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    Asia One - World

  • Australia to reopen door to India, local Covid-19 cluster appears contained
    SYDNEY - Australia will lift a ban on its citizens returning from Covid-ravaged India next week, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday (May 7), as state officials reported that an outbreak in Sydney appeared to be contained. Mr Morrison stood by his decision to impose a biosecurity order last month... Read more »
  • Girl detained after 3 injured in US school shooting
    A sixth-grade girl pulled a handgun from a backpack at her eastern Idaho school on Thursday (May 6) and opened fire, hitting two fellow students and a member of school staff and inflicting non-life-threatening injuries on them, officials said. The girl was disarmed by a teacher at Rigby Middle School in... Read more »
  • Twitter shuts down accounts for attempting to evade Donald Trump ban
    Twitter suspended several accounts this week that were set up to share statements from a new part of former US President Donald Trump’s website, saying they broke its rules against evading an account ban. Trump was banned from Twitter, where he had more than 88 million followers, and multiple other... Read more »
  • Pint-sized Mongolian menace shows dinosaurs loved the nightlife, too
    Under the cover of darkness in desert habitats about 70 million years ago, in what is today Mongolia and northern China, a gangly looking dinosaur employed excellent night vision and superb hearing to thrive as a menacing pint-sized nocturnal predator. Scientists said on Thursday (May 6) an examination of a... Read more »
  • Pizza vending machine prompts curiosity and horror in Rome
    Raffaele Esposito, the 19th century Neapolitan credited with inventing Italy's most famous type of pizza, may be turning in his grave: Rome has a new vending machine which slides out freshly cooked pizzas in just three minutes. Buyers using the flaming red "Mr Go Pizza" machine can choose from four... Read more »
  • World coronavirus death toll more than double official estimates, new report says
    The Covid-19 pandemic has caused nearly 6.9 million deaths across the world, more than double the number officially recorded, a new analysis from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) estimated. Deaths go unreported as most countries only record those that occur in hospitals or of... Read more »
  • Dutch scientists train bees to detect coronavirus infections - providing results immediately
    Dutch researchers have trained bees, which have an unusually keen sense of smell, to identify samples infected with Covid-19, a finding they said could cut waiting times for test results to just seconds. To train the bees, scientists in the bio-veterinary research laboratory at Wageningen University gave them sugary water... Read more »

    Jamaica Observer

  • INDECOM raps cops for 'illegal searches'
    The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has expressed concern about the abuse of their powers by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) during stop and search of vehicles on the roads and searches of private premises.In its first quarterly report for 2021, tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, INDECOM said... Read more »
  • This Day in History - May 7
    Friday is the 127th day of 2021. There are 238 days left in the year.TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT1429: Seventeen-year-old Joan of Arc leads French forces to lift the English siege of Orleans, turning the Hundred-Year War to France's favour. The English retreat the next day, but Joan of Arc refuses to pursue... Read more »
    With the success of her latest single, Go Down Deh, featuring Sean Paul and Shaggy, Spice is on cloud nine as she prepares for the release of her album TEN.Go Down Deh - co-produced by Grammy nominee, Romanian singer/songwriter Costi Ionita and Shaggy - topped several reggae charts.The song registered... Read more »
  • Voice made me kill
    Fabian Skervin, one of the two accused charged in the murder of a Jamaican-Canadian couple in Retreat, St Thomas, just over two years ago, has claimed that he killed the couple on the advice of one of two voices he had heard in his head.Melbourne Flake, 81, and his 70-year-old... Read more »
  • Councillor gets tongue-lashing for deplorable road
    Councillor Carlene Benjamin and members of her team on Tuesday were on the receiving end of a tongue-lashing from taxi operators who are livid at the condition of the Palmer's Cross main road in Clarendon which, they say, is severely affecting their health and finances.The taxi drivers' anger reached boiling... Read more »
  • Indian woman wishes her country was in similar position to Jamaica
    An Indian woman who shared the gloom that the novel coronavirus pandemic has cast over her home city on Thurday said she wished her country was in a similar situation to Jamaica as it relates to COVID-19 deaths and infections.The 21-year-old woman, who wished to be identified only as Jamila,... Read more »
  • Family upset that two Americans get Italy's harshest sentence
    ROME, Italy (AP) - The family of one of two Americans, both convicted of a fatal stabbing during a scuffle with an Italian police officer, on Thursday blasted the jury for ordering Italy's harshest punishment of life imprisonment, a sentence frequently meted out to mobsters who assassinate state officials.Months after... Read more »

  • Practise pandemic kindness
    Fred Rogers said that as a boy, when he saw scary things in the news, his mother told him, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” And today, amid lockdowns and physical distancing, those helpers have had to be more creative. Jane Enright, author of... Read more »
  • Canada's roadside attractions range from loopy to lumbering
    No road trip is complete without roadside attractions. Truth is, though, most of us hurtle past these off-ramp enticements on the way to somewhere else, at best glancing at a billboard (Canada’s first what?) or squinting at a signpost (Home to who?). For those of us who wished they’d stopped... Read more »
  • The best places in Canada for birdwatching
    Get your binoculars out — spring is a wonderful time for birdwatching. Every spring, thousands of tiny songbirds make the return journey from South America to the boreal forest near Lesser Slave Lake, Alta. For birdwatchers and bird researchers, few things are more exciting than migration season. Several years ago,... Read more »
  • TV roundup: SNL, Jeopardy!, Trailer Park Boys and more
    Jeopardy! finally books Burton Jeopardy! producers are giving the people what they want. LeVar Burton will host the long-running quiz show as part of a continuing lineup of guest emcees after Alex Trebek’s death. Burton has long voiced his desire to host, and nearly 250,000 fans have signed an online... Read more »
  • Clothing line helps isolated seniors
    Toronto-based Express Service Society aims to fund personalized VR therapy.... Read more »
  • Books for Kids: Author Brian Floca shows positive side to pandemic
    Keeping the City Going has upbeat attitude and detailed, relatable illustrations.... Read more »
  • TV roundup: David Attenborough, Joe Exotic, Pat Sajak, Friends reunion
    Earth Day gets special doc Just in time for Earth Day, Netflix is debuting a three-part docuseries featuring naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough. Life in Color with David Attenborough follows the 94-year-old to places like the Costa Rican rainforests and the Scottish Highlands to explore how animals use colour to... Read more »

    Windsor Star

  • Reader letter: Governments failing to act in best interest of those who elected them
    Each day, I am more disillusioned with both, federal and provincial government response to the life-threatening situation we face. I read recently about N95 masks just now beginning to roll out of a Canadian plant – more than a year after the fact. The U.S. is aiming to vaccinate their... Read more »
  • Guest column: Greenhouse vegetable growers striving for safety during pandemic
    Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) have heard the call to action. Our farmers – along with everyone in Ontario – are in an emergency situation and our collective path out of this crisis requires an all hands on deck approach to respond to the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.... Read more »
  • Reader letter: Border should be open to all who have been vaccinated
    Re: Border battle: Canadians, Americans wonder when — or if — normalcy will return, by Dave Battagello & Derrick Penner, April 8 I have been supervising students working on COVID-19 research in my laboratory since the pandemic began last year. I have taught some of my smaller courses in-person. I... Read more »
  • Reader letter: Essex councillor should consider resigning following remarks
    Re: Town of Essex councillor under fire for COVID comment, by Dave Battagello, April 11 To Chris Vander Doelen, let me first hope you have a speedy recovery from your COVID-19 infection. But I was disappointed and outraged by what I believe was a racist tweet using the term “the... Read more »
  • Mayor presses for residents to be able to go to Michigan for surplus vaccine doses
    Pharmacists from Windsor who work in Michigan are offering to immunize thousands of people from here with the state’s surplus COVID-19 vaccine. But it’s not happening — and vials are expiring and being thrown out — because the Canadian government won’t waive the two-week quarantine for returning travellers, Mayor Drew... Read more »
  • Lakeshore man charged with impaired driving
    A traffic complaint in Lakeshore resulted in an impaired driving charge Wednesday night. Lakeshore OPP responded to the traffic complaint on County Road 22 at approximately 9:23 p.m. Officer located the reported vehicle and conducted a traffic stop, police said in a news release on Thursday. As a result, a... Read more »
  • Town of Essex to test emergency alert system
    The Town of Essex will be conducting a test of its emergency notification system Friday at approximately 1:30 p.m. EssexAlerts registrants and all publicly listed home phone numbers in the town will receive a phone call, SMS text message, or email. Recipients will also have the option to confirm they... Read more »
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