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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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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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

ritain 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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POLICE IN UK WILL USE ‘RAINBOW COLORED’ PATROL CARS TO HELP THE LGBT COMMUNITY

POLICE IN UK WILL USE ‘RAINBOW COLORED’ PATROL CARS TO HELP THE LGBT COMMUNITY

While speaking about the matter, Deputy Chief Constable Julie Cooke claimed, “The Rainbow cars, the hate crime cars, whatever you want to call them, they are part of our vehicle fleet. So, we are always replacing vehicles. They will get all of the police insignia put on them as normal (besides other add ons)… But they are out there as normal patrol vehicles.” In a bid to encourage the LGBTQ+ community to lodge complaints of online hate crimes, the police in the United Kingdom have decided to paint their patrol…

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UK TO URGE EXTENSION OF KABUL EVACUATIONS AT G7 TALKS

UK TO URGE EXTENSION OF KABUL EVACUATIONS AT G7 TALKS

US President Joe Biden has set an August 31 deadline for the chaotic airlift organised by thousands of temporarily deployed US troops, but has left the door open to an extension if needed. Britain said Monday it would urge the United States to extend an end-of-the-month deadline for evacuations from Afghanistan, while the Taliban warned any delay would lead to “consequences”. US President Joe Biden has set an August 31 deadline for the chaotic airlift organised by thousands of temporarily deployed US troops, but has left the door open to…

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U.S. to begin offering COVID-19 vaccine booster shots in September

U.S. to begin offering COVID-19 vaccine booster shots in September

The U.S. government said on Wednesday it plans to make COVID-19 vaccine booster shots widely available starting on Sept. 20 as infections rise from the coronavirus Delta variant, citing data indicating diminishing protection from the vaccines over time. U.S. officials are prepared to offer a third shot to Americans who completed their initial inoculation in two-dose COVID-19 vaccines made by Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) and by Pfizer Inc(PFE.N) and BioNTech AG (22UAy.DE) at least eight months ago, the Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement. Initial booster doses…

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Three US senators test positive for Coronavirus

Three US 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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DAILY DEATHS TOP 1,000: War over masks deepens in South where COVID-19 cases are highest

DAILY DEATHS TOP 1,000: War over masks deepens in South where COVID-19 cases are highest

Florida’s largest school district on Wednesday imposed a mask mandate in defiance of the state’s governor, the latest chapter in the coronavirus political battle in the southern United States where new infections are highest. At a day-long meeting that grew contentious at times, the Miami-Dade County School Board voted to require most of the district’s 360,000 students, as well as staff, to wear face coverings when classes begin on Monday. Governor Ron DeSantis previously placed a ban on local mask mandates. “While I am a very, very strong advocate, and…

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