Google must negotiate pay with publishers for content they reshare online in search results, the Paris Court of Appeal has ruled, confirming a decision by the country's competition authority.
Google must negotiate pay with publishers for content they reshare online in search results, the Paris Court of Appeal has ruled, confirming a decision by the country's competition authority.
An outbreak of COVID-19 at a long-term care home in Moncton, N.B., is raising concerns about transmission of the virus inside the Atlantic bubble.On Wednesday, officials in New Brunswick confirmed 17 new cases amid efforts to contain the outbreak at the Manoir Notre-Dame special care home in Moncton, where 13 residents, four staff and two family members tested positive. Officials also identified potential public exposure to the virus at the Moncton Costco Optical Centre and Moncton St-Hubert restaurant."We have lots of connections with New Brunswick, and the Moncton area, and it does raise concern for us here on Prince Edward Island," P.E.I. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison told CBC News: Compass in an interview Thursday afternoon. "At this time it is a concern, but [we are] watching carefully what is going on," she said. P.E.I. currently has three active cases of COVID-19, and 58 recovered.Changes to the bubble?With Thanksgiving weekend approaching, Morrison said it has her thinking about public health measures and how careful people need to be"I think New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, P.E.I. in particular will all be looking at whether or not we need to make any changes to the Atlantic bubble," Morrison said."At this point, I think we will be trying to make sure that anyone coming to the Island, whether they're visitors or Islanders returning for the weekend, are reminded that if they have any symptoms that they should be tested."A news release issued late Thursday addressed how this reminder will be delivered: "Additional information will be distributed to everyone entering Prince Edward Island via the Confederation Bridge and the Wood Islands ferry to reinforce the need to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, follow public health measures and avoid large gatherings." Think twice about travelIn the interview with CBC News: Compass, Morrison also urged people to think about whether they really need to travel, until officials know more about how the Moncton outbreak is going.After Morrison spoke with CBC, officials in New Brunswick held a briefing and said there are three new cases in that province, although not related to the long-term care home. That brings the total number of active cases in that province to 24.New Brunswick officials also announced wearing masks will be mandatory in most public spaces as of midnight.The COVID Alert app is available to Islanders beginning Thursday, and Morrison urged Islanders to download it. She said it's one more tool officials can use to identify contacts and lessen the spread of the coronavirus. "The more people who download the app, of course the more useful it will be," she said. More from CBC P.E.I.
Maggie, a two-year-old chocolate Lab, had been in three homes that didn't work out. Then the P.E.I. Humane Society decided to try something different.Jennifer Harkness, the society's development and communications manager, said that when Maggie arrived at the shelter, she was stressed and constantly barking, and it was hard for her to remain calm. > It was really that mental stimulation that she needed. \- Jennifer Harkness"She was so uncontrollable. It was easy to see how she was rehomed three times before," said HarknessBut when they began working with her, they saw a different side."We saw a lot of potential in Maggie. It was really that mental stimulation that she needed."She wasn't going to get in the typical home environment, so the society got in touch with Doug Stokely, a New Brunswick-based dog trainer who has been training police dogs for about a decade.Stokely saw the same qualities staff at the humane society saw."I asked for a couple of videos of her playing fetch and showing her hunt drive and her skills, and just talking with her [trainer] for five minutes, I basically knew that she is the type of dog that needed a job," he said."She has everything — rock-solid nerves, and just that drive and desire to work."'Exactly what we look for in a police dog'Maggie is with Stokely now, training and spending some time with his 19 other dogs, which includes a team of sled dogs.He has been working with her on her sniffing skills, and he said she is thriving in the environment."The reason dogs end up in a shelter, like Maggie, that's exactly what we look for in a police dog," he said.Dogs like Maggie aren't good at hanging around the house, said Stokely. They want to work.Staff at the humane society are thrilled Maggie has found a place."It just proves that taking the time to work with animals on what their needs are is so worthwhile," said Harkness.Maggie has been accepted into a K-9 training program, and Stokely is certain she will do very well, almost certainly ending up as a narcotics detection dog.More from CBC P.E.I.
Fred Bergman hardly takes a breath as he rattles off the list of economic injuries.Most notably, there's the income losses for 500 people who work at the oil refinery in Come By Chance, N.L., many of them making salaries in excess of $100,000."But then, of course, there's all the spinoff jobs — the distribution facilities for wholesale bulk fuel dealers, the jobs in the distribution network at the retail gas stations," Bergman said, outlining the cascading effects if the refinery shuts its doors for good."You're probably talking at least 1,400 jobs lost in total, potentially more."North Atlantic Refinery Ltd. said this week it's considering all options, including cutting costs, before ending operations. Irving Oil, which had been considering buying the refinery, recently walked away from a deal, leaving the company floundering.If its owners can't find a solution, the closure would be the latest hit to Newfoundland and Labrador's embattled oil industry, which has seen multiple delays in expansion and exploration projects in the last year.Fallout would spread to other sectors, too, said Bergman, a senior policy analyst for the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council."You're getting crude oil coming in.… You're getting import jobs, you're getting jobs in the transportation sector. Then you're getting refined product going out," he explained.Nearby retail stores can expect a dip in sales, as out-of-work residents tighten spending. As a result, the provincial coffers can expect to take a hit, too."You're going to get a loss of personal income tax, corporate tax, sales tax," he said.Those sources of income for the government — adding up to about $50 million or $60 million — "would be gone, effectively."The refinery makes up about one per cent of the provincial gross domestic product, according to Bergman. Its loss would further slow an already-sluggish offshore industry hit by delays and uncertainty following global oil market volatility this year.The ripple effect would be smaller in comparison with offshore setbacks, he said, "but certainly, it would add to the woes of the oil and gas industry in Newfoundland and Labrador."Another blow for the provinceLooking at the situation optimistically, he said, oil refineries everywhere — not just at home — appear to have a limited life span.Demand for fuel products could see a broader slowdown globally with more economies pushing for net-zero emissions, said Bergman, pointing to two refinery closures in Nova Scotia, the latest in 2013. "It does happen," he said.But if the Come By Chance refinery does close, it offers a new set of future problems: what to do next."Obviously there's environmental cleanup," Bergman said, and associated costs.The lack of refined fuels also means buyers must import: there's no longer a local option."That's a deduction from GDP. It doesn't really add to GDP anymore," he said"You have to get the fuel from somewhere. People still need to drive their cars, planes still need to fly, boats still need to sail."Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
Police in southern Germany say a woman got a shock while airing out her home when a 25-centimetre (10-inch) Chinese mitten crab scurried in from the terrace through the open door. Freiburg police said Thursday that they received a call reporting the unwanted home invader in the nearby town of Unterlauchringen, near the Swiss border, the previous morning. The invasive species, native to Asia, is now found in many rivers in Germany, and the woman's residence was not far from the Rhine, though the Chinese mitten crab has never been reported in the area before.
Police have arrested a man and a woman in connection with a Tuesday homicide, involving a man who was pushed or fell from a car at the intersection of Memorial Drive and 36th Street S.E.The names of the suspects will be released if charges are formally laid, police said.As of 6 p.m. Thursday, police were executing a search warrant in the 2600 block of 17 Street S.W., following up after initially seeking a vehicle with the licence plate CHG-6058 and a distinctive "Jesus" bumper sticker.Police said a vehicle of interest believed to be connected to this incident had been located and seized.The victim has been identified as David Bawden, 59, of Calgary.Police are investigating the homicide as a possible random attack. It is believed the victim was walking east in the curb lane of eastbound Memorial Drive, between the Bridgeland and Zoo LRT stations, when at 8:37 a.m., a Volkswagen Jetta pulled over. The victim got inside the vehicle, police said in a release.The victim was pushed or fell from the vehicle about 4.4 kilometres later, at Memorial Drive and 36th Street S.E.Police and EMS were called to the scene around 8:50 a.m. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Police are now asking anyone who was travelling on Memorial Drive between Edmonton Trail and 36th Street N.E. at that time, and who may have dashcam footage, to come forward.No other information will be released at this time, police said, as the investigation is ongoing.This is Calgary's 27th homicide of the year. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 403-266-1235, the homicide tip line at 403-428-8877 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.
Striking Dominion workers have formed what the union calls a "solidarity chain" at a No Frills location in St. John's, an independently owned and operated franchise of a chain owned by Loblaw Companies Limited. Dozens of workers, standing six feet apart, are holding a yellow rope encircling the parking lot of the store on Topsail Road.The store — which, along with Shoppers Drug Mart locations, sells Loblaw products — is open for customers, and the entrance is not blocked by the striking Unifor members, but the union is asking people to buy their groceries elsewhere in a show of solidarity. Sharon Walsh, an executive with Unifor, said the action is fair and legal, calling it a "secondary picket line."She said it's necessary to bring attention to the seven-week strike. "These folks are hurting, they're hurting financially and we are doing what needs to be done to say to Loblaws, 'You need to get back to the table, you need to offer more than you've offered so far,'" she told CBC's Anthony Germain. The employees are handing out a flyer, listing the changes they are seeking from Loblaw. Tracey Murphy, a pharmacist's assistant at the Dominion in Bay Roberts, came into St. John's to attend Thursday's event. "We are all one … we are 1,400 and we are strong," she said."We are not backing down until we get what we want and we are in it for the long haul."No signs of concessions on either sideThe issues that continue to be sticking points include workers who are deemed part time but who work full-time hours, along with a demand for a wage increase. The strike began Aug. 22. All 11 Dominion stores in the province are closed, sending 1,400 workers to the picket lines. There are also no indications an agreement is near. On Sept. 1, Loblaw's Atlantic Canada vice-president, Mike Doucette, laid out the company's side, in a blunt, two-page letter. "You need to know that this strike will not result in an improved offer," Doucette wrote.He also laid out the company's side for why it won't meet worker's demands: competition is fierce, business at Dominions across Newfoundland is in decline, and the tentative agreement reached at the end of July was still on the table.Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
RCMP say a 23-year-old woman from Ontario was charged under the Health Protection Act for failing to self-isolate, after police attended several large house parties in Antigonish, N.S., over the weekend.Antigonish RCMP also charged three people at parties last weekend for failing to physically distance, according to spokesperson Cpl. Lisa Croteau.Four people were also charged under the Liquor Act and one person was charged under the Town of Antigonish municipal noise bylaw.RCMP Sgt. Andrew Joyce said the ticket for failing to self-isolate was issued on Thursday, after an investigation related to an incident on Saturday.Now, St. Francis Xavier University said it is also investigating the "event" last weekend.A spokesperson for the university, Cindy MacKenzie, said in an email that any St. FX student found to have violated the school's code of conduct will be subject to the school's disciplinary process."Recommended outcomes are a suspension of a minimum academic term, up to a maximum of a full year, depending on the specifics of each case," MacKenzie said. "We take this matter very seriously."St. FX students were required to sign a code of conduct waiver before they could attend classes during the COVID-19 pandemic.All university students returning to Nova Scotia from outside of the Atlantic bubble also had to quarantine for two weeks before classes began, but several university students across the province have been fined and one student was even expelled for failing to do so.MORE TOP STORIES
Shoppers at H&M in Stockholm will be able to watch their old jumpers be knitted in to a new sweater or scarf on the spot as the world's second-biggest fashion retailer looks for new ways to encourage its customers to recycle used garments. Finding commercially viable and green ways to recycle garments into new fabrics with no loss of quality is key to reducing the need for new fibre. "What we want to recycle is sitting in customers' wardrobes," Erik Bang at philanthropic arm H&M Foundation told Reuters.
The latest results from the citizen engagement tool Vote Compass show a majority of Saskatchewanians think the province is doing a good job handling the COVID-19 pandemic.Vote Compass' objective is to promote electoral literacy and public participation during election campaigns. The tool was designed by political scientists and asks participants questions about topics ranging from health care to education to the pandemic. According to the Vote Compass' latest results, about 74 per cent of people believe the Saskatchewan Party is doing a good or very good job handling the COVID-19 pandemic.Meanwhile, 63 per cent believe masks should be mandatory in schools.Residents were divided on how much debt the government should take on to address the pandemic. Vote Compass results show only about 38 per cent of the population think the current amount is sufficient. You can take the Vote Compass survey here. Results are not intended and should not be interpreted as voting advice. Rather, they are an entry point into a discussion of party positions on a suite of issues relevant to the elections. Vote Compass was developed by Vox Pop Labs, an independent, non-partisan group of social researchers and data scientists. Neither Vote Compass nor Vox Pop Labs are affiliated with any political organization or interest group.CBC Saskatchewan wants to tell more stories about how the pandemic is touching the province's most vulnerable and marginalized populations. How has COVID-19 affected you? Share your story using our online questionnaire.
The residents of a Mississauga, Ont., neighbourhood say they’ve been fighting a rat infestation for years and want city council to do more, including providing rebates for traps or exterminators.
The popular ride-hailing service Uber announced Thursday morning that it intends to launch its app in Halifax before the new year. The company said it is in the process of finding drivers for the Halifax area, something it needs to complete before it can launch."We're well aware that for years Haligonians have been looking for the same type of safe reliable, affordable transportation that they have experienced in Toronto, in Ottawa, in New York and thousands of cities across the world," said Matthew Price, general manager of Uber Canada. Uber uses a smartphone application that connects people looking for transportation with a driver. It puts the company in direct competition with members of the taxi industry, something that has sparked outcry in places like Toronto. Still, some people in Halifax have complained that the taxi industry in the municipality doesn't meet people's needs and there are often long delays in getting cabs at peak times. Just last month, Halifax council gave ride-hailing services like Uber the green light to operate in the municipality.Drivers wantedDrivers will need to get criminal background checks every year, and have their identities checked with the child abuse registry, in addition to having a vulnerable persons check.Drivers interested in working for Uber need to register and complete the sign-up process on the company's website.They also need to provide a medical examination report in order to receive the required Class 4 licence."Drivers is the No. 1 priority. We're working with the city at the moment to get our municipal licence to operate, but with that in place we should be good to go," said Price.He would not say how many drivers Uber needs before it can start operating, only that the more drivers it has the larger area the company can serve, and the better service it will be able to offer. Uber's app also features a one-touch emergency button that immediately connects a rider to 911. It will display on their screen identifying information about the vehicle and its exact GPS co-ordinates, which the rider can share with 911 operators.A string of taxi drivers have been charged with sexually assaulting their passengers in Halifax in recent years. Price said the emergency feature was not specially designed with Halifax in mind, and is a feature in Uber apps worldwide as part of a suite of safety features. A change in regulationsUntil now, it was unclear if Uber was interested in setting up in Halifax.At the end of September, a spokesperson for the company said Halifax's rule change to allow transportation network companies like Uber to set up was a "positive step forward," but that "regulatory change is required at the provincial level as well."Transportation Minister Lloyd Hines subsequently announced the creation of a restricted Class 4 licence for taxi and ride-hail drivers that will not require them to retake a road-and-knowledge test, although will retain other requirements such as a medical assessment.Price said provincial regulations have now been changed, allowing Uber drivers to hit the road. "We wanted as streamlined a process as possible for drivers and drivers to earn flexibly. The prior Class 4 licence, it was designed for ambulances and small bus drivers. We're confident that the right regulation is now in place."Uber has not given an exact date for when its service will launch in Halifax. MORE TOP STORIES
Steve Balog was expecting a call from Saskatchewan Party leader Scott Moe this week, but it never came."Honestly it's very disheartening, very upsetting," Balog said.Balog's mother Joanne was killed in a 1997 crash with Moe near the town of Shellbrook. Moe was given a ticket for driving without due care and attention.Moe has apologized publicly for causing the collision. On Tuesday, Moe said he has never reached out to the Balog family to apologize personally."I would offer my deepest apologies to the family, and I will be doing that, when I have the opportunity, directly," Moe told reporters Tuesday morning during an unrelated campaign event.Balog said he believed Moe. He and his brother waited for Moe's call Tuesday afternoon and evening. They checked their Facebook pages and email, but there was no message from Moe. Balog said they did the same thing again Wednesday when they woke up.But Wednesday morning, Moe revealed details of another incident. In 1994, Moe was charged with impaired driving and leaving an accident scene. Moe said he did not disclose this until now because the charges were stayed and he is innocent.Moe was convicted in a separate impaired driving incident in 1992.Following his announcement, Moe also said he's decided to wait until after the Oct. 26 election to call the Balog family."When this discussion occurs I feel it's important that it occurs in a meaningful way," Moe said. "I don't believe that the politically charged atmosphere, the politically charged environment of a campaign, is the appropriate time for this discussion to occur."Balog said he's disgusted by Moe's "flip-flopping." Balog said a man of integrity would let his victims decide the timing of an apology."I find it extremely disrespectful. I don't understand why you would say one thing one day and change your mind the next day," Balog said."I'm not sure why he hasn't reached out for 23 years. Now he's too busy to take the time to do it."Balog said he's starting to see a pattern of unethical behaviour and that Moe's responses have motivated him to look deeper into his mother's case and the other incidents. He hopes everyone will continue to ask questions.He said Moe is prioritizing political calculations over the needs of a grieving family."I just want everyone to know that none of this is really about me. It's about Joanne Balog and justice for her," Balog said.An official for the Saskatchewan Party campaign was asked for a response to Balog's comments, but declined.
Education Minister Adriana LaGrange's office said its pleased to see the Calgary Board of Education is taking the necessary steps to "address systemic issues facing the board."Back in May, LaGrange threatened to fire CBE trustees despite an independent audit finding no evidence of reckless spending. The audit was ordered after the CBE struggled to absorb a $32-million shortfall brought on by provincial budget cuts and announced it was going to have to eliminate more than 300 teaching jobs. At the time, LaGrange accused the CBE of a "reckless misuse of taxpayer dollars," saying an organization the size of the CBE should be able to find efficiencies without affecting teachers.In an emailed statement to CBC News on Wednesday, Alberta Education said it had been in regular contact with the CBE since the Grant Thorton report was released."We are pleased to see the CBE is taking steps to address the systemic issues facing their board," reads the statement from ministry spokesperson Colin Aitchison. "Progress continues to be made toward the completion of all directives within the ministerial order."The order outlined 19 directives for improvement in relation to the CBE's governance and financial oversight.Trustees were given a Nov. 30 deadline to get their "house in order" or be fired."As stewards of taxpayer funding, the CBE owes it to Calgarians and Albertans to ensure they improve their governance and financial management practices," said Aitchison."The minister's direction to the board was to do more to consider long-term operations and to focus on long-term strategies to ensure sustainability into the future. This type of long-term thinking is more important than ever as we operate in a pandemic environment."In an emailed statement, the CBE said it's committed to working with the government to ensure compliance by the deadline. "Since May, the board of trustees and administration have built a solid plan to address each directive," reads the statement. "We have shared this plan with the government and are reporting progress to them monthly. We are pleased to report that we are on track to complete all the directives on time."Despite being encouraged by Alberta Education to ask the CBE to share the plan, CBC News was not provided a copy by the board. "At this point in time, the plan and progress reports are not public documents; they have only been shared with Alberta Education staff and the minister's office," said an emailed statement from board chair Marilyn Dennis.
Two women were killed and six other people were injured in a major two-vehicle crash in Mississauga Thursday morning, Peel police say. The crash happened on McLaughlin Road South, south of Highway 407 shortly after 7 a.m. when two vehicles collided head on, police said. Four of the injured people were taken to a trauma centre for treatment, while two others were sent to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.Const. Bancroft Wright says CPR was administered to several victims, but the two women died at the scene. Police said the road reopened to traffic later Thursday.Anyone with information or dashcam video is asked to contact Peel police.
Top executives at BitMEX, one of the world's largest cryptocurrency derivatives exchanges, will step back from their roles, the company said on Thursday, a week after U.S. prosecutors filed criminal charges against them. The company said last week it would "vigorously" fight the allegations after the U.S Department of Justice charged the exchange's three founders, Arthur Hayes, Samuel Reed and Benjamin Delo with violating the federal Bank Secrecy Act. Gregory Dwyer, its first employee, was also charged.
P.E.I.'s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison said Thursday in an interview with CBC News: Compass that a COVID-19 outbreak in Moncton, N.B., could prompt changes to the Atlantic bubble, in which residents of all four Atlantic provinces are permitted to travel freely without a requirement to self-isolate. New Brunswick health officials have identified potential public exposure to COVID-19 at the Moncton Costco Optical Centre and Moncton St-Hubert restaurant, sites popular with Islanders making day trips to shop in the Moncton area.The federal COVID-19 alert app, announced as coming to P.E.I. last week, became available on the Island Thursday.While the Liberal candidate is hoping to meet voters on the doorstep during the byelection campaign in District 10, Charlottetown-Winsloe, the PCs and NDP say they will not knock on doors, to reduce the chance of coronavirus transmission. P.E.I. Sen. Percy Downe says CBC News: Compass should not have been suspended during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic and wants the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to ensure it won't happen again.Full-contact hockey will be part of the new normal on P.E.I.The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially challenging and "scary" for Island residents with intellectual and physical disabilities, says the executive director of the P.E.I. Council of People with Disabilities.Starting Thursday, travellers will no longer be screened by New Brunswick officials at the Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia borders.There have been 61 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Island, with 58 considered recovered. There have been no hospitalizations or deaths, and there is no evidence of community spread.Also in the newsFurther resourcesMore COVID-19 stories from CBC P.E.I.
The trial of the man accused of fatally shooting four Fredericton residents will continue as normal Friday after a brief pause.Earlier in the day Thursday jurors were dismissed moments after they were called in.Justice Larry Landry told the jury a Supreme Court of Canada decision rendered Wednesday "may or may not have some implication on this trial."Matthew Raymond is charged with shooting and killing four people from his apartment window on Aug. 10, 2018. He pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Fredericton constables Sara Burns and Robb Costello, and Donnie Robichaud and Bobbie-Lee Wright.Raymond, 50, has admitted to being the shooter but pleaded not guilty. His defence lawyers are arguing he was not criminally responsible for the crime on account of a mental illness.Lawyers discussed the implications of the Supreme Court decision and the trial will continue as normal with the jury on Friday at 9:30 a.m.The court has heard from 14 police officers, eight residents of the apartment complex, a firearms expert, and seven nurses who treated Raymond at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital. A resident of a neighbouring building, the owner of a coffee shop where Raymond was a regular and a paramedic have also testified.
Morgan Wallen has been dropped from performing on “Saturday Night Live” after breaking the show’s COVID-19 protocols. The country singer posted a two-plus minute video on social media Wednesday about the show’s decision. The 27-year-old Wallen said his actions were “short-sighted” and has affected his long-term goals and dreams.
BERLIN — Germany is seeing a sharp jump in new coronavirus infections, a development that is raising fears the pandemic is picking up pace in a country that so far has coped better than many of its European neighbours. The country's disease control agency, the Robert Koch Institute, on Thursday reported 4,058 new infections and 16 deaths over the past 24 hours, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 310,144, with 9,578 deaths. That death toll is one-fourth of Britain's and one-third of the confirmed virus toll in Italy. “I'm very concerned about this,” Health Minister Jens Spahn told reporters in Berlin, which has become one of the hotspots for new cases. He urged Germans to respect social distancing and hygiene measures to avoid reaching a point “where we lose control.” The head of the Robert Koch Institute, Lothar H. Wieler, echoed Spahn's concerns and warned that the daily number of new cases could rise above 10,000, as they have in several other European countries lately. Wieler called it the “prevention paradox” that complacency had grown precisely because measures taken by authorities and the public since March had led to a comparatively low death rate. Andreas Gassen, who heads Germany's National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, said the country is conducting over 1.1 million tests a week, of which only about 1.5% are positive — a far lower rate than in the spring, suggesting fewer infections are going unnoticed. Gassen also noted that Germany still has 8,500 free intensive care beds and a further 12,000 that can be mobilized within seven days, should the number of serious cases rise suddenly. Spahn played down the possibility of imposing a national lockdown, saying he preferred a regional measures. Authorities in Germany on Wednesday urged people not to travel to and from regions with over 50 new cases per 100,000 residents in the past week, which includes the cities of Bremen, Remscheid, Hagen, Hamm and parts of Berlin. ___ Follow AP’s pandemic coverage at http://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak The Associated Press
There is a garden "monster", known as the tomato hornworm. They are gigantic caterpillars that devour tomatoes and potatoes in record time. A few hornworms can strip a tomato plant of leaves entirely, killing the plant, and they will even eat the tomatoes. These beasts are so large that you can hear their jaws clicking as they eat. When threatened, the worms will click their jaws as a warning. Capable of actually biting, they are intimidating when full grown. The worms have a formidable spike at the end of their bodies that serves as a deterrent for predators, but they don't have the ability to inflict any actual injury. They blend in perfectly with tomato leaves. Amazingly, the hornworms glow brightly when illuminated in the dark with a black light. These caterpillar pupate and burrow into the ground, preferring soft dirt to make the burrowing easier. When they emerge, a gigantic moth, called the five-spotted hawk moth is their new form. These moths are one of the largest of all moth species in North America. They will live for 7-10 days but they are not equipped to eat during this stage of their life. The moths will mate and then lay eggs on tomato, potato, and eggplants so that the cycle can repeat all over again. The eggs will natch into tiny caterpillars that grow at an astonishing rate, eating constantly and molting several times as they grow.