dangerous street racing amid the pandemic, Denver police have deployed the department's helicopter to track races, closed lanes in areas often used by racers and sent officers to places where the groups meet. But law enforcement also has shifted gears to tackle the problem by using a racetrack in the foothills west of the city to provide a safe venue for those who feel the need for speed. The Colorado State Patrol has teamed with Bandimere Speedway to lure racers from public areas to a more controlled environment, even allowing participants to race a trooper driving a patrol car. On a recent day, dozens of drivers lined up to race at the speedway, revving their engines and squealing their tires before hurtling down the quarter-mile track. Most drove highly tuned vehicles, but there was the occasional stock SUV or pickup. “This is a great alternative to street racing. You can bring out whatever you have, be it a supercar or mom's minivan, grandpa's Buick. We want to see them all out here. ... And you can race a cop, and do so legally,” said State Trooper Josh Lewis, who beat a Toyota SUV in his first race last week by topping out at nearly 89 mph (143 kph). The Colorado State Patrol has been involved in the “Take it to the Track” event for more than a decade, but its goals have gained new importance and urgency after two recent high-profile street racing incidents in the area. On April 3, police say a mother of two who was delivering food was killed when a street racer broadsided her car with his SUV in the heart of downtown Denver. About a month earlier, hundreds of street racers clogged a stretch of interstate in suburban Aurora, some allegedly blocking the shoulders to keep officers away. Police warned other motorists to avoid the gridlock after reports of guns being waved and fireworks being set off. Lewis said the “Take it to the Track” program's impact on illegal racing is hard to quantify, but it provides important community outreach nevertheless. “We don't necessarily know about data to be able to back it up, but every time we're out here, we always get folks who come up to us and tell us how much they enjoy the program, how great it is, how much fun it is,” he said. The event takes place every Wednesday throughout the summer. Ray Propes, 58, of Windsor, said he started street racing as a teen and found himself doing it “every time I got in a car, it seemed like.” “I turned 16, it wasn't six months before I lost my license,” he said. “I was racing everything and anyone and all the time.” He has since traded in those days for the track, in part because the conditions are more predictable and “you don't get the tickets that you get on the street.” “The prepped track. The traction is there. Straight line. You don't have to worry about accidents, animals, kids, birds, anything,” he said. Tyler Truini, 28, of Colorado Springs, left work early one day last week to “just play around on the track” at Bandimere Speedway. He said he steers clear of illegal racing because his 2019 Dodge Charger Hellcat is too fast for the street. “A lot of my friends that I hang out with, we always talk about just coming to the track because it's a lot easier, and it's better for the car and better for everyone else's safety,” he said. Thomas Peipert, The Associated Press
TORONTO, May 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Enactus Canada today announced it is partnering with Shaw Business as the presenting sponsor of its Executive Forum and title sponsor of the Shaw Business Youth Entrepreneurship Project Accelerator — two programs designed to inspire university students from across Canada to become this country’s next generation of entrepreneurs, while helping drive positive social change in our communities. “Enactus Canada is excited to begin working with Shaw Business this year to work with and inspire these students to follow their passion,” said Nicole Almond, Enactus Canada President. “Not only is Shaw a leading technology and telecommunications provider, but they provide a shining example of the way organizations can lend their expertise and resources to give back to the people and communities they serve. We are thrilled to have their leadership, insights and passion for business as part of our community.” A division of Shaw Communications Inc., Shaw Business provides high-speed internet and connectivity solutions to businesses of all sizes along with the trusted advice to help their customers grow. Through this new partnership, Shaw Business will help support young Canadians by giving them experiences and skills necessary to help Canada continue to build a world-leading innovation economy. “Life after university can often feel overwhelming for students as they enter the workforce and start their careers, and the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has made this transition even more difficult,” said Katherine Emberly, President, Business, Shaw Communications. “Through our partnership with Enactus, we are excited to empower youth and equip them with the skills and experiences to help them overcome these challenges and be the leaders and job-builders of tomorrow.” Taking place May 20, 2021, the Executive Forum proudly presented by Shaw Business will bring together some of Canada's top business leaders with academic professionals and Enactus students and alumni to discuss key socioeconomic topics facing new entrepreneurs entering the workforce. These discussions will engage students in conversation focused on how economic disruptions, like COVID-19, can actually create new opportunities for young entrepreneurs. Launching this Fall, the Shaw Business Youth Entrepreneurship Project Accelerator will provide Enactus teams with the opportunity to develop projects that provide solutions to economic, social and environmental challenges facing their community. These teams are then given the opportunity to pitch their project to a group of business leaders to receive funding for their solutions — giving students real-world project development experience that will help them as they begin growing their careers. For more information on the Enactus Executive Forum presented by Shaw, please visit https://nationals.enactus.ca/. ABOUT ENACTUS CANADA: Enactus Canada, a national charity and the country’s largest post-secondary experiential learning platform, is shaping entrepreneurial leaders who are passionate about advancing the economic, social and environmental health of Canada. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, more than 3,000 post-secondary students led 275 community empowerment projects and business ventures last year in communities coast to coast, directly impacting over 39,000 lives. As a global network of 35 countries, Enactus uses the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. For more information, visit enactus.ca. ABOUT SHAW COMMUNICATIONS:Shaw Communications Inc. is a leading Canadian connectivity company. The Wireline division consists of Consumer and Business services. Consumer serves residential customers with broadband Internet, Shaw Go WiFi, video and digital phone. Business provides business customers with Internet, data, WiFi, digital phone and video services. The Wireless division provides wireless voice and LTE data services. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX - SJR.B, SJR.PR.A, SJR.PR.B, NYSE – SJR, and TSXV – SJR.A). For more information, please visit www.shaw.ca Media inquiries: Gaston CalzatoManager, Marketing & Communications Enactus Canadagaston@enactus.ca(647) 867-6357 Chethan LakshmanVP, External Affairs Shaw Communications Inc.Chethan.email@example.com(403) 930-8448
Dion Marketing President, Julie Dion, Joins FedEx Office Vice President of Sales on Webinar about Building an Effective Marketing Communications Strategy Julie Dion, President of Dion Marketing Company Jacksonville, FL, May 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Jacksonville marketing industry veteran Julie Dion, president of Dion Marketing Company, will lend her expertise during a webinar hosted by Marketing Dive. Titled ‘Building an Effective Marketing Communications Strategy,’ Dion will discuss key tactics for instilling consumer confidence and what media mix is the most effective for communicating informational and promotional messages to potential guests and customers. As the United States begins its post-pandemic recovery, vaccines are being widely distributed, governments are relaxing restrictions and businesses are reopening. But there is still uncertainty around what this “new normal” looks like for consumers as they are visiting more businesses in-person. Specializing in the attractions industry with clients across the country, Dion says, “Marketing messages vary depending on what part of the country a business is in. For clients in California, we are working on reopening messages and safety protocols, while in Florida and Texas, we are able to focus more on promotions and creative campaigns geared towards the reasons why consumers are attracted to the brand in the first place.” Her insights are derived from Dion Marketing’s most recent client experience with some attractions reopening in the summer of 2020 while others remain closed and are preparing to reopen. Her company has worked with dozens of large and small family entertainment centers, waterparks, seasonal attractions, and destination icons in tourist markets throughout the United States. Dion Marketing has not only has made a national presence in the attractions industry. This boutique firm provides global nonprofit Operation Smile with public relations and social media services. Dion Marketing focuses on creating rich content and securing positive news stories for this non-government organization (NGO) who has helped over 300,000 children receive safe surgery across the world and is committed to providing patients with renewed hope and health that lasts through free cleft surgery and comprehensive care. Joining Julie on the webinar is Aimee DiCicco, Vice President of Sales at FedEx Office. Dion and DiCicco will also discuss ways for marketers to communicate effectively for building trust with brands, alleviate uncertainty, and make potential customers and guests feel safe to shop, dine, recreate or visit stores. The webinar is taking place on Tuesday, May 18 at 2 p.m. EST and is free to sign up for on Marketing Dive’s website here: http://bit.ly/BuildingAnEffectiveMarketingStrategy. Marketing Dive is a digital publication providing in-depth journalism about news and trends shaping the marketing industry to over 35,000 web visitors monthly. About Dion Marketing Dion Marketing is a full-service advertising agency offering a variety of marketing and advertising services, public relations and design. Woman-owned and operated, the company’s vision is to provide focused and targeted marketing efforts, which will produce measurable, positive results while being cost-effective and most efficient in spending. ### Attachment Julie Dion CONTACT: Beverly Driskill Dion Marketing Company Inc 9042499784 firstname.lastname@example.org
Naturally Slim® (NS), the leading digital behavioral change program, today announces its rebrand to Wondr Health™—leveraging over a decade of expertise in the employer digital health space with a more inclusive and engaging brand, designed to improve the physical and emotional health for all.
A severed pig’s head was left at the former home of an expert witness at the trial of Derek Chauvin, police said.
Shares of Chinese electric-vehicle maker NIO (NYSE: NIO) were trading lower on Thursday, after a Wall Street analyst said that the ongoing global shortage of semiconductors will continue to hold NIO's production down for a while longer. As of 1:30 p.m. EDT, NIO's American depositary shares were down about 7.5% from Wednesday's closing price. Citibank analyst Jeff Chung, who recently hosted a call with NIO management, wrote on Thursday that the chip shortage has remained "the key constraint" for NIO's production in May. NIO, along with Ford Motor Company, BMW, and Honda Motor, has suffered from the effects of a February fire at Japanese chipmaker Renesas, which has reduced some auto suppliers' access to chips even further for the time being.
TORONTO — Brookfield Asset Management Inc. reported a profit in its latest quarter compared with a loss a year ago as its funds from operations hit a record high. The asset manager, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, reported net income attributable to common shareholders of US$1.24 billion or 77 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31. The profit compared with a loss attributable to common shareholders of US$293 million or 20 cents per share in the same quarter last year. Revenue totalled US$16.41billion, down from $16.59 billion in the first three months of 2020. Funds from operations were a record US$2.82 billion or US$1.80 per share, up from US$884 million or 55 cents per share a year ago. Brookfield says it realized $6.4 billion in disposition gains in the quarter, split $1.8 billion for Brookfield and $4.6 billion for its clients. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 13, 2021. Companies in this story: (TSX:BAM.A) The Canadian Press
Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - May 13, 2021) - First Vanadium Corp. (TSXV: FVAN) (OTCQX: FVANF) (FSE: 1PY) ("First Vanadium" or the "Company") announces that further to its April 15, 2021 and May 6, 2021, news releases, it has now completed the second and final tranche (the "Second Tranche") of its non-brokered private placement (the "Offering"). Under the Second Tranche, the Company has issued 1,346,000 units for gross proceeds of $538,400. No finder's ...
Diversio is being recognized in three categories of Fast Company's 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards. As a finalist in the AI and Data category, Diversio is recognized for its work harnessing the power of data and artificial intelligence to understand the world and empower change.
Horton famously refused to stand on the podium alongside Sun at the 2019 world championships, reigniting a row from the 2016 Rio Olympics where he labelled the Chinese star a "drug cheat" after beating him to the gold medal.
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nVent Electric plc (NYSE:NVT) ("nVent"), a global leader in electrical connection and protection solutions, today announced the nVent Thermal Management Houston team earned the Dow Diamond Award—the highest possible honor—at the fifth Annual Dow Safety Excellence Awards ceremony. Additionally, nVent earned "best in class" in the technical group for the third consecutive year.
What began as a tribute to a well-known elder at the Sherbrooke Community Centre has snowballed into an initiative that will see a field of flowers bloom around the care home. This spring, nurse Susan Dyck began handing out tiny cups of soil to the residents on her floor. Anyone who wanted to could plant a sunflower, which would then be transplanted outside around the building. Word of the project quickly spread. It was named The Sunshine Project. "As I started talking about it with the other elders on the floor, it just kind of seemed like it was a natural progression to just plant more," said Dyck. "Then I thought, if our floor could do it, why not have everybody in the building join in?" The project was started in memory of Jodi Grant, a well-known resident of Sherbrooke and a cornerstone of the IGen program, which pairs people living in the centre with elementary school students. "She was also known as Dr. Sunshine," she said. "She gravitated toward the sun and I kind of saw her a sunflower herself. And so kind of told her that we would plant out sunflowers for her and she would be the original sunflower." Dycksaid sunflowers are a perfect plant for the project. They're large enough for residents to easily see outside their windows and hearty enough that the plants are likely to survive. She said she's become notorious at local seed shops, instantly clearing them out of their supply of sunflower seeds. Nurse Susan Dyck preparing sunflower seedlings with a resident of Sherbrooke Community Centre.(Eric Anderson) The program has been a welcome distraction during COVID-19, when many residents were restricted in their movement outside the building. "People really came together and everybody was kind of pulling in the same direction," she said. "These sunflowers are very representative of looking for brighter times and being hopeful and bold and bright." People in Saskatoon should be able to see the project's end result when the flowers bloom later this year.
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(Bloomberg) -- Binance Holdings Ltd. is under investigation by the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service, ensnaring the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange in U.S. efforts to root out illicit activity that’s thrived in the red-hot but mostly unregulated market.As part of the inquiry, officials who probe money laundering and tax offenses have sought information from individuals with insight into Binance’s business, according to people with knowledge of the matter who asked not to be named because the probe is confidential. Led by Changpeng Zhao, a charismatic tech executive who relishes promoting tokens on Twitter and in media interviews, Binance has leap-frogged rivals since he co-founded it in 2017.The firm, like the industry it operates in, has succeeded largely outside the scope of government oversight. Binance is incorporated in the Cayman Islands and has an office in Singapore but says it lacks a single corporate headquarters. Chainalysis Inc., a blockchain forensics firm whose clients include U.S. federal agencies, concluded last year that among transactions that it examined, more funds tied to criminal activity flowed through Binance than any other crypto exchange.“We take our legal obligations very seriously and engage with regulators and law enforcement in a collaborative fashion,” Binance spokeswoman Jessica Jung said in an emailed statement, while adding that the company doesn’t comment on specific matters or inquiries. “We have worked hard to build a robust compliance program that incorporates anti-money laundering principles and tools used by financial institutions to detect and address suspicious activity.”Spokespeople for the Justice Department and IRS declined to comment.U.S. ConcernsU.S. officials have expressed concerns that cryptocurrencies are being used to conceal illegal transactions, including theft and drug deals, and that Americans who’ve made windfalls betting on the market’s meteoric rise are evading taxes. Such worries have been a hindrance to the industry going mainstream, even as Wall Street increasingly embraces Bitcoin and other tokens amid a global investing frenzy.Read More: How Bitcoin Is Edging Toward Financial MainstreamThis month’s cyber-attack against Colonial Pipeline Co. that’s triggered fuel shortages across the Eastern U.S. is the latest sign of what’s at stake. Colonial paid Eastern European hackers a nearly $5 million ransom in untraceable cryptocurrency within hours of the breach, Bloomberg News reported Thursday, citing two people familiar with the matter.Bitcoin losses accelerated Thursday after Bloomberg reported the investigation into Binance. While the Justice Department and IRS probe potential criminal violations, the specifics of what the agencies are examining couldn’t be determined, and not all inquiries lead to allegations of wrongdoing.The officials involved include prosecutors within the Justice Department’s bank integrity unit, which probes complex cases targeting financial firms, and investigators from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle. The scrutiny by IRS agents goes back months, with their questions signaling that they’re reviewing both the conduct of Binance’s customers and its employees, another person said.The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission has also been investigating Binance over whether it permitted Americans to make illegal trades, Bloomberg reported in March. In that case, authorities have been examining whether Binance let investors buy derivatives that are linked to digital tokens. U.S. residents are barred from purchasing such products unless the firms offering them are registered with the CFTC.Analyzing TransactionsZhao has said Binance closely follows U.S. rules, blocks Americans from its website, and uses advanced technology to analyze transactions for signs of money laundering and other illicit activity. Last year, the firm warned that U.S. residents would have their accounts frozen if they were found to be trading, crypto trade publications have reported.The inquiries follow a Chainalysis report on criminal transactions involving digital tokens. The firm tracked Bitcoin worth $2.8 billion that it suspects crooks moved on to trading platforms in 2019. Chainalysis determined that roughly 27%, or $756 million, wound up on Binance. Binance responded by saying it adheres to all anti-money laundering regulations in the jurisdictions in which it operates and works with partners like Chainalysis to improve its systems.In the U.S., authorities have been cracking down on exchanges for flouting laws that are meant to prevent financial crimes, with officials citing the platforms use by terrorists and hackers. Tax violations have also been a priority, with the government recently winning a court order as it seeks to unmask U.S. clients of Kraken, a San Francisco-based exchange.Read More: Crypto’s Anonymity Has Regulators Circling After Colonial HackIn October, federal prosecutors in Manhattan announced charges against the founders of Seychelles-based BitMEX, accusing them of violating the Bank Secrecy Act by permitting thousands of U.S. customers to trade while publicly claiming to restrict their access. The claims included failing to register as a futures merchant with the CFTC and not having adequate anti-money laundering controls. Three of the BitMex officials pleaded not guilty and a trial has been scheduled for March 2022. One remains at large.Washington PresenceWith the U.S. circling, Binance has stepped up its presence in Washington and retained a former Treasury Department official and top white-collar defense lawyers to represent it in legal cases and matters being reviewed by regulators. In March, the firm tapped former U.S. Senator Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, to advise it on policy and government relations.Read More: Crypto Lobby Forms to Shake Reputation as Criminals’ CurrencyIn September 2019, Binance partnered with a firm called BAM Trading Services Inc., which launched Binance.US to cater to American clients. Brian Brooks, who was a top banking regulator when he led the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency during the Trump administration, became chief executive officer of Binance.US this month.Amid the hiring blitz, the company has popped up in U.S. cases tied to criminal activity. In February, two Florida men were charged with running an online fentanyl trafficking operation, with one of them accused of depositing the proceeds in a Binance account. That same month, the Justice Department sought the forfeiture of cryptocurrency worth $450,000 traced from ransomware attacks that hit several U.S. companies to a Binance account held by a 20-year-old Ukrainian national. The government didn’t accuse Binance of wrongdoing in either enforcement action.Disguising LocationsAlong with the CFTC, the Justice Department is likely to examine steps that Binance has taken to keep U.S. residents off its exchange. One person familiar with Binance’s operations said that prior to the establishment of Binance.US, Americans were advised to use a virtual proxy network, or VPN, to disguise their locations when seeking to access the exchange.Jung, the Binance spokeswoman, said the exchange has never encouraged U.S. residents to use VPNs to get around its rules, as doing so would be something “that has always been contrary to our company’s principles.” In January, Zhao tweeted that Binance’s security systems block Americans even if they try to connect through one of the networks.“We have implemented strong access controls that have been tested via external audit and are under continuous review and evaluation by Binance to ensure that the appropriate restrictions are in place and are effective,” Jung said.(Updates with Bitcoin falling in eighth paragraph.)For 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.
Vice-chancellors have rejected Government plans for a radical overhaul of the university admissions system, saying it would be “unworkable, unmanageable and unacceptable”. Pushing back the start of the academic year so that students can apply to university following A-level results day should be “ruled out” as an option, according to Universities UK (UUK). Their intervention comes as ministers draw up plans to bring in a “post-qualifications” admissions system, which could see students apply to university and receive offers after receiving their A-level grades. The Government is proposing two main options for reform. The first and more radical change would be to a “post-qualifications applications” model which would potentially involve moving A-levels to earlier in the year and delaying the start of the university year to either November or January. Under this system, students would both make applications and receive offers after results day. The second option is the “post-qualifications offer” approach where students apply to university prior to receiving their A-level grades, as is the case now, but offers are not handed out until after results day. On Thursday vice-Chancellors firmly rejected the first model, saying it would be worse than the current system. University leaders told ministers that it would be “unworkable”, adding: “UUK firmly believes it would represent an unmanageable overhaul to secondary education timetabling, exam sitting and exam marking, and possibly result in later starts for higher education courses.” They said that the six-week time frame between A-level results day and university term starting would be an “unacceptably small window for universities and students to undertake fundamental components of the admissions process”. In their response to the Department for Education’s (DfE) consultation, UUK said that the second model was “preferable” to the first but still requires some “fundamental adjustments” in order to work. If this option was pursued, admissions tutors would still need to be given information about students’ academic record ahead of results day so they can schedule interviews in advance, they said. Universities should also be allowed to reject students ahead of results day, if they felt it was in their best interest. Meanwhile, headteachers backed plans to reform the admissions system, saying university offers have “become something of a pantomime” in recent years. The Association of School and College Leaders said that under the current system, some universities insist that students get high A-level results but in reality accept them with far lower grades which makes it difficult for students and teachers to know what is actually required. Officials at the DfE believe that moving to a post-qualifications application model would benefit disadvantaged students and those from black and minority ethnic groups, as research shows they tend to receive lower predicted A-level grades than they go on to achieve. It would remove the problem of institutions handing out unconditional offers which can lead to students slacking with their school work since they have a university place guaranteed. Moving to a post-qualifications application model would also solve the issue of unreliable predicted grades, where universities complain that teachers make unrealistic forecasts about what students are capable of achieving. Prof Quintin McKellar, vice-Chancellor of Hertfordshire University chair of UUK’s fair admissions review, said: “We believe the government is heading in the right direction in its consultation, but we need to get the detail right so we can truly improve fairness and transparency for students. “Everyone involved in the education system – teachers, students, universities, colleges, and schools – should work together with the UK government to carefully take forward admissions reform.”