Columbus Statue Toppled by Baltimore Protesters

First-ever Calgary Stampede drive-thru pancake breakfast puts the boots to COVID-19 gloom

Five-thousand people attended the first-ever Calgary Stampede drive-thru pancake breakfast on Saturday at Cross Iron Mills.

There were the same free pancakes, enthusiastic volunteers and country music — that part hasn’t changed with this year’s Stampede breakfast.

Coronavirus: Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market thrives during pandemic

There’s a sense of normalcy at the Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market when it’s bustling with locals and tourists looking to support farmers and artisans from the Okanagan.

Richard Haskins, Red Rock Resorts President, Dies in Accident

Richard J. Haskins, the president ofRed Rock Resorts and Station Casinos, died in a watercraft accident while vacationing in Michigan.

Haskins was “a trusted advisor, a brilliant strategist, a steady hand in good times and in bad and most important – a friend to all,” Red Rock CEO Frank Fertitta III said in a statement. “It is very hard to imagine Station Casinos being the company it is today without Rich. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.”

Haskins, 56, had been with Station Casinos for 25 years, the companysaid. An announcement on a succession plan will be made in the coming days, it said.

New Zealand Extends Timetable for Interest-Free Business Loans

New Zealand’s government will again extend an interest-free loan program for small businesses as part of its economic stimulus as the country charts a post-coronavirus economic recovery, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a speech on Sunday.

The Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme, which the government already extended once to late July, will now be available until the end of the year, the Labour leader told her party’s annual congress.

The extension adds to a suite of measures following the complete isolation of the island nation from March 19, which enabled it to become one of the first countries to eliminate community transmission of the coronavirus.

As many as 90,485 small businesses have applied through the loans program for more than NZ$1.51 billion ($986 million) since May 12, the country’s Revenue and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash said in a separate statement.

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The average value of each loan so far has been about NZ$16,700, according to the statement.

Thousands flock back to pubs as some bars close early after ‘irresponsible behaviour’

People have been flocking to pubs in their thousands – with some apparently flouting social distancing guidelines – as England’s most significant relaxation of lockdown rules so far came into force.

As new regulations cleared the path for bars to reopen – on what was widely dubbed “Super Saturday” – pictures showed drinkers packing beer gardens and outdoor areas.

Disorder in some parts of the country forced pubs to close early, with police making arrests after violent clashes.

Colin Kaepernick Rejects Independence Day Celebration In Tweet

Former 49ers NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick spoke out against the mistreatment of Black people on America’s birthday. Earlier this afternoon Kaepernick posted a striking montage documenting the violent history against Blacks on his Twitter page. In the video acts of police brutality, photographs of slavery and lynching are juxtaposed against fireworks and the first words of the preamble to the Constitution: “We The People.”

Earlier this week it was announced Colin Kaepernick would team up with Ava DuVernay for a limited series on Netflix focusing on Kaepernick’s earlier years and experiences in California. The series will shed light on the development of young black man destined to become a NFL quarterback and civil rights advocate.

Saskatoon man pepper sprayed, Tasered, charged with assaulting officer: police

A 27-year-old man is facing a number of charges, including assaulting an officer in the Nutana neighbourhood, after resisting arrest on Saturday afternoon, police say.

At roughly 2 p.m., the Saskatoon Police Service was called to the 500 block of 11th Street East. There, police say they encountered a man who had damaged nearby property.

California Firm’s Rocket Fails in Launch From New Zealand

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Long Beach, Calif. (AP) — Rocket Lab, which specializes in putting small satellites into orbit, failed to deploy a payload of seven satellites during its 13th launch, the Long Beach, California, company said Saturday.

The failure occurred during the second-stage burn approximately four minutes after the Electron rocket lifted off from the company’s launch site in Mahia, New Zealand.

The liftoff and first-stage burn and separation were successful, Rocket Lab said in a statement.

The company said it was investigating the cause of the failure, which followed 11 consecutive successful orbital launches by its Electron rockets.

The main satellite aboard the rocket was intended to demonstrate Canon Electronics Inc.’s Earth-imaging technology.

Before the failure, Rocket Lab said it was planning monthly launches for the remainder of the year and into 2021. Those missions include launches for the U.S. Space Force and NASA.

Columbus Statue Toppled by Baltimore Protesters

Baltimore (AP) — Baltimore protesters pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus and threw it into the city’s Inner Harbor on Saturday night.

Demonstrators used ropes to topple the monument near the Little Italy neighborhood, news outlets reported.

Protesters mobilized by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police have called for the removal of statues of Columbus, Confederate figures and others. They say the Italian explorer is responsible for the genocide and exploitation of native peoples in the Americas.

According to The Baltimore Sun, the statue was owned by the city and dedicated in 1984 by former Mayor William Donald Schaefer and President Ronald Reagan.

A spokesman for Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young told The Sun the toppling of the statue is a part of a national and global reexamination over monuments “that may represent different things to different people.”

“We understand the dynamics that are playing out in Baltimore are part of a national narrative,” Lester Davis said.

Statues of Columbus have also been toppled or vandalized in cities such as Miami; Richmond, Virginia; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Boston, where one was decapitated.