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  • Strong quakes strike off South Pacific nation of Tonga

    Mon, 6:13am

    SYDNEY (AP) — A pair of strong earthquakes struck off the South Pacific nations of Tonga and Samoa on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage and no tsunami warning was issued. read more
  • Special Report: Inside Hungary's $10.8 billion nuclear deal with Russia

    Mon, 6:10am

    File photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban before a joint news conference in BudapestBy Krisztina Than BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Its currency is wounded and its economy besieged by sanctions, yet Russia still has money to spare for potential allies overseas. Officially the loan is to finance the expansion of the Paks nuclear power plant, Hungary's only atomic power station, which supplies about 40 percent of the country's electricity. "This Paks deal is camouflage," said Zoltan Illes, a former lawmaker in the ruling Fidesz party who was a state secretary for the environment until 2014. "This is a financial transaction, and for the Russians this is buying influence." Illes, who opposes the use of nuclear energy, believes the deal is more about pumping money into the economy of Hungary, where Prime Minister Viktor Orban faces re-election in 2018, than providing electricity.


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  • Total sells Nigerian oil field stake for $569 mn

    Mon, 6:09am

    Total has sold its stake in a Nigerian oil field to a local company for $569 mnFrench oil giant Total said Monday that it has sold its stake in a Nigerian oil field to a local company for $569 million (523 million euros). Total's sale of its share in the onshore Oil Mining Lease 29 to Aiteo Eastern E&P comes after the French group made two similar divestments in Nigeria. "These transactions ... reduce our exposure to non-operated blocks onshore Nigeria, and allow us to focus on our core, operated developments," said Patrick de La Chevardiere, Total's Chief Financial Officer. The group added that the divestment is "in line with the Federal Government of Nigeria's aim of developing Nigerian companies in the sector".


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  • Iran nuclear talks at crunch time

    Mon, 5:48am

    From left, U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz wait to start a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and others at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland Sunday, March 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)Differences still remain less than two days before a deadline for the outline of an agreement.


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  • Former Israeli Premier Olmert convicted in corruption case

    Mon, 5:30am

    FILE - In this July 10, 2012 file photo, Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert speaks to the media after hearing the verdict in his trial, in Jerusalem's District Court. Olmert was found guilty Monday, March 30, 2015, of fraud and breach of trust in a retrial on corruption charges, three years after being acquitted. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was convicted Monday of unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter in a retrial on corruption charges, the latest chapter in the downfall of a man who only years earlier hoped to lead the country to a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians.


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  • Iran nuclear talks race towards key deadline

    Mon, 5:19am

    Iran nuclear talks race towards deadlineForeign ministers from major powers pressed their Iranian counterpart on Monday as they sought to slot into place the final but also the trickiest pieces of a deal curtailing Tehran's nuclear programme as Tuesday's deadline loomed. Britain's Philip Hammond said as he became the last of the foreign ministers to arrive in a rainy Switzerland that they "believe a deal can be done". "But it has to be a deal which puts the bomb beyond Iran's reach," he said. With time of the essence, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Hammond and the top diplomats of Russia, China, France and Germany are meeting for the first time since November.


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Community Calendar

  • 2nd Saturday Children's Program

    3/14/2015

    Many modern St. Lawrence County residents can trace their roots to Irish immigrants and most towns in the county at one time had "Irish Settlements" where the immigrants lived. While there were Irish settlers in the county by the early 1800's, there was huge influx in the 1840s due to the Irish Patato Famine.

    Learn about St. Lawrence County's Irish heritage at 11am on Saturday, March 14 at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House, located at 3 E. Main St., Canton. This is another in the SLCHA's series of fun and free monthly educational programs for kids ages 4-10, and their parents or caregivers. 

  • Chair Caning Workshop

    3/4/2015

    Learn how to create a caned chair seat with seasoned instructor Carl Stickney. the workshop fee is $48 for historical association members and $58 for nonmembers. Class size is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Caning materials are included in the cost of the workshop; additional supplies to bring from home are: scissors, awl, paring knife, a few clothespins, rag and a small water container.

    This workshop is 3 consecutive Wednesday evenings, March 4th, 11th & 18th from 7-9pm.

    For more information, contact 315-386-8133 or email  info@slcha.org.

  • Discussion On Homeschooling

    3/19/2015

    A discussion about the logistics and legalities of homeschooling will be followed by a Deep Root Center question and answer session. Deep Root Center provides the environment, resources and support for young people who choose to live andlearn without school. Held at 17 Main St., 2nd Fl., Canton from 12noon to 2pm. For more information email deeprootcenter@gmail.com  

  • Fermented Foods: Making Kimchi & Sauerkraut

    3/28/2015

    As part of a continuing series of Nutritious Delicious (and Cheap!) cooking seminars, an upcoming Local Living Venture workshop will share how to create fermented foods in your own home. It is a hands-on workshop designed to show simple and inexpensive ways to promote the use of natural probiotics in the diet. Please RSVP for location in Canton. 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  $27 donation, $50 discount for a couple, $15 for students, partial scholarships available. Contact 315-347-4223 or LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

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