Month: May 2020

Family of Grand Princess passenger who died of coronavirus files suit against Carnival

The family of a California cruise ship passenger who died of coronavirus has sued Princess Cruises and its parent company in federal court. Ronald Wong, 64, and his wife, Eva, were passengers on the Grand Princess when the ship set sail from San Francisco on Feb. 21. He died in a California hospital a month later after testing positive for coronavirus. Eva Wong tested positive and recovered.  According to the complaint, filed last week in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Princess and its parent, Carnival Corp., should have known that a passenger on the ship’s prior voyage had coronavirus. The 71-year-old man, who had boarded the ship earlier in February for a trip to Mexico, died March 4 at a hospital in Roseville, California. He was the first known Califor...

Militants in Burkina Faso kill 35 in separate attacks, government says

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) – Militants in Burkina Faso attacked a cattle market and a humanitarian convoy, killing at least 35 people, the government said on Sunday. Saturday’s violence underscores deep instability in parts of Burkina Faso, which has been battling armed groups with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State since 2017. Twenty-five people were killed and more wounded in the attack on the market in the eastern village of Kompienga, while five civilians and five military police were killed near the northern village of Foube, the government said in a statement. Armed groups “targeted a humanitarian convoy returning from Foube after delivering supplies”, it said. A further 20 people were wounded in the convoy attack, it said. No group has claimed responsibility. Hun...

NY police commissioner says he's 'extremely proud' of department as videos surface showing officers using excessive force and plowing cars into protesters

NYPD officers cuff a protester in Brooklyn during a demonstration against the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police on Memorial Day. Bryan R. Smith/AFP via Getty Images Dermot Shea, the commissioner of the New York Police Department, thanked officers for “standing up for the rule of law” during protests that have swept the nation and hit New York over the death of George Floyd, who died after being subdued by police.  Shea praised NYPD officers for the way they behaved when faced by “danger, disrespect, and denigration,” calling looters and violent actors “a mob bent solely on taking advantage of a moment in American history.” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has asked Attorney General Letitia James to investigate police conduct during the demonstratio...

Pompeo says China poses an ongoing threat to the West

The comments came after Pompeo declared last week that the Trump administration no longer views Hong Kong as an autonomous region of China. President Donald Trump announced Friday the U.S. may impose trade restrictions against Hong Kong to punish China for exerting increased control over the city. After more than a century of British rule, Hong Kong reverted to Chinese control in 1997 under an agreement designed to give it some level of independence. The U.S. has long given special consideration to Hong Kong that has allowed business to prosper and operate separately from its relationship with the rest of China. Pompeo on Sunday said the Trump administration is planning to review Hong Kong’s status and revoke these rules, and will also begin investigating Chinese students in the U.S. for p...

Sign of celebration: Saluting the Class of 2020 in Hudson, Que.

Even though COVID-19 safety measures prevent large gatherings, a Hudson, Que., parent has found a meaningful way to honour the graduating class at Westwood High School. Melanie Brault Goettisheim said when her son’s graduation ceremony was postponed due to coronavirus concerns,  she was crushed. She said her son Nicolas is autistic, and although he is high-functioning, getting through the two years he studied at Westwood wasn’t easy. She felt helpless but wanted to do something to commemorate her 17-year-old and his graduating class. “It’s a disappointment for my son, for all the kids. It’s just horrible, it’s just a bad situation,” she said. Story continues below advertisement Taking inspiration from posts she’d seen online, Brault Goettisheim created a sign that congratulates the Westwoo...

The coronavirus pandemic is changing the face of palliative care in Quebec

Terminally-ill patients living in palliative care facilities are especially vulnerable to COVID-19. The country’s largest private palliative care facility in Kirkland, Que., went above and beyond government protocols to keep their patients and staff safe. The move has proven to be successful, but the concern now is that those strict safety measures are changing the face of palliative care. “To give a patient a hug, to give a family member a hug when their mom and their dad or their sister is dying, it’s really important. We haven’t been able to do that,” said Manuella Piovesan, clinical care director at the West Island Palliative Care Residence (WIPCR). “I believe it’s important to hold someone’s hand. It’s been very difficult for us” Story continues below advertisement Since the start of ...

Thousands of Montrealers protest police brutality, racism after the killing of George Floyd

Thousands of people gathered in front of police headquarters in downtown Montreal on Sunday to protest racial violence and police brutality in light of the recent killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn. The killing of Floyd on May 25 sparked a series of protests in several cities across the United States since his death. The Montreal rally organizers said the demonstration is to show solidarity with American anti-racism activists, but added that it is also an opportunity to express anger at the killing of racialized people in Quebec and elsewhere in Canada at the hands of police. Protestors gather in downtown Montreal in solidarity against racial violence and police brutality. Olivia O’Malley/Global News Protestors gather in downtown Montreal in solidarity against racial violen...

Coronavirus: B.C. parents weigh risks as classrooms reopen June 1

Thousands of B.C. students are heading to class on Monday in what will be a back-to-school unlike any the province has ever seen. In-class instruction will resume amid the COVID-19 pandemic on June 1 on a voluntary basis, with reduced classroom capacity and a variety of physical distancing protocols. Nicole Cook is among British Columbian parents who will be dropping her kids off Monday and said she feels safe enough to send them back. Cook, a registered nurse, said she did her own research on the matter and involved her children in the decision. “From what we know, children are not the super-transmitters, the carriers that we thought they were,” said Cook, whose kids attend the Surrey School District. Story continues below advertisement “In other parts of the world where kids have gone ba...

Tropical storm Amanda leaves 9 dead in El Salvador: officials

San Salvador (AFP) – Tropical storm Amanda, the first named storm of the season in the Pacific, lashed El Salvador and Guatemala on Sunday, leaving nine people dead amid flooding and power outages. El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele declared a state of emergency, announcing it on his Twitter account. “We have nine dead,” Salvadoran Interior Minister Mario Duran said, adding that the toll could rise. He said 50 houses in the San Salvador metropolitan area were “lost.” Other officials said 200 houses across the Central American country have been inundated by flooding, and rescue teams were evacuating residents from low-lying areas along swollen rivers and creeks. One woman was killed in a mudslide and another by the collapse of a wall in her home in San ...

Iran says virus cases surpass 150,000

Tehran (AFP) – Iran said its caseload of novel coronavirus infections passed the grim milestone of 150,000 on Sunday, as the country struggles to contain a recent upward trend. The government has largely lifted the restrictions it imposed in order to halt a COVID-19 outbreak that first emerged in mid-February. But the health ministry has warned of a potential virus resurgence with new cluster outbreaks in a number of provinces. Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said 2,516 new cases were confirmed across the country in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 151,466. Infections have been on a rising trajectory in the Islamic republic since hitting a near two-month low on May 2. Yet according to President Hassan Rouhani, Iran was in “an acceptable situation” which is &...

Civilians killed as park hit by shelling in Libyan capital

CAIRO (Reuters) – A grassy area used as a park in the Libyan capital Tripoli was hit by shelling on Sunday that left five people dead and 12 others wounded, an official and a medic said. The incident highlighted a continuing risk to civilians despite a relative lull in fighting around Tripoli since eastern-based forces staged partial withdrawals earlier this month. The U.N. mission to Libya has condemned “indiscriminate attacks” on civilian areas of Tripoli which it says are mostly attributable to forces affiliated with eastern commander Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA). The LNA has been waging an offensive on Tripoli since April 2019, though it has recently suffered setbacks amid the latest escalation of foreign involvement in the conflict. Sunday’...

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