iPhone sales fell for the second quarter in a row, putting a damper on Apple’s revenue and profit for the period ending June 30.
The tech giant sold 40.4 million iPhones in the quarter, down 15 per cent from a year earlier. Profit fell 27 per cent to $7.8 billion, while revenue dropped 15 per cent to $42.4 billion.
Overall results were slightly better than forecast by Wall Street analysts, causing Apple stock to soar; however, analysts worry that consumers just aren’t as excited about the newest iPhone models.
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In April, Apple reported its first revenue drop since 2003, selling ten million fewer iPhones year over year, putting more pressure on Apple and CEO Tim Cook to come up with its next big product.
The one bright spot was a 19 per cent revenue jump for the Apple segment that includes iTunes, Apple Music, and the App Store. Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said online services are increasingly important to Apple, since their financial contribution is increasing.
“Our Services business grew 19 percent year-over-year and App Store revenue was the highest ever, as our installed base continued to grow and transacting customers hit an all-time record,” said Maestri.
Interestingly, although iPad sales have been declining over the last year, Apple actually beat analyst expectations for its tablet sales. The company said it sold 10 million iPad’s in the last quarter, bringing iPad revenue from $4.4 to $4.9 billion. Some of that might be thanks to the company’s new 9.7-inch iPad Pro tablet, released in March.
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Apple also reported that revenue in “Greater China,” which includes Hong Kong and Taiwan, was down 33 per cent year over year. Previously, China was Apple’s second-biggest market in terms of revenue.
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Apple has faced several road block in China recently, including patent dispute in China that threatens to block future sales of the iPhone 6 in Beijing. The potential ban stems from a decision issued in May by the Beijing Intellectual Property Office. The agency found the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus infringed on a patent for the exterior design of a smartphone called the 100C made by a Chinese company, Shenzhen Baili.
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– With files from Global News reporter Nicole Bogart
PARIS – France’s main religious leaders have sent a message of unity and solidarity following a meeting with French President Francois Hollande after Islamic State extremists attacked a Catholic church and slit the throat of an elderly priest.
Hollande was presiding over a defence council and cabinet meeting Wednesday after speaking with Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Muslim and Jewish leaders.
On Tuesday, the attackers took hostages at the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, in the northwest region of Normandy, during morning Mass. After the priest was slain, both attackers, one a local man, were killed by police outside the church.
Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, called on Catholics to “overcome hatred that comes in their heart” and not to “enter the game” of the Islamic State group that “wants to set children of the same family upon each other.”
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The rector of the main Paris mosque, Dalil Boubakeur, said France’s Muslims must push for better training of Muslim clerics and urged that reforming French Muslim institutions be put on the agenda, but without elaborating.
The French prosecutor identified one of the attackers as Adel Kermiche, a 19-year-old who grew up in the town and tried to travel to Syria twice last year using family members’ identity documents. He was detained outside France, sent home, handed preliminary terrorism charges and wore a tracking bracelet.
The identity of the second attacker has not been made public. Police combing the area after the attack detained a 16 year-old whom prosecutor Francois Molins said was the younger brother of a young man who travelled to the Syria-Iraq zone of the Islamic State group – carrying the ID of Kermiche.
Candles were set in front of the town hall, and stunned townsfolk were calling for the kind of unity Hollande is seeking.
READ MORE: ISIS claims responsibility for Normandy church siege that left priest dead
“It’s going to be hard to admit it … we are scared …,” said Mulas Arbanu, a resident of the town near Rouen. “Be we Christians, Muslims, anything, we have to be together.”
Said Aid Lahcen had met the 85-year-old Rev. Jacques Hamel, the slain priest, in the past.
“From the moment when you touch a religion, you attack the nation, and you attack a people. We must not get into divergences, but stay united people as we were before,” he said.
BERLIN – A 27-year-old Syrian asylum seeker who blew himself up at a bar in the southern German town of Ansbach was chatting online with a still-unidentified person immediately before the explosion, Bavaria’s interior minister said Wednesday.
Attacker Mohammed Daleel died and 15 people were wounded when his bomb exploded in a wine bar Sunday night after he was denied entry to a nearby open-air concert because he didn’t have a ticket.
“There was apparently an immediate contact with someone who had a significant influence on this attack,” state Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said on the sidelines of a party meeting in southern Bavaria, news agency dpa reported.
It wasn’t clear whether Daleel was in contact with the Islamic State group or where the other person in the chat was, Herrmann said. He said investigators checking the assailant’s cellphone came across the “intensive chat” and that “the chat appears to end immediately before the attack.”
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“Because of witness testimony on what happened and also the course of the chat, there are indeed questions about whether he intended to set off the bomb at that moment,” Herrmann said.
On Tuesday night, the online magazine of the Islamic State group said the attacker spent months planning the attack, once even hiding his home-made bomb in his room in a state-supported asylum shelter moments before a police raid.
The weekly Al-Nabaa magazine’s report added that Daleel had fought in Iraq and Syria with a branch of al-Qaida and the IS group before arriving in Germany as an asylum seeker two years ago.
READ MORE: Islamic State magazine claims Ansbach attacker fought for group before coming to Germany
Herrmann said a roll of 50-euro ($55) notes was found on the attacker. It’s unclear where the money came from – but it is “unlikely that it could have been paid for solely from what an asylum-seeker in Germany gets in the way of pocket money.” He didn’t specify how much cash was found in total.
The Ansbach explosion was the last of four attacks in Germany in a week, two of which have been claimed by IS. Islamic extremism wasn’t the motive in the other two – including the deadliest, Friday’s shooting in Munich in which nine people were killed.
The attacks have brought Chancellor Angela Merkel’s policy of welcoming refugees under renewed criticism.
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Conservative lawmakers have called for an increased police presence, better surveillance and background checks of migrants – and new strategies to deport criminal asylum seekers more easily.
Al Nabaa’s Arabic-language report on the attacker said he initially fought against government forces with al-Qaida’s branch in Syria before pledging alliance to IS in 2013. He also helped the group with its propaganda efforts, setting up pro-IS accounts online.
In Germany, he started making the bomb, a process that took three months, al Nabaa wrote.
It added that German police once raided his asylum shelter in an unrelated case and searched Daleel’s room without noticing the bomb that he had hidden moments earlier.
IS earlier claimed the Ansbach attack, publishing a video it said was of Daleel pledging allegiance to the group and vowing that Germany’s people “won’t be able to sleep peacefully anymore.” It appears to be the same video as the one found by German investigators on the suicide bomber’s phone.
Daleel unsuccessfully sought asylum in Germany and was awaiting deportation to Bulgaria.
WATCH: Security tight after string of attacks in Germany
The recent attacks have heightened concerns about the government’s migration policy that saw more than 1 million people enter Germany last year.
A senior figure in the nationalist Alternative for Germany party, which has no seats in the national parliament but saw its popularity surge after last year’s migrant influx, suggested Wednesday that there should be “a halt to immigration for Muslims to Germany” until all asylum seekers now in the country have been registered, checked and had their applications processed.
“For security reasons, we can no longer afford to allow yet more Muslims to immigrate to Germany without control,” Alexander Gauland, a deputy party leader, said in a statement. “There are terrorists among the Muslims who immigrated illegally and their number is rising constantly.”
The Interior Ministry says Germany is not still seeing uncontrolled migration. Spokesman Johannes Dimroth said that “for some time” all new arrivals have been registered and checked against security databases.
As for whether people could be treated differently depending on their religion, “as I understand it that simply would be incompatible with our understanding of freedom of religion,” he said.
The bloodshed in Germany began July 18, when a 17-year-old from Afghanistan wielding an axe attacked passengers on a train near Wuerzburg, wounding five people before he was shot to death by police. The IS group claimed responsibility.
German train operator Deutsche Bahn said Wednesday it would invest heavily in increased security and hire hundreds of security staff to control trains and train stations across the country.
The city of Munich said it is re-evaluating its security concept for the annual Oktoberfest and is considering banning all backpacks from the popular beer fest.
Mroue reported from Beirut, Lebanon. Geir Moulson contributed from Berlin.
There was a general consensus (at least across social media) that first lady of the United States Michelle Obama‘s Democratic National Convention (DNC) speech was the highlight of Monday night’s festivities.
She had poise, vigour, and an eloquence that revved up the crowd and even brought some people to tears. She also raised a poignant point about living in the White House, and how she has to “wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.”
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“I watch my daughters — two beautiful, intelligent, black young women — playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.”
Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly managed to put his own spin on the line, trying to somehow justify the use of slaves for contracted labour.
“Slaves that worked there were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labour in 1802,” he said.
“However, the feds did not forbid subcontractors from using slave labour. So, Michelle Obama is essentially correct in citing slaves as builders of the White House, but there were others working as well. Got it all? There will be a quiz.”
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Widely condemned as insensitive and irrelevant to the point Obama was trying to make, O’Reilly’s remarks were criticized strongly on 桑拿会所.
How dare @oreillyfactor defend the practice of slavery?! He should be fired and/or resign for saying something so ignorant. #BillOReilly
— Sam Levine (@Sam_Levine) July 27, 2016
I’m starting a movement to build a wall around Bill O’Reilly. Don’t worry, I’ll make sure he’s just as well-fed as the slaves were.
— Erin Entrada Kelly (@erinkellytweets) July 27, 2016
#BillOreilly says slaves who built #WhiteHouse were well fed & had decent lodges. Bill-they were still slaves!
— Carl Dix (@Carl_Dix) July 27, 2016
Bill O’Reilly reminds you that Kunta Kinte never even thanked white people for the free boat ride.
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) July 27, 2016
I will happily keep Bill O’Reilly fed and sheltered. I’m even willing to put a leash on him and take him for a walk every day.
— Dave Lartigue (@daveexmachina) July 27, 2016
I think Bill O’Reilly just invented Slave-splaining.
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) July 27, 2016
Obama has not commented on O’Reilly’s rebuttal to her speech, and O’Reilly has not yet responded to the backlash (as of this writing).
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The DNC continues tonight with speeches by President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden.
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JUBA, South Sudan – South Sudanese government soldiers raped dozens of ethnic Nuer women and girls last week just outside a United Nations camp where they had sought protection from renewed fighting, and at least two died from their injuries, witnesses and civilian leaders said.
The rapes in the capital of Juba highlighted two persistent problems in the chaotic country engulfed by civil war: targeted ethnic violence and the reluctance by U.N. peacekeepers to protect civilians.
At least one assault occurred as peacekeepers watched, witnesses told The Associated Press during a visit to the camp.
On July 17, two armed soldiers in uniform dragged away a woman who was less than a few hundred meters (yards) from the U.N. camp’s western gate while armed peacekeepers on foot, in an armoured vehicle and in a watchtower looked on. One witness estimated that 30 peacekeepers from Nepalese and Chinese battalions saw the incident.
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“They were seeing it. Everyone was seeing it,” he said. “The woman was seriously screaming, quarreling and crying also, but there was no help. She was crying for help.” He and other witnesses interviewed insisted on speaking on condition of anonymity because they feared reprisals by soldiers if identified.
A spokeswoman for the U.N. mission, Shantal Persaud, did not dispute that rapes took place close to the camp. She did not immediately address why peacekeepers didn’t act to prevent the rapes, saying she was looking into the issue.
The reported assaults occurred about a week after rival government forces clashed in Juba, forcing opposition leader Riek Machar from the city and killing hundreds of people. As a cease-fire took hold, women and girls began venturing outside the U.N. camp for food.
The camp houses over 30,000 civilians who are nearly all ethnic Nuer, the same ethnicity as Machar. They fear attacks by government forces who are mostly ethnic Dinka, the same as Machar’s rival, President Salva Kiir.
As the women and girls walked out of the U.N. camp, they entered an area called Checkpoint, in the shadow of a mountain on Juba’s western outskirts. That stretch of road along one side of the camp saw some of the heaviest fighting and is lined with wrecked shops and burned tanks. It is now inhabited by armed men in and out of uniform.
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In interviews with the AP, women described soldiers in Checkpoint allowing them to leave to buy food but attacking them as they returned.
“When we reached Checkpoint, the soldiers come out and called the women and said, ‘Stop, please, and sit down,’ so we stopped and sat down, and they took one woman inside a shop,” a woman said.
“Four men went inside the shop and they raped the woman while we three stayed outside.”
In another incident, one woman said a group of soldiers pulled two women and two underage girls from their group and gang-raped them in a shop, with more than 10 men to each victim. One girl later died, she said.
“I saw the men taking their trousers off and the ladies crying inside,” said a middle-aged woman. As she spoke, she began to cry. “They said, ‘This one belongs to me, this one belongs to me,”‘ she added.
Multiple Nuer women said soldiers threatened them because of their ethnicity or accused them of being allied with Machar. The women identified the soldiers as ethnic Dinka because of the language they spoke.
“One soldier came and he turned the gun to us. He said, ‘If I kill you now, you Nuer woman, do you think there is anything that can happen to me?”‘ one woman said. She said the soldier slapped her before another soldier intervened, allowing her to escape.
The number of rapes that took place outside the U.N. camp was unclear. The AP interviewed more than a dozen witnesses of rapes or people who spoke with victims, both one-on-one and in small groups.
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The Protection Cluster, a group of aid workers that monitors violence against civilians in South Sudan, noted a “significant spike in reported cases was observed on 18 July when large numbers of women began leaving (the camp) to travel to markets in town in search of food.”
The Protection Cluster said at least two victims are known to have died as a result of their injuries.
Civilian leaders in the U.N. camp have given estimates ranging from 27 to over 70 rapes from the time that women started venturing out for food. The United Nations says it received reports of dozens of cases. A South Sudanese rights group, the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization, said it is investigating 36 reported rapes.
Hospitals inside the camp received four rape cases last week, including an underage girl who said she had been gang-raped by five men and a woman who said she had been gang-raped by five men and beaten, according to medical staff who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
The number of victims reporting to clinics is believed to be lower than the actual total because of the stigma in Nuer culture attached to rape.
The rape of civilians has been a near-constant in South Sudan’s civil war which began in 2013, with both sides accused of using sexual assault, based on ethnicity, as a weapon of war.
READ MORE: South Sudan: A look back at what brought the country to the brink of civil war
Army spokesman Lul Ruai Koang did not deny that rapes occurred after the latest fighting but said the military has yet to receive any formal complaints from victims.
Witnesses and aid workers accuse the armed U.N. peacekeepers, who are mandated to protect civilians with lethal force if necessary, of failing to act.
The U.N. spokeswoman, Persaud, said the recent rapes were not limited to Checkpoint.
“For a fact, uniformed soldiers were involved, heavily involved, in horrific acts of violence against civilians,” Persaud said.
This is not the first time that U.N. peacekeepers have been accused of failing to act.
Last year, over 1,300 women and girls were raped by government forces and allied militias during a scorched-earth campaign in Unity state, according to the Protection Cluster. Doctors Without Borders accused the U.N. mission of “complete and utter failure” to protect civilians there. The medical aid organization also blamed the peacekeeping mission over a government attack on the U.N. camp in the town of Malakal in February that killed about two dozen civilians. A U.N. investigation found confusion in command and control by U.N. forces.
In the latest clashes in Juba, residents of the U.N. camp accused peacekeepers of running away when the camp was shelled. Two Chinese peacekeepers were killed.
Aid workers said they asked the U.N. to increase patrols July 17-18 along the camp where women were most vulnerable, but that patrols in the area did not begin until July 21.
The U.N. said in a statement it had increased patrols outside the camp in response to reported rapes.
One local woman, Christmas David, who said she was beaten by government soldiers but not raped, said the limited patrols were not enough.
“When the U.N. is moving, (the government soldiers) just stop the women and tell them to sit down,” she said. “When the peacekeepers leave the road, then they do the things.”
Things aren’t looking rosy for Lindsay Lohan and her short-term Russian fiancé, Egor Tarabasov.
In a long-winded Instagram post on Tuesday, Lohan recounted an explosive argument with the millionaire, which ultimately sent him “off the radar.”
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The post shows Lohan, 30, on a boat, looking out at the horizon.
The Mean Girls actress says she’s “taking time for herself with good friends.”
She also apologizes for making private matters public.
Lohan’s post comes after the police were called to her London apartment on July 23, after the actress blasted Tarabasov, 23, for being out partying instead of being home with her on Sunday. She also accused him of strangling her and said he needed “anger management.”
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She made the suggestion she’s pregnant, but there has not been confirmation from Lohan’s camp on that.
Lohan tweeted several accusations with accompanying photos, but has since deleted them. According to multiple sources, the pictures showed Tarabasov out at what appears to be a club. The tweets remain:
After the blow-up, Lohan reportedly called her father, Michael Lohan, for comfort.
“[She has been] texting me back and forth that she’s OK but [Tarabasov is] off the radar, and he has been off the radar since this happened,” Michael Lohan said. “She said he cheated. I don’t think she would say that if it wasn’t true. Things happen. I don’t know what their relationship is like. Relationships take twists and turns, what are you going to do?”
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The pair became engaged in April after dating for only a few months.
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TORONTO – A retirement home in north Toronto is preparing to welcome an unusual resident: Ludwig, an artificially intelligent robot.
Adorned with spiky mauve-coloured hair, green-tinged eyes and a few quirky facial expressions to mimic a range of emotions, the two-foot-tall robot is made to look and act like a little boy.
But his job is far from child’s play.
By drawing his elderly neighbours into conversation, Ludwig’s creators say he can track and monitor signs of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
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He’s so good, he can detect subtle changes in speech and vocal patterns that might escape retirement home staff, says Isaac Weinroth, executive director of One Kenton Place, where Ludwig will begin trials next month.
“Even things like the time gap between verbs, or the use of verbs, or lack of verbs, the time gap between sentences, between words in sentences,” he says.
“Those are the kind of minute changes that the robot and the technology can pick up as it interacts with an individual, that we as human beings don’t necessarily track as well.”
And the earlier such changes are caught, the sooner the resident can get help, says Weinroth.
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“You might need to adjust medication or even day-to-day activities. If somebody is showing weaknesses in one area you can focus on that area to try and strengthen it.”
Ludwig, named after philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, was developed by a research team at the University of Toronto.
Team leader Dr. Frank Rudzicz predicts artificial intelligence “will play a huge role in elderly care going forward,” envisioning robots could also monitor seniors in their own homes eventually.
“There’s going to be a huge rise of incidence of Alzheimer’s disease in the next couple of decades,” says Rudzicz, a scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and an assistant computer science professor at the U of T.
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“Right now, there’s about 600,000 people in Canada with the disease. That will go up to about 1.5 million in the next few decades. And there aren’t enough people to look after all of these individuals.”
Ludwig is not meant to replace care provided by flesh-and-blood nurses and doctors, adds Rudzicz, describing the technology as more of a “stop-gap.”
“It’s going to be a way to take away some of the burden for those individuals and current nurses and doctors to focus on what they normally do,” he says.
“It’s hard to predict the future. I think people are becoming more accepting of technology than they used to be. So I’m hopeful.”
During a demonstration at One Kenton Place on Tuesday, Ludwig asked 97-year-old Elizabeth Graner her name and some simple questions, but the conversation would stall whenever the senior failed to hear what the robot was saying.
READ MORE: What are the early warning signs and symptoms of dementia?
Graner’s daughter, Penny Blake, was skeptical that Ludwig would be able to offer anything more than she or any other human caregiver could.
“It was a good college try, maybe it needs more work or whatever,” Blake said after the demonstration, in which Ludwig asked her mother to describe images on a tablet.
“Humans make connections a lot easier than computers,” Blake continues.
“I’m not convinced he could (do a better job). Maybe he can aid a human, maybe he can be a good toy for these guys.”
Researchers expect Ludwig will be fine-tuned as he’s put into practice.
An introductory trial in August will be followed by more rigorous research in October and November. If all goes well, a more sophisticated version of Ludwig could start popping up in retirement homes across the country, says Weinroth.
“This is a multi-year project,” adds Rudzicz. “We’re at the very beginning of it now.”
Drinking water top priority
Debate over pipelines can wait
Visits temporarily suspended at Sask. Penitentiary
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says making sure there is enough drinking water for communities affected by an oil spill into a major river is the No. 1 concern right now.
Wall says the debate about whether pipelines in general are safe can wait until another day.
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“We need to make sure that drinking water is available, that potable water is available to communities affected by this. That’s the first challenge,” he said Wednesday at the legislature in Regina.
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“We’ll get into the debate on pipelines versus rail or how we move oil across this country at a later date, but for now I think we should just set it aside.”
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A leak from a Husky Energy oil pipeline last Thursday released between 200,000 and 250,000 litres of oil, which has been making its way down the North Saskatchewan River.
It has already hit the cities of North Battleford, Prince Albert and Melfort, where water intakes have been shut down and measures to conserve drinking water have been put in place.
An incident report Husky released on Tuesday indicates the company knew something might be wrong with one of its oil pipelines about 14 hours before it told the Saskatchewan government of the leak.
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Wall noted that Husky has said it will review what happened and why there was a delay, but he added that the company’s response to the spill itself appears to have followed protocol.
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He also said he expects Husky to live up to its promise to cover the costs of cleanup – and more.
“Husky has said that they will be responsible for the financial costs of all of this and I expect that to be the case,” he said.
“We think of the big costs and the responsibility for those are on the company … but we also should be concerned … that there’s been business interruption costs for a lot of small businesses and that will need to be a part of the cost to Husky as well.”
He was planning to visit the affected area on Thursday. But local officials, saying they wanted to focus on their response efforts, asked the premier to wait until later.
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Shelley Gordon, owner of the 6th Avenue Car Wash in Prince Albert, has not been able to run her business since Monday.
“It’s been very unfortunate. Employees are without wages. We’re without revenue to get through this tough time,” she said.
On a normal summer day, cars would be lined up, she said.
“This is when car washes make their money. It makes up for the days in January and December when we’re really quiet. It’s an unfortunate time of the year to have a disaster like this happen.”
The cleanup effort has run into some challenges.
The oil sheen has been dispersing as it moves downstream, which makes it more difficult to skim it off the surface, said Wes Kotyk with Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Environment.
Nine booms have been placed on the river where they’re believed to be most helpful, but their performance is in question.
“They’re likely not going to be very effective in accumulating or collecting any of the material once the sheen gets that thin.”
Some of the oil has sunk, but it’s not clear how much. There is no plan yet to clean up the below-surface oil because not enough is known about how the heavy conventional crude reacts in water.
Samples have been sent for analysis and Husky has been helpful in providing its own chemical tests, said Lo Cheng, with the federal Environment and Climate Change Department.
“Really what we need to understand is how does that product behave in this environment? What is its fate? Does it degrade? Does it break down? Does it interact with sediment?”
Sam Ferris of Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency said North Battleford should have enough water in its reservoirs if it continues its conservation efforts and there is no major event, such as a major fire, to deplete the supply.
One other option being considered is to pre-treat the oil-tainted river water before it enters the plant.
There could be long-term costs as well. The Water Security Agency doesn’t have enough information yet to estimate how long areas affected by the spill may have to keep interim water measures in place, the premier said.
The ecological impact on the river will also have to be assessed and addressed.
“We’ve got to have complete restoration and rehabilitation of habitat and the ecology along the North Saskatchewan.”
In Prince Albert, the city manager said a temporary pipeline that was to be completed on Wednesday to bolster the city’s water supply wouldn’t be done until Friday.
The oil spill has also forced Correctional Service of Canada to temporarily suspend visits at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary.
Officials say the facility continues to operate on a modified routine and is not under lockdown.
With files from Global News
As Hillary Clinton became the Democratic nominee for president Tuesday, a question began to swirl around on the Internet: what will former president Bill Clinton’s title be if Hillary becomes president?
The question has been raised a few times over the course of Hillary’s push for the White House in November, and more recently on social media as the Democratic National Convention was held in Philadelphia.
And it seems to be a tricky question. One political science professor jokingly told Global News “I have no idea to be honest.”
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Melissa Haussman, political science professor at Carleton University, said Bill would most likely to be referred to as “Mr. Clinton” in formal settings rather than “former president.”
“However, interestingly enough in informal [settings] they could use the designation. But obviously if both (Hillary and Bill]) were attending a function together I’m assuming he wouldn’t have the president title used,” Haussman said in an email to Global News.
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Late last year, Hillary was asked by late-night host Jimmy Kimmel what her husband would be called if she becomes president.
“Would [Bill] be the first man? Would he be the first gentleman? Would he be the first mate? Who decides that?” Kimmel inquired.
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— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) July 27, 2016
“I think part of what we have to figure out is what do you call the male spouse of a female president,” Hillary said during the November interview. “It’s a little bit more complicated with him because people still call former presidents Mr. President, so I have to really work on this,” Hillary said.
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Kimmel suggested calling Bill “the first president lady” while Hillary suggested “first dude, first mate, first gentleman.”
The former president himself addressed the question in a January 2015 interview with talk show host Rachael Ray.
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“If a woman became president, I could be called Adam,” Bill said, referencing the Biblical first man.
As The Telegraph points out, Hillary suggested early in her campaign that the idea of naming Bill as her choice for vice-president “had crossed her mind’ but was later told the move would be unconstitutional.
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Speaking with USA Today, a former chief of staff to Laura Bush said a likely scenario is Bill would still be referred to as Mr. President.
“He’s entitled to this title (Mr. President) for the rest of his life, no matter what temporary custodianship he has of this or any other position,” Anita McBride told the news outlet.
From suggestions from talk show hosts to social media users, it’s seems that if Hillary wins the White House later this year, no one really seems to know what to call the spouse of a female president.
OTTAWA – Move over, British Columbia: Canada’s oilpatch next door in Alberta is on track to have Canada’s most aggressive carbon pricing system by 2020.
That’s the conclusion of a new study that compares the coverage of various carbon taxes and cap-and-trade schemes in four provinces that have all embraced market-based approaches to cutting emissions of greenhouse gases.
The report from Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, an independent, non-partisan research body, comes as a federal-provincial working group is wrestling with ways to co-ordinate a new pan-Canadian price on carbon emissions.
Chris Ragan, the McGill University economist and commission chairman, says an early version of the paper was sent to the working group about six weeks ago.
It’s a politically contentious subject complicated not just by some provincial and territorial governments that are reluctant to impose any carbon price, but also by very different pricing systems in provinces that are already on board.
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Finding a transparent way to compare provincial pricing – and to set common national pricing parameters – could avoid a politically divisive “zero sum game” argument over dividing up emissions reductions by province, says the study. Comparable pricing, regardless of what system each province uses to achieve it, also offers provincial flexibility while realizing the economic efficiencies of having a relatively uniform carbon price across Canada.
The study’s five authors found that factoring in how much of the economy is covered by the price signal matters a great deal, and that emissions trading credits also must be considered for a true province-to-province comparison.
“The obvious point here is that you can’t just look at price to compare things,” Ragan said in an interview. “At a minimum you’ve got to think about price and coverage.”
B.C. was the first province to impose a carbon tax back in 2008, but because 30 per cent of the provincial economy isn’t exposed to B.C.’s current $30-per-tonne tax, the effective tax rate is more like $21 per tonne, says the study. Alberta’s new, broader carbon tax will eclipse it by 2020, coming in at $23.40.
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“B.C. likes to think of itself as the most stringent policy because they’ve got the higher price,” said Ragan.
“They have a higher price but actually don’t have the most stringent policy because they have relatively low coverage.”
Quebec’s existing cap-and-trade carbon market covers 85 per cent of the provincial economy, making it the most comprehensive in Canada.
Quebec, like Ontario, is part of the Western Climate Initiative which includes the state of California in a carbon permit trading market. Quebec’s current marginal price of about $16.40 per tonne makes its carbon cost appear much smaller than B.C.’s, but after factoring in coverage rates and the impact of imported emissions permits, the commission found that by 2020 Quebec’s effective price will be $18.08 per tonne.
Ontario will be a little further back, with an effective carbon price of $17.83.
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Alberta, meanwhile, will see its rising carbon tax cover 78 per cent of the province’s economy by 2020, leaving it with the highest effective carbon price per tonne in the country.