Firefighters save world’s last remaining stand of ‘dinosaur trees’ in Australia

SYDNEY — Australia’s Wollemi Pines survived the dinosaurs, and now firefighters have nursed them through the country’s worst bushfires in generations to live another day. The giant prehistoric trees were thought to be extinct until 1994, when authorities found 200 of them in a national park near the Blue Mountains north-west of Sydney. Their location […]

General Dynamics provides Littoral Combat Ship’s weapon systems upgrade details – Defence Blog

General Dynamics Mission Systems, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, revealing more details about the upgrade of Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) weapon systems. The Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship has achieved another milestone with the latest upgrade to its weapon systems, according to a recent company news release. The USS Gabrielle Giffords crew successfully demonstrated the […]

Mat Ryan to donate to Australian bushfire relief for every save in the Premier league this weekend

Mat Ryan has vowed to donate 500 Australian dollars (around £262) to the bushfire appeal fund for every save registered by Premier League goalkeepers this weekend. Brighton and Hove Albion stopper Ryan, 27, said the money will be donated to the WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue emergency fund. The Australian international will travel to Goodison Park […]

RCMP launches criminal investigation after ‘traps’ and ‘fuel-soaked rags’ found on road leading to Coastal GasLink project

CALGARY — Tensions are rising further in northern British Columbia after the RCMP opened a criminal investigation after discovering “traps” and gasoline-soaked rags in the blockade by a breakaway First Nations group against the $6.6-billion Coastal GasLink pipeline. RCMP officers on patrol this week along the pipeline blockade found three stacks of tires covered by […]

Highway 3’s Kootenay Pass closed for high avalanche hazard – Okanagan

DriveBC is warning motorists that Kootenay Pass on Highway 3 is expected to be closed until 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The closure is because of a high avalanche hazard in the 18 kilometres between West Avalanche Gate and East Avalanche Gate. Drivers can take a detour from Nelson to Creston, taking the Highway 3A ferry. […]

Thursday’s will not reopen and condos will likely be built at site, owner says

Montreal landmark Thursday’s Bar and Bistro abruptly closed down earlier this week, on New Year’s Day, only hours after ushering in the New Year with scores of customers. The sudden closing put nearly 100 employees out of a job without notice. Pierre Obendrauf / Montreal Gazette There are no plans to reopen Thursday’s Bar and […]

Cop who falsely claimed McDonald’s worker wrote ‘f—ing pig’ on his coffee cup resigns

A small town police officer who wrote “f—ing pig” on a coffee cup, then blamed it on McDonald’s staff, has resigned from Herington police force in Kansas after claiming the stunt was all a “joke.” Herington police chief Brian Hornaday said in a news conference Monday that the officer had now quit, after confessing to […]

U.S. Army brings back Avengers in the face of Russian aggression – Defence Blog

The U.S. Army brings back its Avenger surface-to-air missile systems mounted on a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, commonly known as the Humvee. Last year, the Army re-established an active SHORAD battalion in Germany. The 5th Battalion of the 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment was stood up with Avenger systems that mounted on a High Mobility […]

Red flags on Canadian economy abound, but it might be too soon to sound the alarm

The Canadian economy is labouring. Statistics Canada on Dec. 23 reported that gross domestic product dropped 0.1 per cent in October, the first decline in eight months. Last week, it observed a drop in sales at retailers, wholesalers and factories. And the agency’s latest inflation report showed that the average of the Bank of Canada’s […]

North Korea conducts new test at rocket site, aims to ‘overpower U.S. nuclear threats’

SEOUL — North Korea said it had successfully conducted another test at a satellite launch site, the latest in a string of developments aimed at “restraining and overpowering the nuclear threat of the U.S.,” state news agency KCNA reported on Saturday. The test was conducted on Friday at the Sohae satellite launch site, KCNA said, […]