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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
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
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
STAMATA, Greece (AP) — A wildfire north of Athens swept through a mountainous pine forest Tuesday, seriously damaging at least a dozen homes and burning cars before being contained by an intense firefighting deployment, officials said. The blaze prompted authorities to evacuate homes around the Stamata area, 30 kilometers (18 miles) northeast of the capital, while the flames sent smoke over Athens limiting visibility in parts of the city. Eight water-dropping planes and 12 helicopters were being
MONTREAL — Quebec is reporting 73 new cases of COVID-19 today and no deaths linked to the novel coronavirus. Quebec has not recorded any deaths associated with COVID-19 since July 22. The Health Department says the number of hospitalizations declined by one from the day before, to 66, and 21 people are in intensive care, an increase of one. Authorities say 74,334 doses of vaccine were administered in the past 24 hours. The province's public health institute says 83.6 per cent of Quebec residents
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
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.
Comcast -owned NBC will begin distributing NBC News Now internationally later this year, the company said. Last year Comcast scrapped plans to launch an international TV news channel with its British pay-TV broadcaster Sky, which had been named NBC Sky World News and which it expected to take on CNN.
Brazilian payments firm Conductor has hired banks for an initial public offering in the United States that could come as early as this year, as Latin America's financial sector is enlivened by the arrival of several newcomers, three sources familiar with the matter said. Conductor, which is backed by venture capital firm Riverwood Capital and payments processor Visa Inc, is a provider of technology for financial services.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, Special Areas Board Park Supervisor John Armstrong said that they received a decent amount of applications for summer work in the parks. “Camping seems to be one of the few things that has remained relatively untouched. The Government has lots of regulations about certain things, but left a little space for camping, and people are taking advantage of that,” said Armstrong. Last year generated the most revenue of any year in his 35 years as park super
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
Dillon RCMP are searching for a 20-year-old man who went missing July 12. Ronsyn Benjamin left Dillon, which is about 440 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon, when it was evacuated for a fire risk earlier this month. Police were alerted to his disappearance July 21. Benjamin might be in Saskatoon, but police have not confirmed that. He's described as 5'11" and 135 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Police did not have a photo to release. Dillon RCMP are asking anyone with information to call 3
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
PARIS (Reuters) -French technology services company Solutions 30, whose shares have fallen this year on concerns over corporate governance issues, said it aimed to have new management procedures in place by the fourth quarter. The company, which has its corporate headquarters in Luxembourg and shares listed in Paris, issued the update as it reported a 22.9% increase in second-quarter revenue from a year ago, to 216 million euros ($255.53 million). "Solutions 30 is continuing its progress plan and in early June launched a transformation plan designed to strengthen its organisation in terms of governance, risk management and compliance, with the aim of having new management and control procedures in place by the fourth quarter of 2021," it said.
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
Canada has enough COVID-19 vaccine doses to fully vaccinate everyone eligible in the country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a Moncton, N.B., vaccine clinic this morning. The arrival of five million doses this week will bring the total to over 66 million — enough for all 33.2 million Canadians 12 and older. Children under 12 are not yet eligible to receive a vaccine. "With enough doses for everyone, there's no more excuses not to get your shot," Trudeau said. The Public Health Agency of C
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)
Saudi Arabia will impose a three-year travel ban on citizens travelling to countries on the kingdom's 'red list' under efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus and its new variants, state news agency SPA said on Tuesday. It cited an unnamed interior ministry official as saying some Saudi citizens, who in May were allowed to travel abroad without prior permission from authorities for the first time since March 2020, had violated travel regulations. "Anyone who is proven to be involved will be subject to legal accountability and heavy penalties upon their return, and will be banned from travel for three years," the official said.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The head of the United Nations World Food Program says the agency will “run out of food” in Ethiopia’s conflict-hit Tigray region on Friday, while hundreds of thousands of people there face the world’s worst famine crisis in a decade. Some 170 trucks with food and other supplies are “stuck” in the neighboring Afar region and “must be allowed to move NOW,” David Beasley tweeted on Tuesday, noting that 100 such trucks are needed per day in Tigray. “People are starving.” Inter
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit says three more people in the region have tested positive for COVID-19. In addition to reporting the three new cases Tuesday, the public health unit says there is a new COVID-19 outbreak taking place at a workplace in Kingsville's agriculture sector. It's the only outbreak active in the region. Across the region there are 25 active COVID-19 cases, including three that involve COVID-19 variants of concern. None of the people with the illness are being treated