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FREDERICTON — New Brunswick Green Leader David Coon is calling on Natural Resources Minister Mike Holland to resign from cabinet because of a letter he wrote to the Energy and Utilities Board. The board is dealing with an application from Irving Oil for an increase in the wholesale prices of fuel oil, gasoline and diesel produced at its Saint John refinery. Coon says any effort to influence the work of the board is an abuse of power. The Opposition Liberals say by sending a letter to encourage a quick review, the minister is interfering in the work of the board. But in a statement, late Wednesday, Premier Blaine Higgs says he won't ask Holland to resign. Higgs says there are significant concerns about the continuity of oil supply and the impacts that the current market and federal regulations will have on the oil refinery, especially during COVID-19, and the minister was acting on behalf of government to support a review. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 20, 2021. The Canadian Press
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MADRID — Spain’s government is resisting calls by regional health authorities to let them impose earlier curfews amid a sharp rise in coronavirus cases. Spain’s hospitals are filling up again after a third rise in infections since the start of the pandemic. Another 464 people were reported dead on Wednesday, increasing the confirmed death toll to 54,637. Some regions want the government to allow a change of the curfew to 8 p.m., instead of the current 10 p.m. allowed under a state of emergency. Health Minister Salvador Illa says the ministry would “evaluate” the request, even though he insisted it wasn't needed because of current measures. Spain registered another 41,000 cases on Wednesday in the midst of rolling out its vaccination program. Despite the recent hiccups in the shipments the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, Spain broke 1 million vaccines administered on Wednesday. Spain has 2.4 million confirmed cases, eighth in the world. It has registered more than 54,000 deaths, 10th globally. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: Britain hits another record daily virus deaths. Ontario's leader asks Biden for 1 million vaccine shots due to Pfizer shortfall for Canada. India to start delivering Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines to neighbouring countries. Expert panel says both China and the WHO should have acted faster to prevent the pandemic. Surging infections give Spain’s new emergency hospital in Madrid a chance for use. Italy ponders suing Pfizer for vaccine delays. __Follow all of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic, https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak ___ HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: RIO DE JANEIRO — At 106, Zélia de Carvalho Morley rolled up a sleeve and looked stoically to the side as a nurse slid in a COVID-19 shot. She was one of thousands in Brazil to get the vaccine on Wednesday, but one of very few old enough to recall a viral pandemic that swept her nation and the world a century ago. Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1914, Morley was a girl when the Spanish flu killed millions around the world in 1918-1920, when no vaccines were available. “The whole of Brazil caught it. Too many people died,” Morley told The Associated Press. “I think this vaccine is going to be very good.” She displayed a generous smile before placing her light blue mask back on her face. ___ ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s top health official expressed his optimism that the government can get about one million doses of COVID-19 vaccine by March. Faisal Sultan says Pakistan’s talks with the manufacturers of Sinopharm and Cansino vaccines are at an advanced stage. He says Sinopharm’s vaccine has been used in several countries and it had an efficacy of 80% to 85%. He says clinical trials of Cansino’s vaccine are near completion in Pakistan and their results will be available soon. Sultan says health workers will get vaccine first and 400,000 health workers had registered for it. Pakistan reported 48 new deaths from coronavirus and 1,772 cases in the past 24 hours. Pakistan has registered 11,103 total confirmed deaths and 524,783 cases. ___ LONDON — For the second day running, Britain had another record increase in coronavirus-related deaths. The government says another 1,820 people died in the 28 days after testing positive for the coronavirus. That takes the confirmed total to 93,290, which is Europe’s highest virus-related death toll and fifth highest in the world. The lockdown restrictions across the U.K. have helped reduce the number of people contracting the virus, although the U.K. is still recording high levels of infections when compared with other nations in Europe, such as France or Germany. On Wednesday, the U.K. recorded another 38,905 new cases. That’s up from the previous day’s 33,355. However, it’s below the seven-day average of nearly 60,000 earlier this month. ____ NEW YORK — The incoming CDC director is arriving at an agency that’s been relegated to the sidelines during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Rochelle Walensky arrives at the CDC this week as the U.S. coronavirus death toll eclipses 400,000, and the nation’s largest vaccination campaign is wracked by confusion and delays. Experts say while the agency has retained some of its top scientific talent, it needs protection from political influence, a review of its own missteps and more money. Last week, President-elect Joe Biden said he would ask for $160 billion for vaccinations and other public health programs, including an effort to expand the public health workforce by 100,000 jobs. Walensky, 51, an infectious-diseases specialist at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. An HIV researcher, she has emerged as a prominent voice on the pandemic, sometimes criticizing aspects of the state and national response. She will succeed Dr. Robert Redfield, 69, who came to the CDC with a similar resume as an outsider from academia. ___ PARIS — French university students are protesting on the Left Bank of Paris to be allowed back to class. They also want to call attention to suicides and financial troubles among students cut off from friends, professors and job opportunities amid the pandemic. Carrying a banner reading “We Will Not Be the Sacrificed Generation,” hundreds of university students gathered in the French capital to march on the Education Ministry. Other student protests were planned Wednesday elsewhere in France. The government ordered all universities closed in October to stem resurgent coronavirus infections. France tightened its curfew last week as virus hospitalizations grew. Prime Minister Jean Castex made a gesture toward college students, allowing first-year students to start returning to partial classes next week. France has 2.9 million cases, sixth in the world, and more than 71,000 confirmed deaths. ___ LISBON, Portugal — Portugal has the highest seven-day average rate of new cases per capita and the second-highest rate of new deaths in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University. The daily new cases per 100,000 population rose from 51 on Jan. 5 to 98 on Tuesday. The average daily deaths per capita rose from 0.75 to 1.63 during the same period. Portugal is in lockdown, but the government is reluctant to close schools. Authorities have launched a program of rapid coronavirus tests at schools in the hardest-hit areas of the country. They say if schools close, some children won’t get proper meals, have computer access or help with their studies. Some teachers are unhappy about the policy, pressing for a national school closure. The surge is pushing the public health system, especially hospitals, to capacity. The Health Ministry expects to open a field hospital Wednesday with 58 beds on the grounds of the Lisbon University campus. Authorities are opening more temporary medical installations at sites outside the health sector, including hotels, university residences and churches, with 2,300 beds. Portugal reported 10,455 new confirmed cases and 218 deaths in the last 24 hours. That increased the overall totals to 566,958 cases and 9,246 deaths. ___ ROME — Italy’s coronavirus czar is pressing ahead with plans to take legal action against Pfizer after the U.S. pharmaceutical company announced delays in delivering pre-ordered COVID-19 vaccines to Europe. Domenico Arcuri says in a statement he’s secured unanimous backing from Italy’s regional governors to take civil or criminal action, where possible. Pfizer confirmed last week it would temporarily reduce deliveries to Europe and Canada while it upgrades production capacity to 2 billion doses per year at its Belgium plant. Arcuri says the delay would amount to a 29% reduction in upcoming deliveries to Italy. In announcing the impending legal action, Arcuri says: “The health care of Italian citizens isn’t negotiable.” So far, Italy has administered more than 1.2 million vaccine shots or 76% of the doses already delivered to Italian regions. ___ TORONTO — Canada won’t be getting any Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccines next week and 50% fewer than expected over the next month, officials say, prompting the leader of Canada’s most populous province to ask U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to share a million doses from Pfizer’s Michigan plant. Maj. Gen. Dany Fortin, who is leading Canada’s logistical rollout and distribution of vaccines, called it a major reduction, but says Pfizer is still expected to meet its contractual obligation to ship four million doses to Canada by the end of March. U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer confirmed last week it would temporarily reduce deliveries to Europe and Canada of its COVID-19 vaccine while it upgrades production capacity at its plant in Puurs, Belgium. Pfizer’s Belgian plant supplies all shots delivered outside the U.S. Doug Ford, the premier of Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, says he’s angry. He asked Biden to help Canada, noting there’s a Pfizer plant in Michigan. “Our American friends, help us out,” Ford says. “You have a new president, no more excuses. Help us out.” ___ ROME — The Vatican has begun offering COVID-19 vaccines to homeless people and says it plans to expand the program in coming days. A preliminary group of 25 people who live in residences run by the pope’s chief alms-giver received the shots on Wednesday in the Vatican’s auditorium. They joined Pope Francis, emeritus Pope Benedict XVI and other Vatican employees and their families who began receiving the vaccines last week. The Vatican, as a sovereign city state, arranged for its own vaccine deliveries of the Pfizer-BioNTech shots. Italy has it’s own vaccine campaign under way but to date the national health care system is prioritizing health care workers and the elderly. Francis has called for universal availability of the shots, especially for the poor and most vulnerable. He has also said it was ethically necessary to take the vaccine, expressing incredulousness at vaccine and coronavirus skeptics, because "you’re playing not only with your health but the health of others.” ___ NEW DELHI — India began supplying coronavirus vaccines to its neighbouring countries on Wednesday, as the world’s largest vaccine making nation strikes a balance between maintaining enough doses to inoculate its own people and helping developing countries. India’s Foreign Ministry says the country would send 150,000 shots of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, manufactured locally by Serum Institute of India, to Bhutan and 100,000 shots to the Maldives on Wednesday. Vaccines will be sent to Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and the Seychelles in coming weeks, the ministry says. It added in a statement that regulatory clearances were still awaited from Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Mauritius. ___ WARSAW, Poland – Poland’s chief medical expert for fighting COVID-19 said Wednesday that the nation’s high rate of deaths from the infection is mostly the result of people aged over 70, with other serious diseases, succumbing to the coronavirus. According to Professor Andrzej Horban, the current high number of deaths among the elderly is the result of infections from large gatherings during Christmas and New Year's. The data Wednesday showed almost 7,000 new infections and 443 confirmed deaths. Some 15,000 people remain hospitalized due to COVID-19. A nation of 38 million, Poland has registered nearly 1.5 million confirmed cases and more than 34,000 deaths. ___ COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Police in the Norwegian capital are doubling fines for violating coronavirus restrictions, saying not respecting the limit of 10 people for private gatherings can lead organizers being fined 20,000 kroner ($2,326) while participants will be fined 10,000 kroner ($1,163). “This increase in fine rates underlines the seriousness of breaking the coronavirus rules. Everyone has a responsibility to take care of infection control,” said Oslo chief prosecutor Beate Brinch Sand. Earlier this month, Oslo imposed coronavirus tests for all people entering the Scandinavian country from abroad to help stop the spread of the variant detected first in Britain. Norway also has a nationwide ban on serving alcohol in restaurants and bars to prevent a virus resurgence and it raised fines for those violations, too. ___ HONOLULU — Hawaii’s leaders say limited supply is the main thing constraining distribution of the coronavirus vaccine in the state. Hawaii received 59,000 doses of the vaccine last week, but expects to get only about 32,000 this week. Still, Lt. Gov. Josh Green says the state expects to vaccinate everyone in the top priority category by the end of February. That category includes health care workers, long-term care facility residents, people over 75, and teachers and other front-line essential workers. The federal government is distributing vaccines to each state in accordance with their share of the U.S. population. ___ The Associated Press
Man United are aiming to retake top spot in the Premier League as they travel to west London to face Fulham this evening. Leicester City beat Chelsea to go top on Tuesday, but Man City then took first place with a win over Aston Villa before United’s game in the capital tonight. As for Fulham, Scott Parker’s side have looked more impressive of late after a poor start to the season, but they are struggling to turn draws into wins as they sit four points away from safety - albeit with games in hand over fellow strugglers Brighton and Newcastle.
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Washington couldn’t turn the page quickly enough from Donald Trump to President Joe Biden. Trump's voice faded from the capital he had animated and antagonized since 2017 as he flew to private life in Florida, with his last trip on Air Force One tuned in to Biden's inauguration on television. And quite suddenly, at least for the moment, the old ways were back: reverence of custom, rituals dating back two centuries, scenes of grace, calls for unity. Four years after Trump’s dark portrayal of “American carnage,” Biden set out his intent on the same platform of the flag-bedecked Capitol to write “an American story of hope." The ascension of the 46th president came with poetry, trumpets, Lady Gaga singing the national anthem, Garth Brooks singing “Amazing Grace" and keen memories of the insurrection on these grounds by Trump supporters only two weeks earlier. “Democracy has prevailed,” Biden said in his sober remarks, adding, “We must end this uncivil war.” “Modest, austere, grave, calming, cleansing, inspiring,” historian Michael Beschloss said of Biden’s speech. The bigger names may well have been upstaged by 22-year-old Amanda Gorman, whose poem spoke of a country “Where a skinny Black girl, descended from slaves and raised by a single mother, can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one.” Trump didn't summon a poet for his inauguration in 2017; not all presidents do. Biden emerged from Blair House, the president's official guesthouse, to open his day just as Trump vanished inside the big plane at Joint Base Andrews, as if their footsteps had been choreographed. But the outgoing president was not one to co-ordinate anything with the incoming one. Trump never conceded the election, declined to attend the inauguration and upended the tradition of sending a government plane to bring the president-elect to Washington. Nor did he invite the Bidens to the White House for morning coffee and tea, as the Obamas had done for the Trumps in 2017. Biden opened his presidency acknowledging former presidents on the platform, Republican and Democrat, and Trump's vice-president, Mike Pence, who attended the ceremony and acknowledged Biden's victory in ways Trump never did. Biden did not offer a personal acknowledgment of the man he defeated, nor did Trump mention him. Under threat of conviction from the Senate on an accusation of inciting insurrection, Trump departed with a perfunctory nod to those who have died from the coronavirus, an obligatory wish of “luck” to the next administration without mentioning Biden’s name, a premature claim on any success Biden might have reviving the economy, and the cloudy threat of a return. “Have a nice life,” Trump said in remarks to well-wishers upon his departure. As Air Force One flew low along the coast, Biden’s inauguration played on Fox News on television aboard the flight. Trump’s family was on board. He spent some of the flight with flight staff who went up to him to say goodbye. Rituals of the republic went on without him, though in a way never before seen. Washington got on with things, this time with masks on everyone (except Brooks), people taking care to distance from each other and some 25,000 National Guard troops deployed to keep the peace. In a striking tableau at the Capitol, three former presidents and first ladies of different parties mingled as though at a cocktail party. And again, in hushed moments at Arlington National Cemetery, where Biden and Harris led a wreath ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier while Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and spouses watched. It was among the inaugural events where a new president and his successor normally come together but Trump had decided to skip the day's proceedings and Biden had said that was fine with him. The inauguration crowds were sparse by design, with invitation-only guests at the immediate scene and 200,000 small flags standing in place of however many citizens who would have come if the capital’s core hadn’t been under military lock and key and if no pandemic had been sweeping the country. Yet Raelyn Maxwell of Park City, Utah, came with an American flag, a poster board sign reading “Dear Women of Color, thank you” and a bouquet of roses she hoped to toss to Kamala Harris if she could somehow get close enough to the new vice-president. “I protested 45’s inauguration,” she said of Trump, the 45th president, “and I wanted to be here when he left. “And I wanted to celebrate the new president.” She also carried Champagne to toast the occasion with friends here from France. Biden, the second Roman Catholic president, attended a morning mass at St. Matthews Church with at least three Baptists — Harris and Republican leaders Mitch McConnell from the Senate and Kevin McCarthy from the House — and the Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, who is Jewish. It was one of those bipartisan, not to mention multi-faith, events that Washington is known for, coexisting with searing political division. St. Matthew, patron saint of civil servants, was a tax-collector and, on the brighter side, an apostle who spread the gospel exhorting people to “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you,” according to the church’s teachings. There were stirrings of that Wednesday. ___ Associated Press writers Ben Fox and Jill Colvin contributed to this report. Calvin Woodward, The Associated Press
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OTTAWA — A majority of Conservative MPs have voted to remove Derek Sloan from the party's caucus, according to sources not authorized to speak publicly about caucus business. The vote follows revelations Sloan accepted a donation to his leadership campaign from a white nationalist. Party leader Erin O'Toole initiated the caucus removal process late Monday after news of the donation surfaced. Sloan did not dispute he received the money but has said he was unaware of it, and it was unfair to expect him to scrutinize the backgrounds of all donors. Sloan was first elected to the Ontario riding of Hastings-Lennox and Addington in 2019 and unsuccessfully ran for leadership of the party last year. His socially conservative views have been a thorn in the party's side and O'Toole had faced pressure for months to kick him out to prove the Tories are the moderate party the leader claims. More Coming... The Canadian Press
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Ontario should improve working conditions in long-term care homes in an effort to retain staff and prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the facilities, a new report from a group of health experts advising the province suggests. The immense toll the pandemic has taken on the long-term care sector is only increasing as infections and deaths among residents speed up, mirroring the virus's spread in the community at large, the report released Wednesday from the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table said. It argues the province can build on what it's already done to improve the situation and protect residents and staff from the virus. "Addressing the longstanding staffing shortages is one of the most urgent issues confronting Ontario's LTC homes both during and in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic," said the report, pointing to American research that found staffing shortages in long-term care homes led to more cases of COVID-19 and higher death rates. The report said, however, that the pandemic has made working in the sector even less appealing, as many workers have caught COVID-19 and 10 have died of the virus in Ontario. As of Wednesday, 13,549 residents of long-term care homes had been diagnosed with the virus and 3,239 had died, according to provincial data. As many as 5,375 staff members had been infected. "There is also a heightened fear among staff about onwards transmission of (COVID-19) to family members, not having access to PPE given the shortages at the onset of the pandemic, and burnout given the stressful conditions many staff are exposed to in outbreak settings," it reads. The province has done some things to improve working conditions, such as introducing temporary pay raises and accelerated training programs, the report said. But those benefits should be extended beyond the end of the pandemic to attract new workers – and keep them in their jobs once they're hired, the report recommended. "This could include creating more full-time jobs, more permanent pay increases, career ladders and more immediate increases in the hours of care being provided to each resident," it said. The report also pointed to suggestions to make at least 70 per cent of staff full-time, while ensuring "all full-time and part-time staff have fair pay and benefits including paid sick leave." The document noted that spread in long-term care homes reflects community spread, with facilities in regions with high rates of COVID-19 more likely to have significant outbreaks. "The relationship between community incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infections and LTC home outbreaks is likely mediated by infected staff who are unknowingly importing virus in homes with asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic COVID-19," it reads.An Ontario study conducted "in the early days of the first wave" found that infection among staff was associated with death among residents with a lag of just six days, the report notes, so tackling staff infection is paramount. The document suggests making sure personal support workers and other long-term care staff are included in community-tailored approaches to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as enabling local organizations to offer testing and support, individualized case management and paid sick leaves and eviction moratoriums. The document also recommends extending a prohibition on three- and four-bed rooms beyond the end of this month to prevent overcrowding, which is associated with higher rates of COVID-19 and more deaths. A spokeswoman for Long-Term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton did not immediately respond to a request for comment. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 20, 2021. Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press
Criminal ComplaintA Connecticut man was charged Wednesday for allegedly pinning a police officer against a doorway with a riot shield during the Capitol insurrection.Patrick Edward McCaughey III, 23, was charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers or employees, civil disorder, and violent entry or disorderly conduct for his role in the insurrection, according to the Department of Justice. He’s among hundreds of rioters who have been charged since Jan. 6, including a Texas real-estate agent who flew to the nation’s capital on a private plane and several members of far-right extremist groups. Prosecutors allege McCaughey was among a large group of rioters who attempted to break through a line of uniformed law enforcement officers on Jan. 6 to storm the Capitol through the lower west terrace door. “Unidentified rioters can also be overheard planning and implementing a rotation of rioters to have the ‘fresh’ rioters up front to combat law enforcement, with various unidentified individuals yelling ‘we need fresh patriots in the front’ and ‘we need fresh people,’” the complaint states. “Unidentified rioters are heard instructing the front line of rioters to make a ‘shield-wall’ to prevent law enforcement from controlling rioters with oleoresin capsicum spray.”‘This Is Awesome!’: Another Proud Boys Leader Arrested for Storming U.S. CapitolThe complaint states McCaughey was at the front of the mob, “using [a] clear police riot shield to physically push against the left side of” Metropolitan Police Officer Daniel Hodges. In a video posted on YouTube, the cop cries out in pain as he’s pinned between the shield and the door.In another video, McCaughey tells the officer to “just go home dude,” the complaint states. He’s also heard saying “don’t try and use that stick on me boy” while continuing to push on Hodges. “You see me. Just go home. Talk to your buddies and go home…. Don’t try to use that stick on me. I am not hurting you,” McCaughey says in a video, according to the complaint. Instead of helping the officer, a separate rioter “violently” rips off Hodges’ gas mask, exposing his “bloodied mouth” as he’s still being pinned against the door, the complaint states. Numerous other rioters are behind McCaughey, pushing against the officer. The complaint adds that while McCaughey told other law enforcement officers that Hodges appeared to be hurt, he’s also seen in other videos hitting officers with the shield. “Even after days of seeing so many shocking and horrific scenes from the siege on the U.S. Capitol, the savage beating of D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Hodges stands out for the perpetrator’s blatant disregard for human life,” Steven M. D’Antuono, assistant director in charge of the FBI Washington Field Office, said in a statement. “Patrick McCaughey’s actions were violent, barbaric, and completely out of control. The FBI will relentlessly pursue individuals who took part in this activity and we will continue our unwavering commitment to ensure all those responsible for assaults on law enforcement officers are brought to justice.”Beverly Hills Doctor Who Pushed Trump’s Favorite COVID Drug Arrested in Capitol RiotsBefore his arrest, the FBI and MPD had asked for the public’s assistance in identifying McCaughey, posting photos of the bloody incident online. One witness, who is described as a childhood friend, contacted the FBI after seeing the bulletin for McCaughey. The witness also provided photos and videos taken by McCaughey during the riots. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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