Sunday 16 June 2024

Ukraine Peace Summit to host over 90 countries, Russia not included

CBC News has the story.

At least 90 countries are headed to Switzerland this weekend for the Ukraine Peace Summit, where world leaders will discuss ways to end Russia's war on Ukraine. Russia was not invited, but President Vladimir Putin still laid out his conditions for peace — which Ukraine has called unacceptable. Ukraine's ambassador to Canada Yuliya Kovaliv talks about what Ukraine needs to see from allies at the summit.

Trudeau has “concerns” with NSICOP report on foreign interference

Global News has the story.

In tonight’s top story: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues to be plagued by questions about alleged foreign interference by countries like China and India. Those questions come in the wake of a damning report that suggests some MPs are engaging with foreign states. As Mackenzie Gray reports, Trudeau said he has some "concerns" about the report, but is not volunteering any specifics.

In Calgary, the city has declared a local emergency as the ongoing water crisis worsens. It has been 10 days since the city reported what it’s declared as a catastrophic water main break. Now, there are signs it could be weeks before things return to normal. Adam MacVicar has the latest on the ongoing emergency.

Across the pond in London, England, Kate Middleton made her first public in nearly three months on Saturday. Middleton continues to battle a cancer diagnosis away from the public eye but displayed a united front with her family at the celebration of King Charles’ birthday. As Vanessa Wright reports, she managed to steal the show even in the face of her health issues.

Survivors of sexual assault in the military say there’s a long way to go to make Canada’s military a safe place for women to serve. On Wednesday, Ottawa’s Veterans Affairs Committee released a scathing report on how women are treated by the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs. Heidi Petracek speaks to women whose military careers were shattered by sexual assault about the accountability they say is missing.

And finally, it is do or die for the Edmonton Oilers as they face the Florida Panthers in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals. The Oilers face near impossible odds to win the cup and if they fail to win Saturday’s game on home ice, it’s all over. Jeff Semple reports on how fans are feeling.

The so-called National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP; French: Comité des parlementaires sur la sécurité nationale et le renseignement; CPSNR) is a body composed of members of the House of Commons and Senate which reviews the activities of the Government of Canada's national security and intelligence agencies. The committee also performs strategic and systematic reviews of the legislative, regulatory, policy, expenditure and administrative frameworks under which national security activities are conducted.

Formed in 2017, members of NSICOP are appointed from members of Parliament's two chambers on the advice of the prime minister after consultation with the leader of the opposition party. Members must obtain and maintain top secret security clearance. NSICOP is not a standing committee nor a special committee of Parliament. Rather, it is an agency of the executive branch, itself overseen by the Prime Minister's Office, whose membership is made up of parliamentarians, unlike similar bodies in other Five Eyes countries – such as the Senate Intelligence Committee and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the United States, the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament in the United Kingdom or the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security in Australia.

Canada: Ontario chemical plant to permanently close over benzene emissions

Global News has the story.

INEOS Styrolution says it will permanently close its industrial plant in Sarnia, Ont., following intense pressure from both the provincial and federal governments to curb toxic emissions. As Carolyn Jarvis reports, residents of the nearby Aamjiwnaang First Nation had previously said they felt sick after high levels of the cancer-causing chemical benzene were detected in the air.

The federal government has faced growing calls to reveal the names of MPs who are accused in a report from Canada's intelligence watchdog of "wittingly" providing information to a foreign state. But as David Akin explains, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says the media firestorm about the allegations are overblown, after reading the uncensored version of the report for herself.

While a motion to increase capital gains taxes for the wealthiest Canadians easily passed the House of Commons, the Conservatives voted against the measure. Mackenzie Gray explains how Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre rationalized his vote, how the Liberals and NDP could use it as political ammunition and how the polls have shifted since the 2024 federal budget was introduced.

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has approved a U.S.-backed ceasefire proposal aimed at ending the bloodshed in Gaza and securing the release of hostages taken on Oct. 7. But as Crystal Goomansingh reports, while the deal is being overwhelmingly backed internationally, Israel and Hamas have yet to agree to it.
Plus, Western Canada is mourning the deaths of a famous white grizzly bear and her two cubs, who were killed in two separate vehicle collisions on the Trans-Canada Highway near Lake Louise, Alta. Heather Yourex-West reports on how conservationists are urging for better measures to protect the rare species.

Canada: Montreal police use tear gas on Pro-Palestinian protesters at McGill

CTV News has the story.

Genevieve Beauchemin reports from McGill University where police faced off with protesters who barricaded themselves in a school building.

Canada sees drop in citizen applications from permanent residents

BBC News has the story.

Canada has been a magnet for immigrants for decades, but recently the number of permanent residents applying for citizenship has been dropping.

Thousands emigrate from India to Canada every year, with the Punjab community making up one of the country’s biggest diasporas, but some are now choosing to return to their home country.

Canada's foreign student push a mismatch for job market, data shows

CBC News has the story.

Canada's recruitment of international students has tilted strongly toward filling spots in business programs, while doing little to meet the demand for workers in health care and the skilled trades, according to a CBC News analysis of federal data.

Are there ‘traitors’ in Canada’s Parliament? Front Burner

CBC News has the story.

A new report accuses parliamentarians of aiding foreign governments to interfere in Canadian politics. Rosemary Barton walks us through the fallout.

Schools across Canada struggling with overcrowded classrooms

CBC News: The National has the story.

Schools in several Canadian cities are struggling with overcrowded classrooms and skyrocketing enrolment, but building more schools is a lengthy and complicated process.

Western Canada Wildfires

CBC News: The National has the story.

Western Canada wildfires

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May 12, 2024 | Wildfires across Western Canada prompt evacuation orders and worry officials about the season ahead. The Go Public team looks at the growing trend of banks asking customers to sign NDAs. Plus, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau on the pressures of being the prime minister’s wife. 

00:00 The National for May 12, 2024
01:00 Wildfires evacuations across Western Canada
01:51 Wildfire burning near Fort Nelson, B.C.
04:10 Wildfire power and communications outages
04:36 Fort McMurray prepares for wildfire evacuation
06:50 Russia pushes into Ukraine's Kharkiv region
07:15 Russia blames apartment blast on Ukraine
07:33 Large-scale NATO drills underway in Estonia
07:52 Israeli forces push deeper into Rafah
10:20 Canadians with family in Gaza losing hope
12:40 Gardener unearths grenade in Vancouver park
13:04 Bad weather delay Baltimore bridge cleanup
14:54 Big banks asking customers to sign NDAs
17:22 'King of B movies' Roger Corman dead at 98
18:42 Fire tears through shopping complex in Poland
19:00 ‘Blue roof’ technology helps buildings go green
21:52 Strong solar storm triggers Northern Lights
22:23 Wingsuit skydivers fly through Tower Bridge
22:35 Don McKellar's new spy series The Sympathizer
25:30 Sophie Grégoire Trudeau | The National Interview
36:51 Hindu nationalists targeting India's mosques
43:19 The Moment | Mother's Day messages

Canada: RCMP make arrests in alleged migrant smuggling ring in Ontario

Global News has the story.

Police in Cornwall, Ont., say they've broken up a human smuggling ring that moved hundreds of migrants over the border.

Most of the operation was smuggling people into the U.S. — but it also moved people from the U.S. into Canada. 

Four people are already in custody facing charges. Police are still looking for four others.

As Mike Armstrong reports, the ring is tied to the deaths of eight people from India and Romania in March of last year.

Environment Canada warns of hot summer ahead

CP24 has the story.

Environment Canada is warning this summer is going to be a particularly hot one in most parts of the country. 

For more on the agency's outlook, we're joined by Environment Canada Senior Climatologist Dave Phillips.

Canada: Toronto church housing Group of Seven artworks destroyed by fire

CTV News has the story.

Toronto Deputy Fire Chief Jim Jessop on the fire that destroyed a Toronto church that contained murals painted by the Group of Seven.

Canadian food bank system on the brink of collapse

CTV News has the story.

New poverty numbers indicate that Canada’s food bank system could be on the brink of collapsing. Heather Wright has the details.

Why are many Canadians deciding to live abroad?

CTV News has the story.

Kamil Karamil explains why data is showing some Canadians are deciding to leave over the lack of accessibility to housing and health care.

Canadian universities' growing deficits, layoffs concern unions across country

Global News has the story.

As some Canadian colleges and universities face daunting deficits and decisions on where to cut spending, a critical examination of the sector's viability is emerging.

Queen's University in Kingston, Ont., was the latest to project a staggering deficit this week. In a post on its website Wednesday, the institution said it's projecting a nearly $36-million deficit in its next operating year.

It referenced factors like an "ongoing tuition freeze for Ontario students'' and "a decrease in international student enrollment" for the figure.

As Neetu Garcha reports, the moves have unions raising questions about ongoing cuts at institutions across the country.

Canada: Man who set woman on fire on Toronto bus found not criminally responsible

CTV News has the story.

Man who set woman on fire on Toronto bus has been found not criminally responsible for her death. Sean Leathong reports.

Canada: Vancouver police say 'several' injured after seaplane collides with boat

CBC News has the story.

A number of passengers were treated for injuries and sent to hospital after a Harbour Air floatplane collided with a pleasure boat in Coal Harbour on Saturday, according to the Vancouver Police Department.

The Canadian economy does look like it's coming off a bottom: strategist

BNN Bloomberg has the story.

Karl Schamotta, chief market strategist with Corpay, joins BNN Bloomberg for a closer look at Canada's economy and offers his view on the markets.

Canada: Red Lobster asking for bankruptcy protection in Ontario court

CBC News has the story.

Days after Red Lobster filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. and announced that it would close dozens of its seafood restaurants, the chain's Canadian counterpart is in an Ontario court today seeking similar protection in Canada.

G7 sees Canada as ‘a freeloader’ for its foreign policy, says former minister

CBC News has the story.

As Justin Trudeau gets ready to meet with other world leaders, Chamber of Commerce CEO and former national defence minister Perrin Beatty says the G7 sees Canada as a country that talks a good fight ‘but we’re not prepared to carry our fair share of the burden.’ He discusses why Trudeau needs to make promising contributions to prove his commitment.

Taking Stock - Canada has dodged a recession…and should keep government spending in check

BNN Bloomberg has the story with Koshy Mathai, Canada Mission Chief, IMF.

Former Air Canada manager to turn himself in on gold heist charges, lawyer says

CBC News has the story.

The former Air Canada manager wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for his alleged role in the largest gold heist in Canadian history is preparing to turn himself in, according to his lawyer. Simran Preet Panesar is wanted on charges including theft over $5,000 in connection with the April 2023 theft of more than $20 million in gold from Toronto's Pearson International Airport.

Outgoing Flair CEO says Canada’s airline rules need to change

CBC News has the story.

Outgoing Flair CEO Stephen Jones tells The National’s Ian Hanomansing why the budget airline industry has such a tough time in Canada and what needs to change to get more competition in the skies.

Canada: Calgary water crisis could drag on for another five weeks

CTV News has the story.

Calgary's water crisis could drag on for another five weeks, meanwhile; new details emerge on sexual allegations against billionaire Frank Stronach, and Trudeau has a tense meeting with India's Modi at the G7 summit.

Saturday 18 May 2024

These space launches are planned for 2024

DW News has the story.

DW is a German public broadcast service.

2023 was one of the most exciting years for space exploration. More people were in space at the same time than ever before. The number of space tourism flights also took off, and India became the fourth country to successfully soft-land on the moon – that's to name just a few highlights. 2024 is set to be just as exciting.

Friday 17 May 2024

Dishonest to suggest Canadian capital gains tax will only impact the rich: Eric Jackson

Dishonest to suggest Canadian capital gains tax will only impact the rich: Eric Jackson

BNN Bloomberg has the story.

The new capital gains tax announced in Canada will impact investors and meme stock traders alike, says Eric Jackson, founder and president at EMJ Capital. He critiques the Liberal and Conservative governments treatment of this new tax issue.

Canada sanctions extremist Israeli settlers

CBC News has the story.

Canada has announced a sanctions package listing extremist Israeli settlers. The CBC's Karina Roman explains its significance and what the sanctions entail.

Canada: British Columbia wildfire threat

CBC News: The National - B.C. wildfire threat

May 13, 2024 - A fast-moving wildfire threatens the northern B.C. community of Fort Nelson. Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, takes the stand at his hush-money trial. Plus, Canadian swimmers dive into high-stakes Olympic trials.

00:00 The National for May 13, 2023
00:58 Fast-moving wildfire threatens Fort Nelson, B.C.
04:06 Wildfires burning in Alberta and Manitoba
04:56 Michael Cohen testifies at Trump criminal trial
08:39 Driver in 401 crash had court order not to drive
10:56 Trial begins for convoy organizer Pat King 
11:23 Protests as Israel marks Memorial Day
14:02 Investigation into clearing of Alberta campuses
14:38 Cancer death rates down, but more ER diagnoses
16:57 Operation to clear Baltimore bridge collapse
18:18 Mussel fishing boat sinks off P.E.I.
18:57 N.B. businessman Arthur Irving dead at 93
22:10 Sebastian Massabie breaks his own world record
22:35 Summer McIntosh vies for spot on Olympic team
25:31 Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki
33:36 Black charity under scrutiny for board contracts
41:48 The Moment | Wedding snake wrangler

Canadian Real Estate Association: Housing market stabilizing amid fewer sales

Global News has the story.

The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) says the country's housing market is in its most balanced position for years as inventory approaches more stable levels.

This comes as experts prepare for changes in the final six months of the year, with expectations the Bank of Canada could cut the interest rate.

Global’s Kyle Benning has the details.

USA: Crew trapped on Baltimore ship near Francis Scott Key Bridge, seven weeks after bridge collapse

CBC News has the story.

Engineers in Baltimore used explosives to clear the remains of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, bringing them one step closer to reopening a critical shipping channel. Andrew Chang explains what made the operation so delicate, why the ship and its crew have remained in place for weeks and what challenges still lie ahead.

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As a controlled explosion rocked the Dali on Monday, nearly two dozen sailors remained on board, below deck in the massive ship's hull.

The simultaneous blasts sent pieces of Baltimore's once iconic Francis Scott Key Bridge into the dark waters of Maryland's Patapsco River, seven weeks after its collapse left six people on the bridge dead and the Dali marooned.

Authorities - and the crew - hope that the demolition will mark the beginning of the end of a long process that has left the 21 men on board trapped and cut off from the world, thousands of miles from their homes.

But for now, it remains unclear when they will be able to return home.

The Dali - a 948ft (289m) container ship - was at the start of a 27-day journey from Baltimore to Sri Lanka when it struck the Francis Scott Key Bridge, sending thousands of tonnes of steel and cement into the Patapsco. It left the ship stranded under a massive expanse of shredded metal.

USA and Canada: Interesting facts about the Gordie Howe International Bridge

Here are some interesting facts you may not know about the Gordie Howe International Bridge.

CTV News has the story.

Interesting facts about the Gordie Howe bridge that you may not know. CTV Windsor’s Rich Garton tells us more.

Friday 10 May 2024

Why American Automakers Are Failing In China

CNBC has the story.

Detroit automakers like General Motors made a fortune selling cars to Chinese consumers after the Asian country opened its auto market to foreign firms in the 1980s. But the good times are over as Chinese firms have caught up with the foreign firms who once taught them the automotive trade. Top names like BYD, Geely and Great Wall are now making globally competitive products and many companies with tech backgrounds are entering the industry, too, including Li Auto, XPeng, Nio, Xiaomi, Huawei, Baidu, Tencent and Alibaba. Jeep’s joint venture already went bankrupt, and one industry analyst said he expects Ford and GM to withdraw from the country in the next five years along with other such as Hyundai, Kia and Nissan.

Canada Post considering ending daily mail delivery as financial woes continue

CTV News has the story.

Canada Post is considering ending daily mail deliveries as it faces financial difficulties. CTV's Katie Griffin reports.

There's a limit to how much Canada can lower interest rates compared to U.S.: portfolio manager

BNN Bloomberg has the story.

John O'Connell, chairman and chief executive officer, Davis Rea join BNN Bloomberg, to discuss whether Canada can lower interest rates enough and not hurt the Canadian dollar.

India condemns Canada for Sikh separatist population

CTV Your Morning has the news story.

India’s foreign affairs minister had strong words for Canada in the wake of the arrests of three Indian nationalists for the alleged murder of a Sikh separatist in B.C. last summer.

Canada News: Suspect in Nijjar killing got student visa in “days”

Global National has the story: May 8, 2024 - Suspect in Nijjar killing got student visa in “days”

Two of the men accused of killing Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Sikh activist living in B.C., came to Canada from India on study permits— with one taking just "days" to obtain. As Jeff Semple reports, the revelation has piled intense scrutiny on Canada's student visa system.

Canada: Police remove pro-Palestinian encampment at University of Calgary, clash with remaining protesters

CBC News has the story.

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Using shields, batons and flash-bang explosives, Calgary police officers forcibly removed a group of protesters Thursday night from an encampment set up on the University of Calgary campus. 'No injuries have been reported,' said a statement from the Calgary Police Service.

Canada abstains from UN assembly vote granting Palestinian territories new rights, privileges

CBC News has the story.

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

The UN General Assembly has voted by a wide margin to grant new 'rights and privileges' in support of Palestinian statehood and called on the Security Council to favourably reconsider its request to become the 194th member of the United Nations. Canada was among the countries that abstained from the vote.

Canada: Saskatchewan: Strange wreckage discovered on farmer's field - probably SpaceX

Strange wreckage discovered on farmer's field in Saskatchewan: Canada.

CTV News has the story.

A family of fifth generation farmers from Ituna, Sask. are trying to find answers after discovering several strange objects lying on their land.

Thursday 14 March 2024

Cult leader 'Queen of Canada' sets up camp in small Saskatchewan community

CTV News on Youtube has the story.

An extremist cult leader and her followers have set up camp in a small Saskatchewan community. Merella Fernandez reports.

The village of Richmound in rural Saskatchewan is turning to the province and the RCMP for help after a group of QAnon-aligned followers of the self-styled 'Queen of Canada' occupied a private building and threatened some residents and officials with public execution.

The people of Richmound are tense and anxious about members of a cult who are living at a former school in the village, according to the Saskatchewan RCMP.

But police say that despite issuing threats of public execution, the group does not pose an "imminent threat."

The group is led by Romana Didulo, who is known as a far-right QAnon conspiracy theorist but has dubbed herself the "Queen of Canada," among other titles, including the national Indigenous leader.

Western Canada: Dangerous Avalanche Conditions

CBC Vancouver has the story.

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Watch CBC Vancouver News with host Tanya Fletcher for the latest on the most important news stories happening across B.C.

Wednesday 13 March 2024

WHO declared COVID-19 global pandemic 4 years ago

CBC News on Youtube has the story.

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The severe peak of the global pandemic may be over, but the infection persists. Trauma nurse Eram Chhogala reflects on working during the pandemic and watching her dad die from COVID-19.

Southern China: Relative humidity hits 100%

South China Morning Post on Youtube has the story.

Residents in southern China found themselves grappling with extreme dampness when relative humidity climbed to 100% on March 6, according to the Guangdong Meteorological Bureau. The moisture has swept through cities in the country’s south, causing water droplets to accumulate on ceilings.

Humidity is the concentration of water vapor present in the air. Water vapor, the gaseous state of water, is generally invisible to the human eye. Humidity indicates the likelihood for precipitation, dew, or fog to be present.

Humidity depends on the temperature and pressure of the system of interest. The same amount of water vapor results in higher relative humidity in cool air than warm air. A related parameter is the dew point. The amount of water vapor needed to achieve saturation increases as the temperature increases. As the temperature of a parcel of air decreases it will eventually reach the saturation point without adding or losing water mass. The amount of water vapor contained within a parcel of air can vary significantly. For example, a parcel of air near saturation may contain 28 g of water per cubic metre of air at 30 °C (86 °F), but only 8 g of water per cubic metre of air at 8 °C (46 °F).

USA: Congress to vote on banning TikTok

Congress to vote on banning TikTok in the USA.

CBC News: The National on Youtube has the story.

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The USA House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on a bill that would effectively ban TikTok in the country. The bill calls on the Chinese parent company of TikTok to sell the social media platform, or else it would be removed from USA app stores.

Canada: Vancouver homeowner frustrated by parking stall sizes in new development

CBC Vancouver on Youtube has the story.

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Hussain Luaibi says he is frustrated by the small parking stall at his newly purchased townhome in Vancouver. Both the developer, OpenForm Properties, and the City of Vancouver say the parking stalls comply with city standards.

Canada: New high-speed rail could connect Edmonton and Calgary

This high-speed rail could connect Edmonton and Calgary

CBC News on Youtube has the story.

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Edmonton to Calgary in 45 minutes? TransPod’s high-speed rail could reach speeds up to 1,000 km/h, and construction of a seven-kilometre test track is slated to begin next year. CBC’s Min Dhariwal spoke to TransPod CEO Sebastien Gendron about the project.

Passport Canada apologizes after woman told she couldn’t use ‘Palestine’ as place of birth

CBC News on Youtube has the story.

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Mar 8, 2024 - After decades of having “Palestine” listed as her place of birth on her Canadian passport, a 90-year-old woman was mistakenly told it wouldn’t be listed on her new one. Passport Canada has apologized for the clerical error after the woman’s granddaughter Blair expressed outrage on TikTok, accusing the Canadian government of “whitewashing history.”

Canadians stranded in Haiti as violence escalates

CBC News: The National - Canadians stranded in Haiti as violence escalates

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March 10, 2024 - Nearly 3,000 Canadians are stranded in Haiti as gang violence escalates. Why some oncologists say it's time to rethink end-stage cancer treatments. Plus, slugger Joey Votto's fight to earn a spot on the Toronto Blue Jays.

00:00 The National for March 10, 2024
01:03 Canadians stranded in Haiti as violence escalates
03:50 U.S. operation to build aid port on Gaza coast
04:32 Heightened tensions in Israel ahead of Ramadan
06:59 Trump and Biden hold rallies in Georgia
09:53 Canada's mission in Afghanistan, 10 years later
12:56 B.C. agrees to meeting on safer-supply drugs
15:07 Winter storm knocks out power in Quebec
15:29 Newfoundland digs out after snowstorm
15:44 Drought forces prairie ranchers to sell livestock
18:42 Big wins and best moments at the 96th Oscars
22:42 Kate Middleton photo manipulation concern
23:06 Joey Votto at training camp with the Jays
25:31 The Breakdown starts now
26:07 Rethinking end-stage cancer treatments
34:59 Entrepreneur explains why local radio isn't dead
43:58 #TheMoment - Plane struck by lightning

Tuesday 12 March 2024

Beer tax: Canadian government slashes increase ahead of looming deadline

Global News on Youtube has the story.

The Canadian government is reducing its national beer tax that was set to increase on April 1, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland announced Saturday.

For an additional two years, Freeland told reporters that the federal government will extend its inflation adjustment cap at two per cent for beer, spirit and wine excise duties.

The alcohol excise tax, sometimes known as the “beer tax,” was planned to go up by 4.7 per cent on April 1 this year. 

Global's Sean O'Shea reports.

Monday 11 March 2024

Canada: ArriveCAN contractor banned

CTV National News: ArriveCAN contractor banned

CTV News on Youtube has the story.

Mike Le Couteur reports on what we know about Ottawa suspending the largest contractor who worked on the ArriveCAN app.

Race for the Moon's water: Why go so far for something Earth isn't short of?

Sky News on Youtube has the story.

As a pioneering mission prepares for lift-off this week, the eyes of the world once more turn upwards - to the moon.

A rocket carrying NASA technology will blast off for the unexplored lunar south pole - part of an Earth-wide drive to find a crucial substance: water.

Hopefully, a greater amount of water can be found somewhere.

In 2020, data from NASA's SOFIA mission confirmed water exists in the sunlit area of the lunar surface as molecules of H2O embedded within, or perhaps sticking to the surface of, grains of lunar dust.

Observations from instruments on orbiters and probes found that the Moon's north and south poles probably contain over 1.3 trillion pounds (600 billion kilograms) of water ice.

Scientists have discovered a new and renewable source of water on the moon for future explorers in lunar samples from a Chinese mission. Water was embedded in tiny glass beads in the lunar dirt where meteorite impacts occur.

The first evidence of water in moon atmosphere came by an Indian device Chandra's Altitudinal Composition (CHACE) that was mounted on Moon Impact probe released from Chandrayaan -1.

So-called "Lunar Water" is water that is present on the Moon. Diffuse water molecules in low concentrations can persist at the Moon's sunlit surface, as discovered by the SOFIA observatory (an 80/20 joint project of NASA and the German Aerospace Centre, DLR) in 2020. Gradually, water vapor is decomposed by sunlight, leaving hydrogen and oxygen lost to outer space. Scientists have found water ice in the cold, permanently shadowed craters at the Moon's poles. Water molecules are also present in the extremely thin lunar atmosphere.

NASA's Ice-Mining Experiment-1 (set to launch on the PRIME-1 mission no earlier than late 2024) is intended to answer whether or not water ice is present in usable quantities in the southern polar region.

Water (H2O) and the related hydroxyl group (-OH) exist in forms chemically bonded as hydrates and hydroxides to lunar minerals (rather than free water), and evidence strongly suggests that this is the case in low concentrations as for much of the Moon's surface.

Inconclusive evidence of "free water ice" at the lunar poles had accumulated during the second half of the 20th century from a variety of observations suggesting the presence of bound hydrogen.

On 18 August 1976, the Soviet Luna 24 probe landed at Mare Crisium, took samples from the depths of 118, 143, and 184 cm of the lunar regolith, and returned them to Earth. In February 1978, laboratory analysis of these samples showed that they contained 0.1% (1,000 ppm) water by mass. Spectral measurements certainly showed minima near 3, 5, and 6 µm, distinctive valence-vibration bands for water molecules, with intensities two or three times larger than the noise level.

On 24 September 2009, the Indian Space Research Organisation's Chandra's Altitudinal Composition Explorer (CHACE) and NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) spectrometer on board the Chandrayaan-1 probe had detected absorption features near 2.8–3.0 μm on the surface of the Moon. On 14 November 2008, Chandrayaan-1 released the Moon Impact Probe to impact the Shackleton crater, which helped confirm the presence of water ice. For silicate bodies, such features are typically attributed to hydroxyl- and/or water-bearing materials. In August 2018, NASA confirmed that M3 showed water ice is present on the surface at the Moon poles. Water in concentrations of 100 to 412 parts per million (0.01%-.042%) was confirmed to be on the sunlit surface of the Moon by the SOFIA observatory on October 26, 2020.

Water may have been delivered to the Moon over geological timescales by the regular bombardment of water-bearing comets, asteroids, and meteoroids or continuously produced in situ by the hydrogen ions (protons) of the solar wind impacting oxygen-bearing minerals.

The search for a greater presence of lunar water continues. Water would be very useful for long-term lunar habitation.

Saturday 2 March 2024

China Plans Many Launches to the Moon In 2024

The Space Race Channel on Youtube has the video.

See Why China Is About To Take Over The Moon In 2024!

The so-called Chinese Lunar Exploration Program (CLEP; Chinese: 中国探月; pinyin: Zhōngguó Tànyuè), also known as the Chang'e Project (Chinese: 嫦娥工程; pinyin: Cháng'é Gōngchéng) after the Chinese Moon goddess Chang'e, is an ongoing series of robotic Moon missions by the China National Space Administration (CNSA). The important program encompasses lunar orbiters (spacecrafts designed to go into orbit), landers, rovers and sample return spacecraft, launched using the Long March series of rockets. A human lunar landing component may have been added to the program, after China indeed publicly announced crewed lunar landing plans by the year 2030 during a conference in July 2023.

The program's launches and flights are monitored by a telemetry, tracking, and command (TT&C) system, which uses 50-meter (160-foot) radio antennas in Beijing and 40-meter (130-foot) antennas in Kunming, Shanghai, and Ürümqi to form a 3,000-kilometer (1,900-mile) VLBI antenna. A proprietary ground application system is responsible for downlink data reception.

Ouyang Ziyuan, a geologist, chemical cosmologist, and the program's chief scientist, was among the first to advocate the exploitation not only of known lunar reserves of metals such as titanium, but also of helium-3, an ideal fuel for future nuclear fusion power plants. Ye Peijian serves as the program's chief commander and chief designer. Scientist Sun Jiadong is the program's general designer and Sun Zezhou is deputy general designer. The leading program manager is Luan Enjie.

The first spacecraft of the program, the Chang'e 1 lunar orbiter, was launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center on 24 October 2007, having been delayed from the initial planned date of 17–19 April 2007. A second orbiter, Chang'e 2, was launched on 1 October 2010. Chang'e 3, which includes a lander and rover, was launched on 1 December 2013 and successfully soft-landed on the Moon on 14 December 2013. Chang'e 4, which includes a lander and rover, was launched on 7 December 2018 and landed on 3 January 2019 in the South Pole-Aitken Basin, on the far side of the Moon. A sample return mission, Chang'e 5, which launched on 23 November 2020 and returned on 16 December in the same year, brought 1,731 g (61.1 oz) of lunar samples back to Earth.

As indicated by the official insignia, the shape of a calligraphic nascent lunar crescent with two human footprints at its center reminiscent of the Chinese character 月, the Chinese character for "Moon", the ultimate objective of the program is to pave the way for a crewed mission to the Moon. China National Space Administration head Zhang Kejian had announced that China is planning to build a scientific research station on the Moon's south pole "within the next 10 years," (2019–2029).

On 12 July 2023, at the 9th China (International) Commercial Aerospace Forum in Wuhan, Hubei province, Zhang Hailian, a deputy chief designer with the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA), publicly introduced a preliminary plan to land two astronauts on the Moon by the year 2030.

China Manned Space Agency (Chinese: 中国载人航天工程办公室) is an agency of the People's Republic of China responsible for the administration of China Manned Space Program, the Chinese human spaceflight program. The agency is under the Equipment Development Department of the Central Military Commission.

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Thursday 22 February 2024

How Norway Built An EV Utopia While The USA is Struggling To Go Electric

See How Norway Built An EV Utopia While The USA is Struggling To Go Electric - CNBC Documentary.

CNBC on Youtube has the story.

Norway boasts the highest electric vehicle adoption rate in the world. 82% of new car sales were EVs in Norway in 2023. In comparison, 7.6% of new car sales were electric in the USA last year, according to Kelley Blue Book estimates. The Norwegian government started incentivizing the purchase of EVs back in the 1990s, but it wasn’t until Tesla and other EV models became available about ten years ago that sales really started to take off. Norway’s capital, Oslo, is also electrifying its ferries, buses, semi trucks and even construction equipment. Gas pumps and parking meters are being replaced by chargers. It’s an electric utopia of the future. CNBC flew across the globe to meet with experts, government officials and locals to find out how the Scandinavian country pulled off such a high EV adoption rate.

A so-called electric vehicle (EV) is a vehicle that uses one or more electric motors for propulsion. It can be powered by a collector system, with electricity from extravehicular sources, or it can be powered autonomously by a battery (sometimes charged by solar panels, or by converting fuel to electricity using a generator (often known as a hybrid) or fuel cells. EVs include but are not limited to road and rail vehicles, and broadly can also include electric boat and underwater vessels (submersibles, and technically also diesel- and turbo-electric submarines), electric aircraft and electric spacecraft.

Electric road vehicles surely include electric passenger cars, electric buses, electric trucks and personal transporters such as electric buggy, electric tricycles, electric bicycles and electric motorcycles/scooters. Together with other emerging automotive technologies such as autonomous driving, connected vehicles and shared mobility, EVs form a future vision of transportation called Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electric (CASE) mobility.

Early electric vehicles first came into existence in the late 19th century, when the Second Industrial Revolution brought forth electrification. Using electricity was among the preferred methods for motor vehicle propulsion as it provides a level of quietness, comfort and ease of operation that could not be achieved by the gasoline engine cars of the time, but range anxiety due to the limited energy storage offered by contemporary battery technologies hindered any mass adoption of private electric vehicles throughout the 20th century. Internal combustion engines (both gasoline and diesel engines) were the dominant propulsion mechanisms for cars and trucks for about 100 years, but electricity-powered locomotion remained commonplace in other vehicle types, such as overhead line-powered mass transit vehicles like electric trains, trams, monorails and trolley buses, as well as various small, low-speed, short-range battery-powered personal vehicles such as mobility scooters. Hybrid electric vehicles, where electric motors are used as a supplementary propulsion to internal combustion engines, became more widespread in the late 1990s. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, where electric motors can be used as the predominant propulsion rather than a supplement, did not see any mass production until the late 2000s, and battery electric cars did not indeed become practical options for the consumer market until the 2010s.

Government incentives to increase technology adoption were indeed first introduced by Norway in 1990, followed by larger markets in the 2000s, including in the United States and the European Union, leading to a growing market for vehicles in the 2010s. Increasing public interest and awareness and structural incentives, such as those being built into the green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, are expected to greatly increase the electric vehicle market. During the COVID-19 pandemic, lockdowns reduced the number of greenhouse gases in gasoline or diesel vehicles. The International Energy Agency has stated that governments should do more to meet climate goals, including policies for heavy electric vehicles. A total of 14% of all new cars sold were electric in 2022, up from 9% in 2021 and less than 5% in 2020. Electric vehicle sales may increase from 1% of the global share in 2016 to more than 35% by 2030. As of July 2022 the global EV market size was $280 billion and was expected to grow to $1 trillion by 2026. Much of this growth is expected in markets like North America, Europe, and China; a 2020 literature review suggested that growth in the use of four-wheeled electric vehicles appears economically unlikely in developing economies, but growth in electric two-wheeler and three-wheeler is likely. At more than 20%, two/three-wheelers are already the most electrified road transport segment today, and are projected to continue being the largest EV fleet among all transport modes. Bloomberg reports that in 2023, 292,423,403 bicycles and tricycles sold, representing 49% of the total market. The same report noted that 666,479 buses were sold, with 38% of the market (these are higher priced vehicles, so actual numbers are lower than the percentage of sales), 26,583,856 passenger cars at 14% of sales, and 965,442 vans and trucks with 3% of sales.

Electric vehicles exist around the world, such as:
- Electric car, a Mercedes-Benz EQS
- Electric aircraft, the Solar Impulse 2, which circumnavigated the globe
- Electric tram, a Wiener Linien ULF-B in Vienna, Austria
- Battery electric bus, a BYD bus in Landskrona, Sweden
- E-bike in Manhattan, New York City
- Electric truck, Class 8, a Tesla Semi in Rocklin, California
- Electric cart, an Italcar Attiva C2S.4
- Electric boat, the Tûranor PlanetSolar, the first solar-powered boat to circumnavigate the whole world

Wednesday 21 February 2024

Why Monster Beverage Has The Best-Performing Stock In Over 30 Years

CNBC has the story.

It may come as a surprise that Monster Beverage Corporation, which sells Monster Energy drink, is the best-performing USA stock in 30 years, even over tech giants such as Google, Apple, Nvidia and Microsoft. The company has been run by South African billionaires Hilton Schlosberg and Rodney Sacks since they acquired Hansen Natural in 1990. Monster, followed by main competitor Red Bull, is the leader in the $21 billion energy drink industry. Watch the video above to learn how an unassuming company came to have such wild success by focusing on marketing to audiences of sports such as UFC, MotoGP, Formula 1 and Nascar.

Canada giving Ukraine over 800 drones worth $95 million

CBC News has the story.

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

Canada will donate more than 800 drones, valued at $95 million, to help the war effort in Ukraine, Minister of National Defence Bill Blair announced Monday. The funding for the new drones comes from the $500-million military aid package announced by the government in June 2023. Ihor Michalchyshyn, the CEO and executive director of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress discusses the new donation.

'Freedom Convoy' returns to Ottawa to mark 2nd anniversary

CBC News has the story.

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

Protesters have gathered in Ottawa this weekend to mark the second anniversary of the 'Freedom Convoy.' This comes after a court ruling in January that found Ottawa's use of the Emergencies Act to clear convoy protesters in early 2022 unreasonable.

Canadian consumers call for shrinkflation regulation

CBC News: The National has the story.

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

Consumers and advocates upset about shrinkflation — when companies shrink the size of packaging instead of increasing the price — say Canada should follow a growing number of countries that are forcing companies to tell consumers when it happens.

Canadian minister visiting Rafah warns of 'catastrophic' humanitarian situation

CBC News has the story.

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

International Development Minister Ahmed Hussen, who was at the Rafah border Tuesday, says there's an urgent need for aid delivery to avoid a 'very catastrophic' situation.

Canada: How a flesh-rotting ‘zombie drug’ is complicating the overdose crisis

CBC News: The National has the story.

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

Warning: Video contains distressing images : A menacing new additive is turning up in fentanyl and threatening to make Canada’s overdose crisis worse. CBC’s Ellen Mauro breaks down the risks of xylazine, better known as tranq.

More than 6 million Canadians don’t have a family doctor, report finds

CBC News has the story.

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

Canadian Medical Association president Dr. Kathleen Ross discusses the lack of family doctors nationwide and the consequences of not addressing the shortage. 'The health of Canadians really rests on the health of our primary care system,' Ross says.

Is Canada failing to meet its pledge to NATO?

CTV News has the story.

Panelists discuss the pressure on Canada to complete NATO defence spending targets and what it will mean for its relationships with allies.

Electric vehicles are becoming easier to find in Canada, but not easier to afford

CBC News: The National has the story.

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

Electric vehicles are becoming easier to find at Canadian auto dealers, but they are still more expensive than most gas-powered vehicles. EV experts encourage drivers to consider fuel savings and provincial incentives as they mull over their next car purchase.

Canadian military accepting less than 1% of permanent residents who apply

CBC News has the story.

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

The Canadian Armed Forces has received more than 21,000 applications from permanent residents eager to join the chronically understaffed military full time, but less than 100 of them have made it into the regular forces in the year since they were allowed to sign up.

Tuesday 20 February 2024

Canadian inflation slows to 2.9% in January, down from 3.4%

CBC News has the story.

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

Canada's annual inflation rate slowed to 2.9 per cent in January, mostly due to a deceleration in the price of gas, according to data from Statistics Canada. The inflation rate was 3.4 per cent in December.

Canada: Here are some changes to expect when filing your 2023 taxes

CBC News: The National has the story.

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

Feb. 19 is the first day you can file your taxes online and there are some key changes that will affect the tax filings of many people in Canada --  especially those who work from home.

Rent in Canada hits another record high in January

CBC News has the story.

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

The average asking price for rent in Canada reached $2,196 in January, a 10 per cent increase from this time last year. Thomas Davidoff, director of the UBC Centre for Urban Economics and Real Estate, discusses his thoughts on the rising rents across the country.

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Ex-Ontario nuclear plant worker charged in secretive leak case

Global National: Feb. 20, 2024
Ex-Ontario nuclear plant worker charged in secretive leak case

Air Canada found liable for chatbot’s bad advice on plane tickets

CBC Vancouver has the story.

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

Air Canada has been found liable for a chatbot's bad advice on plane tickets. The airline claimed that the chatbot was responsible for its own actions. However, as Jason Proctor reports, the B.C. The Civil Resolution Tribunal didn't buy that argument, and has ordered Air Canada to compensate a passenger.

Thursday 8 February 2024

This Is The World's First LIQUID Robot

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AsapSCIENCE on Youtube has the story.

These liquid robots are truly mind-blowing and fascinating.

The Magnetic Slime Robot is interesting. A magnetic slime robot is a self-healing soft robot made up of polyvinyl alcohol, borax and neodymium magnet particles. It was co-created by professor Li Zhang of Chinese University of Hong Kong. It is really a non-Newtonian fluid that behaves like a liquid or solid depending on force, having "visco-elastic properties". The robot is developed by and could be deployed inside the human body to perform tasks such as retrieving objects out of it. Contrary to its name, it currently does not have a robot in it, and is only controlled by magnets. It can reach speeds of 30 millimeters per second.

Properties of the so-called robot are interesting. It is in the form of a blob of slime. It is said to be able to make C and O shapes with its body, and these robots could navigate passages as small as 1.5 millimeters. Its self-healing properties make it able to connect with other separate parts of itself to make a whole. It is made of neodymium magnet particles, which make the slime magnetic, and allow the slime to stretch when being attracted to metal.

The robot has various hypothetical uses for the future, such as in health care. It is believed that this kind of magnetic robot could extract unhealthy objects ingested by humans, and possibly traverse out of the body with the ingested object with it, and scientists state that the slime is capable of "transporting harmful things". The robot could be used to be deployed into the human body to retrieve objects that were possibly accidentally ingested. Zhang states that the slime can prevent toxic electrolytes from leaking out by performing encapsulation, and create a kind of coating around the object that is leaking.

Despite the possible health benefits this "robot" can provide, it is currently toxic to ingest for humans, and will leak out toxic neodymium particles into the body. Researchers coated the slime robot in silicon dioxide to make a protective layer in the belief that it will prevent the slime from having neodymium leak into human insides. Zhang states that the safety of the slime being in the human body is dependent on the time duration it stays inside.

Electrical properties of the robot are interesting. The magnetic slime robot is shown and told to be able to conduct electricity, and to pull wires together. Scientists state that the robotic slime is capable of "circuit switching and repair."

Tuesday 16 January 2024

How the USA election could impact Canada and the world

CBC News has the story.

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

Americans head to the polls on Nov. 5 this year. What might the result mean for Canada and the world? Laura Dawson, executive director at Future Borders Coalition, and David McNaughton, president of Palantir Technologies Canada and former Canadian ambassador to the United States, discuss the possibilities.

Canada: As fixed-rate mortgage rates decline, experts caution against longer-term mortgages

Global News has the story.

Canadians aiming to purchase a home this year have a lot of decisions to juggle, and those looking to secure or renew mortgage agreements have seen rates on some longer-term products drop.

For the first time in months, some five-year fixed rates are sitting around the five per cent mark.

But as fixed-rate mortgage rates start to come down, some brokers are warning against locking-in longer-term mortgages.

Global's Kyle Benning reports.

Canadian passport ranked among the most powerful in the world: What it means for travelers?

Global News has the story.

Canadian passports have been named among the most powerful in the world in a recent report analyzing the strength of global travel documents. 

According to the report, Canadian passport holders have visa-free access to 188 countries, making it one of the most desirable passports to own. 

Kyle Benning has more details on this story.

Canada: Feds to reduce amount of international students in Canada

CTV News has the story.

Immigration Minister Marc Miller speaks about the volume of international students in Canada and how it’s contributing to the housing crisis.

Canada: Edmonton's extreme cold strains Alberta's energy grid, triggers emergency alert

CBC News has the story.

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

Edmonton is in the midst of unprecedented temperatures, with the potential for three consecutive days of record-breaking cold. Mayor Amarjeet Sohi discusses the increased challenges around housing and homelessness due to the weather.

Canada: Dangerous deep freeze in Western Canada

CBC News: The National has the story.

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

A dangerous deep freeze in Western Canada pushes Alberta’s power grid to the brink as shelters overflow. An Icelandic town hit by a river of lava after the worst volcanic eruption in decades. Plus, the role an ‘affordable’ piano plays in Michael Bublé’s songwriting.

Canada: Extreme cold in Calgary makes hospital close

CityNews on Youtube shows the story.

The polar weather has prompted an emergency department unit at the Peter Lougheed Hospital to temporarily close.

Canada: Deep freeze shattering records across Canada

Global News has the story.

Canada is known to be cold, but the biting winds and bitter temperatures blanketing the west have shattered records in some areas and there’s no immediate end in sight. Winter warnings and watches cover the entire country tonight, from coast to coast. Across Eastern Canada, there are warnings, watches and travel advisories as some powerful storms move through. In the West, bone-chilling temperatures are sweeping across the Prairies and parts of B.C. making it feel anywhere from -40 to -50 with the wind chill. Catherine Urquhart has the latest from this cold snap affecting the West.

Canada: Snow cleaning costs skyrocket in Metro Vancouver

CBC Vancouver has the story.

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

Building stratas and commercial properties across Metro Vancouver are seeing rising costs for snow removal. And it's adding an even heavier financial burden for many home-owners this winter. Sohrab Sandhu looked into what's behind the sudden hike.

Canada: B.C. plunged into a deep freeze, storm expected in the East

CBC News: The National has the story.

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

B.C. is in the grips of a polar vortex that's plunging temperatures to dangerous levels, especially for the most vulnerable people. It has caught many off guard because temperatures don't usually fall so low there. Meanwhile a large snowfall is expected to blanket Ontario eastward.

Apple agrees to pay Canadians $14.4M in class-action lawsuit

CTV News has the story.

Apple has agreed to pay $14 million to settle a class action lawsuit over batteries on older phones, entitling users to at least $150.

Air Canada passenger opens cabin door, falls out of plane before YYZ takeoff

Global News has the story.

A passenger aboard an Air Canada flight from Toronto to Dubai opened a cabin door and fell to the tarmac before takeoff Monday evening, injuring themselves and causing lengthy delays.

The plane, a Boeing 777, was sitting on the tarmac at Toronto Pearson International Airport preparing for takeoff when the incident took place.

Air Canada confirmed to Global News that during the boarding of flight AC056, a passenger “who had boarded the aircraft normally,” opened a cabin door on the opposite side of the aircraft, instead of going to their seat while the aircraft was at the gate.

As a result, the passenger sustained injuries falling to the tarmac, and emergency services and authorities were called in.

Global's Sean O'Shea has the details.

Is the USA about to 'pillage' Canada's drug supply?

CBC/Radio-Canada is a Canadian public broadcast service.
CBC News has the story.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is allowing Florida to import prescription drugs from Canada in bulk, potentially saving the state $150 million annually. Andrew Chang explains how this agreement works — and whether Canada could face shortages as a result.

Saskatoon passengers landing in Orlando told they 'entered the country illegally'

CTV News has the story.

A Saskatoon-area couple travelling to Orlando last Friday is left with many unanswered questions after an unexpected delay because of a security breach by an airport employee.

Monday 15 January 2024

Japan's All Nippon Airways Flight Reports a Crack on Its Cockpit Window Mid-Air

Firstpost Channel on Youtube has the story.

Japan's All Nippon Airways Flight Reports a Crack on Its Cockpit Window Mid-Air

A domestic flight of Japan's All Nippon Airways reported a crack on its cockpit window mid-air. The Boeing 737-800 plane, carrying 59 passengers and six crew, returned to its departure airport. The flight was en route Toyama city but headed back to Sapporo. The crack was found on the outermost of four layers of windows surrounding the cockpit. This marks the second incident involving a Boeing 737. Earlier this month, cabin panel of Alaska Airlines Boeing plane fell off mid-air, forcing an emergency landing.

Iceland Volcano: Houses catch fire as volcano erupts for second time

Global News on Youtube has the story.

A volcano erupted for the second time in southwest Iceland, causing several houses to catch fire. However, the town had been evacuated earlier, and no immediate danger was posed to people.

The eruption began early on Sunday, just hours after the town was evacuated for the second time since November over fears of an imminent flare-up.

Icelandic Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir said it's a "very serious situation."

Pliosaur discovery on Jurassic Coast is 'very likely a new species'

New Scientist on Youtube has the story.

A team of fossil hunters, led by collector Steve Etches, has uncovered what is thought to be the most complete Jurassic pliosaur skull ever found.

Embedded high up on a cliff in Dorset, UK, Etches and his collaborator Chris Moore spent weeks suspended on the cliff face, digging out the fossil before winching it to safety. “This is the pinnacle, really, of the things that I've been involved with,” Etches told New Scientist. “All I want from that is more information. The science is the thing that draws me in,” he says. “What does it show you? What does it tell you?”

“It's very likely a new species,” says Judyth Sassoon, a leading expert on pliosaurs at the University of Bristol, UK.

St. Petersburg inferno: 70 thousand square meter fire spreads across 'Wildberries' warehouse

Daily Mail on Youtube has the story.

The warehouse of a large online store Wildberries is on fire in St. Petersburg. The area of the fire is 70 thousand square meters, the Russian Emergencies Ministry said

Russian media report that the damage from the fire may amount to 10-11 billion rubles.

Air traffic transcripts reveal new details of Japan plane crash

9 News Australia Channel on Youtube has the story.

Air traffic control transcripts have shown that the coast guard plane involved in a fatal crash at a Japan airport did not have clearance to be on the runway prior to the crash.

How Japan Airlines Rescued 379 People in Just Minutes

Firstpost Channel on Youtube has the story.

How Japan Airlines Rescued 379 People in Just Minutes

379 passengers and crew members were evacuated from a Japan Airlines flight before it exploded into a fireball. How did it pull off this miraculous rescue? Palki Sharma tells you why safety guidelines and following rules can save lives. 

All 379 people aboard a Japan Airlines (JAL) plane escaped the burning airliner after a collision with a Coast Guard aircraft at Tokyo's Haneda airport that killed five of six crew on the smaller aircraft on Tuesday.

Watch the Japan Airlines story. Tokyo's Haneda Airport had the airplane on Fire. Evacuation of passengers happened in World News.

Plane Passenger's Shoes Ripped Off After Door Plug Detaches

Inside Edition on Youtube has the story.

A shocking picture shows the aftermath of an Alaska Airlines passenger’s foot after a plane’s door plug detached midair. His shoes and socks were sucked off his feet. The image shows bruises on the man’s ankle. The passenger says he started dozing off on the flight when he heard a noise. All at once, his shoes and socks were gone at 15,000 feet in the air along with his cellphone. Inside Edition’s Jim Moret has more.

Sunday 14 January 2024

Japan: Newest Advanced Humanoid Female Robots

Carros Show on Youtube shows the story about Japan Humanoid Robots.

Japan continues to astonish the world with its advanced humanoid robots. The country actively develops autonomous robots to assist the elderly and enrich society with new technological solutions. Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro from Osaka University plays a pivotal role in creating incredibly lifelike androids, anticipating the future interaction between humans and machines.

Monday 1 January 2024

Japan downgrades major tsunami warning after earthquakes

BBC News on Youtube has the story.

BBC is a British public broadcast service.

Japan has downgraded its tsunami warning after a 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck the central region.

The major warning - the first in Japan since the 2011 earthquake - was issued for the Noto area. 

Tsunami warnings also remain in place for the neighbouring Niigata and Toyama prefectures.

A succession of more than 30 earthquakes have struck central Japan since about 16:00 local time (07:00 GMT), with more expected to follow.

Japan earthquakes: People urged to flee to higher ground

Sky News on Youtube has the story.

Pictures of buildings collapsing and catching fire have been shown on Japanese public television, after a series of powerful earthquakes hit Ishikawa and nearby areas. 

Authorities are warning that earthquakes could continue to hit the country and people need to remain vigilant over the coming days.

Strong earthquake prompts tsunami warning in Japan

DW News on Youtube has the story.

A tsunami warning is in effect for parts of Japan's west coast, following the country's most powerful earthquake for more than five years. On the other side of the Sea of Japan - Russia's far-east coast, North and South Korea are also on alert.

Some 20 strong earthquakes shook central Japan's western coast - the most intense, with a magnitude of 7-point-6, hit the Ishikawa prefecture.

Authorities have warned people along the coast to move to safety. More than 30-thousand homes are without power, and the Japanese government says no irregularities have been detected at nuclear power facilities.

Japan: 40 earthquakes M7.6, M6.1, M5.7 occurred in 2 hours! 300 km Tsunami Warning

Vulnerability Channel on Youtube has the story.
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40 earthquakes M7.6, M6.1, M5.7 occurred in Japan in 2 hours! 300 km tsunami warning

Natural disaster 1 January 2024.

Japan issues tsunami warning following a series of 21 strong earthquakes.

According to the Japanese Meteorological Agency, a sequence of 21 earthquakes with a magnitude of 4.0 or higher struck central Japan within just 90 minutes on Monday.

The strongest tremor recorded reached a magnitude of 7.6, causing widespread concern.

Earthquakes triggered tsunami warnings, prompting authorities to urge residents to move to higher ground in the affected region.

A powerful earthquake occurred in the Ishikawa Prefecture in central Japan.
Tsunami warnings were declared in Niigata, Toyama, and Ishikawa prefectures along the Sea of Japan coast.

People in these areas are advised to evacuate immediately.

Dangerous tsunami waves were possible within 300 kilometers of the earthquake's epicenter along the Japanese coast.

Discovery of Lithium in India's Jammu and Kashmir

WION on Youtube has the story.

Discovery of Lithium in India's J&K. About 5.9 million tonnes of Lithium deposits found in J&K. The discovery makes India 7th largest Lithium resource-rich country.

How much does 1 ton of lithium cost?

In 2022, the average price of battery-grade lithium carbonate was estimated at 37,000 USA dollars per metric ton.

As of September 2023, lithium carbonate prices were assessed at USD 29,000 per metric ton. In the third quarter of 2023, in the Asia Pacific region, lithium prices experienced a decline for several reasons, including ample inventory, limited demand from downstream industries, and low import prices.

Value for a ton of pure gold (estimate) is £41,517,000.

How many kg of lithium is in a Tesla battery?

A typical EV battery has about 8 kilograms of lithium, 14 kilograms of cobalt, and 20 kilograms of manganese, although this can often be much more depending on the battery size – a Tesla Model S' battery, for example, contains around 62.6 kg (138 pounds) of lithium.

The most important use of lithium is indeed in rechargeable batteries for mobile phones, laptops, digital cameras and electric vehicles. Lithium is also used in some non-rechargeable batteries for things like heart pacemakers, toys and clocks.