Day: April 28, 2022

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1 in 5 reptiles threatened with extinction

More than one in five reptile species worldwide, including the fierce king cobra, are at risk of extinction, according to a new comprehensive assessment of thousands of species published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Of 10,196 reptile species analyzed, 21% were classified as endangered, critically endangered or vulnerable to extinction, including the iconic hooded snakes […]

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Family stress, lack of attachment: Booming and shrinking economies affect young people’s mental health, study finds

Growing up in an oil town, Chaise Combs witnessed the ups and downs of the industry. Almost all of his immediate family members, with the exception of his grandmother, worked in the oil and gas industry in Drayton Valley, Alberta, a town about 150 kilometers southwest of Edmonton. Combs, now 28, said his family never […]

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UN chief draws attention to horrors as he visits Ukrainian mass graves

Evidence of atrocities against Ukrainian civilians emerged on Thursday as the UN chief reviewed the destruction in towns outside kyiv that saw some of the worst horrors of the war’s first onslaught. The Russian aggression in Ukraine, which Canada’s House of Commons voted unanimously to recognize as an act of genocide, has regrouped and refocused […]

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They left everything behind in Ukraine. Strangers in Montreal help them move forward

The apartment was empty. The walls were white, the windows had no curtains, and four donated chairs were set up in the living room for people to sit on. Despite this, Valentyna Kozachenko went to her kitchen to make coffee and share donated grocery items she had just received from her new guests. Kozachenko and […]

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‘A space for me’: North Preston duo launch fitness band for black women

Shanea Sparks and Lakara Whynder wanted to see a space where black women could feel comfortable working out and see themselves reflected in the room — so they created one. In March, Sparks and Whynder started a group called Black Girl Fitness to fill a gap they noticed in the Halifax area. “There aren’t a […]

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Climate change may increase the risk of new infectious diseases

Climate change will lead to the spread of thousands of new viruses among animal species by 2070 – and this will likely increase the risk of emerging infectious diseases jumping from animals to humans, according to a new study. This is especially true for Africa and Asia, continents that have been hotspots for the spread […]

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Pierre Poilievre vows to reverse Bank of Canada’s foray into digital currency

Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre vowed on Thursday he would up the Bank of Canada’s proposal to offer a digital currency, saying this type of financial instrument should be left to the private sector. Poilievre has become a fierce critic of Canada’s central bank. He has tried to tie decades-high inflation to his COVID-era quantitative […]

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Moderna seeks US approval for COVID-19 injections for children under 6

Moderna on Thursday asked U.S. regulators to allow low doses of its COVID-19 vaccine for children under six, a long-awaited move toward potentially opening up vaccines for millions of children by summer. Frustrated families anxiously await a chance to protect the smallest children as all around them people throw away masks and other public health […]

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Beijing closes all schools on Friday to fight the spread of COVID-19

Beijing is closing all schools in the city as part of a further tightening of COVID-19 restrictions, as the Chinese capital seeks to prevent a wider outbreak. The city of 21 million has already ordered three rounds of mass testing this week, with the third coming on Friday. On Thursday, the city’s education office ordered […]

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Taiwan faces largest COVID-19 outbreak yet

Taiwan, which was living mostly without COVID-19, is now facing its worst outbreak since the pandemic began, with more than 11,000 new cases reported Thursday. Cases have been on the rise since late March. In April, the island’s central authorities announced that they would no longer maintain a “zero-COVID” policy like that of the Chinese […]

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