Unions vow strike
Unions yesterday vowed a general strike, drawing complaints from President Mauricio Macri as he prepares to host leaders and businesspeople for an economic forum. The strike threat raises pressure on Macri as he struggles to help the nation recover from recession ahead of mid-term legislative elections in October. Three major labor unions have called for a general stoppage, though it remains to be seen to what extent it will be followed. Macri said in a speech on Wednesday that the strike “does not help workers at all,” accusing unions of “mafia-like behavior.”
Police strikes outlawed
The Supreme Court has ruled that police officers do not have the right to go on strike. The 7-3 ruling handed down on Wednesday afternoon said that strikes by military police officers who patrol the nation’s cities, federal police agents, civil police officers who conduct investigations and anyone else involved in public safety like firefighters, are unconstitutional.
Hammer suspect arrested
Authorities say a Virginia woman accused of using a hammer to smash a man’s car and boat at a gas station on Saturday last week before attacking him has been arrested. The Caroline County sheriff’s office said that 26-year-old Angela Jones was arrested on Wednesday in New Jersey. The sheriff’s office said witnesses saw Jones use a hammer to hit the car and boat it was towing. Authorities said she then attacked the man while referring to him as “rich” and “white.” Sheriff Tony Lippa told Masslive.com that Jones scratched and hit the man, but did not hit him with the hammer. The man and his wife told WTVR-TV in Richmond that they were driving from Florida to their home in Massachusetts when the incident happened. It was not immediately clear whether Jones had an attorney.
Militants killed in airstrike
F-16 warplanes on Wednesday launched airstrikes on Kurdish militants in the nation’s southeast, killing eight of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters, a provincial governor’s office said. PKK militants had opened fire on soldiers at a military outpost near the Iraqi border in the mountainous Cukurca area, triggering a clash between the two sides, the Hakkari governor’s office said in a statement. It said that the military had sent a drone to the area, which located the militants, before the F-16 jets carried out their strikes. One soldier was wounded in the clash and taken to a hospital for treatment.
Film distribution lamented
Latin America is producing ever more movies, but they are not being widely seen because of lack of foreign distribution, said Pituka Ortega told, the head of the nation’s International Film Festival said on Wednesday. “Latin American cinema is huge. There are countries with a consolidated industry and experience like Mexico, Argentina and Brazil,” but distribution is the biggest problem, because “while it’s great to produce, it’s futile” if audiences do not get to see the films, she said. “We can’t market like Hollywood, but we have to find a way to do so.” The comments were made on the last day of the week-long festival, which showcased more than 70 productions from 46 countries.
‘DEEPLY DISTURBING’ In one extreme case at an Ontario nursing home, an elderly patient was believed to have choked to death while being fed lying down Conditions at Ontario nursing homes hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, as described by troops helping out there, are “deeply disturbing,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday. The Canadian military last month deployed troops at the height of the pandemic to five elderly care homes in the nation’s most populous province to fill severe staff shortages. The military said that it found blatant disregard for infection control measures and “horrible” care of seniors that verged on abuse, a report said. The troops said that among other forms of mistreatment, residents had been “left in beds soiled in diapers,” crying for help and
Less than two months after detecting its first COVID-19 infection, Montenegro is the first nation in Europe to declare itself free of the coronavirus, a success story the tiny nation hopes would lure tourists to its Adriatic coast this summer. For weeks hotel staff have been raking empty beaches as the pandemic kept away visitors who would normally be arriving by plane, cruise ship and road this time of year, but finally there is a sliver of hope after Montenegro announced it no longer has any active cases of COVID-19. Tourism operators have already seized the opportunity to brand Montenegro as “Europe’s
NEW ZEALAND PM unfazed by quake Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern barely skipped a beat when an earthquake struck during a live TV interview yesterday morning. She interrupted Newshub host Ryan Bridge to tell him what was happening at the parliament complex in the capital, Wellington. “We’re just having a bit of an earthquake here Ryan, quite a decent shake here,” she said, looking up and around the room. “But, um, if you see things moving behind me.” The magnitude 5.6 quake struck in the ocean about 100km northeast of Wellington, the US Geological Survey said. The quake hit just before 8am and
The new robot barista at the cafe in Daejeon, South Korea, is courteous and swift as it seamlessly makes its way toward customers. “Here is your Rooibos almonds tea latte, please enjoy. It’s even better if you stir it,” it says, as a customer reaches for her drink on a tray installed within the large, gleaming white capsule-shaped computer. After managing to contain an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, which infected more than 11,000 people and killed 267, South Korea is slowly transitioning from intensive social distancing rules toward what the government calls “distancing in daily life.” Robots could help people observe social