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BERLIN (AP) — Germany's president called on Germans to face the country's cruel colonial past as he opened a new museum in the capital's center that will be home to two of Berlin’s state museums. The Ethnological Museum and the Museum for Asian Art both contain artifacts that were looted from countries in Africa and elsewhere. “Especially the countries in Africa have lost an immense part of their art through the raids of the Europeans,” President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said at the official open
President Joe Biden's administration plans to ease in early November COVID-19 pandemic-related travel restrictions that have barred people from much of the world from entering the United States starting in early 2020. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still must issue a formal order that will provide details on the new rules and when they will begin. Here is a look at the U.S. travel restriction policy.
HELSINKI, Finland (AP) — The top American military officer held talks Wednesday with his Russian counterpart as the United States struggles to secure basing rights and other counterterrorism support in countries bordering Afghanistan — an effort Moscow has opposed. The six-hour meeting in Finland's capital between Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian General Staff, came at a crucial time after the U.S. military withdrawal f
Bonfield councillor Eric Foisy wants racing events at the Bonfield Event Park cut to two per year, a move park owner Lisa Groves calls “ridiculous.” “I pay taxes for commercial property that is zoned for events year-round,” Groves said. With the pandemic having already cut into her company’s bottom line, reducing events to two per year would result in financial catastrophe. “For him to suggest that a property of this size and the property taxes that are charged could exist with operating a coupl
NEW YORK (AP) — Most TV dramas try to tell stories over a few years with maybe half a dozen central characters. The new series “Foundation” is a bit more ambitious — try 400 years and 25 million worlds. To say it's sweeping doesn't do it justice. World-building is one thing. “Foundation,” a four-year project debuting on Apple TV+ on Friday, is galaxy-building. “I love being transported in story. I love epics. I love generational sagas. And so I just wanted to go for it,” said David S. Goyer, the
Amid deteriorating conditions in migrant camps on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. authorities on Wednesday tried to deal with thousands of the mostly Haitian migrants that have gathered, releasing some in south Texas while deporting others on flights. Wade McMullen, an attorney with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization said several hundred people, mostly pregnant women and parents with children, had been released in Del Rio, Texas over the past several days, straining resources at a local volunteer-run welcome center. "People are sleeping at the bus station outside or outside of the airport waiting for their bus or their plane," to join family or other sponsors in the United States, he said.
Britain warned its food producers on Wednesday to prepare for a 400% rise in carbon dioxide prices after paying tens of million of pounds to get CF Fertilisers to restart production in a deal that will last for three weeks. The deal buys Britain some time to secure suppliers from other sources as it seeks to prevent the shutdown on production of a wide range of food and drinks. WHY IS CARBON DIOXIDE IMPORTANT?
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Six female lawmakers from Afghanistan have arrived in Greece as part of the wider evacuation effort and are expected to travel to the United States after a short stay, authorities said Wednesday. Afghanistan’s twin-chamber parliament was effectively dissolved after the Taliban takeover of the country last month. The future of the national assembly and whether women will be allowed to hold any positions of authority remain uncertain. “The lawmakers and their family members w
Premier Doug Ford called for patience Wednesday as Ontario's vaccine passport system went into effect, while the province reported 463 new COVID-19 cases. Ford asked residents to respect the new verification program and be patient with businesses as they get used to the system. "I know this may be tough for some, but we owe it to our businesses to do everything we can to avoid lockdowns," he said. Beginning Wednesday, patrons at dine-in restaurants, nightclubs, gyms, sports facilities and other
Two central Newfoundland schools have pulled students out of class following the discovery of presumptive positive COVID-19 cases, a day after a school in St. John's reported two cases among its student population. New World Island Academy in Summerford and MSB Regional Academy in Middle Arm have suspended in-person learning. A Facebook post from New World Island Academy late Tuesday contained a message from the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, stating the case involves "an ind
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin welcomed Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to the Pentagon for a meeting centered on bilateral issues, and the importance of the U.S.- Australian Alliance. (Sept. 22)
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian appeals court Wednesday sentenced the country’s former chief prosecutor to two years in prison and confiscated his property Wednesday for hiding the money involved in illegally owned properties. The Tirana Appeals Court upheld another court's verdict against Adriatik Llalla, who served as Albania's prosecutor general during 2012-2017. A court that handles top officials’ corruption cases sentenced him in May for hiding property and giving false information on th
Métis Nation British Columbia will soon require proof of vaccination from all staff, vendors and visitors who wish to enter its offices. The rollout for the nation's mandatory vaccination policy is broken into two stages, much like B.C.'s vaccine card. Starting Oct. 4, people will be required to show proof of at least a single dose of the vaccine. By Nov. 15, proof of a second dose will be mandatory. The nation says any staff who fail to meet the requirements will be placed on unpaid leave. "Par
The district’s polls have closed, and spirits are high at Conservative headquarters. Candidate Steven Trahan continues watching pole results roll in—East to West—a wave of voters casting what he anticipates being a political sea-change from red to blue. About 15 people are at his campaign office at 1720 Algonquin Avenue. Close friends, family, his wife, Crystal, and his campaign staff are winding down from 36 days on the campaign trail to settle in for a long night of results. Trahan was in good
It might have seemed a long shot a year ago when a company built a digital platform for basketball fans to buy and trade video highlights of NBA games that they could probably watch for free online. These highlights, endorsed by the U.S. National Basketball Association, were sold as non-fungible tokens, or NFTs - crypto-assets that uses blockchain to authenticate their ownership, giving them a certain cachet and tradeable value. The NBA Top Shot platform has proved so popular that the crypto company behind it, Dapper Labs, announced on Wednesday that it had raised $250 million and was now branching into soccer through a deal with Spain's elite LaLiga division.
For the fifth year in a row, the community has shown its appreciation for Huron Shores Hospice by supporting the Hope for Hospice ungala gala. The gala, originally a live event that raised money through a silent auction and live auction of upscale handbags, experience-packages and donated items, moved to a virtual format in 2020, due to restrictions imposed by the pandemic. Because funds raised through this event are critical to the ongoing operation of the two-bed suite and its programming, the
NEW YORK (Reuters) -R. Kelly dominated not only women and girls but also his employees over a quarter century of sexual abuse, a prosecutor said on Wednesday as the R&B star's sex trafficking trial neared its conclusion. Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Geddes told jurors during her closing argument in Brooklyn federal court that Kelly's entourage of business managers, accountants, runners and other employees was "at his disposal." She said some "turned a blind eye" as they recruited women and girls for Kelly's sexual gratification, a side long concealed from the public and fans of his music.
Two weeks after Richmond, Virginia, removed a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that had prompted protests over racial injustice, the city unveiled a new monument on Wednesday commemorating the end of slavery. The Emancipation and Freedom Monument, designed by Oregon sculptor Thomas Jay Warren, comprises two 12-foot bronze statues depicting a man and a woman carrying an infant, newly freed from slavery. "The enslaved built this city with their hands," Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said at a ceremony to mark the occasion.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s constitutional court announced another recess Wednesday in a key case over whether Polish or European Union law has primacy in the EU member country. The ruling of the Constitutional Tribunal, when it eventually comes, is expected to define Poland's future relationship with the 27-member bloc. After a session of some two hours Wednesday, the court announced a recess till Sept. 30, to gain time to prepare detailed questions for the sides. The proceedings started in
KAWARTHA LAKES: City of Kawartha Lakes council has started discussing the 2022 municipal budget. On Tuesday, September 14th, a special council meeting was held to start the annual budget process. “This is council’s opportunity to ask questions and provide direction. This is a high-level overview of departments, what they did this year, what the pressures are going into next year, and an overview of the whole budget process,” Mayor Andy Letham explained at the beginning of the meeting. Treasurer