(This story removes reference to “cooling tower of the hotel’s air-conditioning system” in eighth paragraph) By Suzanne Barlyn – Commercial insurers are scrutinizing building managers’ efforts to avoid outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease as they re-open movie theaters, gyms, schools and offices that had been closed for months due to the coronavirus pandemic, industry sources told . Legionnaires’ disease is a severe, sometimes-lethal form of pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacteria that builds up in pipes. Environmental insurers,…"U.S. insurers eye Legionnaires’ disease safeguards as buildings re-open from pandemic shutdowns"
– Goya Foods Inc, the largest Hispanic-owned U.S. food company and a popular brand among Latino Americans, became the target of a boycott campaign on social media on Friday sparked by its CEO effusively praising President Donald Trump at the White House. The hashtags #Goyaway and #BoycottGoya began trending on Twitter after Robert Unanue, chief executive officer of the New Jersey-based company, appeared with Trump on Thursday for the signing of an executive order creating…"Head of leading Hispanic-owned U.S. food company sparks backlash over praise for Trump"
BRASILIA – Environmentalist Alfredo Sirkis, a founder of Brazil’s Green Party and a tireless campaigner for policies to curb climate change, died on Friday in a car crash, television network TV Globo said. Sirkis, 69, was killed when the car he was driving hit a post on a highway outside his hometown Rio de Janeiro, broadcaster TV Globo reported, citing firemen at the crash. A former leftist guerrilla, Sirkis was involved in the kidnapping of…"Brazilian environmentalist Sirkis killed in car crash"
– World champion Dutch speed skater Lara van Ruijven has died aged 27 after battling with an autoimmune disorder, the Royal Dutch Skating Federation (KNSB) said on Friday. The 27-year-old short track skater, who won a bronze medal at the 2018 Olympics, was admitted to hospital in Perpignan, France last month after falling ill during a training camp. She was placed in intensive care and kept in an artificial coma but despite undergoing surgery, her…"Speed skating: World champion Van Ruijven dies aged 27"
– Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, has been sent back to a federal prison in upstate New York after questioning a gag order as a condition of serving his criminal sentence under home confinement, Cohen’s lawyer said. Cohen, 53, had attended a meeting with probation officers in Manhattan on Thursday when he was presented with a list of conditions for home confinement, including that he not engage with news media outlets,…"Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen sent back to upstate NY prison after questioning gag order"
BEIJING – China’s customs authority said on Friday it was suspending imports from three shrimp producers in Ecuador after detecting the new coronavirus in recent shipments. It said samples taken from shipments from Industrial Pesquera Santa Priscila SA, Empacreci SA and Empacadora Del Pacifico Sociedad Anonima Edpacif had produced six positive results. However, tests on the frozen shrimp and inner packaging were negative. The companies did not respond to requests for comment. The findings are…"China suspends imports of Ecuador shrimp on coronavirus risk"
MEXICO CITY – The head of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Angel Gurria of Mexico, said on Friday he will not seek re-election, in a move apparently aimed at bolstering the chances of Mexico’s candidate to lead the World Trade Organization. Responding to the announcement, Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said the country was committed to defending multilateralism as a policy priority. “Angel Gurria has announced that he will not seek re-election in the…"Mexico gives up OECD in campaign to head World Trade Organization"
– The new coronavirus is likely spreading through the air to some degree, the top U.S. infectious disease official said on Friday, one day after the World Health Organization urged further studies on the ways the virus is transmitted. “Still some question about aerosol but likely some degree of aerosol,” Anthony Fauci, the head of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said by video during a panel session at a COVID-19 conference…"Fauci says likely some degree of aerosol transmission of new coronavirus"
NEW YORK – Ghislaine Maxwell, the former girlfriend and longtime associate of the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, on Friday forcefully denied charges she lured underage girls so he could sexually abuse them, and said she deserves bail. Maxwell filed her request in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan eight days after being arrested in New Hampshire, where authorities said she had been hiding at a sprawling property she bought while shielding her identity. The 58-year-old…"Ghislaine Maxwell denies charges she aided Jeffrey Epstein, says she deserves bail"
BAMAKO – Protesters staged another large demonstration in Mali’s capital Bamako on Friday after a coalition opposed to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita rejected concessions aimed at resolving a months-long political stand-off. Thousands of protesters filled the city’s Independence Square, chanting and waving banners that said: “Enough is Enough” and “IBK, clear off”, referring to the president. It was the third mass protest in recent weeks. The impasse since a disputed legislative election in March is…"Protesters rally in Mali after rejecting president’s concessions"