Dublin: The Indian women’s hockey team continued its unbeaten run and defeated Scotland 2-1 to enter the final of the Cantor Fitzgerald U21 four-nation tournament here Monday. Mumtaz Khan (36th minute) and Gagandeep Kaur (51st) were the goal scorers for India, while Margery Justice (50th) found the net for Scotland. The match started at a good pace with India looking to seize the early initiative. The Indians won their first penalty corner in the process but Scotland goalkeeper Amber Murray came to her side’s rescue. Minutes later it was Scotland’s turn to secure a penalty corner but Khushboo, who played in place of regular goalkeeper Bichu Devi, denied the opposition team. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunIndia continued to maintain the upperhand in the second quarter and earned another penalty corner but Murray, in front of Scotland goal, stood tall as both the teams failed to break the deadlock at halftime. India’s performances after halftime has been noticeable in the tournament as out of the four goals they scored so far in the event, three came after the change of ends. But it was Scotland who had the first chance after the breather in the form of a penalty corner but Khushboo once again came to India’s rescue.
New Delhi: State-owned NMDC Friday said Bailadila iron ore Deposit-13 is being developed under a JV, while making it clear that its mining lease will not be transferred to Adani Enterprises which is a mine-developer-cum-operator for the project. Deposit-13 is being developed by NCL — a JV between NMDC and Chhattisgarh Mineral Development Corporation (CMDC). NCL CEO V S Prabhakar said the lease holder for Deposit-13 is NCL and except for NCL, none can transfer the lease to anyone. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents”But some people having vested interest are spreading propaganda that the lease has been transferred to Adani Enterprises for a period of 25 years which is not true,” he said over phone. Adani Enterprises can only excavate iron ore and deliver it to the rail head, he added. In a statement, NMDC said the 10 mtpa capacity Bailadila iron ore Deposit-13 in Chhattisgarh is being developed under the JV NMDC-CMDC Ltd (NCL). NMDC holds 51 per cent in the JV, while CMDC holds 49 per cent.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday refused to extend the schedule of counselling for filling up as many as 603 vacant seats in post-graduate medical and dental courses in deemed universities and private colleges. A vacation bench of justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant disposed of a plea by the Education Promotion Society of India, a registered group of over 1,300 educational institutions of the country, seeking to extend the counselling to facilitate admission on vacant seats. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana The top court had earlier said that the question is not whether it has power to do it but whether it should allow the deemed universities and colleges to fill up their vacant seats by making an exception to the set schedule of admissions. Deemed universities and colleges had claimed that they have around 1,000 seats vacant in the post-graduate medical courses and if stray vacancy counselling round is extended then such seats could be filled.
Kolkata: After temporary repair work, the bascule bridge in the Port area was opened for vehicular traffic on Thursday morning. However, it has been decided that until the faulty bearing gets repaired or replaced, heavy vehicles will not be allowed on the bridge.According to sources, engineers of Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) were trying to repair the bearing which became faulty. As it could not be replaced immediately, it has been repaired temporarily. For that reason, KoPT is not allowing any heavy vehicles on the bridge as it may cause permanent damage. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaDue to a technical glitch the bascule bridge couldn’t be closed properly from Tuesday night, owing to which huge congestion took place. According to sources, late on Tuesday night the bridge was opened to pass a ship from Singapore. At around 2 am, after the ship crossed the area, on-duty Port Trust employees tried to close the bridge. While doing so, it was noticed that it was not closed fully owing to misaligned sections. Immediately, vehicle movement on the bridge was suspended. Later, all Kidderpore-bound vehicles were diverted towards Taratala via Diamond Harbour Road.
Agra: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has set up a three-member committee to probe into the Yamuna Expressway accident on Monday that left 29 passengers dead. The committee comprising Transport Commissioner, Divisional Commissioner and Inspector General Agra range will submit its report within 24 hours. The Chief Minister also announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of the deceased. He also directed concerned officials to ensure proper treatment to the injured. As many as 21 passengers had been admitted to hospital with serious injuries, District Magistrate N.G. Ravi Kumar told reporters. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav expressed his grief over the tragedy and has demanded the government to pay a compensation of Rs 50 lakh each to the kin of the deceased. The bus, after hitting the divider, fell into the 40-feet-deep gap between two flyovers on the Yamuna Expressway near Milestone 161 (Jharna nallah) under Etmadpur police jurisdiction of Agra district at around 4.15 a.m. The double-decker bus with about 50 passengers on board was heading to Delhi from Lucknow. “Prima facie it appears that the bus was moving at a high speed and the driver fell asleep,” Ravi Kumar said.
Bengaluru: Nearly 43,000 people have so far been evacuated from flood-hit and rain-affected areas of Karnataka, where the rain fury has left nine people dead, authorities said on Thursday. The worst-hit was Belagavi district, where six persons have lost their lives, while 40,180 people have been evacuated. Two persons lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Uttara Kannada district, from where 3,088 people have been evacuated till date, and one in Shivamogga, according to official figures. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Nearly 17,000 people are taking shelter in relief camps. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa is currently camping in Belagavi supervising relief and rescue operations. On Thursday, he visited rain-affected Shivajinagar and Gandhinagar areas of Belagavi. “Releases from reservoirs are well coordinated and as per protocol to prevent inundation of downstream areas. The villages likely to be affected due to heavy discharge have been identified and necessary precautions taken”, an official statement said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K A total of 43,858 people from affected districts in northern, coastal and Malnad regions have so far been evacuated by joint rescue teams comprising Fire and Emergency department, State Disaster Response Force, National Disaster Response Force and Army, official sources said. District administrations are on high alert and are prepared to tackle any emergency arising out of heavy discharge from reservoirs, the statement said. “The flood situation is under control”, it said.
Jaipur: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan on Monday. He was declared elected unopposed as the deadline for the withdrawal of nominations for the bypoll ended at 3 pm. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot congratulated Singh on his election to the Upper House of Parliament. “Congratulate former PM Dr #ManmohanSingh ji on being elected unopposed as a member of #RajyaSabha from #Rajasthan. Dr Singh’s election is a matter of pride for the entire state. His vast knowledge and rich experience would benefit the people of Rajasthan a lot,” he tweeted. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Returning Officer and Assembly Secretary Pramil Kumar Mathur made the announcement. The government’s chief whip, Mahesh Joshi, received the election certificate on behalf of Singh. The former PM was nominated by the Congress while the BJP did not field any candidate for the bypoll, necessitated due to the death of Rajya Sabha MP Madan Lal Saini. The former PM had filed the nomination papers on August 13. Singh was a member of the Upper House of Parliament from Assam for almost three decades. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday He was a Rajya Sabha member for five consecutive terms from 1991 to 2019 and the country’s prime minister for two consecutive terms between 2004 and 2014. His tenure in the Rajya Sabha ended on June 14 this year and he could not be renominated as the Congress party did not have the strength to send him to the Upper House from Assam again and there was no other vacancy left. Rajasthan has 10 Rajya Sabha seats. Remaining nine seats of Rajya Sabha from the state are with the BJP.
Darjeeling: The second campus of the prestigious Presidency University is scheduled to become operational by 2020 in Kurseong. This was announced by TMC Rajya Sabha MP Shanta Chettri on Thursday.”The Higher Education Department of the Government of West Bengal has already sanctioned Rs 74 crores for the new campus coming up at Dowhill in Kurseong. The university will be housed in a five -storied building and Rs 49 crore has already been spent on the building. The fourth floor is complete,” stated Chettri. She was assigned the job of monitoring the project by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaChettri visited the upcoming campus in Kurseong on Thursday. Incidentally in August 2015 the Chief Minister had announced that Kurseong would house the second campus of Presidency. Work is also on for the construction of boys’ hostel, girls’ hostel and professors’ quarters. Each hostel will accommodate 100 students. “Rs 25 crore has been spent for the construction of the hostels and the quarters,” added the MP. The construction work of the second campus is being undertaken by the PWD, Government of West Bengal. “After reviewing the progress of construction work, I feel we will be able to flag off the second campus of the Presidency by early 2020,” stated Chettri.
TORONTO – Tim Hortons says the sale of a doughnut bearing the colours of the Humboldt Broncos has helped raise more than $800,000 for the junior hockey team that was involved in a horrific collision earlier this month.The company had come under fire last week after a franchisee in Nova Scotia reportedly began selling the Broncos-themed doughnuts without intending to donate the proceeds to the team.Tim Hortons apologized for the “misunderstanding” and then launched a national fundraising campaign to support the team.In a statement at the time, the coffee and doughnut chain said the franchisee “proactively sold this doughnut as a thoughtful gesture” and had made a personal donation to the Humboldt Broncos Hockey Club.Sixteen people — including 10 players — were killed and another 13 people were injured after the team’s bus and a truck crashed in a rural Saskatchewan intersection.On Friday, Tim Hortons said restaurants in every province donated $1 from each yellow and green doughnut sold — along with extra donations made by customers — to a total of $801,066.27.The company says that makes it “highest donut fundraising initiative in Tim Hortons history.”“We are humbled by the remarkable showing of support from our restaurant owners and our guests for the Humboldt community following this unimaginable tragedy,” Sami Siddiqui, Tim Hortons Canada’s president, said in a statement.The company said all proceeds will go to the Humboldt Hockey Club and will be presented to the team Monday.More than $15 million was also raised for those affected by the crash through an online fundraiser on GoFundMe, which will be distributed through an memorial fund.
LONDON – Prosecutors in the United Kingdom have dropped charges against two Canadian pilots accused of preparing to fly a commercial aircraft while under the influence of alcohol after their blood samples were mistakenly destroyed at a Scottish prison.Prosecutors say there will be no further action against Imran Syed, 39, and Jean-Francois Perreault, 41, who were arrested July 18, 2016, before they were to pilot an Air Transat flight from Glasgow to Toronto.Authorities say Syed, from Toronto, allegedly had 49 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. Perreault, who is also from Ontario, allegedly had 32 milligrams.Both men have denied the charges.The flight eventually took off with a different crew the next morning after about 250 passengers spent the night at hotels.Air Transat had suspended the pilots but says they will be reinstated because they have been “declared innocent.”“We will be meeting with them in the next few days to plan their reinstatement since there is no charge against them and we have no evidence that they have broken any law nor our internal rules,” the airline said. “They will need to undergo retraining and requalification as per applicable legislation, and we will put in place measures to ensure that their behaviour is exemplary.”Prosecutors said they were trying to prevent a similar loss of evidence in the future.“We are working with Police Scotland to ensure there are proper processes and guidance in place covering the retention and storage of samples when an accused person is remanded in custody,” they said.The two were charged under a section of the United Kingdom’s Railway and Transport Safety Act that precludes people from conducting aviation functions “when the proportion of alcohol in (their) breath, blood or urine exceeds the prescribed limit.”Canadian aviation regulations prohibit any aircraft crew members from working while intoxicated or within eight hours after having an alcoholic drink.Air Transat’s president said at the time that the carrier would compensate all passengers booked on the flight.European Union rules stipulate a passenger is entitled to 600 euros in the event a flight longer than 3,500 kilometres is cancelled.
OTTAWA – The federal government will give $700 million over the next five years to the Business Development Bank of Canada in a bid to grow Canada’s clean technology industry.The funding is intended to enable the bank to take on more risk, providing high-potential clean tech firms with more capital to expand their operations and hire additional staff.The investment will be announced today in Montreal by Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.The money is part of the government’s promise, made in last year’s budget, to invest $2.3 billion in clean technologies.Bains is also set to announce the launch of a federal government “clean growth hub,” aimed at supporting clean tech companies and projects, co-ordinating existing programs and tracking results.The government argues that investment in clean tech is good for both the environment and the economy.“Today’s announcement demonstrates our government’s commitment to create well-paying, middle-class jobs while growing the economy and protecting the environment,” Bains said in a news release obtained in advance by The Canadian Press.
Canadian women have finished 1-2 in skicross at the Pyeongchang Winter Games with Kelsey Serwa of Kelowna, B.C., taking gold and Brittany Phelan of Mont-Tremblant, Que., earning silver.Switzerland’s Fanny Smith captured bronze while World Cup leader Sandra Naeslund of Sweden was fourth.The medallists had to wait several minutes for the official results to be posted as judges reviewed the race.Marielle Thompson of Whistler, B.C., who won gold four years ago in Sochi, was eliminated in the opening heat at Phoenix Park. She fell behind shortly after the start and spun out early.It was her first competitive event since rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament during a training run in October ahead of the World Cup season.India Sherret of Cranbrook, B.C., was also eliminated in the first heat after a fall midway down the course. She crashed into a roller and had to be taken off on a sled.Calgary’s Brady Leman won the men’s skicross race earlier this week.
HALIFAX – The band has been dropped by their management team, tour openers and dozens of radio stations, but concert-goers say they are standing by Hedley as the besieged pop-rockers continue to perform across the country in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations that they have steadfastly denied.Fans screamed until they were out of breath during Hedley’s lively performance at Halifax’s Scotiabank Centre on Friday.Frontman Jacob Hoggard thanked Hedley fans from the “bottom of our hearts” for being the people the band could always rely on, but did not directly address the anonymous allegations of inappropriate behaviour involving young fans that have emerged on social media in recent weeks.“To everybody … who has stood behind us all of these years — through the ups and the downs, through the highs and the lows, the good times and the bad — Halifax, we could never, ever imagine doing this without you,” Hoggard told the crowd over anthemic music.“Because sometimes life sucks, and that’s why we’ve got you. And, Halifax, sometimes life sucks, but that’s why you’ve got us … Stay in our lives, and I promise we’ll stay in yours.”The Canadian Press, which normally does not pay to cover live events, purchased a ticket to Friday’s show after representatives for Hedley only offered press credentials for the first three songs of the band’s performance.Band representatives said Hedley is not giving interviews at this time. Hedley called the allegations “unsubstantiated” in a statement earlier this month.As fans filed into the Halifax auditorium on Friday, many concert-goers said they were more focused on enjoying the show than litigating the allegations against Hedley, which some said had little bearing on their feelings towards the band.Several fans said they had not investigated the claims themselves, or did not believe it was their place to cast judgement.“The band is probably suffering, but until there’s more about it, everything’s pretty vague,” said Kristen MacIntosh, who drove from Cape Breton to see the show with her eight-year-old son after buying him a ticket as a Christmas present.Some fans expressed skepticism about the legitimacy of the claims, questioning why anonymous social media users would bring up years-old allegations online rather than going to authorities.Madisson Muise, a 16-year-old who came to Halifax from Yarmouth, N.S., to attend her first concert, said she was relieved she could still see her favourite band perform after fearing the tour would be cancelled.“Their fans are really supporting them and sticking together,” said Muise.Seats filled up in the auditorium as Toronto-based pop band Liteyears kicked off the show, filling in as Hedley’s opening act after singer Shawn Hook and Halifax’s Neon Dreams ditched the tour.Liteyears frontman Brent Wirth told the crowd the past week has been a whirlwind, saying the band had been holding on to their musical dreams by a “pinkie” until their fortunes turned around in a matter of 24 hours.Cellphone lights and flashing neon sticks swarmed like fireflies as the crowd welcomed Hoggard and Hedley bandmates Dave Rosin, Tommy Mac and Jay Benison to the stage with rapturous cheers.Concert-goers danced in the aisles and sang along as the band played songs off their latest album and previous hits.Nineteen-year-old Kendra Cann said she had won a radio contest to sing on stage with the band, but the plan was cancelled after the allegations surfaced.Instead, Cann was pulled up to the front row where Hoggard picked her out of the crowd and called her out for texting during the concert, then jokingly confiscated her phone to call her family and friends from the stage.During one phone call, Hoggard told Cann’s star-struck friends that they “better be old enough to be having a fun time, you little rascals.”After the show, Cann said she “went blank” during the encounter.“I was like, ‘He’s right there. He said Kendra. He said my name,’” Cann said with a giggle. “It was the experience of a lifetime.”Charlottetown-based singer-songwriter Kinley Dowling, who is known as the violinist in Newfoundland’s Hey Rosetta!, said on Instagram that she and four friends protested outside the Hedley concert in Summerside, P.E.I., on Saturday night.“We only got some ‘lip’ from a few fans, but we just hope they have an open mind in the future,” Dowling wrote in an Instagram post. “It’s not an easy thing for a survivor to tell their story. Let’s not make it any harder for them just because you like the band’s music.”The band’s performances in Atlantic Canada were met with mixed reactions on social media.Some diehard Hedley fans cheered on the band from afar, while other Twitter users expressed discomfort with the cloud of controversy following the musicians as they continue their tour in Ontario this week.Alison Weatherston in Ottawa tweeted that her 15-year-old daughter, who has seen Hedley perform multiple times, was “heartbroken” after learning of the allegations against the band.“She put her concert tees into the bag of clothes for the Salvation Army,” Weatherston wrote. “It’s hard to see your idols being awful.”
VANCOUVER – It seems Canada and Russia have a prehistoric connection of the “beautiful” but “cockroachy” kind involving a 53-million-year-old insect fossil called a scorpionfly.Paleoentomologist Bruce Archibald of Simon Fraser University and the Royal BC Museum said the discovery in British Columbia’s McAbee fossil beds is strikingly similar to fossils of the same age from Pacific-coastal Russia.A previous connection between the countries’ Pacific regions has been found in the same area near Cache Creek, B.C., through fossilized plants and animals.Archibald said his identification of the colourfully winged species of scorpionfly found at the protected heritage site is another example of Canada and Russia’s ancient geographical link, before the continents split apart.“They kind of look cockroachy, although I don’t want people to be disgusted. Today, they have one living relative in Chile, of this group that we discovered fossils of, in the southern beach forest called the Valdivian forest.”The Canadian species of scorpionfly is dubbed Eomerope eonearctica, and its Russian cousin is named Eomerope asiatica.The latter was identified in 1974 by a researcher who now works at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow and is Archibald’s co-author on an article published online in The Canadian Entomologist.The article also features the discovery of another scorpionfly species found about two years ago by amateur Kathy Simpkins in a fossil she collected during an outing with a rock and fossil club near Princeton, B.C. It’s been coined Eomerope simpkinsae.The scorpionfly Archibald identified was from a collection at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C. He said it tells a story of how a group of insects travelled to different parts of the world through shifting continents and the rise and fall of sea level.“I recognized off the bat that this was something special and something different,” he said.“In the Russian one the wings were almost all clear and in ours the wings are sort of tinted, with a little bit of colour on them. Aside from that you can’t really tell them apart and that’s pretty interesting.”He said the similarities feed into the big picture of the migration of animals and plants across what is now the Bering Strait.“In paleoentomology, we use insects almost like a detective uses fingerprints to put together a much bigger story of how life has changed and how the earth has changed.”Scientists believe the northern continents were connected millions of years ago but moved over time through plate tectonics.“At that time you could walk from Vladivostok, in Russia, to Vancouver, and you could walk from Vancouver right onto Greenland and then over into Europe all the way without getting your feet wet. And it was mild climate so there were forests right up the Arctic Ocean,” Archibald said.He said his work is part of a “golden age of discovery” in B.C., where fossilized insects are almost an unknown resource.“Fossil sites in the continental United States and in Europe and a lot of places have been explored for a long time, 100 years or so. But we in British Columbia remained relatively remote until quite recently,” he said of a time before much of the province was connected through highways in the 1950s.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.
Starting today, Canadians won’t have to be near a television or radio to receive emergency alerts.Life-threatening emergencies will now be broadcast on compatible mobile phones.As of today, the National Public Alerting System — commonly called Alert Ready — will include wireless networks, in addition to traditional broadcast channels.In the case of a life-threatening emergency, officials will send a localized alert that will compel compatible phones to emit an alarm and display a bilingual text warning.Situations that could prompt an alert include forest fires, terrorist threats or an Amber Alert for a missing child.Canada’s broadcast regulator, the CRTC, has said that wireless carriers will conduct one test of the system during the week of May 6.The shrill, siren-like alarm tone is the same one that currently accompanies emergency broadcasts on radio and television.The Alert Ready website says individuals will not be billed for the messages.
TORONTO – Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne says it’s “a healthy thing” that one of her candidates is planning a bid for her job as party leader if elected.Wynne admitted over the weekend that she would not be premier after Thursday’s election but declined to say whether she would resign as Liberal leader.But David Henderson, the party’s candidate in Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, told supporters he would vie for the job if he wins in his riding.In a clip posted to his Facebook on Monday, Henderson said Wynne’s weekend announcement means she has “effectively” stepped down as Liberal party leader following the election.Henderson says he would put his name forward for the leadership in order to help rebuild the party, which polls suggest could lose significant ground in the election.“Tradition has it…that means a leadership change post-election,” the Brockville, Ont., mayor told The Canadian Press on Tuesday.Though he has not yet held political office at the provincial level — and is running in a Tory stronghold — Henderson said he believes he is qualified to succeed Wynne.“I’ve owned my own manufacturing company for 20 years and I’ve built it up,” he said. “I’ve been 12 years as a mayor of a city…I’ve been on just about every board.”“I have to think if you stack that up against the credentials of Doug Ford, who’s the current leader of the Conservatives, I’d say I come out OK in that comparison,” he said.Ford, a former Toronto city councillor and businessman, has repeatedly touted his experience running the family company in painting himself as the only leader capable of cutting waste at the legislature.Wynne’s weekend plea appears to be resonating with some voters, Henderson said.“We had been getting resistance about some of this antagonism towards the premier and now there’s a little bit of confusion and that confusion is starting to recognize that, OK, if that’s not a concern then the big concern is Doug Ford,” he said.“And if our riding, which is a traditionally Conservative riding, which will never elect an NDP candidate, wants to stop Doug Ford then it has to be a Liberal vote. And that message is starting to form,” he said.When asked Tuesday about the Liberal candidate’s comments, Wynne said she encouraged ambition in her ranks.“I think that it is healthy in a democratic system to have people who aspire to lead, people who aspire to higher office, I think that’s a healthy thing,” she said.“And I hope there are other Liberals in the province who, somewhere in the back of their mind, are thinking, ‘One day I might want to be the leader as well.’”
BEIJING, China – Marijuana may be legal now in Canada but at least three Asian governments are warning their citizens to avoid it, including the spectre of possible arrest for Japanese and South Koreans.China, the latest to weigh in, didn’t go that far. Its consulate in Toronto issued a statement dated Friday reminding Chinese in its jurisdiction — and students in particular — “to avoid contact with and use of marijuana for the sake of ensuring your own physical and mental health.”Canada legalized the sale of recreational marijuana on Oct. 17.The Chinese statement, posted on the consulate’s website, included a long explanation of the Canadian and provincial laws, advising them to read it carefully to avoid running afoul of the new regulations.Both Japan and South Korea warned their citizens in Canada ahead of the legalization.The Japanese consulate in Vancouver warned on its website that Japanese laws outlawing the possession and sale of marijuana may be applied to actions taken abroad.“Japanese residents and travellers should take ample care to stay away from marijuana, including food and beverages that include marijuana,” the statement read in part.South Korea held information sessions in Canada and used a government website and TV broadcasts to lay down the law for its citizens.“Even in a place where marijuana is legalized, if our citizens smoke, purchase, possess or deliver marijuana, it’s a criminal act, so they will be punished,” the embassy in Canada tweeted. “Please be careful.”Neither statement from Japan and South Korea explained how they might attempt to enforce their laws against smoking marijuana while abroad. Police and customs officials in South Korea did not answer calls seeking comment.Both South Korea and Japan have very strict anti-drug laws. In Korea, smoking, buying, possessing or delivering marijuana is punishable by up to five years in prison or a fine of up to 50 million won ($44,000).
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A Newfoundland town is being tormented by the unbearable smell of seafood sauce left to ferment in large vats when a factory was abandoned more than a decade ago.The owner abandoned the St. Mary’s plant, which opened in the early 1990s, after extended legal battles over food safety complaints.Much of the sauce was never bottled or sold and the mixture of capelin, herring, water and salt has been fermenting in the 147 vats since.Each container can hold about 12,500 litres of sauce, which has largely solidified in the tanks and leaked onto the floor over the years.Deputy Mayor Steve Ryan said the drains were filled with concrete during a cleanup attempt two years ago and since then the liquid has been pooling on the floor, making the stench unbearable.The town is asking for help to cover the cleanup costs.The provincial government is reviewing an application for a cost-sharing program, but Ryan said the town needs help to pay for its share of the cleanup, estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands.The Canadian Press
Permafrost in some areas of the Canadian Arctic is melting so fast that it’s gulping up the equipment left there to study it.“The ground thaws and swallows it,” said Merritt Turetsky, a University of Guelph biologist whose new research warns the rapid melt could dramatically increase the amount of greenhouse gases released from ancient plants and animals frozen within the tundra.“We’ve put cameras in the ground, we’ve put temperature equipment in the ground, and it gets flooded. It often happens so fast we can’t get out there and rescue it.“We’ve lost dozens of field sites. We were collecting data on a forest and all of a sudden it’s a lake.”Turetsky’s research, published this week in the journal Nature, looks at the rate of permafrost melt across the Arctic and what its impact could be on attempts to limit greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.It’s been known for years that the vast belts of frozen soil that underlie much of the North are thawing as the Arctic warms. That releases greenhouse gases as organic carbon from plants and animals, once locked away in the ice, melts and decomposes.Climate scientists have assumed a slow, steady erosion of permafrost and a similar pace of carbon release. Turetsky and her colleagues found something different.Instead of a few centimetres of melt a year, several metres of soil can destabilize within days. Landscapes collapse into sinkholes. Hillsides slide away to expose deep permafrost that would otherwise have remained insulated. “Permafrost at (that) depth, even one hundred years from now, probably would still be protected in the soil,” she said. “Except here comes this really crazy liquefication where this abrupt thaw really churns up this stuff.”Wildfires, becoming larger and hotter every year over the Canadian boreal forest, are also causing rapid permafrost melt.Nearly one-fifth of Arctic permafrost is now vulnerable to rapid warming, Turetsky’s paper suggests. Plenty of it is in Canada, such as in the lowlands south of Hudson Bay.Soil analysis found those quickly melting areas also contain the most carbon. Nearly 80 per cent of them hold at least 70 kilograms of carbon per cubic metre.That suggests permafrost is likely to release up to 50 per cent more greenhouse gases than climate scientists have believed. As well, much of it will be released as methane, which is about 30 per cent more efficient at trapping heat than carbon dioxide. “These are minimum estimates,” Turetsky said. “We’ve been very conservative.”Despite the rapid melt, it’ll be decades before the extra carbon release starts to influence global climate. “We’ve got a bit of time.”The abrupt collapsing of permafrost, however, will affect northerners long before that. “The landscape is going to be affected more and more every year by permafrost degradation,” Turetsky said. “We’ve got a lot of people living on top of permafrost and building infrastructure on top of permafrost. It’s enough to sink northern budgets.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960Bob Weber, The Canadian Press
EDSON, Alta. — RCMP in Edson, Alta., say they have laid additional charges against a suspect after a vehicle was driven through a building housing a provincial courthouse in the town west of Edmonton.Police say officers were called to the scene Saturday, May 11 around 9:30 a.m.They say a lone male stole a vehicle from an ATCO Electric compound, drove through a fence, then plowed through the east entrance of the provincial building, exiting on the building’s west side.As well as sustaining extensive damage from the vehicle, police say anti-Semitic messaging was written throughout the building.Investigators say Kelvin Brent Zawadiuk, 35, in addition to his previous charges, has been charged with public incitement of hatred.As this matter is now before the courts no further information will be provided.With files from The Canadian Press
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