Pfizer CEO says omicron vaccine will probably be prepared in March

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said Monday a vaccine that targets the Omicron variant of Covid will be ready in March and the company has already started making the cans.

“This vaccine will be ready in March,” Bourla told CNBC.Squawk box.” “We [are] are already starting to manufacture some of these endangered quantities. “

Bourla said the vaccine will target the other variants in circulation as well. He said it was still not clear whether an Omicron vaccine would be needed or how it would be used, but Pfizer will have some doses ready as some countries want it ready as soon as possible.

“The hope is that we can achieve something that offers much better protection against infection, especially, because protection against hospitalization and serious illness is reasonable right now, with the current vaccines, as long as you say,” the third dose “said Bourla.

Real-world data from the UK have shown that Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are only about 10% effective at preventing symptomatic infection from Omicron 20 weeks after the second dose, according to a study by the UK Health Authority. However, the two original doses still offer good protection against serious illness, the study found.

According to the study, booster vaccinations are up to 75% effective in preventing symptomatic infection.

Dr. White House chief medical officer Anthony Fauci said in December that it was no need for a booster shot specifically targeting omicrons, because the current boosters work well against the variant.

Modern CEO Stephane Bancel said CNBC on Monday The company is working on a booster targeting Omicron for this fall and will enter clinical trials shortly. Bancel said governments are in high demand as they prepare regular vaccinations for the virus.

Bourla said it was not clear whether a fourth dose would be needed. He said Pfizer would conduct experiments to see if another dose is needed.

Israel has made a fourth dose of Pfizer and BioNTechVaccine for people over 60, people with compromised immune systems, and healthcare workers.

Israel found that a fourth dose of the vaccine increased the antibodies that protect against the virus five-fold a week after receiving the vaccine.

American Airways CEO Doug Parker to retire, president Robert Isom to take reins March 31

Doug Parker, American Airlines CEO

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American Airlines CEO Doug Parker is stepping down and will be replaced by the airline’s president, Robert Isom, on March 31, the airline announced on Tuesday.

Parker is the second major airline CEO this year to announce his resignation, signing a changing of the guard among US airlines. Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly will step down in February and hand the reins to another longtime manager, Bob Jordan, in February.

Parker will continue to serve as Chairman of the American Board.

Parker became CEO of America West for the first time shortly before the September 11, 2001 attacks and later led two mergers – with US Airways and American Airlines, the end of a wave of consolidation among US airlines.

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Civil rights leaders and Beto O’Rourke plan Selma-style march to Austin

National proxies, Texas Democrats and political leaders, including former Congressman Beto O’Rourke, are organizing a three-day march next week commemorating the 1960s civil rights movement in central Texas, in hopes of putting more pressure on Republicans voting for new elections are pushing restrictions in Texas.

“It is time to nationalize what is going on in Texas,” said Rev. William Barber, co-chair of the new Campaign for the Poor, which grew out of a group organized by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. became.

Barber, who led North Carolina’s campaign against election restriction laws, said the 27-mile march in Texas would begin Wednesday morning in Georgetown and end on July 31 at the Texas Capitol Building in Austin, the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where the late U.S. – MPs John Lewis and others were beaten by the police.

Dozens of civil rights groups in Texas and across the country have already pledged to join the march in hopes of getting Congress to pass national laws to protect voter rights amid a series of Republican-led efforts at state houses across the country.

“This is a crucial moment for democracy,” said O’Rourke in an interview with the Houston Chronicle, which promoted the march. “If you want to be in this fight and not just sit on the sidelines, you have to be in Austin by the 31st.”

O’Rourke’s Powered By People Political Action Committee is one of the organizers promoting the event.

He said that showing up in sufficient numbers can help Congress enforce a national voter protection law that would replace Texas’s restrictive electoral laws. In a US Senate in which the Democrats have a slim majority, election protection laws in Congress have stalled.

In particular, Barber said she wanted the Senate to end its filibuster rules, pass new voting laws, and a national minimum wage of $ 15, among other things.

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Texas Republicans say Democrats and others are wrong when they accuse them of promoting laws that suppress suffrage and disenfranchise people of color. Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a Republican who heads the Texas Senate, said Wednesday that the legislation extends early election times in most Texas counties and does not include earlier provisions that shorten early Sunday election times or make it easier to hold elections tilt.

“It’s not about voter suppression,” said Patrick during a press conference on Wednesday.

That said, the Texan Senate’s newest voting law, Senate Bill 1, ends nightly voting hours as offered in Houston and San Antonio in 2020. It would also ban drive-through polling stations in Houston and prevent election officials from sending postal ballot applications to voters who did not request them – something Houston officials tried during the pandemic.

Though the Texas Senate passed SB1, the bill can’t go into effect as the Texas House Democrats fled the state last week, leaving that chamber without enough members to pass legislation.

O’Rourke said the march was timed to aid the Democrats. who pledged to stay in Washington, DC until the end of the special session of the legislature, which ends on August 7th.

“We wanted to make sure that while they were waging this urgent and necessary battle in DC, we opened another front in this battle,” said the El Paso Democrat.

The Texas march begins every morning at 8 a.m. and ends in the early afternoon to avoid the midday heat. O’Rourke said he would march the entire distance.

In the run-up to the march, the groups plan a joint service on Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Community of Faith Church in Houston, together with Barber’s Greenleaf Christian Church in North Carolina and the Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas.

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Man accused of killing Peoria man over cash and medicines in March pleads not responsible

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – A man accused of killing a 32-year-old Peoria man pleaded not guilty to the charges in front of the Peoria County Courthouse Thursday.

According to the public prosecutor’s office, Allen Schimmelpfennig, 28, killed Gabriel Cook on March 8 after a dispute over drugs and money in Schimmelpfennig’s warehouse in North Peoria.

They said investigators found spent shell casings and Cook’s blood on the scene.

Cook’s body has yet to be found. His family reported him missing on March 9th.

Schimmelpfennig has to go back to court on October 6 for a scheduling conference, then on October 18 for a jury trial.

Marines march by West Michigan to boost consciousness, cash for veteran organizations

ALLENDALE, Michigan – Side by side and step by step, a group of current and former Marines set out along 68th Avenue in Allendale on Sunday.

“It was good, it was fun,” said Ryan Hucks. “Our bodies hurt, but it was interesting to walk the path.”

Hucks, Daniel Kersting and Alex Livingston have been traveling all over Michigan since Friday. The hike started in Lansing and ends in Grand Haven on Memorial Day.

Last year, Kersting, who lives in the Greater Grand Rapids area, felt the need to give something back. So he called a few friends and created “100 miles for a mission. ”

“I just asked them to do this crazy thing and they said ‘OK’,” said Kersting.

Each leg is dedicated to raising awareness and spending money on it Everything possible, a non-profit providing trauma relief to children, women and war-torn service members, and Mighty Oaks Foundationthat is more focused on the veterans and their transition home.

“They don’t know exactly what your paycheck, health care, benefits, and anything that almost raises doubts,” Hucks said. “I think that’s the hardest part, not knowing if you have a place.”

Kersting went through the program himself after his service and says he can confirm its effect.

“They have a faith-based program that is really down to the core and really helping these veterans,” Kersting said. “It’s not just about awareness. They come to the problem and help you overcome it. “

The group says they raised $ 10,000 and hope each step makes a difference in helping veterans and those around them.

At the end of the trip there will be a Murph Challenge at Grand Haven City Beach at 4 p.m.

It is an annual training designed to honor those who have died while serving.

Anyone can join, but a $ 30 donation to one of the organizations is recommended.

Some downtown bars made more cash in March than earlier than pandemic – WISH-TV | Indianapolis Information | Indiana Climate

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Cheering fans from all over the country can still be found in the bars of Indianapolis.

District Tap general manager Jeff Huron said the bar made more money in March than it did before the pandemic.

He said the business tripled weekly.

Now the bar, along with other downtown businesses, is preparing for a loss of revenue after the NCAA tournament ends on Monday.

Huron said after the teams and their fans packed and left town, he was counting on his local customers to fill the void.

“We’re going to see a bath, you know it won’t be an event anymore. But we’ve tidied it up a bit, it’s safer, a lot of people are out and about. I think it’s a really good time to get back downtown and show people that downtown Indy is a safe and fun place, ”said Huron.

Fans from other cities seemed to believe, Huron said, that lines took to the streets for several weeks in a row.

“We had a good hour, an hour and a half waiting. I hate keeping our guests waiting, but with limited capacity people want to stay and watch the game as soon as those seats are full, ”said Huron.

Huron believes visitors enjoyed more than just the games and hopes it won’t be long before another big event hits town.

“I hope we’ve been a good example to the rest of the country in the rest of the sports world that you can run these big events that you can open. You can have guests in the stands and still be safe and I think we did, ”said Huron.

Employees at other companies downtown couldn’t meet up on News 8 because they were so busy on Sunday. However, some told us over the phone that they were also concerned about what will happen when the tournament ends.

At this time’s occasions for March 29 | Leisure

TODAY

The Ridge Spring-Monetta FFA Fern Sale will be held through May 15 at the greenhouse at Hurricane Circle Market & Garden. Boston, macho, pom pom and asparagus ferns are available. Pots and large baskets are $15, smaller baskets are $10. For more information, email tcrim@acpsd.net.

The Pink Ribbonettes, a breast cancer support group, has canceled all meetings until Tuesday, Sept. 7, due to pandemic concerns. For more information, call 803-641-0111 or 803-642-0605.

TUESDAY

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

The Awesome Aiken Al-Anon group meets from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at First Christian Church, 900 Kerr Drive.

Nar-Anon Aiken For Comfort Family Group will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays via Zoom. For more information, email momofoscar4@gmail.com.

WEDNESDAY

The National Nuclear Security Administration will hold a virtual job fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 31. Positions are available at the Savannah River Site, Kancy City National Security Campus, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Nevada National Security Site, the Pantex Plant in Texas, Sandia National Laboratories and the Y-12 National Security Complex. For more information or to register, visit energy.gov.

THURSDAY

The Singing Brazells will perform from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, April 1, at Mims Park, 514 Lee St., Johnston, as part of the Community Concerts in the Park Series. Admission is free. Those attending are asked to bring their own chairs. Coolers and alcohol are not permitted. For more information, visit johnstondevelopmentcorp.org

The Aiken County Board of Disabilities and the board of the Trie-Development Center will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 1, at 5080 Jefferson Davis Highway, Beech Island. For more information, call Joan Lioi at 803-642-8800.

FRIDAY

Good Friday services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 526 Hitchcock Parkway. Easter services will be held at 11 a.m. Both services will be held outside. For more information, visit ncpcaiken.org.

The Aiken Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will meet Wednesday, April 7, at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. Social time starts at 6 p.m, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The program will be Joint Fundraiser Bingo Night co-hosted by American Legion Post No. 26. Cards are $5. The cost is $25 per person. Reservations are required by 6 p.m. Friday. For more information or to make a reservation, call Dave Twigg at 803-262-5567 or email dtwigg62@gmail.com. Those who reserve but fail to show are expected to pay the $25 as the chapter is billed that amount.

APRIL 3

The Downtown Aiken Easter Eggstravaganza will be held Saturday, April 3, in downtown Aiken. For more information and a list of participating businesses, visit downtownaikencom/events.

gospel singing will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at the Midland Gospel Singing Center, 705 Martin Smith Road, Gilbert. Kingsway and the Heritage Quartet will perform. Admission is free. Social distancing will be observed. A love offering will be accepted. For more information, visit midgsc.com.

A Hippity Hoppity Easter Basket Giveaway will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at Harrison Caver Park, 4181 Augusta Road, Clearwater. Easter baskets will be given away until they are gone. Children must be present. This is a drive-through program sponsored by the Charity Club, Horse Creek Masonic Lodge and OES.

A free COVID-19 testing event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 17519 Atomic Road. The Rev. Paul H. Bush is the pastor.

An Easter Egg hunt will be held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at New Beginning Baptist Church, 4000 Trolley Line Road. Free Easter baskets will be given to the first 100 kids. There also will be free hot dogs, chips and drinks. Ernest Thomas is the pastor.

APRIL 4

Easter services will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 4, outside at New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 526 Hitchcock Parkway. For more information, visit ncpcaiken.org.

A pull and park Easter service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 4, at Jordan Missionary Baptist Church, 300 Skyland Farm Road, Williston. Limited capacity is available for inside worshippers. Social distancing will be observed and masks must be worn. Elder David Bryant is the pastor.

APRIL 5

Dino Hunt will be on display April 2-11 at Eudora Farms, 219 Salem Lane, Salley, as part of the Spring Festival. There also will be racing pigs, a corn pit for kids, camel rides and petting zoo. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 per vehicle of six and $10 for each additional person. For more information, visit eudorafarms.net.

APRIL 8

The James L. Hammons Detachment No. 939 of the Marine Corps League will meet from 6:30-7 p.m. today at the Knights of Columbus building, 100 Spaulding Drive. New members are needed. Membership is open to all honorably discharged Marines, FMF Corpsmen and chaplains. For more information or to join, call Commandant Col. Davis (Ret.) at 803-722-6247 or email tarheelmarine1@gmail.com.

APRIL 10

A Pickleball Clinic for New Players will be held from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. Check in will be at 9:15 a.m. followed by court set up at 9:30 a.m. The clinic will cover proper court positioning, how to keep score, how to transition from tennis to pickleball and more. Balls and paddles are provided. The cost is $15 per person. For more information or to sign up, call 803-642-7631 or visit aikenpickleball.com.

The Second Saturday Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at 506 Main St., Edgefield. The event will feature vendors, food trucks and more. Music on the Square will be held from 5-9 p.m. 

SUNDAY, APRIL 11

Pull and park worship services will be held at 10:30 a.m. the second, third, fourth and fifth Sundays at Jordan Missionary Baptist Church, 300 Skyland Farm Road, Williston. Limited capacity is available for inside worshippers. Social distancing will be observed and masks must be worn. Elder David Bryant is the pastor.

APRIL 13

The Aiken Center for the Arts will hold A Literal Blast: A Zoom Q&A that allows residents to get a glimpse into the life of area writers. The event will be held February through May and will feature four local authors with two sessions each. The first session will be a an introduction of the author and their book followed by a discussion of the book in session two. The April program will feature the book “The Secret Child,” by Marti Healy. Discussions will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 13 and 20. The cost is $35 and includes a copy of the book. For more information or to register, stop by the ACA at 122 Laurens St. S.W., call 803-641-9094 or visit aikencenterforthearts.org.

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

A ceremony honoring submarine veterans who have earned the designation “Qualified in Submarines” at least 50 years ago will be honored in a formal ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at VFW Post No. 5877, 116 Midway Circle. The ceremony will be hosted by the USSVI Denizens of the Deep Submarine Veterans. Inductees include David Byrd, Jack Goldenberg, Charles Jones and Earl “Mac” McCallum. For more information, call 803-257-6048 or email waynephillips.se2dc@yahoo.com.

APRIL 16

Aiken Pickleball will hold a New Player Clinic from 9-11:30 a.m. Friday, April 16, at the Gregg Park Civic Center, 1001 A Ave., Graniteville. The clinic is free to Gregg Park members and $10 for non-members. For more information or to sign-up, visit aikenpickleball.com.

APRIL 17

The Cedar Creek Ladies Club will hold a golf tournament fundraiser Saturday, April 17, at Cedar Creek Golf Club, 2555 Club Drive. The 9-hole tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The cost is $30 per person and is open to ladies or mixed couple foursomes. The registration deadline is April 13.

APRIL 18

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the Adath Yeshurun Synagogue will offer a discussion on Aiken’s Jewish history post 1950s from 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 18, via Zoom. For more information, visit asourceoflight.org.

APRIL 19

The inaugural Aiken Center Classic Golf Tournament will be held Monday April 19, at the Woodside Country Club, 1000 Woodside Plantation Drive. The captain’s choice tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The cost is $100 per person or $400 per team of four. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. All proceeds will benefit the Aiken Center for the Arts. For more information or to register, visit aikencenterforthearts.org.

APRIL 20

The Aiken Center for the Arts will hold A Literal Blast: A Zoom Q&A that allows residents to get a glimpse into the life of area writers. The event will be held February through May and will feature four local authors with two sessions each. The first session will be a an introduction of the author and their book followed by a discussion of the book in session two. The April program will feature the book “The Secret Child,” by Marti Healy. Discussions will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 13 and 20. The cost is $35 and includes a copy of the book. For more information or to register, stop by the ACA at 122 Laurens St. S.W., call 803-641-9094 or visit aikencenterforthearts.org.

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

APRIL 24

The City of Aiken will hold a Movie in the Park event at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Generations Park, 700 Mack Henry Holland Drive. Those attending should bring lawn chairs or blankets. The event is free, but food trucks will be on hand. For more information, call 803-642-7634 or visit cityofaikensc.gov/movie.

APRIL 26

The 10th annual Support1 Golf Tournament will be held Monday, April 26, at The River Club, 307 Riverside Blvd., North Augusta. Check-in is 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. The tournament is captain’s choice. The cost is $300 per three-person team. Emergency first responders will receive a $25 discount. For more information or to register, email info@support1.org.

APRIL 27

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

A book club for adults will meet online from 2:30-3:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 27. The book selection for April is “Where the Crawdads Sing,” by Delia Owens. To participate, sign up at the reference desk of the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. For more information, visit abbe-lib.org.

APRIL 30

Edgefield County Acoustic – Guitar Pull will perform from 7-8 p.m. Friday, April 30, at Mims Park, 514 Lee St., Johnston, as part of the Community Concerts in the Park Series. Admission is free. Those attending are asked to bring their own chairs. Coolers and alcohol are not permitted. For more information, visit johnstondevelopmentcorp.org

MAY 15

The deadline to register for the 2021 Memorial Day Parade is May 15. The parade is set for Saturday, May 29, starting at 10 a.m. at Park Avenue and Union Street. Participation is open to businesses, youth organizations, schools, churches, local bands, veteran and military service organizations, all to honor the sacrifices and service of military members and their families. Participation is free, but participants must register. For more information or to register, visit www.aikenmemorialdayparade.com or e-mail, aikenmemorialdayparade@gmail.com.

 

In the present day’s occasions for March 28 | Leisure

TODAY

The Ridge Spring-Monetta FFA Fern Sale will be held through May 15 at the greenhouse at Hurricane Circle Market & Garden. Boston, macho, pom pom and asparagus ferns are available. Pots and large baskets are $15, smaller baskets are $10. For more information, email tcrim@acpsd.net.

The Pink Ribbonettes, a breast cancer support group, has canceled all meetings until Tuesday, Sept. 7, due to pandemic concerns. For more information, call 803-641-0111 or 803-642-0605.

TUESDAY

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

The Awesome Aiken Al-Anon group meets from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at First Christian Church, 900 Kerr Drive.

Nar-Anon Aiken For Comfort Family Group will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays via Zoom. For more information, email momofoscar4@gmail.com.

WEDNESDAY

The National Nuclear Security Administration will hold a virtual job fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 31. Positions are available at the Savannah River Site, Kancy City National Security Campus, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Nevada National Security Site, the Pantex Plant in Texas, Sandia National Laboratories and the Y-12 National Security Complex. For more information or to register, visit energy.gov.

THURSDAY

The Singing Brazells will perform from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, April 1, at Mims Park, 514 Lee St., Johnston, as part of the Community Concerts in the Park Series. Admission is free. Those attending are asked to bring their own chairs. Coolers and alcohol are not permitted. For more information, visit johnstondevelopmentcorp.org

The Aiken County Board of Disabilities and the board of the Trie-Development Center will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 1, at 5080 Jefferson Davis Highway, Beech Island. For more information, call Joan Lioi at 803-642-8800.

FRIDAY

Good Friday services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 526 Hitchcock Parkway. Easter services will be held at 11 a.m. Both services will be held outside. For more information, visit ncpcaiken.org.

The Aiken Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will meet Wednesday, April 7, at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. Social time starts at 6 p.m, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The program will be Joint Fundraiser Bingo Night co-hosted by American Legion Post No. 26. Cards are $5. The cost is $25 per person. Reservations are required by 6 p.m. Friday. For more information or to make a reservation, call Dave Twigg at 803-262-5567 or email dtwigg62@gmail.com. Those who reserve but fail to show are expected to pay the $25 as the chapter is billed that amount.

APRIL 3

The Downtown Aiken Easter Eggstravaganza will be held Saturday, April 3, in downtown Aiken. For more information and a list of participating businesses, visit downtownaikencom/events.

gospel singing will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at the Midland Gospel Singing Center, 705 Martin Smith Road, Gilbert. Kingsway and the Heritage Quartet will perform. Admission is free. Social distancing will be observed. A love offering will be accepted. For more information, visit midgsc.com.

A Hippity Hoppity Easter Basket Giveaway will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at Harrison Caver Park, 4181 Augusta Road, Clearwater. Easter baskets will be given away until they are gone. Children must be present. This is a drive-through program sponsored by the Charity Club, Horse Creek Masonic Lodge and OES.

A free COVID-19 testing event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 17519 Atomic Road. The Rev. Paul H. Bush is the pastor.

An Easter Egg hunt will be held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at New Beginning Baptist Church, 4000 Trolley Line Road. Free Easter baskets will be given to the first 100 kids. There also will be free hot dogs, chips and drinks. Ernest Thomas is the pastor.

APRIL 4

Easter services will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 4, outside at New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 526 Hitchcock Parkway. For more information, visit ncpcaiken.org.

A pull and park Easter service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 4, at Jordan Missionary Baptist Church, 300 Skyland Farm Road, Williston. Limited capacity is available for inside worshippers. Social distancing will be observed and masks must be worn. Elder David Bryant is the pastor.

APRIL 5

Dino Hunt will be on display April 2-11 at Eudora Farms, 219 Salem Lane, Salley, as part of the Spring Festival. There also will be racing pigs, a corn pit for kids, camel rides and petting zoo. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 per vehicle of six and $10 for each additional person. For more information, visit eudorafarms.net.

APRIL 8

The James L. Hammons Detachment No. 939 of the Marine Corps League will meet from 6:30-7 p.m. today at the Knights of Columbus building, 100 Spaulding Drive. New members are needed. Membership is open to all honorably discharged Marines, FMF Corpsmen and chaplains. For more information or to join, call Commandant Col. Davis (Ret.) at 803-722-6247 or email tarheelmarine1@gmail.com.

APRIL 10

A Pickleball Clinic for New Players will be held from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. Check in will be at 9:15 a.m. followed by court set up at 9:30 a.m. The clinic will cover proper court positioning, how to keep score, how to transition from tennis to pickleball and more. Balls and paddles are provided. The cost is $15 per person. For more information or to sign up, call 803-642-7631 or visit aikenpickleball.com.

The Second Saturday Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at 506 Main St., Edgefield. The event will feature vendors, food trucks and more. Music on the Square will be held from 5-9 p.m. 

SUNDAY, APRIL 11

Pull and park worship services will be held at 10:30 a.m. the second, third, fourth and fifth Sundays at Jordan Missionary Baptist Church, 300 Skyland Farm Road, Williston. Limited capacity is available for inside worshippers. Social distancing will be observed and masks must be worn. Elder David Bryant is the pastor.

APRIL 13

The Aiken Center for the Arts will hold A Literal Blast: A Zoom Q&A that allows residents to get a glimpse into the life of area writers. The event will be held February through May and will feature four local authors with two sessions each. The first session will be a an introduction of the author and their book followed by a discussion of the book in session two. The April program will feature the book “The Secret Child,” by Marti Healy. Discussions will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 13 and 20. The cost is $35 and includes a copy of the book. For more information or to register, stop by the ACA at 122 Laurens St. S.W., call 803-641-9094 or visit aikencenterforthearts.org.

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

A ceremony honoring submarine veterans who have earned the designation “Qualified in Submarines” at least 50 years ago will be honored in a formal ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at VFW Post No. 5877, 116 Midway Circle. The ceremony will be hosted by the USSVI Denizens of the Deep Submarine Veterans. Inductees include David Byrd, Jack Goldenberg, Charles Jones and Earl “Mac” McCallum. For more information, call 803-257-6048 or email waynephillips.se2dc@yahoo.com.

APRIL 16

Aiken Pickleball will hold a New Player Clinic from 9-11:30 a.m. Friday, April 16, at the Gregg Park Civic Center, 1001 A Ave., Graniteville. The clinic is free to Gregg Park members and $10 for non-members. For more information or to sign-up, visit aikenpickleball.com.

APRIL 17

The Cedar Creek Ladies Club will hold a golf tournament fundraiser Saturday, April 17, at Cedar Creek Golf Club, 2555 Club Drive. The 9-hole tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The cost is $30 per person and is open to ladies or mixed couple foursomes. The registration deadline is April 13.

APRIL 18

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the Adath Yeshurun Synagogue will offer a discussion on Aiken’s Jewish history post 1950s from 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 18, via Zoom. For more information, visit asourceoflight.org.

APRIL 19

The inaugural Aiken Center Classic Golf Tournament will be held Monday April 19, at the Woodside Country Club, 1000 Woodside Plantation Drive. The captain’s choice tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The cost is $100 per person or $400 per team of four. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. All proceeds will benefit the Aiken Center for the Arts. For more information or to register, visit aikencenterforthearts.org.

APRIL 20

The Aiken Center for the Arts will hold A Literal Blast: A Zoom Q&A that allows residents to get a glimpse into the life of area writers. The event will be held February through May and will feature four local authors with two sessions each. The first session will be a an introduction of the author and their book followed by a discussion of the book in session two. The April program will feature the book “The Secret Child,” by Marti Healy. Discussions will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 13 and 20. The cost is $35 and includes a copy of the book. For more information or to register, stop by the ACA at 122 Laurens St. S.W., call 803-641-9094 or visit aikencenterforthearts.org.

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

APRIL 24

The City of Aiken will hold a Movie in the Park event at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Generations Park, 700 Mack Henry Holland Drive. Those attending should bring lawn chairs or blankets. The event is free, but food trucks will be on hand. For more information, call 803-642-7634 or visit cityofaikensc.gov/movie.

APRIL 26

The 10th annual Support1 Golf Tournament will be held Monday, April 26, at The River Club, 307 Riverside Blvd., North Augusta. Check-in is 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. The tournament is captain’s choice. The cost is $300 per three-person team. Emergency first responders will receive a $25 discount. For more information or to register, email info@support1.org.

APRIL 27

Story Time in the Gardens will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rye Patch in Hopelands Gardens, 100 Berrie Road. Story Time in the Gardens will be held every Tuesday through May. There will be no Story Time on April 6. This event is for ages 8 and younger. Admission is free. 

A book club for adults will meet online from 2:30-3:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 27. The book selection for April is “Where the Crawdads Sing,” by Delia Owens. To participate, sign up at the reference desk of the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. For more information, visit abbe-lib.org.

APRIL 30

Edgefield County Acoustic – Guitar Pull will perform from 7-8 p.m. Friday, April 30, at Mims Park, 514 Lee St., Johnston, as part of the Community Concerts in the Park Series. Admission is free. Those attending are asked to bring their own chairs. Coolers and alcohol are not permitted. For more information, visit johnstondevelopmentcorp.org

MAY 15

The deadline to register for the 2021 Memorial Day Parade is May 15. The parade is set for Saturday, May 29, starting at 10 a.m. at Park Avenue and Union Street. Participation is open to businesses, youth organizations, schools, churches, local bands, veteran and military service organizations, all to honor the sacrifices and service of military members and their families. Participation is free, but participants must register. For more information or to register, visit www.aikenmemorialdayparade.com or e-mail, aikenmemorialdayparade@gmail.com.

 

Allied Esports Leisure to Report Fourth Quarter and Full 12 months 2020 Outcomes on Wednesday, March 31

IRVINE, California – () – Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AESE) (the “Company”), a global esports entertainment company, today announced that it has reported its fourth quarter and full year 2020 results after the market closed on Wednesday, December 31st. The company will also host a conference call that day to discuss the results at 2:00 p.m. (PT) / 5:00 p.m. (ET).

Participants can join the conference call by dialing 1-877-407-0792 (US) or 1-201-689-8263 (International). A live webcast of the conference call will also be available on Allied Esports’ Investor Relations website at https://ir.alliedesportsent.com. In addition, the financial information presented in response to the call will be available on Allied Esports’ investor relations website. For those unable to join the conference call, a telephone recording of the call will be available shortly after the call ends until 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 by calling 1-844-512-. 2921 (USA) or 1-412-317-6671 (International) and using the repeat passcode: 13717880.

Via Allied Esports Entertainment

Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AESE) is a global leader in esports entertainment, bringing innovative infrastructure, transformative live experiences, cross-platform content and interactive content to audiences worldwide through the strategic merger of two strong brands: Allied Esports and World Poker Services Tour (WPT). Please visit AlliedEsportsEnt.com for more information.

Sports activities & Leisure Highlight – March 2021 #4 | Foster Garvey PC

Happy Spring! After a particularly long winter in several parts of the country, it’s a welcome sight to see many of the well-known hallmarks of this time of year (even if our daily lives are significantly different from what we were two years ago): MLB spring training, awards season, and broken brackets (thank you , Oral Roberts). Without further ado, below is a selection of the latest information to stash in your hood:

  • Despite the previous successes of the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, the NCAA and its Commissioner Mark Emmert received a court press conference in the tournament spotlight. For decades, the relaxation or withdrawal of amateur rules in college sports has seemed to be a chimera at times, but given the prominent activism of athletes and more states taking action on social media to restrict athletes’ publicity rights, we seem close to a tipping point to be (if not on this one).
  • For some time now we’ve been reading about Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) and how popular they have become with athletes and entertainers, as well as retail investors looking to tackle the wave of increasing democratization during the pandemic – but now we’re seeing the data and the trend is astronomical: Since that time last year, 2,000 percent more donations have been collected. While there are no signs of slowing down, athletes, entertainers, and investors are well advised not to lose sight of the investment risk involved.
  • Non-fungible tokens (NFTs), the other asset that has gotten red hot in the increasing digitization of the pandemic-caused world, resulted in another eyebrow raising – the sale of an NFT home for half a million dollars. At that price, I would get my digital guests to take off their NFT shoes at the front door.

Endorsement Deals, Sponsoring & Investments

Cristiano Ronaldo, Tiger Woods and Roger Federer compete for the first athlete to earn $ 1 billion
March 19, 2021 about 90min
Sports legends Cristiano Ronaldo, Roger Federer and Tiger Woods have made astounding sums of money over their careers to date, and now the trio is in the running to become the first athlete to be valued at $ 1 billion.

4x MVP LeBron James signs deal with Mtn Dew from PepsiCo and ends 17-year deal with Coca-Cola
March 19, 2021 via InsideSport
After LeBron James claimed a stake in the Boston Red Sox, he added another line of investments to his extensive portfolio. The King has signed a new contract with PepsiCo’s Mountain Dew Rise Energy Drink.

SPAC fundraising is up a crazy 2,000% in a year
March 17, 2021 via WRAL
The SPAC market is so hot that this year’s fundraiser has already topped all of the 2020s. And it’s not even April. Understandably, the world’s largest asset manager fears that the SPAC boom is exaggerated.

The celebrities From Serena Williams to Paul Ryan are fueling the SPAC boom
March 17, 2021 via the Wall Street Journal – General (subscription required)
A major driver of the boom in acquisition companies for special purposes is a shift in reputation. Blank check companies have been associated with fraud and poor investor returns for decades. Now SPACs are cool and the biggest names in sports, politics, business and entertainment are involved.

The SPAC market is booming, but there are a lot of bad buys. Eight experts say investors should look for something the next time they invest in SPAC
March 20, 2021 via Business Insider Policy
The SPAC market was on fire during the pandemic. In fact, 219 special-purpose acquisition companies raised a record $ 73 billion in 2020, up 462 percent year-over-year in blank check company revenue.

Music IP

According to Tech Firm, musicians are losing billions to illegal business streaming
March 17, 2021 via MENAFN – Global Top News
At a time when musicians are struggling to make a living from streaming, a Swedish tech entrepreneur says his app can increase license fees by curbing the illegal use of music by millions of companies. What many are unaware of is that songs on Spotify, Apple, Deezer, and other streaming platforms are not licensed for use in cafes, stores, restaurants, hair salons, and other businesses.

Spotify justifies its payouts with Loud & Clear
March 21, 2021 via Forbes – Business (subscription required)
This week Spotify released a rationale for paying its royalties, which it dubbed “Loud & Clear”. The idea behind this is to show that there are some artists who are making a lot of money with the platform, but there are also thousands of smaller artists who are making at least some money. No specific artist is cited, but the generality of the data is meaningful.

Not fungible tokens

Is a tweet the next Mona Lisa? Dorsey’s $ 2.9 million sale raises value questions
March 23, 2021 via Bloomberg – Top Stories (subscription required)
In the past, likes, comments, shares, and the like – rather than a price tag – represented the value of tweets, Facebook posts, TikTok videos, Instagram images, and other ephemera on social media. But now there is a new way of measuring their worth: by the millions of dollars they make at auctions. On Monday (March 22nd), Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey sold his very first tweet for $ 2.9 million.

NFT buyers and sellers may be subject to “unknown” capital gains tax in the United States
March 18, 2021 via Cryptocurrency & Bitcoin News
As the U.S. tax season approaches rapidly, investors buying and selling NFTs using crypto could face a painful surprise over capital gains taxes, an expert told CNBC last Thursday. The taxable amount on proceeds from the booming NFT to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) could soar over 30 percent – detracting from the huge gains from the NFT frenzy.

The world’s first digital NFT home sells for $ 500,000
March 23, 2021 via CNN Edition
After spending so much time at home over the past year, many people long for a change in their surroundings. But if a coat of paint or some creative renovations isn’t enough, there is now a more extreme alternative: the digital home. Mars House, the world’s first digital non-fungible token (NFT) house, recently sold for more than $ 500,000.

Why the NFT art market is exploding
March 22, 2021 via Bloomberg – Top Stories (subscription required)
The digital artist Beeple sold a non-fungible mark of his play “Everydays: The First 5000 Days” for a staggering 69.3 million US dollars. And he’s not the only one benefiting from this exploding NFT market.

Non-fungible tokens: Asset Ownership via Blockchain Rockets Into Legal
March 22, 2021 via the Legal Executive Institute
In a two-part series, we will look at non-fungible tokens and explain what they are and how they will affect numerous industries. and the importance of decentralized finance (DeFi) in understanding the importance of NFT in the legal industry. Welcome to the early days when blockchain is becoming mainstream and the legal industry needs to take note.

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NCAA President Mark Emmert will meet college basketball players behind #NotNCAAProperty – After Men’s Tournament
March 22, 2021 via USA TODAY
NCAA President Mark Emmert said he will meet with the college basketball players behind the hashtag #NotNCAAProperty, but only after the men’s tournament is over. The athletes responsible for first posting and sharing the hashtag on social media asked to meet with Emmert this week to discuss issues related to the online protest, including the unequal facilities for use on men’s and women’s tournaments and the NCAA’s stance on name, image and likeness.

The NCAA is playing the ball in the wrong place
March 22, 2021 via Forbes (subscription required)
While the welcome return of March Madness reminds us of the popularity of college sports, the NCAA continues to spend hundreds of millions on bills and political lobbying, and fights to preserve its exploitative and broken system.

Why NCAA Hate Goes Viral
March 19, 2021 via Slate Magazine
The run-up to this spring’s NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments was different than normal, and not just in the way directly attributed to pandemic sports: the state setups in Indiana and Texas, the near-empty venues, and the uncertainty about whether every team selected for the field could play at all. Remarkably, the biggest stories leading up to the tournament weren’t about any of this, or that Duke and Kentucky both missed the men’s tournament, or the games that were going to be played for the next three weeks. Rather, they focused on the organization that staged these games.

College basketball players urge social media reforms
March 18, 2021 via Honolulu Star Advisor
Several prominent players from the March Madness basketball tournament targeted the NCAA on social media today calling for changes to how they may be compensated by college athletes in the latest organized show of force.

Arizona lawmakers are voting for college athletes to make money
March 18, 2021 via Bloomberg Tax (subscription required)
Arizona would remove barriers to college athletes receiving compensation for using their names or pictures through a bill the state legislature passed Thursday. The measure (SB 1296) would prepare the state for possible changes to the NCAA rules to allow student athletes to enter into advertising contracts with third parties.

Reforms to the NCAA student-athlete model could take the glass slipper away from Cinderella
March 18, 2021 via The Hill – Congress Blog
Everyone in America is busy filling out brackets for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, trying to identify this year’s Cinderella team, the lesser-known school that will bring a powerhouse to a halt. But proposals in Congress could take the slipper away from Cinderella – and so college fans should keep an eye on Washington while the other is at the tournament.

Will March Madness be the NCAA’s last dance to show amateurism as it knows it?
March 17, 2021 via Forbes (subscription required)
The NCAA men’s basketball championship kicked off a few weeks ago with the four warm-up games and there was immediate excitement – two games ended with a point and another went into overtime. March Madness starts with 16 games on Friday. As exciting as many of these are, there’s a good chance things off the field could be just as exciting. On the eve of the tournament, a handful of players posted their dissatisfaction with the NCAA on social media using the hashtag #NotNCAAproperty.