South Korea’s Moon to nudge Biden on North Korea diplomacy

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is hoping Friday’s White House meeting with President Joe Biden will lead to renewed diplomatic urgency by the U.S. on curbing North Korea’s nuclear program. The White House, however, is signaling that it is taking a longer view on one of the most difficult foreign policy challenges Biden faces. Ahead of Friday’s meeting — just the second in-person foreign leader session for Biden because of the coronavirus pandemic — White House officials said North Korea will be a central focus of talks. Coordination on vaccine distribution, climate change and regional security concerns spurred by China are also high on the president’s list. The White House announced last month that it had completed a review of

Read More

Rittenhouse due to make first in-person court appearance

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois man accused of killing two people during the chaotic protests that followed the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin, was due Friday to make his first in-person court appearance. COVID-19 protocols in the Kenosha County courthouse have forced Rittenhouse to make all his court appearances since he was charged in August via video from his attorney’s office. But those restrictions have lifted and he was expected to appear in person for a mid-morning status conference. Attorneys and prosecutors were expected to iron out scheduling details ahead of Rittenhouse’s November trial in what should be a routine proceeding. He faces multiple counts, including homicide and reckless endangerment. Prosecutors say Rittenhouse, who was

Read More

Missouri family seeks answers in Black 19-year-old’s death

Derontae Martin was a playful and outgoing 19-year-old, a former football standout and a “big kid” who looked out for his friends and family. Now, his mother, grandmother and racial injustice activists are questioning the official account of how the young Black man ended up shot to death during a prom party inside the rural Missouri home of a middle-aged white man with a history of bigoted social media postings. They don’t believe the findings of a preliminary investigation indicating that he took his own life inside the attic of that home. “It’s heartbreaking,” Martin’s grandmother Kimberly Lotts said. “He wasn’t a kid that caused trouble, ran around or beat up folks, or robbed or stole. He wasn’t that kind

Read More

Provincial ICUs reach all time highs as province enters trauma season

CALGARY (CityNews) – COVID-19 ICU patients are at all time highs in Alberta. The province is also in so-called “trauma season,” which is when hospitals tend to see a wave of more complex patient injuries, which happen during warmer months. “The May long weekend is coming up and we’re going to see other hospital stretchers. This is our trauma season,” explained Dr. Darren Markland, Intensive Care Physician at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. “So that puts a lot of pressure on more peripheral ICUs and hospitals as we take more trauma patients, we may not be able to take as many COVID patients like we were before. Trauma patients are much more complex, require disciplinary care, stay in the ICU longer.”

Read More

Tokyo organizers say Olympics are ‘safe’ — public disagrees

TOKYO (AP) — The IOC wraps up its final planning sessions on Friday with Tokyo Olympic organizers, just two months before the games are to open. Much of the focus is on persuading a skeptical public and medical community that the games should go ahead. “We have much to do over the next three days,” IOC Vice President John Coates said on Wednesday as the sessions began. The core problem is that 60 to 80% of people in Japan, depending how the question is asked in public opinion polls, don’t want the postponed Olympics to open in the middle of a pandemic despite repeated assurances from organizers that games will be “safe and secure.” There is no indication so far

Read More

Legends come out for hip-hop museum groundbreaking

NEW YORK (AP) — Musical luminaries including Nas, LL Cool J, and Fat Joe came out Thursday to the birthplace of hip-hop for a ground-breaking ceremony to launch the capital campaign for the new Universal Hip Hop Museum. They joined a slew of politicians in the Bronx, where the now-global cultural force that is hip-hop has its roots. “Hip hop made me believe that anything was possible,” said LL Cool J. “This was like the first time where I felt like, ‘Wow, it’s possible to be powerful. It’s possible to be somebody. It’s possible to have meaning in this world.’” The museum is part of a $349 million mixed-use project along the waterfront in the South Bronx. The first phase

Read More

Northeast family doctor wants vaccines in neighbourhood clinics, mobile vans

CALGARY — One northeast Calgary family doctor says to give him COVID-19 vaccine doses and he’ll run vaccine clinics for free. Doctors working the area are calling for pop up clinics – as data shows some of the hardest-hit areas lag behind in vaccine uptake. Just 32.9 per cent of people in Calgary’s upper northeast have their first dose, while still seeing high transmission rates that have persisted throughout the pandemic. The Skyview Ranch physician says to give doses to doctor’s offices or set up mobile sites in the neighbourhood. READ MORE: Fully vaccinated Albertans no longer required to quarantine when identified as a close contact “Let’s say Redstone has a clinic, Skyview has a clinic … let’s say I’m

Read More

A list of winners in major categories of this year’s Canadian Screen Awards

TORONTO — “Schitt’s Creek” was the top winner at this year’s Canadian Screen Awards with eight nods, while the film “Blood Quantum” came in second with seven trophies. Here are winners in key categories from Thursday night’s virtual show, which capped four nights of online presentations: Best Comedy Series – “Schitt’s Creek” (CBC) Best Drama Series – “Transplant” (CTV) Best Motion Picture – “Beans” Achievement in Film Direction – Deepa Mehta, “Funny Boy” Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, “Kim’s Convenience” (CBC) Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek” Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Hamza Haq, “Transplant” Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series – Crystle Lightning,

Read More

Argentina resumes strict pandemic lockdown after case surge

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The government of President Alberto Fernández on Thursday announced a strict lockdown for the first time this year after more than 35,000 coronavirus infections were reported for the third straight day in Argentina and the death toll skyrocketed. The measures will last from Saturday until May 31, and will limit circulation and suspend social, business, educational, religious and sporting activities. Workers with essential jobs will be exempted from the measures. “We are living the worst moment since the pandemic began,” Fernández said in a message broadcast by the national TV chain. “We are seeing the highest numbers of cases and deaths. We must take this critical situation seriously and not naturalize so much tragedy.” At

Read More

Tax changes would boost IRS monitoring of cryptocurrency use

The Biden administration is taking steps to ensure Americans who pay for goods or services with cryptocurrencies don’t sidestep the tax man. The Treasury Department issued a report Thursday that outlines measures. Among the proposed changes, businesses that receive “cryptoassets” with a fair market value of more than $10,000 would have to report it to the IRS. That’s something businesses already have to do when with cash transactions of $10,000 or more. The report explains that while the share of business transactions that involve cryptocurrency remains small, the new reporting requirement is necessary to discourage businesses from concealing such transactions from the IRS in the future. The report notes that cryptocurrency “already poses a significant problem by facilitating illegal activity

Read More

1 2 3 607