Russia is considering leaving the ISS for its own space station

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Maldonado, Astros agree to contract for ’22 adding $5.5M

Catcher Martín Maldonado and the Houston Astros have agreed to a $5.5 million, one-year contract for 2022. Maldonado is making $3.5 million in 2021, the second season of a $7 million, two-year contract. A Gold Glove winner in 2017, the 34-year-old Maldonado is 3 for 34 (.088) with no RBIs in 37 plate appearances this season.

Associated Press

US ambassador to Belarus meets exiled opposition leader

New United States ambassador to Belarus Julie Fisher met with the country’s exiled opposition leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, in neighboring Lithuania’s capital on Wednesday. The meeting took place in Vilnius, where Tsikhanouskaya moved under pressure from the Belarusian authorities in August, shortly after authoritarian president Alexander Lukashenko defeated her in a widely disputed presidential election. Official results of the elections handed Lukashenko, who has run Belarus with an iron fist since 1994, his sixth term in office and triggered the largest and the most sustained wave of protests in the ex-Soviet nation’s history.


Lincoln Educational Services Corporation Schedules First Quarter Earnings Release and Conference Call

WEST ORANGE, N.J., April 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lincoln Educational Services Corporation (Nasdaq: LINC) (“Lincoln”) announced today that it will host a conference call to discuss its first quarter financial results on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time. A news release outlining Lincoln’s results will be issued before 9:30 a.m. Eastern time on that day. To access the live webcast of the conference call, please go to the investor relations section of Lincoln’s website at Participants can also listen to the conference call by dialing 844-413-0946 (domestic) or 216-562-0456 (international) and providing access code 1368208. Please log in or dial into the call at least 10 minutes prior to the start time. An archived version of the webcast will be accessible for 90 days at A replay of the call will also be available for seven days by calling 855-859-2056 (domestic) or 404-537-3406 (international) and providing access code 1368208. About Lincoln Educational Services Corporation Lincoln Educational Services Corporation is a leading provider of diversified career-oriented post-secondary education and helping to provide solutions to America’s skills gap. Lincoln offers recent high school graduates and working adults degree and diploma programs in five principal areas of study: health sciences, automotive technology, skilled trades, hospitality services and business and information technology. Lincoln has provided the nation’s workforce with skilled technicians since its inception in 1946 and currently operates 22 campuses in 14 states under 4 brands: Lincoln College of Technology, Lincoln Technical Institute, Lincoln Culinary Institute and Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts and Sciences. For more information, go to CONTACT: Lincoln Educational Services Corporation Brian Meyers, CFO 973-736-9340 EVC Group LLC Michael Polyviou, 732-933-2754


Mass General Brigham Names Andy Shin Senior Vice President of Strategy

Boston, MA, April 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mass General Brigham has named Andy Shin, JD, MPH, MBA, Senior Vice President of Strategy. Shin will work with senior leaders across Mass General Brigham to help inform, shape and advance the Mass General Brigham strategy. “Our system-wide strategy lays out the priorities, goals and plans for building the world-class integrated academic healthcare system of the future with patients at the center—transforming care and its affordability, improving outcomes and extending our impact locally, regionally and nationally,” said Jeff Weiss, JD, Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer for Mass General Brigham. “Andy will play a pivotal role in helping us to continuously evolve our strategy to meet the needs of our patients and support our four-part mission of enhancing patient care, leading groundbreaking research and discovery, teaching medicine’s best minds and serving our community.Shin was most recently the Chief Operating Officer for the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Center for Health Innovation and Senior Vice President for the AHA. In this role, he worked to advance transformation for the entire hospital and health care system industry through multi-sector partnerships, national collaboratives, thought leadership and new business lines focused on digital health, consumerism, quality improvement, population health, venture capital and health care leadership.Prior to joining the AHA, Shin held executive leadership roles across both the public and private sectors, including serving as a consultant, investment analyst and staff member on the United States House Energy and Commerce committee during the drafting of the Affordable Care Act. He also helped to launch the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Shin began his career as an officer in the United States Air Force.Shin also serves as a faculty member for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Catalyst Program, a collaborative initiative increasing the potential of innovative biomedical research from MIT to benefit society and the economy. About Mass General BrighamMass General Brigham is an integrated academic healthcare system, uniting great minds in medicine to make life-changing impact for patients in our communities and people around the world. Mass General Brigham connects a full continuum of care across a system of academic medical centers, community and specialty hospitals, a health insurance plan, physician networks, community health centers, home care, and long-term care services. Mass General Brigham is a non-profit organization that is committed to patient care, research, teaching, and service to the community. In addition, Mass General Brigham is one of the nation’s leading biomedical research organizations and a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. For more information, please visit Attachment Andy+Shin CONTACT: Bridget Perry Mass General Brigham 9784826630


Ohio authorities probe fatal police shooting of Black teenage girl

State investigators in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday were probing the fatal police shooting of a Black teenage girl in a confrontation caught on body-camera footage that appeared to show her lunging at two people with a knife. The incident on Tuesday sparked street protests in Ohio’s largest city hours after a Minneapolis jury convicted a white former police officer there of murdering George Floyd last year by kneeling on his neck. The officer who opened fire was not identified but appears from the video to be white.

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Pincher Creek council approves Church Avenue storm drainage

As the old adage goes, when it rains, it pours — and if that’s the case, you better have somewhere for the excess water to go. Residents in the east part of Pincher Creek along Church Avenue, Willow Street and Poplar Avenue know first-hand the pooling and flooding that can happen when storm sewers aren’t up to the task. The section of town has drawn consistent complaints during rain events as a result of deteriorating pipes and intruding roots in the drainage system. As part of the 2021 capital budget, $500,000 was set aside to begin replacing the old storm sewer. Starting at the north end of Church Avenue by the creek and heading south, the overall project was divided into four schedules to give the town some options when considering contractor bids. Six companies ended up bidding on the project, with council deciding during its April 12 meeting to award the project to Jenex Contracting, which bid $377,042.20 (excluding GST and contingencies). Since the bid came under budget, administration asked council to consider completing more of the construction schedule this year. “We knew going into this project that the total scope that we were hoping to complete wouldn’t be possible within the $500,000 budget,” said Alexa Levair, the town’s capital project and asset co-ordinator. “We set up the bid in a way that we could wait and see what the numbers came back as from the contractors, and then after they had bid determine how much of the project we would complete.” The first section would see the drainage replaced down Church Avenue to Willow Street and Poplar Avenue. The remaining three sections, divvying up Poplar Avenue, could be completed at additional cost: for an extra $50,000, the system down to Maple Street could be replaced; going from the creek down to Elm Street would add $182,000; and an additional $288,000 would replace the entire drainage system to Main Street. In other words, the bid submitted by Jenex Contracting for the whole project was $672,711.60, again not including GST or contingencies. Even though paying more than the allotted budget now would be cheaper than completing portions of the drainage system in the future, Coun. Brian McGillivray said context was important. “We have set upon ourselves a rather ambitious program of expenditure through 2021,” he said. “We haven’t raised taxes, and the other municipalities around us are putting their taxes up. We’re not — we’re holding the line. “So if we’ve got $500,000 planned, then we’ve got to figure out how we’re going to do what we’re going to do with the $500,000. And if we’re going to have to do something else in addition to it, then we’ll have to talk about that in the years to come.” “We’ve got to keep a lid on expenses,” Coun. McGillivray added, “because I’m telling you we don’t know what we don’t know yet, and I can see the freight train coming.” “I appreciate the thought of being able to save some cash, but this isn’t the right year for that,” agreed Coun. Scott Korbett. Council decided to stick with replacing the storm sewers along Church Avenue in schedule A. Although a start has not yet been determined, the contract with Jennex Contracting stipulates work must be completed by Oct. 31. Sean Oliver, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Shootin’ the Breeze


No cameras allowed during Epic Games antitrust trial against Apple

A federal judge said Wednesday that no cameras will be allowed during an antitrust trial starting May 3 between “Fortnite” creator Epic Games and Apple Inc. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers said during a pretrial conference that members of the public will have access to the trial through an audio-only feed and will have access to exhibits filed during the trial. Judge Gonzalez Rogers gave a media coalition led by the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press until the end of the week to determine a protocol for which member of the media will be allowed in the courtroom.

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