The Palestinians view settlements as a violation of international law and an obstacle to peace, a position with wide international support. The Palestinian Authority's Foreign Ministry condemned the latest announcement, accusing Israel of “racing against time” to build settlements before President Donald Trump leaves office. Trump's administration provided unprecedented support to Israel, including by abandoning a decades-old U.S. policy of opposing settlements. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last year became the first top U.S. diplomat to visit a West Bank settlement. Biden has pledged a more even-handed approach in which he will restore aid to the Palestinians that was cut off by Trump and work to revive peace negotiations.
The two sides have not held substantive peace talks in more than a decade. Israeli opposition leader Year Laid, who hopes to unseat Netanyahu in March, called the settlement announcement an “irresponsible step” that would spark a “battle” with the new U.S. administration.“The Biden administration has not yet taken office and the government is already leading us into an unnecessary confrontation,” he tweeted. “The national interest must also be maintained during elections.” The greatest threat to Netanyahu in the coming vote comes from the right, where Gideon Saar, a former ally and staunch supporter of settlements, has broken away and vowed to end his long rule.
Polls show Netanyahu's Liked winning the most votes but falling short of a majority coalition in Israel's 120-seat Knesset, or parliament. The announcement said 100 homes would be built in Tel Manage, a West Bank settlement where Esther Organ, a 53-year-old mother of six, was killed last month while jogging in a nearby forest. Israel says it has detained a Palestinian suspect in the attack. It was not immediately clear how soon the homes would be built, as such construction usually requires approval from several government bodies and a tendering process. The announcement came as neighboring Egypt hosted the foreign ministers of Jordan, Germany and France to discuss ways of reviving talks aimed at a two-state solution, which is still widely seen as the only way of resolving the decades-old conflict. Monday's announcement of Israel's settlement plans “does not create the environment conducive to the resumption of negotiations that are the only path to a two-state solution,” Jordan's Foreign Minister Amman Safari said. In their joint statement, the ministers called for Israel to “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities, including in east Jerusalem.” ___Associated Press writers Same Mandy in Cairo and Are About in Jerusalem contributed to this report. Joseph Krauts, The Associated Press.
Hong Kong’s new top judge warned Monday that the semi-autonomous Chinese territory’s courts need to show they are impartial amid a flurry of politically charged cases or risk losing public trust. Hong Kong has been in a state of political crisis after months of anti-government protests in 2019 led to Beijing imposing a tough national security law on the city to quash dissent. Pro-democracy supporters say the security legislation suppresses the freedoms Hong Kong was promised when it was handed over from British control in 1997. Last week, 55 pro-democracy activists were arrested in a sweeping police operation, and prominent pro-democracy activists such as Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and outspoken media tycoon Jimmy Lie are currently in jail for their activism. Hong Kong Chief Justice Andrew Cheung, who was sworn in on Monday, said that judges in the city’s courts must be careful to show impartiality in what they say in court and what they write in their judgments, especially in cases of a political nature.“Any lapses in this regard, given the potentially polarizing nature of these cases, could lead to suspicion of partiality, which is not conducive to maintaining public confidence in our judicial system,” Cheung said in his first speech delivered as chief justice. He said it is equally crucial to the public and business community that there is confidence in the judicial system.
Cheung also said it is important to the international reputation of Hong Kong that the city is governed by the rule of law under the “one country, two systems” framework that allows Hong Kong freedoms not found in mainland China. Cheung also condemned threats of violence and doxxing attacks on judges, describing them as futile and reprehensible.“Comments and criticisms, sometimes extreme and harsh ones, are unavoidable. Whilst the freedom of speech of everyone in society must be fully respected, there must not be any attempt to exert improper pressure on the judges in the discharge of their judicial functions,” he said. In a later news conference, Cheung reiterated that personal attacks as well as extreme and unfounded allegations against judges are unacceptable and threaten the independence of the judiciary. He advised judges to focus on the evidence and facts and disregard everything else, including political pressure. He also said that while there is a system in place to ensure the accountability of judges in Hong Kong, “there is room for further enhancement of the transparency and accountability” of the complaint-handling mechanism. Zen Sew, The Associated Press.
Regina– In a little over two weeks since Christmas, Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 numbers have erased all the reductions in new case counts that had been achieved by greater restrictions imposed at the end of November. And indeed, when it comes to seven-day average new case counts, Saskatchewan is now doing worse than its neighbors North Dakota and Manitoba.
On Dec. 25, Saskatchewan’s seven-day average case count began to regularly exceed North Dakota’s. Indeed, Saskatchewan’s seven-day average new case count is now nearly double that of those two neighbors, and is the highest it has ever been.
Saskatchewan had been doing much better than the two neighboring jurisdictions, especially as North Dakota saw a tremendous surge over the fall, with some of the worst numbers of new cases, per capita, in the United States. A little before that, Manitoba implemented a much stricter lockdown regime than Saskatchewan, including cordoning off sections of stores that were deemed non-essential.
By Christmas, Manitoba hit 176.6 cases, and has stayed in a range between that number and 141.3 (Jan. 5), remaining generally flat for the last two weeks. On Dec. 10, Saskatchewan’s seven-day average of new cases just slightly exceeded the previous peak of 288.3 on Dec. 12.
According to the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 website for health professionals, “The incubation period ranges from one to 14 days. As for deaths, over the last month Saskatchewan has had a seven-day average which peaked at 5.1 on Dec. 15, dropped to 2.0 on Jan. 5, and risen back to 4.7 on Jan. 10.
Brian Inch, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, Esteban Mercury An international trial testing convalescent blood plasma on COVID-19 patients with moderate and severe illness has halted enrollment of severely ill COVID-19 patients requiring intensive care after it found no benefit, trial investigators said on Monday.
Blair spokesman Mary-Liz Power instead specifically named it one of the “ideologically motivated” extremist groups that are being closely watched as Ottawa looks to counter the threat posed by white supremacists and other right-wing organizations. Founded by Canadian Gavin McInnes, the Proud Boys are a right-wing group that is unapologetically misogynist and increasingly linked to white supremacy and hate.
The group first made headlines in Canada when several self-identified members in the Royal Canadian Navy disrupted an Indigenous protest in Halifax in 2017, and has since grown its international profile and membership. Several members were reportedly among those who stormed Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., following a speech by Trump last week.
A second Republican senator, Pat Thomas of Pennsylvania, is now calling for Trump to resign. Lawmakers have been warning of the damage Trump could still do before Joe Biden is inaugurated as America's next president on Jan. 20.
Kim already was the top party leader and the supreme commander of North Korea’s 1.2 million-member military. But analysts say restoring the old title formerly held by his father and grandfather helps cement Kim's authority during a time when North Korea faces challenges.
Kim has vowed to build more sophisticated nuclear weapons and disclosed economic developmental goals during an important ruling party meeting this past week. However, observers doubt North Korea has substantial solutions amid coronavirus-related economic shocks, natural disasters and persistent U.S.-led sanctions.
In declaring the emergency, Prime Minister Yoshihide Sugar said he was confident the Olympics would be held. The sad news came in an emailed statement from publicist Eric Alter, who said Fanfare had been battling cancer for two years.
Fanfare had been a 30-year plus member of Canadian blues legends Down child, and some of the others he recorded with include The Every Brothers, Rough Trade, Rhinoceros and Electric Flag. His final recording was Down child's Live At The Toronto Jazz Festival, recorded at their 50th Anniversary party in 2019, where he performed live alongside special guest stars Dan Abroad, Paul Shaffer and David Wilcox.
A member of the Wasauksing First Nation, near Parry Sound, said former premier Mike Harris has no business being nominated for the Order of Ontario. Rebekah Tobobondung stopped short of saying that said that Harris has Indigenous blood on his hands for his handling of the Uppercase Provincial Park standoff near Narnia in 1995.
Unarmed Indigenous protester Dudley George, 38, was shot dead by an OPP officer who had arrived at the standoff armed with a rifle. The shooting reportedly occurred mere hours after then-premier Harris was quoted as saying in a private meeting with officials to “Get the f--king Indians out of the park.” Several members of the Stone Point Ojibwa Band had occupied the park in a dispute over the park land that the band members argued had been expropriated from them during the Second World War.
Harris, who grew up in North Bay and was also the MPP for Ni pissing, denied ever having made the remark, but an inquiry into George’s wrongful death suggested that he likely did. Tobobondung has signed a petition, started by a Hamilton man, on the change.org website, calling for the Order to be rescinded.
This had a negative impact on the George family, his community and all Indigenous people,” Tobobondung said. This was shameful.“ She added that Indigenous people across Canada are well aware that George’s tragic death happened a quarter century ago, long before serious reconciliation talk among Canadians.
However, Tobobondung said publicly rewarding Harris is not a move in the spirit of reconciliation and is nothing short of a humiliating slap in the face to all Indigenous people. “By pushing to reward Mike Harris with this honor, (it) completely erases the negative impact of his actions.
She also said that it’s important prominent Indigenous leaders get seats at the table when decisions about who should get the Order are made. Tori Cress, an advocate for Indigenous people, who lives on the Beaujolais First Nation near Midland, signed the petition as well.
She agreed with Tobobondung’s emotions but would, in fact, go so far as to accuse Harris of having blood on his hands. Both women have joined a chorus of outrage and condemnation from Indigenous leaders and others across Canada over the nomination.
An advisory council reviews nominations and makes recommendations to the lieutenant governor. The council is made up of the province’s chief justice, the speaker of the legislature and up to six other members appointed by the premier.
John McFadden is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter covering Indigenous issues for MuskokaRegion.com, ParrySound.com and Simcoe.com. Dozens of remote villages lack hospitals and road connections, while ultracold freezers required for storage of specific varieties of the vaccine are essentially nonexistent, Alaska Public Media reported.
Tribal health care providers responded by mobilizing a massive effort delivering thousands of doses to remote areas. Providers airlifted vaccine to villages using a fleet of chartered planes, while the medicine also was delivered over choppy seas on a water taxi.
The effort was reminiscent of the so-called Serum Run that delivered diphtheria treatment to Nome a century earlier. “And here’s another one playing out right before our eyes.” Dr. Ellen Hodges encountered the unforeseen difficulty of Alaska being too cold in some places to vaccinate frontline health care workers.
He was with the national team in an ongoing tour to Australia but returned to India in December after taking paternity leave and missing the second, third and fourth matches. She was last seen on the big screen in the 2018 film “Zero,” and has also been working on content for major streaming platforms including Netflix. The couple is extremely popular on social media and millions follow them across different platforms. Shortly after the announcement, fans took to Twitter to celebrate the news.
It's an immensely complex challenge, requiring him to balance demands for accountability after Trump incited the riot against those who worry about further dividing the country. Any misstep could not only intensify the nation's polarization, but threaten Biden's ability to win quick congressional approval of his Cabinet picks and other priorities such as coronavirus response legislation. For now, Biden seems content to leave decisions about Trump's fate to Congress.“What the Congress decides to do is for them to decide,” Biden told reporters last week. “But I’m going to have to, and they’re going to have to be ready to hit the ground running, because when Kamala (Harris) and I are sworn in, we’re going to be introducing, immediately, significant pieces of legislation that will deal with the virus, deal with the economy, and deal with economic growth.” Two Republican senators, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Patrick Thomas of Pennsylvania, have called on Trump to resign. Absent that, House Democrats are moving quickly to introduce articles of impeachment on Monday and vote as soon as Tuesday.
That would give an outlet for lawmakers to formally condemn Trump, but would delay a Senate trial until after Biden addresses other priorities during his first 100 days. Biden essentially framed his presidential campaign as a response to Trump, pledging to “restore the soul” of America. He has said he decided to seek the White House after watching Trump say there were “very fine people on both sides” of a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Still, the insurrection sharpens the debate over how to break with the Trump era. Many Democrats say the best way for Biden to unify the nation and restore faith in government is to achieve tangible results on issues that matter to all Americans, including the coronavirus pandemic and the economy.“We need to get the vaccine out,” Klobuchar said.
“Steve Israel, a former New York Democratic congressman, said that in his experience in Congress, when lawmakers “sense that things are going too far, you want to take a few steps back.”“I think that there are a lot of Republicans now who are going to want to take a few steps back towards the middle,” he said. But he also emphasized that if Biden hopes to move past Trump, he’ll need to move fast to show that bipartisan action is possible.“If President Biden tests the appetite of Republicans to try and get a quick and substantive win on a COVID-19 relief package, or perhaps infrastructure investments, that will send a message to the entire country that bipartisanship and healing is possible,” he said. Biden will also have to navigate a number of ongoing investigations into Trump’s actions during the U.S. Capitol breach and in trying to pressure state officials to overturn the results of the election in his favor. He has repeatedly said that his Justice Department will remain entirely independent and that he won’t interfere in any ongoing investigations into his predecessor. Democrats say that’s exactly the tone they’d like him to take. But it’s also important, as Vermont Sen. Patrick Leah put it, to hold those involved in the events of this week accountable.“There were an enormous number of crimes, felonies, that were committed.
“If we just totally ignore it, we tell everybody else you can commit any crime you want because the Congress will ignore it.” So far, at least 90 people have been arrested on charges ranging from misdemeanor curfew violations to felonies related to assaults on police officers, possessing illegal weapons and making death threats against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California. While Democrats emphasize that they want Biden to focus on the issues confronting his administration and not the investigations into his predecessor, they also say it’s important to address the systemic issues again laid bare by the unequal police treatment of the violent Capitol rioters. Many have noted that the police presence and response to the largely white mob was far smaller and less aggressive than that seen at a number of peaceful blacks Lives Matter protests where the crowd was much more diverse. ” If that’s the message, it would be a powerful one to try to start to bring us together.” The last time the nation faced such serious questions about how a new president would respond to the actions of his predecessor was in 1974.
Director Richard Lester (“A Hard Day’s Night,” “Superman II” and “III”) is 89. Actor Luke Grimes (TV’s “Yellowstone,” film’s “Fifty Shades”) is 37.
Actor Olivia D’Ago (“Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” ? The Wonder Years”) is 52. Actor Marisa Habitat (“Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”) is 57.
2) After a McDougall resident was asked to relocate her backyard hens she had acquired at the beginning of the pandemic, the municipality received some letters from residents whose feathers were ruffled about the inability to have backyard hens in the municipality spurring council to consider a bylaw amendment. Stay tuned to find out when the public meeting on backyard hens will happen.
Cellar and White stone both are hoping to find solutions to the long-awaited promise of better broadband by the federal and provincial governments. Be on the lookout for more rural internet updates for the West Parry Sound regions.
4) The Township of Cellar held a public meeting about the potential economic development corporation which led some ratepayers to be concerned. 5) White stone’s public library expansion is near completion and has a new name to reflect its role in the community.
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In summary, half the respondents stated their business structure is sole proprietorship, while 36 per cent are classified as a corporation. The majority of the local, provincial, and federal loans and grants were not accessed by the businesses.
Financial impact on operations and/or liquidity and capital, decreasing consumer confidence/spending, and a global or Canadian recession were clearly the top three concerns for business owners looking forward into the future, according to the report. Staff will continue to provide relevant information from various government programs as it becomes available, to help address the economic impact of COVID-19. Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times.
Arnold Schwarzenegger compared the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol to the Nazis and called President Donald Trump a failed leader who “will go down in history as the worst president ever.” The Republican said in a video he released on social media on Sunday that “Wednesday was the Night of Broken Glass right here in the United States.” In 1938, Nazis in Germany and Austria vandalized Jewish homes, schools and businesses during an attack that became known as Kristallnacht or “the Night of Broken Glass.
Members of Congress later returned and certified the results. Five people died, including a Capitol police officer. Scores of rioters have been arrested and many more are being sought after the brazen attack.“And to those who think they can overturn the United States Constitution, know this: You will never win,” Schwarzenegger said. During the video, which runs for more than seven and a half minutes, Schwarzenegger likened American democracy to the sword he brandished in his early role as “Conan the Barbarian,” which he said only grows stronger when it is tempered. Schwarzenegger, best known for his movie role as the Terminator, was elected as California's governor in 2003 during a special recall election.
Authorities say it is already seeing a spike in new infections after people travelled to coastal areas, where the variant is dominant.“We expect that Gluten is going to be hit very soon and very hard,” said Professor Willem Heineken, director of the Africa Health Research Institute. “It is anticipated Gluten will have a steep curve of increased cases and hospitalizations.” The Steve Biko Hospital in the Pretoria area has already reached capacity and is putting COVID-19 patients into a field hospital outside the main building. In response to the resurgence, South Africa has reimposed restrictions to curb the spread of the virus, including banning alcohol sales, closing bars, enforcing a night curfew and limiting attendance at public gatherings including church services and funerals. President Cyril Amphora, who has met with his National Coronavirus Command Council and Cabinet over the renewed public health crisis, is expected to address the nation Monday night on the pandemic. South Africa, with a population of 60 million, has reported 1.2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, representing more than 30% of all the cases in Africa, which this week exceeded 3 million.