Coronavirus in Canada and around the world on Oct. 11

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Many Canadians are setting new Thanksgiving traditions as the COVID-19 pandemic downsizes family dinners, while some who are separated from their loved ones try to find other ways to be grateful.

As COVID-19 cases rise in many parts of the country, Canadians from coast to coast are being asked to limit the size of their Thanksgiving gatherings or keep them entirely virtual.

Canada’s chief public health officer says

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How 5 countries grappled with COVID-19’s spread

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How the COVID-19 outbreak grew from a few cases in China to a global pandemic in less than three months

BY MANUEL CANALES &

IRENE BERMAN-VAPORIS

published october 13, 2020

Leaked reports cite what health officials describe as cases of viral pneumonia in Wuhan, China. Not even three weeks later, similar cases are confirmed in Thailand, Japan, and South Korea. Soon cases proliferate around the

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The Walking Dead: World Beyond Season 1 Episode 2: “The Blaze of Gory” Review

With its second episode, The Walking Dead: World Beyond ticked up, delivering an initial leg of the teens’ journey that was far more interesting than the premiere’s heavy focus on the safe, walled-up world they were leaving behind. A world that would be wiped out by the end of said premiere.Also, instead of focusing almost solely on the Bennett sisters, as the first episode did, “The Blaze of Gory” helped
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With Disney+ in the spotlight, Disney revamps its business around streaming

Emboldened by the success of Disney+, Walt Disney Co. is reorganizing its massive entertainment and media operations to focus on creating content for its streaming services in a major effort to accelerate its direct-to-consumer strategy, the company said Monday.



Disney on Monday announced a major restructuring of its content business to focus on streaming. (Reed Saxon / Associated Press)


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Disney on Monday announced a major restructuring of its content business to focus on streaming. (Reed Saxon / Associated Press)

Under the new corporate structure,

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Was Columbus’ Voyage to the “New World” Driven by Islamophobia?

Tucked inside historian Alan Mikhail’s new biography of Sultan Selim, the ambitious early-16th-century ruler of the Ottoman Empire, is a riveting series of chapters about Christopher Columbus. Mikhail’s ambition in writing God’s Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World was to restore the place of the Ottoman Empire in the global history of the early modern period. To that end, the Columbus

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‘The best tenor player in the world’: Pharoah Sanders at 80

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 01: Jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders poses at Zebulon on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. Sanders is a peer and bandmate of John Coltrane's, he's a living legend whose influence has only grown over the years. Sanders and band performed at Zebulon in Frogtown for a filmed concert to be released on his birthday later this month. (Josie Norris / Los Angeles Times)
Jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders at Zebulon on Oct. 1, 2020. (Josie Norris / Los Angeles Times)

These days, the great tenor saxophonist and composer Pharoah Sanders shuffles when he walks, the result of a broken hip last year that’s on the mend. The free-jazz titan moved slowly across the dance floor on a recent weekday at the music venue Zebulon, his friend and longtime saxophone peer Azar Lawrence by his

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USMNT has talent to achieve World Cup greatness

Sergino Dest is targeting World Cup glory with the United States men’s national team after becoming the first-ever U.S. international to play for Barcelona.

Dest, 19, joined Barca from Ajax Amsterdam for €26 million earlier this month in a move that adds to the optimism surrounding the emerging generation of talent from the U.S.

– Stream LIVE games and replays on ESPN+ (U.S. only)

There have never been more Americans

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Sigourney Weaver On ‘Call My Agent!’ and Working During The Pandemic

Before borders closed due to the pandemic, Sigourney Weaver was able to travel to Paris in January to shoot a highly anticipated episode of “Call My Agent!,” the hit French series that’s available on Netflix worldwide (the fourth season drops Nov. 4). The first international actor to participate in the ensemble series, Weaver was quick to accept the part which sees her taking part in a French movie. The experience

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Nigerians Demand End to Police Squad Known for Brutalizing the Young

LAGOS, Nigeria — With protests breaking out across Nigeria and in expatriate Nigerian communities around the world, the country’s president vowed to a skeptical public on Monday that he would crack down on rogue police officers accused of brutalizing citizens.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s promise came a day after his government announced that it would dismantle a widely feared police unit known as SARS, for

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Ballet dancers retrained for cybersecurity? ‘Crass’ government ad angers U.K. arts workers hit by covid-19.

“I agree it was crass,” Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden tweeted Monday, adding that his staff was not involved in the advertisement, which was part of a “partner campaign encouraging people from all walks of life to think about a career in cyber security.”

Reactions to the advertisement dovetailed with broader criticism that officials have not found ways to communicate effectively with workers facing tenuous employment during the pandemic. Fatboy

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Manila orders karaoke silence for students’ sake.

Manila’s mayor, the former actor Francisco Domagoso, banned the daytime use of “karaokes, videokes and other sound producing devices” beginning Thursday, after complaints from irate parents home-schooling their children amid the pandemic.

Mr. Domagoso said his office had received multiple calls from parents who said their children could not concentrate with the noise.

“I pity our parents and students who are trying to go through online schooling while being disturbed

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How Trump’s elections chances affect populist politics

People participate in a pro-Trump rally on October 11, 2020 in Ronkonkoma, New York.

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The upcoming U.S. election is being keenly watched by world leaders who have looked to President Donald Trump for favor and friendship, and who share his political ethos.

If he fails at the election, political experts believe other leaders who espouse similarly populist politics — from Matteo

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Eerie abandoned streets around the world



Microsoft may

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Fashion retail giant H&M to close 250 of its stores around the world as the pandemic sends shoppers online



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Fashion giant H&M said it is closing 250 of its stores globally next year as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to accelerate a major switch to online shopping. 

H&M, which is the world’s second biggest clothing retailer, said that around a quarter of its 5,000 stores are able to renegotiate or exit contracts next year, allowing it to shut around five per cent

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Africa Wildlife Tracking Leverages ORBCOMM’s Satellite IoT Technology to Support Conservation Efforts Around the World

ORBCOMM and Africa Wildlife Tracking (AWT) in Action

AWT is leveraging ORBCOMM’s advanced satellite IoT technology to track and monitor animals of all sizes to support their conservation efforts.
AWT is leveraging ORBCOMM’s advanced satellite IoT technology to track and monitor animals of all sizes to support their conservation efforts.
AWT is leveraging ORBCOMM’s advanced satellite IoT technology to track and monitor animals of all sizes to support their conservation efforts.

Tracking and monitoring solutions help reduce poaching, protect endangered wildlife and deliver valuable insights into animal behavior for

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The who, why and how of MLB’s decision to allow fans at the NLCS and World Series

Jon Stein, a 31-year-old Los Angeles resident, bought seven refundable roundtrip flights from LAX to Dallas Love Field for every day of the 2020 World Series, weeks before the tickets went on sale. He bought them even before Major League Baseball announced that, for the first time in a season shaped by the pandemic, fans would be admitted to games — starting on Monday with NLCS Game 1 in Arlington,

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Meet the Yakima man who strived to walk barefoot around the world

From Seattle to China, the trek that took a century to complete.


SEATTLE — You’ve probably never heard of Hippolyte Martinet. But once you learn about his journey, you’ll never forget him.

“That was a story I had to share,” Martinet’s great-great niece, Micae Martinet said. “From what I understand, it started out as a spirited debate between his brother and himself.”

It was 1920, just after the

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Around 40% of the world’s plant species are threatened with extinction | World

Alexandre Antonelli, Director of Science at RBG Kew, told CNN “it’s just a race against time” as we are losing plants faster than we can name them.

“A world without those 40% is not the world we know today,” Antonelli said.

While we don’t know what the effects of losing them would be, he added, it could be “catastrophic,” as we don’t understand which species play important roles in particular

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ITC Fiama launches ‘MyHappimess,’ an initiative to lead conversations on mental well-being on World Mental Health Day

In an endeavour to understand the changing attitude and behaviour of Indians towards mental health and well-being, ITC Fiama with Nielsen, a leading market research company, conducted one of India’s largest online surveys on Mental Health. Over 700 individuals between the age of 18-45 years, men and women, across 15 cities in India participated in the survey. The study revealed that 77% individuals feel conversations around mental health and wellbeing

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Elf on the Shelf TV Shows, Movie, and Specials on Netflix

Gather your holiday helpers around the TV! Netflix recently announced it will be airing a slew of brand-new Elf on the Shelf programs for preschoolers this year. According to a press release, Netflix has partnered with The Lumistella Company to create a collection of both animated and live-action movies, series, and specials centered on the beloved elf and his pals.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Netflix to create

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