Day: March 14, 2019

Israel launches airstrikes in Gaza after rockets fired at Tel Aviv

March 14, 2019

Israel says its warplanes attacked Hamas facilities in the southern Gaza Strip early Friday morning local time in response to a rare rocket attack on the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, as the sides appeared to be hurtling toward a new round of violence. The rocket attack Thursday night caught the Israeli military off guard and marked […]

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Expect flight disruptions to last — Air Canada says its 737 Max jets will be grounded 3 weeks at least

March 14, 2019

The impact of Boeing 737 Max jets being grounded is likely to last a while yet as one airline is telling its pilots it expects the disruption to last into April at least. Transport Canada grounded all 737 Max jets from Canadian airspace on Wednesday, which threw a wrench into the travel plans for thousands […]

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Coming federal budget will offer ‘lifelong learning’ accounts to boost skills retraining: sources

March 14, 2019

The federal government will establish personalized accounts to help Canadians pay for lifelong learning and skills development in next week’s budget, CBC News has learned. The specific details of the program weren’t shared with CBC, but two government sources say the government’s plan is modelled on a similar program in Singapore. The Singapore SkillsFuture program […]

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Facebook blames long outage on ‘server configuration change’

March 14, 2019

Facebook Inc. said on Thursday it had restored service to its main app and Instagram, after the world’s largest social network suffered a major outage that frustrated users across the globe for about 24 hours. The company blamed the outage on a server configuration change. Yesterday, as a result of a server configuration change, many […]

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Google engineer breaks record with 9 trillion new digits of ‘pi’

March 14, 2019

Today is Pi Day, and this year we know nine trillion more digits of the celebrated never-ending number than we did the last time Pi Day came around, thanks to a record-breaking calculation by Google engineer Emma Haruka Iwao. Iwao’s calculation brings pi to 31,415,926,535,897 digits. She posted the last 97 digits in a blog post. […]

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Astronauts arrive at the International Space Station

March 14, 2019

Two American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut have arrived at the International Space Station.  The trio consists of NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch as well as Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin. This was the second attempt by Hague and Ovchinin to get to the ISS. They were originally scheduled to launch in October, but had to abort their […]

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Lori Loughlin dropped by TV network as students sue colleges in U.S. admissions scam

March 14, 2019

Hollywood actress Lori Loughlin was dropped by a TV network and her daughter lost a sponsorship deal on Thursday, while students sued prestigious universities in the growing fallout from a massive college bribery scandal. Crown Media Family Networks, the company that owns the Hallmark cable channel, cut ties with Loughlin, its Garage Sale Mysteries star, after she was charged in the […]

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U.S. college admissions scandal sparks $500B lawsuit

March 14, 2019

The U.S. college admissions scandal that erupted this week has triggered private litigation accusing rich, well-connected parents of buying spots for their children at prestigious schools, and keeping children of less wealthy parents out. A $500-billion US civil lawsuit filed by a parent on Wednesday in San Francisco accused 45 defendants of defrauding and inflicting […]

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More than half of Canadians may have trouble adopting new food guide, survey suggests

March 14, 2019

The fruit-and-vegetable-heavy fare touted in the new federal food guide may be too expensive — or perhaps just not enticing enough — to easily form the basis of most Canadians’ diets, a new report suggests. Researchers at Dalhousie University in Halifax and the University of Guelph found over 52 per cent of consumers surveyed said […]

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Liberal MP who led committee shutdown denies coverup, says it’s time for ‘shift’ in SNC-Lavalin debate

March 14, 2019

The Liberal MP who triggered the sudden adjournment of an emergency meeting of the Commons justice committee Wednesday insists there’s been no attempt by the government to cover up the SNC-Lavalin affair, and says it’s time to turn the page on the controversy. Francis Drouin suggested the opposition Conservative and NDP members were playing politics by calling the meeting during […]

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