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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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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CHILDREN HOSPITALIZED WITH COVID-19 IN U.S. HITS RECORD NUMBER

CHILDREN HOSPITALIZED WITH COVID-19 IN U.S. HITS RECORD NUMBER

The number of children hospitalized with COVID-19 in the United States hit a record high of just over 1,900 on Saturday, as hospitals across the South were stretched to capacity fighting outbreaks caused by the highly transmissible Delta variant. The Delta variant, which is rapidly spreading among mostly the unvaccinated portion of the U.S. population, has caused hospitalizations to spike in recent weeks, driving up the number of confirmed and suspected pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations to 1,902 on Saturday, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services….

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THREE AMERICAN SENATORS TEST POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS

THREE AMERICAN SENATORS TEST POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS

Three senators — Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Angus King (I-Maine) and John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) — announced separately Thursday they tested positive for COVID-19. All three have been fully vaccinated. Wicker’s office said in a statement that the congressman tested positive Thursday morning after experiencing “mild symptoms.” He is isolating and in “good health,” according to the office. King’s office said he began feeling “under the weather” Wednesday, after which he took a COVID-19 test as a precaution. In a statement, King listed the measures he has taken throughout the pandemic…

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BIDEN DEFENDS ‘MESSY’ US PULL-OUT FROM AFGHANISTAN

BIDEN DEFENDS ‘MESSY’ US PULL-OUT FROM AFGHANISTAN

President Joe Biden has said he stands “squarely” behind the US exit from Afghanistan as he faces withering criticism over the Taliban’s lightning conquest of the war-torn country. “How many more American lives is it worth?” asked the Democratic president. He said that despite the “messy” pull-out, “there was never a good time to withdraw US forces”. On Sunday, the Taliban declared victory after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled and his government collapsed. The militants’ return to rule brings an end to almost 20 years of a US-led coalition’s presence…

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IOC EXPELS TWO BELARUSIAN COACHES OVER KRYSTINA TIMANOVSKAYA CASE

IOC EXPELS TWO BELARUSIAN COACHES OVER KRYSTINA TIMANOVSKAYA CASE

Two Belarusian coaches have lost their Olympic accreditations after allegedly attempting to force an athlete to leave the Games in Tokyo. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed that Artur Shimak and Yury Maisevich had left the Olympic Village. An investigation is under way. The case of Krystina Timanovskaya caught global attention after she refused her team’s orders to fly home. She is now in Poland, where she has been granted a humanitarian visa. The case has again put the spotlight on Belarus, which has been ruled by authoritarian President Alexander…

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French lawmakers approve bill to tackle fourth wave of coronavirus

French lawmakers approve bill to tackle fourth wave of coronavirus

PARIS, July 26 -The French parliament on Monday approved a bill which will make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for health workers as well as require a bolstered health pass in a wide array of social venues as France battles with a fourth wave of coronavirus infections. Visitors heading to museums, cinemas or swimming pools in France are already denied entry if they cannot produce a pass showing that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have had a recent negative test. The pass has been required for large-scale festivals or to…

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Putin says Russian navy can carry out ‘unpreventable strike’ if needed

Putin says Russian navy can carry out ‘unpreventable strike’ if needed

MOSCOW, July 25 – The Russian navy can detect any enemy and launch an “unpreventable strike” if needed, President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday, weeks after a UK warship angered Moscow by passing the Crimea peninsula. “We are capable of detecting any underwater, above-water, airborne enemy and, if required, carry out an unpreventable strike against it,” Putin said speaking at a navy day parade in St Petersburg. Putin’s words follow an incident in the Black Sea in June when Russia said it had fired warning shots and dropped bombs in…

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England will soon abandon almost all Covid-19 restrictions. Will this action boomerang like The Netherlands ?

England will soon abandon almost all Covid-19 restrictions. Will this action boomerang like The Netherlands ?

On Monday, England will do away with all of its legal coronavirus restrictions in what many people have dubbed “Freedom Day”. Masks will no longer be compulsory indoors, social distancing will be abolished and more than six people will be allowed to mix inside homes for the first time since September last year. But with 50,000 new COVID-19 cases per day occurring in the United Kingdom currently – the highest numbers since Britain’s third wave in January – is this the right time to be doing it? Prime Minister Boris…

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