Central Canada – David Thompson Things http://davidthompsonthings.com/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 03:28:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://davidthompsonthings.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default.png Central Canada – David Thompson Things http://davidthompsonthings.com/ 32 32 Hurricane Ian Tracker: Updates Point the Way to Florida, North Carolina | Storm upgraded to category 3 | NOAA https://davidthompsonthings.com/hurricane-ian-tracker-updates-point-the-way-to-florida-north-carolina-storm-upgraded-to-category-3-noaa/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 02:34:19 +0000 https://davidthompsonthings.com/hurricane-ian-tracker-updates-point-the-way-to-florida-north-carolina-storm-upgraded-to-category-3-noaa/ RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — Hurricane Ian’s latest projected track shows it moving further inland before hitting North Carolina on Saturday. As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, Ian remained a Category 3 storm, but still needed to strengthen to a Category 4 before making landfall on Florida’s west coast. On Wednesday, the storm is expected to turn […]]]>

RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — Hurricane Ian’s latest projected track shows it moving further inland before hitting North Carolina on Saturday.

As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, Ian remained a Category 3 storm, but still needed to strengthen to a Category 4 before making landfall on Florida’s west coast.

On Wednesday, the storm is expected to turn slightly to the northeast and slow down.

WATCH: The strength of Hurricane Ian captured by the International Space Station

Tuesday afternoon’s latest track takes Hurricane Ian farther east, making landfall closer to Fort Myers than Tampa. The storm then crosses into Florida and possibly retreats from the state’s east coast Friday morning.

But then it swerves back toward land, making another landfall along the Georgia coastline on Friday afternoon.

On Saturday, the storm – after weakening to a post-tropical event – continues across South Carolina and North Carolina west of Charlotte.

What’s Ian going to do in North Carolina?

The details of Ian’s forecast for North Carolina are becoming clearer, but could still fluctuate depending on the storm’s final path.

However, the timing of the storm’s arrival in North Carolina has remained fairly stable.

Tropical storm-force winds could arrive in the southern part of the state Thursday evening through Friday morning. With the majority of rain and thunderstorms occurring Friday and Saturday.

Winds in excess of 30 mph are expected to persist through Saturday morning,

Changes in Ian’s trajectory could alter the forecast for your neighborhood; what happens where you live largely depends on where Ian ends up traveling to.

But overall, the storm is expected to dump between 2 and 4 inches of rain across central North Carolina.

Preparations underway in North Carolina

Raleigh and Durham officials are already predicting any impact Hurricane Ian will feel. Raleigh officials are ensuring flood-prone areas are reviewed for possible heavy rains. Meanwhile, in Durham, city leaders meet with Duke Energy to talk about their hurricane preparations.

Big Weather Hurricane Emergency Kit

How Florida is preparing and a look back at what Ian has already damaged

Hurricane Ian devastated western Cuba on Tuesday as a major hurricane, with nothing stopping it from intensifying into a catastrophic Category 4 storm before hitting Florida, where authorities ordered a 2.5 million people to evacuate before it crashes ashore on Wednesday.

Ian made landfall at 4:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday in Cuba’s Pinar del Rio province, where authorities set up 55 shelters, evacuated 50,000 people, dispatched emergency personnel and took steps to protect crops in the area. main tobacco producing region of Cuba.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said “significant wind and storm surge impacts” were occurring Tuesday morning in western Cuba. Ian’s upper sustained winds were 125 mph (205 km/h) and up to 14 feet (4.3 meters) of storm surge was forecast along the Cuban coast.

Ian was forecast to strengthen even further over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, reaching peak winds of 140 mph (225 km/h) as it approached the southwest coast of Florida. Tropical storm-force winds were expected over the southern peninsula on Tuesday evening, reaching hurricane-force strength by Wednesday morning.

“Right now, we’re focusing on west-central Florida as the primary impact area,” hurricane specialist Andy Latto told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

RELATED: Hurricane Ian could affect already strained supply chain

With tropical storm-force winds extending 185 miles from Ian’s center, damage was expected across a wide area of ​​Florida regardless of where Ian makes landfall. The hurricane center extended its storm surge warning to the Atlantic coast of the peninsula and extended its tropical storm warning from Boca Raton to Brunswick, Georgia – a distance of about 375 miles (603 kilometers).

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said about 2.5 million people were under evacuation orders. He urged people to be prepared for power outages and to get out of his way.

“When you have a five to 10 foot storm surge, that’s not something you want to be a part of,” DeSantis said Tuesday. “And Mother Nature is a very formidable adversary.”

The hurricane center expanded its hurricane warning to include Bonita Beach north across Tampa Bay to the Anclote River. Fort Myers is in the hurricane zone, and Tampa and St. Petersburg could be hit directly by a major hurricane for the first time since 1921.

“Barrier Islanders who decide not to go do so at their own peril,” Lee County County Executive Roger Desjarlais said early Tuesday. “The best thing they can do is leave.”

WATCH: Early warning for hurricane season

As Ian’s center moved through the Gulf, state media began showing scenes of destruction in the country’s famous tobacco belt. The Cubadebate website showed photos of the devastation at cigar producer Finca Robaina, where wooden and thatched roofs were smashed to the ground and floodwaters ripped through the town of San Juan y Martinez.

More than a million Cubans were without power as of Tuesday morning, including all of the western provinces of Pinar del Rio and Artemisa. No deaths have been reported.

Ian’s forward movement was expected to slow over the Gulf, allowing the hurricane to widen and strengthen before it brought winds and water violent on the west coast of Florida. Forecasters said the rise in ocean waters could reach 10 feet (3 meters) if it peaks at high tide. Rainfall could total 16 inches (41 centimeters) with up to 24 inches (61 centimeters) in isolated areas. Coastal communities could be flooded.

Up to 300,000 people could be evacuated from low-lying areas in Hillsborough County alone, county administrator Bonnie Wise said. Some of those evacuations began Monday afternoon in the most vulnerable areas, with schools and other places open as shelters.

“We must do everything we can to protect our residents. Time is running out,” Wise said.

Lee County — where Fort Myers is on Florida’s southwest Gulf Coast — also issued mandatory evacuations early Tuesday for low-lying areas, including Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel and Bonita Beach, home to about 250,000 people. , after forecasters widened the hurricane warning zone.

“With the kind of tidal surge we’re talking about, it wouldn’t be uncommon for both islands to be submerged, and that’s a dangerous place,” Desjarlais said. “We cannot by law force people to leave the islands, but we strongly recommend that they go.”

Floridians lined up for hours in Tampa to pick up sandbags and clean shelves at bottled water stores. DeSantis declared a statewide emergency and mobilized 5,000 Florida National Guard troops, with another 2,000 on standby in neighboring states.

In Key West, the airport closed on Tuesday as squalls of rain from the storm added to a royal tide to flood the streets, prompting animal rescuers to delay their exit until Ian passed. In Orlando, Disney World closed four hotels as a precaution while pushing back on any decision to close its theme parks. In the northeast corner of Florida, the US Navy said it plans to move ships and planes from its base outside Jacksonville.

Playing it safe, NASA was rolling its moon rocket from the launch pad to its hangar at Kennedy Space Center, adding weeks of delay to the test flight. Tampa and St. Petersburg airports announced their closures Tuesday afternoon.

President Joe Biden also declared an emergency, authorizing the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief and provide assistance to protect lives and property. FEMA has strategically positioned generators, millions of meals and millions of gallons of water, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

Damaging winds and flooding are expected across the peninsula as Ian moves north, reaching Georgia, South Carolina and other parts of the southeastern United States between Friday and Sunday, it said. the hurricane center.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Central Maine Power sends crews to storm-ravaged Canadian Maritimes https://davidthompsonthings.com/central-maine-power-sends-crews-to-storm-ravaged-canadian-maritimes/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 22:18:35 +0000 https://davidthompsonthings.com/central-maine-power-sends-crews-to-storm-ravaged-canadian-maritimes/ Several Central Maine Power crews left Bangor Sunday evening to help the Canadian Maritimes restore power for hundreds of thousands of people who lost power Saturday when Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Nova Scotia. CMP said in a statement that it was dispatching 16 two-person crews, including 14 bucket trucks and two digger trucks, at […]]]>

Several Central Maine Power crews left Bangor Sunday evening to help the Canadian Maritimes restore power for hundreds of thousands of people who lost power Saturday when Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Nova Scotia.

CMP said in a statement that it was dispatching 16 two-person crews, including 14 bucket trucks and two digger trucks, at the request of Nova Scotia Power. CMP also assigns 10 support staff. The storm left more than half a million Canadians without power.

“We know how difficult such conditions can be for utility workers and their customers,” Joe Purington, president of CMP, said in a statement. “It was a historic storm that hit the Atlantic coast of Canada. I think it’s important for utility companies to help their neighbors in times of crisis. »

The Canadian Hurricane Center said it recorded the lowest barometric pressure on record for a storm making landfall in eastern Nova Scotia, and wind speeds reached 100 mph.

Fiona caused extensive damage and the province reported on Sunday that more than 80% of its power customers were without power. Widespread outages were also reported in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. In some of the hardest-hit regions, outages could last for days, The Washington Post reported.

The storm battered coastal towns Saturday morning, sweeping away homes and rooftops, uprooting trees, flooding roads, downing power lines and clogging streets with debris, the Post reported. Two people were dragged into the ocean. One was rescued while the second was not found.

The CMP has an agreement with the North Atlantic Mutual Aid Group which states that all costs incurred by CMP teams helping to restore power will be covered by the aid group.


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Russia’s SWIFT alternative growing rapidly this year, central bank says https://davidthompsonthings.com/russias-swift-alternative-growing-rapidly-this-year-central-bank-says/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 15:00:02 +0000 https://davidthompsonthings.com/russias-swift-alternative-growing-rapidly-this-year-central-bank-says/ (This content was produced in Russia where the law limits coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine) By Alexandre Moelle KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) – The reach of Russia’s alternative to the international messaging system SWIFT has grown at a record pace this year, the central bank said on Friday, as Moscow steps up efforts to […]]]>

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By Alexandre Moelle

KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) – The reach of Russia’s alternative to the international messaging system SWIFT has grown at a record pace this year, the central bank said on Friday, as Moscow steps up efforts to resolve financial problems caused by penalties.

Extensive Western sanctions against many major Russian banks following Russia’s dispatch of tens of thousands of troops to Ukraine have severely limited lenders’ access to the global financial system. SWIFT supports financial transactions on a global scale.

Alla Bakina, director of the central bank’s national payment system department, said 50 new entities had joined Russia’s alternative system this year, bringing the total number to 440, of which more than 100 are non-residents.

“The financial message transfer system has seen an expansion this year as more foreign participants have joined it,” Bakina said at a banking forum in Kazan.

“More participants joined the SPFS in the first half of the year than in all previous years of the system’s existence,” she said.

The central bank does not disclose the list of countries whose institutions have joined the SPFS, Bakina said.

Some banks in Russia, including units of some foreign financial institutions barred from exiting by recent Kremlin laws, still have access to SWIFT and can process outbound payments.

More than 11,000 financial institutions in more than 200 countries and territories use SWIFT.

Sanctions have increased the use of SPFS and the issuance of Mir bank cards, Russia’s alternative to Visa and Mastercard, companies that have suspended operations in Russia and their Russian-issued cards have stopped working abroad .

Bakina said a third of all bank cards in Russia are now Mir cards.

But Mir – which means “world” or “peace” in Russian – faces headwinds abroad. Banks in so-called “friendly” countries – Turkey, Kazakhstan, Vietnam and Uzbekistan – halted Mir transactions after the latest round of US sanctions.

Washington has included the head of the National Card Payment System (NSPK) Vladimir Komlev on its sanctions list, prompting some foreign banks to withdraw their support.

Cuba, South Korea and a handful of former Soviet republics have authorized the use of Mir cards, but Komlev said on Thursday the NSPK had stopped disclosing the list of countries where the cards are accepted.

(Reporting by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Jan Harvey)

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Canada announces $1.21 billion to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria and additional support to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 – World https://davidthompsonthings.com/canada-announces-1-21-billion-to-fight-hiv-aids-tuberculosis-and-malaria-and-additional-support-to-mitigate-the-impact-of-covid-19-world/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 23:00:41 +0000 https://davidthompsonthings.com/canada-announces-1-21-billion-to-fight-hiv-aids-tuberculosis-and-malaria-and-additional-support-to-mitigate-the-impact-of-covid-19-world/ The COVID-19 pandemic has overwhelmed health systems and lockdowns have disrupted health services around the world. This has had a devastating impact on efforts to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Deaths from tuberculosis and malaria have increased and progress in reducing HIV-related deaths has stalled. We must redouble our efforts in the fight for all […]]]>

The COVID-19 pandemic has overwhelmed health systems and lockdowns have disrupted health services around the world. This has had a devastating impact on efforts to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Deaths from tuberculosis and malaria have increased and progress in reducing HIV-related deaths has stalled. We must redouble our efforts in the fight for all those we have not reached, especially vulnerable women and girls, if we are to stay on course to achieve the goal of eliminating these diseases as epidemics. by 2030.

As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just announced at the Seventh Global Fund Donor Conference, hosted by the United States in New York, Canada is committing $1.21 billion to the Global Fund to Fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The Prime Minister also announced a $100 million allocation for the Global Fund’s COVID-19 Response Facility, which helps countries mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on HIV programs. AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and launches urgent improvements in health and community systems.

AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria are devastating and deadly diseases that affect the most vulnerable and marginalized – including women and girls who are less likely to have access to life-saving treatment – yet they are widely preventable and treatable. The Global Fund is a partnership between governments, civil society, technical partners, the private sector and people affected by the diseases to support national programs for prevention, treatment and care.

The Global Fund’s commitment to a people-centred, country-driven approach has resulted in solutions that have the greatest impact. Over the past 20 years, 50 million lives have been saved through the Global Fund’s partnership and today’s contribution will help the Global Fund save 20 million more.

The work of the Global Fund and key partners like UNAIDS and the Stop TB Partnership has been instrumental in increasing access to prevention, treatment and care for AIDS, TB and malaria worldwide , and Canada will remain a steadfast partner in these efforts.

Quotation

“We are committed to leaving no one behind. The Global Fund is at the heart of the global fight against the HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria epidemics and is a key partner in advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights. Over the past 20 years, 50 million lives have been saved through the Global Fund’s partnership and today’s contribution will help the Global Fund save 20 million more. Given the scale of the needs, I encourage all partners to maintain their financial support to the Global Fund and other key partners such as UNAIDS and the Stop TB Partnership. It’s a global battle, and only together can we maximize the effectiveness of our collective investments.

– Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada

Fast facts

  • The funding commitment announced today represents a 30% increase over Canada’s last pledge. As a long-time founding partner, Canada has contributed more than $3.9 billion to the Global Fund since its inception.

  • Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada has also invested an additional $225 million in the Global Fund’s COVID-19 Response Facility to address urgent funding gaps, such as COVID testing -19, medical oxygen and support for country needs.

  • The Global Fund is Canada’s largest multilateral health investment and a critical partner in achieving Canada’s 10-year commitment to average $1.4 billion in funding each year from 2023 to support the health and rights of women, children and adolescents around the world.

  • In 2021, the rate of decline in new HIV infections has slowed. Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa have all seen rising rates of new infections.

  • After COVID-19, tuberculosis is the main deadly infectious disease. The impact of COVID-19 on TB programs has been significant: in 2020, the number of TB deaths increased for the first time in a decade.

  • A child dies of malaria almost every minute. In 2020, 241 million people contracted malaria, leading to 627,000 deaths; nearly 690,000 people died of HIV-related illnesses; and 1.75 million people were newly infected with HIV.

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Residents and businesses lash out at Edmonton’s approach to homeless camps https://davidthompsonthings.com/residents-and-businesses-lash-out-at-edmontons-approach-to-homeless-camps/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://davidthompsonthings.com/residents-and-businesses-lash-out-at-edmontons-approach-to-homeless-camps/ The city of Edmonton’s approach to dealing with homeless encampments this year is pushing social disorder into new neighborhoods and to new levels, according to business leaders and residents. The city’s encampment response teams have dismantled more than 1,370 homeless camps so far this season, a spokesperson told CBC News last week. In 2021, the […]]]>

The city of Edmonton’s approach to dealing with homeless encampments this year is pushing social disorder into new neighborhoods and to new levels, according to business leaders and residents.

The city’s encampment response teams have dismantled more than 1,370 homeless camps so far this season, a spokesperson told CBC News last week.

In 2021, the city dismantled 1,780 for the whole year.

The city said public complaints about encampments increased by 25%. In 2021, the city received 6,693 complaints and it has received 5,693 complaints so far this year.

Michael Shandro, general manager of the Best Western Plus City Center Inn on 113th Avenue and 109th Street, said every day that his employees have problems with people who are not customers.

“Every day I receive reports of verbal or physical attacks,” he said of his staff. “People who refuse to leave.

Shandro said his staff discovered people who weren’t hotel guests drinking in the hallway, and others were setting up camps along the side of the hostel.

“Before, it was like we had an incident every week or two, we would talk about it, deal with it and that was it,” he said. “My staff are getting jaded.”

The city’s encampment response team addressed a camp behind the Kingsway District Assn building on 118th Avenue last week. (Kingsway Business Improvement Area)

Ellie Sasseville, executive director of the Kingsway District Association, said she’s noticed more camps in the area, including one recently behind the 118th Avenue building.

She said they paid $700 for cleaners to haul out trash and debris left behind by campers last week and companies shouldn’t have to.

Refocus patrols

In May, city police and peacekeepers began to refocus patrols in Chinatown, downtown and Edmonton transit after two men were killed in Chinatown.

Since then, smaller camps have sprung up beyond the central core in places like Kingsway, along 107th Avenue and Whyte Avenue.

Mayor Amarjeet Sohi said he heard the concerns of business leaders and residents.

“The problems are spilling over into neighboring communities,” Sohi told CBC News.

Sohi said he hopes a fully staffed Healthy Streets operations center in Chinatown will enable hotspot policing and enforcement.

“It will also help neighboring communities, so hopefully it works,” he said. “But we know law enforcement is a band-aid solution.”

Tim Pasma, head of homeless programs at Hope Mission, also said cracking down on camps in the city center meant evicting people.

However, he believes the increased police presence in Chinatown, where there is usually a lot of social disorder, has helped make the neighborhood safer.

“There’s been a lot of crime, the community has suffered a lot, you know, from a lot of encampments,” Pasma said in an interview last week.

“We think it’s safer,” he said. “There are still a lot of problems to solve. So it’s really a band-aid solution. I think everyone knows that, but it’s at least a step in the right direction.”

Dismantling of tents

The number of people identifying as homeless has doubled since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 2,750 people lack permanent housing and nearly 1,300 people sleep outdoors or in shelters each night, according to the city and housing agency Homeward Trust.

The city developed a new encampment strategy last year, with response teams made up of social workers, police and cleanup crews from city peace officers.

Last Thursday, the city’s encampment response teams dismantled a camp of at least 20 tents at 96th Street and 106th Avenue.

Barb Laidlow, a resident who has lived across the street for 15 years, said she had complained about the social disorder more than two weeks earlier.

“It’s been the worst year it’s been for the camps,” Laidlow said. “It’s very exhausting. We are still filing 311 complaints for drug use, waste and stolen property.”

A day later, tents reappeared at the same site, CBC News found.

The city’s new approach to camp management stems from preventing huge encampment like Camp Pekiwewin in the Rossdale neighborhood and Peace Camp in Old Strathcona in the summer and fall of 2020.

Pasma said the large encampments pose a safety risk to the general public, first responders and people living in the tent city, where there is exploitation, drug use and crime.

“A lot of effort has gone into making sure these encampments don’t grow exponentially to a point where we can’t control it anymore,” Pasma said.

Winter package

The city, social agencies, agencies and the province are still working on a plan to create more winter shelter spaces, but they don’t know where it will be.

Last winter, the Spectrum building at the Northlands property at 118th Avenue and Commonwealth Stadium was used as temporary emergency shelters, but the city said neither site is likely to be used this year.

In 2020, the Edmonton Convention Center was the designated 24/7 shelter during the first winter of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I think there is urgency,” Pasma said. “I think everyone working in the industry and in funding is aware of the urgency.”

It is a challenge to find temporary spaces, staff and the logistics of setting up and operating an emergency shelter, Pasma noted.

“As soon as we can have something in place, the better.”

Sohi said he hopes the province will find funding for winter shelter spaces and then longer-term housing solutions for more of Edmonton’s homeless population.

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Public wait to see Queen Elizabeth lie extends to 4pm https://davidthompsonthings.com/public-wait-to-see-queen-elizabeth-lie-extends-to-4pm/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 13:22:58 +0000 https://davidthompsonthings.com/public-wait-to-see-queen-elizabeth-lie-extends-to-4pm/ Thousands of mourners lined along the River Thames in London on Saturday to pay their last respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II, as the British government warned that those wishing to queue to reach the Palace of Westminster face a wait of more than 16 hours. Many braved a cold night queuing while others […]]]>

Thousands of mourners lined along the River Thames in London on Saturday to pay their last respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II, as the British government warned that those wishing to queue to reach the Palace of Westminster face a wait of more than 16 hours.

Many braved a cold night queuing while others entered Southwark Park to join the queue despite the UK Ministry of Culture asking members of the public to stay home as the wait time was increased to 24 hours. This number was later revised downwards.

Overnight, volunteers handed out blankets and cups of tea to people queuing as the temperature dropped to 6C.

Honoring the patience of the crowd, King Charles III and Prince William then paid an unannounced visit to greet those queuing.

King Charles III greets members of the public lined up in the South Bank area of ​​London near the River Thames on Saturday as they wait to view Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin in state ahead of her funeral on Monday. (Aaron Chown/Press Association/Associated Press)

Tens of thousands of people have already marched past the coffin of Westminster Hall in a steady and solemn stream, queuing for hours in the dark and cold to pay their respects to Britain’s longest serving monarch – a testament to the condition in which she was held.

The flood of people wishing to say goodbye to the Queen has steadily grown since the public was first admitted to the room on Wednesday. Authorities on Friday temporarily stopped letting more visitors join the end of the line, which winds around Southwark Park, about five miles from Parliament.

The Queen’s death on September 8 at her summer estate in the Scottish Highlands sparked a wave of emotion across the country and 10 days of highly choreographed events.

silent vigil

After resting in the Scottish capital for 24 hours, the coffin was transported to south London, where tens of thousands of people crowded onto a normally busy road in the pouring rain to watch the flag-draped coffin lead at Buckingham Palace.

Members of the public march past as King Charles III, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex hold a vigil next to the coffin of their mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster in London on Friday. (Yui Mok/Associated Press)

On Friday evening, King Charles joined his three siblings – Princess Anne and Princes Andrew and Edward – in a silent vigil at the coffin while their eight children, including William and Harry, will form their own ceremonial guard on Saturday evening. This ceremony is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. ET.

William, heir to the throne, and his brother Harry, who separated in recent years after Harry moved to the United States, will both stand guard at the coffin in military uniform.

2 brothers will be joined by their cousins

Harry has served two tours of duty with the British Army in Afghanistan, but so far has appeared in morning processions in costume after losing his honorary military titles when he stepped down from public royal duties .

The wake will be held at the oak coffin, which stands on a purple-clad catafalque, draped with the Royal Standard and with the jeweled Imperial State Crown placed on top.

The two brothers will be joined by their cousins ​​Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, the children of Princess Anne; Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, children of Prince Andrew; and Louise and James, the children of Prince Edward.

Like many members of the pubilc, Sarah Boniface, a 60-year-old estate agent, was in tears and emotional as she left Westminster Hall on Friday evening after being up for 14 hours after watching the new King hold the vigil as she walked past the coffin.

“It’s worth every minute. Every minute,” she said, visibly fighting back tears. “I am so lucky to have paid homage to the Queen and to have seen our new King.”

For pensioner Hasmukh Vara, 62, his decision to stand for 13 hours to observe the lie in state reflected his desire to say thank you to the late monarch – and to Britain – after moving from Kenya to the country in the 1970s.

Emerging from the vast, brightly lit room into the cool Friday night darkness by the Thames, he described himself as feeling “very, very high”.

“We came as refugees to this country,” he told Reuters. “For all my life, I am indebted to her because she gave us a home. It’s something we can never, ever forget. It’s very important to me and my family.”

Nearly 100 presidents will attend the funeral

The Queen’s children described being devastated by the reaction to their mother’s death.

Monday’s state funeral, attended by nearly 100 presidents and heads of government, including those from Canada, the United States, France, Australia, Japan and Jamaica, will likely be one of the largest ceremonies ever held in Britain.

US President Joe Biden is expected to pay tribute to the Queen on Sunday, the White House announced on Saturday.

On Friday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern walked past the coffin – one of the first leaders to arrive. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney described the rally in central London as “this huge diverse gathering of people from all over the world”.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stopped to view the coffin ahead of a meeting with the King in London. Trudeau was accompanied by his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau.

The couple signed a condolence book at Lancaster House and the Prime Minister delivered a message reflecting the Queen’s legacy in Canada.

“I first met Her Majesty when I was seven years old and her presence throughout my life has been constant, inspiring and gracious,” he said.

“As Prime Minister, I have benefited from his advice, his thoughtfulness, his curiosity, his sense of humor and the commitment that has demonstrated a deep, deep and abiding interest and love for the Canadians.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signs a book of condolences to the late Queen on Saturday alongside his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau at Lancaster House in London. (David Parry/Associated Press)

On Saturday, King Charles will meet the prime ministers of the 14 other countries where he is head of state. He will also meet with emergency service workers involved in funeral arrangements.

Authorities said the queue was briefly interrupted on Friday evening when someone tried to approach the coffin on its platform.

Police said a man had been arrested and detained for breaching the Public Order Act.

WATCH | The Armed Forces and the Royal Family prepare for the Queen’s funeral:

The Armed Forces and the Royal Family prepare for the Queen’s funeral

Armed forces from Commonwealth countries met members of the Royal Family ahead of the Queen’s funeral on Monday. Meanwhile, the line of mourners hoping to pay their respects before the funeral continues to grow.

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To top it off: the SickKids Patient Support Center is nearing completion https://davidthompsonthings.com/to-top-it-off-the-sickkids-patient-support-center-is-nearing-completion/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 13:30:15 +0000 https://davidthompsonthings.com/to-top-it-off-the-sickkids-patient-support-center-is-nearing-completion/ TORONTO – PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto), SickKids and B+H Architects recently celebrated a construction milestone with the crowning of the new Patient Support Center (PSC) at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto with a beam signing ceremony. The center is a 22-story education, training and administrative facility for over 3,000 professional, management and […]]]>

TORONTO – PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto), SickKids and B+H Architects recently celebrated a construction milestone with the crowning of the new Patient Support Center (PSC) at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto with a beam signing ceremony.

The center is a 22-story education, training and administrative facility for over 3,000 professional, management and support staff. It will also house the SickKids Learning Institute and a simulation center for hands-on teaching, supporting more than 1,000 trainees, students and learners each year.

@SICKKIDSNEWS TWITTER – The recent completion ceremony for the new Patient Support Center at The Hospital for Sick Children marks the culmination of construction. The center is a 22-story education, training and administrative facility for over 3,000 professional, management and support staff.

Changes were happening on site before the building was completed with the removal of the south tower crane and the start of the roof structure steel. During the summer, the steel erection of the pedestrian bridge connecting the hospital atrium to the CSP was completed.

The PSC is launching the comprehensive campus redevelopment, Project Horizon, which aims to create a “hospital inspired by the future”. The renewed campus will eventually include two new towers to provide acute care, basic clinical services and ambulatory services.

“We’ve been on this journey for many months now and are thrilled to see the first phase of Project Horizon become a reality,” said Peter Goldthorpe, vice president, transformation at The Hospital for Sick Children, in a statement.

“Floor by floor, pane by pane, we are finally seeing the future of SickKids come to life. We are excited to take this next step to transform the campus and we are excited to open the doors of this modern building to our staff, patients and their families in 2023.”

The Daily Commercial News will tell more about this story.

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Queen Elizabeth is featured on multiple mottos. Now what? https://davidthompsonthings.com/queen-elizabeth-is-featured-on-multiple-mottos-now-what/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 04:34:00 +0000 https://davidthompsonthings.com/queen-elizabeth-is-featured-on-multiple-mottos-now-what/ By KELVIN CHAN, AP Business Writer LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has been depicted on British banknotes and coins for decades. His portrait has also been featured on mottos in dozens of other places around the world, serving as a reminder of the colonial reach of the British Empire. So what happens after he […]]]>

By KELVIN CHAN, AP Business Writer

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has been depicted on British banknotes and coins for decades. His portrait has also been featured on mottos in dozens of other places around the world, serving as a reminder of the colonial reach of the British Empire.

So what happens after he dies this week? It will take time for the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other countries to trade the monarchs for their money.

But that doesn’t mean the bills don’t work — they do.

Here’s a look at what’s next for paper money featuring the late Queen:

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The Queen’s portrait on British banknotes and coins is expected to be replaced with a likeness of the new King Charles III, but it won’t be immediate.

“Current banknotes bearing the likeness of Her Majesty The Queen will continue to be legal tender,” the Bank of England said. An announcement on existing paper money issued by the UK’s central bank will be made after the end of the official 10-day mourning period, he said.

The Royal Mint, which is the official maker of Britain’s coins, said all coins with her portrait “remain legal tender and in circulation”, with more information to come later.

“As we observe this period of respectful mourning, we continue to mint coins as usual,” the Royal Mint said on its website.

With 4.7 billion British banknotes worth 82 billion pounds ($95 billion) in circulation and around 29 billion coins, British money bearing the image of the Queen is likely to be in circulation for years.

“Rather than all current coins and banknotes will be handed over, the process will be gradual and many coins featuring portraits of Queen Elizabeth II will remain in circulation for many years to come,” according to Coin Expert, a Briton. coin search site.

After Charles wins the crown at his coronation, a new portrait will need to be taken for use on redesigned banknotes and coins, the website said.

Coins depicting him will show him facing left, replacing the Queen’s gaze to the right in keeping with tradition dating back to the 17th century. It dictates that monarchs be depicted in profile and facing away from their predecessors.

WHAT ABOUT OTHER COUNTRIES?

Currencies from other nations that feature the Queen – Australian, Canadian and Belizean dollars – will also be updated with the new monarch, but the process could take longer, as “it’s much easier to apply a new design in the country where it originates, rather than in other countries where different jurisdictions may take place,” the Coin Expert website said.

The Bank of Canada said its current $20 banknote, made of synthetic polymer, is designed “to circulate for years to come.”

“There is no legislative requirement to change the design within a prescribed time frame when the monarch changes,” the Bank of Canada said.

Typically, when a new portrait subject is chosen for Canadian money, the process begins with the development of a new design, and a new banknote is ready to be issued “a few years later,” said the bank.

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has said it will issue its entire stock of coins featuring the Queen before new ones come out featuring Charles’ image. The Queen also features on the $20 note, which is issued “infrequently” and there are “no plans to destroy stock or shorten the life of existing notes simply because they show the Queen”, the bank said.

“It will be several years before we need to introduce coins depicting King Charles III, and longer until supplies of $20 notes run out,” he added.

She first appeared on Silver when she was still a princess. It was 1935, when Canada’s $20 note featured 8-year-old Princess Elizabeth, whose grandfather King George V was then monarch, as part of a new series tickets.

Canadian $20 notes were updated with a new portrait of the Queen in 1954, a year after her coronation, and her portrait also began to appear on other currencies around the world, primarily the British colonies and Commonwealth countries.

British bills did not obtain his image until 1960, seven years after his coronation. It was then that the Bank of England was allowed to use his likeness on paper money, starting with the pound note, although the formal, regal image was criticized for being too harsh and unrealistic .

She became the first monarch to appear on British banknotes. British coins, on the other hand, have featured kings and queens for over 1,000 years.

CURRENCIES OUTSIDE THE UK

At one point, Queen Elizabeth II appeared on at least 33 different currencies, more than any other monarch, a feat noted by Guinness World Records.

Her image is still present on money in places where she remains a beloved figure, such as Canada, and continues to incorporate the Union Jack into their flags, such as Australia and New Zealand.

It is also found on notes and coins issued by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, the monetary authority of a group of small nations including Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and -Nevis, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Other places have long since stopped putting his face on their currency. After Jamaica gained independence from Britain in 1962, its central bank replaced the Queen on paper banknotes with portraits of national heroes such as Marcus Garvey.

Notes in Seychelles now feature the local fauna instead of the queen. Bermuda has done a similar overhaul, although the Queen retains a minor stance on bills. Trinidad and Tobago exchanged coats of arms after becoming a republic.

Hong Kong dollars issued after Britain returned its colony to Beijing in 1997 feature Chinese dragons and skyscrapers on the skyline of the Asian financial hub.

Follow AP coverage of Queen Elizabeth II at https://apnews.com/hub/queen-elizabeth-ii

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K-pop superstars BLACKPINK will make a Canadian stopover on their fall tour in Hamilton https://davidthompsonthings.com/k-pop-superstars-blackpink-will-make-a-canadian-stopover-on-their-fall-tour-in-hamilton/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 20:55:59 +0000 https://davidthompsonthings.com/k-pop-superstars-blackpink-will-make-a-canadian-stopover-on-their-fall-tour-in-hamilton/ South Korean K-pop and hip-hop girl group BLACKPINK will perform at the First Ontario Center on November 6-7. Following the release of their second album, Born Pink, the band added Hamilton as their only Canadian stop on the North American leg of the tour. Members of BLACKPINK’s fanbase, referred to as BLINK, like Erin Roman […]]]>

South Korean K-pop and hip-hop girl group BLACKPINK will perform at the First Ontario Center on November 6-7.

Following the release of their second album, Born Pink, the band added Hamilton as their only Canadian stop on the North American leg of the tour.

Members of BLACKPINK’s fanbase, referred to as BLINK, like Erin Roman are excited to see them for their return to Hamilton.

“I can’t wait to see them in concert again, I’m also thrilled to be part of the energy the fans bring to the concert,” she said.

This four-girl group of Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa will perform at the 19,000-seat venue as part of a 14-city, 19-performance tour.

“There’s something very unique about K-pop fans and their energy during concerts,” Roman says.

The group was last in Hamilton in 2019.

The video below, uploaded to BlackPinkOfficial Instagram, is from this performance.

“I’ve been a fan since their debut in 2016 with Whistle and BOOMBAYAH,” Roman said.

Since their debut album, Square One, released in 2016, the band has grown in popularity with some publications like Bloomberg News calling them “the biggest pop band in the world”.

The group’s YouTube channel has over 80 million subscribers and their latest music video, Pink Venom, launched on August 19, has garnered over 265 million views as of September 7.

On an Aug. 19 episode of Q With Tom Power, Korean film and media professor Michelle Cho, tech and culture writer Alyssa Bereznak, and comedian Andrea Jin joined guest host Talia Schlanger to talk about Pink Venom.

“It’s hard not to love,” Bereznak said, “I’m fascinated by the industry that created them and how they achieved such popularity.

“They’re the biggest K-pop girl group in North America,” Cho said. “BLACKPINK certainly lives up to the scale of their global fandom. They have five videos with over five billion views.”

Korean music superstars BTS, an all-male group, played three sold-out shows in Hamilton in 2018 and eight-member South Korean boy band ATEEZ is also set to perform at the center on December 2.

“I hope the success of the BLACKPINK concert will bring more bands to Hamilton,” Roman said.

Tickets will be pre-sold online on September 13 at 10 a.m. and general public sales on September 16 at 10 a.m.

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Canadian winter crop production rebounds https://davidthompsonthings.com/canadian-winter-crop-production-rebounds/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 02:57:04 +0000 https://davidthompsonthings.com/canadian-winter-crop-production-rebounds/ Rail is playing a crucial role in moving Canada’s harvest as production rebounds from last year’s drought. Photo: Pierre Rob CEREAL production in Canada is expected to rebound strongly in 2022 after a severe drought ravaged last year’s crop. Statistics Canada released its latest Principal Field Crop Outlook on August 29, indicating that greatly improved […]]]>

Rail is playing a crucial role in moving Canada’s harvest as production rebounds from last year’s drought. Photo: Pierre Rob

CEREAL production in Canada is expected to rebound strongly in 2022 after a severe drought ravaged last year’s crop. Statistics Canada released its latest Principal Field Crop Outlook on August 29, indicating that greatly improved growing conditions for most of the Prairies will likely result in a much larger crop than expected.

Production projections in the latest report are derived from predictive modeling based on field conditions at the end of July. The yield model uses satellite imagery and agroclimatic data, which is then applied to previously announced planted acreage estimates to arrive at production projections for each commodity.

According to Statistics Canada, the Crop Condition Assessment Program shows that overall plant health on the Prairies was normal to above normal at the end of July, indicating the potential for average to much higher yields than the mean. With generally favorable weather conditions throughout August, confidence in production has increased.

East-West Spring Mix

An evaluation of the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) curves in late July found that most areas of western Canada exceeded typical NDVI values, despite a somewhat delayed start to the season in some regions. Parts of the western prairies were too dry for timely planting as drought persisted, particularly in southern Alberta, and other parts of the country, such as Manitoba, were far too wet to consider planting. early in the spring.

According to the Statistics Canada report, Canadian farmers will harvest 34.5 million tonnes (Mt) of wheat in the 2022-23 season, a year-over-year increase of 55.1% over 21.65 Mt produced last year. If it lands in the bin, it will be the third-largest wheat crop since records began in 1908, just short of the 2020-21 bounty and 3Mt less than the 37.6Mt harvested in 2013.

The total area sown to wheat for the current season is estimated at 10.35 million hectares (Mha), of which 10.14 Mha is expected to be harvested. These are higher than in 2020-21, when planted area was 10.19 Mha and 10.02 Mha was harvested. This leaves room for production this season to exceed the 2020-21 benchmark of 35.18 Mt if favorable conditions persist during harvest.

Durum production is expected to be 6.27 Mt this year from 2.38 million hectares harvested and an average yield of 2.63 metric tonnes per hectare. This compares 2.65 Mt from 1.23 million hectares and an average yield of 1.23 t/ha last season. Winter and spring wheat production is forecast at 28.24 Mt with an average yield of 3.64 t/ha across the country and a harvested area of ​​7.76 million hectares. Production, yield and harvested areas in 2021/22 were 19 Mt, 2.68 Mt/ha and 7.09 million hectares.

Canola regains world leadership

Canada’s second-largest winter crop is canola, and production this season is expected to rebound more than 46%, according to StatsCan. Production is set at 18.4 Mt, compared to just 12.6 Mt in the last harvest, once again stabilizing Canada as the world’s leading producer. Harvested area is actually expected to increase from 9 Mha to 8.6 Mha, but predictive modeling from StatsCan resulted in an average yield of 2.14 t/ha. This appears to be a relatively conservative number, being significantly lower than the five-year pre-drought average. The crop decimated by last year’s drought yielded 1.4 t/ha.

According to StatsCan’s June seeded acreage survey, Canadian farmers planted 2.85 Mha of barley this season, the lowest in four years. This compares to 3.36 Mha last year and 3.06 Mha in 2020-21. However, this year’s yield projection is 3.62 t/ha, nearly 57% higher than the 2021-22 average yield of 2.31 t/ha. All of this brings 2022-23 barley production to 9.4 Mt, 35.3% higher than the 6.95 Mt produced last year, but well below the 10.74 Mt produced in 2020-21. .

Anticipation of malting

A return to more normal production and more comfort around future beer sales has the Canadian malt industry excited. It is expected that there will be good demand for the collector as the pipeline is empty and the quality looks good, as long as the harvesting weather remains favorable. However, September rains could significantly change the quality outlook for malting barley, and early fall frosts are also a concern as much of the harvest is late due to late planting.

Oats is the other major cereal crop in Canada, and production is forecast to increase by 75.9 bp to 4.6 Mt. The increase in expected harvested area from 1.11 Mha to 1.31 Mha is minimal , but the 49.6 pc jump in yield from 2.34 t/ha to 3.5 t/ha is spectacular.

High yields

As for legumes, dry peas and lentils are attracting the most attention and the resumption of production is massive. Dry pea production is forecast to increase by 46% year-on-year to 3.3Mt due to a 10% decrease in harvested area but a 64% increase in yield. Lentil production is expected to increase from 1.6 Mt to 2.46 Mt, with yield doing all the work, up 52%, on unchanged harvested area.

The dramatic turnaround in Canadian wheat production is good news for global supplies. Production was reduced by extreme weather conditions in some of Europe’s main producing areas, drought in parts of the United States and ongoing Black Sea shipping issues, which are expected to keep exports from the region well. below average in 2022-23.

Export Task Challenge

The USDA listed Canada for wheat exports of 26 Mt in its August report, up from 25 Mt in July, but more significantly, up from 15 Mt in 2021-22. Barley exports are set at 3 Mt, down from 1.9 Mt last season, and canola exports are forecast to increase from 5.2 Mt in 2021-22 to 8.8 Mt in marketing year 2022- 23.

But with the bumper harvest, there are fears that problems in the country’s rail system, essential for moving grain to port, could limit export capacity over the next 12 months. The country’s two main rail freight operators struggled to transport last year’s harvest due to disruption from floods, wildfires and extreme heat. With an enormous export task ahead of us over the next 12 months, it will be crucial that Canada’s rail network returns to full operational capacity.

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