A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage in the heart of Britain's seat of power Wednesday, plowing a car into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. Lawmakers, lords, staff and visitors were locked down after the man was shot by police within the perimeter of Parliament, just yards (meters) from entrances to the building itself and in the shadow of the iconic Big Ben clock tower. Three police officers, several French teenagers on a school trip and two Romanian tourists were among the casualties.
Athletes from Gander, Carbonear and Harbour Grace have won medals in snowshoeing events at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. Sandra Smith of Carbonear won gold in the 200-metre F21 event Tuesday, with a time of 1:10:54. Gander's Floressa Harris picked up a silver medal in the 200-metre F13 snowshoeing division, and also won a bronze Monday in the 100-metre race.
A historically significant bridge has been damaged after a pickup truck crashed into it early Monday morning. RCMP say the truck slid off the road approximately 30 kilometres north of Dawson Creek, hitting the side of the Kiskatinaw Bridge and damaging several support beams. The bridge was constructed as part of the Alaska Highway during the Second World War.
A young man who was stabbing himself in the stomach at a grocery store in Surrey, B.C., lunged at transit police officers with knives in both hands before he was shot, the constable who pulled the trigger told a coroner's inquest Tuesday. The family of Naverone Woods was emotional as they listened to Const. McKinnon testified that she and Sgt. Lee Ezra were driving to Surrey Central transit station when they heard over the police dispatch that a man had jumped over the counter of a nearby convenience store and demanded a knife.
Recycling the world's wastewater, almost all of which goes untreated, would ease global water shortages while protecting the environment, the United Nations said in a major report on Wednesday. "Neglecting the opportunities arising from improved wastewater management is nothing less than unthinkable," said Irina Bokova, director-general of UNESCO, one of several UN bodies behind the report issued on World Water Day. For decades, people have been using fresh water faster than Nature can replace it, contributing in some regions to hunger, disease, conflict and migration.
Farzad Rayeghani picks up an oblong grey object from one of the work stations at Sheridan's Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design - a detailed model of the brain printed out by one of the lab's 3-D printers. Rayeghani, founder of this engineering lab and a man determined to change the way engineering students are taught, says in a few days, the printer will have completed an anatomically correct model of the heart. Rayeghani is proud that he got the funding for the lab at Sheridan just as the world was entering a financial crisis in 2008 — the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression.
Brian Drent, a sports collectables executive, said he met Martin Mauricio Ortega, the Mexican media executive suspected of stealing Tom Brady's jersey after the Super Bowl. Mexican journalists say the allegations shocked them. (March 22)
Three environmental groups are calling on the B.C. Liberals to return hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from Kinder Morgan and groups and companies they say have a stake in the Trans Mountain pipeline. The Dogwood Initiative says most of it comes from oil sands producers (approximately $593,000) with additional donations from the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association ($21,000) and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers ($124,000).
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Spice Girl Melanie 'Mel B' Brown filed for divorce from her husband after nearly 10 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. Court papers filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday show that British pop star Brown, 41, and husband Stephen Belafonte, a TV producer, have been separated since December. Brown requested joint legal and physical custody of the couple's daughter, five-year-old Madison Brown Belafonte. Representatives for Brown did not immediately respond to Reuters for comment and efforts to reach Belafonte were unsuccessful. ...
When Darlene Fournier rushed to help a man whose heart had stopped during a recreational volleyball game earlier this month, she didn't have time to think about anything other than what to do to get the man breathing again. The incident at Chinguacousy Secondary School on the evening of March 2 had a happier ending, with the male patient now recovering well at home. "In both instances, there was a sense of, at the end of it when you are processing it, everything that could have been done was done," Fournier, head of physical education and family studies at Chinguacousy, told CBC Toronto.
South Korea's LG Electronics Inc said on Wednesday it will launch a new mobile payments service in its home country in June, trying to keep up with smartphone leaders Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc. LG said it would start offering its payments service, to be called LG Pay, through its G6 smartphones that went on sale in South Korea on March 10. Users would be able to make payments through existing credit card readers via a magnetic signal from the phone, similar to how Samsung's payments system - launched in August 2015 - works.
At the moment a man hears a diagnosis of prostate cancer, his first thought is often of survival. It's later — sometimes after treatment — that the patient considers the cost medical intervention can have on his sexual and mental well-being, said Prof. Gabriela Ilie, who is conducting research on quality of life for prostate cancer patients. "At first the idea is, 'Do I want to survive, or do I want to have sexual function?'" the Dalhousie University scientist said.
Newfoundland and Labrador's health authorities are shirking their responsibilities to provide services in French by failing to offer language lessons to all employees who want them, according to MHA Lorraine Michael. The NDP member says she's received a letter from a nurse at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John's who was not able to continue her government language lessons this fall, even though she wanted to — and had been taking classes since 2012. Michael says the employee was told she'd have to wait until next year to take the lessons.
A non-profit urban agriculture group in Vancouver says development on the False Creek Flats and the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaduct lands is threatening its operation. Sole Food employs about 30 people — most of whom face barriers like poverty or addiction issues — and grows about 25 tonnes of food each year on four temporary spaces, including unused lots. "Our operation is, physically, as homeless as the people we employ," he said.
In October 2014, Lindsey Hauck was in a vehicle with fellow nurse Erin Smith heading out on a coffee run during an overnight shift when a drunk driver T-boned their vehicle going 85 km/h through an intersection. Smith was killed in the crash and Hauck was left with severe injuries requiring multiple surgeries. In February, Lori Victoria Vance was sentenced to three years in prison for impaired driving causing death and impaired driving causing bodily harm.
Officials in the Manitoba border town of Emerson say some residents are starting to get a little annoyed with how asylum-seekers are behaving when they arrive in the community. Reeve Greg Janzen says nine or more people who illegally crossed the border walked into town early Tuesday morning. As the number of people crossing the border continues to climbing, Janzen says he would like the RCMP to continue upping security.
By Sumeet Chatterjee and Devidutta Tripathy HONG KONG/MUMBAI (Reuters) - Investment banking business in India should be enjoying bumper fees after a record year of dealmaking. It's not, and big banks blame in-house teams of advisers that have proliferated as the country's top family-owned conglomerates tighten their grip. This week's $23 billion tie-up between Idea Cellular, controlled by the Aditya Birla Group, and the Indian business of Vodafone Group, is the latest example of a trend that is squeezing major international investment banks.
On a sunny morning in Napa Valley, America's most celebrated chef is reflecting on his career, the culinary empire it spawned and why he just spent $10 million to upgrade his famed restaurant, the French Laundry. Thomas Keller describes himself as detail-oriented, a perfectionist and passionate about fine food and design. At 61 years old, Keller entertains the thought of slowing down.
Britain's impending divorce from the European Union helped inspire perhaps the least likely cultural response: a Korean designer's fashion show on the other side of the planet in Tokyo. In unisex brand ACUOD by CHANU's mission to sweep away gender boundaries, the Japanese-trained Chanwoo Lee gave the zip a starring role Wednesday in his fall/winter 2017 collection on day three of fashion week. With surgical masks ubiquitous on the streets of Tokyo, offering protection from viruses or solace from a "bad face day," Lee dressed his models in black leather versions with giant zips across the mouth.
Indonesia said Wednesday a cruise ship on a voyage organised by a British company had damaged about 18,900 square metres of coral reef, increasing the estimate of the devastation caused when the vessel ran aground. The accident happened this month in Raja Ampat, eastern Indonesia, one of the most biodiverse marine habitats on Earth and a favourite with intrepid travellers and divers due to its palm-fringed islands, coral and fish. The 4,200-ton Caledonian Sky smashed into the reefs at low tide around Kri, one of hundreds of small islands in Raja Ampat, after taking tourists on a bird-watching expedition.
It's been 92 days since aerospace manufacturer D-J Composites locked out 34 of its employees at its plant in Gander, and now the union representing the workers says the company is asking for even more concessions. The workers have been without a contract for nearly two years, and they say their lack of a living wage is one of the issues behind the lockout. Lana Payne, the Atlantic regional director for Unifor, the union representing the workers, said D-J Composites agreed to the hiring of a labour consultant back in February, but didn't agree to return to talks until March — something she said shows the company is in no rush to get back to the table.
By Julia Fioretti and Eric Auchard BRUSSELS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A broad coalition of advertising trade groups, ad buyers and sellers from Western Europe and the United States have urged the industry to stop using annoying online marketing formats that have fuelled the rapid rise of ad-blockers. The types of ads the coalition has identified as falling below standard include pop-up advertisements, auto-play video ads with sound, flashing animated ads and full-screen ads that mask underlying content from readers or viewers. The explosion of ad-blocking tools has launched a prolonged debate within the advertising industry over whether to rein in abusive ad practices or simply freeze out consumers who use ad blocker and still expect access to premium content.
After becoming one of the first cities in the country to ban pets from roaming at large, Calgary has been named the inaugural winner of the Safe Cats Safe Birds Award by Nature Canada. "Cities across the world, really, are following the Calgary model and figuring out ways to keep pets safe, but also reduce their impact on wildlife generally," said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. The honour also drew social media praise from author Margaret Atwood, who tweeted congratulations.
Baidu Inc chief scientist Andrew Ng said on Wednesday he will resign from the Chinese search engine company after three years of leading its drive into artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) projects. Ng, who announced his departure in a blog post on online publishing platform Medium, did not say where he would be heading to next, but said he would continue to be involved in entrepreneurship and research in the artificial intelligence space. "As the principal architect of Baidu's AI strategy, I am proud to have led the incredible rise of AI within the company," he said in the post.
The final round of public hearings on Nunavut's land use plan begin this morning in Iqaluit. It will provide "certainty" to Nunavummiut about the future of the land, says Sharon Ehaloak, the executive director of the Nunavut Planning Commission (NPC), the body overseeing the plan's development.