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Things are getting nutty around my garden. Literally. The squirrels have been doing a lot of nut planting, mostly black walnuts, and I’ve joined in the game by removing excess seedlings, letting just a couple of well-placed ones remain. In the past few years, I’ve even joined the squirrels and planted some nuts myself, including chestnuts, heartnuts, pine nuts and hazelnuts. The hazelnuts (also known as filbert nuts) have been especially satisfying. And quickly so, bearing their first nuts withi
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban expanded their interim Cabinet by naming more ministers and deputies on Tuesday, but failed to appoint any women, doubling down on a hard-line course despite the international outcry that followed their initial presentation of an all-male government lineup earlier this month. The international community has said that it will judge the Taliban by their actions, and that recognition of a Taliban-led government would be linked to the treatment of women and mino
BRUSSELS (Reuters) -The European Commission said on Tuesday it would make sense for the United States to allow travel by people vaccinated with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 shots, although existing U.S. guidance already authorises those travellers. On Monday, the White House said it would lift restrictions from November that bar EU citizens, including those fully vaccinated, from traveling to the United States. "We believe the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe," Eric Mamer, a spokesperson for the EU Commission, told a news conference.
NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Tuesday criticized the British government’s decision not to recognize coronavirus vaccine certificates issued by Indian authorities, calling it a “discriminatory policy” that will impact its citizens who want to travel to that country. Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said the new rules unveiled last week, which take effect next month, could force India to “impose reciprocal measures" if it isn't resolved. The new rules require Indians visiting the U.K. to quara
A man bitten by a dog that the City of Victoria is now seeking to destroy says a friend of the animal's original owner threatened to break his legs during a random weekend encounter. Paul Fenje Jr. told a provincial court judge Monday that before spotting Richard Bonora across a street Sunday, he hadn't seen the Victoria man since his Dogo-Argentino Rottweiler cross — Bronx — attacked him last March. Fenje claimed a woman standing with Bonora in the city's downtown went out of her way to confron
SHANGHAI (Reuters) -Lured by the promise of yields approaching 12%, gifts such as Dyson air purifiers and Gucci bags, and the guarantee of China's top-selling developer, tens of thousands of investors bought wealth management products through China Evergrande Group. Now, many fear they may never get their investments back after the cash-strapped property developer recently stopped repaying some investors and set off global alarm bells over its massive debt. Some have been protesting at Evergrande offices, refusing to accept the company's plan to provide payment with discounted apartments, offices, stores and parking units, which it began to implement on Saturday.
Did we learn anything? It was the dominant question from coast to coast on election night Monday, as a campaign that began with many wondering why it was necessary ended with almost the exact results as the 2019 election. "It reflects a certain degree of ambivalence," said University of British Columbia political scientist Gerald Baier, after the Liberals were left with another minority government. Which meant, once again, that British Columbia was mostly on the sidelines, the fate of the next P
An active volcano in Spain's Canary Islands is creating rivers of lava that are swallowing homes and even swimming pools as it snakes its way to sea.
Johnson & Johnson said on Tuesday a second shot of its COVID-19 vaccine given about two months after the first increased its effectiveness to 94% in the United States against moderate to severe forms of the disease. The data will help J&J make its case to U.S. regulators for a booster shot even as the company stresses the durability of its single-shot vaccine. EU says people vaccinated with AstraZeneca shots should be able to travel to U.S.
Only months ago, India ran so short of COVID-19 vaccines that computer experts wrote software code https://www.reuters.com/world/india/high-tech-hunt-scarce-covid-19-vaccines-india-raises-fear-fairness-2021-05-05 to help people snag scarce immunisation slots and the then health minister had to constantly battle opposition criticism on social media. The minister later quit and in came a little-known but hands-on politician, Mansukh Mandaviya, who, according to a person close to him, communicates with vaccine producers on a near daily basis and tries to resolve their problems promptly. That will help the sputtering global COVAX vaccine-sharing programme, which is far behind its pledge to deliver 2 billion doses this year following supply problems and India's export curbs.
BERLIN (AP) — German police say they have solved a burglary case at a kindergarten after a storytelling gadget the suspect had swiped revealed his location. Police said Tuesday that the 44-year-old suspect had stolen various items during a break-in at a kindergarten in the western town of Halver in April. Among them were a laptop, picture books, cups and glasses, some fish sticks, pasta and a smart speaker for playing children's stories. When the man tried to download new stories onto the device
U.S. stocks ended near flat on Tuesday after a broad sell-off the day before, with worries over troubles at developer China Evergrande and caution ahead of Wednesday's Federal Reserve policy news keeping a lid on the market. Trading was choppy, with the Dow and S&P 500 erasing session gains just before the close, while the Nasdaq finished slightly higher. Shares of Walt Disney Co fell 4.2% and were the biggest drag on both the S&P 500 and Dow after Chief Executive Officer Bob Chapek said the resurgence of the Delta variant of the coronavirus was delaying production of some of its titles.
SYDNEY (Reuters) -France should not have been surprised that Australia cancelled a submarine contract, as major concerns about delays, cost overruns and suitability had been aired officially and publicly for years, Australian politicians said. Paris has recalled its ambassadors from Canberra and Washington, saying it was blindsided by Canberra's decision to build nuclear-powered submarines with the United States and Britain rather than stick with its contract for French diesel submarines. Yet as early as September 2018, an independent oversight board led by a former U.S. Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter had advised Australia to look at alternatives, and questioned whether the project was in the national interest, a 2020 public report from the country's Auditor-General shows.
A drop in coronavirus particles in Saskatoon, Prince Albert and North Battleford wastewater might be a promising sign for the upcoming COVID-19 numbers, but a scientist from the University of Saskatchewan says he is still concerned about some of the recent findings. Researchers from the University of Saskatchewan continue to monitor the wastewater from the three cities for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The Global Institute for Water Security said on its website that there has been
Métissée Franco-Ontarian artist Mique Michelle says she's had fun filming a new TV show. The shooting for the educational show, Couleurs Du Nord, developed by Lopii Productions in partnership with the French channel TFO wrapped up in Timmins last week. Michelle is the host of the show. In each episode, she travels to a different community throughout Northern Ontario working with the youth on designing and painting a mural at each location. In Timmins, Michelle and four youths went to Cedar Meado
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti/CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico (Reuters) -Angry scenes broke out at Haiti's main airport on Tuesday among migrants sent home from a squalid Texas border camp, as U.S. President Joe Biden faced mounting pressure to stop an expulsions policy the U.N. refugee chief said may be illegal. Nearly 10,000 migrants, mainly Haitian, remain in worsening conditions in the impromptu camp that sprang up under a bridge spanning the Rio Grande from the Texas town Del Rio to Mexico's Ciudad Acuna. In recent days, U.S. authorities have removed at least 4,000 people from the site for processing in detention centers.
The traffic flow on one of Nova Scotia's busiest roads is about to get a lot slower. Work on a new roundabout for Larry Uteck Boulevard in Bedford began Monday morning and will continue over the next three months. A section of Broad Street is now closed to traffic and lane reductions on Larry Uteck will slow traffic to allow crews to work on the road. Motorists all over the Halifax region are seeing lots of road construction. There are approximately 85 active road projects in the municipality. A
After a summer campaign during a continuing pandemic, much of the political landscape looks the same in the Ottawa-Gatineau area as both the Liberals and Conservatives maintain the seats they won last election — with one exception. The Liberals will send 13 MPs to the House and the Conservatives, seven. The region had 14 Liberal MPs, five Conservatives and Conservative-turned-Independent Derek Sloan when the election was called. There are five new faces among this group of 20 coming out of the 2
The town of Stratford has launched a pilot project for what it is calling an on-demand transit service. The town has partnered with T3 Transit and the Kari ride-sharing app to provide services to parts of the municipality not currently connected to transit routes — including those travelling across the Hillsborough Bridge into Charlottetown. "It's mostly Ward 3, Reeves Estates, Clearview, that area that currently isn't being served by transit," said Stratford Mayor Steve Ogden. People can book a
Rainfall warnings and special weather statements have been issued for a widespread soaking rain that could dump as much as 100 mm of rain over parts of Ontario this week.