President Donald Trump took a victory lap Friday morning after the government reported surprising job gains for last month, invoking George Floyd's name to assert that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic and its economic disruption was over With the country in upheaval over the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Trump said that an economic rebound was his answer to racial inequality, saying it "is the greatest thing that can happen for race relations."Trump spoke from the Rose Garden hours after the Labour Department said that U.S. employers added 2.5 million workers to their payrolls last month. Economists had been expecting them instead to slash another 8 million jobs amid the ongoing fallout from the
Oxygen, one of the most important weapons in keeping coronavirus patients alive, is in short supply and has become a powerful symbol of the chaos in Peru. Desperate citizens have turned to a burgeoning black market, with tanks listed for sale at exorbitant prices on social media and e-commerce sites. One of those seeking oxygen was Carlos Roque Rojas, 41, whose 81-year-old mother developed a fever and breathing difficulties. He looked all over for oxygen for her but was ultimately unsuccessful. "My mother was abandoned," he told CNN. "The demand for oxygen was too much."Roque, who lives in the Loreto region in the Amazon Basin, described people dying right next to him at a hospital, collapsing in front of his
The government-backed Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp said on Thursday it would tighten rules for offering mortgage insurance from July 1, after forecasting declines of between 9 and 18 per cent in home prices over the next 12 months. The move would make it harder for riskier borrowers, who offer downpayments of less than 20 per cent to access CMHC's default mortgage insurance.CMHC is establishing a minimum credit score of 680 instead of the current 600, the group said in an emailed statement. It will also limit total gross debt servicing ratios to its standard requirement of 35 per cent of annual income, compared with a threshold as high as 39 per cent currently, and total debt servicing to 42 per
NEW DELHI: On World Environment Day, BJP president J P Nadda on Friday highlighted Indian traditions of preserving and venerating nature, while asking people to commit their efforts for a cleaner and greener environment. "On the World Environment Day 2020, we cherish our traditions of preservation and veneration of nature & biodiversity. Now is the time for nature. Let's commit efforts for a cleaner, greener environment," he tweeted. He also planted a sapling to mark the day, saying that one small step goes a long way to protect nature & reverse its degradation.
The unemployment rate in the United States unexpectedly fell in May and layoffs abated, the Department of Labour said Friday in a report that showed the latest signs the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic was bottoming. The department's closely watched monthly employment report showed the jobless rate dropped to 13.3 per cent last month from 14.7 per cent in April. Nonfarm payrolls rose by 2.509 million jobs after a record plunge of 20.687 million in April. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast the jobless rate jumping to 19.8 per cent in May from 14.7 per cent in April. Nonfarm payrolls for May had been expected to fall by eight million jobs. The jobs market improved considerably in the second half
After losing more than three million jobs in March and April, Canada's economy added 290,000 jobs in May, Statistics Canada reported Friday. The data agency reported that 290,000 more people had paid employment in May than in April. And the number of people who worked less than half their usual hours fell by about the same amount: 292,000. Despite the job gains, Canada's official unemployment rate rose to 13.7 per cent as more people were looking for work, especially students. In February, Canada's jobless rate was 5.6 per cent. It increased to 7.8 per cent in March and 13 per cent in April. More to come.
With the deadline for a possible extension of the Brexit transition period looming, a fourth round of talks on a future trade deal between the European Union and the U.K. ended Friday without result. Following four days of video discussions between officials from the two teams of negotiators, the sides remained at loggerheads on many topics, including on regulations for businesses. Their positions on fisheries remain distant, with the U.K. opposed to EU demands for long-term access to British waters."There was no significant progress this week," EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said during a press conference. The U.K. left the political institutions of the EU on Jan. 31 but remains inside the EU's tariff-free single market and customs
A video of a police officer appearing to shove an elderly protester who falls and cracks his head in Buffalo has drawn widespread condemnation. Video from WFBO showed a Buffalo police officer appearing to push the 75-year-old man who walked up to police clearing Niagara Square around the 8 p.m. curfew Thursday. The man falls straight backward and hits his head on the pavement, with blood leaking out as several officers walk past without attending to him.The video quickly went viral on social media, spurring outrage. Buffalo police initially said in a statement that a person "was injured when he tripped & fell," WIVB-TV reported, but Capt. Jeff Rinaldo later told the TV station that an internal affairs investigation
The latest: Britain's official human rights watchdog is to mount an inquiry into the racial inequalities exposed by the coronavirus pandemic, which has topped 6.6 million cases worldwide and led to more than 391,000 deaths.The Equality and Human Rights Commission said it was a "once in a generation" opportunity to tackle deep-seated inequalities and create a fairer country. The move follows the publication of a government-commissioned report earlier this week, which found that people from ethnic minorities have died from COVID-19 in larger relative numbers in England than their white compatriots. The report has faced criticism for not providing any recommendations after not accounting for an array of factors, including occupation, pre-existing health conditions and household densities.
Traoré died on his 24th birthday nearly four years ago in the suburbs of Paris, after he was taken into police custody for fleeing an identity check. His sister, Assa Traoré, says police told her his final words were "I can't breathe." "They died in the exact same way. They carried the weight of ... three cops on them. They had the same words," she told CNN. "And that was the end for George Floyd. That was also the end for Adama Traoré." As demonstrations over police violence and systemic racism rage across the United States, solidarity protests around the world have become a springboard for activists and families to address racial injustices in their own countries. From London to
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Bombardier will lay off 2,500 workers as the company struggles to keep its operations afloat amid dwindling demand for business jets during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a release Friday morning, the Quebec-based transportation company said the aerospace industry as a whole is expecting to see a 30 per cent year-over-year loss in business jet sales, forcing it to reduce its workforce.The company said 1,500 of the permanent job cuts will be in its Quebec facilities and 400 in Ontario, with the rest of the layoffs in its international facilities. The layoffs will begin this month and be carried out throughout the year. The layoffs come just days after Bombardier made its official exit from the commercial airplane industry, selling off its CRJ regional jet program to
Bombardier will lay off 2,500 aviation workers throughout the year as the company struggles to keep its operations afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a release Friday morning the Quebec-based transportation company said it is expecting to see a 30 per cent year-over-year loss in business jet sales, forcing it to reduce its workforce.In a statement to Radio-Canada Friday, the company said 1,500 of the layoffs will be in its Quebec facilities and 400 in Ontario, with the rest of the layoffs in its international facilities. "These are permanent layoffs," the company confirmed in a statement. Bombardier paused all operations in March in an effort to protect employees from the spread of the novel coronavirus. It gradually resumed operations again last
Bombardier will lay off 2,500 workers throughout the year as the company struggles to keep its operations afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a release Friday morning the Quebec-based transportation company said it is expecting to see a 30 per cent year-over-year loss in business jet sales, forcing it to reduce its workforce. Bombardier had paused operations earlier this year in an effort to protect employees from the spread of the coronavirus. The majority of the layoffs will take place in its Canadian manufacturing facilities, the company said. More to come.
Lagos, Nigeria -- Uwaila Vera Omozuwa was studying microbiology at university in Nigeria's Benin City, but her passion was theology. Even after she gained admission to the University of Benin last year, the 22-year-old didn't stop taking theological classes at a local parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Edo State, her older sister Judith Omozuwa told CNN. Despite the best efforts of doctors to save her life, Omozuwa, whom her family described as "kind and intelligent," died days after the attack."She wanted to be a minister and preach the word of God. The church was her favorite place to be," Judith, 24, said by phone. "That she was murdered where she always found peace is just devastating."
NetEase attributed its decision in part to a need for more funding, which it wants to use to expand its business. But it also made clear that it thinks the United States is becoming more hostile for Chinese companies, as regulators and lawmakers consider new rules that would lead to harsher scrutiny. Some restrictions could even make it tougher for companies to go public or keep trading in New York.The enactment of such rules "could cause investor uncertainty for affected issuers, including us, the market price of our [US shares] could be adversely affected, and we could be de-listed if we are unable to" meet requirements, NetEase wrote in filings to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.NetEase's acknowledgment is a sign
His tech company, Jio Platforms, announced Friday that it is getting roughly 91 billion rupees ($1.2 billion) from Mubadala Investment Company in exchange for a 1.85% equity stake in the business.That brings the billionaire's recent fundraising tally to 877 billion rupees ($11.6 billion) so far, marking the company's sixth big investment in less than two months. "I am delighted that Mubadala, one of the most astute and transformational global growth investors, has decided to partner [with] us in our journey to propel India's digital growth," Ambani said in a statement Friday.Jio is part of Ambani's sprawling conglomerate, Reliance Industries. It includes Reliance Jio, India's biggest mobile network with more than 388 million subscribers. Jio also has an ecosystem of apps,
An aberrant event in the life of the American republic unfolded this week in the haze of flash-bang grenades, tear gas and fires. In what is arguably the world's oldest continuing democracy, past and present military officials pushed back on a president talking about deploying troops on U.S. soil. "It's really extraordinary," said Richard Kohn, a University of North Carolina military historian who studies civilian control of the military. "This is quite unusual in terms of historical context." What unleashed the discord was President Donald Trump's threat to use the military to quell violence stemming from protests against racism and police brutality in many U.S. cities. WATCH | Trump threatens to use the military against protesters: U.S.
The tenor of the protests set off by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police has taken a turn from the explosive anger that has fuelled the setting of fires, breaking of windows and other violence to a quiet, yet more forceful, grassroots call for more to be done to address racial injustice. Many of the protests were more subdued for a second night as marches Thursday turned into memorials for Floyd, who was the focus of a heartfelt tribute Thursday in Minneapolis that drew family members, celebrities, politicians and civil rights advocates. At his service, strong calls were made for meaningful changes in policing and the criminal justice system. At demonstration sites around the
While the entanglement in North Sikkim was resolved locally, within the framework of mutually agreed-upon protocols, the ones in Eastern Ladakh have lingered, giving rise to speculation about China's intentions. The last major stand-off between the Asian giants was at Doklam in 2017, and lasted for 73 days. It was followed by informal meetings between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, first at Wuhan in April 2018 and then at Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu in October 2019. During those interactions, both leaders reiterated the importance of peace in border areas for greater strategic gains. They also issued guidance to their respective militaries to exercise restraint and strengthen mutual understanding and trust. At strategic and operational levels,
The rally, which has been held every year since the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in China, had been banned over coronavirus fears, a move many viewed as political in a city where infections are down to a handful per month. Early Thursday evening however, hundreds and then thousands of people defied the order, as well as signs and fences around Victoria Park, to occupy two large football pitches where the rally has been traditionally held. While numbers appeared down on previous years, and the usually well-organized memorial had a rather chaotic impromptu feel, they were by no means negligible, a major sign of defiance to Beijing.Lee Cheuk-yan, an organizer and former lawmaker, led the crowd in chants of "end
The deals were announced after a virtual summit between prime ministers Scott Morrison of Australia and Narendra Modi of India."India is comprehensively and rapidly committed to strengthening its relations with Australia. This is not only important for our two nations but also for the Indo-Pacific region and the whole world," Modi said."We are committed to an open, inclusive, prosperous Indo-Pacific and India's role in that region, our region, will be critical in the years ahead," Morrison added.The new pacts, known as the Australia-India Mutual Logistics Support Arrangement and the Defence Science and Technology Implementing Arrangement, come as military tensions increase in the Indo-Pacific region, which includes in the South China Sea, where China has been fortifying its positions on disputed
The American Civil Liberties Union sued the Trump administration Thursday, alleging officials violated the civil rights of protesters who were forcefully removed from a park near the White House by police using chemical agents before U.S. President Donald Trump walked to a nearby church to take a photo. The lawsuit, filed in federal court on Washington, comes as U.S. Attorney General William Barr defended the decision to forcefully remove the peaceful protesters, saying it was necessary to protect officers and federal property.The suit argues that Trump, Barr and other officials "unlawfully conspired to violate" the protesters' rights when clearing Lafayette Park on Monday. Law enforcement officers aggressively forced the protesters back, firing smoke bombs and pepper balls into the
The United States is prepared to reassess its intelligence-sharing arrangement with Canada if Huawei is given the green light to take part in building Canada's 5G networks, a State Department spokesperson said today. The federal government still has not announced its decision on whether the Chinese telecom giant will be allowed to participate in building Canada's next-generation wireless networks, despite more than a year and a half of assessing the question."We in the U.S. government have made it very clear to all of our friends and allies around the world that if Huawei is allowed into a country's national security systems, we will have to protect our intelligence-sharing relationship," Morgan Ortagus, spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, told CBC News today. "We'll have to
As the wellness and resilience lead at Google, it's Lauren Whitt's job to make sure Google employees remain healthy and have access to mental health and wellness resources during these uncertain times. And that is no small task. There are 10 members of the global well-being and mental health teams, who work with all of Google's employees across the globe. To help with the shift to working from home, the company has offered virtual training and classes. And it has shifted some of its notorious perks online. Google also recently offered all employees a $1,000 allowance to spend on equipment to help outfit their home workspaces. CNN Business spoke with Whitt about Google's recent wellness efforts during the pandemic. Here's
The German government will double existing subsidies to €6,000 ($6,720) on electric vehicles that cost up to €40,000 ($44,800), according to Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union party. The total incentive increases to as much as €9,000 ($10,080) when the existing contribution from manufacturers is included. Potential car buyers will also benefit from a temporary reduction in the country's sales tax to 16% from 19%. The incentives are part of a sweeping €130 billion ($145 billion) package approved by the German government late on Wednesday.It is designed to help Europe's largest economy recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The subsidies for electric cars are expected to cost €2.2 billion ($2.5 billion), while carmakers and their suppliers will receive
Lisa Holton and her two young sons were just waiting to check into a Whitehorse hotel the other night when two women walked by on the street. "And they started pointing and laughing. And we didn't do or say anything, we're just standing there ... and one of them yelled out, 'You shouldn't even be here, you dirty, COVID-spreading traveller!'" Holton recalled.It was jarring to Holton; she says she'd been very careful to ensure that she was following all the rules for transiting safely through Yukon. Her family was relocating from Alaska to Minnesota, and Holton had to make the drive. Under Yukon's pandemic-related restrictions, travellers going to or from Alaska are allowed just 24 hours to drive through the territory. Holton says
Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has shared her sadness about racial divisions in the United States, telling students at her former high school that she felt moved to speak out because the life of George Floyd mattered. Meghan told graduates at Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles that she wrestled with the question of what to tell them, given the days of protests after the May 25 death of Floyd.The handcuffed black man pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck in Minneapolis. She said her nervousness arose because her words would be "picked apart," but she decided to speak anyway. In a virtual address, she said she realized
The cuts came after UN appeals for $2.42 billion in funding fell short by about 50% this week."In the countdown to closure there will have to be much wider cuts to Yemen at a time when the country is now facing the growing impact of the virus pandemic on people who are already badly malnourished and ill equipped to cope with it," Lise Grande, the head of the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs told CNN, in a phone call from Sana'a on Wednesday, the capital of the divided nation."General health services in 189 of the country's 369 hospitals start to close in three weeks. Water and sanitation services for 8.5 million people, including 3 million children, close
Three of the authors of an influential article that found hydroxychloroquine increased the risk of death in COVID-19 patients retracted the study on concerns about the quality of the data. They said that Surgisphere, the health-care data analytics firm that provided the data, would not transfer the full data set for an independent review and they "can no longer vouch for the veracity of the primary data sources."The study, titled "Hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine with or without a macrolide for treatment of COVID-19: a multinational registry analysis," was published in British medical journal the Lancet last month. U.S. President Donald Trump said he took hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19. Earlier this week, both Lancet and New England Journal of Medicine published "expressions