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LONDON (Reuters) -England will allow fully vaccinated visitors from the European Union and United States to arrive without needing to quarantine from next week, in a huge and long-awaited boost for airlines and travel companies. Britain's travel industry has criticised the government for being too slow to open up, saying it has squandered its lead in the global vaccine rollout and given the EU a headstart in attracting tourists. Now, from Aug. 2, travellers with U.S. and EU-approved vaccines will not have to quarantine.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's latest leap into the Senate's up-and-down efforts to clinch a bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure deal comes with even more at stake than his coveted plans for boosting road, rail and other public works projects. The outcome of the infrastructure bargaining, which for weeks has encountered one snag after another, will impact what could be the crown jewel of his legacy. That would be his hopes for a subsequent $3.5 trillion federal infusion for families’
The air quality in Sudbury and surrounding districts is expected to fluctuate over the next few days due to active forest fires in northwestern Ontario and eastern Manitoba. Environment Canada issued a special air quality statement on Sunday for Greater Sudbury and vicinity, including Manitoulin Island, West Nipissing, French River, Espanola and Killarney. The health risk in Sudbury was low on Monday afternoon, and it is projected to be moderate through to Tuesday. Public health officials recomm
TotalEnergies SE said on Wednesday it has agreed to buy Singapore's largest electric vehicle charging network from fellow French firm Bollore Group. Known as 'Blue Charge', the network consists of more than 1,500 charge points installed in the city-state and represents about 85% of the charge points operating in Singapore. Singapore is aiming to phase out all internal combustion engine vehicles by 2040, encouraging drivers to switch to electric vehicles through a range of measures.
The slow speed movement is not catching on in Nelson. The exploration of reducing the speed limit in Nelson across its road network was recently evaluated by city staff in a community consultation Thought Exchange, part of the Active Transportation Implementation Plan, and delivered to city council Tuesday night at its committee-of-the-whole meeting. Although it was proposed to drop the city-wide speed limit from 40 kilometres per hour to 30 — research has shown that a pedestrian struck at 30 km
An Indigenous artist from Serpent River First Nation is participating in a national billboard campaign to raise awareness about residential schools. Isaac Murdoch (Bomgiizhik)’s rendering of an old pictograph is one of nine pieces of original Indigenous artwork featured in Artists Against Racism’s The Honour Project. The artwork is being displayed on digital billboards donated by Pattison Outdoor in cities, over major highways, and on monitors and digital wall screens in subway systems, malls, a
KABUL (Reuters) -China told a visiting Taliban delegation on Wednesday it expected the insurgent group to play an important role in ending Afghanistan's war and rebuilding the country, the Chinese foreign ministry said. Nine Taliban representatives met Foreign Minister Wang Yi in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin on a two-day visit during which the peace process and security issues were discussed, a Taliban spokesperson said. Wang said the Taliban is expected to "play an important role in the process of peaceful reconciliation and reconstruction in Afghanistan", according to a readout of the meeting from the foreign ministry.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk collapsed on the show's New Mexico set on Tuesday and had to be hospitalized. Crew members called an ambulance that took the 58-year-old actor to a hospital, where he remained Tuesday night, a person close to Odenkirk who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter told The Associated Press. It was not immediately clear what caused the collapse, or how long Odenkirk might be hospitalized. “Better Call Saul,” the spin-off prequel to “
Telefonica Deutschland said it was raising its outlook for revenue and core profit this year to show slight growth after posting the strongest first-half growth since the merger that created the company in 2015. The unit of Spain's Telefonica said second-quarter revenue rose by 5.7% to 1.9 billion euros ($2.25 billion), driving growth in adjusted core profit of 10.8% to 612 million euros. "We developed very well in the first half of the year and achieved record growth in revenue and operating profits," CEO Markus Haas said in a statement.
Class Technologies Inc, which makes tools for Zoom Video Communications Inc's platform to enhance online classes, said on Wednesday it raised $105 million in a funding round led by SoftBank Group Corp's Vision Fund 2. The ed-tech start up was born during the pandemic as co-founder and CEO Michael Chasen saw the challenges of Zoom classes from his three children in public school. Chasen started his first education software business over 20 years ago called Blackboard, Inc. so was able to quickly get the company started with previous engineers he partnered with and big name investors.
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: The province's reopening plan begins wi
It had only been hinted at in previous public examinations of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection: Scores of rioters attacked police officers not just with makeshift weapons, stun guns and fists, but with racist slurs and accusations of treason. Four officers, two from the U.S. Capitol Police and two from the D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department, on Tuesday detailed the racism and bigotry they encountered during the violent assault on the Capitol. Their direct, harrowing accounts laid out the hours
ESHHAR, Israel (AP) — Idit Harel Segal was turning 50, and she had chosen a gift: She was going to give one of her own kidneys to a stranger. The kindergarten teacher from northern Israel, a proud Israeli, hoped her choice would set an example of generosity in a land of perpetual conflict. She was spurred by memories of her late grandfather, a Holocaust survivor, who told her to live meaningfully, and by Jewish tradition, which holds that there’s no higher duty than saving a life. So Segal conta
At a time of widespread digital insecurity, it turns out that the oldest and simplest computer fix there is, turning a device off then back on again, can thwart hackers from stealing information from smartphones, according to the NSA. (July 28)
Gupshup, a Silicon Valley messaging startup with a focus on India, on Wednesday said it raised $240 million from Tiger Global Management and others to buy back shares ahead of a possible IPO next year. While venture capital investments are traditionally used for hiring more engineers or expanding sales and marketing, buy-back deals allow investors in a startup to realize their investment before an IPO. A flood of funds at a time when startups stay private for much longer has led to more buy-back deals on the private market, said Ed Zimmerman, a lawyer at Lowenstein Sandler who teaches venture capital at Columbia University's business school, referring to the market in general.
OTTAWA — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has expanded the recall of Al-Rabih brand Halva/Halawa over the possibility of a Salmonella contamination. The original recall involved halva/halawa with pistachios manufactured by Phoenicia Group, and sold in 454g and 907g packages. The expansion now includes 200g and 2.5 kg packages of halva/halawa with pistachios, as well as 200g, 454g and 907g packages of halva/halawa with chocolate, 454g packages of plain light and 200g, 454g and 907g and 2.5 kg
British Columbia is "significantly ahead" of the 10-year average in terms of the number of fires and the area that has been scorched so far this year, says the director of fire centre operations at the BC Wildfire Service. Rob Schweitzer said Tuesday the province has seen 1,230 blazes resulting in 4,250 square kilometres of land burned since April 1 and it's only halfway through the wildfire season. The 10-year average for the same period is about 642 fires and 1,050 square kilometres burned, he
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party's self-portrayal as champions of law and order is colliding with searing testimony from police officers themselves. Officers on Tuesday described in vivid, personal terms the terror of defending the U.S. Capitol from violent insurrectionists inspired by then-president Donald Trump on Jan. 6. Will it matter in next year's elections? Heading into the 2022 midterms, the GOP is seeking political advantage in Americans' concern about rising crime nationwide. But
WARNING: This story contains distressing details. A Vancouver woman was shocked to discover that a photograph showing her in a private moment of mourning for Indigenous children who died at a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., is being licensed to news outlets without her consent. Loretta John, who is a member of the Lheidli T'enneh First Nation near Prince George, B.C., and a housing worker in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, attended a public memorial outside the Vancouver Art Gallery
(Reuters) -French consulting and IT services provider Capgemini hiked its 2021 guidance, sending its shares to a 20-year high, after a "structural acceleration" in global demand. The company raised its revenue growth, profit margin and cash flow forecasts for the year following a first-half boost from growth in its digital and cloud services. "We consider this a structural acceleration in demand for technology and not just a bump following the COVID crisis," Chief Executive Aiman Ezzat told analysts in a call.