Masmovil buyers secure first leveraged loan since COVID-19 crisis

LONDON/MADRID (Reuters) – The private equity consortium behind the mooted acquisition of Spanish telecoms firm Masmovil (MASM.MC) has secured a 2 billion euro ($2.3 billion) loan towards that deal, helping revive a leveraged loan market that has taken a beating this year. The seven-year loan, which will be issued by

Commentary: Israel boycott ban is not about free speech

Can U.S. state governments withhold public contracts or financial investments from companies that boycott Israel? Twenty-six states have laws and regulations to this effect (legislation is pending in 13 more), but the American Civil Liberties Union has recently brought suits on behalf of plaintiffs in four states who object to

Calgary legacy garden to honor 5 lives lost in Brentwood nearing completion

A space in Calgary’s South Glenmore Park is starting to take shape. It is in the process of being transformed into a one-of-a-kind memorial garden that will reflect the vibrancy of five young promising lives. Zackariah Rathwell, Kaiti Perras, Josh Hunter, Jordan Segura and Lawrence Hong lost their lives on

Commentary: Putin can't afford to ditch the dollar

Paul Manafort, while managing Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign, is accused of passing private polling data to his Russia business partner, a man with alleged ties to Russian intelligence. This new information, revealed in an unsealed court filing, is likely to stoke the case in Congress for increased sanctions against

Roy Green: Will inconsistent coronavirus messaging from leaders contribute to a second wave?

Daily on TV, radio and social media platforms, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has provided coronavirus updates, repeating that “our government” acts only on the best advice of medical and other experts. Advice hardly anchored in granite-like certitude, it would appear. Just this week, Canadians have been officially urged to wear

COMMENTARY: Why it’s especially important to mark Asian Heritage Month this year

May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada. Over the last two centuries, immigrants from East Asia, Southern Asia, Western and Southeast Asia have journeyed to Canada, bringing our society a rich cultural heritage with an infusion of many languages, ethnicities and religious traditions. This month is meant to offer all

Colombian company creates hospital beds that can double as coffins

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A Colombian advertising company is pitching a novel if morbid solution to shortages of hospital beds and coffins during the coronavirus pandemic: combine them. ABC Displays has created a cardboard bed with metal railings that designers say can double as a casket if a patient dies.

Who is Breonna Taylor? Black EMT shot dead in her own home by police in Louisville, Ky.

Breonna Taylor, an aspiring nurse and EMT, was shot and killed by police in her Louisville, Ky., home on March 13. She was 26. A lawsuit filed by her family last month says she and her boyfriend thought the police officers were burglars. He fired in self-defence, which was followed