South Carolina records more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases for 13th consecutive day
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina health officials reported 1,174 new confirmed coronavirus cases Monday, continuing a streak of reporting more than 1,000 cases a day that started about two weeks ago.The new cases bring the total number that the state has seen since March up to 203,659.About 18% of tests reported Monday came back positive. Percentage positive rates provide an idea of how widespread coronavirus infection is in a testing area, with higher numbers indicating there are likely more people infected with COVID-19 in the community who have not been tested and who may unwittingly spread ...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Mark Bradley: College hoops is starting again. It faces an uphill slog.
I packed for five nights in Nashville. I included items not usually in my travel gear — surgical gloves, Purell and a small barrel of wet wipes. I stopped just beyond Monteagle to get gas. It was March 11, 2020.We in sports media already had begun to wonder how/if COVID-19 might change March Madness. One week earlier, I’d written a little something about how the NCAA tournament might get canceled, though — full disclosure — the pragmatist in me figured the games would go on no matter what.I finished filling up. I saw an alert on my phone. The World Health Organization had declared this a globa...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Editorial: Biden should reboot transatlantic ties
China and 14 other Asian-Pacific nations have signed a massive free trade agreement — the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. The pact covers about 2.2 billion people in the 10 countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, as well as U.S. allies Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea.The deal, announced Sunday, mostly lowers tariffs, with less focus on environmental, labor, intellectual property and other standards. Those virtues were features of another free trade pact meant as a counterbalance to China’s rise — the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.That 2016 deal...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Haiti fires its top cop, taps ex-OAS diplomat and police chief to head national police
A Haitian diplomat who last headed his country’s beleaguered national police force 15 years ago, has been given back his old job as the country’s top cop.Léon Charles, Haiti’s permanent representative to the Organization of American States who also served as chargé d’affaires in its Washington Embassy, was installed Monday after being named interim director general of the Haiti National Police in a presidential decree. Charles replaces fired chief Rameau Normil, who was named interim director of the U.S.-backed Haiti National Police 15 months ago by President Jovenel Moise.Normil has struggled...
Nation and world news briefs
Measles cases reach 23-year high, with infections hitting 870,000Measles cases reached the highest level in 23 years in 2019, and health authorities warned that many countries aren’t vaccinating enough people amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The global total for confirmed measles infections rose to 869,770 last year, the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report released Thursday. The number of deaths soared by 50% compared with a low reached in 2016.The percentage of people who have received a first measles shot has stagnated in recent years, and...
Tribune News Service
Yes, you can get the flu and the coronavirus at the same time
We’ve been dealing with the coronavirus for months. And now the dreaded flu season is upon us. Is it possible that both viruses could infect your body at once?Yes, you can get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. But what does that mean?Health experts are still studying just how common this could be, and what happens if someone gets infected with both. Flu season generally tapers off by April or before, and it wasn’t until March that the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic and restrictions were put into place. This fall and winter will be the first time we’ll see a ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Trump administration steps up pressure for Moise to stage Haiti's overdue elections
The Trump administration is stepping up pressure on Haitian President Jovenel Moise, who continues to insist on using his one-man rule of the Caribbean nation to usher in constitutional reform.Under Secretary of State David Hale spoke by phone Thursday with Moise and emphasized the need for Haiti to hold overdue legislative elections as soon as possible and for Haiti’s democratic institutions to determine the proper legal mechanism for constitutional change, with input from civil society, State Department Deputy spokesperson Cale Brown said.The call came on the same day that Organization of Am...
Haiti president rebuffs elections calls by US. Instead, he announces constitution reform
Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, who has been under pressure by Washington to hold long-overdue elections in Haiti as soon as “it’s technically feasible,” declared Friday that there will be no elections until a new constitution is adopted.“This constitution is like an act of corruption that was signed with a category of people in this country,” said Moïse, complaining about his weakened presidency and the need for a prime minister to be in charge of the day-to-day affairs of the country.He then said that only after Haitians vote “No” or “Yes” on a new constitution will elections take place.Moï...
WTO approves European tariffs on Boeing jets and other U.S. goods
The World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled Tuesday that the European Union can impose tariffs worth $4 billion a year on a list of U.S. goods, including Boeing jets sold in Europe.The result parallels an earlier ruling against the EU allowing U.S. tariffs that for the past year have increased the price of many European products sold here, including Airbus jets.The ruling raises the possibility that, just as Boeing scrambles to ramp up 737 MAX jet deliveries early next year, the EU could slap a 15% tariff on MAXs delivered to Ryanair and other European airlines.It’s unlikely the European Commissi...
The Seattle Times
Editorial: A worthy Nobel for United Nations World Food Program
The cascading global governance, health, economic and environmental crises have exacerbated the food crisis. So it was fitting that an indefatigable international institution dedicated to fighting hunger — the United Nations World Food Program — won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.The Norwegian Nobel Committee cited the WFP “for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in the efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.”This insidious use of food as a weapon is part...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)