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Canada Soccer is backing Sweden's request to reschedule their women's gold-medal game from its current start time of 11 a.m. Tokyo time on Friday because of concerns about excessive heat. The national organization cited the "health and safety" of its players as the reason for its position, as heat continues to play a factor at the Olympics. The temperature at Tokyo's Olympic Stadium at 9 a.m. Wednesday for the men's decathlon 100 metres was 33 C, but felt like 47 C with the humidity. "Canada Soc
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden called on resistant Republican governors to “get out of the way” of vaccine rules aimed at containing the more transmissible and dangerous COVID-19 variant. He backed city and private mandates requiring people to be vaccinated to go about some daily activities. Speaking Tuesday from the White House, Biden sharply criticized Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and other officials who have moved to block the reimposition of mask mandates to slow
A 65-year-old Edmonton man is dead after the canoe he was in flipped in Isle Lake Sunday, RCMP say. Evasnburg RCMP said in a news release Tuesday that reports of a police drowning came in around 3 p.m. near the Summer Village of South View at Isle Lake. Preliminary investigation shows the canoe turned over in the water from the wake of a passing motor boat. About a half hour later, another boat helped pull two people out of the water and took them to shore. A 64-year-old woman survived but the 6
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Mike Carey, a coal lobbyist backed by former President Donald Trump, won a Republican primary Tuesday for an open U.S. House seat in central Ohio that tested Trump's status as kingmaker. While centrist County Councilwoman Shontel Brown held off progressive Nina Turner in the race for the other open seat. The political newcomer Carey defeated a crowd of other candidates, including some with establishment backing and experience in state politics. He’ll take on Democratic stat
Students, teachers and guardians will soon learn more details about the back-to-school season, a government source told the Free Press. The source indicated the province plans to reveal its blueprint for the 2021-22 academic year — which will be the third consecutive school year affected by COVID-19 — on Thursday afternoon. Since the final bell rang in June, school administrators have anticipated a return to classroom instruction will occur with limited public health restrictions, similar to how
As COVID-19 vaccination rates increase and case numbers drop across the country, the provinces and territories have begun releasing the reopening plans for businesses, events and recreational facilities. Most of the plans are based on each jurisdiction reaching vaccination targets at certain dates, while also keeping the number of cases and hospitalizations down. Here's a look at what reopening plans look like across the country: Newfoundland and Labrador: Newfoundland and Labrador has moved to
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s administration drew up a strategy to contain one coronavirus strain, then another showed up that’s much more contagious. This week — a month late — Biden met his goal of 70% of U.S. adults having received at least one COVID-19 shot. Originally conceived as an affirmation of American resiliency to coincide with Independence Day, the belated milestone offered little to celebrate. Driven by the delta variant, new cases are averaging more than 70,000 a day, ab
FRANKFURT (Reuters) -Germany's Commerzbank on Wednesday said that it swung to a second-quarter loss as the lender undergoes a major restructuring and after a write-off to end an outsourcing project, pushing its shares to their lowest in three months. Germany's No. 2 lender is trying to turn over a new leaf under new Chief Executive Manfred Knof. Analysts had expected a net loss of 504 million euros, and shares traded down as much as 5.4% in Frankfurt.
PARIS (Reuters) -French President Emmanuel Macron criticised a "failing" Lebanese political class he blamed for their country's economic turmoil at a donors' conference that raised $370 million on the anniversary of the Beirut port blast. One year since an explosion ripped through the capital's port and plunged Lebanon further into economic crisis, its politicians have yet to form a government capable of rebuilding the country, despite French and international pressure. "Lebanese leaders seem to bet on a stalling strategy, which I regret and I think is a historic and moral failure," Macron said in opening remarks as host of the international donors' conference.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jorge Polanco delivered a go-ahead, three-run homer in the ninth inning, lifting the Minnesota Twins to a 7-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Heath Hembree (2-6) walked the first two Minnesota batters before striking out Brent Rooker. Polanco fouled off four two-strike pitches before connecting on a liner just inside the foul pole in right field. “It was a great at-bat put together against a guy with good stuff,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “(Polanco)
During the pandemic, critical care nurse Erin McCarthy toiled without her usual release valve--competing on the Professional Women’s Bowling Association circuit. She's now back on tour, splitting her time between the hospital and tournaments. (Aug. 4)
The iPhone maker has warned of supply shortages as the U.S.-China trade tensions and the coronavirus pandemic have intensified pressure on global supply chains. Beijing is also strengthening efforts to create world-leading local tech firms, with apparently government-supported Chinese firms working to manufacture products for global firms including Apple. According to the Nikkei report, China's Luxshare Precision Industry Co Ltd is set to build up to 3% of the iPhone 13 series, Lens Tech Co Ltd will supply metal casings and Sunny Optical Tech Group Co Ltd will supply rear camera lenses.
Faculty members have called on their employers to require university staff and students to be immunized against COVID-19 to earn the privilege to visit campus this fall, but schools in Manitoba are sticking with the status quo. On Tuesday, the Manitoba Organization of Faculty Associations issued a news release to put pressure on post-secondary institutions and the province to support a vaccine mandate. "This is what has taken place at over 400 universities in the United States, and it is the saf
PARIS (Reuters) -Thales, Europe's largest defence electronics company, said it was in advanced talks to sell its GTS railway signalling business to Japan's Hitachi in a deal that values the division at 1.66 billion euros ($2 billion). Thales shares were up 2.5% in early trading, among the top performers on the French stock market. "With this major strategic move, we will be able to focus on the development of our 3 high-tech long-term growth businesses, each of them able to sustainably deliver double-digit margins," Thales Chairman and CEO Patrick Caine said in a statement.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A powerful explosion rocked an upscale neighborhood of Afghanistan's capital Tuesday in an attack that apparently targeted the country's acting defense minister. At least 10 people were wounded, a health official said. Several smaller explosions could be heard as well as small arms fire. It was unclear if the wounded were hurt in the explosion or by gunfire. No one immediately took responsibility for the attack, but it came as Taliban insurgents have been pressing ahead
TOKYO — Canadian and Swedish team officials are asking organizers to push back the scheduled late-morning kickoff time for the women's soccer final to avoid the searing heat expected Friday at Tokyo's Olympic Stadium. Canadian Olympic Committee chief sport officer Eric Myles says the COC supports Canada Soccer's request for a change. Swedish team officials say they have discussed the subject with FIFA, the sport's governing body, and are hoping the International Olympic Committee will approve th
In March last year, Oziel da Silva Santos needed a new TV but with stores closed due to COVID-19 restrictions in Brazil's northern city of Belem, the 50-year old was clueless about how to get one. On the other end of the line was Railton Sampaio, a manager at the city's largest Via Varejo. Sampaio helped him buy the TV online, sending the link for payment through the commonly used messaging app WhatsApp.
Classes may be out for the summer, but work to build a new K-12 school in the Village of Delia continues. Shunda Consulting and Construction from Red Deer were awarded the tender to rebuild the Delia School, and broke ground on the project in September 2020. “Delia School is ahead of the initial March 2022 opening date,” Prairie Land School Division superintendent Cam McKeage tells the Mail. A date for the opening of the new Delia School is unknown at this time. However, McKeage is hopeful a dat
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Miroslav Lazanski, Serbia’s ambassador to Russia and formerly a well-known journalist, has died. He was 71. Serbian media and officials said Wednesday that Lazanski died at his home in Belgrade from “the consequences of a heart attack.” Before turning to politics in 2016 when he was elected to parliament as a lawmaker of the right-wing ruling Serbian Progressive Party, Lazanski was a journalist, war reporter and a military commentator who worked for several major media ou
SEATTLE (AP) — Voters in Seattle’s mayoral primary on Tuesday set up a choice between candidates representing the political divide between activist-left residents and more moderate progressives in one of the nation’s most liberal cities. Bruce Harrell, a former City Council member who has called for hiring more police officers to stem a rise in shootings and who is endorsed by the business community, was leading all candidates in early returns. The top two finishers in the nonpartisan race advan