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WASHINGTON — Federal law enforcement officials are examining a number of threats aimed at members of Congress as the second trial of former President Donald Trump nears, including ominous chatter about killing legislators or attacking them outside of the U.S. Capitol, a U.S. official told The Associated Press. The threats, and concerns that armed protesters could return to sack the Capitol anew, have prompted the U.S. Capitol Police and other federal law enforcement to insist thousands of National Guard troops remain in Washington as the Senate moves forward with plans for Trump's trial, the official said. The shocking insurrection at the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob prompted federal officials to rethink security in and around its landmarks, resulting in an unprecedented lockdown for Biden's inauguration. Though the event went off without any problems and armed protests around the country did not materialize, the threats to lawmakers ahead of Trump's trial exemplified the continued potential for danger. Similar to those intercepted by investigators ahead of Biden’s inauguration, the threats that law enforcement agents are tracking vary in specificity and credibility, said the official, who had been briefed on the matter. Mainly posted online and in chat groups, the messages have included plots to attack members of Congress during travel to and from the Capitol complex during the trial, according to the official. The official was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation publicly and spoke Sunday to the AP on condition of anonymity. Law enforcement officials are already starting to plan for the possibility of armed protesters returning to the nation's capital when Trump’s Senate trial on a charge of inciting a violent insurrection begins the week of Feb. 8. It would be the first impeachment trial of a former U.S. president. Though much of the security apparatus around Washington set up after the Jan. 6 riot and ahead of Biden’s inauguration — it included scores of military checkpoints and hundreds of additional law enforcement personnel — is no longer in place, about 7,000 members of the National Guard will remain to assist federal law enforcement, officials said. Gen. Dan Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said Monday that about 13,000 Guard members are still deployed in D.C., and that their numbers would shrink to 7,000 by the end of this week. John Whitley, the acting secretary of the Army, told a Pentagon news conference that this number is based on requests for assistance from the Capitol Police, the Park Police, the Secret Service and the Metropolitan Police Department. Whitley said the number is to drop to 5,000 by mid-March. Thousands of Trump’s supporters descended on the Capitol on Jan. 6 as Congress met to certify Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential race. More than 800 are believed to have made their way into the Capitol during the violent siege, pushing past overwhelmed police officers. The Capitol police said they planned for a free speech protest, not a riot, and were caught off guard despite intelligence suggesting the rally would descend into a riot. Five people died in the melee, including a Capitol police officer who was struck in the head with a fire extinguisher. At least five people facing federal charges have suggested they believed they were taking orders from Trump when they marched on Capitol Hill to challenge the certification of Biden’s election victory. But now those comments, captured in interviews with reporters and federal agents, are likely to take centre stage as Democrats lay out their case. More than 130 people have been charged by federal prosecutors for their roles in the riot. In recent weeks, others have been arrested after posting threats against members of Congress. They include a Proud Boys supporter who authorities said threatened to deploy “three cars full of armed patriots” to Washington, threatened harm against Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., and who is accused of stockpiling military-style combat knives and more than 1,000 rifle rounds in his New York home. A Texas man was arrested this week for taking part in the riot at the Capitol and for posting violent threats, including a call to assassinate Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y ___ Associated Press writer Lolita C. Baldor contributed to this report. Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press
Dans le cadre de sa mission de tenir un lieu de rencontre animé pour les jeunes de 12 à 17 ans afin de les aider à devenir des citoyens actifs, critiques, responsables et impliqués, la Maison des Jeunes du Témiscamingue, qui est une association de jeunes et d’adultes, organise « la trousse gourmande ». « Sous la supervision de Sara-Jane Coutu-Loiselle, nutritionniste employée par le CISSS-AT, les jeunes cuisineront des boules d’énergie aux dates, flocons d’avoine et chocolat en plus de préparer du maïs soufflé au chaudron. La nutritionniste aura l’occasion d’aborder différents sujets touchant la nutrition et l’image corporelle au court de l’activité » nous fait savoir l’agente de développement de la maison des jeunes du Témiscamingue, madame Mathilde Mantha. Une programmation virtuelle Le contexte de la pandémie oblige les organisateurs et gestionnaires de la maison des jeunes du Témiscamingue d’être beaucoup plus créatifs et inventer d’autres actions afin de servir la jeunesse témiscamienne et être à la hauteur de leurs attentes. « Étant donné le deuxième confinement et le couvre-feu, notre équipe a dû être créative afin de créer une programmation virtuelle qui permettait de maintenir le contact avec nos membres » souligne l’agente de développement de la maison des jeunes du Témiscamingue. « Ça fait partie notre mission de faire vivre aux adolescents des activités stimulantes et valorisantes qui contribuent à leur évolution et les aident à devenir des citoyens actifs, critiques, responsables et impliqués. Dans le contexte actuel, le besoin de se réunir autour d’activité commune, de socialiser et d’appartenir à un groupe continu d’être présent chez les adolescents. Notre rôle est d’être là pour eux » a-t-elle ajouté. Zumba et Slam Cette maison dont les valeurs sont : l’engagement, l’écoute, la responsabilité, le respect de soi et des autres, l’honnêteté et la communication, prévoit l’organisation de plusieurs activités au cours des semaines à venir. « Parmi les activités de janvier, nous comptons un cours de Zumba, un atelier de Slam, une soirée Quiz de culture populaire, une trousse créative Tie-dye, une soirée zen, des séances de jeu en ligne, des discussions, etc. On part toujours de leurs intérêts et de leurs besoins afin que les animations proposées leur ressemblent » a déclaré madame Mathilde Mantha. Des activités de cuisine collective « La valorisation des saines habitudes de vie fait partie des axes d’animation et d’intervention que nous ciblons dans nos activités à la Maison des jeunes. Lorsque les locaux sont ouverts, nous faisons régulièrement des activités de cuisine collective afin de sensibiliser les jeunes à la saine alimentation et leur faire découvrir des recettes nutritives, simples et économiques. Nous voulions reproduire ce genre de soirée bien appréciées des jeunes, mais en version virtuelles. Afin que tous puissent avoir les mêmes ingrédients, nous avons eu l’idée de préparer des trousses avec le nécessaire à la réalisation d’une recette commune » a conclu l’agente de développement de la maison des jeunes du Témiscamingue. Moulay Hicham Mouatadid, Initiative de journalisme local, Reflet Témiscamien (Le)
Leon Draisaitl scored the game-winning goal with less than a second left to give the Edmonton Oilers a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets Sunday night at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Kyle Turris, and Kailer Yamamoto also scored for Edmonton. Adam Lowry, Nikolaj Ehlers and Blake Wheeler scored for the Jets. The game saw both starting goalies make over 30 saves. Mikko Koskinen made 35 saves in a winning effort for the Oilers (3-4-0), while Laurent Brossoit made 34 saves. Winnipeg's loss snaps a three-game winning streak. All three victories came against the Ottawa Senators. For the third consecutive game, the Winnipeg Jets scored first. Adam Lowry scored after taking a pass from Mathieu Perreault while in the slot. He wasted no time to fire on net, beating Koskinen. Lowry's goal was his third of the season. The referees overturned a would-be Jets goal nearly three minutes later. Andrew Copp deflected a puck above Koskinen and into the back of the net. But the referees determined there was interference after Copp's stick kept Koskinen's glove from making the save. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tied the game fewer than 30 seconds into the second period. Later in the period, Kyle Turris scored his first as an Oiler. As the Oilers forwards entered the zone, James Neal passed the puck to Zack Kassian, before he fed the puck to Turris. Turris unloaded a shot into the top-right corner of the net to give Edmonton its first lead of the night with 5:42 left to play in the period. One minute and 18 seconds later, Winnipeg forward Kyle Connor was injured. He was defending a shot from Oilers defenceman Ethan Bear. The puck ricocheted off Connor's stick and into his face, causing him to fall to his knees onto the ice. He would leave the game and would sit out the remainder of the period, only to return in time for the third. Ehlers tied the game at two goals apiece with 6:04 left to go in the third period. His game-tying goal was his fourth in four games. The Danish forward has six points in that span of games. Wheeler later gave the Jets the lead once more with a power play goal, thanks to a tripping infraction taken by Edmonton Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse. Wheeler took a pass along the goal line and banked the puck off Oilers defenceman Kris Russell and past Koskinen into the goal. Winnipeg's lead wouldn't last that long, however. Yamamato tied the game one minute and 48 seconds later. The game would eventually end on Draisaitl's late winner, giving the Jets no time to respond. Edmonton and Winnipeg will renew hostilities at the Bell MTS Place Tuesday night. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 24, 2021. The Canadian Press
Japan is likely to achieve herd immunity to COVID-19 through mass inoculations only months after the planned Tokyo Olympics, even though it has locked in the biggest quantity of vaccines in Asia, according to a London-based forecaster. That would be a blow to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga who has pledged to have enough shots for the populace by the middle of 2021, as it trails most major economies in starting COVID-19 inoculations. "Japan looks to be quite late in the game," Rasmus Bech Hansen, the founder of British research firm Airfinity, told Reuters.
A Toronto researcher with the University Health Network says more testing needs to be done to determine how prevalent the COVID-19 U.K. variant is in Canada. He says right now only a small percentage of COVID-19 tests are sequenced to look for the variant, and that is a disadvantage in getting the pandemic under control. Katherine Ward reports.
Reena Jani rose early, finished her chores in the crisp January cold and walked uphill to the road skirting her remote tribal hamlet of Pendajam in eastern India. Jani's name was on a list of 100 health workers at the centre, making her one of the first Indians to be inoculated against COVID-19 earlier this month, as the country rolls out a vaccination programme the government calls the world's biggest. It was taken by plane, truck and van some 1,700 km from the factory to the clinic where Jani waited, and it had to be kept cold the whole way.
HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s government on Monday morning ended an unprecedented lockdown after testing thousands of residents living in an area that had reported an increasing number of coronavirus cases, authorities said. The lockdown, which was implemented in the early hours of Saturday, covered 16 buildings in Kowloon’s Yau Tsim Mong district, known as a working-class neighbourhood with many subdivided apartment units. During the lockdown, residents were not allowed to leave their premises until they had tested negative for the coronavirus. The district has been at the centre of a worsening coronavirus outbreak, with over 160 cases reported over the first three weeks in January. Higher concentrations of the COVID-19 virus were also found in sewage samples, prompting fears that the virus could be transmitted via poorly installed plumbing systems in subdivided units that lack ventilation. The government said in a statement early Monday that about 7,000 people were tested for the coronavirus during the lockdown, with 13 positive infections found. “The Government hopes this temporary inconvenience will completely cut the local transmission chains in the district and ease residents’ worries and fear, so that they will regain confidence in resuming social and business activities in the area, and return to a normal life,” authorities said in the statement. Health minister Sophia Chan said Sunday that the government would not rule out similar restrictions in the future if there is such a need. As of Sunday, Hong Kong has reported 10,086 cases of the coronavirus, with 169 deaths recorded. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Two in five Americans live where COVID strains hospital ICUs — Pandemic stress puts medical workers at high risk of depression, anxiety, substance abuse — UK ramps up vaccination program, gives first shot to 6 million, but health secretary says nation is “long, long, long way” from easing its lockdown — A year after virus lockdown, Wuhan dissident is more isolated than ever — Dutch police clash with lockdown protesters in two cities _ The entire University of Michigan athletic department is pausing after several positive tests for the new COVID-19 variant that transmits at a higher rate. ___ Follow all of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic, https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak ___ HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: SYDNEY — Australia’s medical regulator has approved use of its first coronavirus vaccine, paving the way for inoculations to begin next month. The Therapeutic Goods Administration on Monday gave provisional approval for people aged 16 and over to use the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. The regulator said priority would be given to groups that include aged-care residents and workers, frontline healthcare workers, and quarantine workers. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison welcomed the development. He said Australia was among the first countries to complete a comprehensive and thorough process to formally approve a vaccine rather than just grant an emergency approval. Australia is aiming to complete inoculations by October. The nation of 26 million people has reported fewer than 30,000 virus cases and a little over 900 deaths. ___ MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday about obtaining doses of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, his foreign affairs secretary said Sunday. Marcelo Ebrard said via Twitter the two leaders would speak Monday morning about the bilateral relationship and supplying doses of the vaccine. The vaccine has not been approved for use in Mexico, but the government is desperate to fill supply gaps left by shortages of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Mexico has given more than 618,000 vaccine doses. A week ago, López Obrador said that his government had agreed with a U.N. proposal to delay shipments of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to countries like Mexico that had existing purchase agreements, in order to get more doses to poorer countries quicker. Mexico has registered nearly 150,000 COVID-19 deaths and more than 1.7 million infections. Hospitals in the capital have been near capacity for weeks as a surge of cases followed the holiday season. Earlier this month, Mexico’s assistant health secretary Hugo López-Gatell, visited Argentina in part to learn about its review of the Sputnik V vaccine. Argentina started using the vaccine in late December. ___ OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Sunday reported 48 additional deaths due to COVID-19 and 2,941 more cases of the new coronavirus. There have been 373,090 total virus cases and a death toll of 3,279 since the pandemic began, according to the health department. Oklahoma had the fourth highest rate of new cases per capita in the United States at 1,148.19 per 100,000 population according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The rolling average of deaths in the state has increased from 30.14 to 39.86 per day during the past two weeks. State health officials rising death rates are likely to continue for a week or more, despite a decline in the number of new cases, because it can take several weeks to confirm a death was caused by COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. ___ WASHINGTON -- Dr. Deborah Birx says when she was co-ordinator of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force, she had to grapple with COVID-19 deniers in the White House and that someone gave the president “parallel” streams of data that conflicted with hers. Defending her tenure, Birx told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that she was at times censored by the Trump administration but denied ever withholding information. Birx said she would see Trump “presenting graphs that I never made” and that “someone out there or someone inside was creating a parallel set of data and graphics that were shown to the president.” She added that in the White House, “There were people who definitely believed that this was a hoax.” Birx did not identify the COVID-19 deniers and said she did not know who was presenting the parallel data to Trump, but said she realizes now that Trump coronavirus adviser Dr. Scott Atlas was providing some of it. Birx said in December that she would retire but was willing to first help President Joe Biden’s team with its coronavirus response as needed. More than 25 million people have been infected with the coronavirus and at least 418,000 people have died in the U.S. since the pandemic began. ___ ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey on Sunday passed 25,000 Covid-19-related deaths since the start of the outbreak in March, the health ministry said. A daily toll of 140 fatalities saw the total figure rise to 25,073. Turkey has recorded more than 2.4 million infections since the first case was recorded on March 11 last year. The government reintroduced restrictions at the start of December, including weekday evening curfews and weekend lockdowns, to stem a second wave of infections. Restaurants and cafes have been restricted to take-away services, weddings and funerals are limited to 30 people and the over-65s and under-20s are banned from using public transport. The number of daily cases has fallen to around 6,000 in recent days from a high of more than 33,000 in December. Turkey began its vaccination program on Jan. 14, initially focusing on health workers and the elderly. More than 1.2 million people had been given the first dose of the Chinese CoronaVac vaccine as of Saturday night, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said. ___ JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said Israel will be closing its international airport to nearly flights as the government races to bring a raging coronavirus outbreak under control. The entry of highly contagious variants of the coronavirus, coupled with poor enforcement of safety rules in ultra-Orthodox communities, has contributed to one of the world’s highest rates of infections. It also has threatened to undercut Israel’s highly successful campaign to vaccinate its population against the virus. Late Sunday, the Israeli Cabinet approved what Netanyahu said would be a tight closure on incoming and outgoing air traffic. The government said it would make exceptions for a small number of humanitarian cases, such as funerals and medical patients, and cargo flights. “We are closing the skies hermetically, except for really rare exceptions, to prevent the entry of virus mutations, and also to ensure that we progress quickly with our vaccination campaign,” Netanyahu said. The order is to begin early Tuesday and remain in effect until Jan. 31. Netanyahu’s office said the order still required parliamentary legislation to be finalized. ___ LA PAZ, Bolivia — Former President Evo Morales was released from a hospital on Sunday after almost two weeks of treatment for COVID-19 at a moment the disease has rebounded in Bolivia. Morales told a news conference that he felt “very good, I feel recovered“ as he left the private clinic in the city of Cochabamba. Hospital director Gastón Cornejo recommended that Morales remain in repose, without visitors, for two more weeks. The 61-year-old Morales, Bolivia’s first Indigenous president, left the country from 2006 to 2019, when he went into exile after protests over his reelection. He returned home in November after his party won presidential and legislative elections, ousting the interim government that had replaced him. Bolivia has reported about 200,000 cases of the new coronavirus and almost 10,000 deaths. ___ WASHINGTON -- Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that President Joe Biden’s goal of administering 100 million vaccinations in the first 100 days actually means about 67 million Americans should be protected from COVID-19 during that time. Fauci, the government’s top infectious diseases expert, said the president’s goal refers to 100 million shots, not people. Current vaccines require two shots. Fauci maintained that goal could be difficult to meet even though the U.S. recently has been able to administer shots to about a million people a day. He explained that it will be harder to reach people once shots are given outside hospital and nursing home settings. Fauci also told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that he supports a national commission to understand some of the problems in co-ordinating a COVID-19 response on the state and local level because states shouldn’t just be told, “You’re on your own.” Ron Klain, Biden’s chief of staff, called the 100 million shots in 100 days “a very bold and ambitious goal.” He told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that it won’t stop the administration from aiming higher if doable. ___ NEW YORK -- The United States has surpassed 25 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The new milestone, reported Sunday by Johns Hopkins University, is a grim reminder of the coronavirus’ wide reach in the U.S., which has seen far more confirmed cases and deaths than any other country in the world. The U.S. accounts for roughly one of every four cases reported worldwide and one of every five deaths. India has recorded the second most cases, with about 10.7 million. The number of new cases in the U.S. has shown signs of slowing recently, with an average of 176,000 reported daily in the past week, down from 244,000 in early January. The country’s first case of the infection was diagnosed almost exactly a year ago. The Associated Press
JERUSALEM — Israeli authorities on Monday extradited a woman wanted on 74 charges of child sex abuse in Australia following a six-year legal battle that strained relations between the two governments, her attorney confirmed. Malka Leifer, a former teacher accused of sexually abusing several former students at a Jewish school in Melbourne, had been fighting extradition from Israel since 2014. Leifer maintains her innocence and the six-year legal battle surrounding her extradition has strained relations between Israel and Australia. Israeli media photographed Leifer boarding a plane at Ben Gurion Airport early Monday. In December, the Supreme Court rejected a final appeal against her extradition, and Israel’s justice minister signed the order to send her to Australia. Leifer faces 74 charges of child sex abuse that she allegedly committed while teaching in Melbourne. As accusations against her began surfacing in 2008, Israeli-born Leifer left the school and returned to Israel, where she has lived since. Critics, including Leifer’s alleged victims, had accused Israeli authorities of dragging out the case for far too long, while Leifer claimed she was mentally unfit to stand trial. Last year, an Israeli psychiatric panel determined Leifer was lying about her mental condition, setting in motion the extradition. The Associated Press
À la suite de la première série de consultations auprès des milieux agricole et municipal, dans le cadre de la démarche de révision du Plan de la zone agricole (PDZA), pilotée par la MRC de Témiscamingue (MRCT) et la firme Forest Lavoie, d’autres consultations sont attendues dans les semaines à venir avec les intervenants du milieu et les citoyens. En ce sens, indique la MRCT de Témiscamingue, une forte mobilisation de ces derniers est souhaitée afin de se prononcer sur les enjeux et défis liés aux activités agricoles. Inspirer les prochaines actions Lors des premières consultations, les producteurs agricoles et agro-transformateurs ainsi que le milieu municipal ont pu échanger sur les défis et enjeux du milieu agricole témiscamien, afin d’inspirer les prochaines actions à mettre en place sur un horizon de cinq ans. Selon la MRC de Témiscamingue, plusieurs idées enrichissantes et pistes de solutions ont été identifiées et partagées par les participants. À noter que ce cadre d’échange vient confirmer la pertinence de l’inscription de l’agriculture dans nos pôles d’excellence. L’agriculture : Un monde en perpétuelle effervescence Selon Claire Bolduc, préfète de la MRCT, cet exercice est majeur, tant pour la vitalité économique du territoire que sur le plan de son attractivité. « L’agriculture est un secteur complexe. Stable en apparence, voire même conservateur, c’est en réalité un monde en perpétuelle effervescence, appelé à relever de nombreux défis et à s’adapter aux nombreux changements qui lui sont imposés. Les actions qui se retrouveront dans ce plan doivent nous aider à mieux s’adapter dans cet univers de changement, et améliorer notre façon de tirer notre épingle du jeu pour devenir un territoire en santé quant à son agriculture et à sa pérennité. » Valider les orientations prises La MRC de Témiscamingue estime que les consultations, qui reposent sur un portait de situation très récente et sur des propositions en lien avec les constats effectués, permet de valider les orientations prises, de s’assurer qu’il n’y a pas d’omission majeure et de mesurer l’adhésion et la cohérence de ce qui est proposé avec les autres planifications de la MRC. Moulay Hicham Mouatadid, Initiative de journalisme local, Reflet Témiscamien (Le)
Trois jeunes filles se démarquent particulièrement dans la communauté de Timiskaming First Nation depuis l'hiver dernier. Elles ont entre 10 et 14 ans et confectionnent des boucles d'oreilles, des bandeaux à cheveux et conçoivent des habits traditionnels. Au premier coup d'œil, on pourrait penser qu'il s'agit là simplement de passe-temps communs pour des personnes de leur âge. Toutefois, si on observe le groupe d'un peu plus près, on s'aperçoit tout de suite que les trois petites oursonnes jouent déjà dans la ligue des grands. Des talents multiples Durant la première vague de COVID-19, l'idée de mettre en commun le talent des trois amies a germé chez elles. L'aînée du groupe, Janessa Breault, baignait déjà dans la création d'art depuis quelques années. Son amie Emmy Kearney s'est intéressée aussi il y a trois ans à la confection et la cousine de Janessa, Jayda McMartin, s'est ensuite greffée au groupe. « Un jour, nous avons prié pour qu'un nom vienne à nous. Le lendemain matin, ma mère nous a donné l'idée des Three Little Bears », se souvient Janessa, 14 ans. C'est ainsi qu'est née la petite entreprise. Les boucles d'oreilles font fureur auprès des clients, si bien qu'elles sont leur meilleur vendeur. En plus de confectionner des bijoux, les trois filles savent coudre et elles usent de leur talent afin de créer des regalia, une tenue que les danseurs portent lors de cérémonies traditionnelles, telles que le pow-wow. Elles fabriquent aussi des tambours, de la crème et des porte-clés perlés de façon traditionnelle. Chacune met de sa couleur dans ses créations. « Nous avons toutes notre propre style », raconte la cadette du groupe, Jayda. Une soif d'apprendre et de redistribuer Les mères contribuent à l'épanouissement artistique de leurs filles, mais c'est en raison des enseignements qu'elles reçoivent des gens de la communauté qu'elles peuvent autant développer leurs habiletés. « Les filles participent à tous les ateliers sur la réserve, que ce soit sur la couture ou sur la fabrication de tambour, explique Richard Kearney, le père d'Emmy. Même quand ce sont des ateliers pour adultes, elles réussissent à s'infiltrer ! », lance-t-il d'un ton amusé. En plus d'avoir le sens des affaires, ces jeunes adolescentes sont très impliquées dans la communauté de Timiskaming First Nation. Elles aiment faire des dons avec l'argent qu'elles gagnent. En décembre, elles ont même offert toutes les sommes recueillies du mois à la communauté. Le vent dans les voiles Un concours d'entrepreneuriat autochtone pancanadien (le Pow Wow Pitch) où les trois jeunes filles se sont rendues en demi-finales leur a amené une belle visibilité. Pour répondre à cette demande grandissante, elles souhaitaient initialement ouvrir une boutique, mais le groupe s'est plutôt tourné vers la conception d'un site Web, une façon d'étendre leur marché et de rendre plus conviviales les commandes sur mesure. Pour l'instant, elles affichent leurs créations et prennent des demandes spéciales sur leur page Facebook. « On a commencé à fabriquer selon nos inspirations, mais maintenant, c'est aussi selon les commandes », explique Emmy Kearney, 13 ans. La mise en place d'une plateforme numérique facilitera grandement l'expérience client aux dires de son père, qui travaille sur ce projet. Il souhaite établir une section où les gens pourront choisir la couleur, le modèle et la grandeur d'une tenue, par exemple. « Ce qu'on s'aperçoit, c'est que la demande prend de l'ampleur. Au départ, c'étaient seulement des gens qui les connaissaient dans la communauté, mais plus que ça avance, plus que ce sont des gens de l'extérieur », témoigne monsieur Kearney. D'ailleurs, Janessa, Emmy et Jayda sont autonomes et responsables : les parents se tiennent derrière pour les soutenir, mais elles font presque tout par elles-mêmes. Du haut de ses 10 ans, Jayda participe tout autant au projet et ne cesse d'apprendre de ses consœurs. En harmonie avec la nature En guise de matériel, elles utilisent tout autant des billes que des éléments de la nature, comme de la cire d'abeille, du cuir, du bois et même des épines de porc-épic pour faire des bracelets. Elles s'approvisionnent lorsqu'une bête se retrouve écrasée au bord du chemin et procèdent selon des méthodes traditionnelles afin d'extraire correctement les précieuses épines. La façon dont elles fabriquent leurs œuvres d'art est fortement inspirée des méthodes ancestrales. Les Three Little Bears étaient présentes lors du Marché de Noël de Lorrainville en novembre dernier. Elles en étaient à leur troisième événement déjà, puisqu'elles avaient entre autres participé aux Journées de la culture cet automne dans la communauté. L'art est bien ancré dans la culture autochtone et avec les Three Little Bears, on peut dire qu'elles rendent hommage aux traditions tout en ajoutant un vent de fraîcheur.Bianca Sickini-Joly, Initiative de journalisme local, Reflet Témiscamien (Le)
Unless the United Kingdom is fundamentally reformed it could swiftly become a failed state as many people have lost faith in the way the country is governed by, and in the interests of, a London-centric elite, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown said. "I believe the choice is now between a reformed state and a failed state," Brown wrote in the Daily Telegraph newspaper. "It is indeed Scotland where dissatisfaction is so deep that it threatens the end of the United Kingdom."
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is close to resigning, but then hopes to form a new government that can count on a broader majority, national dailies reported on Monday. "My aim is to find an agreement that gives a clear political perspective to govern until the end of the legislation," Conte said, according to La Repubblica newspaper. The report added that Conte could hand in his resignation to the head of state as early as Tuesday and then put together a fresh coalition that would draw on centrist and so-called "responsible" members of parliament.
Les mesures sanitaires et les orientations du gouvernement, relatives au contexte de la COVID-19, qui ont poussé la ville de Ville-Marie de fermer temporairement certains services en loisirs et culture, n’ont pas empêché la municipalité se réinventer pour desservir la population. Offrir des espaces pour la population Plusieurs activités seront disponibles sur le territoire de la Ville de Ville-Marie. Or, deux glissades seront accessibles dans les prochains jours, au cimetière et au parc du Centenaire, un anneau de glace sera également aménagé ainsi que des sentiers seront accessibles sur le site de la Grotte de Ville-Marie. « On a trouvé ça dommage que la population ne pourrait pas se rendre à l’Aréna pour des périodes de patin libre, donc nous avons décidé d’aménager quelque chose à l’extérieur qui pourra accueillir la population qu’en sera le temps, évidemment il faut attendre que la mère nature refroidisse un petit peu pour pouvoir aménager la glace, on espère dans les deux ou trois prochaines semaines nous pourrions offrir ces espaces à notre population » a déclaré la directrice des loisirs et des sports à la ville de Ville-Marie, madame Manon Gauthier. Un travail d’arrache-pied D’ailleurs la mobilisation est très active de la part des employés de la ville de Ville-Marie afin de transporter des quantités importantes de neige sur plusieurs sites. « Nous travaillons d’arrache-pied afin de rendre accessibles les différentes activités extérieures qui respectent les consignes sanitaires. Certaines d’entre elles nécessitent une présence primordiale de la neige, c’est pourquoi d’ailleurs nous sommes très mobilisés à faire de notre mieux pour que les activités soient à la hauteur des attentes de la population » souhaite le maire de la ville de Ville-Marie, monsieur Michel Roy. Des alternatives à cause de la COVID-19 Cette nouvelle dynamique, qui reflète une volonté municipale d’encourager la population de Ville-Marie et ses environs de profiter pleinement de leur hiver dans le respecte des consignes sanitaires, va sans doute donner une nouvelle dimension vibrante et positive à cette saison hivernale. « Notre objectif est de permettre à notre population des espaces d’activités comme alternative à d’autres espaces habituels qui ne sont pas accessibles actuellement à cause du contexte de la COVID-19 et les ordonnances sanitaires et gouvernementales » a conclu le maire de Ville-Marie. Sentiers de la Grotte À noter que la ville de Ville-Marie informe sa population que les sentiers de la Grotte sont désormais ouverts à la population. La ville rappelle également ses citoyens qu’il est possible d’emprunter gratuitement des raquettes enfants et adultes pour une semaine à la bibliothèque La Bouquine. Moulay Hicham Mouatadid, Initiative de journalisme local, Reflet Témiscamien (Le)
The Mexican president's announcement he had COVID-19 just a few hours after taking a commercial flight has unleashed renewed criticism of his handling of the pandemic, which has left the country with the fourth-highest death toll worldwide. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has a history of heart problems and high blood pressure, said Sunday evening he was being treated for mild symptoms of COVID-19 after attending meetings and public events in preceding days. The news capped the deadliest week of the coronavirus pandemic in the country and left questions unanswered about how many people had been close to the president during his three-day visit to parts of northern and central Mexico.
The total number of confirmed cases in the mainland rose to 124 on Jan. 24 from 80 a day earlier, the National Health Commission said in a statement, amid the worst wave of new infections China has seen since March 2020. Of the 117 new local infectons, Jilin accounted for 67 cases - all but three of whom were previously asymptomatic patients who were reclassified as confirmed cases after developing symptoms.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Four soccer players from Brazilian club Palmas died in a plane crash Sunday while travelling separately from the team after testing positive for the coronavirus, the club said. The club’s president also died in the crash after the plane suddenly plunged to the ground at the end of the runway while on takeoff in the northern state of Tocantins, the team reported. The pilot also died. The players were on their way to Goiania, in the central region of the country, to play a match against Vila Nova. The players were travelling in a private plane because they had tested positive for COVID-19, club spokesperson Izabela Martins told The Associated Press. Martins said that Sunday would have been their last day of isolation and that the rest of the team would travel on a commercial flight. The victims were identified as president Lucas Meira and players Lucas Praxedes, Guilherme Noé, Ranule and Marcus Molinari, the club said. The pilot was not identified. There were no survivors. Palmas Futebol e Regatas was founded in 1997 and plays in Brazil's fourth division. The cause of the accident was not immediately known. Tocantins fire officials reported that the twin-engine Baron model had a capacity of six occupants. When firefighters arrived at the crash site, 500 metres from the runway, the aircraft was being consumed by fire. At least two explosions were registered, according to the official report. The Brazilian Football Confederation expressed its solidarity with Palmas' family members and the club’s fans in an official note, and it ordered a minute of silence in all matches played Sunday as a sign of mourning. In 2016, a plane crash killed 19 players of the Chapecoense soccer club. Chapecoense’s plane went down en route to the club’s first-ever South American tournament final in Colombia after it ran out of fuel near Medellin. “Unfortunately, we know what this moment of pain is like and we wish that no other group had to feel the same,” Chapecoense said in a statement. “You won’t go through this alone.” FIFA expressed its condolences to the six victims. “Football extends its deepest sympathies to the victims and their families at this difficult time,” it said on Twitter. Alejandro Domínguez, the president of South America's soccer body CONMEBOL, also offered his condolences. “I deeply regret the plane crash that affected Palmas," he said on Twitter. "My condolences to all those who make up the club, family and friends at this sad time.” ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Marcelo Silva De Sousa, The Associated Press
Vietnam's ruling Communist Party gathered for its first national congress since 2016 on Monday with a mission to select new leaders and shape policy for the next five years and beyond. The event, the 13th congress since the Communist Party of Vietnam was established in 1930, brought nearly 1,600 delegates from across the country to Hanoi. Amid stringent coronavirus testing to preserve Vietnam's comparative success in keeping the pandemic at bay, delegates will pick a new leadership team in nine days of meetings, mostly behind closed doors, aiming to bolster both the country's ongoing economic success and the legitimacy of the Party's rule.
Global stocks lagged and the dollar advanced in volatile markets on Monday, with sentiment hit by increasing COVID-19 cases, delays in vaccine supplies and uncertainty over a $1.9 trillion U.S. stimulus plan. Equity markets have scaled record highs in recent days on bets vaccines will start to reduce infection rates worldwide and on a stronger U.S. economic recovery under President Joe Biden. However, investors are wary about towering valuations amid questions over the efficacy of the vaccines in curbing the pandemic and as U.S. lawmakers continue to debate a coronavirus aid package.
MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Sunday he has tested positive for COVID-19 and that the symptoms are mild. Mexico's president, who has been criticized for his handling of his country's pandemic, said on his official Twitter account that he is under medical treatment. “I regret to inform you that I am infected with COVID-19,” he tweeted. “The symptoms are mild but I am already under medical treatment. As always, I am optimistic. We will all move forward.” His announcement came shortly after news emerged that he would speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday about obtaining doses of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine. Mexico Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said via Twitter the two leaders would speak about the bilateral relationship and supplying doses of the vaccine. The vaccine has not been approved for use in Mexico, but the government is desperate to fill supply gaps for the Pfizer vaccine. Mexico has given more than 618,000 vaccine doses. Mexico has registered nearly 150,000 COVID-19 deaths and more than 1.7 million infections. Hospitals in the capital have been near capacity for weeks as a surge of cases followed the holiday season. The Associated Press
The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday Jan. 24, 2021. There are 747,383 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Canada: 747,383 confirmed cases (63,668 active, 664,621 resolved, 19,094 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers. There were 4,852 new cases Sunday from 51,308 completed tests, for a positivity rate of 9.5 per cent. The rate of active cases is 169.38 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 37,536 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 5,362. There were 120 new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 1,054 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 151. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.4 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 50.8 per 100,000 people. There have been 17,050,539 tests completed. _ Newfoundland and Labrador: 398 confirmed cases (eight active, 386 resolved, four deaths). There were zero new cases Sunday from 346 completed tests, for a positivity rate of 0.0 per cent. The rate of active cases is 1.53 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of two new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is zero. There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 0.77 per 100,000 people. There have been 78,133 tests completed. _ Prince Edward Island: 110 confirmed cases (seven active, 103 resolved, zero deaths). There were zero new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 4.46 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of six new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is one. There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is zero per 100,000 people. There have been 88,407 tests completed. _ Nova Scotia: 1,571 confirmed cases (19 active, 1,487 resolved, 65 deaths). There was one new case Sunday. The rate of active cases is 1.96 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there has been 14 new case. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is two. There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 6.69 per 100,000 people. There have been 200,424 tests completed. _ New Brunswick: 1,124 confirmed cases (335 active, 776 resolved, 13 deaths). There were 20 new cases Sunday from 819 completed tests, for a positivity rate of 2.4 per cent. The rate of active cases is 43.12 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 177 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 25. There were zero new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there has been one new reported death. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is zero. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.02 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 1.67 per 100,000 people. There have been 135,109 tests completed. _ Quebec: 253,633 confirmed cases (16,940 active, 227,215 resolved, 9,478 deaths). There were 1,457 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 199.65 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 10,719 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,531. There were 41 new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 423 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 60. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.71 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 111.7 per 100,000 people. There have been 2,695,925 tests completed. _ Ontario: 255,002 confirmed cases (24,153 active, 225,046 resolved, 5,803 deaths). There were 2,417 new cases Sunday from 48,947 completed tests, for a positivity rate of 4.9 per cent. The rate of active cases is 165.81 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 17,216 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 2,459. There were 50 new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 394 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 56. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.39 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 39.84 per 100,000 people. There have been 8,944,809 tests completed. _ Manitoba: 28,697 confirmed cases (3,521 active, 24,377 resolved, 799 deaths). There were 221 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 257.11 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 1,186 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 169. There were two new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 30 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is four. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.31 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 58.34 per 100,000 people. There have been 448,638 tests completed. _ Saskatchewan: 22,177 confirmed cases (3,251 active, 18,673 resolved, 253 deaths). There were 260 new cases Sunday from 1,196 completed tests, for a positivity rate of 22 per cent. The rate of active cases is 276.81 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 1,905 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 272. There were three new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 38 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is five. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.46 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 21.54 per 100,000 people. There have been 329,702 tests completed. _ Alberta: 120,793 confirmed cases (9,511 active, 109,733 resolved, 1,549 deaths). There were 463 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 217.58 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 3,956 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 565. There were 24 new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 113 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 16. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.37 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 35.44 per 100,000 people. There have been 3,061,844 tests completed. _ British Columbia: 63,484 confirmed cases (5,901 active, 56,455 resolved, 1,128 deaths). There were zero new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 116.36 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 2,338 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 334. There were zero new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 55 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is eight. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.15 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 22.24 per 100,000 people. There have been 1,044,931 tests completed. _ Yukon: 70 confirmed cases (zero active, 69 resolved, one deaths). There were zero new cases Sunday. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of zero new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is zero. There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 2.45 per 100,000 people. There have been 6,216 tests completed. _ Northwest Territories: 31 confirmed cases (seven active, 24 resolved, zero deaths). There were zero new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 15.62 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of three new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is zero. There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is zero per 100,000 people. There have been 9,064 tests completed. _ Nunavut: 280 confirmed cases (15 active, 264 resolved, one deaths). There were 13 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 38.68 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 14 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is two. There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 2.58 per 100,000 people. There have been 7,261 tests completed. This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published Jan. 24, 2021. The Canadian Press