LONDON (AP) — UK signs trade deal with Canada to bridge gap after Brexit.
LONDON (AP) — UK signs trade deal with Canada to bridge gap after Brexit.
One of British Columbia's most famous sons, a petition has been launched to have the 44-year-old Deadpool star's name forever daubed on a street sign.
The number of vulnerable children who have become “invisible” during the pandemic is a matter of urgent national concern, the schools watchdog warned today. Child abuse could be going undetected because so many at-risk children have dropped below the radar, Ofsted’s chief inspector Amanda Spielman said. The closure of schools during the first lockdown combined with disruption to community health services created a “legacy of abuse and neglect” that local authorities are still responding to, Ms Spielman said as she launched Ofsted’s annual report.
Miralem Sabic Mika, known as the "Oxygen Man" in his native town of Konjic, has become a local hero for helping coronavirus patients breathe easier and comforting them with warm words and laughter. Sabic, a 57-year-old war veteran, drives his old van to the capital Sarajevo around 38 miles (61 km) to the northeast almost every day to refill oxygen tanks for patients in need. When he returns to Konjic, he carries them to the upper floors of an improvised COVID-19 clinic which does not have an elevator.
Because good wrapping paper and the perfect Christmas cards aren’t always easy to find.
Vietnam reported two more coronavirus cases on Tuesday linked to a rare domestic infection in its commercial hub Ho Chi Minh City, while the government urged public vigilance and tighter enforcement of health measures. The latest cases have been traced back to a flight attendant, who had been kept inside a quarantine facility for five days before being released to self-isolate at home. "The flight attendant contracted the virus inside the quarantine area then spread it to others during his home-quarantine time," health minister, Nguyen Thanh Long, said in a government statement.
Brazilian plane manufacturer Embraer said late on Monday that it had been targeted by hackers, who obtained the "disclosure of data allegedly attributed to the company." The company said the breach was identified on Nov. 25 and the culprits only got access to a single company archive. Embraer said that actions to contain the attack led to the isolation of some of its systems, "with a temporary impact on some operations."
Nasdaq is seeking U.S. authority to require more diversity in the board rooms of Nasdaq-listed companies. The proposal filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday, if approved, would require all companies listed on the exchange to publicly disclose consistent, transparent diversity statistics about their board of directors. It would require most Nasdaq-listed companies to have, or explain why they don't have, at least two diverse directors.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell appear before a congressional panel on Tuesday in a hearing likely to highlight divisions over what more should be done in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and particularly on the fate of Fed emergency programs Mnuchin wants closed. While a vaccine may speed the recovery and job creation next year, Powell said it was not clear how long that will take given the logistics around producing and distributing the new drug.
Not surprised tbh
If a new report is to be believed, Honda may be planning a successor to the S2000 roadster. The original Honda S2000 was created to mark Honda Motor's 50th anniversary. The new car would be released in 2024, a quarter-century after the original's 1999 Japanese debut and coinciding with Honda's 75th birthday.
Katie Holstein says adopting an older child is 'so rewarding'.
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach is set to remain in office until 2025 as he will run unopposed next year for a second term, the IOC said on Tuesday. Bach succeeded outgoing president Jacques Rogge in 2013 after prevailing over five other candidates in an election in Buenos Aires. "The members of the IOC were informed today... that President Thomas Bach will be the only candidate for the presidential election, which will be held during the 137th IOC Session in Athens in March 2021," it said in a statement.
The United States' anti-drug policy in Latin America needs to change if Washington is to effectively combat a problem worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, a U.S. congressional commission will say in a bipartisan report coming out this week. The 117-page report urges "smarter" interagency policies led by the U.S. State Department to reduce the supply of dangerous drugs. It is the result of 18 months of research into the "war on drugs" that has cost billions of U.S. taxpayers' dollars without ending high rates of violence and corruption in much of the western hemisphere.
Detentions all round
The latest ONS figures reveal at least 2,361 deaths were caused by coronavirus compared to just 280 from flu or pneumonia.
Topshop’s landmark Oxford Street flagship is being readied for a potential sale following the collapse of Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia empire. The £400 million flagship is just one of the billions of pounds of assets at Arcadia and Debenhams being trawled over by rival retailers and property investors for bargains. The failure of Arcadia last night, putting 13,000 jobs at risk, came just hours before JD Sports - Debenhams’ only potential buyer, walked away, leaving 12,000 jobs in the balance.
The French Vendee Globe skipper recovering after a dramatic rescue by a rival competitor 600 nautical miles off the Cape of Good Hope on Tuesday has spoken of how a giant wave folded his boat in two "in four seconds".
Nicola Sturgeon is under pressure to top up a £500 "thank you" bonus for NHS and social care workers after her challenge to Boris Johnson not to tax the money backfired spectacularly. One of Scotland's most eminent economic think tanks said the best way for workers to receive the entire sum would be for the Scottish Government to pay a higher "gross" amount, which would reduce to £500 on payment of income tax. The Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI), based at Strathclyde University, said there would be no additional cost to the Scottish Government as it controls income tax on earnings north of the Border, so the additional money would be paid back to them. In her SNP conference speech on Monday, Ms Sturgeon challenged Mr Johnson to create a special tax exemption for the payment, saying the Covid "heroes" deserve to pocket "every penny". After the Treasury pointed out SNP ministers had the power to "gross up the payment", Ian Blackford, the SNP's Westminster leader, accused the Prime Minister of trying to "punish" NHS and care workers. But the FAI said the SNP's exemption demand "opens the possibility of endless future lobbying for tax-exempt bonuses" and "would gift higher rate taxpayers a significantly larger tax break than basic rate taxpayers." In a damning intervention, they said there was a "healthy dose of politics" in Ms Sturgeon's challenge to the Prime Minister and what the Scottish Government "really wanted" was an example of the devolved tax powers "apparently not working."
President-elect Joe Biden's promise to end U.S. fossil fuel subsidies worth billions of dollars a year for drillers and miners could be hard to keep due to resistance from lawmakers in a narrowly divided Congress, including from within his own party. The challenge reflects just one of the obstacles that Biden will need to overcome as he seeks to usher in sweeping measures to combat climate change and transform the nation’s economy to net-zero emissions within three decades. Biden has said axing fossil fuel subsidies will generate money to help pay for his broader $2 trillion climate plan.
Hundreds of Papuans held rallies across at least eight cities in Indonesia on Tuesday to renew calls for independence, as a separatist group declared it had established a provisional government in exile. The demonstrations marked the anniversary of West Papua declaring independence from Dutch rule in 1961, which was followed by a contentious U.N.-sanctioned referendum in 1969 that brought Papua under Indonesian control. Among more than 100 students who marched in the capital Jakarta, Papuan Roland Levy said the date remained significant decades on.