July 16, 2013 |
The train engineer on duty during the July 6 Canadian rail disaster that killed at least 50 people and incinerated the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic is devastated and in seclusion, his lawyer told Canadian journalists Tuesday. Tom Harding, who was the sole Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway employee assigned to the doomed train at the time of the derailment and explosion, was put on unpaid leave by the rail company while investigators determine the cause of the worst train accident in the country in 150 years.
July 12, 2013 |
As Canadian investigators sift through the gruesome wreckage of an oil train derailment and explosion in Lac Megantic, Quebec, the deadly crash has intensified a debate among environmentalists and energy-independence advocates as to whether it is safer to ship oil by rail or by pipeline. The circuitous route the oil involved in the accident was taking to its ultimate destination - U.S. consumers - also illustrates the conundrum faced by North American producers eager to get their crude oil to a far-flung network of specialized refineries within easy onward delivery range of the intended markets.
July 7, 2013 |
In the 2002 Gold Cup, Martinique midfielder Fabrice Reuperne missed a devastating penalty kick in a quarterfinal loss to Canada. A 37-year-old Reuperne still remembered it, and then he made sure Canada remembered him with a 25-yard rising volley in the 93rd minute that sent his Martinique squad into a bench-clearing celebration with a 1-0 victory in a Gold Cup opener Sunday at the Rose Bowl. “It was good revenge for him,” Martinique Coach Patrick Cavelan said. The opportunity came off a poor clearance from Canada during a late corner kick.
July 6, 2013 |
A driverless runaway train hauling tankers of crude oil derailed in the center of a small town in Quebec, Canada, early Saturday, igniting massive fireballs and gushing flaming fuel that left at least one person dead and as many as 100 missing, according to residents and local officials. The accident forced the evacuation of 2,000 people from Lac-Megantic, a town of 6,000 people about 155 miles east of Montreal and close to the Maine border. The 73-car train, destined for Maine, had been parked outside the town for a crew change and was left unattended, said Joseph McGonigle, vice president of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway.
July 5, 2013 |
It's not surprising hotels are unleashing special perks and menus aimed at dog owners. Pet owners are an attractive demographic, last year spending more than $50 billion on their four-legged friends, a 73% increase in the last decade, according to Dillon Media, a marketing strategy firm. The biggest spenders were people who don't have kids at home - the kind of traveler who can stay longer and spend more. Although dog menus are still a rarity in U.S. hotels, they're a growing trend.
July 5, 2013 |
I ask you: Is there anything nicer than a Canadian? A puppy? A nun? No, Canadians are definitely nicer than nuns. All cheekiness aside, even when you visit this country often, you can't help but be struck by the genuine character of the people - the friendly conversations at lunch, the attentiveness of the hotel front desk. So when recent floods ravaged Calgary, site of one of the world's great rodeos , it's probably no surprise that volunteers raced to the rescue. Not only did they show up by the thousands to help salvage the rodeo venues, but they also worked on the little places that were devastated by the high water, such as the southern Alberta town of, ironically enough, High River.
July 2, 2013 |
We are somewhere in Canada, but I'm not sure where. Photographer Al Seib and I left Vancouver, British Columbia, at 8 a.m. Monday and traveled 300 miles east on the Rocky Mountaineer. Think it's hot in L.A.? Come to southern British Columbia. These Canadians, truly the most wonderful people in the world, keep insisting it's only 40 degrees here in the heart of the province. Turns out that's Celsius. Forty degrees Celsius converts to -- let's see -- about 300 degrees Fahrenheit, roughly the boiling point of blood.
June 25, 2013 |
One of the world's great rodeos will go on “come hell or high water.” Calgary Stampede officials announced Monday that Canada's ultimate rodeo will run as scheduled July 5-14, despite extensive flooding to the grounds and the city itself. "We have pumped millions of gallons of water from our facilities, scraped the mud from our tarmac, commenced the cleanup of our park, all to welcome guests from around the world," Stampede president Bob Thompson said. "We will be hosting the greatest outdoor show on Earth, come hell or high water," he said.
June 24, 2013 |
Where's Edward Snowden? Certainly I don't know; apparently, neither does the U.S. government, which wants to bring the leaker/whistle-blower/traitor/hero home to face the music for blowing the lid on the NSA's secret surveillance program. The Times on Sunday said he had fled Hong Kong for parts relatively unknown but said to include Russia, Cuba and Venezuela, with the ultimate destination Ecuador. Now, not to be a travel agent or anything, but Eddie my boy, you're heading too far south.
June 14, 2013
Angular rooms and rooflines are among the distinctive characteristics of the Midcentury Modern-style Gainsburg House. Walls of glass and windows overlook low-water native landscaping and a swimming pool on the more than half-acre site. Location: 1210 Journeys End Drive, La Canada Flintridge 91011 Asking price: $2.225 million Year built: 1948 Architect: Lloyd Wright House size: Four bedrooms, four bathrooms, 3,218 square feet Lot size: 29,703 square feet Features: Oversized concrete-block fireplace, clerestory windows, wood-framed glass doors, built-in seating and shelving, black walnut kitchen cabinetry, study, family room, patio, fountain, attached carport, irrigation system About the area: In the first quarter, 50 single-family homes sold in the 91011 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.183 million, according to DataQuick.