VIA Rail extends halt of Toronto-Vancouver passenger trains until June 1

VIA Rail has extended the suspension of its Toronto-Vancouver passenger train service until June 1 amid the COVID-19 crisis. The company suspended service on the more-than-4,400-kilometre route last month. On Monday, it announced it’s extending that “due to continued expansion of travel limitations as well as the widening of physical distancing…

U.S. designates Russian ultra-nationalist group as terrorist organization

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has designated a Russian ultranationalist group called the Russian Imperial Movement as a terrorist organization, the State Department said on Monday, in what it called the first such move against a white supremacist group. “These designations are unprecedented,” Nathan Sales, U.S. Counter Terrorism, envoy,…

Recent snowfall good timing for Manitoba flood prospects: meteorologist

Manitoba might catch a lucky break this spring, according to a North Dakota meteorologist watching the Red River down south. The U.S. National Weather Service’s Greg Gust told 680 CJOB that last week’s precipitation — which came in the form of a large dumping of snow on much of Manitoba…

Michael Kors owner Capri furloughs all North America store staff

(Reuters) – Michael Kors owner Capri Holdings Ltd (CPRI.N) said on Monday it would furlough all its 7,000 employees in North America amid the coronavirus pandemic, as it expects to open its stores only after June 1. Several retailers, including Capri, have already closed their stores in the United States…

South Africa's central sees up to -4% GDP over coronavirus fallout

April 6 (Reuters) – South Africa’s central bank slashed its growth forecasts on Monday, predicting the economy could shrink by as much as 4% in 2020 due to the novel coronavirus that has forced a national lockdown and triggered two credit ratings downgrades. The bank also said growth was unlikely…

UK's Johnson in hospital for tests, government says he's still in charge

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was undergoing tests in hospital on Monday as he is still suffering coronavirus symptoms 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19, but the government insisted he remained in charge. Johnson, who had been isolating in Downing Street after testing positive for the…

Spain to widen coronavirus tests as hopes rise for easing lockdown

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain said on Monday it plans to widen coronavirus testing to include people without symptoms as a first step towards slowly easing a lockdown in the nation with the second highest death toll from the global pandemic. As with worst-hit Italy, Spain has seen the rate of…