Tuesday, October 27

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Harvest Workers Among Latest COVID World Regular Travelers – The Canadian News

ROCCA DE 'GIORGI, Italy - His hands were barely visible, so fast they pressed the scissors before dropping bunches of grapes into red plastic containers. Some distance behind her, in the next row, Italian students entering due to a worker shortage fueled by the pandemic tried in vain to catch up. Although she was from a Romanian region famous for its wine, Alexandra Ichim had never worked in vineyards before traveling to the Italian region of Lombardy for the September harvest, known in Italian as the vendemmia: the pay is too low in Romania and the conditions working too hard. she says. For the Italian work, the 20-year-old arrived by 12-hour bus and flew back to her home region of Arad when the harvest was over. Seasonal workers from Eastern Europe, led by Romanians, are...
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From Communist cadre to Coca-Cola representative: a history of East Germany – The Canadian News

BERLIN - A few miles from the former Berlin Wall, Frank Mader reflects on a life divided between East and West, a tale of two halves that don't fit perfectly but that captures the twists and turns and contradictions of Germany's journey 30 years since its reunification. . Mader, an energetic 65-year-old man, was born in East Germany and grew up in the coal mining heart of the communist country. Before finishing high school, he began training as a machine operator, a model student in the self-described "worker-farmer state." When party officials discovered his writing talent in the factory newspaper, Mader got a place at journalism school and then a job at ADN, the East German state news agency. It was an exclusive position that came with the rare privilege of traveling abr...
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Trump debates comment pushing African Americans and others to vote – The Canadian News

DETROIT - When President Donald Trump refused to openly condemn white nationalists in this week's presidential debate and urged his supporters to monitor voting sites, Portia Roberson recalled earlier times when black Americans were intimidated in the ballot boxes to dissuade them from voting. Roberson, a 51-year-old black woman living in Detroit, found the comments chilling, but also felt a renewed determination to vote. For many African Americans and other people of color, Trump's comments in his debate with Democratic challenger Joe Biden were a stark reminder that the nation has yet to fully grapple with the systemic racism uncovered this year by anti-government protests. police killings of black people, the coronavirus. pandemic and the resulting economic consequences. ...
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Trump joins growing list of virus-infected world leaders – The Canadian News

JOHANNESBURG - President Donald Trump has tested positive for coronavirus, joining a small group of world leaders who have been infected. Trump is 74 years old, putting him at higher risk for serious complications. Here's a look at other leaders who have been infected. BORIS JOHNSON The British Prime Minister was the first major world leader to be confirmed to have COVID-19. He was rushed to intensive care in April after symptoms of the virus dramatically worsened a day after he was hospitalized for what were called routine tests. They gave him oxygen but did not need a ventilator, authorities said. He later expressed his gratitude to the National Health Service staff for saving his life when his treatment could have "gone anyway." JAIR BOLSONARO The Brazilian president ...
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In Iraq, a father faces the might of the military as he searches for his missing son – The Canadian News

In the span of 30 seconds, Ali Jasb, a young human rights lawyer, disappeared overnight in southern Iraq. One night a year ago, a woman came out of a dimly lit street in the city of Amara, her face hidden in a black abaya, and greeted Jasb. Almost immediately, a black SUV stopped, two men forced it inside, and sped away. The woman got into a waiting truck and drove off. The last sighting of Jasb, 21, was captured on surveillance camera at 6:22 pm on October 8, 2019. Nothing has been heard from him or his captors. Since then, Jasb's father has been on a quest for justice that has repeatedly hit a major roadblock: the Iraqi government's growing impotence in the face of powerful Iranian-backed Shiite militias. Jasb was kidnapped a week after historic protests that erupted acro...
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The Latest: WH doctor says Trump will continue with his duties – The Canadian News

WASHINGTON - The latest on President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump testing positive for the coronavirus (all local times): 1:40 am President Donald Trump's White House doctor has issued a statement saying that the president will continue to perform his duties "without interruption" after contracting the coronavirus. Dr. Sean Conley, the president's physician, says that the president and first lady Melania Trump "are doing well at the moment and plan to stay home inside the White House during their convalescence." T rump has canceled plans to attend a fundraiser and fly to Florida for a rally on Friday, but kept a pre-planned midday phone call "on COVID-19 support for vulnerable seniors on its schedule.The Associated Press
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Denial, defense and numbness: voters unmoved by Trump’s taxes – The Canadian News

OSHKOSH, Wis. - Danielle Fairbank slammed the tailgate of her red fire truck in a Target parking lot in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and offered a hearty "Fake news!" dismiss reports that President Donald Trump paid just $ 750 in income taxes in 2017. The assembly worker at a nearby military vehicle plant just as quickly dismissed the idea that Trump's small tax bill knocked him out of touch with blue-collar workers like her. His job, which he held during the recession and pandemic, is proof to him that the billionaire president is on the side of the working class. "I know in my heart that he is doing more for this economy, for people like me and for me personally, than anyone is giving him credit for," Fairbank said. "That's made up, and it would have come out by now if it were tr...
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Melania Trump praises care in tape detention centers – The Canadian News

WASHINGTON - First Lady Melania Trump voiced her support for the care that migrant children separated from their families receive in U.S. detention centers, suggesting that the facilities were better than those they had at home with their parents, in a series of recordings that aired on Thursday. The tapes aired on CNN come from Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former assistant to the first lady who released a book last month titled "Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady." She is promoting the book in interviews and released recordings to CNN of some of her private conversations with Ms Trump. In one, the first lady spoke about her views on the conditions migrant children face in the United States after being brought in by "coyotes." “Children s...
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Heat sick but insists NBA Finals vs. Lakers aren’t over – The Canadian News

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Jimmy Butler had a bandage on his right knee and a bandage on his left ankle. The starting point guard and the center of his team are unlikely to play in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. And his Miami Heat is coming off a one-sided loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Given all that, Butler believes there is a perception that this series is over. "I beg to differ," Butler said Thursday. Say this for the Heat: They're down, but they refuse to believe they're close. Game 2 of the final is Friday night, with Miami preparing to be without point guard Goran Dragic due to a torn left plantar fascia and All-Star Bam Adebayo due to a newly diagnosed neck injury in addition to your ongoing shoulder problems. "When it rains, it pours," said Butler, who will play with a ...
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India’s shrinking economy is reeling from coronavirus hit – The Canadian News

NEW DELHI - Millions of struggling Indian manufacturers and traders are counting on the long-awaited holiday season from October to December to rescue them from the coronavirus catastrophe. But spending may be the last thing on the minds of many Indians who have lost their jobs or businesses in the pandemic recession, and the pressure is mounting for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to do more to regain growth momentum than in the 8 , 2% in 2016 -17, made India one of the fastest growing major economies. The Hindu celebrations of "Dussehra", "Diwali" and Durga Puja "that run through the Christmas and New Year holidays are an occasion to splurge on high-value items such as gold, houses and cars, as well as clothing, smartphones and electronic This year it will likely lack the usua...
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Lebanon and Israel announce US-mediated talks on maritime border – The Canadian News

BEIRUT - Lebanon and Israel reached an agreement on a framework for indirect US-mediated talks over a long-disputed maritime border between the two countries, the parties announced Thursday. The talks will take place at the headquarters of the UN peacekeeping force in the southern Lebanese border city of Naqoura, under the flag of the United Nations. The talks are expected to begin on October 14, according to US Under Secretary of State for Near East Affairs David Schenker, the top US diplomat for the Middle East. The agreement "will allow both countries to initiate discussions, which have the potential to generate greater stability, security and prosperity for Lebanese and Israeli citizens alike," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. He added that the agr...
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Trump campaign sues Philadelphia over vote-by-mail offices – The Canadian News

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - President Donald Trump's campaign went ahead with a threat to sue Philadelphia, filing documents in court Thursday night about city officials preventing campaign representatives from observing people registering. to vote or fill out ballots by mail at the elections offices there. The lawsuit comes amid Trump claims he can only lose the crucial state of Pennsylvania if Democrats cheat and, as he did in the 2016 campaign, suggests that the Democratic stronghold of Philadelphia should be closely watched for voter fraud. . The 14-page lawsuit, filed in state court in Philadelphia, revolves around the question of what rights campaign representatives have to observe people at elections offices where they can register to vote, request mail-in ballots, fill...