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ARVIAT, Nunavut — Schools were closed Friday in Arviat, Nunavut, after a presumptive case of COVID-19 was reported in a school-aged student in the community. Nunavut's chief public officer wouldn't say how old the infected student is, but added that neither the pupil nor family have travelled recently. Dr. Michael Patterson said that means the student was infected by someone outside the household. As a result, restrictions were tightened in the community of about 3,000, with mandatory masking an
At least two P.E.I. residents are disappointed they won't be able to vote in this year's federal election because they'll be self-isolating on election day. Matej Hanzl and his family are required to self-isolate after his daughter was identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 case Tuesday afternoon. This means Hanzl and his partner won't be able to go out and cast a ballot on Sept. 20. "It's unfortunate," Hanzl said. "I've never not voted, so I've always like to have my say and put my vote in
Education Minister Becky Druhan says including more voices in the decision-making process will be a key pillar of how the Progressive Conservatives run the province's schools, but whether that includes the return of elected school boards remains unclear. "We are very interested in and absolutely need to hear from stakeholders within the system, and that's teachers and principals and other staff, as well as families and students," she said. On Thursday, the ministerial mandate letters for Druhan
Cuban state media said on Friday that the intermittent blackouts that have plagued the island since June are caused by an aging power infrastructure and lack of proper maintenance and cautioned that residents should be prepared for more in the coming months. The power outages reflect a deepening economic crisis that began with harsh new U.S. sanctions https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cuba-sanctions-investment-analysis/tougher-u-s-sanctions-make-cuba-ever-more-difficult-for-western-firms-idUSKBN1WO2LP in 2019 and worsened with the pandemic, exposing such vulnerabilities as a decaying infrastructure and dependence on foreign currency from tourism and remittances to purchase food, medicine, raw materials and spare parts. “No one should think the problem will be solved quickly,” Energy and Mining Minister Livan Arronte Cruz was quoted as stating during a discussion of the power grid with other officials broadcast by state-run television on Thursday evening.
(Reuters) -Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says failure to raise the U.S. debt limit could lead to the unthinkable: a default on government payment obligations. If the impasse in Congress over the $28.5 trillion debt limit isn't resolved before an October deadline, what would the Federal Reserve - the backstop for U.S. financial markets as the lender of last resort - be prepared to do? As it turns out, Fed Chair Jerome Powell may already have something of a game plan.
Morgan Freeman says the motivation to executive produce the new film, "The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain,” was simple: "I'm Black—people don't seem to realize or recognize that..” The film is based on the true events of a 68-year-old marine veteran who was killed by police in 2011 in White Plains, New York. Freeman also discusses donating $1 million to the Univ. of Mississippi for a police training center. (Sept. 17)
NEW YORK (AP) — A very special document will be auctioned off later this year — a rare copy of the U.S. Constitution. Sotheby's announced Friday — appropriately on Constitution Day — that in November it will put up for auction one of just 11 surviving copies of the Constitution from the official first printing produced for the delegates to the Constitutional Convention and for the Continental Congress. It's the only copy that remains in private hands and has an estimate of $15 million-$20 millio
Masks will once again be mandatory in indoor public spaces and schools in Newfoundland and Labrador. Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, the province's chief medical officer, made the announcement at a unscheduled COVID-19 briefing Friday afternoon. "Masking will not be forever.… This is a small action that we can all take to give us that extra layer of protection to keep our schools, communities and province safer and open until we can get our vaccination rates higher," said Fitzgerald. "I know this is not
The fourth and final Full Moon of Summer 2021 rises Monday night.
KAMLOOPS, B.C. — A First Nation that announced more than 200 unmarked graves had been found at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., is inviting people to mark Canada's first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc Nation has shared a video to help people learn the Secwepemc Honour Song to drum and sing at 2:15 p.m. Pacific time on Sept. 30. Chief Rosanne Casimir says news of the unmarked graves sparked a global outpouring of support and the inv
An exhibition of white flags representing Americans who have died of COVID-19 opened on Friday, covering more than 20 acres of the National Mall in Washington. Last year, artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg created an outdoor installation in Washington comprised of more than 267,000 white flags - one for every person in the United States who had died from COVID-19. Now, there are some 650,000 flags placed on the National Mall.
A new program to help improve digital literacy skills for older Nunavummiut has been launched. The Connected Elders and Youth program, by Pinnguaq, Connected Canadians and HelpAge Canada, is an intergenerational digital literacy program that pairs youth and elders. It's hoped the skills will help elders keep connected with friends and family digitally. The program will be in the seven communities of the Kivalliq region, including Rankin Inlet, Arviat and Whale Cove, and the program has also expa
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The mayor of San Francisco was spotted dancing and singing along to live music without a mask at an indoor nightclub, despite a strict order by her public health department that requires wearing masks at indoor establishments unless someone is actively eating or drinking. Mayor London Breed, a Democrat, has promoted restrictive measures aimed at curbing the coronavirus, frustrating business owners who have had to shut down or limit customers. The San Francisco Chronicle repo
FRANKFURT — The German and Portuguese soccer federations issued strong critiques of plans to hold the men's World Cup every two years, warning Friday it means players risk more injuries and that women's competitions will be overshadowed. FIFA claimed Thursday it has the support of fans for the World Cup to be held more often. European soccer body UEFA and South American counterpart CONMEBOL are against the idea and have said they could boycott extra tournaments. The board of the German federatio
HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's police watchdog agency says a member of the town police in Bridgewater faces a charge of uttering threats following an incident last week. The Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) says it was informed Sept. 10 after Bridgewater police received a call from an "affected party" alleging they had been threatened by an officer earlier that day. The watchdog agency says it began its investigation shortly after being notified by the police force. It says 35-year-old Const. Asif
Jasper LIFE partnered up with local coffee shops around the town in recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10. World Suicide Prevention Day is an event recognized globally that aims to raise awareness and strengthen commitment and actions to prevent suicide. It brings communities and organizations together in a collaborative effort to save lives. Throughout Alberta, many communities took part in activities to raise awareness around suicide. Jasper LIFE decided to spread awareness t
KENDALL KING Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Following the Alberta government’s press briefing Wednesday evening, which set out new mandates for all public spaces in the province, two local school districts – Medicine Hat Catholic Board of Education and Prairie Rose Public Schools – will move to mandatory masking for all educators and students in Grades 4 and up. This comes after both districts chose not to implement a mask mandate at the beginning of the school year. When asked why this de
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi said on Friday he found that the Taliban have space for discussion and engagement on human rights issues, including women and minorities rights. "There is space for discussion and engagement about these matters," Grandi told reporters in a news conference in Islamabad after he concluded his visit to Afghanistan, saying he took up the issues with various Taliban authorities.
Health Minister Michelle Thompson says that of the long list of items included in her ministerial mandate letter, addressing immediate pressures on the health-care system is where she will focus first. The mandate letters for Thompson and her cabinet colleagues were released on Thursday. They include what's expected of them by Premier Tim Houston and each is tasked with putting together a timeline for the work within the next 90 days. With emergency departments experiencing crushing pressure, st
P.E.I.'s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison announced eight new positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday. In a written release, she said four of the cases are under the age of 10, two are in their 20s and two are in their 50s. Two of the new cases are close contacts of previously announced cases linked to the outbreak at West Royalty Elementary in Charlottetown. Six individuals recently travelled outside Atlantic Canada. Contact tracing is complete, and they are self-isolating. The fol