€4.1 billion can still be mobilized in EU Budget to tackle #Coronavirus crisis  

Ahead of the European Parliament’s vote on the first coronavirus measures during the extraordinary plenary session on 26 March, Siegfried Muresan MEP, the European People’s Party (EPP) vice president and EPP Group vice chairman responsible for EU Budget, proposed to mobilize additional €4.1 billion in the EU Budget. “Unprecedented times require unprecedented actions. The EPP fully...

Coronavirus UK: 12,000 ex-medics answer call for help to fight covid-19

Staff are returning to the NHS in record numbersAlmost 12,000 retired doctors, nurses and medics have answered the call to arms and are returning to frontline duties to fight the coronavirus. Health Secretary Matt Hancock paid tribute to those NHS staff, who he said had ‘returned in our hour of need.’ Mr Hancock said that 2,660 doctors and around 2,500 other health professionals had returned...

UK weather forecast – Heavy rain to hit the UK as country prepares for wet and windy start to spring – The Sun

THE UK can expect a wet and windy start to spring, as heavy rain is set to hit the country this week. The Met Office has issued a three-day weather warning for the UK advising of heavy persistent rain which may lead to flooding. 8 The rain is expected to become heavy on Monday and persist through to WednesdayCredit: Getty Images - Getty8 The weather warnings are likely to add stress to the...

Best way to bail out airlines hit by the coronavirus impact on their business is still up in the air

Policymakers around the world are grappling with the question of how to save their airline industries as travel grinds to a halt in the face of the novel coronavirus pandemic.While there is consensus that some kind of assistance will be required in Canada, where Air Canada has already announced a temporary layoff of workers and both it and WestJet have grounded international routes, the form...

COVID-19 Olympics: Top Japan minister calls Tokyo Games 2020 the ‘cursed Olympics’

TOKYO, March 18 (Reuters) — First, the cancellation in 1940. Then, the mass boycott in Moscow in 1980.Forty years on, the upcoming Tokyo Games are the “cursed Olympics” once again, Japan’s finance minister said, in remarks that could stir controversy at a time when his government is scrambling to quash speculation that the coronavirus epidemic could derail the world’s biggest sporting...

Montreal-area chain stores close, reduce hours to slow spread of coronavirus

The spread of the novel coronavirus across Canada has prompted the directors of certain large chain stores to close their establishments for an indefinite period.Other stores have reduced hours, and some have reported no change at the moment.Some stores that have closedApple Birks Hudson’s Bay IKEA Simons Reitmans (including Penningtons, Addition Elle) Employees who were scheduled to work will...

GoodLife Fitness closes all locations Canada-wide in response to novel coronavirus spread – National

Well-known gym chain GoodLife Fitness is closing all its locations across Canada effective immediately in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.“As the virus continues to spread in communities across Canada we have made the difficult but important decision to close all GoodLife Fitness Clubs across Canada, effective immediately,” said a statement posted online Sunday...

How the coronavirus could wreak havoc on the global supply chain

Decades of globalization have created supply chains so deeply interconnected that a shock event like the coronavirus is now harder to control and could have a dramatic ripple effect on global commerce, economists are warning.“We tend to think about the economy as countries selling to countries. But the reality of business today is that companies get their parts from other companies, and sell...

Coronavirus Proves Trump ‘Incompetent’ on Economy

CHARLESTON, South Carolina — Billionaire left-wing donor Tom Steyer told reporters in the spin room after the Democrat debate Tuesday evening that the coronavirus proved President Donald Trump was “incompetent.” “He’s incompetent … He’s unprepared in terms of the coronavirus to deal with the real world when things go wrong,” Steyer said. “He’s incompetent and bad for the...

Coronavirus live updates: Death tolls rise in South Korea, Iran while Austria reports first COVID-19 cases

Austria reported its first two coronavirus cases on Tuesday as the outbreak apparently spread from neighbouring Italy, Europe’s worst-hit country, where hundreds have been infected.The two Austrian patients are Italians who live in the border province of Tyrol and recently traveled to Lombardy, one of the two regions at the epicentre of the Italian outbreak, Tyrol’s Governor Guenther Platter...