National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien joins 'The Next Revolution' to compare Trump's and Biden's foreign policy accomplishments.
National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien joins 'The Next Revolution' to compare Trump's and Biden's foreign policy accomplishments.
CALGARY — Police in Calgary have ticketed three organizers of an anti-mask rally held over the weekend. The province has banned outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19. Media have reported that hundreds attended the rally in the city's downtown. Artur Pawlowski has been charged under the Public Health Act for failing to wear a face covering where required and failing to have a permit for an event. David Pawlowski and Ryan Audette are also charged with failing to wear a face covering. A Calgary police spokeswoman says the charges for failing to wear a face covering come with a $1,200 fine, in addition to a $50 fine under Calgary's mask bylaw. The charge for failing to have a permit does not have a set fine but is to go to court on March 16.Investigators are seeking three additional people who face charges. The Calgary Police Service says in a statement that it's not always safe for officers to issue a ticket at the time of an alleged offence, like during a protest where "emotions are high.""In many instances, tickets are issued in the hours or days after an infraction based on evidence obtained at the time of the event," police said. "We know everyone is struggling right now and our intent is not to punish, but to protect the safety of Calgarians as we work together through this pandemic."This report by The Canadian Press was first published December 2, 2020. The Canadian Press
COSTA MESA, Calif. — Anthony Lynn and the Los Angeles Chargers have some things to play for during their last five games, but the post-season isn't one of them.Lynn publicly acknowledged Wednesday what many already knew — it would take a miracle for his team to make the post-season even if the Chargers win their remaining games to finish 8-8.“I will always want to show them the big picture every once in a while,” Lynn said. “The playoff hunt is probably not going to happen at this point, as best we can do. And I don’t think that’s going to be good enough. But we play for each other and we play for the love of game.”The Chargers go into Sunday's game against New England four games behind Miami and Indianapolis for the final AFC spots.Quarterback Justin Herbert still has some rookie records he is chasing but said his biggest motivation is trying to play for his teammates.“We’re all expecting that from each other. And so at the end of the day, it’s just us in this locker room and looking toward the guy next to you and beside you, give everything you’ve got for him,” he said.Usually when teams are out of the playoff hunt, they use that opportunity to evaluate younger players while trying to assess the roster going into the off-season. However, since the Chargers were racked by injuries this season, Lynn said they have had the chance to play and evaluate more of the roster compared to normal years.Lynn and his coaching staff may be fighting for their futures as well. Los Angeles will host Atlanta on Dec. 13 before closing the season with three straight division games — at Las Vegas (Dec. 17), hosting Denver (Dec. 27) and then at Kansas City (Jan. 3). The Chargers are in danger of losing double-digit games in two straight seasons for the first time since 2016.The Chargers will once again be dealing with their share of injuries this week. The defensive line remains shorthanded with defensive end Melvin Ingram out for the season due to a knee injury and Uchenna Nwosu still nursing a shoulder injury suffered against the New York Jets on Nov. 22. Linebacker Kyzir White — who leads the team in tackles — remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list.NOTES: Lynn said Easton Stick has been separated from the quarterback group for most of the season in case of infections among the rest of the group. Coaches have been getting questions about their quarterback contingencies this week after Denver's QBs were all ruled out for last Sunday's game against New Orleans due to contact tracing and not wearing masks.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLJoe Reedy, The Associated Press
CLEVELAND — Baker Mayfield made some head-scratching, jaw-dropping mistakes Sunday in Jacksonville, turning what should have been a fairly routine win for the Browns into a nail biter.“I know I can be better,” he said.Despite his errors, Mayfield didn't commit a quarterback's biggest sin: an interception.Mayfield, whose 21 interceptions were the second most in the NFL last season, hasn't thrown a pick since Oct. 25 — a span of almost five games and 123 consecutive passes. The Browns (8-3), who currently have the No. 5 playoff spot heading into this Sunday's game against Tennessee, have gone 4-1 during Mayfield's modest streak.He'd love to follow his no-interception November with a similar December.“It’s knowing when to be aggressive and putting us in the best position to win, and that’s taking care of the ball, and that’s what I’ve been harping on and will certainly continue to do that,” he said after practice Wednesday.It's a sign of growth and improvement for the third-year QB, who is still plagued by inconsistency but is making winning plays this season while positioning the Browns to possibly end their 18-year playoff absence.Mayfield isn't hurting the Browns with bad decisions.“Yeah, it is a big deal,” coach Kevin Stefanski said. “It is going to be a big deal this week again versus a team that is plus-11 (in turnovers).”Stefanski credits Mayfield for working hard at fixing his flaws. He's not quite the gun slinger he once was, more of a game manager, but that's not to say he doesn't occasionally take a risk by throwing a pass into close coverage.“You have to always as a quarterback straddle that fine line of being aggressive and smart, and I think he has done a nice job the last few weeks,” Stefanski said. "And even in that last game, he threw some tight-window balls that had to be perfect and they were. He is doing a nice job of that regard.”While he's cut down on the turnovers, Mayfield, who has seven picks in 2020, occasionally forces throws and misses others he shouldn't — ones that elite quarterback don't miss.In the first half Sunday, he badly overthrew wide receiver Rashard Higgins in the end zone on what could have been one of the easiest touchdowns of his career. Higgins didn't have a defender within yards, but Mayfield didn't see him initially and when he finally did, his throw sailed high.On the same series, he overthrew receiver Jarvis Landy in the corner and the Browns settled for a field goal.Then, during a critical sequence in the fourth quarter, Mayfield threw behind running back Kareem Hunt on a third-and-short play. The incompletion was followed by Stefanski gambling and not kicking a field goal, only to have the Browns get stopped on fourth down, giving the Jaguars new life.Mayfield was critical of his play after the game. Days later, he's still stinging from his miscues.“That game was closer than I wanted it to be because of some of the mistakes that I made, so that’s why I was hard on myself,” he said. ”I’m trying to get better each week. That’s taking care of the ball and that’s completing these passes that should be made in my sleep.”Mistakes aside, Mayfield looks a lot different that the quarterback the Titans mauled in last season's opener.“He settled into this scheme and what they’re asking him to do,” Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel said. "He’s doing a lot of good things at the line of scrimmage, getting them into good plays that they want to run. You can see his operation.“He’s just a lot more comfortable there. He has taken care of the football, which has allowed them to be at the top of the turnover margin in the league.”NOTES: The Browns closed their facility for a few hours Wednesday after an unidentified staff member tested positive for COVID-19. ... Stefanski said S Ronnie Harrison did not suffer a fracture when he injured his shoulder against the Jaguars, his former team. Harrison was placed on injured reserve and he'll miss “multiple weeks,” but the Browns are hoping he's back in 2020. ... CB Denzel Ward (calf) was the only eligible player not to practice. He's expected to miss at least one more game. ... LB Sione Takitaki and DEs Porter Gustin and Joe Jackson remain on the COVID-19 list.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLTom Withers, The Associated Press
Calpine Corporation today announced the pricing of $900,000,000 in aggregate principal amount of its 3.750% Senior Secured Notes due 2031 in a private placement. The offering is expected to close on December 16, 2020, subject to customary closing conditions.
Plan to give Tory MPs their "tiny tiers" threatens a new split with advisers.
ARECIBO, Puerto Rico — A huge, already damaged radio telescope in Puerto Rico that has played a key role in astronomical discoveries for more than half a century has now completely collapsed. The telescope’s 900-ton receiver platform fell onto the reflector dish more than 400 feet below on Tuesday. The U.S. National Science Foundation had earlier announced that the Arecibo Observatory would be closed. An auxiliary cable snapped in August, causing a 100-foot gash on the 1,000-foot-wide (305-meter-wide) reflector dish and damaged the receiver platform that hung above it. Then a main cable broke in early November.DáNica Coto, The Associated Press
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A mysterious object temporarily orbiting Earth is a 54-year-old rocket, not an asteroid after all, astronomers confirmed Wednesday.Observations by a telescope in Hawaii clinched its identity, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.The object was classified as an asteroid after its discovery in September. But NASA’s top asteroid expert, Paul Chodas, quickly suspected it was the Centaur upper rocket stage from Surveyor 2, a failed 1966 moon-landing mission.Chodas was proven right after a team led by the University of Arizona's Vishnu Reddy used an infrared telescope in Hawaii to observe not only the mystery object, but — just on Tuesday — a Centaur from 1971 still orbiting Earth. The data from the images matched.“This conclusion was the result of a tremendous team effort,” Reddy said in a statement. “We were finally able to solve this mystery."The object formally known as 2020 SO entered a wide, lopsided orbit around Earth last month and, on Tuesday, made its closest approach at just over 31,000 miles (50,476 kilometres). It will depart the neighbourhood in March, shooting back into its own orbit around the sun. Its next return: 2036.___The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press
Jose Mourinho says Tottenham are among the favourites to win the Europa League but warned that Champions League dropouts will “change the dynamic of the competition" in the knockouts. Mourinho's side return to European action against LASK on Thursday night following a 0-0 draw at Chelsea on Sunday, after which the Spurs manager said they were "a pony" in the Premier League title race.
OTTAWA — Amanda Sully had tried to get pregnant for six years, but she's grateful that her "miracle" son arrived six days after Ontario became the only province to start a newborn screening test that revealed he had a progressive and irreversible disease.In January, Aidan Deschamps became the first baby in Canada to be diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy as part of a new test added to Ontario's newborn screening program.Sully said she and her husband, Adam Deschamps, were surprised to get a call from Newborn Screening Ontario advising them that their son, who was 10 days old at the time, had tested positive for the genetic neuromuscular condition, which is the most common cause of death in childhood due to an inherited condition."If Aidan had been born any earlier or anywhere else our story would be quite different," Sully said Wednesday on a Zoom call from the family's home in Ottawa as Aidan squeezed out of his mom's arms before his dad took over and tried to keep up with the energetic child."As terrible as the news was we were so fortunate to find out early because delaying treatment would have meant long-term irreversible consequences for him," Sully said.Sully said she was initially worried that her baby may not be able to roll over if he had the illness, but at 10 months, Aidan is healthy and quite the dancer who loves to throw and chase balls after starting early treatment.The couple had never heard of spinal muscular atrophy but the morning after the call they were in the office of Dr. Hugh McMillan, a neurologist at Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, a pediatric health and research centre based in Ottawa.Adam Deschamps said he and his wife held their breath a few days later as their little boy was given an injection of the drug Spinraza just below his spinal cord. The first medication to treat children with spinal muscular atrophy administered through repeated spinal taps was approved by Health Canada in 2017.McMillan said the drug, which is paid for to varying degrees in different provinces, increases the amount of an essential protein in order to keep motor neurons and motor nerves alive and without it the progression of the disease is irreversible.He also applied for and was granted use of a gene replacement therapy on compassionate grounds for Aidan when the boy was five weeks. The one-time intravenous treatment worth millions of dollars is one of two medications that Health Canada is considering for approval, with an announcement expected in the coming weeks, said McMillan, who is also a clinical investigator at the CHEO Research Institute.It's too early to tell what the little boy's future holds but he is meeting all of his developmental milestones, McMillan said.Dr. Pranesh Chakraborty, chief medical officer of Newborn Screening Ontario, said the province started the program, which tests for 28 conditions, in 1965 and includes all babies born in Ontario and most of Nunavut.Chakraborty said each province decides on its own whether to screen for certain conditions but the cost for the test that helped Aidan was low because Ontario already had the technology to add it to its existing program."I can say from speaking with my colleagues across the country that every province is looking at this and we're hoping that they'll be making decisions soon," he said.The severity of spinal muscular atrophy depends on when symptoms appear and some children may start showing signs early on when they cannot roll over. British Columbia's newborn screening program tests for 24 disorders, a spokeswoman at the Provincial Health Authority said.The provincial Health Ministry did not respond to requests on whether it would include testing for spinal muscular atrophy as part of its newborn screening program.Susi Vander Wyk, executive director of Cure SMA Canada, said the organization is working to get all provinces to test for the condition and that Aidan's story based on Ontario's lead should compel all jurisdictions to act.\-- By Camille Bains in VancouverThis report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 2, 2020.The Canadian Press
Christmas morning breakfast needs to be something special—but not too fussy. You probably don’t want to be attempting a perfect poached egg, or stuck tending the griddle for an hour. Enter the Christmas breakfast casserole. The best ones can be assembled (or at least, prepped) the night before, so Christmas morning, all you have to do is preheat the oven and pop it in (or better yet, program the slow cooker to get it baked while you sleep). Add a fruit salad or a side of sausage, and a festive Christmas breakfast is served.
OTTAWA — The federal government says it will not meet a marquee pledge by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to lift all boil-water advisories in First Nations communities by March 2021.Indigenous Services Canada says at least 22 long-term water advisories in 10 First Nations communities will remain in place beyond that deadline, which was set following an ambitious 2015 Liberal election promise to lift them all within five years."What communities want is not an Ottawa-imposed deadline," Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller said Wednesday during a news conference in Ottawa."It’s a long-term commitment to access to clean water."The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a wrench into efforts to upgrade water systems and carry out on-site training, with supply chains snarled and construction put off as some reserves opted to restrict travel, the department said at an earlier briefing."COVID has really changed everything," Miller said. “Because of COVID, many projects lost a full construction season."The complexity of projects, which can include infrastructure overhauls and depend on increasingly unreliable winter roads, contributed to the delay even before the pandemic, he said. Hiring and retaining qualified operators for water and wastewater treatment plants on remote sites has posed another challenge.Miller, who has held the Indigenous services portfolio since November 2019, sought to shield Trudeau from blame for the failed goal."Ultimately, I bear the responsibility for this, and I have the responsibility and the duty to get this done," he said, calling the continued lack of access to reliable drinking water "totally unacceptable."The department says 97 boil-water advisories have been lifted since 2016, while 59 remain in place — about three-quarters of them in Ontario — in 41 communities.In late October, about 250 residents of Neskantaga First Nation in northern Ontario, which has had a boil-water advisory in place for 25 years, were evacuated from their homes following the discovery of an oily sheen in its reservoir.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said Wednesday he was frustrated but not surprised by Ottawa's shortfall."First Nations have good reason to be disappointed by the federal government’s announcement that after more than five years in office, it will miss its own target to provide safe drinking water to all Indigenous communities across Canada," he said in a statement."While there has been significant progress in recent years, it clearly is not enough."Miller acknowledged that initially, communities were not “sounded” out on whether the March 2021 target was reasonable.He said he hopes up to 20 more advisories will be lifted by year's end, but expects at least a dozen communities will still not have access to potable water by the spring."You come down to about 12 or a few more communities, some of whom have seen serious delays due to COVID — and they’re working hard to clear them — and others that have priorities that they want addressed before they lift their water advisories," he said, noting that communities make the call on whether to lift advisories, not Ottawa."I think we didn’t appreciate the state of decay of water systems when we came into power in 2015," he added, pointing to "decades of neglect."Opposition parties slammed the federal government for falling short of its goal."We weren't totally surprised by this, but at the same time, there's a pretty significant disappointment in it being actually acknowledged and outright spoken ... by the minister today," Conservative MP Gary Vidal, his party's critic for Indigenous services, said in an interview.In a separate statement, Vidal called for a more commercially driven approach that draws on the "brightest business minds and entrepreneurs" to get taps flowing safely.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh called the problem "disgusting" and "inexcusable.""Imagine Minister Miller going to his riding in Montreal: 'I apologize, but we missed our deadline to get you clean drinking water.' Would he ever think it was appropriate?" Singh asked at a news conference.“This is not a broken promise. This is a betrayal of trust, and it sends a message that Indigenous people don't matter."In its fall economic statement Monday, the Liberal government pledged to invest $1.5 billion this year to work toward lifting all long-term drinking water advisories in Indigenous communities, on top of $2.1 billion already committed since 2016.More than $1.65 billion of that has already flowed to 626 water and wastewater projects, including 348 that are now completed, according to Indigenous Services.The beefed-up funding reflects a long-term commitment, particularly to operations and maintenance, so that communities can continue to tap into clean water indefinitely, Miller said.Under current funding policies for operations and maintenance on reserves, Ottawa typically provides about 80 per cent of the cash while First Nations have to float the remaining 20 per cent.Miller said Indigenous Services is still hammering out a policy adjustment, "but my full expectation is that will move to 100 per cent."This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 2, 2020.— with files from Maan AlhmidiChristopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press
Only four stars remain in the competition after another double elimination.
BEIJING — China’s landing of its third probe on the moon is part of an increasingly ambitious space program that has a robot rover en route to Mars, is developing a reusable space plane and is planning to put humans back on the lunar surface.The Chang’e 5, the first effort to bring lunar rocks to Earth since the 1970s, collected samples on Wednesday, the Chinese space agency announced. The probe landed Tuesday on the Sea of Storms on the moon's near side.Space exploration is a political trophy for the ruling Communist Party, which wants global influence to match China's economic success.China is a generation behind the United States and Russia, but its secretive, military-linked program is developing rapidly. It is creating distinctive missions that, if successful, could put Beijing on the leading edge of space flight.The coming decade will be “quite critical” in space exploration, said Kathleen Campbell, an astrobiologist and geologist at The University of Auckland.“This is where we’re going to transform out of near Earth orbit and back into what people will call ‘deep space,’” Campbell said.In 2003, China became the third nation to launch an astronaut into orbit on its own, four decades after the former Soviet Union and the United States. Its first temporary orbiting laboratory was launched in 2011 and a second in 2016. Plans call for a permanent space station to be launched after 2022.This week’s landing is “a historic step in China’s co-operation with the international community in the peaceful use of outer space,” said a foreign ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying.“China will continue to promote international co-operation and the exploration and use of outer space in the spirit of working for the benefit of all mankind,” Hua said.After astronaut Yang Liwei’s 2003 flight, space officials expressed hope for a crewed lunar mission as early as this year. But they said that depended on budget and technology. They have pushed back that target to 2024 or later.The space agency gave no reason for landing its latest probe on the Sea of Storms, far from where American and Soviet craft touched down. But the choice might help to shed light on possible sites being studied for a crewed mission.Beijing's space plane would be China's version of the American Space Shuttle and the former Soviet Union’s short-lived Buran.China also has launched its own Beidou network of navigation satellites so the Communist Party’s military wing, the People’s Liberation Army, doesn’t need to rely on the U.S.-run GPS or a rival Russian system.Last year, China graduated from “me too” missions copying Soviet and American ventures to scoring its own firsts when it became the first nation to land a probe on the moon’s little-explored far side.That probe, the Chang’e 4, and its robot rover still are functioning, transmitting to Earth via an orbiter that passes over the moon’s far side. China’s first moon lander, the Chang’e 3, still is transmitting.China’s earliest crewed spacecraft, the Shenzhou capsules, were based on Russian technology. Its powerful Long March rockets are, like their Soviet and American predecessors, based on ballistic missiles developed using technology seized from Nazi Germany after World War II.China has proceeded more cautiously than the breakneck U.S.-Soviet space race of the 1960s, which was marked by fatalities. China’s crewed missions have gone ahead without incident. Some launches of robot vehicles have been delayed by technical problems but those appear to have been resolved.China is in a growing space rivalry with Asian neighbours Japan and India, which it sees as strategic competitors. Both have sent their own probes to Mars.While Chang'e 5 gathers moon rocks, Japan's space agency just pulled off the even more challenging feat of obtaining samples from an asteroid, Ryugu. The Hayabusa2 mission is due to deliver those to Earth on Saturday.As its confidence grows, Beijing’s space goals have multiplied.It has joined the race to explore Mars, and its Tianwen-1 probe, launched in July carrying a robot rover to search for signs of water, is due to complete its 470-million kilometre (292-million mile) journey in February.Plans call for a permanent crewed space station as early as 2022.China is excluded from the International Space Station due to U.S. opposition to including Chinese military officers in a venture that otherwise is operated by civilian space agencies.Plans also call for an international lunar research base at some point, the deputy director of the Chinese agency’s lunar exploration centre, Pei Zhaoyu, told reporters last week.Despite its successes, the military-run Chinese program is more secretive than those of other governments.Yang and other Chinese astronauts made only a handful of brief public appearances following their flights, in contrast to Soviet and American astronauts who were sent on global publicity tours before cheering foreign crowds.The agency announced in September its space plane had completed a successful test flight but has yet to release details or even a photo of the craft.___Milko reported from Jakarta, Indonesia.___The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.Joe McDonald And Victoria Milko, The Associated Press
Stocks shook off a sluggish start to finish with modest gains Wednesday, nudging the S&P 500 index to an all-time high for the second straight day. The benchmark index rose 0.2% after spending much of the day drifting between small gains and losses. About 54% of the stocks in the index rose, with communications, financial and health care companies driving the bulk of the gains. A pullback in technology stocks, companies that rely on consumer spending and elsewhere kept the market's gains in check. Treasury yields continued to head mostly higher, a sign of growing confidence in the outlook for the economy. That confidence has also been pushing stocks higher in recent weeks as traders hope coronavirus vaccines will start driving a stronger economic recovery. Investors were not deterred by new data Wednesday showing that hiring by U.S. companies slowed last month. “The biggest thing about the market that we’ve seen the last couple of weeks is (investors) keep trying to sell it, and it still hangs in there,” said J.J. Kinahan, chief strategist at TD Ameritrade. The S&P 500 rose 6.56 points to 3,669.01. The index is now up about 13.6% for the year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 59.87 points, or 0.2%, to 29,883.79. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite, which also opened the month with a new record, slipped 5.74 points, or 0.1%, to 12,349.37. Stocks have been ramping higher in recent weeks as drugmakers make steady progress in developing coronavirus vaccines. The rollout of a vaccine in the U.S. could begin this month, if regulators give their approval. Pfizer shares rose 3.5% after the drugmaker and BioNTech said they won permission for emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in Britain. The vaccine is the world’s first coronavirus shot that’s backed by rigorous science and a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic. The move makes Britain one of the first countries to begin vaccinating its population against the virus. The companies have already asked for approval to begin vaccinations in the U.S. in December. Moderna is also asking U.S. and European regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine. Its shares rose 1.4%. Optimism about vaccine developments have tempered lingering concerns over rising virus cases in the U.S., though worries persist about the economic fallout from new government restrictions on businesses aimed at limiting the spread. “My farther-out fear for the market is once this vaccine starts to roll out, will it be able to meet these amazing expectations people have for everything getting back to normal?” Kinahan said. Unemployment remains high as the COVID-19 outbreak widens the gulf between average people and the wealthiest Americans. Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that its latest survey of private U.S. employers shows they added 307,000 jobs last month. That fell short of Wall Street analysts’ expectations for a gain of 405,000 jobs, according to FactSet. The report precedes a broader jobs survey from the Labor Department due out Friday. Economists are forecasting that will show employers added about 441,000 jobs in November, down from a gain of 638,000 in October. Meanwhile, traders are holding out hope that Democrats and Republicans may reach a deal on some amount of economic stimulus for the economy before 2021, though the parties remain divided on the details and the cost. The Federal Reserve's latest survey of business conditions around the U.S. found economic activity has slowed in some parts of the country amid a surge in new coronavirus cases. On Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told lawmakers during a House Financial Services Committee hearing that Congress needs to approve COVID-19 relief funds without further delay. However, it looks like most lawmakers are willing to wait until after President-elect Joe Biden takes office, said Ross Mayfield, investment strategy analyst at Baird. “The problem is, by that point you’re going to have six to 10 more weeks of economic damage,” he said. Technology stocks, which have been leading the market higher since the pandemic started wreaking havoc on the global economy, helped limit the market's gains Wednesday. Salesforce.com was the biggest decliner in the S&P 500, tumbling 8.5%, after announcing a deal late Tuesday to buy messaging platform Slack for $27.7 billion. Microsoft slipped 0.4%. Lyft climbed 9.6% after the ride-hailing company posted a smaller loss this quarter and better margins. The news helped boost rival Uber Technologies up 7%. Treasury yields headed higher, giving banks a boost because they allow them to charge more lucrative interest rates on loans. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 0.96% from 0.92% late Tuesday. JPMorgan Chase rose 1.9% and Citigroup gained 3.1%. Germany's DAX shed 0.5% and France's CAC 40 was flat. In Britain, the FTSE 100 rose 1.2%. Markets in Asia were mixed. Damian J. Troise And Alex Veiga, The Associated Press
BERLIN — Residents of Trier placed flowers and lit candles at the base of the southwestern German city's landmark Roman gate Wednesday in tribute to the five people who were killed and more than a dozen others injured when a man sped an SUV through a central pedestrian zone. His motive remained unclear. A judge ordered the suspect, a 51-year-old local man whose name hasn't been released, held in custody as he is investigated on five counts of murder, and 18 counts of attempted murder and causing bodily harm, prosecutor Peter Fritzen said in a statement. Authorities do not believe the suspect drove into the pedestrians on Tuesday for any political, religious or similar reason, but haven't yet been able to determine a motive, Fritzen said. Statements the suspect made to police immediately after his arrest kept changing and were "partially incomprehensible," the prosecutor said. “The suspect also showed psychological abnormalities in his behaviour during and after his arrest and in police custody,” Fritzen said. A comprehensive psychological examination has been ordered, but at the moment there are no “concrete indications” of a mental health condition that would rule out holding the suspect responsible for his actions. The man had been drinking heavily before the attack, Fritzen said. Questioning will continue over the next few days. “The victims and their families need answers,” Trier Mayor Wolfram Leibe told reporters near the makeshift memorial that was growing at the Roman gate, the Porta Nigra, near where the driver was arrested. The five people killed included a 45-year-old man and his 9 1/2-week-old daughter. The man's wife and 1 1/2-year-old son were among the injured receiving treatment in a hospital, police said. Police originally identified the baby as a 9-month-old but then corrected her age. The others killed were three women, ages 25, 52 and 73. All of those people killed were German citizens, and the man and his baby also had Greek citizenship, Fritzen said. Of the 18 people injured, six were considered in serious condition. The injured included a dual German-Dutch national and a citizen of nearby Luxembourg. Police received the first call about the attack at 1:47 p.m. and were able to apprehend the suspect four minutes later after he stopped the car and they blocked him in. Zig-zagging through the pedestrian zone, the suspect travelled about 800 metres (875 yards) in total, “leaving behind him a trail of dead, injured and rubble,” police said. ___ An earlier version of this story was corrected to show that the age of the youngest victim is 9 1/2 weeks, not 9 months, based upon corrected information received from police. David Rising, The Associated Press
TORONTO, Dec. 02, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Goliath Resources Limited (TSX-V: GOT) (FSE: B4IF) (OTCQB: GOTRF) (the “Company” or “Goliath”) is pleased to announce amended terms of the option agreement to earn a 100% interest in the Lucky Strike property (the “Property”). The requirements to make all future cash property payments totalling $719,313, incurring $14,000,000 of minimum work commitments and delivering a NI 43-101 technical report which would include any resources calculation of gold equivalent minerals delivered by December 31, 2027 to earn a 100% interest in the Property have been removed entirely.In their place, subject to TSXV approval, the Company will issue 1,300,000 shares and 1,300,000 warrants in order to immediately earn a 49% interest in the Property. The warrants will be priced at $0.22 for a 60 month period from the date of issuance.To earn an additional 51% for a 100% interest in the Property, Goliath will need to spend a minimum of $5,000,000 in drilling on or before December 31, 2029 and deliver a NI 43-101 technical report which would include any resources calculation of gold equivalent minerals by December 31, 2030. In addition, the 1% NSR buy back provision date has been extended from December 31, 2027 to December 31, 2029.For more information please contact:Goliath Resources Limited Mr. Roger Rosmus President and Chief Executive Officer Tel: +1 416 488 2887 (x222) firstname.lastname@example.org www.goliathresourcesltd.comGeneral disclaimerGoliath Resources Limited "Goliath" has taken all reasonable care in producing and publishing information contained in this news release and will endeavor to do so on a periodic basis. Material in this news release may still contain technical or other inaccuracies, omissions, or typographical errors, for which Goliath assumes no responsibility. Goliath does not warrant or make any representations regarding the use, validity, accuracy, completeness or reliability of any claims, statements, or information on this site. Under no circumstances, including, but not limited to, negligence, shall Goliath be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, or other damages, including but not limited to, loss of programs, loss of data, loss of use of computer of other systems, or loss of profits, whether or not advised of the possibility of damage, arising from your use, or inability to use, the material from this news release. The information is not a substitute for independent professional advice before making any investment decisions. Furthermore, you may not modify or reproduce in any form, electronic or otherwise, any information on this site, except for personal use unless you have obtained our express written permission.Forward-Looking statementsThis news release contains forward-looking statements, including but not limited to comments regarding predictions and projections. More particularly, this document contains statements concerning the proposed amendment of the Lucky Strike option agreement pursuant to which the Company has the right to earn an initial 49% interest in the Property. Forward-looking statements address future events and conditions and therefore involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements. The Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange), nor the OTCQB Venture Market accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.This announcement does not constitute an offer, invitation, or recommendation to subscribe for or purchase any securities and neither this announcement nor anything contained in it shall form the basis of any contract or commitment. In particular, this announcement does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, securities in the United States, or in any other jurisdiction in which such an offer would be illegal. The securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), or under the securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States and may not be offered or sold, directly or indirectly, within the United States, unless the securities have been registered under the Securities Act or an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act is available.
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VIENNA — Austria will allow skiing to start on Dec. 24, but will limit the capacity of ski lifts and keep restaurants, bars and hotels largely closed until early January, officials said Wednesday. It also will require many people entering the country over the Christmas period to go into quarantine.Tough lockdown measures took effect Nov. 17 and are due to expire on Sunday. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said a limited curfew that has applied around the clock will be eased, and from Monday will apply only between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.Schools will be reopened next week, except for older students, as will nonessential shops, museums, libraries and some other businesses. But restaurants will remain closed for all but takeout and deliveries, as will bars, and hotels will remain closed except to business travellers.Austria has been hard hit by the resurgence of coronavirus infections in Europe, though its infection rate has declined over recent weeks. It currently is recording 335 new infections per 100,000 residents over seven days, down from around 600 last month — but still more than twice as many as in neighbouring Germany, which is in a milder partial shutdown.Kurz said that progress over recent weeks, and the expectation of more before Christmas, allows “cautious” reopening steps. But he said the tourism and catering sectors won’t start reopening until Jan. 7.That will effectively mean that, over the holiday season, skiing is possible in most cases only on day trips for those Austrian residents who live fairly close to the Alps. Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler said there will be mask-wearing and distancing requirements, and the capacity of cable cars will be limited.Kurz said that allowing skiing for locals but keeping the catering sector closed is “absolutely justified.”“Skiing is a sport that takes place in the open air, an individual sport, so epidemiologically it must be assessed differently from catering, where we know that there can time and again be infections,” he said.Kurz added that he, as a resident of eastern Austria, won't benefit but “for a large part of our population it will then be possible to go skiing at least for the day.”France and Germany, which has closed its ski resorts, are pushing for similar measures to be taken in other European countries, like Italy and Spain, for the Christmas season. Ski resorts are already open in neighbouring Switzerland, which has allowed skiing.Kurz rejected suggestions that Austria's limited reopening was a response to pressure from abroad.“We decide according to our infection situation, and our expectation is that we can push down our infections very, very strongly by Christmas,” he said.Austria also plans tougher border controls and quarantine rules in an effort to dissuade people from travelling abroad over the Christmas period. Austrian residents' summer trips to see relatives in the western Balkans, in particular, were blamed as a significant source of the resurgence of infections this fall.The quarantine rules will be imposed by mid-December and will apply “if you're coming from a country that exceeds a certain limit of infections,” Kurz said. Authorities set the limit at 100 new cases per 100,000 residents over 14 days, an infection rate which the vast majority of European countries currently surpass.The requirement will be for new arrivals to go into quarantine for 10 days, which they can cut short by taking a test after five days, Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said.___Follow AP’s coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak.___Geir Moulson reported from Berlin.Geir Moulson And Philipp Jenne, The Associated Press
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Tyson Fury is to remain on this year's Sports Personality of the Year award shortlist, the BBC have said. The 32-year-old world heavyweight champion had asked to be taken off the shortlist for SPOTY 2020. In a video posted on social media, Fury said that he was "the people's champion and have no need for verification or any awards".