‘Pathetic clown’: Chinese state-backed media attacks Canada after Meng Wanzhou ruling

Wednesday’s ruling against Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou has set off a range of barbed commentary in China’s state-backed media, much of it deriding Canada’s role in the affair.On Wednesday, Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes of the B.C. Supreme Court ruled that the charges Meng faces in America could also be a crime in Canada, and said the case should proceed. Meng is accused of...

COVID-19 update for May 23: Here’s the latest on coronavirus in B.C.

Article content continuedTo date, B.C. has identified 2,517 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those, 890 are in the Vancouver Coastal region, 1,244 are in the Fraser Health region, 127 are on Vancouver Island, 144 are in the Interior, and 62 are in the North.1 p.m. – No PNE but you can still get the mini donutsThe Pacific National Exhibition may have been cancelled for this year, but you can...

Dozen A-10 aircraft and hundreds of Idaho guardsman head to Southwest Asia – Defence Blog

The Idaho Air National Guard recently sent one of biggest deployments in State’s history, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.As nearly a dozen A-10 Thunderbolt II Aircraft from the 124th Fighter Wing based at Gowen Field departed for Southwest Asia in support of combat operations.“This is what our people signed up for and they are excited for the opportunity to answer the nation’s call,” said...

Katherine Jenkins sings ‘We’ll Meet Again’ to empty Royal Albert Hall as lockdown Brits mark VE Day – The Sun

KATHERINE Jenkins led a nation-wide rendition of wartime anthems by Dame Vera Lynn in an empty Royal Albert Hall today as lockdown Brits mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. The Welsh soprano sang World War Two classics like We'll Meet Again and The White Cliffs of Dover during a half-hour performance at the iconic London venue. Katherine Jenkins has sung a series of wartime classic songs by...

Three meat-packing plants turn out 85% of Canada’s beef. How did we let this happen?

Outbreaks of COVID-19 at Canada’s two largest meat-packing plants have reverberated across the beef industry, causing a backlog of roughly 100,000 cattle, all of them now stuck on farms and costing ranchers hundreds of millions in extra feed and lost revenues.The backlog has also renewed concerns about the lack of diversification in Canadian beef processing, which some say is due to the...

Isolation of key coronavirus antibody in Israel called ‘significant breakthrough’ toward possible COVID-19 cure

JERUSALEM — Israel has isolated a key coronavirus antibody at its main biological research laboratory, the Israeli defense minister said on Monday, calling the step a “significant breakthrough” toward a possible treatment for the COVID-19 pandemic.The “monoclonal neutralizing antibody” developed at the Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) “can neutralize it (the...

NATO conducts live-fly training flights over Baltic – Defence Blog

On April 20 and 21, air forces from four Allies and two Partners and a NATO E-3A AWACS plane conducted live-fly training flights in segregated training areas and international airspace over the Baltic Sea.The goal of Exercise Ramstein Alloy 20-1 is to practice procedures and coordination processes among Allies and Partners. Belgium and Poland F-16 fighter aircraft, as well as Lithuania C-27...

COVID-19: Canadian, provincial governments raced to build new supply chains amid N95 mask fears

CALGARY — While fears mounted that Canadian medical personnel could encounter a shortage of masks, gloves and gowns in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the Canadian federal and provincial governments have spent a month securing new supply chains for critical protective and medical equipment.On Saturday, the first of soon-to-be many flights from Shanghai arrived on a Cargojet Inc....

“That is a surprise”: Doctors still waiting for feared surge of COVID-19 patients in Canadian ICUs

They have been bracing for the worst, a deluge of desperately sick patients who strain resources to the limit and lead to desperate choices over how to ration care.Doctors, nurses and other staff who run the nation’s intensive-care units have feared for their own safety, too, amid shortages of protective equipment.But, perhaps surprisingly, some critical-care physicians in the hardest-hit...

U.S. troops ‘dumped Russian convoy in mud’ in Syria – Defence Blog

A U.S. military patrol has blocked a Russian military convoy from using a main highway in northeast Syria on Monday.A number of photos released in social media have depicted American Oshkosh M-ATV vehicles interdicting and blocking Russian armored vehicles along strategic roads in northeastern Syria.A Russian military convoy attempted to go round an American checkpoint and got stuck in the mud...