With mail-in ballots still being counted in critical states like Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, newspapers globally had to publish front pages without knowing if Donald Trump or Joe Biden had won the U.S. election.All across the United States, Canada, and around the world, publishers jumped on the tight race with unique illustrations, images of Biden and Trump pitted against one another, or voters at the polls. As the world continues to wait on the final counts from key states, the news cycle continues, and people globally are wondering whose picture will appear on tomorrow’s newspaper.For all the latest on the U.S. election, follow our live coverage here.
The latest developments from Canada on Sept. 30, relating to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases nationwide.
When John and Mary Coyne were invited by a friend to Malawi 15 years ago, they didn’t know it would change the rest of their lives.
Provinces are releasing their back-to-school plans for students ahead of the September 2020 return to the classroom.
In a new video uploaded to YouTube, Raffi is joined by world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma to perform the song in a way that people have never heard before.
Across America and in countries around the world, people are taking to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd and acts of racially-motivated violence by police against members of the Black community.According to a private coroner’s report, Floyd was murdered on May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, causing him to asphyxiate.Following Floyd’s death and a series of other devastating incidents this year, including a two-month delay in murder charges for the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery by two white men, and the death of Breonna Taylor after police entered her apartment with a warrant for illegal drugs and shot her, tensions between law enforcement and the Black community and allies is at a fevered pitch in the U.S. Other marginalized communities as well as white allies have joined members of the Black community in protesting the actions of law enforcement officials and are demanding respect and fairness, regardless of the colour of their skin.
Desert locusts have invaded India’s Rajasthan region, threatening summer crops. Millions of locusts have been descending on the region since April, and have begun entering neighbouring states.An estimated 50,000 hectares have been engulfed by the locusts so far, a devastating amount of destruction in conjunction with the economic impact of COVID-19 on farming regions. Higher than normal temperatures have helped the locusts breed and spread at a faster rate than normal. This year’s infestation is the worst the country has seen since 1993.Local authorities have been using vehicle-mounted sprayers, pesticides and drones to combat the threat of the locusts on crops.
Canadians across the country are mourning the passing of the Snowbirds’ Capt. Jenn Casey from Halifax, N.S. Casey’s jet, which she was flying as part of a demonstration to thank health-care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, crashed shortly after takeoff in Kamloops, B.C., on Sunday.A memorial has appeared in Kamloops to honour Casey. The Snowbirds were on a cross-country tour, but during the team’s Kamloops stop, Casey’s jet crashed and burst into flames in the front yard of a home.Casey was a public affairs officer with the Snowbirds. She joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 2014 after a career as a journalist.
In May, countries around the world began lifting restrictions to allow some businesses to reopen under certain conditions after COVID-19 closures.India, China, France, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Russia and parts of the United States and Canada all saw some businesses reopen in mid-May, depending on the recommendations of local public health officials. Hair dressers, train services, food markets, golf courses and even amusement parks were visited for the first time nearly two months.At a briefing in Geneva on May 11, Michael J. Ryan, Chief Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, stressed the importance of caution as schools and businesses begin to reopen.“We need to get our priorities right as we enter the next phase of this fight,” Ryan said.“We have a second chance now as a society to put in place the necessary public health interventions, to put in place the necessary community supports.”Follow this live blog for the latest updates on COVID-19 around the world.
May 8 marks VE (Victory in Europe) Day. In 1945, it was the day that the Allied forces formally accepted Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender. The day was marked with celebrations around the world, including massive gatherings in London and New York City.However, the day does not mark the formal end to World War II. Imperial Japan did not surrender until August 15, 1945, which became known as Victory in the Pacific or Victory over Japan (VJ) Day.According to minutes from a U.K. government cabinet meeting, the phrase VE Day was selected by Winston Churchill on April 9.Britain is marking the day with a series of events, however they’re somewhat muted compared to the original plans. As a result of the country remaining in lockdown due to COVID-19, a series of television and radio programs were run, and military fly-bys still took place.
Former presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is also the former resident of a rather luxurious ski home, located in Park City, Utah. Romney had this property built for his family in 1999, and was sold for $5 million in 2009, shortly after his Republican presidential candidacy aspirations were brought to an end.The home is back on the market after numerous upgrades, and is listed for $15 million USD.Romney is currently a Utah senator.Photos courtesy Engel & Volkers via Top Ten Real Estate Deals.
A CH-148 Cyclone helicopter crashed into the Ionian Sea on April 29. Six Canadians were on board: four Royal Canadian Air Force members and two Royal Canadian Navy members.On Thursday, it was announced that Nova Scotia Sub-Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough, a maritime systems engineering officer originally from Toronto, is confirmed dead. The search for the remaining five members continues in the international waters between Greece and Italy.The helicopter crashed during a NATO task force mission, as part of Operation Reassurance. The six-member team was on six month deploy that began in January.There is aircraft from Canada, Italy and Turkey currently looking for the downed craft and the team members, with support from Greece and the U.S.
On Wednesday, a helicopter serving with a NATO task force crashed into the Ionian Sea between Italy and Greece with six Canadian service people on board.Four Royal Canadian Air Force members and two Royal Canadian Navy members were on board the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter at the time.The Canadian Armed Forces has identified the five service members missing in Wednesday's helicopter crash off the coast of Greece.The government earlier today confirmed that Sub-Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough died when the helicopter crashed.During a press conference on Thursday, Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance said the Cyclone fleet has been put on "operational pause" temporarily to allow flight safety teams to investigate and rule out any fleet-wide problems. He added the helicopter fleet is modern and has "state-of-the-art" technology.With files from CBC.
As the world navigates a unique time in modern history, people around the globe are seeking out symbols of hope and unity. In that spirit, light artist Gerry Hofstetter is illuminating the Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland, with flags from many different countries and thank-you messages in English, French, Italian and German.Over five weeks, the artist projected light onto the mountain’s peak as a sign of hope and solidarity. Some countries even responded in kind; when the flag of the United Arab Emirates was projected on the Matterhorn, a Swiss flag was projected on the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.While the images appear bright in the photos, the effect was much more subtle in person, as to not disturb residents near the Matterhorn. No animals live on the Matterhorn, either, so no wildlife was disturbed during the exhibit.Hofstetter has worked on numerous projects around the world, working in the medium of light projection, but particularly in his native Switzerland.
For the last two weeks, protesters across the U.S. have been challenging the quarantine and shelter-in-place orders put in place due to COVID-19.Social distancing remains advised by many of the world’s top medical experts, but those who believe it to be a violation of their rights are ignoring the orders in favour of public gatherings.While most of the signs have taken on similar themes focused on freedom versus fear and the Bill of Rights, some protesters have gotten creative with their sign making. Here are some of the more unique sentiments shared on protest signs.
It’s been a full year since Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the most famous landmarks in the world, was devastated by a fire.Restoration work has been halted amid the COVID-19 global pandemic, which saw a country-wide lockdown in France on March 17. Workers were going to begin the process of removing some of the 250 tons of scaffolding before the lockdown measure.A very small service was held for Good Friday inside the church, but work remains on completing the restoration of the 850-year-old cathedral.Officials are hoping the scaffolding can be removed by the fall, and then stones will be analyzed to determine which ones need to be replaced. More debris needs to also be removed from the site.
All over the planet, people stepped outside sometime between April 7 and April 8 to see the same thing: a pink supermoon.It was the closest that the moon will be to the Earth for all of 2020, a mere 356,907 kilometres, appearing up to seven per cent bigger than a typical full moon.The “pink moon” is the name given to the full moon of early spring, named for the flower Phlox subulata, a common springtime flower. Despite its appearance in some photos, the moon doesn’t actually turn pink — it’s just a haze in some areas.This moon was also the Paschal Moon, which is how the date is set for Easter each year (hence why Easter falls on this Sunday, the first one after the Paschal Moon).If you didn’t get a chance to see it for yourself (or just want to admire it again), here’s a look at some of the shots people snapped from around the world.
As the coronavirus has officially been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, countries around the world are taking measures to keep residents and visitors safe. As a result, many of the world’s biggest tourism destinations have been closed temporarily or have seen declines in the number of visitors. Here’s a look at some tourist destinations and major hubs, normally filled with people, as they shut down in an effort to fight transmission of COVID-19 through proximity.
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At least 19 people are dead after a tornado tore through Tennessee. The tornado touched down in Nashville early Tuesday morning, collapsing businesses and homes throughout the city.In a press conference on Tuesday, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said that a number of people are still missing, and while there was no information on the total number of people injured, Lee said that 30 rescue workers had suffered injuries, according to USA Today. The governor also declared a state of emergency.Since Tennessee is one of the states that will be voting on Super Tuesday, several polling stations had to be relocated at the last minute.At least 48 structures have collapsed as a result of the tornado, the Nashville Fire Department said. U.S. President Donald Trump will be touring the storm-damaged areas of Nashville and other impacted areas of Tennessee on Thursday.
As teacher strikes continue across the province, Ontario teachers have put some of their creative energies into eye-catching signs on the picket lines.With talks continuing to struggle between the teachers’ unions and the provincial government, thousands of teachers have walked those picket lines in the last couple of months. Sarah Zubair, a Diagnostic Kindergarten Teacher with the Toronto District School Board, has been one of those teachers, and has been documenting her experience on the picket line through her Instagram account, which features some of her professional photography work as well.“We work to highlight student voices in our schools,” Zubair told Yahoo Canada. “During the rally I saw the creative ways educators came together to advocate for their students on the streets of Toronto. Every ounce of their energy, creativity and dedication can be witnessed in the posters and costumes. I felt I could amplify all the voices using my strengths in photography.”Zubair says she joined the picket line with thousands of other teachers, staff, parents and students because she, like much of the community, feels passionate about providing students with a supportive educational experience for students.“When [Premier Doug] Ford or [Minister of Education Stephen] Lecce speak, they ensure they leave bits and pieces of information that majority of the public may not know to question,” says Zubair. “By now, everyone is probably aware that we have lost at least 3 per cent of our pay. The lowest class sizes in the country are only for grade 1-3, grades 4+ see class sizes for up to 30-38 on average, which is classroom management, not teaching.“I believe what frustrates educators the most is that Ford and Lecce not only escape truths, but lack any experience in public education which cause many misconceptions.”In legislature on Monday, Lecce said the government was looking for an end to the strike, and was negotiating in good faith with the Catholic teachers’ union. He also said that the government was seeking to protect full-day kindergarten, and keep class sizes low.Ontario’s elementary school teachers say they are suspending strikes for the next two weeks, but will resume at that time if an agreement cannot be reached. The teachers’ union also says they aren’t ruling out the possibility of a full strike.