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Canada at ‘crossroads’ as COVID-19 cases surge

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau will appear in a rare evening national broadcast at 6:30 p.m. (2230 GMT) on Wednesday to talk about “the urgency of fighting COVID-19 as we face down the prospect of a second wave of the virus,” the prime minister’s office said.Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, outlined three scenarios for the spread of the new coronavirus between now and January 2022, with the most favorable being a slight uptick now and then a “slow burn” through next year.That result requires active case detection and tracing, plus individuals taking the necessary health precautions. However, if action is not taken, the outcome could be disastrous, Tam said.”With minimum controls, the virus is capable of surging into a very sharp and intense peak … (that) could overwhelm our health system capacity and significantly impact our social and economic systems as well,” she said. COVID-19 infections have surged in Canada and if people do not take stringent precautions, they could balloon to exceed levels seen during the first wave of the pandemic, health officials warned on Monday.”Canada is at a crossroads and individual action to reduce contact rates will decide our path,” the Public Health Agency said in a statement.According to a worst-case scenario outlined by the agency, cases could rise more than 1,000 per day to 155,795 by Oct. 2, with the death toll hitting 9,300. On Monday, Canada had reported 145,415 total cases and 9,228 deaths. Even with enhanced detection and tracing, people must take precautions or else cases could “far” exceed the spring peak, Tam said.Tam’s are the latest in a series of warnings from health officials across Canada that the spread of the disease is gaining momentum.Tam said this surge is different from the first because young people are behind the spread, but she cautioned that eventually “that is going to spill over into high-risk populations”.Procurement Minister Anita Anand also announced new agreements in obtaining eventual coronavirus vaccines for Canada, and a first purchase of 150,000 vials of remdesivir, an anti-viral medication produced by Gilead Sciences Inc .Anand said Canada had signed a deal with Sanofi and GSK for up to 72 million doses of their potential adjuvanted COVID-19 vaccine, and had increased by up to 14 million doses a previous agreement for the Moderna vaccine candidate.Separately, Doug Ford, premier of Canada’s largest province Ontario, said he would begin implementing a six-point plan “to tackle a potentially more challenging second wave of COVID-19.”The first step is what Ford called the “largest flu immunization campaign” in Ontario’s history. The province invested C$70 million ($52.6 million) in 5.1 million flu vaccines, 700,000 more than last year.Getting a flu shot will help “take the load and the burden off the backs of the hospitals and doctor’s offices” during a surge in the coronavirus, Ford said. center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Ray Parlour sends message to Arsenal over Kieran Tierney to Leicester City transfer speculation

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 5 Jun 2020 10:25 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link272Shares Advertisement Leicester and England star Chilwell has been heavily linked with Chelsea in recent months (Picture: Getty)Although Tierney’s season has been hampered by injuries, the Scotland international has shown promising flashes in his opening 11 appearances for the north London club.ADVERTISEMENTThe defender is likely to be fit again for the remainder of Arsenal’s Premier League games, with the competition set to resume later this month. Comment Advertisementcenter_img Tierney has had an injury-hit season for the Gunners (Picture: Getty Images)Ray Parlour says he would ‘definitely keep’ Kieran Tierney at Arsenal amid rumours he could be on his way to Leicester City.The 23-year-old left-back has been linked to a move away from the Emirates less than a year after joining the Gunners from Celtic.Recent reports have suggest the Foxes have identified Tierney as the ideal replacement for Ben Chilwell if the latter completes a move to Chelsea this summer. Ray Parlour sends message to Arsenal over Kieran Tierney to Leicester City transfer speculation Man City stars head back into training as season set for June 17 returnTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:58FullscreenMan City stars head back into training as season set for June 17 returnhttps://metro.co.uk/video/man-city-stars-head-training-season-set-june-17-return-2181398/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.And Gunners legend Parlour dismissed the claims that Tierney could be set to join Brendan Rodgers at the King Power Stadium.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Well he’s going to be playing Champions League football with Leicester next season if he did move, but I’d be amazed if Arsenal let him go,’ the ex-Arsenal midfielder said on talkSPORT.‘It’ll have to be a big fee that Leicester have to try and prize him away.‘I can’t see that, I really can’t.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I think once he’s fit again and once he gets a few games, they’ve got [Sead] Kolasinac on that side as well, but what I’ve seen of him so far when he’s played, he looks a very exciting player.‘His age as well will come into it, he’s only a young lad, he’s going to get a few injuries here and there, but I would definitely keep him.‘I would give him a run in the team once he’s fit and have a look at him properly,‘But if Brendan Rodgers has a little chink in his armour to say, ‘Right Arsenal are thinking about letting him go’, then who knows what will happen, football doesn’t surprise you anymore, does it?’MORE: Charlie Nicholas rates Arsenal’s Premier League top-four chances under Mikel ArtetaMORE: Dejan Lovren speaks out on his Liverpool future amid Arsenal transfer linksFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

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Caribbean Observes 186th Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery

first_imgThe joinder of the struggle for reparations with the quest for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015, and designed as a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all” by 2030,” he said. CMC “Much more is required to be done, and urgently, too. At the United Nations Security Council, a new institutional linkage of much consequence has been forged known as the A3 Plus One (the African 3: Niger, South Africa, and Tunisia, Plus St. Vincent and the Grenadines) ; this represents a collaboration between the regions of continental Africa and a representative country (St. Vincent and the Grenadines) of the sixth region of the African Union, namely the African diaspora.” Gonsalves said that all, all but two of the CARICOM countries commemorate and celebrate Emancipation Day on August 1st ‘. “No one has yet been brought to court for the killing of Walter. The next government of Guyana must address this matter fully; it is a gaping wound in our collective consciousness which must be healed,” Gonsalves said. GEORGETOWN-Guyana -The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will observe the 186th anniversary of the abolition of slavery on Saturday, with the chairman of the regional integration movement, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves saying that this year’s observance is taking on a greater international significance. “The gathering pace of the international movement for “Reparations for Native Genocide and the Enslavement of Africans” in the Caribbean, Africa, Latin America, Europe and North America, to provide appropriate recompense for the legacy of under-development consequent upon native genocide and “ “The overwhelming majority of the population of CARICOM member-countries are of African descent. Joyously, people of all ethnicities in CARICOM join in commemorating and celebrating Emancipation Day; all rightfully claim this historic day as their own.” He said recently, several CARICOM member-states have been strengthening their links with Africa in profound ways; so, too, CARICOM and the African Union. Gonsalves said he was urging all in CARICOM to focus on reparations for the enslavement of Africans on Emancipation Day. He said CARICOM has established a Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on Reparatory Justice headed by the Prime Minister of Barbados. CARICOM has set up, too, a CARICOM Reparations Commission, chaired by Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies. “Solid ground work has been done thus far, but we must not lose any momentum or be side-tracked. The circumstances are now propitious for escalating a coordinated push for reparatory justice. And CARICOM must engage the African Union fully on this.” Gonsalves said that a high quality of abundant research has been done and published, on Reparations for Native Genocide and the Enslavement of Africans. Gonsalves said the Commission has advanced a 10-point CARlCOM Reparations Agenda which has been adopted by the CARICOM leaders and that in each country, a National Reparations Commission has been established with broad-based representation. He also urged the Caribbean to remember that June 13, this year was the 40th anniversary of the assassination of the Guyanese-born academic, Walter Rodney. He said the world is half-way through the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015- 2024), which was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in a Resolution (68/237), adopted on December 23, 2013; and focused on the theme ‘People of African Descent: Recognition, Justice, and Development.” He said the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has adversely affected, disproportionately, poor communities and countries, especially those already ravaged by developmental inequities and distortions, traced substantially to the legacy of under-development to native genocide and the enslavement of Africans. The “Bussa” Statue, in Barbados, created to commemorate the nation’s slave rebellion in 1816. “In our region, and elsewhere, we need to have a more thorough-going public education programme on the meaning and significance of reparatory justice for the Caribbean. Further, our governments must ramp up the political, diplomatic, and international legal struggle for reparations. All hands are required on deck as a matter of urgency”. “More is still required to be done, but there is more than enough for us to proceed upon in our many-sided struggle. So, let us highlight reparatory justice on Emancipation Day, 2020, even as the individual countries in CARICOM engage in commemorative and celebratory activities of a cultural, social, political, and religious nature,” he added. Gonsalves said the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Movement has gone global “in a massive way consequent upon the popular resistance in the United States of America to racism, racial inequality, racial injustice and oppression and the uplifting fight for liberty, justice, and equality in every material respect.last_img read more

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