Friday, 3 Apr 2020

U.A.E. Cancels Cycling Tour After Riders Test Positive for Virus

Haiti protests: 2 killed and 14 police officers injured

Thousands are marching, chanting, and demanding the resignation of their president, Jovenel Moise.

    At least two people have been killed and 14 police officers injured during protests in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince.

    Thousands of people are demanding the president steps down, accusing him of inaction against corruption, a stagnating economy, falling currency and soaring inflation.

    But as Al Jazeera’s Kevin Calvert reports, President Jovenel Moise is refusing to go.

    London Fashion Week: Industry leaders not backing Brexit

    Fashion industry leaders want the UK to be able to continue to recruit and trade freely with Europe.

      This season’s London Fashion Week takes place just weeks before the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union.

      The British Fashion Council, which organises the event, has backed calls for a second referendum. The industry is hoping politicians will eventually deliver something to allow the UK to still be at the cutting edge of this global industry.

      Al Jazeera’s Emma Hayward reports.

      Qatar hosts international horse racing festival

      The Emir’s Sword Festival brought together some of the world’s best horses and trainers.

        Qatar is pushing to become a global power in thoroughbred racing.

        The country’s premier international race, the Emir’s Sword Festival, took place on Saturday in Doha. The event brings together some of the world’s best horses and trainers.

        Al Jazeera’s Sana Hamouche reports from Doha.

        U.S. Treasury yields continue fall; yield on 10-year notes hits new record low

        BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury yields continued to fall in early trading on Thursday, with the yield on 10-year notes US2US10=RR hitting a new record low below 1.2723%.

        Concerns of a spreading coronavirus epidemic have driven down yields as investors move to safer assets.

        Economic fears mount over Nigeria election delay

        Some of Nigeria’s leading presidential candidates have condemned the decision to postpone elections by a week.

          Some of Nigeria’s leading presidential candidates have condemned the decision to postpone elections by a week.

          Many have blamed each other for the delay, announced by the election commission hours before polls were due to open.

          There is also growing concern about the economic effect.

          Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris reports from the northeastern city of Maiduguri.

          General Motors sued, accused of ignoring racism

          How racism and death threats led a group of people to sue US car giant General Motors.

            The world’s largest carmaker is offering a $25,000 reward for information about a string of racist threats at one of its plants.

            Graffiti and nooses were found at a General Motors factory in the US state of Ohio almost two years ago.

            Now the company is being sued by former employees who say it did little to combat racism.

            Al Jazeera’s John Hendren has more from Toledo, Ohio.

            Florida remembers Parkland high school shooting victims

            Five mass shootings a week is the current average in the US, according to independent data collectors.

              The world celebrates February 14 as Valentine’s Day, but for the people of Parkland in the US state of Florida, it was a day to remember the 17 high school students and teachers who were shot dead by a former student.

              A year since the incident, the debate over gun laws continues. But little has changed. The number of Americans who want stricter gun laws has fallen from 71 percent a year ago to 51 percent today.

              Al Jazeera’s Heidi Zhou-Castro reports.

              Passage Bio Prices Upsized IPO At High End Of Range

              Genetic Medicines Company Passage Bio (PASG) announced the pricing of initial public offering of 12 million common shares at $18.00 per share, the high end of the expected range of $16 to $18. The company expects to close the offering on March 3, 2020.

              Passage Bio also granted underwriters a 30-day option to buy additional 1.8 million shares at public offering price, less underwriting discounts and commissions.

              Previously, the company said it planned to sell 7.4 million common shares, and granted the underwriters an option for 30 days to purchase up to 1.11 million additional shares of common stock.

              The company expects gross proceeds from the offering, before deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and other offering expenses, to be $216.0 million.

              The Philadelphia-based Passage Bio shares are expected to begin trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market on February 28, 2020 under the ticker symbol “PASG.”

              J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC and Cowen and Company, LLC are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering. Chardan is acting as lead manager for the offering.

              U.A.E. Cancels Cycling Tour After Riders Test Positive for Virus

              The United Arab Emirates has decided to scrap the remaining rounds of the 2020 U.A.E. Tour after two Italian cyclists tested positive for the coronavirus.

              All remaining participants, organizers and administrative staff will be screened and some quarantined, according to the state-run Emirates News Agency. Other people who were in contact with the two cyclists will also be placed under observation. The tour’s website lists around 140 cyclists as part of the race. The event was supposed to end Feb. 29.

              Korea Cases Top 2,000; Nigeria Confirms Infection: Virus Update

              Italy has reported the third-highest number of virus cases behind China and South Korea, excluding a tally of those on a cruise ship quarantined for weeks in Yokohama harbor, Japan. Meanwhile, the U.A.E. announced a total of 19 patients on Thursday in its first update since Feb. 22. The Gulf nation is also setting up a medical facility to quarantine patients.

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