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This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. ___ Author: Gregory Kopp, Professor of Civil Engineering & ImpactWX Chair of Severe Storms Engineering, Western University Many people think of a well-built house as one where the walls are strong enough to hold up the roof so it won’t fall on them. This is reinforced by children’s stories
TARTU, Estonia (AP) — With her father in tow, 13-year-old Gloria Raudjarv marched through a vaccination center inside a sports hall in Estonia’s second-largest city and up to a nurse for her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. So far, around half of Tartu's teenagers from 12 to 17 have already received their first vaccine shot, and local health officials are working to reach 70% by the time school resumes on Sept. 1. “I really want to go to school already, we have been distance learning for so l
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A resurgence of coronavirus cases in West Africa is hitting the region hard, inundating cemeteries where funeral numbers are rising and hospitals where beds are becoming scarce. Those visible shifts are also pushing a reluctant population to seek out the vaccines in larger numbers at a time when shipments of doses are arriving from multiple sources after nearly grinding to a halt in recent months. Thousands of new COVID-19 cases have been reported in the region in the past
BANGKOK (Reuters) -Small groups of students protested against Myanmar's military junta on Saturday in Mandalay and a human rights group accused the armed forces of crimes against humanity as the country approached six months since the army's takeover. Bands of university students rode motorbikes around Mandalay waving red and green flags, saying they rejected any possibility of talks with the military. The army seized power on Feb. 1 from the civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi after her ruling party won elections that the military argued were tainted by fraud.
Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah blazed to 100 metres gold on Saturday, becoming the fastest woman alive as she denied compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce a third Olympic title. In retaining her title Thompson-Herah added a sparkling flourish to a day which had seen U.S. gymnast Simone Biles withdraw from two more finals https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/gymnastics-american-simone-biles-withdraws-event-finals-vault-uneven-bars-us-2021-07-31 in Tokyo, and a listless Novak Djokovic fail to take bronze in tennis after his dream of a "Golden Slam" was dashed. Thompson-Herah led a Jamaican 100m podium sweep https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/athletics-thompson-herah-leads-jamaican-sweep-womens-100m-2021-07-31 with Shericka Jackson in third.
A group of mostly smaller countries submitted new, more ambitious climate pledges to the United Nations this week, raising pressure on big emitters including China to do the same ahead of a major U.N. climate summit in November. U.N. climate chief Patricia Espinosa said that as of Saturday the United Nations had received new pledges from 110 countries, out of the nearly 200 that signed the 2015 Paris climate accord.
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Peter Haentjens first came to Canada in 1975. That year, he was one of about 300 Belgian students who took a plane from Belgium to Ontario to work in tobacco farms. The trip was facilitated by an association called Flemmish in the World with the aim of helping Belgian-Canadian farm owners harvest their tobacco. “I had no idea what tobacco looked like. I had no idea what Canada looked like. So, it was an eye-opener.” It was a tough job, Haentjens said. He would wake up at the crack of dawn and wo
Firemen in Italy said on Saturday they were battling for a second straight day wildfires in Sicily that reached the town of Catania, forcing people to leave their homes and the local airport to temporarily shut down. The firemen said on Twitter they had been conducting 250 operations in Sicily in the past 24 hours, of which 50 were in Catania alone. The city famous for its Baroque architecture is located on the slopes of Mount Etna on the island's eastern coast.
DUBAI (Reuters) -The U.S. Navy is assisting an Israeli-managed petroleum products tanker attacked off Oman with two crew members killed, the U.S. military said on Saturday, adding the ship was most likely hit by a drone strike. Mercer Street, a Liberian-flagged, Japanese-owned vessel that was attacked on Thursday, is being escorted by the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, U.S. Central Command said in a statement. "U.S. Navy explosives experts are aboard to ensure there is no additional danger to the crew, and are prepared to support an investigation into the attack," said Central Command, which oversees American military operations in the Middle East and Central Asia.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is ending jail time for possession of small amounts of recreational marijuana, adding new requirements for doctors administering the abortion pill and restricting when police officers can use chokehold restraints, as more than 250 new laws take effect Sunday. Roadways are receiving new names. Candidates for office are newly able to take unlimited sums from political action committees. Rules are being adjusted for when judges must recuse themselves. And a new cri
Rosa Kouri was at Thetis Lake, near Victoria, B.C., with her family last week when she heard a man in the water crying for help. About six metres from shore, he was struggling to keep his wife and son afloat. "I had my four-month-old daughter and I checked to make sure she was safe with my mother and then I immediately bolted down the hill and ran down to the water," Kouri recalled to host Garth Materie on CBC's Afternoon Edition. The former Saskatoon resident, who trained as a lifeguard in the
Draft reports of an inquiry into foreign funding of alleged anti-Alberta energy activities show just a fraction of money flowing to Canadian environmental initiatives during the last 20 years was targeted at halting the extraction and transport of Alberta oil. Copies of draft reports penned by commissioner Steve Allan and forensic accounting performed by Deloitte, both of which were obtained by CBC News, say Deloitte found $1.28 billion came from outside the country to fund environmental initiat
A number of Black-led organizations will gather in Fredericton on Sunday to commemorate Canada's first official Emancipation Day. Husoni Raymond, an organizer with Black Lives Matter Fredericton, says "it's about time" the day was marked in Canada. It's been commemorated for years in many countries around the world, including his native Jamaica, where it's an annual holiday. In March, MPs in the House of Commons voted unanimously to designate Aug. 1 as Emancipation Day across Canada. The date ma
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Senate in a rare Saturday session worked on a bill that would spend $1 trillion on roads, rail lines and other infrastructure, as lawmakers from both parties sought to advance President Joe Biden's top legislative priority. The ambitious plan has the backing of Democrats and Republicans alike and has already cleared two hurdles by broad margins in the closely divided Senate. But so far lawmakers have not seen the final text of the bill, which includes about $550 billion in new spending and was still being written on Saturday.
The Yellowknife Artists Co-operative (YAC) has dreamed of a place where artists can gather, collaborate and showcase their creativity for the past 25 years. But, until now, they didn't have a space for it to become a reality. The YAC is celebrating the soft opening of its temporary home in the iconic Wildcafe Café this weekend. They're partnering with Ecology North to open a gallery during Old Town's 15th Ramble and Ride. Sofia Grogono, the co-operative's art coordinator, said it'll be more than
The speed at which we are changing Earth's climate may be the fuel driving record-smashing extreme weather events.
An 11-year-old Quebec girl who lives in the Laurentians is preparing for a more than 620-kilometre trip cycling and sailing from Mont-Tremblant to Taddousac. Koko Lee told CBC's Breakaway that she was inspired to do this because of the humpback whale that died in the port of Montreal in the spring of 2020. "The whale that came all the way to Montreal, I wanted to bring her home because she died in a place that wasn't her home. She didn't get to see her mom or get to die close to her. So I wanted
More than 500 days after New Brunswick's first case of COVID-19 was confirmed, the province enters the green phase of recovery Saturday, without any Public Health restrictions. Dr. Jennifer Russell, the province's chief medical officer of health, has warned cases will increase, but because of vaccination rates, she expects they will be less serious and result in few hospitalizations. A total of 66.7 per cent of New Brunswickers aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated, and 82 per cent had at least
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Republicans’ partisan review of the 2020 election results got off to a rocky start when their contractors broke rules for counting ballots and election experts warned the work was dangerous for democracy. When the auditors stopped the counting and returned the ballots this week, it hadn't gotten better. In the last week alone, the only audit leader with substantial election experience was locked out of the building, went on the radio to say he was quitting, then reversed c