Nestor Cortes calls old tweets ‘unacceptable’

New York Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortes spoke to reporters Monday to address the situation with his Twitter account, in which several older tweets that used racial slurs were resurfaced Sunday. The Hialeah, Fla., product said he deactivated the Twitter account in response, and when asked about the tweets, acknowledged remembering them. “I’m not gonna say I don’t, but I didn’t realize they were still there,” Cortes said. “It’s unacceptable. I could have managed myself better…

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Rugby-Ireland to play Maori All Blacks in mid-week clashes

– Ireland will play the Maori All Blacks in two mid-week matches during their three-test tour, New Zealand Rugby said on Tuesday. Ireland will meet the representative team in Hamilton on June 29, three days before they kick off their regular All Blacks series at Eden Park. The second Maori All Blacks clash will be in Wellington on July 12. “The Maori All Blacks will provide a stern test of our squad strength and depth,”…

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Explainer-What happened with Abbott baby formula that worsened a U.S. shortage?

– Abbott Laboratories, the biggest U.S. supplier of powder infant formula including Similac, initiated a recall and closed its Sturgis, Michigan, manufacturing plant earlier this year after reports of serious bacterial infections in four infants. The recall and shutdown has worsened a baby formula shortage among multiple manufacturers that began with pandemic supply chain issues. Here are some details about what has happened: WHEN DID THE PLANT CLOSE? Production at an Abbott plant in Sturgis,…

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Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra feted on return home after Eurovision win

KRAKOVETS, Ukraine – Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra returned to their homeland on Monday after an emotional Eurovision Song Contest victory, greeted at the border with Poland by servicemen and women whose cause the band had championed in Turin. Frontman Oleh Psiuk was presented with a bouquet of yellow and blue flowers – the colours of Ukraine’s flag – and reunited with his girlfriend before he and his band launched into an impromptu version of “Stefania”, their…

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Cannes Film Festival kicks into full swing for 75th anniversary

CANNES, France – The Cannes Film Festival is gearing up for a bumper 75th anniversary edition with a selection of big Hollywood names, buzzy newcomers and previous Palme d’Or winners – a splashy return even as the conflict in Ukraine looms over festivities. “I honestly think this is one of the best Cannes line-ups in years,” said Scott Roxborough, European bureau chief for The Hollywood Reporter. The festival runs from May 17-28, resuming its traditional…

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FDA to address baby formula imports as soon as Monday -chief

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will make an announcement regarding imported infant formula as soon as later on Monday, the agency’s chief told NBC News in an interview as regulators and lawmakers seek to address ongoing supply shortages. FDA Commissioner Robert Califf added he does not expect the shortage of the critical baby product to last until the end of year, adding it was “quite likely” there could be movement to reopen…

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COVID-19 may spread rapidly in North Korea, WHO warns

GENEVA – The World Health Organization warned on Monday that COVID-19 may spread rapidly in North Korea, where it said vaccination programmes had yet to begin. “With the country yet to initiate COVID-19 vaccination, there is risk that the virus may spread rapidly among the masses unless curtailed with immediate and appropriate measures,” said Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO’s regional director for South-East Asia, in a statement sent to journalists. In the same statement, the WHO…

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Motor racing-Formula E champion De Vries handed Williams practice slot

LONDON – Formula E champion Nyck de Vries will replace Williams’ race regular Alex Albon in first Friday practice for this weekend’s Spanish Formula One Grand Prix, the team said. Teams are obliged to run a young driver in two such sessions this season. De Vries, 27, is also a reserve for Mercedes who provide Williams with engines. While he has tested for Mercedes, the Friday session will be his first official outing in a…

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EU says no final decision taken on ending Valneva COVID vaccine contract

BRUSSELS – The European Commission said on Monday that no final decision had been made about the possible termination of a contract with Valneva to supply its COVID-19 vaccine to the European Union. Valneva said earlier on Monday it had received a notice of intent from the Commission to terminate the contract. The statement triggered a sell-off of the company’s shares, which lost one-fifth of their value in few hours. EU Commission spokesman Stefan de…

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Lacking vaccines, N.Korea battles COVID with antibiotics, home remedies

SEOUL – Standing tall in bright red hazmat suits, five North Korean health workers stride towards an ambulance to do battle with a COVID-19 outbreak that – in the presumed absence of vaccines – the country is using antibiotics and home remedies to treat. The isolated state is one of only two countries yet to begin a vaccination campaign and, until last week, had insisted it was COVID-free. Now it is mobilizing forces including the…

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