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Forest fires stoke record loss in world tree cover: monitor

OSLO (Reuters) – Forest fires in Brazil and Indonesia contributed to a record loss in global tree cover in 2016, equivalent to the size of New Zealand, that could accelerate deforestation blamed for climate change, an independent forest monitoring network said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: Police and a fire fighter from a local forestry company try to extinguish a forest fire in the village in Rokan Hulu regency, Riau province, Sumatra, Indonesia August 28, 2016 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Picture taken August 28, 2016. Antara Foto/Rony Muharrman/viaRead More


Four dead from landslide at Malaysia construction site, victim search to continue

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Four foreign workers were killed and 10 others are missing after a landslide at a construction site in George Town, capital of the northwest Malaysian state of Penang, authorities said. The bodies of three Bangladeshis and one unidentified person were found in the debris, officials said late on Saturday. Two workers escaped with light injuries. “Now the problem we are facing is we need to excavate a 35-metre heap of earth. We have deployed a K9 (canine) unit with three dogs to search for victims,” PenangRead More


Supreme Court, CRA express concern about cellphone trackers after CBC story: documents – Politics

Kristen Everson,Catherine Cullen The Supreme Court of Canada and a senior executive with the Canada Revenue Agency anxiously reached out to Canada’s communications spy agency for help after the CBC revealed cellphone tracking technology was being used near Parliament Hill, according to documents. In April, a months-long CBC News and Radio-Canada investigation revealed that someone was using cellphone spying and tracking technology in the parliamentary precinct. A day later, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced the RCMP and CSIS would launch an investigation into who was using the trackers, whileRead More


N.B. to impose new measures for drunk drivers starting November 1

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick will seize drunk drivers’ cars for up to two months under a law that comes into force Nov. 1. Public Safety Minister Denis Landry says the new law will make the province one of the country’s toughest on impaired driving. Anyone convicted of drunk driving will have their vehicle impounded for up to two months and have a mandatory ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle when they get their licence back. The mechanism is similar to a breathalyzer and won’t allow a vehicle to startRead More


Tire strikes vehicle on the 174 in Ottawa’s east-end

One person is being treated for life threatening injuries after a tire struck a vehicle on Regional Road 174 in Ottawa’s east-end. The incident happened on the 174 between Blair Road and Montreal Road overnight. Ottawa Police say a tire flew off of a westbound vehicle, striking an eastbound vehicle. Two people were transported to hospital, one with life-threatening injuries. Regional Road 174 is closed from Blair Road to Montreal Road while police investigate. Source link #USA #News #USnews #worldnews #headlinenews #Breakingnews #weathernews #UnitedStates news #CanadianNews #weatherforecast top news #stories,UsRead More


Wildfire evacuation orders lifted in several southern Alberta communities

A number of wildfires threatened rural communities in southern Alberta on Tuesday and residents who were displaced are returning home to assess the damages. RCMP evacuated residents from 10 communities as well as from a number of farms and acreages. Crews were called to a grassfire south of Highway 901 on the Siksika Nation at about 5:45 P.M. and the fire department evacuated several homes that were in the path of the blaze. Winds pushed the fire into the Strathmore area and more homes were evacuated in Wheatland County beforeRead More


High hydro rates contributing to manufacturing decline: report

High hydro rates are forcing Ontario’s manufacturing sector into a dark corner, according to a new report. The Fraser Institute says Ontario lost more than 116,000 manufacturing jobs between 2008 and 2015. The report says that 64 per cent of that decline can be attributed to higher electricity prices. John Bamford, owner of Stainless Outfitters, makes steel pieces for boats, range hoods, and even the signature hockey sticks on the side of the Barrie Molson Centre. He says the high cost of hydro is hurting his bottom line. “It affectsRead More


Twitter vows to crack down on nude photos tweeted without consent – Technology & Science

The Associated Press Twitter vowed to crack down further on hate speech and sexual harassment, days after CEO Jack Dorsey said in a tweet-storm that the company was “still” not doing enough to protect its users. The policy changes were specifically aimed at protecting women who unknowingly or unwillingly had nude pictures of themselves distributed online or were subject to unwanted sexual advances. They would also aim to shield groups subject to hateful imagery, symbols and threats of violence. In an email Twitter shared with The Associated Press Tuesday, Twitter’sRead More


‘We need to find him’: Montreal woman heads to Peru to search for missing son

A Montreal woman is travelling to Peru to search for her son, who hasn’t been heard from since preparing to embark on a four-day trek in the South American country. Jesse Galganov, 22, has been missing since Sept. 29. He was reportedly last seen that morning checking out of a hostel in the town of Huaraz.  Galganov’s mother, Alisa Clamen, last heard from him via text message on Sept. 28. He had been preparing to go on a long trek and told her he would be unreachable for about fourRead More


U.S., Japan agree to ramp up diplomatic pressure on North Korea

Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press Published Tuesday, October 17, 2017 1:38AM EDT TOKYO – U.S. and Japanese diplomats agreed Tuesday to maximize pressure on North Korea to resolve tensions over its nuclear program, while citing the need to be prepared for the worst if diplomacy failed. U.S. Undersecretary of State John Sullivan, after meeting his Japanese counterpart, Shinsuke Sugiyama, told reporters that the focus at the State Department is still on diplomacy to solve the problem and to eventually denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. “We must, however, with our allies inRead More