News Briefs

<strong>Four dead and six wounded in Jerusalem synagogue</strong>

Early Nov. 18, two Palestinian cousins came to a Jerusalem synagogue armed with knives, axes, and guns and attacked during morning prayers. Six people were left wounded and four others died.

The deceased, Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, 58; Aryeh Kopinsky, 43; Moshe Twersky, 59; and Calman Levine were all rabbis. Three others were US-Israeli citizens, and one was British-Israeli.

According to <em>CNN</em>, Netanyahu officers said the attack was &ldquo;the direct result of incitement being led by Hamas.&rdquo; Members of Palestinian groups are to blame. Although Hamas will not admit responsibility for the attack, they did not deny the accusations. Spokespersons for the group linked the attack to Yousuf al-Ramouni, a Palestinian bus driver, who was found dead on Sunday, hanging in his bus, which was parked near the attacks.

Celebrations were held in Gaza after the attack.


<strong>City of Kitchener plans to cut down 1,100 ash trees this winter</strong>

In an effort to contain the emerald ash borer, the City of Kitchener plans to cut down 1,100 ash trees this winter.

This Asian beetle was first discovered in Kitchener in 2010. Since then, the city budgeted $11 million to use over a span of 10 years to help prevent the bug from making ash trees extinct. It is hoped that new trees will be replanted, although it may not be in the budget.

About 80 per cent of Kitchener&rsquo;s ash tree population (5,000 trees) is expected to die as a result of the bug in the next three years, according to <em>The Record</em>.

The city has since put guidelines into place that do not allow more than 20 per cent of trees in a neighborhood to be of a single type. This helps minimize the impact of crisis&rsquo; like this one on the overall tree population.


<strong>&ldquo;Vape&rdquo; is Oxford Dictionary&rsquo;s Word of the Year</strong>

Oxford Dictionary released the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2014 on Monday. This years word: vape.

According to <em>Oxford Dictionary, </em>the word, added in August 2014, means &ldquo;to inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.&rdquo;

Vape can also refer to the devices themselves.

Vaping has increased in popularity in the past two years, and the use of the term &ldquo;vape&rdquo; has increased with it. There is even a &ldquo;vape caf&eacute;&rdquo; open in Uptown Waterloo.

This practice has been banned in public places in areas such as Nova Scotia, Vancouver, York Region, and Red Deer. Air Canada also bans passengers from vaping on flights. There has been much speculation whether or not the practice is safe.