Yahoo Finance's Akiko Fujita breaks down the top stories around the world.
Yahoo Finance's Akiko Fujita breaks down the top stories around the world.
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The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): 1:50 p.m. Manitoba is reporting 170 new COVID-19 cases today and one additional death. The province's daily pandemic update says three cases have been removed due to data correction, bringing Manitoba's total number of infections since the beginning of the pandemic to 36,159. The person who died was a man in his 70s from the Prairie Mountain Health Region in southwestern Manitoba. The province's five day test-positivity rate is 5.6 per cent. There are 132 people in hospital in Manitoba with COVID-19, with 33 of those in intensive care. --- 12:45 p.m. Prince Edward Island is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 today. Chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison says the new cases include a child under 10 years old who has been hospitalized, an individual in their 30s and a person in their 50s. All three cases are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. The Island currently has 10 active cases. --- 12:40 p.m. Nova Scotia is reporting seven new cases of COVID-19 today. Four of the cases are in the Halifax area, with two close contacts of previously reported cases, one related to international travel and the other under investigation. The three other infections are in the eastern health zone and are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. Nova Scotia has 49 active cases of COVID-19. --- 12:25 p.m. New Brunswick is reporting 10 new cases of COVID-19 today. Nine of the cases are in the Edmundston region with six confirmed as contacts of previously confirmed patients and the other three under investigation. The remaining case is in the Saint John area and is related to travel. The province has a total of 153 active infections. --- 11:10 a.m. Quebec is reporting 1,344 new cases of COVID-19 today, along with nine new deaths related to the virus. The province says two of the most recent deaths occurred in the past 24 hours, while the other seven took place between April 11 and 16. Hospitalizations in the province declined slightly, falling by nine to 683. The number of patients in intensive care units remained stable at 175. --- 11 a.m. Hospitalizations and admissions to intensive care units continue to reach record heights in Ontario. The province says 2,107 patients are currently in hospital, with 741 in an ICU and more than 500 on a ventilator. Provincial figures show hospital admissions are currently outpacing recoveries from COVID-19. Ontario is also reporting 4,250 new infections over the last 24 hour and 18 virus-related deaths. --- This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 18, 2021. The Canadian Press
MANCHESTER, England — Mason Greenwood’s second-half double and a stoppage-time goal from Edinson Cavani helped Manchester United close the gap on Premier League leader Manchester City to eight points with a 3-1 win over Burnley on Sunday. It looked set to be a frustrating day for the hosts as Greenwood’s 48th-minute opener was almost instantly cancelled out by James Tarkowski for Burnley, which had not lost on its previous four visits to Old Trafford. But Greenwood’s deflected strike in the 84th minute put his team ahead again before substitute Cavani added gloss to the score as United kept its remote hopes of closing in on its crosstown rivals alive with six games to go. Burnley is six points above the relegation zone after Fulham’s draw at Arsenal earlier on Sunday. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
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WASHINGTON — Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plan to meet this coming Friday to discuss the pause in Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, and the top U.S. infectious disease expert says he’d be “very surprised if we don’t have a resumption in some form by Friday.” Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that “a decision almost certainly will be made by Friday. I don’t really anticipate that they’re going to want it stretch it out a bit longer.” Fauci tells CBS’ “Face the Nation” that one possibility would be to bring the one-and-done shots back “with some form of restrictions or some form of warning. …I believe by Friday we’re going to know the answer to that.’ The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is in limbo in the U.S. after federal health advisers said last week they needed more evidence to decide if a handful of unusual blood clots were linked to the shot — and if so, how big the risk is. The reports are rare — six cases out of more than 7 million inoculations with the J&J vaccine in the United States. The clots were found in six women between the ages of 18 and 48. One person died. Fauci told NBC’s ``Meet the Press” that “I doubt very seriously if they just cancel it. I don’t think that’s going to happen.” ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — The worldwide death toll from COVID-19 has passed a staggering 3 million — AP PHOTOS: Photographers reflect on single shot of pandemic — Fashion industry evolves, as virus forces a rethink — Clammers keep digging through the pandemic, but find fewer shellfish ___ Follow all of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine ___ HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: ISTANBUL - Turkey recorded 318 deaths due to COVID-19 on Sunday, the Health Ministry said, the highest daily count since the start of the pandemic. The figure for the previous 24 hours took the country’s total death toll to 35,926. There were 55,802 new daily infections, pushing the overall figure to nearly 4.27 million, the ministry added. Weekly data also released Sunday showed the northwest province of Canakkale had the highest rate of cases in the country, with 962.98 infections per 100,000 people. Turkey has seen rising numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths since restrictions were eased at the start of March, when daily cases were below 10,000. The government has blamed the rising numbers on coronavirus mutations. A partial closure was re-introduced on April 13, with tighter controls such as an extended evening weekday curfew, a return to online education and a ban on unnecessary intercity travel. Earlier, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had also re-imposed weekend lockdowns and ordered restaurants and cafes shut during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. A vaccination program was launched in mid-January and Erdogan said Saturday that 20 million doses had been administered in the country of nearly 84 million. —— VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis says he is happy to be back greeting the faithful in St. Peter’s Square for his traditional Sunday noon blessing after weeks of lockdown measures. Italy later this month will start gradually lifting some anti-pandemic restrictions, allowing, for example, outdoor dining at cafes and restaurants in areas of the country where the COVID-19 outbreak has been showing signs of improvement. A couple of hundred people, including nuns and families, standing a safe distance apart in the vast square, turned out to see the pope speak from a window of the Apostolic Palace. “Thank God, we can gather in this square again,” Francis said. “I have to say, I miss the square.” The past weeks have seen Francis standing at a lectern inside the palace to deliver his Sunday noon remarks via TV, radio and internet. “Thank God and thank you for your presence,” Francis told those who showed up despite clouds threatening a downpour in Rome. ___ JERUSALEM — Israel has lifted a public mask mandate and fully reopened its education system in the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions following its mass vaccination drive. All primary and secondary school grades returned to classrooms on Sunday, and health officials ended a year-long requirement to wear a mask in public spaces. Masks are still required indoors and in large gatherings. Israel has speedily inoculated a majority of its population against the coronavirus in a world-leading vaccination campaign. It has lifted most of its coronavirus restrictions and announced last week that it would be reopening the country to vaccinated foreign tourists starting in May. Israel’s coronavirus czar, Nachman Ash, told Israeli public radio on Sunday that removing the mask requirement outdoors and reinitiating in-class studies was a “calculated risk.” Since the start of the pandemic last year, Israel has recorded over 836,000 cases of the coronavirus and at least 6,331 deaths, according to the Health Ministry. Over 53% of its 9.3 million citizens has received two shots of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. In the months since Israel launched its vaccination campaign in December, serious cases and deaths have fallen precipitously and allowed the economy to fully reopen. The vaccination campaign in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza has been slow to get off the ground, with Israel facing criticism for not sharing more of its supplies. ___ ISLAMABAD — Pakistan has reported its highest single-day death toll from COVID-19, bringing the country’s total deaths in the pandemic to nearly 162,430. Federal authorities on Sunday said 149 new deaths were recorded in 24 hours confirmed. They also confirmed over 6,000 new coronavirus cases since the day before, bringing Pakistan's total confirmed cases to more than 756,285. Authorities in Pakistan decided Saturday to start vaccinating people aged 50 to 59 next week. Pakistan has largely relied on donated or imported Chinese vaccines, which had been offered only to health workers and elderly people. But those groups have not responded in overwhelming numbers to the vaccination campaign, prompting officials to offer the vaccines to a younger cohort. Pakistan, with a population of 220 million, hopes to receive 15 million COVID-19 vaccine doses through the U.N.-backed COVAX program by next month. ___ HUTCHINSON, Minn. — Prosecutors have charged a Minnesota man with felony assault and allege that he attacked a home improvement store employee and a police officer after the store worker told him to wear a mask. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the incident began Wednesday afternoon when a cashier at a Menards in Hutchinson told 61-year-old Luke Oeltjenbruns that he couldn’t check out unless he put on a mask, according to a criminal complaint. Oeltjenbruns tried to leave with his merchandise, prompting the cashier to grab his cart. The complaint alleges that Oeltjenbruns hit the cashier with a piece of lumber. Police later found Oeltjenbruns sitting in his pickup truck in another store’s parking lot. After a slow-speed chase, officers surrounded his truck with their squad cars, but he refused to get out. Officer Steven Sickmann got up on the truck’s running board and reached through the window. The complaint says Oeltjenbruns closed the window on the officer’s arm, trapping him, and drove off, crashing into squad cars. The complaint says Sickmann tried to use a rescue hammer to break the window, but Oeltjenbruns took it from him and hit him on the head with it. Oeltjenbruns was eventually arrested. The complaint says the officer’s injuries included a head wound. ___ TORONTO — New pandemic restrictions imposed by Canada’s most populous province have immediately ran into opposition. Police departments insisted Saturday they wouldn’t use new powers to randomly stop motorists and health experts complained the rules focus on outdoor activities rather than more dangerous indoor settings. Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s government announced Friday it was giving police authority to require anyone not at home to explain why they’re out and provide their address. Tickets can be written. But at least a dozen forces throughout Ontario, including in the capital of Toronto, said there will be no random stops of people or cars. “We are all going through a horrific year of COVID-19 and all associated with it together. The (department) will NOT be randomly stopping vehicles for no reason during the pandemic or afterwards,” Halton Police Chief Steve Tanner tweeted. The new rules limit outdoor gatherings to those in the same household and close playgrounds and golf courses. The decisions sparked widespread criticism in a province already on lockdown. Restaurants and gyms are closed as is in-class schooling. Most nonessential workers are working from home. ___ ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case that will determine who is eligible to receive more than $530 million in federal virus relief funding set aside for tribes more than a year ago. More than a dozen Native American tribes sued the U.S. Treasury Department to keep the money out of the hands of Alaska Native corporations, which provide services to Alaska Natives but do not have a government-to-government relationship with the United States. The question raised in the case set for oral arguments Monday is whether the corporations are tribes for purposes of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, which defines “tribes” under a 1975 law meant to strengthen their abilities to govern themselves. The case has practical impacts. Native Americans have been disproportionately sickened and killed by the pandemic — despite extreme precautions that included curfews, roadblocks, universal testing and business closures — and historically have had limited financial resources. About $530 million of the $8 billion set aside for tribes hasn’t been distributed. ___ HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe has begun releasing about 3,000 prisoners under a presidential amnesty aimed at easing congestion to reduce the threat of COVID-19 in the country’s overcrowded jails. About 400 prisoners were released from Chikurubi prison and other jails in the capital, Harare, on Saturday with more coming from other prisons countrywide. Zimbabwe’s prisons have a capacity of 17,000 prisoners but held about 22,000 before the amnesty declared by President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Those to be released had been convicted of nonviolent crimes. The amnesty “will go a long way” to reduce expenditure and the threat of the spread of the virus in prisons, said Alvord Gapare, the commander for prisons in Harare. He said prisons in the capital had recorded 173 confirmed infections and one death. Zimbabwe has recorded 37,534 cases of COVID-19, including 1,551 deaths by Apr. 17, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ___ RICHMOND, Va. — The first cases of the so-called Brazil COVID-19 variant have been identified in two samples from residents of Virginia, state health officials said Friday. In a news release, the Virginia Department of Health said one case involving the P.1 variant was identified in an adult resident of the Northwest Region who had a history of domestic travel during the exposure period. The second case was identified in an adult resident of the Eastern Region with no history of travel, the department said. According to the department, neither case had a record of COVID-19 vaccination prior to the onset of the illness. —— SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — State health officials say more than 8 million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Illinois. The state’s Department of Public Health said Sunday that the seven-day average of daily shots is just over 125,000. The news comes as the state on Sunday added 2,666 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease and logged 10 additional deaths. Illinois has reported 21,663 deaths from COVID-19 with more than 1.3 million infections overall. On Friday, Chicago officials announced plans to open a vaccination program at a hospital where vaccine shipments were paused after reports the hospital acted with favouritism in dispensing the treatment. The Associated Press
For many of us, this weekend's sunny skies and warmer temperatures are a chance to finally bust out the summer wardrobe and head to the beach. But for some, FOGO, or fear of going out, can cause debilitating anxiety. Sally Chaster of Victoria, B.C., says her fears around contracting COVID-19 while outside the safety of her home grew to the point she couldn't leave her property. Worse still, the realization filled her with self-judgment. "I'd think, 'Why can't you do it? Look at all these other people. They can go outside. They're happy,'" she said. Some experts say choosing to stay inside our homes can seem like a valid justification during a worldwide pandemic, especially as case numbers climb and the rise in variants put us at even greater risk. But Mark Antczak, a registered clinical counsellor and the head of Anxiety Canada, says people need to push back against their fears. "We get immediate gratification and relief from avoiding the things we are worried about. But then it comes boomeranging back with a vengeance," said Antczak. FOGO, which affects all ages is a sub-clinical form of agoraphobia, according to Antczak. People with agoraphobia avoid situations due to fear of having a panic attack or other anxiety-related feelings. Experts say people should push back against the beliefs that feed their anxieties.(Ben Nelms/CBC) At the start of the pandemic, Antczak says, many people with low level anxiety were almost relieved they were being encouraged to stay home. But over time, without the routine of doing things to keep us mentally healthy — like meeting with friends, going to the gym or gathering for celebrations — our ability to cope in social situations can become threatened. Anxiety Canada has an app called MindShift which teaches users how to shift thought patterns, get grounded and challenge harmful thoughts. Push back against the belief Antczak suggests people work their way up slowly, so if meeting on a patio seems too intense — take a walk to the restaurant and explore it from the outside. Or make plans with just one friend and go to a more relaxed environment. "Push back against the belief that feeds all this fear in the first place," he said. Chaster says since the onset of the pandemic her fear of going out grew into agoraphobia. She's in counselling and is practising mindfulness techniques to help with her anxiety. And since the weather has warmed up, she's been able to step outside her comfort zone for 30 minute walks with her husband and kitten. "I'm trying to really work on mindful self-compassion and treat myself without judgment," she said.
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KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, April 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kibali Goldmines SA (Kibali) said today it had learned that SOKIMO SA was attempting for the second time to extort certain benefits from the company by filing new proceedings with the commercial court in Kinshasa. SOKIMO is a 10% shareholder in the Kibali gold mine which is operated by 45% owner Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:GOLD) (TSX:ABX) with the remaining 45% held by AngloGold Ashanti. Kibali said SOKIMO had withdrawn its first claim of this kind after it had been shown to be without foundation. Kibali also rejects the current proceedings on the basis that it was similarly spurious and without substance, and would seek its dismissal as it had done with the previous claim. Kibali has operated for the past 12 years under a joint venture agreement with a clear dispute resolution mechanism which in these instances had been ignored by SOKIMO, the company said. Enquiries: President and CEO Mark Bristow +1 647 205 7694 +44 788 071 1386Investor and Media Relations Kathy du Plessis +44 20 7557 7738 Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.barrick.com
Former players at some of England's top football clubs have hit out at plans to create a European super league, calling the proposals a "joke", "greed" and a "disgrace". Among the 'Big Six' English clubs involved in the breakaway project are Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, according to Sky News City editor Mark Kleinman. The new competition is thought to include 12 European teams such as Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid - but French and German clubs have refused to sign up to it.
Authorities in South Africa should lift a suspension of use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine if a number of conditions are met, the country’s health regulator has announced. South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) said it had “recommended that the pause in the Sisonke study be lifted, provided that specific conditions are met”, referring to the clinical trial that allows Pretoria to make the single dose J&J vaccine available to healthcare workers.The conditions laid out by SAHPRA include screening and monitoring of those at high risk of blood clotting disorders, as well as precautions to manage any cases of thrombosis or thrombocytopenia that arise from participants in the trial who develop clotting.Thrombosis happens when a blood clot forms inside a blood vessel, while thrombocytopenia describes a low platelet count, when your blood contains less of the cells needed to help clot blood.South Africa’s government had suspended the rollout of the J&J vaccine on Tuesday, following a move by US health authorities to pause its use after identifying rare blood clots in six people, out of a total of about 7 million people who already had the jab in the US.The Sisonke study involves the rollout of the viral vector J&J vaccine while the licensing process still takes place, although the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) has said that despite the vaccine not yet being licensed, this does not mean it is not safe and effective.“Participants in the Sisonke study will be informed about the possible risks of developing a blood clotting disorder after vaccination,” said SAHPRA. “They will also be advised to seek immediate medical assistance if they develop early signs and symptoms associated with blood clots or low platelet counts.”Importance of J&J vaccineThe J&J vaccine has become a vital tool in the fight against Covid-19 in South Africa, given that the authorities decided that the AstraZeneca was not as effective against a local variant of the coronavirus.Although this decision has drawn the irk of some South African experts who questioned whether the government really determined the AstraZeneca vaccine’s effectiveness, as well as Pretoria’s decision to send it to other African countries.The J&J vaccine is also going to play a key role in helping to vaccinate the entire African continent, as South African President Cyril Ramaphosa helped broker a deal to secure J&J doses manufactured locally by Aspen Pharmacare that will be made available through the African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT).Rare cases of blood clotting disorders following Covid-19 vaccinations originally surfaced in relation to the AstraZeneca vaccines, prompting a number of countries to suspend their use and some countries, such as Denmark, banning their use entirely.Case for blood clotting overstated?The science behind such suspensions of AstraZeneca or J&J vaccines still remains unclear, with recent studies, such as one published by Oxford University reporting that the risk of rare blood clotting is much higher when contracting Covid-19 rather for vaccination itself.The Oxford University research also compared the risk of thrombosis with the AstraZeneca vaccine to other vaccines developed using new mRNA technology, such as Pfizer or Moderna.Cases of rare clotting called Cerebral Venous Thrombosis (CVT) amongst those receiving a mRNA vaccine stood at 4 people in one million and in those receiving an AstraZeneca vaccine at 5 in one million.This perhaps suggests that the risk of blood clotting from either viral vector vaccines or mRNA vaccines was statistically the same.South Africa is one of the hardest hit by Covid-19 in sub-Saharan Africa with 1.56 million cases of the coronavirus, and more than 53,660 deaths, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.The South Africa regulator said resumption of the J&J rollout would also need the approval of the relevant medical ethics research committees.Pretoria has ordered some 30 million doses of the J&J vaccine, according to the Associated Press, who reported that South Africa had vaccinated 290,00 health care workers, all with the J&J vaccine, out of a population of 60 million people.
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