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A senior Amazon.com Inc executive said it remains too early to predict how the Omicron coronavirus variant will impact consumer spending during the holiday season but suggested that shoppers will press ahead for now. "It’s very early in the process of understanding what’s happening with the new variant," said Dave Clark, chief executive of Amazon's worldwide consumer business, during a Sunday morning interview on CBS' "Face the Nation." "Consumers are going to wait and see in terms of what happens ... but are going to move on with their lives into this holiday season," Clark said.
Roughly a quarter of Greece’s adult population remains unvaccinated.View on euronews
The elected chief of the Selkirk First Nation says he has been unlawfully suspended from his duties and is asking the Yukon Supreme Court to reinstate him. Darin Isaac filed a petition on Nov. 22 asking the court to quash his suspension. He told CBC council had no legal basis to suspend him, since the First Nation does not have any recall legislation. "I want to make sure that things like this don't happen in the future," he said. Isaac was elected as chief in May 2020. According to the petition
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Localized flooding in Washington state from another in a series of rainstorms doesn't appear to be as severe as an extreme weather flooding event earlier in the month. People in the small communities of Sumas and Everson in northwest Washington had been asked to evacuate voluntarily Saturday night. Both towns near the Canadian border previously saw hundreds evacuated and severe flooding from days of rain that caused an estimated $50 million in damage to Whatcom County. I
Vernon is opposing the province's move to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of illicit drugs for personal use without a significant increase in services and supports for people with substance use issues. At a closed-door meeting on Nov. 8, council approved a resolution by a a margin of 5-1, opposing the B.C. government's decision to apply to the federal government for a Health Canada exemption to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. "Decriminalization alone will not resolve the c
OTTAWA — Children turning up for their COVID-19 vaccine in Quebec last Friday were surprised to find not just the promise of a sticker at the end of the ordeal, but a waggy-tailed dog eager to be petted and potentially calm their fears over getting the shots. At least three provinces have been recruiting therapy dogs to help reassure children and adults nervous about getting needles at vaccination clinics for months. Now the specially-trained canines are being enlisted to help with the rollout o
The second in a series of atmospheric rivers has hit areas of British Columbia, while Abbotsford is bracing for more flooding after the Nooksack River in Washington state began to overflow on Sunday. Heather Yourex-West has more on the latest developments.
A GoBus user in St. John's says a number of improvements need to be made to the system's new booking app. Released in August for GoBus, Metrobus' paratransit program, the smartphone app was designed to make booking a GoBus easier and more efficient. But Mandy Penney says her experience has been anything but easy. Penney, who uses a power chair, said while she does enjoy some new features of the app, namely, the ability to tell when your bus is on the way and who your driver is, she said the new
LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Players' shouts echoed around an empty stadium for the first time this season in the Bundesliga as coronavirus-hit Leipzig lost 3-1 to Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday. Moussa Diaby scored one goal and assisted another for Leverkusen in a game overshadowed by the virus. “It's empty, we hear our voices, and it's not the same," Leipzig forward André Silva told broadcaster DAZN. “We'll never get used to it.” All season, German fans have had to show proof of vaccination, recent ill
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday that it is not yet clear if the new Omicron coronavirus variant is more transmissible compared to other SARS-CoV-2 variants or if it causes more severe disease. "Preliminary data suggests that there are increasing rates of hospitalization in South Africa, but this may be due to increasing overall numbers of people becoming infected, rather than a result of specific infection with Omicron," it said. However, in a statement, the agency reiterated that preliminary evidence suggests there may be a higher risk of reinfection from the variant.
The Liberals have introduced a bill aiming to ban conversion therapy in Canada, which is an outdated medical practice that seeks to forcibly change a person's sexual orientation to heterosexual or gender identity to cisgender. During a press conference on Monday, Canadian Attorney General and Justice Minister David Lametti detailed how the criminal code would be amended if this bill is passed.
The omicron variant spreads rapidly, says Dr. Peter Jüni, the head of Ontario's COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, so we need to continue to act quickly with public health measures in Canada to help contain it.
The Canadian women's under-21 field hockey team was set to play in a tournament near Johannesburg. But it got cancelled just before it was getting underway. And due to the travel bans countries quickly moved to put in -- the team of about 25 players and coaches now have no way of getting home.
NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi said Monday that he is running for New York governor in next year's election, joining a competitive primary race that became wide open when former Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned. Suozzi told reporters on a virtual news conference that he's jumping into the 2022 race. “I’m a common sense Democrat," Suozzi said. “I don’t believe it’s about going to the far left or to the far right; it’s about trying to find the answers to the problems that we face.” The
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in countries on opposite sides of the world Sunday and many governments rushed to close their borders even as scientists cautioned that it's not clear if the new variant is more alarming than other versions of the virus. The variant was identified days ago by researchers in South Africa, and much is still not known about it, including whether it is more contagious, more likely to cause serious illness or more
BELAGAVI, India (AP) — Arbaz Mullah’s love story began, as romances often do, when he first laid eyes on the woman of his dreams, Shweta Kumbhar. Over nearly three years, their courtship in many ways resembled that of any other couple and they made each other promises to get married. But those secret vows would never be fulfilled. The romance so angered relatives of Kumbhar, a Hindu, that they allegedly hired members of a hard-line Hindu nationalist group to kill 24-year-old Mullah, who was Musl
Ontario's chief medical officer of health says the province is investigating two potential cases of a new COVID-19 variant in Hamilton. Dr. Kieran Moore said, during a Monday news conference, the two omicron cases are awaiting whole genome sequencing and Hamilton public health said the results should be ready in "the coming days." Moore said Hamilton's public health unit is "doing active case and tracing management." Hamilton public health would not answer questions about the two potential cases
Here's the latest for Monday November 29th: COVID-19 omicron variant found in more countries; Flooding in Washington state; Major abortion rights case goes to Supreme Court; Jewish festival of Hannukah begins.
HALIFAX — Nova Scotia RCMP confirmed to The Canadian Press Monday that all 22 victims of the April 2020 mass killing in the province were shot. The Mounties had never stated whether all victims died as a result of being shot or whether some died in fires, but the national police force confirmed the manner of the deaths to Statistics Canada, which published the information in a report released Thursday. In its national homicide survey, Statistics Canada said the Nova Scotia mass killing helped pu
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The overcast, drizzly skies match the somber mood at the Tshwane University of Technology, a hot spot in South Africa’s latest surge of COVID-19 cases, apparently driven by the new omicron variant that is leading countries around the world to impose new restrictions. After several students tested positive, the university postponed some exams, and officials in the larger metropolitan area of Tshwane, which includes the capital of Pretoria, are pushing vaccinations, e