January 24th, 2022

Business

Yemen loses internet connection after Saudi-led airstrike

By Jon Gambrell, The Associated Press on January 20th, 2022

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Yemen lost its connection to the internet nationwide early Friday after Saudi-led airstrikes targeted a site in the contested city of Hodeida, an advocacy group said, plunging the war-torn nation offline. NetBlocks said the disruption began around 1 a.m. local and affected TeleYemen, the state-owned monopoly that controls internet ... Read More »

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Advocacy group: Internet down across Yemen after airstrike

By The Associated Press on January 20th, 2022

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Yemen lost its connection to the internet nationwide early Friday after Saudi-led airstrikes targeted a site in the contested city of Hodeida, an advocacy group said. NetBlocks.org said the connection dropped out around 3 a.m. local. It said Yemen was “in the midst of a nation-scale internet blackout following ... Read More »

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Agreement reached in dispute that forced flight cancellations at St. John’s airport

By The Canadian Press on January 20th, 2022

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Officials at the St. John’s International Airport Authority say they’ve reached an agreement with the facility’s firefighters to end staffing shortages and flight cancellations. A news release from the authority Thursday evening says days of talks between management and the union representing the airport’s firefighters have reached a successful conclusion and ... Read More »

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California’s COVID gun store shutdowns ruled illegal

By Don Thompson, The Associated Press on January 20th, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Two California counties violated the Constitution’s right to keep and bear arms when they shut down gun and ammunition stores in 2020 as nonessential businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. Officials in Los Angeles and Ventura counties had separately won lower court decisions saying gun stores ... Read More »

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Geopolitical events in Ukraine cause North American stock markets to plunge

By The Canadian Press on January 20th, 2022

TORONTO – North American stock markets plunged midafternoon on geopolitical concerns following a report that the U.S. has approved arms shipments from Baltic NATO members to Ukraine to fend off a Russian incursion. The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 146.98 points to 21,058.18. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 313.26 points ... Read More »

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Serbia scraps planned Rio Tinto lithium mine after protests

By Dusan Stojanovic, The Associated Press on January 20th, 2022

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) – Trying to defuse large protests by environmentalists, Serbia’s populist government said Thursday that it was canceling all licenses for mining giant Rio Tinto to open a lithium mine in the Balkan country. “We have fulfilled all the requests of the environmental protests and put an end to Rio Tinto in the ... Read More »

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Housing ministers meet as MPs ready for more hearings on pace of price gains

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press on January 20th, 2022

OTTAWA – Canada’s housing ministers on Thursday went over plans to ease affordability issues just ahead of more hearings in a parliamentary probe of price gains and their effect on headline inflation. Housing Minister Ahmed Hussen hosted the virtual meeting of his provincial and territorial counterparts to talk about ways to boost the supply of ... Read More »

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Here’s a look at Ontario’s planned timeline to lift COVID-19 restrictions

By The Canadian Press on January 20th, 2022

Ontario will start lifting public health restrictions at the end of this month. Restrictions will be scaled back every 21 days starting Jan. 31 to allow for health indicators to be assessed. Proof of vaccination will be required in indoor settings like restaurants and gyms at all stages of the reopening plan. Here’s a look ... Read More »

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Federal government announces funding for eight East Coast tech firms and startup hub

By The Canadian Press on January 20th, 2022

HALIFAX – The federal government has announced $2.27 million in funding for eight East Coast tech startups and a not-for-profit organization that supports entrepreneurs in the region. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency says the funding includes interest-free repayable loans for the companies and a non-repayable grant for startup hub Volta Labs Inc. Ginette Petitpas Taylor, ... Read More »

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St. John’s airport operating until at least Saturday as labour dispute talks continue

By The Canadian Press on January 20th, 2022

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The fate of the St. John’s International Airport is being decided in 24-hour increments as talks to settle a labour dispute between management and the facility’s firefighters continue. The airport authority said in a tweet today that regular operations will be maintained until at least 8 a.m. on Saturday, and a ... Read More »

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Housing ministers meet as MPs ready to for more hearings on pace of price gains

By The Canadian Press on January 20th, 2022

OTTAWA – The Opposition Conservatives say they plan to recommend a change in how home prices are captured in headline inflation figures, arguing the current readings underestimate the impact. The party’s finance critic says there are options the country could consider to better reflect house price inflation in the consumer price index. Pierre Poilievre says ... Read More »

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