5.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes off Morocco’s Mediterranean Coast

Rabat – A 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck Friday the coast of the cities of Al Hoceima and Nador, according to the the National Geophysics Institute (CNRST).The tremor, which occurred at 04:16m am (GM) was followed by another of lesser intensity, with magnitude 4.3 on the Richter scale. The epicenter of the quake was located off Al Hoceima and Nador, according to the same source.An earthquake of almost the same magnitude struck the region last week. A Magnitude 5.3 quake hit the two coastal cities on Thursday March 3. This is the third earthquake that hits Morocco in the past two weeks. A 3.4-magnitide quake had hit the central city of Midelt on February 26.MWN with MAP read more

Ottawas deficit shrinks as tax revenue grows

OTTAWA — The Canadian government ran a $941-million deficit for October compared with a $3.21-billion deficit in the same month last year.Ottawa’s fiscal monitor says the improvement came as revenue increased 11.1 per cent, boosted by higher personal income tax and Goods and Services Tax revenues.The results of a year ago included a one-time adjustment downward due to the introduction of the Conservative government’s income-splitting plan for families and a doubling of the children’s fitness tax credit.The newly elected Liberal government is planning to discontinue income splitting.Program spending for October 2015 increased by 0.4 per cent, while public debt charges fell 6.4 per cent.For the April to October period, the government posted a surplus of $634 million compared with a deficit of $3.95 billion in the same period a year earlier.Revenue for the first seven months of the fiscal year was up 8.7 per cent, while program spending was up 6.6 per cent. Public debt charges fell 3.6 per cent. read more

Council suggests buying a loved one a wheelie bin for Christmas

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The bins, in which you can dump grass cuttings, leaves, pruning and hedge trimmings – but not soil, rubbles or household waste – are collected every two weeks from March to November and every month from December to February.All waste from the garden waste bins are turned into compost and used in local farms.Chris Stevens, 36, said his wife would be fuming if she found a giant 240-litre wheelie bin under the tree.He said: “My wife would not be happy if she found a massive wheelie bin under the tree.”Apart from anything else it would cost a fortune to wrap it up – what a daft idea.”Sam Russell wrote online: “Drop everything – Bromley Council have the best gift ideas.”And Sharon Hook wrote: “Ha ha – just want I’ve always wanted – a giant bin for Christmas. What a rubbish idea!” A council has been criticised for a “rubbish” idea after recommending that locals buy a loved one a £60 wheelie for Christmas.Bromley Council in south London has written to residents suggesting that a 240-litre wheelie bin for garden waste with fortnightly collection thrown in could be the perfect present.Writing in the most recent winter newsletter, called Environment Matters, the council states: “Need an unusual gift idea? Treat that special someone to a year’s worth of garden waste collections!”Your loved one will receive a large 240L wheelie bin to hold all types of green garden waste including leaves, weeds, twigs, grass cuttings and even real Christmas trees.”Scheduled collections are made regularly every other week during peak gardening season March to November, then once a month from December to February.”Why not sign up yourself and save the hassle of disposal? If you have a smaller garden or if you only garden occasionally, you can even share the cost and the wheelie bin with a neighbour. “It says you can either buy the bin – which will be emptied for the year – or buy gift voucher.The council says that the annual garden waste collection service costs the equivalent of just £1.15-a-week and is “exclusive to residents in the borough” and is “ideal if you are frequent gardener or if you are unable to home compost large amounts of garden waste yourself”.last_img read more