Jan 06, 1:52 pmLA seeing infection every 6 seconds, death every 10 minutes: MayorHard-hit Los Angeles is enduring a new coronavirus infection every six seconds and a new death every 10 minutes, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday.The mayor spoke at one of four new vaccination sites opening on Wednesday for health care workers who cannot get vaccinations through employers.Overall, the city of Los Angeles will be administering over 2,000 vaccinations every day, he said.Jan 06, 1:05 pmCDC estimates life-threatening allergic reactions could occur in 11 out of 1 million vaccine shotsThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it estimates that life-threatening allergic reactions could occur in about 11 out of every 1 million COVID-19 vaccine shots given. That number is about 10 times higher than anaphylactic reactions to flu shots. However, officials are cautioning that the chances of any kind of adverse reaction are still incredibly rare as well as easy to manage so long as the person has access to treatment such as epinephrine. “Our vaccine safety systems haven’t picked up any worrisome signal. This means that right now, the known and potential benefits of the current COVID-19 vaccine outweigh the known and potential risks, getting COVID-19,” Dr. Nancy Messonier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said Wednesday.With both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines available in the U.S., Messonier said one isn’t thought to be more prone to trigger allergies.The CDC’s estimate is based on 21 cases of anaphylaxis following a 10-day period after the administration of 1.9 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine. The vast majority of these reactions — 71%– occurred within 15 minutes of the vaccination. Follow-up information was provided on 20 of the 21 cases, and all of them recovered. The CDC recommends that anyone experiencing a life-threatening reaction to the vaccine not receive the second dose.They also recommend that people with a history of allergies be observed for 30 minutes after receiving the shot.Jan 06, 12:35 pm12 states in South, West report record-high hospitalizationsApproximately 1 in every 15 Americans has contracted the coronavirus, according to ABC News’ analysis of data compiled by the COVID Tracking Project.Since the beginning of the pandemic, over 700,000 Americans have been hospitalized with the virus.On Tuesday, 12 states — mostly in the South — reported a record number of patients hospitalized: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.Some data may be skewed due to incomplete reporting over the holidays. Jan 06, 12:25 pm12 states in South, West report record-high hospitalizationsApproximately 1 in every 15 Americans has contracted the coronavirus, according to ABC News’ analysis of data compiled by the COVID Tracking Project.Since the beginning of the pandemic, over 700,000 Americans have been hospitalized with the virus. On Tuesday, 12 states — mostly in the South — reported a record number of patients hospitalized: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.Some data may be skewed due to incomplete reporting over the holidays.Jan 06, 10:54 amEuropean Commission authorizes Moderna vaccineThe European Commission granted a conditional marketing authorisation for the Moderna vaccine Wednesday, following the European Medicines Agency’s recommendation.European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement, “With the Moderna vaccine, the second one now authorised in the EU, we will have a further 160 million doses. And more vaccines will come. Europe has secured up to two billion doses of potential COVID-19 vaccines. We’ll have more than enough safe and effective vaccines for protecting all Europeans.”Jan 06, 8:33 amSurgeon general promises vaccine rollout is ‘ramping up’ In the wake of the slower-than-expected vaccine distribution, Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams told ABC News’ Good Morning America Wednesday, “we are quickly ramping up.” Operation Warp Speed promised 20 million vaccines by the end of 2020. As of Tuesday morning, 4.8 million had been vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We’re now approaching 500,000 vaccinations per day,” Adams said, highlighting the increase in priority groups and locations where the vaccine is offered. “We’re going to make sure we’re putting vaccines and supplies where the demand actually is. And you’re going to continue to see these rates ramp up,” Adams said. “It is by no means as good as we would want it to be, but I want the American people to keep this in perspective: most difficult vaccine rollout in history. It’s ramping up and you’ll see things rapidly increase over the next couple of weeks.”Jan 06, 7:44 amEU medical agency recommends emergency use authorization for Moderna vaccine The European Medicines Agency has recommended granting a conditional marketing authorization for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for people who are at least 18 years old. This is the second vaccine the EMA has recommended for authorization. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was approved by the EU in December. The EMA cited a large clinical trial, involving around 30,000 people, that showed a 94.1% efficacy rate. “This vaccine provides us with another tool to overcome the current emergency,” said Emer Cooke, executive director of EMA. “It is a testament to the efforts and commitment of all involved that we have this second positive vaccine recommendation just short of a year since the pandemic was declared by WHO.”The European Commission must give final approval of the conditional marketing authorization in order for the vaccine to be distributed, but that appears to be a formality.Jan 06, 7:24 amUS sees record death total TuesdayThe U.S. recorded it’s deadliest day since the start of the pandemic on Tuesday, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.There were 3,775 deaths reported — the previous record was on Dec. 30 when 3,744 deaths were reported.It should be noted that the holidays have impacted data being reported and are expected to continue to be skewed over the coming days.The U.S. now has 375,385 deaths related to COVID-19. Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Ovidiu Dugulan/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 86.7 million people worldwide and killed over 1.8 million of them, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news developed Wednesday. All times Eastern:Jan 06, 2:56 pmHard Rock Stadium opens as Florida’s first drive-thru vaccination siteHard Rock Stadium in Miami is opening as Florida’s first state-operated drive-thru vaccination site for front-line health care workers and people ages 65 and older.First doses were administered in a “soft launch” on Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis said. The site will fully open on Friday.“Once fully operational, the site will offer 1,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine per day free of charge,” the governor’s office said. The stadium will also continue to provide COVID-19 testing.
This company is an existing customer of Speedcast in EMEA that, with this new contract, is extending the scope of services that Speedcast will deliver Image: Speedcast awarded contract supporting leading oil & gas engineering services customer in Iraq. Photo: courtesy of Adam Radosavljevic from Pixabay. Speedcast International Limited (ASX: SDA), the world’s most trusted provider of remote communication and IT solutions, today announced that the company has been awarded a new multi-year contract with an Oil & Gas engineering services customer for fully managed internet services and IT support across the company’s base in Iraq.This company is an existing customer of Speedcast in EMEA that, with this new contract, is extending the scope of services that Speedcast will deliver. This new solution will supply the main base camp in Basra, Iraq with high-speed fibre internet and backup, as well as 24×7 on-site IT maintenance and troubleshooting support. The expansion of the scope of products and services Speedcast provides to customers is a key part of the company’s growth strategy, and this win is another sign that this strategy is materializing.“This customer is a global leader in the delivery of engineering and technical services, and this contract is a great opportunity to support growth initiatives beyond the rigs,” says Speedcast’s EVP of Energy, Keith Johnson. “It’s another example of the fact that Speedcast provides solutions that go beyond standard satellite bandwidth and network management. We listen to our customers’ needs and deliver what they require, in this case, fibre and IT services for infrastructure support.” Source: Company Press Release
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Mladost 30 19 2 9 40:25 59——————————————–GOŠK 30 16 9 5 48:18 57Bratstvo 30 16 5 9 42:28 53Budućnost 30 16 5 9 37:27 53Goražde 30 14 8 8 33:19 50Metalleghe-BSI 30 15 5 10 34:26 50Radnički 29 11 11 7 35:26 44Rudar 30 12 7 11 35:34 43Jedinstvo 30 11 9 10 30:23 42Branitelj 30 8 11 11 20:25 35Orašje 30 9 8 13 33:42 35Čapljina 30 10 4 16 38:44 34————————————————–Podgrmeč 30 9 7 14 27:41 34Gradina 30 9 6 15 29:39 33Turbina 29 7 6 16 17:45 27Igman 30 2 7 21 20:56 13 The results of the 30th round of the First league of the FB&H:JAJCE: Metalleghe – Orašje 0:3GRAČANICA: Bratstvo – Budućnost 6:2BIHAĆ: Jedinstvo – Čapljina 3:0DOBOJ KAKANJ: Mladost – Gošk 2:1LUKAVAC: Radnički – Turbina (nije odigrano)KONJIC: Igman – Rudar 1:2GORAŽDE: Goražde – Podgrmeč 1:2MOSTAR: Branitelj – Gradina 4:0 The Table: Football players of FC Mladost from Doboj Kakanj have entered the Premier League of B&H.In the 30th round of the first league of the FB&H, FC Mladost beat FC GOŠK 2:1, and took over Gabela who had one point of advantage before the last round, to take over first place in the league.FC GOŠK took the lead in the 15th minute with goal by Igor Aničić. Haris Dilaver tied the game up after 23 minutes, and the same player brought victory in injury time for his team.The last 20 minutes of match, FC GOŠK played with a man short after Dodig received a red card.FC Mladost ended the championship with 19 wins, 2 draws and 9 defeats and in the next season will play in the elite rank of B&H Football.The Champion of RS, Rudar from Prijedor, qualified for the Premier League of B&H as well, while FC Mladost from Velika Obarska and FC Zvijezda from Gradačac left the League. (Source: fokus.ba)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Eleven Ohio FFA chapters were chosen to receive a $500 grant to participate in the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program’s (OSGMP) nutritional-awareness campaign, “Food for Thought Challenge.”Introduced at the annual Farm Science Review, Food for Thought is a statewide competition among FFA chapters to increase awareness about the nutritional value of a diet with whole grains, among other healthy behavior changes, in their schools and communities. Participants will create a campaign that will promote small grains in any way they choose. Participating FFA chapters submitted campaign entries in September and were selected in October based on the originality of their campaign ideas.FFA chapters selected to participate in the Food for Thought challenge include:• Cory-Rawson• Cedarville• Eaton-MVCTC• London• Madison-Plains• McComb• Mowrystown• North Union• Ridgedale• RiverdaleThe selected chapters met on November 10th at the Ohio FFA center to kick off the contest. Participants met past winners who are serving on the Youth Advisory Board, learned about gluten, received their $500 checks and brainstormed creative ideas for this year’s contest.Many chapters have already begun implementing their campaigns, which include tactics such as promoting the use of student food journals, organizing educational fairs with health-related groups and providing healthy snacks between classes.The FFA chapters will present their campaigns to a panel of judges at the 88th Ohio State FFA Convention on May 3 and 4 at the Ohio State Fairgrounds. One chapter’s efforts will also be selected as the winner and they will be honored with the $2,000 grand award.
The Rockets, who squandered a 3-2 series lead to the Warriors in last year’s Western Conference finals, eliminated the Jazz with a 100-93 Game 5 victory at home a few hours earlier Wednesday.Danilo Gallinari added 26 points and seven rebounds, and Montrezl Harrell had 24 points as the eighth-seeded Clippers are keeping things interesting until the end.Durant made a four-point play to start the fourth and the Warriors had to rally much like the Clippers clawed back to overcome a 31-point deficit and steal Game 2 last week with the biggest comeback in NBA postseason history.Durant raised his arm late and called on the Oracle Arena crowd for a major assist — the Warriors needed every little bit of help. Thompson’s 3 at 4:02 made it 116-114 and Durant tied it on a driving dunk the next time down.Stephen Curry scored 24 points and Thompson 22 but Golden State didn’t have it on defense.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Durant shot 14 for 26 in his third performance of at least 30 points in the series and ninth 40-point postseason effort.Curry, already the NBA’s career playoff leader for made 3-pointers, reached 400 postseason 3s.Golden State trailed 71-63 at halftime despite making 10 of 16 3s but allowed Los Angeles to shoot 56%, and the Clippers finished at 54.1%.Gallinari hit a 3 out of the break then a free throw following Draymond Green’s technical and Los Angeles made it 81-66 on JaMychal Green’s 3 at the 9:09 mark and the Warriors called timeout.NO SUBSTITUTION NECESSARYAlfonzo McKinnie knocked down a 3 to end the first moments after he had left the court with Steve Kerr trying to sub in Thompson to play the final possession, but since Beverley — who’d been bleeding from a knock by Curry — stayed in the game the referees ruled McKinnie must return to the floor.GREEN’S WRISTNothing was going to keep Warriors forward Draymond Green from playing Game 5 — even his troublesome right wrist. An MRI showed no serious issues and he practiced fully Tuesday.The wrist has been bothering him since the beginning of Game 3 when “I got a pretty good whack on it.”“It’s still sore,” Green said at shootaround. “If the MRI said it was broken by the way I was still going to play. So it really didn’t matter.” Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DILG: 6,899 roads nationwide cleared during 60-day clearing ops PLAY LIST 02:11DILG: 6,899 roads nationwide cleared during 60-day clearing ops00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TIP-INSClippers: Gallinari missed his initial four 3-point tries before connecting late in the first and finished 3 of 11 from deep. … The Clippers outrebounded the Warriors 42-39.Warriors: Golden State scored 41 points in the first for its third 40-point quarter of the series — the first time in the shot clock era (1954-55) the Warriors have done so in one playoff series. … Durant (3,816) passed John Havlicek (3,776) for 12th place on the NBA’s career postseason scoring list. … The Warriors are 9-3 in Game 5s dating to their title run in 2015. …Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley celebrates in the final minutes of the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California— Lou Williams hit a fadeaway jumper with 1:29 left and finished with 33 points and 10 assists, the Warriors uncharacteristically clanked shots much of the second half and couldn’t make key stops, and the Los Angeles Clippers sent their first-round series back home with a 129-121 Game 5 win over Golden State on Wednesday night.No clinch celebration just yet for the two-time defending champions, who lead 3-2 but needed far more than Kevin Durant’s playoff career-high 45 points.ADVERTISEMENT Nets’ summer includes decision on D’Angelo Russell after playoff run DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The Clippers stymied Golden State’s comeback effort on the very court at Oracle Arena where Los Angeles rallied from 31 points down in Game 2 for the largest comeback in NBA postseason history.Game 6 is Friday back in Los Angeles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsPatrick Beverley took a big charge against Klay Thompson with 1:40 left and scored 17 points for his best outing of the series.Houston and James Harden are on to the second round and waiting for another chance at the champs. 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West Ham boss Pellegrini warns Man Utd: We’re in a good momentby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is full confidence facing Manchester United at London stadium.West Ham beat United 3-1 in the same fixture last season. Asked if the current Hammers team is even better, Pellegrini said: “Maybe, but that doesn’t mean we are going to beat Manchester United. We beat them 3-1 here and I hope we can get a win again. “Man Utd played last night but they changed nine players so it will be a different team. “We are in a good moment so, if we are playing against the big teams, we must show we can play in the same way.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
zoom In response to growing ship traffic through the waterway, the Panama Canal intends to launch vessel scheduling and maritime resource management system in order to deal with inflow of cargo following the canal expansion.The system is expected to transform how the Panama Canal plans and schedules transit operations. For the first time, the canal will be able to execute an integrated operating plan for all of its critical resources, including tugboats, pilots and line handlers, according to the Panama Canal Authority.As disclosed, benefits for shippers will be shortened vessel waiting times, increased number of potentially available vessel slots each day and improved overall reliability of the route.“Using advanced modeling language, we’ll be able to leverage path-optimization algorithms and mathematical, constraint and graphical programming to optimize scheduling and resource utilization,” Arnoldo Cano, Panama Canal Program Manager for the ACP Renewal of Processes and Core Systems, said.Following the opening of the expanded waterway last year, the Panama Canal reported a surge in cargo and the number of transits by larger Neopanamax vessels. In February 2017, the Panama Canal set a new daily tonnage record of 1.18 million Panama Canal tons (OC/UMS) after welcoming a total of 1,180 ships through both the expanded and original locks.However, with the new tonnage influx there is much more pressure on navigating the ever growing number of ships through the canal safely and the very organization process is more difficult to handle.As a result, the canal Authority expects that, once the system is implemented, it will enable more efficient management of the ships’ passage.The system is planned to be fully integrated into canal operations over the course of the next two years, with the module responsible for managing the canal’s vessel scheduling expected to be operational by the end of the fiscal year in September 2017.In a separate announcement, Dutch shipbuilder Damen revealed it has received an order from the Meyer’s Group for two tugs that will operate in the expanded Panama Canal.The group was awarded a contract last year to offer towage support in the new locks, Michel Mittelmeyer, Chief Executive Officer of the Meyer’s Group, said at an official signing ceremony at the Panama Maritime XIII World Conference.“With the Panama Canal expansion, there has been a substantial pick-up in activity. And even though there are maybe fewer feeder vessels, these are being replaced with the mega containerships and tankers, hence the need for stronger, versatile tugs,” Mittelmeyer added.The two tugs – Arcangel San Rafael and Arcangel San Gabriel – will join the Meyer’s Group’s fleet in May and August, respectively.
The vigil drew members of the community including Greg Clark, MLA for Calgary-Elbow.“I think it’s important that all of us come together, show up and make sure that everyone understands that they are welcome,” Clark said. “Muslims and people of all faiths should feel safe, and I think it’s important to be here.”READ MORE: Mass shootings at New Zealand mosques kill 49; 1 man charged Ziad Akl tells us that he hopes a strong message can be sent out tonight #yyc #Christchurch pic.twitter.com/xMwQQnx9GX— Tom Ross (@Tommy_Slick) March 16, 2019For Saima Jamal, one of the vigil organizers, it’s about standing up to hatred. She also points out that the community needs to show unity to combat acts of hate that are not just online anymore, they are happening in real life.“Only light can drive out darkness,” she said. “We need everybody to come and stand up against these alt-right, white, supremacist terrorist types and put a stop to this.” A large crowd gathered at City Hall in downtown Calgary to stand up against hatred and to remember the victims of the New Zealand mosques shootings. Source: Devon McKendrick/660 NEWS People starting to fill into the plaza. Signs being handed out. #yyc #Christchurch pic.twitter.com/6v1HZZ1lW9— Tom Ross (@Tommy_Slick) March 16, 2019It will be difficult for her and other Muslims around the world to return to prayer, she said, as that is where the victims were slaughtered.“How do you walk into a mosque and relive everything that happened in Christchurch?” she said. “It’s a terrifying moment, it’s a distressing moment, it’s a moment where all kinds of emotions are going through.”She hopes people can share their grief and heartache in order to lessen the devastation within the community.READ MORE: ‘Hello brother,’ first New Zealand mosque victim said to shooter Hundreds of people gathered at City Hall to remember the victims of the New Zealand mosques shootings. Source: Tom Ross/660NEWS CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Calgarians of all faiths gathered at a vigil this evening to mourn the 49 people killed in a mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. They lit candles and brought signs to show their solidarity against hateful acts like this, and also to promote messages of love, hope and healing.One of the attendees, Ziad Akl, was hopeful that the violence would stop. “It was a very sad day today feeling that so many people were killed and injured in very safe New Zealand,” he said. “We feel very sorry for the losses and hopefully more cooperation will be done between different religions to prevent such crimes in the future.”
SEATTLE – The head of one of Canada’s few tech “unicorns” and other industry players are joining the chorus of opposition to Ottawa’s proposed small business tax changes, saying the plan could stifle investment and innovation in a country trying to poise itself as an entrepreneurial hotbed.“I would encourage the government to look very closely because … it is causing a lot of concern to business owners,” Ryan Holmes, CEO of social media management platform Hootsuite, said in an interview at the Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference. Hootsuite is among a handful of Canadian tech startups that have reached valuations of $1 billion or more, also known as unicorns.In mid-July, the federal government released a three-pronged plan to end several tax provisions used by some small businesses. The plan would eliminate income sprinkling, a practice that permits business owners to pass income to family members who are in lower tax brackets.It would also limit the use of private corporations as a way to gain tax advantages when making passive investments and limit the conversion of a corporation’s regular income into capital gains, typically taxed at a lower rate.Smaller tech companies have created their own structures — much like doctors, lawyers and other small business owners, who have also rallied against the changes — that provide a different income stream or flow, said Bill Tam, CEO of The BC Tech Association.For these companies, the proposal creates an additional worry around taxation, he said, adding he’s heard concerns from a few of the group’s 540 members.The association has encouraged its members to support the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s effort to lobby the government to reconsider the changes, he said.Innovation is a top priority for Ottawa. The buzzword received hundreds of mentions in the budget and the Liberals have committed to $950 million to a supercluster program.A spokesman for Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Wednesday that the government is committed to supporting “hardworking entrepreneurs” and the changes are not aimed at them.“We are proposing to address unfair tax planning strategies that allow some wealthy individuals to use corporate structures to shelter income from higher personal tax rates,” he said in an emailed statement.Some entrepreneurs are not convinced.The changes could put all streams of funding for entrepreneurs, including personal savings, family support, and angel and institutional investors, at risk, said Jade Bourelle, CEO and co-founder of Talemetry, a Richmond, B.C.-based recruitment firm that uses smart technology.Budding business people could find themselves in a position in which they will have to give up a greater share of equity in their companies in exchange for funds, and will pay higher taxes if they ever sell the company, he said.“So why do it in the first place?” Bourelle asked.If the government wants to have more head offices in cities like Vancouver, Holmes said, that won’t happen by convincing established companies to move to the West coast. A relocation like that involves significant cost, among other issues.“If we want to get more head offices there, we need to create more Hootsuites,” he said. “I think you need to be very favourable at the small end of the market.”Those start ups can become big businesses with large, local headquarters.Hootsuite, which launched in 2008, now employs close to 1,000 people in Vancouver and several offices abroad, according to its website.While doctors, lawyers, shopkeepers and other who have incorporated their small businesses to lower their tax bill have been speaking out, the tech community has remained largely out of the public discourse.“It takes a little bit of time for people to understand the impact and I think that’s happening now,” Bourelle said, adding he expects vocal opposition to “ramp up” from lots of different sectors.Tech firm leaders have been successful in changing the Liberal government’s mind about policy in the past. After discontent from a number of tech firms, Ottawa abandoned a plan to cap how much could be claimed through stock option deductions.The prime minister’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, responded to criticism of the proposals on Wednesday morning with a recognition that the measures are not just a question of fairness but also of boosting government revenues.“If we all want the Canada we say we want, we have to pay for it. If our government encourages our wealthiest citizens to opt out of progressive income tax, we will not be able to do that.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Note to readers: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified Gerald Butts’s title. He is actually the prime minister’s principal secretary.