Monday, June 06, 2016
ONTARIO LIBERALS RETHINK $1.9B CARBON TAX SCAM PROJECTION IN UNCERTAIN MARKET.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says her Liberal government might have to lower its expectations for how much money its cap-and-trade plan will bring in.The province originally expected to raise about $1.9 billion from the plan. Quebec and California, already members of the regime Ontario will join next year, only sold about 11 per cent of their emission permits last month. It was widely viewed as a disappointing showing."It's a market. We know that there will highs and lows in the market," Wynne told Chris Hall on CBC Radio's The House."It was this round that it was not as good. We just don't know what the market will be. That's our projection. If we have to revise the projection then we will."Under a cap-and-trade system, the government sets a cap on the total amount of carbon emissions allowed and issues permits to companies allowing them to burn a set amount. If they exceed that amount they must buy extra permits, either from the government or from companies that have reduced their emissions.The government promised that cap-and-trade revenue, no matter how much it is, will be spent on initiatives to cut greenhouse gases, including investments in public transit, clean technology and retrofitting homes and businesses to be more energy efficient.The province's larger climate change plan will be released "very soon," said Wynne.A published report based on a leaked draft copy said the province would phase out fossil fuels for home heating, something the premier denies."We're not banning natural gas, in fact we're expanding natural gas into rural and northern communities. There's $230 million in our last budget that is going to make that expansion. But we're going to be tackling challenges in the building sector and transportation, because that's where the greenhouse gas emissions need to be reduced," she said.'Challenging' decisions made-Wynne said electricity prices won't go up, but there "will be some small increases in some areas like home heating."The premier acknowledged that her government's stance on climate change may be bringing her down in the polls."I think we're doing some hard things. We've made some decisions that are challenging. It is a real challenge to tackle climate change. There are going to be voices, you know, from people who don't believe we should be tackling climate change, and those voice are strong and loud," she said."We need to win those people over, or more than that we need to demonstrate that this is the best interest of their families as well."Listen to CBC Radio's The House at 9 a.m. (9:30 NT) on Saturdays. Follow on Twitter @CBCTheHouse.
Fort McMurray stores going extra mile to help returning evacuees-[CBC]-June 4, 2016-YAHOONEWS
It's been a busy few days for owner Rob Rice and the rest of the crew at the Fort McMurray Home Depot.Even an air mattress in the store is contributing."We slept upstairs for seven or eight days. We were OK, though, we got a nice coffee room up there with a kitchen," Rice said. "We weren't roughing it that much but the old air mattress gets a little tiresome."Rice said his team are working 13-hour shifts. The work never really ends as the store takes phone calls all hours of the night.They have even unlocked the doors to knocking residents who desperately need something late at night.The hardworking people at the hardware store can be seen as a microcosm of the city as a whole with everyone doing whatever they can to help out.Since people started returning to Fort McMurray, stores offering any sort of appliances have been going the extra mile to make sure everyone gets what they need. Rice said the most in-demand items are fridges, but he's seen a massive increase in the sales of furnace filters and perhaps surprisingly, lawn mowers. "People got to take some pride in the yard I think, right?" Rice asked with a chuckle. A few blocks from the store, trucks filled with mattresses sit lined up in front of the Brick.The parking lot has 28 trucks forming a makeshift drive-thru to allow residents easy access to mattresses and other appliances. "As soon as we heard that there was going to be a need for refrigeration we got the wheels in motion," said Tom Wonnenberg, the store's operations director.They, much like the folks at the Home Depot, have been burning the midnight oil to help their neighbours."We were open for 24 hours for the first two days, but now it's seven to midnight for the next two weeks," he said.There are 101 people working at the store in Fort McMurray as well as 20 people in Calgary and Edmonton manning the phone.The company is bringing in about 5,000 fridges and trying to accommodate whatever is needed.The work is non-stop and intense but for Rice, Wonnenberg and others, there is nowhere else they would rather be. "It puts you in a better mood for our community to get back to work," Wonnenberg explained."And let's rebuild and get 'er going."
Fort McMurray business owners call for financial help in face of uncertain future-[CBC]-June 4, 2016-YAHOONEWS
As Fort McMurray fire captain Ryan Pitchers battled the wildfire known as "The Beast" with all his might, he wondered, as a business owner, if his downtown pet food store would still be standing afterwards."Is it going to burn down, is it going to be damaged or what's going to happen in the future?" Pitchers, a co-owner of Pet Valu, asked himself.As the fire began to retreat from the city, Pitchers spent his downtime with some friends rescuing two hedgehogs, a lizard and other animals from his store.They've since all found homes by way of a store in Stony Plain. They were sold at a discount, with the money donated to a fire relief fund for their former city.But now, Pitchers has another rescue on his hands: his business. It's the weighty task facing many Fort McMurray business owners who were already struggling in a slumping economy."It was difficult to be able to carry the business on at the time," said Pitchers who, after a day on duty, had arrived at his store to prepare for a massive clean-up planned for Saturday.Looking around, he pointed out everything that would would end up in two huge orange bins waiting outside — for the safety of people's pets, rows of bagged pet food, dog toys and cat trees would all have to go.The evacuation has already set businesses back by a month. But many, like Pitchers, still don't know when they'll be back up and running.He's urging landlords to offer rent reductions, and for the government to provide some sort of financial relief."For the fire to hit when it did, that doesn't help anything, obviously, for anybody in the city," Pitchers said."I know a lot of small business owners are having a hard time," he said.Help on the way, mayor says-At the edge of town, one of those businesses is Dunvegan Gardens.Prior to the evacuation, owner Brad Friesen was already clawing back on overtime and staff to weather the economic storm. Then, heading into his busiest season, along came the wildfire.As the flames roared closer, Friesen and his staff put out food and water. Then they opened pens and fences, freeing a dozen pigs, six sheep and 90 chickens, as well as birds and rabbits so they could eat grass, drink water at the river and make a run for it if needed."At least, if you give them a chance, you've done all you can," Friesen said.After that, his family, their pot-belly pig, Rudy, and staff fled in a four-vehicle convoy through a wall of fire burning on both sides of the road.After his return on Thursday, Friesen wandered the property checking on his animals. Most survived thanks to the care of firefighters and other staff, who even held them to relieve their stress.Friesen felt relieved, too, as he took in the fire's footprint surrounding three sides of his property, just 50 metres away.But like most of his community, he didn't escape unscathed. 15 per cent of his plants are gone. He's feeling the strain of helping 35 employees now displaced across the country.And at his store, he figures he's lost about half a million dollars in revenue, which wasn't insured.Friesen pointed out many businesses that are now struggling are the source of livelihood for other residents. He said business owners need the government's help."If they're going to do anything, do it sooner rather than later," said Friesen, pointing out bills and staff source deductions are due, but there is no money coming in.He also urged governments to hire locally as the rebuild gets underway.On Friday evening, Friesen was busy re-stocking his greenhouse with marigolds, petunias, vegetables and herbs.He said he will have a better idea of what the future holds for his business after his grand re-opening on Saturday.On Friday, Wood Buffalo mayor Melissa Blake encouraged people to shop locally, and indicated help was on the way for small business through a program recently approved by council."The elements of plan will evolve as we get to better know what the needs of our business community would be," Blake email@example.com @andreahuncar
Timing of economic rebound from Alberta wildfire hard to forecast: Poloz-[The Canadian Press]-Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press-June 4, 2016-YAHOONEWS
OTTAWA - Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says it's hard to predict when the Canadian economy will rebound from the huge Alberta wildfire that destroyed communities and forced the shut down of crucial oil operations.For Poloz, part of that calculation depends how quickly shuttered oilsands facilities go back online.The other major factor, which is tougher to get a handle on, is when evacuees return to work and the rebuilding efforts are well underway, he said."And all those kinds of things (are) very, very much up in the air," Poloz told reporters Saturday at the University of Ottawa when asked about the timing of an economic bounce back."It's a very difficult situation for people, so we're watching that with a lot of interest. And I don't want to translate that into a mechanical thing."Experts like Poloz expect the disaster to have Canada-wide economic consequences.The central bank recently predicted the fire, which erupted last month in the province's oil-producing region, will shave 1.25 percentage points off economic growth in the second quarter of 2016. However, it called its May 25 estimate a preliminary assessment.In April, the bank had predicted growth at an annual rate of 1.0 per cent for the second quarter, as measured by real gross domestic product.That means the fallout from the blaze could be severe enough to turn Canada's already-feeble growth outlook for the second quarter into a contraction.The Bank of Canada's downgrade followed similar decisions by economists at some of the big banks.On Saturday, Poloz predicted about half — or perhaps a little more than half — of the estimated loss of 1.25 percentage points would be due to lost oil output.The rest of the decline is "much more highly judgmental," said Poloz after delivering a lecture at the university that explored various implications of combining monetary and fiscal policies.The central bank also said in its May statement that it expected the economy to rebound in the third quarter, once oil production had resumed and reconstruction had begun.Poloz compared calculating the broader economic impact of the wildfire to the devastating floods that struck Southern Alberta in 2013. In that case, the rebuilding process that followed was gradual, he noted.The Bank of Canada would try to give a better sense of the impact of the wildfire next month when it releases its monetary policy report, Poloz said."By then, hopefully, the picture is clearer and we can make better guesses," he said.Experts have estimated more than one million barrels per day of crude was taken offline because of the wildfire.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has said it will take years to recover from the disaster that destroyed 2,400 homes and businesses in Fort McMurray — nearly one-tenth of the city.More than 80,000 people were forced to flee May 3 when the fire roared into Fort McMurray. Residents started returning last week to check their homes and to begin the massive clean-up.In his lecture Saturday, Poloz focused on another topic: the impact of economic policy decisions on private and public debt loads.He said private and public debt levels are closely influenced by the combination of how much the government spends and how monetary policy, such as the central bank's key interest rate, is used.Poloz said the optimal mix of monetary and fiscal approaches varies depending on the economic situation.His lecture came as many countries around the world adjust their fiscal and monetary policy mixes in the hope of boosting stagnant economic growth.The Trudeau government has shifted gears in recent months to seek deficit-fuelled growth by committing billions more dollars toward economy-enhancing investments such as infrastructure.In his lecture, Poloz said a Bank of Canada model shows the combination of more government spending and higher interest rates leads to lower private-sector debt and higher public debt.If the policy levels are reversed then private debt would climb and government debt would slide, he added.Poloz stressed that finding the right balance is complex for policy-makers since high levels of private and public debt can both create financial stability concerns in an economy.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
13 Thou shalt not kill.(Murder)(THAT INCLUDES ABORTION)
6 But whoso shall offend (HURT) one of these little ones (CHILDREN) which believe in me,(JESUS) it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.(THATS THE DEATH PENALTY FOLKS)
12 He that smiteth (MURDER)a man,(OR BABY) so that he die, shall be surely put to death.(THATS THE DEATH PENALTY PEOPLE)
Alberta woman at centre of assisted-dying debate ends her life in Vancouver-[CBC]-June 4, 2016-YAHOONEWS
An Alberta woman at the centre of a court case over her request for a physician-assisted death has died with the help of a doctor.The woman known as E-F in court documents suffered a mental condition called severe conversion disorder which had left her effectively blind, unable to eat and in constant pain.Trista Carey, the woman's lawyer, says E-F passed away peacefully earlier this week in Vancouver, surrounded by her family and good friends.Last month an Alberta Court of Queen's Bench judge allowed her an assisted death, but the federal government appealed the decision, which was later upheld by the Alberta Court of Appeal.
25 And there shall be signs in the sun,(HEATING UP-SOLAR ECLIPSES) and in the moon,(MAN ON MOON-LUNAR ECLIPSES) and in the stars;(ASTEROIDS ETC) and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear,(TORNADOES,HURRICANES,STORMS) and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:(DESTRUCTION) for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.(FROM QUAKES,NUKES ETC)
Massive rehearsal planned for Northwest mega-quake, tsunami-[Associated Press]-TERRENCE PETTY-June 3, 2016-YAHOONEWS
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Imagine a devastating earthquake and tsunami have cut off Pacific Northwest coastal communities. Phone and internet service have collapsed. Ham radio operators living on the stricken coast fire up their radios, contact emergency managers and report on the magnitude of the disaster so that no time is wasted in saving lives.This is the kind of scenario that will be rehearsed during the second week of June in a massive earthquake and tsunami readiness drill that has been developed by the U.S. government, the military, and state and local emergency managers over the past few years to test their readiness for what — when it strikes — will likely be the nation's worst natural calamity.The June 7-10 exercise is called Cascadia Rising. It is named after the Cascadia Subduction Zone — a 600-mile-long fault just off the coast that runs from Northern California to British Columbia."This is the largest exercise ever for a Cascadia break," said Lt. Col. Clayton Braun of the Washington State National Guard. Braun has been a key planner of the doomsday drill, which is being overseen by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.Federal officials say about 20,000 people will be involved in the disaster drill, representing various federal agencies, the U.S. military, state and local emergency response managers across the Pacific Northwest, Native American tribes and emergency management officials in British Columbia.One main goal of the exercise is to test how well they will work together to minimize loss of life and damages when a mega-quake rips along the Cascadia Subduction Zone and unleashes a killer tsunami.Awareness of the seismic threat looming just off the Pacific Northwest dates back to the 1980s, when researchers concluded that coastal lands long ago had been inundated by a tsunami. Research also indicated that a tsunami that was documented in Japan in January 1700 originated from the Cascadia Subduction Zone, also known as the CSZ.Research suggests that the CSZ on average produces magnitude 9.0 quakes every 500 years, but big quakes have been separated by as few as 200 years and as many as 1,000. So it is impossible to predict when the next monster quake occurs. However, tectonic stresses have been accumulating in the CSZ for more than 300 years and seismologists say it could rupture at any time.More than 8 million people live in the area that is vulnerable to the Cascadia Subduction Zone. It contains the most heavily populated areas of the Pacific Northwest, including Seattle and Portland, as well as Interstate 5, one of the nation's busiest roads.Coastal towns are especially at risk. Studies have forecast that while 1,100 people could die from a 9.0 magnitude quake, 13,500 could perish from the tsunami that would slam into the coast within 15 to 30 minutes after the shaking begins.A scenario document written in preparation for Cascadia Rising exercise states "the scale of fatalities across the coast may overwhelm the resources of local governments." Whole towns along the coast may disappear. Hospitals could either collapse or be too severely damaged to handle casualties.All across the region between the Pacific and the Cascade Range, bridges and roads could be destroyed, fuel supplies and communications disrupted, and buildings and crucial infrastructure may sink into soil that's been liquefied by the intense shaking.The region has taken steps over the last few years to better prepare for the looming calamity. Schools are being moved out of tsunami inundation zones. Money is being allocated for seismic retrofits of crucial structures. Tsunami evacuation routes to high ground have been identified.Cascadia Rising is an important part of the planning that has picked up pace over the past few years.Some of the exercise will put boots on the ground. For example, Washington State National Guardsmen will conduct a landing on Vashon Island to rehearse delivery of supplies with landing craft. About 2,300 National Guard soldiers are among the 6,000 or so exercise participants in Washington state.Another major drill rehearses how to get the Port of Tacoma back into operation after it has been devastated by a quake, using a U.S. Army Reserve pier that consists of a logistics support vessel, a barge derrick crane and a large tug.In Oregon, about 580 National Guard soldiers are among some 1,400 Cascadia Rising participants from across the state. Specialty teams will practice their roles for the disaster that will come. This includes pulling people out of a pile of rubble that simulates a collapsed building and triaging them for medical care.Much of Cascadia Rising will entail civilian agencies and the military coordinating in what will be extremely difficult conditions. Participants in the exercise will contact emergency management offices with reports of specific needs during the simulated disaster. It will be up to agencies to work together to come up with solutions.Amateur radio operators are also participating in Cascadia Rising. If internet and phone service are severed, ham operators have the ability to act as the eyes, ears and messengers for emergency officials scrambling to figure out what they need to do to save lives and prevent more damage.The region's ham radio operators are even able to establish email service for emergency management officials, using amateur radio frequencies to bridge the gaps."We can leapfrog over the outage, to where there is still internet activity," said Bruce Bjerke, Oregon section coordinator for Amateur Radio Emergency Services, a national non-governmental organization.Regional and local emergency managers are welcoming the opportunity to rehearse a Cascadia calamity."The Cascadia is relatively new to us," said Tiffany Brown, emergency manager for Clatsop County, the northernmost county on the Oregon coast. "We're behind in terms of getting ready for it."___For more information on the Cascadia Rising exercise, see this document , which contains the worst-case scenario for the day Cascadia Subduction Zone ruptures:
Seine River peaks in Paris, museums to be shut for days-[The Canadian Press]-Sylvie Corbet, The Associated Press-June 4, 2016-YAHOONEWS
PARIS - The Seine River peaked early Saturday around Paris, hitting its highest level in nearly 35 years — almost 4.5 metres (15 feet) above average — and authorities warned it could take up to ten days for the river to return to normal.And it will take at least four days before tourists in the French capital once again get a chance to view art at the world-class Louvre museum, where curators were scrambling to move 250,000 artworks upstairs, away from basement storage areas at risk of flooding.The Louvre, home to Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa," said it won't reopen until Wednesday, while the Orsay Museum, known for its impressionist art, was closed at least through the weekend. Other Paris landmarks shut down due to flooding include the national library and the Grand Palais, Paris' striking glass-and-steel topped exhibition centre.Nearly a week of heavy rain has led to serious flooding across parts of France, Germany, Romania and Belgium.The death toll from French flooding rose to four, with 24 others injured, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Saturday after a government crisis centre meeting. He didn't elaborate, but that brings the total death toll across Europe from two weeks of flooding to 18.Valls said the water level of the Seine is now decreasing "slowly but steadily" in Paris and said several ministerial meetings next week will make sure quick financial help is provided to those affected.He also urged Paris visitors and residents alike to "to observe safety precautions" since many have been walking along the Seine's overflowing banks to observe the rare phenomena.Even as the waters start to recede in Paris, transportation problems remain. Several train and subway stations were shut down in the city centre due to the flooding and Paris drivers still faced major problems due to flooded roads. The French energy company Enedis said over 17,000 homes were still without electricity Saturday in the Paris region and central France.One of the Seine's tributaries had not seen water levels this high since 1910, when the Great Flood of Paris swamped the capital.France's meteorological service said Saturday that high flood alerts remained in effect in 14 regions, mostly in central and western France, including Paris. Although the rain has tapered off in some areas, possible floods were expected over the weekend downstream along the Seine in the region of Normandy.Boats and barges docked in Paris were being carefully watched to ensure none would cast off their moorings. Nicolas Hainsohn, a boathouse resident on the Seine, said the situation was usual but added "it's just water.""We are used to this. We've seen it once or twice," he told The Associated Press. "It's tricky to dock, because you need to follow the water flow, you have to be careful, otherwise you can hit the river bank."___Mstyslav Chernov contributed to the story.
9 Fort Hood Soldiers Died in Flood, Raising Questions About Training Exercise-[Time]-Emily Schmall and Jim Vertuno/AP-June 4, 2016-YAHOONEWS
(FORT HOOD, Texas) — Nine Fort Hood soldiers who died when a rain-swollen creek swept their vehicle into rushing waters were in the right place for their intended training, according to the U.S. Army.Yet the tragedy is prompting multiple investigations into the circumstances of the deaths and how the military may handle risky training conditions in the future.The lead Army agency on safety and occupational health dispatched a team to Fort Hood on Friday to investigate the circumstances of the Thursday training exercise on the sprawling Army base.“In this case, we see that there can be something learned in the way of future prevention,” said Michael Negard, spokesman for the Army’s Combat Readiness Center.The center has previously produced reports with recommendations on how soldiers should approach inclement weather. However, Negard would not immediately release them and would not elaborate on whether the Army followed proper protocol when it continued with the training exercise, which turned deadly after days of heavy rain flooded a creek that Army officials said is not prone to flooding.Speaking Friday in Singapore, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter expressed condolences to the families of those killed at Fort Hood as well as a pilot who died Thursday when his Blue Angels fighter jet crashed near Nashville, Tennessee. He said once investigations into those deaths are complete the military will take actions designed to prevent such incidents.The Combat Readiness Center’s experts will examine the scene of the Fort Hood accident, collecting evidence on environmental, human and material factors and interviewing survivors and others involved with the fatal training. They will then compile a report and send it to the commanding unit. After 90 days, the report becomes public record.The agency’s investigation may take at least several months. Last November four soldiers at Fort Hood were killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash during a routine training exercise, an incident the agency is still investigating. It is common for investigations to take between six and nine months, Negard said.Fort Hood spokesman Tyler Broadway said that 12 Fort Hood soldiers were on Thursday’s convoy training exercise on a dirt road parallel to a paved road that the base had closed because of the risk of flooding. A rush of water overturned the 2½-ton Light Medium Tactical Vehicle. Two bodies were found in the vehicle and three others were found downstream from it hours later. The last four missing soldiers were found dead downstream Friday, said Maj. Gen. John Uberti, deputy Fort Hood commander.Three others pulled from the water were released Friday from Fort Hood’s hospital, Uberti said at a Friday evening briefing.Broadway said the decision of whether to conduct training in dangerous conditions is left to the commander’s discretion.The Army added a policy to its safety training manual in 2013 for providing water survival training, dictating that commanders identify weak swimmers and provide water survival techniques. But it wasn’t immediately clear whether the policy was followed in Thursday’s training exercise.Broadway did not respond to questions about whether the soldiers were wearing vests or packs that may have weighed them down.The dirt road near Owl Creek was not known to have been overrun with water before, according to Fort Hood spokesman Chris Haug, who added that the soldiers “regularly pass through weather conditions like this.”Personnel from the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division, the lead investigators of deaths on military installations, are also reviewing the Fort Hood deaths, although spokesman Christopher Grey said there is no evidence yet of criminal activity.“The military is inherently dangerous business and training incidents do happen,” Grey said.
16 When I shall send upon them the evil arrows of famine, which shall be for their destruction, and which I will send to destroy you: and I will increase the famine upon you, and will break your staff of bread:
5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.(A DAYS WAGES FOR A LOAF OF BREAD)
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
Eastern Ontario farmers in 'dire need' of rain as drought worsens-[CBC]-June 4, 2016-YAHOONEWS
Farmers in Eastern Ontario say they're in "dire need" of rain in the next "week to ten days," or they risk losing up to forty per cent of their crop.On Friday, the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority declared a "moderately severe" drought, and data from Environment Canada shows the Ottawa International Airport recorded the driest May since 1959.Some farmers in North Gower, about 40 kilometres south of Ottawa, said they've had to begin using irrigation systems to water their crops for the first time since 2012."We're hoping and praying we do get some rain," said Mel Foster, a co-owner of Foster Family Farm, which sells vegetables to local Loblaws and Farm Boy stores."If...the drought continues...there will be less produce available locally."Drought could cut into farmers' profits.Foster said installing irrigation systems has created "extra workload" for the farm, and will cut into its profits.Workers recently transplanted onions from the farm's greenhouse to the field, which Foster said quickly "wilted" and "bent over" because of the lack of moisture in the ground.Fellow North Gower farmer Doug McKay, said there hasn't been a time in recent memory when it was this dry, this early in the year.His cattle farm also produces hay for area horses, but he said he risks losing "forty per cent" of his crop because the hay simply isn't growing."We're in dire need of some rain...I put fertilizer on my hay field about four weeks ago and we haven't had substantial rain to actually make the fertilizer penetrate the ground."Ottawa region reaches 'critical' moment-The region has reached a "critical" moment according to Rejean Pommainville, a director with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture in Glengarry, Prescott, Russell and Stormont."In the next week to ten days… we need a certain amount of rain," said Pommainville."I would say it's very critical, especially for the new crops that's growing… their growth could be stunted because of the drought."There is some rain in the forecast, but the North Gower farmers worry it won't be enough."I'm hoping we get three or four days of rain," said Doug McKay."Not a heavy downpour where it's all just going to hit the ground, because the ground is very hard right now… and if hard rain hits the ground it's just going to run off."
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse:(CHLORES GREEN) and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword,(WEAPONS) and with hunger,(FAMINE) and with death,(INCURABLE DISEASES) and with the beasts of the earth.(ANIMAL TO HUMAN DISEASE).
Billions needed to combat Zika virus, possible vaccine by September-[Susanna Heller]-June 3, 2016-YAHOONEWS
The National Institutes of Health is “very aggressively pursuing” a potential vaccine to combat the Zika virus and hopes to have an early safety study of a vaccine by September 2016, said National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci, MD.Fauci spoke with Yahoo guest anchor Debbye Turner Bell on Friday about the importance of President Obama’s outstanding request for $1.9 billion to combat the disease.According to the CDC, there are currently 618 travel-associated cases of Zika in the continental U.S. and Hawaii. There are 162 confirmed cases of the virus in Florida, and 38 infected pregnant women in that state alone.Without federally funded aid, Florida will face in impending Zika “disaster,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott warned.The funding would be appropriated to several public health groups to combat the disease.The NIH requires funding for basic and clinical research, such as understanding the virus’s implications for pregnancy and microcephaly in the fetus, Fauci said.Fauci also said the NIH is actively pursuing the development of a vaccine for the virus, which they hope to be able to test by September 2016.According to Fauci, women are the most susceptible to the infection in their first trimester, as they may not be aware of their pregnancy in its early stages. For that reason, the NIH proposes that all women of childbearing age are vaccinated prior to becoming pregnant.The CDC would receive funds for surveillance, infection control, public health initiatives and mosquito control. He added that the CDC has sent employees to Brazil and Puerto Rico, among other South American countries where the virus is rampant, to assist in combatting it, Fauci said.The extent to which the virus has spread in Brazil has caused many to speculate about the safety of the Olympic games, as they will be held in Rio de Janeiro this August.U.S. Olympic cyclist Tejay Van Garderen withdrew from the Olympics on Thursday so as to avoid causing any complications to his wife’s pregnancy.Fauci, however, does not advise athletes to pull out of the Olympics or canceling the games altogether. Instead, he recommends reading the CDC’s guidelines to prevent infection and sexual transmission of the virus.“If you are pregnant or might be pregnant, you definitely should avoid going to an area where there is a Zika outbreak, including Brazil,” he added.Zika, like Chikungunya and Dengue, is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.Zika, however, can be sexually transmitted and has been linked to complications with pregnancies and severe fetal neurological defects, including microcephaly.An infected man can transfer the disease to a woman via unprotected sex or oral sex. There is no evidence that it has been transferred from a woman to man.Fauci urged men to refrain from unprotected sex if they believe they have been infected for six months and to use a condom. He also said that a man must use a condom while having sex with a pregnant woman for the duration of her pregnancy.If you have traveled to a country where Zika infection is prevalent but have remained asymptomatic, Fauci advises using a condom during sex for eight weeks.
Kerry warns Beijing over air defence zone for South China Sea-[Reuters]-June 4, 2016-YAHOONEWS
ULAANBAATAR (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday the United States would consider any Chinese establishment of an air defence zone over the South China Sea to be a "provocative and destabilising act".U.S. officials have expressed concern that an international court ruling expected in coming weeks on a case brought by the Philippines against China over its South China Sea claims could prompt Beijing to declare an air defence identification zone, or ADIZ, as it did over the East China Sea in 2013."We would consider an ADIZ...over portions of the South China Sea as a provocative and destabilising act which would automatically raise tensions and call into serious question China's commitment to diplomatically manage the territorial disputes of the South China Sea," Kerry said during a visit to Mongolia."So we urge China not to move unilaterally in ways that are provocative."Kerry will visit China after Mongolia.China drew condemnation from Japan and the United States when it imposed its ADIZ, in which aircraft are supposed to identify themselves to Chinese authorities, above the East China Sea.China has neither confirmed nor denied it plans such a zone for the South China Sea, saying that such a decision would be based on the threat level and that it had every right to set one up.China claims most of the South China Sea through which trillions of dollars in ship-borne trade passes every year and has been undertaking extensive reclamation and construction activities on islands and reefs it occupies.Neighbours Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.(Reporting by Yeganeh Torbati; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Paul Tait and Lincoln Feast)
North Korea 'will be punished' says France-[AFP]-June 3, 2016-YAHOONEWS
Paris (AFP) - French President Francois Hollande promised Friday to enforce tough sanctions on North Korea, which faced UN condemnation this week for its latest attempted missile launch."We will ensure that in the Security Council, of which France is a permanent member, North Korea will be punished because we will not accept even the slightest threat to the safety and peace of the region," Hollande said in Paris after talks with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye.Hollande called the North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile programmes a "threat".On Wednesday, the Security Council unanimously backed a US-drafted statement that demanded North Korea "refrain from further actions, including nuclear tests," which are in violation of UN resolutions.Council members "strongly condemned" a series of failed missile launches on Tuesday and on April 27 and 28, which are in "grave violation" of North Korea's international obligations, said the text.Park said she has asked for France's support in a continued tough stance on North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes."North Korea must understand that there are no other alternatives than renouncing its nuclear programme," she said.The Council has adopted the toughest sanctions to date on North Korea after it carried out its fourth nuclear test in January and a rocket launch that was widely seen as a disguised ballistic missile test.Among the sweeping measures is a new requirement that all countries must inspect cargo destined for and coming from North Korea, in all airports and sea ports.The resolution bans or restricts exports of coal, iron, iron ore and other minerals from North Korea, and prohibits the supply of aviation fuel including rocket fuel.
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