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Antarctic temperature of 20.75C for first time on record [Updated]

20.75° Celsius = 69.3° Fahrenheit

Jonathan Watts, The Guardian »

The Antarctic has registered a temperature of more than 20C (68F) for the first time in history, prompting fears of climate instability in the world’s greatest repository of ice.

The 20.75C logged by Brazilian scientists at Seymour Island on 9 February was almost a full degree higher than the previous record of 19.8C, taken on Signy Island in January 1982.

It follows another recent temperature record: on 7 February an Argentinian research station at Esperanza measured 18.3C, which was the highest reading on the continental Antarctic peninsula.

More » France24 » Record high Antarctic temperatures sparks global sea rise worries

10 strategies successful people use to make better decisions

Dr. Travis Bradberry, writing for the World Economic Forum »

A study from Columbia University found that we’re bogged down by a good 70 decisions a day.

With so many decisions taking up each day, learning to prioritize them and make them effectively is essential to your success and happiness.

  • They turn small decisions into routines …
  • … and make big decisions in the morning
  • They pay attention to their emotions
  • They evaluate their options objectively
  • They sleep on it …
  • … but not for too long
  • They use exercise to recharge
  • They always go back to their moral compass
  • They seek outside counsel
  • They reflect on previous decisions

Read the whole article to learn more »


Belgian criminal sends ‘greetings from Thailand’ postcard back to the prison in Antwerp he escaped from

That’s brazen.

Jon Stone, The Independent »

A man who escaped from a Belgian prison last month has taunted his former jailers by sending them a postcard with the message “Greetings from Thailand”.

Oualid Sekkaki was one of five convicts to escape from Turnhout prison in Antwerp province on 19 December by climbing over the prison wall to a getaway car parked nearby.

Prime Minister Trudeau reassures Ukrainian president of Canada’s ‘steadfast’ support

Levon Sevunts »

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy who called on Friday to congratulate the Liberal leader on his re-election.

Trudeau reaffirmed Canada’s “steadfast support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” said a readout of the call released by the Prime Minister’s Offices.

The two leaders discussed progress in the implementation of the Minsk Agreement to end the conflict in the Donbas region of Eastern Ukraine, as well as recent confidence-building measures such as prisoner exchanges between Russia and Ukraine.

Read the whole article at Radio Canada International »

Canada is becoming a start-up mecca rivalling Silicon Valley

Since 2015, Canada has become a lot more hospitable to start-ups. Big tech companies now have a presence. Corporate investment is flowing in across the country.

Elaine Pofeldt, writing for CNBC »

Innovative business ideas are bubbling up in this emerging start-up mecca that is now rivaling Silicon Valley. It’s not surprising that five Canadian companies made the 2019 CNBC Upstart 100 list unveiled on Tuesday. The ranking of the world’s most promising start-ups included Deep Genomics [Toronto]; Attabotics, Calgary; Nobul, Toronto: Cmd, Vancouver and; RenoRun, Montreal. Collectively these fledglings raised over $77 million in venture capital.

Their funding success is indicative of a broader phenomenon. Canadian venture capital funds poured about $2.2 billion into 249 financings in the first half of 2019, according to the Canadian Venture Capital Report, published by CPE Media Analytics. The growth has been driven by scale-ups like Sonder Canada, an Airbnb partner, which raised the equivalent of $250 million in funding this past summer, the report found.

Liberal Party under leadership of Justin Trudeau re-elected for a second term » However results reflect a divided nation

Chantal Hébert, in the Hamilton Spectator »

Under the guise of a minority victory for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, Canadians have given themselves a Parliament that better reflects their deepening divisions than a common national purpose.

If anything, the election stands to exacerbate rising tensions between parts of the federation.

In each and every case the capacity of Canada’s main parties to speak for the country has been diminished.


On the morning after the 2015 election, many progressive swing voters celebrated Trudeau’s accession to power. This year, most of them are first and foremost celebrating Andrew Scheer’s defeat.

As expected, Prairie voters massively deserted the Liberals. With no Liberal seat in Alberta, that province will spend the next few years looking on federal power from the opposition benches.


If there is one issue that is not going off the radar over the next months and years, it is climate change.

The Conservatives have spent the past two years all but inviting voters who worry about the planet’s top-of-mind environmental issue to shop elsewhere.

Read the whole article in the Hamilton Spectator »

Same article in the Toronto Star »

More » CBC » Trudeau’s to-do list: calm rising regional tensions, heal rifts with premiers

Brigid Kosgei sets new women’s marathon world record in Chicago

Wynne Davis, writing for NPR »

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei won the Chicago Marathon on Sunday with a time of 2 hours 14 minutes 4 seconds, breaking the previous world record by 81 seconds.

At 25, the Kenyan defended her title after winning last year’s event, and put almost 7 minutes between herself and her competition. Both from Ethopia, Ababel Yeshaneh finished second with a time of 2:20:51 and Gelete Burka came in third at 2:20:55.

The previous world record time of 2:15:25 was set by Britain’s Paula Radcliffe in 2003 at the London Marathon.

More » AFP

Video » Reuters

Canada adds 53,700 jobs in September with wages growing 4.3%

Canada’s labor market posted another strong advance in September and the unemployment rate continued it’s unexpectedly fall.

Bloomberg (paywall) »

Canada posted another surprisingly strong month of job gains in a labor market that is on track for one of its best years on record.

The economy added 53,700 jobs last month, Statistics Canada said Friday in Ottawa, following a gain of 81,100 in August. Canada has now added 358,100 since December, the most in the first nine months of a year since 2002.

The strong print will only reaffirm Bank of Canada expectations that the economy has developed a certain amount of resilience to trade headwinds and global economic uncertainties, giving it ammunition to buck the global trend of lower interest rates.

Kelsey Johnson, writing in Reuters »

The Canadian economy added a stronger-than-expected 53,700 net jobs in September, with all the gains coming in full-time work and largely driven by the services sector, Statistics Canada data showed on Friday, reducing analysts’ expectations for a central bank rate cut this month.

The national unemployment rate fell to a near-record low of 5.5%, from 5.7% in August, while wages for permanent employees rose 4.3% year-over-year. Analysts in a Reuters poll had forecast a gain of 10,000 jobs and an unemployment rate of 5.7%. Canada hit an all-time low jobless rate in May at 5.4%.

The Canadian dollar strengthened to C$1.3225 to the U.S. dollar, or 75.61 cents U.S., after the bigger-than-expected jobs gain.

Canadian Press via CTV News »

Canada’s unemployment rate nudged down to a near four-decade low last month, seemingly shrugging off global signs of an economic slowdown, but with economists warning that the numbers weren’t entirely rosy.

Statistics Canada’s monthly labour force survey showed the country added about 54,000 net new jobs in September, driven largely by gains in full-time work, and dropping the jobless rate nationally by 0.2 points to 5.5 per cent.

The numbers surpassed analysts’ expectations that the country would gain 10,000 jobs in September, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv.

More » Wall Street Journal (paywall), CBC News

Video » Bloomberg

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