Moldova receives first non-Russian gas delivery as it grapples with severe energy crisis

Moldova has received its “first” delivery of non-Russian gas as the country grapples with a severe energy crisis. The delivery of one million cubic metres of natural gas was supplied by Poland’s PGNiG. Chisinau said the “sample purchase” from Poland is meant “to test the ability to import gas from alternative sources and balance theContinue reading “Moldova receives first non-Russian gas delivery as it grapples with severe energy crisis”

Dozens arrested as Indigenous people lead mass Ecuador protests

Demonstrators are unhappy at the economic policies of the country’s conservative president and want fuel price hikes reversed. As dawn broke in the early hours of October 26, Ecuador’s Indigenous communities had already started the most recent “paro nacional”, or national shutdown in English, by bringing main transit arteries to a halt in the countrysideContinue reading “Dozens arrested as Indigenous people lead mass Ecuador protests”

New Brunswick: Decision to end all COVID-19 measures was a mistake, says provincial infectious disease doctor

Dr. Gordon Dow says officials underestimated potential spread of delta variant in move to green phase The decision to end all COVID-19 restrictions at the end of July was a mistake, according to one of the province’s top infectious disease specialists.  Dr. Gordon Dow, an infectious disease expert with Horizon Health, acknowledged at a publicContinue reading “New Brunswick: Decision to end all COVID-19 measures was a mistake, says provincial infectious disease doctor”

Poland declares state of emergency on Belarus border

Poland’s president has declared a state of emergency in parts of two regions bordering Belarus, his spokesman said on Thursday, an unprecedented move in the country’s post-communist history that follows a surge in illegal migration. The European Union has accused Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of using migrants from countries like Iraq and Afghanistan as partContinue reading “Poland declares state of emergency on Belarus border”

Poland weighs declaring state of emergency on Belarus border amid migrant surge

Poland moved on Tuesday towards declaring a state of emergency in two regions on its border with Belarus after hundreds of illegal migrants crossed into its territory this month. The government formally asked President Andrzej Duda to impose the state of emergency for 30 days in parts of the Podlaskie and Lubelskie regions. It wasContinue reading “Poland weighs declaring state of emergency on Belarus border amid migrant surge”

U.S. declares a public health emergency post-Hurricane Ida

U.S. health officials Monday declared public health emergencies for Louisiana and Mississippi, seeking to suspend government red tape that may get in the way of providing help to people affected by Hurricane Ida. The emergency declaration by Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra puts a pause on certain payment rules and other requirements thatContinue reading “U.S. declares a public health emergency post-Hurricane Ida”

Video footage taken by Latvian border guards show participation of Belarusian militarized units in trafficking of migrants to the border with Latvia

Video footage taken by Latvian border guards shows that migrants, accompanied by Belarusian militarized units, are being trafficked to the Belarusian border with Latvia and not allowed to return to the territory of Belarus, the Defense Ministry’s portal sargs.lv reports. In recent days, the State Border Guard together with the National Armed Forces (NAF) hasContinue reading “Video footage taken by Latvian border guards show participation of Belarusian militarized units in trafficking of migrants to the border with Latvia”

Pacific Northwest braces for another multiday heat wave

People in the Pacific Northwest braced for another major, multiday heat wave starting Wednesday, just over a month after record-shattering hot weather killed hundreds of the region’s most vulnerable people when temperatures soared to 116 degrees Fahrenheit (47 Celsius). In a “worst-case scenario,” the temperature could reach as high as 111 F (44 C) inContinue reading “Pacific Northwest braces for another multiday heat wave”

Tokyo new virus cases near 2,000 a day before Olympics open

Tokyo hit another six-month high in new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, one day before the Olympics begin, as worries grow of a worsening of infections during the Games. Thursday’s 1,979 new cases are the highest since 2,044 were recorded on Jan. 15. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who is determined to hold the Olympics, placed TokyoContinue reading “Tokyo new virus cases near 2,000 a day before Olympics open”

Western Canada declares fire emergency as evacuations climb

Canada’s western province of British Columbia declared a state of emergency Tuesday, with wildfires expected to grow even larger in the coming days due to high heat and winds. “We have reached a critical point,” said provincial public safety minister Mike Farnworth. “Based on the advice of emergency management and wildfire officials, and my briefingContinue reading “Western Canada declares fire emergency as evacuations climb”

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