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Good news. Air Canada to immediately rehire more than 16,000 laid-off workers

Close up on air canada airplane

PortandTerminal.com, April 8, 2020 MONTREAL, QUEBEC – More than 16,000 workers laid-off by Air Canada last week in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic are being hired back by the airline. On March 30, Air Canada announced that its workforce in Canada would be temporarily reduced by approximately 50 per cent, or 16,500 jobs, as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and the imposition of global travel …

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Italy declares its own ports ‘unsafe’ to stop migrants arriving

Boatload of migrants

PortandTerminal.com, April 8, 2020 Italian ports cannot be considered safe because of the coronavirus epidemic and will not let charity refugee boats dock, the government has ruled. ROME, ITALY – The Italian government has declared its own seaports “unsafe” due to the coronavirus pandemic, and will not authorise the landing of migrant rescue boats until the end of the emergency. …

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UK leader Boris Johnson’s “Operation Last Gasp” ventilator joke not so funny now

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was put into an ICU unit yesterday due to worsening COVID19 complications he is suffering.

PortandTerminal.com, April 7, 2020 UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a ‘last gasp’ joke about lack of ventilators amid pandemic two weeks ago. Yesterday he was placed on one. LONDON – On March 17th Politico (and others) reported that the Prime Minister made a tasteless joke to manufacturers about being part of ‘Operation Last Gasp’ in an effort to build …

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‘Shut the F*** up’ sailor yells at Modly as he blasts Capt. Crozier as “stupid/naive”

Thomas Modly, President Trump's acting Navy secretary, told sailors on the USS Theodore Roosevelt that their fired captain was 'naive' and 'stupid'

PortandTerminal.com, April 6, 2020 GUAM – It was never going to be an easy speech to deliver. Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly flew to Guam, where the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt is docked while 5,000 of its crew members get tested following a coronavirus outbreak on the vessel. More than 150 have tested positive already. Modly’s mission was to explain …

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Farms face crop losses due to foreign worker delays

Farmer looking at tomatoes rotting in his field.

REUTERS, APRIL 6, 2020 “If the farm doesn’t produce, the city doesn’t eat.” Foreign labor is critical to farm production in both the US and Canada. The coronavirus crisis is creating major delays in getting workers into the fields. WINNIPEG, Manitoba/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Mandatory coronavirus quarantines of seasonal foreign workers in Canada could hurt that country’s fruit and vegetable output …

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Sweden was stupid to ignore social distancing. Now thousands are going to die

People in Stockholm work out and share outdoor gym equipment and ignore social distancing advice from the authorities

BLOOMBERG, APRIL 4, 2020 Sweden’s death rate per capita is 4 times that of its neighbor Norway where a tougher coronavirus lockdown is in place. Sweden has largely ignored common sense, proven measures to reduce the transmission of the virus. Thousands of Swedes are going to die as a result. By Niclas Rolander and Charles Daly – There are signs that the death …

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Videos show sailors sending off fired USS Roosevelt hero commander with cheers

Capt. Brett Crozier, then-commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt

PortandTerminal.com, April 3, 2020 WASHINGTON – Hundreds of sailors chanted ‘Captain Crozier! Captain Crozier!’ as they gathered to say goodbye to their hero captain whom the Navy relieved of command after he raised concerns about the spreading coronavirus on his ship. “That’s how you send out one of the greatest captains you ever had,” one can be heard saying on …

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Vultures circling. Bodies left to rot in streets in Ecuador’s port city of Guayaquil.

Body lying in the street being covered with blue tarp

PortandTerminal.com, April 2, 2020 Disturbing new video of vultures circling overhead in the port city of Guayaquil as scores of covid19 victims’ bodies are left to rot in the streets. GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR – Coronavirus is overwhelming Ecuador as bodies are left to rot in the street while the morgues are totally full of corpses. Residents of Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city, …

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