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Most Canadians happy, Globe survey finds

A new Gandalf Group survey commissioned by The Globe and Mail suggests Canadian adults are
satisfied with many aspects of their lives, with the most powerful determinants being mental health

and having a sense of purpose

of Canadians report being very happy

Sixty-seven per cent of Canadians report being very happy, generally speaking, and 68 per cent are very satisfied with their lives, according to a new, nationwide Gandalf Group survey conducted for The Globe and Mail. Just 5 per cent of Canadians say they are very unhappy. The online survey of nearly 2,500 adults looked at Canadians’ overall happiness and the level of satisfaction with specific aspects of their personal, family, social, work, and financial lives. The margin of error for a probability sample of this size would be plus or minus 2 per cent, 19 times out of 20, according to the Gandalf Group. The sample of Canadians was weighted to reflect the country’s gender, age, and regional distribution.

The most powerful overall determinants of happiness and satisfaction with life are mental health and having a sense of purpose. The area that Canadians
are least content with? Their sex lives. Just 37 per cent say they’re very satisfied with sexual encounters or activity — the lowest score of all of the survey questions.

COVID cases drop 9 per cent globally last week, deaths stable

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LONDON - New coronavirus cases fell 9% globally last week while deaths remained stable, according to the latest weekly assessment of the pandemic released Wednesday by the World Health Organization.

The UN health agency said there were 6.5 million cases reported last week with more than 14,000 deaths. WHO said the number of new cases fell 35% in Europe but increased about 20% in the Western Pacific and 5% in Africa. Deaths rose 44% in the Western Pacific and 26% in the Middle East, while falling about a quarter in Europe.

WHO has previously warned that recent surveillance of COVID-19 has been severely compromised by countries reducing their testing, reporting and other coronavirus alert systems. The agency has said COVID-19 figures are likely being significantly underestimated, which could make it more difficult to spot any worrisome new variants.

In the U.K., the Office for National Statistics reported last week that COVID-19 cases dropped to about 1 in 20 people in England infected, suggesting that the latest wave of the coronavirus may have peaked in the country.


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A Chinese agronomist has helped Canadian greenhouse technology move forward, curiously by moving backward.

Dong Jianyi uses only materials and the laws of thermodynamics to grow cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, and more—even in the frigid Alberta winter—all without using a single watt.

A geologist who abandoned the oil industry due to crashing oil prices, Dong Jianyi’s Fresh Pal Farms is believed to be the largest “passive greenhouse” in Canada.

Growing vegetables in China’s cold north necessitates innovation, and passive greenhouses which don’t use electricity are common in that part of the country.
“In north China, it also gets really cold and pretty dark in winter, but people can grow year-round,” Dong told CBC. “Where I lived in China, there were so many passive solar greenhouses. But in Canada, I didn’t see any on the commercial
scale,” he said.

The 300-foot long, 30-foot wide greenhouse is constructed out of a steel frame with two polyolefin plastic roofs. An electric
motor allows operators to extend and retract an insulating blanket to trap heat absorbed during the day. This keeps the 10,000-square foot interior space at 82°F (28°C) compared to outside December temperatures of 20°F (-7°C).

On the north side lies a 24-inch thick clay wall, which captures light more easily from a south-lying sun. At night the clay radiates heat into the space, further ensuring the plants can survive winter temperature that in Olds, Alberta can fall to -31°F (-35°C).

Last year Dong grew 29,000 pounds of tomatoes alone last year while saving $30,000 in energy and heating costs.

The passive solar greenhouses have a high upfront cost, Dong admits, but they pay back the investment in subsequent years through energy savings, as greenhouses tend to be powered by natural gas.

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Largest pink diamond in 300 years discovered in Angola, company says

The Associated Press · Posted: Jul 27, 2022 11:35 AM ET | Last Updated: July 27

Lucapa Diamond Company says 170-carat stone dubbed the 'Lulo Rose'

A big, pink diamond of 170 carats has been discovered in Angola and is claimed to be the largest such gemstone found in 300 years.

Named the "Lulo Rose," the diamond was found at the Lulo alluvial diamond mine, the mine's owner, the Lucapa Diamond Company, announced Wednesday on its website.

"Only one in 10,000 diamonds is coloured pink. So you're certainly looking at a very rare article when you find a very large pink diamond," Lucapa CEO Stephen Wetherall told The Associated Press.

The pink gemstone is expected to fetch a high value when auctioned, but Wetherall said he doesn't know what kind of premium will be paid because of its colour.

Mine has history of large discoveries

Lulo is an alluvial mine which means the stones are recovered from a river bed. The Lucapa company is searching for underground deposits, known as kimberlite pipes, which would be the main source of the diamonds, said Wetherall, speaking from the company's headquarters in Australia.

"We're looking for the kimberlite pipes that brought these diamonds to the surface," Wetherall said. "When you find these high-value large diamonds ... it certainly elevates the excitement from our perspective in our hunt for the primary source."

About 400 staff are employed at the Lulo mine, which has already produced the two largest diamonds ever found in Angola, including a 404-carat clear diamond, he said.

The pink gemstone is the fifth largest diamond found at the mine where 27 diamonds of 100 carats or more have been found, according to Lucapa.


Recruiting Women Essential to Canada’sTransportation and Logistics Industry

Over the past year, Canada’s transportation and logistics industry has had an increased impact on the lives of millions of Canadians. However according to a new survey by Federal Express Canada Corporation (FedEx Express Canada), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the world’s largest express transportation company, very few professional women see themselves being a part of this sector. Less than one in ten women (eight  per cent) stated they considered a career in transportation, logistics, and supply chains an “appealing career choice.”

The first-ever FedEx Express Canada Women in Transportation and Logistics survey of 1,039 Canadian professional women, conducted by Angus Reid Forum, found that employers in transportation and logistics have much to do to encourage more women to be a part of the industry.   Included among the survey findings:

 Nearly half of women (48 per cent) surveyed stated that they would not be open to a career in
transportation and logistics.

 Of those, over a third (37 per cent) stated that they did not have enough knowledge of the
sector to know if there were professional opportunities that would appeal to them, suggesting
that the industry needs to do more to educate prospective women candidates.

 Roughly one third of those surveyed (32 per cent) said they were actively taking steps to
advance their career or planned on returning to school.




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A machine that recycles waste back to life

The world of over-consumption contributes to world pollution. Businesses and consumers do not always recycle their old furniture.

A brilliant idea

Dave Hakkens, from the Netherlands, has found a solution to give these objects a second life. Creative and talented, he recycles all used  objects thanks to his machines. He has already recycled electronic waste into modular phones. His latest project is the Precious plastic machine that has made him known worldwide. The creator chose the word precious because plastic is a very polluting and abundant material. The machine looks like a container, making it easy to recycle plastic into any object. It only requires some imagination!

This is an easy-to-use system because the machine grinds plastic into flakes. Processed plastic is placed into a mould
and heated to a high temperature. The machine is already available in Sri Lanka and Morocco. Recycling plastic

stimulates creativity, and it becomes very easy to create new objects while reducing ecological impact.

Making plastic recycling accessible

Hakkens sells his machines, even if most end up in non-profit organizations, so that anyone can recycle plastic. He has generated many collection points to facilitate access to recycling. However, if there are none nearby, the creator offers simplified machines allowing anyone to create a collection point. Thanks to his committed work, all of the designer’s recycling points have collected more than 540,000 kg of plastic waste in one year. About 1,200 kg per collection point per year. This is minimal compared to the large traditional recycling companies. But Hakken’s goal is to make plastic recycling
accessible and creative to encourage as many people as possible to engage with recycling around the world. Since it requires simplified machines, anyone can use it and create beautiful pieces!



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