Yahoo Finance’s Alexis Christoforous and Brian Sozzi break down the latest market action with AdvisorShares CEO Noah Hamman.
Yahoo Finance’s Alexis Christoforous and Brian Sozzi break down the latest market action with AdvisorShares CEO Noah Hamman.
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Canada Post employees and contractors who typically work the afternoon shift are self-isolating after a COVID-19 outbreak at a key mail facility in Mississauga, Ont. The postal service says in a statement that Peel Public Health recommended the precautionary measure as the most effective way to control further spread at the Gateway facility on Dixie Road. It says afternoon-shift workers who were at the facility Friday evening were told to leave and self-isolate for 14 days, while those who were not there Friday were told to self-isolate for 14 days from the last day they were at work. Canada Post did not say how many employees were affected by the measure, but it says they include those represented by unions, team leaders, managers, support teams and contracted cleaners. It says it's also following other recommendations from Peel Public Health, including conducting on-site rapid testing of other employees next week and enforcing safety protocols with an increased focus on washrooms, lunch rooms and locker rooms. "We understand this situation has been hard on employees at the facility and we will continue to follow the guidance of Public Health and keep them informed," the statement says. "Given the significance of the Gateway facility within our processing network, we are evaluating and adapting our existing contingency plans to manage the impact on customers." Rapid testing at the site has resulted in 42 positive tests over the past four days, Canada Post says. It says there have been a total of 190 positive cases at the facility since Jan. 1. Spokesman Phil Legault has said the facility is central to the Crown corporation's entire national delivery and processing network. Legault said the plant continues to operate and process heavy incoming parcel volumes, but there will be delays. More than 4,500 people work at the Mississauga site. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 23, 2021. The Canadian Press
Hours after trading disgruntled center Pierre-Luc Dubois, the Columbus Blue Jackets got three first-period goals and beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 Saturday. Nick Foligno, Mikhail Grigorenko, Vladislav Gavrikov, Zach Werenski and Eric Robinson scored, and Elvis Merzlikins had 30 saves as the Blue Jackets played their most explosive game of the season.
Australia media are reporting that controversial former tennis champion Margaret Court will receive the country’s top award in the Australia Day honors list, and the apparent decision is already being criticized. The 78-year-old’s appointment as Companion of the Order of Australia was due to be revealed late on Monday, but it was leaked on social media. Australia Day is on Tuesday.
TORONTO — Health officials identified a U.K. variant of COVID-19 at a long-term care home reeling from a deadly outbreak in Barrie, Ont., Saturday as the province recorded a slightly lower daily virus case count. The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit said genome sequencing on six COVID-19 samples from Roberta Place Retirement Lodge have been identified as the highly contagious B117 variant. Officials with the local health unit announced earlier this week that they had found a variant at the home north of Toronto and conducted tests to determine what it was. Known variant strains of the virus were first detected in the U.K., South Africa and Brazil. As of Saturday, officials said 32 residents of the facility have died of COVID-19. A total of 127 residents of the site, as well as 84 staff, have tested positive. Six residents and one staff member were in hospital. Positive cases have also been found in two of the site's essential visitors, as well as 21 household members, such as workers, and three external partners, such as physicians. Dr. Charles Gardner, medical officer of health for the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, said he suspected that all of the facility's cases were the variant. An outbreak at Roberta Place was first declared on Jan. 8. Gardner said the home wasn't able to successfully cohort cases and non-cases at the start of the outbreak, partly because of how quickly it spread and partly because of how many staff members became ill, leading to difficulty in maintaining adequate staffing. At a virtual news conference Saturday, Gardner faced questions about why stronger protocols weren't in place at the start of the outbreak. He said it would be extremely difficult for most facilities to handle a variant that moves this quickly. "We certainly will have to learn from this with regards to what you do with other sites. The whole province will have to learn as we go," he said. The source of the variant at the facility hasn't been confirmed. Earlier this week health officials said a worker at the site had contact with someone who had travelled abroad, but Gardner said there was no violation of government quarantine guidelines in that case. Gardner said officials are taking measures including monitoring the close contacts of those who've gone in and out of the facility to prevent community transmission. Gardner said they haven't seen evidence of community spread yet but the risk is high. The health unit, in partnership with the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, said it accelerated its immunization program on Friday and vaccinated all eligible residents and staff. Officials said they planned to immunize residents at other retirement homes throughout Simcoe Muskoka over the weekend. As of Jan. 16, eligible residents of all long-term care facilities in Simcoe Muskoka have also received their first dose of immunization against COVID-19. Ontario reported 2,359 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and 52 more deaths related to the virus. That was down marginally from Friday's figures of 2,662 new cases and 87 more deaths. There was also a slight drop in the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19, with 1,501 reported on Saturday — 11 fewer than Friday. Health Minister Christine Elliott said Saturday there were 708 new cases in Toronto, 422 in Peel Region, 220 in York Region, 107 in Hamilton and 101 in Ottawa. Since the province's report on Friday, nearly 63,500 tests had been completed and 11,161 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ontario. As of Saturday, a total of 276,146 doses have been administered in Ontario. On Saturday the Ontario government also announced it's expanding its "inspection blitz" of big-box stores to ensure they're following COVID-19 guidelines this weekend. The workplace inspections, which started in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas last weekend, will now stretch out to Ottawa, Windsor, Niagara and Durham regions. Officials want to ensure workers and customers at the essential businesses are properly protected from COVID-19 during the provincewide shutdown. The blitz was developed in consultation with local health units and also covers a variety of other workplaces, including retail establishments and restaurants providing take-out meals. The province's labour ministry says more than 300 offences officers, as well as local public health inspectors and municipal bylaw officers, will conduct the inspections. Corporations can now be fined $1,000, and individuals can be fined $750 or charged for failing to comply with the orders. Labour Minister Monte McNaughton said the province is confident that the majority of workplaces in Ottawa, Windsor, Niagara and Durham are following orders. "However, if we find that businesses are putting the safety of workers and customers at risk, our government will not hesitate to take immediate action," McNaughton added in a statement. "The only way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and end the provincewide shutdown is for everyone — owners, customers and staff alike — to follow the proper guidelines." This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 23, 2021. Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press
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TORONTO — An Ottawa company says it's received approval from Health Canada for its made-in-Canada rapid COVID-19 test. Spartan Bioscience says it's now authorized to sell the diagnostic test, which is touted as providing on-site results within an hour. The company originally unveiled a rapid test for COVID-19 last spring but had to voluntarily recall it and perform additional studies after Health Canada expressed some concerns. At the time, Spartan said Health Canada was concerned about the "efficacy of the proprietary swab" for the testing product. Spartan said the federal agency had no concerns about the accuracy and analytical performance of the product. The company bills the new Spartan COVID-19 System as "the first truly mobile, rapid PCR test for COVID-19 for the Canadian market." "The Spartan system will be able to provide quality results to remote communities, industries and settings with limited lab access, helping relieve the burden on overwhelmed healthcare facilities," the company said in a news release Saturday. The Spartan COVID-19 System was developed through clinical evaluation completed in Canada and the U.S., with the University of Ottawa Heart Institute as one of the testing locations. The company says it's already started production on the rapid tests. A spokesperson for Health Canada says the new device meets the agency's requirements for both safety and effectiveness. The news comes amid a continuing decline in COVID-19 cases in parts of Canada. On Saturday, public health officials in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador said there were no new confirmed cases of COVID-19. Public health officials in New Brunswick reported 17 new cases, 10 of which were in the Edmundston region, which was set to go into a lockdown first thing Sunday morning. Both Quebec and Ontario reported fewer cases Saturday — 1,685 and 2,359 repectively. However, officials in Ontario expressed concern about a highly contagious U.K. variant of the virus that was detected at a long-term care facility north of Toronto. Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit confirmed the variant was behind the outbreak at Roberta Place Retirement Lodge in Barrie, Ont., where 32 residents have died of COVID-19 and dozens of others have tested positive. Fears of variants that can rapidly spread come as the federal government considers a mandatory quarantine in hotels for travellers returning to Canada. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 23, 2021. The Canadian Press
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Day'Ron Sharpe and Armando Bacot combined for 33 points and 18 rebounds as North Carolina used its strength inside to beat North Carolina State 8676 on Saturday.
USA Basketball is casting a widerthanusual net in its roster selection for this summer's rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, two people with knowledge of the situation said Saturday.
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Jared Butler scored 22 points and No. 2 Baylor rallied from a halftime deficit to beat undermanned Oklahoma State 8166 on Saturday.
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Conor McGregor returns to the octagon tonight as he takes on Dustin Poirier for the second time in the main event of UFC 257. UFC icon and former two-weight world champion McGregor has not fought since January 2020 when he destroyed Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone inside 40 seconds at UFC 267 in Las Vegas.
Eric Ayala had 21 points and three steals to help Maryland deliver another road upset of a ranked Big Ten opponent, a wiretowire 6349 victory over No. 17 Minnesota on Saturday.