AIR CANADA WANTS EMPLOYEES, NEW HIRES TO BE VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19

AIR CANADA WANTS EMPLOYEES, NEW HIRES TO BE VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19

Air Canada says it is now requiring all airline employees and new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The announcement from Canada’s largest domestic and international carrier also marks it as the first major airline to mandate vaccines for all employees. Toronto-based Porter Airlines announced last week that it would be requiring all employees to either be fully vaccinated, or to present a negative COVID-19 test within three days of their shift. READ MORE: Politicizing COVID-19 vaccine mandates could backfire, experts warn Air Canada said in a statement Wednesday…

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PM JUSTIN TRUDEAU DECLARES SNAP ELECTION IN CANADA ON SEPTEMBER 20TH

PM JUSTIN TRUDEAU DECLARES SNAP ELECTION IN CANADA ON SEPTEMBER 20TH

Trudeau announced the election would be held on September 20 after visiting the governor-general, who holds a mostly ceremonial position representing Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as head of state. Trudeau is seeking to win a majority of seats in Parliament. His Liberal Party fell just short of that two years ago and must rely on the opposition to pass legislation. The election comes as Canada is experiencing a new wave of Covid-19 cases, apparently driven by the delta variant of the coronavirus. Trudeau isn’t as popular as he once was,…

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Taliban will be judged by deeds, not words, says Boris Johnson ahead of G7 meet

Taliban will be judged by deeds, not words, says Boris Johnson ahead of G7 meet

The Taliban will be judged by its deeds rather than words, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday ahead of chairing an emergency G7 virtual meet to coordinate the international response to the Afghan crisis. Downing Street said that during the meeting on Tuesday, the UK PM will call on the Group of Seven leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States to continue to stand by the Afghan people and step up support for refugees and humanitarian aid. He is expected to urge international partners to…

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PM Speaks To Joe Biden On Kabul Evacuation Efforts

PM Speaks To Joe Biden On Kabul Evacuation Efforts

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden agreed on Monday to work together to ensure all those eligible to leave Afghanistan were able to, including after the initial evacuation phase ended, Johnson’s office said. “They discussed the ongoing efforts by the UK and US to coordinate the rapid and safe evacuation of our nationals and those who previously worked with our governments from Kabul International Airport,” a Downing Street spokesman said after the two leaders spoke by phone. “The leaders agreed to continue working together to ensure…

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UK manufacturers to get big concession on post-Brexit quality mark

UK manufacturers to get big concession on post-Brexit quality mark

The UK government is to grant a major concession to British business by prolonging the deadline for companies to adopt a new “UKCA” safety and quality mark for their goods after Brexit. The one-year extension for UK products to continue using the EU’s “CE” safety mark came after businesses warned that they would not be ready for the planned post-Brexit shift away from EU certification at the end of 2021. The government climbdown will give vital breathing space for UK manufacturers, which had warned over risks to the British supply…

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Government bows to pressure and extends deadline for post-Brexit certification rules

Government bows to pressure and extends deadline for post-Brexit certification rules

Industry raised concerns about capacity to test products before CE replacement introduced – and warned of ‘devastating’ consequences The government has extended the start date for the new post-Brexit certification rules for construction products by 12 months after being told that sticking with next year’s deadline would have caused chaos across the industry. The current CE markings, which have been used to certify products across an array of sectors in Europe since 1985, had been due to be replaced by the UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) mark in just over four…

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COVID: UK records highest daily death toll since March – Cornwall tourists urged to ‘stay away’ as cases rise

COVID: UK records highest daily death toll since March – Cornwall tourists urged to ‘stay away’ as cases rise

Britain has reported another 174 coronavirus-related deaths, the highest number of fatalities recorded in one day since 175 were recorded on March 12, according to official figures. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 131,854. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test. Another 30,838 people in Britain have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 6,555,200, Xinhua reported. Meanwhile, data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS)…

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UK orders 35 million more Pfizer/BioNTech COVID vaccines

UK orders 35 million more Pfizer/BioNTech COVID vaccines

Britain has agreed to buy 35 million more doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech (PFE.N)(22UAy.DE) COVID-19 vaccine, to be delivered from the second half of next year, as part of its preparations for booster shots and any new variants that could emerge. “While we continue to build this wall of defence from COVID-19, it’s also vital we do everything we can to protect the country for the future too – whether that’s from the virus as we know it or new variants,” health minister Sajid Javid said.

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Joe Root: We’ve to make sure racism doesn’t happen again further down the line

Joe Root: We’ve to make sure racism doesn’t happen again further down the line

England skipper Joe Root has said everyone has to find ways of creating more opportunities to make the sport “more diverse” following Azeem Rafiq’s allegations of racism at Yorkshire. Rafiq, Root’s former teammate at the club, had accused the County side of racism following which Yorkshire released a statement regarding the investigation into the matter. In September 2020, the Yorkshire County Cricket Club launched a full investigation into allegations of racism and now in a release has stated that ‘Azeem was the victim of inappropriate behaviour.’ “As a former team-mate…

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Yorkshire’s county cricket team apologizes to Azeem Rafiq, who was ‘victim of inappropriate behaviour’

Yorkshire’s county cricket team apologizes to Azeem Rafiq, who was ‘victim of inappropriate behaviour’

HIGHLIGHTS Yorkshire apologise to former player Azeem Rafiq after investigation into racism allegations Rafiq was Yorkshire’s youngest-ever captain when he led the team in a T20 match in 2012 We would like to express our profound apologies, Yorkshire said in a statement Yorkshire County Cricket Club apologized to former off-spinner Azeem Rafiq on Thursday after an investigation into allegations of racism found he was ‘the victim of inappropriate behavior.’ Azeem Rafiq, a former England U-19 captain, said in interviews last year that as a Muslim he was made to feel…

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