Toronto might be getting a new green bin, but just don’t expect it to be raccoon-proof, says the city’s senior solid-waste management analyst. “We never say raccoon-proof,” said Kevin Vibert. “To make a bin that is 100% raccoon-proof, you would almost have to build a vault.”
Cheers! With caveats! Last year, U.S. researchers published a study involving 1,824 people between the ages of 55 and 65, grouping those who enjoyed one or two drinks a day and those who completely avoided alcohol. When researchers checked on the subjects 20 years later, they found that abstainers had an increased mortality rate more than two times that of moderate drinkers.
More recently, scientists at the University of Calgary analyzed data on alcohol consumption and heart disease and determined that those who drink one to two glasses of alcohol per day are up to 25% less likely to develop heart disease.
Study after study has shown that moderate drinking is good for your health. But the question that remains is why. The perils of drink are well-known, but its positive attributes are difficult to pin down.
Graphic Timeline: The war in Libya In the struggle over the future of Libya, momentum has shifted multiple times, with rebels and government forces each waxing and waning in succession.
Gaddafi to stay ‘until the end’: spokesman Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi will stay in the country “until the end” to lead it to victory against its enemies, a government spokesman said on Thursday. Speaking after former Foreign Secretary Moussa Koussa defected and flew to Britain on Wednesday, the spokesman said Western air strikes against Libya had only united its top leadership against “a clear enemy”.
A new wave of young Irish workers head for Canada “So you have all these young, educated, highly skilled people in Ireland who are suddenly in a situation where there are very few jobs. They’re looking around and they see how Canada has come through the recession and they see more opportunity here.”
300-km winds batter Australia One of the most powerful cyclones on record slammed into Australia’s northeast coast on Thursday, tearing off roofs and bringing down power lines but there were no reports of deaths as first light broke.
Hatches battened: Aussies report on Yasi Tropical cyclone Yasi has been downgraded to a category three, but not before winds up to 290 km per hour tore into the Queensland coast. The extent of the damage will be more apparent once the sun rises, but Aussies having trouble sleeping through the storm have been reporting its progress.