COVID-19

Pac-12 Reverses Decision to Play College Football This Fall

Leaders of the Pac-12 Conference have voted unanimously to move forward with the fall football season, reversing an earlier decision not to play any sports for the remainder of 2020 in response to the CCP virus pandemic. The Pac-12 announced on Thursday that its football…

Florida Restaurants Can Now Operate With No Restrictions, Governor Says

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis lifted COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants as he announced the state would enter Phase 3 of reopening on Friday. “I think that this will be very very important to the industry and it also will be a recognition that they have worked…

Over 80 Percent of Britons Not Heeding Covid-19 Self-Isolation Rules, Study Finds

LONDON—Over 80 percent of people in Britain are not adhering to self-isolation guidelines when they have COVID-19 symptoms or had contact with someone who has tested positive, a study has found. A majority were also unable to identify the symptoms of COVID-19, the respiratory disease…

Canada Schools Debate How to Act on Common Cold Symptoms

OTTAWA—Just four days into the new school year, Trevor Boutilier’s five-year-old son was sent home from his Ottawa kindergarten with a runny nose and slight cough, and told to stay away until he’d had a COVID-19 test and was symptom free. The local testing centre…

Trudeau Reinstates COVID-19 Updates as Pandemic Worsens

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will join Canada’s top public health officers today for their daily update on the worsening COVID-19 health crisis. Trudeau is expected to have an announcement about his government’s ongoing efforts to protect Canadians and combat the potentially deadly novel coronavirus that…

Student Backlash Over Lockdowns Spreads to Guangzhou as Trash Piles Up, Food Prices Soar

China’s “one-size-fits-all” approach to mandatory COVID-19 lockdowns at universities across the country has triggered increasing dissatisfaction and protests among college students. After Xi’an International Studies University students were reported shouting from their dormitories against the campus lockdown, students at Guangzhou Institute of Technology (GIT) followed…

Queensland Singled Out Over Border Policy: Premier

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has urged the Australian federal government to keep army forces in place at state COVID-19 border checkpoints ahead of the state’s agreement with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) expiring on Sept. 30. Palaszczuk says her state is being singled out as…

Record cases in France as restrictions renewed

France reported a record for daily coronavirus infections on Thursday, one day after the government announced new restrictions on bars and restaurants in major cities which have provoked an outcry from local politicians and business owners. Figures from Public Health France showed that 16,096 people…

Rio postpones world-famous carnival over Covid-19

Rio de Janeiro’s world-famous carnival parades became the latest casualty of the coronavirus pandemic Thursday as officials announced they were indefinitely postponing the February 2021 edition, with Brazil still reeling from Covid-19. “We came to the conclusion that the event had to be postponed,” said…

Pac-12 Football Season to Kick Off in November

The Pac-12 set a Nov. 6 start date Thursday for a seven-game football season, following the Big Ten in overturning an August decision to postpone until spring because of concerns about playing through the pandemic. 0…

Chewing the ‘Could’: From Climate Change to Breonna Taylor

Commentary Here’s a headline from the Sept. 23 Washington Post: “Partisan fight over Supreme Court could affect issues and image.” Bet you can’t wait to read that article. But the Post is by now so accustomed to treating possibility as fact that it hardly seems…

Throne Speech Commitments Mean More Debt and Bigger Government: Think Tank

New spending commitments from the throne speech will add more debt, increase fiscal challenges, and create bigger government without necessarily helping the economy, according to the Fraser Institute think tank. In Wednesday’s throne speech, the Liberal government announced its plans to use “fiscal firepower” to…

What the Supreme Court Fight Means for the Senate Majority

The struggle over Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement on the Supreme Court could help propel Democrats to the brink of a Senate majority in November’s election. But whether it lifts them over that threshold could turn on the terms of the confirmation fight. Given the nature…

Second German minister goes into quarantine

A second German cabinet minister has gone into quarantine after being exposed to a person infected with the coronavirus, amid a rise in cases in the country.  Economy Minister Peter Altmaier, who hosted a gathering of EU trade ministers on Monday, tweeted that “an employee…

All Blacks’ quarantine puts New Zealanders offside

New Zealand Rugby on Thursday refused to rule out boycotting the end of this year’s Rugby Championship in Australia after organizers unveiled a schedule that would leave the All Blacks stranded in quarantine at Christmas. The row overshadowed plans for a tournament that host Australia…

Britain finally launches its virus app

The British government on Thursday finally launches its troubled smartphone app to help track the coronavirus in England and Wales – four months behind schedule and with cases once again surging. The revamped app, which had first been planned for late May, uses Bluetooth technology…

Massachusetts School Sends 9-Year-Old Boy Home After He Sneezes in Class

A 9-year-old boy in Arlington, Massachusetts was sent home after he was caught sneezing by a concerned teacher. His parent was informed that the child won’t be permitted into class unless he tested negative for COVID-19. Thierno Keita told CBS Boston that his son, Lancinet,…

Belgium Eases Mask Rules, Cuts Quarantine Despite Rising Cases

BRUSSELS—Belgium is ending a requirement to wear masks outdoors and reducing the time people have to self-isolate, in a slight easing of coronavirus restrictions announced on Wednesday despite rising numbers of COVID-19 infections. Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes told a news conference that, from Oct. 1,…

Beijing takes private firms under its political wing

Beijing appears to be forcing private enterprises and their owners and stakeholders to adopt the same “political requirements” that apply to Communist Party members and state enterprises. The Party push comes after President Xi Jinping’s latest direction to ramp up the Party’s so-called United Front…

Refresh of Liberal Government’s Agenda Comes Amid Surge in COVID-19 Cases

OTTAWA—How the Liberal government intends to ride the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic will become clear today as it lays out a three-pronged approach in a hotly-anticipated speech from the throne certain to set the tone for the coming months in Parliament. In what’s…

Over 200,000 COVID-19 Deaths Reported in the United States

Over 200,000 COVID-19 deaths have been reported in the United States, according to the John Hopkins University. This comes as the data reported the United States have nearly hit 6.9 million confirmed cases of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, a novel coronavirus from Wuhan,…

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