Canada Fire Rages For Seventh Day Evacuees Set For Long Wait
A wildfire ripping through Canada’s oil sands region was set to grow rapidly on Sunday but move further away from heavily populated areas, a fire official said.The fire, which started at 6 p.m. eastern time (2200 GMT) last Sunday near the town of Fort McMurray in northeast Alberta, spread so quickly that the town’s 88,000 inhabitants barely had time to leave. Large parts of the town have been incinerated.The front of the fire was moving southeast, away from Fort McMurray toward the neighboring province of Saskatchewan, said wildfire information officer Travis Fairweather, but was not expected to reach the border on Sunday. While there were some communities near the fire, they were not in its path, he said.
Winds of up to 60 kph (37 mph) were fanning the flames, but there was a chance of rain and cooler temperatures later in the day. “Both of those things will help us greatly,” he said.Through Friday and Saturday, police escorted thousands of evacuees who had been forced to flee north from Fort McMurray back through the burning town, to allow them to head south to Alberta’s major cities. By Sunday morning, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesman said that process was complete.
Officials have said that, even though the fire has largely pushed through Fort McMurray, the town is still too dangerous to enter.Thousands of evacuees are camped out in nearby towns but stand little chance of returning soon, even if their homes are intact. The city’s gas has been turned off, its power grid is damaged, and the water is undrinkable.Provincial officials said displaced people would be better off driving to cities such as Calgary, 655 km (410 miles) to the south, where health and social services were better.After the scare of her life escaping the fire on Tuesday, housekeeping supervisor Susie Demelo got some welcome good news on Saturday. New satellite images showed the house she rents in Fort McMurray was still standing.
“I’m very blessed and grateful,” she said. “And nobody has died in the fire.”Some residents were complaining about the lack of news from the town, fire chief Darby Allen said in a video posted online late on Saturday.“We know from all the calls that you’re getting frustrated because you don’t have any information on your homes. We’re really working hard on that, it’s a complicated process,” he said.The inferno looks set to become the costliest natural disaster in Canada’s history. One analyst estimated insurance losses could exceed C$9 billion ($7 billion).
Fort McMurray is the center of Canada’s oil sands region. About half of the crude output from the sands, or one million barrels per day, had been taken offline as of Friday, according to a Reuters estimate.An Alberta government statement issued on Saturday night said the fire had consumed 200,000 hectares (500,000 acres) – an area the size of Mexico City – and would continue to grow.More than 500 firefighters were in and around Fort McMurray, along with 15 helicopters, 14 air tankers and 88 other pieces of equipment, officials said.The strain was so intense that fire crews would be rotated more quickly than usual, Morrison said. One exhausted fireman told CBC television that members of his team were working up to 40 hours at a stretch without sleep.
PM says tomorrows Budget presentation is his exam
New Delhi: \\\"I have an exam tomorrow,\\\" Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Sunday referring to presentation of General Budget in Parliament as he gave a pep talk to motivate students appearing for board exams for which he even roped icons like Sachin Tendulkar and Vishwanathan Anand.
Modi said he was \\\"full of confidence\\\" ahead of his \\\"examination\\\" by 125 crore people, a trait which he wanted students to emulate when they appear for their examinations for Class X and XII starting Tuesday.
In his monthly radio programme \\\'Mann Ki Baat\\\', he emphasised that students should appear for the exams with a \\\"positive approach\\\" having free and calm mind without any anxiety. He also asked parents not to put pressure on them.
In this context, he cited his example in the context of presentation of Budget which all the countrymen closely monitor and analyse.
\\\"Friends, your exams are starting. I too have exam tomorrow. The country\\\'s 125 crore people are going to take my examination,\\\" the Prime Minister said, while pointing out that Budget is being presented tomorrow.
\\\"But you must have seen how healthy I am feeling, how full of confidence I am. Let my exams take place tomorrow and yours day after and may all of us succeed so that the nation succeeds...Move ahead with a free mind, without any tension of success or failure,\\\" he said in his 35-minute programme.
To lay stress on a positive and tension-free approach, Modi roped in Sachin, Anand besides Bharat Ratna scientist C N R Rao and spiritual leader Murari Bapu, whose messages were played during the programme. They gave their own examples of how they approached their exams in their respective fields, keeping tension aside.
Underlining that \\\"positive approach\\\" and \\\"positive frame of mind\\\" help in all aspects of life, the Prime Minister talked about himself and said when he comes across some issues which he is not familiar with, he concentrates to deal with them.
\\\"Sometimes I feel tension within. Then I feel that I should relax a bit so that I feel good. So I have developed my own technique. I do some deep breathing. I take deep breath three times, five times. It may take a few seconds but my mind becomes ready to deal with the situation with a calm mind.
This may be my experience but this may help you too,\\\" he told the students.
Modi, a practioner of yoga, also referred to this art and mentioned how it helps in improving concentration and strengthening inner peace.
To motivate the students, the Prime Minister also invoked Thomas Alva Edison, who invented electricity, and J K Rowling of Harry Potter fame, saying their success had possibly come after many failures.
\\\"There is success in failure too\\\" if there is a positive approach, he said, while asking students to have dedication, determination and diligence to achieve success.
Giving example of Sachin, Modi asked students not be burdened by expectations of others but set their own targets with \\\"free thinking, free mind and independent capability\\\".
He told students that nobody can stop them if they set out to break their own records.
The students should link their efforts to acheive big goals like Sachin and even if the targets are not achieved, do not be demoralised but try harder, Modi said.
Sachin, in his message played during the programme, said, \\\"I understand that exams are starting in a few days. Many of you must be tense....I want to say that your thinking needs to be positive, then positive results will follow. So be positive. God will give you good results... Write the exams with free mind and results will be good.\\\"
He said there will be many expectations of the students from their parents, teachers, family members and friends who all will keep enquiring about their preparations and their expected percentage.
\\\"I will only say that you yourself set your targets and don\\\'t come under pressure of expectations of others. Work hard but set a realistic achievable target and try to achieve it,\\\" said the cricket icon.
Giving his own example, he said, \\\"When I played cricket, there were many expectations from me. In the last 24 years, there have been many tough moments and at times good moments also. But people\\\'s expectations kept rising with time. So I had to find a solution. I thought that I will keep only my expectations and set my own targets.
\\\"If I am able to achieve those targets, then I am able to do some good for the country... I always focussed on the ball and with time my targets were achieved.
Trump Predicts Very Massive Recession In US
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump predicted that the United States is on course for a “very massive recession,” warning that a combination of high unemployment and an overvalued stock market had set the stage for another economic slump.
“I think we’re sitting on an economic bubble. A financial bubble,” the billionaire businessman said in an interview with The Washington Post published on Saturday.Coming off a tough week on the campaign trail in which he made a series of missteps, Trump’s latest comments bring him back into the limelight ahead of Tuesday’s important primary in Wisconsin where he trails in the polls.
The former reality TV star said that the real U.S. jobless figure is much higher than five percent number released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.“We’re at a number that’s probably into the twenties if you look at the real number,” he said, adding that the official jobless figure is “statistically devised to make politicians — and in particular presidents — look good.”
Trump said “it’s a terrible time right now” to invest in the stock market, offering a more bleak view of the U.S. economy than that held by many mainstream economists.The interview was bylined by the Post’s Robert Costa and famed Watergate reporter Bob Woodward.
A real estate magnate, Trump has made appealing to blue-collar workers a hallmark of his bid for the Republican nomination for the Nov. 8 presidential election, often blaming unemployment on the outsourcing of U.S. jobs and facilities to countries such as China and Mexico.Trump vowed in the interview to wipe out the more than $19 trillion national debt “over a period of eight years,” helped by a renegotiation of trade deals.
“I’m renegotiating all of our deals, the big trade deals that we’re doing so badly on,” he said.After making controversial statements about abortion last week, Trump has shown little sign of heeding calls from fellow Republicans to adopt a more presidential tone so as to avoid alienating voters in the November general election if he wins the nomination.
On Saturday, he questioned close U. S. ties to Saudi Arabia and again accused U.S. allies of not pulling their weight in the NATO military alliance.Trump told a campaign rally in Racine, Wisconsin that partners in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization “are not paying their fair share” and called the 28-nation alliance “obsolete.”
“Either they pay up, including for past deficiencies, or they have to get out. And if it breaks up NATO, it breaks up NATO,” Trump said.Tuesday’s Wisconsin nominating contest could be a turning point in the Republican race. Trump, 69, trails his leading rival, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, 45, of Texas in the state.A Cruz win would make it harder for Trump to reach the number of 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination before the Republican national convention in July. The winner will get to claim all of Wisconsin’s 42 delegates.
US Charges Iran in Cyberattacks Against Banks New York Dam
The United States on Thursday charged seven Iranians for what it said was a coordinated campaign of cyberattacks from 2011 to 2013 on several U.S. banks and a New York dam.
At a news conference, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the seven Iranians indicted inflicted tens of millions of dollars in damages. The alleged attack against the dam by Iranians could have imposed a clear and present danger to Americans, she said.Justice Department officials released the indictment at a news conference in Washington in what is one of the highest-profile U.S. indictments against a foreign nation on hacking charges.
China to build international maritime judicial centre
Beijing: A report by the Supreme People\\\'s Court (SPC) on Sunday said the country will set up an international maritime judicial centre in its latest bid to protect national sovereignty and maritime rights.Courts across China shall work to implement the national strategy of building the country into a \\\"maritime power\\\", Xinhua quoted Chief Justice Zhou Qiang as saying.\\\"(We) must resolutely safeguard China\\\'s national sovereignty, maritime rights and other core interests,\\\" Zhou told nearly 3,000 lawmakers.
\\\"(We) must improve the work of maritime courts and build an international maritime judicial centre.\\\"
According to the chief justice, some 16,000 maritime cases were concluded by Chinese courts last year, the most in the world. The country is also home to the largest number of maritime courts globally speaking, he added.Earlier reports said that some 225,000 cases involving over 70 countries and regions were handled by China\\\'s maritime courts in the three decades between 1984, when the first such court was set up, and 2013.
Close to 8,000 vessels, of which 1,660 were foreign, were detained and 663 were auctioned off during that period.
One notable case, Zhou said, involved a Chinese fishing boat Minxiayu 01971 which took damage in a collision with a Panama-flagged cargo ship in waters off the Diaoyu Islands in September 2014. The owner of the Chinese ship brought the case to Xiamen maritime court in China which was ended via mediation.The case clearly demonstrated China\\\'s jurisdiction over the region, the chief justice said.
വായനക്കാരുടെ അഭിപ്രായങ്ങള് താഴെ എഴുതാവുന്നതാണ്.
ദയവായി അവഹേളനപരവും വ്യക്തിപരമായ അധിക്ഷേപങ്ങളും അശ്ളീല പദപ്രയോഗങ്ങളും ഒഴിവാക്കുക.
വായനക്കാരുടെ അഭിപ്രായ പ്രകടനങ്ങള്ക്കോ അധിക്ഷേപങ്ങള്ക്കോ അശ്ളീല പദപ്രയോഗങ്ങള്ക്കോ 24ന്യൂസ്ലൈവ്.കോം , അമ്മത്തൊട്ടിൽ.കോം ഉത്തരവാദിയായിരിക്കില്ല.