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WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States served notice Monday that it will keep existing COVID-19 restrictions on international travel in place for now due to concerns about the surging infection rate because of the delta variant. It was the latest sign that the White House is having to recalibrate its thinking around the coronavirus pandemic as the more infectious variant surges across the U.S. and a substantial chunk of the population resists vaccination. It was also a reversal from the sentiment P
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker who spent campaign money at a strip club said it has “great lamb chops.” State Rep. Jewell Jones, a Democrat, reported spending $221 in March at the Pantheion Club in Dearborn to discuss economic development, The Detroit News reported, citing public records. “We have (to) meet people where they’re at some times ... #HOLLA,” Jones said in a text message to a reporter Monday. He added that the suburban Detroit club has “great lamb chops.” Jones also spent
STRATHROY- Strathroy Caradoc (S-C) Council Monday 19 July 2021 began with Mayor Joanne Vanderhyden reciting a land acknowledgment recognizing the Treaty 21 territories the municipality sits on. “Strathroy-Caradoc has a vision and a mission. The vision is that S-C communities will provide economic opportunities, well-being, and places to call home for residents and businesses. Our mission statement is to serve the communities of S-C by delivering modern municipal proactively planning for the futu
Windsor Regional Hospital's cardiac catheterization lab is back online after facing flooding twice this month. The lab has been closed since July 16, due to flooding from heavy rainfall. It reopened as scheduled on Monday despite another downpour on Saturday night. WRH CEO David Musyj said the hospital was "aggressively" advocating to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term care to move the lab, which is in the basement of the Ouellette Campus, to another floor. He said the hospital is trying to ad
FRANKFURT (Reuters) -Binance founder Changpeng Zhao said he was willing to step down whenever he finds a successor who can do a "better job", as one of the world's biggest cryptocurrency exchanges, under pressure from regulators around the world, sought to reinvent itself. Zhao made the remarks after Binance came under concerted scrutiny from regulators worried that its cryptocurrency exchanges could be used for money laundering or that investors fall victim to scams and runaway bets. Financial authorities in Britain, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Lithuania and Thailand have all recently raised concerns about Binance.
CAIRO (AP) — A Libyan militia leader sanctioned by the United States for allegedly killing civilians was shot dead Tuesday in an exchange of fire with forces attempting to arrest him in an eastern city, officials said. Libyan officials said security forces raided Mohamed al-Kani’s house in Benghazi to carry out an arrest warrant on charges of killing civilians. Libyan officials and the U.S. allege al-Kani was responsible for the deaths of people found in mass graves last year in the western town
SOUTHWEST MIDDLESEX - Southwest Middlesex Council was subjected to a draft report of the Master Plan during their 21 July 2021 meeting. Prior to the presentation, Dennis Kwan addressed the council informing them that, “the document is still in draft form. So, nothing’s set in stone yet. So, we’re interested in hearing your feedback tonight.” The draft included 10 key recommendations: Project 2000 (which focused on improving the Glencoe Fairgrounds); a redevelopment plan for Little Kin Park; re-i
The Bank of Canada's pledge to let the economy run hot could be tested by inflation that's already at a decade-high level, with more price increases expected as businesses shuttered during the COVID-19 pandemic reopen and consumers dip into record savings. The Canadian central bank says the current inflation pressures are due to temporary factors, such as supply constraints and the comparison to prices from a year ago, when the economy was reeling from the pandemic, and that inflation will ease back to its 2% target by 2022. But some economists worry that Canada's inflation, which was 3.6% on an annual basis in May, could be more stubborn than expected, particularly because parts of the services sector, which accounts for about 70% of the economy, are only just reopening.
LONDON (AP) — A British public inquiry into child sexual abuse said Tuesday that hundreds of children in the care of a London authority faced “hard to comprehend” levels of abuse and neglect over several decades. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse said that between the 1960s and the 1990s, local authority staff in the south London borough of Lambeth treated children in their care as if they were “worthless.” It said staff members in the south London borough put vulnerable children i
Exasperated brides-to-be dressed all in white to protest outside Ireland's parliament on Tuesday while others inundated radio call-in shows to criticise COVID-19 restrictions, forcing the government to ease limits on wedding guest numbers. Ireland, which has implemented some of Europe's toughest restrictions during the pandemic, has been gradually unwinding its third and longest lockdown and this week permitted pubs and restaurants to resume serving fully vaccinated diners indoors. Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, however, said last week that plans to double the number of guests allowed at weddings and receptions to 100 in August were unlikely to go ahead due to concerns over the highly transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Republicans want former President Donald Trump to have at least some influence over their party's direction even as many who side with the GOP say they are uneasy about its future. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research captures widespread unease among Republicans over everything from the direction of the country to the state of American democracy and, in particular, President Joe Biden. Just 15% approve of the way Biden is handling hi
An associate professor at the Atlantic Veterinary College is reminding pet owners that they're not alone after recent thunderstorms left some pets filled with anxiety and their owners searching for solutions. "Everybody is having trouble," Dr. Karen Overall, an associate professor of behaviour medicine at AVC, told Island Morning host Mitch Cormier. Several people took to social media last week sharing first-hand accounts of how their animals reacted to the loud claps of thunder and streaks of l
Ontario reported another 129 cases of COVID-19 and the deaths of five more people with the illness on Tuesday. Here are some other key pandemic indicators and figures from the Ministry of Health's daily provincial update: Seven-day average of daily cases: 154; after a precipitous decline that began in late April and continued until about two weeks ago, the seven-day average has levelled out, hovering between 150 and 160 since then. Tests completed: 13,644 Provincewide test positivity rate: 1 per
The easing of the pandemic in Windsor-Essex reached another milestone Monday when Windsor Regional Hospital officials declared that the facility no longer had any COVID-19 patients. It's been 9 months since the hospital had no COVID-19 patients. The last time this occurred was Oct. 12, prior to the deadly second wave of the pandemic, the hospital said. David Musyj, the hospital's president and CEO, encouraged people to get vaccinated to avoid anyone else being hospitalized or dying due to COVID-
(Reuters) -Facebook Inc will stop allowing advertisers to target people under 18 on its platforms based on their interests or their activity on other sites, it said on Tuesday in a slew of announcements about young users. The change means advertisers will soon be able to target under-18s only by age, gender or location on Facebook, its Messenger service and its photo-sharing platform Instagram. In a blog post, Instagram said it was making the change because it agreed with youth advocates that young people might not be equipped to make decisions about targeting.
Canada's reopening plans could be hindered as thousands of border officers gird themselves for possible strike action. The two unions representing more than 8,500 Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) employees announced this morning that the majority of their members have given them a strike mandate. That means they could begin strike action as soon as Aug. 6, mere days before Canada reopens the border to fully vaccinated U.S. residents, said the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the
At the New York premiere of "Stillwater," star Matt Damon explains how being a father helped his performance in the Tom McCarthy drama, recently unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival. (July 27)
MIDDLESEX - During a public health meeting on Monday, the Middlesex-London Health Officer Chris Mackie stated he believes we’ll see a fourth wave of Covid in time for back to school. “That is the timing that we’re looking at... we’ll see what happens... on August 6th, with gatherings of gathering limits in the thousands then we really could see a wave much sooner than the fall. If that doesn’t happen and we’re able to get vaccination rates up, then there’s no doubt we will see more activity in t
The researchers note that per capita greenhouse gas emissions are highest in developed countries, but the consequences of climate change are felt by the entire world.
WARNING: This story contains distressing details. Manitoba RCMP say they have been investigating allegations of sexual abuse at a former residential school in Sagkeeng First Nation for more than a decade. The Fort Alexander Residential School opened in 1904 on what is now known as Sagkeeng First Nation — which is about 120 kilometres north of Winnipeg. It closed in 1970 but continued to operate as a day school for a number of years. In a Tuesday morning news release, Manitoba RCMP said their maj