Annapurna Pictures Makes Film & TV Executive Cuts Including CFO James Pong

Crows living happy life in Rosthern, Saskatchewan home

A woman in Rosthern, Sask., has taken in two crows who wouldn’t have survived without her.

Donald Trump Says He Will Sign Executive Order To Suspend Immigration To U.S.

President Donald Trump tweeted Monday night that he planned to sign an executive order temporarily suspending immigration to the United States.

Trump said he wants to save jobs and prevent the “Invisible Enemy,” or coronavirus, from entering the U.S. from other countries.

The U.S. currently has the highest number of recorded coronavirus cases of any nation in the world. According to Johns Hopkins University, which keeps a record of COVID-19-related statistics, the United States had 786,638 of the 2,475,841 cases globally.

The next closest nation was Spain, with 200,210 recorded cases, although China’s total is suspected to be much higher than reported.

While some have accused Trump of being slow to respond to the coronavirus threat, the president frequently cites his decision to ban travel from China as an example of early action. Trump’s China ban took effect Feb. 2.

Coronavirus: Ranchers feel pain of low cattle prices while consumers told not to expect deals on beef

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association is warning about risks to the future of ranching as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S.' Pelosi: negotiators agreed 'principles' of next coronavirus aid package

WASHINGTON, April 20 (Reuters) – U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Monday Republican and Democratic negotiators have come to terms on the “principles” of the next coronavirus relief package, which is expected to focus on more aid for small businesses and be taken up in the U.S. Congress this week.

In an interview with CNN, Pelosi said negotiators were still in talks on the “fine print,” adding: “I feel very optimistic and hopeful that we’ll come to a conclusion tonight.” (Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Sandra Maler)

SAP Co-CEO Jennifer Morgan To Step Down, Christian Klein Becomes Sole CEO

SAP’s (SAP) Jennifer Morgan will step down as co-chief executive officer just six month after sharing the post with Christian Klein.

Morgan will depart the company, effective 30th April. Klein,39, will continue as sole Chief Executive Officer of the company.

SAP said the current environment requires the company to take swift, determined action which is best supported by a very clear leadership structure. So it has decided to transfer from Co-CEO to sole CEO model earlier than planned to ensure strong, unambiguous steering in times of the coronavirus crisis.

Morgan and Klein took over the Co-CEO role in October 2019 after the departure of long time chief executive officer Bill McDermott.

WHO says currently not possible to determine precise source of coronavirus

BEIJING (Reuters) – The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that it is not possible to determine the precise source of the new coronavirus at this stage.

As of now, no conclusions could be made, said Takeshi Kasai, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific.

However, the available evidence suggests an animal origin, Kasai told an online press conference.

U.S. President Donald Trump said last week his government is trying to determine whether the coronavirus emanated from a lab in Wuhan in central China.

Robbers allegedly enter Kelowna restaurant through drive-thru window

Two Okanagan men have been arrested and are facing charges for allegedly robbing a Kelowna restaurant Saturday morning.

The suspects entered the restaurant on the 1900 block of Kane Road through the drive-thru window just before 5 a.m., according to police.

Novartis : Mayzent Data Shows Delaying Disability In Patients With SPMS

Novartis said that new Mayzent data showed sustained effect in delaying disability for up to five years in patients with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis or SPMS.

The new data also show a 52% reduction in the annualized relapse rate (ARR) observed in the Mayzent group compared to the placebo switch group. Risk of confirmed worsening of cognitive impairment at six-months was reduced by 23% for the Mayzent group compared with placebo switch group.

The benefits seen in the Mayzent group were sustained for up to five years, underscoring the advantages of early treatment initiation with Mayzent. The incidence of adverse events was consistent with the controlled treatment period.

Multiple sclerosis disrupts the normal functioning of the brain, optic nerves and spinal cord through inflammation and tissue loss. MS is often characterized into three forms: primary progressive MS (PPMS), relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, and SPMS, which follows from an initial RRMS course and is characterized by physical and cognitive changes over time, in presence or absence of relapses, leading to a progressive accumulation of neurological disability.

Annapurna Pictures Makes Film & TV Executive Cuts Including CFO James Pong

Deadline has confirmed that Annapurna has made staff cuts in the current COVID-19 climate, of note CFO James Pong.

For the most part, per a spokesperson for the company, the small set of cuts aren’t impacting senior brass, rather junior executives in film and TV and a handful of assistants. The studio is making modest adjustments given the current economical climate down to senior executives taking a pay cut.

In October 2018, news broke that the prestige Oscar-winning studio was besieged with financial problems. At the time, Annapurna’s feature production head Chelsea Barnard exited with two notable projects exiting the studio, Hustlers to STX and Bombshell to Lionsgate. Recently, it was announced that Brad Pitt’s Plan B, which had a first look at Annapurna, relocated its deal to Warner Bros.

In the wake of Annapurna’s financial woes, they entered into a distribution and marketing pact with MGM called United Artists Releasing.

Variety first reported the news tonight.