World’s largest jazz festival in Montreal cancelled due to pandemic

Montreal (AFP) This year's Montreal Jazz Festival, the world's largest, and other popular summer jamborees in Canada's francophone metropolis were cancelled Friday due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers announced. Trumpet virtuoso Terence Blanchard performs during the International Jazz Festival in Montreal on July 1, 2018 Eva HAMBACH AFP It had been scheduled to start on … Continue reading World’s largest jazz festival in Montreal cancelled due to pandemic

Disney shuffles movie schedule due to virus, ‘Mulan’ set for July

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Walt Disney Co will release the live-action epic “Mulan” in movie theaters in July and Marvel’s “Black Widow” in November, the company said on Friday (April 3) as it reshuffled a schedule disrupted by the global coronavirus outbreak. Disney has reshuffled their movie release schedule due to the coronavirus outbreak.PHOTO: REUTERS Among other … Continue reading Disney shuffles movie schedule due to virus, ‘Mulan’ set for July

Global demand for protective gloves is soaring, but Ivorian rubber farmers are losing money

As the coronavirus takes hold, the demand for rubber gloves is on the up. Yet despite being the largest rubber producer in Africa, the Ivory Coast is failing to make the most of it. Workers at a rubber plantation in Toumodi, south of the Ivorian capital, Yamoussoukro. © Thierry Gouegnon, REUTERS With the number of Covid-19 infections … Continue reading Global demand for protective gloves is soaring, but Ivorian rubber farmers are losing money

Neymar donates $1M to fight coronavirus

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Neymar has donated $1 million to fight the impact of the new coronavirus in his native Brazil, according to TV network SBT. Neymar (pictured February 2020) donated part of the money to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and the rest to a charitable fund launched by his friend Luciano Huck … Continue reading Neymar donates $1M to fight coronavirus

Gabon bans eating of pangolin and bats amid pandemic

Libreville (AFP) Gabon's government on Friday banned the sale and eating of bats and pangolins, which are suspected of sparking the novel coronavirus in China where they are highly prized in traditional medicine. Pangolins are critically endangered and have long been protected, but they are sold in the markets of the capital Libreville and their … Continue reading Gabon bans eating of pangolin and bats amid pandemic

WHO, IMF say saving lives ‘prerequisite’ to save jobs

Geneva (AFP) The WHO and IMF chiefs insisted Friday that saving lives was a "prerequisite" to saving livelihoods in the coronavirus pandemic -- a crisis they called "one of humanity's darkest hours". World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (pictured March 2020) said getting the COVID-19 virus under control first was necessary to revive economic … Continue reading WHO, IMF say saving lives ‘prerequisite’ to save jobs

Britain ramps up coronavirus trials but results ‘a few months away’

LONDON (REUTERS) – Britain said on Friday (April 3) it was launching the biggest clinical trial of possible treatments for coronavirus in the world but a leading health official cautioned that the results were likely a few months away. People pass a sign thanking the NHS at Vauxhall, London, on April 3, 2020.PHOTO: REUTERS Almost 1,000 patients … Continue reading Britain ramps up coronavirus trials but results ‘a few months away’

Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner takes surprise top role in coronavirus fight

WASHINGTON (AFP) - He's got no medical experience, was never elected or saw military service, but as US President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner has crucial access - and now he's White House pointman for the coronavirus crisis. Mr Jared Kushner (left) speaks at a coronavirus news conference at the White House.PHOTO: NYTIMES A youthful looking … Continue reading Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner takes surprise top role in coronavirus fight

Putin says Russia agrees on oil output cuts, blames Saudis for low prices

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - President Vladimir Putin said on Friday (April 3) Russia was ready for deep oil production cuts with the United States and Opec, but firmly put the blame for the collapse in oil prices on Opec's de facto leader Saudi Arabia. Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a video meeting with members of the … Continue reading Putin says Russia agrees on oil output cuts, blames Saudis for low prices

German Chancellor Merkel says too early to ease lockdown despite signs of slowdown in coronavirus spread

BERLIN (REUTERS) - It is too early for Germany to lift its restrictions on people's movement despite initial signs that the coronavirus is spreading at a slightly slower pace, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a recorded speech on Friday (April 3). A woman sits at the Berlin Wall Memorial, on April 3, 2020.PHOTO: AFP "The … Continue reading German Chancellor Merkel says too early to ease lockdown despite signs of slowdown in coronavirus spread

Sweden rejects accusations of lack of coronavirus action

STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Sweden has got broad media attention for its soft approach to the new coronavirus outbreak, but it strongly rejects the idea that life is carrying on uninterrupted as the country passes 6,000 confirmed cases. People walk at Drottninggatan in Stockholm, on April 1, 2020.PHOTO: AFP A cradle-to-grave welfare state with strong social protection, … Continue reading Sweden rejects accusations of lack of coronavirus action

New York reports deadliest day from coronavirus, governor makes plea for help

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - New York suffered its deadliest single day from the novel coronavirus, with 562 additional deaths across the state for a total of 2,935 fatalities, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Friday (April 3). A pedestrian crosses a road in New York's nearly deserted Times Square.PHOTO: NYTIMES Mr Cuomo warned that people were … Continue reading New York reports deadliest day from coronavirus, governor makes plea for help