Top assists from Toronto Raptors vs. Atlanta Hawks, 04/13/2021
Top assists from Toronto Raptors vs. Atlanta Hawks, 04/13/2021
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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The face of a new Chile began taking shape this weekend as the South American country was electing 155 people to draft a constitution to replace one that has governed it since being imposed during a military dictatorship. Nearly 80% of voters in a plebiscite last year chose to draft a new charter for the nation following a year of protests, though there is much less consistent agreement over what it should contain. Activist groups have mobilized in hopes of enshrining equality for women, protections for the environment, for Indigenous people, for or against the right to abortion. Conservatives hope to maintain a dominant private sector and rules making it hard to pass major reforms in the legislature. Their ability to get any strong clauses may be limited, though: Two-thirds agreement is required, so any bloc that can muster a third of the votes in the constitutional convention can block any clause. The governing center-right coalition and other conservative parties are running a single slate in the two-day voting, while the left and center-left are divided among several tickets. “This is one of the most important elections in our history,” said President Sebastián Piñera as he cast a vote Saturday. The document that emerges from the wrangling will go to a public vote in mid-2022. If rejected, the current constitution will remain in force. The makeup of the body reflects a wave of revulsion against the current political system that was obvious during unrest that spread across the nation in late 2019, with a grab-bag of protests against increased taxi fares, inadequate pensions and health care, poor schools and general inequality in one of Latin America's richest nations. Members of congress are barred from the convention and by law half of the body must consist of women — the first time any constitution has been drafted in conditions of gender parity, according to the United Nations. “I don’t believe in the current politicians. ...It’s the hour for us, for all who have been fighting for a most just country, to be part of the change,” said candidate Natalia Aravena, a 26-year-old nurse who lost an eye during the the recent wave of protests. Seventeen seats are reserved for Indigenous peoples, who are not mentioned in the existing constitution. The left, especially, has long detested Chile's current constitution, which was written and imposed under the 1973-1990 military dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. That document, which created a strong presidency and guarantees protections for private property, has guided the nation through a period of overall prosperity but also of intense inequality. It also gives broad powers to security forces that civil libertarians see as excessive. The old constitution was amended over the years, notably with the 2005 repeal of an article that had allowed appointed senators and senators for life in Congress. The vote originally was scheduled for April, but was delayed by an upsurge of COVID-19 cases. Overall, Chile has been among the countries most successful at vaccinating its population, with nearly 60% of Chileans getting at least one dose, though most of the country's districts remain under some sort of pandemic restrictions. The election will also decide mayoral and gubernatorial posts across the country. Eva Vergara And Patricia Luna, The Associated Press
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Hollie McNish: ‘I have to psych myself up to share’The prize-winning poet on her bond with her giggly late gran, embracing blush-making subject matter and why reading poetry is key to writing Hollie McNish photographed near her home in Cambridge. Photograph: Suki Dhanda/The Observer
Crocs of gold: celebrity fans fuel frenzy to buy used ‘ugly clogs’ Fashion trend sees the plastic shoes dominating the resale market traditionally ruled by trainers Black Lives Matter activists in Columbus, Ohio, wear Crocs in solidarity with Ma’Khia Bryant who was shot and killed while wearing Croc shoes Photograph: Stephen Zenner/SOPA Images/REX/Shutterstock
Manchester City play beautiful football but it masks the ugliness of their ownersBeing backed by an oppressive regime takes the gloss off the Premier League champions Manchester City fans celebrate at the Etihad Stadium, after the team were crowned Premier League champions following Manchester United’s defeat by Leicester, on 11 May. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian
Chipotle released its first-quarter earnings in late April, and investors were pleased. Earnings per share came in at $5.36 versus the $4.89 Wall Street expected. Chipotle also recorded a net income of $127.1 million, or $4.45 per share.
As the first major crypto exchange to go public, Coinbase recently published its first quarterly earnings report. There was never any doubt about its popularity, but the report shows just how big Coinbase is, and its explosive growth in 2021. To give an idea of just how successful Coinbase was: It added 13 million verified users in the first quarter of 2021.
Christine Leduc says it's an exciting time to be a woman in forestry. Leduc, 32, is a woodlands operations supervisor at EACOM’s Timmins sawmill. She was recently appointed vice-president of Forests Ontario, a non-profit that Leduc describes as a “really great” organization. “It’s a cool position, to be VP. They have such wonderful programs, extensive tree plant programs and awareness initiatives. I think it’s a good compliment to the work I’m doing in EACOM,” she says. In addition to her job at EACOM, she’s also the company’s Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) lead. Leduc moved to Timmins from Montreal in February 2021. It was a big move and Leduc says she is planning to take advantage of living in the north during the pandemic. If she had been living in an urban setting, she wouldn’t have as many opportunities to be close to nature now, Leduc says. Being in the forest rain or shine, smelling the fresh-cut wood and seeing the forest at different stages of renewal is also helpful, especially in the pandemic. “We have a different reality in Timmins that someone living in a condo in Toronto,” she says. “Just taking advantage of some of the activities we’re not used to doing like going out on walks or snowshoeing or boating. Activities that are really helpful for you in a pandemic.” Before joining EACOM, Leduc worked at the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and at the Ontario Forest Industries Association. It's an exciting time to be a woman in forestry, Leduc says acknowledging the challenges the pioneer women in Ontario forestry had to overcome in a male-dominated field. “But today we see women represented in all departments at EACOM and holding leadership positions for first times,” she says. “For me, as a young female professional in a sector to have female leaders as an example is really motivating.” Leduc says throughout her life she pursued things that “stirred” her heart and mind, without having any expectations. “You have to make decisions for yourself and right now I want to be close to the forest and learn more,” she says. Recently, she planted her first tree, a jack pine, in the Pineland Forest. The experience of putting the first tree in the ground, knowing many more are yet to come, was a memorable moment that she will remember for a long time, she says. “I remember where I planted that tree. I’m 32 now, I’ll keep an eye out on it, see how it’s doing,” Leduc says. “That first tree is a really special one, that you take extra care of. I hope those trees do very well.” Leduc has been involved with many forestry organizations and programs. Since 2015, she has been a member of the Women in Wood network, where women support and encourage each other. In her role as a mentor with the Project Learning Tree (PLT) Canada’s Green Mentor program, Leduc shares her knowledge and helps people entering the forest sector. She also enjoys spending time after work connecting with students or people beginning their careers. “You can give your time in a formal mentoring program but you can also spend time at university networking sessions or having follow-ups one-on-one,” she says adding how it’s challenging for recent graduates to get an internship or a first job during the pandemic. “Recently, that’s been more of a focus and I do schedule quite a bit of those.” Leduc, who was born in Val-d’Or and raised in Ottawa, says she loved going fishing with her father and she was always doing outdoor activities like biking, canoeing and camping. Her interest in the outdoors developed from a young age but it wasn’t until she started taking some forestry classes in university that she fell in love with this field. During her post-secondary studies, she visited Malaysia and Ecuador where she saw first-hand the tropic deforestation and land conversion. That gave her confidence to pursue a career in Canadian forestry and made her realize the stark contrast in forest management between Canada and other countries. Leduc says she wishes people were more aware of how forests are managed and she wants youth to know there are careers available in forestry. In addition to forestry, Leduc is also passionate about diversity and inclusion, gender equality and encouraging and supporting youth. She says she approaches all of these issues from a forestry perspective because that’s how she feels she can contribute. Six years ago, Leduc received the Canadian Institute of Forestry’s Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry and the Fernow Award from the Ontario Professional Foresters Association. In October 2020, she also made it into the Canadian Forest Industries Top 10 Under 40 that recognized the achievements of forest industry workers. As she grew up in a French household, her ability to speak both languages comes in handy in her work as many company partners in the forest speak French. “That ability to be out in the bush and then the operator comes out of the machine and starts talking in French, you have to be able to communicate. It’s definitely an asset,” she says. Leduc says she has a lot of ambitions and still a lot to achieve so her most proud moments are still to come. She says there’s no growth in life without being uncomfortable. “You don’t grow if you’re not uncomfortable. Even if the experiences scare you … you have to go for it,” she says. “That’s when you’re going to get the most growth is when you have the moments that make you nervous or make you uncomfortable.” Dariya Baiguzhiyeva, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, TimminsToday.com
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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create stress and anxiety for many Canadians, particularly those who do not have ready access to their regular support networks. Through the Wellness Together Canada online portal, people of all ages across the country can access immediate, free and confidential mental health and substance use supports, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
New York Liberty's Sabrina Ionescu hit the winning shot during Friday's WNBA season opener
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Ellis Genge doubles up as Leicester hold off another Harlequins fightbackLeicester 35-29 HarlequinsGenge scores two tries for Tigers on difficult day for Smith Leicester’s Kini Murimurivalu celebrates at the final whistle. Photograph: Patrick Khachfe/JMP/Shutterstock
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on the continuing violence between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers (all times local): ___ DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The foreign ministers of Egypt and Saudi Arabia are calling for an immediate cease-fire in the fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. That’s according to a statement on Saturday carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency. It says that Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan had spoken to Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. It said the two both agreed that an immediate cease-fire was needed. Egypt has been trying to negotiate a stop to the fighting. The Saudi statement also said the two diplomats called on “the international community to confront the aggressive Israeli practices against the brotherly Palestinian people.” ___ JERUSALEM — President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have spoken about the situation with Gaza. According to a statement from Netanyahu's office, the Israeli leader updated Biden on the developments and actions that Israel has taken and intends to take. It says Netanyahu also thanked Biden for the “unreserved support of the United States for our right to defend ourselves." It says Netanyahu emphasized in the conversation that Israel is doing everything to avoid harming the uninvolved. The statement added “the proof of this is that in the towers where there are terrorist targets attacked by the IDF, they are evacuated from the uninvolved." The Biden-Netanyahu call came just hours after an Israeli airstrike on Saturday targeted and destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets. ___ DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — An American organization promoting literature and freedom of speech has called Israel's airstrike that destroyed a building in Gaza that was home to the offices of The Associated Press and other media “deeply disturbing.” PEN America said in a statement after Saturday's strike that the only reason the world knows about the ongoing fighting between Gaza’s Hamas rulers and Israel is due to the “tireless, indefatigable work of journalists, risking their lives to inform the world.” The organization demanded a detailed accounting of why Israel launched the strike. PEN America added that “the resulting destruction will hobble the ability of professional journalists to do their work documenting a fraught, complex conflict at a critical time.” ___ DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Al-Jazeera has called the Israeli bombing that destroyed its office in Gaza a “clear act” to stop journalists from reporting on the conflict between it and Hamas. Al-Jazeera issued the statement Saturday night after an Israeli strike that destroyed the building that was also home to the Gaza offices of The Associated Press. The Doha-based broadcaster said in a statement: “Al-Jazeera calls on all media and human right institutions to join forces in denouncing these ruthless bombing and to hold the government of Israel accountable for deliberately targeting journalists and media institutions.” Mostefa Souag, acting director-general of Al-Jazeera Media Network, called the Israeli strike a “war crime.” “The aim of this heinous crime is to silence the media and to hide the untold carnage and suffering of the people of Gaza,” Souag said. Al-Jazeera is a major broadcaster in the Mideast, funded by the Qatari government. It operates in both Israel and the Palestinian territories ___ ISTANBUL — The communications director to Turkey’s president tweeted that Israel’s targeting of The Associated Press and Al-Jazeera offices in the Gaza Strip were a blow on the freedom of press. The airstrike on Saturday targeted and destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets. Fahrettin Altun said after the attack: “I curse these lowly attacks by Israel hitting press centers to cover up its massacres.” He also claimed that “Israel is continuing its massacres and war crimes.” Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tweeted that Turkey stands with the Palestinians, who are still facing “ethnic, religious and cultural cleansing.” AP staffers and other tenants safely evacuated the building after the Israeli military telephoned a warning that the strike was imminent within an hour. Three heavy missiles struck the 12-story building, collapsing it in a giant cloud of dust. ___ WASHINGTON — The White House says Israel has a “paramount responsibility” to ensure the safety of journalists covering the spiraling conflict. White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted on Saturday that the U.S. has “communicated directly to the Israelis that ensuring the safety and security of journalists and independent media is a paramount responsibility.” President Joe Biden has urged a de-escalation, but has publicly backed Israel’s right to self-defense from Hamas rockets fired from Gaza. The White House statement followed an Israeli airstrike that targeted and destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets. AP’s president and CEO Gary Pruitt said the agency was “shocked and horrified” at the strike. AP staffers and other tenants safely evacuated the building after the military telephoned a warning that the strike was imminent within an hour. Three heavy missiles struck the 12-story building, collapsing it in a giant cloud of dust. ___ MADRID — Thousands have marched in Spain’s capital to protest the attacks by Israel’s military on the Gaza Strip. Many waved Palestinian flags as they marched toward Madrid’s central Puerta del Sol square on Saturday. Protesters chanted “This is not war, this is genocide” in Spanish. Some held up homemade signs that read ““USA Terrorist State” and “Muslim Lives Matter.” The rallies in Madrid and elsewhere in the world are taking place against the backdrop of a most serious escalation in the Mideast. On Saturday, an Israeli airstrike targeted and destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets hours after another Israeli air raid on a densely populated refugee camp killed at least 10 Palestinians from an extended family, mostly children. ___ BAGHDAD — Hundreds of demonstrators have gathered in cities across Iraq to stand in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza and Jerusalem. The demonstrators on Saturday waved Palestinian flags and banners across five provinces in rallies called for by influential Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Al-Sadr called on followers to take to the streets and support Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, which is under attack by the Israeli military. Protesters gathered in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, and the southern provinces of Babylon, Dhi Qar, Diwanieh and Basra in a show of support. In Baghdad’s central Tahrir Square, demonstrators carried a Palestinian flag several feet long. Many also held up photos of al-Sadr. Al-Sadr is a firebrand cleric who wields significant power in the country. In the May 2018 elections his party won the most number of seats. ___ BEIRUT — Hundreds of people have participated in the funeral of a Hezbollah fighter who was shot dead along the Lebanon-Israel border during a rally denouncing Israeli airstrikes on Gaza. The funeral of Mohammed Tahhan was held in his hometown of Adloun in southern Lebanon on Saturday afternoon. The 21-year-old man died of wounds sustained on Friday, shortly after he was struck during the protest at the border. On Saturday, scores of Palestinian and Lebanese youth gathered in the border area again to rally against the Israeli military campaign in Gaza. Lebanese troops detained several people who tried to reach the border wall. Earlier in the day, an Israeli military spokesman warned Lebanese authorities not to allow protesters to breach the border. A small group had breached the fence on Friday and crossed the border into Israel, triggering the shooting. The Israeli military said troops fired warning shots toward the group after they sabotaged the fence and crossed over briefly. ___ BERLIN — The United Nations’ human rights chief is urging all in what has developed into a battle between Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers to lower tensions, and faulted actions by both sides. Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, said in a statement issued in Geneva on Saturday that “rather than seeking to calm tensions, inflammatory rhetoric from leaders on all sides appears to be seeking to excite tensions rather than to calm them.” Bachelet's statement was issued on Saturday, shortly before an Israeli airstrike destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets. In the statement, Bachelet “warned that the firing of large numbers of indiscriminate rockets by Palestinian armed groups into Israel, including densely populated areas, in clear violation of international humanitarian law, amounts to war crimes.” There also are concerns that some attacks by the Israeli military in Gaza “have targeted civilian objects that, under international humanitarian law, do not meet the requirements to be considered as military objectives.” It added that “the failure to adhere to the principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution in the conduct of military operations amounts to a serious violation of international humanitarian law and may constitute war crimes.” ___ BERLIN — Iran’s foreign minister has called off a planned visit to his Austrian counterpart in Vienna. The decision came after Austria’s chancellery and foreign ministry flew the Israeli flag as a signal of solidarity in Israel’s conflict with the militant Hamas group. Austrian daily Die Presse reported Saturday that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was due to meet Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg on Saturday morning. But he called off the trip over the Austrian leaders’ decision to fly the Israeli flag on Friday. The Austria Press Agency said Schallenberg’s spokeswoman, Claudia Tuertscher, confirmed the report. She said: “We regret this.” Vienna has been hosting negotiations in recent weeks aimed at bringing the United States back into the 2015 nuclear deal aimed at allaying concerns about Iran’s nuclear ambitions. France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China are still parties to that agreement. Iran’s deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araghchi, tweeted on Friday that Austria “so far been a great host for negotiations” but it was “shocking & painful to see flag of the occupying regime, that brutally killed tens of innocent civilians, inc many children in just few days, over govt offices in Vienna.” ___ DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia has called for foreign ministers of the world’s largest body of Muslim nations to hold a meeting Sunday. The gathering is to discuss Israeli acts of violence against Palestinians and the Israeli police’s use of force against protesters at Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. The kingdom will host the virtual summit, gathering ministers of the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation “to discuss the Israeli aggression in the Palestinian territory,” particularly acts of violence in the vicinity of Al-Aqsa Mosque, the body said Saturday. The Saudi-headquartered OIC includes countries Iran, Turkey, Indonesia and a range of Muslim majority nations. The sanctity of Al-Aqsa mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites, is a sensitive and emotive issue for Muslims around the world. The OIC was formed 51 years ago in response to a Jewish extremist arson attack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque in east Jerusalem. The hilltop on which the mosque stands is also sacred to Jews, who revere it as the Temple Mount because it was the site of the biblical temples. Some Jews and evangelical Christians support building a new Jewish temple on the site, an idea that Muslims find alarming because they fear it would lead to the mosque being partitioned or demolished. ___ RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinians have begun gathering across the occupied West Bank to mark the anniversary of the displacement of hundreds of thousands of refugees from what is now Israel during the 1948 war surrounding its creation. Nakba Day, Arabic for “catastrophe,” comes amid widespread Jewish-Arab violence in Israel and heavy fighting between Israel and the Islamic militant group Hamas, which rules Gaza. The main event Saturday was held in West Bank city of Ramallah, where the internationally-backed Palestinian Authority is headquartered. On Friday, Palestinians in the occupied West Bank held some of the largest protests in years and clashed with Israeli forces, who shot and killed 11 people, including a Palestinian who tried to stab a soldier at a military position. Some 700,000 Palestinians fled or were driven from their homes during the 1948 war. Today, they and their descendants number around 5.7 million and mostly reside in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. The Associated Press
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