School safety symposium

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It’s been more than five months since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.Since then, many U.S. schools are shifting to a new approach to keep kids safe. At a symposium in Toronto Wednesday, Kelda Yuen spoke to school safety experts on how the U.S. approach can also work on this side of the border. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09


Why the price of gas isnt dropping

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00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 If you’re spending more money on gas than you’d like, you’re not alone.Gas prices have hit $1.28 in Hamilton and Oakville. In St. Catharines, it’s not much lower, sitting at $1.26.“What I don’t understand is why when the price of the barrel of oil goes up by $1.50, gas will go up by 12 cents a litre but when it comes down by $1.50, gas goes down by 2 cents,” says one angry driver in Hamilton.Other drivers are asking the same question, but the fact is gas markets are very different from oil markets, and the rising price of gas is due to other factors.“We’ve pushed ourselves into a corner, especially in Eastern Canada, we’ve shut down refineries, We’ve shut one down in Oakville, another one in Montreal, and another in the Maritimes. At some point we’ve got to ask our neighbours, the Americans, for our gas,” says Dan McTeague of tomorrowsgaspricetoday.com. Canada imports almost a third of its gasoline and then there’s the rising price of ethanol.“The blend is pretty substantial, and the price of ethanol has gone through the roof,” says McTeague.This time last year, the average price of gas was $1.22, the year before that it was $1.17.A weakening Canadian dollar is also a factor in why we’re paying more for gas this year.“We’ve lost almost 4 cents of value in the past 8 to 9 weeks. Because we price all of our commodities in U.S. terms, that means you instantaneously have to pay that 4 cent a litre premium.” read more


Argentinas treasury minister resigns senior official says

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A senior official in Argentina’s presidential office says the country’s treasury minister resigned Saturday.The resignation comes three days after President Nicolas Macri announced his conservative administration is temporarily increasing the minimum wage, reducing payroll taxes and implementing other steps to help Argentine workers as the country struggles to overcome sizzling inflation, high unemployment and other economic problems.That move came after a leftist presidential slate that includes Macri’s predecessor, Cristina Fernández, turned in a powerful showing last Sunday in primary voting for candidates going into October general elections. Macri’s slate did poorly, and the already weak Argentine peso slumped and stock prices fell sharply as investors reacted in worry about the vote results.Hernan Alvarez, The Associated Press read more


JP Morgan precious metals traders charged

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NEW YORK — Two current traders and one former trader in the New York offices of JPMorgan are charged with manipulating the precious metals futures market.The Justice Department announced an indictment Monday against Gregg Smith of Scarsdale, New York; Michael Nowak of Montclair, New Jersey; and Christopher Jordan of Mountainside, New Jersey.New York FBI official William F. Sweeney Jr. says the men are accused of an eight-year scheme to trade precious metals in a way that negatively affected “the natural balance of supply-and-demand.”JPMorgan declined to comment. An attorney who represented Nowak in a related civil case didn’t immediately respond to an email message. The names of Smith’s and Jordan’s lawyers weren’t immediately available.They were awaiting court appearances in New York and New Jersey. The federal indictment was issued in Illinois.The Associated Press read more


Angry Dutch farmers descend on The Hague to demand respect

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Thousands of farmers are heading to The Hague, many driving tractors slowly through the morning rush hour, for a national day of protest to demand more respect for their profession.The Dutch motorists association, ANWB, reported that Tuesday was the busiest ever morning rush hour on the nation’s roads, with more than 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) of traffic jams blamed on convoys of tractors, bad weather and accidents.Organizers of the protest say on their website that they want to counter the “negative image” of farming in the Netherlands.They say, “we are not animal abusers and environment polluters, we have a heart for our businesses.”Agriculture Minister Carola Schouten is expected to address the farmers in the early afternoon.The Associated Press read more