Month: August 2021

Status update of Covid-19 cases worldwide

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Here we provide a daily update of the data available for select countries and jurisdictions as of August 31, 2021, at 6:00pm EST.

On Tuesday, health officials in Bangladesh logged 3,357 new infections, pushing the total number of confirmed positive cases passed 1.5 million. Of the cumulative total, 95.9% are considered recovered. In the last 24-hours, Covid-related deaths increased by 86, bringing the total number of fatalities to 26,195.


TCDSB, saúde infantil em risco “graças” às eleições

TORONTO – No meio mil incógnitas, as escolas no Ontário reabrem dentro de uma semana.  A incerteza sobre como será este ano lectivo, paira como um chapéu de chumbo que pesa sobre os pais, filhos, professores e funcionários da escola. Aulas online ou presenciais, que protocolos – ainda nada claros – seguir, vacinação, uma vaga de Covid, a quarta, a gerar ansiedade e agora também o problema das eleições federais.  (more…)

Minister Garneau: “1,250 Canadian citizens still stuck in Afghanistan”

OTTAWA – Hundreds of Canadian citizens, permanent residents and family members remain in Afghanistan: Foreign Minister Marc Garneau (in the pic) revealed today, while the federal government announced its intention to resettle 5,000 Afghans already brought out of the country by the United States. “The main thing we needed to figure out was how many Canadian citizens or permanent residents and family members were able to board some of our allies’ flights,” Garneau said at a press conference today. “We estimate that there are currently around 1,250 Canadian citizens or permanent residents or family members who are in Afghanistan”.  (more…)

The US leaves Kabul, the Taliban: “We are free from the invaders”

KABUL – The image of the American general who, lastly, boarded the plane which, with its take-off, marks the end of twenty years of mission in Afghanistan, went around the world. He is Christopher Donahue: 17 US military missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, North Africa and Eastern Europe. And the image, tweeted by the U.S. Department of Defense, was taken at night: the commander of the 82nd Airborne Division (which is part of the 18th Airborne Corps based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina) walks alone, with his weapon in his right hand, ready to board C-17 with the Kabul airport hangar in the background, just before the deadline set by the United States for evacuations (and the ultimatum of the Taliban).  (more…)

Now Trudeau risks the perfect storm

TORONTO – The perfect storm, a nightmare scenario, is materializing for Justin Trudeau. The new polls certify the moment of great difficulty for the outgoing prime minister, who not only collects the strengthening of the Conservative Party in voting intentions, but who is also forced to suffer the growth of the NDP. The Liberal Party, which started on the eve of the election campaign clearly ahead, is currently strongly downsized, caught between two fires, with Erin O’Toole continuing to gnaw votes from the right and with Jagmeet Singh beginning to erode the consensus from the left. And this is precisely the most alarming fact that worries the entourage of the liberal leader: the rise, completely unexpected, of the neo-democrats.  (more…)