Two Seattle protesters hit by car on highway, one critically injured

– Two protesters were injured, one critically, in Seattle early on Saturday, when the women were hit by a speeding car that drove past other stopped vehicles into a crowd demonstrating on an interstate highway, police said. The driver of the car, a 27-year-old Seattle man, was arrested at the scene of the incident, which occurred at about 1:30 a.m. PDT (0830 GMT), and faces multiple felony charges, Washington State Patrol Trooper Chase Van Cleave…

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JBS plant in Brazil allowed to reopen again after COVID-19 outbreak

SAO PAULO – Brazilian meatpacker JBS SA has been allowed to reopen its chicken plant in the southern town of Passo Fundo after an outbreak of the novel coronavirus among its employees, the company told on Friday. “JBS confirms the resumption of activities in Passo Fundo,” the company said. According to court documents seen by , judge Vania Maria Cunha Mattos understood that halting operations until an appeal is ruled could hurt economic activities. “(It…

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Embraer union sues to oust planemaker’s board after failed Boeing deal

SAO PAULO – A union representing workers at planemaker Embraer filed a lawsuit on Friday seeking to dismiss the company’s board, after a $4.2 billion deal with Boeing Co collapsed amid the pandemic, leaving the Brazilian jetmaker scrambling for a new path forward. The lawsuit is the latest headache for Embraer in the aftermath of its breakup with Boeing. Under the deal signed in 2018, Boeing was going to buy the majority of Embraer’s commercial…

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Mass testing at JBS, BRF plants in Center West Brazil town reveals more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases

SAO PAULO – Mass testing of food industry workers revealed an outbreak of novel coronavirus infections at plants operated by JBS SA and rival BRF SA in the Center West of Brazil, labor prosecutors in Mato Grosso do Sul state told on Friday, citing company data. Some 1,075 people at a JBS pork plant tested positive for COVID-19 as of July 1, representing 30% of total tests processed at its Dourados plant, the data revealed.…

"Mass testing at JBS, BRF plants in Center West Brazil town reveals more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases"

Canada says it will suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong

OTTAWA – Canada is suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong in the wake of China’s move to impose national security legislation on the former British colony, top officials said on Friday. In a statement, Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne also said Ottawa would not permit the export of sensitive military items to Hong Kong, which is home to around 300,000 Canadians. The new legislation came into effect this week despite protests from Hong Kongers and…

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Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz to streamline global production network

FRANKFURT – Daimler will seek to sell its factory in Hambach, France, as part of an overhaul of its production system, the German carmaker said on Friday, resulting in a restructuring charge of hundreds of millions of euros in the second quarter. The move comes as the auto industry faces overcapacity and plunging demand for new cars in Europe. The restructuring charge will be a three-digit million euro amount, the company said. Daimler, which owns…

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Euro zone business slump eased in June as lockdowns relaxed

LONDON – The plunge in euro zone business activity caused by lockdowns imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus eased sharply last month as more businesses reopened and people ventured out, a survey showed on Friday. Around 11 million people have been infected by the virus globally, but as the number of daily reported cases has fallen across much of Europe governments have loosened restrictions on people’s movement. To support ravaged economies the European…

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Indian video-sharing apps surge in popularity on TikTok ban

NEW DELHI – Indian tech and entertainment firms are looking to capitalise on sudden opportunities arising from a government ban on Chinese owned apps, including the wildly popular TikTok, with one rival video app saying it had added 22 million users in 48 hours. India this week outlawed 59 Chinese-owned apps including TikTok and Tencent’s WeChat, in what was described as a “digital strike” against China by the country’s technology minister. The move followed a…

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Factbox: Growing list of Australian companies underpaying staff

– Some of Australia’s biggest companies have been caught up in underpayment scandals, prompting the federal government to say it would introduce tougher laws that criminalise what it called “wage theft” and ban executives from being company directors if they were involved. Here are some companies which recently admitted to underpaying staff: ** Australia’s second-largest lender Westpac Banking Corp said it would have to pay A$8 million ($5.54 million) to around 8,000 employees who were…

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Australia’s Westpac to pay $5.5 million for staff underpayment, cites calculation errors

– Australia’s Westpac Banking Corp on Friday said it will have to pay A$8 million ($5.5 million) to around 8,000 employees who were found to have been underpaid their long-service leave entitlements due to calculation errors. The admission from the country’s second-largest lender follows a string of underpayment scandals by some of Australia’s biggest companies including Wesfarmers Ltd and supermarket chains Coles Group and Woolworths Group . That had prompted the federal government to say…

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