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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="- Total company non-GAAP revenue of $280 million , or 23% growth year-over-year; total company GAAP revenue of $267 million , or 18% growth year-over-year” data-reactid=”11″>- Total company non-GAAP revenue of $280 million , or 23% growth year-over-year; total company GAAP revenue of $267 million , or 18% growth year-over-year

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="- Total non-GAAP Software and Services revenue of $275 million , or 26% growth year-over-year; total GAAP Software and Services revenue of $262 million , or 21% growth year-over-year; both are record quarterly highs” data-reactid=”12″>- Total non-GAAP Software and Services revenue of $275 million , or 26% growth year-over-year; total GAAP Software and Services revenue of $262 million , or 21% growth year-over-year; both are record quarterly highs

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WATERLOO, Ontario , Dec. 20, 2019 /CNW/ — BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today reported financial results for the three months ended November 30, 2019 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP, except where otherwise indicated).

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Third Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results” data-reactid=”36″>Third Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

  • Total company non-GAAP revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 was $280 million , up 23% year-over-year. Total company GAAP revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 was $267 million , up 18% year-over-year. Total non-GAAP software and services revenue was $275 million , up 26% year-over-year. Total GAAP software and services revenue was $262 million , up 21% year-over-year. Third quarter recurring non-GAAP software and services revenue (excluding IP licensing and professional services) was over 90%. Non-GAAP gross margin was 77% and GAAP gross margin was 74%.
  • Total company non-GAAP operating earnings was $20 million . Total company GAAP operating loss was $29 million . Non-GAAP earnings per share was $0.03 (basic and diluted). GAAP net loss was $0.06 per basic share and $0.07 per diluted share. GAAP net loss includes $35 million for acquired intangibles amortization expense, $15 million in stock compensation expense, $10 million in restructuring charges, a benefit of $20 million related to the fair value adjustment on the debentures, and other amounts as summarized in a table below.
  • Total cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments was $970 million as of November 30, 2019 . Free cash flow generated, before considering the impact of acquisition and integration expenses, restructuring costs and legal proceedings, was $41 million . Cash generated from operations was $40 million and capital expenditures were $3 million .

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content=""BlackBerry achieved sequential growth in revenue across all of our software businesses while generating healthy non-GAAP profitability and free cash flow as we continue to invest in our future," said John Chen , Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry.&nbsp; "I am pleased with our progress.&nbsp; Our pipeline is growing as we deliver against our product roadmap and execute on our go-to-market expansion." ” data-reactid=”43″>“BlackBerry achieved sequential growth in revenue across all of our software businesses while generating healthy non-GAAP profitability and free cash flow as we continue to invest in our future,” said John Chen , Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry.  “I am pleased with our progress.  Our pipeline is growing as we deliver against our product roadmap and execute on our go-to-market expansion.”

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BlackBerry will provide fiscal year 2020 outlook in connection with the quarterly earnings announcement on its earnings conference call.&nbsp; The earnings call transcript will be made available on our website and on SEDAR.” data-reactid=”44″>Outlook
BlackBerry will provide fiscal year 2020 outlook in connection with the quarterly earnings announcement on its earnings conference call.  The earnings call transcript will be made available on our website and on SEDAR.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Reconciliation of GAAP revenue, gross margin, gross margin percentage, income (loss) before income taxes, net income (loss) and basic earnings (loss) per share to Non-GAAP revenue, gross margin, gross margin percentage, income before income taxes, net income and basic earnings per share for the three months ended November 30, 2019 :” data-reactid=”45″>Reconciliation of GAAP revenue, gross margin, gross margin percentage, income (loss) before income taxes, net income (loss) and basic earnings (loss) per share to Non-GAAP revenue, gross margin, gross margin percentage, income before income taxes, net income and basic earnings per share for the three months ended November 30, 2019 :

Q3 Fiscal 2020 Non-GAAP Adjustments

For the Three Months Ended November 30, 2019

(in millions, except for per share amounts)

Income statement
location

Revenue

Gross
margin
(before taxes)

Gross margin %
(before
taxes)

Income (loss)
before
income taxes

Net income
(loss)

Basic earnings
(loss) per
share

As reported

$

267

$

198

74.2

%

$

(30)

$

(32)

$

(0.06)

Debentures fair value adjustment (2)

Debentures fair value adjustment

%

(20)

(20)

Restructuring charges (3)

Cost of sales

3

1.1

%

3

3

Restructuring charges (3)

Selling, marketing and administration

%

7

7

Software deferred revenue acquired (4)

Revenue

13

13

1.1

%

13

13

Software deferred commission expense acquired (5)

Selling, marketing and administration

%

(4)

(4)

Stock compensation expense (6)

Cost of sales

1

0.4

%

1

1

Stock compensation expense (6)

Research and development

%

4

4

Stock compensation expense (6)

Selling, marketing and administration

%

10

10

Acquired intangibles amortization (7)

Amortization

%

35

35

Adjusted

$

280

$

215

76.8

%

$

19

$

17

$

0.03

Note: Non-GAAP revenue, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP gross margin percentage, non-GAAP income before income taxes, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP basic earnings per share do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and thus are not comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other issuers. The Company believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP measures enables the Company and its shareholders to better assess the Company’s operating results relative to its operating results in prior periods and improves the comparability of the information presented. Investors should consider these non-GAAP measures in the context of the Company’s GAAP results.

(1)

During the third quarter of fiscal 2020, the Company reported GAAP gross margin of $198 million or 74.2% of revenue. Excluding the impact of stock compensation expense and restructuring charges included in cost of sales and software deferred revenue acquired included in revenue, non-GAAP gross margin was $215 million, or 76.8% of revenue.

(2)

During the third quarter of fiscal 2020, the Company recorded the Q3 Fiscal 2020 Debentures Fair Value Adjustment of $20 million. This adjustment was presented on a separate line in the Consolidated Statements of Operations.

(3)

During the third quarter of fiscal 2020, the Company incurred restructuring charges of approximately $10 million, of which $3 million was included in cost of sales and $7 million was included selling, marketing and administration expense.

(4)

During the third quarter of fiscal 2020, the Company recorded software deferred revenue acquired but not recognized due to business combination accounting rules of $13 million, which was included in BlackBerry Cylance revenue.

(5)

During the third quarter of fiscal 2020, the Company recorded deferred commission expense acquired but not recognized due to business combination accounting rules of approximately of $4 million.

(6)

During the third quarter of fiscal 2020, the Company recorded stock compensation expense of $15 million, of which $1 million was included in cost of sales, $4 million was included in research and development, and $10 million was included in selling, marketing and administration expense.

(7)

During the third quarter of fiscal 2020, the Company recorded amortization of intangible assets acquired through business combinations of $35 million, which was included in amortization expense.

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BlackBerry Limited

(United States dollars, in millions)

Revenue by Region

For the Quarters Ended

November 30, 2019

August 31, 2019

May 31, 2019

February 28, 2019

November 30, 2018

North America

$

188

70.4

%

$

179

73.4

%

$

160

64.8

%

$

176

69.0

%

$

151

66.8

%

Europe, Middle East and Africa

60

22.5

%

47

19.3

%

61

24.7

%

61

23.9

%

56

24.8

%

Other regions

19

7.1

%

18

7.3

%

26

10.5

%

18

7.1

%

19

8.4

%

Total

$

267

100.0

%

$

244

100.0

%

$

247

100.0

%

$

255

100.0

%

$

226

100.0

%

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BlackBerry Limited

(United States dollars, in millions)

Revenue by Product and Service Type

U.S. GAAP

Adjustments

Non-GAAP

For the Three Months Ended

For the Three Months Ended

For the Three Months Ended

November 30,
2019

November 30,
2018

November 30,
2019

November 30,
2018

November 30,
2019

November 30,
2018

IoT

$

145

$

148

$

$

2

$

145

$

150

BlackBerry Cylance

40

1

13

53

1

Licensing

77

68

77

68

Other

5

9

5

9

Total

$

267

$

226

$

13

$

2

$

280

$

228

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A conference call and live webcast will be held today beginning at 8 a.m. ET , which can be accessed by dialing 1- 877-682-6267 or by logging on at BlackBerry.com/Investors. A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 11 a.m. ET by dialing 1-800-585-8367 and entering Conference ID #9608207 and at the link above.

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BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) is a trusted security software and services company that provides enterprises and governments with the technology they need to secure the Internet of Things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario , the company is unwavering in its commitment to safety, cybersecurity and data privacy, and leads in key areas such as artificial intelligence, endpoint security and management, encryption and embedded systems. For more information, visit BlackBerry.com and follow @BlackBerry.” data-reactid=”58″>About BlackBerry
BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) is a trusted security software and services company that provides enterprises and governments with the technology they need to secure the Internet of Things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario , the company is unwavering in its commitment to safety, cybersecurity and data privacy, and leads in key areas such as artificial intelligence, endpoint security and management, encryption and embedded systems. For more information, visit BlackBerry.com and follow @BlackBerry.

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This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of certain securities laws, including under the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws, including statements regarding: BlackBerry’s plans, strategies and objectives including the anticipated benefits of its strategic initiatives and its intentions to expand and enhance its product and service offerings.

The words “expect”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “could”, “intend”, “believe”, “target”, “plan” and similar expressions are intended to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by BlackBerry in light of its experience, historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that BlackBerry believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Many factors could cause BlackBerry’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including the following risks: BlackBerry’s ability to enhance, develop, introduce or monetize products and services for the enterprise market in a timely manner with competitive pricing, features and performance; BlackBerry’s ability to maintain or expand its customer base for its software and services offerings to grow revenue or achieve sustained profitability; the intense competition faced by BlackBerry; the occurrence or perception of a breach of BlackBerry’s network or product security measures or an inappropriate disclosure of confidential or personal information could significantly harm its business; risks related to BlackBerry’s continuing ability to attract new personnel, retain existing key personnel and manage its staffing effectively; BlackBerry’s dependence on its relationships with resellers and channel partners; risks related to acquisitions, divestitures, investments and other business initiatives, which may negatively affect BlackBerry’s results of operations; risks related to BlackBerry’s products and services being dependent upon interoperability with rapidly changing systems provided by third parties; the risk that failure to protect BlackBerry’s intellectual property could harm its ability to compete effectively and BlackBerry may not earn the revenues it expects from intellectual property rights; the risk that BlackBerry could be found to have infringed on the intellectual property rights of others; the risk that litigation against BlackBerry may result in adverse outcomes; risks related to the use and management of user data and personal information, which could give rise to liabilities as a result of legal, customer and other third-party requirements; BlackBerry’s ability to obtain rights to use third-party software; the risk that network disruptions or other business interruptions could have a material adverse effect on BlackBerry’s business and harm its reputation; BlackBerry’s ability to generate revenue and profitability through the licensing of security software and services or the BlackBerry brand to device manufacturers; the substantial asset risk faced by BlackBerry, including the potential for charges related to its long-lived assets and goodwill; risks related to BlackBerry’s indebtedness, which could adversely affect its operating flexibility and financial condition; risks related to government regulations applicable to BlackBerry’s products and services, including products containing encryption capabilities, which could negatively impact BlackBerry’s business; risks related to foreign operations, including fluctuations in foreign currencies; risks associated with any errors in BlackBerry’s products and services, which can be difficult to remedy and could have a material adverse effect on BlackBerry’s business; risks related to the failure of BlackBerry’s suppliers, subcontractors, channel partners and representatives to use acceptable ethical business practices or to comply with applicable laws, which could negatively impact BlackBerry’s business; BlackBerry’s reliance on third parties to manufacture and repair its hardware products; risks related to the Company’s success in fostering an ecosystem of third-party application developers; risks related to regulations regarding health and safety, hazardous materials usage and conflict minerals, and to product certification risks; risks related to tax provision changes, the adoption of new tax legislation or exposure to additional tax liabilities, which could materially impact BlackBerry’s financial condition; risks related to the fluctuation of BlackBerry’s quarterly revenue and operating results; the volatility of the market price of BlackBerry’s common shares; and risks related to adverse economic and geopolitical conditions, which may negatively affect BlackBerry.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="These risk factors and others relating to BlackBerry are discussed in greater detail in BlackBerry's Annual Information Form, which is included in its Annual Report on Form 40-F and the "Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" section of BlackBerry's MD&amp;A (copies of which filings may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov). All of these factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on BlackBerry’s forward-looking statements. Any statements that are forward-looking statements are intended to enable BlackBerry’s shareholders to view the anticipated performance and prospects of BlackBerry from management’s perspective at the time such statements are made, and they are subject to the risks that are inherent in all forward-looking statements, as described above, as well as difficulties in forecasting BlackBerry’s financial results and performance for future periods, particularly over longer periods, given changes in technology and BlackBerry’s business strategy, evolving industry standards, intense competition and short product life cycles that characterize the industries in which BlackBerry operates. BlackBerry has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.” data-reactid=”67″>These risk factors and others relating to BlackBerry are discussed in greater detail in BlackBerry’s Annual Information Form, which is included in its Annual Report on Form 40-F and the “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” section of BlackBerry’s MD&A (copies of which filings may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov). All of these factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on BlackBerry’s forward-looking statements. Any statements that are forward-looking statements are intended to enable BlackBerry’s shareholders to view the anticipated performance and prospects of BlackBerry from management’s perspective at the time such statements are made, and they are subject to the risks that are inherent in all forward-looking statements, as described above, as well as difficulties in forecasting BlackBerry’s financial results and performance for future periods, particularly over longer periods, given changes in technology and BlackBerry’s business strategy, evolving industry standards, intense competition and short product life cycles that characterize the industries in which BlackBerry operates. BlackBerry has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

BlackBerry Limited

Incorporated under the Laws of Ontario

(United States dollars, in millions except share and per share amounts) (unaudited)

Consolidated Statements of Operations

For the Three Months Ended

For the Nine Months Ended

November 30,
2019

August 31,
2019

November 30,
2018

November 30,
2019

November 30,
2018

Revenue

$

267

$

244

$

226

$

758

$

649

Cost of sales

69

68

56

207

157

Gross margin

198

176

170

551

492

Gross margin %

74.2

%

72.1

%

75.2

%

72.7

%

75.8

%

Operating expenses

Research and development

66

62

55

199

167

Selling, marketing and administration

132

132

93

385

299

Amortization

49

48

33

146

105

Debentures fair value adjustment

(20)

(23)

(69)

(71)

(111)

227

219

112

659

460

Operating income (loss)

(29)

(43)

58

(108)

32

Investment income (loss), net

(1)

2

2

13

Income (loss) before income taxes

(30)

(43)

60

(106)

45

Provision for income taxes

2

1

1

5

3

Net income (loss)

$

(32)

$

(44)

$

59

$

(111)

$

42

Earnings (loss) per share

Basic

$

(0.06)

$

(0.08)

$

0.11

$

(0.20)

$

0.08

Diluted

$

(0.07)

$

(0.10)

$

(0.01)

$

(0.27)

$

(0.09)

Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding (000s)

Basic

554,585

552,343

540,406

552,931

538,251

Diluted

615,085

612,843

600,906

613,431

598,751

Total common shares outstanding (000s)

552,132

548,336

547,084

552,132

547,084

 

BlackBerry Limited

Incorporated under the Laws of Ontario

(United States dollars, in millions) (unaudited)

Consolidated Balance Sheets

As at

November 30, 2019

February 28, 2019

Assets

Current

Cash and cash equivalents

$

515

$

548

Short-term investments

367

368

Accounts receivable, net

216

233

Other receivables

13

19

Income taxes receivable

10

9

Other current assets

58

56

1,179

1,233

Restricted cash and cash equivalents

32

34

Long-term investments

56

55

Other long-term assets

23

28

Deferred income tax assets

2

Operating lease right-of-use assets

133

Property, plant and equipment, net

76

85

Goodwill

1,459

1,463

Intangible assets, net

955

1,068

$

3,913

$

3,968

Liabilities

Current

Accounts payable

$

27

$

48

Accrued liabilities

193

192

Income taxes payable

19

17

Debentures

609

Deferred revenue, current

264

253

1,112

510

Deferred revenue, non-current

117

136

Operating lease liabilities

127

Other long-term liabilities

8

19

Long-term debentures

665

Deferred income tax liabilities

1

2

1,365

1,332

Shareholders’ equity

Capital stock and additional paid-in capital

2,742

2,688

Deficit

(157)

(32)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(37)

(20)

2,548

2,636

$

3,913

$

3,968

 

BlackBerry Limited

Incorporated under the Laws of Ontario

(United States dollars, in millions) (unaudited)

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

For the Nine Months Ended

November 30, 2019

November 30, 2018

Cash flows from operating activities

Net income (loss)

$

(111)

$

42

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash used in operating activities:

Amortization

160

116

Stock-based compensation

46

53

Non-cash consideration received from contract with a customer

(8)

Debentures fair value adjustment

(71)

(111)

Other long-term assets

2

Operating leases

(12)

Other

9

4

Net changes in working capital items:

Accounts receivable, net

17

13

Other receivables

6

46

Income taxes receivable

(1)

13

Other assets

3

(1)

Accounts payable

(21)

(14)

Income taxes payable

2

(1)

Accrued liabilities

(24)

(57)

Deferred revenue

(10)

(23)

Other long-term liabilities

7

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

(8)

82

Cash flows from investing activities

Acquisition of long-term investments

(1)

(2)

Proceeds on sale or maturity of long-term investments

2

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment

(9)

(14)

Proceeds on sale of property, plant and equipment

1

Acquisition of intangible assets

(24)

(24)

Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired

1

Acquisition of short-term investments

(829)

(2,754)

Proceeds on sale or maturity of short-term investments

830

2,962

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

(32)

171

Cash flows from financing activities

Issuance of common shares

8

5

Finance lease liability

(2)

Net cash provided by financing activities

6

5

Effect of foreign exchange loss on cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and restricted cash equivalents

(1)

(3)

Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and restricted cash equivalents during the period

(35)

255

Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and restricted cash equivalents, beginning of period

582

855

Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and restricted cash equivalents, end of period

$

547

$

1,110

As at

November 30, 2019

February 28, 2019

Cash and cash equivalents

$

515

$

548

Restricted cash and cash equivalents

$

32

$

34

Short-term investments

$

367

$

368

Long-term investments

$

56

$

55

 

Cision

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COVID-19: Ottawa adult vaccinations at 69 per cent; Ontario reports 192 new cases – Ottawa Citizen

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Ottawa Public Health reported Friday that 69 per cent of adults in the capital are fully vaccinated.

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According to the OPH vaccination dashboard, updated Friday morning, 591,639 people aged 18 and over have the two shots.

In all, 83 per cent of the population 12 years and older has received one dose.

Seven new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Ottawa on Friday, bringing the total number of cases since the pandemic began to 27,268.

The death toll remains unchanged at 593.

Ottawa Public Health knows of 41 active cases in the region. However, there are no COVID-19 patients in hospital.

In indicators of interest, the rolling seven-day average of cases per 100,000 residents is 3.9, while the populations per cent positivity in testing is 0.5.

The reproductive number, the average number of people that one infected person will pass on a virus to, is 1.28.

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Ontario reported 192 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one new death on Friday.

While it’s the second week the province’s numbers have been below 200, confirmed cases have climbed significantly from Monday, when 130 new cases were reported.

Currently, there are 137 people in hospital in Ontario, with 136 in ICU due to COVID-related illness and 84 on a ventilator. (Ontario Public Health statistics of ICU hospitalizations and ventilator cases contain some patients who no longer test positive for COVID-19 but who are being treated for conditions caused by the virus.)

There have been 548,986 confirmed cases and 9,308 deaths since the pandemic began.

In health regions in the Ottawa area, Renfrew and District reported three new cases. There were no new cases reported in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, Kingston or Leeds, Grenville and Lanark units.

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Quebec reported 101 new cases of COVID-19 and one more death Friday morning.

Hospitalizations in the province declined by four patients, for a total of 67. The number of cases in ICU were unchanged at 21.

The province administered 94,624 additional vaccine doses were administered over the previous 24 hours.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Quebec has reported 376,530 cases and 11,239 deaths linked to COVID-19.

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Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam reported Friday that 46.7 million doses of vaccine have been administered in Canada, and more than 60 per cent of people over the age of 12 have been fully vaccinated.

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Dutch Teen Who Went to Space With Jeff Bezos Told Him He’s Never Bought Anything on Amazon – Gizmodo

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New Shepard lifts off from Launch Site One in West Texas with four humans on board. (July 20, 2021)

The award for “Best Small Talk on a Flight to Space” goes to Oliver Daemen, the 18-year-old from the Netherlands who was part of Blue Origin’s inaugural crewed flight to space earlier this week. On the roughly 10-minute flight, Daemon told Amazon founder Jeff Bezos what probably sounded like blasphemy to his billionaire ears: He had never bought anything on Amazon.

In an interview with Reuters on Friday, Daemen recounted his first flight to space, from when he got the call asking him if he was interested to the conversations he had with his crewmates, which included Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, and 82-year-old pilot Wally Funk. Daemen, whose father is the CEO of a private equity firm in the Netherlands, became the youngest person to ever fly to space, while Funk became the oldest.

The teen also holds the distinction of surprising Bezos, whose Amazon empire has made him one of the richest men in the world.

“I told Jeff, like, I’ve actually never bought something from Amazon,” Daemen told Reuters. “And he was like, ‘oh, wow, it’s [been] a long time [since] I heard someone say that.’”

Considering that Bezos thanked “every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer” for making the flight possible after he and the crew returned to Earth, Daemen’s comments may have been a little awkward. However, it’s nice (and kind of funny) to hear that someone was frank with him. Bezos no doubt has enough people telling him that Amazon is God’s gift to humanity, so it’s cool to see one of the youths set him straight.

Daemen wasn’t originally supposed to go on the flight with Bezos and crew. He was offered the opportunity after the winner of the online auction for the seat, whose identity is still unknown and who paid a whopping $28 million for it, said they couldn’t go because of “scheduling conflicts.” Daemen, who was a participant in the auction and had already secured a spot on the second flight, was then moved up on the list. His father, Joes Daemen, paid for the seat.

According to Daemen, his family didn’t pay anything near what the mysterious bidder paid for the opportunity.

“We didn’t pay even close to $28 million, but they chose me because I was the youngest and I was also a pilot and I also knew quite a lot about it already,” he said.

The teen, who will begin his studies at Utrecht University in September, said he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do professionally, but would consider focusing on space travel. He also told the outlet that his fellow travelers were “super fun and all down to Earth.” Well, considering Daemen’s referring to a man that wants to stupidly move all polluting industry into space, I’m not sure I’m sold on that.

Congratulations on the award for that great small talk, though.

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Several Ontario mass vaccination clinics wind down as focus shifts to smaller sites – CP24 Toronto's Breaking News

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Several mass COVID-19 vaccination clinics across Ontario are winding down as first-dose registrations wane and communities shift their focus to smaller venues.

The large clinics held in local arenas, hospitals and recreation centres across the province have been a key part of the vaccine rollout that began in the winter.

Now that first-dose vaccination coverage has hovered at around 80 per cent for adults provincewide, many health units are beginning the transition to smaller, more targeted vaccination approaches.

“Our large-scale clinics are ending because they are no longer filling up,” the Northwestern Health Unit, which covers the city of Kenora, Ont., and surrounding communities, said in a statement this week as its mass clinics wrapped up operations. “Once they are over, we will provide the vaccine in our offices and at smaller clinics in the community.”

Grey Bruce, a current hot spot for the more infectious Delta COVID-19 variant, is also shutting down its mass clinics at the end of the month to return the large sites for community use.

The health unit is advising people with shots booked for August and beyond to reschedule, and is offering smaller clinics across the region that includes several rural areas.

People living in the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph region were urged this week to seek out their shots before the local health unit starts closing mass clinics the week of Aug. 6.

“I encourage people to take advantage of the thousands of available appointments at our clinics before we move to the next phase,” Rita Isley, director of community health for the region, said in a statement. “These last few weeks of our mass clinics are the easiest way to get your shot.”

The health unit said it will shift to small clinics and pop-ups “into the fall” after the last of the large clinics close on Aug. 20.

Larger cities are also following the trend, with Mississauga, Ont., aiming to close a convention centre used as a vaccination site on Monday, with another hospital clinic closing the next day.

Mayor Bonnie Crombie said the transition away from mass clinics is part of the city’s focus on bringing vaccines to the least-immunized communities, with more emphasis planned on pop-ups, drive-thru clinics and primary care sites.

“This is a good news story and it shows that our mass vaccination clinics have done their job getting the majority of our people vaccinated,” Crombie told reporters on Thursday.

“We can now look at this period as the home stretch of our initial vaccine rollout to get to that final 10 to 20 per cent of our population and ensure that they, too, are vaccinated.”

​Kingston, Ont.’s health unit announced last week that it would enter a “new phase” of its vaccination effort, with plans to shut down mass clinics beginning in August and shift to pharmacy, mobile and primary care sites.

Mass clinics in the London, Ont., will see reduced hours in the coming weeks amid dwindling demand, the health unit announced this week. It said immunizations have sped up and many people have moved up their second-dose appointments that were scheduled for the fall, meaning the large sites won’t be needed.

“As the health unit turns its focus to individuals in the community, the vaccination effort will rely on mobile and walk-in pop-up clinics, as well as providing opportunities to be vaccinated at community events,” the Middlesex-London Heath Unit said in a statement.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said earlier this month that primary care sites would become more essential to the province’s vaccination plan as mass clinics at hospitals, stadiums and other large venues wind down and resume their old uses.

A spokeswoman for Elliott said targeted vaccination strategies will play a greater role going forward as the province aims to reach vaccine hesitant communities.

“The province is working with the public health units to improve vaccination rates through mobile clinics and community-based pop-ups, dedicated clinic days for people with disabilities, holding townhall meetings in multiple languages, and providing services such as transportation, translation services, and drive-through clinics,” Alexandra Hilkene said in a statement on Friday.

The Grey Bruce health unit noted this week that its local COVID-19 situation is now a “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” a trend documented around the world.

The health unit says 95 per cent of cases reported in the first two weeks of July were among people not fully vaccinated, and encouraged people to get their shots, noting that it’s likely that vaccinated people may be subject to fewer restrictions such as isolation rules in the event of future outbreaks.

“Vaccinating the majority of people sets us on the road to return to normal,” it said.

Ontario reported 192 new COVID-19 cases on Friday and one death from the virus. Sixty-six per cent of Ontario adults are now fully vaccinated.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 23, 2021.

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