Category Archives: Economy

Louisiana opens application period for 2021 hemp licenses

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana's agriculture department is accepting applications for its 2021 industrial hemp licenses, the second year of the program created by lawmakers to try to start a new agricultural industry in the state. A state license is requ...

The Latest: Moscow opens coronavirus vaccination centres

MOSCOW — Thousands of doctors, teachers and others in high-risk groups have signed up Saturday for a coronavirus vaccination in Moscow. The vaccination effort comes three days after President Vladimir Putin ordered the launch of a “large-scale” immuniz...

The Latest: Oregon doc’s anti-mask comment draws suspension

SALEM, Ore. -- The Oregon Medical Board has suspended the medical license of a doctor who said at a pro-Trump rally that he doesn’t wear a mask at his Dallas, Oregon, clinic. KGW-TV reported Friday that Dr. Steven LaTulippe also said

EXPLAINER: What’s impeding New Jersey’s cannabis amendment?

TRENTON, N.J. — The New Year's Day deadline until New Jersey's constitutional amendment authorizing recreational marijuana takes effect is fast approaching, along with the final scheduled legislative voting session of the year. But New Jersey's Democra...

Swiss slopes buzz as those of neighbours sit idle in pandemic

GENEVA — Two weeks after beating COVID-19, Thierry Salamin huffs as his ski boots crunch through Swiss snow near the Matterhorn peak, readying for a downhill run with his mood as bright as his blue and fluorescent yellow ski getup

Top doc says rural COVID-19 rising, but Kenney says cities focus of any new rules

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says tougher health restrictions likely to be aimed at Calgary and Edmonton are coming if current public-health orders don’t bend the curve down on COVID-19. Kenney, taking questions on a Facebook town-hall meeti...

Ex-MP says no ‘backroom’ dealings involved in subcontract for 10,000 ventilators

OTTAWA — A former Liberal MP whose medical company was subcontracted as part of a $237-million ventilator deal with the federal government says no "backroom" business factored into the agreement.Frank Baylis told the House of Commons ethics committee F...

Pornhub pushes back against accusations that it allows child sexual abuse materials

Pornhub has pushed back against accusations that is allows child sexual abuse materials on its popular online pornography website."Any assertion that we allow (that) is irresponsible and flagrantly untrue," the subsidiary of Montreal-based Mindgeek sai...

House votes to decriminalize marijuana at federal level

WASHINGTON — The Democratic-controlled House on Friday approved a bill to decriminalize and tax marijuana at the federal level, reversing what supporters call a failed policy of criminalizing pot use and taking steps to address racial disparities in en...

Denmark to end oil, gas extraction in North Sea

COPENHAGEN — Denmark has decided to end all oil and gas activities in the North Sea by 2050 and has cancelled its latest licensing round, saying the country is "now putting an end to the fossil fuel era.” The Danish Parliament