Americans rush to stock up on essentials as coronavirus spreads

NEW YORK (Reuters) – American shoppers stood in long lines outside grocery stores on Friday, waiting to get inside to buy essentials like toilet paper, pasta, and bottled water, as a worsening coronavirus crisis stoked fears of shortages across the United States. The run on certain goods prompted some retailers to enforce purchase limits as a way to ensure that […]

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Water safety statement issued for Peterborough region

Rainfall overnight Thursday and milder temperatures this week have prompted conservation authorities to issue a water safety statement for the Peterborough region. Otonabee Conservation issued the statement around 1 p.m. Friday, declaring watercourses and water bodies in its jurisdiction are experiencing high flows. The statement is in effect for Peterborough, Peterborough County and the townships of Selwyn, Douro-Dummer, Asphodel-Norwood, Otonabee-South […]

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Spain's Catalonia requests regional lockdown over coronavirus

MADRID (Reuters) – The regional government of Spain’s Catalonia asked Spanish central authorities to help it block access by air, rail and water to guarantee the confinement of the whole region due to the coronavirus epidemic, regional leader Quim Torra said. “We believe all Catalonia needs to be confined,” he said in a televised news conference on Friday, adding that […]

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Spain declares emergency as coronavirus shuts down parades, schools, shops

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain said it would declare a 15-day state of emergency from Saturday, signaling a sharp escalation in its fight against the coronavirus, as some regions shut shops, car plants ground to a halt and church authorities canceled some Easter parades. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said the number of cases could top 10,000 by next week – more […]

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Coronavirus: Could Canada impose strict travel bans? Experts say yes

Could Canada impose the type of strict travel bans seen in China, Italy and the United States in response to the novel coronavirus? According to Canadian constitutional experts: yes. But any restrictions on travel would have to be “reasonable” and “demonstrably justified.” This, University of Ottawa law professor Martha Jackman says, means that if the government were to limit or […]

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Bayer inches toward glyphosate settlement: WSJ

(Reuters) – Bayer AG has agreed on draft settlement terms with half a dozen law firms representing tens of thousands of plaintiffs alleging that its Roundup weedkiller causes cancer, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. Shares of the German drugs and pesticides company have come under immense pressure since it lost the first […]

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Stocks bounce on stimulus hopes

(Reuters) – Wall Street clawed back some losses on Friday after its biggest one-day decline in three decades, as investors set their hopes on more global fiscal stimulus to stem a coronavirus-driven global recession. All three main indexes jumped more than 6% in early trading before paring gains on reports President Donald Trump was set to declare a national emergency […]

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Georgian College, Lakehead University suspend classes in response to COVID-19

Georgian College and Lakehead University are suspending classes at their campuses due to concerns over COVID-19. At Georgian College, in-person classes will be cancelled between Monday, March 16 and Friday, March 20. Lakehead University is cancelling classes on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17. While classes are suspended, both schools will prepare course content that can be delivered remotely […]

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Canada’s cyber agency dismantling fake government coronavirus pandemic response websites

Canadian national security agencies are fighting against malicious cyber campaigns seeking to exploit the coronavirus pandemic in a number of ways, such as mimicking Canadian government websites in “phishing” attempts. While public safety concerns and anxiety rise with the spread of COVID-19, hostile foreign actors and cyber criminals are attempting to capitalize on fear and promote their own interests, according […]

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Holiday hell as coronavirus shuts down club nights across Ibiza and Majorca

The lights have gone out across party islands Ibiza and Majorca, as Spain declares a state of emergency over the coronavirus outbreak. All club nights, pubs and entertainment are to grind to a halt from midnight in a bid to curb the spread of the deadly virus which causes pneumonia-like symptoms. The Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced the country […]

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