As he faces a lonely end to his presidency, Donald Trump learned on Sunday evening that after last week’s riots in the U.S. Capitol, he had lost one of the relationships he values most: his partnership with the Professional Golfers’ Association.
While the embattled president huddled to preserve his political career, the PGA of America, the owners of one of golf’s four major golf tournaments, announced that it is planning to hold its PGA championship 2022 from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ « The Board of Directors of the PGA of America tonight voted to exercise the right to terminate the agreement to attend the 2022 PGA Championship in Trump Bedminster, » said Jim Richerson, president of the PGA of America, in a statement.
Holding the tournament in Trump Bedminster, Richerson said, would « harm » the PGA of America brand and the fun « Endanger » the organization’s ability to act.
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Shortly after the announcement, Trump made a statement -Organization in its own statement disappointed with the move.
« We had a wonderful partnership with the PGA of America and are incredibly disappointed with their decision, » said a Trump Organization spokesman. « This is a breach of a binding contract and you have no right to terminate the contract. As an organization, we have invested many, many millions of dollars in the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster. We will continue to promote that Play golf at all levels and continue to focus on running the best golf courses in the world. «
Trump is an avid golfer, and the Trump Organization owns or operates 17 golf courses around the world. Three more are expected to open in Dubai and Indonesia. Before taking office, Trump told his supporters that he « would work for you, » that is, « would not have time to play golf » – but he mixed politics with golf during his tenure in the White House.
According to Trump Golf Count, a website that records President Trump’s golf excursions, Trump made around 300 day visits to golf clubs during his presidency to engage with world leaders, political allies, business people, conservative media figures and professional athletes.Trump has awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the country, to a quartet of decorated golfers: Tiger Woods, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam.
And at times Trump seems to use the power of his office to promote his global golf business, particularly when Trump reportedly led the American ambassador to the UK, Woody Johnso n, directed to ask the UK Government to help secure a future British Open at the Trump Turnberry Resort in Scotland. Trump denied the report the next day, saying, “No, I never spoke to Woody Johnson about Turnberry.” As of Sunday, the 2022 PGA Championship was the only upcoming tournament listed on the Trump Organization’s website . Hence, the PGA of America’s decision seems to sever its last ties with the golf establishment and effectively ban it and its golf courses from the prestigious and lucrative world of professional golf.
The United States Golf Association, which runs the US Open , and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, which hosts the British Open, have not announced any plans for future events at Trump-owned courses.
In 2016, the PGA Tour, the professional golf circuit, ended An early agreement to hold a golf world championship at Trump National Doral Resort in Miami, Florida after the then-candidate Trump made derogatory remarks about Mexican immigrants on the campaign, moved the event to Mexico City.
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JERUSALEM – Israel has on Monday put forward plans to build 800 new settler houses in the occupied West Bank. This could strain relations with the future administration of President-Elect Joe Biden. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced the move and said it would include 100 houses in a settlement where an Israeli woman was killed last month in an attack allegedly carried out by a Palestinian assailant. The announcement will polish Netanyahu’s right-wing credentials in a tough campaign ahead of the March elections, but it could upset Biden, who opposes Israel captured the West Bank and East Jerusalem in the 1967 war, areas the Palestinians want for their future state. Almost 500,000 Israelis live in settlements in the West Bank. The Palestinians view settlements as a violation of international law and an obstacle to peace, a position with broad international support. The Palestinian Authority State Department condemned the recent announcement, accusing Israel of “racing against time” to build settlements before President Donald Trump leaves office. The Trump administration has provided Israel with unprecedented support, including by abandoning a decade-long US -Policy of rejection of settlements. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was the first US top diplomat to visit a settlement in the West Bank last year. Biden has pledged a more balanced approach in which he will restore Trump’s cut off aid to the Palestinians and work to revive the peace negotiations. The two sides have not had substantive peace talks in more than a decade. Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid, who hopes to oust Netanyahu in March, described the deal’s announcement as an “irresponsible move” that would spark a “battle” with the new US administration. “The Biden government has not yet taken office and the government is already leading us into an unnecessary confrontation, « he tweeted. « The national interest must also be preserved during the elections. » The biggest threat to Netanyahu in the upcoming vote comes from the Right, where Gideon Saar, a former ally and staunch supporter of Settlements, has renounced and vowed to end his long reign. Polls show that Netanyahu’s Likud won the most votes but fell short of a majority coalition in Israel’s Knesset or parliament with 120 seats, the announcement said 100 houses would be built in Tel Manashe, a settlement in the West Bank where Esther Horgan, a 53-year-old mother of six who was killed while jogging in a nearby forest last month. Israel says it arrested a Palestinian suspect in the attack. It was not immediately clear when the houses would be built, as such construction usually requires multiple government agency approval and a bidding process. The announcement came as neighboring Egypt was hosting the foreign ministers of Jordan, Germany and France to discuss ways to re-launch talks aimed at a two-state solution that remains widely seen as the only way to resolve the decade-old Conflict is considered. The announcement of the Israeli settlement plans on Monday « does not create an environment that is conducive to the resumption of negotiations, which are the only way to a two-state solution, » said Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi. In their joint statement, the ministers called on Israel “to immediately and completely cease all settlement activities, including in East Jerusalem. ___ Associate press writers Samy Magdy in Cairo and Areej Hazboun in Jerusalem contributed to this report. Joseph Krauss, The Associated Press
VERKHOVYNA, Ukraine – Dr. Viktoria Mahnych drives a horse-drawn cart on country roads to care for her patients in several villages in the Carpathian Mountains in western Ukraine. The country of 42 million people has more than 1.1 million confirmed COVID-19 infections and nearly 20,000 deaths. 30-year-old Mahnych now fears that the long vacations, during which Ukrainians visited restaurants and other entertainment venues, attended festive parties and crowded church services, will trigger an increase in new coronavirus infections and make her job even more difficult aimed to contain an increase in infections, but many medical professionals say the move was too late. The streets of Ukrainian cities were teeming with festive crowds during the holidays, and thousands flocked to churches to attend Christmas services on Thursday in the mostly Orthodox country without worrying about social distancing or wearing masks: “If they open the lockdown had imposed the holidays, this would have had a positive effect on the number of coronavirus infections, ”said Mahnych, who noted that the holidays significantly expanded social contacts. « Let’s see what comes after the holidays. » Hundreds of maskless parishioners lined up in a church in the village of Iltsi to kiss the icons and the priest’s cross during the Christmas service. Mahnych, who also attended the service, said that other worshipers forced her to take off her mask « so as not to remind them of the contagion ». Ukraine’s new lockdown closes schools, entertainment venues and table service for restaurants until January 25th. The mayors of Ternopil and Cherkasy – each with more than 200,000 residents – said their cities would not respect the restrictions. Mahnych said she currently needs to care for 2,030 patients in three villages but didn’t. I am not listing how many of them have COVID-19. « I sometimes feel panic, but I try to mobilize myself and enforce reason, » said Mahnych. She lamented the state of the country’s health system, which has remained underfunded and weakened by widely criticized reforms. Mahnych’s husband sometimes rides her in her old family car, and on other occasions she rides a bicycle or a cart to visit her patients. She does not wear full personal protective equipment while visiting Coronavi Rus patients, fearing it might scare locals. « The first time we came to a patient for a PCR test in protective costumes, the neighbors almost beat us up. » She and other doctors put their hopes on the vaccination effort, which is expected to begin in March. “I have no more time or energy,” complained Mahnych, who said she had to work day and night without free time. « My family practically doesn’t see me. » ___ Karmanau reported from Kiev, Ukraine .___ Follow AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic, https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine and https: // apnews. com / UnderstandingtheOutbreakMstyslav Chernov and Yuras Karmanau, The Associated Press
The father-son team Yoland and Shaun Talbot thought they’d hit the jackpot with Yoland’s very first invention. But instead of a massive sale of nearly a million dollars to a national coffee chain, they have a bitter taste in their mouths. At the start of the pandemic in March 2020, 67-year-old Yoland was visiting a Tim Hortons drive. by near the home of the Collingwood family, Ont. He was worried to see the waiter unscrew the lid of his coffee cup immediately after paying. « It only rang for me, » he said. « I thought there must be some other way to put a lid on, some way to have a safe coffee. Because at that point I would have stopped drinking coffee if I’d seen that. » As the superintendent of low-income housing developments, Yoland had no experience as an inventor. However, within three days he had developed a design, and his son Shaun, 42, had found a manufacturer to make thousands of the new device called the CleanCap. The product is a simple ring made of medical plastic. It easily picks up a single lid from a stack and can then be used to safely and hands-free place the lid on a coffee mug. A Toronto attorney helped the couple file patent applications in the United States and Canada. Shaun may take on the role of a salesman and start contacting fast food operators. He said when they met with a company-level manager from Tim Hortons, he was instantly excited about the CleanCap. « When I showed him how to use the product for the first time, he actually left the meeting and rushed back to the office and made a call. He said they had come up with something brilliant, » recalled Shaun. At the front desk, the couple were confident, to place other restaurants on the CleanCap and other COVID-related products that Yoland invented, such as the CleanStix, a device for expanding POS payment machines for customers at drive-through windows. You have arranged meetings with other chains and individual franchisees and have made significant sales with both CleanStix and CleanCap. Tim Hortons, however, remained her greatest financial opportunity. A massive, chain-wide purchase of the CleanCap worth up to USD 870,000 was discussed with a procurement officer at headquarters. The Talbots said the company asked for hundreds of samples to be sent to franchisees across the country for testing, and even sent the CleanCap for environmental testing at a North Carolina company. Every test was a success, Shaun said. “One person at Tim Hortons told me that they’ve never seen anything with a 100 percent approval rating.” But in July the entire pricing deal fell apart. The chain wanted to pay $ 4.99 per cap, and since the Talbots were charging other fast food chains a wholesale price of $ 15, they considered the Tims offer « unrealizable ». Yoland and Shaun focused their energies on other potential buyers and continued to sell in select locations from A&W, Starbucks, McDonald’s, Second Cup and Burger King. A Shocking Discovery A few weeks ago, on a delivery run near Oakville, Ontario, Shaun stopped for coffee at a local Tims. He says he couldn’t believe what he saw – the server used a device that looked exactly like the CleanCap. « The only difference was that it was made out of red plastic, » he said. He called other Tims locations across Canada that had tested his father’s product and found that some of them were now using what he called what he called the « red cap, » while others had one in blue. Some didn’t seem to know that it wasn’t the Talbot’s invention. « One woman told me we love your product, » he said. « She had no idea. » Shaun called Tim Hortons headquarters to complain that the company had produced what he believed was fake and received a letter back denying that the company was intellectual Ownership or designs of the Talbots shared with them had other suppliers. CLOCK | Tim Hortons came up with the idea of a hands-free lid applicator. Entrepreneurs Claim: After Tim Hortons was contacted by the Go Public team, he made a statement to CBC News. The company has received proposals for lid applicators from various suppliers. « The suggestion that we looked into someone’s idea of finding a better price is absolutely not true, » it said. « We have not directed a vendor to design this product on our behalf. We have merely responded to several vendors who have essentially similar ideas. » The coffee chain also noted that it has not yet decided whether to move on to any product manufacturer to make lid applicators the standard across the chain. The statement added that it was just fair sourcing and suggested that the Talbots’ desire to speak to CBC News about their experience is strange. « It is uncommon for companies to complain to the media when they are unable to contract through the standard process. » Expert Opinion Go Public reached out to independent product designer Kevin Bailey for an outside perspective on how closely the Tims device resembles the Talbot’s CleanCap. Bailey’s Design 1st, Ottawa-based company has many years of experience working with large corporations and patents. In 2020 alone, 70 different products were invented and sold. Bailey was asked to examine both the CleanCap and the « red ring » currently in use at several Tim Hortons locations across the country. His verdict? « They are practically the same, » he said. « There is only one feature of this product that is relevant, namely the gripping surface. And the two products have exactly the same gripping surface and very similar materials. » Out of curiosity, Bailey conducted an experiment to determine how likely separate individuals would be to come up with such strikingly similar designs. He called three designers from his company and, without sharing the background of the Talbots’ situation with Tim Hortons, asked them to develop a hands-free lid applicator. « There was no collaboration between them, no source material, » he said. « Just a coffee cup and the problem to be solved. » The team developed eight different types of applicators and actually made one using an in-house 3D printer. No one went as well with the CleanCap as Tim Hortons’ red ring. « It didn’t take long to find a design, but the design, » said Bailey, holding his team’s design in one hand and the Tims and Talbots devices in the other, « is vastly different from those two. And so were they the other seven designs. » Go Public asked Tim Hortons about Bailey’s results. The company’s response: « We were not involved in the design of the products we reviewed and cannot find any similarities in their designs. » The Opportunity of Legal Action Bailey said it is very common for small business owners to worry about product submission make a patent pending product for a large company. « It’s David and Goliath, » he said. « And for the most part, I don’t think companies tend to take on inventors’ ideas. They want a solution. I think that’s where things fall apart. Inventors have to, and are, designing and building the business at the same time. » Perhaps too slow for the engine that needs the goods. « He added that the lowest possible price is always a key factor in a sale. » Entrepreneurs often want to support local businesses, but usually China can make things at a fraction of the cost. « The Talbots actually had an Ontario-based manufacturer not far from Collingwood. Otherwise, Bailey believes they did everything right. Ridout & Maybee LLP patent attorney Elliott Gold said if the Talbots really believe Tim Hortons copied their design, they could consider legal action – but that only might happen when their patent is granted, which is not guaranteed. « The patent attorneys and the patent office go back and forth arguing about what you are actually entitled to. And it usually takes two to three years, if not more, ”he said. He estimates that the cost of reaching the discovery phase before a trial can cost $ 100,000 while the actual trial costs much more. Next Steps Bailey, the independent designer said at the end of the day the decision on whether to sue him was a mathematical equation. « The biggest challenge is that it costs money to go to court and defend yourself, » he said, explaining that it doesn’t make sense to spend more on a lawsuit than you could possibly get in damages, measured by the potential loss of income, he was fired from his position as superintendent at the beginning of the pandemic and Shaun’s work in the leisure business also disappeared. The two set the financial situation her family to increase sales for Yoland’s inventions. Dominic Ling, who won the CleanCap for the 22 of him in O. ntario has bought the A&W franchise company believes the CleanCap is an important safety measure that should be widespread across Canada. « I think that should have been made mandatory before the pandemic, » he said, noting that A&W’s « Standards Board » is currently examining whether the CleanCap should be implemented system-wide. Bruce Collett, who does shopping at the University of Guelph, bought the CleanCap for use in the coffeeshops on campus. These include Starbucks, Second Cup, Tim Hortons, and Planet Bean. He said he thought a price of $ 15 was reasonable. « It’s good, strong plastic. It won’t break. » The Talbots are convinced that their products have a future beyond COVID-19. So far, they have sold over $ 200,000. « If you go out for dinner and the waiter brings your drinks and before you go out, lean over and place your hand on the top of your wine glass or the top of your beer – would you drink that? » Shaun asked. « It would be a little strange. » Submit your story ideas. Go Public is an investigative news segment on CBC TV, radio and the internet. We tell your stories, shed light on wrongdoing, and hold the powers that be held accountable. A story in the public interest or if you are an insider with information, reach out to [email protected] with your name, contact information and a brief summary . All emails are confidential until you decide to go public. Follow @CBCGoPublic on Twitter.
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Two years after an OC Depo double-decker bus drove into Westboro Station, killing three passengers and injuring others, the city of Ottawa claims to have donated more than $ 5 million to the victims and Families disbursed who filed lawsuits after the tragedy Judy Booth, Bruce Thomlinson and Anja van Beek died in the January 11, 2019 crash. Other passengers suffered life-changing injuries. The city of Ottawa was served with 18 claims for damages, including one class action lawsuit. According to city attorney David White, the courts have not yet made a decision on whether to certify this class action lawsuit. Another dozen notifications filed could eventually bring the total number of lawsuits against the city to 30. White said claims involving two of the three deceased passengers have now been resolved and he expects more claims to be resolved this year. The city and its insurers have made partial payments to some victims who needed the financial assistance, he said. A year ago, the city officially declared it was civilly responsible for the crash. The focus then shifted to figuring out how much applicants should receive rather than thinking about legal responsibility. « The city and its insurers continue to work diligently to resolve the claims that have been made, although much remains to be done, » White wrote in an email on the second anniversary of the tragedy. « The aim is to ensure that the victims are met and their families are adequately and adequately compensated. ”As for criminal proceedings, the trial of bus driver Aissatou Diallo is still scheduled for eight weeks from March 22nd. Diallo faces more than three dozen charges, including three dangerous driving cases leading to death. When they announced the charge in August 2019, the police said that the city of Ottawa and OC Transpo had been freed from criminal misconduct in the crash.
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The latest figures on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Monday, January 11, 2021, at 4:00 a.m. (CET). In Canada, the provinces report 23,697 new vaccinations given for a total of 319,938 administered doses. No new vaccines have been delivered to the provinces and territories, with a total of 545,250 doses so far. The provinces and territories have used 58.68 percent of their available vaccine supply. Newfoundland does not report any new vaccinations given for a total of 1,785 doses administered. No new vaccines have been shipped to Newfoundland and a total of 8,250 doses have been administered to date. The province received enough vaccine to give 1.6 percent of its population a single dose. The province has used 21.64 percent of its available vaccine supply. does not report any new vaccinations for a total of 3,600 doses administered. No new vaccines were sent to P.E.I. for a total of 6,075 cans dispensed so far. The province received enough vaccine to give a single dose to 3.8 percent of its population. The province has used 59.26 percent of its available vaccine supply. Nova Scotia does not report any new vaccinations for a total of 2,720 doses administered. No new vaccines have been delivered to Nova Scotia, with a total of 13,450 doses given to date. The province has received enough vaccine to give 1.4 percent of its population a single dose. The province has used 20.22 percent of its available vaccine supply. New Brunswick reports zero new vaccinations given for a total of 5,019 doses administered. No new vaccines have been shipped to New Brunswick, with a total of 11,175 doses so far. The province has received enough vaccine to give 1.4 percent of its population a single dose. The province has used 44.91 percent of its available vaccine supply. Quebec reports 9,264 new vaccinations given for a total of 84,387 doses administered. No new vaccines have been shipped to Quebec; a total of 115,375 doses have been administered to date. The province received enough vaccine to give 1.3 percent of its population a single dose. The province has used 73.14 percent of its available vaccine supply. Ontario reports 9,983 new vaccinations given for a total of 113,246 doses administered. Zero new vaccines were shipped to Ontario for a total of 196,125 doses. The province received enough vaccine to give 1.3 percent of its population a single dose. The province has used 57.74 percent of its available vaccine supply. Manitoba reports 824 new vaccinations given for a total of 9,498 doses administered. No new vaccines have been shipped to Manitoba; a total of 25,825 doses have been administered to date. The province received enough vaccine to give 1.9 percent of its population a single dose. The province has used 36.78 percent of its available vaccine supply. Saskatchewan reports 965 new vaccinations given for a total of 7,929 doses administered. No new vaccines have been shipped to Saskatchewan, with a total of 17,575 doses so far. The province received enough vaccine to give 1.5 percent of its population a single dose. The province has used 45.12 percent of its available vaccine supply. Alberta reports 2,661 new vaccinations given for a total of 44,994 administered doses. Zero new vaccines were shipped to Alberta for a total of 59,800 doses. The province has received enough vaccine to give 1.4 percent of its population a single dose. The province has used 75.24 percent of its available vaccine supply. British Columbia does not report any new vaccinations for a total of 46,259 doses administered. Zero new vaccines have been shipped to British Columbia, for a total of 71,200 doses to date. The province has received enough vaccine to give 1.4 percent of its population a single dose. The province has used 64.97 percent of its available vaccine supply. Yukon does not report any new vaccinations for a total of 310 doses administered. No new vaccines have been delivered to Yukon, with a total of 7,200 doses so far. The area has received enough vaccine to give a single dose to 17 percent of its population. The territory has consumed 4.306 percent of its available vaccine supply. No new vaccinations are reported for a total of 162 doses administered in the Northwest Territories. No new vaccines have been delivered to the Northwest Territories; a total of 7,200 doses have been administered to date. The area has received enough vaccine to give a single dose to 16 percent of its population. The area has consumed 2.25 percent of its available vaccine supply. Unavut does not report any new vaccinations for a total of 29 doses administered. No new vaccines have been delivered to Nunavut, with a total of 6,000 doses given to date. The area has received enough vaccine to give 15 percent of its population a single dose. The area has used 0.4833 percent of its available vaccine supply. * Notes on the data: The numbers are compiled by the COVID-19 Open Data Working Group based on the latest publicly available data and are subject to change. Note that some provinces report weekly while others report the same day or figures from the previous day. The vaccine doses given do not correspond to the number of people vaccinated, as the approved vaccines require two doses per person. The vaccines are not currently given to children under the age of 18 and children with certain health conditions. This report was automatically generated by the Canadian Data Digital Data Desk and first published on January 11, 2021. The Canadian Press
Check out The News for a recap of The Canadian Press stories to help fuel your day. Here’s what’s on our editors’ radar for the morning of January 11th …
What we see in Canada …
It was a day of inequality in Canada’s protracted battle against COVID19. Some provinces recorded alarming numbers of infections on Sunday, while at least one province managed to zero new cases.
Ontario set a daily record with 3,945 COVID-19 cases, while the increased case load in neighboring Quebec showed little evidence that 2,588 new infections were subsiding.
The country’s unilateral pandemic becomes clear when you compare these numbers with provinces further east, where Newfoundland and Labrador saw their first new case in several days on Sunday and Nova Scotia – the most populous province in Atlantic Canada – had none.
While Saskatchewan in the west had no new COVID-19 deaths for the first time in a week, it still had 307 new infections while Manitoba recorded 151.
And on the same day that Alberta recorded 811 new cases of the novel coronavirus, New Brunswick had 14 – a massive void, even considering the large population differences.
Dr. Canada’s chief public health officer Theresa Tam said on Twitter that disease activity remains widespread and the country remains on a path of « sustained resurgence. »
That too …
OTTAWA – Authorities are gathering information on the right-wing Proud Boys group as part of a possible terrorist designation, the liberal federal government said on Sunday when it was asked to ban the organization because of its role in the Capitol Hill riot last week .
Public Security Secretary Bill Blair’s office did not say when – or even if – the Proud Boys would actually be included on Canada’s national list of terrorist organizations, which includes groups like Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and the Islamic State.
Blair spokeswoman Mary-Liz Power instead specifically named it one of the “ideologically motivated” extremist groups that are being closely watched as Ottawa seeks to counter threats from white supremacists and other right-wing organizations.
Founded by Canadian Gavin McInnes, the Proud Boys are a right-wing group that is apologetically misogynistic and increasingly associated with white supremacy and hatred. It was later banned by Facebook and Instagram in October 2018 for violating their hate policies.
The group first made headlines in Canada when several self-identified members of the Royal Canadian Navy disrupted an indigenous protest in Halifax in 2017, and have since expanded its international profile and membership.
Several members were reportedly among those who stormed Capitol Hill in Washington, DC after a speech by Trump last week.
What we see in the USA …
WASHINGTON – House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi says the House of Representatives will go ahead with legislation to indict US President Donald Trump while urging Vice President Mike Pence to use constitutional authority to coerce him.
House action could begin today if pressure mounts on Trump to step aside.
The president is in the White House and is becoming increasingly isolated after a crowd of his supporters stormed the Capitol last Wednesday to support his false claims of electoral fraud.
Five people died in the riot.
A second Republican Senator, Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania, is now calling for Trump to step down.
Lawmakers warned of the harm Trump could still do before Joe Biden becomes America’s next president on Jan. 20.
That too …
WASHINGTON – The full scope of the attack on the U.S. Capitol is getting sharper, and the scenes of violence are so large they are difficult to capture.
Countless smartphone videos have surfaced from the scene, and more and more lawmakers are reporting on the chaos that surrounded them.
Overall, they reveal the sinister nature of the attack. And they point to the crowd as a force determined to occupy the inner sanctuaries of Congress and hunt down leaders – including Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Massachusetts Democratic MP Jim McGovern said he saw « domestic fascism spiraling out of control ».
What we see in the rest of the world …
SEOUL, South Korea – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has received the title of general secretary of the ruling Labor Party, which is seen as a symbolic step towards strengthening his authority.
Kim was already the top party leader and commander in chief of the 1.2 million-strong North Korean military.
However, analysts say the restoration of the old title formerly held by his father and grandfather will help cement Kim’s authority at a time when North Korea is facing challenges.
Kim has vowed to build more sophisticated nuclear weapons and announce economic development goals during an important meeting of the ruling party last week.
However, observers doubt that North Korea has substantive solutions in the face of coronavirus-associated economic shocks, natural disasters, and ongoing US-led sanctions.
That too …
TOKYO – More than 80 percent of people in Japan who were interviewed in two new polls say the Tokyo Olympics should be canceled, postponed, or that they believe the Olympics will not happen.
The polls were carried out by the Japanese news agency Kyodo and TBS – the Tokyo Broadcasting System.
The results are bad news for Tokyo organizers and the International Olympic Committee as they continue to say that the postponed Olympics will open on July 23rd.
Tokyo is battling a spate of COVID-19 cases that prompted the government to declare a state of emergency last week.
When declaring the state of emergency, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he was confident that the Olympics would take place.
Japan has controlled the virus relatively well, but the surge has increased skepticism about the need for the Olympics and the risk of potentially bringing 15,000 Olympic and Paralympic athletes into the country.
TORONTO – Internationally renowned Canadian keyboardist Michael Fonfara died in a Toronto hospital on Friday. He was 74 years old.
The sad news came in a statement emailed by publicist Eric Alper, who said Fonfara had battled cancer for two years.
Fonfara was born in Stevensville, Ontario and played on nine albums by the late Lou Reed between 1974 and 2005, including « Sally Can’t Dance », « Rock’n’Roll Heart », « Street Hassle » and « The Bells ». which also played Fonfara executive produced.
Hailed by Alper as an « extremely talented musician », Fonfara also appeared on Foreigner’s legendary album « 4 », including her great hit « Urgent ».
Fonfara has been a member of Canadian blues legends Downchild for over 30 years, and some of the others he has recorded with include The Everly Brothers, Rough Trade, Rhinoceros, and Electric Flag.
His last recording was Downchilds Live At The Toronto Jazz Festival, recorded at their 50th Anniversary Party in 2019, where he performed live with special guest stars Dan Aykroyd, Paul Shaffer and David Wilcox.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 11, 2021
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Alberta kids are returning to full-time classes this week, but back to school is a little more complicated in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Alberta’s Prime Minister Jason Kenney announced last week that lockdown restrictions imposed last month would last through January. 21, but the schools were an exception and would reopen on Monday. However, a full return to classes in Manitoba will not be made until January 18, although face-to-face learning was available as an option for kindergarten through 6th grade children as well as older children with special needs. Student return to the Saskatchewan classroom depends on each school department’s schedule. Regina Public Schools kept elementary and high school students studying at home last week with a plan to resume personal learning today. Larger Catholic schools in Saskatoon resumed students last week. This Canadian press report was first published in January. 11, 2021. The Canadian press
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The latest confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 4:00 a.m.
There are 660,289 confirmed cases in Canada.
_ Canada: 660,289 confirmed cases (84,567 active, 558,772 resolved, 16,950 deaths). * The total number of cases includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travelers.
There were 7,817 new cases of 74,131 tests completed on Sunday, which translates to a positivity rate of 11 percent. The rate of active cases is 224.98 per 100,000 people. There have been a total of 56,775 new cases in the past seven days. The 7-day moving average for new cases is 8,111.
117 new deaths were reported on Sunday. A total of 1,085 new deaths have been reported in the past seven days. The seven-day moving average of newly reported deaths is 155. The seven-day moving average of the death rate is 0.41 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 45.09 per 100,000 people.
14,584,109 tests were completed.
_ Newfoundland and Labrador: 393 confirmed cases (eight active, 381 resolved, four deaths).
There was one new case on Sunday of 152 tests completed with a positivity rate of 0.66 percent. The rate of active cases is 1.53 per 100,000 people. There have been three new cases in the past seven days. The seven-day moving average for new cases is zero.
No deaths have been reported in the past week. The overall death rate is 0.77 per 100,000 people.
74,689 tests were completed.
_ Prince Edward Island: 102 confirmed cases (eight active, 94 resolved, zero deaths).
There were no new cases of 152 tests completed on Sunday, which translates to a positivity rate of 0.0 percent. The rate of active cases is 5.1 per 100,000 people. There have been a total of six new cases in the past seven days. The seven day moving average for new cases is one.
No deaths have been reported in the past week. The overall death rate is zero per 100,000 people.
83,106 tests were completed.
_ Nova Scotia: 1,528 confirmed cases (28 active, 1,435 resolved, 65 deaths).
There were no new cases from 900 completed tests on Sunday, which translates to a positivity rate of 0.0 percent. The rate of active cases is 2.88 per 100,000 people. There have been a total of 27 new cases in the past seven days. The seven day moving average for new cases is four.
No deaths have been reported in the past week. The overall death rate is 6.69 per 100,000 people.
187,035 tests were completed.
_ New Brunswick: 779 confirmed cases (185 active, 585 resolved, nine deaths).
There were 14 new cases of 1,001 tests completed on Sunday, which translates to a positivity rate of 1.4 percent. The rate of active cases is 23.81 per 100,000 people. There have been a total of 161 new cases in the past seven days. The 7-day moving average for new cases is 23.
No deaths have been reported in the past week. The overall death rate is 1.16 per 100,000 people.
121,496 tests were completed.
_ Quebec: 228,821 confirmed cases (24,472 active, 195,663 resolved, 8,686 deaths).
As of Sunday there were 2,588 new cases out of 10,312 tests completed, which translates to a positivity rate of 25 percent. The rate of active cases is 288.42 per 100,000 people. There have been a total of 18,517 new cases in the past seven days. The 7-day moving average for new cases is 2,645.
39 new deaths were reported on Sunday. A total of 339 new deaths have been reported in the past seven days. The seven-day moving average of newly reported deaths is 48. The seven-day moving average of the death rate is 0.57 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 102.37 per 100,000 people.
2,596,108 tests were completed.
_ Ontario: 215,782 confirmed cases (30,079 active, 180,720 resolved, 4,983 deaths).
There were 3,945 new cases of 60,270 completed tests on Sunday, which translates to a positivity rate of 6.5 percent. The rate of active cases is 206.49 per 100,000 people. There have been a total of 24,820 new cases in the past seven days. The 7-day moving average for new cases is 3,546.
61 new deaths were reported on Sunday. A total of 333 new deaths have been reported in the past seven days. The seven-day moving average of newly reported deaths is 48. The seven-day moving average of the death rate is 0.33 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 34.21 per 100,000 people.
8,223,608 tests were completed.
_ Manitoba: 26,317 confirmed cases (4,729 active, 20,850 resolved, 738 deaths).
There were 151 new cases on Sunday. The rate of active cases is 345.32 per 100,000 people. There have been a total of 1,191 new cases in the past seven days. The seven-day moving average for new cases is 170.
Five new deaths were reported on Sunday. A total of 55 new deaths have been reported in the past seven days. The seven-day moving average of newly reported deaths is eight. The seven-day moving average death rate is 0.57 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 53.89 per 100,000 people.
424,107 tests were completed.
_ Saskatchewan: 18,110 confirmed cases (3,493 active, 14,426 resolved, 191 deaths).
There were 307 new cases out of 1,344 tests completed on Sunday, a positivity rate of 23 percent. The rate of active cases is 297.41 per 100,000 people. There have been a total of 2,029 new cases in the past seven days. The 7-day moving average for new cases is 290.
No new deaths were reported on Sunday. A total of 33 new deaths have been reported in the past seven days. The seven-day moving average of newly reported deaths is five. The seven-day moving average death rate is 0.4 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 16.26 per 100,000 people.
313,181 tests were completed.
_ Alberta: 111,452 confirmed cases (14,116 active, 96,052 resolved, 1,284 deaths).
There were 811 new cases on Sunday. The rate of active cases is 322.92 per 100,000 people. There have been a total of 7,045 new cases in the past seven days. The 7-day moving average for new cases is 1,006.
12 new deaths were reported on Sunday. A total of 238 new deaths have been reported in the past seven days. The seven-day moving average of newly reported deaths is 34. The seven-day moving average of the death rate is 0.78 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 29.37 per 100,000 people.
1,547,298 tests were completed.
_ British Columbia: 56,632 confirmed cases (7,439 active, 48,205 resolved, 988 deaths).
There were no new cases on Sunday. The rate of active cases is 146.69 per 100,000 people. There have been a total of 2,970 new cases in the past seven days. The 7-day moving average for new cases is 424.
No new deaths were reported on Sunday. A total of 87 new deaths have been reported in the past seven days. The seven-day moving average of newly reported deaths is 12. The seven-day moving average of the death rate is 0.25 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 19.48 per 100,000 people.
993,289 tests were completed.
_ Yukon: 70 confirmed cases (10 active, 59 resolved, one death).
There were no new cases on Sunday. The rate of active cases is 24.48 per 100,000 people. There have been a total of six new cases in the past seven days. The seven day moving average for new cases is one.
No deaths have been reported in the past week. The overall death rate is 2.45 per 100,000 people.
6,079 tests were completed.
_ Northwest Territories: 24 confirmed cases (zero active, 24 resolved, zero deaths).
There were no new cases on Sunday. There have been zero new cases in the past seven days. The seven-day moving average for new cases is zero.
No deaths have been reported in the past week. The overall death rate is zero per 100,000 people.
8,083 tests were completed.
_ Nunavut: 266 confirmed cases (zero active, 265 resolved, one death).
There were no new cases on Sunday. There have been zero new cases in the past seven days. The seven-day moving average for new cases is zero.
No deaths have been reported in the past week. The overall death rate is 2.58 per 100,000 people.
5,954 tests were completed.
This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and first published on January 11, 2021.
The Canadian Press
JAKARTA, Indonesia – The Indonesian Food and Drug Administration gave the go-ahead to emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine from China-based Sinovac Biotech Ltd. on Monday. given. The vaccinations for risk groups are expected to start this week. Conditional vaccination of health care workers and other officials using the CoronaVac vaccine are expected to begin this week. “Based on the data and taking into account the guidelines of the (World Health Organization) CoronaVac has met the requirements to obtain approval to use the vaccine. Penny Lukito, chief of the Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency, said at a press conference. Indonesian President Joko Widodo said he would be the first to receive the vaccine. “Why is the President the first? It’s not about putting me first, it’s about making sure this vaccine is safe and halal, ”Widodo said on social media. The vaccine was released for emergency use after Indonesian authorities reviewed clinical trial data from Brazil, Turkey and Indonesia participating in Phase III clinical trials with the vaccine. Brazil’s Instituto Butantan said last week that the vaccine was 78% effective in mild cases and 100% effective in severe and moderate infections, based on 220 COVID-19 cases from 13,000 volunteers. The Turkish authorities announced an effectiveness rate of 91.25% from the interim analysis of 29 cases in a study of 7,371 volunteers. Around 12,450 volunteers, including 1,500 healthcare workers, are involved in the phase III clinical trials. No further results were made publicly available. Indonesia conducted its own Phase III clinical trials with the vaccine with 1,620 volunteers. The results announced at the press conference on Monday said the effectiveness rate was 65.3%. Indonesia’s highest Islamic body, the Indonesian Ulema Council, announced last week that the COVID-19 vaccine is halal or suitable for consumption by Muslims, paving the way for application and further spreading in the most populous Muslim country in the world World. However, some experts said they would prefer more data from the clinical trials. Dickith University epidemiologist Dr. Dicky Budiman said that many people have questioned the vaccine and expressed doubts about how the data Indonesia’s emergency authorization is only tentative. Research into the vaccine is ongoing and will take some time. The Saao Paulo Butantane Institute, the partner of Sinovac Biotech Ltd. in Brazil, has not published data such as results by age and gender or the number of asymptomatic volunteers in the sample that many epidemiologists need to assess whether the shot meets safety standards. Officials in Brazil said details would be released after the Brazilian health authority approved the vaccine. The authorities in China and Bolivia have both issued emergency approvals for the CoronaVac vaccine. Chinese health officials said that around 9 million doses were administered in China, although the number of people vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine was not disclosed. Bolivia has not yet started any vaccinations with the CoronaVac vaccine. Several other countries that have not been involved in clinical trials have signed agreements or are in negotiations to purchase doses from Sinovac Biotech Ltd. including the Philippines, Singapore, Ukraine, Bolivia and others. Indonesia has recorded more than 828,000 cases of the virus, including over 24,000 deaths .___ Associated Press authors Huizhong Wu in Taipei, Taiwan, and Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey contributed to this report .___ The Associated Health and Science Department Press receives support from Howard’s Department of Science Education at Hughes Medical Institute. The AP is solely responsible for all content. Victoria Milko and Edna Tarigan, The Associated Press
VANCOUVER – Access to the British Columbia City Police complaint process can and should be improved, the commissioner says, as the office has been criticized by both lawyers and the Vancouver Police Union chief .
Clayton Pecknold, who was named to the role in 2019, said in an interview that he is aware of the criticism of how his office is responding to complaints against local police forces and officials.
« We want to increase our ability to be approachable and to remove the barriers to the police complaint process, » he said. « We really want to improve that. »
Part of the problem, he said, is to make it clear that his office is only investigating the 14 city police departments in BC, not the RCMP.
His office also deals with addressing the underlying issues faced by police forces, which can lead to misconduct in situations such as roadside checks and the abusive treatment of investigations into sexual and intimate violence.
The commissioner’s office is different from the provincial police’s other watchdog, the Independent Investigations Office, which the Crown can indict after investigating deaths and incidents of serious harm by officers.
The Police Complaint Commissioner’s office investigates wrongdoing, can compel officers to testify and report to the B.C. Legislative branch.
« Given the importance of dialogue for police accountability, we want to be a little more active in public and understand our role, » he said.
Pecknold said he was shocked to learn that a complainant’s family members did not know what his office was doing or that it was investigating the complaint.
« It’s something I take seriously and I want to think about how we can fill that gap, » he said.
This accountability is criticized by the investigators: police officers.
Ralph Kaisers, president of the BC Police Association and the Vancouver Police Union, said his officials had worked to have a less controversial relationship with the Independent Investigations Office, but the same could not be said of the relationship with Pecknold’s office.
« There is little to no trust in the police complaints commissioner’s office about police officers in this province, » said Kaisers.
Kaisers said the investigation was a burdensome process for officials and the complaints commissioner needed more surveillance.
« It becomes ‘This is what was investigated, but ah, you forgot to fill out this form,' » he said. « It’s like a big fishing net that is thrown away when someone complains about something. »
According to Kaisers, the investigations must be divided into separate categories, e.g. B. minor and major violations. This would help speed up the process and reduce the burden on officials involved.
Kaisers said he and his union firmly believe in the oversight and accountability of the police, but they don’t like the complaints commissioner’s processes.
Pecknold said he agreed with Kaiser’s proposals to divide complaints into major and minor categories, but reiterated that his duty to the public was.
« It is certainly disappointing to hear that this is his view, » said Pecknold in response to the police’s lack of confidence in his office. « But in the end it is important that the public have confidence in the police supervision. »
Officers should want to maintain that public trust, he added.
« The reality is that the public must have confidence in their police force and trust that their police force will be held accountable, » Pecknold said.
Harsha Walia, the executive director of the B.C. The Civil Liberties Association said difficulties in filing a complaint should be resolved immediately.
Many people who file complaints are unclear about the role of the commissioner and what he can and cannot investigate needs better news, she said.
« The number of people who have access to police accountability mechanisms is very small, » she said. « The greatest challenge remains access to justice. »
Pecknold admits that the timeliness of his investigations can be improved, some of which could be supported by the state government.
« Legislative reform would help to improve this timeliness, and that is in the hands of the government. »
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 11, 2021.
Nick Wells, the Canadian press
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – With Joe Biden’s inauguration in just ten days, the US capital closed its hatches on Monday as the terrifying truth about the incursion into Capitol Hill and the dire consequences for Donald Trump came more into focus. House Democrats launched a procedural pincer movement against the president: a demand that his vice president invoke the 25th amendment and an article of impeachment in the likely event that he does not. That single article, « Inciting Insurrection, » has so much support among House Democrats that Trump will almost certainly end the working week as the first president in American history to be charged a second time. In a fateful speech on Wednesday before thousands of Trump gathered outside the White House and « deliberately made statements that in context encouraged – and predictably led to – lawless actions in the Capitol, » it says. « Instigated in this way by President Trump, members of the crowd … illegally injured and ravaged the Capitol, injured and killed law enforcement personnel, threatened members of Congress, the Vice-Presidents and Congressional staff, and engaged in other violent, deadly, destructive and seditious activities. » A vote could come as early as Wednesday, provided the House’s other tactic – urging Vice President Mike Pence to mobilize cabinet members to use their constitutional powers to oust Trump – does not materialize. This resolution, which did not find unanimous support when it was introduced, will be put to the vote on Tuesday. Pence, reportedly dismayed by Trump’s response to Wednesday’s uprising, has not given a public signal of his intentions. Pence was on Capitol Hill directing the process of confirming Biden’s presidential election victory when chaos erupted shortly after Wednesday’s lunch hour. Outside, a motley horde of angry Trump supporters convinced the lies of the president of a major conspiracy to deny him a second term overwhelmed a meager police presence and invaded the building. Five people died amid the chaos, including Brian Sicknick, a Capitol police officer who was attacked in hand-to-hand combat, and Ashli Babbitt, 35, an Air Force veteran who was shot dead by police trying to gain access to the Air Force’s chamber Home. This could be the President’s slightest problem. In an interview with MSNBC, DC Attorney General Karl Racine said Trump and others involved in the White House speeches on Wednesday are under investigation, which would preclude Trump from re-seeking public office if he is in Senate would convict « The president has about nine days left in office and the investigation will of course go well beyond those nine days, » Racine said, noting that a seated president can do so and will not be charged with a crime. « Another legal question will be whether the president can be prosecuted after his term in office. I think the better weight of authority answers that question positively. » Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, whose relentless, feverish support for his largest client has often turned towards slapstick, was among the speakers on Wednesday calling for « trial by struggle ». The New York State Bar Association said it was looking to remove Giuliani from its membership list. By Monday, the idea of a failed peaceful protest had given way to sinister truths: that many more could have died, that the seat of US democracy was nearly fatally blown, and that the danger was far from over. Trump-friendly Right-wing social media chatter points to plans for a dramatic show of force on Sunday: an « armed march » on Capitol Hill and state capitals across the country and the so-called « Million Militia March » on the day of inauguration on January 20 The National Guard, which already has about 6,000 soldiers in the capital, said it would strengthen its ranks to at least 10,000 by Saturday and up to 15,000 by next week. The National Park Service closed the Washington Monument, where thousands of Trump supporters gathered for at least two weeks for Trump’s speech on Wednesday. Road closures and other restrictions are also likely. « Groups involved in the January 6, 2021 riots in the US Capitol continue to threaten to disrupt the 59th inauguration of the president, » the service said in a public warning. Biden, who will be sworn in alongside his run mate Kamala Harris during an outdoor ceremony at the Capitol, insisted Monday that he is not worried. « I’m not afraid to take the oath outside, » he said. « But I think it is vitally important that there is a real, serious focus on holding accountable those people who are involved in rioting, threatening people’s lives, defacing public property and causing great harm. » Mayor Muriel Bowser said the city has asked federal authorities to extend both the emergency period and the existing safety area. « If I am afraid of anything, it is for our democracy, » said Bowser. « We have very extreme factions in our country that are armed and dangerous. » Metropolitan police chief Robert Contee said Monday that at least 56 members of the armed forces were injured during the riots. « I’ve spoken to officers who have done two tours of Iraq and say that it was more scary for them than their time in combat, » said Contee. « I think that really only speaks to the concern we have as a city and as a government. » Both the Capitol and the White House are now surrounded by imposing, non-scalable fences reinforced by concrete barricades. The same fortifications that do Surrounded White House for most of the summer at the height of protests against the Black Lives Matter last year. This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 11, 2021. James McCarten, The Canadian Press
Given the speed at which the virus behind COVID-19 has spread around the world, it’s easy to forget that it isn’t a globetrotter in its own right. The SARS-CoV-2 virus moves with its hosts who are on foot, past a car, in an airplane, which inadvertently helps this unwanted hitchhiker to get around. In Ontario, where multiple levels of government are trying to prevent infected travelers from bringing in the virus from overseas, experts warn that regional movement is still a far bigger driver of its transmission. But containment can also be more difficult to contain – although the presence of multiple highly transmissible new variants of the virus makes it critical to slow down its local spread. « The worst thing would be to have it spread across the country, » said Dr. Andrew Morris, Infectious Disease Specialist at Sinai Health System in Toronto. « That would be a big mistake. » Most of the cases spread within Ontario. Confirmed COVID-19 Over the past few weeks, cases have risen across the province, with an average of around 3,400 new infections per day over seven days. In recent months, the majority of them have been tied to either close contact with an infected person prevalent in the community or to an unknown source. Travel outside the province, on the other hand, was just three percent of the confirmed source of infection from the latest available new daily cases as of Jan. 7. Provincial and local data show how the vast majority of cases that occur in Toronto, for example, are from « people in Ontario spreading to someone else in Ontario, » said Dr. Michael Gardam, an Ontario infectious disease specialist who is currently based in PEIStill, continues to focus on international travel. No new lockdown restrictions were announced in Ontario on Friday, despite Premier Doug Ford suspecting the COVID-19 situation is in crisis, Ford has suggested that more extreme measures may be needed to address a COVID-19 situation « Getting out of control » but it’s not clear if that would include curbing local travel While his government is being repulsed over an overseas trip by former Treasury Secretary Rod Phillips, Ford has focused on international visitors to the new COVID-19 Test rules for travelers were introduced on Thursday: « We must do everything possible to prevent this virus from entering Canada, » Ford said on Wednesday. On that day, Ontario announced the start of a pilot program at the country’s busiest airport. Toronto Pearson to offer free, voluntary testing to certain eligible international travelers. A new federal policy also means anyone flying to Canada must provide evidence of a recent negative test result for COVID-19. However, Morris stressed that a more transmissible form of the virus recently identified in the UK is already in place and could spread locally, with several cases already documented in Ontario. « But we currently have no plans to control it, » he said In Toronto officials stressed that combating the regional movement remains a mystery to policymakers. « How do you find the very delicate balance between measures that actually limit the damage caused by COVID-19 and at the same time mitigate the effects of activity restrictions? » Mused the city’s health officer, Dr. Eileen de Villa, in response to a question from CBC News.Mayor John Tory called it a « big job ». « I don’t know there is a way to prevent this. » Toronto residents or other people in the province cannot move, « he said Toronto’s mayor for regional travel: but Morris said policymakers could easily look to other countries and regions. In the first few months of the pandemic, both Italy and France have requirements of travel documents justifying the nature of the residents’ travel in hopes of limiting internal movement. Australia’s current approach goes further as much of the country has travel restrictions and a permit system for travel between certain states the country’s northern beach groups are only allowed to residents if they are, according to a recent report by The Guardian, and in Canada’s so-called Atlantic, they only travel through without leaving a vehicle or if they meet strict criteria – such as participation at a funeral, buying of food or the use of services not available elsewhere, bubbles restricting movement into the region and between Atlantic provinces have been a key feature of the region’s efforts to keep the virus at bay. Nova Scotia, for instance, recently announced that it would tighten border restrictions on New Brunswick following the outbreak of cases in that province. Anyone coming from New Brunswick will now have to self-isolate for 14 days unless they cross the border for essential reasons like work or work.The government also controls major highways, Morris noted, and can block highways to help them Making drivers inconvenient to drive out of town for leisure while allowing important workers to use these narrowed streets. « It all has to do with the government’s commitment to be honest with you and how much we really care about reducing the number of cases, » he said. Residents find workarounds. However, these bold approaches can be derailed by a public setback. In December, Israel took the controversial move of requiring that all returning travelers be quarantined at hotels to prevent the spread of coronavirus variants. However, the decision to lift the requirement has been criticized by a number of public critics, senior officials and clashes between those forced into the hotels and the authorities who run them, « reported The Times of Israel – even during the lockdowns residents find workarounds, Gardam said, citing the Ontarians who flocked to different cities in late 2020, which faced stricter restrictions? « I think we really saw it in the GTA, where once you lock down an area, people just go went to the next area, « he said. » And that was very, very, very predictable. « This is particularly dangerous for Ontario’s increasingly strained hospital system, which is now tasked with delivering COVID-19 patients from severely affected hospitals and regions transfer and halt a number of non-essential procedures. « We try to target people who are most vulnerable ind, to guard against getting really sick and appropriating the infection, and your community prevalence rate is the main driver behind this for most people, « said Dr. Susy Hota, Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control at the University Health Network in Toronto. « We can try to preserve this as much as possible, but when people leave their homes there is always that possibility. » Public trust is undermined by travel controversy. Every time there is a patchwork of guidelines that creates a situation where people « have a reason to travel from a high transmission area to a low transmission area because it is still open, » said Ashleigh Tuite, infectious disease epidemiologist and Model Builders at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School The biggest challenge faced by travel policy makers is communicating with the public after numerous international trips that some of them have made, she said. After it was revealed that former Ontario Treasury Secretary Rod Phillips was on vacation at St. Barts and later resigned, CBC News later reported that Dr. Tom Stewart, a hospital director and former member of the Tisch provincial command, was under attack for a trip to the Dominican Republic. There are also a growing number of politicians at all levels across Canada traveling on various overseas visits, even as public health news encourages people to stay home Caribbean vacation is costing Ontario’s finance minister his post: after months of efforts by residents to Restricting their movement, Tuite said reports of people traveling for non-essential reasons have sparked outrage – and could hamper future government efforts to curb just that. « If the people leading this pandemic response have decided that the risk or the rules don’t apply to them, then expect other people to obey these rules, that’s a public trust issue, » she said. Despite the messaging mix, growing cases mean Ford could soon be forced to make difficult decisions regarding the touchy subject of local travel. Because, as Morris puts it, human movement is the way the world « got into this chaos » in the first place.
The trading volume on six major cryptocurrency exchanges during this period was 10% higher on weekends than on weekdays as data from researcher CryptoCompare show. The wild weekends present new challenges for large and small market participants when they have to employ staff outside normal office hours or there is a risk of missing out on potentially lucrative or harmful price movements. The increasing activity in the market by larger American investors such as hedge funds that drove the Bitcoin rally, and in particular the use of trading algorithms, according to interviews with over half a dozen cryptocurrency brokers and traders.
Depuis bientôt un an , des milliers d’entrepreneurs sont appelés à faire preuveace et de créativité pour amortir les contrecoups économiques de la pandémie de COVID-19. The Fondatrices de la firme de recrutement de personal GestionPCO and du Salon des opportunités se sont « virées sur un dix cent » afin de réinventer leur modèle d’affaires sur le numérique et Continuuer à créer des maillages entre les candidats de la diversité et les entreprises .Nersa W. Dorismond and Nathalie Dorsainville have a fair face for the pandemic on March 13th and a moment of improving the quatrième period for the salon on March 13th. « Nous avons dû regarder rapidement quels outils étaient disponibles pour nous permettre d’offrir un salon malgré le confinement », souligne Ms. Dorismond, President of the company and Fondatrice du Salon. Offrir une expérience virtual d’embauche Souhaitant donner l’impression aux visiteurs d’assister vraiment à un salon et contuer à offrir aux Employeurs un accès à des rencontres avec des Candidaten 2D intégrant des stands d’exposants et des conférences. «Mon background m’a aidée à comprendre comment cela fonctionne! », Lance Mrs. Dorismond, bachelor en informatique de gestion. «Quand il y a problem, il faut le transformator en opportunity. Il faut s’arrêter, le regarder et trouver une façon de le remanier. »The plate shape and permission to employ the employees are the representatives of the employees, the representatives of the company and the fairness of the company. « La plupart des Employeurs trouvent cela plus intéressant, car cela leur permet de cibler mieux les Candidaten et de gagner du temps en faisant moins de déplacements », explain the gestionaire of the indigenous Haitienne, qui estime avoir accueueli près de 400 visiteurs lors lors lors lors , not plus de la moitié cherchaient activation un emploi. Spécialistes de la diversité The first salon, organized by GestionPCO in September 2017, consists of the denominations originating from the different residents of the Postes de haut niveau. « Lorsqu’on a constaté que des gens de couleur étaient quand même bien placés dans des entreprises, l’idée nous est venue d’ouvrir une agence de placement de professionnels issus de la diversité », dit Ms Dorsainville, Vice-President of the company et cofondatrice du Salon des opportunités. Bachelière en administration des affaires avec un profil en ressources humaines, elle’s lancée dans ce domaine, auto elle tenait à aider notamment les gens issus de la communauté noire à trouver des emplois. « Je ne peux dire que j’ai vécu du racisme personnellement, Auto j’ai très bien réussi à faire ma place, mais j’ai toujours eu l’impression de devoir travailler un peu plus fort pour obtenir des postes à certain endroits » , explique-t-elle. Elle souhaitait mettre ses connaissances au profit of the gens des minorités cultural afin de les aider à se faire valoir « au-delà de leur couleur de peau » devant les employeurs. «Souvent, il n’est question que de quelques minutes avant que la barrière tombe. The que tu begins à parler et que la personne devant toi constate ta crédibilité, ta couleur de peau passe au second plan. »Les deux gestionnaires nées au Québec de Parents immigrants souhaitaient faire changer les choses. “The closest thing is ne pouvait pas rester les bras croisés. On sait quoi faire, où aller, à quelle porte frapper, alors on voulait aider d’autres immigrants pour qu’ils puissent s’intégrer rapidly à la toile économique québécoise ”, exprime Nathalie Dorsainville. « Femme noire en informatique, j’ai souvent été embauchée parce que j’étais un quota, lance pour sa part Nersa W. Dorismond. Il y a des gens qui trouvent les quotas péjoratifs, mais moi, je les vois comme une occasion; être un quota, ça ouvre des portes! »Opérer 100% at distance L’équipe de Gestion PCO opère entièrement par télétravail à partir de Beaconsfield, Saint-Eustache and du center-ville de Montréal. Les quatre Employés de la firme ont été embauchés eux aussi en mode virtuel durant la pandémie. «On the way to the youth offices in September, Mais la COVID-19 and the plans, indique Ms. Dorismond. Nous avons bien hâte de nous voir en personne, mais je ne suis pas certaine de vouloir louer un office for the moment. »Arrival in Cameroon at the end of 2015 after graduating from the universities, Pascaline Hele Taka and member of the administrative authority GestionPCO par processus virtuel en août dernier. Responsible organizers who deal with the recruitment, customization, customization and technology, technology and technology, as well as accompaniment and care. «Lors du salon virtuel, in October dernier, il a fallu former les exposants qui avaient des kiosques pour les aider à naviguer à travers le site. Et un grand number of visiteurs posaient beaucoup de questions for savoir comment sy Retrouver », explique la résidente de Saint-Eustache. Inexperienced experience noteworthy Souhaitant réorienter sa carrière, Rose Carlie, résidente de Repentigny, a contact person GestionPCO au mois de juillet. « Nanta et Nathalie ont fait un travail extraordinary cibler mes besoins lors des entrevues initiales », nous confie la coordonnatrice executive chez le Groupe 3737, arrivée d’Haïti avec Aujourd’hui mère de trois enfants, elle est très contente de pouvoir conc famille en faisant du télétravail. Elle précise avoir Particulièrement Apprécié le Suivi et l’accompagnement Reçu Après Son Embauche. « Une semaine après le début de mon emploi, Nersa m’a appelée pour savoir si j’aimais mon emploi et si tout se passait bien. Puis, elle m’a rappelée un mois plus tard. Compare accomplishments with the goal of improving service, Souligne-t-Elle. Ms. Carlie participates in the Salon des Opportunités l’automne dernier, the son of the employer étant l’un des partenaires exposants. “I été impressionnée par le trafic et le niveau de rétroaction entre les partenaires et les visiteurs. J’ai eu l’occasion de visiter plusieurs kiosques en plus de représenter celui de mon Employeur; l’Organisation et le Soutien Technik Fourni étaient Remarquables ”, dit-elle.La 5e édition du Salon des Opportunités est prévue pour l’automne 2021, toujours virtual. Cette fois, il sera présenté en partenariat avec le Center d’action en entityiat et Formation en emploi, which accompanies a client question of the communautés cultural dans sa démarche d’intégration professionnelle à la société québécoise.Karla Meza, journaliste de l’Initiative de journalisme local, Le Devoir
For two friends who met on the set of a hit musical, the closure of the theater last spring could have been devastating. When Austin Sora and Ruth Kwan suddenly became unemployed and were at home with their parents in Canada, they decided not to sit back. They would learn something new – from each other. « Here I am, who can’t do much and falls over [while learning ballet]. But then [Austin] does the same when she goes to the piano. » joked Kwan, who started sharing online classes with Sora in June. « It’s fun. » « It started as an hour of ballet, an hour of piano. It turned into four hours because it’s also a social hour. But it’s nice to connect, support and share, what we love. » Sora said, adding that the two friends have also shared some of their recent collaborations on social media. On the way to the border The two met on the Phantom of the Opera tour, on which Kwan was a pianist and conductor, and Sora danced. The tour ended in February 2020. When COVID-19 hit, Sora auditioned for new roles in New York City. She decided to return to Toronto with her parents for the duration of the pandemic. Meanwhile, Kwan had appeared in Miss Saigon, Florida. She remembers driving through the night to get home before the border closed and then moving in with her in-laws in Ottawa. « We’re both experts at what we do, but we are both Beginner in what the other person is doing. It’s humble. – Austin SoraTo stay busy, Sora decided to offer online ballet lessons to friends and other cast members who were suddenly unemployed. Kwan signed up, but as a beginner she realized she needed personal help. « I obviously couldn’t pay [Sora]. I just lost my job. But I said, » I can record tracks for you on the piano if you need it, « said Kwan. Sora replied that she always wanted to learn how to play the piano, and now that she had access to her grandmother’s old one, it was time to learn. A weekly class exchange began. Hummel Beginnings « It is so nice to be a beginner and not to know what you don’t know », Sora said, adding that it brought the friends who met during Phantom’s stay in Hawaii closer. « It’s neat because we’re both experts at what we do, but we’re both beginners at what the other person is doing. It’s humble. « It also offers stability and a creative approach in a turbulent time. Although Kwan and her husband had planned to return to Ottawa at some point, where Kwan was leaving full-time performance for a civil service job, the virus sped their time span. She says she came to rely on classes during a difficult spring while waiting for the long hiring process for her new job. « I mean, it was all. I literally just sat around watching TV and looking forward to my weekly class because it was a new challenge and something artistic that I could express in new ways, « she said. For Sora, who said she got in the early days stopped dancing after the pandemic because she found it difficult not to be able to perform, learning to play the piano was a way to rediscover her creativity. « This was a way to connect in new ways with what I love and that fire She explained. The New Normal Both say their lives have since returned to normal, with Sora working part-time for a nonprofit art while Kwan started working full-time in government in August. But they continue to get creative move ahead and draw attention to social media with videos of their dance-piano collaborations. The dancer Austin Sora and the pianist Ruth Kwan decided to give each other their own Teaching hasty skills: « People say, ‘I’m crying’ or ‘This is so beautiful’ and ‘This is the best of 2020’. « Sora said. Although this started as a pandemic project, the two agree that it is something that will go on long after a vaccine. Kwan, who is looking for a place big enough for two pianos, said, » the two are good at holding each other accountable. Sora, who plans to return to New York in the coming months, is considering buying a keyboard. « I think when we went into the pandemic, everyone stressed that they were hers Have a novel written or what you want to achieve. I’ve never really come across it like that, « she said. » I just thought it was a fun thing to do with my boyfriend. And it felt like that all along. «
WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that he will expel the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen as a » foreign terrorist organization « when the time comes for the Trump administration The appointment will take effect on January 19, one day before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
Announcement Sunday comes as Pompeo and his top aides take action they believe will cement their legacy and that of the President. In addition to the Houthi designation, Pompeo is expected to rename Cuba as a « state sponsor of terrorism » in the coming days, according to several administrative officials.
Both steps will impose or re-impose sanctions on the targets and may complicate the diplomacy of the new Biden government. On Saturday, Pompeo angered China by annulling restrictions on US diplomatic contacts with Taiwanese officials. In addition, before leaving office on Jan. 20, Pompeo plans to establish explicit ties between Iran and al-Qaeda and sanction more Iranian units, officials said.
The officers were not authorized to discuss the steps publicly as they had not yet been announced and spoken on condition of anonymity.
For months the government had pondered the formal designation of the Houthi rebels as a « foreign terrorist organization ». However, those efforts were bogged down in internal disagreements over whether sanctions could be effectively enforced without exacerbating Yemen’s dire humanitarian crisis.
The Treasury’s objections were apparently overcome last week after certain exceptions to sanctions were agreed for the continuation of the relief work.
Late Sunday, Pompeo announced that it would proceed with the designation of the Houthis, also known as Ansarsallah, along with separate terrorist designations from three senior rebel leaders.
« These designations provide additional tools to counter terrorist activity and terrorism by Ansarallah, a deadly Iran-backed militia group in the Gulf region, » he said. “The designations are intended to hold Ansarallah accountable for its terrorist acts, including cross-border attacks on civilians, infrastructure and merchant shipping. ”
The nomination review had already sparked complaints from aid agencies who warned the sanctions could prove disastrous when it comes to helping starving Yemeni civilians caught in the conflict between the Houthis and those of Saudi Arabia supported Yemeni government.
« The United States recognizes concerns that these designations will have an impact on the humanitarian situation in Yemen, » Pompeo said in his statement. « We are planning measures to reduce their impact on certain humanitarian activities and imports into Yemen. »
These measures include the granting of special licenses by the Treasury Department so that U.S. aid can continue to flow into Yemen and humanitarian agencies can continue to operate there, he said.
President Donald Trump has taken a tough line on Cuba, pulling back many of the sanctions that the Obama administration eased or lifted as part of a broader rapprochement with the communist island. Removing Cuba from the list of « state sponsors of terrorism » was an integral part of that effort, and the re-listing was a long-term goal for Pompeo.
Such a designation is legal and it was not immediately clear on Sunday whether, according to the officials, all the technical criteria required to put Cuba back on the list had been met. When the Obama administration removed Cuba from the list, it realized that the country no longer supported international terrorism, but Pompeo is expected to cite Cuban support for Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro as an important justification for the move.
Pompeo is also expected to make remarks later this week denouncing Iran for its alleged housing and support for members of Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda network. In November, US officials said Iran was host to al-Qaeda No. 2, Abu Muhammad al-Masri, who was killed by Israeli agents in Iran in August along with his daughter, the widow of bin Laden’s son Hamza bin Laden was.
The Trump administration has steadily increased the pressure on Iran since the president stepped out of the 2015 nuclear deal in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions that were eased under the deal to contain Iran’s nuclear program.
On Saturday, Pompeo announced that it would lift all restrictions on contacts between US diplomats and Taiwanese officials. These restrictions have existed since the US officially adopted the One China policy in 1979 and recognized Beijing after formal diplomatic relations with Taipei were suspended.
Pompeo has been at the forefront of assisting China in its actions in Taiwan, combating dissent and human rights in Tibet, Hong Kong and the western Xinjiang region, and Beijing’s controversial maritime claims in the South China Sea.
Matthew Lee, The Associated Press
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With numerous Ottawans receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, health care workers and residents in rural parts of Eastern Ontario are still waiting to know when their doses will arrive and what the rollout should look like. « We deserve better communication, » said Dr. Alan Drummond, an emergency doctor in Perth, Ontario. Drummond said he had admitted people with COVID-19 on two out of three shifts at the local hospital, but had heard very little about the plan to have himself and other employees vaccinated. « That has frustrated him and made him more transparent about the. » Public health officials urged. « The vaccine may not reach the arms of emergency workers in Perth until March, » said Drummond. « We all know that there are vulnerable Canadians and vulnerable communities who deserve more. We all know there is a lack of vaccine. But what. “We don’t understand that we basically need to ask for basic information about what to expect.” “We don’t need a committee” The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit (LGLDHU), to which Perth and other rural communities south of Ottawa says planning has begun – including developing an advisory group to oversee vaccine rollout meetings are scheduled for Jan. 12. « I have regular communication with the healthcare providers about everything COVID-related, and communicated with them in December as soon as we knew about the approved vaccines, » said Health Doctor Dr. Paula Stewart. While Stewart said they’d love to see vaccinations start in January, it all depends on when the community gets their first doses. The idea that a new vaccination committee is only now being set up annoys some front-line doctors and nurses, Drummond said. « We don’t need a committee or task force to find out. This is not rocket science, » said Drummond. « You don’t need a committee to count the heads. Tell us how many patients are there. Give us the vaccine. We’ll volunteer to vaccinate. » Vaccine Arrival Date Unknown When it comes to Ontario’s vaccine introduction will give priority to residents, staff and key caregivers in nursing homes and indigenous communities. Next up are hospitals and other healthcare workers. A number of nursing and retirement homes in LGLDHU were badly hit by COVID-19 cases in the spring, including in Almonte Country Haven, where 29 residents died. There is a possibility that health workers from communities like Smiths Falls, Carleton Place and Kemptville will be asked to travel to Kingston, Ontario to get vaccinated, Stewart said, « It has been a little difficult for people – especially for employees in the Healthcare and long-term care – seeing Ottawa get the vaccine and it didn’t come to them, « Stewart said. « I hope so as soon as possible. » as Pfizer comes to Kingston, we will be able to move to support these people. « » A little slower than expected. « Up on the Ottawa River, the Renfrew County and District Health Department’s medical health officer, Dr. Robert Cushman that there are nine nursing homes and about 3,000 workers, carers and residents waiting in line to get the first pictures. Given that Renfrew County is largely in the « green » zone during much of the pandemic, it could be weeks for the vaccine to arrive, according to Cushman. « I have a feeling this is going to be kind of a rush and wait, » said Cushman. « The rollout was a little slower than expected. » Cushman said he would prefer to get the Moderna vaccine instead of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, which requires extremely cold storage – something they don’t have access to in Renfrew County’s delivery of vaccine doses this week. Emergency services staff are helping administer recordings at local nursing homes where outbreaks have occurred. COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the region, particularly in the city of Cornwall, Ont.
China plans to persuade tech giants like Ant Group, Tencent and JD.com to share consumer credit data in an attempt to increase excessive borrowing and fraud prevent, said two knowledgeable people at Beijing’s recent tightening of controls. Large internet platforms usually resist the transfer of their data. This is a key benefit that helps them execute operations, manage risks, and attract new customers. Chinese regulators, including the central bank, plan to instruct internet platforms to forward their extensive credit data to some of the nation’s credit agencies.
You might be forgiven for breaking some news, given the recent chaos of COVID-19 and US politics missed arguably Canada’s most valuable mineral resource. Just before Christmas, CME Group, the New York-based market operator, got the name of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange – once dubbed the largest financial exchange you’d never heard of – started trading water futures. For the first time, Wall Street traders can now benefit from the future value of water, which As with other agricultural and mineral raw materials. Like gold or pork bellies or natural gas, commodity speculators may view this as some kind of elaborate game of derivatives gambling, but the intent of the new water futures market is to share the risk of unexpected price fluctuations for farmers and other water users. While trading in North America’s finance capital, water contracts bought and sold have so far been limited to five water boroughs in drought-prone California – a tiny fraction of the water actually used in the state does not matter across the country. Yet when the commodities market began, the implication of many stakeholders, including CME chief executive Tim McCourt, was that water risk pricing could be a business that extends well beyond California. ‘Liquid and transparent’ markets’ « With nearly two-thirds of the world’s population projected to suffer from water scarcity by 2025, water scarcity is a growing risk for businesses and communities around the world, » McCourt said in a publication published by the new market is announced, which is described as “liquid and transparent.” A long time proponent of investing in water is Michael Burry, who became famous in the book and movie The Big Short after killing him with a contrary bet against subprime- Mortgages about to collapse in 2007. « Climate change, droughts, population growth and pollution are likely to make water scarcity and pricing a hot topic in the years to come, » RBC Capital Mar. Deane Dray, executive director of kets, told Bloomberg Green, after the CME water market started trading I’ll watch this new water futures contract play out. ”Water remains big business. The url for the upcoming Global Water Summit, due to take place in Madrid this spring – with an agenda that includes some of the world’s largest water producers and consumers – is watermeetsmoney.com. But the idea of water as something that Wall Street speculators can buy and sell « I find it pretty troubling, » said Jim Warren, a Regina-based scholar and author of Defying Palliser: Stories of Resilience from the Driest Region of the world canadian prairie. “I mean, it’s annoying, especially since the world is watching and others think it’s the right way to go.” Economists have always viewed water as a special case. Like the air we breathe, it is more valuable to human life than gold or oil or even food in the short term. Because of its relative abundance, the traditional price of water in Canada has been close to zero. Private Curling Rink Offers In the driest parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan, there were signs that could change, according to Warren. He points to events around 2000 when Alberta and Saskatchewan suffered severe drought and the communities and their industrial users in the Lethbridge area ran out of water. Warren said this under an implicit threat from the provincial government and for financial reasons, irrigation associations of farmers whose water allotment has been reduced by about a third. Many of them made the difference with more efficient irrigation techniques. Elsewhere, individual farmers, who had their own allocations, did private deals with neighbors to share some of their water. « It wasn’t like there were public auctions, » Warren said. « In the curling rinks and in the coffee shops you figured out what it might be worth to sell some of what [you] had to others. » But the situation showed how water was already being marketed. Because of the limited water supply, only a small portion of the land in Alberta and Saskatchewan is irrigated. But usually when land is sold, the water allotment necessary to manage the higher quality crops on that land comes with what in many ways appears to be a move towards private water rights such as the ones originated in California. As a province According to the constitution, Canada does not have a single set of rules for water use. The general rule, however, is that water cannot be bought or owned. Instead, it is allocated by provincial regulation. We don’t pay the value of water. But Diane Dupont, a longtime water economist at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, points out in most cases that water itself does not cost anything to municipal and large industrial users, and that creates problems of its own. « They usually pay a very low fee, » said Dupont, author of Running Through Our Fingers: How Canada Cannot Capture the Value of its Top Asset. « You don’t pay the value of the water. » Despite Canada’s apparent water abundance, she said low prices mean the best quality water is becoming increasingly scarce in many regions – such as groundwater in southern Ontario – and will Roy Brouwer, executive director of the Water Institute at the University of Waterloo, said when he came to Canada from the Netherlands five years ago he was surprised by the low price and wasteful misuse of water in that country just don’t pay the full cost he told me, and the introduction of different kinds of market price systems could fix that. Of course, in the past, speculators have taken responsibility for the price of essential goods – for example, when Enron helped bidding. The price of gas and electricity in the early 2000s has sometimes fared poorly for end users. « If you leave it entirely to the market, some of these extreme situations could arise, » Brouwer said. « Somewhere between seeing water as a human right and having those water markets marketed to water, you probably want to be there. » Follow Don on Twitter @don_pittis