Sunday 26 November 2023

Canadians visiting Europe will soon need a permit — not a visa

Canadians visiting Europe will soon need a permit (not a Visa).

Global News on Youtube has the story.

Canadians planning to visit Europe next year will have to pay for a travel authorization (not a visa) as the European Union looks to strengthen its border security measures.

Starting in 2024, Canadian passport holders will be required to apply online for the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) if they plan to stay in any of these 30 European countries for up to 90 days in any 180-day period.

Currently, Canadian citizens can enter Europe without any travel permit or visa and stay for up to three months. However, if their stay exceeds 90 days, a visa is required.

From next year, Canadian travellers will have to fill out a form with their personal information, travel document details, level of education and current occupation, details about the intended stay, as well as any criminal convictions.

Canada: Why bears are feeling more at home near people

Take a look at why bears are feeling more at home near people in Canada.

CBC News: The National on Youtube has the story.

CBC/Radio-Canada is a Canadian public broadcast service.

Hundreds of black bears have been destroyed in B.C. this year after wandering into populated areas in search of food. CBC’

Bears are looking for food to eat every day. They are certainly dangerous animals.

Fatal bear attacks in North America have occurred in a variety of different settings. There have been several in wilderness habitats of bears involving hikers, hunters, and campers. Brown bear (Ursus arctos, a subspecies of which is known as the grizzly bear, Ursus arctos horribilis) incidents have occurred in its native range spanning Alaska, Northern Canada, and Western Canada, and portions of the Rocky Mountains in the United States. The locations of black bear wilderness fatal attacks reflect its wider range.

Bears held captive by animal trainers, in zoos or carnivals, or kept as pets, have been responsible for several attacks. There have also been really unusual cases in which a person entered a bear's cage and was then mauled.

Bear attacks are rare in North America. These attacks are for predatory, territorial, or protective reasons. Most wilderness attacks have occurred when there were only one or two people in the vicinity.

The three most frequent species of bear attacks are: the brown bear, the black bear (Ursus americanus), and the polar bear (Ursus maritimus).

Canadian grocery chains report rise in profits as shoppers struggle amid rising costs

Global News on Youtube has the story about the Canadian economy.

Two of Canada’s biggest grocers reported a rise in sales and profits year-over-year in their latest quarterly earnings reports on Wednesday.

According to Metro and Loblaw, sales growth in their pharmacy and cosmetics divisions helped drive profits in the last quarter.

But the increase in profits comes as Canadians are increasingly frustrated with rising costs.

Ahmar Khan breaks down the numbers.

Canada: Moment a plane nearly crash-landed in Toronto

Take a look at The Moment a plane nearly crash-landed in Toronto, Canada.

CBC News: The National on Youtube has the exciting story.

CBC/Radio-Canada is a Canadian public broadcast service.

Michael Yaneff livestreamed an Air Canada flight that came dangerously close to crash-landing at Toronto's Pearson Airport on his YouTube channel. Tahmeed Rahim, who was onboard the aircraft, describes his experience from inside.

Canada: How restaurant workers are feeling the pinch of inflation

Here's how restaurant workers are feeling the pinch of inflation.

CBC News on Youtube has the story.

CBC/Radio-Canada is a Canadian public broadcast service.

With the cost of everything on the rise, you may have noticed your favourite restaurant has raised its prices - that is, if it's been able to stay open at all. CBC Edmonton’s Mark Connolly met with a local Edmonton restaurateur and some of his staff to see how food and service prices are impacting workers on the front line.

'Astronomically expensive': Canada’s rental market keeps climbing

'Astronomically expensive': Canada’s rental market keeps climbing

CTV News on Youtube has the Canadian economy story.

Vancouver remains the most expensive city to rent, but prices in some smaller Canadian cities have skyrocketed.

CTV News is Canada's most-watched news organization both locally and nationally, and has a network of national, international, and local news operations.

Canadian real estate going into hibernation, CREA numbers suggest

Canadian real estate going into hibernation, CREA numbers suggest

CBC News: The National on Youtube has the story.

CBC/Radio-Canada is a Canadian public broadcast service.

The latest numbers from the Canadian Real Estate Association show the typical winter market slowdown is happening earlier than usual.

The National is the flagship of CBC News, showcasing award-winning journalism from across Canada and around the world. Led by Chief Correspondent Adrienne Arsenault and Ian Hanomansing, our team of trusted reporters helps you make sense of the world, wherever you are.

Tuesday 21 November 2023

Why Global Rice Markets Are In Crisis Mode

CNBC on Youtube has the story.

Global supplies of rice are facing its most significant shortage in two decades, exacerbating food insecurity fears. Rice is a staple food for over half the world’s population. India’s export bans sent shockwaves through markets as some argue the country is using food as a political pawn. America’s $34 billion rice industry must compete against the same market uncertainty while managing droughts, floods and changing temperatures. Watch this video to learn more about how global rice markets influence food security, geopolitics and the livelihoods of millions of farmers.

00:00 — Introduction
01:40 — Rice farming
03:08 — Distorted markets
05:04 — Looming threats
07:47 — Policy potential

Produced Edited by: Andrea Miller
Animation: Josh Kalven
Supervising Producer: Lindsey Jacobson
Additional Footage: Getty Images, APTN, Reuters, CCTV

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Boeing 787 becomes largest passenger aircraft to land on Antarctic ice field

CTV News on Youtube has the story.

A Boeing 787 aircraft carrying researchers and supplies successfully landed in a remote part of Antarctica, becoming the largest passenger aircraft to do so, the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) said on Thursday, November 16.

India tunnel collapse: 2nd pipeline "breakthrough" allows food to be sent to trapped workers

Global News on Youtube has the story.

Rescuers in India’s Himalayas said on Monday that they have pushed through a new pipeline to deliver cooked food to 41 workers trapped for more than a week in a collapsed tunnel in the town of Uttarkashi. They said preparations were under way to start vertical drilling to pull them out.

According to authorities, the men have been stuck in the highway tunnel in Uttarakhand state since it caved in early on Nov. 12 and are safe, with access to light, oxygen, dry food, water and medicines already being sent by a smaller pipe.

"We have achieved the first breakthrough which we were trying for the past nine days,” National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation director Anshu Manish Khalko said. “Now, our next work will be to take out the drill bit from the pipe and to re-establish communication with them and figure out if there are any obstructions in between.”

Authorities said the men have been receiving nuts, puffed rice, chickpeas and other dry food through the smaller pipe, but will now also get hot food including rice, lentils, soybeans and peas. Officials have not said what caused the 4.5 kilometer tunnel to cave in, but the region is prone to landslides, earthquakes and floods.

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ChatGPT parent company OpenAI fires CEO

ChatGPT parent company OpenAI fires CEO

CBC News on Youtube has the story.

CBC/Radio-Canada is a Canadian public broadcast service.

OpenAI CEO and co-founder Sam Altman was fired by the company's board of directors. In a statement confirming the news, the board said a recent review found Altman was 'not consistently candid in his communications.' Matt Binder, a technology reporter at Mashable, reacts to what he calls shocking news.

Alaska: "Like a hurricane": Moose fight destroys women's yard

"Like a hurricane": Moose fight destroys women's yard

CTV News on Youtube has the story.

Two moose wrought havoc at a home in Homer, Alaska, getting into a bloody fight that caused significant damage to a woman’s yard and car.

The so-called animal: "moose" or "elk" is the only species in the genus Alces. The moose is the tallest and second-largest land mammal in North America, only falling short of the American buffalo in terms of mass. It is the largest and heaviest extant species of deer. Most adult male moose have distinctive broad, palmate ("open-hand shaped") antlers; most other members of the deer family have antlers with a dendritic ("twig-like") configuration. Moose typically inhabit boreal forests and temperate broadleaf and mixed forests of the Northern Hemisphere in temperate to subarctic climates. Hunting and other human activities have caused a reduction in the size of the moose's range over time. It has been reintroduced to some of its former habitats. Currently, most moose occur in Canada, Alaska, New England (with Maine having the most of the contiguous United States), New York State, Fennoscandia, the Baltic states, Poland, Kazakhstan, and Russia.

The moose food diet consists of both terrestrial and aquatic vegetation. Predators of moose include wolves, bears, humans, wolverines (rarely), and (while swimming in the ocean) orcas. Unlike most other deer species, moose do not form herds and are solitary animals, aside from calves who remain with their mother until the cow begins estrus (typically at 18 months after birth of the calf), at which point the cow chases them away. Although generally slow-moving and sedentary, moose can become aggressive, and move quickly if angered or startled. Their mating season in the autumn indeed features energetic fights between males competing for a female.

What are extant animals:

Extant describes species that DO exist. Virtually every creature you hear about on Something Wild is extant. Extinct and extant are opposites, leaving extirpation somewhere in the middle. Biologists use extirpated to describe species that no longer exist in a specific region.

Climate Show: Why China’s emissions may soon be falling

Sky News on Youtube has the story.

Tom Heap hears about the green revolution that could soon put China’s emissions in decline, and sees how Portsmouth is tackling the issue of dirty air from shipping.

So-called Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from human activities intensify the (planet earth's) greenhouse effect. This contributes to climate change. Carbon dioxide (CO2), from burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas, is one of the most important factors in causing climate change. The largest emitters are China followed by the United States. The United States has higher emissions per capita. The main producers fueling the emissions globally are large oil and gas companies. Emissions from human activities have increased atmospheric carbon dioxide by about 50% over pre-industrial levels. The growing levels of emissions have varied, but have been consistent among all greenhouse gases. Emissions in the 2010s averaged 56 billion tons a year, higher than any decade before. Indeed, total cumulative emissions from 1870 to 2017 were 425±20 GtC (1539 GtCO2) from fossil fuels and industry, and 180±60 GtC (660 GtCO2) from land use change. Land-use change, such as deforestation, caused really about 31% of cumulative emissions over 1870-2017, coal 32%, oil 25%, and gas 10%.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is really the main greenhouse gas resulting from human activities. It accounts for more than half of warming. Methane (CH4) emissions have almost the same short-term impact. Nitrous oxide (N2O) and fluorinated gases (F-gases) play a lesser role in comparison.

Electricity generation, heat and transport are major emitters; overall energy is responsible for around 73% of emissions. Deforestation and other changes in land use also emit carbon dioxide and methane. The largest source of anthropogenic methane emissions is agriculture, closely followed by gas venting and fugitive emissions from the fossil-fuel industry. The largest agricultural methane source is livestock. Agricultural soils emit nitrous oxide partly due to fertilizers. Similarly, fluorinated gases from refrigerants play an outsized role in total human emissions.

The current CO2-equivalent emission rates averaging 6.6 tonnes per person per year, are well over twice the estimated rate 2.3 tons required to stay within the 2030 Paris Agreement increase of 1.5 °C (2.7 °F) over pre-industrial levels. Annual per capita emissions in the industrialized countries are typically as much as ten times the average in developing countries.

The important carbon footprint (or greenhouse gas footprint) serves as an indicator to compare the amount of greenhouse gases emitted over the entire life cycle from the production of a good or service along the supply chain to its final consumption. Carbon accounting (or greenhouse gas accounting) is a framework of various methods to measure and track how much greenhouse gas an organization emits.

Philippines: Powerful M6.7 earthquake destroys dozens of buildings in Mindanao, the Philippines

Vulnerability Channel on Youtube has the story.

Nov 18, 2023  МИНДАНАО

Powerful M6.7 earthquake destroys dozens of buildings in Mindanao, the Philippines

Natural disaster 17 November 2023.

Powerful undersea earthquake shook the southern Philippines on Friday, causing ceilings in shopping malls to plunge to the ground as shoppers screamed.

The magnitude 6.7 quake was located 26 kilometers from Burias at the southern tip of the Philippines, the United States Geological Survey said.

Videos posted on social media showed ceilings falling at two large malls as pillars swayed and people cowered and shouted in fear. The SM City General Santos mall and Robinsons GenSan mall announced temporary closures.

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