23. 10. 2018
Hurricane Cristobal making its way toward Atlantic Canada

Hurricane Cristobal making its way toward Atlantic Canada

TORONTO – After soaking parts of of the Caribbean this week, Hurricane Cristobal has its sights set on Atlantic Canada.

Cristobal’s path takes the central part of the storm off the eastern coast of Newfoundland. And while the storm won’t make landfall, the island will feel its effects.

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To complicate things, a cold frontal trough is moving southward across Atlantic Canada and is expected to stay in place as Cristobal nears. This will bring heavy rainfall to the region. By Friday morning the two systems will merge into one giant system that will bring high winds and rain.

“The front’s not moving anywhere while that hurricane is present,” said the Canadian Hurricane Centre’s Chris Fogarty. “So you get a stalled front and rainfalls that are occurring over the same spot for hours on end.”

On Thursday, at 1:50 p.m. EDT  the Canadian Hurricane Centre said Cristobal was about 700 km south-southeast of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The storm’s maximum sustained winds were 130 km/h, making Cristobal a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale used to measure the strength of tropical storms.

The path of Hurricane Cristobal will keep it offshore of Newfoundland, though effects will be felt.

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Wind and rain unrelated to the hurricane are expected to move in overnight into early Friday. The hurricane centre anticipates gusts of 50 to 80 km/h and anywhere between 50 mm and 75 mm of rain.

There are several rainfall warnings across Newfoundland, including the Avalon Peninsula, Bonavista Peninsula and St. John’s.

High winds and ocean swells of up to three metres are a concern with the incoming Cristobal, so those in the northern Grand Banks should be prepared.

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“There’s also a possibility of some rapid false tide-like fluctuations,” Fogarty said. He explained that sometimes, when hurricanes move offshore, they trigger water-level changes several hours after they pass.

“We’ve seen in the past when hurricanes move over the Grand Banks that they can disturb the ocean surface in a way that leads to these very strange, rapid tidal fluctuations in some of the eastern bays of Newfoundland. So you might be looking at the water level and then 15 minutes later it’ll be way down low and then another 15 minutes later, it could come up quite a ways. They’re very hard to predict.

“We just ask people to be on the lookout, because if it comes in high tide, then you can get water topping some of the docks.”

This is the third tropical storm to affect the area this season.

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23. 10. 2018
Ministry Seizes Okanagan Children

Ministry Seizes Okanagan Children

KELOWNA – A Kelowna foster family is speaking out after having their two foster sons seized by the ministry for children and family development Wednesday morning.

After a 2 year long battle, the ministry seized the 11 year old boy and his 14 year old foster brother and moved them from the only home they’ve ever known.

“Their mind is made and I mean the children will leave and we said we accept that, we don’t agree nor do we understand it,” says Klemens Koester

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Koester and his mom Eva have been caring for the two boys since they were infants.

The two boys are both severely disabled.

Family and friends say Eva Koester is the only mom the boys have ever known.

They say she’s tended to the boys every need for years, even sleeping beside the younger boy who needs to be rotated throughout the night.

“Everyone is feeling very broken. Eva is distraught. They just destroyed a family,” says the younger boy’s aunt Nancy Ross.

“You can say bye to kids when they go off to college but can’t say bye to kids when they are being ripped from their homes and hearts. It is definitely a tough day, tough day,” says Ross.

The ministry arrived Wednesday morning to seize the boys but shortly after arriving on scene, they left without the boys.

Ministry staff refused to execute the seizure in front of our Global Cameras but came back when we left the property.

The whole ordeal started a couple of years ago when behavioral problems with another adoptive son prompted Klemens Koester to ask the ministry for help.

That adoptive son made allegations against the Koesters.

While they were cleared of any wrongdoing, the ministry decided to go ahead and remove their special needs foster kids.

This was their home for their whole life. There was no reason to stop that. There is no reason why they could not remain here. I mean they left them here for so long if they were in danger they could have removed them a long time or should have at least,” says Klemens Koester.

The family says the ministry has made a huge mistake but there is no recourse.

“No one overseas their decision, no one questions the decisions,” says Ross.

While they know it’s too late for them, they say they will fight to bring changes to the system so that other families don’t have to endure the pain they have.

“There can’t be just one sole power to have the right to make all those decisions. When they say they use an independent review they use someone who works in ministry and if they make a report not favoring the ministry, they won’t be used in the future,” says Koester.

As for the boys, the family says the youngsters don’t understand they have been seized from their home-at least not yet.

“Oh definitely not but will they understand by the time they go to bed tonight. I believe so because their whole world has been turned upside down,” says Ross.

An investigation concluded the seizure was warranted but the family says that review was biased because they say it was conducted by a former ministry worker, and they believe it was only done as an attempt to appease the family.

The Ministry says the placement of a child in the care of the Ministry occurs only after thorough assessments of all available options and decisions are made based solely on their best interests, including their need for permanency.

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23. 10. 2018
New West Partnership commits to easier trade between provinces

New West Partnership commits to easier trade between provinces

REGINA – The premiers of Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia are forging ahead with changes to the New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA) that will make trade in the west more open.

Currently, the NWPTA agreement provides the most open trading environment in Canada and the premiers are asking ministers to make further improvements. Specifically, ministers are to:

Implement a bid protest mechanism by November 2014Review exceptions to determine if these are other possible improvements to liberalize trade, particularly in the area of occupational health and safety by March 31, 2015.

“While exceptions can be important in areas like occupational health and safety, it makes sense to review these from time to time to harmonize those that create unnecessary barriers to trade,” said B.C. premier Christy Clark.

“For example, if we can all adopt the highest standard among our jurisdictions for things like first aid kits that will make trade across the region easier.”

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The New West Partnership has undertaken significant work to make it easier for business to operate across the region by harmonizing truck rules and regulations,” Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall said. “In today’s businesses environment companies and workers often cross provincial borders.”

“We all have a strong interest in ensuring worker health and safety and it makes sense to have a common set of rules for businesses and workers to uphold these safety objectives.”

“The New West Partnership is the model for eliminating unnecessary barriers to trade,” said Alberta premier Dave Hancock. “We continue to break down barriers to the benefit of citizens in each of our provinces.”

The three premiers noted the federal government also has a keen interest in internal trade.

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23. 10. 2018
Woman pushed from vehicle, run over: police – Winnipeg

Woman pushed from vehicle, run over: police – Winnipeg

WINNIPEG – Police say the woman killed in a vehicle-pedestrian crash Wednesday had actually been pushed out of the vehicle that hit her, part of a dispute with her male common-law partner that turned violent.

Jennie Lynda Lee Graves, 35, died later Wednesday in hospital.

The accused, Keith Ryan Thompson, 35, was arrested at the scene of the crash near the corner of St. Anne’s and St. Mary’s Roads at 2:30 in the morning Wednesday.

Winnipeg police say Thompson and Graves were driving in a vehicle, which Global News has learned is a moving company cube van, when an argument escalated and turned physical.

Graves was allegedly pushed out of the moving vehicle. After falling onto the road, police say Graves was struck by the back wheels. She was taken to hospital where she later died of her injuries.

Winnipeg police  closed the intersection of St. Mary’s and St. Anne’s roads Wednesday morning to investigate the tragic incident where Jennie Lee Graves was killed.

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According to police, the driver stopped a few blocks away and a witness who followed the vehicle brought the suspect back to the scene of the crash.

Charges against Thompson include:

Causing Death by Criminal Negligence
Driving While Ability Impaired Causing Death
Fail or Refuse to Provide Sample when Involved in an Accident Causing Death
Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle Causing Death
Fail to remain at the scene of an accident and exchange particulars

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Police responded Thursday to questions from reporters about whether officers considered homicide charges in this case.

“Something like this the Crown (prosecutor) would be consulted. At this point these have been deemed to be the appropriate charge. That may change in the future, it’s always a possibility depending upon if any further evidence comes to light,” said Cst. Eric Hofley.

The cube van belonged to Popeye’s Moving, the firm where Thompson works.

“This was not work related, it was on personal time,” Owner Mark Routley told Global News, expressing shock at news of the charges. “This is a sad day for all of us around here, it’s very tragic”

Facebook quickly filled up with posts reacting to Graves’ death.

“I cant believe it………My best buddie is now in heaven……I cant stop crying thinking of her 4 beautiful babies….. I will miss you forever my girl,” said one.

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23. 10. 2018
Canadian fighter jets edge closer to Russian airspace – National

Canadian fighter jets edge closer to Russian airspace – National

OTTAWA – Canadian fighter jets will be patrolling the edge of Russian airspace next week as part of NATO’s response to the unravelling situation in Ukraine.

At least four of the six CF-18s sent overseas by the Harper government earlier this year have arrived at Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania, where they will fly air policing missions over the Baltic states.

The formal handover of responsibility is expected to take place early next week.

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The Canadian jets will be working alongside fighters from Portugal, Germany and Belgium, which will be carrying out flights from bases in another Baltic state.

The missions are meant to reassure European allies unnerved by Russia’s seizure of the Crimean Peninsula, as well as the military action currently unfolding in eastern Ukraine.

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The jets, which had been based in Romania on a training exercise, are tasked with defending Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian airspace because those countries are unable to do so on their own.

The deployment comes against the unfolding backdrop of heavy fighting and an apparent Russian invasion, and brings Canadian fighters as close to Russian territory as they’ve been since the crisis began.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called an urgent session of the national security council on Thursday after two columns of Russian tanks reportedly entered the country’s southeast earlier in the day.

“Destabilization of the situation and panic, this is as much of a weapon of the enemy as tanks,” Poroshenko told the security council, according to the Interfax news agency.

Russia’s latest escalation is an outrage that will have repercussions, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said as he called on President Vladimir Putin’s regime to halt its apparent invasion, as well as the flow of arms to separatists.

The Harper government will review what further sanctions and other measures can be taken, Baird said, but he stopped short of specifics about what sort of response could be expected.

Last spring, Prime Minister Stephen Harper described the annexation of Crimea as a “slow-motion invasion” of Ukraine. Baird said the events of the last few days indicate the Russians have accelerated their efforts.

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“This is absolutely unacceptable, irresponsible and absolutely reckless,” he said in a conference call from Zagreb, Croatia.

“It is also deeply and shamelessly dishonest. While Russian President Putin talked about ceasefires with President (Petro) Poroshenko in Minsk, his military was busy fighting on Ukrainian soil.”

NATO estimates that as many as 1,000 Russian troops are fighting inside Ukraine with an additional 20,000 clustered on the border as support – or reinforcements.

“Over the past two weeks we have noted a significant escalation in both the level and sophistication of Russia’s military interference in Ukraine,” said Dutch Brig.-Gen. Nico Tak.

“We have also detected large quantities of advanced weapons, including air defence systems, artillery, tanks, and armoured personnel carriers being transferred to separatist forces in Eastern Ukraine.”

The military alliance also released a series of satellite images supporting its claim.

Major U.S. banks, meanwhile, reported they were the target of a massive cyberattack that defence officials suggested may have originated in Russia.

Defence analysts expressed little surprise at that revelation, noting Russia’s military strategy involves the use of cyberwarfare to disrupt and cripple adversaries.

Baird called the recent events a “significant provocation” in advance of next week’s NATO summit in Wales, where the alliance’s leaders are expected to hold a special meeting with Poroshenko.

Asked to characterize the latest developments, Baird described Russia’s move as an “incursion” and an “invasion,” but stopped of short declaring it an act of war.

Ukraine is not a member of NATO, unlike other eastern European nations; the alliance is not automatically obliged to come to its defence.

©2014The Canadian Press

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24. 09. 2018
A nurse’s view: Fighting Ebola one day at a time in Sierra Leone – National

A nurse’s view: Fighting Ebola one day at a time in Sierra Leone – National

It’s the children who distress me most.” — MSF nurse Anja Wolz

Today the Ebola story appears to be all about numbers – big numbers. The World Health Organization released a plan for bringing the seemingly unstoppable Ebola outbreak in West Africa to an end.

It estimates the work will cost US$490 million.It suggests by the time the outbreak is over, more than 20,000 people may have contracted the virus.  For context, the largest previous outbreak occurred in 2000 in Uganda, when 425 people were infected.It sets a goal of stopping the outbreak in six to nine months. It’s not a projection or a promise — the WHO is calling it a goal. It’s a telling word choice.It estimates 3,580 international and national personnel will be needed to make this all work.

These are numbers unlike anything the world has ever seen before in relation to Ebola, and frankly few in public health would have ever dreamed — nightmared  —  of a scenario like what the world faces now with the outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

(Fingers are still crossed that Nigeria has contained the spread there, sparked by an infected government official from Liberia who travelled to Nigeria. So far Nigeria has recorded 17 cases, including the Liberian man, and six deaths — all from that one importation.)

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The plan, which the WHO calls a roadmap, is critically important work. But it’s hard to take in and it tells a story in numbers.

Ultimately, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a story about people. The people whose families and communities are being wiped out and the hugely courageous people who are trying to save lives and stop the spread of this hellish virus.

Anja Wolz is in the latter group of people. A nurse with Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), Wolz is working at Kailahun, Sierra Leone. She has written a first-person account of the gruelling and relentless work the national and international health-care workers fighting the outbreak face day after day after day.

She says the worst thing about the work is dealing with the children — orphaned, confused, sick and a heartbreak to caregivers whose instincts are to offer consoling hugs. The PPE — personal protective equipment, a.k.a. layers of head-to-toe coverings — the health workers must wear make hugging and even talking to the children difficult.

Wolz’s account can be read on the website of The New England Journal of Medicine, which was published Wednesday along with a slide show of photos that show the rudimentary facilities where these health-care heroes are trying to save lives. People who want to know the story behind the large numbers in the WHO’s containment plan can find it in Wolz’s words.

Today the WHO said to date at least 3,069 people in these West African countries have been infected with Ebola, and 1,552 have died.

©2014The Canadian Press

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24. 09. 2018
Canada ranked one of top countries for scientific literacy – National

Canada ranked one of top countries for scientific literacy – National

TORONTO – Canada ranks higher than 10 other developed nations in scientific literacy, or the ability of citizens to read and fully comprehend a lengthy article about science in a newspaper, according to a report released Thursday by the Council of Canadian Academies.

The report said 42 per cent of Canadians “grasp basic concepts and understand general media coverage of scientific issues.”

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That is higher than Sweden at 35 per cent and the U.S. at just under 30 per cent. Japan was last at about five per cent, it said.

The findings are based on a 2013 survey of 2,000 Canadians and an assessment of relevant international data, according to the authors.

The data was not all conducted at the same time. The data on Japan was collected in 2001, the European data in 2005, and as science literacy has been increasing generally all over the world in the past decade, these rankings may not be perfect, said Arthur Carty, chair of an expert panel involved in the report and executive director of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology.

The survey measured Canadians’ attitudes towards science and tested their knowledge with simple true-or-false questions, such as “electrons are smaller than atoms” (answer: true).

The report – Science Culture: Where Canada Stands – is the most comprehensive look at public scientific engagement, attitudes and knowledge since 1989, its authors said.

In the past 25 years, Canadians have become more knowledgeable and engaged on scientific issues, though fewer people believe science holds the key to radically solving social problems, the report said.

Ninety-three per cent of Canadians polled said they have an interest in “new scientific discoveries,” ranking first among 35 nations, it said.

A third of respondents reported visiting a science or technology museum in the past year, and almost a quarter said they had signed petitions or joined street demonstrations on scientific issues such as oil pipelines, nuclear power or biotechnology.

The survey also found interest in science was more prevalent among younger, wealthier and well-educated respondents, and higher among men than women.

Scientist and broadcaster Jay Ingram said that while he’s heartened that Canadians do relatively well on measures of scientific literacy, it’s also important to remember that 58 per cent of Canadians do not have basic scientific knowledge.

“While 87 per cent of survey respondents [know] that the . . . earth goes around the sun is pretty good, that still leaves 13 per cent of Canadians who haven’t absorbed the astronomical knowledge of several centuries ago,” said Ingram, who was among 14 experts who compiled the report.

The panellists also examined the results of standardized science test scores of 15-year-olds, administered worldwide by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Canada ranked 10th out of 265 countries in 2012.

These scores have declined since 2006, said Carty, the panel chair.

“That raises some concerns about future performance and particularly our competitiveness vis-a-vis the science and technology giants of Asia,” said Carty.

It is important that Canada create and maintain a “science culture,” defined by the panellists as a society that “embraces discovery and supports the use of scientific knowledge and methodology,” the report said.

Leadership and vision are important in supporting science in Canada, but Ingram said the ultimate goal should be the fostering of a science culture that endures regardless of political leadership or policy.

The report also suggests targeting inequalities in access to science resources, in order to make the discipline inclusive and accessible to all Canadians.

“It’s all about ensuring that individuals in all segments of society have the opportunity to share in the wonder and excitement of science,” said Marc LePage, panellist and president of Genome Quebec.

“Perhaps the hockey analogy is that now we’re in the quarter finals,” said LePage. “The next step for us is to shoot for the Stanley Cup.”

The Council of Canadian Academies describes itself as a non-profit organization that “supports evidence-based, expert assessments to inform public policy development in Canada.”

In the survey conducted for the group, EKOS Research polled 2,000 Canadians via landline, mobile or online response. EKOS says it has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 percentage points 19 times in 20.

©2014The Canadian Press

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24. 09. 2018
Rob Ford apologizes for ‘embarrassing’ council – Toronto

Rob Ford apologizes for ‘embarrassing’ council – Toronto

TORONTO – Rob Ford is sorry.

The mayor began what could be his last council session with a speech thanking his fellow councillors and apologizing for “embarrassing” council.

“I know I put this council through some challenges, I know I embarrassed council and I want to thank sincerely the deputy mayor for taking on the reins and I can’t thank you enough for taking the job on,” the mayor told said during a five-minute speech in council chambers Thursday morning.

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The deputy mayor assumed many of the mayor’s responsibilities in November amid an ongoing police investigation into the mayor and Ford’s admission he smoked crack cocaine despite several months of denial. The police investigation is ongoing.

Thursday’s council meeting is the last before October’s election, which could end the Ford’s mayoral tenure (though a new Forum Research poll indicated he could be gaining popularity, placing him in second place behind John Tory). Ford remains popular with many city constituencies despite lying about everything from his substance use to city finances and policies.

The mayor mentioned several councillors by name and thanked some regular opponents like Gloria Lindsay-Luby, and Karen Stintz.

Councillor Peter Leon, who was selected for Ward 3 after councillor Doug Holyday was elected MPP for Etobicoke Lakeshore (a seat Holyday lost just months later), is “the nicest guy” Ford said he’s ever met.

The mayor sounded like he was choking back tears when in a trembling voice he thanked his brother, campaign manager and most strident advocate, Councillor Doug Ford.

“I did mislead you, I did coerce you, I had to do something to get you into the seat,” he said.  “I appreciate you having my back 24/7 and it’s been a challenge and I really want to thank you for being my best friend and all I can say is, Queen’s Park, you have no idea what’s coming up to you next.”

The mayor appeared to be alluding to his brother’s MPP ambitions – ambitions Doug Ford has recently downplayed even after announcing he won’t run again for council.

Torontonians go to the polls on October 27.

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24. 09. 2018
Tony Vella registers to take on Mark Grimes in Etobicoke – Toronto

Tony Vella registers to take on Mark Grimes in Etobicoke – Toronto

TORONTO – For years, Tony Vella was the face and voice of the Toronto Police – the man speaking for cops in the wake of shootings, hit-and-runs, and assaults. Now he wants to be the voice of residents in Etobicoke-Lakeshore. And he’s challenging 11-year incumbent Mark Grimes for the seat.

Vella’s on unpaid leave from the police service, and registered for the Ward 6 election Thursday morning. He says he’s been planning to run for several months.

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This is actually his second foray into politics in the last year – he tried, unsuccessfully, to replace Doug Holyday after the long-time councillor won a provincial byelection in August, 2013. (Holyday was eventually replaced by Peter Milczyn during the June election)

Vella knows this race will be tough – incumbents have a near-insurmountable advantage in local elections – but hopes being accessible will help him win. And he’s got his first lines down.

“When it comes to spending money, you have to be reasonable about it,” he said. “It has to make sense when you’re spending someone’s money. It’s taxpayers dollars, and you have to take that seriously.”

Vella’s using a mantra Rob Ford, who was a councillor for ten years in Etobicoke prior to becoming mayor, used to build his political career: respecting taxpayers dollars and using a personal touch with constituents.

“That’s your job,” Vella said. “Returning people’s phone calls, listening to their concerns, being available to them all the time.”

But this is his “own personal belief,” Vella said – not just a borrowed strategy.

He plans to expand his personal accountability focus later in the campaign, and wouldn’t divulge much of his platform just yet.  He also refused to comment on the city’s search for a new police chief, saying only that the decision was up to the police board, which voted last month not to renew Chief Bill Blair’s contract.

And if he wins, would he want to sit on the police board? He said he hasn’t thought that far ahead.

Grimes, a former TTC Chair, has served the ward as councillor for 11 years.

But Vella said that as a resident, volunteer at the Waterfront Festival and a former Humber College student, he’s got strengths of his own.

“It’s always important that people have various candidates to choose from. And I know I could do the best job,” he said. “Any time that you’re going up against an incumbent, it’s difficult. But I’m up to the challenge and I will convince the people that I can do a great job.”

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24. 09. 2018
Apple to unveil next products at Sept. 9 event – National

Apple to unveil next products at Sept. 9 event – National

SAN FRANCISCO – Apple’s latest product launch will be in a setting that holds a special place in its history, signalling how big this event is for the company.

The Sept. 9 launch, which is expected to feature a larger iPhone and possibly a computerized watch, will be in the same Silicon Valley venue where Apple’s late co-founder, Steve Jobs, took the wraps off the original Mac computer 30 years ago. That machine was hailed as a major breakthrough that helped bring personal computing to the masses.

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These events have become an annual rite since the 2007 release of the iPhone, but this year’s may be the most highly anticipated since the iPad came out in 2010.

A “smartwatch” or other wearable technology would mark the company’s first foray into a new product category since the iPad came out.

True to its secretive nature, Apple Inc. isn’t giving any clues about what’s on the Sept. 9 agenda. “Wish we could say more,” Apple said in a succinct white invitation mailed Thursday to reporters and others.

The company scheduled the event at an auditorium about 3 miles from its Cupertino, California, headquarters. It seats about 2,300 people, a far larger capacity than the places that Apple usually uses to show off its new products.

Apple watchers expect an iPhone with a larger screen than the 4-inch display on the previous two generations of the device. The iPhone 6 is expected to feature a 4.7-inch screen to make it more competitive with larger smartphones made by Samsung Electronics and other rivals relying on Google Inc.’s free Android software. There also has been speculation that Apple may release another iPhone model with a 5.5-inch screen.

A bigger-screen iPhone could unleash a surge of sales among Apple fans who own iPhones with smaller displays. Some analysts think Apple could sell at least 70 million units of the iPhone 6 within the first few months after the device hits the market.

Although the iPhone is Apple’s biggest moneymaker, much of the intrigue around this year’s event surrounds the possibility that the company may release a long-awaited smartwatch that could help monitor people’s health and serve as control centre for Internet-connected appliances and electronics in the home.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has indicated that he is intrigued with wearable technology devices, but hasn’t provided any concrete clues about what the company is working on. Cook has only said he is excited about what Apple’s latest inventions, a sentiment echoed by one of his top lieutenants, Eddy Cue, who earlier this year hailed the company’s product pipeline as its best in 25 years.

Apple has just been redesigning and adding features to its iPhones, iPads, iPods and Mac since the release of the iPad, raising concerns among investors that the company had run out of new ideas after the October 2011 death of Jobs, who served as its chief visionary.

Those worries have subsided during the past four months as the excitement has built for Apple’s new products. Apple’s stock hit a new high of $102.78 in Thursday morning’s trading before falling back to close at $102.25, up 12 cents for the session. The shares have risen 25 per cent in 2014.

©2014The Canadian Press

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