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White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and his team are headed to Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week for talks in a region simmering with tension after the killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist. A senior administration official said on Sunday that Kushner is to meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Saudi city of Neom, and the emir of Qatar in that country in the coming days.
The head of a U.S. biotechnology company that is developing one of the most promising COVID-19 vaccine candidates says Canada is not far behind other countries when it comes to receiving doses of its vaccine, despite criticism of the government's procurement plan from the Conservative opposition. "Canada is not at the back of the line," Noubar Afeyan, co-founder and chairman of Moderna, told CBC's Chief Political Correspondent Rosemary Barton on Sunday. Afeyan said because Canada was among the first countries to make a pre-order with Moderna, the country is guaranteed to receive a certain portion of the company's initial batch of doses as long as the vaccine proves safe and effective and is given regulatory approval. "The people who were willing to move early on with even less proof of the efficacy have assured the amount of supply they were willing to sign up to," Afeyan said in an interview on Rosemary Barton Live. "Nothing that happened subsequently can affect that." Moderna's mRNA vaccine is currently in Phase 3 clinical trials and preliminary data released two weeks ago show it appears to be 94.5 per cent effective. Millions of doses procured The federal government secured an agreement on Aug. 5 with Moderna for 20 million doses of its vaccine, with the option to procure an additional 36 million doses. The U.S. announced a deal for up to 500 million doses just days later while the U.K. and European Union inked deals with Moderna only in the past two weeks. In total, Canada has procured some 358 million doses from seven companies — the most per capita of any country in the world, according to research from Duke University's Global Health Institute. WATCH | Federal government pressured on when Canadians will get COVID-19 vaccine Despite that promising news, the Liberal government came under intense pressure this week to lay out a timeline for when Canadians will begin receiving an inoculation as countries like the U.S., U.K. and Germany have all announced plans to begin vaccinating their populations in December. Opposition politicians and some premiers argued Canada was falling behind other countries in its planning after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canadians would have to wait to get vaccinated because the first doses of any vaccine will go to people in the countries where the vaccines are being manufactured. Federal officials said on Thursday that if all goes well as many as three million Canadians — mainly those in "high-priority groups" — could be vaccinated in early 2021. One day later, Trudeau said that Canada is on track to vaccinate nearly every person who wants a shot by September 2021. But officials have provided few details about the government's plan to roll out a vaccine once Health Canada gives one the green light. Conservative critiques At a press conference on Sunday, Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole repeated his view that Canada is behind other countries in procuring a vaccine. "While the Americans and the British are talking about mass vaccination throughout December and January, our government is now talking about getting Canadians vaccinated by September," O'Toole said. "We need to show Canadians that there is a plan for the vaccine." O'Toole said the Trudeau government only turned its attention to pre-ordering tens of millions of vaccine doses from companies such as Pfizer and Moderna in August after its collaboration between the National Research Council and Chinese vaccine maker CanSino collapsed following months of delays. "I would not have put all our eggs in the basket of China," O'Toole said. Regulatory approval pending Companies have compressed the time it normally takes to develop a vaccine by initiating the manufacturing of doses even before studies into their efficacy are completed as part of a global effort to develop COVID-19 vaccines as quickly as possible to bring the pandemic to an end. Moderna is in the process of applying for emergency-use authorization with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Once the company obtains that authorization, Afeyan said it will begin shipping doses to countries that have made pre-orders, including Canada. Afeyan said he expects to start shipping the vaccine to Canada in the first quarter of 2021 and the quantity of shipments should increase through the second quarter and throughout the rest of the year. The company expects to be able to produce a total of 20 million doses by the end of 2020 and between 500 million and 1 billion doses throughout 2021. Moderna submitted early safety and pre-clinical data from Phase 1 and 2 trials with Health Canada last month as part of the regulator's rolling regulatory review process. Health Canada must approve any COVID-19 vaccine before it can be distributed to Canadians. Experts say Moderna's vaccine — which requires two shots taken 28 days apart — will be relatively easy to store and distribute because the vaccine can remain stable at normal fridge temperatures of 2 C to 8 C for 30 days. By contrast, another leading candidate manufactured by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer must be shipped and stored at -70 C. WATCH | Health Minister on how the federal government should address vaccine hesitancy: Health Minister Patty Hajdu said it's difficult to nail down a delivery date at the moment for any of the leading vaccine candidates because of the long list of uncertainties stemming from unfinished clinical trials, ongoing regulatory reviews, and manufacturing and logistical challenges related to distribution. "We're all anxious to get out of this mess as a world, but certainly as a country as well," Hajdu said. "As Canada's health minister, I'm staying focused on Canadians and on our own process, making sure our delivery plans are well laid out and that we have what we need in terms of being able to deliver on the variety of different kinds of vaccines." Hajdu added that her top priority is ensuring that Health Canada has what it needs to make sure the regulatory process proceeds smoothly so that any vaccines that are approved are safe and effective.
P.E.I. has no new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.Dr. Heather Morrison, P.E.I.'s chief public health officer, made the announcement Sunday in the second previously unscheduled briefing of the weekend.On Saturday, two new cases that are unrelated were confirmed.One is a 15-year-old male student at Charlottetown Rural High School. The other is a male between the ages of 10 and 19 who travelled to P.E.I. from Toronto. He is not a student on P.E.I.Morrison said the student has no history of travel outside of P.E.I., and health officials are working to identify the source of the infection."We have been fortunate with all our previous cases in being able to identify a source or linkage giving us confidence that all our previous cases were related to out-of-province travel," she said."Given the amount of testing completed in P.E.I., including 3,000 tests in the past week alone, I am reassured that we do not have widespread community transmission in P.E.I."School will be cleanedCharlottetown Rural will be thoroughly cleaned and will remain open Monday, said Norbert Carpenter, acting director of the Public Schools Branch.Carpenter said the school system is committed to making sure students, staff and parents feel comfortable about going to the school.P.E.I. has had 72 cases of COVID-19. Four remain active. There have been no deaths or hospitalizations.More than 1,100 people on P.E.I. were tested in the past 24 hours, Morrison said. It's the largest number since the pandemic began about eight months ago.About 70 close contacts of the positive cases were tested and must self-isolate for 14 days regardless of a negative test result. Many are students who will be set up for online learning during that period.> I want to assure Islanders that our system responded appropriately and efficiently to this case that involved 353 contacts. — Dr. Heather MorrisonOther "casual" contacts — people who may have been in the proximity of the case — were also tested."I want to assure Islanders that our system responded appropriately and efficiently to this case that involved 353 contacts," Morrison said."Our system is ready to respond to cases when necessary, and the results of our collective efforts in the last 36 hours is further evidence that we continue to be poised to respond and take the necessary steps to contain the transmission of COVID-19 in our province."'Privilege we've earned'Beginning Monday, all high school students in the province will be required to wear a mask at all times while inside school.Premier Dennis King praised the health-care system and thanked Islanders for their co-operation."It's a privilege we've earned because we've followed these protocols," he said.The other Atlantic provinces announced new cases Sunday: 14 in New Brunswick, 10 in Nova Scotia and four in Newfoundland and Labrador.More from CBC P.E.I.
GENEVA — A proposal that could have stiffened penalties against companies based in Switzerland if they violate human rights or harm the environment abroad failed in a Swiss referendum on Sunday.The initiative titled “Responsible companies — to protect people and the environment” won a narrow majority of votes, with 50.7% per cent backing it and 49.3% against, but failed because a majority of the country's cantons, or states, came out against it. Support was strongest in urban areas, much of Switzerland’s French-speaking west and Italian-speaking Ticino.Under Switzerland's system of direct democracy, which gives voters a direct say several times each year on a variety of issues, proposals need a majority both of votes cast and of cantons to pass. The Swiss held two other referendums this year, but one in May was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The federal government opposed the plan championed by left-leaning groups and some big civil society organizations, asserting that it went too far. Parliament has proposed a countermeasure that would also boost scrutiny of such companies’ actions.The measure could have made large Switzerland-based companies liable in the country's courts for their flawed operations or those of their subsidiaries and subcontractors in foreign nations, unless they were able to show that they conducted proper due diligence beforehand.It would have required Swiss-based companies to better verify their activities in foreign countries and could have made them more liable for any damage caused. It could potentially have affected multinationals like mining and minerals company Glencore, agribusiness company Syngenta, and cement firm LafargeHolcim — which have at times faced criticism over their activities abroad.Parliament’s alternative, which should now take effect instead, won't require companies to answer to Swiss courts and will focus on issues like mining of minerals from conflict zones or child labour. It also seeks more co-operation among countries on such matters.Another measure that would have banned the financing by the Swiss national bank or pension funds of any weapons for export, from handguns to assault rifles to tanks, also failed Sunday, with a majority of both voters and cantons opposing it.—-Eds: This story corrects an earlier version that had wrongly indicated that the measures on the ballot Sunday had originally been planned for a vote in May.The Associated Press
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Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole said on Sunday that his “top priority” is a plan for COVID-19 vaccines, adding “there is no plan for the economy if we don’t have rapid testing and vaccines as swiftly as possible.”
ATLANTA — Bishop Reginald Jackson stepped to the microphone at a drive-in rally outside a church in southwest Atlanta as his voice carried over a loudspeaker and the radio to people gathered in, around and on top of cars that filled the parking lot.“Let’s keep Georgia blue," Jackson said. “Let’s elect Jon Ossoff, Raphael Warnock to the United States Senate.” The presiding bishop of more than 400 African Methodist Episcopal churches in Georgia added a pastoral flourish as horns honked and supporters cheered: “If I have a witness, somebody say amen!"As Georgia becomes the nation’s political hotspot this winter before twin runoff elections Jan. 5 that will determine control of the Senate, faith-based organizing is heating up.Conservative Christians are rallying behind Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, while Black churches and liberal-leaning Jewish groups are backing Democratic challengers Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. The Democrats' fates are seen as intertwined in a state that this year turned blue in the presidential election for the first time since 1992 by a razor-thin margin.“These runoffs are critically important,” Jackson said. “We want to make sure there is no decrease in turnout.”Across Georgia, the African Methodist Episcopal Church is implementing a program designed to ensure its members, and Black voters overall, cast ballots in the runoff — focusing on votes by mail and early in-person voting. Pastors at each church remind tens of thousands of congregants every week to apply for an absentee ballot and of early voting dates, Jackson said in an interview. Each local church also follows up with congregants to make sure they have a plan to vote.The New Georgia Project, a nonpartisan voter mobilization group founded by Democrat Stacey Abrams, who ran for governor in 2018, is also preparing to tap the influence of faith communities in stoking turnout.Rev. Billy Honor, director of faith organizing at the group, said the conservative Christian Faith & Freedom Coalition — founded by former Georgia GOP chairman Ralph Reed — has long positioned Georgia “as the home of evangelical fundamentalist types when it comes to the political space."“But the truth is, for a very long time, there has been an active, effective movement of progressive-minded, justice-centred clergy” who have worked in the state on voting rights, health care and other issues, Honor added. He said Warnock was part of that work before his candidacy. Warnock is senior pastor at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church, the congregation led by the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.Meanwhile, Loeffler and Perdue can expect to benefit from a conservative Christian base that has long boosted the state’s Republicans. Faith & Freedom made Georgia one of its top three spending targets in a $50 million get-out-the-vote program during the general election and plans increased organizing for the runoffs.The reach of "the evangelical vote in Georgia is very large and very strong,” Timothy Head, the group’s executive director, said in an interview.Head noted that while President Donald Trump kept a strong hold on white evangelical voters this year, Perdue out-performed Trump in Georgia during the general election. President-elect Joe Biden may have won over some evangelicals by contrasting his character with that of Trump, Head said, but he argued that the same sort of case would be harder for Democrats to make against Loeffler and Perdue.Another faith-focused conservative group, the legislative affiliate of the Family Research Council, is holding trainings and pastor briefings before the runoffs. The anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List, whose president advised Trump’s reelection campaign on Catholic outreach, has announced a $4.1 million plan to boost Loeffler and Perdue through a partner political action committee.Religious issues already have become a campaign flashpoint in the runoff. The GOP has resurfaced excerpts from past Warnock sermons to assail him as insufficiently supportive of the military as well as anti-Israel. The Democrat signed a letter last year comparing Israel's policy toward Palestinians to “previous oppressive regimes" and criticized it in a 2018 sermon, while also calling for a two-state solution in the region.Warnock pushed back in a recently released television ad, saying the attacks are “trying to scare people by taking things I’ve said out of context from over 25 years of being a pastor.”One group criticizing Warnock as too left-leaning on Israel, the Republican Jewish Coalition, is also mobilizing on behalf of the GOP incumbents.Jewish Democrats in Georgia predicted that the GOP attack on Warnock’s Israel record would fall flat, citing his record of friendship with the Jewish community through his pulpit at Ebenezer.Sherry Frank, president of the Atlanta section of the National Council of Jewish Women, said she sees “no doubt in the Jewish community about (Warnock’s) stance on Israel and anti-Semitism.” Frank's group is conducting nonpartisan voter turnout work for the runoffs.Georgia’s Jewish Democrats also see, in Ossoff and Warnock, candidates whose joint push for the Senate harkens back to a tradition of Black and Jewish leaders working together during the civil rights movement. Warnock has a bond with a prominent Atlanta rabbi whose predecessor at the synagogue was close with King.Warnock is viewed “as the inheritor" of King’s legacy, said Michael Rosenzweig, co-chair of the Georgia chapter of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, which has endorsed both Democrats. “And to the extent that Jews were supportive of the civil rights struggle and supportive of (King), I think they look supportively on Rev. Warnock.”Ossoff, who is Jewish, has defended Warnock against GOP criticism over Israel and fondly recalled his own connection to the late Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia civil rights leader who endorsed Ossoff before his death in July. In October, Ossoff said he and Lewis talked during their first meeting about “the bond between the Black and Jewish communities, marching alongside rabbis and young Jewish activists in the mid 1960s ... and how important it was that these communities be brought together."___Schor reported from Washington.___Associated Press religion coverage receives support from the Lilly Endowment through the Religion News Foundation. The AP is solely responsible for this content.Elana Schor And Ben Nadler, The Associated Press
Au contraire à ce qui a été véhiculer comme informations, le pont entre Béarn et Fabre ne sera pas fermé mais plusieurs restrictions seront en vigueur à la suite de son inspection par la direction générale de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue du Ministère des Transports (MTQ). « Nous ne fermons pas le pont. Il n’en a d’ailleurs jamais été question. En revanche, à la suite d’une inspection, le pont P-07452 doit être réduit en charges à 10 tonnes pour tous les types de véhicules. Le pont est présentement affiché aux charges légales » nous fait savoir le conseiller en communication de la direction générale de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue du Ministère des Transports, monsieur Luc Adam. De la corrosion au niveau des poutres Cette décision trouve son fondement en se basant sur un minutieux diagnostique technique et pour des raisons sécuritaires. « Le pont P-07452 enjambe le ruisseau l’Africain et est situé sur la route 391 à environ 200 mètres de l’intersection de la route 101 vers le nord. Le pont présente de la corrosion au niveau des poutres et des chevêtres. Or, Étant donné la faiblesse du pont, la baisse de charges vise à protéger la structure tout en assurant la sécurité des usagers et ainsi d’éviter la fermeture » nous explique le conseiller de communication. « Un projet de reconstruction complète de ce pont est en préparation au MTQ mais ces travaux ne peuvent être faits à court terme. Le MTQ travaille cependant à une solution de rétablissement à court terme avec le pont existant » a-t-il ajouté. Impact sur le transport lourd À noter que le débit journalier qui passe sur le pont est de 570 véhicules, dont 38 % de transport lourd. « La réduction de charges aura un impact sur le transport lourd en provenance de Scierie Béarn (25 km de plus vers le sud du Témiscamingue) et le Centre de tri de la MRC (35 km de plus vers le sud du Témiscamingue). Le détour se fait par les routes 391, 382 et 101 via Ville-Marie » souligne Luc Adam. La direction générale de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue nous informe que les partenaires (municipalités, entreprises, transport scolaire, service d’urgences, etc.) ont été informés le 16 novembre 2020. L’autobus scolaire n’est épargné Afin de respecter les nouvelles mesures, le déneigement qui est sous la responsabilité du MTQ dans ce secteur, sera effectué avec un véhicule léger de moins de 10 tonnes. « L’autobus scolaire pourra continuer à y circuler, compte tenu que son poids est inférieur à 10 tonnes. Ainsi un nouvel affichage sera en place dans les prochains jours et par l’occasion un communiqué de presse sera alors diffusé pareillement » précise le conseiller de communication.Moulay Hicham Mouatadid, Initiative de journalisme local, Reflet Témiscamien (Le)
Quebec City police issued more than 30 tickets at a demonstration on Saturday where several hundred people were protesting public health restrictions in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.The demonstration was held in front of the National Assembly building in Quebec City. Police said many demonstrators did not respect physical distancing and did not wear masks, both of which are now mandatory at protests in COVID-19 red zones, including Quebec City.No arrests were made, but 34 tickets were handed out for violations to public health rules, municipal by-laws and the Highway Safety Code."We recognize that demonstrating is a democratic exercise and a fundamental right," said Quebec City police spokesperson Étienne Doyon. "However, people wishing to exercise this right must respect a distance of two metres and wear a face covering."Quebec City police had closed traffic in both directions on Boulevard Honoré-Mercier, between Grande Allée and René-Lévesque to allow demonstrators to respect the two-metre physical distancing rule.Quebec provincial police also escorted several convoys heading to the protest from various municipalities between Montreal and Quebec City.In Quebec, fines for breaking public health rules can range between $1,000 and $6,000 per person.More than 7,000 people in the province have died of COVID-19.
Liam Docherty may be only 13 years old, but he's already garnering attention from the Canadian blues establishment. The young Qualicum Beach, B.C.-based singer-songwriter has been nominated for the New Artist of the Year category in the Maple Blues Awards, which recognize the best blues musicians across the country."It's a really big deal," Liam told host Gloria Macarenko on CBC's On The Coast.Liam first picked up the guitar when he was aged four, having been introduced to the instrument by his father. A concert by Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel in 2015 exposed Liam to the blues and the finger-picking style. "I kept on practising over the years," he said. "When I was seven, I learned some pop songs and I'd busk at the Salt Spring Island farmers market."Liam's performances earned him the moniker "red-headed blues boy" from locals. He was supposed to perform at the Vancouver Island Music Festival and the Nanaimo Blues Festival before they were cancelled due to COVID-19.Instead, he put out his first album, Modern Magic Melody, which earned him the award nomination. "I never actually expected this," he said. Organic songwriting processLiam says his songwriting process is something that flows organically from his love of playing."I always come up with new pieces. If I like them, I record them and start working on them and building them out," he said.For his lyrics, Liam collects phrases and words he likes from books and poems in a journal."They change during the songwriting process, of course, [but] those [phrases] can be a foundation for songs," he said. He also gets ideas from reading about his favourite blues musicians. Reading about Robert Leroy Johnson, an American blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter, and how he was affected by the Mississippi Delta flood, inspired Liam to write his own song about the historic event, Wipe My Weeping Eyes."I pick up the guitar every day ... I just love playing it so much," he said.
BUDAPEST, Hungary — After facing strong condemnation, a Hungarian commissioner on Sunday begrudgingly retracted an article comparing American-Hungarian billionaire and philanthropist George Soros, a staunch critic of Hungary’s government, to Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. “Europe is George Soros’ gas chamber,” Szilard Demeter, ministerial commissioner and head of the Petofi Literary Museum in Budapest, wrote in an opinion Saturday in the pro-government Origo media outlet. “Poison gas flows from the capsule of a multicultural open society, which is deadly to the European way of life.” The comments drew outrage from Hungary’s Jewish community, including the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation, which called the article “tasteless” and “unforgivable.” “(It's) a textbook case of the relativization of the Holocaust, and is therefore incompatible with the government’s claim of zero tolerance for anti-Semitism,” the group said. In a statement Sunday on Origo, Demeter said he would retract his article “independently of what I think" and will delete his Facebook page. “I will grant that those criticizing me are correct in saying that to call someone a Nazi is to relativize, and that making parallels with Nazis can inadvertently cause harm to the memory of the victims,” he said in a statement. In the article, Demeter, who was appointed by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to oversee cultural production, compared Soros to Hitler, writing he was “the liberal Führer, and his liber-Aryan army deifies him more than did Hitler’s own.” Soros, who was born in Hungary and is a Holocaust survivor, is a frequent target of Orban’s government for his philanthropic activities that favour liberal causes. Government media campaigns targeting Soros have led to charges of anti-Semitism. The article also noted the conflict over the European Union’s next budget, which Hungary and Poland are holding up over provisions that could block payments to countries that do not uphold democratic standards. Demeter referred to the two countries, both of which are under EU investigation for undermining judicial independence and media freedom, as “the new Jews.” The government of Israel, a close ally of Hungary, condemned Demeter’s comments. The Israeli Embassy in Budapest tweeted, “We utterly reject the use and abuse of the memory of the Holocaust for any purpose … There is no place for connecting the worst crime in human history, or its perpetrators, to any contemporary debate.” Gordon Bajnai, a former Hungarian prime minister, wrote on Facebook on Sunday that if Demeter isn't removed from his post by Monday, “Hungarians and the rest of the world will obviously consider (his) statement as the position of the Hungarian government.” Justin Spike, The Associated Press
If citizens disbelieve the institutions that count ballots and the organizations that accurately report on those results, it will impossible to agree on what a legitimate election looks like.
The pandemic is forcing charitable organizations to find new ways to fundraise for the holidays, bringing a challenging year to an end in New Brunswick.It's the 25th year for the Lions Club annual food and toy drive in New Maryland, about 10 minutes south of Fredericton.Any other year, volunteers would spend three consecutive nights parading through the village with Santa Claus collecting donations from residents. The donations would later be distributed to families in the area. The fundraiser is a holiday favourite during the leadup to Christmas. It was viewed as the kickoff to the festive season.But, because of the pandemic, there's no parading this year.Instead, organizers spent months finding ways to make the fundraiser work within the pandemic guidelines.Alex Scholten, one of the organizers of the fundraiser, said the event is too important to the community to cancel."We knew that the need was going to be particularly acute this year," Scholten said, adding that the committee started having meetings about the fundraiser back in the spring.Last year, the fundraiser raised enough to provide 233 families with food hampers in the community. Enough toys were received to donate some to organizations outside of the community.Instead of having a parade through the village, the organizers set up a no-contact drive-thru for people to donate to the cause. Scholten said he was concerned that it wouldn't have the same response, but after a few hours on Saturday he was pleased with the efforts from the community."We know that COVID has had a big impact on people's lives, their employment, and it's really heartwarming to see the donations still coming in."There are still two more opportunities for the community to drop off donations through the no-contact setup before the food and toys are distributed on Dec. 12 — also in a drive-thru manner to abide by the pandemic guidelines.Fundraiser challengesThe Salvation Army in Fredericton is also working through changes to its annual fundraisers this season.The organization is working with fewer volunteers and locations for its kettle campaign because of restrictions.In a typical year, there would be 400 people volunteering, but right now there are only 175 volunteers helping out.The campaign is only in eight locations so far this year in the city, but once the Fredericton region goes back to the yellow phase, Maj. Dan Dearing said they will have 15 locations. Dearing said it's been challenging, but the generosity from the community is still there."We have to respect our government protocols," Dearing said. "We have a responsibility to do that in the context of still raising funds to meet the needs of people."Another popular fundraiser for the Salvation Army is the Santa Shuffle five-kilometre run. It is normally held on the first Saturday of December.Last year, 260 people signed up for the event in Fredericton and raised over $12,000. Like many road races this year, the event has gone virtual. Runners can sign up and complete the run between Dec. 5-12.Between the campaigns and efforts from community groups, the Salvation Army in Fredericton is hoping to fundraise $150,000 this year. That is the same as last year's goal.
MAIDGURI, Nigeria — Suspected members of the Islamic militant group Boko Haram killed at least 40 rice farmers and fishermen in Nigeria as they were harvesting crops in the country's northern state of Borno, officials said. One said the death toll could rise to about 60 people.The attack Saturday in a rice field in Garin Kwashebe came on the same day that residents were casting votes for the first time in 13 years to elect local councils, although many didn’t go to cast their ballots.The farmers were reportedly rounded up and summarily killed by armed insurgents in retaliation for refusing to pay extortion to one militant.Malam Zabarmari, a leader of a rice farmers association in Borno state, confirmed the massacre to The Associated Press, saying at least 40 and up to 60 people could have been killed.Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari expressed grief over the killings.“I condemn the killing of our hardworking farmers by terrorists in Borno State. The entire country is hurt by these senseless killings. My thoughts are with their families in this time of grief,” he said.Buhari said the government had given the armed forces everything needed “to take all necessary steps to protect the country’s population and its territory.”A member of the House of Representatives, Ahmed Satomi, who represents the Jere Federal constituency of Borno, said at least 44 burials were taking place Sunday.“Farmers and fishermen were killed in cold blood. Over 60 farmers were affected, but we only have so far received 44 corpses from the farms,” the lawmaker said.Boko Haram and a breakaway faction, the Islamic State West Africa Province, are both active in the region. Boko Haram’s more than decade-long insurgency has left thousands dead and displaced tens of thousands. Officials say Boko Haram members often force villagers to pay illegal taxes by taking their livestock or crops but some villagers have begun to resist the extortion.Satomi said the farmers in Garin Kwashebe were attacked because they had disarmed and arrested a Boko Haram gunman on Friday who had been tormenting them.“A lone gunman, who was a member of Boko Haram came to harass the farmers by ordering them to give him money and also cook for him. While he was waiting for the food to be cooked, the farmers seized the moment he stepped into the toilet to snatch his rifle and tied him up,” he said.“They later handed him over to the security. But sadly, the security forces did not protect the courageous farmers. And in reprisal for daring them, the Boko Haram mobilized and came to attack them on their farms.”Insurgents also torched the rice farms before leaving, he said.___AP journalist Bashir Adigun in Abuja contributed to this report.Haruna Umar, The Associated Press
There are 10 new cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, bringing the total number of active cases in the province to 125.A press release stated that nine of the new cases were in the central health zone and one in the western zone. But a corrected release stated all the cases were in the central zone.A release later in the day said a new case was discovered Sunday in the western zone and is connected to the Northeast Kings Education Centre in Canning, Kings County.The school has been closed since the first case connected to it was identified on Nov. 24.School to stay closedNortheast Kings will remain closed for the week, according to the release, and students will be supported for remote learning.The new positive test will be included in the official figures tomorrow. Nova Scotia labs completed 2,254 tests Saturday.No one is in hospital in Nova Scotia related to the virus.An additional 540 tests were administered at a rapid-testing site in Dartmouth. There was one positive case detected and that person was ordered to self-isolate and referred to take a standard test.Rapid-testing 'pop-up' sites have been operating in Halifax and Dartmouth over the weekend. These sites are for people without symptoms and who have not travelled or been to a place that is the subject of an exposure notice. The rapid-test is not as accurate as the standard COVID-19 test so anyone testing positive in the rapid-test must then take the standard test to confirm the test results. The province's case data website has not been updated since Nov. 26. A news release said it is due to a technical problem.The province announced five new exposure sites Saturday, including businesses in Sydney and Truro.A full list of exposures in the province can be found here.Premier Stephen McNeil urged people in the Halifax area to follow the latest guidelines."By following the new restrictions in the greater Halifax area, we are working together to contain the spread of the virus," he said in a news release. New restrictions in effectNew restrictions came into effect Thursday in most of the Halifax Regional Municipality and parts of Hants County.The restrictions include stopping dine-in service at bars and restaurants and closing gyms, libraries, museums and casinos for at least the next two weeks. Masks are also mandatory in common areas of multi-unit dwellings like apartments and condos.A list of what's open and closed in the Halifax region can be found here.Across the province, visitations to long-term care facilities are no longer allowed unless the person is a volunteer or designated caregiver.All other Atlantic provinces, most recently New Brunswick, have brought back mandatory 14-day self-isolation for travellers. But as of Thursday evening, Nova Scotia's policy on regional travel remained unchanged.COVID cases in the Atlantic provincesThe latest numbers from the Atlantic provinces are:SymptomsAnyone with one of the following symptoms should visit the COVID-19 self-assessment website or call 811: * Fever. * Cough or worsening of a previous cough.Anyone with two or more of the following symptoms is also asked to visit the website or call 811: * Sore throat. * Headache. * Shortness of breath. * Runny nose.MORE TOP STORIES
NEW YORK — Testing a novel release strategy, Universal Pictures' animated sequel “The Croods: A New Age” had one of the best opening weekends of the pandemic, grossing $14.2 million over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. Whereas new releases have traditionally lasted around 90 days in theatres, Universal has mapped out a shorted theatrical window in deals with major chains AMC and Cinemark that gives the studio the option to move new releases to premium video-on-demand after just 17 days. “The Croods: A New Age” is expected to shift to the home before Christmas for a $20 rental. For an industry reeling from the pandemic, it's part of wider changes seeping through the industry. “The Croods: A New Age” grossed $9.7 million Friday-Sunday, which rivals even the weekend start for “Tenet” in October. Warner Bros. didn't break down the three-day weekend figures for “Tenet,” which began preview screenings in the U.S. on a Monday, but said it grossed $20.2 million in its first week in U.S. theatres plus its first two weeks in Canadian theatres. While the opening for “The Croods: A New Age” was something Hollywood hadn’t seen in months — a movie that outperformed expectations — it was still only a sliver of what the industry usually sees in the typically busy holiday movie season. Last year, “Frozen II” led all films over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend with $123.7 million, while “Knives Out” scored $41.7 million Since “Tenet” opened, most larger releases have been postponed or detoured to digital, sometimes while still playing in theatres overseas. The Walt Disney Co. steered “Mulan” to a premium purchase on Disney+, but opened in China and elsewhere. Next month, Warner Bros. will release “Wonder Woman 1984” simultaneously on HBO Max and in theatres. Disney has uprooted the Pixar animation “Soul” to its streaming platform. That's left smaller films to lead what's left of the box office — about 40% of the normal number of theatres. Most have tapped out around $4 million on opening weekend. The Kevin Costner and Diane Lane film “Let Him Go” debuted with $4.1 million in ticket sales from 2,454 locations earlier this month. The body-swap horror movie “Freaky,” with Vince Vaughn, has been No. 1 the last two weekends after debuting with $3.7 million. One of the biggest differences is that Universal spent more heavily to market the $65 million “Croods” sequel from DreamWorks Animation. It played in 2,211 locations, or about half the usual amount for such a release. Overseas, the film grossed $20.8 with almost all of that — $19.2 million — coming from China. ___ Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP Jake Coyle, The Associated Press
It's a troubling time for hundreds of seniors in Windsor-Essex who report feeling lonely during this time of year, many of whom live in isolation.Experts say this feeling of loneliness is heightened this year with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic where people are being more careful and limiting their social interactions.This is where "Be a Santa to a Senior" program comes into play. It's run by Home Instead, a seniors' care business, and aims to assist older adults who feel lonely or are isolated during this time of year by delivering gift packages to them donated by the community."This pandemic has certainly hit our seniors a lot harder than a lot of other populations," said Colleen Jershy, a co-owner of the business in Tecumseh, Ont. "A lot of them are already isolated. A lot of them have family from out of town ... Everybody doesn't want to get anybody sick and so really they've had a lot of social isolation."She also said there are seniors who don't have any family or anyone to visit."We've even had a lot of people they call and they nominate themselves for the program. And they will tell us, you know, I listened to the radio, I heard about the program, I don't have anybody. So, you know, it's very difficult to hear, but at least we can provide a little bit of light to them," she said.Jershy explains how the program works: they collect gift packages and deliver it to those who are financially challenged, isolated and lonely during the holiday season. Some highly requested items include: blankets, hats, gloves, scarves, toiletry, activity books and gift cards. She said those who are looking to donate can "sponsor as many people as possible" and drop off the items they want to donate outside of their office at 1071 Lesperance Rd. They also accept cash donations.This year marks the 10 year anniversary of the program and they're looking to assist 1,616 people. They're accepting gifts until Dec. 4.
La Fondation Émergence a tenu une formation le 26 novembre à 15h, destinée à tous les milieux et services offerts aux aînés de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Cette formation spéciale inclura, en plus d'informations sur les enjeux vécus par les aînés LGBTQ+ et les bonnes pratiques, une intervention de deux organismes de la région, Fierté Val-d'Or et la Coalition d'aide à la diversité sexuelle de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue ainsi qu'un témoignage d'une aînée locale. « Notre objectif est de rendre les milieux et services aux aînés inclusifs à la diversité sexuelle », fait savoir le chargé de programme à la Fondation, Julien Rougerie. La sensibilisation des milieux des aînés Pour monsieur Rougerie, il est important de sensibiliser les milieux aînés à la réalité des personnes aînées LGBTQ+ pour que ces dernières puissent vivre dans un environnement sain et inclusif. « Malheureusement, l'invisibilité des communautés LGBTQ+ au sein des aînés renforce l'idée qu'il n'est pas nécessaire d'en parler et de démontrer son ouverture. C'est donc d'autant plus important de parler de ces enjeux au public », a-t-il ajouté. Le choix de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue, selon Julien Rougerie, s’explique par la dimension collaborative avec plusieurs acteurs dans la région. « Nous y avons des partenaires, comme Fierté Val-d’Or dont nous finançons le projet Vieillir en couleur », a-t-il expliqué. Les enjeux de la population LGBTQ+ Si la COVID-19 a mis en lumière l’état fragile dans lequel se trouvent nos aînés, pour Julien Rougerie, il n’y a pas que la pandémie actuelle qui crée des dommages au sein de cette communauté. Les aînés LGBTQ+ demeurent une population largement invisible et donc particulièrement vulnérable. « Lors de notre dernière tournée, la majorité des résidences avaient refusé d’accueillir nos formations et outils, 100 % gratuits pourtant… Le tabou de la diversité sexuelle et de genre est très tenace dans ces milieux, notamment auprès de la direction qui ne souhaite pas toujours réaliser qu’ils peuvent bel et bien avoir un rôle à jouer pour des milieux plus accueillants envers le 10 % de leur clientèle qui est LGBTQ+, mais qui est contrainte de rester ou de retourner dans le placard », poursuit monsieur Rougerie. Rejet et discrimination À noter que la majorité des personnes aînées de la diversité sexuelle et de genre ne sont pas à l’aise d’être qui elles sont dans les milieux et services qu’elles fréquentent. Cela s’expliquerait, en partie par les multiples expériences de rejet et de discrimination qu’elles ont subies au cours de leur vie. Et plus leur âge est élevé, plus ces expériences ont été intenses.Moulay Hicham Mouatadid, Initiative de journalisme local, Reflet Témiscamien (Le)
Peel police say city bylaw officers have doled out thousands of dollars in fines after about 60 people attended a party at a short-term rental unit in Mississauga, Ont.The party took place near Ninth Line and Deepwood Heights. Police were called to the house at 12:15 a.m.Officers went to the scene to help city bylaw officers who are handling enforcement of public health restrictions in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, Const. Kyle Villers told CBC Toronto. When police arrived, around half of the party-goers left and 29 people remained, he said. Const. Kyle Villers, spokesperson for Peel Regional Police, said 27 people who were considered guests at the party were given $880 tickets under the Reopening Ontario Act of 2020 for violating limits on gatherings.Two people who hosted the party received a summons that carries a minimum $10,000 fine under the same act. The two are accused of failing to comply a continued section 7.0.2 order.Of the 27 guests, two refused to identify themselves and police arrested and charged them with obstruction of justice, a criminal offence. The two were taken to a police station and were scheduled to attend a bail hearing on Sunday, he said.Villers said the house is short-term rental unit and the party-goers were young adults.Peel region is currently under the province's grey lockdown zone, in which no indoor gatherings are permitted unless people are members of the same household, with some exceptions, including support for seniors living alone. Ben Breit, spokesperson for Airbnb, the company that listed the short-term rental unit, said the party was "unauthorized." "Airbnb bans parties, and the reported behaviour is outrageous. We are in touch with Mississauga officials to offer our support and have deactivated the listing as we investigate further," Breit said in a statement on Sunday.Earlier this year, Airbnb announced a global ban on all parties.Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said in a statement on Sunday that she was disappointed to learn about the large gathering."For weeks, I have been telling people to stay home, only leave home to get the essentials and limit your close in-person contact to just your immediate household," Crombie said. "Everyone has to play their part to get this virus under control. With numbers as high as they are, people must remain vigilant. The virus right now is controlling us, we're not controlling the virus," she said."These charges and tickets send a strong signal to the community that we are taking the situation extremely seriously and will not hesitate to enforce the rules."
Les mots « peur » et « insécurité » ne font pas partie du vocabulaire d’Alek Bélanger. Originaire de New Liskeard, le jeune homme de 23 ans connaît un début de carrière artistique des plus flamboyants. Depuis trois ans, il s’adonne à la peinture de façon professionnelle et ses toiles se vendent si bien que l’artiste réussit déjà à vivre de son art. Sa spécialité est la peinture acrylique sur canevas, mais la technique mixte (mixed media) fait également partie de son approche. « J’aime beaucoup utiliser de la texture dans mes pièces. Ça donne un élément excitant à mes œuvres. Les gens veulent toucher à mes œuvres parce qu’il y a tellement de textures, même s’ils savent qu’ils ne peuvent pas le faire. Ça donne une énergie unique entre la personne et l’œuvre. » L’artiste d’art abstrait privilégie les toiles de grand format. Son site Web, www.alekbelanger.com, permet de visualiser plusieurs de ses œuvres regroupées en trois séries différentes : art series 01 affiche des tons bleus, gris, blancs et noirs représentant les thèmes du vent, de l’eau et des vagues; art series 02 met en lumière des tons or, beiges, blancs et noirs reflétant la pureté, la sexualité et l’équité; art series 03 privilégie le noir et le blanc et met en contraste des textures rugueuses, des mouvements fluides et des traits apaisants. Quand on lui demande les raisons qui l’ont poussé à devenir peintre professionnel, il répond d’emblée qu’il n’a pas choisi la voie artistique; c’est plutôt l’art visuel qui l’a choisi. Alek Bélanger a étudié en cinéma à Toronto, à Ryerson University, plus précisément. C’est là qu’il a vécu sa première peine d’amour, un chagrin si intense que les mots ne suffisaient pas à panser sa blessure. « Je devais m’exprimer autrement. J’ai appelé ma mère et elle est venue me rendre visite. Je lui ai demandé d’apporter des toiles et de la peinture. Ma mère est une artiste et elle est aussi enseignante d’arts visuels. C’était très naturel de lui demander cela. C’est alors que j’ai réalisé que la peinture était une forme de communication tellement meilleure que n’importe quelle autre forme. Elle m’a laissé avec les toiles et c’est là que j’ai vraiment commencé à me perdre dans le monde de la création de l’art abstrait. Et me voici maintenant avec une carrière à plein temps, remplie de passion. J’ai toujours eu l’encouragement constant de ma famille et mes amis, donc je me considère très chanceux. » Depuis le début de sa carrière, ses toiles sont exposées dans les galeries, mais aussi dans des endroits publics, par exemple à l’hôtel The Anndore House, au magasin de design d’intérieur West Elm, au restaurant Laylow, etc. Pour lui, ce sont des occasions à privilégier pour rencontrer de futurs clients. D’ailleurs, parmi ses clients, il compte entre autres des collectionneurs d’art et des gens qui possèdent déjà plus d’une de ses œuvres. Récemment, il a aussi collaboré avec un « stager », quelqu’un qui décore des condos pour faciliter les ventes, ainsi qu’avec un agent immobilier. Le prix de ses toiles varie en fonction de différents facteurs. « Ça dépend de la grosseur de la toile, si c’est un projet personnalisé, si c’est vendu à travers une galerie d’art, etc. Donc, c’est difficile de dire un prix, mais le minimum est de 1 000 $. » En vend-il beaucoup? Suffisamment pour s’y consacrer à temps plein et pour payer son logement en plein cœur de la ville de Toronto! Bien sûr, plusieurs engagements artistiques ont été annulés en raison de la pandémie. Toutefois, cette période lui permet de se consacrer davantage à la vente d’œuvres personnalisées. Il crée donc un produit sur mesure en respectant les critères de ses clients. Avant de se consacrer entièrement à l’art, le jeune homme payait ses études avec des contrats de mannequinat dénichés par l’agence qui le représente : B & M Models. Il a participé à de nombreux défilés et à plusieurs séances photo. Encore aujourd’hui, il fait partie de cette agence et honore quelques contrats. D’ailleurs, au moment d’écrire ces lignes, il venait tout juste de voir le résultat de sa séance photo pour Staples (Bureau en gros), un projet d’envergure nationale dont il est très fier. Quant au cinéma, son domaine d’études, celui-ci devient un moyen de diffuser son art. Au cours de la prochaine année, quelques-unes de ses toiles seront à l’honneur dans une série Web en partenariat avec CBS, et une pièce d’art de sa série bleue (art series 01) fera partie intégrante du décor d’un « short film ». De plus, un projet est à venir. Pour l’instant, Alek Bélanger préfère garder le secret. « Ce que je peux dire, c’est que ça va être extrêmement excitant pour moi, pour ma carrière d’artiste et pour le public. C’est un gros projet qui s’en vient très bientôt, en 2021, et c’est relié à ma troisième série d’art en noir et blanc. » Lorsque le contexte le permettra, il a l’intention de voyager spécifiquement pour ses prochaines créations et il attend avec impatience la reprise des événements artistiques puisque plusieurs d’entre eux l’intéressent. Dominique Roy , Initiative de journalisme local, Reflet Témiscamien (Le)