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Ebene Magazine - ECB Is ‘Closely Monitoring’ Bond Yields as Gains Spark Concern en

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(Bloomberg) — European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde said her institution is “closely monitoring” the market for government bonds, in a sign that she might act to prevent rising yields undermining the economic recovery from the pandemic.

Yields are on the increase worldwide as investors bet that vaccinations will soon enable countries to end coronavirus restrictions, potentially unleashing a burst of consumer spending — also fueled by fiscal stimulus — that could boost inflation.

While the trend suggests optimism in the recovery, it could also stymie the rebound by boosting the cost of financing the massive public and private-sector debt burdens built up during the pandemic. The ECB has pledged to keep financing conditions favorable until the crisis is past.

“Banks use those yields as a reference when setting the price of their loans to households and firms,” she said. “Accordingly, the ECB is closely monitoring the evolution of longer-term nominal bond yields.”

European yields fell after the comments, with German 30-years dropping 6 basis points to 0.15%. At the start of the year they were at around -0.20%

UniCredit group chief economist Erik Nielsen said in a note on Sunday that higher long-term yields are a bigger risk for the ECB than a currency that is too strong.

“If euro-zone sovereign yields continue to move higher in coming weeks, it’ll leave the ECB no choice but to step up their purchases with the pandemic emergency purchase program to counter this undesirable tightening of monetary conditions,” he said. “I would be surprised if we don’t hear the first warning shots from key members within the next couple of weeks.”

While Lagarde appears to have fired such a warning shot, the central bank is also already gradually stepping up its bond-buying. It bought 17.2 billion euros ($20.9 billion) under the pandemic purchase program last week, the most since the week ended Jan. 15.

So-called “reflation trades” by investors are pushing yields up elsewhere. Australian 10-year yields on Monday climbed the most since the height of the market dislocation in March 2020.

U.S. yields are also up, amid expectations of more fiscal stimulus. Still, Federal Reserve Bank of New York President John Williams signaled no desire to intervene by telling CNBC that it’s a sign of optimism in the recovery.

Lagarde also called for fiscal policy to continue to play a large role in supporting the economy.

“Firms and households will only be able to take full advantage of favorable financing conditions if national policy measures are deployed to help monetary policy unfold its full potential,” she said.

That view was shared by Kristalina Georgieva, head of the International Monetary Fund, at the same event. While ending the health crisis remains the top priority, policy makers should also avoid any premature withdrawal of support measures, she said.

Wearing masks and maintaining social distance during activities such as student lunch and faculty meetings are the main factors in keeping schools free of coronavirus infections, says a new study conducted by the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention published on Monday afternoon.

Unionists lambasted the ‘nonsense’ of arrangements which have seen deliveries from Great Britain tampered with and delayed.

KINSHASA, Congo — The Italian ambassador to Congo, an Italian Carabinieri police officer and their Congolese driver were killed Monday when gunmen attacked a U.N. convoy going to visit a school in eastern Congo, the Italian Foreign Ministry and residents said. Luca Attanasio, Italy’s ambassador to the country since 2017, Carabinieri officer Vittorio Iacovacci and their driver were killed, officials said. Other members of the convoy were wounded and taken to a hospital, the World Food Program said. The ambush occurred as the convoy was travelling from Goma, Congo’s eastern regional capital, to visit a WFP school project in Rutshuru, the U.N. agency said. The WFP said the attack occurred on a road that had been cleared previously for travel without security escorts, and it was seeking more information from local officials on the attack. Eastern Congo is home to myriad rebel groups all vying for control of the mineral-rich Central African nation that is the size of Western Europe. The attack, a few kilometres north of Goma, was right next to Virunga National Park. North Kivu Gov. Carly Nzanzu Kasivita said the U.N. vehicles were hijacked by the attackers and taken into the bush. The Congolese army and park guards for Virunga National Park came to help those who had been attacked, he said. “There was an exchange of fire. The attackers fired at the bodyguard and the ambassador,” the governor said, adding that the ambassador later died from his wounds. Attanasio, a 43-year-old career diplomat, left behind a wife and three young children. The attack occurred in the same area where two Britons were kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in 2018, said Mambo Kaway, head of a local civil society group. “The situation is very tense,” he added. More than 2,000 civilians were killed last year in eastern Congo in violence by armed groups whose brutal attacks have also displaced over 5.2 million people in what the U.N. calls one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. Marie Tumba Nzenza, Congo’s minister of foreign affairs, sent her condolences and promised the Italian government that the Congolese government would do all it could to find those behind the killings. Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Premier Mario Draghi also expressed their condolences to the victims’ families. “The circumstances of this brutal attack are still unclear and no effort will be spared to shed light on what happened, » Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said. Di Maio was flying from Brussels to Rome to meet with Draghi and to brief Italian lawmakers on the attack. The Rome prosecutors’ office routinely leads investigations of Italians who are victims of crime abroad. A special Carabinieri investigative unit was headed to Kinshasha and expected to arrive Tuesday, Italian state TV reported. After serving in diplomatic roles in Switzerland, Morocco and Nigeria, Attanasio was assigned to the Italian Embassy in Kinshasa in September 2017. Last October, he was awarded the Nassiriya International Prize for Peace in a ceremony held in a church in southern Italy. Attanasio was cited for “having contributed to the realization of important humanitarian projects, distinguishing himself for altruism, dedication and the spirit of service for people in difficulty,” the La Repubblica newspaper reported. It quoted Attanasio as saying that “all that which we take for granted in Italy isn’t in Congo, where, unfortunately, there are so many problems to resolve.” Attanasio described the role of the ambassador is “above all to be close to the Italians, but also to contribute to achieving peace.” Around 1,000 Italians live in Congo. Congo suffered through one of the world’s most brutal colonial reigns before undergoing decades of corrupt dictatorship. Back-to-back civil wars later drew in a number of neighbouring countries. In January 2019, Congo experienced its first peaceful democratic transfer of power since independence in 1960 following the election of President Felix Tshisekedi. The U.N. peacekeeping mission has been working toward drawing down its more than 17,000-troop presence in the country and transfer its security work to Congolese authorities. “These tragic killings highlights the insecurity in eastern Congo,” in an area that has seen a rise in kidnappings, organized criminality and militias, said Ben Shepherd, consulting fellow with the Chatham House Africa Program. It took place on one of the main roads from Goma, a well-travelled road that is generally viewed as secure, he said, adding that it would be difficult to know at this point if it was a random, opportunistic attack on a convoy or a planned attack. “There is so much insecurity in the region … at this point it can only be speculation as to who carried this out,” he said. ___ Nicole Winfield reported from Rome. Carley Petesch in Dakar, Senegal, Lorne Cook in Brussels, Frances D’Emilio in Rome, and Andy Meldrum in Johannesburg, contributed to this report. Jean-Yves Kamale And Nicole Winfield, The Associated Press

DrJohnJMaalouf – Press Relase Photo Dr. John J. Maalouf, of Maalouf Ashford & Talbot, LLP BVI IAC reaffirms commitment to diverse representation of the international business community NEW YORK, NY, Feb. 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NewMediaWire — The British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Centre (BVI IAC), an independent not-for-profit institution serving the demands for dispute resolution in the international business community, today announced that Dr. John J. Maalouf has joined its arbitration panel. Dr. Maaloufis one of 10 arbitrators welcomed by the BVI IAC through its latest empanelment process. Dr. Maalouf is Senior Partner of the international law firm Maalouf Ashford & Talbot, LLP. His practice is focused on international trade and finance law, international arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution, litigation, corporate, banking, mergers and acquisitions, energy, oil and gas, and intellectual property. Dr. Maalouf has served as an arbitrator on over 70 cases around the globe, and is a distinguished arbitrator with 15 Courts of International Arbitration and Arbitration Centers worldwide including: The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Dubai International Financial Center/LCIA Court of International Arbitration (DIFC/LCIA), Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), Abu Dhabi Global Markets Arbitration Centre (ADGM), Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC), New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC – Member), Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA – The Hague, The Netherlands), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA – United States), Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA), British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC), GCC Arbitration Centre (Bahrain), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB) and most recently the BVI International Arbitration Centre. Under Dr. Maalouf’s leadership, Maalouf Ashford & Talbot has been honored as « Law Firm of the Year » in the United States, Dubai, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, China, Lebanon, Bahrain, Brazil and the United Kingdom for 2020 in 92 different categories. In addition, Dr. Maalouf has been ranked as one of the Top 10 International Trade & Finance Lawyers in the United States for the past 15 consecutive years by the United States Lawyer Rankings 2006 – 2020 Editions. Dr. Maalouf splits his time between the Firm’s New York City and Dubai offices. “The British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Centre is pleased to welcome Dr. Maaloufand the other newest members to our distinguished panel of arbitrators,” said François Lassalle, the Centre’s Chief Executive Officer. “Their backgrounds span the practice of law from international trade & finance law, to art law to energy resources, and include an arbitrator from Norway for the first time. Together, they confirm the International Arbitration Centre’s focus on providing professionals whose legal, business and industry experiences meet the needs for diversity in both the cultural and linguistic arenas of the global community.” The 10 new arbitrators represent nine countries, further expanding the skillset and diversity of the BVI International Arbitration Centre Panel. Now composed of more than 200 international arbitrators, the panel represents common law and civil law jurisdictions, and the arbitrators speak a broad range of languages, including Cantonese, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. In addition to Dr. Maalouf, the newest members of the BVI International Arbitration Centre Panel and their principal locations are: Maria Athanasiou Switzerland Christina Beharry United States Guido Carducci France, Italy, United Kingdom Andrew Chin Hong Kong, Mainland China Erlend Haaskjold Norway Jennifer Haywood United Kingdom Tim Yimin Liu Mainland China Carol Roberts Canada John H. Rooney, Jr. United States The BVI IAC is renowned for offering a quality legal framework and a stable political environment as a British Overseas Territory. Many business executives in emerging industries benefit from resolving disputes in the BVI, because of the flexible rules that govern the region and its openness to trying new ideas and procedures. About the British Virgin IslandsInternational Arbitration Centre The BVI IAC was established to meet the rapidly evolving dispute resolution needs of arbitration users worldwide. The Centre meets the demands of the international business community for a neutral, impartial, efficient and reliable dispute resolution institution in the Caribbean, Latin America and at the cross-roads of the Americas. The BVI offers a quality legal framework and a stable political environment as a British Overseas Territory Party to the New York Convention. Users of the BVI IAC arbitration clause benefit from arbitration-friendly legislations that improve ease of business and support. The BVI IAC Panel includes arbitrators from over 40 countries, speaking more than 20 languages, and is one of the most gender-diverse panels in the world. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and the flexibility to meet the unique requirements of any virtual arbitration, BVI IAC offers world-class facilities for conducting arbitral hearings. For more information, please visitwww.bviiac.org. About Maalouf Ashford & Talbot, LLP Maalouf Ashford & Talbot, LLP, is one of the world’s leading international law firms with offices throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia. Their firm represents Fortune 500 Companies in connection with matters involving international trade & finance law, arbitration & litigation, real estate, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, oil & gas law, corporate law, banking law, compliance and regulatory issues, technology, tax law, mergers & acquisitions, Islamic finance law, intellectual property law, and media & telecommunications law. The Firm’s commitment to excellence and client service has led to Maalouf Ashford & Talbot being named “Law Firm of the Year” for 2020 in 13 different countries and in 92 categories. For more information, please visit: www.maaloufashford.com British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Centre Brief Biographies of New Panel Members Maria Athanasiou Maria Athanasiou is Counsel at the Arbitration Office of Professor Pierre Tercier in Fribourg, Switzerland, where she works primarily on cases conducted under the rules of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and International Chamber of Commerce. Previously, she was an associate in two international arbitration groups in Brussels and London. Ms. Athanasiou is a member of panels of arbitrators at the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and the Business Arbitration Scheme of the chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the reserve panel at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. She speaks English, French and Greek. Christina Beharry Christina Beharry is Counsel in international litigation and arbitration at Foley Hoag in Washington, D.C. Her practice focuses on public international law, investor-state and commercial arbitration, and trade and investment policy. Ms. Beharry previously served as Counsel in the Trade Law Bureau of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, where she represented the Government of Canada in investor-state disputes under NAFTA Chapter 11. Ms. Beharry has served in international arbitration proceedings administered by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Chamber of Commerce, and ad hoctribunals under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. She speaks English, French and Spanish. Guido Carducci Guido Carducci is visiting professor of commercial law, international business law and art and cultural property law at Universite Paris II Panthéon-Assas IHEI. He is also an attorney in private practice in Rome and an arbitrator in London. Previously, he served as Chief, International Standards Section at UNESCO-Paris. Mr. Carducci is a Chartered Arbitrator, Fellow and Faculty of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the ICC Commissions on Arbitration and ADR. He has served as an arbitrator under the Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce, UNCITRAL, European Court of Arbitration, Milan Chamber of Commerce and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He speaks English, French, Italian and Spanish. Andrew Chin Andrew Chin is Counsel in the litigation and insolvency team at Harneys in Hong Kong. He focuses on commercial and shareholder disputes in multi-jurisdictional matters. Previously, he worked with international law firms in Hong Kong and as a tribunal secretary and assistant to Michael Hwang SC in Singapore. Mr. Chin has served as counsel in disputes at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Singapore International Arbitration Centre, International Chamber of Commerce and the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Centre. He is also one of fewer than 100 solicitor advocates to have been granted higher rights of audience by the Higher Rights Assessment Board of Hong Kong. He speaks Cantonese, English and Mandarin. Erlend Haaskjold Erlend Haaskjold is a partner in the dispute resolution and construction department at Arntzen de Besche in Oslo; he heads the international arbitration practice group. His practice focuses on contract law and private international law. He also lectures on commercial law at the Law Faculty of the University of Oslo. Previously, he was in private practice in Oslo and was the Attorney General (Civil Affairs). Mr. Haaskjold has served as counsel and mediator ad hocin civil and commercial disputes and is a Permanent Mediator at the Norwegian Court of Appeal and the Oslo City Court. He also is the Chair of the National Mediation Board for Intellectual Property Disputes. He speaks English, French, German, Norwegian and Spanish. Jennifer Haywood Jennifer Haywood is a barrister at Serle Court Chambers in London, with a traditional and commercial chancery practice focused on litigation and breach of fiduciary duty, company, partnership, trusts and probate and fraud. Ms. Haywood is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration and has received accreditation as a mediator by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution. Her arbitrations have largely involved partnership/LLP disputes. She speaks English. Tim Yimin Liu Tim Yimin Liu is an attorney at Global Law Office in Shanghai, where his practice focuses on cross-border legal practices, including litigation, international commercial arbitration and mediation. Previously, he was a partner at the Beijing DHH Law Firm. Mr. Liu is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Prime Dispute; Arbitrators’ & Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand; The Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators and the Kovise Foundation Conflict Resolution International and the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators. He is an Arbitrator and Mediator at the Saudi Center of Commercial Arbitration and also a Commercial Negotiator at Prime Dispute. He speaks English and Mandarin. Dr. John Maalouf Dr. Maalouf is Senior Partner of the international law firm Maalouf Ashford & Talbot, LLP. His practice is focused on international trade and finance law, International arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution, litigation, corporate, banking, mergers and acquisitions, energy, oil and gas, and intellectual property. Dr. Maalouf has served as an arbitrator on over 70 cases around the globe, and is a distinguished arbitrator with 15 arbitration centers worldwide including: the United Arab Emirates, United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Bahrain, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Hong Kong, South Korea, Switzerland, and The Netherlands. Under Dr. Maalouf’s leadership, Maalouf Ashford & Talbot has been honored as « Law Firm of the Year » in the United States, Dubai, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, China, Lebanon, Bahrain, Brazil and the United Kingdom for 2020 in 92 different categories. In addition, Dr. Maalouf has been ranked as one of the Top 10 International Trade & Finance Lawyers in the United States for the past 16 consecutive years by the United States Lawyer Rankings 2005 – 2020 Editions. Dr. Maaloufsplits his time between the Firm’s in New York City and Dubai offices. Carol Roberts Carol Roberts is an attorney in private practice in Vancouver, with a focus on administrative and constitutional law and human rights, as well as property assessment, employment, personal injury, forestry, sports and workers compensation. She received her Chartered Arbitrator designation from the ADR Institute of Canada. Ms. Roberts has served as an arbitrator and mediator for the Sport Dispute Resolution Center of Canada, International Court of Arbitration for Sport, Vancouver International Arbitration Centre, United Kingdom Sport Resolution and the World Triathlon Corporation Anti-Doping Panel. She is a panelist and member at several other mediation and arbitration centres. She speaks English. John H. Rooney, Jr. John H. Rooney, Jr. is an attorney in private practice in Miami, representing clients in international business and insurance matters, including international arbitration. Previously, he was a partner in the international litigation and arbitration practice of a firm in Miami. Mr. Rooney is an Adjunct Professor at University of Miami School of Law where he teaches international commercial arbitration and international business transactions. As an arbitrator, Mr. Rooney has resolved disputes under the rules of Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission, International Centre for Dispute Resolution, International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, International Chamber of Commerce and London Court of International Arbitration. He speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish. Contact: Jennifer Simpson CarrFuria Rubel Communications 1 215 340 0480 [email protected] Attachment DrJohnJMaalouf – Press Relase Photo

The Prime Minister said a Government study would look at whether ‘Covid status certificates’ could help open up the economy.

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the company’s PD-L1 IHC 22C3 pharmDx assay for expanded use in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). PD-L1 IHC 22C3 pharmDx can now be used as an aid in identifying NSCLC patients with tumor PD-L1 expression of Tumor Proportion Score (TPS) ≥ 50% for treatment with Libtayo® (cemiplimab-rwlc). This announcement underscores Agilent’s continuing commitment to the development of IHC-based diagnostics for cancer therapy.

New York, New York–(Newsfile Corp. – February 22, 2021) – Pomerantz LLP is investigating claims on behalf of investors of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (« AcelRx » or the « Company ») (NASDAQ: ACRX). Such investors are advised to contact Robert S. Willoughby at [email protected] or 888-476-6529, ext. 7980.The investigation concerns whether AcelRx and certain of its officers and/or directors have engaged in securities fraud or other unlawful business practices. [Click here for information about joining …

The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times eastern): 1:40 p.m. Manitoba health officials are reporting 97 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths. The province’s chief public health officer says there are no new cases involving variants of concern, such as the B.1.1.7 variant first seen in the United Kingdom. Four such cases have been identified to date, all related to travel. — 1:10 p.m. Nova Scotia is reporting one new case of COVID-19 today. The new case is in the Halifax area and is a close contact of a previously reported case. The province currently has 19 active infections. As of Sunday, 27,521 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, with 11,533 people having received their required second dose. — 12:45 p.m. Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting 14 new cases of COVID-19. Health officials said today two cases are travel related and involve people in western Newfoundland and in the region spanning Labrador and Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula. The remaining cases are in the eastern health region, where officials have been battling an outbreak they say is caused by the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant. There are 407 active reported cases across the province, and five people are in hospital with the disease. — 12:30 p.m. Manitoba is extending two government programs linked to COVID-19. The province is adding $2 million to its Stay At Home program, which funds live streaming of cultural events, fitness classes and other content people can view from their home. The government is also boosting its advertising campaign that explains to viewers how to stay safe from the novel coronavirus. — 12:15 p.m. Nunavut is reporting 12 new cases of COVID-19 today, all in Arviat. It’s been more than 100 days since the first case of COVID-19 in Arviat, and the community of about 2,800 people continues to deal with an outbreak. Chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson says there isn’t evidence of community transmission in Arviat as all cases are related to household transmission. The community has been under a strict lockdown since November, with all schools and non-essential businesses closed. There are 33 active reported cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut, all in Arviat. — 11 a.m. Quebec is reporting 805 new cases of COVID-19 today and 11 more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus, including two in the past 24 hours. Health officials say hospitalizations rose by three, to 689, and 117 people were in intensive care, a drop of two. The province says 7,396 doses of vaccine were administered yesterday, for a total of 353,894. Quebec has reported 282,927 cases of COVID-19 and 10,318 deaths linked to the virus. — 10:30 a.m. Ontario says there are 1,058 new cases of COVID-19 in the province and 11 more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus. Health Minister Christine Elliott said today 325 of the new cases are in Toronto and 215 are in Peel Region. York Region, which moved down into the red zone of Ontario’s tiered reopening framework this morning, had 87 new cases. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 22, 2021. The Canadian Press

New York Rangers star Artemi Panarin is taking a leave of absence from the team after a Russian tabloid printed allegations from a former coach that he attacked a woman in Latvia almost a decade ago, which he denies. Andrei Nazarov, a former NHL enforcer who coached Panarin in the Kontinental Hockey League, told Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda in a story published Saturday that Panarin attacked an 18-year-old Latvian woman in a hotel bar in the Latvian capital of Riga following a game in December 2011. Nazarov told the tabloid that Panarin knocked the woman to the floor with “several powerful blows.” Nazarov added that he later heard that the Latvian authorities looked into the incident but that no action was taken after “authoritative” locals negotiated with the police not to pursue the case, allegedly after money changed hands. Nazarov said he was motivated to speak about the alleged incident because he disagreed with Panarin’s repeated criticism of the Russian government. Panarin played for Nazarov with Vityaz Chekhov from 2010-2012. “Artemi vehemently and unequivocally denies any and all allegations in this fabricated story, » the Rangers said in a statement Monday. « This is clearly an intimidation tactic being used against him for being outspoken on recent political events. Artemi is obviously shaken and concerned and will take some time away from the team. The Rangers fully support Artemi and will work with him to identify the source of these unfounded allegations.” Panarin has been a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin and last month posted his support on social media for opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was arrested last month upon returning to Moscow and was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison for violating terms of his probation. Panarin, 29, has played in the NHL since 2015 and was a finalist for the league’s MVP award last season. He won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in 2016 with Chicago where he played two seasons, went to Columbus for two more and then signed an $81.5 million, seven-year contract with New York in 2019. Rangers teammate Ryan Strome praised Panarin as a person and role model for him and other young players. “I think ‘Bread’ knows how much we love him, how much we care for him, how much we appreciate what he does for us,’ Strome said. ”We wish for the best for him and obviously give him his time to get things straightened out. » Panarin leads the Rangers with 18 points on five goals and 13 assists. They next play Wednesday against Philadelphia. Coach David Quinn said he and his players spoke about Panarin’s absence before practice Monday. “We’re going to help Artemi through this difficult time,” Quinn said. « You have to continue to unite as a team. It’s hard to overcome losing a player like Artemi from a hockey standpoint, but we’ve got to find a way to do it.” ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Stephen Whyno, The Associated Press

OTTAWA — The union representing air traffic controllers says Nav Canada is mulling layoffs even if it receives a possible bailout from Ottawa. Doug Best, who heads the Canadian Air Traffic Control Association, warns that more job cuts would jeopardize passenger safety and cut critically needed workers. Ray Bohn, CEO of Nav Canada, the non-profit body that runs the country’s civil air navigation service, told a parliamentary committee this month that its study of potential service reductions would go on independent of any federal relief package. Best says more than 100 air traffic controllers are poised to lose their jobs if Nav Canada goes through with permanently closing seven control towers, leaving pilots to fend for themselves during takeoff or landing. Mark Galvin, CEO of Windsor International Airport, where one of the seven towers sits, says control towers are « essential » to ensuring safety in a busy airspace like Windsor-Detroit. Nav Canada, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday, saw profits and air traffic plummet over the past year as the COVID-19 pandemic battered the organization, prompting some 900 layoffs since March. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 22, 2021. The Canadian Press

Tory think tank demands inquiry after claims she was involved in personnel changes at No 10

On the heels of the trailer for the docuseries « Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil » being released, in which the singer revealed for the first time that she suffered three strokes and a heart attack amid the OD, she spoke about the YouTube doc on Monday’s « Ellen DeGeneres Show » — and her hope that it helps others.

« At this time, available information suggests that the FDA-authorized vaccines remain effective in protecting the American public against currently circulating strains of SARS-CoV-2, » the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a statement. The agency made the comments as part of a newly updated guidance http://bit.ly/3pEGUPH for companies making vaccines, tests and therapeutics for COVID-19. The emergence of new variants that are considered more infectious has prompted the U.S. government to step up efforts to track coronavirus mutations and keep vaccines and treatments effective against any new variants.

A U.S. official played down comments by the Iranian supreme leader on Monday that Tehran could enrich uranium to 60% purity, saying that would be concerning but Iran has not done so yet and Washington is waiting to see if Tehran will return to talks. The United States on Thursday offered to sit down with the Iranians along with other parties to a 2015 nuclear deal to see if there is a way to return to the pact abandoned by former U.S. President Donald Trump. Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tehran may enrich uranium up to 60% purity if the country needed it, state TV reported, adding that Tehran will never yield to the U.S. pressure over its nuclear work.

“The fact that I, Meghan McCain, co-host of The View, don’t know when or how I will be able to get a vaccine because the rollout for my age range and my health is so nebulous, » she griped on Monday’s show.

“I had no way to connect to guy … he’s a stranger who’s suddenly in our house,” Mr Obama says. Springsteen similarly talks about his own paternal relationship in a project in which the two men discuss their personal life experiences in relation to the larger story of America. In Renegades: Born in the USA, recorded over several days in 2020 just a few miles from where Springsteen grew up, they begin by reminiscing about their unlikely friendship in the first episode.

Fifth HS2 protester leaves Euston tunnelLarch Maxey’s exit leaves four in tunnel, as judge grants possession order to HS2 Larch Maxey waves as he is escorted away from the protest site. Photograph: David Levene/The Guardian

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