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White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and his team are headed to Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week for talks in a region simmering with tension after the killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist. A senior administration official said on Sunday that Kushner is to meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Saudi city of Neom, and the emir of Qatar in that country in the coming days.
The head of a U.S. biotechnology company that is developing one of the most promising COVID-19 vaccine candidates says Canada is not far behind other countries when it comes to receiving doses of its vaccine, despite criticism of the government's procurement plan from the Conservative opposition. "Canada is not at the back of the line," Noubar Afeyan, co-founder and chairman of Moderna, told CBC's Chief Political Correspondent Rosemary Barton on Sunday. Afeyan said because Canada was among the first countries to make a pre-order with Moderna, the country is guaranteed to receive a certain portion of the company's initial batch of doses as long as the vaccine proves safe and effective and is given regulatory approval. "The people who were willing to move early on with even less proof of the efficacy have assured the amount of supply they were willing to sign up to," Afeyan said in an interview on Rosemary Barton Live. "Nothing that happened subsequently can affect that." Moderna's mRNA vaccine is currently in Phase 3 clinical trials and preliminary data released two weeks ago show it appears to be 94.5 per cent effective. Millions of doses procured The federal government secured an agreement on Aug. 5 with Moderna for 20 million doses of its vaccine, with the option to procure an additional 36 million doses. The U.S. announced a deal for up to 500 million doses just days later while the U.K. and European Union inked deals with Moderna only in the past two weeks. In total, Canada has procured some 358 million doses from seven companies — the most per capita of any country in the world, according to research from Duke University's Global Health Institute. WATCH | Federal government pressured on when Canadians will get COVID-19 vaccine Despite that promising news, the Liberal government came under intense pressure this week to lay out a timeline for when Canadians will begin receiving an inoculation as countries like the U.S., U.K. and Germany have all announced plans to begin vaccinating their populations in December. Opposition politicians and some premiers argued Canada was falling behind other countries in its planning after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canadians would have to wait to get vaccinated because the first doses of any vaccine will go to people in the countries where the vaccines are being manufactured. Federal officials said on Thursday that if all goes well as many as three million Canadians — mainly those in "high-priority groups" — could be vaccinated in early 2021. One day later, Trudeau said that Canada is on track to vaccinate nearly every person who wants a shot by September 2021. But officials have provided few details about the government's plan to roll out a vaccine once Health Canada gives one the green light. Conservative critiques At a press conference on Sunday, Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole repeated his view that Canada is behind other countries in procuring a vaccine. "While the Americans and the British are talking about mass vaccination throughout December and January, our government is now talking about getting Canadians vaccinated by September," O'Toole said. "We need to show Canadians that there is a plan for the vaccine." O'Toole said the Trudeau government only turned its attention to pre-ordering tens of millions of vaccine doses from companies such as Pfizer and Moderna in August after its collaboration between the National Research Council and Chinese vaccine maker CanSino collapsed following months of delays. "I would not have put all our eggs in the basket of China," O'Toole said. Regulatory approval pending Companies have compressed the time it normally takes to develop a vaccine by initiating the manufacturing of doses even before studies into their efficacy are completed as part of a global effort to develop COVID-19 vaccines as quickly as possible to bring the pandemic to an end. Moderna is in the process of applying for emergency-use authorization with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Once the company obtains that authorization, Afeyan said it will begin shipping doses to countries that have made pre-orders, including Canada. Afeyan said he expects to start shipping the vaccine to Canada in the first quarter of 2021 and the quantity of shipments should increase through the second quarter and throughout the rest of the year. The company expects to be able to produce a total of 20 million doses by the end of 2020 and between 500 million and 1 billion doses throughout 2021. Moderna submitted early safety and pre-clinical data from Phase 1 and 2 trials with Health Canada last month as part of the regulator's rolling regulatory review process. Health Canada must approve any COVID-19 vaccine before it can be distributed to Canadians. Experts say Moderna's vaccine — which requires two shots taken 28 days apart — will be relatively easy to store and distribute because the vaccine can remain stable at normal fridge temperatures of 2 C to 8 C for 30 days. By contrast, another leading candidate manufactured by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer must be shipped and stored at -70 C. WATCH | Health Minister on how the federal government should address vaccine hesitancy: Health Minister Patty Hajdu said it's difficult to nail down a delivery date at the moment for any of the leading vaccine candidates because of the long list of uncertainties stemming from unfinished clinical trials, ongoing regulatory reviews, and manufacturing and logistical challenges related to distribution. "We're all anxious to get out of this mess as a world, but certainly as a country as well," Hajdu said. "As Canada's health minister, I'm staying focused on Canadians and on our own process, making sure our delivery plans are well laid out and that we have what we need in terms of being able to deliver on the variety of different kinds of vaccines." Hajdu added that her top priority is ensuring that Health Canada has what it needs to make sure the regulatory process proceeds smoothly so that any vaccines that are approved are safe and effective.
L’Instance régionale de concertation sur la réussite éducative, l’Action Réussite Abitibi-Témiscamingue, la Conférence des préfets de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue ainsi que Petits bonheurs Abitibi-Témiscamingue ont organisé une conférence de presse concernant la Grande semaine des tout-petits qui s’est déroulé du 15 au 21 novembre 2020. C’était une occasion de communiquer et de susciter le dialogue autour du développement des tout-petits, de mettre en lumière des initiatives locales et régionales qui soutiennent la petite enfance et de mobiliser l’ensemble de la société. Plusieurs activités et événements se sont déroulé partout au Québec tout au long de la semaine. Les tout-petits au moment de nos décisions Si les tout-petits du Québec sont l’avenir de notre société, ils sont aussi notre présent. « Il est important que nous développions le réflexe d’avoir les tout-petits en tête au moment de nos décisions, ils sont les citoyens de demain et c’est pour eux ultimement que nous travaillons » souligne le Président de la conférence des préfets et le préfet de la MRC de la Vallée-De-L’Or, monsieur Martin Ferron. L’objectif de la grande semaine est de renforcer la mobilisation d’un grand nombre d’acteurs locaux et régionaux à travers le Québec autour des enjeux liés à la petite enfance et à la périnatalité. L’importance de nos actions Les organisateurs de cette semaine militent à ce que cette mobilisation et cet enthousiasme devaient absolument se poursuivre et, surtout, atteindre les acteurs provenant de milieux moins traditionnellement préoccupés par la petite enfance et la périnatalité, tels que le milieu des affaires ou le secteur municipal. « Il faut ainsi prendre au sérieux l’importance de nos actions à long terme et nos décisions sans bien évidement marginaliser l’importance du présent » a indiqué le Président de la conférence des préfets. « En collaboration avec les organismes de la région, nos municipalités sont engagées dans ce sens au quotidien, leur implication se traduit par l’offre de l’infrastructure et de services municipaux qui facilitent la vie des familles, tels que l’accès à la bibliothèque municipale, les offres d’activités culturelles, sportives et sociales » a-t-il ajouté. Offrir toutes les chances de succès Les acteurs grandement engagés à réussir cette Grande semaine des tout-petits soutiennent la volonté et l’engagement de ces partenaires nationaux de façon à faire de la Grande semaine des tout-petits une occasion de sensibilisation, de dialogue et de mobilisation sociétale en faveur de la petite enfance et de la périnatalité. « Pour être à la hauteur, nos réflexions doivent aussi se faire à la hauteur des attentes de nos enfants. Qu’elles se construisent sur des bases solides sans discriminations, nous offrons toutes les chances de succès et nous bâtissons en ce fait une communauté forte » nous faire savoir monsieur Martin Ferron. Les défis de la COVID-19 Selon l’Observatoire des tout-petits, la crise sanitaire sans précédent qui frappe le Québec a et continuera d’avoir des effets majeurs sur les tout-petits et leurs parents. Bien qu’elle ait notamment contribué à modifier favorablement le rythme de vie de plusieurs familles, la pandémie entraîne son lot de défis pour les parents. « La période de pandémie que nous traversons présente un défi de plus pour les familles et donc il est très important que nous maintenions nos objectifs. La situation avec la COVID-19 met la lumière sur l’importance des mesures qui favorisent la conciliation famille/travail et les enjeux du développement des tout petits. En revanche, Un aspect plus positif de la crise est qu’elle permet d’expérimenter concrètement de nouvelles façons de faire et d’innover » a conclu le Président de la conférence des préfets et le préfet de la MRC de la Vallée-De-L’Or, monsieur Martin Ferron. Moulay Hicham Mouatadid, Initiative de journalisme local, Reflet Témiscamien (Le)
POTLOTEK — A housing shortage in Potlotek First Nation led one young mother of three to take matters into her own hands when she moved into a vacant home on Nov. 23. The house was promised to another family, but Amanda Marshall says she was desperate. “I love my kids and I’m willing to do anything for them," said the 27-year-old. Marshall has three children ages eight, four and two and says the three-bedroom duplex they were living in was too small for her five-person family.The house is at 8 Estherrich Road. It has a yard, five bedrooms and two baths - all Marshall could hope for. She’s currently taking a business administration program at the Nova Scotia Community College and says she finally has enough space to study. Marshall can send her kids to play in their rooms while she focuses on schoolwork. “I've never seen them so happy in my life,” says Marshall. Her son says he is happy to finally have a home. But she's already received two letters from Potlotek chief and council asking her to exit the premise within 24 hours. Marshall is refusing to leave and thinks the duplex would be fine for the other family. Chief Wilbert Marshall sees it differently. “We’re trying to be fair, but she can’t just move into a house in the middle of the night,” he says. He was travelling when the Cape Breton Post was able to reach him. Marshall is aware the community has a housing shortage but says there are policies in place. He said the duplex is new and was built about four years ago and Amanda Marshall's family is welcome to move back into it. He says the awaiting family is larger than hers but Amanda Marshall disagrees. The chief says the community is building two more houses and hopes to build more but they face barriers. He says they need more land and are lobbying the federal government for housing funding. He is hopeful the moderate livelihood fishery can help. He is hopeful the fishers can begin to build their own houses. “It's such a small community and we need to all get along,” said Wilbert Marshall. The community was offering to build homes for smaller-sized families living in larger homes, but he says it's their choice to take it. Wilbert Marshall says the band tries to stay out of housing disputes because the band lacks an enforcement officer. Amanda Marshall says at least 18 other families forced their way into homes without repercussions, but Wilbert Marshall disagrees, and he says a housing bylaw has been in place since 2007. Amanda Marshall thinks she is being targeted by the band but other community members have expressed a desire for her to leave the home. She says she’ll continue to fight to stay there and plans to read the Indian Act to see what rights she may have to stay in the home. “I’m scared it's going to be taken away, but the thought of having a home brings so much joy." Wilbert Marshall says more information will be available Monday, Nov. 30, the date Amanda Marshall says she's been asked to leave the house. -30-Oscar Baker III, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Cape Breton Post
There are four new cases of COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador on Sunday, according to the province's Department of Health.All four new cases are located in the Eastern Health region, but are not connected to one another or the Grand Bank cluster.The first new case is related to travel, a man between 20 and 39 who came to the province from England after being granted a travel exemption. The man is not a resident of the province and is in self-isolation with contact tracing complete.The second case is a male resident of the province in his 50s, a close contact of a previous travel-related case.A female resident of the province in her 40s has also tested positive Sunday, with the source of infection still under investigation.The fourth new case is also travel-related, a man aged 20 to 39 who recently returned home from work in the United States.Those three individuals are in isolation, with contact tracing underway. No travel advisories were issued related to the new cases.18 cases this weekSunday's new cases bring the number of cases for the week to 18, moving province's total COVID-19 caseload to 337, with 36 active cases — all of which are on the island.No one is in hospital due to the virus, with 297 people having recovered from the virus since the pandemic began, and four COVID-19-related deaths.In all, 62,162 people have been tested for COVID-19 in the province as of Sunday — meaning 330 tests have been completed in the past 24 hours.The province has seen a large increase in testing numbers since the last COVID-19 briefing on Friday, with 1,584 people tested in the past three days.With one of Saturday's two reported COVID-19 cases being related to travel, the Department of Health issued an advisory asking passengers who travelled on Air Canada flight 7480 from Montreal to St. John's on Wednesday to call 811 for COVID-19 testing.Elsewhere in Atlantic Canada, there were 14 new cases in New Brunswick and 10 new cases in Nova Scotia Sunday. There were no new cases on Prince Edward Island.The next provincial COVID-19 briefing in Newfoundland and Labrador will be held on Monday, as government continues with its Monday, Wednesday and Friday schedule.Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
ATLANTA — Bishop Reginald Jackson stepped to the microphone at a drive-in rally outside a church in southwest Atlanta as his voice carried over a loudspeaker and the radio to people gathered in, around and on top of cars that filled the parking lot.“Let’s keep Georgia blue," Jackson said. “Let’s elect Jon Ossoff, Raphael Warnock to the United States Senate.” The presiding bishop of more than 400 African Methodist Episcopal churches in Georgia added a pastoral flourish as horns honked and supporters cheered: “If I have a witness, somebody say amen!"As Georgia becomes the nation’s political hotspot this winter before twin runoff elections Jan. 5 that will determine control of the Senate, faith-based organizing is heating up.Conservative Christians are rallying behind Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, while Black churches and liberal-leaning Jewish groups are backing Democratic challengers Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. The Democrats' fates are seen as intertwined in a state that this year turned blue in the presidential election for the first time since 1992 by a razor-thin margin.“These runoffs are critically important,” Jackson said. “We want to make sure there is no decrease in turnout.”Across Georgia, the African Methodist Episcopal Church is implementing a program designed to ensure its members, and Black voters overall, cast ballots in the runoff — focusing on votes by mail and early in-person voting. Pastors at each church remind tens of thousands of congregants every week to apply for an absentee ballot and of early voting dates, Jackson said in an interview. Each local church also follows up with congregants to make sure they have a plan to vote.The New Georgia Project, a nonpartisan voter mobilization group founded by Democrat Stacey Abrams, who ran for governor in 2018, is also preparing to tap the influence of faith communities in stoking turnout.Rev. Billy Honor, director of faith organizing at the group, said the conservative Christian Faith & Freedom Coalition — founded by former Georgia GOP chairman Ralph Reed — has long positioned Georgia “as the home of evangelical fundamentalist types when it comes to the political space."“But the truth is, for a very long time, there has been an active, effective movement of progressive-minded, justice-centred clergy” who have worked in the state on voting rights, health care and other issues, Honor added. He said Warnock was part of that work before his candidacy. Warnock is senior pastor at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church, the congregation led by the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.Meanwhile, Loeffler and Perdue can expect to benefit from a conservative Christian base that has long boosted the state’s Republicans. Faith & Freedom made Georgia one of its top three spending targets in a $50 million get-out-the-vote program during the general election and plans increased organizing for the runoffs.The reach of "the evangelical vote in Georgia is very large and very strong,” Timothy Head, the group’s executive director, said in an interview.Head noted that while President Donald Trump kept a strong hold on white evangelical voters this year, Perdue out-performed Trump in Georgia during the general election. President-elect Joe Biden may have won over some evangelicals by contrasting his character with that of Trump, Head said, but he argued that the same sort of case would be harder for Democrats to make against Loeffler and Perdue.Another faith-focused conservative group, the legislative affiliate of the Family Research Council, is holding trainings and pastor briefings before the runoffs. The anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List, whose president advised Trump’s reelection campaign on Catholic outreach, has announced a $4.1 million plan to boost Loeffler and Perdue through a partner political action committee.Religious issues already have become a campaign flashpoint in the runoff. The GOP has resurfaced excerpts from past Warnock sermons to assail him as insufficiently supportive of the military as well as anti-Israel. The Democrat signed a letter last year comparing Israel's policy toward Palestinians to “previous oppressive regimes" and criticized it in a 2018 sermon, while also calling for a two-state solution in the region.Warnock pushed back in a recently released television ad, saying the attacks are “trying to scare people by taking things I’ve said out of context from over 25 years of being a pastor.”One group criticizing Warnock as too left-leaning on Israel, the Republican Jewish Coalition, is also mobilizing on behalf of the GOP incumbents.Jewish Democrats in Georgia predicted that the GOP attack on Warnock’s Israel record would fall flat, citing his record of friendship with the Jewish community through his pulpit at Ebenezer.Sherry Frank, president of the Atlanta section of the National Council of Jewish Women, said she sees “no doubt in the Jewish community about (Warnock’s) stance on Israel and anti-Semitism.” Frank's group is conducting nonpartisan voter turnout work for the runoffs.Georgia’s Jewish Democrats also see, in Ossoff and Warnock, candidates whose joint push for the Senate harkens back to a tradition of Black and Jewish leaders working together during the civil rights movement. Warnock has a bond with a prominent Atlanta rabbi whose predecessor at the synagogue was close with King.Warnock is viewed “as the inheritor" of King’s legacy, said Michael Rosenzweig, co-chair of the Georgia chapter of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, which has endorsed both Democrats. “And to the extent that Jews were supportive of the civil rights struggle and supportive of (King), I think they look supportively on Rev. Warnock.”Ossoff, who is Jewish, has defended Warnock against GOP criticism over Israel and fondly recalled his own connection to the late Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia civil rights leader who endorsed Ossoff before his death in July. In October, Ossoff said he and Lewis talked during their first meeting about “the bond between the Black and Jewish communities, marching alongside rabbis and young Jewish activists in the mid 1960s ... and how important it was that these communities be brought together."___Schor reported from Washington.___Associated Press religion coverage receives support from the Lilly Endowment through the Religion News Foundation. The AP is solely responsible for this content.Elana Schor And Ben Nadler, The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — Jason Kelce wore a brace on his injured elbow and needed help from a teammate to buckle his chin strap.Pain wasn’t going to stop him from playing. It hardly ever does.The Philadelphia Eagles’ three-time All-Pro centre will make his 100th consecutive start Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks.For a moment, it appeared the streak would be over when he got hurt in a loss at Cleveland last Sunday. Kelce threw his helmet in frustration after leaving the field, refused to enter the blue medical tent for an evaluation and stomped along the sideline. He finally went to get an X-ray but only missed five snaps before going back in.“I don’t want to miss time,” Kelce said. “There are guys counting on me. There’s people counting on me.”While players around him have gone down at an alarming rate, Kelce has been the anchor on the offensive line. The Eagles are on their 10th different line combination in 11 games.Three-time Pro Bowl right tackle Lane Johnson announced this week he’s having season-ending ankle surgery. Three-time Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks hasn’t returned from off-season surgery on his Achilles. Left tackle Andre Dillard tore his biceps in training camp. Left guard Isaac Seumalo just came back last week after knee surgery in September.“I got so much respect for him as a football player on and off the field,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. “He’s somebody that does things right all the time and his game may not be perfect each week, but this guy, he practices, and plays hurt. He gives of himself for his teammates. He’s a great leader, not only in the offensive line room but I think on this football team.“I love this guy. What he can do as a centre, how he moves, how he gets to second-level defenders, how smart he is in protection, it’s just amazing to me. I’ve never really been around a player, an offensive lineman of his calibre that does what he does day in and day out and a ton of respect for Jason.”Kelce, with his long hair, long beard and flannel shirts, looks like a lumberjack and he fits the image of a tough, blue-collar lineman. He downplayed the significance of his streak.“I don’t think that a number means much,” Kelce said. “I think you just try and be available and do your job. I’ve been fortunate to be able to do that, and obviously, injury rates in this league are pretty substantial. I’ve been pretty lucky, all things considered, to not have injuries over the course of 100 games that would sit me down. But I think that a lot of it is just pretty good fortune. I’m happy that I’ve been able to do it.”Kelce was a sixth-round pick out of Cincinnati in 2011. He started every game his rookie season under Andy Reid but tore an ACL in Week 2 in 2012. He started every game in Chip Kelly’s first season in 2013, missed four games in 2014 after having sports hernia surgery and has played every game since returning to the lineup.Kelce and his younger brother, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, both were All-Pros in 2018.“Growing up, it was everything you could think of every second of the day,” Travis Kelce said about competing with his brother. “If we both got a free day, usually started with something in the house like cards at breakfast or playing chess at the table while we were watching TV to going outside and then playing a game of football to basketball to baseball to making a game in the backyard and having fun with those type of things, just any way that we could find a way to compete.”The Eagles (3-6-1) are struggling but a victory over the Seahawks (7-3) would move them back into first place ahead of Washington (4-7) in the lowly NFC East.Since winning the franchise’s only Super Bowl in the 2017 season, a victory punctuated by Kelce’s memorable parade speech, the Eagles have needed strong finishes to get in the playoffs. They won their last three games in 2018 to earn a wild-card berth and won their final four games last season to secure the division title.“You find out a lot about people through adversity,” Kelce said. “We have great people here, great coaches, great people of integrity and that’s allowed us in a lot of seasons to push through tough times and continue to fight. I don’t see a lack of effort, a lack of fight, a lack of accountability.“My job is to stay true to all that so that young guys in this building who are looking for guidance or young people outside the building who are looking at me as a role model see that’s the right way to do things and that’s the way it should be done. I’m far from perfect, but you try to do the best you can.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLRob Maaddi, The Associated Press
The Charlottetown Rural High School student who tested positive for COVID-19 should not be seen simply as P.E.I.'s 72nd case, but rather someone who deserves the province's love and support, P.E.I. Premier Dennis King said Sunday."He's a regular teenager who is trying to live a normal life in very abnormal times," King said."This is an individual who lives in Prince Edward Island and someone who needs our support, our respect and our love. And in the middle of all [these] crazy times we're living, let's not forget that."Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison said she heard the student's name was leaked on social media on the weekend, something she doesn't condone.She said the Chief Public Health Office does not release names of individuals with any communicable disease, including COVID-19, and there is legislation in place to protect privacy.'Right to privacy'"A wonderful part about living on Prince Edward Island is the feeling of closeness, being connected through many social and family ties," she said."While this sense of comfort and familiarity makes P.E.I. a very special place, it does not negate our right to privacy, especially when it comes to our personal health information."> Our first response to hearing this should be making sure that he is well and getting better and that he's recovering because that's who we are as Islanders. — Premier Dennis KingKing said there is a "certain fear" connected to COVID-19, as well as "a bit of stigmatization."But he said the teenager did nothing wrong."Our first response to hearing this should be making sure that he is well and getting better and that he's recovering because that's who we are as Islanders," King said."He doesn't deserve public shaming. He has nothing to be ashamed of. He had symptoms of COVID, he went and got tested. He's isolating. He's working with CPHO to identify his close contacts. He's doing everything he's supposed to be doing."More from CBC P.E.I.
CHICAGO — Public health officials in Illinois on Sunday reported 57 more deaths from COVID-19, as well as 7,178 new confirmed and probable cases.There have been 720,114 COVID-19 cases in Illinois since the pandemic began. The death toll has reached 12,193 people.The state reported 62,740 tests in the past 24 hours with more than 10.4 million tests overall.Currently, 5,858 people in Illinois are being hospitalized for COVID-19, with 1,185 people in intensive care units.___HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:—Fauci: US may see ‘surge upon surge’ of virus in coming weeks—U.K. stocks up on vaccines, hopes to start virus shots within days— Federal judges uphold Kentucky governor's virus school order—When Turkey changed the way it reports COVID-19 infections, it confirmed what many long suspected: The country faces an alarming surge of cases—The European plazas where people gather at Christmas are new just empty squares due to the pandemic.—COVID-19 is causing havoc in the NFL: The Denver Broncos have no quarterbacks. The San Francisco 49ers have no home stadium. And the Baltimore Ravens may not have enough players available for their next game.___Follow AP’s coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak___HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:NEW YORK -- New York City will reopen its school system to in-person learning and increase the number of days a week many children attend class even as the coronavirus pandemic intensifies in the city.Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday that some elementary schools and pre-kindergarten programs will resume classes Dec. 7. Others will take longer to reopen their doors. The announcement marks a major policy reversal for the nation’s largest school system.It comes just 11 days after de Blasio announced that schools were shutting down because of a rising number of cases. The plan for reopening middle and high schools is still being developed.Some elementary schools and pre-kindergarten programs will resume classes Dec. 7, a week from Monday, the mayor said. Others will take longer to reopen their doors.___INDIANAPOLIS: Public health officials in Indiana say 24 more people have died from the new coronavirus for a total of 5,418 deaths in the state.The Indiana Department of Health reported 4,335 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. The overall number of cases in the state is 333,312.Public health officials say there are another 267 people who likely died from COVID-19 based on clinical diagnoses but for whom there’s no positive test on record.___BEIRUT — The recorded coronavirus death toll in Lebanon has topped 1,000, just as the small Mediterranean country of about 6 million plans to ease a two-week nationwide lockdown.Lebanon’s Health Ministry reported 13 new deaths on Sunday, raising the toll to 1,004. An additional 1,266 new infections have brought registered infections to 126,903 since February.Health Minister Hassan Hamad said the government plans to ease a two-week lockdown that ends Monday. Hamad said the lockdown has given the battered health sector some breathing room, allowing the government to expand ICU capacity in the country.The lockdown included a curfew from sunset to sunrise.Lebanon is facing a crippling financial and economic crisis which had preceded the coronavirus restrictions and was only deepened by a massive explosion in Beirut’s port. The damage from the blast has further strained limited resources, particularly in the health sector.___ISTANBUL— Turkey’s COVID-19 fatalities continued to rise Sunday, hitting another record with 185 new deaths.The death toll has reached 13,558, according to health ministry statistics. The number of critically ill patients has climbed over 5,000.The ministry said 29,281 people had tested positive in the past 24 hours. The Turkish government resumed reporting all positive cases this week after only reporting symptomatic patients for four months.Nighttime curfews over the weekend are in effect for a second week across the country but media reports show packed public spaces during the day.___ATHENS, Greece — Greek authorities announced 1,193 new coronavirus cases Sunday, a significantly lower daily figure than recently.The total number of cases since the pandemic began is 104,227.There were also 98 deaths over the past day, pushing the total number of fatalities to 2,321.Despite the drop, the public health system remained close to capacity, as far as the number of specialized intensive care units go. There are 603 patients on ventilators, authorities said.In the northern city of Thessaloniki, where most of the new cases have occurred recently, patients are now being transferred to private clinics requisitioned for the purpose. The first transfers took place Sunday.___BERLIN — Austria’s defence minister has tested positive for the new coronavirus, becoming the second member of the country’s Cabinet to be infected.The Austria Press Agency reported that her ministry said Sunday Defence Minister Klaudia Tanner is doing well and will work from home. She had already been in quarantine for 10 days because she had been in contact with another person who tested positive.Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg tested positive for the virus in mid-October and returned to his ministry later that month after showing no symptoms.Austria on Nov. 17 deepened lockdown measures in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. They are due to run though Dec. 6.Infection rates have declined in the Alpine country, but Chancellor Sebastian Kurz cautioned in an interview with Sunday’s edition of the Kleine Zeitung newspaper that Austrians will still have to live with “massive restrictions” after that.___ROME — For a second straight day, the number of additional deaths of COVID-19 patients dropped considerably in Italy, according to Health Ministry statistics released Sunday.Also lower were the number of beds occupied by hospitalized COVID-19 patients.There were 541 deaths of persons with confirmed coronavirus infections since Saturday, compared to 686 on the previous day and 827 on the day before that.Since the pandemic began, Italy has tallied 54,904 known deaths. Daily new caseload numbers also dropped considerably – 20,648 on Sunday, compared to 26,323 on Saturday -- but as often happens on weekends, there were far fewer COVID-19 swab tests performed since the previous day. Italy’s total of confirmed cases in the pandemic rose to 1,585,178.Doctors and other health experts are urging the Italian government to maintain most of the current anti-COVID-19 restrictions in the run-up before Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. They fear that crowds of travellers, shoppers and revelers would trigger another surge in contagion.___HONOLULU -- A group of Hawaii leaders launched a campaign Sunday to promote the islands as an appealing location for a remote office with a view.Now that many companies, especially in the tech industry, allow employees to work from anywhere during the pandemic, they hope Hawaii will be alluring.They’re also throwing in roundtrip tickets to Honolulu for the first 50 approved applicants.Some say high-paid workers will bolster an economy decimated by dramatically fewer tourists.Others worry what those with Silicon Valley money will mean for housing, especially when there’s already a crunch for affordable places to live.___PRAGUE — The Czech government said Sunday it is easing measures imposed to contain the new coronavirus due to falling numbers of new confirmed cases.Health Minister Jan Blatny said all stores, restaurants and bars can reopen on Thursday and a ban on Sunday sales is lifted.Restaurants can be open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., though they are limited to 50% of their capacity. Stores and shopping centres also must limit the number of customers.Hair salons, fitness centres and gyms are allowed to reopen, as are zoos, museums and galleries.The Czech Republic was among the hardest hit by a new wave of infections in the fall, but the number of new cases has been on a decline since Nov 4.The country of almost 10.7 million had 518,649 confirmed cases with 8,054 fatalities. The day-to-day increase of new cases reached 2,667 on Saturday.___PARIS — France’s highest administrative court on Sunday ordered a rethink of a 30-person attendance limit for religious services put in place by the government to slow down the spread of coronavirus.The measure took effect this weekend as France relaxes some virus restrictions, but it faced opposition by places of worship and the faithful who called it arbitrary and unreasonable. Even before the ruling, several bishops had announced they would not enforce the restrictions and some churches were expected defy it.The Council of State has ordered that Prime Minister Jean Castex modify the measure within three days.French churches, mosques and synagogues started opening their doors again to worshippers this weekend — but only a few of them, as France cautiously starts reopening after its latest virus lockdown.Many people expressed irritation outside several Paris churches where priests held services for groups that numbered over 30.___BAGHDAD — Iraq has reopened its schools amid a raging pandemic that has claimed more than 12,000 lives across the country, with kids returning to socially-distanced classrooms and other safety measures Sunday.Students will be attending school only one day per week according to a rotation system meant to prevent crowding and the spread of the new coronavirus, according to the Education Ministry.Iraq, like much of the rest of the world, has resorted to distance learning after schools closed in February due to the virus outbreak. But online education is out of reach for many in a country with poor infrastructure that has suffered decades of war.Iraq has the second-highest outbreak and number of deaths in the Middle East region after Iran, with more than 500,000 confirmed cases, according to Health Ministry figures.Daily infection rates average 2,400 cases per day — a slower rate than in previous weeks — but health workers say the number may be higher as many Iraqis with symptoms choose to stay home and avoid hospitals to get tested.___ISLAMABAD — Pakistan has recorded 43 more deaths and 2,829 new COVID-19 cases.With the new figures, Pakistan's tally of COVID-19 deaths is now 7,985.___HONG KONG — Hong Kong has reported 115 new coronavirus infections, the first time it has seen cases in the triple digits since Aug. 2.The government on Sunday also announced that classes at kindergarten, primary and secondary schools will be shut for the rest of the year in light of the worsening coronavirus situation in the city.Of the 115 infections reported Sunday, 24 were untraceable. Another 62 were linked to recent outbreaks in dance studios across the city, taking the total number of infections in that cluster to 479, health officials said.Employees and recent guests at three restaurants in the city have also been ordered to undergo compulsory testing after multiple positive cases had been linked to the venues.Hong Kong has reported 6,239 coronavirus infections since the pandemic began, with 109 deaths.___SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is shutting down indoor gyms offering intense workout classes and banning year-end parties at hotels in the greater Seoul area to fight the virus.Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said Sunday authorities will also ban the operation of private music institutes teaching singing and wind instruments and saunas at public bath houses in the capital area. He said fitness centres, cafes and libraries operating inside apartment complexes will also be closed. The new steps will be effective from Tuesday.The country reported 450 new cases on Sunday. South Korea on Thursday registered more than 500 new virus cases for the first time in eight months.—-PHOENIX — University of Arizona researchers say the current surge in the coronavirus outbreak will present the state with a hospital crisis that could become a disaster unless the state takes steps such as ordering a three-week stay-home shutdown and implementing a statewide mask mandate.Members of the university’s COVID Modeling Team said failing to take such steps would be like facing a major forest fire without evacuation orders. It also recommends providing economic aid to affected small businesses and families and preventing evictions and foreclosures.The team has tracked the outbreak since last spring and made its recommendations in a letter Friday to the state Department of Health Services.Many local governments have imposed mask mandates since Gov. Doug Ducey last summer lifted a prohibition on such orders. The local mandates cover an estimated 90% of the state’s population but enforcement is lax or nonexistent in some places.Arizona on Saturday reported 4,136 additional known COVID-19 cases and 36 more deaths.The Associated Press
Friends and relatives of an Ontario Provincial Police officer killed in the line of duty last week remembered him Saturday as a "man of kindness, gentleness and love," who doted on animals and would drop everything to help someone in need. Const. Marc Hovingh died in a shooting on Manitoulin Island that also left a civilian dead.
Au contraire à ce qui a été véhiculer comme informations, le pont entre Béarn et Fabre ne sera pas fermé mais plusieurs restrictions seront en vigueur à la suite de son inspection par la direction générale de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue du Ministère des Transports (MTQ). « Nous ne fermons pas le pont. Il n’en a d’ailleurs jamais été question. En revanche, à la suite d’une inspection, le pont P-07452 doit être réduit en charges à 10 tonnes pour tous les types de véhicules. Le pont est présentement affiché aux charges légales » nous fait savoir le conseiller en communication de la direction générale de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue du Ministère des Transports, monsieur Luc Adam. De la corrosion au niveau des poutres Cette décision trouve son fondement en se basant sur un minutieux diagnostique technique et pour des raisons sécuritaires. « Le pont P-07452 enjambe le ruisseau l’Africain et est situé sur la route 391 à environ 200 mètres de l’intersection de la route 101 vers le nord. Le pont présente de la corrosion au niveau des poutres et des chevêtres. Or, Étant donné la faiblesse du pont, la baisse de charges vise à protéger la structure tout en assurant la sécurité des usagers et ainsi d’éviter la fermeture » nous explique le conseiller de communication. « Un projet de reconstruction complète de ce pont est en préparation au MTQ mais ces travaux ne peuvent être faits à court terme. Le MTQ travaille cependant à une solution de rétablissement à court terme avec le pont existant » a-t-il ajouté. Impact sur le transport lourd À noter que le débit journalier qui passe sur le pont est de 570 véhicules, dont 38 % de transport lourd. « La réduction de charges aura un impact sur le transport lourd en provenance de Scierie Béarn (25 km de plus vers le sud du Témiscamingue) et le Centre de tri de la MRC (35 km de plus vers le sud du Témiscamingue). Le détour se fait par les routes 391, 382 et 101 via Ville-Marie » souligne Luc Adam. La direction générale de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue nous informe que les partenaires (municipalités, entreprises, transport scolaire, service d’urgences, etc.) ont été informés le 16 novembre 2020. L’autobus scolaire n’est épargné Afin de respecter les nouvelles mesures, le déneigement qui est sous la responsabilité du MTQ dans ce secteur, sera effectué avec un véhicule léger de moins de 10 tonnes. « L’autobus scolaire pourra continuer à y circuler, compte tenu que son poids est inférieur à 10 tonnes. Ainsi un nouvel affichage sera en place dans les prochains jours et par l’occasion un communiqué de presse sera alors diffusé pareillement » précise le conseiller de communication.Moulay Hicham Mouatadid, Initiative de journalisme local, Reflet Témiscamien (Le)
If citizens disbelieve the institutions that count ballots and the organizations that accurately report on those results, it will impossible to agree on what a legitimate election looks like.
Les mots « peur » et « insécurité » ne font pas partie du vocabulaire d’Alek Bélanger. Originaire de New Liskeard, le jeune homme de 23 ans connaît un début de carrière artistique des plus flamboyants. Depuis trois ans, il s’adonne à la peinture de façon professionnelle et ses toiles se vendent si bien que l’artiste réussit déjà à vivre de son art. Sa spécialité est la peinture acrylique sur canevas, mais la technique mixte (mixed media) fait également partie de son approche. « J’aime beaucoup utiliser de la texture dans mes pièces. Ça donne un élément excitant à mes œuvres. Les gens veulent toucher à mes œuvres parce qu’il y a tellement de textures, même s’ils savent qu’ils ne peuvent pas le faire. Ça donne une énergie unique entre la personne et l’œuvre. » L’artiste d’art abstrait privilégie les toiles de grand format. Son site Web, www.alekbelanger.com, permet de visualiser plusieurs de ses œuvres regroupées en trois séries différentes : art series 01 affiche des tons bleus, gris, blancs et noirs représentant les thèmes du vent, de l’eau et des vagues; art series 02 met en lumière des tons or, beiges, blancs et noirs reflétant la pureté, la sexualité et l’équité; art series 03 privilégie le noir et le blanc et met en contraste des textures rugueuses, des mouvements fluides et des traits apaisants. Quand on lui demande les raisons qui l’ont poussé à devenir peintre professionnel, il répond d’emblée qu’il n’a pas choisi la voie artistique; c’est plutôt l’art visuel qui l’a choisi. Alek Bélanger a étudié en cinéma à Toronto, à Ryerson University, plus précisément. C’est là qu’il a vécu sa première peine d’amour, un chagrin si intense que les mots ne suffisaient pas à panser sa blessure. « Je devais m’exprimer autrement. J’ai appelé ma mère et elle est venue me rendre visite. Je lui ai demandé d’apporter des toiles et de la peinture. Ma mère est une artiste et elle est aussi enseignante d’arts visuels. C’était très naturel de lui demander cela. C’est alors que j’ai réalisé que la peinture était une forme de communication tellement meilleure que n’importe quelle autre forme. Elle m’a laissé avec les toiles et c’est là que j’ai vraiment commencé à me perdre dans le monde de la création de l’art abstrait. Et me voici maintenant avec une carrière à plein temps, remplie de passion. J’ai toujours eu l’encouragement constant de ma famille et mes amis, donc je me considère très chanceux. » Depuis le début de sa carrière, ses toiles sont exposées dans les galeries, mais aussi dans des endroits publics, par exemple à l’hôtel The Anndore House, au magasin de design d’intérieur West Elm, au restaurant Laylow, etc. Pour lui, ce sont des occasions à privilégier pour rencontrer de futurs clients. D’ailleurs, parmi ses clients, il compte entre autres des collectionneurs d’art et des gens qui possèdent déjà plus d’une de ses œuvres. Récemment, il a aussi collaboré avec un « stager », quelqu’un qui décore des condos pour faciliter les ventes, ainsi qu’avec un agent immobilier. Le prix de ses toiles varie en fonction de différents facteurs. « Ça dépend de la grosseur de la toile, si c’est un projet personnalisé, si c’est vendu à travers une galerie d’art, etc. Donc, c’est difficile de dire un prix, mais le minimum est de 1 000 $. » En vend-il beaucoup? Suffisamment pour s’y consacrer à temps plein et pour payer son logement en plein cœur de la ville de Toronto! Bien sûr, plusieurs engagements artistiques ont été annulés en raison de la pandémie. Toutefois, cette période lui permet de se consacrer davantage à la vente d’œuvres personnalisées. Il crée donc un produit sur mesure en respectant les critères de ses clients. Avant de se consacrer entièrement à l’art, le jeune homme payait ses études avec des contrats de mannequinat dénichés par l’agence qui le représente : B & M Models. Il a participé à de nombreux défilés et à plusieurs séances photo. Encore aujourd’hui, il fait partie de cette agence et honore quelques contrats. D’ailleurs, au moment d’écrire ces lignes, il venait tout juste de voir le résultat de sa séance photo pour Staples (Bureau en gros), un projet d’envergure nationale dont il est très fier. Quant au cinéma, son domaine d’études, celui-ci devient un moyen de diffuser son art. Au cours de la prochaine année, quelques-unes de ses toiles seront à l’honneur dans une série Web en partenariat avec CBS, et une pièce d’art de sa série bleue (art series 01) fera partie intégrante du décor d’un « short film ». De plus, un projet est à venir. Pour l’instant, Alek Bélanger préfère garder le secret. « Ce que je peux dire, c’est que ça va être extrêmement excitant pour moi, pour ma carrière d’artiste et pour le public. C’est un gros projet qui s’en vient très bientôt, en 2021, et c’est relié à ma troisième série d’art en noir et blanc. » Lorsque le contexte le permettra, il a l’intention de voyager spécifiquement pour ses prochaines créations et il attend avec impatience la reprise des événements artistiques puisque plusieurs d’entre eux l’intéressent. Dominique Roy , Initiative de journalisme local, Reflet Témiscamien (Le)
Peel police say city bylaw officers have doled out thousands of dollars in fines after about 60 people attended a party at a short-term rental unit in Mississauga, Ont.The party took place near Ninth Line and Deepwood Heights. Police were called to the house at 12:15 a.m.Officers went to the scene to help city bylaw officers who are handling enforcement of public health restrictions in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, Const. Kyle Villers told CBC Toronto. When police arrived, around half of the party-goers left and 29 people remained, he said. Const. Kyle Villers, spokesperson for Peel Regional Police, said 27 people who were considered guests at the party were given $880 tickets under the Reopening Ontario Act of 2020 for violating limits on gatherings.Two people who hosted the party received a summons that carries a minimum $10,000 fine under the same act. The two are accused of failing to comply a continued section 7.0.2 order.Of the 27 guests, two refused to identify themselves and police arrested and charged them with obstruction of justice, a criminal offence. The two were taken to a police station and were scheduled to attend a bail hearing on Sunday, he said.Villers said the house is short-term rental unit and the party-goers were young adults.Peel region is currently under the province's grey lockdown zone, in which no indoor gatherings are permitted unless people are members of the same household, with some exceptions, including support for seniors living alone. Ben Breit, spokesperson for Airbnb, the company that listed the short-term rental unit, said the party was "unauthorized." "Airbnb bans parties, and the reported behaviour is outrageous. We are in touch with Mississauga officials to offer our support and have deactivated the listing as we investigate further," Breit said in a statement on Sunday.Earlier this year, Airbnb announced a global ban on all parties.Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said in a statement on Sunday that she was disappointed to learn about the large gathering."For weeks, I have been telling people to stay home, only leave home to get the essentials and limit your close in-person contact to just your immediate household," Crombie said. "Everyone has to play their part to get this virus under control. With numbers as high as they are, people must remain vigilant. The virus right now is controlling us, we're not controlling the virus," she said."These charges and tickets send a strong signal to the community that we are taking the situation extremely seriously and will not hesitate to enforce the rules."
La Fondation Émergence a tenu une formation le 26 novembre à 15h, destinée à tous les milieux et services offerts aux aînés de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Cette formation spéciale inclura, en plus d'informations sur les enjeux vécus par les aînés LGBTQ+ et les bonnes pratiques, une intervention de deux organismes de la région, Fierté Val-d'Or et la Coalition d'aide à la diversité sexuelle de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue ainsi qu'un témoignage d'une aînée locale. « Notre objectif est de rendre les milieux et services aux aînés inclusifs à la diversité sexuelle », fait savoir le chargé de programme à la Fondation, Julien Rougerie. La sensibilisation des milieux des aînés Pour monsieur Rougerie, il est important de sensibiliser les milieux aînés à la réalité des personnes aînées LGBTQ+ pour que ces dernières puissent vivre dans un environnement sain et inclusif. « Malheureusement, l'invisibilité des communautés LGBTQ+ au sein des aînés renforce l'idée qu'il n'est pas nécessaire d'en parler et de démontrer son ouverture. C'est donc d'autant plus important de parler de ces enjeux au public », a-t-il ajouté. Le choix de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue, selon Julien Rougerie, s’explique par la dimension collaborative avec plusieurs acteurs dans la région. « Nous y avons des partenaires, comme Fierté Val-d’Or dont nous finançons le projet Vieillir en couleur », a-t-il expliqué. Les enjeux de la population LGBTQ+ Si la COVID-19 a mis en lumière l’état fragile dans lequel se trouvent nos aînés, pour Julien Rougerie, il n’y a pas que la pandémie actuelle qui crée des dommages au sein de cette communauté. Les aînés LGBTQ+ demeurent une population largement invisible et donc particulièrement vulnérable. « Lors de notre dernière tournée, la majorité des résidences avaient refusé d’accueillir nos formations et outils, 100 % gratuits pourtant… Le tabou de la diversité sexuelle et de genre est très tenace dans ces milieux, notamment auprès de la direction qui ne souhaite pas toujours réaliser qu’ils peuvent bel et bien avoir un rôle à jouer pour des milieux plus accueillants envers le 10 % de leur clientèle qui est LGBTQ+, mais qui est contrainte de rester ou de retourner dans le placard », poursuit monsieur Rougerie. Rejet et discrimination À noter que la majorité des personnes aînées de la diversité sexuelle et de genre ne sont pas à l’aise d’être qui elles sont dans les milieux et services qu’elles fréquentent. Cela s’expliquerait, en partie par les multiples expériences de rejet et de discrimination qu’elles ont subies au cours de leur vie. Et plus leur âge est élevé, plus ces expériences ont été intenses.Moulay Hicham Mouatadid, Initiative de journalisme local, Reflet Témiscamien (Le)
A new program that will pay for former youth in care to go to university is money well spent, according to both Memorial University's president and an advocate for children in foster care.The program will cover the cost of four years of undergraduate tuition and fees for young people who have been in the foster care system, something MUN President Vianne Timmons says will give those students "a hand up." "It's really important for those young people to see, and to know, that university is accessible for them … I wanted to make sure that this group in particular had the hope and the resources for a positive future," she said."We do have scholarships and bursaries to support lots of students but we wanted to target this group because so many, when they hit 18 years old, are lost. They don't have the system behind them to support them."The university said in a news release Thursday that the program would be made available for 20 students, but Timmons told CBC News she's willing to expand it if necessary."I guarantee you, if there's more than 20 that step up, we're lifting that cap. Our registrar does not know that yet, but I'm saying this," she said."I want to make sure that anyone who has gone through the foster system has access to a university education with undue harm."> This is a program that changes lives. \- Vianne TimmonsTimmons said the initiative is so important to her, she will personally donate enough money to cover the tuition of one of the students availing of the program."[I] came from a family where no one went to university. All six of us, my brothers and sisters, got access to a university education. It changed our lives," she said."So this is a program that changes lives."In addition to putting forward her own money, Timmons said the university will be looking for donations and reviewing its own spending to cover the cost of the program, diverting funds from other areas if necessary.The program will launch in the Spring 2021 semester with Timmons saying the program will continue as long as she is president, and hopefully long after.'A game changer'Heather Modlin, provincial director of fostering agency Key Assets, says the program will likely have a huge effect in the lives of the young people who avail of it."This has the potential to really be a game changer for children in care and children who have been in care," she said.Modlin said making a education more accessible to youth who have been in foster care is a vote of confidence in those children from the university."I've worked with young people in care for a really long time and I've known some extraordinarily intelligent, innovative, creative, resilient young people who haven't always had the same opportunities in life that other children may have," she said."When children know there's an opportunity, they will rise to meet that … children in care have gotten a really loud and clear message from the university that we believe in you, you belong here and we want to make it possible for you to come to university."And the effect of program goes beyond the individual, Modlin said."Whenever we give people an opportunity to get out of a cycle and create a healthier cycle, there are economic benefits, there are mental health benefits, there are impacts on our health care [system]."Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
KYIV, Ukraine — A human rights group in Belarus says over 300 people have been detained during Sunday protests against the country’s authoritarian president, who won his sixth term in office in a vote widely seen as rigged. The protests took place in Minsk, the capital, and other cities and attracted thousands of people. In Minsk, large crowds gathered in different parts of the city despite the snowy weather for what has been dubbed as the Neighbors' March, blocking the roads in some areas. “Neighbour for neighbour against dictatorship,” one protest banner read. “Go away, rat!” the crowds chanted, referring to President Alexander Lukashenko, who has run the country for 26 years, relentlessly cracking down on dissent. Nearly 250 demonstrators were detained in Minsk alone, police said. Mass protests have gripped Belarus, a former Soviet republic in eastern Europe, since official results from the Aug. 9 presidential election gave Lukashenko a landslide victory over his widely popular opponent, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. She and her supporters refused to recognize the result, saying the vote was riddled with fraud. Authorities have cracked down hard on the largely peaceful demonstrations, the biggest of which attracted up to 200,000 people. Police used stun grenades, tear gas and truncheons to disperse the rallies. On Sunday, police once again deployed tear gas and stun grenades to break up some of the crowds in Minsk, and some were chased into residential courtyards and beaten up with truncheons, the Viasna human rights centre said. More than 300 people have been detained all across the country, according to the group. Ahead of the rally, water cannons, armoured vehicles and police vans were seen in the centre of Minsk. Several subway stations were closed and internet access was restricted. On Saturday, Tsikhanouskaya, who left the country soon after the election under pressure from the authorities and is currently in exile in Lithuania, extended her support to the protesters. “I will support everyone who takes part in the Neighbors' March this Sunday,” Tsikhanouskaya said in a video statement. “We have come a long, hard way together already... We're a proud, brave, peaceful people that have learned the price of freedom and will never agree to live without it.” The Associated Press
L'entraide, l'affect ou encore l'adaptation face aux procédures peuvent en limiter les effets tout en maintenant une bonne ambiance au sein des équipes.
It's cold, it gets dark early, and we're in the midst of a pandemic.In these tough times, food is one of the few things we can take comfort in.That's why at All Points West we have been doing the leg work to find some of the best comfort food in Greater Victoria — to help us all get through what looks to be an arduous winter ahead.Initially, the classic staples like chowders and curries sprung to mind. But as the journey continued, a burning question emerged: What is comfort food?The adventure started with a trip to Chinatown for a visit to a place called Noodle Fans, famed for its beef noodle soups.Owner Chris Lee says he wanted to serve food that people eat at home in China. "The kids like it, the friends like it, so we can copy it in the restaurant," said Lee.Mini He works at Noodle Fans. She says there are several good reasons why noodle soups are a breakfast comfort food in China."It's fast, it warms you up, it fills you and gives you energy to start your day; that's why it's super popular," said He.Noodle Fans initially had a lot of customers wanting to order the westernized Chinese food they were familiar with, like stir-fried noodles. "A lot of Canadians, they refuse to try anything with the soup. A lot of time they will ask for something dry or fried," said He. But customers who are more open-minded often come around, she said. "After they try our classic dish, the beef soup, they say, 'Oh, you were right, the broth is really rich!" 'This food changed them'Trying to expand people's idea of comfort food is a challenge faced not only by Noodle Fans. Trini to D Bone is a Trinidadian restaurant in Victoria that All Points West listener Yoni Bremner recommended. "The rotis fill your mouth and belly with warm, succulent, tender, excellently spiced ingredients wrapped in the most fresh and delicate flatbread wrap," Bremner wrote in an email.Jeffrey and Nirmala Singh are the husband and wife duo behind Trini to D Bone. The restaurant was born out of necessity when Jeffrey was laid off from his roofing job in 2008. The couple made the bold decision to open an authentic Trinidadian restaurant in a city with a very small Caribbean population."It was hard in the beginning because nobody on the Island had known about Trini cuisine," said Jeffrey.But Nirmala refused to compromise the authenticity of their food."I told Jeffrey off the bat, I am not westernizing my food," said Nirmala. "If you were to go into my mom's kitchen, this is exactly what you would get."After years of developing a small devoted following, word of mouth spread beyond the Trinidadian community and into the general public. And taste buds began to shift."At first when we started off, a lot of my customers would eat mild. Now, 10 years after, I can't even supply them with enough hot sauce ... this food changed them, they actually went out of their comfort zone," said Nirmala. Despite the huge amount of work involved in running a restaurant on their own, Jeffrey says the customers' reactions make it worthwhile."We have some customers that hug this [roti] wrap, put it next to their face as they're walking out, it brings a good feeling to your heart seeing this," said Jeffrey.
GENEVA — A proposal that could have stiffened penalties against companies based in Switzerland if they violate human rights or harm the environment abroad failed in a Swiss referendum on Sunday.The initiative titled “Responsible companies — to protect people and the environment” won a narrow majority of votes, with 50.7% per cent backing it and 49.3% against, but failed because a majority of the country's cantons, or states, came out against it. Support was strongest in urban areas, much of Switzerland’s French-speaking west and Italian-speaking Ticino.Under Switzerland's system of direct democracy, which gives voters a direct say several times each year on a variety of issues, proposals need a majority both of votes cast and of cantons to pass. The Swiss held two other referendums this year, but one in May was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The federal government opposed the plan championed by left-leaning groups and some big civil society organizations, asserting that it went too far. Parliament has proposed a countermeasure that would also boost scrutiny of such companies’ actions.The measure could have made large Switzerland-based companies liable in the country's courts for their flawed operations or those of their subsidiaries and subcontractors in foreign nations, unless they were able to show that they conducted proper due diligence beforehand.It would have required Swiss-based companies to better verify their activities in foreign countries and could have made them more liable for any damage caused. It could potentially have affected multinationals like mining and minerals company Glencore, agribusiness company Syngenta, and cement firm LafargeHolcim — which have at times faced criticism over their activities abroad.Parliament’s alternative, which should now take effect instead, won't require companies to answer to Swiss courts and will focus on issues like mining of minerals from conflict zones or child labour. It also seeks more co-operation among countries on such matters.Another measure that would have banned the financing by the Swiss national bank or pension funds of any weapons for export, from handguns to assault rifles to tanks, also failed Sunday, with a majority of both voters and cantons opposing it.—-Eds: This story corrects an earlier version that had wrongly indicated that the measures on the ballot Sunday had originally been planned for a vote in May.The Associated Press