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City of Victoria bans single-use plastic bags

Victoria is saying goodbye to the plastic bag. On Tuesday night, councillors voted to implement a , which will take effect July 1. ban on single-use plastic shopping bags According to the city, Victoria goes through about 17 million plastic bags every year, clogging landfills and making their way to....
 

New passenger record at Kelowna’s airport

The number of passengers at Kelowna International Airport is taking off. Almost 1.9 million people went through the doors last year, setting a new record every month. “We had a wonderful year. We were up 9.3 per cent in terms of traffic growth,” Sam Samaddar, Kelowna International Airport’s director, said.

City Hall or Marriott? Residents question city of St. Anthony's overnight hotel meeting

The overnight, out-of-town setting, they say, helps minimize distractions and promotes crucial camaraderie, but it has raised some citizen concerns. At the gathering, City Council members and staff cement priorities for the coming year on everything from street projects to race and equity initiatives.

Fraud trial against former Starkey executives starts Tuesday

Fired President Jerry Ruzicka, fired human resources head Larry Miller, plus former business associates W. Jeffrey Taylor and Lawrence T. Hagen, are accused of stealing a combined $20 million from Starkey, the largest hearing aid manufacturer in the United States. They have all pleaded not guilty.

IMF sees ‘many challenges ahead’ for Sri Lanka’s reform

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Sri Lanka has “many challenges” and called for Colombo to pick up the pace of slow structural reforms in its third review of an Extended Fund Facility for the government. The agreed program will see Sri Lanka given approximately US$ 1.

Marathon County LIFE Report released, mental health ranked biggest Call to Action

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- Marathon County's latest guide to a better community, known as the LIFE Report, is out. The biennial report lists where the community stands now and where it's heading. The findings state five 'Calls to Action'; they include future workforce development, broadband access,....

Arizona Wildcats will face 'a different team' when rebuilt Ducks visit Saturday

The Oregon Ducks are coming to McKale Center on Saturday, which means it’s time for a little history lesson. Ancient history. Like, two years ago. Only one Oregon player who helped the Ducks snap the UA’s 49-game home-court winning streak on Jan. 28, 2016, remains on their roster today, and that was....

Mudslide brings economic shock to area built on tourism

The California mudslide that killed at least 18 people is causing distress miles from where the torrent of muck and boulders stopped, as a local economy that thrives on tourism and the lure of sun-soaked beaches was left reeling. On a postcard-perfect afternoon, the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company....

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in SLO County with these local events

The life of slain civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored in San Luis Obispo County with two events. A march and celebration is planned for Saturday in Paso Robles, and the San Luis Obispo County branch of the NAACP is hosting an event Monday, the federal holiday commemorating King’s birthday.

Mudslide brings economic shock to area built on tourism

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The California mudslide that killed at least 18 people is causing distress miles from where the torrent of muck and boulders stopped, as a local economy that thrives on tourism and the lure of sun-soaked beaches was left reeling.

U.S. Supreme Court steps into Washington’s long-running culvert case

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear Washington’s culvert case this year, heating up a 17-year legal battle over the state’s duty to protect and restore salmon habitat as part of its obligation to respect tribes’ treaty fishing rights. The case, Washington v. U.S. et al.

Mudslide brings economic shock to area built on tourism

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. The California mudslide that killed at least 18 people is causing distress miles from where the torrent of muck and boulders stopped, as a local economy that thrives on tourism and the lure of sun-soaked beaches was left reeling. On a postcard-perfect afternoon, the Santa....

Why are there so few female engineers?

Rewarding career. I try not to think about it on a daily basis because I'm quite busy and I'm doing interesting things, but, occasionally, I look around and see that I'm the only woman in the room full of 30 or 40 men and I do find it a bit odd. The cultural, historical connotations of engineering,....

US lifts ban on pork imports from Mexico

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) finalized a rule recognizing Mexico free of Classical Swine Fever (CSF), which will allow all states in Mexico to export pork to the United States, the agency said in a release on Friday. At the request of Mexico’s government, USDA’s Animal and....

Donald Trump partly denies, also defends vulgar immigrant comments

President Donald Trump on Friday offered a partial denial in public but privately defended his extraordinary remarks disparaging Haitians and African countries a day earlier. Trump said he was only expressing what many people think but won’t say about immigrants from economically depressed....

Not received any formal communication from Pakistan on cooperation suspension, says US

The United States today said it has not received any formal communication from Pakistan on suspension of military and intelligence cooperation, contrary to what is being asserted by top leaders in Islamabad. “We have not received any formal communication from the government of Pakistan regarding a....

Manus Island: Video purportedly shows sewage flowing down hill near new detention sites

Sri Lankan refugee Shamindan Kanapadhi said between 10 and 15 neighbouring residents had barricaded the road and were complaining about the smell of sewage and the fact it overflows onto their land. "So they're saying that the sewerage, it's smelly and there is no proper drainage system," he said.

Brother of US man killed fighting for ISIS sentenced

SAN DIEGO The brother of a San Diego man believed to be the first American citizen killed while fighting alongside the Islamic State in Syria has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on terrorism-related charges. Marchello Dsaun McCain, 35, was sentenced Friday in federal court in San Diego for....

US holiday spending surges to 12-year high, helped by tax cuts (VIDEO)

Christmas decorations are seen as people shop at Brookfield Place in Lower Manhattan in New York. ― Reuters pic CHICAGO, Jan 13 ― US holiday spending jumped 5.5 per cent ― its biggest gain since 2005 ― spurred by stronger employment, rising consumer confidence and expectations of higher wages and....

Wall Street hits new highs on earnings optimism, data (VIDEO)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, (NYSE) in New York. ― Reuters pic NEW YORK, Jan 13 ― Wall Street continued its rally yesterday with record closing highs as the fourth-quarter earnings season kicked off with solid results from banks and robust retail sales drove investor optimism about economic growth.

Reuters Video: No brakes, no wheel, no problem

. Duration: 00:57, Published 13 Jan 2018. General Motors is seeking US government approval for a fully autonomous car without a steering wheel, brake pedal or accelerator pedal. Jonah Green reports. ― Reuters.

Bigger screens, boosted performance: Standout TVs from CES 2018

Panasonic’s new 4K TVs are compatible with HDR10+. —Panasonic/AFP Relaxnews pic LAS VEGAS, Jan 13 — With spectacular designs, bigger screens, richer colours and sharper image quality, TVs once again took centre stage at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, notably driven by innovation from LG and Samsung.

Dollar at three-year low vs euro; stocks extend record run

The dollar index was down 1.23 per cent for the year, its worst performance over the first nine trading days since 2010, according to Reuters data. — Reuters pic NEW YORK, Jan 13 ― The US dollar slumped to a more than three-year low against the euro yesterday, extending recent losses on expectations....

Woman makes good in business with govt aid, Najib shares on blog

Sharifah Dun is among recipients of the Barisan Nasional government's initiatives to improve the people's livelihood. ― Screenshot from NajibRazak.com KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13 ― The story of a woman who made good in business with government aid has been uploaded on the twitter and blog of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak last night.

State argues for dismissal of Arizona schools suit

A lawsuit declaring Arizona public schools have been short-changed by a faulty state funding process should be dismissed, lawyers for the state said Friday. Attorneys representing the Legislature and the Arizona School Facilities Board argued for a dismissal before a Maricopa County Superior Court....

Critical condition Actress still alive after life support turned off

Jessica Falkholt continues to cling to life in hospital more than a day after her life support was turned off following a horrific car crash on the NSW south coast. The Home and Away actor and her younger sister Annabelle were pulled from the fiery wreckage of their car near Ulladulla on Boxing Day but her parents Lars and Vivian died at the scene....

Life at a Korean law firm, or at least my journey to it

A full-service law firm in Korea like HMP Law potentially handles any kind of legal matter that can arise: from criminal defense, through inheritances, to obtaining government licensing to build and operate a nuclear power plant. As well as lawyers (our firm has around 80), there are tax....

Trump's embrace of the North Korean model

By Emanuel Yi Pastreich Intellectuals in Beijing, including foreigners like Daniel Bell, have been promoting an approach to governance founded on meritocracy that they claim offers a viable alternative to the Western approach to development that insists on free markets and democratic elections.

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Military camps weren't filled with just soldiers. There were many people who supported them (unofficially), such as the houseboys ― teenagers who cleaned the tents, shined the boots and did whatever other chores needed to be done. For their service, they were paid between $10 and $15 a month. One of the houseboys' duties was laundry.

Mudslide brings economic shock to area built on tourism

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD and KRYSTA FAURIA Associated Press. SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - The California mudslide that killed at least 18 people is causing distress miles from where the torrent of muck and boulders stopped, as a local economy that thrives on tourism and sun-soaked beaches was left reeling.

4 Things We Really Need to Do to Fight The Global Plastic Crisis

But it's also because the Chinese government has recently imposed quality restrictions on the import of recyclable materials, in an attempt to address domestic concerns over pollution and public health. Beijing's move in effect closes down the export of recyclable plastics, paper and other materials from the world's richest countries.
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