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The Canadian PressSpace station launch honours 'Hidden Figures' mathematicianCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A space station supply ship named after the Black NASA mathematician featured in the movie “Hidden Figures” rocketed into orbit Saturday, the 59th anniversary of John Glenn's historic launch. Northrop Grumman's Cygnus capsule — dubbed the S.S. Katherine Johnson — should reach the International Space Station on Monday following its launch from Virginia's eastern shore. Johnson died almost exactly a year ago at age 101. “Mrs. Johnson was selected for her hand-written calculations that helped launch the first Americans into space, as well as her accomplishments in breaking glass ceiling after glass ceiling as a Black woman,” Frank DeMauro, a Northrop Grumman vice-president, said on the eve of liftoff. “A homework assignment for all of you is to go watch that movie after the Cygnus launch.” Johnson’s numbers contributed to the Feb. 20, 1962, flight in which Glenn became the first American to orbit the world. The film, released in late 2016, depicted the effort put forth by Johnson and other Black women at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, during the early days of space exploration. Langley is 100 miles (160 kilometres) from the launch site at Wallops Island. Northrop Grumman launched the 4-ton shipment for NASA in the early afternoon from Wallops, where temperatures were just above freezing. The Antares rocket was visible from the Carolinas to Connecticut, at least where skies were clear. This will be the space station's second delivery in less than a week. A Russian capsule pulled up Wednesday with apples and oranges, among other things. “Oh, we love fresh food!!!” tweeted Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi. He noted that the space station flew over Virginia just 10 minutes ahead of Saturday's launch. Noguchi and his six U.S. and Russian crewmates can expect more apples once the Cygnus arrives, along with tomatoes, nuts, smoked salmon, Parmesan and cheddar cheeses, caramels and coconut strips. The capsule also holds 120,000 tiny roundworms for a muscle experiment, as well as off-the-shelf computer equipment to increase data processing speed at the space station. Also flying: radiation detectors intended for NASA's astronaut moon-landing program, and a new system to convert more of the astronauts' urine into drinking water. It is Northrop Grumman’s 15th station supply run for NASA. SpaceX is NASA’s other shipper. ___ The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content. Marcia Dunn, The Associated PressThe Canadian PressMoscow court rejects opposition leader Navalny's appealMOSCOW — A Moscow court on Saturday rejected Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s appeal of his prison sentence, even as the country faced an order from a top European rights court to free the Kremlin’s most prominent foe. A few hours later, a judge in a separate case ordered Navalny to pay a fine for defaming a World War II veteran. During the first court hearing, Navalny urged Russians to stand up to the Kremlin in a fiery speech mixing references to the Bible and “Harry Potter.” Earlier this month, Navalny was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison for violating terms of his probation while recuperating in Germany from a nerve agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin. Russian authorities have rejected the accusation. Navalny, 44, an anti-corruption crusader and President Vladimir Putin’s most vocal critic, appealed the prison sentence and asked to be released. The Moscow City Court’s judge on Saturday only slightly reduced his sentence to just over 2 1/2 years in prison, ruling that a month-and-half Navalny spent under house arrest in early 2015 will be deducted from his sentence. The sentence stems from a 2014 embezzlement conviction that Navalny has rejected as fabricated and the European ?ourt of Human Rights has ruled to be unlawful. His arrest and imprisonment have fueled a huge wave of protests across Russia. Authorities responded with a sweeping crackdown, detaining about 11,000 people, many of whom were fined or given jail terms ranging from seven to 15 days. In his speech at the hearing, Navalny referenced the Bible as well as “Harry Potter” and the animated sitcom “Rick and Morty” as he urged Russians to resist pressure from authorities and challenge the Kremlin to build a fairer and more prosperous country. “The government’s task is to scare you and then persuade you that you are alone,” he said. “Our Voldemort in his palace also wants me to feel cut off,” he added, in a reference to Putin. “To live is to risk it all,” he continued. “Otherwise, you’re just an inert chunk of randomly assembled molecules drifting wherever the universe blows you.” Navalny also addressed the judge and the prosecutor, arguing that they could have a much better life in a new Russia. “Just imagine how wonderful life would be without constant lying,” he said. “Imagine how great it would be to work as a judge ... when no one would be able to call you and give you directions what verdicts to issue.” He insisted that he was unable to report to the authorities in line with his probation requirements while he was convalescing in Germany after his poisoning, emphasizing that he returned to Russia immediately after his health allowed. “I wasn’t hiding,” he said. “The entire world knew where I was.” Navalny said he was an atheist before but has come to believe in God, adding that his faith helped him face his challenges. He said he believed the Bible phrase that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are blessed, and that he felt no regret about deciding to return home to Russia. “Even though our country is built on injustice and we all constantly face injustice ... we also see that millions of people, tens of millions of people, want righteousness,” Navalny told the court. “They want the righteousness and sooner or later they will have it.” Asked about the impact of Navalny’s prison sentence on Russia’s politics, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the country’s “rich and multifaceted” political scene will develop regardless of the verdict. Russia has rejected Western criticism of Navalny’s arrest and the crackdown on demonstrations as meddling in its internal affairs. In a ruling Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights ordered the Russian government to release Navalny, citing “the nature and extent of risk to the applicant’s life.” The Strasbourg-based court noted that Navalny has contested Russian authorities’ argument that they had taken sufficient measures to safeguard his life and well-being in custody following the nerve agent attack. The Russian government has rebuffed the ECHR’s demand, describing the ruling as unlawful and “inadmissible” meddling in Russia’s affairs. In the past, Moscow has abided by the ECHR’s rulings awarding compensations to Russian citizens who have contested verdicts in Russian courts, but it never faced a demand by the European court to set a convict free. In a sign of its long-held annoyance with the Strasbourg court’s verdicts, Russia last year adopted a constitutional amendment declaring the priority of national legislation over international law. Russian authorities might now use that provision to reject the ECHR’s ruling. After losing his appeal, Navalny had a second court hearing on charges of slandering a World War II veteran and was ordered to pay a fine of 850,000 rubles (about $11,500). Prosecutors asked for a 950,000-rubles ($13,000) fine. Navalny called the 94-year-old veteran and other people featured in a pro-Kremlin video last year as “corrupt stooges,” “people without conscience” and “traitors.” He rejected the slander charges, describing them as part of official efforts to disparage him. Navalny said at the hearing that his accusers “will burn in hell.” Vladimir Isachenkov, The Associated PressCBCA pipeline runs through it: Coastal GasLink is crossing hundreds of waterways in northern B.C.(Submitted by Coastal GasLink) A major B.C. pipeline will cross about 625 streams, creeks, rivers and lakes, many of them fish bearing, during construction of one of the largest private sector projects in Canadian history, according to the company building it. The $6.6-billion pipeline is designed to carry natural gas, obtained by hydraulic fracturing — also known as fracking — in northeastern B.C., to a $40-billion LNG terminal on the province's North Coast for export to Asia. Coastal GasLink says its environmental experts have devoted 43,000 hours to lessening the impact on fish and aquatic habitat along the route. Still, B.C. officials — and Coastal GasLink itself — have already flagged environmental violations. The 670 kilometre pipeline route through northern B.C. crosses vital habitat for salmon and other fish, including the blue-listed bull trout. Blue-listed species include any indigenous species or subspecies considered to be vulnerable in their locale. Coastal GasLink's gas pipeline crosses about 625 rivers, creeks, waters, streams and lakes on its 670 kilometre route across northern B.C. Construction is scheduled across tributaries of major watersheds, including the Fraser, the Skeena, and the Peace. First Nations raised concerns in an Aboriginal consultation report about the project's adverse effects on fisheries and diminishing salmon populations, as early as 2013. The company says crews are monitoring the pipeline's impact on waterways and fish habitat. Coastal GasLink's technical reports acknowledge that construction activities like blasting and riprap armouring could be "high risk" to fish habitat. That's because sediment and turbid water from waterway construction has the potential to reduce the biological productivity of aquatic systems and suffocate fish eggs. The company said it's "committed to achieving the highest standards of environmental protection during construction." Environmental violations But provincial officials have flagged two environmental violations, one of which affected 68 wetlands along the pipeline route. The second violation resulted in turbid water flowing into Fraser Lake. In addition, late last month, Coastal GasLink's own Annual Compliance Self Report stated the company had "water quality monitoring non conformances and non-compliances in 2020 ... with potential adverse effects." Coastal GasLink installs pipe along its 670 kilometre route from northeastern B.C.'s gas fields to an LNG export terminal in Kitimat, B.C. "We thought that they would be really on top of trying to control the sediment at the local streams," said Greg Knox, executive director of the SkeenaWild Conservation Trust in Terrace, close to the pipeline route. Knox says the pipeline has the greatest potential to harm waterways during the construction phase, when sediment can enter rivers and streams. "But this company, in its short time constructing this pipeline, has been ... causing problems for the local environment," Knox said. "It really makes us concerned that they're not following through on their commitments to protect the local environment and local fish." Stop work order issued In 2020, inspectors with the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) determined that Coastal GasLink failed to properly survey 68 different wetlands before construction started. Coastal GasLink says trenchless crossings like this one involve the installation of pipe beneath the water. The EAO issued a stop work order until the company completed the required work. In an email to CBC News, Coastal GasLink said it takes the B.C. EAO's findings "very seriously." The company said its wetlands' assessments used a method different than what was required and failed to meet the EAO's timeline. In a second incident, provincial inspectors flagged the improper discharge of "turbid water" that later flowed into fish bearing Fraser Lake. The B.C. EAO issued an enforcement order, stating discharge the company pumped from sediment ponds was a violation of Coastal GasLink's environmental assessment certificate and that "water quality monitoring had not taken place." Decisive action taken, company says Coastal GasLink told CBC News it has since taken "decisive action" to improve sediment control before the spring thaw. "We have retained Independent Erosion and Sediment Control Auditors ... to achieve compliance," it said. The company points to successes, like the creation of a temporary bridge across the Stuart River that was built before salmon spawning season and will be removed once the pipeline construction is complete. Coastal GasLink says the this temporary bridge across the Stuart River was built before salmon spawning season and will be removed after construction to minimize disturbances on the river. The Stuart is part of the most northerly watershed of the Fraser Basin and a key area for the sockeye salmon run. Coastal GasLink says it worked with the local First Nation to minimize disturbance on the river by constructing a single free span arch, instead of multiple arches. "Protecting our environment is a fundamental value ... we are working hard with our prime contractors to live up to," Coastal GasLink wrote in an email. The Canadian Freshwater Alliance said local communities need a bigger say in what happens with their waterways. "Water is the life blood of B.C.," said Danielle Paydli, B.C. organizer with the Canadian Freshwater Alliance. "Water is our security." "It may be that employment and pipeline work is prioritized in that community, or it might be that employment ... in fishing or other jobs that use water are prioritized by those communities. It's not for industry to decide," said Paydli. About 4,000 people worked on the pipeline project in 2020, according to Coastal GasLink. The company said its pipeline construction was about 25 per cent complete in January.CBCHighway 1 closed after serious collision near McLean: RCMP(David Bell/CBC) A portion of Highway 1 just west of McLean, Sask. is closed after a serious crash. McLean is about 40 kilometres east of Regina. White Butte RCMP are at the scene and traffic is being re-routed. RCMP say delays may last for the next several hours but do not say if the both or one of the lanes are affected.The Canadian PressTrudeau to hold first meeting with new U.S. President Biden virtually on TuesdayPrime Minister Justin Trudeau will hold his first meeting with newly minted U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday. Trudeau's office issued a statement saying the two leaders will hold their first bilateral meeting virtually, but provided few other details. A statement from the White House says members of the two cabinets will also convene on Feb. 23. It will be the first official meeting between the two countries since Biden took office on Jan. 20. Trudeau's office says the leaders intend to discuss "shared priorities" as well as efforts to address the global COVID-19 pandemic. Both sides are touting the long-standing partnership between the U.S. and Canada, but bones of contention have already emerged during Biden's tenure in the White House. They include his cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline and stated intention to pursue Buy American policies. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 20, 2021. The Canadian PressThe Canadian PressThe latest news on COVID-19 developments in CanadaThe latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): 3: 15 p.m. Saskatchewan is reporting three additional deaths among people who tested positive for COVID-19 and 193 new cases. The province says in its daily pandemic update that the seven-day average of new daily infections has dropped to 150, which it says works out to 12.2 cases per 100,000 people. It says that's Saskatchewan's lowest seven-day average in three months. Today's update says 1,602 cases are considered active in the province, while 171 COVID-19 patients are currently in hospital. --- 2: 50 p.m. The Nunavut government says there are six new COVID-19 cases in Arviat, the community with the territory's only active infections. Arviat, which has a population of about 2,800 residents, has had 294 cases but 263 have recovered. That leaves 30 cases that remain active as of today. Nunavut has had 338 COVID-19 cases and one related death since the pandemic began. --- 2: 30 p.m. Public health officials in Quebec City say they have closed an elementary school after discovering a suspected case of a COVID-19 variant. Regional Public Health Director Dr. Andre Dontigny says the school will remain closed until public health authorities have a better idea of the situation. All staff and students have been asked to get tested for COVID-19 over the weekend. Dontigny says public health has taken more aggressive measures over fears that the case is linked to a more transmissible variant of the novel coronavirus. Authorities say there are no confirmed cases of variants in the Quebec City area. There have been 22 confirmed cases of variants of concern in the province and an additional 286 cases are under investigation. --- 2: 15 p.m. Manitoba is reporting three new deaths linked to COVID-19 today and 95 new cases of the virus. Two of the deaths are associated with an outbreak at Winnipeg's Seven Oaks Hospital, while the third is connected to an outbreak at Actionmarguerite St. Boniface, a care facility elsewhere in the city. The province says in its daily pandemic update that Manitoba's five-day test positivity rate is 5.3 per cent, and that the rate is four per cent in Winnipeg. --- 1: 45 p.m. Nova Scotia is reporting four new cases of COVID-19 and now has 18 active cases. Three of the new infections are in the Halifax area with one a close contact of a previously reported case, one under investigation and one case related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. The remaining case is in the western zone and is also related to travel outside the region. Health officials say one person is currently in hospital and is in intensive care. --- 1: 20 p.m. Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting 38 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. All are in the eastern health region, which includes St. John's. Health officials are also reporting three presumptive positive cases in the eastern region, which still need to be confirmed. The province currently has 434 active cases of the novel coronavirus. --- 12: 10 p.m. New Brunswick is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 today. Health officials say all three are in the Edmundston region in the province's northwest. They involve a person under 19, a person in their 80s and an individual in their 90s. The province currently has 87 active cases, with three patients hospitalized and one of those patients in intensive care --- 11: 15 a.m. Quebec is reporting 769 new cases of COVID-19 today and 14 additional deaths linked to the disease, including four within the past 24 hours. The Health Department says the number of hospitalizations declined by 23 to 700. It says 120 people are in intensive care, a decline of seven. Health authorities say 15,386 doses of vaccine were administered on Friday for a total of 329,324. --- 10: 45 a.m. Ontario is reporting 1,228 new cases of COVID-19 today along with 28 new virus-related deaths. The new case count represents a slight increase over the 1,150 new infections reported on Friday. Health Minister Christine Elliott says Toronto and neighbouring Peel Region continue to report the highest daily case counts, logging 331 and 228 respectively over the past 24 hours. York Region, which is set to return to the province's colour-coded pandemic response framework at the red level on Monday, is reporting 132 new cases today. Toronto, Peel and the North Bay Parry Sound health unit are all set to remain under a stay-at-home order for the next two weeks. --- This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 20, 2021 The Canadian PressReutersCuban anti-Communist anthem featuring Gente de Zona goes viral, sparks state furyA group of Miami-based Cuban musicians including reggaeton duo Gente de Zona launched an impassioned anti-Communist anthem this week that has gone viral, sparking a furious state response. Gente de Zona, Yotuel of hip-hop band Orishas fame and singer-songwriter Descemer Bueno collaborated on the song with two rappers in Cuba, Maykel Osorbo and El Funky, who are part of a dissident artists' collective that sparked an unusual protest against repression outside the culture ministry last November. "Homeland and Life" repurposes the old slogan "Patria o Muerte" ("Homeland or Death") emblazoned on walls across the Caribbean country ever since Fidel Castro's 1959 leftist revolution and expresses frustration with being required to make sacrifices in the name of ideology for 62 years.The Canadian PressTwo Democratic governors see stars dimmed by virus woesALBANY, N.Y. — At the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, two Democratic governors on opposite ends of the country were hailed as heroes for their leadership in a crisis. Now they're leaders on the ropes. Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gavin Newsom of California are embroiled in distinct political woes. For Cuomo, it's a federal investigation into whether his administration sought to hide the true toll of the pandemic. For Newsom, it's fending off a recall effort fueled by opposition to his lockdowns — and his own personal missteps. But for both men the bottom line is clear: If you're not careful, the same crisis that can raise your stock can just as easily bring you down. “We've had too many mission accomplished moments,” said Rebecca Katz, a New York City-based Democratic strategist who ran a primary challenge against Cuomo in 2018, in a reference to former President George W. Bush's premature boast days after the conquest of Iraq. The COVID-19 virus has been an especially painful illustration of that point. The virus is now stretching into its second year, a timeline few could have comprehended when schools and workplaces were first shuttered last March and governors who control lockdowns played newly prominent roles in Americans' lives. Cuomo and Newsom both seized the moment in their own ways. Cuomo went on television for daily briefings that were paternal, almost philosophical, and also sharply critical of the Trump administration. They became must-see TV across the country, aided in part by his CNN news host brother. Newsom, meanwhile, instituted early lockdowns, and for a time his state avoided the worst of the virus. He was a smoother, reassuring presence. He studiously avoided partisanship, even landing himself in an ad for President Donald Trump. But ultimately it was their actions, not their tone or words, that brought them down to earth. “This is all a bunch of tough stuff," said California strategist Rob Stutzman, noting that governors are judged on outcomes and the outcomes in this crisis have been bad everywhere. “At the end of the day, these different approaches the governors have taken have made very little difference because, well, it's a virus." Several governors have managed to avoid major political backlash, like Republican Charlie Baker in Massachusetts or Democrat Jared Polis in Colorado. But the travails of Cuomo and Newsom show how big states are exceptionally tricky to run and always under the microscope — something also demonstrated this week in Texas, as the nation's second-largest state suffered extended power outages during a deep freeze that sparked criticism of its Republican governor, Greg Abbott. “New York and California are under a magnifying glass,” said Jared Leopold, former spokesman for the Democratic Governors Association. “Everything good that happens there looks five times better and everything bad looks five times worse.” While the coronavirus may have first landed on U.S. soil on the West Coast, it exploded into public consciousness in March as New York City was wracked by a hideous outbreak. As the epidemic spiraled, Cuomo on March 25 issued a directive barring nursing homes from refusing patients based solely on a COVID-19 diagnosis. Cuomo defended the directive as an effort to prevent catastrophic hospital overcrowding and discrimination against virus patients. Despite his state's death toll — more than 46,000 people in New York state have died of COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University — Cuomo's popularity soared, and some Democrats in the spring and summer favourably contrasted his response with Trump's bravado and false optimism, wondering if Cuomo could replace Joe Biden on their ticket or sign on as a vice-presidential candidate. In October, Cuomo took an early victory lap, releasing a book titled “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.” But the nursing home issue exploded onto the political scene with two recent revelations. First, the state’s Democratic attorney general chastised the Cuomo administration for minimizing the death toll at nursing homes by excluding certain fatalities from the count. Cuomo's administration then revealed at least 15,000 people living in long-term care facilities have died of COVID-19, nearly double the number Cuomo had initially disclosed. The New York Post reported that a member of Cuomo's administration told lawmakers it had withheld the numbers for fear of them being “used against us.” A furious Cuomo at a press conference accused Ron Kim, a Democratic state legislator who spoke to the Post, of corruption. Kim said Cuomo had called him and threatened to “destroy” him. “The nursing homes story really exposed quite a bit about questions about his leadership style and the success of his leadership during COVID,” said Christina Greer, a political science professor at Fordham University. “The governor wrote a book touting his accomplishments, and we don’t know if we’re halfway out of the pandemic.” The meltdown in California has been more gradual. A month after Cuomo released his coronavirus book, an embarrassed Newsom was apologizing for attending a lobbyist's birthday party at the posh French Laundry restaurant, even as he was telling Californians to avoid gatherings. The restaurant scandal came as California's image as a model of COVID response began to fade. Rising cases and shrinking capacity at hospitals prompted Newsom to reinstate stay-at-home orders between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Republicans had circulated recall petitions against Newsom months before, complaining about his handling of homelessness and the economy, but they shifted to include his COVID-19 response in their complaints and began racking up signatures. In January, Newsom abruptly lifted the stay-at-home orders, sparking accusations he was abandoning science. He was then forced to retool the state's vaccine distribution system. Now the state's coronavirus numbers are dropping. His job approval rating has also. Stutzman said Newsom is suffering for failing to provide the smooth, efficient government he promised when elected. But part of his fall, and Cuomo's, was inevitable because they are no longer being compared to Trump and his often hands-off approach to the virus response. “Any of these Democratic governors are going to come off these initial highs they got that were better than Republican governors,” Stutzman, a Republican, argued. “Democrats across the country got a false boost out of this because of Trump, but when it all nets out it looks the same.” The governors' troubles stand as a warning for Biden, a Democrat who has declared he now owns the pandemic response and will be judged by how he delivers. “At least the Biden administration got to see how everyone else did first," Katz said. __ Riccardi reported from Denver. Associated Press writer Kathleen Ronayne in Sacramento, California, contributed to this report. Nicholas Riccardi And Marina Villeneuve, The Associated PressCBCQuebec City primary school closes down after suspected case of COVID-19 variant(Jean-Michel Cloutier/Radio-Canada) Fearing the presence of a more contagious COVID-19 variant, public health officials in Quebec City have closed down a primary school in Cap-Rouge, a suburb on the west side of Quebec City. The local public health authority, the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale, is seeking to test all 283 students and more than 50 staff members at Marguerite-d'Youville primary school within the next 48 hours. Dr. André Dontigny, the local public health director, said there is "at least" one suspected case, and indicated it could have come from a parent that had tested positive for a variant strain. In those situations, he said, "we don't [yet] have test results for the children, but they become critical contacts in the school environment," he said. Three classes at Marguerite-d'Youville primary school, which runs from kindergarten to Grade 6, had been shut down since Feb. 9 because of positive cases, Dontigny said. All 14 classes at the school are now closed. The three coronavirus "variants of concern," first identified in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil, are a focus of public health officials because they spread more easily, may cause more severe illness and because current vaccines may be less effective against them. A few dozen cases have so far been detected in Quebec, and a few hundred in Canada. 'Calm before the storm' The more aggressive procedures public health departments are taking against variants in schools — such as rapid shutdowns and increased testing — are welcome, said Heidi Yetman, the president of the Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers, which represents 8,000 English-language teachers. But she said she worries we're in "the calm before the storm" and that variant cases in schools will increase. "A variant that spreads like this, it's going to spread really fast inside a building like a school," where there are closed rooms and frequent close contact, she said. "So that's really concerning for us. We're really worried that the variant will start spreading throughout schools and we'll see more and more closures." Dontigny said they were awaiting test results Saturday that will show whether one of the variants of concern is indeed present. He said staffing had been expanded at local facilities to ensure testing and screening happened promptly, and that screening any positive cases that emerge among the staff and students being tested this weekend for the variants should take 24 hours. Students and staff must remain in isolation for the time being. Earlier this month, public health authorities in Montreal closed down both the primary and secondary schools at Collège Stanislas, a private school in Outremont, after an outbreak in which some of the cases were found to involve the variant known as B117, first detected in the U.K.The Canadian PressEverton's 1st Anfield win since 1999 adds to Liverpool woesLIVERPOOL, England — Everton deepened Liverpool's Premier League title defence woes by winning at Anfield for the first time since 1999 on Saturday, a 2-0 triumph that consigned the champions to a fourth successive home loss. It's Liverpool's worst run at home since 1923 and leaves Jürgen Klopp's side 16 points behind leader Manchester City and with Everton only behind on goal difference with a game in hand. Everton hadn't even beaten Liverpool anywhere since 2010. The only disappointment for Carlo Ancelotti's side will have been not having any fans allowed into the home of its greatest rival, due to the pandemic, to see the landmark triumph. Everton's intention was clear from the start to get the ball forward and put the inexperienced Liverpool central defensive partnership of Jordan Henderson and Ozan Kabak under pressure. It paid off after just 2 minutes, 25 seconds as Kabak's weak headed clearance fell to James Rodriguez who slipped in a pass behind the on-loan Schalke centre back. Richarlison ran on to fire an angled drive across goalkeeper Alisson Becker. Liverpool then lost Henderson to injury and struggled to properly test goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Hopes of a comeback were thwarted by Trent Alexander-Arnold bringing down substitute Calvert-Lewin and Gylfi Sigurdsson scoring from a penalty in the 83rd minute. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated PressCBCWhat's next for Mars exploration?After NASA's Perseverance rover successfully landed on the Red Planet, there is still a lot of work to do to determine if life ever existed on Mars.The Canadian PressNewfoundland and Labrador reports 38 new cases of COVID-19, has 434 active casesST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Health officials in Newfoundland and Labrador are reporting 38 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. All of the new cases are in the eastern health region, which includes St. John's. They involve 14 people under 20 years of age, seven between 20 and 39-years-old, 13 people in their 40s, three in their 50s and one person over 70. Health officials are also reporting three presumptive positive cases in the eastern region which still need to be confirmed. The province currently has 434 active cases of the novel coronavirus. The province reported 60 new cases on Friday as it deals with an outbreak that is nearly two weeks old. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 20, 2021. The Canadian PressThe Canadian PressNova Scotia mass shooter's spouse worried he was looking for her when killings beganHALIFAX — The spouse of the gunman who killed 22 people in Nova Scotia told police that she has had guilty feelings and wonders whether others died because she ran away from her partner when his rampage began last April.Lisa Banfield told police that she questions whether Gabriel Wortman went to locations she might have run to in order to get help and then killed people as he went along.The information is contained in a statement she provided to RCMP Staff Sgt. Greg Vardy on April 28, which was used as part of a police application for a search warrant. Previously released court documents related how Banfield had escaped after being assaulted by Wortman on the night of April 18.After her escape, Wortman began a killing rampage that only ended the next day after a police officer shot him dead at a gas station in Enfield, N.S.Banfield told police that in the days prior to the killings Wortman was "caught up with COVID-19," was talking about death and said that he knew he was going to die.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 20, 2021. The Canadian PressReutersU.S. President Biden, Canada's Trudeau to meet virtually next weekU.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday will hold his first bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, an event the neighboring countries said would highlight their strong and deep ties. The meeting, which will be virtual due to the coronavirus crisis, will aim to elevate collaboration on shared concerns at a time when the relationship between the close allies has been strained by Biden's decision to block the Canada-backed Keystone XL pipeline. In a statement on Saturday, the White House said Biden and his Cabinet will also meet virtually with Canadian ministers on a range of bilateral and global issues.The Canadian PressSpain: Peaceful protests for jailed rapper see more clashesBARCELONA, Spain — A fifth night of peaceful protests to denounce the imprisonment of a Spanish rap artist once more devolved into clashes between police and the members of fringe groups who set up street barricades and smashed storefront windows Saturday night in downtown Barcelona. Small groups made up mostly of young people began their nightly cat-and-mouse game with officers an hour after several thousand protesters gathered in the capital of Spain's Catalonia region, which also was where the worst violence took place during earlier demonstrations this week over rapper Pablo Hasél's detention. Hundreds also gathered in Madrid, and hundreds more marched in the northeast town of Lleida, where Hasél was arrested on Tuesday and taken away to begin serving a 9-month prison sentence for insulting the Spanish monarchy and praising terrorist violence in his music. On Saturday, some rioters damaged scattered stores on Barcelona’s main shopping street and threw stones after police in riot gear poured out of vans to engage them. The disorder appears have come a fringe group of mainly younger people who constituted a small share of the thousands of participants who joined in marches to support Hasél and to oppose the Spanish laws used to prosecute him. Around 80 people have been arrested and more than 100 people injured since his arrest on Tuesday after barricading a university building for 24 hours. Police in Catalonia, the region surrounding Barcelona, have reported at least three mob attacks on police stations. Rioters smashed their way into bank offices in downtown Barcelona, burned trash containers, and looted sporting goods stores on Friday night. Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau made an appeal for calm. “Defending the freedom of expression doesn’t justify in any case the destruction of property, frightening our fellow citizens, and hurting businesses already hurt by the crisis” caused by the pandemic, the mayor said. Madrid municipal authorities said that 300 National Police officers were called up to assist city police. The Associated PressThe Canadian Press10-man West Brom draws 0-0 at Burnley in Premier LeagueBURNLEY, England — West Bromwich Albion overcame Semi Ajayi’s first-half red card but wasted several scoring chances in a 0-0 draw against Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday. Mike Dean, refereeing his first match since asking for a break after receiving death threats on social media, dismissed Ajayi after the defender’s handball denied Matej Vydra from going clean through on goal. That left the relegation-threatened visitors to play with 10 men for the remaining hour but they had the clearer chances after the break, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Mbaye Diagne and Matheus Pereira all going close. Diagne clattered the top of the crossbar from close range while Pereira’s effort was blocked on the line by James Tarkowski, with West Brom settling for a draw that leaves them 11 points adrift of Premier League safety. Burnley is nine points clear of the drop zone. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated PressInitiative de journalisme local48% des ménages gagnent plus de 100,000$ à BouchervilleBoucherville se distingue à plusieurs égards et à plusieurs niveaux. Historiquement son riche passé historique de plus de 350 ans et son développement harmonieux en ont vite fait de Boucherville une municipalité recherchée. Niché sur la rive sud du fleuve Saint-Laurent, le Vieux-Boucherville avec ses rues étroites et ses maisons ancestrales est considéré comme un joyau du patrimoine architectural québécois. Desservie par un réseau routier et autoroutier stratégique et par un service de transport en communefficace Boucherville compte aujourd’hui 42 730 citoyens, fait partie de la région administrative de la Montérégie (16), de l’agglomération de Longueuil et de la Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal. Les données issues du plus récent recensement de Statistique Canada indiquent que la population de Boucherville a augmenté de 2,3 % entre 2011 et 2016 et de 1,6 % entre 2016 et 2019. 86 % des bouchervillois sont propriétaires de leur résidence. Le taux de scolarisation est très élevé, 62 % des bouchervillois détiennent un diplôme universitaire ou collégial, alors que le revenu moyen des ménages qui s’élève à près de 130,000$. Une proportion de48 % des ménages de Boucherville gagnent plus de 100,000$ Le pouvoir d’achat des Bouchervillois est un des plus élevé au Québec. population par groupe d'âge 44 ans, < 15 ans16%, 15 à 24 ans11%, 25 à 44 ans19%, 45 à 64 ans, 32%> 65 ans, 22% Revenu moyen des ménages 129 737 $ Moins de 50 000 $20% Entre 50 000 et 80 000 $20% Entre 80 000 et 100 000 $12% Entre 100 000 et 150 000 $22% Plus de 150 000 $26% Profil des ménages privés 2.4 personnes Ménages avec 1 personne24% Ménages avec 2 personnes39% Ménages avec 3 personnes15% Ménages avec 4 personnes16% Ménages avec 5 personnes et +6% Type de familles Couples sans enfant à la maison44. Couples avec enfants à la maison42%. Familles monoparentales14% Occupation des logements Proportion de propriétaires86% Proportion de locataires14% Construction des logements Avant 196010%De 1961 à 198039%De 1981 à 199018%De 1991 à 200012%De 2001 à 201016%De 2011 à 20165% Type de logements Maisons individuelles60%Maisons jumelées ou en rangée12%Immeubles de moins de 5 étages26%Immeubles de 5 étages ou plus1%Logements mobiles0% Scolarité Universitaire41%Collégial21%Secondaire18%Apprentis ou métiers10%Aucun diplôme10% Immigration Population non immigrante93%Population immigrante7% Langues parlées 1687 commerces et entreprises Boucherville accueille un des cinq plus importants parcs industriels du Québec avec plus de 605 entrepriseset un important centre de recherche scientifique canadien. On y recense aussi au total, sur le territoire bouchervillois 1687 entreprises soit 1,5 % de toutes les entreprises de la Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal. En importance, on retrouve les principales sphères d’activités suivantes par nombre d’établissement: Services professionnels, scientifiques et techniques 235. Commerce de détail 193. Construction 181. Commerce en gros 166. Fabrication 157. Soins de santé et assistance sociale 151. Autres services (sauf les administrations publiques) 101 Services d'hébergement et de Restauration 87. Ou les bouchervillois dépensent-ils ? Selon les chiffres 2019 de Statistiques Canada, voici les 15 principaux postes de dépenses moyennes des ménages, à Boucherville, par exemple Dépenses totales 93 724$. Consommation courante totale 68 980$ 1-Dépenses alimentaires 10 311$ 2-Aliments achetés au magasin 7 536$ 3-Aliments achetés au restaurant 2 775$ 4-Logement 20 200$ 5-Eau, combustibles et électricité pour le logement principal 2 535$ 6-Dépenses courantes 5 448$ 7-Ameublement et équipement ménager 3 586$ 8-Vêtements et accessoires. 3 344$ 9-Transport 12 737$ 10-Transport public 1 479$ 11-Soins de santé et soins personnels 6150$ 12-Loisirs, services de loisirs, matériel, 6159$ 13-Éducation 1 691$ 14-Dépenses diverses 1 838$ 15-Cadeaux en argent, pensions alimentaires et dons de bienfaisance 2 280$ François Laramée, Initiative de journalisme local, La RelèveReutersPope pays surprise visit to home of elderly Holocaust survivorPope Francis paid a surprise visit on Saturday to the home of Edith Bruck, a Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor and author, and paid homage to all those killed by Nazi "insanity". Bruck, 89, who lives in Rome, was born into a poor Jewish family and spent time in a series of concentration camps, losing her father, mother and brother in them. A Vatican spokesman, who announced the visit after it ended, said the two spoke of her time in the camps and the importance that future generations be made aware of what happened.Initiative de journalisme localDe Louis Vuitton à Rose CocoTEXTE 2 DE 2 Sous l’aiguille de sa machine à coudre, Claudie Laisne a troqué les sacs à main de Louis Vuitton pour les couches lavables de Rose Coco. L’ancienne couturière de la marque de luxe a quitté la France avec son conjoint pour s’établir au Saguenay et réaliser leur rêve commun de vivre au Canada. Son conjoint a été recruté comme soudeur par l’équipementier saguenéen Canmec, lors des Journées Québec organisées à Paris. Le couple projetait alors de changer de pays et avait été séduit par plusieurs reportages sur le Canada. Il s’est installé à Chicoutimi en janvier 2020, et elle l’a ensuite rejoint en mars. Claudie Laisne a tout d’abord trouvé un emploi dans une résidence privée pour aînés de Chicoutimi, comme préposée à l’entretien. Après 15 ans à travailler comme couturière pour les Ateliers Louis Vuitton, en Normandie, près du mont Saint-Michel, elle s’était promis de ne plus travailler dans le domaine. Elle recherchait un autre milieu de travail qu’une imposante usine et le rythme de production qui l’accompagne. «Je ne voulais plus d’usines à 800 personnes», partage-t-elle, lorsque rencontrée à l’atelier de Rose Coco à La Baie. Une offre d’emploi de la petite entreprise sur laquelle elle est tombée a cependant attiré son attention. «Quand j’ai vu l’annonce, je me suis dit: “C’est un petit atelier, c’est pas du tout la même chose, c’est plus familial.” Donc ça m’a vraiment interpellée.» C’est ainsi qu’elle a rejoint l’équipe de Rose Coco en juin. Et elle ne regrette pas son choix. «J’ai toujours été habituée de bosser avec un rendement à faire, avec des objectifs tous les matins, c’est vraiment de la pression de rendement», laisse-t-elle tomber. Chez Louis Vuitton, à la moindre erreur de confection, les sacs à main de luxe prenaient la direction de la poubelle, hauts standards de la marque obligent. Claudie Laisne a appris à découvrir les couches lavables chez Rose Coco. «C’est un truc en France qui n’est pas encore réputé, vraiment, remarque-t-elle. Et du coup, j’aime bien faire ça, c’est intéressant, ça change tout le temps.» Si elle et son conjoint sont heureux de leur nouvelle vie professionnelle, la pandémie a cependant jeté une ombre au tableau de leur projet familial. L’aînée de leurs trois enfants, âgée de 19 ans, a préféré reprendre la direction de la France, se sentant isolée. En attendant de pouvoir partir à la découverte de leur nouveau pays, dans lequel ils n’avaient jamais mis les pieds avant d’immigrer, le couple se réjouit de l’accueil reçu jusqu’à maintenant. «Les Québécois en général sont vraiment, vraiment accueillants», souligne-t-elle. + RÉDUCTION D'AU MOINS TROIS TONNES DE DÉCHETS L’utilisation de couches lavables plutôt que des couches jetables permet de réduire la production de déchets d’au moins trois tonnes pendant les trois premières années d’un enfant, estime l’entreprise baieriveraine Rose Coco. Marianne Simard, cofondatrice de l’entreprise, souligne qu’un enfant peut être changé de couche de 6 à 12 fois par jour, selon son âge et les situations, pendant ses trois premières années. Ce qui représente l’utilisation de près de 2200 couches jetables par année, au minimum, totalisant trois tonnes de déchets pour les trois premières années de vie de l’enfant. «Avec une trentaine de couches lavables, un parent peut fonctionner», mentionne l’entrepreneuse. Les couches réutilisables peuvent être prérincées et ensuite lavées à la laveuse. Des programmes d’aide financière ont d’ailleurs été mis sur pied dans différentes municipalités de la province, dont à Saguenay, pour encourager les citoyens à réduire leur production de déchets en achetant des couches lavables. Myriam Gauthier, Initiative de journalisme local, Le QuotidienInitiative de journalisme localUn sanctuaire pour les monarques verra le jour à SuttonAu Diable Vert créera un nouveau sanctuaire pour les monarques sur ses terres. La station de montagne, située à Sutton, consacrera environ cinq acres de ses champs près de la rivière Missisquoi pour planter de l’asclépiade et ainsi offrir un rare refuge aux papillons voyageurs. L’asclépiade est essentiel à la survie de l’insecte puisqu’il s’en nourrit et y pond ses œufs. « Les pesticides sont très efficaces pour tuer l’asclépiade, considérée comme une mauvaise herbe, évoque le grand patron d’Au Diable Vert, Jeremy Fontana. On voit de moins en moins de monarques. La raison est très simple et la solution est très simple aussi. » Il se souvient qu’il y a une quinzaine d’années, lorsqu’ils ont acheté la terre, les monarques étaient plus nombreux sur la propriété. Tranquillement, ils se sont faits plus rares. « Au début, avec nos filles, nous avons vu des chrysalides de monarques. Nous en avions quelques-uns à la maison et on a eu la chance de voir les monarques sortir des cocons. C’est très impressionnant pour les enfants. » L’idée a donc fait son chemin. Au Diable Vert a le privilège d’avoir l’espace pour créer un tel sanctuaire. Ces cinq acres ne seront plus utilisés pour la culture de foin ou de céréales. « Nous avons trouvé les semences. On engage quelqu’un de la région qui est experte dans le domaine, fait savoir l’homme d’affaires. On a fait tous les tests de sol. Nous serons prêts, après le dégel, à planter. Et j’espère qu’on va voir les résultats à la fin de cet été. » M. Fontana rapporte que des fermiers du Vermont et près de Mont-Tremblant ont fait la même démarche et que les monarques sont revenus très rapidement. « Et ces papillons ont une grande mémoire. Ils se souviennent d’où il y a de l’asclépiade quand ils reviennent du Mexique. » Ce sanctuaire permettra d’aider à la sauvegarde de cette espèce en danger, mais aussi d’avoir le plaisir de l’observer. « Ça va être visible pour tout le monde. Ça va être quelque chose de l’fun. Nous sommes contents d’être capables de faire les projets comme ça. » Cynthia Laflamme, Initiative de journalisme local, La Voix de l'Est
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