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Belarus hacktivists target railway in anti-Russia effort

A Belarusian hacktivist group says it has launched a limited cyberattack on the national railway company, aimed at impeding the movement of Russian troops and freight inside the Moscow-allied country. It said it encrypted some servers, databases and workstations. The group, Belarusian Cyber Partisans, said it had disrupted the online sale of tickets in Monday's attack and was working to fix that as it did not intend to disturb regular passenger...


Inside Justin Bieber's $5m Canadian home with a private racetrack

Justin Bieber has come a long way from his modest childhood in Ontario, Canada. With an impressive career spanning 13 years as a successful chart-topping singer, it's no surprise that the young star has lived in a whole host of stunning houses. Let's retrace Justin's road to fame and step inside the spectacular properties he has stayed in along the way...


Ski resorts aim for more efficient snowmaking amid drought

DENVER (AP) — The sight can be jarring during extreme drought: snowmaking guns lined up on a mountainside, blasting precious crystal flakes on a ski run while the rest of the land goes thirsty. Snowpack in the U.S. West has decreased by about 20% in the last century, making man-made snow more vital each year to opening ski resorts and fueling ski town economies as they head into an uncertain future. As the effects of drought and climate change...


9 mistakes job seekers made on their résumés in 2021 – and how to avoid them

Your résumé is your first chance to impress an employer. Minor mistakes, like overuse of uppercase letters, could mean falling at the first hurdle.


Explainer-The U.S. export rule that hammered Huawei teed up to hit Russia

(Reuters) - The Biden administration is readying a U.S. export rule used against Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei that could curb Russia's access to global electronics supplies if President Vladimir Putin decides to invade Ukraine. While it is unclear how the rule could impact Russia, the restrictions hobbled Huawei's smartphone business. ...


Amazon is bringing its cashierless Go convenience stores to the suburbs to capture work-from-home shoppers

Amazon introduced its cashierless Go store in 2016, allowing shoppers to fill their baskets and leave without having to go through a checkout aisle.


William Watson: For an even less popular CBC, yes, eliminate ads

Should the CBC run ads? It depends on a number of facts, most of which are not firmly established. Is topping-up the CBC’s budget so as to free it from the necessity of selling $250 million of ads per year really the best use of public money? It’s hard to believe it is. Making CBC ad-free, as cultural nationalists have long demanded, seems a marginal sort of expenditure whose only saving grace is that many of the other things this government...


Biden revives 'clean energy' program with $1B loan guarantee

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has issued its first clean energy loan guarantee, reviving an Obama-era program that helped launch the country’s first utility-scale wind and solar farms a decade ago but has largely gone dormant in recent years. The Energy Department said it would guarantee up to $1 billion in loans to help a Nebraska company scale up production of “clean” hydrogen to convert natural gas into commercial products used...


Cash-strapped Chinese developer Shimao sells stake in asset to state-owned partner

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese property developer Shimao Group joined smaller peer Agile Group to sell its stake in a Guangzhou complex to state-owned partner China Overseas Land & Investment (COLI) in a push to reduce its debt. Shimao, which held a 26.7% stake in the Guangzhou Asian Games City, the same as Agile, said late on Monday it sold its h...


Extra cash for low-income mothers may influence baby brains

New research suggests giving extra cash to low-income mothers can change their infants’ brain development. Brain measurements at age 1 showed faster activity in key brain regions in infants whose low-income families received $300-plus monthly for a year, compared with those who got $20 each month, U.S. researchers reported Monday. The same type of brain activity has been linked in older children to learning skills and other development, although...


Credit Suisse's problems mount as lender warns of fourth quarter loss

By Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi ZURICH (Reuters) -Credit Suisse warned on Tuesday that it would post a fourth-quarter loss as the scandal-hit lender flagged fresh legal costs and said business in its trading and wealth management divisions had slowed. Switzerland's second-largest lender announced plans in November to rein in its investment bankers and pl...


Exclusive-U.S. voices concerns to Mexico ahead of decision on America Movil pay TV license

By Cassandra Garrison MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The United States has raised concerns to Mexico about the implications for competition if that country's telecom regulator allows behemoth America Movil to enter the pay TV market, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. On Jan. 12, U.S. officials including Deputy U.S. Trade Representative (USTR...


The richest world leaders ever, and how they made their money

We reveal the peak net worths of the most affluent non-royal heads of state and government chiefs ever.


U.S. to move faster to address unfair airline consumer practices

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Transportation Department (USDOT) announced on Monday it is issuing a new rule to make it easier for regulators to move faster to protect airline customers from unfair and deceptive practices. The new regulation, which was reported earlier by Reuters, will simplify and speed hearing procedures the ...


Investors fear 'crypto winter' is coming as bitcoin falls 50% from record highs

As cryptocurrency investors reel from the sharp sell-off in bitcoin and other digital currencies, some fear the worst is yet to come.


Krystle Wittevrongel: Taxing homes is the wrong way to cool the housing market

The housing market has been red hot lately, which has been raising concerns about affordability. While the volume of sales has been high, so have prices. Canada-wide, the average home price rose nearly 20 per cent between November 2020 and November 2021, to the highest level on record : $720,850. For many Canadians, the dream of home ownership seems to be slipping away. British Columbian think tank Generation Squeeze, which is funded in part by...


Aylmer man loses $141,000 in cryptocurrency scam: police

Aylmer Police are investigating after they say a man lost $141,000 in a Bitcoin cryptocurrency scam over the span of half a year.


DC, 3 states sue Google saying it invades users' privacy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The District of Columbia and three states are suing Google for allegedly deceiving consumers and invading their privacy by making it nearly impossible for them to stop their location from being tracked. In the lawsuit filed Monday in a District of Columbia court, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine alleges Google has “systematically” deceived consumers about how their locations are tracked and used. He also says the internet...


U.S. oil CEOs offer opposing views on crude output growth

By Stephanie Kelly, Arathy Somasekhar and Sabrina Valle HOUSTON (Reuters) - The chiefs of major U.S. oil companies Occidental Petroleum Corp and ConocoPhillips offered differing outlooks on the growth of U.S. oil output at a conference on Monday, as the industry rebounds from shutdowns during the first stage of the coronavirus pandemic. Oil price...


Allan Lanthier: The anti-tax haven law is a windfall for … tax havens

In late December, the OECD issued model rules for its 15 per cent global minimum tax. In an astonishing development, the rules put tax havens — the countries that have long helped large corporations avoid tax — first in line to charge the tax. If tax havens take the OECD up on its offer, Canada’s revenue from the tax could be reduced from $3.5 billion annually to little more than pocket change. Large corporations shift billions of dollars of...


FDA halts use of antibody drugs that don't work vs. omicron

WASHINGTON (AP) — COVID-19 antibody drugs from Regeneron and Eli Lilly should no longer be used because they don't work against the omicron variant that now accounts for nearly all U.S. infections, U.S. health regulators said Monday. The Food and Drug Administration said it was revoking emergency authorization for both drugs, which were purchased by the federal government and have been administered to millions of Americans with COVID-19. If the...


These old-fashioned kitchens will bring back memories

From the slick curves and bold hues of the 1940s to the unforgettable designs of the 80s, the humble kitchen has undergone an evolution like no other. Take a step back in time as we explore some of the most iconic and nostalgic retro kitchens from the previous century.


Edmonton road crews addressing pooling water as snow-clearing efforts continue

Snow and ice are blocking catch basins, leading to pooling water on several Edmonton streets and sidewalks. The city said it is working to address the issue.


Singapore says it's ready for 2022 travel demand when it returns

Visitor arrivals and tourism receipts reached 330,000 and an estimated $1.9 billion, respectively in 2021, according to the Singapore Tourism Board.


North American stock markets stage rally after plunging on rate, war concerns

TORONTO — North American stock markets staged a late-afternoon rally after plunging in early trading on fears about central bank moves and geopolitical risks in Ukraine along with a shaky start to the earnings season. The S&P/TSX composite index ended the trading day down 50.09 points at 20,571.30 after dropping more than 700 points at midday. At its lowest point Monday, the Toronto market was 7.6 per cent off its high to mark the worst dropoff...


Tencent fires 70 people and blacklists 13 firms in anti-fraud campaign

Tencent's latest investigation comes as China scrutinizes the practices of the its internet titans and tightens regulation.


In global 5G race, European Union is told to step up pace

BRUSSELS (AP) — As the United States grapples with the 5G rollout affecting airlines, a European Union watchdog warned on Monday the EU faces much bigger economic and security threats unless member countries step up cooperation. The alarm bells are included in a special report on the 27-nation bloc’s preparations for 5G, the fifth and next generation of wireless communications. 5G is projected to propel the world into a new digital age -- one...


'Off to Canada': India's jobs crisis exasperates its youth

By Krishna N. Das and Aftab Ahmed RAJPURA, India (Reuters) - Srijan Upadhyay supplied fried snacks to small eateries and roadside stalls in the poor eastern Indian state of Bihar before COVID-19 lockdowns forced most of his customers to close down, many without paying what they owed him. With his business crippled, the 31-year-old IT undergraduat...


Palin COVID-19 tests delay libel trial against NY Times

NEW YORK (AP) — An unvaccinated former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin tested positive for COVID-19 Monday, forcing a postponement of a trial in her libel lawsuit against The New York Times. The Republican's positive test was announced in court just as jury selection was set to begin at a federal courthouse in New York City. Palin claims the Times damaged her reputation with an opinion piece penned by its editorial board that falsely asserted her...


Super-successful people with some very unusual working methods

We reveal the most unorthodox habits of some of the world's most successful people.


31 hacks for your smoothest home move yet

Cling film and boxes at the ready – here's how to hack the pack for a smooth move...


New space telescope reaches final stop million miles out

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The world’s biggest, most powerful space telescope arrived at its observation post 1 million miles from Earth on Monday, a month after it lifted off on a quest to behold the dawn of the universe. On command, the James Webb Space Telescope fired its rocket thrusters for nearly five minutes to go into orbit around the sun at its designated location, and NASA confirmed the operation went as planned. The mirrors on the...


NYC mayor Eric Adams converted his first paycheck into Bitcoin and Ether last week — then the crypto market crashed

Adams announced in November after winning the mayoral race that he would take his first three paychecks in Bitcoin.


Montreal's Chinatown, threatened by development, to be granted heritage status

MONTREAL — The shrinking heart of Montreal's Chinatown will be granted heritage status by the province to protect it from excessive development and gentrification, municipal and provincial officials announced Monday. Culture Minister Nathalie Roy told a virtual news conference that the province had signed an official notice of intent to grant heritage status to the "institutional core" of Chinatown as well as two of its best-known buildings,...


Ontario casinos set to return amid province lifting COVID-19 measures

In-person gaming-related OLG outlets were shuttered in early January due to the latest COVID-19 wave fueled by the Omicron variant.


A Las Vegas Casino is offering interns $15 an hour, free accommodation, and the chance to work on the gaming floor

In addition to their hourly wage, Station Casinos will cover each intern's airfare, living costs, and lay on weekly excursions in Las Vegas.


Amazon discloses staff injury rates showing where it is worse or better than peers

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc on Monday reported injury figures for 2020 showing worse-than-average safety rates in its U.S. warehouses but a better record than peers in delivery. The online retailer also said staff injuries and illnesses globally that resulted in time away from work dropped by 43% in 2020, to 2.3 per 100 employees from 4.0 the prio...


Moody's expects Tesla to stay at EV leader spot, upgrades to 'Ba1'

(Reuters) - Moody's upgraded Tesla Inc's debt rating by two notches to Ba1 from Ba3 on Monday, reflecting the ratings agency's expectations that Tesla will maintain its position as the leading manufacturer of battery electric vehicles. Tesla will continue to increase its scale rapidly and improve its profitability notably, the rating agency added...


Analysis-After explosion in costs, central Europe's factories are passing on the pain

By Jason Hovet and Krisztina Than PRAGUE/BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Czech foundry Benes a Lat has seen its energy bill double in the past year and its finance director is racing to get client contracts rewritten so it can pass on some of the burden. The family firm's challenge is mirrored in thousands of companies across central Europe, big and small, ...


The world's biggest factories will make your jaw drop

From Tesla to Boeing, feast your eyes on the largest factories in the world.


Swatch Group returns to profit, sees strong sales ahead

ZURICH (Reuters) -Swiss watchmaker Swatch Group said it expected double-digit sales growth in local currencies this year after sales and profits recovered in 2021. It returned to a net profit of 774 million Swiss francs ($845 million), from a 53 million loss in 2020, while sales at constant currency rose nearly 30% to 7.31 billion francs, the maker...


Health tech companies face too many challenges breaking into Canada: entrepreneurs

TORONTO — Chris Albinson is frustrated. The chief executive at Waterloo, Ont. innovation hub Communitech has spent much of the pandemic hearing about hospitals worried about dwindling inventories of COVID-19 tests, while companies less than 80 kilometres away have the ability to make more. "When we can't get those things together, that drives me nuts," Albinson said. "We should be able to solve these problems." However, the situation is not a...


Vancouver Canucks name former agent Emilie Castonguay assistant GM

VANCOUVER — Emilie Castonguay never let being a woman get in the way as she blazed a trail through the hockey world — and she doesn't expect gender to be an issue as she continues her journey. On Monday she became the first female assistant general manager in Vancouver Canucks history. “I never really thought about gender when I was going through my journey. I had a very non-binary approach to it in the sense that I wanted to do something in...


Shopify eases concerns over fulfillment network changes, shares rebound

By Nivedita Balu (Reuters) - Canada's Shopify Inc said on Monday proposed changes to its fulfillment network would help merchants on its ecommerce platform compete better with big retailers and would not reduce capacity, fueling a recovery in its shares. Wall Street had raised concerns that the changes could mean big investments into Shopify's fu...


Winnipeg economic group prepares for post-pandemic growth, but some struggling in short term

A Winnipeg group that works to grow and promote the city's economy is staying focused on long-term plans it hopes will help businesses bounce back after COVID-19. But some businesses are just focused on surviving the Omicron wave.


Biscuit World union effort rooted in West Virginia history

ELKVIEW, W.Va. (AP) — While making biscuits and meatloaf at a fast-food restaurant during the coronavirus pandemic, 64-year-old Cynthia Nicholson often thinks back to her husband’s coal mining days in West Virginia. In that job and in his time as a pipefitter, she said, the work was grueling and sometimes dangerous — but there were standards for safety, working conditions and wages, and people felt they were treated fairly. She said that was...


'Stressful cycle' of food insecurity leads to health problems, Ottawa study suggests

The author of a local study says food bank users faced worsening mental and physical health struggles due to food insecurity over an 18-month period, and society needs to change how we see food banks.


Walmart's Mexico unit considers 'strategic alternatives' in Central America

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) -Walmart's Mexico unit said on Monday it is considering "strategic alternatives" to its operations in Central America, including a sale or joint venture, a move analysts said would help it focus on the more profitable Mexican market. Walmart de Mexico, known locally as Walmex, runs about 860 stores in Central America, making u...


Indigenous non-profit looks to acquire ownership of Trans Mountain Pipeline

CALGARY — A new Indigenous non-profit organization is seeking an ownership stake in the Trans Mountain Pipeline, saying its aim is to make sure communities along the pipeline's route receive its benefits directly. Nesika Services publicly launched Monday, calling itself a grassroots, community-led not-for-profit. Chief Tony Alexis of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation in Alberta (and the chair and founding director of Nesika) said 14 Indigenous...


Strong recovery for India's smartphone market in 2021 with a record 162 million shipments

Chinese smartphone makers dominated the top five spots in 2021, with Xiaomi leading the way and South Korean phonemaker Samsung taking second place.