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COVID-19 has now killed more Albertans than last 10 flu seasons combined

COVID-19 has now killed more people in Alberta than influenza did over the last 10 years combined, the province’s top public health doctor says.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw issued that stark reminder during her update on the pandemic, which has now killed 760 people since March.

“It is a sobering statistic that in less than 10 months, more Albertans have now died from COVID-19 than have died from influenza in the last 10 years combined,” Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer of health, said Wednesday at a  news conference.

“Today I want to remind anyone who is in the 20 to 40 age range that this virus also impacts you,” she said.

“In Alberta to date, more than 32,000 people between the ages of 20 and 39 have contracted COVID-19. More than 380 of them have been hospitalized, and sadly, eight of these have died.

“To put this in perspective, if you gathered every Albertan between the ages of 20 and 39 who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, they would fill the Saddledome in Calgary, the Centrium in Red Deer and the Enmax Centre in Lethbridge.”

Virus does not discriminate

The coronavirus does not discriminate, and can have long-term and potentially devastating impact for anyone who contracts the illness, she said, urging people of all ages not to take COVID-19 lightly. 

“For everyone of any age, including those between the ages of 20 and 39, it is vital to avoid in-person interactions whenever possible,” Hinshaw said.

“This includes not having holiday parties or other gatherings in our homes. Instead, we must all look for ways to connect virtually.”

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Hinshaw said Alberta Health Services continues to take steps to increase hospital capacity and expand the number of acute-care and ICU beds. Some are new beds and, in some cases, existing beds will be made available as patients are moved into continuing-care centres.

AHS is also working with the Canadian Red Cross to set up an alternate care centre at the Butterdome on the University of Alberta’s campus, she said.

“It will take a few weeks to set up the care centre, which could add an additional 100 inpatient beds,” Hinshaw said. “There is no plan to staff these beds unless they are needed. This is a purely precautionary measure for use if needed in the future.”

Vaccine rollout still being developed

The first phase of the province’s vaccine program, which provided its initial doses on Tuesday, will target people who are at the highest risk of severe outcomes and those who care for them, Hinshaw said.

During the first quarter of 2021, she said the vaccine will be given to long-term care residents, staff who work in long-term care and designated supportive living centres, health-care workers in the highest risk areas of hospitals and people over the age of 75. 

“What we’re seeing as our Phase 2 would include priority groups who are more of those first-responders and front-line professionals, and that is set to roll out … at this time, we anticipate in April of 2021,” she said.

Decisions haven’t yet been made about which of the first-responder groups or front-line workers would be prioritized first, and Hinshaw said those discussions will happen early in the new year. 

“We don’t know yet exactly how much vaccine we will have. We continue to work with the federal government to make sure that we are getting updates.

“And as more vaccine is available, and as potentially new vaccines are licensed, we may be able to move those dates, if things move more quickly than anticipated. But at this point that is our anticipated timeline.”

Latest numbers

More than nine months into the worst pandemic in a century, Albertans have become accustomed to watching the daily numbers — new cases, active cases, hospitalizations, test numbers, outbreaks in schools, even something called the R value — essentially the number of people infected by each infected person. And the saddest number of all, deaths.

Here’s where things sat as of Wednesday’s update:

  • 1,270 new cases.
  • 20,169 active cases.
  • 749 people in hospital, including 139 in ICU.
  • 17,569 tests, a total of 1,587,574 people tested.
  • A positivity rate of 7.3 per cent.
  • 16 more deaths, for a total of 760.

The provincial R value from Dec. 7-13 was 0.98. (An R-value of one means each person with the illness only infects one other person.)

  • Edmonton Zone – 1.00.
  • Calgary Zone – 0.92.
  • Rest of Alberta – 1.01.

More than 84,000 Albertans have contracted the disease since the pandemic began, with 63,668 now listed as recovered.

The regional breakdown of cases on Wednesday was:

  • Edmonton zone: 9,715
  • Calgary zone: 7,122
  • Central zone: 1,496
  • North zone: 1,245
  • South zone: 553
  • Unknown: 76  

Health Minister Tyler Shandro is expected to provide an update on the next phase of rapid testing at a news conference scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday.

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‘Insecure’: Natasha Rothwell on How ‘Looking for LaToya’ Became This Season’s Show-Within-a-Show (Exclusive)

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UEFA bans Manchester City from Champions League for 2 seasons

English Premier League champion Manchester City was banned by UEFA from the Champions League for two seasons on Friday for “serious breaches” of spending rules in a seismic ruling against one of world football’s wealthiest clubs.

The Abu Dhabi-owned team was also fined $ 33 million US after an investigation that was sparked by leaks showing City overstated sponsorship revenue in a bid to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.

The punishment prevents City from playing in any European competition, including the Europa League, until the 2022-23 season. It could have a significant impact on the club’s ability to sign players and retain manager Pep Guardiola, whose contract expires next season.

“The adjudicatory chamber, having considered all the evidence, has found that Manchester City Football Club committed serious breaches of the UEFA club licensing and financial fair play regulations by overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016,” UEFA said in a statement.

City plays Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 this month but would not get to defend the title if it lifts the European Cup for the first time.

Man City will appeal

City said it would appeal against the sanctions, criticizing a “flawed” process.

“This is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA,” the club said. “With this prejudicial process now over, the club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity.”

City has never disputed the authenticity of the information contained in internal emails that were published by German media outlet Der Spiegel in October 2018 and shows alleged schemes by the club to allegedly cover up the true source of income in a bid to comply with FFP.

The UEFA statement on Friday did not reference any specifics of the evidence that led to the punishment

In 2015, Der Spiegel said emails were being sent internally at City showing the manipulation of sponsorship revenue from Etihad Airways, the state-owned airline from Abu Dhabi, which is the naming rights sponsor of City’s stadium and training campus as well as appearing on jerseys.

The sponsorship was said to generate about $ 85 million annually for City. But City’s holding company — the state-backed Abu Dhabi United Group — channeled 59.9 million pounds back to Etihad, according to Jorge Chumillas, the club’s chief financial officer, in an internal email to club director Simon Pearce.

The leaks showed how City allegedly tried to artificially raise its revenue, in one case by 33 million, according to emails from 2013 reported by Der Spiegel. Abu Dhabi United Group was alleged to be sending cash to a shell vehicle which was created to supposedly buy the right to use players’ images in marketing campaigns.

There were further examples that Sheikh Mansour could have been the source of sponsorship revenue for Abu Dhabi state-owned companies like investment firm Aabar. Der Spiegel cited a 2010 email to Aabar from Pearce, the City director who also works for Abu Dhabi’s Executive Affairs Authority.

“As we discussed, the annual direct obligation for Aabar is GBP 3 million,” Pearce wrote. “The remaining 12 million GBP requirement will come from alternative sources provided by His Highness.”

Club has been punished before

City has already been punished by UEFA for violating FFP, striking an agreement in 2014 that saw the team fined rather than banned from the Champions League for inflated sponsorship deals with companies linked to the club or its ownership.

A leaked 2014 email from City lawyer Simon Cliff to a colleague showed the death of UEFA’s lead FFP investigator being celebrated: “1 down, 6 to go.”

Since July 2011, UEFA has monitored the accounts of all clubs entering its two club competitions in a bid to curb unfettered spending on players regardless of the owners’ wealth.

The first period UEFA assessed clubs for compliance with FFP was 2011-13, when owners were allowed to cover losses up to 45 million euros.

City has been transformed into an English soccer power in the decade since being bought by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and a member of Abu Dhabi’s royal family, winning the Premier League four times since 2012. City has endured a problematic title defence on the field, sitting second in the Premier League 22 points behind Liverpool.

The City Football Group, of which City is the key component, was valued at $ 4.8 billion in November after U.S. private equity firm Silver Lake bought a stake of around 10% for $ 500 million. Silver Lake became the second major partner in the group, with a Chinese consortium owning 12% of the equity. There are partner clubs in New York, Melbourne and Yokohama, among others.

Leaks raise questions

Questions have been raised about how the leaks were obtained that now cast a shadow on the reputation of City.

A Portuguese man, Rui Pinto, has been implicated in the obtaining of damaging information about European football. Pinto’s lawyer, Francisco Teixeira da Mota, said his client has been helping law enforcement in other European countries with investigations into their clubs’ finances.

Pinto was extradited last year to Portugal from Hungary, where he had lived since 2015, after Portuguese police investigations concluded he hacked into computers in his home country. He has been held in detention in Portugal since March.

A Portuguese judge ruled last month that prosecutors have enough evidence incriminating Pinto for him to stand trial. Pinto is accused of attempted extortion and hacking into secret information held by Sporting Lisbon and the Portuguese soccer federation, including financial dealings.

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How ‘The Crown’ Explores Charles’ Romances With Camilla and Diana on Seasons 3 and 4 (Exclusive)

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Vincent Kompany leaving Man City after 11 seasons

Vincent Kompany, one of the pillars behind Manchester City’s rise as the major force in English soccer, said Sunday he was leaving the club after 11 seasons to become player-manager at former team Anderlecht in Belgium.

The defender went out on a high, announcing his departure a day after lifting the FA Cup trophy at Wembley Stadium following City’s 6-0 win over Watford in the final. That clinched the domestic treble for City, an unprecedented feat in the men’s game in England.

“As overwhelming as it is, the time has come for me to go. And what a season to bow out,” Kompany said on his social-media channels. “I feel nothing but gratefulness. I am grateful to all those who supported me on a special journey, at a very special club.”

Kompany joined City from Hamburg in August 2008, just before the club came under Abu Dhabi ownership to emerge as a threat to the established powers in England. With Yaya Toure, David Silva and Sergio Aguero joining Kompany as the spine of the team, City has enjoyed the most dominant period in its history.

The 33-year-old Kompany, who made 360 appearances for City, will leave as a winner of four Premier League titles, two FA Cups, four League Cups and two Community Shields. He will also be remembered as a leader, an eloquent and important voice about matters on and off the field.

“There have been many important contributors to Manchester City’s renaissance, but arguably none are more important than Vincent Kompany,” City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak. “He defines the essence of the club. For a decade he has been the lifeblood, the soul, and beating heart of a supremely talented squad.

“A booming voice in the dressing room yet a quiet and measured ambassador off it, Vincent can be as proud of himself as we are of him.”

Injuries have plagued Kompany for years, but he stayed fit for the run-in this season and played a vital role in City’s run to the treble. His long-range strike sealed a 1-0 against Leicester in City’s next-to-last league game, setting the team up to retain the title for the first time.

‘No goodbye, it’s see you later’

Anderlecht — a 34-time Belgian champion — is where Kompany started his career, coming through the club’s ranks after joining at the age of six.

“I choose to be grateful for the past but remain ambitious and driven for the future,” Kompany said. “For the next three years, I will take up the role of player-manager of Anderlecht. Belgium’s finest,” he wrote in an open letter.

“This may come as a surprise to you. It’s the most passionate yet rational decision I’ve ever made.”

Kompany met with Anderlecht chairman Marc Coucke and sporting director Michael Verschueren in the off-season last year.

“I shared my thoughts and listened to their vision for the future: ambitious, courageous and determined to get back to No. 1,” Kompany said. “I offered my help, no strings attached, should they need it.”

He was only offered the player-manager job in the last few weeks.

“I want to share my knowledge with the next purple generations,” Kompany said. “With that, I will also put a bit of Manchester in the heart of Belgium. This is no goodbye. It’s a see you later.”

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Ryan Seacrest Takes First Sick Day in 17 Seasons of ‘American Idol’ and Gets Some Love From His Co-Stars

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Finn Jones Reacts to Netflix Cancelling 'Iron Fist' After Two Seasons

After two seasons, Netflix announced on Friday that it had decided to pull the plug on their Marvel series Iron Fist. Now, Finn Jones, the star behind the show’s titular martial arts superhero, is reflecting on the news.

“I have an enormous amount of love and respect for everyone involved with the last two seasons of this show,” he captioned a photo of himself in the character’s green-and-yellow garb. “Defending the greatest city in the world amongst the most talented and warmest people has been a privilege and a joy. Blessed to have taken this journey and grateful for the ongoing support.”

Besides the show’s two seasons, the 30-year-old actor also appeared as the Immortal Iron Fist in The Defenders miniseries and the second season of Luke Cage. And although the show is cancelled, his character will definitely be returning on other shows, as Netflix hinted in their cancellation statement.

“Marvel’s Iron Fist will not return for a third season on Netflix. Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is proud of the series and grateful for all of the hard work from our incredible cast, crew and showrunners,” Netflix said, via Vanity Fair. “We’re thankful to the fans who have watched these two seasons, and for the partnership we’ve shared on this series. While the series on Netflix has ended, the immortal Iron Fist will live on.” 

Daredevil just released season threeand Jessica Jones, The Punisher and Luke Cage are all gearing up for another season. And another possible miniseries from The Defenders reveals that Marvel Television’s partnership with Netflix is still flying high despite this cancellation news.

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Shane Doan retires from NHL after 21 seasons

While the Coyotes franchise epitomized volatility for years, Shane Doan was the one pillar of stability over more than two decades.

Doan announced his retirement Wednesday morning, less than three months after the NHL club decided not to offer the 40-year-old a contract for the 2017-18 season.

The Alberta native, who played his entire 21-season career with the Arizona Coyotes, is the franchise leader in games played, goals, assists, points, power-play goals and game-winning markers. He was drafted seventh overall by the Winnipeg Jets in 1995, playing one season in the Manitoba capital before the team shuffled off to the desert.

Instability has plagued the franchise with ownership and relocation troubles lingering in the background. But the Coyotes could always count on Doan, who was among the longest-serving captains in NHL history after taking over from Teppo Numminen in 2003.

A two-time all star, Doan scored at least 20 goals in 13 seasons and topped 50 points 11 times with a career high of 78 points in the 2007-08 season. He won the King Clancy Memorial trophy for leadership on and off the ice in 2010 and the Mark Messier Leadership award in 2012.

“Shane had an incredible career on the ice and we are very proud of everything that he accomplished in a Coyotes uniform. He will be remembered as one of the greatest captains in NHL history,” the Coyotes siad in a statement.

Coyote for life

“Off the ice, Shane was a great ambassador for growing the game of hockey in Arizona and his contributions to the community are immeasurable. Shane will be a Coyote for life. Thank you Captain!”

Doan announced his decision to retire in an Arizona newspaper.

He recalled the excitement of his first NHL game on Oct. 7, 1995 — he had two assists — and said he “probably” knew that April 8, 2017 would be his last NHL game.

“I felt an indescribable wave of emotion to have the support that I’ve had over the years from the fans throughout all of the uncertainty,” Doan wrote in the Arizona Republic. “You have always defended me and supported me. Playing in front of you has honestly been one of the greatest experiences of my life.”

Doan, who entered the league as a teenager, described retirement as “one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make.”

Hailing from the tiny town of Halkirk, Doan ultimately grew up in sunny Arizona, building a family there and sticking with the Coyotes even as their viability to stay put was threatened. He signed a five-year deal with the club in 2007 and another four-year pact after that.

“I’ve had some interest from other teams over the years, but there’s always been too much pulling me back to Phoenix,” Doan wrote in a Players Tribune article in December 2015. “I believe in this organization and I have so much respect for the fans who have stuck with us all of this time.

“In Phoenix, there have been long stretches when it’s been bad — really bad,” he continued. “But the fans still showed up. We’d be surrounded by rumours that we were going to relocate, and I’d look up in the stands and see familiar faces wearing my jersey and pounding on the glass. Who wouldn’t skate through a brick wall for them?”

Bungled exit

It’s still uncertain where the Coyotes will play long-term with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman stating in May that the club could not succeed with the current arena in Glendale.

Doan got closest to winning a Stanley Cup in 2012 when the Coyotes lost the Western Conference final to the Los Angeles Kings.

Doan never won a major NHL award and probably falls short of Hall of Fame consideration, but he brought a consistently rugged brand to hockey in Arizona with renowned leadership and a knack for the net. He even managed to pot 28 goals at age 39 before dropping off to just six goals in 74 games in what stands as his final NHL season.

Jarome Iginla was the only player to amass more goals or points from the 1995 draft class.

The Coyotes admittedly bungled his exit from the franchise.

After signing him to a one-year deal last summer, the club released a statement on June 19 noting the need to “move on” with a younger group. A few weeks later the team’s owner, Andrew Barroway, said he regretted not informing Doan of the decision himself while also reiterating the choice as the “right hockey decision.”

Though no NHL job surfaced for Doan this summer as an unrestricted free agent, his services were being considered for the 2018 Canadian Olympic team — which won’t have NHL players for the first time since 1994. Team Canada general manager Sean Burke said he reached out to Doan’s representative earlier this month.

Doan represented Canada at the 2006 Olympics, also suiting up for six world championships as well as the World Cup of Hockey in 2004.

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'The Flash' & 'Arrow' Debut Revealing First Trailers for New Seasons — Plus, Watch a Sweet B-Day Surprise!

The Flash and Arrow teams had a lot to explain when they took the stage at Comic-Con on Saturday afternoon, with both shows having ended their most recent seasons on massive cliffhangers.

Though the casts and producers on the DC superhero dramas didn’t provide any tangible answers for what will happen to Team Flash following Barry Allen’s disappearance into the Speed Force or the island explosion that seemingly left everyone — except Oliver Queen and his son, William — dead, they did release sneak peeks for the new seasons that offered some big hints.

For The Flash, Barry’s decision to leave fiancée Iris West and enter the Speed Force means the team will have a de facto new leader, who just so happens to be Iris herself. In the first look at the fourth season, Iris takes the control board in Flash headquarters and becomes an even more assertive presence.

“Iris has focused her energy on being a leader of Team Flash. She steps up and leads the team which is really, really cool,” Candice Patton said, adding later that her character “to a degree” is the catalyst for bringing Barry back. “She’s kind of [the] boss lady on Team Flash now, so she’s an active force in getting her man out of the Speed Force.”

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Though the new footage didn’t include Barry (and for good reason), Grant Gustin assured fans that he’ll be seen soon enough. “I thought I was going to show up midway through the season, but I’m on the show guys!” the newly-engaged actor said to cheers.

As for the overall tone of the season, showrunner and executive producer Todd Helbing teased they have intentionally “lightened the tone a little bit.” “Last year, it got a little dark and we’re going to get back to the jokes,” he said. When asked if there would be a musical episode this season, Helbing confessed there are currently are “no plans” and revealed that there is “no time travel in season four.”

Check out the first season four footage from The Flash Comic-Con panel:

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Arrow followed The Flash panel and was ripe with small nuggets for the upcoming sixth season, which follows the game-changing explosion on the island, Lian Yu, which left many characters’ fates up in the air. While the panelists didn’t address who did or didn’t survive, the first official look at the sixth season offered clues as to who survived (see: Deathstroke, Black Siren and the new Black Canary).

“We always said that season five would end as a culmination of the first five years, really the first 10 years of Oliver’s life. We’re not rebooting the show,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim shared. “We’re going to double down with the things that resonate with people in [the new season]. We’re going to see a different kind of Oliver Queen. The last couple of years have changed [him], particularly season five.”

Some of that is credited to Oliver’s son, William. Stephen Amell addressed Oliver’s journey as a father, which will become a larger arc for his character in the coming season.

“He’s not the best dad,” Amell confessed, admitting that he was “legitimately nervous” about filming his scenes with his TV son because it was a different shade to the character. “To start on episode 116 and to be able to do fun, new stuff as Oliver [is great] — but he’s a sh*t dad.”

Katie Cassidy, who returns as Black Siren, opened up about returning to the show — this time as a completely different take on Laurel.

“It feels like I never left. It feels like home and we’re a family,” Cassidy said. “It’s been pretty easy, getting back to the swing of things. It’s interesting the dynamic between Black Siren and other characters, Team Arrow, whatnot, the different points of view that has been completely opposite of Laurel, which is how I’ve been thinking about it.”

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As for the overarching vibe of the new season, Amell said they “took the momentum of season five and carried it into the first few episodes of season six.”

“The first three scripts, they’re really tight, they’re really action-packed but it feels like we’re taking our time, which I think is something we’ve earned,” he previewed.

And last but not least, Amell asked Ballroom 20 to sing a special birthday song for Emily Bett Rickards — who celebrates her 26th birthday on Monday — as an early present. Watch the sweet Comic-Con moment below.

Watch the first season six footage from the Arrow Comic-Con panel: 

The Flash premieres Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and Arrow premieres Thursday, Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

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